May 5th, 2009
05:39 PM ET

Limbaugh: Palin most "prominent and articulate voice" for conservatism

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As the Republican Party continues to struggle, some of them are starting to sound silly. Rush Limbaugh is now suggesting that Sarah Palin is the most prominent and articulate voice for good old-fashioned American conservatism. Recalling the disastrous interviews Ms. Palin did with Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News during the campaign, 'prominent' and 'articulate' are not the words that immediately pop into my mind.

But the leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, thinks differently...

Limbaugh also insists that some Republican leaders hate, despise and fear Sara Palin as well as find her embarrassing. The embarrassing part I definitely understand.

He's referring to that new group formed by old Republicans called the National Council for a New America. It's made up of folks like Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Bobby Jindal and John McCain who are working to re-brand the GOP.

Limbaugh says it's nothing more than an early campaign event being held by a bunch of Republicans who have what Limbaugh calls "presidential perspirations." While some members of this Council for a New America are calling for doing away with the Reagan era and finding a more forward looking message, Limbaugh says a lot of that talk is code meant as a knock on Sarah Palin who is conspicuously absent from the National Council for a New America.

Well don't you know, once again Limbaugh speaks and Republicans snap to attention and salute. No sooner had he said all this stuff than Congressman Eric Cantor announced that Palin had finally accepted an offer to join the National Council for a New America. Go figure.

Here’s my question to you: Rush Limbaugh says Sarah Palin is the most "prominent and articulate voice" for conservatism. Is he right?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jamal from St. Petersburg, Florida writes:
Of course he's right, he's Rush Limbaugh! He knows everything! I mean, can anyone tell me how a mere radio talk show host can control the Republican Party and wield more power than Chairman Michael Steele? And if he says the "mavericky", beautiful, wolf assassin -whose foreign policy experience is comprised of seeing Russia from Alaska – is the best hope for conservatism, then she must be.

K. writes:
Palin makes Bush look like a genius. Need I say more, except that Limbaugh is an arrogant jerk and should just zipper his ugly hate-mongering lips!

Steve from New York writes:
Jack, Why do you keep on bringing up Palin? You sure like to rub it in. Don't you have somebody else to pick on? Pick on some Democrats once in a while. I get sick of hearing about Palin and I'm sure there are others in the same boat. This is like torture.

Kevin from Alabama writes:
Jack, The Republican Party has strayed from true conservatism for some time now. I think Mike Huckabee is a more viable candidate in 2012 than Sarah Palin. I seriously wish there were a conservative party for those of us who are sick of the GOP!

Branden writes:
Sarah Palin is definitely prominent, if only because TV networks choose to cover every language-mangling appearance she makes. With regards to articulate, see my first sentence.

Maggie writes:
Rush is likely right and will remain so until the Republicans can get that 4th grader who interviewed Condoleezza Rice to join their party, which will finally let the world see they are trying to raise their party's intellectual level.

Barry writes:
Jack, Of course Limbaugh is correct. Alaska has the highest registration of Republican caribou, bear, elk and moose in the country. They are the only ones who understand Palin when she speaks.

Filed under: Republicans • Rush Limbaugh • Sarah Palin
soundoff (268 Responses)
  1. David, Brooklyn

    Well, Eric Cantor seems to be emerging from the pack to some degree, but he doesn't have that narrow, regional, Alaska uber alles, pit bull-in-chapstick, northern over-exposure, pageant-level-knowledge-of-world-affairs, deer-in-the-headlights, j'ne sais quoi about him that the good governor does.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  2. Kathleen Fraser

    Rush Limbaugh is so far "right" that we need to look around the corner to make sense of his mutterings.

    Sarah Palin IS the most "prominent and articulate voice" for all angry, bitter Americans still viewing reality from around Rush's corner (and far from the restraints of education, literacy, science, responsibility, equity, kindness and humility).

    May 5, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  3. Rick

    Sad to say she probably is (yes I know, that's not saying much)which is why her party is in the dumps. When someone so obviously clueless about the world and so extreme, divisive and polarizing can rise to such an important level in a political party you KNOW they are in trouble.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  4. crabbylucy

    Rush Limbaugh is not the leader of the Republican Party and you guys just won't give it up and tell the truth. There currently is NO leader of the Republican Party.

    The democrats and you the main stream media are scared to death of Sarah Palin and we all know what a set up the interview with Katie was. She isn't even a creditable journalist. In fact, I'm not so sure there are any these days at all!

    May 5, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  5. Mac Qurashi

    I had been voting Republican since I became a citizen. Last election I registered as Independent. It was not difficult. I looked back and realized that each time there has been a Republican President, the government grew, the deficit bloated and the wealth did not trickle down. Sarah Palin was the last straw. I could not see entrusting the leadership of the country that I love to a person who possesses no intellect and lacks the knowledge of the rest of the country.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  6. Sean Quinn

    Palin very well may be the most prominent and articulate voice for the Republican Party, and that shows what a sad state the grand ol' party is currently in.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  7. Indiana Jim

    I've been anxious to see the Reagan era end since before it began. If Sarah Palin is the GOP answer to a fresh start, maybe they should just roll over and die and let a whole new party emerge. How about calling it the Common Sense party? Of couse most of our politicians wouldn't qualify for membership.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  8. Daniel

    Absolutely not. She's a populist who holds a lot of conservative positions and seems to be a pretty decent governor of her state. But she does not have the vision, either intellectually or rhetorically, to infuse the GOP brand with meaning that will transcend red-state/blue-state, country/suburbs, or blue collar/white collar.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  9. Amber Scott, Los Angeles CA

    hate, despise and fear?

    Hate and despise I can understand, since this woman put on display for all to see the great divide between fiscal conservatives and social conservatives.

    Fear? That sounds like another Oxycontin flashback.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  10. lmzeller

    I sincerely hope she's "the most prominent & articulate voice" for the Republican party. It'll make President Obama's reelection much easier.
    As an Alaskan (my entire 41 years on earth), I can tell you that more and more Alaskan Republicans aren't happy with GINO Palin's tatics and her apparent disregard for ethics, laws, and the truth. (Oh, GINO stands for "Governor-in-name-only")

    Juneau, Alaska

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  11. DW

    What a conservative Combo!! Rush – a big & loud mouth and Sarah Palin – incompetent politician.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  12. joe weiss

    YES to Sarah Palin!

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  13. Jim from Rapid City, SD

    Republicans who see their party collapsing into disorganized rubble need look no further than their public spokespersons. The idea that Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin, who in my opinion couldn't team up to lead horses to water, could publicly engender policies which a majority of normal Americans could possibly support, is pathetic.

    I believe Rush Limbaugh is the single biggest bigot in the media, today. Palin is less so, but god, she is dumber than a post. She reminds me of Dan Quayle...nice, well meaning, and so out of touch with reality that she makes no real sense.

    If the Republicans are going to rebuild, they don't need wild-eyed commentary and pie in the sky suggestions, as policy building blocks.
    For me to consider rejoining the Republican Party, it's going to take leadership from people like Fred Thompson, John Warner and Chuck Hagel, all moderates who can create realistic policy, without the racist, demeaning and unrealistic direction of Limbaugh and Palin.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  14. Arpit Dave

    Dallas, TX

    Prominence and articulation can both be manufactured – just look at President Obama without a teleprompter – intelligent but less articulate. So, in a sense, Rush Limbaugh is correct. If he can make people give Gov. Sarah Palin another try, the Republican Party can manufacture all the prominence and articulation they want.

    Just don't mistake that for intelligence.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  15. Barry Texas

    Will the entertainment ever end?!!We really do need a viable 2-party system in our country.Come on guys.Somebody is not holding up their end!

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  16. Bruce in Elko, Nevada

    Prominent, maybe. But articulate?? Annoying is a much better adjective. My tolerance for Sarah Palin extends out to about 15 seconds – after that, I have to change channels or get up and leave.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  17. Don

    No she is the second most “prominent and articulate voice” for conservatism... Rush has the number one spot all locked up!

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  18. Luis M.

    You've got to be kidding, right? She's the reason this formerly proud Reagonite considers himself a moderate democrat now. maybe Rush is high on prescription meds.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  19. Barbara Tucson

    She may not be he most outstanding voice of conservatism, but she seems to be someone you could talk to and she would not talk down to you. As so many liberal women appear to do. with their "holier than thou" attitudes. She portrays an "average American" with the same ideals that many conservatives hold true to. Maybe her qualifications for higher office may not be ready yet, but as she learns the ropes of politics she may be a winner with what I would call her American Ideals. Plus she likes the outdoors and is a shooter–all which I like! Not like the namby-pamby females on the liberal side.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  20. Julian Locke

    If Sarah Palin is the most “prominent and articulate voice” for conservatism, then the movement is in trouble, would Rush of said the same thing a fews years back about Dan Quayle ?

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  21. Justin Plank

    Prominent? Definitely, but only because of the 2008 campaign. If she hadn't been the GOP VP nom we would still be blissfully unaware of her existence. Articulate? More so than W, possibly, but that's not a difficult feat. I'm not sure what she means for the future of the Republican Party, but I'd be concerned if I were a Republican serious about re-branding the image. I'll wait and see what happens then "get back to ya", Jack.

    Oakland, CA

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  22. DLK

    Well I hope he's right. Or at least hope that 100% of the far right Republicans believe so. This would almost gaurantee that if Sarah Palin runs for the Republican ticket and wins she will lose in the next presidential election.......By a landslide.

    Got my fingers crossed, go Sarah!

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  23. Jeanne

    I love this! Sarah Palin is the most polarizing figure in America today. Let the Republicans put her out front...her "front" is behind any and every candidate the Democrats put up. Me? I'll stay an independent.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  24. AR Woods

    I think maybe Rush is confusing Palin with her very clever and articulate alter-ego Tina Fey. Not surprising considering the reality that LImbaugh lives in.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  25. David Harrington

    Not only is she the most articulate, she makes Vice President Biden look exactly as he is, a good old boy who has to muzzled because he is as dumb as box of rocks, sorry to insult the rocks.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  26. gerry goodhand

    Articulate? I guess I have lost the definition of the word or maybe she is the best the GOP has to offer.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  27. Harold, Phoenix,AZ.

