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Daily Caller Whines That ‘Increasingly Irrelevant’ Palin Hasn’t Endorsed Romney – Update

Something about that Old Guard and that establishment.  There’s a schedule to keep and a list of rules to follow.  Apparently, Sarah Palin shredded her copy and it’s starting to rub the media the wrong way.

Despite saying dozens of times over the last year that she would eventually back the GOP nominee in her #1 mission to replace Barack Obama, apparently the media expects more.

An article written by The Hill yesterday notices: "Palin Doesn’t Mention Romney In Address To Conservative Bloggers" saying:

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin rallied conservative media activists for “victory in 2012” as the keynote speaker at the RightOnline conference in Las Vegas on Friday, but never mentioned the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

Instead, Palin directed fire at her two favorite targets – President Obama and the mainstream media.

Considering who Romney’s opponent will be in November, you’d think this was enough — but apparently not.

The Daily Caller reiterates: "Sarah Palin Hasn’t Formally Endorsed Romney Yet" while they also concede that she "has made it concretely clear that she’s opposed to President Barack Obama’s re-election."

Then, this morning the snark kicked in at the Daily Caller again:

Sarah Palin has become increasingly irrelevant, but her endorsement still remains sought after by GOP candidates. And Mitt Romney has yet to become a recipient of her beneficence, reports TheDC’s Alex Pappas.

Sounds to me like some are starting to get a little grumpy.  First, it is absurd to suggest someone is "increasingly irrelevant" (especially with a blog owned by an "increasingly irrelevant" pundit known solely for his abundant collection of bow ties) when you’re beginning the top of the page of your precious blog space to mention it.  If that in and of itself isn’t enough to disprove their claim of increasing irrelevance, we have Palin’s endorsing of Richard Mourdock for Senate in Indiana labeled by the Washington Post at the time as the "highest-profile endorsement yet for the primary challenger and it pits Palin against her old running-mate, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who just cut a radio ad for Lugar."

Soon afterwards a series of Johnny-Come-Latelys joined the Mourdock-backing-party — including Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum.  But it is well known by now that if any one person’s endorsement carried Mourdock to the finish line, it was Governor Palin (with the help of the grassroots tea party activists in Indiana who look up to her).

Also, when Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum were endorsing the obvious winner-to-be judging by projection polls in Nebraska’s Senate race, Jon Bruning, Palin came out a week before the primary and endorsed Deb Fischer.  By the end of that week (just two days later) Fischer had closed the long-time gap she had all the months prior leading up to that primary.  On election day, Fischer won the primary by a healthy margin.

And the good-old-boy network in Texas was sure going strong when many outside politicians as well as Governor Rick Perry endorsed Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for U.S. Senate.  Then once again, Palin came in to save the day for Ted Cruz — a favorite among Tea Party activists in Texas who up until that point was running 12-points behind Dewhurst.  Because of the Palin nod and energy Cruz garnered from that endorsement, he was able to get a huge surge of votes toward the end forcing Dewhurst into an upcoming runoff election.

So the Daily Caller apparently wants to marginalize Palin’s influence even though she continues to contradict such claims day after day after day through her actions.   Why did they even report on her RightOnline speech if she was irrelevant?  Why was she picked to give the speech?  For the same reason she’ll be asked to give many more: the same people who are tired of being condescended to by politicians and accompanying surrogates in the media are seeing it play out through Gov. Palin.  And judging by the snarkyness in this piece at the Daily Caller, I’d say it’s working splendidly without Palin having to do anything but speak with honesty about common sense conservatism and against the establishment.

Interestingly enough perhaps the most compelling part of her speech which seems to be missed in the various articles written up on it states:

Sometimes you gotta rage against the machine … to hold them accountable … Whatever the outcome is in November, please do not get co-opted by the permanent political class. Granted you will not make many friends in the Beltway or in Hollywood … or in HBO … you won’t be one of the cool kids … doggone it … aww … sometimes you’ll find yourself under the bus … but you need to stay outside of the machines … sometimes you gotta rage against it … stay outside of the political establishments in order to hold them accountable … don’t spin the GOP failures the same way the left does for President Obama.

Despite being committed to firing Barack Obama, Palin let the entire establishment know that she’s going to be on them like white on rice after November.  Since we know this sole quote gets to the heart of their "increasingly irrelevant" mantra, I warn all to get ready for more — and welcome it with a smile.

I see November and a Romney win as a double-win for grassroots conservatism for the long haul.  We fire Barack Obama and with Governor Palin after the election, the GOPe will no longer be able to effectively guard their own.


