Do you remember back in May when Sarah Palin said this:

“I think Paul Ryan is soon to be ‘Cantored,’ as in Eric Cantor,” Palin said, referring to the former Republican House majority leader who was ousted in a shocking upset in 2014 when challenger Dave Brat ran to his right in a Virginia primary.

“His political career is over but for a miracle because he has so disrespected the will of the people, and as the leader of the GOP, the convention, certainly he is to remain neutral, and for him to already come out and say who he will not support is not a wise decision of his,” Palin continued.

You could hear the howls of laughter from Washington DC to Washington state. That reality star has been is going to oust the speaking of the House? What a joke. This reaction was typical.

It is no surprise that Palin, who has become something of a Trump lap dog since endorsing him in January would jump all over Ryan for failing to obsequiously bow to Trump fast enough. As for the challenge to Ryan, it’s worth noting that Ted Cruz beat Donald Trump by nearly 30,000 votes in Ryan’s First Congressional District when voters there had the chance to voice their opinion. Given that, one doubts that attacks on Ryan that are centered on his refusal to immediately jump on the “Trump Train” as it is being called are going to have much of an impact on what is likely to be a very easy August 9th primary for Ryan’s seat. In any case, one seriously doubts that voters in Wisconsin are going to care much about what Palin thinks about the matter in any case.

And at Hotair this headline:

Poll: Ryan barely hanging onto a 64-point lead in his district

brought a lot of chuckles to the “Palin is a joke” crowd.

Well two months later nobody is laughing anymore:

Following a new primary election poll showing that House Speaker Paul Ryan has plummeted to well below 50 percent in his home district, Ryan is out with new mailers assuring Wisconsin voters of his desire to secure the border, and urging them to support him in his contentious August 9th primary election.


The new mailers touting Ryan’s support for border security is interesting given that just last year, Ryan championed a spending bill that fully funded President Obama’s open borders agenda– including funding sanctuary cities, executive amnesty, and the release of criminal aliens. The mailers also come amid new reports indicating that, one month after his election, Ryan plans to bring up “criminal sentencing” measures that could release thousands of criminal illegal aliens from prison onto the streets.

Hmm isn’t this the same thing that happened to Cantor, why I do believe it is and like Cantor apparently Ryan has been working with extreme pro amnesty forces like Luis Gutierrez,  on the sly of course

“Paul Ryan and I talk,” Gutierrez told the filmmakers in 2014. “What we do with Ryan,” Gutierrez explained, “is he puts together a bunch of bills, one of which is legalization, and that’s the one we join him on. The legalization is good enough that I can go and say we need to get in bed.”

Gutierrez told filmmakers that their collaboration had to be conducted in secret, so as not to tip off Republican voters. “You feel like you have to kind of sneak around to have dinner with these guys,” Gutierrez’s communications director, Douglas Rivlin, said, referring to his secret meetings with House Republicans to push amnesty. “Unlike some of you [expletive deleted], I don’t mess around with my wife, so–but let me tell you–right? I feel like I’m sneaking around right on my Party … when I have dinner with you guys,” he said.

And let me remind you that this is the #1 issue that Donald Trump, who Sarah Palin endorsed early, also to a lot of laughter, is running on.

Now if Paul Ryan ended up winning his primary I won’t be all that upset, he’s generally on the side of the angels and he knows fiscal matters better than most, but if he wins by a hair or goes down to defeat, let me make one suggestion to our friends on both the right and the left:

You underestimate Sarah Palin at your own risk.

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Sarah Palin: What if I was to choose Donald Trump as my running mate?

Jerry Seinfeld: Sarah you’re teasing us, that’s not nice

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Yesterday while I was visiting the doctor, dropping off a note to my work to say I’d miss the rest of the week and becoming better acquainted with my pillow Sarah Palin took a lot of people by surprise and endorsed Donald Trump for President.

While I would have thought my guy Ted Cruz would have been a better fit for her, particularly since like Palin Ted Cruz continued to fight the fights that others shied away from,  I’m presuming that Trump’s reputation as a man of action who gets things done was the determining factor.

The significance of this endorsement can’t be overstated for several reasons.

Spending Political Capital

Sarah Palin is the perfect political capitalist, she has taken her political capital, invested it in the candidates of her choice and come out with even more. No amount of political snark or clever Conan skits will change that.

Sarah Palin Political Venture Capitalist  8/1/2012

One of the most important things about political capital is knowing when to spend it and when not to.  For example Sarah Palin was willing to spend political capital in the 2012 Texas Senate primary which got Ted Cruz to a runoff and eventually to the US Senate against a candidate backed the governor and a lot of the Texas establishment.  (Cruz would win by 13 points in a race that was described as “tight”) Contrariwise Curtis Bostic in the SC-1 special election waited in vain for a Palin endorsement vs Mark Sanford and would eventually lose that primary by 13 points.  As I said at the time:

The essence of a smart political operator is to know when to spend said capital and when not to, when the expenditure will lead to success and when it is in vain. When such a move can lead to victory or when a defeat will be costly for the entire cause.

That she didn’t endorse in a state where she has endorsed before speaks volumes about this primary and none of it is good.

That Palin was willing to go all in for Donald Trump tells me she thinks this political investment will pay off.

Timing

R. E. Lee:  And then AP Hill Came Up

Repeated quote in Civil War dispatches concerning battles when Hill arrived in the nick of time

This has not been a good week for Donald Trump.

Ted Cruz had run circles around him on the Birther Issue but had very effectively turned what was a winning debate moment for Trump, (NY Values) into a negative.  Cruz had managed to do what Perry, Bush, Paul and Graham could not, counter Trump effectively.  It was so bad that Trump found himself booed by activists which is not something he is used to.

Talk radio hosts had either advised him against his attacks on Cruz or directly hit him for these attacks.  It was a moment of crisis, one of the first moments of crisis for the campaign.

Then comes the Sarah Palin endorsement and the narrative changes

Now the topic becomes how Trump got this key endorsement over Cruz.  How THE favorite of the Tea Party, the person who has been personally responsible for the election of multiple members of congress, the woman who was practically the only person (other than Rush Limbaugh) willing to fight the fight against Obama when everyone else was running for the hills has decided that Donald Trump is the best choice for the White House.

Sarah Palin rode over the hill just in time, just like the US Cavalry in a motion picture.

Reassuring Conservatives:

Trust but verify

Ronald Reagan

Back on Sept 9th I asked this question on the blog of Donald Trump:

There are several strong conservatives you have records fighting for Conservative causes, both political, fiscal & social and wear the scars from doing so such as Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker and Rand Paul.  What is the incentive for a conservative supporter of one of these candidates to vote for you and how will you prove that once you’ve “made the deal” to be president your conservative argument will still remain and you won’t, for example, appoint Supreme Court Justices who support Roe v Wade?

It plays on a point that I made before concerning Trump vs Cruz:

Picture a group of people appointed by a pragmatic deal maker and picture the establishment and even the left having to deal with Trump and his appointees, many of whom will be self-made and have absolutely no loyalty to the conservative electorate that said establishment loathes so much.

Then finally consider Trump himself, he prides himself as being person who is a great negotiator and dealmaker. The problem with a dealmaker is the key question: “What do you give up to make the deal?”

If you are an Establishment republican or even a democrat that question will console you, but as a social conservative it does not.

These worries are not unfounded, and given Trump past public statements concerning issues from Life to single payer, statements which Ted Cruz has taken full advantage of, are reasonable concerns.  As a republican senator once said to a former democrat named Wilkie who was the party’s standard bearer in 1940:

“Well Wendell you know back home in Indiana it’s all right if the town whore joins the church but they don’t ask her to lead the choir on the first night.”

I’m sure there is more than one GOP voter who likes how Trump has frustrated the media and has spoken truths aloud that our “betters” have previously forbidden us who have held back from supporting him because of this.

Sarah Palin solves this problem.

Palin’s pro-life credentials are impeccable, her reputation as a conservative is strong on all of the issues that matter to a lot of conservatives Palin has walked the walk.

The fact that she is willing to put that behind Trump is going to reassure a lot of people who were not quite sold.  It gives Donald Trump the thing he needed the most.

These are the three big takeaways from the Palin endorsement.  Here is one thing NOT to take away from it.

Palin’s endorsement is NOT an attack on Ted Cruz

Look I am not saying anything at all negative about Ted Williams.  The further we go into the analysis of the batting statistics, the closer we come to being forced to accept the conclusion that Williams, not Babe Ruth, was the greatest hitter who ever lived.  I think he was the second greatest left fielder who ever lived.  That’s not criticism.

Bill James:  The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract 1985

When I endorsed Ted Cruz on Sept 30th I pointed out that this was not a critique of candidates like Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal who I liked very much:

Like Bill James picking Stan Musial over Ted Williams as the greatest left fielder of all time, my choice is not a critique of either Gov Jindal or Senator Santorum.  If for any reason Senator Cruz leaves the race before either of them I will be honored to give public support to either one of them (and will continue to say good things about them on this site and on twitter).  But the time has come to make a choice.

To say that The Godfather is a better movie than Casablanca is not to say that Casablanca is a bad movie.  To say you like the Red Sox more than the Patriots is not to say that you don’t like the Patriots, To say that Tom Brady is a better quarterback than Peyton Manning is not to suggest Manning is a bad QB, to say that you like a steak dinner over chicken that doesn’t mean you don’t like chicken.

Sarah Palin did not say anything bad about Ted Cruz, she didn’t say that she regretted supporting him in the past, nor has she critiqued what he has done in the least.  What she said that given the choice of the 11 remaining GOP candidates her pick is Donald Trump.

Any attempt to spin that as “Ted Cruz sucks” is not only disingenuous, but is dishonest.

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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what most of them are worth.

Last week I said after this next election if nothing changes it’s time to leave the GOP and go 3rd party. This weekend Sarah Palin while agreeing on the budget deal

The GOP establishment in Congress is our abuser. We can’t hide the black eyes any more. The whole neighborhood knows. The Democrats are gloating. Obama thanked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)58%
effusively – and why shouldn’t he? Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)9%
couldn’t have given him more.

And where was the famed House Freedom Caucus – those stalwart conservatives who spearheaded Boehner’s ouster? They were shrugging and handing us a bag of frozen peas to put on our black eye. If we’re lucky, maybe they’ll call 911 for us when the beating starts up again.

This is shameful, and it has to end. No mas!

Makes the case against leaving the GOP

that’s what the GOP establishment wants us to do!

They want us to leave the Party or just sit out elections.

Without us around, their handpicked puppets can be elected in gerrymandered districts without any pesky conservative primary challengers.

The Congressional GOP establishment doesn’t care about winning national elections. As far as they’re concerned, Hillary can have the White House – just so long as they can keep their cushy jobs on Capitol Hill.

In fact, having a Democrat in the White House is probably good for business. They don’t want to have to lead on anything

Her solution make THEM leave

So, no, it’s not time to leave the GOP. We’re going to make our abusers leave.

