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The Palin-bashers

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 9, 2009

The Palin-bashers

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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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Media Has Fit as Palin Takes to Airwaves

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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Page suggests this GOP figure will complete party’s ticket

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

WND WorldNetDaily
ELECTION 2008
Is mysterious website tipping off McCain’s VP?
Page suggests this GOP figure will complete party’s ticket
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Posted: August 18, 2008
9:58 pm Eastern

By Drew Zahn
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Could this sign become familiar soon?

Alaska’s Sarah Palin is a bold, first-term Republican governor, a former beauty pageant winner, a mother of five and, if a website of mysterious origin proves prophetic, she could be Sen. John McCain’s choice for vice presidential running mate.

Scouring the Internet for possible presidential and VP combinations, most websites – such as McCainRomney.com, McCainHuckabee.com or McCainJindal.com – turn up as domain names for sale or general information sites.

Then there’s McCainPalin.com.

The page displays paid political advertising and the statement, “Welcome to McCainPalin.com–the best source for information on the John McCain – Sarah Palin 2008 Republican Presidential Ticket. Stayed (sic) tuned for important announcements.”

Despite a report by Washington D.C.’s Roll Call last week that Palin had submitted paperwork to the Republican national office, her press secretary, Bill McAllister, told WND that McCain has given no indication of choosing her as his running mate.

“The governor will play some kind of unspecified role in the convention,” McAllister said, “but the only contact with the McCain campaign has been a request for her to participate in a national conference call on energy issues. There has been no outreach or vetting regarding the vice presidency.”

Gov. Sarah Palin

Palin has drawn attention as a potential running mate because of appeal to the Republican base. She has personally demonstrated pro-life beliefs and a willingness to tackle tough issues, including an incident in which she took on Republican leadership in her state for ethics violations.

Editor Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard last year called Palin “a politician of eye-popping integrity.”

“Her rise is a great (and rare) story of how adherence to principle – especially to transparency and accountability in government – can produce political success,” Barnes wrote.

Who then, created the McCainPalin.com website and asked readers to “stay tuned” for an announcement?

Several websites and blogs are promoting Palin for the GOP ticket, including Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President, PalinforVP.com and My McCain Blog, which created the campaign sign pictured above. Palin’s press secretary acknowledged to WND that these sites have been in existence for several months and are consolidating their resources to rally Palin supporters.

Supporters and bloggers that WND was able to contact, however, denied any knowledge of who created McCainPalin.com.

Adam Brickley, founder of Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President, told WND he thought it was created by a supporter, but he really didn’t know.

“It has been up for a while and used to be a fully functional webpage with newsfeeds, bios, etc. However, the ‘stay tuned’ message is new,” he said. “I really have no idea who runs it.”

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Is Alaska big enough for celebrity Palin?

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

MSNBC.com
Is Alaska big enough for celebrity Palin?
Fresh off campaign trail, Palin is juggling book, TV and film offers
The Associated Press
updated 10:09 a.m. ET Nov. 22, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Oprah Winfrey wants her, and so do other U.S. TV show hosts.

Fresh from her political defeat, Sarah Palin is juggling offers to write books, appear in films and sit on dozens of interview couches at a rate that would be astonishing for most Hollywood stars, let alone a first-term governor.

The failed Republican vice presidential candidate, who is still Alaska’s governor, crunched state budget numbers this week in her 17th-floor office as tumbling oil prices hit Alaska’s revenues. Meanwhile, her staff fielded television requests seeking the 44-year-old Palin for late-night banter and Sunday morning Washington policy.

Agents, including those from the William Morris Agency, have come knocking. There’s even been an offer to host a TV show.

“Tomorrow, Gov. Palin could do an interview with any news media on the planet,” said her spokesman, Bill McAllister. “Tomorrow, she could probably sign any one of a dozen book deals. She could start talking to people about a documentary or a movie on her life. That’s the level we are at here.”

McAllister said he had “multiple conversations” with producers for Winfrey as well as some late night TV hosts and other shows.

Asked whether Winfrey was pursuing Palin for a sit-down, Michelle McIntyre, a spokeswoman for Winfrey’s Chicago-based Harpo Productions Inc., said she was “unable to confirm any future plans” for the show.

New unofficial title
Palin may have emerged from the Nov. 4 election politically wounded, with questions about her preparedness for higher office and reports of an expensive wardrobe, but she’s returned to Alaska with an expanded, if unofficial, title — international celebrity.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain plucked Palin out of relative obscurity in late August and put her on the Republican ticket. They lost to President-elect Barack Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden.

Now, Palin has to decide how and where to spend her time, which could have implications for her political future and her bank account, with possible land mines of legal and ethical rules.

Palin is considering about 800 requests for appearances from December through 2009, with 75 percent coming from out of state. A year ago, just a sprinkle of requests came from beyond Alaska’s borders. They range from invitations to speak at The Chief Executives’ Club of Boston to attend a 5-year-old’s birthday party, from a prayer breakfast in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to a business conference in Britain.

Michael Steele, the former Maryland lieutenant governor who wants to be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee, is seeking face time.

She has invitations to make appearances in 20 foreign countries, typically with all expenses paid, McAllister said. She has more than 200 requests for media interviews, again from around the globe.

“She has to pace herself,” suggested veteran Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman. “She wants a career made in a Crock-Pot, not a microwave.”

Dictating terms
In her two months on the national stage, Palin energized the Republican base but turned off moderates and independents, according to some surveys. Flubbed answers in national television interviews raised questions about her competence. She was embarrassed by the disclosure that the Republican National Committee spent at least $150,000 for designer clothing, accessories and beauty services for her and her family.

The right book or movie deal could help Palin reintroduce herself to the nation, on terms she could dictate.

While books and movie deals could be worth millions of dollars, it’s not clear if Palin would be able to legally earn it. State rules say she cannot accept outside employment for compensation. But there appears to be little in the way of precedent left by former governors to judge if book deals or lucrative speaking appearances amount to “employment.”

Palin has sent unmistakable signals she is open to running for president in 2012, but to advance her political ambitions she must stay in the public eye nationwide. As with any celebrity, there is the risk of overexposure. At the same time, she’ll be under pressure to attend to governing her home state, which is thousands of miles from the rest of the nation.

“She has to deal with the perception that she bobbled her debut,” said Claremont McKenna College political scientist John Pitney. “She needs to stay home for a while. If she wants a future in national politics, her No. 1 job is doing a good job as governor.”

Just this week, shortly after conducting a string of national TV interviews and skipping a state education conference, she was scolded by the Anchorage Daily News. “There are … low graduation rates, plummeting North Slope oil prices, proposals to build alternative energy projects, the gas pipeline,” the paper said in an editorial. “It’s time for the governor to refocus on Alaska’s needs.”

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In era of Obama, no new Reagans allowed

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

In era of Obama, no new Reagans allowed
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Posted: December 06, 2008
1:00 am Eastern
© 2009
I have noticed a common theme in the media lately: Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate is being portrayed as the bane of the GOP – the single-handed destroyer of the McCain campaign who should retire into political oblivion.

Why is this an ongoing message, with even some so-called Republicans pushing it?

I believe it is because Gov. Palin resonated with conservatives nationwide in a way that caught the mainstream (read: not-so-clandestinely liberal) media completely off guard. They don’t want her, or anyone like her, to rise up as the exciting future of conservative politics; they want no new-generation Reagan gaining steam in the era of Obama.

So what’s the problem with Mrs. Palin in the eyes of the media? I believe she has intimidated them. She’s young, she’s an unashamed Christian, and she resonates with countless women as a working mom who embraces pro-life and pro-traditional family positions.

This is not the accepted dynamic of the modern political woman – certainly not the type the mainstream promotes. And therein lies the allure of Sarah Palin to conservatives. She is the embodiment of the political nonconformist – the outsider who has a history of being not only a maverick (and not simply as a catchphrase) but an effective reformer.

As such, she will continue to face what I see as an intentionally deceptive depiction from the mainstream media that she is a lightweight, a political pretender whose supposed ambitions outweigh her capabilities.

And to such criticism, I hope she continues to say, “So what!”

Who cares what the media and the left think, anyway? Gov. Palin’s values are not going to be accepted by Big Media or by Capitol Hill’s entrenched insiders who seek out yes men to carry out their tired political visions. I would suggest that she shouldn’t even try to make inroads into those shallow worlds. (She’s done pretty well on her own, anyway.)

It’s time for real change. As such, it is time for conservatives to join together and redesign their playbook so that it hearkens back to the days of Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America.” Sure, they’ll be scoffed at, but that will be the price of standing up to the fashionable left.

As Christians living in an increasingly secular world, we face these types of challenges every day. You see, the very foundations of what we believe – from our conviction in how the world was created to how it will one day end – are constantly disputed by the purveyors of accepted “truth.” Even in the Republican Party, we – the religious right – are often covertly whispered about and laughed at (until election time, conveniently).

But conservative people of faith continue to be the solid backbone of the Republican Party, whether some of its leaders want to admit it, or not.

“Conservatism, real conservatism, resonates with heartland America, and wins elections,” said Christopher G. Adamo in a GOPUSA commentary this week. He added, “The people of this country have little interest in a Republican Party that seeks to define itself as a milder and cheaper version of the societal dissolution and erosion of American greatness offered by the opposition.”

Thankfully, there are people who still understand this, and Sarah Palin is one of them. There are other rising conservative stars on the horizon (Reps. Mike Pence of Indiana, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Eric Cantor of Virginia, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and others) who can communicate economic and social solutions that counter the policies of the left. Our friend Mike Huckabee is also telling everyone that the November losses by Republicans mean that the party must return to its conservative roots.

I believe millions of Americans are anxious to find vocal leaders to usher in a new day for conservatism.

However, the conservative leaders who do come to the fore must realize two important facts: 1) they are going to be the black sheep of the political world, and 2) the similarly outcast religious right is one of the big keys to a conservative revival.

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In a League of Her Own, Palin Swings Away at Couric, Fey and Kennedy

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

New York Times 


January 13, 2009

NYC

In a League of Her Own, Palin Swings Away at Couric, Fey and Kennedy

 

 

A modern film version of “The Women,” Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 play about class distinctions and resentments, came and went in New York a few months ago, leaving a trail of unflattering newspaper reviews.

Now we have a real-life update involving some of the city’s most prominent women: Caroline Kennedy, Katie Couric and Tina Fey. A central role is played by an outlander named Sarah Palin. Somehow, we suspect that the critics would be equally underwhelmed.

If you happened to be preoccupied over the weekend with lesser matters — war in the Middle East, the crumbling economy, the New York Giants’ collapse — you may have missed clips from an interview with Ms. Palin that made their way to YouTube. No one can accuse her of going gentle into that good Arctic night now that she is back on her regular job as Alaska’s governor.

Ms. Palin talked last week with a conservative filmmaker, John Ziegler, about bias that she perceives in the news media. She seems convinced that it explains why her campaign as Senator John McCain’s running mate failed. She bristled with resentment, some of it rooted in what she saw as class-based favoritism. This is where Caroline Kennedy comes in.

Ms. Kennedy, of course, has offered herself as a replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton once Mrs. Clinton gives up her Senate seat to become secretary of state. Senate hearings on the State Department appointment are scheduled to begin Tuesday. Short of Mrs. Clinton’s testifying that she really did run a serpentine course to avoid that nonexistent sniper fire in Bosnia, she is probably a shoo-in for confirmation.

It means that Decision Day on picking a successor is fast approaching for Gov. David A. Paterson. No name on his list looms larger than Ms. Kennedy’s.

Enter Ms. Palin. She was asked if she thought that a news media “class bias” had created a double standard in how she and Ms. Kennedy were being treated.

“I’ve been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope also,” the governor replied. “It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out. And I think that as we watch that, we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be.”

Let’s leave aside an obvious difference between the women. One is looking to become a backbencher in a 100-member club. The other wanted to be the proverbial heartbeat away from controlling America’s nuclear launch codes.

Sticking to the class issue, it’s hard to imagine that the born-to-privilege Ms. Kennedy feels that she has received kid-glove treatment from reporters. Her qualifications for the Senate have been sharply questioned. And she has been pounded, you betcha, for the scores of “you knows” that rendered her inarticulate in recent interviews. To rework a line used by The Daily News in a different context years ago, it seems that with Ms. Kennedy, the syntax of the father has not been visited upon the child.

THAT Ms. Palin was unaware of the Kennedy coverage makes one wonder how she gets her information. Articles about Ms. Kennedy’s stumbles had circulated for a week before the Ziegler interview. What newspapers and magazines does she read?

Hold on. Isn’t that what Katie Couric asked in her CBS interview with Ms. Palin during the campaign? It was a softball question, hardly a gotcha moment. But the governor turned this, too, into a class issue. “To me,” she said, “the question was more along the lines of, ‘Do you read? What do you guys do up there?’ ”

She gave Ms. Couric the back of her hand. “Katie,” she said, “you’re not the center of everybody’s universe.” You almost could hear those words coming from one of Clare Boothe Luce’s characters.

Ms. Palin was similarly peevish about Tina Fey’s impersonations of her on “Saturday Night Live.” There was “some, perhaps, exploiting, that was done via me, my family, my administration,” she said. Yet she was more than happy to have done some, perhaps, exploiting of her own. She did, after all, do a star turn on what she referred to familiarly as “S.N.L.”

All this brings to mind another women-focused film, “A League of Their Own,” about female baseball players during World War II. In it, the team manager played by Tom Hanks chews out a fumbling player so harshly that she is reduced to tears. “Are you crying?” he asks in outrage. “There’s no crying in baseball.”

He might well have added as a corollary: “Are you whining? There’s no whining in politics.”

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Gov. Palin unveils ‘SarahPAC’

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

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WorldNetDaily
Gov. Palin unveils ‘SarahPAC’
Is Alaska chief planning 2012 presidential run?

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Posted: January 27, 2009
8:05 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
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WorldNetDaily

Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has started a new political action committee – in a move that many are seeing as a precursor to a possible run for president in 2012.

The organization now has a website, SarahPAC.com, registered to a post office box in Arlington, Va. The PAC is scheduled to post on the Federal Elections Commission website tomorrow.

While the FEC website now lists Palin as a 2012 candidate, FEC representative Judith Ingram told WND the Alaska governor is not officially registered to run for the presidency, and the entry is only the FEC’s technical placeholder for the time being.

“Somebody is getting organized,” she said.

However, the committee has been registered. Palin is listed as the official chair of SarahPAC, and the website states it is “not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.”

A SarahPAC spokeswoman told Christianity Today it was launched today to assist Palin in keeping her connections across the nation. She said it was too soon to know whether Palin will run for president in 2012.

“SarahPAC is a federally registered political action committee that supports Gov. Sarah Palin’s plans to build a better, stronger, and safer America in the 21st century,” its website announces. Registration of the committee comes after former presidential contender Mitt Romney announced his formation of Free and Strong America PAC and former candidate Mike Huckabee started HuckPAC.

The organization claims contributions will be used to support “local and national candidates who share Gov. Palin’s ideas and goals for our country.”

The PAC supports priorities Palin has had as Alaska governor, including: resource development, education, health, transportation and infrastructure development and reform and transparency in government.

The committee encourages citizens to stick to their values as President Obama takes charge of the nation.

“As a new president takes office and begins to lead our country, Gov. Palin believes that every one of us has a duty and responsibility in this time of economic crisis and international challenge. Each one of us must step up to the plate, get involved in the spirit of renaissance and renewal that is critical to America’s success,” it says.

News of the PAC comes on the heels of a Los Angeles Times report indicating Palin may have enlisted Robert Barnett, a Washington lawyer, in her pursuit of a book deal. Barnett has also assisted President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton in garnering multi-million dollar book contracts.

The website promises to support Palin’s “plans to build a better, stronger, and safer America in the 21st century,” and it features a large portrait of Gov. Palin smiling in front of Alaska’s mountains. Next to the committee name is an outline of Alaska centered on a map of the United States.

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Gingrich: Palin won’t be future GOP leader [little does he know!]

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

Gingrich: Palin won’t be future GOP leader
By Alexander Bolton
Posted: 11/16/08 01:05 PM [ET]
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is batting down the hype that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin heads into 2012 as the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination.

Palin energized the Republican base after GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) tapped her as his running mate and she has tried to preserve her high public profile since Election Day.

But Gingrich, an architect of the Republican revolution of 1994, took Palin down a notch, asserting that she would not become the party’s leader, as some have predicted.

“I think that she is going to be a significant player,” said Gingrich during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation”. “But she’s going to be one of 20 or 30 significant players. She’s not going to be the de facto leader.”

Since the defeat of the GOP ticket, Palin has pursued an aggressive media strategy, scheduling a full slate of interviews to keep her face on television.

CNN aired a lengthy, wide-ranging interview between Wolf Blitzer and Palin on Sunday. Palin has also sat down for interviews with CNN’s Larry King, Fox New’s Greta Van Susteren, and invited Matt Lauer of the “Today Show” to Wasilla for dinner.

Palin refused to rule out a presidential bid in 2012 during her interview with Blitzer, which aired on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

Some political analysts, citing her high name identification and loyal following among the base, say that Palin will be a frontrunner for the GOP nomination in 2012.

Palin dominated media coverage at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami last week. She grabbed the spotlight at a Thursday press conference, answering reporters’ questions while a dozen other GOP governors stood awkwardly behind her on stage.

Crowds of reporters and cameras chased Palin in Miami while ignoring more experienced colleagues from other states.

But Gingrich on Sunday sought to divert some media attention away from Palin and to other governors such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and Utah Gov. John Huntsman (R).

“She’s going to be a much bigger story in the short run,” said Gingrich, explaining Palin’s higher media profile compared to other GOP governors. “But, I think, as she goes back to being governor and as she works in Alaska, you’re going to see a group of governors emerge, not just Sarah Palin.”

Gingrich said Huntsman and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) may emerge as political leaders on the economy while Jindal could claim the mantel on healthcare reform.

“I would say, for example, to Republicans who are about to face this question of how do you get the economy growing again, bring in Gov. Daniels and bring in Gov. Huntsman….”

“If you want to understand healthcare, you can do a lot worse than to bring in Bobby Jindal who may well know more about health policy than any other elected official in America and is doing an extraordinary job in Louisiana.”

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Clinton Backs out, now Palin disinvited to NYC rally

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The first political event to feature both Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sarah Palin will now have neither.

Organizers of a rally next week in New York City against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Thursday that no politicians will appear at the event.

The collection of American Jewish groups putting the rally together angered Clinton aides by not telling them ahead of time that they also planned to have Palin, the Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.

Clinton backed out late Tuesday, as soon as she learned of the pairing. The National Coalition to Stop Iran Now said in a statement Thursday that they would have no “American political personalities” at the rally to keep the focus on Iranian threats.

Casey Sanders, a spokeswoman for the organizers, did not have an immediate answer when asked if the decision to proceed without Palin was made by the governor or the groups. Nor could she give a reason for the initial misunderstanding with Clinton.

Clinton, whose historic bid for the presidency came up short, has sought to avoid a public face-off with Palin, the new female face of the campaign.

The New York senator had agreed weeks ago to attend the rally, but abruptly canceled on

Tuesday after learning Palin was also supposed to attend. Aides to the senator said she was never told Palin would be there.

The Palin camp criticized Clinton for backing out, saying all parties should rally together in opposition to the threat posed by a nuclear Iran.

A Clinton-Palin double billing at such an event would have been awkward.

The Republican ticket of John McCain and Palin is working hard to win over disappointed Clinton supporters, particularly women voters. And Barack Obama, who beat Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, has been trying to assure Jewish voters that he is firmly committed to Israel’s security.

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