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So how is it that Joe Scarborough is the one who nails the Palin/convention issue? Notice that Scarborough brings up the issue of a "primetime" speaking role, rather than just the issue of a "speaking role."

The Governor congratulated Todd Akin and asked for her supporters to contribute to Sandy Adams’ money bomb. Here is where you can contribute. Her primary is on Tuesday.

Here is the latest New York Sun editorial about the Governor.

The First Dude gets praise from one of the greatest snipers in American history:


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  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

    Long before "public spending" became a topic of national debate Gov. Palin has fought to reduce spending and to enforce fiscal discipline as governor of Alaska.

    Gov.Palin has drastically reduced the growth of the state budget, which has helped to produce a record budget surplus.
    Alaska had its bond rating raised to AAA for the first time in the state’s history, largely due to fiscal improvements brought about by Sarah Palin while she was governor.

    Some links with information about Gov.Palin’s (impressive) fiscal record.

    ‘Palin’s Jobs Record Beats All Others in the GOP Field’

    From the article:

    "In terms of bringing down state unemployment rates versus the national average, Palin leads all other governors and former governors in the GOP field"

    ‘Governor Palin–Leading the Fight on Debt and Liabilities ; comparing and contrasting the records of Governors Palin, Perry, Pawlenty, Romney, and Huntsman in dealing with state debt and liabilities’

    Sarah Palin: A Record of Fiscal Conservatism (Part 1)

    From the article:

    "Sarah Palin served as Mayor/City Manager of Wasilla, Alaska from October 14, 1996 to October 14, 2002. As such, Palin was responsible for preparing, submitting, and executing the City’s annual budget for fiscal years 1997 through 2003. During this seven-year period, the City’s General Fund averaged an annual surplus of roughly $2.5 million, as illustrated in the chart below. Palin inherited a surplus of just $350,000 from her predecessor John Stein (fiscal year 1996). By 2003 she had grown the surplus to almost $3 million, with a 22.4% increase in revenue and a 15.6% reduction in spending."

    Sarah Palin: A Record of Fiscal Conservatism (Part 2)

    From the article:

    "Sarah Palin served as Governor of the State of Alaska from December 4, 2006 to July 26, 2009. As such, Palin exercised authority over the State’s annual budget for fiscal years 2008, 2009, and 2010. At the end of fiscal year 2007, Gov. Frank Murkowski, Palin’s immediate predecessor (whom she defeated in the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary), left the State’s General Fund with a balance of roughly $7.6 billion. During the three fiscal years for which Gov. Palin oversaw the budget, the General Fund averaged an annual surplus of more than $2.6 billion, resulting in a total increase of $7.9 billion ? more than 100% ? over the fiscal year 2007 balance."

    Sarah Palin: A Record of Fiscal Conservatism (Part 3)

    From the article:

    "Requests for federal earmarks declined dramatically in each of the fiscal years for which Sarah Palin exercised budgetary authority for the State of Alaska. In FY2007, Gov. Frank Murkowski requested $350 million in federal appropriations, which Gov. Palin reduced to $256 million in FY2008, $198 million in FY2009, and $69 million in FY2010. Overall, Palin cut earmark requests by more than 80% during her tenure as Governor."

    ‘Governor Palin on the Issues: Monetary Policy’

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin stands firmly against the actions of the federal government in policies which simultaneously devalue our dollar, drive up our debt and leave us dependent on foreign sources of energy. She also stands against the actions of the Fed which inflate prices at a time when Americans are already on tight budgets and do nothing to aid employment."

    Another credit rating agency, Standard and Poor’s upgraded Alaska’s credit rating to its highest possible rating of AAA. The agency gives several reasons why it felt confident enough in Alaska’s fiscal climate to make such an upgrade. A few of these reasons are due directly to the policies implemented by Governor Palin.

    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke

    The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot and James Freeman discuss Gov. Palin’s "consistent message" on financial matters on "Opinion Journal Live."

    Palin v. Bernanke.
    Her Warning To the Fed Chairman Puts Her Out in Front on the Debate on the Dollar

    From the article:

    "One of the questions in respect of 2012 is how it has happened that the only major Republican figure, aside from Congressman Ron Paul, to stand up and be counted on the dollar is Sarah Palin."

    • ZH100

      As Governor Palin stated on the campaign trail in 2008 and continues to say today, she advocates for an “all of the above”approach to energy independence which includes solar, wind, nuclear, and clean coal in addition to the more traditional oil, gas, and coal!

      Gov. Palin supported development of renewable energy sources as well, developing a plan to have 50% of Alaska’s energy to be produced from renewable sources by the year 2025.

      ‘Palin unveils state energy goals; 2025 GOAL: At least 50 percent of state’s power to be from alternative sources.’ (January , 2009)

      From the article:

      "Gov. Sarah Palin has crossed swords with conservation groups over petroleum drilling, but she earned nothing but praise Friday after announcing the most ambitious renewable energy goals in the nation. At a news conference announcing her statewide energy plan, Palin called for 50 percent of Alaska’s power to be generated by renewable resources by 2025."

      ‘Sarah Palin’s Goal Of 50% Renewable Energy Use In Alaska Signed Into Law ‘(June , 2010)

      From the article:

      "One of the first things Barack Obama did, once he took office, was to announce a pretty ambitious goal of having the United States get 25 percent of it’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2025. To date, little if anything, has been done by the Obama regime to reach this goal.

      On January 21, 2009 (Obama’s first full day at work) Sarah Palin, writing in the Wall Street Journal, praised this initiative strongly, while reminding Obama that conventional sources of energy will always be needed. She also announced that she was working on the goal of having Alaska get a full 50 percent of it’s energy from renewables in that same 2025 time frame."

  • amaze830

    It is terrible how the RNC is setting up their own convention.  They are completely tone deaf.  So far, I do not consider any of the speakers that have been announced as exciting speakers.  They do not know how to put on a show.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, amaze!!

      These folks are indeed tone deaf, if they cannot hear and heed the voices and sentiments of millions of Patriots who want to hearken to the stirring words of the Lady Warrior of the Fair and Far North Country.

      AUDIATUR IN TERRA NOSTRA VOX LEONIS–Let the Voice of the Lion be Heard in Our Land!!!

      As our friend, inde, says:


      God bless.

      • patriot173


        The gope mopes are deathly afraid of Sarah if she would speak at a prime time spot. As Joe firmly says, …."she’ll burn the house down….." and as I see it, the delegates would start chanting for Sarah’s nomination…..Don’t you just smell the fear????????????????

        • Mountain

          May this very thing come to pass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • BrianusBerkleianus


            • Julie Barrows

              AMEN!!!!!   Palin/West 2012!!!   Rule #38 — UNBOUND Delegates they are — every last one of ‘em!!!   Draft Sarah Palin for President!!!!!

              • BrianusBerkleianus

                Thanks, Julie!!

                Palin/West 2012–Deo Volente!!

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Yes indeed, Patriot!!

    • IsraeliCojones

      What is even more terrible is that people don’t understand that there are 72 speakers to announce, that the most important speakers will be announced last,  and that building momentum is just PR 101…

      • wodiej

         that’s a great point. I was thinking along those lines last night.  You can fit a lot of speakers into 3 days and they’ve only announced what, about 15 or 20? Gov. Palin did say they contacted her and they were trying to work something out.  I hope they have also contacted Gingrich, Allen West and some others like Deneen Borelli, Mark Levin, Limbaugh.  Thanks for the reminder-we should just calm down.

      • Guest

         What you fail to understand is that so many conservatives are so disenchanted they aren’t even paying attention any more. Sorry, but only political junkies are. Many conservatives believe that there will never be another conservative candidate for POTUS again. They are fed up with a Republican party that believes they are better at managing "Big Government" then the Democrats. They are giving the gopE enough rope to hang themselves. They will not be enablers any longer.

