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The Governor has some words for all of us to think over this holiday weekend.

I’ll play devil’s advocate on the issue of Jeb Bush running in 2016. Wouldn’t his entry into the race help Governor Palin in the event she runs? If you are of the belief that Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, and others are stronger opponents to a hypothetical Palin run than Jeb Bush, then wouldn’t a Bush presidential campaign help this hypothetical presidential run by pushing out stronger establishment approved candidates?



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  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

    Excellent article about Gov.Palin’s record of accomplishments.
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    ‘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

      Good morning, ZH, and thanks!!

      Have a great Sunday!!

      • ZH100

         Good morning, Brianus and a great Sunday to you too!

  • wodiej

    "For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous." Romans 5:19

  • 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 misinformation of the mainstream media."

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

  • ZH100

    ‘Poll: Americans Reject Crony Capitalism, 3-1′

    From the article:

    "In a recent Boston Herald column, pollster Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports cited poll findings that show strong bipartisan opposition to cronyism and its effects on free markets."
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/12/POLLSTER-Voters-Strongly-Reject-Cronyism

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    Long before "crony capitalism" became a topic of national debate Gov. Palin has fought against corruption and crony capitalism.

    Taking on corruption and crony capitalism has always been a cornerstone of Gov. Palin’s agenda.

    Here are some links with information about Gov.Palin’s consistent fight against corruption and crony capitalism.
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    ‘Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism’   (by Governor Palin)  

    From the article:
     
    "We need to be on our guard against such crony capitalism. We fought against distortion of the market in Alaska when we confronted “Big Oil,” or more specifically some of the players in the industry and in political office, who were taking the 49th state for a ride.
    My administration challenged lax rules that seemed to allow corruption, and we even challenged the largest corporation in the world at the time for not abiding by provisions in contracts it held with the state. When it came time to craft a plan for a natural gas pipeline, we insisted on transparency and a level playing field to ensure fair competition.

    Our reforms helped reduce politicians’ ability to play favorites and helped clean up corruption. We set up stricter oversight offices and ushered through a bi-partisan ethics reform bill. Far from being against necessary reform, I embrace it. "
    https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=382303098434
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    ‘Crony Capitalism on Steroids from GE to Solyndra’ (by Governor Palin)

    From the article:

    "This crony capitalism and government waste is at the heart of our economic problems. It will destroy us if we don’t root it out. It’s not just a Democrat problem or a Republican problem. It’s a problem of our permanent political class."
    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150295067853435
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    ‘How Congress Occupied Wall Street’  (by Governor Palin)
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204323904577040373463191222.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
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    ‘Palin: Congress, it’s time to stop lining your pockets’ (by Governor Palin)
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2011-12-12/congress-insider-trading-sec/51841156/1
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    ‘Governor Palin’s Consistent Fight against Corruption and Crony Capitalism’  (by Whitney Pitcher)

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin’s strong stance against crony capitalism, bureaucrats picking winners and losers, and a lack of transparency is not just words; it’s action.

    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."
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/05/governor-palins-consistent-fight-against-corruption
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    ‘Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide’ (by Anand Giridharadas)

    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. "
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/10/us/10iht-currents10.html
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    ‘How Governor Palin Reformed Alaska’s Ethics Laws and Made Crony Capitalism a Crime’ (by Gary P)

    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 "
    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/how-governor-palin-reformed-alaskas-ethics-laws-and-made-crony-capitalism-a-crime/
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    ‘Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute praises Sarah Palin for highlighting Washington’s rampant crony capitalism ‘ 
    http://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/kudos-to-sarah-palin-for-exposing-the-sleazy-bipartisan-corruption-problem-in-washington/
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    ‘How Palin Beat Alaska’s Establishment’ (WSJ)

    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."
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122057381593001741.html?mod=djemEditorialPage
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    ‘Sarah takes on Big Oil: The compelling story of Governor Sarah Palin’s battle with Alaska’s
    ‘Big 3′ oil companies’
    (by Kay Cashman and Kristen Nelson)

    Gov. Palin’s successful efforts to stop the cronyism and reform the energy business in Alaska were so impressive Kay Cashman, the publisher and executive editor of Petroleum News, wrote the book entitled: “Sarah Takes On Big Oil” .

