Huckabee, Limbaugh concerned by third-party talk surrounding Palin

Appearing on Fox News’ On The Record Tuesday evening, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee expressed concerns about the possibility that exiting Alaska governor Sarah Palin will “go third party or go independent.” Discussing a possible Palin presidential run in 2012, Huckabee — a likely GOP presidential candidate himself — said, “Whether she runs or not, she has an important voice, and I hope she remains — let me be real clear — a part of the Republican Party. I’m a little concerned when I hear her say that she may sort of branch out and go third party or go independent. That would be a big mistake because we need to rebuild the Republican Party, not abandon it.”

On Monday, Rush Limbaugh similarly said of Palin, “I don’t know if she’s going to campaign for conservative Democrats but if she believes that conservatism is the way to go. The one thing that does slightly worry me about this is this whole third party business. Yeah, it’s remote but it’s still a possibility out there and there are a lot of people pushing a third party and that’s — third parties, they lose, they just lose.”

81 thoughts on “Huckabee, Limbaugh concerned by third-party talk surrounding Palin

  1. Zoe

    In response to Limbaugh’s statement on third parties losing….how exactly has the Republican party been winning lately…..?

  2. Gary Julian

    There is no shame in losing to a horrible corrupt two party system. Winning after being purchased by endless corrupt union and corporation money is what is shameful.

    Palin should run as an independent or Libertarian.

  3. joe the Mailman

    she should just quit politics because she just isn’t that worthy to hold any public office. Dumb as s**t!

  4. joe the butthead

    i don’t get Republican? We already had a president that was like us – GWB, have we not learned that an average mind isn’t what we need to direct the best nation in the world? That if we have two kids, a lawyer and a dog walker, and you need someone to take care of your estate, you won’t let the dog walker to do it, so why make that choice to run a the most influential nation the planet? Please make a sound decision, pass on Palin.

  5. citizen1

    Sarah Palin is a politician. She does what she thinks is politically expedient for her. She should have no support from anyone that has any real standards or convicts as to what is right and wrong. That is anyone who thinks that the Constitution should also be followed no matter what should think that she is a joke.
    She sold out to the Republican Party to be JM running mate. That will greatly hinder any 3rd party run she may consider. Just like Barr’s actual record hurt him.

  6. NewFederalist

    I frankly don’t view Sarah Palin as worthy to get excited about. Her poll numbers are not great and she comes across as a political lightweight. Why care what she does?

  7. d.eris

    The agitation for Palin to go third party or independent is being pushed by the conservative grass roots and Tea Party activists. Obviously, establishment Republicans are not excited about the idea. Palin has not really hinted at such a move herself, aside from saying she will support conservatives who are in politics for the “right reasons,” whatever their party affiliation. Interestingly, Newt Gingrich recently floated this idea as well. I’ve been following developments in the conservative two-party strategy for the last couple weeks, if anyone’s interested in the backlinks.

  8. mdh

    Palin wouldn’t make it in the LP – the Anarchist Caucus would chase her right back out. 😉

  9. tab

    Palin really isn’t half as bad as people are making her out to be? A libertarian, definitely not. But she is probably close to a true conservative.

    I’d be interested in hearing her real opinions that weren’t fed to her by the Republican handlers. Remember, she was basically plucked from being governor to being a VP candidate in a very short period of time.

    She could actually be one of the best candidates (this is in comparison to our other ones) this country has seen in a long time.

    Plus, wasn’t her husband a member of a secessionist party in Alaska?

  10. Donald Raymond Lake

    Any worse than LP candidate Bob Barr or greenie Cindy McKinney ?????? [I am not a Lib or green, but have tried to work with each. I am a Perot, Perot, Nader, Nader, Nader voter.]

  11. John from CA

    I think it’s clearly time for a brand spankin’ new third party, and I’ve got the name — The Tea Party.

    w.r.t. Republicans in 2012, I’d really love to see Jeb Bush and Lynn Cheney run. Can’t you just imagine seeing Bush/Cheney bumper stickers?

  12. Thomas L. Knapp

    “But she is probably close to a true conservative.”

    She ran for mayor of Wasilla as a “progressive,” her biggest project in that office was an eminent-domain-enabled, taxpayer-subsidized skating rink that the city is STILL trying to finish paying for, and she hired a lobbyist to tag down $4000 in pork for every man, woman and child in the city.

