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Palin's erratic behavior mars 2010 elections (Attacks beginning already!)
The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | November 2, 2010 | Michael Gerson

Posted on 11/02/2010 12:36:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

For many Republicans, the bright, golden haze of Election Day is marred by a thunderhead on the horizon -- the increasingly erratic political interventions of Sarah Palin.

In the past, Palin embodied the populist style of the Tea Party movement while espousing a fairly mainstream Republican ideology. On economic, social and foreign policy, Palin seldom strayed from a simplified, popularized Reaganism. The mama grizzly may have been ferocious, but her talking points came from the Heritage Foundation instead of from darker corners of the right.

But this election season has called that perception into question. Palin's endorsement of Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware Republican Senate primary revealed a preference for a shallow ideological purity above achievement, qualification or electoral success. And on Monday, Palin issued a robocall for Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo in Colorado, one of the most divisive figures in American politics.

Tancredo has made a career of fanning anti-immigrant resentment and lobbing ideological grenades. The people who voted Barack Obama into office, in his view, "can't even spell the word vote or even speak English." America would be better off with a "civics, literacy test" for voting. The National Council of La Raza is "a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses." Miami is a "Third World country." Pope Benedict's embrace of immigrants is all about "recruiting new members," in an attempt at "faith-based marketing." "The guy sitting in the White House," says Tancredo, is a greater threat to the Constitution than al-Qaeda. "If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don't we just send him back?"

It would be the worst outcome of this Election Day if the conservative wave were to carry Tancredo into office. The replacement of the supremely decent Colorado Governor Bill Ritter with a nativist...

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Colorado; Connecticut; Campaign News; Parties; State and Local; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2012; backstabber4romney; backstabberromney; gerson; gerson4romney; karlrove; logcabingop; operationleper; palin; rinos; romney; romney4romney; romneyattacker; romneybot; romneyflak; romneypimp; romneyprrep; romneyvsgop; romneyvspalin; saboteurromney; sarahpalin; surrogate4romney; tancredo; teaparty
Mr. Gerson is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Karl Rove protege.
1 posted on 11/02/2010 12:36:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ROFL! They can’t even control themselves until tomorrow.


2 posted on 11/02/2010 12:37:06 PM PDT by jazminerose
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Translation: Palin’s ability to motivate the conservative base screws up all our plans.


3 posted on 11/02/2010 12:37:35 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Government has no other end, but the preservation of property." --John Locke)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It would be the worst outcome of this Election Day if the conservative wave were to carry Tancredo into office.

It would be the expression of the will of the people. I understand why one of Rove's minions would hate that.

4 posted on 11/02/2010 12:40:11 PM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow,these people really are afraid of Palin.
But then they should be..


5 posted on 11/02/2010 12:41:16 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"None of our low blows and cheap shots had any effect because she wasn't acting like a typical Republican."

Yeah. She was acting like a Ronald Reagan.

6 posted on 11/02/2010 12:41:23 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

He’s a little rino....a roveien rino

Career Prior to joining the Bush Administration, he was a senior policy advisor with The Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy research institution.[3] He also worked at various times as an aide to Indiana Senator Dan Coats and a speechwriter for the Presidential campaign of Bob Dole before briefly leaving the political world to cover it as a journalist for U.S. News & World Report.[4] Gerson also worked at one point as a ghostwriter for Charles Colson.[5]
In early 1999, Karl Rove recruited Gerson for the Bush campaign.[5]
Gerson was named by Time as one of “The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals In America” in the magazine’s February 7, 2005 issue of the magazine, listing Gerson as the ninth most influential.[3]
[edit] Speechwriter


7 posted on 11/02/2010 12:42:04 PM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


One wonders whether Karl Rove's misogyny is rooted in closeted homosexuality or rooted in his divorce. Regardless, his efforts to destroy Palin will fail.
8 posted on 11/02/2010 12:42:27 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Washington Post should from now on always be referred to as The Irrelevant Washington Post.
9 posted on 11/02/2010 12:43:09 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gerson’s a Johnny One Note. Immigration is his thing and he hates Tancredo.

