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Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Steelman’

Breaking Down Todd Akin and the GOP

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 27, 2012

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

I don’t get the GOP. This isn’t the first time, but it might be one of the most critical times. Everyone knows Todd Akin made a really stupid comment about what he termed “legitimate rape.” Those two words should never be in the same sentence, much less next to each another. Akin has since apologized, but the damage has been done.

The only ones more eager than Democrats to throw him under the bus were Republicans. Why is that? Well, first of all, for obvious reasons. His statement that a woman’s body has ways of shutting down when raped, preventing pregnancy from ensuing, was off the wall, ridiculous, and beyond defense. Rush Limbaugh might have uncovered the second reason when he said Republicans always want to be liked and always feel the need to prove themselves to the left, which seems to cause us to eat each other alive. We jump to avoid yet another accusation of being called anti-women, racist, extreme, or whatever other term we’re afraid we’ll be called if we don’t separate ourselves from this statement or that one.

While Akin was wrong in his comment, he was not wrong in his pro-life position. He doesn’t believe in abortion, even in the tragic situation of rape. I share his position. The problem was not in where he stands on the issue, though I concede many would disagree. The problem, as I see it, was his inability to articulate his position on the issue. Then we allowed Democrats to co-opt the conversation. Again, his error wasn’t his pro-life position; his error was attaching rape to the word “legitimate.” Rape is rape. Period.

Nonetheless, anyone who suggests that his comment reveals him to be placing blame on a woman for rape or validating skepticism about a woman’s claims of being raped is being disingenuous. Everyone knows that is not what he meant. And no matter what anyone thinks of his term in office in Missouri or his record, no one should condone someone’s character being destroyed unfairly, for that would simply be another case of politics-as-usual, which all fair-minded people despise.

Granted, there’s an argument to be made for his getting out of the race, which has been the steady refrain from prominent voices in the GOP–from Governor Palin, to Presidential-candidate Romney, to RNC Chair Reince Priebus, and the list goes on. This election is a must-win. Claire McCaskill must go. The GOP must capture the Senate, and we don’t have the luxury of nonchalantly approaching a win. To quote Sarah Steelman, who was one of Akin’s challengers in the primary he just won on August 7th, “The status quo must go.” Steelman is the candidate Governor Palin endorsed and the one I, in my own way, subsequently supported from the faraway blue state of New York.

What I respected about Palin’s call for Akin to “take one for the team” and step aside for the sake of that Senate seat was that she didn’t pile on Akin for what he said. In fact, she wouldn’t even deal with what he said at all when Greta Van Susteren asked her about it. That train had already left the station, had been sized up over and over, and its fatuity already well-established. Instead, the Governor dealt with the impact of what he said. That’s the issue remaining here. His words have given Democrats fodder, furthered the left’s attack on the right’s respect for women, and most importantly, given Claire McCaskill a good chance to win when it looked like her chances were all but gone. For that reason, Governor Palin implored him to drop out of the race. She did not attack his character, as many others have done and are doing. She simply said that for the sake of the country, he should do what she had to do in Alaska: pass the ball. Again, I respect her handling of the situation.

Many others in the GOP have not been so gracious. They’ve used this situation to go after his character and do what Democrats have been known to do: attack from all angles. Now, I agree that it would seem advantageous to the cause for Todd Akin to drop out of the race. However, he has said repeatedly that he will not do so. Whether he can pull out a win, especially when the GOP has pulled out its resources, remains to be seen. My question, however, is at what point will the party establishment stop demanding and demonizing, accept that he has made the decision–however unwise it may be–to stay in this thing, and put their support behind him. If, in fact, their beef with him is that he’s costing us that Senate seat, why then would they refuse to give him every available opportunity to win, since he’s said he won’t get out? Refusing to do so is a clear indicator that they are more interested in something else other than winning. If winning is the only goal, then why won’t they help him win? Are they punishing him for not getting out of the race? But who are they really punishing? As their pleas for him to step aside demonstrate that they want him to recognize that this is bigger than he, they must recognize also that this is bigger than they. This is about winning and righting the American ship. So if they can’t convince the guy to back out, they should at least help him win–if the goal is defeating McCaskill.

That seems like such a common sense approach to me, so I assumed that if the GOP was still insisting he back out of the race after he has stated again–most recently via a press conference–that he’s in it for the duration, they must be planning to keep the pressure on only until September 25, hoping that he’ll come to his senses by then. That makes sense also. However, today the RNC Chair said he will not be supporting Akin at all, at any point–even if the race is close.

Via Red State:

The question is: “If he stays in, is your position eventually going to change? Are you going to have to support him? The Chairman replies “No, no. No. He could be tied. We’re not going to send him a penny.”

