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2010 Flashback: Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin
Politico ^ | October 31, 2010 | MIKE ALLEN & JIM VANDEHEI

Posted on 11/07/2012 1:32:47 AM PST by Timber Rattler

Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin.

Interviews with advisers to the main 2012 presidential contenders and with other veteran Republican operatives make clear they see themselves on a common, if uncoordinated, mission of halting the momentum and credibility Palin gained with conservative activists by plunging so aggressively into this year’s midterm campaigns.

There is rising expectation among GOP elites that Palin will probably run for president in 2012 and could win the Republican nomination, a prospect many of them regard as a disaster in waiting.

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"There is a determined, focused establishment effort … to find a candidate we can coalesce around who can beat Sarah Palin," said one prominent and longtime Washington Republican. "We believe she could get the nomination, but Barack Obama would crush her."

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Well, the corrupt, feckless GOP-E owns last night's debacle. If anyone wants to follow the road back to see where it all started, then remember this story from 2010 and then consider this one from last night:

Steve Schmidt: GOP must muzzle Rush Limbaugh

Mitt Romney really was electable...right?

1 posted on 11/07/2012 1:32:54 AM PST by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

Sarah Palin would not have won.


2 posted on 11/07/2012 1:42:22 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic

And you know this how? At least she would have fought Obama with every last breath, unlike candidate milquetoast.


3 posted on 11/07/2012 1:45:49 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Irenic

Governor Palin would have won and helped the down ticket.

The Governor has a history of winning and succeeding in politics, Romney has a history of losing and failing.

Governor Palin took on both parties and healed the state with the highest approval ratings in history, and Romney damaged his state party, and was forced out of office with 34% approval and forced into giving up his desire to run again, and losing the seat to the dems.


4 posted on 11/07/2012 1:47:51 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney not only reelected Obama, he lost the Senate,ruined the "down ticket", West, Mia Love, Brown.)
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To: Timber Rattler

The GOP-e really thought that a billionaire with Wall St. ties would be a great candidate during a depression. This election was a walk in the park for the Communists.

Conservatives could see it coming, but by and large, held their noses and voted Republican anyway. This can’t be blamed on us. It can be blamed on people like Carl Rove and Charles Krauthammer, who disdain Sarah Palin as a country bumpkin. She helped McCain pull about six million more votes than Romney got. So much for their vaunted “expertise.”


5 posted on 11/07/2012 1:48:34 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Timber Rattler

And you know she would have won, how? She didn’t fight Obama this election with every breath.

She is making a fitness video and her kid was dancin’ with the stars.


6 posted on 11/07/2012 1:49:29 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic
Anyway, the larger point is not about Palin, but that the GOP-E made a conscious, determined effort to undermine the TEA Party movement and any potential truly Conservative candidates in 2010 to clear the way for Team Romney.

Last night's election returns are the bitter fruit of that really stupid strategy.

7 posted on 11/07/2012 1:49:47 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Irenic
She is making a fitness video and her kid was dancin’ with the stars.

So you begrudge them making a living after the GOP-E stabbed Palin in the back and essentially banished her from the party at large?

8 posted on 11/07/2012 1:53:57 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Irenic

You realize TPTB in the Romney campaign AND the GOP-e were deliberately keeping her at arm’s length, right?

Along with the Tea Party. This loss is entirely on the Republican Establishment.


9 posted on 11/07/2012 1:55:21 AM PST by Bratch
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To: Timber Rattler

Bah.

The TEA Party movement and Sarah Palin all got too enamored with themselves.

We got too complacent.

Popular won’t save us....


10 posted on 11/07/2012 1:55:52 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic

You really think you know what God had planned for her and America? Those who call themselves republicans hated her and thrashed her continuously even on this site and said she would never win. God gives and, if it not received, then He takes away. But He knows the end from the beginning. Look where we are now.

Also, this article is from Politico who trashed her continuously. It shouldn’t be allowed on FR, IMO.


