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It’s a Barn Burner!

Posted by reagantman on September 4, 2011

Palin lays out her plan with Iowa speech

Sudden and relentless reform

It was her best speech since she accepted the vice presidential nomination. Sarah Palin clearly articulated what was wrong with the policies of the current administration and then clearly articulated an indisputable plan to fix it.

In a well written and well delivered speech, Palin lambasted the Obama presidency by reading a passage from her RNC Convention speech of 3 years ago which clearly shows how she called what was going to happen. Pointing out that now he has a record, the former governor of Alaska made it clear that the movement should not just be about getting rid of Obama, but be about bringing an end to business as usual (the status quo) and crony capitalism.

The staple of the Palin plan is energy. “I promise you this will bring real job growth, not the politicians’ phony green jobs fairy dust sprinkled with wishes and glitter…” There are enough conventional energy projects waiting in the wings, she said, that could create more than a million of high paying jobs. She called it a “stimulus project that actually helps dig us out of debt instead of digging us further into it.”

“America’s economic revival starts with America’s energy revival.”

She advocated the elimination of all federal corporate income tax. This could be done by eliminating corporate welfare and all the loopholes, she said. Speaking as a pure capitalist she explained, “this is how we break the back of crony capitalism because it feeds off corporate welfare which is just socialism for the very rich..” The message to job creating corporations, she said,  is “we’ll unshackle you from the world’s highest federal taxes, but you will stand or fall on your own just like all the rest of us out on Main Street.”

The latest Fox News poll which shows a majority of Americans don’t want her to run for president may no longer be valid after today’s speech and Monday’s when Governor Palin is scheduled to speak again in New Hampshire. “Polls are for strippers and cross country skiiers,” she said.

Clearly, this speech shows she is presidential. The substance of the speech was thick with stats and a plan. The plan she laid out is arguably the best of any of the plans being laid out by the GOP presidential candidates. To not have this woman on stage explaining it to the American people in the debates would be a disservice to the political process.

“As for you, I’m not for sale,” Palin said.

The entire speech is substance. Just quoting bits and pieces of it in an article can’t do it justice.

Many will find both the substance and the delivery of the speech to be Reaganesque. She was repeatedly interrupted with crowd chants of “run, Sarah, run.” Although she said “you don’t need a title,” one of us in this movement will have to have a title if this plan is to ever be implemented. The speech is the vision. To carry out this plan, she willl need the title of Madam President and all of her supporters will have to have her back.


Thanks to Brian at The Right Scoop for the video.

Read the Transcript – thanks to Ron Devito.

For more, read these great articles:

Sarah Palin rocks Iowa: ‘The status quo is no longer an option’ by Jedediah Bila at The Daily Caller

Root Causes: In Iowa, Sarah Palin Lays Out a Governing Philosophy that Should Worry Both Sides of the Aisle by John Nolte at Big Government

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Outside the OK Corral, Gov. Palin is keeping her powder dry

Posted by joshpainter on July 25, 2011

- by Josh Painter
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Sarah Palin’s strategy of staying out of the early battles for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination is increasingly looking like a very wise plan, as her would-be rivals seem intent on taking shots at each other, and in some cases, shooting at their own feet.

It’s not yet August, and just look how the two Minnesotans in the scrum, Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty are pummeling each other:

“Actions speak louder than words,” said Bachmann in a statement released by her campaign, taking Pawlenty to task over health care, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and cap-and-trade legislation.

“Governor Pawlenty said in 2006, ‘The era of small government is over … The government has to be more proactive and more aggressive,’” said Bachmann. “That’s the same philosophy that, under President Obama, has brought us record deficits, massive unemployment, and an unconstitutional health care plan.”

Bachmann’s decision to engage Pawlenty marks a major change in strategy for the Minnesota congresswoman. But is it a sign that she is worried about Pawlenty’s progress in Iowa in advance of the Aug. 13 Ames Straw Poll, or simply that she was fed up?

Ed Rollins, Bachmann’s campaign manager, insisted in an email to The Fix that his candidate “just [got] tired of [Pawlenty] taking cheap shots” and decided to respond. “Even if he’s at 2 percent in the polls, we are not going to let anyone take free shots at us.”

