Monday, December 20, 2010
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Saturday, December 18, 2010
h/t The Right Scoop
Tonight's In Her Own Words presentation must fit somewhere into the top ten Palin speeches of all time. Governor Palin gave this pro-life speech to a crowd in Evansville, Indiana on April 16, 2009.
The crowd was so large that not all were able to be fit in the dining area where she gave the speech. After her address, she spoke to those in the overflow room:
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Here's a photo gallery of the Governor signing books in Anchorage courtesy of the Anchorage Daily News.
Adam Shaw: Britain's Left Are Panicking
Frank Burke: The Energy Equation: Practical Fact vs. Political Fiction
Jan LaRue: Guess Who Got Eric Holder's Briefs in a Bundle?
Lee DeCovnick: A government Jobs Program, San Francisco Style
Tom Roberson: Obama: Pawn or Mastermind?
Thomas Sowell: Christmas Books
Charles W. Kadlec: The Tax The Rich Con Part II
Peter Wehner: Obama’s Cynical Maneuvering on the Health-Care Mandate
It's pretty much the same interview but produced differently:
Friday, December 17, 2010
She just posted the following on Facebook:
Life is so unpredictable, and like my dad always says, it’s “too short to be stuck in a rut!” One way to get out of a rut is to find inspiration in the great outdoors. Activity and fresh air are energizing! Sunday at 9pm ET/8c on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” we show you a few things that we find more fulfilling than staying indoors and sitting on the couch.
Plato said, “You learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” So join us as we learn more about each other and what God’s creation has to offer, as we pack up the RV to go dog mushing, white water rafting, four-wheeling, and fossil hunting where we find evidence of ancient sea life on the high hilltops of the Last Frontier! Come join us as we experience more of Alaska’s amazing sights and meet a few more of our friends, including a very special friend we visit in this episode who passed on recently. This episode is dedicated to our old friend “Bones.” You can watch a preview of it here.
My early New Year’s wish for all is that inspiration and fulfillment will be yours in 2011. Remember that one way to find that is to get outdoors.
- Sarah Palin
What with the heavy snowfalls this winter in the UK (nice going, Al Gore) and rehearsals, new carpets etc recent blogging from the depths of the Sussex Weald has been a bit like the "Executive/Management/Team Leading" section on President Obama's CV - about as slim as a burglar's picklock. But a flurry of tweets about new CNN Larry King replacement Piers Morgan suddenly caught my eye, partly because they included two fellow conspirators from the Palin Underground, Cubachi and ginthegin, and also because Morgan (universally known as “Piers Moron” here in the UK) has always appeared to me to be, in my nuanced opinion, a self publicising, amoral, two faced weasel who is about as trustworthy as a Chicago Democrat operative helping to count the votes in a Nevada senatorial election.
If you want something less nuanced and more robust then read this – it sums up Piers Morgan to a T.
However Piers is like Bill Clinton-you know he's a weasel but you have to watch him and, despite his champagne socialist lifestyle, as with Bill, you cannot fail to admire the Houdini like skill with which he so often extricates himself from a vast pile of steaming manure and manages to come up smelling of roses.
The key to his survival is an unerring ability to sniff the wind and anticipate the change of direction that vital millisecond before any other player. He also has, as befits a former tabloid editor and a talent show judge in both the UK and US, a healthy suspicion of the academic and media elite which is why I see his remarks about Governor Palin on John King USA as of more significance than just casting his net to get her on his own CNN programme sometime next year.
She’s a mesmerising character on television…she tweets all the time. She is leading from the front…she is using those platforms in a highly effective way. She is driving a movement through the prism of social networking, and recognizing that if she can talk and communicate to people in a simple, effective manner, through these social networking sites, she’s going to get votes
A few months ago he would have parroted the HuffPo/AP/Frum line (we know it off by heart, don’t we?) but he, like a handful of others, has detected a sea change and he wants to get on board. Moreover, despite my previous remark about “trust” I think Morgan would see it as being in his own interest to treat The ‘Cuda with respect – and it might just be worth a gamble for her to offer an interview. His interviewing style is fascinating and always succeeds in making famous people more three dimensional without robbing them of their own self respect.
Morgan and Palin – might just be worth a punt....
cross posted at The Aged P
You can watch it here.
