A Palin-Harley Davidson Ticket?

Everyone’s favorite foreign policy expert, Sarah Palin, is finally showing some movement towards making a bid for the Republican presidential nomination. She has bought a large house in Arizona, apparently forsaking her home state of Alaska as insufficiently mainstream as a base from which to mount a presidential bid. And, she has launched a bus tour of the northeast United States.

Most importantly, perhaps, however, is the fact that Palin began her bus tour by popping in on a motorcycle gathering; and hitching a ride on a Harley-Davidson from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial over the Memorial Day weekend. The motorcycle gig made a great deal more sense than launching her “One Nation Tour” in Washington — Ground Zero for the massive federal bureaucracy that is strangling America’s economy and its future.

It has been widely speculated the former vice-presidential nominee and reality TV star would join the lackluster 2012 Republican field. While she coyly will not directly answer when asked about a presidential run, Palin has admitted she has “the fire in [her] belly” to make another bid for national public office.

Though often criticized for her lack of depth on major national and international issues, Palin certainly comprehends that many voters are unhappy with the current Republican field; a team that does not yet count among its members a candidate who can deliver anything approaching a consensus able to unite the GOP.

The presumed frontrunner – at least for the moment – is Mitt Romney, who carries heavy baggage in a prospective bid again President Barack Obama. His heaviest baggage is the big government health care plan he championed and signed into law in 2006 while serving as Governor of Massachusetts. Many Republicans note the similarities between RomneyCare and ObamaCare; a factor they believe would be fatal to the GOP in a Romney-Obama match up.

Other candidates, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, have been unable to garner widespread support. Gingrich, of course, made a colossal error during his first weekend in the race by criticizing the budget blueprint produced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is also running this time around. While polls show he has attracted more support than his previous bid in 2008, he still lags greatly in the support needed to capture the nomination. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who like Paul appeals to libertarian-oriented voters truly concerned about individual and economic liberty, remains almost uniformly unknown outside libertarian circles.

And there is Herman Cain, a businessman and talk show host from Atlanta, who the national media studiously ignores. Cain attracted a number of supporters after the first Republican debate in early May. However, Cain has shown a lack of knowledge on foreign policy and related civil liberty issues in recent interviews.

Polls show that as many as a quarter of Republicans are undecided, and that those who have stated support for a particular candidate are not firmly committed. Could Palin be the candidate who attracts enough support to win the nomination and go on to beat Obama? It’s unlikely. While Obama is far from safe, he has the benefit of being more popular with the electorate at large than Palin, who failed to complete her only term as Governor of Alaska.

But given all the publicity Palin has attracted with her bus tour, beginning with her ride as a passenger on a Harley-Davidson, she is teaching the candidates in the Republican field a thing or two about creating a buzz. Perhaps some of her erstwhile GOP colleagues can learn from the Alaskan-turned-Arizonan. What might we see next? Newt on a Harley hog? Many voters would pay to see that; but it looks as if Palin may have already sewed up the Harley-Davidson vote.

By Bob Barr — The Barr Code

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Rick Patel

June 3rd, 2011
5:22 am

Bold, brilliant, beautiful Gov. Sarah Palin is the most competent, qualified, interesting, & exciting potential Presidential candidate from either Party. We need her as our President.

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Tony Sluden

June 3rd, 2011
6:20 am

It is amazing that there are a significant number of voters who actually believe the Sarah Palin is qualified to be president. Simply Amazing…

Atticus Finch

June 3rd, 2011
6:29 am

I want my president (and my doctors) to be smarter than me… and Palin doesn’t qualify. (And yes, Obama does qualify.)

James F

June 3rd, 2011
6:31 am

Rick Patel: I really hope you’re kidding, because that is a hilarious comment. Competent and qualified do not belong in the same article as Sarah Palin – the woman who didn’t even know what the Vice President’s job is. The woman who thought seeing Russia from he backdoor (which she couldn’t do anyways) was foreign policy experience. The woman who couldn’t finish 1 term as governor of Alaska. As for the Harley thing, just another politician trying to win votes without actually doing or saying anything meaningful/useful.

Karl Marx

June 3rd, 2011
6:36 am

Hey Tony, I guess you think the O Bozo we have now is “Qualified” I remind you that the Repubs ran their least experience candidate in the no 2 position while the Dumbcrats ran theirs in the number 1 slot in 2008 We are paying dearly for that mistake.


