Next week the Governor will be embarking on her second book tour promoting the release of her new book America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag. During the tour the Governor will presumably do a series of media appearances, we will of course post them as they become available .
Saturday, November 13, 2010
All the cool kids are at the C4P meet-up in Chicago. The Governor also tweeted a message to the attendees. For the rest of us, here's the open thread:
Her show debuts tomorrow evening on TLC. Here is Governor Palin in her own words talking about the show.
The next Speaker of the House tweeted her letter to the Republican Freshmen class.
James Pethokoukis from Reuters discusses Palinomics.
The report about George Soros and Randy Scheunemann shows "literally nothing."
The Daily Kos pollster will likely show Palin leading in Ohio and my home state of Washington next week.
Could someone give us a summary in the comments about what else is in the People magazine article about Governor Palin?
*BumpedWelcome to all Republican Freshmen and congratulations!Congratulations to all of you for your contribution to this historic election, and for the contributions I am certain you will make to our country in the next two years. Your victory was hard fought, and the success belongs entirely to you and the staff and volunteers who spent countless hours working for this chance to put government back on the side of the people. Now you will come to Washington to serve your nation and leave your mark on history by reining in government spending, preserving our freedoms at home, and restoring America’s leadership abroad. Some of you have asked for my thoughts on how best to proceed in the weeks and months ahead and how best to advance an agenda that can move our country forward. I have a simple answer: stick to the principles that propelled your campaigns. When you take your oath to support and defend our Constitution and to faithfully discharge the duties of your office, remember that present and future generations of “We the People” are counting on you to stand by that oath. Never forget the people who sent you to Washington. Never forget the trust they placed in you to do the right thing.The task before you is daunting because so much damage has been done in the last two years, but I believe you have the chance to achieve great things.Republicans campaigned on a promise to rein in out-of-control government spending and to repeal and replace the massive, burdensome, and unwanted health care law President Obama and the Democrat Congress passed earlier this year in defiance of the will of the majority of the American people. These are promises that you must keep. Obamacare is a job-killer, a regulatory nightmare, and an enormous unfunded mandate. The American people don’t want it and we can’t afford it. We ask, with all due respect, that you remember your job will be to work to replace this legislation with real reform that relies on free market principles and patient-centered policies. The first step is, of course, to defund Obamacare.You’ve also got to be deadly serious about cutting the deficit. Despite what some would like us to believe, tax cuts didn’t get us into the mess we’re in. Government spending did. Tough decisions need to be made about reducing government spending. The longer we put them off, the worse it will get. We need to start by cutting non-essential spending. That includes stopping earmarks (because abuse of the earmark process created the "gateway-drug" that allowed backroom deals and bloated budgets), canceling all further spending on the failed Stimulus program, and rolling back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels. You can do more, but this would be a good start.In order to avert a fiscal disaster, we will also need to check the growth of spending on our entitlement programs. That will be a huge challenge, but it must be confronted head on. We must do it in a humane way that honors the government’s current commitments to our fellow Americans while also keeping faith with future generations. We cannot rob from our children and grandchildren’s tomorrow to pay for our unchecked spending today. Beyond that, we need to reform the way Congress conducts business in order to make it procedurally easier to cut spending than to increase it. We need to encourage zero-based budgeting practices in D.C. like the kind fiscally conservative mayors and governors utilize to balance their budgets and reduce unnecessary spending.There in the insulated and isolated Beltway you will be far removed from the economic pain felt by so many Americans who are out of work. Please remember that if we want real job growth, we must create a stable investment climate by ending the tidal wave of overly burdensome regulations coming out of Washington. Businesses need certainty – and freedom that incentivizes competition – to grow and expand our workforce.The last thing our small businesses need is tax hikes. It falls to the current Democrat-controlled Congress to decide on the future of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. If it does not permanently renew all of them, you should move quickly to do so in the new Congress. It would remove from households and businesses the threat of a possible $3.8 trillion tax hike hitting all Americans at the worst possible moment, with our economy struggling to recover from a deep recession! You must continue to remind Democrats that the people they are dismissing as “rich” are the small business owners who create up to 70% of all jobs in this country!Another issue of vital importance is border security. Americans expect our leadership in Washington to act now to secure our borders. Don’t fall for the claims of those who suggest that we can’t secure our borders until we simultaneously deal with the illegal immigrants already here. Let’s deal with securing the border first. That alone is a huge challenge that has been ignored for far too long.On foreign policy and national security, I urge you to stick to our principles: strong defense, free trade, nurturing allies, and steadfast opposition to America’s enemies. We are the most powerful country on earth and the world is better off because of it. Our president does not seem to understand this. If we withdraw from the world, the world will become a much more dangerous place. You must push President Obama to finish the job right in Iraq and get the job done in Afghanistan, otherwise we who are war-weary will forever question why America’s finest are sent overseas to make the ultimate sacrifice with no clear commitment to victory from those who send them. You should be prepared to stand with the President against Iran’s nuclear aspirations using whatever means necessary to ensure the mullahs in Tehran do not get their hands on nuclear weapons. And you can stand with the Iranian people who oppose the tyrannical rule of the clerics and concretely support their efforts to win their freedom – even if the President does not.You need to say no to cutting the necessities in our defense budget when we are engaged in two wars and face so many threats – from Islamic extremists to a nuclear Iran to a rising China. As Ronald Reagan said, “We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.” You will also have the opportunity to push job-creating free trade agreements with allies like Colombia and South Korea. You can stand with allies like Israel, not criticize them. You can let the President know what you believe – Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, not a settlement. And for those of you joining the United States Senate, don’t listen to desperate politically-motivated arguments about the need for hasty consideration of the “New START” treaty. Insist on your right to patient and careful deliberation of New START to address very real concerns about verification, missile defense, and modernization of our nuclear infrastructure. No New START in the lame duck!You can stand against misguided proposals to try dangerous, evil terrorists in the US; precipitously close the Guantanamo prison; and a return to the failed policies of the past in treating the war on terror as a law enforcement problem. Finally, you have a platform to express the support of the American people for all those around the world seeking their freedom that God has bestowed within all mankind’s being – from Burma and Egypt to Russia and Venezuela – because the spread of liberty increases our own security. You, freshmen lawmakers, can and will be powerful voices in support of foreign policies that protect our interests and promote our values! Thank you for being willing to fight for our values and our freedom!In all this, you should extend a hand to President Obama and Democrats in Congress. After this election, they may finally be prepared to work with Republicans on some of these issues for the good of the country. And if not, we will all be looking forward to 2012.Remember that some in the media will love you when you stray from the time-tested truths that built America into the most exceptional nation on earth. When the Left in the media pat you on the back, quickly reassess where you are and readjust, for the liberals' praise is a warning bell you must heed. Trust me on that.I and most Americans are so excited for you. Working together, we have every right to be optimistic about our future. We can be hopeful because real hope lies in the ingenuity, generosity, and boundless courage of the everyday Americans who make our country exceptional. These are the men and women who sent you to Washington. May your work and leadership honor their faith in you.With sincere congratulations and a big Alaskan heart,Sarah Palin
Kathleen Parker fancied herself most clever as she bragged about leading the charge to destroy Governor Palin. In an interview with John Ziegler, she made the assertion that she was not only a willing participant, but the spearheader of "the assassination of Sarah Palin."
