John Hitchcock is disappointed

From The New York Times:

Palin Says She’s Not Running

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

UPDATE, 6:35 p.m.: Sarah Palin is not running for president.

Ms. Palin, the former governor of Alaska, ended her inscrutable cat-and-mouse game with the political establishment on Wednesday afternoon by saying that she would not join the field of Republican candidates seeking her party’s nomination, but would still work to oust President Obama.

“Not being a candidate, you are unshackled and able to be even more active,” she said on the Mark Levin show. “I look forward to using all the tools at my disposal to get the right people in there who have a servant’s heart.”

The decision from Ms. Palin on Wednesday placed a punctuation mark on the Republican presidential field. Her intentions were the biggest remaining question in the race. While there was not a groundswell among Republican leaders about a Palin candidacy, she has a deeply loyal following.

Her announcement, which took the Republican world by surprise, was vintage Palin. It also raised the question of how intensely she plans to be involved in the race and whether she intends to endorse a candidate or simply be a commentator, cheerleader or critic.

For a year, Ms. Palin had given many signals that she would not run. She has repeatedly suggested that she could have a bigger influence if she was not a candidate. But her supporters were convinced that she was running. A Labor Day weekend appearance in Iowa drew boosters from across the country, most of whom said they were certain she would run.

I can’t say that I’m surprised, because Mrs Palin had simply not done the groundwork required to mount a serious presidential campaign. She had some advantages, primarily name recognition, and a strong supporter base, which allowed her to delay taking a decision far longer than other potential candidates might, but she was clearly on the edge of being too late to start a presidential bid, if not well past the edge.

I like Sarah Palin, but I have long thought she was damaged goods. She might have been unfairly damaged goods, but our friends on the left have had three years to turn her image into a caricature, and they’ve been pretty successful at it. Just because something is unfair doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.

26 Comments

  1. Wholly unsurprising. Palin is the liberal Al Gore – no interest in running for office again, but would rather have a successful, interesting career as a pundit and gadfly. And arguably, she’s more effective in that position.

  2. By the way, I’m not cross-posting this on Truth Before Dishonor, since I figure that Mr Hitchcock will want to write his own post on the subject.

  3. Jeff wrote:

    Palin is the liberal Al Gore.

    The liberal Al Gore? :) I think you might want to rephrase that.

    But at least Mrs Palin is good looking.

  4. “…but our friends on the left have had three years to turn her image into a caricature”>dp

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    And there’s that word again. I think somebody’s projecting.

    http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&source=hp&q=site:commonsensepoliticalthought.com+caricature+2011&pbx=1&oq=site:commonsensepoliticalthought.com+caricature+2011&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=9429l9429l11l10574l1l1l0l0l0l0l184l184l0.1l1l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=7c74e1c1e5281000&biw=1316&bih=935

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  6. Told ya so!

    Yup – we told you before. She’s a grifter, intent on getting the bucks from her little fan-dance of “will she, won’t she”. Actually running for President would spoil that.

    She’ll become a media pundit.

  7. “I like Sarah Palin, but I have long thought she was damaged goods. She might have been unfairly damaged goods, but our friends on the left have had three years to turn her image into a caricature, and they’ve been pretty successful at it. Just because something is unfair doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.”

    Oh please, Dana, Sarah Palin’s “damaged goods” have been self-inflicted! Seriously, how could anyone have taken her seriously as Presidential timber? But then there is John Hitchcock and his ilk! Figures!!!
    :)

  8. Let alone Sarah Palin, neither Rick Perry nor any of the other Repub candidates can measure up to this from Mitt Romney:

    FIRST LOOK: Ahead of Mitt Romney’s foreign-policy speech tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., he today will announce his Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team, saying: “Their remarkable experience, wisdom, and depth of knowledge will be critical to ensuring that the 21st century is another American Century.”

    –SPECIAL ADVISERS: Cofer Black … Christopher Burnham … Michael Chertoff … Eliot Cohen … Norm Coleman … John Danilovich … Paula Dobriansky … Eric Edelman … Michael Hayden … Kerry Healey … Kim Holmes … Robert Joseph … Robert Kagan … John Lehman … Walid Phares … Pierre Prosper … Mitchell Reiss … Daniel Senor … Jim Talent … Vin Weber … Richard Williamson … Dov Zakheim.

    –WORKING GROUPS:

    –Afghanistan & Pakistan: James Shinn, Co-Chair … Ashley Tellis, Co-Chair

    –Africa: Tibor Nagy, Chair

    –Asia-Pacific: Evan Feigenbaum, Co-Chair … Aaron Friedberg, Co-Chair … Kent Lucken, Co-Chair

    –Counter-Proliferation: Eric Edelman, Co-Chair … Robert Joseph, Co-Chair … Stephen Rademaker, Co-Chair

    –Counterterrorism/Intelligence: Michael Chertoff, Co-Chair … Michael Hayden, Co-Chair

    –Defense: John Lehman, Co-Chair … Roger Zakheim, Co-Chair

    –Europe: Nile Gardiner, Co-Chair … Kristen Silverberg, Co-Chair

    –Human Rights: Pierre Prosper, Chair

    –International Assistance: Grant Aldonas, Co-Chair … Daniel Runde, Co-Chair

    –International Organizations: Christopher Burnham, Co-Chair … Paula Dobriansky, Co-Chair … Robert O’Brien, Co-Chair

    –Latin America: Clifford Sobel, Co-Chair … Ray Walser, Co-Chair

    –Middle East & North Africa: Mary Beth Long, Co-Chair … Meghan O’Sullivan, Co-Chair … Walid Phares, Co-Chair

    –Russia: Leon Aron, Co-Chair … William Martel, Co-Chair

    Hands down, Mitt Romney will be the Repub nominee for the 2012 election simply because he is the best qualified of all. Moreover, he will give President Obama a good fight, much better than any other current candidate.

    However, President Obama will be reelected anyway, because he is clearly the best, in my view. I think the American people understand the near Great Depression II that the Repubs generated, and that President Obama has done a miraculous job in offsetting our collapse and getting us back on track as well as any leader could possibly have done, in light of the obstructive Repub Congressmen and Congresswomen. The people will speak louder than the nay sayers like Dana and the fat cats whose corruption and greed will be further revealed in the upcoming campaign!

  9. However, President Obama will be reelected anyway, because he is clearly the best, in my view. I think the American people understand the near Great Depression II that the Repubs generated, and that President Obama has done a miraculous job in offsetting our collapse and getting us back on track as well as any leader could possibly have done, in light of the obstructive Repub Congressmen and Congresswomen. The people will speak louder than the nay sayers like Dana and the fat cats whose corruption and greed will be further revealed in the upcoming campaign!

    OMG. How many freakin’ times does this get repeated day after day after day?? Do you really believe all this mindless repetition is actually making a point, Perry? Because I can assure you — it ain’t.

    Seriously, how could anyone have taken her seriously as Presidential timber? But then there is John Hitchcock and his ilk! Figures!!!

    Is that like how you seriously took The Messiah, Perry? Yep, there is always Perry and his ilk!

  10. Perry wrote:

    Oh please, Dana, Sarah Palin’s “damaged goods” have been self-inflicted! Seriously, how could anyone have taken her seriously as Presidential timber? But then there is John Hitchcock and his ilk! Figures!!!

    Well, let’s see: in the 2008 presidential campaign, there was one, and only one, candidate amongst the four major party nominees who had actually run something before. Mrs Palin was Governor of Alaska, and had previously been a mayor. On the Democratic side, we had Barack Obama and Joe Biden, neither of whom had ever run anything bigger than a vacuum cleaner.

    The voters chose to elect Senators Obama and Biden, and the results have now shown what a bad decision that was. President Obama has been an utter failure, and Vice President Biden’s greatest accomplishments for this Administration seem to be how frequently he can taste his own toes. I don’t know if Mrs Palin would have made a good President or not, because she never got the chance, but she couldn’t have been any worse than the guys in office right now.

  11. Well, let’s see: in the 2008 presidential campaign, there was one, and only one, candidate amongst the four major party nominees who had actually run something before. Mrs Palin was Governor of Alaska,

    Pardon me, but most people don’t consider dropping a project half-way through as evidence of “running something” properly. You don’t get to call yourself a good parent if you turf your kid out of the house age 9, and you don’t get to call yourself a good general if you get your troops to the battlefield, lead them into battle – and then go wandering off in search of a better-paying job…

    The voters chose to elect Senators Obama and Biden, and the results have now shown what a bad decision that was. President Obama has been an utter failure,

    Uh-huh. If your prescription had been followed, each and every person at GM would be out of a job, and the unemployment rate at least 2% higher.

  12. No, GM would have had to have gone into bankruptcy protection, which would have enabled it to remain in business. Odds are that Ford would have bought up large chunks of GM, or, if GM simply collapsed, Fors would have been able to rapidly expand to pick up the domestic automobile market share that GM had.

  13. As for how successful President Obama has been, the voters will express their opinion on that in thirteen months, and their will will be done, whether you or Perry or I agree with their decision. Odds are that I’ll be the happy one while you will not, but thirteen months is a long time, and things could change.

  14. ” If your prescription had been followed, each and every person at GM would be out of a job, and the unemployment rate at least 2% higher.”

    Prove it!

    That’s why you’re an economic genius. You really have no clue, do you? Exactly when was the last time you ran a company, Pho? If the prescription for legitimate bankruptcy had been followed, most of the workers of GM would have been picked up by competitors, as would their assets as usually happens ( no good capitalist wastes assets nor experienced employees ). The company would have been forced to cut the waste, sell off some assets and try to rebuild itself. That’s the formula for success. BTW, it would have cost the taxpayer exactly zero. But, they may have had to tell the unions to go phuck themselves which is what the whole thing was about…bailing out the union. That’s why they screwed the bond and stockholders. Now we have an artificial “company” that I believe will go down the shitter within ten years. Wanna bet? The only way GM can survive at this point is to move the entire company out of the US. The ties to Big Labor, Big Government and big Debt repaymeny will force GM to “migrate” or die. I realize GM is doing their best to create “green cars” etc, but the future is not electric, and they’re doing green cars because the government, not the consumer is telling them to. Under Obambi and the moonbats electric will become too expensive. I even heard they sold 723 Volts last month, wow!

    [retrieved - pH]

  15. “Prove it! “

    Hoagie, it has become quite obvious that even when the government is successful, that translates to failure in your view. That does not make any sense.

    Are you aware that in the last quarter GM (and Ford and Chrysler) turned a healthy profit, whereas Toyota and Honda lost money? Do facts like these, and the tens of thousands of jobs produced by the government loans made to GM and Chrysler, not cause you us to feel like our government did a good thing? There is no guarantee that GM and/or Chrysler will be successful in the long run, but GM especially seems to be doing quite well. That is a fact, Hoagie. Feel good about that!

    “I guess Hart is the offical voice of the “protesters” ( read idiot commie pigs).”

    Brilliant, Hoagie! People are hurting out there, and Wall Street shenanigans bear lots of responsibility for our downturn. I am surprised that it has taken this long for folks to take to the streets in protest. Have you no feelings for the unemployed who want jobs? Don’t you think that alleged Wall Street law breakers should be brought to justice? Or is this protest all some kind of a Communist conspiracy in your mind?

    [Added:] Take note: This is a spontaneous protest that is spreading to all over the country. It is an expression of genuine frustration and concern for the future. I have been predicting that our current situation regarding jobs and wealth distribution would produce this outcome. And these protests are going to grow. People have to eat and have a roof over their heads!!!

  16. “OMG. How many freakin’ times does this get repeated day after day after day?? Do you really believe all this mindless repetition is actually making a point, Perry?”

    Yes, I do. The Fox News/Rush Limbaugh/Hitchcock/Hube propaganda must be countered. Moreover, Hube, do you read your own posts? They are quite repetitive, aren’t they? The same old ad hominems and garbage language posted by you ALL the time. Hypocrite! Grow up, Hube!

  17. Yes, I do.

    Perhaps, then, this is a symptom of that cry-me-a-river “reading disability” you wrote about the other day. But, of course, you push off the responsibility onto others instead of yourself. As usual.

    Talk about pathologies! Talk about growing up! You may be 95 years old physically, Perry, but you’re still a 7 year old mentally and intellectually.

  18. “Perhaps, then, this is a symptom of that cry-me-a-river “reading disability” you wrote about the other day. But, of course, you push off the responsibility onto others instead of yourself. As usual.

    Talk about pathologies! Talk about growing up! You may be 95 years old physically, Perry, but you’re still a 7 year old mentally and intellectually.”

    The above is Hube’s version of discussing the issues on here! Sick-o!

  19. The above is Hube’s version of discussing the issues on here! Sick-o!

    Says the “man” who believes “discussing the issues” includes copying and pasting the same tired old talking points day after after day, and injecting people’s family members into online disputes.

    Sick-o!

  20. The above is Hube’s version of discussing the issues on here! Sick-o!

    Says the “man” who believes “discussing the issues” includes copying and pasting the same tired old talking points day after after day, and injecting people’s family members into online disputes.

    Sick-o!

    Hube, I don’t accept your comments as valid, because they are the product of a disturbed mind. Be that as it is, if I were this terrible person you describe, you would ignore me and go on with your comments on the issues. You have demonstrated time and again that you are unable to do this. Thus, this behavior is on you, Hube. More important than any issue is your obsession with making personal attacks on me. That is where the “sick-o” comes in. Get help before you lose control completely, as you are demonstrating that you are a very, very angry person.

  21. Hube, I don’t accept your comments as valid, because they are the product of a disturbed mind.

    No, you don’t accept my comments as valid because you know I am right — and you hate that. I respond to you precisely for the reason you once wrote to me — to call you out for your hypocritical, radical, deranged nonsense.

    Your tired, old “suggestions” about “getting help” and “obsessions” are beyond tiresome. Perhaps if you took your own advice, you wouldn’t come off as a laughable idiot. But, as usual, you always project your weaknesses onto others, all the while pretending to be above it all.

    You’re a tired, weak, and incredibly stupid, old man. As I wrote, try increasing your mental age to your physical age as soon as possible.

  22. “No, you don’t accept my comments as valid because you know I am right — and you hate that. I respond to you precisely for the reason you once wrote to me — to call you out for your hypocritical, radical, deranged nonsense.

    ….

    You’re a tired, weak, and incredibly stupid, old man. As I wrote, try increasing your mental age to your physical age as soon as possible.”

    In the same post, Hube, you claim that I write “hypocritical, radical, deranged nonsense”, then claim that I am a “tired, weak, and incredibly stupid, old man”. That you feel a compulsion to continue to respond to an individual of my alleged caliber does not make rational sense. You keep demonstrating this behavior over and over on here, thus that you are indeed a disturbed person overwhelmed with anger, to the point where you cannot even control your own behavior.

    You keep initiating these attacks, and will continue to do so. What else can one conclude? What else can one say, but to make note of this peculiar behavior of yours? Seriously, get help – you are in a rage from which you cannot extricate yourself! I happen to have become one of your targets.

  23. *Yaaawwwwwwwwwn*

    You’re incredibly boring, Fossil. Just let me know when YOU get some help. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll do as you request then.

  24. Prove it!

    “Common sense”.

    W1ngnut rules – I win, you lose, suck on that.

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