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Archive for October 26th, 2013

Palin endorsement the most important one in Republican politics today

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 26, 2013

Video retrieved from KaFaDoKyA News

Peter Hamby’s article at CNN:

The return of Sarah Palin

By Peter Hamby, CNN Digital National Political Reporter
updated 2:32 PM EDT, Fri October 25, 2013
In the middle of the Republican presidential primaries in February 2012, Sarah Palin tells the Conservative Political Action Conference that the party needs a candidate who "can instinctively turn right," a dig at eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

(CNN) — The Republican establishment can’t stand her. The media mocks her. But Sarah Palin isn’t going anywhere.

Far from it.

After laying low for much of this year, Palin is gingerly stepping back into the public arena with a national book tour, a trip to the always-important political state of Iowa, and an eye on making yet another series of splashy endorsements in a variety of competitive Republican primaries.

Five years after rocketing from Alaska obscurity to worldwide fame, Palin wants to be a political player in 2014.

Which begs the question: Does she still matter?

“She is the most important endorsement in Republican politics today, by far,” said Sal Russo, a Republican consultant who co-founded the Tea Party Express, a group that has booked Palin to speak at numerous public events dating back to the 2010 midterm cycle. “She can move the needle in a primary more than anyone else can.”

[…]

Palin hasn’t been completely absent from politics in 2013. She issued a range of political pronouncements on her Facebook page, attacking President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, taking particular umbrage at their efforts to scale back gun rights. And in March, she delivered one of the more well-received speeches at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

But she has devoted much of her energies this year to a Christmas-themed book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas,” that will release in November and launch her on a multicity book tour through states like Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona (the promotional tour also offers her a loophole to appear on other television networks).

It was the 16-day partial government shutdown, a fight sparked by Republican-led efforts to dismantle Obama’s Affordable Care Act, that energized Palin once again, those around her say.

She has been impressed, one Palin aide said, by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Utah Sen. Mike Lee, two tea party stalwarts who helped orchestrate the defund-Obamacare movement that led to the shutdown and set off a new round of establishment-versus-grassroots warfare inside the Republican Party.

“There is a need to step up now,” said one Palin aide who declined to go on the record like most people around her usually do. “She steps up when she sees there is a need. She sees the fire that Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have started.”

Palin opened the door last week to helping unseat Graham in South Carolina and a number of other incumbent Republicans, including Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky and Lamar Alexander in Tennessee.

‘Going to shake things up’

“We’re going to shake things up in 2014,” Palin wrote on Facebook, still her preferred public megaphone. “Rest well tonight, for soon we must focus on important House and Senate races. Let’s start with Kentucky — which happens to be awfully close to South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi — from sea to shining sea we will not give up. We’ve only just begun to fight.

The post, which was “liked” by more than 31,000 of her followers, was rapidly picked up by a range of conservative websites. Palin’s small circle of advisers received an uptick in their usual flood of speaking requests, one adviser said, including from some of the insurgent conservative candidates running for Senate.

One of those who reached out was Chris McDaniel, a state senator from Mississippi gunning to take out six-term Sen. Thad Cochran, a low-key but powerful member of the upper chamber who has served in Washington for more than three decades. McDaniel has already been endorsed by three conservative outfits, the Club For Growth, the Madison Project and the Senate Conservatives Fund, hungry to unseat Cochran.

McDaniel said Palin’s endorsement, if it comes, would be an unquestionable boon, especially in a deep red state like Mississippi, where GOP primaries are dominated by a small-but-motivated base electorate. Even during the high-profile Republican presidential primary of 2012, only about 300,000 people cast ballots. That’s in a state with nearly two million registered voters.

“Sarah Palin understand that there is a movement out there of good conservatives and just regular people,” McDaniel told CNN. “She taps into that. We would absolutely welcome her.”

Palin’s ability to propel tea party-aligned candidates into office was a well-documented phenomenon in 2010, when she endorsed over 60 Senate, House and gubernatorial candidates, the majority of whom won. Her midterm travels even inspired The Washington Post to launch a “Palin Endorsements Tracker,” complete with clickable audio of a growling grizzly bear, an homage to her self-styled “Mama Grizzly” image.

A ‘media blowtorch’

Though Palin’s political action committee, Sarah PAC, doled out contributions to her favored candidates, her endorsements bring more than just hard dollars.

When Palin showed up in South Carolina to endorse Nikki Haley during her 2010 gubernatorial primary, a race Haley went on to win. A Republican working for a rival campaign calculated that the event generated “over a million dollars” in television and radio coverage.

“There was absolutely no way when that endorsement came down to break through the news cycle,” the Republican said of Palin. “It was an earned media blowtorch.”

Palin’s star was burning much hotter in 2010 than it is today, but she demonstrated similar clout last year in Nebraska’s three-way Republican Senate primary — and she did so without even traveling to corn country.

