Will Mitt Romney Invite Sarah Palin To The GOP Convention?

It’s no secret that Mitt Romney’s campaign has not asked Sarah Palin to speak at the Republican National Convention next month. According to Newsweek’s Peter J. Boyer, the Romney camp hasn’t contacted her about even attending the Grand Old Party’s party in Tampa:

Queries to the Romney camp about any possible Palin role at the convention meet with a stony silence. Palin does not seem surprised. “What can I say?” she responded in an email from Alaska, when asked by Newsweek about the convention, just before heading to Michigan to deliver an Obama-thumping speech. “I’m sure I’m not the only one accepting consequences for calling out both sides of the aisle for spending too much money, putting us on the road to bankruptcy, and engaging in crony capitalism.”

“In accepting those consequences,” she added, “one must remember this isn’t Sadie Hawkins and you don’t invite yourself and a date to the Big Dance.”

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“Romney has said before that he doesn’t want to have to light his hair on fire,” Palin said on Fox last week. “Well, there are a lot of his base supporters, independents, who are saying, ‘Well, light our hair on fire, then!’” Palin’s objections to Romney are not so much about the man himself — she speaks of him respectfully, as he does about her — but about who, and what, he represents. Romney was the choice of the party’s elites, whom Palin has regarded with open disdain ever since her rough treatment during the 2008 campaign. They are some of the same people who anonymously disparaged Palin as a clueless bumpkin, and some of them are now helping to run Romney’s campaign.

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The Romney camp will not comment on Palin, or on plans for the convention, but one adviser associated with the campaign suggested that Palin would be prohibited from speaking at the Republican convention by her contract with Fox News. “It’s true I’m prohibited from doing some things,” Palin says, “but this is the first I’ve heard anyone suggest that as an excuse, er, reason to stay away from engaging in the presidential race. I’m quite confident Fox’s top brass would never strip anyone of their First Amendment rights in this regard.” (Fox says her contract would not prohibit speaking at the convention if she sought permission.)

Palin is keeping the dates open in late August, just in case. In any event, she says, she plans to be politically active between now and November, starting with a Michigan Tea Party appearance, sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. “No matter the Romney campaign strategy,” she says, “I intend to do all I can to join others in motivating the grassroots made up of independents and constitutional conservatives who can replace Barack Obama at the ballot box.”

Palin’s admirers—and they are many, judging by Facebook and Twitter metrics, where her numbers are far greater than Romney’s — still hope for a rapprochement. “Palin is the female Ronald Reagan of our time,” says Kremer of the Tea Party Express. “There’s no one that excites the base, and energizes the base, the way that Sarah Palin does. There’s just not.”

Despite the risks, Team Romney may be well advised to consider bringing Palin inside the tent. Whether she’s in Tampa for the convention or not, she will be out there somewhere, and talking.

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Even if Romney’s campaign completely snubs Gov. Palin at the convention, she will have a presence there. As the Tampa Bay Times reported in April, SarahPAC has reserved space in Tampa the week of the big event at a plaza within easy walking distance from the convention hall. Team Romney can ignore her, but they can’t get her to sit down and shut up.

Hopefully, it won’t come to that. During the primaries, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum said things about Gov. Romney far more damaging than anything even hinted at by Sarah Palin. Yet the Romney people sat down with both of these former rivals and worked things out, even getting the two to campaign for him. Since Romney’s forces were able to bury the hatchet with Newt and Rick, they should have no problem coming to an accommodation with Mama Grizzly. That is, if Romney really wants to reach out to her and the millions of Tea Party activists he will need on his side to defeat Barack Obama in November.

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Running For President? Don’t Lose.

Running for president has its benefits for elected officials, the most obvious advantage being an increase in name recognition. But along with the perks are pitfalls which should cause sitting senators, congressmen and governors to think twice before going for presidential gold.

Consider the case of Texas Governor Rick Perry. After winning an unprecedented third term as chief executive of the Lone Star state, Perry was convinced by friends and family that he had a good shot at the GOP presidential nomination. But after his bid came up short, a statewide poll taken early in the year revealed that Perry’s popularity had suffered severely:

“He clearly hurt himself with this run,” pollster Mickey Blum said. “He didn’t do himself any favors at home.”

