Saturday, October 31, 2009

Geraldo: Palin The Clear Winner

On Foxnews tonight, Geraldo, Ann Coulter & Kirsten Powers, discussed the future of moderate Republican candidates and Governor Palin’s Clout. Kirsten Powers noted that as much as people like to dismiss Palin, She is still the only one in the Republican Party that excites people. You don’t see people coming out for Mitt Romney.

Kirsten Powers, is the only liberal that has some common sense, I actually like her. Maybe one day she’ll see the light.

The segment went on to discuss Levi Johnston. Coulter called him white trash and Powers said that Levi has no credibility at all, is a little dirt bag. Kirsten points out that if this kid would do this to a Kennedy the media would give him no attention at all.

Extended version here


Hillbuzz: Palin Magic

From Hillbuz

...[O]ur little ears shot up when we heard the guys talking about Sarah Palin…and Levi Johnston posing nude in Playgirl (or is that online for Playgirl, as the magazine doesn’t really exist anymore).

We braced for another round of Palin hate from low information fops, as is standard operating procedure in Boystown. Instead, we were treated to something unexpected


...[S]omething magical happened today…these guys actually, without knowing it, established a new boundary in their irrational hate.

Unlike Reagan, unlike Bush, unlike Gingrich, with Palin there’s consideration for her as a person, as a mom, as a grandmom, even if it’s totally subconscious and unacknowledged. Read what those guys said…they don’t like Palin, but they think Levi Johnston is a jackass for allowing himself to be used as a weapon against the woman who did so much for him. There’s a quiet, almost silent, empathy for Palin entwined in that.

These guys won’t vote for her. They’ll keep making fun of her, keep repeating things Tina Fey says about her, and will try to browbeat everyone they know not to vote for her in 2012…but there is a line there that the Left can’t cross with Palin.

There was no boundary with Bush. There remains none with Reagan. In Boystown, you could dress up as Bush or Reagan and have someone pretend to rape you in the street and people would cheer. As sick as that is, it’s true, and the twisted minds in Boystown could probably come up with a lot worse.

We don’t know what the boundary lines are with Palin, but the reaction to Johnston proves they exist – while also showing even low information fops know the MSM is behind the attacks on her, looking for patsies to use in their scripts, telling them what they need to say to damage Palin.
Read the whole thing here it's good


Welcome to the Tea Party, Ms. Noonan – Meet our Leader

By Nicole Coulter

In a Wall Street Journal column last week, Rebublican columnist Peggy Noonan reveals to us that we’re a nation adrift. Millions of productive Americans, she says, are despondent about the direction of the nation. In melancholic, heartfelt tones she explains that many Americans feel alienated by both political parties, and yearn for an as-yet-to-be-found leader to offer hope for their despair. She laments:

… [P]eople are becoming and have become disheartened … this condition is reaching critical mass, and … it afflicts most broadly and deeply those members of the American leadership class who are not in Washington, most especially those in business. .. The most sophisticated Americans, experienced in how the country works on the ground, can’t figure a way out. … They do not think [current leadership] can make it better.
It was almost as if Noonan woke up this week and discovered that there’s a Tea Party going on. Well, welcome to the party, Ms. Noonan!

Yes, Americans, including business owners and executives (Noonan’s buddies in Big Pharma and Big Insura) are disheartened. They’re mad at both parties and have been for some time. Outrage began over the wrongheaded amnesty bill that would have rewarded rampant lawbreaking. It continued with the hideous bailout bill that propped up careless risktakers at massive taxpayer expense. And it really heated up with the wasteful trillion-dollar stimulus, and rushed attempts to pass cap-and-tax and Obamacare. Throw in some ACORN election-fraud rage, and you’ve got the makings of a real revolt.

But unlike in the hopeless state of affairs Noonan describes, some desperate folks are actually doing something about it – a point seemingly lost on Noonan. Aside from her few mentions of the vibrant town hall protests this August, Noonan apparently failed to notice that a million or so “disheartened” Americans took to the streets of the Capital not long ago, speaking out for lower taxes, smaller government and less debt – radical ideas, according to the “mainstream” media.

Frankly, it’s not surprising Noonan has missed so much of this actual uprising taking shape in America. Who has time to write about Tea Parties, when you’re busy interviewing a handful of your friends and slamming the genuine leader of the counterrevolution?

Yes, Noonan’s smug disdain for Governor Sarah Palin, an icon to the Tea Party crowd, emerged during the presidential campaign last fall and has continued unabated since. In her columns and appearances on liberal talk shows, she consistently derides Palin as “not thoughtful” and accuses her of living in a “ponder-free” zone. While acknowledging Palin’s appeal to the unenlightened base and ability to excite the McCain campaign, Noonan ultimately concludes that Palin is bad for the Republican party and the nation. “This is a time for conservative leaders who know how to think,” Noonan wrote when Palin resigned the governorship in July.

Strangely, for someone who prides herself on being full of “thought,” Noonan, a former Reagan speechwriter, has yet to make the connection between the angst felt by many Americans – including her buddies in the insurance and pharmaceutical industries – and the way elites trash Sarah Palin. After all, when Noonan laments that our leaders in Washington are “callous children” who don’t listen to us, she could very well be describing the media’s derisive attack on grassroots conservative hero Sarah Palin. When they mock Sarah, they insult ordinary Americans everywhere, sophisticated and otherwise.

Sadly, however, Noonan just doesn’t get Sarah’s appeal, much less her potential to lead America “out” of misery. She seems to believe that millions of Americans connect with Sarah Palin simply for her hockey-mom style – not for anything substantive she has done as an elected official; and hence, Noonan’s lack of respect. Noonan apparently doesn’t realize that many Americans , sophisticated and otherwise, actually delve into leaders’ records, and upon doing so – in Palin’s case – found a woman who cut taxes, reduced spending, and balanced a state budget – all while blowing the whistle on corruption in her own party – attributes that no doubt contribute to her enduring appeal to the GOP base and conservative grassroots. Could a fearless, honest leader not offer a “way out” for the nation? Not according to Noonan. But when last we checked, Noonan’s much-praised but elusive “thoughtful” Republicans weren’t sending other party members to prison – where some of them probably belong.