Apparently, while spending her time focusing on how to get rid of the Governor--something she obviously failed miserably at accomplishing--she was "duped" by then-candidate Obama, although, for some reason, she was not as quick to admit to this particular point.
Via NewsBusters, here's the Parker Spitzer exchange between Ziegler and Parker:
JOHN ZIEGLER: So you didn't buy into the Obama moderation myth?Read this interview here.
KATHLEEN PARKER: I did.
ZIEGLER: You were duped by the media --
PARKER: I was one of those people who thought this is a guy who is talking about not a red, not a blue America, and who's going to bring the country together.
ZIEGLER: So you were duped.
PARKER: I was at that 2004 Democratic convention.
ZIEGER: Were you duped?
PARKER: No, I'm not going to say I was duped, I'm saying --
ZIEGLER: So you stand by that.
PARKER: Listen to you: I'm the interviewer here. [Nervous laughter] This is fun; this is fun. But I wrote critical things of him, and I still write critical things of him.
ZIEGLER: You endorsed him. You endorsed him before the election. And you took pride --
PARKER: I did not endorse. I did not endorse.
ZIEGLER: You took part in the targeting of Sarah Palin. You essentially took part in the assassination of Sarah Palin 1.0. That person is dead; she doesn't exist any more.
PARKER: No, no, no. Actually, I did not take part in it: I led it. Let's be clear. Let's get our facts straight.
While Kathleen Parker feels oddly proud of herself for her leadership role in what she perceives to be the taking down of Governor Palin--while she celebrates herself--she falls short, it seems, of recognizing or admitting that she failed miserably in her so-called leadership role. No one has killed Governor Palin. No one has destroyed her message, either. In fact, she is standing taller and has emerged stronger since the pitiful attempts to cut off and assassinate her character, her career, and her--dare I say--cajones.
The Governor spoke to this yesterday via Twitter.
Parker: appreciate your admittance. Now, I'm still standing;Standing by family, faith & flag. Who do u stand by today? http://bit.ly/d5p72x
It's this type of response from Governor Palin that drives both the Left and the Right crazy. She is still standing. None of the attempts to destroy her--no matter how coordinated and committed--have yielded any rewards. She is not only still standing; she's moving forward and shaping the current political conversation in America. What drives people even crazier is the fact that she can confront these self-professed opponents, as she did yesterday, and point out that they are utter failures. How odd it is that Kathleen Parker would even admit to something that shows her to be such a complete loser in this effort.
It'll take more than a Kathleen Parker, or a lamestream media, to assassinate Governor Palin. She knows it--and she reminds them of it. They know it, too. And this is precisely why they hate her.
Instead of fighting a losing battle, perhaps at some point these haters will come to realize the wisdom in the old saying, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."
* Speaking of "family, faith & flag" that the Governor refers to in her tweet, be sure to order her book by the same name and join her at one of her book tour stops.
NYT: Obama Ends G-20 Summit With Criticism of China
AP: G-20 fallout: Trade barriers, tensions could rise
WSJ: Embarrassment in Seoul
Instapundit: Ben Bernanke's Made-up Money
Jeff Cox: No Inflation? Grocery Stores, Gas Prices Tell Different Story
NRO: An Opening Volley Against the Deficit
Dan Mitchell: Obama’s Fiscal Commission Unveils Real Tax Increases and Fake Spending Cuts
IBD: Means To An End To Big Spending
Friday, November 12, 2010
“They’re going to criticize me no matter what I do, so I might as well dance.” – Bristol Palin
Race car great Mario Andretti once said, “If everything’s under control then you’re going too slow.” In Alaska, we have two speeds in the summertime: fast and faster – that’s because Alaskan summers are so short and sweet. We always try to cram it all in before the leaves change and snow flies again. Seasons change so quickly up here that we’re full-speed ahead to capture every minute under the Midnight Sun doing what we love to do in the great outdoors.
Last summer my family documented our travels through Alaska so that the rest of America could see and experience our country’s young, independent, resource-rich Last Frontier.
From sliming salmon together at our family’s commercial fishing sites on the world’s largest salmon spawning grounds in Bristol Bay, to white water rafting in the wilds, searching for gold, climbing mountains, hunting wild game near rich oil fields, and watching mama bears protecting their cubs a mere stone’s throw away from my own, Alaska will be highlighted in a spectacular way in this eight-week TLC series called “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” We’ll show you what inspires and motivates us: the grandeur of God’s creation, the satisfaction of a good day’s hard work, the rugged pioneering spirit that carves a life out of the wilderness and makes a living on the waters, the wisdom and traditions of our Alaska Natives, and the wealth of our natural resources which allows us to support ourselves and contribute to America’s security.
So, while traveling by bush planes, dog sleds, four-wheelers, trucks, and boom boats across the vast expanses of America’s largest state, my family documented Alaska to share it with other American families.
No doubt critics who seem to live to criticize will follow suit with this project. So be it. Todd and I are showing people our home state which we love, and we wanted to create the sort of family-friendly, uplifting, educational television that we like to watch with our kids. We made something that people could watch as a family, have fun discussing the project’s content, and maybe then decide that they want to head up to the Last Frontier and see the epic 49th state for themselves.
Americans are hungry for decent entertainment that doesn’t offend our sensibilities or insult our intelligence. So many parents are upset about all of the negative things on television. We’re often told to just turn off the TV, but let’s face it: turning it off doesn’t really shut it off. You can’t block out the world. Instead of turning the TV off, families usually end up making the most of what’s on – even if the message is anything but positive. The only real solution is to offer positive alternatives. That’s what we have done here. It’s my hope that these eight episodes will be just such a positive offering, and a tribute to Alaska, and a reminder of America’s pioneering spirit.
Sure, there will be the usual critics who still won’t understand why we would document the natural resources and uniqueness of the Last Frontier, though in doing this I am keeping my promise to fellow Alaskans that I would do all I could to support and promote Alaska. My answer to those naysayers is the reminder my daughter Bristol offered when she was blessed with the opportunity to participate on “Dances with the Stars.” I cautioned Bristol about all the criticism she’d no doubt encounter. Bristol told me, “Mom, they’re going to criticize me no matter what I do, so I might as well dance!” Yes, they’ll criticize us no matter what, so I might as well climb and fly and trek and build and hunt and fish and share with you the awe-inspiring beauty of Alaska...and because I wanted my family along for the ride, I want your family to come along, too. Follow me there!
Please tune in Sunday at 9:00 pm (8:00 central). The show’s opening lyrics sing the invitation: “Come on and follow me there...to my sanctuary! Follow me there!”