The phone survey of 806 Texans, conducted from Saturday to Tuesday, found only 40 percent approved of Perry’s performance as governor — down 10 points from last year, and Perry’s lowest approval rating in 10 years of polling.

The drop left Perry with a lower approval rating than President Barack Obama’s 43 percent — in a state Obama lost by 11 percentage points in 2008 — though Perry did have a slim lead among registered voters, with 42 percent to Obama’s 41.

Perry’s failed presidential bid was at the heart of the decline, with 37 percent of Texas adults viewing the governor less favorably because of the campaign and 53 percent saying he should not seek another term, Blum said.

“There’s a real sense of lost confidence,” Blum said. “He is clearly weakened. The number of Texans who say they do not want him to run for re-election is pretty strong.

But Perry’s decline in popularity among Texans has its roots in deeper soil than simply his missteps along the campaign trail. While campaigning for that third term as governor, Perry declared in December, 2010:

“I don’t want to be president of the United States. I’m not going to run for the presidency of the United States,” Perry told Reuters in an interview in the Texas state capital.

The governor was just as emphatic that he would not run for the White House nine months later when he sat down with Newsweek for another interview:

“Not going to run for president. Not going to be a vice-presidential candidate. Not going to be in anybody’s cabinet. And I suspect I’m not going to be anybody’s ambassador either.”

Rick Perry is not the only victim of broken promises to eschew a campaign for the presidency. After making her own White House run in the GOP primaries, Michele Bachmann now finds herself in a real race with Democrat Jim Graves in Minnesota to retain her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives:

A new poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosen Research shows Bachmann leading Democrat Graves by a very slim margin, 48 percent to 43 percent, with 9 percent undecided.

And after respondents were read brief biographies of the two candidates, Graves received 51 percent of their votes to Bachmann’s 44 percent.

Equally troubling for the incumbent, just 14 percent of those surveyed rated her job performance as “excellent,” and 34 percent rated it as “poor.” Another 22 percent said “fair,” and 26 percent said “good.”

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Bachmann raised a record $13.5 million for her last re-election campaign.

But conservatives and tea partyers are less inclined to fork over money to Bachmann this time around, citing the fact she raised millions in 2010 promising to remain in Congress as a thorn against Obama and the GOP establishment.

After winning re-election, she soon launched a presidential bid and diverted millions from her congressional coffers. Her bid, which many conservatives saw as an ego trip, failed disastrously.

A major problem for Bachmann is that during her unsuccessful run for the GOP presidential nomination, she was mostly AWOL from her job as a congresswoman representing Minnesota:

Since declaring her candidacy June 13, Bachmann has missed 71 percent of key votes in the House, according to a database compiled by Project Vote Smart, a nonpartisan organization that compiles information on candidates and government officials. At times she went months between votes.

The lessons for sitting elected officials seem clear and simple: Don’t run for president if you promised voters that you wouldn’t. Don’t run for president if a campaign for the White House prevents you from doing the job you have. In short, if you hold elective office and run for president, don’t lose.

Nerobama Fiddled For Five Days While Colorado Burned

Do you remember how the Democrat/Media Complex eviscerated George W. Bush for allegedly failing to take a more active role in dealing with the Hurricane Katrina disaster? Never mind that government at the state and local levels — as well as at the federal — should have acted in a more prompt and competent manner to ease the suffering of the storm’s victims, especially in the New Orleans area. The left and its captive media stenographers put all the blame at the feet of then-President Bush.

Contrast that situation with the current one in Colorado. Wildfires of “epic proportions” in the Waldo Canyon area of Colorado Springs have forced 32,000 residents from their homes as 15,324 acres are ablaze with only 5 percent containment. Even more alarming is the fact that the size of the area being incinerated doubled overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday.

What has been the reaction of the White House to the raging wildfires? After attending his 100th fundraiser of the year Monday night in Boston, President Obama was hitting up wealthy Democrat donors at four more events in Florida Tuesday. Only on Wednesday, more than six days after the fires began to ravage Colorado, did the president finally get around to calling Governor John Hickenlooper and Colorado Springs mayor Steve Bach to get briefed on the situation. Obama has now scheduled a visit to the state and directed federal officials to help. By way of contrast, Bush had declared a federal emergency and mobilized federal agencies fully two days before Katrina made landfall. There is, however, much more to the current problem than simply Obama’s five days of apparent indifference. Once again, the left’s green agenda rears its ugly head.

