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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Are Thompson and Palin working together?

Are Thompson and Palin working together?

Ever start to put two and two together and…

I was updating my bookmarks and I was surprised to see Team Sarah was still actively advocating for Governor Palin. No mention of 2012, but their efforts were obvious. In recent weeks Team Sarah’s most vocal advocate and leader has been Jeri Thompson. You can watch some of Jeri’s performances here. As many of you are aware, Jeri is not just a political spouse, she is a political operative. Jeri worked at the RNC.

Both Thompson (Fred) and Palin have been very silent on their future roles in the GOP, but I am beginning to notice a trend. What appears to be a subtle movement(s), is actually a full-scale assault and I believe that Mrs. and Mr. Thompson and Mrs. Palin are actively working together to ascend to the leadership of the GOP.

This is of course is mostly a hunch, but we need to keep our eye on the connections and subtleties.

On Thompson, Matt Lewis from Politico (Townhall) has the story (including some speculation on Palin);

During his short-lived 2008 presidential run, Thompson often seemed a better advocate for others than for himself. After dropping out of the presidential race, he served as one of Sen. John McCain’s most eloquent, hard-hitting and effective surrogates. With his Hollywood ties, he’s also a pretty good fundraiser. As RNC chairman, he could continue in that role without the pressure to become president himself (which, frankly, didn’t seem to appeal to him).
The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder noted possibly the most intriguing pre-Election Day speculation, when he said that “some activists want Sarah Palin — assuming she doesn’t become vice president — to run.”

This week has also produced the launch of what is probably going to be the largest “Draft a Pol” movement in American history.
Paul Streitz designed a great site for the 2012 Palin movement. Paul has a ‘MASSIVE’ distribution list and networks of supporters and volunteers across the nation. Politico has the details on the ‘Draft Palin for President’ movement. Paul was a leading activist against the Bush immigration bill (frequently seen on Lou Dobbs) and Paul is the founder of This movement will soon have the resources and nationwide network similar to a national leadership campaign.

David L. Kelly, the group’s Treasurer and Colorado coordinator, sent a mass email today that hit at least one Iowa GOP vet.
“Since forming our committee last week, we now have State Organizers in ten states and thousands from across the nation who have signed on as supporters,” writes Kelly. “We feel that for Conservatives to be successful again, we must get back to the core principles of Conservatism. Sarah Palin’s popularity and her Conservative values that she embodies will be the catalyst that will resurrect the Conservative base and reform the Republican Party of the near future.”


Scott said...

alan keyes gets in on the birth certificate issue

Ted said...

OT, but since this will impact on Palin's future, you gotta hear this 90 minute blogradio on why the media has a blackout of the looming Obama Birth Certificate Constitutional Crisis:

Scott said...

i was just thinking.. what if Obama had the plan of asking McCain to take a position on his cabinet which would have caused the democratic governor of arizona to choose his replacement.. giving the democrats the super majority without georgia. (assuming they pick up alaska and minnesota)

Scott said...

stevens is out

techno said...

10 quotes and thoughts addressed to what the GOP needs to do to become competitive again: 1)"It is what it is." (the lay of the land) Bill Belichick 2)"Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser." (modus operandi) Patton, the movie 3)"When men got structural steel, they did not use it to build steel copies of wooden bridges." (modernizing and updating the technology the party apparatus) Atlas Shrugged 4)"You cannot tell from appearances how things will go. Sometimes imagination makes things out far worse than they are...those people who are imaginative see many more dangers than perhaps exist, certainly many more than will happen..." (proper prospective) Winston Churchill 5)"...if you believe in capitalism, you tell the American people that the Democrats in Congress caused the financial meltdown by manipulating the market with their Socialist everybody-can-own-a-home policies. You don't rail against 'the greed of Wall Street." (political honesty)Bill Dupray The Patriot Room 6)"Do what you think is right and then persuade others to follow you." (conviction)father of Margaret Thatcher, advice to Margaret 7)"Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him." (staying on message)Goethe 8)"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Inevitably one begins to twist the facts to suit the theories." (more haste, less speed)Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9)"What history teaches us is that self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly." (personal responsibility)Ronald Reagan 10)"I am neither bitter nor vanquished, but very confident in the knowledge that there will be another day." (optimism) Sarah Palin

Mountain Mama said...

