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Palin Keeps GOP Hanging

Update 3:22 p.m. Palin will attend after all, Chris Cillizza reports.

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Will she or won't she? As of midday on Monday, top Republicans were still wondering if Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would attend the fundraising dinner in Washington tonight for the party's congressional campaign committees.

Tonight's dinner will complete a months-long drama in which the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee said in March that Palin would be the keynote speaker at the dinner -- only to have Palin's staff in Alaska counter that she never had confirmed. After weeks went by without a firm commitment from Palin to headline the fundraiser, the committees invited former House speaker Newt Gingrich to take the slot.

But Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex.), head of the NRSC, reached out to Palin again last week to say she could still speak at the dinner. The Alaska governor was headed to New York over the weekend and could have routed down to Washington on her way back to Alaska. But then Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.), the head of the House committee, said Palin could come, but not speak, as Gingrich had already worked hard to put the dinner together and been promised the key speaking slot.

Palin has not told GOP leaders if she will attend the event, which is expected to raise more than $5 million. Republican leaders are trying to get her to come by telling her she will be introduced and can sit on stage at the event, and aides to both Cornyn and Sessions said the invitation to Palin remains open.

Posted at 1:46 PM ET on Jun 8, 2009  | Category:  Sarah Palin
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If Sarah Palin is SO silly and irrelevant, why the obsession? Clearly the Left noted her appeal, and are out to eliminate the threat- it’s not like it’s not obvious.

And she’s been highly successful in life while ignoring the left-wing feminist model… this helps to explain the extra dose of venom in the attacks.

Of course, the Democrats are plenty afraid of Palin coming-back at them in 2012 with a dynamic and complementary VP like Bobby Jindal… or visa versa.

And they surely have reason to fear her- Palin is the most popular governor in the country… are all those people idiots? Alaska was a pretty corrupt system until she stepped in. Her reforms took on entrenched politicians (inc. Republicans), a mafioso-style union boss, and Big Oil.

Wouldn’t it have been nice if Obama had been principled and brave enough to confront the corrupt Chicago Democratic Machine?

Or shady political operators like Tony Rezko?

Racist preachers?

Instead of doing business with every last one of them?

Go get em, Sarah- and don’t mind the press, nobody will be listening to them anymore after the pending Obamamania implosion- and once the ties of GE and others with media holdings to the Obama administration are fully exposed.

Posted by: ReaganiteRepublican | June 10, 2009 2:49 PM

Amazing the amount of fear and hatred coming from the left every time Palin manages to get the attention of anyone outside of Alaska.

Posted by: scorekeepn | June 9, 2009 1:43 PM

Running a business doesn't make you qualified for anything other than running a business...and maybe not even that.

Posted by: rooster54 | June 8, 2009 7:29 PM

"We are just so blessed to have this child in our lives," Palin said before a crowd of about 1,000 people. "What God has shown us with Trig in our lives is 'Yes, every single person has purpose no matter their developmental abilities.' "

That certainly applies to Sarah.

Posted by: hamishdad | June 8, 2009 6:00 PM

Too bad that Sarah can not mentally handle half an hour of "Meet the Press".

Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think so.

Posted by: republican_disaster | June 8, 2009 5:55 PM

OK, I'm back;

and I did my research!

Yes, and Yes, along with a "Let him in"!

It seems Governor Palin IS active in the National Council for a New America(Which REALLY needs to get its Web Page together!).

She joined late, and was not originally listed!

Rep. Sessions was already on Board!

Sooooooo, Michael Steele;


Seems to me they are QUITE relevant!

While Huckleberry cries "Foul", I believe both the Newt-Invite him IN!;

and Sarah Palin, can actually park their Crosses and deal with REAL Anti-Socialist Agenda issues, the economy, and DEFENSE!

Take Sundays off, and do the Church thingy there!

Mitt will have to be in the White House Working! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 8, 2009 4:14 PM


Please don't include me (and the 59,948,240 who voted for McCain-Palin) in your "we".

Posted by: JakeD | June 8, 2009 3:53 PM

"...Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.), the head of the House committee, said Palin could come, but not speak..."

