Saturday, October 30, 2010

Governor Palin's Last Minute Surprise Appearance At Tea Party Express Rally In Wheeling, WV

This was her second appearance of the day in West Virginia. It was a surprise appearance on her part as it was not announced that she would be in Wheeling until a couple of hours before the event. Here is the audio of the speech that she gave at the first event she attended earlier in the afternoon in Charleston before over 2700 people.

h/t karenfromny


In Her Own Words VII: Debating Sarah Palin

Tonight in our "In her own words" series we take you back four years to the Gubernatorial Debate Between Sarah Palin, Tony Knowles and Andrew Halcro – November 2 2006

November 2, sure sounds like a date where great things happen.

Brought to you by PalinTV


Palin Talks to Chris Wallace, Brett Baier, and Megyn Kelly Tomorrow/Day 2 of the Midterm Elections Moneybomb/Open Thread

Don't forget that she'll be speaking with Chris Wallace tomorrow morning on Fox News Sunday and apparently later that evening with Brett Baier and Megyn Kelly during an American Election Headquarters Special Episode at 8 PM ET. In any event, here's the news:

-Joe Miller responded to Governor Palin's tweet last night.

-Even Mark Begich is conceding that Joe Miller is the favorite. Liberal Nate Silver's model still shows Miller to have over a 60% chance of winning even after the dubious Dittman polling is included in the model.

-Even Shira Toeplitz from Politico concedes that Palin and Raese were a "polished duo."

-Organize4Palin has the audio of another robo-call that she is doing for Renee Elmers.

-She also recorded a robo-call for Steven Palazzo.

-If you come across video of either of the West Virginia rallies that she attended today, let us know. She made a surprise stop in Wheeling, West Virginia as well. PalinTV has the audio of her speech before over 2,700 people today in Charleston.

-Lee-Ellen Pisauro of Sparta, NJ: Sarah Palin likes 'God's Plan' song about son with Down syndrome

Remember to donate to her PAC for the Three Day Midterm Elections SarahPAC money bomb. This quarter may be the final significant quarter for her PAC if she announces a run for the presidency early next year. What else is going on tonight?


Governor Palin Speaks to More Than 2,700 in Charleston in Rally for John Raese that Was Scheduled At the Last Minute (Update)

She spoke to more than 2,700 at a campaign event for John Raese in Charleston that was scheduled at the last minute. It was announced that she would attend late last night and she apparently flew overnight to Charleston.

Listen to audio of the speech via PalinTV. We will update with video when it becomes available.

Go check out Organize4Palin to figure out how you can help John Raese. We need this seat badly.

Also, donate to the Three-day Midterm Election SarahPAC money bomb that we are holding for her PAC if you haven't done so already.

Update: Fox News has some video as well:


Governor Palin's Robo-Call to Over Eight Million American Households

Here is the robo-call that she did for the Ralph Reed's Faith & Freedom Coalition.


Governor Palin in West Virginia

As we noted last night, Governor Palin will be in Charleston, West Virginia today to campaign for John Raese. Paul Steinhauser at CNN has the latest:

Charleston, West Virginia (CNN) – Sarah Palin's making a last minute stop in West Virginia Saturday to try and help the GOP win back a Senate seat that's been in the Democrats' hands for over half a century.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, along with her husband Todd, will team up at a rally at a riverfront park in Charleston with businessman John Raese, the GOP's Senate nominee, according to an announcement from the Raese campaign late Friday night.


"We invited her because she and John Raese share the belief that Washington is in desperate need of new, independent voices and West Virginians of all political persuasions have great respect and admiration for Sarah Palin," Raese campaign spokesman Kevin McLaughlin told CNN.

The Huntington News has more:

"Wow!" said Jack Ellis, Senior Political Analyst for HNN. "You've got a lot of Republican heavyweights coming into West Virginia for Raese. Whether it's U.S. Senator John McCain earlier this week i(n) the Eastern Panhandle, Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent today in Charleston, or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani coming into North Central West Virginia on Monday, you can't say that the Republicans aren't pulling out all the stops."

"This is the mark of a close race, yet one that each of these conservative leaders believe can be won," said Ellis. "Each of these celebrity politicos could be at any number of places Republicans this weekend, but they've decided to cast their lot with Raese and in a big way. These visits can only help Raese with the voters in the days leading up to Election Day on next Tuesday."

Palin is said to be considering a run for President in 2012. This year, Palin's ability to help conservative candidates get elected has been been exceptional, and Raese's campaign obviously hope for the same.

"When you get Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin on one stage outside in Charleston, WV, that's enough megawattage to give those who attend an event they'll never forget," said Ellis. "Raese is running a spirited race to the end, and people are again taking notice.

According to WOWK 13, the CBS affiliate in Charleston, the rally will begin at noon (EDT) with live music and speakers will begin around 1-1:30 PM. The local weather looks perfect today so if you're in the area, be sure to head down to Haddad Riverfront Park and show your support. We're searching for a live-feed but as yet have been unable to find one. If and when further information becomes available, we'll update. Please let us know if you find a link or know if the rally will be broadcast anywhere.


Saturday Open Thread

WSJ: ObamaCare and Voters

IBD: 2% Just Won't Do

CNBC: What Next Week's Fed Statement May Look Like

LAT: Iran agrees to new nuclear talks

AP: Envoy: No peace talks underway with Afghan Taliban

Michael Gerson: The wars we've left behind


Governor Palin: Lisa, are you going to shut down my Facebook page for writing this? Update

Lisa Murkowski sinking to new lows. From Facebook:

Yesterday, Lisa Murkowski’s hired guns threatened radio host Dan Fagan, and more importantly, the station that airs Fagan’s show, with legal action for allegedly illegal “electioneering.” The station, unlike Murkowski, who is flush with millions of dollars from vested corporate interests, does not have a budget for a legal defense. So it did what any small market station would do when threatened by Beltway lawyers charging $500 to $1000 an hour – they pulled Dan Fagan off the air.

Does all this sound heavy handed? It is. It is an interference with Dan Fagan’s constitutional right to free speech. It is also a shocking indictment against Lisa Murkowski. How low will she go to hold onto power? First, she gets the Division of Elections to change its write-in process – a process that Judge Pfiffner correctly determined had been in place without change for 50 years.

She is accepting financial support from federal contractors, an act that is highly questionable and now pending before the FEC. And today, she played her last card. She made it clear that if you disagree with her and encourage others to exercise their civic rights, she’ll take you off the air.

The concept of “electioneering” involves several issues, but typically refers to campaigning at the polls, which is appropriately banned. Under federal law, it can also mean paying for advertising on broadcast media during a federal election cycle, and it requires disclosures if done by groups and corporations. Fagan used satire to mock Murkowski’s write-in efforts and encouraged Alaskan’s to run as write-in candidates. That is not illegal. That is free speech.

Individuals like Dan Fagan have a fundamental right to speak their minds without threats from the incumbent Senator from Alaska. It is hard to find a constitutional right Americans cherish more than the right to free speech. This was a right Joe Miller, as a decorated combat veteran – a tank commander tested in battle, was willing to die to defend.