Pawlenty has been goading Bachmann for weeks as he seeks to make up ground against her in Iowa — a state seen as a must-win for both candidates’ chances in the 2012 presidential race.

Pawlenty’s main attack on Bachmann is that she lacks any record of achievement, and it appears that Pawlenty’s comments to CNN’s Candy Crowley along those lines are what set Bachmann off.

In an interview that aired Sunday, Pawlenty said that “these are really serious times and there hasn’t been somebody who went [directly] from the U.S. House of Representatives to the presidency, I think, in over a hundred years, and there’s a reason for that.”

Though it remains to be seen if Pawlenty’s attacks on Bachmann will ultimately be successful, her campaign’s decision to get into a slugging contest with with the former governor may indicate that Ed Rollins’ internal polling may indicate that Pawlenty has been making up some ground on her in advance of the Ames Straw Poll.

Businessman Herman Cain appears to be leading the GOP pack in the number of self-inflicted wounds he’s suffered. Cain came out of the gate strong, but a series of foreign policy position blunders have removed much of the shine from his rising star, as Commentary Magazine’s Jonathan S. Tobin recounted early last month:

You may recall that at the South Carolina GOP presidential debate he said he had no idea what to do about Afghanistan but would consult with experts about it. Later he said he would come up with a plan sometime between his election in November 2012 and his inauguration the following January. Then he was asked about the Palestinian right of return by Chris Wallace on Fox News and had no idea what he was talking about. He later said that he was reading a book about Israel but wouldn’t say what book it was. This week he said he would go to Israel to join a Glenn Beck rally.

Last night, as The Hill notes, Cain went on the Bill O’Reilly show to further showcase the fact that he knows about as much about the dangers facing the world abroad as many of us do about the intricacies of managing a fast food franchise. O’Reilly asked him what he would do to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and all he could say in reply was that he would work for energy independence for the United States. That’s a good cause but as O’Reilly tried to put out to Cain, it wouldn’t do anything about the terrible danger to the West that Iranian nukes pose.

Cain may be a good man and he may even be on the right side on these issues, as his instinct to support Israel seems to show. But the point about Cain and foreign policy is not just that he’s not very knowledgeable about such things. It’s that he is so self-confident about his abilities that it seemingly hasn’t occurred to him that this ignorance is a liability.

Herman Cain is a political neophyte, and his inexperience at least somewhat excuses his missteps. But Newt Gingrich, a veteran of many political campaigns, can claim no such excuses. He was the first of the GOP presidential pretenders to self-destruct, and the list of his stumbles runs from losing most of his campaign staff only days after his formal announcement to his inexplicable attack on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s proposal to reform Medicare. Now the Gingrich bandwagon seems to be a one-horse parade mired hopelessly:

For a host of party leaders, Gingrich seems to have proven with astonishing speed that he deserves his reputation as an undisciplined, self-destructive, shoot-from-the-lip politician. His flair for provocative rhetoric, combined with his desire to make loftier political points, might make him too combustible for the presidential campaign trail.

“The problem for Newt is, this is exactly what everybody who has ever worked for or around him said was his basic problem,” said Rich Galen, the veteran Republican strategist and former Gingrich aide. “Sooner or later, I suspect, unfortunately, the campaign will collapse from the top because people are going to say, ‘I love him and he’s really smart, but he can’t be president.’”

The campaign, Galen added, is “close to being functionally over.”

Little wonder that Republicans, in poll after poll, have indicated that they are generally unimpressed with the field of announced candidates so far. Meanwhile, Gov. Palin has told her supporters to keep their powder dry and has even encouraged grassroots organizers in Iowa to keep up their good work on her behalf. As she stands on the sidelines, Sarah Palin can see Gov. Rick Perry doing pretty much the same thing on the opposite side of the field. As many have speculated, when those two get into the race, the game will have changed in the blinking of an eye.

Cross-posted from Texans 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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Jennifer Rubin reverts to type

Posted by joshpainter on December 1, 2010

As a writer for Commentary Magazine and its Contentions blog, Jennifer Rubin consistently defended Sarah Palin against the left’s attacks. When the news broke that she had been hired by the left wing Washington Post to write about the right, many conservative bloggers and pundits hailed the hiring as a sea change. Finally, they trumpeted, WaPo had obtained the services of a real conservative to write about real Republicanism and conservatism. And hey, after the Weigel fiasco, any conservative would be an improvement.