    No, Sarah has a simplified approach to the problems of the country.
    The populist types draw a lot of votes but rarely have the opportunity
    to put them into action. We need leadership,from either party, who is
    truly capable of focusing on the progress and future of the country.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  28. c. schneider

    Well, sure. She's the perfect spokesperson to lead a bunch of blind, goose-stepping dullards who think no deeper on any topic than, "What does Fox News say?" C. Schneider, Glassboro, NJ

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  29. Jeff

    Is he serious? What a great way to put a nail into the coffin of the Republican Party. If Limbaugh keeps going down that road, they'll being wearing black to mourn the death of the party.

    Imperial Beach, CA

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  30. Lili from Iowa

    She is definitely the image of the Limbaugh Republican clan.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  31. Derek


    Conservatives has been having a tough time communicating because their ideologies are a little hard to swallow. Today, the GOP is having a bake sale to re-group on traditional values, complete with buttermilk bureaucrats and molasses morals... The trouble is nobody likes buttermilk or molasses anymore.

    Reno, NV

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  32. Gary

    He is right only if the entire conservative movement moves to state like Texas and seceeds from the union. The conservative movement had its chance and look where we are.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  33. Ted M.

    Sarah Palin is nothing more than a puppet for the social right in the GOP as she was during the campaign in 2008. One could only shudder to think what an "articulate" Sarah Palin would be, the mere thought is almost scary as the unarticulate Palin as she is now.

    Members of the GOP that do have brain cells left, are right to distant themselves from Palin. She would do no more for the GOP what few supporters they have left.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  34. George Post

    Yes of course. She is the one true republican. How could you not know that. She is the Chosen One, Rush has said so. It goes from God, to Rush, to Sarah. What could be more obvious. What is wrong with you? You need to have some coffee with her, she will convince you of this, wink, wink.

    George, Newton, NJ
    The true red part of the state.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  35. DM - San Diego

    I think I'm beginning to believe our country is doomed. Freedom of speech is a basic right which must be protected. I don't think our constitution says anything about protecting stupidity.
    The fat guy has a right to make a living but I've abandoned all hope for those who spend time listening to him.
    I don't know how many of them are out there. If we gave them Alaska and Texas and a week to get there... we might stand a chance.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  36. Dan in Colorado

    I hope that Rush is not right. I would like to see the Republican party become more centrist. The party has gone too far to the right for my comfort.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  37. John Lareau

    As far as Republicans being "prominent and articulate" go, maybe she is. Haha. Maybe we should fund our public education more. "Articulate" ought to be a given for our elected representatives.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  38. Patrick J. Henry

    Palin articulate and prominent? Mouthy and infamous would be a better description. And Limbaugh the leader of the Republican party? If that is the case, we Republicans are in really bad shape on a national basis. Some strong state leaders must come forward soon or the party is dead. McCain is too old, Romney ha shad enouigh chances and has not risen to the top, and Jeb Bush is too close to his older brother.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  39. Josh

    He's right. I almost pity the GOP.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  40. Laurie Fettuccia

    If I were a conservative, I would take offense to Rush Limbaugh's comment! Sarah Palin is an embarrassment!
    Sparks, NV

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  41. Gary

    I think Rush is now starting to smoke Oxycotin but I hope he's right. Obama vs Palin in 2012. No contest!

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  42. Keith

    If ignorance, greed, and hypocritical politicking is their aim for this "Council for a New America" they claim to be organizing...Than by all means they've got the women for the job in Palin. And with Cantor and the crew you name, a plethora of prehistoric thinkers to back her up!

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  43. Kevin

    Jack, the real problem for conservatism today is not the absence of an inspiring figure to articulate its message (Sarah Palin definitely isn't that figure), but the message itself. Deregulation, tax cuts upon tax cuts, and a belligerent foreign policy have all failed miserably in the end. The Reagan Revolution brought short-term prosperity to a few and financial stagnation–at best–to the many. Americans are finally figuring this out, and putting the blame where it properly resides: modern conservatism and its full-throated (or deep-throated?) champion, the GOP. Until Republicans swallow their load of pride and reevaluate their discredited ideology, they will become increasingly irrelevant on the national stage. Meghan McCain is right: learning how to use Twitter won't do Republicans a lick of good if the message they "tweet" is still obsolete.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  44. Ron

    I don't think the American people really think much of "conservatism."
    To me, it seems like it is little more than those folks trying to tell
    everyone else HOW TO LIVE THEIR LIVES!! Why don't these silly bumblers just GO AWAY??? They LOST. GO AWAY!! The GOP is out of favor with the mainstream, certainly due to the disastrous 8 years of the Bush "administration" (or lack thereof.)

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  45. Bob Whitmore

    Limbaugh is correct. She is the most prominent and since there is nothing but confusion and bankrupt thinking in the conservative wing of the Republican party – she serves as a perfect megaphone.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  46. Dave C

    She is and that is so sad for the republican party.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  47. Abbey

    If "prominent" means "embarrassingly inept" and "articulate" means "the inabilty to form coherent thought into cohesive sentences", then yes, Rush Limbaugh is right on the money with this observation. I pray Palin and Limbaugh keep their status as "prominent" and "articulate" voices for the party.

    A happy Democrat

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  48. William Los Angeles

    Haha Im sure the Dems welcome Republicans picking Sarah Palin as their new future. It makes their job winning that much easier. As a person who loves this country it pains me to see either party amassing such power, but the Republicans sure are not helping themselves. We really need to do away with the two party system and move towards a government that operates on a dynamic policy spectrum which allows a canidate to voice his/her opinions and not his/her alliances. The bickering results in the least amount of innovation imaginable its mind boggling. Is it just me or does the Legislative Branch operate on the same business model as General Motors – Little Innovation, Higher cost, and a Poor product.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  49. Maria

    Although I'm not a conservative, I am a woman and I think Sarah Palin shouldn't be a voice for anything. She may have good intentions, but she is in no way articulate or intelligent. If the Republicans are looking for a real leader, pick someone who is not just a puppet.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  50. Romeo, PHX

    Republicans are so-out of touch and out of ideas that there seems to be no point of focus and start as well as to who can lead the party.
    Did Rush Limbaugh really says Sarah Palin is the most "prominent and articulate voice" for conservatism? Astonishing! So what about himself, is he not in the lineup for potential leadership of the Republican Party?

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  51. gina

    Articulate, no. Prominent, likely. For once, I can truly say I hope the conservatives are tuned in to (and in lock step with) Rush because having Sarah Palin as the leader of the Republicans will ensure the White House and Congress stays in Democratic hands for many many years (and elections) to come.
    New Jersey

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  52. Norman

    I really like Sarah Palin, but if Limbaugh is correct, the Republican party should be worried...VERY WORRIED.

    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  53. Sue Wood

    The problem with the republican party is Rush Limbaugh. Conservative Democrats HATE him.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  54. Jesse

    I don't think she is articulate and her prominence could certainly be questioned as well. Until last year, I had never heard of her and I am not alone. She is about as articulate as any person needs to be to regurgitate the narrow minded, simple ideologies that her party embraces. What? Bible...Guns...Patriotism...Richer Rich...Poorer Poor...Family Values (code for white Christians.)...am I missing anything? Oh yeah, hate thy neighbor (unless they provide you oil or money)...and...ok, that is about it. I really don't care about her or Rush Limbaugh or any other stuffed suit that calls themselves a Republican. They need to start recruiting in some back woods places. No one in the modern civilized world wants to hear their BS anymore.
    "He’s referring to that new group formed by old Republicans called the National Council for a New America. It’s made up of folks like Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Bobby Jindal and John McCain who are working to re-brand the GOP."
    These guys are going to re-brand the GOP into something most Americans will want? How? Lies and empty promises most likely. Good luck with that guys. A Bush, a Mormon, a weirdly Middle Eastern/South Asian looking, plastic smiled Christian, and a war relic that just got slaughtered in a Presidential election. Best of luck guys. "You can't put lipstick on a pig and...."

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  55. Dolores

    If he is, the GOP is doomed.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  56. Simmy

    She's great at reading.....Apart from that, she's a disaster.....

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  57. Andrew Friend

    Considering how incoherent (bordering on psychotic) the extreem right is Rush seems to be on point with his observation. i hate to admit publicly that I agree with anything Rush says, but in this instance....

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  58. Mark Chrisman

    Rush Limbaugh has lost any credibility he may have had left by stating that Sarah Palin is the most "prominent and articulate voice" of the GOP. Perhaps Limbaugh wants to quickly shed his defacto spokesperson title of the GOP, and/or is unable to remember the Katie Couric interviews or the Tina Fey skits (and Palin's appearance) on Saturday Night Live. Clearly, the GOP has a host of leaders who are far more prominent and articulate than Palin.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  59. Alaskim

    Really, do we care? Limbaugh can have her, we are tired of the governor and her drama.

    Kim Smith
    Homer, Alaska

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  60. Chris Friend

    Sarah Palin is the most prominent and articulate voice for conservatism right ahead of the Joe the Plumber. That's the Republicans' problem. They started throwing intellectual elites out in the Regan era. Now there are none left.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  61. Michael

    I'm not one to ever disagree with Mr. Limbaugh. If Sara Palin is the most prominent and articulate voice among conservatives, then it explains the mess the Republicans are in. William Buckley must be spinning in his grave!!!

    Arlington, Texas

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  62. Jarrod Rager, Colorado

    Party affiliation needs to be forgotten. It has been too long since we elected leaders based on their ideas instead of the D or R next to their name. Whether or not she is going to be the new face of the Republican Party, I will never vote for Sarah Palin. Before I am crucified for being Un-American, let me say that I consider myself to be a strict Constitutional Constructionist. Most Politicians in the mainstream (including Dems and Repbulicans) have forgotten the Constitution or prefer to only view the portions they agree with. Good luck USA – you're going to need it.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  63. banderson

    I don't care.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  64. Jeff Meyers

    Sure!!! You bet Sara's the Republican's gal! I love it. Being a die hard left wing liberal this is the first thing I have liked coming out of that blow hard's mouth.