June 3rd, 2011
6:41 am

When she is talking I’m thinking she is on about her 4th beer, you know – what she talks about and how she says it…


June 3rd, 2011
6:41 am

I hope Rick Patel has his tongue in his cheek! Sarah Palin is a media w$%#* who is crafty enough to take her limited intelligence and come this far with it. I would ask anyone that might think of voting for her to cut and paste the nonsense that spews forth from her mouth onto a middle age, not too attractive woman, or a middle aged man and see if she is remotely appealing. It makes me ill that the people in this country are so stupid and shallow. But she can manipulate the media like the master manipulator she is! Notice that after McCain’s failed bid (due largely, in my opinion, to her being his VP choice) she slunk back to Alaska. Then, when she was fading from the public spotlight, she up and quits the governor’s job to take on various reality show spots. Then, when almost a month went by with few mentions on the news, she starts “touring” the country in a garish bus. She denigrates the “lamestream” media at every opportunity and they slavishly worship at her feet. She is an idiot! Notice she is not declaring her run for the Presidency now–she would have to actually work at it. She would have to participate in the Republican debates, and then everyone would see how truly ignorant and shallow she is. I would ask every media outlet (other than Fox) to take away all of their reporters at any of “venues”. She is sucking the oxygen out of the room and the other real candidates are shucking and jiveing trying to not say negative things about the Bible thumpers’ goddess–God forbid they p*%$ off the Tea Party! How sad that Mitt Romney had to share one ounce of the spotlight with this perfect horror of a woman!


June 3rd, 2011
6:57 am

Palin is highly qualified to completely crash the economy and finish the job Dubya started. Too bad that evil Kenyan turned it around and ended the results of rampant republican deregulation.

Not Blind

June 3rd, 2011
7:36 am

If Obama was experienced enough to be elected president then obviously anybody can do it. I heard the Palin on a Harley soundbyte. That woman is as phony as a $3 bill.


June 3rd, 2011
8:43 am

My guess is she’s really aiming to be Vice-President. Republicans who don’t like Romney might vote for him anyway with her on the ticket.

J. Wellington Wimpy

June 3rd, 2011
8:50 am

Please oh PLEASE run Sarah!!! Palin/Bachmann 2012 – The Menopause In High Heels Ticket!!!!!

Run Sarah Run!!!!

the watch dog

June 3rd, 2011
9:16 am

It is common to think of our own time as standing at the apex of civilization. However, how can we say that we have reached the cusp of civilization when a bonafide candidate rides a motorcycle. We can, the Romans were at the apex of civilization with the the two wheeled chariots of fire.
No matter what, the morning after election the same problems will be on the desk of the chief exectutive. In an era of world revolution and particularly in the middle east, the most important confidence that a government can have is the confidence of the people.
What the next chief exectutive will need is a “quintessential speech writer”, today that is all a candidate needs, the speech writer that can touch the voter and get him to go for his candidate.

DW (the real one)

June 3rd, 2011
9:22 am

What an idiot! God I hope she runs

Had Enuff

June 3rd, 2011
9:54 am

Mongo … Obozo will have tanked the economy with all his lamebrain rhetoric and his inexperience waving in the wind. His policies (or lack thereof) are why our economy is stalling. The sad thing is this empty suit will probably win a 2nd term because of all the morons living in this country. Sarah Palin as a choice??? If she is what GOP has the country is toast. That’s why I’m outta here. Thank goodness for Delta!


June 3rd, 2011
9:55 am

The majority of GOP candidates are NeoCONs who’ll gladly serve the Globalist Elite & AIPAC…including Palin. Among the biggest Globalist pawns are Newt “CFR” Gingrich, 9/11 profiteer Rudy “Ghouliani” & “Mutt” Romney. Of all the GOP candidates (declared or potential), only Dr.Ron Paul is a proven strict Constitutionalist. If/when Dr.Paul doesn’t receive the GOP nod (because he’s not willing to shill for the Globalists & Central Banking Cartel), I’ll support the Constitution Party nominee. I’d suggest everyone not be deceived by the “lesser of two evils” ruse (ie – BHO vs. “Juan McAmnesty”), and vote based on Constitutional adherence.

Leon G

June 3rd, 2011
9:57 am

Many good comments here… just don’t think she’s qualified


June 3rd, 2011
10:01 am

Dear Sarah,

Please continue to create buzz. And when you’ve done that, create yet more buzz. We want you to win the Republican nomination. It will free us up to go about continuing the important work we’ve been doing on behalf of our nation.

