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Archive for February 5th, 2011

Palin: Obama’s 3 a.m. call went to answering machine

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 5, 2011

Remember Hillary Clinton’s “3:00 a.m. phone call” commercial”? I do and it certainly made an impact on me. When it comes to Egypt, it seems that President Obama has received that 3:00 a.m. phone call and Sarah Palin has something to say about it in her interview with Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody ~Jackie~


Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin, in her first comments on the uprising in Egypt, called the situation President Barack Obama’s 3 a.m. phone call and said, “It seems the call went right to the answering machine.”

Palin, the former GOP vice presidential candidate, spoke with Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody after her speech Friday night at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

In the interview, the potential Republican presidential candidate said, “We need to know what it is America stands for so we know who it is that America will stand with. And we do not have all that information (from the administration) yet.”

She told “The Brody File” she was “not real enthused about what it is that’s being done on a national level and from (Washington) in regards to understanding all the situation there in Egypt.”   More

Cross posted from Sarah Palin Blog

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Threats Against Governor Palin Lead to Military Fundraiser Cancellation

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 5, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

Governor Palin was slated to fundraise for military families on May 2nd, as was announced yesterday. The Denver Post reported:

The former Alaska governor and U.S. vice-presidential candidate will speak at the Patriots & Warriors Gala at the Infinity Park Events Center in Glendale, according to an announcement from the Sharon K. Pacheco Foundation.

The event time conflicts with the May 2 NBC/Politico Republican Presidential Candidates debate scheduled at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.

The Pacheco Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources to military families and at-risk youth. The event will serve both as an awards banquet and fundraiser, providing financial resources to military families in need and raising money for a grief camp for children who have lost loved ones in combat, the announcement said.

Since she’d have to miss a presidential debate to speak at the fundraiser, conversation once again centered around whether this indicates she isn’t running for president. Truth be told, it indicates nothing except her well-known support for our military and that she’d miss that first media-established debate.

Today, everything changed. The Denver Post now reports:

Citing an “onslaught of personal attacks”, a Colorado nonprofit today canceled a scheduled May appearance in Glendale by former Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, according to a press release.

Palin was to be the keynote speaker at the Patriots & Warriors Gala at the Infinity Park Events Center in Glendale.

The event sponsored by the Sharon K. Pacheco Foundation was announced Friday but was canceled today due to “safety concerns resulting from an onslaught of negative feedback received by the organization,” the press release said [.]

“Due to an onslaught of personal attacks against Gov. Palin and others associated with her appearance, it is with deep sadness and disappointment that, in the best interest of all, we cancel the event for safety concerns,” the release said.

What is with these people? Leftist nutcases are quick to falsely accuse Governor Palin and other conservatives of inciting violence and lacking civility, yet they love to throw around threats and intimidate people with their thuggish behavior. So instead of much-needed funds going to those who sacrifice so we may continue to live in comfort, this event has been canceled because of a bunch of whining, threatening liberals.

The Sharon K. Pacheco Foundation released this official statement:

Denver, CO – The Sharon K Pacheco Foundation (SKP Foundation) announced today the cancellation of the 2011 Patriots & Warriors Charity Gala, featuring former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, citing safety concerns resulting from an onslaught of negative feedback received by the organization after yesterdays announcement.

Due to an onslaught of personal attacks against Governor Palin and others associated with her appearance, it is with deep sadness and disappointment that, in the best interest of all, we cancel the event for safety concerns, says the Foundations Director.

He points out that no direct threats have been made against anyone, but the recent increase in negative rhetoric against the former Alaska governor raises concern for her safety and the safety of others despite the call for civility in America, following the tragic Tucson shooting.

The organization deeply respects Sarah Palin, and appreciates her willingness to come and honor our military.

The organization plans to host the event at some point in the future, featuring another speaker.

It comes down to this: our military has to pay the price because some cowards are fearful of Governor Palin’s pro-freedom, pro-American exceptionalism, and pro-personal and fiscal responsibility message. They get to make threats, and the response is compliance? Just not right. But not much about the Left is.

(h/t C4P)

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Tucson shooting fears reason event featuring Sarah Palin canceled

Posted by Devonia Smith on February 5, 2011

Denver Gala cancels Sarah Palin in fear of another Tucson

It’s easy to imagine the kind of palpable hate rhetoric and personal attacks that the SKP Foundation experienced when a simple article, “Sarah Palin’s Reagan speech: ‘Don’t tread on me’ top applause lines”, published only hours ago, has already generated an onslaught of hate comments from the far left.

