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Archive for August, 2012

Palin’s Celebration of Life, “Mama Grizzly” Speech

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on August 30, 2012

On May 14th, 2010 I was honored to be a guest at the Susan B. Anthony Celebration of Life Breakfast held in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building.  It was a both a dream come true and a real blessing to meet Governor Palin.  When watching Palin on television she always seemed to speak from the heart and have a kind of friendly way that never knows a stranger.  Upon meeting her in person, Sarah’s warm personality and lovely smile truly lit up the entire room and her sincere “thank you for your support” meant so very much. As this speech opens, the first few words are not included but Palin is asking me and others from Team Sarah to stand as she publicly thanks us.

Palin’s speech to the Susan B. Anthony List fundraiser attendees was more personal than political.  Governor Palin talked about her own family’s unplanned pregnancies, why choosing life is the right decision along with a reminder that all life has value.  Out of this speech came the “mama grizzly” analogy in which Palin describes the protective mama grizzly which rises up  on her hind legs to protect her cubs. Palin likened the women of the Tea Party to mama grizzlies citing “if you think pit bulls are tough, well you don’t wanna mess with the mama grizzlies”.

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Palin Laid Out a 5-Point Plan to Restore America’s Economy in her Indianola, Iowa Speech

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 30, 2012

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On the third anniversary of her amazing RNC speech as the 2008 vice presidential nominee, Governor Palin delivered a compelling speech at the Restoring America rally in Indianola, Iowa.  At that time, she appeared to be considering a run for the Presidency, and her remarks during the speech led many to believe that.  Natalie Nichols gave a firsthand account of that day and the meet-up of Palin supporters the night before.

Sarah Palin arrived to a packed house in the farm-themed “Machine Shed Restaurant” in Urbandale, IA Friday night. The ever-amassing crowd began arriving at about 6:30 p.m. to congregate and socialize with fellow “Palinistas” from across the country. Supporters stood around talking and catching up, many long time online-friends were meeting for the first time in person. The atmosphere was more like a family reunion than a political gathering. There were children playing, doting parents, young professionals, and the elderly maneuvering through the crowd with the assistance of canes. I encountered people like myself and my family, who had driven in from Dallas, TX, those who had flown in from Virginia, some who hailed from Florida, Georgia natives, Iowa hometown fans, and even a woman from the president’s neck of the woods, Hawaii.

The meet and greet went on for an hour and a half when the front entry way suddenly began to buzz. When the camera crews darted for the doors, all eyes turned to see that those “Guess who’s coming to dinner” rumors were true…Sarah was in the building. She had a twinkle in her eye as she greeted those whose lucky positioning had placed them in the right place at the right time. She shook hands and held mini-conversations with her loyal supporters. She asked people where they were from and asked about their families…and she waited for the answers.


Palin continued to make her way through the crowd to the dining room which was already full. She worked the room and visited with those who had come out to join together to support her in her endeavors. Unlike the typical “politician,” Palin held real conversations with those present.

Saturday morning saw the arrival of even more Palinistas to Indianola for the Restoring America Event, featuring Governor Sarah Palin as the keynote speaker. They began arriving around 6:30 a.m. At that point the weather was great. As the morning wore on, they felt a sprinkle or two. And around 11 AM it started raining, and raining, and raining. One might have assumed that there would have been a mass exodus. But to the contrary, those who came prepared with a poncho donned the vinyl suits. Those with umbrellas held them high. Those who could fit, huddled under one of several open tents for shelter. And those who did none of the above just put on their best patriotic smiles, awaiting the arrival of the keynote speaker, Sarah Palin. The crowd was so dedicated that many of the people stood in the torrential downpour. All of those I asked quickly forgot about how soaked they were when Sarah Palin took to the stage. They repeatedly interrupted her with chants of “Run, Sarah, Run!” and “Sa-rah, Sa-rah!”

“We’re not celebrating red America or blue America! We’re celebrating red, white and blue America!” said Palin of a conversation she and husband Todd Palin had after leaving supporters at The Machine Shed in Urbandale, Iowa the previous night. She spoke about some of her own experiences, referring to the “sudden and relentless reform” she brought about during her tenure as Governor of Alaska early on in the speech. Those who don’t follow Palin closely may not realize that one of the sections of the documentary, The Undefeated, was called ‘Sudden and Relentless Reform’.

