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Charlotte Allen: Hey GOP, Take the Palin Cure

In an energetic and interesting op-ed for the Los Angeles Times today, Charlotte Allen lays out why she thinks Governor Palin would make a good candidate in 2016:

The Republican Party has been doing a lot of hand-wringing and finger-pointing since the presidential election. Half the conservative columnists and bloggers say the GOP lost because it overemphasized social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. The other half says the party didn’t emphasize them enough. And everyone denounces Project ORCA, the campaign’s attempt to turn out voters via technology.

But I’ve got a suggestion for cutting short the GOP angst: Sarah Palin for president in 2016…

In 2008, Palin, running as my party’s vice presidential candidate, was widely supposed to have cost John McCain the election. But that wasn’t so. A national exit poll conducted by CNN asked voters whether Palin was a factor in their voting. Of those who said yes, 56% voted for McCain versus 43% for Barack Obama.

Furthermore, Mitt Romney, the GOP’s anointed contender this year, got almost a million fewer votes than McCain did in 2008. (Meanwhile, President Obama, although winning reelection, lost far more voters than the Republicans, with nearly 7 million fewer voters checking his name on their ballots than did in 2008).

Millions of Americans didn’t much care for Obama and his Obamacare spending blowout, but they didn’t feel like voting for Romney either. Some said that Romney didn’t resonate with recession-hit blue-collar folks in swing states because he "looked like the boss who outsourced their jobs," as one blog commenter quipped…

The Democrats understood how to reach that constituency. When a barrage of Obama campaign TV ads told them that the GOP wanted to take away their contraceptives or that Bain Capital killed someone’s wife, they took notice. When Obama strolled the hurricane-stricken beaches of New Jersey in his bomber jacket, they were snowed. As Malor put it, Obama won on "binders, Big Bird, birth control and blame Bush."

Palin can more than keep up with the Democrats in appealing to voters’ emotions. Hardly anyone could be more blue collar than Palin, out on the fishing boat with her hunky blue-collar husband, Todd. Palin is "View"-ready, she’s "Ellen"-ready, she’s Kelly-and-Michael-ready…

Palin’s son Track is an Iraq war veteran, so she can be proudly patriotic without being labeled another George W. Bush, looking to do aggressive nation-building. She seems aware there is only one nation in need of building right now: America…

She’s tough as nails too. After Election 2008, she was supposed to have been through. This year eight of the 14 GOP candidates Palin endorsed for Congress won election or reelection, including tea party favorite Ted Cruz for a Senate seat in Texas…

Some Republicans will say Palin has too much baggage from 2008, and we need to look for a new Sarah Palin. But I don’t see what’s wrong with the one we’ve got. Ever since the 1990s, Republicans have been looking for the next Ronald Reagan. Reagan is now revered in bipartisan circles, but during his presidency he was, like Palin, ridiculed by liberals. They cited "Bedtime for Bonzo" and sneered at his no-name college degree.

Sarah Palin is the new Ronald Reagan: charming and affable and unwilling to back down if she’s right. I can’t see what’s wrong with that.

Neither can I.

You can read the entire article here.

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  • Shane Ladd

    Thanks for the heads-up. Voted & commented at LA Times. Now, must find out more about Charlotte Allen.

  • StandProudNow

    Please, everyone. Go to LA Times and vote in their poll: "Sarah Palin for president"
    Link above.

    • MarkRNY

      60/40 in her favor right now–in the LAT!

      • Christopher H Fromme

        76/24 at 7 AM EST      way to go C4P !1

  • imo123

    Also an opportunity to vote for Sarah Palin for president 2016 on latimes page.

    (Btw, The first link works, but the one at the bottom "read entire article here" did not.)

    • StacyDrake

      Fixed it. Thank you.

  • Mr.L

    Amazing since the writer of the article writes regularly for the Meekly Standard. Even more amazing is that the LA Times allowed it. Maybe the tide is turning…Never heard of this writer, but I like her. Calls Hillary "Brunnhilde" and also takes shots at Pill Head Peggy Noonan. I like it!

