– by Josh Painter
Here is how she has fared against the other prospective GOP presidential candidates:
More from Patrick Ishmael here.
Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin
Posted by joshpainter on March 9, 2011
– by Josh Painter
Here is how she has fared against the other prospective GOP presidential candidates:
More from Patrick Ishmael here.
Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin
Posted by ehvogel on February 11, 2011
As we quickly approach the next cycle in the Presidential sweepstakes, we begin to hear all the usual BS from the lamestream media. This candidate is leading here, this candidate is losing ground there, this candidate needs to run, blah, blah, blah.
The lamestream media is desperately trying to foist an “acceptable” candidate onto the GOP. Within the last few days, there has been speculation about Rick Perry, Jim DeMint and Jeb Bush. It is a siren’s call to ruin and the lamestream media knows it.
What will happen in the next 6 months will be key. Potential candidates will test the waters, like Herman Cain and Rudy Guliani. Sad to say, but all will fail, not proven in battle. Their stories will be footnotes in the lead-up to 2012. In six months, we will see a dwindling field as the lamestream media takes its toll on their highlighted candidates. Who remains standing will tell all.
In my mind, there is only one candidate that has already shown the ability to do battle AND prevail against the lamestream media. Reared in individualism and steeped in conservatism, this candidate has already shown the ability to fend off the inevitable attacks that will confront ANY Republican candidate.
When the lamestream media is done propping up countless alternatives that end up crashing and burning, only one candidate is positioned to rise above the inferno and prevail: Sarah Palin. Why will this happen? It’s because of the vast army of supporters that are waiting in the wings to defend her when the time comes. Does Mitt Romney own Facebook in the way that Sarah Palin does? Has ANY other Republican harnessed the power of alternative media the way that Sarah has?
We have ALL crossed the Rubicon in dismissing the lamestream media and pursuing the truth through alternative media. In fact, the lamestream media’s business model is struggling to compensate and continues to show signs of irrelevance by shifting its dwindling assets towards polarizing venues. They obviously learned nothing from the 2010 elections.
The question is: Can Sarah Palin prevail in a general election? Does she have a gathering army awaiting her call? The answer to both is YES and I am but one.
Happy Birthday Sarah!
Posted by ehvogel on January 11, 2011
The advance of technology is amazing. In just a few short years, the Internet has transformed American society. Some may say for the bad, but from my perspective, it’s all for the good.
We now share photos and videos online while corresponding to family, friends and associates through various social media. We shop online, research projects online and obtain our news online. We do all these things in the here and now, as we need to.
Remember email? I defy you to find a teenager that has sent an email in the last 12 months. Their preferred means to communicate is by sending text messages on their cellphones or, as they get older, linking up on Facebook. By the time adults hear about anything having to do with anything related to school, kids have already disseminated all things related to, well, whatever. In a teenager’s world, communication is immediate, relevant and proactive. After all, no teenager wants to be behind the curve on breaking news!
For adults, how does this technology aid us? After all is said and done, baby-boomers are certainly tech-savvy while our parents are still trying to figure out email, albeit grudgingly. The point is that they WANT to learn. Their world has been defined by the nightly news, hand-written letters and the Sears catalog. They are desperate to gain access to all that is going on. Why? Because, like teenagers, no one wants to be behind the curve when it comes to news.
Now, all of a sudden, we have iPods, iPads, laptops, computers and all sorts of things that make accessing the Internet fairly simple. Baby-boomers have taken notice. They no longer rely on the nightly news to find out the “truth”, which used to be called “the news”. They have cable, satellite and fiber optics to access programming. They have Netflix, Hulu and other outlets to access, well, whatever. All major retail outlets have websites that you can buy from or peruse before you buy at the store.
In a world of instant access, the mainstream media is being shown to wear The Emperor’s New Clothes. In light of the horrific act that took place in Tucson at a Congresswoman’s event at a neighborhood grocery store, a vast majority of Americans dismissed the mainstream media’s reporting. They dismissed the ridiculous assertions that Sarah Palin had somehow “incited” a shooting because she used the metaphor of “targeting” on her PAC website during the 2010 elections. They dismissed any suggestion that the Tea Party was responsible. They learned the truth from their contacts on the Internet. They did what teenagers do and searched out the truth from sources they felt comfortable with.
