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Archive for December 3rd, 2010

Some Palin Fans Camp Out in Meijer Overnight for Carmel Book Signing

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 3, 2010

Governor Palin signed copies of America by Heart at Meijer in Carmel, Indiana Thursday night.   Some fans camped out in the store overnight to get her autograph.

TheIndyChannel.com reported:

A cheering crowd, many whom had been waiting all day, greeted former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at a Meijer store in Carmel for a book signing Thursday evening.  

The former Alaska governor is set to sign copies of her book, “America By Heart: Reflections On Family, Faith And Flag,” from 6 to 9 p.m.  

Palin fans were lying down in the aisles of the store at 6 a.m., 12 hours before Palin’s scheduled appearance.

“My friends and I are actually ditching class today to just support Sarah Palin,” said an Indiana University student who identified herself only as Hannah. “We think she’s really awesome because she’s actually, like, a feminine political leader, which is not too common.”  

Palin fans slept on backpacks and purses, trying to get in a little rest before the evening.  

Several people hoping to meet the politician/reality TV star are not from Indiana. One fan drove from Cincinnati, and a man came from Grand Rapids, Mich., a 4½-hour drive.  

“She’s really awesome, and she has pretty much been one of my role models,” said Brianna McNair.

[…]

Terri Batts said she met Palin after her son, who had been stationed in Alaska, was killed in Iraq. Palin, who was governor of Alaska at the time, attended the memorial services.  

“I just want to come see her again,” Batts said. “She talks about the soldiers and the importance of the soldiers and what they do for the country.”  

Fans said they would like to see Palin as president some day.  

“What she brings is exactly what the country needs right now,” said Thomas Chanteloup..

Bill McCleery at IndyStar.com wrote (view photogallery on website):

Camping overnight in a Meijer store was a small price to pay, Holly Gillham said, to be among the first in line to greet former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday.

“You can tell she really cares about her fans and the people who waited 18 hours to meet her,” said Gillham, 19, Greenfield. “She looks you in the eye.”

Gillham was one of hundreds of people who stood in a long line — and one of several dozen who camped overnight — at the Carmel store to have Palin sign a copy of her latest book, “America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag.”

[…]

Some of Palin’s fans spent nearly 24 hours inside the store, with the first arriving around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for the 6 p.m. book-signing event.

Palin chatted with people as they filed past a table where she signed books and other memorabilia.

“I am really inspired by her convictions and strong principles,” Gillham said. “I wasn’t that interested in political issues before she came along. I was pretty apathetic. But now I pay attention to the news.”

Palin has dropped hints that she might seek the GOP’s presidential nomination for 2012. On Thursday, she declined to talk about her intentions, even when asked by fans.

“I asked her to run,” said Greg Kambic, 52, who drove from Champaign, Ill., for the occasion. “She was noncommittal.”

Palin’s outspoken conservative views have stirred strong opposition from critics, but everyone at the Meijer store seemed pro-Palin on this night.

Overcome with emotion, Kristin Dorini, 16, of the Chicago area, clutched her book and wept after meeting Palin. Her mother, Marilyn Dorini, 53, said her daughter considers Palin a role model.

“This is a dream come true for Kristin,” the elder Dorini said. “(Palin) thanked me for raising such a good daughter.”

Jeff Frazer, 55, and his daughter, Sally Frazer, 16, Carmel, also spent the night at the store.

“I dragged him here,” the younger Frazer said. “I’ve always loved Sarah Palin.”

The elder Frazer said he shares his daughter’s political views, however.

“It’s very hard to find major public figures who are not afraid to speak their mind,” Jeff Frazer said. “They’re so afraid of having it turned against them. But Sarah Palin seems to have no fear of saying what core America believes.”

Both called the event a “bonding experience.”

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David McAnally at WHTR 13 TV reported:

Palin was in her element. With daughters Willow and Piper,  Palin is part rock star, part inspiration “It was really cool,” says Kristin Doring of Chicago.

The question of the hour is will she run in 2012.

“I expect her to be a contender,” said one teen on line, a line that stretched outside.

One woman said “I would be here if it was 20 degrees.” Another, carrying a toddler said “It’s totally worth it, isn’t it.”

The line stretched and snaked through several aisles of the store.

The Kristin Doring was at the front of the line. She arrived in Carmel more than 20 hours prior to the book signing. She made the trip from Chicago. She said, with tears in her eyes: “Such a good role model I want to be just like her when I’m older.”

Nathan McGuire of LaPorte said “I just really want to meet Sarah Palin. I think she’s great.”

