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Romney Team Stonewalls On Inviting Palin To Convention:Political Hara-Kiri?

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on July 16, 2012

Josh Painter at the Sarah Palin Journal  has a post up (quoting a Newsweek article) which explores the consequences of the Romney team prohibiting Palin from speaking, or even attending the Tampa convention. If they do that they are insulting millions of Palin supporters who, rightly, shoudl just either stay at home or, more positively, vote only the down ticket as I explore in my comments below Josh’s. If Romney wants to commit political suicide, so be it.

GOP loyalists are having quite a battle on their hands defending, not Romney of course, but the premise that if he is the candidate then we should vote for him. Under any normal circumstances that would of course be correct as per Reagan supporting Ford after the convention, but if the Romney team stonewalls (arrogantly and with lies) inviting Sarah to Tampa and in fact do exclude her then I can’t see why any Palinite should vote for him. 

Even a casual perusal of the comments section at the Palin-supporting sites like Conservatives4Palin will see a recurring theme. The attitude to Mitt Romney runs from grudging support to outright hostility.

For those expressing total abhorrence of the idea of Romney being the standard-bearer, their negativity to him finds expression in a commitment to voting down-ticket (whilst writing in Palin), if not staying at home in total disgust at “having yet another RINO shoved down our throats.” Even if Palin endorses Romney, they still will not vote for him

On the next level there are those who consider that, as Palin states, “anyone but Obama” means they will hold their nose and pull the lever for him, whilst not expecting any real conservatism from his administration should he win. Even amongst those folks a number are waiting to see if Palin actually endorses Romney before making their decision.

However, there is a common thread running through all the statements of those adamantly opposed, and the hold their nose groups, and that is how they will react to how Palin is  treated by the Romney forces at the GOP convention in Tampa.

Even amongst the hold their nose group there is a bitterness as to how they perceived Palin has been treated by the GOP establishment. They see her as being left out to dry by the etsablishment by not being defended over the “Game Change” hack job, the Gifford’s “blood libel” incident, the backstabbing by the McCain forces, and the insult from the Bush clan.

They hold that if this lack of support is compounded by not giving Palin a key, prime time, speaking role at Tampa then all support for Romney will be withheld. Giving Palin a ten minute slot early in the afternoon, or late at night, would not cut it either. For such a high profile, former VP candidate with a massive and loyal following to be given any such fobbing off will be seen as the ultimate insult.

If the Tea Party/Palin following is so visibly insulted it would be suicidal for the Romney forces surely, especially in a close election. 

Palin has wisely rented a site near the hall where she can talk directly to her supporters, the whole GOP, and the media. This will ensure she will have a voice either inside or outside the convention. If the Romney forces drive Palin outside then on their heads be it.

3 Responses to “Romney Team Stonewalls On Inviting Palin To Convention:Political Hara-Kiri?”

  1. Eduardo said

    So be it , if the Romney team will leave out Palin from Speaking prime time at the Tampa Convention in August 2012. Palin S;upporters wil not vote for Romney

    • janice said

      exactly right. don’t include her and the energetic message that she will give on behalf of her followers and tea party and romney will be dead in the water. i cannot understand what he is so afraid of her, he needs her more than he can realize for those votes.

      • belinda said

        yeah right like we were going to vote for him in the first place. suuuuuuuuure we were!

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