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LA Times: ‘Palin Can’t Help It, She’s Still Running Against Barack Obama’ Update: Great Catch By Whitney





An interesting piece written by Robin Abcarian is in the LA Times today reporting on Gov. Palin’s RightOnline speech.  It’s title suggests Palin is still running against Obama even though she’s not a candidate.   I would say that’s something which can be said about any of us who are standing together to defeat Obama despite whatever it is we have to do.  Nevertheless, Abcarian makes her points:

"Despite becoming a bestselling author, a highly paid Fox News contributor and a sought-after speaker, in some ways, it’s as if Sarah Palin never stopped running against Barack Obama.

As the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, she never really was his actual opponent. But ever since she and Arizona Sen. John McCain lost that election, Palin seems to have carried a sense of grievance. The press, she has maintained, concentrated too much on her and too little on Obama."

Apparently, recent events prove the point Palin makes.  Not even one week ago, our President sat in a room of celebrity one-percenters and told them they were the "ultimate arbiter[s]" of our country’s direction.  Not too much stir created over that — especially when you compare it to the unfounded rumors about Palin’s marriage or even the "controversy" over her wardrobe in 2008.  Here is our commander-in-chief trying to convince the down-troddened that he’s going to deliver them social justice while he tells his rich Hollywood friends that they’re the ones steering the ship for our nation’s continuance of his transformation. Considering HE is the president, I’d say that has a little more relevance on people’s lives than say having every reporter in the nation flock to Juneau to read through 27,000 of Palin’s emails.  So, her claim is not only based on reality, it’s based on common sense as well. 

Further, it’s not only Palin who’s carried a "grievance" since 2008.  We all share it.  We’ve had it with us from the moment Obama made it clear that he was absolutely not interested in anything having to do with bipartisanship outside of his stimuluses, his crony appointments to ambassadorships, or his racking up 5T dollars in unpaid debt for our nation while our unemployment continues to stagnate

The author continues remarking about some members of the crowd at RightOnline bring disappointed that Palin did not run for President in 2012:

"Few in the crowd expressed disappointment that Palin chose not to run for president.

“If she’s not ready for it, I don’t want her to run,” said Lydia Ruth Vine, 29, an Indianapolis blogger. “She knows what she’s doing. When she is ready, I will back her completely.”"

I appreciate bringing this to light as I believe it’s how we all feel.  We aren’t happy with the outcome of the primary, but we trust in her decision to keep doing what she’s doing for now remaining ready to back her for future years if she so chooses to try.

She goes on:

"Palin did not once mention the name of the president’s Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Nor did she urge the troops to support him. But that was not a shocker for this crowd, many of whom are reluctantly supporting Romney because he is Obama’s opponent.

No one seemed to mind. After all, the "Right Online" gathering was not really about the presidential election.

Organized by the anti-tax Americans for Prosperity, a group co-founded by the oil billionaire David Koch, it was an extended seminar for conservative bloggers on how to use social media and blogs to further the conservative cause. Dedicated to the late conservative Internet entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart, the two-day event was both a tribute to him and a pep rally for those learning to use their voices to effect political change."

I knew it was only a matter of time before the Governor would be called out for failing to mention Romney in her speech.  That’s because — as she pointed out — this speech was not about presidential politics.  It was about citizen activists remaining engaged to hold politicians and their accompanying feet to the fire with regard to policy.  But it has to remain known, we fully intend to fire Barack Obama even with Romney as his Republican challenger. 

I further take issue with characterizing conservatives as "anti-tax."  That’s a stretch.  Everyone understands taxation.  We just believe in fair taxation.

The writer overall wrote a piece which fairly recaps the speech and its points made.  I do wish though she’d have remarked a little stronger about the grassroots (and Palin’s) committment to replacing Barack Obama since Palin referred to it.  Despite her  intention to hold Romney accountable if he wins in November, replacing Obama remains her (and our) number one priority.

