A Sarah Palin tribute and liberal slam fest all in one video. Oh, and did I mention that it has one of A.F. Branco’s (CDN political cartoonist) cartoons in it?
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The rumor mill has been churning out story after story about whether or not former Vice Presidential candidate and governor Sarah Palin will make a run for the presidency in 2012 since November 2008. Do a simple Google search for “Sarah Palin to announce run” and you will find over 4 million hits with predictions for the date she will make the jump from pundit to candidate.
So why should we take seriously today’s rumor, allegedly started at Free Republic and a radio host in Des Moines, that she will announce at 12:30pm EST?
For starters, today is Constitution Day (observed). Palin has traditionally made big announcements on dates that hold significant meaning to her. Many thought she would announce during the Labor Day holiday weekend, but it turns out a day reserved for labor unions to stay home from work wasn’t particularly close to her heart. Being that there aren’t many patriotic holidays coming up before the deadline to file in South Carolina, she’s running out of chances to commandeer a holiday.
Also worthy of note is Palin’s scheduled appearance on “The Bob & Mark Show” today. Palin made a promise to the Anchorage radio duo that she would make any announcement about her run for president live on their show. You can listen live here: Kwhl.com
Finally, the chatter is incredible. Twitter blew up with “unconfirmed rumors” about Palin making her announcement today based on FreeRepublic and other sources that believe her guest spot on the Bob and Mark Show is a clear indicator of her intentions. Facebook is full of posts from Palinistas and hopefuls that today is the day. The blogs are starting to light up with speculation too. The Victory Film Group, which created the Palin documentary “Undefeated,” a video resume of sorts for Palin, also increased its presence on Twitter last night, signaling the movie makers might know something we don’t.
Whether or not this rumor, after so many before it being soundly debunked, actually comes to fruition, the Bob and Mark show is likely to have a huge national audience today.
First to put out a credible story on the potential for a Palin announcement today was Kevin DuJan at HillBuzz.org. Check out some of his research on the Palin campaign strategy here.
Update: Sarah Palin will be calling into the show later in the program. Check back for further updates.
Update #2: All a hoax! The rumor started by radio host Simon Conway and FreeRepublic was apparently no more than wishful thinking and speculation or a flat out lie. According to the hosts Bob & Mark, she was NOT scheduled to be on the show, though they had hundreds of requests for information and access from local and national media. The rumor spread like wildfire across Twitter, Facebook, blogs and throughout media circles over the last 24 hours.
Palinistas and pundits will have to wait a little longer for America’s favorite political punching bag to satisfy their craving for credible newsbites regarding her future plans, though Bob & Mark are likely quite pleased with the listener totals today.
Will she or won’t she? That’s the burning question in the minds of anyone in America who keeps up with politics.
According to a Fox News poll, the majority of Americans say that she should stay out of the race. When asked the question, “Do you think Sarah Palin should run for president in 2012 or not?”, the results are overwhelmingly against her entering the race.
- 74 percent said no
- 20 percent said yes
- 6 percent said they’re not sure.
There is only a 9 percent gap in the between Republicans and Democrats who say she should stay out of the race, while nearly three quarters of Independents and Tea Party people said she should stay out of the race.
- 71 percent of Republicans
- 80 percent of Democrats
- 66 percent of Independents
- 66 percent of Tea Party people
Sarah Palin continues to leave the country wondering what her decision will be. The speculation is wide and varied, with pundits such as Karl Rove saying she will run, while other pundits and bloggers saying she will not. There’s also some who just do not know if she should run or not.
Jennifer Jacobs, chief political writer at the Des Moines Register, polled the politically involved in Iowa, and one reason listed as to why she shouldn’t run is her indecision about what she is going to do. Saying Sarah Palin is the “Brett Favre of politics”, Ms. Jacobs reports that the guessing game is getting old for potential voters.
Sarah Palin is speaking at a Tea Party rally in Des Moines today, and the rumor mill has been buzzing that that “today is the day” she will announce her candidacy. Her aides give the impression that there will be no announcement at today’s event, and Sarah herself continues to be non-committal either way.
