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Archive for September 17th, 2010

Murkowski Ignores Will of the People; She’ll Run as a Write In Candidate; Update 1: Donate to Joe Miller; 2: Reactions

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 17, 2010

By Adrienne Ross –

It’s official. The talk of the day was that Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who was defeated by Joe Miller in the Primary, was still going to run as a write in candidate. She has just announced she is.

Some simply don’t get it. The people speak during a competitive Primary, and these politicians continue to force their own agendas. There must be something in the air in Washington.

Joe Miller is the choice of the people, he’s the Tea Party candidate, and he’s the one Governor Palin put over the top. Murkowski conceded when it was clear she was toast. This is where she is supposed to handle the loss with grace, back the Republican chosen by her state, and get out of the way. Who would have thought she would have gone this route? It’s a sad, sad day when people simply ignore the will of the voters. Unbelievable.

Too bad Murkowski didn’t heed what Governor Palin just tweeted a few minutes ago:

Primary voters spoke. Listen to the people, respect their will; w/a 40-pt incumbent lead & $2.8 million war chest, voters chose Joe instead

Perhaps getting handed a Senate seat by Daddy has prevented Murkowski from recognizing when people have had enough of her. Does she have the right to run as a write in candidate? Of course, but it sure speaks volumes about desire for power over respect for the election process and the will of the people.

UPDATE: You can donate to Joe Miller’s campaign by clicking here.


Update by Mel: NRO has reaction from Joe Miller:

Miller says Murkowski’s move “should shock anyone with integrity,” calling it another example of how her “lifeblood is power.” She has, he says, a “disconnection from reality.”

“[Murkowski] is going back on her word,” Miller continues. “She gave her word several days before the primary that she would respect the primary outcome.”

John Cornyn says the NRSC stands behind Miller:

Republican primary voters spoke when they nominated Joe Miller in Alaska, and I am deeply disappointed in Senator Lisa Murkowski’s decision to ignore that clear message and wage a write-in candidacy. The NRSC stands firmly behind Joe Miller’s nomination, and we will ensure that he has all of the resources that he needs in order to win this November.

And Mitch McConnell has stripped Murkowski of her Senate leadership role:

Senate Republicans informed Lisa Murkowski that we will respect the will of the voters in Alaska and support the Republican nominee, Joe Miller. I informed her that by choosing to run a campaign against the Republican nominee, she no longer has my support for serving in any leadership roles, and I have accepted her letter of resignation from Senate leadership. Lisa has served her state and our party with distinction, but Republicans acknowledge the decision Alaskans made and join them in support of the Republican nominee, Joe Miller—the next Senator for Alaska.”

Instead of honoring her word and respecting the will of the people, Lisa Murkowski intends to try to cling to the last vestige of power she has. Stripped of her leadership roles, her claim that she’s doing anything but throwing a temper tantrum is out the window.

Newsflash, Senator: The voters fired you. Act like an adult and clean out your desk and go home.

Lisa Murkowski is going to spend a lot of money trying to tear down Joe Miller. Fight back! Donate to Joe Miller here.

Update II by Doug: Even Randy Ruedrich, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, is abandoning Murky:

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski announced she would re-enter Alaska’s US Senate race as a write in candidate. Regardless of her decision the Alaska Republican Party stands firm behind our elected Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller.

“The Alaska Republican Party has been respectful of Senator Murkowski’s service and tried to give her a moment of pause with which she could come to the right decision,” said Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich. “I am disappointed the Senator has decided not to respect the will of Alaska’s Republican Primary voters. The 2010 Republican Primary turnout of 110,688 set a new Republican turnout record. I was hoping Senator Murkowski would recognize this fact and acknowledge this election was not an anomaly, misunderstanding, or mistake, but rather the definitive decision of a large plurality of Alaska primary voters. That decision deserves her respect.”

“I want to make perfectly clear to Senator Murkowski and all of Alaska’s Republicans that she will receive no support of any kind from the Alaska Republican Party,” Ruedrich went on to say. “Lisa has chosen to run against the Republican Party and its primary voters. We will treat her candidacy as we would anyone who chooses to oppose our party’s nominees.”