After leaving the governorship, Palin continues to show the kind of guts and independence that made her a legend in Alaska. Her support of renegade conservative Congressional candidate Doug Hoffman in upstate New York against the floundering GOP leadership has put him on a course to win. Oh, and did we mention Hoffman was also endorsed by FreedomWorks, the official organization behind the Tea Parties? Does anyone see a pattern here? Peggy?

As Noonan has now noted the sentiment behind theTea Party movement and the rising tide of discontent developing in American politics, at some point she may also shockingly discover that Sarah Palin is at the heart of it – and is the obvious choice to lead it. No other leader in America currently captures the heart and soul of the counterrevolution as much as Sarah Palin.

But don’t take my word for it. Conservative blogger and tea party protestor C. Brooks Kurtz explains what Sarah means to the grassroots revolution sweeping America:
In the months that followed the announcement of Gov. Palin’s addition to the McCain ticket and her stem-winding, cork-popping, status-gouging speech at the RNC Convention of ’08, thousands, then millions of people quite similar to Gov. Palin in attitude, background and yes, politics, began to get fed up about the direction of this country. Quite suddenly … millions of Americans realized that we don’t have to sit back and take it quietly. Tea Parties started brewing, quietly at first, and then, all the sudden, they were everywhere. … Gov. Palin was that first bubble of black gold (like the oil discovered by Jed Clampett), and all of us behind her have come rushing out in a tidal wave of good fortune for the GOP, if only the party would recognize it.
Indeed, if only the Republican leadership, and “thoughtful” GOP members like Peggy Noonan would recognize it. After all, better late to a party than not at all.

Update: For a smackdown on Noonan's scredd at Governor Palin see here (h/t Bill in Baltimore)


Governor Palin: A Time to Unite

Via Facebook

I want to personally thank Republican Dede Scozzafava for acting so selflessly today in the NY District 23 race. Now it's time to cross the finish line with Doug Hoffman so that he can get to work for District 23 and the rest of America.

With Congress poised to overhaul one-sixth of our economy with so-called health care “reform” (which is really a government takeover of health care) and with plans to enact a cap-and-tax bill just as our economy struggles to recover, Doug Hoffman will be a voice for fiscal responsibility and common sense in Washington.

We need candidates like Doug now more than ever. In these final days of the campaign, it's vital that Doug continue to receive the enthusiastic support of those who want to bring common sense to Washington. Let’s help make it happen! You can help Doug by visiting his official website today and offering your support:

- Sarah Palin


Republican Scozzafava Drops Out of New York Congressional Race. Update I, Gingrich Endorses Hoffman. Update II Huckabee Followes Palin

h/t C4P

Via Foxnews

Republican state Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava has suspended her campaign for upstate New York's 23rd Congressional District seat, giving a possible boost to Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman against Democrat Bill Owens, Fox News has confirmed.

The move comes on the heels of a new poll that showed Scozzafava had fallen behind her two competitors in a close race.

The special election is Tuesday, and political analysts believe upstate New York could be a preview of congressional races nationwide in 2010 and 2012 as Republican leaders struggle to rebuild, redefine and regain control of Washington.

The Siena College poll has Owens picking up 36 percent of the vote, while Hoffman has 35 percent. Scozzafava has 20 percent, with nine percent of voters undecided.
More here here and here

Via Stacy McCain Dierdre Scozzafava Farewell Speech
Dear Friends and Supporters:

Throughout the course of my campaign for Congress, I have made the people of the 23rd District and the issues that affect them the focal point of my campaign. As a life long resident of this District, I care deeply and passionately about its people and our way of life. Whether as a candidate for Congress, a State Assemblywoman or a small town Mayor, I have always sought to act with the best interest of our District and its residents in mind—and today I again seek to act for the good of our community.

The opportunity to run as the Republican and Independence Party candidate to represent the 23rd District has been and remains one of the greatest honors of my life. During the past several months, as I’ve traveled the district, meeting and talking with voters about the issues that matter most to them, I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support I’ve received as I sought to serve as their voice in Washington. However, as Winston Churchill once said, Democracy can be a fickle employer, and the road to public office is not always a smooth one.

In recent days, polls have indicated that my chances of winning this election are not as strong as we would like them to be. The reality that I’ve come to accept is that in today’s political arena, you must be able to back up your message with money—and as I’ve been outspent on both sides, I’ve been unable to effectively address many of the charges that have been made about my record. But as I’ve said from the start of this campaign, this election is not about me, it’s about the people of this District. And, as always, today I will do what I believe serves their interests best.

It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support. Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit to do so. I am and have always been a proud Republican. It is my hope that with my actions today, my Party will emerge stronger and our District and our nation can take an important step towards restoring the enduring strength and economic prosperity that has defined us for generations.

On Election Day my name will appear on the ballot, but victory is unlikely. To those who support me – and to those who choose not to – I offer my sincerest thanks.


Via Stacy McCain
Update I: Gingrich Endorses Hoffman (H/T C4P)
Let's call this one a grudging, backhanded endorsement, shall we?
Scozzafava dropping out leaves hoffman as only anti-tax anti-pelosi vote in ny 23 Every voter opposed to tax increases support doug hoffman
It's clear that the only reason Gingrich flipped his endorsement is because Scozzafava suspended her campaign and dropped out of the race. He still holds to the delusion that Scozzafava is actually dedicated to lower taxes (she's not) and opposing the Pelosi/Reid/Obama agenda (except where it involves pro-life issues, massive government spending, support for ACORN and big labor, and pork-barrel projects as vote bribes).

Of course, Gingrich could rehabilitate himself with conservatives by hitting the news networks as hard for Hoffman as he did for Scozzafava. The election is Tuesday. Surely Gingrich, who fancies himself a leader of the conservative movement, can spare a bit of shoe leather for Doug. But will he?
More here

Via Stacy McCain (H/T C4P)
Update II: Huckabee Endorses Hoffman
According to Jonathan Martin of The Politico, Mike Huckabee has endorsed Doug Hoffman, too. Expect others to come in for Hoffman, too (**coughRomneycough**), now that the fence on which they were all precariously perched has disappeared out from underneath them.
Come on Mitt, it's OK, you can come out now. Remind me again. Who's the leader of the conservative movement? Palin leads others follow.