As the speech went on, a very notable correlation was drawn between the person Sarah Palin thinks is needed to restore America and the one she just described as having fought crony capitalism in Alaska since entering public service 20 years ago. Palin began to describe what she believes is needed in this way, “It’s not enough to change uniforms. If we don’t change the team and the game plan, we won’t save our country…we need sudden and relentless reform…and that requires deeds not just words.”

Palin has been criticized in the past as being simply a political celebrity, not qualified to run the country, and someone lacking a real plan. On the 3rd anniversary of her famous RNC speech accepting the Republican Vice Presidential nomination, Sarah Palin sought to put those criticisms to rest. She gave a hard hitting speech which hit on some of what she calls “real reform” and was able to accomplish during her tenure as Governor. She spoke about her years as a public servant and highlighted her specialized experience in the energy sector, while at the same time contrasting that with what she says are failed policies of the current administration. And finally she laid out a five point plan of “real solutions” and “the way forward.”

Palin explained, “We’re going to speak truth today. It may be hard hitting, but we’re gonna speak truth today. Because we need to start talking about what hasn’t worked and we’re gonna start talking about what will work for America…So let’s talk about real solutions.” She went on to say “I wanna tell you what my plan is!”

With those eight words, Palin announced what many believe is the beacon of hope for America; the staple of a potential Presidential campaign, her plan.

1st Let’s enforce the 10th Amendment! Devolve powers back locally where the founders intended them to be.

2nd We must repeal Obamacare and reign in burdensome regulations that are a boot on our neck. Let the private sector breathe and grow.

3rd We must prioritize and cut. Cancel unused stimulus funds and have that come to Jesus moment where we own up to the debt challenge that is entitlement reform. The status quo is no longer an option. Entitlement reform is our duty now and it must be done I n a way that honors our commitment to our esteemed elders today while keeping faith with future generations.

4th It is time for America to become the energy super power. The real stimulus that we’ve been waiting for is robust and responsible domestic energy production. We have the resources. Affordable secure energy is the key to any thriving economy and it must be our foundation. Drill here, drill now, let the refineries and the pipelines be built stop kowtowing to foreign countries and dictators… We need to move on tapping our own God given resources that are part of our reserve. I promise you this will bring real job growth. There are enough…projects just waiting in the wings, waiting for government approval that could create more than a million high paying jobs all across the US and this is true stimulus. America’s economic revival starts with America’s energy revival.

5th To make America the most attractive and competitive place to do business, to set up shop here, and hire people here, to attract capital from all over the globe that will lead to an explosion of growth instead of chasing industry offshore. I propose to eliminate all corporate income tax, and hear me out on this…this is how we create millions of high paying jobs, this is how we increase opportunity and prosperity for all. But here’s the best part to balance out any loss from this tax cut we eliminate corporate welfare and all the loopholes and we eliminate bailouts. This is how we break the back of crony capitalism because it feeds off corporate welfare which is just socialism for the very rich. We can change all of that. The message then to job creating corporations is that ‘yeah we’ll unshackle you from the world’s highest taxes, but you stand or fall on your own just like all the rest of us out on Main Street.

Let us seek that hand once more…We will fight for freedom, we will fight for America. We are at the tipping point. United we must stand and we shall nobly save, not meanly lose this last best hope on Earth!


As she exited stage right, Tea Party of America’s Judd Saul took us back stage for the final moments with the Governor. She made sure to spend some time with a few men in uniform before she and Todd got into their black SUV and rode away. But I had one final question that I just had to ask. I had to know if all the critics and haters in the media were having their desired effect on her, or, as I suspected, was it actually having an opposite effect and making her want to fight back even harder? She put her pen down, her eyes brightened up, a smile spread across her face and in her usual feisty manner that so many have come to love, she said “Heck ya! That’s that independent Alaskan, pioneering, fighting spirit pushing back!”

