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Sarah Palin Wows CPAC 2012; Proved Her Conservative Relevancy
The International Business Times ^ | February 11, 2012 | John Talty

Posted on 02/11/2012 3:53:58 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Washington, DC -- It wasn't speeches by Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich that generated the most enthusiasm at CPAC 2012.

That honor would go to former Alaska governor and Republican vice president nominee Sarah Palin, who stole the conservative summit with a rousing speech on Saturday.

Palin mania was palpable throughout the Marriott Wardman Park hotel. Earlier in the day hundreds of attendees swarmed Palin for photographs and an opportunity to get a glimpse at one of the most famous conservative women in the United States.

Elsewhere thousands of CPACers waited in line to try to get into the main ballroom where she would be speaking. There was so much interest in her speech, that the conference's organizers opened up three overflow rooms with project televisions to appease her zealous following.

It was an incredibly impressive showing given that Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum didn't get near the amount of attention when they spoke on Friday. It also directly went against the narrative that she has become irrelevant within the Republican Party after refusing to run for President and instead becoming a reality television star.

Even fellow journalists mentioned off-hand that they couldn't understand why Palin was generating the amount of interest she was at CPAC. Journalists might not quite understand the appeal of Palin, but it was clear on Saturday that she is still highly influential within the conservative base.

"I think she's still relevant," Corina Cappabianca, the president of the College Republicans at New York University said. "People like her ability to say what she feels without too much of a filter."

On Saturday that included joking about President Obama's rendition of "Let's Stay Together" and boiling down his job plan of "Winning the Future" down to "WTF," an acronym known as what the f---.

She didn't endorse any of the primary Republican presidential candidates, but told the crowd that next year there will be a true conservative in the Oval Office that will be "worthy of our troops."

It is messages like that one that seem to really resonate with conservatives much more so than anything Romney or the other candidates expressed the previous day. She received 10 standing ovations, according to Gawker, but one of the most surreal moments was when she led a frenzied crowd into chanting USA at a few protesters at the back of the ballroom.

A few Occupy protesters began to "Mic check" during Palin's speech, but were quickly drowned out by thousands of conservatives enthusiastically yelling "USA! USA! USA!"

After the ordeal, Palin smiled and said, "See you just won."

Palin isn't running for any public office at this juncture, but she also just won something. She showed that she is still highly influential within her base and can put together a smart speech when needed.

She gave conservatives what they wanted and proved to be the right end to the summit.

"I thought Sarah Palin was the perfect end to the conference," Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, said after the speech. "She added the right touch and frankly it was one of the best speeches I've heard her give."

Those outside of the conservative bubble might not understand her appeal, but if CPAC 2012 taught us anything it is that Sarah Palin is still a force to be reckoned with and will likely have a big impact within the base for years to come.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cpac; gingrich; obama; occupywallstreet; palin; romney; santorum; sarahpalin
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The "conservative bubble" he says? Over 40% of Americans identify themselves as conservative, versus 20% liberal and about 30% independent or moderate. That's quite some "bubble" given that there are more than 320 million people in this country!!
1 posted on 02/11/2012 3:54:04 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

NO!!!!! SP is irrelevant!!! I read that here a few times. No one cares what she says. She is just an attention hound with nothing worth hearing.

;)


2 posted on 02/11/2012 3:57:28 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

of the 40% who call themselves conservative, half believe in big government I’m afraid


3 posted on 02/11/2012 4:00:38 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: onyx; TitansAFC

CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?


4 posted on 02/11/2012 4:00:51 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Speaking of WTF, WTF is the deal with Fox anymore? Even CNN carried at least part of the speech live.


5 posted on 02/11/2012 4:01:03 PM PST by Marathoner (In the 80s we had Reagan, Johnny Cash and Bob Hope. Now we have Obama, no cash and no hope.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin. Where do I start?
Great woman, great message, terrible media interfacing.


6 posted on 02/11/2012 4:02:30 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Being reported that Sarah said a brokered convention would not be a bad thing....!

http://markamerica.com/2012/02/11/breaking-as-overflow-crowd-grows-palin-to-press-on-brokered-convention/


7 posted on 02/11/2012 4:03:31 PM PST by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Palin gets a rousing reception after Romney’s winning poll results get booed. This has got to be a very strange group.


8 posted on 02/11/2012 4:04:16 PM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Marathoner

Fox is concerned about Mr. Murdock getting frog-walked to the judge’s chambers in both the USA and the UK...


9 posted on 02/11/2012 4:06:34 PM PST by ptsal (E)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess it’s safe to say there’s a ‘Palin wing’ in the Republican Party.


10 posted on 02/11/2012 4:09:55 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is there a link to her speech anywhere yet?


11 posted on 02/11/2012 4:11:42 PM PST by arkady_renko (I want to believe.)
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To: Norm Lenhart
NO!!!!! SP is irrelevant!!! I read that here a few times. No one cares what she says. She is just an attention hound with nothing worth hearing.