Dan Fagan has not always agreed with me, but I will gladly defend his right to speak freely on his radio show, which he has often used to criticize me. In fact, Fagan has actually used his radio show to attack and insult me, my husband, my children, and my family in just about every way possible. He was especially insulting to my son, who left for a war zone to defend Fagan’s right to attack our family. But when I was his governor, I never would have dreamed of threatening his right to free speech.

I support him in this fight because this D.C. Beltway thuggery, as exemplified by Lisa Murkowski’s latest threat, is ruining our country. The powers that be want ordinary Americans to sit down and shut up and let the ruling class ride us right off the debt cliff we’re heading towards with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid steering the nation’s car. We can’t let them. Now is the time to put aside our past differences and stand up to the establishment powers.

This whole episode confirms again why we need to elect Joe Miller. Lisa, you can sue me if you want (you won’t be the first). But I will not be intimidated from speaking my mind. Your intimidation just empowered us liberty-loving Alaskans. Are you really that out of touch?

- Sarah Palin

Governor Palin also sent this tweet after posting the Facebook note:

Joe Miller - do not give up. It's you against the machine. This is it. "'Lost causes' are the only ones worth fighting for." Clarence Darrow


Friday, October 29, 2010

Governor Palin in West Virginia Tomorrow to Campaign for John Raese

According to CBS 13 in Charleston, Governor Palin and Ted Nugent will appear at a rally for Republican West Virginia Senate candidate John Raese tomorow in Charleston:

Sarah Palin has been confirmed to join Ted Nugent at Saturday's rally in Charleston to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate John Raese.

Two big names are joining together Saturday to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate John Raese.

Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor, will join Ted Nugent, rock legend, at the capital city Saturday to rally for Raese.

Kevin McLaughlin, spokesperson for Raese, and Mike Steward, W.Va. Republican Party chairman, have confirmed that Palin will be joining Nugent at Saturday's rally. Todd Palin will also be in attendance.

The rally will be held at the Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston on Oct. 30. According to officials with the Raese Campaign, the rally with start at noon with a band. Speakers will begin around 1-1:30 p.m.

More from the AP:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Republican John Raese says former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be joining rocker Ted Nugent at a weekend rally in Charleston for his U.S. Senate campaign.

Raese spokesman Kevin McLaughlin said both Palin and her husband will be at the Saturday afternoon event, slated for Haddad Riverfront Park.

More from the Politico here.


Year of the GOP Woman

It's been dubbed the "Year of the Republican Woman." And with good reason. A record 57 GOP women will appear on the ballot next Tuesday in house, senate and gubernatorial contests across the country.

Two states (Delaware and Iowa) are vying to send their first female representative to the house or Senate. At least four states (California, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Carolina) could elect their first women governors.

And most of these soon-to-be famous "firsts" are Republican women! Is this the Palin Effect? Absolutely. Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez is the author of You've Come a Long Way Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary, and the Shaping of the New American Woman. At the time of her book tour she was somewhat critical of Gov. Palin's resignation. But she has no problem giving Palin credit for inspiring the Mama Grizzly revolution.


"[Sarah Palin] opened the door and showed that women could pass the money test," Sanchez said.

Palin also appeals to a certain group for women -- pro-life, evangelicals, mothers and fiscal conservatives -- who have wanted to be a part of the system for a long time, Sanchez said.

"They're newcomers. They took advantage of many of these open seats, and they're evangelizing a lot of that base of folks who are concerned about the direction of government," she added.
The numbers tell the story ... Democrats are in jeopardy of losing their lock on the women's vote for the first time in nearly 30 years. Moreover, should a majority of Republican nominees win, it would mean a doubling and near tripling of the number of Republican women in Congress and governships.

For instance, there are currently four Republican women U.S. Senators ... There could be eight after Nov. 2nd. (Since Lessa Meancowski's name isn't actually on the ballot this November, owing to her primary defeat, she is not on our list. Should she somehow win her entitlement campaign, that would be nine GOP women senators. We'd rather have eight GOP women senators, plus Joe Miller.)

Moreover, these new faces to possibly join the senate lady's club are overwhelmingly pro-life:  Kelly Ayotte, Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, and Carly Fiorina ... if elected would be the only four pro-life women in the Senate. (Current GOP women senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson (TX), Susan Collins (ME), and Olympia Snowe (ME) and Murkowski are all pro-choice. There are no pro-life females on the Democrat side.) Moreover, Fiorina would be the first pro-life candidate to win statewide in California since Reagan in '88.

There are currently two Republican women governors ... but there could be five after Nov. 2nd. Republican Linda Lingle, currently serving as Hawaii's governor, is prohibited from running again due to term limits. But after November 2nd, we could see the re-election of Jan Brewer in Arizona, and new Republican women serving as governors in California (Meg Whitman), New Mexico (Susana Martinez), Oklahoma (Mary Fallin), and South Carolina (Nikki Haley). Governor Palin has endorsed all but Meg Whitman, who coincidentally is having the biggest struggle of the five.

But the biggest "Lady Grizzly" attack could be in the U.S. House of Representatives, where currently just 17 GOP women serve, including the retiring Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (FL-5) and Rep. Mary Fallin (OK-5) , who is running for governor. They could be joined by another 32 Republican women, who have won party nods and are on the ballot this November for Congress! It's quite likely that the number of GOP women serving in the House will at least double after Nov. 2nd, no small feat. Some of those sure winners include Diane Black in Tennesee, Jaime Herrera in Washington, Kristi Noem in South Dakota, and Sandy Adams in Florida. Vicky Hartzler is also making a strong push in Missouri, along with Ruth McClung in Arizona.

So, without further adieu ... Your GOP Women! (Follow link to see short videos about each GOP woman along with links to their campaign websites).

Here is a handy list to track the women GOPers on election night.

1. Martha Roby, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, AL-02


2. Governor Jan Brewer, Nominee for Governor
3. Janet Contreras, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, AZ-04
4. Ruth McClung, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, AZ-07


5. Beth Anne Rankin, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, AR-04


6. Meg Whitman, Nominee for Governor
7. Carly Fiorina, Nominee for U.S. Senate, California
8. Mattie Fein, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, CA-36
9. Star Parker, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, CA-37
10. Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, CA-45


11. Linda McMahon, Nominee for U.S. Senate
12. Ann Brickley, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, CT-01
13. Janet Peckinpaugh, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, CT-02


14. Christine O'Donnell, Nominee for U.S. Senate


15. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen FL-18
16. Karen Harrington, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, FL-20
17. Sandy Adams, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, FL-24


18. Lisbeth "Liz" Carter, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, GA-04


19. Teri Davis Newman, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, IL-12
20. Congresswoman Judy Biggert, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, IL-13


21. Jackie Walorski, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, IN-02


22. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, IA-02


23. Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, KS-02


24. Congresswoman Candice Miller, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, MI-10


25. Teresa Collett, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, MN-04
26. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, MN-06


27. Robyn Hamlin, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, MO-01
28. Vicky Hartzler, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, MO-04
29. Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, MO-08


