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Posts Tagged ‘Palin in Iowa?’

Sarah Palin’s Potential Candidacy Doesn’t Rise and Fall on One Event

Posted by Shane Vander Hart on September 3, 2011

palin-Iowa-GOP-5Having read Craig Robinson’s piece on Sarah Palin’s supposed inability to run a national campaign based off the what transpired on Wednesday regarding her upcoming speech on Saturday has left me wondering. If it rains tomorrow, like forecasters predict it will, I suppose Robinson think that’s her fault as well? She’s just not ready for primetime because, heaven forbid, she didn’t have the foresight to have it indoors.  Perhaps she didn’t pray enough to have God shut up the heavens so it would not rain on this blessed event.  She should have had some staff out there ahead of time to coordinate having rain slickers passed out to the huddled masses.

Obviously I’m being just a *little* snarky, and Robinson wouldn’t do such a thing, but I find it amazing how her potential candidacy is being judged by one event which she did not have control of.

I had my own thoughts on Wednesday’s fiasco with Ken Crowe and the Tea Party of America.  I know Robinson will probably dismiss me as a Palin lackey, but you could substitute Palin’s name with Mitt Romney and I would feel the same way.

The simple fact is this.  This wasn’t her event, she was an invited guest.  Could she do her own event?  Sure, I suppose, but why?  If this was a campaign announcement then that would make sense, but who drove that narrative?  I suspected that she was running, and as an Iowan blogger it would have been great to witness an announcement speech, but nobody in her camp said it was going to be an announcement speech.  Sure the organizers of the event eluded to that, but they are not her staff, they aren’t working for her and perhaps they thought it would draw more people.  No, who I saw drive the narrative that she’s announcing on September 3rd were beltway politicos – Karl Rove and Dick Morris.  It was nothing, but speculation.

Robinson wrote:

In many respects, the drama surrounding the event doesn’t have anything to do with Palin herself. Palin’s people were not the ones inviting, disinviting, reinviting, and redisinviting speakers. That was the organizers of the event. However, it didn’t help when Palin’s participation at the event was put on hold for five hours on Wednesday.

Robinson continued, “Palin may have an inner circle that advises her, but what she needs are loyal professionals who will look out for her best interests in everything she is involved with.”

I agree that she needs paid staff if she’s going to run, but not to manage somebody else’s event but not before she’s a candidate.  I also agree that if she canceled then it would have made her look bad which is why I didn’t think she would.  Robinson’s straining gnats and thinking like an establishment politico.  Looking at what she is going to be speaking about on Saturday it has me thinking that she’s preparing for a run and establishing a narrative/messaging – you know something you need to do before you announce.

Cross-posted at Caffeinated Thoughts.

Shane Vander Hart is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts and Caffeinated Theology and lives near Des Moines, IA with his wife and three kids.  Feel free to follow him on Twitter and friend him on Facebook.

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Update on Sarah Palin’s Trip to Iowa This Friday

Posted by Shane Vander Hart on September 15, 2010

Just a few more details regarding Governor Palin’s visit to Des Moines on Friday…

The Ronald Reagan Dinner: A Salute to Freedom will be held this Friday, September 17 at HyVee Hall (730 3rd St. in Des Moines, IA).  The doors will open at 5:00p, and the program will begin at 6:30p.

You can purchase your tickets here if you haven’t done so already.  The cost is $100/person, and $1000 to sponsor a table.  I know the Black Hawk County GOP had four tickets left, and my friend (and contributor here) Kim Lehman reserved a table and was looking for people (if you are interested, contact me and I’ll get you in touch with her).

If you can’t attend, C-SPAN will be covering the dinner so you can watch on TV or online at approximately 7:00pm (CST).  You can also  land here as I will be sitting at bloggers’ row live blogging the event.

Shane Vander Hart is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts (and lives near Des Moines, IA where they trip over presidential candidates).  You can follow Shane on Twitter and friend him on Facebook, he’d love to connect with you.

