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Palin’s Winning Endorsements “setting up a scenario for a 2016 presidential run”

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on May 31, 2012

Diana Prichard at iVillage gets it right !

Is Sarah Palin the GOP’s New Political King (and Queen) Maker?

The original Mama Grizzly is proving that her endorsement carries huge clout among some conservative voters

PETER KRAMER/NBC
It’s not often you see political ads for a candidate featuring the picture of another politician, but that’s precisely what’s been helping one Texas candidate gain traction. And the politician whose face graces his online ads – Sarah Palin – is being given credit for every inch his campaign advances. Palin may not be running for elective office this year, but others are turning to her in hopes that the uber-conservatives who love her will love them, too.
The ‘mavericky’ former Governor of Alaska has always been a Tea Party favorite, but no one could have predicted how powerful her endorsements would be just four short years after her debut on the national stage.  Texas State Senate candidate Ted Cruz was trailing his opponent by 12 points until he got Palin’s blessing. Then donations started flooding into his campaign. Palin has also given her official stamp of maverick-ness to Richard Mourdock, a contender for Richard Lugar’s U.S. Senate seat in Indiana, as well as Deb Fischer, an underdog in Nebraska’s GOP senate primary. Both won their respective primary races after Palin agreed to work on their behalf.
Coincidence? Not likely.
Palin beamed with pride on her Facebook page about those outcomes. “As recently as a week ago, Deb Fischer was dismissed by the establishment. Why? Because she is not part of the good old boys’ permanent political class. The message from the people of Nebraska is simple and powerful: America is looking for real change in Washington, and common sense conservatives like Deb Fischer represent that change,” Palin wrote.
So is Sarah Barracuda the new political king (and queen) maker? From where I’m sitting, Sarah is looking better and better every day. She’s been true to her anti-establishment roots through thick and thin, and seems to be choosing candidates that fit that same bill. If Palin plays her cards right, her political clout could make her a major player at the Republican National Convention. And with every win, her endorsements mean that much more, possibly setting up a scenario for a 2016 presidential run.
Diana Prichard is a red-leaning freelance writer living and working a blue state. She authors Cultivating the Art of Sustenance. Follow her on Twitter: @diana_prichard.
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VIDEO:Texas TV Interviews Cruz Who Brilliantly Defends Palin Support & Asks For 5 Debates

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on May 30, 2012

Here is a major report from Texas station CBSDFW which covers last nights race between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst in the Texas GOP primary for senator.

Frankly, Cruz comes across as dynamic and ready to do debate battle. He defends the support of Palin as an outside of Texas individual in the correct way: “I am appreciative of support from conservatives everywhere”.

Dewhurst is laughable when he accuses Cruz of having Washington insider support and the backing of big business-especially as he, Dewhurst, has put in $20 million from his reported $200 million personal fortune.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

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VIDEO: Heck Freezes Over – MSNBC/Politico Credit “Significant” Palin With Cruz’s Remarkable Result In Texas

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on May 30, 2012

finally MSNBC/Politico agree that Palin is a major force and can influence races whilst listing the recent races she has, undoubtedly influenced.

“Palin is a significant player” and now, suddenly she is not “irrelevant”.

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WATCH VIDEO HERE

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Excerpt from transcript:

Sarah Palin is no Donald Trump!

Politico’s John Harris compares Sarah Palin’s goals to those of Donald Trump and discusses the 2008 vice presidential candidate’s influence on key 2012 Senate races, her success after her VP run and her long term goals to be a serious player in the Republican Party.

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>>> event and ted cruz was able to force a runoff. says her endorsement gave a huge boost to the campaign. i’m joined by john harris .

>> good morning.

>> this is the latest in a string of successful endorsements by sarah palin . she gave a nod and backed indiana state treasurer richard mourdock . is the power of palin alive and well ?

>> you know, she is clearly on a hot streak. one question we always have with endorsements is to what extent is the endorser making a bet of who wins and to what extent it is driving the behavior of voters. it does seem clear that at least some voters do look to sarah palin . she gives sort of a good house keeping seal of approval.

>> they love it. i mean, by all rights she should have faded into the background. her performance is basically viewed as a cautionary tale. how has she done it?

>> well, coming off 2008 she built herself into a national and international brand that was controversial but certainly among conservative voters. it is clear that she is viewed favorably. it surprised some of us in the media in that sarah palin has not been as high profile for the past year since she made it clear that she wasn’t going to seek the republican nomination which she has been able to demonstrate in the work deciding where to put the chips and risk her own credibility. she demonstrated that without the publicity without the spot lights she can be a player.