This is so predictable.


10 posted on 11/02/2010 12:43:25 PM PDT by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, whatever, libtards. The only thunderhead on the horizon is the one barrelling toward the polls today. Heads up, dummies. You’re gonna get drenched.


11 posted on 11/02/2010 12:43:25 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why are people so afraid of this woman?

I read a blog from a liberal leaning acquaintance of mine who posted about her family Halloween party talking about her dad’s charcoal grill coloring the hot dogs as “black as Sarah Palin’s heart”.

NUTS!


12 posted on 11/02/2010 12:43:36 PM PDT by Infidel Heather (In God I trust, not the Government.)
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To: jimbo123

ROVE! You malignant bastard, I will not read your book!


13 posted on 11/02/2010 12:44:34 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now!)
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To: jimbo123

Watch Rove start turning up in New Hampshire over the next few months...


14 posted on 11/02/2010 12:45:38 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Dr. Thorne
ROVE! You malignant bastard, I will not read your book!

Wish I could say that, it was boring anyway. It went in the garbage when Tokyo Rove stepped on his Johnson bashing Christine.

15 posted on 11/02/2010 12:47:16 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (Stick your gravitas Tokyo Rove! SeeBS are "corrupt Bastards"! (Palin/Cheney 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reads as if it could have been ghost written by Has-been-Rove


16 posted on 11/02/2010 12:47:31 PM PDT by Gator113 (Beauty will devour the Beast in 2012. Kill "Obamamosque"@ Ground Zero)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ROTFLOL


17 posted on 11/02/2010 12:48:24 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Infidel Heather

I don’t understand it either!
She is not even running for office and they act like she’s a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Meanwhile, the beast Pelosi really IS a couple of heartbeats away from the presidency.

SHE MUST BE SENT PACKING.


18 posted on 11/02/2010 12:48:43 PM PDT by a real Sheila (TODAY IS THE DAY WE TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!! DO YOUR CIVIC DUTY!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Palin has been touring the country building a base to take back our country.

What have have Karl Rove and Company been doing to stop the Europeanisation of America?

19 posted on 11/02/2010 12:49:55 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Notice that Gerson also did name his “sources”. I wonder why?


20 posted on 11/02/2010 12:50:09 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Dr. Thorne

Yes, I’ll miss saying “Rove you Magnificent Bastard!”


21 posted on 11/02/2010 12:51:18 PM PDT by Infidel Heather (In God I trust, not the Government.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Michael Gerson pimping Romney
"Romney went on to dispute one of Kennedy's central arguments ...
Romney argued that Mormonism reinforces basic American values
Romney's speech, however, was an achievement.
Kennedy's speech remains a landmark of American rhetoric.
But Romney's deserves to be read beside it."


Michael Gerson pimping RomneyCARE
" Instead, the president chose the current complex, regulatory approach to reform,
precisely because it seemed less radical and disruptive than the other options.
It was patterned in part on health reforms in Massachusetts signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney,
a Republican, thereby applying at least a veneer of bipartisanship.

22 posted on 11/02/2010 12:51:37 PM PDT by Diogenesis ('Freedom is the light of all sentient beings.' - Optimus Prime)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You watch, Rove and The Bushes will end up supporting RINO InsideTheBeltway Romney and not supporting the TEA Party nor Sarah Palin.


23 posted on 11/02/2010 12:52:45 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah Palin: RINO golden haze wrecker.

Mr. Gerson is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Karl Rove protege.

...and Bohemian Club attendee.

24 posted on 11/02/2010 12:53:13 PM PDT by mas cerveza por favor
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think she has been remarkably consistent. She jumps in and endorses (1) Conservatives; (2) Who are behind but not hopeless; (3) At a strategic time so that her endorsement can kick them past the finish line.