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In any event, here's the news for the day.
-She spoke to Robin Roberts this morning on Good Morning America. More of the interview will be shown tonight on Nightline at 11:35 PM EST on ABC.
-In case you missed it, she penned an blog post in the National Review regarding the START Treaty and a blog post about the defeated Omnibus bill.
-She has a book signing tomorrow in Anchorage.
-Here's a preview of this Sunday's Sarah Palin's Alaska.
-Here was the image that TIME used for the "Tea Party," its runner-up for the person of the year. In case you were wondering about People Magazine, it used the image of her holding the caribou in its short profile of her. She was labeled the "big gun" on its "Most Intriguing of 2010" list. They quote her talking about bringing a family-oriented show to television. She was on the same page as LeBron James.
-Rush Limbaugh on "Palin vs. Pelosi and Jackson Lee."
-"Reflections on 'Sarah Palin’s Alaska'" from Jedediah Bila.
-"According to Nielsen, the show's ratings have been inconsistent, but they have remained relatively high."
-A retired fisheries biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game writes in the Mat-Su Frontiersman that "Palin shows poise in caribou hunt."
-Here are the debates that have been scheduled for next year:
Spring 2011 — NBC News/Politico — Reagan Library, California
May 5, 2011 – Fox News/South Carolina GOP — South Carolina
June 7, 2011 — CNN/NH Union Leader/WMUR-TV — New Hampshire
August 11, 2011 — Fox News/Iowa GOP — Iowa
September 5, 2011 — CNN/Tea Party Express — Florida
What else is going on today?
More of the interview will air on ABC Nightline tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT.
Governor Palin writes the following piece at the National Review:
The proposed New START agreement should be evaluated by the only criteria that matters for a treaty: Is it in America’s interest? I am convinced this treaty is not. It should not be rammed through in the lame duck session using behind the scenes deal-making reminiscent of the tactics used in the health care debate.
New START actually requires the U.S. to reduce our nuclear weapons and allows the Russians to increase theirs. This is one-sided and makes no strategic sense. New START’s verification regime is weaker than the treaty it replaces, making it harder for us to detect Russian cheating. Since we now know Russia has not complied with many arms control agreements currently in force, this is a serious matter.
New START recognizes a link between offensive and defensive weapons – a position the Russians have sought for years. Russia claims the treaty constrains U.S. missile defenses and that they will withdraw from the treaty if we pursue missile defenses. This linkage virtually guarantees that either we limit our missile defenses or the Russians will withdraw from the treaty. The Obama administration claims that this is not the case; but if that is true, why agree to linking offensive and defensive weapons in the treaty? At the height of the Cold War, President Reagan pursued missile defense while also pursuing verifiable arms control with the then-Soviet Union. That position was right in the 1980’s, and it is still right today. We cannot and must not give up the right to missile defense to protect our population – whether the missiles that threaten us come from Russia, Iran, China, North Korea, or anywhere else. I fought the Obama administration’s plans to cut funds for missile defense in Alaska while I was Governor, and I will continue to speak out for missile defenses that will protect our people and our allies.
There are many other problems with the treaty, including the limitation on the U.S. ability to convert nuclear systems to conventional systems and the lack of restriction on Russian sea launched cruise missiles. In addition, the recent reports that Russia moved tactical nuclear weapons (which are not covered by New START) closer to our NATO allies, demonstrate that the Obama administration has failed to convince Russia to act in a manner that does not threaten our allies.
If I had a vote, I would oppose this deeply flawed treaty submitted to the Senate. Just because we were out-negotiated by the Russians that doesn’t mean we have to say yes to this. New START’s flaws have to be addressed in the form of changes to the treaty language that, at a minimum, completely de-link missile defense from offensive arms reductions. Other issues would have to be addressed in the ratification process. If this does not happen either now or next year, Senate Republicans, vote no!
– Governor Sarah Palin is a former Republican vice-presidential nominee and author of the bestselling Going Rogue and America by Heart
Update: Governor Palin also spoke against the START treaty in a joint interview with Congresswoman Bachmann in April, in her Southern Republican Leadership Conference speech also in April, and in a Facebook post in November to newly elected Congress members where she challenged them to hold to firm convictions and bold actions.
