Saturday, May 8, 2010

Governor Palin and the Fiorina Furor

Yesterday, I ticked some people off when I blogged about the whining going on as a result of Governor Palin's endorsement of Carly Fiorina for the California Senate race. Seems like some who disagreed with the governor took it personally and assumed I was talking about them. The truth is if the shoe doesn't fit, don't force the sucker on. If you weren't whining, obviously I wasn't talking about you, so pass it on to those who were. Some people on other venues were indeed whining, and if those particular individuals have a problem being called out, that's too bad. Like Governor Palin, I'm bold enough to stand by my statements.

I have always been the first to say we are not going to agree with anyone 100% of the time, including someone who has garnered as much respect as Governor Palin. That's life. Nonetheless, I simply cannot get used to the vehement anger displayed by some whenever she does something with which they don't agree. I say again what I've said before: the very thing that drew people to her is the very thing that makes people furious with her when she doesn't do what they expect. They were first drawn to her for being a maverick, a free-thinking, principled individual who is willing to take the heat to do what she believes is right. This same quality annoys the snot out of people when what she believes is right is not what they believe is right.

Again, I don't have a problem with tasteful disagreement. Welcome to America. But I have read comments on various venues where people have whined, complained, and made accusations about her character. A few have determined they will no longer support her. You know, the "you didn't do what I wanted you to do, so I'm taking my toys and going home!" mentality. Why...because their character didn't govern her decision? Mature people, on the other hand, have just acknowledged they disagree and engaged in adult conversation about it.

Now, when looking at the full picture, it is obvious to me that her endorsement of Carly Fiorina was the common sense decision. She is the conservative with the best chance in this race. Others disagree with this. That's cool, too. But the whining? reports:

Despite facing fierce criticism from her supporters, Tea Party hero Sarah Palin isn't backing down from her endorsement of former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina in the GOP's U.S. Senate primary in California.

Palin's endorsement surprised and outraged many of her supporters who expected her to pick Tea Party favorite Chuck DeVore.


But Eric Odom, chairman of Liberty First PAC, a Tea Party-fueled political action committee, called Palin's endorsement an "unforgivable sin," and her second strike after endorsing her 2008 running mate John McCain in his Senate race.

"This one is much worse, though," Odom wrote on his blog, arguing that Fiorina is not a "commonsense conservative."

"The first strike was painful, but tolerable," he said. "This second strike is downright confusing, dishonest, and leaves me feeling cheated."

"Unforgivable sin"? "Dishonest"? "Cheated"? Too bad I didn't have this quote to use as an example last week when I taught my students the definition of hyperbole.

Thankfully, most people I have conversed with or have been quoted do understand the governor's free spirit and refusal to be controlled by any person or any particular movement.

One such person is Palin faithful, Jason Recher. Recher's analysis:

"The governor is never one to go with the flow," Jason Recher, a spokesman for Palin said, explaining that the former Alaska governor respects the differing opinions but is sticking by her choice. "She is a very independent person, and she shakes things up in establishments -- including grassroots establishments -- all the time."

Anyone who paid the slightest attention to the governor's career knows Recher's comments to be factual. Governor Palin's actions are nothing new.

Another such person is Rita Heidkamp. Her perspective:

In Fairbanks, Alaska, Tea Partier Rita Heidkamp said she has no personal position on the California endorsement. But it's Palin's choice to make, and no one else's, said Heidkamp, whose group -- the Fairbanks 912 Project -- organized a local Tea Party tax day rally.

"She should endorse whoever she thinks is the best candidate," Heidkamp said. "That's her right and her responsibility."

Thank you, Heidkamp. Governor Palin doesn't make these decisions lightly. It is indeed her responsibility to make an endorsement that sits well with her conscience. Clearly, Fiorina is that person, and the governor highlighted exactly why in her Facebook note.

I left the following comment on Team Sarah:

It amazes me that after all we know about the governor and her track record in AK, some still don't seem to "get" that she is her own person and will stand by her own principles. She is no puppet on a string. After all, isn't that what we say we love about her?

The endorsement has been made. Now, the onus is still on Fiorina, DeVore, and Campbell to take care of their business. The election is theirs to win or lose, and the governor has said many times how much she loves contested primaries. So we'll see what happens.

As I wrote previously, I agree with Governor Palin: Fiorina is the only common sense choice in this race.

Read the full article here.

(H/T Ian Lazaran)


President Obama, No One in Arizona is Laughing/More on Palin's Endorsement of Fiorina/Open Thread

An absolutely awesome campaign video from Jan Brewer:

In other news:

-"The governor is never one to go with the flow," Jason Recher, a spokesman for Palin said, explaining that the former Alaska governor respects the differing opinions but is sticking by her choice. "She is a very independent person, and she shakes things up in establishments -- including grassroots establishments -- all the time."

-The Right Scoop has video of "Rick Santorum supporting Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Carly Fiorina."

-"Fifty-five percent (55%) of Colorado voters favor a law like the one just adopted in Arizona that authorizes local police to stop individuals they suspect of being illegal immigrants." Based on the polling that we've seen thus far, the Arizona law would probably find 50% support in every state except for at most fifteen states.

-In case you missed it, the Mother's Day cover story on Governor Palin in this weekend's USA edition.

-Obama's personal favorability ratings in New Hampshire have declined by a net 31 points in just one year.

The Lakers and Jazz are at halftime. So will Utah Republicans have more to cheer about tonight or are we going to be one step closer to Suns-Lakers in the Western Conference Finals?


Bob Bennett's Career as a Republican Party Hack is Over (Update: Lee and Bridgewater to Face Off in Primary) (Update #2: Frum Sees Trouble for Romney)

To the surprise of nobody, Senator Bob Bennett did not survive the second round of voting at the Utah GOP convention. He will not represent Utah as a Senator in the next Congress. It doesn't seem as if Mitt Romney's endorsement was worth very much even in Utah. Marc Ambinder has already speculated that Bennett may join the Obama administration. Perhaps he can help clean Obama's teleprompter so that his safety net can more clearly deliver Obama's extreme and partisan remarks to him word for word.

Bob Bennett is the first Republican incumbent since 2006 to fail to win his party's nomination in a re-election effort. I think you know what happened in 2006.

Congratulations to both Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater. Either man would make a great Senator for Utah and the rest of the country. If neither Lee or Bridgewater gets 60% of the vote on the third ballot, they will face each other in a primary.

Bennett's defeat is a victory for the conservative movement and for a healthier Republican Party.

Update: Larry Sabato tweets:

Mitt Romney was backed almost unanimously by Utah GOP prez primary electorate in '08. But his intro of Bennett this a.m.? Boos & no effect.

Update #2: Either Lee or Bridgewater would start off with a huge lead over their likely Democrat Party opponent.

Update #3: The vote on the third ballot was Bridgewater 57.2%, Lee 42.7%. Because neither Republican got 60% of the vote, the two of them will face off in a primary.

Update #4: David Frum asks "[h]ow much does Bennett's loss signal Romney trouble."

Update #5: In case there was any confusion as to what I meant in the sentence "I think you know what happened in 2006," I was referring to Palin/Murkowski. Sabato agrees that Palin's victory was a lot more impressive.


Utah Open Thread (Update)

Many people will be focused on Utah tonight and not just for Game 3 of the Jazz-Lakers series. Polling suggests that tonight will mark the end to the long political career of Republican Party hack Bob Bennett at the Utah GOP convention.