Saturday Morning Video: For Sarah

For Sarah.
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Friday, October 30, 2009

Governor Palin: Tune In Tomorrow To Hear A Health Care Reform Plan That Will Pprove To Be The Game Changer

Via Facebook

Mark my words - tomorrow is the game changer! Tune in to hear common sense solutions that bury the false accusations that conscientious members of Congress have no solutions to meet America's health care challenges.

If you're like me, shaking your head wondering why all the miscommunication between Washington and the American people who have been saying, "Please hear what we're saying about our desire for health care reform," then tomorrow will be a refreshing time of clarity for all.

All Americans, and especially colleagues of House Republican Leader John Boehner: please listen to tomorrow's weekly GOP national address. Rep. Boehner will highlight a common sense alternative to Speaker Pelosi's 1,990-page government takeover of health care. I urge you to watch for it. For a preview, go to:

You'll hear solutions. You'll hear of real choices based on America's proven free-market principles. You'll know once and for all what the GOP and Independents have been saying all along about alternatives to another big government take over. After tomorrow, you'll know that accusations against the GOP and Independents for not providing solutions are false. Those claims are bogus. There are alternatives. Tune in to Rep. Boehner's address tomorrow to hear them.

I look forward to the game changer!

- Sarah Palin

Update: Rep. John Boehner talks about health care.


The Final Word on the Palin in Des Moines “Controversy”

From Shane Vander Hart at Caffeinated Thoughts

She’s not coming, but would like to in the future. She’d also come for free. Bryan English at the Iowa Family Policy Center just sent the following press release:
10/30/09 Pleasant Hill, IA – Iowa Family Policy Center ACTION received word this morning that Governor Sarah Palin is unable to accept our speaking invitation due to her book tour contractual commitments, which cannot be changed.

We extended our invitation knowing she would be in the middle of her book tour and the chances of her being able to accept any invitations were extremely slim.

She has asked if she could speak at a future mutually agreeable date. She will not accept any fees for her appearance.

Read more here


Pataki Followes Palin's Lead

From Ben Smith at Politico

Former New York Gov. George Pataki endorsed Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman tonight, the clearest sign yet that even the most establishment New York Republicans now view Hoffman as having the best shot at preventing a Democrat from winning next Tuesday's special election.

Several of Pataki's former staffers are playing key roles with Republican Dede Scozzafava's campaign, and he wouldn’t be endorsing against her unless the writing was on the wall that there was no chance she could pull out a victory.

Here's Pataki’s statement:
As someone personally engaged in the way of life in the Adirondacks and Northern New York, I’m deeply concerned about the course of our nation and the outcome of the election in the 23rd Congressional District.

Simply put, we cannot afford to give another vote to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid we cannot afford another vote for higher taxes, we cannot afford another vote for government run health care and we absolutely cannot afford another vote to take away from hard working men and women the right to secret ballot.

That is why tonight, I’m proud to endorse Doug Hoffman, a Republican, running on the Conservative line for Congress in the 23rd Congressional District.

Doug Hoffman will stand up to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. He will fight for all the residents of northern New York. He will fight for our proud servicemen and women at Fort Drum, our dairy farmers in Lowville and our manufacturers in Plattsburgh.

As a businessman, and as a life-long resident of the North Country Doug Hoffman understands the need to lower taxes on working families, the need to stand tall against terror and he won’t back phony stimulus programs that fail to create the jobs we need and leaves a mountain of debt to our children.

When elected to Congress Doug will work to reduce our taxes, he will stand tall against those who despise our freedoms and he will be a vigilant stalwart against those who would substitute government programs for individual initiative.

And Doug Hoffman can win.

I urge all the voters of the 23rd Congressional District – Republican Democrat, Independent and Conservative to come out and vote for Doug Hoffman for Congress.
Doug Brady at C4P notes:
Governor Pataki, who served three consecutive terms, is a well-known Republican moderate. His endorsement will have an impact with many of New York's establishment Republicans who may have been reluctant to escape Dede Scozzafava's sinking ship and support a "third party" candidate.
Read more of Doug Brady's post, he has a list of other individuals and groups who have followed Governor Palin's lead and endorsed Doug Hoffman.


Friday Morning Video: Governor Palin on Glenn Beck (2008)

In case you missed it: Governor Palin on Glenn Beck (2008)
Governor Palin talks about her state and resource developement.


O'Reilly: Sarah Palin's Comebeck

The Comeback of Sarah Palin and her political rise. Bill O'Reilly and Beck discuss the direction of the Republican Party and who's its pot leader, and Governor Sarah Palin’s political future.

Josh Painter at Texas4Palin notes:

Glenn Beck told Bill O'Reilly on The Factor that he thinks Sarah Palin is gearing up for a third party run:

We don't think so. We think she wants to take the party back from the Vichy Republicans just like Ronald Reagan did 30 years ago (Back then they were called Rockerfeller Republicans). Of course, returning the GOP to its Reagan roots and making it actually live by the principles spelled out in its platform depends on the Republicans inside the Beltway getting a clue, and so far they are clueless. Time will tell.
We Agree!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Governor Palin's Good Day.

By Sheya

On CBS “The Early Show” Levi Johnston repeated his claim that Governor Palin called her Down-Syndrome son "retarded," prompting a firm rebuttal by the Governor.

Instantly commentators, bloggers and journalists all over the country, many with good intentions at heart, questioned the governors’ motives for the rebuttal. Conventional wisdom has it that the governor should take the high road, rise above it, and ignore the ungrateful pinhead she once treated as her own child. Some have suggested that if she responds to every ridiculous slur, she’ll never have a chance at a political future; people won’t elect a tabloid figure.

Those arguments are the same made when, on the same network, David Letterman joked about her 14 year old daughter being “knocked up” by Alex Rodriguez. Governor Palin was criticized for her fierce response, and then too she was advised to rise above it.

A recent CNN poll, to which Joshua Livestro referred in a post, noted that a 65% majority consider Governor Palin as “not a typical politician”, 64% consider her as “a good role model for women” and 56% believe her to be “caring about the needs for people like you”. The reason Governor Palin receives these high marks is because much of Governor Palin’s appeal is that she is a typical every day person like you and me.