- Sarah Palin
With all that is happening in the world I can’t believe the media is in a tizzy because SarahPAC’s last filing was off by a total of $25. Our treasurer and attorney report that our vendor who handles these calculations is re-looking at the figures to find out where the $25 glitch is in their system. Everything else in today’s very rudimentary and quite ordinary FEC inquiry letter has been answered. If anyone would care to look at other PACs, they’ll discover that they get these sorts of letter too and many of them much more frequently than SarahPAC. But, golly, sure glad the LSM (including KTUU in Anchorage) is on top of this “controversy”!
- Sarah Palin
LSM, including Anchorage's KTUU: pls do simple homework before getting in tizzy over multi-million $ SarahPAC's $25 discrepancy. Please? $25
I’m looking forward to hitting the road again for the release of my new book “America By Heart.” The book is a collection of essays and reflections about our exceptional country. It discusses the ideals we must pass on to the next generation to ensure that we remain, in the words of Reagan, “the shining city on a hill,” and in the words of Lincoln, “the last best hope of earth.”
Below are dates, times, and locations for the tour. Please feel free to contact each venue for more information. My family will be joining me along the way, and they look forward to meeting you as much as I do. We’ll try to add some more stops if time allows. And, of course, we'll wrap up the whole tour in Alaska just as we did last time.
We can’t wait to see you soon!
- Sarah Palin
P.S. Included below is a flyer for the tour. Feel free to pass it around!
Barnes & Noble
Desert Ridge Marketplace
21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 42
Phoenix, AZ 85050
6:00 – 9:00 PM
9725 East 71st Street
Tulsa, OK 74133
6:00 – 9:00 PM
919 South 20th Street
Norfolk, NE 68701
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
DES MOINES, IA
4100 University Ave, Ste 115
West Des Moines, IA 50265
6:00 – 9:00 PM
225 East Cloud
Andover, KS 67002
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
7700 West Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75225
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Houston, TX 77098
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS, LA
Barnes & Noble
3721 Veterans Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70002
6:00 – 9:00 PM
BATON ROUGE, LA
2380 Towne Center Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
LITTLE ROCK, AR
900 S. Bowman Rd.
Little Rock, AR 72211
5:30 – 8:30 PM
98 Seaboard Lane
Brentwood, TN 37027
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY 40503
6:00 – 9:00 PM
SPIRIT LAKE, IA
Walmart Supercenter Store
2200 17th Street
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
1424 W. Carmel Drive
Carmel, IN 46032
6:00 – 9:00 PM
11390 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45249
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Village at Sandhill
164 Forum Drive
Columbia, SC 29229
6:00 – 9:00 PM
I placed the flyer Governor Palin is referring to in the Facebook note at the top of this post. We also plan to set up a Google Calendar with the dates, times, and locations with a link to it from the blog like we did last year for "Going Rogue".
David Kernell, convicted of obstruction of justice and unauthorized access for breaking into Governor Palin's private e-mail account during the 2008 presidential election, was sentenced today. The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports:
A federal judge today ordered a former University of Tennessee student who snooped through Sarah Palin's private e-mail account in 2008 to serve a year and a day for his crime and recommended that his time be served at a Knoxville halfway house.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips noted the sentence for David Kernell goes on the books as a term of imprisonment. He said the U.S. Bureau of Prisons could override his recommendation that Kernell spend his days over the next year at the Midway Rehabilitative Center on Magnolia Avenue.
Phillips said Kernell's actions in 2008 merited some form of imprisonment not because his victim was a prominent political figure but because what he did threatened "the expectation of privacy that we all have."
Kernell spoke today for the first time since he was charged.
"I'm not going to make any excuses," he told Phillips in court. "For the rest of my life I'm going to be ashamed and guilty for what I've done."
Phillips insisted that his recommendation for a halfway house should not be viewed as an act of leniency.
"Even if the defendant serves his sentence at a halfway house, this combined with a criminal conviction is significant punishment ... and a sufficient restriction of the defendant's liberty."
According to WATE, Kernell's time in custody will be followed by three years of probation.
When I wote this 18 months ago I little thought that it would lead me to breakfast in Chicago this morning. Later today I am going downtown to meet up with C4Pers and finally put some faces to names I only know from the comments section. According to the US media (and many UK drones) I will be mixing up with characters straight out of Lil Abner but somehow I have my doubts about that...
It’s good to be back in America after ten years though I doubt this time I will meet Bo Diddley in a lift. Some things don’t change, though – I had to tell the cabbie how to get to my overnight hotel from O’Hare and US customs still seemed obsessed with the risk of me bringing in apples but this time the lines were better managed and the officers slightly more cheerful than in the nineties.
BTW 1 – if anyone wants a nice, clean but not wallet busting hotel as a base for exploring Chicago then the Quality Inn O’Hare would be an excellent choice. It has a good restaurant and a lively bar – and the desk clerk not only recognised me as an inter-galactic hero but is also a Chelsea fan....(that's real football, of course...lol..)
BTW2 - now wouldn't it be good to see a certain person as President representing the US here in 2015.....
So off now to the city centre clutching my UK passport and wearing my Remembrance Day poppy...
The second C4P Meet-Up starts today in Chicago. I hope everyone who is attending the event has a great time. We hope to receive updates as to what is going on throughout the day.
Congratulations to the organizers for putting on another successful event.
Arthur Laffer: A Growth Agenda for the New Congress
VDH: The Politics of Budget-Cutting
IBD: Ear (Of Corn) Marks
Reuters: Tensions with states grow over high speed rail
Conn Carroll: Federal Workers Need Reality, Not Raises
NYT: Battle Lines Drawn Over Medicaid in Texas
Politico: Bredesen wants President Obama 'mea culpa'
WSJ: New Programs Steer Veterans, Families to Entrepreneurship
CSM: Tumultuous parliamentary session threatens Iraq's fragile, new government
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Sarah Palin — accompanied at times by family members — later this month will launch a nine-day, 16-stop signing tour for her new book, “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag.”
Among the destinations sure to get buzz: Des Moines and Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Palin’s strategic schedule includes a stop in Tulsa, Okla., on “Black Friday” — the day after Thanksgiving — and then four more stops during that big shopping weekend.
The tour has more of a heartland concentration than the 35-city tour for her memoir “Going Rogue” (the best-selling nonfiction book of 2009) and adds such markets as Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The venues include the giant book chains — Borders, Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million. But the former Alaska governor will also sign books at all-American locations like Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco and Kroger.
Here’s the list of stops:
Nov. 23: Phoenix
Nov. 26: Tulsa, Okla.
Nov. 27: Norfolk, Neb.
Nov. 27: Des Moines
Nov. 28: Andover, Kan.
Nov. 28: Dallas
Nov. 29: Houston
Nov. 29: New Orleans
Nov. 30: Baton Rouge, La.
Nov. 30: Little Rock, Ark.
Dec. 1: Brentwood, Tenn.
Dec. 1: Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 2: Spirit Lake, Iowa
Dec. 2. Carmel, Ind.
Dec. 3: Cincinnati
Dec. 3: Columbia, S.C.
Governor Palin's "Evening of Hope" in Dallas / America By Heart Book Tour / Veterans Day Open ThreadBy Sheya
Speaking at Dallas' Majestic Theatre, Sarah Palin on Wednesday called for Congress to repeal the nation's new health law because, among other things, it would lead to more abortions.
