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Posts Tagged ‘2016’

Carson, Cruz, and Palin top 2016 straw poll at Western Conservative Summit

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 21, 2014

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From article by Joey Bunch at The Denver Post.

Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin top Western Conservative Summit straw poll for ’16

Posted:   07/20/2014 03:24:50 PM MDT105 Comments | Updated:   about 6 hours ago

 

Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin were the top picks of  voters in the Western Conservative Summit straw poll for president in 2016.

All three were speakers at the three-day event that concluded Sunday at Denver’s Hyatt Regency hotel. Carson, a columnist and retired neurosurgeon, received 22 percent of the vote, Cruz had 13 percent and Palin 12 percent.

The ballot included two dozen Republicans. The rest of the top 10, in order of finish, were Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Rand Paul, former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, former Rep. Allen West and Rep. Paul Ryan.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were among others on the ballot.

Votes were accepted in person, via text and online. The fifth annual event drew a crowd of 3,300, said John Andrews, director of the Centennial Institute, the conservative think tank at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

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Palin: We Have Reason to be Optimistic

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on March 7, 2014

Gov. Sarah Palin appeared “On The Record” earlier this evening at which time host Greta Van Sustern ask questions ranging from the content of Palin’s CPAC speech to the current situation in Ukraine to “will you run in 2016?”


h/t sarahnettoo

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Astonishing Interest (60,000 Views) for Post On “How Palin Could Have Won (With Map) 2012 Election.”

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on November 8, 2012

The article reposted below, “Census Bureau Electoral College 2012 Map Shows Palin’s Eleven Vote Win,” has proven to be the most popular ever posted on the M.Joseph Sheppard’s “A Point Of View” site. It was reposted, on M. Joseph Sheppard’s site “Palin4President2016” and at “The Sarah Palin Information Blog” site also in December 2010.

Surprisingly, pleasantly, and somewhat mystifyingly, it is growing substantially in page views even though election is now over and of course Palin didn’t run. Why so many page views now, and why so much interest in her winning the presidency?

From the SPIB site today:

Months and Years

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2010 95 95
2011 71 78 71 80 34 48 99 26 67 22 44 37 677
2012 118 201 116 108 368 364 363 1,397 4,516 4,550 22,896 34,997

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The article was written at a time when it was considered that Palin might make a run for the GOP nomination in 2012 and, of course, for the presidency should she have been successful at gaining the nomination.

Given the voting history of the states assigned to Palin in the Electoral College map it was entirely feasible that she could have won the required number of EC votes to have reached the 270 needed to be elected (irrespective of the popular vote).

The article garnered a bit of interest at both sites and readership declined precipitously (and of course understandably so) after Palin declared she would not be a candidate in October 2011. But, astonishingly and interestingly, the readership of the post has increased strikingly!

Commencing with an uptick in May of this year and accelerating to over 5,900 page views for August and September combined, 4,500 for October, and almost 23,000 so far in November, as per the analysis above from the SPIB site, there have been almost 35,000 views at that site alone.   There were 20,535 views for November 5 through November 7.  Between the 3 sites where it has been posted, there have been an astounding total of over 60,000 views!!   It is, by far, the most viewed post ever on these sites.

The article had not been front page on either site since it was first posted, so for well over 20 thousand combined views to have happened recently in the last two and half months means that people are searching for the article. Perhaps and possibly more likely, they search for an Electoral College map pertaining to the Obama vs Romney campaign, and upon seeing the link to the post, are clicking on it.

This raises the question as to why that is happening. Does it mean that people are interested in “what might have been” and viewers wanted a comparison to the current Electoral College maps which showed President Obama with a substantial lead? Were Republicans looking towards 2016 should Romney have lost and judging whether Palin would be better placed to win under those circumstances?

The fact that there is such interest in the possibility of a Palin campaign – when she was not running and now that the election is over – shows, indisputably, that there is huge interest in the possibility of a future run to the degree that people wish to see exactly how a Palin run could bring victory. The map, in my opinion, shows a more than viable path to an election win for Palin.

