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Implosion: It’s Time!

Posted by Roderic Deane on October 31, 2012

(This is the first episode of a new series I’m calling “Implosion”. It will evolve over time…)

Never before has this generation been standing on such a precipice. What happens between now and Election Day will define our country’s future. Pick wisely!

From her comments on Benghazi to her unwavering belief in free elections, I think Governor Palin would agree with me.

Cross-posted from RodericDeane.com

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Madame President

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 15, 2012

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Effective today, the SPIB blog will be on hold until an appropriate future date.  The blog archives and SPIB pages will remain available as resources for Palin supporters.  Latest Palin News will continue to be updated.

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Governor Palin: I’m obviously still thinking about running for national office

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 14, 2012

Governor Palin talked to Shannon Bream on FOX News HQ today and answered a number of questions tweeted to the show by Twitter followers.  First, Shannon asked her what she thought of Thursday night’s VP debate.  Governor Palin responded that after you wade through the odd style of Biden’s performance and get to the substance of the debate, that it was a given that Paul Ryan won that debate.

The first Twitter question was about what Gov. Palin’s advice to Romney would be for his next debate with Obama.  She said that he should focus on the issue of  getting the government out of the way of job creators and should not engage with Obama when he tries to claim nonexistent tax increases under a Romney administration  in January.

Asked if she would ever accept a Secretary of State position in a conservative administration, Governor Palin responded that she would do anything she could to help a conservative administration.  She said that America needs to get tough with our enemies and befriend our allies.

A Tweeter with the handle of Republican Soldier asked if Gov. Palin would go hunting with him.  She said that they were in the middle of hunting season right now, filling their freezer.  She said thank you to the soldier and told him that “we love you” and “you are America’s finest.”

Asked about how Trig is doing, Governor Palin replied that he is doing “absolutely wonderful,” and that they are going to bring him with them to Bristol’s next performance on DWTS All Stars.  She said that Trig is a healthy, rowdy, 4-year-old and ‘the light of our lives.”

Her advice on energy policy was that we have wonderful opportunities for energy independence, with  untold  numbers – millions of billions of gallons  – of domestic crude under our lands and that government regulation and environmentalists are preventing us from using them.  She said they would rather outsource to other countries who do not safeguard the environment or their workforce.  Gov. Palin said we are on the  wrong road with energy policies under Obama and that that is unacceptable.

In response to Shannon’s question about the news of Arlen Specter’s death, Governor Palin said she was very sad for his loved ones.  She said that it takes guts and fortitude to serve in public office and that she appreciated his years of service in public office.

One Twitter follower asked if she planned to run for office in 2016 if Romney loses or in 2020, and if she would consider Condi Rice as her vice presidential candidate.  Governor Palin responded, “Wouldn’t that be cool – an all-female ticket!”  She said that she was obviously still thinking about running for public office in the future, that she had a good track record at state and local levels.  She indicated an interest in running at the national level and said that “we will see what the future holds.”

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Mark Ballas: Our rehearsals have been a million times better since that first-ever argument with Bristol

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 14, 2012

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From Mark Ballas’  DWTS blog at USA Today:

All in all, I think it was a successful week, jumping up 4.5 points from last week. Even though we’re still at the bottom of the leaderboard, I was happy with that.

Monday’s episode showed the first-ever argument between Bristol and myself. It’s really hard to capture the full breadth of a 45-minute conversation in a 90-second recap.

TWITTER: Follow Mark Ballas at @MarkBallas

CATCH UP: Read Mark’s previous post

A lot of people have been asking why I “missed a rehearsal.” I had a family matter involving my mom that morning, and I did everything a cast member is supposed to regarding a rehearsal cancellation or a time change. I called production and told them I wouldn’t make it and that we should reschedule for that evening. We did make up the lost rehearsal time that night. And thankfully, my mom is doing much better.

On the upside, our rehearsals since then have been a million times better. We are much stronger as a team, and ready to push forward. I love what I do and love doing it for the fans. I always give 100% and am proud to be a member of this cast.

This week’s theme is “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” which is one of my favorite styles and favorite genres of music. In terms of dance style, it calls for a mix of the Lindy Hop, jitterbug and the like. Bristol, however, is finding the speed and over-the-top personality of the dance challenging.

I had to completely change the creative approach and choreography, which is hard because this season is “All-Stars” and the bar has been raised that much higher. I just hope we can push through and make this routine as great as it should be.

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Chuck Heath Sr.: “There’s been a lot of hanky panky written about Sarah,” and Our Sarah will set the record straight

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 14, 2012

Governor Palin’s father and brother talked to Alisyn  Camerota on FOX and Friends about their book Our Sarah.  When asked why they wrote the book, Chuck Heath Sr. said, “We wanted to set a lot of records straight.  There’s been a lot of hanky panky written about Sarah.”   He said that they used 46 of her classmates as well as her pastors  and coaches as resources, and that “they tell the real story of Sarah.”  (Unlike the anonymous sources used by many of her detractors.)

Chuck Heath Jr. said there has been so much garbage written about her that a lot of people are beginning to confuse the caricatures of her, like Tina Fey’s portrayals, with the real Sarah Palin.   He said that Governor Palin was the hardest-working person he has ever known and that she has an incredibly clear sense of right and wrong and has the guts to stand up and say something when she sees things out of line.

Asked what he thought of Tina Fey’s SNL performance, Chuck Heath Sr. said he thought she did a good job, but that he didn’t agree with everything she said.  He said Sarah never said that she could see Russia from her house.  However, he said,  you can see Russia from several places in Alaska.  He especially disapproved of what David Letterman and Bill Maher did.  He said that attacks on the grandkids really get under his skin.

When asked what his favorite story in the book is, Chuck Jr. said there are a lot of favorite stories – adventure stories, life and death adventures, hunting and gold mining stories, stories about avalanches and bears.  He said these things helped form Gov. Palin’s character and make her who she is today.

He and Chuck Sr. talked about how down-to-earth Gov. Palin is and about her work ethics.  Chuck Sr. told of how he and and Gov. Palin worked for 3 days and 2 nights without sleep one time during a commercial fishing season.  He told of how she did commercial fishing, which is very hard work, for  a day and a half once with 3 broken fingers.   He said that Gov. Palin’s work ethic started when she was a child, especially in athletics,  and that she habitually works 18 to 20-hour days.

Chuck Jr. described how the Palin children hunted and fished and chopped wood during their childhood and how when they watched the Brady Bunch that they were in awe that people actually lived like that.   Alyson remarked that their childhood pictures were “cute,” and that they looked like the “wilderness Brady Bunch.”

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Another Win for Sarah Palin at the Alaska Supreme Court

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 13, 2012

From the Associated Press article by Becky Bohrer posted at The Republic:

The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court decision that does not forbid use of private email accounts for state officials conducting state business.

The case stemmed from emails sent during then-Gov. Sarah Palin’s administration.

Palin and members of her administration used private emails to conduct state business. In 2008, activist Andree McLeod submitted a records request for all emails sent to or from the private accounts of Palin and her husband. McLeod also sued, arguing that Palin and the governor’s office had a responsibility to save as public records e-mails related to state business, regardless of the accounts the messages were sent through.

The state maintained that state officials should be able to decide what is or isn’t subject to public disclosure and that it if use of non-state accounts is to be banned for state business, then the Legislature, not a court, should say so.

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UPDATED! 2008 VP debate numbers far exceeded those of 2012; Paul Ryan’s ‘Sarah Palin moment’

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 13, 2012

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From a particularly good writeup by Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, at the Washington Times:

SAN DIEGO, October 13, 2012 – Whether you think Joe Biden got the best of Paul Ryan on Thursday night or not, they were no match for Sarah Palin when it comes to ruling the TV ratings.

And so far, Palin has gotten the better of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, too

The total number of viewers for Thursday’s vice presidential debate when adding all 12 broadcast and cable network audiences together is 51.4 million viewers according to the Nielsen company, the organization that measures television ratings. This is far below the 60 million some people breathlessly predicted.

It pales in comparison to the 70 million people who tuned in to see the much-anticipated showdown between Joe Biden and Alaska Governor Sarah “Can I call you Joe?” Palin in 2008.

Palin and Biden’s debate audience also topped the 67 million who watched the first presidential debate of 2012 between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.

Fox News drew the largest overall audience with 10 million viewers for the 9 to 10:30 p.m. Eastern debate. This is just slightly less than Fox’s audience for the first Presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. CBS claims the largest broadcast audience with 8.31 million viewers, just edging out ABC’s 8.29 million viewers. NBC was third with 7.85 million viewers. MSNBC recorded 4.37 million viewers, followed by CNN with 4.14 million.

Overall, the viewership is down significantly from the network audiences for the Biden – Palin Debate. ABC drew 13.1 million viewers, NBC 12.8 million and CBS 11.1 million.

Most viewers on Thursday were over 55 years old, 26.7 million, compared to only 7.1 million between the ages of 18 to 34.

It’s important to note that Nielsen does not measure the number of people watching the debate on television in offices, bars or other locations; and it does not measure anyone watching online, which would add millions of viewers to the total. Many of these viewers were likely in the younger age group not watching in great numbers on TV.

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The numbers are in for viewership of the Ryan/Biden debate.  And they don’t compare to those of the Palin/Biden debate in 2008.

Scott Collins at the Los Angeles Times writes:

Plenty of viewers wanted to see Vice President Joe Bidenface off against GOP challenger Paul D. Ryan Thursday night.

But neither man has the pull of Sarah Palin.

According to Nielsen, a total of 51.4 million total viewers watched the 90-minute Biden-Ryan debate moderated by Martha Raddatz and carried on 12 networks.

That was an impressive number but nowhere near the nearly 70 million who saw Biden and Palin duel in 2008.

Fox News came out on top of all the networks offering this year’s sole vice presidential debate, with 10 million total viewers.

That was more than MSNBC (4.4 million) and CNN (4.1 million) combined.

Among broadcasters, CBS was No. 1 with 8.3 million viewers.

From the Associated Press article at the Washington Post:

Paul Ryan debating Joe Biden wasn’t quite the same television draw as Sarah Palin versus Biden was four years ago.

An estimated 51.4 million people watched Ryan, the Republican challenger, debate Vice President Biden, a Democrat, on Thursday night, said Nielsen, the company that measures television audiences.

Four years ago, just under 70 million people watched Palin debate Biden. But that was unusual; it was a debate that had more viewers than even any presidential contest dating back to 1992.

Excluding 2008, the Biden-Ryan debate had a larger audience than any other vice presidential debate since George Bush was matched up with Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, Nielsen said.

Last week, an estimated 67 million TV viewers saw President Barack Obama in his first debate against Mitt Romney.

Paul Ryan also had a moment similar to one Sarah Palin had during one of her debates as a gubernatorial candidate in Alaska.   During that debate, when her opponents were squabbling between themselves, she said the following, as reported by Joel Millman at the Wall Street Journal.

“Binkley and Murkowski went after each other, almost ignoring her, bickering back and forth,” Mr. Clark remembers. Finally, he continues, “Ms. Palin interrupted and said ‘Don’t Alaskans deserve a better discourse than that?’ It became the defining moment of the campaign.”

A similar memorable moment during Thursday’s Ryan/Biden debate was this one, as reported in the Associated Press article at abc13.

“I know you’re under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground, but I think people would be better served if we don’t interrupt each other.”

We applaud Ryan’s performance on Thursday night as he demonstrated grace under pressure and presented the facts against repeated lies by Biden.  However, Governor Palin’s performance against Biden was a stronger win, and of course, no one else has her charisma and the ability to deliver zingers with a smile.

Here is a compilation of moments from some of her debates as a gubernatorial candidate in Alaska in 2006 that also demonstrate Governor Palin’s prowess in the debate arena.

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See also:

Palin Proved to Be Formidable Foe in Alaska Debates

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Gov. Palin Talks to Brian Kilmeade During His Radio Show Today

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 12, 2012

Governor Palin talked to Brian Kilmeade about a range of topics, including her thoughts about the Ryan/Biden debate, what she and McCain would have done differently from Obama if they had been elected, Bristol’s participation in Dancing With the Stars, Todd’s performance on Stars Earn Stripes, and her future political plans.

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Palin Also VP Debate Winner: When Was A Previous VP Candidate Ever Mentioned In Next Debate and Had So Much Media Coverage?

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on October 12, 2012

So much for the “Palin costs McCain the election” rubbish the left has spewed for the last four years-now the media meme is “actually VP debates don’t influence people”-and they have dug out stats to “prove” their point.

But nothing is as it seems, or should be when, when the media/Dem’s deal with the “irrelevant” Palin.

For someone supposedly irrelevant Palin sure had an inordinate amount of media coverage.Four television programs on Fox, Los Angeles Times and other media  articles on her opinions, endless Twitter comments (including of course the mad, irrational hateful type).

And then, during the Biden/Ryan debate her “death panels” quote was brought up (and lampooned later by Palin) by Vice-President Biden. When has the VP candidate of the losing team four years earlier ever formed part of the subsequent VP debate-never of course. But, she’s “irrelevant” so it is a puzzle as to why she should be mentioned.

The left Tweeted, seemingly endlessly, that Palin had done better than Ryan. No doubt this is a co-coordinated (and easily seen through  ploy on their part to somehow create meme that Ryan did worse than “dumb” Palin. Amidst all that dross it could be clearly seen that a lot people did actually compare Palin with Ryan and found she did better.

The general feeling in 2008 was that Palin, at least, drew with Biden. If Ryan was perceived as coming of second best or having drawn, then Palin was either better than Ryan against the same opponent or equal with him.

This is why Palin was a winner last night. Not just for all the media and public attention which belied, once again, the ‘irrelevant” meme but looking to 2016 it holds perhaps a key value.


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UPDATED! Gov. Palin talks to O’Reilly, Cavuto, and Hannity about the Ryan/Biden debate

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 12, 2012

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Paul Scicchitano AT NewsMax reported on the O’Reilly interview:

Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin recalled thumbing through a stack of note cards, mostly on foreign policy issues, in preparation for her 2008 debate against Joe Biden. An attached note from the McCain campaign instructed “Memorize these.”

Therein may have been one of the problems for the ill-fated campaign.

“It all had to do with for the most part (with) foreign policy issues which were not top of the ticket in terms of issues at the time,” recalled Palin, appearing on Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor” in advance of Thursday’s vice presidential debate between her former rival and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

“We should have talked more about the economy and how Barack Obama would lessen opportunities for economic recovery at the time,” Palin told host Bill O’Reilly.

“Instead, I was asked to memorize a whole lot of things about foreign policy that weren’t as relevant in the voters’ minds as the economy would.”

After looking at the note cards for a number of days, Palin tossed them aside “finally realizing how inconsistent and a bit convoluted some of the answers were,” she explained.

“You know at some point the candidate just has to kind of chuck those and decide ‘I will stand on my own record, my own philosophy, my own principles, making sure that they coincide with the top of the ticket’s views and we’ll go from there in the debate.’”

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Although her interview with Hannity has been more widely reported on, Governor Palin introduced her musk ox analogy of the Ryan/Biden debate in the Cavuto interview.  She went on to respond to questions about economics and Biden’s mention of her name with his “death panels” remarks.  Gov. Palin clarified that the “death panel” of 15 bureaucrats is different from what Ryan had been talking about when Biden interjected his remark.    Governor Palin also critiqued Ryan’s and Biden’s performances and described Biden as the “attack dog” sent out by the Obama camp to raise some of the issues  that Obama failed to do in his interview with Romney.

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Excerpted from the FOX News transcript:

SEAN HANNITY, HOST OF “HANNITY”: We’re live in Danville, Kentucky where just a short time ago the first and only vice presidential debate concluded. Joining me now is somebody who was, well, mentioned by the vice president tonight and that is former Republican vice presidential nominee, Governor Sarah Palin. Governor, welcome back to the program.

SARAH PALIN, FORMER ALASKA GOVERNOR: Thanks so much, Sean.

HANNITY: All right, let’s get your initial thoughts. I don’t think Joe Biden smiled as uncontrollably in your debate and nor do I think he was as rude and condescending. I’m hearing from a lot of people, on Twitter, e-mails all over the place that this did not go over very well tonight. Your thoughts?

PALIN: Well, I believe that Joe Biden was sent in as the attack dog in this debate to compensate for President Obama’s atrocious showing in his own debate where he was aloof and arrogant and disconnected and really disengaged with what is very important to the American voter.

That was the representation of Obama in his own debate last week. So I believe that Joe Biden was sent in to try to compensate for that, but really tough format, Sean, for someone like Paul Ryan or anyone else up against Joe Biden when the moderator allowed one candidate to absolutely run rough shot over the conversation over the opponent.

That’s a tough format. It reminded me I just told Neil Cavuto of watching a Muscat run across the tundra with somebody underfoot and in this case when it came to style it was Paul Ryan underfoot because of the moderator allowing Biden to do the interrupting, to kind of take control of the conversation.

HANNITY: I would say that maybe there is a lesson to be learned here is that if Martha ever gets married again that probably Paul Ryan should go to her wedding, which I thought was wrong in the first place. Because there’s obviously a conflict of interest.

And it was interesting that every time she seemed to interrupt was well, to bail out Joe Biden and shut down Paul Ryan. But I don’t think it impacted the debate. Some things might have gone unnoticed, governor that I want to get your thoughts on.

When Joe Biden talked about they’re down on America. They bet against America. Holding hostage was another term that he used. Now this is a — he’s working for a president lecturing the country on civility. I wanted to get your take on those particular terms that he used tonight meaning the vice president.

PALIN: You know that inciting-type rhetoric that did not go over well. I believe with those who are rational American voters just wanting to deal with facts and what the true state of the union is and we know the state of the union is not very good right now because of the failed policies of Obama and Biden.

I think what you’re going to see tonight is along with that inciting rhetoric of Joe Biden’s what you’re going to see as a result of that is the mainstream media tomorrow morning will probably want to give a quote/unquote “win” to Joe Biden based on style.

Because Joe Biden came across as passionate having used rhetoric like you just mentioned. Unfortunately, Joe Biden is quite passionate about all of the wrong things. He’s passionate about growing government assuming government is the answer.

Whereas Paul Ryan, more subdued perhaps, I believe more pulled together. But what Paul Ryan was trying to explain is that Republican platform is built on this notion of empowering the individual, middle class.

Just the average everyday American who isn’t looking for government to come in and take more and more of what the fruits of our labor is then redistribute it according to some far away, faceless, politician priorities.

HANNITY: Well, you know, but there are certain lines that I thought were very, very interesting, actually got some audience reaction tonight. And you know we’ve got to build our cars in Finland? You know, have our windmills built in China?

The $90 billion that were wasted on so called green energy jobs? Where are the five million jobs that they had promised? Unemployment rate in Scranton, Pennsylvania went up significantly 8.5 percent to 10 percent.

You know, it’s very interesting. The piggy bank ObamaCare line. Hand in cookie jar. Then, of course he laid out the facts America’s not better off than it was four years ago.

Fewer Americans working, $6 trillion in debt and that he’s offering a very different vision and very serious, very methodical, very intelligent way to the American people. What does the country want?

PALIN: Right, what you’re suggesting there is the substance of the arguments made tonight. How important the substance was, not so much the style. I honestly think at this stage of the race, people are not so obsessed with who’s going to come across more intelligent or more passionate based on words, terminology used, but what is the substance?

What is behind their beliefs, their policies? What is their own record? What I was hoping is that Paul Ryan would have the opportunity to bring up Joe Biden’s energy record and how he’s been so opposed to domestic drilling of our resources and development here on and within our own shores.

You know, it was Joe Biden who 30 some years ago actually voted against the TransAlaska Oil Pipeline, which has dumped 18 billion barrels of good, clean energy into American markets.

Yet, Joe Biden opposed it back then and opposes capping our own resources today. That is why you can see the cost of energy so sky high affecting every good, every service in America.

HANNITY: Well, all I can say is I can’t wait to get back to our studio tomorrow night and montage Joe Biden and his facial expressions all throughout the debate.

I think that’ll be a big story by the time we get back. There is was instant poll I saw that had Ryan ahead. Every focus group I’m hearing from did not like the tone, the condescension, the arrogance, and the interruption of the vice president.

So we’re going to watch very closely. Governor Palin, great to see you as always. Thank you so much for being with us.

PALIN: Thank you, Sean. Let me remind you one thing too though. The truth told can’t be all lies when can invent. When Joe Biden told some truths about debt panels, but he told it out of context with an intention to skew what the true meaning and the truth behind the policy issues are. That’s as bad as actually telling a lie so just keep that in mind when you talk about the verbiage that Joe Biden chose to use tonight.

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