CPAC Shindig in DC–Who’s Everyone Talking About? Sarah Palin, of course.

CPAC kicks off GOP primary season, but no-show Palin still dominates

Jake McIntyre

So a week after our inaugural 2012 cattle call, the first real-life Republican cattle call starts today, at the three-day CPAC shindig in DC. Most of the contenders (and not a few of the pretenders) for the nomination will speak at some point over the next couple days, and then a straw poll will reveal that Ron Paul is the frontrunner to win the nomination, or something.

And with all this hot and exciting talent on the agenda — Herman Cain! Donald Trump! (please run, Donald, please) — who’s everyone talking about?

Sarah Palin, of course. Who won’t even be at CPAC, for “reasons” that she “explained” with an inimitable word salad last week:

Well, I’ve never attended a CPAC conference ever so I was a little taken aback this go around when I couldn’t make it to this one either and then there was a speculation well I either agree or disagree with some of the groups or issues that CPAC is discussing. It really is a matter of time for me.

But when it comes to, and David, perhaps what it is that you’re suggesting in the question, is should the GOP, should conservatives not reach out to others, not participate in events or forums that perhaps arising within those forums are issues that maybe we don’t personally agree with? And I say no. It’s like you being on a panel shoot, with a bunch of the liberal folks whom you have been on and you provide good information and balance, and you allow for healthy debate, which is needed in order for people to gather information and make up their own minds about issues.

I look at participation in an event like CPAC or any other event along kind of in that same vein as the more information that people have the better.

Clear as day.

Well, what did Grizzly Mama do to distract the attention of the CPACkers and the assembled media? She gave an interview to Sean Hannity, which is something that seems like it happens once a week. And in that interview, she inexplicably raised the profile of Rick Santorum, who had called her out for skipping CPAC by implying that she had to stay home with her kids:

“I will not call him a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal that perhaps others would want to call him. I’ll let his wife call him that, instead.

I think that, maybe, he is uninformed as to why it is that I can’t make it to another political speech in a couple of weeks.

As I’ve explained, February is our busiest winter month, and just because I am a mom, that does not mean that I didn’t want to be there.

It’s a basic rule of politics that you don’t give oxygen to rivals with a far lower profile. By allowing herself to be goaded into a public spat with Santorum, Palin is violating that rule, and providing Little Ricky with a spotlight he couldn’t dream of grabbing without her help. (And does it really hurt Santorum with the CPAC crowd to call him a Neanderthal?)

As Palin said later in her Hannity interview, “hearing that, another part of me goes, ‘And the beat goes on’.”

So enjoy CPAC, and let’s all hope that Donald Trump is a hit.


26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. AFM
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 08:48:55

    What I have seen of this gaggle is nothing but vile and hate come out of their mouths. But then again they are following the Fox Republican News station. Who cares where the quitter is. By the way Syrin did you listen to the interview on IM with Shailey Tripp on the baby Trigg issue. Very very interesting interview. I am waiting for the lamestream medica to pick up on it. Very enlighten and funny when you think that quitter Palin will finally be outed by a hooker. You can’t make this stuff up.


    • Syrin
      Feb 10, 2011 @ 08:59:05

      I’ve been following… Gryph has taken on another
      subject and has interviewed a key individual who has some damning things against Palin… I directed this his way because of the nature of the subject matter. I can’t wait to hear what he found out.


  2. Syrin
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 08:50:59

    Not that I put any hope in Santorum. But, damn, he got to Palin!!! And, I like that about him!
    I’ve met Rick Santorum a couple times. He and his wife along with 4 of their children. They came up to Alaska several years back. The Santorum’s from my first thought when I met them is… they are partners in all of this and they look good doing it. I won’t tell you I expect anything from Rick Santorum as the political cycle moves on, but, I will say that he’s no knuckle-dragging Neanderthal. As I said in the last post.. I see the comparison he’s trying to make. Of course, it does not apply to Palin, because she’s doesn’t care about raising a family, her children or such things.

