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Archive for September 1st, 2010

Michael J. Gaynor: Sarah Palin Endorsements Deliver Power Punch

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 1, 2010

From article by Michael J. Gaynor at the Post Chronicle:

Sarah Palin Endorsements Deliver Power Punch
by Michael J. Gaynor

This year, more often than not, candidates endorsed by Sarah Palin in Republican primaries won. It appears that Palin was five for five last Tuesday.

Most notably, in the race between Joe Miller, an authentic conservative, and the much less reliably conservative Senator Lisa Murkowski, for Alaska Republicans’ United States Senator nomination, Palin endorsed Miller and on primary election night Miller led and duly credited Palin for what appears to be a huge upset win.

Palin seems to have a preference for conservative women (“mama grizzlies”), like soon-to-be South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, but Palin hasn’t always endorsed the female candidate running again a male or male candidates. For example, she endorsed pro-life conservative Governor Rick Perry over pro-abortion “moderate” Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson in the Texas Republican gubernatorial primary.

Many expect Palin to support the more conservative, more pro-life candidate, but that has not always been the case.

Palin endorsed Senator John McCain, the man who chose her to be the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, over former Congressman J.D. Hayworth, but that was largely attributed to gratitude and personal loyalty and McCain opposed the confirmation of now United States Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan and veered to the right, especially on immigration, to win the Arizona Republican Senate primary.

Palin also endorsed the less conservative Carly Fiorina over authentic conservative Chuck DeVore, but that was explained by a plausible belief that the very wealthy Fiorina was much more likely to beat Senator Barbara Boxer and would be a marked improvement instead of “reverse sexism.”

Palin endorsed Kelly Ayotte over the authentic conservative, Ovide Lamontagne. Ayotte volunteered that she would have voted to confirm Justice Sotomayor, thereby demonstrating that she’s not up to the job of United States Senator. Radio and television star, Obama Diaries author and Dartmouth graduate Laura Ingraham endorsed Lamontagne as “the only true Conservative in a very important race” and the prior excuses for Palin backing a much less conservative person in other races don’t apply. Ayotte did not pick Palin as vice presidential running mate, and polls show that both Ayotte and Lamontagne would beat the liberal Democrat nominee, Congressman Paul Hodes, so, New Hampshire Republicans take note, it appears that personal interest, not ideology, drove Palin’s Ayotte endorsement.

Palin has not announced that she will run for President in 2012, but her endorsements match her political interests if she does run. Palin endorsed the winner of the Iowa Republican gubernatorial primary, Terry Branstad, and Iowa is the first stop of the presidential campaign trail. In South Carolina, the first southern primary, a Governor Nikki Haley can be a big help to Palin running with a bunch of male presidential hopefuls. In New Hampshire, the first primary, Governor John Lynch, a Democrat, is favored to be re-elected, and Ayotte would be a boon to Palin if she becomes New Hampshire’s only Republican United States Senator.

The keys to Palin’s success have been putting principle first and standing up to the opposition.

Read more here. 

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Palin responds to Trumka attack

Posted by loricalabrese on September 1, 2010

AFL-CIO portrait of Richard Trumka Photo: Richard Trumka

Sarah Palin responded to criticism by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, calling him a “career union boss” and saying his remarks are “the usual Beltway nonsense.”

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, in a speech from Anchorage, Alaska Thursday night, criticized the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, calling Palin a hypocrite who quit the governorship to avoid being held accountable for her record and accused Palin of language he says could lead to violence by her supporters.

“There was a bit of the politics of personal destruction thrown around, and he mixed it in with the same old big government agenda that has been rejected in union halls, town halls, and voting booths all over our country,” Palin wrote in a Thursday Facebook note titled, “Union Brothers and Sisters, Join our Commonsense Cause.” “I’m not sure why he’s attacking my record when I’m not the one responsible for the policies resulting in continued mass unemployment and a weak economy (that would be the man in the large white house on Pennsylvania Avenue),” Palin said.

Trumka’s remarks for the Alaska AFL-CIO biennial meeting were that Palin will go down in history like [Joe] McCarthy.

“… down in Tyler, Texas, she’s talking about — and I quote — ‘union thugs.’ What? Her husband’s a union man. Is she calling him a thug? Sarah Palin ought to know what union men and women are,” Trumka said, referring to a June speech by Palin in Tyler’s Oil Palace.

Palin responded, “Trumka purposely misquoted something I said in a speech I gave in Texas a few months ago. Let me clarify things for him: I never called union members ‘thugs.’ You lie. I called some union leaders ‘thugs.’ And I refuse to apologize for that because they have acted like thugs — at least in this day and age.”