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Fashionista Taylor Marsh Goes Full Palin Derangement Syndrome (Again)

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on May 30, 2012

Perhaps it is the jealous woman syndrome rather than full-blown PDS that Taylor Marsh exhibits.  I am trying to fathom why a seemingly intelligent person  would write this:

Considering women are nowhere on the radar for camp Mitt, except for his stunning wife Ann Romney who can actually communicate with voters, my advice to the Romney team to pick Liz Cheney as his veep couldn’t be more jarring. It’s obvious Republicans haven’t gotten over Palin’s disastrous vice presidential candidacy, so a woman on the ticket seems less likely than ever.”

 

Marsh has written post after post denigrating Palin, but it is one thing to find supposed fault with Palin’s policies, and another to  go along with the myth that Palin’s VP campaign was “disastrous.” Either Marsh is ignorant of the facts, too lazy to check them, or deliberately ignoring them to perpetuate a myth for no clear reasons except PDS that I can see. BTW  her suggestion that Liz Cheney should be Romney’s VP is not a typo-she actually said it.

For the record, and for the umpteenth time, here is the exit poll analysis after the 2008 election. It clearly shows that Palin was a plus for the poor McCain campaign. That, allied with the opinion polls that showed that subsequent to Palin’s nomination, the McCain team actually surpassed Obama and who knows what the result might have been if the financial crisis had not taken place? Certainly, the result would have been much closer, if not a win for McCain/Palin.

How Marsh can justify her comment is beyond my ken but there is no logic to the writings of the Palin haters.

The left continues with their big lie that Palin cost McCain the 2008 election. This is often seen in comments from so called “Republicans” along the lines of “I was going to vote for McCain, but when he chose Palin I switched to Obama” and similar such nonsense.

Here are are the unbiased, unvarnished facts (with links to the full reports in red) from respected professional polling firms.The major issue was the economy, the Lehman brother’s collapse, and McCain “suspending” his campaign.

Palin’s addition to the ticket was a significant plus factor which kept McCain as close as he did until nothing could save him as the economy tanked and the bail-out inflamed passions.

It has been a disgusting spectacle watching the Schmidt and Wallace of the McCain team, through the mechanism of the Hollywood left’s hatchet job “Game Change’, put the blame for their incompetence on Palin.  The facts prove otherwise.
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PEW RESEARCH CENTER FOR THE PEOPLE & THE PRESS November 5, 2008

Yet those who cited Palin’s selection as a factor in their vote — 60% of all voters — favored McCain by 56% to 43%.
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After the election, on Nov. 7, 2008, an article published by Rasmussen

Rasmussen Reports
Friday, November 07, 2008
Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republican voters say Alaska Governor Sarah Palin helped John McCain’s bid for the presidency, even as news reports surface that some McCain staffers think she was a liability.


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Gallup Daily: Election 2008

Despite the premise of “Game Change” – that Sarah Palin cost John McCain the 2008 presidential election – Gallup polls prove HBO’s assertion categorically false. Palin wasn’t the reason the Republicans lost the election. She’s the only reason they had a fighting chance up until the time McCain suspended his presidential campaign in late September.

Gallup polls from the last presidential race prove that once Palin joined the ticket on Aug. 29, 2008, McCain’s ratings steadily climbed to a point where the Republican ticket even outshined Democratic Sen. Barack Obama.
In the two weeks before Palin joined the McCain ticket, the Arizona senator drifted in the low 40 percentile range, mostly around 41, 42 and 43 percent, while Obama held as much as an 8 point lead at about 49 and 50 percent. Four days after Palin joined the ticket, however, McCain’s numbers climbed to 45 percent and Obama’s sank to 47 percent, narrowing the gap significantly from eight points to two.
Between Sept. 4-6, McCain and Palin actually overshot the Obama ticket by 3 percent with the Republicans in the lead at 48 percent and the Democrats at only 45. McCain consistently held that lead until Sept. 15, and then the candidates balanced out with Obama enjoying a mere three-point lead, and no lead at all from Sept. 22-24, when the numbers were tied at 46 percent.
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Some were intrigued as to how McCain’s decision would play out in the polls, but once he suspended his campaign in late September he never recaptured the lead he enjoyed with the breaking news of recruiting Palin.
It was downhill from there.
McCain’s campaign was taken out of suspension, but it never actually got back off the ground. From then, the gap between McCain and Obama only widened, leaving the Republicans at a severe disadvantage. McCain’s numbers remained steady around 42 and 43 percent throughout October, but Obama’s continued climbing, and  by October 31, McCain’s standing had dropped to 40 percent and Obama’s had reached 53 percent – a devastating 13-percent gap.
(Gallup article from SPIB-Dr. Fay)










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Palin’s Texas Candidate Cruz Goes From 3% Into Run-Off As Remarkable Endorsement Success Continues

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on May 30, 2012

UPDATE:  FOX agrees with me and calls it a run-off For Cruz.

