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Archive for March 2nd, 2011

Sarah Palin – Beware of the Iowa Focus Group

Posted by Shane Vander Hart on March 2, 2011

imageFormer Governor Sarah Palin hasn’t even decided to run.  We haven’t even have had one vote cast, and we already have some writing the narrative that she is unelectable.  This isn’t anything new for Governor Palin or for presidential politics for that matter.  We have seen a journalist spin a poll, and now we have a focus group.  Oh the dreaded focus group, they are such worthwhile sources of information.

Say I convened a sample group of six people – one farmer, one lawyer, one college student, one factory worker, one auto mechanic, and one doctor.  There were three guys and three girls.  They each liked different brands of pop (or soda if you are a friend from the south).  One liked Mountain Dew, one liked Dr. Pepper, one liked Sprite, another liked Sunkist, one liked Pepsi and yet another liked Coke because “it’s the real thing” and she really would like to buy the world a Coke.

They were unanimous in their belief that Mr. Pibb tasted like carbonated prune juice.

Does that mean that a majority of people believe that Mr. Pibb tastes like carbonated prune juice?  No (I actually think it does, but I digress).  Is it newsworthy?  Hardly – it is just six people!

My hypothetical focus group is just as worthless as this focus group on the Iowa Caucus is.  You might have an interesting discussion, but do you really have worthwhile information?

Time will tell.  The only thing it tells me is that six people whom The Iowa Republican selected (I have no criteria on how they made their selection or who is considered an “activist”) say she is unelectable.  Well I do know they said they were conservative activists and then they identify Connie Schmett as one of the members of the group.  While I wouldn’t consider Connie and Kim Schmett flaming liberals I’m not sure conservative is the right word.  Republican certainly, conservative… well Kim Schmett didn’t strike me as particularly conservative when he ran for Congress in 2008.  The couple since haven’t done much to change my opinion.  Connie Schmett is an excellent fundraiser though.

The group also said that Mitt Romney is in trouble because of RomneyCare.  I happen to agree with this, but again it proves nothing.  It is the opinion of the six people in the room, some of whom may have never liked Palin (or Romney) anyway.  The Iowa Republican was asked to pull this focus group together for McClatchy Newspapers who happens to own Anchorage Daily News.  I’m sure there’s no agenda whatsoever!  Because they *certainly didn’t* demonstrate any type of agenda or bias while Governor Palin was in office.  While Kevin Hall and Craig Robinson may not have planned to contribute to a narrative, but McClatchy won’t mind running with it.

Shane Vander Hart is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Caffeinated Communications Network (Caffeinated Thoughts, Caffeinated Theology and Caffeinated TV).  He keeps his eye on the 2012 Presidential Race from his home near Des Moines, IA where they are already starting to trip over candidates.  Feel free to friend him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

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Governor Palin to Fundraise for Special Needs in Alabama

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 2, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

Governor Palin continues her support for our special needs community. In May she will take this commitment to Alabama. Guy Busby of the Press-Register reports:

2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will make her first Mobile Bay area visit May 3 when she addresses supporters of the Exceptional Foundation at a fundraiser at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, organization supporters said.

The foundation is being established to help special needs children and adults in Baldwin County, Bob Callahan Sr., foundation board president, said. Palin, whose son Trig was born with Down syndrome, agreed to speak after being contacted, he said.

“This is something that is near and dear to her heart —children and adults with special needs — and that’s what brought her down here,” Callahan said. “We were thrilled. This is something that is really awesome.”

Callahan said organizers have not talked to Palin or her staff about the topics she plans to address.

“There might be some politics, but she agreed to come down here because of what we’re doing for special needs people and that’ll be a big part of it,” he said.

Work began in 2010 to start the foundation in Baldwin County. Organizers are working with the Exceptional Foundation established in Birmingham, which serves about 400 people and their families.

When efforts began to raise money for a building, staffing, activities and other needs, supporters decided to approach Palin about speaking, Craig Dahle, Callahan’s son-in-law and another of the group’s organizers, said.

“She was the logical person to kick start this with her background,” Dahle, who has a 19-year-old son with Down syndrome, said.

Read the rest here.

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Tweet You’ll See More Of As Time Passes: “Re-thinking the whole Sarah Palin thing-she makes sense,more than current president”

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on March 2, 2011

As President Obama sinks further down in the polls as more and more people have the scales drop from their eyes as they see someone needs to be in charge who is not just a golf playing  “Mourner-in-Chief” this sort of random tweet will be seen more and more often.

This especially as the garbage scow of the left has foundered on the rock of Gibraltar that is Palin and her messages will be seen and heard unfiltered by the leftist media.


