Saturday, August 14, 2010

Governor Palin to Appear on "On the Record"

It has been reported that Governor Palin will appear on a two-part special for "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" discussing one of her areas of expertise, energy independence.

It’s a special ‘On the Record’ two part series!

Sarah Palin takes Greta through the wilderness of Alaska to investigate the opportunities, and the controversy … of drilling in the region. Could the state hold the key to America’s energy woes? Greta gets answers from the former governor!

Don’t miss this special two part series starting Monday, 10p/1a ET.

Sounds like it will be a great show. Be sure to tune in.


Even Far-Left Liberal Ed Kilgore Disagrees with Liberal Hack Tom Schaller Regarding Governor Palin's Endorsements/Open Thread UPDATED

Evening everyone. Here's the open thread:

Even far-left liberal Ed Kilgore disagrees with Tom Schaller's incoherent rant in the Baltimore Sun regarding Governor Palin's endorsements. Kilgore writes:

I'd argue that the whole "Mama Grizzly" phenomenon is deeply personal to Palin. She's very invested in the idea that she's a pioneer for a new breed of conservative women who are shaking up the GOP and politics generally, and her endorsements of Martinez, McGowan, Bledsoe, Fiorina, Haley, Fallin, Heil, Handel and Ayotte all meet that criterion as well...

There may be something else going on with Palin's career generally that is difficult for those of us who don't share her ideology to comprehend, but that could be quite real to her: she truly does think of herself and most of her endorsees as, well, "mavericky." A number of her endorsees, including some of the less likely ones such as Heil and McConnell, but also bigger names like Haley and Handel, have been candidates with unusual backgrounds who were struggling to raise the money necessary to become or remain competitive candidates.

Stay tuned for Damien's response to Schaller's article. However, it's pretty bad for Schaller if even his own radical colleagues don't agree with him.

With the new media competing-- and beating sometimes-- with the old in the war for information and eyeballs, the free market is fast at work with the competition. Case in point, Journalistic Warning Labels.

Levi Johnston had better hope his reality show pays off. He and Bristol have settled on child custody and support based on him earning $72,000 year. And it looks Mercedes proof too. Gryphen cannot keep his racism under control by comparing Rex Butler to a chimpanzee.

First came the Coffee Party, then the Cocoa Party, then One Nation and now this.

Even Former Journolist Member Ben Smith concedes that Governor Palin never asked for the government to intervene in this dispute over the 9/11 Mosque.

Let us know in the comments if you get the following robo-call from Governor Palin.

Palin v. Bush 41 in WY-Gov?

Palin's endorsements by the numbers (and by gender)

Update: Armed Forces Paging Sarah Palin.

Help! Governor Palin, J. Christian Adams (yes, that J. Christian Adams) has an appalling story at Pajamas today that outlines how the US Department of Justice is letting states essentially opt out of the Congressional MOVE Act of 2009. The MOVE Act requires states to send ballots to deployed military voters 45 days prior to an election. It was passed last year to prevent a recurrence of the travesty of 17,000 military votes not being counted in the 2008 election.

I rarely use words like “appalling” and “travesty,” but in this case they are not in the least hyperbolic. These are our fighting men and women – and not just any of them, but the ones deployed overseas, fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda terrorists in Iraq, and drug lords in Colombia. They’re the Marines on-call in Okinawa, the Navy sailors making shows of force for President Obama between Korea and China, the Air Force airmen on alert and flying daily combat missions from Qatar. They’re the Coast Guard and National Guardsmen, too, deployed from their home states to protect our borders and respond to disasters.


Sarah Palin: Legitimate Questions for the President

Via Facebook:

Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people? Please tell us your position. We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade. If those who wish to build this Ground Zero mosque are sincerely interested in encouraging positive "cross-cultural engagement" and dialogue to show a moderate and tolerant face of Islam, then why haven't they recognized that the decision to build a mosque at this particular location is doing just the opposite?

Mr. President, why aren't you encouraging the mosque developers to accept Governor Paterson's generous offer of assistance in finding a new location for the mosque on state land if they move it away from Ground Zero? Why haven't they jumped at this offer? Why are they apparently so set on building a mosque steps from what you have described, in agreement with me, as "hallowed ground"? I believe these are legitimate questions to ask.

- Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin also tweets:

Mr. President, should they or shouldn't they build a Muslim mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people?Your position?

We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? This is not above your pay grade.

Mr. President, did you encourage the mosque dvlprs to accept Gov. Paterson’s offer of land if they move away from hallowed ground @ GZero?

Mr. President, why are they so set on marking an area w/ mosque steps from what you described, in agreement with many, as "hallowed ground”?


Sarah Palin just tweeted this:

9/11 mosque=act of fitna, "equivalent to bldg Serbian Orthodox church @Srebrenica killing fields where Muslims were slaughtered" - Raza&Fatah

That's a quote from this article, which she encourages everyone to read:

Please read this op-ed: by Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah.


Tammy Bruce and Irish Central on the CNN Poll

Tammy Bruce has some fun with CNN's latest Palin poll on her shiny and new Palin Report:

Warning: I am not going to be posting every good Tammy Bruce rant from the Palin Report. If you want all the goodies you're going to have to sign up. Consider this a free sample.

Meanwhile, based on the CNN poll, Irish Central says:

Yes, children Sarah Palin really can become president of the United States.

Take a look at yesterday's CNN poll.

It shows Mitt Romney just three points ahead of Irish American Palin right before the kickoff for the 2012 republican nomination which begins the day after the November mid-terms.

That three points is within the margin of error.

It is also within the margin of error of those pundits who say that Palin has no chance to be selected.

They are dead wrong and this poll bears that out

This poll says otherwise, as do a slew of results, including last week's primary in Colorado which showed the grassroots activists in the party are not going to settle for the status quo and whoever head office is pushing.

That is bad news indeed, for Mitt Romney who is the anointed one.

He is a very skilled politician, who was an excellent governor of Massachusetts and did an amazing job with the Olympic Winter Games in his native Utah.

By right he should be the front runner.

But he's stuck in neutral, not ever drawing the kind of love from the grassroots that Palin can engender just by showing up.

Americans are mad as hell over what has happened to their economy and that throws the 2012 race wide open at this point.

Palin has a realistic shot if she decides to run.

Right now she'd be my favorite to win the Republican nomination.

I've written this before and now the CNN poll bears it out.

In this current deeply unsettled political climate President Palin is not far-fetched at all.

Remember you read it here.


Saturday Open Thread

AP: Welcome home, CWO Wann and 1st Lt. Magers

WSJ: U.S., Israel Build Military Cooperation

Nicola Moore: U.S. Debt Load Among World's Worst

IBD: Jobbed In America

Paul Ryan: A road map to saving Medicare

Instapundit: The "intellectually incurious" Barack Obama?


Friday, August 13, 2010

President Obama Uses Ramadan to Announce "Unshakable" Support of Ground Zero Mosque (Updated w/ Statement from 9/11 Families)

A little while ago, Governor Palin tweeted:

Will Obama express US lingering pain& ask Muslims for tolerance by discouraging 9/11 mosque while he celebrates Islamic holy month tonight?

