Bummer: Sarah Palin will not be speaking at the RNC this year

I’m not sure if this is her decision or if she’s just making lemonade out of lemons. Kinda sounds like the former to me:

REUTERS – Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will not speak at the Republican nominating convention in Tampa later this month, she said in statement on Sunday.

“This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them,” Palin, who was Senator John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 election, said in a statement on Gretawire, the blog of Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren.

“Everything I said at the 2008 convention about then-candidate (Barack) Obama still stands today, and in fact the predictions made about the very unqualified and inexperienced community organizer’s plans to ‘fundamentally transform’ our country are unfortunately coming true,” Palin said.

She said she supports Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, and intends to focus on grassroots efforts to rally independents and the Republican base to elect Senate and House members “so a wise Congress is ready to work with our new president to get our country back on the right path.”



UPDATE: Here’s teh full statement from GretaWire:

“…Everything I said at the 2008 convention about then-candidate Obama still stands today, and in fact the predictions made about the very unqualified and inexperienced Community Organizer’s plans to “fundamentally transform” our country are unfortunately coming true. This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them. As I’ve repeatedly said, I support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their efforts to replace President Obama at the ballot box, and I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally Independents and the GOP base to elect Senate and House members so a wise Congress is ready to work with our new President to get our country back on the right path. This is imperative. As President Clinton said in 2008 while candidate Obama and lapdogs in the media were thrashing his wife’s record and reputation, this is “…the biggest fairy tale.” For the sake of America’s solvency and sovereignty we must close this nonsensical book in November…”- Sarah Palin

UPDATE 2: A lot of you in the comments are blaming the RNC and Romney for this. I would caution you against assuming that because we really don’t know what happened. This could have been her decision completely. It kinda sounded like it to me though it’s hard to say given the language she used. But I imagine we’ll know soon enough whose decision it really was.

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xiaoxiaobin746
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chatterbox365
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I’m not going to mince words here…this pi$$es me off big time. Once again the GOP kool-aid drinkers dissing an important figure for the base and tea party.

Fox is reporting the Christie is going to be the Keynote speaker. What a wonderful choice…NOT! I don’t like Christie anymore…every since he used George Soros type tactics against Newt. The keynote speaker should be someone that ignites the base and tea party.

Paul Ryan is a solid guy and I like him a lot, but I think the reason we aren’t seeing the same level of excitement like we did in 2008 is because of Romney. At least McLame was predictable…we knew what we were getting. Romney is a wild card and he had no problem putting his campaign in the gutter when it came to other GOP candidates.

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Give me a break and stop your naïveté,do you believe for a second that if Ronney would ask the Governor to speak that she would not accept, as long as it was in Prime Time

The Governor wants ABO – so of course she would answer the call

The Governor is being disrespected – who has done more since 2008 for the Republican Party result we had a historic 2010 election

Who was the 2008 VP – she is being DISRESPECTED, shame on Romney

He is lucky that the #1 priority is ABO, we have no other option but to vote for Romney.

Sean Guerin
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Sean Guerin

i wonder if she can see Florida from her house

carmtom13
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carmtom13

What has transpired with the RNC and Romneys incompetent people about Governor Palin has been going on since 2008 before the first vote was cast. Now Romney picks Ryan and thinks this will solify the evangelicals and the conservative base. WRONG!!! I was told Palin has about ten million supporters, doesn’t that mean anything or are you all to brain dead to realize that??

Terrenceor
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Terrenceor

This is now the Party of Romney, and Sarah is rightfully dubious of Romney’s political ideology. Sarah is the only one that has not risked her credibility. Ryan is now captive to the Romney agenda. He will rise and fall with Romney.

X
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X

“Sarah is the only one that has not risked her credibility” do you mean on the planet Mars?

That sentence is pure conservative, blind bat, kool aid crazy, squared.

Terrenceor
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Terrenceor

You must be a lefty. Went right to name calling.