I hear ya brother. I'd love to be a fly on the wall of all the PDS'ers right now. I'm sure they found her speech boring, self-serving, and RINO-like.

Oh well, there's no accounting for taste.

12 posted on 02/11/2012 4:12:16 PM PST by LaybackLenny (All hail Her Royal Highness Sarah, Queen of The Hobbits)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Those outside of the conservative bubble might not understand her appeal...

Says those living in the liberal froth...

13 posted on 02/11/2012 4:12:45 PM PST by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The "conservative bubble" he says?

And I wondered if anyone else caught that one -- lol!

I also liked this gem:

It also directly went against the narrative that she has become irrelevant within the Republican Party .....

Oh, really? Whose "narrative"? Whoraldo's? Hatey Katie's? MoDo's? </off pix> How about Butch Madcow's? Or maybe Bishop Willard's and Muffy's and Missy's and Buffy's and Skippy's, down at the Atlantic Shores Rich Kids' Yacht Club?

Then there was this:

Even fellow journalists mentioned off-hand with an intensity approaching maniacal fanaticism that they couldn't understand why Palin was generating the amount of interest she was at CPAC.

Yeah, "fellow journalists" just "can't imagine" ...... anyone not being a vente-latte-sucking yuppie puke.

14 posted on 02/11/2012 4:16:08 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: ptsal

Fox has become “GOP-e” TV...the propaganda bureau of the Rockefeller wing.


15 posted on 02/11/2012 4:17:38 PM PST by LaybackLenny (All hail Her Royal Highness Sarah, Queen of The Hobbits)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Notice that “fellow journalists” rhymes with “yellow journalists,” or is that just me?


16 posted on 02/11/2012 4:18:47 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: LaybackLenny

They thought they killed off her political career and mocked her supporters here and elsewhere relentlessly. Too bad we ‘drolling cultists’ get the last laugh. Oh! but then, we laugh at them every time she speaks and proves all their tens of thousands of posts meaningless ;)

She ain’t goin’ away folks. How people can agree with everything she represents and discusses and then slag her just because ‘it’s Palin” I’ll never know. Actually I do. They are liberals.


17 posted on 02/11/2012 4:20:01 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: SpaceBar
Sarah Palin. Where do I start? Great woman, great message, terrible media interfacing.

"Terrible media interfacing" .....? And just whose fault do you suppose that might be?

Since they viscerally hate her guts and all.

18 posted on 02/11/2012 4:20:08 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
....Occupy protesters began to "Mic check" ....

What does that mean? How do you "mic(rophone) check" from the gallery, or the back of the hall?

19 posted on 02/11/2012 4:22:12 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: arkady_renko
Here it is.

http://www.therightscoop.com/full-speech-sarah-palin-at-cpac-2012/

20 posted on 02/11/2012 4:23:13 PM PST by kara2008
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Notice that “fellow journalists” rhymes with “yellow journalists,” or is that just me?

Maybe he is the sort of fellow who finds fellow yellows especially mellow.

21 posted on 02/11/2012 4:24:16 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin Wows CPAC 2012; Proved Her Conservative Relevancy!

Yes, just after they voted for Romney! WHO’D HAVE THUNK IT?


22 posted on 02/11/2012 4:24:31 PM PST by Bobbisox (All American Conservative Mama Grizzly (MR. NEWT - 2012)(MS. SARAH - 2020))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And they talk about the “Iron Lady.” This is the Titanium Lady. This is the Conservative choice. Come on, brokered convention—I dare you not to nominate her.


23 posted on 02/11/2012 4:27:25 PM PST by Mach9
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To: Mach9

The usual suspects are just conservatives, but Willard only one man is “extreme conservative”. LOL.


24 posted on 02/11/2012 4:30:42 PM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

“They are liberals.” Actually some Mittbots have been tearing her to shreds on FB. They are fretting over all the lies she is spreading about their Mittens....???.. They really don’t like her or anyone who does....Mitt-wits!


25 posted on 02/11/2012 4:35:40 PM PST by PoplarBluffian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
or could even be synonymous with fellow travelers ...
26 posted on 02/11/2012 4:42:21 PM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: PoplarBluffian

“Liberal” and Mittbot” - A distinction without a difference ;)


27 posted on 02/11/2012 4:42:55 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WHat is “ Mic check “ ?


28 posted on 02/11/2012 4:43:03 PM PST by katykelly
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To: arkady_renko

Worth Listening too,she says things No other candidate has touched on and would not dare to either,FANTASTIC SPEECH!!!


29 posted on 02/11/2012 4:45:31 PM PST by ballplayer
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To: arkady_renko

Worth Listening too,she says things No other candidate has touched on and would not dare to either,FANTASTIC SPEECH!!!


30 posted on 02/11/2012 4:45:39 PM PST by ballplayer
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To: ballplayer

Incredible speech! She really took it to the muslim boy. Great job Sarah!!!!


