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Tony Lee Notes CNN’s ‘Return of Sarah Palin’ Report

With the 2014 elections just around the corner, CNN’s Peter Hamby filed a report on Friday that discussed Governor Palin’s sizable influence, despite what her political enemies wish were true. Tony Lee over at Breitbart, as usual, has a great run-down of the story. He writes:

Sarah Palin’s influence is hardly fading, according to a CNN report. "The Republican establishment can’t stand her. The media mocks her," CNN’s Peter Hamby writes. "But Sarah Palin isn’t going anywhere. Far from it."

Sal Russo of the Tea Party Express, echoing the sentiments of former South Carolina Senator and Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint, told CNN that Palin "is the most important endorsement in Republican politics today, by far."

"She can move the needle in a primary more than anyone else can," he said…

Years after they mocked Palin for using Twitter and Facebook, the mainstream media, often without acknowledging the irony, now mocks her on those platforms as they use them for the same purposes they once ridiculed her for using.

Because of that star power, GOP consultants not known for their loyalty cannot stand her. Hamby, who traveled with Palin when she was the vice presidential nominee in 2008 and has been regarded as one of the few reporters in the mainstream press who has reported about Palin fairly, says Republican consultants "wish she would disappear into the frigid wilderness of the Last Frontier."

One such consultant seems to be South Carolina’s Katon Dawson, who abandoned Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign in order to take a paycheck from Rick Perry’s during the 2012 Republican presidential primary cycle; he now runs a Super PAC backing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Dawson told Hamby that he does not think Palin "has the juice that she had four years ago" and said that her voice is not as "loud or as important as it used to be."

Dawson saw how powerful Palin’s influence was in South Carolina four years ago, when her endorsement of Nikki Haley propelled Haley to the Republican nomination for governor and ultimately to the statehouse. A Republican who worked for a rival campaign told Hamby that Palin’s endorsement generated "over a million dollars" for the Haley campaign in positive coverage on television and radio.

"There was absolutely no way when that endorsement came down to break through the news cycle," the Republican told Hamby of Palin’s 2010 endorsement of Haley. "It was an earned media blowtorch."

Though Dawson alleged Palin’s influenced peaked in 2010, notwithstanding the influence Palin had in the 2012 election cycles in Iowa and South Carolina without even endorsing a candidate, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) would disagree. Both were elected in 2012 and may not be in the Senate if not for Palin…

At CPAC in 2013, Cruz said, "I would not be in the U.S. Senate today if it were not for Governor Palin." Palin’s endorsement of Cruz propelled Cruz into a runoff with Texas Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst, which Cruz won en route to the Senate seat.

A Palin aide told Hamby that Palin has been impressed by Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) because they have not let Washington change them. That aide said Palin "steps up when she sees there is a need," and she "sees the fire that Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have started."

The fierce attacks on Cruz and Lee from the Republican establishment have reinvigorated Palin, perhaps because they have reminded Palin of the her experiences with the permanent political class in Alaska and Washington that spent more time trying to stab her in the back than fighting liberals. Palin penned numerous op-eds for Breitbart News during the battle to defund Obamacare. In one, Palin defended Cruz and said they could compare "shiv marks." In another, Palin eviscerated Washington, D.C.’s version of Alaska’s "Corrupt Bastards Club" on steroids.

"GOP politicians claim they’re against Obamacare and promise to repeal it," she wrote. "But when it came time to stand up and use the Constitutional tools they have – the power of the purse strings – to finally halt the implementation, they balked, waved the white flag, and joined the lapdog media in trashing the good guys who fought for us."

She continued that the "conservative grassroots is rising up just like some did all those years ago at the GOP convention in Alaska."

"We’re rising up and calling on the rest of the Party to stand up with us against corruption and indifference – the twin causes of failure," Palin said.

Palin then declared that conservatives were "going to shake things up in 2014″ and implied she may support challengers to incumbent Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Thad Cochran (R-MS), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

You can check out Tony Lee’s entire article here, or read Hamby’s here.

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  • BrianusBerkleianus

    Thanks, Stacy!!

    The more they try to deride, derail, despise, and dismiss her, the stronger she grows.