In other words, Priebus doesn’t care if we lose the seat. Yet he accuses Akin of not caring if we lose the seat. Like I said in the open: I don’t get the GOP. I reiterate, I’m not saying Akin should stay in. I’m saying that for whatever reason–and people have their own opinions of how honorable or dishonorable that reason is–he has stated he won’t get out, and if he maintains that position post September 25th, somebody has to put the country first.

Perhaps Todd Akin will take Governor Palin’s advice and come to acknowledge that it would be best for Missouri and for America to “take one for the team.” However, if he never comes to that conclusion, somebody better make the decision that we need to do all we can to win this seat, and that will mean supporting Todd Akin, like it or not. And if the GOP big wigs don’t put two and two together and come to that conclusion, whose fault will it really be when Claire McCaskill is still sitting in that seat after the election?

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Replace Akin with Steelman!

Posted by Roderic Deane on August 20, 2012

It’s really the best choice. Sarah Steelman has unquestioned conservative credentials and garnered the endorsement of Governor Sarah Palin, for crying out loud!

That fact has to roil the GOPe in Missouri. All the other candidates that have been floated are moderate at best and not likely to capture the enthusiasm of the Tea Party.

Without a doubt, the GOPe’s preferred candidates will lose in November, and for what? Bragging rights?

No, the best bet for the Missouri GOP is to put Steelman in place of Todd Akin. If she wins, they can puff out their chests and say “We knew what we were doing!”

If she loses, they can claim that they caved under pressure from the Tea Party, knowing that Sarah Steelman would get waxed by her Democratic opponent.

Hey Missouri GOP! You have nothing to lose by replacing Akin with Steelman!

Cross-posted from RodericDeane.com

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Palin: Congratulations to Todd Akin

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on August 8, 2012

Governor Sarah Palin recently endorsed Sarah Steelman for U.S. Senate in Missouri’s primary which was held yesterday. Even though Steelman was not successful in her bid, Palin posted the following congratulatory message to Todd Akin on her Facebook page moments ago:

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Congratulations Governor Sarah Palin to Todd Akin on his win. And thank you, Sarah Steelman, for running an inspiring grassroots campaign. Sarah can take pride in being the underdog and mounting an uphill race; she faced the challenge of Beltway insiders and being outspent and underfunded, but she did not waver and her internal compass always pointed clearly in the direction of Constitutional principles. It’s an honor to stand by Sarah and her vision for Missouri and the rest of this exceptional nation. I’ll continue to support those with such a compass, regardless of the Beltway political pundits’ predictions in any race.

Now, it’s time for everyone to come together and focus on electing a new Senator from the Show Me State. Winning this Missouri Senate race is a crucial step in reclaiming the leadership of the U.S. Senate and giving our next President a wise Congress to work with. Together we can do this. On to November!

– Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin Encourages “Show Me State” Voters to Get Out the Vote for Sarah Steelman

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 7, 2012

Governor Palin posted this comment on her Facebook page last night:

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  • Last Friday, I had a wonderful time meeting more Missouri voters at a great event to get out the vote for Sarah Steelman in tomorrow’s election. Sarah has a solid track record as a reformer and can be relied upon to be a voice of integrity and strong conservative principles in the U.S. Senate. I encourage Show Me State patriots to get out and vote for Sarah Steelman tomorrow, and encourage your friends and family to join you.

    – Sarah Palin

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Steelman Campaign Praises Governor Palin’s Endorsement Influence

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 4, 2012

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

Via a press release about the Steelman Surge Barbecue and Picnic held yesterday near Kansas City, MO, Sarah Steelman’s campaign shared the impact that Governor Palin’s endorsement has had (emphasis added):

Rolla, MO — Governor Sarah Palin addressed one thousand people at the Steelman Surge BBQ at The Berry Patch in Cleveland, Missouri (pop. 592) yesterday, despite the heat and short notice. Gov. Palin emphasized that Steelman was the only candidate who had the backbone to do what’s right and stand up to the establishment and special interests that lurk in Washington, DC, stating, “She’s the candidate in this race who scares them because she won’t go to Washington to just go along, to get along. You have that choice to choose, results over rhetoric. Convictions over consultants and Missouri over Washington.”

Governor Palin pointed to Steelman’s conservative record and her ability to follow through with commitments, some of which can be found here: http://www.sarahsteelman.com/pages/sarahs-contract-with-missouri . Among the legislative items Steelman commits to sponsoring or cosponsoring are a balanced budget amendment, a cap on federal spending, repealing Obamacare and protecting life and liberty.

