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Archive for July 27th, 2010

Handel’s Finish Is More Evidence that Palin Is Republican Party’s Most Potent 2012 Prospect

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 27, 2010

After a somewhat grudging introduction, (perhaps his perception of Palin was influenced by JournoList hype?), John Nichols at The Nation concludes that Sarah Palin ” is becoming the definitional player in the GOP—much as another conservative outrider, and former governor, named Reagan was in the late 1970s.”   

Good thinking, Mr. Nichols.  Too bad you listened to the JournoList hype.  But welcome to the right side of the argument!

Slowly but surely, and admittedly without much competition, Sarah Palin is emerging as the most serious and effective player in the Republican Party.

[…]

But Palin’s endorsements in Republican primaries—her most significant political initiative since resigning her post in Alaska last year—have been more adventurous and more successful than her critics (and some of her allies) choose to imagine.

Palin’s picks are eclectic, some Tea Partisans and neo-libertarians (think Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul), some relatively mainstream conservatives (think California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina) running against Tea Party allies. Some have been predictable frontrunners, but others are back-of-the-pack outsiders. What has been most distinctive about her endorsements is a penchant for advancing the prospects of conservative women whose candidacies are changing the “good-old-boy” face of the party, particularly in the South.

Much has been made of the Alaskan’s early and steady backing of South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, who faced opposition from significant elements within the party establishment and (as the state’s June primary approached) a steady stream of personal abuse from old-school Republicans. Haley was always a solid contender. But even after she took her hits she coasted to easy primary and runoff wins with Palin at her side.

On Tuesday, in an even bigger test, she had an even bigger impact.

Palin’s late-in-the-game endorsement of former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel shook up that state’s crowded GOP primary for governor. Here’s evidence of Palin Power: in early July polling, Handel was trailing far behind the race’s frontrunner, state Insurance commissioner John Oxendine, and was struggling for second-place position with another runner, former Congressman Nathan Deal.

When the votes were counted Tuesday night, however, Handel was a big winner—finishing in first when a substantial lead over Deal, who she is expected to face in an August 10 runoff. The frontrunner of two weeks ago, Oxendine, was training far behind.

What made the difference for Handel?

She shot up in the polls after Palin released a pro-Handel statement that read: “Though considered an underdog candidate (more power to her!), this pro-life, pro-Constitutionalist with a can-do attitude and a record of fighting for ethics in government is ready to serve in the Governor’s Office.”

 In fact, Handel was more moderate than some of the other candidates, but the approval of the Alaskan was enough to sway Georgia Republicans like Carolyn Draper, a 67-year-old retiree who told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It influences me. I am a very conservative person and I have very conservative values, and I think Sarah Palin does, too.”

Draper is not alone.

“The Palin endorsement definitely helped,” Brad Coker, managing director of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which conducted the surveys on the race for Georgia newspapers, told the Journal-Constitution.

Handel’s first-place finish positions her as the frontrunner in the Republican runoff fight (which is required when no candidate secures more than 50 percent in the first round), as Haley did in South Carolina. And if she wins it will be as a Palin protégé—with a website that urges voters to “Join Sarah and Support Karen” and television ads that reprise Palin’s lipstick lingo from the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Are we seeing a pattern here? Tuesday’s voting in Georgia was telling. There’s not much question that Handel has Palin to thank for at least some of her success; the last Mason-Dixon poll found that 30 percent of Republicans said they were more likely to back Handel because of the Palin endorsement. Only 2 percent suggested they were less likely to back Palin’s pick.

This is a pattern that extends beyond Georgia, and it has serious political observers, like Merle Black, the political science professor at Emory University and historian of Southern politics, suggesting that Palin’s stamp of approval really is becoming a serious factor in GOP primaries.

“Palin has a very intense, loyal following among Republican primary voters,” argues Black.

