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Gingrich to Replace Palin at GOP Dinner

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will headline the annual fundraising dinner for Republicans' House and Senate campaign arms, subbing in for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin whose involvement was uncertain from the start.

"The Governor never confirmed her attendance at the event," said Meg Stapleton, who runs Palin's political action committee -- Sarah PAC. "She was honored to receive the invitation and asked to confirm her attendance at the end of the legislative session."

Apparently, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee couldn't wait that long -- pulling the plug on Palin today. "We decided to go in another direction," said NRCC communications director Ken Spain. "Speaker Gingrich is a leader and an influential voice within the Republican Party and we are thrilled to have him."

The news, which was first reported by Politico's Patrick O'Connor, ends an odd (and oddly entertaining) saga, featuring the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.

Palin's involvement as the keynote speaker for the June 8 dinner was announced via a joint NRSC/NRCC press release on March 16.

But, her official office insisted that she had agreed to no such event -- setting off a series of stories about whether or not Palin's growing political team in Washington was communicating with her Alaska-based staff.

The seeming confusion of whether Palin ever confirmed her attendance or whether she pulled out of the event or was pushed is sure to keep this issue in the spotlight for days to come.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 31, 2009; 7:15 PM ET
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I think the repubs would rather have Gingrich because Gov. Palin is more conservative.

Posted by: earlybird76 | April 3, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Do you think they figured out that she has nothing to say? Think about it. The only that comes out of Palin's mouth are complaints about the media, and how she was "handled" during the campaign.

Does she have anything to add to the conversation? Any policy ideas? Thoughts? Plans? Insights?

Didn't think so.

Posted by: trisha4 | April 1, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

This seems to be a common pattern with Palin these days. She just did the same thing to state legislators by not showing up to a planned meeting. She then claimed that she never agreed to the meeting. Sound familiar?

Odd that everyone else (Dems and Repub) agreed that the meeting with Palin was set.

The woman has issues. I'm not sure she would know the truth if it slapped her in the face.

Posted by: trisha4 | April 1, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

One ultra right winger subbing for another ultra right winger and the GOP still can not understand why they are a minority party.

Posted by: rich4the97th | April 1, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Palin is sweeping up volcanic ash at the airport and then going to a fast food drive through for a frosty.

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 1, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Why, guess playing 'hard-to-get' doesn't always work.

Posted by: T-Prop | April 1, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Y'know, Chris;
The main reason I consider Newt to be a traitor is because he's a professor of history, and yet he pays no attention to it, and instead proudly displays his GOP credential, mainly one of utter disregard for the good of the American People.

Posted by: Hub2 | April 1, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Too bad, we don't have 'that woman' Hillary to smack around anymore -- afterall her overall public approval level is higher than Obama's these days. So, in the meantime, let's just pick on Palin -- just another 'woman' who is scorned, ridiculed and demeaned for being who she is.

Posted by: mpwynn | April 1, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans are scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Posted by: spnv | April 1, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

danielboone is right. The GOP needs genuine intellectuals to help retake the Congress. Hopefully the next William Buckley and Barry Goldwater is out there somewhere.

Posted by: rogden71 | March 31, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse


Ain't gonna happen. Any party that selects someone as downright stupid as Palin as their next great hope is whistling in the dark.

Jindal ? He's the Rhodes Scholar that can't tell the truth about the Repub f@ckup known as the Katrina catastrophe.

Gingrich ? Wasn't he the clown that served his cancer ridden wife with divorce papers while she was in the hospital ? Isn't he the clown taht also tried to shut down the government ? The author of the Contract ON America ? Yeah, great guy, now get the hell out of here.

This party is morally and intellectually bankrupt, and after what their best and brightest have done to us they should be lined up against a wall or classified as enemy combatants under their glorious Patriot Act and accorded all of its best elements.

Posted by: dennissuper | April 1, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I would take Palin and the Newtster over Pelosi, Dodds, Franks, Reid and their ilk any day.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 31, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse
Which proves that you are one Dumb-A55-M0ther-Fo(k3r.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 31, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse


C'mon, Sasquatch, quit pussyfootin' around.

Tell us how you really feel. Get it off your chest, you'll feel a whole lot better if you don't keep so much inside of you.

Posted by: dennissuper | April 1, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"I would take Palin and the Newtster over Pelosi, Dodds, Franks, Reid and their ilk any day."

So would many other brain-dead rightwingnuts. So what? You're an irrelevant fringe loon.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 1, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Concur. Good call for the GOP; Newt has issues, but none compared to Palin.

Oh, heck, I can't help it; time for a rhetorical question: "What in the Wide Wide World of Sports" (attributed to Slim Pickins in Blazing Saddles) is the GOP thinking when it does not actively move away from lightning rods such as Palin and Limbaugh? Those two, in particular, are damaging, no, "torching" the brand...and there are others. Yes, the Dems have their left-wing element that seems as out of touch now as they ever have. What's wrong with governing from the middle? Congress ought to try that for a change.

Posted by: skiloypet | April 1, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

(linkback) Smart or Dumb? The Fix - Gingrich to Replace Palin at GOP Dinner [VOTE] -

Posted by: kapauldo | April 1, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I think it is a good move on the part of the Republican Party to move away from Palin. She is a real intellectual light weight, what the party of no ideas needs right now. Newt is a good communicator and is an idea person. Palin barely graduated from the fourth college she attended while Newt has a PHD from Tulane. Gingrich might figure out a way to package the discredited, warn out Republican policies while Palin would be a side show about lip-stick and iron dogs. While I am slightly left of center I do hope the Republicans can right their ship and present a completion of ideas. This is not happening with Palin. If I am yellow dog Democrat I say, go ahead and run Palin and make my day.