Donya G
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moby

INEEDACOUNTRY
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INEEDACOUNTRY

I started a RUMOR on a liberal site Mitt was having her come in one night as a “SUPRISE” guest speaker. I also sent in an email (to everyone in Radio) to bring in that awesome Chick-Fil-A girl who kept her cool with the fool who wanted water at her server window. WHAT a decent person she is and should be rewarded with a walk-on hand in hand with Anne Romney or something…..maybe Palin? Hey, I can dream can’t I? This is still AMERICA at this point, and I can have a dream. OBOZO has not snuffed me out yet…but if he wins………. Heck, all she would have to do is show up and wave and he would get $2 million in donations. Let’s just hope he figures this out. They are having suprise speakers, so my little idea is not impossible. A RUSE if you will to gin up… Read more »

X
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A walk on with Ann’s dancing horse…That would be perfect!

white531
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white531

Here’s another way of looking at the situation. What is the major problem facing us as a nation right now? If you said, ‘The Economy,” you would join a large group of us who believe the same. Regardless of what you think of Romney’s abilities in total, I don’t think any one of us would say he doesn’t know how to grow a business and make money. Add to that formula, Paul Ryan, whose main focus is the deficit and halting the growth of big government. By taking personality out of it, that’s an unbeatable combination for solving the immediate crisis. Maybe that’s really what we need right now, to get out of this mess Obama has put us in. Once that accomplishment has at least been started, there will be time down the road to elect another Reagan. The process has already begun. Let’s play the hand we’re holding… Read more »

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“What is the major problem facing us as a nation right now?” I would say ignorance, bigotry and wealth inequality.

kateorjane
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kateorjane

hmm – an Obama wealth redistributor.

08hayabusa
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08hayabusa

It’s time to put the Obama crack pipe down. Here’s a news flash for you pal, the gravy-train is over.

It’s time to go out and get a job and move out of mommy’s basement.

The world don’t owe you a living boy, and it damn sure is not my job to raise my family AND subsidize your sorry life.

old003
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old003

I replied just moments ago to a comment from someone that they would not be voting and for them to keep an open mind. With the Ryan pick and Sarahs statement I was coming around.Just read Sarah would not be speaking at all. These people truly hate teaparty conservatives and Gov.Palin.They can do without my support.

white531
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Lots of emotion here on this topic. I believe some of us have stronger feelings about Sarah, than any other Conservative figure on the national stage right now. It certainly shows in most of the comments. Let’s just try to make sure the strong feelings we have for Sarah Palin don’t keep us from getting rid of Barack Obama this November. The one glaring difference between Liberals and Conservatives is that Liberals stick together. Even when they don’t agree, they still present a united front and use their lap dog media to project it. They would follow a wart hog through a swamp if they thought it would put them ahead of Conservatives and move their agenda forward. Unlike the Liberals, we Conservatives are a fractured group of people, probably because we tend to think independently. As JRD1 points out, there is the Rockefeller camp, the Reagan camp and to… Read more »

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Two reasons for leaving Gov. Palin out: 1) She’ll overshadow and upstage the new ticket, which the corrupt, liberal media would have a field day and 2) Romney needs to keep democrat enthusiasm down, and the mere sight of Sarah at the convention would energize libs like nothing else.
Romney knows conservatives are smart, and the main objective is to get rid of Obama. He made a decision…now he must win the election.
As usual, Gov. Palin handles what many think is a snub, with class and grace.

BevWKY
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Does anyone honestly believe that the democrats aren’t going to have a field day with her NOT speaking at the convention?

Seriously? Honestly, people, that’s probably the weakest argument for keeping her away completely because it shows the division that the GOP establishment is oh-so afraid of.

Oye.

08hayabusa
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I agree with you 100%. I can say this though, this just energizes me even more to campaign against the RINO establishment.

When all of these eunuchs couldn’t find their spines, Sarah was the one out blasting Obama for what he was and is doing to this country. From the moment she was nominated she had this Marxists’ number and came out swinging. The GOP establishment are embarrassing themselves for all to see. I would just like to remind them that there is another election in two years and once again it will be Game On. And the incumbents had better watch their back because we’ll be coming for them. Sarah knows we have her back.

And believe me when I say this, it’s not Sarah they’re snubbing, it’s all of us who are supporting her.

X
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“Romney knows conservatives are smart” that would make him stupid. A paradox huh?

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Mitt is leaving out a very critical voting group by not including Palin. But, let’s remember many were talking brokered convention and those who were like Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and some mention Sarah Palin are not be speakers at the convention. So it seems to me that the thin skinned person in this is the decision- maker, Mitt Romney. Let’s remember it wasn’t until Texas that Mittens locked up the primaries and he and so may others like Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio were telling everyone else to get out of the race before the process was complete. So in light of that little recent history Mitt knows that many still do not support him so by not having these people speak you eliminated threats. Now those are just the facts. Bigfoot Steve.

maketcomp
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maketcomp

duplicate.

