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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be a part of a new Republican re-branding effort. Photo by Darren Cummings of the Associated Press.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be part of the National Council for a New America, an attempt by leaders in Congress and potential 2012 presidential candidates to rebrand the struggling party.

"I am pleased to announce that Governor Palin has joined the National Council for a New America's panel of experts," said House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) today. "When NCNA was announced last week, we spoke about a dynamic organization that worked to constantly bring in new people and innovative ideas."

Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), who shared the national ticket with Palin, had hinted at Palin's involvement during a conference call last Thursday announcing the National Council's formation.

But, her office had been largely silent in the intervening days and Cantor's office made clear only that she had been invited to join not that she had accepted.

Palin's involvement in the group will help rebut the idea that the National Council is an organ of the establishment wing of the party set up to keep the Palins and Gov. Mark Sanford's (S.C.) -- both of whom are more hardline conservatives -- from taking over control of the party.

How much or how little she does for the organization will be telling. In recent weeks Palin has cut many of her ties to Washington (or had them cut for her) and insisted that she is focused on Alaska.

Of course, if she wants to be in the mix for president in 2012, she knows she must play on the national stage -- through efforts like the National Council and other ventures.

It's a difficult balancing act. And, to date, Palin has struggled to find equilibrium.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2009; 6:30 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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fr the article:

>..."I am pleased to announce that Governor Palin has joined the National Council for a New America's panel of experts...<

EXPERTS? PALIN? Oh puhlease, don't make me hurl at this hour of the morning. The ONLY thing that the ice queen is an "expert" on is making a complete and total idiot of herself in public.

Posted by: Alex511 | May 8, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

This is to Joanne...who seems to think Ms. Palin doesnt lie...uh excuse me...how many lies did she tell during her tenure with McCain..the brdige to no where...you know the bridge she supposedly said no to but kept the money...or how about the countless other lies she told...please...the last thing this woman is is truthful...even her fellow alaskans know this...not only is this woman uninformed...she is very uneducated...oh yes she is a power hungry person that has been proven over and over again...so please...this woman is hardly the one to run for the party...she couldnt win against Obama...how in the world would she win again...yep I want a president that spies on people outside a window...talk about a president that would take our privacy as US citizens away...you gop kool aid drinkers better wake up...or maybe we should listen to her fine way of bringing up her children (Bristol)...yep this woman is definately a keeper, lolol.

Posted by: Webster51 | May 6, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has been called "the turbanless Taliban" because of her pro-life stance which is shared by roughly half the country, her unwillingness to say with certainty that global warming is manmade (more than 40% of Americans believe it is caused by planetary trends), and because she believes in intelligent design (again, a view held by a majority of Americans). All she needs is the chance to get her own message out to the people that is not filtered through liberal sources calling her a reactionary extremist for holding mainstream views on these issues. Also, once it becomes known that she is one of the few voices willing to speak out for women subjected to brutal oppression by the REAL Taliban, while cultural relativists who call themselves feminists and saviors of women are silent, women in general, like those liberal feminists who supported her in Nevada, will not be happy with the attacks on Palin that are straight out of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. Sarah Palin is mainstream America, brilliant on energy policy and responsible development of natural resources, and much more. If she ever gets a real chance to talk directly to the people in spite of the yellow journalists who want to paint her as something she is NOT, radical and unprincipaled liberals (not principled liberals who can swallow her brand of conservatism where it protects the weakest in the world, like women subjugated under the Taliban) will be gasping for air.

Posted by: gocatholic | May 6, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

