Sunday, August 26, 2012

The No Palin Convention

She was the star of the 2008 Republican convention.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's speech to the party faithful gave life and energy to a dying campaign. If you search through the revisionist history of liberal columnists and commentators, incompetent McCain aides and Democratic operatives, you will see that the McCain campaign was behind five to eight points in the polls before Palin's speech and was ahead five to eight points after the speech.

And now, most conspicuously not among the speakers scheduled for the Republican National Convention, is GOP star Sarah Palin. Did Mitt Romney and the Republicans forget what she did? Did they forget her charisma, her power to get ratings and attention. What a lost opportunity.

As for Governor Palin, she does not seem bothered at all by the slight and has announced she will be campaigning in Arizona. Do you think she will get any attention there? You betcha.

The former Alaska governor told Fox News on Saturday she is heading to Arizona to campaign for congressional candidates Jeff Flake, Paul Gosar and Kirk Adams. She said her focus this year is on getting conservatives elected to the House and Senate. "We need a Congress committed to repeal Obamacare, the mother of all unfunded mandates," she said.

She also dismissed the idea that the tea party grass-roots movement that energized Republicans in 2010 has fizzled: "I think the tea party is just getting started."

All of this smells like revenge by the Mitt Romney campaign. Sarah has never embraced Mitt and was firmly in the Newt Gingrich camp. Palin's bus tour last summer also showed up in New Hampshire the same day Romney announced his candidacy. You can guess which event got the most media play.

Mitt has to let it go. He needs Sarah Palin in his camp. This silly convention shun doesn't help.

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