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Manhattan Lefties Talk Palin

By Jedediah Bila

Jedediah Bila

Last week I attended a cocktail party on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It’s an unfortunate part of life every now and then for this prefer-a-basketball-game-and-soft-pretzel New Yorker. With that being said, any opportunity to mingle with members of New York City’s left-wing elite serves to provide both a wealth of amusement and—quite often—column-worthy entertainment.

This particular party happened to occur the same day it was revealed that Sarah Palin will be keynoting a tea party rally in Iowa on September 3. So, Palin came up quite a bit. What did some of Manhattan’s finest lefties have to say about her?

Here are the top five sentiments that were expressed throughout the two hours I lasted (special thanks to the veggies and dip for keeping me there long enough to overhear this fun):

5. SHE’S SCARY BECAUSE SHE’LL ACTUALLY DO WHAT SHE SAYS. That’s right, folks. They know she’s the real deal. They know that if she says it, she means it. And that scares the living daylights out of them.

4. SHE’S WAY TOO LIKABLE. They admittedly fell in love with Barack Obama’s charisma, and they know darn well that the only person in the GOP field who can match that—or, dare I say, surpass it—is Palin. P.S.—When someone brought up Mitt Romney, many found that awfully funny.

3. SHE’S NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK HER MIND. Palin’s fearlessness is what unnerves them the most. This group was all too excited for a “more subdued,” “less nervy” 2012 Republican alternative.

2. SHE’S “ANNOYINGLY REGULAR” AND PEOPLE LOVE IT. The fact that Palin would never fit in at their cocktail parties is a plus, and they know it.

1. SHE CAN WIN. “What do you think would’ve happened if Palin had been calling the shots in 2008?” I asked. One poor gentleman looked like he’d seen a ghost. “I think we could very well have had a President Palin,” he replied.

Interesting, isn’t it? Now of course they repeatedly retreated into their left-wing, media-fed talking points about how she’s “inexperienced,” how she’s “a quitter,” and how she’s “just not smart enough to be president.” But it was clear to me that they didn’t actually believe an ounce of it. Sure, they had to say those things. That’s their job—to echo left-wing talking points. But those talking points provided them with no comfort whatsoever.

It showed on their faces.

It showed in their voices.

And it showed in their panicked need to follow up so many of their statements with, “She could win. She could really win.” On that last point, I’d have to say I agree.

#GameOn

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Celia
4 years 3 months ago
Dear SarahThank you Sarah .This is the last time .I would like to say you are a nice,and very humble . Thank youYou knew my English not very well. But you didn’t cut-off my heart Anyway I can vote by cufarel . Because I can read newspaperI can say ,I can watch T.V to listen the news with my languagevery well . I can understand something about moralityhistory , and situations today in the world on the website with my language.I wish my English get well . But I grew-up in my country When I came to the U.S.A I can’t stay long time in the school . Because you know I need go to work for pay the bills. Anyway I’m so love the school I’m so sorry ! I wish and pray for you and for U.S.A The last my word I Love America I love American good… Read more »
Alex
3 years 9 months ago

there is a great answer peovidrd, but also companies find insurance brokers who will get you the best possible rates because why waste time energy enrolling a single person in the insurance when they can get employers with 50+ 100+ 1000+ employees.

Kitty
4 years 3 months ago

Sarah, My family and I psopurt you in all you choose to do. We don’t let the misleading media throw us off. We know you and your family are great with quality goals and values. We need you now more than ever in whatever capacity you decide to serve. You can expect the opposition to continue from all the sources that have been bombarding you. That is actually a good thing in that it shows that you are a threat and they want you out of the way so they can do their evil designs. My suggestion; let the opposition just roll off your feathers like water droplets off a ducks back and you should keep on going. You have the greater cause so keep going and we psopurt you. Let us know how we can help.

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4 years 3 months ago

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Charlie
4 years 3 months ago

I don’t recall Obama or Biden being asked what nspepawers or magazines they read. Why? I think she didn’t want to throw out names because she envisioned being branded a reader of the Alaska Dispatch only possibly. Definetely not handled good by her though. The McCain camp had some weird muzzle on her as well.