Posted by: bradcpa | April 1, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Good old Newt. Nice to see him back. Come on Newt, tell everyone how, if we could just get Government of the backs of Business the wealth would just trickle down to everyone. Remember? It's those Government Bureaucrats who were going to destroy the American Economy. Remember? Starve government! Shut it down! We don't need government food inspectors because Industry wouldn't stay in business if they sold tainted products. The list of "Wrong Newt!" Is too long.

Republicans, Wrong for America!

Posted by: thebobbob | April 1, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Not much left at the bottom of the Republican barrel, is there. Newt? The guy who was forced to resign as Speaker and leave Congress after Republicans' spectacular failure in the midterm elections? Well, at least he knows what newspapers he reads.

Posted by: nodebris | March 31, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to believe anyone actually cares what Republicans are doing or intend to do anymore. Their ideas have failed America, embarrassed America, degraded America and bankrupted America. What more do we want from them? Aren't 100,000 dead Iraqis and almost 5,000 dead Americans enough of a sacrifice to satisfy them? I for one think Minnie-Moose Sarah Palin is a suitable representative of their postage-stamped sized ideas for America: let the stupid lead.

Posted by: DanRains | March 31, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

That is ok. We can find a replacement for Palin pretty quick. But, boy we had fun with her.

Posted by: lhao333 | March 31, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

meldepris wrote: "maybe learning the geography of Africa and its fifty-two countries."
A poll was taken asking voters who said, " I campaigned in 52 states." They all guessed Palin. They were wrong. It was Obama. He was probably exhausted.
The report about the McCain staffer saying Palin did not know Africa was a continent was tracted to a blogger who made the story up. Yet it is still used as facts to tear down a person.
I remember as a young girl watching a 60 Minutes show where this powerful 5 foot lawyer was bragging how he could legally destroy anyone if you paid him enough $. It shattered my world. Why would people be out to destroy others? We are better than this. Maybe it would be good if we started loving our enemies. We might be able to stay married, honor our parents, help our kids and make this world a better place. Respectfully, KNE

Posted by: ewing1 | March 31, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Don't make the same mistake that these true believers do in thinking that there has never been a good idea that's come out of the opposition, (us).
They revere that pig headed, retro mentality as if it were some friggin' inate American virtue and take pride in.
That, along with all the rage is what makes them sound appealing and wise.
Barack is batting a thousand.

Posted by: jeandeau | March 31, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I would take Palin and the Newtster over Pelosi, Dodds, Franks, Reid and their ilk any day.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 31, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse
Which proves that you are one Dumb-A55-M0ther-Fo(k3r.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 31, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

"Palin's growing DC staff", that's a scary thought. I guess some in the GOP are going to try a "My Fair Lady" on Palin, spend three years trying to groom her to be more presentable, but she'll always be a ventiloquist's dummy just parroting the party lines she's been given. It was clear from her series of botched "spontaneous" encounters with the press that she has no cognitive capabilities whatsoever.

Posted by: alloleo | March 31, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I guess no one there would pray with her again.

Posted by: ok4u | March 31, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I am sure Gov. Palin keeps her vigil in case Putin rears his head; perhaps she is catching up on her reading of the national news or maybe learning the geography of Africa and its fifty-two countries. She is too busy to headline this soiree, goshdarnit! You betcha!

Posted by: meldupree | March 31, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I have heard of scraping the bottom of the barrel but I can hardly imagine a natonal political party that desperate. Surely they'er some intelligent people in the Republican Party that aren't begets or bimbos.

Posted by: OldCoot1 | March 31, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Playing 'Hard-To-Get' doesn't always work out.

Posted by: T-Prop | March 31, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Gingrich nearly brought America to its knees when he tried shutting the government down.

He will remind everyone why they should vote D E M O C R A T I C.

Posted by: rousch15 | March 31, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeh, and FOX News hurts the party WAAAAAAAY more then it helps it.

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the religious right runs things and will not let go of that grip.

The GOP rebuild will take at least a decade.

Cut the cord of the religious right.

And let Reagan RIP for christs sake

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

danielboone is right. The GOP needs genuine intellectuals to help retake the Congress. Hopefully the next William Buckley and Barry Goldwater is out there somewhere.

Posted by: rogden71 | March 31, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans made the right substitution for Palin. How embarrassing is it to be a member of the Grand Old Party these days with the economy in the tank, house foreclosures, bankrupt companies and an unjust war to their credit. All the wackadoodles should just go hide for several decades!

You can't find a single souless individual who will go on the record that they voted for Duhhhbya! Enough said!

Posted by: Badger21 | March 31, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm not much of a fan of Gingrich, but at least he is coherent.

Posted by: beverlytarlow | March 31, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I would take Palin and the Newtster over Pelosi, Dodds, Franks, Reid and their ilk any day.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 31, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they are finally getting it. The Republican party needs an educated, sober-minded leader the embraces the core values of his/her party in order to make a comeback, not these current members of the Star Wars cantina band.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 31, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Palin can't be there--must be a great disappointment for the troglodytes. Perhaps Nancy's rolodex could be searched for a medium to conjure up the ghost of Ronald Reagan--Gingrich could channel him. Now that I would pay for!

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | March 31, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is learning and polls are showing that it's unwise to allow whackadoddles like Steele, Bachmann or Palin appear to be the intellectual leaders of the Republican/conservative movement.
Gingrich is no jewel but is much less embarrassing.

Posted by: danielfboone | March 31, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

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