Sarah goes rogue again

Cannibals in GOP Establishment Employ Tactics of the Left

We have witnessed something very disturbing this week. The Republican establishment which fought Ronald Reagan in the 1970s and which continues to fight the grassroots Tea Party movement today has adopted the tactics of the left in using the media and the politics of personal destruction to attack an opponent.

We will look back on this week and realize that something changed. I have given numerous interviews wherein I espoused the benefits of thorough vetting during aggressive contested primary elections, but this week’s tactics aren’t what I meant. Those who claim allegiance to Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment should stop and think about where we are today. Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, the fathers of the modern conservative movement, would be ashamed of us in this primary. Let me make clear that I have no problem with the routine rough and tumble of a heated campaign. As I said at the first Tea Party convention two years ago, I am in favor of contested primaries and healthy, pointed debate. They help focus candidates and the electorate. I have fought in tough and heated contested primaries myself. But what we have seen in Florida this week is beyond the pale. It was unprecedented in GOP primaries. I’ve seen it before – heck, I lived it before – but not in a GOP primary race.


But this whole thing isn’t really about Newt Gingrich vs. Mitt Romney. It is about the GOP establishment vs. the Tea Party grassroots and independent Americans who are sick of the politics of personal destruction used now by both parties’ operatives with a complicit media egging it on. In fact, the establishment has been just as dismissive of Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Newt is an imperfect vessel for Tea Party support, but in South Carolina the Tea Party chose to get behind him instead of the old guard’s choice. In response, the GOP establishment voices denounced South Carolinian voters with the same vitriol we usually see from the left when they spew hatred at everyday Americans “bitterly clinging” to their faith and their Second Amendment rights. The Tea Party was once again told to sit down and shut up and listen to the “wisdom” of their betters. We were reminded of the litany of Tea Party endorsed candidates in 2010 who didn’t win. Well, here’s a little newsflash to the establishment: without the Tea Party there would have been no historic 2010 victory at all.

I spoke up before the South Carolina primary to urge voters there to keep this primary going because I have great concern about the GOP establishment trying to anoint a candidate without the blessing of the grassroots and all the needed energy and resources we as commonsense constitutional conservatives could bring to the general election in order to defeat President Obama. Now, I respect Governor Romney and his success. But there are serious concerns about his record and whether as a politician he consistently applied conservative principles and how this impacts the agenda moving forward. The questions need answers now. That is why this primary should not be rushed to an end. We need to vet this. Pundits in the Beltway are gleefully proclaiming that this primary race is over after Florida, despite 46 states still not having chimed in. Well, perhaps it’s possible that it will come to a speedy end in just four days; but with these questions left unanswered, it will not have come to a satisfactory conclusion. Without this necessary vetting process, the unanswered question of Governor Romney’s conservative bona fides and the unanswered and false attacks on Newt Gingrich will hang in the air to demoralize many in the electorate. The Tea Party grassroots will certainly feel disenfranchised and disenchanted with the perceived orchestrated outcome from self-proclaimed movers and shakers trying to sew this all up. And, trust me, during the general election, Governor Romney’s statements and record in the private sector will be relentlessly parsed over by the opposition in excruciating detail to frighten off swing voters. This is why we need a fair primary that is not prematurely cut short by the GOP establishment using Alinsky tactics to kneecap Governor Romney’s chief rival.

As I said in my speech in Iowa last September, the challenge of this election is not simply to replace President Obama. The real challenge is who and what we will replace him with. It’s not enough to just change up the uniform. If we don’t change the team and the game plan, we won’t save our country. We truly need sudden and relentless reform in Washington to defend our republic, though it’s becoming clearer that the old guard wants anything but that. That is why we should all be concerned by the tactics employed by the establishment this week. We will not save our country by becoming like the left. And I question whether the GOP establishment would ever employ the same harsh tactics they used on Newt against Obama. I didn’t see it in 2008. Many of these same characters sat on their thumbs in ‘08 and let Obama escape unvetted. Oddly, they’re now using every available microscope and endoscope – along with rewriting history – in attempts to character assassinate anyone challenging their chosen one in their own party’s primary. So, one must ask, who are they really running against?

