Friday, August 26, 2011

More Quote of the Day Honorable Mention Part 361

“Secrets” Edition

James Poulos, at The Daily Caller:
“Sarah Palin is here for good... It’s pity enough that so few commentators understand how real-life social conditions are responsible for Palin’s ascension to the hyperborean layer of popular consciousness. (You know who you are.) What’s worse is that so many of them read the Palin phenomenon as a vaudevillian attempt to wring a few extra moments out of Warhol’s famous fifteen. Though Palin delights in intensifying the confusion of the intensely confused... the truth is simple enough... Palin has cultivated, nourished and capitalized on our secret wellspring of civic participation. The conventional wisdom on Palin is distorted into ridiculousness by its own inability to comprehend this secret — and the real power and purpose of American politics it reveals. In a democratic age, the primary threat to liberty comes from within. Despite persistent disparities of wealth and talent, the notion that we’re all really the same... tend[s] to make all political problems into big ones that only Washington can cope with — but never solve... When, at her best, Palin rambles around the country (don’t call it community organizing), she doesn’t draw an audience so much as a crowd — big groups of people pulled together to reckon with one another, not just ogle a star. This is how irresistible political forces are created in America.”
Timothy Donovan, at The Right Side Of Kennebunk!:
“Pray Sarah Palin Will Be President In 2012”
Jeff Carter, at Points and Figures:
“The good news about Palin is all the bad stuff is already out there. The media can’t smear her any worse than they have already done. Through fiction, and aggressive techniques they have muckraked all they could. Yet, she is still there in the forefront of the public consciousness... Palin is used to being on the outside and underestimated. She positioned herself in Alaska as the outsider that would reform government, and she did. How does that record not correllate with the view of the American public today? Palin will not run in a third party. Even with social media, it’s just too darn expensive. The Tea Party right now is ensconced in a battle for the soul of the Republican Party. They lose that battle, and a third party will emerge.”
Craig Robinson, at The Iowa Republican:
“If Sarah Palin, or any other candidate for that matter, wants to step up and offer their services to the country, now is the time.”
Peter Singleton, via Politico:
“I’ve been in Iowa on the ground since late November. People told me back then it was already too late. They told me it was too late in December, January and February. … Once I got out of the echo chamber of political operatives, I realized that the race is wide open and Gov. Palin has a lot of latent support to build on. It’s not too late now, and I don’t think it’s too late between now and late September. There are filing deadlines around the country for primaries, and I assume Gov. Palin is fully aware of those. There’s a point at which they come and go. Those haven’t been a concern of mine. I’m sure she’s aware of them and factoring them into her decision-making process.”
Adrienne Ross , at MotivationTruth:
“I anxiously look at the calendar, knowing the time when Governor Palin will -- prayerfully -- offer herself up in the name of service draws near.”
Jerry Bloom, at Liberty Log:
“Personally I believe... by a 60-40 chance that Palin will enter the presidential race... I believe she will carry her own in debates, and what’s refreshing about Sarah is that you won’t have to scratch your head to see where she stands. She will look you in the eye, and tell you exactly. In 1980 another incompetent boob such as Sarah Palin was running for president. His name was Ronald Reagan. He was running against Jimmy Carter... Reagan won the election in 1980 losing five states. Yes, that’s right, five states. Not too shabby from being down by 25 percent. The reason? When people voted, they knew what they had to do to save their country. We are here again, folks, and this time more profound than ever... Obama is beatable, very very beatable, so don’t let these polls detract from your mission to get him out of office.”
Christian Heinze, at The Hill's GOP 12:
“Palin impresses... Already, she's absorbed Bachmann's mini-surge and is still sitting up there without much effort...”
Greta Van Susteren, at GretaWire:
“I was surprised at all the recent articles about Karl Rove and Governor Palin. Apparently the other day he made a statement about whether she would be running or not — or whether he thought she would run or something like that — and the media went wild. He doesn’t know if she is running – only she does... The media is 100 per cent consumed with Governor Sarah Palin’s plans. Is she running or not? She sure doesn’t have to tell anyone but everyone sure wants to know…and some people are guessing like crazy... I assume if she decides to run, she will let us all know and it will be, like with every candidate, on her terms. And if she runs, and if you think there is a media frenzy now, buckle up!”
Abby Schachter, at the New York Post:
“If Sarah Palin were Vice President of the United States does anyone think she would have ever said anything even remotely deferrential about China's one-child policy?”
Whitney Pitcher, at Little Blog on the Prairie:
“Her statement [Thursday] was a weaving of multiple points of her military doctrine into a clear vision of what America’s role should be in Libya following the defeat of Gaddafi. This once again allows Governor Palin to create a contrast between herself and the declared presidential candidates... This post allowed for further expansion of Governor Palin’s Jacksonian approach to foreign policy. Too often, pundits create a false dichotomy between neoconservatism and isolationism, but Governor Palin espouses neither. Her foreign policy vision is along the lines of Presidents Jackson and Reagan...”
Andrew Malcolm, at the LA Times' Top of the Ticket:
“President Obama may still be dining with the elite at fancy island restaurants on Martha's Vineyard, but Sarah Palin is pondering the future of Libya and wisely pushing to wind down American involvement in that latest military entanglement.”
Brandon Hartness, at Carolina Review:
“Sarah Palin has been one of the targets most abused by the progressive hate machine. HBO’s liberal late-night talk show host Bill Maher said he would do whatever it takes not to see this ‘snarling bitch’ in the White House. Newsweek reporters have even pushed to have questions asked concerning whether Palin having (at the time) a pregnant teenage daughter and a child with Down Ssyndrome were obstacles in her way of being a successful leader. One could only imagine what would happen if this type of questioning were targeted at women such as Hillary Clin­ton or Nancy Pelosi.”
Ian Lazaran, at Conservatives 4 Palin:
“Here is how you can get from Chicago to Indianola, Iowa for the Governor’s September 3rd speech...”
Dan Riehl, at Riehl World View:
“I'm getting a sense that, within the conservative movement, Perry may come to more represent the old line conservative movement, much of which is seriously compromised as a result of having been established in Washington for so long. At the same time, I'm getting a sense that if the movement is to truly be re-energized and move forward from something it's been for decades - something already bound up in Washington - it may take a Sarah Palin to move forward along that path. If that does become the case, the two paths do lead to a different place. Ultimately, I believe the older line path - Perry, ultimately may only lead to more of the same - a lot of good talk, but not a lot of change. It may take Sarah Palin, or a Sarah Palin, or some number of them over time to truly re-vitalize the conservative movement in America.”
Exit Quote - Winston Churchill:
“Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.”
- JP

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