No matter what Bush did to try to ease the pain inflicted by Katrina on New Orleans, the knock on him from the left was that he didn’t show what his critics determined was the proper amount of concern for the hurricane victims. Yet there hasn’t been even a whisper from the corrupt media regarding Obama’s Johnny-come-lately approach to the fires and those who have been displaced and lost their homes in the Colorado Springs area. He has been obsessed lately with raising campaign cash, taking only a little time away from campaign activities to scarf down chili dogs and squeeze in another round of golf between the fundraisers.

If you recall that Obama’s response to the 2011 Texas wildfires that burned more than 2.2. million acres in the Lone Star State was to deny requests for a disaster declaration and federal assistance, then his reaction to the Colorado fires appears to be an improvement. But for more than five full days, the president fiddled while Colorado burned.

Jeb Bush Attempts To Rewrite History

Jeb Bush is the latest Republican to indulge in the sort of revisionism which we have come to expect from the Democrat Party, but sadly is now being practiced by the GOP establishment as well. Bush stirred the media stew Monday by telling Bloomberg editors that Ronald Reagan and and George H. W. “Poppy” Bush would both be rejected by a party that Republican progressives of Jeb’s ilk claim is a collection of extremist right wingers with little tolerance for dissension.

“Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad – they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party – and I don’t – as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground,” Bush said, reports Buzzfeed.

S.E. Cupp is just one of a number of pundits who have taken issue with the younger Bush, pointing out that foremost among Reagan’s opponents prior to his nomination by the 1980 Republican National Convention was no less of an establishment Republican than Jeb’s own father, who mocked Reagan’s fiscal policies as “voodoo economics.“ As for Today’s GOP being a small tent with room inside for only radical right wingers, Cupp observes:

Yes, the same conservatives who nominated John (The Moderate) McCain in 2008 and Mitt (The Massachusetts Liberal Obamacare Author) Romney this year would apparently find Reagan too compromising to pass muster today, the story goes.

I’m not sure which Republican Party Jeb is talking about, or why he’s talking about it at all, for that matter. But for one thing, our collective memory of Reagan has faded to the point of amnesia. The guy who told Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” was hardly a mealy-mouthed moderate.

So here’s a brief lesson for those who think Reagan was just Dennis Kucinich with a tan.

He famously campaigned against state-sponsored welfare programs, pledging that he would “send the welfare bums back to work.” That’s the kind of toxic language that got Newt Gingrich in trouble this year, when he called President Obama “the food stamp President.”

Reagan so despised the caprice and power of organized labor that he told an entire fleet of air-traffic controllers to get the hell back to work. If Jeb Bush thinks a union-slaying hard-liner couldn’t get elected today, he should visit Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who managed to do it — twice.

Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer was also quick to correct the Jeb Bush GOP-e narrative, with a reminder that the senior Bush “was no Reagan.” George H.W. Bush was a moderate Republican, a political animal of a species quite distinct from that of Ronald Reagan:

“Reagan was a movement conservative, a leader of the movement. You would call him rigid. He was called worse than that in those eight years. Rigidity is a virtue. Today we use the word ideology as a pejorative. I think it needs to be resurrected. An ideology means a coherent set of ideas and policies, and Reagan had them, and he pursued them. And I think he would be very comfortable today with the Tea Party and the Republican party,” Krauthammer said.

“In fact, I think he would say, as Paul Ryan said after the 2010 election, where you have got a radical change in direction of the Republican party, Paul Ryan said we had lost our way. We had entertained this kind of moderate conservatism as his father, the Bush father, said kinder and gentler, as George W. Bush said compassionate conservatism. That was a variation they did. But I think the Republicans have spoken that was not the way to go and this is a return to Reaganism.”

