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Sarah Palin: Nixon In Drag

By Greg L | 29 June 2010 | National Politics, Blogs | 18 Comments

So says Brian Kirwin, anyways.  The Daily Press dives into the controversy and digs up some fascinating tidbits about what happened at Freedom Fest, making an already bizarre case even stranger.

It was pretty funny at the time to me. Sarah was giving boilerplate rhetoric from a written speech. Nothing wrong with that, but what is there to fear by having someone type online some reactions to what you’re saying?

They didn’t kick out the press. They made bloggers from the biggest conservative blog in the state shut down laptops.

We had been told “no video and no audio” – big deal. All I was doing was typing an occasional comment, mostly about what the crowd reaction was.

Palin’s rules, and make no mistake about it, they were her rules as a contracted speaker, made her look like Nixon in drag.

It’s one thing to slap the “lamestream media” and they deserve it. But this was a bit heavyhanded to tell two volunteers with keyboards to stop typing.

Yep, I think we’re done with Juan McAmnesty’s outside-the-box VP pick of 2008.

UPDATE: Jim Hoeft pens an op-ed for the Washington Times where he’s a surprisingly charitable about this treatment.  Like I’ve said, if there’s a party-line warrior out there for Republicans, this is the guy, which makes it all the more disturbing that it was he who was singled out for this.

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  1. 200 Grande said on 29 Jun 2010 at 8:00 pm:
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    As of last March, the McCain-Palin people still don’t like libertarians:


    Viva la amnesty? You ‘betcha!

  2. Kris Day said on 29 Jun 2010 at 9:48 pm:
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    Sarah Palin is a great American. I’d liken her sooner to Ronald Reagan than to Richard Nixon. Wish we could stop trying to tear people down, especially ones who are great defenders of our Constitution.

  3. Bob Bruhns said on 29 Jun 2010 at 11:05 pm:
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    Aside from being a dingbat, Sarah Palin quit as governor of Alaska to avoid an investigation - and then pretended that wasn’t the reason she did it.

    It does not serve the conservative movement to support such nonsense. Palin is a turnoff to thinking people. Imagine her trying to handle any of the messes that we have seen in the past ten years. She would probably just quit, and then write a book. Great.

  4. Former Officer said on 30 Jun 2010 at 6:50 am:
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    Bob. No fan of Sarah here but do you know that what you’ve written is fact or pure speculation? I’m of course referring to her resigning as govenor to avoid an investigation.

  5. Just the Facts said on 30 Jun 2010 at 7:45 am:
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    I’m with Greg on this one. Sarah Palin has more experience governing than Barack Obama, but how difficult is finding someone in US politics who isn’t? Republicans have a great opportunity to take back the White House in 2012 but will not do so with the slogan, “Our incompetent person is less incompetent than yours.”

    Palin gives a rousing a speech and fires up the conservative base. That’s great and I say more power to her on that account.

    Moreover, she did not resign as Governor of Alaska to avoid an investigation. She resigned to cash in. With her books, speeches, etc. she’s been making millions. I don’t fault her for that. She is not a credible candidate for President, but does have an opportunity to create financial security for her family, and become an influential voice in conservative politics indefinitely. If I were her, I can’t say I would have done differently.

    Events like “Freedom Fest” are more like rock concerts than serious political movements. People are there to make money and to be entertained. Again, I don’t have any problem with any of this. If someone thinks they will enjoy the event enough to justify the price of a ticket, have at it and have a good time! Just don’t think you are going to anything akin to a political convention or serious exchange of ideas.

  6. Kris Day said on 30 Jun 2010 at 8:03 am:
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    Sarah Palin resigned her post as governor because she did not want the people of Alaska to be burdened by politically-motivated litigation that was a drain on their economy. I respect her for doing that. She has proved that she can help shape the political landscape of our country by galvanizing the conservative base and by supporting candidates who stand for small government, strong national security, and energy independence, among other issues dear to conservatives. She’s been very effective in this. She may not be the next president of the U.S. but I could see her doing very well as our next Secretary of Energy… and then who knows where she’ll go from there.

  7. FED UP said on 30 Jun 2010 at 9:18 am:
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    Kris - agree 100% with you.