Besides being a national figure, Governor Palin, is a mother, a grandmother, a human being and, yes, contrary to popular belief, she has feelings too. Unlike our president, who calls for a Jihad against a TV network who questions his policies, Governor Palin withstands criticism of her policies with grace and maturity. However, when it comes to her children, her maternal instincts take over and the “mama grizzly” surfaces!

Now, I know it’s difficult, because no-one has really ever gone through what Governor Palin has in the last twelve months, but put yourself in Governor Palin’s shoes. You’re a mother of five, your youngest child was born with down-syndrome (let alone that the mere legitimacy of your motherhood is questioned). Raising five children is a daily struggle in and of itself. And then, one day, your eldest daughters’ ex-boyfriend, for no other reason than to make a quick buck, goes on national television, diminishes you and claims that you used to refer to your baby by a derogatory slur.

Being a parent myself, I know what I’d do. I’d pick up the phone, call the broadcasting network, demand to speak to the reporter, and rebuke the lie on live television. If possible, I’d happily throw a few punches at the moron (metaphorically of course) who made those claims without considering the consequences. Although nothing concrete would be achieved, it goes without question that I’d feel much better.

Governor Palin didn’t call the TV show to rebut the claims or to defend her helpless child. She did, however, call out the pathetic liar and express her feelings, heal the pain, and make herself feel better. This is perfectly understandable.

Political pundits in general, and journalists and commentators in particular, strive to continuously offer Governor Palin advice on what to do and how to do it. Maggie Rodriguez, when interviewing the lying, self destructing loser, asked if “he’s hurt by all this”. I wonder how many of those “well-meaning” politicians and journalists have ever picked up a phone to Governor Palin, not for an interview, not for a quote or a ratings boosting juicy exclusive, but to simply ask her if she’s hurt by all of this or hoe’s she doing”. If so, I’m sure she would appreciate it.

From a political point of view, it could be argued that Governor Palin should ignore all the slurs thrown at her and her children. But Governor Palin is not a typical politician; she’s a human being and a mother, with feelings, just like you and me.

None of us can know for sure, including Governor Palin, what her political future might be. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow, the next day, a year from now. What we do know is that after releasing her statement, for today, just today, Trig Palin’s mother felt good.

(H/T Doug Brady for editing assistance)

Cross Posted C4P


Politico, Blamin’ Palin. Again!

From Taxes4Palin by Josh Painter

The Palin-hatin' media just keeps pouring it on Sarah Palin. The latest example is Politico's distortion of a report that a pro-family group wants to bring her to Iowa. The Iowa Family Policy Center has asked Team Sarah, which has no formal ties to the former governor, to help it raise $100,000 to stage an event on November 21 for which the organization hopes to book Palin to be the speaker. Team Sarah's Bill Collier says that IFPC has already raised $59,000 for the event, and his group is trying to raise another $41,000.

The headline for the Politico piece -- "Sarah Palin's $100K speaking fee has Iowa Republicans wincing" -- gives the impression that the money Team Sarah and IFPC are trying to raise is needed to pay the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate's speaker fees, and the lede is likewise designed to paint Palin as a mercenary of the speakers circuit:
A conservative Iowa group’s effort to lure Sarah Palin to its banquet next month has had an unintended effect: Rather than exciting conservatives about the prospect of a visit from the former Alaska governor, the group’s plan to raise a six-figure sum to bring her to the state has GOP activists recoiling at the thought of paying to land a politician's speaking appearance.

The Iowa Family Policy Center’s effort to cobble together $100,000 for Palin would represent a striking departure from customary practice in the first-in-the-nation state, these Republicans say, noting that a generation of White House hopefuls has paid their own way to boost their party and presidential ambitions.
Were Palin to appear in Iowa on November 21st, it would mark her first trip back to the state since she spoke to a handful of rallies there last fall as the GOP’s vice-presidential nominee. She would offer powerful counter-programming to another major political event that night: The Iowa Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner with Vice-President Joe Biden as the headliner.

But representatives from other Iowa-based political advocacy groups said they would never consider shelling out money for what many politicians see as a privilege: the opportunity to speak to a room full of sure-fire caucus-goers who often serve as precinct captains and can be instrumental to a presidential candidate’s success.
Jonathan Martin, who wrote the hit piece, then goes on to quote a number of Iowa advocacy group leaders who say that they have never had to pay politicians to attend their events, and they are not about to start now.

There's just one problem with this piece of Politico prevarication. The money the two groups are hoping to raise is not necessarily earmarked to pay Sarah Palin to speak. Major events -- and IFPC says this will be a major event even bigger than the banquet in Indiana where Palin delivered a pro-life manifesto of a keynote speech -- require large venues which can seat thousands of people. Such venues have to be rented, and they don't come cheap. In addition, these events have to have security which is usually provided by hiring off-duty police officers. Other workers have to be contracted to take tickets, run the lighting and sound systems and clean up after the event. Then there are promotional costs for local media buys, printing flyers and the like. Such an event as being proposed by IFPC can easily cost $100,000 or more just to stage, exclusive of any speakers fees which the intended speaker may or may not charge.

And indeed, one has to read all the to the sixteenth paragraph to learn that IFPC spokesman Bryan English told Martin that the effort to raise money was only to secure a venue, pay for lighting and promote the event and that English was "not personally aware of a speaker’s fee." And it's not until the twenty-fourth paragraph that Martin admits:
"There is no indication that the former governor has requested a fee or that her decision whether to attend is being influenced by whether she’ll be paid."
False? Misleading? Distorted? Deceptive? Biased? Anti-Palin? You betcha! That's Jonathan Martin. That's Politico. That's reprehensible. Why is Sarah Palin the only political figure Politico goes out of its way to treat in this manner?

