Posts Tagged ‘Palin’

GOP Political Operative Sig Rogich Says Palin Not Electable As President

By Sean Whaley | 3:24 pm December 13th, 2010

CARSON CITY – Long-time Republican political operative Sig Rogich said today that Sarah Palin is not a viable candidate for president in 2012.

Rogich, who was involved in the campaigns of Ronald Reagan and both Bush presidents, said Palin, a Tea Party favorite and former Republican Alaska governor, is unelectable.

“I’m not overly enamored with (Palin),” he said.

“As a candidate nationwide I don’t think she is electable for a presidency, and I think that over time you will see reasons why,” Rogich said.

Rogich made his comments in an interview on the Nevada NewsMakers television program.

Rogich said he does not believe a clear front-runner for the GOP in the 2012 presidential election has emerged yet.

Asked about possible choices within the GOP to face President Obama, Rogich mentioned former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour as potential candidates.

Rogich also headed up Republicans for Reid in the Nevada Senate race. U.S. Sen. Harry Reid easily won another term on Nov. 2, and Rogich said early on he did not believe the outcome of the contest against GOP challenger Sharron Angle was ever in doubt.

A lot of Nevadans, including moderate Republicans, thought Angle was eccentric and took positions that were not good for the state despite flawed polling that showed a much closer race, he said.

“So I felt pretty good about winning this election,” Rogich said.

Audio clips:

Nevada political operative Sig Rogich says Sarah Palin is not electable as president:

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Sarah Palin Energizes Tea Party Crowd, Tells Them To Support Sharron Angle In Nevada Senate Race

By Sean Whaley | 2:18 pm October 18th, 2010

(Corrected at 4:45 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2010 to reflect the actual statement by Sarah Palin about Russia in 2008)

(Updated at 4:02 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2010 to reflect crowd estimate.)

RENO – An enthusiastic crowd of Tea Party supporters showed up to cheer on former GOP Alaska Gov. and U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin today at one of what will be many stops across the county in advance of the Nov. 2 general election.

The Tea Party Express bus tour was scheduled to continue on to Elko today, then Ely and Las Vegas before heading east and ending in Connecticut on Nov. 1.

Palin spoke for about 25 minutes in a parking lot on South Virginia Street, urging those attending the rally to continue working through Election Day. Several people who attended the rally estimated the crowd at 1,000 to 1,500.

Palin made more than a few humorous comments in her address, saying “I can see November from my house,” a reference to her statement during the 2008 presidential election that Russia can be seen from land in Alaska. The comment was later spoofed on a “Saturday Night Live” episode.

She followed up with another statement: “Now we can see 2012 from our house,” a reference to the upcoming 2012 presidential election. Palin is considered to be a leading GOP candidate for president two years from now.

Palin said it is time for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to retire, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Sharron Angle, the Republican challenger to Reid, did not attend the rally, but got an endorsement from Palin and the Tea Party, as did other Nevada conservative candidates. Angle will help repeal, “the mother of all unfunded mandates called Obamacare,” Palin said.

“I thank you for being so bold in your support of Sharron too,” she said. “Bless her heart the stuff they have thrown at her. Yet she’s still standing.”

Reid spokesman Jon Summers, in an email sent out today, noted that Angle failed to win the endorsement from her hometown newspaper, the Reno Gazette-Journal, which on Sunday endorsed Reid.

“The good news for Sharron is that she will have some supporters in Reno today,” Summers said. “The bad news? That support will consist of a Tea Party group from California run by Republican consultants, and Sarah Palin.”

Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., attended the rally but did not speak. Heller said federal election law prohibits candidates from coordinating with the Tea Party Express.

Palin told the crowd to keep working, walking precincts, stuffing envelopes and all the other tasks that need to be done for conservative candidates across the country to ensure victory on Nov. 2.

Borrowing from Sharron Angle’s “man up” comment made to Reid at last week’s debate, Palin said current political leaders should “man up” and support Tea Party candidates.

The “bigwigs” in the political machine are “too chicken to come out and support the Tea Party candidates,” she said.

Palin warned the crowd not to take it easy yet. Democratic candidates and their supporters are taking cheap shots at conservative candidates, attacks that are not being challenged or repudiated by what she called the left wing media.

“Don’t be thinking that we have victory for America in the bag yet,” she said. “We can’t let up. We can’t get cocky about this.”

Sarah Palin speaks at Tea Party rally in Reno on Monday with hot air balloon in background

WSJ Blog: Sharron Angle Sounds Like Sarah Palin

By Elizabeth Crum | 12:03 pm April 16th, 2010

Not too sure this WSJ blog post comparing Sharron Angle to Sarah Palin is a good thing for the Nevada U.S. Senate candidate who has said she wants to reach out to Independents (with whom Palin’s popularity has recently waned) in the general election.

