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  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

    Excellent article about Gov.Palin’s record of accomplishments.
    —————-

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

    Palin was the first female and youngest governor to be elected in Alaska, which is tied for the second most powerful governorship in the United States, according to Thad Beyle, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina.
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    Budgeting and Spending

    Palin cut state spending between 2007 and 2010 by 9.5% while also reducing federal earmark requests by more than 80% during her tenure. She used her line-item veto to cut more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending in both 2007 and 2008. In 2009, she instituted a temporary hiring freeze, while at the same time reducing spending by more than 33% between FY2009 and FY2010.

    In stark contrast to President Obama and other governors whose fiscal records are dogged by credit downgrades, Palin left Alaska with an improved credit rating during and following her tenure as governor.  Standard & Poor’s raised Alaska’s credit rating from AA to AA+ in April 2008. Then in 2010, both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s upgraded Alaska to AAA for the first time in the state’s history due to policies enacted by Palin that made the state’s finances more than solvent.  
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    Jobs

    Under Palin’s leadership, Alaska was 2nd in job growth, and 3rd in the change in its unemployment rate, compared to the other states. Alaska also saw a record number of oil jobs in both 2008 and 2009, while natural resource and logging jobs increased 13.7% during Palin’s tenure.

    In fact, Palin’s record on jobs compared to the country as a whole was stronger than the President’s and other prominent governors’ during their respective tenures
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    Business Growth

    Alaska was an opportunity society under Palin. Alaska moved up from the 4th most business tax-friendly state to the 3rd most business tax-friendly state during her tenure.

    Palin was a firm believer in tax cuts. In addition to lowering unemployment insurance tax rates, she cut business license fees in half, suspended the state motor fuel tax, and signed legislation, allowing Alaska-based businesses the same opportunities as out-of-state businesses. All of this was consistent with her record as Mayor of Wasilla, where she eliminated small business inventory taxes and cut property tax mill levies every year she was in office.
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    Energy

    Energy issues are Palin’s forte, and her record proves it. In 2007, Governor Palin signed ACES—Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share—a net tax on oil profits that was passed in a bipartisan and transparent manner. ACES replaced the corruption-tainted oil tax plan of the previous administration, which was passed in secret and ultimately lead to the federal indictment of several Alaskan state officials and oil company personnel. Furthermore, ACES provided oil companies with incentives to develop. The progressivity of the tax meant producers were protected when oil prices were low, but the interest of the resource owners—the people of Alaska—were appropriately protected as well to achieve a fair return for their resource.

    Most importantly, ACES led to jobs, increased development, and a huge surplus for Alaska.

    Perhaps Palin’s biggest energy achievement was spearheading the creation of the Alaska natural gas pipeline. After five decades of unsuccessful attempts by Alaskan administrations to bring a gas pipeline project into existence, Palin and her team introduced the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) in March 2007. AGIA passed the Legislature by a vote of 57-1 in May of that year.

    Unlike the behind-closed-doors cronyism of past administrations, Palin’s AGIA legislation was conducted out in the open and made use of a genuine free-market competitive bidding process. Palin’s AGIA placed not only Alaska, but also the nation, further on the path toward energy independence.

    Palin played hardball with the big oil companies in her state. According to the Alaska state constitution, Alaskans are the resource owners in their state; and it was Palin’s duty as their CEO to get the best deal for Alaskans while at the same time partnering with these oil companies for the mutual benefit of all.
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    Ethics Reform and Transparency

    Ethics reform was the hallmark of Palin’s governorship. She was swept into office on a reform message in a state with a serious corruption problem. Alaska at the time was undergoing a federal investigation that culminated in the indictment of various corrupt lawmakers. Palin had made a name for herself as an ethics crusader when she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservative Commission and blew the whistle on fellow commissioner and state GOP head Randy Ruedrich for doing party business on state time. This resulted in Ruedrich receiving a $12,000 fine—the largest civil fine for ethics in the state’s history. Alaskans respected the fact that Palin was not afraid of taking on the establishment of her own party.

    As governor, Palin fought for and signed sweeping bipartisan ethics legislation, which restricted lobbyists, improved disclosure laws, and improved executive and legislative branch ethics laws. In the face of corruption, she continued to take on her own party when it was necessary. She also increased transparency by releasing her oil tax bill to her constituents 17 days prior to the special legislative session, opening up natural gas pipeline deals to all potential parties, putting the state checkbook online, and not allowing lobbyists in her office.
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    Education

    Palin forward funded education to allow districts greater flexibility, supported increased vocational training and early education funding, opened up opportunity to Alaskan students to participate in regional medical schools, and increased overall funding for special needs education by 175% (before she herself became the mother of son with special needs). Believing that the best reform was close to home, Palin wisely also chose to monitor rather than participate in national standards for education.
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    Health Care

    Palin introduced health care transparency legislation that established an Alaska health care information office to give consumers factual information on quality and cost to help them make better-informed health care decisions. Recognizing that health care must be market-and business-driven, rather than restricted by government, Palin proposed repeal of Certificate of Need—a layer of bureaucracy that prevents medical facility development. She established the Alaska Health Strategies Planning Council, reduced Medicaid assessments by 83%, and expanded Alaska’s SeniorCare benefits program for low-income seniors.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/07/who-is-the-real-sarah-palin

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you and good morning, ZH!