"It is even worse than what we had thought. The ramifications of this legislation are horrendous," Palin said in a speech to about 800 people.
Palin was in town for an "Evening of Hope," an event sponsored by Heroic Media, a faith-based group that uses media to connect women with unplanned pregnancies to resource centers.
Heroic Media has been in the Dallas area since May and is seeking to bring down the area's rising rate of abortions.
The former Alaska governor urged the audience to hold elected officials accountable, particularly those in Congress who "caved at the last minute" as the health care law was approved.
She said that President Barack Obama's executive order prohibiting the use of federal funds for abortion after the health care bill was passed was nonbinding. She added that the administration later made federal funds available for high-risk insurance pools in some states that allow elective abortions.
"The biggest advance of the abortion industry in America has been the passage of Obamacare," she said.
After her speech, Palin joined a panel discussion that included Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbott, Dallas lawyer Kelly Shackelford and Dallas minister Stephen Broden. The program was moderated by WBAP-AM (820) radio personality Mark Davis, who is also an editorial columnist for The Dallas Morning News.
Perry agreed that Washington was a threat to abortion opponents.
"The stakes, I don't believe they've ever been higher," Perry said. "We've got to protest louder and let them know we're fed up," making a reference to his new anti-Washington book.
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert introduced Palin and welcomed her to the city.
Via the Associated Press: (Note: This has not yet been confirmed by the Governor or anyone in her team)
HarperCollins announced Wednesday that the former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor will be on the road from Nov. 23 to Dec. 3, with a break for Thanksgiving, to promote "American by Heart," subtitled "Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag." The book, coming out Nov. 23, is her first since the million-selling memoir "Going Rogue."
So it begins..
Former first lady Nancy Reagan announced plans Thursday to invite the leading Republican contenders to the first debate of the presidential primary season, to be held at her late husband’s presidential library and co-hosted by POLITICO and NBC News.
Republicans should have some say into who hosts their debates.
Palin, if she decides to run, faces a grueling series of challenges — just like the other candidates. Except she'll not benefit from the selective standard that liberals apply when evaluating "their own."
What Bush misses most about Presidency
I find it remarkable that it's even necessary to point out something as obvious as the above, but this lunacy just won't die. So, I thought it worthwhile to take a dispassionate and rigorous look at the facts, something those who are pushing this absurd meme are too lazy -- or ignorant -- to do. As a reminder, the following beltway pundits and politicos have made this asinine claim: Mark McKinnon, Michael Gerson, Slow Joe Scarborough, Peggy Noonan, Margaret Carlson, Spencer Bachus, and Client #9's partner, Kathleen Parker.
I'm sure there will be more...beltway ignorance, evidently, knows no bounds. We could possibly throw Karl Rove into this as well, but I can't recall hearing him state, specifically, that Governor Palin is responsible for the Republican's failure to take the Senate. Delaware, but not the Senate as those above have. So I'll leave him off the list...for now.
Regardless of what happens in Alaska, The Republican caucus will number 47 when the Senate convenes in January. Since the mid-terms, many of our brilliant beltway betters have attempted to make the case that the Republicans would have won a majority if not for Governor Palin's involvement in the mid-term elections. To have a majority, Republicans would have needed to net four more seats. A 50-50 Senate would still be controlled by the Democrat Party as Joe Biden would have been the tie-breaker.
First, as I noted in a previous post, "blaming" Governor Palin for the failure of the Republicans to take the Senate is not qualitatively different than blaming a pitcher who just threw a two-hit shutout for not tossing a no-hitter. A recent poll of right of center bloggers noted the obvious: that those most politically active in the conservative grass roots know that Governor Palin was the overwhelming "MVP" in the mid-terms. In short, she had more influence on the Republican blowout than any other single person, and to suggest that she bears "blame" for anything is beyond silly. That is unless you wanted Democrats to win.
That aside, let's attempt to determine where the aforementioned geniuses think those additional four seats could have come from, and examine their case for Governor Palin's culpability in the failure to take them. The seven states thought to be in play from which the Republicans would have had to capture those four seats were, in no particular order, California, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Delaware, West Virginia, and Connecticut. None of the other Democrat-held seats were considered to be in play.
First, let's consider Washington and Connecticut, Governor Palin did not endorse anyone in either of these primaries. Indeed in Washington, she endorsed Clint Didier, a Tea party favorite who lost to the establishment candidate, Dino Rossi. In Connecticut, Linda McMahon easily defeated her two opponents in the primary and, due to her ability to self-finance, had at least the tacit support of the establishment.
In California, Governor Palin endorsed Carly Fiorina in the primary, and she was generally regarded as the strongest of the potential candidates the Republicans could run against Barbara Boxer in a deep blue state, even by the establishment. In West Virginia, John Raese, though certainly not an establishment candidate, ran unopposed in the primary. Enough said. Governor Palin only endorsed Raese in the general election. So, in Washington, Connecticut, California, and West Virginia, Governor Palin only made one primary endorsement, and that endorsement went to Carly Fiorina, hardly a Tea party candidate. Indeed she endorsed Fiorina instead of the Tea Party candidate, Chuck Devore.
In the remaining three states, Colorado, Nevada, and Delaware, the Tea Party candidate did ultimately win the primary. Let's examine Governor Palin's role, if any, in their primary victories. In Colorado, Ken Buck was never endorsed by Governor Palin, not in the primary, not even in the general election. And in Nevada, we've noted multiple times that Governor Palin did not endorse Sharron Angle in the Nevada Primary. It was only after Nevada voters chose Angle that Governor Palin offered her support.
This brings us to Delaware. Governor Palin endorsed Christine O'Donnell less than a week before the Delaware Primary. At the time, O'Donnell was surging in the polls and was no doubt boosted by Palin's endorsement. Polls leading up to the primary indicated that Mike Castle would beat the Democrat, Chris Coons, and O'Donnell would lose to him. It's on this basis that establishment Republicans claim that Governor Palin is responsible for Coons' victory. This raises two questions: First, did Governor Palin's endorsement seal Castle's fate? Second, can we count on the accuracy of pre-primary hypothetical polls? The answer to the first is a definite maybe. As I noted, O'Donnell was already closing on Castle in the polls. Whether or not Governor Palin's endorsement alone was enough to put her over the top is open to question.
With regard to the second question, we have more to go on. Ian noted that exit polling data indicated Coons would have beaten Castle too. The question here is which polls are more reliable: hypothetical pre-primary polls or exit polls of actual voters. I believe the latter has more predictive value, and that Coons would have defeated Castle. But that being said, let's assume that Governor Palin is personally responsible for the Democrat victory in Delaware (she isn't, but in the interest of compromise and civility, I'll pretend to concede this point to my beltway betters).
The question then becomes this: does conceding Governor Palin's "culpability" in Delaware allow one to credibly make the charge, as those listed above do, that she is responsible for Republican failure to capture the additional seats required for a Senate majority? Well, for that to be the case, we have to assign blame to Governor Palin in at least three of the remaining six races for the math to work. So let's take another look and see if we can find three more states where a plausible (or even implausible) case can be made that Governor Palin is in any way responsible for the Republican's inability to select a stronger general election candidate.
