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Archive for April 18th, 2009

Sarah Palin: I Had to ‘Walk the Walk’

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 18, 2009

Sarah Palin: I Had to ‘Walk the Walk’ 

At Anti-Abortion Rights Event, Gov. Palin Gets Personal About her Last Pregnancy

BY KATE SNOW
abc NEWS
April 17, 2009

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin doesn’t get out much. Out of Alaska that is.

Last night, on her second trip outside the state this year, Palin reflected a bit on the experience of last year’s campaign, repeated her call for energy independence and called on states to reject federal stimulus money.

But it was her emotional and personal talk about the birth of her son Trig that was most revealing.

In front of an audience of nearly 3,000 anti-abortion rights advocates in Evansville, Ind., Palin described in detail how she struggled with her fifth pregnancy last year and choked up when she spoke about Trig’s birth.

“It was a time when I had to ask myself was I gonna walk the walk or I was gonna talk the talk,” Palin said.

She said she learned she was pregnant with Trig while she was out of the state at an oil and gas conference.

“There, just for a fleeting moment, I thought, I knew, nobody knows me here. Nobody would ever know. I thought, wow, it is easy. It could be easy to think maybe of trying to change the circumstances. No one would know. No one would ever know.

Ultimately, Palin said she realized she had to stay true to what she’d been saying for years — that “life is valuable because it is ordained.”

“I had just enough faith to know that trying to change the circumstances wasn’t any answer,” Palin said.

But the governor said the experience gave her an appreciation for what women and girls facing unwanted pregnancies go through.

“I do understand what these women, what these girls go through in that thought process.”

The Vanderburgh County “Freedom for Life” banquet bills itself as the largest anti-abortion rights event in the nation

Palin for President?

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin greets supports before giving a speech at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life fundraising dinner in Evansville, Ind., Thursday, April 16, 2009.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin greets supports before giving a speech at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life fundraising dinner in Evansville, Ind., Thursday, April 16, 2009.

Superlatives aside, the county had to work hard to convince the former vice presidential nominee to attend a dinner three days before the end of Alaska’s 90-day legislative session.

When Palin was first invited to speak last November, the request was added to a large pile. But this group persisted. They started sending her the” top 10 reasons” why she just had to come to Vanderburgh County. The reasons included things like: local chocolate, local doughnuts, Ski soda, barbecue, ice cream and an orchid. Palin came around.

“You know you had me at the chocolates,” Palin told the crowd.

Palin had not been in Indiana since last October. In the weeks leading up to the election, she was tasked with making a final push to keep this red state red. It didn’t quite work out that way.

Indiana turned blue and helped Barack Obama win the presidency. Vanderburgh County — home to Evansville — was one of the counties that helped the state tip. It went for Obama. who got 51 percent of the vote.

It’s unclear what Palin’s political ambitions are now. She has not yet said if she plans to run for re-election to the governor’s office next year. She has not shut the door on a presidential run in 2012 either.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was asked earlier by a reporter if he saw Palin as a “standard bearer” for the GOP in 2012.

“I think she’s a standard bearer right now,” Steele replied. But he said that the party had many women and men in leadership roles, including former Gov. Mitt Romney, Govs. Tim Pawlenty and Mark Sanford, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Reps. Eric Cantor and Mike Pence.

Steele also joked that it was way too early to be discussing prospects for 2012. “We’re a long way from that? Eighty-six days [into the new administration] and we’re already talking about 2012? Can I just get a cup of coffee and relax for just a few more months before we have that conversation?” he laughed.

Palin’s Trip Spurs Debate in Alaska

Alaska Governor and U.S. Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin speaks to reporters at the Republican Governor's Association gathering at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 4, 2008.

Alaska Governor and U.S. Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin speaks to reporters at the Republican Governor's Association gathering at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 4, 2008.

It was the first time Palin has been to the lower 48 since attending Washington’s Alfalfa Club dinner — featuring Obama — in late January

It drives Washington insiders crazy because they cannot predict what she’s gonna do next,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization that supports women against abortion rights in politics.

“The message that ought to be pretty clear is that she’s not planning her political future right now,” Dannenfelser said.

The timing of Palin’s trip has been criticized by some in her home state. Alaska’s state legislature is just wrapping up its 90-day legislative session Sunday.

Lawmakers have been sparring with the governor over whether to accept federal stimulus money and how it would be spent in the state.

“This isn’t free money folks. This is borrowed money,” Palin said Thursday night in Evansville.

“It looks to us that once again she is putting her national political ambitions ahead of the needs of Alaskans and the responsibilities of her job as our governor,” Alaska Democratic Party chairwoman Patti Higgins told reporters Monday in Anchorage.

And even some Republicans took issue with her travels.

“We’re a small state. When you get down to the last days of the legislative session it’s a little bit like the last two minutes of a basketball game,” said Alaska Rep. Jay Ramras, a Republican lawmaker who has clashed with Palin. “You want to have your best players there.”

Last week, Palin responded to that criticism by saying it was a quick trip.

“I told lawmakers, you know what, ‘Please, don’t make me feel that I have to ask your permission, lawmakers, to leave the capital city,'” Palin told reporters.

ABC News’ Teddy Davis contributed to this report.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Story?id=7356306&page=3

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Alaska’s conservative young gun reloads in Indiana

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 18, 2009

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the Vanderburgh County Right to Life fundraising dinner in Evansville, Ind., Thursday, April 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Alaska’s conservative young gun reloads in Indiana

 Sarah Sharpshooter is back.

REDSTATE

It’s been tough in Alaska for Gov. Sarah Palin the past few days. She’s been embroiled in a tug of war with the legislature over a replacement to fill the unexpired term of a state Senator who resigned to go to work for the Obama administration. The lawmakers appear certain to restore millions of dollars of the federal porkulus funds she had turned down, and they rejected her nominee for Alaska attorney general just yesterday. The legislature even voted down her selection for a seat on the state’s Board of Fisheries by a vote of 42 to 16.

That’s just some of the fallout the governor has had to deal with from her unforgivable sin of accepting her party’s nomination for the vice presidency and campaigning on behalf of Obama’s Republican opponent in the presidential race. Old bipartisan alliances between Sarah Palin and the Democrats in her legislature have been dissolved. Longstanding tensions between her and some elements in her own party in Alaska remain.

Meanwhile, the media and her other political opponents have tried to make much hay over her family and would-be family matters, playing up the recent television appearances by her daughter’s former fiance, his mother’s arrest on drug charges and her sister-in-law’s arrest for breaking into a house that wasn’t hers. The rats have been quiet as a mouse, however, about the president’s brother-in-law and his troubles with British authorities stemming from his arrest for sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl there. Some crimes are more heinous than others. Better for your media image to be a sexual predator named Obama than a cat burglar named Palin.

 

But last night, all of that dissonant noise faded away as Sarah Palin stepped up to a podium in Indiana to speak at a right to life banquet. Tickets for the event quickly sold out, and its organizers had to arrange a closed-circuit narrowcast at a nearby auditorium and rush to print more tickets. The result was a crowd of 3,000 (for an event which typically draws much smaller audiences) and a need for local authorities to block off nearby streets with barricades.

Palin was greeted by fans seeking her autograph and photograph as she tried to make her way into the event, and inside there were people actually standing on tables to get a better chance to see her. She was introduced by RNC chairman Michael Steele, who himself delivered a passionate life-affirming address. In his words of introduction, Steele reminisced about an appearance he made on Fox News just before John McCain announced his running mate. There was much speculation at the time about who the Senator would name the next day. When asked whom he believed McCain would choose, Steele said that it would be Pawlenty or Palin. Then the chairman raised more than few eyebrows in the room when he added, “I think it’s going to be Palin. Now I wasn’t sure, but I sure was hoping.”

The governor took a poke at Alaska’s legislature early on in her speech (video here), as she quipped:

“They condemn anything that I do, but especially traveling outside the state to speak in another state at a function like this. Which is ironic, because these are the same critics who would love to see me outside the state forever, permanently, you know, outside the governor’s office anyway. But they had heartburn about me leaving.”

From there, Gov. Palin launched into a sales pitch for Alaska, and she rattled off a list of facts about her state, which she used to setup a punchline:

“Now if I’m wrong on any of that trivia, I don’t want Katie Couric calling me and telling me I did something wrong. You call Mr. Heath in Wasilla, AK. I’ll give you the phone number, and you can correct my dad.”

In her far-ranging address, she touched on several issues which she used to criticize the Obama administration. She seized on the issue of energy security, a familiar one for her, and touted Alaska’s abundant oil and gas deposits as a big part of a domestic solution to U.S. dependence on foreign oil. That petroleum, she said, comes from countries which don’t have America’s best interests in mind. She mentioned North Korea as a threat and named Alaska’s missile defense system as a way to counter it, voicing her hope that “the feds” do not cut the program. Then she had harsh words for the Democrat’s federal stimulus, which, she explained, forces local government to grow bigger:

“This isn’t free money folks. Our nation is $11 trillion in debt. This is borrowed money. We’re borrowing money from China, and we may someday find ourselves enslaved to countries that hold our notes.”

But the governor’s strongest slap at the president was saved for the issue which drew her to the event. She said that those who support abortion had turned their backs on the very principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that the founders cited as unalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence:

“So whether it’s a child not yet born, or a newborn in a single parent’s arms, or an elder with Alzheimer’s, or a brave or a scared young soldier willing to offer the supreme sacrifice to protect all of our lives, innocent life is to be cherished and protected. And may our culture embrace that. The culture of life affects every aspect of our lives and society. And we must stand on the life-honoring foundation of our republic, and we must speak out against actions that erode that foundation. Don’t be afraid to speak out. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion when you see our president, through policy changes, want to erode part of that foundation. And by the way, I’m just a governor, but I don’t believe that it’s above my pay grade to rally you to speak up.”

Near the end of her speech, Gov. Palin became emotional when she talked about her son Trig and the apprehension she felt before his birth, knowing that he had Down’s Syndrome. It was faith, she said, that gave her the strength to carry her youngest son to term.

As is to be expect from a crowd of pro-life activists, Sarah Palin’s speech was warmly and enthusiastically received. But a media which has been very critical of her was forced to admit that it was a powerful one and well-delivered. Politico headlined its report “Out of Alaska, Palin’s star shines” and said that the governor “reminded Republicans why she remains a party heavyweight and a top prospective presidential candidate in 2012.” Even AP’s coverage, with the headline “Palin Takes Obama to Task for Stance on Abortion,” seemed to frame the story in terms of a potential future match between the governor and the president:

“Some in the crowd wore white ‘Palin 2012′ T-shirts, hoping she will be the Republican presidential candidate in 2012.”

Whatever political plans she may have,  Gov. Palin tried to stay close to home and keep a low profile outside of Alaska during the legislative session to head off criticism from her local political opponents. She now seems to realize that despite the effort, they were going to criticize her, in the strongest possible terms, regardless. Now, the gloves have come off, and she’s going to weigh in on national issues, just as other leading GOP governors have been doing. She’s also very likely to be making more trips to the lower 48 for appearances which will be carefully selected to enhance her stature as a national political figure.

Many on the left end of the spectrum that is the internet have pronounced Sarah Palin politically dead or dying because of a contemptuous Alaska legislature, exploitation of her family by snarky celebrity tabloids and biased media reporting. But the governor’s opponents may soon be reminded that this mama bear still has sharp teeth and claws, and her nature is not to back down from a fight. She told the crowd early on in her speech last night that she was going to restart her engine. The 36-hour vacation and friendly crowds she’s enjoying in Indiana seem to be providing it with plenty of fuel.
– JP

 http://www.redstate.com/josh_painter/2009/04/17/alaskas-conservative-young-gun-reloads-in-indiana/

 

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Palin: We Won’t ‘Sell Our Birthright’ for Federal $

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 18, 2009

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Palin: We Won’t ‘Sell Our Birthright’ for Federal $ 

David A. Patten
NEWSMAX
Monday, March 30, 2009 1:15 PM 

Warning that anyone accepting federal stimulus funds from Washington should “read the fine print,” Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is urging her fellow Alaskans not to “sell our birthright for short-term gain.”

Palin’s comments came in an opinion column defending her decision to reject close to a third of the $930 million in stimulus funds allocated for her state in the $787 billion bill signed into law by President Obama.

Critics charge she is turning down the money to reinforce her conservative credentials and bolster a presumed 2012 presidential run – an accusation Palin’s representatives staunchly deny. In addition to Palin, GOP governors rejecting at least some federal stimulus funds include: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindahl.

“Shovel ready or digging a hole?” is the title of the Palin opinion piece published this weekend’s Anchorage Daily News.

Palin acknowledges federal stimulus dollars are “tempting,” but also says she “must consider whether they create sustainability, help develop our resources, reduce dependency on Washington, and all without mortgaging our kids’ futures.”

Accepting the federal largesse, Palin says, would hurt Alaska’s long-term future. She adds that as governor she is required to certify that the federal dollars would boost the economy.

“Unfortunately,” she writes, “a disproportionate percentage of the federal package available to Alaska would increase government operations. It’s a stretch to certify that more spending on more bureaucracy actually grows an economy.”

Palin says accepting temporary federal dollars would just make the state’s finances worse in the long run.

“When stimulus money runs out in two years, who will pay for the expanded government programs, when Alaska currently has a budget shortfall of over a billion dollars? My administration will not willingly and knowingly dig a hole for Alaskans to fill under this enormous, debt-ridden, Washington spending plan,” she writes.

With the national debt already over $11 trillion, Palin says it’s a mistake to view the federal funds as “free money.”

Palin also provided several examples of what she called “federal intrusion” associated with the stimulus plan:  

  • Alaska communities, she says, would have to adopt international energy codes. “These standards should be locally determined, not federally mandated,” she writes.   
  • If Alaska were to accept additional money for unemployment benefits, it would have to extend the eligibility period. “This federal involvement locks us into government dependency for longer periods,” she states.   
  • Matching funds are required for some federal programs, she states. “Alaskans must read the fine print on these federal mandates, because certain allocations also require state-matching funds.”  Palin concludes, “When Alaska was granted statehood, it was with the expectation that our independent, innovative spirit and rich resources would largely sustain us, rather than depending on federal government. Creating more dependence on Washington steers us away from Alaska’s magnificent potential and destiny, and that, to me, is a problem. “My job is to help Alaskans count the cost for the long term, not sell our birthright for short-term gain. Alaskans must acknowledge that if we dig a fiscal hole, it will be filled by our families and businesses. Reliance on Washington is not our only option. We could exercise fiscal responsibility and prudent planning, develop our resources, energize Alaskans, and revitalize our spirit. We are up to the challenge. This is the best lesson we can teach our children.” Palin added, however, that she won’t block attempts to obtain federal dollars by circumventing her office. “I’m approaching federal funds and mandates with caution, but won’t stand in the way of organizations or communities applying to the feds for funding their own expansions,” she wrote.     

  • http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/palin_stimulus_alaska/2009/03/30/197528.html
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    Alaska’s Left Trying to Stop the Palinator, That’s Like Trying to Stop a Bullet Train with Your VW Bug

    Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 18, 2009

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    Alaska’s Left Trying to Stop the Palinator, That’s Like Trying to Stop a Bullet Train with Your VW Bug

    Posted by ClarkKent
    REDSTATE
    Monday, March 30th at 10:05AM EDT

    The best the left has to offer in Alaska has filed numerous ethics violations against Alaska governor Sarah “The Palinator” Palin. It’s gotten to the point where her legal fees are millions of dollars, and she has to set up a fund to pay them off. Well, well, well, isn’t fear grand? You know, I’ve never seen a level of terror and hatred like this before. Republicans weren’t even this hateful toward Bubba, and they hated him for a long time, until now where many show a new found respect because of his wife and how she ran her presidential campaign against Karl Marx. But that aside, this is just insane and it really shows you how low the left is willing to sink just to stop this woman from doing damage, as in ending the progressive movement for good.

    Yes, that’s right, Sarah Palin is the only Republican who can end the progressive movement in America forever. If she were to run in 2012 and defeat Barack Obama left wing ideology will go the way of the dinosaur and the woolly mammoth. Here’s a woman who’s far beyond the beltway elite and the establishment in both parties. She’s not a Romney republican from the corporate boardroom. She’s Mike Huckabee in a skirt and quirky glasses. Her husband Todd is a union member, she’s not of that Wall Street world that has long plagued the Republican Party since the era of Reaganomics. I think there are many conservatives our there who hate her and fear her as much as the leftists in the Democrat Party. You see the Palinator won’t play ball with the suits and the yuppies as say a Mitt Romney would, because Romney is a corporate guy. That’s why I believe if Romney is the GOP candidate he will lose and lose big, even if Obama’s first term is a complete disaster. You see people don’t want Marxism but they sure as hell don’t want corporate staples either, and Mitt looks like the guy who fired your dad last week.

    But Sarah puts an end to all the established influences in Washington. She is change, she’s much more than a governor or a potential candidate for the presidency, she’s America’s forgotten self. Sarah Palin represents people who eat in diners, work the night shift and have trouble paying bills. Sarah Palin is the only one who truly understands the silent majority because she is the silent governor. So the left can play their little parlor tricks but they won’t work because this pit bull in a skirt is destined for greatness, she’s destined for the presidency. Sure I sound like I’m in the tank for Palin and I am as a matter fo fact, but I’m not a journalist so it’s okay. But do you fault my praise of this woman? She’s everything you would want in a gal and she’s possesses a Teddy Roosevelt like spunk and toughness that would make the old wrangler proud. I mean beauty and brains, she reminds me of the girl in high school who would walk down the hall way with her wavy hair, every time you saw her the world would slow down; okay enough drooling, back to the argument.

    Bottom line Sarah Palin scares a lot of people on both sides and that’s good. It’s about time the establishment knows real fear. The only thing bipartisan in DC is the level of corruption and disconnect. By the way I have “Pit Bull in a Skirt” and “The Palinator” tees on my radio show website. What can I say, I’m a capitalist.

    http://www.redstate.com/clarkkent/2009/03/30/alaskas-left-trying-to-stop-the-palinator-thats-like-trying-to-stop-a-bullet-train-with-your-vw-bug/

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    VP pick: ‘high risk, high reward’

    Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 18, 2009

    A.B. Culvahouse said Palin would have 'made a great vice president.'

    A.B. Culvahouse said Palin would have 'made a great vice president.'

    April 17, 2009


    Palin as VP pick: ‘high risk, high reward’

    Posted: 08:23 PM ET

    CNN politicalticker

    From CNN’s Lauren Kornreich

    A.B. Culvahouse said Palin would have ‘made a great vice president.’
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – A.B. Culvahouse, the attorney tasked with leading the vetting process for Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s running mate, said Friday that he thoroughly scrutinized Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and said that he “came away impressed.”

    McCain’s vetting process came under scrutiny after numerous surprises about Palin popped up in the weeks after she was tapped as his vice presidential pick. Culvahouse said he and his team of 30 lawyers knew everything, including the fact that her teenage daughter was pregnant. He suggested that the campaign staff that talked to the media may not have been fully informed, which “led to the impression that those issues had been withheld.”

    “Gov. Palin told us everything. Everything except the pregnancy of her daughter was on a response to the written questionnaire,” Culvahouse said Friday at a Republican National Lawyers Association National Policy Conference. “She told me there was one issue she wanted to talk about when we went in for the interview. We knew everything going in.”

    Culvahouse said they started with 26 candidates who didn’t know they were under consideration. Once the list was narrowed down to six, each person was given a survey with 74 questions, which he said included specific questions, like “have you ever been unfaithful,” but not “what the meaning of is, is.”

    “Me and two of my most cynical partners interviewed her and we came away impressed,” Culvahouse said of his interview with Palin. “I think she would’ve made a great vice president.”

    He said he gave her three “leading” questions, asking if she was prepared to use nuclear weapons, why she wanted to be vice president, and if the CIA located Osama bin Laden, but shooting him would result in civilian casualties, what would she do. Culvahouse said she “knocked those three questions out of the park.”

    Culvahouse said McCain was the “decider,” but that he was not allowed to pick anyone that had not been vetted. But when McCain asked him for the “bottom line” on Palin, Culvahouse said the Republican nominee liked the “risk” involved.

    “I said, John, high risk, high reward,” Culvahouse said. “His response, you shouldn’t have told me that. I’ve been a risk-taker all my life.”

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    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/04/17/palin-as-vp-pick-high-risk-high-reward/

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