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Posts Tagged ‘The New York Sun’

Benyamin Korn Highlights the Palin “Grizzly” Factor

Posted by Adrienne Ross on January 20, 2012

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

Benyamin Korn, publisher of Jews For Sarah, penned an article for The New York Sun today in which he highlights the power Governor Palin continues to wield although she is not on any GOP ballot. He writes:

Who is the leader of the “Not-Romney” movement within today’s GOP?

Is it Newt Gingrich, whose surge in the South Carolina opinion polls puts him within striking distance of front-runner Mitt in tomorrow’s vote?

Is it Ron Paul, whose dedicated core of “hard-money” but isolationist supporters gives him 15 to 20% in every Republican contest?

Or is it Rick Santorum, recently endorsed by a raft of Christian evangelical leaders?

For my dollar, the leader is Sarah Palin, whose endorsements continue to carry more weight among conservatives than any other national figure and who is well-positioned to play a king-making role in the 2012 elections similar to her “Mama Grizzly” performance guiding the Republican surge in 2010.

How did this happen? She’s not running. She’s in Alaska. Since declaring herself a non-candidate at the beginning of October, Mrs. Palin has kept a pretty low profile.

[…]

Recent weeks have seen a resurgence of the Grizzly factor.

Mr. Korn’s piece dissects Governor Palin’s influence, even from distant Wasilla, Alaska. He explains how one word spoken by the Governor has translated into undeniable results.

He ends his article with this:

So what is next for the politician The New York Sun calls “the alert Alaskan”? For now, to keep the GOP pot boiling.

She is able to do so because millions think she is brilliant, incorruptible, and knows how to lead. Many of them hope she will still get into this race, but she has insisted that in this political season she will make her contribution from the side-lines with the goal of a Republican president in 2013.

Read the full article here.

(h/t Kenton Lodwick)

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Benyamin Korn: The Palin Doctrine

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 18, 2011

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

Benyamin Korn, director of Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin, wrote an op-ed for the New York Sun this week. His article details Governor Palin’s ability to recognize what our current President apparently cannot. He also reminds us that she arrives first to conclusions to which others eventually arrive. Take Libya, for example. Who was first to suggest a no-fly zone in the wake of the recent happenings there? Isn’t it interesting how this suggestion is gaining in popularity? Isn’t it also interesting how the media and the elites seem to have forgotten where they first heard it?

Mr. Korn writes about what he calls “The Palin Doctrine”:

The call by the Arab League for Western military intervention in an Arab state — in this case asking that a UN “no-fly zone” be imposed over Libya – is not only without precedent but it puts in formal terms what Governor Palin stated three weeks ago should have been America’s response to the political and humanitarian crisis now unfolding there.

The former GOP vice presidential candidate was being interviewed on February 23rd on national television by Sean Hannity on a range of issues. On the Libya crisis, she proposed a no-fly-zone to protect the armed and un-armed opposition to the Qaddafi regime. Mrs. Palin’s formulation had been blogged about for nearly a week when it was echoed by the man who, before the Iraq war, had led the Iraq democratic movement in exile, Ahmed Chalabi.

A long-time foe of Saddam Hussein who has emerged as a leading figure in Iraq’s democratically elected legislature. Mr Chalabi recounted in the Wall Street Journal how President George H. W. Bush’s 1991 call for a popular uprising against Saddam had been heeded by the Iraqi people, only to have Saddam then murder some 30,000 of them from helicopter gunships while the Western world stood by.

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Mrs. Palin also continues to link America’s energy policy — a realm in which she has experience — and U.S. foreign and anti-terrorism policies. She recognizes that the ongoing transfer of billions of U.S. petro-dollars to unstable or even hostile Mideast regimes has, since the formation in 1973 of the Organization of Petoleum Exporting Countries, been an drain on U.S. financial resources.

In a critique of Mr. Obama’s energy policies published yesterday at about the same time the Arab League was adopting her prescription for a Libya no-fly-zone, Mrs. Palin laid out how the president’s “war on domestic oil and gas exploration and production has caused us pain at the pump, endangered our already sluggish economic recovery, and threatened our national security.” Nor is Gov. Palin’s insight into complex international issues limited to areas of her immediate expertise.

[…]

More broadly, Mrs. Palin’s address in India will be another step in the growing outline of what might be called The Palin Doctrine. It contrasts sharply with the foreign policy being conducted, if that is the word, by President Obama, who is perplexing not only the Arab world, to which he reached out in his Cairo speech at the start of his presidency, but even his own supporters in the liberal camp, and many in between, who are upset by what might be called his propensity for inaction. It’s an inaction that suggests the Arab League won’t be the only institution that might find itself surprised by the logic of the alert Alaskan.

Read the full article here.

You can listen to Benyamin Korn interview me on his radio show, Jewish Independent Talk Radio, here.

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The Palin Patch; She Wins Again

Posted by Adrienne Ross on January 5, 2011

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

Today, Ben Smith of Politico states, “Palin wins again.” True, and with this new development, so does everyone else–at least for now.

I reported last week here, here, and here about the recent awareness that those “death panels” that had been removed from legislation once Governor Palin sounded the alarm had roared back to life through sneaky regulation. Out they go again. In an article called “The Palin Patch,” The New York Sun reports:

Hats off to President Obama for what the New York Times reports this morning is a reversal of course by which the administration will drop the use of a regulation to cover under Obamacare end-of-life planning that the Congress had specifically declined to provide via the legislative process. One could call it the “Palin Patch,” after the former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, whose warning that this kind of planning, when funded by the government, could lead to what amount to “death panels.”

It happens that we are not against end-of-life planning. We will never forget, as one of our own parents lay near death, facing a question in respect of treatment where we suddenly realized we didn’t know what was permissible. We raced out of the hospital to a portico where we could use a cell phone and reached a rabbi (he happened to be at a wedding several states inland), who told us that the sages had long since reasoned out the correct course and that it was clear. Having had that counsel was a great relief and having been able to have it in advance would have been better.

It also happens , however, that we share Mrs. Palin’s concern, particularly when the counseling is coming from doctors rather than sages. Covering such counseling via a government program that is also paying for the medical treatment seems all too likely to lead to the kind of death panels of which Mrs. Palin warned, which is no doubt why congress took the funding out of the Obamacare bill in the first place. Better to leave such matters, which involve the nexus of medicine and religion and ethics, in private hands.

That wasn’t what moved the Obama administration to make the Palin patch. According to the Times report — in a story by Robert Pear, who also broke the story of administration’s attempt to sneak end-of-life counseling into use by regulation after Congress had refused to do it by legislation — the administration had come to recognize the procedural error and “political concerns were also a factor.”

Read the rest here.

(h/t Josh Painter)

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