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Archive for August 8th, 2010

Karen Handel Leading Star-Powered GOP Runoff in Georgia

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 8, 2010


Karen Handel is enjoying a 5-point lead as the Tuesday GOP governor’s runoff approaches.   Governor Palin endorsed her before the primary last month and helped her surge to first place from a tie for second.  After Gov. Palin’s endorsement, Newt Gingrich jumped into the race on behalf of Nathan Deal, and Mitt Romney endorsed Handel.   Apparently with some coaxing from the Deal camp, Mike Huckabee spoke on his behalf  in Gainesville, Georgia today.  Governor Palin is scheduled to campaign for Karen Handel tomorrow. 

Obviously, there is a lot more at stake here than just the governor’s race.  Four potential 2012 GOP candidates are lined up on either side of the aisle.  We’re rooting for Karen Handel for governor and for Governor Sarah Palin for the 2012 Presidential race!  

Sarah Palin supporters who would like to help put Karen Handel over the top can go here to volunteer or donate.  Phone lists can also be obtained by e-mailing

Ashley Fielding at the Gainesville Times wrote today:

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel is slightly ahead of Nathan Deal in the Republican race for governor.


The new poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which surveyed 625 Georgians likely to vote in Tuesday’s gubernatorial runoff election.

Deal and Handel are set for Tuesday’s runoff after neither earned a majority of votes in the July 20 primary. The poll shows Handel in the lead with the support of 47 percent of those surveyed. Deal is close behind with 42 percent; another 11 percent of respondents say they haven’t picked a candidate.


The poll shows Handel, the former secretary of state, dominating her home base of metro Atlanta (52 to 37 percent). Deal ranks especially well in North Georgia, much of which he represented in Congress for 18 years.

But in South Georgia, Johnson and Oxendine had their best showing, making voters from that region a key for Tuesday’s runoff.

“That belt running from Augusta to Savannah and all the way to Columbus and through Macon – that’s where the race is going to be decided,” Coker said.


The Handel campaign said the poll showed it had weathered Deal’s attacks.

“It’s clear that the people of Georgia are rejecting Congressman Deal’s negative attacks on Karen,” McLagan said. “We feel a momentum.”


Meanwhile, poll respondents cited the economy and jobs as the top issue driving them to the polls Tuesday. Handel voters cited economic issues as the top reason they are supporting her, while Deal voters cited his experience.


In Macon, former mayor David Carter said he’s supporting Handel because of her experience as a former Fulton County commissioner.

“I know from experience how hard it can be to be involved in local politics and I think her record demonstrates the toughness required to be our next governor,” said Carter, 80.


But for James Smith, a retired forester in Cumming, Deal’s long tenure in politics – first in the General Assembly and then in Congress – pushed him into Handel’s camp.

“I’m for the lady,” he said. “I want to get away from the old politics – the good ol’ boys. Let’s get something done.”

Smith said Deal not only served too long, but doesn’t have much to show for it.

“He hasn’t accomplished anything in, what, 18 years?” the 80-year-old said. “Everything that has come out of Congress for a long time is going broke. I don’t think they can accomplish anything – either side. Look at Social Security. Anything they get in, it turns bad.”

Joseph Zitzelberger, a 41-year-old computer programmer in Columbus, said he’s sticking with Handel.

“They are really about identical on about every major issue,” he said of the candidates. He doesn’t like that Deal resigned from Congress, forcing a special election to replace him.

“He could have saved the state a lot of money if he had just not run for re-election in 2008,” Zitzelberger said. “I think he already knew he was going to run for governor.”

Zitzelberger feels the most important issue in the 2010 campaign is reducing government spending.

“The way that money is being spent just has to be addressed by the next governor,” he said. “I think Handel will do that.”

In a second article, Ms. Fielding wrote :

In a primary election, the support of a few special interest groups and local politicians usually is enough.

But for two Republicans running for governor in Georgia this year, the campaign has become a game of dueling celebrities.

Both Karen Handel and Nathan Deal, each vying for the Republican nomination in a runoff Tuesday, have the light of conservative superstars shining on their campaigns.

Today, Mike Huckabee, the Arkansas governor-turned presidential candidate-turned television personality, will make an appearance with Deal in Gainesville to help bolster the former U.S. representative’s campaign two days before voters head to the polls.

