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Archive for September 29th, 2011

Gov. Palin on Freedom Watch: Will Not Tip Hand on 2012 Plans

Posted by Ron Devito on September 29, 2011

“I hold my political cards close to my chest. Don’t look for a decision in 24 hours. I am still in deliberations,” former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said in her interview tonight with Judge Napolitano on Freedom Watch from her Wasilla, Alaska studio. Fox Business had promoted the segment as being a possible venue where Gov. Palin could announce her intentions. In Titles, Shackles, Decisions, and Respect, I discussed Fox trying to get Gov. Palin to tip her hand for the past nine months.

Gov. Palin had heard the prior segment in which colleague Juan Williams said that he thought “it was nasty of Gov. Palin to refer to Herman Cain as ‘flavor of the month.'” Judge Napolitano informed Williams that she never referred to Cain in that fashion and he accepted the correction. But, Gov. Palin fired back during her segment, “I think it’s nasty when a colleague says something without knowing what he’s talking about! I never said ‘Herman Cain is flavor of the week.'” Gov. Palin said the media was ginning up the “flavor of the week” cycle that has afflicted the 2012 GOP field of declared candidates and hopefuls.

When asked about the value of debates, Gov. Palin said that they “do offer a window into what a candidate stands for” and a means by which to vet candidates, but emphasized it is the voters’ responsibility to do their homework and study the candidates. A 10-second soundbite, or even interviews such as she does with Fox do not provide sufficient information on candidates, she said.

Judge Napolitano asked Gov. Palin which candidates she preferred: “the big government compassionate conservatives or the small government types.” “I’m with whomever understands that smaller, smarter government is best and that the government which governs least governs best,” Gov. Palin said. She recounted how in her experience local government tends to be more responsive and more efficient. As the government gets more remote and larger, it becomes more dismissive of people’s needs, she said.

Gov. Palin said the permanent political class in both parties needs to be retired. She said crony capitalism and corporate welfare are bi-partisan problems, as both parties have embraced them. Solyndra is a the poster-child of Crony Capitalism on Steroids.

In the first segment, NY-13 Rep. Michael Grimm – one of Gov. Palin’s endorsed candidates in 2010 – spoke about the FBI investigation of Solyndra’s activities. Congressman Grimm also advocated for a smaller government that provides an opportunity for everyone to thrive, thus he shares in Gov. Palin’s Reagan Conservatism.

Gov. Palin Talks to Judge Napolitano, 9-29-2011 retrieved from SarahNET.

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Which Title Doesn’t Governor Palin Need?

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 29, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

Since Governor Palin’s On the Record appearance Tuesday night, the blogosphere and media outlets have been buzzing with opinions that she’s not running for president in 2012. Her conversation with Greta Van Susteren left some to ponder, perhaps more than ever, if she has decided not to relinquish her freedom–not to be shackled–for the sake of a title. Comments left in various and sundry places revealed that some people were angry, some were confused, some were frustrated, while some remained encouraged. No one was unmoved, however. No one was without some type of reaction. No one was neutral. It was, quite simply, that consequential an interview, if for no other reason than that viewers deemed it so.

I saw the same interview everyone else saw. I saw the full interview twice, and I saw portions of it several times. Allow me to offer my perspective. Please note that this is just a theory. It is one that some will dismiss immediately, and perhaps that’s the deserved response. However, it may also be a theory that some will think long and hard about, and I’d like to think there’s merit in that as well. Which category you fall into remains to be seen.

Last night, as I rewatched the Governor’s exchange with Greta, something jumped out at me that had not caught my attention the first time. It begins at 9:25 into the video. Please watch it again. Governor Palin says:

Through my process of decision-making with my family and with my close friends as to whether I should throw my name in the hat for the GOP nomination or not for 2012, is a title worth it…does a title shackle a person? Are they–someone like me who’s maverick, you know, I do go rogue, and I call it like I see it, and I don’t mind stirring it up in order to get people to think and debate aggressively and to find solutions to the problems that our country is facing, somebody like me–is a title and is a campaign too shackling? Does that prohibit me from being out there, out of a box, not allowing handlers to shape me and to force my message to be what donors or what contributors or what political pundits want it to be? Does a title take away my freedom to call it like I see it and to effect positive change that we need in this country? That’s the biggest contemplation piece in my process.

