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This post about Terry McAuliffe had the following passage:

One of my friends started working for Republican candidates in 2009 after being inspired by a certain Republican Governor. This Republican Governor at the time posed a direct threat to Mitt Romney’s path to the Presidential nomination in 2012 (it would turn out to be a false alarm). As a result, everywhere my friend went from 2009 to 2012, a conversation would inevitably come up at cocktail parties in DC. It went like this.

Former Democrat: “I was a lifelong Democrat until 2008.”
Romney Diehard: “Oh wow. What made you change?”
Former Democrat: “Sarah Palin.”
Romney Diehard: “You people represent everything that is wrong with the Republican Party. Go away. We only want Rockefeller Republicans around here. That is what the people want, that is where the country is, and Mitt Romney will be the next President of the United States.”


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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.

    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.  


    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

    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.


    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.

    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.


    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.

    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.

  • Jthom26837

     Good Morning Fellow Palinistas,

     I hope you’re having a great Christmas and New Years Season. Great piece for today’s ‘Open Thread.’ I enjoyed it.


  • Pete Petretich

    So what noxious plans have been cooked up overnight by the notorious Bush Clan? Those people must never sleep!

  • 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"

    • 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."

      • 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. "

      • Audrey_I

        There are winners and losers in every election.  At least fifty percent of all campaign managers back the loser.  Steve Schmidt trying to save his reputation is a phony narrative.  Steve Schmidt was being spiteful when he made up vicious lies about Sarah Palin.  The Republican Establishment put Schmidt up to his lies and antics. 

  • smbren

    It would be funny, if not so serious. It seems like just yesterday Ian when all the smart people said "Romney was the only one that could win". We had our doubts didn’t we? My problem with Romney was two fold: I live in Michigan, I voted for McCain in the primary of 2008 because I didn’t want Romney. With all of McCain’s faults, fiscal responsibility is not one of them. When he stated he would have stopped the spending, he meant it. He has a record to prove. Romney won the primary.

    In 2012 I voted for Santorum in the primary, because I didn’t want Romney, and at the time it looked like Santorum might have a chance. Romney won the primary. I swore up and down I wasn’t voting in the general, going to vote principle this time. (I voted, because I always vote). I could have gotten away with not voting because hey, this is Michigan, but it looked like Romney might have had a chance. My unhappiness with Romney is nothing like my loathing for Obama. Heck, I would have voted for another democrat if I had to in order to get Obama out, and well, Romney he comes close.

    My other problem with Romney is my large extended family in MA on my mothers side. Liberals, most of them, and they loved Romney. I figured that didn’t bode well. My concern now is my age, and seeing how this has all panned out in the past. 2014 could very well go right back to the democrat party, the pendulum could most certainly swing again. Obamacare will be a huge factor, and could come back to bite us. The government subsidies for those making under 90K in order to pay their health insurance, could (could, not for certain) be a deciding point for those not willing to give up that subsidy. Obamacare is the elephant in the room. It is destructive, and could very well put the republican party out of commission for decades. The republican party  has screwed us royally, they could have fought Obamacare, kept in on the table every single week, regardless of their minority status. They were this close to getting dem senators on board for repeal, and they squandered it all away. The country hated it and were counting on them to take care of it. It should have been their saving grace….The saddest of all? the cocktail GOP crowd will still not listen to conservatives come 2016.

  • Pete Petretich

    "Best Piper Palin Moments on Sarah Palin’s Alaska"
    (the volume’s kind of low, but these are good memories)

    • BHappy

      Thanks for posting that Pete, I wish they would rerun that series.

      • Pete Petretich

        Is the Bush Clan blocking it? Was it on hold until after the election?

      • palmerguy

        We picked it up on Amazon for less than $10.00 the other day, makes a nice gift to the folks in the lower 48 also fun to watch again.

  • wodiej

    "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16

  • Escaped_Teleprompter

    How Palin Enlarges the Tent

    The GOPe lamented about their inability to enlarge the tent — to appeal to a wider electorate — not realizing that the most effective way to do it is the way that Gov. Palin does it.  To the GOPe, enlarging the tent meant drifting to the left and becoming Democrat-light.  That never works of course because anyone who is predisposed to liberal ideology would vote Democrat, instead of voting for a wishy-washy Republican imitating a liberal. 