She wrote the following blog post for National Review's Corner:
I’m glad the Senate came to its senses and killed the omnibus spending monstrosity. That outrageous trillion-dollar pork buffet was an outright slap in the face to the American public’s expressed wishes in the last election. It was as if Congress was earning its historically low 13 percent approval rating before our very eyes. I applaud senators like Jim DeMint, John McCain, and others who fought this and stopped it.
However, the very fact that some lawmakers on Capitol Hill thought such reckless spending was even remotely acceptable is disturbing. We’re facing trillion-dollar deficits and a record national debt, but some people still want to continue spending like there’s no tomorrow. If the European debt crisis teaches us anything, it’s that tomorrow always comes. Sooner or later, the markets will expect us to settle the bill for the enormous Obama-Pelosi-Reid spending binge. We’ve already been warned by the credit ratings agency Moody’s that unless we get serious about reducing our deficit, we may face a downgrade of our credit rating. Even the lamest of lame ducks can’t ignore this reality.
The Youtube clip below is an edited version of a television show I took part in this past Saturday in New York City. Sistah Talk TV is an up-and-coming public access talk show, produced by Zakkee Starman, designed to cater to the issues and lifestyles of Black women. Shawn Seymour Gipson, a friend I went to school with and have not seen for over 20 years, is the show's co-host. When we reconnected via Facebook, she mentioned having seen my blog, MotivationTruth. She was quite intrigued as many people are when they find out that I, a Black woman, don't espouse the agenda of the Democratic Party.
After Shawn spoke to the show's producer, he began to take a look at my work and contacted me about coming on as a guest. He feels that the Black conservative voice is one that is not often heard, and of course he is right. Regardless of his personal view of where I stand politically, he felt it important that people realize that not only don't we all look alike, we don't all think alike either. I refused his first few invitations, but eventually--after much thought, prayer, and counsel from people I trust--I made the decision to do the show.
That takes us to Saturday. First of all, I was well-aware of what I was getting myself into. I've read some comments by my Black sisters recently that suggest that I should have known what was coming. Believe me, I knew what was coming, but I also know that there is substance behind where I stand, and I'm not usually one to be intimidated, although I certainly don't like to be ambushed.
The show was heated from the beginning. The guest panel consisted of two other guests: singer/actress/comedienne, Penwah Phynjuar, and Robin Michele Downes of yogaflava.com. The co-hosts are Dietra Kelsey and Shawn Seymour Gipson.
Most of the opposition came from Penwah, a strong supporter of President Obama, who made her--shall we say?--disapproval of Governor Palin and those who support her quite apparent. In her mind, which she expressed freely, I am simply an ignorant sell-out, a "Kizzie," not Black enough, the list goes on. She discussed her view that I've been played by what she deems to be flat-out racism on the part of Governor Palin, Republicans, and the Tea Party movement as a whole. There really wasn't any reasoning with her, nor was there any evidence given to support her claims. I'll let the video say the rest.
Ms. Downes spoke well of conservatives' focus of pulling oneself up by the bootstraps; however, she took issue with Governor Palin's hunting as shown on "Sarah Palin's Alaska," to which I quoted the Governor: "We eat; therefore, we hunt." I truly don't understand how people who enjoy a good steak, chicken, or pair of leather shoes are offended by those who make each of those things possible--and enjoy doing it. People like the Palins hunt for food--not just for trophies. Although she and I disagreed on that issue, she conducted herself well. She was certainly professional and cordial. That conversation is not on this clip, but it will be viewed when the entire episode becomes available.
The hosts, I felt, were clearly a representation of the Left, but they handled themselves well. Shawn came with the issues. Although she has bought into some of the lies out there about Governor Palin, she did not make it personal toward me. She was strong, yet respectful. Bottom line: as lively as our exchange became, we walked away agreeing to disagree, and we walked away with our friendship intact. Dietra had the difficult job of trying to be fair, giving each panelist an opportunity to speak, quelling the vitriol being thrown in my direction at times, and handling the calls coming into the studio.
Some of the calls had me scratching my head. One gentleman stated that Governor Palin's use of "soccer mom" (he meant hockey mom) during the campaign was a dog whistle for racism. Maybe it's me, but how is it her fault if not many Black people play hockey? Should she apologize for being proud of the sport or her children's involvement in it?