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Sarah Palin in Iowa Brings Out 2012 Speculation

Posted by Shane Vander Hart on December 8, 2009

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By Shane Vander Hart, Caffeinated Thoughts

Governor Sarah Palin stopped in Sioux City on Sunday as part of the book signing tour for her new book, Going Rogue: An American Life.  I had hoped to be there, but alas I was not one of the 625 who had books signed and able to shake her hand.  As always any stop in Iowa brings about 2012 speculation.  Carl Cameron of Fox News reported live:

Now when politicans come to Iowa, I’ve been guilty of jumping on the “oh they are definitely running” bandwagon. So I’m not faulting speculation (though has any other tour stop brought out national networks and even international attention?).  I’ve said that while I hope she runs I have no idea of whether she will run.  She has certainly been influential and effective in promoting common sense conservatism without a title.

Though that hasn’t stopped people from taking swipes at a potential Palin candidacy.  In an AP article Eric Woolson was quoted:

But some questioned whether Palin could turn her star appeal into votes in a state where face-to-face campaigning has usually played an important role.

Republican strategist Eric Woolson worked for Democrats early in his career, and he saw some comparisons to the campaign of former Sen. John Glenn. The former astronaut drew huge and admiring crowds when he ran for president in 1984 but that didn’t translate into votes.

“They went to see John Glenn the astronaut, not John Glenn the Democratic candidate for president,” Woolson said. “A tremendous amount of her appeal is as Sarah Palin the celebrity, as opposed to Sarah Palin the potential 2012 nominee.”

Just some background on Eric Woolson, he’s currently working for Bob Vander Plaats Gubernatorial campaign.  He also worked for Mike Huckabee’s campaign in 2008.  Maybe he’s just jealous that Huckabee didn’t have near the turnout for his book signing in West Des Moines.

Steve Scheffler, head of the Iowa Christian Alliance and the Iowa National Committeeman on the Republican National Committee in the article said:

…many people were attracted to Palin because “they like Republican leaders who call a spade a spade.”

But, he said, the former Alaska governor still has a lot to prove.

“Her biggest challenge will be to convince people she’s got the depth to be a successful president,” he said. “In the perilous times we live in, people are going to want to know if she’s up to snuff.”

I agree with Scheffler in his assessment why people are attracted to Palin, but I think what he said about her having a lot to prove could be said about a good number of potential candidate, including Mitt Romney, who was also only a one-term governor, and not a very effective one at that (RomneyCare, governing as a liberal).

Listening to Jan Mickelson on WHO Radio this morning people who called in were saying.  She “represents our values,” “she’s trustworthy,” and “I think she’d straighten out the party, Congress” (though has there ever been a President able to do that).  So Woolson’s claim that it’s just celebrity appeal is unfounded.

Then there’s it’s Iowa of course she’s running mantra ala Tim Albrecht (former Romney staff, now working for Branstad Gubernatorial campaign) in the same AP article.

“No politician comes to Iowa by accident,” Republican strategist Tim Albrecht said. “Every politician knows the implications when they set foot here.”

Wonder what he would have said if she didn’t come to Iowa?  Oh boy!  Or if she planned two stops?  And it isn’t even 2010 yet.

Update: Kevin Hall, the Des Moines Conservative, declares Sarah Palin the frontrunner for the nomination. We’ll see if future polls will back that up, but right now if she decides to run she’ll be in good shape. (HT: Josh Painter)

Shane Vander Hart is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts.  He loves connecting to fellow Rogues, so please feel free to follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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The Final Word on the Palin in Des Moines “Controversy”

Posted by Shane Vander Hart on October 30, 2009

palin-carson-CA She’s not coming, but would like to in the future.  She’d also come for free.  Bryan English at the Iowa Family Policy Center just sent the following press release:

10/30/09 Pleasant Hill, IA – Iowa Family Policy Center ACTION received word this morning that Governor Sarah Palin is unable to accept our speaking invitation due to her book tour contractual commitments, which cannot be changed.

We extended our invitation knowing she would be in the middle of her book tour and the chances of her being able to accept any invitations were extremely slim.

She has asked if she could speak at a future mutually agreeable date. She will not accept any fees for her appearance.

That seems to put the controversy created by Politico’s Jonathan Martin yesterday to bed.  Speaking of the asinine article that Jonathan Martin wrote, Emily Geiger at The Iowa Republican notes some background on those who talked with Jonathan Martin:

And, Jonny had lots of completely impartial sources who were happy to comment and help him “cobble together” an eleven-hundred word story.

