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Posts Tagged ‘endorsements’

Epitomizing Relevance

Posted by Adrienne Ross on May 27, 2012

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Just when you thought the campfire had finally gone out, another spark emerges from the ashes. Anyone who’s gone camping has been in this situation. Anyone who’s followed Governor Palin since 2008 has been in this situation as well. Just when it seems a particular narrative has been proven false, so as to have extinguished all possible reemergence, it comes flaring up again.

Relevant is defined as “having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand.” Irrelevant, therefore, is just the opposite, defined simply as “not relevant.” Of all the adjectives used to describe Governor Palin, it’s almost unfathomable that irrelevant would be among them. Love her or hate her, no one who is paying even a modicum of attention could reasonably say that the Governor does not hold incredible weight in the political process. Nonetheless, I encountered this cluelessness once again.

My friend, Kristi King, shared with me a conversation she had about Governor Palin yesterday. A gentleman told her that Governor Palin is irrelevant and her time has passed, that she no longer has any momentum in her favor. Kristi told him that the media examine, re-examine, and diagnose every move the Governor makes, thereby proving her relevance. He stated the media do so only for ratings, and she countered that if she is capable of producing ratings, clearly she’s still relevant; otherwise, no one would watch, read, or listen. He maintained his position, which really doesn’t speak well for him, as he is a seasoned political mind who ought to know better. Then again, even on the national stage we’ve found that it’s those entrenched in the establishment who seem to be the biggest deniers of what stares them right in the face.

I encouraged Kristi to clue this guy in on what Governor Palin has done. I’m not even talking about in 2008 or 2010, which should give him plenty to consider. I’m just talking about the past month. Obviously he is in need of some useful information: Governor Palin endorsed Richard Mourdock, going against the grain of the GOP establishment, who backed Lugar, and Mourdock received a bump in the polls and won an historic victory. She endorsed Deb Fischer, a long shot, and the “Palin Effect” kicked in, helping to produce a Fischer win. Governor Palin then endorsed Ted Cruz, and he became the beneficiary of what even ABC called the “Sarah Palin Bounce” and Big Government coined a “jolt,” a “surge,” and “sun-spot hot.” Immediately, the phones lit up and a plethora of donations poured in. Cruz continues to close the gap in the days preceding the Primary, which is set for this Tuesday, May 29th.

Relevance, however, is not only illustrated where there is massive support; perhaps it’s even more obvious where there is heated disagreement. Governor Palin’s recent endorsement of Orrin Hatch was met, not only with approval, but also with disapproval, by even her most ardent supporters. Those in agreement voiced excitement and appreciation because they know that her opinion matters. Some who find themselves at odds with her decision voiced disappointment. That disappointment could be the result of a number of factors–from her not walking lockstep with the Tea Party, to her not walking lockstep with them and their own preconceived ideas, to other possibilities. Not at the bottom of that list is this: some who do not personally support Senator Hatch are disappointed in the endorsement because they want their preferred candidate to win, yet they know how weighty her endorsement is; it considerably lessens Liljenquist’s chances. Whichever category one finds him or herself in, the bottom line is obvious: no one would give a rip either way if her endorsement didn’t wield power. But it does.

Though I won’t, I could name politician after politician whose endorsements of this candidate or that candidate mean absolutely nada to me–or anyone else–because frankly, who cares what they think? Now, they are irrelevant. What Governor Palin possesses, like it or not, is a “significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand.” In that, she epitomizes relevance. The matter at hand, she has reminded us again and again, was never whether or not she ran for President of the United States, as many of us still long to see. The matter at hand is to change, not just the uniform, but the team. As the saying goes: “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” And the main thing right now is to keep the House, seize the Senate, and capture 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It is quite clear that Governor Palin is a key player in the effort to bring this to pass.