“I think there’s room for more, though, because spirited debate and more competition will allow an even better discourse and more rigorous discourse that the public deserves.”
If she does not make an announcement one way or another in Iowa today, there’s always New Hampshire later in the weekend, where she will make an appearance. If she does not make an official announcement yay or nay in New Hampshire, there’s always the news media hounds, political pundits, her Fox News colleagues, and any other number of people to keep the rumors going.
There’s only one person who can put an end to this guessing game, and that’s the lady herself. She has said that her supporters deserve to know very soon which decision she is going to make. She has left the impression in more than one interview that September would be a fair time to let everyone in on the secret.
So the question still remains: Sarah, are you going to be one of the candidates? This guessing game is just feeds into the media and political drama.
Sarah Palin. Her name alone is a dichotomy of emotions, depending on who you are and which side of the political aisle you lean.
For the Conservative mom’s of America, she is a role model to be admired. She is a true lady in every sense of the word, full of grace and beauty, strong yet gentle.
For many Conservatives, men and women alike, she is a champion of the plight of the American people, who’ve been sold out by a myriad of political chess players.
Still, to others, she is a modern day Queen Esther, destined for “such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)
The the feminist she is a threat, though they will never admit it. She has the strength and resolve they say all women should have, but she is despised for having. She proves the point they have been trying to make for decades, but does it with grace and style that repulses them.
To the liberal media she is a mockery and proverbial punching bag they would love to dismiss, but they just can’t seem to get enough of!
Finally, to the political establishment she is a wake up call. Unfortunately, they keep hitting the mute button. Very few people understand that she is not who they think she is, no matter how many times they think they have her figured out.
Karl Rove, one of the leading political pundits, stepped up to the plate and took the official stance that it appears as though Sarah Palin will indeed be entering the 2012 presidential race. Hold up, Karl! Not so fast! You may be a Washington Insider, but there’s one thing you seem to have forgotten: Sarah Palin is not a Washington Insider!
Her 2008 running mate may be known as a “maverick”, but Sarah Palin is the embodiment of the term.
She’s on a cross-country bus tour, standing up for the values she holds near and dear to her heart- patriotism and love for America. She makes no promises, she makes no apologies. She simply speaks from her heart.
The main stream media continues to be cast to the sidelines, not even earning the privledge of a hint of what her next move will be.
Not even her friends at Fox News, where she is a regular contributor, has an inkling of an idea what her plan is. She keeps them guessing at every turn! Just when they think they have her figured out, they find out they were wrong yet again (though they will never admit it!)
Sarah Palin and her family were thrust into the media circus during the 2008 election and were virtually ripped apart at the seams with wild-eyed scrutiny and criticism that would curl the toenails of any seasoned politician.
Never mind that Barack Obama was pampered by so-called journalists who’ve been in the business for more years than he’s been on this earth- the priority was to find any speck of anything that may appear to be dirt on the Governor of Alaska.
Oh how the mighty have fallen! Just three short years later, Sarah Palin still haunts the liberal media.
Will she or won’t she?
Now the tables are turned. No longer bound by handlers as a secondary candidate, Sarah Palin is in complete control. Every media outlet in the nation is on the edge of their seats, just waiting for the slightest hint of an official announcement.
Will it come September 3?
Sarah’s not tellin’- until she’s darn good and ready!
How sweet it is! Sarah’s got ‘em right where she wants ‘em! And the media hounds and pundits can’t stand it!
It sounds like we may get a final answer on Sarah Palin’s intentions for the 2012 Presidential election.
Republican field problem is one of recognition – most are unknown
NEW YORK, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – By this time next summer the Republican candidate who will challenge President Obama will be known but at this point the list of candidates and potential candidates for the nomination is still far from finalized. With the “will-he-or-she-run-questions” still being asked and answered, some of the names with the highest familiarity among the general public are still not even declared candidates.