CO2isGood
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CO2isGood

Well I will vote for the Republicans….but unless Palin gets to speak, I will not send them a dime.

maketcomp
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maketcomp

Mitt is leaving out a very critical voting group not including SP. But, let’s remember many were talking brokered convention during the primaries because conservatives were unhappy with the pick and how it was done. Those who were talking brokered conventions were Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and some mention Sarah Palin and now these same people are not speaking at the convention. So it seems to me that the thin skinned person in this is the decision-maker, Mitt Romney himself. Let’s remember it wasn’t until Texas that Mittens locked up the primaries and he and so may others like Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio were telling everyone else to get out of the race before the process was complete. So in light of that little recent history Mitt knows that many still do not support him and not having these people speak he has eliminated threat. Strategic thinking.

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I disagree that this was Palin’s choice. Of course if the Romney team required her to submit her speech for their approval or told her she had to give a speech they wrote or gave her a slot after the janitor, I could see her declining to speak just as they hoped she would. No one is so naive to think that the Romney camp want her anywhere near the Convention let alone on the speakers’ list. IMO Romney feels that he no longer needs to pretend what his opinion is regarding Palin because he has been told by his camp that Ryan will bring in the same conservatives Palin would – and Ryan is not the common person he probably thinks Palin is. I don’t understand why people say “it sounds like her” and spin that into Palin initiating taking a pass. Of course a statement Palin puts out… Read more »

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My big question is will the media and the GOPe allow Palin to do the job that she sees as her mission, or will they continue to bash her as a way to minimize her influence and/or muddle the issues?

Yes, we can pretend there’s party unity until the polls close on November 6. After that, it’s war. Sunday’s comin’ and the GOPe is squarely in the sights of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement.

BTW, do what I do. Every time I get a solicitation from Romney or the RNC, I use the postage-paid return envelope to tell them my money goes to SarahPAC, and then I send her another $10.00. My wife and I get at least five solicitations from them every week, so SarahPAC is reaping what Romney/RNC sows.

Janice Dura
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Janice Dura

Outrage! How arrogant! The Ryan pick had me for about 6 hours and I was ready to donate. The GOP will never get another nickel from me. Good luck Romney/Ryan ticket!

JoeMontana16
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JoeMontana16

Come on. They don’t invite Palin, or she uninvited herself, and you say F the whole thing? Lets keep a cool head.

PK
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PK

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhEbsVNCiEE
“My mission is to help and not to hurt.” – Sarah Palin.

That statement from the heart and her unequivocal support for R&R ticket are sufficient for me. She is a fearless braveheart to fight for the cause of contitutional conservative and a true noble patriot in heart to serve for the love of her country.

No doubt, there’re personal feeling of not speaking at RNC convention, from her ardent supporters (and perhaps), herself, but her love for her country and the future of the country is larger than just personal feeling, fame and gain.

So, you’ve been overlooked? so what?

JRD1
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So what? The purpose of the convention is to unite the party that Romney has so severely fractured during the primary process. This is what conventions are for unity, not coronations.

Uniting the party is what adults do. Romney has proven he is nothing put a childish, frat boy, punk. The same kind of childish, frat boy punks, from both parties that got us in the mess that we are in.

It’s a shame, America deserves better.

Palin appears to be the only adult in the room.

PK
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PK

I am utterly disappointed as well that Palin will not speak at RNC, but more importantly, Tea Party now has a strong voice in Paul Ryan which is what matters in R&R platform.

NYT – Ryan brings the Tea Party to the ticket.
UT San Diego – Ryan elevates Tea Party to new political height.

JRD1
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There is nothing Tea Party about Paul Ryan. He has been an establishment member of the GOP swamp for 14 years. The Bush-tards are trying to paint him as Tea Party. Sorry, he was nowhere and backed down on his plan and was Boehner’s lapdog.

