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Archive for April 7th, 2009

Iron Todd Palin

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 7, 2009

Iron Todd Palin

Wed, Apr 1, 2009

Men’s Journal

Features, Sports

Todd Palin Photo credit: photograph by Kevin Zacher

Last time you saw Todd Palin he was standing quietly, uncomfortably by his woman on the campaign trail, as she got alternately pilloried and praised. Now meet him on his own terms, as a blue-collar outdoorsman who competes in one of the toughest races on Earth.

By Daniel Duane


Todd Palin is trying to scare me. That’s what I’m thinking, alone on a borrowed snowmobile in the fading Alaskan light, cold as hell by a frozen lake. I can barely see Palin and his racing buddy Scott Davis a quarter mile off, near a few stumpy trees. But I can hear them loud and clear, revving their two-stroke engines, circling in their Arctic Cat F6 snowmobiles, punishing the winter sky with an ear-splitting whine familiar to nature lovers everywhere. “Ride over to that point of land!” Palin had screamed at me over the engine roar a moment earlier, struggling to be heard. “Then turn around! We’ll do a speed run past you, let you feel how fast we go!”

Little more than black specks now, obscured by their powerful headlights, the men turn toward me and charge. The wail gets louder and the headlights grow. Fifty mph, 60, 70, now less than a hundred yards away. Eighty mph, 90, on a bullet path right to where I’m sitting. He’s going to mess up and kill me. 

I take some comfort in reminding myself that we are talking about the husband of a certain prominent Alaska governor. A 44-year-old father of five. Would he really risk vehicular manslaughter? But then again, he’s also a motorhead country boy whose favorite recreational activity — the big dream of each calendar year — is the Tesoro Iron Dog, the longest snowmobile race on Earth. It’s a mind-numbing six-day run across nearly 2,000 miles of extreme arctic wilderness. Palin has won it four times and might have won it again in 2008, partnered with Davis, if he hadn’t smacked into a half-buried oil drum on the frozen Yukon River while doing 60, shattering an arm. He doesn’t mind playing rough. Do I chicken out and dive onto the ice?


Palin bombs on by, and the air cushion pushes my face. 


Davis now — a black lightning bolt. 

My brain takes a few seconds to process what my eyes barely caught: two Alaskan buddies in black racing duds and black helmets, leaning way back on their padded seats, gloved hands gripping heated handlebars, as they blow by me at 100 mph.

It’s the day before Barack Obama’s inauguration, and Palin may well wish he were somewhere else — like, just for example, at the United States Naval Observatory in DC, taking the keys to the vice-president’s mansion from Dick Cheney — but you’d never guess that from seeing him out here on his Arctic Cat, a black plastic mask and goggles hiding that familiar mug and a ridiculous amount of horsepower under his ass.





We’re at Davis’s workshop, where the guys are tinkering with their machines three weeks before the 2009 Iron Dog. The wall-mounted flatscreen, tuned to Fox News, is showing the pre-inauguration festivities, while Palin works the trigger on a cordless DeWalt impact-driver.


Hell of a noise, like an assault rifle. Like the one carried by Palin’s 19-year-old son Track, who is home on leave.

“All I have to say about the campaign,” Palin says, eyes flickering to and from the TV, “is it was awesome, okay?”


A once-in-a-lifetime deal, see — being catapulted onto the national stage and traveling the country and seeing cities he never dreamed of seeing, watching his wife speak at the Republican National Convention and in front of adoring crowds at rallies, befriending John McCain, a bona fide war hero. These are the takeaway experiences Todd Palin would prefer to focus on, even as McCain insiders portrayed his wife as uncontrollable and blamed her for the campaign’s collapse.

“I’m not going to get wrapped around the axles on a few people’s comments — ‘She’s a diva,’ or whatever,” Palin says. “There was no name attached to that, so who knows if it’s really true. I mean, all the little negative stuff out there that’s been exploited? To me? I have nothing but respect for the McCains, because they’re a class act. And some people, the detractors, they get bent out of shape.” He shakes his head, as if disbelieving that even some of his own Alaskans would turn on his wife. “They’re so full of anger, you know? I mean, why wouldn’t anybody be proud of one of their citizens being nominated to the VP? Unless you’re just a real hater?” 


A BlackBerry beeps on the workshop counter. The device’s wallpaper shows Palin’s baby boy Trigg — the one with Down’s — lying next to newborn grandson Tripp. It’s Sarah calling from Anchorage. So Todd answers and walks off across the shop, hunting for privacy.

“He’s busy. He’s way busy,” Davis tells me, watching his friend. “All the stuff that comes along with Sarah’s position…” 

While his wife is out still doing relentless TV, shopping a book proposal, and forming a political committee that may be a precursor to a 2012 presidential run, Palin couldn’t have found a better spot to hide out than here at Davis’s place near Soldotna, 200 miles from the Palins’ home in Wasilla. Davis owns a major construction company with lucrative state contracts, and this building — a kind of gearhead paradise, Alaska Rich Guy Version — is the reward, with a 40-foot mobile home parked along one wall, a shiny four-wheel ATV, and room for Davis’s dozen snowmobiles, or, as the locals call them, “snowmachines.” Four new ones — identical Arctic Cat F6s — take up the main work area, two for Davis, a seven-time Iron Dog winner himself, and two for Palin. A huge part of the run-up to every year’s Iron Dog is the time these two buddies spend in the surrounding woods, hammering over bumpy terrain and then hanging out in this shop, making tweaks and changing out parts on their F6s. 

“I’ve had days,” Davis tells me, “where I’ll wake up in the house at 6 am and walk over here in the dark and find shithead already sitting in his truck, waiting for me. That means he got at least a 2 am start out of Wasilla.” 

Palin comes walking back toward us, still talking to Sarah on the BlackBerry. “I must have just missed it,” he says to her.

Grabbing the remote, he turns up the volume. Fox News personality Glenn Beck has apparently just told Sarah Palin she’s “one hot grandma” and then asked her if Obama will be her president too. (“Absolutely,” she responded. “We are all Americans.”)

But by the time Todd gets to the TV, the show has ended, and Fox has returned to footage of the emotional crowds in the capital.

“Lot of excitement in DC, huh?” Palin, now off the BlackBerry, says to me, sounding a bit wistful.

Yes, lots of excitement in DC.

He nods, then returns to work on the Arctic Cat.



To read more of Iron Todd, pick up the May issue of Men’s Journal, on newsstands April 10.

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What They Feared In Reagan, They Now Fear In Palin

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 7, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What They Feared In Reagan, They Now Fear In Palin


(h/t Carlos)

Yesterday, we posted on the Democrat strategy of targeting a conservative boogie man to deflect attention from their own failures (they’re the party in charge of everything right now, you know).

First they went after Rush Limbaugh. Now they’re gunning for Sarah Palin. James Carville was the key architect of the “Limbaugh strategy,” and he’s now licking his chops in anticipation of a tasty dish of seared barracuda served Cajun-style.

Mark Whittington has an excellent editorial about the new DNC “Enemy of the People.” He compares Palin to the other famous western governor tarred by the Democrats as “polarizing” and “too fringe” to attract moderates:

The problem with attacking Sarah Palin is the same as attacks launched thirty years ago against Ronald Reagan in advance of the 1980 election. The portrayal of Sarah Palin as some kind of mad right winger (and stupid to boot) is likely to be at variance with reality. Liberals, when they attack conservatives, tend to stick to their personal stereotypes. Sexist, racist, homophobe, heartless, and stupid. Sarah Palin is smart and personable, which is the real reason she has become a target.

Only in this case, it is the attackers who run the risk of seeming sexist. Chris Matthews, the MSNBC screamer, who apparently has a school girl crush on Barack Obama (remember the “thrill up my leg” remark), has already crossed that line. Chris Matthews has already called Sarah Palin “McCain’s mail order bride.”

All that serves is to rally women, even liberal women, to Sarah Palin’s defense. A lot of women, especially professional women, have stories of put downs by insecure men who are jealous of their accomplishments. If Carville et al go after Sarah Palin with too much enthusiasm, women will see themselves in Sarah Palin and will react accordingly.

The stupid Democrats underestimate her. Not the smart ones. They’re afraid. And James Carville is no dummy.

One of our readers yesterday pointed out this quote from “Sarah Takes On Big Oil”:

Dan Seamount, one of two commissioners who served with Sarah Palin in 2003 and early 2004 on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, had the following to say about Palin:

“She’s pro-development, not pro-industry. She’ll tell you, ‘My boss is the people of Alaska.’

“She’s smart, a quick study. Her adversaries’ biggest mistake is underestimating her intelligence, her understanding of issues. And she uses their arrogance against them.”

There was another politician who was at first dismissed by his opponents as an amiable dunce, a b-rate movie actor, an intellectual lightweight, a dangerous ideologue, a “Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man,” a nuclear cowboy, grandpa barbie, Ronnie Ray-gun, etc., etc.

In the end, it wasn’t really Reagan that the Democrats feared. They feared the blue collar voters from my native Michigan who voted for Reagan.

Michigan loved Reagan because, unlike certain other presidents, Reagan respected the industry that once defined American excellence and ingenuity. It was no accident that the location of Reagan’s 1980 Republican Convention was Detroit. And in the years to come, I think it will be remembered that the only person in the McCain campaign who refused to give up on Michigan was Sarah Palin.

No, it wasn’t really Reagan that the Democrats feared back then. And it’s not really Sarah Palin that they fear now. It’s an unrealized potential that now frightens them.

They’re afraid of a diverse and still slumbering group of people who have the potential to change the history of American electoral politics for years to come. Their numbers are small now, but given the opportunity, they will multiply into an unstoppable force. I’m speaking of the Palin Democrats.

Palin knows these people. They’re ordinary Americans who feel disenfranchised from their party and their government. She understands ordinary people because, as she said in her Lincoln Day speech, “I think I’m the epitome of ordinary people.” She is.

The fighting will continue to get ugly, folks, because the stakes are high. We’re fighting for the very future of our nation.

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Because Palin Sells

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 7, 2009

Because Palin sells


sarah palin for president

Note to non-regulars: this post is sarcastic. Don’t take it serious. It was seemingly a badly executed joke, but a joke nonetheless.I apologize for causing confusion in some quarters.

As most regular readers know, I’m a regular reader Hot Air, the blog founded by nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin. Visiting it today, I could not help but notice something (and I’m sure other regular readers noticed this weeks ago): every single post is accompanied by a photo of Governor Sarah Palin. Even posts that have nothing and I do mean nothing to do with her.

Why is this? Well, easy. Palin sells. Publish photos of the governor, and you’ll see your hits increase significantly. Aside from that, she’s rather obviously a beautiful lady.

Palin sells.

Why is this noteworthy? Because for all the criticism she received, she’s the only Republican able to attract a significant online audience. Her SarahPAC is the number one fundraising machine of the Republican Party. As of this moment, Sarah Palin has the most loyal and passionate following of every (former) Republican governor out there. And yes, that list includes my favorite Governor Mitt Romney.

People connected with her last year, and they continue to sympathize with her and her career. They follow her online, and defend her when they believe she’s unfairly attacked. Not only do they defend her, etc., they also donate millions of dollars to her PAC and to whatever cause she decides to support. This while the Republican Party as a whole has fundraising troubles and was destroyed during last year’s presidential election campaign (without Palin, it would have been even worse).

What does this mean? It means that Republican politicians (and conservative pundits) are wise to treat her with respect. And mere bloggers such as myself have to take her serious, understanding that for all her flaws, Palin is and will remain one of the most influential and popular national politicians.

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Why I support Palin (and no, it’s not just to get on Michael’s nerves)

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 7, 2009

Why I support Palin (and no, it’s not just to get on Michael’s nerves)


sarah palin

Well, well. I thought I’d done it – force the founding father of the ‘Moderates for Mitt’ movement to acknowledge that when it comes to star power, there really is no competition in the GOP: it’s Palin all the way. (By way of background: Michael and I had a little blog fight over at my new site about this very same issue the day before). Common sense prevailed – or so I thought. Because now I read that like his political idol, Michael knows a thing or two about flip-flopping.  ”It was all a joke, I still love Mitt!” he declared in the comment section of a Conservatives4Palin piece about his previous post. Oh that’s ok then Michael. I mean, you only p$$$ed off my favorite website in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!!

Now I’m a compassionate man, slow to anger. So I’ll explain one more time, Michael, why me, you, and anybody with half a brain cell should prefer Palin over any other candidate out there, let alone that Treasury Secretary in waiting of yours. Stay with me, cause this is where I make the sudden, subtle switch from mild irony to high seriousness.

1. Palin’s brave. And not just a little brave, but bigtime brave. It takes a special kind of guts to take on a corrupt system, even more so when the corruption you’re fighting involves your own party (on whose patronage you’d depend if you wanted to ‘make it’ in state politics). Normally, this would have been a career-ending move, but she went through with it anyway. Most politicians just go with the flow, Palin showed she’s unafraid to swim against the tide.

2. She’s shown to have a real practical streak in her governing style. I’ve seen government on the inside, and its tough. ‘Swimming in syrup’, is what one of my former bosses used to call it. It already takes a half decent talent to get anything done in those sort of circumstances. But she didn’t do just any old thing. She actually managed to crack one of Alaska’s intractable issues, which had been stuck in the permafrosted mud for over 25 years. She did it by meeting with every single member of congress and dealing with their worries and objections on an individual basis. As I said, I’ve seen enough of government to know how difficult it is to get any movement on these ‘intractable’ issues, let alone to actually solve one. The fact that she did manage to do just that, seriously impresses me. The way she did it also shows me she’s a profoundly pragmatic administrator.

3. She’s a gifted communicator. After eight years of George w. Bush (and six long months of John McCain), I long for a leader of my cause (i.e. conservatism) who is able to inspire with her words. Palin’s acceptance speech was dynamite, with cream on top. Her performances on the road showed that that first speech was no fluke. This woman really knows how to rock the house. I thought her debate performance against Biden was great, I also think her retail skills set her apart from almost any other politician out there. She seems as comfortable in front of a group of girl scouts as she was in front of an audience of millions. As a political professional, I’m deeply envious of that sort of exceptional talent.

Michael, take it from an old pro (well, old compared to you, that is): Sarah Palin is the real deal. Here endeth the lesson.


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