I like the sentiment, but I’d still like to know how it’s going to be done, because as far as I can see the only way they are going to have a change of heart is if we have them by their privates and the only way that happens if is if their jobs are in danger.

And the best way for that to happen is to put safe seats in jeopardy, I submit and suggest that the only way to do that is a conservative 3rd party that can decide to endorse a GOP candidate if they choose the conservative path or to run our own candidate and let “safe” republican seats become not so safe anymore, after all the “cushy job” depends on that safe seat still being there.

I’m a huge fan of Sarah Palin and if she has a plan to achieve this within the GOP I’d be delighted to hear it.

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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what most of them are worth.

Jesus went on to say, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:

“‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not cry.’

Luke 7:31-32

Referring back to the last post, Trump Derangement Syndrome rampages on, barely checked by the presently rampaging horrors of newspeople murdered on live television, the ongoing massacres by ISIS, and the looming threat of the Iran nuclear surrender. It is one thing to state that Trump is not the answer; hurling incessant insults at those who support him and clogging social media’s arteries with three hundred and eighty-five variations a day of “TRUMP IS A POOPYHEAD AND SO ARE HIS MINIONS!” seemingly never gets old for those who choose blithe ignorance or endless excuses for Congress’ either caving or being inactive in regard to most every major issue conservatives hold dear – the economy, national debt, illegal immigration, governmental invasion of privacy and violation of rights motivated by political opposition, defunding Planned Parenthood, the aforementioned ISIS and Iran nuclear surrender, etc.

It would be productive if Trump bashers were one-tenth of one percent as proactive in detailing solutions to problems as they are, well, bashing. There is no problem with detailing why Trump is a less than ideal candidate, or should not hold the highest office in the land. Make your case; agree to disagree if need be. That said, at some point in the process it becomes necessary to state what, and who, you are for if your words are to carry any weight. Opposition alone is not a strategy any more than hope and change is a policy platform. What do you suggest in lieu of Trump? What do you propose to handle a Congress ostensibly in conservative hands yet routinely either giving in to Obama’s demands or proposing the exact opposite of what they promised in order to ensure conservative support? If we, the unwashed uneducated ill-informed banana slug brained masses own Trump, does the GOP Smart Set own Mitch McConnell and John Boehner?

Where is the shared humanity in the GOP’s desperate effort to purge itself of all things and people Tea Party? Where is the common bond, other than trampled underfoot, between those who wish to be conservative new media leaders and the people they openly deride and despise for having the temerity to support one not approved by the echo chamber’s high rollers? Instead, we see insults, cheap shots, and cries of “if you support Trump unfriend me right now!” Really now.

It is impossible to see the present kerfuffle without flashing back four years to when the conservative new media high rollers mercilessly derided and taunted Sarah Palin supporters when she decided against running. The opposition was pointed and personal against her and her posse. It was also utterly ineffective in accomplishing anything except revealing how many CNMers had zero problem showing their ass in public when it came time to throwing a poorly disguised temper tantrum over how Palin’s popularity revealed their complete impotence in moving public opinion. Now we are seeing the same phenomenon in Trump rolling from strength to strength even as the voices crying against him grow ever more shrill.

The time has come to give this a rest. Conservative new media is in great peril of becoming contemporary political Pharisees. No, I am not comparing Trump to Jesus. I am comparing the reaction to him with the Pharisees’ reaction to Christ when He called them out for demanding of others strict adherence to the letter of the law, namely Mosaic Law, while themselves lapping up adulation and praise for outwardly being living puritanical lights yet inwardly consumed with pride and greed. If there is no respect for others, no acknowledgment of that which binds us together, how can there be leadership when the ones who purport to lead openly despise those they wish to lead?

We have far too much in common to let our opinion of Trump irrevocably divide us. On this truth we must act.

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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — Sarah Palin is an eternal optimist.

In her most recent Facebook post, she challenges The Washington Post (and the mainstream media) to “get back to work.”

Looking back to the days of Watergate and true investigative journalism, Governor Palin writes:

Today, you’ve fallen like a lead balloon. Whereas you once doggedly covered the 18.5 minute gap in Nixon’s White House communications, you’ve virtually ignored the Obama Administration’s 1.2 million minutes of deleted communications by just one of the agencies under Obama’s executive branch. I’m speaking of the Lois Lerner IRS harassment-of-conservatives scandal wherein Lerner “lost” pertinent email communications. You’ve allowed Obama to skate with his proclamation that absolutely no wrongdoing occurred at the IRS, “not even a smidgen.”

The list of Obama abuses and impeachable offenses is long. I challenge you to lift a finger and help protect democracy, allow justice for all, and ensure domestic tranquility by doing your job reporting current corrupt events fairly. If not, you prove yourselves incompetent and in bed with Obama, not caring one iota about media integrity.

Well of course they don’t care about “media integrity.”  And by “they” I am referring to legacy media in general.  They proved long ago that there would be no investigation or challenging of Obama.  This president has never produced the most basic documents pertaining to his background to include his education papers and records which one would think would be pretty good considering he is supposed to be the smartest president evah.

I think this beating of the “impeachment” drum is pointless.  Of course the man is incompetent and of course he should have been impeached long ago, but I don’t see any future in such an action at this time.  It won’t get him out of office.

What we, as conservatives, need to focus on is taking the Senate and holding on to the House.  We need to concentrate on stopping the damage.  Cauterize the wound.

You can be sure the media will cover the vacation to Martha’s Vineyard and the parties with celebrities even if they could care less when it comes to finding answers about Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the VA scandal, and the IRS/Lois Lerner mess.   Michelle’s most recent magnificent dress must be covered.  Fashion icon!  Trust the legacy media to focus on what’s important….no?

Governor Palin’s optimism that the Post will rise to her challenge is admirable, but probably ill-fated.  Small bloggers have been working to expose this man for the feckless incompetent dimwit that he is since 2008; it would be truly refreshing, albeit shocking, if the legacy media did the same.  I’m not holding my breath.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport

What’s the use of being elected or re-elected if you don’t stand for something

President Grover Cleveland

They say all if fair in love, war and politics but I suspect the GOP has won the battle but risks losing the war over Mississippi.

In Mississippi Cochran the desire to keep Cochran in the Senate was a matter of money:

Cochran is, for all intents and purposes, a marionette. His strings are pulled by staffers and lobbyists. They drop him onto the stage of the Senate and pull up a string to raise his hand. These puppeteers are so invested in keeping their gravy train going that they will, while claiming to be Republicans, flood a Republican primary with Obama voters to ensure their gravy train continues.

And if that gravy train requires laying out 5 figures to black leaders to make sure it continues, for those men, it’s a small price to pay.

But while tactically that might make sense for those of the party with skin in the game in that state, on a national level it’s a dangerous move.

The only reason why House Republicans hold chairmanships and the power and patronage that comes with it are conservative/tea party voters that have turned out. If I’m trying to win the Senate in November the last thing I need to see after a primary election is this

If the Republican Party spends money to turn out Democrat voters against a conservative in a GOP primary — the paid professional party apparatus doing this as a deliberate strategy — what message does that send to conservatives, whose votes are crucial to whatever hope Republicans have of winning an electoral majority?

Or this:

The problem for those who call themselves Republicans is that it is harder and harder to say exactly what a Republican is these days. The great lesson from Mississippi is that Republican means, more or less, that if elected the party will reward its major donors, who are just different than the Democrats’ major donors. Policy differences are about different donors, not an actual agenda to shift the country in a different direction.

and you particularly don’t want to see videos like this from Sarah Palin

saying things like this:

What’s the point of electing Republicans if they’re going to act like Democrats?

You can fight the tea party tough in a primary, you can beat the tea party as was done in Oklahoma but the one thing you can’t afford is to have people like Sarah Palin suggesting it’s not worth it to show up and vote for Republicans.

It’s bad enough that the GOP seems to have done all it could to keep its base at home for the last two presidential election cycles but if they are trying the same in 2014 midterms, that’s Market Basket level stupidity.

There has never been a better chance for the GOP to take full control of congress than this year and perhaps that’s why the establishment is so willing to do things like this. As Stacy McCain put it:

it is still possible that the Republican Party will capture the Senate majority in November, so that Mitch McConnell’s cronies can address each other as “Mister Chairman” again (which is all they care about). Given all the advantages the GOP takes into this mid-term election, it would take an extremely incompetent fall campaign by the Republicans to prevent McConnell from becoming Majority Leader.


buuuuuut…

if everything falls apart for Republicans between now and Election Day, if the Democrats catch all the lucky breaks while the GOP is cursed with misfortune, so that McConnell’s selfish ambition is thwarted and Harry Reid remains the Majority Leader . . .
Well, if that happens, remember June 24 as the point of no return.

If the GOP wants to return to the bad old days when they were a permanent minority for nearly a half a century conservatives will oblige them.

Of course if the Tea Party decides to stay home and if Harry Reid is right about the Koch brothers trying to buy elections it appears we have already established that the black vote can be purchased for the right price.

I have observed, throughout life, that a man may do an immense deal of good, if he does not care who gets the credit for it.

Father Strickland. S.J.  1963

Captain Renault:In 1935, you ran guns to Ethiopia. In 1936, you fought in Spain, on the Loyalist side.

Rick:And got well paid for it on both occasions.

Captain RenaultThe *winning* side would have paid you much better.

Casablanca 1942

For a while I’ve been making the argument that Sarah Palin is far more valuable to the conservative movement as a person who gets solid conservatives nominated and elected than as just another GOP candidate for president in a crowded field.

Yesterday the Washington Post talked about Sarah Palin and to some degree doesn’t know what to make of her:

“She is still just really fun to watch. Some are watching because they admire, and others are watching because they find her hilarious because she is a self parody and there aren’t too many people who can manage to be both of things. 

However in between dealing with her as a reality start and cultural icon they actually managed to  mention the serious commentary she has been putting out regularly:

Palin’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have become favored media for the former vice presidential candidate, who has posted missives on everything from foreign policy to the economy for her followers

They even managed to actually quote one of her pieces for a change.  That would be remarkable if it wasn’t a critique of the Ryan budget.

“The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) budget is not an April Fool’s joke,” Palin wrote. “But it really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem; it STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful government overspending TODAY, instead of speculating years out that some future Congress and White House may possibly, hopefully, eh-who-knows, take responsibility for today’s budgetary selfishness and shortsightedness to do so.”

The Washington Post is always sympathetic to any attack on one republican from another, even one from Sarah Palin, if it can be service to the White House.

 But while that is the likely driver of the piece the real interesting bit comes later.

Unlike many of her male counterparts, Palin has so far resisted the urge to run for president despite her popularity with her party’s right wing. Instead, she has opted to use her political influence to endorse candidates. 

