Palin: Budget Deal a ‘Capitulation’

April 17th, 2011 at 7:36 am | 19 Comments |

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Reuters reports:

Conservative Sarah Palin returned to the U.S. political arena on Saturday after several months absence with a feisty speech attacking both the establishment Republican Party and Democratic President Barack Obama and proclaiming “the 2012 elections begin here.”

In a move apparently aimed at keeping her name in the running for the Republican nomination in next year’s presidential election, Palin addressed several thousand people in Wisconsin, a state bitterly divided by a political fight over union rights.

Palin has been mostly absent from politics since the January shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, when she was criticized for accusing opponents of manufacturing a “blood libel” against her.

That absence has seen her standing slide among potential frontrunners for the Republican nomination.

As snow and sleet fell on Madison’s main square, Palin attacked the budget compromise between Republicans and Obama on cuts of around $38 billion instead of $100 billion promised by Republicans in elections last November.

“That is not courage, that is capitulation,” she said, adding that a recent bruising battle in Wisconsin over union bargaining rights provided a number of lessons.

“We didn’t elect you just to rearrange the deck chairs on a sinking Titanic,” she said. “We didn’t elect you just to stand back and watch Obama redistribute those deck chairs.”

While former governors Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty have announced they hope to be candidates to challenge Obama, Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, has not said whether she will seek the Republican nomination for president.

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  • JeffreyGoldfarb

    The budget negotiations weren’t pretty, but at least they involved both sides facing facts. One hopes this continues. Palin is the enemy of this fundamental, a clear and present danger to the health of the Republic,

  • JeninCT

    Both sides facing facts? Hardly. No one on Capitol Hill is facing facts because it would mean they would lose their next election (Paul Ryan may ben the one exception). And Reuters is trying to spin it as Palin being absent since the AZ shooting, isn’t that funny…

    Nothing surprises me anymore.

    • jakester

      Since Palin had nothing to do with the budget and holds no office since she quit, as well as no federal one at all, who really cares if she is absent or not? Absent implies she had a role but didn’t show up. Her only role in life is pandering to pea brain fundy cons like herself.

    • JeffreyGoldfarb

      I don’t see Ryan facing facts. He talks about the deficit, but it seems that he is mostly concerned with the idea of small government. He talks about medicare reform, but he is actually trying to end it, while he doesn’t address the baby boomer problem. He seems to be more moved by ideological deduction, than from a real confrontation with the facts. This was most clear to me in his response to the State of the Union Address,

  • jerseychix

    Sarah Palin is lecturing someone about courage? Now that is a good joke.

  • Freebob

    Are you sure she said capitulation and not catapult-ulation?

  • ram6968

    this “lady” doesn’t know her debits from her assets…..just loves the attention

  • Rabiner


    “Paul Ryan may ben the one exception”

    You mean he’s just as delusional or worse since he still believes the Heritage Foundation analysis of his plan; he still thinks making Medicare a voucher system is going to leave seniors with the ability to buy their health insurance in 10 years; that he thinks cutting taxes for the wealthy is a way to lower the deficit……

  • politicalfan

    This was like watching a 2008 rerun. She confuses me with the dichotomy of her speech roles.

    Game On! Is she running?

  • Gramps

    Sarah Palin gets frosty reception at Wisconsin Capitol…

    My favorite political signage…

    “Palin 2012”— Remember the Mayans have warned us!

  • dmnolan

    “Andrew Breitbart was similarly annoyed and told the crowd, “you’ve been so rude, go to hell. You’re trying to divide America.” He was there, with Sarah. Together such clarity and depth. But where was Jon Voight?

    • jakester

      DMNOLAN, See
      It’s amazing the depth of that man’s hypocrisy. Everything Breitbart said was totally backwards. TRS is right, he calls Andrew’s blogs, “Big Stupid”.

      • dmnolan

        I just watched to clip. He denounced divisiveness as he was introducing Sarah Palin. Without a trace of irony. And, unlike, say, Dick Armey, I suspect Breitbart believes everything he says. And I’ll bet he likes the way that microphone feels in his hand.

        • jakester

          Breitbart is the most dishonest, bombastic, anti-intellectual person I ever heard, maybe with the exception of Michael Savage. My favorite was once he was filling in for another right wing talk radio bigmouth. There was a story about the 10 biggest lies of 2009 from HuffPo I believe; which featured Palin and Bachmann front and center. He first said that he hasn’t and won’t read the article then goes on to say the writers, who he doesn’t even know their names, are a bunch of elitists who mock your patriotism, fundamentalist Christianity and want to keep you out of those big houses and cars they have but don’t want you to have. Then he is famous for calling his enemies Alinsyites because they are not honest (hah) like he is in journalism. Then HE releases a video where HE BRAGS ABOUT USING ALINSKYITE tactics. The man is far beyond normal partisan hypocrisy to the level of malevolent insanity. Just look at his rubbish blogs and the cretins they attract!

  • WaStateUrbanGOPer

    It takes a lot of temerity to criticize congress for only passing 38 billion in cuts– and not the exorbitant but admittedly desirable 100 billion– when you’ve presided over massive spending increases as both a governor and mayor. Look at the fiscal mess she left the Wasilla city government in, and then tell me why anyone would take this vacuous idiot’s advice on the federal budget?

    Why does it always seem that it never occurs to this woman that her critics know how to look up facts and do even minimal policy research? Is Sarah Palin so completely lacking in self-awareness that she cannot keep even the most glaring contradictions and pieces of hypocrisy out of even her purportedly ‘serious’ policy speeches, like this one in Madison? (And never mind the contradictions present in her blatantly policy-free culture war harangues.) Does she seriously think no one will look up the relevant facts and then call shenanigans on her?

    • Gramps

      “This nation is like all the others that have been spewed upon the earth–ready to shout for any cause that will tickle its vanity or fill its pocket. What a hell of a heaven it will be when they get all these hypocrites assembled there!— Letter to J. H. Twichell, 1/29/1901″

  • honeybee

    Rabiner // Apr 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    “he still thinks making Medicare a voucher system is going to leave seniors with the ability to buy their health insurance in 10 years”

    Honestly. Are there actually private health insurance companies who are just lining up and chomping at the bit to cover people aged 65 and older? Because I’m not sure that there are.