    But seriously, Sara Palin? Really? The woman has virtually no experience, has all kinds of baggage and isn't exactly the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.

    The only thing she does have is a willingness to be a lap dog to the Republican party. She'll say and do whatever they ask of her. Do you remember that speech at the convention? She'll toe the line that Rusty wants and spout whatever he says and be the good little soldier and shoot she's young and pretty...doesn't that make her a good candidate?

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  65. Bill Perkins

    Albert King once said "if it weren't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all". Taking that to heart, it's understandable why Limbaugh wants his party to embrace Sarah Palin. Where no Republican is able to lead the charge on issues that resonate with the general public, at least Sarah gets noticed. And as an entertainer, Rush certainly understands the old saw "there's no such thing as bad publicity".
    Brunswick, Maine

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  66. J.T.

    Sounds like Rush has had a relapse. I hope these are his true sentiments, it guarantees that we (the Dems) have nothing to fear from this party. They have officially reached a level of insanity that is easily viewed by all.

    San Ramon, CA

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  67. Alex McNair

    Sarah Palin was somewhat prominent, for a month or so. Articulate? Gimme a major break. Sarah exposed her facile nature with little prodding from Katie Couric, who finally proved herself a strong successor to Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather. I hope Rush's needling can tweak the GOP into a full buy-in with future Sarah. By all means, run her for president in 2012. Clone her and run lots of little Sarahs for every Republican spot in the land. As a Barack backer, that would be my ultimate wish. I mean, the trailer parks of America alone cannot win elections.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  68. Eric

    Jack, it wouldn't matter if she discovered the cure to cancer, liberals (and the media who tell them what to think) would still hate the woman... all because she has an "R" behind her name.

    McCain was liberals' favorite RINO republican for years and years and years... until it served them better to paint him as Satan and toss him under the bus, whatever it took, just so long as it helped the media's chosen candidate.

    Looking at the big spending ways of GWB, you'd think liberals would be in love with Dumbya and regard him as they have McCain. I know we conservatives certainly don't.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  69. Rob

    He might think so, but Sarah Palin comes across just as phony as everyone else in her party and he had to pick somebody

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  70. Jeremy - Jacksonville, FL

    I don't believe Rush Limbaugh has ever been "right" about anything. And I wish the few sensible Republicans left on this planet would stop pandering to him and his angry, bitter, intolerant audience. We are talking about people who still follow a man that once said there should be harsher penalties for first time, personal use marijuana offenders...and then gets busted in an Oxycontin sting that would have landed anyone without his resources in prison for a very long time.

    They are so desperate for an outlet to vent their frustration over their failed lives, they will follow anyone...regardless of how hypocritical they may be.

    Who cares what they think, or what he thinks? Let them fade into the dark pages of history like the fossils they are...

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  71. Daniel T.

    Sarah Palin represents the extremist brand of Republicanisim that has been soundly defeated over the last two election cycles. She is ignorant of national issues, she gets off a few catchy sound bites that might appeal to the tea bag crowd. Other that that, in the words of Walter Mondale, "Where's the beef?"

    Wouldn't you love to know how John McCain really feels?

    Go away soundbite Sarah.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  72. O.P.

    I don't think Conservatism is what either Palin or Limbaugh represent. They are more about acquiring power for themselves and denying it to others. Politically, none of the guys mentioned in the article – except perhaps Jeb Bush – is what I could refer to (with a straight face) as a political Conservative. Narrow-minded, perhaps, but not Conservative.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  73. Ray

    Rush the knows whats best for his sheep.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  74. Lee Jenkinson

    She was unable to name a single publication when asked by Katy Couric what she read, I read two newspapers daily as well as numerous on-line news sites and blogs, and can name them all with no problem. I'm guessing she gets most of her info from Sponge Bob square pants reruns. Analyze anything she has said: it's eminently forgettable drivel with a few key words and phrases thrown in. The only thing missing from her speeches is the preface: " I want to be Miss Universe because". If the Republicans want a cutie for President, couldn't they find someone with more brain? I mean, this is GM and Chrysler kind of thinking!
    She is glib and facile.
    She is hot and likes shooting animals: if you're a conservative, what's not to like?
    If Sarah Palin is the prominent, articulate voice of conservatism, the Republicans are in a lot worse shape than anyone, including them, realizes. No wonder anyone with a working brain is abandoning ship.
    Anyway, I thought Rushbo was the voice of conservatism?
    Finally, compared to Bush, anyone is articulate.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  75. Jason Boykin in Lincoln NE

    Sarah Palin is to articulate as Rush is to Slender. Part of me wishes Republicans would wake up and smell their isolation, and the other part of me wants this running joke to last as long as possible.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  76. Ellen, Omaha

    I sure hope so, Jack. And I sure hope Republicans line up behind her again with the same glorious results as the last national election.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  77. Joe Beggs

    Sarah Palin has some good points. But dwelling only on those good points would be like characterizing Carl Rove as an influential consultant.
    The bad points? No experience, no management talent, and a philosophy which includes about 15% of the electorate.
    Sarah Palin is not only a laughable Presidential candidate, she would be a questionable choice for City Council.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  78. gstreet of Mobridge, SD

    Golly gee, Jack, ifn' those people stay away from those 'gottcha" questions, like, "what is you plan for rigting the economy?" Sarah cold be an excelent spokeswoman for the Republiation party.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  79. Vio

    Rush Limbaugh has the gift of gab. Is he articulate? I don't think he has enough qualifications to recognize who can speak with substance.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  80. Gillian Puffer

    If Gov. Palin is the most "prominent and articulate voice," either for conservatism of the Republican party; then the fear mongers may just be right, we might be headed for a one party state. Though, not through socialism, but through the stubborn and wayward and poor leadership of the conservative right. Find a message and re-group your party! It's the same advice that the left (successfully, I believe) followed after Kerry's 2004 presidential loss.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  81. JN

    Well, "inarticulate" is just fine with the conservatives (think of W. Bush). Thus, the worse your communication abilities are, the more "articulate" they feel you are, which moves one towards "prominence." So, with their logic, Limbaugh is right on.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  82. David

    Absolutely! She IS the most prominent and articulate voice in the Republican party. But isn't that like winning the special olympics?

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  83. Denise


    Limbaugh is just being modest. He is the voice of conservatism; he knows it and the GOP knows it.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  84. Maryann/Michigan

    Limbaugh would say that Palin would make a good choice for the republican party because they are about the same mentality, and I don't mean it in a nice way. They both need to re-think their opinions. I think that the both of them enjoy the spot lite while not having much to contribute that is informative.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  85. John Anderson

    I agree with Limbaugh. I think Palin is one smart Lady and the Republican Party would be better off if she was given more leadership. I would vote for her for President. But I would not vote for Mitt Romey or Bobby Jindal. You can see what a bad choise McCain was when he ran for President. I would also vote of Huckabee. I think Huckabee and Palin would make a good ticket, in either position.
    John Anderson
    Lula, Ga.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  86. Bill

    Bill from Louisiana says "That is as true as any statement coming from Rush. That is, questionable at best, and filled with hyperbole."

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  87. Asif Talukdar

    Sarah Palin represents the very core of the fringe part of the Republican Party that lost the last election. If Rush wants to give her the crown, then he should accept that Republicans will be nothing but mice that roared. Jack Kemp exemplified everything that was right about the Republicans, they need to find that spirit to be successful.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  88. Beverly, Centreville, VA

    If Sara Palin is the prominent and articulate voice for the Republican Party, they have just buried themselves. After those horrific interviews with Katie Couric and her appearance Saturday Night Live was appalling. I still remember vividly her response to Katie Couric, "I'll find some for ya and get back to ya." The Repblican Party is dead.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  89. Sam-I-Am

    Jack, Rush is only half right. Sarah Palin is the most prominent and articulate voice for NEO-conservatism; that is, that self-contradictory brand of conservatism that while at the same time advocating for smaller government wants that government to intrude into personal lives and force us into a Christian theocracy.

    Fortunately for us Americans, conservatives like Limbaugh and Palin are fast becoming extinct and will be almost gone by 2012.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  90. Nick Nikolaides

    Is he right? You betcha! 🙂

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  91. Sonya in PA

    Rush "to judgment" Limbaugh is one of the loudest, least intelligent individuals advocating for the GOP. As a recovering Republican, who has yet to change my registration to Independent but will be doing it soon, I am horrified by the transparent ignorance of the self-proclaimed leaders of the GOP. Sarah Palin was the absolute last straw for me...she is as ignorant as she is lacking in basic common sense. Conservatism for me is not jumping on a public stage with tons personal baggage that should have mitigate with good home training. Get Rush a dictionary so that he may read the definition of 'articulate'–something Palin definitely is not.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  92. Justin

    No, Sarah Palin is not the most "prominent and articulate" figure in the Republican party- not even close. That is an insult to the Republican party. She may not be the worst Republican figure, but she's surely not he the most prominent and articulate.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  93. Jason

    Sarah Palin is as articulate as global warming is a natural part of the end of days. But if the republican party wants to woo me ( an independent ) they need to end the fear mongering and learn to care about the things I care about, affordable health care, the enviroment, and equality for all people. IF this new group truly does want to get a feel on the pulse of america and adjust their political views accordingly, then I can celebrate Palin being a member. I just hope its not another Joe the plumber style stunt.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  94. Maureen

    Sarah who? Oh, her. Not very prominent. Articulate? Well.....if sombody tells her what to say......she might be able to repeat it. Then again, maybe not. That is to say, um, you know, uhh, not very, you know, up on things, like, you know, the economy, and uh, you know, foreign policy, you know. But she does know about, you know, guns and hunting an stuff.......is that conservative enough? Maybe not, you know.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  95. Russ Daggett

    I am Canadian so what I think will not matter. My only question is who cares what Limnaugh says or thinks. He is a big bag of air.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  96. Kate

    I think Limbaugh is right, though not for the reasons he states. I think the Republican party IS afraid of Sarah Palin; they are afraid of her making things even worse! I agree with you, Jack – especially regarding the word "articulate". I hope that the GOP comes to its senses to spare itself more embarrassment.

