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

5 lessons from GOP's Southern gathering

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(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. so what?

    Any summit that has Sarah Palin as the best speaker is akin to a 5th grade class giving speeches on butterflies!

    April 12, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. so what?

    So, Sarah Palin has the word "Energy" written on her hand?

    April 12, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Ken in NC

    I wonder if Republicans know how close they came to running all Republicans out of town and out of thier party this past weekend. Their conference was called the Southern Republican Leadership Conference or the SRLC. Just think about what it would have said had they named their confernece the Southern Conservatives Leadership Conference or the SCLC. WOW I bet Jessie Jackson would have gotten a good laugh out of that.

    April 12, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Duck Fallas

    Look, it's Snarky from the Jersey Shore!

    April 12, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. sensible Cape Coral FL

    I used to think HEE HAW was a great show!

    April 12, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Seattle Sue

    I would rather watch Mr. Obama reading from a teleprompter than watch Mrs. Palin reading from notes or her palm. I would really like to hear some plan to help our country from Mrs Palin not just complaining about Mr. Obama. Lets hear your plan Sister Palin.

    April 12, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. wally

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    April 12, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. billy123

    One lesson we all found out that former Governor Palin is not smart enough to ever be President of this country. Please why would anyone with a brain vote for her?

    April 12, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Ben in Texas

    Oh, I don't think we need anymore lessons from the GOP. Eight years of Bush/Cheney taught us all we'll ever need to know about shoveling money to the rich, encouraging terrorism, rampant corruption, horrendous deficits, torture, shredding the Constitution, lying, warring, and criminal behavior in general.

    April 12, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Donatella

    Lesson #1-Sarah Palin is a bigger idiot than you may have thought. Did anybody see Tina Fey on SNL this weekend, she did a stint called " Are you smarter that a half term governor" it was hilarious LOL!!!!

    April 12, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. call me crazy

    Lesson 1: Keep riding the Palin coat tails and then quit when your halfway through.

    Lesson 2: Keep Steele as the GOP leader and show how the republicans know how to spend money.

    Lesson 3: Let the Tea Party do all the scaring and incite violence for you so you can claim plausible deniability.

    Lesson 4: Don't ever mention George Bush. EVER.

    Lesson 5: Keep calling democrats socialists, and then rinse and repeat.

    April 12, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. ran

    Never going to happen. More true Democrats and Independents will win seats in 2010 because the people do not want the fear/hate/obstructionist and even more so the purity ideology of the Republicans.

    We want true freedoms: like the right to marry who we want, woman's right to choose, safe work place, what we want to read/study and teach our children, who we give our health care $ to, who we pray to. Not the false freedom the Republicans are trying to push. We have seen that kind of freedom, it was called "Nazism".

    April 12, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Fed Up!!

    The real question is, "Do ALL Republicans have a place in the Tea Party?"

    April 12, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Dave

    Basically they said: who will run in 2012 is irrelevant right now.
    – All efforts need to be towards
    1. Strengthening the TRUE fiscal conservative base: less spending, less taxes, less government
    2. The mid term elections

    Pretty simple. When they do those things, and focus on personal responsibility, especially within government, the Republicnas win and the country becomes economically stronger. History has shown it over and over and over again.

    We are not a welfare state and the majority here do not want to be one.
    Vote these far left socialists OUT!!

    April 12, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Rebecca

    Five lessons. Hmmm ... is there space on Palin's palm for all of them?

    April 12, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Peace

    They are saying they are not focusing on the 2012 battle now!! Of course they are. Why take the straw poll if they are not thinking about it.

    April 12, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. ray

    how could the media keeps on covering this dunce illerate moose? this woman is as dumb as they comes.

    April 12, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Doug,lib jersey

    I love when a lib trashes Sarah Palin. The fact remains she has more morals, values, decency, integrity, kindness, fairness, and less hate in her heart than every single Democrat in this entire nation!

    So many lives are taken and negatively affected by Democrats, just compare how people are in the bluest areas to the red areas, there really are two Americas.

    April 12, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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