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Uncle Bill
01-29-2012, 03:10 PM
After Newt got endorsed by his buddy, and former fellow primary candidate, Herman Cain, it's nice to see Sarah get into the fracus and express her views. We need to keep reminding folks that ROMNEY IS ESTABLISHMENT...AND CERTAINLY IS NOT CONSERVATIVE.

As I've made clear many times, Newt may not be lily white in the Republican eyes of the George Wills, and Ann Coulters, but he's still far more what this nation needs than the milquetoast personality of Mitt Romney. I couldn't care how many think Newt's views are too grandiose, or he's going to bolt from the important things that need to be done AT THIS MOMENT, I just don't buy it. We absolutely need his perspective, drive, and fire, to get rid of what the Obama regime has been shoving down our throat.

Welcome to the REAL conservative cause, Mrs. Palin....not that you ever 'left' it, but you now understand, we conservatives need your support more than ever. The moderate establishment you are famous for fighting, has to have the light shined on them, so every American can witness the huge differences we are up against. The conservatives MUST prevail!

UB

Sarah Palin Urges Newt Vote in Florida, Says Gingrich Will 'Clobber' Obama



Sunday, 29 Jan 2012 02:00 PM
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Sarah Palin is urging Florida voters to vote for Newt Gingrich on Tuesday in their state's Republican primary.

"Vote for Newt," Palin told Jeanine Pirro, host of the Fox News weekend program "Justice with Jeanine."

Palin made a passionate plea for Republican voters to reject Mitt Romney in Florida to keep the primary process going forward.

The former Alaska governor made it crystal clear that she favors former House Speaker Gingrich, suggesting that the Republican establishment in New York and Washington is trying to anoint former Massachusetts Gov. Romney the GOP nominee.

"And I say, you know, you’ve got to rage against the machine at this point in order to defend our republic and save what is good and secure and prosperous about our nation,” Palin said. “We need somebody who is engaged in sudden and relentless reform and is not afraid to shake up the establishment. So, if for no other reason, rage against the machine, vote for Newt, annoy a liberal, vote Newt, keep this vetting process going, keep the debate going.”

Here are key points Palin made on Fox:

"Ronald Reagan wasn't afraid to take on sitting members of his own party who were in office. He challenged a sitting Republican. He knew politics of personal destruction hurt the cause of conservatism. What we see today what happened there in Florida this past week — it's gone beyond the pale, gone beyond aggressive and fair campaigning against an opponent."
Rick Santorum pointed out that Romney “drew first blood, and at first, Newt Gingrich didn't respond — he wanted to take the high road . . . [Newt] announced his intention to take the high road, but when you're continually hit and bombarded with negative rewritten history about yourself and your record, you have to hit back. And that's what you saw Newt Gingrich engage in . . .”
“I've been the proponent of continuing this vetting process and aggressive debate. It should be fair though the healthy debate that our country the electorate will benefit from . . . We see these pundits and politicos and elites and the far away Washington, D.C., beltway telling the electorate that by Florida it's going to be all wrapped up and we'll have our nominee.”
“Well, look at the players in the establishment who are fighting so hard against [Newt]. They want to crucify him because he's tapped into that average everyday American tea party, grass-roots movement that has said enough is enough of the establishment that tries to run the show and tweak rules and laws and regulations for their own good and not for our nation's own good.”
“Both party machines and many in the media are trying to crucify Newt Gingrich for bucking the tide and bucking the establishment. That tells you something. I say you have got to rage against the machine at this point in order to defend our republic . . . Vote for Newt, annoy a liberal. Vote Newt. Keep this vetting process going.”
“Which candidate is most passionate about the sudden and relentless reform that's needed? Which candidate understands that government is not the answer? Not on a state level — same when it comes to mandating what level of healthcare you must purchase? . . . I've appreciated again Newt Gingrich. His style in debates, his thinking, his way of explaining what he stands for, so I think that in a debate Newt Gingrich would clobber Barack Obama. That's one step closer to the voters being able to have a tool to make up their minds whether it should be Obama or the GOP nominee.”Important: Sarah Palin Urges Vote for Newt, Keep Process Going — Read More Here. (http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/Sarah-Palin-Gingrich-attacks/2012/01/27/id/425784)

Uncle Bill
01-29-2012, 03:20 PM
More from Sarah, AND Michael Reagan, which I applaud. UB

Sarah Palin: Newt 'Crucified' by Romney Allies, GOP Establishment



Friday, 27 Jan 2012 01:08 PM
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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says that Newt Gingrich is being “crucified” by the Republican establishment, including allies of Mitt Romney, who are trying to rewrite his record with a barrage of negative attacks.