    It has to be done, ladies! I’m fine with a man calling her out, I think he can take it! Palin hopes she will cause a riff between Mr. and Mrs. Santorum… How much you want to bet that he has discussed the what ifs with his wife, already.

    Because wonderful woman of America- The world! I know you think you’re all that …But, YOU are NOT ! I’m sorry you’re only human! Unlike Palin the rest of us realize our limitations and priorities.


  3. An Alaskan
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 09:03:01

    Craig Medred of Alaska Dispatch is right, LSM is Lame because they have to make her word salads consumable (understandable) which then passes off for sage commonsense wisdom when it is everything but.

    As usual, she loses an opportunity to show justified disappointment with unfair criticism with aplomb, the same way Joe McGinnis moving in next door could have been a sympathetic moment as an invasion of her privacy. But her odd and graceless Facebook posting about being both friendly (see, I let things roll of my back, I’m not about drama) but I’ll poison his food and use generous defense of property laws against him) and a statement such as this with Hannity is just the kind of mannerism you expect of an idiotic reality television star, not a self-propagated politico.

    She can ‘explain’ herself until she is blue in the face, it still doesn’t make sense. This woman can’t speak to save her life. And when the people or shell-groups that pay her for her infamously lazy rehashed and unresearched and unverifiable speeches spill out of her lying mouth come back from her verbal vomit and say she was succinct, eloquent and sensible. . .they do themselves a disservice.

    She won’t show her stupid face at CPAC because she’d only reveal just how in over her head she remains against the backdrop of the real conservative thinkers. She is an idiot and knows her place, within the safe confines of her electronic postings and the Fox News bubble.


    • AFM
      Feb 10, 2011 @ 09:25:12

      And to think the quitter wants to give a journalism class to journalist when she hasn’t even mastered the art speaking. Go figure. I wonder when the lamestream media going to give her a lesson in journalism. If what she and the other republicans running for the white house who are getting paid and work at the FoxNews Network get away with then this country gets what it deserves. It is a known fact that Fox no longer hides that it is a partisan network who praises republicans and beats down democratics. They allow these pig of a woman speak lies and nothing happens to her. She is allowed to get away with putting men down. Yet if a man says the things she says all hell will be paid to him.

      I can’t stand Ricky. He is alittle smarter than Palin but not much. I am so happy he was defeated in PA.

      I called the Weeper of the House yesterday and asked again where are the jobs? I happen to tune into Maddow show last night and Pence was speaking at some gaggle about wanting to take away a womans right to an abortion. That is his goal. Funny I thought there goal was to get us jobs jobs jobs. I can’t wait for the next round. With this much help everyone will be unemployed. Go republicans. Love your job program.


      • Syrin
        Feb 10, 2011 @ 09:56:58

        I don’t want to cause a fight. But, I do not think that sufficent job growth should be measured by growing the government sector. I know, everyone has their opinion…So, as a Republican I say we need to start producing something of value and exporting it! NOT importing and paying our enemies for something we own ourselves. Yes, boys and girls.. OIL! The events in Egypt are profound, and should cause us to think about our energy future.
        Alternative energy occupies less then 5% of energy used.. Still is not efficient or cheap enough
        FYI: Big Oil sponsors and funds most of the Big Alternative energy projects! but are not accessible or affordable enough as the main staple for energy.
        Fun fact: The U.S. imports over 65% of the nation’s needed petroleum. These oil imports cost more than $55.1 billion a year. This figure does not include the military costs of imported oil. If ANWR was opened the US would gain in the growth of a private industry, with that comes jobs, stranthened economy and a stable foothold on the US energy policy where by producing our own resource the tax, tariffs and royality stays in the USA! It sounds good to me…