Their numbers on her success from 2010 conflict with CBS they claim she was 34/66 while CBS’s had her with 37 wins in 55 races that year but more important than the numbers is they have pretty much hit on what I believe is the long-term Palin strategy: maintaining herself as a viable candidate without committing (a Political Fleet in Being if you will) , maintaining the fight in the culture wars by letting the low info voters see her without the MSM filter,  then using the money from both sources to advance her political views through selected candidates.

In the long run a half a dozen new teaparty members of the House and senate pushing conservative causes added every two years will do more for advancing everything we all believe in than any run for president even if it is successful.

My children and yours will have a lot to thank her for.

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The final in my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them:

Day 1: The Crowd
Day 2: The Entrance
Day 3: Dr. Seuss
Day 4: Why Sarah Feels Good
Day 5: Playing Prevent
Day 6: Sinking Ships
Day 7: Flexibility Pens & Putin
Day 8: Anticipation
Day 9: Don’t blow it
Day 10: 2010 Again
Day 11: Real Feminism
Day 12: Liberated Much?
Day 13: Boldly Go Forth
Day 14: Why We Fight
Day 15: We Know America

In the close of her CPAC speech Sarah Palin talked about the thing most lacking in America today, optimism.

The left was awash with optimism in 2008 5 years ago.

For the first time in our history Americans believe their children will not do better than them, a huge chunk of the population has dropped out of the work force, records numbers are on assistance, our credit has been downgraded and the media has gone from celebrating The One™ who was going to change the world to arguing that the presidency is too big for any one man to handle and ignoring the targeting of those who would disagree although there were signs of what was coming this even the day before he came into office.

The problem for the left and the media is their optimism was based solely on the color of Barack Obama’s skin and what it meant to them.  So when the first black president turned out to be just as unqualified as his thin resume would suggest he was, they became defensive because the first black president can’t be allowed to be exposed as a failure.

Because their optimism was based on a false idol, it failed/

Contrast that to the optimism that Sarah Palin expresses in the close of her CPAC speech.

We have documented the critiques of both the policy and the people left and right that Governor Palin described in her speeches yet she still expresses optimism in the future of America.

Why, because that optimism isn’t based on a leader, or a policy or even a party.

Her optimism is based on her faith in the American people.

A Closing thought, the optimism of Sarah Palin mimics the same optimism of a different American who once spoke at CPAC

There is, in America, a greatness and a tremendous heritage of idealism which is a reservoir of strength and goodness. It is ours if we will but tap it. And, because of this — because that greatness is there — there is need in America today for a reaffirmation of that goodness and a reformation of our greatness.

If you don’t know who that speaker was I’ll give you a hint. Sarah Palin spoke at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birthday.

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This is the 15th of my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them:

Day 1: The Crowd
Day 2: The Entrance
Day 3: Dr. Seuss
Day 4: Why Sarah Feels Good
Day 5: Playing Prevent
Day 6: Sinking Ships
Day 7: Flexibility Pens & Putin
Day 8: Anticipation
Day 9: Don’t blow it
Day 10: 2010 Again
Day 11: Real Feminism
Day 12: Liberated Much?
Day 13: Boldly Go Forth
Day 14: Why We Fight

One of the most interesting things about the rise of the tea party movement was just how much it took the left and the MSM by surprise.

When the movement exploded across the country they were dumbfounded. They tried to explain them away, laugh them off, pretend they were dangerous and finally promote alternate movements to try to drown them out.

Why didn’t they see the Tea Party for what it was?

It’s quite simple. The media, so confined to the Washington/NYC centers and so used to promoting the left’s paid astroturf movements couldn’t comprehend an actual grass-roots movement of regular Americans because they don’t know or understand average Americans.

Sarah Palin does. She knows the tea party members don’t have to be paid to show up.

Media Propaganda not withstanding when you go to the small tea parties events all over the country you won’t find a bunch of Koch money, in fact you will see very little money period. What you will find are a lot of regular people trying to make a difference.

And as Sarah Palin knows and reminds this audience, it is those small gatherings and the people who got involved on local and state campaigns which come from them, that are going to be critical in 2014 and will still be there long after the media continues to pronounce the tea party dead.

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This is the 14th of my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them:

Day 1: The Crowd
Day 2: The Entrance
Day 3: Dr. Seuss
Day 4: Why Sarah Feels Good
Day 5: Playing Prevent
Day 6: Sinking Ships
Day 7: Flexibility Pens & Putin
Day 8: Anticipation
Day 9: Don’t blow it
Day 10: 2010 Again
Day 11: Real Feminism
Day 12: Liberated Much?
Day 13: Boldly Go Forth

One of the things that our friends in the GOP have never seemed to figure out is what motivates the Tea Party / Conservative movement.

Lee Stranahan’s reporting not withstanding the vast majority of the people who got involved in the Tea Party movement did not have an interest in making a career out of politics nor were out to make their fortune and it certainly wasn’t a sign of love for the GOP

“Who here trusts the GOP?” Not a single hand went up, but people over and over promised me that if the GOP spent like the democrats they would be back to throw them out too. No wonder the GOP is scared of the tea party.

…it was because of the problems that people saw and wanted to solve. Which is exactly the point that Sarah Palin is making

The key line

We’re not here to re-brand a party, we’re here to rebuild a country

The GOP perception of the Tea Party is like the CSA perception of England during the Trent Affair. It wasn’t until after Mason and Slidel’s release that the Confederates realized England only acted to protect their own interests.

At the NLRC both Mark Steyn & John Fund noted that thanks to the two-party system the GOP will likely win by default in 2014 as they did in 2010 but as Fund said, they will only keep power if they use that power to act according to the interests of the people who elect them.

Sarah Palin understands this, would that the GOP did.
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There is no way to sugar coat it, after missing our weekly goal for the last 3 weeks and six out of the last seven we are a full $1015 shy of the mortgage payment with 9 days left to the month.

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This is the 13th of my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them:

Day 1: The Crowd
Day 2: The Entrance
Day 3: Dr. Seuss
Day 4: Why Sarah Feels Good
Day 5: Playing Prevent
Day 6: Sinking Ships
Day 7: Flexibility Pens & Putin
Day 8: Anticipation
Day 9: Don’t blow it
Day 10: 2010 Again
Day 11: Real Feminism
Day 12: Liberated Much?

One of the arguments I’ve been making for years is that selling conservatism is not hard.

Conservatism has a virtue of a history of success both fiscally and socially that our liberal friends can not match.  Unfortunately due to the left dominating the educational system if you are 40 or under you wouldn’t know it.

Think of it if you told people of an era when such things were common they might think it was ancient history:

Teen suicide was practically unheard of,

Intact families were the norm rather than divorce

Schools taught facts rather than ideology

Cities & the country built great things

Parents and the elderly were held in esteem

Kids could feel safe in their neighborhoods

It was safe to walk streets

There were no police in schools nor need for them

Kids actually played tag and ran during recess without fear

College was not about getting drunk or high

All of these things are in living memory but our society & culture would not only have us forget them but pretend that it all came from a goal of keeping women down.

Consider this Morning Joe Clip from Friday:

Mika might be shocked, but I’m not. This didn’t happen in a vacuum it’s the inevitable result of abandoning conservative vales. Values that Sarah Palin reminds conservative women that are worth advancing as a grand legacy handed down from the giants who came before.

Start evangelizing

Sarah Palin understand the appeal of conservatism, the sooner we start going on offense, taking the fight to the culture and taking on the left on ground of our own choosing the sooner we will win.

Would that the rest of the party figured that out.

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This is the 12th of my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them:

Day 1: The Crowd
Day 2: The Entrance
Day 3: Dr. Seuss
Day 4: Why Sarah Feels Good
Day 5: Playing Prevent
Day 6: Sinking Ships
Day 7: Flexibility Pens & Putin
Day 8: Anticipation
Day 9: Don’t blow it
Day 10: 2010 Again
Day 11: Real Feminism

Of the clips Of Sarah Palin’s speech that I recorded at CPAC this was the shortest

The Donkey vs Mama Grizzley quote was kinda weak, but the question to liberals:

Who are the real woman liberators?

is well taken, particularly when we consider Miriam Weeks:

Duke University freshman Miriam Weeks, who has recently become notorious as porn star Belle Knox, is a “cutter,” with visible scars that show her history of self-harm. “Apparently her ex-boyfriend that cheated on her told her she was fat so she carved the word into her thigh.”

The idea that the daughter of an affluent doctor began shooting porn videos because she couldn’t afford tuition always seemed a bit strange, and her claims that doing porn was “empowering,” an expression of “sexual autonomy,” were even stranger. It is becoming obvious that she has struggled with mental health issues for many years, and the liberal media’s ostentatious posture of non-judgmentalism isn’t really the kind of help she needs.

This is the woman who was celebrated on CNN’s Piers Morgan’s and featured on ABC’s The View:

Sarah Palin’s question on being liberated would certainly apply to Miriam weeks. Mrs. Palin might ask: Are you really “liberated” by the liberal Democrat culture and media that celebrates and encourages you to, for pay, let filmmakers shoot strange men ejaculating on your face for the purpose of selling said film to other men and women worldwide for their masturbatory pleasure?

I would think Mrs. Palin would suggest instead taking the full boat at Vanderbilt sans debt or degradation might be a tad more liberating.

Update: I know crazy when I see it.

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This is the 11th of my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them:

Day 1: The Crowd
Day 2: The Entrance
Day 3: Dr. Seuss
Day 4: Why Sarah Feels Good
Day 5: Playing Prevent
Day 6: Sinking Ships
Day 7: Flexibility Pens & Putin
Day 8: Anticipation
Day 9: Don’t blow it
Day 10: 2010 Again

I remember when Sarah Palin was picked to be the GOP nominee for VP the leftist web site The Reclusive Leftist was absolutely delighted at her nomination.

Violet was one of the few leftists and liberals who were absolutely appalled at the sexism at the sexism directed at Governor Palin and even after Barack Obama was safely elected she still was having none of it.

One reason I’ve written as many posts as I have about Palin is because I’m so baffled by the reaction to her..

…the first answer you’ll get if you ask feminists why they hate Sarah Palin is that “it’s because she ____” — and then fill in the blank with the lie of choice: made rape victims pay for their own kits, is against contraception or sex ed, believes in abstinence-only, thinks the dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago, doesn’t believe in global warming, doesn’t believe in evolution, is stupid and can’t read, etc., etc., etc., etc.

But none of those things is true. None of them.

Violet took the time to find out what Sarah Palin actually said and did, and while they disagree on abortion she found most of the stuff said about her were BS and made that case to other however…

But after you’ve had a few of these myth-dispelling conversations, you start to realize that it doesn’t matter. These people don’t hate Palin because of the lies; the lies exist to justify the hate. That’s why they keep reaching and reaching for something else, until they finally get to “she winked on TV!”

She should not have been surprised as the Obama types where just as hard on Feminists asking questions about irregularities in the 2008 Democrat primary.