The writer of this article must be from another planet. My evidence for that is these two quotes.
1. He suggested the GOP's so-called leaders are going to debate a "new America". They never accepted the old one, the one our Founding Fathers envisioned, separating church and state institutions and creating three branches of government with checks and balances set up, the one intended to protect individual rights from totalitarian imperial presidency advocates and wacko pseudo-theocratic statists. the one with definitions in place and justice equally for all, not just millionaire insiders.
2. Ms. Palin is not part of a radical wing of a party that has a center, as the writer falsely claims. The Republican party sold out to its extremist neo-fascist wing in 1902. Throughout the century, its pro-corporate CEO, anti-individualist bigots and hate mongers have gotten gradually crazier--less and less often reality=based. There hasn't been a moderate wing of the party since Calvin Coolidge.
This is worse than shameful bad journalism WP style--it's more from the Republican Noise Machine, projecting their antithisworldly values and power-grabbing unitary exective dictatorshio onto the rest of us. Why invite an intellectual no-weight to a table to discuss ideas on any subject? What report that horrendous and stupid decision, except in a one-line feed designed to evoke humor from opponents of tyranny?
The news is that the neocon postmodernist GOP project their flaws onto their opponents, smear anyone who tells the truth about them and have no more relevance to human life than communists or German fascists ever did. Only the treasonable cave-in by corporate newstwisters mis-reporting their crimes, failed record and self-serving mislabeling and lies keep them from being deported as dangerous enemy combatants on a daily basis, as they obviously deserve to be.
Give then a country in Africa; let them be leaders. In 15 years, let's see what their top-down corporate dictators would make of their new country, UnLiberia. We have a model for that, actually. Look what their nation-building has done for Iceland and Hungary and the United States.

Posted by: ussvalyant | May 6, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

The one-eyed woman is Queen in the land of the blind (the Party of No).

Sarah Palin has too many negatives to be anything but a source of embarassment to the U.S.A.

Posted by: naughtymonkey | May 6, 2009 3:11 AM | Report abuse

Wow Waiting, you took the words right out of my mouth. I was just gonna post that about half of these posters must be on something.

Seriously, these blogs have revealed something that I didnt know. Left-wingers can be as hateful and insulting as right-wingers. I thought all us liberals were laid back and civil but I guess that the past eight years have taken a toll.

Posted by: rawreid | May 5, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow. What a collection of posts we have here today. Several real, live Sarah Palin supporters, and an honest-to-God Alan Keyes fan, who actually believes Keyes can take down Obama. Didn't he get a chance to do that a couple of years back? As I recall, Obama didn't even break a sweat as he wiped up the floor with Keyes, and tossed him in the dumper without a second thought.

Sarah Palin, real American leader. Alan Keyes, the guy who can take out Obama.

Wow. Really, WOW. What in God's name are you people smoking?

Posted by: WaitingForGodot | May 5, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

I have no idea why you are so nice to Gov. Palin. She is the GOP's Hillary: the most polarizing female politician of her party.

Want Democrats up in a lather frenzy? Name Sarah Palin GOP candidate for president.

Want Democrats marching as one to smashing victory? Name Sarah Palin GOP candidate for president.

Posted by: rfpiktor | May 5, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

russ_broadway:

Perhaps you missed the trend via Public Policy Polling (March 13-15, 2009 Margin of error: ±3.7% Sample size: 691) Barack Obama 55% Sarah Palin 35%

and

Public Policy Polling (April 17-19, 2009 Margin of error: ±3.7% Sample size: 686)

Barack Obama 53% Sarah Palin 41%

Are you prepared to throw 1/2 the American public under a bus?

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

You would think that liberals would love to hear this news.. why do they always make a fuss every time the word Palin is mentioned?
Posted by: newbeeboy | May 5, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse
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We love to hear about Palin, It makes the republican party look like the joke it is.

Posted by: russ_broadway | May 5, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse


It's a difficult balancing act. And, to date, Palin has struggled to find equilibrium
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Equilibrium is the least of this Bimbo’s problems. First she needs to find a brain, instead of running off her mouth in some incoherent rant. If the GOP was smart they would throw her, and that fat disgusting gasbag named Limburger under a bus.


Posted by: russ_broadway | May 5, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

dennissuper and janye1:

I would be surprised if there are any (hard-copy) newspapers left to read in 2012.

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

You would think that liberals would love to hear this news.. why do they always make a fuss every time the word Palin is mentioned?

Posted by: newbeeboy | May 5, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Sarah Palin for being stronger than those who were immature and felt the need to lie to stay ahead. It takes a pretty strong woman or man to come out of this stronger than before and Sarah did it in my book. She is what we need for our first woman president. No man or woman has even been this popular and strong in American history. Keep fighting Sarah Palin. We need you.