    Castro Valley, CA

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  97. Nancy B.

    This is music to Dem's ears. We can't stand the past 8 years and with articulate voices like Rush and Sarah we won't see another 8 like the last in this generation. My favorite is the screaming of taxes when it is the group who actually pays taxes that overwhelmingly voted Obama in. They are as articulate as any group of adults with barely a high school education can be... unless they are the group that have had to move from college to college to keep their GPA up.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  98. Sahara

    Not necessarily. The GOP has a problem with its message and character. So, whatever its memembers say will be incoherent words. "They have been barking at the end of the chain".

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  99. Rurik, St. Paul, MN

    Yes, Jack, Sarah Palin probably is the most “prominent and articulate voice” of the GOP. Of course, she lies, blathers, obfuscates, dawdles, misconstrues, warps, dithers, forgets, fumbles and omits facts. Yeah.... she's definitely the poster child for a “prominent and articulate voice” in the GOP.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  100. Mark Cole

    Unfortunately for conservatives, it appears that Limbaugh is actually the most "prominent and articulate voice" for conservatism - to use his own words.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  101. Tom

    There is no prominent or articulate voice for conservatism, and certainly not for the Republican Party. They continue to feed on their own. What was the "Limbaugh" faction is not the voice of both conservatism and the Republican Party. If this trend continues, this small group of the small minded will have their own political party and will no longer be a factor in American Politics

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  102. Barbie

    You betcha! This just sums up how totally inarticulate the idiots are. Prominent, sure! I only relax because they are a fraction of the public who now identifies as Republican and the whole is currently 21%. The more they identify with someone as inept (though sly) as Palin the smaller their numbers are likely to become - I love it!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  103. emeka

    Yes, i'm afraid he is right because in the land of the blind the one-eyed man (in this case Palin) is king.

    emeka, Dearborn, Michigan

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  104. mrgriffin0917

    As a democrat I absolutely encourge Mr. Limbaugh to continue on with praises of Mrs. Palin, it will bring us closer to another landslide in the next Senate and Presidental elections.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  105. John Toraason

    I think when Mr. Limbaugh says prominent and articulates voice I don't think he is talking about her gramor so to speak. Your not that clouded to read into what everyone else says but take this comment literal. I am embarrassed for you. Like Couric's interview, very shallow. A missed opportunity on her part to really get ot know Sara Palin, Couric took the Matt L. approach to one sided news gathering. Nobody ripped her for blowing that, just hwo great she was to get her to stumble.

    She is very prominent and artiuclate about sticking ot the old conservative values, i.e., no abortion, no same sex marriages, cut taxes no big government . . . . Not wishiy washy like a lot of ther rest of the crowd.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  106. Tina B. in Spokane Wa

    Articulate!?? Right. Just as articulate as our last President. We might misunderesticommunundersuperfragilistic her.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  107. Dan

    Well Jack, this is coming from the leader of the Republican party so we cannot suppose otherwise. As a democrat I certainly hope he is right.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  108. Dean

    Democrats certainly hope that Rush is right...Sarah Palin can only serve to push more voters to the center and the left.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  109. James

    Limbaugh is right on both accounts, how else would the confused, disjointed, and hyper critical message of the party of no be given such a perfect vassal?

    May 5, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  110. Gary Coonrod

    SHe is sure a lot sharper than the last Republican presidential candidate (Magoo), I mean McCain.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  111. Hah

    If she is the most "prominent and articulate voice” for conservatism then that party is in shambles and I wouldn't expect them to win anything come 2010 or 2012.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  112. prwilt

    It depends on what you call conservatism.If you call it you have to do things my way, no taxes for the rich, no opinion on subjects like religion, sex, abortion, medical care, destroy the economy by letting all people fail except the rich, the answer is my way or the highway then YES she probably is. If it is for reasonable assertion on any issue then NO.

    But I can not help but believe this is all a smoke screen for the Republicans to gain control and try to implement all their right wing ideolog agendas. Even if Obama fails I could not vote for the Republicans unless they remove the ultra right wing relegious from their rank and file.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  113. Chris in Philadelphia

    Prominent, perhaps... however sad that is. Articulate no, is he serious? If that is the best you can do, take a decade off, regroup and try again.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  114. Jeff Lemmer

    I hope so. It means the Republicans are truly in their death throws as party.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  115. Austin B

    Sarah Palin is a fantastic conservative. God bless her!!

    Pasadena Texas

    May 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  116. mike- Wilmington, DE

    Of course she is the "most prominent and articulate voice for conservatism". Of course the bar is set pretty low or maybe Limbaugh is back on his meds again.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  117. Jesse K. (Minneapolis)

    Oh brother... If Sarah Palin is the most “prominent and articulate voice” for conservatism, that does not bode well for the GOP. At a time when rebranding is exactly what the GOP is in need of, relying on someone who may have "Rush-Style Conservatism" is not the direction that the party needs to go. If Rush-Style Conservatism is what the GOP is looking for, then we have more bumbling, laughable, and inarticulate interviews and speeches to look forward to in 2011, when Presidential-hopeful Palin starts her campaign. Well at least bumbling, laughable, and inarticulate is familiar, since it was what we dealt with for the last 8 years. Instead of redefining themselves, it seems the GOP is absolutely divergent and in a free fall, hopefully relying on a miserable failure of the Obama Administration, so they will have a shot at the White House in 2012. Here’s to Rush-Style Conservatism and familiarity.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  118. Peterman

    Absolutely the most articulate voice of the Republican Party.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  119. Doug M

    I'm a Republican and Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and Newt Gingrich don't speak for me. I think the real Republican party may actually sit with Mitt Romney and while the rest of the conservatives sit around and bicker Romney sits back and laughs.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  120. Tyler Shirzadian

    If Sarah Palin is indeed the voice of the GOP then I am very afraid of that party coming into power in 2012. I don't think I can ever forget her rambling about atoms and molecules when asked a simple question about how we will become energy independent. Look, she was a women, she lost, but she lost for a reason. She was an idiot.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  121. Barbara Flores

    I believe that Palin was poorly handled by McCain's people. They didn't want her to completely outshine McCain but hey it was not hard. Bob Dole outshines McCain. The National Council for a New America needs new, younger blood to mix with the older guys. Chairman Steele needs to get more people of color and women involved so that we are the party of choice, not the party of, dare I say, has beens!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  122. Diane, Quebec City

    Jack, you're just toying with us again, aren't you? The woman is a disgrace!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  123. James, Cleveland OH

    Equivalent of Dick Cheney in a dress, cannot get much more conservative.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  124. JustSayin in Arkansas

    If Sarah Palin is the most prominent and articulate voice of Republicans then I am the Queen of England! But what would you expect from Rush – the idiot of the voice of the Republicans.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  125. Peterman

    Absolutely the most articulate of the Republican Party

    May 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  126. Rebecca

    If Sarah Palin and her hypocrisy are all that the Republicans have to offer in 2012, bring them on.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  127. Ceboia

    Yes..I think Sarah Palin is the most prominent and articulate voice for conservatism. BUT, since I think the conservative "vision" is more a hallucination...that says nothing in favor of Sarah Palin. She wanted the clothing and I suppose she wants the rest of the "kept woman" baggage so we will have her around for a while. She certainly doesn't inspire me, especially her role as head of the household. What a ditz!!.

    Suffern, NY

    May 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  128. Karen from San Jose, CA

    Yeah go right ahead and put Sarah Palin as a person to represent the Republican party because then I don't have to worry about anybody voting for her.

    Please quit talking about her and media don't bring attention to her and then maybe she'll go away. Wishful thinking on the majority of voters out there because we are absolutely sick of hearing anything about her or her family.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  129. Hank

    Prominence and articulation are always relevant. When speaking with Katie Couric – YES!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  130. Dan

    Ron Paul is the most honest and sane voice in the GOP. Most of the others are lost in a giant mess of compromise and rationalizations. The GOP needs to refocus on individual liberty, sound money, responsible spending, and adherence to the constitution. Drop social conservative issues, drop maintaining the world wide empire, drop compromising on entitlement programs.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  131. Deb Jones

    The Republicans should quickly decide whether they are going to appeal to a small, angry group of extremists or a wide swath of moderates who are looking for the party they used to love. Palin, Limbaugh and Joe "the plumber" are sinking the GOP's ship.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  132. Earl


    I would loveRush Limbaugh to be right on this one. Then we wouldn't have to worry about another Republican in the White House for at least 4 more years!

    Toledo, Ohio

    May 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  133. Brent

    Lincoln wrote, that conservatism is "adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried."

    Now I'm not so sure about prominent and articulate, but she certainly is old and tried.

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    May 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  134. John Williams

    To be the spokesman for the Republican party requires that they actually speak on the subject in a National forum. How can the spokesman be someone we don't hear much from. Rush is doing all the talking and is quoted everywhere. It seem like he is still the real spokesman for the conservative ideology.

    St. Louis, MO

    May 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  135. Dave

    She could be. Doesn't that say alot about the Republicants?