31 posted on 02/11/2012 4:51:49 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt it doesn't get any better than that!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Since Al Cardenas gave Slick Willard a glowing introduction, I’m not suprised he sees a “conservative bubble” as an obstacle.

I did take note of Sarah Palin’s comment that no one should be calling for anyone to step aside in the race to be our nominee.


32 posted on 02/11/2012 4:52:02 PM PST by RasterMaster ("Towering genius disdains a beaten path." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Marathoner
Speaking of WTF, WTF is the deal with Fox anymore? Even CNN carried at least part of the speech live.

You remember those Tea Party rallies that used to be advertised on Fox News a few years back? Fox wouldn't even bother covering them live, and one of the bigger ones was covered by Whorealdo Riviera on his late Sunday-night show.

Palin doesn't like Romney, Fox News like Romney, 'nuff said.
33 posted on 02/11/2012 4:54:48 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: kara2008

Thanks! Wow! Speech was great. She looked great. She closed out very strongly.


34 posted on 02/11/2012 5:05:30 PM PST by arkady_renko (I want to believe.)
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To: ballplayer
Would you believe that that the CS Monitor would post a picture of her from that speech that makes her look like a wild woman?

Or how about the Chicago Tribune posting one that makes her look 75 years old?

Obama gets pictures with halos, Sarah get wrinkles. Go figure.


35 posted on 02/11/2012 5:16:00 PM PST by arkady_renko (I want to believe.)
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To: arkady_renko

I’m LOVING that top one.

Take no prisoners, girl!


36 posted on 02/11/2012 5:18:19 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She made a great speech!

I just hope she has a future in changing this sinking ship!


37 posted on 02/11/2012 5:21:50 PM PST by Randy Larsen (No Romney vote from my family!)
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To: SpaceBar

“Sarah Palin. Where do I start?
Great woman, great message, terrible media interfacing.”

What your not recognizing is the 10,000 scares on her back from Romney operatives that have been sniping her since McCain lost in 2008. His crew were major behind the scene agitators keeping the media roomers rolling and on the attack. He didn’t want the competition for 2012 so he has been on a mission to take her out for 4 years. In effect she was the first notch on his belt this election cycle.


38 posted on 02/11/2012 5:27:57 PM PST by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: NKP_Vet

I heard that Mitt was “severely conservative.”


39 posted on 02/11/2012 5:35:35 PM PST by Mother Mary
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...Even fellow journalists mentioned off-hand that they couldn’t understand why Palin was generating the amount of interest she was at CPAC. Journalists might not quite understand the appeal of Palin, but it was clear on Saturday that she is still highly influential within the conservative base....”


Incredible. What dolts. Amazing. What must it be like to walk around day after day just bone dumb like this? Stupidity at a mind-numbing level.


40 posted on 02/11/2012 5:46:52 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: PaleoBob

Well they did major in journalism!
All the journalism majors I knew were outclassed intellectually by the phys ed majors.


41 posted on 02/11/2012 5:50:16 PM PST by Reily
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To: Norm Lenhart

Your post was sarcastic, but I would say it seriously. Palin is irrelevant. A reality TV star who quit being a governor when it got hard. Nothing to see here.


42 posted on 02/11/2012 6:22:54 PM PST by Astronaut
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To: Astronaut

Astronaut is right. When you’re flying around in the vacuum of logic, your post makes since. Back here on earth, the mere fact that she was a speaker at CPAC proves you bereft of that ‘logic’.


43 posted on 02/11/2012 6:30:34 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: Astronaut

The room filled 3 hours before she spoke and they had 2 overflow rooms to house everyone who wanted to watch this speech. The crowd was in awe. You are incorrect. One does not need to be in office to be important to our mission. She’s one of the best.


44 posted on 02/11/2012 6:58:47 PM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: Randy Larsen

“I just hope she has a future in changing this sinking ship!”

The ship isn’t sinking. We’re having a major fight over who controls the wheelhouse.


45 posted on 02/11/2012 7:01:12 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good catch.


46 posted on 02/11/2012 7:06:26 PM PST by Resettozero
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To: Rudder

“Palin gets a rousing reception after Romney’s winning poll results get booed.”

A great liberal ounce said “It doesn’t matter who votes or how they vote, what matters is who counts the votes”. And from a Country & Westren song “When the money gets big, people get hurt” maybe this time there should be a ‘the’ in front of people.


47 posted on 02/11/2012 8:31:33 PM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Marathoner
WTF is the deal with Fox anymore?

When the Saudi's bought controlling interest, I figured Fox was a dead man walking.

48 posted on 02/11/2012 9:02:02 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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49 posted on 02/11/2012 9:04:05 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: kara2008

bookmark


50 posted on 02/11/2012 9:07:06 PM PST by Anti-Hillary (Under Romney's Governorship, MA. was the birthplace of gay marriage & socialized medicine in America)
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