Norquist countered that at an event as enormous as CPAC, there’s nothing wrong with a good song and dance act to leaven the occasion.

“I think there’s always a combination of somebody’s in the big city [to attend CPAC] and wants to see people he only sees on TV in person — hence, bringing the guy who’s the flavor of the month, hence, somebody like Trump,” Norquist said. “Same thing with Sarah Palin. Is she running for something next week? No, but she’s famous.”

Grover Norquist confirms Palin and Trump are the song and dance acts of CPAC 2013

(Quote via Politico)

"Barack Obama did not have the answers tonight. And you know why? He didn’t have, his buddy, the teleprompter in front of him, writing out, somebody, had written out for him, in all these years of being a candidate and the president, the answers." - Sarah Palin
Yes, she said that, while looking at, her buddy, her hand, maybe something written out, somebody, had written out for her, in all these years… 

"Barack Obama did not have the answers tonight. And you know why? He didn’t have, his buddy, the teleprompter in front of him, writing out, somebody, had written out for him, in all these years of being a candidate and the president, the answers." - Sarah Palin

Yes, she said that, while looking at, her buddy, her hand, maybe something written out, somebody, had written out for her, in all these years… 

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Not Just Todd Akin: The 10 worst political gaffes of the past decade

Here’s the final entry in our weekly summer post series, “The Pitch.” (We’ll bring this back at some point, we promise!) This post, written and research by Matthew Keys, examines what we’re calling the ten most-prominent political gaffes of the last decade or so. Follow Matthew on Twitter here.

From zero to infamy in 30 seconds: Before last week, Missouri Senate candidate and current Rep. Todd Akin didn’t have a national profile. He looked like he might take down Claire McCaskill thanks in part to changing demographics in the state. But thanks to a half-minute comment on the nature of abortion, Akin is down as much as ten points in a recent poll. He felt the wrath of the gaffe. And he’s not alone. Gaffes have taken on a life of their own in modern political coverage. So with that in mind, SFB contributor Matthew Keys (who you might know from his epic Twitter account) has thrown together a list of the worst gaffes of the past ten years. Which is the worst? Find out after the jump.

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He’s not an intellectual. They said the same thing about Newt Gingrich. Somehow Newt Gingrich and Paul Ryan — these giant intellectuals — somehow they had the same great idea: Give more money to the rich people. What’s his big idea? Rich people should stop paying taxes and poor people should start looking for food in the woods. Can you name one area where he and Sarah Palin disagree on anything? So how come he’s this giant intellectual? The Ryan budget is a budget in the way that my doodle on a cocktail napkin is a blueprint for NASA.