Ironically the movie “we will not be silenced” was never made, apparently they WERE silenced.

That willingness to be played is exactly what Sarah Palin is addressing here:

As a pro-life, pro-marriage, Roman Catholic I don’t expect many feminists to take my word, but I invite women to watch that clip from Sarah Palin and consider the question she asks: which party acts as if the totality of your being is your reproductive organs?

It’s not the party of Marilinda Garica.

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This is the 10th of my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them:

Day 1: The Crowd
Day 2: The Entrance
Day 3: Dr. Seuss
Day 4: Why Sarah Feels Good
Day 5: Playing Prevent
Day 6: Sinking Ships
Day 7: Flexibility Pens & Putin
Day 8: Anticipation
Day 9: Don’t blow it

Yesterday we talked about how unexpected the win in Fl-13 was, today lets remind folk about 2010.

If you are new to the story you might not remember the days before 2010 when GOP stalwarts told us our only chance was to cooperate with Barack Obama, to refuse to fight back against Barack Obama, to accept the changes that Barack Obama was offering.

The only two people who seemed to be in a fighting mood were Rush Limbaugh & Sarah Palin.

It wasn’t til the Brown win that any of this started to change and as late as January 8th 2010 (the election was the 19th) the Boston Phoenix ran this story which said (emphasis mine)

In less than two weeks, when Massachusetts voters elect Martha Coakley to the US Senate — let’s not pretend that Republican state senator Scott Brown has any chance of pulling off the monumental upset — they will trigger a massive domino effect that has the state’s political class buzzing with anticipation.

Even after Scott Brown won in Massachusetts shocking the entire country the MSM was in denial. As late as October 2010 we were seeing stories like this:

And posts like this from Politico

Top Democratic officials are convinced, and even some Republicans privately concede, that what’s happening is that party loyalists are coming home and other voters are beginning to assess both candidates in individual races.

“The early polls were really a gauge of people’s anger, but more recent polls are a gauge of people’s options,” Delaware Gov. and Democratic Governors Association Chairman Jack Markell told POLITICO.

What’s driving Democratic optimism is improving polling numbers — both in individual races and in generic indicators — ramped-up fundraising and their field efforts.

It wasn’t until the One Nation & Jon Stewart Rally crashed and burned that the MSM tuned their narrative the day before the election:

That’s why these remarks by Sarah Palin’s remarks are so important

Sarah reminds us that you advance by moving forward and being unafraid to fight.

In 2010 the GOP stepped back and let the Tea Party carry them over the finish line, in 2012 the decided that the Tea Party was not needed for victory and lost.

It’s 2014 and the GOP needs to decide if it wants to dance with the Tea Party that gave them the House majority. There is no reason why the GOP & the Tea Party working together should not guarantee huge GOP victories winning seats in the house and capturing the Senate.

If the GOP doesn’t realize this and decides it’s more important to defeat the Tea Party then the Democrats then will foolishly get their wish.

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This is the 9th of my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them:

Day 1: The Crowd
Day 2: The Entrance
Day 3: Dr. Seuss
Day 4: Why Sarah Feels Good
Day 5: Playing Prevent
Day 6: Sinking Ships
Day 7: Flexibility Pens & Putin
Day 8: Anticipation

Nothing is more certain that the Democrats are in trouble as illustrated by the results of election in Florida 13.

Wherever you turn you hear about how that vote is a harbinger of doom for the left both because that was a district that Alex Sink won when running for Governor and because she, unlike  incumbents in congress never cast a vote for Obamacare.

But while this conventional wisdom has become a lock in the last seven days 10 days ago this wasn’t the case.

A lot of people are forgetting that the GOP candidate was written off by the establishment and all the buzz a few days before the election was about the GOP establishment laying the groundwork of blame for the defeat they were anticipating. It was going to be due to a bad team, a bad message, his unambiguous opposition to illegal immigration all contrary to the GOP mantra, look at this segment from MSNBC the day before:

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

He won anyway.

That willingness of the establishment to play the Democrats game is exactly what Sarah Palin addressed here.

To be sure there were last minute issues & factors that helped in FL-13 but If Jolly had followed the establishment advice and ran farther away from his base, would the conventional wisdom be different today?

Sarah Palin knows that answer.

This is the 7th of my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them:

Day 1: The Crowd
Day 2: The Entrance
Day 3: Dr. Seuss Day 4: Why Sarah Feels Good
Day 5: Playing Prevent
Day 6: Sinking Ships

Today things are getting a lot worse in Ukraine:
BBC:

Some 95.5% of voters in Crimea have supported joining Russia, officials say, after half the votes have been counted in a disputed referendum.

Crimea’s leader says he will apply to join Russia on Monday. Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said he will respect the Crimean people’s wishes.

Many Crimeans loyal to Kiev boycotted the referendum, and the EU and US condemned it as illegal.

The New York Times:

While the world’s attention is trained on Ukraine, the Russian authorities are cracking down on independent news outlets here, and scores of young journalists — a group that drove the protests — are facing unemployment. Several major cable and Internet providers have dropped the liberal-leaning news broadcaster Dozhd, a flagship project that began when Dmitri A. Medvedev was president, and its general director has announced that it will close within two months.

and Yahoo news reporting this

A United States surveillance drone has been intercepted above the Ukranian region of Crimea, a Russian state arms and technology group said Friday.

and this:

“Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash,” anchor Dmitry Kiselyov said on his weekly news show on state-controlled Rossiya 1 television.

Kiselyov made the comment to support his argument that the United States and President Barack Obama were living in fear of Russia led by President Vladimir Putin amid the Ukraine crisis.

all of this has happened a week after Sarah Palin said this:

A week ago Sarah Palin stated that president Obama has little sway over Mr. Putin. Today it’s been proved.

and Mike Barnicle calls HER the moron?

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This is the 5th of my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them:

Day 1: The Crowd
Day 2: The Entrance
Day 3: Dr. Seuss

Day 4: Why Sarah Feels Good

One of most rightly criticized stratagems in football is the Prevent defense.

The principle for those who don’t know football is pretty basic, with a large lead late in the game a team plays a loose defense guarding only against the big play and the sidelines.  The idea it to “prevent” a mistake or a big play that could result in scoring although it tends to allow an awful lot of yardage.

What it also tends to do allow an opponent to build momentum and get back into a game.  There is example after example of prevent defense leading to teams regaining confidence and roaring back in games that had looked safely in the bag.

This is pretty much the plan of the GOP as Sarah Palin describes it. The GOP is convinced their best plan is to simply let the president’s healthcare plan, economy and foreign policy implode on their own.

Sarah however notes that unlike a football game, allowing Barack Obama to be a weak president things like this happen:

With a referendum on secession looming in Crimea, Russia massed troops and armored vehicles in at least three regions along Ukraine’s eastern border on Thursday, alarming the interim Ukraine government about a possible invasion and significantly escalating tensions in the crisis between the Kremlin and the West.

If you don’t have a strong defense in football you give up yardage and point, if you don’t have a strong defense in America, real people all over the world suffer.

Sarah knows this cost, does the GOP?

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This is the 4th of my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them:

Day 1: The Crowd
Day 2: The Entrance
Day 3: Dr. Seuss

As she was continuing her Green Eggs and Ham re-write I noted that there was a spot to my left that gave me an angle that would give me a clear shot of the Podium without the lights in the background messing me up.

cpac last 069

Once there I settled in and alternatives between recording my clip and taking individual shots and got listening to the speech just as she was finishing her rhyme.

After long applause she noted the giants of the current conservative movement from Cruz to Paul & Lee in the Senate to Gowdy & Gohmert in the house noting it’s “time to send them reinforcements”.  This drew more applause but it was after this that she got to the heart of the problem, the corporation between the crony capitalists & the income redistribution to the politically favored.

It is that intersection that is the source of the push back against the Tea Party.  Palin talked about how Tea Party pols are offering solutions, acting on behalf of all those Americans without connections to counter both sides that are trying to feather their nest at the public expense.

That’s why She expresses optimism and she should. Historically the idea that a movement of ordinary people has achieved so much given the alliance of those on both sides of the aisle pushing against them is astounding and believe me Sarah Palin knows a bit about being pushed against

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All of this is a testament to the greatness of both America & its people. For all of our faults as a nation how can we not be optimistic about something like that?

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This is the third in a series of posts and clips from Sarah Palin’s appearance at CPAC 2014 part 1 is here part 2 is here.

About five minutes into Governor Palin’s speech the staff rotated out some of the press out and I was able to get a spot in front of the podium.

It turned out not to be a very good spot as the light behind didn’t do much for the shot and the angle to record or to take a shot

cpac last 066

But no matter the deficiencies of the angle as I jockeyed for position with reporters and camera people all around me. Sarah Palin is still Sarah Palin with a sharp and cutting wit to make plain to the public the realities around them and an understanding how the MSM works

So while the MSM played Ted Cruz reading Green Eggs and ham and ignored everything else he said, they sure were not going to play lines like this…

…because those modified Seuss quotes hit too close to risk playing them to a public that might nod in agreement.

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This is the 2nd of a series of posts on Sarah Palin’s CPAC speech, The first in the series is here.

After a montage of images on the big Screen Sarah Palin was announced and entered the stage.

And the crowd went absolutely wild.

Because I was part of the 2nd batch of press I was still standing to the side. While that precludes anything but a long zoomed in shot like this one…cpac last 063…it also meant that I could still stand without blocking the audience and get the pan of the crowd that you see in the video.

That applause carried a full 44 seconds before she started into her speech. It’s applause that has been earned by her tireless efforts on behalf of conservatism, efforts that have taken a toll over the six years she has been on the national stage.

When the applause finally died she began acknowledging vets and then the college republicans and the young people in the crowd. She noted that to the proponents of Obamacare those young people were: “Obamacare suckaaaas…..” because: “you have the change they’ve been waiting for.”

One might think of this as simply a quip until you consider the story of the president on Funny or Die interview with Zack Galifiankis to sell Obamacare to the young and foolish generation.

When Sarah Palin said the White House considers young people “Obamacare Suckas”, she was right again, I’ll give the last word to Jonah Goldberg…

it says something sad about the audience Obama is reaching out to. After all, if millions actually do sign up as a result (which I highly doubt), it would mean that there are millions of young people out there who couldn’t be persuaded by billions of words in newspapers, magazines, State of the Union addresses, and news broadcasts, but they are persuaded by a hipster webcast comedy show. That doesn’t really speak well of them — or the country generally.

Tomorrow: Day Three Green Eggs and Ham

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This post and the 15 that will follow are dedicated to fellow Fitchburg native Mike Barnicle who took the time this morning to call Governor Palin a “moron” rather than address anything she said at CPAC 2014. To illustrate the absurdity of his statement i’ve ditched my plan to group my 16 Palin clips taken at CPAC into maybe two posts and will instead post a single clip a day and discuss it and some background.

