Alaska’s most famous “Dumbarses” speak favorably of Newt

RealClearPolitics

CHARLESTON, S.C. — On June 3, 2010, a phone rang at the campaign headquarters of Iowa gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad.

Leo Hough, a receptionist, picked up and was greeted by a familiar voice. It was Sarah Palin, calling to let the campaign know that she was about to endorse Branstad on Facebook and Twitter.

There had been no previous discussions between the former Alaska governor and the candidate, who was as pleasantly surprised as everyone else when told the news.

That episode is typical of how Palin has made endorsements: suddenly, independently and without fanfare.

After leaving an indelible mark on the 2010 midterm elections, Palin has had a minimal impact thus far in this cycle. But one presidential candidate is hoping that the Mama Grizzly is about to come out of hibernation.

Despite the deeply held maxim that endorsements are overrated, Newt Gingrich and his senior aides are increasingly hopeful of gaining Palin’s support, which could mark a significant turn in the Republican nominating fight.

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In a Fox News appearance on Tuesday night, the 2008 vice presidential nominee stopped just short of endorsing Gingrich but told Sean Hannity that if she were a South Carolina resident, she would vote for him “in order to keep this thing going.”

Palin’s husband, Todd, endorsed Gingrich earlier this month, and top Palin aides have told RCP that both members of Alaska’s most famous political couple speak favorably of the former House speaker in private.

In a Washington Post poll released last week, 23 percent of registered Republicans and GOP-leaning independents nationwide said that an endorsement by Palin would make them more likely to back a particular candidate, while 15 percent said it would make them less likely to do so.

But Palin’s impact among evangelical and Tea Party-leaning GOP voters could be significant in the current multi-conservative field.

Asked how impactful a Palin endorsement would be, one Gingrich aide replied succinctly: “Big.”

The former Georgia congressman has done nothing to mask his delight at the prospect of securing the nod. He told Politico on Tuesday night that he spoke to Todd Palin after his wife’s most recent comment and was “thrilled” by what she had said, touting it as a “signal” to conservatives to rally around his candidacy.

Without a direct line to his former Fox News colleague, Gingrich and his team can only hope that her husband’s unambiguous show of support is a precursor of what is to come.

And there’s precedent to believe that will be the case: In the spring of 2010, Todd Palin endorsed Joe Miller in his primary fight against Lisa Murkowski a full month before his wife did the same.

“Neither Todd’s endorsement nor Sarah’s kind words on ‘Hannity’ came with warning,” said another Gingrich aide. “But that only makes the gestures genuine. Less political.”

One close Palin aide was skeptical that Palin is preparing to endorse Gingrich, telling RCP that there have been “no internal discussions” about it.

Still, the same aide noted that Palin’s “South Carolina endorsement” of Gingrich on Fox News had not been previously discussed among her inner circle and that the former Alaska governor is always liable to live up to the “rogue” persona that she so cherishes.

If Mitt Romney is able to hold on to his lead in South Carolina and deliver a commanding win on Saturday, Palin may be less inclined to go out on a limb for Gingrich, who has suggested that he needs a victory here to remain viable.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57362008-503544/gingrich-hoping-for-boost-from-sarah-palin/

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22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ExCat
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 20:13:51

    Is it any suprise that the palins would speak favorably of the most repulsive of the remaining goops?

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  2. Diane
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 20:47:16

    What were those republican family values again?

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  3. dragonpuff
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 20:51:16

    Of course Palin would pick the most ethically challenged, fetid candidate out there.
    How could a woman who trumpets family values (even though hers are a lie) back a man who cheated on his wives, didn’t pay child support and would pimp a puppy for money?

    Because she is the female Gingrich. What a joke she is.

    Reply

  4. Sprarkly Sarcasm
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 21:47:15

    If she comes up with cutesy words to replace swear words that my children simply are not allowed to say, then she isn’t vulgar! What a fine example of Christianwomanhood she is!

    Syrin, why don’t you speak more like our Sarah? I just don’t understand why you two never became friends. YOU could have been Alaska’s first female governor had you only taken speech lessons from her! And married Todd– have you SEEN Todd?

    Hrmph!

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  5. Gem
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 22:29:00

    What is not being reported in the Washington Post Poll is that 62% don’t care what she does or says.

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  6. Sally
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 01:56:11

    So she sco;ds Cain for his affair, and hints that maybe he should quit, but the defianyly proud Gingrich, who cheats repeatedly, is a man the whole country should be proud of? And what is the difference? Oh, yeah, Newt is white.

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  7. Linda1961
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 03:39:15

    If Newt wins today, and it’s looking like he has a good chance, Quitter will endorse him. If he fails to win, but comes close, she will hem and haw until Florida to see how that primary goes. Quitter won’t go out on a limb for anybody, but she will go with what she thinks is a sure bet. She’s not courageous or politically smart, but she does know when to jump on the bandwagon!