“A lot of candidates talk in vague terms about their plans and refuse to give specific details about how they’d vote or what they’d do. But that isn’t good enough anymore. From the beginning of this campaign I have offered details about what Washington programs I’d cut and what legislation I’d sponsor or support. This contract offers voters a clear vision; it is a check list and is something they can use to measure my performance,” declared Steelman.

The BBQ was advertised as a way for the Steelman campaign to thank supporters and lasted past its allotted time due to the overwhelming response. Steelman and Palin stood side by side serving BBQ to close to 1000 supporters. Since Governor Palin’s endorsement, the campaign has seen an overwhelming increase in fundraising, website visits, calls to the office and, most importantly, the recent surge in the polls. This, coupled with Brunner’s collapse, proves that an endorsement from Governor Palin has a powerful impact.

Polling shows about 20% of voters still undecided, however the recent surge in the polls has shown that Palin’s voice and presence has the ability to rise above other political advertising and reach the undecided voters in an already saturated race.

“I’m grateful for Gov. Palin’s endorsement,” said Steelman, “She knows what it takes to fight for what’s right in politics, and that is why she can relate to me. She knows that I have a history of standing up to the powerful and not backing down. She knows that I’ll continue to be a fighter for what this country needs: a balanced budget, less spending and a greater respect for life and freedom.”

More here.

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Governor Palin’s Speech at the Sarah Steelman Rally in Missouri

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 4, 2012

Here are two videos posted by  on YouTube that contain most of Governor Palin’s speech at the BBQ rally for Sarah Steelman  in Missouri yesterday.

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Palin: Fundraiser in Missouri for Sarah Steelman

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on August 1, 2012

Sarah Palin is going to Missouri to help candidate for U.S. Senate Sarah Steelman. There was an announcement from Steelman’s on July 17th that she had received Palin’s endorsement and earlier this week I shared with you Palin’s TV advertisement promoting “Mama Grizzly” Steelman.

From Sarah Steelman’s website:

Steelman Surge BBQ and Picnic with Governor Sarah Palin

Governor Sarah Palin will be coming into the Show-Me State this Friday, August 3rd, to help Sarah Steelman finish the final days of the primary with a “Steelman Surge” BBQ and Picnic.

Steelman, who received the endorsement of Governor Palin on July 17th will show Governor Palin just how much the Show-Me state is ready to get rid of the status quo:

“I am so grateful to have Governor Palin’s support and very excited to say she will be coming into Missouri to participate in this BBQ. I know she will excite folks to come out and take a strong stand against the status quo. I thank Governor Palin for conservative leadership she always shows and I want to thank each and every individual for the help they have given to me over the course of this campaign,” said Steelman, “The Steelman Surge is underway and I invite everyone to attend this event and help to continue our tidal wave of momentum.”

The BBQ is set to start at 6:00 pm and will be held at The Berry Patch, a “you pick” blueberry farm just south of Kansas City. Steelman and Palin will be serving the food as a way of saying thank you for all the support and encouraging people to get out and vote. Accompanied with the food will be refreshments, live music and several other local candidates.

“This is a way of saying thank you for all the folks who have been supportive of me and also to remind them that this battle isn’t over, we have to buckle down for the finish,” Steelman concluded.

Event Details:
“Steelman Surge” BBQ and Picnic
Friday, August 3rd, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Gates Open at 5:00 pm. Food and Entertainment start at 6:00
The Berry Patch
22509 State Line Rd.
Cleveland, MO 64734

h/t Sarah Palin Journal

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Governor Palin Endorses Missouri’s Sarah Steelman for U.S. Senate

Posted by Adrienne Ross on July 17, 2012

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

Via Facebook:

SARAH STEELMAN FOR U.S. SENATE

As we seek to fundamentally restore our great nation to strength and prosperity, we must send more commonsense conservatives to the U.S. Senate. We need sincere public servants who will fight for us, not the special interests and the permanent political class in Washington. Sarah Steelman will fight for all of Missouri and all of us, and that is why we must send her to D.C. this fall.

Sarah has run a grassroots campaign the way it should be run – handshake by handshake, voter by voter, farm to farm, not TV ad after TV ad. As a former State Treasurer and State Senator, Sarah has often had to stand up to the political establishment – even those in her own party – to stop out of control spending and the destructive debt it leaves in its wake. As a mother of three, Sarah knows that we must cut our unsustainable debt to preserve our children’s future. She’ll fight hard for Ag families against the crushing regulations that the Obama administration has put on them.

Please join me in supporting Sarah Steelman for U.S. Senate. Let’s send a commonsense conservative woman from the Show Me state to show Washington how to get things done.

– Sarah Palin

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