Canceling this event out of fear sets a dangerous precedent. Americans cannot and must not give in to this, a kind of left-wing domestic terrorism, designed to keep the opposition down and silenced. This is the time when freedom lovingmen and women take a stand or sit down and shut up.

Continue reading on Tucson fear causes Sarah Palin gala cancellation in Colorado – National Political Transcripts

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Ronald Reagan’s Pro-Life Legacy

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 5, 2011

Excellent article by Tony Perkins at the Family Research Council’s Washington Update today:

At 100, Reagan’s Pro-Life Legacy Takes the Cake

While the nation reminisces about Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, it’s interesting to see what most of the tributes leave out: Reagan the pro-lifer. In 1987, while Reagan was still in the White House, Ted Koppel was the host of ABC’s Nightline TV news show and noted that if you can say anything about Ronald Reagan, Americans know what this President believes. If you took any 50 Americans on any street corner in America and asked them what he’s for, he’s against, they could tell you: He’s pro-life; he’s against the Communists. Pro-life, against the communists. No doubt then. No memory now. President Reagan spoke of the unborn in both his Inaugural addresses, and his State of the Union speeches. He supported legislation, proposed constitutional amendments, and issued Executive Orders backing up those pro-life convictions. In his budgets, he zeroed out Planned Parenthood for eight years running. He wanted no federal money for this evil enterprise. And he wrote a book–the first President to do so while in the White House–titled Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation. He condemned no one–including pro-abortion politicians. He wouldn’t dream of criticizing the members of the Supreme Court as they sat before him at a State of the Union address. But he sent his representatives up the steps of that eminent tribunal with a call to correct the infamous Roe v. Wade ruling. On this Ronald Reagan birthday weekend, let’s remember the greatest pro-life president and thank God that he was born

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PALIN FLASHBACK: GOP leaders assert anti-abortion stance

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 5, 2011

Excellent article by Thomas B. Langhorne at Evansville Courier & Press about Governor Palin’s speech at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life banquet:

GOP leaders assert anti-abortion stance

Palin and Steele speak at Right to Life banquet

She teared up over her baby son who was born with Down syndrome and spoke openly of her teenage daughter’s pregnancy. She poked fun at herself for her occasional verbal missteps during the 2008 presidential campaign.

And Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrapped it all around an unequivocal anti-abortion message at Thursday night’s Vanderburgh County Right to Life Spring Banquet at The Centre, attended by an overflow crowd nearly 3,000 people.

Recalling the birth of her son, Trig, when she was 44, Palin mused it would have been very easy to obtain an abortion

“I had to ask myself, ‘Was I going to walk the walk or was I just going to talk the talk?'” she recalled.

Palin said she found out she was pregnant with Trig while out of state at an oil and gas conference.

“I knew, ‘Nobody knows me here. Nobody would ever know,'” she said. “It is easy to think maybe of trying to change the circumstances.

“… I clung to a faith that taught me that we could meet the challenges, that we won’t be given anything that we can’t handle and really, at times, that faith was all that I had.”

But when Trig was born, Palin said, “I felt a love that I had never felt before and compassion that I didn’t even know. Trig is a miracle, and he has brought amazing and surprising happiness.”

During a 34-minute speech frequently punctuated with applause and laughter, Palin also made jokes about the whirlwind of her life in 2008.

“I borrowed some clothes,” she said. “… Had a couple of sit-down interviews, and, oh, those went real well.”

Palin described the day her then-17-year-old daughter, Bristol, came to her with the difficult news she was unexpectedly pregnant.

“It seemed less than ideal; it seemed surreal,” Palin said. “But I got to hold on to my faith, my belief that everything has purpose.”

Rollicking banquet

The annual Right to Life banquet, billed as the nation’s largest such event, rollicked through nearly three hours of music, testimonials and exhortations to action before Palin spoke.

Keynote speaker Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, came to Evansville in the wake of Catholic Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger’s decision not to attend because of remarks Steele made to GQ magazine.

In an interview published in the magazine’s March issue, Steele was quoted as saying that women should have the right to choose abortion.

Steele went on to say that Roe v. Wade “was a wrongly decided matter,” and that individual states should have the choice whether to overturn the ruling.

Steele reassures audience

On Thursday night, Steele took pains to assure the sold-out banquet crowd of 2,180 and almost 800 more watching a satellite feed in The Centre’s auditorium of his anti-abortion bonafides. “Our nation’s founders proclaimed the first of our inalienable rights to be the right to life,” Steele said. “… Give the unborn child a fighting chance and overturn Roe vs. Wade.