Obviously because of her run for Vice President with John McCain, almost nine in ten Americans (86%) are familiar with Sarah Palin and 75% of U.S. adults are familiar with Rudy Giuliani, both of whom are still undeclared, but possible candidates for the nomination. Majorities of Americans are familiar with declared candidates Newt Gingrich (72%), Mitt Romney (67%), and Ron Paul (52%) while half are familiar with Michele Bachmann (50%). All other potential candidates are at 30% or under in terms of familiarity.
These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,183 adults surveyed online between July 11 and 18, 2011 by Harris Interactive.
Even among Republicans, many declared candidates do not have majorities familiar with them. Tim Pawlenty (33%), Rick Santorum (31%), Herman Cain (29%), and Jon Huntsman (15%) all have one-third of Republicans or less familiar with them.
With this in mind, it’s not surprising then that among Republicans over one-quarter (28%) say they are not at all sure who they would vote for if they were voting in the Republican primary. Rudy Giuliani (14%) and Mitt Romney (14%) rise to the top among Republicans followed by Sarah Palin (12%). All the other candidates presented are under 10% including Rick Perry (8%), Michele Bachmann (6%), and Ron Paul(5%). Among Independents there is a three tie for “first place” between Rudy Giuliani (10%), Mitt Romney(10%) and Ron Paul (10%). But over two in five Independents (42%) say they are not at all sure who they would vote for in the Republican primary election.
Against President Obama
Looking ahead to November, it seems there are three possible candidates who could give President Obama a difficult time. President Obama would lose his re-election if Rudy Giuliani (53% to 47%) or Mitt Romney (51% to 49%) was the Republican nominee. Each candidate would receive 50% of the vote if the President was running against Ron Paul. Right now, President Obama would win re-election against the 10 other candidates presented.
Right now the Republican party needs to figure out who they are and begin the process of coalescing around one candidate. In the study of politics, there is always a debate regarding electability and this election may show that clearly. Should Republicans nominate a candidate who stands for certain values or policies important to a sub-section of the party, even though that candidate may not be electable in the general election? This is a question the Republican party needs to answer if they want to win next November.
|TABLE 1AREPUBLICAN FAMILIARITY“How familiar are you with each of the following people?”
Base: All adults
|Familiar (NET)||Very familiar||Somewhat familiar||Not familiar (NET)||Not very familiar||Not at all familiar|
|Jon Huntsman, Jr.||15||4||11||85||22||63|
|Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding|
|TABLE 1BREPUBLICAN FAMILIARITY“How familiar are you with each of the following people?”
Summary of those saying “Very familiar” or “Somewhat familiar”
Base: All adults
|Jon Huntsman, Jr.||15||15||17||16||17||11||23|
|Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding|
|TABLE 2REPUBLICAN PRIMARY ELECTION“If you were voting in the Republican primary election and these were the candidates, who would you vote for?”
Base: All adults
|Total March 2011||Total May 2011||Total July 2011||Party ID||Philosophy|
|Jon Huntsman, Jr.||NA||1||3||2||4||2||1||2||9|
|Not at all sure||45||42||44||28||53||42||34||51||44|
|Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding; * indicates less than .05%; NA indicates it was not asked in that poll.|
|TABLE 3A2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – REPUBLICANCANDIDATE OR PRESIDENT OBAMA
“Looking at the list below, assuming each person listed is the
Republican nominee running against President Obama in the
2012 presidential election, who would you vote for?”
Base: All adults
|Would vote for|
|Jon Huntsman, Jr.||55||45|
|Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding|
|TABLE 3B2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE OR PRESIDENT OBAMA“Looking at the list below, assuming each person listed is the Republican nominee running against President Obama in the 2012 presidential election, who would you vote for?”
Summary of those who would vote for the Republican nominee
Base: All adults
|Total March 2011||Total May 2011||Total July 2011||Party ID||Philosophy||TeaPartySupport|
|Jon Huntsman, Jr.||NA||41||45||81||16||46||77||37||14||81|
|Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding; NA indicates it was not asked in th at poll.|
This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between July 11 to 18, 2011 among 2,183 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.
All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.
Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.
