But is there more to this story? (Real Clear Politics, via FreeRepublic).
Shortly after her Fox News appearance, Palin released her statement to Van Susteren indicating that she would not speak at the convention, but the question of how prominent a role the Romney campaign had been willing to grant her remained.
A Romney campaign spokesperson declined to comment on whether Palin had been offered a prime-time speaking window in Tampa, rather than a less coveted daytime slot.
“Gov. Palin is an important voice and leader in the Republican Party,” Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades said in an emailed statement to RCP. “While she will be missed in Tampa, Gov. Romney looks forward to working with her to defeat President Obama, turn our economy around and strengthen America’s middle class.”
The Romney campaign has long maintained an internal policy of speaking only glowingly of Palin in public settings, but their concern remains evident that she is a polarizing figure in an election that will be decided by voters with whom she is not popular.
BuzzFeed.com reported on Saturday that in alluding to the differences between the Ryan pick and McCain’s choice of Palin, one senior Romney adviser sarcastically referred in an email to “the number one policy wonk in the country . . . Sarah Palin.”
Commenters on the pro-Palin website Conservatives4Palin.com reacted angrily to the news that she would not speak at the convention, and a prominent GOP strategist with close ties to the Tea Party told RCP that he blamed the Romney campaign for not fully appreciating what Palin brings to the table.
“The Romney campaign from day one has missed her draw to the Tea Party,” the strategist said. “Even with Paul Ryan, they still miss that she’s been there from the beginning.”
Now this is utterly stupid of the Republican Party higher ups, ignoring a woman who has done the most to champion conservatism in the party since Ronald Reagan. Who is going out, endorsing various Senate and House candidates who are winning elections, and inspiring the future generation of conservative leaders? It's Sarah Palin.
Meanwhile, what is "Krispy Kreme" doing? He's not inspiring new leaders or helping elect new senators and representatives. Instead, he's attacking fellow Republicans as "bigots" for daring to call him out for playing footsie with radical Islamists (Family Security Matters).
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, often described as a "rock star" in the Republican Party, has finally addressed the criticism of his courtship of Islamists. On July 24, Christie held an Iftar dinner at the Governor's Mansion, attended by Imam Mohammad Qatanani, a Hamas-linked cleric whose deportation is sought by the Department of Homeland Security. Christie reiterated his support for Qatanani and made the case to his Muslim audience that he is their ally by ridiculing the "bigots" attacking him.
Christie opens by talking about the attacks on "our relationship" (between him and, as he would characterize it, the Muslim community of N.J.) that show a "gaze of intolerance that's going around our country that is disturbing." You can watch the entire speech on YouTube.
There's more at the link of this blowhard throwing his weight around at people who bring up legitimate concerns of the backgrounds of some of these people, including one person who was general counsel of a group that stated "Zionist commandos orchestrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks." Obviously, "Krispy Kreme" is not and never has been a conservative. He has more in common with losers like John McLame and his lapdog Lindsey Grahmnesty, than those who are promoting real conservative values and willing to call out corruption in their own party. Obviously, that endears him to the Bushies in the moderate RINO wing of the GOP who are running the party, and who need to be rooted out.
Paul Ryan is a good pick, but the "good ole boy" GOP establishment and Mitt Romney better not risk alienating the conservative base at a moment when they need all the support they can get. Sarah Palin has proven her leadership abilities and should be given more respect and prominence, not just shuffled off to the side to be the cheerleader for the guys.