The end result will maximize the ability to people to get her points and keep each segment small enough to so they have time to hear it without having to deal with a full speech,

At CPAC 2014 Sarah Palin was the final thing on the agenda. The straw poll results were in and all the various people campaigns brought in for a single day to look impressive for speeches and or vote in the straw poll were gone.

Anticipating the crush of media who would want to be in the well for the speech I moved toward the front along with Cynthia Yockey of A Conservative Lesbian who had been monitoring her ailing father via her phone during her time in DC.

Al Cardenas was on the stage as I turned the camera to the crowd:

As you can see every seat was full as the crowd waited to hear what the governor had to say.

Now I’m sure that some of you might not think much of her drawing in a partisan crowd but it was not long ago that the popularity of Sarah Palin was a bipartisan affair

The wipeout in the 2006 election left Republicans in such a state of dejection that they’ve overlooked the one shining victory in which a Republican star was born. The triumph came in Alaska where Sarah Palin, a politician of eye-popping integrity, was elected governor. She is now the most popular governor in America, with an approval rating in the 90s, and probably the most popular public official in any state.

Her rise is a great (and rare) story of how adherence to principle–especially to transparency and accountability in government–can produce political success. And by the way, Palin is a conservative who only last month vetoed 13 percent of the state’s proposed budget for capital projects. The cuts, the Anchorage Daily News said, “may be the biggest single-year line-item veto total in state history.”

90%+ of Alaskans approved of her, I guess they were all morons too eh?

That was July 16th 2007 and Sarah Palin kept up that popularity in Alaska right up until John McCain picked her for the national ticket and Democrats and the MSM figured out she was an actual threat to the election of Barack Obama.

That have not stopped attacking her since.

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Via HotAir airlines we see this out of Buzzfeed:

The Democratic Party’s biggest super PAC, recently retooled as an early pro-Hillary Clinton effort, will sit out the midterm elections this year.

A spokesman with the group, Priorities USA Action, confirmed to BuzzFeed on Wednesday night that it would not be involved in House or Senate campaigns.

What? Am I to understand ha the superpac that is behind the presumptive nominee of the Democrat party in 2016 will not be supporting democrats running for re-election in 2014?

“House Majority PAC and Majority PAC are doing everything right and making a real difference. We fully support their efforts,” said the spokesman, Peter Kauffmann, referring to the main groups supporting Democratic congressional candidates.

Cripes sound like this exchange from Yes prime minister on St. Georges Island…

Bernard: What if St. Georges appeals to us?

Sir Richard: We give them every support short of support.

We’re right behind you, but don’t expect us to actually, you know…help.

All of this sounds rather cynical but it does remind me of a piece I wrote concerning Sarah Palin & SC-1 primary candidate Curtis Bostic who was hoping for an endorsement

There is hope in the Bostic camp that the candidate might get an endorsement from Sarah Palin, who in the past has been able to transform underdogs into winners, as when her 2010 support helped Nikki Haley become South Carolina’s governor.

That never materialized & Bostic lost by over 13 pts: at the time of her decision I said

The essence of a smart political operator is to know when to spend said capital and when not to, when the expenditure will lead to success and when it is in vain. When such a move can lead to victory or when a defeat will be costly for the entire cause.

That she didn’t endorse in a state where she has endorsed before speaks volumes about this primary

Palin as a smart political operative understood that the expenditure of political capital on a quixotic cause doesn’t pay, said capital should be spent when it could instead make a difference  (see Texas Ted Cruz).

Priorities USA knows what is coming in 2014 and has decided to follow the example of one of the wisest political operators their party has even seen LBJ’s circa 1940 as Robert Caro noted in his book: Lyndon Johnson the Path to Power

Francis T. Murphy said he had a “50-50″ chance. He could win, he said, “by getting vote to polls in key wards.” but money was needed to accomplish that. “None,” Johnson wrote next to Murphy’s name. C.H. Armbruster of Ohio asked for $1000, but said he would take less: “urgent.” he said, “None,” Johnson wrote. “$1,000 would be a lifesaver.” George W. Wolf wrote. “Two counties hold fate…Hard battle.” None.

Johnson’s decision to cut off some candidates was not due to the lack of funds.

He had the money to spend but decided it would be a waste, he was right:

in 1940 Francis T. Murphy lost by 44.7%, C. H. Armbruster lost by 21.4% and George W. Wolfe lost by 9.4% and remember the note next to each of those names placed there by an earlier political master in answer to their request for help.

As per their name Priorities USA PAC knows the only thing that money would buy in 2014  is gratitude from people who will be out of power and thus not able to be of use in electing Mrs. Clinton in 2016.

That’s the way you play the game.

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It is really early to be talking 2016 but as the subject came up on Morning JOe AND Sarah Palin was mentioned favorably as a GOP candidate let’s raise the subject.

Anyone who reads this blog knows I’m a Huge Sarah Palin fan. There is no question in my mind she would not only be an excellent president but a one that would transform and inspire. (this FYI is why the left wanted her destroyed) If there is one interview I’d like to get for my radio show, it’s her.

But as a person who wants to advance the Tea Party cause, let me say this right now:

Don’t Run Sarah Run!

There are unquestionably several reasons why a Sarah Palin run (particularly if announced early) would be a positive.

1.  There is no GOP favorite
2.  It would consolidate the Tea Party Support behind a single Candidate with perhaps only Rand Paul not stepping aside.
3.  It would completely neutralize the gender card, particularly if Hillary is not the nominee
4.  MSM not withstanding she has established her brand and is a spectacular speechmaker.

But if your first priority is to elect conservatives, Sarah Palin is an asset that’s absolutely wasted in a presidential campaign, consider…

Since 2008 Sarah Palin has not only built a brand she has built a machine. while the rest of the GOP was running away she ran forward pushing for conservative values You can look directly at the results that year. Palin targeted 20 democrats in 2010 18 of them were defeated and as I’ve noted before:

CBS news pointed out Sarah Palin endorsed 43 house candidates of which 30 won while winning 7 of 12 Senate endorsed candidates. Senator Jim Demitt said “she’s done a lot of good for the Republican Party, and for our country.” And Rush Limbaugh, having none of the spin of the majority of the Mainstream media on the 4th said: “If anybody is an obvious winner here, aside, of course, from me, it would be Palin.”

Those Palin supported candidates included Ayotte in NH & Rubio in FL and Burr in NC who became the first incumbent re-elected to the senate there since 1968.

In 2012 Palin backed candidates won in Utah, Nebraska, Arizona, Florida

Oh and on May 10th 2012 Sarah endorsed an obscure tea party dark horse in Texas who ran against the sitting Lt. Gov highly backed by the establishment:

“Your conservative principles, passionate defense of our Constitution and our free market system come at a time when these cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity are under attack. Our shared goal isn’t just to change the majority in control of the Senate, but to assure principled conservatives like you are there to fight for us.”

He went on to win the primary & sits today in the US Senate

You might of heard of the guy, some fella named Cruz?

But to be fair there have been times when the establishment GOP rejected her choice. Sarah Palin backed Sarah Steelman for the GOP Senate nomination in Missouri. Her candidate was defeated in the primary and the GOP ran a different candidate…

…named Todd Akin.

Bottom line Sarah Palin has been instrumental in successfully advancing Tea Party candidates and principles all over the nation.

If Sarah Palin is running for President however everything changes.

A presidential campaign eats up money, dollars that Sarah Pac would normally be able to use to support conservative GOP candidates nationwide would be diverted to a presidential campaign.

A presidential campaign eats up time, While one can campaign for candidates in states when you visit during a campaign those candidates get forgotten in a presidential rally.

A presidential campaign eats up manpower, many tea party activists that would be active in local and state races would be swept away in a Palin 2016 run.

and a Presidential campaign makes divisions, the tactics that the Establishment GOP would use to try to neutralize a Palin 2016 campaign would make the MSM attacks on her seem tame, and that doesn’t even count what the Rand Paul people would be doing to stop her (although a Palin/Paul ticket would be intriguing in the extreme) and those conservatives in primaries who supported her vs other candidates would quickly have targets placed on them by the national GOP but other candidates looking to win.

I guarantee that if such tactics were successful in defeating her in the primary the base would stay home in 2016.

I think I’d rather have that money, time and manpower electing tea party conservatives nationwide, particularly since the the Establishment will be too busy concentrating on the White House race to stop her.

Simply put a Sarah Palin free to spend her time and energy supporting conservative candidates all over the nation targeting key races GOP candidates for the house and Senate is better for the cause of conservatism than Sarah Palin seeking the presidency.

If Governor Palin runs in 2016 I WILL support her without equivocation over any other candidate (even Rick Santorum) but for all the reasons above if she were to ask my advice I would say to her, for the sake of securing a Tea Party Senate & House…

Don’t Run Sarah Don’t Run!

 

Update: Added the year of the Palin endorsement of cruz.

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Last year I wrote a piece about Sarah Palin and her spending of Political Capital and earlier this year I noticed her decision to not spend that capital for Curtis Bostic in SC-1:

The essence of a smart political operator is to know when to spend said capital and when not to, when the expenditure will lead to success and when it is in vain. When such a move can lead to victory or when a defeat will be costly for the entire cause.

That she didn’t endorse in a state where she has endorsed before speaks volumes about this primary and none of it is good.

She was right Bostic lost, big!

Bottom line, Sarah Palin doesn’t spend capital without seeing a chance for a return. So this story from NJ was a real eye opener.

Palin, the former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, has officially become the third high-profile conservative to endorse Steve Lonegan in New Jersey’s special U.S. Senate race, praising the Republican’s commitment to smaller government and bashing his Democratic opponent, Cory Booker.

Palin’s endorsement isn’t given lightly and suggests that Lonegan cause is not as hopeless as some would like it to be. But an endorsement, even a Palin one can be considered cheap, after all Christie endorsed him too as would almost any republican. The real sign of risking political capital is if someone actually shows up to campaign. Chris Christie has the question is would Sarah Palin?

Well Palin has answered that question loudly:

Tea Party celebrity and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is on her way to New Jersey to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, his campaign said tonight.

Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, will be at the New Egypt Speedway in Plumsted Township, Ocean County, for a Lonegan rally at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Palin in person means money (for both sides) and attention, but it also means she considers this race close enough that she can make a difference, even in New Jersey.

That still makes it an uphill race in Jersey and Palin’s involvement guarantees that a Lonegan defeat will be happily blamed on her despite Booker’s huge advantage in money and name recognition in a blue state.

But Palin doesn’t play to lose and neither does Lonegan:

“Republicans need to hold firm because seven days from today when Bob Menendez escorts me down the Senate aisle for my swearing in, the message about what our party should do will be clear for all,” Lonegan maintained.

