Tuesday, September 6, 2011

More Quote of the Day Honorable Mention Part 369

“Every Little Thing” Edition

Mark America:
“Governor Palin came down into the crowd after the address to greet the adoring audience, shake hands, sign autographs, and give hugs to those adoring supporters. In at least one case, Sarah thanked a supporter for his enthusiasm during this event. She noticed. Joshua Thuma, arriving from College Station, Texas, was seated only occasionally as he mostly stayed on his feet in cheering support. The former Alaska governor, on her trip down the rope line after her address, went out of her way to thank him for his enthusiasm. This one instance among many like it typifies what endears Sarah Palin to so many. She must have observed his vocal and visible support during the speech, and she made sure to take the opportunity to thank him for it. This is what the media seems always to miss, but Sarah’s supporters appreciate most: Governor Palin notices even the little things that matter to ordinary Americans, because the same things matter to her, too... This isn’t an act, and this is what the professional punditry must know though they’ve lost the ability to appreciate or even understand it: She’s the genuine article. They may not understand it, but they see it as dangerous.”
Sarah Boxer, at CBS News' Political Hotsheet‘:
“Palin, not even in the race, draws double the size crowd of Romney”
Christina Bellantoni, at Roll Call:
“The majority of Palin's speech in Veterans Memorial Park in the heart of the sleepy downtown was a critique of President Barack Obama's leadership... She said Obama represented the worst of ‘crony capitalism’ and that he misled Americans about his intentions for helping the economy. Palin targeted the press, saying it was ‘the media and the permanent political class’ that ridicules the tea party movement... In what could have been an early warning shot to the Republican presidential field should Palin ever opt to become a candidate, the former Alaska governor decried ‘good ol' boy politics as usual’ and said it falls to tea party activists to continue speaking up to challenge the status quo in Washington.”
Wolf Blitzer, at CNN's Situation Room:
“To her credit, she can deliver a good stump speech. And she doesn’t need a teleprompter.”
Tony Katz, at Pajamas Media:
“It is anyone’s guess as to whether or not Palin announces a run for the presidency. But it is clear that the decision is all hers. Yes, she needs to have the fundamentals in place in Iowa, and nationwide, to move forward with a Presidential run. But... she has made a case – and has politically differentiated herself from the field. If she should decide, Iowa, and Palin Nation, will follow. They will campaign relentlessly. They will fundraise constantly. They will stand in the rain, in the blazing sun, in the bitter cold. They will make Obama supporters of ’08 look like chumps compared to the work they are willing to do. Palin Nation, from every indication, will not rest until their Grizzly is in the White Den. It is an authentic intangible that no other candidate, including President Obama, can engage. And it may make all the difference.”
Arlen Williams, at Gulag Bound:
“At this point on the calendar, the fact of Gov. Sarah Palin’s hesitance to declare a presidential candidacy lends a Gulag Bound instigator more freedom to enthusiastically endorse her message.”
Tony Lee, at Human Events:
“Further, if Palin were not running, why would she lay out a plan and governing philosophy? From her speech, the tea leaves can be read simply: Palin sees the 2012 contest as a three way battle among the forces of big government, crony capitalism associated with big business, and a populism rooted in free markets. Palin’s running for President as a free market populist, and the only questions that remain are when she is going to formally announce and if the electorate will opt for a message of free market populism above those of big government and crony capitalism.”
Danny Yadron, at The WSJ's Washington Wire:
“The brief exchange suggests Ms. Palin recognizes a window for a populist message amid grim monthly employment reports, especially since the two candidates ahead of her in national polls – Messrs. Perry and Romney – both have close ties to big business.”
Susan Page, at USA Today:
“Sarah Palin spent as much time in her speech at a New Hampshire rally Monday urging Tea Party unity as she did attacking President Obama. ‘We don't have time to be bogged down in internal conflicts and friendly fire conflicts,’ she told a rally organized by the Tea Party Express in Manchester that drew an estimated 1,000 people. ‘We need to grow this movement.’ Her midday appearance came one day after former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney addressed the same group -- but also drew protesters from FreedomWorks and other Tea Party-affiliated groups. They accused Romney of making an 11th-hour bid for Tea Party support based on politics, not policy.”
Scott Conroy, at RealClearPolitics:
“Palin’s aides are confident that they would need just a couple of weeks to put together the bare-bones operation she would need to support an unconventional, grass-roots campaign, but there are no indications at this point that they have begun that process in earnest.”
Ben Smith, at Politico:
“Sarah Palin all but declared her candidacy for President of Tea Party America here Monday, focusing her address to a crowd of more than a thousand conservatives on the future of the movement itself... Palin’s speech followed an Iowa address that was more closely focused on national policy and which renewed speculation that she could enter the 2012 race. But while Palin thanked a crowd that once cheered ‘Run, Sarah, Run’ for its ‘encouragement,’ she focused her Manchester remarks as much on the future of the tea party as of the country. And she cast that tea party movement — scattered, purposely disorganized, and often ill-defined — in her own image: As, above all, a reformist effort in line with Palin’s own past as a reformist governor of Alaska.”
Rachel Streitfeld, at CNN's Political Ticker:
“The audience at Palin's speech was several times larger than the group at Romney's speech the evening before.”
Mark Whittington, at Associated Content:
“As for the new game plan, it can be boiled down to this. Cut spending, reform taxes (including the corporate tax rate), unleash private business by relaxing regulations, and no more subsidies or bailouts. In other words, Palin's prescription for our economic woes, while not having exact details, was a good, old fashion free market solution that likely had President Reagan giving his wry smile in the afterlife. By ‘triangulating,’ criticizing Obama and some of her fellow Republicans, Palin continues to prepare the battlefield for a possible presidential run.”
Noel Sheppard, at NewsBusters:
“Now imagine for a moment Barack Obama was a Republican, and both Palin and Bachmann were Democrats. Would Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau be using cheap boob jokes to mock two prominent liberal women? Yes, that was rhetorical.”
Noel Sheppard, at NewsBusters:
“You really have to wonder if Friedman pays any attention to what anyone that doesn't have a ‘D’ next to his or her name says for folks like Palin and all the named Republican presidential candidates have been talking non-stop about the economy. For him to suggest otherwise means that he's either not paying attention or is willing to lie on national television to promote his agenda. But the real problem for Friedman is conservatives don't believe government can solve what ails the nation. Quite the contrary, they think everything that's been tried to get the economy going since Obama took office has in the long run made matters worse. And they're not alone. If Friedman thinks the direction we're heading avoids the apocalypse, he's in a very small minority as currently almost 75 percent of Americans believe the nation is on the wrong track. Makes you wonder which of the four horses he's riding.”
Exit Quote - Samuel Johnson, as quoted by James Boswell:
“It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.”
- JP

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