By employing the tactics of the political left against conservatives, GOP establishment hacks such as Jeb Bush clearly demonstrate that they are no better than their counterparts in the Democrat Party. Tea Party heroine Sarah Palin labeled the use of such tactics “cannibalism” when they were brought to bear against Newt Gingrich in the in the political death race also known as the 2012 Republican presidential primaries:

We have witnessed something very disturbing this week. The Republican establishment which fought Ronald Reagan in the 1970s and which continues to fight the grassroots Tea Party movement today has adopted the tactics of the left in using the media and the politics of personal destruction to attack an opponent.

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We will not save our country by becoming like the left. And I question whether the GOP establishment would ever employ the same harsh tactics they used on Newt against Obama. I didn’t see it in 2008. Many of these same characters sat on their thumbs in ‘08 and let Obama escape unvetted. Oddly, they’re now using every available microscope and endoscope – along with rewriting history – in attempts to character assassinate anyone challenging their chosen one in their own party’s primary. So, one must ask, who are they really running against?

Gov. Palin’s concern was with the establishment’s use of the politics of personal destruction, which seems a more despicable practice than mere revisionism. But both tactics are those of the left, and when they are embraced by the Republican Party’s “moderates” against the GOP’s own conservatives, there is equal cause for concern.

Ironically, Newt Gingrich became a target of his own party’s establishment when he stood up for Reagan principles against then-President George H.W. Bush by leading the fight to prevent Bush from breaking his own pledge to voters not to raise taxes. For this sacrilege, Gingrich has been vilified by the GOP-e ever since, and Sarah Palin has also suffered the slings and arrows of the party establishment for practicing her own brand of Reagan conservatism.

The GOP establishment does the Republican Party no favors when it sinks to the lowest levels of its Democrat Party rivals and tries to wield the weapons of the political left, whether they be ad hominem attacks, rewriting history, or any other such practice which would make Saul Alinsky proud. It’s past time for Jeb Bush and those of a like mind to give it up and begin to honor the better traditions of the party of Lincoln and Reagan.

Thad McCotter Reaches His Expiration Date

The clock has run out on U.S. Congressman Thaddeus McCotter’s fifteen minutes of fame. The political rise, decline and fall of the Michigan Republican collectively form a metaphor for Detroit, the city to which he has been linked his entire life. McCotter was born in Detroit, was educated there at Catholic Central High School and the University of Detroit, and made his political career representing the Motor City’s northwestern suburbs, first in the Michigan State Senate for four years, and then in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2002 through 2012.

Once considered one of the GOP’s rising stars, the likeable McCotter mounted something of a novelty run for the White House last year. After two months of speculation that he would jump into the 2012 GOP presidential scrum, the Congressman announced on July 1, 2011 that he had filed with the FEC and made his formal announcement at a rock music festival near Detroit the following day. Former President George W. Bush once referred to McCotter as “that rock and roll dude” because the Congressman plays a Fender Telecaster adorned in star-spangled livery in The Second Amendments, a bipartisan rock group that entertains US military personnel deployed overseas. McCotter’s rock persona was enhanced by his frequent appearances on the edgy late-night Fox News Channel show “Red Eye” and also on right-leaning hipster Dennis Miller’s radio program. In addition, McCotter has made guest appearances on Mike Huckabee’s Fox News weekend show, sitting in with the bass-playing former governor’s band for a few musical numbers.

McCotter’s relatively brief flirtation with a presidential campaign ended on September 22, 2011, when he announced that he was ending his run for the GOP presidential nomination, citing a lack of access to the presidential debates as his reason. The man from Michigan said that he would endorse Mitt Romney and run for a sixth term in the U.S. House, but even that effort began to unravel. Many of the required signatures McCotter submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State turned out to be duplicates and were ruled invalid. The Congressman, in a Detroit News op-ed Tuesday, attempted to explain his situation and announced that he would pursue a write-in campaign to hold on to the U.S. House seat which he never really had to break a sweat in past elections to retain. The write-in effort, however, did not even last a week, as McCotter announced Saturday that he was ending that campaign.

So as the lights go out in Motor City, it’s lights out for the political career of a man who has always been such a creature of Detroit. The collapse of his campaign, however, opens a door for Tea Party candidate Kerry Bentivolio, who by serendipity is the only GOP candidate on the ballot for the 11th Congressional District seat, although more hopefuls are expected to jump in and make a race of it. But what a strange end to McCotter’s moments in the sun.

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