      • ZH100

         Good morning, Brianus!

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Friday to you all!!

    This will be just a very short greeting this morning. I have to leave on a brief trip in a few hours.

    29 August, 2008 was Sarah Palin Day, the day that Senator McCain introduced the Governor to the nation and to the world in Dayton, Ohio.

    This day was FOUR YEARS, TWO MONTHS, ELEVEN DAYS AGO.

    20 January, 2017 is Inauguration Day for POTUS 45, the person who will succeed obama in the Oval Office.

    This day is FOUR YEARS, TWO MONTHS, ELEVEN DAYS FROM TODAY.

    We all remember the joy, the hope, the happiness, the fire that we felt on that marvelously brilliant and beautiful late summer’s day of ’08.

    The Lord willing, we stand poised today at the exact midpoint between that dawn, that incunabulum, that birth, that beginning and a fruit of fulfillment that will be a Washington Winter’s Day, not of our discontent, but of our supreme content and triumph and exultation, as Sarah Louise Palin raises her right hand to take the Presidential Oath of Office.

    May I quote in conclusion William Wordsworth from his "Prelude" about what we will all feel on that January day–God willing:

    "Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was very Heaven."

    God bless you all, my friends!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!

    Brianus

    • Anno76

      Good morning Brian,
      Our "North Star" will always shine – Our "Warrior" will always fight and Our "Sarah" will always be
      FAMILY!!!

      SARAH 2016!!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Amen, Ann!!

        SARAH 2016!!

  • ZH100

    As Governor Palin has said many times, 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.

    She supported development of renewable energy sources, developing a plan to have 50% of Alaska’s energy to be produced from renewable sources by the year 2025.
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    ‘Palin unveils state energy goals; 2025 GOAL: At least 50 percent of state’s power to be from alternative sources.’    (January , 2009)

    "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."
    http://www.adn.com/2009/01/16/657216/palin-unveils-state-energy-goals.html#storylink=cpy
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    ‘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."
    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/sarah-palin%E2%80%99s-goal-of-50-renewable-energy-use-in-alaska-signed-into-law/

  • qtdb7

    About attracting voters (men, women, Asians, Hispanics, etc.):
    If you tell the TRUTH, they will come.

    The TRUTH hurts. The TRUTH will set you free.
    The TRUTH will defeat Obama/democrats/liberals and RINOs.

    A lot of presidential candidates (Romney, Ryan, …)
    and other Republican politicians MISUSED the word CONSERVATIVE.
    Their records CONTRADICT their CONSERVATIVE messages.

    2016 will belong to us (Gov. Palin and We the People).

    It’s our time now.
     

    • ZH100

      Who are "We the people"?
      ————

      "If you tell the TRUTH, they will come."

      Unfortunately , it isn’t that simple.

      • qtdb7

        Which part of We the People don’t you understand?

        • ZH100

          It is a simple question. 

          You wrote "We the people" .  I asked you " Who are "We the people"?

          What is your definition of ‘we the people"? 
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          P.S . I can not speak for you but probably you mean with "We the people" , anyone who does not belong to the establishment.
          ———

          Gov.Palin wrote in "Going Roque"; (emphasis mine)

          "I didn’t necessarily get into government to become an ethics crusader. But it seemed that every level of government I encountered was paralyzed by the same politics-as-usual system.

          I wasn’t wired to play that game. And because I fought political corruption regardless of party, GOP leaders distanced themselves from me and eventually my administration, which really was fine with me.

          Though I was a registered Republican, I’d always been without a political home, and now, even as governor, I was still outside the favored GOP circle.

          I considered that a mutually beneficial relationship: politically, I didn’t owe anyone, and nobody owed me.

          That gave me the freedom and latitude to find the best people to serve Alaskans regardless of party, and I was beholden only to those who hired me-the people of Alaska."

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      AMEN, Iam Quang!!

      Ronald Reagan was respected across a wide spectrum of America because he spoke the TRUTH from his GUT and heart.

      Sarah is cut from the same cloth as Reagan … cloth of gold!!

  • NYJeremy

    Wow. What a disastrous election!

    Don’t know if anyone remembers me, but I used to post here quite often. I was very disillusioned when Palin went on that (seemingly presidential) tour in 2011 and then (very late) declared that she wouldn’t run. I was disappointed, but not surprised: She wouldn’t have won anyway.

    I don’t know who our nominee will be in 2016 — of course, 2014 is important — but I hope Palin will give it a shot, even if I think it’s too late. I think she’s off to a good start.

    • ZH100

      Good to see you’re back and posting again.

    • sodakhic

      All hands on deck.Yea, it was tough to get through that Oct 5th decision, but maybe there is a fork in the road coming up.

      • wodiej

        Indeed there is.  Keep the faith and hope and rely on God’s wisdom to guide us.  