UPDATE 2:

As the night goes on, things are getting rather interesting. With 99% in all
Dewhurst dropped below 45% to 44.59 and Cruz continues to edge up – now at 34.23%. That puts Cruz at10.36 points behind. That is important as he becomes viable for the non-Dewhurst supporters rather than a seeming wasted vote and will attract finance.

PPP had him trailing by 17 points in their final poll 46-29

AT THIS LINK FOR  THE OFFICIAL RESULTS FROM TEXAS SEC. OF STATE

UPDATE3:

From PPP (D) Polling, which did a Roper/Truman and stopped polling when Dewhurst was so far in front. The answer to their questions as to why the dramatic change is that Palin got involved. But being a Dem pollster,  that wouldn’t have occurred to them.

Dewhurst won early vote by 18 pts but only winning election day by about 6 pts so far…not sure that means anything for runoff or not

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Subsequent to Sarah Palin’s endorsement of him, GOP candidate for Senator from Texas Ted Cruz has completed the astonishing journey from polling at only 3% to being in the final run-off. Cruz having kept the previously presumed winner Dewhurst below 50% in tonight’s primary battle.

PRIMARY RESULT MAY 29th 

Clearly this last minute Tweet by Palin to Texans, and her previous robocall, made a major contribution to Cruz’s success in getting into the run-off tonight:

Sarah Palin

Dear Texans, please remember to vote today for Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate! http://fb.me/KpyB3ek3

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The Cruz rise follows on from Palin’s remarkable success in assisting conservative candidates, who were outsiders and initially polling lowly, into becoming winners. Richard Mourdock in Indiana and Deb Fischer in Nebraska are the two latest, whom even Palin’s enemies have grudgingly admitted were assisted by her into the winners circle.

If Cruz is the last in the recent trifecta, then his win,or even his getting  into the run-off by denying Dewhurst a first round victory, will be perhaps the most remarkable of Palin’s picks, and her place as king maker will have to be accepted by the punditry.
 Of course, not all Palin’s picks will win.That would be impossible, as some choices will have so little prospect of winning even though they are of outstanding quality. However her winning percentage is remarkable as is the enthusiasm her endorsments bring.

Here is remarkable polling history for Cruz.

January 2011 Dewhurst 23% Cruz 3% (Dewhurst +20)
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PALIN ENDORSES CRUZ MAY 10th; CRUZ CAMPAIGN REPORTS MASSIVE INTEREST
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Post PALIN endorsement poll May 21st
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Democrat Pollster PPP Polling (D)  on May 24th
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Dewhurst 46%  Cruz 29%  (Dewhurst +17)
PPP also found this result:

“Even though Rick Perry’s candidate is likely to defeat Sarah Palin’s, her endorsement polls much more positively. 36% of voters say they’re more inclined to back a Palin supported candidate to 21% who consider it a negative. Perry’s stock with Texas Republicans has fallen so far his endorsement is actually a net minus with 24% saying it would make them more inclined to vote for his candidate to 28% who say less likely.”

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Gov. Palin: Texans, please remember to vote for Ted Cruz today!

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on May 29, 2012

Governor Palin tweeted this about half an hour ago:
Sarah Palin
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Dear Texans, please remember to vote today for Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate! http://fb.me/KpyB3ek3  
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Remembering Those Who Fought and Died in Our Place

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on May 28, 2012

Photo retrieved from ABMC.gov

Originally known as Decoration Day,  May 30  was established as a day to remember those who died in the American Civil War.  After World War I, Memorial Day came to be the day  we remember the American dead of all the wars our country has been  involved in.  In 1971, Congress  established Memorial Day as a national holiday and changed its observance to the last Monday in May,  resulting in a three-day holiday weekend.

Here are excerpts from  sites with information about the history of Memorial Day.

