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The Sarah Palin Project: Eye of Newt and RINO Tails April 22, 2009


Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,–
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

William Shakespeare: Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15)

The above line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth is spoken by three witches. Three points about the witches are noteworthy: they wreaked havoc; conjured spirits; and manipulated Macbeth to his eternal demise. How many politicians have shared a similar fate as Macbeth? I can think of one in particular that comes to mind however in her unfolding tale of those witches have morphed into evil warlocks.

During a recent interview with Christianity Today magazine, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich sat down with journalist Sarah Pulliam and was asked, “Who do you see as the emerging leaders in the Republican Party: Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin?”

Newt’s answer:

NG:Bobby Jindal is certainly brilliant and has a great future. Tim Pawlenty has a great future. There are a lot of people who are terrific. The fact is, I think that you can look at [governor of South Carolina] Mark Sanford, Paul Ryan in the House, [California congressman] Kevin McCarthy, or Eric Cantor [in the House]. I just think we’re likely to have a dramatic resurgence. We have two great candidates in Ohio, John Kasich for governor and Rob Portman for the Senate, who are likely to be very, very effective.

Thank God (no pun intended) that the female interviewer noticed that Newt mentioned not one woman in his list. She asked the former speaker to expand on his answer: “Do you see any women emerging in the GOP leadership?”

NG: I would start, frankly, with Linda Lingle in Hawaii, who was a terrific governor who got re-elected in very difficult circumstances. You have Kay Bailey Hutchinson running for the governorship of Texas. If she wins that, she will automatically be a national figure because she’ll be the governor of the second largest state.


Is it me or are we missing someone? Notice how he started that answer with “frankly”.
It was then in her capacity as a fantastic tenacious journalist that Ms. Pullium stated the obvious. “You didn’t mention Sarah Palin.”

Yes, Newt you didn’t mention Sarah Palin…

NG: Sarah Palin has an obvious role if she wants it. The question for her has to be, are she and her family willing to go through another couple of years of the kind of media coverage that they currently get? Is she willing to do the kind of development of national issues and development of a national profile that would be required? She is a celebrity in her own right. She is probably the most successful figure in the party right now, and she’s a formidable figure. I think to go from there to becoming a national leader would take a significant amount of work.

(Afrocity rolls eyes)


Uh-Oh Sarah get your gun!!! Saddle up the caribou. The warlocks are around the cauldron and tightening their stranglehold on the 2012 GOP primaries. I see ghosts, and RINO tails…smoke and plenty of it. You betcha.

Speaking as someone who remains a loyal supporter of Sarah Palin , there remains for me an open ended question of whether or not her bid for the presidency in 2012 will be sincerely supported by the GOP. Especially, the many elephants and RINOs that pee standing up.

Newt’s carefully crafted responses suggests a continuing pattern of the Republican patriarchy that is dismissive towards Sarah Palin. Newt’s interview in particular presents a more obvious attempt at her marginalization. On its face, Newt’s opinion of Palin has to be taken with a grain of salt- as it is one that comes from a man who has historically questioned the authority of women. He mentions Sarah’s appeal to media as one possible limitation to her bid in 2012. If I were Newt, I would not bring up personal relationships and media scrutiny (cough, cough).

Newt’s recent slight of Palin is not an isolated case. When interviews among other GOP males are examined collectively, their responses towards Palin tells a similar story. Palin’s former presidential running mate John McCain, exhibited a common air of discomfort and unresponsiveness when questioned about Palin’s political future within the Republican party. On one Jay Leno appearance McCain failed to even mention Palin’s name when asked who were the “rising stars” of the GOP.

Such vagueness will only serve as fodder for the mainstream media as surely they will see any answer, especially an omitance as intrinsically negative and connected to Tina Fey constructed stereotypes of Palin.

The election of 2008 proved that we have pitifully, too few outstanding female politicians of either party with the potential to “go all the way. Once we have identified such candidates, we as women collectively must be careful how we allow her to be publicly defined. To paraphrase, we have to speak up fast and loud when the patriarchy attempts to send such women down a path towards failure and political destruction. As the past demonstrates, we did not get mad enough when Hillary and Sarah were demoralized in 2008. Democrat, Independent, Green or Republican makes absolutely zero difference. There are no political boundaries when it comes to sexual discrimination and misogyny.