11 posted on 11/07/2012 1:57:09 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Irenic

So I take it that you are not part of the TEA Party movement?


12 posted on 11/07/2012 1:57:28 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

“And you know this how? At least she would have fought Obama with every last breath, unlike candidate milquetoast.”

At least Milquetoast Mitt ran and made his way through the primaries, unlike “fire in the belly” Palin. Sorry.


13 posted on 11/07/2012 1:58:25 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Timber Rattler

I guess you take it wrong. If I don’t nod in agreement, I am not part of a movement?

The TEA party isn’t a bus, a website or any of that. That is a group of people trying to capture it for $$$$.

Anyhooo.................


14 posted on 11/07/2012 2:01:59 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: presently no screen name
Also, this article is from Politico who trashed her continuously. It shouldn’t be allowed on FR, IMO.

No, the article should be plastered on FR's page every waking day so that FReepers can understand exactly how the GOP-E plots and schemes against Conservatives.

You see, Politico is not only a Rat propaganda organ, but it is the weapon of choice for the GOP-E inside the DC beltway. Rove, Rollins, Gillespie, Schmidt, etc all have Mike Allen's phone number on speed dial, and anytime they want to stick a shiv in a Conservative, they call him up and he obligingly does the story.

Palin herself confirmed that it was accurate shortly after it was published in October 2010.

I'm wondering if she is second-guessing herself this morning about her decision to not run for President, in light of Romney's dramatic trouncing?

15 posted on 11/07/2012 2:04:20 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: ansel12

“Governor Palin would have won and helped the down ticket.”

Perhaps the Gov Palin would have won if she wasn’t picked by McCain. She helped McCain but McCain didn’t help her.


16 posted on 11/07/2012 2:05:15 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Timber Rattler

This is Politico and Steve Schmidt is a fool. Anyone with the sense God gave a gnat knows he is a real loser. If they would do it; I think Palin/Limbaugh or visa versa would make a great President and Vice President. I also think Mark Levin would be a great President. Don’t let them drown out the conservative voices. It sounds like they are trying to do just that. The GOP is doing that especially by calling themselves moderates.


17 posted on 11/07/2012 2:09:12 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Timber Rattler
You see, Politico is not only a Rat propaganda organ, but it is the weapon of choice for the GOP-E inside the DC

I not only SEE but KNOW and I have NO desire to read their trash, their propaganda but you obviously do. They publish because they get hits - I am always for STARVING the beast and I find no need to fill my head with what 'they think'.

18 posted on 11/07/2012 2:12:12 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Timber Rattler

Sarah Palin stopped herself. She didn’t need any help from the GOP-E.


19 posted on 11/07/2012 2:13:12 AM PST by Fresh Wind
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To: Fresh Wind

The GOPe was represented by Perry jumping in just as Palin’s powerful, brilliant, and unique road to announcing, was coming to completion.

He ambushed her after saying that he would not run, and he stuck around just long enough to make sure she was blocked.


20 posted on 11/07/2012 2:17:48 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney not only reelected Obama, he lost the Senate,ruined the "down ticket", West, Mia Love, Brown.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Palin is unelectable and damaged goods. Press made certain of that. She’s now happily swimming in money and probably gonna release another book on running or Alaska. I don’t blame her one bit.


21 posted on 11/07/2012 2:19:12 AM PST by smith288 (Peace at all costs gives you tyranny free of charge)
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To: presently no screen name
You really think you know what God had planned for her and America?

Never claimed such, do you?

Those who call themselves republicans hated her and thrashed her continuously even on this site and said she would never win.

So, if somebody doesn't agree that Palin will win and rule the world--they aren't true republicans or worthy?

God gives and, if it not received, then He takes away. But He knows the end from the beginning. Look where we are now.

Yep, we're being saved by Palin creating a exercise video!. Oooh rah!

Also, this article is from Politico who trashed her continuously. It shouldn’t be allowed on FR, IMO.

We should NEVER EVER see a negative article. Let us just be Nazi like.