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4 years 3 months ago

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4 years 3 months ago

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Miguel
4 years 4 months ago
Sarah,Three things,God has to come back to this cutrony,in schools,in goverment,and in the hearts of american people.We see what the lack of God has done to this cutrony,distroyed it.Its time to go back to basics.One,take the schools out of public hands,put in private hands.They have brain washed the children to beleive that the goverment will provide every thing.Two the goverment needs to be remved from the private industry of this cutrony,allow private industry ,invent and create jobs,stop regulation by the goverment.Third get goverment out of heath care stop regulation of medicine and development of cures.then stop the law suites go back to cutrony medicine allow people to have a choice of doctors allow people to make a doctor toe the line.If hes good he will have work if hes not he wont have work.The price will go down.Allow churches to play a role in helping the poor. Fourth,protect are elderly.protect… Read more »
Bill Taylor
4 years 8 months ago

Having lived in Texas for most of my life I think I can tell you about Rick Perry. First he is a Democrat in hiding. Second he is the reason we have the highest insurance rates in the nation. Third He is part of the WORLD ORDER. Fourth he is all about big money and power. Fifth he wants to give illegals education paid for by the tax payers.

Mainly he is for what puts money in Rick Perry’s pocket. Sounds a lot like a any politician.

We need a leader who will tear hell out of DC and reduce the Federal Govt. to about 10% of what it is now. Of course he won’t be there for a second term but he would be loved forever.

Josh
4 years 9 months ago

I’d vote for Jedidiah Bila before I’d vote for Sarah Palin. JB, you’re too smart and accomplished to stand behind Sarah….

Paul
4 years 10 months ago

She is one of us and she has my vote too.

Ginger
4 years 10 months ago

Palin/Bachmann – thats the ticket – -trustworthy women, honest,outgoing,knowledgeable,believe in small government,conservative, family oriented, and they believe in the Tea Party that has our forefathers foundation !!!!! They DO NOT believe in Global warming!!!

margaret
4 years 11 months ago

Who has been the losers since 2008? The American people who are being played against each other. What a shame that this person who poses as our President has chosen to tear apart instead of mend and heal. He has used and abused the race issue. If I were black I would so disappointed that this is the first whiteblack person to sit in the White House and acts more as president of some other country unfriendly to us than the US.

Shawn Curtner
4 years 11 months ago

Thank you AMAC for pulling the National Anthem radio spots! I will become a member and support your organization.

etexfisherman48
4 years 11 months ago
Ddut, ddut, ddut this just in: communist Trumpka AFL/CIO president announces they aren’t going to support Obama but instead are going to infiltrate the country with big bucks to unseat Republicans. Some tell him we are onto him and his pal Obama with this scheme. We know he is going to support a fellow communist and it is only because they fill assured Obama is going to win because of all the 45 million immigrants he brought over and the quick implementation of his “Dream Act” by fiat to vote for him plus the Latino vote, 25% liberals in America, the Mickey Mouse’s and dead people, which makes about 70 million votes before he walks out the door. That is not to mention the computer voting machines that are easily manipulated and leave no paper trail. Did I fail to mention the millions of dollars from rag heads all over… Read more »
etexfisherman48
4 years 11 months ago

Get a load of this; wait until those liberals see a Perry/Palin ticket. That will blow their heads plumb off. Even Soros might give up the ghost along with his buddies David Rockefeller, Peter Paul, Henry Kissinger, Warren Buffet and Bernarke. Bill Ayers may even leave the country for fear of finally justice coming to his door.

Shawn Curtner
4 years 11 months ago

Your use of the National Anthem in sleazy radio ads is despicable. Shame on you. I call on AMAC to IMMEDIATELY pull your radio ad that uses an announcer speaking over the music. By this grossly flagrant misuse, you desecrate our sacred National Anthem! I am a conservative who served in the military and I oppose AARP. But unless and until you cancel those radio advertisements, you will NOT receive my support.
PULL THOSE SPOTS NOW!