Mitt Romney is scheduled to introduce Bennett. Utah is one of the few states in America where Romney maintains a respectable favorability rating among Republicans. Utah is also probably one of the few states where people actually bought Romney's forgettable book. In any event, Romney is bleeding the support he had in 2008 even in Utah as a poll found him running seventeen points behind his performance in the 2008 Utah GOP primary.

If you recall, Bennett stood up to applaud Barack Obama when Obama's safety net, his teleprompter, delivered to him word for word an unprecedented and undignified attack on Governor Palin during an address to a joint session of Congress last September. Hopefully after today, last September will be one of the last times that Bennett will ever be able to stand and applaud an extreme and radical partisan like Barack Obama as a member of Congress.

Update: The first-round of balloting is closed and they are now counting the votes.

Update #2: As expected, Bennett survives the first round. Lee 28.7%, Bridgewater 26.8%, Bennett 25.9%. The second round vote is coming with just Lee, Bridgewater, and Bennett. The actual vote count was as follows: Tim Bridgewater 917 votes, Bennett 885, Freidbaum 16, Fabiano 22, Cook 49, Chiu 4, Lee 982, Eagar 541. These first round numbers pretty much confirm that Bennett's goose is cooked.

Update #3: The second round of voting is closed. Bennett tells reporters that he's surprised that he finished so low in the first round.

Update #4 by Doug: Mitt Romney's candidate Robert Bennett has just had his Senate career come to an end. In the second round, Lee finished with 36% of the vote to Bridgewater's 37% of the vote. Bennett finished with 27% of the vote.


Governor Palin Honors Governor Hickel

From twitter:

Upon his passing,we honor Gov Walter Hickel's life,he made real difference in the world.Unsurpassed impacts on Alaska,the Arctic&her people


Michael Graham: Moms to the Barricades

One of the false memes promoted by the Democrat Party and their allies in the media is that the Tea Parties are comprised of mainly "angry white men". This is nonsense, of course, but nevertheless the narrative has persisted. Today Michael Graham of the Wall Street Journal has a piece in which he explores the fact that the growing Tea Party movement is made up of at least as many women as men:

If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. And if you've been to a tea party, you know Momma ain't happy at all.

Forget "angry white men." In the male-dominated world of conservative politics, the tea party stands out as a movement of energized and organized women. In particular, moms.

Moms like Sarah Palin, of course, who's been described as the "Momma Bear" of the tea party movement. But more important are the thousands of women at the state and local level who created this political phenomenon.

Moms like Christen Varley, the suburban mother of four who organized the successful tea party rally on Boston Common last month. Moms like Karen Miner Herd, who calls herself "one of the founding mothers" of the tea party movement in Virginia.

Her favorite tea party sign? "Menopause Was Change Enough for Me."

In fact, a recent Quinnipiac poll of voters found a majority of tea party supporters—55%—are women. To put that in perspective, only 48% of women voted for George W. Bush in 2004. And just two years ago, President Obama won 56% of the female vote.

Governor Palin touched on this during her speech at Michelle Bachmann's rally in Minnesota last month (H/T The Right Scoop).

Read the rest of Graham's piece here. Ed Morrissey recently discussed the growing number of conservative women following in the footsteps of trailblazers like Governor Palin and Michelle Bachmann. If this trend continues, the Democrat Party is in heap big trouble going forward. They have long taken the female vote for granted and assumed that they were somehow entitled to it. This sense of entitlement was vividly illustrated for me a few days ago when I parked next to a Prius adorned with multiple bumper stickers. Right next to the vintage "Kerry-Edwards" sticker was one that proclaimed "When Women Vote, Democrats Win". Not anymore.


Saturday Open Thread

IBD: High (Job) Anxiety

Glenn Reynolds: Financial Crisis 101: Brought to You By The People Who Brought You the Financial Crisis

WSJ: Julius Caesar of the Internet

The Economist: Iraq: Politicians wrangle as the nerves of the people jangle


Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidate to Attend Palin Fundraiser for Illinois Republican Party

Bill Brady, the GOP nominee in the Illinois Governor's race, will attend the fundraiser for the Illinois Republican Party that Governor Palin is scheduled to headline this Wednesday in Rosemont. The Daily Herald reports:

One of the candidates heading the Illinois Republican ticket this year has now found time to attend a major party fundraiser headlined by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, who is challenging Gov. Pat Quinn this November, has cleared his schedule to attend the Palin fundraiser in Rosemont Wednesday.

When the Palin fundraiser was announced last month, Brady's staff would only say that it wasn't on his schedule. On Friday campaign spokeswoman Jaime Elich said the fundraiser was now part of Brady's plans for the week.

In explaining the switch, Elich said, "We weren't sure he could make it at that time. Now, we are."

Brady currently leads Democrat Party hack Pat Quinn by a decent margin in the state Barack Obama served as an undistinguished junior Senator for four years. Barack Obama's approval ratings in this fairly liberal state have fallen significantly from when he was a part-time Senator.

Here is more information on the fundraiser for the Illinois Republican Party and the "Evening with Sarah Palin" event she is scheduled to speak at after the fundraiser in Rosemont.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Chuck DeVore: Carly Fiorina Can't be Trusted on Abortion Because She's Not a Politician (Update)

As everybody knows by now, yesterday Governor Palin endorsed Carly Fiorina in the California Senate GOP primary. This caused some controversy as some Tea Partiers prefer California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore. DeVore's campaign has been quite childish in their reaction to Governor Palin's decision to endorse Fiorina, something we have documented rather extensively here, here, and here.

This evening Mr. DeVore appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews. Not knowing much about Mr. DeVore and given all the commotion his campaign has created in the past 24 hours, I decided to tune in to Old Tingle Leg's show to see what DeVore was all about. I was, at best, underwhelmed. Naturally, the first topic Matthews discussed with DeVore was abortion. I have provided an excerpt from the show's transcript below (emphasis mine):

MATTHEWS: Is Carly Fiorina pro-life, like you are?

DEVORE: Well, she says she is. She`s a fairly recent convert to the cause.

MATTHEWS: No,no, no, no. No, I don`t know -- I don`t care what you -- what you say she says. I`m asking you. Is she like you?

DEVORE: The difference is the track record. I have a track record and she doesn`t.

MATTHEWS: OK. Again, I`ll try the question by you. This is sort of an interesting show, where we ask a question...

DEVORE: Yes. No. Of course.

MATTHEWS: ... and somebody has to answer it. Is Carly Fiorina pro- life or not?

DEVORE: Again, she says she is.

MATTHEWS: No, you`re not answering -- no, why...

DEVORE: I have the book (ph) to prove it. There`s a difference.

MATTHEWS: Well, why don`t you give me the difference between the BS we get on this show sometimes...

DEVORE: No, no!

MATTHEWS: ... and a truth-teller? Is your opponent -- because this is a big fight out there. I want you to explain your position.

DEVORE: Chris -- Chris, we don`t know.

MATTHEWS: You`re pro-life. Is your opponent? You don`t know?

DEVORE: We don`t know. She`s never had to vote on any of the issues. I`m a proven leader. She`s an unknown quantity. It`s as simple as that.

