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Sarah Palin takes CPAC by storm

Sarah Palin takes CPAC by storm

Just yesterday the dimwits at Politico were writing her off in their usual demeaning terms.

I don’t expect she’ll be a candidate again, but today she took CPAC by storm, playing an important role outside the Republican Party structure in saying what needs to be said and motivating an important part of the base.

Don’t take my word for it, here’s how Business Insider described the speech, Sarah Palin’s Brilliant CPAC Speech Shows She Can Still Work A Crowd:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah  Palin just delivered a barnstorming speech here at the Conservative  Political Action Conference, proving  once again that, despite being semi-retired and semi-irrelevant, the “Mama  Grizzly” can work a crowd better than almost anyone else in the GOP.

Here are the 10 best lines:

1. “More background checks? Dandy idea Mr. President. Should’ve  started with yours.”

2.  On her husband, Todd Palin: “He’s  got the rifle, I’ve got the rack.” [Pulls out Big Gulp]

3. “Mr. President, we admit it. You won. Accept it. Now step away  from the teleprompter and do your job.”

4. “We can’t just  ignore, though, that we just lost a big election. Yeah. Came in second. Out of  two … Second  position on a dog sled team is where the view never changes and the view ain’t  pretty.” 

5. “We don’t have  leadership coming out of Washington. We have reality  television.”

6. To College  Republicans: “You’ve  got to be thinking Sam Adams, not drinking Sam  Adams.”

7. “If these  experts keep losing elections, keep raking in millions, if they feel that  strongly about who should run in this party they should buck up and run or stay  in the truck. The architects can head on back to the Lone Star State and put  their name on the ballot.” [Clearly this is a reference to Karl Rove]

8. “The next  election is 20 months away. Now is the time to furlough the consultants, and  tune out the pollsters, send the focus groups home and toss the political  scripts. Because if we truly know what we believe, we don’t need professionals  to tell us.”

9. To Washington  consultants: “Get over yourself. It’s not  about you.” 

10. “Barack Obama promised the most transparent  administration ever. Barack Obama — you lie!” 

It’s the only reasons I can say “I really wish I had gone.”

Update: This New York Magazine writer quoted a hoax line … maybe he can get a job at Politico:


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Sarah, you go girl.

Quote #7: step away from the grease board Karl Rove.

Sarah: The Titanium Lady

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Sally Paradise. | March 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Lefties and Hollywould Idiots love to make fun of Sarah’s accent.

    If the wost thing you can criticize about a person for is their regional accent, that person is pretty damn awesome!

Sarah is a messaging genius. Perhaps the best of our time.

One pick, however…

focus groups are an invaluable tool, if done properly.

You have to understand HOW to reach people with your principles. That is not, unfortunately, intuitive for most people.

    She knows what the people want to hear, and what they need to hear. How can her message compete with promises of a beachfront property in Hawaii?

    She needs to sacrifice a human life, preferably before it has a voice, to gain favor with the mortal gods and their loyal servants.

7. “If these experts keep losing elections, keep raking in millions, if they feel that strongly about who should run in this party they should buck up and run or stay in the truck. The architects can head on back to the Lone Star State and put their name on the ballot.” [Clearly this is a reference to Karl Rove]

I suspect it’s also a reference to Barbara Bush saying that Sarah Palin needed to go back to Alaska.

TrooperJohnSmith | March 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Hopefully… she will join the US Senate, soon! Imagine Palin, Cruz and Paul in that august body!

Yeah, her next move has got to be the 2014 Senate race in Alaska. Especially if she hopes to be president someday.

Besides, it will suck up so much of the Dems time and money to rail against her that they won’t have anything to spend anywhere else.

    jimposter in reply to caseym54. | March 16, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I agree. She went from being governor to being a rock star. If she wants back into the hunt she needs to win a senate seat. Otherwise she is a commentator, not a public official. We already have Limbaugh whose position is untouchable so long as he wishes to continue. She doesn’t need to end up a second tier talk show host, fighting for airtime on 10,000 watt regional stations.

    She is good at organizing and inspiring. If she has a future in leadership however she also needs to sign up for the heavy lifting in an important public official capacity. It will provide the gravitas and experience she needs.

The Big Gulp was a nice touch. It calls to mind my favorite image of the week, which channels a favorite hero of mine:

huskers-for-palin | March 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I think she will run in the future. Noticed how Cruz gave her props…again, and listed a brief sample of the politicos who she endorsed. And Cruz did this at CPAC…the very same base that would support her in what capacity she desires.

She also “gets it” on media and pop culture. The big gulp grabs the headlines more than the speech.

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | March 16, 2013 at 3:49 pm

The Take Away Quote (imho):

“we truly know what we believe,
we don’t need professionals to tell us.”