“I have come as far as I have in this campaign by ignoring the advice from all the pollsters and consultants who have told me to change what I think and change who I am,” Lonegan added. “New Jerseyans are looking for a leader who fights for working taxpayers, not a Hollywood wannabe like Cory Booker who will rubber stamp the President’s far-left wing agenda.”

It might be hubris but Lonegan fights from the front and fortune favors the bold.

Update: Apparently via insty, Mark Levin is spending Capital too

You wouldn’t think they would spend that much capital on a long shot, unless they see something.

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SUPERMAN: I knew you’d double-cross me, Luthor. A lying weasel like you couldn’t resist the chance

LUTHOR: Are you kidding? I we had them all the time. Did you see how they fell into our trap? Beautiful . . .
SUPERMAN:Too late, Luthor

Superman II 1980

Three years ago the Tea Party had this to say about the GOP before delivering them the greatest congressional victory they would ever see.

“Who here trusts the GOP?” Not a single hand went up, but people over and over promised me that if the GOP spent like the democrats they would be back to throw them out too. No wonder the GOP is scared of the tea party.

DaTechGuy What I asked at the Tea Party Sept 25 2010

There years later the GOP continues to justify the Tea Party’s  lack of  trust for them

We’re now, once again, subjected to the “anonymous sources” backstabbing game. The Capitol Hill cowards are rushing to anonymously denounce Senator Cruz to any reporter with a pad and pen.

Welcome to our world, Ted. The same people have been denouncing conservatives like me for years (right after they ask for help fundraising for themselves or endorsing the latest candidate they’ve suckered into paying their exorbitant consulting fees).

But they will still be wanting help come election time, in fact the GOP isn’t waiting that long:

House Republicans passed legislation to defund ObamaCare today.

By a vote of 230 to 189, the Republican majority in the House defeated Nancy Pelosi and Democrat opposition.

Now the fight moves to the Democrat-led Senate.

The high cost of ObamaCare – lost jobs, lost wages, less access to health care – are being felt already by the American people.

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Reince Priebus

Yeah, GOP staff & members denounced folks like Ted Cruz and the Base all over the MSM but we were really with you all the time.  Really we were.  Honestly!

Blast emails to thousands on a mailing list might draw in some money but others aren’t as easily fooled

a little reminder to Republican senators up for re-election in 2014: Moose season ends soon, allowing more time on one’s hands. So, we’ll be watching your votes very carefully this week.

We can get the GOP to do the right thing and even to victory.  It will take hard work and we’re going to have to drag them there kicking and screaming to it.

One might get discouraged if history didn’t teach us this is the same reception the Reagan republicans received during the 70’s  and the Teddy Roosevelt republicans got at the turn of the last century yet prevailed.

Years and times may change, but comfortable establishments never do

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For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.

Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

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Cardinal Borusa: Gallifrey has never know such a catastrophe, such devastation. What will we say?
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Doctor Who The Deadly Assassin 1976

General Longstreet: …in the morning we may be outnumbered, and they’ll be entrenched on the high ground.

General Lee: General, you know as well as I, we have never concerned ourselves with being outnumbered.

General Longstreet: That is true, sir, you are right. If we move to the south to Washington, they have to pursue us, and then we can fight on ground of our choosing.

Gettysburg 1993

There are some fundamental rules of politics that one must observe if you wish to win as evidenced by these three clips from the last seven days.

Senator Ted Cruz on ABC’s This Week on Sunday

Rep Steve King on CNN as commented on by MSNBC’s Morning Joe

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

And Sarah Palin on Gretta (hat tip Fire Andrea Mitchell)

Can you spot the common thread in the three? the answer is below the fold

Continue reading “Fighting on the Political High Ground”

Sarah Palin has come out for my position on the war in Syria

“Until we have a commander in chief who knows what he is doing….let Allah sort it out!”

Given the great love of the media for Sarah Palin I always get suspicious when I see …. in a quote from her.

So lets see the entire speech and the quote:

Here is the full quote

Militarily, where is our commander-in-chief? We’re talking now more new interventions. I say until we know what we’re doing, until we have a commander-in-chief who knows what he’s doing, well, chief, in these radical Islamic countries aren’t even respecting basic human rights. With both sides they’re slaughtering each other as they scream over an arbitrary red line: Allah Akbar I say until we have someone who knows what they’re doing I say let Allah sort it out.

I’ll wager most of those hitting her will never hear the entire speech or the words in context, but that’s never been what hating Sarah Palin is all about.

Nevertheless the reaction of the left not only makes the lie out of her insignificance or irrelevance but speaks volumes.

The Moderate (HA!) Voice:

I long for the day when Sarah Palin will disappear from the political landscape because every time she opens her mouth she reminds us of why she was so unqualified for the vice presidency. Trying to sound knowledgeable about the Syrian crisis, Palin, who spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Saturday, weighed in on President Obama’s decision to arm the rebels, saying, “Until we have a commander-in-chief who knows what he is doing…let Allah sort it out.” Really, Sarah, like you knew what you were doing as Alaska’s governor?

As a matter of fact the record shows she did. It wasn’t until she was considered a danger to the left and the entire national democrat party went all out against her that her numbers changed.

How about Alan Combs:

Sarah Palin says we shouldn’t get involved in Syria. Not that she isn’t a hawk, it’s just that she doesn’t believe we have a president who knows what he’s doing.

Doesn’t know what he’s doing. Haven’t we just gone through a month where the president has constantly denied knowing anything out anything until he saw it on TV?

I predict by the time I get home from a Father’s day trip to Funspot a lot more updates will be needed to cover the left going ape over Palin’s statements.

I submit and suggest they hate her even more now than ever because they know in their hearts this is true.

Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.

Luke 14:31-32

One of the most important things a general has to decide during a battle that’s an uphill fight is whether to commit his reserves or retreat and regroup.

At Waterloo Napoleon committed his guard and lost the battle and his last chance of empire. At the Wilderness Lee’s Texans made the difference against Grant as the tide was turning. Michael de Ruyter the greatest warrior in the history of the Dutch was the absolute master of knowing when making that extra fight was right.

That decision knowing if it’s time to fight and when it’s not is the difference between a great general and a good general.

The same is true in politics Lyndon Johnson one of the greatest political operators in history was the man in charge of money in the 1940 congressional elections for Democrats. While he had the money to finance and in some cases over-finance candidates as Robert Caro points out on page 651 of his volume. Lyndon Johnson the Path to Power some were refused:

Francis T. Murphy said he had a “50-50” chance. He could win, he said, “by getting vote to polls in key wards.” but money was needed to accomplish that. “None,” Johnson wrote next to Murphy’s name. C.H. Armbruster of Ohio asked for $1000, but said he would take less: “urgent.” he said, “None,” Johnson wrote. “$1,000 would be a lifesaver.” George W. Wolf wrote. “Two counties hold fate…Hard battle.” None.

Johnson’s decision to cut off some candidates was not due to the lack of funds.

And that brings us to the special election in SC-1

I’ve already given my opinion on the disaster that Mark Sanford would be for the GOP if he wins the primary and especially if he wins the general. I’ve urged people to kick in for Bostic and as we’ve reached this election day an important event has taken place, or rather it hasn’t

There is hope in the Bostic camp that the candidate might get an endorsement from Sarah Palin, who in the past has been able to transform underdogs into winners, as when her 2010 support helped Nikki Haley become South Carolina’s governor. It was Haley’s choice of Tim Scott as this state’s first black Republican senator since Reconstruction that opened the congressional seat that Sanford and Bostic are now fighting for, and so it would in some sense be less than coincidental if the Palin lightning struck again here.

That hope has been in vain.

A Sarah Palin endorsement would have meant money, it would have meant volunteers and it would have given Bostic instant gravitas against Mark Sanford as no other endorsement could.

It hasn’t come.

I’ve already talked about Sarah Palin as a political venture capitalist

Sarah Palin is the perfect political capitalist, she has taken her political capital, invested it in the candidates of her choice and come out with even more. No amount of political snark or clever Conan skits will change that. The MSM can pretend her capital doesn’t exist, but you’d better believe Ted Cruz, Kelly Ayotte and dozens of members of the congress who received that capital when they needed it know it is there and when and if she needs to draw on that capital, I suspect they will remember it.

The essence of a smart political operator is to know when to spend said capital and when not to, when the expenditure will lead to success and when it is in vain. When such a move can lead to victory or when a defeat will be costly for the entire cause.

That she didn’t endorse in a state where she has endorsed before speaks volumes about this primary and none of it is good.

Stacy McCain is on the ground in South Carolina and his latest report says the following:

Speaking of Gentleman Journalists, National Review‘s Jim Geraghty recently paid a visit to Hilton Head:

As one Beaufort County resident put it to me, “I’m hearing folks say, ‘My pastor says I should vote for [Bostic]‘”

If the counsel of clergy is heeded, the headline on a Bostic victory will be Miracle Upset, but polls indicate that Christianity itself is now viewed as a liability by South Carolina Republicans, unless it is the cheap-grace gospel wherein Mark Sanford’s 2009 embarrassment is shrugged off as something inconsequential that only the Liberal Media Elite care about. There may still be Republicans who take “family values” seriously, but they are neither fashionable nor influential, and none of the Wizards and Gurus think that the anti-adultery vote will amount to a majority in today’s GOP runoff.

that’s depressing enough but his piece seems less about Bostic and more about a different subject:

Some of my blogger friends seem to have forgotten that it was Ali who, as a consultant to the campaign that elected Scott Brown to the Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy, ensured that bloggers like myself, Da Tech Guy, Ace of Spades and Pamela Geller had prime seating at the victory party that January 2010 night in Boston. Pudding, anyone?

Is there a strain of Charles Johnson-ism in all this? Are there people trying to set themselves up as Supreme Arbiters of who is and is not acceptable inside the Big Tent? And, if so, why are they simultaneously indignant about having Ali Akbar work as a digital strategist, but blithely indifferent to having Mark Sanford become the “face” of the Republican Party?

Some would rather reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.

Stacy’s coverage has been first rate as usual, you should read it all but the tone of this post is a bad sign.

I hope I’m wrong, I hope that Curtis Bostic can make it over the finish line without Palin. I hope that South Carolina Republicans understand what is at stake here without the Governor having to persuade them. I’m happy to lend my voice as insignificant as it is in the cause for his election and ask every single voter in South Carolina’s 1st district to choose wisely.

I hope, but I also know in 1940 Francis T. Murphy lost by 44.7%, C. H. Armbruster lost by 21.4% and George W. Wolfe lost by 9.4% and remember the note next to each of those names placed there by an earlier political master in answer to their request for help.

None.

Update: Bostic lost by 13.16% Palin choose wisely.

Yeah you can’t trust those Sarah Palin Types who’ve been saying crazy stuff like this since 2009

And by the way, [with] health care being so big in D.C. right now, be wary when some kind of tie-in occurs. Because it will crop up: a tie-in with guns in an attempt to take away our rights under the guise of some new health care plan. You know that this is coming–that the two issues will somehow crop up and they’ll be tied together. So we have to be very wary of that.