        This was a risk the gopE was willing to take in alienating these conservative voters. These people are already lost. The gopE can not get their vote. No amount of leaking out speakers up until the convention will have any effect on them as they have moved on.

        • $26225604

           Conservatives are disenchanted and moving on?  How does that explain the Tea Party? 
          Infiltrate the GOPe, and move forward. 

          • Guest

             These conservatives went to Tea Party functions and saw that they only got another "Big Government" Republican thrown in their face. They are giving the gopE enough rope to hang themselves.

            I am not saying that there are not people like you who are still willing to fight because I know there are. But to avoid the fact that there are conservative voters who are fed up is living in denial. I hear it every day. People ask me why do you still care, the deck is stacked against us. Conservatives believe in self reliance and do not look toward government to improve their lives. They are doing what they feel that have to do.

            • IsraeliCojones

              I am not saying that there are not people like you who are still willing to fight because I know there are. But to avoid the fact that there are conservative voters who are fed up is living in denial. I hear it every day. People ask me why do you still care, the deck is stacked against us.

              OK, so those people are not willing to fight anymore, right?

              This is called despair.

              I’ve never seen it as a solution for anything. I may add that precisely in this hour, it is a luxury no one in America can afford.

              • Guest


                I am not saying it is a solution. I am saying that I don’t live in denial. These voters are already lost. It is a fact. They are not paying attention any longer. You and I can talk to these people until we are blue in the face. They have moved on. I’m living in "Realville!"

                • IsraeliCojones

                  OK, fine, so let’s count them out. Anyway, you and I know that there are Conservatives in the US who have never voted again since Reagan. And you and I know that if the 4 millions of Conservatives who sat home in 2008 "to teach the GOP a lesson" had voted for McCain, Obama wouldn’t be going on vacation with your money.

                  So let’s consider that they just rejoined the silent majority, which is already very important (only 1/2 are voting, if I’m not mistaken)

                  Let’s concentrate on those who are still willing to fight.

                  What to do in this case?

                  • Mountain

                    Take note:

                    To "refute" the new, lying Dems’-PAC commercial about Soptic’s deceased wife,
                    A ROMNEY AIDE said, "He could have moved to MA, to get the free health care!"

                    Ann Coulter can be horrible, but she’s RIGHT about that comment:
                        That aide should be FIRED—–IF Romney wants to win.  IT WAS STUPID to make the link between a lying commercial and Romney’s blasted health care initiative in MA.

                    BUT—-it could very well be that Romney does NOT want to win!
                    If he’s a blasted Elite, or in line with their agenda, HE WANTS TO LOSE!—so Jeb wins in ’16.

                    Look—-who knows?  But I fully understand why many conservatives have HAD it with all the evil machinations of the Elites in BOTH parties.

                    I betcha Sarah Palin is TOTALLY aware of what those Elites are up to—-
                    And so I TRUST HER, and will truly follow her lead………..
                    It seems so far that she wants us to vote OUT Obama and many corrupt Republicans, too.

                    BUT, if Sarah believes that Romney IS TRYING TO LOSE, she’ll tell us.
                    AND SHE WILL FIGHT IT!

                    Say tuned for the convention, where I hope ALL the truth comes out for the world to see.

                  • IsraeliCojones

                    It’s not Romney who is trying to lose.

                    It’s his handlers of the GOPe who are trying to make him lose.

                  • Mountain

                    If Romney’s staff is trying to make him lose, HE SHOULD FIRE THEM ALL!

                    Also, he should call them out BY NAME for it.

                    And so should (and will) Gov. Palin, I betcha!

                    If ONLY Romney knew how much Gov. Palin truly would SELFLESSLY and with passion HELP HIM WIN!  He should pick her as VP—-as at least give her LOTS of honor! 

                  • IsraeliCojones

                    Please consider reading the following post where I explain why it won’t change anything:


            • patriot173

              Yes, it’s true conservatives are disgusted with the gope mopes and are saying how in the world can we vote for romney who is carrying water for zerO by agreeing with him on some of the most basic issues….e.g., boy scouts should accept homosexual leaders…..dissing Chik-fil-A by not standing up tall and straight against homo marriage…romneycare….on and on…

            • Julie Barrows

              This is so true.  My own husband works a 60 hr week in middle mgt for Kraft, and he has the weight of the world on his shoulders these days.  He is tired and defeated when it comes to politics and news.  And he criticizes me for fighting daily to have Sarah Palin drafted —  to him that is pie in the sky.  But I fight on because I cannot stop now.  It is all too important to not get defeated.  But it is very tiring.

        • wodiej

           Most voters do not pay much attention until a few weeks before the election.  While there are some who will not vote for anyone who is not 100% pure, most will for the sake of getting obama out of office.

          • Guest

             Yes, that is true. However, that is not true of conservative voters. They DO pay attention and many of them have moved on. It is a fact. It was a calculated risk the gopE was willing to take alienating these voters.

            • IsraeliCojones

              It was a calculated risk the gopE was willing to take alienating these voters.

              When you write this, do you mean:

              – by having "their" candidate win the Nomination, or
              – by badmouthing Conservatives during the campaign, or
              – by not inviting Palin at the Convention (asking this one because it was the subject at hand at the beginning)

        • IsraeliCojones

          What you fail to understand is that so many conservatives are so disenchanted they aren’t even paying attention any more. Sorry, but only political junkies are.

          At this time of the campaign, it always been this way, always. Most people DO NOT PAY attention before the Conventions, that is just a fact. As I already told John Frank, this campaign hasn’t started yet, and that’s also a fact. Which means that "setting the narrative" affects only political junkies, as you say, and they are a very small minority in the US.

          Many conservatives believe that there will never be another conservative candidate for POTUS again.

          I don’t believe that for a minute. If what you are saying was true, Conservatives wouldn’t fight like hell to get THEIR candidates elected on down ticket races. Let’s face it, most Conservatives have accepted the fact that THIS TIME AROUND, the GOP candidate won’t be a Conservative, and that it remains secondary in front of the urgency to defeat Barack Obama.  The only Conservatives that this discouragement affect are those that haven’t accepted this fact yet. Namely some Palinistas posting here. And as I said yesterday: For the love of G-d, please come to term with this: Regarding having a candidate to vote FOR, you have lost the battle. You have lost it on October 5th, 2011.

          It’s because they have yet to come to terms with it that you can see people posting their disappointment here when Cruz is saying that the Tea Party is behind Romney in this election. Of course they are: not out of ideology, not because they suddenly believe Romney is the best thing since sliced bread, but because they want Obama out, no ifs or buts.

          [Please, read this, it’s interesting, and the author is a Beltway moron


          And let me add this:

          If Romney wins on November 6th, Palin and Conservatives will monitor him like they did for Obama.
          If he doesn’t do the right thing, Palin will b*tchslap him to Hell and primary him.

          And this time she’ll win. And this time it will be 3/4 of Congress that will beg for her endorsement and will eat in her hand.

          Anyone who accepts to put his anger to rest – just for 5 minutes – and look coldly at the situation we’re in see and know that there is not a chance in Hell for this to happen if Obama wins. None.

          This was a risk the gopE was willing to take in alienating these conservative voters. These people are already lost. The gopE can not get their vote. No amount of leaking out speakers up until the convention will have any effect on them as they have moved on.

          We shall see. As I’ve already posted, Palin will speak in a prime time slot – it’s obviously a done deal already – and will make clear for everyone, Conservatives and others, what has to be done in this election. Expect her to fully agree with me.

          Now, after that, if people disagree with her, fine. Their choice.

          • Guest

            There are people who no longer care. I am not living in denial. You and I are political junkies. Most people are not.

            The gopE has cried wolf too many times. Actions speak louder than words. Is the gopE candidate calling Obama a Marxist, no!