Washington: She endorsed Clint Didier, who lost in the primary to the establishment candidate, Dino Rossi. Mark that down as a definite no.
Connecticut: She didn't endorse anyone in the primary. Another no.
Nevada: As in Connecticut, she did not endorse anyone in the primary. Another no.
Colorado: See Connecticut and Nevada.
West Virginia: See Colorado
California: While she did make an endorsement in this primary, the endorsement went not to the Tea Party candidate, but to Carly Fiorina, a mainstream conservative who was universally acknowledged by the establishment as the strongest possible candidate the Republicans could field to run against Barbara Boxer. Another no.
Hmmm. Looks like Bachus, Slow Joe, and the rest of the characters above are skating on some pretty thin ice, if any at all. The only case they may have, however implausible, is in Delaware (see above). Even if we concede that, we only get to 48 Senators, no? The math simply doesn't work. That is unless 48 constitutes a majority (maybe their mathematical prowess is as sound as their political analysis). Am I missing something? Perhaps one of the geniuses listed above who is pushing this narrative can enlighten me. In which three of the above six states is Governor Palin responsible for the Republican loss? It's time to put up or shut up. State your case. I'm all ears.
Update: Although he agrees with my conclusion that Governor Palin is not responsible for the failure of the GOP to take the Senate, Dave Weigel at Slate disagrees with my contention that Coons would have won Delaware even if Castle had prevailed in the Republican primary. He cites a final exit poll indicating Coons would have lost to Castle by two points (44-42) to counter the exit poll to which I linked indicating Coons would have defeated Castle by one point (43-42). Fair enough. But, I hasten to add, both are within the margin of error and, even if we concede that the poll to which Weigel referred is superior and Castle would have defeated Coons had he won the primary, there is still no concrete evidence that Governor Palin's late endorsement alone resulted in Christine O'Donnell's primary victory.
But this is irrelevant. As Weigel correctly notes, even if we acquiesce to the notion that Governor Palin is "responsible" for O'Donnell's primary victory and subsequent failure of the GOP to take the Delaware Senate seat, there is no credible case to be made that she is responsible for any of the six other Republican Senate losses to which I referred. On that much more salient point, Weigel and I are simpatico.
This past Tuesday, conservative film maker John Ziegler's 2009 independent documentary, Media Malpractice: How Obama got Elected and Palin was Targeted was finally released to mainstream retailers and OnDemand cable/satellite services. The first part of the film exposes the blatant media bias that first propelled underdog candidate Barack Obama to an upset victory over favorite Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary in early 2008. The second part of the film chronicles how the mainstream media attempted to destroy Governor Palin's credibility and VP candidacy. The same mainstream media bias and agenda that ultimately helped Obama to win the 2008 Presidential election over John McCain and Governor Palin.
An email announcement from Mr. Ziegler gives the details:
Dear John Ziegler/Media Malpractice Mailing List Members:
I am very excited to tell you that, as of today, my film "Media Malpractice... How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted" is available via almost every Video On Demand provider in the country and could be accessed by 80 million cable subscribers.
Also, a brand new version of the DVD with over 45 minutes of new material, is being sold in several major stores.
This kind of development is virtually unheard for a conservative documentary and you can get all the incredible details on the release here.
I hope that you will spread the news about this release.
Thanks so much for your support.
Mr. Ziegler was one of the first to interview Governor Palin about the main stream media attacks and false narratives that were pushed into the mainstream about her during the 2008 campaign (this interview is available in full on the documentary DVD).
Mr. Ziegler did an interview about the new release with Ed Morrisey at Hot Air (which Governor Palin tweeted about this week):
RT @hotairblog Media Malpractice re-release: six questions for John Ziegler: Behind the scenes. http://bit.ly/d3WkEV
He also did an interview on the Bob and Mark show last week. You can listen to that here.
He is also scheduled to appear on CNN's Parker/Spitzer tonight at 8pm ET to discuss the film.
Palin Leads in Wisconsin, Maine, West Virginia, and Texas, Effectively Ties for Lead in Minnesota, and Second in FloridaBy Ian Lazaran
The Daily Kos pollster finds the following from Wisconsin, Maine, West Virginia, Texas, Minnesota, and Florida:
These are good results for Governor Palin. Frankly, the sample sizes in Florida and Texas are too small to draw any type of solid conclusion but the sample sizes in the other states are reasonable. She's leading in a diverse set of states. It seems that she's able to hold off Huckabee in his base areas. It also seems as if Tim Pawlenty or someone like him could end up being Governor Palin's best friend.
I've read some truly moronic claims in the mainstream media the past week, but this may take the cake. Time Magazine, apparently, wants to make the case that the fiscal responsibility and monetary restraint Governor Palin and the Tea Party advocate will result in hyperinflation. You can't make this up. Ed Morrissey does a masterful job of illustrating the economic illiteracy and outright idiocy required to make such an allegation:
If hyperinflation arrives, Time Magazine wants its readers to know who the real culprits are. It won’t be the federal government that hiked annual spending by 38% in three years and began running trillion-dollar deficits. It won’t be the Congress that kept raising debt limits to allow for that spending spree. And it won’t be the Federal Reserve that, in desperation over the government’s spending and debt spree, began printing money to artificially keep interest rates low. No, the real culprit will be the political movement that opposes all of the above, according to The Curious Capitalist:
Perhaps at some point, Mr. Curious (or Mr. Capitalist) can explain why we had runaway inflation in the 1970s even with a low debt-to-GDP ratio and a predilection for higher taxes. Curiously, when we started cutting taxes in the 1980s, that inflation disappeared, and remained under control during a long period of low tax rates, especially in the 1980s and in the last decade as well. Those years of low taxes, low inflation, and consistently high real growth in GDP would tend to argue that tax cuts don’t create inflation but actual growth — as well as confidence in both the economy and the currency.
Uncontrolled inflation doesn’t get created from tax cuts; it arises from bad monetary policy, ill-advised government interventions, and a serious lack of confidence in the currency. Tax cuts uncoupled from spending cuts can certainly make for bad policy and set the stage for inflation, but all one has to do is look at the last nine years of stable tax rates and the runaway rate of spending increases in Washington to determine where the actual problem lies. It’s not the tax rates that kept changing, nor is it a decline in revenue that created the massive deficits. For most of the last ten years, revenues have increased, with the exception of the last two years of deep recession; the deficit problem resulted from spending increases that have far outstripped the revenue increases.
It's well worth your time to go to Hot Air and read the whole thing. This Time Magazine piece is stunningly asinine, and it's amazing that they would even print it. If Time is intent on following in the steps of Newsweek, they're certainly going about it the right way.
So says John Hawkins of Right Wing News, who polled right of center bloggers following last weeks electoral earthquake:
Right Wing News polled more than 250 right-of-center bloggers on election 2010 and the aftermath. 70 bloggers responded (This one time, the respondents ARE NOT going to be listed. Expect them to be listed as per usual, on the next poll).