– Sarah Palin

One of the things that was so disturbing about 2008 was the lengths the Democratic party leaders were willing to go to to ensure that their pre-chosen candidate “won” the primaries. You would think in this modern era that the role of the party would be to ensure a fair and open process so that the party voters could choose the person they want to be the nominee.

The reality is that neither party’s leadership believes in democracy. They want Soviet-style sham elections.

This is not to say that the leaders of the two parties should have no input or influence. But they should not control the outcome. Right now we are facing the likelihood of a rigged election where both candidates are Wall Street favorites.

I am no fan of Newt Gingrich but I am a fan of principles. The GOP establishment should take their collective thumb off the scale and let the voters decide.

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49 Responses to Sarah goes rogue again

  1. K.T. says:

    myiq, this is not a challenge, it is a question: How do you think the GOP establishment is tipping the scale? I know that they are afraid of Newt being the nominee, but what are they doing to elect Romney?

    • myiq2xu says:

      Every candidate that rises up to challenge Romney suddenly gets dragged down by a pack of wolves. But Romney remains untouched.


      • K.T. says:

        Hmmm, I hadn’t thought of it that way. The pack must have screwed up in South Carolina! I can’t stand Gingerich, but I think he still has some life in him. I just hope not too much life.

      • djmm says:

        I am not sure it is GOP establishment destruction either, myiq, though you may be right. I thought the other candidates were self-destructing. I am not sure the establishment had to work hard to destroy them. Their past is their past. If it does not get dredged up in a primary, it will in the GE (unless the media and the establishment favors the candidate, as they did with Candidate Obama). Certainly, all the bad stuff that has come up was “out there” — mostly old news. Paul’s newsletters are old, the allegations against Cain were old, etc.

        I do not think Romney has quite as many skeletons in his closet. But the media does not like him (he’s the Al Gore of the GOP) and some of the GOP establishment doesn’t either. And there is the Mormon factor which could depress turn-out from their base. But they dislike him less than Newt, who was such a jerk that even the Republicans could not stand him.

        It could be that with rare exceptions, the GOP pool of candidates is shallow and has a lot of pond scum.

        Now I am not sure why other candidates, including Palin, chose not to run this year. Maybe they worried about the effect on their families or what kind of dirty tricks the Obama campaign would bring up. Or maybe they figure the fix is in for Obama to get re-elected. But I am afraid that for this year, this is the best the GOP could do.


        • DeniseVB says:

          Even sadder, Obama was the best the Democrats could do in 2008 😦

          Something’s up for sure. It’s as though the GOP is intentionally throwing the election. And the media is helping them. Sh*t.

        • 1539days says:

          I think Palin knew what kind of soul sucking compromises would be required to win. If you want a slash and burn guy to beat Obama, Mitt’s you man.

    • votermom says:

      Also, the schedule of a bunch of primaries got coincidentally moved up — most pundits agree this is favorable to Mitt.

  2. HELENK says:

    The suicide of the democratic party in 2008 had to be a republican wet dream.
    Why are they doing the same thing in 2012 for an obama lite???

    Who gains?????

  3. Lola-at-Large says:

    Honety-honk-honk! To you, and to Sarah Palin. She sounds a lot like we did in 2008, no? We also argued that the left couldn’t be served by adopting the policies and profile of the right. Obama is every bit as bad as Bush. Now we have the worst of both sides as the norm.

    • Pips says:

      Normally I let Sarah Palin slip under my radar – or rather I don’t actively “follow” her – but on checking in at memeorandum, this article was at the top, so I got curious and read it. And you’re absolutely right, she does sound an awful lot like you all did in 2008. I have no doubt she was closely following the sites of “Disenfranchised Democrats” then … and probably still does.

      But did you read the comments? As far as I got, no one caught on to the “rigging of an election” but instead started fighting over pros and cons Romney/ Gingrich. And over their stance on “pro life” or not. In other words: fighting amongst themselves. Sounds an awful lot like 2008 too, doesn’t it?

      And I probably should have blushed – but instead laughed out loud at this:

      Oddly, they’re now using every available microscope and endoscope – along with rewriting history – in attempts to character assassinate anyone challenging their chosen one in their own party’s primary.


    • djmm says:

      It is so funny. Romney adopted the Republican idea for healthcare — and, later, so did Obama. Now Romney is being slammed by Republicans for have a plan like the Democratic Party’s plan – when it was the GOP plan all along.