In her post, Palin defended her labor record, pointing out her former membership in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and recalling the day two years ago when she met “with union members at the Alaska AFL-CIO Convention in Anchorage to sign important job-creation legislation related to the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act.”

“Trumka’s attempts to put himself on the side of the working man and woman would be more convincing if he weren’t a career union boss who’s spent most of his life in DC,” she wrote. “No surprise then that his priorities aren’t the priorities of the average working man or woman, but of the Beltway power player. My fellow union brothers and sisters have had their union dues squandered for far too long by a few of the union bosses who work for partisan politics and not the good blue collar Americans who have to fund their cushy salaries.”

Palin concluded her post urging hardworking, patriotic brothers and sisters in the labor movement to not put up with the scare tactics and the big government agenda of the union bosses. “There is a different home for you: the commonsense conservative movement,” Palin said. “It cares about the same things you and I care about: a government that doesn’t spend beyond its means, an economy focused on creating good jobs with good wages, and a leadership that is proud of America’s achievements and doesn’t go around apologizing to everyone for who we are.”

Read more articles by the National Sarah Palin Examiner at Examiner.com

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Murkowski concedes to Sarah Palin backed Joe Miller

Posted by loricalabrese on September 1, 2010

After a bitter contest, a major upset has taken place in Alaska and another incumbent has gone down. Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded her GOP Senate primary race Tuesday night to Tea Party favorite and Sarah Palin-backed Joe Miller.

Miller, a Fairbanks attorney, led by 1,630 votes after more than 15,000 absentee ballots were counted late Tuesday, a week after the election.

“I don’t see a scenario in which the primary will turn out in my favor,” Murkowski said in her concession speech.

Even though things turned ugly in recent days with Miller accusing Murkowski of vote tampering, and Murkowski saying that Miller was inexperienced and paranoid, Miller is asking Alaskans to come together.

“Now is the time for all Alaskans to come together and reach out with our core message of taking power from the federal government and bringing it back home to the people. If we continue to allow the federal government to live beyond its means, we will all soon have to live below ours,” he said in a statement.

Miller will face Democrat Scott McAdams, mayor of Sitka, Alaska, in the November general election.

“I look forward to the challenge of the general election ahead,” Miller said. “I intend to continue to travel to every corner of Alaska talking to folks about the answers needed to get our nation back on track and keep the American dream alive for ourselves and our children.”

Read more articles by the National Sarah Palin Examiner at Examiner.com

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The Alaska Senate Republican Primary Race Heats Up

Posted by loricalabrese on September 1, 2010

Sarah Palin-backed Joe Miller came out of nowhere and challenged incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska Senate Republican primary. But as votes are still being counted with Miller in the lead, the primary is getting downright ugly.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday her Republican rival Joe Miller may be creating doubt in the minds of Alaskans about the integrity of the voting process by ratcheting up the hyperbole about possible election fraud. She also stated that Miller also may be positioning himself to challenge the results if they break her way.

“It just seems that in the week since the election, it has just continued to be yet one more hype, one more mischaracterization, one more just trumped up rhetoric, that leaves people to think there’s some kind of subterfuge or some kind of shenanigans going on,” she said.

An attorney for the Miller campaign, Thomas Van Flein, who’s also Sarah Palin’s attorney, formally asked Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell for an investigation into possible tampering by an observer for the Murkowski campaign.

In a letter, Van Flein claimed the observer at the Mat-Su Division of Elections accessed a state computer for about 20 minutes on Friday while absentee ballots were being verified. Van Flein said the observer may have copied voter information.

He questioned whether a hand-count of the absentee ballots should be required, or at least a review of the computer. He also requested Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell post Alaska State Troopers at counting offices.

“I am really astounded that the Miller camp seems to be so paranoid of every step along the way, which is designed to ensure that every Alaska vote is counted,” Murkowski told The Associated Press.

Tuesday afternoon on FOX News, Miller responded to Murkowski’s accusations. “The only way we’d ever challenge is if there is evidence of tampering,” Miller said. “It’s unfortunate that we’re hearing that kind of rhetoric.”

Miller holds a 1,688-vote lead over incumbent Murkowski in the Republican primary and the Alaska Division of Elections is scheduled to begin counting many of the 25,510 absentee, questioned and early ballots Tuesday, with possible results coming in Tuesday night.

Read more articles by the National Sarah Palin Examiner at Examiner.com

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Bristol Palin Talks to Reporters About Dancing With The Stars

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 1, 2010

From an article by Lisa de Moraes at the Washington Post:

Bristol Palin agreed to join ABC’s dance competition series “Dancing With the Stars” to get out of Alaska and to get in shape, she said during a whirlwind of interviews Monday night and Tuesday morning.