If Sarah Palin hopes to run for president in 2012, she may do better to assemble a support network that goes beyond SARAH PAC. This network should include her staunch political allies (if there are any and besides Rick Perry (R-TX) Ugh) and possibly any willing PUMAs. Unfortunately, we have not seen much evidence from Palin in this regard.

I would hate to get media tickets to another political tragedy at a woman’s expense.

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41 Responses to “The Sarah Palin Project: Eye of Newt and RINO Tails”

  1. pacer521 Says:

    wow — very interesting!

  2. manbearpig68 Says:

    It’s interesting whenever anybody asks about Sarah Palin that she is put on the back burner. There has to be something going on in the background, ill feelings between different camps, or maybe she is the one and everybody wants to keep the press off her.

  3. boldandbald Says:

    I think Newt’s comment about her deciding if she wants to put herself and her family through the media ringer again is valid; of course it is a valid question for every candidate that is even remotely conservative. The only difference between Palin and some of the others is that she knows she will get that treatment, the others only suspect it.

    I do find it disappointing that she isn’t getting more support from the party leaders. They really need to stop allowing the media to decide how they are portrayed as a party and start defining it for themselves. We have seen all too clearly what happens when you allow the MSM to define you without fighting back. The Republican party needs to grow a backbone and start standing up for itself.

    • afrocity Says:

      He failed to mention her twice. Even after the interviewer mentioned Sarah’s name in the first question. Seems fishy.

      • boldandbald Says:

        Agreed. Of course there is also the fact that he may be considering a run himself, which might just taint his answers. You mention above that Newt has a history of questioning the authority of women; I am not all that familiar with his history, but if that is the case it then it explains why he didn’t mention any women in his first answer, but not why he didn’t mention Palin in the second. Very strange indeed.

  4. afrocity Says:

    BND said: You mention above that Newt has a history of questioning the authority of women; I am not all that familiar with his history

    Answer: H I L L A R Y

  5. boldandbald Says:

    To be honest with you I questioned her authority when she ran for Senator of NY; of course that wasn’t because she was a woman but because I have fundamental differences of opinion with her. I know you are a fan of hers, but I am not.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am not defending Newt. I honestly don’t know what he said about Hillary so I can’t really comment on that. If you feel that he has made comments that are offensive to women, then you are in a much better position than I am to make that call.

  6. I think this can be easily summed up myself. Sarah Palin is a Conservative, not a RINO.

    I also think that folks here are onto something; Newt is at least tinkering with the idea of a run himself, and he does not want to say anything, pro or con, that could come back to haunt him.

    • kimberly Says:

      that is exactly what i was thinking. I have heard that he is planning on running in 2012. Who knows.

      right now most Republicans should buck up and get ready for a conservative fight…

  7. astra14 Says:

    Hopefully the Republican party will wake up and put Sarah Palin on the frontburner for running for President in 2012, even if I don’t agree with all her principles I’d vote for her. Bobby Jindal is non-impressive in my book, Newt Gingrich I would NEVER vote for if he ran, Paul Ryan would be a possible maybe, the rest I don’t know enough about and probably wouldn’t bother with just because it sounds like the Republican Party is not planning on changing course from their male dominated politics.

    • afrocity Says:

      I will not vote for Jindal and besides he crashed and burned with that” Republican Response” speech. I do not identify with him at all or Mitt Romney.

      Somehow I have a feeling I may not vote in 2012. It depends on who the GOP nominates.

      • boldandbald Says:

        Please do not go that route. I admit that it has been a while since I have gone to the polls to vote for someone, as opposed to voting against someone, but it is still important to vote. There are a whole lot of people that chose not to vote, or voted for a third party candidate, that are now wishing they had voted against Obama by voting McCain. If more of them had we wouldn’t have a full on socialist as POTUS.

      • afrocity Says:

        BND, I don’t do protest votes. I can’t vote for a person if I do not respect them. Too many people did that and voted for Obama. I knew lots of Hillary supporters that voted for Obama despite having reservations or downright hating him.
        I can’t do that. I did not vote in 2004 you know.

