But apparently, the national Republican Party is either not impressed, or else it takes her for granted. On August 12th, 2012, Gretawire recorded the following statement from Palin (also posted on C4P):
“…Everything I said at the 2008 convention about then-candidate Obama still stands today, and in fact the predictions made about the very unqualified and inexperienced Community Organizer’s plans to 'fundamentally transform' our country are unfortunately coming true. This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them. As I’ve repeatedly said, I support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their efforts to replace President Obama at the ballot box, and I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally Independents and the GOP base to elect Senate and House members so a wise Congress is ready to work with our new President to get our country back on the right path. This is imperative. As President Clinton said in 2008 while candidate Obama and lapdogs in the media were thrashing his wife’s record and reputation, this is '…the biggest fairy tale'. For the sake of America’s solvency and sovereignty we must close this nonsensical book in November…”
Not only does the statement clearly hint that Palin won't be giving a speech, but she has confirmed this, according to The Capitol Column. It is unknown whether she turned down an invitation from the Romney campaign to speak at the RNC, or never received a convention invite; I suspect the latter is more likely. However, the Tampa Bay Times reports that Palin will be in Tampa during the Convention from August 27-30, but will be holding court at an associated venue at the Channelside Bay Plaza, which is just down the street from the Convention location. SarahPAC shelled out $4,500 to reserve space at Channelside earlier this year.
If Sarah Palin received an invitation and chose to turn it down, no problem. But the fact that she will be at Channelside implies she wants to be there and did not receive an invitation. If so, this is absolutely deplorable that the Republican nomenklatura would minimize her contributions towards helping genuine Republicans achieve electoral success all over the U.S. What a bunch of front-running ingrates! It shows that the senior Republican brain trust has not grasped the message they need to understand in order for Mitt Romney to achieve victory in November; namely, that they must become the party of the people and not remain the party of the rich, the powerful, and the corporate interests. Mitt Romney cannot win by running as Bush III or McCain II. Sarah Palin understands this, and so does Ron Paul. What's wrong with the rest of them? My God, Barack Obama is so vulnerable you could knock him over with a feather, yet he's leading in the polls.
Meanwhile, Sarah Palin continued her offensive on behalf of the Romney-Ryan team during an interview with Shannon Bream on Fox News, although it's clear she's more enamored with Ryan than Romney. The video is embedded below:
Palin predicted that the inclusion of Ryan will invigorate Tea Party voters who were lukewarm about Romney's candidacy, offering a clear alternative to the vision that Barack Obama and Joe Biden have for America. She explained that Obama’s philosophy is based on growing government and taking away personal freedoms, while Romney and Ryan offer a sound and secure vision for America that understands the free market and how to fix it to get the economy roaring back again. Palin also expressed some lingering bitterness towards John McCain‘s campaign staff for not effectively supporting and defending her in 2008, suggesting that they held back because they had a lot of friends in the media and they wanted jobs with the media afterward.