February 17th, 2010
05:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin: Tea Partiers need to pick a party

Sarah Palin spoke at a Arkansas fundraising event Tuesday.

Sarah Palin spoke at a Arkansas fundraising event Tuesday.

(CNN) – Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin took a practical approach to this grassroots political movement Tuesday, telling Arkansas Republicans that Tea Party candidates will not win unless they join an established political party.

"Now the smart thing will be for independents who are such a part of this Tea Party movement to, I guess, kind of start picking a party," Palin said at an Arkansas GOP fundraising event Tuesday, according to CBS News.

"Which party reflects how that smaller, smarter government steps to be taken? Which party will best fit you? And then because the Tea Party movement is not a party, and we have a two-party system, they're going to have to pick a party and run one or the other: 'R' or 'D'."

The comments come 10 days after Palin addressed the so-called first ever Tea Party Convention in Nashville, where she praised the decentralized movement as consisting of "real people, not politicos, inside-the-beltway professionals."

"America is ready for another revolution and you are a part of this," Palin said at the Nashville speech.

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  1. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    So long as people like Sarah Palin insist on commingling politics and religion, of paying little more than lip-service to the philosophies of fiscal restraint, small government, and respect for the rights of individuals, few Tea Partiers will be tempted by the GOP. In fact, Tea Partiers consist in large measure of former Republicans driven out of the GOP by the repudiation the philosophies of classical conservatism by Sarah-Palin-style neo-cons.

    And so long as the Democrats insist on insane fiscal profligacy and Big Governance, few Tea Partiers will go their way either.

    Palin may well be right, though: This US does have a two-party system. The question is whether the GOP, under the stewardship of the neo-cons, will continue to be one of those parties.

    February 17, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. MB Seattle

    The Tea Party is going to turn into the right wing of the Republican Party. A small tent party that has real image problem. There point of view will get sucked up into the deficit driven Republican Party and not accomplish much.

    They would do better to set down with Ralph Nader and explore what they have in common.

    February 17, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    ...or at least pick something other than their noses. In light of all the recent history they lived through and the facts and evidence with which it provided us (and which they consistently ignore), it has become quite apparent that they have a habit of reaching up too far in their quest for "gold" and thereby doing massive frontal lobe damage. I believe the syndrome is called "short-term conservative amnesia."

    February 17, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. SweetP

    Hey Sarah, do you have to be White to join the tea party?

    February 17, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Bob in Pa

    Yep, pick a party and remove the vermin within, one at a time

    February 17, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Jon

    I am repeatedly amazed at how stupid this person is. CNN, please stop posting stories about Sarah Palin, it doesn't do anyone any good.

    February 17, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Richard

    I don't think Palin could pick her nose let alone telling others to pick a party.

    February 17, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Publius13

    Are you sure you were quoting SP? The tortured syntax and disconnected thoughts are reminiscent of Dubyah. She needs to use a teleprompter. I wonder if SP thinks a two-party system is required by the Constitution? Someone should introduce her to Bernie Sanders and/or Joe Lieberman.

    February 17, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Spirit of America

    R and D are two wings of the same bird of prey. Time for a new bird, one that actually flies and not lies.

    February 17, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. no2gop

    Thank God! We now have two pictures and a video of Sarah Palin on the CNN politial ticker today. All is back to normal, life can go on...

    February 17, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Cat, Holt, Mo

    Who cares what this walking talking moron has to say about anything. She is stupid beyond words. She should be cleaning toilets.
    Please, Palin, do NOT tell anyone you are an American.

    February 17, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Why does Palin continue to grab headlines? Tina Fey has contributed more to bettering America.

    February 17, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Patrick

    Why waste your time? The "movement" was a Republican con-job from the start.

    February 17, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    Uh anti-Obama, not very diverse,against everything the Democrats have tried to do, didn't start their movement until after Bush left office despite the spending started under his administration, PLUS they pick YOU Mrs. Palin as their spokesperson for about $100,000 and you REALLY don't know what party they represent?

    February 17, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. IKHAN

    The revolution that America needs is to shun the politics of ideology, partisanship, kowtowing to special interest groups & lobbies NOT what the likes of Sarah Palin & Tea Partiers preach.

    Election of a non-white to the White House is in itself a revolution & American public needs to go on from here NOT to slide backwards into the claustrophobic airless ideological dungeons crafted by neo-cons, the far right & ultra-conservatives.

    February 17, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Felonious Monk

    Does anyone actually listen to this MONSTER?

    It's ok for Rush to call people retards, but it's not ok for a democrat to do the same thing.

    Why don't her supporters actually listen to what she is saying? Her mouth moves but she says very little.
    Why doesn't she want the media at her speeches? Is it because they actually listen to what she is saying?

    She has thrown anyone and everyone under the buss at some point in time or another.

    February 17, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Marilyn

    I'm not a fan of Palin, but she is right on this one. Third party candidates and independents always split one party's votes. Think Ross Perot and Ralph Nader.

    Neither party is a perfect fit for most people, but you have to pick one when it is time to vote. Otherwise, until our screwed-up system changes, you just waste your vote.

    February 17, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Dwayne

    ...and this is comming from someone who has to write on her hand to remember three simple things? Hey Tea Partiers or Lynch Mobbers! Try finding some new leadership in your own party before you try to remove ours in normal America, and stop using the Boston Tea Party's bite. You can't even create your own gig, and you call yourselves a grass roots movement? What a joke! By the way...go to work! That might help boost the economy that your republican predecesor got us into.

    February 17, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. SD

    I am having a party next Saturday at my house.....there will be free music, hot dogs, beer, chips, movies, card games, maybe even some live entertainment.....

    I don't care if you're Democrat or Republican...you're all welcome.....

    Everyone except YOU, Palin!

    February 17, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Dave

    As I already stated; Palin or Beck or any other neo-con are just trying to hijack this movement and turn it into something it is not. I am independent and will stay that way and will not listen to a neo-con tell me to pick a party. Their faction has done enough damage to the GOP to where it no longer resembles what it was.

    February 17, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. jazz

    The Tea Party will now dump Palin faster than a hot potato!

    February 17, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. notfooledbydistractions

    Did Ms Palin borrow that hat from Chairman Mao?

    Well the choice should be easy...the pale party of course.

    February 17, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. David

    If she had published that she was going to be in Arkansas, me and and my friends would had been there to BOO her!

    February 17, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Gus

    This woman is totally devoid of any of anything that ressembles any Principles.

    February 17, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. thies

    in other words, she urges voters to throw their conscience away and go with either of the two established big spending big government parties. what a traitor to the cause!

    February 17, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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