Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hoffman and Palin: 'Get Back the Soul' of the GOP

From National Review by Robert Costa

Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate challenging liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava and Democrat Bill Owens in New York’s 23rd congressional district, has had quite a week. Within the last 24 hours, he has raised nearly $120,000 in online donations. Conservative leaders from Sarah Palin and Dick Armey to Steve Forbes and Fred Thompson have endorsed him. One wonders how he’s handling the national spotlight.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by all of the national support,” Hoffman tells NRO. “Sarah stands up for what she believes in and is a commonsense conservative, a Reagan Republican,” says Hoffman. “I feel like I’m an average citizen. Sarah reflects those kinds of values.”

Hoffman says that both he and Palin are moving towards “a defining moment for the party.” Republicans, he says, “see the meaning of my race. We’re trying to get back the soul of the Republican party, to reclaim it.” The endorsements, and the money pouring into his campaign, “have given me the confidence that we can win this,” he adds.

Hoffman says that one thing people don’t always realize is that he is a “lifelong Republican.” The party, he says, “left me and others. I want to get it back and reclaim its values. [Scozzafava] does not reflect those values. We don’t need another Arlen Specter or Olympia Snowe in Washington.”

When asked what he would say to Republicans hesitant of endorsing him, Hoffman was clear: “We’re fighting for principle over party,” he says. “Some people have it the other way around, putting the party ahead of principle. We have to stand up for what we believe in to get the Republican party back to its conservative roots.”

One prominent GOP leader who endorsed Scozzafava was former House speaker Newt Gingrich. “Newt wasn’t told the entire story on this,” says Hoffman. “I’ve been a Republican all of my life. I served 15 years on the Republican committee in my county, and in five of those years, I was chairman of my village and town Republican party. If he’s saying that I’m not a Republican, then he has the wrong information.”

Hoffman, a certified public accountant, says that the main issue in his race is the economy and jobs. “That’s what I’m fighting for,” he says. Though he sees this year’s campaign as one based on fiscal issues, he does say that he holds “socially conservative stances.”

Hoffman, a certified public accountant, says that the main issue in his race is the economy and jobs. “That’s what I’m fighting for,” he says. Though he sees this year’s campaign as one based on fiscal issues, he does say that he holds “socially conservative stances.”


Governor Palin And The GOP

Via C4P From Texas4Palin by Josh Painter

The media buzz today will be mostly about one aspect of the endorsement -- Sarah Palin distancing herself from her party. But she has also distanced herself from her potential rivals for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, should she decide to seek it. Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee decided to play it safe, and neither made an endorsement in this race for a congressional seat in Upstate New York. Newt Gingrich -- in the words of the Grail Knight in "The Last Crusade" -- "chose poorly" by backing the liberal Republican.


With her endorsement of Doug Hoffman, Sarah Palin has taken a stand in solidarity with the gathering storm known as the grassroots movement in this country. The disaffected conservatives, conservative libertarians, common sense independents and blue collar Democrats (aka Reagan Democrats) who are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore always seemed to us to be former Governor Palin's natural base constituency. These are the the people who have turned out for TEA parties and Townhalls across the country, but there are many more of them who were not able to demonstrate, but feel the pain none the less. It's a big step for the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate to take toward earning their trust as the national public figure who best voices their concerns.

As for the Republican Party, its establishment has refused for too long to listen to the rank and file, and now it has officially been put on notice by Sarah Palin. Hopefully, it will finally pay attention to the voices of the people.


Let us hope that Sarah Palin's bold move will make Steele, NRSC Chairman John Cornyn and especially NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions wake up and smell that conservative coffee being brewed throughout the land. Former Governor Palin may have just taken the first big step toward leading the Republican Party back to its Reagan roots. She has thrown down the gauntlet. Now let's see if she will pick up the banner and hold it so high that the troops will rally around it.

