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Posts Tagged ‘madison’

Sarah Palin to Obama: “Mr. President, Game On!”

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 31, 2012

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One of Governor Palin’s most outstanding speeches was given in Madison, Wisconsin at the Tax Day Tea Party.   Governor Palin took the fight to the opposition as she supported Governor Scott Walker and conservatives in their fight against the union thugs in Wisconsin.

Clay Barbour and Doug Erickson reported on the event at the Wisconsin State Journal:

Cold, blustery conditions did little to quell the heated rhetoric Saturday as thousands gathered at the state Capitol for a pair of dueling rallies.

But what started with a tax day event on the east side and a pro-union rally on the south side turned quickly into a contest over who could scream louder as union supporters crowded tea party activists and tried to drown out their speakers.

The commotion, however, did not stop keynote speaker Sarah Palin from hitting her marks. Braving the snow and stinging wind, the former Alaska governor took shots at unions and the president, while defending Gov. Scott Walker and his efforts to curb collective bargaining for public employees.

“Your governor did the right thing and you won,” she yelled, over the din of protesters. “Your beautiful state won.”

Saturday marked the third straight year Wisconsin’s tea parties have hosted a Tax Day Rally at the Capitol. This year’s event occurred in the shadow of a two-month battle between union supporters and the governor.

That tension gave birth to the counter rally, which took place on the opposite side of the Capitol and featured speakers like Mayor-elect Paul Soglin and state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton.

Walker’s controversial collective bargaining bill, currently stuck in the courts, has sharply divided the state and led to recall efforts against eight Republican state senators. And though eight Democratic senators also face possible recalls, Saturday’s tea party rally was seen by many as an effort to energize the GOP in the face of growing opposition.

“I think everything that’s happened in the past few months has them worried,” said Kimi Ishikawa, a Madison-area teacher who attended the counter-rally. “I think they now know we are going to keep going and not let up.”

According to Capitol police, about 6,500 attended the rallies. Officials could not say which was bigger, mainly because the counter-rally protesters spent as much time jeering the tea party event as they did listening to their own speakers. Most observers agreed, however, that both crowds seemed roughly equal in size.

Palin was joined Saturday in the tea party rally by radio personality Vicki McKenna, Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund and controversial conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who at one point told the loud counter-protesters to “go to hell.”

Palin spent much of her 16-minute speech criticizing President Obama but started with praise for Walker. Noting that she has many teachers in her family, and is a former union member herself, Palin said Walker understands that a state must be solvent in order to take care of its public sector workers.

“He’s not trying to hurt union members, he’s trying to save your jobs and your pensions,” she said.

Wearing a skirt and no hat or gloves, she didn’t seem bothered by the weather, saying, “I feel like I’m at home.” She said she came to Madison because “this is where real courage and real integrity can be found.”

Palin lit into Obama, calling his financial stimulus package “useless” and several of his initiatives, including “really fast trains” and solar shingles, “cockamamie and harebrained.” She mentioned 2012 repeatedly, at one point saying, “The 2012 election begins here.”

Jedediah Bila wrote at The Daily Caller:

The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate credited the Tea Party with winning “an electoral victory of historic proportions last November.” She praised Scott Walker’s efforts toward fiscal discipline. She stood up to the GOP establishment. And she had a strong message for Barack Obama as we approach 2012: “Mr. President, game on!”

Palin, who stems from “a family of schoolteachers,” reached out to Wisconsin’s union members: “I’m here today as a patriot, as a taxpayer, as a former union member, and as the wife of a union member … A pension is a promise that must be kept. Now your Governor, Scott Walker, understands this. He understands that states must be solvent in order to keep their promises. And that’s what he’s trying to do. He’s not trying to hurt union members. Hey, folks — he’s trying to save your jobs and your pensions.”