I will leave my remarks at that. The Youtube clip gives you an idea, but you really won't get the full effect until you see the full version. It truly was the lion's den, and I suppose I was intended to be dinner, but I can bite back--respectfully. It saddens me that there are people out there who hold such hate for Governor Palin without any good reason, who accuse her of racism without any evidence, and who accuse me of selling out my race because I don't need someone else to think for me but can reason on my own. I persevere nonetheless. My goals was to go and discuss the issues: why I support Governor Palin, what sets her apart from the others, what she's fighting for on behalf of this country. I believe I did just.
I thank Sistah Talk TV for allowing me a voice Saturday, even though it was indeed a battle, and the comments since then--some of them anyway--have been downright ridiculous. It is my prayer that I conducted myself in a way befitting a Christian, a professional, and an unabashed Governor Palin supporter--yes, even as a Black woman. Besides, the principles she espouses: respect for life, national security security, limited government, lower taxes, fiscal responsibility, and job creation know no color. They serve each of us well, and both the sistahs and brothahs out there would do well to at least listen with an open heart. There's too much at stake to play the race game.
You can see more pictures of that day here at Sistah Talk on Facebook.
For all of you who have lost faith in the next generation, thinking they were all Obama Kool-Aid drinkers and Jersey Shore wannabees, this little tale will warm your heart and restore your hope for mankind.
It comes courtesy of Larry Johnson, a renegade Democrat, who founded the excellent PUMA website, No Quarter. Granted, it's anecdotal, but it shows Sarah Palin is a conservative political phenomenon the likes of which America has not seen in some time, and Sarah Palin's Alaska is a cultural touchpoint showcasing what American family life and real feminism can be.
Enjoy this Christmas story ... and have a pleasant holiday season:
Last night we hosted a Christmas Party at our house for the nurses who work for my wife. [...] Among the more than 50 people crowded into our house were a small group of teenagers, boys and girls. ... Three of the teenage boys were eager to play billiards and I obliged them.
When the billiards match concluded ... the boys decided to sit down and watch some tube. It is not your normal system and the remote is not easy to figure out so I offered to get them the channel they wanted. Imagine my shock when all three–the ten year old boy, the fourteen and the fifteen year old–requested SARAH PALIN’S ALASKA. I have HBO, Showtime, Encore and NFL Network. [...]
Yet, despite all of those options, the boys wanted to watch Sarah Palin’s show. Hell, I did not even realize it was on. These guys knew where and when the show was on. That tells me something about the Sarah phenomena. She is resonating with a segment of society I never imagined would have a clue about her.
One of the boys did confess that he found Sarah’s daughter, and I’m quoting here, “HOT.” I found that reassuring in that one would expect teenage boys to be thinking about girls.
Democrats beware. All of your attacks on Sarah Palin and your attempts to demonize her or demean her intellect are likely to backfire. You know Sarah is a genuine phenomena when you are confronted with the fact that three boys with a chance to watch anything on TV choose to watch Sarah.
How’s that for a Christmas story?
Oh, and did you hear Sarah Palin was Zogby's Person of the Year? Second place? President Obama. She beat him by five points (21-16).
Maybe it's because unlike Obama, Sarah Palin is informed. That's right, despite the tabloid-worthy interview given by Barbara Walters, Palin has been right on the issues all along, including recently when she told us that food prices were going up.
And guess what? They are. One hundred fifty percent faster than the overall inflation rate.
Better stock up on the figgy pudding. It's gonna get worse. Especially if you've got a house full of teenage boys.
Governor Palin invoked the outrage of many on the Left with her now famous "death panel" assertion in August of 2009. They claimed that statement of government-controlled rationing was nothing but a hyperbolic lie. Since then, former White House budget adviser Peter Orszag has admitted that Obamacare would sacrifice quantity of care for quality and efficiency, in effect, rationing. New York Times Columnist Paul Krugman has twice admitted that death panels are present in Obamacare. Medicare Commissioner Donald Berwick is upfront with his support for rationing of healthcare. President Obama's deficit commission has suggested the Medicare rationing would be a means of reducing the national deficit.