Oh, those sources… they were so shocked at this (unconfirmed) unprecedented occurrence. How dare political operatives get paid obscene amounts of money. And speaking of politicos getting paid obscene amounts of money, Jonny went to a very knowledgeable source on that particular issue, Ed Failor, Jr., of Iowans for Tax Relief fame.

Hey Ed, how much were you paid by the Pataki campaign only to end up submarining it when you had a change of heart and decided McCain was your man? Oh well, at least Ed refrained from calling Palin a jackbooted Nazi, so he did show some self-restraint.

Jonny also got some inside info from David Kochel, who was a top aide to former (and future) presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

Hey Dave, didn’t I just read a story about how Mitt Romney tried to buy off the Iowa Christian Alliance? I heard you helped facilitate that little scheme. And somehow you are shocked at the thought of a well-known political figure (who very likely isn’t running for president) getting paid a speaker’s fee for (gasp) a public speaking appearance?

Another of Jonny’s sources was the Iowa Christian Alliance’s Steve Scheffler, who is totally impartial given that he runs a competing organization which is dealing with its own scandal.

And then we’ve got Tim Albrecht quoted. He was the Iowa spokesman for Romney’s 2008 caucus campaign.

Hmmm… Between Kochel and Albrecht, this sounds suspiciously like yet another case of former Romney staffers “going rogue” and badmouthing their meal ticket’s perceived competition.

I’m sure that it was completely coincidental.

Updates can be found here.

Shane Vander Hart is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts.  Feel free to follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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Palin Coming to Des Moines?

Posted by Shane Vander Hart on October 28, 2009

55848942 Iowa Family Policy Center ACTION sent out the following press release last night:

IFPC ACTION GOING ROGUE?

10/27/09 Pleasant Hill, IA – In response to media inquiries, Iowa Family Policy Center ACTION President Chuck Hurley responded today to questions concerning a potential appearance by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at an upcoming IFPC Action event.

According to Hurley, “We have reached out to Governor Palin through both official and informal channels and extended an invitation for her to keynote our annual fundraising event.” He went on to say, “We are not yet ready to confirm the specifics, but are hopeful that all the details can be worked out for her to come.”

IFPC Action began soliciting financial support for the event this week in anticipation of the Governor’s potential visit. Responding to questions raised by preliminary fundraising for the event, Hurley said the event, scheduled for November 21st, would be “on a much larger scale than our banquet last November,” and that “we are preparing now to make sure the Governor’s visit is a huge success should she accept our invitation.”

IFPC Action welcomed Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on his first trip to Iowa when he spoke at last year’s event. Previous IFPC Action speakers include Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

Should Palin accept the invitation, her appearance at the IFPC Action event would mark her first trip to Iowa since she traveled the state as the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.

This would be an incredibly good move for her to make.  While this would be sweet, and I would try to make sure I attend the event – it isn’t confirmed.  So I would encourage everybody not to assume that she is coming.  When Meg Stapleton, her personal spokesperson, says so… then you can bank on it.

The Iowa Republican notes the irony if she does in fact attend:

Palin’s appearance would occur just across the street from the Iowa Democratic Party’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner, which will be held at Hy-Vee Hall. The Iowa Family Policy Center was originally scheduled to hold its event at Hy-Vee Hall, but IFPC was asked to relocate once the Iowa Democratic Party confirmed Vice President Biden as its keynote speaker. As a consolation, the Iowa Events Center reportedly offered IFPC Action the 16,000 seat Wells Fargo Arena at a greatly reduced rate.

Who do you think would have more in attendance?  Palin?  You betcha.

Shane Vander Hart (who lives in the Des Moines area and would be super-thrilled to have Palin visit) is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts.  Feel free to follow him on Twitter and friend him on Facebook.

Editor’s Note:

Word came this afternoon that Meghan Stapleton had issued a statement that it would be “incredibly difficult” for Sarah to attend this event because of her book tour and requests from over 1000 groups for her time. Although a definitive “no” was not given, it doesn’t look good for this particular event.

Author Shane Vanderhart has additional updates on his site. It looks like IFPC had to issue the press release because CNN had intercepted an e-mail from another group that was fundraising to help pay the speaker’s fee for this event.

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