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Archive for the ‘GOP’ Category

Gov. Palin offers praise for Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget

Posted by joshpainter on April 5, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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At The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room, Jordan Fabian observes that via Twitter, Sarah Palin has expressed her support for House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal:

There is hope! Serious & necessary leadership rolls out serious & necessary reform proposal. Good start (from Dec. http://on.wsj.com/eP0Kwo)

[…]

Ryan’s plan will slash $5.8 trillion from current spending levels over 10 years, but would not balance the budget for at least two decades. It also proposed huge reforms to Medicare and Medicaid that he said would save the programs, and that Democrats say would hurt the elderly and poor.

The Ryan proposal is likely to become part of the GOP’s platform in 2012, regardless of who is the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, according to NY Times columnist David Brooks. All eyes and ears are on Gov. Palin, who has made no secret of her interest in running for president in 2012, but has not yet announced whether she intends to run.

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Riehl: Why They Really Fear Sarah Palin, And Why She Should Run

Posted by joshpainter on March 18, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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At Riehl World View, blogger Dan Riel opines that if Gov. Palin gets in the 2012 presidential race, it would force some of those who are currently attacking her through surrogates and media operatives to “take to the spotlight and deal with her one on one”:

Many people think the DC GOP establishment fears and constantly attacks Sarah Palin because they’re afraid she could become president. But that can’t really be true, can it? If they believe she’s everything they think and say she is, or isn’t, along with being so utterly unqualified, she doesn’t have a prayer of becoming president. Right? And don’t kid yourself that they think differently about her than they increasingly openly claim. I’m just not sure they even understand why they do; it’s more instinctual, than anything, embedded within their instinct to survive.

But, ironically, that’s the key to why they really hate her and what she does without seemingly trying. And she does it even as they attack her. In the first place, they do fear she might become president, or at least win the nomination. So, what does that say as regards how they really think about you, or “we the people,” as it were. Well, obviously, they think you’re stupid because they can’t trust you to not elect someone they perceive as so dumb, and/or unfit.

Yet, as an aside, these same people, even ones who officially campaigned against Obama, never claimed Obama was fundamentally unfit, now did they? Yet, time has proven precisely that. So, just how smart are these people?

The point is, attacking her while believing she’s totally unfit to become president makes little sense and is a profound waste of their supposedly so valuable time – unless it exposes them in terms of what they think about the average Republican voter and American in general.

It’s precisely because Palin so often does this, exposes them for what they actually are, that whether she ever runs for president, or not, they feel compelled to destroy her. They don’t simply not want her to run for president; if they could, they would remove her entirely from the national stage because she’s such a threat.

If it fears anything, the Beltway establishment, both Left and Right, fears being exposed as chiefly a game of self-professed, elitist, political power-sharing ping pong playing individuals who are absolutely convinced that they, and not the American people, are capable of steering America’s course. They also believe that only they are entitled to do it, hence the attacks on almost any genuine citizen, or Tea Party-aligned candidate – along with dressing up some typical GOP hacks as Tea Party-aligned to win. Some of them are now being exposed by their votes.

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Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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The Ticket: Palin and Huckabee sent aides to RNC meeting on 2012

Posted by joshpainter on March 12, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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From Holly Bailey at Yahoo’s The Ticket blog:

Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee have been cagey about whether they’ll run for president in 2012. But the pair still sent political aides to a meeting at the Republican National Committee this week about party logistics headed into next year’s presidential campaign

According to Politico’s Jonathan Martin, newly elected RNC chief Reince Priebus convened the meeting, which included staffers from the potential Palin and Huckabee campaigns, as well as aides representing all-but-declared candidates Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney. Notably, Mitch Daniels, who said last week that Indiana’s budget crisis might curtail his 2012 efforts, didn’t send anyone to the meeting.

Is it true? Considering that it comes from fact-challenged Politico, who knows? Nevertheless, this should add plenty of fuel to keep the ol’ media speculation motor spinning…

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Sarah Palin tops the Hot Air charts for 3rd survey in a row

Posted by joshpainter on March 9, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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Here is how she has fared against the other prospective GOP presidential candidates:

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More from Patrick Ishmael here.

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Why Karl Rove is childishly mocking Gov. Palin

Posted by joshpainter on March 2, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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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.”

Townhall.com’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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Steele says he would be happy with Gov. Palin as GOP nominee in 2012

Posted by joshpainter on November 1, 2010

RNC Chairman Michael Steele defended his party’s 2008 vice presidential candidate against recent attacks, telling CNN this morning that Sarah Palin’s critics in the GOP establishment need to “shut up”:

“These Republican leaders who don’t put their names in print but make comments in shadows need to shut up,” Steele told American Morning’s John Roberts Monday. “We’re focused on winning elections tomorrow night. We’re not focused on 2012.”