      • AFM
        Feb 10, 2011 @ 19:35:39


        I don’t want to fight. But remember they pounded Obama for several months where are the jobs, jobs, jobs. Ok now Obama tries to suggest things and all the republicans say is No. You heard the speaker of the senate the McConnell who said they job is to make Obama a one term president. So far they are repealling the healthcare bill knowing that isn’t going anywhere. By the way ask the people were the last oil spill how they are doing? These people are deathly sick and the oil company isn’t doing a damn thing. No you can’t trust the oil companies. They are a bunch of liars. Don’t let them come in and hurt a beautiful area of AK. I think Obama is right about opening up a fast railway system that will go across this country. It will produce jobs, jobs, jobs all across this country. We need some interstructure programs around this country. Roads, Bridges lots of projects that will put people to work. You have a republican (as far as I am concerned) Chamber of Commerce that wants to outsource jobs. Obama went to a meeting at their place the other day and had to tell them that they needed to hire americans. I think the republicans are holding back to make Obama fail. You have to rememberObama didn’t make this mess he inherited it. It took 8 yrs for Bush to take a surplus from Clinton (you remember Clinton the cheater) and run a hugh deficit. When I remember Cheney the killer said deficits don’t matter. You are a reasonable republican and Syrin I like you because you are a fair person. But you must admit Obama has put his hand out there and the republicans keep slapping his hand. They aren’t interested. Now go online and take a look at the calendar of events scheduled by the republicans. Look at how long they will work and how many days they are off. I don’t know a civilian that wouldn’t like to have their schedule. We are paying these people to work. I will say as much as I wasn’t a Pelosi fan she had a work schedule that was at least 5 days a week.

        I don’t recognize the republican party I use to respect many years ago before Gringrich took over and put the hell no we won’t cooperate thing into effect. How the hell can anything get done? They say the word “cooperation” is a dirty word. I believe in a 2 party system. You take the best of both ideas and work it out. No just doesn’t cut it when work poor families are struggling. I know you agree with that point of view.

  4. lasergrrl
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 09:29:45

    Sorry Syrin, you have raised a few hackles. Not that one anecdote proves a point, but in my case I had a thriving professional career while my husband (a PhD) was unable to land a full time job after graduation. So he took over many of the child care and most of the household duties. The kids went to stimulating daycare and one or the other of us was able to arrange (with our university jobs) to almost always be home after school. When possible, I arranged for the whole family (one or two kids) to accompany me on travel. They are all grown now, well-adjusted and productive adults- and my husband still does much of the housework and most of the cooking.


    • WakeUpAmerica
      Feb 10, 2011 @ 09:38:22

      I think the point Syrin was trying to make is that Sarah puts herself out front as mother of the year and never does any “mothering.” I don’t think it was a comment against dads picking up the slack.


    • Syrin
      Feb 10, 2011 @ 10:17:27

      Thank you for your comment

      Wake up is correct.. And, your story is template for the way it should be done. I admire that greatly! People assume because Palin has a family, that it is her priority. It is not. But, as a woman in politics she will use this to gain the upper hand. Ladies we can’t let her. We have to let someone like Ricky say the things he is saying without getting offended!

      Listen, Do I have to tell anyone that the Palin’s have a very dysfuctional family life? The proof is in the kids public behavior! Could you imagine how they are in private. They are a mess! In normal’s the opposite.

      If it’s between a career and raising healthy and sound children what would most women choose? I didn’t have a career while raising my children 28, 25 and 22. But, I was always busy gaining knowledge in areas of business and community by volunteering. I’ll tell you the time flew by! 🙂


  5. WakeUpAmerica
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 09:32:20

    Of course they were talking about her. It was announced that she would not be the keynote speaker at CPAC or even attending. After the applause died down, the following comment was heard around the room: “Sarah who?”


    • AKRNC
      Feb 11, 2011 @ 04:50:04

      The CPAC audience actually clapped because Palin wasn’t there?? If that’s what you’re saying, it’s great news. When they see through her, you know she’s done, toast, reached the end of the line-Yippee!

      Syrin, your website is so refreshing since both Democrats and Republicans are on here calmly discussing what’s going on today. If only Congress could take a few lessons from this. Thanks for keeping this an enjoyable place to read and post.