    Instead, Gov. Palin appeals to a wide spectrum of voters not by drifting
    to the left or by flip-flopping and pandering to the latest political
    whims, but by her commonsense ideas, clear political leadership and
    above all, her unflinching stand on conservative principles. 
    Like Reagan before her, who won the support of Blue-dog Democrats, Palin has strong support not only from conservatives, but also from independents and many former Democrats.  Her appeal is so broad and strong, that both establishment Democrats and Republicans are threatened by her potential ability to draw voters away from their core constituencies. 

    • wodiej

      There are two significant reasons for this.  She doesn’t waver on her beliefs.  And she believes in love and compassion for everyone whether she agrees with them or not.  This is the hallmark of a true Christian.  Our country is in dire need of more of this and I can think of no better person to represent this while holding such high principles and value in her own life.  

    • stevethird

       Which is why she must run as an Independent. The GOPe will never EVER accept her. To think that they would nominate her and get behind her candidacy is, IMV,  delusional. I don’t Know a single GOPer that doesn’t to some extent buy into some aspect of the "quitter, divisive, extreme, or stupid" meme that both parties and the MSM  have been selling since august of 2008.I run into it daily. On the upside, I am no longer a Republican, and there are millions of us out here who don’t buy into the BS. There will be millions more if she runs.

      • section9

        No, this is the only thing I agree with the execrable GOP party stooge, Yankee4Palin, about. The only way to change the country is to change the GOP from below. Revolution from below is what happened to the Democrats after 1968 and it is what we must do.

        Independent third parties only arise once the Second Party (say, the Whigs) completely lose relevance (as the Whigs did in refusing to take a stand against the expansion of Slavery in the Territories). The Republicans arose as the Party of Abolition and took off.

        It may be that in their wholesale betrayal of Reagan and his notions of ordered liberty and limited government, the GOP has lost its raison d’etre, but that time may not be at hand. We may be in for a period of protracted (and corrupt) One Party Rule as a new party rises from the ashes of the old. But I’m not sure we are there yet.

        • golfmom3

          But that is exactly what Yankee says about Gov. Palin:  "she didn’t run"  i.e. she quit so we all have to climb on the GOP train. The doddering old conductors, like Boehner and the bunch, have barricaded themselves in the locomotive and have decided to take a nap, drink some tea, and let the train go wherever the Dem-laid tracks run.  

          There are too many politically astute individuals like stevethird and kristypatullo who are NOT Yankee to cater to the Yankee philosophy.  The Republican party has lost relevance.  It has been irreparably harmed by the doddering old fools labeled as rich, elite, insulated, hating white men and their wives.  I know that objectively this describes the Dem party, and I know the Republican party has more blacks, Latinos, and women in serious leadership positions.  It doesn’t matter — the label cannot be removed. 

          To go back to my original metaphor, the GOP train is slowing to a crawl.  It is time to uncouple the cars and their passengers and goods from the unassailable engine and put another locomotive on the other end of the train and start running. 

          • $8196935

            You may be describing the Republicans in your part of the world but in my city there are young,
            modern men and women active in the Republican party

            People can wish the Republicans to go away but that will not happen.
            Why not use that hate and energy to fight the Democrats.

            • golfmom3

              No hate at all, Yankee dear.  None.  Clear-eyed objective thinking. 

              You live in California — that’s a foreign place to a lot of flyover country and we are aliens to you all.  I know many conservative Democrats in my city who are weary of the pugnacious progressive direction of what used to be their party.  I am sure you find that idea shocking, but you don’t know the folks around here.  I also know a number of status-quo-get-along-with-the-Democrats-Hillary-isn’t-so-bad Republicans who throw soirees for Republican candidates who come from the right families or who promise to support their pet project.  I’ve been to those soirees — stuffy is putting it mildly.  The mention of Tea Party breaks out quiet gasps and rolled eyes —

              If you follow the metaphor correctly, I only wish to uncouple the party of folks represented on this site and across the country from the current corrupt Republicrat leadership in Washington — Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, etc. — and let them sit along with their good friends from across the aisle and drink their tea and eat their crumpets.  We’ve got places to go and things to do and another engine at the other end of the train is the only way to get there. 

              I think you would enlarge your thinking if you try to trust the folks who post here when they report on their cities and neighborhoods.  Look at the quote Ian linked to at the top of the page — that’s very true and there are many Southern Democrats that would rather be going in the direction of Gov. Palin.  Trust me, you live in the Land of Fruits and Nuts!  Despite the myriad of farflung relatives on the East Coast and overseas, you truly have been befuddled by Republican talking points.  Listen to what we are saying.  No hate.  None.  Just the real world, baby.

        • $8196935

          and a Proud Republican.

          Yes, you have to work within the party to have some say or get some control.
          and get more adult Conservative Republicans  elected.

          The Whigs lasted arond 10 years  the Republicans since the late 1850s.  The Republican Party is not going away.  If so called Conservatives don’t want to work with in the Republican Party, a lazy person is shown for what they are.
          The Childish idea of a Conservative party is not happening, and if it did, the many factions of Conservatives will fight among themselves because they only want the Pure and there are plenty who are also power hungry and don’t mind making large coinage.

          Following politics as a kid  supported Nixon over Kennedy but in high school, found the candidate  who was inspiring, Goldwater, this is my roots and Reagan later.

      • Audrey_I

        The Republican establishment is part of the American Ruling Class.  The Ruling Class is a coalition of democrats and republicans who use the taxation, regulatory and spending power of the Federal Government to perpetuate themselves in power and to enrich themselves.

        The Ruling Class supports Socialism and suspending the Constitution to gain further control over the ninety nine percent who are not party of this privilege group.  The Ruling Class considers the rest of us as the Common Masses.  

  • cudaforever

    Happy New Years Eve Eve  C4P :)

    I love that pic of Sarah on the Open Thread. It is from the William Seward House in Auburn, NY. I was at that event !! Fantastic !!

    Also thanks Ian for that blurb about the Romney Diehard and the Former Democrat. Exactly why 0 of my dollars will go to the Repubs and why all my Cash will go to SarahPAC !! 

  • Escaped_Teleprompter

    Fiscal Cliff — Republicans Need a Bill to Counter the Impending Obama-Reid Bill.

    Harry Reid and Obama are manoeuvring to ensure that the only bill available at the fiscal cliff dateline is their bill, which will be crafted by liberals for liberals.  Their goal is to give House conservatives no choice but to vote for the Reid-Obama bill, or be blamed for the fiscal cliff.  Republican lawmakers will be caught flat-footed if they do not scramble to present a competing bill. 

    Boehner needs to hustle through the House a competing bill that is conservative (ie. spending cuts, no tax hikes) and will pass the House, even if it does so along party lines.  Then when the Senate presents its flawed liberal bill, the House can counter with an alternate bill.  Expediency, not consensus, is the key at this point.  That denies liberals the narrative that conservatives alone are responsible for the fiscal cliff because they voted down what would have been the only option on the table. 
    Conservatives can then counter that they tried to avert the fiscal cliff with their bill, and liberals are to blame for not supporting that bill.   

    • John_Frank

      House Republicans already have two "competing" bills:

      – The first extends the existing tax rates for a year, to allow for tax reform.

      This bill was passed last summer with bi-partisan support.

      – The second addresses the sequestration legislation. The bill reduces spending by the equivalent amount, but without the need for blunt spending reductions.

      This bill was past last week.

      Any revenue bill which comes out of the Senate must amend the House bill.

      Otherwise it is a nullity, as the Constitution specifically requires that all revenue bills originate in the House.


      Will Senate Republicans agree to a "compromise" with Senate Democrats concerning the proposed amendments to the House bill?

      If so, what will this "compromise" look like? Will the House be able to pass the "compromise?"


      – Obama has adroitly used the fear of going over the "fiscal cliff" in an effort to divide Republicans.

      – Republicans are making a strategic error. They should stand united and inform the Democrats, here are the two bills that we will accept, being the two House bills.

      – We went over the fiscal cliff when our federal budget began running trillion plus dollar deficits with no plan to bring the budget back into balance.

      – The Democrats have effectively spun the political fiscal cliff to be about taxes due to poor messaging and the lack of an effective strategy by the Republicans.

      • golfmom3

        But . . . since the Obamacare "tax" did not originate in the House and has been upheld as a tax by the Supreme Court, hasn’t "nulity" been nullified?

      • Audrey_I

        The Republican leadership in the House is just plain stupid.  The House needs to pass a bill to restore all of the Bush Tax Cuts with additional  tax cuts to counteract the expected taxes because of ObamaCare.  The House Republicans need to force the Democrats to vote on it.  The Republicans need to explain to the American People that it is Obama’s fault that we are having a massive tax increase.   The Republicans need to stop playing Mister Nice guy.  

