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What’s going on today? Gallup interestingly finds that the disparity between the number of Republicans in Alaska and the number of Democrats in Alaska is one of the largest in the country but that Alaska’s electorate is also composed of more moderates and fewer liberals than any other state.

The new Harper Polling poll about the Alaska Senate race pretty much tells us that Governor Palin would win the GOP primary easily over Mead Treadwell or Joe Miller in a one-on-one contest and that a Palin-Begich race probably starts off as a toss-up whereas Begich would be a strong favorite against either Treadwell or Miller. The pollster’s report of a general election matchup between Palin and Begich reveals that the undecided voters are almost all GOP and GOP-leaning indies as Begich has already won every Democrat and Democrat-leaner that he’s going to win. His 47% is the just the same 47% he won in 2008 against Ted Stevens and his chances of maintaining that 47% are pretty slim with the likely presence of a third-party candidate in the Senate race.

A side-note on Harper Polling: it changed the title to its article about its Alaska Senate poll for some reason.

The Governor tweeted this note.



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  • Pete Petretich

    "While Menendez, 59, has never been charged with a crime, there is no denying that he’s often caught in ethical crosshairs…"

    "Sen. Menendez is not stranger to investigations"
    http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2013/02/sen_menendez_is_not_stranger_t.html#incart_river_default

  • 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.
    ——–

    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 issubeteutiful photoses 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

  • ZH100

    Gov. Palin sent out the following tweet:

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    "You won’t move forward if you keep letting things from your past bring you down! God forgave you!"

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    https://twitter.com/SarahPalinUSA/status/297454768077561856

    • Kathleen

      Why, I wonder.  Seems an odd tweet to send out–it’s more like a personal response to someone than a generic tweet.  And….God forgives, but we must first repent of our sins to access that forgiveness and have the righteousness of Christ applied to us.  Curious.

      • RefudiateGOPe

        Why must you wonder what the meaning of Sarah’s tweet is?  Why must Sarah’s every utterance be parsed by both her advocates and her adversaries?  Can her words not be taken at face value? 

        • AZStandingBy

          Because, correct me if Im wrong, it is unusual for her to be tweeting quotes from the Bible and religious quotes, as OFTEN as she has been and not linked to any particular political issue of the day. So it is different. She is on a different path or developing a different strategy.  So you should let people wonder.

          If interjecting the Bible into her public political strategy is part of her new plan going forward, then it is different and is worthy of discussion.

          • John_Frank

             Gee, more concern trolls.

          • Kathleen

            THANK YOU!  that is what I’m curious about.

        • John_Frank

          Exactly.

          Instead, we get the concern trolls.

        • Kathleen

          Explain its meaning to me, then, Refudiate.  I do not understand why she posted it.  If it’s clear to you, then perhaps you’d make it clear to the rest of us.  Thanks ahead of time.

      • John_Frank

         Oh look, the concern trolls are out in force.

        • Kathleen

          I’m going to get huffy with you, John_Frank, because I’m NOT A TROLL of any stripe.  I’ve been posting here almost since the inception of C4P, and am a HUGE Sarah Palin supporter–heck, I even go to the mat for her on HA if necessary.  I’m just curious as to why she posted that.  If you understand exactly what she was trying to say, then do me a favor and explain it.  Don’t snark at me.  

          • TeflonWarrior

            She tweeted, because she wanted to & so she did!

          • AZStandingBy

             Welcome to the "concern troll" ranks. It aint a fun place to be. Hope you have a better time of it than the rest of us. Just dont know what to do with these types. It is SOOO frustrating. 

    • wodiej

      Amen….already seeing hate comments in response.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7HCPR7JLQP6R33GXP5DO5XKDM 1776er

      We don’t know how people try to communicate with Sarah Palin.  This strikes me as a personalized response to somebody that has a rather serious problem by using twitter as perhaps the only means of communicating back.  

      • Kathleen

        Thanks, 1776er.  That is a plausible reply.  :-)

  • 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."
    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/

  • ZH100

    Great story (by Lynda Armstrong)
    ——–

    ‘It is a Woman: Yep and Hear Me Roar’

    http://chuckheathjr.com/it-is-a-woman-hear-me-roar/

    • wodiej

      What I am wondering is why she put up w the male abuse on the job. I own a lawn and landscaping business.  95% of my customers are women because they say they want to support a female owned business.  The male customers I do have are respectful.  If they weren’t, I would never work for them. 