But was it worth a three hour drive? For Matt Smith it was a Christmas present for wife Keli who said “I got a Christmas card for her with a little letter inside.”

Palin’s new book is number two on the bestseller list, behind former President George Bush new book.

“She knows the Constitution and mentions a lot of documents,” says Chuck Findley reading the book while in line.

Palin’s book tour takes her to critical GOP primary states like Indiana, Ohio and South Carolina with two trips to Iowa. “(I) definitely want her to run for President some day,” says an admirer.

Blair Smith of Indianapolis says “She’s down to earth. Not like stereotypical politicians.”

Her friend Jodi Hutner says “I would support anyone in the Republican party but absolutely Sarah Palin, sure.”

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AWR Hawkins: Governor Palin is “Already Running for President”

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 3, 2010

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

The first time I heard discussion about a Palin 2012 run for the presidency was November 5, 2008, the day after Barack Obama was elected to be the next President of the United States. The conversation has not since shifted. It has only intensified, it seems, with each passing day.

Like so many Americans, I immediately grabbed onto the idea of President Palin. I became involved in the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, which is the only draft committee registered with the Federal Elections Commission. Some people gravitated to the Committee, while concerns were raised by others, the most repeated of which were “Do we really know if she wants to run?” and “It’s too early to think about 2012.”

It’s amazing how quickly time flies, though, isn’t it? The 2012 race is soon to get underway, and we realize that it wasn’t really that far off after all. As for whether Governor Palin wants to run, well, that’s been debated every single day since she returned to Alaska to resume her duties as governor and John McCain to Washington to pick up where he left off in the Senate. The subject is not about to change, either.

The conversation has gone back and forth with crazed rapidity. When the Governor resigned from office in July of 2009, some speculated she was going to run, and she was freeing herself up for that run. Others argued that after that controversial decision she couldn’t possibly plan to run. Upon releasing Going Rogue, pundits just knew she was taking the opportunity to set her record straight so the road would be clear for a run for the highest office in the land. Other pundits said she wrote the book mainly with the hopes of exposing McCain staffers and media members who had done her wrong.

When she began to travel the nation giving policy speeches and meeting more Americans, some were convinced she was planning to run, that she was voicing a common sense message to which so many can relate and counting on that message to carry her forward. There were those, however, who said, no, she’s having too much fun being a voice crying in the wilderness, so why would she put herself through the rigors of another merciless campaign?

She’s definitely running, some said, when her PAC began releasing Mama Grizzly and Tea Party videos full of the faces and the fervor of a nation desperately desiring true change. Nonetheless, others maintained she was simply setting up public servants to take leadership roles as her PAC raised record money so conservatives could take back Washington. And with the emergence of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” observers have declared that the Governor is doing more than than just sharing her family and her state with America; she’s showing us who she is, the upbringing she’s had, and the state resources she is so ready to introduce to the nation at large–as President of this nation. Doubters, like Karl Rove, however, see the “reality show” as evidence that she could not possibly be seriously contemplating a run.

Obviously, the will she or won’t she? question has been beaten to death as badly as Governor Palin beat that halibut in the second episode of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” and I’m not sure anyone truly knows the answer, except, as her friends and family in her home state say, “God and Todd.” Today, however, AWR Hawkins, writing for Pajamas Media, gives a different take on it. He neither subscribes to the notion that she will run nor the notion that she won’t run. His angle is this: she’s already running.

Hawkins writes:

Questions about Sarah Palin’s future political plans are ubiquitous. From the left and the right, political pundits wonder aloud if she’s really thinking about running for the office of president in 2012. And depending on the pundit, the questions over whether she will run are usually tied to reasons why she should or shouldn’t.

But missing in all this guesswork over Palin’s intentions and the weighing of the pluses and minuses of her possible candidacy is the simple fact that she’s already running for president, and so far, she’s beating Obama and the mainstream media at every turn.

[…]

Counting her time on the national stage as a vice presidential candidate with John McCain, America has had over two years to watch Palin speak from the heart, while listening to Obama speak from a teleprompter. They’ve heard her relentless calls for a strong military, while watching Obama try to appease (instead of destroy) terrorists the world over. They’ve heard her defend the free market, while living with the ramifications of Obama’s stimulus package, nationalization of industry, and takeover of health care.

The American people have even seen a microcosm of a Palin-versus-Obama matchup via the 2010 midterm elections in which 30 of 43 of the House candidates she endorsed won, as did 7 of the 12 Senate candidates she supported. Moreover, those elections proved that while rank-and-file citizens largely support Palin’s worldview, they are rejecting Obama’s.