What follows are the results. Do keep in mind that because some people skipped particular questions, there will not be 70 responses to every question.
1) Out of the following people and groups, which do you think was the most valuable player in the election cycle?
Jim DeMint: 10.6% (7 votes)
The NRCC: 16.7% (11 votes)
The NRSC: 0.0% (0 votes)
Sarah Palin: 62.1% (41 votes)
The RGA: 9.1% (6 votes)
The RNC: 1.5% (1 vote)
2) Out of the following people and groups, which do you think did the most disappointing job during the election cycle?
Jim DeMint: 0.0% (0 votes)
The NRCC: 4.5% (3 votes)
The NRSC: 55.2% (37 votes)
Sarah Palin: 6% (4 votes)
The RNC: 34.3% (23 votes)
The RGA: 0.0% (0 votes)
3) How would you rate the impact of the Tea Party during the election cycle?
A) Extremely helpful: 53.7% (36 votes)
B) Generally positive: 46.3% (31 votes)
C) Not sure: 0.0% (0 votes)
D) Generally negative: 0.0% (0 votes)
E) Extremely Harmful: 0.0% (0 votes)
4) Do you think the Tea Party and/or Sarah Palin and/or Jim DeMint cost the GOP the Senate?
Yes: 5.9% (4 votes)
No: 94.1% (64 votes)
Read the rest of John's post here.
While I was not able to attend the Buffalo, NY pre-screening of Sarah Palin's Alaska last night, my friend Lori Brenneman, one of Governor Palin's most ardent supporters, did attend and was gracious enough to write this review for me to share:
Having just come from a pre-screening of Sarah Palin's Alaska, I must start by saying that this is a true feel-good series. It was fun. And that, I believe, is the intent here.
Those who watch the series hoping to get inside Sarah Palin's head and find out what makes her Sarah Palin will, instead, discover that it is a travelogue. It is precisely what Sarah Palin maintained all along that it would be.
Not that there aren't glimpses into the family life of the Palins. There are a number of them, all pleasing in their authenticity. Sarah Palin seemed completely at ease allowing viewers to see family moments that were less than perfect. I sensed an audible enthusiasm from audience members around me, an appreciation that Gov. Palin kept those snapshots of her family life real.
For the most part, viewers were treated to a breathtaking adventure. From a segment with the Palin family fishing near grizzly bears, to Gov. Palin negotiating a climb up a steep glacier (despite a readily admitted fear of heights), it was an engaging episode that really got the audience involved. There was a sense of being taken along on the fishing trip, in the motorhome, in the float plane. The Alaskan scenery was stunning. Watching the Governor, her husband Todd, and their children share experiences in the great outdoors was thoroughly enjoyable.
In the midst of all of the outdoor activities, Gov. Palin, with Todd's help, filmed a segment for Bill O'Reilly in a studio a mere twenty feet from their home. This elicited laughs from the audience as Gov. Palin obviously struggled for one uninterrupted sentence, not an easy feat if you are familiar with Bill O'Reilly.
Although Gov. Palin has lived in Alaska her entire life, she approached each adventure with an undimmed first-time enthusiasm that was wonderfully refreshing. It was truly contagious. The atmosphere in the theatre gave me the sense that the audience wished they could be there, sharing the excitement of the fishing, the climbing, the flying. Alaska's native daughter drew us all in, and we were happy to be there with her.
It left me, and my companions, looking forward to the next episode with great anticipation. Sarah Palin's Alaska is good. Incredibly good. This is a show that families can watch together and honestly enjoy, from the youngest children to the older adults. It seems like a minor stroke of genius that Discovery Channel has come up with something that will appeal to most everyone.
This evening's screening played to a house that, while not packed, certainly had more persons in attendance than some "blockbuster" films I have seen. And tonight's audience clearly liked what they saw.
Seven more episodes? Bring 'em on. Two thumbs up to Discovery Channel for a job well done. And we owe the Palins a debt of gratitude for this endearing and genuine look into their Alaska.
Afterword: Leaving the theatre was not the end of the evening. As we stepped back into the lobby, we were presented with a black plush grizzly bear and a packet of color postcards depicting scenes from the episode we had been shown.
In conclusion, I believe that each person who attended had the good fortune to take away something rare and unique from Sarah Palin's Alaska.
Lori provides a great review of this early screening. She also shared with me other little delights and surprises of the evening, but I won't give them away! Be sure to tune in for the premiere Sunday.
Today is Veterans Day in the United States, and Remembrance Day in many other countries.
To all who have served: thank you.
On this Veterans Day, please take a moment to remember all those who served in uniform past and present. Though the words in this famous poem are about a soldier, they apply to every member of our armed services. God bless them all. May we never forget the sacrifices made to secure our liberty.It’s the Soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us the freedom of the press.
It’s the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.
It’s the Soldier, not the politicians,
Who ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It’s the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
You can watch all available clips and previews of the show here
In a Wall Street Journal editorial yesterday (to which Ian linked), the editors noted the degree of sophistication Governor Palin is bringing to the table as she attempts to focus the nation's attention on the disastrous repercussions which must result from a further inflating of the currency. Specifically, she referred to QE2, the Fed's plan to pump another $600 billion to as much as $1 trillion into the economy via the purchase of U.S. government securities. Paul Gigot, editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page, discusses the editorial and Governor Palin in the video below, courtesy of PalinTV:
And this was before today's Facebook Note. Gigot is correct when he points out that Governor Palin is practically the only prominent Republican touting the virtues of a sound currency. Palin understands as did Reagan that a sound currency is a prerequisite for real economic growth and rising living standards. Just as you can't build a house on a weak foundation, you can't build an economy on the shifting sands of an unstable currency. Paul Volker, an informal advisor to President Obama, is also understandably queasy over this latest gambit by the Fed:
Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker on Friday repeated his skepticism about the benefits of the Fed's latest quantitative easing, citing concern about long-term inflation.
He told reporters after a lecture in Seoul that short-term U.S. interest rates had almost no room to go down further, while long-term bond prices were under pressure from increasing concern about future inflation.
"It's hard to have a big impact on the short-term interest rate that is already zero, and on the bond-market ... two things are working in opposite ways on the interest rate," he said, referring to concerns about long-term inflationary pressure.
The Fed controls short-term rates, but the markets control long-term rates. Volker's concern is two-fold. First, with short term rates already at or near zero, how much lower can they go? Second, long term rates are partially a function of what the markets expect will happen with inflation. Investors in long bonds want to be compensated for inflation risk before risking their capital, and if they believe, as Volker and Governor Palin do, that printing more money via QE2 will increase future inflation expectations, they will demand a higher return in order to be compensated for that risk. So, the question is this: Is a potential miniscule drop in short term rates worth an inflation fueled rise in long term rates?
The answer, of course, is no. Businesses look to the future, and the major, job creating investments they make are not based on short-term rates (which can't go much lower anyway) but rather long-term rates. QE2 may (or may not) result in a slight drop in short term rates, but will certainly raise long-term rates, making it more costly for businesses to make long-term investments. Businesses crave certainty, and this will only exacerbate the current uncertainty. This is not complicated, and Volker's concerns are valid.