UPDATE: Holly Bailey writes for Newsweek
But hang on: did Palin actually ask the group to pay $100K for her appearance? An IFPC spokesman tells Martin he's "not personally aware" of a speaker's fee. "There may or may not be, I don't know," he tells Politico. For their part, the Palin camp tells NEWSWEEK there's no fee. Meg Stapleton, Palin's spokeswoman, tells your Gaggler that Palin "has not requested anything" and that she "does not charge people to campaign for them." According to Stapleton, Palin would instead cover such travel costs through her political-action committee, SarahPAC. Of course, that doesn't mean she's going to Iowa. Palin's book, Going Rogue, is due out Nov. 17, and she's got a major publicity tour planned around that, including a Nov. 16 appearance on Oprah. "We don't believe she will be able to attend with her tightly scheduled book tour, and the group has been told that through formal and informal channels," Stapleton says in an e-mail this morning. "However, it appears that some enthusiastic members are willing to try anything to entice the governor as we look at her schedule."


Thursday Morning Video: Freedom of Sarah Palin

Freedom of Sarah Palin
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Hannity: Palin Put Hoffman Over The Top

If Doug Hoffman Wins the NY23 congressional race it would be Governor Palin who put him over the top. So say Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter (Foxnews 10/28/2009)


DNC Endorses Palin for President.

DNC Dream?

As reported, the DNC is rallying Democrats to attack Governor Palin.

According to the Democrats, Governor Palin is irrelevant, ignorant, un-qualified and not a serious contender. By attacking her, they are effectively giving her a seat at the big boys table, and empowering her even further. So why go after her?

The Democrats are beginning to realize what a disaster Obama is. The New Jersey, Virginia and NY23 races are wake up calls, which make them realize that the Obama Presidency is going to come back and bite them.

Also, now that Bush is gone they don’t have anyone to blame.

I’m beginning to believe that the Democrats actually want Governor Palin to become President. Getting Palin into the White House solves all their problems. Therefore, the effort by the DNC’s to empower Governor Palin.


C4P: DNC Hacks Attack Palin

From C4P By TommyReport

The timing of this attack suggests that the DNC is perturbed by the fact that regardless of how American adults view Governor Palin's qualifications for the presidency at the moment, a good majority of American adults view her as "honest and trustworthy" and as "someone who cares the needs of people like you." Her strong showing in these "character traits and qualities" categories (categories with which Republicans typically struggle) provide her arguments against Obamacare extra credibility.

This move from the DNC surprises me for two reasons: 1) the timing is interesting considering that it has been awhile since she's made the statements that concern the DNC and 2) ultra DNC hacks Hari Sevugan or Brad Woodhous weren't on the e-mail.
The DNC attack video:


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Media Matters? Media Malpractice.

As previously reported, sales of Governor Palin’s soon-to-be-released memoir, Going Rogue, went through the roof as soon as the release date was announced. The book's publisher, HarperCollins, pegging that Palin's book would be a bestseller ordered a whopping 1.5 million copies for the first printing. It seems, however, that some in the media, in their effort to continue to downplay its success, would do anything to distort the book's sales.

The left-wing site Media Matters, used a marketing email from Newsmax where you can get the book for “free,” to make the following statement:

Ever wonder how so many right-wing books become "bestsellers"? This may help explain it:


Normally you have to wait until the public displays pretty strong disinterest in a book before you can pick up the hardcover for $4.97. But thanks to Richard Scaife's right-wing, you can get Sarah Palin's book for that low price -- and it hasn't even been released yet.

Just keep this in mind if the media starts breathlessly reporting Palin's strong sales numbers.

What Media Matters fails to point out, is that you can only get the book for that price - or free - if you take it along with a one-year subscription of Newsmax Magazine at a total cost of $49.95. This is clearly noted in the email Newsmax sent out:

This book retails for almost $29 — but you can get it FREE with shipping included with a one-year subscription to Newsmax magazine!


Order Below Today.

Yes, rush me a copy of Sarah Palin's Going Rogue as soon as it is available — plus Newsmax magazine's special report Sarah Palin and "The Newer Feminism" FREE — a value of more than $39 with shipping included — along with my one-year subscription to Newsmax magazine. My total cost will be just $49.95 with automatic renewal. If you are current Newsmax magazine subscriber, your subscription will be extended an additional 12 months.

While Media Matters displays an image of the Newsmax email, they conveniently fail to activate the links that take you to the Newsmax order page, where full details of those offers are available.

Somehow I doubt that anyone would spend $49 for the Newsmax subscription just to get Going Rogue for free when you can buy the book from other retailers for less. Well, unless you were really waiting for an opportunity to get Newsmax.

Media Malpractice from Media Matters.

Cross Posted C4P (h/t TommyReport for editing)


An Open Letter to Charles Krauthammer

By Nicole Coulter

Dear Dr. Krauthammer ...

I'm one of your biggest fans. You are a brilliant writer and thinker with an unmatched ability to eloquently defend conservative and Republican views. I love watching you on the Fox All-Stars, and seeing your columns on the liberal pages of the Washington Post.

But sorry to say, I have a major bone to pick with a comment you made to the the German magazine, der Spiegel recently. In that otherwise stellar interview, you were asked about the future of the Republican party. You immediately volunteered that, "Sarah Palin is not a serious contender" and added no further explanation, while going on to praise the likes of junior Congressman Paul Ryan, whom I like, but I don't think many people would immediately believe is ready to lead America.

Here's my question to you (with all due respect): If Sarah Palin is not a serious contender, why is she having so much influence in the political discourse of the moment? More influence than Paul Ryan, or Tim Pawlenty, or Mitt Romney. And why do the White House and Democratic Party pay so much attention to her?

This past summer Sarah Palin singlehandedly changed the trajectory of the healthcare debate. With a Facebook post succinctly opposing the immorality of government rationing, she forced Obama to go where he didn't want to go: away from his faux-conservative mantra of "cost savings" to a discussion of moral absolutes. You even agreed with Sarah's concern about rationing, but disliked her style of rhetoric, and told her to "leave the room."

Now in October, Sarah is back at it, seriously affecting the NY-23 House race, directing hundreds of thousands of Facebook fans to donate to Doug Hoffman's "renegade" conservative campaign. Her endorsement opened the floodgates of establishment support (Pawlenty, DeMint, others) for the fiscally more responsible Hoffman, who in some polls is now actually pulling ahead with a chance to actually win.

Given all this, what do you really have against Sarah Palin? It can't be her policy views, which I believe closely match your own. So I can only conclude it is either her gender, her age, or condescending whispers about her from your elite contemporaries.