      One can’t make stuff like this up.


  4. soupcity says:

    Grinning from ear to ear, here. She nailed this one and so did you myiq, thanks!

  5. yttik says:

    Sarah always manages to say exactly what I’ve been thinking. I may not always agree with her on everything, but at least she always sees what I’m seeing.

    Remember that old Gaslight movie? That’s what politics have felt like for the past couple of years. “You’re just crazy if you can’t see what a great orator Obama is.” The economy is booming, don’t believe your lying eyes. Mitt is the only one who can beat Obama…on and on it goes. Palin is like a breath of fresh air because she always says, BS, the emperor has no clothes. Stop peeing down our legs and saying it’s raining. We’re voters, but we aren’t all morons.

  6. Betty says:

    “Right now we are facing the likelihood of a rigged election where both candidates are Wall Street favorites.”

    What is it they say about the truth? It was right there staring me in the face all along? That’s what that sentence is to me. Trust you to get out of the box and in looking back see what is so huge it blinds the rest of us. Probably didn’t make myself clear here, tried all kinds of sentences, so I am just going to say thank you and leave it at that.

    • Three Wickets says:

      A prominent OWS supporter was promoting this book and author today: the pseudo-populism of anti-elitism left and right. I have trouble trusting academic activists these days, especially the ones on the coasts. If you want to take down Wall Street, you need to set examples by taking down a few Wall Street bosses (including shadow bankers), Obama and Romney. OWS has done a lot of whinging, but they haven’t focused on these things. OWS is an OFA plan to ensure Obama’s relection.

  7. Three Wickets says:

    Don’t know why I still read the NYtimes. In recent months, it’s become clear that the editorial voice of their op/ed page is really the voice of Andrew Rosenthal, the son of legendary Times editor A.M. Rosenthal. Problem is Andrew thinks like a college sophomore. The paper really has seen its best days.

  8. Three Wickets says:

    Here’s that Hillary statement on leaving politics after this term.

    • djmm says:

      Maybe she will be rested and bored in four years and want to try the high wire act again. Until then, I am grateful we had her service as long as we have. I can’t blame her for not wanting to continue in another Obama administration, if that is what we have.


  9. DandyTiger says:

    Honk, honk. The Repubs are doing a replay of the Dem primaries. Rigged from the beginning.

    Funny thing is, the party machine is scared shitless. They were sweating bullets that the voters would actually see through there game and vote out their choice just to stop the machine and open up the election. Luckily for them the Florida Republican voters are turning out to be pathetic sheep.

    I don’t want to be overly dramatic, but the voters in Florida will decide a lot more with their vote than they probably know, and it looks like they’ll go with the machine’s ObamaRomney choice. Sad.

  10. OldCoastie says:

    Now, if Sarah were very clever, she would designate someone – not Mitt, not Newt, for the Florida primary win…

    Might make people awful dizzy, but it sure would be entertaining…

    • Pips says:

      And I’m still waiting for Jeb Bush to “come to the rescue”. And by stating that, probably revealing my ignorance and naivite when it comes to politics, lol.

  11. Anthony says:

    Agree with what you’ve posted, but I don’t believe its a contest between the Tea Party and The Establishment.

    Instead, I see it as contest between lobbyists: Wall Street and AIPAC (exemplified by Sheldon Adelson’s enormously generous single handed support of Newt for the past 12 years because of his supposed stance on lsrael).

    • Three Wickets says:

      Sarah is arguably more pro Israel than Newt. Do you think she’s in AIPAC’s pocket. Romney is pro Israel, but he doesn’t need money from Wall Street or anyone else to run, he’s rich. He’s still the choice of the Washington Republican political establishment. On the side, Obama gets support from Soros, J Street, etc, and they’ve become part of the Washington establishment as well.

      Take down the broken and rigged financial system that is today’s Wall Street. They provide value to themselves at the expense of value to the general economy and society. Break the TBTF banks into little pieces. If OWS focused on that goal, they might get something done. But they get distracted by every other issues and grievances under the sun.

      • Three Wickets says:

        Meant to write, “On the other side, Obama gets support from Soros…”

      • Anthony says:

        My comment has less to do with who’s more pro Israel than who’s willing to place a bet on the dog they have in this fight.