    • conservativemama

      I’ve thought that Palin has the long game in mind. By 2016 enough time would have passed since the ’08 election, and the GOP would have screwed up enough to make themselves thoroughly ridiculous, and of course the left would have had 8 years to bring their special kind of destruction to the country……………….and then perhaps people will be ready for a real leader.


       "Meekly Standard"….he he

    • colint

      Mr L. I really enjoy your monologues. I hope you have a much wider audience than those in C4P. You should have an audience like Rush or Levin. I don’t know if I could drive with you as I would be over absorbed with what you are saying. Thankyou

      • blueniner

        I second that……

    • MaMcGriz

       I have long held a strong feeling that California hearts and minds will increasingly turn to Sarah.  If so, it will be the stick in the spokes that finally throws that bush bike to the curb.

      • blueniner

        I have been saying it for a long time and my brethen here think Im crazy, I think Sarah Palin could win California. Sarah knows alot about California, and in no time this State is going to be in such dire straights that they will be begging for reform.

        • MaMcGriz

          We know whereof we speak.

          She’s exactly what California needs and she’s a perfect fit in so many ways.

          Californians would/will follow her if /when they finally get the straight deal from the media, and this new book will make inroads there. I’m hopeful.

    • RebinTexas

      Mr L – always like your way with words………..course, I agree with you virtually 100% too.

  • palin45potus

    "unwilling to back down if she’s right"

    But that’s what the GOP does best! Skulking off with their heads hung low, mumbling about how they only have have of a third, etc.

    While cashing in on all the spoils of being the recessive minority party.

  • SonOfOriginalTed

    More than that, the GOP without Palin is dead man walking.
    (Palin ’16, with or w/o GOP)

  • daisy_mae

    Thank you Stacy.  Amazing, LA yet!  The Governor’s at 62% on the poll, shazam!!!

  • Lennart Bilén

    Thanks for the plug for Sarah Palin 2016.
    She is much more than a new Ronald Reagan.
    Let me count the ways:
    She is even more of a communicator, saying with two words what cannot be described in 100.
    She is more real, Reagan was real, but communicated as an actor.
    She got more accomplished running Alaska in two years than Reagan running California.
    She is a much more effective corruption fighter.
    She understands Crony Capitalism and will fight it tooth and nail. Reagan let it continue to fester.
    She understands what it means to be a woman, mother, parent and grandparent.
    Her greatness is best manifested by her enemies. It took Margaret Thatcher ten years to gather as many enemies as Sarah Palin got in two days. That is true greatness.
    She is the most vetted person on earth. How many of us can sport 30000 e-mails with nothing embarrassing?
    She can make correct, bold on the spot decisions.
    She has an abiding faith
    She believes in the enduring strength of the Republic even more than Reagan.
    She understands the battle is spiritual.

    Sarah Palin for President!!

    • colint

      She has created more new words for the English language than Ronald Reagan

      • hrh

         And "written," along with her talentless, dullard daughter, more books than they’ve ever read.

        • Craig Phillips

          And you are an ass-troll who as usual has to keep checking out Palin support sites..I mean she is so irrelevant lol…and yet she still lives in your head from free.

          What a goose you are lol!

        • colint

          At age 6 she read the local newspaper while intellectually challenged people like you had not learned to read the FAT CAT SAT on the MAT

        • J

          What does her daughter have to do with anything?  

  • RedDaveR

    Thank you for posting this.  Hopefully it will be widely read.

  • royroyo

    She is Already My President 

  • Isabel Matos

    All of that is obvious, fine and well.   We know what works and WHO is the answer to our problems.

    Someone quoted Stephen Bannon here yesterday mentioning that Sarah Palin is an existential threat to the survival of the GOP. Nothing could be more true.

    But this is how I see it. There is no way that Jeb Bush will relinquish power to Sarah Palin in 2016, not without a fight to the bitter end, even if destroying her is part of it. That is where the problem lies.   I don’t like to speak in generalities, so I choose to explain the politics by looking at how a family thinks of her.  So far, from what I have seen, everything is unfolding as planned.  If we can identify the problem in a specific way, we can begin to try to come up with ideas on how to solve it.