  8. Bob Bruhns said on 30 Jun 2010 at 9:37 am:
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    The pretense continues. If someone from the other party had skipped out to avoid an investigation, and then cashed in with a book, I think I know what I would be hearing about that.

    Better hold your own leaders to the same standard - or your leaders will surprise you, and not in a good way.

  9. Just the Facts said on 30 Jun 2010 at 10:57 am:
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    There is no basis for an investigation. If there were, it would happen whether Sarah Palin resigned as Governor of Alaska or not. She’s a leading figure in the Republican Party and in the Tea Party movement. The opposition would go after her in or out of office if they thought they could do so without looking ridiculous.

    Even though I don’t think Palin would be a credible candidate for President, I think she has a positive role to play in the Republican Party. She gives a good speech, energizes the conservative base, and can be a strong fund-raiser for conservative candidates. Those are all assets Republicans should be glad to have in a member of the Party.

    So she’s making some money for herself and her family. It’s all perfectly legitimate and above-board. What’s wrong with writing a book and collecting speaking fees? Not a bad way to make a living if you ask me.

  10. local gop said on 30 Jun 2010 at 2:19 pm:
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    palin is a joke, simple as that. the fairfax county board chair handles more tax dollars than the governor of alaska. she abandoned alaska for money and to avoid an ethics investigation.

    just the facts,
    ethics investigations usually cease when a person leaves office because they are not criminal complaints.

  11. Tillie said on 30 Jun 2010 at 3:25 pm:
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    Shucks - making money any way you can is as American as apple pie.

    Just look at all the jokers who have written books and raked in the bucks. You don’t have to write the book yourself (as if), simply get a ghost who is on your side.

  12. Wolverine said on 30 Jun 2010 at 3:51 pm:
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    That’s it, guys. Just continue trying to kill your own. Great recipe for victory. The Dems sit back smugly and let you do their dirty work. I agree with Kris Day. Sarah may not be presidential material but she is an asset. And, she’s her own woman. Unfortunately, when she sometimes chooses not to march to your particular drumbeat, you jump all over her. But, then, there are those of you who insist on providing additional, minimal-effort fodder for the likes of Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart.

  13. Anonymous said on 30 Jun 2010 at 5:40 pm:
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    Jon Stewart makes me laugh. Sarah Palin does too. I’d liken her to Carrot Top before Reagan or Nixon. If she decided to take the money and run I can respect that. Her first duty is to her family.

  14. Ron Homan said on 30 Jun 2010 at 9:05 pm:
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    Sarah Palin is one of the few republicans that has principles and sticks with them. If the AG in Alaska had any evidence that would hold up in court he would have taken it to court. More power to her in raking in the cash from speeches and books. The problem with the republican “leadership”, they think feeding off the feces of the progressives in lieu of a true conservative diet will endure them to a visionary electorate. Not true any more boys. Michele Bauchman, Sarah, and AZ Gov will be in charge after November.

  15. Jack said on 1 Jul 2010 at 10:51 am:
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    Palin should continue to position herself as a leading candidate for 2012 so that the Dems and third party liberal groups spend millions attacking her. Meanwhile, we should quietly develop a respectable, qualified, proven candidate to actually be the candidate.

    I respect her accomplishments and believe she has been unfairly potrayed, but I do not think she is qualified to be President. I think she is making a lot of money and building support for the conservative movement which is great.

    Sarah Palin’s most effective role should be as lightning rod, not Presidential candidate.

  16. hk said on 1 Jul 2010 at 12:20 pm:
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    I’m super-conservative and think Sarah Palin is really smart because she’s hot!

  17. Disgusted said on 2 Jul 2010 at 6:14 am:
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    Palin is inept, ignorant, and would be an unmitigated disaster as president. Her experience is less than that of the Chairman of the Fairfax BOS, she governed fewer people than the number in Fairfax County, and she’s a quitter.

  18. Tea Partier said on 3 Jul 2010 at 6:02 pm:
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    Disgusted, Obama is the real disaster as president and his experience is less
    than uh, uh, uh oh, what the hell….how about the ticket-taker over at Regal?

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