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Left Founders On The Rock That Is Palin-Governor Walker New Target

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on March 2, 2011

Jeffrey  Lord in the American Spectator has a grand piece ironically titled (no doubt to the disappointment to the Palin haters who click the link looking for a disparaging item) “Remember Sarah Palin?” . Lord shows that the left has basically given up attacking Palin who, despite two years of their worst shots, is still standing tall, and instead are using all their venom on Governor Walker of Wisconsin who is undergoing the Alinsky inspired baptism of fire.

The left, and their media accomplices, in their garbage scow of hate, has crashed on the rock of Gibraltar that is Palin. They have been reduced to the occasional petty sniping about misspellings and Palin “attacking” Michelle Obama over breastfeeding (both lies). Their other tactic is to try and write Palin off, since they can’t destroy her, so we are now seeing articles like “Palin sliding in the polls (from 70% to 65% !) and “Republican insiders giving up on Palin” whilst they ignore poll after poll of grass roots Republicans which Palin wins easily.

I recently wrote an article which covers some of the same themes as Lord does but in an allegorical style “Palin treats the media like Ali did Foreman” which I think is worth reading again as it compliments Lord’s article and hopefully brings some joy to readers as well.


Prior to his 1974 epic battle” the Rumble In the Jungle” with Big George Foreman, rated the most formidable puncher of all time, Muhammad Ali was not only written off as having no chance whatsoever but there were calls for the fight to be cancelled.

Long experienced sportswriters expressed genuine concern that Ali might in fact be killed in the ring.
Foreman had won the title by destroying the champ, Joe Frazier, in rounds-knocking him down 5 times with a frightening display of awesome power, no wonder there were fears for Ali’s life.

Ali trained for the upcoming fight by having a weighted ball thrown at his body for hour after hour, so by the time of the fight he was toughened up in his midsection to an extraordinary degree.

For the first seven rounds of the fight Ali spent most of the time leaning against the ropes (which had been specially loosened so he could lean way back on them) and with his hands covering his head, he let Foreman pound away at his body with huge, flailing blows.

Just before the end of each round Ali would unleash a flurry of blows to Foreman’ head and then, at the start of the next round he would go back on the ropes again. Whilst absorbing this huge punishment Ali kept up a nonstop chatter “you ain’t got nothing George” and “is that your best shot George? C’mon, hit me harder”.

The disconcerting effect on Foreman seeing his best shots being disregarded,which would have finished off any other fighter was disconcerting to say the least. By the eighth round Foreman’s blows, in the stifling African heat, were little more than pitter patter efforts.No only was he exhausted, dehydrated, disconcerted but he had no idea what to do.

At that point Ali unleashed a flurry which saw Foreman back off and, whilst doing so, he got caught up in the ropes. Ali unleashed a shot to the jaw just as Foreman untangled himself and, totally exhausted, he went down for the count, barely able to lift his head as Ali became champion again.

The Ali/Foreman confrontation has turned into a perfect metaphor for the Palin versus the left media confrontation-another David and  Goliath battle, with the “David” being, once again written off.

On the face of it, one lone woman should have no chance whatsoever against the massed forces of the left. The Democratic Party, their allies in the media, the “progressive” blogosphere, the Hollywood denizens, the television commentators, comedians, talk show hosts, feminists-all lined up against her in a previously unseen massive, and constant attack, for over two years.

Since she appeared seemingly out of nowhere the “Foreman” of the left has rained blow upon blow at her. With her back to the ropes constantly Palin has taken all their best shots and comes bouncing back during each round, or rather news cycle and instead, as previous “champions” have done, hitting the canvas, she unleashes a flurry of blows in return and returns for the next round undaunted.

A fascinating turn of events has now come into play which again mirrors the Ali/Foreman fight. The left has unleashed their most massive series of blows yet, dumping every sort of  innuendo tying Palin into the Arizona tragedy-even though there was never a shred of evidence anything she did, or said, had any influence on the shooter. When she, rightly, defended herself, they parsed her every word and attacked venomously again. But Palin, like Ali, kept talking back at then “I’m not going away”  I’m not going to shut up.”

And, all of a sudden, there are signs of exhaustion on the part of her enemies.They, like Foreman, have seen their best shots having no effect, and like him, they have run out of ideas on what to do next. A perusal of the left wing media now sees comments like “I am sick of reading about Palin” “Why are we discussing her” “I wish she would go away” “I am not going to read anything more about her.” Where an article attacking Palin would, a year ago, get thousands of comments attacking her, the number is dropping dramatically. Even the scandal blogs like Gawker or Wonkette or the radical, execrable, leftist blog Daily Kos readers are commenting they are sick of reading even made up scandals about the Palin’s.