This is surreal. In reading the transcript, the basis for DeVore's claim seems to be that since Fiorina has never been a politician, she has never had to vote on abortion related issues and, therefore, we can't say for sure what her position on the issue is: "Chris, we don't know". In other words, since he is a politician with a "track record", he's more trustworthy or something. This is a novel argument for a Tea Party candidate to make. By that criterion, we should only vote for career politicians since only they have political track records. Private citizens who've never been politicians can't be trusted since they're an "unknown quantity" and, therefore, need not apply. This is, at best, a feeble argument on DeVore's part. An argument which would hold no water at the Tea Parties I've been to where private citizens are trusted far more than politicians.

I'll close with a quick point regarding Fiorina's pro-life bonafides. Someone (Josh Trevino, perhaps?) may want to break the news to Chuck Devore that Carly Fiorina has been endorsed by the following pro-life organizations who don't endorse candidates who aren't, well, pro-life:

National Right To Life Committee
The California Pro Life Council
Susan B. Anthony’s List

Update: A commenter posted the following in this evening's "Quote of the Day" Hotair thread:

DeVore does not and did not stand a hope in hell of beating Campbell… so all Tea Partiers line up to the left to leap off the cliff holding a copy of the Tea Party Death Wish Proclamation.

Latest polls…

Campbell 32
Carly 28
De Vore 14

Idiots… De Vore, with all that Tea Party support has gone no where in the last few months… are really that stupid? You want Campbell to win? Idiots.

The only smart one in this is Sarah Palin… as usual. She does not kiss anyone’s ass… not even the Tea Party. Either you support her or you don’t… she will not be swayed or blackmailed into doing something that does not make any sense to her. Get used to it. She is a true leader with the guts to make the hard decisions… not kiss 10 asses at the same time like most politicians.


Even the Kos Poll Concedes Governor Palin's Offshore Drilling Position is a Winner

Drill Baby Drill:

Do you favor or oppose increasing offshore drilling for oil and gas in U.S. coastal areas?
Favor 60
Oppose 32
Not Sure 8

Does the recent Deep Horizon oil spill make you more or less likely to favor or oppose increasing offshore drilling for oil and gas in U.S. coastal areas, or does it have no real effect on your point of view?
More likely 32
Less likely 13
No Effect 55

The Kos blogger cries as he concedes that "[e]xpanded drilling was popular across the board. Even among Democrats, a slight plurality continues to favor increasing offshore drilling (49-45)."

Charles Babington from the Associated Press should probably re-think the article he wrote the other day about the non-existent "discomfort" that the oil spill was allegedly causing Palin with respect to her views on offshore drilling.


Open Thread (Update: Aged P's Analysis of the Election Results Across the Pond)

The news for the day:

-Barack Obama continues to fail miserably at his job as the Dow is down around 770 points this week and the country's unemployment rate has risen to 9.9% (the underemployment rate is over 17%).

-SurveyUSA shows Tom Emmer, the candidate Governor Palin endorsed for the party's gubernatorial nomination one day before the Minnesota Republican convention, leading all of his prospective Democrat Party opponents.

-Unhappy with Obama’s Israel policy, some Jews turn to Palin

-Here's the new radio promo for the "Take Back America" event in Denver that she is scheduled to speak at on the 22nd of this month.

-As one of our commentators noted yesterday, any media outlet citing comments made on Governor Palin's Facebook page in response to her endorsement of Carly Fiorina is doing the equivalent of citing an online poll as representative of public opinion.

-The Right Scoop liked Governor Palin's interview with O'Reilly yesterday.

-50% of adults would probably or definitely vote for someone else than Barack Obama in 2012.

-Michelle Obama's fans are whining that Governor Palin got the cover story for the Mother's Day edition for USA Weekend while Obama's cover story was treated like a footnote. Perhaps what Obama's fans are really upset by is the fact that she is one of the most inconsequential first ladies in recent history as her own husband thinks her obesity initiative is a joke.

-In case you missed it, here's the USA Weekend Mother's Day cover story on Palin.

What's going on today?

Update: If you want to know what happened with the election across the pond, check out Aged P's most recent blog post.


Gov. Palin's Fiorina Endorsement, a Common Sense Decision

Here we go again. Governor Palin endorses a conservative who shares her American values, her vision, and her record of a strong work ethic--and people complain. So what else is new? This has become the norm for those who simply don't know as much as they think they know. Today's episode involves the governor's endorsement of Carly Fiorina.

I have a simple question for those who are whining over this recent endorsement. Which candidate did you actually expect her to endorse for this California Senate seat? Three people are running: Chuck DeVore, Tom Campbell, and Carly Fiorina. Let's take a look at each. Then answer that question.

Chuck DeVore is a conservative, but is that all it takes to secure an endorsement? Problem number one is that DeVore has allegedly run his campaign with tax-payer dollars. This controversy itself raises eyebrows, and such unethical behavior would surely rule out an endorsement by Governor Palin, who is nothing if not ethical. After all, she's the reformer who blew the whistle on corrupt behavior in her home state of Alaska.

In addition, DeVore simply has no chance of winning. Instead, he's simply splitting the vote, giving the edge to Campbell, and Campbell is the antithesis of the values needed to get this nation back on the right track. We need someone who can defeat Barbara Boxer, who just has to go, and that someone is Carly Fiorini. We cannot afford a Campbell win.

Tom Campbell is a mess--plain and simple. Let's look at his track record.

First of all, Daniel Halper pointed out in an article for the Weekly Standard called "Tom Campbell's Israel Problem," that "Campbell has a long troubling record as an anti-Israel public official." That article went on to quote from a Jennifer Rubin article that points out his anti-Israel efforts. Some of those measures were:

In 1999, Rep. Tom Campbell introduced an amendment to cut foreign aid to Israel. This amendment, titled the “Campbell Amendment,” was defeated overwhelmingly on the House floor by a vote of 13-413.

In 1999, Campbell was one of just 24 House members to vote against a resolution expressing Congressional opposition to the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state.

In 1997, Rep. Tom Campbell authored an amendment (again, titled the “Campbell Amendment”) to cut foreign aid to Israel. The resolution failed 9-32 in committee. This amendment was particularly offensive to the pro-Israel community because it came at the same time that Israel had agreed to a complete phase out of economic aid over a 8-year period. This was not sufficient for Campbell and his amendment called for an additional cut beyond what had been agreed to.

In 1990, Campbell was one of just 34 House members to vote against a resolution expressing support for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The resolution passed the House 378-34.

Rubin came to the following tell-tale conclusion:

If Campbell wins the Republican primary, a huge window will open for the incumbent, Barbara Boxer, who will be able to point to her record of supporting Israel in contrast to Campbell's hostility toward one of America's closest allies.

President Obama gives us enough reasons to be concerned over our support of Israel. We don't need anyone adding to that.

His Israel stance is just the beginning of Campbell's troubles. Added to that are other problematic issues. He received donations from a terrorist. He is pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, and opposes off-shore drilling. He also appears to have a problem with our Second Amendment, which might explain his F rating from the NRA.

The bottom line: Campbell's got a frightening downside, and he's no conservative. We certainly cannot send him to D.C., and we cannot afford a candidate who will pave the way for another Boxer term. Campbell will do just that, and again, career politician DeVore and his controversial campaign cannot defeat anybody.

This brings us to Carly Fiorina. She is a true common sense conservative. She boasts a record to warrant a Governor Palin endorsement--and she's the only candidate in this race who deserves it.