She talked tough with respect to the watered-down budget compromise reached by President Obama, John Boehner, and Harry Reid, affirming, “That is not courage. That’s capitulation.” She added, “Now there is a lesson here — in the Beltway politico, something that they need to understand — the lesson comes from here in Madison. So, our lesson is to the GOP establishment first … if you stand on the platform, if you stand by your pledges, we will stand with you. We will fight with you, GOP. We have your back. Together we will win because America will win.”

“We didn’t elect you just to re-arrange the deck chairs on a sinking Titanic,” Palin continued. “We didn’t elect you just to stand back and watch Obama redistribute those deck chairs. What we need is for you to stand up, GOP, and fight.” She added, “Maybe I should ask some of the Badger women’s hockey team — those champions — maybe I should ask them if we should be suggesting to GOP leaders, they need to learn how to fight like a girl!”

Palin called out President Obama on his unsuccessful stimulus, big-government promoting SOTU address, and proclivity toward ignoring the will of the people via Obamacare, reckless spending, and proposals for tax increases on the middle class and job creators. She challenged his tendency to “apologize for America while you bow and kowtow to our enemies and you snub our allies like Israel,” as well as the manner in which “you [Barack Obama] cut off oil development here and then you hypocritically praise foreign countries for their drilling.”

“We the people, we rose up, and we decisively rejected the Left’s big-government agenda,” Palin asserted. “We don’t want it. We can’t afford it. And we are unwilling to pay for it.”


She continued, “No, our president isn’t leading. He’s punting on this debt crisis. The only future that Barack Obama is trying to win is his own re-election. He’s willing to mortgage your children’s future to ensure his own. And that is not the audacity of hope. That’s cynicism. Piling more debt onto our children and our grandchildren — it’s not courage. No, that’s cowardice.” She added, “You ignored us in 2010. But you cannot ignore us in 2012.”

Palin expressed strong support for common-sense conservatives in Madison and a positive message for America as we look forward to the next presidential election: “Madison, you defended that 2010 electoral mandate. You are heroes. You are patriots. And when the history of this Tea Party movement is written, what you accomplished here will not be forgotten. Your historic stand brought down the curtain on the last election, and the 2012 election begins here. We will take the courage and the integrity that you showed all of America. We will take it and we will win back our country … We will fight for America. And it starts here in Madison, Wisconsin. It starts here! It starts now! … Mr. President, game on!”

Palin’s Madison speech reminds us of some important things. She’s not in the least bit afraid of a tough crowd. She’ll hold members of her party accountable if they don’t keep their word. She is passionate about the Tea Party movement and isn’t about to abandon her conservative principles in order to fit in with what’s cool in D.C. And she is one tough cookie.

Most importantly, Sarah Palin sounds ready, willing, and able to tackle the Obama agenda. Like I always say, let the games begin.

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IBD Editorial: Palin was a fresh breeze in Wisconsin

Posted by joshpainter on April 20, 2011

– by Josh Painter
In its reporting on Gov. Palin’s Tea Party appearance in Wisconsin, the media has focused on the feisty aspects of her speech, and indeed it was a stemwinder. But few have commented upon that part of her speech where she reached out to rank and file union members, as the editors of Investor’s Business Daily did at IBD Editorials today:

Sarah Palin hit it out of the park in a speech this past weekend in Wisconsin. She dazzled because, of all things, she reached out to her opponents. When was the last time we saw that coming out of the White House?

Amazingly, Palin’s words offered common ground between Tea Party taxpayers and public employee union members, who’ve until now been at odds with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to balance the state budget.

“What I have to say today I say it to our good patriotic brothers and sisters who are in unions … a pension is a promise that must be kept. Now, your Governor Scott Walker understands this. He understands that states must be solvent in order to keep their promise. And that’s what he’s trying to do. He’s not trying to hurt union members. Hey, folks, he’s trying to save your jobs and your pensions!”

In short, she came to save, not to cut, and in the finest example of bipartisan bridge-building since President Reagan made allies of blue-collar workers, she reached out to the very people whose hirelings tried to drown her speech out with obscenities.

Palin paid no attention to the thugs and kept her eye on the common ground. She put her finger on the two things that matter most to workers across the country — saving their jobs and their pensions — and decisively linked it with the reduction in the size of government sought by the Tea Party taxpayers.