If you think that this event is an anomaly, think again. More Americans are choosing to obtain the “truth” from their own research on the Internet than ever before. My 88 year-old mother just sent me a message (on the iPad she got for Christmas) that she identified me as her son on Facebook. She’s trying very hard to be a part of the goings-on, despite her failing eyesight. She not unlike the teenager that just doesn’t want to be the last person to hear about what’s going on. In fact, she’s like everyone of us: she doesn’t like not knowing. She just wants to know the truth. To her, The Emperor’s New Clothes aren’t there.
Cross-posted on Generational Dysfunction
Posted by reagantman on November 3, 2010
–from Patrick’s World USA
You can tell by the President’s tone and the questions the press corp asked that word is out. The people are being heard. However, this is just one step, one phase, of the restoration of America to greatness that is so needed at this time. And again, he heard. Does it mean he gets it? That’s something we can’t wait to find out. It took a lot of “political bloodshead” just to get him to hear us. There is a lot more work to be done. Phase one is the people have spoken. Phase 2 will come when the people have acted.
As newly elected Senators and Representatives go to Congress next year, they will be tempted by the apple of power. They will be invited to drink the Potomoc water. It will be here where the test will either be passed or failed.
President Obama has told us what his side is going to do. They believe in their principles and they don’t want to compromise on the core stuff. He said he would be willing to take Republican ideas such as fixing the small business 1099 provision in the Health Care law to reduce the paperwork and bureaucratic burdens. We know the President is good at words. He seems to have learned some kind of lesson from this. But don’t sit back now thinking he’s going to give in.
This whole thing is not about compromise. It’s about principles. What we learned last night is that there are still two distinct groups in America who are not willing to compromise on those principles. Do we continue down the road of vicious discourse and the politics of personal destruction or do we foster an environment where compromise is not horse trading, but more like pragmatic bull riding?
There are lessons for all of us to learn from this. The Democrats found out that if they don’t listen to the will of the people, they’re out. The establishment Republicans have learned that if they complain about the candidates that have come out of the political process, particularly Tea Party candidates, they harm their chances for 2012. The Tea Party has learned that they are the truest and purist in the philosophy that is needed to get this country back to its Constitutional roots but that they are not always the most prettiest, most savvy or “best dressed” candidates.
It’s time for the Democrats to be the ones who do the compromising. It’s time for the Republican establishment to welcome the Tea Party into the tent and show them around. It’s time for the Tea Party to learn how to turn the levers of power.
Power works like anything else. There is a science to it. It, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. But power corrupts when those who work the wheels are they themselves corrupt. And in this regard, the Tea Party has a major point about the GOP establishment.
In fairness to the GOP establishment, it’s understandable that they would be concerned about people who have never worked the wheels before having to go from a field where dirt flies in the breeze between the Gadsden flags to the inner halls of Congress where a certain decorum and demeanor are required to work those wheels and where actual governing decisions need to be made.
But it is here that the GOP establishment has a crossroads moment in how they are going to treat the future of the Republican Party. If they don’t see this influx of the grassroots as its party’s future, they are destined to watch the party go the way of the Whigs. If the GOP establishment wants to “Bogart” the wheels of power and continue with business as usual in order to protect their own inner power structure, the principled newbies are not only going to be ineffective. They will leave the party.
This is a second chance for Republicans to be what they said they would be not so long ago, Marco Rubio said. The last thing America needs is its most principled people and its most Constitutionally conservative members to be demotivated by criticism that “they don’t clean up well.” If they pull out, it will create the vacuum that will result in the “Pottersvilling” of America. We were almost there in 2008. If it was not for the Tea Party, we’d probably be beyond the turnaround point by now. All hope for restoration would be gone.
If the Republican establishment is smart, it will open the hood, hand the Tea Party a wrench and say “let’s get to work.” There are some mechanical things the Tea Party can learn from the establishment. But when the establishment tries to take a short cut, rig the job or compromise on the value of the workmanship that goes on under that hood, it’s time for the Tea Party to say “nope, we’re going to do the job right this time.”
It’s time for the Republican Party to ride the tiger, not beat it. It’s time for “the establishment” to begin to hand it over to the next generation, the “new establishment” that will be made up of mature Tea Partiers when the time is right.
If the establishment sees the Tea Party as a threat and tries to knee-cap it, or if it looks down on the Tea Party in a condescending manner, the battle to beat the liberals and to take back the Shining City on a Hill will be severely compromised and our energy will be diverted from the task at hand.
Christine O’Donnell gave a great example of this on the talk shows this morning. According to the New York Daily News:
[O’Donnell] said she wished the state and national Republican party backed her more enthusiastically during the campaign.
Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express told Megyn Kelly on Fox News Channel that the Tea Party is proud of the work it has done and will continue to work toward electing conservative candidates and getting the Republican Party to move back to its platform.
The fact that the punditry and some inside the GOP establishment are saying that the Tea Party is a double edged sword or that they hurt the party’s chances of picking up more seats do nothing to positively help either the cause of the GOP or the cause of the Tea Party.
Consider that the GOP establishment also fielded candidates who lost and consider the simple nature of the beast that you can’t win them all. Winning every seat is like winning a football pool. You might do well, but there will always be a field goal kicker, a quarterback or some stupid play that costs you a game here and a game there. Recognizing life for what it is and being thankful for the victories the GOP had last night is too positive a suggestion even for those among our own ranks who would choose to complain and point fingers.
Sarah Palin pointed out that CNN exit polls show that if Mike Castle had been the Delaware GOP candidate, he, too, would have lost to Coons.
How is it possible that Harry Reid, who had some of the lowest approval ratings for a candidate going into last night could still win?
Don’t blame the Tea Party. Understand the nature of the beast before you beat it with a stick.
For over a century here in the United States and for centuries in Europe, people who have clustered into big cities and high population centers have always had a need to be told what to do. It is normal human belief that when large groups of people live in such close quarters that there needs to be rules and codes of conduct. And for centuries they have chosen their leaders to be both nanny and disciplinarian.
In more open areas where there is more of a rural or pioneering type setting, people tend to want to self-regulate. They don’t want groups or other people to tell them how to live, what to do with their land and most of all don’t want themselves being forced to give up things that they earn from the sweat of their own brow so that people can live comfortably in large cities where services and peaceful living are considered entitlements rather than issues of personal responsibility.
When Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman and Sharon Angle lose their elections, it’s not because they were horrible candidates chosen by the Tea Party. It’s because they were candidates who shook up the big city mentality and got a lot of people thinking during an election which, if it had been run at any other time than now, would have easily been won by the liberal candidates with no further discussion from the talking heads. The fact that Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown and Harry Reid had to fight for their lives against “such inferior candidates” says a lot more than many want to admit at a time where sore losership trumps clearer thinking on the GOP side.
Winning in 2012 and beyond is going to take more thought than just whining about choosing electable candidates. Let’s face it. An electable candidate in Texas or Kentucky may not be an electable candidate in New York or California. “That O’Donnell and Whitman performed roughly the same despite the fact that O’Donnell characterized herself as a Tea Party conservative while Whitman characterized herself as a moderate should tell everyone that the deep blue hue of California and Delaware mattered more than anything related to the Tea Party,” writes Ian Lazaran at Conservatives4Palin.
What should be more frustrating to the GOP establishment than the quality of candidates fielded should be the colors on the map. Nothing burns a conservative more than looking at a map where all the precincts are red except for a few small blue spots that just happen to be near or in the inner cities and then they look up at the election numbers and see their candidate down by 4%.
It is the failure of the GOP to recognize that while we are successful at open field hilltop to hilltop political combat, we simply suck at urban house to house warfare.
No one is saying the GOP shouldn’t be working on finding the best candidates. Candidate training is a part of the Tea Party movement. If the GOP can help out rather than lash out, maybe this can be achieved more quickly.
But more importantly, beyond focusing on changing the quality of their candidates, the GOP and Tea Party should be working on winning over the hearts and minds of the city people with cluster mentalities that have lead them to a false sense of security based on their beliefs that a nanny state federal government is the same as having a well run apartment complex with a good super or a community with a good association whose rules keep the quality of life nice.
These are the people who need to be convinced that local government is the best government. It is these people who need to believe that the GOP is not out to take away their essential services or interfere with their social lives. Instead, they need to be empowered to pay for these services themselves and live their lives as they see fit without coming to the federal government with their hands out or a laundry list of laws that ask others who are not like them in other areas of the country to conform to.
There are two philosophies. The inner city philosophy of top down rule and the rural more outside suburbanite philosophy of small limited government with bottom up rule. These will always clash unless those with the inner city mentalities who vote liberal like lemmings can be convinced that their lives will be much better off once they are weaned off the teet of the federal government (and ultimately unwilling taxpayers who don’t live in or near the big cities).