She didn’t say the words, but in what she did say and the excitement with which she said it, I swear I could almost hear her recite a line from one of her famous speeches:

“Mr. President, Game On!”

Also see Tony Lee’s discussion of Governor Palin’s Indianola speech here:



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Sarah Palin’s RNC Speech Drew 37.2 Million Viewers to Joe Biden’s 24 million and Paul Ryan’s 21.9 million

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 29, 2012

David Bauder at the Huffington Post wrote this on September 4, 2008:

Barack Obama apparently isn’t the only “rock star” in presidential politics this year.

After days of intense media coverage about Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s qualifications, more than 40 million Americans tuned in Wednesday to see for themselves what they thought of her.

The huge audience for Palin’s acceptance speech rivaled that for Obama’s address at the Democratic National Convention six days earlier, and set a tough standard for the top of her own ticket. John McCain was to accept the GOP presidential nomination on Thursday.

The first two days of the GOP convention essentially served as a build-up for Palin. The Alaska governor hadn’t spoken publicly since McCain selected her for the ticket last Friday, as a series of stories circulated questioning whether McCain had properly vetted her.

Her poised speech, primarily going after Obama and touting McCain’s case for the presidency, was gushed over by many analysts.

An audience of 37.2 million people watched Palin on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, Nielsen Media Research said Thursday. PBS estimated its audience at 3.9 million, based on a less reliable sample of several big cities. Nielsen does not count the audience for C-SPAN, which also showed the speech.

Last week, Nielsen said 38.4 million people watched Obama speak at a Denver stadium on the six commercial networks, along with BET, TV One, Univision and Telemundo _ four networks that didn’t cover Palin’s speech. PBS added an estimated 4 million to that total.

Nearly 2 million more women were watching Palin than men, Nielsen said.

Viewers were far more interested in Palin than Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden. Biden’s speech to Democrats last week was seen by an estimated 24 million people.

The audiences for the Obama and Palin speeches were bigger than the ones this year for the Academy Awards, the finale of “American Idol” or the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing.


Fox News Channel led the way Wednesday, with 9.2 million people watching Palin’s speech on the cable channel. It was the third-largest audience in its history, behind only President Bush’s speech on Iraq in March 2003 and a Bush-Kerry presidential debate in 2004.


NBC had 7.7 million viewers for Palin’s speech, followed in order by CNN, ABC, CBS and MSNBC, Nielsen said.

Note that the 38.4 million figure for Obama included 4 networks on which Palin’s speech was not shown.  In addition, the 37.2 million figure for Palin did not include her viewers on C-SPAN.   If just the audiences on the 6 stations on which both speeches were shown were compared, most likely Palin’s audience would be the larger of the two.  Also, if you consider that there was an  audience of about 4 million each for Palin and Obama on PBS alone, adding her  C-SPAN audience to Palin’s 37.2 million would likely bring her total audience to over 38.4 million.  So Bauder’s statement that the audience for Palin’s RNC speech “rivaled” that for Obama’s DNC speech is very true..

Also see:

Minus Palin, Convention’s TV Ratings Plunge

Paul Ryan not nearly the TV draw Sarah Palin was

Ryan’s Convention Speech Draws Fewer Viewers Than Palin

Paul Ryan’s RNC speech draws 17 million fewer viewers than previous GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin in 2008  

Ryan’s no Palin in the ratings

RNC Ratings Night Two: Networks Lose 17 Million Viewers Compared To Night Two Of 2008 RNC  

Flashback:  FNC Wins With Top Rated Convention Broadcast in Cable History

Viewership down from 2008 Republican convention


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Palin’s RNC VP Acceptance Speech

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on August 29, 2012


Remember the cheers, the electricity in the air?  What about the pride that radiated in the faces of her parents,Chuck and Sally Heath? Remember finding out after the fact that Palin’s teleprompter screen went black at which time she was forced to continue delivering that acceptance speech and did so without missing a beat? Following is the video of Governor Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech from 4 years ago.  Watch it and you’ll fondly remember why you started supporting Sarah Palin and still do so today.