Read more here


Saturday Morning Video

An American Uprising "Timeline 01/09 to 10/09"

h/t Jellytoast


Friday, October 23, 2009

Rogue Stars Rising

From HotAir by Doctor Zero

Two stories are unfolding out in the 23rd Congressional District of New York. In the foreground, we have the three-way contest between hapless Republican Dede Scozzafava, upstart Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, and some generic Democrat whose name no one can remember. This race is a microcosm of our strange politics, which have become like a speeding car with jammed door locks, cut brake lines, a dead steering wheel, and air vents that pump nitrous oxide. Everyone is dimly aware the country is heading for the edge of a cliff, but no one can muster the energy to search for alternatives.


The other story, playing out in the background, is the second act of one political saga beginning, even as another draws to a close. The rising star of Sarah Palin passes over the melancholy ruins of Newt Gingrich, who spent the last of his credibility endorsing Scozzafava. The Republican Party of Gingrich dies, unloved and irrelevant. Something else is replacing it. The new opposition party is not guaranteed of victory – such guarantees are issued to no one. Palin may never choose to campaign for an office beneath its banner, but she’s an integral part of its identity. She’ll certainly never be a governor, or anyone’s vice presidential candidate, again. For the Republicans, it will never be 1996 or 2006 again. There’s no more room for school-lunch debacles, government shutdown miscalculations, Trent Lott, George Allen, Mark Foley… or Newt Gingrich.

It pains me to say this about Gingrich. He accomplished some amazing things, in the mid-90s. He’s a smart man who has offered some interesting ideas, in his second life as a conservative intellectual. The problem is that Newt is a political tactician, and in the final stages of a losing war against collectivist ruin, the time has come to focus on grand strategy, rather than tactics. The second decade of this century will be an existential war for the American soul, not a police action.


Palin and Hoffman are among the first of those stars. She’s taking a risk by endorsing him, since her detractors would savor his defeat. That’s good. America needs risk-takers, not undertakers. Newt Gingrich conceded far too many defeats before the race in New York-23 had even begun, by settling for a candidate he could live with, instead of backing the one New York – and America – really needs.

Read the whole thing here


Why Does Doug Hoffman Matter?

From C4P written by Rob Harrison

By now you may have heard, that Gov. Palin endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman for Congress in the special election in New York's 23rd Congressional District. If you're a political junkie, this probably makes loads of sense to you. If you aren't, though, you might be wondering what's going on;

First, NY23 is a huge rural district (the largest House district east of the Mississippi) covering much of northern New York.

It's been considered a safe GOP seat, having been in Republican hands since the Civil War; it's more of a conservative-leaning district than a solid red one, but it has a long history of electing Republicans like its previous officeholder, Jim McHugh (lifetime ACU rating: 74), though it's been close to break-even in the last three presidential elections (and gone narrowly for the Democrat in 2000 and 2008). It's currently vacant because Rep. McHugh was tabbed by the Obama administration to serve as Secretary of the Army. And it's a bone of contention because with his departure, the state GOP basically chose a Democrat as their candidate to replace him.

That might sound like an exaggeration, but it really isn't. Michelle Malkin labeled Dede Scozzafava a "an ACORN-friendly, union-pandering, tax-and-spend radical Republican." Listen to Sen. Fred Thompson lay out her positions and you'll realize that if anything, Malkin understated the point. This is a woman who would be every conservative's least-favorite RINO from the minute she hit the Hill. As NR summed her up,
Not only pro-choice and in favor of homosexual marriage—common if distasteful concessions to the secular liberals’ agenda—she also supports some of the most odious items on the Left’s wish-list, including the “card check” initiative that would put a big cudgel in the hands of Big Labor while effectively disenfranchising millions of American workers who may not desire to become Teamsters, SEIU members, or similar. She signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge to oppose tax hikes but immediately declared that she was not bound by having done so. It is no surprise that she is supported by the public-employees unions, ACORN — and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga. (Really.)