Together we can consign these power hungry RINOs to the dustbin of history. The future of our country demands nothing less. Do we want to bequeath a free America to our children and grandchildren…or not. This is not a drill. Donate to Joe Miller’s campaign here. It’s up to us and the time is NOW.

Read more here.

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Governor Palin’s Iowa Reagan Dinner Speech

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 17, 2010

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Sarah is ready to knock on doors in Delaware

Posted by ehvogel on September 17, 2010

As if Charles Krauthammer was ever doubting what Sarah would do in Delaware comes this, after Sarah’s speech to the Ronald Reagan Day Dinner in Des Moines:

“I want to get back to Delaware and knock on doors…”

I watched the C-Span coverage of Sarah’s speech, which was excellent, by the way. It was that quote after the speech that really got my attention. She said it unequivocally and honestly.

I guarantee you that her comment will be all over the Internet and ignored by the LSM. Just you wait!

Correction: I originally stated that Sarah Palin was speaking in Iowa City. I’ve changed it to Des Moines.

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Live Blogging the Iowa GOP Reagan Dinner with Sarah Palin (Updated with Final Thoughts)

Posted by Shane Vander Hart on September 17, 2010

At Hy-Vee Hall for the Republican Party of Iowa’s Ronald Reagan Dinner featuring former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  The event will start at 6:30p (CST), with Governor Palin expected to begin at approximately 7:00pm.

You can follow the *exciting* live blog action right here.

Update: No bombshell announcements, but I wasn’t expecting any.  She did a great job at rallying the base.  She touched on fiscal responsibility, Obamacare, the sanctity of life, and fiscal issues.  She sounds like a potential candidate to me.  Did a great job plugging the local candidates.  I know some hoped that she’d touch on the marriage debate, but I didn’t expect that either.

Over all a great speech!

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Gov Palin Reagan Dinner Address

Posted by Ron Devito on September 17, 2010

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H/T Adrienne Ross, Motivation Truth for Videos

Governor Palin tonight delivered a Reaganesque address at the Iowa GOP’s annual Ronald Reagan Dinner in Des Moines, to raise money and campaign for Iowa’s 2010 GOP candidates. Her speech addressed the core conservative principles of limited government, energy independence, and fiscal responsibility. “This is our movement, this is our moment, this is our morning in America,” she said. Gov. Palin said the November 2 elections are “our time of choosing.”

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Joe Miller on Constitution Day

Posted by Ron Devito on September 17, 2010

Press Release – Constitution Day 2010

Constitution Day 2010

Anchorage, Alaska. September 17, 2010 — Two hundred and twenty-three years ago delegates from throughout the United States assembled in Philadelphia to sign a world-changing document. The Declaration of Independence was our nation’s founding charter, stating the purpose of the new nation and government—to secure our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness–and the Constitution was the means the Founders adopted to that end. We commemorate that important date each year on Constitution Day, September 17.

The Constitution established a federal system of government granting specific powers from “the People” to the federal government and retaining the rest for themselves and the states. The founding document recognized that power has a tendency to corrupt and whenever too much power is placed within any branch of government or level of government, lost liberty inevitably follows. As James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” wrote so eloquently in the Federalist Papers, “But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”
In recent years, citizens all over the United States have recognized that our federal government needs to be brought back under control, and they’ve been making their voices heard in the public square and at the ballot box. The federal government has grown too big to the detriment of that power that should be reserved to the people and the states.
If given the honor of being your next United States Senator, I will pledge to support and defend the Constitution, as I did two decades ago as a newly commissioned officer when I took the oath at West Point. As a former judge at the state and federal level, I also understand the importance of maintaining the rule of law, under the Constitution, in order to preserve our free society. I will work with other members of Congress to bring the federal government back within its bounds, so we can preserve the American dream for ourselves and future generations. May we all look back on September 17, 1787, with gratitude for the incredible gift of the Constitution and the principles of freedom it established and a form of government that is the envy of the world.