Well, she just got the answer to her question and retweeted Greta Van Susteren's tweet:

BREAKING NEWS ! PRES OBAMA: Obama Backs Mosque Near Ground Zero WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on...

GretaWire reports:

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed building a mosque near ground zero, saying the country's founding principles demanded no less.

"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York and the nation.

"That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances," he said. "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable."

Read the full transcript of his speech here.

This isn't about religious freedom. It's about common decency. It's about the pain of 9/11 that is still so raw. It's about the fact that the majority of New Yorkers do not want the mosque there. They are not saying people don't have a right to worship. They're saying why there on such sacred ground? This is what Governor Palin was talking about in her Facebook post, "An Intolerable Mistake on Hallowed Ground."

People are also asking other tough questions, like what is the deal with this imam? Where is the money coming from? Why won't he condemn hamas as a terrorist organization? We'd better ask these questions. Our security depends on it. Why isn't our President asking them?

So President Obama, who turned his back on any public celebration of the National Day of Prayer his first year in office, decided to announce his support of the mosque as he celebrates Islamic Holy Month tonight at the White House. Interesting.

I respect the diversity of America, the freedom people have to worship as they see fit. What I have a problem with, however, is the failure of the President of the United States to comprehend how the victims' families, New Yorkers, and each American citizen deserve to be heard, our pain respected, and common decency to prevail. But once again, he appears to be completely disconnected from the people he's been hired to serve. Perhaps he'll reconsider his position as he heads out to yet another vacation.

Well, Governor Palin, you asked.

Update: Family members of 911 victims have issued a press release regarding President Obama's support of this mosque:

9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America
Statement of Debra Burlingame, Co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, in Response to President Obama’s Remarks about the Ground Zero Mosque

9/11 Families Stunned by Presidents Support of Mosque at Ground Zero

New York, NY, Aug. 14 — Barack Obama has abandoned America at the place where America’s heart was broken nine years ago, and where her true values were on display for all to see. Since that dark day, Americans have been asked to bear the burden of defending those values, again and again and again. Now this president declares that the victims of 9/11 and their families must bear another burden. We must stand silent at the last place in America where 9/11 is still remembered with reverence or risk being called religious bigots.

Muslims have worshipped in New York without incident both before and after the attacks of 9/11. This controversy is not about religious freedom. 9/11 was more than a “deeply traumatic event,” it was an act of war. Building a 15-story mosque at Ground Zero is a deliberately provocative act that will precipitate more bloodshed in the name of Allah. Those who continue to target and kill American civilians and U.S. troops will see it as a symbol of their historic progress at the site of their most bloody victory. Demolishing a building that was damaged by wreckage from one of the hijacked planes in order to build a mosque and Islamic Center will further energize those who regard it as a ratification of their violent and divinely ordered mission: the spread of shariah law and its subjugation of all free people, including secular Muslims who come to this country fleeing that medieval ideology, which destroys lives and crushes the human spirit.

We are stunned by the president’s willingness to disregard what Americans should be proud of: our enduring generosity to others on 9/11–a day when human decency triumphed over human depravity. On that day, when 3,000 of our fellow human beings were killed in barbaric act of raw religious intolerance unlike this country had ever seen, Americans did not turn outward with hatred or violence, we turned to each other, armed with nothing more than American flags and countless acts of kindness. In a breathtakingly inappropriate setting, the president has chosen to declare our memories of 9/11 obsolete and the sanctity of Ground Zero finished. No one who has lived this history and felt the sting of our country’s loss that day can truly believe that putting our families through more wrenching heartache can be an act of peace.

We will honor the memory of our loved ones. We will protect our children, whose lives will never be the same. We will not stand silent.


9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America
Co-founders Debra Burlingame and Tim Sumner


Sarah Palin on Freedom Watch: I Have a Healthy Libertarian Streak

Courtesy of the Right Scoop:


Robert Ehrlich Attacks the Most Popular Republican in the Country And Starts to Sound a lot like the Washington Post

In an interview for the NY Times political blog today, Robert Ehrlich, former ONE term Governor of Maryland who is attempting to unseat incumbent Democrat Governor Martin O'Malley, who defeated him in 2006, takes some ridiculous and factually untrue swipes at Governor Palin.

If you recall, last week, Governor Palin endorsed Brian Murphy, a little known at the time constitutional conservative Republican candidate who is running against Mr. Ehrlich for the Republican nomination for Maryland Governor.

Mr. Ehrlich is clearly not happy that Gov Palin has "waded" into the Republican Primary for Maryland Governor by endorsing Mr. Murphy. He is also most likely not happy about all the attention Mr. Murphy has been getting since being endorsed by Governor Palin. He sounds a lot like another Republican congressman from Georgia, who was also frustrated that Governor Palin "waded" into his state's GOP gubernatorial primary race.

In an interview on Friday, Mr. Ehrlich made clear that he’s not particularly impressed with Ms. Palin, either.

The ex-governor specifically disputed the suggestion that Ms. Palin is a Republican “superstar,” and questioned her ability to compete for the 2012 presidential nomination if she chooses to seek it.

“She clearly has a following, but on the list of proposed Republican nominees next cycle, she certainly is not on the top,” Mr. Ehrlich said in Annapolis. “She was only a governor for a year. I certainly would have liked to seen her finish her governorship. My personal issue with her goes more towards the fact she quit.”

Mr. Ehrlich, who reported having raised $3.2 million so far this year for his comeback bid in the Democratic-leaning state, noted that Ms. Palin had “excited crowds” as John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election. But Mr. Ehrlich added, “in the debates, I obviously don’t think she did as well.”

He also declined to endorse her qualifications to be president.

“I don’t know if anyone could really have an opinion about her governing ability,” Mr. Ehrlich said. “But we have a lot of talent in our party. And again, if you look at the categories of potential nominees most people do not mention her as tier-one candidate.”
First of all, Mr. Ehrlich your assertion that “most people do not mention her as tier-one candidate” or that “she clearly has a following, but on the list of proposed Republican nominees next cycle, she certainly is not on the top” is not quite accurate. Among likely GOP 2012 presidential contenders Governor Palin is up by 10 points in the latest Econ/YouGov poll, second (but with in the margin of error) in the latest CNN poll out today, and will most likely be close to tie in the PPP(D/Kos) poll when it is released on Monday. I would say that is a little bit more than below tier one or just “having a following” in the GOP.

Nearly every credible poll shows that Governor Palin is viewed more favorably among Republicans than any other potential presidential candidate. In fact, the numbers show that she is almost as popular with Republicans nationwide as Ehrlich is with Republicans in his home state (of course, his numbers would drop if he ever had to face the much more intelligent Brian Murphy in a debate). Nearly every credible poll shows that the candidate that Ehrlich will likely support in 2012 is not viewed particularly favorably among Republicans.

Now, not to nitpick your statements and your “personal issues with Governor Palin” Mr. Ehrlich, but she was not Governor of Alaska for 1 year, but for 2 1/2 years (including 3 legislative sessions) before she was forced to RESIGN due to frivolous ethics complaints, the prospect of facing personal bankruptcy, and the fact that her state could not be governed effectively anymore due to the amount of time her administration was spending in fighting the ethics complaints. All of this thanks to her opponents trying to destroy her personally and politically. I guess they were going to all this trouble because she merely "has a following".