Her assessments of where to jump in have been quite acute. She already has considerable record of success and, if we do well today, should be entitled to a significant share of the credit for making congress more conservative this year.


25 posted on 11/02/2010 12:59:37 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For myself coming from one of the “darker corners of the right” I guess I have a “preference for a shallow ideological purity above achievement, qualification or electoral success.”

Is it really shallow of me to believe that:

- we should rule our own lives?
- the government should not be achieving what it is not authorized to do?
- the people are more qualified to determine their own lives direction?
- electoral honesty and integrity is more important that success?


26 posted on 11/02/2010 1:00:23 PM PDT by born2bfree
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Sarah looked like Evita, they’d ignore her. However....


27 posted on 11/02/2010 1:00:53 PM PDT by SMARTY ("..discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Notice that Gerson also did NOT name his “sources”. I wonder why?


28 posted on 11/02/2010 1:01:17 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: TexasCajun

Exactly. That’s their plan all along. Remember Newt, Mitt and Jeb Bush all saying their “Reagan Era is Over’ mantra. That was right before Newt wholehearted endorsement of Dede (liberal RINO) who ended up throwing her support to the ‘rat in the race and he won.

They are not hiding anything - they are against conservatism. What we took as a weak backbone wasn’t - their non actions were deliberate.


29 posted on 11/02/2010 1:01:17 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You can say what your will Mr Gerson, the woman is not erratic.

Many of the Gerson types need to quit being so erratic. Adopt a narrative and stick with it please.


30 posted on 11/02/2010 1:03:11 PM PDT by dforest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How pathetic can it get??? The libs and RINO’s sure seem to broadcast who it is that gives them nightmares, don’t they? In my opinion, Sarah Palin is looking more and more “Presidential” every day!


31 posted on 11/02/2010 1:06:56 PM PDT by MNGal (Honor those who served with honor...)
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To: MNGal

32 posted on 11/02/2010 1:12:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. ~Mencken)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You seem to have found one of the most unflattering pictures out there! :-) Congratulations!


33 posted on 11/02/2010 1:14:17 PM PDT by MNGal (Honor those who served with honor...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin’s endorsement of Christine O’Donnell in the Delaware Republican Senate primary revealed a preference for a shallow ideological purity above achievement, qualification or electoral success ................................................”revealed a preference for a shallow ideological purity above achievement”, Well acheivement sure as hell meant nothing to the Democrats when they ran Obuma. Palin is not erratic, she is a down to earth person with a real old style uncompromising American vision. I like her just the way she is, she may not be the darling of the press but WGAS.


34 posted on 11/02/2010 1:14:39 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (The candidate they smear and ridicule the most is the one they fear the most.)
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To: jazminerose
Gerson's bowels suddenly let loose out of his mouth.

It ain't just the Democrats who are losing control.

35 posted on 11/02/2010 1:14:55 PM PDT by muawiyah ("GIT OUT THE WAY" The Republicans are coming)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As my Grandma used to say (rest her soul)—UFF-DA!


36 posted on 11/02/2010 1:15:52 PM PDT by MNGal (Honor those who served with honor...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not this again!

I had hoped we had gotten rid of all the anti-COD and anti-Sarah trolls.


37 posted on 11/02/2010 1:17:02 PM PDT by Warthog-2 (How do you do, Senator Toomey?)
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To: ModelBreaker
“I think she has been remarkably consistent. She jumps in and endorses (1) Conservatives; (2) Who are behind but not hopeless; (3) At a strategic time so that her endorsement can kick them past the finish line.

Her assessments of where to jump in have been quite acute. She already has considerable record of success and, if we do well today, should be entitled to a significant share of the credit for making congress more conservative this year.”

I was going to say what you said, but you already said it....

Erratic? When she stepped down as Governor she said EXACTLY what she was going to do. You may agree or disagree with some of her tactical moves, but her strategy has been anything BUT erratic. She said what she was going to do. She did it. Nothing erratic about that. Unusual in an elected official, but hardly erratic!