Here is the original post from December 2010:

The final 2012 Census Bureau Electoral College adjustments are now in and we can take a preview snapshot of what the most likely result will be for Sarah Palin.

With the population shifts and a net Republican states gain of 6 electoral votes over the 2008 allocation Palin would assume the presidency with an eleven electoral vote margin.
There is room therefore to lose Colorado or Iowa and still win comfortably.

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Pundits: “Palin Won’t Have An Elective Base For 2016.” So? Neither Did Nixon/Reagan Nor Will Bush/Pawlenty/Santorum, Etc.

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on August 28, 2012

The Palin haters and so-called pundits are writing Sarah Palin off as not having any further elective office capability because, amongst a myriad of other things they concoct, “she won’t have an elective base to keep her in the news.” 

In passing, I said “so-called pundits,” as I am reminded of George Will, who is supposed to be a doyen of sorts amongst the pundit tribe, advising, “January 2013 will see either Mitch Daniels or Tim Pawlenty sworn in as president.”

They know as much as you or I and their crystal ball is, well, cloudy.

As far as their Palin prediction is concerned, wel,l she doesn’t seem to have too much trouble in being in the media whenever it suits her. In fact, if she chooses to stay out of the limelight, she then gets media coverage along the lines of “Where is Sarah Palin,” etc. 

And, as regards public interest, the fact that over 1000 people would turn out in the baking Arizona heat to attend a campaign rally of an obscure Congressional candidate at whose rally Palin spoke says it all.

Anyway, just to play along with the “pundits,” let’s assume that Palin is still getting coverage because it is an election year and that after January she will fade into obscurity. 

In that eventuality, which will have to wait until after her next book (which will undoubtedly be a massive best seller) comes out, and after the pundits have fully dissected the results of the 2012 election (musing on Palin as they do, of course), is there an historical precedent for a Palin 2nd act?

Of course there is. Richard Nixon not only lost his race for the presidency but then was beaten for Governor of his home state of California. If one thinks Palin is hated by the leftist media, it is like a candle to a lighthouse compared to the white hot heat of hate the left/media had for Nixon. And yet, without an elective office and with only the support of the rank and file, Nixon was elected president.

Ronald Reagan was out of office when he challenged and lost  for the Republican nomination in 1976 and the presidency which he won, of course, in 1980. Again, with the aid of the rank and file – in Reagan’s case, the conservative element. 

Mondale, Stevenson, amongst many others, were out of office when they received their presidential nominations, so it is utterly fatuous to state that Palin is under some sort of disadvantage by not holding office.

At the very least, Palin will be very much in the news during the 2014 mid-terms, doing what she has been spectacularly successful at in 2010 and recently, endorsing candidate for high office who go on to win their races. By doing so, she will not only be shaping Congress to her political philosophy, but will be building up a solid base of support for any 2016 run she may choose to undertake.

Compare Palin’s options, and who could imagine, e.g. Pawlenty, attracting the massive crowds she does during the 2014 mid-terms.

Based on all the highly active events and personal accomplishments Palin can undertake – books,TV etc. – and given her mass of rank and file support, with over 3,000,000 followers on Facebook alone, clearly not being in office would be absolutely no impediment whatsoever to a Palin run commencing in the pre-election year of 2015, which is only three short years away.


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“Palin Is A Special Gift..Received 2008 To Be Truly Enjoyed 2016”

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on August 19, 2012

Knowledge Creates Power site has this article about all things Palin and her 2016 prospects written by MARION ALGIER.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012>

Palin Not Speaking at GOP Convention in Tampa… Huge Disappointment to Many – Mistake or Smart by Romney Campaign?