Genesis
4 years 3 months ago

Palin’s a good looking woman, but I think looks alone aren’t ellray enough to qualify you as the leader of the free world. An a non-american, I’m glad that the republicans got beat, I have no real issue with McCain, but god forbid something should happen to him and Palin ends up the most powerful person on the planet!

BillVilma
4 years 11 months ago

I was a aarp member for 20 years but droped them 2 years ago when I seen their direction. Just did a 5 year deal with Amac. Until Sarah jumps in I’m for Backmann. Buuut the Republican estabishment will not support a woman for president. They are no different than the Democrats. When we vote the dems out, we need to vote out the estabishment too.

Anna
4 years 11 months ago

I hope she runs, but I hate the cruelty of the media concerning her and her family…We need some new blood running this country. The career “establishment” needs to be eliminated, and new faces with some common sense and term limits replacing them.

Whiteboy
4 years 11 months ago

I hope she runs! She did the right thing when she steped down in Alaska
The left would not leave her alone and allow her to do her job. She had to spend all her time/money defending herself and family. The left has already dug-up all the dirt they can on her and will have to come up with new lies.

Jim B
4 years 11 months ago

Palin for Pres- a real leader!!

Jim B
4 years 11 months ago

Let’s get out of UN. Send all who have anything at all to do with it home!! Raze it and put up low rent housing! We’ll make much more that way!
They were right when we stayed out of League of Nations. Without us it folded. With us it has become a world order organization.

gloria F
4 years 11 months ago

The American People has nervous breakdown when Bush was elected for a second time. Now they are having a second Breakdown – please Sarah Palin come people let’s elect someone who can bring us out of this unfortunate hysteria

Lynn from Utah
4 years 11 months ago

I really like Sarah Palin and the Tea Party with a balanced budget is the smartest way to save this country. I would like to see her back another Tea Party woman, Michelle Bauchman; since she has that same fire in her belly to fight for the rights of Americans and to stop the spending!

ted gagliano
4 years 11 months ago

A recent book tells how the left may well choose how to deal with Palin and/or Bachmann. Their ‘solution’ is scary & could actually happen. All should read this book, available on amazon as well as Barnes & Noble

jim douglas
4 years 11 months ago

Ask the people of Alaska what they think of the X governor, she couldn’t get elected again in that state if the ballot boxes were stuffed!!!!!

Peter Andrew Copp
4 years 11 months ago

I am not sure a woman can win the Presidency.

I “like”: her a great deal and I am a Christian like her.

Can a “born-again” (in the Biblical sense of the term) Christian win the Presidency?

I doubt it?

I wish it were possible.

It IS curious why the left goes so strongly after Palin.

MARION
4 years 11 months ago

Never trust a man who will cheat on his wife (or wives !) like Newt Gingrich til he finally found a rich one who can
allow them to run up a bill for 500,000 at Tiffany’s in New York! Besides, the downturn of the USA began when he authored the Nafta,
Cafta, and all the other give-aways to other nations. Our imports became larger than out exports, and
companies moved operations out of
the country to cheaper labor, without
any penalty. I love Sarah Palin, she
tells it like it is! I’m also looking at
Rick Perry, and if his dealings with
China is what Texas’ prosperity it about, I don’t want him.

Fr. John
4 years 11 months ago

Palin’s unabashed enthusiasm for the racist, xenophobic state of Occupied Palestine… oh…umm, Israel, means that she would do NOTHING different than the last four presidents would do, when it comes to empire-building, embroiling ourselves in wars abroad, and not stopping the ‘international bankers’ here at home. Ron Paul knows the enemy, and his decades of EXPERIENCE in the House, FAR outrank him from La Palin, who can’t even keep her daughter from becoming a slut on nationwide tv.