The results of this Harris Poll may not be used in advertising, marketing or promotion without the prior written permission of Harris Interactive.
Q1218, 1225, 1230, 1240, 1250
The Harris Poll ® #87, July 26, 2011
By Regina A. Corso, SVP, Harris Poll, Public Relations and Youth Research, Harris Interactive
When a Republican man speaks his mind concerning a Democrat woman, he is accused of personally attacking her.
However, when the left personally attacks a woman on the right, you never hear a peep.
Once again, we are seeing a case of the liberal’s double standard tactics at its finest!
One of the hottest topics in the news currently is the ongoing feud between Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Congressman Allen West, both from Florida.
Congressman West addressed the current issue with Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz via email, in which he copied other leaders in Congress:
From: Z112 West, Allen
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM
To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric
Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz
Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!
I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.
You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!
Steadfast and Loyal
Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)
In response, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus said that they are “furious” with the email he sent, and will be speaking with Congressman West.
Several female lawmakers held a news conference demanding that Congressman West apologize.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York, said:
“His words were nothing more than personal attacks….it is “very ladylike to speak up for the values that you believe in.”
Congresswoman Maloney added that she hopes Speaker of the House John Boehner “disavows” Congressman West’s remarks.
Not to be outdone, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, another Democrat, said she was “shocked” by the “disgraceful” email sent by Congressman West. She also stated:
“Instead of engaging constructively in that debate, Representative West chose to resort to unprofessional, vitriolic and offensive personal attacks — shame on him.”
Where were all of these female lawmakers during the numerous personal attacks against Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann? I have not heard a single one of them stand up and demand that apologies be given to either of these ladies, both of who have been on the receiving end of numerous personal attacks. I’ve never heard Congresswoman Maloney compliment either of these ladies with compliments for “speaking up for the values they believe in.”
Once again, the hypocrisy of the left is absolutely disgusting!
Things are most certainly heating up for the 2012 election, and neither of the top two names being floated around for the GOP ticket have made announcements that they are running for the office. That does not stop the speculations from flying. Much of the country- mostly Conservatives- are waiting with great anticipation for the final word: Will they, or won’t they?
Of course “they” refers to Rick Perry and Sarah Palin. While neither have announced their official candidacy for the 2012 Presidential election, both of them could be top contenders for the GOP Candidacy.
Reports are that a friendship has formed between the two that goes all the way back to around 2006 when she was still Governor of Alaska.
The speculation is that if either of the two decide to announce that they are officially throwing their hat into the ring for the race then the other one would endorse them. With an endorsement from either Governor, it would essentially be an official Tea Party endorsement.
If Governor Perry were to be the one to announce his candidacy, and Governor Palin were to endorse him, which would be expected, it would not be the first time she officially endorsed him. In last year’s Texas GOP gubernatorial primary, incumbent Rick Perry was challenged by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson. The race proved to be quite a challenge for Governor Perry. However, with Governor Palin’s early and solid endorsement, incumbent Governor Perry won the election.
In her official endorsement statement, she wrote of Governor Perry:
“He does what is right regardless of whether it is popular. He walks the walk of a true conservative.”
In the event Governor Perry does indeed throw his hat into the ring, the next question we should be asking is:
Would Governor Palin once again be the Vice Presidential candidate?
Only time will tell!
The Main Stream Media (MSM) would like nothing more than to see a cat fight between Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, and their preference would be to have it occur in a mud-pit, according to Congresswoman Bachmann:
“They want to see two girls come together and have a mud wrestling fight. And I’m not going to give it to ‘em. I have great respect and admiration for the Governor.”
MSNBC’s Richard Lui proves this point for Congresswoman Bachmann when he introduced a segment with this statement:
“The biggest smack-down of [the] 2012 primary season could be the face-off of Michelle Obama on one side and Sarah Palin on the other.”
I will continue this quote, but due to the fact that I am quoting the news-anchor word-for-word, did he, or anyone in the control booth, notice that he said Michelle Obama, NOT Michele Bachmann? Feel free to watch the video for yourself- the link is listed below.