It may be too generous even to say that Ms. Scozzafava is a RINO—Republican In Name Only—inasmuch as she has emanated mixed signals about her commitment to remaining a Republican post-election. (Her spokesman now affirms to The Weekly Standard that Ms. Scozzafava is a “vote for John Boehner to be speaker of the House of Representatives,” if she is in office in 2011; earlier, her campaign had declined to answer that question.) It is entirely conceivable that Ms. Scozzafava will be tempted to switch to the party whose values she shares. She will be especially vulnerable to that temptation if she should face a tough primary challenge in 2010; given that Ms. Scozzafava is to the left of a great many Democratic voters, to say nothing of the typical Republican, the GOP bosses who foisted her upon the party have all but ensured that she does face such a challenge. They very well may have created the next Arlen Specter.
Apparently, Scozzafava was handed the nomination by the party machine as an act of favoritism because of her connections with county GOP chairmen in the state—the machine picked one of its own, and hang principles. The amazing thing is that the national party machine fell into line behind them; though 90% of House Republicans refused to support Scozzafava, the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee sent donations in the six-figure range to keep her campaign afloat, and Newt Gingrich endorsed her.

However, that's not all there is to it. New York also has a Conservative Party; sometimes it endorses GOP candidates, but sometimes it sends up its own, and sometimes they win. William F. Buckley's brother James won election to the U. S. Senate in the '70s as a Conservative Party candidate. In this instance, given that Scozzafava is to the left of a good chunk of the Democrats in the House (to say nothing of the Republican caucus), they refused to go along with the GOP on this one, instead nominating Doug Hoffman. NR describes Hoffman as
an across-the-board conservative with an especial interest in fighting runaway federal spending and trimming the excesses associated with the bailouts.
Perhaps of equal interest, though, is the fact that like Gov. Palin, Doug Hoffman is an ordinary barbarian getting into politics for reasons of principle. Robert Stacy McCain pointed this out in his recent profile:
"Doug is a different kind of candidate," said Ryan, his voice hoarse from a long week of 14-hour workdays. "He's a citizen who's had enough."

The son of a single mom, Hoffman started work at age 14, pumping gas in his hometown of Saranac Lake, N.Y. He served for six years in the National Guard and Army Reserves, earned his way through college, became a CPA, and is now managing partner in a large accounting firm.
Unlike his Republican opponent, who is a machine politician handed a nomination for her connections—no doubt the reason for Gov. Palin's jab that "best of all, Doug Hoffman has not been anointed by any political machine"—he earned the Conservative Party's nomination for his principles, and has been showing he deserves it by his performance. As Stacy McCain notes, he's racked up quite a lot of national support:
Hoffman has been endorsed by the "9/12" organization—the political arm of the Tea Party movement, which staged major rallies on Sept. 12, including the 9/12 March On DC—and says the grassroots activists are the foot soldiers of his campaign.

He recently held "six regional meeting with the Tea Party people," Hoffman said, and many visitors to his Web site have made online contributions of $9.12. The conservative Red State blog recently set a $250,000 fund-raising goal for Hoffman's campaign.

In addition to Tea Party activists and major conservative blogs, Hoffmans third-party candidacy has also been endorsed by a broad range of free-market and social-conservative organizations, including the Club For Growth, the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, and the Political Action Committee of the American Conservative Union, which hosted Wednesday's conference call. The ACU's David Keene called the New York special election "an incredibly important race."

Political insiders now view Scozzafava as a certain loser.
He's also won formal support from Bill Kristol, Sen. Fred Dalton Thompson, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and now of course Gov. Palin, on the grounds that
Doug Hoffman stands for the principles that all Republicans should share: smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense, and a commitment to individual liberty.
All of these Republican leaders are standing for conservative principle against the formal structures of their own party. Rep. Armey has already said that he will be campaigning for Hoffman. This is a chance to send another strong conservative to Congress; it's also, perhaps even more importantly, a chance to send the GOP hierarchy a message: we don't want any more RINOs. We want conservative candidates who'll stand up for the principles in which we believe, which are supposed to be the core of the Republican Party—and if you insist on rewarding party elites and the in crowd over good conservative candidates, we'll go elsewhere, and take our money with us.