The Shining City on a Hill need not be polished off the sweat of the brows of those who live in the valleys. Those who live in the city need to take responsibility for their own pad or plot and take pride in their communities and complex enough to believe that we are all capable of making the country a better place when we stop micro-managing and over-complicating things and take a more common sense approach to solving our problems.
The Tea Party has a lot of work to do, not because they are doing things wrong, but because there is a lot more right that needs to be done. It now needs to hold the candidates who were just elected accountable and see to it that it continues to improve as we head into 2012. We’ve come a long way since the Tea Party was a rag tag army of sign waving Gadsden flag holding members of the “mob” in a field protesting the government. Those who criticize them today fail to recognize the potential for tomorrow.
The time has come to continue to move forward. We’ve done so much good so far.
We had a great victory last night. But it was a politically bloody battle. We took casualties. We crushed our opponents. We took the gavel from Pelosi. We took Obama’s Senate seat. We won crucial governorships in Ohio and Florida among other states. We achieved the ultimate objective of taking the House.
Yes, we didn’t take out Harry Reid. Yes, we lost Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell. Miller and Rossi may also be lost. Carly Fiorina was badly wounded, but she will be back. It wasn’t a totally pretty win. But it was a solid win.
It was also the next phase in the evolution of Sarah Palin whose great victories give her more clout than ever before and whose toughest losses give her a more clearer and more concise picture of what needs to be fixed as she moves forward to possibly running for president in 2012. These are all good things. If someone wants to shoot off their mouths and criticize the Tea Party or criticize Sarah Palin, that is simply stinking thinking. Success is not a destination, but rather a journey. Statues have been erected for those who have succeeded in the past. But you never see a statue erected for a critic.
It’s time to move forward. We are advancing. Stage 2 is the big one. And, it’s only two years away.
Enjoy the banquet today. Tomorrow we saddle up for the next big battle.
For more, check out this excellent article by Cubachi:
Last night was a win for the Tea Party, conservatism, and mama grizzlies
Posted by ehvogel on September 29, 2010
Let me ask you a question. Do you identify with the Tea Party, or is your inclination toward the “Cocktail” Party? I put it in quotes, because it seems to be in competition with the TEA Party, no quotes needed.
Sarah Palin addressed this last night with Greta Van Susteren.
What Sarah was searching for, and couldn’t quite come up with, was the phrase “Cocktail Party”.
This is a perfect analysis of what the Tea Party is railing against in the Republican Party. The elites of the “Cocktail Party” seem to think that we won’t notice, but they are mistaken. It’s already out there.
Big time hat tip: Conservatives4Palin
Posted by ehvogel on September 17, 2010
As if Charles Krauthammer was ever doubting what Sarah would do in Delaware comes this, after Sarah’s speech to the Ronald Reagan Day Dinner in Des Moines:
“I want to get back to Delaware and knock on doors…”
I watched the C-Span coverage of Sarah’s speech, which was excellent, by the way. It was that quote after the speech that really got my attention. She said it unequivocally and honestly.
I guarantee you that her comment will be all over the Internet and ignored by the LSM. Just you wait!
Correction: I originally stated that Sarah Palin was speaking in Iowa City. I’ve changed it to Des Moines.
Posted by Dr. Fay on July 27, 2010
After a somewhat grudging introduction, (perhaps his perception of Palin was influenced by JournoList hype?), John Nichols at The Nation concludes that Sarah Palin ” is becoming the definitional player in the GOP—much as another conservative outrider, and former governor, named Reagan was in the late 1970s.”
Good thinking, Mr. Nichols. Too bad you listened to the JournoList hype. But welcome to the right side of the argument!
Slowly but surely, and admittedly without much competition, Sarah Palin is emerging as the most serious and effective player in the Republican Party.
But Palin’s endorsements in Republican primaries—her most significant political initiative since resigning her post in Alaska last year—have been more adventurous and more successful than her critics (and some of her allies) choose to imagine.
Palin’s picks are eclectic, some Tea Partisans and neo-libertarians (think Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul), some relatively mainstream conservatives (think California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina) running against Tea Party allies. Some have been predictable frontrunners, but others are back-of-the-pack outsiders. What has been most distinctive about her endorsements is a penchant for advancing the prospects of conservative women whose candidacies are changing the “good-old-boy” face of the party, particularly in the South.
Much has been made of the Alaskan’s early and steady backing of South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, who faced opposition from significant elements within the party establishment and (as the state’s June primary approached) a steady stream of personal abuse from old-school Republicans. Haley was always a solid contender. But even after she took her hits she coasted to easy primary and runoff wins with Palin at her side.