by Marion Algier – Ask Marion

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The final GOP Convention speaker announcements came quickly after Mitt Romney announced his vice presidential running mate.  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is out, even though Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus had said earlier that he hoped she would have a speaking role, and her absence leaves many very disappointed! But New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in, giving the keynote address on Tuesday night, making many across all sectors of the party happy!  And popular Florida Senator Marco Rubiowill be introducing Romney at the Convention. Texas Representative and two time GOP presidential primary candidate Ron Paul, who will be holding a Rally for his Liberty Delegates on Aug 26th in Tampa, will not appear leaving many of his followers shocked, but his son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, will take the stage (a deal that many feel was made months ago between the Paul and Romney camps on the campaign trail).  And just like the unconventional early Paul Ryan VP announcement this is a bit of a shake-up and surprise, especially for those who consider Mitt Romney and his team predictable… perhaps not so much after all!?!

Having waited to write this for a few days, still hoping there might be a few additional changes (I am one who really hoped Palin and Allen West would still be added), the full slate of convention speakers for the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month now appears to be set and it reveals a careful attempt by the GOP and Team Romney to highlight voices that will excite party loyalists in the campaign hall while excluding those that could possibly turn-off independent voters watching on television at home, possibly giving some credence to the rumor that Palin was asked to speak during the day… when fewer people would see her. (As Rush Limbaugh has often said, “Wow what power we have given the independents!”)

So unless things change, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and the first women ever to be on a Republican Presidential ticket, who just four years ago was the first Republican female vice presidential candidate ever, will apparently not be speaking at the Republican National Convention.

Palin made her announcement through a statement released to Greta Van Susteren, after according to a report on RealClearPolitics.com, “Two Republican sources with knowledge of discussions between the Palin and Romney camps told RCP that Palin made the decision not to attend the convention after not receiving an invitation to speak in prime time: “This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them.”, she said. It remained unclear whether Palin would be attending the convention at all. Palin not being asked to speak at the 2012 convention by Mitt Romney’s team is considered a BIG MISTAKE by many and a bit disrespectful to the first GOP female ever to be part of a their ticket!!

Sarah Palin is a galvanizing force among many Republicans, but she was critical of Mitt Romney during the primary; her husband Todd Palin, who is presently appearing on the new high-profile reality show, “Stars Earn Stripes” even stomped for Newt Gingrich. (Eldest Palin daughter, Bristol, who is featured with her son in “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” is also returning to Dancing with the Stars’ (DWTS) 15th season as part of their first “all-star” cast beginning soon and running through the campaign season).  And Sarah has yet to ‘officially’ endorse Romney, but offered strong words of support on the Sunday after the Ryan VP pick was announced.  Palin wrote: “As I’ve repeatedly said, I support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their efforts to replace President Obama at the ballot box, and I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally Independents and the GOP base to elect Senate and House members so a wise Congress is ready to work with our new President to get our country back on the right path.”

And through it all Palin is still in spotlight despite passing on the convention

Just because the former vice presidential candidate isn’t speaking at the GOP convention in late August, it doesn’t mean Palin will be out of the spotlight!

In the annuls of former vice presidential candidates, Palin now 48, remains the exception rather than the rule. Most former VP candidates on losing tickets just faded away or returned to their previous jobs in politics after their tickets’ defeat.  But, four years after John McCain surprised the electorate with Palin’s selection, after which she soon overshadowed McCain on the campaign trail, Palin certainly shows no signs of disappearing as a political figure and she may just show up at the convention anyway.

But instead of Palin rocking the Convention house, like she does every time she speaks, a roster of other young, conservative types such as Paul Ryan (Romney’s VP choice), Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, and Ted Cruz will be on the podium in Tampa along with a few veterans like Condi Rice.

The Tampa Bay Times said Palin had already rented hotel space in Tampa down the street from the convention and will be in close proximity to about 15,000 journalists, which has also been corroborated by several pundits on Fox News, where Palin is still working as a contributor as she supports candidates around the country who espouse her same ideas.  In the statement released to Greta Van Susteren, Palin said she was looking forward to doing grassroots campaigning:

“As I’ve repeatedly said, I support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their efforts to replace President Obama at the ballot box, and I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally Independents and the GOP base to elect Senate and House members so a wise Congress is ready to work with our new President to get our country back on the right path.”

