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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Kristol predicts Palin nomination, Palin plays coy with John Gibson.



That was on today's edition of Fox News Sunday. Note that it is not merely a suggestion, but rather an actual PREDICTION. Now, listen to Gov. Palin's Friday interview on Fox News Radio's "John Gibson Show".

Maybe it's just me, but watching all of the media attention Gov. Palin is suddenly getting, it's starting to look like there might be something going on behind the scenes.

71 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have an idea on what that wink from Hume was?

Kristofer said...

Kristol must be paid by the McCain camp. He is dropping names for the McCain camp to test the market.

Either that is why Hume was winking, or Hume was winking because he thinks Kristol is crazy to suggest Palin.

Tom C. said...

This is big. This is the first time I have seen/heard mention Palin on one of the Sunday News Shows. Interesting it was FoxNews. I wonder if that theory about the MSM trying to keep her name down is legit. Seems like a long-shot.

I will mention I have never seen Bill Kristol in such good spirits in a long time. He sure seemed upbeat like when I first starting learning about Sarah.

This is BIG.

Anonymous said...

WALLACE: But to be fair, Bill, let's bring in McCain, because he has made a lot of changes. And the one point I disagree with with Brit, some of them are recent -- for instance, drilling. He has flipped on that in just the last couple of weeks.

KRISTOL: Voters tend not to blame candidates if they adjust their views, A, based on a plausible notion that circumstances have changed. If gas prices are $4.50, the relative value of preserving a pristine -- in a pristine way this worthless wasteland up in northern Alaska, ANWR, changes...

HUME: But he hasn't flipped on that.

KRISTOL: No, he hasn't flipped on that. That's the next flip, when he puts Sarah Palin on the ticket.

BigRob-68 said...

I have learned to be wary of Kristol. He is not always candid in his comments. My personal belief is that he switched his veep choice after Jindal went back on his campaign pledge and voted for legislative pay raises. If Palin appears on one of the Sunday shows then you know she is at the top of the list. I think Hume winked at Kristol's sarcasm--which some might take the wrong way.

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

Not sure that fixating on the wink will get us anywhere, but for the record, here's my thought:

If you look at the wide shots of the full table, Hume is seated directly across from Chris Wallace and directly in front of the camera. Hence, he was either winking at a friend somehere behind the camera or at Chris Wallace, either of whom could have mouthed something to the effect of, "Kristol is name dropping again" or "there goes the test balloon."

Of course,he might have just had a light shining in his eye or an itch that he knew better than to scratch on camera (Both of which have made me do similar twitches before).

Anonymous said...

Brit Hume not only winked right when Bill Kristol was promoting a Palin VP candidacy----Brit also made a deadpan, "What a dumb idea..." face, too.

Both gestures signalled to Chris Wallace and the nation that Brit thinks Sarah Palin isn't a suitable Rep. candidate for VP.

Frankly, I was VERY disappointed with Brit's body language!

Look, the Republicans must put forth the best ticket they can, and right now, a WOMAN as VP would be best! So who've we got?

Forget pro-choice women; McCain needs a pro-life Veep.

So forget Kay Bailey Hutchinson as McCain's VP: she's not pro-life, and she's ticked off conservatives re. the border (check with conservative Texans---but stand back! They're ticked!).

Also forget selecting Carly Fiorina as the Republican VP candidate: she hasn't held ONE political office, scads of HP staff detested her (read the blogs about the celebrations the day she left HP), and many believe she is incompetent re. economics.

Sarah Palin provides everything the Republicans need:
1. She has experience----certainly more than Obama (who basically just campaigned the last 2 of his 3 years as as Senator);
2. She's a tough, ethical, and savvy reformer, like McCain;
3. She's a fantastic, cogent orator---crucial this year with the talented Obama on the Dems' ticket, and
3. She's a neat person----sunny, cheerful, positive----and a mother of five children, with a good marriage to a very nice, solid man. What a superb role model!
(And what a contrast to the always-whining, sadly-messed-up Hillary!)

Go Palin! (You're wrong, Brit----and THANK you, Bill Kristol!)

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

Also, if we're going to continue wiht the wink analysis, it might be worth looking at the dialogue which took place immediately after the dialouge in the video. Might indicate that the wink was either a signal to Wallace to move on from the subject (Does Hume's position involve control of Wallace's content?) or a reaction to a producer wanting a subject change.

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WALLACE: Can we please get off Sarah Palin?

KRISTOL: ... for drilling in ANWR.

WALLACE: Not to say that she's not an important political figure in this country. But have you got something else to offer?