What a bunch of nuts eh?

Update: Instalanche & Irony Overload in three tweets

Because NOTHING says irrelevance like getting elected.

as A Time for Choosing writes:

During the primary season, Sarah was batting 1000 until Missouri, when her candidate, Sarah Steelman, who was polling the strongest against democrat Claire McCaskill, and was an almost sure winner, lost to Todd Akin after some shenanigans by democrats. Akin almost immediately lost the election by saying incredibly stupid things, allowing one of the very worst of the worst to be re-elected.

and in the general election?

That brings us to the general election. Sarah outperformed the Republican Party by a bunch. Out of the eight candidates she endorsed, six of them won:

And the Lesson:

Always listen to Sarah Palin. Chances are you’ll have better results.

That presumes of course your goal is to get the most electable conservative into congress rather than to enrich the establishment consultant class and those who want to be them.

Perhaps those who blew $400 mil plus on Rove etc should remember this.

Eyes on the prize, if your goal is to The problem is, listening to Sarah Palin doesn’t make a lot for high priced consultants

“You’ll give us victories then, you think?”

“We do” said [Captain Charles] Stewart, “and not upon irrational premises”

“Which victories,” [President James] Madison mused aloud, “Will give us ships; for with victories Congress will supply them faster than they can be lost”

Fletcher Pratt: Preble’s Boys Commodore Preble and the Birth of American Sea Power 1950

Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.

Matthew 25:20b

On of the basic truths of Capitalism, the thing that makes it successful is the act of investing capital for a return.

Some investments are in established companies, others are in startups. Like any investments some of will fail but if one invests wisely, looking at facts and not at hype, investments particularly in startups will bring a strong return.

Political Capital works the same way as Sarah Palin is demonstrating.

Politicians tend to be very careful, they don’t like to risk offending one side or the other. In particularly they don’t want to risk taking on the powers that be over something as quixotic as principle.

Sarah Palin is not of that kind.

During the 2008 Race Sarah Palin earned political capital with the voters. She spoke plainly and honestly and won her base over. After the campaign she wrote her best selling book and she and her family found themselves comfortable.

She could have sat back, after all her books and TV series were popular and profitable, she could have held court and been courted by pols all over the country and been a standard visit on the “Pay homage to get elected” tours.

Instead she took her political capital and invested it.

When the rest of the right (with the notable exception of Rush Limbaugh) were in dead panic over the popularity of Obama, she spoke out hitting Obama.

When the Media was hitting the tea party and some in the GOP were gun-shy she embraced them.

When the entire media (and many Republicans) were in a dead panic over events in Wisconsin she went to Madison and spoke in his defense.

And she stuck her neck out both supporting candidates like (Deb Fischer, Ann Marie Buerkle and Renee Ellmers and Kelly Ayotte

She even on occasion supported establishment candidates that the tea party did not (John McCain & Orin Hatch) taking the risk of a backlash.

And now we see Texas. There was a time that Ted Cruz was a longshot. Gov Perry and the establishment were behind his opponent. As late as Monday the MSM described the primary as “tight”…

…and the rest is history.

The most significant piece of that history? Sarah Palin endorsed Ted Cruz back in MAY.

Now THAT’s a return on an investment.

Sarah Palin is the perfect political capitalist, she has taken her political capital, invested it in the candidates of her choice and come out with even more. No amount of political snark or clever Conan skits will change that. The MSM can pretend her capital doesn’t exist, but you’d better believe Ted Cruz, Kelly Ayotte and dozens of members of the congress who received that capital when they needed it know it is there and when and if she needs to draw on that capital, I suspect they will remember it.

If that’s not Capitalism I’d like to know what is?

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Poor Brett Kimberlin even more attention via Right Online and the Sarah Palin clip played over an over on my show today, (not to mention another 1307 words from Robert Stacy McCain ed).

Ah but I suspect Kimberlin & Co are smiling not frowning over Sarah Palin’s mention. Why? I’ll explain.

Sarah Palin is the red cape to the left’s bull, the Jerry Mouse to their Tom, the Spy to Their spy and the Wil Wheaton to their Sheldon Cooper.

The invocation of an attack by on Brett Kimberlin by Palin will bring both money to their tip jar and people on the left to defend him. Palin says it the left reacts in the other direction.

And that is the trap.

As Stacy McCain points out the ball keeps moving forward on this story:

Every day, we grab hold of some piece of the Kimberlin saga — some previously unreported fact or overlooked detail, some development on the legal or political front — and we push it as hard as we can, making the story new and fresh every day. One month into this epic battle of informational warfare, there is now a nationwide readership of thousands following this story with fascinated interest, and I am keenly aware of the need to keep moving the ball down the field, like a football team driving toward a touchdown.

This story is going to march forward no matter what comes next. And if I’m right when it finally ends up in before a proper authority there are going to be people in the Kimberlin & co crowd who will be very VERY unhappy.

Palin’s involvement in an invitation for the “mainline left” to get involved. If they are sucked into helping Kimberlin & Co (and I’m sure that crowd will do all they can to play up the “Stop Sarah Palin” angle to be sure they do) then when this comes to a head, they will be involved, in a way that will at best be painful in terms of PR and at worst painful in legality.

Let’s see how stupid these people really are!

Today on Morning Joe Nicole Wallace was sitting in with Joe Scarborough & company (sans Mika) and the subject of President Obama’s statement concerning the “private sector is doing fine”.

Plenty of people have hit the president on this but there was an interesting twist on the subject today beginning with the opening.

The Show started with John McCain’s “The fundamentals of the economy are sound” statement with the Obama commercial that followed. Then then showed the president’s gaffe and Romney’s ad that followed. Joe, Nichole Wallace Steve Rattner and Mark Halperin started discussing it and comparing it to the McCain situation

As then talked about the mistake Joe Scarborough said something that someone like myself would not find incredible, but to people on MSNBC would have been a shock.

Scarborough noted that John McCain and Sarah Palin were riding high until that gaffe. He made the point that the public after that point got the idea McCain had no idea what to do about the economy and he never recovered. Everyone at the table agreed.

While I would suggest the “suspension” of the campaign was more important, this was a watershed moment for MSNBC.

Even with Nichole Wallace at the table (who I will refrain from tweaking further as she is expecting) nobody a the table interrupted to say anything like: Well that gaffe was bad but the real problem with the campaign was Sarah Palin

Nope, not a peep, not a sound, suddenly the actual reality of the situation was put before MSNBC viewers.

Now if Palin had been the nominee I’m sure it would have played differently but for at least one morning MSNBC and its viewer heard something that they hadn’t heard before: that John McCain’s defeat was not due to Sarah Palin, but was due to his own mistakes.

It’s a start.

Exit question: If Mika was on set would they have hit Palin?

Update: Delayed reaction instalanche as I was away from my pc for a bit, thanks Glenn, don’t forget to check out my advice to the Romney Campaign invoking Braxton Bragg and my advice to the Kimberlin & Co crowd invoking Robert Stacy McCain.

While Morning Joe was busy talking to Olympia Snowe explaining her retirement (somehow the threat of a two-way vs a three-way primary didn’t come up in conversation) There is big news out of another GOP primary:

a series of last-minute surveys shows Fischer surging despite her shoestring campaign and millions of dollars in ads that Bruning, Stenberg and their allies have aired. A survey released Monday by independent firm We Ask America showed Fischer pulling into first place, taking 39 percent to Bruning’s 34 and Stenberg’s 18.

How can that be? Bruning was supported by Jim DeMint of SC and the GOP Establishment. What could have possible happened in the last week to make such a change?

Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, have endorsed Deb Fischer, providing the state Senator’s struggling bid emphasis mine to succeed retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D) an adrenaline shot six days before the GOP primary.

Fischer sought the former Alaska governor’s support early in her campaign in “a note,” according to the Fischer campaign press release. Often in the 2010 cycle, candidates were surprised to receive a Palin endorsement. The Palin endorsement proved to be an effective tool for obscure candidates to gain footing in competitive primaries.

May 9th Deb Fischer had a “struggling bid”, Palin endorses and six days later she is surging and ahead on election day.

Now the voting is taking place today and anything can happen, but sooner or later the GOP is going to figure out that these Tea Party wins in GOP primaries are not aberrations.

Oh and you guys on the left who are thinking how happy they will be facing off against a Palin endorsed candidate. Remember we’ve seen this movie before:

Kelly Ayotte’s seen her appeal to moderate voters crumble in the wake of her endorsement by Sarah Palin

And that PPP article from 2010 had a lot of friends:

And what happened to Ayotte? She is now on the list of possible VP choices for Mitt Romney.

I get the funny feeling before she is through the left will wish they just let Sarah Palin go back to Alaska and govern. I’ll wager there are more than a few in the GOP establishment who wish the same thing.

Update: It looks like the GOP isn’t the only side trying to clean up their act:

Remember the words of Grover Cleveland: A Democratic Thief is just as bad as a republican one.

Update 2: I totally misread the paragraph above, DeMint supports Steinberg in this race.

Update 3: As of 11:06 PM with 65% of the voter in Fischer is up by 5,000 votes and 3 pts. If the tea party vote wasn’t divided it would be a slaughter.

so reports Radar online:

The former co-host of The View was on a panel with Palin, called Ask The Experts, during the second hour of Today. “Star could barely look at Sarah and insisted that she be seated on the opposite end from her,” the source says. “Star is a lawyer, a former prosecutor and has worked very hard in her life to get where she is. Star didn’t understand why Sarah was on the panel because she doesn’t have anything worth contributing. Star also didn’t believe Sarah when she said that she hadn’t seen Julianne Moore playing her in the movie Game Change.”

This makes the second woman in under 24 hours involved with MSNBC who is having a series diva fit. These words from the Anchoress still ring true a year later:

Where Sarah Palin is concerned, the mainstream press and the political pundit class are like 14 year olds obsessing over the social order of the cafeteria, and especially that stupid new cootie girl, ewwww.

They are the spiteful, malevolent and immature teenagers in “Carrie,” armed with pig-blood and just looking for any opportunity to pour it.

They are repulsive in their clique; one wants to take them by their shoulders and shake them and say “grow up! GROW UP!”

Is she worried about being called in the office by Pop Fisher or is it that she has discovered that these words are true:

watching Palin in context tends to make people like her.

Every woman who say her on today saw her as she is and there’s not a thing Star Jones or anyone else can do about it.

Update:
That was Star Jones not Star Parker of course fixed.

Update 2: Why do I have a feeling that Star Jones appearing on Tuesday’s Today show had nothing to do with this?

According to Nielsen Fast National Data, “Today” drew 5.497 million viewers while “Good Morning America” had 5.141 million on Tuesday. With Palin co-hosting on Tuesday, “Today” bested “GMA” by 356,000 viewers.