    As governor, she signed the largest operating budget in the state’s history, and her two marquee projects were a) shelling out half a billion in corporate welfare to a pipeline company and b) putting every Alaskan on the dole with a government-funded “debit card” to buy gas.

    Yeah, sure — sounds like a “true conservative” to me.

  13. tab

    “As governor, she signed the largest operating budget in the state’s history, and her two marquee projects were a) shelling out half a billion in corporate welfare to a pipeline company and b) putting every Alaskan on the dole with a government-funded “debit card” to buy gas.

    I haven’t studied every single one of Palin’s acts as governor. I can only judge her by her words.

    Those projects are funny though for someone who criticized the Bridge to Nowhere.

    She also said this…

    “”I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation,” she said in an interview, “People are so tired of the partisan stuff — even my own son is not a Republican.”

    I am not a huge Palin fan or anything, but she isn’t the worst politician I’ve ever seen.

  14. Erik Geib

    Judging a politician by their words and not their acts? Just like the two parties want you to do.

  15. Melty

    Is it true that the Libertarians of Alaska endorsed her in her run for governor?

  16. Thomas L. Knapp

    “Those projects are funny though for someone who criticized the Bridge to Nowhere.”

    She was for the Bridge to Nowhere — lobbied extensively for it, in fact — until it became more politically expedient to denounce it.

  17. Ralph

    Sarah Palin is refreshing. If asked a question, she answers it. No talking point etc. All you political correct haters need to wake up and smell the roses. There are many in the Republican party who are very capable of eating their own.
    The existing Republican party needs to be revamped, and new conservative blood must be added. Sara Palin is capable of initiating this. JM ran a bad campaign, and it had nothing to do with Palin. The mood of America is changing. Enough of politics as usual. Palin will emerge as a force to be reckoned with, and America is standing ready!!!!!

  18. tab

    Why won’t people realize that nothing can be done to the Republican Party? One way or another, it’s going to die very soon.

    Extremely unlikely. The Republican Party as we know it may go through some minor changes but it won’t even come close to dying. Politics goes in cycles and now the Democrats are having their turn. When they screw everything up the Republicans will be elected once again and everyone will be talking about the Dems dying.

  19. Steven R Linnabary

    Why won’t people realize that nothing can be done to the Republican Party? One way or another, it’s going to die very soon.

    Highly unlikely. The republican party has guaranteed ballot status in every state, even when they do no meet the statutory requirements, as in Texas and Louisiana last year. Further, the republican party receives multi million dollar welfare payments from the FEC, as well as huge payouts from many states.

    PEACE

  20. Steven R Linnabary

    JM ran a bad campaign, and it had nothing to do with Palin.

    McCain DID run a terrible campaign, a rerun of ’96 where a doddering old man was able to snatch the nomination away from other candidates that were MUCH more likely to actually win the general election.

    And like Jack Kemp in ’96, Palin probably saved McCain from an even bigger loss.

    PEACE

  21. paulie

    McCain DID run a terrible campaign, a rerun of ‘96 where a doddering old man was able to snatch the nomination away from other candidates that were MUCH more likely to actually win the general election

    Correct about McCain, incorrect about the rest of the Republican field. None of them were at all likely to win.

  22. paulie

    w.r.t. Republicans in 2012, I’d really love to see Jeb Bush and Lynn Cheney run. Can’t you just imagine seeing Bush/Cheney bumper stickers?

    Yes, and I can imagine them losing every single electoral vote too 🙂

  23. paulie

    Plus, wasn’t her husband a member of a secessionist party in Alaska?

    They are now claiming he screwed up his voter registration form.

  24. paulie

    If she were to go to a third party, she would most likely belong to America’s Independent Party.

    I doubt it. They have very little ballot access and are controlled by Keyes. She’d either start her own or go to one of the larger alt parties.

  25. Don Grundmann

    ” If she were to go to a third party, she would most likely belong to America’s Independent Party.

    I doubt it. They have very little ballot access and are controlled by Keyes ”

    Response – The website TheCorruptionOfAlanKeyes.org will soon document the reality of Alan Keyes. His ” party ” was founded on corruption of the highest degree and will soon be destroyed by its own rot as it should be. Any candidate campaigning in or for Keyes ” party ” will automatically be associated with its corruption and will hence be dead on arrival in any campaign.