Not only is Palin "running against Barack Obama," we all are.

Read the whole report here.

***Update***

Whitney made an excellent point about a very specific part of the piece:

It may have been a somewhat interesting report in some respects, but Abcarian was way off in left field when describing what Gov. Palin wore. For one, it doesn’t matter, and it detracts from her message when reporters focus on what Gov. Palin (or any woman wears). Second, Abcarian tried to paint the Governor as beholden to big party donors. From the article:

—————
“No, the media did not do their job,” said Palin, who wore a beige
V-neck sweater, her trademark black pencil skirt and an oversized Star
of David necklace, perhaps in deference to the locale’s proprietor, Sheldon Adelson, the Republican mega-donor whose support for Israel has driven his politics
————-

Umm, no, Robin. Palin’s star of David necklace wasn’t in deference to Adelson. It was in support of Israel. Gov. Palin had an Israeli flag in her office as governor. She’s always been a supporter of Israel, regardless of what GOP mega-donors have as their policy emphasis. It’s hard to take Abcarian serious when she’s this clueless and tries to project Obama’s appeasement of donors onto Gov. Palin.

 



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  • 01_Explorer_01

    Thank goodness she has not endorsed Mittens yet.

    • Quiet_Righty

      If she endorses Mitt, they’ll give her a primetime hour for her convention speech. But don’t take my word for it. 
      :- /

      • HuntingMoose

        And than have in 2016 that endorsement played over and over again as Santorum had been done to him?

        Whatever she will say, it will be phrased very very careful such that it cannot be taken out of context, not even by the hit job team of MSNBC as they did with Zimmerman’s 911 call.

        For example, she can say ‘i endorse for the 2012 election the chosen republican candidate mitt romney to defeat obama

        • Quiet_Righty

          Maybe Romney will save her the trouble by zooming ahead in the polls after the convention.

    • HuntingMoose

      She has endorsed the office holder of opponent of Obama big time.

      It just has nothing to do with that person himself.

      Just as a soldier follows the commander in chief but not Obama personally, the secret service protects the president whoever that may be. That is Sarah’s endorsement, pure professional for the office holder but not the private person.

  • RefudiateGOPe

    As is their usual reaction and reportage on anything Palin says or writes, the media missed the message.

    Palin’s comments regarding Obama were all in the context of the old media/new media paradigm. Her comments about Obama were precisely about old media’s failure to vet him.

    She also sent a clear message to the GOPe when she said,

    “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 …”

    Of course, the minions of the GOPe probably paid more attention to her shoes than they did to her message.

    • hrh40

      It’s the media who is obsessed with Barack Obama.

      They find whatever connection they can to him and make every story about him.

      I cancelled my Smithsonian magazine subscription – well, I let it lapse and didn’t renew – in 2010, after 25 years of taking that magazine.

      They had article after article with only tangential relationship to Obama bring him up. It got so it seemed to me that the editorial team was picking subjects based on how many references they could get in to Barack Obama.

      Sickening.

      I don’t even think the Smithsonian should get a dime of taxpayer money. They have private donors with HUGE pockets.

      And after what they tried to do with the Enola Gay exhibit. And their global warming shilling. They have ABSOLUTELY become a partisan outfit and should no longer receive tax dollars.

      Though I know it’s small potatoes and not a battle that needs to be fought now …

    • PAWatcher

      Refudiate, I think they got her message, but, their reaction will be like this journalist’s……snark and discredit Sarah whenever possible.  The GOPe will not heed Sarah’s warnings/advice and want to get the TEA  constitutional conservatives out of their "business." GOPe have chosen their path at their own peril.

  • socon

    Keep doing what you’re doing, Sarah–it’s working!

  • kateorjane

    I agree that pretty soon the Mittbots are going to step up their criticism about Gov Palin not speaking out for Romney.  Of course these would be the same people who last mouth said how happy they were that she was staying away from him, how he didn’t need or want her input because she was a nobody.  I hope she never mention Romney or if pushed stress how iportant it is to work down ticket to create the government we want.