    • n4cerinc

      Yeah we all remember that tour. I still believed she was told by the GOP that they will be supporting the Next In Line Candidate. It was Mitt’s turn. That is why she said she will not be pursuing the GOP nomination. But I think she told them that if he can’t close the deal, all bets are off at the convention. So she kept pushing the primaries to go on. But that is behind us now. On to 2016!

  • ZH100

    Gov.Palin has been an avid reader since an early age.
    —–

    From "Going Rogue":

    "Reading was a special bond between my mother and me. Mom read aloud to me-poetry by Ogden Nash and the Alaska writer Robert Service, along with snippets of prose.

    She would quote biblical proverbs and ask me to tell her what I thought. She found clever ways to encourage my love of the written word-by reading cookbooks, and jokes out of Reader’s Digest together, and writing letters to grandparents. My siblings were better athletes, cuter and more sociable than I, and the only thing they had to envy about me was the special passion for reading that I shared with out mother, who we all thought ranked somewhere up there with
    the female saints.

    When the VFW announced that I won a plaque in its annual flag poetry contest for my third-grade poem about Betsy Ross, Mom treated me like the new Emily Dickinson. Years later, when I won that patriotic group’s annual college scholarship, she was just as proud.

    My appetite for books connected my school reacher father and me, too. For my tenth birthday, his parents sent me The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Dad read it to us at night, I appreciate that now even more, realizing he spent all day teaching elementary school science and coaching high schoolers and then came home no doubt a bit tired of kids".
    ———————

    Wes Vernon has written an excellent review of America by Heart for the Washington Times. He wrote this in his review:

    From the article:

    "Sarah Palin has read the writings of such intellectual giants as Milton Friedman, Alexis de Tocqueville and Whittaker Chambers and such historical leaders as Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

    In “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and the Flag,” she cites the published letters between John and Abigail Adams in this nation’s infancy as well as the speech of Calvin Coolidge (probably one of America’s most underrated presidents) on the occasion of this nation’s 150th birthday."

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/dec/28/what-palin-believes-and-why/

  • wodiej

    “Show me your ways O Lord, teach me
    your paths.”  Psalm 25:4

  • ZH100

    ‘Setting the Record Straight – Sarah Palin and Sex Education’

    From the article:

    "NPR got it wrong back in 2008. As did the The Washington Post, MSNBC, ABC News and  The Wallstreet Journal .Unfortunately, many feminists have followed the<strong misinformation of the mainstream media."

    http://www.thenewagenda.net/2010/05/02/setting-the-record-straight-sarah-palin-and-sex-education/

  • ZH100

    Debunking the false media portrayal of Gov.Palin as being "rigid and intolerant".

    ———-

    From "Going Rogue":  

    "Then he changed gears, shifting the topic to social issues. He seemed impressed when I told him that people in my own family disagree on some issues like abortion, but that we don’t argue over it at the dinner table. I have one relative who expresses her pro-choice position articulately.

    My own pro-life opinion diverges from hers by 180 degrees, and we’ve had great, civil discussions on the topic.

    It would later amaze my family and friends that the Obama-Biden camp and their media friends painted me as rigid and intolerant. It was assumed that I refused to hear alternative points of view and used topics like abortion and homosexual marriage as a political litmus test.

    I explained that I had never asked anyone, including the Democrats I appointed, what their position on abortion was, and I didn’t discuss my opinion on homosexuality with cabinet members or judicial appointees, either.
    Schmidt seemed surprised and pleased, even when I reiterated that I was solidly pro-life and hoped they would never try to temper my position on the issue.

    Then we talked about gay marriage. That’s when I told them about Tilly, my junior high friend and college roommate, who, after college, decided to openly live her lifestyle she chose with her partner. To me, she was still Tilly. I loved her dearly-loved the whole Ketchum family. I explained to Schmidt that I opposed homosexual marriage, but that didn’t seem too controversial in the campaign since the Democrat candidate for president held the same position."

  • http://elizaphanian.blogspot.com/ Sam Charles Norton

    So: as I understand it, alcoholics talk about there sometimes coming a ‘moment of clarity’ – perhaps it is the time that they wake up in a back alley somewhere, they wonder what the stench is and realise that it is their own vomit and effluent, and they are shocked and wonder ‘how did it come to this?’ That moment of clarity then becomes the bedrock from which the recovering alcoholic builds a new life, the memory that pushes them forward breathing ‘never again, never again’. Of course, an alcoholic may well go through all sorts of terrible moments before hitting that bottom, lots of times when the people around them think ‘how can they put up with it any longer’, but until the person concerned realises a) if I carry on like this I am going to die and b) actually, I want to live – their path will not falter.
    Forgive me if I think this is a reasonable picture of a modern Western electorate, especially in the US. The governmental giveaway of goodies, racking up trillions in debt – this is not sustainable, and what cannot carry on forever will not carry on forever. Yet there has been just enough pixie dust sprinkled over the reality to allow the illusions to be maintained for just a little longer. I think that a mighty reckoning is coming, when the electorate has the equivalent of waking up in their back alley, in a state of supreme dereliction, wondering ‘how did it come to this?’
    It is only at that moment that a sound-finance constitutional-conservative might have a chance at leadership. Until that time such a person is a party-pooper trying to take away the punch. Yet when that time comes, that is the moment when God calls a person forward, to deal with the new reality and the new understanding that is being born.
    I’m sure we all have a view on who that person might be. I trust her to make the right decision when the Lord reveals his timing to her. In the meantime, like relatives worrying about their beloved alcoholic, we need to make sure that not too much damage is done.