Volker, though a Democrat, knows a thing or two about the dangers of bad monetary policy. One of the few things (the only thing?) Jimmy Carter got right was his selection of Paul Volker as Fed chairman in 1979. Volker, a Monetarist, reversed the easy money policies of his Keynesian predecessor, Arthur Burns, and put a tight lid on further monetary expansion. The result was a necessary period of historically high interest rates as inflation was painfully wrung out of the economy. Reagan was under pressure to appoint an inflation dove in 1983 but he wisely "stayed the course" with Volker and reappointed him to another four-year term as Fed chairman. In 1984, Reagan was rewarded for his perseverance with a landslide victory, much of it due to a strong economy, which was based at least partially on the foundation of a stable currency.
Unfortunately, Bernanke, Obama, and other Washington policy makers seem intent on re-learning the lessons of the late 70s, a point I made in a post on Monday. In today's Facebook Note, Governor Palin knowingly pointed out the short term political attraction of printing money despite the long-term futility of such a plan:
As liberal economist Paul Krugman has explained, a little inflation goes a long way towards driving down the value of the enormous national debt Obama has run up. And the higher the inflation, the greater the likelihood he won’t have to take any of the tough decisions needed to bring the deficit back down. In other words, pushing inflation upwards means you can have your cake and eat it too. You can spend all you like and then make the bill disappear by driving down the value of the dollar – buying with one hand the debt your reckless spending is issuing with the other. No need to cut spending, folks, just run the printing presses. It’s a win-win scenario.
Monetizing the debt is attractive to politicians because it allows them to pay for today's spending and debt with cheaper dollars down the road. But as Milton Friedman noted, inflation is just another, hidden, form of taxation and guarantees lower future living standards for all Americans. Politicians find printing money particularly attractive, not only because the effects aren't felt immediately, but also because most people don't understand that inflation is just another form of taxation foisted upon them by their government. This gives political leaders plausible deniability for their disastrous policies. Kudos to Governor Palin for having the foresight to put this issue front and center and making it more difficult for them to get away with it.
Update: Ed Morrissey's take on Governor Palin's latest Facebook Note here.
Benyamin Korn from Jews For Sarah attended the event and recorded the entire Q&A session. Mr Korn provided the video as an exclusive to PalinTV.
During the session the Governor was asked: "Under what circumstances could you see offering yourself as a presidential candidate, what would those conditions be that would call you to consider offering yourself as a presidential candidate"? Here's what she said:
What else is going on today? She's set to speak in Dallas tonight at an event with Rick Perry.
Anyone here catching a sneak preview of her show in Atlanta, Buffalo, Kansas City, or Tulsa tonight? You can catch a sneak perview of her show tomorrow in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Houston, Columbus.
Jim Geraghty from the National Review reviews "Sarah Palin's Alaska."
There's supposed to be "[s]ome pretty good numbers" for Palin in some combination of FL, ME, WV, TX, WI, MN tomorrow.
What the write-up of this Associated Press-GFK poll doesn't tell you is that her favorable/unfavorable numbers have improved by a net seven points from the poll conducted last month and a net seventeen points from the poll conducted in September.
Spencer Bachus tries to run away from his comments. With that said, I'm pulling Ed Royce.
Her extensive interview with People Magazine is out on newstands this Friday. You can read some of what she said here and here.
She's a nominee for Time's 2010 Person of the Year.
Even liberals concede "Palin, Working Class Hero."
Bristol congratulates Kurt Warner.
The Anchorage Daily News is providing live updates of the count here.
Here is what the Joe Miller campaign says needs to happen for Miller to pull out a victory.
We'll provide updates throughout the day.
Update: It's dangerous to draw too many conclusions based on the numbers from two precincts but I'm going to do it anyway. The Anchorage Daily News provided the raw numbers from two precincts, the Douglas Island precinct and one Mendenhall Valley precinct. 597 write-ins from these two precincts out of 645 write-in votes have been awarded to Murkowski. Assuming that the numbers come from Mendenhall Valley precinct #2, Murkowski is being awarded around 93% of the write-in votes.
However, a lot of Miller challenges have been turned down. It's unclear why these Miller challenges were turned down but it appears that Miller's team challenged ballots that would not be deemed valid if the letter of the law was followed. Whether Miller's lawsuit succeeds appears to be the critical factor. Based on the trends, if Miller's objections to ballots that would not be counted under the letter of the law were granted, it appears that he will win. If not, then it appears based on the trends that Murkowski will win.
Of course, this is all based on two precincts, so things may change as we get more data.
Update #2: The Anchorage Daily News reports that of the first 7638 write-in ballots that have been counted, around 89% of them were unchallenged write-ins for Murkowski.
In his press conference on Monday, President Obama responded to critics of the Federal Reserve’s decision to start a new round of quantitative easing – a fancy term for printing money out of thin air. He claimed this move would drive up U.S. growth rates. He also warned that “the worst thing that could happen to the world economy, not just ours but the entire world’s economy is if we end up being stuck with no growth or very limited growth.”
The latter is certainly true. It would be a global disaster if the U.S. economy remained permanently stuck in the mud. But the same cannot be said of his claim that the Fed’s experiment in pump priming would automatically lead to increased economic growth. By the time this experiment is over, QE will make us queasy.
Will driving the dollar down in this way do anything to boost U.S. exports? The short answer is not really. A weaker dollar will temporarily boost exports by making our goods cheaper to sell; but inevitably other countries will respond in kind, triggering the kind of currency wars economists are warning us about. It’s precisely to prevent this scenario that World Bank President Robert Zoellick recently came out in favor of some new type of gold standard or “international reference point.”
Will QE2 then at least boost domestic investment? No, again. As I explained in my speech in Phoenix, the reason banks aren’t lending and businesses aren’t investing isn’t because of insufficient access to credit. There’s plenty of money around, it’s just that no one’s willing to spend it. Big businesses especially have been hoarding cash. They’re not expanding or adding to their workforce because there’s just too much uncertainty created by a lot of big government experiments that aren’t working. It’s the President’s own policies that are creating this uncertainty.
The President is an educated man. I would hope that he knows these things as well as you and I do. So why then, if he knows it won’t really boost our exports or our domestic investments, would he still come out in defense of this dangerous experiment? I think the most plausible answer has to do with the debt. As liberal economist Paul Krugman has explained, a little inflation goes a long way towards driving down the value of the enormous national debt Obama has run up. And the higher the inflation, the greater the likelihood he won’t have to take any of the tough decisions needed to bring the deficit back down. In other words, pushing inflation upwards means you can have your cake and eat it too. You can spend all you like and then make the bill disappear by driving down the value of the dollar – buying with one hand the debt your reckless spending is issuing with the other. No need to cut spending, folks, just run the printing presses. It’s a win-win scenario.