Yours truly,
President Obama and the Democrats


June 3rd, 2011
10:15 am

I don’t care for Palin that much – believe the GOP filed has some pretty good candidates – but is there any denying she probably “connects” better with GOP voters than any of the others right now? (Maybe Cain is an exception here)


June 3rd, 2011
10:20 am

For all you Obama haters, he is the democratically elected President, elected by an overwhelming majority of the vote. You may not like him, but obviously a lot of our citizens do, and believe him to be qualified. Ms. Palin, on the other hand, is a joke. She didn’t even have the integrity to finish out her first term as governor of Alaska. She has no chance to get elected, and if the GOP were to nominate her, she would take the party down in flames. Huntsman is probably the best choice of the GOP, but he is unknown, and more than likely cannot win the nomination becasue he is too reasonable and sensible for a majority of the exreme right wing voters who make up the bulk of the GOP primary voters. Plus he was Obama’s ambassador to China.

Run Sarah Run

June 3rd, 2011
10:29 am

Sarah Palin is the Democrats dream come true. She is divisive, mean-spirited, and the darling of the Tea Party. Her nomination would virtually guarantee the re-election of Obama. Let’s hope the Republicans don’t fall into her trap – and instead nominate a well-qualified candidate who will offer a real alternative.

Man in the mirror

June 3rd, 2011
10:32 am

I REBUKE Sarah Palin and her wicked ways in the name of Jesus. May she wither like the green grass!!!

Sarah, be careful of the stones you throw.

Karl Marx

June 3rd, 2011
10:36 am

Hey bart, you complain about Palin quiting but you say nothing about Obama voting “present” on most of the bills during his very short Senate tenure. I guess voting “I don’t know” Is aproprate for him because he truly doesn’t know. At least he told the truth he really doesn’t know, about anything.

Idiot Alert

June 3rd, 2011
10:38 am

Sarah Palin and her family are just TRAILER PARK TRASH! Capitalizing and making money off of dumb, uneducated fools.

All of you people who support her that live in the trailer parks; Sarah is LIVINING HIGH ON THE HOG while you all wallow in the MUD!!! You are Idiots for supporting her.

Jerry Eads

June 3rd, 2011
11:04 am

I did not think it was even conceivable that the Republicans could entertain anyone with even lower intelligence than GW. I guess it’s a blessing that at least unlike GW, she’s not lazy. On the other hand, at least GW had smart – if evil – people to whom he was puppet. Will we have that with Sarah or will we just have stupid?


June 3rd, 2011
11:24 am

Bob, you have excellent dry humor. Too bad that it shoots right over the heads of most of the morons who responded.

Dr. Pangloss

June 3rd, 2011
11:27 am

His [Romney's] heaviest baggage is the big government health care plan he championed and signed into law in 2006 while serving as Governor of Massachusetts.

His heaviest baggage is that he did something to benefit sick, non-rich people?

… but it looks as if Palin may have already sewed [sic] up the Harley-Davidson vote.

It also looks as though Bob didn’t do so well in high school. It’s “sewn up.”


June 3rd, 2011
11:52 am

Palin is about nothing but publicity and getting attention. The only think she might possibly be qualified for is a stand up comedian in a cheap club.


June 3rd, 2011
11:59 am

Sarah, Sarah, where to begin?
Let’s begin and end with her comment among the bikers, “I love the smell of emissions”
OK Sarah, if you like the “smell of emissions” please take my advice… close your garage door, start up you 2 SUV’s, along with Todd’s snowmobile and enjoy the “smell of emissions”, it helps bring about a personal Rapture.


June 3rd, 2011
12:20 pm

This is what Sarah Palin said about Paul Revere in Boston yesterday:

PALIN: “He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed.”

Seriously. She said that… although I have NO idea what it means.

Ga Republicon

June 3rd, 2011
12:45 pm

So many of these FOOLS will NEVER acknowledge that President Obama stood TOE TO TOE with two foreign and domestic policy heavyweights in Hilary Clinton and John McCain and really TOOK IT TO THEM. Let’s not even mention the brilliant campaign he ran. Those things are by NO MEANS indicative of a man who is a “bumbling idiot”, “empty suit” and all the other hateful things the haters demagogue him with.