WILLIAMS: Well, no. I think the event in Unity really is now -- really comes down to the constituencies that Mara was talking about, but I would, you know, isolate it in some ways. I would say the Jewish voters and female voters who, it seems to me, still display some discomfort with Obama -- and then the larger picture, of course, is working-class white voters.

Can Hillary Clinton get out there and make a convincing case to those people to come over? You know, in the poll numbers that you put up, you said, you know, 24 percent said that they would not vote -- would go over to McCain, but it was the 14 percent that I think is more interesting, the 14 percent that said they might just sit this one out. They don't feel very strongly.

WALLACE: Or no opinion. But yes.

WILLIAMS: Yes. That's a problematic number. And as Brit said, you know, that could be decisive in this race.

WALLACE: Let's turn to another aspect of the campaign...

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

And a desire to change the subject isn't exactly evidence of a conspiracy. It might just mean that someone at Fox didn't want to spend extended lengths of time dwelling on one VP candidate, especially if that person is a "long shot" like Palin.

Kathleen said...

Glad to have found your site, Adam. What a great choice Sarah Palin would be. I just have to say that if she is on the ticket with McCain, it will make my vote for him MUCH more enthusiastic.

As it is, I have resigned myself - once again - to the old L2E vote since the thought of Obama combined with a Democratic Socialist Party in control of this country scares me to death.

Kristofer said...

So Palin is obviously on the list. Between the politico article mentioned her being on the second tier list for "now", a week ago, and now Kristol, we can assume they are looking at her. It will be tough for us to confirm this, unless someone has evidence.

Anonymous said...

Without a doubt, Kristol is dropping these names for team McCain. Do you see a trend all of a sudden. "McCain should put a woman on the ticket". First Kudlow, now Kritol.

Anonymous said...

I just watched the show in its entirety, and noted that Brit turned to face the AUDIENCE when he winked!
He looked directly into the camera, right after Bill Kristol had just noted that Palin was a reformer and a mother of five.
Brit's wink seemed to say, "How cute! A mother of five, for President! Just hang in there for a moment, audience, and let Kristol run on.....because her VP candidacy is a long-shot."

Anyway----the point is that Sarah Palin was mentioned so positively by Bill Kristol, who can be testy. Bill K. teased about Juan's being misogynistic, but then Bill became very serious-----and it's too bad that Brit chose that very moment to get negative with his wink and deadpan facial expression.

I think Sarah Palin is going to blow everyone's socks off, and I pray that McCain has the good sense to select her and HOLD ON for a truly exciting ticket!!!!!

Anonymous said...

True, either Kristol has been dead on with his predictions, or completely wrong. But, I really believe McCain;s team has been leaking names to gage voter and pundit reaction. Bush did the exact same thing, and admitted to afterwards.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if Brit's wink was because he thought the idea of Palin for VP was absurd or because it came after an exchange between Kristol and Williams that included the talk about a one on one game of basketball and Kristol saying "no, no, no" to Williams because it was a misogynistic choice.

The problem for McCain is that he needs someone who simultaneously can attract independents and help to get the base a little more excited than its current comatose state. There are several more experienced choices. But, as someone who thought all of this "Palin for VP" stuff was absurd, it's an absolutely brilliant political choice.

McCain's best bet is not just to run against Obama but also a do nothing Democratic Congress committed to starving the middle class with escalating energy prices. Picking a VP candidate who can address that is critical.

If Palin had been around for 2-4 more years, then it's a no brainer for McCain. The disadvantage is that she doesn't have that extra 2-4 years experience. The advantage is that in all other respects she is the ideal running mate.

Anonymous said...

People should remember that Brit Hume is an old-fashioned country club Republican. His wink could have meant he did not think much of Palin. He will come around in time due to the amazing Palin story and he does not understand at the grass-roots how putting her on the ticket energizes the party.

Remember, he is a creature of Washington D.C. This is to be expected to a certain extent.

He'll get on board as more of the news focuses on Palin as VP.

Anonymous said...

bret baer just dropped palin's name on fox. Then that oaf bob beckel said somethin about how 'she should stick to broadcasting.' between him and the other lib. on the panel it was obvious the dems r totally scared of the prospect of her on the ticket!

Anonymous said...

Palin will not be picked unless the GOP sassures mothers they are going to help with on-site 24 hr daycare for the newborn. It's also the right thing to do.

Ted said...

This is very telling. Here's one of the most popular left-wing blogs 'reporting on' Fox's Kristol and Palin. Aside from the utter inanity of the comments, note that the lefty's have NO way to attack Palin, YET ALONE EVEN MENTION HER NAME! (Read thru all the comments)

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2008/06/29/fox-news-sunday-kristol-says-gop-much-more-open-to-strong-women/

BigRob-68 said...