      Our society is still sexist, and on the conservative side it’s worse.  I will never understand why it is so difficult to treat other people with decency, compassion, love and respect with no regard to their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical appearance/capabilities.  

  • ZH100

    ‘Winning an Emmy by Gaming the Truth’

    From the article:

    "Shame on HBO for producing this hit piece. Shame on Julianne Moore and the rest of the rogues’ gallery who made up the cast for starring in it. And shame on the Emmys for rewarding the slander and deception that went into making it."

    http://festivaloffilms.com/blog/2012/09/30/winning-an-emmy-by-gaming-the-truth

  • wodiej

    “Therefore put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.”  Ephesians 6:13

  • Escaped_Teleprompter

    The country does not need any new immigration law; It needs to enforce existing laws better.

    Millions of illegal aliens intentionally violate existing immigration law — that is why they are termed "illegal".  No proposed bill by Congress will make them more illegal than they already are.  Instead, what is lacking is any desire by the Obama Administration to enforce existing immigration law. 
    Obama will not enforce immigration laws that he had sworn to uphold.  Not only would the President not enforce the law, he even sued Arizona to prevent it from enforcing similar immigration laws. 

    Given the President’s true intentions, it is simply baffling that four GOP senators almost seemed eager to propose new "comprehensive" immigration reform measures.  Obama insisted on comprehensive immigration reform rather than piecemeal measures, because a comprehensive bill will entail some form of compromise, in which Republicans will make some concessions (such as amnesty), in return for some purported benefit (such as a promise of enforcement).  Given Obama’s obvious intentions on non-enforcement, such promises would be blithely ignored, while any concessions by the GOP, such as amnesty, will be gladly put into effect. 

    Obama is just luring the GOP into making unnecessary concessions, such as amnesty, in return for empty promises of enforcement.  Since no congressional bill will make illegal aliens anymore illegal than they already are, the best course of action for congressional Republicans is to ignore Obama’s exhortations for comprehensive immigration reform, and do nothing.  Don’t even bring any immigration bills for vote on the House floor.  There is little to be gained but much to be lost.  Doing nothing is less harmful than making unnecessary concessions. 
    .

  • ZH100

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

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

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

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

    From the article:

    "Sarah Palin served as Mayor/City Manager of Wasilla, Alaska from October 14, 1996 to October 14, 2002. As such, Palin was responsible for preparing, submitting, and executing the City’s annual budget for fiscal years 1997 through 2003. During this seven-year period, the City’s General Fund averaged an annual surplus of roughly $2.5 million, as illustrated in the chart below. Palin inherited a surplus of just $350,000 from her predecessor John Stein (fiscal year 1996). By 2003 she had grown the surplus to almost $3 million, with a 22.4% increase in revenue and a 15.6% reduction in spending."
    http://pa4palin.blogspot.com/2011/06/sarah-palin-record-of-fiscal.html
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    Sarah Palin: A Record of Fiscal Conservatism (Part 2)

    From the article:

    "Sarah Palin served as Governor of the State of Alaska from December 4, 2006 to July 26, 2009. As such, Palin exercised authority over the State’s annual budget for fiscal years 2008, 2009, and 2010. At the end of fiscal year 2007, Gov. Frank Murkowski, Palin’s immediate predecessor (whom she defeated in the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary), left the State’s General Fund with a balance of roughly $7.6 billion. During the three fiscal years for which Gov. Palin oversaw the budget, the General Fund averaged an annual surplus of more than $2.6 billion, resulting in a total increase of $7.9 billion ? more than 100% ? over the fiscal year 2007 balance."
    http://pa4palin.blogspot.com/2011/06/sarah-palin-record-of-fiscal_08.html
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    Sarah Palin: A Record of Fiscal Conservatism (Part 3)

    From the article:

    "Requests for federal earmarks declined dramatically in each of the fiscal years for which Sarah Palin exercised budgetary authority for the State of Alaska. In FY2007, Gov. Frank Murkowski requested $350 million in federal appropriations, which Gov. Palin reduced to $256 million in FY2008, $198 million in FY2009, and $69 million in FY2010. Overall, Palin cut earmark requests by more than 80% during her tenure as Governor."
    http://pa4palin.blogspot.com/2011/06/sarah-palin-record-of-fiscal_523.html
    —————————————————————–

    ‘Governor Palin on the Issues: Monetary Policy’

    From the article:

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

    http://conservatives4palin.com/2010/11/governor-palin-on-the-issues-monetary-policy.html
    —————————————————————–

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

    http://palin4america.com/2012/01/alaska-has-three-as-its-name-and-now-so-does-its-credit-rating/
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    Paul Gigot: Governor Palin “Leading the Pack” on Monetary Policy (November ,2010)

    From the article:

    "In a Wall Street Journal editorial  the editors noted the degree of sophistication Governor Palin is bringing to the table as she attempts to focus the nation’s attention on the disastrous repercussions which must result from a further inflating of the currency.