    This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the leadership Sarah Palin has exhibited in the area of reforming government and industry.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sarah-takes-Big-Oil-compelling/dp/0982163207
    or
    http://product.half.ebay.com/Sarah-Takes-on-Big-Oil-by-Kristen-Nelson-and-Kay-Cashman-2008-Hardcover/71269107&cpid=13906976712008-Hardcover/71269107&cpid=1390697671

  • Pete Petretich

    ICYMI, the video preview for "The Undefeated" has been suppressed by The Weinstein Group…

    Can you find it online? Why are those Establishment types so afraid of Sarah Palin?

  • ZH100

    ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ star and Iraq War veteran ‘impressed’ by Sarah and Todd Palin  (July ,2012)

    From the article:

    ‘And while audiences might be blown away by the skills and danger exerted on the highly-anticipated program, McLaren was personally blown away by Todd and Sarah Palin, and admitted that he thinks of them very differently now than before they met.

    “I like hanging out with Todd and Sarah a lot. They walked into my trailer, and obviously we disagree on some issues. I am a libertarian guy – socially liberal and an avid supporter of gay marriage, but I am pro-gun rights and pro-life, and we made off like regular people. I was teaching Todd how to shoot grenades, we were hanging from helicopters together 60 feet above the ground and we were swimming together with full gear on,” he enthused. “The thing that impressed me most is that Todd is a commercial fisherman in Alaska, he is pretty hardcore. He even won a challenge with a broken arm! He really earned my respect.”

    McLaren also noted that even though his friends are shocked that he has become such good friends with the high-profile Republican couple, the portrayal of the Palins in the media is often vastly distorted.

    “Todd and Sarah Palin are the nicest people I have ever met,” he said. “I love America and they love America. They may not agree with me on my stance on gay marriage, but that is their personal view and I respect that. That’s what is so great about being American.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/07/12/tars-earn-stripes-star-and-iraq-war-veteran-impressed-by-sarah-and-todd-palin/#ixzz2DE2f3Cgy

  • Jthom26837

     Good Morning Fellow Palinistas,

    First, I would like to give thanks to a wonderful commentary from Mr. L At Mr. L’s Tavern. The GOPe’s still tied in a knot over a lot of things since the Election.

     Yesterday, in another post, Ann Coulter has lost her mind. I would like to ask: ‘What Mind?’

     Finally, The Hill’s reporting that Jeb Bush is considering a run for the Whitehouse in 2016. Well, ever since Charlotte Allen wrote in the LA Times ‘Hey, GOP, Take The Palin Cure’ a lot has happened. The LSM is going bonkers, and movement in the Elites on both sides of the aisle. If Sarah Palin is so stupid, out dated, and irrelevant, all of the above wouldn’t occure. In fact Jeb Bush would be kicking back footloose and fancy free at this point.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    A Happy and Blessed Sunday to you all!!

    Congratulations to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on securing a place in the BCS Championship Game yesterday. The Governor’s grandfather, Clem Sheeran, was undoubtedly cheering from On High :-) !!

    Enjoy the NFL games today!!

    I would like to cite this morning what is, IMHO, one of the most beautiful passages from a beautiful and inspiring book, the recently published "Our Sarah," by Chuck, Sr. and Chuck, Jr.

    The citation will be followed by a few thoughts and reflections.

    The Governor’s brother tells us in Chapter 19 of "Our Sarah" that one of the responsibilities he undertook to assist the 2008 campaign was to sort through the large volume of mail that was sent to his sister.

    He writes, "One of the letters I read was from a thirteen-year-old girl from Florida named Rachel. In the letter, she talked about the death of her mother four years earlier, and how Sarah had become a powerful role model for her. Normally, we sent a preprinted thank-you note as a response, but Rachel’s letter inspired me. Instead of mailing a reply, I picked up the phone and called her. Rachel’s father, Don, answered. When he realized that I was Sarah’s brother, he started crying. He told me how much the call would mean to Rachel but that she wasn’t home.

    "As we talked, he mentioned that they lived near Boca Raton. Sarah was scheduled to speak at a hotel there the next night. After the call ended, I phoned Sarah and told her about Rachel. She said she’d try to give her a call. I didn’t think much about it until a few days later when I received a phone call from Rachel’s dad.