22 posted on 11/07/2012 2:20:28 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic
She didn’t fight Obama this election with every breath.

What part don't you get? It wasn't her FIGHT! She fought him for a good 3.5 years and not a peep from your beloved GOP. In fact, the opposite - while she was fighting Barry Benghazi and busy helping conservatives win, they were fighting her. NEVER mess with God's own! See what happened tonight?

23 posted on 11/07/2012 2:20:34 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

OK


24 posted on 11/07/2012 2:21:32 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: presently no screen name
I not only SEE but KNOW and I have NO desire to read their trash, their propaganda but you obviously do.

Then you're part of the problem too, if you refuse to look through the telescope.


25 posted on 11/07/2012 2:21:48 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

If true, Sarah beat “GOP leaders” to the punch and stopped herself.

We had a weak field, which doesn’t give those who didn’t deign to enter the race a free ride on the outcome.


26 posted on 11/07/2012 2:24:05 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: ansel12

If Perry’s ‘campaign’ stopped Sarah, she was mightily easy to stop.


27 posted on 11/07/2012 2:25:09 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Sarah Palin represents social conservatism in the eyes of the GOP-E. They hate socons. They love freepers and ‘conservatives’ who toe the line and vote for whomever they put in front of them.

How’s that goin’ for ya?


28 posted on 11/07/2012 2:27:46 AM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: presently no screen name
She fought him for a good 3.5 years and not a peep from your beloved GOP.

Actually, the GOP-E was making peeps---through Politico (the political weapon of choice for losers like Schmidt)----that's my point here.

29 posted on 11/07/2012 2:27:56 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: presently no screen name

This is where my comment came from.

“2010 Flashback: Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 3:45:49 AM · 3 of 26
Timber Rattler to Irenic

And you know this how? At least she would have fought Obama with every last breath, unlike candidate milquetoast.”


30 posted on 11/07/2012 2:29:11 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic

pound sand....


31 posted on 11/07/2012 2:29:48 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Fresh Wind
She didn’t need any help from the GOP-E.

TUCSON.

32 posted on 11/07/2012 2:29:48 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: ansel12
He ambushed her after saying that he would not run, and he stuck around just long enough to make sure she was blocked.

Yep. Perry sure did.

33 posted on 11/07/2012 2:31:52 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: ansel12

I don’t think she ever had any intention of running.

She’s with the MSM now. She’s lost.


34 posted on 11/07/2012 2:32:29 AM PST by Fresh Wind
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To: D-fendr

That is your ignorance speaking, you do not remember the too close to the Palin niche that he filled, which would have forced her into having to fight him for the nomination as Romney watched and destroyed all conservative chances. Perry made it impossible for her to join and to win the nomination, and he ruined her position as the only person in America who could take the nomination from Romney. Perry couldn’t replace her, but he could and did, block her from entering.

The establishment has been fighting her since August 2008.

But you got your Romney, so be happy.


35 posted on 11/07/2012 2:32:58 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney not only reelected Obama, he lost the Senate,ruined the "down ticket", West, Mia Love, Brown.)
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To: Irenic
Never claimed such, do you?

Yes you did! By saying she wouldn't have won! So shut your piehole you KNOW diddly squat!

So, if somebody doesn't agree that Palin will win and rule the world--they aren't true republicans or worthy?

Your 'rule the world' comment is dig at Sarah - don't try the sh*t to me or about a KNOWN and PROVEN CONSERVATIVE PATRIOT.

We're being saved by Palin creating a exercise video!. Oooh rah!

Get this - you lost the chance at being saved and all your ilk!

We should NEVER EVER see a negative article. Let us just be Nazi like.

You are so clueless you need to see a negative article to learn something? I see NOW why you are so brained washed! Garbage in, garbage out!

ENJOY what is coming - it was made strictly for your type.

36 posted on 11/07/2012 2:35:52 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Fresh Wind

She sure hasn’t been “lost” yet, she had spectacular successes during the primary and then stepped back when the primaries were over, she is more important than ever now, as the leader of conservatism.