    JeB has already started "campaigning" in Florida (not officially, reason for my quotation marks), specifically in Miami that I know of, by dropping hints again that he IS a conservative and spreading the same old talking points that are totally off the mark.

    I want to say that the talking points include REACHING OUT TO LATINO voters who are "less conservative socially", women, youth and so on.  These are not fresh new ideas that are being peddled.  This is what we are dealing with, too.  Same old tired ideas that don’t work.

    I wrote an article with the results of the Cuban-American vote in Florida and it dropped by 7% points from 2008, meaning that ROMNEY lost ANTI-COMMUNIST Cuban-American votes to OBAMA by 7%.

    If that doesn’t make you cringe, then check this out: the total number of Cuban-Americans voting REPUBLICAN has gone down from  85% in 1988 after two Ronald Reagan terms to 52% in 2012 thanks to Romney.  

    That is staggering!


      Don’t forget that Jeb has a book coming out on "immigration reform"……..thus the reason why that subject has been touted as the #1 issue.

      The GOPe is already spinning their webs.

      • Isabel Matos

         Immigration reform is a nice term, but it does not describe a lot, does it?  

        He also came up with the term REFORM CONSERVATISM. What ever in the world is reform conservatism?

        He is a genius, isn’t he? 

      • Isabel Matos

        It’s the way that they are approaching the problem that IS the problem.  They don’t know what to throw out so they come up with these generalities that don’t mean anything. 

    • MaMcGriz

       Staggering and very troubling.

      We can’t let him get out ahead of the herd. We have to get out ahead of him some way, and head him off at the pass.

      As you’ve pointed out, more of the same is how we got here.

      Life just got more dangerous for us all, but none more so than Sarah. She is indeed that existential threat and we are her agents.

      We will only prevail if we have the stomach for the fight and know where to effectively take it.

      • Isabel Matos

        How, though?   This is a very powerful apparatus that he has in his arsenal. He really does not need popularity.   That is my opinion.  All of these points I am making are opinion, but I’m not far off the mark. 

        THis family IS the establishment. They have become corrupt because all they want to do is stay in power, no matter what the country needs.THEY JUST WONT LET GO. 

        Again, if we can agree on what the specific problem is, what can we do to SOLVE it? 

        • MaMcGriz

           That’s the burning question. Many lives depend on our finding some correct answers.

          It’s a constantly moving target, and as you so rightly have pointed out, we find ourselves outflanked and out maneuvered by the tangled roots and deep pockets of this cabal.

          What we did traditionally doesn’t seem to work today. And in some cases the advocacy work we’ve always taken for granted as our right to participate has now become risky in some places to do. It requires new approaches and techniques. 

          The possible solutions may depend to some degree on how quickly things go downhill, and whether events will present opportunities for grassroots efforts, or further constrict our abilities to communicate and interact. Things feel pretty tenuous in many ways, and very exposed in others. We’re dealing with entrenched power and our own strength, as a nation and as people, appears to be waning. Lawlessness in government is most rampant at the top, and the removal of top military people only reinforces its grip. Add in some food shortages and civil unrest and the solutions landscape changes. So the main thing we have to do to solve it is survive, and let THEM know it is WE who won’t let go.

          It seems reasonable to question whether we’ve now passed the point where a traditional political solution is possible, so I truly don’t know if we can do it ourselves. I think at this point it’s very much in G-d’s Hands, and we’ll need our own best efforts and His mercy to turn this around.

          We’re playing a hard up-hill defense, and we need to be ready for every opportunity to turn that around so we can play an even harder offense. We just need to turn the ball over and then go like heck. I still believe in sudden and relentless reform as practiced and espoused by Governor Palin. I just don’t know what that’s going to look like in real life. But turnovers come and they come in an instant. We’re up to it.

          I have some thoughts to add, but duty calls. I have a fire to tend and some critters to see to. Let’s continue this.

          Thank you, Isabel, for all you’re doing. It inspires.