On Tuesday, in an even bigger test, she had an even bigger impact.
Palin’s late-in-the-game endorsement of former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel shook up that state’s crowded GOP primary for governor. Here’s evidence of Palin Power: in early July polling, Handel was trailing far behind the race’s frontrunner, state Insurance commissioner John Oxendine, and was struggling for second-place position with another runner, former Congressman Nathan Deal.
When the votes were counted Tuesday night, however, Handel was a big winner—finishing in first when a substantial lead over Deal, who she is expected to face in an August 10 runoff. The frontrunner of two weeks ago, Oxendine, was training far behind.
What made the difference for Handel?
She shot up in the polls after Palin released a pro-Handel statement that read: “Though considered an underdog candidate (more power to her!), this pro-life, pro-Constitutionalist with a can-do attitude and a record of fighting for ethics in government is ready to serve in the Governor’s Office.”
In fact, Handel was more moderate than some of the other candidates, but the approval of the Alaskan was enough to sway Georgia Republicans like Carolyn Draper, a 67-year-old retiree who told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It influences me. I am a very conservative person and I have very conservative values, and I think Sarah Palin does, too.”
Draper is not alone.
“The Palin endorsement definitely helped,” Brad Coker, managing director of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which conducted the surveys on the race for Georgia newspapers, told the Journal-Constitution.
Handel’s first-place finish positions her as the frontrunner in the Republican runoff fight (which is required when no candidate secures more than 50 percent in the first round), as Haley did in South Carolina. And if she wins it will be as a Palin protégé—with a website that urges voters to “Join Sarah and Support Karen” and television ads that reprise Palin’s lipstick lingo from the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Are we seeing a pattern here? Tuesday’s voting in Georgia was telling. There’s not much question that Handel has Palin to thank for at least some of her success; the last Mason-Dixon poll found that 30 percent of Republicans said they were more likely to back Handel because of the Palin endorsement. Only 2 percent suggested they were less likely to back Palin’s pick.
This is a pattern that extends beyond Georgia, and it has serious political observers, like Merle Black, the political science professor at Emory University and historian of Southern politics, suggesting that Palin’s stamp of approval really is becoming a serious factor in GOP primaries.
“Palin has a very intense, loyal following among Republican primary voters,” argues Black.
What is perhaps most significant about Palin is that she is not taking the easy route when it comes to endorsements. She is wading into contests where the supposedly “smart” move would be to stay clear. That’s a mark either of a fool or a bold political player.
To be sure, there have been missteps. One of Palin’s picks, Idaho Congressional contender Vaughn Ward, melted down spectacularly after he got caught plagiarizing speeches by Barack Obama (kind of a deal-breaker with a lot of Republicans) and imagining that Puerto Rico was a foreign country. And her endorsed Congressional candidates in special elections against Democrats have been notably unsuccessful: New York Conservative Doug Hoffman in a traditionally Republican seat last fall and Republican Tim Burns lost a Pennsylvania race where GOP aides thought they would be competitive.
Palin has also stirred some resentment by backing establishment candidates such as former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, whose comeback bid received a boost from the Alaskan prior to a June primary in which he beat more rigidly conservative contenders. The same thing happened in California, where her endorsement of millionaire Republican US Senate candidate Fiorina upset Tea Party activists who were backing a more consistent conservative, state Senator Chuck DeVore.
But when the votes were counted, Palin’s candidate had won the biggest primary in the biggest state. And, as Karl Rove says, it was Palin who “helped give conservative credentials to Fiorina”
What this adds up to is significant. If Branstad wins in Iowa, Palin will have a friendly governor in the first caucus state of the 2012 Republican presidential race. And if Fiorina wins, she will have an important ally in the state that will send the largest delegation to the party’s convention.
If she brings a solid base out of the South—with help from the likes of Haley in South Carolina and Handel in Georgia—it will be a lot harder to write Palin off.
After Palin’s political crack-up in 2008, and as someone who has reported on her ethically challenged tenure as Alaska’s governor, I was (like many Republicans) skeptical about her ability to master the intricacies of Republican primary politics on the national level—an essential first step in a presidential bid. But Handel’s finish on Tuesday, in combination with the other results she has contributed to, argue for a rethink.