    • wodiej

      wow, awesome post Sam.  Couldn’t agree more. 

    • http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com John Buaas

       http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/11/please-proceed-senator/264997/

      Some genuinely friendly advice to conservatives: If you sincerely believe that you have the better arguments, the quickest way to cause others not to listen to you is to insult their intelligence–which, yes, many progressives are also guilty of when they speak of conservatives.  Instead, make the argument.  Progressives may be persuaded of their positions for the wrong reasons, but their just being plain dumb or ignorant or godless is not always among those reasons.  It’d really be wise to stop listening to Mark Levin’s caricatures of progressives and instead engage with the actual arguments that progressives make.  The political strategy of just rejecting out of hand anything Democrats propose just because "Democrats=Evil Incarnate"–even proposals once approved of by conservatives–is, no longer, even good short-term politics, much less good policy.  The so-called fiscal cliff is a creature of that thinking.

      Also, it just does not make logical sense to say that ethnic minorities will be swayed by the truth, as Iam Quang says above, and then deliberately work to make it more difficult for these same people to vote.  I know most of you don’t like Lindsey Graham, but you really need to listen to him when he says that the nation is not producing enough angry white men for the GOP to remain a vital political party.  This country has the Voting Rights Act, proposed by Kennedy and, yes, ramrodded through Congress by Johnson, because of Republican support for it; yet conservatives in state government seem intent on undercutting that legacy.  Now: THAT is dumb.

      Like it or not, Reagan is rapidly becoming a living memory for fewer and fewer people.  The first political memory most of my students have is of George W. Bush.  This is the America we live in.  Conservatives need to accept that as true before they’ll have much luck persuading people of the truth of their ideas.

      • Guest

         You are lost!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMXIAHSHFCMSCZ4CBM7TO5NC5I Joe Durnavich

        What would be an example of an argument a progressive would make?  When you engage them, even civily, they rarely have any sort of argument to make.  Keep in mind that what the progressive brings to the table is not reason and experience, but force.

      • http://elizaphanian.blogspot.com/ Sam Charles Norton

        Well – you see, this is why the ‘genuinely friendly advice’ comes across as duplicitous and patronising. My line of thinking actually holds out a test that is based in reality – either the US (and others) will go bankrupt, or it will not. For so long as the US does not go bankrupt, then the present system can keep on ticking along. Now whether it goes bankrupt or not does not depend on how I or anybody else actually feels about it – so to characterise this sort of concern as merely the ravings of ‘angry white men’ is to indulge in precisely the irrational and racist mendacities that conservatives are alleged to indulge in themselves. Hypocrisy, in other words.

        • MaMcGriz

           No, it comes across as patronizing because IT IS.

        • barracuda43

          We are already bankrupt. 130 trillion in unfunded liablities not even counting Obamacare. Borrowing from China and printing money will end some day in a huge collaspe.

      • colliemum

        Oh, I get it: don’t listen to one of the greatest minds because he’s ‘not a progressive’, and don’t listen to Fox News, because they sometimes don’t praise Obama 24/7.
        In fact, it’s better for us not to read or listen to anything coming from any even vaguely conservative medium.Better to fill our minds with the pap spewed out by MSNBC, sure!

        See, this is the trouble with progressives socialists: they do not engage in debate, they reiterate what they say, louder and louder, with more and more personal invective. Or they tell us that everything would be fine if only conservatives bow to what they say and learn to accept this ‘change’.

        Btw – the fiscal cliff isn’t a creation of anti-dem thinking by conservatives. You lot created it, you own it. Saying it isn’t doesn’t change that. Enjoy your free stuff while it lasts. 

      • MaMcGriz

         Well ain’t you just slicker than owl snot??

        The guilty dog barks first.

        Thanks for stopping by to straighten everyone out.

  • TexS2012
  • ZH100

    Exclusive – Inside Orca: How the Romney Campaign Suppressed Its Own Vote

    "As Republicans try to explain their Election Day losses in terms of policy, tactics, and strategy, one factor is emerging as the essential difference between the Obama and Romney campaigns on November 6: the absolute failure of Romney’s get-out-the-vote effort, which underperformed even John McCain’s lackluster 2008 turnout. One culprit appears to be “Orca,” the Romney’s massive technology effort, which failed completely."

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/08/Orca-How-the-Romney-Campaign-Suppressed-Its-Own-Vote

    • wodiej

      I’m not buying this. Yesterday I posted some stats provided by Ron Paul supporters.  In 4 battleground states that would have given Romney 270 electoral votes, the RP votes kept Romney from winning.  I’m not saying Romney ran a perfect campaign-no one does.  Add another 3 million conservatives who didn’t vote because Romney didn’t suit them and that is enough explanation.  

      • celestiallady

        And it’s sad that those 3 million conservatives who didn’t vote would rather settle for Obama. Whats the real reason? I am as disappointed in conservatives as I am GOP/Romney.