Update by Stacy: I find it odd that the Daily Caller and The Hill used the RightOnline conference speech as an excuse to bring up the fact that Governor Palin has not formally endorsed Mitt Romney. They both should know that the conference was hosted by Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) and that the group is a 501(c)(3) organization. What does that mean? It means that nobody standing at a podium at their event can endorse a specific candidate:

Via the IRS:

The type of tax exemption determines whether an organization may endorse candidates for public office.  For example, a section 501(c)(3) organization may not publish or distribute printed statements or make oral statements on behalf of, or in opposition to, a candidate for public office.

I was in attendance at the conference, and I didn’t hear one speaker mention Mitt Romney’s name. It would have violated AFPF’s tax-exempt status.


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  • socon

    Excellent post!  Thank you.

  • Cricket Nichols

    Sarah does not have to endorse Romney…none of us have to endorse Romney.  Sarah could sit on the side lines like Reagan did Ford.  As a matter of fact that could be exactly what Sarah does, she is a lot like Reagan.   

    • Pete Petretich

      Sarah Palin looks INCREASINGLY like Reagan, just as Romney looks increasingly like Bush 41. Romney even said "no new taxes" the other day, just like his GOPey, money wasting role model famously said.

      Does anyone really believe Romney’s brand new "no new taxes" pledge?

      In many ways 2012 is a political re-run of 1976, with Sarah as the benefactor…

    • Ade

       Absolutely. She should stay away from that campaign big-time – poisoned chalice it is. Really hoped for change; something that is few shades different either by substance or presentation is not that. Lord help us all

  • Dan C

    Sadly, the Daily Smeller is representative of the greater Republican party/fraudulent conservative movement which is why I will no longer support it with my vote or money.

  • BostonBruin

    Who knows what deal the GOPe has tried to reach with Gov. Palin to get her to give an explicit endorsement for Romney at this time. Perhaps nothing.

    Without an explicit endorsement before the convention, too many of her supporters will not jump on the Romney bandwagon either. And we already know that a lot of the Paulites were so angry with Rand Paul’s endorsement, that many of them have jumped ship to Gary Johnson.

    It will be incredibly interesting to see if Sean Hannity asks her about this issue tonight.

    • carmtom13

      Remember what Governor Palin said in one of her speeches she is not 4 sale. Sarah Palin is beholding to no one.

  • Pete Petretich

    Down with Romney! 
    Down with Romney!

  • MaMcGriz

    Oh that mean little Granny Palin!! Gracie’s Grandma is picking on those poor BORG-lickers. Tripp’s Namaw is being mean to those screamin’ mimi lamestreamers.


    And here you are, Steve, being mean to them all!! You know they’re reading this site and that posts like this make them spit up their lattes. Tsk. You’re almost as mean as   that  woman  .


    "We fire Barack Obama and with Governor Palin after the election, the
    GOPe will no longer be able to effectively guard their own."

    As goes the Governor’s "irrelevance" so goes our own. We’re coming for them. We’re coming for them all.

    We will not fail.

    They know.

    They fear.

    • Firelight


      That was great MaMcGriz!

    • John_Frank

      Excellent MaMcGiz, excellent!

  • SusanWo4p

    The fat-head, bloated corrupt GOP establishment want to have their cake and eat it too:

    They want keep ridiculing and denigrating Sarah and the ordinary Americans who respect her, but they also EXPECT HER to DO AS SHE IS TOLD.

    These out-of-touch Country Club elitists still think they hold all the power.

    • carmtom13

      Fat chance of the Governor to do what the GOP want her to do. If I were her I’d tell them to take a/long walk off a short bridge!! That’s what the GOP establishment deserve from Sarah Palin they never covered her back when she was being vilified . Now they want her to endorse their guy. WHY?? I don’t trust any of these people.

  • Jthom26837

    Boo-hoo! Yea, Bow-Tie Harry(Tucker Carlson) is crying the blues because Sarah Palin is stealing everybody’s thunder. By endorsing The Mittster, it would deep six her and her plans altogether. That’s what they’re really after.

    • Pete Petretich

      Oh, but it’s such an irrelevant endorsement, don’t you see? That’s why Sarah Palin gets paid so much money just to be herself…

  • WEL2

    Since 2008, the largest number of anti-Palin attacks and the most vicious anti-Palin attacks have come from Obama and Romney surrogates and supporters, with the obvious approval of Obama and Romney.  Sarah Palin owes Romney the back of her hand.

  • DocBarry1

    Tucker is a wimp and he is the one that is irrelevant. Did you listen to him on Hannity – he is out of touch – enjoy your website because you can make yourself feel important.