BTW if CBS wants to become a player in the morning, they now know how, it would certainly be a relief to the NBC ladies who would be able to bash Palin without worrying about what the network thinks.

…don’t watch the Today show segments (well reviewed by Brian Preston) but watch this segment on Morning Joe right after Donnie Deutsch comes over from the Today set to talk about meeting Palin for the first time.

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Now I’ve met Mika, she has a lot in common with Palin, she is smart, beautiful, strong and a very concerned mother, but I’ve got to tell you, she carried herself there like a jealous prom queen.

Why the hostility? I think the explanation comes from the movie the Natural

Pop Fisher: My gut tells me this and Red agrees, we feel Hobbs can fill your position very neatly…

after today Mika Brzezinski and every single woman who makes her living in front of a camera on the Today show or MSNBC understands that line above applies to them.

Be afraid, be very afraid!

Update: There is no better way to finish the first full year at the new blog site than an Instalanche.

When I first heard Sarah Palin was going to be co-hosting the Today Show Tuesday, my first thought was:

“This has to be an April Fools trick.”

Once I was convinced that this was for real my second thought was:

“Why on earth is Sarah Palin giving NBC the benefit of her ratings draw when they and their sister network MSNBC treat her as a joke.”

After all NBC understands that Palin is a huge ratings draw and up against Katie Couric and even bigger one. Tens of Thousands of viewers will turn into the Today Show that never did in the past, they will happily take the day of ratings to embarrass Couric on ABC and to get the numbers. Why should Palin give her enemies his gift?

Now that I’ve had a day to sleep on it without my taxes hanging over my head it hits me that Palin has set a trap and has put NBC and MSNBC has fallen in it.

Consider: The MSM has a history of ignoring any substantive or actual statement of Sarah Palin for the sake of their “Sarah Palin is an idiot” message. They ignored her speech in Wisconsin at the height of the protests in the state, ignored her big foreign policy speech in Denver. Just weeks ago MSNBC’s Morning Joe spent over a week on the HBO fiction “Game Change” while ignoring the Obama administrations attack on Palin and her substantive reply.

However on Tuesday the viewership of the Today show, who in the past has only seen Sarah though the filter of the MSM will see Palin without distortion. As her daughter Bristol put it on her blog:

She’ll be a totally unique presence, won’t she? (Just try to think of anyone else like her on television !)

No there is not. When the Today show audience tunes in they will see a confident intelligent conservative woman who is the total opposite of what they have been told and her very presence will make liars of all of those who have painted conservative women in general and Sarah Palin in particular as an idiot, as I wrote last year:

watching Palin in context tends to make people like her.

It will undo years of propaganda that the viewers have been fed, but the worse effect will be on the network itself.

For NBC the Palin ratings will be like the free samples of an addictive drug. One hit will not be enough, the number crunchers, the people who sell the ads will be asking: ” Can we get those ratings again? Might we tempt Palin to return?

One they get a taste of the ratings the network will be under immense pressure to try to get Palin back on a regular basis, either for Today or for another show, and as long as the carrot of that dynamic is in play, what will the MSNBC “talent” on their low rated cable network do? Will the people above want them to risk the chance of the coup or more properly, what will they be allowed to do?

It should be fun.

Today was the first day that I didn’t see Morning Joe talk about Sarah Palin and Game Change.

It seemed every time you turned your head on Morning Joe you would see Steve Schmidt or Nicole Wallace or someone from the movie on the show. And it wasn’t just Morning Joe, we saw talk of the movie on all of MSNBC and on CNN as well.

HBO’s fictional portrayal of Sarah Palin was certainly newsworthy as far as the left and the MSM was concerned.

Meanwhile the White House with gas prices skyrocketing and their social issue attack sputtering decided to go on the offensive…against Sarah Palin:

As Rush Limbaugh put it yesterday:

This is exactly what they have to do. They have to come up with a villain. They have to have a demon, and it’s alternately me or Sarah Palin is the way this has been playing out. And they go back and forth, and they try alternately to take both of us out by hook or by crook, usually by crook. She’s not even on the ballot. She’s not even going to be the opponent. All they know how to do, Democrat Party playbook, page one, page two, war on women, Republicans are stupid, Sarah Palin’s a demon, what have you.

I’d say an ad directed at Sarah Palin by the president’s own campaign, not a superpac, should be news. Rush Limbaugh is not running for office and when the president went after him, it was all over the news.

And Sarah Palin didn’t sit back and take it either, she answered on facebook, directly:

I’m not running for any office, but I’m more than happy to accept the dubious honor of being Barack Obama’s “enemy of the week” if that includes the opportunity to debate him on the issues Americans are actually concerned about. (Remember when I said you don’t need a title to make a difference?)

and then she gave details:

Just off the top of my head, a few of these concerning issues include: a debt crisis that has us hurtling towards a Greek-style collapse, entitlement programs going bankrupt, a credit downgrade for the first time in our history, a government takeover of the health care industry that makes care more expensive and puts a rationing panel of faceless bureaucrats between you and your doctor (aka a “death panel”), $4 and $5 gas at the pump exacerbated by an anti-drilling agenda that rejects good paying energy sector jobs and makes us more dependent on dangerous foreign regimes, a war in Afghanistan that seems unfocused and unending, a global presidential apology tour that’s made us look feeble and ridiculous, a housing market in the tank, the longest streak of high unemployment since World War II, private-sector job creators and industry strangled by burdensome regulations and an out-of-control Obama EPA, an attack on the Constitutional protection of religious liberty, an attack on private industry in right-to-work states, crony capitalism run amok in an administration in bed with their favored cronies to the detriment of genuine free market capitalism, green energy pay-to-play kickbacks to Obama campaign donors, and a Justice Department still stonewalling on a bungled operation that armed violent Mexican drug lords and led to the deaths of hundreds of innocent people

So the president attacks Sarah Palin and Palin answers, offering to debate the president on these issues any time any place and how does MSM react? How does Morning Joe answer?

Silence.

Why would that be? Haven’t we heard for a week how Sarah Palin was over her head, an object of pity?

Nope not a word. Even today Richard Cohen attacks not the real Sarah Palin but the Sarah Palin of the movie:

Not only did she know little, but she was determinately incurious and supremely smug in her ignorance.

Strange if she was as ignorant as he claims, why not quote the words she just uttered as an example to clinch it. Why not use those words against her?

His dilemma is quite understandable. If his readers actually read her words, they might actually realize that the portray that the MSM painted of Sarah Palin was false, is false and always has been false. He understands that it was Sarah Palin (along with Rush) who fearlessly fought back when people like Cohen thought they had finally driven a stake through the heart of conservatism.

Simply put, it’s because he’s and the left remain afraid of Sarah Palin.

Remember when Palin appeared in Wisconsin and spoke (just before Breitbart) at the height of the Wisconsin fight, you wouldn’t if you read Cohen:

Why has there been so little on the air about this? For the same reason you will not see the full clip of Palin’s speech embedded in MSM sites or why there was no commentary this weekend. Watching the actions of the left tend to cause people to dislike them while watching Palin in context tends to make people like her.

It’s why the same Morning Joe that totally ignored her Wisconsin speech of last year is ignoring this little scuffle, Rush again:

When the HBO movie Game Change was written and in production, the Democrats may have seen Palin as a potential candidate, given the Republican field. They may have thought she might end up getting in the race and win it. They are scared to death of Sarah Palin. And for those of you new to the program, understand one thing: The Democrat Party will always tell us who they fear by virtue of who they try to destroy. If they thought Sarah Palin was actually this stupid fool idiot they’d be laughing at her and making fun of her. They would not be afraid of her. There would be no need to destroy her if she were all those things that they claim she is.

She would destroy herself. It would take care of itself.

Months after she decided not to run, even with the possible of a brokered convention turning to her being somewhere between slim and bloody impossible, the MSM still fears Sarah Palin…

…they are right to do so.

Da TechGuy, loyal Catholic extraordinaire, has been pushing for the now-surging Rick Santorum back when it wasn’t popular to do so.  A lot of people think that Romney is the inevitable nominee – the one who can beat Obama, has the experience to be President, etc. – but let’s remember that there are still a lot of chess pieces on the board.  A queen, if you will. An untapped Sarah Palin endorsement.

The field has been a mess for months, with Perry, Cain, Gingrich, Paul, and now Santorum being the Not Romney Du Jour. The Governor has wisely avoided endorsing anyone early on, in a crowded, fluctuating field.  But the Iowa caucuses are tomorrow; New Hampshire, the following week; then South Carolina and Florida before the end of the month.  If Rick Santorum, or any not-Romney figure, is in good shape going into February, she’ll endorse. When she does, prepare for the “inevitable” Romney nomination to tank as conservatives coalesce around their new standard-bearer.

Stacy McCain has an interesting piece in the American Spectator today on Rick Santorum that notes several positive developments in the Santorum campaign lately including a key endorsement from an evangelical leader:

Last week he was endorsed by one of Iowa’s most influential evangelical leaders, Pastor Cary Gordon of Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City, who predicted at a Monday event with Santorum: “This man is just about to blow the doors off the caucus.”

Full length – Interview with Rev. Cary Gordon – Presidential Endorsement from Tim Hicks on Vimeo.

I find it very promising that an evangelical leader is endorsing an unapologetic Catholic. That’s a good sign vis-a-vis religious tolerance. Those who don’t follow religion might not understand why it’s a big deal, I do and so does Stacy who also notes an even more significant statement by a national figure:

and it may not be a coincidence:

Her pattern in previous elections has been to maximize her impact by endorsing candidates at pivotal moments, unleashing an overwhelming flood of contributions and publicity to the chosen campaign.

Stacy is in the process of transcribing a full interview but as you can see he has not neglected his dream of a south seas ambassadorship:

SANTORUM: Do we have an ambassador to Vanuatu?
RSM: We do not have an embassy there.
SANTORUM: I didn’t think so.
RSM: This is another failing of Obama’s foreign policy, you see, because we’re currently doing our diplomacy with the crucial linchpin of the South Pacific, Vanuatu – we’re currently basing that out of New Guinea. Well, I mean, what’s New Guinea got that Vanuatu doesn’t?

Stacy has his eyes on the prize.

These are all important developments but I’d like to add two things to the stack:

Predating the Cain departure and the Palin statement was this remark by Cokie Roberts from Nov 27th

“I would not be at all surprised if Rick Santorum won the Iowa Caucus”

Here is the clip of the panel from mediate the quote is near the end:

The second note is something you might be unaware of. When I covered Cain in NH the last time I asked some Cain people what they thought of Santorum. They commented that they liked him but didn’t think he had the same ability to inspire followers as Cain did. With Herman out of the race I wouldn’t be surprised to see them head in that direction.

I don’t know if Cokie and Stacy, and Sarah or the Pastor are right, but it certainly true that there is no place to go but up right now and if he manages to win place or show next month, it will certainly change the game going to NH.

Update: repaired repeated word in quote