As philosopher Eric Hoffer once noted: The elegant way to solve a problem is to take one and use it to solve the other.

Palin didn’t rest there, though. She put her finger on the real problem: union bosses, who, like AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, brag about their daily contact with the White House as if to say they have President Obama in their back pocket.

And what a coincidence: That’s where this sorry spectacle of rank partisanship is emanating from.


As the editors noted, the union’s ill-mannered “rent-a-thugs” tried to drown out Gov. Palin’s words, but they failed. That’s because, the editors conclude, her speech “ultimately wasn’t for Wisconsin. It was for YouTube and the nation watching it.”

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Gov. Palin to President Obama: ‘Game on!’ (Updated)

Posted by joshpainter on April 17, 2011

– by Josh Painter
Sarah Palin rallied a Tea Party crowd of tens of thousands who braved chilly temperatures, a driving wind and falling snow in Madison, Saturday. The former Alaska governor seemed undeterred by the wintry April Wisconsin weather, telling the crowd, “I feel like I’m at home. This is beautiful.”

Gov. Palin was quick to criticize union leaders, while praising the rank and file membership. She reminded them that she is a “former union member” and her husband Todd is still a member. Holding out an olive branch to Wisconsin school teachers, she remarked that her parents and other members of her family were also teachers. Some of them, the governor said, depended on their pensions. The 2008 vice presidential candidate praised Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for preserving jobs and pensions by practicing fiscal responsibility, saying “a pension is a promise that must be kept,” and that Walker understands “that states must be solvent in order to keep their promises.” Walker’s courage and integrity, she said, are “sorely missing inside the Beltway today.”

She also gave kudos to the Tea Partiers for standing in support of Walker, adding that “real solidarity means coming together for the common good. This Tea Party is real solidarity.” Recalling the recent demonstrations in Wisconsin’s capital city, Gov. Palin praised her enthusiastic audience for standing strong in the face of a “violent rent-a-mob.” “Madison,” she told them, “you held your ground, your governor did the right thing, and you won.”

Reminding the crowd that she wasn’t afraid to take on the establishment of her own party (“what more than they say about us?”), she scolded them for compromising on a budget deal she characterized as “politics as usual.” She encouraged GOP leaders to stand by their pledges, promising that if they stand up and fight, “we will stand with you, GOP. We have your back. Together we will win because America will win.” But the outspoken conservative warned Republicans that the grassroots didn’t elect them to stand by and watch Obama “redistribute the deck chairs” on the Titanic. With a nod to the 2011 national champion Wisconsin Badgers women’s hockey team, Gov. Palin quipped that GOP leaders “need to learn how to fight like a girl.”

In what sounded very much like a campaign speech, Mrs. Palin then went after President Obama for his spending, remarking that “The only thing that trillion dollar travesty stimulated was a debt crisis and a Tea Party. All aboard on his bullet train to bankruptcy.” Blasting Obama for his lack of leadership, Gov. Palin turned his “Winning The Future” slogan around. “The only future that Barack Obama is trying to win, she charged, “is his own reelection. He’s willing to mortgage your children’s future to ensure his own. And that’s not the audacity of hope; that’s cynicism. Piling more debt onto our children and our grandchildren is not courage. No, that’s cowardice.” She went on to criticize the president for ObamaCare, constraining domestic oil production, getting involved in Libya without a clear goal or exist strategy and bowing to US enemies while snubbing its allies.

Mrs. Palin got loud cheers from the crowd when she praised Wisconsin’s 1st District U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan, a Republican fiscal conservative whose budget proposal was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday. Ryan’s plan, which is a blueprint to cut $6 trillion out of the federal debt, will likely not survive the Senate and is sure to be vetoed by the president if it does. But the first woman to serve as governor of Alaska and campaign on a Republican Party presidential ticket warned Mr. Obama, “You ignored us in 2010 but you cannot ignore us in 2012.” Wrapping up her speech in true campaign stemwinder style, Gov. Palin told the Tea Party crowd, “The 2012 election begins here. We will take the courage and the integrity that you showed all of America. We will fight for America. And it starts here in Madison, Wisconsin. It starts here. It starts now. Mr. President, game on!”

h/t: @JedediahBila and @HeyTammyBruce


Coverage by Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel is here, J-S photo gallery here.

The Green Bay Gazette’s photo gallery is here.

Politico’s write-up is here.

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Sarah Palin: GAME ON!

Posted by ehvogel on April 16, 2011

Sarah Palin delivered a rousing speech to the Madison Tea Party today. It was only remotely reminiscent of her acceptance speech at the 2008 Republican Convention. Today’s speech was much more in keeping with Sarah’s Mama Grizzly image. She went after Obama with unflinching candor and delivered some stinging barbs. She also was not deterred from going after the “Republican establishment”, in her words, and lambasted the latest compromise on the 2011 budget as failing to deliver on the promises of the 2010 election.

This speech could best be described as Sarah-Unplugged. It delivered a stinging rebuke to the union leaders that have cast Madison as the centerpiece of Obama’s world vision and spoke of the Tea Party as the voice of America. This was as close to a campaign speech that I have ever seen her deliver, hence the comparison to 2008.

This was not the Sarah Palin who has worked hard to deliver thoughtful speeches to enhance her bona fides in the world of national politics. This was a tit-for-tat response to Obama’s partisanship, as delivered in his deficit-reduction speech on Wednesday. In it, Obama targeted Republican efforts toward spending reductions and overtly focused on Paul Ryan, lambasting his and the Republican’s plans as being against the aging, women and the less-advantaged.

Sarah Pain ripped into Obama’s characterization of Paul Ryan’s plan and left no doubt about her feelings when she said of The White House: “you lie”! She called out Obama for his lack of leadership and mocked him for his use of the terms “hope” and “change”. This was the most direct attack on Obama that I have seen Sarah Palin deliver since her acceptance speech at the GOP Convention.

As she wound down her speech, she implored the Madison Tea Party to consider itself as the beginning of the 2012 Presidential campaign. She invoked a well-accepted battle cry of “Game On” and compared it to the spirit of the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl victory to rally those in attendance.

All in all, Sarah Palin said everything that a Presidential candidate should say, short of saying it as an announced Presidential candidate. I feel that there is a major campaign in her near future and she is only sharpening her axe as she prepares for it.

I’m awaiting a transcript of her speech and will update this post as soon as it is available. I’m sure videos of her speech will be available as well and they are well-worth your time to watch. This speech was definitely history in the making.

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Media/left insanity ahead of Gov. Palin’s WI appearance (Updated)

Posted by joshpainter on April 16, 2011

– by Josh Painter
Sarah Palin hasn’t even hit the ground in Wisconsin (she’s in Oklahoma City for an event tonight) for her appearance at the TEA Party rally in Madison, and already the media and their leftist fellow travelers are spreading wild rumors lies.

One of the lies is that she will be paid for her Madison appearance, knocked down by Tammy Bruce and others via Twitter:

“Thanks Tammy! @ MT Beltway operatives are spreading the false rumor that Palin is being paid to speak in Madison. She’s not.”

Another lie, one being spread by the local firefighters union is that the same Gov. Palin who fought the oil companies and their stooges in Alaska is somehow a “corporate puppet.” This one is so absurd that it prompted Rick Moore to quip:

“I hope they know which end of the hose the water comes out.”

Finally, this tweet from Jedediah Bila:

“To all spreading fiction,@ is from a union family & has never voiced an anti-union message.Do your research:

Expect more moonbat madness from the dicheesehead left before it’s all said and done Saturday in the People’s Republic of Madison.

Update: Dana Loesch, at Big Journalism comments:

“Wonkette, the website that popularized and repackaged JV-grade sarcasm as ‘snark’ published a piece wherein the author crosses his fingers for violence when Sarah Palin speaks in Madison on Saturday…”

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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