    "Not only did Sarah contact Rachel, she sent a limo to Rachel’s house and brought them to the hotel where she was speaking. That event included dinner, which Rachel and her father enjoyed while seated next to Sarah. A few days later, Don sent me a front-page story from their local newspaper about the event and Rachel’s experiences that night. That’s how Sarah saw the campaign–an opportunity to change the country, and in the process, an opportunity to change individual lives of the people she met." ("Our Sarah," Chapter 19, "The 2008 Campaign," pp. 237-238)

    Wow!!

    When I first read these words, I was most deeply moved, as were thousands upon thousands of others, I would imagine!!

    This passage is a clear and limpid testimony to the beauty of heart and soul of both Sarah and her brother.

    However, I think that we may also reflect briefly on the wonderful timing and dispositions of the All-Highest.

    Nothing and no one (except God) can take the place of a mother. This was a tragic loss for Rachel, pure and simple. And yet, and yet, if Rachel had not lost her mom, she would likely never have discovered a quasi-second-mother in Governor Palin. The Lord’s ways are most mysterious!!

    Think too of the fact that Rachel was not at home when Chuck made the initial phone call to her house. At first, this might have appeared to be a tragedy. However, if Rachel had been able to take that call from Chuck, the matter might have ended right then and there.

    No.

    Instead, Chuck contacts his sister.

    She says she will try to call Rachel.

    Then, busy and overwhelmed as she is by the rigors and toils of the campaign, she, in her great-hearted Alaskan spirit, leaps far beyond the bounds of a mere telephone call …

    The limousine …

    The speech …

    Dinner sitting right next to the Governor!!!!

    My friends, the Lord’s timing is perfect in all things.

    Don, Rachel’s dad, must have been initially heartbroken that his daughter was not there to take Chuck’s call–"Damn, what bad luck," he might have thought.

    But no.

    The generous, generous Lord had something far greater in mind for Rachel and for Don, working as He did through the GREAT HEART of His good servant from Alaska.

    So we too, grief-stricken as we have been that Sarah did not run for POTUS for 2012 and win, we must nevertheless, in all humility, trust the Lord’s timing and dispositions; we must trust the Governor’s timing too.

    All will be well, I firmly believe!!!

    And, BTW, I would bet my bottom dollar that Don and Rachel would literally walk over broken glass for the Governor, and if, no WHEN, she runs for POTUS for 2016, they will be POWERFUL campaigners for her!!!

    God bless you all always!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!!

    Palin/West 2016!!!

    Brianus

    • Pete Petretich

      “Notre Dame Bagpipe Band: The Minstrel Boy”
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMPBE0zc0Ww

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Great; thanks so much for posting this, Pete!!

    • jerseymark

      I don’t know how you do it BB but again – one of your very best. Thank you!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you, Jerseymark!!

    • $35927229

      Wow!  Tears streaming down my face!  I remember in Haiti when she was holding those sick babies as if they were her own.  And they wonder why we love her so much!

      Brianus, have you ever met the kind of American that goes into  a third world country and live in a hut with an eldery AIDS sufferer.  Just live there, not bringing any attention to him/herself, taking care of the sick as if they were his/her very own.  Some of those huts smell so much of desease, some of the local people would never dare go near them, let alone inside them.

      Have you ever met the kind of American that have his teenage kids work to get money to spend their holiday overseas in some third world country, taking care of the outcast, the streetchildren, orphans, and one day you meet these children that they worked with and you can’t believe the dignity and sense of purpose they have.

      And then these Americans come home quietly to America, work hard again to go back again to take care of the outcast and downtrodden in third world countries.  (The media doesn’t know about them, and if they knew, would not report about them, because it doesn’t fit their narrative of these kind of Americans.)

      But surely I thought, these Americans can afford to do that, they have wealth to come back to – white people have money!  Then I came to America, and I went to see how these Americans live, and I was shocked.  They are poor, simple, hardworking people.  Even those who sometimes help them financially to do these kind deeds, are poor but hardworking. 

      It is from them that I have learnt to love America and its Constitution.  That I have learnt the importance to pray for the country, its leaders and to take part in the political process.