PK
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“Selecting someone like Paul Ryan, who is so popular with tea party activists, proves that Mitt Romney is committed to addressing the economic issues that have been troubling our nation for the last four years,” Amy Kremer, Tea Party Express. “Ryan has long been popular with economic conservatives for pushing tea party ideals. Most notably, his House budget proposal aims to reduce the nation’s debt and deficit and the balanced budget approach. The controversial $3.5 trillion plan would slash spending and reform Medicare and Medicaid. Ryan has also long been vocal about reducing taxes. Kremer said, “We have been polling our members for the last couple of months, and Paul Ryan, along with Senator Marco Rubio, have had the strongest support from Tea Party Express supporters across the country. Ryan is a strong fiscal conservative, and he has used his Chairmanship of the House Budget Committee to address the serious… Read more »

JRD1
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Don’t take your eye off the ball and realize that the gopE’s mission is to co-opt the Tea Party. I am not telling you to not like Ryan but to admit that the gopE is not on your side.

The gopE is pushing just as much propaganda as the left. I know what we have to do now. However, don’t allow the gopE to kill the Tea Party is all I am saying.

” Ryan’s plan spends MORE on Medicare than Obama. This is quite the shock considering that Ryan’s plan is considered to be the most courageous entitlement reform evah! It is ironic that Obama and the Left are painting Ryan as the grim reaper chasing your granny, where instead he is slowing down Medicaid to HELP granny. Oh, you have to love politics – don’t you?”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-mitt-romneys-selection-paul-ryan-sign-desperation

PK
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Idealism in absence of pragmatic reality is extremism. It’s realy difficult to meet with, and fit into your strictest model of Tea Party conservative. Allen West, by your standard, when he supported his boss on debt ceiling is also a sellout to GOP establishment? and Marco Rubio is selling out his Tea Party roots because of his curry favor with Hispanic voters and therefore burnish his Tea Party credential? Who is your ideal VP then for 2012 to best charter Tea Party objectives?

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My point is Ryan was in the swamp 14 years before the Tea Party even EXISTED, okay. He’s not Tea Party. He voted for plenty of Big Bush Government. Second, Allen West was my congressman. I worked my butt off to get him elected with ZERO help from the gopE. Only to have the gopE yank him the hell out of here with some BS redistricting excuse. When in reality if the gopE was truly on my side, the gopE controlled Florida legislature could have redistricted Wasserman-Socialist out of her seat! The gopE’s motto is “Better a Democrat than someone who is not one of us.” So kindly don’t feed me any gopE purist propaganda. I know how Lt. Col. West voted and I just got back from helping him win a primary that is not even my district any longer. I ask you why would the POS gopE allow… Read more »

Gene Speicher
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Looks like Palin has not been invited to speak, if so I won’t be watching the convention.

Janice Dura
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Janice Dura

I have awakened……never thought the GOP could be worse than the Demorats! No one has done more than Gov Palin for the GOP. Now I am waiting to see if anyone stands behind her……where are all the people she has endorsed? What is wrong with these people. I think her Facebook post is the speech for the convention! How does she keep going forward without any acknowledgement? If I were her I would tell them all to go f~CK themselves!

JRD1
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JRD1

But that is the beauty of her. She has a true servants heart. Her country is more import to her. Not so for frat boy Etch-a-sketch.

nuffsaid
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There’s a real need for unity here and now. Remember that not only will we conservative be watching the convention intently but also the rest of American, the Democrats, youth, disappointed race voters, liberals.

It is important that we look united and determined.

Internal irritations like failure to showcase our fondest founders, like Palin and Bachmann, should be kept internal. There is no need to allow anyone to thinkj that we are not 100% committed and enthusiastic about Romney Ryan.

After the convention, I pray that Sarah and Michele and Herman, and Perry, Santorum Gingrich are constantly out there speaking.

Now let’s get ready to remove the miscreant and his progeny forever.

whitewolf2009
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whitewolf2009

Well said! I agree 100%.

white531
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white531

Exactly.

wodiej
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wodiej

You’re right-we don’t know. I know Preibus wanted her there but he does not have full control over the speakers. Gov. Palin did say she was contacted about speaking but they were working out details. Perhaps they wanted too much control over what she said and she nixed it. I am still disappointed because she brings a lot of energy and excitement and the GOP needs it. It would have been great if Gingrich had been asked also. Don’t have any idea why but w the slate of speakers they have, I can use the extra sleep.

