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Should Sarah Palin be invited to speak at the Republican Convention?
July 18th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

Should Sarah Palin be invited to speak at the Republican Convention?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"It's time for Mitt Romney to man up, pick up the phone, and ask Sarah Palin to the dance."

That's a quote from a Daily Beast piece that argues Romney should invite Palin to speak at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida, next month.

Palin is complaining to Newsweek that she hasn't been asked to attend the convention yet. She said, "One must remember this isn't Sadie Hawkins and you don't invite yourself and a date to the big dance."

Maybe the Republicans are thinking the downsides to inviting Sarah Palin - anywhere - are pretty obvious:

The former VP candidate and half-term governor of Alaska is a wild card and her off-the-cuff remarks could create headaches for Romney. Palin is polarizing and she could turn off independent voters. Plus she doesn't seem to have much love for Romney so there's always the risk that she could go "rogue."

Never mind all that. Romney might be making a big mistake by not inviting her. It's not like he has this thing wrapped up.

Sarah Palin can do something Mitt Romney can't: fire up the base.

The party faithful went wild when she delivered her "pit bull-hockey mom" convention speech in 2008. And let's face it: Romney could use something to spice up his campaign. So far, electric it ain't.

There are few, if any, other Republicans in 2012 who generate the kind of enthusiasm Palin does.

Plus Mitt Romney was never a tea party favorite. As Newsweek describes it, party activists "feel stuck with a guy served up by Republican elites who speak conservatism with an establishment accent."

Bringing Sarah Palin on board in Tampa might help in this department, too. Her accent is anything but establishment.

Here’s my question to you: Should Sarah Palin be invited to speak at the Republican Convention?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. Bill (Tacoma)

    YES,YES,YES, Someone, anyone,anybody, let her speak.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    Of course. Given the dumbing down of the electorate thanks to Republican policy, who better to understand her word salad nonsense perfectly than that crowd. And don't forget she was McCain's "better candidate" choice over Romney for VP, after all. They all deserve each other.

    .

    July 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  3. JD in NH

    Absolutely! Palin should have a prime speaking slot. They should also bring in other GOP luminaries to speak: Joe the Faux Plumber, what's his face the birther sheriff and Michelle "Joe McCarthy" Bachmann.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  4. Randy

    Would that circus be complete without her?

    July 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  5. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    They're the ones responsible. They inflicted her upon the nation. Dr. Frankenstein is responsible for his monster.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  6. Josh Winters

    If Romney's secretive and suspicious past is not enough to turn off independent voters to his bid for the presidency, having the Tea Party star Sarah Palin sure will be. I say let her speak; Romney and Republicans will lose voters and hilarity shall ensue (see her Paul Revere bit).

    July 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  7. Ed from California

    Sure why not....and also have Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Noot, Bachmann, Boehner, Cantor....the Koch brothers, Rush, Grover and all the FOX and friends knuckleheads speak too. If that alone doesn;t drive the Dems out to vote, nothing will!

    July 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  8. Mel - Houston

    Yea, why not I hear the choir already tuning up in the wings.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  9. Andre R. Newcomb

    You bet'cha! So she can turn them down . . . saying, "no thanks, Mr. American dream. I'ld rather be fishing with my husband putting food on the table."

    July 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  10. Anne Drexler

    Yes, by all means let her speak. It would cement the opinion of most of us that the Republican party has lost all credibility.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  11. Mark in Topeka

    I don't think she will be asked, but there would be nothng wrong in asking her to do so. She was part of the prior Republican ticket and has stayed involved as a commentator on national affairs. To the extent that she would appeal to female Republican and independent voters, it could be a good thing for the Presidential campaign.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  12. Pat in Michigan

    Yeah! like these clowns don't have enough trouble.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  13. Doug Ericson

    I wouldn't allow her to if the decision was up to me. Palin would be a polarizing figure when that is the last thing the Republican Party needs. I am trying to think of a republican woman who would be a good fit to speak at the convention. The only ones I can think of are the Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, or possibly, New Hampsire US Senator, Kelly Ayotte. Even if Palin still has the ability to entertain, and fire up the crowd, what good would that do? Palin had her chance to come back again, to run this year, and she declined. Enough. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  14. George in PA

    No! Which probably means she will.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  15. RickFromDetroit

    Of course Sarah Palin should be invited to speak at the Republican Convention, for a fee anyway! I would say Sarah would be satisfied to attend the convention and speak for $100k plus all expenses from Alaska to the RNC Convention in Tampa and the return trip to Alaska.

    Politics is an excellent paying occupation! You can earn more money losing an election, than the position you lost would have paid.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  16. Kevin in CA

    Absolutely ... and they should back-tob-back her with Michele Bachmann. That way the Republicans could have a real psycho fest.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  17. Brad, Portland, OR

    I think she should be on the Republican ticket as the Vice President.