Steele’s comments were in reference to a Politico article out Monday in which a string of unnamed Republicans, feeling Palin could not be a viable presidential contender, said it will be the party’s goal to prevent her from running in 2012.

Other establishment Republicans have also gone on the record to criticize the former Alaska governor – most recently Karl Rove, who last week said Palin lacks the gravitas to sit in the oval office.

But Steele disagreed, saying he would be pleased with Gov. Palin as the party’s presidential nominee in 2012:

“If she goes through the process and the Republican primary voters vote for her, absolutely I would be happy,” said Steele. “Why wouldn’t I be?”

– JP

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

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Rush Limbaugh on the Politico anti-Palin hit piece

Posted by joshpainter on November 1, 2010

Rush had Politico’s Allen-Van DeHei hit piece on Gov. Palin pegged before it ever hit the web or the wires. On his Friday show, the king of the talk show hosts called it:

“Now, folks, I want to tell you something here. I saw that… Where did I see this? Oh! Oh! I didn’t have a chance to reply to it. I got an e-mail from Mike Allen of The Politico last night. They’re working on a story; they may have already run it.”

“Some Republican leader has told them that the Republican leadership is right now as we speak coalescing to find somebody to oppose Sarah Palin. They didn’t identify whoever this ‘Republican leader is,’ so I can’t tell you who it is, but they say that there’s a Republican talking to them at Politico that they are trying to find somebody to beat back Palin, from the Republican establishment, because they are convinced that if Palin is the nominee, the party loses. That’s, at least, what they say. It could also be they’re scared to death that Palin wins it’s the end of them: The Republican establishment.”

“Mike Allen wanted to take my reply, and I got his e-mail in the midst of a whole bunch other stuff. I just now remembered it so I haven’t had a chance to reply. But let’s see. This kind of thing, I think the reason I didn’t drop everything and reply is ’cause the little antenna go up. It could be a disinformation campaign before the election. Why write a story right now about Palin in 2012? What’s the point of running a story like that right now if not then to sow dissension in the ranks?”

Emphasis ours.

– JP

Cross-posted at Texas for Sarah Palin

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Doug Hoffman drops out of NY-23 race; endorses Matt Doheny

Posted by joshpainter on October 5, 2010

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Remember Doug Hoffman, the Republican who ran on the Conservative Party ticket in last year’s special election in NY-23 against Democrat Bill Owens and Vichy Republican Dede Scozzafava? Hoffman was supported by Sarah Palin and conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and the Tea Party. Had the traitorous Scozzafava not dropped out of the race the weekend before the election and endorsed Owens, Hoffman would have likely won.

Fast forward to this year’s race in the same district, and watch Hoffman give an object lesson in what it means to have “class”:

Doug Hoffman has dropped out of the race to represent New York’s 23rd Congressional District.

Hoffman’s name will still appear on the ballot on the Conservative line; however, Hoffman said Tuesday morning that he wants his supporters to vote for Republican Matt Doheny.

“Our nation is at a crossroads, and it is imperative that on Election Day we wrest control of Congress from Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat majority,” Hoffman said in a prepared statement. “It was never my intention to split the Republican vote.”

Hoffman, a certified public accountant and businessman who lives in Saranac Lake, ran against Doheny in a Republican primary.

[…]

Now, Hoffman has decided to back Doheny.

“Matt Doheny and I may have differed on some issues during the course of our primary race,” Hoffman said. “Now, we must put those differences aside and do what is best for our nation.”

[…]

“My reaction is, Doug has done the right and noble thing,” said Mark Barie, chairman of the Upstate New York Tea Party, when informed of Doug Hoffman’s decision. “By suspending his campaign, he is giving Matt Doheny a clear shot at the incumbent, Mr. Owens, and increased the likelihood that Matt Doheny will be victorious on Nov. 2.”

[…]

“This had to be a difficult decision for Doug,” Barie said. “He earned the right to be our next congressman. But for a poor choice of campaign staff, he might well have been our next congressman. I don’t blame Doug for that, I blame his staff still. I compliment him on a wise choice that had to be painful, but a wise choice nonetheless.”

Attention Vichy Republicans Lisa Murkowski, Charlie Crist, et al. This is how it is done.

Related: Speaking of Murkowski, the Princess of Pork Projects is trying her hand at censorship. We always suspected she was a Democrat in GOP clothing. Now we’re convinced. This kind of stuff is right out of their Alinsky playbook.

– JP

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Sarah Palin Most Influential Republican in America

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 25, 2010

After Governor Palin’s winning streak yesterday, with 4 of her 5 endorsees winning and the 5th likely to win, the Internet was abuzz today about Governor Palin’s clout as a GOP kingmaker.