And what I would like to say is this: Don't make the fatal mistake of believing liberal propaganda about her. Did liberals listen to us conservatives last year and refuse to support Barack Obama? No. Did they care that we said he was a "celebrity" or "too radical" or "too inexperienced"? It didn't matter in the end, did it? Why do we conservatives tend to believe the worst about our own stars? We do ourselves a disservice listening to the enemy.

In my view, the very liberals who attack Sarah prove she is a serious contender. She is rarely off the radar screen despite not doing a live interview in more than three months. Who pays this much attention to a former governor and former VP pick? If she's a lightweight, or easy win, why do they attempt to destroy her? Wouldn't they be propping her up to be the sacrificial lamb in 2012? That's what they claim to want.

But it's not what they want - because they fear her - like no other. The truth is, Sarah is the head of the table. She has the innate ability to captivate and demand attention. Just like Churchill. Just like Reagan. She's a born leader.

I realize it may take awhile for you to notice this but Sarah Palin is at once the figure who most inspired this year's Tea Party movement, and the one who is most attuned to this popular (fiscally conservative) uprising. She, like no other "serious presidential contender" has carefully read the mood of a vast segment of the electorate while simultaneously and meticulously expanding its ranks.

Like it or not, and whether you believe it or not, Sarah leads the Republican resistance. And she needs the intellectual giants on our side to assist her, not abet the enemy.

You might start, if you haven't already, by reading her well-researched policy essays on her Facebook page, taking note of her 950,000 supporters (dwarfing any other potential 2012 candidate). And I encourage you to read the informed support she enjoyes on this blog and others like We're not kooks. We're not right-wing religious loons. We're Americans who are fed up of the federal abuse of power that threatens to bankrupt our nation and short-change our children's futures.

In conclusion, please know I and millions of others pray for your health - as well as your change of heart on Sarah Palin!

We need you at the table, Dr. K!

Read Dr. Krauthammer's full interview here


Statement by Governor Palin. UPDATE: Greta: Governor Palin Strikes Back

The policy of this site is not to give any attention to those mean spirited and malicious people who seek nothing but to destroy Governor Palin and her family.

Today Governor Palin has released this statement through her spokesperson Meg Stapleton, by releasing it we presume the Governor wants it publicised:


We have purposefully ignored the mean spirited, malicious and untrue attacks on our family. We, like many, are appalled at the inflammatory statements being made or implied. Trig is our 'blessed little angel' who knows it and is lovingly called that every day of his life. Even the thought that anyone would refer to Trig by any disparaging name is sickening and sad. CBS should be ashamed for continually providing a forum to propagate lies. Consider the source of the most recent attention-getting lies - those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention."
We are with the Governor!

UPDATE: Greta: Governor Palin Strikes Back


C4P: CNN's Bias Agenda

Joshua Livestro writes for C4P


On a whole range of personal qualities, Gov. Palin posts very healthy positive scores. She's considered 'not a typical politican' by 65 percent (65-34), 'a good role model for women' by 64 percent (64-35), 'caring about the needs of people like you' by 56 percent (56-43), and 'honest and trustworthy' by 55 percent (55-43). In a 50-50 nation like today's America, even her scores for 'shares your values' (49/49), 'agrees with you on issues you care about' (48-50) and 'is a strong and decisive leader' (47-51) were pretty decent. The only one that stands out negatively ('qualified to be president') is the one she can't really do anything about - well, not until she announces whether she intends to run for president. Until she does, most people will simply not see her through that lense, meaning her score is likely to remain relatively low. Given CNN's overall agenda, is it any suprise that they decided on this one for their headline?

Read the whole thing here.


Wednesday Morning Video

In Case you missed it:
Governor Palin in the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN June 12 2009.

Part One: Alaska Gas Pipeline, Stimulus Money, Obama and The National Deficit, Bailouts and State Rights.

Part Two: Obama Cairo Speech, Obama And Israel, Missile Defense, David Letterman, Re-election and 2012.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Politico Distorts Facts, Again!

Reporting on Governor Palin's final financial disclosure, Politico once again found a way to distort the facts.

Former GOP Gov. Sarah Palin netted $1.25 million on the book deal for her memoirs, according to financial disclosure forms made public Tuesday by the state of Alaska.

The figure is significantly less than the $11 million figure floated in news reports, but still represents a significant haul for a governor who earned a salary of $73,000 in her last year leading the state.
Governor Palin on her disclosure statement makes it clear that this amount had been received as a “Retainer for Book”.

A retainer is a fee paid to retain a professional service. This is the amount paid upon signing a contract and usually prior to any services being rendered. A retainer does not reflect the total amount agreed for the specific service.

The amount disclosed is what she received while still governor and she was duty bound to disclose this information. As a private citizen any further payments received after she left office as a private matter between herself and the publishers.

Though we don't know what the actual deal was - and it's nobody's business - this disclosure does not contradict the $11 million floated. A 10% retainer is actually quite common

Call me old fashioned, but once in a while I would like to see some professional Journalism in action.

UPDATE: Greta reports on the disclosure. "This is NOT Governor Palin's total book deal, she stands to make much more"


Philip V. Brennan: Sarah Palin Is a Unifier for the Republican Party

Philip V. Brennan writes fro Newsmax
h/t C4P

When it comes to writing about Sarah Palin, the media seems compelled to focus on 2012 and her prospects of being the Republican presidential candidate despite the fact that it is a couple of years out.

It's something like putting her into a box that's not to be opened for another 2 ½ years. In addition to marginalizing her, it ignores the key role she's going to play in the crucial congressional elections next year when all 435 House seats and a third of the Senate seats are up for grabs.

Unlike her media critics, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin fully grasps the significance of the outcome of those elections next year. Should the GOP capture control of the House in the 2010 elections, the threat to our nation's future posed by Barack Obama will be eliminated. He’ll be a lame duck for two long years.


It's apparent to me that Sarah Palin understands the pressing need for a unifying factor that will rally the voters around the Republican banner rather than around individual candidates. And I further believe that she recognizes that she herself is that unifying factor.