“… Don’t let the noise (over the GQ interview) distract you from heeding the call to action.”

Palin was accompanied by her husband, Todd Palin, but the couple did not bring Trig as had been expected.

Palin to attend S.M.I.L.E. event

This morning, the Palins will attend a private breakfast event hosted by S.M.I.L.E on Down syndrome, a local group that provides resources and support for people with Down syndrome and their families.

Citing security concerns and Palin’s desire not to politicize the event, S.M.I.L.E on Down syndrome has declined to announce the breakfast event’s location.

Palin’s appearance in Evansville was her first major public event outside of Alaska since the 2008 presidential campaign, when she and her presidential running mate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., were defeated. Palin attended a meeting of Republican governors in Miami and a National Governors Association meeting in Philadelphia after the election. She also traveled to Washington, D.C., in late January for the annual Alfalfa Club dinner featuring President Barack Obama.

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Hellooooo SPI!

Posted by Devonia Smith on February 5, 2011

Thank You (in my best Barack Obama voice) adding a double Palin wink ;;!

I do so much appreciate the warm welcome.  Yesterday I read each and every one  and tucked them right under the electric blanket with me, next to my heart, to ward off the last  shivers of  a rotten  cold that I wouldn’t wish on the most left-wing liberal. (Hmmm, well, if I’m  honest….) Please know that I know that your gracious  welcome is more a testament to the faith each of you have in your beloved Fay, than in me; however, give me time and I’ll do my best to deserve her honor and yours.

This morning, I watched Sarah Palin’s last evening’s speech and was blown away. Then I focused on the top applause lines of that speech and ever so slowly transcribed them into a list.  Ahem, it’s a loooong list. It’s my opinion that applause lines are telling moments of unity of purpose, thought and spirit – so they always get my attention.

Following is a quick blurb and as quick as a blink you can be there. Warning: The libs have beat you to the article and even now,  they are battering Palin brutally as I type. May all their keyboard disintegrate with every Palin-hateful tap…

This morning, the video of Sarah Palin, as keynote speaker last night in California, for the Young America’s Foundation, at a banquet honoring the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan, has been released.  In that speech, Palin acknowledged that  Ronald Reagan was “one of a kind” without one replacement. She   added,  “there’s a whole army of patriotic Davids out there, across this great country, ready to stand up and to speak out in defense of liberty. And these Davids aren’t afraid to tell Goliath ‘Don’t tread on me!’ And then she got a goin’…

Sarah Palin’s Reagan speech: ‘Don’t tread on me’ top applause lines Video – Devonia Smith, National Political Transcripts |

I’ll leave you with this thought and my  genuine appreciation for your patriot hearts. Each of you are part of the merry army and victory is in sight: “Sarah is gathering a merry army as she marches through the political forest, robbing the rhetoric of the left of its sting, out manuevering the efforts of all  “the king’s men”, as well as  the king’s media, to keep her down. Fearless, Sarah is loved by the populace and despised by the establishment.” Sarah Palin & Obama ‘I will …

My bests til later,

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Ronald Reagan’s Legacy Lives On: A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

Posted by conservativegirlwithavoice on February 5, 2011

UPDATE: Please visit this website to sign the petition to name the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge after Ronald Reagan. We only have until tomorrow, and we have nearly 300 signatures to go. Please the spread the word! Signing the petition is really simple and takes less than a minute out of your day!!! THANKS!!!

I miss President Ronald Reagan. As we quickly approach this coming weekend, Sunday marks what would have been President Reagan’s 100th birthday. As a young conservative and a self-described “Reagan baby,” I am always eager to hear stories about this dear man, father, president and all-around amazing American Patriot. Ronald Reagan will be remembered for many things- everything from how he managed to bring the country together during hard and difficult times, his conviction as held strong to his beliefs, the way in which he had an amazing sense of humor, and the everlasting love he and his wife, Nancy, shared. Everyone has their own favorite memory of this man and his legacy. For me, it is the way in which he valued the people and did everything in his power to put their best interests first. The Reagan Library is a great resource for those who want to learn more about President Reagan’s legacy. I have never had the honor of visiting the library, but it is on my bucket list of things to do this year. Until then, I will continue to read about his legacy and the important impact that he had on the country as a whole. There is a great write up I recently found on the Reagan Library Website that describes Reagan’s belief in “a more perfect union.” In light of this coming Sunday, I have decided to include it below as it is a classic example of just what made Ronald Reagan that “classic” brand of compassion, genuineness, integrity, and character mixed with that no-nonsense toughness that makes a successful president a great leader:

Given the dire state of the economy facing Ronald Reagan when he assumed the Presidency, it would have been understandable had he focused exclusively on those challenges. But he came to office with a broad agenda, and there were many important problems to solve. One that was of particular importance to the President was the how well the government served the people. He firmly believed that the government should work for the people, not the other way around. Governor and then President Reagan thought of the people as his boss, who, by electing him, had hired him to do the job. Throughout his career, Ronald Reagan was fond of telling true stories about the illogical and often mind-boggling – not to mention exasperating – inefficiency of the Federal bureaucracy. Although he did so with a smile, underlying the story-telling was a deep frustration. He vowed that if he ever had an opportunity to do something about it, he would. And he did. Not only did his Administration reduce the burden of excessive, redundant and unnecessary paperwork on businesses working with the government, it made changes that affected real people on a daily basis. When President Reagan took office, it took seven weeks to get a Social Security card and 43 days to get a passport. By the time he left, either one – or both – could be had in just 10 days.

As much as he used his own passport over the years, and as exotic and exciting as some of his foreign trips were, Ronald Reagan always looked forward to coming home. He genuinely loved America. From his beloved California to the New York Island, he was in awe of our country’s sheer beauty. Spacious skies, amber waves of grain, purple mountains’ majesties, oceans white with foam were not just words to him. It was how he saw America. He believed he had a special responsibility to protect the country’s environment and to preserve its natural beauty. President Reagan did more than just talk about it. The Reagan Administration was the first to establish a special unit at the Department of Justice to prosecute criminal polluters.
Polluters were not the only criminals who President Reagan intended to put out of business. Keeping people safe was always a top-of-agenda item for the Reagan Administration. It took a while, but in 1984, Congress passed the President’s Comprehensive Crime Control Act, which kept dangerous people behind bars, restricted the use of the insanity defense, reviewed Federal sentencing guidelines and toughened penalties for drug dealers and others. That same year, the President signed another very significant piece of legislation which made child pornography a separate criminal offense. The effect of the President’s work to prevent crime and put criminals where they belonged was dramatic. Nearly 2 million fewer households were hit by crime in 1987 than in 1980.

Preventing crime and locking up bad guys was only part of what President Reagan did to ensure justice for all. Another key component of his program was the appointment of judges who would faithfully interpret the Constitution rather than legislate from the bench. Of all the judicial appointments made by the President, none was more historically significant than Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981. When Ronald Reagan became the first President to nominate a woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court, he shattered a glass ceiling that had been in place since the founding of the country, forever changing not only the judiciary, but the role of women in our society. Little girls everywhere could now aspire to heights previously unavailable to them.

In many ways, President Reagan’s nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor was emblematic of how he viewed people – without an iota of prejudice. Gender, race ethnicity and religion just did not matter to him in the slightest. They were never factors in his decision making, other than when people were being discriminated against. When that happened, President Reagan was a tenacious fighter for equal rights. Under his leadership, the Federal government equaled or surpassed the number of civil rights cases filed by any previous Administration in virtually every enforcement category. Principal civil rights organizations received almost 18% more in funding.
President Reagan never forgot what it was like to grow up in a household with very limited financial means. He knew its impact on quality of life and helping the poor escape poverty was something he cared about deeply. Under his leadership, Federal spending for basic low-income assistance programs rose by 40%. The President also knew that a good education was the ticket out of poverty, and when his National Commission on Excellence in Education termed the U.S “A Nation at Risk” because of declining educational quality, he called for a variety of remedies including overall higher standards and accountability, parental choice and merit pay for teachers and principals.

Ronald Reagan was the first President to address the issue of HIV and AIDS. He established a Presidential Commission and consulted with Government agencies and private groups, after which a broad plan to fight the disease was implemented. Billions of dollars were committed for research, regulations making it difficult to get drugs to patients were eliminated and educational programs were developed, all of which were underpinned by a message of empathy for those infected. In a speech to the American Foundation for AIDS Research in May, 1987 he said:

“What our citizens must know is this: America faces a disease that is fatal and spreading. And this calls for urgency, not panic. It calls for compassion, not blame. And it calls for understanding, not ignorance. It’s also important that America not reject those who have the disease, but care for them with dignity and kindness.”