      Many times I meet some of them and I ask how their teenager is doing, to find out they finished school and is off to work at a home for abandoned children, etc, in America or other countries. And I wonder, what about college, etc.  But it is their business what they do with their lives, I know and have seen and met people whose lives were changed radically for the good because of these Americans.

      I told my people that these Americans are despised in their own country, they don’t believe me.

      That is why it hurts when I see false accussations of them being the reason we lose elections, etc. and the cliche that some of them are too heavenly-minded to be of earthly good.

      So, Brianus, thanks for listening and for understanding where I am coming from.

      You have a rendevouz with destiny, a book to write about one Sarah Heath Palin, first female president of the United States of America.

      May we all live to see the day and read the book!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you so much, Melory, for this heartfelt post!!

        God bless.

  • Pete Petretich

    Jeb v. Sarah!

    Let’s just clear the deck and let them go at it. No more of that snively backstabbing and behind the scenes chicanery that the Bushies are notorious for…

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      GAME ON!!

    • jerseymark

      Yes indeed. In answer to the question at the top of this thread, since the Republican Party goes with the "next one in line", that would likely be Jeb as the others are younger and not there yet. However, I am not worried about the others as they would likely split the Establishment vote. If Sarah gets in early enough, she is the only legitimate conservative populist and would lead a populist revolution within the Party. I would also open the question of a third party run fairly early on holding the Establishment up for scorn so the choice is clear – get behind Sarah or lose again.

  • Pete Petretich

    ICYMI, the video preview for "The Undefeated" has been suppressed by The Weinstein Group…

    Can you find it online? Why are those Establishment types so afraid of Sarah Palin?

  • ZH100

    "Sweet" Sarah Palin Praised By Female Wrestling Champ: "A Really Lovely Woman"  (Sep, 2012)

    http://uk.eonline.com/news/343047/sweet-sarah-palin-praised-by-female-wrestling-champ-a-really-lovely-woman

    • wisetrog

      why do british papers care so much?

  • ZH100

    Rush Limbaugh: GOP Consultants Get Rich ‘No Matter Who Wins Or Loses

    From the article:

    "Rush Limbaugh last week blistered Republican establishment consultants like Mike Murphy and Steve Schmidt for getting "rich no matter who wins or loses" and enhancing their profiles with the mainstream media and the permanent political class by publicly denigrating conservatives.

    Schmidt mismanaged the McCain 2008 presidential campaign by suspending McCain’s campaign during the financial crisis and then tried to rewrite history afterward in order to falsely blame everyone — especially Sarah Palin — for McCain’s loss, except himself."

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/24/Rush-Limbaugh-GOP-Establishment-Consultants-Get-Rich-No-Matter-Who-Wins-Or-Loses

    • ZH100

      ‘Was Steve Schmidt Qualified to Be McCain’s Campaign Manager?’

      From the article:

      "How Steve Schmidt Failed to Vet Obama and Highlight Palin’s Record.

      During the 2008 election, the McCain campaign touted Governor Palin’s reform credentials by noting her rejection of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” selling the expensive governor’s jet, and signing bipartisan ethics reform into law. However, the McCain campaign never noted that Governor Palin signed legislation in April of 2008 reforming Alaska’s retirement pension system and addressing an $8 billion unfunded liability. The reform led to a 34.6% reduction in liabilities owed by the state of Alaska following Palin’s tenure.

      So while Senator McCain was emphasizing how bipartisan record on other issues would mean that he would be able to reform federal entitlements like Medicare and Social Security, his running mate had already passed a state level equivalent of such a reform in a bipartisan manner"

      http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/07/was-steve-schmidt-qualified-to-be-mccains-campaign-manager

      • ZH100

        Schmidt Memos Prove ‘Game Change’ Author was Targeted to Save His “Reputation”

        From the article:

        "So, now it has been proven that even before the 2008 election was over, Schmidt’s team of “CYA” artists were hard at work trying to save his reputation. It’s also known that they targeted Mark Halperin, the author of the book ‘Game Change,’ (which the HBO smear-u-drama is based) to do this.