The WSJ post piece said Angle “played well” with/to the activists who gathered to hear her speak at the National Press Club after she was introduced/endorsed by the Tea Party Express, giving a speech filled with “quirky metaphors, folksy syntax and hot conservative buzzwords.”

Harry Reid Poked Fun at Palin on “I’m Not Dead Yet” Bus Tour Kickoff in Searchlight

By Elizabeth Crum | 8:24 am April 6th, 2010

Harry Reid’s “I’m Not Dead Yet” bus tour began yesterday morning in his hometown.

During his remarks to supporters, he worked in a couple of jabs at Sarah Palin.  Greta’s got the video.

And those awful poll numbers?

He feels fine.  As he said to Greta in his interview last night, “We’re doing fine. The polls are fine.”

And: “[The poll numbers] are not as bleak as a newspaper here tries to make them.”

And: “The only poll that matters is the one in November.”

And (is this a reference to “Tea Party of Nevada” candidate Scott Ashjian?):  “Even the latest polls put out by a newspaper that runs an editorial every day against me shows that with multiple candidates in the race, I win the election.”

Yes, Dear Readers, he feels fine.  He’s getting better.  He doesn’t WANT to get on the cart.

“Showdown in Searchlight” Tea Party Rally: Saturday, March 27

By Elizabeth Crum | 2:35 pm March 4th, 2010

My Inbox is full of requests for “more info” re: the big Tea Party rally at 12:00 noon in Searchlight on Saturday, March 27.  Here’s what I’ve got so far (and will update this post as new stuff comes in, so keep checking back):

– Location:  Intersection of Coyote Mine Rd and US-95 N in Searchlight.  Follow the signs to the Tea Party Express Buses & Stage.  (If you get to Route 164/Nipton Road/Cottonwood Cove Road, you went too far.)

– The Tea Party Express (TPX) folks are sending out event press releases galore as part of their “Defeat Harry Reid” campaign.  Their press releases all start thusly:

“Join us from March 27th to April 15th, 2010 as we tell Congress and the White House: “Enough!” Let’s stand up and stop the bailouts, cap and trade, out-of-control spending, government-run healthcare and higher taxes! We’re back and determined to take our country back!”

TPX is calling the event — the kickoff of their big road trip that ends in Boston on April 14/15 — the “Showdown in Searchlight mega rally” and list the following peeps as speakers:

Key note:  Sarah Palin

Dirk Armey

Joe the Plumber

Wayne Allyn Root, former Libertarian Party Vice-presidential candidate

Victoria Jackson, former Saturday Night Live personality

and radio talk show hosts:

Roger Hedgecock

Heidi Harris

Jerry Doyle

Mark Williams

Melanie Morgan

Apparently TPX is also organizing (1) a morning caravan from Laughlin to the noon rally in Searchlight, (2) a second caravan up to Henderson for the “grand finale rally” of the day and (3) charter buses from all over the place to Searchlight.  For info on caravans and TPX out-of-area charters, email or call Tiffany at 916 764-0708.

The Showdown in Searchlight Facebook page has complete details.  And you can view their TV ad here (they claim it is the 15th most viewed news/politics video on YouTube).

Hirshman: Sue Lowden = MiniPalin?

By Elizabeth Crum | 6:15 pm March 2nd, 2010

Hm.  I’ve got issues with a number of things Linda Hirshman said – both generally and about Sue Lowden – in this piece on the Daily Beast. No time to write it about it all right this minute, though, so go read it for yourself (and drop a comment if you wish).

Sarah Palin to Speak at Kick Off 42-city Tea Party Express Tour in…Harry Reid’s Home Town

By Elizabeth Crum | 7:30 pm February 2nd, 2010

So reports the WaPo:

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will headline a “tea party” rally next month in Searchlight, Nev., the home town of embattled Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), tea party movement organizers said.

Palin, who is delivering the keynote address at the National Tea Party Convention this weekend in Nashville, is stepping up her campaign activities for conservative activist groups this spring. The March 27 Nevada event will kick off the Tea Party Express’s 42-city bus tour, which will end April 15 with what organizers are billing as a major march on Washington. In addition to the Searchlight rally, Palin will headline a tour stop in Boston on April 14, said Mark Williams, chairman of Tea Party Express.

Reid responded to Palin in a statement to The Post: “Make sure you stop by the Nugget for a ten-cent cup of coffee with free refills — and make sure to say ‘Hi’ to Verlie.”