Perhaps this gentleman my friend conversed with isn’t a Palin detractor. Perhaps he’s just uninformed. But the facts are the facts, and it’s always a pleasure to highlight those facts for those in need. Governor Palin possesses the relevance to create an effect, bounce, jolt, and surge any time she chooses as she endeavors to help usher America toward sudden and relentless reform. Thank God she also possesses the conservative common sense to use it wisely.

Cross-posted from MotivationTruth

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Rasmussen: A Sarah Palin Endorsement Is The Breath Of Life, From Obama, The Kiss Of Death

Posted by Gary P Jackson on October 21, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

You know that lie the corrupt lame stream media keeps telling you, the one that says Sarah Palin is “toxic“? Well, it seems the latest LSM lie to be debunked comes our way from Scott Rasmussen.

According to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, 29% of Likely Voters say an endorsement from the president is the one most likely to make them vote for a candidate.

But even more (45%) say Obama is the politician who makes them least likely to vote for a candidate he endorses.

This explains why every time Obama shows up to campaign for a candidate, they lose. This is in sharp contrast to candidates Sarah has endorsed, many whom were lost in crowed fields, and have gone on to win, and win big. There’s more:

When it comes to an endorsement as a negative, 25% say one from Palin makes them least likely to support a candidate. Nineteen percent (19%) say the same of Bush, while three percent (3%) and two percent (2%) respectively feel that way about Biden and Clinton.

Considering the amount of effort the corrupt media has expended trying to create the “toxic” narrative around Sarah, and generating hate for Bush, those numbers are pretty respectable.

I can get the numbers for Biden and Clinton as well. Though their ideology is extreme and flawed, they are generally likable sorts compared to radicals like Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and so on.

Here’s an interesting statistic though, and seems about right:

Interestingly, however, only 18% of voters say it is at least somewhat important to their vote when celebrities or politicians from outside their state campaign on behalf of a local candidate. That includes six percent (6%) who say it is Very Important.

Eighty percent (80%), on the other hand, don’t attach importance to an outside endorsement, with 38% who say it is Not At All Important.

Voters not affiliated with either of the major parties attach the least importance to outsiders campaigning for local candidates.

This rings true with most people I know. Although we certainly celebrate when a candidate gets backed by someone we respect, like Sarah Palin. I think that boils down to her track record and ability to judge and pick superior candidates. Pretty sure others feel the same when it comes to the one or two people’s judgment they truly trust. But for the most part, sophisticated voters do their own research to find a candidate worthy of their support.

I think, what an endorsement by a respected leader like Sarah Palin does, is at least have you take a look at her candidate, and research them further, rather than just blindly vote for the candidate. She’s certainly the leader when it comes to raising a candidate’s profile, giving them name recognition.

Rasmussen goes on:

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Likely Voters say their own views are closer to Palin’s than they are to Obama’s. Forty percent (40%) say their views are closer to the president’s.

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters now regard Obama’s political views as extreme, while 42% place his views in the mainstream.

In a survey last December, 79% of voters said most politicians are more concerned with getting reelected than in doing what is right.

Voters believe overwhelmingly that politicians don’t keep their promises, and most say it’s deliberate.

We were excited when Obama made a trip to Delaware, and are even more excited he is going to Nevada, California, and Washington state. As this polling shows, he may be one of the Republican Party’s best assets this election season.

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Palin endorses Tea-Party backed O’Donnell

Posted by loricalabrese on September 10, 2010

During a surprise appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show Thursday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Delaware U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell.

O’Donnell, backed by the Tea Party Express, is running in a tough primary against Republican Rep. Mike Castle. The primary is on Tuesday and the winner will face Democratic county executive Chris Coons in November.

O’Donnell was hoping for a Palin endorsement and speculation swirled when Palin re-tweeted an endorsement of O’Donnell first sent out by conservative radio host Tammy Bruce. But it was Sean Hannity who… (read more)

As published on Examiner.com

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Palin endorses Brian Murphy for Maryland

Posted by loricalabrese on August 4, 2010

Wednesday morning, Sarah Palin endorsed Brian Murphy for Governor of Maryland:

I’m honored to endorse Brian Murphy for Governor of Maryland. Brian is a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment commonsense conservative and a firm believer in the free market and the cause for energy independence. As a former energy industry executive and current small business owner, Brian has the private sector experience that is so lacking in government today. He knows how to incentivize industry to get our economy moving again. Together with his running mate for lieutenant governor, Mike Ryman, Brian will provide Maryland with principled and results oriented leadership.

Please join me in supporting Brian by visiting his website at www.brianmurphy2010.com and following him on Facebook and Twitter.

– Sarah Palin

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Rick Santorum: Sarah Palin’s Endorsement Is The Only One Anyone Wants! Team Romney Whines: “Endorsements Don’t Matter!”

Posted by Gary P Jackson on June 22, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

Santorum, however, doesn’t play coy when I ask him about what his endorsement means to a fellow Republican, if anything. “Palin is the only endorsement anyone wants,” he laughs. “If you ask who the most influential endorsers are, Palin is numbers one, two, and three, with maybe Sen. Jim DeMint at four. Her endorsement is the only one that matters this year. Just look at what she did for Nikki Haley.

What about Romney, the man Santorum supported in the 2008 presidential campaign? “No offense to Mitt, but he doesn’t carry the weight,” Santorum says. “Mitt can help you with some finance people, maybe in some small way, but his pull is insignificant compared to Palin’s.”

~ From interview of Rick Santorum by Robert Costa for National Review Online June 17, 2010

Mitt Romney is a lot like the Texas weather: If you don’t like a particular stance he has, just wait around, it’ll change. No one is more adept at the flip-flop on key issues, in an attempt to be all things to all people. Romney is a chameleon who can blend in with any crowd, by simply telling them what they want to hear. No one knows whether he means it or not, or if he even believes half of what he says. Romney is simply a cold, calculating politician, who only cares about winning an office, not about actually leading.

Romney’s latest flip-flop though is just delicious. Just a few weeks ago, we got into it with Romney’s fan boys, who were crowing and running stories about how much Mitt’s endorsement, that few even knew about, helped propel Nikki Haley to her victory in South Carolina.

Of course, the truth is a little different than the fictional spin Team Romney has been trying to sell. Yes, Romney was an early endorser of Nikki’s. When Romney endorsed her, she was stuck in forth place, suffering from poor name recognition. Nothing changed afterward.

Sarah Palin then endorsed Nikki in fine fashion, making it a national event by doing so in person. In just days Nikki was leading the pack, and cruised to a huge win. Nikki got 49 percent of the vote, just one point shy of the needed 50 percent, but she garnered almost as many votes as her three competitors combined, and will the run-off election on Tuesday by a wide margin.

Something else that happened along the way. Once Nikki Haley became the front runner, the Republican “Good Old Boy Network” went into high gear. Like Sarah Palin, Nikki is known as a true reformer, and this, of course, scares the hell out of the establishment. Nikki will upset the apple cart, much like Sarah did in Alaska. The attacks were vile, and personal.

Sarah Palin was standing with her. Offered her strong and very public support. Romney was, as usual, nowhere to be found.

Sarah is known to stick by those she endorses, not just pick safe candidates, put her name with them and move on, like noted “Profile In Courage” Mitt Romney, who actually endorsed Susanna Martinez for Governor of New Mexico, AFTER she won her primary!

Sarah also endorsed Carly Fiorina in California, and true to form, talked about her at ever opportunity. Carly went on to win her primary for the United States Senate in fine fashion.

In a recent interview for National Review Online, Rick Santorum said this:

Santorum, however, doesn’t play coy when I ask him about what his endorsement means to a fellow Republican, if anything. “Palin is the only endorsement anyone wants,” he laughs. “If you ask who the most influential endorsers are, Palin is numbers one, two, and three, with maybe Sen. Jim DeMint at four. Her endorsement is the only one that matters this year. Just look at what she did for Nikki Haley.

What about Romney, the man Santorum supported in the 2008 presidential campaign? “No offense to Mitt, but he doesn’t carry the weight,” Santorum says. “Mitt can help you with some finance people, maybe in some small way, but his pull is insignificant compared to Palin’s.

There’s a reason why Sarah’s endorsements matter, and Romney’s don’t. One, Sarah Palin is an actual leader, with real vision, and Romney has neither qualities, and two, if Sarah endorses someone, she’s proven that she will actually support them. People in the Republican Party see a Palin endorsement as the gold standard. She has a proven record of backing winners. Even better, she has a record of backing true conservatives.

Understandably, Team Romney is frustrated. The guy is no leader, and is often a day late and a dollar short when he does weigh in. So now, they are trying to change the subject. Just weeks ago, Team Romney was doing their best to take credit for their endorsements, acting like they are the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Now that reality has set in, the spinmeisters are in high gear saying that it’s money that matters, not endorsements.

Doug Brady over at C4P has something to say about this:

Immediately after Nikki Haley’s overwhelming victory in the South Carolina Primary, we noted Team Mitt’s panic over the credit Governor Palin received:

It appears Mitt Romney is getting a bit nervous as a result of all the well-deserved credit Governor Palin received for helping Nikki Haley in South Carolina, both in the media and by Haley herself. In fact Romney is so nervous he feels compelled to return to South Carolina to campaign for Haley before the runoff on the 22nd.

[…]

This is classic Mitt Romney. When all the mud was flying and Governor Palin publicly and steadfastly stood behind Haley, Romney was, as is his custom, nowhere to be found. Undoubtedly Romney thought he could gain some conservative cred in South Carolina by endorsing Haley in March who, at the time, was considered a long-shot conservative candidate with little chance of winning. However, after Haley’s incredible surge in the polls (following, not coincidentally, Governor Palin’s endorsement) and ultimate victory last night, Romney saw his plan for making inroads in the important primary state unraveling.

Recent activities on the part of Team Mitt indicate our assessment of Romney’s panic was correct. Today Romney travelled to South Carolina to campaign with Nikki Haley and, while there, announced he was giving the Haley campaign $42,000. How, you ask, can he give a candidate that much money given the limits in campaign finance laws? It’s easy if you’re Mitt Romney. You purchase a team of lawyers to figure out how to get around the spirit of the law. Via Andy Barr at the Politico:

…lawyers for Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC discovered that multiple PACs sharing the same leadership and office space are able to contribute $3,500 each per cycle in South Carolina, according to a Romney source.

With one federal PAC and five statewide PACs each maxing out at $3,500 for Haley in both the GOP primary and general elections, Romney has contributed a total of $42,000.

This is standard operating procedure for Romney. What else can a plastic flip-flopping politician do to acquire the influence he lacks other than purchase it? Unfortunately for Romney, there’s not enough money in the world for him to purchase that which he really needs: authenticity.

C4P readers may have noticed Romney’s astro-turfers spamming the threads on other websites in the days immediately after Nikki Haley’s victory. They repeatedly claimed that Romney, not Governor Palin, was the real endorsement powerhouse in the GOP since he purportedly endorsed 120 candidates since the beginning of the year. They even provided this link to a Romney website as evidence. What a difference a few days make. Now, believe it or not, endorsements don’t really mean anything according to Team Mitt, as a Romney spokesman told Barr:

Endorsements are nice, but Governor Romney understands that money wins elections,” Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom told POLITICO.

Oh, I see. A week ago Mitt was Captain America because of all the endorsements he made this year. Now endorsements may be “nice” but don’t really matter, only money counts. Of course Romney’s hack didn’t mention all the money Governor Palin’s endorsements generate for her endorsees through grass-roots contributions, but why complicate the narrative? What has happened to cause such a dramatic change in Team Mitt’s attitude toward endorsements? Perhaps it’s because Mitt Romney’s endorsements are insignificant, as Rick Santorum indicated in an interview with the National Review.

[ …. ]

So, to paraphrase, her endorsements are golden, his don’t mean sh*t. Yeah, I guess this realization may well have had something to do with Romney’s change of heart on the importance of endorsements. It also explains why he had to rush down to South Carolina and hire a team of lawyers to figure out how to give Nikki Haley $42,000 for a race she’s going to win easily anyway. Mitt, your erratic actions prove beyond a doubt that, although your endorsements may not matter, hers most definitely do.

Ouch! You can read more of Doug’s blistering report here.

As Doug Brady points out, Sarah’s endorsements work quite differently than Romney’s do. When Sarah endorses someone, people sit up and take notice. Contributions, both big and small, come in from supporters nationwide. These donations routinely surpass all goals and predictions. People understands that if Sarah is endorsing someone, they are the real deal. People TRUST Sarah’s judgment on these things. This is an earned trust.

A Romney endorsement, however, generally goes unnoticed, so if any money comes from it, it’s coming out of Romney’s pocket, or his PAC.

Spending money and trying to buy his way in is nothing new for Mitt Romney. He tried that in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries, outspending everyone, and the best he could manage was a dismal third place, in what was arguably the worst field of candidates the party has put up in a generation.

We reported earlier about Romney’s “Louisiana [straw poll] Purchase” back in April. As is the case with most of these things, a straw poll was conducted at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, in New Orleans.

The big shocker in this deal was that Ron Paul didn’t win the thing. His followers are notorious for astroturfing these deals and turn out in droves to prop him up. Many of them are paid to vote, and some are even paid for the expenses it takes to get them wherever the vote is. In this poll, Mitt Romney won by a single point over Paul.

How was this done? Easy, a Romney front group, one of many he has, paid people to go to the SRLC and vote for Mitt!

Romney spent an estimated $59, 500 in order to get headlines that proclaimed he won an absolutely meaningless straw poll. I guess he did better than Ron Paul though, who spent an estimated $95,200 to come in a virtual tie with Romney!

Now to be fair, both Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin were promoting their political action committees. We aren’t sure what Huckabee spent, but we know that Sarah was handing out tasty treats. We estimated the cost of this at around $1500.

With Romney and Paul in a virtual tie, having spent $154,700 between them, it’s interesting to note that Sarah Palin came in second behind these two, and lead the second choice balloting. Again, she was out $1500 and wasn’t asking for straw poll votes, just reminding people about SarahPAC, and soliciting donations. Tell me again who the real fiscal conservative is?

You can read all of the details here.

This is really typical of Romney though. He has little real support, and no influence on anything, so he tries to buy his way into the club. It’s well known that he resorted to all sorts of shenanigans in order to get his last book on the New York Times best seller list, where it lasted a week. Lots of bulk sales.

So far, the only thing he has done right, was by accident, when earlier in the month, he endorsed Sarah Palin for President!

Mitt Romney is not the sort we need in office. He’s a Big Government progressive. Let us not forget he gave his state the parting gift of RomneyCare, the blueprint for ObamaCare. RomneyCare, as we reported here, is an absolute unmitigated disaster.

All Mitt Romney seems to care about is getting Mitt Romney elected to office. He is the GOP establishment’s show pony, and like all of those guys tend to do, thinks it’s “his turn” to be the presidential nominee in 2012. Romney represents the absolute worst of what the Republican Party has to offer. He’s an opportunist who will do and say anything to get elected, and then fall in with the other establishment, Big Government types once in office.

Sorry, but for the foreseeable future, it’s going to be our job to get these sorts voted out of office, not elected to office. We need leadership, not pandering. We need strength, not capitulation. We need people who understand that our nation is in peril, and the old way of doing things will no longer work. We don’t need Mitt Romney.

Here’s a little something I like to dedicate to Mitt and the almighty dollar:

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