30. Sharron Angle, Nominee for U.S. Senate

New Hampshire

31. Kelly Ayotte, Nominee for U.S. Senate

New Jersey

32. Anna C. Little, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, NJ-06
33. Henrietta Dwyer, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, NJ-13

New Mexico

34. Susana Martinez, Nominee for Governor

New York

35. Susan Kone, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, NY-08
36. Dr. Nan Hayworth, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, NY-19
37. Ann Marie Buerkle, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, NY-25
38. Dr. Jill Rowland, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, NY-28

North Carolina

39. Renee Ellmers, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, NC-02
40. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, NC-05
41. Congresswoman Sue Myrick, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, NC-09


42. Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, OH-02


43. Congresswoman Mary Fallin, Nominee for Governor


44. Delia Lopez, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, OR-03


45. Pia Varma, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, PA-1
46. Melissa Haluszczak, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, PA-14

South Carolina

47. Nikki Haley, Nominee for Governor

South Dakota

48. Kristi Noem, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, SD-AL


49. Diane Black, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, TN-06
50. Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, TN-07
51. Charlotte Bergmann, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, TN-09


52. Congresswoman Kay Granger, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, TX-12
53. Dr. Donna Campbell, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, TX-25


54. Jaime Herrera, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, WA-03
55. Congresswomen Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, WA-05

West Virginia

56. Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, WV-02


57. Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, WY-AL


Governor Palin Talks to Mary Hart of ET - Part II

Courtesy of PalinTV:

Part one aired last night. You can view it here.


Jeanne "Atticus" Devon: A Lawyer With A Fool For A Client

So now, in addition to selling trinkets to unsuspecting consumers in a mall, on top of being a tool for left wing idiocy, and always, always, in addition to her primary job of obsessing about Sarah Palin, Jeanne Devon today considers herself a lawyer. And apparently, a better lawyer than Yale law school graduate Joe Miller (and presumably better than Lisa Murkowski, who failed the Alaska Bar Exam five times). To Devon's credit, she has not failed the Alaska Bar Exam at all--but neither has she passed it. It is no easy chore to determine which one of Devon's postings contains the most palpably laughable lunacies, but her post on email deletions at the Fairbanks North Star Borough ranks pretty high.

Devon states, in her legal opinion no less, that because Joe Miller deleted emails while employed at the Fairbanks North Star Borough, he acted unethically, perhaps, she speculates, illegally as well under the Alaska Public Records Act. Devon boldly declares she is "disturbed" (be nice people) "by the ethical implications of purposefully deleting communications regarding cases." She concludes, with breathless indignation that it "is similarly unethical to intentionally delete e-mails related to a case . . . All of this is a long way of saying that by intentionally deleting emails related to a case or cases, it is very likely that Joe Miller acted unethically in destroying client property."

Unless, "counselor," the client instructed you to take this action? Let's look at the client's instructions to Joe Miller--instructions Devon's "legal research" somehow failed to discover though it is posted online and easily accessible. The client enacted an email document policy that encouraged the deletion of all emails unless they were material to the case. FNSB email policy states:

H. The Borough strongly discourages the storage of large numbers of e-mail messages. Message retention fills up large amounts of storage space on the network server, and can also slow down performance. In addition, because e-mail messages can contain confidential information, it is desirable to limit the number, distribution and availability of such messages. Therefore the following will be adhered to:

1. Deletion by users: As a general rule, if a message does not require specific action or response on your part, you should delete it promptly after reading it. Please review your messages each week and delete those that are not needed or otherwise archive those you wish to save as indicated above.

This comes from Fairbanks North Star Borough Policy No. 20.04 called the “Electronic Mail (E-Mail) Use Policy." It is very clear that the Borough instructed its people, including Joe Miller, to delete emails regularly, if not after reading, then weekly or so. Prosecutor Devon, though, finds all this all so unethical. Devon also ignores the obvious practice of printing out emails that need to go into the client records. Actual hard copies exist of any information the Borough employees believe needed to go in the file. But this did not slow Atticus Devon. And what will Atticus Devon have to say about the overall Borough policy of deleting all emails every 30 days? She forgot to look at this same policy that requires the Borough to delete all “read inbox messages . . . after 30 days” as well as all message logs, and all “private folder messages” after 180 days. Policy No. 20.04.

Atticus Devon misses the mark by a long ways. That happens when you have reached a conclusion first and don't bother checking the facts. Devon, like most people who act as their own lawyer, has a fool for a client. If forced to choose though, between hiring Jeanne "Atticus" Devon, and Lisa Murkowski, as my lawyer, I might have to choose the Alaska Atticus. She may not have any legal acumen, but compared to Murkowski, she's a veritable Clarence Darrow. And my legal fees won't be blown on cocaine and botox.


According to Rush, Politico Will Report that the GOP Establishment/Entitlement Party is Plotting an Attack on Governor Palin/Open Thread

If you need any more incentive to contribute to the Midterm Elections SarahPAC Money Bomb, here it is. The actual article isn't out yet but Rush Limbaugh is reporting that he received an e-mail from Mike Allen of Politico about a story that it is set to publish:

Now, folks, I want to tell you something here. I saw that... Where did I see this? Oh! Oh! I didn't have a chance to reply to it. I got an e-mail from Mike Allen of The Politico last night. They're working on a story; they may have already run it.

Some Republican leader has told them that the Republican leadership is right now as we speak coalescing to find somebody to oppose Sarah Palin. They didn't identify whoever this "Republican leader is," so I can't tell you who it is, but they say that there's a Republican talking to them at Politico that they are trying to find somebody to beat back Palin, from the Republican establishment, because they are convinced that if Palin is the nominee, the party loses. That's, at least, what they say. It could also be they're scared to death that Palin wins it's the end of them: The Republican establishment.

Mike Allen wanted to take my reply, and I got his e-mail in the midst of a whole bunch other stuff. I just now remembered it so I haven't had a chance to reply. But let's see. This kind of thing, I think the reason I didn't drop everything and reply is 'cause the little antenna go up. It could be a disinformation campaign before the election. Why write a story right now about Palin in 2012? What's the point of running a story like that right now if not then to sow dissention in the ranks?

Spread the word about the money-bomb if you cannot contribute. Treat this thread as the open one for the evening.

In any event, here's the news:

-Here's a sneak peak of the second part of her interview with Entertainment Tonight that will air tonight.

-If Karl Rove objects to Palin’s show, what would he have said about Reagan?

-In case you missed it, PalinTV has her speech at the Joe Miller rally and a new sneak-peak at an episode for her documentary.

-Sarah Palin: Is There Anything She Can't Do?

-Tea Party Slams Rove

-Rove’s Palin criticism provokes backlash from supporters who label him Biden of the right

-Rush rates her higher than any of the other potential presidential candidates.

Pass along the following campaign ad from Joe Miller:


Rock Climber or Rock Star?

Check out the new sneak peak of her TLC documentary.

And if you haven't done so already, donate to the moneybomb or spread the word about it to people who can donate. Here's more on why we are holding a money bomb for her PAC at this time.