Posted by: joanne38 | May 5, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I almost voted for Palin (McCain sucked) just because of the horrendously unfair media attack on her. If Palin was a Democrat -- with her identical political biography: housewife takes on the oil industry, her own party's good ol' boy establishment, etc. -- the media would have made her out as a combination of Catherine the Great and Joan of Arc.

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No amount of media could help this idiot.

You're right, there was a "horrendously unfair media attack on her". My God, where did Katie Couric ever come up with that ambush question about what newspapers the imbecile read. The horror!!!

Sorry, my friend, as John McCain would say, the American people have had enough of stupid as cute. We had it with Reagan (his was more senility combined with not being very bright) and Bush put the brand to it, showing that stupid was no way to run a country. of course the fact that they both were involved in criminal enterprises showed the need for the Repubs to find intelligent people to run for office. Sadly they have been reduced to the Palin's of the world, followed by the Cantor's, Cornyn's, Taliban Sessions, etc., etc.,....

And Palin and Cantor, what a team. They could easily give the party a new name: the party of "NO" and "Huh?"

Posted by: dennissuper | May 5, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

After what we have seen from the good ole boys and good ole girls of Democrats and Republicans in Washington, they need to be replaced with someone like Sarah Palin who knows about families. The one who have beening running Washington for a long time have no idea about the problems that ordinary families go through. They both fear Palin because she connected with ordinary people. They continue to bash her because they saw how much she connected. They haven't connected with people in so long, they don't think they have to. I like Palin because she is the only genuine politician who really does have a clue. She is the only one I will vote for.

Posted by: joanne38 | May 5, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Sarah Palin a Journalism Major who couldn't name a single newspaper she read.

What a lightweight. Is this the best the Republicans can do?

Posted by: janye1 | May 5, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

denkirkab:

Gov. Palin is not a RINO.

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"National Council for NEW America" --- it would be funny if it weren't so sad - the GOP had its way with the country and we are all STILL living with the results. The question is - who cares who dominates in a party that has, and continues, to self-destruct. I'm not a Republican, but I'm still mad about this because I think any party in power needs a strong opposition to stay honest and accountable. Since the right-wingers are already attacking this group as being RINOs, this must be pretty disappointing to the Birthers and other GOP "core" groups. I think this shows that Palin is just another opportunistic politician. She saw a room full of powerful people gathering without her and just couldn't stand to be left out. So much for pure ideology.

Posted by: denkirkab | May 5, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I almost voted for Palin (McCain sucked) just because of the horrendously unfair media attack on her. If Palin was a Democrat -- with her identical political biography: housewife takes on the oil industry, her own party's good ol' boy establishment, etc. -- the media would have made her out as a combination of Catherine the Great and Joan of Arc.

Speaking of the sock-puppet Washington media, I see where they all jumped to their feet yesterday when Obama entered the room. Wouldn't it have been more appropriate for them to have fallen to their knees and opened their mouths?

Posted by: RomeoHotel | May 5, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Fresh face? not so much, anymore. Hot air=not so attractive.

Posted by: rmyurick | May 5, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

reason5:

That's a great plan. As soon as she realizes that's the direction to go, she and Romney should sit down together and agree to help each other reach their goals.

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

CMF JOY: Excellent comment.

MOinkslinger: I think you had better patent this phrase right now as it is a keeper -- "Sarah Palin, the Britney Spears of Politics".

Posted by: mzaborek | May 5, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

National Counsel.... the continent or the country?

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | May 5, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

As a supporter of Governor Palin, I can only hope she will be re-elected Governor of Alaska and move on to the national stage when appropriate to her. She is the face of conservatives that is most appreciated. It is good to see a fresh face for conservatives, in particular one that has been so successful as a Governor of a western state. We don't have to agree to all opinions of an individual to support them. However we need to support new thinking and move on.

Posted by: rterry1 | May 5, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Fuuk dat beetch!

Posted by: DC2Amsterdam | May 5, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I love this quote from The Fix: "How much or how little she does for the organization will be telling" because this could turn out to be a "Be careful what you wish for, Sarah" watershed. Palin cannot open her mouth impromptu without something stu pid flying out, not unlike her "sister" Michelle Bachmann.