            • IsraeliCojones

              I believe you, JRD1.

              But you know, a lot of people who were discouraged with politics have gotten involved because of Sarah Palin. Just look at this board: A LOT of people posting here couldn’t care less about politics before she came on the scene. Now it’s vital for them.

              So if people are discouraged to the point of not fighting anymore, OK, but they will be replaced by new people who are willing to fight. That’s always been the case.

              I’m saying: you can’t fight a war with soldiers running away.

              You can fight it and win it with the soldiers remaining on the field.

              Now what to do with the soldiers who remain on the field? Shall we defeat Obama and put the RINO’s sorry ass over the finish line or not?

        • ProudAmerican247

          "…a Republican party that believes they are better at managing "Big Government"…"

          That’s their problem…."managing".

          We need "Sudden and Relentless Reform".

          The stagnant "managing" mentality has gotta go and that’s what the Wasilla Warrior is assisting with right now and doin’ a damn good job.


    • bassman

      I would not be surprised if they use Gov. Palin as a "surprise speaker". It would be a good way to create some excitement within the convention center.  McCain is speaking .Maybe they will bring them together.

      • ZH100

        That is a possibility.

      • stevethird

        Oh geez, I hope not….

        • Guest

          No kidding.!!!…….

    • wodiej

      what’s worse is Preibus called them bold and exciting! But as Israeli noted below, the most important speakers are announced last so perhaps that is who Preibus is talking about.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Thursday to you all!!

    I hope that you enjoy this old post.

    IMHO, we must never despair, and we must keep in mind the POWER that ONE man or woman can sometimes wield in the saving of a civilization.

    It is my belief that Sarah Palin of Alaska is such a figure.

    I hope to continue soon with fresh reflections on her wonderful book, Going Rogue.

    God bless you all always!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2012!!!



    I have just a few thoughts to share with you this morning about the difference that one man or woman can sometimes make in the life of a country; in the life of a civilization.

    In the year 480 BC a small band of Spartan warriors took a stand in the pass of Thermopylae in Greece. 300 fighters, the bodyguard of King Leonidas of Sparta, held off for several days the myriad hosts of the slave army of King Xerxes of Persia, who was marching to subjugate the West. Man by man these noble stalwarts fell … but because they fell the West stood, and still stands to this day!

    Without the 300, Greek civilization might have perished.

    Without the 300, there would have been no legacy to us of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aeschylus, Sophocles and so many other glories of our intellectual and artistic patrimony.

    Without the 300, the world as we have known it for two and a half millennia would not have existed.

    And yet, what would the 300 have been without their indispensable ONE; their brother; their captain; their leader, their king, the man who animated and gave life and fortitude and deathless valor to his warriors!!

    No Leonidas, no 300, no Western Civilization!!

    One man can make a difference (I do not mention the Son of God here because, of course, HE is in an entirely different category of HIS own!!)

    One man or woman can turn and shift the fateful balance of a time … and of many, many succeeding times and generations …all down through the long corridors of the ages!!

    I believe that George Washington was such a figure: No Washington, no United States of America. He was the "indispensable man"!!! And who can seriously question the unique and beneficent effect that America has had on the world?

    Just to take one example, what we did after World War II, REBUILDING, with our overwhelming and munificent and superabundant generosity, shattered Europe, instead of trying to subjugate her, will stand forever as the monument of a Free and Valiant People!!!

    Today, today, I believe that a figure like Leonidas stands in our midst.

    She is brave; she is selfless; she is humble; she has a beautiful soul; she is filled with the spirit of the American Eagle.

    Let us, my Brothers and Sisters, strive to be like Leonidas’ 300, who said to King Xerxes: YOU SHALL NOT PASS.

    Let us stand with Sarah and say to the Marxist/Communist hordes who would destroy our civilization: YOU SHALL NOT PASS; YOUR "FUNDAMENTAL TRANSFORMATION" OF AMERICA STOPS HERE AND STOPS NOW!!

    Leonidas fell in battle.

    IMHO, our Sarah has already suffered a kind of "virtual death" in the sufferings to which the Left has subjected her. I am fully confident that the Lord will preserve her against all the machinations of her enemies to preside over an American Renaissance.

    Let us then stand with Sarah at "Thermopylae," and say to all the hosts of the Establishment: SATIS SUPERQUE: Enough and more than enough. It stops here and now, in the Year of Grace 2012.

    God bless you all always!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2012!!!


    • BrianusBerkleianus

      And thanks, Ian, for including that clip on "Stars Earn Stripes"!!

      Go, Todd, America’s First Dude!!!

    • Mountain

      Good morning, fellow Bitter Clingers and barbarians!

      Thank you for re-posting this piece, Brianus.  I remember reading it, and rejoicing at the TRUTH of your insights!
      Yes indeed, God created Sarah Palin for just such a time as this:  2012!
      We in the USA need her—-but because she so ably represents TRUTH, really it’s the WORLD which also needs her skills and care.

      I don’t know how God will do it, but I KNOW God is working to bring forth this Warrior, to fight for liberty on our behalf:  Sarah Palin, the courageous reformer.
      We trust You, Lord!  Help us work for sudden and relentless reform—-WITH SARAH!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        "We trust you, Lord!"

        Amen, Sister.

        God bless!!

    • 2C714

      Yes, she is all of that.  She is the epitome of a leader with fortitude and integrity…..especially
      integrity.  Thanks, Brian.

      God Bless.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        You are most welcome, 2C714!!

        God Bless.

  • ZH100

    Some great reads.

    Governor Palin’s Consistent Fight against Corruption and Crony Capitalism.

    From the article:

    "Citizen candidates do indeed bring a fresh perspective to a campaign and even to public office.

    However, there is something to be said for someone who took on corruption while in elected office.

    Such an individual has governed or legislated in an atmosphere of corruption, back room deals, and cronyism and has not only weathered such an atmosphere, but has effected change for the better.

    It is one thing to act as a citizen watchdog; it is another to make sure that legislation and projects are transparent and are void of back room deals and crony capitalism. Governor Palin is such a person.

    • ZH100

      How Governor Palin Reformed Alaska’s Ethics Laws and Made Crony Capitalism a Crime.

      From the article:

      "With all of the talk of corruption and crony capitalism these days, this is a great time to talk about some of the things Sarah Palin did to reform Alaska politics. She worked with the Alaska Legislature to pass tough, sweeping ethics reform.

      Sarah Palin is no newcomer to fighting corruption. In fact, being a relentless reformer is the hallmark of her entire 20 year career in politics."

      • ZH100

        ‘Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide’

        From the article:

        "But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide."

        • ZH100

          ‘How Palin Beat Alaska’s Establishment’

          From the article:

          "If you’ve read the press coverage of Sarah Palin, chances are you’ve heard plenty about her religious views and private family matters. If you want to know what drives Gov. Palin’s politics, and has intrigued America, read this."

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, ZH, and good morning!

        And indeed all the Washington practitioners of Crony Capitalism are terrified of the Governor, are terrified that she may accomplish on the NATIONAL level as President that which she accomplished on the STATE level as Governor!!

        God bless.

        • ZH100

           Good morning Brianus!

  • heshtesh

    Was surfing around utube listening to different tunes tonight and came across this song now thats the America i long for!    PS. Minus Imus:)

    • BrianusBerkleianus


      Thanks, heshtesh!!

  • blueniner

    Chuck F Todd comparing Sarah Palin to Jesse Jackson? Man is he drinking the kool aid. Miss peroxide Bresinski daughter of Marxist Ziegbnew, what an airhead. Its true, the Liberals will blast Romney if he ignores Sarah Palin, it will become another liability in a campaign that is already showing itself to be the gang that couldnt shoot straight,i.e. Andrea Saul…….

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      And congrats, niner, on your Giants’ big win in St. Louis last night!

