Posts Tagged ‘Todd Palin’

Todd Palin Goes On The Record With Greta

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Endorses Newt Gingrich

Todd Palin caused a significant stir today when it was announced he had endorsed Newt Gingrich.  Todd Palin, ever his own man, was a guest by telephone on Greta Van Susteren’s On The Record on FoxNews.  Conservatives have been abuzz with this news, and some are taking it to imply something about who Sarah Palin will support.  The theories today have been wild and untamed, from the preposterous to the vaguely feasible to the outright maniacal. Facebook and Twitter are likewise jumping with activity, as people try to figure out why Todd is making an endorsement, but Sarah has not.  Meanwhile, Gingrich was quite happy with this turn of events.

Anybody who follows the Palins knows that by their own accounts, they don’t always agree, so maybe it’s that, or maybe Sarah Palin simply hasn’t made up her mind.  Whatever is going on, it will be difficult to ignore that Todd Palin has come out for Newt Gingrich.  I expect that this will be the subject of much discussion on the eve of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Still Palin supporters are scrambling to understand the meaning of this announcement, but it’s likely to be precisely that which it seems: Todd Palin prefers Newt Gingrich at this juncture, and Governor Palin isn’t ready to endorse a candidate just yet.

What some conservatives are wondering is if this is some sort of proxy endorsement on behalf of Sarah Palin, but I wouldn’t read too much into that.  Todd Palin said during this interview that he was glad Sarah decided to “sit this one out.”  It seemed to me to be a simple, straight-forward endorsement of Gingrich. Mr. Palin cited Newt’s credentials as a reformer, and that he thought Gingrich was best-suited to take on Obama.  Thinking about Gingrich, it’s true that he was the architect of the mostly successful “Contract With America,” and he did  lead to the first Republican majority in the House in more than four decades. Watch the video below:

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Whatever Gingrich’s other flaws may be, it’s clear that in Todd Palin’s view, Gingrich is more inclined to lead the kinds of reforms Mr. Palin finds important to the nation’s future.  Whether this is a hint at Sarah Palin’s thinking is anybody’s guess.  Maybe we will get a better indication of Governor Palin’s thinking when she delivers the keynote address at CPAC on the 11th of February in Washington DC, if not sooner.

Conservative Split Threatens to Give Romney Victory

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Searching for the Non-Romney

It’s going pretty much according to plan for Mitt Romney.  He has the anti-Romney vote split up in several directions, and rolling into New Hampshire, he looks poised to get at least 40% of the Granite State’s support.  Meanwhile, the anti-Romneys, now composed of Gingrich, Huntsman, Paul, Perry and Santorum are battling amongst themselves for the remainder in a way that makes it virtually certain none will eclipse Romney.  Rather than realizing that for any of them to prevail, Romney must come down, they continue to clobber one another.  Strategically, this is dumb, but the truth is that it’s only dumb if you’re not Romney, who is certainly content to watch the others do battle.  While it might make Romney’s victory as inevitable as the media has told you it would be, it does nothing to serve the interests of conservative voters.  As their preferred candidates squabble amongst themselves, conservatives are watching the nomination process slip away, and what they will be left with is an insufferable milquetoast candidate who will not easily beat Obama.

There’s a lesson in this for conservative voters, and it has to do with the manner in which they choose their candidates.  Conservatives tell us they don’t want the media picking their candidate, but the truth is that they have been led from one to the next and eventually to the next of the anti-Romneys precisely by media.  It started with Bachmann, who was up because the media told you she was, and she was shortly bypassed by Perry, because the media told you so.  He soon fell even before his debate gaffe, to be replaced by Cain, because the media told you so.  Cain was hammered relentlessly, so you waved goodbye to the Hermanator because the media told you so.  From there, you went on to Gingrich, and I knew as soon as his numbers hit the mid-twenties that Rick Santorum would be fetched out as his replacement.  Santorum’s day in the sun is already waning, as the media begins to pick him apart. Will Huntsman be the next hot thing, with a boost from New Hampshire, or are we so late in the process that he no longer really matters?

Folks, this is and has been intentional.  You might offer that I’m proposing a conspiracy, but I insist that none of these candidates need be involved.  As I have detailed elsewhere, there’s no need for anything conspiratorial among the candidates, as only Romney needs the inside track with media to make this work.  I think it’s pretty clear he has it, as many of you who tune in to Fox News are already aware.  Carl Cameron, while following the Romney campaign as a result of his job assignment, has a very cozy relationship with the Romney camp.  He’s given access and they’re given positive press.  This permits Romney to set the campaign messaging, and while you suppose you’re getting something like objective reporting, what you’re really getting is warmed-over schlock that has been massaged into shape by the Romney public relations sculptors, or Romney himself.