"Look at Newt Gingrich, what's going on with him via the establishment's attacks,” Palin told John Stossel of Fox Business on Thursday.

She added: “They're trying to crucify this man and rewrite history and rewrite what it is that he has stood for all these years.”

Palin has not endorsed any of the GOP presidential candidates, but has been enthusiastically supportive of Gingrich.

Last week before the South Carolina GOP primary Palin said she would vote for Newt Gingrich if she was voting in that state’s primary.

Palin’s husband, Todd, has officially endorsed Gingrich for president.

Sarah Palin explained her husband’s endorsement of Gingrich: “I think that endorsement was real reflective of a lot of Americans who understand that somebody with experience in cutting government budgets, cutting taxes — which does more for liberty and an economic turnaround than anything else — someone who has waged war on Hillarycare and government taking over of healthcare — somebody with that experience plus somebody who has struggled personally and overcome struggles and challenges — would be one that was embraced by voters.”


And Sarah Palin’s defense of Gingrich, especially of his conservative, Reaganite record, has gotten significant backing from leading conservatives.

On Thursday, Rush Limbaugh slammed Romney allies for a “coordinated attack” on Gingrich.

Limbaugh described Gingrich as the “premier defender of Ronald Reagan” and said such smear tactics against Gingrich hurt Mitt Romney.

“That kind of stuff is why people hate Romney so much," Limbaugh said.


Palin also struck out at conservative writers like Washington Post columnist George Will and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, who earlier this month called Gingrich an “angry little attack muffin.”

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“That's that typical hypocrisy stuff in the media, you know, I've lived with over a couple of decades in the political arena," she told Stossel, complaining that Mitt Romney doesn’t get the same treatment.

Last week, in a radio interview with Sean Hannity, Palin blasted ABC News for its interview with Gingrich’s ex-wife, Marianne Gingrich, saying these kinds of media hits “incentivize conservatives and independents” who are tired of “the politics of personal destruction.”

“We know the game now, and we just won't put up with it. Good call, media."

Romney is suffering a major backlash from conservatives outraged by his tactics.

Michael Reagan, the conservative commentator and son of President Reagan, slammed Romney for his recent assault on Gingrich.

“As governor of Massachusetts, Romney’s achievement was the most socialistic healthcare plan in the nation up until that time,” Reagan said.
“Say what you want about Newt Gingrich but when he was speaker of the House he surrounded himself with Reagan conservatives and implemented a Ronald Reagan program of low taxes and restrained federal spending.

“Newt’s conservative program created a huge economic boom and balanced the budget for the first time in more than a generation.”
Mike Reagan concluded: “I would take Newt Gingrich’s record any day over Mitt Romney’s.”

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Uncle Bill
01-29-2012, 03:31 PM
Some more about the 'establishment' vs. the 'conservatives'. UB

Romney Campaign Run by Charlie Crist’s Political Aides



Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 12:15 PM
By Andrew Henry




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As Mitt Romney puts the South Carolina primary in his rear-view mirror and hits the accelerator in a bid to win Florida, he may discover himself crashing headlong into the bitter legacy of Charlie Crist, the former Florida governor who defected from the GOP and was soundly defeated for the U.S. Senate by Marco Rubio.

Romney’s “Charlie Crist” problem is this: Romney’s chief campaign strategist and several of his most senior campaign staff were Crist’s top political advisers — the same ones who crafted Crist’s moderate, ignore-the-tea-party strategy epitomized in Crist’s famous “hug” of President Barack Obama. That strategy led Crist, once the most popular Republican governor in the nation, to defeat.

Crist’s erstwhile political team was led by controversial GOP strategist Stuart Stevens. Stevens and partner Russ Schriefer are the principals in the high-profile Stevens & Schriefer Group consultant firm and are playing the lead role in crafting Romney’s primary and national campaign strategy.

According to the Stevens & Schriefer website, the firm had a long history with Crist, serving as chief strategists for his bids for education commissioner, attorney general, governor, and later for the U.S. Senate.

Other senior Crist political aides from his failed Senate campaign now hold key posts in Romney’s campaign. Amanda Henneberg, who had served as Crist’s press secretary, now is a spokeswoman with the Romney 2012 campaign. Likewise, Andrea Saul, who was Crist’s communications director, now is Romney’s press secretary.

The Stevens & Schriefer firm has played a central role in several GOP presidential campaigns, including Romney’s failed bid in 2008. It also holds a strong track record of winning campaigns, mainly for more moderate Republicans.

The firm specializes in helping Blue State Republicans woo moderates, swing voters, and Democrats to help the GOP win statewide elections. Stevens & Schreifer advised Republican Chris Christie in his bid for New Jersey governor.