      • boldandbald Says:

        Boy, I am pushing some buttons with you today, aren’t I? 😉

        I just hate to see informed people not vote. Too many uninformed people do vote, someone needs to counteract that. When there is a legitimate concern about someone being in the most powerful position in the world I don’t necessarily consider voting against them to be a protest vote. Voting for a third party candidate that has no prayer of winning just to send a message is a protest vote. Voting for someone who you believe would be the lesser of two evils isn’t a protest vote, it is attempting to protect your government, and your country, from going in a direction you don’t like.

      • afrocity Says:

        Yes BND, I might just have to down ding you!!! LOL.

      • boldandbald Says:

        BTW. How did I become BND? I thought it was BNB.

      • afrocity Says:

        LOL. My Bad. BND is the name of a high end leather maker and I love their handbags. I am obsessed with shopping. Down ding me


        Did you see this?

      • boldandbald Says:

        Wow! When did that happen and what was it about? I haven’t been over there much lately. I dropped in quickly earlier today but wasn’t too interested in the current topic.

    • afrocity Says:

      I don’t go there anymore. Too much abuse.

  8. DYB Says:

    Wow, this interview is fascinating. And you’re right, Afrocity, it is only the latest example of what the GOP establishment plans to do to Palin. I’ve actually said this for some time: I think Palin will be the grassroots candidate in 2012 or 2016. But the party will do its best to bury her. In fact, I see her future developing in the same way Hillary Clinton’s went; though the outcome is still unknown. Hillary Clinton had enormous grassroots support among Democrats and Liberals. She and Bill were the best fundraisers for their party; they jetted around the country raising money and campaigning for numerous party candidates (including then State Senator Barack Obama). Hillary was building up party support to match the grassroots support. Unfortunately she found out, we all found out, that when she declared her intent to run for President that party support went “poof!” Only a handful of Democrats remained loyal. The rest turned and ran towards Obama. While Hillary’s grassroots support remained strong and real (unlike Obama’s, which was a money-funded illusion), the Democratic party buried her, with the assistance of a Clinton-hating media. All those people Hillary and Bill helped get into office showed no gratitude. I think we’re seeing Palin in a similar role now. Chambliss, for example, asked her to campaign for him, which she did and successfully. No doubt in 2010 many Republicans will ask her to help them in the mid-term elections and she no doubt will. How these people will treat her if she decides to run for President again remains to be seen. The grassroots support for her will remain strong. But what the GOP will do to her remains to be seen; Newt’s and McCain’s interviews, though, are a very clear indicator or where things are heading for Palin. And I fear she’ll end up where Hillary ended up, but without the SoS job.

    As far as Newt and Hillary are concerned: as Newt’s mother infamously declared to Connie Chung, Newt calls her “a bitch.”

    • Nancy Says:

      I’ve always thought that Palin is now the GOP’s Hillary. Very sad.

      I used to despise Newt for the things he said about Hillary and Bill. To his credit though, he was interviewed a few weeks ago and questioned on his opinion about Hillary was doing as SOS. His answer was suprisingly positive and thoughful. He had a lot of nice things to say about her. Still don’t trust him though.

      Great post afrocity!

  9. Janis Says:

    I love how when conservative men dismiss Palin, the left will use it as evidence of how evil and sexist and disrespectful of women they are, but when supposedly left-wing women dismiss Palin and use all sorts of filtghy and degrading language to do it, it’s okay and even feminist. Can they even spell “hypocrite?”

    • afrocity Says:

      That is why we should work together as women to combat this sort of thing. I know I beat this like a dead horse but BOTH Sarah and Hillary were dealt their heads on a platter from the patriarchy.

  10. paranoidpyro Says:

    I think it’s fairly obvious why he didn’t mention Palin. Everybody knows that Palin is the reason McCain lost.


  11. Melissa Says:

    I’m not quite ready to blame this one on the patriarchy, but I’m very willing to blame it on the Beltway GOP elite types, both journalists and politicians, men and women. The Glenn Becks, Rush Limbaughs, etc. of the world seem to love her. The conservative sites I visit seem to feel the same way. Maybe I’m not defining patriarchy correctly, but men don’t really seem to be the problem. Whatever the cause of the problem, I’m hoping that she can generate and maintain enough grassroots support to show everyone that she’s a force to be reckoned with.

