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Monday, July 16, 2012

Will Palin Speak at the Convention?

Pity Mitt Romney. He wants -- and his NAACP spoke to this -- to get independents and suburban votes. But he also has to shore up the tea party, so antithetical to the independent and suburban mindset. Hence the Palin problem. Obviously, as the last running mate of a GOP campaign, she should have a role. But ... how does one get her a prime time speaking spot at the Republican convention without succumbing to her sometimes batshit crazy rhetoric? From The Daily Beast:

"What galls the Tea Party activists is the sense that Romney represents a lost opportunity for their agenda of less government, flatter taxes, and constitutional restraint. Facing a vulnerable president saddled with a bad economy and a crisis in the public sector, they feel stuck with a guy served up by Republican elites who speaks conservatism with an establishment accent. Worse, in this view, Romney seems incapable, or unwilling, to even defend himself, as the Obama campaign machine highlights his offshore bank accounts and his career at Bain Capital.
"... Palin would certainly light up the base at the convention—her 2008 vice-presidential acceptance speech was, in terms of partisan enthusiasm, the high-water mark of the McCain campaign—but a jolt of Palin at Romney’s convention seems most unlikely. The Romney campaign prides itself on a slavish adherence to script, and Palin cannot be trusted to avoid the impulse to go rogue. That is why, perhaps, the Romney campaign has not asked Palin to speak at the convention nor contacted her about even attending the party’s marquee event in Tampa. Queries to the Romney camp about any possible Palin role at the convention meet with a stony silence."

Perhaps if Romney continues to bring up, quixotically, Hillary Clinton, then the President should ask this question aloud. Will Romney or will he not give Sarah Palin some primetime convention love?

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