Palin is NOT, to be charitable, an idea person. She'll go in fighting for an anti-abortion, anti-gay platform to keep her acolytes happy, but beyond that she is NOT a thinker, NOT a visionary and UNethical. No wonder Romney, McCain, (Jeb)Bush et al. are shuddering. They set up this group to distance themselves from Palin, Sanford, Perry and other right-wingers so they could get the GOP back into a more centrist position, only to have that possibility threatened by her entry. You can bet that the "back room" antics will be where the action is, not in public where Palin will be trying to leverage this participation to her advantage.

She has not, as the article asserts, cut her ties to D.C. She cut her ties to the particular consulting firm that was supposed to position her for greatness on the national stage through SarahPAC.

Her own behavior in Alaska (anti-stimulus, catastrophic AG nominee, fractiousness over state senate seat...)stalled that effort. She is simply starting over so BUCKLE UP because she'll be b-a-a-c-k.

Posted by: bweyand1 | May 5, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Palin should be at the conference. However, I don't think Palin has a real shot at the GOP nomination in 2012. I think she needs to be concerned with her governor's race in 2010. I think she will run for reelection & win it. Then, in 2014 she could challenge Begich for his senate seat and that's her ticket into National Politics. So, for you hate filled liberals, you will see & hear from Sarah Palin for a long long time to come.

Posted by: reason5 | May 5, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

This is great news! Katie Couric should interview her immediately.

Posted by: debbieqd | May 5, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

THE "new" rebranded (same old/same old) GOP has just SIGNED ITS OWN DEATH WARRANT.

Those wanting to be taken SERIOUSLY should know BETTER than to bring on a LIGHT WEIGHT (and Sarah Palin is the DEFINITION of a light weight). Seriously, it's in the new age dictionary.

John McCain hasn't had a SERIOUS THOUGHT since he left his roots to become acclaimed "MAVERICKY" along with the DIM BULB.

MCCAIN will be LUCKY to survive an onslaught from HIS OWN AZ PARTY primary. AZ citizens look around --SEE EVERYBODY ELSE EATING AT THE PORK TROUGH --but Arizonans. Naturally, since MC Cain despises EARMARKS --AZ is fallen FAR BEHIND the nation in funding programs FOR ANYTHING. AZ is the most backward in service to its citizens.

MITT ROMNEY had the RIGHT idea ... discount Rush, Palin, Sean and all the KNEE-jerk NEO COMS who stripped the GOP of every moderate, independent and THINKING (former) Republican.

But, not to be OUTDONE by Romney, Cantor had to STEP INTO IT --and bring on Palin. Those TWO belong together.

Posted by: iconklee | May 5, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

guess I've been around too long. After Johnson and Vietnam the Democrats were declared dead. After Nixon and Watergate the Republicans were declared dead. After Carter and Iran the Democrats were declared dead. Now after Bush and Iraq the republicans are dead. Anyone see a pattern here?

Posted by: green102 | May 5, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Why have they not invited Karl Rove? Isn't he their hero?
Isn't he "The Architect".....That party ( Reps) is a total mess.
Absolutely no leadership. They can forget about 2012 and probably 2016 as well.....The party of Limbaugh, Hannity ( You're a great American) and Palin ( Duh ).....Good luck

Posted by: Billy7 | May 5, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Like other Dems in their 20s, I couldn't be happier to have Palin on the national scene. IMO, she will overshadow all other participants in the GOP's attempt to rebrand themselves. While Palin is in the enviable position of having a strong following, her brand of politics has limited appeal beyond the converted. For this voter who does not live in Palin's notion of "real America," her stance on climate change and evolution are two of the more notable disqualifies. Unless the economy completely collapses or Afghan becomes Iraq circa 2005-6, Obama vs Palin in 2012 will be a 1984 redux.

Posted by: twshen5 | May 5, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Anyone want to leave Palin some nice messages on twitter?

http://twitter.com/AKGovSarahPalin

Posted by: SammyBoy1 | May 5, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

THE DEMS DO NOT FEAR PALIN IN FACT WE WELCOME HER WITH OPEN ARMS. LOL SHE IS SO DUMB IT IS AMAZING HOW SHE FUNCTIONS AT ALL.

Posted by: CMFJOY | May 5, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

PALIN IS PART OF THOSE CONSERVATIVE EVANGELICALS AND I MUST BE VERY FRANK ABOUT THIS YOUNG PEOPLE THINK SHE IS A JOKE. MY PARENTS HAVE BEEN REPUBLICANS ALL THEIR LIVES I NEVER JOINED INTO THAT REAGAN CRAP, HOWEVER WITH MCCAIN PICK THIS NUTJOB FOR VP THEY VOTED FOR OBAMA. ALL MY LIFE I NEVER SEEN MY PARENTS VOTE DEM. AND THIS TIME THEY LIKED WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA STOOD FOR. AS FOR THE GOP PARTY I SUGGEST YOU LOOK FOR ISSUES YOUNG PEOPLE WANT AND NOT THIS MISOGYNISTIC RACIST RELIGIOUS HATERS.
I WATCH THIS WOMAN AS SHE SAID RACISTS HATEFUL THINGS ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND I DO NOT LIKE IT ONE BIT. GOP LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA YOUR BASE IS OLD WHITE CONSERVATIVE RACISTS.

AMERICA IS FINISH WITH THE RACIST FUNDAMENTALIST HATERS.

THIS IS A NEW AMERICA WHERE EVERYONE IS EQUAL. SO IF YOU PEOPLE IN THE GOP WANT TO WIN ANY ELECTIONS I SUGGEST YOU LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA INSTEAD OF TRYING TO TELL THEM WHAT THEY NEED. THEY WILL TELL YOU WANT THEY WANT NOT THE OTHER WAY.

THE GOP IS DEAD UNLESS YOU CHANGE YOUR VIEWS IDEAD AND PALIN IS NOT THE ANSWER SHE IS THE PROBLEM.

Posted by: CMFJOY | May 5, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

WELL IF THE GOP PICK THIS UNTELLIGENT WOMAN FOR ANYTHING THEY WILL SINK MORE THEN THEY ARE DOING NOW.
SAD BUT TRUE.

Posted by: CMFJOY | May 5, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

twitter.com/AKGovSarahPalin/status/1687939687

Hey, Do you know anything about the event she is going to attend in new york city?

When will she start working with the national council?

Posted by: SammyBoy1 | May 5, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

should have gone with Citizen's Council... more accurate.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | May 5, 2009 2:15 AM | Report abuse

"None other than Rush Limbaugh defended Gov. Palin"

Wow. Do you think jaked had a straight face when he wrote that?

Posted by: nodebris | May 5, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

YEEEEEEEE-HAW!

Posted by: nodebris | May 5, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

"Keyes is best known for his performance during the 2000 Republican presidential debates, when he was accredited by many media outlets as being the clear winner during a series of debates with George W. Bush and John McCain."

He might be better known for his performance in the 2006 Senate race from some state. He either crushed or got crushed.

Let's assume he crushed.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 4, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

A new WSJ/NBC poll says that more people identify as conservative than identify as Republican. Think about that!

Is it any wonder why?

Posted by: plaza04433 | May 4, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I though the who purpose of this 'New America' project was to bring back disaffected voters, in particular we former Republicans. I distinctly remember the exact moment when John McCain lost my vote; after I researched her background. I could not imagine a less capable person to be a heartbeat from the presidency. If they had to throw the Social Conservatives a bone, they could have at least picked someone competent, like Huckabee. Thanks to her I voted for Obama in 2008, and if she's on the ticket I'll do it again in 2012.

Posted by: Smoke_Jaguar4 | May 4, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Palin hasn't done very well by my state of Alaska, I don't expect she would do very well by the United States of America. However she is nice to look at, she just needs to keep her mouth shut :D

Posted by: caramello51 | May 4, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Same old product.
New bottle.
New label.
Problem fixed.

.

Posted by: T-Prop | May 4, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Why not a black man who beat Bush & Mc Cain in debate running against a black man ?

Former presidential candidate Alan Keyes has given perhaps his most dire warning yet, saying that the Obama administration is preparing to stage terror attacks, declare martial law and cancel the 2012 elections, which is why they are demonizing their political enemies as criminals and terrorists.

Keyes is best known for his performance during the 2000 Republican presidential debates, when he was accredited by many media outlets as being the clear winner during a series of debates with George W. Bush and John McCain.

“It’s obvious that they will stop at nothing,” Keyes told attendees of a reception in Fort Wayne, adding, “We may wake up one day and there’s a series of terrorist attacks, the economy is paralysed….martial law will be declared everywhere in the United States and it won’t end until the crisis ends.”

Keyes said that Americans should be thankful if they even see another election in 2012, stating, “If we don’t wake up and work to see that it happens, we will not see another election.”

“The minute they think they can get away with it, they will end this system of government and that is their intention,” added Keyes, noting that everyone acting as if the time we are in was just “business as usual” reminds him of the attitude of politicians in the Weimar Republic when Hitler was rising to power or eastern Europe when the Communists were taking over after the second world war.

Keyes said that because the majority of people are decent-minded, they believe others will play by the rules when this simply isn’t the case, warning that this attitude will allow evil to take over before we can do anything about it.

“It is so clear hat we have now put a faction in place - they are not playing by the rules and they don’t intend to play by the rules - if they were playing by the rules they wouldn’t have tried to identify their opposition as criminals,” added Keyes, making reference to the recent controversy surrounding the release of the MIAC and Homeland Security reports, which implied that Americans who exercise and are knowledgeable about their constitutional rights are a threat to law enforcement and potential domestic terrorists.

Keyes said that the only solution was from the bottom up because our leaders “are so gutless that they won’t even ask that the Constitution be enforced for clear, plain, absolutely unequivocal requirements,” and respond meekly with “their lips shut and their hearts terrorized.”

Keyes also warned of Obama’s agenda to create a civilian security force and said it was part of the ultimate agenda to disarm American citizens and create a police state.

Keyes has been a vocal critic of Obama, warning that he is a radical Communist who is determined to destroy America, and that if his agenda is not stopped then the country as we know it will cease to exist.


Posted by: rtfanning | May 4, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

They need a new name. GOP is tired. How about Political Opportunists In Search Of Newsworthiness, or the POISON Party. It sums up their attitude nicely: "I'd rather take POISON than support Obama!"

Posted by: j_nemo | May 4, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

The only way this makes any sense is if the GOP is afraid that their base is eroding... which is entirely possible as more and more of their base get layoff notices and lose their trailers.

At this point, Palin is good for only one thing, making sure Levi Johnson stays in the headlines.

The GOP just got done proving they could not run the country, now they well on their way to proving they can't even run their own party.

Posted by: plaza04433 | May 4, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

MOinkslinger, You may think Sarah is charming, but she can play hard ball with the best of them. When she was having problems with her ex bro-in-law she actually hid in the bushes by his window spying on him. That's when she said that she heard him make threats against her father. She also snookered the editor (I think he was the editor) of the right wing paper in Anchorage. He called her and complained that she had done the same thing as a Replublican she filed an ethic complaint on (using state time and computers to campaign)when she was mayor. She said, gosh your right, and I shouldn't have done that, I am really sorry about that. He hung up, and had pretty much decided not to pursue it. A couple of hours later a friend call and said have you seen the tv news? He said no. His friend said Sarah had called a news conference and was smearing him. She is your typical politician

Posted by: akcoins | May 4, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Please, please have Ms. Sara help out the GOP. That will absolutely assure them of getting approximately 21.5% of the vote. Throw in a few more points for the flat-earthers and take away a half point for the people who decide to go join the mothership on the other side of Hale-Bopp.

Posted by: Keesvan | May 4, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

"Palin and Romney, Paul and Ventura...the next election will not go to the Left. If anything the swine flu has shown the power of the special interests have gone too far-our lives are offered up on the altar of political correctness as the border was left wide open during a potential pandemic. Conservative Blacks and Hispanic need to open their eyes left they continue to get played by the Democrats and cement their childrens future in the "Peoples Republic of Leftardia.""

And people wonder why minorities don't vote Republican.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 4, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Why is Obama so popular? Because he comes across as very intelligent, and he is a great communicator.

However, he is at risk of blowing it with the proposal to tax off-shore corporate profits. Doing so would put US Companies at a competitive disadvantage with foreign corporations.

Republicans need to to find an intelligent candidate, who is moderate socially, and conservative fiscally.

If they can do so, then they will regain the White House. Palin can not do it. Republicans need to have the guts to put the religious right in a box...and move to the center.

Posted by: michaelqazqaz | May 4, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

If I were religious, I would pray for the Republican party.

Posted by: FreethinkingJeremy | May 4, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

While I like Sarah Palin, I am afraid the public will be tired of her by the time of the next election. The constant media attention is making Sarah the Brittney Spears of politics. She is charming, but a very polarizing figure. Remember when all that Hillary Clinton needed to do was put her bonnet in the ring and she was the favorite to be the Democratic selection. The emphasis on Sarah may be a tactic to allow the media and bloggers to continue to attack the little lady from the North and all the while the Republicans are searching for a better candidate for 2012. Sure would like to see a woman in the White House, but I am not sure Sarah is the bill. RNC needs to walk a narrow line with Sarah. Part of her charm is that she is common, but dressing her in $2,500 suits was a complete contradiction to the image.

Posted by: MOinkslinger | May 4, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

"these guys never stop short-circuiting themselves do they; Palin is the most repulsive human being they've come up with yet."

Short, short memory. She doesn't come close to Bush.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 4, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Go Palin! The left fear her-a Republican woman who made it on her own, is attractive, popular with her constituency,and doesnt toe the idealogical mooo-moooo of the leftist drivel. The Left is having it's hey day now. Funding foreign abortions with American taxpayer money during a depression. Nationalizing industries.Pandering to special interest groups who define themselves by their private4 sexual practices(?!does anyone even bother anyone else about such things-not really)
What a dog and donkey show...lol.
Palin and Romney, Paul and Ventura...the next election will not go to the Left. If anything the swine flu has shown the power of the special interests have gone too far-our lives are offered up on the altar of political correctness as the border was left wide open during a potential pandemic. Conservative Blacks and Hispanic need to open their eyes left they continue to get played by the Democrats and cement their childrens future in the "Peoples Republic of Leftardia."

Posted by: IsaacCrocket | May 4, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Palin has bee shunning the party and has been a source of embarrassment, so it;s a bit strange that she would considered to lead the "re-branding" of the GOP.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | May 4, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Hang on second. I thought Palin was all about the "old" America. What is this "new" stuff? I guess new is the new old.

Posted by: kenmayasun | May 4, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Pity the Republicans....

GOP = goofy, ornery, and pathetic --

This is the best they can do????

Palin proved herself to be not only an extremist but also unqualified, uneducated, and simply inexperienced. She's an absolute nut case.

I guess the NRA better step in and show the Republicans how NOT to keep shooting themselves in the foot.

We have an old expression down here in Texas --

When it comes to Palin -- that dog don't hunt --

Posted by: abby0802 | May 4, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

chrisfox8:

You mean MORE repulsive than Ronald "Raygun"?

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

heheheheheh

these guys never stop short-circuiting themselves do they; Palin is the most repulsive human being they've come up with yet.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 4, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Didn't we already know she was going to be on the council?

Also, don't Republicans WANT to keep the idea going that they are keeping the Palins and Sanfords at arms length? Remember, the goal of this council is to attract moderates. Think those two clowns will be any good at that?

Posted by: DDAWD | May 4, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Maunabro:

A lot can happen before 2012.

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks God for Sarah Palin. All that needs to be done - is to allow her to keep talking. Doing so will keep the Dems ahead and in power for the forseeable future and well beyond 2012. Aloha!

Posted by: Maunabro | May 4, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

None other than Rush Limbaugh defended Gov. Palin and heralded her as the "most prominent, articulate voice for standard run-of-the-mill good old-fashioned American conservatism".

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Just objectively speaking, if McCain-Palin had won, her rise would have been the fastest since (dare I say it) Barack Obama's.

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

WOO HOO!!!

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

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