We didn’t hail that particular bandwagon and ask for a ride, preferring instead to reserve judgment until after we had a chance to read Rubin’s Post postings for ourselves. Our skepticism was rooted in recent memory. The 2008 Republican primary race was not so long ago, and we recall that she was a big backer then of Rudy Giuliani, the most socially liberal of all the GOP candidates. We also recall that Rubin was especially critical of Fred Thompson, the only across-the-board Reagan conservative in the Republican presidential primaries.

After reading what she has written in her first five columns for WaPo, we see that Jennifer Rubin has downgraded to version One-Point-Oh. She’s conservative on three legs of the four-legged conservative stool, but hold the social conservatism from her order, please. It didn’t take Rubin long to start running down Sarah Palin now that the commentator is of the Post. In just her fifth WaPo column, she starts to pick on Palin.

According to Rubin, or at least the WaPo version of Rubin, the notion that Sarah Palin is the front runner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination is just a liberal conspiracy because, you see, they want her to be the nominee, as she simply has no chance whatsoever of winning the general election, even against such a failed president as Barack Obama. Rubin hits all of the talking points from the elites of the left and the right – Sarah Palin has limited appeal among independents; golly, she sure did back some questionable candidates for the Senate, especially that awful Christine O’Donnell; her political judgment during a general election might be just too risky; most elected Republicans don’t think Palin is a front runner, etc.

That last one is a real gem. Has Rubin asked “most” elected GOP officials or conducted a survey? We don’t think so. Oh well, “when in Rome…” or perhaps better said, “while at the Post…” Are we accusing Jennifer Rubin of changing her own narrative to try to get the “progressives” who account for most of its readership to read her column? Not substantially, no. Only just a little. Actually, for Jennifer Rubin its more a case of her reverting to type rather than making a compromise. She’s a Rudy Guiliani conservative again. Apparently that’s not too conservative for either the people who buy and read the Washington Post or those who run it. And since being negative on Sarah Palin is part of the Post’s program, it’s good for Rubin that she has no problem with that. It didn’t seem to bother her to go negative on Fred Thompson three years ago, so this Palin-marginalizing should be a piece of cake.

- JP

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

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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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In ET interview, Gov. Palin leaves door wide open for a 2012 run

Posted by joshpainter on October 28, 2010

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Entertainment Tonight co-host Mary Hart flew to Alaska recently to visit Sarah Palin in Wasilla. In the exclusive interview, which will air on ET this evening, the first woman to be Governor of Alaska and first to be the Republican Party’s vice presidential candidate told Hart that she’ll run for president in 2012 “if there’s nobody else to do it”:

The former Alaska governor, mom of five, and star of TLC’s upcoming series “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” says that when it comes to deciding whether to run: “It’s going to entail a discussion with my family [and] a real close look at the lay of the land, to consider whether there are those with that common sense, conservative, pro-Constitution passion, whether there are already candidates out there who can do the job … or whether there’s nobody willing to do it, to make the tough choices and not care what the critics are going to say about you, just going forward according to what I think the priorities should be.”

“If there’s nobody else to do it, then of course I would believe that we should do this,” Sarah tells Mary, leaving the door wide open for a 2012 run, while also noting that if it turns out there are candidates “who can do the job,” they would have her full support.

Gov. Palin also comments in the interview for the first time on the recent New York Magazine cover story about one of the possible scenarios for a Palin presidential victory in 2012, and she tells Hart how she deals with critics.

ET’s preview is here.

- JP

Cross-posted at Texas for Sarah Palin

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NY Mag: President Palin

Posted by joshpainter on October 26, 2010

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Sarah Palin is the cover story in the new edition of New York magazine. It’s a liberal publication, so the article is just dripping with the sort of condescension and ignorance you would expect from leftists who don’t get out of New York City much. The piece is just wrong about several things. We agree, for example, with Ian Lazaran that Gov. Palin is perfectly capable of winning the 2012 election without a Michael Bloomberg third-party candidacy, which is the antithesis of the main point of the op-ed. But the article makes clear that many of the same elitists who pronounced her politically dead after the 2008 campaign and again after her resignation as Governor of Alaska are now grudgingly admitting that she’s not only a player, but she’s holding a poker hand that could win the pot. Here’s are some excerpts:

But today the conventional wisdom about Palin is being revised again, nowhere more so than within the ranks of professional Republicans. Among two dozen senior strategists and operatives with whom I’ve spoken in recent days—including many of those responsible for securing the nomination for the party’s last three standard-bearers—there is a growing consensus that Palin is running or setting herself up to run. All agreed that her entry would radically and fundamentally transform the race. Most averred that if she steps into the fray, she stands a reasonable chance of claiming the Republican prize. Indeed, more than one argued that she is already the de facto front-runner.