So here’s my theory, which I offer in the form of a question: Is it possible that Governor Palin is contemplating a third party/Independent run for the presidency in 2012? Is it possible that the title she’s referring to, that she repeatedly says she doesn’t need, is not the title of President of the United States, as some are fearing, but rather the title she mentions in the above quote: GOP nominee? Again, some will dismiss this idea automatically because 1) it doesn’t make sense in their political minds, 2) success would be a nearly impossible task, or 3) she said previously she wasn’t in favor of such a strategy.

To point one, I offer this: she’s unconventional and has prognosticated, “Mark my word, it is going to be an unconventional type of election process.” What would be more unconventional than what I am theorizing?

To point two, Neil Cavuto offers this perspective on the prospects of a third party success story:

How many outside-the-Petri dish candidates would have made it if so many weren’t so busy insisting they couldn’t possibly make it?

Me? I can’t take it.

Remember, no one has voted.

So I hardly think it fair anyone’s voted off.

Besides, we could do worse than looking for our next leader outside the usual Petri dish…

More here.

Furthermore, Governor Palin told Greta she believes she can win. She said she wouldn’t even be considering running without that confidence. Does that confidence disappear when she contemplates a third party run? I think not. I submit, rather, that she believes she has the name recognition, the record, and the boots on the ground to win period.

To point 3, let’s have Governor Palin speak for herself. She told Sean Hannity as recently as June:

You know what? A year ago, I would have said, “Please don’t even consider a third party. We’ve got to sure up what is good and strong and principled within the Republican Party, and we’ve got to run on a Republican ticket, stand strong on the planks and a strong platform that is the GOP.” Well, I think conditions have changed in this last year…Well, too many in the GOP are still resistant and resisting that movement of this new crop of common sense conservatives. And if they’re not careful in the GOP, there will be a third party rise-up, just like back in the day when the Whigs finally went away and Republicans rose up. That is what the GOP should be fearing today: the electorate will get fed up with business as usual in the GOP, and a third party will rise up–not that I want to see that because I still have belief, strongly, that the GOP planks are best for our country, but just the machine that runs the GOP has got to be very careful.

See that video here.

This takes us back to her conversation with Greta Tuesday night. Her biggest contemplation–perhaps what she’s been struggling with and what’s been delaying her decision–is whether securing the GOP nomination title is worth the cost of being shackled to the machine, to the establishment–with all its cronyism, permanent middle class pandering, and resistance to common sense conservatism. In other words, there’s too much business as usual going on. Perhaps this is Governor Palin’s struggle. And yes, Greta did go on to discuss that one could be more effective as President than on the sidelines. And yes, the Governor responded to Greta by insisting she could have an impact regardless. But what did the Governor then say? She commented that one must decide, “Which is the place for that candidate to be?” She spoke about the process of decision-making a candidate endures, not a private citizen simply deciding whether or not to be a candidate. Is it possible she and Greta were having two different conversations? You decide.

Some supporters went to bed discouraged after the interview, and some were furious, for they thought Governor Palin, when talking about “which is the place” to be, meant inside or outside the race altogether. I’m suggesting that maybe “the place” she’s pondering is something completely different. I’m suggesting she might be pondering whether she should fight this battle for America’s future inside the Party or outside, if she should take the road less traveled, as Robert Frost would say, or go the way most others have gone and all are expected to go.

Governor Palin intends to do things her way, for her previous national experience as a GOP candidate left her with a bad taste in her mouth. Did she not mention to Greta the 2008 VP campaign in which she was “being molded, being shaped…being caricatured by those around [her], which prohibits the freedom that one needs to really make a difference, and influence, and begin some aggressive debate that is needed”? Indeed, she did.