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One Man’s Reflections About August 29, 2008

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 29, 2012

This inspiring blog was posted at The Maritime Sentry one year after the announcement of Governor Palin as Senator McCain’s vice presidential running mate.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Reflections On The Day Gov. Palin Changed The Nation

I was asked to do a post on my reflections of Gov. Palin’s nomination for VP of the Republican Party. My wife and I actually started following Gov. Palin right after she was elected Governor of the state of Alaska. We joined the Draft Gov. Palin for VP movement over a year before she was actually picked. I truly believed that Gov. Palin could change the destructive course our Republic was on and bring common sense back to DC.

Right before the nomination it was announced that Gov. Palin would not be the pick and that she was not even under consideration for the VP spot. It was pretty depressing because I was convinced she was the right person. The morning of the announcement I had woke up extra early to see if there had been a leak and Fox News was reporting that someone matching Gov. Palin’s description may have flown in. I excitedly ran and told my wife that it was Gov. Palin.

For the first time in my life I understood what Democrats meant when they talk about the impact that JFK and RFK had on them. It was exciting to have a nominee that we had fought so hard for, but the greatest impact by far was how I felt as a father with daughters. I can’t describe it, but it felt like for the first time they could truly achieve anything, even the presidency if they so desired.

For years I told my kids about Margaret Thatcher, but she was from my day. Now my kids would have someone from their lifetime to look up to. I belive Gov. Palin changed the nation even though she did not win the election. She changed it because she showed girls every where that they could be a conservative family woman, career woman, pro-Second Amendment, and pro-life and make it.

This is what I will always be grateful to Gov. Palin for; the example that she is to my daughters and future generations of women yet to be born. So thank you Gov. Palin and I look forward with great anticipate to what the future may hold.


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FOX Cancels Palin’s Appearances for Tonight

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on August 29, 2012

Just tweeted by Sarah Palin:

I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the…

Posted to Sarah Palin’s Facebook page:

I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure
wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John
McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect
on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight.
Granted, our honored and esteemed war hero has gone through much more
than the liberal media can ever do to him in their efforts to harm this
patriot. I look forward to hearing his words to his fellow Americans
tonight more than any of the other convention speeches. God bless John
McCain. Thank you for everything. And happy birthday, my friend.

– Sarah Palin

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Palin-Endorsed Candidates Gosar and Flake Win Respective Arizona Primaries

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 29, 2012

Two of the three candidates endorsed by Governor Palin the Arizona primaries  won their races yesterday.

Representative Jeff Flake won his bid for the Senate in the Republican primary for his district yesterday, as reported by  The Arizona Republic:

Arizona Election ResultsU.S. Rep. Jeff Flake handily won the Republican primary in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, setting up a general-election race with former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona that is expected to be much more competitive.

Flake, who has served six terms in the House, jumped out to a huge lead over businessman Wil Cardon, who spent millions of his own dollars trying to win the GOP nomination. Cardon, a political unknown, had flooded the radio and TV airwaves with his ads, but in pre-election polls, Flake always held commanding double-digit leads — a difference that showed up immediately in Tuesday’s vote counts.

Flake will now face Carmona, who had no opponent in the primary. Some polls earlier in the summer indicated Carmona in a tight race with Flake and with a slight advantage in campaign funds headed into the general election.

Flake, speaking from his home in Mesa on Tuesday night, said he believes he and Carmona offer such differing visions for Arizona that voters will find the choice easy to make.

“I’m going to be talking about jobs, the economy, about our debt, our deficit, what our federal government needs to do to allow job creation,” Flake said. “What you’ll see is Rich Carmona defending the president’s agenda. It’s what he’s done so far, and it’s what he’s going to do.”

Republican U.S. Rep Paul Gosar has won the Republican primary in Congressional District 4, and is on his way to a probable second term in Congress.

Paul Gosara also won by a large margin in the Republican Congressional primary in his district, as reported by

Gosar beat state Sen. Ron Gould, his closest rival, by a large margin as well as radio-station owner Rick Murphy in the Republican Primary.

In the Democratic primary, political newcomers Johnnie Robinson of Florence and Mikel Weisser, a Golden Valley high school teacher, were virtually tied in early voting.