And Monday, it will be Handel with a conservative superstar shining on her campaign as former vice presidential nominee, Alaska governor and current Fox News personality Sarah Palin is expected to attend a rally at a Buckhead hotel.

Handel has also been endorsed by former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has thrown his weight behind Deal.

It has given national attention to a statewide primary that one political scientist calls “surprising.”

Rarely does a primary election in Georgia attract so much celebrity attention, said Charles Bullock, a professor of political science at the University of Georgia.


“I’d have to assume that they think this is important in not only helping the candidate but also helping them if they do indeed run for the presidency,” said Bullock. “… Georgia will probably vote fairly early … it’s going to be an early state and early states in presidential contests are especially valued.”

For Handel and Deal, being used as a political launching pad by presidential hopefuls hasn’t hurt a bit.

Both Handel and Deal’s last-minute surges in the polls before the July 20 primary were largely attributed to endorsements that came from Palin and Gingrich days before the vote.

And as the runoff nears, both campaigns are hoping personal appearances with their celebrity supporters will drum up last-minute enthusiasm for what usually is an event with weak voter participation.


Handel’s spokesman, Dan McLagan, says Palin as Handel’s cheerleader in Buckhead Monday, will “lend a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm to the campaign in the final day.”

The appearance also has the potential to bring in a slew of new volunteers that will make phone calls on Handel’s behalf at the 11th hour.

“It’s not just a speech. It’s not just an appearance,” said McLagan. “… I think it’s going to lend a huge amount of energy to the campaign and open up some real grass-roots opportunities.”

The appearances will guarantee the two candidates major media coverage in the final hours before the election.

“If the Handel campaign has anything at all to do with (Palin’s) scheduling, (the rally) will be in time to make the 6 o’clock news, so it will get good television coverage as well as appearing above the fold in most of the daily papers on election day,” Bullock said. “For voters who missed the initial (Palin) endorsement or have forgotten about it, that will certainly bring it back home for them.”


National political campaigns often garner this kind of high-profile support.

In 1992 and 2008, during general election runoffs for the Senate, high-profile Republicans, including Palin, came to Georgia to stump for Republicans.

But Bullock can’t remember previous gubernatorial candidates bringing out such big guns.

“It’s surprising to see these high-profile individuals who are not Georgians become involved in this primary,” he said. “Maybe this is the wave of the future. Palin has endorsed a number of candidates around the nation, so maybe we can anticipate that this will come fairly standard that two years out, likely presidential candidates will be jumping in.”

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The cuddle factor

Posted by ehvogel on August 8, 2010

Much has been written about Sarah Palin’s looks, both in a derisive sense and an envious one. Conservative women are, after all, the girls next door. They are the ones that raise children, attend PTA meetings and focus their lives on their family. They are, in a word, familiar.

Leftist women seem to have a harder edge, born out of their struggle to gain recognition for something other than their feminine or motherly qualities. They rail against men for the perceived domination of women in the workplace and elsewhere. They champion alternative lifestyles in the hope that such efforts will validate their own existence. They’ve long forgotten the joy of being a woman within the context of Judeo-Christian society. To most Americans they are only acquaintances.

When I first saw the cover of Sarah Palin’s new book, I was struck by its warmth.

Her long hair flows down over her shoulders and frames her face in a way that highlights her smile as one of enduring kindness. It is a smile reserved for family and friends, one that’s familiar and welcoming, both genuine and natural. It is a mother’s smile that welcomes a child’s approach to be held and nurtured. It is a smile that says she can be trusted to shelter and protect. It is an honest look into her heart, a caring and understanding one.

We live in troubling times. We long for leaders that steadfastly support our ideals, not those who seek to divide us by political calculation. For most of us, we remember those times in childhood when we received the warm embrace and the reassurance of closeness. Sadly, not all of us can claim the same experience, which is why Sarah Palin is so easily misunderstood by the left. She embodies the memories of the majority of Americans who grew up in a loving and caring family. She has that cuddle factor like no other politician in memory. And, make no mistake about it, she is the “mama grizzly” that evokes the protective instinct in all of us. It is a commitment to protect our foundational roots in liberty, something worth fighting and dying for.

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