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Liberals, the Beltway, and CBS Annoyed at Governor Palin’s Upcoming CPAC Speech

I guess the beltway-blather-plan of ‘re-branding the GOP’ (a.k.a. spend and act like a liberal with an “R” at the end of your name) is not as set-in-stone as Washington’s experts had all hoped it would be by now.

If you want a good laugh, head over to Twitchy.  As they say in their headline, liberals are throwing an absolute “hissy fit” over the announcement of Governor Palin’s speech at CPAC.

One tweeter complained: “so much for re-branding!”  The next one claimed it was ironic that she was a “featured speaker” yet “the GOP can’t figure out WHY numbers are declining.”

Note to self: if liberals are screaming from the rooftops that something is bad for their opposition’s party, you should definitely do more of whatever it is they are screaming about.

A similar account is provided by Stephanie Condon from CBS.  She was nice enough to report Governor Palin’s upcoming speech at CPAC.  Sadly though, she seems a little befuddled:

After former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, left her job as a contributor for Fox News, she said conservatives "can’t just preach to the choir."

"I’m taking my own advice here as I free up opportunities to share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom and the imperative of defending our republic and restoring this most exceptional nation," she said.

In one of her next high-profile appearances, however, Palin may be addressing one of the nation’s most conservative annual events. The American Conservative Union announced today that Palin will be a featured speaker at CPAC 2013 – the 40th annual conservative political action conference – to be held March 14-16 at National Harbor, just outside of Washington, D.C.

To begin with, Condon characterizes Governor Palin’s refusal to renew her contract with Fox by saying she “left her job.”  She actually fulfilled her contract and chose not to renew it — pretty simple.

Also, Condon apparently believes that Governor Palin’s promise to go beyond the choir at Fox News was a sworn oath to never talk to conservatives again anywhere.  Now the media is ready to hold her to what they perceive as her exact words.  The trouble is Governor Palin’s words were not exclusive to conservatives.  Any “reporter” should have figured that out when the quote used by Condon was made on a conservative web site that had an exclusive interview with the Governor.

Also, it’s not just about who you preach to.  It’s also about the way you go about leading the group as a whole to connect to those independents who long for that energy and inspiration they felt during the Reagan years in a way no different than how Thatcher inspired Britain, or the way Governor Palin and the Tea Party inspired the nation by doing things their way in 2010’s midterm elections.  Without the contractual constraints of any one media outlet, Governor Palin can take her message anywhere she wants and be free to do things her way 100%.

Further, I wish reporters like Condon were this fussy with regard to Obama’s exact words.  He promised that if we liked the health care we had we could keep it.  He promised health insurance costs would go down.  He promised unemployment would never go above 8%.  He said that Bush’s deficit was “unpatriotic” before grossly multiplying it.  Yet, no quick-to-reply articles on those exact words.

So where’s this snark coming from anyway?  If liberals hate Republicans, then why do they care about Governor Palin speaking at CPAC or its accompanying affects on the party?  Could it be that perhaps they might have enjoyed all this talk about ‘re-branding the GOP’ a little too much?

Realistically, it’s because of such nonsense that conservatives were thrilled today when the news of Governor Palin’s upcoming speech broke (plus, David Frum is wearing egg on his face today).

Americans know who electrifies and inspires millions upon millions of grassroots-Americans to become part of the solution in fighting for our liberties, our constitution, and ridding D.C. of crony capitalists along with their “expert” friends in the beltway.

The sweetest irony is revealed when attempts to minimize the truth only wind up confirming it.

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  • MarkRNY

    Great article summing up the legion of non-sequitors involved in giving a damn what the Left/Beltway says and not IMMEDIATELY running full speed ahead to do the exact opposite Steve.

    Condon’s "concern" (read Fear) about the GOP not "rebranding" (read surrendering) as per the Beltway is touching…if "touching" means LMAO I mean.

    We are rebranding Condon! Put that Cuda Coral brand right on the gopE’s foreheads!

