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Palin Likely to Be a Part of National Council


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin his one of the few "movement" conservatives mentioned as part of the new GOP branding effort. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to play a role in the National Council for a New America, a new effort led by House and Senate Republican leaders designed to find ways to make the party more appealing to independent voters.

"I understand that Governor Palin is hopefully going to be involved as well," said Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) during a conference call this morning announcing the group's formation.

Meg Stapleton, a spokeswoman for the Alaska governor, did not immediately return an email seeking to confirm Palin's involvement. If she does respond, we'll update the post.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.), the leading light behind the National Council, added later that "no one is not invited to join" the group and that the goal is to have "leaders from across the country join this effort."

The initial announcement of the National Council's formation included a virtual who's who of the establishment wing of the Republican party including several 2012 wannabes including former governor Mitt Romney (Mass.) and Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.) as well as other major party figures like former governor Jeb Bush (Fla.) and Gov. Haley Barbour (Miss.).

Absent from the initial release were the more prominent "movement" conservatives including Palin, Gov. Mark Sanford (S.C.) and former governor Mike Huckabee (Ark.) -- all three of whom are considered potential 2012 candidates.

For more on the National Council, its membership and its goals, make sure to check out this morning's Cheat Sheet.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 30, 2009; 12:50 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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I asked Palin about this on twitter and I didn't get any response back.

http://twitter.com/AKGovSarahPalin

Posted by: SammyBoy1 | May 5, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a classy lady who entered politics for the right reasons.

http://twitter.com/AKGovSarahPalin

Posted by: SammyBoy1 | May 5, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

"a new effort led by House and Senate Republican leaders designed to find ways to make the party more appealing to independent voters."

If this is an effort by Republican CONGRESSIONAL leaders, one of the first things they can do is leash and muzzle Boehner, McConnell, and their choir of "We can't let Obama and the Democrats do THIS!!" chanters. Because whatever they try to tell the undistributed middle to win their loyalty will only come at the expense of that bunch's credibility. Since the Republican Leadership in the House and Senate has none, making them pull in concert with the majority would at least help and the economic and related problems that must be solved before we try to solve the rest of the many problems that self same Republican Leadership bequeathed the country.

Calling on Sarah is their signal to the base, "Ignore our pandering to the center, we really don't mean it, but the center is too dumb to realize that."

If the Congressional Leadership team that intends to try to talk to independents and centrists were truly serious they would have kept Arlen Specter in the Party. It is worthy of note that they actually said good riddance while decrying Arlen's lack of party loyalty.

By the way, Jake D, when the economy turns around inspite of the efforts of the republican Legislative Leadership team, where does that leave you and your spear carriers? My guess is flat, exhausted, without score or libretto, and not even able to pick up the beat.

Singing from the same blank page, tho...

Posted by: ceflynline | May 2, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a fighter. She is exactly what the conservative party needs right now. I'm appalled that John McCain always wants to move to the center. He tried and he lost! Now it is time for him to step back and let politicians who are willing to fight for God, country, and law and order represent our party. A wussie republican can not win!

Posted by: Charity2 | May 1, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

It is curious that there are people out there who still believe that Governor Palin appeals only to a fringe of the GOP Right and to religious conservatives. They obviously don't realize that she was elected Governor and retains very high approval (60%+)in a State that has a relatively high proportion of middle-of-the-road Independent voters (43% according to Daily Kos, Dec 2008). Her bitterest enemies in Alaska are on the Republican Right, while some of her best allies have been Democrats. She has sought and secured strong bipartisan support for main planks of her programme. As for religious conservatives, Alaska, according to Gallup, is one of the least religious States in the Union. She has protected the rights of same-sex couples in Alaska, while her position on Gay marraige is the same as Obama's. Nor, depite her personal; convictions and (and practice), does she necessarily believe in stringent laws on abortion. Removing Roe/Wade would merely return decision making to the states. By proposing to remove all restriction on abortion, including partial birth and others, it is Obama, not Palin who is the abortion extremist.

Posted by: GeneCar | May 1, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Oop's there goes the party.
You know like in there goes the neighborhood.
Maybe both.
Good luck with the Springer family.
Ever heard of a party pooper?

Posted by: 10yrVietNamVet | April 30, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Oop's there goes the party.
You know like in there goes the neighborhood.
Maybe both.
Good luck with the Springer family.

Posted by: 10yrVietNamVet | April 30, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Why is JakeD so embarrassed about his party affiliation that he must consistently misrepresent it? Oh, that's right. The American Independent Party ran Alan Keyes for president. Guess I'd want people to think I was "independent" too.

Posted by: nodebris | April 30, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Phalin, now that you've had time to think about it--what newspapers do you read?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 30, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

If you all want to see what an America controlled by the liberal left is going to look like, look no further than California. California is the direct result of liberals taking charge. The are indebt and are asking for a handout from hard working Americans (Republicans / Consevatives). America is following suit under the control of a left-wing nut (Barack). Wake up you liberal buffoons.

Posted by: TheGreatStu | April 30, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

michaelfairbanks:
"7. Accept only donations from people, and not corporations (yeah, right, as if you guys get private donations).
Obama beat you 200 bucks at a time."

So if Republicans don't take money from businesses, does that mean the Democrats will stop taking money from labor unions, trial lawyers, and the entire hosts of special interests that fund it's existence?

If you believe all those $200 donations were from millions of individuals, you are less politically aware than you appear.

Posted by: dbw1 | April 30, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Did you see that idiot Sara Palin on the Today show this morning? She's such an empty head. She referred to Matt Lauer as "Sam", told people they shouldn't ride subways lest they catch swine flu....

...wait a 'sec, maybe that was Joe Biden.

Posted by: dbw1 | April 30, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

It's hilarious reading the posts of the lunatic right wing fringe as their ship continues to sink. A mixture of fear, anger and confusion. You have trashed our country long enough. May you enjoy the circular firing squad.

Posted by: Midknight | April 30, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

What I really love about all these posts is the hatred and contempt for the Republicans and Sarah Palin. I understand that fear drives your hatred. Fear of the right-wing putting an end to all of the social programs and forcing people like you to take responsibility for your lives. You fear us, because you know that you have awakened the silent majority. Oh, we are the majority, I can assure you of that. We have remained quiet for far too long. Call us what you want, but in 2010 you will be calling us the majority. The end is near for you, and of your time sucking America dry with your social programs aimed at the lazy people of America, while you rob us honest, hard working people of our livelihood. Welcome to the new revolution.

Posted by: TheGreatStu | April 30, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"Please, libs, keep mocking her.

Posted by: JakeD | "
-----
I agree with Jake, we should stop mocking her, she is perfectly capable of making an @$$ of her self of her own volition.

Hey, maybe she'll come out with the "Work from Home and Get Paid for Travel" amendment as a new idea for the National Council for a New America.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 30, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

"I can't wait for this bus to get moving, the soundbites will be hilarious."

Yeah, I wonder if this will be as fun as CPAC

Posted by: DDAWD | April 30, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a LIAR.

Palin is a HYPOCRITE.

Palin is a FRAUD.

In other words, just another typical Republican!

Posted by: binger | April 30, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for this bus to get moving, the soundbites will be hilarious.

Posted by: ohjamboree | April 30, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party is the political equivalent of the Heaven's Gate cult. Hopefully it will not be too much longer before these fools have removed themselves from our presence.

Posted by: jp11231 | April 30, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh please, oh please. I hope the Republican Party populates its "get relevant and attractive" groups with the likes of Sarah Palin. Within a couple of years it will be the Zombie party--existing but not really alive. Come on let's see Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney (where do they come up with these names for grown men), Huckabee--what a cavalcade. America and the Constitution should be safe for at least a generation.

Posted by: explorers100 | April 30, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect to House and Senate Republican leaders, are you out of your minds?

A polarizing figure like Palin is the *last* thing you want if you wish to broaden your appeal. As much as you find it distasteful, you need a *moderate* republican who is more in tune with the majority of the electorate.

Palin appeals to a certain class of voters, who are now a minority, and given recent demographic changes (immigration and younger people reaching voter age), they are likely to remain so.


Posted by: ian807 | April 30, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure that Joe Biden has changed sides already...

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 30, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

A bunch of losers and that includes Jeb Bush who ruined Florida.

Posted by: truth1 | April 30, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

oh yeah baby..
here's another one.

investigate all the grants that went to 16 states under Bush's New Freedom Initiative (funded out of the SSAct)-Integrated Services Grants for Healthcare.
Folks, wanna see a healthcare massacre from the Bush Administration???
2005 to 2008.
Call me!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 30, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

If the answer is Sarah Palin, then the question was asked way too late.

The GOP is SOL. LOL

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 30, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

More bad news for Republicans
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/30/AR2009043001640.html?hpid=topnews

Poll: Rising U.S. Support for Social Issues, Such as Gay Marriage

Posted by: DDAWD | April 30, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

hey Baby Bush and Repulsives:

Can I get an AMEN for a NEW AMERICA !!!

When in the Course of human events and (criminal behavior of the Office of President), it becomes necessary for one party to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 30, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Chris do some background checking. National Council sounds like this old group of wingnuts.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Council_for_National_Policy

Many have ties to this new group. Meet the new boss same as the old boss. No wonder why the GOP loses in most demographics especially young people.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | April 30, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"Gov. Palin DID refer to Republican voters as "real" Americans. She does have plans for stringent abortion laws. Calling Obama a "terrorist" is the only item I took exception to in your post."

I meant she never literally said any of those things. It wasn't a direct quote. She never directly called her abortion stance stringent and she never directly called Obama a terrorist.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 30, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

and the bush walls come tumbling down:

perhaps Sarah can help with all the investigations that will come down the pike that will prove the Bush Administration engaged in -----hmmmm
how do you say it.....
would crooked be a good word now.

"The report issued this morning culminates a nearly two-year investigation into alleged irregularities with grants awarded by the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention during the Bush administration"

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 30, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is perhaps the first national figure in decades to have never appeared on any of the serious Sunday talk shows like "Meet the Press"; "Face the Nation" or "This Week".

What does that tell you about her real stature in the political arena?

Posted by: gallison8 | April 30, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

We already have a new America. That's why voters voted for Obama.

Here's what I want: a moderate, Libertarian party that champions efficient, effective government and fiscal restraint. That's exactly NOT what these retreads will offer. They seem to believe that the Religious Right has to be included, and that is repubnant to moderate Libertarians such as myself.

Posted by: gbooksdc | April 30, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

(I see jakey is still in his confined place---at 77)

Sarah "I know the Bush Doctrine" Palin can help the repulsives by defecting to the Dems, along with doing her homework before she opens her mouth.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 30, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the "real America", GOP.

It's a place where we elected a black President.

It's a place where we're not afraid of gay people.

It's also where we love God and our country without hating the people who live here.

Posted by: gallison8 | April 30, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Lie to me beats Lie to you

While Obama's prime-time news conference aired on three Big Three broadcast networks -- ABC, NBC, and CBS -- Fox opted out, and instead aired an episode of the drama "Lie to Me." That move seems to have paid off: Fox drew 7.9 million viewers and won the 8pm time slot, according to TVNewser.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 30, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Jake, you and Jesus, two idiots in a pod. Get lost juvie.

Posted by: dem4life1 | April 30, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I heard you the first time.

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

There is absolutely NOTHING the republicans can do that will alter their demise. Karl Rove was right about one thing, there is a permanent majority political party in America, thanks to Karl, George, Dick, Rush and Sarah, that party is the DEMOCRATIC PARTY. As usual, Karl and the GOP can't get anything totally correct.

Posted by: dem4life1 | April 30, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

dem4life1:

Nothing but Jesus Christ is "permanent".

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

There is absolutely NOTHING the republicans can do that will alter their demise. Karl Rove was right about one thing, there is a permanent majority political party in America, thanks to Karl, George, Dick, Rush and Sarah, that party is the DEMOCRATIC PARTY. As usual, Karl and the GOP can't get anything totally correct.

Posted by: dem4life1 | April 30, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

drindl:

MITT Romney could put purple and blue States into play (especially if the economy hasn't recovered by then).

BTW: how old are you?

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

For the last time, I am not now -- nor have I ever been -- a Republican.

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

one of the r's problems--fear of their base, the monster they created:

"So to be a national party we have to put blue and purple states into play. We must be a national party and we must run candidates that can win in every region of the country.

Cornyn's message on what it means to be a national party here seems pretty clear. He was telling this crowd of right-wing activists that the party can't be too ideologically exclusive, and part of politics is to build a broad enough coalition to win.

I spoke to Prof. Larry Sabato about Cornyn's remarks on Tuesday. "Look, this is the guy that tried to get Toomey to recognize reality and jump out of the primary in Pennsylvania," said Sabato. "And Cornyn is as conservative as you can find. So Cornyn gets it, and his leadership gets it. But they're afraid of their own base. They're afraid of losing nominations and primaries and conventions, and that's what it's all about."

Posted by: drindl | April 30, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

drindl:

I'm 77 (and George Bush was 52 when he said it).

DDAWD:

Gov. Palin DID refer to Republican voters as "real" Americans. She does have plans for stringent abortion laws. Calling Obama a "terrorist" is the only item I took exception to in your post.

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

"So are you insinuating obama is gay? Are all wingers as loony as you? It sure seems like it."

A Republican who despises homosexuals??? I never thought I'd live to see the day.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 30, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

At least Republicans know how to spell their Presidents' names correctly ; )

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Jake, are you ssure you shouldn't be in school or something? You sound like a 12 year old.

Posted by: drindl | April 30, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

"P.S. to DDAWD: Gov. Palin never called Obama a "terrorist" (although that Air Force One photo-op over NYC qualifies). She said he PALS around with terrorists."

As far as I know, she never actually said any of that stuff in my last post.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 30, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans can come back if they convenced Norm Colemen to do the right thing and concede which they won't do. It will also show their honestly as to doing the right thing. But that is a dream. Its Discraceful that the Governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty has not signed the election certificate for Franken, this goes to show the voters again how SICK the Republicans are. They stripped the Stimulus bill of funding for flue vacinations (now we have an outbreak of swine flue), stole the 2000 election from Gore, destroyed our economy, held up nominees for the OBAMA administration and worst, disinfranchizing the voters of Minnesota, this is the worst politics. As a former Republican it makes me sick to my stomach to see how this party has lost its integrity.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | April 30, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo:

You realize that you are quoting Tina Fey, right? This thread is about Sarah Palin.

drindl:

Bring it on!

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"BTW: I was not thinking about a FEMALE sex scandal."

So are you insinuating obama is gay? Are all wingers as loony as you? It sure seems like it.

Posted by: drindl | April 30, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

This is for your "Say What?" -- CC:

Son of former Prez Ron reagan:

“It’s interesting that people say the right has taken over the Republican Party — but no one can say what we’ve done,” Mr. Reagan said. “We’ve been closeted for the last eight years; it’s time for the right to come out of the closet.”


Ooookay.

Posted by: drindl | April 30, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

i can see russia from my house

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 30, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to DDAWD: Gov. Palin never called Obama a "terrorist" (although that Air Force One photo-op over NYC qualifies). She said he PALS around with terrorists.

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

shrink2:

As I stated, I am registered Independent (NOT Republican). I also said repeatedly that Obama would not be SWORN IN as President on January 20, 2009 (and he wasn't). Next canard?

drindl:

That's not the only way it could happen. I also predicted that "If the economy is still in the tank after all these years of Democratic control, Palin could win" too. BTW: I was not thinking about a FEMALE sex scandal.

http://www.google.com/search?q=%22barack+obama%22+%22larry+sinclair%22&btnG=Search

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...how to appeal to independents...Mrs. Palin?

Oooh! Oooh! We'll start off by referring to Republican voters as "real" Americans. Then we give them our plans for stringent abortion laws. Then we go and call Obama a terrorist for the rest of the time.

Bulletproof!

Posted by: DDAWD | April 30, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

So the most radical far right republicans are gettng together to 'find ways to make the party more appealing" -- how about getting rid of all of them'? That would go a long ways.


"Obama is one intern sex scandal away from putting Palin in the White House."

Even compared to your usual comments that was really dumb, Jack or jake or whatever your name is.

Posted by: drindl | April 30, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Mocking you people is too easy Jake.

Weren't you the one who endlessly posted:
Barak Obama will never be the President of the United States?

Republicans are irrelevant, but for all the punch lines and their sickening crimes.

I am worried about Obama's friends beholden to bankers, but I am not worried about Palin (except for poor little Trig).

Posted by: shrink2 | April 30, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

the series of idiotic accusations in the post by hrh40 typifies the kind of muddled thinking that exists among Republicans today. FYI, hrh40, The Fix is not primarily designed to "write the news" as you so naively order Cillizza to do. The Fix is a mixture of speculation, rumor reporting, opinion on tactics, and, yes, news. That mixture is what makes it so popular among junkies.

It would be helpful if you got your facts straight before posting something that makes a worldwide idiot of yourself with bizarre accusations not grounded in fact.

Posted by: chuckbarb23 | April 30, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

*Chuckle*

You say "Sarah Palin"... Is that your final answer...?

Heh... Seriously, folks?

Oh, hey! Thanks for all the new Democrats, by the way!

Posted by: mobedda | April 30, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

So, the Spectre of Specter has finally gotten through to the GOP that they're in deep doodoo.

But see, this too, is part of the problem. Political parties are not brands of soap. Rebranding the same fertilizer still stinks.

Surely, with the likes of Cornyn, Graham, and Lugar, the GOP has enough internal voices to know what it must do to improve its standing without this publicity stunt.

Posted by: ethanquern | April 30, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

How about George W Bush, Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Gonzales, Addinton, Rice, etc.?

Posted by: steviana | April 30, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

How about George W Bush, Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Gonzales, Addinton, etc.?

Posted by: steviana | April 30, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

archaeoman:

Careful with the "shrill negativism and hyperbole".

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: "I am a registered Independent."

He always uses that misleading formulation but he means, of course, a registered member of the far-right nutcase American Independent Party. He voted for Alan Keyes. There's a Palin fan for you!

Posted by: nodebris | April 30, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

GO PALIN!! (OUR ONLY REAL HOPE FOR TOMORROW)

Posted by: SarahPalinFans | April 30, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama is one intern sex scandal away from putting Palin in the White House.

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Please, libs, keep mocking her.

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

this is pretty funny actually, a collection of the dumbest the repugnots have to offer, a parallel matrix made up of the core believers in hoodoo voodoo....

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | April 30, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

geezjan:

I am a registered Independent.

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

You're kidding, right? An "effort led by House and Senate Republican leaders designed to find ways to make the party more appealing to independent voters"?! I thought Palin was on the ticket to keep hardcore Republicans on board while McCain mavericked his way into the good books of independents... It sounds as if the Republicans are so badly out of ideas and people that they're just trying the same Hail Mary pass again and again...

Posted by: archaeoman | April 30, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse


Will Gov. Palin reach out to secessionists, too?

She has a Republican buddy in the Texas Governor's mansion who feels the same way.

Does that mean we can stop sending federal dollars their way?

Grand
Old
Pity

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | April 30, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

If the Republicans really want to appeal more to independents, they might start by marginalizing the far-right crazies. You know, like Palin.

Posted by: rashomon | April 30, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I thought the idea was for the new group to increase support for republican ideas. With Palin on board it will do just the opposite.

Posted by: barnardj1 | April 30, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Pretty funny. They want one of the most divisive, fringe, fanatical, ignorant, demagogic politicians of recent times to help reach out to independents.

Heck, maybe she can help reach out to vegetarians, too!

(After that she can reach out to people who read...)

Posted by: geezjan | April 30, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh Kay . . . this should be interesting, and great material for Letterman.

Posted by: JBGJRESQ | April 30, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

It's like they just don't get it, at all.

Forty years in the wilderness, this is their fate.

Posted by: WillSeattle | April 30, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Okay, seriously. If the GOP really wants to be the party of the people, and regain the respect of the majority of Americans, it needs to do the following:

1. Follow the will of the people.

2. People actually want clean air and water.

3. Stop calling Democrats commies and socialists. They're not. They just believe in free markets with wise regulations, like a road with stop signs and stoplights. Sure, you can go where you want and when you want, but you need to follow a few basic rules so that everyone can get around safely.

4. Live consistently with the values you preach. For instance, seek candidates who are on their first marriage, who actually DO go to church, etc., but who don't feel the need to shove religion down someone's throat while at the same time engaging in illicit matters that cause embarassment.

5. Engage in reasonable, friendly dialouge on AM radio and on television, instead of immature locker room bullying.

6. Throw the previous bums to the curb (Palin, McCain, Bush, etc.).

7. Accept only donations from people, and not corporations (yeah, right, as if you guys get private donations).

Obama beat you 200 bucks at a time.

Posted by: michaelfairbanks | April 30, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Actually, now I see your tactics, Cilizza. There's a pattern here.

You did the same thing with the big Congressional fundraiser in June: Publish a story based on speculation, not confirmation, to force the Governor's hand. Then if she doesn't do what you published she would, it's somehow her ineptness. Nope, it's yours.

So if she comes out now and says she's not a part of it, you can gleefully cite your self-created meme that communication is bad between DC and AK.

It's you that's the problem, however.

Do me a favor? Write the news. Don't try to make the news.

Thanks.

Posted by: hrh40 | April 30, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Gee, Cilizza, do ya' think it could be that Stapleton didn't "immediately respond" to your badgering because there's a 4-hour time difference between DC and AK?

D'ja think?

Or do you stomp your foot and demand an immediate response from people or else you'll spill some more negative ink on them?

Sounds like harassment to me. This is not the first time you've whined that Palin's office didn't "immediately respond" to your demands.

Please get over yourself.

BTW, if she's so "over" and "done with" and "unelectable," then why do you DC types keep badgering her?

Posted by: hrh40 | April 30, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I know that I would vote for her over Obama. People laughed at the idea of a Hollywood B-move actor running for President too.

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

*Ahem* Good luck with that.

Posted by: soonerthought | April 30, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

If the economy is still in the tank after all these years of Democratic control, Palin could win.

Posted by: JakeD | April 30, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin/McCain/Bush?

Yep, new direction.

This will work about as well as a shooting range in a glass factory.

Posted by: michaelfairbanks | April 30, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

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