      • blueniner

        Thanks, it was enjoyable, and back at you on the A-s as well!

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          :-) !!

    • jerseymark

      The Left will do that for two reasons : 1 – to try to drive a wedge between Mitt and conservatives, especially the Tea Party and 2 – because they want to make Sarah the face of the Republican Party as they believe she is a net negative, especially among independents. The Left so often thinks it wants something only to find out when they get it, it is their worst nightmare, i.e Reagan.

  • ZH100

    About media bias.

    ‘The Undefeated’ Review: ‘By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them’

    From the article:

    "With one legislative success after another and overwhelming bipartisan support, Governor Sarah Palin’s popularity was at a record high 88% according to Gallup’s empirical data — the highest approval rating on record for a sitting US Governor. With that kind of approval rating, Sarah stated "My administration must be doing something right

    She enjoyed those high approval ratings right up to the day her Blackberry rang and Senator McCain asked "Would you like to help me change history"?
    And so began their campaign for the White House.

    So, too, began another campaign — the one launched by the statists to destroy her. Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals teaches its disciples that you must take a person’s strengths and "isolate them". And that is exactly what they did. It was an organized strategy and the media gladly participated.–By-Their-Fruits-Ye-Shall-Know-Them

    • ZH100

       Book Excerpt: ‘Bring Her Down’: How the American Media Tried to Destroy Sarah Palin

      "No one would deny that the media have a right, indeed a duty, to inquire into and report extensively on the lives of political candidates. But it was unprecedented that the media would
      focus with laserlike intensity on one vice presidential candidate, almost to the exclusion of the other three candidates in the election, including the two running for the presidency.

      It is arguable that the media’s obsession with every detail of Sarah Palin’s life and career—and many details that existed only in the imaginations of her detractors—led directly to their neglecting to pay attention on any significant level to crucial details of then-Senator Barack Obama’s life and career.

      More than with any other presidential election in living memory, the members of the press seized control of the narrative of the 2008 election and held onto it.

      At first, in their minds, the story of the election was supposed to be the story of Barack Obama, who for many reasons had become their candidate of choice early in the process. But when Sarah Palin, coming out of nowhere with (in their eyes) inexplicable popularity, threatened their vision of Obama’s triumphal march to the White House, she had to be stopped, plain and simple. If the story now had to include her, they would simply have to ensure that her part of the story was told on their terms—and that it was the ugliest, most vicious, most damning story they could possibly dream up.

      The purpose of this book is to show why and how they created that story—and why so much of America, on so little evidence, was ready to believe it."

      • ZH100

         ‘The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star’  (by Matthew Continetti)

        "But the fascination of ordinary people quickly drew an unprecedented attack from the media
        elite and liberal activists. Far beyond the normal bounds of tough questions and challenges, Palin’s enemies decided that nothing was too personal to attack-including her marriage, her children, her faith, and her wardrobe.

        The media distorted Palin’s positions and beliefs beyond recognition. And almost every word out of her mouth was spun as a "flub."

        • ZH100

          Mika Brzezinski Discusses Media Bias     (May 11, 2009)

          "Scarborough: You brought up Sarah Palin? You’re right, they were bashing Sarah Palin before they even knew Sarah Palin. They were scared of her.

          Brzezinski: Exactly. Let me make this clear because this is my world and these are the people I’ve
          worked with for twenty years. Members of the network media elite as well as members and people who worked for the New York Times, when Sarah Palin first came on the scene and this is what they knew about her:

          She was a woman, she was pro-life, and she had some very, very conservative views on other issues. And all I could hear from my friends in the network media elite was, "Let’s bring her down. I hope these rumors bring her down." And at a party where there were people from the New York Times, all they would talk about is the rumors that they hoped would bring her down.

          They did not know her. They didn’t know anything about her. But they wanted to bring her down."

          • ZH100

            CAUGHT ON TAPE: Katie Couric Dissin’ Sarah Palin The Day John McCain Named Her As His Running Mate ‘ (August  2010)

            From the article:

            "There’s a larger story here, of course.

            It’s not just what was said by Couric in her discussion of Governor Palin, but also the way CBS framed the narrative of Governor Palin’s life in their story. The script covers moose burgers, her kids, her being a former beauty queen and being on the cover of Vogue.

            Sarah Palin was a sitting governor, and at that time, before the Obama campaign and their allies in the press spent months relentlessly smearing her good name, she had the highest approval ratings of any governor in the country.

            She was also responsible for getting the largest energy project in North American history underway after several decades of interminable delays in Alaska. She was a courageous corruption-busting whistleblower who turned in the leader of her own party in Alaska for his corrupt practices.

            She was a fiscal conservative who made the largest veto cuts in Alaska history, reined in the reckless waste, cut her own expenses, sold the governor’s private jet, let the personal chef go, and put away billions of dollars in savings for Alaska for a rainy day.

            She was a tough CEO who went toe to toe with the Big Oil companies and fought to get the best deal for Alaskans, the resource owners she represented. And she did all of this as a woman from a modest background who was entirely self-made – without the benefit of a rich or influential father or husband.

            But what in this impressive biography did CBS News and Couric choose to focus on? Moose burgers and beauty pageants.


  • John_Frank

    Good morning,

    Governor Palin: Please Join Me In Supporting Sandy Adams

    If you have not done so yet, please consider making a donation to her campaign.

    @AGUGrizzlies: Get Your #GRRR On And #StandWithSandy!

    AGU Grizzlies provides more information on how you can help Representative Sandy Adams win her primary next Tuesday.

    Whitney Pitcher: Stand with Sandy Adams to Protect the Taxpayer

    An excellent article about Representative Sandy Adams that explains why we need to do everything we can to help Representative Sandy Adams win her primary on Tuesday.

    Use social media? Help spread the word.

    P.S. I stand with Sarah Palin.

  • John_Frank

     Good morning,

    Governor Palin: Please Join Me In Supporting Sandy Adams

    If you have not done so yet, please consider making a donation to her campaign.

    @AGUGrizzlies: Get Your #GRRR On And #StandWithSandy!

    AGU Grizzlies provides more information on how you can help Representative Sandy Adams win her primary next Tuesday.

    Whitney Pitcher: Stand with Sandy Adams to Protect the Taxpayer

    An excellent article about Representative Sandy Adams that explains why we need to do everything we can to help Representative Sandy Adams win her primary on Tuesday.

    Use social media? Help spread the word.

    P.S. I stand with Sarah Palin.

  • MJosephSheppard

    As Even Coulter Blasts Romney,Gingrich Voters In S.Carolina Were Right;He Should Have Been The Candidate

    • wodiej

      Good article, thanks for posting.

      I voted for the "cheerful one" and some others on here did as well.  We got obliterated w insulting, hateful remarks every single day for months for it too.  God gave us an opportunity and voters didn’t take it.  Gingrich was a suitable alternate to Gov. Palin and people scoffed even when Gov. Palin herself said she was supporting him.  Now look who we have? The Bible says "it’s better to trust in the Lord  than put confidence in man."  Psalms 118:8

      Yes, Gingrich would have gotten criticism from the left for his personal past. But they are going to attack anyone w an R beside their name.  And like Harry Reid claiming Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years, if they can’t find something they’ll just make it up.  In interview after interview,  reporters would try to take Gingrich off message and he would give them a short, firm answer and then get back to the real issues of the economy, jobs and the horrible job obama is doing.  He said if obama refused to debate him he would just follow him around and after every speech have a counter to whatever he said.  The man led one of the most prosperous times in US History, he had been through the fire and he had the guts to get the job done.

      My conclusion from all that has happened and what I’ve seen on this blog is that some people are so obsessed w Gov. Palin that they are not thinking rationally.  Or, they really are not Palin supporters and maybe not even conservatives.  Some of the ugly,nasty things I have seen written on here and said to others and the constant criticism of Romney sure appears that way.