It’s all very slick.  It all has the effect of causing the non-Romney-inclined electorate to follow dutifully along to whomever the media tells them is up, and to abandon whomever the media tells them is down.  In Iowa, independent expenditures on behalf of Romney soared, most of it going to deflate Gingrich, while the “buzz” was about Santorum.  This process will be repeated as often as needed to keep conservatives divided as to which of these candidates really should challenge Mitt Romney.  If Perry and Santorum stood aside, Gingrich would leap back to the head of the class.  If Gingrich and Perry stood aside, Santorum would leap to the top of the pile.  I’m not sure that Perry could vault to the top if Gingrich and Santorum stood aside, but if he did, he’ would at least have the money to do something with the opportunity.  (This is not a suggestion to readers to join Perry’s bandwagon, but merely an expression of fact: Among these three, he has the biggest war chest.)

Rather than castigate ourselves for how we’ve been manipulated, I’d rather find a solution, but while the problem is obvious, the solution isn’t so easily discerned.  If we want an actual conservative, we’ll either need to unite around one of the non-Romneys in a hurry, or find somebody else altogether, but the latter alternative would need to happen even more quickly, and I don’t see any of this happening as it now stands.  This entire primary season is turning into a route for conservatives, but the problem is that we’ve been led into this by virtue of our own anxieties.  We denounce the media’s impact on our nomination process, and yet it is to the media we have turned for ready answers because we have become obsessed with the media’s approval and judgments.  This trend must stop in future primaries, but that does little to help us grapple with our current situation.

I’ve passed the point of frustration, and I know many of my readers are likewise discouraged.  I’m looking for the solution to cure all of this, but it doesn’t seem possible that we will overcome this at such a late date.  Can Romney be stopped?  I have my doubts, but I know with certainty that he should be prevented from gaining the nomination because he is so thoroughly un-conservative.  That said, as this goes to press, news has come along that may hint at a direction.  Todd Palin has endorsed Newt Gingrich.  Tammy Bruce commented during her show that she felt this might indicate a familial preference, but in any case, what we should recognize in all of this is that we must coalesce around one non-Romney candidate, or be stuck with the inferior result.  I understand quite well those who look at Gingrich and see him as at least better than Romney, and at least a genuinely thoughtful politician, even if we don’t always adore his ideas. I would suppose that many conservatives would approve of that, while still others have a bone or two to pick with Gingrich. On balance, I view him as far more acceptable than Mitt Romney, and  by the time this process winds down to the Texas primary, I may indeed wind up supporting Newt.  I’ve told you for a long time that I’m an ABR guy, meaning “Anybody But Romney,” and as events have transpired, I’ve only solidified in that position.

Flash: Todd Palin Endorses Newt Gingrich(Updated)

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Todd Palin

ABCNews is reporting that Todd Palin is endorsing Newt Gingrich in the primary for the GOP nomination. Coming ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, this may provide something of a boost to Gingrich, because many Palin supporters have been holding off to see how the former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin would endorse.  That still hasn’t been answered, but the fact that Todd Palin is endorsing Gingrich will be seen by many so-called “Palinistas” as a tip to who Sarah Palin may herself endorse.

Update:  Todd Palin is scheduled to be On The Record with Greta Van Susteren tonight, 10pm Eastern

Stephen K. Bannon Interviews Todd Palin

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

First First Dude?

Stephen K. Bannon interviewed Todd Palin for most of the second hour of his Victory Sessions talkshow on KABC, Sunday evening.   Todd Palin said he was “”blown away” by The Undefeated, which goes out via DVD on Tuesday.  Todd spoke about Sarah’s first election for Mayor of Wasilla, and the principle of representing the interests of the people rather than placating the good ol’ boys of Wasilla.  The two discussed at length Sarah’s political career in Alaska.  Todd Palin comes across as he always appears in the media:  Soft-spoken, mild-mannered, but quietly assertive, and just another ordinary American seeking an extraordinary future for his family.  Rather than bombard him with the usual sorts of questions about Sarah’s plans, Bannon’s interview focused on Todd’s perspective for a refreshing change in the media approach to the Palin family.

In an interview that was wide-ranging and covered many topics, much of it was a a re-telling of Sarah’s career from the seldom-broadcast Todd, who came across as entirely genuine.  He seemed every bit the quiet and decent gentleman whose hand I shook at Ft. Hood during the Going Rogue tour.  It’s my opinion that this dynamic couple is much to well-grounded to get caught up in celebrity, and it represents a complete separation from the people in Washington’s establishment who often seem so synthetic and insincere.

Listening to him speak, I couldn’t help but think that Todd Palin would make an exceptionally gracious and inspiring first “First Dude.”

You can hear the interview here: Victory Sessions Interview with Todd Palin 10/02/2011