By the way, in “the debates” where you don’t think “she did as well “, there was only ONE Vice-Presidential debate in 2008, and some focus groups said that Governor Palin actually won that debate over Joe Biden, a man who served decades in the senate and has participated in many national debates. The left-leaning Pew Research Center found that a higher percentage of registered voters rated Governor Palin's debate performance as "excellent" than the percentage of registered voters that rated Barack Obama's debate performance as "excellent."

As for her governing ability, I will not even bother going into her entire record as Governor, which I'm sure dwarfs yours in comparison. But just as an example, I’ll mention that the state of Alaska added the second most number of private sector jobs during the recession and has a balanced budget with a surplus. By contrast your state has lost jobs and even your opponent, Mr. Murphy, has pointed out has a budget deficit.

There is also the little project that Governor Palin brokered that will create thousands of jobs and bring an abundance of domestic energy from Alaska to the lower 48 states.

What your interview clearly tells me, Mr. Ehrlich, is that you and your supporters are a bit nervous about Governor Palin “wading” into your little gubernatorial primary. Even The Red Maryland Blog (the majority of the contributors to the blog support Ehrlich) pointed this out quite nicely:
In looking up and down my Facebook page recently, I've noticed that the tenor of the GOP primary for governor has changed markedly. Seems to me those people who were huge Ehrlich supporters are beginning to get a little nervous and looking over their shoulder at the allies of Brian Murphy. I have no idea why since they're so certain Bob will win the primary, right?

Red Maryland also pointed out how Governor Palin’s endorsement has the left wing rag Washington Post a bit flustered:
First, the fact that the Washington Post wants us to believe that it actually cares about the fate of the GOP is laughable. If they really thought Gov. Palin was leading the GOP down the path to marginalization they would be first in line cheering her on. The fact that they find her endorsements troubling should be a sign that she's on to something useful.

If I were you and your supporters, Mr. Ehrlich, I would be careful about some of the statements you make in your interviews about Governor Palin. You are starting to sound a lot like the Washington Post.

Anyone who disagrees with Bob Ehrlich, who already failed miserably in his attempt to govern Maryland, go check out Brian Murphy's campaign. Don't let a Democrat Party hack like Martin O'Malley get the opportunity to school Ehrlich one more time.


Governor Palin on Fox Business Tonight/CNN Effectively Admits that Palin Has More Appeal than Just Tea Party Republican Primary Voters

She's on the Fox Business Network tonight at 9 PM EST with Judge Napolitano. Here's the news:

-Is CNN now conceding with the results of its most recent poll that Governor Palin appeals to more than just Tea Party Republican primary voters? The poll shows that Palin is performing better among non-Tea Party Republican primary voters than Tea Party Republican primary voters. Since entities like CNN have tried to tar tea partiers as crazy, aren't they now conceding that Governor Palin has support among perfectly reasonable people?

-She'll reportedly be speaking September 13th in Kansas City for the Vitae Foundation. Josh Painter claims she'll be in Dallas this November after the mid-terms for another event.

-For any moron citing the Clarus poll, it's pretty clear that it's an outlier considering that the last three polls, all conducted around the time that the Clarus poll was conducted, show Palin up 10, statistically tied for the lead, or tied for the lead or close to the lead in a poll to be released Monday. As you can see from the following pollster rankings, Clarus is actually worse than a default/new pollster.

-Speaking of the Tea Party, today's headline USA Today article features interviews with Tea Party leaders, including Michele Bachmann. An editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer is titled "Tea parties: A new kind of coalition."

-Stay tuned for Hal's response to failed Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich's most recent comments about Governor Palin. In the meantime, donate money to Brian Murphy.

-Allen West continues to rake in the cash.

-"Americans continue to express near-record-low confidence in newspapers and television news -- with no more than 25% of Americans saying they have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in either."

What's going on this weekend?


Boston Herald Editorial Board Slams New Hampshire Democrats for Death Threats Against Governor Palin

While the Boston Herald news team is generally a joke, the editorial board is ok. The editorial board writes:

Pity our poor neighbors in New Hampshire, where an epidemic of Palin Derangement Syndrome has clearly taken hold. The condition has now cost one Democratic state representative his job (he resigned after musing - on Facebook - about the danger posed by a “dead Palin.”). And it brought a hail of criticism down on a Democratic rep candidate who used the same forum, on the same day, to wish that Palin and Levi Johnston had been aboard the small plane that crashed in Alaska, killing former Sen. Ted Stevens and four others.

Look, we understand that social networking is a big part of campaigns these days but Facebook in the hands of a person with a fever is a frightening thing indeed.


Palin Tweets on WikiLeaks

In response to yesterday's news that WikiLeaks was planning on releasing an additional 15,000 classified documents related to the war in Afghanistan, Governor Palin tweeted earlier today:

Sarah Palin SarahPalinUSA Wikileaks: w/freedom comes responsibility.Free press protection gives no license to aid enemy;consider our own troops sacrificing for you...
about 4 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Sarah Palin
SarahPalinUSA Wikileaks staff-whomever's calling the shots there is unconscionably aiding/abetting the enemy;don't contribute to this. Speak out. Do right
about 4 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®


Friday Open Thread

J.D. Foster: Another Recession, Really?

Reihan Salam: The Long and Short of Taxation

Steve Stanek: "Americans are doing all they can to reduce their debts and put money away for rainy days, and the federal, state and local governments are doing all they can to pile debts onto our backs, reward borrowing and punish saving."

VDH: White House Aides: Suffering on Our Behalf?

The Economist: Reforming the state

WSJ: Pakistan Fight Stalls for U.S.

Hot Air: Petraeus to ask for more time for Afghanistan mission


Rush Limbaugh on Democrats Wishing for Palin's Death

Here's the video of the Rush Limbaugh segment Ian linked earlier:


Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Conservative" Dan Fagan Supports Lisa Murkowski

Dan Fagan has written another one of his incoherent "pieces" on his blog, the Alaska Standard. It's not by accident he selected this venue to write his latest drivel since it's doubtful anyone else would publish his latest piece of fantasy. Fagan, as C4P readers know, fancies himself the arbiter of all things conservative in Alaska. So, who is his choice for Alaska senate, you ask? Well Lisa Murkowski (RINO, AK) of course. You read that correctly. According to the Arctic Bloater (pictured at left), Murkowski is the true conservative in the race and not that mean Joe Miller who wants to take away Murkowski's seat. How can this upstart take away the "Murkowski" seat? After all, she worked hard to get elected to that position, right? Oh, wait, her dad appointed her to the position. What a country!

But enough from me, let's analyze Fagan's reasoning (I'm being charitable) for throwing behind the RINO in the race.

I’ve had my doubts about Senatorial candidate Joe Miller from my first dealings with him.

Say it ain't so. Fagan has had his doubts about Joe Miller from day one? If that isn't an endorsement of Miller's conservative cred, I don't know what is. Let's see what else the self-anointed oracle of Alaska conservatism has to say about Miller.

Miller shouts from the rooftops how he is so much more conservative than his opponent Lisa Murkowski and yet he’s been a big cheerleader for the gigantic, job and investment killing tax increase we know as Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share or ACES. How can such a stanch conservative be so pro tax?