What is perhaps most significant about Palin is that she is not taking the easy route when it comes to endorsements. She is wading into contests where the supposedly “smart” move would be to stay clear. That’s a mark either of a fool or a bold political player.

To be sure, there have been missteps. One of Palin’s picks, Idaho Congressional contender Vaughn Ward, melted down spectacularly after he got caught plagiarizing speeches by Barack Obama (kind of a deal-breaker with a lot of Republicans) and imagining that Puerto Rico was a foreign country. And her endorsed Congressional candidates in special elections against Democrats have been notably unsuccessful: New York Conservative Doug Hoffman in a traditionally Republican seat last fall and Republican Tim Burns lost a Pennsylvania race where GOP aides thought they would be competitive.

Palin has also stirred some resentment by backing establishment candidates such as former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, whose comeback bid received a boost from the Alaskan prior to a June primary in which he beat more rigidly conservative contenders. The same thing happened in California, where her endorsement of millionaire Republican US Senate candidate Fiorina upset Tea Party activists who were backing a more consistent conservative, state Senator Chuck DeVore.

But when the votes were counted, Palin’s candidate had won the biggest primary in the biggest state. And, as Karl Rove says, it was Palin who “helped give conservative credentials to Fiorina”

What this adds up to is significant. If Branstad wins in Iowa, Palin will have a friendly governor in the first caucus state of the 2012 Republican presidential race. And if Fiorina wins, she will have an important ally in the state that will send the largest delegation to the party’s convention.

If she brings a solid base out of the South—with help from the likes of Haley in South Carolina and Handel in Georgia—it will be a lot harder to write Palin off.

After Palin’s political crack-up in 2008, and as someone who has reported on her ethically challenged tenure as Alaska’s governor, I was (like many Republicans) skeptical about her ability to master the intricacies of Republican primary politics on the national level—an essential first step in a presidential bid. But Handel’s finish on Tuesday, in combination with the other results she has contributed to, argue for a rethink.

The safer bet until recently was that Palin would opt out of the 2012 race, in order to keep making money and, perhaps, to position herself for a future run. But, like Ronald Reagan heading into the 1976 and 1980 Republican presidential primaries, she is beginning to establish a network of connections—and evidence of political savvy and influence—that make it harder and harder to dismiss her as a real prospect.

Juxtaposed against the gang-that-couldn’t-shoot-straight nature of the rest of the Republican 2012 pack, Palin is emerging as her party’s most potent prospect. A favorable result from Georgia will merely add to the argument that it is time to accept that Palin is becoming the definitional player in the GOP—much as another conservative outrider, and former governor, named Reagan was in the late 1970s.

The Republican primary runoff for the Georgia governor’s race will take place on August 10. Help Karen Handel finish with a double digit win!  Go here to donate or to volunteer your time for phone bank and other campaign activities. You do not have to be from Georgia to volunteer – just to vote.

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Palin Power in Georgia

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 27, 2010

The Georgia runoff between Karen Handel and Nathan Deal is shaping up to be a very interesting contest. Each candidate is backed by one of two potential 2012 Presidential contenders – Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich. The results of the runoff will undoubtedly be seen as both a victory for the actual winner and a vote of confidence for the national political figure who backed her or him.

Here  is what the editorial staff at the Augusta Chronicle had to say:

The Aug. 10 runoff for the Republican nominee for Georgia governor may not just be a test between candidates Karen Handel and Nathan Deal. It may also be a test of strength between Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.

The two are potential presidential rivals in 2012 — and have endorsed different candidates in the Georgia gubernatorial race, with Palin backing Handel and Gingrich behind Deal.

It will be an early test of brand loyalty for both — particularly Gingrich, considering this is his home state.

But it will also be a test of Palin’s power, which seems to be on the rise. Pundits so far are saying this might be the “year of the woman” — especially the conservative woman. Could be. But it could also be a precursor to a Palin presidential run. Consider: If she continues to back winners, she’ll have an awful lot of elected officials by 2012 who may feel obliged to back her for the White House.