Careful Pete...don't anger the "Real Americans".

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 8, 2009 3:20 PM

Sigh ...
The election is over. Let Palin be governor of Alaska. We don't care about her.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | June 8, 2009 3:17 PM

Sigh ...
The election is over. Let Palin be governor of Alaska. We don't care about her.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | June 8, 2009 3:17 PM

Sigh ...
The election is over. Let Palin be governor of Alaska. We don't care about her.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | June 8, 2009 3:16 PM

The senator from Texas doesn't want the GOP to keep looking like the party of old, backward looking, white men because, in part, his state is increasingly Hispanic. Palin is a joke but at least she didn't just call the first female Hispanic supreme court nominee a racist. The GOP built a toxic culture into itself (and, by extension, into America) and will continue to sink under its weight until the monster it created is dead.

Posted by: dccamp68 | June 8, 2009 3:14 PM

Palin Cheney 2012! Let the Republicans destroy their party completely!

Posted by: hacksaw | June 8, 2009 3:08 PM

Palin just recycles Gingrich's words anyway.

Posted by: fletc3her | June 8, 2009 2:52 PM

Why does the Post insist on paying such close attention to has been neocons who are politically irrelevant for the indefinite future?

Posted by: janouzpoha | June 8, 2009 2:48 PM

why does the media still obsess over the rantings of this crazy woman

there isn't going to be an Alaska Camelot; she's toast, except maybe for daytime soaps and geezer porn.

Posted by: charlesjacksonnyc | June 8, 2009 2:46 PM

I wonder:

If I told Sarah she might not be a Good President;

but, that she does have a gorgeous Body;

Think she'd hold it against me? ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 8, 2009 2:43 PM

I think Sarah Palin will make a fine Penthouse centerfold.

Posted by: swatkins1 | June 8, 2009 2:37 PM

It's a sad day for the Republican Party when they have to beg the likes of Sarah Palin to speak at anything. It's a sad day in America if anyone thinks this woman could be the leader of America. Governor Palin should go home and try to rear her children.

Posted by: FORREAL | June 8, 2009 2:36 PM

I am not sure if Sessions is in with Rep. John Carter, Senators Kay Bailey-Hutchison, and John Cornyn at "The National Council for a New America";

But I can only hope!-and check!

I would like to see both Sarah and the Newt hook-up as well!

The NCNA, is in my opinion, a great step towards redefining the GOP!

However, Sarah and Newt would be best advised to leave their Crosses at the Door!

Hate to say it, but after Haggardly Haggard, "Wide Stance", and others tried their "Holier than Libbies" approach, only to find themselves Nailed to those Crosses they were carrying(And the GOP as well!);

Evangelizing needs to take a serious Back-Seat to Capitalism, and taking on the Socialist agendas!

I am being richly Vindicated for my support of Mitt Romney, as he has taken the lead with Speech, after Op-Ed, after Speech that have all proven HE should have been the President!

However, just as the NCNA is working TOGETHER, there are MANY Jobs and Roles needing Players!

A "Team" only needs 1 Quarterback!

With maybe a qualified Backup or two! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 8, 2009 2:15 PM

Sarah Palin's reply/non-reply should send a message to Republicans of her concern for the future of the Republican Party. And the message is clear.

Posted by: vicsoir | June 8, 2009 2:14 PM

Under no circumstances should Sara Palin even consider running for national office. So many things were wrong with the McCain candidacy it's impossible to determine what role she and her V.P. candidacy might have played in this epic disaster. Doubtless the poor performance and egregious missteps of the Obama Administration have her and her supporters salivating for a run at the White House, it would be an self serving, arrogant insult to America's true conservatives and independents for Mrs. Palin to run for office again. Please Sarah, for the good of the party and for the sake of our nation, please do not run for President!

Posted by: edweirdness | June 8, 2009 2:13 PM

…so the final destiny of the GOP rests upon Miss Piggy and her mentor Oxycontin Von Limbaugh?
WOW! They are in big doo-doo.

Posted by: analyst72 | June 8, 2009 2:11 PM

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