  • mark1955

    Next week the dems plan on introducing a Bill in the House on the first day ( Jan 3rd ) congress is in session. in light of this  and this by republicans,it seem like it’s all but a done deal to greatly restrict our God Given Second Ammendment Right’s at least by passing a law on paper. Of course in light of what we know about the establishment and NWO’s ulltimate goal to enslave us and then Murder us, we are NOT going to be giving up any of our FIrearms or magazine and loading devices willingly regardless of any law. Maybe that’s what Obama would like is resistance?

      If you notice in the Grassley article,he even wants to include restrictions on knives not just Firearms. The reason i mention about paying close attention to what the repubs in the House do this week, is if they don’t bury this Bill which they easily could, this and any future Firearms restrictions which i’m sure they will sell us out on, will be the absolute and Final betrayal of the repub party as they have caved to Obama on virtually everything else. And they could have stopped all of those to. Negating our God Given Second Ammendment Rights in anyway by the repubs instead of stopping the reduction of them,will unfortunately,quite possibly lead us to a Civil War. There will be no,zero,zilch,nada reason for us to not immediately start the SCREAMING for the formation of a  Constitutionally Conservative Third party to replace the repubs. We are roughly at the place where in the 1850’s,the then ‘Whig’ partry,had become a mirror image of the Slavery supporting dem party and had to be replaced by the repub party on the eve of that Civil War.

  • 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.

    ‘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."

    ‘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."

    • ZH100

      Gov.Palin was one of the first governors that has created a sub-cabinet group of advisers to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Alaska and to recommend common-sense policies to respond to the coastal erosion, thawing permafrost and retreating sea ice that affect Alaska’s communities and infrastructure.

  • ZH100

    About ACES

    Governor Palin, the Success of ACES, and the Defeat of Corruption-Part I

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin’s political career has been marked by a consistent efforts to rid Alaska of corruption, remove pervasive crony capitalism, and make government more transparent.

    Her proposal of Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share is an excellent example of her reaching all three aims. "

    • ZH100

      ‘Governor Palin, the Success of the ACES, and the Defeat of Corruption-Part II’

      From the article:

      " ACES has created a stable environment for investment and development of oil and has provided a boost to Alaskan jobs and the economy, while concurrently boosting state revenue. In short, ACES has been a success."

      • ZH100

        The Lingering Influence of Crony Capitalism and Big Oil in Alaskan Politics’

        From the article:

        "In recent posts, I discussed how Governor Palin’s key legislative victory, Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) , has been a transparent, constitutionally-based, pro-growth success.

        In 2007, Governor Palin signed into law ACES, an oil tax structure that includes incentives for development and investment in capital improvements and ensured that Alaska’s resources would be developed for the maximum benefit for the people of Alaska as per their state constitution.

        The Alaska constitution states that the state’s natural resources belong to the people of Alaska. In essence, revenue derived from oil development belongs in part to the people of Alaska who, as owners of the resources, are due their share of the profits as “shareholders”.

        Beyond this, ACES also replaced Governor Murkowski’s Petroleum Profits Tax (PPT) which was tainted by crony capitalism and corruption and lead to the arrest and conviction of state legislators and Governor Murkowski’s chief-of-staff due to the ties between PPT negotiations and VECO Corp, a oil and gas pipeline company."

  • ZH100

    Sarah Palin’s a Brainiac’  (Oct , 2008)

    The former editor in chief of Ms. magazine (and a Democrat) on what she learned on a campaign plane with the would-be VP.

    From the article:

    "I’m a Democrat, but I’ve worked as a consultant with the McCain campaign since shortly after Palin’s nomination. Last week, there was the thought that as a former editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine as well as a feminist activist in my pre-journalism days, I might be helpful in contributing to a speech that Palin had long wanted to give on women’s rights.

    What is often called her “confidence” is actually a rarity in national politics: I saw a woman who knows exactly who she is.

    Now by “smart,” I don’t refer to a person who is wily or calculating or nimble in the way of certain talented athletes who we admire but suspect don’t really have serious brains in their skulls. I mean, instead, a mind that is thoughtful, curious, with a discernable pattern of associative thinking and insight. Palin asks questions, and probes linkages and logic that bring to mind a quirky law professor I once had.

    Palin is more than a “quick study”; I’d heard rumors around the campaign of her photographic memory and, frankly, I watched it in action.