        • http://twitter.com/enbreb Elwanda Burrell

           The key to winning is firing up the base and getting the vote out!!!

          • celestiallady

            Of course you are right but under the current circumstances I would vote to defeat the devil even if I had to crawl – thats the point.

            • http://twitter.com/enbreb Elwanda Burrell

               Maybe they did vote, they just didn’t vote for Romney!!!

              • TexS2012

                I happily wrote in Sarah Palin’s name! God Bless Sarah Palin!
                Palin/West 2016!!!

                • M_Minnesota

                  The state of Texas allows a Presidential write in?  That’s impressive.

                  • TexS2012

                    :)  I don’t live in Texas, I live in New York! But I heart Texas, can’t wait to retire there, my children live there!

                • stevethird

                   I would have but I’m in NH. As it happens it wasn’t that close.

              • celestiallady

                3 million people who did not vote doesn’t mean they voted for someone else

                • http://twitter.com/enbreb Elwanda Burrell

                  Do you mean that Romney didn’t inspire enough people to vote for him…..must have run a bad campaign. Voting is a choice and apparently Romney and his team didn’t think they needed to include all parties at the convention to explain exactly how he would be running our Country, so thousands got a bad impression of Romney and the GOP and were not inspired enough to vote. It was not easy for me to vote this time, I had to hold my nose and I was not smiling, but I did vote.

                  • celestiallady

                    It can mean whatever you want it to mean - the point I am making is that 3 million people are Ok with Obama – may I repeat! Under the circumstances I voted to defeat the devil – and they didn’t.  

        • wodiej

          I agree.  I posted on several blogs yesterday the following sentiment.  Conservatives wanted a real conservative leader similar to Reagan.  God sent us a modern day Ester who is a patriotic warrior in Gov. Sarah Palin.  20 years of exemplary public service, fiscally responsible, no ethics problems, limited gov’t to help business grow, savvy and smart about foreign affairs, energy independence and economics.  She worked with Democrats and even blew the whistle on her party for corruption.  So what was the problem? My guess is, she is a woman.  

          Then we had Newt Gingrich.  Led during a time of a robust economy, job growth and balanced budget.  Nope, he wasn’t good enough either because he had made some personal mistakes that by the way were overblown.  

          Like the fisherman story, God sent us two great leaders and conservatives rejected them both.  So who is to blame for obama being re-elected? Conservatives are.  I know 99.9% of the people on this blog, despite our differences later, were 100% percent behind Gov. Palin.  If all conservatives had been, I believe she would have ran.  I think that is why she hired some top notch advisers.  To assess how much support she would have if she ran and obviously it wasn’t there. i read comments on other conservative blogs that stated they liked her but that she wasn’t experienced enough or some other lame excuse.

          The liberals painted both of these worthy leaders as stupid, unethical etc.  And guess what-conservatives bought into it and nominated Romney.  Why? Who knows.  He’s a man, he  "looked" presidential, he was part of the "clique."…..  

          Sadly we have become a shallow society even among many conservatives where we text instead of talking.  We don’t sit down at the dinner table with family.  We watch reality TV instead of a beautiful sunset from a park bench.  I believe God is trying to show us the way.  He is just waiting for us to follow his direction.

          Sam downthread wrote a great post and I agree wholeheartedly.  Perhaps it will take another 4 years of people getting hard knocks before they realize this country has needed a leader like Gov. Palin for many years.  

          • celestiallady

            I agree with the majority of what you say. As for Sarah, I think she was/is too much of a threat to all that is wrong in DC. If she should decide to ever run then conservatives need to get behind her and support her, but you know after this I’m not so sure they will. Yes, people here will and those that follow her elsewhere but that isn’t every conservative. Sadly, I think some are just too stuck in their own mindset, be it selfishness, stubborness or whatever drives them..

            There is no excuse in my mind for 3 million conservatives to sit home and not vote against the devil. It is what it is but it’s very disappointing and frustrating.

          • golfmom3

            Ester is a chemical compound with a carbonyl next to an ether.  Esther is the name of the book in the Bible. ;-D

      • golfmom3

        Can you cite your source?  I don’t see Ron Paul anywhere on any ballot.  This would be news if it were true.

      • colliemum

        I suggest with all due respect that accepting the MSM tale that 3 million republicans didn’t vote for Romney is less than accurate, and is meant to keep us all at each others’ throats.
        It keeps us from asking awkward questions about lost and shredded republican ballots, about how come that swing states without voter ID went for Obama, that allegedly one district in PA showed 99% voting for Obama – something only known to happen in communist countries.There are a lot of very strange coincidences – such as a new count, behind closed doors, in Allen West’s constituency, where allegedly more ballots were found (sound familiar?), and which flipped the result from 2000+ for West to 2000+ to his opponent. And of course, accepting this ‘low turn out’ means nobody is looking at the even lower turnout for Obama. Don’t play the games of the corrupt MSM, I hoped we’d learned that lesson by now.

      • jerseymark

        It all comes down to all those Conservatives who thought it best to not damage the Conservative movement with a non-conservative Republican President, who thought that it is better in the long run to let the RINO Establishment be exposed and continue building the movement, and finally, thought that the nation has to see the full measure of what Progressivism  means so that it can be killed once and for all. It is their Long-term thinking vs. the Party’s short-term thinking.