If you see an article in the next few weeks in the WSJ or NYT then you know she is being looked at more closely. I stand by my earleir posting that McCain has already made up his mind and it is Pawlenty. I should add that McCain would be smart to change his mind if Obama picks Webb, Kaine, or any white southern male which is what he will do. The Obama Harvard-educated consultants have convinced themselves over their glasses of white wine that they can flip a southern red state to blue under such a formula. Once this hand is played then McCain will have to decide if Palin will boost his chances rather than Pawlenty. Both Pawlenty and Palin will have a bright future in the GOP, yet, Palin would be the better choice if this prediction becomes reality for all the reasons that others have already posted.

Anonymous said...

That Shania Twain song someone posted a few threads back, the one they said should be played if/when she is announced as VP at the conference.. its SO perfect!!! haha

love the site, keep up the good work

Damian G. said...

http://mediamatters.org/items/200806290001?f=h_latest

Again, they're arguing amongst themselves. No mention of Palin.

Andres said...

It is probably short-list season in the veep selection world. This media attention does not mean she is the pick, but it certainly, 100% means she is on the short list. Without a doubt.

Ted said...

Bigrob-68, bottom line why in the world would McCain pick Pawlenty (nice guy but adding nothing to the ticket whatsoever) when he could pick Palin? Assuming McCain's goal is both to win the election and have at his side a more than able and compatible running mate, he should be aware that the Democrats' greatest fear is Palin.

(Note that beyond Fox, the MSM's greatest fear as well is Palin -- so the MSM, carrying the water for Obama, will at first try and avoid mention of her to the extent they can, until her inevitability can no longer be avoided.)

Dave J. said...

Good grief: Pawlenty wouldn't even get McCain Minnesota, which "hockey mom" Palin would definitely put in play.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget to get your McCain/Palin 2008 T-Shirt at cafepress.com

I got the Palin mug too. Woo-Hoo!

BigRob-68 said...

Thanks Ted. Sure Pawlenty does not light the woods on fire for many folks outside Minnesota-me included. Let me clarify. The logic for T-Paw seems to be that he will attract the working class vote with his Sam's Club Republican shtick. Great political mantra, yet, it seems a stretch that T-Paw can deliver this constituency. If McCain cannot attract these voters on his own the GOP is doomed regardless of whom he is paired with on the ticket. Again, Palin would be great. She is a reformer and conservative. Anyone that works in politics knows that women are the worker bees of campaigns and elections in both parties. It is time that we in the GOP have a woman at the top of the ticket.

Anonymous said...

Her name is now on every blog, media comments section, and may be the topic of conversation at some watercoolers tomorrow.

But seriously, she is fantasic on camera!!!! How can anyone dent that fact?

Anonymous said...

Uh, if she was VP wouldn't Palin still be at the bottom of the ticket?

Ted said...

Palin is more than perfect, BUT, and this is a big BUT, it is absolutely essential that McCain officially tap Palin BEFORE Obama picks Hillary or a woman!!! McCain MUST go first!

Team McCain, please keep your close eye on this.

Anonymous said...

McCain could use Michigan-- Romney would bring that;also Utah and other western states, while emphasizing the economy.But that seems like a boring choice and Romney polls poorly.Mac needs to live up to the maverick label and do something unexpected and energizing, like pick Sarah Palin!
She would be a fresh and exciting choice. And she at least has the experience of Jindal,(who he's obviously considering) plus a bit more maturity. The media exposure she would generate might even things up with Obama-- the MSM couldn't possibly ignore her! Besides, it really is time for a woman!

Anonymous said...

True, MOST Mormons will indeed vote for Romney and be thrilled if McCain selects Romney as VP..... But I live in a western state, and many Mormons here have told me that they won't vote for Romney because they aren't sure he's really pro-life.

Both parties are not truly facing up yet to the fact that many women and men are SO ready to have a competent and genuine woman candidate to support----finally!
I am praying Senator McCain listens to this message and selects a woman, hopefully Sarah Palin!

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

Don't know who put up that cafepress site with the McCain Palin T-Shirts, but they do have some cool designs...may have to get one of those shirts. I was thinking about getting a cafepress thing going, but these people may have me beat.

http://www.cafepress.com/McCain_Palin

Anonymous said...

I don't think McCain wants to choose her.

I also think he's beginning to realize he doesn't have any choice, but to choose her.

Ted said...