          • Isabel Matos

            Thank you for sich a thoughtfully written letter.

            It is much too generous, though, as I make mistakes and would like to do better.

            I believe in RELENTLESS REFORM, but it cannot come in a SUDDEN WAY. People must not have unrealistic expectations.  This requires work. The battle is all uphill. 

            WE have to do more.  WE all have to do better.  WE have to step up our game and get out of our comfort zones more. 

            As far as prayer is concerned, it is constantly in my heart, but God counts on us to do what is right. He grants us mercy and brings us blessings as long as we work and do what is right with all our heart/s.

            Everything that is worth fighting for is inconvenient but we must push ourselves and not be afraid. I am very scared of things that might happen, but taking a risk and doing something that scares you (could be talking in front of people or having publicity) must be overcome so that we can get to the next level of performing FOR the greater cause.

            WE cannot be in a bubble. We have to find our own ways to improve what we do. It’s hard to be self-critical, but it has to be done. Things are that bad, but the consequences of NOT facing the problems we have are worse than the risk to confront them HEAD ON.

            God bless, you, (is it Mama Grizzly?) :)

            • MaMcGriz

               Yes, and I’m afraid that’s a zone in which too too many Americans have little to no experience.
              But we’re going there, like it or not, want to or not.

              You’re 100% correct. We are going to have to do more and do it better, and probably with less.

              And we can. This is America. We overcome.

              Talk to you soon.

        • RebinTexas

           Yes I agree Isabel – all they want is to stay in power….but so many of their positions were NOT right for US and were NOT conservative. They wanted to take Reagan and so many of his ideas and toss them out. They are dangerous, as is rubio.

          I’m still of the mind that the ONLY way out of all this (with the new rules passed at the RNC) is through the formation of a new party, especially if what I’ve read about a 30 yr agreement between the dems and GOPe that says We won’t challenge all the fraud in voting.

      • excopconservative

         Bush has already screwed himself with conservative voters with comments about immigration and about Reagan.  Running Bush will be a replay of the Romney campaign, a fragmented Party.  Bush might be a better campaigner than Romney but his name is "Bush" and over half of voters still blame his brother for the economy. 

        In 2012, we cycled through a series of "conservatives" and they all either destroyed themselves or allowed their own destruction by the media or by Romney.  This will not happen to Sarah.  If she gets out in front, she will stay in front and pick up momentum. 

        The GOPe strategy may be to allow the TEA Party groups to take a prominent role through the 2014 election.  If the GOP loses seats, they blame the conservatives.  If we win seats, the GOPe takes credit as they did in 2012 and forces our candidate out by creating dissension in the ranks using their "conservative media".  We have to have a big head of steam up prior to the 2014 election and be united behind one person.  It was our own fragmentation that bought us Mitt Romney and could easily get us Jeb Bush.

        • MaMcGriz

           You’re so spot on about the consequences of fragmentation.

          The whole idea of another bush in the white house is just repugnant. Sarah is what we need.

    • patnatasha

      I want to say it loud and say it clearly NO MORE FREAKING BUSHES!!!

      • Isabel Matos

        I agree, but the more we push back, the more they figure out ways to push us back.  Things like suppressing delegate votes in a convention, moving up primaries to suit their candidates of choice.

        It’s not easy.

        • patnatasha

          they need to find a new line of work.

          • Isabel Matos

            Pat Natasha,

            This is what they do.  This is their livelihood and reason for being.

            They used to be a fine family, now it is just about themselves, not the country.  

    • excopconservative

       I started to believe that Rubio was going to be the next golden boy because of Rove and Krauthammer, but if Bush is making noises, it may be that Rubio is being set up to be the Kingmaker for Jeb.  The GOPe will lean to Rubio, to get more conservatives and Hispanics, but Rubio will defer and push Bush.  Rubio has plenty of time and if he plays the game, his turn will come.  That’s the way the GOPe works.

      • Isabel Matos

        Please bear with me. I have not researched any of this or have sources that have led me to any of this information. These are impressions based on some articles (some) that I have read, but for the most part I am sharing my impressions based on suspicions I have had that have been confirmed over time.  