No wonder CBS News’ Nicolle Wallace said of Palin: “She is one of the shrewdest political figures in our country at this moment. She’s also one of the most electric.”

So while the pundits guess, stabbing blindly into the air in an attempt to come up with proof of whether Palin will or won’t run, the rest of us should just sit back and watch her go, because she’s running for the White House right now.

And if I had to place a bet on who wins in 2012, my money would be on Palin.

Read the full article here.

If AWR Hawkins is right, then as the nation habitually discusses what Governor Palin might do in 2012, she’s marveling at the fact that we haven’t yet noticed she’s already doing it.

That’s just one person’s perspective, but it’s an interesting one, is it not?

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Obama Makes Harding Look Good (With Buchanan [Updated:Pierce] On The Horizon)Prepares Ground For Superior Palin

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on December 3, 2010

I wrote the article below during the Gulf oil spill crisis and nothing that has happened since has in any way made the tenor of the article wrong in any respect. In point of fact, quite the contrary.

The air of disillusion in America has grown stronger, and the voters expressed what they thought about the direction of the country in unmistakable terms in the November elections.

Whether a particular policy of this administration is good or bad, whether the foreign policy is disastrous, and a myriad of other negatives, the overarching factor is that the most important thing which affects the average person-unemployment is getting worse.

9.8 headline unemployment “surprisingly” announced today-the rate of real unemployment is tragically much higher-is the ultimate confirmation of President Obama’s failure.

The only change to the drift of the original post is that the presidents I compared him to have changed. In Krugman’s latest column of despair on his lamented-hope and change president, to paraphrase,”what happened to the man we believed in, where is his spine”-a commentator said;

The other thing that has changed since I wrote the original article is that as Obama is clearly descending-by any measureable parameter, so Sarah Palin is, by the strongest contrast, ascending.

Contrast the image/public perception; Leadership, Palin strong/Obama weak. Standing up for and fighting uncompromisingly for ones absolute principles, Obama weak (and even the radical left would agree with that summary as they head towards a primary challengeto him)/Palin (it goes without saying) strong.

Having the “common touch”,Obama-well it is a ridiculous category for him when “aloof” is one of the kindest descriptions lately/Palin-just look at the lines of hundreds waiting out all night in the cold for a few seconds with, as Bryan was described, “The Great Commoner”. These are just a few examples of the stark contrast between these two as they move in opposite directions at great speed.

Obama is a caretaker president like Fillmore, Pierce and Buchanan whilst we wait for the agent of change”.

When I wrote the original article Buchanan was the worst example I could think of at the time. Since then Obama has plumbed the depths to be at the level of Pierce who historians reckon as having been the absolute worst in history.

Like Pierce Obama will be a one-termer and perhaps the only good thing we can hope for is that he will have cleared the ground for the true exponent of hope and change, President Palin. Let’s hope in the remaining two years he doesn’t emulate Fillmore, who is considered a laughing stock, their is nothing to laugh about frankly.

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You know you are in trouble when even the foreign press says your credibility has hit “rock bottom” as is the case with this report in England’s “Telegraph” from their Washington based correspondent Toby Harnden.

Harnden points to Obama’s “soporific” press conference and his disastrous handling of the BP oil spill-which Harnden contrast poorly with G.W. Bush’s Katrina role-pointing out that in the same duration, 39 days, Bush had visited the Katrina sites 7 times compared to Obama’s 2 Gulf area visits.

The Sestak/Emmauel/Clinton/Specter affair also comes in for hard lines from Harnden who summarizes that Americans are now deeply disillusioned with their government and President.

However the best aspect of the piece is the pithy comment from a reader. Trust the British for the best in ironic humor, (if humor it sadly is) which advises that Obama has gone well past the most recent of incompetent presidents and is now surpassing what are considered two of the most incompetent presidents of all time.

This man is not only making President Carter look good, but also Presidents Grant, Harding, Nixon and Bush 43. What in the world were the Americans thinking? “

There is further to fall however-the depths of Pierce and Buchanan are yet to be breached-as breached they sadly will be.

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Sarah Palin: Happy Hannukah

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 3, 2010

Governor Palin’s Facebook Note:

Sarah Palin

Happy Hanukkah

by Sarah Palin on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 9:34pm

As Jewish families all over the country and the world come together to celebrate the festival of lights – the miracle of one day’s worth of oil lasting for eight – we are reminded that this holiday is also about the miracle of taking a stand against impossible odds, surviving existential threats, and staying true to one’s values and beliefs through it all. 