38 posted on 11/02/2010 1:20:19 PM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Palin's endorsement of Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware Republican Senate primary revealed a preference for a shallow ideological purity above achievement, qualification or electoral success.

Interesting point. COD is very far out on the fringe, so far that she knows and actually believes in silly words like, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." I don't think a true Dem would ever vote for someone like that!

As for electoral success, defeating the GOP party favorite doesn't count because ... um ... Sarah endorsed her so it just doesn't count.

39 posted on 11/02/2010 1:28:17 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Does anyone know the name of the Republican version of Journolist?


40 posted on 11/02/2010 1:28:42 PM PDT by curth (SarahPac: Almost 2.5 million Facebook members! Are you in for $20.12?)
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To: curth

Karl Rove’s “bachelor” pad?


41 posted on 11/02/2010 1:37:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. ~Mencken)
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To: Pollster1

Why didn’t all these stalwart Pubbies have their undies in a know when she ran for the Senate in 2008? Are they simply pissed that she beat their butt buddy, Mike Castle, in the primary this year?


42 posted on 11/02/2010 1:42:18 PM PDT by stop_fascism (Compared to Moctezuma II, Obama isn't that bad.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She's going to be President, you envious, worthless, seething piles of crap in a tie.

Accept your fate, so that you may die easy.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

43 posted on 11/02/2010 1:44:38 PM PDT by The Comedian (I really missed you. Next time, I'll adjust for windage.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
shallow ideological purity

I don't think ideological purity is shallow at all.

44 posted on 11/02/2010 1:44:48 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Inside the beltway elitist to the max.

Worked as an aide to Indiana Senator Dan Coats and a speechwriter for the Presidential campaign of Bob Dole before briefly leaving the political world to cover it as a journalist for U.S. News & World Report.

In early 1999, Karl Rove recruited Gerson for the Bush campaign.

Gerson coined "the soft bigotry of low expectations" and "the armies of compassion.

After leaving the White House, Gerson wrote for Newsweek magazine for a time. On May 16, 2007, Gerson began his tenure as a twice-weekly columnist for the Washington Post.

45 posted on 11/02/2010 1:52:36 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Palin's endorsement of Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware Republican Senate primary revealed a preference for a shallow ideological purity...

The only win I would like to see more than Christine O'Donnell's is Sharron Angle's. It would be great to see some liberals' (and RINOs') heads explode.

46 posted on 11/02/2010 1:55:05 PM PDT by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: ModelBreaker
Her assessments of where to jump in have been quite acute.

Oh, my yes. She's not only been consistent, she's been consistently successful. And along the way she's been building up some very heavy political capital, from McCain at one end of the Republican spectrum to O'Donnell at the other. If Hillary doesn't run in '12 she'll have a good chunk of Hillary's people too.

This is politics as a fine art, and anyone who thinks Sarah Palin is a hick hasn't been paying attention.

47 posted on 11/02/2010 2:05:27 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: presently no screen name

” “ They are not hiding anything - they are against conservatism. What we took as a weak backbone wasn’t - their non actions were deliberate. “ “

Very well said~~!!!


48 posted on 11/02/2010 6:18:17 PM PDT by Pepper777
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To: jimbo123
One wonders whether Karl Rove's misogyny is rooted in closeted homosexuality or rooted in his divorce.

*snaps fingers*.

I *knew* there was something I didn't like about his eyes.

I wonder if the infiltration of the upper reaches of the GOP with queers was partly due to his influence.

And Bush's line, when queried over whether homosexuality was wrong -- "We are all sinners" -- just *might* acquire a sinister double meaning, that the homosexuals knew of skeletons in Dubyas closet (drinking and/or drugs and/or infidelity) and threatened to destroy him unless he allowed them power.

Just ideas, no proof of it.

Cheers!

49 posted on 11/02/2010 6:31:03 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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