Notice she was not even a write-in blip at the Ames straw poll

Whatever happened to Sarah Palin?


It’s not like Sarah Palin ever goes away. She finished her “One Nation Tour” (which focused on early-primary contests for the convenience of the “lamestream media,” on which she is dependent for attention) and went back to Alaska. But she will be back soon in Iowa.

The Des Moines Register reports:

Sarah Palin’s Sept. 3rd event has been relocated from Waukee to Indianola in an area organizers say can better accommodate large crowds.

Palin is the keynote speaker at the Tea Party of America’s “Restoring America” event that is free and open to the public.

The event was originally scheduled at Hawkeye Antique Acres in Waukee. However, emergency officials and event organizers became concerned that an expected large crowd could clog interstate traffic and additionally be difficult for attendees to get around because of the sloping topography of some of the area. . . .

There is speculation that Palin, a former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, will announce if she plans to run for president in 2012.

“I don’t know if she’s going to announce or not,” said Charlie Gruschow, co-founder of Tea Party of America who is helping organize the event. “I have no idea. But whether or not she announces, we’re going to have a huge event.”

The Republican presidential campaigns are buzzing with Palin rumors. She may be hiring advance people. She is trying to round up donors. But, as with all things Palin, it’s unclear whether this is simply one more effort to keep Palin on the national stage without her declaring her candidacy.

At the point at which other potential candidates are still mulling a race, she is able to maintain a modicum of interest in her potential campaign. But the moth-to-the-flame media attention she enjoys will largely end should she decline to run. There are plenty of storylines and conservative figures to follow without her. In short, she would, at least in the short term, become nearly entirely irrelevant.

And what if, in a flight of fancy, she decides there is some untapped demand for another Tea Party-friendly candidate in the GOP presidential primary? (Notice she was not even a write-in blip at the Ames straw poll.) To begin with, the Mitt Romney camp would break out the champagne. They are already counting on a subdivision of Tea Party and social conservative support between Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and a revived Rick Santorum. Throw Palin into the mix and Romney could well be the only candidate above 25 percent in the early-state contest. (In addition, the more less-than-sterling candidates in the debate the better — less time focused on him, more sniping among the crowd, and the benefit of comparison to lesser figures.)

The rationale for Palin’s own campaign would be tough to articulate. Perry has a more experience. Bachmann is fresher and unburdened by obsession with the “lamestream media.” Santorum is a social conservative favorite with national experience. What is Palin’s unique asset? It’s far from clear. And why risk the Palin brand for, say, a third- or fourth-place finish in Iowa?


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Syrin
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 21:41:08

    I like the question that is asked.. What is Palin’s unique asset? It’s about flippin time!I’m looking forward to Palin becoming entirely irrelevant!

    I see where this author is. Its the same place that Alaskans, some Democrats believed. They’re disenchanted with her and feel she’s being mis handled or mislead. Same story, it’s kinda weird.
    Sarah never had any experience to warrant ever being considered for governor and what she did have was riddled with unethical behavior and incompetence.
    ..for some reason they all thought that Sarah changed, that she got greedy for wealth and power by her position. That it changed her. Well she has always exhibited that kind of hubris and behavior. She just needed a vehicle that can perpetuate her to the level of her dreams.. Politics


  2. Moles
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 22:47:16

    “What is Palin’s unique asset? It’s far from clear.” It’s perfectly clear. She has as unrivaled ability to con her way to the forefront of almost any situation without a shred of justification for being there.


    • Game of Life (@TheGameOfLife)
      Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:21:10

      That’s for sure.

      she muscles her way onto repubaggers’ territory, and then the insufferable old pig cries “Oh my what are you doing here?” she enjoys playing her overused childish Little Rascal subplots; as if the bucket of water above the door (sabotaging/upstaging) is brand new.

      What is even more funny, er weird is that toad was heard taking credit for the Iowa fair’s crowd. Unfuckingbelievable.

      she can fit in on that side as long as she is just as stupid as the rest of the repubaggers running. It’s a clown circus on that side. They can never get enough of racism, ignorance and whitness.

      I know she isn’t running because the girl stinks. she is one lying piece of dirt.


  3. Mo Inkslinger
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 22:51:20

    What has Palin got? She has more ambition than ability and she is more fluff than fact. For that part of America too stupid to look up her record, she is their gal. If it weren’t for her looks, she would be gutting fish at the cannery.


    • Syrin
      Aug 20, 2011 @ 00:30:27

      I can’t for the life of me understand what other reason Sarah has become this political force (farce). It’s not her intellect, her articulate way of speaking or her stellar political reputation.. Because she has none!


  4. WakeUpAmerica
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 06:22:37

    Her unique asset is her ability to tap into people’s economic fears and frustrations. She has no solutions, no ideas to improve this country. What she does have is an uncanny ability to throw gasoline on ignorant fires of discontent.


    • aklucia
      Aug 20, 2011 @ 09:50:04

      Isn’t that what they said about Hitler? He tapped into the very real embarrassment and shame Germans experienced after World War I and the resultant economic mess it created. Sound familiar?


      • Syrin
        Aug 20, 2011 @ 11:15:46

        YES that sounds familar. But WAIT! to be able to tap in to this discontent and anger has been used on both sides of the aisle and is being presented as something desirable in a candidate!

        When leaders are elected because of Chrisma… NOT GOOD Character, is when bad things happen!

      • WakeUpAmerica
        Aug 20, 2011 @ 16:42:40

        Syrin, the key words in my comment are “ignorant discontent.” This is what differentiates Palin from other politicians. I believe that good candidates appeal to the intellect. Palin appeals in spite of intellect.

  5. Kallie in Texas
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:07:28

    She is a distraction and incites evil actions.


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