This is why Gov. Palin's endorsement of Hoffman is so important. She declared that she would support "candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation"; now she's shown the world, and her own party, that she meant what she said. In doing so, she has no doubt given Hoffman a boost; given her unquestioned pro-life credentials, her support will probably especially help him among the sizable percentage of conservative Catholics in the district. More than that, she's joined Kristol, Sen. Thompson and others in firing a shot across the bow of the RNC and the NRCC. This isn't just about one House seat, as important as that is; it's about the future of the Republican Party, and who's going to control it. Will this be a party of, by and for conservatives, or of, by, and for the party elite?

As Mark Levin says, this is a national battle, and it's one we need to fight wherever and whenever we have a chance (his comments begin at the 2:45 mark, after he reads from Gov. Palin's Facebook statement):

At this point, if he can raise the money to keep his campaign at a high level, Doug Hoffman can win this race. Indeed, if he can raise enough, he probably should win this race. Gov. Palin ended her endorsement of Hoffman by encouraging people to donate to his campaign: If you're in a position to do so, you might want to take her up on that.


Friday Morning Video

Governor Sarah Palin Fighter
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mark Levin: Palin Endorses Doug Hoffman

Mark Levine receives, reads out and discusses Governor Palin’s endorsement of Doug Hoffman.


Greta Reports on Governor Palin's Hoffman Endorsement

Greta calls the endorsement “A stunner in everyway”, the endorsement puts the governor in a head to head battle with Newt Gingrich who endorsed Dede Scozzafava (R)


Governor Palin: Support Doug Hoffman

From Facebook

The people of the 23rd Congressional District of New York are ready to shake things up, and Doug Hoffman is coming on strong as Election Day approaches! He needs our help now.

The votes of every member of Congress affect every American, so it's important for all of us to pay attention to this important Congressional campaign in upstate New York. I am very pleased to announce my support for Doug Hoffman in his fight to be the next Representative from New York's 23rd Congressional district. It's my honor to endorse Doug and to do what I can to help him win, including having my political action committee, SarahPAC, donate to his campaign the maximum contribution allowed by law.

Our nation is at a crossroads, and this is once again a "time for choosing."

The federal government borrows, spends, and prints too much money, while our national debt hits a record high. Government is growing while the private sector is shrinking, and unemployment is on the rise. Doug Hoffman is committed to ending the reckless spending in Washington, D.C. and the massive increase in the size and scope of the federal government. He is also fully committed to supporting our men and women in uniform as they seek to honorably complete their missions overseas.

And best of all, Doug Hoffman has not been anointed by any political machine.

Doug Hoffman stands for the principles that all Republicans should share: smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense, and a commitment to individual liberty.

Political parties must stand for something. When Republicans were in the wilderness in the late 1970s, Ronald Reagan knew that the doctrine of "blurring the lines" between parties was not an appropriate way to win elections. Unfortunately, the Republican Party today has decided to choose a candidate who more than blurs the lines, and there is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race. This is why Doug Hoffman is running on the Conservative Party's ticket.

Republicans and conservatives around the country are sending an important message to the Republican establishment in their outstanding grassroots support for Doug Hoffman: no more politics as usual.

You can help Doug by visiting his official website below and joining me in supporting his campaign:


Thursday Morning Video

Watch Me Shine - A Sarah Palin Tribute


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Buyer Beware! Of Bogus Palin Book

Josh Painter at texas4palin reports

Start-up publisher OR Books has announced plans to publish Going Rouge: Sarah Palin An American Nightmare, a collection of essays about the maverick Republican with a title — and cover design — remarkably similar to Palin’s upcoming memoir. What’s more, OR’s paperback tome will be released on Nov. 17, the same day that Palin’s own Going Rogue: An American Life hits shelves...
Calling the title and cover of the bogus book "remarkably similar" is an understatement:

The idea is to trick unsuspecting book buyers who think they are purchasing Sarah's book into buying the ersatz version instead. And what will the too-casual shopper be getting for his or her money?
Going Rouge is compiled by Richard Kim and Betsy Reed, two top editors of the left-leaning weekly "The Nation," and includes essays by "Nation" regulars like Katrina vanden Heuvel, Naomi Klein, and Katha Pollitt. It’s the first release from OR Books, a fledgling outfit founded earlier this year by publishing veterans John Oakes and Colin Robinson that "embraces progressive change in politics, culture and the way we do business," according to its website.
In this case "progressive change" means deceiving shoppers into spending their money on a collection of articles which are attack pieces on Sarah Palin, her family and her supporters. It's one big loony leftist lie and the lowest sort of smear job, as we have come to expect from the hateful hinterlands of the far left. This should come as no surprise, because liberals are always trying to deceive the public into adopting their failed politics. Why should their books be any different?

The bogus book will be a paperback, one way to tell the difference -- at least until the paperback version of Sarah Palin's real book is released. The best way, of course, to be sure you are getting the real deal is to read the cover carefully. As with all things from the land of liberals, caveat emptor -- let the buyer beware.
Read more here
Bret Baier reports on Foxnews


MSNBC Furthers Misinformation About Palin

As we have posted earlier that People Magazine falsely claimed that Governor Palin famously turned down to appear on Oprah during the campaign.

Well, what do you know, now MSNBC entertainment editor Courtney Hazlett decided to go along with this claim.

As Ken Shepherd notes at NewsBusters

MSNBC entertainment editor Courtney Hazlett spent all of two minutes on "Morning Meeting" with Dylan Ratigan and still managed to get her facts wrong.

Noting former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's scheduled November 16 appearance on "Oprah," Hazlett told viewers that the former Alaska governor "famously said no to appearing on Oprah" during the 2008 presidential campaign, because Palin knew "you get more publicity rejecting Oprah than possibly going on."

The only trouble is, as my colleague Noel Sheppard noted earlier today, that is patently false. It was, in fact, Obama-endorsing Oprah Winfrey who refused to book Palin on her program during the campaign season, although she expressed an interest in having her on after the election.

Read more here


People Magazine Falsely Claims Palin Refused To Appear On Oprah

People Magazine reports

Oh, what a difference a multimillion-dollar book deal makes.

About a year after Sarah Palin famously turned down a campaign season appearance with talk show host – and major Barack Obama supporter – Oprah Winfrey, the former GOP vice presidential candidate has agreed to take her turn on the couch.
However, this just coincides with all the false claims by gossip columns when it comes to Governor Palin.

As Noel Sheppard points out at NewsBusters
Actually, as reported last September, it was Oprah that refused to have Palin on her show:
Responding to media reports first publicized on Matt Drudge's "The Drudge Report" claiming there was turmoil at Winfrey's Harpo Studios about whether to book the GOP vice presidential nominee on the popular talk show, Winfrey's camp said today that while she has nothing against Palin, the veep hopeful won't appear on the show anytime soon.

"The item in today's 'Drudge Report' is categorically untrue," Winfrey said in a written statement provided to "There has been absolutely no discussion about having Sarah Palin on my show.

"At the beginning of the presidential campaign, when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates," Winfrey wrote.

"I agree that Sarah Palin would be a fantastic interview, and I would love to have her on after the campaign is over."
Nice reporting, folks. Keep up the good work.


Wednesday Morning Video

The Right to Life - Governor Sarah Palin
Video courtesy of Conservatives4palin


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Greta On Oprah’s Upcoming Interview With Governor Palin

Greta is curious how the interview will go. Aren’t we all!


Matt Lewis: Will Republicans in 2012 choose Principle or Passion?