The battle is joined.

And here is what George Dienart at the Fayette County News (h/tp Palin TV)  had to say:

Swing is more than just a dance, or a playground activity. Georgians saw an unprecedented swing during the Republican gubernatorial primary. Fifteen points of swing for Karen Handel, mostly at the expense of state insurance commissioner John Oxendine. According to a Mason-Dixon poll released on July 11th, Commissioner Oxendine held an eight point lead. Then something happened. The next poll showed Ms. Handel up by seven points.

That is a surge that would make General David Petraeus proud. In fact, the Handel surge was far less likely than our success in Iraq. As a former political consultant, I would first ask what Oxendine did to drop in the polls like that. A 15 point electoral swing doesn’t occur very often, and certainly not without scandal. So what did “Ox” do?

Nothing. He worked the election as he had every other election. He kissed babies and shook hands. He made friends and was careful to make no new enemies. He was the consummate candidate. All was going well. So, if Ox didn’t mess up, what did Ms. Handel do? She also kissed babies and shook hands, but that doesn’t get you 15 points. Frankly, she could have pulled Falcons QB Matt Ryan out of a burning building and not picked up 15 points amongst Falcon fans, let alone likely voters.

Don’t get me wrong — I didn’t vote for Oxendine. I actually voted for Handel. I’m a conservative, and I like Handel’s stance on just about everything. My intent is not to belittle her achievement. My intent is to give credit where credit is due, but there is more to it than that.

I also want to tweak some liberal noses. The tweak comes with a message, and the message is beware of the dog. The swing occurred after the self-affirmed pit bull in lipstick, Sarah Palin, endorsed Ms. Handel. After the endorsement, Handel was the beneficiary of a 15 point bump in the polls. The ‘Saracuda’ struck again, this time leaving Oxendine gutted and bleeding out in Lake Lanier. There have been Saracuda attacks all across the nation, but none as bloody or important as this one.

While Commissioner Oxendine ponders his job options, Nathan Deal waits for the inevitable defeat. This may well be a done deal at this point. Former Governor Roy Barnes is not worrying about Nathan Deal right now. He may not even be worrying about Handel. I assure he is watching Sarah Palin’s travel itinerary. When will she be back in Georgia? Will it be in November?

It’s bad enough he is a Democrat trying to weather one of the angriest anti-liberal swells in recent times, but now he has to deal with a movement and it’s default leader.

Movements are not something politicians want to be on the wrong side of, and Barnes is on the wrong side of the Tea Party. Angry conservatives are lining up their opponents and taking no prisoners.

Sara Palin knows this, and is happy to speak to the nascent movement. One sentence at a Tea Party event calling Handel a “pro-life, pro-constitutionalist with a can-do attitude” swung a primary. What is next?

Tea Partiers love Sarah Palin, but liberals loathe her. Barnes will likely now start attacking Handel and Palin. Not himself, at least not at first. His intermediaries will start making the same tired anti-Palin arguments, and then try linking them to Handel. Don’t buy it. They are acting out of fear.

Liberals loathe Palin because she represents the things that they hate — the vast part of this country that is not New York City or Los Angeles. States like Georgia, Texas, Kansas and Montana value life, liberty and small government. People here want low taxes and sensible immigration. People here understand that an unborn baby is still a baby. These beliefs are all shared by Sarah Palin. On top of that she, can clearly articulate these facts, and connect with the American people in a way that has not been seen since Ronald Reagan.

Sarah Palin actually has an advantage over Ronald Reagan — the Tea Party movement. There was a clear conservative lurch to right in the 80s, but it was unorganized. Sarah Palin has an opportunity that has never before presented itself in American politics. She is not only the right person, in the right place at the right time. She also has the advantage of a ready made and organized army of volunteers ready to take up her cause — so long as she stays true to their cause.

It’s a two way street, but she is in the drivers seat.