Depending upon a decision to come today, the FDA may begin to implement a form of rationing by preventing a drug to treat late stage breast cancer, Avastin, from reaching the market based primarily upon cost. The drug was shown to prolong life by an average of 3.5 months, though some survived for years. It was set to be finally approved, but a panel struck down this approval with a 12-1 vote. The drug is rather expensive, but was shown to be effective. An editorial from the Washington Examiner states:
Doctors and patients were then stunned last summer when the ODAC ruled, by a vote of 12-1, that the drug did not produce clinically meaningful results. Why did the panel deny the obvious evidence of Avastin's effectiveness? One member of the FDA's panel, Jean Grem of the University of Nebraska, said, "We aren't supposed to talk about cost, but that's another issue." If the FDA follows through on the ODAC's finding and revokes Avastin's approval, both the government and private insurers will quickly cease paying for its use on breast cancer sufferers.Sally Pipes writes in Forbes:
Government bean counters were never supposed to determine what your treatment options are, and patient advocacy groups are justifiably outraged. If Avastin and other expensive wonder drugs are denied approval because of costs, proponents of government-run health care will have to no choice but to admit "death panels" have gone from rhetoric to reality.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, the advisory committee claims its recommendation had nothing to do with Avastin's cost. The FDA's top brass will doubtlessly take the same line and claim that its decision to ratify that recommendation was based solely on the drug's medical efficiency.This pending FDA decision is only further proof of a government panel making decisions that should be made by a doctor and his or her patient. People are beginning to admit the presence of "death panels" in Obama administration policy, but their presence has been seen for quite a while. Funding for "comparative effectiveness" health care research, determining what treatments are most effective for a given malady, was arguably the most under emphasized part of the stimulus bill. The general concept of "comparative effectiveness" appears benign. as most Americans want to make sure that the receive the best treatment for a disease and do not wish to receive unnecessary, ineffective treatment. Comparative effectiveness research is performed and presented in aggregate, but treatment is performed on individuals. When results are applied to decisions made by government panels, it is just another indication that further government intervention results in less freedom and volitional control to the individual. Last year, the U.S Preventative Services Task Force recommended reducing the frequency of mammograms and the age to begin the screening. The Task Force made this recommendation all while not soliciting the opinion of either a radiologist or an oncologist. While the recommendations were not further pushed by the Department of Health and Human Services, it provides an open door for government panels' recommendations to affect coverage and thus, potential early detection.
The truth is that Avastin is expensive. A year-long supply for breast cancer treatment costs upwards of $80,000.
However, many American women are getting something priceless in return for those dollars: life and vitality. In one clinical trial, nearly 50% of patients receiving Avastin witnessed their tumors shrink. Another study found that patients receiving the drug in conjunction with chemotherapy lived "progression-free" twice as long as patients without it.
However, if the FDA revokes Avastin's approval, public insurance programs like Medicaid and Medicare could decide to refuse coverage of the treatment. Many private insurers would likely do the same. Indeed, several major insurance companies--including Regence and HSCS--have already reacted to the FDA Avastin debate by restricting coverage for the drug in the treatment of breast cancer.
Of course, doctors would still be able to prescribe the drug "off label." But because patients wouldn't have coverage, the only ones that could still use Avastin would be the small minority that can afford to pay its full price out-of-pocket.
Once again, Governor Palin's prescient comment is vindicated. You can put lipstick on a death panel by calling it the FDA, comparative effectiveness research, or the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, but it's still a death panel.
Jim Manzi: Unbundle the Welfare State
Robert Bryce: Lame-Duck Bailouts for Ethanol and Wind?
Bill Wichterman: Blame Reid, Not Republicans, for ‘Obstructionism’
Duncan Carrie: Them's the Rules
Michelle Malkin: Operation Buck Up: Stop the DREAM Act Illegal Alien Student Bailout
Jack Kelly: Will the mayor run?
David Forsmark: Wolffe Howler: Brit “Political Analyst” As Dumb as Behar on C.S. Lewis
Roger Simon: Class Warfare is Not the Ticket
Thursday, December 16, 2010
O/T As much as I hate doing this, someone has to do it, I'm going to do some begging here. We are nearly done with restoring the new site. We have responded to readers suggestions and made some changes accordingly. As we've noted the costs of setting up the new sites are running much higher than expected and the editors can only handle so much, today alone we had some unforeseen expenses. Many of you have contributed already and we really appreciate and thank you for your assistance. We are however way behind our target (which is a fraction of our expenses). We would really appreciate if people who haven't yet answered our call would help us out today by contributing here.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us with the costs that we incurred because our site was hacked during the transition from Blogger to WordPress. We are pretty close to hitting our goal. If you are able to and want to make a contribution, we'd greatly appreciate it. Here is where you can make a contribution. In any event, here's the news:
-Her interview with Robin Roberts will air tomorrow on Good Morning America and tomorrow on Nightline.
-She has a book signing at the Anchorage Costco on Saturday.
-People Magazine named her the "Big Gun" of 2010 in a special edition that will be released tomorrow.
-Far-left liberal Taylor Marsh says that Governor Palin should have been TIME's person of the year.
-Political analyst: Advantage to Palin in 2012
-Sarah Palin vs. the Kennedy Legacy
-Even Yahoo news concedes that "Palin got the last laugh, having boosted multiple candidates to wins across the country, and she remains prominent on the short list of potential list of GOP presidential contenders 2012."
-Dan Riehl on Sarah Palin's Alaska.
-Cubachi on the latest from Meghan McCain.
What else is going on today?
Franklin Graham told Newsmax the following:
Sarah Palin’s visit to the earthquake-ravaged Haiti showed she is not “afraid to get her hands dirty,” says the Rev. Franklin Graham. The former Alaska governor is a “woman of strong principle and no question she has a strong faith in God,” the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham said during a Newsmax.TV interview in which he discussed his hosting her Haitian visit.
“I showed her what Samaritan’s Purse has done” to alleviate the suffering from the killer earthquake and a hurricane this year, said Graham, president of the international relief organization. “We have built over 10,000 shelters for people to live in. We have set up entire communities across the Port-au-Prince area, but more importantly there is a cholera epidemic now and this cholera epidemic was understated . . . This could be a huge, huge problem. We have already 2,000 people dead.”
Graham, who said he has worked with Palin on a number of projects in Alaska, invited her to Haiti to view the relief efforts. Accompanying her on the tour last weekend were her husband, Todd, and daughter Bristol.
The former GOP vice-presidential candidate “has tremendous compassion for people, she loves people, and she cares deeply about people,” Graham said.
“She was an encouragement not only to the staff and to the relief workers (but) even to the Haitian people who didn’t know her,” Graham said.
“She came in with her smile. She would sit on the cots. Now, you have to understand a cholera clinic, these cots have been soaked in urine, and fecal matter, and vomit. Cholera is a horrible thing, and she just sat right there in the middle of it, holding peoples’ hands, talking to people, holding babies, it was an amazing thing. She’s quite a lady and not afraid to get her hands dirty."
As for Graham’s appraisal of Palin, he said: “When you read her book ‘Going Rogue,’ she gives a testimony on how she gave her life to God. And the last page of her book ‘Going Rogue,’ she mentions or says to the reader if you haven’t done what I’ve done, I encourage you to do it. And she invites a person to invite God into their heart, their life. I’ve seen the governor on a number of occasions and no question her faith is a big part of her life — that’s who she is. She’s a believer in Jesus Christ, a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, that’s just her makeup. It’s her DNA.”
Samaritan's Purse also needs medical personnel in Haiti over Christmas. Please pass along word of this need to anyone in the medical profession that you know.
She also maintains her lead in Wisconsin according to the Daily Kos pollster:
She easily has the best net favorable rating of all the candidates among Wisconsin Republican primary voters. Paul Ryan is the favorite of Wisconsin Republican primary voters to face Herb Kohl in 2012. Once again, I think it's clear that she'll win Wisconsin by a decent margin with Huckabee out of the race given his strong second place finish in the state (and again, I think she'll win Wisconsin anyway in the unlikely event that he runs).
She maintained her lead in Ohio according to the Daily Kos pollster:
She has the best net favorable rating among Ohio Republican primary voters of all the candidates. It's pretty clear that Governor Palin will likely win this state by a good margin without Huckabee in the contest given his strong second place finish in this poll (she'll likely win Ohio anyway even in the unlikely event that Huckabee runs).
Via Victor Volsky at the American Thinker:
What is the reason why the ruling class, including the GOP establishment, hates Sara Palin so passionately? The left and its propaganda machine have always looked down on conservatives, but the attacks on Sarah Palin are unprecedented for sheer malice, scope, and decibel level. Everything about her incenses the left -- her bubbly personality, her high-pitched voice, her lively manner of speech and facial expressions, her colorful biography and way of life, her large family, her unabashed loyalty to Christian and conservative values.
She is ridiculed mercilessly by hordes of comedians who, plumbing new depths of vulgarity, make a nice living exploiting the Palin Derangement Syndrome. The press watches her, eagle-eyed, and pounces at the drop of a hat, twisting the most innocuous slip of the tongue into a monstrous gaffe, almost a federal crime. For all intents and purposes, she is hounded as Public Enemy No. 1. The left views all Republicans as enemies, but Sarah Palin stands apart; she is treated like dirt, like an alien life form. Why?
And why do the feminists outdo even their male allies on the left, evincing astonishing ferocity in attacking Alaska's former governor? One would think Palin is the one person they should defend and extol as a poster child of feminism, an icon of women's liberation.
Indeed, Sarah Palin rose from humble origins eventually to win the office of governor of Alaska and take the number-two spot on the Republican presidential ticket. She overcame all obstacles without any connections, entirely by dint of talent, hard work, and perseverance. She fearlessly took on the GOP establishment and the oil interests that had dominated Alaska for decades, and she beat them all at their own game. She achieved great success and popularity in all public offices she ever held. And on top of all that, she efficiently juggled public service with homemaking duties, married an Eskimo (the left should be particularly ecstatic on this point -- a minority!), and gave her husband a hand in his business undertakings. She raised a large family and does everything a full-blooded Alaskan male is supposed to do, including killing her dinner.
Michael Tanner: Kicking the Medicare Can -- Again
Ilan Berman: Still a Non-Starter
Michael F. Cannon: Federal Court Declares ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate Unconstitutional
Gregory Kane: Michelle Rhee is back (and this time she knows what to expect)
Nina Easton: What Happens When The Jobless Give Up?
Ed Morrissey: New poll indicates 40% of physicians will retire or find other work under ObamaCare
Michael Barone: Obama’s New Deal Blues
Victor Davis Hanson: The Tax ‘Cut’ for ‘Millionaires and Billionaires’
The narrative that Governor Palin only talks to Fox News and conservative radio hosts has always been false. The media is once again late in recognizing that it pushed a false narrative. Her PAC treasurer tells Politico:
"This is just about getting the press to characterize the governor accurately,” said Tim Crawford, a top Palin aide. “And, if that can be accomplished through Gov. Palin and some of the people around her talking to the press, we’ll try that.”
But Crawford said the determining factor in deciding to engage with the press, albeit on a selective case-by-case basis (Palin declined to comment for this story, for instance), may have been a late October POLITICO article in which Republican insiders bemoaned Palin’s popularity among the base and described plans to undercut her potential presidential campaign.
The POLITICO story “may have helped trigger it because of the way that the people who wanted that story to come out – whether or not it was true – refused to identify themselves,” said Crawford.
“Everyone has just come to the conclusion that being silent while other people talk about you and try to define you hasn’t netted the results that we’d necessarily like,” Crawford added.
[Crawford] described the shift as “an ongoing experiment to ... see what happens when we do cooperate.”
Her interview with Good Morning America airs tomorrow and on Nightline. The Politico article compares the behavior of Alaska's media before and after she was selected as John McCain's running mate.
Another Strong Showing for America By Heart Among All Books, Obama's Book Bombs As It Dropped 20 SpotsBy Ian Lazaran
Another strong showing for America By Heart on USA Today's best-seller list among all books. Obama's non-partisan book continues to bomb as it dropped twenty spots on USA Today's best-seller list among all books.
The Governor will be holding a book-signing in Anchorage on Saturday.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
In case you were wondering about this poll, just know that it's an outlier. Every other scientific poll that has been released since the election shows her closer. Quinnipiac and CNN show her down eight. The Daily Kos pollster shows her down nine. SurveyUSA shows her down four. Marist shows her down twelve. Even though there's a difference between polling adults and registered voters and perhaps there's a difference between robo-pollsters and live-caller pollsters, it's doubtful that these differences would account for the ten-fourteen point difference that we see between the NBC poll and other polls.
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