        By throwing Governor Palin to the wolves, making up vicious tall tales to people who wish they were true (Halperin), Schmidt and his team obviously thought that he could escape responsibility for the bad decisions that he made while running McCain’s campaign."

        http://conservatives4palin.com/2012/03/schmidt-memos-prove-game-change-author-was-targeted-to-save-his-reputation.html

        • ZH100

           ‘More ‘Game Change’ Fallout: ‘Staffers talk just to save their asses’

          From the article:

          "Well, now we know who one of those bomb-throwing cowards is, Steve Schmidt, who HBO portrays as the calm, cool, reasonable hero of the film.

          In real life, however, it’s no secret that he was the "super-genius" behind ("Schmidt pushed for going all in") the moment polls prove really lost the 2008 election; when Senator McCain foolishly decided to suspend his campaign and run back to DC to save the economy. "

          http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/03/13/Palin%2010%20HBO%201

  • wisetrog

    Paul Ryan isn’t a strong competition to anything. When he was added to the recent ticket, people yawned. Why would GOP voters embrace him in 2016? 
    Same for Rubio. One wrong immigration answer killed somebody as strong as Perry. Do you really think the neo-Mccain would get any traction? But yes, if Rubio runs, he will cut into Jeb Bush’s vote, because they appeal to the same voters. Rubio is just a possibility to launch the amnesty bid and to deflect uncomfortable questions after the Romney loss. After the two weeks, Jeb Bush is letting out his campaign aims.

    • Pete Petretich

      Why couldn’t Jeb and Rubio deliver Florida for the R&R ticket? Do we have an answer yet?

      • Guest

         Because both the Jebster and ROOOOOOOOOOOObio shot their wad in 2012 and campaigned for Romney there and he lost Florida. The both of them are toast in Florida.

        It’s a myth that ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOObio is loved in Florida. He is seen an an opportunist who is NOT Tea Party but used the Tea Party to jump to the front of the line for the senate run when the Bush family told them no it was Orange Charlie’s turn. Once Orange Charlie embraced Obama and it was clear that he would not win the Bush crime family was 100% behind ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOObio. Rubio knew that he would lose to Bill Nelson if he waited to run in 2012.

        ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOObio only cares about Marco Rubio.

    • lanahi

      What would Rubio have to offer if the amnesty question was already settled by 2016?  Will the GOPe want it settled, if so?

      That’s the problem when you take one issue and place your whole campaign around it.

      As for another Bush, the polls show that the majority of voters still believe that this crappy economy started with Bush, and the libs push the meme that Obama couldn’t straighten it out in one term because it was worse than he thought it was!

  • TexS2012

    Chuck Jr. has the Heath/Palin family picture for Thanksgiving gathering 2012 as well as Sophia’s BD picture.
    http://chuckheathjr.com/thanksgiving-2012/

    Then there is Chuck’s daughter Sophia wearing out the cat, which is so funny! The cat finally gave up!
    http://chuckheathjr.com/the-cat-that-gave-up/

    • Kathleen

      What wonderful Thanksgiving and post-Thanksgiving blog entries he has up.  I suggest everyone go read them.  I am very thankful that Chuck Jr. has decided to speak up and start sharing his heart.  There is strength in numbers.  Sarah has always had the support of her family, but with Chuck Jr. being out there as well as Bristol, she doesn’t have to stand alone in the public view.  It’s more of an optic thing, if you know what I mean.  Anyway, I’m enjoying Chuck Jr.’s peek into the Palin/Heath clans lives.  God bless them all richly.  

      • TexS2012

        I am enjoying Chuck Jr.’s blog so much. Just sign up for email and you can get them. He’s opening up Alaska and our favorite family for us. When you comment he responds!

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Thanks, TexS and Kathleen!!

  • bassman
    • Pete Petretich

      Excellent.

  • Pete Petretich

    Do you remember when Romney destroyed Gingrich in Florida with dirty tricks and TV ads?

    How much did that cost? Did he ever attack Obama like that, ever?

    This is what Sarah would have faced if she had run a conventional 2012 campaign!

    • $26225604

      they all ran out of money except romney. they couldnt defend or attack. so raising a boatload of money, directly or via PACs that will do your dirty work is a must. any potential candidate not doing this early, like starting after the holidays, will be tipping their hand at a run or not

    • n4cerinc

      What many of us suspected about Romney and we ended up being right, was that the intensity with which he attacked fellow Republicans was nowhere near the level he used against Obama. This is what going Etchasketch gets you.