The quote continues:
“Team Bachmann has already launched the first salvo….”
It is quite interesting that the MSM find it necessary to continually compare Congresswoman Bachmann and former Governor Palin. There have been no comparisons between any of the male GOP candidates and a possible-candidates, much less using comments such as a possible “smack-down” between, oh, let’s say Herman Cain and Chris Christie.
The MSM have continually called Conservatives “racist” because of our dislike for President Obama’s policies, yet they fail to see how they are literally being sexist with their creation of a non-existent cat-fight between these two Conservative ladies. The hypocrisy of the MSM is nothing less than disgusting!
As is usual, the MSM are trying to start something where nothing exists. Let’s examine the facts, shall we? It is quite apparent that the liberal MSM know nothing about checking actual facts, so we will do that for them. It would be safe to say that Sarah Palin endorses Michele Bachmann, as she has placed her on her “Palin’s Picks” page from SarahPAC. Here is a screenshot of that page:
Now, if Sarah Palin does decide to throw her hat into the ring for the 2012 election, it is quite probable the entire SarahPAC website will change. It would probably be safe to assume that if Sarah Palin decides to run for president she will not be endorsing Michele Bachmann for that office. That would be a bit counter-productive, don’tcha think?
It would also be safe to assume that these two ladies have their differences- this would included differences of opinions. However, this does not make them any different than any of the rest of us. We all have differences of opinions- don’t we?
It would be nice if these people would report on actual news rather than trying to make things up. I guess we can dream, can’t we?
Raleigh, N.C. – Obama is in a decent position to once again win the key swing state of
Florida. Obama leads all potential Republican opponents by a greater margin than his 51-
48 victory over John McCain in 2008. Obama leads Mitt Romney by the narrow margin
of 47-43 (up from 46-44 in March). Obama achieves larger margins against all others
leading Tim Pawlenty 48-40, Michele Bachmann 49-40, Herman Cain 48-37, and Sarah
Palin 52-40 (52-39 in March).
Obama leads despite only tepid approval among Florida voters. Only 48% of Floridians
approve of Obama while 49% disapprove. As is true across the country, the unpopularity
of the GOP candidates makes up for Obama’s weak numbers. Bachmann, perhaps
boosted by favorable coverage from her last debate, is the most popular Republican
candidate, breaking close to even with a 36-37 favorability rating. She is followed by
Romney at 41-45, Cain at 25-33, Pawlenty at 19-39, and Palin at 37-58.
Marco Rubio starts his term off with a decent approval rating; 42% of Florida voters
approve while 35% disapprove. With Rubio’s solid numbers and position in a key swing
state, the eventual Republican nominee may be tempted to add him to the ticket. This is
unlikely to be a big help in Florida though. Only 31% of voters say Rubio as VP would
make them more likely to support the GOP, while 35% say it would make them less
likely, and 34% say it would make no difference. Worse for the GOP, the tenure of
Governor Rick Scott appears to be an unambiguous problem for their chances. 26% of
Floridians say Rick Scott has made them more likely to support the GOP, while 40% say
it makes them less likely to and 34% claim it makes no difference.
“Florida’s pretty emblematic of Barack Obama’s current postion,” said Dean Debnam,
President of Public Policy Polling. “Voters there aren’t in love with him but when they
look at the Republican alternatives and they look at what Rick Scott’s done while in
office as Governor he starts to not look so bad.”
Chicago has a problem. Inner city kids are stabbing, clubbing, shooting, running-over, robbing and bullying eachother. According to Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy, the cause is .. government sponsored racism.
Superintendent McCarthy gives us a shining example of pandering to a segment of society at the cost of the rest. in this video of him in a heavily-liberal, mainly-black church making a case for gun rights as a race issue.
Wandering around like a misplaced evangelist, Garry McCarthy also tried to implicate Sarah Palin in the inner-city mayhem. Recalling a situation in Newark, NJ where five people were shot, McCarthy said said he went home to relax and found “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on the T.V.
