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Palin Hints at Romney Flaws [Says, Conservatism "It's Either There or It Isn't"]
Wall St. J ^ | February 11, 2012 | PETER NICHOLAS

Posted on 02/11/2012 6:46:51 PM PST by Steelfish

Palin Hints at Romney Flaws

BY PETER NICHOLAS

WASHINGTON—Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin didn't endorse any of the Republicans presidential candidates in a speech to conservative activists Saturday, but she hinted that Mitt Romney might be a flawed candidate in a general-election matchup with President Barack Obama.

Ms. Palin, the 2008 vice-presidential nominee, told a raucous crowd that the Republican candidate needed to be someone whose conservatism is heartfelt and "instinctive."

"It's too late in the game to teach it or spin it at this point," said Ms. Palin, who didn't mention the Republican hopefuls by name. "It's either there or it isn't."

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cpac; palin; sarahpalin; teaparty

1 posted on 02/11/2012 6:46:58 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

She hammered all the bases; Israel, etc. etc.

If only she had run.

It was great to hear her again, on fire like in Indianola on September 3rd, last year.

She has the whole Conservative package.


2 posted on 02/11/2012 7:06:24 PM PST by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
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To: Steelfish

No doubt about who that comment was meant for. Bet it left a Severe mark!


3 posted on 02/11/2012 7:06:51 PM PST by conservativejoy
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To: conservativejoy
Bet it left a Severe mark!

LOL...That deserves a rim-shot.

4 posted on 02/11/2012 7:12:40 PM PST by LaybackLenny (All hail Her Royal Highness Sarah, Queen of The Hobbits)
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To: Steelfish

Ah, calling a spade, a spade! For some reason, I have the feeling she is just warming up!


5 posted on 02/11/2012 7:14:58 PM PST by hope
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To: Steelfish

I support her but if people cannot learn, then we wouldn’t be able to convince anyone to join in our beliefs.

We also know many people go from liberal in youth, to conservative later in life.


6 posted on 02/11/2012 7:16:06 PM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Steelfish

With her wisdom and insight, Palin must see who is the real conservative who can beat obama and restore the Republic.
It is good that she hints that Romney is not at heart a conservative. Wish she comes out and endorses her fellow ‘palinized’ Gingrich to get the nomination!
Perhpas she is confident that Gingrich does not need her help?
Perhaps she knows Santorum is not the conservative he claims himself to be and is not the leader who will save USA, but we still need more than one not-Romney to ensure Romney is not the ‘automatic’ nominee?

Will she wave the magic wand when the moment is right?

She is wise in not running. She can yield more influence staying on the side-line where the media can’t hurt her and coming out swinging at the precise moment.


7 posted on 02/11/2012 7:17:55 PM PST by chrisnj
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To: potlatch

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Those that can not do

- are all professional experts

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8 posted on 02/11/2012 7:24:43 PM PST by devolve (- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - you can*t do that on WebTV - - - - - - - - - - - - - -)
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To: Steelfish

Trust us. It “isn’t”.


9 posted on 02/11/2012 7:29:07 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Williams

True our views do tend to change as we grow older and wiser, but I think Sarah was making the point that if you’re running for President, you should already be an established and seasoned conservative, not trying to morph into someone you’re not just to get elected.


10 posted on 02/11/2012 7:30:13 PM PST by conservativejoy
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To: Steelfish
romney dunce, Remedial Conservatism
11 posted on 02/11/2012 7:31:02 PM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: Williams

Prov 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

God Bless!


12 posted on 02/11/2012 7:37:22 PM PST by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
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To: devolve

[”It’s either there or it isn’t.”]

Nuff said!


13 posted on 02/11/2012 7:42:10 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Steelfish
>>>It's too late in the game to teach it or spin it at this point,” said Ms. Palin, who didn't mention the Republican hopefuls by name. “It's either there or it isn't.”

Yes, though she told Greta that she would support Romney if he were the nominee. I would like for her to cross the fence and get behind Newt fully before it's too late. Newt has been vetted.

14 posted on 02/11/2012 7:51:24 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Christie at the beach

Think Santorum. Realistically, Newt is not electable. Again he finished last in Maine. Santorum leads in the national poll, and both Rush and Mark Levin think he’s the real conservative with the least baggage.


15 posted on 02/11/2012 7:57:41 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Christie at the beach

Reading Sarah after so much time, It seems that she is planning on barn-storming for whoever wins the nomination, because her priority is defeating obama. I hate that she won’t come out and campaign for Newt, but I doubt that she will. She will work her little heart out to get a Republican elected. She will also be working to get Tea Party candidates elected to the Senate and House. I think that is where she knows she can have a voice.