There was not a day during his eight years in the White House that Ronald Reagan did not work to ensure the domestic tranquility written about in the very first sentence of the Constitution. Forming a more perfect union was why he sought the Presidency in the first place, and was his “north star.”

Thank you, President Reagan, for instilling in us the value of character, integrity and the importance of aiming for that “north star.” The more I study you, the more I am reminded just how great a country I live in. Your dream for a better, stronger America lives on, and it is my hope that Americans will realize the importance of your legacy and the way in which you restored the American dream.

I leave you with the insight from Americans, who like me, continue to be inspired by this great man:

What an amazing political leader and role model!!! He once said that the American people see themselves in him… and that we feel as if he is one of us, how true is that? He was a type of father figure to so many of us. He is definitely missed!


I loved Reagan because he was always positive in the face of doubt and sadness. He loved this country more than most people and would not get mad. He used humor and commonsense to win a argument.


President Reagan was the epitome of class, of skill and of true leadership. He did not side with the special interests or the lobbyists, but rather he stood up for every man, woman and child; both the born and unborn.

As someone from outside of the United States, I’m glad to think back a few years and of course not only think of President Reagan but of Margaret Thatcher too. They really were two peas of the same pod. Strong, fearless and determined. Through everything, President Reagan and America were there with their hand out ready to help us, and the same of course went for Great Britain. We were two nations joined under the magnificent leadership of two great leaders. So not only to President Reagan, but to the USA: Thank you! Thank you for always having our backs.

People often wonder what there is left to act as a testament to President Reagan and all he stood for. I say look around! The fact that there is still freedom in the world is down to many people. And one of those people is Ronald Reagan.

-Daniel from the UK

In 1986, I was outside with my friends shooting off fireworks. As a young twenty-something, we were just having a great time. I went into my house to go to the bathroom and didn’t come back out until about 45 minutes later. I watched that speech, glued to the couch with my parents, knowing that my friends were outside waiting for me. I didn’t care. I was stuck to the set, watching the speech. Once they started shooting off the fireworks in New York, I went back outside. When my friend Ed asked where I was, I told him about the speech. He asked why I didn’t come and get him. I told him, I couldn’t move from the TV. (Watch the speech here.)


President Reagan, thanks for the memories!!! I would like to close this post by sharing what a friend recently told me. He said that we could really use another Ronald Reagan. Yes… yes we could!!!

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Trudeau’s Doonesbury All Wrong-Boomers Don’t Want Storylines With 20 Somethings-We Want The Original Characters-Zonker Etc And Want Palin Portrayed Positively!

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on February 5, 2011

Doonesbury has been running story lines with the twenty something children of Mike Doonesbury and the other original characters who have inhabited his world almost from the start.

I can appreciate Trudeau wants to keep the strip fresh and wants to ensure that his readership expands into the younger generation with characters they can identify with.

And I would be the last to deny that the recent story lines-Mike’s daughters romantic adventures for example, are as always wittingly, nay uniquely wittingly drawn (artistically and verbally) but Trudeau is in danger, I think, and for what it is worth, of losing his original fans.

Of course his original fans will be lost in the not too distant future because they will be popping off. And, sad to say, Trudeau himself will eventually go to the great cartoonist in the sky home.

That being the inevitable case I think GT should stick to the knitting and go back to the storylines for his original characters-let them face the things that Boomers are-losing equity in their homes, possibly getting prostate and breast cancer, and, dare I say it, the end of their naiveté and love affair with the liberal left, especially as epitomized in President Obama.

To be more realistic in any return to where his loyal fans live in the real world, perhaps GT could, instead of attacking Sarah Palin as he regularly does of a Sunday strip, he might, to reflect reality, and portray her in the positive light of the, trending conservatives as they age, boomers-like, well, like myself.

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CBN Interviews Governor Palin at Reagan Ranch

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 5, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

While at the Reagan Ranch yesterday in preparation for the Reagan Centennial Celebration, Governor Palin had a sit-down with David Brody of CBN. The Brody File reports that video clips will be available shortly with full coverage to follow on Monday.

The Brody File has just completed a one on one interview with Sarah Palin at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara California. Video clips will be on The Brody File in the next 24 hours. A full report on the interview with Sarah Palin will air Monday morning on The 700 Club.

We talked about her take on the situation in Egypt and President Obama’s response, President Reagan’s legacy, her faith, how she’s trying to help the mainstream media and the CPAC Conference controversy.

