Not Doubting Sarah Palin

Earlier today, Nicole posted a piece listing some of Barack Obama’s critics on the left, in response to a Salon magazine article titled,”Doubting Sarah.” In that article, the writer complied a list of quotes from some of Governor Palin’s detractors to show a “striking pattern” of “republicans” who “are publicly voicing doubts about Palin.” As Nicole pointed out however, those critics listed seem to have one thing in common: they’re one or two degrees separated from the Bush family.“She also pointed out that most of those people are known RINO’s.

So we decided to compile another list of our own. A list that you will not see published in any “news” magazine or other such publication. This is a list of republican and conservative leaders who have publicly praised Governor Palin. I should add that this is a much more impressive list of individuals (minus the guy on the bottom) than the one put together by Salon.

Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana:

Q: So you think Sarah Palin could be elected? Do you think Sarah Palin’s electable?

A: “Oh, absolutely. I think it’s up to her to make the case to voters. I think we have several – and, by the way, I am biased towards governors and those that have run organizations and executives who’ve had to balance budgets, make tough choices.”

“But when I first ran for governor, Al, the establishment didn’t think I should run. There were folks – I write about it in the book – that didn’t think I should run. The money people got together and said, “Maybe you should get out of the race.” The voters get to decide that.”

Jim Demint, Senator from South Carolina:

“Sarah Palin’s done a lot of good for the country. She’s gone out front and taken a lot of the slings and arrows from the critics. When women or minorities get involved in politics as conservatives, they take a lot of hits from the press. And she’s done a lot of good for the Republican Party, and for our country.”

John McCain, Airzona Senator and former running mate from the 2008 election:

“I remember that a guy named Ronald Reagan used to be viewed by some as divisive.”

“I think she’s doing a great job,” he said of his vice-presidential running mate for the 2008 campaign. “She’s motivated our base. I think she had a positive impact on the last election and I’m proud of her.”

Norman Podhoretz, former editor of Commentary Magazine:

“I hereby declare that I would rather be ruled by the Tea Party than by the Democratic Party, and I would rather have Sarah Palin sitting in the Oval Office than Barack Obama.”

Mike Pence, Congressman from Indiana:

“But with regards to Sarah Palin — she’s a force of nature. I just can’t help it — I just love her. I just think she’s got a bold and courageous voice for conservative values. She doesn’t apologize and I like her style.”

Fred Malek, former assistant to both President Nixon & George H.W. Bush:

“I have known many political leaders over four decades including all Republican presidents and VPs. I have come to know Sarah Palin over the past year and can state unequivocally that she is smart, curious, hard working, charming, and effective. She also has something her detractors clearly lack – a sense of honor and loyalty.”

Michele Bachmann, Congresswoman from Minnesota said Governor Palin is:

“a woman of extraordinary fortitude.”

Nikki Haley, Governor-elect of South Carolina:

“Gov. Palin has been fabulous at getting people to understand the power of their voice”

“She gave us the push we needed at the time.”

Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts:

“We were getting a little long-of-tooth on our stage, if you will, on the national stage, and she re-energized us, and I think she also is one of the — if you will –the instigators behind the tea party movement, which again [with its] energy and intensity gives us a better shot of picking up seats this fall. So I could say nothing except positive things about Sarah Palin.”

Sean Parnell, Governor of Alaska:

“She’s accomplished more in these two and a half years than most governors accomplish in one or two terms”

“Our governor [Palin] has been a great governor. She is going to be Alaska’s and is Alaska’s greatest gift to our country.”

Marco Rubio, Senator-elect from Florida:

“I can’t think of anything her and I disagree with off the top of my head.”

Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor:

“She’s got a hell of a lot more qualifications than Barack Obama had when he ran for President.”

Dick Morris, Republican strategist and commentator:

“The person who is the vice-presidential nominee last time almost automatically has front-runner status if they did a good job, which she did. And I think that she was a fabulous candidate for vice president.”

“I think she’s fabulous. I think she’s wonderful.”

Larry Kudlow, Conservative economist (via Twitter):

“Palin-led GOP revolt against Bernanke’s QE2 may pin his ears back and restrict his plan. Bernanke’s on the run. He’s under siege. Good.”

Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida:

“She has incredible skill”

“She’s managed to figure out how to deal with this almost irrational displeasure of
her. She turns it into a huge political strength.”

Karl Rove, Republican strategist and commentator:

“If she’s thinking about running, she’s doing the smart thing”

(H/T Multiple C4P contributors)



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