    GOD WILLING, the only place she is going is FIRST:

    In 2015, to Washington as the GUEST of some of the new CONSERVATIVES she will have helped elect to Congress in 2014;


    In 2017, to that same Washington–to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the Oval Office, after an overwhelming and historic triumph in November, 2016!!

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    That is an excellent article, Stacy.

    There was kind of a companion piece by Andrew McCarthy the other day that deconstructed welfare state Republicanism personified by Charles Krauthammer:

    "…(W)hat we commonly call the Republican establishment — i.e., not all individual Republicans but GOP leadership — ‘is more sympathetic to Obama’s case for the welfare state than to the Tea Party’s case for limited government and individual liberty.’ The statement may have been provocative in the sense of expressing a truth that people on the political Right prefer not to talk about. But it was not controversial because it is indisputably true."

    Does anyone on either side of the political divide have any doubt, at all, about the accuracy of that assertion by McCarthy? Krauthammer is "Exhibit A" for establishment welfare statism, but he has plenty of company among those who claim to admire Ronald Reagan.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Laddie!

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        Welcome, Brianus.

    • CBDenver

      Good article. Thanks for sharing.

    • Perfectly Frank

      Hey, Laddie, regarding: "[Sarah Palin] is the reason why Ted Cruz is the leading conservative politician in the country, today."

      I presume you mean ELECTED & SERVING politician.

      I submit Sarah Palin is the leading conservative politician in the country, today, and has been since her emergence on the national scene in late 2008.

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        "I presume you mean ELECTED & SERVING politician."

        Of course. To me, she is not a politician, any more than I am. And I think that gives her the freedom to say what is in her heart and in her mind, same as I.

        What’s so great about being a "politician," anyway? I would not insult her with such a description.

  • Jthom26837

    It’s safe to say, Everyone of us Americans, Liberal, Rhino, whatever needs to start paying very, very close attention to our American warrior princess, Sarah Palin. She’s owed a great deal of respect that’s certainly long overdue. Hey, GOPe, take notice, 3,871,330 Facebook followers, what more could you ask for? Sarah Palin’s a mega hit, and here to stay.

    I Stand with Sarah Palin!!!

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Amen, Jthom!!

      I Stand with Sarah Palin!!!

    • MarkRNY

      The "Liberals" haven’t stopped paying very close attention to her since she stepped out on that podium in 8 (she also caused a boom in the psychologist/psychiatrist industry).

  • heshtesh

    Have to chuckle when I see 22,000 comments at CNN to tell each other how irrelevant Sarah Palin is.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      :-) !!

    • Jthom26837


    • mainelysteve

      I believe that’s called "denial"

    • Budvarakbar

      My first thoughts exactly — All the idiots have been putting out for 5 years is how irrelevant she is


      Have been over there duking it out . It’s like two or three dimwits that are dominating the comment section. All they’re doing is name calling and thinking they’re funny. They don’t want to talk facts, just insult….I’m done over there.

      • heshtesh

        Have to admit I took the time to kick a couple of them around myself.:)

    • Sarah4Prez

      That is rather telling, isn’t it? Liberals will always tell you who they fear – and they fear the heck out of Sarah!

    • FaithColeridge33

      23,800 now. Good Lord. Me thinks they doth protest too much.

  • Patriot41

    Only those who fear Sarah, condemn her. They cannot stand the light of truth being shown upon them, for any length of time. More citizens are realizing this every day and that has the GOPe’s panties in a wad.

  • MaMcGriz

    Where Sarah Palin leads, we follow.

    Let’s roll.


    Sarah goin out on a book tour with her new book will be interesting. wonder if she can stir the magic like she did with "Going Rogue"?

    • Budvarakbar

      She will!

    • MarkRNY

      Only if she stops at Bookends in Ridgewood NJ!

    • Sarah4Prez

      Yes. Next question.

  • Christopher H Fromme

    Note to Katon Dawson your littlePAC and Graham are nothing compared to boots on the ground from O4P the Tea Party & a Sarah Palin endorsement. SC is a nice place in May 2014 and Graham will be lucky to get 40% in the primary and will lose the runoff.