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Sarah Palin Speaks at Rand Paul Fundraiser and National Quartet Convention in Louisville

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 17, 2010

Governor Palin spoke at two events in Kentucky on Thursday – at a private fundraiser for Rand Paul and then to a crowd of about 10,000 people at the National Quartet Convention across the street.

Andy Alcock at wrote:

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin brought her message of small government and large fundraising ability to Louisville on Thursday.

 Part of her visit included an appearance at the National Quartet Convention. 

The former Alaskan governor spoke for about 45 minutes at the convention at Freedom Hall on Thursday afternoon.

The speech included her enthusiasm for national tea party candidates, Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul among them.  

The group focuses on gospel music and gave Palin the opportunity to talk about her faith in God. 

The audience gave Palin multiple standing ovations, especially as she talked about her faith journey.

Earlier in the day, Palin appeared at a fundraiser for Paul at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Organized labor staged a demonstration outside the hotel. Protesters carried signs in opposition to Palin and Paul.


Former Jefferson County Republican Chairman Bill Stone said he attended the $2,400-a-plate luncheon with about 70 other people.


Stone said Palin wowed that fundraiser crowd, which also included Kentucky Senate president David Williams.

Joe Arnold at wrote:

It was billed as a non-political speech, but former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, rallied for Tea Party candidates in the 2010 mid-term elections during a speech before the National Quartet Convention in Louisville.

Wearing a star spangled bracelet and her faith on her sleeve, Palin was literally preaching to the choir.

“I put my life in God’s hands,” Palin said, describing her own faith, “You know we call it getting saved, becoming a Christian, becoming a believer.  The media usually gets that all wrong and turns it into something that it’s not.  It’s just a sincere faith in Jesus Christ and I gave my life to the Lord at that time,” Palin said to cheers.


Though Palin never addressed her own political future or plans to run for national office, she did address another pressing question — what does she think about her daughter, Bristol, competing on the television program, Dancing with the Stars?

Palin described Bristol as a teenage pregnant mom who chose life, adding that her daughter told her “no matter what we do, we’re going to get criticized for it,” and Palin endorsed her decision to dance on the show, saying “Right on, Bristol!

Palin called herself a “Pro-Life feminist,” saying that the moment in U.S. History she would have most liked to have witnessed is the Suffrage movement and women gaining the right to vote.


“It’s as if God has been banished from the public square,” Palin said.

As the crowd exited Freedom Hall, they said the enthusiasm Palin received is sincere.

“I loved her. I loved every minute of it.”

“I was hoping to hear her love for America and her love for the American family and I heard that.”

“United under God, believing in that hand of providence that has so blessed this country, that is why we are an exceptional nation, and it’s nothing to apologize for,” Palin said to a standing ovation.

Associated Press writer Bruce Schreiner wrote:

Sarah Palin on Thursday praised tea party-backed politicians for “shaking up the good old boys” with new faces and ideas that she said will help restore the nation’s prosperity.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor talked about her faith and motherhood, sprinkling in her conservative political views in a speech to an enthusiastic crowd of about 10,000 people at a gospel music convention in Louisville.

Palin espoused her limited government beliefs – a common theme for tea party candidates running in GOP primaries across the country. Earlier this week, tea-party backed Christine O’Donnell pulled off a stunning win in the Delaware Republican Senate primary, defeating nine-term U.S. Rep. Mike Castle, who also was a former governor.

“I was so thrilled with some of these upsets, these underdog candidates just in these last primaries who are showing the rest of the country – these tea-party Americans who are saying we just want our country to grow, thrive, to prosper.

“So these kind of underdogs, newcomers, new ideas, new faces, new energy in the political process that is so needed, kind of shaking up the good old boys.”


In her speech, Palin spoke confidently of the coming midterms, predicting that “we can take back the country.” Republicans are hoping to win the 40 seats they need to seize control of the U.S. House.

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