Sorry, Palin’s passe. And she’s obnoxious, precisely BECAUSE she’s a woman- and should stay home, if she’s such a “Bible-believer” for St. PauL CLEARLY noted how women are to behave, 20 centuries ago.

Barbara
4 years 11 months ago

This article and the author and the many comments so far are the saving grace of this country…Palin was, is and will be the answer in taking this country back from the shameful downward spiral of liberalism agendas left & right of the political spectrum. She has that steel backbone forged in her love of this country. We simply help her in any to hold our highest office in America.

Lynn McCluskey
4 years 11 months ago

bHo would piss his pants if he had to run against Sarah Palin!

Andrew
4 years 4 months ago
Chris Christy is a Republican. He ememplifies three cmomon methodologies of modern politics:1. Appeal to fear or anger: Republicans for years have tried to portray Democrats as weak on National Defense and will make us vulnerable. Democrats have pointed to Republicans as wanting to kill Social Security and Medicare. Christie has found his enemy , teacher unions.Such unions are a very good target: they can be blamed for the problems in education today, they make more money than the average worker, they seem to oppose reform , and they have not been politically adept.2. He tells it like it is Being caustic about people others do not like is fine. Being a boorish oaf to people you identify with creates a motivated enemy. Right now it is working for him. Down the line?3. KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid): The real world is complex and nuanced. Voters often do not understand… Read more »
Jim Strachan
4 years 11 months ago

I am stay afraid that the media will still look at Sarah Palin as something that is not right with us aveage people.

Kenneth Jackson
4 years 11 months ago

I fell in love with Sarah Palin the night she was introduced by John McCain as his running mate in 2008. Still love her.

Gary Roberts
4 years 11 months ago

My intuition is that a Perry-Palin Ticket would be unbeatable at this time. I fully agree that eight years as VP would legitimize Sarah beyong the liberal media’s ability to undermine.

David
4 years 11 months ago

Bill , Sorry , I meant RICK SAYS @ Bill ….

David
4 years 11 months ago
Wow , Wish you were down here in Texas . Now that Rick Perry has jumped into the twister , I can’t wait to hear your accessment . I have relatives up north who are constantly emailing me about him wanting to know MORE ! This is getting interesting . By the way , Cocktail party’s down here , ( Houston Texas ) , usually include Bar-B-Que . So Come on down ! Seriously though , The only thing people in power fear is losing that power , the libs are shakin in there boots . Also , has anyone ever noticed that no matter where it’s tried , socialism , i.e. communism , fails !? Isn’t that the definition of insanity ? p.s. Bill , Where are you getting your info on Ron Paul , ( 911 ) , and don’t you think it’s about time we CLOSE THE… Read more »
Linda L Hill
4 years 11 months ago

If you want Sarah Palin to run, let her know, if you want her to win, teach you children. It is the young voters that need to be convinced that she is the one.

Gus H.
4 years 11 months ago

She strikes me as 100% honest. For that alone, she gets my vote and support.

Dave T.
4 years 11 months ago

Isn’t it amazing! We look on Sarah Palin as our friend, and the liberals are scared to death of her. And their comments show their pretended “civility.” When do we ever hear Conservatives making such comments?

Liberals are generally foolish. They’ve fallen for a lot of nonsense. If it’s disproved, they will have nothing to cling to—a fate worse than death for a lib. We are confident because we know we are right. Sarah Palin will flush their “brilliant” ideas right down the toilet, where they belong. (Hope they don’t cause too much environmental pollution!)

JoeSem
4 years 11 months ago
It goes without saying that the liberal media is going to demonize whomever the Rebublican Party nominates. So don’t let the media’s opinion affect your choice. When I decide who I’m going to vote for, it will be the candidate that comes closest to emulating the values and principles of Ronald Regan, our country’s greatest modern day President. In my mind right now that candidate is Michelle Bachmann. Newt would be close. If Sarah Palin gets in the race, she would be my choice. I would have to learn more about Rick Perry to form an opionion. Any of the announced candidates would make a good President and do a better job than BHO. His caddie would a better job than he’s doing. Let’s elect the candidate with the most fire in his or her belly, as it’s going to take a lot to turn this ship around; but, we… Read more »
The Big Logic
4 years 11 months ago

As worthless as John McCain has been to the true conservative base, we do owe him one big favor. Thank you Senator for giving us Sarah.