(h/t Whitney)

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New York Times Misrepresents Palin at Reagan Celebration

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 5, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

(photo use courtesy of Ron Devito)

We’d all like to know what Governor Palin’s 2012 intentions are. But is that any reason to write lies and misrepresent people? If you’re The New York Times the answer is yes, apparently.

In an article entitled “Palin Keeps Position Clear and Intentions Vague,” Jeff Zeleny takes on her speech last night at the Reagan 100th birthday celebration given by the Young America’s Foundation. His article is mostly just a thinly veiled complaint that Governor Palin hasn’t yet filled him in on what road she will take in 2012. His title alone bespeaks his real beef, but he gives several other indications (emphasis mine).

There’s this:

She did not, however, provide any fresh clues as to whether she will join the Republican fight to challenge President Obama or simply offer commentary from the sidelines.

Then this:

Before arriving here on Friday, Ms. Palin has been unusually out of public view in recent weeks, stoking curiosity about her political intentions. But to an audience of conservative leaders, along with several top-shelf Republican contributors, she did little to suggest that she is preparing for a presidential campaign.

And this:

There is, of course, outsized curiosity surrounding Ms. Palin. And in recent weeks there has [been] growing frustration from many Republican activists that she is not making any obvious moves toward deciding whether to run.

Even though none of the prospective presidential contenders have formally declared their candidacies, there is a robust amount of behind-the-scenes activity under way, particularly in the courtship of advisers, activists and contributors. Yet Ms. Palin stands alone in her approach, employing an unorthodox style that offers few clues as to whether she plans to enter the race.

Deal with it, Zeleny. You will find out what the Governor’s intentions are when she chooses to reveal them. And let’s be honest: had she made some grand announcement, the title of your article would have been “Palin Usurps Reagan Centennial to Promote Her Own Ambitions.” He then would have gone on to excoriate her for being so self-indulged that she failed to recognize that the night’s event wasn’t about her but about Ronald Reagan. Come on; you know I speak the truth.

While crying over having to wait to find out what every one of us wants to know, he somehow misses parts of her speech. He writes:

For Ms. Palin, a speech on Friday evening to a conservative group that gathered to pay tribute to President Reagan offered an opportunity to connect herself to the most iconic figure of the Republican Party. Yet she did not use the appearance — one of the highest-profile Republican platforms in months — to move beyond familiar criticism or attempt to prescribe a new or specific remedy for what she sees as missteps in the Obama administration.

Stacy Drakes succintly addresses this:

Mr. Zeleny either didn’t listen to the speech, or he has a problem identifying anything outside of a new government program as a “specific remedy.” Governor Palin offered many remedies to ills that face our nation. She mentioned domestic energy production, for one. She mentioned cutting corporate tax rates. She also talked about cutting government “back down to size,” and cutting overall spending. She discussed reforming entitlement programs, reducing over-burdensome regulations, and ending the cronyism that is corrupting our system. Perhaps Mr. Zeleny should listen to the speech again, or learn that not every solution comes by way of more bureaucracy.

Finally, Mr. Zeleny’s day’s work wouldn’t be complete if he didn’t promote the diva meme. He does so by criticizing Governor Palin for not stooping so low as to actually mingle with the guests who attended the Reagan Centennial. He’s wrong, however. He incorrectly reports:

Presidential contenders, regardless of their celebrity, are put through a gauntlet of rituals that require a delicate air of patience as they deal with their admirers. Prospective candidates, particularly if they are courting supporters, routinely sit through dinners and mingle with guests. But in her case, Ms. Palin entered the room only for her speech and left immediately after.

The appearance here was marked by tight security and rigid rules, with guests admonished to stay in their seats when she arrived.

Too bad he is annoyed by the level of security, but with haters threatening her life as they do, he’ll just have to get over that. As for not taking time to court supporters, either he wasn’t paying attention or he’s blatantly lying to his readers. Governor Palin agreed to participate in a photo shoot after the speech, and that is exactly what she did, posing with each guest. She may have left the room, but she did not leave the building. She spent time availing herself to the people who came to hear her, see her, and spend time with her. As always, she was gracious to all who were in attendance. Kate Obenshain, vice president of Young America’s Foundation, announced the photo shoot immediately after the Governor’s speech, so I’m not quite sure how Jeff Zeleny missed it. Of course, he most likely didn’t miss it. It’s just that reporting, “After speaking to the crowd on issues vital to the future of America and shaking hands with attendees, Governor Palin then spent over an hour posing with people” wouldn’t have fit his narrative, now would it?

I wonder if The New York Times will correct the record. I doubt it, but maybe they’ll surprise me.

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