While Palin’s critics say her convention absence is another sign of her political decline, her supporters would say it is a sign of her strength, still feared by many in the GOP establishment, sentiments that recently emerged through former VP Dick Cheney’s remarks causing a media uproar as well as within the Republican party and among those outside the party that were swayed by the leftist rhetoric which created Palin Derangement Syndrome that sadly seems to continue.

In historic terms, Palin is one of the most high-profile ex-VP candidates in decades. Since 1912, not many losing vice presidential palin_presidentcandidates have come back around to have significant public roles. Little-known fact however, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was on the losing Democratic ticket in 1920 and obviously bounced back in a big way with his subsequent four terms in office as president. Earl Warren lost as a VP candidate in 1948 and then later became the Chief Justice of the United States. Bob Dole, Lloyd Bentsen, Estes Kefauver, Joe Lieberman, and Walter Mondale resumed their careers after their unsuccessful races for the vice presidency. Other former candidates, like John Edwards and Geraldine Ferraro, the first Democrat woman on the presidential ticket, struggled with legal issues. But the Dems did not forget their first female VP nominee and capitalized on having the first women on a national ticket ever, whenever possible.

As for Palin, she is still making headlines, has the unwavering support of the Tea Party, and is frequently mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate if Mitt Romney doesn’t capture the White House, and a 2020 possibility if he does.

Recent estimates put her net worth above $10 million, thanks to her reality TV deal for Sarah Palin’s Alaska, her books including America by Heart, and her speaking engagements.

The web site The Hill says Palin’s recent endorsements in Senate primaries helped four of five candidates win in tight elections.

Rather than Sarah’s star power fading… Palin’s absence From GOP Convention May Expose a Romney-Palin Rift… Or Perhaps an Establishment-Grassroots Rift
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Real Clear Politics noted if one of Mitt Romney’s goals in choosing a running mate was to mine the same mother lode of conservative excitement that John McCain tapped by picking Sarah Palin four years ago, there’s one additional dilemma for Romney to address: Palin is still around. However we will acknowledge that the Ryan announcement has definitely boosted the Romney campaign.

Only a day after Romney unveiled House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential pick, Palin suggested in herstatement posted by her Fox News colleague and friend Greta Van Susteren that she would not speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa which tells us that perhaps Sarah was on the short least for a VP re-run shot and we are in for surprise appearance, she decided to be the grown-up in the room and do the right thing for the unity of the party and step back to stop anymore friction and speculation, or she is looking ahead to 2016 or even 2020 and figures perhaps absence will make the hearts grow fonder and the voices of those who miss her grow louder?!?

Palin’s apparent decision to steer clear of this year’s convention came almost four years after she took the 2008 presidential race by storm with her speech accepting the GOP vice-presidential nomination in St. Paul, Minnesota, a performance that electrified the party faithful and received almost universal praise from previously skeptical pundits, a fact the has been conveniently forgotten or spun over the past four years. For those who either don’t or choose not to remember that McCain-Palin were ahead in the polls after Palin joined the ticket, Greta Van Susteren recently pulled out the old polls.

Within days the McCain/Palin ticket had surged to the lead in the RCP Average before a series of questionable public stumbles and the near-collapse of the nation’s financial system causing McCain to temporarily suspend campaigning, which ultimately led to the Republicans’ defeat.

And though the differences between that vice-presidential rollout and his own are innumerable, Romney’s selection of Ryan has likewise generated a surge of enthusiasm in the conservative base that had previously rallied to Romney largely by default.

According to Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul, the Republican campaign raised $3.5 million online in the first 24-hours and over $7-million total in the first 3-days following Romney’s selection of Ryan, and the GOP ticket was greeted over the weekend by the largest crowds of the former Massachusetts governor’s candidacy, though the numbers have been less massive than the tens of thousands who regularly turned out for Palin’s 2008 appearances. It was at her first rally in Cali in October 2008 that this writer first saw Sarah Palin speak to a crowd of 23,000 in Carson, CA.  I have been a supporter ever since and so are most who hear her speak live and actually listen!