Palin on the other hand has ridden her ‘johnson stiffening’ looks all the way to the bank. It is SO obvious when people (especially men) feel it necessary to validate her worthiness for office with how “hot” she is. How Fn stupid does that logic sound??? So she jumps on the back of a biker’s Harley – more sexual fantasy revisited. Sexual repression/frustration is all it is. Maybe if you didn’t spend so much of your time hiding behind fake and shallow “values” you would not become such easy Marks, because that’s really all you are…or more like (socio-political) “Johns”! Call it what it is – you are getting your “rocks” off on her!

sgs tater

June 3rd, 2011
12:45 pm

this isnt saying much but sara palin is just as qualified as obama when he ran ,if not more. go herman cain


June 3rd, 2011
12:47 pm

Hey Harpo, Get over it. She lost and is a loser. He won and is doing his damndest to clean up the mess you and GW left us……

Just looking....

June 3rd, 2011
12:53 pm

Ijust ran across this and seriously…there are alot of commenters who need to go to “anger management”.


June 3rd, 2011
1:32 pm

In Palin’s mind, she’s out on the runway of some beauty pageant… she’s an attention mongrel, and that’s all she is, still shining in the spotlight, convincing people she’s more than just a mouth piece and sadly some are stupid enough to listen and believe. If she’s nominated for the GOP candidate and elected she’ll take women back to an era we left fourty years ago. As a woman I am ashamed and repulsed by every stich of her. Go away Palin!

Ha Ha

June 3rd, 2011
1:49 pm

Palin is richer and more successful than all of you and it pi$$es you all off.

Idiot Alert

June 3rd, 2011
1:53 pm

@Ha Ha June 3rd, 2011 1:49 pm

What pisses me off is that she is using people like you to get rich. But if you don’t care I DON’T CARE. I dont give a rats a*s because it AINT my money!!!

But what goes around, comes around. She will get what she desires but not MY MONEY!!!


June 3rd, 2011
1:53 pm

Ha ha:

Yes, but we are all smarter. Except maybe for you.


June 3rd, 2011
2:07 pm

Sarah The Quitter — HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!


June 3rd, 2011
2:19 pm

So what if Obama is smart. He is a socialist and not what America needs. Please show me when this man ever showed that he was a patriot to this country. He had no experience and it quite evident in the way he goes about making any decisions. Go Sarah or anybody but Obama.

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Casual Observer

June 3rd, 2011
2:44 pm

ok here it is yet again. The same question as always from me. Who can beat Obama in the general election? Please try and refrain from telling me how you feel about him and/or his party. I just want to know who you think has the electoral votes to defeat him.

Confused Christian

June 3rd, 2011
2:49 pm

Honestly, I’m torn. I like her ideals on America and where we need to go. I like that she is not like Obama, a Kenyon terrorist sympathizer. What bothers me is she is a woman and shold be in the kitchen, cooking and cleaning.


June 3rd, 2011
3:11 pm

Uh, Puckett, does having OBL taken out not qualify as patriotic?

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June 3rd, 2011
3:12 pm

Harley Davidson on the ballot? Does that mean a bunch of dirty, sweaty, stinky, overweight pigs on too-loud, non-muffled, slow-as-balls, oil-leaking, chunks of 1930s technology as VP? It would be like Cheney AND Biden combined. NO THANKS!!


June 3rd, 2011
3:12 pm

Speaking of Palin, this article is interesting. In fairnesss to Palin, she’s not the only politician that plays it loose with the facts:


Ga Republicon

June 3rd, 2011
3:24 pm

Please show us all the stupidity of you and your comrades by quantifying your ‘he is a socialist’ argument instead of parroting Rush, Sean, and every other right wingnut’s talking point. Tell us how he enacted a “government run healthcare system’. Before you do that though, consider two things…#1, that the same corporations who underwrite the policies then do so now, the same employers who provided then provide now (yada, yada). #2, 3 arms of medical care (Medicare, Medicaid, VA) have been in existence for HOW MANY GENERATIONS now?? So then that makes even your beloved Ronald Reagan a “socialist” by proxy right? Also, please expound on the “evidence” in his decision making that shows lack of experience? Was it the decision to deploy SEALS from the ground rather than go with the “conventional wisdom” of air assaullt as other advisors suggested? We are waiting..I’m with Casual Observer…”where’s the beef?!”

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 3rd, 2011
3:24 pm

Riding that Hawg with that motocycle helmet cocked on the back of her head made her look as stupid as Michael Dukakis did wearing that dumb looking tank helmet.

Every Republican/Tea Party candidate that has shown even the slightest interest in running is more of a problem for the GOP than for the Democrats.

A candidate that passes Tea Party muster can’t win and one that could win won’t gain their approval.

Thanks Tea Party for creating a problem that will cost you the election.