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Sen. McCain Responds to Summons & Takes Stand for Gov. Palin

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 12, 2012

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

In solidarity with Governor Palin’s supporters and others who simply care about truth, I again watched The Undefeated tonight as it premiered on REELZChannel. At the end of the documentary, the late Andrew Breitbart says several times, “I see [spineless people].” He was referring to men in the GOP who sit idly by–saying nothing, doing nothing, and obviously feeling nothing–while Governor Palin is relentlessly attacked, time and time again, in the most degrading ways. Yes, he called them [spineless].

Recently, I wrote an article called “Summoning Senator McCain” in which I called on the 2008 Republican presidential nominee to take a stand and speak out against HBO’s Game Change. The Senator had already said he wouldn’t watch it, and he’s said in the past that he thinks highly of Governor Palin, but I wanted more from him, particularly about this hit piece. Today, Senator McCain appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Having voiced my disappointment that he has not said enough, I feel it’s only right that I acknowledge his taking a stronger stand today than I have previously witnessed.

When asked if he watched Game Change on HBO last night, the Senator said he did not because it was “based on a book that is completely biased and with unattributed quotes.” He went on to say that even in the rough and tumble world of politics, he doesn’t understand “why there continues to be such assaults on a good and decent person,” speaking of Governor Palin. Concerning the campaign, he stated what we could all easily see: Governor Palin was “a person whose nomination energized our campaign.”

Without hesitation, Senator McCain said that the part of the movie that shows him telling Steve Schmidt to “find me a woman” to be an election game changer was a lie. “Of course not,” he responded when asked if he ever said that. However, he followed that up by attesting to the qualifications and accomplishments of his former running mate, which contradicts the false narrative the movie promotes–that the Governor is unintelligent and incompetent.

Senator McCain states:

I thought that she was the best qualified person.

She was a very effective and successful governor.

In other words, the Senator wanted Governor Palin to share the ticket with him because she was the best person for the job.

Too many have done nothing while an accomplished and politically savvy individual has been used as a punching bag–and I’m not even talking about those on the left. The right has also been complicit. Their despicable display of cowardice earned them the title of [spineless], according to Andrew Breitbart, and they have to look themselves in the mirror for their refusal to defend someone who so readily defends our country.

As for Senator McCain, regardless of whether we agree or disagree with his policies or with how he’s handled things thus far, I do respect that he did the right thing today by defending Governor Palin’s honor and achievements, acknowledging that Game Change is biased and untrue, and knocking down his former staff members who have chosen to spew lies rather than assume responsibility for their own shortcomings.

The conversation about Game Change begins at 9:13 of the video.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

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Flipping the Script on ‘Game Change’

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 1, 2012

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

Rachel Weiner published an article at The Washington Post today entitled “Sarah Palin wants to rewrite ‘Game Change’ history.” That’s an interesting title considering the fact that HBO is the party guilty of attempting to rewrite actual American history in their hit piece, set to air on March 10th.

Weiner takes umbrage at the fact that the Governor’s staff has chosen not to take this one sitting down but has pushed back against the lies contained in Game Change. How dare this much-accomplished former governor and reformer right the wrongs and defend her true record, rather than grin and bear it. How dare her staff speak the truth? Don’t they know they’re expected to just shut up while revisionists do yet another hatchet job on her record?

Weiner writes:

Right now it seems almost as if Sarah Palin’s political action committee has one goal and one goal only: Discredit the movie “Game Change.”

[…]

Palin has also always had trouble ignoring her critics, a reflexive defensiveness that has dogged her since 2008. Taking on “Game Change” may only give HBO more buzz, but she continues anyway.

The Governor wants to discredit the movie? You think? Is she expected to validate it, when it is blatant fiction designed only to make money while feeding the monster that is the wild imagination of Hollywood and other far left types? Perhaps Weiner’s indignation would be better served trying to figure out why the left “has one goal and one goal only”: Discredit the patriot Sarah Palin.

This is what bothers people like Weiner: not only does Governor Palin’s staff smack down the huge lie of Game Change, but they do so using undeniable evidence. “Game Change We Can Believe In,” the video SarahPAC released today, goes beyond the words of other aides who worked alongside the Governor and have called out the movie for the charade that it is. This video is a collage of words and interviews from none other than Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, who are the sources behind the lies found in the HBO movie. It’s interesting how on the record, for all to see and hear, they sang her praises–and rightly so. But after their own inept handling of the campaign–and subsequent loss–they chose to place blame on Governor Palin to cover their own tails. How is the public expected to believe anything that comes from these two self-serving characters?