In that race, establishment figures had lined up behind attorney general Jon Bruning, while outside conservative groups like FreedomWorks and the Club For Growth backed state treasurer Don Stenberg, who also had the backing of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

But Palin jumped in the race late and got behind Deb Fischer, a little-known state legislator, pushing her over the finish line and stunning the political class in Washington. Fischer coasted to a win in November and is now a United States senator.

The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call described the Palin endorsement as “an adrenaline shot six days before the GOP primary.” Fischer’s campaign manager, Aaron Trost, said Palin helped them “dictate the tempo of the last week of the campaign.” All Palin did was post a statement of support online.

“Before she endorsed we were down four points, within the margin of error and coming up slightly, and then all of a sudden the narrative changed and we dominated the news cycle,” Trost said. “People who underestimate the power of her endorsement are going to be really sorry. People that write her off don’t understand Republican primaries.”

[…]

Earlier this month, Palin campaigned on behalf of New Jersey Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, who ultimately fell to Democrat Cory Booker in last week’s special election.

Like few Republicans can, she attracted thousands of fired-up, flag-waving conservatives to an out-of-the-way motor speedway in the middle of the state, but Democrats were equally pumped to welcome the polarizing Palin to the Garden State. “Sarah Palin’s endorsing Lonegan thrills both parties,” read one headline in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Still, Palin continues to wield great influence among grassroots conservatives, Trost argued, especially in Republican primaries in right-leaning states like Nebraska, where winning a primary all-but-guarantees a general election victory over token Democratic opposition. About 200,000 people participated in last year’s Nebraska Senate primary, and Fischer essentially won a Senate seat with barely 80,000 votes.

“People forget about this sometimes, but because Sarah Palin has a child with Down syndrome, a lot of people in the pro-life community view her as not just talking the talk about pro-life but walking the walk,” Trost said. “Social issues play a big factor in a low turnout Republican primary.”

[…]

Aligning herself with tea party’s new guard

At the same time, Palin is now aligning herself with members of the tea party’s uncompromising new guard, especially Cruz, who has made plain his distaste for old bull Senate leadership.

Palin’s relationship with Cruz dates to last year, when she endorsed him during his underdog Republican primary bid in 2012. It was Cruz who introduced Palin when she spoke at CPAC in March.

During the shutdown, Palin and her husband Todd traveled to Washington to appear with Cruz and Lee at a rally to re-open the temporarily shuttered World War II memorial.

The conservative quartet later joined up with Cruz’s wife for lunch at Hill Country Barbecue, a casual downtown Washington restaurant known for its brisket.

Chip Roy, Cruz’s chief-of-staff, said Palin and the senator were often in communication during the shutdown, he said he expects their back-and-forth to continue into the midterm cycle.

“There is enormous respect between the two, and there is increasing communication between the offices,” Roy told CNN. “As the year has progressed, I think Palin has been pretty simpatico with what Sen. Cruz and Sen. Lee have been trying to accomplish over the last year, fighting these debates, talking to the American people and challenging the status quo.”

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Gov. Palin: Keep up the citizen activism!

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 26, 2013

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page Thursday (photo and comment):


Very important update about our post on Fort Hood yesterday. Please see Todd Starnes’ new article below. This is all thanks to you, concerned citizens! Keep up the great work. Keep up the pressure on our misguided, blatantly out of touch and out of control government. Citizen activism is the only way they’ll listen. Thank you!!!

Here’s Todd Starnes’ new article about Fort Hood:
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/10/24/exclusive-army-halts-training-program-that-labeled-christians-as-extremists/Share · October 24

Here is the article by Todd Starnes that she referred to:

Exclusive: Army halts training program that labeled Christians as extremists

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The Secretary of the Army has ordered military leaders to halt all briefings on extremist organizations that labeled Evangelical Christian groups as domestic hate groups. The shutdown comes just four days after I reported exclusively about a briefing at Mississippi’s Camp Shelby that labeled the American Family Association as a domestic hate group.

“On several occasions over the past few months, media accounts have highlighted instances of Army instructors supplementing programs of instruction and including information or material that is inaccurate, objectionable and otherwise inconsistent with current Army policy,” Army Sec. John McHugh wrote to military leaders in a memorandum I obtained.

McHugh “directed that Army leaders cease all briefings, command presentations or training on the subject of extremist organizations or activities until that program of instruction and training has been created and disseminated,” Army spokesman Col. David Patterson, Jr., tells me.

To correct the problem, Army Sec. John McHugh has directed leaders to create a standardized program of instruction and training.

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty welcomed the news and said it was about time the Secretary of the Army intervened.

“Men and women of faith – who have served the Army faithfully for centuries – have been likened to those who regularly threaten the peace and security of the United States,” said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance. “It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of improper characterization.”

The Camp Shelby incident led five congressmen to fire off a letter to the Pentagon expressing their grave concerns.