    May 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  136. melissa

    I agree with him...and that is why their party is in trouble!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  137. doro

    I think Rush and Palin both know how to get publicity. Rush is enjoying his time in the limelight, and he knows full well that any mention of Palin will get him some.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  138. Wm H

    Rush is an entertainer primarily interested in the welfare of Rush. Palin may be prominent but she is far from articulate. They make a great pair.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  139. Sandy

    Limbaugh must be in need of rehab if he belives Palin is the most articulate member of the GOP. It never ceases to amaze me how this woman has gotten this far based on her looks.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  140. Rebecca

    If Sarah Palin and her hypocrisy are all that the Republicans have to offer in 2012, bring them on.
    Fairborn, OH

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  141. Vincent

    I agree with Rush! Sarah is the leader of the Republican Party. John McCain would have been slaughtered if he would have had any other running mate! Liberal Democrats fear Sarah's faith. It is "politically correct" to demonize a Christian. Keep her family (i.e. children) out of the news. 2012 is Sarah's Year! Spotsylvania, VA

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  142. arni

    I only wish Ms. Palin is the most “prominent and articulate voice”, that will help democrats. But I think republicans are smarter that that, will choose leader who is also has intellect.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  143. gerry goodhand

    Articulate, I think you can call ms. Palin a lot of things, but articulate is not one of them.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  144. Sean

    Jack – Articulate? Of the numerous adjectives available to describe Palin, articulate is clearly not on any list no matter how severe a fan someone might be of hers. Prominent...again, no...perhaps a more fitting synonym would be "flagrant". So to re-write a Palin descriptive perhaps she is the most "Flagrant and aphasic" voice for conservatism...go GOP!!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  145. David Elkins

    "prominent and articulate voice" "prominent" - lots of ways to be prominent but Palin - nah.

    "articulate" - Palin doesn't even come close by any measure of the term.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  146. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    "Articulate voice" come on Rush my parrott is more articulate than her.If thats the best the republic party can do they are in real trouble.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  147. Barry

    Jack: Of course Limbaugh is correct. Alaska has the highest registration of Republican caribou, bear, elk and moose in the country. They are the only ones who understand Palin when she speaks.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  148. charles fong, los angeles

    yes, i would agree...if you agree that republicans and conservatives are the most embarrassing, bumbling incompetent fools left in this country.

    sarah palin speaks for the sad pathetic idiots who supported her and McCain.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  149. Mark

    I would answer but im too busy laughing. Prominent and aticulate? was he watching the same interviews we were? Now I realize the GOP looks at things through a different set of optics (cracked, foggy, and old) but even he cant be that blind.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  150. Aba Davis

    Dear Mr. Cafferty, with all due respect, even the children who play on my block know that Ms. Palin's IQ is that of a 3rd grader.........

    from New York

    May 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  151. NYC

    If under "conservatism" you mean religious fundamentalism then certainly "yes", otherwise hardly. I fill very sorry for conservatives if this semi-educated, ignorant politician represent them. Then again, in the country that consistently scores at the bottom among all developed nations when it comes to education it is not surprising.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  152. Robert

    The most prominent and articulate voice for conservatism? Not at all. However, she is the most prominent, articulate voice for authoritarianism. The GOP is becoming an extremist, far-right fringe organization along the lines of European neofascist parties. Sarah Palin is to the US what Alessandra Mussolini is to Italy. How prominent! Not!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  153. James

    Jack, I would agree with the mouth of the south if the Republican party is content to be remembered as a group of incompetent, lying, dishonest, hypocritical, morons!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  154. Jack

    If we were to score prominent and articulate equally, then yes, Palin is that voice for conservatism. It's not much a contest, though. There aren't many conservatives left.

    If we project into next year, however, Jindal will edge out Palin. Lack of prominence, after all, can be fixed.


    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  155. gabriel

    If the so called leader of the republican party says sarah palin is the most articulate voice of conservatism, may the good lord deliver the GOP

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  156. Pat in Melbourne, Florida

    I hope the republicans embrace Sarah Palin for president and Rush as VP nominee. That way in 2012 they can truly kill what is left of the old republican party and maybe start to rebuild a new party. As a former republican I have just been disgusted with my old party the way they handled the last 5 years. Putting Palin in the VP slot just sealed the fate of these morons.

    I am proud to once again have an intelligent, smart leader in the white house, and I look foward to the next 8 years having Barack Obama as president.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  157. jewels

    ITS so easy to put SARAH PALIN down ;just because she does not agree with you does not make her a bad person. beside she looks good.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  158. Sam (female), PA

    The Democrats are once again proving they are sexist. Examples: the ongoing poor treatment of Hillary and Palin. Joe Biden can tell America to stay away from subways and planes because of the flu and the entire Democratic Party shrugs it off. Robert Gibbs is a stuttering mess and can't even field basic questions but he remains the spokesperson of the White House. There will NEVER be a woman as President or VP with the close-minded Democrat Party around.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  159. mike smith

    First of all who, and why would anybody listen to Rush limbaugh period,unless you are a wacko.And If i'm the democratic party,i would give money to keep limbaugh out on the front for Republican party.Everytime he opens up his mouth, which is alot.We get more votes.He is priceless for the Democratic cause.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  160. Brenda

    To me it sounds like Limbaugh is thinking about Lust >>Not Palin Any person in their right mind saw the interveiw with palin and courtinic and the VP debate would know his lust for Palin is what he is speaking about because nothing about palin is articulate

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  161. Donna Shaw

    Jack, sad to say, yes she is. Think about it for a minute and imagine what us Texans feel like with Rick Perry trying to leave the union, Bobby Jindal talking about how well Katrina was handled, McConnell saying Spector's defection wasn't a national issue and nothing, absolutely nothing coming out of Steele's mouth makes even a tiny bit of sense. I am Black and a center right Democrat but I know that it is never a good thing for anyone group to dominate the conversation like the Bush/Cheney team did so I do want a viable, sane and intelligent GOP to keep the Dems on the straight and narrow but it has to be a coherent message, liberally doused with come sense and no way do I see or hear it coming from the extremist that require Rush Limbaughs approval to speak, thing or act.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  162. Jim El Paso Tx.

    If Rush thinks Palin's articulate he must be back on his OXY!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  163. Brian Hornsby

    Oh yeah, she is very articulate about foriegn affairs and the economy.

    My advice to members of the "Grand Ole Party", please listen to Rush. Please make Mrs Palin your candidate in 2012. Obama will mop up the floor with her.

    The very fact that te Republicans are listening to Rush just shows what a disaster the party is right now.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  164. Sidney

    Provo, UT

    I'm not sure if Rush is right on this one, but if Sarah Palin is indeed the most "prominent and articulate voice" for conservatism then that explains a hell of a lot with regard to the direction the party has been heading in. I mean seriously, is articulate even in Sarah Palin's lexicon? OK, that was a bit of a low-blow but the worst part is that I'm conservative!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  165. Terri Thomas

    NO, Limbaugh is NOT right. He himself (Limbaugh) is actually the most prominent voice for conservatism, but he is NOT a politician. So he has found "his" candidate, and because he knows he's "the man" and running the show in conservative circles, he's gonna try to shove her ignorant behind down as many throats as possible. It will be interesting & entertaining to see if the rest of the Republican party will finally "man up" and stand up to this radio-show clown. Their party is a vaudeville act these days..........

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  166. Philly Paul

    I hope so!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  167. Greg

    Oh my God? Did he really say that? Does he really think that Sarah Palin is articulate? I always thought he was crazy, but is he that stupid? She is so articulate that she can not pronounce the word NUCLEAR. WOW!!!! Americans don't need the combo Limbaugh/Palin.
    The old and hateful conversatives will continue to support Palin and Limbaugh, but as for new voters or moderate -educated republicans, they can forget it.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  168. James Butler

    I think Rush has a crush on Palin...He doesn't hear her ..he only has eyes for her..if Sarah" is the most prominent and articulate voice for good old-fashioned American conservatism", they are in big trouble.

    I was voting for Mccain until he chose her....just ask how many voters did the same

    Jim from Connecticut

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  169. Airdayle

    Rush Limbaugh's latest antics prove that he is the captain going down with the ship that is in fact sinking by his own hand. If he keeps the republicans on the track they are on, Americans will be wondering how to get out of the ONE party system that the republicans have created by running off a cliff like lemmings.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  170. Tony from PA

    I am not sure whether Rush is correct in assuming that Palin is the "prominent and articulate voice" in the GOP, but after wtaching her amateur performance during the presidential campaign, I certainly hope so. Palin is the albatross around the GOP's neck, and Rush's infatuation with her is condemning the party to disaster. As a proud member of the progressive movement, I just want to thank Rush for what he has done to undermine his party. Keep up the good work!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  171. Mitch Dworkin; Dallas, Texas

    No, Limbaugh is not right. Sarah Palin is an ideologue who would just be a stooge and a rubber stamp for Rush Limbaugh if she ever gets elected as President or Vice president.

    The much bigger picture in my opinion is that President Obama should include some version of The Fairness Doctrine along with health care in the Senate budget reconciliation process (where only 51 Senate votes are needed) in order to weaken Rush Limbaugh's influence over so many elected Republicans. That is how Obama can help to liberate many Republicans in Congress from Limbaugh's control and change the tone in Washington which he campaigned on!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  172. Roger

    why do we even talk about what the"Rush" emanates........have of his comments are meant to keep him on the airwaves and nothing else....just like his sidekick "Anne"....they are basically irrelevent for the next 4 maybe 8 more yrs

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  173. Bernie Borcz

    Of course he's right, extremely right !

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  174. doug lowe

    First time in my life I agree with the blowhard drug addict. Palin is the new voice of the once proud republican party, and more's the piy for it. The party has regressed to a simple one note johnny platform of us vs. them. This woman couldn't name one newspaper or magazine she reads, has voted against womens rights, held campaign rallies that all too resembled klan meetings and exemplifies ignorance and hypocrisy to a sickening degree, which these days pretty much defines what's left of the republican base.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  175. stefan szilagyi

    Palin is an absolute embarrasment to the GOP party. She doesn't represent what an ideal republic should be like, and she doesn't represent a pefect female republican character.
    She is not educated, as she didn't know that Africa is a continent, not a country.
    I think that she is one of those Americans who needs to take a geography class and also some world comprehensive education class.
    Perfect republican is a person who is a really good business man or woman. A person who is a rational and realistic thinker. A person, who doesn't want to make a piece with Iran, Venezuela or Cuba.
    A perfect republican should promote tax cuts and promote existence of business and democratic state, not an ideological religious state.