    • Sarah4Prez

      I would smile from now until eternity if we could unseat Linsey. Current;ly I’m supporting (with my $$) Nancy Mace.

  • MarkRNY

    "She can move the needle in a primary more than anyone else can," he said… "

    If the fate of the nation hinges and a CONSERVATIVE GOP/Independent decisive/crushing victory in 14–if stopping this Leftist all out coup depends on CONSERVATIVE Republicans/Independents dominating the Opposition, and if this entails either replacing or forcing those who won’t fight to adopt the Conservative/TP position whether they like it or not–who in this nation is more indespensible than Sarah Palin? Who’s holds more power in their hands? Jeb Bush? Karl Rove? Chris (fricken) Christie?–Obama?! He’s a clown and he’s beseiged. His own Party’s beginning to fly from him as though he had the ebola virus.

    The smirks and eyerolls when her name’s mentioned will begin to turn into shrieks and convulsions again in 14. This solitary private citizen is worth more than the entire RNC. She’s the force of the land–and ALL without a title!

    Party’s, titles and positions don’t matter anymore. The People do and she represents the good guys. They’re the only ones who can take it back–a new beginning and a Restoration!–and Sarah of AK is its Founding Mama Grizzly.

    God willing!


      Palin running for POTUS, if for no other reason, will bring out the worst in the liberals and democrats…….it would be front row worthy.

      • john norton

        They r all a skeered of ‘Veritas’,stop/


    That’s crazy. Sarah influence has faded except for a fraction of republicans,namely the Conservative branch.
    Where’s the 60-90k sold out venues from a short few years ago. They left when she decided to sell our love for her for the comfort of sideline reporter.

    • john norton

      Real Leadership we r looking for here,stop/

      • PANTTERA

        I agree. Sarah should step from cheerleadership to leadership.

        • MarkRNY

          Scares the living hell out of you huh Pan?–Don’t say no! Your presence here "refudiates" it!…you’re self-refudiating!

        • MaMcGriz

          You are very poorly informed.

          Your posts are long on ignorant opinions and very short on reality.

          • PANTTERA

            Examples please. I’m not asking for something childish like it was only 40k not 50k attendees.

    • CBDenver

      RE: "a fraction of republicans, namely the Conservative branch". While Conservatives may be a fraction of Republicans as you say, they are a majority of Americans.

      RE: "she decided to sell our love for her for the comfort of sideline reporter". Truly delusional. "Sell our love for her"? What kind of crazy fanboi talk is that? She has been thwarted by the establishment in pursuing a normal political career and must now seek an unconventional path. That is why happens when you are in a turbulent environment when conventional political solutions are no longer working. Most establishment politicians want to continue doing what has always been done like spending money on big government programs. That won’t work anymore because we have run out of money. Those who dare to give voice to this reality are shunned by those in denial (i.e. the establishment politicians). That’s the way it is, deal with it.

      • PANTTERA

        Yeah that’s who reelected obama a nation of majority Conservatives.
        Until she runs she’s nothing more the a sideline reporter.
        Half of America votes personality. Sarah has "personality" in overflowing 55 gallon barrels.


        • CBDenver

          Nope, Obama got reelected because there was no candidate that appealed to the conservatives so they stayed home. The establishment parties (Democrat and Republican) don’t want a conservative candidate. The choice is either to take over one of the parties or start a third party. Neither is an easy task.

          If you think that all Sarah Palin as to do to turn America around is to run for President, you are sadly mistaken. The problems are much deeper that who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Thinking that one person alone can solve all our problems is the same kind of thinking that the Obama-bots believed in 2008. Grow up, please.

          • PANTTERA

            Because Sarah didn’t run, which leads back to the original post,she had the opportunity to set the agenda but took the role of cheerleader.
            As cheerleader she chooses to entertains us but not much else.
            Who has moved America,senator obama or president obama?
            Whats the top 3 policy successes Sarah has accomplished as citizen Palin.

            You can say grow up but these are real questions that need answers. That’s what grown ups do. Have honest thoughtful discussions.
            UNTIL SARAH runs for office she will continue to become a footnote in the history of a fallen empire.