  6. A Kansan
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 09:34:59

    Last time Scarah was with a group was at the Governor’s convention after the 2008 elections and she got her feeling hurt. She wanted to be centerstaged and found she was nothing more than a Governor and not a good one at that. She has never been with a group after that


  7. suz1941
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 12:39:59

    Sarah wakes up every day trying to figure out ways to avoid raising her children. If anyone could access to her calendar, I think you would find that is away from Alaska more than she is in Alaska where her children are. She can’t help herself, the money is just too good. I doubt Trig identifies with Sarah as his mother (care giver). Of course there are those who do not think Trig is Sarah’s biological mother. It’s becoming harder for me to believe it too. What’s interesting to me is that if her ardent admirers had Sarah for a next door neighbor, they would see all this and not think much of her. Alaska is so far away that she has been able to get away with it. I appreciate what some Alaskans are doing to call her out.

    After she gave her speech at the RNC, I thought I was the only one who saw the cracks in this rising star….and really thought I was alone and out of step.


    • An Alaskan
      Feb 10, 2011 @ 12:46:09

      You were never alone.


    • Syrin
      Feb 10, 2011 @ 17:37:39

      Although I don’t really talk about it. I find it very hard to believe that lil Trig belongs to Sarah. Lots of reasons why. However, I do not for a minute think that he belongs to Bristol. I’m thinking a third party..

      Bless your heart, you were not alone when you first realized what Sarah is lacking. But, I was pretty much alone! 😦 I’m good now 🙂 McCain actually did us a favor.. But, she implanted some real populist anti- conservative crap that is economicaly devestating the state economy. This is where I want her held accountable. Her real damage didn’t go away because she did!

      Ok…This is like the third showing of the same horror show, but it keeps getting worse. First this bored housewife wants to be mayor. Ok, fine. 5,500 voters.. majority put her in. She showed she’s incompetent and unethical. NEVER is held accountable- Wasilla gets out of that in $20 million in long-term debt,” or roughly $3000 of debt per resident. Ok, fine.. Four years she’s doing nothing but with the help of Andree’ (whom I admire greatly) she established and learned how to go after others for percieved unethcial abuses. Ok, Fine.. she’s proped up by Alaskan bigwigs thinking she’d do their bidding. She becomes governor… OMG!!! She used and abused power that was given to her by the faith of those who voted for her. She showed she’s incompetent and unethical. She’s NEVER held accountable…As a Christian. Conservative, Republican, who lives and knows the Palins- I was almost alone, except for a few other Alaskans. Most were not of my party… Im asked on a daily basis to clarify my conservative credentials because I don’t support Sarah.. Sarah was never part of the political culture in this state. She was picked to be governor by old men thinking they have someone to do their bidding with a fresh face, similar to how she was picked to be vp candidate.


      • AFM
        Feb 10, 2011 @ 19:48:39


        The scary thing is she still might run even knowning everything is out there. She has a big ego. Remember before McCain new about her daughter being pregnant and about baby Trig she went ahead. A normal mother would have bowed out. Oh no not Sarah Palin this was a chance and she didn’t care then or now she will do it. Wait and see.

    • suz1941
      Feb 10, 2011 @ 18:30:10

      To Syrin……..It looks like she has established a pattern. Now she does the bidding, or at least they think so, of Murdoch and the Koch brothers. She has to be stopped. Truly, I think she will be the one to do herself in.


  8. An Alaskan
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 12:45:06

    How does the decision to close LNG help back up your argument that we need to export petroleum products when the private sector can’t even keep one of the only two refineries in Alaska operational?

    This country only has so many refineries, and the ones in NOLA were devastated by Katrina – you would have thought that Bush, et. al., (especially oil boy Cheney) would have upkept the levy’s to protect those valuable institutions.


    • Syrin
      Feb 10, 2011 @ 19:23:05

      Alaska’s four in-state fuel refineries are facing turbulent times, thanks to volatile crude oil pricing, changes in regulatory rules and continued efforts by State lawmakers to impose price controls on retail products.

      These external forces are whacking a natural resource industry that already faces some unique challenges operating in Alaska–declining supplies of feedstock, a small and basically stagnant market for retail products and a dramatic demand fluctuation between summer and winter seasons.