Even a Democrat Party Gubernatorial Candidate Is Conceding Governor Palin is Presidential Material

Even a Democrat Party gubernatorial candidate is conceding Governor Palin is presidential material:

Gubernatorial candidates Democrat Jari Askins and Republican Mary Fallin agreed on one thing at Thursday's....gubernatorial debate: Sarah Palin is presidential material.

Joe Kelley, KRMG talk radio host, asked both candidates whether Palin was presidential material.

"I'd love to go hunting with her," Askins said. "Take her turkey hunting."

Askins said she thinks it would be a nice and informal way to become acquainted with Palin.

"I haven't been hunting grizzly bears, but if she would invite me up there (Alaska), I can promise you I'd go," Askins said.

"She's a wonderful communicator. She does a great job in trying to reach the people and communicate with them, and I think everyone in the U.S. realizes now that if you have the desire, anyone who sets their mind to it can run for president of this country, and she's certainly one of those."

While I commend Askins for showing some common sense, go vote for Mary Fallin. By the way, someone in the press should ask Joe Manchin who he would vote for between Govenror Palin and Barack Obama.


If Christine O'Donnell is Within 10 of Coons in Delaware, She Would Beat Him in a National Election

A new poll from Monmouth University shows Christine O'Donnell surging and Chris Coons falling apart. She has cut his lead in half in just two weeks. This poll was also conducted before the Gawker smear, meaning that Christine has an opportunity to close the margin even further. This poll is not an outlier either as Rasmussen and RT Nielson have found similar results.

Assuming that the Monmouth poll is correct, what it tells us is that Christine O'Donnell would defeat Chris Coons in a national election. If she really is within 10 of Coons in a deep blue state that Obama won by 26 in 2008, then she would be ahead of Coons in a hypothetical national election.

Of course, there will never be a hypothetical national election between O'Donnell and Coons. However, there will likely be a national election between a conservative woman who is more mainstream than O'Donnell and a Democrat who is more liberal than Chris Coons. If O'Donnell would defeat Coons in a hypothetical national election as this poll suggests, then the more mainstream conservative woman discussed above would also defeat the liberal Democrat discussed above in a hypothetical national election.


Governor Palin Criticizes the Obama Administration's Ahmadinehjad Birthday Wish; Updated

The Hill reports that the State Department has recognized Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's birthday via Twitter, urging him to release the two remaining hikers who were imprisoned after crossing into Iranian territory:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should celebrate his birthday this week by freeing two imprisoned American hikers, the State Department said on Twitter Thursday.

"What a gift that would be," tweeted State Department spokesman Philip Crowley after wishing Ahmadinejad a happy birthday.

"Your 54th year was full of lost opportunities," Crowley added. "Hope in your 55th year you will open Iran to a different relationship with the world."

Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, who were arrested while hiking along the Iraqi-Iranian border in July 2009, are imprisoned in Tehran.

Their companion, Sarah Shourd, was released in September on $500,000 bail.

As President Obama continues to appease and kowtow (or "bowtow" as I like to call it) to America's enemies (which are not conservatives, Mr. President) , Governor Palin criticized his administration's "mind boggling" foreign policy via two tweets this morning:
Happy B'day Ahmadinejad wish sent by US Govt. Mind boggling foreign policy: kowtow & coddle enemies; snub allies. Obama Doctrine is nonsense

Americans awaken 2 bizarre natl security thinking of Obama Admn: Ahmadinejad b'day greeting after call 4 Israel's destruction speaks volumes

H/T Dan C

Update: P.J. Crowley, the State Department official who tweeted the birthday wish to the Iranian leader, had this to say in response to Governor Palin's tweet:
"My tweet was simply to suggest that a reasonable celebration of President Ahmadinejad's birthday would be to release Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. I can't imagine why Sarah Palin would object to the release of the two hikers who remain in custody, we think inappropriately," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in response to a question about Palin's criticism.
As much as the Obama administration says that they don't talk a lot about Governor Palin, that hardly seems to be the case. Governor Palin in no way was opposing the release of American prisoners from Iran. Governor Palin was criticizing the way that the Obama administration interacts with nations like Iran. Governor Palin has on at least one other occasion been critical of Crowley's approach to foreign relations. When Crowley apologized to China for Arizona's immigration law, Governor Palin called him and other members of the State department out this past May:
The absolute low point of this campaign came last Friday, when a U.S. State Department delegation met with Chinese negotiators to discuss human rights. Apparently, our State Department felt it necessary to make their Chinese guests feel less bad about their own record of human rights abuses by repeatedly atoning for American “sins” – including, it seems, the Arizona immigration/pro-border security law.
While the Obama Doctrine appears to be appease enemies and alienate allies, Governor Palin is calling for the Obama administration to stand with allies like Israel and to stand with one of actual United States, Arizona.


Midterm Elections SarahPAC Money Bomb

Because of all the success she has had in this election cycle, Governor Palin has come under attack from the establishment/entitlement party. These folks are worried that the momentum that she will receive from what will likely be a tremendous day for her on November 2nd will carry her to the GOP nomination. Her adversaries are pulling out all the stops to oppose her.

Depending on when she announces her run for the presidency, this quarter may very well be the final significant quarter for which SarahPAC files. The Governor had a strong first half of the first month of the final quarter. She raised over $300,000 in this time period even though she is not putting much effort into it because she's focused on raising money for others. By comparison, Barack Obama raised a paltry $78,000 during an equivalent period in the first half of October 2006.

The attacks will only ramp up against Governor Palin as it becomes clearer that she will be the GOP's standard-bearer to face off against Obama, a man that a majority of the country views unfavorably according to credible public polling. Let's show her opponents that she does not need to play by their rules to beat a man who is pretty much just as loathed personally in Nevada as Harry Reid.

As you can see from the banner, we are doing a three-day Midterm elections SarahPAC money bomb. We don't do this often but the stakes are pretty high right now. Please donate if you can to her PAC and if you cannot donate at this time, find someone you know who can make a donation or just spread the word about what's going on.

Thanks to the Governor, more conservatives will be in Congress and governor mansions. Let's reward her for her efforts because she'll never publicly acknowledge herself the role that she played in moving this country to the right.


Friday Open Thread

WSJ: IRS Funding A Target In ObamaCare Battle

Brian Blase: ObamaCare subsidies are not a free lunch

James Capretta: ObamaCare and Democrat Delusions

CSM: A nuclear offer Iran can't refuse?

NYT: In 2010 Campaign, War Is Rarely Mentioned

WSJ: U.S. Defense Official Sees Afghan Progress

CNN: "You don't forget."


Governor Palin Campaigns for Joe Miller in Anchorage; UPDATED: Video Added

You can watch her speech, along with speeches from several others, here from earlier tonight in Anchorage before 1500 people.

Joe is closing in on $1.25 million raised. Help him get to $1.5 million here if you can.

Update by Doug: We finally have video of last night's event thanks to @RickSmall who was at the rally. Enjoy


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Governor Palin Talks To ET’s Mary Hart - Part I

This is part one of the interview, part two will air tomorrow

Courtesy PalinTV


Is Operation Alaska Chaos Working?; UPDATED: 56 Senate Write-in Applications So Far

Apparently so, via Kyle Hopkins at the Anchorage Daily News:

I'm sitting at the Division of Elections office here in Midtown, where more than a dozen people have filed this afternoon to run as write-in candidates for U.S. Senate.