            • CBDenver

              Nope. She did not have the opportunity. Running for President requires broad support from the grassroots and the establishment.

              Conservatives want smaller government. This is because big government has failed. That means non-governmental organizations must pick up the slack. People will not vote against big government welfare unless they see an alternative. A vibrant free market economy provides the alternative to government welfare. A conservative who runs for office can only stop the encroachment of big government over people’s lives. But free people building non-governmental organizations have to fill in the gap when government recedes. I’m sorry you can’t see this and you persist in believing that some "hero" can magically save America from the Oval office.

              Big Government is on the way out because it has run otu of money. This is why Palin goes to conventions of small business groups to speak. This is why Palin goes to civic and religious organizations. That is where the future lies — not Big Government. When Big Government runs out of money, people are left on their own to find a way to survive and thrive. Just look at Detroit.

              • MarkRNY

                Way to go CB. Thanks for speaking for us.

              • PANTTERA

                Really. So all the people talking abut Sarah,flocking to see her,showing up at congressmen offices,going to TEA rallies weren’t enough to build momentum for action behind Sarah as the leader.
                Sarah was walking,talking evidence of the effectiveness of smaller government.
                I seriously feel bewildered that the people here believe Sarah is doing more good as citizen Sarah then she would as POTUS.

    • MarkRNY

      Keep reading your own screenplay there Pan. What do Facts matter? It’s YOUR screenplay!

      This is the Left’s great Achilles heal–you only talk to each other (we can’t if we wanted to. We’re saturated with Lefty propaganda wherever we go). This is like the Lefty in Boston who only knew other Lefties going to sleep thinking McGovern would win in a landslide. Then he woke up.

    • section9

      Well, no, that’s a straw man argument. She only had 60-80K fillouts during the 2008 Campaign when there was maximum interest from the public. In 2009 and 2010 she could fill a 5000 seat auditorium.
      Her credibility with the general public took a hit when she chose not to run after playing coy for eight months in 2011. That was a mistake on her part, but we all make mistakes, and life is full of second acts.
      Palin’s influence right now is confined to Republican primary politics. That is a relatively small subset in the Venn Diagram of American politics, but she can expand that by going to the country and expounding on her views, which are actually closer to where the middle of the country is than either Ted Cruz or Rand Paul happens to be.
      As long as she stays on the sidelines and works on behalf of other candidates, she is no long term threat to the Establishment, as they can defeat Cruz and Paul in detail (they have already coopted Paul, it seems, by making a deal with his dad). Only by getting into a race and forming a Conservative Popular Front can she defeat the Establishment and unify the GOP on her terms. This is what Reagan was able to achieve in his Long Campaign that culminated in his defeat of the Establishment in New Hampshire and their capitulation to him in 1980 at Detroit.
      Cruz cannot do this, because he does not connect to ordinary working people like Palin does; and Paul is too compromised. In the end, this is Palin’s choice to make. She cannot lead from the sidelines, only from the front.

      • PANTTERA

        Exactly. Although 2010 was Tea Party time and Sarah was it’s leader.

    • AZStandingBy

      I think the largest I ever read was 50,000 at the Villages retirement community during a presidential campaign. Lets face it, it was free and they are retired. So dont hold her to a standard that never existed.

      Sarah’s influence goes on every day in the media. I just heard her mentioned yet again this morning on MSNBC of all places. They said she has appeal that Cruz cant match. Of course they were putting down Cruz, but she is still the standard bearer for Conservatives. If or when the low information voters or Reagan democrats figure out that Obama is a sham and is costing them money, they may swing back to a true Reagan democrat. All Sarah can do is be herself and keep telling things as she sees them. If America isnt ready to right itself, there isnt much Sarah can do but keep talking.

    • bucky321

      i have written before that she has to run and win to change policies. a reporter cannot do it. if she wants to make a difference she needs to run and win

  • Tom Ferriday

    I hope and pray Sarah will support challengers to the RINO establishment with total vigor and passion. I’m with Sarah 100 percent.

  • friskyness

    conservatives wish that rino’s would go away……………………

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