      • lanahi

        Until after the convention, I will consider Romney replaceable with a better candidate.

        If we had quit supporting him early enough and demanded a replacement at the convention, he would be in more serious trouble and we might be able to have a conservative president next year.  But people folded too early and told us to support Romney like we were told to do by the GOPe.  It is unlikely now that we will be able to replace him, but it is still possible.  Unlikely because of the constant telling us to accept less than what we need for sudden and relentless reform.  Our fight should be NOW to get a conservative into the White House, and I’m still not giving up on that.

        Constant criticism of Romney will still help us to get him to turn right, at least to win the election.  It isn’t like the voters don’t know already what a dud he is, we arn’t giving up any great secrets.  It’s just reality that he is a loser…why should we support him now?  What we are signalling to him is that he needs to change before we’re ready to vote for him. 

        We will probably come down to two choices…Romney or Obama.  But we still do not have to accept that.

      • IsraeliCojones

        I think that seeing ABR primary voters switching to Santorum – who obviously didn’t have it in him – instead of sticking to Newt who was, BY FAR, the only credible ABR candidate in the field – is one the the greatest recent tragedies in American politics.

        Moreover, for this candidate, I think Palin would have consider a VP slot, and if not, very certainly, a top position in his Administration.

        What could have been…

    • freeperjim

      Coulter blasting Romney? Hardly!

      She is a perfect example of a RINO – someone who has long embraced Romney/Christie liberal wing of the GOP. Coulter is a phony conservative.

      A conservative VP selection of Sarah, Newt or West would do wonders for Romney’s campaign and provide an easy path to victory.
      Remember Sarah’s (and true patriots’) #1 Priority – defeat the Communist by supporting our ONLY vehicle to accomplish that goal. 

      Romney 2012….to save America and our Constitution from the communist coup!

      • hrandym

         Save the Nation!  Vote for (cough, gag, wheeze, vomit) Romney!  I do fear that a great number of conservatives may balk at voting for Romney.  That would be disastrous, more disastrous that actually voting for him.  I have great distaste for Romney, but I will vote against WoeBama.

  • technopeasant

    Folks (I will now call you patriots), I am as guilty as anyone for not seeing the forest for the trees and not fully appreciating what our enemies on the Left, the MSM, the permanent political class, the GOP establishment and recently Fox News and the conservative blogosphere have done COLLECTIVELY to take the USA in a political direction or road that the majority of its citizens have not wanted to go down.

    For the past 20 years patriots have been without their consent taken on a dark, shadowy, convoluted journey through a jungle of political fear, heinous deceit, and monumental betrayal and treachery which has over time erased many links to the finest things in the American tradition by replacing it with an ideology (socialism) foreign to their background, upbringing and their own knowledge of American history and that was imposed on them by politicians, judges, and unsentimental bureaucrats from the Beltway (some might refer to this group as the ruling class), all with nefarious motives, and that was sold to all Americans, including patriots, as the COLLECTIVE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. 

    Private influential and powerful groups such as Soros groups, think tanks, foundations, lobbyists, law societies, crony capitalists, Wall Street, international financiers, media conglomerates, the entertainment industry, environmental groups etc have been the entities pulling all the strings and levers like a puppeteer, manipulating the folks in power (Democrat and Republican) and orchestrating all the legislation that has passed through Congress and signed by the President, overseeing the nomination of Supreme Court judges and lower court judges to neutralize the intent of the American Constitution and even more importantly using their billion dollar war chests to handpick and determine who will be the next President of the USA ad infinitum.

    Our enemies learned a hard lesson in 1980 arising from the landside defeat of President Jimmy Carter by Ronald Reagan and its sequel in 1984 against Walter Mondale. Patriots, over the course of the Reagan presidency powerful people on the side of your enemy made a vow that they would never again allow someone to reach the highest office in the land without their stamp of approval. In blunt terms they would never allow another conservative president to reach the WH.

    Out of their angst and arising from their vow here is what they resolved to do in perpetuity:

    1) Never to allow the Democrats to nominate for the presidency anyone who was NOT pro-choice, to amass all the pro-choice votes on one side (Eventually after Obama it will come to include the litmus test of favoring gay marriage). And then to use the lucrative funds from the abortion industry as a way and means to amass a huge war chest for the Democrats to fight elections.

    2) To focus on bringing massive amounts of legal and illegal immigrants to the USA who the Dems would then convert into to being good party members. And to work hand in hand with immigrant groups to ensure their mission was accomplished as the immigrants became assimilated into the American culture. The 1986 Amnesty Bill signed by Reagan was only the tip of the iceberg. This in turn would help the Dems to retain power by reducing the percentage of the electorate who self-identified as white. The Dems knew they had not won the white vote since 1964 (still the case) and that trend was not going to reverse itself in the near future.

    3) To nominate a Democratic presidential nominee who was young and charismatic and in touch with the modern Zeitgeist and was articulate and an excellent communicator (to the party base) on television. The Dems have always understood the difference between radio and television. On radio (the dominant medium from 1928 to 1952), old age and experience resonate with voters (FDR) but on TV old age and experience are liabilities and burdens and don’t mean squat except that you are an old fogey who is out of touch, doesn’t understand the needs of youth and is not hep.

    Since 1992, the primary goal of the Democratic presidential candidate has been to mobilize the base, nothing more an nothing less. What I will discuss in (5), the Dems put in the hands of their media propaganda machine.

    4) To focus on the Democratic strengths rather lamenting their weaknesses from a national point of view and NOT to waste scarce resources on states that they have no chance of winning in the electoral college.

    The Dems look at it as a turf war. They may not be strong enough to invade your turf but they will do everything in their power to retain complete control of their turf and not ever lose even a square inch of it. In tennis terminology, the Dems are obsessed with holding serve (winning all the blue states).

    Once that mission is fulfilled for the most part, the rest of the mission is to focus like a laser on swing states and devote the bulk of the resources to winning them and to develop a blueprint in reaching 270 EV. I don’t know this for sure but I would bet the use of this playbook is not subject to the discretion of the Democratic nominee but masterminded by party insiders in conjunction with the nominee. In other words regardless who the nominee becomes, the Democratic playbook would be used for time immemorial.

    And the amount of resources injected into swing states or the presidential itinerary would be determined by several pollsters aligned to the Democrats and political decisions were never again to be taken at the whim of the candidate but instead become the product of cold, hard decisions and calculations taken without any hint of sentimentality.

    5) And the most controversial decision taken by your enemies and having the most risk of failure: To handpick the GOP presidential nominee as well, to choose the individual who is most likely to lose the election and /or depress the turnout of white conservatives or cause them to vote 3rd party.

    Now I would like to focus on (5).

    a) Dole, McCain and Romney collectively have to be the worst trio of presidential candidates ever, two of them old war heroes with no charisma and only one good arm, and the other one with two good arms but a God-Awful personality so bad that an unpopular sitting president is twice as liked as his opponent.

    b) Since 1992, the GOP has only won the popular vote once in five elections. 2012 will make it one in six.

    And patriots this has happened in spite of the GOP membership between 1992 and 2012 being 60%-72% conservative and often having a 2-1 edge over the liberal/moderate wings of the party.

    Now critics will argue Bush 43 won back to back elections. Patriots, even our enemies slip up once in a while. Did anyone predict before the 2000 election Gore would win the popular vote but Bush would win the electoral college? And in 2004 Bush 43 only beat Kerry by 2.4% and 286 EV to 252 EV in the electoral college where the election did literally hinge on one swing state–Ohio.

    And Mark Penn, a Democratic strategist opined that if were not for higher than expected turnout and support for Bush among Hispanic evangelicals (15% of the vote of all Hispanics) that Kerry would have won the election.