The safer bet until recently was that Palin would opt out of the 2012 race, in order to keep making money and, perhaps, to position herself for a future run. But, like Ronald Reagan heading into the 1976 and 1980 Republican presidential primaries, she is beginning to establish a network of connections—and evidence of political savvy and influence—that make it harder and harder to dismiss her as a real prospect.
Juxtaposed against the gang-that-couldn’t-shoot-straight nature of the rest of the Republican 2012 pack, Palin is emerging as her party’s most potent prospect. A favorable result from Georgia will merely add to the argument that it is time to accept that Palin is becoming the definitional player in the GOP—much as another conservative outrider, and former governor, named Reagan was in the late 1970s.
The Republican primary runoff for the Georgia governor’s race will take place on August 10. Help Karen Handel finish with a double digit win! Go here to donate or to volunteer your time for phone bank and other campaign activities. You do not have to be from Georgia to volunteer – just to vote.
Posted by Dr. Fay on July 27, 2010
The Georgia runoff between Karen Handel and Nathan Deal is shaping up to be a very interesting contest. Each candidate is backed by one of two potential 2012 Presidential contenders – Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich. The results of the runoff will undoubtedly be seen as both a victory for the actual winner and a vote of confidence for the national political figure who backed her or him.
Here is what the editorial staff at the Augusta Chronicle had to say:
The Aug. 10 runoff for the Republican nominee for Georgia governor may not just be a test between candidates Karen Handel and Nathan Deal. It may also be a test of strength between Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.
The two are potential presidential rivals in 2012 — and have endorsed different candidates in the Georgia gubernatorial race, with Palin backing Handel and Gingrich behind Deal.
It will be an early test of brand loyalty for both — particularly Gingrich, considering this is his home state.
But it will also be a test of Palin’s power, which seems to be on the rise. Pundits so far are saying this might be the “year of the woman” — especially the conservative woman. Could be. But it could also be a precursor to a Palin presidential run. Consider: If she continues to back winners, she’ll have an awful lot of elected officials by 2012 who may feel obliged to back her for the White House.
The battle is joined.
And here is what George Dienart at the Fayette County News (h/tp Palin TV) had to say:
Swing is more than just a dance, or a playground activity. Georgians saw an unprecedented swing during the Republican gubernatorial primary. Fifteen points of swing for Karen Handel, mostly at the expense of state insurance commissioner John Oxendine. According to a Mason-Dixon poll released on July 11th, Commissioner Oxendine held an eight point lead. Then something happened. The next poll showed Ms. Handel up by seven points.
That is a surge that would make General David Petraeus proud. In fact, the Handel surge was far less likely than our success in Iraq. As a former political consultant, I would first ask what Oxendine did to drop in the polls like that. A 15 point electoral swing doesn’t occur very often, and certainly not without scandal. So what did “Ox” do?
Nothing. He worked the election as he had every other election. He kissed babies and shook hands. He made friends and was careful to make no new enemies. He was the consummate candidate. All was going well. So, if Ox didn’t mess up, what did Ms. Handel do? She also kissed babies and shook hands, but that doesn’t get you 15 points. Frankly, she could have pulled Falcons QB Matt Ryan out of a burning building and not picked up 15 points amongst Falcon fans, let alone likely voters.
Don’t get me wrong — I didn’t vote for Oxendine. I actually voted for Handel. I’m a conservative, and I like Handel’s stance on just about everything. My intent is not to belittle her achievement. My intent is to give credit where credit is due, but there is more to it than that.
I also want to tweak some liberal noses. The tweak comes with a message, and the message is beware of the dog. The swing occurred after the self-affirmed pit bull in lipstick, Sarah Palin, endorsed Ms. Handel. After the endorsement, Handel was the beneficiary of a 15 point bump in the polls. The ‘Saracuda’ struck again, this time leaving Oxendine gutted and bleeding out in Lake Lanier. There have been Saracuda attacks all across the nation, but none as bloody or important as this one.
While Commissioner Oxendine ponders his job options, Nathan Deal waits for the inevitable defeat. This may well be a done deal at this point. Former Governor Roy Barnes is not worrying about Nathan Deal right now. He may not even be worrying about Handel. I assure he is watching Sarah Palin’s travel itinerary. When will she be back in Georgia? Will it be in November?
It’s bad enough he is a Democrat trying to weather one of the angriest anti-liberal swells in recent times, but now he has to deal with a movement and it’s default leader.
Movements are not something politicians want to be on the wrong side of, and Barnes is on the wrong side of the Tea Party. Angry conservatives are lining up their opponents and taking no prisoners.