She is pro-life, which has earned her endorsements from the Susan B. Anthony List and the National Right to Life. She is a Second Amendment supporter, which is crucial as gun rights are under fire. She is also a voice for clamping down on illegal immigration. In fact, she has not failed to speak about the recent law in Arizona, showing support for Arizona coupled with an understanding that this is a national security issue and should be treated as such, something Governor Palin has also noted. CNN reported:

Specifically regarding Arizona's controversial immigration law, the candidate, who is vying in a Republican primary for her party's nomination, said that, "The people of Arizona did what they felt they had to do."

"I support their need to protect their citizens," Fiorina told Wolf Blitzer in an interview that aired on CNN's The Situation Room. "But what we ought to be talking about is the federal government needs to secure the border."

Carly Fiorina is a conservative, one who has much in common with Governor Palin--and she has what it takes to win. It should be no surprise that the governor would throw her support behind Fiorina. Taking a good look at the three candidates, who else would Governor Palin endorse? Carly Fiorina is the right--and only--common sense choice.

Governor Palin has spoken herself about her support of Fiorina. Read her Facebook endorsement, which she entitled "Let’s shake it up in California! (Updated)"

(H/T C4P)

Update by Doug: Josh Painter's analysis of the California GOP Senate primary here.


Friday Open Thread

Larry Kudlow: A Spend-and-Borrow Debt Mess

USA Today: Greek debt crisis offers preview of what awaits U.S.

TaxProf: CNN: ObamaCare's Massive, Hidden Tax Change

IBD: "The cold reality is we need oil."

Reuters: US Energy Secretary Says Offshore Drilling Not a Mistake

NYT: Shiite Alliance in Iraq May Push Allawi Aside


USA Weekend: Sarah Palin Welcomes You Into Her Home For a Family First

She's on the cover of this weekend's Mother's Day edition for USA Weekend Magazine. Here are some snippets from the cover story:

Even for one of the world’s most famous mothers, wrangling six kids — including two squirmy toddlers, a rather-be-elsewhere young veteran and a birthday girl impatient to light the candles on mini-cupcakes that Mom baked — makes reforming health care seem easy.

Welcome to Palin Central, a remote lakeside outpost where, for one recent afternoon, the woman in the headlines opened her home for an up-close look at her life.

What we found during three harried, uncensored hours was a working mom who gives new meaning to the term “multitasking.” One minute Palin, 46, is making a baby bottle, checking the latest stream of e-mails on her BlackBerry and asking Piper, 9, if she wants a playdate; the next she’s dashing out the back door, taking off her dangle earrings and doing a live TV shot on, yes, health care reform for Fox News. And this is all during our interview...

For Palin, the juggling act is evidence of presidential bona fides. “I think this country would be served very well by a woman president, someone who has raised a family,” she says, stopping short of saying she wants to run in 2012. “We just want to get from point A to point B and get the job done. I don’t waste time; I’m too busy.”

In fact, Palin is busier than ever. In addition to being a Fox News contributor, an eight-part TLC TV documentary series she hosts will start filming this summer. She spends much of her time in the Lower 48, as Alaskans call the rest of the mainland U.S., campaigning for conservative causes and raking in six figures for paid appearances. She also has signed up to write a second book; her first, Going Rogue, sold 2.6 million copies last year....

Palin makes no apologies for the impact her frenetic lifestyle and fame has had on her children. “They’re quite independent, and they’re thick-skinned,” she says proudly. “Those are some attributes that any parent would want for their kids.

“We can see the blessings in every step that we’ve taken and in everything that has happened to us. There’s a been a tradeoff [but] Todd and I are strong believers at the end of the day things do work out for good.”

You can read the entire article here.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

DeVore Spokesman Attacks Palin as "Sheepdog"

I was intrigued when I saw this Tweet from Carly Fiorina:

Hmm, sounds like Team DeVore just called Palin a Sheepdog... Generating fake outrage over endorsement #casen I decided to check out the reaction of Chuck DeVore's campaign team to Governor Palin's endorsement of Carly Fiorina in the California Senate primary. And yes, they did indeed send out a press release using that terminology.

This grassroots movement is actually a grassroots movement. Carly Fiorina thinks she can find the sheepdog to corral the sheep.

Here's the problem with Team DeVore's assessment of Tea Party support for their candidate - a March Field Poll of California voters found that Tea Party sympathizers actually break for Carly Fiorina more than Chuck DeVore.

And the attacks on Palin are quite a switch in DeVore's position in the past few weeks. On March 25th, the LA Times reported that he was in Searchlight actively seeking Governor Palin's endorsement.

I also decided to take a look at the Twitter feed of DeVore spokesman Josh Trevino. He seems to have quickly switched into Palin-bashing mode, tweeting links to several MSM pieces from media outlets anxious to drum up controversy about Governor Palin. He also includes this Tweet, an instruction to his people to get out there and do some astroturfing on Governor Palin's social networking sites:

Remember, @ChuckDeVore supporters, when you tell @SarahPalinUSA about the real conservative in CA-Sen, be firm but respectful! #casen

The bottom line - at this late date, DeVore has no chance of winning the primary. He's only acting as a spoiler who will split the conservative vote and allow an anti-Israel liberal RINO to get the nomination. If he cared about the movement, he would step aside and throw his support behind a conservative who has a real chance of winning.

Update: Check out this latest snarky Tweet from DeVore spokesman Trevino:

Here is a list of Carly Fiorina's endorsements. And there are more endorsements yet to come.

Update II: A Tweet from Carly Fiorina's camp:

Carly: I'm not a career politician. I'm proud of the conservative endorsements I've received including @sarahpalinusa

Update III: An interesting post here about state employees serving as campaign volunteers, as several on DeVore's campaign do:

It is common knowledge that capitol staffers do work on campaigns that involve either their bosses or candidates that their bosses are supporting. I do not have an issue with a person working for both a campaign and a legislator, but it is certainly questionable if a campaign has absolutely no paid staffers and is run purely by volunteers who are state employees. It is one thing if many of his staffers were volunteering on his campaign to supplement a campaign staffer(s), but when there is not a single paid campaign staffer, one of two scenarios is likely: a) the campaign is using state resources or b) the campaign is unable to conduct the business that is necessary to be viable. If someone (e.g. vendors, press) needs to communicate with the campaign during the day, are they stuck playing voicemail phone tag?

I took the time to talk with both a representative from the campaigns for Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore to get their sides to the story.

For more on that go here.


Governor Palin Discusses Religion in America


O'Reilly/Nashville Flood Relief Effort Open Thread

She's on at 8:00 PM EST.

-Speaking of the top Palin news for the day, the California Senate debate is tonight between Fiorina, Campbell, and DeVore.

-She tweeted earlier today about the relief efforts underway in Nashville:

Per r country music buddies: Easy 2help r friends in TN;Give $10 @redcross relief effort. Text‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 (FoxNews site explains it)

Country stars John Rich&George Jones ask help 4 Tennessee floods,via Red Cross donations(see Fox News website).Help save American landmarks!

Also, WSMV is airing a flood relief telethon tonight from 7-10 p.m. CDT and it will be livestreamed on their website. You can donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund here.

-If you want to follow what's going on across the pond, follow C4P contributor the Aged P on twitter.

-"60% of Americans favor having the federal government recognize a National Day of Prayer. Just 28% are opposed. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure."

-Devin Dwyer from ABC News shamelessly tries to make Barack Obama's radical beliefs about religion seem more mainstream by alleging that he shares Sarah Palin's views about the importance of prayer.

-Another poll shows Charlie Crist leading Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek in the Florida Senate contest.

-Another poll shows Rand Paul with a double-digit lead over Trey Grayson.

The last Navy SEAL has been thankfully acquitted of abusing an Iraqi terrorist. What else is going on tonight?


Governor Palin is Right that Carly Fiorina is the Best Choice for California Republicans/Conservatives

There are three people running in the GOP Senate primary in California: Carly Fiorina, Chuck DeVore, and Tom Campbell. As Governor Palin noted today, Fiorina is clearly the best choice for California Republicans and conservatives.

Both she and DeVore are conservatives. They both hold the same exact positions. Fiorina supports the Second Amendment, the responsible development of our energy resources, and traditional marriage. She opposes Obamacare and cap-and-trade. She recently came out in support of the Arizona illegal immigration bill. Her pro-life credentials are solid as evidenced by the fact that the National Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List endorsed her candidacy.

Right now, Fiorina and DeVore are splitting the conservative vote in California, allowing Campbell to take the lead. It's pretty clear that Campbell is the worst possible choice for conservatives in California. The Weekly Standard notes that Campbell has a "long troubling record as an anti-Israel public official." Jennifer Rubin reports that Cambpell took money in 2000 from a terrorist. Campbell even testified in support of prohibiting "federal authorities from using classified information as a basis on which to hold foreign terrorist suspects and to deny that information to the suspects’ defense attorneys."

Campbell is also pro-abortion, an opponent of our Second Amendment rights, and a supporter of taxing carbon emissions. He will be unable to create the contrast that our candidate needs to create with longtime Democrat Party hack Barbara Boxer.

Carly Fiorina can create the contrast with Boxer. She is also clearly in a better position to win the primary and then prevail in the general election than DeVore. She has raised a lot more money in her campaign than DeVore in a state where it is very expensive to advertise. Fiorina has also shown throughout her career that she's willing to fight for what she thinks is right regardless of the political consequences. That spirit should remind you of another prominent conservative Republican woman. There's a reason why liberals attack Fiorina much more than they attack her two primary opponents. The left recognizes that the strongest possible opponent for Barbara Boxer is someone unafraid to take the fight right to her.

Besides, if you vote for Carly, we'll see more of these ads.


Sarah Palin: Let’s shake it up in California! (Update)

On Facebook:

I’d like to tell you about a Commonsense Conservative running for office in California this year. She grew up in a modest home with a school teacher dad, worked her way through several colleges, and then entered an arena where few women had tread. Through a combination of hard work, perseverance, and common sense, she proved the naysayers wrong to reach the top of her field, where she led with distinction – facing hard truths, making tough decisions, and showing real leadership through a rocky transition period. Where others had failed, her company had weathered the storm and settled on a stronger new foundation.

Her name is Carly Fiorina, and I’m proud to endorse her for U.S. Senate.

Carly is the Commonsense Conservative that California needs and our country could sure use in these trying times. Most importantly, she’s running for the right reasons. She has an understanding that is sorely lacking in D.C. She’s not a career politician. She’s a businesswoman who has run a major corporation. She knows how to really incentivize job creation. Her fiscal conservatism is rooted in real life experience. She knows that when government grows, the private sector shrinks under the burden of debt and deficits. We can trust Carly to do the right thing for America’s economy and to make the principled decisions she has throughout her professional career.

Please consider that Carly is the conservative who has the potential to beat California’s liberal senator, Barbara Boxer, in November. I’m a huge proponent of contested primaries, so I’m glad to see the contest in California’s GOP, but I support Carly as she fights through a tough primary against a liberal member of the GOP who seems to bear almost no difference to Boxer, one of the most leftwing members of the Senate. Carly needs our support in this crucial election year when we have a real chance of putting an end to the Pelosi/Reid “Big Government” agenda.

I hope you’ll join me in supporting Carly. Visit her website here, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Read up on her positions and plans to help get us on the right track.

California is still Reagan Country, and Carly promises her “Reagan Conservative” values will be put to good use for her state and for our great nation. Shaking it up in California is long overdue. Let’s help Carly do it!

- Sarah Palin

Update: Governor Palin has added the following update to her post.
I’d like to add a few things about my Carly endorsement because some reaction right out of the chute calls for more information:

Carly has been endorsed by the National Right to Life, the California Pro-Life Council, and the Susan B. Anthony List. She is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-military, and pro-strict border security and against amnesty. She is against Obamacare and will vote to repeal it and prevent the government takeover of private companies and industries. Carly is also a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Like me, she is a member of the NRA, has a 100% NRA rating, and she and her husband are gun owners. She is pro-energy development and believes as I do in an all-of-the-above approach to energy independence. She is against cap and tax. And most importantly, Carly is the only conservative in the race who can beat Barbara Boxer. That’s no RINO. That’s a winner.


The Associated Press Fails to Note that Americans Still Overwhelmingly Support Offshore Drilling Despite Oil Spill (Update: More Polling)

Charles Babington from the Associated Press writes:

The disaster also is causing discomfort for some conservative Republicans eyeing a possible 2012 presidential bid. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's "drill, baby, drill" motto, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's "drill here, drill now" refrain, suddenly don't seem so clever or wise.

Babington fails to cite anyone in his article who is considered a staunch supporter of offshore drilling and an "all-of-the-above" energy policy. Worse, Babington ignores the reality...the reality is that an overwhelming percentage of Americans still support offshore drilling.

Rasmussen reported the following finding this morning:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of voters believe offshore oil drilling should be allowed.

Even a plurality of people who identify with the Democrat Party still support offshore drilling in this poll.

People living in the coastal states still support offshore drilling by strong margins:
North Carolina: "Despite a fatal explosion on an offshore drilling platform last week that led to an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, [63%] of North Carolina residents continue to favor drilling for oil and gas off the state's coast, according to a poll released Monday."

Florida: "48% of Florida voters now favor off shore oil drilling, while 35% are opposed...[including] a plurality (47%) of voters not affiliated with either major party."

The Associated Press and Democrat Party hacks like John Kerry can continue living in an alternative universe that is completely different from where the rest of the country stands.

Update: Fox News/Opinion Dynamics confirms the Rasmussen polling on offshore drilling and finds "60 percent of voters favor increasing offshore drilling in U.S. coastal areas." Far-left liberal Nate Silver found that the Fox News pollster "generally hasn't shown much evidence of a Republican-leaning 'house effect.'"


Thursday Open Thread

Hot Air: CBO: ObamaCare 'doc fix' will cost more than anyone thought

IBD: ObamaCare: According To Plan?

Bill Bischoff: The Road to Tax Reform Starts Here

Kyle Olson: ‘Emergency Education Jobs Bill’ is Really a Union Dues Bailout Bill

WSJ: A Fannie Mae Political Reckoning

Hot Air: Freddie Mac: We need another $10.6 billion

Daniel Akst: When Other People's Money runs out

Richard Grenell: U.S. ambassador to UN didn’t attend vote putting Iran on women’s rights council

Soldiers' Angels Germany: Combat Air Controllers honored for valor


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Governor Palin Talks to Bill O'Reilly Tomorrow About the National Day of Prayer

She'll be on the Factor tomorrow discussing the National Day of Prayer "controversy" that is only controversial to the radical left. The Detroit Free Press has more on this issue.


Huffington Post Puts Up Another Misleading Headline Regarding Governor Palin's Oil Spill Comments

Governor Palin tweeted the following this morning:

Gulf: learn from Alaska's lesson w/foreign oil co's: don't naively trust- VERIFY. Livelihood affected by spill?Don't sign away remedy rights

This tweet doesn't sound particularly controversial to anyone....but the radical left. The Huffington Post has put up the following headline with respect to her tweet:
Gulf Oil Spill: Palin Camp Says You Can't Trust Foreign Oil Companies

First of all, I recognize that consistency isn't a strong suit of the Huffington Post and other left-wing extremists but weren't they claiming the other day that Palin's response to the oil spill was that we should "[t]rust the oil industry?" So two days after claiming that Palin had said we should trust the oil industry, the Huffington Post is now claiming that Palin had said we cannot trust the oil industry? I suppose the Huffington Post is consistent in the sense that it consistently puts up misleading headlines about Governor Palin's comments.

In any event, a brief examination of Palin's political history with foreign companies would inform any reasonable person that what the far-left hacks at the Huffington Post are trying to imply is completely wrong. Palin negotiated the largest and most complex infrastructure project in North American history with TransCanada, a company that is based in Canada. Palin's history of working with foreign companies is clear evidence that she bears no ill-will towards them. Any reasonable person understands that all she said in her tweet was that we must exercise our due diligence with such companies in the same fashion as she has in her political career.

For example, she would not have "let BP’s gulf drilling be exempt from an environmental study last year" as Barack Obama did. She would not have "naively trusted" BP as the #1 recipient of BP donations from 2008 did. Obama's naivete is what she is talking about in this tweet. Perhaps Obama's teleprompter malfunctioned in this instance.


More on Governor Palin and the TIME 100 (Update)

Consider this the round-up:

-Here's an interview with Wonderwall where she talks about her upcoming documentary, Bristol, offshore drilling, and her plans.

-Here's are video interviews with the Insider, Entertainment Tonight, TIME, and the Associated Press.

-USA Today and People.

-Palin and Beck.

Update: Here's TIME magazine hack Joe Klein on his meeting with Palin. Glenn Beck's account of his meeting with Klein is here.

Update #2: PalinTV has put all the videos into one.

Update #3: Here's a report on what she said in her toast:

Bill Clinton and Prince may have been at last night's Time 100 gala, but the most buzzed-about guest by far was Sarah Palin.. Photographers, fans, and, yes, reporters like us swarmed her from the second she walked in the room with husband Todd and her 9-year-old daughter Piper. Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann practically jumped her for a photo op...

Sarah, on the other hand, was happy to be in a room with so many reporters — particularly Time's Joe Klein, of whom she is a fan — so she could set the record straight. "I did talk to a couple of reporters already and said that a bunch of stuff that they write is bogus, but we had a great conversation about it and we agreed to disagree on a lot of things," she said. "One thing we can all agree on, though, is how much we respect and want to protect the freedom of the press and we have that in common, so at the end of the day, I think as long as we’re protecting that and not abusing the right — we have to be writing truth — then we’ll get along just fine tonight." Particularly, she wanted to clear up "the bogus reports about how much money I supposedly make," she said. "I have a business. I run a business with my speaker’s fee."

As if to drive home the point, Palin reiterated her great respect for journalism in her public "toast" to those who influence her, a Time 100 dinner tradition. "I want to make a toast to all at this press event who agree with Thomas Jefferson, who said that our liberty depends on the freedom of the press," she said. "So I want to lift a glass to those who defend that freedom. Our finest, the men and women in uniform who defend that freedom, our Constitution, and our exceptional way of life in America."


Rush: Smartest Thing Obama Could Have Done After Oil Spill? Call Sarah Palin

Rush Limbaugh on his show this afternoon:

J.P. Freire from the Washington Examiner answers the following question: "Who would know exactly what to do in the case of an oil spill?"


Bristol Palin Goes on the View and Good Day/Open Thread

Check out PalinTV for Bristol's interview with Good Day.

In other news:

-Governor Palin tweeted the following about tomorrow's National Day of Prayer. The Detroit Free Press quotes her throughout its article discussing the National Day of Prayer. The article correctly notes that 62% of Americans consider this country a Christian nation. Gallup/USA Today finds that 83% of Americans say that God answers prayers, 57% support a National Day of Prayer, and 62% believe a major goal of the National Day of Prayer should be publicizing and promoting Christian prayer.

-"Sarah Palin Outlasts Jon Meacham’s Pretentious Back Side."

-Jennifer Rubin unloads on Barack Obama and his much-derided performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

-Another poll finds Rand Paul with a double-digit lead over Trey Greyson.

-Brent Bozell asks "[w]hat If George W. Bush Had Called Gay Rights Activists '[a derogatory term]?'"

-Tammy Bruce joins the advisory board of GOProud.

Consider this Exhibit A for why the NBA has issues appealing to conservatives, Republicans, and right-of-center Americans. What's going on tonight?


Palin Endorsed Candidate Sean Duffy Scares Democrat Party Hack David Obey Into Surrendering

Politico reports that longtime Democrat Party hack David Obey will retire, rather than run for re-election. Sean Duffy was Obey's likely opponent this November. Governor Palin endorsed Duffy before any other national Republican or conservative figure endorsed him and she made the endorsement at a time when Duffy appeared to be the longest of long-shots. Now, I think it's fair to say Duffy is the front-runner to become the next Congressman from Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.

Polls showed that Duffy posed a serious threat to Obey's re-election chances. Obey authored the economic stimulus that Barack Obama signed into law and voted for Obamacare, a vote that made 54% of his constituents less likely to vote for him. It's clear that tying himself to Barack Obama's radical agenda damaged his re-election chances even in his left-of-center congressional district.

Update: As a refresher, Erick Erickson wrote the following regarding Governor Palin's endorsement of Duffy.

Governor Palin has gone all in with Sean Duffy and Charlie Cook is now saying David Obey is in trouble.

Coincidence? Probably not.

Duffy is RedState’s candidate up there. I hope you’ll consider joining Governor Palin and us in supporting him. The refreshing thing about Governor Palin is her willingness to get into contested primaries. That’s the type of risk and reward I was talking about this morning.


Wednesday Open Thread

Donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund may be made here or by texting "Redcross" to 90999.

Dan Mitchell: President Obama Should Be Repealing the Capital Gains Tax, Not Making It More Burdensome

WSJ: Health Care Paradise

Thomas Sowell: Resenting Achievement More than Wealth

IBD: Is Greece Just Tip Of The Iceberg?

AP: Iran's president defiant in face of new sanctions

Telegraph: Reliving the miracle of Dunkirk


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Governor Palin at the TIME 100 Gala (Update: Who Sat at Palin's Table?)

Previous coverage here.

Update: The NY Post reports it was one of the hot tables.


Time 100 Open Thread (Update: Race Called for Coats)

Governor Palin is scheduled to attend tonight's TIME 100 Gala in New York City. Amie Parnes from Politico has some details. Until we hear what happened, here is the news for the day:

- Michelle Diament notes that "[t]wo of the country’s most well-known on disability issues are among those gracing the pages of Time Magazine’s “Time 100″ list this week."

-Governor Palin is tied with Mike Huckabee for the lead in Kentucky. Rand Paul leads Trey Greyson by an 18-point margin in the same poll. This poll is somewhat consistent with the poll conducted by Magellan Strategies (R) of the 2012 GOP primary in Kentucky in early February.

-Floridians continue to support offshore drilling despite the oil spill by a 48-35 margin. However, this poll has bad news for Marco Rubio, who is underperforming among Republicans and conservatives in a three-way matchup with Charlie Crist and Democrat Party hack Kendrick Meek. 62% of Floridians favor legislation that allows police to stop people and check immigration status.

-The Washington Post's Paul Farhi continues to slam Barack Obama for his horrific performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

-Laura Bush slams David Letterman in her memoir. (h/t Damien)

-Mitt Romney is running seventeen points behind his 2008 performance in the Utah GOP primary according to the following poll. Governor Palin is running ahead of her former running mate's performance in the Beehive state, a state that is highly favorable to Romney to put it lightly.

What's going on today?

Update: As for the Indiana GOP primary tonight, I'll predict that Dan Coats wins with 40% of the vote to 30% for Congressman John Hostettler and 25% for Marlin Stutzman.

Update #2: With 111 precints having reported, Dan Coats leads with 40% of the vote to 26% for John Hostettler and 25% for Marlin Stutszman.

Update #3: The race has been called for Dan Coats.

Update #4: Pictures of the governor's arrival at the TIME 100 gala can be found here and here.

Update #5 by Doug: (H/T Uffda) More pictures of Governor Palin at the Time 100 gala here and here.

Update #6: The Governor just gave a toast to the troops at the TIME 100 gala.

Update #7: Democrat Party hack Lee Fisher has won the Ohio Democrat Senate primary. He will face Rob Portman in the general election. The North Carolina Democrat Senate primary is headed to a run-off. Richard Burr won his primary easily with 80% of the vote.

Update #8: Angela found more pictures of her speaking without a teleprompter delivering her remarks to her word for word.


A Know-It-All In Wichita Files Alternative Report

As many of you know, I have an alter ego who works for the Know-It-All Syndicate, a bipartisan think tank established to save the world from Sarah Palin. She filed this predictably bitter report of the Sarah Palin event Sunday. I share this with you only by special request, of course, not because I agree with anything this brazen snob has to say ...

My dear Facebook friends ... There are no lengths to which I won't go in my tireless efforts to help the Syndicate stop Sarah Palin. This past Sunday night, in godforsaken Wichita, Kansas, I went behind enemy lines on a reconnaisance mission that put me in the heart of Palin's army of neanderthals. Naturally, I had to don a pink blazer over a black "Sunday School" dress in an attempt to fit in with these annoyingly cheerful Palin worshippers. I even wore nylons.

Entering the facility, I noted that our team of experienced protesters were doing phenomenal work spreading our message of gloom. I had, in fact, attended some of the practice sessions where we worked out our chant ... "Two, four, six, eight .... Sarah Palin is full of hate." We carefully considered several alternative versions of that chant. But, unfortunately, there really are very few words that rhyme with "eight," and still convey our depressing message. We considered "Two, four, six, eight ... Sarah Palin is irate" and "Two, four, six, eight ... Sarah Palin Wardrobe Gate." We settled on the very first one, that I think truly put Palin in the worst light possible under impossible linguistic constraints. And I must say, it took hours to coordinate the cadence for 40 people who have never participated in a church choir. I was pleased with how it turned out. No doubt as waves of happy Palin dolts entered the arena our chant caused them to have second thoughts about shelling out $40 to $200 to hear a hateful woman talk about supporting children and Christian education.

We also developed some impressive and timely signage. Playing off Palin's deranged "Drill, Baby Drill" slogan, one of our more creative Syndicate members came up with a "Spill, Baby, Spill" sign. No one can accuse us of not being tuned in to current events. Unlike Palin and her ilk, we actually read newspapers. The sign so inspired me, I think I'm going to print up some "Spill Baby Spill" bumper stickers, and put one on the back of my wind-powered Suburban to convey my outrage at Sarah Palin's callous disregard for the environment. She may not have personally caused the oil rig explosion that is destroying the flora and fauna everywhere in North America, but that doesn't mean we can't accuse her of being a walking environmental disaster in cahoots with the oil companies she once sued.

Speaking of wind, Sarah Palin spoke for an hour in her annoyingly effeminate voice. Most in our Syndicate describe the Palin vocal quality as "shrill" -- which coincidentally rhymes with "drill" and "spill." Perfect sign material isn't it? The chants practically write themselves. Indeed, "Sarah is shrill (she also likes to drill and spill)" has been a very effective tool in our attempts to marginalize her as a female with what we consider to be too much influence. Outside of taking testosterone shots to lower her voice, she is forced to simply be herself, a woman. And this is what we consider a victory. The more Sarah Palin speaks in her folksy, feminine manner, the more we believe people will come to see her as an untenable threat to life as we know it.

Speaking of voices, I grudgingly endured the gospel singalong with Pat Boone, who was especially annoying and upbeat, despite my efforts to sabotage the sound and video systems. It's a wonder what you can do with a bottle of honey and a glue gun. Yes, my knowledge of speakers and circuitry came in especially handy, but ultimately failed, due to the courageous ad libbing of a past-his-prime man in a white suit and ridiculous shoes.

But all was not lost, Palin herself put a dagger in her chances to ever seek elected office again by mentioning the Constitution several times in her speech. Anyone with any experience in these matters knows that referring to the Constitution will get you nowhere. After all, only racists and Klan members believe in the Constitution and limited government. No doubt Sarah Palin and her rabid Christian fans would have been supporting slavery back in the day, right? Wasn't Lincoln more of a deist? Christianity has never played a role in emancipating anyone. Ok, well, maybe it was Christians who fought for emanicipation, civil rights, and women's right to vote, but they certainly don't support equal rights NOW -- I guess unless you foolishly mean equal rights for the soon-to-be-born, better-off-dead.

Devout Christians and conservatives = haters. Got it?

I think I've said enough. I've got to go find a word that rhymes with reconnaisance for my report to the Syndicate. I pray they don't send me on one of these missions again. I can't get "Rocka-My-Soul" out of my head. And wearing nylons gives me a rash.


Obama Refers to Opposition as "Teabaggers"; Updated

In "The Promise: President Obama, Year One," the Jonathan Alter book set to be released on May 18th, President Barack Obama is quoted as referring to his opponents with a sexually suggestive term (emphasis added):

In Jonathan Alter’s “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” President Obama is quoted in an interview saying that the unanimous vote of House Republicans vote against the stimulus bills “set the tenor for the whole year ... That helped to create the tea-baggers and empowered that whole wing of the Republican Party to where it now controls the agenda for the Republicans.”

As Jake Tapper notes, Obama's teleprompter delivered the following remarks to him word for word last Saturday:

[One way] to keep our democracy healthy is to maintain a basic level of civility in our public debate … But we can’t expect to solve our problems if all we do is tear each other down.

Obama may be the most thin-skinned President we've ever had. It'll be funny to see him apologize for his crude, offensive, and juvenile language when this book officially comes out.

Update by Doug: Allahpundit's take on Obama's use of the sexually suggestive term "teabaggers" here.


Profiles in Courage: Hiding From Governor Palin in Illinois

The following is a guest submission by C4P reader Peter S., who has written for us before. For example, go here and here.

A number of high profile Republican candidates in Illinois have conspicuously declined to attend Governor Palin’s fundraiser for the Illinois Republican Party on May 12. Among the candidates doing so:

Mark Kirk - running for US Senate
Bill Brady - running for governor
Randy Hultgren - running for US House in IL-14
Bob Dold - running for US House in IL-10
Dan Rutherford - running for Treasurer

As this article notes, Kirk offers the excuse that he's doing the people's business as US Representative in Washington, DC that day. Brady, Hultgren and Rutherford presumably offer the same excuse that they are doing their jobs as state Senators in Springfield. Dold? It’s not clear what his excuse is--he's an attorney who runs his family’s pest control business.

Hmmm . . .

While the fundraiser is on a Wednesday, the only one who has to travel any meaningful distance is Kirk. However, congressmen like Kirk come home to their districts all the time. Kirk is also running for office so he's spending lots of time in Illinois, anyway. Last but not least, the fundraiser is only a mile or two from the O'Hare Airport!

Is there a common thread here? Perhaps there is: Mitt Romney. Governor Romney recently announced his endorsements of candidates in IL.

As seems so frequently the case, Romney's endorsements bear the indicia of having been offered for the purpose of earning chits for his presidential run. That is, there is no coherent thread of endorsing and supporting common sense conservatives to help move the dialogue in the country toward workable solutions to the profound problems we face. No focused, resolute strategy to help Republicans win an unprecedented number of House seats in this most extraordinary and potentially historic mid-term election. Rather, Governor Romney’s endorsements appear to be designed with the singular goal of helping him win the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

Out of his seven endorsements in Illinois, two were US House incumbents. Of Governor Romney’s five remaining endorsements, four were Hultgren, Dold, Kirk and Rutherford who, curiously and perhaps not coincidentally, are also on the list of candidates above who have decided not to attend Governor Palin’s fundraiser for the Illinois Republican Party on May 12.

Rutherford, for example, was Illinois state director for Governor Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign. Dominating the website for Rutherford’s campaign for Illinois State Treasurer is a gushing paean to Romney's recent book. Needless to say, devoting such an immense amount of valuable real estate on the home page of his campaign website to Governor Romney is of no value to Rutherford’s campaign—but it certainly suggests something about whom Mr. Rutherford is anxious to please. We get it, Mr. Rutherford. You really like Governor Romney. Actually, you really, really, really like Governor Romney. But how does that help us understand why you are the best candidate for Treasurer of the great state of Illinois?

How much of the reason these folks are distancing themselves from Governor Palin’s fundraiser on May 12 is the result of a sincere, though unfounded, belief on the part of Romney-aligned candidates and campaign consultants who believe that a Republican running in a blue or purple state must run towards the "center" - whatever that means anymore - and hence must run away from, or at least not run alongside of, Governor Palin? And how much is based on a desire to keep Governor Palin from getting credit for supporting candidates who might benefit from her support and, in so doing, marginalize her in the party and protect the electoral prospects of their guy Romney in the presidential primaries in 2012?

My guess is it's at least as much the latter as the former. And, more importantly, if so, how much of this does Governor Romney himself know about? Governor Romney touts his skill as an executive as his key selling point and differentiator from other potential candidates:

"You have that executive leadership where you learn how to pull together a team of people to listen to different ideas, to establish a course of action, to hire the people to carry out that course of action, to get budgets for it," Romney said at a press conference. “… that's what my life's been about - executive leadership.”

Is it remotely conceivable that a consistent stream of Romney-aligned operatives and candidates conspicuously distance themselves from Governor Palin—with their motivation for doing so in part to undermine Governor Palin’s prospects in 2012 and enhance Governor Romney’s—and are doing so without Governor Romney’s knowledge? Of course not.

When Governor Romney sells himself as a seasoned, skilled, and experienced executive, he asks us to trust that he will know when these sorts of critical, strategic actions are taking place by his organization. And further, to trust that nothing like this will take place without his support, approval and direction.

This may explain the otherwise paradoxical and illogical bashing of Governor Palin by former Romney operatives working the McCain campaign during the latter weeks of that campaign. As described by the American Spectator just eight days before the election:

Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers, some of whom are currently working for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin's bid for the White House, have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election. "Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012," says one former Romney aide, now working for McCain-Palin. "The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney. He's in charge on November 5th."

Again, is it remotely conceivable that a seasoned, skilled, experienced executive like Governor Romney, who has demonstrated that his sole and singular goal is winning the nomination in 2012, would not know of the coordinated actions on his behalf by his operatives to undermine his most formidable competition for the nomination that he covets? Of course not. And, further, is it remotely credible to believe that they are acting without at least Governor Romney’s tacit support and approval?

This sort of Machiavellian maneuvering is not true leadership. Further, it’s ultimately ineffective and even counterproductive in accomplishing the desired goal of undermining Governor Palin and enhancing Governor Romney’s respective standings in the upcoming 2012 race. Rather than discrediting Governor Palin, it discredits Governor Romney and undermines any argument he might have as to his fitness to be the standard bearer of our party.

When Romney-aligned campaign consultants persuade their candidates to rely solely on Governor Romney and other low-wattage national GOP leaders to support their candidacies rather than reaching out to all national leaders within the party, they fail their clients. For example, who would deny that Saxby Chambliss won his runoff election in early December 2008 by the margin that he did because he brought in Governor Palin to campaign for him just before the election? And who would deny that Tom Emmer won the nomination for Minnesota governorship so handily last weekend because Governor Palin endorsed him just before the Minnesota Republican party met for their nominating convention?

There is a reason why Governor Palin draws thousands of people to rallies for candidates when Governor Romney, for example, draws only dozens. Recall that Governor Romney drew a whopping 50 people (not 50,000, but 50) to a rally with Chris Christie during the New Jersey gubernatorial campaign in late May, 2009.

I'll offer the following advice to Republican candidates: if your Romney-aligned consultant and national Romney operatives are advising you to steer clear of Governor Palin, consider overruling your consultant and finding other advisors. Also consider whether they are advising you out of a desire to serve your interests, or those of Governor Romney.

Also, do understand that Governor Palin has plenty of people to campaign for and, though she likely will be campaigning for candidates in a district or state close to yours, she will only campaign for you if you ask her to. And don’t worry, when she wins the nomination—and she will if she runs—she'll happily campaign for and support you in 2012, whether you listen to and follow the advice of your Romney-aligned campaign consultant and the national Romney operatives in 2010 or not.


Bristol Palin Scheduled to Appear on the View Tomorrow

The Note reports:

Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, hits the campaign trail tomorrow to promote National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy with a solo debut on ABC’s “The View.”

Palin, a teenage mom turned abstinence spokesperson, is pushing the work of the advocacy group Candie’s Foundation for whom she currently appears in public service announcements airing on national TV.

“What if I didn’t come from a famous family? What if I didn’t have all their support? What if I didn’t have all these opportunities?” Palin says amid flashbacks to the 2008 presidential campaign and photos of her with her family.

“Believe me, it wouldn’t be pretty. Pause before you play,” she says.

Palin first burst into the spotlight in September 2008 when at the opening of the Republican Convention it was announced that she was pregnant at 18 and engaged to her then boyfriend Levi Johnston.

On “The View,” Palin is expected to talk about the challenges of raising her son Tripp -- and introduce a new "Crying Baby" iPhone app featuring a crying baby that cannot be turned off.


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