    Don Grundmann Vice-Chairman American Independent Party, California branch of the Constitution Party

  26. Eric Dondero

    Yup, Palin is in “no way a Libertarian.” That explains why the Libertarian Party of Alaska invited her to a number of their local meetings in Anchorage as a guest speaker in 2005/06. And why LPA Chairman Jason Dowell ended up endorsing her for Governor. And why LPA candidate for Governor Billy Toien sent out an email 3 days before the election urging Libertarians around the State, “Don’t vote for me: Vote for Sarah!”

    Also explains why she was slammed in the primaries for not being a “real Republican, but rather a closet Libertarian.”

  27. Eric Dondero

    Here are the facts on the 2006 campaign in Alaska, Sarah Palin and the Libertarian Party.

    I was there at the time. I was hired by the LPA to coordinate the petition drive to stop the Anchorage smoking ban. I was there in Anchorage from late October, throuth early Dec.

    1. The Libertarian Party of Alaska as an organization did not endorse her.

    2. There really wasn’t any “official” Libertarian Party as an organization at the time. There were no regular meetings of the elected board.

    3. Those who endorsed her included: Chairman Jason Dowell, Vice-Chair/Treasurer Zach Johnson, and Secretary Rob Clift. (Rob’s wife was also a big supporter of Sarah.)

    4. The only other remaining elected board member was in Iraq at the time, in the Army.

    5. So, it is correct to say that the majority of the Exec. Board of the Libertarian Party of Alaska endorsed Republican Sarah Palin for President in 2006. It is not correct to say that the Libertarian Party of Alaska passed an official resolution endorsing her candidacy.

    6. Billy Toien, 2006 Libertarian Party candidate for Governor, officially backed Sarah the last 3 days of the campaign. He even allowed others to send out an email on his behalf with the message: “Don’t vote for me for Governor, vote for Sarah!”

    7. On election night Sarah hugged her friend Billy in front of over 1,000 supporters at the downtown Eagan Center, and publicly thanked the Libertarian Party for their support.

    As a matter of fact, the LP was one of the very first groups that she thanked. And this was caught on camera by all 3 Anchorage TV stations.

    8. Members of the Libertarian Party of Alaska have continued to support her all these years, including, most promimently a Blog article posted by Chairman Dowell in Sept. 2008, supporting her for being selected as John McCain’s running mate.

  28. Eric Dondero

    You all here have to understand, that prior to 2006, Sarah Palin was viewed by Republicans in the State as a “Libertarian usurper,” sort of an infiltrator in the GOP.

    As Mayor of Wasilla she had a huge battle with religious conservatives over bars and taverns and them being zoned out of city limits. The battle lasted for years. Palin defended the bars and taverns, and eventually beat back the social conservatives.

    That left a bad taste in the mouths of religious rightists throughout the State. These social conservatives were heavily aligned with Frank Murkowski. Murkowski’s people spread rumors during the GOP primary against Palin, that she was a “closeted Libertarian,” and “supported marijuana legalization.”

    Well, fortunately, a number of Alaska Republicans also support marijuana legalization, so the slam backfired on Murkowski.

    Sarah’s libertarian views and image helped her to win that primary and launch her national political career. They were not at all a detriment. And that is a great lesson for libertarians wanting to run in GOP primaries in the future, particularly those in Western states like Alaska.

  29. Mike from Argentina

    Which part is most libertarian about her, the big spending, socially reactionary views, or the warmongering mixed with Christian Zionist theocracy?

  30. Eric Dondero

    Oh, one thing I left out in the post above. Rob Clift is the one who invited Sarah Palin to those two Libertarian Party meetings in 2005/06 in Anchorage. (I believe one of the two meetings may have been held in Wasilla?)

    Rob is the longtime Host of the Anchorage Libertarian supper club which meets every Wednesday, like clockwork, at the Denny’s on North Star.

    It’s funny. When I first broke the news of Palin’s Libertarian Party ties in 2008 after she had been picked, some Leftist Republican-hating bloggers slammed me. One in particularly didn’t believe Palin could be a Libertarian. He was absolutely certain that I was lying about Palin attending two Libertarian Party meetings.

    So, I told him to call Rob Clift. He did, much to my surprise. Rob later told me that the guy was completely flustered on the phone, when he informed him that Yes, Sarah came to Libertarian Party meetings, and in fact, Rob himself was the one that invited her.

    So, if anyone wishes to confirm any of the facts and details of the information that I have provided above, I strongly urge you to contact Rob.

    Rob is like a Lifetime Icon of the Libertarian Party of Alaska. A total Gun Guy, he’s been around the Party for over 20 years. And he’s easily reachable, and just loves to talk politics with those of us in the Lower 48.