The firm’s appeal to the GOP conservative base, however, may be mixed at best — especially when its role in Crist’s unsuccessful 2010 Senate bid is factored in.

When former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio announced his bid to challenge Crist for Senate in May 2009, he trailed the popular Republican governor in positive name recognition in the Sunshine State by 36 points (13 percent to 49 percent), according to the Mason-Dixon polling company. Nevertheless, Crist went on to suffer one of the worst political meltdowns in recent history.

For his Senate bid, Stevens crafted a moderate Crist message that proved very much at odds with the tea party sentiment then sweeping Florida and the nation. Many analysts believe the Stevens strategy was played out, creating a mortal wound for Crist, when he gave Obama the infamous “hug.”

It came during a Feb. 10, 2009, rally in Fort Myers in support of the president’s controversial $850 billion stimulus program. Crist joined Obama on stage, praised the plan, and physically embraced the president.

That was a defining moment for Crist and his Senate campaign: He had embraced the opposition but had ignored the party’s conservative base.

During the campaign Jeb Bush, the influential former Florida governor, gave an exclusive interview to Newsmax and declared that Crist had committed an “unforgiveable” act by supporting the Obama stimulus.

Bush’s remark triggered a downward spiral in the polls from which Crist never recovered. In April 2010, before the Republican primary vote, Crist left the Republican Party and ran as an independent. Rubio defeated him decisively in the November election.

When Crist bolted from the Republican Party, Stevens and his firm resigned from the Crist campaign, as did senior aides Saul and Henneberg.


With Florida’s Jan. 31 primary shaping up to be a bitter and critical battle between the establishment GOP represented by Romney on one side and the Main Street/tea party Republicans who are backing Gingrich, the race looks like it could be a do-over of the bitterly contested 2010 Florida Senate race.

The primary drama may offer a replay of Crist-Rubio, with Crist’s former associate Stevens crafting the Romney message and Jose Mallea, who was Rubio’s Senate campaign manager, leading the Gingrich campaign in Florida.

For example, when a November poll briefly showed former House Speaker Gingrich leading Romney in Florida, GOP strategist Alex Castellanos tweeted sarcastically: “Don’t worry, Stuart [Stevens] will deliver [a] Crist endorsement.”

To some, the Florida race has all the markings of a repeat of the Crist-Rubio showdown. Veteran political strategist Roger Stone tells Newsmax that the Romney campaign has been “tone deaf when it comes to conservatives.”

The Miami-based Stone adds: “Stuart Stevens, while he is a smart guy, he is not a conservative. He does not come from the conservative movement, he does not understand the conservative movement.”

So far, Romney’s national campaign playbook has been eerily similar to Crist’s strategy, embracing swing, middle-of-the-road voters while keeping the GOP’s conservative base at a distance.

The Romney campaign did not respond to a request for comment. But Gingrich has emphasized that his campaign is surrounded by conservatives, and that the GOP leadership ranks during his tenure as House speaker were filled by conservatives as well.

During an appearance on shows and in a recent debate, Gingrich trumpeted the fact that he has been a “Reagan populist conservative” and that Rubio’s former campaign manager runs his Florida campaign.

Gingrich will have to play the Rubio underdog role adroitly, however, given that the primary election is only a week away. Gingrich hasn’t run a single ad in Florida, though Romney has been barraging the state with 30-second ads for weeks. Before South Carolina, polls showed Gingrich trailing Romney in the Sunshine State.

But as the Crist-Rubio paradigm indicates, things can change quickly in Florida.

“Crist never took Rubio seriously because Rubio had no name ID,” Stone recalls. “Charlie was universally known, with a 73 percent approval, and said ‘conservative’ with every other word out of his mouth.”

But Florida voters saw through the spin and viewed Crist as too moderate for their taste.

Will Romney move more to the right after his resounding loss to Gingrich in the Palmetto State? His strategy will unfold in the days ahead, but most analysts expect Romney to focus on Gingrich’s shortcomings.

In December, the Miami Herald reported that “Charlie Crist's Marco Rubio-bashing team” was heading up the Romney campaign. The story described the Crist tactics that Stevens helped devise against Rubio as “Call him a crook and a hypocrite.”

This playbook seems to have been dusted off for implementation.

Gerry Clinchy
01-29-2012, 06:08 PM
It seemed to me that as long as Romney was comfortably the front-runner, he played nice. When pressure got higher, he's come back without that "Presidential image" that many mentioned in the early debates.

I don't mind people not having pets. I do mind people having pets and doing so just because the kids want them, etc. and then don't know how to treat them right. R-money comes to mind in the latter group. I mean, really, strapping a dog crate to the top of your car for a long trip, would be like strapping a human in a box on the wing of an airplane. Just plain dumb, unthinking thing to do ... thinking of a living animal as just a piece of luggage.