    • colliemum

      Yeah, sure … 
      Did Sarah Palin have something like ORCA to get out the votes?
      Isn’t it amazing how the GOPe is tiptoeing around the one clear issue: they shut out Sarah Palin, and paid the price.

      • Norcalo

        Yeah a big price.
         

  • Pete Petretich

    Remind me again:

    Why wasn’t Sarah Palin invited to the RNC? Why exactly, why PRECISELY?

    • wodiej

      How do you know she wasn’t and decided not to go? No one knows for sure except maybe Gov. Palin and the RNC.  There were a lot of people not invited.  

      • Pete Petretich

        If the RNC expects any loyalty from us then we should know, exactly and precisely.

        Also, in light of the interesting numbers you posted yesterday, we should know why Ru Paul was not invited.

        Why should I be loyal to any party or group that shoots itself in the foot at such a critical moment.

        • wodiej

          Ron Paul was not supporting Romney so that is an easy explanation why he wasn’t invited.  Gov. Palin did say that she was called by the RNC about appearing at the convention and then no more was said.  As far as loyalty, I am loyal to my country and that is the bottom line.

          • http://twitter.com/enbreb Elwanda Burrell

             Gov. Palin said that she planned to attend the convention and had the week marked off on her calendar.  The establishment let us think she was not offered a prime time speaking slot and perception is key when you can’t determine exactly what happened.  The truth is Romney didn’t unite the party and fire up the base. 

            • wodiej

              Like I said, speculation and opinion.  Just because she planned to go does not mean she didn’t have a change of heart.  

              • http://twitter.com/enbreb Elwanda Burrell

                 A lot of people that vote believed she didn’t have a change of heart…..like I said perception is key when determining what happened and you don’t know all the facts.

        • golfmom3

          Pete, those numbers came from nowhere.  Check the Secy of State in Florida or Ohio. You will not find Ron Paul anywhere on the ballot. 

          See here: http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/President/2012/OH
          And here: http://enight.elections.myflorida.com/FederalOffices/

          I don’t know where those numbers came from and wodiej hasn’t said.  But Ron Paul did not get votes on Tuesday.

    • http://twitter.com/enbreb Elwanda Burrell

      Why wasn’t the Tea Party and our Military’s name mentioned at the convention.  Mitt also threw Ron Paul supporters under the bus.  He threw his base under the bus and wondered why they didn’t vote for him.  Losing is no surprise!!!

      • wodiej

        Poor excuse IMO for not voting to save one’s country.

        • http://twitter.com/enbreb Elwanda Burrell

          Maybe they didn’t trust Romney to save our Country, maybe they thought he would run the Country like he was running his campaign.  You have to fire up the base and get out the vote to win, Politics 101.

        • Ron Brown

          That is precisely what the GOP keeps counting on. That the voters will just take a deep breath and vote for whomever they nominate. Read York’s column. Makes a lot of sense.

          Governor Palin is not perfect. I still regret that she repeated the ABO so often. We all make errors in judgement, and I believe this was one of her rare errors. To get our country turned around will require someone better than "anybody."

          To straighten out the mess in our country, and get the ship back on course will require "SOMEBODY" not "anybody". To get our country back on course will require SOMEBODY with true leadership skills.

          PALIN/WEST IN 2012

  • polarfan

    Good Morning!

    John Boehner MUST go -call your congressman/woman NOW!

    Allen West for Speaker of the House………  

  • n4cerinc

    Byron York’s article: 

    In 2016, GOP needs a candidate voters believe in

    -Basically the people who ran Obama’s campaign (axelrude, david puff et al) are saying this not something you can just transfer to anyone. People got involved, knocked on doors, made calls etc, because they believed in Obama. I do not see anybody in the GOP that has that type of influence, EXCEPT for the one person who has had websites named for her since she came on the scene. Vibrant websites, like C4P. She is the only one that can mobilize an ARMY that stands ready to go all out for her. People believe in her. 

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2513034#.UJzpOMXA-oo

    • ZH100

      Gov.Palin speaks from the heart , she is authentic  and incorruptible and has a record (and 24,000+ pages of emails!!) to back up her words.

      There’s never been a politician to get a more thorough examination by the media, the left, and the right. Gov. Palin has withstood the slings, barbs, bullets, and arrows that would have fallen a lesser person and she’s probably the cleanest politician out there.

      Words are cheap and actions speak louder than words. ; people like Rubio have a smooth delivery ; but what are his accomplishments?

      • n4cerinc

        Exactly!

    • bucky321

      i did not see where byron said anything about sarah

      • n4cerinc

        No, he didn’t say anything about Sarah. He is describing what the GOP needs. And there is only one who fits the description.

  • technopeasant

    Based on the exit polls and other data the #1 myth of the 2012 election:

    1) Romney lost the election because of an increasing percentage of the Hispanic vote in terms of who voted and Obama winning a higher percentage of the vote than he received in 2008.