From USMemorialDay.org:

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead” (Source: Duke University’s Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860′s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

From VA.gov:

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.

Local Observances Claim To Be First Local springtime tributes to the Civil War dead already had been held in various places. One of the first occurred in Columbus, Miss., April 25, 1866, when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers who had fallen in battle at Shiloh. Nearby were the graves of Union soldiers, neglected because they were the enemy. Disturbed at the sight of the bare graves, the women placed some of their flowers on those graves, as well.

Today, cities in the North and the South claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1866. Both Macon and Columbus, Ga., claim the title, as well as Richmond, Va. The village of Boalsburg, Pa., claims it began there two years earlier. A stone in a Carbondale, Ill., cemetery carries the statement that the first Decoration Day ceremony took place there on April 29, 1866. Carbondale was the wartime home of Gen. Logan. Approximately 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, many of them in the South where most of the war dead were buried.

Official Birthplace Declared In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or one-time events.

By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.

It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays.

Some States Have Confederate Observances Many Southern states also have their own days for honoring the Confederate dead. Mississippi celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday of April, Alabama on the fourth Monday of April, and Georgia on April 26. North and South Carolina observe it on May 10, Louisiana on June 3 and Tennessee calls that date Confederate Decoration Day. Texas celebrates Confederate Heroes Day January 19 and Virginia calls the last Monday in May Confederate Memorial Day.

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To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

From ABMC.gov:

Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces. ABMC manages 24 overseas military cemeteries, and 25 memorials, monuments, and markers. Nearly all the cemeteries and memorials specifically honor those who served in World War I or World War II.

The sacrifice of more than 218,000 U.S. servicemen and women is memorialized at these locations. Nearly 125,000 American war dead are buried at ABMC cemeteries, with an additional 94,000 individuals commemorated on Tablets of the Missing.

So on Memorial Day each year, we remember the men and women who died and were buried on American soil as well as on the battlefields of World War II, the Korean War, and the Mexican War.  Most of our soldiers from Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq have been brought home to be buried.

We owe a great debt to our fallen heroes for defending our homeland and fighting for our liberties.  May we never forget the sacrifices they have made for us.

See also:

Decoration Day

Civil War dead honored on Decoration Day

Memorial Day

How Arlington National Cemetery Came to Be

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Epitomizing Relevance

Posted by Adrienne Ross on May 27, 2012

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Just when you thought the campfire had finally gone out, another spark emerges from the ashes. Anyone who’s gone camping has been in this situation. Anyone who’s followed Governor Palin since 2008 has been in this situation as well. Just when it seems a particular narrative has been proven false, so as to have extinguished all possible reemergence, it comes flaring up again.

Relevant is defined as “having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand.” Irrelevant, therefore, is just the opposite, defined simply as “not relevant.” Of all the adjectives used to describe Governor Palin, it’s almost unfathomable that irrelevant would be among them. Love her or hate her, no one who is paying even a modicum of attention could reasonably say that the Governor does not hold incredible weight in the political process. Nonetheless, I encountered this cluelessness once again.

My friend, Kristi King, shared with me a conversation she had about Governor Palin yesterday. A gentleman told her that Governor Palin is irrelevant and her time has passed, that she no longer has any momentum in her favor. Kristi told him that the media examine, re-examine, and diagnose every move the Governor makes, thereby proving her relevance. He stated the media do so only for ratings, and she countered that if she is capable of producing ratings, clearly she’s still relevant; otherwise, no one would watch, read, or listen. He maintained his position, which really doesn’t speak well for him, as he is a seasoned political mind who ought to know better. Then again, even on the national stage we’ve found that it’s those entrenched in the establishment who seem to be the biggest deniers of what stares them right in the face.

I encouraged Kristi to clue this guy in on what Governor Palin has done. I’m not even talking about in 2008 or 2010, which should give him plenty to consider. I’m just talking about the past month. Obviously he is in need of some useful information: Governor Palin endorsed Richard Mourdock, going against the grain of the GOP establishment, who backed Lugar, and Mourdock received a bump in the polls and won an historic victory. She endorsed Deb Fischer, a long shot, and the “Palin Effect” kicked in, helping to produce a Fischer win. Governor Palin then endorsed Ted Cruz, and he became the beneficiary of what even ABC called the “Sarah Palin Bounce” and Big Government coined a “jolt,” a “surge,” and “sun-spot hot.” Immediately, the phones lit up and a plethora of donations poured in. Cruz continues to close the gap in the days preceding the Primary, which is set for this Tuesday, May 29th.

