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Archive for February 9th, 2009


Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 9, 2009



November 8, 2008 —
Sarah Palin may be back in ice cold Alaska, but new polling data shows she’s red hot in the hearts of Republicans, as more than two-thirds want her to be the presidential nominee in 2012.

After getting the polling boost, Palin showed her pit-bull side yesterday by blasting her detractors as “cowards” and “jerks” who spread lies behind her back.

Palin’s angry words came in response to anonymous GOP insiders who claimed she’s blundering numbskull, unaware that Africa was a continent and ignorant of the countries that signed the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“I consider it cowardly” that they stayed anonymous, she said.

“If there are allegations based on questions or comments that I made in debate prep about NAFTA, and about the continent vs. the country when we talk about Africa there, then those were taken out of context,” she said.

“That’s cruel, It’s mean-spirited. It’s immature. It’s unprofessional and those guys are jerks if they came away with it, taking things out of context and then tried to spread something on national news. It’s not fair, and it’s not right.”

She also slammed critics who ripped her allegedly diva-like behavior, including amassing a $150,000 wardrobe during the campaign with party money.

“I never asked for anything more than a Diet Dr. Pepper once in a while,” she said, returning to the Alaska Governor’s Office.

“Those are the RNC’s clothes. They’re not my clothes. I never forced anybody to buy anything.”

But the insults have apparently done little to harm her image with the party faithful.

A new Rasmussen Reports poll said 64 percent of GOP voters would support a White House run for Palin in 2012. Sixty-nine percent believe she helped the 2008 GOP White House ticket as John McCain’s running mate.

Only 20 percent said she hurt the ticket. Meanwhile, 71 percent said McCain made the right choice by choosing the 44-year-old governor as his running mate.

Palin obliterates Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney in a hypothetical 2012 matchup.

Moreover, 91 percent of Republicans have a positive view of Alaska’s governor. And 65 percent said they intensely like her.

While firing up the GOP base, she turned off other voters who believed she lacked experience to serve in the White House. For example, 57 percent of independents and 81 percent of Democrats had an unfavorable view of her.

“While Palin’s high favorables suggest she had a bright political future in the Republican Party,” pollster Scott Rasmussen said, “it is important to note that favorites four years out from a presidential election quite often do not get the nomination.”

Campaign insiders told The Post that some of the top decision makers around McCain – including those who recommended Palin for the ticket – are now trying to salvage their own reputations by scapegoating her for the defeat.

“There’s an element of ‘CYA’ – cover your ass – going on here,” said one source.

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Poll: 55% of Republicans think GOP should be more like Palin

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 9, 2009

6a010535e0eff3970c010536969d34970c-320wiHOT AIR.
posted at 6:40 pm on January 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

Versus just 24 percent who think it should be more like McCain. On whether the party has been too moderate or too conservative, it’s 43/17. No surprise there, but maybe one here:
Unaffiliated voters are much more closely divided. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say the party has been too conservative over the past eight years, while 34% think it’s been too moderate. For 14%, the party’s been about right, and 13% are undecided.
Regarding the future of the party, 46% of unaffiliated voters say follow Sarah Palin, while 26% like McCain…
For McCain, unaffiliateds break 10% Very Favorable and eight percent (8%) Very Unfavorable. But 35% of unaffiliated voters have a Very Favorable opinion of Palin, compared to 15% who have a Very Unfavorable view.
Conservatives might be overrepresented among unaffiliated/independents at the moment due to disaffection with Bush having driven them out of the tent. That would explain why Palin’s “very favorable” rating is so much higher than Maverick’s among a group normally thought of as centrist, which splits narrowly on whether the GOP’s been too conservative or too moderate. I figure nearly everyone who answered yes to the latter also gave Sarahcuda sky-high approval. Like, for example, the Nuge! Exit question one: Can we infer from this data that 55 percent of Republicans also think the GOP should be more like Huckabee? Exit question two: Time for a Democratic rethink on that Limbaugh strategy?

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Palin’s Speech on Children with Special Needs (Pittsburgh)

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 9, 2009

October 24, 2008
Palin’s Speech on Children with Special Needs
By Sarah Palin

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thank you all very much. I appreciate the hospitality of the people of Pittsburgh, and I’m grateful to all the groups who have joined us here today. The Woodlands Foundation, the Down Syndrome Center at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Autism-link, the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh: Thank you for coming today. And, above all, thank you for the great work you do for the light and love you bring into so many lives.

John McCain and I have talked about the missions he’d like me to focus on should I become vice president, and our nation’s energy independence and government reform are among them. But there is another mission that’s especially close to my heart, and that is to help families of children with special needs. And today, we’ll talk about three policy proposals that are going to help us fulfill our country’s commitment to these children: more choices for parents, fully funding IDEA, and efforts to reform and refocus.

Too often, even in our own day, children with special needs have been set apart and excluded. Too often, state and federal laws add to their challenges, instead of removing barriers and opening new paths of opportunity. Too often, they are made to feel that there is no place for them in the life of our country, that they don’t count or have nothing to contribute. This attitude is a grave disservice to these beautiful children, to their families, and to our country — and I will work to change it.

One of the most wonderful experiences in this campaign has been to see all the families of children with special needs who come out to rallies and events just like this. We have a bond there. We know that children with special needs inspire a special love. You bring your sons and daughters with you, because you are proud of them, as I am of my son.

My little fella sleeps during most of these rallies, even when they get pretty rowdy. He would be amazed to know how many folks come out to see him instead of me.

When I learned that Trig would have special needs, honestly, I had to prepare my heart. At first I was scared, and Todd and I had to ask for strength and understanding. I did a lot of praying for that understanding, and strength, and to see purpose.

And what’s been confirmed in me is every child has something to contribute to the world, if we give them that chance. You know that there are the world’s standards of perfection, and then there are God’s, and these are the final measure. Every child is beautiful before God, and dear to Him for their own sake. And the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are most vulnerable.

As for our baby boy, Trig, for Todd and me he is only more precious because he is vulnerable. In some ways, I think we stand to learn more from him than he does from us. When we hold Trig and care for him, we don’t feel scared anymore. We feel blessed.

Of course, many other families are much further along a similar path — including my best friend who happens to be my sister, Heather, and her 13-year old son Karcher, who has autism. Heather and I have worked on this for over a decade. Heather is an advocate for children with autism in Alaska. And as governor, I’ve succeeded in securing additional funding and assistance for students with special needs. By 2011, I will have tripled the funding available to these students.

Heather and I have been blessed with a large, strong family network. Our family helps make sure that Trig and Karcher have what they need. But not everyone is lucky enough to have that strong network of support. And the experiences of those millions of Americans point the way to better policy in the care of children with special needs.

One of the most common experiences is the struggle of parents to find the best and earliest care for their children. The law requires our public schools to serve children with special needs, but often the results fall far short of the service they need. Even worse, parents are left with no other options, except for the few families that can afford private instruction or therapy.

Many of you parents here have been through the drill: You sit down with teachers and counselors to work out the IEP — an individual education plan for your child. The school may be trying its best, but they’re overstretched. They may keep telling you that your child is “progressing well,” and no extra services are required. They keep telling you that — but you know better.

You know that your children are not getting all of the help they need, at a time when they need it most. The parents of children with special needs ask themselves every day if they are doing enough, if they are doing right by their sons and daughters. And when our public school system fails to render help and equal opportunity — and even prevents parents from seeking it elsewhere that is unacceptable.

In a McCain-Palin administration, we will put the educational choices for special needs children in the right hands their parents’. Under reforms that I will lead as vice president, the parents and caretakers of children with physical or mental disabilities will be able to send that boy or girl to the school of their choice — public or private.

Under our reforms, federal funding for every special needs child will follow that child. Some states have begun to apply this principle already, as in Florida’s McKay Scholarship program. That program allows for choices and a quality of education that should be available to parents in every state, for every child with special needs. This process should be uncomplicated, quick, and effective — because early education can make all the difference. No barriers of bureaucracy should stand in the way of serving children with special needs.

That’s why John and I will direct the Department of Education to clarify the statute administratively. We’ll make explicit that when state funds are portable, federal funds are fully portable. We’re going to make sure parents have choices and children receive the education they deserve.

Even the best public school teacher or administrator cannot rightfully take the place of a parent in making these choices. The schools feel responsible for the education of many children, but a parent alone is responsible for the life of each child. And in the case of parents of children with disabilities, there are enough challenges as it is, and our children will face more than enough closed doors along the way. When our sons and daughters need better education, more specialized training, and more individual attention, the doors of opportunity should be open.

Like John McCain, I am a believer in providing more school choice for families. The responsibility for the welfare of children rests ultimately with mothers and fathers, and the power to choose should be theirs as well. But this larger debate of public policy should not be permitted to hinder the progress of special-needs students. Where their lives, futures, and happiness are at stake, we should have no agenda except to ease the path they are on. And the best way to do that is to give their parents options.

In a McCain-Palin administration, we will also fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. To his great credit, it was President Gerald Ford who signed the legislation that became the IDEA — establishing new standards of respect and inclusion for young Americans with disabilities. From that day to this, however, the federal government’s obligations under the IDEA have not been adequately met. And portions of IDEA funding have actually decreased since 2005.

This is a matter of how we prioritize the money that we spend. We’ve got a three trillion dollar budget, and Congress spends some 18 billion dollars a year on earmarks for political pet projects. That’s more than the shortfall to fully fund the IDEA. And where does a lot of that earmark money end up? It goes to projects having little or nothing to do with the public good — things like fruit fly research in Paris, France, or a public policy center named for the guy who got the earmark. In our administration, we’re going to reform and refocus. We’re going to get our federal priorities straight, and fulfill our country’s commitment to give every child opportunity and hope in life.

For many parents of children with disabilities, the most valuable thing of all is information. Early identification of a cognitive or other disorder, especially autism, can make a life-changing difference. That’s why we’re going to strengthen NIH. We’re going to work on long-term cures, and in the short-term, we’re going to work on giving these families better information.

Once a condition is known, parents need the best and latest information on what to expect and how to respond. This service is also provided for under the IDEA. And we will make sure that every family has a place to go for support and medical guidance. The existing programs and community centers focus on school-age children — overlooking the need for assistance before school-age.

But it would make a lot more sense for these centers to focus as well on infants and toddlers. This is not only a critical stage for diagnosis; it can also be a crucial time to prepare the family for all that may lie ahead. Families need to know what treatments are most effective, and where they are available, what costs they will face, and where aid can be found, and where they can turn for the advice and support of others in their situation. As Todd and I and Heather know, there’s no substitute for the friendship of those who have been where we are now.

The IDEA is also intended to serve teens and young adults with special needs. And here, too, there is an opportunity to reform and extend the reach of federal support under the IDEA. By modernizing a current law, the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, we can better serve students with disabilities in our high schools and community colleges. This will require reform by the states as well. Just as the federal government expects proven results in the progress of other students, we must require results as well in the achievements of students with disabilities. And the result we will expect is simple: that every special-needs student be given a chance to learn the skills to work, and enjoy the freedom to live independently if that is their choice.

As families across America know, the care of special-needs children requires long-term planning, and especially financial planning. A common practice among these families is to establish financial trusts. These are known as special needs trusts, covering years of medical and other costs, and for parents they bring invaluable comfort.

Understandably, then, many families with special-needs children or dependent adults are concerned that our opponent in this election plans to raise taxes on precisely those kinds of financial arrangements. They fear that Senator Obama’s tax increase will have serious and harmful consequences — and they are right. The burden that his plan would impose upon these families is just one more example of how many plans can be disrupted, how many futures can be placed at risk, and how many people can suffer when the power to tax is misused.

Our opponent has an ideological commitment to higher taxes. And though he makes adjustments on his tax plan pronouncements seemingly by the day, his commitment to increase taxes remains the same. John McCain and I have just the opposite commitment. We intend to lower taxes, promote growth, and protect the earnings and savings of American families.

Not long ago, I spent some time at a place in Cleveland called the Michael T. George Center, a beautiful home for adults with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. I met Michael George, too, a boy of five with Down Syndrome. Michael is a healthy, sweet, joy-filled little man — and I saw in him all the things I wish for Trig in just a few years.

Michael’s parents, Tony and Kris George, are advocates for children with special needs in their community. They are thinking far ahead, in their own boy’s life and in the lives of others. They named the center after their son. It’s a public-private partnership. This welcoming place — and so many others like it — shows the good heart of America. They are places of hope. They are the works of people who believe that every life matters, everyone has something to contribute, and every child should have things to look forward to, and achievements to point to with pride and joy. As many of you know better than I, it can be a hard path, and yet all the more joyful and productive when the barriers are overcome.

John McCain and I have a vision in which every child is loved and cherished, and that is the spirit I want to bring to Washington. To the families and caregivers of special-needs children all across this country, I do have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. And I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.

Thank you all, and God bless you.

Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska, is the Republican vice presidential nominee.
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Palin’s People Power

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 9, 2009

October 21, 2008
Palin’s People Power
By Ben Voth

One of the more awkward realities of this election is Governor Sarah Palin. Her selection as the Vice Presidential candidate for Senator John McCain’s bid to the White House has electrified America. By electrified, I mean it has torn the nation in half– those in euphoria over her populist appeal and those apoplectic about her alleged ignorance.

It is convenient to pretend that Palin’s rhetorical effects are easily divided as a partisan difference between Democrats and Republicans. The problem is not, however, so neat. Republican partisans have attacked and mocked Governor Palin in terms not unlike their Democratic counterparts. Kristol, Krauthammer, Parker, Powell and Noonan are but a few of the prominent Republican partisans taking shots at Governor Palin. Despite the broad agreement among the pundits– and perhaps because of it– Palin remains an intimidating political juggernaut.

Palin’s rallies continue to attract tens of thousands of people while Biden and Obama struggle to draw a thousand. Palin’s presence at the Vice Presidential debate garnered the largest viewing audience in history– more than 80 million people. The viewership surpassed all other audiences for the Presidential debates. When governor Palin appeared on Saturday Night Live this weekend– the ratings which had already been rising in response to parodies of her by Tina Fey– skyrocketed again to reach levels not seen in over a decade by the comedy TV show– 17 million viewers. In her appearance, viewers literally got to see her rock the house in the SNL studio. The audacity of her presence stood in stark contrast to Chevy Chase’s command a month ago for Tina Fey to ‘destroy this woman’ with her power of parody. Fey has dramatically promised to leave the planet if Palin succeeds.

Joining this Greek chorus, the pundits have spoken with bipartisan unity that Palin is not fit for high office. So what gives? It seems that no matter how many Katie Couric and Gwen Ifil questions she evades, the more endeared she is to the swarming public. Why does Palin’s rhetorical power continue to grow in the face of these establishment denouements?

The cruel reality for America’s epistemological establishment– composed of journalists, political leaders, political pundits, academics, and the entertainment industry– is that the average American is disgusted by what passes for acceptable among politicians. The demolition of Joe the plumber reminds the public of how they are not free to ask questions of politicians — even when directly solicited by Presidential candidates. The absurdity of the public relationship with its epistemological counterparts is so intense that the public resorts to a fantasy theme wherein a common individual overcomes the political establishment and despite having to carry out the mundane task of buying diapers at Walmart, is able to look Tina Fey in the eye and laugh. That heroic persona has a zeal conventional pundits are loath to consider in the character that has become Sarah Palin.

Political pundits, and certainly the Obama campaign, are beginning to awaken to the cruel misstep of belittling this woman and people like her bitterly clinging to guns, religion . . . and now plumbing. The foundations of this phenomenon are not new, and are discernible in political movements surrounding Ronald Reagan, Ross Perot, and George W. Bush. Bush’s character was impugned like many republicans as a dim bulb foisted on the establishment through his folksy appeal.

The public rightly suspects that to be “educated” in this country is becoming less about the central tasks of critical thinking and more about fluency in the insidious lingo of political correctness. A recent Pew research poll asking people to identify answers to three basic current event questions found that of the major news organizations that the test takers relied upon, Hannity and Colmes viewers did the best — far surpassing their counterparts at NPR and with CNN viewers finishing last. The results fly in the face of the avalanche of criticism falling upon supporters of Governor Palin. Conservatives, who like her, are stereotyped as dangerous Neanderthals on the verge of vigilanteeism. The results of the survey are roundly ignored by the pundits as ‘inconvenient truths.’

Partisans continue to decry, “Should we not desire educated intelligent leaders for governance?” There is no self reflection among these pundits as to what counts for ‘smarts.’ The public is mired in an education system more interested in promoting global warming consensus than reading mastery. And while ice packs and snowfalls increase in Alaska, the governor of the state is denounced as an idiot on climate change. The public knows that ‘smarts’ on these issues is little more than a demand to stop thinking critically about the political power associated with these conclusions.

The alleged ignorance of the American public — continually derided by pundits in every election cycle — has reached a fever pitch. The cliché has now been topped with the ultimate rhetorical cherry of American political life. Anyone who draws the wrong conclusion this fall is a racist. I remember advocating for African American gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell in the fall of 2006 and asking my friends in academia if their reluctance to support him was due to their personal issues with racism.

That joke did not go ever well because it touched on a nerve that the establishment well understands. Terms such as racism and sexism are exclusively reserved to the Democratic Party in scolding its opponents when substantive debate is failing. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are victims of sexism and racism. Sarah Palin is not. Ken Blackwell, Alan Keyes, Lynn Swann, Clarence Thomas and Michael Steele cannot be victims of racism– they are Republicans.

The establishment may be ‘misunderestimating’ public frustration with this long reliable rhetorical arrangement. It is a sad day for argumentation, debate and civic practice when such accusations substitute for good public discourse. It can hardly be a positive indication of a potential world judged on the content of character rather than the color of someone’s skin.

Pundits ought not wonder any longer why the public rallies to Palin and seems to refuse to answer the pollsters according to the socially provided script. The eerie accumulation of undecideds in the opinion polls is making for more than a scary Halloween in the Obama campaign. Undecideds now make up twice as large of a population as is usually expected two weeks prior to a Presidential election.

There is growing concern among the establishment that the effort to back the public into a rhetorical corner may be backfiring, but the campaign seems to have little choice but to press forward with the case for racism. Despite this rhetorical bullying, the public has shown for decades a persistent imagination for leadership that falls outside the beltway and closer to the experiences of the everyday American. Governor Sarah Palin continues to embody that frustrated public sensation. On this basis, the Pitbull in Lipstick may drag the stunned political corpus of the McCain campaign across the electoral finish line ahead of Obama and Biden.

Ben Voth is an associate professor of Communication and director of speech and debate programs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

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Palin’s former deputy mayor creates calendar of 2012 GOP ‘front runner’

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 9, 2009

Palin’s former deputy mayor creates calendar of 2012 GOP ‘front runner’
12/18/2008 @ 6:11 pm
Filed by Mike Sheehan

Calendars have long been popular gifts for the winter holidays, with swimsuit models, pop stars and cute animals as reliable subjects.

Now Republicans still abuzz over the November presidential election can look forward to a new favorite for 2009: Gov. Sarah Palin.

The erstwhile vice presidential nominee who ran with Sen. John McCain on the Republican ticket before eventually losing in a landslide to Barack Obama is featured in a calendar being promoted by Human Events. The conservative magazine’s Web site has sent around an email on behalf of one of its advertisers, Judy Patrick Photography.

Patrick was deputy mayor to Palin during the governor’s time running the small town of Wasilla, Alaska, just a few years before the nod from McCain made her a media sensation and a breath of fresh air to jaded conservatives across the country.

In the emailed version of the advertisement, Palin is descibed as a “front runner in [sic] the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination” who is “showing America that she is willing to reform her own party and politics as usual.”

The calendar features over fifty photos of Palin and her family, including many “never before seen” shots. The cover features a picture of Palin, a shotgun on her shoulder pointing down, placed on a backdrop of a large American flag.

Palin has made no secret of her love of hunting (warning, graphic photos), but gained notoriety among wildlife activists for her vigorous defense of a state program that allows hunters to shoot wolves from airplanes to “keep them in check.”

She also once competed in beauty pageants that included swimsuit competitions, but there’s no indication that the 2009 calendar will contain any cheeky shots of the 44-year-old governor.

The calendar–produced and printed in the US, according to the ad–is marked off 15 percent, in a likely push to get the merchandise out before the end of the year. No word on how much of a cut of the profits, if any, the governor will receive.

The ad for the Palin calendar can be seen at Patrick’s AtlasBooks site.

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Palin: PAC To Help Others, Not Boost Self

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 9, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009 3:02 PM

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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says her new political action committee, SarahPAC, is not intended to enhance her profile as a major Republican player on the national stage or to signal that she is running for president in 2012, but rather so she can help raise money for other GOP candidates.

“No, not at all,” Palin told the Anchorage Daily News when asked about her presidential aspirations. “It’s helpful to have a PAC so that, when I’m invited to things, like to speak at the Lincoln Day dinner in Fairbanks — to have a PAC pay for that instead of have the state pay for that because that could be considered quasi-political.”

Palin, who was Sen. John McCain’s running mate when he ran for president in November, models her PAC after HillPAC, the committee Hillary Clinton formed during her presidential run in 2008, as did President Barack Obama and other candidates from both parties.

“Other governors in the past, they all had a fund to be able to travel for things like” a trip to Washington, D.C., this weekend to attend a dinner with Obama, Palin told The Daily News.

“How often will I have an opportunity to have dinner with the president? I will take up that offer to do so, yeah,” Palin said. During her visit, she also will meet with Mitch McConnell and other senators and congressional lawmakers who are making decisions for Alaska in the stimulus package.

“Now we’ll have an available source of funds so that we’re not coming close to any ethical line to be crossed in terms of travel or participation in events that will help Alaska but could be seen perhaps as not worthy of state funding,” Palin said.

“Advocating tough, too, for an exemption that Alaska needs in terms of timelines for some of these shovel-ready projects,” Palin said. “Congress is saying the projects involved in the infrastructure aspect of the stimulus package have to be shovel-ready, have to get them out the door, whether it be 90 days or 120 days. Well, we’re Alaska, and we need an exemption so that we’re not left out in the cold in terms of some of the projects that will take a northern climate a longer period of time to make sure that we have our projects ready to go.”

Palin’s PAC is registered in Virginia and will support her “plans to build a better, stronger, and safer America in the 21st century,” according to the Web site (

“It is pretty common for PACs to be registered in states different” from politicians’ home states, an official with the organization told the Huffington Post, adding that its proximity to D.C. will allow the organization easier communication with various federal agencies.

However, concerns among some Alaskans that her focus might be elsewhere, including the presidential election of 2012, still exist.

“I’m sure legislators know that I’m the governor of Alaska, and this is first and foremost on my mind and my agenda,” Palin said. “Any travel or meeting or participation in anything that I will have to do with anything outside of Alaska will only be if it’s good for Alaska.”

Palin also told The Daily News she is unaware of any book deal, and laughed off reports it could be worth $11 million.

“I heard that! I can’t wait to see that! No, I haven’t seen that. If there were an opportunity in the future to, again, do something to promote Alaska, I will do it. But I will only do it if it’s in Alaska’s best interest and it doesn’t harm my family,” she said.

“I don’t have a publisher, but I will let you know if ever there is an offer,” Palin said. “But that $11 million figure that I read about is laughable. That’s out of anybody’s realm of possibility of consideration.”,%20Not%20Boost%20Self

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Palin gets as close to Washington insiders as Alaska is to, well, Russia

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 9, 2009

Monday, Feb 9, 2009
Posted on Sat, Jan. 31, 2009
Palin gets as close to Washington insiders as Alaska is to, well, Russia

McClatchy Newspapers
Mere months ago, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was introduced to the world as a hockey mom who hunts and fishes, remains grounded in small-town values, and is married to her blue-collar, snow-machine-loving high school sweetheart.
Saturday night, Palin was whisked into the governors-and-cabinet-members-only section of one of the nation’s capital’s most exclusive parties: the Alfalfa Club dinner. Wearing an elegant black satin evening gown and a matching wrap, hair loose to her shoulders, Palin was about as far away as anyone can get from field-dressing a moose, let alone Joe the Plumber.

Held in the heart of Washington, D.C., at the Capital Hilton, within sight of the White House, the Alfalfa Club dinner was “a coup” for Palin, said Letitia Baldrige, who served as the White House social secretary and chief of staff to Jacqueline Kennedy.

“It’s something that everybody who’s anybody in politics wants to be invited to,” Baldrige said.

If a roasting by the most powerful people in America is a sign you’ve made it, then Palin had clearly arrived. Or, at the very least, had been acknowledged as one of the most interesting women in American politics.

The outgoing president of the Alfalfa Club, Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, teased Palin in a way allowable only for a fellow veteran of the vice presidential campaign trail.

“I was seriously being considered to be McCain’s pick for vice president,” said Lieberman, Al Gore’s 2000 running mate and a former Democrat who campaigned for Sen. John McCain this year.

“But then John called me,” Lieberman said. “As he always does, he got right to the point. He said, ‘Joe, I can’t do it. I need more than just a pretty face.’ “

“I was so close. As close as Alaska is to Russia. You could almost say that from my doorstep I could see the Vice President’s mansion,” he said.

The club’s roots are deep in Washington, although not very serious. And while it has a prestigious guest list these days, it was a drinking club first and foremost when it was founded in 1913, said Donald Ritchie, the associate historian of the U.S. Senate. That’s where Alfalfa comes from – the alfalfa plant “put down deep roots and could always get a drink,” Ritchie said. The plant would “persevere to get a drink, and so would they.”

In fact, Ritchie said, the Alfalfa Club appears to be modeled after another popular stag club of the era, Philadelphia’s Clover Club. The Alfalfa Club was so prestigious that in the 1920s and ’30s, Washington newspapers would print the names of the attendees, Ritchie said. Even though Washington is now something of a Tuesday-through-Thursday town for many elected officials, Ritchie said, the Alfalfa Club dinner remains an enduring tradition that few besides insiders are allowed to glimpse.

Because its founders were Southerners – and in 1913, Washington was a Southern town – they chose Gen. Robert E. Lee’s birthday for the day of their annual celebration. The annual dinner continues to be around Lee’s birthday, Jan. 19, although the club’s origins appear to have little other connection to the Civil War general.

The dinner’s guest list is the embodiment of the old question: If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone, who would be on your guest list? Did we mention that President Barack Obama was there, telling jokes?

“I know that many you are aware that this dinner began almost one hundred years ago as a way to celebrate the birthday of General Robert E. Lee,” Obama said. “If he were here with us tonight, the General would be 202 years old. And very confused.”

The governor’s office wouldn’t say who invited Palin to the Alfalfa dinner, but by tradition, each member is allowed two guests.

Her host could be any number of famous, powerful (or once-powerful) members, including Palin’s fellow Alaskan, former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, convicted last year on corruption charges in federal court. (Unlike Palin, Stevens entered through the metal detectors with the ordinary guests, such as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.) Palin’s presidential running mate, Sen. John McCain, also is a member. So is the man whose job she wanted: Vice President Joe Lieberman.

Typically, the club’s members pick an honorary “president” each year – and do little else. The inductees – known as “sprouts” – are few each year. Many people wait a lifetime to be tapped for the club, and that was obvious Saturday night. Palin, although a grandmother herself, appeared to be one of the youngest guests, other than the 47-year-old president.

Another tradition? Although journalists are not allowed inside the dinner, details of the professionally written jokes generally leak out. That was the case again this year, but not to the extent it has been in previous years. Palin’s presence drew more cameras than usual, forcing reporters and photographers into a small, penned-off area as guests arrived.

According to accounts of the dinners of the past decade, the event retains the air of a 1950s fraternity banquet. In 2003, the Washington Post’s account of the evening reported that Stevens accepted the Alfalfans’ presidential nomination wearing a fur hat, sealskin vest, mukluk moccasin boots, and brandishing an oosik, which is a walrus penis bone. Stevens laid out his health-care platform, which according to the Post, was to find a cure for frostbite. “When it comes to frostbite,” said Stevens, then 79, “what you have to worry about is nose, toes and something that at my age may as well be froze.”

Former First Lady Barbara Bush had this comeback, according to the Post: “Ted, this is the third time you’ve brought one of those walrus things to this dinner. I hate to think what went on here before women were admitted.”

The Alfalfa Club did not allow women as members until 1993, but has made up for that oversight. Saturday night, dozens of powerful women streamed in, some members, some guests: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell, on the arm of her husband, Alan Greenspan. And Palin.

The governor’s weekend itinerary wasn’t limited to the Alfalfa Club. It included a Friday night dinner at the home of Fred Malek, who headed up McCain’s finance committee. She also was scheduled to meet with her Alaska staff in Washington and attend a luncheon at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Palin’s limited travel outside of her home state – and the country – was the subject of much criticism when she was a vice presidential candidate. But now, it’s Alaskans who are a little testy about the governor’s absence, even as the state’s legislative session opens. Their suspicions that Palin has ambitions beyond Alaska were only confirmed this week, when the governor announced the formation of her own political action committee.

The committee, called SarahPAC, is not a 2012 presidential exploratory committee, spokeswoman Pam Pryor insisted last week. It’s a way for her to raise money for like-minded candidates as well as pay for travel connected to fundraising or her political activity unconnected to her official duties as the governor of Alaska.

Perhaps because of the scrutiny at home, Palin has kept a low profile on the trip to the nation’s capital. She turned down all requests for interviews, including the other invitations that indicate one’s arrival in Washington: an appearance on the Sunday morning talk shows.

She also didn’t attend any events that could be perceived as partisan, including the winter meeting of the Republican National Committee, also held over the weekend.

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The Palin-bashers

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 9, 2009

The Palin-bashers

Posted: November 18, 2008
1:00 am Eastern

© 2009

Just who are the amorphous individuals attacking Gov. Sarah Palin as not being smart enough to have been vice president? What makes her less capable than Joe Biden? In retrospect, if Biden was such a brilliant pick, and if Michelle Obama is so intelligent, why were both kept off the main stage in the closing weeks of the presidential race – while Sarah Palin was increasingly in public view?

I submit they are comprised of two factions – the first being those that never wanted her to be vice president – the other, those who are afraid she may succeed as a presidential candidate in 2012. Lumped into both groups are those who don’t have a clue, which includes elitist Republicans who place a higher value on a person’s alma mater than they do a person’s ability.

The accusations now surfacing is that Gov. Palin isn’t “smart enough” to even consider running for president, to which one might argue: like Al Gore and John Kerry were, and like Joe Biden is – but I digress. A pre-eminent business leader told me many years ago, “You don’t have to be super smart to be successful – you just have to be smart enough to surround yourself with people who are.”

To that point, Sarah Palin is not only smart enough to surround herself with smart people, but she is also both smart and capable. Her record of accomplishment in barely two years as governor of Alaska is extraordinary. She is a proven fiscal conservative who puts the best interests of the people ahead of “good ol’ boy” politics and policies, and she isn’t hesitant to take on malevolent factions of her own party. She holds to traditional values, not as a mace, but as a way of life.

She restructured her state’s pre-existing severance tax on oil and gas production, renegotiating the structure in full public view, and the rebated part of the resulting surplus went directly to taxpayers. She ended a multi-year stalemate over the financing and construction of a $40 billion cross-state pipeline that supplies cheaper natural gas to Alaskans and the lower 48 states. That single act alone did more to advance American energy independence than Biden, Obama or McCain can boast collectively. In her capacity as being responsible for the Alaskan National Guard, she authorized 521 missions that saved 200 lives.

As governor, she is responsible for her decisions. She cannot hide behind rhetoric as “having sponsored” a piece of legislation or having gotten a committee chairmanship based on seniority alone. Nor does she have the option (or inclination if she did) to vote yea, nay or present.

At the time of her being announced as the vice-presidential candidate, she had an approval rating of 87 percent – unlike Congress, which, depending upon the poll one views, had an approval rating of 9 or 10 percent with a disapproval rating of 78 percent.

Fox News reporter Carl Cameron acted as interlocutor, breathlessly revealing how unnamed sources were spilling theretofore whispered details of what Gov. Palin was actually like. The problem is, as Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren exposed on her show, the things he reported never happened. We have yet to see Cameron eagerly sharing that fact as breaking news.

Sarah Palin and those like her are the future of the Republican Party. Conservatism is not dead – moderates are the losers in this election. No liberal has been elected by outing themselves as same. They become centrists, moving center and center-right (remember the elections of 2006). Obama, who is recognized by other liberals as the most liberal liberal in Congress, spent the last two months of the campaign running center-right.

The attacks are coming from those who fear what Gov. Palin represents. They fear not being able to convince enough people to oppose her unless they start savaging her now. I am also inclined to believe that a good number of those spreading the lies and misinformation are either from, will be or desire to be part of a certain former and future presidential hopeful loser, who fancies himself a contender in 2012.

Sarah Palin is good for our party – she is good for America. And trust me, those attacking her do so because they fear her ability to connect with voters. They wouldn’t waste their efforts if this were not the case. To those who say she isn’t “smart enough,” I say she doesn’t have to be an Adams, Jefferson, Madison or Reagan; she just has to be smart enough to know it and surround herself with capable people. And keep in mind that Ronald Reagan was attacked as not being intelligent enough, while Bill Clinton was hailed as being supremely intelligent.

Palin didn’t lose the race for McCain – he lost it himself despite her giving him a tremendous boost going into the closing weeks of the campaign. She is, however, the reason his six-point loss wasn’t a double-digit loss.

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New member in the family

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 9, 2009

December 29th, 2008 10:02 PM Eastern
New member in the family
by Greta Van Susteren
Governor Palin’s Daughter has given birth to a boy!

The teenage daughter of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has given birth to a son months after the announcement of her pregnancy became one of the first dark clouds to swirl over the Alaska governor’s candidacy.

People magazine reported that 18-year-old Bristol Palin gave birth to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston on Sunday. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol’s grandmother, told People magazine that “the baby is fine and Bristol is doing well.”

The governor’s office said it would not release information because it considers the baby’s birth a private family matter.

The father is Levi Johnston, a former hockey player at Alaska’s Wasilla High School.

Palin announced on Sept. 1, the first day of the Republican National Convention, that her unwed daughter was pregnant. The campaign issued a statement saying Bristol “and the young man” would get married.

Levi Johnston’s mother eventually disclosed that her 18-year-old son was the father. The following week, the young man attended the convention in St. Paul, Minn. when Palin accepted the nomination as John McCain’s running mate.

The announcement that Bristol, 17 at the time, was pregnant immediately drew concerns that it could damage Palin’s credibility as a religious conservative. It also foreshadowed a troubled campaign for Palin, who drew large crowds at rallies but was criticized for her composure in news interviews and for her experience level.

Sherry Johnston, Levi’s mother, said in October that Bristol and her son were considering a summer wedding.

Levi Johnston told The Associated Press that month that he and Bristol loved each other and wanted to get married. Johnston, who dropped out of high school to take a job on the North Slope oil fields as an apprentice electrician, said he was a little shocked to learn that Bristol was pregnant but quickly warmed to the idea of being a father.

He said the two had planned to get married even before Bristol became pregnant.

Johnston, an avid hunter, hinted at the time that they were expecting a boy. He said he was already looking forward to taking the boy hunting and fishing.

Johnston’s mother was arrested on felony drug charges this month after state troopers served a search warrant at her Wasilla home. According to authorities, she sent text messages to two police informants in which she discusses making drug transactions involving OxyContin, a strong prescription painkiller.

Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, have five children ranging in age from Trig, 7 months, to Track, 19. In between are Willow, 14; Piper, 7; and Bristol.

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Media Has Fit as Palin Takes to Airwaves

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 9, 2009

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Posted By Bobby Eberle On January 14, 2009 at 7:34 am

Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin became the #1 target of the media. Her straight-forward, no-nonsense approach was just a little too “rustic” for them, and she was criticized relentlessly. Whether it was her family, her knowledge of issues, her experience, or her wardrobe, nothing was off limits for the media who were foaming at the mouth to get Barack Obama elected.

Now, Sarah Palin is speaking out. In a series of interviews, she addresses her time as the vice presidential nominee and takes the media to task. Of course, this hasn’t gone over well with those in the “journalism” community. Setting the record straight doesn’t appear to be something the media are interested in doing.

Earlier this month, Sarah Palin sat down for an interview with documentary filmmaker John Ziegler to discuss the topic of media coverage during the 2008 election. Gov. Palin took the opportunity to strike back at the misinformation that was continually being spewed by TV personalities and others who claim to be “unbiased” journalists. A portion of that interview can be seen below:

Palin also sat down with Esquire magazine. While the interview will be published in the March issue, the magazine released some quotes which show the governor’s frustration with false information that was flying around during the campaign.

Palin on Bloggers and Journalism: Bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie annoy me….I’ll tell you, yesterday the Anchorage Daily News, they called again to ask — double-, triple-, quadruple-check — who is Trig’s real mom. And I said, Come on, are you kidding me? We’re gonna answer this? Do you not believe me or my doctor? And they said, No, it’s been quite cryptic the way that my son’s birth has been discussed. And I thought, Okay, more indication of continued problems in the world of journalism.

Palin on the Campaign: If I were giving advice to myself back on the day my candidacy was announced, I’d say, Tell the campaign that you’ll be callin’ some of the shots. Don’t just assume that they know you well enough to make all your decisions for ya. Let them know that you’re the CEO of a state, you’re forty-four years old, you’ve got a lot of great life experience that can be put to good use as a candidate.

Palin continues to battle her own local newspaper regarding the rumors that she is not the mother of her youngest child, Trig. In an e-mail exchange with the Anchorage Daily News (ADN), Gov. Palin touches on a number of stories and actions by the newspaper which continues to paint Palin in a poor light. The ADN responded that they were, indeed, working on a story regarding her and Trig, but they claim it was an effort to “put the conspiracy theories to rest.” Put the theories to rest? Come on! Palin’s own doctor has already stated that Palin is the mother… how much more digging needs to be done?

The fact that Palin has begun speaking out does not sit well with the media elite. In a recent episode of The View, Barbara Walters found it “disturbing” that Palin would mention “class” as one reason the media didn’t favor her. Palin made the remark in her interview, noting that she wondered if Caroline Kennedy will receive the same harsh treatment in her quest for the New York Senate seat.

Walters also says, “One wonders why she keeps doing these interviews again.” Is she serious? The media was so one-sided with their portrayal of Palin, and now Walters wonders why Palin is speaking out? I guess the media assumes that since Obama won, conservatives will just run and hide.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann took a shot at Palin’s interviews in his Tuesday program. As noted by NewsBusters, Olbermann said on air, “But, apropos of Palin, I can’t remember who said this, but it came to mind: What’s the difference between a governor of Alaska and a pitbull? You can train a pitbull to occasionally keep its mouth closed.”

It seems that the more Palin speaks, the more the media go into convulsions. Good for her! The left-wing media continues to lose ground… circulation at the New York Times continues to fall. But they still have an incredible grip on the American public, and their bias needs to be taken to task. Kudos to Gov. Palin for stepping up and doing it.


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