It is not just the blogosphere where this resignation is taking place. Charles Blow at the New York Times advises he will not write anything further about Palin, Rachel Maddow at MSNBC said she would not discuss Palin in her show, Mika Brzezinski, also on MSNBC glum facedly discussed Palin, clearly under sufferance, and doesn’t want to talk about her anymore.

This advice, that Palin will not be written or commented about has spread to a number of other high profile media operatives. Nick Stefanovich at Nerve Blog made it his New Year Resolution not to discuss Palin any more (whilst discussing her of course), Gail Collins at The New York times refused to discuss Palin at all in respect of Arizona (which is of course most welcome-long may she and all the NYT hacks not mention Palin’s name)

The winner is, of course, Palin. The media have done their best, or rather their worst, and she is still standing-they are reduced to saying “she is finished” (we heard the same wishful thinking after she resigned as Governor and any number of times subsequently). She has her core followers (which they grudgingly agree gives her credibility) and her apparent low standing in the polls is no worse than Reagan’s when he was much closer to the presidential election so she can make that gap up.

This is all great news for Palin. From now on, more and more, her stamements can reach the American public unfiltered and undistored by the left wing media as long as the keep ignoring her.

The clear messages from all this are, firstly, a life lesson-as

Churchill said, “never never give up.” Secondly, Palin is

armor plated for a presidential run-there is nothing the media

can say that has not been said about her derogatively, so

from now on she can concentrate on policy and not worry

what the media says. No other prospective candidate can say

that. If someone other than Palin got the nomination all the

rubbish that has been thrown at her will start on them, and

they will not have two years to combat it.

It is just like watching the Ali/Foreman fight in its final

stages, all that remains is for Palin to deliver the knockout

blows by getting the nomination and the presidency against

all the odds, having beaten off the previously undefeated,

frightening to everyone else except her, liberal Beltway elite


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Palin’s monopoly on political satire

Posted by loricalabrese on March 2, 2011

Try to imagine Barack Obama in a political satire video parading around in a thong. Chances are, we’ll never see it.

But if you want to see a political satire video with Sarah Palin clad in lingerie, bikinis and hoisting heavy artillery, just Google and you shall receive. It seems as though this week, the Palin satire was plenty as produced a video portraying the former Governor of Alaska breaking down from Palin-free February. Not surprisingly, Chris Matthews dubbed the video an ‘upper’ and aired it on the Sunday airing of NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show,” editing out some of the profanity.

We all know the political satire community has crowned Palin the new George W. Bush when it comes to providing a hilarious backdrop for mocking and ridiculing, but how many times can we possibly watch another video with a Palin impersonator pretending to be an intellectually challenged soundbite Barbie or moose-killing huntress? Apparently, not enough.

I’m not here to debate all of the questions that are raised by these videos, but there’s no doubt Palin has been subject to a sexist double standard by the news media and liberals. However, I do think there’s a place for political satire. While occasionally it may carry an agenda or seek to influence the political process, political satire is meant to provide entertainment and with the way our economy is, and as protests rage in Wisconsin, we all could certainly use a good laugh. That’s why I’m wondering, “Where are the political satire videos about other politicians?” Is the market drying up because Palin has taken that over much like Facebook?

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Why Karl Rove is childishly mocking Gov. Palin

Posted by joshpainter on March 2, 2011

– by Josh Painter
Karl Rove, the architect of a Bush presidency that saw its approval numbers drop to 28 percent in 2008 (the same as Jimmy Carter’s in 1979), is now the spokesman for the Bush wing of the Republican Party, also known as the GOP establishment. The political left, which hated Rove with a purple passion when he was in the White House, now gleefully quotes him every time he takes a swipe at the Tea Party and Sarah Palin. Rove knows full well that every time he swings his Louisville Slugger at her, the Democrat/Media Complex will give his words sufficient amplification to reach every television, radio and internet connection in the western world.

With this in mind, in an interview with the hard left New York Magazine, Rove went back to the schoolyard to engage in childish mockery of Gov. Palin. He knew that this tactic would be a big hit with the political left because the tenor of leftist attacks on Reagan conservatives often resembles the taunts of middle school bullies on their worst behavior.

The governor’s recently-hired chief of staff’s comments, when asked if Sarah Palin would like to have Rove available as an advisor, highlight the battle lines that have been drawn within the Grand Old Party:

Does the next candidate of the GOP want the mark of “Bush’s Brain” on their candidacy? To alienate the tea party by ?cozying up to the elitist Rasputin?

