David Lightman and Sean Cockerham
McClatchy Washington Bureau
June 3, 2015
WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin has disappeared from the 2016 presidential campaign.
The former Alaska governor continues to tease about running, just as she has almost since the day she was defeated as the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.
But since she spoke at two early presidential showcases this winter, including one where her rambling monologue was blasted by conservative activists and analysts, she’s essentially been missing in action.
Since late February, she’s stayed away from the eight other forums, events held almost weekly. She did not attend the most recent meeting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s candidate summit Tuesday in Orlando.
Organizers of these events usually want her, but Palin routinely turns them down and sometimes doesn’t even respond. In some cases, sponsors have stopped asking her.
In political battleground South Carolina, for example, she was not asked to either the party’s Silver Elephant Dinner May 1 or the state Republican convention the next day.
“I’m aware of no one in the Republican Party’s leadership who communicates with Gov. Palin or her team,” said South Carolina Republican Chairman Matt Moore.
Televangelist Pat Robertson on Tuesday said he was skeptical of two prominent public health measures in America: vaccination mandates and the fluoridation of water.
Robertson made his comments as the issue of vaccines has moved to the front of the national political debate after two potential GOP candidates for President said parents should have some choice about whether to vaccinate their children.
On his show “The 700 Club,” Robertson argued that “all vaccines are not benign” and that “natural immunity is a pretty good thing, and if you have some of these diseases when you’re a kid you have immunity the rest of your life.”
“You know, when I was a kid, we all got measles! We got mumps!” the 84-year-old Robertson said. “They didn’t vaccinate — we just got immune.”
Warning his viewers not to “fall for these nostrums,” he continued: “You know, you have to put fluoride in all the water because it will cut down on cavities. But what does fluoride do to people? We don’t know some of the consequences, that’s all I’m saying. We don’t have all the knowledge we need and we should be very careful not to force people to do stuff that they earnestly feel they shouldn’t do.”
Robertson added he wasn’t against vaccines in general but had doubts about government mandates.
TV preacher Pat Robertson on Tuesday advised a senior citizen who was a paying member of his 700 Club teleministry that a reverse mortgage was a “good deal” if she was having trouble making ends meet.
“I have been a 700 Club partner for many years,” a woman named Maria explained in an email. “I am 67 years old and still working because retirement money does not cover our basic expenses.”
“I was thinking about a reverse mortgage but have my doubts,” Maria wrote. “What do you think?”
Robertson pointed out that a reverse mortgage prevented the bank from taking “your house away from you as long as you are alive and living.”
“You don’t have to pay it off, but somebody has to pay it off, namely the United States taxpayer,” Robertson continued. “So, it’s not a good deal for the taxpayers, but for most people it’s a pretty good deal.”
The televangelist recommended that Maria speak to a financial adviser, but added that “it could be a good deal for you.”
Becoming a 700 Club partner starts at $240 a year for a basic membership. A Chairman’s Circle membership runs $10,000 a year.
Remember this multimillionaire scammer/grifter has told other destitute elderly folks to sell their stuff on eBay and take jrrbs as Walmart greeters to be able to pay their “tithes” to him.
I know somebody will accuse me of trying to get rich off of #TGDN, which is ridiculous. I just can’t devote the time to the admin work.
#TGDN having a paid staff person means that all of us have now created more jobs (1) than Barack Obama (0). Be proud!
So this is pure grifting. It costs NOTHING to monitor a single Twitter hashtag. Twitter does not even assign admins to monitor hashtags.
Todd is scamming stupid wingnuts.
Ah. I almost forgot these gems. But a reporter in Philadelphia reminds me. And you. When do they talk about these? Ricky Dolt strikes again.
Still one must wonder how she seriously thought she’d ever get elected.
Updated with lame excuses…
“I want to set the record straight, it wasn’t the question on gay marriage,” O’Donnell told Washington D.C.’s Fox 5.
“He had a decidedly inappropriate line of questions leading up to that, that many people — bloggers, are saying was just border-line creepy,” she said. “I was not there to talk about sex — and he would not stop trying to talk about sex…”
“What could you do? He’s not ending it, we’re late, we’re over time, what do you do when you’re tethered to a chair with a microphone and people are waiting for you? We’re on a very tight schedule,” she said. “I wish him well - he’s a cheeky bugger - I wish him well.”