In an article at PoliticsDaily, Matt Lewis asks: Will Republicans in 2012 choose Principle or Passion? He begins with this prediction:

If the past is prelude, Republicans will gain seats during the 2010 mid-term elections, but Barack Obama will be re-elected in November 2012. It's early, true, but history is on Obama's side: It is just difficult to oust an incumbent U.S. president.
While Mr. Lewis may be correct with this interpretation of history, he conveniently forgets that the last time America had a presidency characterized by radical left-wing policies, it was a disaster, and voters rejected him in landslide fashion for a true principled conservative candidate. Lewis continues:
The most often repeated template is for Republicans to select the person whose "turn" it is to run for president. That's how the Grand Old Party opted for Richard Nixon, John McCain, Bob Dole -- and even George H.W. Bush.


Today, the perfunctory, "next in line" theory suggests that the most likely GOP nominee will be former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. While Romney dropped-out of the 2008 campaign earlier than Mike Huckabee, most conservatives concede that Romney finished in second place – and that is certainly the view held by the McCainiacs. So, by the logic that led to the nominations of McCain and Dole, it's Romney's turn. Even if rank-and-file conservatives find him less than perfect concede that he's paid his dues.
Has Mr. Lewis been asleep for, I don’t know, 40 years? Does he not know what happened with all those people whose “turn” it was to get the nomination? Nixon came back to win only after being in the wilderness for 8 years and George H. W. Bush, who won only because voters thought they were getting a third Reagan term, lost when he ran on his own record.

Mr. Lewis next discusses the choice he believes Republicans must make in 2012:
We don't have Reagan waiting to run in 2012, and so it's a time, as The Gipper would say, for choosing. After years of holding our noses and defending Republican establishment types, conservatives might find it fun to take a big chance on an unapologetic conservative.


If recent elections are any guide, the Republicans' heads will tell them to choose Mitt Romney. Their hearts whisper something else. Is "Sarah" the name of this siren song?
I respectfully disagree with Mr. Lewis’ claim that we don’t have a Reagan waiting to run in 2012. We do, only a much younger version and, as Michael Reagan said, he’s a she, and she’s not “The Gipper” but “The Barracuda”.

Republicans in 2012 may weigh Principle vs. Passion. The principle of nominating the guy whose “turn” it is, or, choosing the passion of bringing back true conservatism. The passion of having a free society once again, the passion of the return of capitalism, the passion of smaller government, the passion of limited spending, the passion of good old social values and the passion of Reaganism.

Implicit in the title to Mr. Lewis’ article is that Mitt Romney would be a “principled” choice for the Republicans to make. I disagree. Simply choosing a candidate because some beltway elitists think he is next in line is not my definition of principle. Principle is following one’s beliefs and voting for the candidate who embodies them.

Mr. Lewis sets up a false choice based on a false premise: principle vs. passion. This wasn’t the choice in 1980 as Mr. Lewis admits. This won’t be the choice in 2012 either, should Governor Palin choose to run. She is a principled conservative who won’t compromise her beliefs, and that is why she creates passion. Voters won’t feel passion for a candidate who is only viable because he is “next in line”. Passion must be earned, and the only way to truly earn it is by being principled. That is why Governor Palin is the candidate of both principle and passion, and why she will win.

Read the rest of Matt Lewis' article here.

(Cross-Posted from C4P)


Gov. Palin On Oprah November 16th

From Oprah's website

In a world exclusive, Oprah Winfrey will interview former Alaska governor Sarah Palin for an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show to air Monday, November 16, 2009. Winfrey and Palin will meet for the very first time on the episode, which will mark Palin’s first interview to discuss her upcoming book, Going Rogue: An American Life and her first-ever appearance on the Oprah show.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin burst onto the national political scene as running mate for Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Now, following her decision to step down as governor of her home state of Alaska, and on the eve of the release of her first book, Palin will speak first to Oprah in a world exclusive interview.

The Oprah Winfrey Show: Exclusive - Oprah Talks to Sarah Palin airs live on Monday, November 16, 2009 (check local listings).
At this time there is no official confirmation from Governor Palin or Meg Stapleton. Until that happens it's not happening.