“This most recent mislabeling of a Christian organization reflects what appears to be a troubling trend of religious intolerance in the military,” Rep. Doug Lamborn wrote in a letter signed by Reps. Tim Huelskamp, Steve Scalise, John Fleming and Joseph Pitts. “We are very troubled.”

The Army issued a statement refuting the claims made and photographed in the briefing after it was reported in my column.

The Camp Shelby briefing was one of a number of incidents on Army bases around the nation where soldiers were instructed that groups like the American Family Association and Family Research Council should be considered domestic hate groups because of their support for traditional marriage.

Last week soldiers at Fort Hood were warned that participating in or donating money to evangelical Christian groups or Tea Party groups could result in military punishment.

And last May an Army Reserve training brief listed Catholics and Evangelical Christians as examples of religious extremism. That incident prompted 34 members of Congress to raise objections.

The Army repeatedly told me the briefings were isolated incidents where instructors used materials that were not approved by the military.

McHugh said the instructors used material that is “inaccurate, objectionable and otherwise inconsistent with current Army policy.”

He referenced recent “high-profile” cases where Army instructors found information online and included it in their presentations.

“The groups identified in the instruction were not ‘extremist’ organizations as that term is defined in Army Regulation,” McHugh wrote in his memorandum.

So where did the Army instructors get their talking points?

“None of these slides were produced by the Army, but by soldiers who included information found during an Internet search,” Patterson told me.

“The Army does not maintain or publish a list of organizations considered extremist; and after a similar incident earlier this year, commanders and other leaders were cautioned that they should not use lists of ‘extremists,’ ‘hate groups,’ ‘radical factions’ or the like compiled by any outside non-governmental groups or organizations for briefings, command presentations, or as a shortcut to determining if a group or activity is considered to be extremist.”

But the Army does provide a list of organizations that do list groups like the AFA and FRC as domestic hate groups – specifically the Southern Poverty Law Center. And the SPLC is featured in the military’s Equal Opportunity Advisor Student Guide.

The Chaplain Alliance uncovered that information through a Freedom of Information Act request. Crews wants the Army to stop using any materials from the SPLC.

“The SPLC has labeled many mainstream religious organizations as hate groups,” Crews said. “Reliance on lists produced by anti-Christian political organizations violates the apolitical stance necessary in the military.”

So to correct the problem, McHugh has directed leaders to create a standardized program of instruction and training.

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Gov. Palin: Fainting lady conspiracy theory article is hilarious

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 26, 2013

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Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page Thursday:

Sarah Palin · 3,863,637 like this

October 24 at 12:39pm

Whether accurate or not, for some reason I found this hilarious! Am I out of bounds for cracking up when I saw this take on a nauseated Obama fan, her absentminded pal, and our President’s heroics this week? If so, penance paying I’ll accept. With the Obama White House’s total lack of transparency, it’s no wonder that some will ask whether they staged even a fainting lady in the Rose Garden. What was once a major leap in logic has become a single step because President Obama has lied so often and so blatantly (“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your plan” comes to mind!).

Here’s the fainting lady conspiracy theory article, which was linked by Drudge yesterday:
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/conspiracy-theorist-contends-obama-s-fainting-lady-was-faked_764596.html

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Gov. Palin: Happy Birthday, Mom!

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 26, 2013

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page earlier today (photo and comment):

 

Happy Birthday, Mom! We love you more than life itself. Thank you for everything. You’re the kind of mom who says, seeing only five pieces of pie left while six of us sat there, “Oh, I never much liked pie, anyway!”And knowing mom, the most optimistic person we know, a great gift she’d appreciate from everyone, especially all her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids, is like-minded optimism. She‘s proof positive it makes the world a better place. In honor of her, we can join the cause of thankfulness. Here’s a sweet reminder: http://www.thethankables.com/join-war-on-grumbling/

We know there’s a lot wrong with our nation right now, but there’s a lot right too! Human nature leads to a pattern of grumbling where we lose sight of things we should be thankful for.

I ran across @thethankables campaign to declare a “War on Grumbling.” Great idea. It’s totally “Sally Heath.” Take time each day to declare our own #WarOnGrumbling by naming things we’re thankful for.

Here’s a one-minute video if you need inspiration:
http://youtu.be/TdJ9AMKGCos

Let me start by saying again how thankful I am for Sally Heath. God bless you richly, Mom!

– From the whole gang!

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/05/12/Exclusive-Interview-With-Sarah-Palin-Mother

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Sarah Palin to Piers Morgan: Thanks, but no thanks

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 26, 2013

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page yesterday (photo and comment):

Liked · Yesterday

 


Oh dear Piers, thank you so much for all your invitations to appear on your shambolic show, including the adoring message you sent. But is it still any wonder why I’ve politely responded that I’m too busy doing, um, er… pretty much anything to accept the invite? (At least I didn’t tell you to “get stuffed”.) And to all our British friends: we ask, what did your friends across the pond ever do to you to deserve your Piers?

See this article:
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/10/24/CNN-anchor-tweets-out-story-trashing-palin

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