Friday, May 27, 2011

More Quote of the Day Honorable Mention Part 285

"Revival" Edition

Joel B. Pollak, at Big Government:
“Sarah Palin will have a strong impact on the 2012 race, whether she runs for president or not. She will continue to rally conservatives, and Democrats and journalists will continue to target her as a proxy for Republicans as a whole... It’s also important to acknowledge the role Palin has played over the past two years. She rallied the opposition to President Barack Obama during a time when opposition seemed impossible, when even conservatives wondered if Obama’s election marked ‘the end of a conservative era’ and the beginning of a ‘revived liberalism.’ She did more than support candidates, provide new ideas, and comment on TV. She led a revival. Sarah Palin served, unofficially, as the ‘Leader of the Opposition’–a powerful position in many parliamentary democracies, even enjoying constitutional status in some of them... It’s too early to know whether Palin will turn her unofficial opposition into an official campaign. But it is not too early for even her opponents to concede that she has done her job well.”
Stephen Bannon, on his Palin documentary "The Undefeated":
“This film is a real-life version of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”
Shane Vander Hart, at Caffeinated Thoughts:
“I wasn’t quite ready to bet on it back in April, but it seems it seems like former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is getting ready for a 2012 run... She came in second in a straw poll at the Pottawattamie County [Iowa] GOP straw poll in absentia; the winner was Herman Cain who spoke at the event. Obviously not a scientific poll, but it does demonstrate that many activists are not happy with the current field. A recent Pew Poll found that Governor Palin benefits the most from former Governor Mike Huckabee’s decision not to run. Obviously nothing is definite, but I’d wager she’s in.”
Lara M. Brown, assistant political science professor at Villanova:
“Republicans need her, even if they fear her.”
Mark Preston,CNN Senior Political Editor:
“Palin is performing much stronger than Bachmann and just about everyone else in the early national polls such as Thursday's Gallup Poll, which said Palin, with 15% support, is just 2 percentage points behind front-runner Mitt Romney... If she runs, it is the core group of social conservatives who Palin would be counting on, not the so-called GOP establishment types. Palin relishes being the anti-Washington politician, which is a powerful message to send to conservative voters angry at the direction President Obama has taken the country.”
John Nolte, via Twitter:
“Ohnoes! Sarah Palin is taking her message directly to the people! Quick to the JournOlist Cave! More pieces on irrelevancy & her family!”
Erika Bolstad, at McClatchy Newspapers:
“Since former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin shot to fame after her 2008 vice presidential bid, she's kept her intentions — if not her ambitions — closely held. But on Thursday, Palin's ambitions began to look increasingly presidential. Her political action committee announced that she'd launch a multi-state tour over the Memorial Day weekend, beginning at a motorcycle rally in Washington and winding its way up the East Coast to New Hampshire, the site of the nation's first presidential primary. And although Palin has said that filing deadlines, family considerations and the other aspiring officeholders in the field would shape her ultimate decision, the blue bus emblazoned with the motto ‘One Nation’ left little question that the upcoming tour is but a precursor to a full campaign.”
Tammy Bruce:
“Oh Look – A Bus!”
Peter Ingemi, at Datechguy's Blog:
“For months the MSM has gone with the meme that a Palin candidacy helps Obama and if she is nominated it guarantees the president a second term. Every report, every signal, every single statement over and over again has attempted to reinforce this idea to the general public and to gullible establishment republicans. As we get closer to the nominating process and the election actually takes shape I suspect we will be finding out just how much these people believe it... If she guarantees a victory for Democrats the media would do all in their power to make sure that she is the nominee... When you see the attacks by the media intensify and the leftist blogs follow suit, you will discover what some of us already know; the left will tell you who they fear, and they’ve feared Sarah Palin from the moment she was announced by John McCain.”
Bernie Quigley at The Hill's Pundits Blog:
“Will Sarah Palin denial now turn to panic? ... It has been said here from the beginning: It is now and always has been about Sarah Palin. On the Republican side, the rest is side meat.”
Conservative Curmudgeon, at
“Hmmm… ‘Tis something in the Wind that makes me think Sarah Palin might be this Generation’s JFK… Oh, I know, I know: This opens me up to the hackneyed Lloyd Bentsen trope about knowing John Kennedy, and you, Sarah Palin, are no John Kennedy… To which, one hopes, she would answer, ‘You’re right. I never cheated on my spouse, got involved with the Mob, and my Daddy never bought me a Pulitzer Prize.’ But, the analogy is this: JFK created a whole new set or rules, a whole new road-map to the Presidential nomination of his party in 1960. And, we may be witnessing the same thing, fifty years later, from Sarah Palin.”
TWB, at The POH Diaries:
“The libs will lose their ever loving minds once she officially unofficially hits the campaign trail.”
Freedom Fighter, at Joshuapundit:
“Governor Palin accomplished more in her two and a half years then some of her predecessors did in two terms, and ultimately she only resigned because of an organized and concerted attempt to bankrupt her and her family, because she was honest enough to admit that attempt was preventing her from doing what she promised to do for Alaska and because in Sean Parnell, she had someone she could trust to carry on successfully... I still say that if she gets into it, she’ll enter the race in mid to late summer after everyone else starts flaming out, and given what I see on the economic horizon, there's no doubt in my mind she could win the White House.”
Doug Powers at The Powers That Be:
“Am I convinced she’s running? Not yet, but this bus tour is almost certainly an exploratory committee on wheels.”
Merv Benson, at PrairiePundit:
“Palin makes preliminary moves to run for GOP nomination... She attracts so much attention that she will not need as much money as others to get her message out and to get free coverage. Her problem is that she will also get negative coverage from those in the media who hate her and her policy positions. It will be interesting to see how disciplined she will be on the campaign trail. She needs to develop a message of the top three to five things she wants to do as President and hammer them. She is also good at attacking President Obama. That is another reason the left hates her... I like Sarah Palin. I think she is right on most of the issues, and the criticism she receives is just the mean nature of leftist politics.”

1 comment:

  1. So many views on what Sarah Palin's recent moves mean. So here is mine.

    Simply put.....the two events are simply part of the necessary Define and Differentiate building blocks of a campaign. Like any well run business Palin is clearly defining who she is and what she has accomplished. The movie is the primary mode to say to the country, this is who I am, and what I believe. Know me for what I have done, not by what is said.

    There are many candidates running as there are many competitors in business. It is extremely important to be able to separate from all the other also running. Palin is now clearly differentiating herself from the other primary contenders, but more importantly from President Barrack Hussein Obama. The bus tour sets her apart clearly from Obama and the left. Palin has also now claimed the high ground on theme, "One Nation". What is more important than our sense of who we are as a country? Obviously very since we have become a wandering country without direction. Palin's bus tour is an education in America and the foundations that have kept us safe, strong and prosperous.

    So call this phase one of Palin's presidential launch. Define and Differentiate.