[…]

For now, the Tea Party movement seems to be heading in the right direction. They are working with, and winning elections for conservative Republicans. This makes it easy for me to throw my support to the tea partiers. We support the same low tax, pro-life, business friendly policies that will redirect this nation back to its roots. The tea party also supports the God-given freedoms we are in danger of losing. Most importantly, it supports the right candidates.

This is all important to a political movement. Palin is a great standard bearer — if she takes on the role. Let’s hope she does. The welfare of our nation may depend on it.

Sarah Palin supporters who want to help Handel take it over the top, please go here to donate or to volunteer your time for phone bank and other campaign activities. You do not have to be from Georgia to volunteer – just to vote.

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Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund “Flight” in La Crosse, WI

Posted by Ron Devito on July 27, 2010

US 4 Palin “Fly Sarah from Wasilla to Washington” Campaign
“Sarah” is now in La Crosse, WI

How to “Fly ‘Sarah’ from Wasilla to Washington”

There is no need to email us donation amounts or post them on comments. As long as you donate through an US for Palin graphic or hyperlink to the Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund, we’ll know about it, whether it’s on the US for Palin site or a venue where its content is syndicated.

Let’s help the Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund reach new heights and get Gov. Palin to Washington!

Beeline to La Crosse Before Thunderstorms Arrive

Laura ran over to “Sarah” with the weather prediction. Low clouds were forming over Minnesota and Wisconsin with thunderstorms forecast for the evening. “’Sarah,’ if we’re going to fly today, we need to leave very soon. Aircraft have to stay at least 25 miles from thunderstorms. This trip is mostly going to be through clouds; there’s going to be some turbulence. If we wait much longer, we’re going to have to cancel and do it tomorrow.”

It did not take too long for “Sarah” to consider it. The next flight would bring her to Peoria, where would speak at Eureka College – President Ronald Wilson Reagan’s alma mater. Canceling would mean an extended 400-mile flight from Duluth to Peoria, rather than two more pleasant flights of 200 miles each.

“File the flight plan and get the clearance, Laura. I’m ready.”

Laura filed, pre-flighted, did the run-up, got the clearance, shut down, and went to get “Sarah”. Laura gave her passenger the required safety briefing, ensured safety belts on, and fired up. They would depart to the west, then turn to the southeast for the 90-minute flight.

After takeoff, per the clearance, the flight turned southeast. The cloud cover was broken, but closing fast.

“Sarah” turned to bid Lake Superior a farewell.

The flight had been cleared for 5,000 feet originally, but cloud tops were predicted to be 7,000. Laura requested an altitude increase to 7,000, but the tops grew even higher and the broken clouds went complete overcast. The entire enroute portion was spent shrouded in clouds, just as Laura predicted.

The controller instructed Laura to descend to 2,900 feet. She would be landing on the runway facing due south using an instrument approach. At about 3,500 feet the flight broke out of clouds, and the airport could be seen in the distance. La Crosse Municipal is located on French Island, which is surrounded by Lake Onalaska. Both Laura and “Sarah” felt something very familiar when they saw the lake. It had an Alaskan feel to it – perhaps accounting for why it is called Lake Onalaska. Part of the lake is in Minnesota. I-90 bisects French Island. The Mississippi River passes through La Crosse as well.

As Laura began the approach, the plane received two jolts of turbulence. “Sarah” could see Lake Onalaska out the front and out her side window.

At 300 feet above decision height, the plane began to cross Lake Onalaska. Laura executed a smooth landing and parked at the General Aviation ramp. “Sarah” is now 2,512 nautical miles from Wasilla. She is now over 75% of the way to Reagan National Airport in Washington DC. “Sarah’s” next flight is to Peoria, one of the most significant stops on the journey.

Alaska. Lake Onalaska. Eureka College – Reagan’s Alma Mater. Reagan National. Providential.