After all, it not her personal charm or her beauty, or her outspokenness that attracts large numbers of Americans. It is instead that the American people recognize her as unashamedly one of their number.

She's the woman next door, the one you meet at the grocery counter, an outgoing friendly neighbor whose head is screwed on straight and who views the world around her much in the way we ordinary folks do. It’s called common sense, unfortunately uncommon in the public square.
Read the whole thing here


Palin Files Financial Disclosures

Mel Bryant reports for C4P

Sarah Palin's final financial disclosure for her time as governor has been filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The forms cover the period from January 1, 2009 to July 26, 2009 when Palin stepped down as governor of Alaska.

In the disclosure, Palin says that she received $1.25 million from HarperCollins, the publisher of Going Rogue, as "retainer for book." The forms provide no other details on the book deal, but it's likely that, when all is said and done, the governor will earn quite a bit more than the $1.25 million advance she had received as of July 26th. Meg Stapleton, the governor's spokesperson, gave this quote about the book deal to the Anchorage Daily News:
The Governor has complied with Alaska disclosure law by her filing yesterday. Now, as a private citizen, her business dealings, including her publishing agreement, are confidential.
The disclosure lists only two debts: a home loan and legal fees incurred fighting the anklebiters as governor.

The forms also list a number of gifts, including tickets to a Yankees game for Governor Palin, Todd Palin, and Willow Palin worth $4,250. The tickets were a gift from Rudy Guiliani. You might recall that David Letterman made some very inappropriate comments in relation to that game.

You can read the full disclosure here.
More details here


Jay Tea: Simple Sarah

Jay Tea in an article for Wizbang writes:

Well, she's done it again. Sarah Palin has thrown an endorsement into that Congressional race over in New York -- and she's rejected the Republican Party candidate in favor of the Conservative Party one.

And once again, everyone's poking at tea leaves and molesting goat innards in trying to figure out just what it all means, what Palin's really up to, what signal is she sending.


I figured out Palin a long time ago. And while understanding her doesn't always make her predictable, it does work fantastically well in hindsight.

All you have to do is listen to her.

For example, when she resigned as governor last summer, she cited the burden on her family and the unfairness to the state caused by all the bullshit ethics complaints against her. Well, let's look at how things stood when she stepped down.

At that point, she had run up about half a million dollars in legal bills, and pretty much every single complaint had been tossed. In other words, she had incurred debts equal to twice her family's net income and 40% of their net worth for absolutely nothing. And with the latest complaint going after her legal defense fund, it was shaping up to get more and more and more expensive, with no relief in sight. The agenda of her opponents was clear: to use Alaska's flawed ethics laws (the "flaw" being that no one foresaw a cabal filing an endless chain of worthless complaints purely to drive up the target's legal bills) to bankrupt her and her family.

So she took what she saw as the only solution: she resigned. And once she decided that, she saw no reason to drag matters out.

Now, in the case of New York, let's look at it in the simplest possible light. The race there is being treated as more and more important every day. There are three candidates -- a Democrat, a rather liberal Republican, and a suitably conservative Conservative. So Palin thought about it and decided that the Conservative could use all the help he could get -- so she threw him her backing.

So, what are the potential ulterior motives here for Palin?

Well, for one, should the Conservative win, he'll be viewed as immensely important -- and beholden to her. So that's a plus for her.

The Republican is quite cozy with the national Republican leadership, and she has little use for them. The national party cheerfully threw her to the wolves during her vice-presidential run, and a lot of the people are still kicking her. Giving them a good smacking around by helping beat their candidate with someone they can't stand could be quite satisfying.

And as noted, this race is getting a lot of attention. By involving herself in it, she's getting her name out there and keeping people thinking and talking about her.

But all those are incidental. They're frosting on the cake. The real reason is most likely the one she stated -- she thinks that the Conservative is the best candidate for the job.



She's precisely what she says, and what she appears to be: a 40-something wife and mother of five (and grandmother of one); fiercely devoted to her family, her faith, and her nation; of mediocre educational credentials but potent common sense; an indomitable will coupled with a healthy sense of pragmatism and decided lack of ego; a politician who entered and exited public service for the best reasons and with the best intent; and a force to be reckoned with in our political future.

Read the whole thing here it's great


Sarah Palin: East Coast Races Impact All Americans

From Governor Palin's Facebook

As I stand here in a high school gymnasium watching freshmen girls' basketball games, I'm struck by the sight of America's future right in front of me - these tenacious young women full of energy and intensity. I want them to realize every opportunity this great, free nation can provide.

There are big political races on the East Coast that are coming down to the wire - the results of which will impact policies and political actions that touch all of us in every state. Like other independent Americans, I don’t always see eye-to-eye with Republican political committees, so when I tell you that the Republican Governors Association has my complete support and confidence in its campaign efforts back East, know that I really mean it. The RGA is helping lead the conservative comeback beginning this year, and its involvement in the East Coast races is significant. I hope you'll support these efforts, which are vital to the cause for America's freedom and prosperity:

Let's consider the governor's race in New Jersey. The state has the highest tax burden in the country and the incumbent Democrat governor has only added to the economic burden. He eliminated property tax rebates for middle class homeowners while the sales tax increased. Altogether, taxes on the people in the region have increased by billions of dollars. It’s no surprise that New Jersey has the highest unemployment rate in the region! Thankfully, there is an alternative. Residents there will be better off under an administration that understands the benefits that result when workers are allowed to keep more of what they earn. Watch New Jersey's economy come alive under new leadership that will put government back on the side of the people! Chris Christie promises this new leadership.

Fortunately, New Jersey's Democrat governor is being held accountable with the RGA spending $7 million in the New York and Philadelphia media markets telling the truth about a liberal administrative record while highlighting New Jersey's tax-hiking ways and reminding voters there is an alternative! The NY and Philly markets are the most expensive in the nation though, so the RGA is requesting help to stay on the air. Visit

Then in Virginia, there is a clear difference between Republican Bob McDonnell and his liberal opponent. Republican Bob McDonnell is fighting for cheaper American energy and lower taxes, while his opponent wants to raise taxes and, amazingly, even bragged about having more earmarks than any other state legislator. Bob McDonnell promises to fight for Virginia's hard working families, and he opposes some heavy-handed union leadership efforts that could ultimately hurt employers and employees. The RGA has aired $6 million of TV ads exposing the liberal candidate’s record. I encourage you to help fight for our neighbors in the East by visiting:

Americans who believe in smaller government and free enterprise have a chance to show Washington that people all across the U.S. don’t want an ever-increasing national debt, more dependency on foreign energy sources, and more wasteful government spending. If, like me, this is what you want to show Washington, then I hope you'll support Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell and the RGA, as great efforts are put forth in these East Coast races.