  • myfairlady

    I guess people don’t stop to think that maybe, just maybe Mitt hasn’t asked for her endorsement and she probably won’t say anything about him until he does; or after he is officially the nomoniee.  If they want to treat her as if she doesn’t exist, she can treat them as if they don’t exist. 

  • http://www.twitter.com/whitneypitcher Whitney Pitcher

    It may have been a somewhat interesting report in some respects, but Abcarian was way off in left field when describing what Gov. Palin wore. For one, it doesn’t matter, and it detracts from her message when reporters focus on what Gov. Palin (or any woman wears). Second, Abcarian tried to paint the Governor as beholden to big party donors. From the article:

    —————
    “No, the media did not do their job,” said Palin, who wore a beige
    V-neck sweater, her trademark black pencil skirt and an oversized Star
    of David necklace, perhaps in deference to the locale’s proprietor, Sheldon Adelson, the Republican mega-donor whose support for Israel has driven his politics
    ————-

    Umm, no, Robin. Palin’s star of David necklace wasn’t in deference to Adelson. It was in support of Israel. Gov. Palin had an Israeli flag in her office as governor. She’s always been a supporter of Israel, regardless of what GOP mega-donors have as their policy emphasis. It’s hard to take Abcarian serious when she’s this clueless and tries to project Obama’s appeasement of donors onto Gov. Palin.

    • MaMcGriz

      I agree, Whitney.

      In fact, this piece left me asking if this isn’t an example of what what is meant by the term ‘drive by journalism.’

      That sneering left coast tone of accusative condescension is front and center from the header to the last line. 

      They can’t help it.

    • amaze830

      I agree with you.  I do not like it when people start talking about what Gov. Palin is wearing or how she looks because it is a distraction from her message.  Besides, people never comment on what a male politician is wearing.  These type of comments only diminish Gov. Palin and I guess this why reporters say these things.

      • HuntingMoose

        The star of david is part of her message.

        It is only amazing that some people like abcarian are so partisan and stupid they do not understand her message but instead want to abuse it for a ridiculous attack.

    • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

      And if I recall correctly, she received that Star of David necklace as a gift when she visited Israel.

    • dmac8889

      Truth be told here Whitney I believe Sarah wore her Star of David, to let her Jewish support to question the Intelligence Leaks that show Obama actually assisting Israel with their Iranian problem.  Sarah I think was surprise:  "He showed he might be a tough guy."

  • patnatasha

    defeating the dufus is the objective.

  • arcman46

    Someone has to run against Obama, since the media is one of the main reasons we are in this mess in the first place.

  • http://lenbilen.com/ Lennart Bilén

    Of course she is running against Barack Obama. She could not not run against him. She loves our country and will do whatever it takes to get him out of office. Our future and hers depend on it.

    Run, Sarah, Run!!

  • MaMcGriz

    We can tell who’s reading c4p.

  • excopconservative

    Gov. Palin is doing a great service to Romney (should he become the nominee) and he should be grateful for it.  She is doing everything she can to discredit the media that failed to vet Obama.  If a Republican is to win in 2012, it will be against major media opposition.  That media must be further discredited before they sabotage the GOP campaign.  As Gov. Palin points out their duplicity and obvious bias, Romney doesn’t have to.  More people listen to Palin anyway. 

    Gov. Palin is unshackled.  She can attack at will.  She can go after the late night talk show hosts, the "news" anchors, the unions, the newspapers and of course, Obama.  She can force their hand, sort of like a good defensive guard can prevent passing the ball and force an unwise shot.  

    Next Monday we get the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare.  If it’s thrown out completely, it’s a big victory for the one who identified death panels and a loss for both Obama and Romney.  If only the mandates are thrown out, it’s a huge defeat for Obama and Romney and still a victory for Gov. Palin.  If the bill and the mandates are found Constitutional, the backlash and fiscal reaction will be a huge hit to the economy.  Our side will need effective leadership to repeal the law. 