        There’s no chance for Rubio to run in 2016. He is not squeaky clean.

        It seems that there is a pecking order and heirarchy within the GOP. JeB seems to be Rubio’s mentor. Romney was a filler for Jeb until Jeb was ready to run.  I don’t think that Jeb Bush ever intended (or wished if you want to be more cynical) for Romney to win this election.  When Romney WAS winning you could just feel the angst among the moderates for ROmney to tone down the attacks on Obama.  This has been a phrase JeB has used before.

        There’s so much more to say, but that is the gist of it. I am not the only one who thinks this.

        So, WHAT do we do?

        • wisetrog

          Bottom line Bushes know how to win. When they run, they can swiftboat the candidates pretty brutally. But when the moderate scapegoats run, they are told to back of any attacks.

          • Isabel Matos


        • RebinTexas

           Right on m’lady! You write so well….God Bless you.

          • Isabel Matos

            Thank you, Reb! 

    • RebinTexas

       Thanks Isabel – great post and good info.

  • James A. Tyler

    Article like this actually depress me, primarily because of how much sense they make – a painful reminder that sage advice like this is only going to be cast aside by the GOP ruling class. How sad, really.

  • happymullah


    There’s only one politician in the GOP who has the "it" factor called CHARISMA and Sarah Palin is synonymous to the term.  Charisma wins elections especially in our television age.  Sarah just looks great from any camera angle, which is why even the MSM loves to cover her.  Her photo shots make good optics and help sell the news.


    • patnatasha

      I love it and couldnt agree more.

  • Sharon May

    Charlotte from your mouth to the LORD’S EARS.  I pray she will run.

  • indemind

    Thanks Stacy… Excellent article… The Sum Of All Fears…. is a Palin /? West 2016

  • ZH100

    If you read the comment section of the article , you will notice that there is one posters with the name  Matt Zencey.   

    Zencey always try to misrepresent Gov.Palin’s record, using the usual anti-Palin talking points.

    Stacy Drake wrote a good article about Zencey.

    • blueniner

      This Zencey character is part of the PDSer cabal, that hatched frivolous lawsuits against Sarah, Zencey like Medred are cowards.

  • AngelaTX

    If Sarah wants to run, nothing can stop her. It’s her decision alone.

  • Swedy5

    Amen to that article!  She’d be fantastic.  But frankly, I believe the GOP will have to let young(er) conservatives into their power positions, along with getting rid of their establishment Rove, Morris types for her to believe that she wouldn’t be thrown under the bus as she was in the ’08 election!  Maybe it’s time to get rid of the GOP — like the Whigs of old.  If they don’t change their tune SOON, I’m going for the Tea Party.

    • SonOfOriginalTed

      Yep, as I said elsewhere, the GOP without Palin is dead man walking.
      (Palin ’16, with or w/o GOP)

    • IndieDogg

       It was not her campaign in 2008 (and, more importantly, not her campaign staff). Huge difference.

  • gahanson

    so far 61 percent agrees and 39 percent disagree. 

  • MarkRNY

    It starts!

    Imo, the two camps–the GOPe/$$ camp are coalescing around the Rube and the People/Movement types are already rallying to Sarah. A hint of this was Chuckles Krauthammer meticulously not mentioning her name when he named the GOP "talent", while mentioning the Rube 1st (it’s all about pandering to the "Hispanic" vote now for the GOPe). He mentioned Ayotte as a possibility too (lol)–but no Sarah! What a fricken surprise!

    If (God willing) she goes for it in 16, FOX News and their smirking drones are enemy #1. They can hurt her more than all the other Networks combined. She’ll have to come up with a Cuda gameplan for this–and Levin has to wise up and get over his man crush on Rubio! If it plays out Sarah vs the Rube, he’ll be with Sarah big imo. He’s just too damned smart and honest. 

    As to Rush??–hey Rush! They’ll tell you who they fear! Where’d I hear that?? 

    • AngelaTX

      The only thing stopping Sarah Palin……is Sarah Palin.

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