Hansome
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Without the exciting & inspiring presence & participation of Gov. Sarah Palin at their convention, the Republicans are dead in the water already. They choose to lose.

whitewolf2009
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Wow, quite a heated discussion thread. I think I’ll skip this one other than to say I’m disappointed that Sarah won’t be speaking and as Scoops says, wait for the facts about who’s decision it was before making any judgements.

toongoon
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Yeah, rough thread.

Bogdan51
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Sorry Mike Lee but those are the very ignoramusses like yourself that are the roots of America’s tragedy and her almost unavoidable downfall.

Romney/Ryan team will be acting like a phony doctor applying the pain relievving drugs to the cancer stricken patient while he absolutely needs the painful operation.

The only leader who has the courage to do so is Sarah Palin.

Unfortunately, she won’t be voted in because of morons like you.

Exactly like in Germany in the 1933; There were many phenomenally quallified people to drag that country out the depression, however the German people were so confused, intellectually imploded and morally degraded that no one had any chance against Hitler.

It is almost exactly with America today.

This country has just missed her chance to lift herself from the morass.

K-Bob
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Bogdan51, you’ve been around long enough to remember to avoid the name calling here.

You’re harshing my mellow, man!

I’m too lazy to edit this stuff, so just remember for next time, please.

nibblesyble
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harshing my mellow…I can’t even handle it K!! LOL

K-Bob
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Comes from hanging with musicians!

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So sad…. the country would already be lost if not for the efforts of Sarah, swinging the momentum back that was lost in 2008 by going to war in the national arena with Obama’s thug organization, galvanizing conservatives and retaking the House in the 2010 elections. She has made it, almost singlehandedly, possible for us to even have a chance (the last one) at all in the 2012 elections to take the country back…… And, we don’t want her energy, drive and commitment to constitutional principles shining forth at the convention?! Make no mistake. She will give of herself, selflessly in this election process to keep the House, take the Senate, and help deliver the presidency to the Romney/Ryan ticket. But, be advised Rinos, You blow her off at this convention, and she will make you disappear at the next one. You might want to check out the trail of… Read more »

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Don’t take this personal, but if they don’t want her at the convention, why would they want her as Secretary of Energy? BTW, why would she want to be Secretary of Energy? There have been 12 people in that role. None are impressive. None went on to bigger and better things. Its a whose who of nobodies. Here is the list……. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Secretary_of_Energy Palin would not get to set the agenda on energy. She would simply be a bureaucrat running the department and parrotting what Romney wants her to say. Does that describe Palin? She hates DC. She would not get to speak out on any subject other then energy. She would be hand cuffed. And worst yet, they would probably come up with some bogus scandal and blame her to hurt her career. So I wish people would atleast look at the list of Secretaries of Energy from the past… Read more »

Zeeshopper
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You’re right, it could have been her decision because of the pushed down our throat candidate.

Zeeshopper
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You’re right, it could have been her decision because of the pushed down our throat candidate.

nick
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Here is what I think happened. Romney and the RNC had no intention on inviting Palin. Very late in the process she was asked if she was speaking and she said you can’t invite yourself to the dance. They took heat from the situation and they asked her to speak, but with the intention of deminishing her and belittling her with a tiny roll. They offered a short slot, before prime time, with control over what she would say, knowing she would not accept. This way they can say they invited her to speak. All she probably wanted was a little respect. Instead they didn’t plan on inviting her, the Romney staff stabbed her in the back in the papers and Cheney stabbed her in the belly on TV. Make no mistake, there is still a war on against Sarah Palin. They still believe she must be destroyed. They are… Read more »

Carol Ann Rockwell
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Both parties stink! I am disgusted!

Carol Ann Rockwell
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Carol Ann Rockwell

Both parties stink!

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It is the GOP Establishment RINO agenda to push Gov Palin out of the limelight and picture of politics forever, as they hate her and all Reagan Tea Party Conservatives more than the radical far left does does. In fact, the GOP establishment is now very much inline with the radical far left on far too many issues and policies, especially when it comes to US National Security- eg; the Huma Abedin Muslim Brotherhood connection concerning US National Security foreign intervention controversy, for which RINO’s like McCiain, Boehner, Rogers, and Graham support the Muslim Brotherhood over our own Patriotic American US National Security concerns, which was exposed and brought to light and attention by Reagan Tea Party Conservative politician leaders in Congress Michele Bachmann and Jim DeMint, for they unleashed a barrage of vicious vile attacks against Michele Bachmann and the factual truth, and not against America’s the enemy at… Read more »

wodiej
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actually I thought Santorum had been invited to speak. I may be wrong but you’re right-Gingrich wasn’t and he and Palin both should have been. But you see, they won’t play the establishment game so they’re out.