    Btw, I want it noted for the record that I didn’t go near making cracks about her very appropriate (for a Leftie) last name. Just one small, similar letter away and I didn’t go near it!

    • BlueGood

      Quit being a wuss….her real name is SANDRA FLUKE!

      • MarkRNY

        There ya go!

    • MaMcGriz

      Dang…I was just reading thru the thread and I think I inadvertently hit the flag button. You’ll probably now be burned at the stake and possibly expelled from among us. Any last words?


      • socon

        Maybe a few good ruler cracks to his knuckles are in order. lol

      • MarkRNY

        Well, if it’s my time it’s my time McMa…actually, I don’t see a Flag button…how do I Flag myself?!

        This thing keeps kicking me off the site though. Have to sign in everytime I log on…hmm…

  • John_Frank

    Excellent blog post Steve. Thank you.

  • angeleno

    The liberal robots are doing the same thing to Cruz and Rubio that they always do to Sarah. Because they fear them. No news here. Just makes me hate them all the more and more determined to stop their criminal enterprise led by the Liar-in-Chief.
    Are they going to whine soon that NO conservative should be allowed to speak anywhere? It’s the liberals who look more pathetic every day, more irrelevant to American democracy.

    • patnatasha

      the liberals don’t fear rubio cruz yes sarah absolutely.

      • socon

        Oh, I think they’re starting to fear Senator Cruz, too. lol

    • CBDenver

      Good point. A preacher who is committed to evangelism doesn’t abandon the church to speak only to unbelievers. He does both. So also should an "evangelist" for commonsense conservatism

  • Reynolds88

    This is the way it should be and I’m loving it! Sarah Palin has chosen to step up and be a leader at CPAC.

    BTW, CPAC is one of the most entrenched establishment republican gatherings around. In 2012, they had Joe Scarborough giving the opening remarks for one of the big paid dinners. They also have the R congressional leaders (GOPE by definition) with major time slots, and then in the recent past (I think 2010) dinosaurs like George Will talking while the swells swill at another dinner affair.

    So it’s these people (the GOPE) who were the ones with the canned laughter for the awkward pre-planned jokes that Romney tells, that need a shot of Sarah Palin!

    I still can’t wait to hear the screeching and disparaging remarks (made under their breath) by luminaries like George Will, Peggy Noonan and the NY-DC dinner circuit crowd while Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and some "commonsense constitutional conservatives" roll out the whys and wherefore needed for the next TWO national elections. We will know that they are speaking to the choir when Mark Levin is up on the Dias too, conducting ceremonies (this year or next, maybe?).

    • i8Nunya

      The GOPe invited Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz to speak for one reason: because the GOPe needs the TEA party more than the TEA party needs (R)s. CPAC wasn’t even on anyone’s radar until the announcement of speakers. The GOPe needed excitement, tongues wagging, and keyboards clicking for their Conference; and "irelevant" Sarah Palin is the only one who delivers. But to give her any real power, like head of the RNC? Nope, only RINO surrendercrats get that slot…

  • YourGMa

    Palin’s actual quote was, "conservatives can’t JUST preach to the choir". She did not say "conservatives can’t preach to the choir". The original sentence does not preclude conservatives from speaking to the base. CBS’s Stephanie Condon’s criticism just demonstrates that Condon had very poor comprehension, even when Palin was very precise with her words.

    • dave7777

      It doesn’t preclude speaking to the multitude, either. She will be speaking to all of the US. That’s what RR did. Her values are what America needs right now.

  • ZH100

    Great read.! Thanks.

  • FredHeadBill

    If I may say!!
    I wonder how much extra seating they will add?


  • freeperjim

    Who is keynoting?

    • Misty Harris

      Ted Cruz.

      • RightMom

        Really? Cruz is keynoting? That’ll be good.

  • O.p. Ditch

    IMHO, Sarah will not be Preaching to the Choir, but she will be "Preaching to the Preachers." The CPAC is a gathering of hard core conservatives who have a pension for going out and speaking their mind to the multitudes, a sort of "we will not be silenced" attitude.