      Reaction to these challenges by owners of the four in-state refineries has varied in recent years.

      The privately owned Flint Hills refinery located in North PoleNorth Pole, northern end of the earth’s axis, lat. 90°N. It is distinguished from the north magnetic pole. U.S. explorer Robert E. Peary is traditionally credited as being the first to reach (1909) the North Pole. Alaska’s largest crude oil processing plant, with a capacity of processing up to 220,000 barrels per day Barrels per day (abbreviated BPD, bbl/d, bpd, bd or b/d) is a measurement used to describe the amount of crude oil (measured in barrels) produced or consumed by an entity in one day. . Koch Industries Koch Industries, Inc. (pronounced “koke”) is a private corporation based in Wichita, Kansas. According to Forbes Magazine, it is the largest privately owned company in the world by revenue (surpassing Cargill in 2005 with the acquisition of Georgia-Pacific), with subsidiaries acquired the North Pole refinery in 2004 and since has requested financial assistance in its negotiated contract to purchase oil from the State of Alaska. Additionally, the company has sought a buyer for the facility. More recently, a portion of the plant has been shut down, due to declining demand for jet fuel.


  9. Syrin
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 13:47:05

    As the LNG Plant Closes, a Nigerian investor plans to move the Kenai Agrium plant (lock, stock and barrel) to Africa!
    Comment:  Until now, hope has sprung eternal that someday the Agrium plant would pop back to life with a new supply of adequately priced natural gas feedstock…or that the facility could be converted to other value added benefit for the Kenai Peninsula and the Alaska economy.  But this report describes a unique project to uproot, transport and replant the Kenai fertilizer facility in Nigeria.  Operations will begin this spring and summer with the project scheduled for completion by the end of October.  It once again reaffirms that Alaskans must understand we are in a competitive world.  We may want ‘value added’ activity in Kenai to be sustained by a subsidized North Slope in-state gas pipeline or other pipe dreams, but a smart Nigerian investor thinks it makes more economic sense to move the facility to a place where gas feedstock is being flared into the atmosphere in huge volumes and is practically free.  Of course, some fancy operating may be required to bring the deal to reality in a country where a Petroleum Industry Bill is pending in the National Assembly, where President Goodluck Johnson is making and extending appointments to the National Petroleum Corporation and where, “youths dragged people from their cars and murdered them at illegal roadblocks in central Nigeria over the weekend, while rioters burned fuel stations and homes in the latest clashes between Christian and Muslim gangs.”  Yes, we are not an island.  Yes, we must compete.  (Complete Agrium story below.)  -dh


  10. Deb
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 13:56:49

    Similar to the conclusion of the Alaskan Dispatch, quoting her exact words is the best way to illuminate the magic that is Sarah Palin. I tried reading her comments above and had to reread each sentence numerous times to grasp her meaning. I read messy thoughts from students all day long so I am quite accustomed to deciphering gibberish. Her gibberish is on a different level, i.e. an alternative universe. The MSM should not provide coherent translations of her words, they should simply use her exact quotes and then grin stupidly.


    • WakeUpAmerica
      Feb 10, 2011 @ 16:58:35

      I agree that her gibberish is on a different level. Her verbage shows an amazing disconnect in her brain. It’s as if part of the neuro-pathway from her brain to her mouth is under construction and the thoughts take a detour. I would guess that a mental illness is coupling with at least one significant learning disability to produce that type of exquisite word salad.


  11. Jenny
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 19:33:46

    Her syntax is unnerving and I also agree it is a sign of a serious learning disorder. I continually try to follow her thoughts when she speaks but am so frustrated. She is curiously self unaware.


    • AFM
      Feb 10, 2011 @ 19:53:39


      George W. Bush used to make me cringe when I heard he speak. The difference between Georgie and the quitter is he doesn’t seem as mean spirited and she is. I mean she constantly comes off as a jealous woman. Her jealously is eating her inside. The thought of a black man in the white house who beat her in an election just upsets her so much.


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