Though she has faded from her once commanding perch on the national political scene, Palin’s role in the Republican Party heading into the campaign’s final stretch remains a consequential matter for the Romney team and not having her speak at the convention may turn out to be something they wished they had addressed and handled differently.

The former Alaska governor has not only demonstrated a continued ability to wield significant influence, particularly in Senate and House primary races, but her penchant for doing things her own way has left the lingering possibility that she could either boost the standard-bearer or become a thorn in his side. For this reason it was notable, at least to some, when she initially offered only a lukewarm reaction to Romney’s selection of Ryan.

On Saturday night, the former Alaska governor posted on her Facebook page, often her venue of choice to communicate to her fans and followers, a statement that clocked in at over 1,100 words, in which she attacked President Obama’s policies and compared the nation’s fiscal mess to California’s, but offered only cursory congratulations to Romney for choosing Ryan and declining to praise specifically any of the Wisconsin congressman’s positive attributes as a running mate. Then the following morning, the aforementioned Republican sources, with knowledge of discussions between the Palin and Romney camps, told RCP that Palin would not attend the convention after not receiving an invitation to speak in prime time. We can only speculate what is and has gone on in this situation on both sides…

“They’ve got Ryan now, so they think they’ve got the Tea Party covered,” one of the sources said.

Two Palin aides did not respond to requests for confirmation that she would not speak in Tampa, leaving room for hope for her followers, but the 2008 VP nominee appeared on Fox News later on Sunday and offered up a far more full-throated endorsement of the GOP ticket than the one that she had provided earlier.

“With Paul Ryan, who’s known for his conscientious concern for our budget and for getting America out of debt, this makes it tougher for Obama to continue to do his distracting and dividing and pivoting off the economy because this ticket representing this campaign is about the economy,” she said. “There’s a lot of us who will have his back.”

In the interview, Palin was not asked why she had declined in her initial statement to join other national Republicans in heaping praise on Ryan, but her newly effusive tone surely must have come as a relief to the Romney campaign.

Shortly after her Fox News appearance, Palin released her statement to Van Susteren indicating that she would not speak at the convention, but the question of how prominent a role the Romney campaign had been willing to grant her remained unanswered.

A Romney campaign spokesperson declined to comment on whether Palin had been offered a prime-time speaking window in Tampa, rather than a less coveted daytime slot, which considering Palin’s standing in the party would have been an insult.

“Governor Palin is an important voice and leader in the Republican Party,” Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades said in ansarah_palin_speaking emailed statement to RCP. “While she will be missed in Tampa, Governor Romney looks forward to working with her to defeat President Obama, turn our economy around and strengthen America’s middle class.”

The Romney campaign has long maintained an internal policy of speaking only glowingly of Palin in public settings, but their concern remains evident that she is a polarizing figure in an election that will be decided by voters with whom she is not popular.

BuzzFeed.com reported on Saturday that in alluding to the differences between the Ryan pick and McCain’s choice of Palin, one senior Romney adviser sarcastically referred in an email to “the number one policy wonk in the country . . . Sarah Palin.”  Shame on them!

Commenters on the pro-Palin website Conservatives4Palin.comreacted angrily to the news that she would not speak at the convention, and a prominent GOP strategist with close ties to the Tea Party told RCP that he blamed the Romney campaign for not fully appreciating what Palin brings to the table.

“The Romney campaign from day one has missed her draw to the Tea Party,” the strategist said. “Even with Paul Ryan, they still miss thatshe’s been there from the beginning.”  They also miss that she is a historic figure in the Republican party.

How Palin handles the spotlight, if she decides to make any public statements from this point on, will undoubtedly make headlines.