K-Bob
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I believe Gingrich “predeclined”. Which was smart. He’s not much of a cheerleader; he’s way better at policy discussions, and the convention is one, big cheerleading event.

Steven Valdez
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lets see how they do without her…

K-Bob
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I’m seeing a couple of trends here that need addressing. FIRST: Romney is the nominee, and Ryan is his VP selection (which will go unopposed due to election math). So everyone venting about how terrible Mitt is needs to get that out of their system and be prepared to be told to knock it off for spamming threads. Reason: it’s not going to accomplish anything but to annoy, and it gets to be a broken record. Scoop will probably weigh in on it for the “official” version, but just understand that you need to save it for after the election, where it might actually do some good (if at all), because it won’t make any difference before. SECOND: Palin supporters have a right to feel whatever they feel, and vent, too. We don’t need to be disparaging them because they have legitimate reasons to be upset over this development. So… Read more »

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Good defense for some Palin supporters.

It’s still easy to vent about Mitt being “less than ideal” to put it kindly. I suspect when, the first of debates roll around and after witnessing the Democrats Marxist Convention and Demagogue fest, and Obama Manipulative, Anti-American Rhetoric, the broken record will dissipate for the time being……..

Still Palin being absent, regardless of the reason, rubs salt on old wounds for some conservatives who have been slow to trust and get on board without having a gag reflex induced …

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I used to have a friend named Reckoner_3……..just sayin…lol

Dan C
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Dan C

They had plenty of time to offer a prime time speaking slot and did not. STOP BUYING ROMNEY’s lies.

Jean_A
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Jean_A

They showed Todd Palin twiced during the London Closing ceremony. Millions and millions probably saw his face They also said his name in the Stars Earn Stripes” clip. He is doing this show to raise money for the military. Neither one of the clowns on the ticket served in the military and they are trashing the woman that has a son in the war zone. From what I saw in the clips the special force guys really took a liking to Todd. I expect a lot of military people will be watching that show.

I hope the scums in the GOP know what they are doing. The liberals would like nothing to find some thing to go after the Rinos with especially NBC.

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I like Palin, but I’m comfortable with her staying away. It may have been the RNC and Romney campaign’s decision, it might have been Palin’s. It may have been both. Fair/unfair like it/or not, the activist left media has made Palin radio-active. Solid red states are already 100% Romney. Ohio, WI, PA, CO, FL, we gotta have them to win. Palin is radioactive to the voters we need to flip those states red. Go where it helps Sarah, stay away from where it hurts. Now, if we could just get W to shut-up! We loose this one, it’s over. By the time 2016 rolls around the takers will outnumber the producers. The path to hell will turn into a free-fall to hell, no escape. We might already be beyond the failsafe line right now. Give Romney a bit of credit. He wasn’t my first pick but he is saying some… Read more »

Jean_A
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Jean_A

How is it going better when Romney is down by more than McCain was at this time. Palin was not even part of the ticket this time in 2008.

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The day Romney picked Ryan the Real Clear Politics average of polls showed Obama with a 4.6% lead. The same date 4 years ago, according to the RCP average of polls, Obama had a 4.8% lead over McCain. The voters that Romney needs to attract to win are: – The millions of right of center and independent conservative voters who withdrew their support from the Republican party in 2006, – The millions of right of center and independent conservative disaffected voters who came back in response to Sarah Palin and her message in 2008 (along with the PUMA voters), placing the McCain/Palin ticket in the lead until the financial crisis. Palin was able to stop the bleeding with her debate performance, but it was too little – The millions of right of center and independent conservatives disaffected voters who who came back in response to the message of Sarah Palin… Read more »

PhilipJames
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Here is my comment on Sarah not speaking at the Convention. She has successfully distanced herself from the Establishment Republicans and their Romney/Ryan ticket. She would have had to kiss their butts if she spoke (as she is too classy to be negative) and I do not think she could do that considering her feelings that Romney is too wishy washy and a pure East Coast Establishment guy. She gave her thumbs up and now she will do her thing out in the countryside, free of the shackles of having to listen to or do what the Romney/Ryan operation would want her to. I bet you she does not appear at any Romney event… and I hope she does not. I think that Sarah will do just fine, building a national persona as being independent, conservative and free from the dirty, corrupt, crony capitalism that I am sure will still… Read more »