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Last year, the Alaska Fund Trust was established to raise money to defend Gov. Palin against frivolous ethics complaints and lawsuits that were filed against her in a coordinated effort to drive her out of office. On June 24, 2010, the Alaska Fund Trust was replaced by Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund. Those of you who donated to the Alaska Fund Trust will be receiving refunds within 90 days from June 24. You will have the option to re-donate these funds to the new Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund, which is the official, and legitimate fund now in existence. Please re-donate those funds to the Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund.

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Panic From Journolist Over Sarah Palin’s RNC Speech: “She’s Golden” Now How Do We Destroy Her? Plus, Trig Trutherism To The Max

Posted by Gary P Jackson on July 27, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

When Jonathan Strong and the Daily Caller started releasing information from Journolist, we knew it would get interesting, especially when it comes to Sarah Palin. Anyone who has watched the news since Sarah was introduced to the world has known the media has been going crazy trying to figure out how to stop her. They actually did a decent job of smearing her among casual, and mostly uninformed viewers. Many of the lies told stuck, at least for a time.

Today Strong shows us what this cabal of over 400 “mainstream journalists” and members of academia really thought:

Sarah Palin’s speech to the 2008 Republican convention impressed more than a few doubters, including even some members of Journolist, an online community for liberal journalists.

This speech is gangbusters,” wrote Ari Melber of the Nation. “Her tone is pitch perfect.” Adele Stan of the Media Consortium agreed: “Palin is golden.”

The exuberance appeared to unnerve the Guardian’s Michael Tomasky. “People get a hold of yourselves!” Tomasky wrote to his fellow Journolisters. “It’s a very good speech with good lines. But there’s very little substance.

Rebecca Traister of Salon wrote to say she was grateful for Tomasky’s message. (“This is a reassuring sentiment, since at the moment, I feel like we’re in End Times.”) But the rest of the country apparently didn’t agree. Polls a few days later showed Obama’s lead in the race had narrowed to virtually nothing.

Palin’s speech had been remarkably effective. This troubled members of Journolist. On Sept. 8, 2008, five days after Palin’s national debut, some members of the group discussed producing coordinated propaganda designed to wound Palin and boost Obama.

At an appearance in Colorado immediately following the convention, Palin had remarked that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had “gotten too big and too expensive for the taxpayers,” a point that seems commonplace now, but that at the time struck some as controversial.

Ryan Avent, then a freelance blogger for the Economist, now an editor there, complained that Obama’s supporters were missing a chance to attack. “If we were the GOP, we’d be taking this opportunity to shout long and loud how unprepared Palin is—‘She doesn’t even know what Fannie and Freddie are…in the middle of a housing crisis!’….That’s the difference in the game as played by us and by them.

Michael Tomasky responded: “So why aren’t Dems doing that? Just wundrin’.”

Luke Mitchell, then a senior editor at Harper’s magazine, asked Tomasky if his paper would be able to help: “Michael – Isn’t this something that can be fanned a bit by, say, the Guardian?

Tomasky didn’t think it would work. “The Guardian? You’re kidding right? Remember the Clark County letters?” he wrote, referring to a failed attempt by the Guardian to elect John Kerry in 2004 by asking Britons to write letters to voters in a pivotal Ohio county.

Mitchell replied: “Fair enough! But it seems to me that a concerted effort on the part of the left partisan press could be useful. Why geld ourselves? A lot of the people on this list work for organizations that are far more influential than, say, the Washington Times.”

Open question: Would it be a good use of this list to co-ordinate a message of the week along the lines of the GOP? Or is that too loathsome? It certainly sounds loathsome. But so does losing!

Ezra Klein of the Washington Post, the founder of Journolist, quickly jumped in: “Nope, no message coordination. I’m not even sure that would be legal. This is a discussion list, though, and I want it to retain that character,” he wrote.

Mitchell replied: “Fair enough, Ezra! The list is great at as it is and I didn’t mean to suggest anything out of bounds. I am still curious about the reluctance of the left media to organize, though. The message discipline on the right seems to be one of its key advantages.