  • wodiej

    My thoughts on Jeb Bush running for president.  His older brother’s failures will not be forgotten soon.   And while many may disagree w me, I still do not believe he won the election fairly in 2000 with all the chaos in Florida.  As the Bible says, we reap what we sow.  Republicans and conservatives are to blame for this.  They voted for him even though Bush Jr. was a horrible businessman and governor of Texas. They excused the vote discrepancies in Florida.  Now people are angry because we got someone no better than obama.  I guess liberals figured if Bush Jr. could win anyone could.  

    So as far as Jeb running making it an easier path to the presidency for Gov. Palin, I can’t be optimistic based on the selections conservatives have made in the past whether by actually voting or staying home.

    • Right_Wingnut

      Yeah… I was really pulling for Algore too. /s

      • wodiej

        more unaccountability from Republicans.

    • carmtom13

      Jeb has a big problem his last name is Bush. The ethnic groups will never vote republican, the libs have them in their pocket. I remember Governor Palin saying on Hannitys show that this election was about Freedom or free stuff. BHO sold the people a line of BS, a typical Alinsky tactic, repeat the same thing over and over again and people believe it. That is what the libs did about Governor Palin and the GOP establishment joined in with the libs. The GOP establishment in DC and elsewhere are no different than the libs they are libs in disguise. I have had enough of all of them.

  • Jean_A

    Good morning, C4P!

    I stand with Sarah Palin.

  • TENCOLE

    Jeb vs Palin……now THAT looks like fun. 

  • Lynda

    I was just on The Tea Party fb page (I know we are all tired of polls) they have a list of name for 2016 and Sarah is not on it … But you can write a name in … I wrote hers in you know in my way of thinking we all need to go over there and write her name in … I know some of you are saying polls do not matter this early and you are right but I feel there is one her name needs to be on it and we need to vote…

    • dave7777

      I’m trying to figure why they left her name off. This is preposterous. Will we have to fight the dems, the repubs, and the tea party?
      It’s amazing how many splinter of the tea party there are. I couldn’t find the poll, but I located a group called the Atlanta Tea Party and joined. I told them I was setting up a Palin 2016 HQ in Georgia next summer.
      I believe that the O4P type organizations need to be revitalized and strengthen during the next four years.
      Let’s go troops.

      • $26225604

        there are "tea party" groups that dont like sarah. ie freedom works. they know that once sarah puts her name behind one of the tea party groups, they will be rendered irrelevant. the closest she has come is tea party express

        • dave7777

          Dick Army is in it for the money.He draws a lage six figure salary. You can bet his group won’t back her.

      • JLAdevelop

        Until Sarah indicates a desire to run very few in the media or in Republican or Tea Party groups will include her as a potential candidate. For over a year everyone in those circles endlessly speculated about her running in 2012. She was the last potential candidate to make a decision not to run and now those people do not think she will run.

        • narciso

           Yet they touted Christie, even though he had made even fewer gestures, and frankly had been wrong on most of the issues of the day,

        • jerseymark

          That is exactly the point. Does not apply to Christie.

    • jerseyflash

      Sometimes I wonder just how dumb or dumber people are Lynda…I like your comment…so here is what I would like to add…Nov 7 2012 Greta ask the country…100% of those in SHOCK…"WHO WOULD MAKE A BETTER POTUS THEN "HIM"….the answer by a wide margin…Sarah Palin was the choice…
      It is not as though Sarah is relevant…SARAH PALIN IS A THREAT…( watch the end of MONEYBALL with Brad Pitt talking to the owner of the Boston Red-Socks ) his statement to Brad is exactly what he would be saying to Sarah Palin…
      STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES…you want to see STUPID…look at the photo of "HIM" with the umbrella which was covering "FAT-CAKES"…she walks thru the opened door-way…"HE" tries to get the OPENED umbrella thru the door-way…"STUPID DOESN’T KNOW THAT A SQUARE PEG DOESN’T GO IN A ROUND HOLE"….this America is the guy you want running your country…
      Buckle-up…this is going to be a rough ride !!!!!

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