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“She has a greater claim to outsider status than anybody else in the race or who might get into the race,” says Vin Weber, a former Minnesota congressman who backed Romney in 2008 and will be with Pawlenty this time around. “Whether it’s tea-party activists, Evangelicals, or whatever stripe of activist you’re talking about, she has the strongest grassroots base, the most credibility, and the greatest appeal of anybody in the party.”

Weber pauses. “If she runs, she’s a very serious factor,” he says. “Everyone’s strategy is going to have to change—everyone’s. It’s a big computation to make.”

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With her stratospheric name recognition and presumed capacity to raise millions quickly from her devotees via the web, Palin would be able to hold off on wading in much longer than her rivals, perhaps until as late as next fall. In the view of most Republican strategists, on the day she enters she obliterates all of the other candidates in the anti-Establishment bracket—which is why some deem her the front-runner today. “If she runs, given the intensity of her base, she will be for sure one of the two finalists coming down the homestretch,” says a veteran GOP campaign hand. “You can’t say that about anyone else in the party.”

Beyond the intensity of her grassroots following, Palin would bring to the race two other significant advantages, the first being the calendar. That she would be the prohibitive favorite in Iowa, where the caucuses are dominated by Evangelical voters, is considered a given by most strategists. But, in fact, all of the first four states might provide fertile ground for Palin. “Iowa and New Hampshire both are places in which the tea party has manifested itself,” observes Dowd. “In South Carolina, [firebrand Senator] Jim DeMint has already shown that he’s a force to be reckoned with. And Nevada’s nominated Sharron Angle.”

Palin’s second advantage, nearly incalculable in its scale and implications, is her ability simultaneously to drive and saturate the electronic media, new and old—the way that cable chronicles her every twitch, that with a trifling tweet she often earns 24 hours of breathless nonstop coverage. “It’ll be something that we’ve never seen before,” says John Weaver. “Obama wasn’t like that until the general election.”

Indeed, if the unemployment numbers remain where they are or get worse over the next two years, Sarah Palin will clean Obama’s clock in the 2012 general election, should she decide to run. And that is regardless of whether Bloomberg or any other candidate mounts a third party effort.

- JP

Cross-posted at Texas for Sarah Palin

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Andrew Malcolm: Would Jeb Bush vote for Palin vs Obama? ‘You betcha!’

Posted by joshpainter on October 23, 2010

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was John King’s guest on CNN today. Bush said that today’s campaign debates could benefit from a little more substance, and he believes the GOP need to adopt a positive agenda in 2012 that is “big and bold and aspiritional.” Then, as our friend Andrew Malcolm observes:

King asked Bush a question off of Facebook: “Would he endorse Palin for president if he does not run himself.”

Bush’s quick reply: “Well, A, I’m not running. And if Sarah Palin is the nominee and she’s running against Barack Obama, you betcha.”

So, for at least for one party establishment figure, Sarah Palin could be a unifying factor against you-know-who.

We rarely feel compelled to give props to establishment Republicans, but we have to say good for Gov. Bush.

- JP

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John King: Sarah Palin can win Iowa caucuses

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 29, 2009

According to the Washington Post, Representative John King from Iowa thinks Sarah Pain will be a strong contender for the leadoff caucuses in Iowa for the 2012 presidential election:

An Iowa Republican congressman says he thinks former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2012 and that she’s among a few people who could win the state’s leadoff caucuses.

U.S. Rep. Steve King said Tuesday he initially thought Palin ended her political career when she resigned as governor last summer. But he said during a taping of an Iowa Public Television show that she’s now in a far stronger position to succeed.

Read the rest of the article here.

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