“When you got the phone call . . . what were you thinking?” Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America” gushed at Bristol Tuesday morning, as though she were talking to a convenience store clerk who’d just won a $10 million Publishers Clearinghouse sweepstakes, instead of the daughter of the woman who ran for vice president of the United States in 2008 on the GOP ticket and is the subject of rampant speculation about her interest in a 2012 presidential bid.

Bristol responded coolly that she was “excited” to “be part of something that’s positive and fun.”

“Did you ask your parents’ advice? Or did you tell them, ‘Hey, Mom, Dad, I’m going to be on “Dancing with the Stars” ‘?” Roberts asked.

Bristol revealed she gave Sarah and Todd Palin “a little bit of a heads-up: ‘Hey, Mom, Dad, I signed a contract with “Dancing With the Stars” and I’m going down there in a few weeks.’ ”

[…]

“What made you decide to do this?” Bergeron asked Palin.

“I wanted to get out of Alaska for a few weeks,” Bristol said, adding, “I just wanted to get in shape and have a good time.”

[…]

“I want to get in shape. I want to learn these dance moves, and I want to step out of my comfort zone,” Bristol told RadarOnline.com, ticking off her non-fame-seeking reasons for going on the reality-competition series, which is attracting “American Idol”-size crowds.

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Meghan McCain Writes About Governor Palin

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 1, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

John McCain’s daughter, Meghan, has released her new book, Dirty Sexy Politics. She appeared on Good Morning America yesterday to discuss it, but George Stephanopoulos’s interview questions focused mainly on Governor Palin and the 2008 campaign. You can watch that interview here.

In her book–and in the interview–Meghan McCain managed to point out something that many of McCain’s campaign staffers weren’t honest enough to admit but even semi-observant people always knew: McCain’s loss was not Governor Palin’s fault. The Associated Press reports:

In the end, she writes, her father lost because “Obama was unbeatable” — the electorate and the news media were too enamored with a fresh new face who represented a monumental change from then-President George W. Bush.

McCain also acknowledges:

She brought so much momentum and enthusiasm to the campaign. You saw crowds double and you saw a lot more women coming to the rallies.

That’s an understatement, but kudos to Meghan for stating the obvious.

Speaking of women, Meghan states:

I respect her as a feminist, a Republican feminist–going out there and working for women, especially Republican women.

While I’m glad to see that Meghan fesses up to Governor Palin’s magnetism and feminism, other comments she makes need to be addressed. She writes in her book that the Palins are “nice and down-to-Earth” but also writes that the Governor snubbed her mother, Cindy McCain, and wasn’t a team player. She goes on to call Governor Palin “the Time Bomb,” and says she was always expecting her to explode.

Now, which was it? Was Governor Palin a down-to-Earth woman with the incredible ability to connect to other women, or was she a volatile snob who refused Cindy’s attempts to draw close? Maybe Meghan’s contradictory statements can be blamed on the “conflicting feelings” she confesses to having about Governor Palin.

Furthermore, are we really to believe that the same woman who has never uttered a negative word about John McCain, even when people have tried to coax her into it, snubbed the closest woman to him–his wife? Governor Palin, who was given hell by those who somehow expected her to abandon Senator McCain in his re-election bid, rather than endorse and stump for him, turned up her nose at Cindy and didn’t play nice? I’m not buying what Meghan is selling.

In all fairness to Meghan, though, she was even younger and more immature two years ago–to the point, mind you, that she was asked to leave her own father’s campaign–or take a bus. So perhaps her youth and banishment had an impact on her interpretation of matters. However, in the interest of truth, I’d rather take a look at what the two mature women have said about each other. The following was reported during the campaign:

“She is marvelous and I just have such great respect for her…She has done nothing but help this ticket,” McCain, wife of GOP presidential candidate John McCain, says on CNN’s “Larry King Live.

King asks whether Palin has received a “bad rap.”

“Oh yes…McCain replies.”

Apparently she’s still getting somewhat of a bad rap–from Cindy’s daughter.

Let’s not forget that Governor Palin had a few things to say about Cindy McCain in her best-seller, Going Rogue. On page 210, she writes:

As Cindy and I talked, I was pleased to find that this elegant, beautiful woman was really a down-to-earth mom who is as crazy about her kids as every other mom.

So that makes two down-to-earth women.

On page 221, the Governor writes:

I looked up to see Cindy walking down from the house to join us. She is one of the most striking women I’ve ever seen, and that day she reminded me of one of those perfect, elegant moms on a 1950s TV show: a sleeeveless dress, a little sweater, not a hair out of place. So petite and pretty, with those intense blue eyes. I remember her clothes because I was there in my let’s-discuss-the-issues suit while she breezed across the lawn like a walking summer day.