Palin: Tea partiers have ‘no choice’ but Romney… ‘Of course they’re going to go with anybody but Obama (ABO)’

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(Fox News) After a long and sharply contested GOP primary battle, many Republicans, conservatives and tea-party types have been left questioning whether they can, in good conscience, vote for Mitt Romney in November.

Romney’s statements as a former advocate of legalized abortion, his hotly contested record on same-sex marriage and his health-care reforms while governor of Massachusetts – sometimes maligned as “Romneycare” – have left conservatives uncertain if the presumptive Republican nominee is really one of their own.

Tea-party darling and former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, however, is basically dismissing the concerns, telling Fox News Channel’s Shannon Bream that Romney has the Republican Party’s conservative base in the bag.

On “America’s News Headquarters” over the weekend, host Bream asked Palin if Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as running mate would help persuade those “not completely sold” on the name at the top of the GOP ticket.

“A lot of maybe Tea Party patriots have understood, wisely, that they’ve had no choice,” Palin answered. “Of course they’re going to go with anybody but Obama (ABO), and now, yes, I believe that there will be a strengthening, more enthusiasm, because [of] this ticket.”

When asked how Romney needs to “coalesce” his message to communicate with voters, Palin doubled down on the notion that the GOP base is secured.

“It’s all about the independents, Shannon,” Palin said. “We don’t have to just keep on preaching to the choir, there, of the hardcore base of fiscal conservatives within the Republican Party – we got ‘em; Romney’s got ‘em. We’ve got to reach the independents.”

According to the latest polling data from Rasmussen Reports, however, Palin’s claims may be more predictive of voting in November than descriptive of the current divide within the Republican Party.

Rasmussen’s most recent poll on the question of voter enthusiasm found that only 16 percent of Republicans believe Romney and Obama are the best two options to be running for president, only 35 percent will affirm excitement about the match-up and a sobering 46 percent of all voters believe they “will simply be voting for the lesser of two evils this November.”

Nonetheless, according to the most recent Gallup polls, 90 percent of Republicans say they would vote for Romney if the election was today, and 92 percent of those who voted for GOP candidate John McCain in 2008 say they plan to vote for Romney in 2012.

When asked if she would endorse and stump for the presumptive GOP ticket, Palin responded, “Oh, 100 percent in support; I’m all in for Romney and Ryan.”

Shannon Bream’s interview with Palin can be seen below:

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So while as of now Palin won’t be a featured speaker in Tampa, if she decides to go to Florida, which seems fairly probable after her political action committee spent $4,500 on hotel rooms, her presence there will draw a lot of media attention.  And who knows, the GOP could have last minute thoughts about having her speak after all or Fox News could put her to work.  And depending how the winds shift Sarah Palin may be the special gift received and opened in 2008 but not truly enjoyed or utilized to full potential until 2016 or maybe even 2020 (Sarah will only be 56-years-old in 2020; 4-years younger than Hillary was in 2008 when she ran for the Democrat nomination).

Related:

Palin Derangement Syndrome Continues – Lots of Palin background links here

Romney-Ryan: America’s New Dream Team and a Clear Choice – Updated

Kevin Fobbs: For those not willing to hold their breath to see if they surprise us with Sarah as a guest speaker, speak up now to let the GOP know how you feel: to let Sarah speak:

In 2008, after Sarah Palin became our vice-presidential nominee, she instantly became the most prominent woman in the Republican Party. Since then, she has relentlessly supported the Tea Party and in 2010, she was one of the most valuable players in the best year the GOP has had in half a century. During that election cycle, she endorsed candidates like Nikki Haley, Renee Ellmers, Kristi Noem, Susana Martinez, Chris Christie, Sean Duffy, Bob McDonnell, Tim Scott, Rand Paul, and Allen West and she is back at is again this election cycle.  Additionally, there are few people who would dispute that Sarah Palin is a dynamic speaker with a large fan base in the Republican Party.  Donald Trump was on ‘On the Record’ the other night again stating how much he likes and respects Sarah Palin… so why aren’t they all speaking up for her now?

