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Archive for April 30th, 2011

Sarah calls the shot: Bernake in the side pocket

Posted by joshpainter on April 30, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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Like good chess players, those accomplished at the games of billiards and politics are always thinking several moves ahead. That includes not only the player’s own moves, but those of his or her opponents as well. Is that what Sarah Palin was doing Wednesday when she tweeted

“Media: admit it, Trump forced the issue. Now, don’t let the WH distract you w/the birth crt from what Bernanke says today. Stay focused, eh?”

Before you answer that question, consider this item published Thursday by The DC’s Matthew Boyle:

“…indirectly, Obama is benefiting from giving in to Trump as the mainstream media’s focus isn’t on the major story lines that would usually dominate the headlines, like the Federal Reserve press conference, unfavorable economic numbers and all-time-lows for Obama in polling results.”

[…]

Former deputy White House press secretary Scott Stanzel told The Daily Caller that the document’s release and Obama’s appearance in the White House briefing room to talk about it only elevated the story. His appearance on Oprah shortly thereafter made the story even bigger, and then he joked about the conspiracy theory at 2012 campaign fundraisers Wednesday night.

“President Obama said he’d made this decision a couple weeks ago,” Stanzel said. “I don’t understand why it takes two weeks to produce the document. In my view, the White House generally doesn’t try to release news in a haphazard way. Having the president of the United States show up in the press briefing room like this, they had to know it would be front page news.”

New York Times pollster Nate Silver said, too, that the White House probably isn’t complaining about the boom in birther coverage since it has shielded Obama from other, more important issues. “Lots of mediocre polling and economic numbers for Obama today,” Silver tweeted. “I don’t think he’d protest if media devoted another 72 hrs to birther crap.”

If that was the White House strategy, it appears to be working. A quick sweep of the front-page headlines of major U.S. newspapers Thursday revealed little coverage of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s first-ever press conference. Also, the birth certificate release topped the Fed presser in many newspapers that gave front-page attention to it.

Sarah called Obama’s shot: Bernake in the side pocket while all eyes were on the shiny birth certificate object. And the media, despite Gov. Palin’s admonition not to allow themselves to be distracted, went for the shiny object.

Never get into a game of pocket billiards with Gov. Palin. She will clean your clock.

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Palins Attend Brunch to Fund-Raise for Epilepsy Cure, then WHCD

Posted by Ron Devito on April 30, 2011

Governor Palin, her husband Todd and daughter Bristol today attended Tammy Haddad’s Brunch to raise money for Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, followed by the White House Correspondents Dinner, Greta Van Susteren reported on GretaWire. When asked about meeting Donald Trump, Gov. Palin said he is a “buddy” and she respects him.

Photo by Greta Van Susteren. Governor Palin and Todd Palin arriving.

Photo by Greta Van Susteren. White House correspondent April Ryan with Governor Palin

Photo Courtesy of Greta Van Susteren.

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H/T Laurie Beitman, for Tammy Haddad Brunch story lead.

Bristol Palin attends the TIME/CNN/People/Fortune White House Correspondents’ dinner cocktail party at the Washington Hilton on April 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.

(April 29, 2011 – Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images North America)

Bristol Palin (L) and journalist Molly McCann attend the TIME/CNN/People/Fortune White House Correspondents’ dinner cocktail party at the Washington Hilton on April 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.

(April 29, 2011 – Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images North America)

Ayla Brown (L) and Bristol Palin attend the TIME/CNN/People/Fortune White House Correspondents’ dinner cocktail party at the Washington Hilton on April 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.

(April 29, 2011 – Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images North America)

Bristol Palin attends the TIME/CNN/People/Fortune White House Correspondents’ dinner cocktail party at the Washington Hilton on April 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.

(April 29, 2011 – Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images North America)
H/T Misty Harris for Bristol Palin at White House Correspondents Dinner story lead.

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The Siren’s Call

Posted by ehvogel on April 30, 2011

We are standing on the precipice of a descent into the abyss of socialism. How we came to this point is left up to historians. I, however, suggest that we are on a different path. I believe that we are seeing the evolution of our country toward even greater relevance.

What country in history has withstood the siren’s call to government-run societies? None, to date. Is this country to become just another failed experiment, or our we willing to re-establish ourselves as the transformational country that we have been throughout the last 235 years?

We’ve weathered some mighty storms. From the Revolutionary War, to the Civil War, to the World Wars, we have endured. Why does this war with socialism seem so daunting? It is because we are living through it right now. We are at a focus point that all our citizens are beginning to recognize. We are at the fork in the road.

Will we accept the failed policies of socialism, or will we continue to re-affirm our greatness as the “last, best hope of earth”? Do we crumble in the face of a growing, governmental leviathan, or do we re-assert ourselves to follow a path that no country has followed before?