Just read your question about McCain and Obama, that if M. went into O's cabinet, then the Democrat governor would select M's replacement: good thinking, although I wonder if McCain might not even have needed a Cabinet post for this; M. might accept another prestigious appointment!

One thing you must give Obama: he is a PLANNER who leaves no possibility to chance. He wants his agenda, so he needs a filibuster-proof Congress----PERIOD!

Clearly the MSM is promoting Jindal as the new Rep. leader: J. was featured on "Face the Nation," and has been enlisted as a pundit for several other news shows of late. Why have they never contacted Palin? Or did she reject them? (I doubt the latter....)

Scott said...

another name added to the "getting coal for Christmas" list

Zane Henning

Night Owl said...


In case this link does not work, it is Jonah Goldberg on The Corner FINALLY saying enough is enough re: Kathleen Parker making a martyr of herself and insulting Palin and her supporters. LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

Lets not forget just because they are a "Dem" doesn't mean they will always vote with party lines so they might end up with all the Ds they "think" they need to run away with anything that they want but it also might back fire on the little birdie brains!

Josh Painter said...

The Fred and Sarah Show?

Tbone said...

Hi Mountain mama- You are right about the MSM trying to make Jindal the Rep. leader. I think the MSM will never like Sarah. Sarah just is not their type. It is more important that people like Sarah. They are the ones who really vote. Sarah will always be more popular with people than the MSM.

Scott said...

what makes bobby jindal their type?

he's more aggressively pro life than Sarah Palin is.. plus he's Catholic and the MSM loves to bash Catholics.

azaeroprof said...

Scott and mm,
If John McCain were to accept a position in the O administration (not likely IMHO), Arizona law dictates that Gov. Napolitano would have to select a Repub to replace him.

If that were to happen, she likely would appoint a very weak Rep as she likely has designs on that seat in 2010 (provided she does not also end up in O's admin).

There was news yesterday that McCain has already decided to run for re-election in 2010, meaning he probably is not up for any other position.

techno said...

