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Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Senate’

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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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 On Fire at Ted Cruz Rally in Texas

Posted by Adrienne Ross on July 27, 2012

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

Tonight, Governor Palin stumped for Ted Cruz, candidate for U.S. Senate, at the Get Out the Vote Rally in Houston. She gave one fired-up speech, totally fitting for an enthusiastic crowd of Texas patriots. These people want to see government restored to its limited role, Obamacare repealed, the Constitution honored, and spending sliced. They know Ted Cruz is the man for the job. Governor Palin lit it up for him in a speech that really speaks for itself.

(Video courtesy of Barracuda Brigade)
(Frame grab courtesy of Ron Devito)

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Jeff Flake Announces Governor Palin’s Endorsement (U.S. Senate, Arizona)

Posted by Adrienne Ross on July 23, 2012

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

According to Jeff Flake’s campaign website, Governor Palin has given Flake her endorsement in his run for the U.S. Senate (Arizona):

The Flake campaign announced today that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has endorsed Jeff Flake for United States Senate. Jeff Flake sought Governor Palin’s support and is honored to have it.

In a letter to Jeff, Governor Palin wrote: “The United States Senate needs a leader like Jeff Flake. Jeff is a proven conservative crusader, and today I am proud to announce mysupport for his campaign to become the next U.S. Senator from the great state of Arizona.

“Throughout his tenure in Congress, Jeff has been a consistent leader against the federal government’s out of control spending. Jeff is known for his media releases titled ‘Just How Broke Are We?’ where he brings home the reality of what our unimaginable $15 trillion debt really means in everyday terms. For the past eight years, Jeff has been ranked #1 in the House of Representatives by the National Taxpayers Union for his efforts against wasteful government spending.

“Credited by many as the leading anti-earmark crusader in the House, Jeff has fought hard against pork barrel spending – often times casting one of the few GOP ‘no’ votes on bloated spending measures. He’s not afraid to ‘go rogue’ against his own party and its leadership; and even though he has sometimes suffered the consequences from GOP leaders for failing to toe the party line, yet he continues to fight for what is right.

“I’ve spoken often about the need for sudden and relentless reform of government. Jeff is just the sort of ‘relentless reformer’ we need in the Senate. He will bring his fight against our crippling debt, reckless spending, and wasteful earmarks to the Senate. Watch this video at www.mrflaketakesonwashington.com, and you’ll see why I am joining with Senators McCain & Kyl to support Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate.”

Jeff Flake responded to the endorsement, saying: “I am very gratified to receive the support of Governor Palin today. Governor Palin is a passionate conservative who has inspired many in the cause to reform Washington. I have always shared her healthy aversion to wasteful spending and out of control bureaucracy. Again, I am pleased to have her confidence in this campaign.”

More here.

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Governor Palin: Support Ted Cruz

Posted by Adrienne Ross on July 23, 2012

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

Governor Palin via Facebook:

Today early voting begins in the run-off election for U.S. Senate in Texas. Texans have a clear choice in this race, and I encourage them to support Ted Cruz, a strong conservative fighter who will protect and defend our Constitution and not just go along to get along with the reckless spending of the permanent political class in D.C. The high-paid consultants of Ted’s well-funded opponent are in full panic mode and have plunged millions of dollars into false personal attacks against Ted meant to dispirit us and break our conviction. We’ve all seen these tactics before, but together we can make sure they don’t succeed. I encourage Texans to get out and vote for Ted Cruz.

– Sarah Palin

P.S.: For those of you outside of Texas looking to support Ted you can do so by visiting his website here.

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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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