Tuesday Morning Video

In Case you missed it
Governor Palin's Address To The 2009 Special Olympics In Boise Idaho


Monday, October 19, 2009

Governor Palin To Speak At College Of The Ozarks

From The News-Leader

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will speak on patriotism, citizenship and civic engagement at College of the Ozarks at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Keeter Gymnasium, a college news release said.

The prelude to the Leonard B. and Edith Gittinger Community Convocation featuring Palin will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The convocation is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Those seeking tickets may call 690-2240. Tickets are limited, and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Sarah Palin is a great example of an individual who became involved in her small town community and whose efforts and success eventually placed her in the national spotlight,” said Sue Head, executive director of The Keeter Center for Character Education. “We are looking forward to hosting her at the college.”

Palin first made history on Dec. 4, 2006, when she was sworn in as the first female governor of Alaska.

In August 2008, Sen. John McCain tapped Palin to serve as his vice-presidential running mate in his presidential campaign, making her the first woman to run on the Republican Party’s presidential ticket.
At this time there is no official confirmation from Governor Palin or Meg Stapleton. Until that happens it's not happening.


Palin To Speak In Milwaukee Area Next Month

From Newsminer

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will speak in a Milwaukee suburb next month as part of a program presented by Wisconsin Right to Life.

Officials say no tickets will be sold at the door of the Nov. 6 event at Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park in West Allis, Wis.

General admission tickets are $30 with a limit of four per order.

Palin's stop in Milwaukee comes 11 days before the former Alaska governor's memoirs will be released.

From Wisconsin Right to Life Website

Yes, it’s true! Sarah Palin is coming to Milwaukee to appear at a benefit for the educational efforts of Wisconsin Right to Life. The event is Friday, November 6 at 7:30pm at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, Hall B. You won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to hear Sarah Palin!

You can find ticket and other information here

At this time there is no official confirmation from Governor Palin or Meg Stapleton. Until that happens it's not happening.


CNN: Always First to the Big Story

Mel Bryant on C4P writes

CNN has a post on their politics blog indicating that Sarah Palin recently posted her resume on LinkedIn, a networking website for professionals.

While recently updated, Palin's resume has been on LinkedIn for over a year. Way to stay on top of things, CNN.


Palin's Facebook Strategy

Chris Cillizza writes in The Washington Post
Since resigning as governor of Alaska in early July, Sarah Palin has used the social networking tool Facebook almost exclusively to convey her thoughts on the issues of the day to her supporters and the media.

The latest missive came late Saturday night when Palin penned a note on Facebook on the passage of President Obama's health care bill through the Senate Finance Committee.


"Facebook itself is a true testament to American ingenuity and the entrepreneurial spirit; it will remain one of many great sources through which the governor will communicate directly with Americans," said Meg Stapleton, a spokeswoman for Palin.

Several operatives who count themselves as friends of the former governor offered their own thoughts on the "why" behind Palin's attraction to the medium.

Fred Malek, a major Republican donor, suggested that for a politician with very little staff, Facebook's ease of use may well appeal to Palin. "Facebook has benefit of simplicity," he added.

John Coale, a Democratic trial attorney and personal friend of the governor's suggested three reasons for her Facebook focus: "1. No editors 2. Beats Twitter 3. She has a zillion Facebook friends."

As of press time, Palin's Facebook site had nearly 930,000 supporters and each of her posts typically draw thousands of comments on what she has written, comments that are broadly supportive of her. By way of comparison, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) has 82,000 Facebook supporters while former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) has 121,000.

That sort of reach coupled with the direct contact between politician and supporter that Facebook offers makes what Palin is doing potentially powerful[.]
Read the whole thing here


Fox & Friends: Palin is right on Health Care

Fox & Friends hosts, Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade discuss Governor Sarah Palin's latest Facebook post

It attempts to offset the costs this will impose on insurance companies by requiring everyone to purchase coverage... The result: many people, especially the young and healthy, will simply not buy coverage, choosing to pay the fine instead. They’ll wait until they’re sick to buy health insurance, confident in the knowledge that insurance companies can’t deny them coverage. uch a scenario is a perfect storm for increasing the cost of health care and creating an unsustainable mandate program.