I don't see where McCain wouldn't want to choose Palin (but of course I don't know the inner-thinking/feelings of McCain), however, you are correct that women, including many Republican women as well as former Hillary voters now tending to McCain, are looking for a woman (i.e., Palin as the clear choice) and now, importantly, the presumption must be in favor of Palin. In other words, there would have to be some darn good reason for McCain NOT to pick Palin. That is, there's a presumption now in favor of Palin which would have to be overcome for McCain to pick other than Palin. (And from what I am aware of, I don't see McCain overcoming that "burden of proof" which now exists for Palin.)

Dave J. said...

At this point, she's been (justifiably) built up quite a lot, and I hate to think we've set ourselves up for disappointment.

Anonymous said...

well, McCain is old.
Obama is young. it's both + and -
picking up a younger person AND a woman will be great.
the woman vote will be decisive
McCain has secured the elderly vote which is paramount to win but he has to secure the woman vote (the hillary effect).
now if Obama selects Hillary then...
McCain will have one week to decide, since Obama will announce his choice end of August. then it's the rep convention.

Jason said...

You know ...

I'm living in the East and by education, about as close to "Eastern establishment" as you could get (degrees from MIT, Yale; former faculty at Harvard)
I'm male
I'm caucasian
I'm a US citizen, but born outside the US
I'm neither Christian nor Muslim
My parents were rock-solid, working class Democrats ...

... according to all the demographics, I should have no interest in Sarah Palin ...

... but she's the best, most common-sense, rationale candidate that either party has ... she can outdo any man in political strategy, integrity and savvy ... as well as all the women on the Dem side. I'd be honored to have her represent me for any position she chooses to run for.

Right now, McCain has my vote, but grudgingly ... he hasn't shown the spark and fire in his strategy and in his campaign with Obama ... but with Palin on the ticket, I'd actually donate and work for McCain ... and feel like I was voting for a realy change in America's leadership ....

Matthew said...

The only good reason I can think of for McCain not to pick Palin would be if they don't think they can work well together as a team. From my perspective, I see no evidence of this, but, of course, there's no reason that I would.

dave j, we do have high expectations of Palin & it will be disappointing if she turns out not to meet them. Then again, no one expects her to bring about the Kingdom of God. Just think how the left will feel if Obama turns out to be a false god. However great our disappointment may be, remember: they're the real victims.

Anonymous said...

imho there should be enquiries about obama's money sources...
think wide peole, geopolitics. war time. the whole context.
remember the way terrorists could change the Spanish elections: a socialist won and pulled out of Iraq immediately.
my point is that Sarah Palin topic importance is make sure this nation does NOT get its elections influenced by foreign action.
and McCain really needs a boost NOW.

Ted said...

It don't get much bigger than this, Newt Gingrich NOW FOR PALIN as Veep!

See--

http://www.americansolutions.com/solutionslab/Solution.aspx?Guid=871bdba5-26b7-4bc9-ac4d-a7c355decf50

Anonymous said...

Ted, not so fast. That is an excellent blog you linked to at AmericanSolutions, but it is not written by Newt. It's penned by someone going by "HawaiiArchitect".

Ted said...

Newt is creator and General Chairman of American Solutions ("it's his baby"). Regardless of who penned the exact text, I can't imagine that this would have gone out without Gingrich wholly endorsing it.

Anonymous said...

The Club for Groth is wrong. The gentleman who penned this works for American Solutions.

Anonymous said...

kristol just did a whole segment on cavuto about palin!

Anonymous said...

Where can I find the Cuvuto script or video?

Anonymous said...

This picture of Palin says it all.

http://flapsblog.com/2008/06/30/william-kristol-mccain-should-choose-sarah-palin-as-vice-president/

Dave J. said...

To clarify, I didn't mean we were setting ourselves up for disappointment at Palin's performance as running mate/VP. I meant setting ourselves up for the disappointment of her not being picked.

Ted said...

IMPORTANT:

It appears that it's all down to Palin or Romney, and team Romney fears Palin now has the best shot, so Romney camp is mounting a blogosphere-wide assault via Politico.

The tip-off that Politico is just a “promote Romney” piece is that it mentions EVERY NAME in the next two tiers of Veep prospects EXCEPT SARAH PALIN!!! — even names far more unlikely than Palin (since Romney camp knows Palin is the ONLY ONE who tops — I’ll say tops by far — Romney as McCain’s best pick).

Bottom line, Romney and Politico fear Palin most — as do the Dems and the MSM. (By the way, the Dems and MSM do not fear Romney the most — which says a lot.)

Ted said...