Relevance, however, is not only illustrated where there is massive support; perhaps it’s even more obvious where there is heated disagreement. Governor Palin’s recent endorsement of Orrin Hatch was met, not only with approval, but also with disapproval, by even her most ardent supporters. Those in agreement voiced excitement and appreciation because they know that her opinion matters. Some who find themselves at odds with her decision voiced disappointment. That disappointment could be the result of a number of factors–from her not walking lockstep with the Tea Party, to her not walking lockstep with them and their own preconceived ideas, to other possibilities. Not at the bottom of that list is this: some who do not personally support Senator Hatch are disappointed in the endorsement because they want their preferred candidate to win, yet they know how weighty her endorsement is; it considerably lessens Liljenquist’s chances. Whichever category one finds him or herself in, the bottom line is obvious: no one would give a rip either way if her endorsement didn’t wield power. But it does.

Though I won’t, I could name politician after politician whose endorsements of this candidate or that candidate mean absolutely nada to me–or anyone else–because frankly, who cares what they think? Now, they are irrelevant. What Governor Palin possesses, like it or not, is a “significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand.” In that, she epitomizes relevance. The matter at hand, she has reminded us again and again, was never whether or not she ran for President of the United States, as many of us still long to see. The matter at hand is to change, not just the uniform, but the team. As the saying goes: “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” And the main thing right now is to keep the House, seize the Senate, and capture 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It is quite clear that Governor Palin is a key player in the effort to bring this to pass.

Perhaps this gentleman my friend conversed with isn’t a Palin detractor. Perhaps he’s just uninformed. But the facts are the facts, and it’s always a pleasure to highlight those facts for those in need. Governor Palin possesses the relevance to create an effect, bounce, jolt, and surge any time she chooses as she endeavors to help usher America toward sudden and relentless reform. Thank God she also possesses the conservative common sense to use it wisely.

Cross-posted from MotivationTruth

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Palin Supporter Responds to Katie Couric: In Your Dreams!

Posted by Dr. Fay on May 26, 2012

Excellent response at Palin Express to Katie Couric’s invitation (challenge?) to Sarah Palin to a second interview:

Would you accept to do a second interview with a reporter whohad a clear agenda of personal destruction, cut about six hours of footage to intentionally portray you in a negative light-and thengot rewarded for it? Why would you visit the same reporter who had the PRIVILEGE to be a pioneer with her own evening news program, only to be cancelled because nobody cared to watch her?

Why interact with a reporter that showed contempt to you, did not have a hunger nor a curiosity for the truth, and mislead the audience and those that wanted to know more about you, yet what they took away from that interview was a crass attack to a “renowned” journalist with a lifelong career?

Would you, Katie want a round with a Journolist that destroyed your reputation, helped change the message and molded it to accommodate a narrative of Katie Couric that is not correct?

While all these questions are valid since any reporter worth their salt these days won’t stop and consider that what they do is crucial for Americans as a service and as honest, serious portrayal of national and world news, there’s a clamor for Governor Palin to decline the bait and switch and avoid Couric’s wishes to quench her ratings thirst.

I totally agree with Sarah Palin‘s reaction: “I hear that she wants to now engage in more ‘multi-dimensional story telling‘ versus I guess just the straight on, read into the, that teleprompter screen story telling. More power to her. I wish her well with her ‘multi-dimensional story telling.”

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Palin: Memorial Day and Rolling Thunder

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on May 25, 2012

Always remembering our active military members and the veterans of our nation, Governor Sarah Palin posts a Memorial Day message to her Facebook page

Todd and I and our family would like to wish you all a happy Memorial Day weekend. We’d especially like to offer our best wishes to our friends in Rolling Thunder who will be taking part in their Ride for Freedom this weekend in D.C. as they do each year to honor our vets and specifically to bring awareness to POW/MIA issues. We were honored to join them last year.

We were both sad to learn that Preston “Jay” Fairlamb, Jr., one of the organizers of Rolling Thunder and someone who made us so welcome last year, tragically died in an accident last week.  Jay was a Vietnam vet, a retired New Jersey State Trooper, and a great American who will be dearly missed.  Please keep his wife, his children, grandchildren and his innumerable friends in your prayers.

On this Memorial Day weekend, may God bless our brave men and women in uniform.

- Sarah Palin

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Todd and I with Jay last year at Rolling Thunder. Photo by Shealah Craighead

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