1. I don’t expect she’ll be a candidate again, but today she took CPAC by storm, playing an important role outside the Republican Party structure in saying what needs to be said and motivating an important part of the base.


Iirc I’ve commented that not getting Palin involved might have been one of the Romney campaign’s critical blunders.

2. IMHO the GOP cannot win the Presidency without Palin’s national constituency. However, notwithstanding the 2010 election, I am inclined to believe that, all by itself, Palin’s national constituency cannot reliably win the Presidency.

3. Per Rags, focus grouping is an important tool if done properly. So is polling. So is the cyberGOTV that caught the Republicans flatfooted in November.

Put that stuff—not just the technology, but the creative-class voters who are simpatico with the technology—together with Palinesque populism and you’ll restore a governing conservative majority. Doing that will take Reaganesque coalition-building skills.

    Ragspierre in reply to gs. | March 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    While I agree with the general thrust, I also take exception to the idea that candidates need to forgo the use of consultants.

    That was ONE of the major causes, IMNHO, of the Akin debacle. Akin never had a real campaign, including people who could teach him how NOT to punch the tar-baby.

    Implying that ALL consultants are worthless (or worse) is like implying that all business trouble-shooters are worthless (or worse). Some are worth their weight in gold.

Ebiri is still pulling the little girl’s ponytail. Look at me. Look at me. I like you.

As for Palin, she is the American mother. She is the representative matriarch of the American family.

We are in a competitive feud between families, both domestic and alien.

I’d like to see Sarah Palin move to the next level beyond folksy quipster extraordinaire. Does she want this herself?

    Ragspierre in reply to raven. | March 16, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    She’s already there.

    Where have you been…???

      raven in reply to Ragspierre. | March 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      I’m glad you think so.

      But I’ve heard this CPAC speech before. Palin seems to have found a slot for herself as the sort of female Will Rogers of conservatism – the sassy slang, the props, the quips, the anti-Establishment raillery. Good for her. But I can’t help feeling that the gravity and pounds-per-square inch seriousness and inspiration she was able to deliver at her 2008 convention speech has slowly given way to something which, while entertaining and often rousing, falls short of the role I assumed she would play.

      But these could be her wise choices and my false assumptions. I hope so.

        Ragspierre in reply to raven. | March 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm

        Perhaps…if you reduce her to a single speech.

        Good grief…!!!! She is not a cartoon. She has SEVERAL dimensions.

Way back on 9/1/12, I warned that Romney and Ryan were not the answer, especially since their TV viewership did not come close to Palin’s numbers in 2008.

The GOP ran Sarah Palin’s reputation and appeal into the ground, supporting the liberal view. If the lady can still rouse a crowd, then she should be encouraged to run for president in 2016.

I have heard all I want to hear from the non-conservatives, starting with Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, The Donald, and in my opinion, Marco Rubio.

She was great as usual. She got the audience pumped. Wish I were there.

BannedbytheGuardian | March 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm

As an aside , please consider that Mrs Thatcher is no longer a public figure & has all too humanly entered the more serious stages of dementia.

Her visitors have been only very close circle for several years & recently her most trusted adviser has stated she no longer recognises him.

The guy above is a film critic whose most recent articles bemoaned the many great films of the late 70s -80s are not available . He would like people to realise how good they were.

Sort of like life – isn’t it?

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littleredhen | March 16, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I think this was her best speech since the 2008 convention. She seemed so relaxed, confident and never more beautiful! Loved that bacground check reference.

littleredhen | March 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm

background, not bacground. Sorry.

Sarah Palin doesn’t NEED to run for President or the Senate or any other office in order to make a contribution to our country, I’m glad to say (much as I would like to see her back in an office of some national import – man, talk about someone who could shake up the status quo…).

The political life of this country does NOT revolve around the politicians in this country no matter how much the phoolz in D.C. and elsewhere would like us to believe that.

I fully trust her to make a choice which is right and proper for herself and her family and her country. My humble opinion is that no matter what she chooses to do, the most important thing is that she continue to speak out. Voice her opinions. Speak truth to power. Speak common sense to willful stupidity. Speak righteousness to evil. Lovingly speak truth and courage and hope to the American people and let them know that they are not alone in the wilderness.

Were she to do those things, she would be every bit as important in history, every bit as much the American political hero, held every bit as dear in the hearts of Americans of all stripes and inclinations (if not more so) as those who win political races.

There are a few in DC who keep pounding away for us, and for that I’m thankful. But it is all so, so dreary.

Your selected quotes left me feeling better than I have for months, thanks for posting them. I’ll find and watch the speech. It’ll be a refreshing change from Fienstein, Pelosi, and the rest of the depressing, sour old hags and cattle in Washington.