    Some of the others have stated the Newt is the most repulsive of the gop candidates, and they are right. Quitter doesn’t care, as long as she thinks he will be the nominee, besides she’s just as repulsive as he is.

    She may influence gop voters, especially evangelicals to vote for whomever she endorses, but she will be the kiss of death in the general election nationwide. Should Newt gain the nomination, it will be a bloodbath in November. Newt and Quitter teamed up (even if she isn’t his running mate, she will be campaigning for him) is a match so vile that even Karl Rove will puke.

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  10. WakeUpAmerica
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 05:27:09

    Gingrich and Palin are perfect together. In fact, I think Palin is Gingrich in drag. They are both egoticstical megalomaniacs, ethically challenged, and fake Christians.

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    • Game of Life (@TheGameOfLife)
      Jan 21, 2012 @ 11:44:11

      I believe she has to go with the old goat until this bullshit ends. she just picked the most corrupted repugbagger loser out there. HAHAHAHA

      It’s par for the course. Two extremely idiotic assholes

      Of course the old bloated racist goat will come in 3rd place. Once again the old boney veiny hand of moose blood (from a neighbor) and bile curse has hit again.

      Reply

  11. sallyngarland,tx
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 08:15:14

    Does Gingrich realize that, with Palin, he now has a ring through his nose? She will be trying to direct his campaign from the sidelines and I doubt she’ll let him forget it.

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  12. akrnc
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 13:24:00

    “Neither Todd’s endorsement nor Sarah’s kind words on ‘Hannity’ came with warning,” said another Gingrich aide. “But that only makes the gestures genuine. Less political.” What a load of bullshit that is! Do they really think we believe there was nothing political about her semi-endorsement when shortly after Todd’s endorsement, Gingrich said that Palin would definitely have a place in his administration?

    Palin’s so called “supporters” will not be happy with her endorsement of Gingrich. It goes against everything that she allegedly stands for–from crony capitalism to Washington insiders, etc. despite the fact that she’s guilty of all she screeches about in others. I wish she’d just STFU and leave us all alone. Her opinions are worth less than nothing to all but 8% of voters, including Republicans!

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  13. cg
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 13:48:15

    What “close aide”? Sarah has “aides”? Campaign aides, like politicians have?

    Celebrity personalities have “aides”? Wouldn’t that more reasonably be a personal assistant, or au pair, or housekeeper, or nanny? Gardener?

    Reply

  14. Sammy
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 19:34:03

    The primary reason the clowns running to be the head republican clown don’t discuss real issues is that the hacks, lapdogs and knee-benders in what passes for media don’t ask the questions.

    This is why I believe that these debates are scripted with the clown candidates deciding before hand what questions will be asked.

    I want to see a real debate moderated by Lawrence O’Donnell, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schulltz and Al Sharpton.

    Won’t happen, but let’s start a campaign just so that the repugs can go on record refusing or ignoring the offer.

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  15. WakeUpAmerica
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 20:45:10

    Apparently, king of the dumbarses took South Carolina, Land of Family Values. Go figure. This was merely entertaining before; it’s downright hilarious now. Guess it isn’t a great time to be a Republican.

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    • climber357
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 07:19:10

      Correct. It is not a great time to be a Republican.

      I stopped donating time and money to the GOP.

      And I am surprised by how much I enjoy watching my own party humiliate itself.

      Reply

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  17. aj billings
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 07:15:29

    GinGrinch and Pay-lin are perfectly matched in the love of money, grifting, and being serial ethics violaters. Beyond that, they are both epically notorious Fame WHORES, sybaritic sluts, and are willing to trumpet their Christian Taliban credentials to anyone.

    Privately, neither one gives a dog damn about anyone outside their immediate circle , their sycophant spouses of convenience, or the supposed “christian” values voters or their pathetic bleatings about “god” saving the USA for “rill ‘Muricans.

    This may shock some, but my earnest wish is that an asteroid fall on both of them!

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  18. Angiemomma
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 03:59:51

    With her big mouth open like that, I can’t help but imagine just how Mrs. Palin would service Newt to get herself on that republican ticket again. Of course, she’s provided this kind of service in the past for political gain. If that doesn’t work, maybe Todd could send one of his prostitutes to Newt’s hotel room…

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  19. Mel
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 10:56:15

    Isn’t Newt the apotheosis of a crony capitalist? Making $$ off of gov’t after leaving govt? Does she not care anymore? Probably not. Yesterday’s complaint, not today’s. Phonies, the whole lot of them, except BO.

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  20. moinkslinger
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 16:38:42

    The Obama family represent “family values” more than half of the GOP hopefuls. If Gingrich is the GOP candidate, I have two choices—stay at home on election day or vote for Obama.

    Reply

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