1tulip
01-29-2012, 09:50 PM
People around here have started calling Gov. Romney "mittens" in respect of his Rottweiler-like focus on the incumbent.

I strongly suggest everyone to drop a few dimes on Senator Santorum's website. (Pick up a sweater vest if you like!) Since a couple of outstanding Nevadans have underwritten Newt to the tune of 10 million, the Speaker can get along just fine for a while. And Rick is beginning to catch some attention. His performance in the Florida debate was stellar and he was able to rise above the ranker. It's not fair. I know the Speaker is doing what he must to fight back. But it's still a mud-fest between him and Mittens.

It would do Newt and the Republicans good to keep another conservative in the race to keep the pressure on Romney. Far too many conservatives have shown a willingness to cave and believe the "inevitability" hype. Add to that, the establishment has a harder time painting Rick as a volatile loon.

And for any social conservatives who are a little queasy about Newt... not only has Santorum walked the walk, face it, he's been slimed by "progressives" over such consequential things as the way his family grieved for their premature son that died a few hours after birth. And doubtless the same liberal democrats will dump on his daughter the way they did on Trig Palin.

If it comes down to Newt vrs. Mittens... I'm in Newt's corner. And if Romney gets the nod in Tampa, I'm already enlisted as a Precinct captain. I'll be putting money and shoe-leather in to make the Governor our President. But until then, y'all just give some strategic thought about keeping another conservative gun trained against the establishment and taking shots at the moderate. Just sayin'.

Jacob Hawkes
01-29-2012, 10:27 PM
Well frick. Newt had a chance until that beepity beep beep beep decide to screw The Republican Party yet again. Why can't that beepity beep beep beep keep herself out of the public eye? Damn.

cpj
01-30-2012, 05:40 AM
Sarah isn't endorsing Newt, she wants the process to stay stirred up. I think she is a Paul supporter. Fox won't allow her to come out of the closet.

Hew
01-30-2012, 05:48 AM
This thread has all...irrational Palin hatred (I see Bon doesn't have that market cornered :p), double standards (it's OK for the other candiates to attack their opponents' records but if Romney responds in-kind that's not presidential) and dubious political math (if Romney puts a dog on the roof = he's not qualified to be the nominee). All we needed was another claim that Santorum is in a secret conspiracy with PETA to have hit for the cycle on this thread.

BTW, can somebody explain to me how a dog contained in a vari-kennel and strapped to the roof of a car is so much more crazy-dangerous than a dog contained in a vari-kennel in the bed of a truck? Or a dog sitting in the passenger seat with it's head out the window? I guess I better never run for president. :oops:

Hew
01-30-2012, 05:52 AM
Sarah isn't endorsing Newt, she wants the process to stay stirred up. I think she is a Paul supporter. Fox won't allow her to come out of the closet.
Ooops...didn't see this one. Include zany conspiracy theory and shake = a thread quinella of crazy-talk. ;-)

cpj
01-30-2012, 09:19 AM
UB, Judge Napolitano just put this Sarah Palin quote on his FB wall: " you've got to rage against the machine and save what is good and prosperous about this nation. We need someone who is engaged in sudden and relentless reform." Does that sound like an endorsement for Newt?

Uncle Bill
01-30-2012, 11:11 AM
UB, Judge Napolitano just put this Sarah Palin quote on his FB wall: " you've got to rage against the machine and save what is good and prosperous about this nation. We need someone who is engaged in sudden and relentless reform." Does that sound like an endorsement for Newt?

Let me look....where did I suggest Sarah had ENDORSED Newt??? Your previous post was closer to the facts. Furthermore, that 2nd hand Napolitano quote concerniong Palin is far closer to Newt's views than any other candidate running.

While she may go along with some of RP's ideas, as have I...as has Newt..BUT that is a distant contrast to any of us actually siding with Ron Paul. Of course many of his policies are what this nation needs, but by themselves, they will accomplish squat. There is no way he can carry the majority of the electorate.

UB

Franco
01-30-2012, 12:32 PM
Let me look....where did I suggest Sarah had ENDORSED Newt??? Your previous post was closer to the facts. Furthermore, that 2nd hand Napolitano quote concerniong Palin is far closer to Newt's views than any other candidate running.

While she may go along with some of RP's ideas, as have I...as has Newt..BUT that is a distant contrast to any of us actually siding with Ron Paul. Of course many of his policies are what this nation needs, but by themselves, they will accomplish squat. There is no way he can carry the majority of the electorate.

UB

And, Newt can?

RP has much broader appeal than Newt!

Just look at the national polls where RP and Obama are within 2points of one another whereas Newt is trailing Obama by 12 to 15 points!