  • section9

    I think she’s going to try and chase the moneylenders from the Temple. That"s the kind of speech Palin should give>

    • MarkRNY

      I agree!

  • RightMom

    Don’t you just love how the left goes into histrionics every time Palin’s name is mentioned?

    • i8Nunya

      I know! They keep telling us how "stupid" and "irrelevant" she is…well what does that make them that they hang on her every action and word?

  • RightMom

    What is that loud sucking sound? That’s Palin sucking all the air out of the room at CPAC. Sorry for the other speakers.

  • dave7777

    The GOPe don’t seem to get what the C in CPAC stands for. The Carl Rove faction is greatly overreaching if they plan to take over the CPAC as well as the GOP. By now they realize they might have overreached in their takeover of the GOP.

    • hrh40

      They already have. The ACU, which runs CPAC, is run since last year by a Jeb Bush crony.

  • dave7777

    I’m convinced that this new format is missing many posts. Just on this page it starts with 5 minutes and goes to 6 hours. This can’t be right.

    • MarkRNY

      They’re sticking to their guns DZ. They’ll show us–the users (read The People).

      Just got another computer freeze trying to reply to a notification. Now that person thinks I’m rude and I’ll have about 10 Registry errors.

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Have you noticed how utterly unafraid the hysterical Left is of Karl Rove? You can measure the power of a political force by its effect on its political opposition.

    Rove does not even register. If they were measuring political candle-power with a light meter, Karl would register as a barely visible dim bulb, even in the darkest corner of the political landscape.

    Sarah sets off alarm bells just by announcing that she will make an appearance. Nothing unusual, mind you, just one of many speakers at a get-together where she has spoken before. But suddenly the light is blinding, like an unexpected lightning bolt flashing through the darkness before scoring a direct hit on the addled noggins of the anxious Left, an instant before scorching their socks and blowing off both their shoes. To some of them, its a near death experience.

    Poor Stephanie. She is confused, disoriented, and is suddenly unable to either perceive or accurately articulate the simplest of facts. Mind you, she is a reporter.

    You can measure the power of a political force by its effect on its political opposition.

    Stephanie, put your shoes back on before you stub your toe. Again.

  • Shane Ladd

    Gorgeous, gracious gifted Gov. Sarah Palin was, is, and ever shall be the populist princess & conservative queen of American politics. Deal with it, liberals.

    • socon

      "Gorgeous, gracious, gifted Gov. Sarah Palin." Nicely said.

  • n4cerinc

    "Note to self: if liberals are screaming from the rooftops that something is bad for their opposition’s party, you should definitely do more of whatever it is they are screaming about."

    If only the Republican Party understood this. But no, those jackasses will check with the opposition on who they think is "electable" and the result is loss after loss after loss.

  • Adrienne Ross

    They’re mostly upset because they’ve been trying to advance the narrative that she’s so irrelevant that even conservatives don’t want anything to do with her. This invitation to speak…well, sort of proves they’re wrong concerning her–yet again. Oh, my, whatever shall they do now to prove that she’s "unimportant"? These people have major issues. ROFL!

    • MarkRNY

      Just out of curiousity Ms Adrienne, as a teacher, how would you grade "these people"? Would you send them to Detention or call their parents in?…that’s what we should do! Call their parents in!–then Expel them!

  • Patriot41

    Very glad to hear that Sarah accepted a speaking engagement with CPAC this year, as she has nothing to lose and everything to gain by doing so. I have no doubt in my mind, that the GOP establishment will never accept Sarah as a viable GOP candidate, but I would bet that most who attend CPAC will. It is my hope that she will end up leading a third party movement for the purpose of saving this Republic and in the process, destroy the crony capitalist’s death grip on the heart and soul of this nation.

  • The Ranger

    Naturally, I was behind on this…I always have said that if the liberals are upset about what you’re doing, well, you’re doing it right. Beautiful, Steve.

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