    She sees. She processes. She questions, and only then, she acts. What is often called her “confidence” is actually a rarity in national politics: I saw a woman who knows exactly who she is."

    • ZH100

      Paglia: Palin Represents New Style of Muscular American Feminism (September 09, 2008)

    • wodiej

      thank you for posting these.  I am putting them on our Indiana4Palin page in hopes that Gov. Palin will run in 2016.  I want people to be very familiar with her accomplishments and successes instead of just saying they like her.  That is our foundation.

      As a side note, I am watching On the Road w Gov. Palin and noticing how very happy she looked then, compared to now.  Big difference.  I don’t know if the hate has worn on her, if there are some health problems, or she simply misses being an agent for change.  I can’t see Gov. Palin being absent permanently.  

      As Morgan Freeman said in The Shawshank Redemption…."some birds weren’t meant to be caged.  Their feathers are just too bright."

      • ZH100

         You are welcome, wodiej.

  • TexS2012

    "Home Addresses of NY Journalists Who Published Name and Address of Every Handgun Owner in Two Counties"

    • misterlogic0013

       posted  facebook

  • TexS2012

    "Obama Administration- We Can and Will Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith"

    • wodiej

      pretty arrogant.  But it seems some simply will not fight until they are backed completely in a corner.  

    • misterlogic0013

       thanks I posted on facebook ..  offense / correct direction ..   

    • Audrey_I

      It is tough being a Christian when we have a Muslim President who uses Taqiyya to promote Islam through out the world.  The Arab Spring which has become the Arab Nightmare is the first step to building an Arab caliphate. 

      • 1776er

        While he is certainly no Christian, I do not believe Obama is a practicing Muslim either.  Obama is a practicing Marxist.  

        Marxists believe the only reality is the material world.  A chaotic material world must be ordered by Man.  God does not exist.  God is a fairy tale made up by evil upper class exploiters of the proletariat. Religion is the opiate of the people.  It is used to keep the people in submission and in chains.  

        God and Marxism are polar opposites and cannot live in mutual co-existence.  Religion, with its emphasis on inalienable individual rights, is a perpetual threat to the Marxist world view.  Is the State supreme or are individuals supreme?  Marxists always and everywhere understand the necessity for this perpetual war on God and Religion.  Look to any Marxist/Socialist experiment in history and you tell me how Religion has fared.

        It is no different now in America.  We are Hell bent to do the Marxist thing despite all the sad history of that sorry philosophy.  Even Pravda is incredulous at the suicide plunge of America under Obama.  Americans have voted for it!  Pravda calls Americans illiterate idiots.  Don’t they read history in America?

        Nope, Obama is doing what comes natural to a Marxist.  He is attempting to destroy the one thing that ultimately stands in the way of total Marxist control of society—Religion.  

        Obama cooperates with radical Muslim movements in the world.  Why?  Because they oppose America and by aiding any world forces in opposition to America Obama takes America down another notch.  His coziness with the Muslim Brotherhood has little to do with a passion for Islam but instead a passion to humble, limit, and subdue the notion of an exceptional United States of America.  

        Marxists, in their world wide struggle for ascendancy, are used to the idea of a "community of interests" shaping a coalition of power.  Look no further than the Democrat Party itself.  Disparate interests working together to advance their own individual goals and objectives.  In that respect the Marxists here in America have traveled the same road with Unions, the Catholic Church, the Black Evangelical Church, Hollywood, Media, Academics, Feminists, Gays, Tort Lawyers etc. etc. etc.  American Marxists have been willing to march in step with this "community of individual self-interest" of one sort or another as long as that march leads eventually to Marxist Power.  Useful tools.   

        Obama is a big thinker. He thinks internationally.  He thinks he is forming some kind of new Marxist Internationale that will be led by guess who.  The Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic forces– the new and practically only revolutionary force in the world– is a natural ally for 
        a gigantic arrogant Marxist ego like Obama.  Just another "community of interest" to be enlisted along the way to Marxist Power.  

        I think there is virtually no chance we will ever see Obama prostrating himself on a prayer rug 5 times a day in homage and prayer to a God, or an idea of a God, with whom he is at constant philosophical and practical political war.   Might happen.  But it will, as you say, be an act of Taqiyya not to promote Islam but rather to enlist Islam for a short journey down the Marxist road

        • Rightmindedmom

          I completely agree with this.  I have always thought that Obama, having been raised by Marxists (mother, grandparents, Frank Marshall Davis) is using the Islamists to create a new redistributionist utopia.