The young student athletes I'm watching right now are counting on us to do the right thing - to fight for what is right for America today and into their future. Electing candidates with common sense and respect for freedom is one way we can fight for what is right.

- Sarah Palin


Sarah Palin’s Call To Arms


Sarah Palin has come out for the Conservative Party candidate in upstate New York’s 23rd Congressional District. Newt Gingrich thinks that’s a formula for Democrat Party control of the national government. She’s inclined toward the view that the Republican Party has drifted too far from its foundations, and that the public is more inclined to vote for the Democrat candidate than the “Democrat Lite” candidate. He says the factions in the Republican Party have to find common ground or be permanently relegated to the sidelines.

I increasingly side with Palin. The McCain Presidential run really did teach the lesson that the Republican base is not interested in voting for the modern notion of a centrist Republican – which is pretty far from our founders’ vision of the commonwealth. But despite the fact that the McCain campaign was languishing in the weeks leading up to the Republican convention, and was only invigorated by the selection of Palin as the Vice Presidential candidate, not even McCain seems to have learned the lesson or faced the fact that without Palin he would have been killed in the election. That’s why the Democrats are so eager to destroy her. They know what Republican leaders don’t seem to have figured out (or have figured out, but don’t want to acknowledge): Sarah Palin is the kind of person Republicans, and perhaps Americans generally, want to elect. I suspect that if Palin had been at the top of the ticket, the election would have been significantly closer than it was, or a narrow win for the Republicans.


Sarah has stepped forward. She might not always be right in particular choices, but at least she is standing in the breach and pointing forward by pointing us back to our proud tradition and values. We need to get off our knees and stand with her, where we will take some shots but have the opportunity to give as good as we get.

It’s time and past time to raise Patrick Henry’s banner: Give me liberty, or give me death!
Read more here


Tuesday Morning Video

A Million Voices for Sarah Palin
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Glenn Beck: Party Vs. Principal

Part One: Glenn Becks in depth take on voting party loyalty vs. principals and values.
Part Two: Glenn Beck Interviews Doug Hoffman.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Palin's Power: Sarah's Win/Win

Robert Craigh at 912news writes

Sarah spoke and the nation listened. And Facebooked . And Twittered. And... you get the point.

In New York Congressional District 23 a war for the heart of the GOP, and perhaps America, began with Sarah Palin firing the first shots.


On October 23, no one really gave Doug Hoffman any chance......

..... Daily Kos polling data had Hoffman a distant third, garnering about about 23% of the vote to Owens 35% with Scozzafava in the middle with 30%.

Around the same time, Sarah Palin began endorsing Hoffman publicly. Big GOP party players like Newt Gingrich endorsed Scozzafava, and the conservative buzz on the internet slowly started to build in Hoffman's favor.

Today the polls are quiet different. Real Clear Politics has Hoffman at 31%, Owens at 27%, and Scozzafava at 20%.


However this turns out, "Going Rogue" and sticking to principle will pay off huge dividends for Sarah Palin and strengthen American for the better.

Read more here


It’s Not About The Truth, Its Downright Murder!

By Sheya

The best seller status of Governor Palin’s upcoming book, “Going Rogue,” should come as no surprise. Since the announcement of her VP selection, Palin has been under constant attack by the far left and the media. She’s been called every name in the book. The image of the everyday hockey mom has been tarnished with deception. Whether you love or hate Sarah Palin, and no matter if you believe her book to be the truth or not, this is your chance to at least get to hear her side of the story in her own words, unfiltered by the media. After all, we still live in a country where we hear both the prosecution and the defense prior to sentencing.

So when I heard the news that the new parody book, with a title and cover similar to Governor Palin’s book, is to be released on the same day as Palin’s, I was scratching my head to figure out why.

One may suspect that the purpose of this book was to debunk Governor Palin’s arguments or dispute her facts. But, that’s not possible because, as far as I’m aware, other than a few in the inner circle, no one has read the book. There is simply no way the editors of the “evil twin” would know what to debunk. It also can’t be about money since, for it to be about money, their book must be at least somewhat plausible which, again, means they would have had to read Palin’s book first.

As much as those people would like to convince us that Governor Palin is ignorant, dumb, irrelevant and politically dead, they know the truth. The truth is that Governor Palin has overwhelmingly spot-on political instincts. Every move she has made so far, including her resignation, has worked out well for her. The truth is that Governor Palin is a true conservative with traditional conservative and social values, values more than half the country abides by. The truth is that Governor Palin has the star power that other politicians would kill for. And, the truth is that more Americans identify with Governor Palin than with any other political figure in the country, hence, the strong feelings toward the governor.

The truth is also that, like her or not, everyone is interested in her story. As the bestsellers lists have already proven, everyone is going to buy the book, making the governor financially stable.

So, when the early release of the book was announced, her detractors went into panic mode. What if people read the book? What if she makes a strong case? What if people believe her? What if she makes a lot of money? What if the truth gets out? This they can’t allow to happen: no way, no how. All the gloves have come off. This book needs to be destroyed, dead on arrival.

Destroy this woman. Destroy her financially, destroy her politically and destroy her family. In other words, kill her off. And if only one person mistakenly buys the parody book, it would be one less book she sells, one less person who gets the truth.

For these sorry folks, and the ankle biters they represent, it’s not about the truth. It’s not about allowing governor Palin to make her case. For them it’s all about taking out a private citizen, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother, for no other reason than because she disagrees with them politically.

It’s not about the truth; it’s downright murder!


Monday Morning Video

In Case You Missed It:
Governor Palin's Speech at Wasilla Picnic 24 July 2009


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Morning Video

Crazies For Sarah Palin Hey Hey
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