The upcoming election in 2012 is truly a tipping point for our form of government, as defined by our Constitution and re-affirmed by our greatest Presidents. Do we follow the advice of a few, modern voices, or do we re-examine our history to re-invoke the commitment to liberty that has made us strong?

The future unfolds before the eyes of the living, as it has done since our inception. We are no less challenged now that we were at every pivotal moment in our history. We are once again faced with a challenge toward our commitment to liberty. Will we succumb to the siren’s call, or will we once again rise up to defeat it?

What candidate in 2012 will resist our plunge into socialism? What candidate will we support, and why? For myself, I am looking for a candidate that hasn’t been steeped in the Washington way, for those are all talking in the siren’s voice. I am looking for the human amongst us who will cover their ears and follow their heart and our history.

I can think of someone from Alaska who seems to have all the proper credentials. Her name is Sarah Palin, but is she up to the task? We wait with breathless pause.

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With 2012 around the corner, Palin tell-alls hit all time high

Posted by loricalabrese on April 30, 2011

If any are hoping Sarah Palin will announce her run for president in 2012, it’s definitely the authors of some forthcoming Sarah Palin exposes that will hit bookstores this summer and fall, including one written by none other than Levi Johnston.

That’s right, Johnston refuses to go away and the Simon & Schuster imprint, Touchstone Publishing has signed a deal with the father of Sarah Palin’s grandson announcing on Monday that they’ll release his memoir this fall titled, “Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs.”

“I want to tell the truth about my close relationship with the Palins, my sense of Sarah, and my perplexing fall from grace — how I feel about what I learned,” Johnston said in a press release. “I’m doing this for me, for my boy Tripp and for the country.”

“This is a sweet and funny book with a touch of irony; a fascinating tale of a misunderstood boy figuring out how to be a man and father after being thrust into the spotlight and subsequent media circus at a very young and vulnerable age,” said Stacy Creamer, vice president at Touchstone.

Beating Johnston to the punch, however, is Bristol Palin, who also has a memoir coming out titled, “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far,” which will be released on June 21, the only title out of this list that we can expect to portray the Palins in a positive light.

Some Palin tell-alls to hit shelves soon are…

1. The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power
by Geoffrey Dunn
Geoffrey Dunn, a senior correspondent for Metro Newspapers in California and a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle and Huffington Post, writes what is being dubbed as “the first full-scale and in-depth political biography of the controversial Republican vice-presidential candidate and former governor of Alaska.”

From the synopsis: “Based on more than two-hundred interviews—many of them with Republican colleagues and one-time political allies of Palin’s—and more than forty-thousand pages of uncovered documents, Dunn chronicles Palin’s troubling penchant for duplicity in grim detail, from her dysfunctional childhood in Wasilla through her contentious run for mayor and her failed governorship of Alaska. He also provides the shocking inside story of her betrayal of running mate John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign and her self-serving resignation as governor in July of the following year. Dunn deftly places Palin in the American tradition of right-wing demagogues—from Huey Long to Joe McCarthy—and details her troubling obsession with Barack Obama as it fuels her own political ambitions and a potential run for the presidency in 2012.”

Release date: May 10 by St. Martin’s Press

2. Blind Allegiance by Frank Bailey and Jeanne Devon
Frank Bailey, former Palin aide, teams up with Jeanne Devon, the founder of the anti-Palin political blog, The Mudflats to write Blind Allegiance.

From the synopsis: “This explosive, up-close view of Sarah Palin comes from an inner-circle confidant who shares surprising information about how Sarah dealt with staff and perceived “enemies,” and the discrepancy between what she said and what she did.”

Release date: May 24 by Howard Books

3. The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, by Joe McGinniss
We all witnessed the depths author Joe McGinniss was willing to sink to when he moved next door to the Palins last summer in an effort to research his book, “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin.”

From the synopsis: “Based on McGinniss’s on-the-ground reporting that began in late 2008 (which yielded an April 2009 Conde NastPortfolio cover story) and continued with his return to Alaska in 2010, this book is a startling and penetrating examination of the illusion and reality of Palin–and a probing look at the Alaska and the America that have produced her, and the country she feels she is destined to lead. The Rogue delves deeply into Alaska’s political and business affairs and Palin’s political, personal, and family life to chronicle how and to what extent Palin and her beliefs, attitudes, and outlook will influence and even change life in America and the perception of America abroad.”

Release date: Sept. 20 by Crown Books

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As published on Examiner.com

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Gov. Palin on Bret Baier: High Gas Prices Obama’s Fault

Posted by Ron Devito on April 30, 2011

Obama’s energy policies are responsible for the 67% increase in gas prices, Governor Palin said tonight during a Fox News interview with Bret Baier from an undisclosed location. Baier pressed Gov. Palin to give her opinion on the other 2012 hopefuls, but she declined.

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Sarah Palin Blasts Obama’s Energy Policies retrieved from Fox News

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