    Patriots, I know this is really, really hard to accept and swallow. You have been royally manipulated by your enemies for the past 20 years to vote in the primaries for the worst possible nominee, who is not young and charismatic and does not perform well on TV and to boot is not considered all that likable or is considered an anathema by too many rock-ribbed conservatives.

    Seriously think about it. How likable were Dole and McCain and now Romney? What do they all have in common? All senior citizens during the general election campaign. Not everybody is Ronald Reagan. Most folks don’t become more likable or appealing or charismatic as they get older. Instead they begin to look more tired and exhausted as the campaign wears on. And patriots your enemies know too many of you remain obsessed with white hair, wrinkles and one’s experience and resume. In other words, an argument can be made that our side has unwittingly helped our enemies to destroy us.

    I know critics will then argue that our side is totally to blame for the plight we find ourselves in. But it is my contention that patriots what your enemies don’t want you to know is that they have handpicked who the GOP nominee will be years in advance and have directed their propaganda to raise the profile of that individual and at the same time destroy any potential GOP candidate who is young and attractive in order to pave the way for the senior citizen to sail throught the primary process.

    I have already detailed the strategies and ploys your enemies have used patriots to orchestrate the result they want but suffice it to say half of the strategy is from a playbook and the other half they play it by ear as they survey the lay of the land. But bottom line: Our enemies know exactly what they are doing to sabotage the GOP primary process and know which buttons to push and when to push them . And you wonder why our side keeps losing elections?

    Patriots, the 2012 presidential election was lost NOT in 2012 but in 2011 when Sarah Palin was savaged unmercifully by our enemies and folks on our side aided and abetted them by not circling the wagons around her after the midterm elections. That paved the way for Mitt Romney and his nomination became a fait accompli.

    Obama knew he had won the 2012 election on October 5, 2011 when he heard that Palin was not running.

    Everything else since then has been a charade, kabuki (highly choreographed and spectacular staging) and an exercise in political dissimulation of the highest order (Obama is in deep trouble).

    But Techno, it will be a close election. Patriots, even the Messiah can’t convince 20% of conservatives to vote for him this time as they did in 2008. Being reduced to a 13% mark means Obama will capture around 48% of the popular vote rather than 53% last time. But because of more voters supporting a 3rd party apparently in 2012, Obama knows he can afford to dip that low because he has an ace in the hole–like with McCain in 2008, millions of white conservatives will not vote for Romney, which he needs to get over the top.

    And Team Obama will unveil these political strategies against Romney in short order (not Romney’s taxes or Bain) to cause more conservatives to become estranged from him and it will be over except for the shouting. Conservatives will grow to hate Romney even more than they do now, especially with what Andrea Saul said yesterday.

    And then our enemies will take a break but then put their nose to the grindstone again to prepare the way for 2016 so that our side again is convince to choose the most unappealing candidate possible.

    Patriots, I know you thought I was facetious when I suggested a couple of days ago that a million conservatives meet in a farmer’s field (a la Woodstock) after the 2012 debacle to pledge to each other we will never again be fooled by our enemies and pledge never to vote again for the candidate our enemies prefer we choose.

    Really, Patriots, could we do any worse by contemplating such a bold statement in light of what has happened over the past 20 years? Patriots, are you that much of a glutton for punishment?

    • FredHeadBill

      Techno…Toto the smallest member on the trek to the imperial city wasn’t afraid of exposing the wizard’s fraud. Dole, McCain and Romney OH MY!!

      I agree with you that Owebama won re-election on Oct 5th 2011, and there is to many duped into believing lies than examining truth. I’ll talk to people that believe the media lies about Palin, and when I offer them a free copy of "Going Rogue" they call it propaganda and refuse my offer. Our country is getting the government we deserve.
      God, didn’t want Israel to have a King, but Israel wanted to be like other nations.
      "And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations." 1 Sam 8:5

    • wpmwindsong

      TECHNO – "And Team Obama will unveil these political strategies against Romney in short order (not Romney’s taxes or Bain) to cause more conservatives to become estranged from him and it will be over except for the shouting. Conservatives will grow to hate Romney even more than they do now, especially with what Andrea Saul said yesterday."

      COMMENT – So understanding all that, it would appear that you are saying that conservatives are so ignorant and ill informed or are so easily lead around by their noses in spite of their faces that they will let Obama unveil political strategies that they will fall for in spite of knowing the real life Communist plans Obama has for them, or they are so shallow as to let some really stupid spokesperson on our side get in their way of voting to save America.  You really have a very low opinion of the basic intelligence and commitment to freedom and liberty of conservatives that they are so easily manipulated, but somehow you are smart enough to explain it all to us in great detail. 

      REQUEST – And if you understand all that, who will you be voting for?  Romney or Obama.  We need to know so that we know who to vote for.  Really.  Who will you be voting for?    And then explain why you will be voting for Romney or Obama.   That would be much more useful to others on C4P to know what you intend to do and why, not what you think others will do. 

      While I have concerns about Romney (Palin says that there are no perfect candidates), I do not have any concerns about not voting for him in a heartbeat over the Communist.  Do you?   For all your pontificating, I have no idea who you will vote for, or why.

      • OldPat

         Don’t forget your PM schedule.  A shot of grease to each wheel works wonders.

      • Guest

         The problem is conservatives are on to the game of the gope who campaign as conservatives and govern as leftists. This plan of the gopE can only work for so long before people get fed up. Many people stayed home because a conservative was at the bottom of the ticket last time. Those and more will stay home now. Their numbers will continue to grow in every election. People are fed up. No amount of Republicans holding their hands over their ears screaming, "No, no, no, I don’t want  to hear what you have to say." is going to reverse these voters behavior.

        The gopE’s number is up. Everybody is on to their "GHW Bush Disease." Sorry, but this is a fact. You can get pissed off, pout, and shoot the messenger but that still is not an effective plan. You have misplaced aggression. You should be taking it out on the gopE instead of someone who is on your side.

        • IsraeliCojones

           Do you really believe the GOPe wants to win this thing (I’m not talking about Romney)?

          • palin45potus

            Do you?  I think Romney wants to win, but is surrounded by many who do not have his best interests in mind.  Think about 2008, throwing in the towel the morning after Sarah kicked butt in the debate.

            I have grave doubts about the GOP elites.  I think they like letting the Dems do the dirty work, and wringing their hands as they collect their share of the booty.

            (I didn’t used to be this cynical.  But it’s the only way to keep up!)

          • Guest

             NO! Yesterday is proof positive.

            • IsraeliCojones

              This is an answer to both of you (p45p and JRD1):

              OK, then.

              If you both read some of my posts since October 5th, you both know my position, right?

              I’ve been saying since that time that the GOPe wants to lose this one, regardless of the candidate they will put forward, and proof positive is that they prevented Palin from running, because they knew that they would have won if she had run.

              Now please forgive me if I repost partly some tidbits of yesterday (I’m doing it because I don’t see how to put it better):

              Regarding having a candidate to vote FOR, you have lost the battle. You have lost it on October 5th, 2011. And don’t think for a minute that I haven’t got compassion for you all, that I don’t understand your pain and that my heart isn’t heartbroken at the thought of what happened. I’ve cried like a baby on that day. On your people and on your country. It is also on that day that I knew that they wanted an Obama victory. Not the candidates themselves, but their handlers.

              For them, this Presidential Election, it’s just kabuki: the fix is in. That’s why they wanted a Nominee that would repulse the Base.

              And the paradox is this:

              Now, why give them this victory?

              Do you know what I’m saying?

              Acting exactly the way they wanted you to act is giving them victory. They have you where they want you. Some understand it and some don’t. And I understand why: it’s very difficult to get the idea that you’re being manipulated while at the same time you are convinced that you have avoided being manipulated by them.

              But I’m right, you see: it’s transparent that they want to lose this.

