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Sarah Palin Endorses (M)It(t)?

Posted on | February 14, 2012 | 11 Comments

by Smitty

I’ll get to Sarah’s CPAC12 speech excerpt, but first, a review:

If you have it, you don’t need it.
If you need it, you don’t have it.
If you have it, you need more of it.
If you have more of it, you don’t need less of it.
You need it. . .to get it.
And you certainly need it to get more of it.
But if you don’t already have any of it to begin with, you can’t get any of it to get started, which means you really have no idea how to get it in the first place. Do you?
You can share it. Sure. You can even stockpile it if you like. But you can’t fake it.
Wanting it. . .needing it. . .wishing for it.
The point is: if you’ve never had any of it. . .ever. . .people just seem to know.

One more digression, though. It looks like Old Spice has kind of picked up on the resemblance. If NotMitt gets the GOP nod, I may indulge in a bottle of their product. The subtext is about the only thing making this cold open from 11Feb even sort of funny:

Which gets me, at last, to the point:
Sarah inspires a backronym riff:

Maybe, I think, the
message is that the
most intelligent test to
measure intrinsic trustworthiness takes
more in than truckloadish
money, insurmountable team & Tussaud.

And I think John Hayward was on the same wavelength, though I remarked to Mrs. Other Smitty, when Sarah spoke, words to this effect:

But mostly I think Palin fires up a crowd because of her sincerity. At one point, she said the Republican presidential candidate should be someone “who instinctively turns right to Constitutional conservative principles,” and it’s “too late to teach that.” She has that instinct. She doesn’t have to check off any boxes or carefully plan her oratory to please a conservative audience. She understands. She makes it look easy. She makes you wonder how her countrymen could have been foolish enough to put Barack Obama in the White House, and what he’s still doing there.
It’s possible her observation that it’s too late to teach our presidential candidate how to turn Right was meant as a veiled jab at Mitt Romney. She didn’t endorse anyone, and she repeated her desire for the primary season to continue, because “in America, we believe that competition strengthens us.” Not surprisingly, given her experiences during and after the 2008 campaign, she has a dim view of campaign consultants.


11 Responses to “Sarah Palin Endorses (M)It(t)?”

  1. Failure to Co(Mitt)? | Daily Pundit
    February 14th, 2012 @ 9:21 am

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  2. Dan
    February 14th, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    Former Governor Palin led the audience right up to the edge of her coming right out against former Governor Romney.  And watching the speech, it was clear the audience became increasingly nervous as she went over some of the features we desire in a nominee, and how it’s too late for the party to settle on somebody who has to rely upon speechwriters and spinners to instill a conservative mindset the candidate still doesn’t have.

    Still don’t know why she didn’t come out and say that Romney is unacceptable.  Why this persistent coyness?


  3. Dan
    February 14th, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    The other thing too, her jabs against Romney were no longer veiled.  Everybody in that audience, everybody watching that speech knew exactly who she was referring to when she said we can’t go with somebody who still doesn’t get it.

    And when she urged the race to go on, effectively she asked that the race narrow down to two men, and Romney wasn’t one of ’em, for she’s effectively asking that the selection come down to former Speaker Gingrich and former Senator Santorum.

    Her speech excluded Romney from consideration.  It’s difficult to come to any other conclusion after listening to that speech.

  4. EBL
    February 14th, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    Because as Rick Santorum (sadly) keeps moving back to Rick Santorum 2006, and Newt drifts off into political Siberia (which you can see from parts of Alaska), we are left with a cold bowl of oatmeal…which is Mitt.  

  5. ThePaganTemple
    February 14th, 2012 @ 10:18 am

     More than likely she’s urging either Newt or Rick to drop out so it will be between Mitt and just One Not Mitt. She knows Mitt isn’t going to drop out, and she also knows he’s going to win enough of the vote totals to keep winning delegates, so long as he has two opponents.

  6. John
    February 14th, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    In the age of Obama, how in the world did the GOP pack the field with big government moderates?  The party of stupid.

  7. ThePaganTemple
    February 14th, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    Because the party is controlled by Big Government moderates so that’s where all the donor money goes, plus they have the establishment conservative media on their side. Plus there was only one true solid conservative in the race, a female three term congresswoman. You do the math. 

  8. Dan
    February 14th, 2012 @ 11:09 am

     Remember that other candidates were persuaded not to even consider jumping in, because supposedly Romney had already sealed the deal with all major financiers.

    Look at the pressure behind the scenes applied to Gingrich’s main contributor, Sheldon Addison.  People here haven’t any clue the threats made against him, and all made by the GOP establishment.

    There are reasons we’re saddled with the group we’ve got, and it all begins with the GOP establishment.

    That’s one of the untold stories of this campaign cycle.

    Perhaps RSM will write a lengthy essay on it, or a week long segment, a post-mortem if you will.

  9. ThePaganTemple
    February 14th, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    Oh the story has been told about the GOP Establishment, but just you try telling it, and you’ll be treated about like if you started talking about the Illuminati.

  10. K-Bob
    February 14th, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    Man.  Smitty posts are hard.

    Look, I grew up with “the New Math.”  I need more pictures.

  11. Bob Belvedere
    February 14th, 2012 @ 5:49 pm