So what is the truth that Weiner would like to help obscure? Governor Palin is a great American who has spent the last two decades in public service for the right reasons. She achieved success through hard work, tenacity, and great instincts. She didn’t rely on a last name, she wasn’t handed a mantle, she wasn’t for sale, and she was more focused on character than what exposing corruption would cost her. As the first woman governor of Alaska, and the youngest, she relied on grassroots efforts, won, and served the people. She governed as a fiscal conservative. She cut the budget. She returned money to the people. She honored the state Constitution. She fought for energy independence and secured the largest private sector energy project in the history of North America. She had an approval rating close to 90 percent. How many other governors could boast this kind of record? And this is only a cursory run-down.

She was chosen to run alongside Senator McCain because he knew her record and knew she could ignite the American people–which she did and continues to do to this day. Her stellar record is irrefutable and has a distinct place in history. Why, therefore, wouldn’t she make a case against a movie which depicts her as unstable, unintelligent, and unfit to lead in this nation? She’s been leading all along, even before the left–and right–realized she was a threat to their cozy, cushy, status quo establishments. She would be remiss not to stand up and speak out against these malicious lies.

Far left radicals believe their side has the right to create any narrative they choose. When the legs of their false memes are cut off, and the truth exposed, they cry foul: We’re supposed to tell the people what to believe, the people aren’t supposed to know any better, and the person defamed and slandered is supposed to just grin and bear it. Those are the rules, people. Got it?

No, what we get is that there is no limit to the extremes these people will go to in their attacks against Governor Palin while they make a load of money in the process. They advance their sick agenda by preying on people they view as too simple-minded to know better or too sheepish to check the record for themselves. In this, they insult the American people.

Clearly, they think we’re all stupid, for Weiner also writes:

While Palin and her aides have yet to see the movie, that fact hasn’t stopped them from relentlessly attacking the film. Two weeks ago, SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford told The Fix that he expected the movie to be filled with inaccuracies. Former aide Meg Stapleton called it “sick.” Palin herself told Fox News the book was “based on a false narrative.”

Weiner managed to get one thing right: aides have not seen the movie. Now, let’s tell the full story. They haven’t seen it because they were denied that opportunity.

As The New York Times reported last week:

The half-dozen former aides to Ms. Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, said the network did not allow them to see the movie, which is based on the book “Game Change,” before being broadcast starting on March 10. But the advisers condemned it based on two short trailers and accounts of it in the press.

If HBO is so proud of their work of art, if they are assured of its accuracy, why would they prohibit those closest to the Governor from viewing the film? Simple: they knew that those cognizant of the truth would come out strongly against their film. Weiner’s suggestion that Governor Palin’s aides should keep their mouths shut since they haven’t seen Game Change is laughable, a lame attempt to silence the opposition, and another scheme to pull the wool over the American people’s eyes. The trailers alone give reason to totally reject and aggressively denounce the movie as a work of sick fiction. In fact, the language used to denounce the film didn’t go far enough in its description of Game Change. “Sick” is too kind.

Thankfully, there are those who are interested in truth. Mr L of Mr. L’s Tavern encourages people to turn off HBO (Why bother even turning it on–ever?) on March 10th and turn on the Reelz Channel March 11th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern to see The Undefeated. He writes:

By now, those who subscribe to HBO have seen the trailer for the upcoming original movie Game Change. The film is based on a book by the same name. The players involved in the making of Game Change have been exposed as Obama supporters and financial donors. The sources used in the book and film are unsupported and unidentified. The film’s portrayal of Gov. Palin has been panned by former agenda-less McCain aides as pure fiction. Please read the articles linked below and be sure to pass this along to your friends and family.
Let’s all turn off HBO and tune into REELZ on March 11 for the television premier of The Undefeated to know the real story of Sarah Palin.

I applaud the Governor and her staff members for refusing to allow Hollywood, the media, Steve Schmidt, and Nicolle Wallace to recreate history. Governor Palin’s actual history is highlighted with accuracy in Stephen Bannon’s The Undefeated. Individuals who are interested in fact over fiction should be sure to watch it–and learn exactly why Senator McCain chose her to help him change the game in 2008.

Cross-posted from MotivationTruth

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McCain Campaign Adviser Defends Governor Palin Against ‘Game Change’ Lies

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 25, 2012

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

A top McCain adviser has stepped up to defend Governor Palin on the heels of the ridiculous Game Change movie. He also calls out Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, the sources of the soon-to-hit-HBO hit piece.

T. Michael Andrews granted Big Hollywood and interview, which can be read in its entirety here. Below, find some excerpts:

The premise of the “Game Change” film is that Sarah Palin cost the Republicans the election in 2008. Do you agree?

I disagree with the premise that Palin lost the election in 2008. The fact of the matter they say that money doesn’t win elections, I say bull. Obama had more money than he knew what to do with. He was very fortunate to ride on a wave of Bush fatigue, a rejuvenated electorate with this hope and change message and more importantly, he had money, which allowed him to tap into deep resources.

What do you think of the McCain aides who helped with making this movie? What’s their motive?