What this all adds up to, as Ed Morrisey noted over at Hot Air, is thatPalin deserves a chance to speak at the convention.

Palin electrified the convention in 2008, and it’s just good manners to have the #2 from the last ticket and the 1st GOP woman on a presidential ticket to speak at the next convention. Few people in the party can fire up the grassroots like Palin does, and few people will draw the attention she gets. There is always room to offer her a good speaking slot at the convention, even if they have to juggle people around and they should do so, and do so quickly!

Yes, we want Mitt Romney to win, but we also want to make sure that everyone knows the bad old days of the Republican grassroots suffering in silence while our “leaders” in D.C. made decisions we didn’t agree with, are over. And Sarah Palin represents that. Right Wing News alone can’t generate enough signatures to make a difference. If it’s going to happen, it will be because YOU think they should “Let Sarah Speak”. So, if you agree that Sarah Palin should be given a speaking slot at the convention, then send a message by signing this petition (or contacting the Romney campaign or the RNC directly… or all three). If you really feel strongly about it, email this suggestion and petition out to some friends. Add the petition to Facebook, Twitter, or G+. Stand up, get the word out to let Sarah Speak!

PS: Some people claim Palin was offered a speaking slot and turned it down. However, that’s not what her gracious public statement about the matter actually said. Moreover, not only has the Romney campaign refused to comment, I reached out to the RNC yesterday and it also had nothing to say. I was referred over to Pam Stevens, who’s the Deputy Press Secretary for the 2012 RNC. She didn’t respond to an email about the subject. When this many people are deliberately staying silent when they could just say, “We invited Palin to speak and she declined,” it tells you all you need to know.

This article is absolutely not an anti-Romney-Ryan piece… They are the right team for the times, certainly compared to the alternative, but they would be helping themselves and the party in letting Sarah Palin speak!
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Gov. Palin about 2016: Anything is a possibility

Posted by Dr. Fay on June 9, 2012

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During one segment of America’s News HQ on FOX today, Uma Pemmaraju interviewed Governor Palin.  While introducing Governor Palin, she mentioned that Governor Palin was speaking to ANHQ from Phoenix and that she would be headlining the Right Online conference (in Lss Vegas) next week.  She asked Governor Palin what she thought the impact of that conference would be.  Governor Palin replied:

I think it should be quite impacting.  It gives us an opportunity to contrast what private sector enterprise and the entrepreneurial spirit that built America is versus Obama’s failed policies that really are centered on growing the federal government and taking economic freedom away from our small business men and women, especially as we try to re-invest the products of our labor and hire more people.  We’ll be able to point out some of those contrasts between policies.

Uma asked Governor Palin what she is hearing from voters about the question of leadership, to which Governor Palin replied:

Well,  it’s not just the hard core conservatives, fiscal conservatives, in the Republican Party, but many, many Independents, and just the patriotic Democrats who are understanding that President Obama’s policies are failing this country.  When you have 23 million Americans underemployed and unemployed and millions more on food stamps, and those having to rely on government or feeling invited to rely on government instead of their own work ethic in order to survive, so many Americans are understanding that we do need a choice come November.  Do we need to continue down this downward trajectory in our economy based on President Obama’s failed policies that are kind of modeled after failed socialist nations, or can we go another direction?  And can we allow the private sector to grow and thrive?  That’s what I’m hearing from Americans is that great concern.

When asked for her reaction to President Obama’s remarks yesterday that the private sector was just fine, Governor Palin said:

Oh, absolutely out of whack comment, but very indicative of his thinking about what it’s going to take even to get our economy back on the right track.  If he truly believes, until somebody dinged him and said, “Get back on there in front of the cameras and explain yourself a bit better”  and gave him some talking points.  But for him to truly believe that the private sector’s doing OK in this time of economic woes is quite indicative of he being quite out of touch with what the normal working man and woman is feeling today in America.