              Only problem is that Romney doesn’t know it yet.

              Romney is just beginning to get that the GOPe, which is the pool where he gets his insiders, is here to sabotage him. So even if he replaces them, they will be the same.

              In the end, it will come down to this: if you really want victory (over Obama and the GOPe), you will have to get his sorry ass over the finish line whatever you think of him and of his campaign.

              Or not.

              That is all.

              Friends, don’t think for a minute that I’m trying to talk you out of your convictions, of your intimate choices, of the way you look at your own moral integrity.

              It’s not at all the point for me.

              My point is: forget everything, and look coldly at the situation. Please evaluate everything in this: who are REALLY these candidates, what they want, what will remain possible or not after one of them wins.

              And then, decide on November 6th.

              G-d help you both.

              • palin45potus

                Amazing, IC

                I think it’s quite possibly what’s really going on.  Pat Caddell says as much when he’s on with Steve Bannon.

          • lanahi

            I wonder if they even care.  The Democrats increase the power of government, Republicans cash in on it without getting blamed for it, so it’s mutually beneficial either way.

            • IsraeliCojones

               This was my position from the get-go.

            • Mountain

              HIYA, lanahi!!!!
              (You two, as always, ICojones!)

              • IsraeliCojones

                 Thank you, sis :)

        • wpmwindsong

          I, with all due respect, ask you to tell us here on C4P what you personally plan to do in the voting booth in November, not what you think other people will do. 

          If Romney is the nominee, which 3 weeks out seems to be the likelihood, who will you pull the lever for when you enter the booth, Obama or Romney, or if you plan to leave that part of the ballot blank?

          Not only that, but explain why, so that we can have the benefit of your wisdom as to why you will vote either way.   One would think that you would want to have as many share your plan for America, so do not be shy.   Help us learn along with you. 

          I am happy to admit that I will be voting for Romney in a heartbeat regardless of all the major issues that I have with him and that I campaigned against him strongly up until Palin acknowledged he was the likely nominee, because I have not only issues with Obama but the fear of God for our country. 

          Who will YOU vote for, and why?

        • lanahi

           Of course that’s what we say every election year…NEXT time we will have someone better, someone that WE pick.

          The difference is that Sarah Palin has raised the bar higher than before.  So maybe there is hope for a better 2016.  Maybe the GOPe’s number really is up.  I’ll believe it when I see it.

          • IsraeliCojones

            It will happen because the political landscape is changing.

            Don’t kid yourself: if the GOP is still attacking Palin to this very day, while she isn’t even running for elected office, there’s a reason to it: she’s patiently destroying them bottom-to-top.

            She had 70% success in her Congressional endorsements in 2010. Let’s say she reaches 80% this year. In 2014, there won’t be one candidate who won’t beg for her endorsement.

            And if she runs in 2016, half of Congress will be made of her ex-endorsees.

            • Mountain

              MAY IT BE SO—-in SPADES!

      • colint

        When you ask Techno whether he will vote for Romney or or Obama your comment becomes foolish. If Techno lives in a swing state he will without doubt vote for Romney. If he does not live in a swing state, he will not vote for Obama. He will examine the record of candidates for other offices and will vote accorgingly.

        • IsraeliCojones

          colint, how do you know what techno will do or not? What you write is what you would do, not necessarily what he will do…

        • wpmwindsong

          So you know what Techno will do?  I am interested in Techno’s response, not what someone thinks Techno will do. 

          It seems that everybody is predicting what other people will do. Now people are predicting what people will do if they are in swing states or not.  My opinion is that every state is a swing state considering the complete Communistic take over of our country that Obama envisions and has is being reported on daily now.  Every state but Massachusetts went Republican, I seem to remember, in my lifetime.  Why not now when Obama has real plans to destroy American and is becoming quite bold about telling us that is his plan.  

          So, what do you plan to do when you are in the voting booth?  I assume you are not shy about sharing such a private window into your soul since we are at the cross roads of saving America.  I do know that Sarah Palin has not been hesitant to say that she would vote for Romney in a heart beat and with enthusiasm in the general. 

          So, the big question is, who will YOU vote for in the privacy of the voting booth?  And why?  Don’t be shy.


    • OldPat

      I hope you remembered to thank Mr. Edison.

    • TexS2012

      My answer to Patriots is not to be depressed by what you can see and hear in this present time but focus on a true Patriot, Sarah Palin. She has been tried in the fire and despite what many believe is Undefeated. She is like none other politician because of her vision, she can see through the forest and has gone through every open door given to her and her record as a politician is a testament to her God given abilities. She has asked for trust in her decisions while still remaining a politician so wait and KTF. God is in control, all is not lost, and His will for our nation will be done.

      I’m Believing The Door Is Open!  Palin/West 2012!!!

      • jerseymark

        The Palin Revolution continues. Each day, each month, more people come to realize who she is and what she stands for and joins with her. The silver lining with this election coming up is that it will result in an acceleration of that dynamic. Assuming of course that through God’s grace we have the time for it to come to fruition.

      • lanahi

        She said we would see that she made the right decision.  Hope that is still true.

    • palin45potus

      As good a synopsis as I’ve seen that covers the post-Reagan era.

      I never looked at it this deeply.  I just know that on Sept 3rd 2008, I heard the clear voice that had been missing for 20 years.  I was not alone.

      I do not know where the Yasgur’s Farm will be, but as of January 2011, I was ready to pledge along with others to take back this Country.  It started with rejecting the idea that the only choices were Democrat and GOP.  That may be true for this November, but afterwards, all bets are off.

      A real Conservative Party?   Count me in!!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Me too!!!

    • IsraeliCojones

      Obama knew he had won the 2012 election on October 5, 2011 when he heard that Palin was not running.

      * facepalm *

      I really thank G-d Almighty that there is not one General or soldier in Israel who displays such kind of reasoning before a vital battle is even started.

      We would have been destroyed by now.

      • Guest

         You definitely would have. But that is not Americans experience.

        • IsraeliCojones

          My point is: you cannot decide the outcome of a battle before fighting it.

          Want a proof? Most people believed that McCain had won in the first two weeks of September 2008. Including the Obama Team.

          Remember what happened next?

          As much as I hate him, I have to give it to Obama: he fought like Hell. And he prevailed.

    • irishcoins

      Excellent analysis and one of your most informative posts, Techno.  You have raised the bar for political discussion.  Just hope you repost this, or an updated version, from time to time, until everyone that comes to this site has the time to understand it, and the implications.

      Well done.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Amen, Irish!!

    • lanahi

      The money problem was a big determinant in this election.  One should not have to be a millionaire to run for president or to sell him or herself to the special interests in return for contributions.  As long as this situation is as it is, the unions and the big donors will buy our elections for us.  It doesn’t help when a candidate doesn’t have the money to even defend himself against lies.

      UNLESS enough farmers meet in a farmer’s field to overcome the ones who would choose for us.  The grassroots and the ones like Sarah and West can overcome money advantages by speaking to the hearts of voters. We didn’t have that either.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Splendid; thanks, techno!!


  • wodiej

    But He said to them "why are you fearful, O you of little faith?"  Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea and there was a great calm."  Matthew 8:26

  • wodiej

    "So Jesus answered and said to them "have faith in God."  Mark 11:22

    • OldPat

       The Good Lord helps those who help themselves,

      • jerseymark

        The Bible NEVER says that. Help themselves do what exactly? Accomplish their own designs, according to their own will?  The Good Lord helps those who help Him.

  • bassman

    To the person in here who stalked my personal Facebook account because you disagreed with my observation about Gov. Palin’s attire…get a life. My Facebook is meant for family and friends. Not you. I am not sure how you learned it. Its creepy knowing you are so obsessed with Sarah Palin that you thought it appropriate for you to contact me via Facebook.