    Specifically, she referred to QE2, the Fed’s plan to pump another $600 billion to as much as $1 trillion into the economy via the purchase of U.S. government securities. Paul Gigot, editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page, discusses the editorial and Governor Palin in the video."

    http://online.wsj.com/video/opinion-journal-palin-vs-bernanke/6A8B3973-6069-464E-B48B-4D4564C96DE5.html

    http://conservatives4palin.com/2010/11/paul-gigot-governor-palin-leading-the-pack-on-monetary-policy.html
    ———————————————————————

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

    From the article:

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

    http://www.nysun.com/editorials/palin-v-bernanke/87128/

  • ZH100
  • freeperjim

    Trailer For New Series On The Bible: You Must See This

    http://www.therightscoop.com/trailer-for-new-series-on-the-bible-you-must-see-this/

    Looks awesome!!!!

    Co-Produced by Roma Downey & Mark Burnett

  • OldPat

    Crosspost
    During the nite a cold front stealthily crept over the Carolina landscape, and I can tell it’s gonna be a cold, hard-truth kind of day.

    When ‘Todd and God’ sprang from the depths of her soul with such utter certainty in response to Oprah’s question, I knew I wasn’t alone.  I knew there was at least one other man out there whose wife loved him as mine once loved me.  No rhyme or reason to it; she just did, whether I deserved it or not. 

    When I lost her, I walked the valley of darkness and despair balancing myself on the edge of sanity for so long – until the dearest of friends unwittingly threw me a lifeline just by being themselves on the pages of C4P and P4A.  I hung on to their words like a drowning man until my Maker gave me reason to live again – my grandson, little Jake.

    Webster’s and I just haven’t the words yet to tell those friends what they mean to me.

    Some days I long to see her again and meet my brother, Charlie, but I can’t just yet.  Like those men whose names are on The Wall in DC, I must be able to tell her and him I’ve fulfilled my mission to preserve what they left behind and I’ve helped make the world a safer place for our little Jake, Lipstick’s boy, Todd and Sarah’s little Trig and those tens of millions of innocents we now call ‘Inconvenient’.

    Contrary to what the LSM and PPC would have us believe, we now live in a time where the most dangerous place for a child to be is in his mother’s womb.

    If we are the last best hope for man, to change the names of the people who walk the halls of Congress, the White House and the Courts wont get this job done.  We must also change the mores of our society.

    • dave7777

       I don’t quite know how to respond to your lovely post, but I’m with you…as are all the C$Pers.

    • c4pfan

      Share this with Chuck Heath Jr!  His site is chuckheathjr.com!

    • TheresaAK

      Amen Pat……God Bless you and your precious grandson, Jake.

    • virginiagentleman1

      My dear friend and fellow warrior,
          The pain you still feel, and have shared with us, is so palpable, that I can feel it with you, through your words. If I may be so bold as to say, I THANK GOD that little Jake has come into your life! The joy of a child is contagious and soul filling! God Bless you my brother.
      Your beloved bride awaits you in the best of all places, God’s mighty arms. She is safe forevermore, but you know that.
      You on the other hand are still in harms way here on this wretched planet and yes, you do have a mission to fulfill, until you finally receive the summons home from the Creator and you too join her and Charlie in eternal joy and bliss with our Heavenly Father. You will soar on angels wings when God calls you into eternity to be with Him and your loved ones.

      Until that time, we have so much work to do in order to create a world where little Jake, and all children are safe, loved, and wanted.

      Once, you were an American Warrior, Army Air Calvary, proudly serving your nation.
      It appears to me that you have received another call to serve my friend, that of a Warrior for God, to restore His vision upon the nation. OldPat, I will stand with you, fight at your side, and fall with you when the need arises.
      My friend, I thank God that you have such a great reason to Soldier On, little Jake.