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Mike Lee

Romney has Ryan – he doesn’t need Palin to speak. She’d just be a distraction (media focus). I think it’s a wise decision. Ryan appeals to the Tea Party, and Sarah turns off the independents. So it’s a win-win. And if you don’t think that SP wanted to speak, you don’t know her at all. Obviously, I have no way of knowing, but I’d bet big money that it was Romney’s decision. Romney is marginalizing her brand and she knows it. Her only choice is to be polite, try to stay relevant, and then if Romney loses, make a run in 2016. Romney is selling competence, intelligence, gravitas, and math. Sarah’s image (whether she deserves it or not) does not mesh well with those themes.

Jean_A
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Jean_A

How in the hell does she turn off the independents when she is not even running for any thing. Stop using that stupid meme.

Dan C
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Dan C

YEAH! Ryan can tell us all about how awesome the auto bailout was! That will bring the house down at the RNC!!!!!

Reckoner_3
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Reckoner_3

Ryan appeals to the Tea Party, and Sarah turns off the independents. So it’s a win-win. I’m so tired of the coveted Independents. And I doubt these conventions will impact much , as they always just are snooze fests to the Independent minded and moderate voters in the first place… The Democrat Convention is approving Gay marriage in their platform, having radicals giving speeches , and that Fluke woman. It’s basically going to pat itself on the back for how they can violate the first amendment repeatedly. But we’re the ones who have to fear offending independents?? The Republican Establishment is so ashamed of their platform offending those moronic independents. One half of the Independent votes are basically all wimps with no philosophy who are influenced from what TV tells them and fall for Leftist Memes, AND The other half of Independents out there ARE Former Republicans who got pissed… Read more »

PhillyCon
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PhillyCon

Hey Reck:
Excellent points. I get so annoyed with this Independent nonsense… it’s essentially pandering to those who cannot even name their own state capitol. Yet, the ones who do the drudgery of phone calls, door-to-door campaigning etc, are routinely shunned and pushed aside. In fact, it is the job of the Republican “leaders”/party to educate the “mushy middle” not accommodate it with meaningless platitudes.

Good to see you posting, ….

JRD1
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JRD1

Hey Philly, Nice to see ya!

PhillyCon
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PhillyCon

Right back at ya smile

wodiej
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wodiej

Many TP people are not happy about Ryan and I could care less what Independents think. Pick a side. It’s like a power play to manipulate elections. Make the GOP better by picking better candidates.

JRD1
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JRD1

Mike Lee our resident from Team Romney Central. Ryan is not Tea Party. He has been a member of the establishment swamp for 14 years. He caves to Democrats any chance he gets. No reformer. Please tell Team Romney that this actually has nothing to do with Palin. We realize that the elitist Rockefeller wing of the Republican party wishes that the conservative Reagan wing go to hell. We get King Romney’s message. It is very foolish and childish to not unite the party. And shows the lack of Romney’s leadership skills. If Mitt loses, he has no one to blame but him and his frat boys. It was his call. Too bad he chose to cut off his nose to spite his face. Many will only vote down ticket. But more important, there will be no yard signs, no bumper stickers, no GOTV. It is the step child conservative… Read more »

John_Frank
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John_Frank

LOL … the independent voters are made up of two groups. The first group is comprised of former Democrat PUMA voters who are right of center or independent conservative; disaffected Republican voters who have left the party who are right of center or independent conservative voters. The second group is comprised of the progressive left who are disaffected Democrat voters. The Romney/Ryan ticket will not appeal to the second group no matter what he says. Sarah Palin appealed to the first group in 2008 and 2010. She continues to appeal to this group today, as they understand that she is not “business as usual.” The Romney/Ryan ticket can appeal to the first group and needs this group of voters to win. Ryan is a good man, but he is not a game changer. He does not lock down this vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket. The message that Sarah Palin posted… Read more »

Reckoner_3
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Reckoner_3

McCain is speaking. Sarah is not…

So much for new voices needing to fill in the void…

What a waste

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