    The  Hispanic vote went to 10% from 9% in 2008. And Obama’s share of the vote went from 67% to 71%. Do the math. That increases Obama’s share of the popular vote by 1.07% over 2008 without factoring in any other ethnic group.

    And based on the Asian vote that went from 2% to 3% of the vote and Obama went from 62% in 2008 to 71% in 2012, his share of the popular vote increased by .95%

    Add the two together and Obama’s popular total went up by 2.02%.

    But in the OTHER category the share of the electorate went down from 3% to 2% in 2012 and Obama got 58% of the vote in this election as compared to 66% in 2008, a decline of .82%.

    And finally the Black vote: IN 2008 and 2012 it represented 13% of the electorate but Obama only won 93% of the vote in 2012 vs 95% in 2008 a decline of .19%

    Subtract these two demographics from the previous two demographics Obama gained approximately 1% from his 52.92% total in 2008.

    So how did Obama win the election or from the other angle how did Romney lose the election?

    Answer: Obama gained two points more of the white vote (39%) than the Dems got in 2010 but even more importantly the white vote only represented 72% of the electorate.

    Here is a comparison of that from 2008 and the difference in Obama’s vote:

                                                     2008                         2012

    white share of electorate           74                              72

    share of vote                             43                              39

    popular vote                            31,82                          28,08

    Loss between 2008 and 2012                3.74%

    Now if you subtract 3.74 from 52.92 you get 49.18. And then if you add back the 1% increase Obama got overall from the non-white vote you get roughly 50.2%. According to Wikipedia, Obama’s share of the popular vote in 2012 is 50.5%. What may account for the difference is rounding. For example the share of the white vote may be 72.5% rather than 72% or Obama may have gotten 39.5% of the white vote rather than 39%.

    Now here is why Romney lost due to the white vote. Given Obama 1% gain in the non-white vote as a percentage of the popular vote taking him to 53.92% of the vote (52.92 from 2008 + 1% from increasing share of non-white vote as a percentage of the electorate and higher popular vote from Hispanics and Asians), realistically Obama would have to lost 5% of the popular vote taking him down to 49% to have given Romney a realistic chance to eke out a victory.

    For Obama to have lost this 5% here is what would have had to happen between 2008 and 2012:

                                                      2008                          2012

    white share of the electorate      74                               75.

    share of vote                              43                               37

    popular vote                             31.82                         27.75

    That would have reduced Obama’s share of the vote by about 4%.

    But because it is a zero-sum game the non-white vote would have fallen from 28% to 25% in 2012. And with Obama getting 80% of the non-white vote in 2012 the difference in the contribution to his popular vote total would have been:

    (28 x 80)– (25 x 80) = 2.4% (22.4–20.0).

    To summarize:

    Assuming the white vote had been 75% of the electorate and assuming the same share of the non white vote for Obama but a two point percentage drop in support (39 to 37) here is what Obama would have gotten in the popular vote:

    White vote:           75% x 37%=                              27.75

    Non-white vote     25% x 80%=                              20.00

    Total                                                                       47.75%

    If Obama had only gotten 47.75% of the popular vote he would have lost.

    But even with Obama getting 39% of the white vote which he got:

    White vote           75% x 39%                                29.25

    Non-white vote    25% x 80%                                20.00

    Total                                                                      49.25

    If Obama had come in at 49.25% it would have been close but Romney could have possibly eked out a 271-267 result in the electoral college.

    But finally let’s drop Obama to 38% of the white vote:

    White vote           75% x 38%                              28.50

    Non-white vote    25% x 80%                              20.00

    Total                                                                     48.50

    And Obama would have most likely lost if he could only garner 48.5% of the vote given Wikipedia is showing the 3rd party vote currently at 1.5% of the overall vote.

    Here is what Romney would have got in the popular vote if he had gotten 60% of the white vote and the white vote was 75% of the electorate. Remember in 2008 it was 74%.

    White vote            75% x 60%                            45.00

    Non white vote     25% x 18%                              4.50

    Total                                                                   49.50

    Based on a 1.5% 3rd party vote here is what the popular vote would have looked like under the above scenario:

    Romney                                                               49.50%

    Obama                                                                 49.00%

    3rd party                                                                1.50%

    Sure under this scenario Romney may have not won the electoral college but he at least would have won the popular vote. 

    Bottom line: The election was lost primarily because the white vote as a share of the electorate fell to 72% of the electorate but as a corollary if Obama’s share of the white vote had fallen to 38% or 37% (what the Dems got in 2010) then that fact would have also affected him adversely.

    And in case you’re thinking of making the argument that the white vote is shrinking, several polls done between the 2008 and 2012 elections have determined that whites as a percentage of the American electorate represent 75% of the electorate. And in addition in 2010 it was 77% of the electorate.

    Enough whites simply did NOT come out and vote while Obama maxed out the non-white vote which he deserves credit for.

    It was up to Romney, his team and the GOP hierarchy and their surrogates to max out the white vote.They failed miserably, even doing worse than McCain did in 2008. I don’t care how decent Romney is or how honorable his team is or if the intentions of the GOP hierarchy are considered noble–this was an epic failure.
     