KFQD 750 AM radio host Dan Fagan, a backer of Republican nominee Joe Miller, has been urging voters to sign up in an act of "civil disobedience" -- defying what he calls the courts' illegal decision to allow a list of write-in candidates at polling places.

The ruling is expected to aid Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in bid. The idea of the mass registration is to create a long list of potential write-in choices and make it harder for voters to find Murkowski's name.

The deadline for registering as a write-in candidate is the close of business today.

"I'm signing up to become a senator," a man in a hoodie said into his cell phone. An Anchorage woman who said she was upset with the court ruling wheeled in her oxygen tank, asking if she could sign up to run for both federal and state office.

More soon.

UPDATE: Make that about two dozen people.

I'm not sure about the Dan Fagan connection. I thought this was Dan Riehl's idea. But as Reagan once said, there's no limit to what can be accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit. If there are any more C4P readers in Alaska who are so inclined, get down to the Division of Elections and join the party.

Update: Hopkins has updated his article to include the following information:

The Anchorage office received 56 Senate write-in applications -- in person or by fax -- in just 45 minutes, said election clerk Raymond McAndrews at 5 p.m.

Two questions for our Alaska readers: Are there Division of Elections offices other than the one in Anchorage? If so, how many more write-in applications have been received on top of the 56 in Anchorage?

Update II: C4P reader "defendAmerica" left the following information in the comments:

There are 4 regional offices. Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Nome. They also accepted faxed in applications through the close of business today from anywhere in the state.

It's probably fair to assume that most of these write-in applications would be filed in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. That said, it's not unreasonable to expect more being filed at (or faxed to) the other three locations. I can easily envision a list of 100 or so write-in candidates on Tuesday. That is unless the Alaska Supreme Court reinstates Judge Pfiffner's decision, making this effort moot. I wouldn't hold my breath on that, however. The Murkowski family's tentacles still extend deeply into Alaska's political institutions including, evidently, the Alaska Supreme Court.

Update III: (h/t defendAmerica) The Alaska Division of Elections lists the candidates for Senate here. There seems to be a large and growing number of write-in candidates on that list. Expect the list to continue growing as Operation Alaska Chaos write-in applications are processed and added to the list.

Update IV: (h/t VO) Hopkins has updated his article again to include a reference to C4P: rallied Alaskans to join the effort with the headline “Attention Alaska Readers: Assist Joe Miller Through 'Operation Alaska Chaos.’”


Richard Koller of Anchorage imagined Murkowski’s name awash in “a sea of other names” at Alaska polling places as a result of the mass registration.

He signed up partly in protest, partly to be part of history, he said. “I’ve lived here since 1982, and there’s never been any write-in candidate lists.


Palin Campaigns for Joe Miller/Even Liberal Nate Silver Will Not Add the Hays Research Group Poll to His Model/Open Thread

Governor Palin will campaign for Joe Miller tonight in Anchorage at 7:00 PM Alaska standard time. Here's more information on the event. Let us know in the comments if you plan on going. In any event, here's the news:

-Her full interview on Entertainment Tonight will air at 7:30 PM. Here was a preview.

-In case you missed it, please pass along Dan Riehl's idea to every Alaskan you know.

-Even liberal Nate Silver will not use the Hays poll in his model. Here was our earlier post on the hilarious poll that was released today.

-Mama Grizzlies are on the march in Beverly Hills.

-Karl Rove's hypocrisy.

-In case you missed it, she talked to Beck and Hannity today.

-The Tea Party Express will run two ads on Miller's behalf.

-If you are in Atlanta, you can get a sneak-peak of her series. Here was the NY Post's preview of the show.

What else is going on tonight?


Governor Palin Talks To Sean Hannity

Governor Palin talked to Hannity on his radio show earlier about the malicious attacks against Joe Miller.

If you're in Alaska please sign up now to be on the write-in candidate list. See here for details


Attention Alaska Readers: Assist Joe Miller Through 'Operation Alaska Chaos'

It is extremely important that all our Alaska readers read this thoroughly and sign up now to be on the write-in candidate list. If you know someone in Alaska contact them now and get them to sign up too.

This is a one day operation and has to be done today, it only takes a couple of minutes and can make a big difference in the outcome of this election.

By Dan Riehl at Big Government.

If you’re an Alaska resident and qualified to run for Senate, Big Government wants you to take action today to highlight the chaos brought about by Lisa Murkowski’s seemingly unending quest for power with her write-in campaign. But you must act today.


What you can do is make sure that your name, too, is listed as a write-in candidate for Senate from Alaska by election officials simply by completing two forms and following the accompanying instructions.

Here is a one page candidate registration form. Here is the appropriate financial disclosure form. If even one qualified Alaskan completes the forms and follows the instructions, a significant statement will have been made.

Read more from Dan on how to do this and why it's necessary here.


Even Liberal Nate Silver Concedes That the Alaska Poll Is Sketchy; UPDATED

My only reaction to this poll is to laugh. And that appears to be the reaction from liberal Nate Silver.

Sorry, but I think that new Alaska poll is sketchy on all sorts of levels.

Hays Research is not a credible pollster. On November 2nd 2008, Hays Research claimed that McCain and Obama were effectively tied in the Alaska presidential contest:

McCain/Palin 46.6%
Obama/Biden 43.9%

In reality, McCain/Palin won by almost twenty-two points in Alaska. So Hays understated the McCain/Palin percentage by over 12% and overstated the Obama/Biden percentage by around 6%.

Factoring some of the obvious left-leaning bias that is present in Hays' comical polling, it appears that Miller still has a slight lead over Murkowski and that the Alaska Democrat Party nominee is quite a bit back if you apply the trends for how far Hays was off in the Alaska presidential contest in 2008 to this race. Such a result would be consistent with every other credible public poll that has been released.

Update by Doug: Allahpundit has more on the highly questionable nature of the Hays poll here. Allah notes, among other things, that the poll was paid for by a local union with ties to the Democrat candidate in the race.


Governor Palin On The Glenn Beck Show

For those who are unfamiliar with the Media Matters story the Governor and Glenn are talking about, here is the link to the story.

h/t The Right Scoop


Growing the Economy: Common Sense vs. Nonsense

Governor Palin has long been associated with fiscal responsibility. Indeed her staunch and unwavering advocacy of fiscal restraint has been a hallmark of her entire career in public office from her days on the Wasilla city council through her tenure as Governor of Alaska to the present. There has not been a more vocal critic of President Obama's profligate spending than Governor Palin. Last week data from the Treasury Department indicated that Obama had added $3 trillion to the national debt in the 21 short months he's been in office (it only seems like he's been in office longer). To put this unprecedented number in perspective, Obama and the Pelosi-Reid Congress are adding $4.7 billion dollars to the national debt every day.