Again, this is simply my theory, for I certainly have no inside information. Each of you must weigh its value for yourself. If nothing else, it should provoke some thought and hopefully some conversation. As for me, upon watching the interview the second time, I no longer felt the suffocating blanket of heaviness that rained down via social media comments Tuesday night. Instead, I felt encouraged that Governor Palin is in a struggle to decide, not whether to right America’s ship, but the best possible method she should use to do so–and this is as weighty a decision as the first.

Is it possible I’m wrong about this whole thing? Sure it is. But is it possible that I might be on to something? The answer to this is the same as the first. I don’t know which road Governor Palin will take in all this, but I am certain of this one thing: wherever the road leads her, she’ll find me still walking beside her when she arrives.

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Happy Rosh HaShanah 5772 – “L’Shanah Tovah”

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on September 29, 2011

Today is the first day the Jewish New Year, which began at sundown last night.  One of the important observances of Rosh HaShanah is the blowing of the shofar:

The Bible refers to the holiday as Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar). The holiday is instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25.

Shofar: Click to hear it blow!The shofar is a ram’s horn which is blown somewhat like a trumpet. One of the most important observances of this holiday is hearing the sounding of the shofar in the synagogue. A total of 100 notes are sounded each day. There are four different types of shofar notes: tekiah, a 3 second sustained note; shevarim, three 1-second notes rising in tone, teruah, a series of short, staccato notes extending over a period of about 3 seconds; and tekiah gedolah (literally, “big tekiah”), the final blast in a set, which lasts (I think) 10 seconds minimum. Click the shofar above to hear an approximation of the sound of Tekiah Shevarim-Teruah Tekiah. The Bible gives no specific reason for this practice. One that has been suggested is that the shofar’s sound is a call to repentance. The shofar is not blown if the holiday falls on Shabbat.

Rosh HaShanah is celebrated around the world by people of the Jewish faith.  For a more complete description of the meaning and customs of Rosh HaShanah, the first two of the ten Days of Awe, or High Holy Days,  leading up to Yom Kippur, see here  and  here.

Recognizing their roots in the Jewish faith, many Christians celebrate Rosh HaShanah also.  CBN will broadcast their annual Rosh HaShanah celebration tonight.

On behalf of the authors at the Sarah Palin Information Blog, I want to wish all of our Jewish friends and readers “L’shana tovah tikatev v’etahetem.”   We wish you all the blessings of this holiday season.  May your year ahead be good and sweet.

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Titles, Shackles, Decisions, and Respect

Posted by Ron Devito on September 29, 2011

Many so-called supporters of Gov. Palin are aghast that she suggested a title could shackle and take away her freedom. There’s quite a bit of “she owes us,” “she’s not running,” and “she better run” being thrown around the comment boards on all the Palin sites.

Our Support is of Our Own Free Will

Nothing in her statements with Greta Van Susteren Tuesday night indicated a GO/NO GO on a POTUS run – nothing that is, except words that supporters who should know better put in her mouth.

We want Gov. Palin to run for President and have been egging her on for three years now. Many of us wanted her to run when wanting her to run was “not cool.” We supported her knowing that she might not run.

Second, no one forced anyone to support Gov. Palin. She did not extort, bribe, con, or cajole our support. We gave it willingly of our own volition. She does not owe us anything and people who think they’re owed need to get over it and get over themselves – especially those who think they did so much that she owes them a paid position. For those “supporters” who didn’t get the memo, Gov. Palin is not for sale, does not run a pay-to-play operation and is not a crony capitalist.

Respecting Gov. Palin’s Decision-Making Process

Third, Gov. Palin will make her decision on her terms after carefully considering all the factors, including – and especially – whether she can be more effective doing what she does now, or more effective campaigning for – and hopefully – winning the Presidency. Support means respecting her decision whatever it may be. It’s mind-boggling that some of the same supporters who want her to run for President and announce right now are ready to jump ship if she doesn’t do things their way and on their schedule. We’re back to some people needing to get over themselves.