    By the time we reach Tampa, the identity of the on-the-court team captain will be well known.

    • wpmwindsong

      FWIW, if the mandates are thrown out of ObamaCare, it may not be a loss for Romney, since the decision will only affect the Federal mandate. It may, in fact, make Romney’s point that states rights prevail when it comes to health care, the 10th Amendment and the Commerce Clause.  

      If ObamaCare is sustained, it does, however, make the need to repeal it most urgent; and it will depend on what Romney does about that before the convention.  It would be in his court, which he could miff. 

  • DocBarry1

    If I remember correctly, wasn’t it the LA Times that still refuses to release tbe tape where Obama is at a dinner praising a Middle Eastern Terrorist? If I am mistaken, just delete this post.

    • DocBarry1

      Thanks to everyone that likes this post – so I am correct – thanks again.

  • cuttingboardblues

    And the press is still vetting Sarah Palin instead of Obama.  Right down to her stitches and baubles.  They can’t help it.  

  • wodiej

    What do we expect from the LSM??

  • IndieDogg

    Was Andrew (Brietbart) "running against Obama" too?  How about Matt Drudge; is he running? The good folks here at C4P? Are they "running" against Obama?

    Sarah Palin is (IMO) the leader of the loyal opposition to The Ego in the White House. Is she not supposed to express her views on the subject? Is there some provision of the Constitution that says a citizen can speak their mind UNLESS they’ve ever been a candidate, in which case they have to sit down and shut up?

    Good luck getting that goose to fly in Wasilla.

  • nkthgreek

    What no comment about her change of glasses? Thoroughly shocked, I am, thoroughly.

    • Steve_Flesher

      I’m still getting used to those myself.  Great point.  ;-)

    • HuntingMoose

      If obama or biden would show up with those glasses I would have sworn they are geek glasses with build-in teleprompter on the glasses.

      But for Sarah, she has no use for that.

      I was always in the opinion that whatever she wears , it does not matter, she always looks good. Appearently an exception does exist. And on the flipside, these horrible glasses for once proof one thing: we love her for what she says and stand for, not how she looks.

      • nkthgreek

        My post was meant to be snarc toward the L.A. Times reporter. I figured if she was going to comment on her v-neck sweater and Star of David, why stop there. But I agree, as long as she keeps on doing what’s she’s doing, I don’t care if she wears a potato sack!

  • c4pfan

    Sarah’s had that necklace since forever!  I can’t stand reporters.

  • OldPat

    When you women figure out how to dress a brain, let me know.  Til then I’ll just pay attention to what she says cause I find it rather interesting.

    I love the title of this article:  ‘Palin Can’t Help It, She’s Still Running…’  Is that what she was doing when they followed her back to Alaska and tried to ruin her financially and professionally?  LOLOL!!

    Where is that ole San Andreas when you really need it?  LOL.  Has it decided to join the ‘me’ generation, sit on its rear end, and substitute blarney, blather and smoke for action?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pete-Petretich/100002088167892 Pete Petretich

    A simpler way of saying all this would be to point out that Sarah has been the leader of the opposition since Obama was inaugurated, but the Mitt-Bots and their droogies in Makecrapupistan don’t want to hear about that…

    • HuntingMoose

      Who cares.

      As long as mitt bots keeping boomeranging the crap from Obama right back at him and triple as hard, fine with me. A.B.O and let’s continue with the foundation for 2014 and 2016.

  • fb274

    Here’s another article written by the kneepad wearing lefty from the LA Times being her usual snaky self in hitting the rest of the associates of A. Breitbart.  My, she must have been angry to have to complete two negative articles since Friday night.  Apparently ruined her weekend at the beach.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-conservative-bloggers-remember-andrew-breitbart-20120618,0,2224299.story

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