  • ZH100

    Uncut: The story behind ‘Our Sarah: Made in Alaska’ (Oct , 2012)

    Sarah Palin’s father and brother set the record straight on the former governor and their family in new book.

  • technopeasant

    In doing a post-mortem on the 2012 campaign I believe one has to do a complete analysis to come up with some answers to why we lost. With that in mind here are 10 of the most fabulous quotes from the series Mad Men which I believe shed a lot of light on the fiasco and indirectly cite the incompetence or ineptitude of GOP decision-makers and their surrogates as the primary reason why once again our side fell short and has only won the presidential popular vote once in the past six elections.

    1) This quote deals with the idea of tailoring a marketing campaign for lipstick to a woman’s power of choice but giving her a choice that is specific to her needs and the claim of ownership that arises out of exercising her choice and understanding the idea that women focus on the BENEFITS of a product rather its FEATURES before making their decision.

    "You’re a nonbeliever. Why should we waste time on kabuki? You’ve already tried your plan and you’re number 4. You’ve enlisted my expertise and you’ve rejected it to go on the way you’ve been going. I’m not interested in that. You can understand…listen I’m not here to tell you about Jesus. You already know about Jesus. Either he lives in your heart or he doesn’t."

    "Every woman wants choices but in the end none wants to be one of a hundred in a box. She’s unique. She makes the choices, and she’s chosen him. She wants to tell the world he’s mine. He belongs to me, not you. She marks her man with her lips. He’s her possession. You’ve given every girl that wears you lipstick THE GIFT OF TOTAL OWNERSHIP."

    Don Draper to Belle Jolie executives

    In political terms, did Team Romney (TR) consider each woman of America unique and offer up the opportunity for each American female voter to claim intellecutal ownership over their unique political choice or did  TR treat American women "like they were one of a hundred in a box" and focus too much on the FEATURES of their program rather than on the BENEFITS accruing to each American female voter?

    2) This quote deals with the idea of mixing technology with nostalgia to create a powerful "time machine" that stirs the feelings of the consumer.

    "Technology is the glittering lure but there’s the rare occason when the public can be engaged on a level beyond flash, if they have a SENTIMENTAL BOND with the product…the most important idea in advertising is new, creates an itch; you simply put your product in there as a sort of calumine lotion…but a deeper bond with the product. NOSTALGIA. It’s delicate…but potent…the pain from an old wound. It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship. It’s a TIME MACHINE. It goes backwards forwards and takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It lets us travel the way a child travels. Around and around and back home again…to a place we know we are loved."

    Don Draper, on the key benefit of a new Kodak slide projector.

    Did TR invoke NOSTALGIA, a deeper sentimental bond, during the campaign? If it did it was lost on me. Why is NOSTALGIA important? Because it reminds voters (especially older voters) how bad things are now in comparison to the past and attacks the enemy’s premsie that current events have to be seen in a vacuum.    

    3)  Don Draper is giving advice to an entrepreneur who is undertaking a major project in New York City but is being opposed by many "progressive" groups.

    "You’re concern over public opinion shows a guilty conscience. Now what good is that serving you if what is to be done is already under way?"

    And folks, isn’t that what the MSM propaganda machine relies on to convince the GOP decision-makers to show less resolve in the campaign (or be wishy-washy) or to hesitate in bringing forward bold new policies and causes them to second-guess themselves to how they stage the candidate’s presentation or what can be said in his advertising campaign.

    4) Conrad Hilton is meeting with Don Draper and although Draper’s idea on the surface for a new advertising campaign is great Hilton is not a happy camper.

    Hilton:"You did NOT give me what I wanted. I’m deeply disappointed."

    Draper: "This is a great campaign."

    Hilton: "Fine, what do you want from me? Love? Your work is good. But when I say I want the moon, I expect the moon."

    Did millions of white conservatives refuse to vote because Romney did NOT give them specifically what they wanted, although the general tenor of his campaign was acceptable, that is ABO?

    5)  Don Draper is having a creative difficulty with a client in the marketing of its 2 piece bathing suit which also provides a lesson to why our "presentation" may fall short.

    Draper: Do you want women who want a bikini to buy your two-piece or do you want women who like your two-piece not to suddenly want to buy a bikini?

    Exec: "We would like to find a way without playing in the gutter. THAT’S WHO OUR CUSTOMERS ARE. That’s a little suggestive."