Or maybe not. Because I fear there will be plenty of losers if this really happens, not least the millions of Americans who’ll see the value of their incomes and savings eroded. As the chair of the President’s own Debt Reduction Task Force, former CBO director Alice Rivlin explained, this sort of policy is no good. Sooner or later – probably sooner rather than later – it will come back to bite us in the behind. Rivlin warned: “As our debt mounts, the risk grows that our creditors, especially foreign creditors who own half our debt, will lose confidence in our ability to get our house in order and will demand dramatically higher interest rates.” Obviously, that’s even more likely to happen when they figure out that the Fed is deliberately driving down the value of the dollars they already hold. When they do lose confidence, Rivlin explained, that will spell disaster for our economy, “derailing the economic recovery and ballooning the cost of servicing the federal debt.”
If the President was serious about getting the economy moving again, he’d stop supporting the Fed’s dangerous experiments with our currency and focus instead on what actually works: reducing government spending and boosting business investment through good old fashioned supply side reforms (cutting taxes and reducing overly burdensome regulations). Simply running the printing presses in order to avoid paying off your debts is no way for a great nation to behave.
- Sarah Palin
UPDATED: Now includes the complete Q&A
Kathleen Parker has decided to join in her fellow GOP Elitists, Peggy Noonan and Michael Gerson, in placing all responsibility for any Republican losses in last week's Mid-term elections on Governor Palin. Of course, the Elite probably retroactively blame Governor Palin for Reagan losing Minnesota in 1984 as well. Rumor has it as well that the Elite are in contact with Alaskan geologists to re-name the location of the massive 1964 Alaskan earthquake--Sarah Palin's fault-- as her family's move to Alaska when she was an infant was obviously the reason for the devastation.
Rather than a hit piece filled with anonymous sources, Parker's editorial uses patronizing, insulting phrases to characterize Governor Palin and her endorsements. Parker calls Governor Palin "She to Whom Respect Must Be Paid", "princess party girl", and "an attractive nuisance", then goes on to refer to her endorsements as "gambles" and her endorsed candidates as "anointed ones".
Parker then parrots the fallacy from Congressman Bachus regarding the timing of Governor Palin's endorsement of Sharron Angle:
Other notable lost seats in states where the establishment candidate might have won include Nevada, where Harry Reid defeated Tea Party pick Sharron Angle. Conventional wisdom among political veterans is that Angle's primary opponent, Sue Lowden, would have bested Reid by 15 points.Governor Palin, as Ian pointed out earlier this week, did not endorse Sharron Angle until after the primary, so Governor Palin's endorsement had no effect on the GOP candidate selection in Nevada. Par for the course, Parker also trashes Governor Palin's endorsements of Christine O'Donnell and Joe Miller because of course in the eyes of the Establishment, it's better to have Senators who cling to power rather than those who cling to principle.
Beyond the discussion of the recent midterm elections, Parker drags out the well worn "stupid" meme when it comes to Governor Palin:
Cutting government spending may be the central mantra of the Tea Party and, increasingly, of Palin. She recently wrote against the QE2 - "quantitative easing" - whereby the Federal Reserve will dump $600 billion in freshly minted dollars into circulation in hopes of revving the economy. Doubtless, this inspired critique evolved from Palin's long years poring over the Economist.Parker does not dispute Governor Palin's discussion of this poor plan tosupposedly help the economy. She only uses it to take a gratuitous slap at Governor Palin. Ironically, Parker's insult of Governor Palin's supposed illiteracy comes just a day after Governor Palin called out Parker's fellow "journalists" for not even reading their own newspaper. What Parker cannot seem to grasp is that Governor Palin has an uncanny ability to distill complex public policy into practical kitchen table politics. Policy is crafted by politicians and staffers in Washington, but the heavy handed effects of such policies are felt by families across the country sitting at their kitchen table trying to balance their monthly budgets. As Governor Palin pointed out in her recent speech, the potential effects of QE2 could be an increase in food prices:
All this pump priming will come at a serious price. And I mean that literally: everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so.These Americans who have a grasp of what has happened to grocery prices do not include President Obama. In September, President Obama tried to purchase four apples for a dollar during a trip to Philadelphia thinking that was sufficient to cover the cost.Obviously the repercussions of quantitative easing did not factor into the Obama administration decision to purchase these bonds.
The greater issue is that politician need to be able to both understand and articulate complex policy issues to the American people in a way that is meaningful to them. Americans may understand the process of trading carbon credits, but what they are really concerned with is how cap and tax will impact their energy bills. They may understand all the levels of production a value added tax has an additional "charge", but what they're really concerned with is how this tax may increase the price of goods. The same can be said of QE2. Parker and her friends patronize this commonsense approach to policy discussion, but the American deal with policy with their checkbooks, not with pie charts and bar graphs.
Parker closes her piece by trotting out the Palin is "dangerous" meme:
Watching Palin drop foreign policy and economic nuggets into the twitterverse confirms that the real agenda for Palin is President Palin, and therein lies fresh terror for Republicans. She's too powerful to ignore, and too (fill-in-the-blank) to take seriously.In response to a Politico hit piece a couple of weeks ago where an anonymous source called a potential Palin presidential nomination a "disaster", I wrote:
She is - in a word yet again whispered rather than uttered - "Dangerous."
Not only would Palin the presidential candidate drive away other Republican candidates, but she would most certainly lose a national election. Thus, the GOP finds itself in a pickle: How to shed itself of this attractive nuisance?
Rather than being fearful for the effects of the Obama agenda, the GOP Establishment appears to have a greater fear of Palin nomination and the "wrath" of "enthralled" Palin supporters. The GOP Establishment deems that nominating Governor Palin in 2012 would spell disaster. However, for whom would a Palin nomination be a disaster? The GOP Establishment? One of the GOP boys: Romney, Huckabee, Pawlenty, Gingrich, Thune, Barbour, Daniels? President Obama?The same message applies. Be it Kathleen Parker or an anonymous source, the Elites see Governor Palin as a disaster and a danger, but Governor Palin is only disastrous and dangerous to the GOP Establishment and to President Obama. Some may say that addressing the likes of Parker and friends isn't worth the blog space, but it has become increasingly clear,especially now that the 2010 Midterms are over, that there continues to be a battle for the Republican Party in general and the 2012 Presidential nomination specifically. The likes of Parker, Noonan, and Gerson may claim that the Establishment must be embraced and the Tea Party shunned and that commonsense language eschewed for hundred dollar words. However, the ultimate battle is against the Left. For conservatives and Republicans, that battle needs to be waged not by those who choose to endorse candidates only when it's politically safe or those who choose to comment on an issue only when loss of political capital is likely to be minimal. Governor Palin has repeatedly led on endorsing candidates, not for the sake of political expediency but for the sake of political principle. She has risked, but not lost, political capital when she has taken the lead on the issues of Obamacare, quantitative easing, and a whole slew of other issues. Parker claims the GOP can't be led by Governor Palin, but by all accounts, she is one of the few who has been willing to lead.
UPDATE: Ironically, in Parker's drivel, she pulls a page from the Couric playbook and tries to take a smack at Governor Palin's reading choices by mentioning the Economist. Governor Palin is front and center on the latest edition of the Economist leading the Republican charge on Washington: