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GretaWire Readers [By a Huge Margin] See Sarah Palin as the Leader of the GOP Post Election
A Time For Choosing ^ | November 8, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson

Posted on 11/09/2012 11:33:19 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

On Wednesday, Greta put up a poll asking her readers who they thought, at this moment, was the leader of the Republican Party. Readers responded by choosing Sarah Palin by an overwhelming margin over the rest of the field.

Reading the comments it’s pretty plain that many feel Sarah could have fared far better against President Obama than Governor Mitt Romney did. Judging how well Sarah’s hand picked candidates for office did, vs how those in the standard GOP mold under-performed, it’s not much of a stretch to think Sarah herself would have done well and likely led the party to victory.

It’s also clear, reading those comments, that Greta’s readers would like to see Sarah Palin run for President in 2016. It’s way too early to speculate what Sarah will do, and it’s probably best not to speculate until she, herself says something, but I’m one of those who is 100% on board with the idea of a her running.

We need strong leadership from a GOP candidate, and for the last two elections, we’ve had no leadership at all. Timidity cannot defeat evil, and we are staring evil right in the face. We need a warrior at the helm.

Here are the results of the poll as of this afternoon:

Governor Sarah Palin 37.76% (2,137 votes)

Senator Marco Rubio 17.62% (997 votes)

Speaker Boehner 13.91% (787 votes)

Congressman Paul Ryan 8.54% (483 votes)

Governor Romney 8.41% (476 votes)

Someone else 6.94% (393 votes)

Governor Chris Christie 3.64% (206 votes)

Speaker Newt Gingrich 3.18% (180 votes)

I’d be curious to learn why Speaker of the House John Boehner rates so high. Maybe some readers took the question literally, as Boehner is the highest ranking Republican in office. It’s just that seeing Boehner and “leader” mentioned together somehow seems wrong to me.

Readers would rather see someone, anyone besides Chris Christie or Newt Gingrich leading the party. I agree.

The poll isn’t scientific in any way, but Greta’s blog is popular with a wide range of people from all points of view, and likely represents the feelings of many, if not most of the GOP faithful.



TOPICS: Issues; Parties; Polls
KEYWORDS: 2016; chrischristie; christie; gop; obama; palin; romney; ryan
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1 posted on 11/09/2012 11:33:28 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bleh. Just more of the same. We’ve gotta start considering different approaches to this problem.


2 posted on 11/09/2012 11:35:43 AM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We need a new Speaker of the House. Boehner needs to go.

My favorite replacements would be either: Allen West or Sara Palin


3 posted on 11/09/2012 11:38:24 AM PST by tsowellfan (Allen West for Speaker!)
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To: skeeter

“None of the above.”

Sarah Palin and her progeny have devalued the Palin name by participating in reality shows.

Might as well nominate Honey-Boo-Boo’s mom.


4 posted on 11/09/2012 11:39:16 AM PST by miserare
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; skeeter

Right. Sarah Palin, who did absolutely nothing to either be a candidate herself or support another candidate and shape opinion.

Sorry, I thought she was wonderful the first time around, but I think she’s bailed on doing the hard work and is moving into the personality level. That’s ok, she can be a personality, but she’s not going to be a serious political force ever again.


5 posted on 11/09/2012 11:40:13 AM PST by livius
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To: miserare
Sarah Palin and her progeny have devalued the Palin name by participating in reality shows.

THANK YOU! Someone FINALLY sees that. I've been saying it since the first time Bristol was on Dancing with the Stars.

We don't need a circus act in DC, we need adults, for Christ's sake!

6 posted on 11/09/2012 11:40:33 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: tsowellfan
My favorite replacements would be either: Allen West or Sara Palin

In lieu of Palin, would you support Bachmann for Speaker?
7 posted on 11/09/2012 11:42:13 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
At this point, I’m leaning towards Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. At least he has some fight in his belly... Beat the snot out of the unions and fought back against a recall election. Most Republicans would have surrendered.
8 posted on 11/09/2012 11:51:23 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She’s pretty much the only one left that I trust. I’m frankly to the point of wishing she’d lead the way to a new, genuinely conservative party.

The GOP, already champing at the bit for amnesty and homo-marriage crap, can go burn in hell where it belongs.


9 posted on 11/09/2012 11:52:10 AM PST by greene66
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To: tsowellfan
My favorite replacements would be either: Allen West or Sara Palin

Palin isn't even a representative.

10 posted on 11/09/2012 11:53:02 AM PST by gdani
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To: tsowellfan

Sarah and West should have run .
West and Rubio run
West and NM Gov run
sarah and NM Gov run
sarah and Rubio run

all bring women, hispanics and common sense and conservatives


11 posted on 11/09/2012 11:53:40 AM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“But... but... but... she’s just too darn DIVISIVE!”

Yeah, she is. She divides conservatives from RINOs and their fellow liberals.


12 posted on 11/09/2012 11:58:57 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin doesn’t seem to want it. She hasn’t taken any official leadership roles. She hasn’t run for office. She only occasionally shows up for commentary lately.

People need to quit hoping for someone to change things when it seems as though that person doesn’t want the job.

When Palin was just an average citizen and saw problems, she didn’t hope for someone else to come in and do something, she started doing it herself. She ran for school board, then mayor... and so on.

Follow the example she set which is very different than hoping she leads.


13 posted on 11/09/2012 11:59:03 AM PST by mnehring
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Somehow I am not surprised that people who listen to Greta like Palin.
14 posted on 11/09/2012 12:01:49 PM PST by GalaxyAB
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To: Cowboy Bob

I think Scott Walker is very good for state issues, just like I think my Florida governor, Rick Scott, is great for that. Despite being neither photogenic nor a great speaker, he’s done well.

But I don’t see either of them moving out of state politics very successfully. I could see them as cabinet members for a winning GOP candidate...but who is that person?


15 posted on 11/09/2012 12:02:35 PM PST by livius
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To: skeeter
We’ve gotta start considering different approaches to this problem.

Which is why so many of us would love it if Palin stepped up to the plate. It IS that "different approach" that the GOP doesn't have the stones to attempt. The closest we got to trying that "different approach" with Palin was when she was VP offering to uber-lemon McCain, who got more Republicans to vote for his ticket in 2008 than Romney-Ryan did in 2012.

Why do you suppose that was?

16 posted on 11/09/2012 12:06:49 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would greatly prefer Sarah to Obama as President.

However, IMO if she had been the nominee she would have presided over a landslide defeat of historic proportions and perhaps have lost the GOP control of the House.

I have been forced to recognize the unpleasant fact that most of my fellow American don’t agree with me.

I have no idea what’s wrong with them, the fools. :)


17 posted on 11/09/2012 12:07:20 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: greene66

It seems to me that Palin is not interested in either starting a party or even being an elected representative at any level in the future. It may be family problems, it may be that she chickened out, but whatever it was, she doesn’t want to be anybody’s standard bearer.

So we need to move on. Find somebody with principles, support them locally, and educate your neighbors.


18 posted on 11/09/2012 12:07:20 PM PST by livius
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin is a TV commentator and sometimes realityTV personality (along with he daughter). She is not the leader of the Republican party in any way, shape or form. She makes good money doing what she currently does and I am sure she will stick with it.


19 posted on 11/09/2012 12:08:26 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Meh....I’m not gonna get on board that train. She had her chance, she demurred. Cheerleader - yes...candidate - NO.

We have to retake this country; it will require ruthlessness, cunning and connivance. She is not the one.


20 posted on 11/09/2012 12:14:50 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder if she would be offered the chairmanship of the GOP. That would be a sign that republicans want real change. Of course, for her it would be a step down, especially in pay.


21 posted on 11/09/2012 12:15:29 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: livius

Doesn’t matter anymore. The GOP-E will just choose another liberal RINO. Four years from now, FoxNews will be cheerleading them on, Karl Rove will have his blackboard out. Same old crap. Like a broken record. I don’t care about any of it anymore, especially anything regarding the GOP. I’ve supported and exclusively voted for the Party for my entire voting life, but I’ve come to the end of the rope. Palin is basically the only tiny thread keeping me to it now.


22 posted on 11/09/2012 12:19:31 PM PST by greene66
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To: Finny
She can step up to the plate, and I'd support her.

But between the lying, duplicitous democrats, the corrupt leftwing MSM, a cowardly back-biting GOPe, institutionalized election fraud, and millions upon millions of parasites with voter registration cards I do not think we will ever be allowed to win at this game again.

We need to begin thinking along different lines.

23 posted on 11/09/2012 12:24:12 PM PST by skeeter
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To: onyx; Josh Painter; Lakeshark

Feel the FReeper love.


24 posted on 11/09/2012 12:24:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: tsowellfan
"My favorite replacements would be either: Allen West or Sara Palin"

That's nice, but they need to be in Congress.

25 posted on 11/09/2012 12:28:00 PM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Love Sarah, wish she would have stuck with it. But now, let her enjoy life, she made her fortune, and she has the Liberals and the MSM to thank for it. Concentrate on your Conservative candidates for Congress, get the Rinos out.


26 posted on 11/09/2012 12:28:43 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Who we elect is not as important as who they bring in with them.)
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To: tsowellfan

In 2014, the Tea Party needs to push several of the GOPe out the damned door and put real patriots in their positions. IF Sarah Palin is able to do it, she should lead the tea Party movement to flush several GOPe slobs from the Senate and House, then PERHAPS she would bea viable Tea Party candidate for President. It is time to just flush the GOP.


27 posted on 11/09/2012 12:42:10 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: skeeter

loser


28 posted on 11/09/2012 12:52:57 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: miserare

Another loser


29 posted on 11/09/2012 12:53:29 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: livius

Wrong.


30 posted on 11/09/2012 12:53:38 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: Sherman Logan

What difference would it make?


31 posted on 11/09/2012 12:54:08 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Right now the Republican party doesn’t have a leader.

In fact they never had one before the election either.

The leader they need is Newt Gingrich.
Newt is smarter by half again as the best of those mentioned.


32 posted on 11/09/2012 12:56:33 PM PST by Venturer
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To: skeeter

I think we(gop) should give away even more than the democraps!


33 posted on 11/09/2012 12:56:40 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: US_MilitaryRules
Thats the only way to win under the current setup. Even then I think given a choice the parasites will go for the Real Thing™.

We need a new approach.

34 posted on 11/09/2012 1:02:29 PM PST by skeeter
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Put a Democratic Party in full and unchallenged control of the House, the Senate, the Presidency and the Supreme Court for even a couple of years, and I think you’d find out what difference GOP control even of the House makes.


35 posted on 11/09/2012 1:02:41 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Longbow1969

Palin is the leader of the conservatives, that is why she is the most important endorsement of either party, and probably in history, at least in my long memory.


36 posted on 11/09/2012 1:03:43 PM PST by ansel12 (Todd Akin was NOT the tea party candidate, Sarah Steelman was, Brunner had tea party support also.)
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To: gdani
Palin isn't even a representative.

You may not know, but the Speaker of the House does, not have to be a member of the House. Strange huh?

37 posted on 11/09/2012 1:08:01 PM PST by itsahoot (Any enemy, that is allowed to have a King's X line, is undefeatable. (USS Taluga AO-62))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Begich-D Senate seat in AK (formerly Stevens-R) is up in 2014. The only reason this seat is in 'Rat hands is because of phony corruption charges against the late Ted Stevens, which were eventually proven to be totally unfounded.

If Sarah Palin wants to remain relevant, she should run for that seat. She has tons of campaign money in SarahPAC, and winning another statewide election would be sweet revenge on the 'Rat bastards that forced her to resign the governorship with their frivolous ethics complaints.

38 posted on 11/09/2012 1:08:24 PM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Sorry, but Palin did NOTHING to help the GOP win this. I disliked Romney intensely but I voted for him, even though I was a Newt fan and Romney and the Romney-supporting Rush Limbaugh destroyed Gingrich. But Palin could have had an impact on the primaries if she had come out early and supported a candidate, since she was not one herself (which she decided so late it kept people like you on the fence).

As I say, there may have been personal reasons, but that’s just tough. As a politician or even a political strategist, Palin is simply not there.


39 posted on 11/09/2012 1:13:57 PM PST by livius
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To: skeeter
Thats the only way to win under the current setup.

It is not true, that cheaters never win.

40 posted on 11/09/2012 1:15:21 PM PST by itsahoot (Any enemy, that is allowed to have a King's X line, is undefeatable. (USS Taluga AO-62))
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To: Gaffer
She had her chance, she demurred.

But not until after she had run a long drawn out, will-I-or-won't-I, tease campaign. Palin did a lot of damage to conservatives by pulling that stunt. Her actions delayed, for many months, conservatives from trying to unite behind one of the candidates. Too many of the grassroots were waiting for her to announce and used that time to tear down any potential opposition to her. Not saying that Perry would have won the nomination, but the Palin forces worked tirelessly to tear him apart because many thought he was her chief competitor.

Anyway, it's done and doesn't matter now. Palin is a TV commentator and ocassional realityTV personality. She does a good job on Fox, gets paid a bundle, and I expect her to continue in that line of work. Her days as a politician are likely long behind he now.

41 posted on 11/09/2012 1:16:15 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Scott Walker or Col West. They both have a spine.


42 posted on 11/09/2012 1:16:46 PM PST by Leep (Are you smarter than a 7th grade math student and or Barack 0bama?)
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To: itsahoot

You may not know, but the Speaker of the House does, not have to be a member of the House.

If West were the Speaker, the dems couldn’t pull the race card at every turn. And he wouldn’t cry or write letters. He’d speak up. I pray that that happens. He might even get some of Holders people to listen to him, which is exactly what the Republicans need.


43 posted on 11/09/2012 1:24:27 PM PST by IM2MAD (IM2MAD=Individual Motivated 2 Make A Difference)
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To: onyx

Ping


44 posted on 11/09/2012 1:29:25 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I still like her a lot, but when it came time this election cycle to buck up or stay in the truck, she stayed in the truck. I don’t think she wants to be a politician anymore. Doubt we’ll see her run for anything again, ever.


45 posted on 11/09/2012 2:29:32 PM PST by FreedomForce (Living in the Age of American Soft Despotism)
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To: LibFreeUSA
That's nice, but they need to be in Congress.

That's not the consensus I've been seeing

Could you expain?

46 posted on 11/09/2012 3:22:40 PM PST by tsowellfan (Allen West for Speaker!)
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To: Finny

Personal opinion, based on what anonymous Romney staffers did right before 2008 eleciton, the GOPe Country Club good ole boys essentially told Sarah that Willard was the next in line (”It’s his turn” a la Dole, McLame, Bush 41), the fundraisers were behind him and don’t even think about running in 2012. They’re petrified of anything resembling a real conservative, especially a woman. Note how none of these “gentlemen” came out to defend her when she was being blamed for Tucson?


47 posted on 11/09/2012 3:35:48 PM PST by stratman1969
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To: greene66
She’s pretty much the only one left that I trust. I’m frankly to the point of wishing she’d lead the way to a new, genuinely conservative party.

The GOP, already champing at the bit for amnesty and homo-marriage crap, can go burn in hell where it belongs.

You do know that she supports GOProud, the Republican gay rights group. Right?

48 posted on 11/09/2012 6:32:20 PM PST by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
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To: Sherman Logan

“I would greatly prefer Sarah to Obama as President.”

“However, IMO if she had been the nominee she would have presided over a landslide defeat of historic proportions and perhaps have lost the GOP control of the House.”

If Palin can pull in 60,000 at a speech, and pull 60,000,000 million votes with John McCain (unless you think HE energized the base) why would she lose in a defeat of historic proportions?.....I am amazed when I start conversations in public, at check out lines, and the day before the election even, the gentleman told me he and his wife would love to have Sarah Palin as Commander In Chief......She overcame all the trash and lies the media threw her way and still pulled McCain/Palin over the line with an astounding number of votes......The votes are out there once the momentum begins and she starts speaking the truth on the real issues concerning this thuggish administration....Romney should have forced Bengazi into the last debate, I think Palin would have, and the media would have been forced to cover it....They could have spun it any way they wanted, but THAT would have energized those same 60,000,000 and possibly more that she was a conservative leader with guts to confront the machine IN YOUR FACE style......Now the voter fraud is a completely different story and a HUGE problem to overcome......


49 posted on 11/10/2012 5:11:45 AM PST by 3722535r
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To: Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand

“You do know that she supports GOProud, the Republican gay rights group. Right?”

Right!!!...And did you know that she secretly voted for Obama because she knows HE’S gay and wants to be supportive?...


50 posted on 11/10/2012 5:22:57 AM PST by 3722535r
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