  • DocBarry1

    Don’t forget to watch the Governor on Hannity tonight

    • Pete Petretich

      It sound like a set-up to me.

      Maybe Mitt wants to apologize for sending out his paid mercenaries to lie about Sarah’s family?

      • DocBarry1

        I wonder if Gov Palin knew, in advance, that the Romneys would be scheduled on the same show? They might not be on at the same time – Hannity sometimes talks to the Governor at the start of his show and then other people come on later. If nothing else, it should be interesting.

        • StandProudNow

           I doubt that Hannity would have a b#lls to ambush Sarah.

        • $8196935

          Neither are in studio so doesn’t make any difference.

          • DocBarry1

            Now, that makes sense.

      • Jthom26837

         An Iceberg’s chance in Hell if and when The Mittster apologizes to Sarah Palin For anything. Don’t forget about Bristol Palin: Life’s A Tripp.’ comes on At 10 PM tonight On Lifetime Television. I’ll be watching it as well as Sarah Palin on Hannity tonight. HEY!!! A Double Treat of The Palins Tonight. That’s definitely a switch.

  • c4pfan

    So much for Sarah asking that we have each others backs!

  • happymullah

    Now they are starting to apply pressure on Sarah.

    That’s why we must insist mightily that while it’s ABO it’s also ABR.  How is this possible? Very simple and that’s by NOT MAKING A CHOICE.  By not voting for the top of the ticket and vote ONLY for the down ticket we will be voting with our conscience.

    Let our defiance be heard by the GOP elites and across the conservative country.  Sarah will know that we have her back so that she can continue to resist the bribes or threats of the corrupt GOP Establishment.  To support Romney is to desert Sarah.  This is her great battle.  If she stays on course without ever endorsing Romney, she wins.  It’s Sarah Palin’s will power against the will of the powerful political machine that employs dirty tricks and diabolical machinations.  DO NOT forsake Sarah at this moment of her most perilous time.  If Sarah surrenders where’s our hope to restore our nation to our constitutional foundation that has made our country exceptional.

    C4P is exactly what it means.  It’s all about Sarah.  And it’s all for Sarah.


  • n4cerinc

    The way I see it, the DC is under fire for the Rose Garden incident and are trying to distract. What bigger name to do so with but Palin’s. 

  • Nancy6

    Irrelevant Palin hasn’t endorsed Romney………whew, huh?

  • Lennart Bilén

    Irrelevantists of the world, unite!

    Let’s go to the polls, give Obama our spite!!

    Sarah Palin’s the light

    At the head of the fight.

    Both Mourdock and Fischer, she knows who is right!

    • free4now

      I really like your verses, Lennart

      Here’s a little one inspired by your verse today –

      Polls, Poles
      Skiers, Strippers
      Polish, Polish
      Folk, Flickers

      Onward and upward
      Sarah’s Army of Davids

      Keep shining the light
      Myriad pebbles
      Against mighty armor
      Will win the fight

  • Nancy6

    Romney should totally understand someone waiting until it is all over and a few days, weeks or months past time to endorse someone.:)

    • Hyman Roth


    • Firelight


  • kateorjane

    Personally I hope Sarah tells her supporters that she wants us to do our own reserach and consider the potential outcomes and make up our own minds.  I really don’t want her to openly endorse Mitt.  Too many of the Mittbots & the GOP insiders have been total asses about her – so IMO she owes then NOTHING.  They keep insulting her, calling ker irrelevant,  saying she should shut up and go back to AK so as far as I’m concerned she should tell them to blow it out their ear.

  • Hyman Roth

    Isn’t this the same Tucker Carlson-led Daily Caller that called Sarah the "president of ‘Milf-i-stan'" or some stupid crap like that?

    What on earth does she owe their RINO asses?

    • joshpainter

      And the same Tucker Carlson-led Daily Caller that ran with that disgusting Mike Tyson non-story.

      • $8196935

        You can only expect this type of hack writing from a Ron Paul libertarian suck as Tucker

      • socon

         I’m still bitter over that disgusting episode.  Tucker can rot for all I care.

  • John B. Hefmier

    "Sarah Palin has become increasingly irrelevant, but her endorsement still remains sought after by GOP candidates."

    I could not find a clip on YouTube, but when I read that comment, it reminds me of Justin Henry’s character in "Sixteen Candles", where he chuckles and states "CLASSIC!!!".

    • n4cerinc

      Isn’t there a contraction in that statement? 

      • free4now

         Only if one has a modicum of intelligence… :)

      • John B. Hefmier


    • Hyman Roth

      LOL, that’s probably my favorite John Hughes moment.

      "Mike IS a dork."

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