“She was caribou hunting and talking about the right to bear arms. Why wasn’t she at the crime scene with me?”
To answer the obvious, no, she wasn’t. She also wasn’t shooting people in Newark. We can drive cars and people who drive cars kill other people. We can ride horses and some people die doing that. The idea that somehow a responsible gun owner is to blame or in any way related to the death of five people in New Jersey is ludicrous, intellectually dishonest and an obvious political ploy meant to garner the favor of the uninformed.
Sarah Palin does not shoot black and brown children. In fact, in majority, white people aren’t the major offenders in black or brown homicide. Garry’s attempt to blame racism for the failure of the inner-city community to put good societal values in-place is a pandering, dishonest ploy to favor a liberal agenda. Using reality show as the basis for his argument almost entirely proves the point.
Dave Copel produced research that illustrates the true problem: guns don’t kill people, people do:
For inner-city black teenagers, the homicide rate is astronomical. The huge rise in gun crime perpetrated by older urban teenagers has not been replicated in other areas. In the suburbs, where legal restrictions on guns are generally less severe, the mortality rate has stayed about the same.
That’s right, guns are not the problem. All other factors being equal, it’s the inner-city population that chooses to murder each other. The guns are simply the mode chosen. Would we outlaw bats, crowbars, bows, knives, cars? No, but if guns are no longer the problem, they will try to find the next thing to blame – but not if it means blaming the murderers themselves.
The idea of two females going at it seems to arouse the primal instincts of even the most timid of folks. Throw in the fact that, when two women do battle there is a chance of clothing being ripped off, and the promise of a good cat-fight always draws a big crowd. People can try to deny this fact all they want, but remember when, in school, people would mention that “Lisa is fighting Robin at 3 pm in the back baseball field,” and half the school ran out to watch, while some of them even took preemptive actions to distract the teachers before-hand, lest they interrupt the fight before it got good ? Type in the words cat-fight into the YouTube browser search window and see how many hits the cat-fight videos have gotten, and then come back to me and tell me how these facts are not true here.
Today we are witnessing a somewhat fictional version of the political cat-fight in some of the sensationalist headlines pitting conservatives Sarah Palin vs. Michelle Bachmann. From The DailyCaller and Matt Lewis, we see the following article: http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/07/bachmann-vs-palin-feud-hits-twitter/
Yes folks the actual title of the article is Bachmann vs Palin Feud hits Twitter. So, is this a real feud in the traditional sense, or is this just plain folderol ?
Folderol, for our younger readers is defined by thefreedictionary.com as:
shot was fired Tuesday by Ed Rollins, who only recently signed on to work for Bachmann’s potential campaign… ‘Sarah has not been serious over the last
couple of years,’ said Rollins. ‘She got the vice-presidential thing handed to her. She didn’t go to work in the sense of trying to gain more substance. She
gave up her governorship.'” Michael Glasser, Palin’s chief of staff, responded: “Beltway political strategist Ed Rollins has a long, long track record of taking
high profile jobs and promptly sticking his foot in his mouth. To no one’s surprise, he has done it again, while also fueling a contrived narrative about the presidential race by the mainstream media. One would expect that his woodshed moment is coming and that a retraction will be issued soon.” One thing’s for sure: Rollins has come a long way since his days as lead singer for Black Flag.
The New York Times .. I could probably stop there, but Nicholas Kristof’s intellectually dishonest op-ed deserves rebuke.
Kristof’s post asserts that Republicans’ strategy will amount to turning the United States into a backwards, military-led, middle-eastern-like country (emphasis mine).
With Tea Party conservatives and many Republicans balking at raising the debt ceiling, let me offer them an example of a nation that lives up to their ideals.
It has among the lowest tax burdens of any major country:fewer than 2 percent of the people pay any taxes. Government is limited, so that burdensome regulations never kill jobs.
This society embraces traditional religious values and a conservative sensibility. Nobody minds school prayer, same-sex marriage isn’t imaginable, and criminals are never coddled.