David A. Patten at NewsMax had this to say:

Incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s stunning setback in Alaska sends a powerful message to political insiders in both parties: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is now the GOP’s clear No. 1 kingmaker.

Upstart candidate Joe Miller, who made a lightning-fast rise in the polls following Palin’s endorsement and robo calls, credited Palin for his primary shocker.

“I’m absolutely certain that was pivotal,” he told The Anchorage Daily News.

With an estimated 98 percent of the vote tallied — and with thousands of absentee ballots yet to be counted — Miller leads Murkowski by 1,960 votes.

Political pundits suggest the outcome elevates Palin to unique status within the Republican Party.

“Clearly Sarah Palin is the most influential Republican in America,” Democratic pollster and Fox News commentator Douglas Schoen tells Newsmax. “That much is clear as the primary season winds down. And Palin clearly is the candidate who will generate the most enthusiasm if she runs in 2012.”

Miller appeared to come out of nowhere in the campaign’s closing days. A poll that RT Nielsen released Friday showed Murkowski still leading Miller by a strong margin, 47 percent to 35 percent.

[…]

Nor is her influence seen as limited to her home state — her endorsement was considered a key factor in shoring up Sen. John McCain’s right flank in his primary victory Tuesday over former Congressman J.D. Hayworth in Arizona.

“Looks like Miller won,” political analyst and Fox News commentator Dick Morris tells Newsmax. “Palin’s victory in Alaska is very impressive.

“She had defeated Murkowski’s father for governor in a Republican primary, and just defeated the daughter in a Senate primary,” Morris says. “I think she also played a key role in helping build but sentiment about McCain moving to the right, and tying him in with the tea party movement. She made him look like less of a RINO. Both wins demonstrate her power.”

Commentator and syndicated columnist Patrick J. Buchanan called the result “astonishing” on MSNBC Wednesday morning.

“Lisa Murkowski is a fairly popular senator from Alaska who settled in,” he said. “And after the death of Ted Stevens, it looked like she was a winner.
And Sarah Palin steps in, and this fella who’s relatively unknown nationally, is known in Alaska, can put him not only in the competition but maybe into the Senate race itself — this is very, very dramatic.”

Jason Horowitz at the Washington Post wrote:

Palin may have withdrawn from official life in Alaska, but the surprisingly strong showing in Tuesday’s GOP Senate primary by Joe Miller, the long-shot candidate she backed over Lisa Murkowski, made it clear to the entire country that she still exercises great influence in her home state.

[…]

This matters for Palin’s aspirations outside of Alaska, too.

Alaska is central to the political imagery, folksy charm and outsider credentials of Palin. In her introductory speech to national politics during the Republican National Convention she referred to herself as a “gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska.” The bus she rode across the country on her book tour featured Palin beaming in front of Alaska’s snowcapped mountains and spruce-spotted hills. More recently, she coined the term “mama grizzlies” to describe women who want to protect the nation from “fundamental transformation,” because there are grizzly bears “in Alaska.” Her upcoming TV show is called “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”

By endorsing Miller on Facebook, boosting him on Twitter and making robo-calls for him against the heavily favored establishment candidate, Palin risked sacrificing the founding pillar of her political creation myth. Instead, preliminary results from Tuesday’s election showed Miller ahead, 45,909 votes to 43,949 votes. According to the Alaska Division of Elections, more than 16,000 absentee ballots were requested and fewer than half had been returned. Whether he ultimately prevailed or not was beside the point. Palin, whose presidential and political aspirations are still undetermined, had demonstrated that the strength of her base is not.

“Within conservative politics in Alaska she is still a very formidable force,” Miller said in a recent interview. “She’s certainly a net positive to any candidate running for office.”

[…]

Murkowski, who was vexed by Palin’s endorsement of Miller, which was widely seen as motivated not just by Todd Palin’s friendship with Miller but by Palin’s dislike of the Murkowski family, had sought to put it more diplomatically.

“If you ask Alaskans, they will talk about all of the politicians that represent them,” Murkowski said during a July campaign swing to North Pole, outside of Fairbanks. Her father, Frank Murkowski, lost the governor’s mansion to Palin in 2006. “This is the first election since Governor Palin has stepped down from office, and it’s her first series of elections across the country where she has weighed in, and it remains to be seen how that will play out in the state.”

Not anymore.

From governor to kingmaker?

Last July, Palin announced that she would be abandoning the governor’s mansion to protect the state from the costs of politically motivated lawsuits against her. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, she said, would be inaugurated at the Governor’s Picnic at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks on July 25. Next, she signed on with Fox, launched the book tour, raised PAC money and bestowed endorsements on like-minded candidates.

[…]

“It’s clear that there are a lot of people in the state that support and respect Sarah Palin since the presidential race,” Miller said. “It is equally clear that there are folk that no longer support her.”

