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Sarah Palin: Republicans have the fighting instinct of sheep

She's in India and she's mincing no words:

SarahPalinII.jpgPalin added that it was time for a woman president in the United States. However, she has not made up her mind on running for the 2012 presidential elections. "There's still time to deliberate on that," she said, replying to a question from India Today Editor-in-chief Aroon Purie.

Palin's statement comes at a time when it is being speculated that she may not run for the next US presidential campaign.

Palin painted a picture of the shared destinies of India and the United States which had a common interest in the peaceful rise of China and the safety of the sea lanes of communication in the Indian Ocean. Both nations, she said, were victims of terrorism.

"More decisiveness, less dithering," said Palin when asked what her response to the Libyan crisis would have been if she were the US President. There were several options short of sending troops into Libya. These options included enforcing the no-fly zone.

Guests at the packed Conclave address were treated to a glimpse of the gutsy vice-presidential nominee sometimes labelled a 'Mama Bear' and a 'Hockey Mom' during the course of her 2008 presidential campaign, which she had fought with John McCain.

Palin insisted that Russia could be seen from Alaska. "You can't rely on the mainstream media to set records straight," Palin said of what she has called the 'lamestream media'.

"I will put my foot down to ensure that people will have the right information," Palin said, insisting that Republicans had the fighting instinct of sheep when it came to taking on the media.

In the course of her speech, she took on another of her bugbears: big government that was standing in the way of ordinary citizens. "My faith is not in big government but in people," she said.

Repeatedly speaking of the 'ordinary men and women' of America, Palin spoke of tapping the 'optimistic enterprising spirit' of America to bail itself out of the $14 trillion debt.

Palin who coined the phrase 'drill baby drill' during the 2008 elections said it was a 'false Utopian fairy tale that you don't need to drill for energy needs'. The present green technologies were not mature enough and Alaska's abundant oil and gas reserves would serve as the bridge to the future.

"Energy, job creation and national security are linked," Palin said, emphasising on the need to liberate America from the clutches of oil-rich dictatorships that held the country's energy needs to ransom.

Spoken like someone with principles, someone who knows what she believes in, someone who's learned a thing or two since her rise to prominence, someone who knows where America should go, someone who just might think she can play a leading role in getting there.

Juxtapose the leadership and vision she's exhibiting with that being displayed by the current occupant of the White House.

Is there any comparison?


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This just gave me an idea, ... (Below threshold)
James H:

This just gave me an idea, if it hasn't been mentioned elsewhere. Start allowing drilling on federal lands. But the money the gov't receives from the minerals leases should be channeled directly into research into so-called green energy and ways to use fossil fuels more efficiently.

You got it half right James... (Below threshold)
Bill Fabrizio:

You got it half right James. Start drilling on federal lands "and offshore". But no taxpayer money should be used on alternative energy development. When technology advances far enough, individual entrepreneurs will invest in those technologies. Capitalism works beautifully when allowed to work freely and without government interference!

I am having a problem with ... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

I am having a problem with the fact that the only leadership being demonstrated in the conservative movement is by women. I'm afraid the leadership(men) in the Republican party have turned into a bunch of woosies.

Disagree slightly, Bill. A... (Below threshold)
James H:

Disagree slightly, Bill. Alternative energy development is a very, very long haul type of thing, with potential profits that would be realized perhaps as far as decades from now. I'd prefer to get the ball rolling (and keep it rolling) now, particularly with the theoretical aspects of development.

The markets are very good at maximizing for short-term incentives, not so good at long-term.

I am having a prob... (Below threshold)
James H:
I am having a problem with the fact that the only leadership being demonstrated in the conservative movement is by women. I'm afraid the leadership(men) in the Republican party have turned into a bunch of woosies.

Actually, it reminds me of the temperance movement from the late 19th century.

A disppointing speech. Can'... (Below threshold)
A conservative voter:

A disppointing speech. Can't trust her. She will not get the nominee in 2012 because Palin does have a lack of inexperience and leadership.

"A disppointing speech. Can... (Below threshold)
wodiej:

"A disppointing speech. Can't trust her. She will not get the nominee in 2012 because Palin does have a lack of inexperience and leadership"

Either you are stupid, lazy or just plain ignorant.

seems like conservative vot... (Below threshold)
Sharon:

seems like conservative voter made a Freudian slip by saying she lacks inexperience. She is certainly more experienced that someone who wetn from being a state senator representing a few thousand people to a Senator for barely a year and a half only to rise to the Presidency on a platform of unicorns and rainbows.

James #4 says, "The markets... (Below threshold)
Bill Fabrizio:

James #4 says, "The markets are very good at maximizing for short-term incentives, not so good at long-term".

There is some truth to the above but a much larger and more important truth is that "government is good at exploiting voters anxieties but lousy at developing long term solutions"! Just take a look at the programs the federal government has spawned and tally the losers vs. the winners.

I, and most Americans, do not want the federal government picking winners and losers because they don't have a clue, and since their choices are always based on fear mongering and getting votes in the next election, are always political and never based on true science or economic reality!

Did anyone notice that she'... (Below threshold)
john:

Did anyone notice that she's criticizing US foreign policy and the President while on foreign soil? You guys go absolutely ape shit when Democrats do this. Chalk another one up to IOKIYAR.

I am very disappointed in ... (Below threshold)
An even more conservative voter:

I am very disappointed in this statement from unqualified Sarah Palin who said she can see Neptune from her front porch.
And I say this as a lifetime Republican and concerned Christian who voted for Ronald Reagan 85 times.

RE: comment #6 from "A Cons... (Below threshold)
DanO:

RE: comment #6 from "A Conservative Voter"

You astroturfers need to be more careful when cutting and pasting your talking points, or maybe Axelrod needs to provide you with a self-editing document that relies on pulldown menus. Lets look at that last sentence in Comment #6: "She will not get the nominee in 2012 because Palin does have a lack of inexperience and leadership."

"...Palin does have a lack of inexperience and leadership."???

"She will not get the nominee..."???

Sarah Palin just closed out a conference that started with a speech from the head of state of the world's largest democracy (India), and is now headed to a private dinner with the head of state of our most sacred ally (Israel). Later this year she'll visit with another sacred ally (the United Kingdom) and possibly France and Germany. A visit with wounded troops at Landstuhl Hospital is a near certainty. This woman is going places, troll. And you are headed back to unemployment.

John, did you notice that o... (Below threshold)
Bill Fabrizio:

John, did you notice that our president considers all 57 states to be "foreign soil"?

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr... (Below threshold)
914:

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

I must say JT's next post f... (Below threshold)
epador:

I must say JT's next post following this one makes the titles read quite well.

Bahhh Bahhh Bahhh Bahhhm Muh Mawrr.

Bill, here's my thing ... l... (Below threshold)
James H:

Bill, here's my thing ... let's say that somebody had a theory that could believably lead to Mr. Fusion (see: Back to the Future). Problem is, it's going to take 1.21 billion dollars to do the initial research, and there's around a 20 percent chance of getting it right, as the research could potentially lead down several dead ends before he gets it right.

I'm all in favor of letting public money get that started -- or subsidize it -- because the fruits of it long term are quite profitable, but it's uncertain in the near term.

Same reason I'd like NASA to get out of the space trucking business and start looking into things like traveling to Mars. There's no obvious profit to traveling to Mars or Jupiter beyond human achievement. (though their might be). But humanity does want to reach for the stars.

Did anyone notice that s... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Did anyone notice that she's criticizing US foreign policy and the President while on foreign soil? You guys go absolutely ape shit when Democrats do this. Chalk another one up to IOKIYAR.

Cite specific example for comparison. Put your intellect where your mouth is.

Ba-a-a--a-a-a. I agree, est... (Below threshold)
yttik:

Ba-a-a--a-a-a. I agree, establishment Republicans have the fighting skills of sheep. It's time for some real leadership. Sarah Palin has that.

The Dems can keep their donkey icon, it suits them so well, but the Republicans either need to start fighting or cut the crap and replace that elephant with a sheep.

6. Posted by A conservative... (Below threshold)
justpassingthrough:

6. Posted by A conservative voter

Is this the first concerned troll for this site?

Juxtapose the leadership... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Juxtapose the leadership and vision she's exhibiting with that being displayed by the current occupant of the White House.

Juxtapose with virtually any Republican "frontrunner." She has said she will run only if no one else is stepping up. Her chances improve every day.

The despicability of the Republican establishment varies from that of Democrats only be degree. I believe they are closet statists who pretend to oppose statism while passive-aggressively promoting it. I'm surprised that no one else seems to have noticed this. Passive-aggressive statism is still statism. An accomplished thinker needs to editorialize on this.

...insisting that Republ... (Below threshold)

...insisting that Republicans had the fighting instinct of sheep when it came to taking on the media.

The absolute biggest problem with the current GOP "leadership" summed up right there.

They have a "Beware thou of the mutant" attitude towards anyone who is not a clone of the democrats.

Kdaptists all. :(
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"Republicans have the fight... (Below threshold)
gah:

"Republicans have the fighting instinct of sheep"

That statement will definately get Rove's wool in a knot.

Sarah Palin gave a excellen... (Below threshold)
John:

Sarah Palin gave a excellent speech and Q&A session; Sarah touched all the right points, and hit all the right notes.

"I am very disappointed in ... (Below threshold)
914:

"I am very disappointed in this statement from unqualified Sarah Palin who said she can see Neptune from her front porch."


You're right. I'd much rather She played golf in unicorn land.

She's full of buzzwords and... (Below threshold)
Chico:

She's full of buzzwords and platitudes, short on specifics.

Being stupid and decisive is not a virtue.

She was calling for action on Libya a few days ago. I'll bet she'll be criticizing it soon.

Chico @ 25,Project... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves:

Chico @ 25,

Project much?

Chico, talk about projectio... (Below threshold)
Sharon:

Chico, talk about projection. Palin has recommended specific actions in the area of energy,the budget and now on foreign policy. She is traveling overseas trying to mend fences with India(Obama skipped them when in the vacinity), Israel(Obama has pressured then to stop settlements and not even commented on Hamas atrocities) and England(Obama sent back the bust of Churchill and insulted the Queen).Now he's in South American and avoiding our strongest ally, Colombia.
What has he done to solve any of the problems facing this country?

I gotta ask. Where is first... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

I gotta ask. Where is first dude Todd? If a little smart assed twerp like Bill Maher said about my wife what he said about Sara Palin. I would be going to his live show and get in his face during the taping. I would ask the little cs what his problem is. And, see if he had any balls between his legs to say it in front of me. Just sayin'.

Cite specific example fo... (Below threshold)
john:

Cite specific example for comparison. Put your intellect where your mouth is.

Ah yes, for "comparison". This is where you figure out how this is different from what Democrats were criticized for, and start splitting hairs to show that Republicans act appropriately while Democrats don't. I'll make some popcorn.

Though somehow I'm not fazed by attacks on my intellect from someone who can't figure out how to use Google.

Read about the "Supreme Disloyalty" of former vice president "Sheikh al-Gore": opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/02/15/gores-supreme-disloyalty-in-saudi-arabia/

The Wall St. Journal accused Gore of "denouncing his own government on foreign soil" (link no longer active).

For Bill Clinton, politics stopped at the water's edge for his "utterly disgraceful, shame-on-America remarks in Dubai".
www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/columnist/benedetto/2005-11-18-benedetto_x.htm

Powerline: "I want them to know that Gore’s impulse to defame his country before a foreign audience for fun and profit does not represent the desires or wishes or feelings of the majority of citizens of my country." powerlineblog.com/archives/013130.php

Townhall: "comments critical of the commander in chief on foreign soil on the eve of a war are, uh, shall we say, not appreciated." (link no longer active)

Here's Wizbang's Lori Byrd sarcastically slapping those who would "insult the president on foreign soil during a time of war": wizbangblog.com/content/2007/02/11/getting-whacked-with-a-grammy-1.php#comment-474251

Jay Tea agreeing that: "As a general rule, I don't like American politicians taking our political clashes abroad. "Politics should stop at the water's edge" and "don't air your dirty laundry in public" and all that." wizbangblog.com/content/2008/05/16/just-cos.php

Here are some Wizbang commenters: "I do take exception to their voicing those opinions on foreign soil during war time.", "One thing that has always been understood (or used to be) is that you do not criticize your country on foreign soil.", "I think the comments she made were very harsh and too add insult to injury, she made them on foreign soil." wizbangblog.com/content/2006/05/22/quote-of-the-day-dixie-chicks.php

Right.. Palin says ""More d... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Right.. Palin says ""More decisiveness, less dithering." and that's equivalent to Gore stumping for our enemies in war time. Thanks for confirming your astounding intellectual honesty on the issue.

You just hope she doesn't c... (Below threshold)
Judi:

You just hope she doesn't cause a war with her ignorance. Good Lord, she has no business flapping her yap, stirring up trouble and embarrassing this country by spreading her dangerous rhetoric based on what runs around in that mentally unbalanced head of hers.

(Judge?) Judi,Ther... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

(Judge?) Judi,

There is no need to feel threatened by another woman's power, competence and physical attractiveness. Really. Time to retract the cat claws.

Oh, come on Mr. Blogworthy,... (Below threshold)
Judi:

Oh, come on Mr. Blogworthy,
Rolls eyes...laughs out loud.
How utterly ridiculous. So, are you threatened by another man's "power" competence and "attractiveness" when you think they are a complete and thorough idiot?

Think again and with your other head!

Judi,So far your i... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Judi,

So far your informed superior critique of Palin has produced ignorant, dangerous, mentally unbalanced and idiot. Please don't exhaust your vocabulary in further cogent analysis. You are perfectly understood.

Have another shot of kool-a... (Below threshold)
914:

Have another shot of kool-ade Judi.

I'll have some respect for ... (Below threshold)
Chico:

I'll have some respect for her when she sits down for an interview with someone besides a bumkisser like Hannity or does a press conference.

Right.. Palin says ""Mor... (Below threshold)
john:

Right.. Palin says ""More decisiveness, less dithering." and that's equivalent to Gore stumping for our enemies in war time. Thanks for confirming your astounding intellectual honesty on the issue.

Well, you're nothing if not predictable.

Those links condemn criticism of the president or US foreign policy while on foreign soil. Thanks for confirming your astounding partisan position on the issue.

I knew when I read the titl... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I knew when I read the title of the post that the lefty, unbalanced trolls would come out in force. What they fail to see is all their critique applies much more to Obama but they fail to see that. That is the definition of dunderhead. ww

John,It's always a... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

John,

It's always a hoot to be lectured on moral equivalency from the morally bankrupt. As long you you are engaged in PDS straw-grasping, I can assist you. That whole Hanoi Jane thing can now be put to rest. Obviously Palin's conduct excuses anything Fonda did.

Ah, so now we get the "even... (Below threshold)
john:

Ah, so now we get the "even though we said it was wrong when you did it, it's OK when we do it because... you did it too" argument. And throw in an "I don't want to be lectured to by someone who lectured me for lecturing to them" chaser. When you don't have anything else, why not?

The Tea Party in Israel? Th... (Below threshold)

The Tea Party in Israel? This has to be Palin's attempt to con her bigoted Evangelical followers for votes in 2012. Read more @imeanwhat http://bit.ly/hY7pFD

I heard she was visiting Is... (Below threshold)
Indie:

I heard she was visiting Israel but avoided the press.

Why would anybody of any importance in Israel meet with her? She doesn't represent any body of governance in the USA, and now that people know her better, she never will haunt any public office again. If anything, Netanyahu is just showing how irrelevant he is, given such poor judgment in meeting with this grifter.




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