Laying low for a few months to let Romney assert himself is hardly permanent.


37 posted on 11/07/2012 2:36:48 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney not only reelected Obama, he lost the Senate,ruined the "down ticket", West, Mia Love, Brown.)
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To: D-fendr
If true, Sarah beat “GOP leaders” to the punch and stopped herself.

No, the whole point of their psychological campaign was to convince her not to run and for her supporters to back the GOP-E candidate---Romney.

We'll never know what exactly happened behind the scenes following her September 2011 speech in Iowa at the conclusion of her One Nation tour (when all signs pointed to a run), but I suspect that she got word (probably via McCain or Malek) that the GOP-E would not support her against Obama, even if she swept the primaries and won the nomination, thereby losing before any nascent campaign could start.

It's the GOP-E way---kill its fastest prize filly before she could even get into the gate to run the Kentucky Derby.

38 posted on 11/07/2012 2:38:36 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: ansel12

Poor Sarah, the big mean boys tricked and thwarted her presidency.

Please. Run that one past Sarah and see what she says.

What is your excuse for her not getting in before Perry?

Run that one past her also.


39 posted on 11/07/2012 2:40:01 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Fresh Wind
I don’t think she ever had any intention of running.

So you are into mind reading now?

Tell us, did you ever think Romney wouldn't lose? Did you ever think that anti-American, Barry Bengashi, would get another four years to finish America off.

40 posted on 11/07/2012 2:41:23 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Timber Rattler

Ah, they beat her with a psychological campaign. Women have such weak minds we know.

Run that one past Sarah as well...


41 posted on 11/07/2012 2:41:37 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Timber Rattler

It’s incredible that Mitt didn’t have Palin as a speaker at the Repub convention. Notice that the convention gave him no bounce.


42 posted on 11/07/2012 2:43:01 AM PST by Hokestuk
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To: Irenic
Sarah Palin would not have won.

Don't you find it ironic that those who are attacking you for your point are going back four years to a candidate who was part of the GOP-e and looking to her for salvation?

43 posted on 11/07/2012 2:43:19 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: presently no screen name

“Yes you did! By saying she wouldn’t have won! So shut your piehole you KNOW diddly squat! “
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No, I won’t shut my “piehole”— if that is what it is, fine, ban me.

I don’t walk zombie step. Palin would NOT have won. Get over it or delude yourself.

Palin would NOT have won this election, if she thought she would—she would have run. But send some money...it will make you feel better.

I bet you five dollars she would say the same.


44 posted on 11/07/2012 2:43:24 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: D-fendr
Ah, they beat her with a psychological campaign.

Go back and review all the old Palin threads from 2008, 2009, and 2010 where this was discussed ad nauseum, and then get back to me, chief.

45 posted on 11/07/2012 2:43:31 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: D-fendr

Those are your words and reflect your views, not mine, you don’t even remember the time table of the period and how she was building her campaign and her national momentum for the announcement.


46 posted on 11/07/2012 2:43:30 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney not only reelected Obama, he lost the Senate,ruined the "down ticket", West, Mia Love, Brown.)
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To: D-fendr

Sarah doesn’t have to answer to ANYONE but her God and husband. You should know that but, obviously, you don’t.


47 posted on 11/07/2012 2:43:44 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: raybbr

*shrug*

I find it odd that they go ape-chit when Palin didn’t gopher it because she knew what the score is. Their hero but deluded to the point they can’t trust her good judgement.

Oh well for them. Palin isn’t stupid. But they are overcome by worship. Sad.


48 posted on 11/07/2012 2:47:38 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: ansel12

I’m just summarizing what you say kept Sarah out of the race. They sure make her sound weak.

I would really like you to run them past her.


49 posted on 11/07/2012 2:47:53 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Irenic

You keep being the loser you are - it’s funny watching you being a moron when you know diddle squat.

Would Romney have won if he ran?


50 posted on 11/07/2012 2:48:24 AM PST by presently no screen name
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