    Draper: "That’s what I was going for. A wink, not a leer."

    Exec: "We don’t want a wink. I thought I made it clear our product is for MODEST PEOPLE."


    Exec: "It’s NOT wholesome…did I tell you we’re a family company?"

    Imho, Team Romney ran a campaign that was PG rated when it needed to run a campaign that was at least rated "R" to bring into his tent folks who personally respond to "political stimulation or titillation."

    6) Don Draper appears before the American Cancer Society to discuss selling cigarettes to teenagers

    ACS rep: "Teenagers are a tough sell."

    Draper: "Not for tobacco companies. They play on a two-pronged attack promising ADULTHOOD and REBELLION.

    Isn’t that in the world of presidential politics why the Left has consistently gotten so much of the youth vote (18-30), promising they will be treated like ADULTS by the Left and that their rebellious natures will be welcomed by the Democrats. Acting like tobacco companies.

    Instead Republicans act like folks 18-30 and their issues are not to be taken as seriously and give the impression they are very uncomfortable with any hint of rebellion among the young.

    7) Betty Francis has just fired her nanny that has worked for her for years. Her new husband Henry Francis, a Republican operative for Nelson Rockefeller questions her decision and this is what is said:

    Betty: "I wanted a fresh start."

    Henry: "There is no fresh start. Lives carry on."

    This is one of the most stunning lines in the history of Mad Men and more stunning it was uttered by a Republican operative. And TR in its fashion, imho operated its entire campaign on this premise and because of that the voters were given a "devil you know vs. devil you don’t know decision"

    Imagine if Mitt Romney stood before the American people and on behalf of them demanded or insisted on "a fresh start" for the American people. Isn’t that what a lot of white conservatives wanted to hear from TR?

    8) "Clients don’t understand–their success is related to standing out, not fitting in."

    Don Draper in a matter of 13 words summarizes what has been wrong with Republican presidential campaigns since 1992.

    9) "Congratulations for getting divorced. Nobody realizes how bad it get when that happens."

    Don Draper in consoling his friend Joan Holloway Harris offers her words of encouragement over her pending divorce and shows true empathy.

    Politically, TR did nothing to acknowledge the growing number of divorced women (and men) and the pain and suffering that accompanies such a decision. Sure it might be argued that TR could be accused to pandering but if you look at the exit polls there were 6% more "single" people who voted in 2012 vs. 2008 (therefore married folks represented 6% less of the electorate)  I would argue if there was one group who was deserving of this "pandering" it would be "divorced" women.

    Imagine if Mitt Romney had made a point of focusing on divorced women rising from the ashes of their divorce and coming out the other side and understanding how difficult it was for them to do so how that may have impacted the election.

    10) "Advertising is based on one thing–HAPPINESS." And you know what HAPPINESS is–the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of the road that screams reassurance that whatever you’re doing is OK. You are OK."

    Don Draper’s thought is brilliant in that it summarizes what went wrong with the Romney campaign:

    a) Failure to capture in its political campaign how HAPPY Americans are when they are exercising choices in the name of self-fulfillment and their journey towards increased success and prosperity.

    b) If Republicans can’t make the case that an essential part of being American is the pursuit of American exceptionalism and that freedom from fear must be an essential ingredient in maximizing it then we aren’t going to win. The fearmongers are going to win every single time.

    c) TR not attempting to attract the libertarian vote by campaigning on the idea of PERSONAL AUTONOMY and the need for the culture to affirm that what one is doing is life-affirming.

    Imagine if Romney had said, "As Americans you are OK. You have always been OK."

    There are many other quotes from Mad Men that I could have used but I think you get the idea. TR followed a political blueprint that Don Draper heaped scorn on throughout Mad Men. And quite honestly even though Don Draper is a fictional character, he pointed the way for TR to run a successful campaign and either through lack of will,  incompetence or ineptitude, they did not come close to pulling off. In politics ignorance is not bliss.

    Or to put it another way, could our side have done any worse by following "the Don Draper blueprint?"

  • wodiej

    Gov. Palin-One Step at a Time

  • ZH100

    ‘Death of Tea Party appears exaggerated, members in House appear to hold key fiscal vote.’

    From the article:

    "The Tea Party has had an up-and-down political ride since the movement helped Republicans take control of the House in 2010, but those elected in the midterm elections still appear to wield considerable power in the fiscal negotiations."

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