“There is a ruling family and that has been reflected in the generational politics of the Murkowski family. Lisa’s appointment by her father reflects that. It’s power perpetuated not just by family but by special interests,” he said. “Palin is absolutely outside of that. She certainly came from outside of that mold when she ran for governor. In fact it was her campaign that cracked the establishment.”

[…]

Palin made an appearance with other Alaskan dignitaries at the funeral of Ted Stevens this month, but for the most part, the former governor lays low. Her house is hidden by a tall brown fence Palin erected for privacy after a reporter rented the home next door. An impressive white satellite dish rises above the studio where Palin can do her live television hits. And at the foot of the gravel road leading to Palin’s house, there is a large Joe Miller campaign billboard.

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Palin and Bachmann Team Up at Minnesota Rally

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 9, 2010

A lot of enthusiasm accompanied the Minnesota GOP Rally as Sarah Palin campaigned on behalf of Representative Michele Bachmann on Wednesday. That evening, Governor Palin hosted a private fundraiser for Bachmann.

Matthew Continetti at the Weekly Standard reported:

Michele Bachmann’s rally with Sarah Palin at the Minneapolis convention center yesterday was a sight to see. Politico estimates that up to 11,000 people may have attended. Bachmann and Palin know how to work a crowd. Their message was that only Republican victories in 2010 and 2012 can undo the damage Obama and the Democratic majorities have done to the American economy and American security. Judging by the raucous applause, the audience agreed with them.

Pat Dollard wrote:

While Minnesota GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) opened for Palin and Bachmann, both quickly faded into the background, unable to compete with their wattage.

The governor and congresswoman were welcomed to the stage by an announcer who boomed: “Freedom loving Minnesotans, please welcome Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.”

The pair walked in together in front of a shrieking crowd that nearly drowned out the blaring country music—the Martina McBride anthem, “This one’s for the girls.”

In a reference to the crowd’s energy, Bachmann, who spoke first, exclaimed, “Take that liberals!”

[…]

When Palin took the stage, she drew several parallels between herself and Bachmann.

“Michele and I, we both have a lot to fight for,” Palin said, pointing out that they are both mothers to five children.

“There are a lot of conservative women like Michele who are standing up and speaking out for common sense conservative solutions,” Palin said. “2010 is shaping up to be the year that conservative women take over…and Michele is leading the stampede.”

Palin credited Bachmann with “leading the charge” to repeal health care reform and warmly recalled the first time the two met.

“I knew we would be buddies when I met her [in Alaska] and she said that we should ‘drill here, drill now.’ And I replied, ‘Drill, baby, drill.’ And we both said, ‘You betcha,’” said Palin, who also noted the similar accent and background the two women share.

“It is really good to be here in the land of 10,000 lakes with patriots who love their county,” said Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, before chiding Obama. “Some of you are proudly clinging to your guns and religion.”

“Minnesota, you are awesome. You just rock,” Palin said in closing. “Thank you for sending Michele Bachmann back to the United States Congress.”

Patricia Murphy at Politics Daily noted these elements of the new feminism present at the rally and represented by both Palin and Bachmann:

“In politics, if you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman,” Palin joked to the delight of the crowd, quoting Margaret Thatcher. “My own mantra is that behind every good, productive man stands a very surprised woman.”

Although Palin told her fans she was “just joshin’ about that gender thing,” the visual image of Palin and Bachmann commanding the stage as headliners of the event, rather than bit players, was striking. That they were flanked by women as they spoke as superstars of a political movement would have been the dream of any 1960s feminist.

But along with their super-sized political influence, Palin and Bachmann are both prolific mothers (they have five children each) and pro-life activists. Bachmann has been a foster parent to 23 children with her husband and Palin was outspoken in her choice not to end her pregnancy upon learning that her fifth child would have Down syndrome.

Those are qualities that make the women positively anti-feminist for old-school activists, but it’s also what conservative women say they’ve been missing for years in their search for their own Hillary Clinton. “No matter how you look at it, it is just good to have strong, positive female role models in political life,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, chair of the conservative Susan B. Anthony List. “For only one model to have been represented, basically cutting out half of the female population in terms of mentorship, can never be a good thing.”

[…]

As Palin finished her stump speech for Bachmann, she made a prediction about the 2010 election cycle. “There are a lot of conservative women like Michele who are standing up and speaking out for common sense conservative solutions and they’re ready to take their country back,” she said. “2010 is shaping up to be the year that conservative women get together to take back this country and Michele is leading the stampede.”

Also see:

Palin/Bachman in 2012?

Photos: Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Tim Pawlenty at the Minnesota GOP Rally

Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann Rally Thousands in Minneapolis 

Thousands turn out for Palin-Bachmann rally

Video: Sarah Palin comes to Minnesota

‘What I see in [Palin] is Christianity, I see integrity’

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