AOL, prime on-line pro-Obama/pro-Dem player, is now carrying the Politico piece promoting Romney buzz.

Clearly AOL wants McCain and the GOP to lose the general elction -- hence they gladly promote Romney (no mention of Palin).

Also, CNN had Romney -- kind of out of the blue -- attacking Obama. Again, CNN, wanting McCain and the GOP to lose, gladly promotes Romney (to attempt to avert the Palin threat).

Anonymous said...

So, given that Romney people are competing against us, what are we going to do?

We need to get going and fight this and help Sarah get the nod.

Anonymous said...

http://politics.nuovoportale.com/fox-and-kristol-claim-mccain%E2%80%99s-vp-choice-will-cause-gas-prices-to-%E2%80%98plummet%E2%80%99/

Here it is.

Anonymous said...

Getting pretty excited now!!

Bob said...

Yes, some of the talking heads now see Palin as a potential VP. Next, we need to get them on board regarding the timing of the Palin selection. Waiting until the first week of September to start to catch up is not going to cut it.

McCain needs to go on the offensive in a way that allows his campaign to dictate the pace and issues of the campaign. Choosing Palin now is one way to do that.

Force Obama to answer for the next two months: Now that Sen. McCain has picked his running mate, who will yours be?

Do it now to pre-empt whatever coverage Obama thinks he's getting out of his road trip to Iraq.

Kathleen said...

Re: politics.nuovoportale.com

They can't seem to get off of that "It'll take TEN YEARS..." rant can they.

If - God forbid - Romney IS the pick, how soon will we see a McCain/Romney "kiss" image that mimics the one between Osama and Yomama. Bet there's already one waiting anxiously on a whole bunch of libloggers hard-drives.

Kathleen said...

Anyone tried contacting some conservative female columnists for a Palin article?

Townhall has a bunch of them, but for some reason I seem to have a problem getting to the TH site. I keep getting a "server not found" message. Seems to be happening frequently of late, wonder if they need to increase their bandwidth or something.

BigRob-68 said...

Bloggers, Romney has a very good organization. He was the surrogate for Mccain here at the Texas GOP Convention. (Why McCain was not at the largest gathering of Republicans in the country is a mystery lost to many delegates)She was also mentioned in a few other articles today. The names mentioned in the article are all inside-the-Beltway establishment persons who are loved by economic conservatives. Do not fret over every piece that comes out naming someone other than Palin as the veep. She needs to get out on ABC or a cable network and debate energy policy!!

Anonymous said...

I believe there are some national columnists that can really do justice to Sarah Palin and her story.

I was thinking of Peggy Noonan.

Think we could contact her? It would be a fantastic column: a magical life with the magical pen (OK, maybe a keyboard :)

Anonymous said...

How about, http://www.peggynoonan.com/contact.php ?

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I just sent her an e-mail hoping she might take a look at Sarah.

Anonymous said...

As did I, was rather long, and I am from the UK, so probably carrys less weight!

Kathleen said...

Peggy Noonan just heard from at least three of us then :-)

I was also thinking it might be a good idea to send messages to our respective states' Republican women's clubs.

Anonymous said...

Why don't he is assisting McCain with thr VP selection?

TRENT@BREAUXLOTT.COM

Anonymous said...

Sorry, email Trent Lott.

Anonymous said...

Keep your fingers crossed that the the article that People Magazine is working on about Sarah comes out soon. They were in Alaska to take photos of Sarah and her family two or three weeks ago. Or at least that is the rumor.

Anonymous said...

Kristol was on Fox News again today supporting Palin for VP and said that if she is the VP gas prices would drop. It's getting louder every week for Palin. If it doesn't work out then a Jindal/Palin or Palin/Jindal in 2012 or 2016 would be awesome...

Anonymous said...

Adam, where is the Kristol video for today?

Anonymous said...

I just watched on C-Span a segment of interviews questions with about a dozen Pennsylvania voters, mostly caucasian.

I'm telling you, based on their responses, I think McCain would slay Obama hands down with Palin on the ticket. Whites would certainly gravitate to her in PA. The women especially would go for her, I have no doubts. Palin is from a modest background like them, and would EASILY relate to them. Obama is a creature of the leftist campus and couldn't possibly beat these people on this TV show against the down home Palin.

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

Can't find any vids for Kristol today. Nothing on Fox News or floating in the blogpsphere.

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

If you're going to send letters to columnists, you might also try Mary Katherine Ham at Townhall. If anyone is up on what's afoot in the blogosphere, its MKH.

Kristofer said...

Adam, part of the segment is here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNr_LZpMHqA