Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Toby Harnden: Sarah Palin's man in Iowa says she will run in 2012

“I can’t see her sitting this one out. The stakes are too high.”
The Telegraph's Toby Harnden has written an in depth profile piece on O4P's main man on the ground in Iowa, who says Gov. Palin will make a grassroots campaign for president in 2012:
Speaking to me after the premiere of the film “The Undefeated” in Pella, Iowa, Peter Singleton, a California lawyer who has been assiduously courting Republicans across the state where the first contest of the 2012 election will be heard, said it was “unthinkable” she would remain on the sidelines.

“She’s the right person at this time,” he said. “If you look back at Churchill’s time, in 1938 Churchill was unelectable, in 1940 he was indispensable.

“I can’t see her sitting this one out,” he said. “The stakes are too high. It goes back to 1940. Can you see Churchill sitting it out? It’s unthinkable. Can you see George Washington in 1776 sitting it out? Unthinkable. He wanted to be back on his farm but they said we need you to be president of the republic.”


It was Mr Singleton who telephoned Beth Hill, director of the Pella Opera House, last Thursday to ask her whether “The Undefeated”, a full-throated defence of Mrs Palin and her career, could be shown there. He then visited to look at the auditorium and put Stephen Bannon, the film’s director on the phone to speak to her.

“Peter came here and he found our town reflected Sarah Palin’s small town, conservative values,” she said. Mr Singleton was also instrumental in distributing the 332 tickets for the film as well as inviting 1,000 Iowans, including many key Republican leaders in the state, for a barbecue afterwards.

When I asked about his involvement, Mr Singleton said that he was an old friend of Mr Bannon and he had been just one of ” a bunch of people” who had helped set up the screening.

Too bad we can't clone Peter Singleton, but O4P can do the next best thing by sending as many of its key people to spend some time on the ground with him. If the other 49 state can be organized for Gov. Palin as well as Peter has accomplished in Iowa, she could indeed mount a 2012 grassroots campaign for the presidency “the likes of which you’ve never seen.”

- JP

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