David Roberts of Grist seemed to scold Roberts for his idea: “Just read past messages on this list, Luke. Everyone here is a /journalist /or an /independent analyst/. Their job is to /say what they think/, not to support Obama. Suggest that they focus on more electorally helpful — and equally true — messages, and they will bridle.

Yet almost immediately after writing these words, Roberts sounded somewhat less than independent himself, referring to the Obama campaign as “we”: “I’m not bashing,” he wrote. “I’m guilty too. I just despair. We’re going to lose again, for all the same damn reasons.”

Ed Kilgore of the Progressive Policy Institute, another supposedly “independent analyst,” did the same, even outlining specific talking points: “It requires no particular strategic genius or ‘message coordination’ to recognize that we and the Obama campaign have the next two months to demonstrate that McCain and Palin represent the status quo party, the status quo ideology, and status quo policies,” he wrote.

While other members of the group debated whether to coordinate a pro-Obama message – or, more precisely, whether to concede that such a message was being coordinated — Todd Gitlin of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism had already made up his mind. Gitlin, whose job is to train the next generation of America’s most elite journalists, wrote this impassioned plea on behalf of the Obama campaign:

On the question of liberals coordinating, what the hell’s wrong with some critical mass of liberal bloggers & journalists saying the following among themselves:

McCain lies about his maverick status. Routinely, cavalierly, cynically. Palin lies about her maverick status. Ditto, ditto, ditto. McCain has a wretched temperament. McCain is a warmonger. Palin belongs to a crackpot church and feels warmly about a crackpot party that trashes America.

Repeat after me:

McCain lies about his maverick status. Routinely, cavalierly, cynically. Palin lies about her maverick status. Ditto, ditto, ditto. McCain has a wretched temperament. McCain is a warmonger. Palin belongs to a crackpot church and feels warmly about a crackpot party that trashes America.

These people are cynical. These people are taking you for a ride. These people are fakes. These people love Bush.

Again. And again. Vary the details. There are plenty. Somebody on the ‘list posted a strong list of McCain lies earlier today. Hammer it. Philosophize, as Nietzsche said, with a hammer.

I don’t know about any of you, but I’m not waiting for any coordination. Get on with it!

In an interview, Gitlin conceded he was noting the “features of McCain and Palin most worthy of highlighting towards the end of defeating them.” He said he had never advocated “bending facts” to get Obama elected.

Amazing stuff huh. Gitlin, who teaches journalism claims he wasn’t for “bending facts” to get Obama elected, but as we know now, none of the Journolisters had a problem with covering up facts about Barack Obama and his radical associations, or branding anyone who dared bring them up a racist!

Obviously Ezra Klein, the creator of this group, was doing a bit of CYA here. “Now boys, you know we shouldn’t coordinate.” (wink-wink) From there everyone went back to what they were doing. One thing is obvious, Sarah’s incredible speech put the media on the defensive. In fact, she called them out during her speech. Pretty obvious that while the media adopted the “Palin is stupid” mantra, for public consumption, in private, they knew she was anything but.

This proves beyond a doubt the old adage: The media will point out who they fear the most, by who they attack the hardest. Reagan was treated the same.

The Daily Caller also released the raw e-mails from this group concerning Sarah’s new son, Trig, and how this bunch dove neck deep into “Trig-trutherism” the sick thought that Trig was actually Bristol’s baby, not Sarah’s. This was a rumor started by one of Barack Obama’s hand picked Alaska Mafia members, Jesse Griffin, who along with The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, has turned “Trig Trutherism” into a cottege industry. Strong has 15 pages of e-mails discussing this nonsense. That these people would spend that much time discussing this shows you the type of mentality we are working with here.

To be fair, many of these Journolisters said leave it alone, and others suggest different ways to “get her” like the fact she had her photo taken with wounded soldiers. “That would hurt her with her base” said Mark Kleiman who is Professor of Public Policy in the UCLA School of Public Affairs.