Governor Palin and others have been warning repeatedly that Obama's desire to fundamentally transform America's economy from free market capitalism to European-style socialism would not work. Even the Europeans, who have witnessed first-hand the economic malaise which results from socialism, are waking up. It's ironic indeed that Obama wants to emulate the very policies that are being refudiated by those who have already tried them.

Right after Obama was inaugurated, his first order of business was to pass a nearly trillion dollar stimulus, Porkulus I, which hasn't stimulated anything other than the unemployment rate and national debt. Amazingly, there were those who thought Obama should have wasted even more money on this boondoggle. But those who took this position were mainly American academic types and liberal pundits still bitterly clinging to Keynesian economic theories despite the fact that these policies have never worked in practice. The myth of the government spending multiplier has been exposed, and some of Obama's own economic policy advisors are on record disputing its basis.

With his legislative "victory" on the stimulus plan in hand, Obama travelled to Europe under the impression that his spendthrift policies would be warmly embraced by leaders of the countries which served as the model for the fundamental transformation he envisions for America. He was wrong. With several European countries such as Greece and Spain on the verge of default, Europe was finally coming to the realization that a drastic change in course was indicated, and that continuing down the path Obama advocted would lead to fiscal ruin. Via John Hendren:

The last time President Obama went to Europe, he was greeted with raucous applause and 200,000 Europeans choking a Berlin square, chanting "Obama" and "Yes We Can."

This time, as the president heads to London this week to press the Group of 20 nations for a global economic stimulus plan, he's likely to get a warm reception but cold comfort from many European leaders.

European Union chief Mirek Topolanek, the recently ousted leader of the Czech Republic, calls the plan the Obama administration has been pushing "a way to hell."

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel is also a skeptic.

"We must look at the causes of this crisis," she said. "It happened because we were living beyond our means. ... We cannot repeat this mistake."

Back in early 2009, in the wake of the economic crisis caused by Barney Frank and Chris Dodd's subprime debacle, the western democracies faced a clear choice on how best to restore economic growth and create jobs: they could continue down the path of fiscal profligacy Europe had been following for decades, or they could try a path of fiscal restraint. Obama, obviously, wanted Europe to continue down the path they had already been following, and he wanted to take America with them. Europe, led by Chancellor Merkel, rejected Obama's policy prescription since they had learned the hard way where it inevitably must lead.

Now, nearly two years later, enough evidence is available to determine who chose wisely in 2009...and who chose poorly. In America, what has Obama's aforementioned $3 trillion addition to the national debt done for us? If unemployment is the best yardstick to gage success, we'd have to say it's been an unmitigated failure. But what about Germany? Surely things are even worse there. Just last June Paul Krugman and George Soros roundly and publicly criticized Germany's economic policies. Krugman said Merkel's fiscal responsibility "could endanger fragile economic growth". Soros claimed German austerity could destroy the Euro. They were both wrong, and spectacularly so. This from CNBC today:

German unemployment fell slightly in October, dropping to its lowest level in 18 years as the impact of persistently strong growth in Europe's top economy continued to filter through to the jobs market.


Data on Europe's biggest economy over the past week has been bullish, signalling its unexpectedly strong recovery could hold up in the face of signs of fragility in the global economy.

So, to sum up, Germany, which chose fiscal responsibility, has their lowest unemployment rate in 18 years, is experiencing persistently strong economic growth, and their strong recovery is expected to continue despite fragility in the global economy. I'm guessing there's no threat of a double dip in Germany. How, again, does that compare with the economy in America under Obamanomics? Er, oh yeah.

And Soros' June prediction of a collapse in the Euro? Hmmmmm:


Thursday Open Thread

Our Organize4Palin (O4P) candidate of the day is Chuck Wilkerson.

Click the image to find out how you can help.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin: ObamaCare is even worse than we thought

WSJ: ObamaCare Unpopular in Key House Districts

IBD: Ready for a pay cut?

CNBC: Soaring cotton prices to hurt investors and consumers

NY Post: Fiddling as Iran goes nuclear

Michael Totten: If Iran Gets the Bomb

WaPo: Small signs of progress in Kandahar


Governor Palin: I will Run for President If There's Nobody Else Willing To Make The Tough Choices

ET’s Mary Hart interviewed Governor Palin. The full interview will air tonight. Below is a sneak preview of the interview. In this clip Hart asks the Governor whether she'll run in 2012.

More about the interview here

On the East-Coast ET comes on at 7:30pm on CBS. A live stream will be available here


Mark Levin: Karl Rove Is Becoming Our Joe Biden

Karl Rove has completed his rounds trashing Governor Palin in the US media and has now decided to go international this time ranting off to the London Telegraph.

“With all due candour, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of 'that helps me see you in the Oval Office’,”

Ironically this happens on the same day that the show is being acclaimed by even the Governor's usual critics. The liberal Associated Press sums it up as:

Whatever you may think of Sarah Palin, the fact remains Alaska is magnificent with her as its presenter.


[O]verall the show leaves no doubt: Alaska is well worth a visit. Presenting it to viewers, Palin is literally at home.

Read the full review here.

Mark Levin took Mr. Rove to task today:

I’m just curious, what does a candidate have to do to "help" Rove see that he or she "fits in the American calculus" of being President? Having multiple states that you call home...does that do it?

Hey, here’s an idea. After Sarah Palin’s Alaska succeeds in showing the American people who Governor Palin really is, contrary to what you and the media have been trying to manipulate them into believing, and her numbers begin climbing upwards, Mitt Romney can do his own series. He can pick one of the following as a title: “Mitt’s Massachusetts,” “Mitt’s Michigan,” "Mitt’s Utah," or "Mitt’s California." Or you know maybe it’ll be easier to keep it simple, as a friend suggested, maybe he just calls it "Mitt Romney's Estates".

With all due respect to Mr. Rove, I think he’s way past his buy-sell date. It’s no longer 2000. Much has happened since the architect couldn’t get his candidate to win the popular vote even when the climate was all in his favor.

Update: Allah at HotAir has more:
No doubt Rove would have said three months ago that appearing on Maher’s show in the 90s meant that O’Donnell could never beat Mike Castle, and yet here we are. Voters turned viciously on the GOP in 2006 and 2008 and now they’re about to turn viciously on Democrats; they’re utterly exasperated with what they’re getting from Washington, in which case if there’s ever a moment to try something out-of-the-box, now would be it. High risk, but high reward too.
More here


Is It Bizarro World? AP TV Critic Praises Governor Palin's New Travelogue Series

We didn't see this coming. In a week where John Cougar Mellencamp expresses admiration for Gov. Palin and Karl "Tokyo" Rove kicked her to the curb, comes this gem:

Associated Press Television Writer Frazier Moore serves up a glowing piece about Gov. Palin's upcoming series, Sarah Palin's Alaska, set to debut Nov. 14th on Discovery Channel.

His opening line:

Whatever you may think of Sarah Palin, the fact remains Alaska is magnificent with her as its presenter.

He goes on to recount several memorable scenes from the first eight episodes wherein Palin shows off her state, her charm, her outdoorsmanship, and her family. We learn that Todd even gets in a few understandable digs at Joe McGinniss, their erstwhile neighbor.

The much-anticipated documentary series, shot last summer, is based at Palin's lakeside home in Wasilla. There, cupcakes are baked and kids do their chores (or hear about it from Palin). Then Palin sets off, with family members in tow, on a jaunt such as salmon fishing on Big River Lake, where, almost within reach at the shoreline, a family of bears keeps them amused.

"Girls, when you cast, don't aim toward the bear," Palin cautions daughter Piper and niece McKinley in their boat.

"Why?" is the automatic comeback. Any parent will instantly relate.

We've seen many of these clips from the recently released trailer. But seeing its impact on someone we might imagine to have a different view of Palin than us is remarkable. Moore seems genuinely enchanted by Palin and her family. He even seems to think this series shows her in a new, perhaps more relatable light -- without the politics that so many people find divisive.

Granted, earlier on the show, Palin seizes on one irresistible metaphor to make a political point. Referring to the fence built by "Todd and his buddies" to separate the Palin homestead from McGinniss' gaze, she suggests it's something "others can look at and say, 'This is what we need to do to secure our nation's border.'"

That's open to debate. But overall the show leaves no doubt: Alaska is well worth a visit. Presenting it to viewers, Palin is literally at home.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Carl Paladino is Looking for a 'Real Leader'

Carl Paladino, New York gubernatorial candidate, who somehow acquired the "Tea Party Favorite" title, has shown himself once again to be a jerk at best and a complete nutcase at worst. His "angry boy" persona has not served him well up till now, and it's not getting any more promising.

His own self-defeating antics are responsible for the butt whoopin' the numbers show him receiving from Andrew Cuomo. And while I am all for a no-nonsense kind of leader, especially in my state of New York, I would like one that can combine no-nonsense with common sense--at least a hint of it. Not so with Paladino.

Knowing Americans are fed up with the damage political correctness has done, Paladino has tried to sell himself as the antithesis of such, assuming by so doing he is endearing himself to fed up New Yorkers. While refusing to wear the fear the Left tries to impose upon people is admirable, the wannabe governor's words and actions are not quite so admirable. His behavior has been disgraceful at a time when New York could really use a level-headed--albeit strong--public servant. Paladino, however, has too often shot himself in the foot. And again, he has taken a cheap shot at Governor Palin. With Election Day fast approaching, I ordinarily wouldn't ride the Republican candidate's tail too hard, but since he continues to wag it, since he's totally killed his own chances, and especially since he's used his platform to try to take down Governor Palin, he's got this coming.

The Huffington Post reports:

New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino took aim at the prospect of Sarah Palin pursuing a presidential run in 2012 in an interview with the New York Times published on Monday night.

In voicing his opinion on the matter, the Tea Party-backed hopeful reportedly criticized Palin as a "TV personality" in the making who isn't ready to serve the country in the White House.

It's not the first time that Paladino has stated the view in the wake of whispers about plans in the works for Palin to mount a presidential campaign in 2012.

"We need a real leader," explained the Republican candidate to New York-based station WNYC last month. "Not someone who just wants to go and throw a bunch of words around and proverbs and -- I want somebody that is going to be totally responsible. Someone that is a student of that government."

First of all, the media's obsession with asking politicians about Governor Palin and a 2012 run for the presidency is really telling. They have allowed her to rule and reign in their minds, and they are more concerned about what her next step may be than they are with the issues the candidates have espoused. Even though she has set her attention on 2010, they have visions of 2012 dancing in their heads. One must wonder, with all the hoopla surrounding this topic already, what in the world can we expect should she actually decide that she is running in 2012?

Second, with the mess New York state is in, one would think there is a plethora of more pressing issues to discuss with this man who claims to have the goods to move the Empire State forward. Yet somehow his opinion of Governor Palin as a contender for the presidency manages to find its way into the conversation. He should have his hands full. Where does he find the time?

Furthermore, Paladino's decision to take the low road and demean Governor Palin speaks more about his leadership--or lack thereof--than hers. His words concerning her demonstrate a gross lack of insight and awareness of the issues. He presents himself as a maverick who has come to turn things around, one who can buck the establishment and make a difference in New York. But what he illustrates is he's been missing in action or not paying attention. If he were more aware, he would recognize that Governor Palin has both accomplished more and laid more on the line for the sake of tea party conservative principles than anyone else to date. She has given herself completely to these mid-terms elections--making endorsements, donating funds, traveling the nation at an incredibly busy pace, her life even threatened in the process. She has done nothing less than put her efforts, her name, and her reputation on the line so that she can help restore sanity to Washington. All this while some others have taken the safer route--some too cowardly to make the long-shot endorsements, others making endorsements after Governor Palin's candidates have gained ground (but enough about Mitt).

The Governor is responsible for drawing attention to the danger of Obamacare, demanding we "repeal and replace," calling out cap-and-tax, and heralding fiscal responsibility. She has supported our military, taken a stand for common decency at Ground Zero, and stood on the side of border states determined to keep themselves safe despite the federal government's negligence. The work she has done toward energy independence will outlive each of us. She has promoted a culture of life and respect for those with special needs. Governor Palin has almost singlehandedly brought the revival we now see in this country, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Paladino states that Governor Palin merely throws a bunch of words around. Really? Well, with just one word spoken or written, the Governor has repeatedly raised thousands of dollars to help elect yet another common sense conservative who will serve for the right reasons. And we're supposed to take this guy's opinion of her seriously?

Carl Paladino says he wants someone responsible for president, and apparently Governor Palin doesn't fit the bill in his mind. Is he offering himself up as an exemplar of responsibility? Should she be taking notes from him? Well, let's take a look at his version of responsibility in both word and deed. Then you decide who has more credibility--and sensibility.

Douglas Feiden of the New York Daily News provides some background information on Paladino:

Framing everything in take-no-prisoners terms, Paladino weeks ago predicted his primary win and promised the same against Andrew Cuomo, the odds-on front-runner in the race for the governor's mansion.

"I promise you, I will take down Little Ricky [Rick Lazio], and after that, I will take out Prince Andrew," he said.

Paladino, 63, offered up a healthy dose of threats and invective while dining at Sinatra's, his favorite Italian eatery in his hometown of Buffalo.

"There will be blood on the floor," he said, washing down pork braciola with red wine.

"It won't be pretty, it won't be clean, but I will take them down."

Subtle as a pit bull, but with a fast smile and a mischievous glint in his eye, Paladino will vilify any foe and blurt out anything that comes to mind.

He told building contractors in Ronkonkoma that Gov. Paterson was "a wimp . . . really, he's pathetic." Former Gov. George Pataki? He's a "degenerate idiot."

Tough campaigning is a part of running for office, but Paladino's words work to show him as a loose cannon more prone to insults, profanity, and threats than anything else--and it's simply not working for him. In fact, it's worked against him and killed his chances. Paladino's track record shows his brand of responsibility to involve having no language filter, making serious personal allegations without sufficient evidence, and being commitment challenged.

In addition, he almost ruined his Primary chances when disgustingly racist, sexist, and pornographic emails he forwarded were leaked. His defense? He simply stated that he's not politically correct, that the emails were "just humor." The problem is New York state--and the state New York is in--are no laughing matters, and he has hurt the efforts to turn things around.

If Carl Paladino holds himself up as the example of a "real leader," if he is the standard by which leadership is measured, thank God Governor Palin doesn't fit his mold. Why in the world would anyone ask him to validate someone else's leadership credentials, especially someone with the success Governor Palin has enjoyed? It just shows, again, the state of the lamestream media.

Carl Paladino, who fancies himself a no-nonsense voice, needs to add some common sense to his resume'. Until then, he might just want to say nothing at all. Besides, instead of assessing Governor Palin's ability to handle the presidency in 2012, shouldn't he be spending all his energy between now and next Tuesday finding a way out of the hole he's dug for himself in New York?

(h/t Ron Devito, Stacy Drake)


Governor Palin: Rendezvous with Destiny

Waxing poetic about yesteryear and how it's still relevant today with a new Facebook note from Gov. Palin.

Today is the 46th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s famous speech, “A Time for Choosing.”

The thing that struck me as I watched it again was how relevant its message still is for today’s America. Just as in 1964, we have a president who says “we must accept a greater government activity in the affairs of the people.” And just as then, we hear the voices of those on the left who claim the profit motive has become “outdated” and the Constitution “outmoded.” Back then liberals aimed to build a Great Society in which the state looked after us “from the cradle to the grave.” Today’s “fundamental transformation” doesn’t have a similarly catchy name, but its aims are no different from those of Johnson’s central planners.

And so once again we face an election in which the fundamental issue is “whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”

Reagan believed that in the end, Americans would always choose liberty over tyranny. He called it our “destiny,” our American birth right. Well, this coming Tuesday, you and I have another rendezvous with destiny. America, let’s go and win one for the Gipper.

- Sarah Palin

Video of Pres. Reagan's timeless speech posted below:


Governor Palin Campaigns for Joe Miller Tomorrow Evening in Anchorage/Open Thread

She's campaigning for Joe Miller tomorrow evening in Anchorage. The rally begins at 7 PM Alaska time. Let us know if you plan on attending in the comments. Miller's people believe that re-emergence of Governor Palin in the final week of this campaign "should be enough to push Miller over the finish line" just as her re-emergence in the final week of the primary pushed Miller over the finish line. More information on the event is included in the link that I just provided. In any event, here's the news:

-She tweeted a preview of what she's going to say at the Anchorage rally tomorrow.

-She tops the Forbes' list for most powerful women of the 2010 election.

-In case you missed it, her PAC has had a strong first thirteen days of the final quarter. Help keep the momentum going here. She is well ahead of the amount of money that Obama and Clinton raised during the 2005-2006 election for their PACs and there's still a lot of time left in the quarter.

-As you can see from her PAC report, she made many contributions in the first thirteen days to a lot of candidates. Check out Organize4Palin to find out how you can best help these candidates get to office.

-The Heritage Foundation notes Palin's "intelligent, informed positions on international trade."

-Even Rich Galen concedes Palin is winning her battle against Obama in 2010.

-The feds want eighteen months for the Palin e-mail hacker/felon.

-Cubachi slams Charlie Crist for attacking Governor Palin and the Tea Party.

-Mike Pence appears to be running to become Indiana's Governor.

The latest campaign ad from Joe Miller:

What else is going on tonight? It wasn't a very good opening night for the Miami Heat. Any predictions for the NBA Finals and World Series?

Congratulations to Bristol for moving on! Hilariously, some in the Democrat Party and the far-left are blaming this blog for Bristol getting so far when in reality, the young lady is quite skilled for someone who just started learning how to dance several weeks ago.


SarahPAC Has A Strong First Half of the First Month of the Final Quarter, Help Keep the Momentum Going

Apparently, PACs are required to post their numbers for the first half of the first month of the last quarter of the election cycle. Even though she hasn't put much effort into fundraising for herself as she has been focused on helping candidates that she's endorsed, Governor Palin's PAC had a strong first half of the first month of the final quarter of the cycle. She is on pace to record her strongest quarter yet.

Commentator PEC dug into the numbers and found the following:

From 1 October until 15 October She raised 303,551 dollars. At that rate this would be her largest quarter. Itemized was only about 87 thousand (Sarah always raises more Grassroots than big donors).

PEC also notes that Governor Palin donated the maximum $5000 to Ruth McClung's campaign (you can donate to Ruth here). In comparison, during an equivalent period in 2006, Barack Obama's PAC raised $78,000.

Help keep Governor Palin's momentum going by donating to her PAC here. It's incumbent on us to help her considering that she's not emphasizing her personal fundraising given her focus on the midterms. Anyone else seeing her ads pop up on various websites?


Democrat Party Asks Pentagon to Assist With Obama's Opposition Research on Governor Palin For 2012 Re-election Campaign

This is, to say the least, shocking. The Democrat Party has requested that the Pentagon help Obama's 2012 re-election effort by assisting with opposition research on Governor Palin and other potential GOP candidates. More Chicago-style politics in the Age of Obama, I guess. Via Rick Klein at ABC News:

The Democratic National Committee formally has asked the Pentagon for reams of correspondence between military agencies and nine potential Republican presidential candidates, a clear indication that Democrats are building opposition-research files on specific 2012 contenders even before the midterm elections.

An internal Army e-mail obtained by ABC News indicates that the DNC has filed Freedom of Information Act requests for "any and all records of communication" between Army departments and agencies and each of the nine Republicans -- all of whom are widely mentioned as possible challengers to President Obama.

The agencies are asked to respond to the request by this Friday, just four days before Election Day.

The nine Republicans that Democrats are seeking information on are former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska; former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass.; Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.; Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind.; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.

The article goes on to claim that this is done all the time:

Such requests are typical in the world of opposition research, which involves casting a broad net for publicly available material that may at some point prove embarrassing or incriminating to political candidates.

This seems absurd to me. Can anyone imagine the howls of protest we would have heard from MSNBC, CNN, and all the other Democrat media outlets if Bush had requested help with opposition research from the Pentagon as he was gearing up for re-election? I have no doubt that charges of abuse of power and demands for impeachment would have echoed throughout the beltway had he done so. At a time when we're fighting two wars, the Pentagon is going to divert scarce resources to help Obama's re-election campaign? If this is legal, it certainly shouldn't be. Obama (and make no mistake, the DNC does nothing without Obama's approval) wants the Pentagon to dig into Governor Palin's past all the way back to her days in the Wasilla city government:

...the FOIA request provides a window into how deeply into potential candidates' pasts opposition researchers are looking, even at this early stage.


The DNC is asking for information related to Palin's service on the Wasilla, Alaska, City Council in the early 1990s...

I have no doubt that they won't find anything, given the unprecedented level of scrutiny Governor Palin has been under by the Left since she first emerged as a threat to liberalism in August of 2008. There has not been a candidate (or private citizen) in the history of America who has been vetted to the extent Governor Palin has, and yet they have nothing. But that's not the point. Is it really the job of the Pentagon to assist in digging for dirt on political opponents of the President? Is this what Obama meant by hope and change?

(h/t Whitney)


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