    • $26225604

      Wow, I missed your post yesterday but that was brave of you. I called out her shoes and got blasted. I wonder if there is a strategy there or is she just a bit eccentric? Or both?

      • SusanWo4p

        I loved her shoes. 
        I guess that makes me…."eccentric"… too.

        • $26225604

           Sure, why not. I didnt say eccentric is bad. But it is risky when you are a national political figure. No biggie. 

      • bassman

        I hate to call this site a fan site, because I think its more than that. We should have the right to criticize Gov. Palin if we chose without  being contacted outside the website. Have something to say to me, do it here. So all can hear. Gov. Palin will never hear the truth if she is surrounded by yesmen. I pray no administrators were involved in contacting me.

        • lanahi

          Palin and her family get beat up enough without it coming here too.  Criticize her after you’ve walked in her shoes for awhile, otherwise shut up or go somewhere else where they would welcome more Palin bashing.

    • hrandym

      You and AZwannabee are confusing me.  What’s all this about shoes?  Geeze!  Especially women’s shoes.  Go to a shoe store and look at the women’s shoes.  You’ll see some pretty exotic designs.  I notice bare feed more than I notice shoes.

      I feel I must explain that I say all this in good humor. Sorry, friends.

  • ZH100

    ‘The Chicago Way Works’

    From the article:

    "If I were Romney, I would not count on the idea of class warfare, the so-called politics of personal destruction, and McCarthyite tactics not working, because they always have for Obama/Axelrod in the past — and seem to be in the last week.

    John McCain released his health records and his general dismal ranking at Annapolis, leading to a false narrative that he was naturally inattentive and reckless, and scarcely hale, while Obama released neither his medical nor his college records; as Sarah Palin — heretofore a reformist governor of Alaska who in bipartisan fashion had fought special interests — was reduced to a caricature of an uninformed poor (and trashy) mom."

    • wodiej

       I think they do to a certain extent ZH.  But voters also get turned off by constant negative attacks.  The person being smeared just needs to know how to handle the negativity.  There is a way to do it and still come out on top.  Instead of going on defense, you go on offense.  Gingrich did this all the time.  If he got attacked for his past marital problems he would simply say he asked God for forgiveness, he made a mistake and he’s a better man now.  No attack would be credible against that.  Most of the time Gov. Palin ignores the attacks or counters w something humorous.  That’s an excellent way to draw someone off message.

      • golfmom3

        Tell that to Mr. Gingrich who was blindsided by a heavy negative Romney-paid ad campaign in Florida.  The vote went from 40% Gingrich: 28% Romney to 46% Romney:32% Gingrich in a matter of 10 DAYS. 

        A determined opponent missing some scruples will never be drawn off message.  Credible or not, unyielding negative attacks achieve results. Please don’t imagine the Obama camp won’t play just as dirty as Romney in Florida — what goes around, comes around. 

        • smbren

           Romney is a dirty politician (to his own side). This has most of us concerned. This election should be a slam dunk, a no brainer, a drive in the park. The fact that it is not is pretty scary on it’s face. I will vote for Romney, heck I would vote for another democrat if I had to. Many will sit out. It is a personal choice.

          Romney is not making this easy for people to suck it up. He was accused of murder, we hear crickets…His representative sited Romneycare as a way that poor man in the video could have saved the life of his wife. If that woman has a job today then Romney is 100% farce. His platform is to repeal Obamacare, his rep is now siting it as an alternative.

          I have officially changed my party affiliation to "disgusted"…

        • lanahi

          Gingrich didn’t have the money to challenge Romney’s attacks with his own ads.

          I agree, what goes around, comes around.  Too bad we ALL have to pay the price for it.

  • OldPat

    Out of order. Delete.

  • ZH100

    Excellent read!

    ‘Media Message: Judge a Woman By the Height of Her Shoes, not the Height of her Character’

    From the article:

    "Palin stumped for Steelman at an event that took place at a blueberry farm and delievered her speech from a trailer that can be attached to a truck. It wasn’t a flashy event, and Governor Palin is known for her down home appeal.

    The candidate herself, Sarah Steelman, was dressed in jeans and boots herself. It was a very Midwestern, down-to-earth event. It wasn’t a big dollar fundraiser at a fancy location. Palin wore one of the campaign’s t-shirts– standing in solidarity with the Steelman campaign workers who were also wearing “Superman” ( man of steel–Steelman, get it?) shirts.

    Additionally, it was a hot, sunny evening, and Palin usually wears glasses. Was Palin supposed to wear her normal glasses the whole time and squint or take her prescription sunglasses off and not be able to see? Governor Palin gave a very solid stump speech focusing on Steelman’s plans if she was elected and noting her reformer credentials.

    All of these were apparently lost on Reese. She decided, as she notes in this piece, that she should call out sexism about the cost of a female political figure’s clothes if it’s Michelle Obama, but also apply a different standard to Palin by criticizing Palin’s choice of clothing at a low key, Midwestern campaign event."

    • OldGuyAZ

      I fell in love with Sarah Palin when I first saw her at McCain’s introduction, not because she was tall, beautiful and immaculately dressed, butr because she walked out on the stage carrrying her Down Syndrome baby explaining to the world this is who I am. She won my heart that moment, then reinforced it with her great speech.  

      I don’t care if she wears a bathrobe, fuzzy slippers and has curlers in her hair.  I willl listen to her message.

      • ZH100

        " I willl listen to her message."

        And Gov.Palin’s consistent message is supported by her impressive record of accomplishment.

        Governor Palin Executive Accomplishments

        • OldGuyAZ

          Exactly, ZH, and thanks for keeping new converts and readers of this site informed.

          • ZH100

             You are welcome, OldGuyAZ

      • famouswolf

        I too.

        She won my heart that night, and that will never change. It changed me, though.

  • ZH100

    "Sarah has always said that it is impossible for people to agree on every issue, but it’s no reason to tear us apart. Respect each others differences and work for the common good."—–Chuck, Jr.

    • Pete Petretich

      Should that mean that Chuck wouldn’t want to fire Andrea Saul?

      • wodiej

         what does that have to do w what she posted?

        • $26225604

           I didnt see the connection either. Unless I stretch REAL far.

  • ZH100

    A newly released Quinnipiac poll has Romney leading Obama in the important swing state of Colorado. Like clockwork, Obama arrived ready to do some campaigning alongside champion of contraception Sandra Fluke.

    The team at Revealing Politics recognizes that President Obama’s rally is nothing more than a desperate attempt to distract voters from the failing economy. However, Revealing Politics has decided to play along and send in our resident “expert on female issues”, Caleb Bonham, to interview attendees. The results are shocking and hilarious.

    Take a look:


    • wodiej

      lol…. ignorance in this country is definitely not scarce.

  • technopeasant

    By the way via ABC/WAPO poll yesterday: 


    Favorable:          40%

    Unfavorable:       49% 

    • freeperjim

      Why post Washington Compost’s polling that has been shown to be horribly biased to support the communist Ubama?

      Sheeesh….try to use sources that offer more fair reporting than Pravda.

      • Right_Wingnut

        Do you like the direction things are currently going in this race, jim? 

        It’s still early, but Mitt has given back 4-6 points to Obama in about two weeks. What gives?

        • freeperjim

          You cannot reach conclusions based on faulty, biased polls where the weighting is D+19 considering 2010 was R+10.

          But if you are pushing the ABR agenda that supports the communist Ubama, well….you use these faulty polls.

        • IsraeliCojones

          It’s only August, Right_Wingnut.

          I’m also saying this, because I have been back reading what happened 4 years ago (HotAir vaults).

          On September 3rd, everybody believed that McCain had won the election.

          We know the results…

    • M_Minnesota

      We all know how MonDULL turned out.

    • barracuda43

      What about 1980 at this time for Reagan.
      Approval 38%
      Disapproval 39%

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