    She's beloved by everyone, especially Republicans.

    Mitt, you should make that happen!

    July 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  18. louis perez

    No, she has no political position or title, she is just a spoke person for FOX NEWS, I don't understand why any one would pay her to speak at any price, she is nothing but trouble, remember Gabby, DON'T RETREAT RELOAD" and this remark caused the shooting of Gabby.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  19. KB and JB central Florida

    If they snub her, may have harder chance getting some of theTea Party votes. Should let her speak, doesn't have to be a real long thing – but some folks like her enough to notice if she doesn't get to speak. Even if all they have her do is announcements or whatever.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  20. louis perez

    A simple no, Sarah has no political title or position other than ex Governor, X VP, a simple no.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  21. Greg in Arkansas

    She can speak????
    I know that she can talk, but I have never heard her speak......that would mean she had to articulate or communicate an idea or convey information that didn't get lost in a random volley of memorized talking points.....unless she has something pertinent to say, she should stay home and spare us her wisdom.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  22. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Sarah Palin's place is to speak on SNL and no where else..

    July 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  23. raymond j. lopez

    only if she is introduced to the tune of , bring in the clowns.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  24. Bert from L.A., CA

    Hi Jack, please, no more speeches from Sarah Palin, but she would bring high humor as master of ceremonies if she were allowed to speak off the cuff when introducing others to speak. It would be as entertaining as Ricky Gervais at the Oscars; political style.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  25. Karl in Flint, MI

    Of course they should invite her to speak. As humorless and dull as the GOP is, if they want anyone to actually watch their boring soap opera, they need to provide a little comedy relief, too. She and Rush Limbaugh are the laughing stock... err, comedians of the party and should be utilized to the max.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  26. MIMI from KS

    Yes she should! HA-HA there can't be any more damage done to Mitt Romney other than what he has done to himself.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  27. Gary H. Boyd

    Probably not Jack and neither should John McCain. Both are losers. A better choice would be Chris Cristie.

    Gary in Scottsdale, AZ

    July 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  28. SayWhat?

    Absolutely yes! Ignorant, arrogant, unwordly, self-centered, brash, clueless and classless, she can only improve the level of discourse at the GOP convention, not to mention automatically doubling the total IQ of those present. When you have a circus, bring on the clowns! Oh, and don't forget to make Rush the Ringmaster and Grover the lion-tamer, LOL.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  29. Leta

    Jack it will be exciting and fun to watch if the GOP will let Sarah Palin speak, and why not add
    Michele Bachmann on the list.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  30. BrainTurnedOff

    Sure, why not. Late Night Talk Shows and SNL are always in need for hilarious new material.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  31. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Absolutely. They need all the comic relief they can get.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  32. Ralph Spyer

    The more you know ,the more you know there is to know. Nobody is so stupid as not to be good for something.Sarah Palin knows, nothing there fore she thinks she know s everything, She perfect for the repubican convention,You go girl.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  33. Dan in Maryland

    Yes, Jack, every large convention needs at least one clown show.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  34. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Why not? She is the perfect Republican specimen, shallow, can't put together a coherent sentence, obviously clueless about world affairs, and has a voice that is like grating fingernails on a chalk board. The Republican Convention will be showcasing Mitt Romney as the person who best represents them and their beliefs, so why not have a good old side-show carney act like Palin whipping up the feckless faithful.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  35. Tom from Virginia

    Probably, she is an Inspirational speaker even though most of what she says doesn't make a lot of sense but it gets people excited. But she should fit right in since most of the Republican Party does know what it stands for.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  36. David - Augusta, Georgia

    "Well don't you know!"(insert Sarah Palin accent), that even though she wont probably be Vice pres or President that she sure can give one great speech about America!

    July 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  37. Jaynee

    Phoenix, Arizona

    Sarah Who? If this nobody does speak at the convention, this is a very good thing for the Democrats. It will just prove how wacko the Republicans have become.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  38. Doug Potash (Annapolis)

    Definitely–the convention is going to need all the humor it can get.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  39. Joe in MO

    That's up to Mitt.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  40. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Seriously, to all of you Republicans.... How embarassing is it becoming?

    At some point you're all going to have to admit your party is just stupid. When the good potential candidates go running from your plea to be the nominee, it should say something.

    Bring on the Palin... Again.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  41. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: NO! It is easier to restrain wild donkeys (Democrats) than to raise a dead elephant (Republicans)”

    July 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  42. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It doesn't matter to me as I won't be watching it since they are going to be playing re-runs of Bozo the Clown on the F-network that night and I don't see any difference with any of these dog and pony shows.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  43. Joe - New York, New York

    Please oh please oh please let it happen. It'll be one of the many nails in Romney's coffin.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  44. Susan Vineyard

    Absolutely. Isn't she the soul of the Tea Party? She'll probably say the same things as many other speakers, but she's prettier.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  45. Mysterious

    Sure. What could possibly go wrong? :)

    July 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  46. Jim from Concord, NC

    Sure, so long as she's billed as comic relief!