    • WMCB Says:

      I think with Palin some of it was just flat-out “Ack! Scary girly parts!”, and some of it was classism (she’s not of the political intellectual class, which is entirely different from being stupid).

      Any candidate, whether more right, more left, or more centrist who is not part of the chattering incestuous beltway village gets viciously torn down. It was just easier with Palin because the misogyny was already primed with Hillary, so they had a ready weapon.

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  13. the commenter Says:

    The Dems showed their hand this past election in terms of elitism which is what turned me off (finally) from being a democrat despite being one my whole life. What Palin is experiencing is the same; it is classism plus misogyny which is a powerful combination. We saw what that did to Hillary. The Dem. establishment looked down on Bill and Hill from the beginning, seeing them as uppity hicks. Palin is viewed the same way. In both cases they are extremely popular with the base and only become more popular with the general populace once they are known. Lots of repubs disliked Hillary based on nothing more than media chatter until the primary, and they began to see her for themselves and change their opinion. I think the same would happen for Palin.

    What Palin (and Hillary) represent is a challenge to the status quo power broker establishment in Washington, and the elites, whether Dem or Repub don’t like that at all

    • afrocity Says:

      This past election was the first time that no one from Yale was on the ballot. McCain and Palin were not IVY league. IMHO Obama is the status quo. Palin is a good role model because it makes ordinary people like myself, feel as though we can aspire to run for office someday.

  14. Valorie Says:

    Love the blog today! I have a beef with Newt because of his past associations and his disloyalty to his first wife (while she was battling cancer). So let him keep being an “ideas” guy but he does not need to be the voice of the Republican Party. He does not speak for me and I am still a registered Republican. I do wish that Michael Steele would speak more positively for us. The media slapped him down right out of the gate, though, didn’t they?

    • afrocity Says:

      Yes Valorie but Michael is in a catch-22 situation in my opinion. If he defends the people like Rush he is called an Uncle Tom, if he does not the Republicans call him a traitor.

      Eventually I believe he will be a good RNC chairman.

      • Valorie Says:

        I agree with you 100%. The RNC needed someone new and Micheal seems very level-headed and concise. And I like that he is nonconfrontational. We need someone sort of unassuming in the forefront while there are scrappers in the background kicking and clawing and doing everything they can to get the GOP back in the game. I hate all the dirty laundry being out there for the media and everyone else to see. That is why I cannot stand Meghan McCain. She just keeps up a daily dissin’ of the Republican Party. She is bashing the very people who actually voted for her dad, which is why it boggles my mind.

  15. Ario Says:

    Hey afrocity… you think its possible that they are protecting her? It seems plausible they are trying to protect her due to all the media madness…just a thought.

    • afrocity Says:

      Hmmm, perhaps you think better of Newt than I do. Surely being dismissive of her is just as damaging. Say you think she is a good governor and move on with it. By being guarded, they are actually creating more scrutiny.

  16. morninmist Says:

    Thanks for the wonderful post afro……….

    I am thinking that if Sarah is a candidate it will come from any grassroots movement within the GOP.

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  18. arhooley Says:

    I believe Newt revealed his attitude towards women in this stupid, misogynistic remark regarding women in combat back in 1995:

    “If combat means living in a ditch, females have biological problems staying in a ditch for thirty days because they get infections and they don’t have upper body strength. I mean, some do, but they’re relatively rare. On the other hand, men are basically little piglets, you drop them in the ditch, they roll around in it, doesn’t matter, you know. These things are very real.”

    Translation: “Ewwwww! Women are all gross and have these — juices — and they’re all stinky and they get these infections down there, and men don’t get them, but women have this mysterious icky body parts and they’re dirty and full of germs!”

    To be 100% fair and honest, he followed up:

    “On the other hand, if combat means being on an Aegis-class cruiser managing the computer controls for twelve ships and their rockets, a female may be again dramatically better than a male who gets very, very frustrated sitting in a chair all the time because males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.”

    But the first part reveals a lot.

    I also think Patrick Sperry is correct to note that Newt is contemplating a political comeback himself, and he’s in no mood to be outdone by a dame. Dames are for cheating on and sticking in front of keyboards on Aegis carriers while the men go hunt giraffes.

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