Sara Palin knows this, and is happy to speak to the nascent movement. One sentence at a Tea Party event calling Handel a “pro-life, pro-constitutionalist with a can-do attitude” swung a primary. What is next?
Tea Partiers love Sarah Palin, but liberals loathe her. Barnes will likely now start attacking Handel and Palin. Not himself, at least not at first. His intermediaries will start making the same tired anti-Palin arguments, and then try linking them to Handel. Don’t buy it. They are acting out of fear.
Liberals loathe Palin because she represents the things that they hate — the vast part of this country that is not New York City or Los Angeles. States like Georgia, Texas, Kansas and Montana value life, liberty and small government. People here want low taxes and sensible immigration. People here understand that an unborn baby is still a baby. These beliefs are all shared by Sarah Palin. On top of that she, can clearly articulate these facts, and connect with the American people in a way that has not been seen since Ronald Reagan.
Sarah Palin actually has an advantage over Ronald Reagan — the Tea Party movement. There was a clear conservative lurch to right in the 80s, but it was unorganized. Sarah Palin has an opportunity that has never before presented itself in American politics. She is not only the right person, in the right place at the right time. She also has the advantage of a ready made and organized army of volunteers ready to take up her cause — so long as she stays true to their cause.
It’s a two way street, but she is in the drivers seat.
For now, the Tea Party movement seems to be heading in the right direction. They are working with, and winning elections for conservative Republicans. This makes it easy for me to throw my support to the tea partiers. We support the same low tax, pro-life, business friendly policies that will redirect this nation back to its roots. The tea party also supports the God-given freedoms we are in danger of losing. Most importantly, it supports the right candidates.
This is all important to a political movement. Palin is a great standard bearer — if she takes on the role. Let’s hope she does. The welfare of our nation may depend on it.
Sarah Palin supporters who want to help Handel take it over the top, please go here to donate or to volunteer your time for phone bank and other campaign activities. You do not have to be from Georgia to volunteer – just to vote.
Posted by Karen Allen on May 20, 2010
I am sure over the next few days there will be far more eloquent and talented authors than myself who will be able to articulate the gargantuan of a canyon our president continues to carve in the middle of America’s heartland. What started as a crack has turned into a gorge of division that our nation has not experienced in a long time. Sometimes, a shake up is necessary….this however, is a shakedown.
I was horrified…yes, an appropriate word…to watch today as our president stood shoulder to shoulder with Mexican president Felipe Calderon and effectively became a turncoat against a part of our Union. When did it become acceptable for a president of the United States of America to join another country in tearing down and degrading one of our own member states? It just feels treasonous to me.
It’s been debated whether any of the critics of the Arizona immigration law SB1070 have even read it in full. It’s only fifteen pages…far less than the two thousand plus of the health reform bill. Why don’t some of our elected officials and their paid staff take a minute between tee times and extramarital affairs to find out what the heck is going on in America? I’d love to see a reality show where the citizens of Arizona take a DC hack to the field and let him or her experience the violence and fear of living beneath a reign of terror due to illegal invasions. This is not about preventing some poor Mexicans from working on farms…this is about national security with a gaping border allowing drug cartels and terrorists from other countries free access. Seriously, what is wrong with our president?!
When Governor Palin said, “Politically, if I die, I die,” it was with the understanding that even if she never ran for an office again, it wasn’t going to stop her from standing up on her soapbox, wherever it might be stationed. I’m thankful for that and how she has stood up for the state of Arizona and their right to protect themselves, with no apology. She isn’t alone. There are many in the same fight for our country, and she is quick to acknowledge them. One thing though that has been distinct in Governor Palin’s approach is how she has been a unifier among Americans from all walks of life.
Understand that while Sarah Palin has never backed down from pointing out the wrongs being done by President Obama and his administration, she has also never retreated from associations many, even in her own party, see as pariahs. Folks that are often categorized as rednecks, teabaggers, and Bible thumpers will find a friend in Governor Palin because she sees them as Americans just like any others, not freaks that liberals think necessary to make fun of and rant against. Not stopping there, she has strong supporters across all racial, religious, and social lines…Americans are Americans, and they all deserve Constitutional respect in her eyes.
This is a truth that the left has not figured out. Instead they constantly moan and ask, “Why does anyone listen to her?” Or my all time favorite, “Her kids are just being used as props.” Listen up! As a mother of four, I can tell you it is far easier to leave the kids at home. Far. Easier. Why does she do it? The same reason I drag mine around…I love them, and I want them to experience things they may never get another chance to do.
Anyway, lest even one politician think that these apparently delusional Palin supporters I speak of are far and few between, do allow me to point out that they make up workers from every marketplace and station in life you can name….from Wal-mart cashier to successful business owner to stay at home mom…and they all have votes. They are many. You are few. Don’t say you didn’t know. Just told ya. Right here.
According to an online dictionary, “Conflation occurs when the identities of two or more individuals, concepts, or places, sharing some characteristics of one another, become confused until there seems to be only a single identity — the differences appear to become lost.” In my opinion, conflation has occurred with the identity of President Obama. He is synonymous with a chisel and hammer, dividing and separating our country into sides so diametrically opposed to one another that it seems nearly impossible to overcome.
But what I can hold onto is that conflation has also occurred with the identity of Governor Palin. She has become synonymous with open arms, the heart of a giant, and the courage to be the mama grizzly that says to us, “Wait a sec, let me eat this intruder, and then we’ll move along.” Sarah Palin is not anti-immigrant, anti-people different than herself, or even anti-vegan. What she does promote is national security, common sense, and freedom based on our Constitution. What can possibly be wrong with those things?
I’ve decided I won’t fear President Obama’s continual digging at our nation’s unity because I will be shovel ready come election time, and as Governor Palin reminds us, “…we know that there is nothing wrong with America, that together we can’t fix as Americans.”
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Posted by Dr. Fay on February 20, 2010
Earlier this week, PR Newswire reported that Governor Palin was presented with a custom rifle at the Republican fundraiser in North Little Rock, Arkansas:
The Republican Party of Arkansas presented keynote Speaker Sarah Palin with an engraved Henry Repeating Arms Big Boy 44 Magnum rifle last night at their fundraising event at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock. The rifle was personalized with serial number PALIN-001, the brass receiver was inscribed with ‘Presented to Sarah Palin – February 16, 2010 -Republican Party of Arkansas’ and the Republican Party of Arkansas’ logo was carved into the buttstock.
Palin began her keynote speech in front of a cheering crowd of 5,000 by thanking the Republican Party of Arkansas for the beautiful rifle, noting that she even called her son Track to tell him about it, and stated, “It’s great to be in a state where it’s okay to cling to your guns and religion.”
President Lincoln was presented with a Henry rifle during his presidency. It hangs in The Smithsonian and has become a priceless national treasure.
Henry Repeating Arms is one of the country’s leading rifle manufacturers. Their legendary name dates back to 1860 when Benjamin Tyler Henry invented and patented the first practical repeating rifle during the Civil War. It became known as the “gun you could load on Sunday and shoot all week long.” Henry rifles went on to play a significant role in the frontier days of the American West and soon became one of the most legendary, respected and sought after rifles in the history of firearms. The company’s primary manufacturing facility is in Bayonne, New Jersey and they have a second facility in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
Jaman Matthews of the Arkansas Times provides additional information about the presentaton of the Henry rifle to Governor Palin:
The man responsible for the donated rifle was a New Jerseyite, Anthony Imperato, president of Henry Repeating Arms Company in Bayonne (his family once operated an arms company in Jacksonville). He presented the one-of-a-kind gun to Palin in a backstage ceremony before her speech.
There was at least one other gun in the building that night. On one of the silent-auction tables flanking the speaker’s dais, past a photo of Ronald Reagan and a photo of Palin framed together and titled “Voices of Conservatism,” was another Henry rifle. It was exactly like Palin’s but with its own distinct serial number: GOP-001.
Backstage before the speech, Imperato stood at a waist-high cocktail table in the windowless VIP area, waiting for his chance to present the rifle to Palin. Asked why he was donating the guns, Imperato said, “I’m just a nice guy.”
An event volunteer, Patrick Rhodes, stepped in to steer Imperato’s answer. “If I could put words in your mouth, ‘What better way to emphasize our support of the Second Amendment?’ ”
Between the two of them, they went on to link Palin to Abraham Lincoln, “who was a Republican” and who also owned a Henry rifle (serial number 006).
Henry Repeating Arms only started business in 1996. Imperato agreed that there was no specific family connection back to the rifle maker of the 1860s. “It was a name that was laying there dormant,” Imperato said of the Henry name. “We didn’t have to purchase it. We just trademarked the name because nobody had the rights to it.”