    Palin represents some specific religious groups; she doesn't represent America or republican party.
    She is pathetic if she thinks that she can run againts President Obama in a next presidential election.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  176. dawn

    What a joke, Palin is the dumbest Republican I know. If that is the future of the GOP, then the Democrats will be in charge for a long time.
    What a shame.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  177. steven

    my 8 year old nephew is more articulate than Sarah Palin.

    she got where she is on looks, not on her intelligence. And Rush is desperately trying to find any straw to cling to so he can seem relevant to conservatives.

    the future for the Republicans is looking forward with slightly more conservative views on society and economy, not backwards to right wing nuts..

    May 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  178. Don C.

    I must have missed something. I guess it is because I never listen to Rush or Sarah or anthing that comes out of any Republican's mouth. All I hear is negativity and no concrete agenda for America.. They compain about President Obama and offer their tired old past agenda that got them defeated in the first place.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  179. John & Donna Combs

    Sarah P. is just as whacky as Limbaugh. The 2 whacks are real losers and not a good thing for our country.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  180. Larry in Pennsylvania

    The Sarah Palin Cult is a glaring example of everything that's wrong with this country. You don't put poorly educated teachers in classrooms, you don't put criminals in charge of banks, and you don't put perverts behind the pulpit. So why would you elect a dimwit to higher office? Did we learn nothing from Dan Quayle and George Bush?

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  181. Rachelle, Pittsburgh

    If Sarah Palin is the best the republican party has to offer, that does not bode well for the republican party. If they really want to take what she can offer and throw her out there as the future of the GOP I say go for it. Sarah Palin and figures like her will assure victories for the Democratic party in the years to come. The GOP could not have picked a better person to help the Democrats. Thank you Rush!!!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  182. Frank Kelcz

    It's should be obvious to anyone who speaks English that Sarah Palin isn't articulate about anything. It's fascinating that Rush Limbaugh seems to be taking a "king (queen?) maker" position for conservatives who ought to know better. This can only be good news for democrats and progressives.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  183. Lisa

    Lisa, (ex-pat in Baja) -

    The Republican Party has come off the rails. They've gotten so lost in their own hypocracy, they can't find their way to any sensibility. If they're sayin' that Sarah Palin's their girl, then...Perfect! She can run with Ann Coulter...Rush can play Karl Rove...and together they can put the final nails in the GOP coffin.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  184. Stanley Raymond Walk

    If Sarah Palen is the most prominent and articulate voice of the Republican Party, the party is already extinct.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  185. dave h

    I sure hope not !

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  186. Bobby Richardson

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I wish I didn’t have to bring race into this, but it is a factor. I will be happy the day when a black man (me) can at least be considered for a decent to great job without any or very little experience. While President Obama was the very rare exception to this rule. It never, ever happens with black folks as it does with white folks. White people can be incompetent, inexperienced and less intelligent than black folks, but still get a decent to great job

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  187. Bob Brinley

    Limbaugh is unquestionably the conservative movements most notable comedian. Sarah Palin, articulate?She couldn't even name a newspaper in the Katie interview. As long as he(Limbaugh) continues to be the voice of the right, the dems are going to have a long run. It's a shame because the country needs a viable alternative party. Right now the Republicans remind me of the TV show "Lost". Bob, Hermosa Beach

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  188. Jeff Johnson

    Yes, Rush is right again. He just forgot to add "...and thus we have the reason why the Republican party is growing increasingly irrelevant." Come to think of it, Rush is also prominent and articulate....

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  189. Charles

    Somebody needs to give Rush a drug test because he's obviously doctor shopping again! The Republican Party has no one to blame but themself and Rush of all people, have profitted off during the Bush years and never said a word, while Bush ran the country into the ground. if the Republicans were smart, they would expose those responsible for running their party into the ground and start all over but we all know, that will never happen! That's the difference between leaders and followers, which is absent in the Republican Party!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  190. dave mcnich

    Sarah Palin is not articulate. So what? When did that become a qualification must? I hate Rush Limbaugh. He's negative and suffers from extreme low self esteem. However, on this rare occasion, the pathetic, attention seeking, double chinned fat boy is right.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  191. Sue Boyd

    Sarah Palin is the most laughable politician since Pat Paulson. I hope she is the Republican candidate in the next presidential election. I am looking forward to Tina Fey’s next impression. Sometimes I think that Rush is really the secret biggest supporter for the liberal agenda.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  192. Charlie Hicks

    Jack that is a great question. It reminds me of the best quote from Philosophy class: The difference between a optimist and a pestimist is that and optimist believes we live in the best possible world and the pessimist fears this is true.

    Good news for Rush he is finally right about something.

    Bad news for GOP........Sarah Palin IS the most “prominent and articulate voice” for conservatism.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  193. Sandra - Illinois

    Sarah Palin certainly doesn't represent the party in a positive way! I blindly voted for President Bush the last two terms and now I want nothing to do with the Republican party. Sarah and the rest of the "old party" have shown me only whining and sour grapes. I shudder to think where we would be right now if Senator McCain and "Sarah" had won this election. I also would love to tell Rush to shove it. His rantings are getting very old and way off base. I would love to see a Republican party who would "stand up for what my father, a staunch Republican, believed in. Get a grip Steele and the rest of the party!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  194. David Brown

    Examples of when Sarah Palin is articulate?
    "I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to ya."

    Clinton, NY

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  195. Paul Norton

    Palin is just another dog and pony show. The republicans have no clear leader and their platform is in shambles,but my greatest curiosity is how do they live down the "horribleness" of the past 8 years?
    Then I wonder who will be the first to yell,
    "Hey George the Second, you got us into this mess, now how are you gonna' get us out?"

    By cashing those fat government paychecks, no doubt.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  196. Bob

    She's just a pretty face some of the repubs are drooling over.

    Prominent? For the tabloids maybe.

    Articulate? Nope. I'm sure those that are saying that about her, are like the same ones who said bush was articulate.

    Then again run the rightwing, religious nutbag Palin in 2012. It will assure another Obama victory.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  197. Donna

    It's a stunt. The man is an entertainer and his ratings depend on controversy. So he makes a statement which is patently ridiculous–that this polarizing, stupid woman is "articulate" and people will jump on it. Even Limbaugh probably realizes what a complete disaster she is.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  198. midwest

    What does the conservative faithful like about Sarah? Depends on who you ask. Male conservatives think she has that easy on the eyes, hot girl next door going for her. Why else is Rush so excited about her? Female conservatives like that she is a hocky mom.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  199. Irene Chavero

    Sarah Palin is not only an embarrassment to her party, but to the entire country and democracy as a whole. The real question should be is if we as a country want the rest of the world looking at us through the example she sets, or is this case, does not set.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  200. Lawrence Gordon

    Limbaugh is the voice of the disaffected. He has no clue about anything. He has an audience of like minded people who are victims of group think. Even the least intelligent of the bunch is in reality smarter than Rush, but for better or worse his herd cannot see where he is leading them. It is a sad day in America.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  201. Peter S in LA

    Sarah Palin is their most prominent and articulate voice? What that say about the current state of the Republican party?

    May 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  202. Dayo Bello

    Rush is one of the many problems the Repulican party is facing.When young progressive American men and women think of Republican party,they see non progressive set of people that thinks we ought to stand still and stay in pre-Reagan era. Only Rush consider the Governor of Alaska articulate.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  203. Rashard

    No she isn't. The republicans are lost because what they say they believe and what they actually do are not aligned. The views they support only help themselves and their RICH constituents. They have an ethnocentric outlook and are unable to seriously evaluate themselves. And it is for that reason that any of the republicans will have a hard time regaining power. THE PEOPLE ARE AWAKE!!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  204. Mr. Pragmatic

    Limbaugh is correct. The conservative wing of the Republican Party is extremely shallow and without any workable ideas. Sarah Palin embodies that shallowness. Since there is no workable vision, she articulates it as well as anyone.

    Mr. Pragmatic
    Seattle, WA

    May 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  205. johnrj08

    Limbaugh is right, but for a difference reason. The RNC fears Palin because her appeal to the anti-intellectual, creationist, pro-life, pro-guns right-wing of the party's base could infect enough of the GOP to fragment it into two or three regional parties that will never be a factor in another national election. It is ironic and fitting that a political party driven by regressive ideology would end up feeding on itself in this manner.

    John Johnson
    Encino, CA

    May 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  206. Patricia

    Articulate? You are kidding right???

    May 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  207. M. L. Schrenger

    Sarah Palin: "prominent and articulate voice" – yes she is the prime example of a greedy overly conservative Republican, of a super obnoxious person and the perfect example of pure idiocy! I surely do hope she wins her party's nomination ini the next election, then Obama is sure to win again! Good luck Sarah!!!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  208. Trey, Houston

    PLEASE let Palin be the Republican nominee... It's downright comical that people actually believe in her... actually makes question what people are smokin in Alaska. I can't wait for her to get crushed in 2012.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  209. AARON

    He is not right but his opinion is important. Sarah Palin could be famous but I dont think she is the most “prominent and articulate voice” for conservatism considering her past 'unbrilliant' performances in public. Common, there's got to be better people than she is.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  210. Gary Sloan


    The more Limbaugh says, the better off Independents and Democrats are. Sarah Palin is a perfect example of Limbaugh NOT being in touch with reality (actually I do not know what reality he embraces). As an Independent, I had not made up my mind in the last election...that is until Senator McCain selected Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Thank you Rush Limbaugh, keep up the good work, as you continue to make the Republican Party less and less relevant. Why do millions listen to this guy anyway? That would be a great future question!


