Spinning Sarah

Via The Other McCain:

As Palin returns to NH, questions abound

At this point, Palin’s drawn-out flirtation with a candidacy has turned excitement over “The Sarah Factor” to “Sarah Fatigue” in some quarters.

“You tend to get a sense now that the times have passed by her,” said UNH political science professor Dante Scala. “People are looking elsewhere.”

Kevin Smith, executive director of Cornerstone Action, a conservative issues group, agreed.

“Some people have become so weary of her stringing the media along and stringing voters along as to whether she is or isn’t going to run, that they’re kind of over Sarah Palin at this point,” he said.

“Her coy game of, ‘I’m not telling anyone whether I’m running but I’m going to visit the early primary states,’ I think is turning people off, quite frankly,” said Smith.

Oh noes!

But wait! There’s more:

Palin, not even in the race, draws double the size crowd as Romney

On a big day in presidential politics, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday gave another of her presidential-stump-like speeches to a presidential-rally-style crowd in an important presidential primary state. She did not say she’s running for president. Again.

“It’s great to spend Labor Day with you,” Palin told a large crowd of tea party supporters in Manchester, N.H., on the traditional kick off day of the presidential primary season. “You could be grilling up some steaks with your neighbors and instead, youíre concerned about your country and taking a stand.”

Palin drew about 600 people, more than double the number that turned out for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at a tea party event in Concord, N.H., on Sunday. Many had hoped to hear the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee announce her candidacy, some of them chanting “Run, Sarah, run.” She smiled. “I appreciate your encouragement. I do,” Palin told them, with well-practiced coyness.

This kind of reminds me of what the media and the Obots (but I repeat myself) would say in 2008 when Hillary would beat Obama in yet another primary:

Obama did better than expected, Hillary finished next to last.

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23 Responses to Spinning Sarah

  1. votermom says:

    LOLing at that cartoon.

  2. WMCB says:

    The media has done this forever, but they do it worse with Palin than anything I’ve seen.

    They decide who is a “legitimate” candidate or not, regardless of what the voters say. For example, as much as I think Ron Paul is a total looney tune in many areas, they have done it to him for years. Sorry, but he consistently garnered more polling support and excitement than many other R candidates, yet the media would crown the guys with 3% “serious contenders”, and relegate Paul to “fringe, not serious” status and ignore him, even if he was polling at three times what the other guy was.

    Again, I DO NOT LIKE OR SUPPORT Ron Paul. But the media has no right to insert their judgement and decide FOR the people who is a “real” candidate and who is not.

    I bring up Paul not to detract from Sarah, but as an example of the fact that allowing the media and the party machines to do that to candidates we dislike gives them tacit permission to later do it to candidates we DO like. Now they are doing it to Sarah 5 times as bad as they did Ron Paul. In their minds, they decide decide “the field”, and then we little people get to “choose” from among those they’ve pre-selected for us. This is why even candidates we dislike need to be defended in their right to be heard and taken seriously.

    Butt out and let the People choose.

    • “Let the People choose”
      Can’t have that- nope, uh uh, no way.
      People might choose a candidate that actually has the interests of the populace and the country at heart.

      Remember when “the news” reported facts. And the people could make up their own minds?
      Facts are soo inconvenient. Hence we get the fraud.

      • WMCB says:

        PMM, it’s the whole attitude of “unless it is affecting me, or a candidate I like, then it’s okay”.

        No, it’s not. That’s why we said that the actions of the Dem rules committee mattered, even if you did not support Hillary. That’s why wiretapping without a warrant matters, even if the people they are currently doing it to are very likely criminals or terrorists.

        In the same way, the way the media tries to marginalize, and shut out of the process, candidates with vast popular support matters, even if that candidate is one you personally think is a fruitcake. Once you start letting TBTB make the choices for the people, you have gone down a dangerous road.

        • myiq2xu says:

          Then there is when they go out of their way to promote unqualified candidates and cover up their flaws.

        • WMCB says:

          Yes, myiq. Which is why, curiously, Huntsman is still a “contender” but Sarah “has no shot” if she enters.

          It’s ridiculous. Huntsman has ZERO support among the GOP primary voters. Almost NONE. But he still has a shot and is a “serious” candidate, because the media has deemed him so. Sarah could enter in freaking November, and immediately out-poll Huntsman. But he is legitimate, and she is not?

        • votermom says:

          Huntsman is a contender because he knows all the right people and he can lose gracefully. He is John Kerry 2012, GOP version.

        • AMEN! Goes right back to the old saw about maybe not agreeing with an opinion- but defending to the death a person’s right to – you know- HAVE that opinion!

        • ralphb says:

          Huntsman has gotten more media than Romney. He’s been on every one of the Sunday chat shows, on with the creep who replaced Larry King, everywhere.

          I think his polling rounds up to 1%

        • Erica says:

          Of course Huntsman is more legitimate than Palin. He has a penis and that is a qualification for the presidency, apparently.

