April 12th, 2010
08:15 AM ET
8 years ago

5 lessons from GOP's Southern gathering

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivers a speech focusing on energy policy.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivers a speech focusing on energy policy.

(CNN) - The GOP this past weekend wrapped up its annual Southern Republican Leadership Conference, where attendees discussed policy, lashed out at the Obama administration and laid the groundwork for what they hope will be a major comeback in the midterm elections.

More than a dozen speakers took the stage to rally and recharge Republicans during the three-day pep rally in New Orleans, Louisiana. Here are five lessons learned from the event.

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  1. Linell, former Republican, Winter Park, FL

    Only the GOP would see no problem with meeting in New Orleans five years after Katrina and spending time talking about what a failure the current government is. Clueless comes to mind, among other things.

    April 12, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, I saw that the Republicans are just as divided at times as Democrats. Gingrich, who has brains, say that we should be the party of yes. That is going to be a major problem since there are no new Republican ideas. Palin, who is short on brains and policy understanding, said that we should be the party of no or better yet Hell no. That shows no willingness to compromise and advance the needs of the American people. Which questionable perspecitive do you want to go with now?

    April 12, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The 5 lessons?


    April 12, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. AEK

    #6 Not surprisingly, we also had the fact that Sarah Palin is as ignorant of America's political history as we thought reinforced several times, either by what she actually did say or what she didn't say. If she is going to anoint herself the titular head of the Republican Party, she needs to take responsibility for the outcome, something we also know she is not going to do.

    April 12, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. AP in Illinois

    I heard Newt Gingrich on one of the talking heads shows explaining how Sarah Palin can end up being like Teddy Kennedy. The comparison was to how he ran and lost to Jimmy Carter in the 1980 Democratic primaries for President.

    Then it occurred to me that Newt was sort of talking out of both sides of his mouth. On one side he was gushing about how great she is and on the other he was setting Sarah up for failure. The Republicans love Sarah Palin. But they don't love her enough to want her to run for President. That would be a huge train wreck for the GOP and everyone in the party knows it but is not willing to admit it.

    April 12, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  6. Andy

    For all you liberals -tell me this-you keep slaming Bush "for his wars",hey your man is now in office,NOW it is his war and what has he done to stop it?You slam Bush and NOW Obama follows the same road.Why are you not slaming him,what is different now?He has had 15 months.

    April 12, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. Janice

    New Orleans-only DEMOCRATS would be told for days to leave the city ON BUSES SUPPLIED because a hurricane was coming-THEN CRY FOR WASHINGTON TO FIX THEIR MESS DUE TO THEIR STUPIDITY.All they know is being taken care of by "the governement".True dumocraps.

    April 12, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. vwrtb

    Silly backward republicans...

    April 12, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  9. Todd

    Fey as Palin kind of got it all this weekend. Love the line "not ALL of our programming will be fear based..."

    April 12, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. Todd

    There is a sixth lesson - no one in the gop has a dictionary (cannot define "socialist" for example) and not one of them gives any mind to those pesky things called "facts" whe they speak.

    April 12, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. ConsiderThis-FL

    News Flash: Sarah Palin is the declared Queen of the Republican party. Whoever she anoints as their candidate for 2012 will be the anointed one in 2012. J. C. Watts is right; she won't run (because she knows she can't win), but she plans to agitate the hell out of the process for whoever is running. The political pimp is at it again. That's why none of the republican "candidates" would say the truth about Palin; they know she's an idiot with a pretty face. It's the face that they want to keep around.

    April 12, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    From this picture Sarah Palin has note writen in her hand again. SMILE

    April 12, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. American Patriot - a true "tea partier"

    Five Lessons -

    1. Palin is as dumb as a bag of hair
    2. Tina Fey will have a LOT of material for future comedy skits
    3. The Republican Party hates Americans
    4. The Tea Party and the Republican Party hate America
    5. Newt Gingrich is almost as stupid as Sarah Palin

    How's that for five lessons learned at the meet?

    April 12, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Ranger Rick

    Let's hope they all got their meds adjusted, but I doubt it. I left that party years ago when when the likes of Palin came on the scene, thanks to McCain. I also weaned myself from Fox "News". My sister was right as much as I hate to admit it; it's just entertainment and not reporting. I check out multiple news sources now....no, not just CNN either.

    April 12, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Anita

    While Sarah Palin may be gifted in many ways ~ her attempt at playing tit-for-tat with the President of this great country has this citizen in an uproar. If she is "a typical" soccer mom, then I'd just love to sock-'er for the childish remarks that constantly come out of her mouth. Kinda makes me appreciate that our sons were raised on the football/baseball/softball fields rather than the soccer field. She exhibits total immaturity for a person of her stature & has to make one wonder what type of "leader" she might be. Or maybe, just maybe, she's concerned that a treaty with a country [that she can see from her front porch] hit just a little too close to home, 'cuz she didn't suggest it while on the campaign trail ~ & not once she vacated that quest! Thanx for letting me vent & have a great day.

    April 12, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. Sarah the baby seal basher

    Recharge?That battery is flat out dead and so is the brand.

    April 12, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. rosslaw

    More of the breathtaking incompetence and sleaze that now passes for so-called conservatism today. I think we need another surge in Afghanistan with everyone who attended the convention so that they could experience the type of benefits they have inflicted on this country. Why, they could even declare, "bring it on" like other faux right-wing warriors.

    April 12, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Sgt. USMC

    I've learned that you can destroy 2 countries in 8 years and people will still follow you. Even if one of those countries was your own. Way to go repubs, you're all liars and cheats.

    April 12, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    There was no policy discussion unless their policy is lashing out at our President. The GOP is a waste of time and money, the Tea Party could better serve by leaving all of the wanna be leaders of the GOP out. The GOP wants the Tea Party support but aren't willing to give them a representation at the table because their all fighting one another to get to the top.

    April 12, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. ross berg- Buffalo NY

    Well so far so good for the Dems fondest wish that somehow Sarah Palin doesn't self destruct before the 2012 elections.

    And they're hopeful that by some miracle she might...just might end up on the 2012 national ticket....but that's probably asking a bit too much???

    April 12, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Laurie

    I see the "poor man's telepromter" on the rich woman's hand again.

    April 12, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Michael

    Here's another:

    6. The GOP just doesn't get it!

    This bunch falls into three categories: clowns, crooks, and crooked clowns.

    April 12, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Gary (I)

    The Republicans will win if they stay on the issue of the Economy, the Deficit and Entitlement programs. They could win by a landslide given the crazy spending of Obama/Reid/Pelosi. But the only way that the Republicans can actually stay in power is if they actually flatten and simplify the tax rates, balance the budget and reduce entitlement spending. Fiscal responsibility is EVERYTHING right now. We all need to work harder, we all need to pay taxes, we all need to pay for our own food, housing, healthcare and we all need to save for our own retirement. It is the only way that the country will get back on track.

    April 12, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. The Voice

    Is Palin is a racist, violence monger, ignorant, corrupt politician and a quitter? "You betcha!"

    April 12, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. so what?

    Oh yeah? SO what solutions did they come up with? Anything of substance that will help Americans in general? Or, just policies of how to say NO?

    April 12, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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