More than two thousand years after the Maccabees rebelled against their oppressors and reconsecrated their Holy Temple, the Jewish people continue to face threats to their existence, and they continue to persevere and overcome great odds. Today we should all recommit ourselves to ensuring that the miracle of a Jewish state endures forever. The dreidel is one of the most familiar symbols of Hanukkah, with Hebrew letters on it representing the phrase Nes Gadol Haya Sham – “a great miracle happened there.” Indeed a great miracle is still happening there. Todd and I wish the Jewish community a very Happy Hanukkah. 

– Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin Invites Fans to Watch Hunting Episode on Her TLC Show

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 3, 2010

Governor Palin posted a link to this preview of the fourth episode of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on Facebook last night (Alaska time).   She commented:

Tune in to “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” this Sunday at 9pm ET/8pm central on TLC to see how we fill our freezers and feed our families with home-grown tundra-roaming Alaskan wild game. We’ll show you how Alaskans hunt. As my friend Sue says, “the tundra is the type of landscape that will make a man out of anybody.” And, PETA…, please remember: Alaskans eat, therefore we hunt. You’ll also see us hunting at the edge of ANWR, where you can see the uninhabited lands that warehouse billions of barrels of American energy supplies underground just waiting for the political will to allow responsible resource development.

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Sarah Palin’s Spirit Lake Book Signing in Iowa Fuels Political Speculations

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 3, 2010

Governor Palin signed over 1000 books at a Walmart store in Spirit Lake, Iowa yesterday.  Fans from at least three states attended the event, and local officials met with Governor Palin before she started signing books.  A representative of one GOP group invited her back for one of their events.

Tom Beaumont at the Des Moines Register reported shortly before the beginning of the event:

It’s a good thing the superstore — combination department store and grocery — never closes. More than 25 people stayed here overnight to be first in line to meet the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.

While others stand alongside pink sweatshirts and bluejeans, a group of bleary-eyed fans of the prospective presidential candidate near the front got to watch movies in the store’s electronics department overnight. More importantly, they got to stay out of the sub-freezing air in northwest Iowa Wednesday night.

The book-signing, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is part of Palin’s 16-city tour, that started on Nov. 24. Palin was in West Des Moines on Saturday, signing at the Border’s in the suburb of Des Moines.

The Spirit Lake event is in the smallest city of the tour: Population 4,500. But it’s nestled in the heart of a rural tri-state area that has drawn fans from nearby South Dakota and Minnesota, judging by the license plates in the crowded parking lot.

The event is also near the Republican epicenter of GOP-heavy northwest Iowa. Registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats 4,725 to 2,966, according to updated statistics released by the Iowa Secretary of State Wednesday.

No coincidence that Palin chose Spirit Lake, Iowa GOP observers said.

Iowa’s leadoff presidential caucuses are scheduled for a little more than 14 months from now. Palin has said she’s weighing a 2012 bid. And the Iowa stops on the book tour have fueled that speculation.

David Swartz at the Estherville Daily News wrote:

Brad Paisley’s song “Celebrity” played in the background during one segment of Thursday’s book signing at Wal-Mart in Spirit Lake by former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.

For Spirit Lake, a town of around 4,500, Palin looked the part of a celebrity.

Hundreds of fans waited long hours-some arriving the evening before-for a chance to meet the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate for just a few moments.

Palin is on a 16-day tour to promote her second book “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag.” Spirit Lake is the smallest town on her tour.

The goal for Palin was to sign 1,000 books over a three-hour period from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

[…]

Palin did not meet with the media. Twenty-one media representatives including Dickinson County News, a Carroll newspaper, the Worthington Globe, CNN and KTIV were taken in groups of three to where Palin was signing books in the back of the store. However, they were only allowed to take photos and videos-no questions as Palin greeted those seeking a signed book.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta broke ranks asking Palin if she was closer to announcing her run for president. Palin responded negatively. The CNN crew was then asked to leave the signing area.

Prior to the book signing. Spirit Lake mayor Blain Andera and councilman Jeff Thee were part of a local delegation that met briefly with Palin.

“She was very congenial,” said Thee, who said he offered Palin a picture his daughter Reghan Thee, had submitted.

Others also said they enjoyed their visit with Palin.

“I thought she was very friendly-very personable even for the brief moment you get with her,” said Andrea Miller from Milford. Miller said she was surprised to be able to arrive at 9:30 and still get a book signed.

Kevin Young was one of several Estherville residents.

“I had a nice visit. She’s a nice lady and called me by name,” Young said. “She’s pretty personable.”

Tom Beaumont at the Des Moines Register reported on the meeting that Governor Palin had with local officials:

Lynnae Latham, new president of the Dickinson County Republican Women, was among about 10 Spirit Lake residents chosen by Mayor Blain Andera to meet privately with Palin at the start of the book-signing event at Walmart in the northwest Iowa town.

During the brief encounter, Latham invited Palin to her group’s annual summer event, Latham said.

“We just told her if she planned to come back next year that we’d love to have her at our event,” said Latham, who is also the daughter-in-law of Congressman Tom Latham, an Ames Republican.

“She asked us when it was,” Latham added. “We said, ‘Whenever you want it to be.’ “

Palin has said recently she is weighing a 2012 bid for president. But in two earlier visits to Iowa this year, she has not made the contacts with party activists and officials in the leadoff caucus state that many of the other Republicans mentioned as presidential prospects cultivated during the recent midterm campaign.

And Palin gave no indication whether she would be back any time soon, Latham said.

In that way, Palin’s event Thursday was much like the book-signing she held in West Des Moines on Saturday, part of a 16-city tour that ends in Columbia, S.C., Friday.

In Spirit Lake, Palin signed more than 1,000 copies of her book “America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag,” in the space of less than three hours.

[…]

Palin worked very quickly. An aide slid book after book to Palin, who kept the black a Sharpie marker moving while asking each person in line their name, their occupation and where they were from.

“Hello, sir. What’s your name?” she said brightly to a white-haired farmer. “What kind of farming do you do?”

Two of Palin’s three daughters, 16-year-old Willow and 8-year-old Piper, were with her at the stop, as they have been on most of the tour.

At one point, Piper leaned in and asked Palin if she could shop in the store. Palin agreed, advised the girl, “Piper, look for a scarf, honey.”

[…]

Palin should expect political questions when venturing into northwest Iowa, said Chuck Laudner, a GOP strategist from Rockford, Ia., and former executive director of the Iowa Republican Party.

Dickinson County is part of the Republican epicenter of the state. In the county, registered Republicans account for 4,725 voters, and Democrats, just 2,966.

“If you pick Spirit Lake, you’re either running for president, or you want people to think you are running for president,” Laudner said.

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Jim Acosta and Bonny Kapp reported on the incident in which a CNN reporter ignored the restrictions the publisher had replaced on media coverage:

It was an unscripted moment on Sarah Palin’s tour to promote her new book, “America by Heart.” As hundreds of Palin’s fans filed inside a cordoned off area of a northern Iowa Walmart today, this CNN crew popped the question asked of countless potential White House contenders: “Are you any closer to an announcement on running for President?”

The country music that Palin’s handlers had blaring at the signing station presumably to drown out such questions suddenly stopped. We asked the question again.

“Am I doing interviews?” the former Alaska governor asked. “I thought I got to talk to the nice people. And where’s our music and where’s our good enthusiasm?” she persisted.

We repeated the question. “Not any closer. No,” she responded.

With the music still off, we squeezed in another question about former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s comments on Wednesday night’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” On the program, Romney seemed to take a jab at Palin’s decision to step down as Alaska’s governor. “It’s hard to imagine a circumstance where I would quit,” Romney said.

As of today’s book signing, Palin indicated she hadn’t heard Romney’s remarks. “What did Governor Romney say on the ‘Tonight Show’?” she asked us.

Upon hearing his comment, her response was brief. “Oh, he probably had some different conditions,” she said. It was an apparent reference to the controversies that swirled around her final days as Governor including ethics complaints and a legal dispute over a state trooper who was once married to her sister. Palin’s actions were cleared by a state board investigating the matter. In her resignation speech last year, Palin suggested that costly legal battles had forced her to step down.

There was no opportunity to follow up on Palin’s comments at the book signing. This CNN crew was informed our allotted time to cover the event was up. The event itself was tightly controlled. Customers were told no cell phones or cameras. Representatives of the media were escorted in to Palin’s book signing station, three at a time. As for that music, Palin asked us if we had turned it off. “Because that wouldn’t be cool if you did. These Iowa people, they got my back. And I got their back,” Palin said after one of her handlers put her hand in front of our camera.

For the record, we didn’t turn the music off. But it did help.”

The turnout at this stop on Palin’s book tour was a sign of her continued political strength. As Spirit Lake’s Mayor Blain Andera noted, more than 500 people stood in line for Palin’s autograph in a town of roughly 5000 people. Andera said he was leaning toward supporting a Palin presidential bid.

[…]

Another Palin fan, Shannon Dunham started camping outside of the Walmart at 3am for an autograph. “She’s just a generational, iconic figure and a great example for our girls,” Dunham said.

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