This doesn’t sound at all like someone with disdain for Cindy McCain.

Governor Palin continues on page 221 to defend Cindy against those who say she is actually somewhat distant:

Yes, she can be guarded. But who can blame her? It’s no wonder that people like Cindy, who are unfairly clobbered in the press with lies about them and their family, appear to say, “Forget it, I’m here to help, but I’m not going to offer myself up anymore.”

[…]

In Cindy’s case, the press had been pretty merciless over the years.

Governor Palin clearly speaks up for Cindy and calls out those who do what Meghan accuses the Governor of doing.

One can beg to differ, and I mean no disrespect to Meghan, but I’ll take Governor Palin’s words over the words of Meghan McCain any day.

I’m grateful that Meghan admitted the selection of Governor Palin as John McCain’s running mate ignited the campaign, that she helped women become engaged in politics, and that she’s a bonafide feminist. Much appreciated. However, those comments don’t excuse the claims of snobbery, anger, and aloofness she makes–and must not go unchallenged.

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Naoemi Emery: McCain/Palin Ticket Won Big in 2008 Election

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 1, 2010

Interesting article by Noemi Emery at the San Francisco Examiner:

Last Tuesday, the Republican ticket of 2008 had a very good night, just as the ticket that happened to beat it had one of the worst of their lives. While President Obama hit the low forties, and chirpy Vice President Biden was labeled delusional, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., wiped out his foe by a 2-to-1 margin and Sarah Palin established herself as a kingmaker of genius, with a 2-to-1 record in recent endorsements and some rising stars to her name.

To embellish it all, Katie Couric’s newscast audience sank to record low numbers, and Newsweek is doing no better. Who says revenge isn’t sweet?

McCain’s critics inside his own party (of which he has many) say he ran the campaign he should have run two years ago, but then he was crippled by three different things: an insurgent by nature, he had to defend eight years of rule not by him but his party; he was trapped by having to run against a black candidate, who was helped by a press that saw racism in everything; and as he was hitting his stride he was hit with the financial implosion, an unprecedented event in terms of its timing, which changed the subject from the surge in Iraq, in which he was expert, to the economy, in which he was not.

If he had won, the press would have never forgiven him, the cult of Obama would have glowed still more brightly, and the rage of the left would have been apoplectic. As it is, the left is imploding of its own power, and Obama-mania is flickering out.

While Obama is described now as “toxic” to Democrats, Palin, pushed out of her old job by nuisance lawsuits, recast herself as an inspirational force and political fixer, anointing new stars in multiple venues and boosting some others, among them McCain.

As for McCain, Obama’s lurch to the left pushed him into being in sync with the base of his party, perhaps for the first time in his life. It allowed him to emerge as a national leader in the fight against health care and mushrooming deficits, while the war of the left against Arizona for its desperate try to control its own borders gave him cover to move to the right.

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Bristol Palin Will Dress Modestly for DWTS Appearance

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 1, 2010

From People.com:

Dancing with the Stars

Bristol Palin Plans to Wear the ‘Most Modest Outfits’ on DWTS

August 31, 2010

Bristol Palin might be stepping out of her comfort zone this season on Dancing With the Stars, but she won’t be stepping into any of the show’s skimpy costumes.

“I think I will be the most dressed [contestant and have] the most modest outfits for sure because that’s who I am,” she told PEOPLE Monday night in Los Angeles at the announcement of the show’s new cast.

Bristol, 19, wants to make sure she sets a good example for her son, Tripp, 20 months, who “loves dancing around [and] bopping his head,” she says. “I see this as something that’s fun and that’s positive and I’m going to be able to show my work ethic to people out there.”

Bristol, who calls herself “naturally shy,” says the biggest challenge will be starting from scratch. “I have no experience in dance,” she says. “But I come from an athletic background, so I’m thankful for that. [I played] basketball, volleyball, soccer, everything.”

As for temporarily relocating from Alaska to Los Angeles for the show, Bristol is still adjusting. “I feel like I’m melting,” she says. “It’s so hot here and there’s so much traffic.” –Melody Chiu

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Governor Palin Asks: “Do You Believe in Miracles?”

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 1, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Lisa Murkowski concedes, and Governor Palin tweets:

Do you believe in miracles?! http://u.nu/72z2f Congratulations, @JoeWMiller! Thank you for your service, Sen. Murkowski. On to November!

Yes, Governor. We believe!

The link she included in her tweet is to this video:

Nothing like a miracle on ice!

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