    • ralphb says:

      Rasmussen hasn’t polled her for sometime because, it’s too late for her to get in. At the same time, he has said that Christie could wait until November with no problem. What utter bullshit!

      • bevwky says:

        Every time I hear such nonsense I want to smack the idiot with one of their “polls” – that’s about all they’re good for. 😉

    • Karma says:

      Yup, and they’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember. When Moonbeam ran for pres they would literally cut him out of the picture. The evening news and the newspapers would crop the photos so that the coverage would focus on who had the most money and best chances to succeed. Or so the story goes.

      Of course, it’s hard to raise money when no one knows you are in the race. His solution at the time was to get a 1-800 number and try and get as much coverage as he could with the phone number in view.

    • votermom says:

      Speaking of Ron Paul, he has an attack ad against Perry.

      Ron Paul is taking on Rick Perry in a new television ad blasting the Texas governor for for supporting Al Gore’s 1988 presidential campaign, POLITICO has learned.

      The 60-second spot, backed by a six-figure ad buy — the first negative ad attacking Perry to come directly out of a Republican campaign this primary season — contrasts Paul’s endorsement of Ronald Reagan in 1980 with Perry’s role as the Texas chairman for Gore’s first presidential campaign.


  3. bevwky says:

    Check out:


    So far, this is the best article I’ve seen about her speeches this weekend because it pretty much sums up why the polls and pundits get “it” wrong.

    • ralphb says:

      Tony Katz gets it.

    • votermom says:

      That video of the supporter tearing up is something.
      I just saw that the guy blogged about it here:

      One great note on the rally was how real this woman was. I have never met Sarah Palin until this event, and it took a fight with the crowd to do so, but it was worth it. She signed my shirt and I said “I love you, Sarah; I came from St. Louis, MO to see you today!” When she actually spoke to me in response I stammered. She asked my name and actually showed that she cares. This is something genuine that most, if not all politicians are seriously lacking, they just don’t care. When she hugged me I almost lost composure. I hugged the woman who might one day be sitting in the White House as our next President.
      This is something about Sarah people in the press and in Washington don’t seem to understand: she is human. She genuinely wants to be with her supporters and to let them know that she is there for them and that they aren’t just following blind ambition. Sarah Palin issues a kind of hope that the left cannot muster because it is real and it is tangible. She isn’t afraid of the crowds, far from it… I watched this political giant humbly walk through and attempt to shake every hand there. She was very willing to talk, to listen, to take pictures, and to sign your hat, shirt, or even your arm.

      She’s got what none of the other GOP candidates have and what Obama tries so hard to fake — the common touch.

      • That is telling- she projects a “realness” and a connection with her roots and her supporters.
        Bill Clinton had “IT” too. Went to a rally locally here in the 08 and brought some young first time voters with me. He took the time to speak to me (I got hugged!) and to the young people with me. He was genuinely pleased to be there.

  4. ralphb says:

    NH Journal: EXCLUSIVE: Palin’s surprise visit delights bride and groom

    As word of her appearance spread throughout the restaurant, a U.S. Marine and his new bride enjoying their wedding reception in the Pappas Room asked to get some pictures. The newlyweds now had another reason to grin from ear to ear as they were overheard saying “we’ll never forget that Sarah Palin came to our wedding”.

    Palin illustrated her political charm and retail campaigning by eagerly greeting Manchester locals and talking about issues ranging from the national debt to the cost of gasoline.

    As Palin left the restaurant, a resident of nearby Hooksett said, “she comes across as real and just a regular lady. I hope she runs for President.”

  5. yttik says:

    If people are suffering from Sarah fatigue, how come they can’t stop writing about her?

    I read another headline about the crappy turnout for one of her speeches and how the media was losing interest in her. One of the commentators cracked me up by saying, “Sarah goes out into a rain soaked cornfield to speak to a few supporters and you guys write 50 head lines about how the media has lost interest in her?… By the way, where was the leader of the free world today?”

    • bevwky says:

      Yeah, I know. It’s absolutely amazing it’s it? This might sound a bit twisted but one of the things I get a kick out of doing lately when I have time is going to Hot Air, not to read the posts or to comment, but to scan the headlines and see which posts have the most comments. (I refuse to subscribe to their feed anymore because they tend to be so down on not simply Palin but the TEA Parties in general.)

      Invariably it’s the ones that involve Palin in some way that get the most hits. It’s like watching a barometer. Even if she’s not mentioned in the headline or seen in the picture, if the comment numbers start going up, sure enough, she’s involved someway in the post. And when I say the most, I’m talking about the difference between hundreds and thousands.

      Absolutely freaking incredible the obsession these people have that they will not admit to on all sides of these imaginary lines we draw in the sand.

      Which is where the lie comes into play regarding the polls that no one will acknowledge. Everyone is interested in her and what she has to say but she polls that low all over the place? Seems to me that only means someone is asking the wrong questions of the wrong people. Quite possibly at the wrong time and place.

      And that’s not even touching on interpreting statistics and the games people play with the results they get. o.O

      Last time I checked, polls don’t elect people. Actual votes did. At least they used to.

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