    And don’t be fooled by the Left or the RINO’s about why Romney lost and that our side needs to do a better job of sucking up to Hispanics which you will hear over and over for the next 4 years.

    Republican presidential candidates always lose elections because the white vote is suppressed or depressed. It’s as simple as that.

    • polarfan

      Very good!

      Or in other words -you can’t win without your base!

    • TexS2012

      The Primary was a good indication of what would happen in the General. In my area turnout was way down like I’ve never seen before. Romney had the most money and beat out the other candidates but he was not likeable. People I know saw him as just another RINO. That didn’t mean they liked any of the other candidates either. I think it was just that simple, people were tired of being forced to vote for another elite candidate. While many of them did vote for Romney, it was not enough for him to win. I wrote in Sarah Palin’s name and voted for Republicians on down. I used to be an Independent years ago and I’m thinking about returning to that until further orders from Sarah.

  • n4cerinc

    Here is Crystal Wright’s (GOPBlackChick, whom I have argued with concerning Romney vs Palin, and I am satisfied that she now sees he was not the perfect candidate) article on how the GOP ran an old White men campaign. : 

    Republicans Got the Shellacking We Deserve

    http://townhall.com/columnists/crystalwright/2012/11/09/republicans_got_the_shellacking_we_deserve

  • njinfl

    Anger is beginning to set in over the Great Disappearance of white voters, but its really not surprising.

    In fact, many of us here at C4P predicted exactly this sort of outcome in the wake of the Mid Term triumph, when the GOPe, flush with an electoral mandate, instead folded on the debt ceiling and focused on shunting aside Sarah Palin.

    These were obvious indications that the GOPe had decided to concede 2012 and set the table for Jeb.

    A great many of us, like good battered spouses, got caught up the the campaign spirit anyway, sensing the vulnerability of Obama.  But millions of our more sober, self respecting brethren stayed true to common sense and refused to be had again.

    And now the GOPe is in a bum’s rush for amnesty, under the Congressional leadership of blubbering alcoholic.

    We can not continue this dysfunctional relationship.  The national power structure of the GOP must now be broken utterly, in order to be rebuilt under leadership we can believe in.  Its going to be very painful, but alas, we’re in great pain right now.

    It must be done.

    • wodiej

      How is it sober and self respecting to not vote to save one’s country? It isn’t.  Another example of a self righteous attitude.

      • Guest

         You suffer from battered spouse syndrome. Like a good soldier you compromised your beliefs and held your nose to vote for Etch-a-sketch only to have the gopE kick you in the butt and refuse to fight the statists once again.

        Wake up! Your country needs you to continue the fight.

        The gopE are addicts. We need to break them. The gopE will continue to lose every election unless they embrace conservative principles.

        Millions more of conservatives will stay home next time BECAUSE if this nation can survive 8 years of Dumb-Ø it can survive anything. The gopE shot their wad. They can’t threaten us any longer to vote for their squish. The gopE’s number is up!

        Try to look at the glass as half full. The gopE got their candidate once again and lost.

        Rockefeller Republicanism is dead. Conservatism is alive and well.

        • ZH100

          Gov.Palin supported the Romney/ Ryan ticket; she asked to vote for Romney.

          Are you saying that Gov.Palin compromised her beliefs? 

          • Guest

             Nope, I’m saying look at the bright side. The Rockefeller Republicans are toast.

            Governor Palin is a Republican politician and did the right thing. She was a team player.

            Those of us who are not politicians were forced to hold our nose and go against our better judgement.

            Refusing to acknowledge the fact that a greater percentage of conservatives will continue to stay home next time if a squish is shoved down our throat again is being in severe denial.

            The gopE are D.E.A.D.

            • barracuda43

              They are only dead if somebody comes along to take them out completely. Hint. Hint!

      • http://twitter.com/enbreb Elwanda Burrell

        A lot of people have self righteous attitudes……I noticed a lot of self righteous attitudes at the convention.

    • Audrey_I

      There must be an alternative to the mainstream media.  The mainstream media must be broken utterly.  American journalism is dead.  The mainstream media, slobbering love affair with Obama and his socialist followers, is the equivalent of the German media of the 1930′s.

      • colliemum

        Spot on!

        It’s not just about their love affaire with that man, it is about a total dereliction of duty in not reporting and investigating the scandals which his government has created.
        And they will keep on not talking about them. 
        Forget about holding anybody responsible for Solyndra, Fast & Furious, Benghazi …
        But expect more vileness being spewed forth as soon as Sarah Palin appears anywhere.

        Just cancel all subscriptions and use your PC for getting the news. Films and such can be found online as well. Who needs MSNBC and the rest of them …

  • Jean_A

    Good morning, C4P!

    I stand with Sarah Palin.

    • http://twitter.com/enbreb Elwanda Burrell

       Jean_A, I agree with you…..I also stand with Sarah Palin.

  • http://theessexblog.blogspot.com/ kcnut

    Good morning well it suck that obama the brony won again but we need to focus on the tasks ahead of us and see if we can elect a commonsense conservative. http://theessexblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-essex-show-episode-7.html here my show dealing with the problem we have and my choices to see run in four years. Well i hope everyone have a great day and god bless you all.

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