Over the last two months 'conservative' columnist and commentator Kathleen Parker of the National Review and has become a cynosure for her critical, malicious attacks on Sarah Palin and, now with her latest critique, her condemnation of the religious right (the base) for their influence on the GOP platform and policies enunciated during the campaign and thus laying the blame for the GOP loss to Obama at the feet of those she claims to be 'lowbrows' and 'beasts'. With this in mind I would like to debunk 10 myths that Ms. Parker has tried to conjure up and with which she hopes to stir the pot and convince the GOP to become more 'moderate' or at least secular friendly: 1)First the obvious: the base did not lose the election for McCain; most political pundits now agree that if it were not for McCain's choice of Sarah for VP and the base's active participation in fund raising and the GOTV effort McCain might not have gotten 40% of the popular vote and lost in a landslide, instead of remaining competitive in the battleground states; 2)Actually, McCain did NOT run a campaign that catered to the base except for a few obligatory pro-life and national defense pronouncements-he and his advisors consistently claimed that he was focusing much of his attention on gaining the votes of moderates and independents, with a few PUMA voters thrown into the mix. John McCain ran as a moderate and lost. Much of the base only embraced McCain because of Sarah. 3) to follow up conservative Republican Presidential candidates who the base support strongly do not lose elections and have not done so since Barry Goldwater in 1964; moderates like Ford, Dole, and McCain have all lost. 4)polls before and after the election consistently showed that more voters for Obama chose the Democrats over the GOP on ECONOMIC issues-in American politics it is constantly drummed into political junkies by elitish pundits that if the number one issue in a Presidential election becomes the economy the GOP will lose-simple as that. The financial meltdown and the bailout just added insult to injury. The unpopularity of George Bush sealed the deal. 5)53% of Roman Catholics voted for Obama and he also gained a higher percentage of Protestants as well, compared to the 2004 election-if anything an argument can be made that the GOP did not do enough to cater to 'religous voters'to win them over; 6)that the base are lowbrows when you fail to mention the recent Zogby poll commissioned by John Ziegler which reveals how stupid and ill-informed some Obama supporters are; 7)actually 20% of supposed conservatives voted for Obama; why does Ms. Parker not focus on that 'heresy'? 8) what you call 'armband religion' Ms.Parker is a personal affirmation of what one believes in and is guaranteed in the Bill of Rights; what Ms. Parker is suggesting is that fervent believers should be seen and not heard regarding the GOP platform and policies, then extrapolating that the GOP would begin to win Presidential elections again only if the 'black sheep' of the GOP family could be kept in the closet or attic until voting day, only to re-emerge when the 24/7 media hounds are then focusing more on exit polls and turnout and not policy and ideology. Of course, if Ms.Parker is recommending that the GOP abandon the base altogether then that is sheer lunacy. 9)the implication that the GOP is the only party that 'caters' to a voting bloc that is contaminating their vote-getting viability, while Ms. Parker fails to add balance by declaring that Democrats cater to trade union members, teachers and lawyers in the same fashion and that they should foster a clean break with this 'contaminating agent' as well; 10)finally Ms. Parker is making a specious srgument in suggesting that the GOP become more secularized in its policies while even the Democrats and Obama are not that foolish--wasn't there a huge outreach program orchestrated by Obama to bring more young evangelicals, Protestants and Catholics into his tent under the guise of inclusivity?

Mountain Mama said...

Thanks for the comforting words, Azaeroprof!
Still, as I've written before, hopefully McCain isn't compromising his integrity for a position of import that isn't specified: as a consultant or advisor, for example. It's just that lately his behavior is odd.

knowitall said...

Palin's problem with the MSM is simple, I believe. And it is why I like her.
Here is the line from her speech at the GOP convention:
""PALIN: But -- now, here's a little newsflash. Here's a little newsflash for those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this great country.


Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reason and not just to mingle with the right people. Politics isn't just a game of clashing parties and competing interests. The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.


No one expects us all to agree on everything, but we are expected to govern with integrity, and goodwill, and clear convictions, and a servant's heart.""

You and I know that the MSM want the pols to quake in their boots at the thought of the MSM. The politicians are to do the work of the MSM.
Sarah's line was an act of war, although one I approve of.

I honestly have not followed this Jindal guy much, but I bet he is much more eager to work with the MSM. After all, he is from the south.
My hunch about the desire of the MSM to put him in the news is so they have their puppet.
McCain thought he was their favorite, until they had a better person to support.
Sarah wants the support of the people. That will carry her. This is why we need to support an alternative news to the MSM.
No more fair and balanced.

Jan said...

Amen, knowitall. That was just one part of her speech where I sat up and though "Finally! Someone who really understands what we're electing someone for." I found out in 1989, through a family tragedy, that the MSM will happily make things up if it makes a good story. I don't pay attention to them. When I vote for someone, I want them to represent the people, not the media. To tell the truth, that was one reason Dole did not get re-elected. She lost alot of her supporters because once she got in office she forgot who we were and didn't want to hear from us--refused to hear from us, in fact. I voted for her because of the Senate seats, but I know alot of her supporters did not.

knowitall said...

thank you, jan, I was wondering if anyone read that.
I know what you mean about personal experience. I meet with Ted Kennedy once and had my picture in the paper with him. The article, as you would guess was all about Ted.
I meet him three times and never liked him.
The MSM loves him.