  • Pete Petretich
    • john norton

      … : (

  • AZStandingBy

    do you think sarahs recent increase in religious tweets that seem completely removed from politics is her priming the pump for "The Bible"? or maybe tied to her speech in early march? both happen at the same time.

    correct me if Im wrong, but I dont recall so many bible references in past years in her tweets or FB posts. seems risky politics wise, but really, at this point, what have we got to lose . country needs a revival

    • john norton

      Thats coming…it’s form is foggy yet…i’m suprized someone hasn’t pulled the plug by now…

      • AZStandingBy

        pulled the plug? what do you mean? i dont understand your post

        • john norton

          Someone stand up publicly,like Andrew used too,& pull us out of the one way course these hooligan’s hve us on… !

    • M_Minnesota

      I would highly encourage you to read and recommend to others is the book:  "The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin"   "What she believes and What it means for America"  by Stephen Mansfield and David  Holland.    They were given access by the Heath’s and others  to tell the story.

      You can buy it for cheap at places like ebay and half.com.  But that will change if she declares…  :-)

      Anyway here is the writers video to this most AWESOME BOOK!!!!!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8a93-l1fTM

      • Kathleen

        I recommend that book often.  It is wonderful.  If she ever runs for office again, I’m going to go through my copy and highlight and put post-its on important passages, so that I can quote them if necessary to those who have a hard time understanding where she comes from in her view on things.  It’s a real gem of a book.

        EXCELLENT video, BTW! Thanks for sharing it. And–just a little personal note: I first read the book on a cruise ship going up to Alaska in 2011 for my 30th wedding anniversary with my husband. The ship’s library had it, of all things (along with Going Rogue). It’s part of my wonderful memories of that trip to Alaska. :-)

    • John_Frank

       Oh look, concern trolling?

    • Kathleen

      I voiced a similar curiosity myself.  It does seem like she’s been posting more Bible quotes.  And yes, I’ve been praying for a spiritual awakening in the U.S. more myself lately.  This country needs to come to repentance of its sins (abortion & sexual immorality come to mind, although there are many others), and it really needs to begin in the church. 

  • stlouisix

    Gallup: Conservatives Outnumber Liberals in 47 Out of 50 States and DC
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/gallup-conservatives-outnumber-liberals-47-out-50-states-and-dc

    Why then does the conservative message have to be neutered by frauds,
    masquerading as the opposition to the sorry likes of Obama, who consider
    conservatives who want to save their country a bigger enemy than a
    communist who wants to destroy it from within, per what Boehner did in
    stealing the horses from the cavalry that was elected in 2010 to stop
    Obama in his tracks, by locking them out of any leadership positions in
    The House in favor of his cronies like Cantor, McCarthy et al, who, like
    Boehner, are concerned more with keeping the power of their own personal
    little political fiefdoms – the common good of the country be damned?

    That’s a good question in my book that has an easy answer, IT DOESN’T,
    moreover, IT MUST NOT, if we’re going to have a fighting chance, with
    the help of God, to save America from the clutches of communists who
    hate it! Those who argue otherwise, that the GOP must de facto become
    indistinguishable from the Obamunists in embracing their morally
    bankrupt ideology, have a death wish for a free America, which is a seminal
    truth that a leaderless Party needs to have shouted from the rooftops by
    REAL leaders with the guts to do it!

    • dave7777

       That is the longest question I was ever asked. I had to read it three times. LOL

      • stlouisix

         You get an A+

  • PhilTan

    Love the mention of the Senate poll at the top of the thread, but I’m not buying the numbers. Do any of us really think Parnell would stand a chance against the Guv. ? Also I think she would dwarf Begich in a general. Thirdly, if she were to have an interest in the Senate race, instantly that would become Ground Zero for the democratic party and I really think they would pour every dollar they had into that race and thus any polling numbers would be skewed and/or moved dramatically . Exciting though. I’d send her contributions for sure. 

    • john norton

      I’d like to think the Gov. was , is after bigger fish… !

    • Pete Petretich

      My impression is that Parnell and Sarah are still on good terms. She appointed him after all and they ran together in 2006.

      Why would they run against each other?

      • narciso

         Parnell has pretty much dismantled the team that negotiated the AGIA deal, he has otherwise
        compromised some of the few Republicans like Theriault that worked with her,

      • AZStandingBy

         She had to run with him, he won the Lt Gov race. She had no choice.  And he has worked against some of the policies that she fought so hard for. He just doesnt seem as steel spinned as she is and he gives into pressure

      • AZStandingBy

        She appointed him what? If the Gov leaves office, Lt Gov takes over, no appointing. I never heard her gush over him.