The budget priority is a strong military, the nation’s most respected institution. When generals decide on a policy for, say, Afghanistan, politicians defer to them. Citizens are deeply patriotic, and nobody burns flags.
So what is this Republican Eden, this Utopia? Why, it’s Pakistan.
Now obviously Sarah Palin and John Boehner don’t intend to turn Washington into Islamabad-on-the-Potomac. And they are right that long-term budget issues do need to be addressed. But when many Republicans insist on “starving the beast” of government, cutting taxes, regulations and social services — slashing everything but the military — well, those are steps toward Pakistan.
Riiiiiight. Absolutist argumentation. If we cut government spending – at all – we will be living in squalor with a military-run government.
The truth is that Conservatives do not want to remove all government spending, in direct contradiction to Nicholas’ post. But, we don’t need to spend Americans’ tax dollars on abortions, art festivals, Libya, research on shrimp on treadmills, NPR, the NLRB, over a trillion in stimulus that went to fund Unions and democratic campaigns (and brought no jobs), Obamacare, and so much more.
According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans disagree with the Times columnist. 73% believe government spends too much on programs and only 22% believe the government takes in too little in taxes.
Government has been the only answer to almost every problem since 1965 and it’s being proven wrong. The postal system is going broke and can’t fix itself, Medicare can’t handle its costs and will be bankrupt in a matter of years, Social Security has been robbed by the spend-happy liberals for decades and their answer is to keep the status quo. That’s not an answer, that’s restating the problem and pretending it is its own solution.
No one disputes the facts that Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid will go broke if they are allowed to continue as-is. There simply isn’t enough money in the economy to pay for benefits when less than half of Americans pay income taxes. Conservative Republicans have led by offering multiple solutions – all of which the Democrats have simply defeated or refused to vote on. The only plan coming from Democrats is to keep things as they are.
The liberal assertion is that we can’t reform any entitlement programs because we will be heading down a slippery slope that will end in America turning into something resembling a third-world country. The truth is that bankruptcy is upon us and if we do nothing to reform our spending to levels that our economy can support – we will be envying those third world nations.
Sarah is travelling the country on her “One Nation” bus tour. She isn’t talking about the candidates or even whether or not she’ll be a candidate. She is talking about the issues and American history. So exactly what is Sarah Palin doing?
As her patriotically-decorated convoy hit New Hampshire the same day as Mitt Romney’s announcement, a possible strategy for the cross-country tour emerged. Local papers had Sarah’s attendance of a clam bake on the front page and Romney’s presidential announcement was pushed to page three. Sarah also slammed Romney on his views on government-controlled healthcare just moments before Romney was scheduled to make his campaign announcement:
In my opinion any mandate coming from government is not a good thing,even on a state level and even a local level, mandates coming from a governing body, it’s tough for a lot of us independent Americans to accept, because we have great faith in the private sectors and our own families, and our own businessmen and women making decisions for ourselves.
Sarah closed her commentary on Mitt by telling the press group that Romney has a long way to go if he thinks he can bring in the Conservative vote.
Sarah has never hidden her Conservative beliefs nor her disdain for the establishment candidates. Maybe Sarah’s use of a bus is more symbolic that most first thought. Could she be throwing centrist candidates under the “One Nation” bus?
Romney isn’t the first establishment candidate to have One Nation tire tracks on his back. In May, Palin criticized Newt Gingrich for bowing to the media after he had referred to Paul Ryan’s budget plan as “right-wing social engineering”.
If Newt Gingrich believes that it’s right-wing social engineering to undo Obamacare and reform Medicare … then say so. But don’t apologize later just because the media has dinged you on what you said.
Sarah has the attention of the main-stream media and she doesn’t even have to go begging for it. Actually, she doesn’t have to even let them know where she’s going. Her tour has not been furnishing an itinerary to the press, yet her activities are top news at outlets left-wing, main-stream, and right-of-center alike. With that kind of publicity and drawing power comes influence. Electoral influence.
The establishment candidates know that they will struggle to take primaries in states where the Tea Parties are strong and well-organized. Sarah turns those grass-roots messages into the news of the day.