Sarah Palin’s guerrilla army

Real Clear Politics:

Devoted Volunteers Build Foundation for Palin in Iowa

PELLA, Iowa — Last December, Michelle McCormick penned a letter to Sarah Palin, addressed it to her political action committee, and dropped it in the mail.

An unassuming 28-year-old north Texan who works in the oil and gas industry, McCormick had experienced a family crisis similar to the one that had befallen Palin’s family when the former Alaska governor’s daughter Bristol became pregnant in 2008. McCormick wanted to let Palin know that how the vice presidential candidate handled the situation while in the national spotlight helped guide McCormick through her own family difficulties.

McCormick didn’t harbor much hope that she would get a response, but about three weeks later she received a personal reply from Palin.

Six months later, McCormick now spends every weekend (and an increasing number of weekdays) in the nation’s first voting state of Iowa attending GOP Central Committee meetings, collecting names of activists in counties across the state, and doing other volunteer organizing in advance of a Palin presidential campaign that she considers inevitable.

“If she was willing to take the time to respond to somebody who is a nobody in Texas, that just shows me what kind of heart she has,” McCormick told RCP. “She’s a very high-profile individual, and she’s got a lot of people making demands on her, and I thought this is someone I really want to help get into the White House.”

McCormick is one of the more devoted members of a dedicated nationwide group called Organize4Palin, in which an all-volunteer effort is setting the groundwork for a Palin presidential launch that its members believe is only a matter of time.

Although Organize4Palin purports to have active chapters in over 30 states, the backbone of its operation is in Iowa, where Palin would likely have to win the caucuses in order to remain a viable candidate, if she were to enter the race.

This is why I think Sarah Palin has an excellent chance of winning the Republican nomination. She has a secret army of dedicated supporters.

Unlike the Cult of Obama these people were not sent to camps for indoctrination. Obama spent a good chunk of the $99 million he raised in 2007 creating “Obama For America” which was supposedly a grassroots movement. It was astroturf.

Organize4Palin is the real deal. Whenever Sarah makes a public appearance her supporters come out in droves to see her. They waited in line for hours in freezing weather to get autographed copies of her book.

Back in 2008 she drew big crowds wherever she went – she was not only outdrawing McCain but some people think she was outdrawing Obama too! And she didn’t need to hire rock bands or give away free beer and bratwurst to do it.

Whenever you see a poll saying nobody wants her to run or nobody thinks she can win you can be sure of one thing – those pollsters aren’t asking the right people.

If (when) she declares her candidacy just watch how fast her supporters organize to help her win. Watch how fast the money rolls in. She will have the most motivated supporters of any GOP candidate. Right now they are just sitting back and waiting for her to give the word.

Does that scare anyone?

Oh, you betcha!

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32 Responses to Sarah Palin’s guerrilla army

  1. ralphb says:

    There are possibly millions of people that I firmly believe would crawl through broken glass to vote for her. I’m almost 65 and I’ve never seen anything quite like this ever before. Other candidates may be well liked but she is beloved.

    If you’re an opponent, that should scare the hell out of you. 😉

  2. Oh yea, you betcha they’re scared. They’re pooping their pants don’tchaknow. Populist leader with loads of charisma. Oh yea. all of DC is shaking in their boots.

  3. imustprotest says:

    I think she would definitely win Iowa, hands down.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    I would love to see the Obama-Palin debates 😀

  5. WMCB says:

    Hey, lawyer myiq, whadda ya think of this? Stolen from moononpluto at His44:


    Holy Mary……………………………

    This morning, there was a stunning development in Congress’s investigation of the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” gun-running program: it was revealed that on July 4, Kenneth Melson, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Obama administration’s intended fall guy in the scandal, broke ranks with his superiors. Without their knowledge, he gave an interview to Darrell Issa’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, accompanied only by his personal attorney. While a transcript of that interview is not yet public, it is clear that he blew the whistle on senior officials in the Justice Department.

    This morning, Issa and Senator Charles Grassley released a letter that they sent yesterday to Attorney General Eric Holder. It is explosive, to say the least. You should read it in its entirety; here are some excerpts:

    Yesterday, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson participated in a transcribed interview regarding Operation Fast and Furious and related matters with both Republican and Democratic staff. He appeared with his personal counsel, Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods LLP. His interview had originally been scheduled through the Justice Department to occur on July 13 in the presence of DOJ and ATF counsel. As you know, however, under our agreement Department witnesses who choose to attend a voluntary interview with their own lawyer are free to exercise that right rather than participate with counsel representing the Department’s interests.

    After being made aware of that provision of our agreement, Acting Director Melson chose to exercise that right and appeared with his own lawyer. We are disappointed that no one had previously informed him of that provision of the agreement. Instead, Justice Department officials sought to limit and control his communications with Congress.

    DOJ’s effort to cover up the Fast and Furious scandal is one of the letter’s themes.


    Read on, Issa has them by the balls.

  6. ralphb says:

    Mittens fund raising, like all the others is really off. He had a $50 million target for the first half of the year and reported $18.25 million.

    The media darling Huntsman raised $4 million and most of it was his own money he lent to the campaign. At 3% what is he doing?

    • votermom says:

      I think a lot of reliable GOP donors are sitting on their money right now until the Mama Grizzlie officially decides one way or another.
      If she gets in they want to be in her good graces.

  7. yttik says:

    Palin absolutely already has a well established army of conservatives and independents behind her that aren’t just ready to go, they’ve spent the past couple of years training so they will be ready at a moment’s notice. Then she’s got a second army of Republicans hanging out and waiting to see who the frontrunner and R nominee will be. Then she’s got a third army of fence sitters, people like me who whole heartedly support her campaign and even though we’re former Democrats, we just might be motivated to get out of bed and actively campaign for her.

  8. myiq2xu says:

    The GOP establishment sets up another strawman candidate:

    Gov. Rick Perry: The Candidate Obama Would Fear the Most

    More than any other potential GOP presidential candidate, President Obama fears Texas Gov. Rick Perry. That’s because Perry is the only one who can devastate virtually any Obama claim.

    • WMCB says:

      Meh. I think Perry would be a good candidate for the R’s, but not the most feared – that’s Palin.

      However, I will say here that I predict Perry will run, she won’t, she will endorse him, he’ll win, and Rubio will be his VP pick.

      I could be wrong, and it’s not what I want to see happen, but that’s my read of it.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Afterall, Perry inherited a Bush economy too 😉

  9. Lola-at-Large says:

    My favorite new quote, from a female Canadian PM: “We need more Janes and less Dicks.”

    Her timing with that one (this week) could not be more impeccable.

  10. Dario says:

    From the Real Clear Politics article:

    Singleton, who is not independently wealthy, says he is making a significant financial sacrifice by volunteering almost all his time to a campaign that does not yet exist — and may never. That uncertainty raises one delicate question: If Palin has already decided against a White House bid, as many political observers have concluded, is it callous of her to tacitly encourage Singleton, McCormick and the untold number of other supporters to continue setting the stage for her?

    Last Tuesday in Pella, Palin had an opportunity to signal to those devoted volunteers to pack up and go home when asked by this reporter what she thought about their efforts. Surrounded by a crush of supporters and journalists on her way into the cookout, Palin instead replied that she “greatly appreciated” the efforts of volunteer organizers, especially because of their willingness to support someone who is “untraditional” and “not a part of the Republican establishment.”

    I think SP is running.

    • yttik says:

      I’m pretty sure she’s running, too.

      This meme, “what if she’s not running and just deceiving all you people,” has been going on for a while. There’s a lot of sexism in that statement, it’s intended to make you think of a manipulative and conniving woman who’s going to stab everyone in the back.

      It’s not going to work.

    • WMCB says:

      I hope so.

    • Is it some kind of either/or? Maybe she’s building the kind of support that is not a one time one shot. A foundation that will still be there in 2016 if she waits that long to run. A big bargaining chip she could trade in future if she decides not to run.

      Whichever way, advancing the causes that she supports.

      (Kind of like PUMAs in summer of 2008.)

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