Gov. Palin Will Not Tip Her Hand

Fourth, Gov. Palin made a promise on at least four different occasions to a local Alaskan radio show that they would be the first to know of her decision to run or not. Every interviewer on Fox News has tried to get Gov. Palin to tip her hand or announce on their shows in practically every airing over the past nine months. They have asked just about every permutation and combination of the same question. I learned to expect it long ago when watching these shows to write my synopses. This was discussed at length in Gov. Palin’s September 12 interview with Greta Van Susteren where she said she was tired of “giving the same dopey answers” to the 2012 question. Gov. Palin does not break promises and she is not going to betray her own confidence. Newbies are not expected to know this, but veteran supporters should know better. This should be old news to any long-time supporter of Gov. Palin’s. Fox News is simply not going to be the first place of her announcement. Bob and Mark is.

Gov. Palin’s Actions Suggest a POTUS Run

Fifth, Gov. Palin’s actions over the past year point squarely to a POTUS run. The epic Facebook Note to the 2010 Congress was a 16-paragraph Presidential position paper. She traveled to India and Israel and is set to travel to South Korea. In her travels, she met with heads of state. She hired a chief of staff, replaced her prior neo-con foreign policy advisers with a Reagan Conservative, developed five-point military and economic policies, and conducted bus tours in the Northeast and Midwest. She has developed substantive and sophisticated policies on health care, national security, quantitative easing, and entitlement reform. She has thrice been to Iowa in as many months. She has withstood the harshest media scrutiny of any candidate in well over 100 years. These are not the actions of a high-profile activist who just wants to make noise and money. The people who are latching on to the “title/shackle” line and getting ready to jump out of windows missed the other line which clearly indicates a possible intent to run:

“I would not have gone this far if I didn’t think I could beat [Obama].”

I don’t think she has beer summits in mind and Gov. Palin does not play golf.

About Those Titles and Shackles

Gov. Palin knows full well what she can do without a title versus what she can do with one. She only has a couple of decades experience. She also knows very well what could happen to her influence if she chooses not to run. But, Gov. Palin understands that yes, a title can shackle. She’s been there and done that.

The matter of handlers trying to mold and shape Gov. Palin would probably not be much of an issue during the primary campaign. After all, she would be the boss. If handlers try to insult her intelligence, Gov. Palin could simply show them the door and tell the handlers in question to go handle themselves. The general election is where she could lose that autonomy. The GOP establishment would be an integral part of a Palin campaign (or anyone else’s for that matter) and could make demands that she would have to comply with as a condition of their support. Remember that George H.W. Bush was not President Reagan’s choice for Vice President. The party forced his hand. Gov. Palin has intimate and extensive knowledge of this having been McCain’s running mate. She knows what goes on in national campaigns, because she was in one. Her heart-felt concern is legitimate. Gov. Palin is a stateswoman and a citizen public servant. She is not a machine politician.

Absent a title, Gov. Palin enjoys unbridled freedom to shape the political debate on her terms, but quite possibly with much less influence. The next title gives her the ability to sign or veto legislation and treaties, and make decisions about war and peace – that is lead this nation.

The Summons and Finishing Some Unfinished Business

Gov. Palin is carefully considering this for all the right reasons. She’s not pursuing a title or power. She knows the Presidency is a calling. She knows she’s been summoned. It’s public service and sacrifice. She wants to do what’s right for this country and discharge the duties of that office unbeholden to anyone.

Yes, we want her to run. None of the other candidates possess a single one of her leadership traits. The others simply fail to inspire. But, we cannot let our zeal for her running turn into petulant demands, whining that “she owes us,” and putting words in her mouth she never said. It was NJ Gov. Chris Christie who said he was not running on Tuesday night, not Gov. Palin.

Gov. Palin knows that if she runs, failure is not an option.

There’s also an historic element should she run that amplifies failure not being an option. You see, Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton left some unfinished business.

Somehow, I think Gov. Palin is going to show little girls of this country exactly what they can do…

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RedState Poll; June Palin 27%/Perry21%-September Palin 50% Perry 8%

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on September 29, 2011

The results speak for  themselves don’t they, and reflect, once again, and poll after poll, that the rank and file activists at major activist sites want Palin.

Red State Poll in June:

And after the Rick Perry/Michele Bachman hype collapse (and now the Cain hype) in September too date;


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