The trouble is this – you lost. It’s easy to blame people. My thought is that you lost as a team y’all have to own up. Like a football team. It can’t be one person’s fault you lost. It can’t be. In my opinion to say that it’s Sarah Palin’s fault for that loss – I disagree with that notion. I don’t know what their motive is in the movie by painting Gov. Palin as the target for the reason of the lost election other than trying to save face.

What do you say to the people who criticize Sarah Palin for not being experienced or intelligent enough to have served as Vice-President of the United States?

People who make those comments have never run for public office. People who sit back and criticize others on intellectual ability have never been in a position to lead. The bottom line is this, the person that the media thinks oughta be the president have no clue. That person does not exist on this planet and the person who thinks they are the smartest person in the world, should never hold a job with a title. I firmly believed the media felt Barack Obama was this person. Three and a half years later, I think even the media believes you need more of a person who can read off a teleprompter to lead a country. To insinuate that Sarah Palin was aloof is ridiculous. To achieve what she has done as a local city councilwoman to Mayor to Governor in Alaska … they somehow misjudged her ability, and especially her intellectual ability.

Read more here.

(h/t Jasmine Velasco)

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Summoning Senator McCain

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 24, 2012

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

I have great respect for Senator John McCain. That respect is two-fold. First and foremost, I respect his service to our nation. He is a true American hero, the proverbial “profile in courage.” His strength and heroism in war are undeniable. Second, he was the vehicle through which the nation came to know Governor Palin. Though she had already been making history in Alaska, many had never heard her record, or even her name, until the Senator introduced her on August 29, 2008, in Dayton Ohio. For that, we are most grateful.

However, I have a bone to pick with him. HBO has shamelessly orchestrated the Palin hit piece known as Game Change, which is set to air next month. Its original purpose seems to have been to derail a Palin presidential run, as it was assumed she would be a candidate at this time. That, obviously, is not the case, but HBO’s characterization of her is no less demeaning, dishonest, and frankly, disgusting. In fact, former senior adviser and spokesperson, Meghan Stapleton, called it “sick,” and other staffers also denounced it as pure “fiction.”

My issue with Senator McCain is that he remains silent while those he trusted continue to blame Governor Palin for the horrible campaign they ran. They need a scapegoat, so they’ve chosen her, and they’re willing to sell their souls to the devil in the effort.

Mark Whittington writes:

The movie is based on a poorly researched book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, and it was criticized at the time of its publication by Howard Kurtz, then a media reporter for the Washington Post, and the New York Times for its overreliance on unsourced “deep background” interviews that were difficult to verify.

Two of those sources have been revealed, according to the Los Angeles Times, as Steve Schmidt and Nichole [sic] Wallace, John McCain campaign operatives widely regarded as being responsible for McCain’s defeat in 2008. The suspicion is Schmidt and Wallace are attempting to shift the blame for the debacle on Palin.

Schmidt and Wallace will obviously do what they do. Their despicable behavior is nothing new, but McCain could certainly stop it in its tracks with just one word–or at least slow it down. Instead, he is saying nothing. Therefore, these two little rascals are making him look even worse than they are attempting to make the Governor look. If she was really as bad as they say she was, what does that say about Senator McCain, since he’s the one who picked her? These two miscreants are not only doing a disservice to Governor Palin’s name, but they’re calling into question Senator McCain’s leadership capabilities.

The Senator did say this:

It’ll be a cold day in Gila Bend, Arizona, when I watch that movie.

Well, that’s fine, but surely he has seen the trailer by now, or read about it, or heard about the decent members of his 2008 election staff who have spoken out against the lies in this movie in which Governor Palin is depicted as mentally unstable, unprepared, and unintelligent.

Back in May, on the day Governor Palin launched her One Nation Bus Tour in Washington, DC, Senator McCain told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that Governor Palin could beat President Obama in an election if she decided to run. He added:

I think that, again, that’s what campaigns are all about. I’ve never seen anyone as mercilessly and relentlessly attacked as I have seen Sarah Palin in the last couple of years, but she also inspires great passion particularly among the Republican faithful.

I agree with Senator McCain: no one has been treated as unfairly and vilely as Governor Palin. Since he knows this to be true, I would have even more respect for him if he’d do his part to put an end to it. I also agree that she inspires the Republican faithful. If Senator McCain considers himself among those faithful, he should be inspired enough to take a stand, shouldn’t he? Governor Palin energized his campaign for the presidency, she is the reason he didn’t lose by an even greater margin, and she helped secure his congressional reelection in 2010. At the very least, I would like the Senator to speak up on behalf of his former running mate–and himself–by calling out his staffers and their lies. It’s simply the right thing to do, and Senator McCain has shown us in the past that he knows how to do the right thing.

(h/t Ray for Whittington article lead)

Cross-posted from MotivationTruth

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Schmidt vs Palin…No Comparison

Posted by Karen Allen on January 11, 2010

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