    July 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  47. Thom Richer

    Listening to Palin "speak" is like listening to finger nails scraping on a chalkboard. She is not a speaker and should be made to write anything she has to say down on paper and have someone else read it aloud. Not only is her voice and delivery annoying, what she has to say is usually pointless. One would think by now that the Right realizes this woman has no place in politics nor does she bolster any candidates chances for election. Her star has shone and is now dimmed to darkness. However, I would love to have her at Romney's side at the convention, for Obama's sake. Just do not allow her to open her mouth. It's the mute button for me if she does. Seriously.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    July 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  48. METALWORKER

    Oh no. Please spare us. The ship parked on the dark side of the moon may be preparing to depart and pick her and Dick ( dart Vader) Cheany up and tak them home. Donot sugest they miss thier ride. METALWORKER in IL

    July 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  49. David Lee

    I believe Sarah Palin should speak at the convention. If America was smart in 2008 she would be our Vice President.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  50. Bob in Kansas City

    Sure, let her speak, the more the merrier, free entertainment is hardly ever a bad deal.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  51. Tom (Atlanta)

    To be politically correct they will have to, but I'd they're smart, they will do it quick and get it over with. They people who are most Important to Romneys chances at being elected are turned off by Palin. Let's ask it this way, would Obama ask John Edwards to speak? Probably not.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  52. Kenneth

    Only if she can be made to lip-sync something remotely smart....
    Woodbridge, VA

    July 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  53. Oliver El Paso, TX

    At lease she better looking then Romney and can speaks better and make more sense then him.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  54. Tom Koogler

    With the direction the current Democratic and Republican Campaigns are going. Palin's rock throwing, finger pointing and chicken little's falling approach should be just what we all need. I sure hope there is a good ballgame on that night!

    July 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  55. John from Alabama

    Jack: Yes, Sarah Palin would be some good comic relief, because the Republicans do not have much to laugh about these days. The conservatives love her, but all Sarah wants to be is an opportunist. Sarah likes attention and money. I hope they do have her to speak it will be fun to listen to Jay Leno and David Letterman have some fun at Sarah's expense.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  56. Elizabeth From Toronto

    For what?? Why bring her up again? "Bin there, done that"!

    July 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  57. Jim in Denver, CO

    Jack,
    I think eiher Tina Fey or Julianne Moore in character as Sarah Palin would be a better choice to speak at the Republican convention. At least both of them can act like they have a brain.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  58. Tom Koogler Union Ohio

    With the direction the current Democratic and Republican Campaigns are going. Palin's rock throwing, finger pointing and chicken little's falling approach should be just what we all need. I sure hope there is a good ballgame on that night!

    July 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  59. Wilhelm in Las Vegas

    absolutely YES!!! her speeches are funnier than a late night comedy monolog!!! definately "prime time" material.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  60. Pete in Georgia

    Absolutely !!
    Contrary to public opinion..........................and ignorance...........................I'd rather listen to her down home common sense and REAL WORLD experience of what America needs to save it from the current lunatic impostor posing as a president ........................instead of the customary politician who we've had enough of, either side of the asile.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  61. Richard Miller

    Of course she should be invited to speak. They could use the comic relief.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  62. Martha Brooks

    You're back to the trick questions again. But, just in case you're serious...sure, why not. Would probably offer us some comic relief, with malapropisms and mangled history.

    Martha, Rew, PA

    July 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  63. calaurore9

    You can put lipstick on a ... yes please please please. It's the only thing I'll watch. Unless Romney picks Pee Wee Herman for his VP mate.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    July 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  64. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    Absolutely! Things have gotten so nasty that we, as a Nation need something to laugh about.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  65. FlotsamJetsam

    She should speak, they should also give Donald Trump a big role. They know how to electrify a tv audience.

    Just imagine the indignity and how it would look. Last election she was VP and had a huge role and this time ,,,, is she even invited? Not having her speak makes it look like you blame her for the loss in the last election.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  66. Michael Bindner

    Most assuredly she should be invited to speak. Give her the same time slot they gave to Buchanan in 1992!

    July 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  67. Tom in Desoto, TX

    That would remove all doubt that political conventions are indeed a joke of Monmouth proportions.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  68. Gail, Plano TX.

    As I have no plans to watch any of the GOP convention, makes no difference to me Jack, if she speaks or not. Just the sound of her voice annoys the bejeesus out of me!

    July 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  69. Mark in Houston

    Took me awhile to digest the question Jack...but after cleaning up the coffee through the nose incident I'm thinking.....heck yeah, Invite her.
    Give her an hour of prime time to talk on anything she wants . The American voter needs to be reminded again of what the Republican party is really all about.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  70. Sil Bucci

    Jack are you on drugs asking that question? The only way her speaking at the convention would help would be by doing a belly dance between speakers while a commercial is on tv so that the rest of the nation would not be subjected to some over the top words she would utter that would make republicans look as air headed as she is.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  71. I'm a Rose

    Sure the clown car is full, now bring on the dog and pony show.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  72. Sil Bucci

    Bring her on and let's have a TEA PARTY. Sil Creston NC

    July 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  73. Paul in NC

    Why on earth would anyone want to hear Sarah Palin speak anywhere, anytime, on any subject? The woman is intellectually bankrupt, makes no sense and has the most annoying voice this side of Gilbert Godfried. Why doesn't she just go back to Alaska and take the tea party with her? Then this country just might begin to feel normal again.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  74. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Mitt Romney is a good man, an educated gentleman who, in his quest for the Republican nomination, has been forced to become someone he is not. There are many intelligent Republicans who could be invited to speak at the convention and would be an asset to both Romney and the Party but Sarah Palin is not one of them. Her "go for the throat" kind of politics may excite a certain segment of the R's wing-nut base, but it totally turns of some Republican voters and many Independents who see her as everything that is wrong with politics. Having her on his ticket as VP probably cost John McCain the presidency but, if Romney feels he must include her as a speaker, he should give her as little time on stage as possible and arrange for the the microphone to misteriously malfunction or simply blow up.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  75. Jeff In Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, neither Romney or Palin need to fire up the base. The present administration and the leftist dullards running our republic have ignited a fire that will make the 2010 shellacking the democrats received look like a a 40 watt light bulb... and Mitt Romney will benefit from this.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  76. Jane in CA

    As someone who prefers Obama to Romney, Please let her speak impromptu. Please, Please, Please!

    July 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  77. Gordon from Virginia

    Yes, I think it would be a big mistake for the Republicans not to let Sarah Palin speak at their convention. In spite of the fact that she doesn't seem qualified to address the convention due to her lack of knowledge and intelligence on any of the issues facing the country today, she certainly would excite the far right wing of the Republican Party. How could the Republicans resist the opportunity to let her throw out a little "red meat." She probably could do a pretty good job at that.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  78. Roxy

    Pleeeeease no Jack!
    If I never hear her name again I will be happy. She can't stand being out of the spotlight and is only interested in promoting herself.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  79. Conor in Chicago

    Sarah Palin is useless. She's like Al Sharpton on the Left where they just say the dumbest things in the world that have almost no basis in fact and then the most ignorant of their respective viewpoints applaud with frightening fervor as if something meaningful or cogent was said when in fact it's incoherent nonsense devoid of anything resembling critical thinking. Tell her to stay home. She already cashed in on American's ignorance. Leave her be.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  80. DaleW in MA

    Of course, she destroyed the republican's chances last election, the least she can do is an encore.
    Besides, all the late night comedians need the material. Romney's tax problems, while valid, are getting a bit long in the tooth.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  81. curtis in philadelphia

    Absolutely Jack! It will make for great television; lets face it, Sarah Palin is to politics, what Snooki is to reality television: a ratings monster!

    July 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  82. Joe Fattal

    Sarah Palin will speak anywhere if you pay her.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  83. Dan from New York

    Jack,
    Of course they should invite Sarah Palin to speak! How can we have Republican 'reality' without their version of Snooki. They should also bring back all the debaters from the primaries, just to remind us how insane this election cycle really is. Sarah should bring her hunting rifle and join Ted Nugent and Dick Cheney to help narrow down the VP candidates. Mitt can bring the prancing horse and the dog on the roof. Rudy can come dressed up as Michelle Bachman! ...And the Dems shouldn't get too smug they have their own version of Weinerspritzer!

    July 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  84. Tonybottomline

    I believe McCain lost because of Sarah Palin. Back to your question,should Palin speak at the Republican Convention,well..., maybe..., for a second or two, but– no more than that.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  85. andy in Gaithersburg

    I say yes...and Jon Stewart can speak at the Democratic convention...it's only fair...

    July 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  86. Jim Charlotte NC

    Not only should she speak it should be her acceptance speech for Vice President. How can the GOP miss the opportunity to run this darling with a really strong Presidential candidate.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  87. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    By all means Palin should be invited to speak at the GOP convention! In fact, she should be given either the keynote or Romney introduction! Please Mitt! Invite Sarah to give a major speech at your convention! Please!!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  88. Jake in Omaha

    Should Sarah Palin be invited to speak at the Republican Convention?

    Sure she always good for a laugh.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  89. Ralph Nelson

    Given Mr. Romney's flame-out on I don't pay taxes, she should be asked to replace Mr. Romney as the Republican Presidential nominee. As John McCain said yesterday: I choose Palin because she was a better choice than Mr. Romney for VP. And his seen Romney's tax returns.. Boy, who would have ever believed it? But it's true, she is a better choice than Romney. Newt, please ran again. .

    July 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  90. Richard Page Rapid City, SD

    why not? at least her lies will be better animated.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  91. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    Sure! And tape it as another episode of Saturday Night Live!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  92. Sandstone

    "But of course! Both sweethearts should be there, Condolezza and Sarah. If Obama's 'Jaws' can make her appearance at he's, it should be quite the contrast for the Media!"

    July 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  93. Brian

    Of course they should let her speak. They could go pay-per-view for the hilarity of it all and fund the convention that way.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  94. Dave - Phx

    It serves as no benefit to him for her to speak, 75% of America thinks she is stupid, and the other 25% is stupid.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  95. Greg Turman

    Jack;

    Wasn't Sarah Palin the one who shot all those people in Tuscon? or was it the Haditha Marines?

    Seriously though, Sarah should stay home and protect her children from the Magpie Media Hystericals. While safely at home she can pray for Bill Maher, president Obama's "Women's Rights Activist".
    Best Regards,
    Gregory Turman
    Noonday,Texas

    July 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  96. Mr. D

    Yes. They should invite James Carville too. He could dress in drag and they could sing a duet: "Happy Days are here again."

    July 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  97. Jeff In Minnesota

    Why? Mitt needs moderates speaking, not the far right wing of the party. The far right wing will vote for him regardless. That is, of course, unless he wants to totally alienate the people that can elect him into office.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  98. Susan from Ca

    Yes and she should sing "America the beautiful", hopefully on key. Romney needs to stop bragging about what he didn't do and tell the voters his plan for creating jobs. He sure can't sing for his supper.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  99. Dave, Orlando, FL

    The last time someone invited her to a convention, she set fire to the Republican Party and it almost burned to the ground. I think she should be Romney's running mate and let her try to finish the job she started (even though she isn’t good at finishing things she starts). Then we’ll only have the Democrats to worry about.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  100. John - Pittsburgh, PA

    As an Obama supporter, nothing would make me happier than to see Sarah get PLENTY of airtime.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  101. laura

    No way... she's just upset she isnt in the news.. she shows up, i bet she tries to create a brokered convention with her as the candidate

    July 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  102. Ethan in North Carolina

    I think it would be nice to have Sarah Palin there. She's part of the Republican party so if she wants to go she should have every right to. I also think Mike Huckabee would be a good person to hear speaking at the convention.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  103. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Yea..invite Sarah Palin to the Republican Convention. It'll give President Obama and the Democrats something they'd love more than anything......a landslide victory in November.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  104. Rollins

    Yes of course she should! that way she can destroy Romney the way she destroyed McCain! Not like we need the help, Romney is doing just fine securing a loss by himself.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  105. Ed in Sacramento

    No Jack, but she should be invited to the Democratic National Convention. You know, the one none of the Democratic establishment are attending :-p

    July 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  106. Ryan

    Well, Sarah Palin hasn't said anything dumb lately. So yes, i do think she should speak at the RNC. If anything, the late night shows should be funnier because of it.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  107. AgeofInsanity

    Yes, she can sweep the floor.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  108. Amber

    Oh PLEASE, do NOT invite Sarah Palin to speak at the RNC convention. She has no credibility whatsoever and it's not like her good opinion even matters anymore. She left her special needs baby at home last year to go on a bus tour to remind people that she is around still. Who does that? Romney has enough problems than attach his name to Sarah Palin!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  109. Mike

    I could go with everyone else and say Yes, so she can make a complete fool out of herself and the GOP, but no, she should NOT be invited. Her 15 minutes of fame are done, and this would put a nail in that coffin.

    It can't come soon enough.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  110. ronvan

    VAN, Columbus, GA. : Why not Jack? They, the "republicans" are so screwed up they might as well bring in the HEAD Joker!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  111. Daniel, from Waterbury CT

    No, there will be more than enough clowns to entertain the attendees.
    I don't lose faith on her being picked as a VP candidate, though...
    I know it looks like a very long shot, but... it already happened once, right?

    July 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  112. Cal

    NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if he wants to WIN!

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if he wants to LOSE!

    I didn't know Sarah Palin COULD SPEAK?! I sure know she doesn't READ! Cal from Newark,Ohio

    July 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  113. Suzy

    No, no, no!! Sarah Palin, the Alaska Governor half-term quitter, should never be seen or heard from again!

    Suzy,
    Fredericksburg, Virginia

    July 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  114. n2video

    Palin is complaining to Newsweek that she hasn't been asked to attend the convention yet. She said, "One must remember this isn't Sadie Hawkins and you don't invite yourself and a date to the big dance."