Asked for her response to Obama’s  claim that 4.3 million jobs have been created under his watch and that budget cuts in local municipalities are responsible for the slower pace in job creation, Governor Palin said:

Well, it’s quite unfortunate that President Obama had no experience coming into this office of the Presidency, no private sector experience and no local or state  government, really, experience, except for his time as a law maker, but not as an administrator in a state, he not understanding that no,  there is a proper role for local and state and the federal government in our lives, but that’s to allow infrastructure to be built in order to provide a tool for the private sector to be able to grow and to thrive, and instead, he believes that local and state governments need to grow and take more of what the private sector earns and produces and re-invest it according to politicians’ priorities, and growing government is the answer.  Again, a comment like that is quite indicative of his idea that government is the answer, and instead, most Americans, I believe, understand that, as is often the case, government is the problem, it’s not the solution.

Later in the segment,  Ms. Pemmaraju introduced a few questions chosen from those that viewers had sent in via Facebook and Twitter.  The first question, from Jan Nicholson on Facebook, was whether Gov. Palin  still considered a third party a possibility  if  “the GOP continued to resist the new crop of commonsense conservatives.”

Oh well, Jan hit the nail on the head there in suggesting that it’s a possibility that the GOP would kind of  disenfranchise or invalidate this new crop of fiscal conservatives and Independents who just want to get the economy back on the right track.  Heaven forbid we see that in the next few months.  Oh, yeah, there is that possibility of a third party rising, but that’s only if  the GOP power players would choose to kind of co-opt this new crop of fiscal conservatives.  Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Uma brought up the mixed reaction about the performance of those who came into office on the Tea Party wave in 2010.  She asked Governor Palin what she had to say about that, to which she responded:

Well, and then on the flip side, we have those who have stood so strong, like Allen West and others who have said, “No, I won’t be co-opted by some of those power players in that GOP machine, who still want quite this controlling hand over the GOP mechanisms, and we have good freshmen crop in there, who, you know they’re trying to do the right thing in getting government on the side of the people and get it off our backs, and we need to continue to encourage that new crop of law makers who understand what governments proper role is.

The next question from Facebook was what position in a Romney administratration she thought would suit her best and would she accept it.   Governor Palin replied:

Oh, hypotheticals like that, I think requires one to be quite pretentious and believe that that would ever happen.  I really don’t see that happening.  Thank goodness, there are millions of Americans, quite qualified, quite pro-private sector, who would fit well in a Cabinet that’s led by a GOP person like Romney, and I don’t think it’s going to be me in there, but thankfully, we have a lot of Americans who are ready and willing to serve.

In response to  Uma’s  question about folks wondering if she has her eye on 2016, Governor Palin responded:

I never know what will happen.  Never know, no.   This is America.  Anything is a possibility, and thank God, we have the freedom to choose what it is that  we will do with vocations.  and avocations.  We have the opportunites, you know,  nowhere else but in America.

The next question was from Terrence on Twitter asking if we would be seeing the “big blue bus” this summer.  Uma said that a lot of folks loved the bus tour.  Gov. Palin responded:

We loved that big blue bus!  We had just a blast on that One Nation Tour.  I don’t know, maybe  this go-round, we’ll do something a little more Alaskana.  Maybe Todd can take his little Piper Super Cub bush pilot airplane off the skis and floats and put it on wheels, and maybe we’ll wrap that and travel around the nation, talking to Americans about how wonderful and exceptional this country is and how to kind of save this country via that Piper Super Cub.

Uma asked if she would do something along those lines before the election.  Governor Palin replied:

I would love be able to continue to be out there talking to good hard-working Americans who understand what our foundation is.  You know, our economy is built on basically these two tenets:  national resource development opportunities, seizing those responsibly, and expecting reward for work ethic.  Those two things combined built the foundation of our economy, and we’ve got to get back to that in order to save our economy.  So talking to Americans, hearing their ideas, sharing ideas with them along those lines – it’s refreshing, it’s healthy, and hopefully, it helps lead to some productive and constructive conversation and solutions in our country.

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