There's a lot of misinformation in here. First Fagan, who thinks the CEO of Exxon and the Governor of Alaska should be the same person (him?) dug his thesaurus out today for more pejoratives to describe the Alaska Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) law. Today he calls it "gigantic, job, and investment killing", but he's used other descriptives in the past. For example, he has called it the "mother of all tax hikes", "the worst piece of legislation in the history of the state", "huge", and a 400% tax increase, to name a few. My guess is that the next time Fagan will call it "ginormous" or, perhaps, "Faganesque". And the evidence Fagan cites to back his ramblings up? None, of course. Perhaps he has an imaginary friend who tells him these things. But I digress.

In Fagan's alternate reality, the "gigantic ACES tax increase" is killing jobs and deterring investment. Really, Dan? Just last summer we linked to a piece in Petroleum News in which companies such as ConocoPhillips and other oil companies praised the incentives offered by ACES. But Dan never lets facts get in the way of a good yarn. In fact, Fagan often just makes up his own "facts". Last summer Fagan took a report put out by the Fraser Institute and simply lied about what the report said. I'm guessing Fagan either can't read or believes the few people who read his crap can't. One or the other. Whatever the case, it seems that lying about ACES is one of Fagan's ongoing obsessions. Fagan continues his ACES delusion:

For me strike one against Miller came when ACES first passed Miller called my show praising the tax increase. Then after announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate he appeared once again on the show and tap danced on the tax increase refusing to take a stand. He has since said ACES could be, could be mind you, deterring investment but the verdict is out.

Pssst, Dan. The verdict is in fact out. But the preliminary evidence would indicate that ACES is not deterring investment at all, in fact quite the opposite as we noted in a recent post:

...since ACES was implemented, the number of wells started has followed a positive trajectory, which would run completely contrary to Fagan's false assertions.

Oops. Fagan continues down his logical cul de sac and takes his obligatory shot at Governor Palin:

What type of conservative has to see evidence gigantic tax increases deter investment? The kind of conservative who needs to stay on Sarah Palin’s good side. With that type of conservative who needs liberals.

Ah, the use of the word "gigantic" again to describe the tax that has clearly resulted in more investment, not less. Fagan also implies that Governor Palin and Joe Miller are really closet liberals, and that nobody who supports ACES can possibly be a conservative. In Fagan's mind, you can only be a true conservative if you want to go back to the good old days when the Murkowskis and the corrupt Alaska legislators ran the state entirely for the benefit of the oil companies via Fagan's beloved Petroleum Production Tax (PPT).

Perhaps the funniest part of Fagan's piece is where he pathetically tries to make the case that Lisa Murkowski is really a staunch conservative and is all for repealing Obamacare:

Another strike against Miller is his insistence on being dishonest about Lisa Murkowski’s stand on Obama Care. Murkowski has done everything in her power to fight Obama Care and Miller knows it. Yet he continues to insist Murkowski is against appealing Obama Care even though she has already voted to do so.

Voted to "appeal" Obamacare? What's that mean? Repeal it? When did that vote take place? I wasn't aware Harry Reid allowed that that to come up for a vote? Are these musings by Dan also courtesy of his imaginary friend? I guess Dan must have been at the Ponderosa buffet table when Murkowski said this?

You can't make this up. According to Fagan, Murkowski is really a fire breathing constitutional conservative, all evidence and her record to the contrary, and Joe Miller (and the rest of America) just doesn’t know her like he does. Such an utterly ludicrous assertion makes one wonder what the Murkowski family has on this buffoon.

This brings us to Fagan's "strike three" against Joe Miller. Apparently the wife of one of Miller's staffers came unglued at what looks like a bar, although she does indicate at the 30-second mark of the video to which Fagan links that she is speaking for herself, not her husband or the Miller campaign. Clearly Fagan, who has a history of becoming unglued himself, is using this irrelevant episode to justify his support of the liberal candidate in the Alaska senate primary. No serious person believes that Lisa Murkowski is a conservative. But then that excludes Fagan, doesn't it?


Open Thread (Update)

How's it going? Here's the news for today:

-Reuters: A bumper sticker on his truck reads: "McCain - Palin 2008," but Reitz, 50, said he was a conservative first, then a Republican...."I didn't vote for him (John McCain), I voted for her (Sarah Palin)," he said, jerking a thumb at the sticker for the losing Republican ticket in the 2008 presidential election.

-Bloomberg: Palin Joins Armey as Republicans Aid Tea Party Takeover

-Rush believes that the implosion of the New Hampshire Democrat Party is that "it just tells you who they are afraid of. They will tell you who they fear."

-She'll be speaking at a pro-life event at Houston's First Baptist Church in October. Bristol will be speaking in Louisville in early September.

-Meet [Brian Murphy], Sarah Palin's favorite Md. pol

-PalinTV: An old press conference between Governor Palin and Ted Stevens.

-Even the new Daily Kos pollster finds Obama leading her by only six points. It also finds Mitt Romney to be the person viewed least favorably among Republicans among all contenders.

-Carly Fiorina expands her lead over Barbara Boxer.

-Sarah Palin: The Winning Force

-Why is the media so interested if Hollywood isn't?

She'll apparently be on Judge Napolitano's show tomorrow. Anyone else hear about that?

Update: If you look closely at the poll's crosstabs, you'll see in the Palin-Obama matchup that there are roughly four times as many McCain/Palin voters among the undecideds as Obama/Biden voters.


New Hampshire GOP Slams New Hampshire Democrat Party for Their Death Threats Against Governor Palin: UPDATED

The New Hampshire GOP isn't about to let the New Hampshire Democrat Party get away with their death threats against Governor Palin:

Ryan Williams, a spokesman for the New Hampshire Republican Party, said Democrats in his state have "a widespread fixation" with Palin's death.

"Instead of discussing their failed economic policies, New Hampshire Democrats are now spending their time openly discussing Governor Sarah Palin's death," Williams said in a statement. "Rep. Horrigan's comments are sick, twisted and disgusting, and they must be immediately denounced by Governor John Lynch and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.

Well-done. I still haven't changed my opinion about the importance of the New Hampshire GOP primary but I'll offer thanks to the New Hampshire conservative grassroots for making this a story and claiming a couple of scalps. I'm confident that Governor Palin is thankful as well.

The greater scalp will come this November when the New Hampshire Democrat Party gets wiped out completely.

Update by Sheya:

Greg Gutfeld was on Hannity last night: "Governor Palin is great at exposing liberal idiots"


New Hampshire Democrat Resigns for His Death Threat Against Governor Palin

The New Hampshire Democrat Party is imploding. The guy who resigned today is not the same New Hampshire Democrat Party hack who made yesterday's death threat. The Union-Leader reports:

A state representative who posted on Facebook that "a dead (Sarah) Palin would be even more dangerous than a live one" has now resigned.

State Rep. Timothy Horrigan, D-Durham, could not be immediately reached, but state Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley told the Granite Status that Horrigan informed him he had sent a resignation email to the Speaker of the House's office. Buckley issued a statement saying,

"Rep. Horrigan took the appropriate action by resigning today. His comments were inappropriate and do no reflect the views of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. As an elected official, this type of rhetoric is out of line."

ANOTHER "DEATH WISH." Another "dead Palin" post appeared on Facebook last night, this one, the Status confirmed this morning, by state Rep. Timothy Horrigan, D-Durham.

"Well a dead Palin wd be even more dangerous than a live one...she is all about her myth & if she was dead she cldn't commit any more gaffes," Horrigan wrote.

We report below on Rindge Democratic activist Keith David Halloran's post that, in a discussing about the plane crash that took the lives of five, including former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, stated, "Just wish Sarah and Levy (sic) were on board."

Horrigan this morning confirmed he posted in the same thread and was "sorry for the ruckus," although initially he did not specifically apologize.

(Update: When Horrigan saw our initial post he called the Status to say "I specifically apologize." He then sent in a full statement saying, "I would like to offer a specific apology for making comments about Sarah Palin which could be--- and were--- misconstrued. She is, as far as I know, not a bad person at all--- and certainly she deserves to live a long and happy life.)"

"As far as I know, Palin is a nice person," he said. "I have nothing against her as a person.

It's tough to see how the New Hampshire Democrat Party recovers from this story.


UK Telegraph: 10 Key Reasons Why The Obama Presidency Is In Meltdown

Further to my previous post Niles Gardiner in The Daily Telegraph, Britain's top selling broadsheet,suggests that those styrofoam columns are already collapsing. The US broadsheets, of course, would not dare to say this because they invested so heavily in Obama stock. Besides, the journolists moulding their opinion pages, just like Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf , are still high on the drug of self deception.

The last few weeks have been a nightmare for President Obama, in a summer of discontent in the United States which has deeply unsettled the ruling liberal elites, so much so that even the Left has begun to turn against the White House. While the anti-establishment Tea Party movement has gained significant ground and is now a rising and powerful political force to be reckoned with, many of the president’s own supporters as well as independents are rapidly losing faith in Barack Obama, with open warfare breaking out between the White House and the left-wing of the Democratic Party. While conservatism in America grows stronger by the day, the forces of liberalism are growing increasingly weaker and divided.

Gardiner's 10 key reasons for Obama's meltdown do not say anything that hasn't been said before but, collectively, they provide a useful vade mecum for the forthcoming political skirmishes.

Certainly a recommended read - the tragedy is that you need to link to the UK to find it......another plus for the internet, however!!


The WaPo's Tiny Tent

The Washington Post has published an editorial trying to figure out why Palin endorsed Brian Murphy:

We don't mean to pick on Mr. Murphy, who seems like a pleasant fellow. A business school graduate, he is a fiscal conservative who styles himself ideologically after the late Jack Kemp. In addition to pursuing a somewhat quixotic investment venture in a money-losing Eastern Shore bakery, he has also devoted time to working with underprivileged children.

Well, I'm glad that "Mr. Murphy" meets with their approval. They did manage to leave out the little part about Brian saving that money-losing bakery (and an island as a result), but I'm sure that was an oversight as the Washington Post did run an article about it in November of 2009.

The endorsement reveals much more about Ms. Palin than about Mr. Murphy.

It shows, first of all, that the former Republican vice presidential nominee does not really care much about winning.

After all, Mr. Murphy stands virtually zero chance of stealing the Republican nomination away from former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who maintained relatively high approval ratings statewide even as he was defeated in his bid for reelection four years ago.

Maryland is one of the most liberal states in the nation; if any Republican stands a chance at winning statewide office, it will be a moderate like Mr. Ehrlich, not a conservative like Mr. Murphy.

Apparently, the WaPo has had lengthy conversations with Sarah Palin's staff and therefore has intimate knowledge of her strategy, as well as the ability to read her thoughts.

Adam Brickley builds a good case for Brian's chances, but let's just say for a moment that this isn't about winning. Just because the WaPo doesn't understand the strategy doesn't mean that there isn't one. To quote a commenter on Hot Air:

In the case of a Palin endorsement, two things happen immediately: it brings the candidate’s name front and center, and it has a significant impact on donations. Virtually everyone she has endorsed, has commented that traffic on their website went way up, and donations increased significantly.

And a third thing should be considered. Palin doesn’t endorse just those who are sure winners. She believes that strong competition in a primary produces stronger candidates. I don’t think she expects all of her endorsements to produce a winner, but she does expect them to compete, and she wants the winner to know they were in a battle.

She’s looking at the big picture. For instance, she has sent Deal a message. If he doesn’t act like a conservative when he takes office, Handel will be ready to replace him.

Palin doesn’t expect to rebuild the GOP into the party it should be overnight. It may take a few election cycles to make it happen, and she’s up for it. Remember. She’s a point guard and she knows that you won’t score on every trip down the floor, but she’ll work hard to make sure that when the horn sounds at the end of the fourth quarter, her team will be on top.

And even if Brian doesn't win this time around, he's certainly set up to try again.

But leaving speculation about Palin's strategy aside, apparently the real significance of the Brian Murphy endorsement is what it says about Palin's worldview and the building of a little, tiny tent:

It also suggests that Ms. Palin's political worldview, if you can call it that, consists mainly of a short checklist of slogan-ready, litmus-test issues on which Mr. Murphy ranks higher in the conservative canon than Mr. Ehrlich does. Opposed to raising taxes? Check! In favor of Second Amendment gun rights? Check! Opposed to abortion? Check! Dislike illegal immigrants? Check!

To the extent that Republicans follow Ms. Palin down this path, they will find it leads to a very snug tent, just big enough for the hard-core partisans who refuse to deviate from checklist politics for the sake of character, pragmatism or victory. You could call that principled. You could also call it a political strategy so narrow that it amounts to self-marginalization.

You got all that out of one endorsement? Impressive.

Let's take a look at that "snug tent":

1. Against raising taxes.

Wow, they're so right. Lower taxes is something only two people in the entire country support. I can barely fit my big toe into a tent that small.

As a matter of fact, don't even pay me. Just send my check to the government.

2. In favor of Second Amendment gun rights.

Support of a Constitutional right is such a turn-off. But perhaps I should point out that the majority of Americans also support gun rights.

3. Opposed to abortion.

This might surprise the WaPo, but a lot of people oppose abortion. As a matter of fact, Americans are now more pro-life than pro-choice.

And perhaps I should also mention that I know of a few pro-choicers who are also huge supporters of Sarah Palin.

4. Dislike illegal immigrants.

Against law-breaking. What a novel idea. But surely only a far-right fringe extremist would be nuts enough to think that we should actually enforce our border laws, right?

Sometimes I doubt that these people even read what they write.

The WaPo's worldview (if you can call it that) must be that we should raise taxes, take away Second Amendment rights, provide abortion on demand, and not even bother to care about law enforcement.

Be careful, WaPo, you may be on the road to self-marginalization.


Thursday Open Thread

USA Today: Federal workers earning double their private counterparts

JWF: First There was Funemployment; Now It's a 'Recession With Benefits'

Lawrence B. Lindsey: The Stimulus That Didn't Stimulate

The Foundry: Can You Call it ‘Social Security’ if it’s Built on Nothing but Monopoly Money?

Fouad Ajami: The Obsolescence of Barack Obama

WSJ: U.S.-China Trade Gap Stirs Lawmakers

WaPo: "[Neil Duncan] and two other former soldiers, three men with one leg between them, have just come down from summiting 19,340-foot Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. You read correctly: Three soldiers, one leg. Mountain climb."


Jack Kingston is a Republican Party Hack

Cubachi and National Review readers have already slammed Jack Kingston for his comments about Governor Palin. Nevertheless, here are two more examples of how Jack Kingston has earned the label of "Republican Party hack."

1) He was an honorary Georgia co-chair for Mitt Romney's embarrassing run for the presidency in 2008. Not everyone who endorsed or supported Romney in 2008 is a hack...but most are and Kingston certainly is one. However, it's pretty clear why he didn't denounce Romney's involvement in the Georgia Republican gubernatorial primary and singled out Palin.

2) Kingston went on Bill Maher's show to denounce Governor Palin's "death panel" metaphor. Only a Republican Party hack would go on that extremist's show to dismiss one of the most potent descriptions of the monstrosity that is Obamacare. Even the extremely left-leaning Kaiser poll found that a near plurality of adults believe that Obamacare allows "a government panel to make decisions about end‐of‐life care for people on Medicare."


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Remember What Mark Halperin Said About Governor Palin and Georgia?/Open Thread

In case anyone is forgetting, Mark Halperin wrote the following before the Georgia run-off:

Palin's instincts remain pretty darn good. This is another case where if her candidate wins, she will be able to add a queen-maker notch to her belt. If Handel loses, given her long-standing underdog status, no one will blame Palin much.

In any event, here's the open thread:

-Jim Geraghty writes in the National Review:
Palin gives the reasons for her endorsements when she makes them. But looking over her list of candidates, it seems easy to argue she has a soft spot for military veterans, women, and candidates who are outsiders or who define themselves in opposition to local party establishments. (“Mavericks,” you might say.) Sometimes those factors are helpful in a GOP primary, oftentimes they’re outweighed by other factors. But obviously a significant number of Palin’s picks are underdogs, sometimes even longshots; Palin is using the power of her endorsement to spotlight second- and third-tier candidates who might otherwise get almost no major media attention: Joe Miller in Alaska’s Senate race, Clint Didier in Washington’s Senate race, Brian Murphy in Maryland’s governor’s race. None of those three is likely to win or come close, but if any do, Palin will be credited for their surprise performances. Palin is “spending” her endorsements on candidates who represent high risk but also high reward.

-Speaking of Brian Murphy, you'll like this guy even more after reading the following.

-So what does Sharron Angle need to do to win this race?

Thanks to Matt Drudge for pushing the mainstream media into covering the devastating story about the New Hampshire Democrat Party. What else is going on today?


Will the Media Notice that Michelle Obama is Significantly Less Popular than Laura Bush?

The left-leaning NBC/WSJ poll has a new poll out and it shows Michelle Obama to be significantly less popular than Laura Bush (65%) was in 2005 according to the same pollster. Keep in mind that this poll of Bush was taken almost four years after 9/11, meaning that her numbers cannot be attributed to that event. It also was taken at a time when her husband became unpopular.

In fact, NBC/WSJ finds Michelle Obama (50%) to be even less popular than then First Lady Hillary Clinton (52%) was in August of 1998 according to the same pollster.

It's almost impossible for Michelle Obama to hold such a low rating as First Lady considering that she has not accomplished anything during what will likely be her only term as First Lady. First ladies should be able to stay at 65% in terms of approval fairly easily because it's not supposed to be a controversial position.

The challenge for the media is whether they will report these facts. If Laura Bush was unable to help Republicans avoid the 2006 bloodbath, how is the significantly less popular Michelle Obama going to help the Democrat Party avoid their Waterloo in 2010? If she's even less popular than First Lady Hillary Clinton was in 1998, shouldn't she be treated in the same fashion as Clinton?

Update: The NBC/WSJ poll also finds that Barack Obama's personal numbers have fallen a net eighteen points in just one year. Hopefully, they'll fall another eighteen points in the next year.


Cubachi and National Review Readers Slam Jack Kingston for His Comments About Governor Palin

Cubachi, one of the top 25 conservatives on twitter, has characterized Jack Kingston's comments earlier this morning about Governor Palin as "stupid."

Last time I checked, Mitt Romney endorsed Karen Handel as well, yet Kingston’s rant was targeted to Sarah Palin. What is his problem with a strong woman endorsing another strong and capable conservative woman? It is suspect that Kingston just singles out Sarah Palin for this inane commentary.

This is the problem with the establishment GOP. They have a foot-in-the-mouth disease when it comes to conservatives. Kingston is either jealous that Sarah Palin did not endorse him, or he’s just that stupid. Erick Erickson of Red State, a conservative stalwart, endorse Karen Handel. Does Kingston think he’s a mushy moderate?

I hope conservatives will condemn this rant by Kingston. Really, to single out a woman out of all the conservatives that endorsed Handel is beyond the pale.

National Review readers endorse Cubachi's viewpoint:
As a Georgia Republican whose congressman is Jack Kingston, my question to Jack is this: “Why direct your comments to Sarah Palin? Why not Mike Huckabee as well?” I mean, if you’re going to slam her for making endorsements, why doesn’t Huckabee warrant the same treatment. Huckabee’s not a Georgian.


The Telegraph Newspaper Joins CNN in Admitting that Palin "Axed" the Bridge to Nowhere

The Telegraph newspaper joined CNN in conceding that Governor Palin "axed" the Bridge to Nowhere (emphasis added):

The [Bridge to Nowhere] was eventually axed by Governor Sarah Palin in 2007


New Hampshire GOP Denounces New Hampshire Dem Candidate's Palin Death Wish

From the New Hampshire Republican Party:

Dem NH House Candidate Wishes Gov. Palin Was On Sen. Stevens’ Fatal Plane Crash

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today denounced Democrat NH House candidate Kevin Halloran’s public death wish for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The Party also called on Governor John Lynch and Congressional Candidate Ann McLane Kuster to personally denounce his hateful remarks and call for him to apologize to the Palin family.

In a Facebook post yesterday regarding the tragic plane crash that killed former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, Halloran wrote, “Just wish Sarah and Levy [sic] were on board." Levi Johnston is the father of Governor Palin’s grandson (RedHampshire, 8/11).

“Mr. Halloran’s outrageous comments are a new low, even by the standards of the New Hampshire Democrat Party," said NHGOP Communications Director Ryan Williams. "His publicly stated death wish for Governor Palin and her family is abhorrent, and has no place in our public discourse. Governor Lynch and Ann McLane Kuster need to immediately denounce Mr. Halloran’s hateful remarks and demand that he personally apologize to the Palin family.”

Mr. Halloran served on the Rindge, NH planning board. He is running as a Democrat for State Representative this year in Cheshire County House District 7. He describes himself as “an active local citizen and supporter of NH Governor John Lynch” (Jaffrey, Rindge, Dublin Democrats Committee website). Mr. Halloran is also a prominent supporter of Second Congressional District Candidate Ann McLane Kuster.

You can read what the Democrat Party hack wrote here.


Governor Palin’s Endorsement of Karen Handel Proves to Be the Right Choice

Earlier today Karen Handel did the classy thing we don’t often see from politicians. Even though she came in only 0.4% behind Deal and with some absentee ballots yet to be counted, Karen was gracious and conceded the race to Nathan Deal. She did not have to, she could have rightly asked for a recount.

Even Mr Deal recognizes this selfless act : [emphasis mine]

Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said, “ [Deal] thanked her for her graciousness and said he looked forward to meeting with her in person. We thank her for putting the party first and saving us a lot of heartache. She has shown that she is putting Georgia first and we are greatly appreciative of her selflessness in this situation.”

Spot on! Handel put Georgia first, a small glimpse of how she would have handled herself as Governor. It’s unfortunate that in contested races we don’t always get to see the true character of a candidate until after it’s won or lost. What is evident is that Governor Palin does have good judgment of character: she picked the right candidate and Georgia will be much better off in the future because of it. Karen Handel will be back.

Congratulations Nathan Deal, now let’s go win this thing

Karen Handel has issued the following statement:
The past 16 months has been an extraordinary journey for Steve and me. Unfortunately, this particular journey now comes to an end. With virtually all of the votes counted, we are about 2,400 votes short. With some absentee ballots and the overseas military votes yet to be counted, we certainly have the option of requesting the automatic statewide recount. But we are not going to do that. I've talked with Nathan today to congratulate him on being our party's nominee.

There are so many people to thank. The campaign team is one exceptional group of individuals who put their lives on hold for this effort. The grassroots leadership team across the state put in hours upon hours of their time and invested their hard work on behalf of this campaign. I appreciate the support of those elected officials who were willing to go against conventional wisdom and support this underdog campaign. And, to you, I offer my heartfelt gratitude for your support and confidence.

Now, my friends, we must move forward and unite. Throughout this tough campaign, Nathan and I were competitors – never enemies. The real enemy is Roy Barnes. And, to defeat him in November, our nominee will need your help. It is with this in mind that I call on all of you to give Nathan your support and energy in the months ahead.

I have dealt with a lot in my life, and my faith and friends have always seen me through, and these two constants– along with my incredible husband Steve – will do the same again. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm, plans to give you hope and a future …" (Jeremiah 29:11) And so, it with His words in our hearts that Steve and I look to the future with confidence and certainty for all that He has awaiting us. Your friendships have so enriched our lives, and for that, we are grateful.

Karen & Steve


Wednesday Open Thread

AP: Fed, worried about recovery, will buy US debt

Larry Kudlow: The Fed Can Print More Money, But It Can’t Print Jobs

IBD: "Is common sense too much to ask?"

WSJ: 'Stimulus' Pushers

Hot Air: Social Security built on “funny money”

Nile Gardiner: "[T]he complete disregard for public opinion and concerns over excessive government spending is symbolic of a far wider problem with the Obama presidency – the overarching disdain for the principles of limited government, individual liberty and free enterprise that have built the United States over the course of nearly two and a half centuries into the most powerful and free nation on earth."


Governor Palin on Today's Election Results

She tweets:

Sounds like GA gov race still toss-up. Primary competition's great, it breeds success;good for the party,the cause,certainly the electorate

It's up to the absentee ballots at this point according to the Handel campaign. That's the reason why the Associated Press has not called this race.

Palin also tweeted about the Colorado Senate race:
Congratulations Ken Buck, CO GOP Sen race winner. Jane Norton announces she endorses him fully, encourages all to do the same. That's classy

Congratulations to Linda McMahon and Ken Buck for winning their respective primaries tonight.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Governor Palin on The Passing of Alaska’s Warrior Ted Stevens

Talking by phone to Greta Van Susteren, Governor Palin pays tribute to longtime Alaska senator killed in plane crash

Governor Palin also posted a note of her Facebook page


Democrats Use Stevens Tragedy to Wish Death on Palin


In the wake of the passing of former Sen. Ted Stevens, the left displayed how far detached from civility they have become. We keep telling ourselves that we should expect the worst sort of behavior from them considering all they have already said and done. However, as decent people it is impossible to comprehend the levels they will sink, especially on days like this. Today, these people used the internet and the cover of sitting behind a computer monitor to not only wish death upon, but also direct loads of hatred with the usual venom toward Governor Palin. They are even trying to use these forums to intimidate her into not attending Senator Stevens funeral.

Twitter is a cesspool filled with haters who lash out against Governor Palin. Here are just some of the examples, these mighty proponents of "understanding" displayed on there, after news of Senator Stevens death became known.

Not to be left out, the lefty blogosphere decided to get in on the action...
I found these comments posted on Shannyn Moore's blog pertaining to the Stevens crash. Keep in mind that the "girl from Homer" monitors all of her comments. (I have highlighted the nasty comments in yellow)

The "Trig Truther" brigade at Gryphen's site couldn't control their thoughts on the matter either.

This is just a small sampling of the sort of hatred that the left and the Democrats dished out towards Governor Palin and her family in response to the nation losing one of it's most well-known senators. It is to their shame that nobody on their side has displayed the sort of leadership it would take to get that kind of hatred under control within their ranks. I do believe they are spiraling into a very dark place because nobody told them to STOP! Knock it off! No, nobody on their side calls them out at all. It is accepted behavior therefore they have allowed that hate to fester and grow.

This doesn't stop with Governor Palin, although I do believe she gets the worst of it. Many other Conservative leaders put up with this behavior from people who forgot how to just simply disagree. Well, if they won't call out their own side, we will. It is our responsibility to call out any American who losses their grasp of humanity for the sake of power. KNOCK IT OFF!


CNN Admits that Palin "Killed" the Bridge to Nowhere/Georgia Run-Off Open Thread

CNN admits that Governor Palin "killed" the Bridge to Nowhere (emphasis added):

Stevens also was one of the forces behind the infamous $400 million "bridge to nowhere" project that Sarah Palin initially supported but later killed as governor of Alaska.

It's irrelevant to note that she initially supported the project as she has never denied supporting it at first. Are politicians not allowed to change their positions? In any event, at least CNN is conceding that she took the substantive step to "kill" the project as Palin has always accurately claimed.

Polls close in a couple of hours. The key races tonight are GA-Gov, CT-Sen, CO-Sen, and CO-Gov. Some of them will end up very close. We'll keep you updated as the night progresses.

A poll allegedly shows Joe Miller within 9 of Lisa Murkowski.

Even Talking Points Memo concedes that "[w]hen it comes to the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque," more New Yorkers are lining up behind Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin than New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg."

What else is going on today?

Update: Polls have closed in Georgia. The early returns will heavily favor Deal as they are coming in from his base. We'll know how this race is going when the returns from Handel's base in Atlanta start to show up in the counting.


Sarah Palin: Alaska’s Tough Warrior, Ted Stevens

Via Facebook

It’s with great sadness that Todd and I hear the reports coming in of Senator Ted Stevens’ passing in the plane crash near Dillingham. In our land of towering mountains and larger than life characters, none were larger than the man who in 2000 was voted “Alaskan of the Century.” This decorated World War II pilot was a warrior and a true champion of Alaska.

In 40 years of service in the U.S. Senate, he fought tenaciously for Alaska’s future. Alaskans know how much we owe to Senator Stevens, but all Americans owe him a debt of gratitude for his leadership on many issues, including the crucial energy issues that fuel American prosperity. Two years ago, he sat at my kitchen table over a salmon lunch, and we talked about our long anticipated Alaska natural gas pipeline and our mutual commitment to have the Last Frontier’s rich resources contribute to America’s quest for energy independence.

Our Senator was also known for spearheading efforts to ensure equality in education, and his Title IX legislation allowed girls to be on a level playing field in the athletic arena.

Our hearts and prayers are with the Stevens family and the families of the other victims of the crash.

- Sarah Palin

More on this can be found here and here.


Even Entertainment Weekly Concedes Governor Palin Handled the Incident "Pretty Well"

It's pretty bad for the far-left when even liberals such as Kirsten Powers concede that Governor Palin performed very well in the exchange in Homer. Even Entertainment Weekly concedes that Governor Palin acquitted herself :

Overall, Palin handles the incident pretty well.


Senator Stevens Among Those Killed in a Plane Crash Near Dillingham

Some sad news from CNN:

- Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has died in a plane crash near Dillingham, Alaska, a source familiar with ongoing rescue efforts confirms to CNN.

The private plane carrying Stevens and a former head of NASA crashed Monday night in a rugged stretch of Alaska. The crash left at least five people dead, but at least three survivors.

Guy Hayes, a spokesman for the Alaska Air National Guard, said rescue crews were working to get at least three injured people away from the scene. He said it's possible there may be more survivors.

"They have definitely worked on two people. They're working on a third person to get him out of there right now," said Hayes, who noted that rough terrain has complicated rescue efforts.

"It's been pretty difficult to get into the area," Hayes said. "It took them roughly about 12 hours, i think, from when the plane was spotted by good Samaritans until we got there on scene."

EADS North America said its chief executive officer, Sean O'Keefe, a former head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was a passenger on the aircraft. Stevens' family would neither confirm nor deny reports that the former Alaska Republican senator was aboard.

The family issued a statement Tuesday offering their prayers for the crash victims.

"The Ted Stevens family offers their prayers for all those on board and for their families. We thank the brave men and women who are working to reach the site," said a family statement read on CNN by Stevens' former chief of staff, Mitch Rose.

"We continue to work with the Alaska National Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Alaska state troopers. We thank everyone for their support and prayers," the statement said.

The news has reverberated across the state. Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, sent out a Twitter message saying: "Heartbreaking Bristol Bay plane crash. Alaska's heart surrounds loved ones. More info coming in; pls pray for Dillingham rescue this morning."

Read more here.

Senator Stevens lost his first wife in a plane crash in 1978, a crash in which he survived.

As CNN mentioned, Governor Palin tweeted this morning before Senator Stevens death was confirmed:
Heartbreaking Bristol Bay plane crash. Alaska's heart surrounds loved ones. More info coming in; pls pray for Dillingham rescue this morning

Governor Palin also spoke to FoxNews via phone this morning regarding the crash. You can see that coverage here.

The family and friends of Senator Stevens and the other victims are in our thoughts and prayers.


Levi Johnston, Mayor of Wasilla? We Don't Think So And Neither Does the Law

This morning, while I was looking for information on the new "State-Aid" bill the Congress is set to vote on today, I ran into a headline that read, "FIRST SHOTS: House to pass $26 billion aid bill, Levi Johnston for mayor? " Before the media thought twice to push this "Levi running for Mayor" anti-Palin story, they may have wanted to check the facts.

The facts are that Levi Johnston isn't even eligible to run for Mayor. According to the Wasilla candidate qualification code, an individual running for that office, must be resident of the city. It reads (emphasis mine):

4.12.010 Candidate qualifications.

Any person is eligible for city office if the person is a qualified voter of the city and meets state and city requirements for the office.

A. Candidates for council seats shall reside in the city and meet the requirements of Chapter 2.04

Levi Johnston does not live in the city of Wasilla. So automatically, he is disqualified. Even if Levi were to move to the City of Wasilla to get in line with the candidate qualification code, he would still be ineligible given the fact that a candidate must live within the city limits for at least a year before an election. According to Chapter 2.16 of the Wasilla Municipal Code (emphasis added):

2.16.030 Qualification of mayor.

A person is eligible to hold the office of mayor if the person is a qualified city voter and has been a city resident or a resident of territory annexed to the city for one year immediately prior to the election. The mayor may not hold a position as council member or city employee, except as provided by state statute

So while the media is loving playing up this publicity stunt by Levi's handlers, they never bothered to check basic facts. In light of this information, I doubt this "reality show" will end up going as planned. Once again, in a rush to harm Governor Palin, the press ends up looking foolish.


Sarah Palin Offers Insight on Alaska Plane Crash


UK Press:Obama=Ozymandias?

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

In the earliest days of the Obama presidency the UK press was as sycophantic and complicit as their colleagues in the US. But there are two important differences between newspapers in the two countries. A significant tranche of the British press is right wing and, more importantly, these papers dominate the market. Many more Brits read the Telegraph, Mail and Sun than any of the other titles.

In addition British hacks, even on the left, tend to be less obsequious to “the great and the good” and much more robust in uncovering their idiosyncrasies and misdemeanours. Politicians of all shades are generally classed on the same level as estate agents, car salesmen and lawyers – professional hucksters who will use deception and half truths to squeeze as much money as possible out of the pockets of the naive and unsuspecting.

Thus the clay-like nature of Obama’s feet is beginning to be noticed over here.

The First Lady’s ill-conceived trip to Marbella and the complete disregard for public opinion and concerns over excessive government spending is symbolic of a far wider problem with the Obama presidency – the overarching disdain for the principles of limited government, individual liberty and free enterprise that have built the United States over the course of nearly two and a half centuries into the most powerful and free nation on earth.

The Pravda style tunnel vision of the US media in its attitude to the administration is also coming under the microscope...

While the liberal-dominated US mainstream media have largely ignored the story, it is all over the blogosphere and talk radio, and will undoubtedly add to the President’s free falling poll ratings. As much as the media establishment turn a blind eye to stories like this, which are major news in the international media, the American public is increasingly turning to alternative news sources, including the British press, which has a far less deferential approach towards the White House.

And the conservative backlash, initially ignored and/or belittled by the UK media, as it still is in New York and Washington, is beginning to be treated with a little more respect in London.

There is however a political revolution fast approaching Washington that is driven not by mob rule but by the power of ideas and principles, based upon the ideals of the Founding Fathers and the US Constitution. It is a distinctly conservative revolution that is sweeping America and is reflected in almost every poll ahead of this November’s mid-terms. It is based on a belief in individual liberty, limited government, and above all, political accountability from the ruling elites. The Obama administration’s mantra may well be “let them eat cake”, as it continues to gorge itself on taxpayers’ money, but it will be looking nervously over its shoulder as public unease mounts.

This doesn’t mean that the UK press has gone Tea Party or that every hack has sold their Obama stock. But there are slight shifts in the wind. One or two articles are even beginning to be a little bit less disdainfulof Governor Palin. Above all a newly crafted image of Obama is beginning to take shape – an empty, vacuous windbag, elevated to a position way above his experience or abilities by a claque of shifty snake oil salesmen and now spinning helplessly in the conflicting winds of gathering storms like a broken weather vane.

Here in the UK Obama might be starting to go Ozymandias......


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