    So, if you’d like verification of any of these facts, above, please visit the LPA website and contact Rob.

    Good luck!

  31. Eric Dondero

    Mike, it’s not entirely accurate to say she “supports Marijuana legalization.” She made a comment that was quoted in an Alaska magazine I believe, back in the 1990s, that was favorable to marijuana legalization.

    This is what the social conservatives used against her in the GOP primaries.

    Isn’t it funny that when people in the GOP wanted to attack her they said she was pro-marijuana legalization, and then two years later when leftists wanted to portray her as a social conservative, they didn’t even mention the marijuana legalization comment?

  32. Eric Dondero

    Mike, the “warmongering” part of Palin makes her LIBERTARIAN!

    It is not at all accurate to say that Libertarians support Islamo-Fascism and are War Wimps. Palin takes the Pro-Defense view, as do many of us right-minded Libertarians.

    The anti-Libertarian view is to be soft on Islamo-Fascism, as are many of the so-called “Libertarians” who post on this Blog, (who are actually Leftists who pose as Libertarians cause they think it sound cooler.)

    Eric Dondero, 25 – Year Libertarian Veteran Activist, including:

    One-term, Libertarian National Committee
    Founder, Republican Liberty Caucus
    12 years Senior Staffer, Cong. Ron Paul
    2008, Top Libertarian Party Petitioner Nationwide

  33. Mike from Argentina

    Thanks for the laughs Dondero but big big government on any issues means not libertarian and yes tht includes warmongering, and thanks for your spin on Palin but I found the real facts

    http://www.dailysource.org/palin

    Maybe someone needs to start a real Libertarian Party in Alaska if they like this crazy bitch?

  34. mdh

    From what I know of the Alaska LP, they wouldn’t like Palin. I’ve heard only good things about the Alaska party and Mr. Kohlhaas’ leadership thereof, even from people who dislike him for other reasons related to petitioning work.

  35. Andy

    “54 Eric Dondero // Jul 18, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Mike, the “warmongering” part of Palin makes her LIBERTARIAN!”

    LOL!

    “mdh // Jul 18, 2009 at 10:56 am

    From what I know of the Alaska LP, they wouldn’t like Palin. I’ve heard only good things about the Alaska party and Mr. Kohlhaas’ leadership thereof, even from people who dislike him for other reasons related to petitioning work.”

    I haven’t heard anything good about Kohlhaas’ “leadership” of the Alsaka LP. I know that he got ousted as Chair a few years ago but then some people left and he was able to squeeze his way back into that position.

  36. Eric Dondero

    Thanks for the laughs Mike. So-called Anti-War “Libertarians” are defacto supporters of Islamo-Fascism.

    Islamo-Fascism = the biggest of all governments. Sharia Law is entirely inconsistent with libetarianism. Jihadists want to outlaw marijuana and all forms of gambling, force our girlfriends to wear ugly black burqas, cut off the genitals of our gay buddies, and stone “loose women” in town squares.

    Can you tell me what’s “libertarian” about that?

  37. Eric Dondero

    Hey Mike, I’ve got 25 years + of hardcore Libertarian political activism. So, don’t you dare try to tell me what is and what is not “libertarian.”

    I’ll match my record of activism on behalf of this movement with yours any day of the week.

  38. Eric Dondero

    You’re right, someone does need to start a Libertarian Party of Argentina, and they shouldn’t invite your Fascist ass to join.

    Libertarian = opposed to all forms of Fascism, including the Islamist variety. Just because you put the adjective “Islamic” in front of Fascist, doesn’t make it any less menacing.

    Oh, I forgot, it’s the “religion of peace”; the very religion that inspired 6 nutballs to blow themselves up yesterday at two American-owned hotels in Jakarta killing 8 and wounding over 30.

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  40. Andy

    “Islamo-Fascism = the biggest of all governments. Sharia Law is entirely inconsistent with libetarianism. Jihadists want to outlaw marijuana and all forms of gambling, force our girlfriends to wear ugly black burqas, cut off the genitals of our gay buddies, and stone “loose women” in town squares.”

    It sounds like they should join the Republican Party. They’d fit in just fine!

  41. Eric Dondero

    Really Andy. Let’s see now.

    It was a Republican state legislator who cut those commercials in New Hampshire for marijuana legalization, while the Democrat Governor vetoed the legalization bill last week.