Read Governor Palin's Facebook post here and here


Monday Morning Video

Gov. Sarah Palin Biography
Watch the video you didn't see on TV at the 2008 Republican National Convention!


Sunday, October 18, 2009

White House Ups The Ante Against Fox News

First it's Sean Hannity then Rush Limbaugh then it's Governor Palin (and here) now it's Fox News. So the rule of the Obama White House is, if you disagree with me we’ll tear you down. This is nothing more than the introduction of the Fairness Doctrine

From Foxnews

The White House escalated its offensive against Fox News on Sunday by urging other news organizations to stop "following Fox" and instead join the administration's attempt to marginalize the channel.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told CNN that President Obama does not want "the CNNs and the others in the world [to] basically be led in following Fox."

Obama senior adviser David Axelrod went further by calling on media outlets to join the administration in declaring that Fox is "not a news organization.

"Other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way," Axelrod counseled ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "We're not going to treat them that way."

By urging other news outlets to side with the administration, Obama aides officials dramatically upped the ante in the war of words that began earlier this month, when White House communications director Anita Dunn branded Fox "opinion journalism masquerading as news."

On Sunday, Fox's Chris Wallace retorted: "We wanted to ask Dunn about her criticism, but, as they've done every week since August, the White House refused to make any administration officials available to 'FOX News Sunday' to talk about this or anything else."

The White House stopped providing guests to 'Fox News Sunday' after Wallace fact-checked controversial assertions made by Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, in August. Dunn said fact-checking an administration official was "something I've never seen a Sunday show do."

"She criticized 'FOX News Sunday' last week for fact-checking -- fact-checking -- an administration official," Wallace said Sunday. "They didn't say that our fact-checking was wrong. They just said that we had dared to fact-check."


Fox News contributor Karl Rove, who was the top political strategist to former President George W. Bush, said: "This is an administration that's getting very arrogant and slippery in its dealings with people. And if you dare to oppose them, they're going to come hard at you and they're going to cut your legs off."

"This is a White House engaging in its own version of the media enemies list. And it's unhelpful for the country and undignified for the president of the United States to so do," Rove added. "That is over- the-top language. We heard that before from Richard Nixon."

Media columnist David Carr of the New York Times warned that the White House war on Fox "may present a genuine problem for Mr. Obama, who took great pains during the campaign to depict himself as being above the fray of over-heated partisan squabbling."

"While there is undoubtedly a visceral thrill in finally setting out after your antagonists, the history of administrations that have successfully taken on the media and won is shorter than this sentence," Carr wrote over the weekend. "So far, the only winner in this latest dispute seems to be Fox News. Ratings are up 20 percent this year."

He added: "The administration, by deploying official resources against a troublesome media organization, seems to have brought a knife to a gunfight."

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Rove: White House using Nixonian tactics and keeping an "enemies list"


Governor Palin: Happy Alaska Day

From Governor Palin's Facebook page

In March 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William Seward negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia for two cents an acre. On October 18 of that year, authority over the territory of Alaska officially transferred to the United States when the American flag flew over Fort Sitka for the first time. Alaskans have celebrated “Alaska Day” on October 18 ever since. Though the purchase was derided at the time as “Seward’s Folly,” Seward was a visionary, and history has proven that his purchase of Alaska from Russia was never folly. Alaska has contributed greatly to the United States through our export of natural resources – from wild Alaska seafood, timber, and ore to our oil pipeline and future natural gas pipeline. Today we remember the wisdom of Secretary Seward and look forward to the hopeful future of the Last Frontier. Happy Alaska Day!

Today also marks a special occasion for my family as my eldest daughter celebrates her birthday. Happy Birthday, Bristol!

- Sarah Palin
Alaska: God's Country - Sarah Palin
Video created and filmed on location by Seth Adam Smith and posted with his courtesy.


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