16 posted on 02/11/2012 8:07:58 PM PST by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: Steelfish
Sarah Palin has the simple articulate insight to get to the heart of a matter.
TWB
17 posted on 02/11/2012 8:11:02 PM PST by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
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To: Steelfish

She also said that it’s not that we are too big to fail but are too big to succeed


18 posted on 02/11/2012 8:13:39 PM PST by MadelineZapeezda (Conservatism: "It's either there or it isn't.")
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To: Steelfish
I looked up the phrase, "Damn with faint praise," and got this:
Mark Levin think he’s the real conservative with the least baggage.
19 posted on 02/11/2012 8:14:29 PM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Rudder

Could it be that the flip side of that is “Gingrich is a faux conservative with baggage too big to fit a 747”?


20 posted on 02/11/2012 8:20:22 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

The comments to that WSJ article are something else. There is only one supporter of Gov. Palin. The rest have PDS to one extent or another, usually extreme. There is one Dem poster who lays out the Dem opposition research attack strategy against Mitt. It’s worth a read to get a sense of what is in store for us if Romney is nominated. She was supposed to wait until August, but couldn’t help herself.


21 posted on 02/11/2012 8:58:26 PM PST by Kennard
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To: All; Steelfish
She hinted at Santorum's flaws by attacking crony capitalism and career politicians.

She hinted at Newt by using the same Declaration of Independence quote he used his FL concession.

22 posted on 02/11/2012 9:08:21 PM PST by newzjunkey (There's a sucker born every minute. Maybe 2016 will be better.)
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To: Steelfish
“Gingrich is a faux conservative with baggage too big to fit a 747”?

He's got the baggage, for sure.

Conservative as in W.F. Buckley? Not this lifetime.

23 posted on 02/11/2012 9:32:38 PM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Steelfish
Have you ever wondered why those two support a union man who has voted against right to work-think about it. Most of his own state is non- union. Rick has not even been vetted, think about it. Do you think Rush is going to get his family values supporters mad at him. He has already lost alot of his strong conservative listeners. Mitt will win over Rick. I am sorry but that is just around the corner unless Palin steps in.
24 posted on 02/11/2012 9:36:01 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Steelfish
"It's too late in the game to teach it or spin it at this point," said Ms. Palin, who didn't mention the Republican hopefuls by name. "It's either there or it isn't."

There is a simple reason that Ronald Reagan could explain Conservative philosophy so clearly - he believed it. The same is true today of real Conservatives like Sarah Palin, Marco Rubio and Daniel Hannan. It's not necessarily that they are gifted orators, but that Conservatism is "in their gut" and therefore not difficult to explain.

The opposite is true of fake Conservatives like Dole, Bush, McCain and Romney. Their tortured words belie the simple fact that true Conservatism just isn't in them. As Palin said, "It's either there or it isn't."

25 posted on 02/11/2012 9:50:11 PM PST by Always A Marine
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To: newzjunkey
She hinted something else which Newt has said. This government is not too big to fail, it’s too big to succeed.

Another line Newt says at rallies. The President believes we need to centralize power.

She repeated to audience members that CPAC was initiated by conservative activists who were out to remake the Republican Party. Reagan called for “bold colors, not pale pastels,” she said. ( as Newt)

She took up for that line in which he uses about his life, his fortune and sacred honor (as some have ridiculed him)

And the part where she scolded Ann Coulter about throwing out the bath water which was a reference to Ann's bashing Newt) She is giving clues so I keep praying she will campaign for him soon.

26 posted on 02/11/2012 9:56:45 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: chrisnj

Be aware that if she does ever run, the Dems will bring up her leaving before the end of her term as gov. Then again while Mitt did complete his term, he turned his attention pretty much to a prez run, or at least laying groundwork for it, while still in office)


27 posted on 02/11/2012 10:18:13 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: conservativejoy

The result of the straw vote, however, shows that Romney paid the way for a lot of the attendees. Plus, despite their cheers,many of those there came from the Beltway. Shrink the government, they say, but again , not so fast!


28 posted on 02/11/2012 10:58:51 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Always A Marine

Something else: Palin is the best stump speaker among national political figures. Rubio is a better speaker, over all, as he can do both formal and informal.


29 posted on 02/11/2012 11:05:34 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Christie at the beach

The lives, fortunes and sacred honor is really a Santorum line. It fits him better.


30 posted on 02/11/2012 11:07:15 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Steelfish

Think Santorum.


Santorum is not electable either-

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2845308/posts?page=256#256


Rick CANNOT win the nomination. He CANNOT. There is no path to 1140+ delegates for him, period.


31 posted on 02/11/2012 11:13:03 PM PST by matthew fuller (Obama has definitely earned a second term- 99 years in Leavenworth USP.)
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