        Gingrich has been getting millions from Adelson for the past 12 years because of his (oh so sincere, I’m sure) promise to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Adelson wants Gingrich in the White House, and he’ll spend whatever he has to spend to make that happen.

  12. 1539days says:

    Newt has an ad using Mike Huckabee’s 2008 condemnation of Mitt Romney. Huck claims it was taken out of context and used without his permission. Maybe he should talk to Romney’s people. Their worst anti-Newt ads are taken entirely out of context.

    The reason I think Romney should be the nominee is because he doesn’t mind lying about people, has tons of surrogates who will sell out their beliefs and can raise shitloads of money. That’s how you beat Obama. Any of the people supporting Romney should realize that, too. Newt is the challenger because everyone else was pushed out of the race, including Sarah Palin. You reap what you sow.

    • yttik says:

      I just can’t picture Romney beating Obama, especially if the GOP continues to ram Mitt down everybody’s throats. It will be like McCain all over again. People will feel like they don’t have a say in the election, so why even bother voting?

      All I can hope for is a really strong Republican house and senate to try and temper out four more years of Obama. Clinton pulled off a pretty good presidency with a R majority. Maybe we’ll manage to survive 4 more Obama years, but it’s a really depressing prospect.

      • Anthony says:

        The prospect is not so depressing if his balls are cut off by a R majority.

        Unlike many here, I don’t have a problem voting for Mittens. Am I enthusiastic? Hell to the NO! But, considering the corruption in the 2 party system can’t be purged in a few months, I’d settle for Romney.

        Romney 2012: Oh, what the heck…

      • 1539days says:


        Do you agree with Newt taking credit for helping with balanced budgets? I do, because Clinton’s second term was more fiscally responsible than his first. Both sides were so contentious that neither wanted to let the other spend any money. During the Reagan administration, both parties were more cordial and deficits blew up.

        • yttik says:

          Yes, I think Newt can take credit for helping to create a balanced budget. I think that’s one of the benefits of Newt, he really will focus on cutting spending. I don’t feel the same about Romney and if I don’t feel it, than you know conservatives REALLY don’t feel it.

          If all these trillions in spending were actually trickling down into people’s hands, I might not be such a fiscal conservative, but they haven’t. People are not better off from all the spending, they’re worse off and getting worse everyday.

    • Three Wickets says:

      One percent Mitt has no chance. OFA’s entire army and strategy have been organized to beat Romney. He will make no one in the New Democratic Party nervous. Newt on the other hand freaks out the New Dems as well as the Establishment Repubs. But it’s probably too late. As myiq says in the post, we now select our presidents like the old Soviet Union.

      • Three Wickets says:

        Of course the person who really really freaks out the New Dems and the Establishment Repubs (way more than Newt) is Palin. Wonder why that is. Might be those pesky internal poll numbers.

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Sarah’s right, we Independent Americans will NOT be ignored 😀

  14. HELENK says:

    republican are terrified about a Newt win in Fla

  15. HELENK says:

    this could be a game changer in Fla

    leading conservative agrees with Sarah about Newt being crucified

  16. The fix is in. McShame threw the election in 08 for the GOP when he refused to question Barry’s past, and his connections with people and organizations. The GOP selects the candidates for us; they are who they want, and not who we want or need. The elites in each party play for the same team, and we common, conservative voters are denied a ticket to the game. We are left standing in the parking lot behind the left field bleachers, trying to catch a glimpse of the game through a knot-hole.
    The only difference between the guys we now get in the oval office is the speed at which they are driving us towards a complete nanny state, and a One World Nation.

  17. Lizzy says:

    Sarah shot herself with her endorsement of Newt. He’s as sleazy and slimy as Obama. I had given her credit for more sense. It seems she is out to destroy the Republican party. Hope her army is all mobilized or the country will suffer for her spiteful ego.

  18. Lizzy says:

    It doesn’t make sense to say Newt is being crucified if she isn’t endorsing him. Cain doesn’t have the following of Palin so his endorsement isn’t as important. He was bounced out of the race by his own actions but he was bounced. He is probably spiteful too but the article was about Sarah not Cain.

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