    It’s Republicans, by and large these days who support legalized casino gambling, while nanny-stater Dems oppose it.

    The DEMOCRAT Supvervisor of San Francisco, appointed by the illustrious Gavin Newsom, is leading a city-wide crack down against the sex worker industry. She’s having prostitutes busted all over town.

    There was a time when the Democrats were more tolerant on social issues. But now the GOP is almost entirely socially libertarian, and the Dems socially fascist.

    Ask yourself, who is it that’s pushing seat belt laws as a primary offense these days?

    DEMOCRATS!

    Whose pushing all the smoking bans?

    DEMOCRATS!

    Whose wanting to ban trans fats?

    DEMOCRATS!

    Whose leading crack-downs against strip clubs?

    DEMOCRATS!

  42. Eric Dondero

    Hey Steven, if you are a Libertarian Party member you are by definiation a “Republican.”

    Remember, the LP is just the extreme version of the GOP. The LP was founded by the Colorado Chairman of the Young Republicans. 8 out of 9 LP Prez candidates were Republicans.

    Buck up Dude. You’re a Republican, you just don’t want to admit it.

  43. Lou

    So says Dondero fresh from working on anti gay rights initiative in Maine. So much for socially tolerant.

  44. Steven R Linnabary

    Lou-

    I don’t blame anybody for making a buck…and petitioners don’t get paid that much. It ain’t like there is a huge market for the professional petitioner.

    I’ve worked some jobs I hated, too.

    I even considered some of them to be mercenary.

    PEACE

  45. Lou

    Dondero was on here recently talking about how the “gay lobby” wants to force churches to perform gay marriages and we should be allying ourselves with the christofascists instead.

  46. Lou

    Dondero

    “2009/07/01 at 7:24pm
    Problem is, 99% of these LGBTers are affirmative action/special rights supporters. What happens when they learn that we Libertarians don’t wish to treat them any more specially than anyone else?

    Better for Libertarians to reach out to religious folk, like the churches, who are being forced by government to perform Gay Marriage ceremonies, all over New England and other regions of the country. That’s a principled Libertarian stance, and one we can gain genuine adherents on.”

    so he’s a warmonger AND a christofascist?

    No wonder he likes Palin

  47. Steven R Linnabary

    Hey Steven, if you are a Libertarian Party member you are by definiation a “Republican.”

    No, I am not. I would NEVER call you names. I have NEVER supported any republican (while he claimed that mantle) financially.

    Some republicans I’ll give a pass to, such as Paul, Sanford or Jindal…until they do something that hacks me off.

    And I had to hold my nose when I voted for Paul and Barr!

    Remember, the LP is just the extreme version of the GOP. The LP was founded by the Colorado Chairman of the Young Republicans. 8 out of 9 LP Prez candidates were Republicans.

    I wasn’t aware that Clark, Bergland, Marrou, Browne or Badnarik had ever been republican…I guess we’ll just call it a “youthful indiscretion”! But at least they had the sense to leave.

    Buck up Dude. You’re a Republican, you just don’t want to admit it.

    There you go again, calling me names. But I WOULD be ashamed to call myself republican.

    At least your not talking about my MaMa.

    PEACE

  48. Erik Geib

    Saying the LP is just the extreme version of the GOP took all the effort Dondero’s limited brain capabilities could muster. Uttering such nonsense once again displays what a shallow, limited understanding of political philosophy he possesses.

  49. Lou

    Christofascist, antigay, warmonger…is he at least for free markets? Oops no I see he is a Joe Lieberman kind of guy.

    What movement has he been in 25 years….bowel movement?

  50. mdh

    Eric D,
    If you’re so worried about the islamo-fascists, why not go start a Libertarian Party in the countries where they are working towards things like sharia law? It ain’t happening here, so I’m not inclined to worry about them any. 😛

  51. joe the buttcrack

    Lou might be an asswipe, butt donderror is a loosely hanging piece of shit

  52. Northern Exposure

    The Palins have been trying to cover up their ties to the Alaskan Independence Party. The AIP was supportive of her after her election as Governor of Alaska. Now, with her blinding political ambition, they are trying to throw the AIP under the bus. In reality they demonstrate their true characters. They are liars, hardly conservative and most assuredly political opportunists of the WORST kind! I doubt she could get elected as dog catcher in Alaska today. Thankfully, as of Saturday, she will be political history here as Governor Parnell will then be at the helm.

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