[Rushtalk] Palin on GOP leadership: 'It's not just the New England Patriots who are dealing with deflated balls right now.

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Thu Mar 12 19:53:27 MDT 2015

         Dead-on, right (as usual)!   - jaq

At 08:55 PM 3/12/2015, Carl Spitzer wrote:

>Palin on GOP leadership: ‘It’s not just the New 
>England Patriots who are dealing with deflated balls right now.
>Associated Press
>  <http://www.ap.org/>Associated Press
>by <http://www.breitbart.com/author/john-hayward/>John Hayward 24 Jan 2015
>During an appearance in Las Vegas to promote the 
>second season of her show “Amazing America” on 
>the Sportsman Channel, former Alaska governor 
>and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin used 
>the big sports story of the day to profess 
>herself less than amazed by the Republican leadership.
>“I’m not going to talk politics except to say 
>the GOP had better go on offense,” she told 
>Blaze. “Man, they are not going to win any game 
>on defense. Being in the majority there in D.C., 
>we’re blowing it if we just bend our back
>GOP leadership, that Establishment, they’ve got 
>to get their stuff together. I love what they 
>believe in, I believe in it too. But they’ve got 
>to get tough, man. You know what? It’s not just 
>the New England Patriots who are dealing with deflated balls right now.”
>That seems to have been the end of her political 
>remarks to The Blaze – which is fine, because 
>she was there to talk about her TV show, and at 
>any rate it’s hard to beat that “deflated balls” 
>crack as a mike-drop conclusion. Given the 
>timing, it’s hard to say if she had the 
>Republican retreat from the Pain-Capable Unborn 
>Child Protection Act in mind, but it’s tough to 
>beat as an example of the political testosterone failure she’s talking about.
>It was such a debacle that it doesn’t even pass 
>muster as an act of sheer political cynicism, 
>because at least those acts leave the cynical 
>bastards in a better overall political position. 
>The GOP leadership traded a massive loss of 
>energy and support from their own base – 
>including Republicans who don’t care all that 
>much about the aborticide issue but view this 
>retreat as a troubling sign that their party 
>leaders won’t try for a touchdown even when it’s 
>first and goal – for approximately nothing in 
>the way of respect from independents, moderate 
>Democrats, or the media elite that Republican 
>leaders fear above nearly all other things. They 
>threw their deflated football backwards, then tackled themselves for a safety.
>The importance of staying on offense is 
>illustrated by the lost opportunity here. 
>Protection for unborn children in the later 
>stages of pregnancy is an issue with huge 
>popular support across every demographic 
>(except, of course, aborticide profiteers, 
>radical feminist ideologues, and the media types 
>who carry their sedan chairs). We’re talking 
>about a bill with 60% support from the general 
>public, 59% from women, and 57% from young 
>people – and that’s with very little organized 
>promotion from Republicans, and none from the 
>media. There are issues where the media 
>cheerfully carries the Democrats’ water, not 
>just in punditry but with politically-charged 
>popular entertainment, that can’t get to 60%.
>Of course President Obama would have vetoed it
>and that’s exactly what the Republican Party 
>should have wanted, with all of its united 
>heart. That’s how you play offense. There’s 
>nothing better than forcing Obama to defend an 
>extremist, out-of-step position with his veto 
>pen, at the behest of well-connected special 
>interests with deep pockets. That’s the kind of 
>bloody nose a lame-duck President with shaky 
>poll numbers can’t easily get back up from. It 
>should have been followed up with one 
>legislative haymaker after another, until even 
>Obama’s most dedicated media sycophants spent 
>their Sunday mornings muttering uncomfortably 
>about veto-happy President Gridlock.
>This is the strategy Republican leaders promised 
>to follow when they made their big pitch for 
>unseating Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader – 
>a project considered quite the long shot when 
>the 2014 election season began. Remember how all 
>the Smart People were dispensing Conventional 
>Wisdom about how the odds of Republicans taking 
>the Senate were like the odds of hitting a 
>slot-machine jackpot? The Republicans made an 
>eminently sensible case that Democrat control of 
>the Senate enabled Reid to use all sorts of 
>parliamentary tricks to bury good House bills 
>without Obama getting directly involved, leading 
>to the absurd spectacle of the media portraying 
>Republicans as obstructionists. “Get Reid out of 
>that seat, and we can really go on offense!” 
>cried the herd of pachyderms thundering toward 
>November 2014, and America took them up on it.
>Look what we’re getting instead: craven 
>defensiveness on every important issue, right 
>down to the old minority-party shell game about 
>how today is never the right time to fight, but 
>the middle of next year should be better. 
>Obama’s the one on offense, shamelessly and 
>often illegally. You can’t say he isn’t 
>dedicated to the strategy his political team 
>came up with after they were finished 
>hyperventilating over the beating they took in 
>November. As we saw at the State of the Union 
>address, Obama won’t even mention the midterm 
>elections took place. Besides treating the 2014 
>political season like a fever dream his subjects 
>have snapped out of, the President spent the 
>rest of SOTU relentlessly on offense – the 
>entire presentation was basically a wish list of 
>crazy, expensive giveaway programs, intended to 
>make Republicans look bad for defensively opposing them.
>Palin is absolutely correct about the need to 
>play on offense, especially for the opposition 
>party. That’s still what the GOP is, no matter 
>what becomes of the President’s poll numbers, or 
>how many seats they pick up in a wave election – 
>you either have the White House, or you don’t. 
>The notion of playing small-ball defense to 
>clear the field for a 2016 presidential 
>candidate is lunacy. It seems to be received 
>political wisdom among Beltway Republicans, but 
>it doesn’t work – it’s never worked. The best 
>way to run for President is not just to talk 
>about the good ideas your Party stands for, but 
>to point at all the times they’ve tried to put 
>those ideas into practice, only to be thwarted by obstructionists.
>Democrats always try to frame elections that 
>way; they instinctively understand it’s the best 
>ground to fight from. That’s one reason they 
>don’t savage their own front-line fighters, even 
>when the outcome of their crusades is less than 
>optimal – they understand how that puts the 
>whole party on defense. Republicans, on the 
>other hand, seem eager to scourge and discredit 
>their own champions in a never-ending 
>intra-party bloodbath, nourishing a foolish but 
>astoundingly persistent faith that the 
>milquetoast moderate establishment types can win 
>the approval of the media establishment by 
>“purging” their own party of real leadership. 
>You can’t play offense if you send all your best 
>offensive players to the showers. Let’s hope the 
>Republican Party figures that out before they 
>try taking the 2016 field with a deflated-ball 
>squad that isn’t convinced it has any business in the Democrat end zone.
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