    May 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  211. Peter V

    Limbaugh anointed Palin as the savior of the GOP back in 2008, and he has to support her now for fear of being seen as wrong. And let's be honest – deep down, Rush probably resents all these Yale, Harvard, and Naval Academy grads running the show. He looks at Palin as one of his own, "real folks" like his listeners who don't need no book learnin' to get things done. Palin and Limbaugh will be the death of the GOP.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  212. Overby from Melbourne

    Palin is the most prominent and articulate, of course, but not of conservatism, but of bonehead-ism. When she gets mad, in her own words, "it brings out the mama-grizzley" in her...pure bonehead in anyone's book. I'm a lifelong Republican, but when I voted for Obama, I wasn't voting for Obama, I was voting against Palin.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  213. Rahn Hasbargen New Brighton, MN

    She's drawing the arrows from the left and the mainstream media, and anyone else you may think is the "most prominent and articulate voice" is not. If she isn't that voice, why are supposedly more intelligent people wasting their arrows on her? If you are so intelligent, spend your ammo on the more "prominent and articulate" targets of your enemies......

    May 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  214. Paul Richards

    You asked this question:

    Rush Limbaugh says Sarah Palin is the most “prominent and articulate voice” for conservatism. Is he right?

    Yes, with a caveat.

    Sarah Palin is the current representative voice for a subset sect of right wing extreme conservatives. She articulates her position clearly enough and with clarity enough for the right wing conservative extremists to agree and support her.

    I do not see evidence of moderate conservatives finding Sarah Palin a prominent and articulate voice. Nor do I see evidence of their support for her.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  215. Verlin C. Weaver

    Sarah Palin is about the only politician I trust in any party. There is a reason for that too- she is honest, and she wants to take this party back to the middle, I don;t know if she will get a chance though between the crooked republican so called leaders and the LIBERAL MEDIA.
    Spike Weaver
    Jacksonville, Florida

    May 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  216. Daniel RF

    If Sarah Palin is the most prominent and articulate voice for the Republicans then Obama can expect to stay in the White House until 2016. Defeating Obama will require someone that not only appeals to the base, but also appeal to the center, and Palin certainly does not appeal to centrist voters. Some other Republican with enough popularity will be able to have a chance against Obama in 2012, and that Republican might as well be an unknown today and emerge into public consciousness in 2010, just as Obama was practically unknown in 2004 but in everyone's mind by 2006.
    But if the economy does pick up as reports have talked about recently (IMO, prematurely), then the Republicans might as well concentrate their efforts on 2016 (there's also the fact that the GOP is acting like a headless chicken these days, aimlessly wondering around without any coherence at all).

    May 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  217. John Brazo

    Rush Limbaugh is a self-centered, self promoting, blowhard, who drags his "ditto-heads" behind him like the non-thinking mice following the Pied Piper. If I were a conservative republican I would be looking in the mirror and asking , "Why should any of us be listening to Rush?" And, as for Gov. Palin, please let her run. Please! Easy money for the Dems in 2012!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  218. Jeremy, San Francisco

    I hope Limbaugh begins to get a grip on reality and understands the more he speaks, the more the American people are rejecting his right wing antics and will continue to leave the GOP in droves. If he wants to preside over the funeral of the Republican party, he should keep on blathering.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  219. Sarah Barzmehri

    If Palin is GOP's only hope, they better shut down their party. Nothing describes her better than a "lipstick on a pig". They go from dumb to dumbest. It's sad how conservatives are backward and use people's religious beliefs to gain power.

    I don't get surprised if such a thing happens in an underdeveloped county (it happens all the time). However, it is happening in the US with all the educated people. This is out of my mind! She is as dangerous as a pandemic!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  220. Don, FL

    If only she could read from a tele prompter– this so called conservative panel might respect her more.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  221. Beth Roberts

    Com’n Jack,

    Are you still listening to Limbaugh?
    Palin? Palin who? Has she offered to join all those old, white-haired guys traveling around the country holding “re-pub-brand” town hall meetings to “voice” something that anyone would want to listen to? Oops, there is one Repub that doesn’t have white hair.

    Where’s Palin? She must be in the back room articulating how she is going to conserve the hair dye she is going to use so she will have enough to cover up the prominent white hairs that appeared when she started hanging out with another old, white-haired guy.

    Oh, I saw a news clip of their first town meeting, I tried; I really did try to count above my ten fingers for how many people were in attendance of their “re-pub-brand” town hall meeting, I guess they have to start somewhere.

    Albany, OR

    May 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  222. Uwe

    I recall when everyone was saying that the Democratic party was falling apart and dying a slow death, my how things have changed. Change occurs when things are not going right, the GOP does need to have a more moderate voice, but the Dems will stay in power if things go good over the next 4 years, if not, expect more changes, Americans have a short term memory and like to see things happen quick.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  223. RJ

    One word. "Laughable". Must be back on the meds.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  224. WIL from Greensboro N.C.

    She surely is a voice.Of ignorance.As has become the republican party.They have done nothing but spin for 8 years.They have spun so much..they are the ones that are dizzy.They make no sense when they speak.They have no idea where they are going with all this.Rush Limbaugh says Sara Palin is the answer?..Is this the best they can do?Republicans are starting to sound like the crazy drunk uncle at the family reunion..........Its silly.If they aren't going to bring productive ideas to the table that can help us get out of our current situations;they need to keep quiet.And like the crazy old uncle;we need to ignore them when they say silly things.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  225. Benjamin Braun

    Sarah Palin is about as articulate and prominent as Barak Obama is bumbling and unsophisticated.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  226. Ben

    Sarah Palin? Prominent and articulate?! They just do not get it and they never will.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  227. Kelcy

    "Sarah Palin is the most prominent and articulate voice for good old-fashioned American conservatism." Well, if you define American conservatism as being ultra right wing, ultra religious to represent American conservatism then she may well be one of the most prominent voices. She is certainly not articulate though. She is certainly not intelligent. That last does not mean she cannot be trained because I do think she can be scripted but as our last president shows......being well scripted has nothing to do with intelligence, and the latter is something that is necessary for the job. Is she the best representative for the GOP? Not if you want to attract Independents or those that are more middle of the road from either party.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  228. Jon Paul

    He's got to be kidding. Prominent, maybe. Articulate, there's no way at all she can best the entire Republican party. Unless that's meant to be a Freudian slip–which I'd actually commend him for–he's jumping the gun at trying to shine a very narrow light of hope at her and ignore all the junk she accumulated being the VP candidate last year. This isn't the Bush era anymore. People are not *that* ignorant. I'm still reeling over the backwash she had about "how Obama won". It's pretty simple: she ran for VP.

    (from Sunnyvale, CA)

    May 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  229. Leslie Steach

    Yes, Sarah Palin IS the most “prominent and articulate voice” for conservatism. She is an absolute dream come true.
    But of course, I'm a Democrat. 🙂
    – Leslie

    May 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  230. Barbara Campbell

    Palin is clearly symbolic of the neocons – all image, no substance.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  231. drew

    Rush is right. She is the most articulate of the Republicans. Thing is, from my experience, Republicans aren't too articulate. After guns, God, gays, the flag and abortion, what's left? Cut taxes. Whee.

    Palin is tiresome. Another "same old politician" with stupid baggage like trooper-gate, shooting wolves from helicopters and kickbacks while touting morality and responsibility. What a lesser choice is Palin.

    While being Democratic, I wish the Republicans could front a competent candidate rather than another cloned echo chamber pundit.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  232. SoSaysSam

    Yes Jack, saddly Rush is correct for once.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  233. Randy

    The whole party is a joke. Palin is as inarticulate as they come. If she is the best spokesperson for the Rebulican party and conservatism then the Republicans party needs a toe tag.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  234. Karl from SF, CA

    Sara Palin is the non-voice of the Republican party. Her voice got them where they are now. She and Rush should form their own wing-nut super ultra-conservative party for the Rush/Sara believers and let the real Republicans have the real GOP back. Maybe then the GOP will find its true voice again, when the fake ones are gone.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  235. Mark in Minnesota

    Jack - the real question here is - who really cares what Rush Limbaugh thinks? He is the self appointed prophet of the Republican party, a party by the way, that is dying a long, slow, painful death. He lives in a dream world, with delusions of grandeur and self importance. Most of us consider him the village idiot. Whenever he more he opens his mouth, the more he helps the Democratic Party. Palin's abilities speak for themselves.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  236. Robert Bauer, Sonoma County, CA

    Rush is absolutely right! Sarah Palin IS INDEED the most prominent and articulate voice in the Republican party. Which, if all goes well, should seal their doom as a viable political entity.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  237. Diane Berkshire, Mass

    I joined Team Sarah last week just to very politely voice my opinion that she was not really qualified to be president based on her lack of a grasp of the major issues. I was instantly kicked out of Team Sarah. Gee wiz, they're not big on freedom of speech.
    Just a suggestion: if she looked like Harriet Meyers, would she still have a following? I think she would probably make a great country western singer.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  238. RC

    He's kind of right. She's not particularly articulate, but she at least sounds like something more hip than a 70 year old white man.

    The Republican party desperately needs to attract younger people if they're going to have any hope of surviving. In that sense, Sarah Palin may be their best hope.

    It's a pretty sad hope, though, if they can't find a young person who is more intelligent than she is.

    It's probably too late for the existing Republican party, though. Their extreme social conservatism and abandonment of conservative fiscal principles has left them with an old and aging constituency. Few young conservatives will sign on to this extreme religious zealotry, and without maintaining fiscal discipline... what is left for anyone to like?

    May 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  239. Shaun (Ithaca, NY)

    Even if Palin isn't, I'll happily say she is the "most prominent and articulate voice" for conservatism if it will help her get the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Heck, I'll shout it from the rooftops. Nothing would make the 2012 race easier for the Democrats than running against her, silver-tongued as she is.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  240. Steve from Dallas

    First, Rush Limbaugh is an embarrassment for the Republican party.

    Now that we have that settled, do we really care what else he says?

    Regardless, the answer is no. Sarah Palin is not the most prominent and articulate. She is an embarrassment. I always liked John McCain, but every campaign he had a knack of doing something that would derail his path to the Presidency. This time around he was looking great, and going forward. Then he did his derailing moment: Choosing Sarah Palin. What a mess. Great, they include Sarah Palin in their meetings. The should as representative of the clueless, selfish, self-important members of the Republican party which is a major part of the party.

    Now is the best time to start a third party. The Republican party needs to change drastically or they will become extinct.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  241. Krystal

    Well, if Rush is right, then that doesn't say a lot for the conservatives. Then again, neither did Bush! LOL

    May 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  242. debinOH

    OMG, if Sarah is considered articulate then I am moving to Russia where I can view Alaska from my house to make sure she doesn't rear her ugly head there. Also too.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  243. Winnie

    Jack, The poor republican party is DEAD! No amount of resusitation by rush, cheney, or the terminator, rove will bring it back to life. Sarah is more than welcome to run for the president in 012 because by then we'll be running out of things republican to laugh about. Those poor angry white men are getting pathetic including the ones in your house of reps and the senate.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  244. Susan, Elgin, IL

    The last 8 yrs. have shown us that you don't need training in public speaking to garner power. Palin must have contacted Rush with a complaint about not being invited to join the Council on a New America and asked him to open up a door so that she can plow through.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  245. Bruce Barnes

    Governor Sarah Palin would make the perfect Republican Party Presidential candidate. She embodies everything the GOP stands for. Rush Limbaugh could be her running mate. With these two ‘prominent’ and ‘articulate’ candidates presenting good old-fashioned American conservatism, how could they lose?

    May 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  246. Katie

    I say sure! Let Palin be the "most prominent and articulate voice" of the GOP. As an Alaskan, I've had my fill of her – I hope she moves on, following her aspirations to become something BIG in the party of no, and leaving our state so that somebody with more than half a brain can be elected. We need somebody who can voice OUR concerns, not just her own, someone who cares about the problems of the remote villages of our state, not just the ones in Juneau and Wasilla, and someone who won't embarrass us whenever s/he speaks.

    I hope she runs for President! Can't wait to see her debate Barrack Obama. She'll look like the moronic beauty queen that she really is.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  247. ian

    Calling Sarah Palin "the most prominent and articulate voice for conservatism" is nothing short of idiotic. Then again, conservatism as political thought is dead. What Rush calls 'conservatism' these days is a mish-mash of bigotry, anti-intellectualism, and stale ideas turned into a rigid, religion-like dogma. For this conservatism, Sarah Palin is indeed a voice. Just replace "prominent and articulate" with "shrill and ignorant".

    May 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  248. Jennifer in Petaluma

    Hopefully they'll prop up the Palin puppet one more time in 2012, the liberal thinkers on the left could use some more senate seats – GO SARAH!!!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  249. Matt Sekac

    I think to most people (myself included), this will simply come off as amusing absurdity–another quip from a steady stream of radical drivel spewing from the mouth of Rush Limbaugh.

    I suppose what he figures is that Sarah Palin suits his convoluted principles best, so he's decided to waste no time mobilizing his minions to her aide. He starts here by propping her up with praise that directly conrtradicts widely-held consensus, uniformly from the left but also the right in part, regarding the person of Sarah Palin.

    To me, though, it seems to play right into the Democrats' hands. So Bravo, Rush.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  250. Kyle

    For once in my life I am in total agreement with Rush Limbaugh. I do believe Sarah Palin is the most articulate voice for modern 'conservatism.' I don't think that bodes well for the 'conservatives.'

    May 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  251. parker rea

    If the Republicans, and I used to be one, want to be important and relevant, they should talk to John McCain's daughter. She is where their future is. Sarah Palin? Come on, after W, do we really need more embarrassment, with the only thing different being she is pretty?

    May 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  252. Rod

    To the extent that Rush Limbaugh represents a viewpoint within the average conservative spectrum and that Sarah Palin appeals to average conservatives too, then it is not surprising that they would support, indeed complement (and compliment) each other. I think Sarah Palin uses a language and promotes views that resonate very well with both her base and Limbaugh's. From Limbaugh's prespective, he's right. Other right-wing, conservative and republican leaders come across as more complicated, therefore less accessible to the average conservative.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  253. Annie, Atlanta

    Rush Limbaugh spews his toxicity over his ignorant following on a daily basis, to the tune of $38M a year. The fact that he describes Palin as articulate is laughable. Both are perfect examples of what happens when we let our dark side rule. They’ve buried or lost what’s good and decent in us all; their humanity.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  254. Steven

    Is Sarah Palin the most articulate voice for conservatism? No... but she certainly is prominent. She's finding her voice and demonstrating that she is a real conservative in spite of the modern party especially when compared with folks like John McCain. Throughout the race she did demonstrate some 'amateurish' flops (the Couric interview was especially disappointing), but as a 40-something newcomer to the national political stage she shows a lot of promise to become the voice that the Republican party needs to regain some of the political clout of its former years.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  255. Kamesh in CA

    Well Jack, as far as I can tell Mrs. Palin's inarticulateness DOES articulate the conservative platform: uninformed, unscientific, and out of touch with the real problems every day Americans face. Her "prominence" in the GOP that Limbaugh is referring to are her prominent gaffes, hypocrisies and outright lies.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  256. Luke64

    I wish everyone would stop trying to put words into the mouth of the Republican Party – Rush Limbaugh does not speak for the GOP and certainly is not the leader of the GOP. I think it is journalistic fraud and bad faith to continue to make such comments – when the GOP has clearly said that it isn't true. And with regard to Ms. Palin being articulate – just be careful what you say – she was speaking without a teleprompter. Our current president doesn't do so well either when not prompted with what to say. At least she expressed an opinion, right or wrong, when the teleprompter goes out for someone else, they can't form an opinion or a coherent statement at all.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  257. Evert

    Jack, Rush Limbaugh wouldn't know "prominent and articulate" if it bit him on his backside.

    If Sarah Palin is the GOP's future then the party really has problems. What am I saying? Rush Limbaugh is apparently the party's spokesperson; they have serious problems!

    May 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  258. DAVID

    Absolutely! The more sarah Palin remains in the spotlight, the more Democrats gain. I hope she runs for President for the next 20 years.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  259. clem

    The National Council for a New America has kicked-off a listening tour aimed at bringing more of the electorate under their tent. What they fail to realize that it is, in fact ,a circus tent, with Rush Limbaugh in the role of ringmaster-making the elephants dance to his tune. When Rush speaks, it has all the authority of the Pope speaking “ex cathedra”. So if he declares Palin to be queen elect of the GOP, they might as well go and buy her a tiara at Neiman Marcus.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  260. Renee

    My how Rush has changed!! I was listening to Rush Limbaugh on the radio the morning after Sarah Palin was named as McCain's running mate.His very first comment was "I know what this is about.It's all about abbies and Jesus". Other comments in a similar vein followed.i guess the worm has turned and Rush has seen the light(?)

    May 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  261. Joe in Austin, Tx

    "staunch conservative" today means they won't change their tune no matter how wrong they are. Much like the sheep in "animal farm", they just bleat on and on. When lost in the desert, people will drink the sand. In this sense, she is eloquent.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  262. Wally

    One thing I do appreciate about Sarah Palin is that she will probably never do as much damage to the nation as Nancy Polosi and the current liberal congress has done.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  263. BoJo

    Sarah Palin could never top the demo's vp's. Gore invented the internet and Biden can't keep his foot out of his mouth. You know they say if you want to look skinny hang around with fat people. Now you know why Barry picked Biden and he needs all the help he can get to look Presidental.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  264. TampaDem

    The element conspicuously missing from Limbaugh's statement is why - why is she the "prominent and articulate" voice of the Republican party? Limbaugh doesn't give us a clue as to what the party's rallying cry should be, or how her viewpoint is emblematic of its future. Palin made it clear during the campaign that the bulwark of her platform is her own ambition. That makes her an odd spokesperson for a party in need of a clear message. Or, then again, maybe her inexplicable popularity is all that matters.

    Tampa, FL

    May 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  265. martins dublin

    Sera Palin does not represent any generation of Amerricans...rather a voice that represents advanced secrataries...

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  266. C. A. Martin

    Mrs. Palin had a pretty huge effect at the ground level, impressing a huge number of people that I know on both sides of the political fence, as it were. She was obviously unused to the huge stage she found herself on, and couldn't have changed an election that'd already been held in the media anyway...but she did talk directly to the hearts and minds of people tired of the kind of slick political rhetoric that's always old before it begins.

    I'm kind of neutral about her and disgusted with the country's political realities of the moment anyway. Regardless, Mrs. Palin seemed to come across legitimately as a "real person" seperate from the politicians that normal folks largely distrust. We'll see if that means anything.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  267. EJ in metro Houston

    Rush Limbaugh was quoted as saying the GOP was "AFRAID" of Sarah Palin. Well if they want to have a new image and try to get more people to come back to being Republican they had darned well be afraid of her. If you saw any of the Palin rallies last year they tended to draw the real far right racist and intolerant branch of the party and she did little to quell their cries of "tratior", "terrorist", "kill him", and even far worse. She divided the nation with her "real American" comments and her folksie ways didn't work with the smarter side of our nation. So if the GOP still wants the likes of her and others like "Joe the Plumber" to be the face of their party then their town meetings to me are all for naught.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  268. Reality

    Democrats can revel in their success as they should. They have control of everything. It will be short lived, so enjoy it now. Just as the Republicans abandoned true conservatism in the 90's and caused us to lose faith, so shall it happen to the left and moderates. Within the next year your party will forsake you, and you will not be able to discern Democrats from Republicans. The debt load of the U.S. and her unfair to trade policies will crush all of us. Real conservatism with massive reduction in government spending, fair trade with equal countries, will be the only hope. Please enjoy your spoils now, as they are fleeting. Poke fun at Palin if it brings you pleasure. The reality of this is that she frightens the left with the thought of less government control. The left must nip the sprout of freedom in the bud.

    May 5, 2009 at 6:36 pm |