If nothing else, reading these e-mails is a good look into the moonbattery that exists among the nation’s media. Check ’em out here.

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Study Shows Sarah Palin’s “Mama Grizzlies” Ad Scores Big With Viewers

Posted by Gary P Jackson on July 27, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

When Sarah Palin released the video “Mama Grizzlies” to promote SarahPAC, it was widely praised and thought to be “presidential.” Even Sarah’s critics conceded it was a strong video. Now the group HCD Research has looked at perceptions both before and after viewing the advertisement:

A new national study among 300 self-reported Democrats, Republicans and Independents revealed that after viewing a new ad featuring Sarah Palin and produced by SarahPAC, viewers were more likely to vote for Palin if she ran for president in 2012.

The study was conducted during July 9-12 by HCD Research using its MediaCurves.com® website, to obtain Americans’ perceptions of a new ad by SarahPAC, a political action committee, which was focused on mobilizing conservative women.

Respondents were asked to rate Sarah Palin on a scale from 1-7 regarding likability, believability and sincerity, with 1 representing “not at all strong in this attribute” and 7 representing “extremely strong in this attribute.”

Among all parties likability, believability and sincerity ratings increased after viewing the commercial. The most notable increase was her likability and believability ratings among Independents, which increased from 3.7 to 4.4 and from 3.3 to 3.7 respectively. In addition, Republicans’ dramatically increased their support for Palin as a potential candidate in the 2012 presidential election from 56% to 65% after viewing the ad.

Read more here.

This is survey backs up what we already knew: the SarahPAC video was a home run. The video hits the right notes. It also come on the heels of the latest polling from The Economist, that shows Sarah with a strong lead over all comers for 2012.

The Economist also reports Sarah has a 77 percent favorability rating among Republicans

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British MEP Daniel Hannan: Say, I Like The Cut Of Sarah Palin’s Shakespearean Jib

Posted by Gary P Jackson on July 27, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

Remember when the left got all wee-wee’ed up because Sarah Palin coined the new word “refudiate“? Even better: Remember when they went deliciously insane because she talked about English being a “living language” and mentioned the Bard of Avon, William Shakespear?

Yeah, progressives are generally useless, but their value as comic relief almost makes them almost tolerable. Almost.

In a piece we wrote, Come To Think Of It … Sarah Palin IS Kind of Shakespearean, we talked about David Hirschman over at Big Think, and his musings on whether Sarah’s “refudiate” would have the staying power of Shakespear’s many words like “champion.”

Now it seems that Daniel Hannan, the British Conservative superstar, Member of the European Parliament, and self proclaimed Shakespearean obsessive, offers his considerable opinion in today’s UK Telegraph:



Sarah Palin, never misunderestimate Shakespeare

I am thoroughly taken with Sarah Palin’s neologism. People often incorrectly use the word “refute” to mean something like “deny” or “reject“, only stronger. We could do with a new word to fill this gap and, since both “refute” and “repudiate” are already occupied with their actual meanings, neither can be pressed into service. “Refudiate” occupies the space perfectly, and deserves to become part of every politician’s vocabulary.

The handsome Alaskan politician is quite right to say that Shakespeare came up with countless new-fangled words – including “countless” and “new-fangled“. Among his coinages, as far as we can tell, are accommodation, assassinate, denote, dislocate, equivocal, eventful, hobnob, inauspicious, lacklustre, laughable, perplex, raw-boned, submerge, time-honoured, unmitigated and zany.

But minting words was just one, and not the greatest, of Shakespeare’s gifts. I know many readers find my obsession with our national poet trying. So, instead of hymning his genius yet again, let me offer you this famous passage from one of Bernard Levin’s columns.

Read more here.

Funny, while the progressives continually be-clown themselves attacking Sarah Palin, her stature as a true renaissance woman only rises.

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