District 4, however, is overwhelmingly Republican and if Gosar wins he is expected to have no difficulty winning a second-term in Congress.

Gosar celebrated at a restaurant in Prescott with about 200 supporters.

He attributed his primary win to “working with people” and “putting solutions on the table.”

He said he was happy to have what he characterized as a “negative” primary campaign behind him and is now looking forward to the November general election.

“We have been talking about success and ideas and talking about ideas and getting people back to work in rural Arizona and where we can get people to believe again in America,” Gosar said in a telephone interview. “We are not going change that matra because that is a winning recipe for people, and that is what we are here for is people.”

Unfortunately, Paul Adams lost his battle for the Republican Congressional nomination to Matt Salmon as reports:

 Former Congressman Matt Salmon has beaten former Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams to win the Republican nomination for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District in southeastern Maricopa County.

Salmon was leading Adams by 54 percent to 46 percent Tuesday evening.

The Kirk Adams campaign released this video on the evening of the election.  I suspect this is not the last we will hear from him as he seeks to serve his country.

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Governor Palin discusses Tuesday’s RNC convention speeches with Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 29, 2012

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Wearing a lovely new updo, Governor Palin spoke with Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier of FOX news last night from what appeared to be outside her Arizona home.  When asked by Megyn Kelly about the Tuesday speeches at the RNC convention, Governor Palin said that they met expectations and offered encouragement that the politicans giving them would walk the walk and  not just talk the talk.  She applauded Ann Romney for praising multi-tasking working Moms and being concerned about the futures of the children of middle class families.   She said that Chris Christie “got to that point about our actual nominee, Mitt Romney, and his qualifications,”  possibly reflecting the concern of many that Christie took so long to reach that point in his speech. Governor Palin deflected Bret Baier’s praise for her 2008 convention speech by saying the crowd was fired up in expectation of what Senator McCain would have to say the next night about restoring America’s greatness, especially after having heard what Obama had said about fundamentally transforming America.

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Triple Anniversary for Palins and McCain Today

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 29, 2012

Four years ago today, Senator John McCain announced Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate at a rally in Ohio.  It just happened to be  John McCain’s birthday and the Palins’ wedding anniversary.    So today we want to celebrate the introduction of Governor Palin by Senator McCain to America and wish Senator McCain a happy birthday and the Palins a happy 24th anniversary.

The Washington Times made note of that first anniversary yesterday:

Wednesday marks an auspicious anniversary for Sarah Palin. The nation met her exactly four years ago: The date was Aug. 29, 2008 when then-White House hopeful Sen. John McCain introduced the inimitable governor of Alaska and her family at a campaign event in Ohio, telling the crowd of 15,000, “She’s not from these parts, and she’s not from Washington, but when you get to know her, you’re going to be as impressed as I am.” In a sleek black suit and signature up do, she was indeed a force to be reckoned with.

“Principles matter more than the party line,” Mrs. Palin told her enthusiastic audience.

Americans became transfixed by Mr. McCain’s audacious pick for a running mate. The mainstream press was outraged from the start. Illinois senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama phoned Mrs. Palin from his campaign bus to wish her luck.

And four years later, she is still “not from Washington” — notably absent from the Republican National Convention, campaigning instead for select Republican candidates in Arizona. Mrs. Palin is not done yet, and has now taken convention officials to task for bandying about a new rule that would lessen the role of states in choosing delegates.

Happy Birthday, Senator McCain! May you enjoy many more years of service to your country and happiness with your family. Happy Anniversary, Governor Palin and Todd! May you have many more happily married years and continue to be role models and leaders for our country.

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Steele says Sarah Palin’s absence a ‘mistake’

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on August 28, 2012



From Politico:

Michael Steele said Tuesday it’s a “mistake” that Sarah Palin doesn’t have a role at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

“I think it was a little bit of a mistake not to have Sarah Palin here,” the former Republican National Committee chairman said on MSNBC. “I
think she brings a level of energy and excitement that’s going to be important going forward into the general campaign… She’s the vice presidential nominee from 2008. Extend the invitation, give her a moment
to speak to the delegation, to the candidate and [their] families.”  More

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