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Palin to Keynote GOP Fundraising Dinner

By Ben Pershing

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will serve as the keynote speaker at the GOP congressional committees' annual fundraising dinner in June, helping the party boost its coffers in an otherwise tough climate for collecting cash.

The gala, which will take place June 8 at the Washington Convention Center, is the main fundraising event of the year for the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which will divvy up the proceeds from the dinner. In a normal year, the gathering would likely raise more than $10 million, and the former vice presidential nominee's popularity among party activists should ensure that the two committees bring in a good haul. Without control of Congress or the White House, the Republican committees will need all the star power they can get to combat the massive fundraising advantage Democrats will enjoy this cycle.

"Governor Palin has quickly emerged as one of the most popular and recognizable faces in the Republican Party. ... Last fall, she electrified and energized crowds across the country, and we expect she will generate a similar amount of enthusiasm at this spring's dinner," NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) said in a statement announcing the program. NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) called her "one of the brightest rising stars" in the party.

Word of her planned speech comes three weeks after Palin drew notice for skipping the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, leading to speculation that she was focusing on her work at home and looking to lower her national profile (temporarily, anyway). Though extremely popular with the Republican base, Palin is a somewhat controversial figure among the national electorate. A Newsweek poll taken in early March found she had a 44 percent favorable rating, and 42 percent unfavorable.

By Ben Pershing  |  March 16, 2009; 2:27 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Campaign , Fundraising Circuit  
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Posted by: willandjansdad1 | March 16, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

WOO HOO! Go Sarah Go!

Posted by: hsp918 | March 16, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

These Repubes are a laugh RIOT! Palin-Jindal in 2016! I can hardly wait...I hope SNL is still on the air.

Keep 'em comin' GOP! LoL

Posted by: free-donny | March 16, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Who else is the Grand Old Party going to turn to but Sarah Palin?

This reminds me of Ronald Reagan in 1980.

When America voted that loser Jimmy Carter into office, everyone in America started looking towards The Gipper!

And Reagan won two historic landslide victories, that are still unmatched! Including winning 49 states in '84 (almost winning the 50th!)

And now that America has realized that it has elected a guy that makes Carter look good, the nation is turning towards The 'Cuda!

Governor Palin is America's Governor. She runs Alaska like a well oiled machine.

I can't wait until January 20, 2013 when she takes the Oath of the President of the United States and America's long nightmare is over!

Posted by: gary4205 | March 17, 2009 12:52 AM | Report abuse

"damn those motherchuckers", Gossip Girl.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | March 17, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Matthew 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
God Bless Governor Palin.

Posted by: rprblog | March 17, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin was forced to return the $17,000
'per diem' money which she illegally claimed from the state, while living at home. She takes a dim view of science and education. She couldn't remember which newspapers and magazines she regularly read. Alaska's largest newspaper endorsed candidate Obama. If she is the best that the GOP can offer, Heaven help us!!. BLJWAW

Posted by: BLJWAW | March 17, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Americans historically like folksyness in their leaders, and that is just to say that the people like to think those representing them speak their language and share their values. Ronald reagan could be folksy, but he was also a gifted, articulate communicator from whom we expected (and got) complete thoughts in well-crafted sentences. When we look at "rising stars" in the GOP today, it seems we have redefined folksyness to mean stupid, ignorant, and otherwise incoherent. If this is what the American electorate relate to best (and I have great hope it does not, overall), the nation has some tough times ahead indeed. As the German poet Schiller is supposed to have said (but not in English), "Against stupidity, even the gods contend in vain."

Posted by: Wydsyth | March 17, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Governor Palin has not accepted the invitation to speak so this article is incorrect. has the news re: Palin.

Posted by: mascmen7 | March 17, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin is a great pick! The GOP could not have made a better selection of keynote speaker. America is fortunate to have a proponent, in the Alaskan governor, of fiscal conservatism and good governance.

Posted by: Pamplun786 | March 17, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see democrats and republicans put aside their bickering and instead put their efforts towards something meaningful. The recently introduced Global Food Security Act (S384), for example, calls attention to a much needed increase in foreign assistance. I hope that they vote yes on this important legislation, which is crucial to advancing our efforts to eradicating global poverty as addressed by the Millennium Development Goals.

Learn more at The Borgen Project website,

Posted by: alenka | March 17, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I wonder two things: first, who made the (crayon) map that helped Sarah Puck FIND the place where she would --er, speak; and, second, WHY the Republicans can't find it in their hearts (big assumption, that they have such things) to give all that dough to the poor, most of whom were doing better until Reagan showed up in D.C. They seem to have unlimited resources, particularly to feed their misguided power machine. Let's deport 'em. All of 'em.

Posted by: MouthSore | March 17, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

As usual the liberals have their heads buried in the sand.They ignored a republican on a destroyer in the pacific,Hitler and viet-nam and everything this country lives for . GOD,life and happiness.I can only pray for them and feel sorry for them.

Posted by: wchan22 | March 17, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Jesse Ventura and Sarah Palin on an independent ticket. What a dream team.

Posted by: wchan22 | March 17, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Except for not being blonde, Palin reminds me of Goldie Hawn (?) in Laugh-In. If she has a high popularity its because people like to see someone that attractive, and yet so dumb. As for you Ronald Reagan advocates, I really can't get to excited about a "supply sider" who rose our national debt (under Carter) from under one trillion to over FOUR TRILLION DOLLARS. What a party he threw for which we are still paying. Only, now, after GW, its over TWELVE MILLION!!!

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | March 17, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I am neither a U.S. citizen, or do I live in the U.S.A., but I really, really hope Sarah Palin succeeds in winning the GOP leadership.
That will surely guarantee another term for President Barack Obama. With four years as President that should make Barack Obama several more times capable to win the next election.
I will always wonder if Sen. John McCain was skirt chasing, rather than seeking a potential vice-president, when he selected Sarah Palin.

Posted by: mab123vancouver | March 17, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

My last comment mysteriously disappeared from this site. Must be an inside job, because what I said was that ACORN is out in force on this blog tonight...or is it MSNBC or maybe Huffinton Post? You libutard may as well get used to it, your messiah will be booted out and Sarah Palin will kick everyone's A** come 2012. Get a life and pull your heads out of Obummer's butt.

Posted by: rightway2 | March 17, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

rightway2: maybe you should read the posts other than your own. Most of them are pro Palin. I'm surprised that so many neo cons read the Wash Po. then again, with the new Post stance on Israel, I can understand why.

Posted by: caesarganz | March 18, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

If this is all the Reps have to offer they are in great shape for loses in 2012 & 2016.
Petunia Pig [with lip stick] & Pluto would be better picks. These two have no more on the ball than a "one armed juggler".

Posted by: jiggy1119 | March 18, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

With the knowledge and experience of Hillary Clinton available for use by the U.S. government. And the effort her and President Clinton have made on behalf of all Americans and the world, I find it a total disgrace to the people of America for anyone, "including John McCain" to promote someone with this amount of experience. Just to give you an idea of the republican aptitude, John McCain's economic tax plan would of reduced Exxon Mobil tax by almost 700 percent.... And shall we just forget that her and her husband were members of a group that despised the U.S. and had a plan for independents for Alaska from the union of states. This is disgusting and I would like to know how many people in Alaska actually voted in the government election that nominated her?

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | March 18, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

LOL... Will other GOP Governor show up for this event? They should be embarrassed

Posted by: dklpearson | March 18, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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