    She just did invite hereself by that statement. LMFAO!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  115. Grover in Cali

    Yes! Let Sister Palin bring the cleansing fire!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  116. Remi

    Romney should definitely invite her to speak. This will give us more things to laugh about.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  117. David, California

    To invite or not to invite Sarah Palin, that is the question. An invite runs the risk of a foot-in-mouth moment that hurts Romney, a snub assures months of media-amplified snide comments that bombard him. No-brainer. Invite her.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  118. Bob S.

    Please PLEASE turn off that windbag from Alaska. enough is enough!!!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  119. Mary

    Why do you ask that question when you know that all you will get are insulting answers toward Sarah Palin. I think she should be invited, she knows how to fire up the base and Obama should start looking for somebody to fire up his own base.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  120. Steve Edna, KS

    Yes every circus needs a clown. Alaska Barbie, will need notes on both hands to blast the Obama administration, on her perceived Obama-Care death panels.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  121. Lorenza

    Yes, what would this circus be without their main ringmaster!?
    Lorenza, Allen, Texas

    July 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  122. Bob Robillard

    Yes, Palin should be invited to speak at the Convention. She is the best tool in the Democrat's Woodshed.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  123. Bob in Texas

    As an Obama supporter I say; "Absolutely she should speak at the convention" Jack. She's the best representative of the right wing lunatic fringe in the nation. Every time she opens her mouth she shows how off the wall the Republican party has gotten. She's sure to galvanize Obama's supporters and plant Romney firmly in the goofball garden. Yes, by all means, lets all hear from Sarah.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  124. Alex C.

    No, if she can't help someone win an election once she probably can't help someone win an election again

    July 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  125. Kevin in CA

    Nope ... just outsource the job to Tina Fey.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  126. Wayne in tampa

    Yes, absolutely! Let her speak! Hopefully, she can shower the voters with all the enthusiasm she sparked for McCain. We see where that got him. We can only hope Mitt will fare as well.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  127. Bruce Alan

    Jack,
    I appreciated the fair and balanced way in which you presented the "should Palin be invited to the RNC question". Based on your commentary I would heartily recommend that Romney invite Sarah to speak. Knowing your ideology however, I wonder if you know something that Republicans don't.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  128. Ian

    Sarah palin will definitely excite the base and should be invited to the GOP convention. The RNC would be foolish not to and would upset the tea party base. The tea party is highly valuable and Romney still has to appeal to them.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  129. Riley ODay

    YES, I need a good laugh. She will deliver.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  130. Jay Brandt

    Please, oh please let her speak! The base is set, they're not going anywhere...but the few undecided independents that might be watching, I'm sure Sarah will get them fired up and ready to go...ready to go and vote for Obama!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  131. Arthur Carlson

    Art, Jackson, SC
    Yes, this woman encompasses the base of the party. Everyone should know how the party will govern, if Mitt Romney is elected.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  132. Ahmed Al Bayati

    Sarah Palin should only be allowed to speak as a Hail Marry pass if Romney's polls take a serious downturn. However, Republicans would still have to censor YouTube to prevent anyone from having every brain cell insults by what she has said in the past.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  133. Vick, Orange Park , FL

    As Democrat I hope she and Bachman both get their turn to speak and everyone can sit around and try to figure who is crazier and out of touch with reality!!!!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  134. Marylee from AZ

    Yes, she's always good for a laugh.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  135. Arien

    HAHAHAHAH Cafferty that is the silliest idea you have had yet. She is a joke. Has been since the moment she opened her mouth. If they really want Sarah Palin to speak they should bring in Tina Fey instead. She would stir up the base far more than Sarah Palin would. Have someone like Gov. Christie of NJ or Gov. Jindall of LA.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  136. Manuel, College Station Texas

    Yeah why not. If they let her and Rick Perry speak I might watch it because I could use a good laugh.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  137. Tim Clifford

    Not if the Republicans want to gain back normal America which they lost when she was first introduced and every time she has spoken since. From her reality show family to her constant offerings to all comedians, if she really wanted to help the GOP, she should stay home and keep her mouth shout.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  138. Duane North Dakota

    Haven't we had enough from the Condi Rice and the "I can see Russia from my House" Sara Painlin I believe in family values but don't look at my family...........OMG!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  139. Ted from Oshawa, Ontario

    Jack, the fact that ANYONE wants her to speak is mind blowing but not as much as those who actually listen and claim to understand the vitriolic gibberish she spews like an unmanned fire-hose on full blast.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  140. Parker

    Please oh please invite her to speak. It's like comedy hour. Every time she opens her mouth we laugh and cry at the same time that one person can be so self serving and the moderate Republicans cringe at her stupidity. By her speaking, more Republicans will be driven from their party, asking themselves, Is that all there is? (With apologies to Peggy Lee.)

    July 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  141. Larry in Houston

    Should Sarah Palin be invited to speak at the Republican Convention?

    the only "base" she would "fire up" is the rush base and the hannity base, and the coulter base, & the list goes on. If I was romney, I would distance myself from her, but give her acknowledgement – I would let somebody else "invite" her to the convention. Now you may ask why would I "distance myself" from her, ( If I was Romney) this election will come down to the independents, AND the moderates, AND the dems. You don't win presidential elections in this country with Just the "right wing" part of your party. and she's the one to fire those type up. Anyway- Romney ( in my opinion) will end up picking Bobby Jindal as his veep. He needs the southern votes, and I think he will be the one.
    Vote Democrat – 2012 ( for the middle "working" class)

    July 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  142. Stephanie in Seattle

    NO... I am a Christian conservative, registered independent. I agree with Palin's politics but who can listen to that tone for more than a few minutes? She's too insulting and ...well, she has to be brighter than she comes across sounding. To be honest she reminds me of Debbie Wasserman Schultz..... on the other side. I'm embarrassed for both of them when I hear them speak. Flinging insulting remarks and childish rhetoric just doesn't serve anyone and it doesn't move this country forward. We all deserve better. We need someone that will move us forward from this petty place both sides are in. You know.... you folks in the media aren't helping either.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  143. Nina Fox

    Do you really want trigger-happy advocate Sarah Palin back in the political side-saddle with Mit Romney preaching to her disciples and touting that the America is being secured through divine intervention?

    I think Not!

    Nina ~ So Calif

    July 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  144. Osilama Abu from Ontario,Canada

    Hey Jack,

    Palin at the convention! Wow,that will be a good thing.At least we can be entertained to some Alaskan broken/gibbirish English,cooked in Wasila and delivered in Florida.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  145. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    This would be a case of the dumb speaking for the dummie, I'm ready for a good laugh so let momma bear have her time in the spotlight, I want to know if she can still see Russia from her house. Maybe she could bring the cat that is mayor of that little town in Alaska with her then again the cat is to smart to make an ass out of himself

    July 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  146. Payne H in Washington, DC

    Of course! Palin rallied the troops in 2008, and she's primed to do it again. Her acceptance speech at the last convention is what made news and inspired the base – not McCain or any other GOP stars. Palin is, hands-down, the best cheerleader the Republicans have on their side – and much more appealing as a cheerleader than say...Chris Christie! – do they make uniforms that big? ...plus, Palin is much better when she has a written, practiced speech than off the cuff – as long as Katie Couric isn't allowed inside, having Palin in front of the mic should really pay off for the party.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  147. Ray

    No..it would be damaging to the candidate..

    July 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  148. Jim - Charleston SC

    She would only rally those already going to vote for him that are from the tea party and extreme right. Those of us more moderate and Independent at least speaking for can only hope for a day that we never have to hear that high pitched squeal of hers and the sometimes insanity from her mouth not to metion lies like "death panels".

    July 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  149. Stuart in SC

    Sure. The reasoning is simple. After the conventions are over, historically, Democrats"heal"and Republicans "fall in line". If they let her speak at the convention, independent voters will get a reminder of just who they will "fall in line" with should they vote for Mitt.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  150. Burbank

    No, she should not be allowed to speak. The "base" is not going to vote for Obama under any circumstances whatsoever. Romney needs to court independents and disgruntled Democrats and the one sure way to drive them away is make them listen to this shrill and extremely obnoxious nut job!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  151. Dennis from CT

    I hope he doesn't for two reasons, if Romney excludes Palin, he'll open a fissure within the Republican party that will be difficult if not impossible to close. Secondly, Palin is anxious to show that noone can excite a crowd quite the way she can so, she'll prove that she's matured by staying on message and whipping the crowd into a frenzy. This would give Romney a significant boost.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  152. Louis Lemieux

    Louis Lemieux of Concord, NH.
    Why not? It's good that Americans see the whole spectrum of influential republicans, including those of a fanciful mind!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  153. TomNPitt

    They could find a job for Sara.
    "Table for two? Right this way".

    July 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  154. Elizabeth (Grass Valley, CA)

    By all means, let Palin speak... and the GOP circus continue!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  155. Larry in Houston

    Should Sarah Palin be invited to speak at the Republican Convention?

    She didn't like Romney from the beginning – She had a difficult time "endorsing" him, and besides, she's a Newt Fan all the way, if she had her way.

    She's like the majority of them on the "F" word news channel – most of them have a "mindset" of "anybody but obama" ( my apologies for cussing)

    July 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  156. Fuzzbee from Los Angeles

    Please let her speak! Any small shred of credibility that remains in the current Republican party/circus would be completely destroyed at that point. Plus, it'd be entertaining to see what untamed garbage flies out of her mouth.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  157. David Doherty

    Why not, let her sink another republican run at the presidency and give the country the biggest favor ever. If the Conservatives think that she'll be a positive influence then their dumber than I give them credit for. Maybe mitt can ask her to be his running mate, that would give mitt and McCain something to bond about the day after the election.
    Dave from NH.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  158. Nelson Carlson

    Invite her, but NEVER LET HER SPEAK....she knows too much about foreign affairs living in Russia's backdoor.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  159. Brenda

    No Jack, enough is enough...I have been feeling as of late that there is no respect for our election process or our elected officials (both parties) and having her speak would just add to that for me...I just could never take her seriously.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  160. Graham W.

    What would she be qualified to do at the convention...janitorial work?

    July 18, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  161. Christopher, Okmulgee OK

    Good question Jack. The educated, intelligent and literate side of me cringes at the very thought, but, the fodder, oh the fodder, man do I love stand up comedy. I say let her speak, let her go off script, and let her resupply our nation's beloved comedians' coffers with enough material to carry us through the end of the year.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  162. Joe Young

    From Joe in Slippery Rock, PA

    Please, please, please! Get Sarah Palin to speak for Republiicans everywhere, all the time.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  163. Arvin from Fort Lauderdale,Fl

    Sure, why not? Its not like her voice is jagged knives shooting out of her mouth hitting peoples ear and making them bleed, oh wait thats what she does. Oops

    July 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  164. Jacob Park

    Please God No! Don't fall for it Mitt! haha seriously

    July 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  165. Babbler-in-Chief

    For Sarah, I would not call that speaking but more like rambling or bablbling since nothing coherent comes out of her mouth.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  166. EdfromMd

    The girl has killed moose, let her speak.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  167. Ben A

    No, even if the conservative base isn't fired up to vote for Romney, they are fired up to vote against Obama. Romney should focus on people on the fence to have a shot. Palin can easily loose it for Romney, but she does little if anything to help him

    July 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  168. Michael from Tucson

    If anyone deserves a speaking spot at the Convention it is Dr. Ron Paul: he has more supporters than Palin and the good-will gesture could win a lot of libertarian votes for Romney. Ditching Dr. Paul would be one of the more harmful things for the Romney camp.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  169. Arvin from Fort Lauderdale,Fl

    Why not? Its not like shes any worse at speakin than everybody else there.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  170. Jim

    Will she ask him to publicize his tax returns for the last 10 years?

    July 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  171. Lynette from TX

    You betcha....it may be kind of hot in there so she could flap her jaws which she's so good at and the crowd could benefit from all that wind.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  172. Bob in LA

    Oh, I hope they invite her to speak. Nothing shows the current narrow-mindedness of the Republican Party more than good ol Sarah.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  173. slenon

    Of course they should invite her. Charge her by the word for the expense of airing her replay of how she would have won in 2008 if she'd been the presidential nominee and if she'd been allowed to invoke jesus to overcome the spells cast upon her by the liberal Paul Revere when he rode his horse through that mean old civil war. Be sure to check her luggage. The hotel will want its towels back.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  174. Torgo from Portland

    If they believe that she represents the kind of voter that they are looking for, then sure, they should invite her to speak. It makes me less likely to vote for them, but what difference will that make?

    July 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  175. Dan

    Her 15 minutes were up long ago. Maybe American Idol has a place for her!!!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  176. Jeff Santa Barbara

    Absolutely! Served Medium Rare, with Salsa & Tortillas

    July 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  177. Michelle

    Whether she speaks or not makes no difference to me. Won't change my opinion on the candidate one way or the other. However, if I were in charge, I would make sure she wasn't invited. She's a mouth with no control, something I think Romney can't afford.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  178. Ed Guardia

    The Tea Party should run its own candidate if it has so much trouble toeing the Republican party line... but they won't. They are all talk and little action. At the end of the day, they'll all vote a straight Republican ticket rather than backing up their rhetoric, because the sole driving force behind that movement is getting the black guy out of the White House. Once that is done, you will see the Tea Party snuff out; mark my words.

    Racists and extremists, the whole lot.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  179. Tim

    Of course she should! She will be great to rally the base and she is great! Obama will get up there and spew lies all over the television airways so why shouldnt Palin be given a chance to bring things back to perspective?

    July 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  180. Carol, Washington

    Sure, why not? It's not as if we are forced to listen to her. I can tune her out as easily now as before.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  181. Mop

    Why not.
    Add another clown to the circus.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  182. Bob

    I just love to read what democrats post. The are such angry little people lol

    July 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  183. Jean in Arizona

    Sure, let her speak. She can tell us how she can see Romney's tax returns from her house in Alaska.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  184. Gerard

    Will she please go away...there are other tea party people to ask. The republican party is not obligated to insure she is able to make a living by being a commintator. She quit being govenor to follow the money. Please Ms. Palin your 15 minutes of fame are over. If you truly care about the republican party please just fade away.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  185. California Gary

    There is always room for one more clown in a circus of this size.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm |