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Archive for July 25th, 2010

Sarah Palin Unplugged

Posted by ehvogel on July 25, 2010

This is such a wonderful exchange. Sarah Palin gets to talk with her old buddies from the Anchorage morning show, Bob & Mark on KWHL, 106.5 FM.

Video courtesy of PalinTV

Hat Tip: Texas for Sarah Palin

Cross-posted on Generational Dysfunction

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Will Palin Have Georgia “On Her Mind” in August?

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 25, 2010

Voters in Georgia are wondering if Governor Palin will visit our state before the runoff on August 10 between Karen Handel, whom she endorsed, and Nathan Deal.  As we noted here, her endorsement changed the dynamics of the Georgia governor’s race.  As Attorney Randy Evans was reported to have said, her appearance in Georgia on behalf of Handel could have an even greater impact.

Jill Vejnoska
at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution had this to say about Governor Palin’s impact on the Georgia governor’s race:

Does anyone still remember when the Georgia gubernatorial race wasn’t all about Sarah Palin? You know, before she suddenly breathed life into what one wit termed a “Zombie Campaign”?


And suddenly Handel, the former Georgia secretary of state who’d trailed by nearly double digits in the polls, ended up winning the seven-candidate race by a startling 11 percentage points.

That set up an Aug. 10 runoff between Handel and No. 2 finisher Deal — and kicked the feverish Palin-inspired speculation level up a few more notches: Would she campaign here for Handel? (Nobody knows, though the campaign gets asked about it nonstop.) Why had she thrown her weight behind a candidate she scarcely knew? (Her only explanation: Handel is a “commonsense conservative” and underdog.)  

[SPIB Editor’s note:  Gov. Palin’s endorsement was quite a bit more detailed than Ms. Vejnoska indicates.]

Best of all, would Deal dare to take the gloves off in dealing with the Palin endorsement, let alone two super-empowered female politicians operating in his own backyard (three, if you count Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who’s also endorsed Handel)?

“I call it the one-two punch,” chuckled Martha Zoller, who hosts a syndicated political talk radio program out of Gainesville. “That’s a bunch of really strong women there.”

‘Zombie Campaign’

While Palin’s imprimateur-via-Facebook wasn’t a first — in May, she endorsed South Carolina GOP gubernatorial primary winner Nikki Haley — it was certainly a bit surprising. Unlike New Hampshire and Iowa, where Palin has also made high-profile endorsements, Georgia’s not a key primary state for the 2012 presidential nomination.

Handel and Palin had met only twice, at a governors event at the 2008 Republican National Convention and in Georgia stumping for Sen. Saxby Chambliss later that fall. Their personal lives barely intersect: Palin, a college graduate and mother of five, grew up in a two-parent home in Alaska; Handel, married for 18 years and childless, moved out of her alcoholic mother’s Maryland home at 17 and managed to finish high school but not college.

And finally, not to be unkind, but nobody but the candidates and their mothers had been paying much attention to this primary for months.

“It was the Zombie Campaign, where you had this pile of candidates no one cared about just moving forward,” said Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of the popular right-leaning blog and a conservative commentator on CNN. “It was really a race without a heartbeat. That all changed with the Palin endorsement.”

An unabashed Handel supporter, Erickson, who also runs the Georgia politics site Peach Pundit, clearly has an ex-zombie in this fight. But who, all of a sudden, doesn’t?

From Deal, who Thursday called on Palin and fellow Handel-endorser Mitt Romney to moderate a series of debates here, to Democrats praying that the Republican infighting isn’t resolved by November, it’s not easy finding someone unaffected by Palin’s decision to put the paddles to the heart of Georgia politics.

That includes voters, some of whom admitted Palin’s endorsement was all they needed to go on.

“I knew we were due to have a new governor, but I didn’t know a whole lot about it,” said Paulene Shedd, 68, of Fort Valley, who voted for Handel in the primary. “I didn’t know very much about her until Sarah endorsed her. … I just kind of trust her judgment.”


Hitting the “send” key on her computer and recording a “robo-call” was all it took for her to reanimate and reshuffle the primary to Handel’s benefit. An actual stump stop here could similarly affect the runoff, which explains why Gary Chapman of Alpharetta posted this plea on Palin’s Facebook page: “You need to come on down to Georgia and lend your mama grizzly some support! The false charges against her are nonstop!”

‘Year of the outsider’

Enter the Palin Protective Shield.

“Most of the dirt the Deal campaign will throw will deal with socially conservative things,” said Erickson, who claims he broached the idea of the endorsement with Palin’s people early on and then got to inform the Handel campaign. “Sarah Palin sort of absolves her of all that. There’s not a person in Georgia who doubts Sarah Palin’s social conservative bona fides.”

Nor her excellent Internet connection. Hours after the primary votes were counted last Wednesday morning, Palin sent out a tweet that Handel was going to “ ‘Bring it on’ in a runoff against career politician.”

It was a play on Handel’s campaign slogan. If it also conjured up a certain maverick-y ex-vice presidential nominee, apparently, so much the better.

“Governor Palin is an outsider with a record of taking on establishment politicians, and that’s exactly who Karen is,” said Handel campaign manager Dan McLagan. “If you really look at the people Governor Palin is supporting, they’re outsiders wanting to shake up the status quo. It’s shaping up to be the year of the outsider.”

Well, at least one outsider from Alaska.

h/tp TX4P

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