FRANK BIG MN
4 years 11 months ago

JEDEDIAH, YOU ARE AS REFRESHING AS SARAH P. LOVE THE ARTICLE – HOW AN AARP COMPETE? LET’S HOPE FOR A REFRESHING NEXT ELECTION.

Bob L.
4 years 11 months ago
I don’t know what to make of Palin, at present she looks more like a diversion than a serious contender. Romney is no Conservative. Cain, I don’t trust because of his past chairmanship of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank and statements that the FED doesn’t need to be audited. Huntsman is a RINO. Ron Paul, I supported in 2008, but he has gone soft on illegal immigration. Newt is an establishment New World Order advocate. Rick Perry- – is a wolf in sheeps clothing. He has pushed for the NAFTA Superhighway through Texas and has all but sold Texas to Red China. That’s why Texas has been in the news as the most prosperous state in the country right now. He’s signed a deal selling Texas oil to China and allowed China to buy or build industrial plants inTexas. He is also an advocate for “immigration reform” (amnesty for… Read more »
WF NC
4 years 11 months ago

Would like to see Palin and Perry in race now so debates like the one on 8/12 would include them.

SouthernPatriot
4 years 11 months ago

We like Sarah and much of what she says. There are other candidates which if they have proven conservative principles which may have equal or greater success in opposing Obama. Gov. Perry for president, Rubio VP, Romney Interior, Palin S of State, Cain ambass to UN

Dennis Math
4 years 11 months ago
As much as I like Mrs Palin I don’t believe she can beat Obama. Her “negatives” in polling among the wishy washy Independent voters are extremely high and a burdensome hurdle to overcome when one considers she already has the mainstream media as her most deadly foe. Also, as good as she is on stage and as much good as she had done for the country, she simply doesnt have the economic background that is so desperately needed to overcome the disaster that the Obama administration has wrought on this country. Though I wouldnt really like Romney at the head of a ticket I would like to see him as perhaps a VP candidate with a strong conservative with a proven track record of knowledge on international fiscal policy. Who that candidate would be I don’t know. I wish Paul Ryan would throw his hat in the ring. A Ryan-Romney… Read more »
John K
4 years 11 months ago

I did not vote for McCain, I voted for Palin and sadly had to include McCain on the ticket. He cost the Republicans the election, not Palin.

Bobbie
4 years 11 months ago

Sarah is absolutely the RIGHT person to “fix” this Country. She is absolutely fearless. I liked her the minute McCain introduced her. Her books are great! They never falter in the love she shows for this great country. She is the one that Obama fears the most! I hope and pray she runs!

Hal Daniels
4 years 11 months ago

I didn’t think Palin was going to run. I think my “heart light” just came back on. Theres hope after all for this country. I was prepared to back Michelle Bachmann for President but if Sarah’s running, she’ll get my vote. Any possibility of a ticket with Palin for President and Bachmann for Vice-President? If not Bachmann for VP, then how about Ron Paul for VP?

Marshall Sage
4 years 11 months ago

Sarah and conservative women like her scare liberals because they are strong women of principle who live their lives in harmony with their beliefs and faith. IMO Sarah or Michelle could be the American version of a Margaret Thatcher!

Shirley Warren
4 years 11 months ago

Sarah is a girl after my own heart!!
You know where you stand with Sarah because she says it like it is.
People either like this type of personality or they hate it. She would not let any grass grow under her feet. She is good, honest, tells it like it is…and people fear this type of person. I always have maintained if you want something done give it to a woman and Sarah is that person for President. She isn’t there to feather her own nest,.. she loves America and is there for the people and the USA. Other countries respect someone who shows they are in charge and will take charge of things that need to be done whether it is good or bad. Sarah will follow through.

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