        • Pete Petretich

          He is Governor because she made him Governor. They also recently met with Alaskan military people who were about to be deployed, both Parnell and Palin.

          I agree that she has bigger fish to fry, but she also looks for ways to serve.

      • c4pfan

        I agree with you Pete!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VYAGCGTM4ROTTY4RKGKJILPJOQ clyde

    Ian, Ian, Ian…..you’re a smart guy I’m sure.
    However, while perusing yesterday’s Open Thread, I came across your ridiculous statement:
                "I’ve got the Ravens winning on Sunday."
    Good heavens, man!!!
    What are you thinking/drinking??
    SF will win  by 10.
    I  also duly note that you picked Atlanta and NE two weeks ago.
    Go Niners!!

    • john norton

      Let’s Go Niner’s …>>>>>>>>> ~ !

    • senator20526

       Way to go Clyde……Go Niners

  • Pete Petretich

    What do we know about the person who puts these together?

    http://paper.li/MaxCUA/1306041260

    They usually look kinda promising, but I see an offensive picture or two as I scan the page…

    • c4pfan

      Just because it has 2016 next to Sarah’s name doesn’t mean anything to me. 

      • Pete Petretich

        This "newspaper" almost seems like it’s randomly generated.

  • stlouisix

    With the encouragement of Eagle Forum at

    http://www.capwiz.com/eagleforum/issues/alert/?alertid=62336526

    I just sent the following letter to my senators on the disastrous nomination of Hagel as Secretary of what would be NO DEFENSE!

    Chuck Hagel is a threat to national security, and I urge you to do
    everything you can to stop his confirmation, including voting NO on
    cloture.

    Hagel dangerously believes that disarmament and diplomacy will lead to
    peace. This fundamental misunderstanding of the seriousness of the threats
    facing America render him unfit for the position of Secretary of Defense.

    Hagel has consistently supported slashing the military budget and believes
    in a "pared down Pentagon," and he is not just talking about cutting
    "waste."

    Accordingly, as a Vietnam War Navy Veteran serving in the Naval Security
    Group Command, I’m asking you NOT to support Hagel’s nomination for
    reasons of national security in a world where America’s enemies look upon
    the likes of Hagel as an invitation to strike while the iron is hot!

    • john norton

      I’ll stick to voting for the ‘orange juice can’ …

  • superyoni

    In your reference to the Harper poll for the Alaksa Senate Republican race, you neglected to mention that Gov. Parnell leads over Gov. Palin.  That could be a problem since she anointed him Governor.  She has some work to do.  The Harper poll reads: 

    "In a Republican Senate primary, Governor Sean Parnell leads former Governor Sarah Palin
    32%-27%."

    "Republicans who consider themselves “Very Conservative” give Palin the edge over Parnell
    26%-25%.  Parnell’s strength is fueled by “Somewhat Conservative” voters who pick him over Palin 39%-25%."

    "Palin’s standing is not the result of her being unpopular with Alaska Republicans. Fifty-six percent of Republicans hold a favorable opinion of her, while 38% say unfavorable.   The problem for Palin is that Sean Parnell has a 74% favorable image with Republicans, 16% say unfavorable."

    • john norton

      Who’s doing the voting,wld be my first question… & for tht matter its a worthless exercise The Gov.has bigger fish to fry… !

    • c4pfan

      People support who they see at leadership.  I think that’s fine and I highly doubt Sarah is going to run for Senator.

      • jester2939

        My thoughts as well.

    • Polarbearpapa

      I find some of the numbers puzzling, A lot of the "Republicans" I know here do not really like how Parnell is doing…

      ..I wonder if they conducted there poll in a limited area of Alaska to get the results they wanted…..

      ..wouldn’t be the first poll to be done that way

      • jester2939

        Hey, PBP! Were Sarah’s emails read by most Alaskans? I know the media up there is corrupt, but I don’t see why voters wouldn’t be angry about what happened to her if they read the emails.
         

        • Polarbearpapa

          We have as many uninformed voters as other states do..

          ..it is sad state of affairs..

          • john norton

            It’s my beleif tht it will be the efforts of a concentrated few and not of the uneducated masses tht will win this…

    • jester2939

      True – Ian should have posted the whole thing. I ain’t skeered of some poll numbers, and I don’t think the Governor would be either!!! However, I don’t think she would care to run for Senate – if Parnell wants to, then good for him. Although I think Miller would shake things up more.

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