Certainly not Sarah Palin. “Of all the potential candidates, Governor Palin would no doubt be the one desiring new energy and ideas,” says her chief of staff Michael Glassner, “and, refreshingly, hiring advisers who aren’t entrenched in any political machine.”’s Guy Benson observes:

Glassner’s comments certainly leave the distinct impression that Palin is gearing up for a run, do they not? (1) Taking a shot at a possible future adversary is par for the course in early presidential skirmishes, and (2) how many non-politician pundits have chiefs of staff bragging to reporters about the quality and independence of the advisers they’re hiring?

If Palin gets in, and Rove makes it his mission to stop her, Republicans should brace for a historic rumble. Democrats would likely enjoy every minute of the internecine feud, but would be well-served to remember that a nasty, protracted intra-party fight does not guarantee political success for the opposing party.

The competition between grassroots libertarian-leaning conservatives and establishment Republicans goes back much earlier than the week before the 2010 mid-term election, when Rove, seemingly from out of deep left field, abruptly attacked Gov. Palin for her eight-week TLC series “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” It also goes far to the southwest of the Washington Beltway, all the way to the heart of the Lone Star State.

Over two years ago, then Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, with the support of the Bush wing of the GOP, challenged Rick Perry for the governorship of Texas. Unlike the Bushies, who feared the grassroots phenomenon known as the Tea Party, Perry embraced the movement:

What resulted was a preview of the GOP–versus–tea party civil war. Dave ­Carney, Perry’s top strategist, attacked Rove as a “country club” Republican. Conversely, ­Sarah Palin, tea-party heroine, endorsed Rick Perry, calling him a “true conservative.”

Perry handily destroyed Hutchison in the primary.

“The Bushes are out of contact with what Texas is about,” says a veteran Republican politico who is close friends with Rick Perry. “So is Karl.”

Rove is the embodiment of everything the tea party resents. He supported Bush’s decision to bail out the banks in 2008, a major bone of contention with deficit hawks. And it was Rove, as White House political adviser, who pushed for some of the most expensive Bush programs, like the ­Medicare-prescription-drug bill, the passage of which cornered the troublesome State of Florida for Bush in 2004 but has already cost more than $1 trillion. The national debt nearly doubled under Bush, from $5.7 trillion to $10.6 trillion.

Hutchison’s devastating loss hit Rove hard, as he was working behind the scenes on her behalf, and her campaign’s dismal failure put a large dent in the Rovian myth of invincibility. Though he has long labored to build a power base from which to control GOP politics in the post-Bush era, Rove lost a lot of followers along the way and now faces some serious competition:

…the Koch brothers, David and Charles, the major tea-party underwriters who are promising to raise $88 million for the presidential elections, posing a populist alternative to Rove’s Establishment stronghold and making inroads with their support of Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin and funding of counterprotests there. It’s not inconsequential: Major Republican donors told me they were disappointed by Rove’s comments about Palin. “He’s not right all the time,” one of them noted.

The Brothers Koch, like many conservatives, were sorely disappointed in the Bush presidency as administered by Rove. The Bush tax cuts were an outstanding achievement, but the failure to couple them with corresponding cuts in federal spending are a major reason why the deficit doubled under Bush. That the Bush deficits quadrupled under Barack Obama in less than two years time just rubs salt into the wing.

Like Sarah Palin, the Kochs have a libertarian streak, which explains their support of the Cato Institute, and though no clear lines have yet been drawn between the brothers and Gov. Palin, it’s interesting that they own oil refineries in Texas and Alaska and control about four thousand miles of pipeline. The two are into paper products as well. Just a few of the familiar products produced by companies they own are Brawny towels, Dixie cups and Georgia-Pacific lumber. Surely the well-known Palin libertarian streak is an asset the brothers must find appealing, and the fact that the Bushies hate her so much likely doesn’t hurt her standing in the eyes of the Kochs.

One thing is certain: if the Koch brothers are favorably disposed toward a Palin presidential run, the large donor requirement will not be a problem for the 2008 vice presidential candidate in 2012. It’s not just their own money which could help fuel a Palin candidacy. A number of other major donors will lay down their contributions where they see the brothers putting theirs. No wonder “progressives” are so afraid of the political influence of the Koch Brothers. The left has recently launched a campaign to make sure that the pair are cited frequently as the focus of evil which stands against every imaginable liberal policy issue. George Soros may have met his match, and Karl Rove most certainly has met his.

Related: Charles G. Koch: Why Koch Industries Is Speaking Out

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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