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Palin in Iowa Video – No one does it better

Palin in Iowa Video – No one does it better

Regardless of whether you support her or not, for President or not, no one does inspirational political (campaign?) videos better than Palin.

Palin’s Mama Grizzlies and Together videos were historic.

This is another home run (h/t TheOtherMcCain):


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The first time I saw Sarah Palin on TV I said to myself “Finally, someone who is real
and she has a bus going in the same direction that I’m going.”

Governor Palin dropped another of her H bombs, her History bombs. She even gave it emphasis – “A Great Awakening”

The Great Awakening
“Joseph Tracy, the minister and historian who gave this religious phenomenon its name in his influential 1842 book The Great Awakening, saw the First Great Awakening as a precursor to the American Revolution. The evangelical movement of the 1740s played a key role in the development of democratic concepts in the period of the American Revolution. This helped create a demand for the separation of church and state.”

It just might make a good campaign slogan.

theduchessofkitty | August 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm

[Mamma Grizzly roaring at the end of ad.]
[TRANSLATION: “I’m Sarah Palin and I approve this message.”]

I’m convinced: she should run for the Presidency. She should give it a try, for trying’s sake!

I admire her for so many reasons, not least of which is she reminds me so much of my older sister.

Loved the roaring grizzly at the end of this ad. To be, it is better that 99% of what I have seen from the RNC and the “electable” candidates.

I am tired of all those comments about how Sarah Palin isn’t electable. There is only one candidate out there who isn’t electable Nov. 2012: Barak Hussein Obama.

    Cowboy Curtis in reply to Mutnodjmet. | August 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    As much as I like the woman, and I do, her electability is a very valid question. She has a ridiculous level of diehard supporters. She’s also got some sky-high negatives with the non-devout. It matters. And Obama is re-electable: anyone with a billion dollar campaign chest and the full weight of the media to their back has more than a fighting chance. I wish it weren’t so, but it is. The man will clear 36% of the vote just by having a D next to his name.

    We have a wounded president with a sick economy. He is very vulnerable. But this thing ain’t a slam dunk by any stretch of the imagination. And republicans better keep that in mind when they’re picking their candidate. Even landslide elections usually come down to a few percentage points in a whole bunch of states. I’m not saying she shouldn’t give it a try. I’m not saying she can’t win. But the electability question has to be our number one concern for every candidate. 1980 was tooth and nail right down to the wire, 2012 isn’t going to be any different.

    A lot of people really, really, want her to be the nominee and win because it’ll be a storybook ending and will somehow give us confirmation of hopes and thoughts we don’t even know how to put words to. Talk about the greatest comeuppance in American political history! Me, I don’t give a damn about any of that. I want Obama out, and a conservative in the White House, and if Palin can convince me she’s the best vehicle for that, great. If not, I’m not shedding any tears while looking elsewhere.

      As one the members of her “ridiculous level of diehard supporters” I can’t agree with you more. Electability is key here….personally I’m in favor of a Perry/Palin ticket to accomplish the “storybook” ending.

      A tough Texan and a Mama Grizzly….oh yeah!


        Juba Doobai! in reply to Joy. | August 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

        Joy, explain to me why is it that the woman Rick Perry needed to draw a crowd and help him get re-elected is at the bottom of the ticket? Why is the woman with the best executive record, amongst all the governors, at the bottom of the ticket? Why is the woman who handed the ungrateful GOP the House last year unelectable and at the bottom of a ticket with crony capitalist Perry? So, we are to understand that the nation would vote according to Palin’s endorsement but not for Palin? BS to you and CowboyCurtis. No committed Palinista prefers Perry over Palin, and no amount of fancy analysis can account for this: no Palin = Obama victory because the Base won’t turn out for the RINO’s. That includes Perry and the Fat-Boy from Jersey.

      retire05 in reply to Cowboy Curtis. | August 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      Curtis, everyone of your points are valid. And we must not discount the fact that there was a majority of Americans who believed the media spin of “hope and change.” Those are all the same people who believe the spin on Sarah Palin.

      Why hasn’t Palin already announced her candidacy? What is she waiting for? What is the purpose in not getting in now and actually campaigning instead of booking events with Glenn Beck in St. Louis in October? What is Palin going to do, allow Beck to promote her appearance in October only for her to pull out of that event at the last minute? That will not set well with voters in a state that has been slowly turning red.

      Eventually, even some of the voters who do support her now, are going to get tired of her vacillation and are going to hook their star to another candidate so they can work for them and help get Obama fired.

        SunnyJ in reply to retire05. | August 19, 2011 at 8:05 pm

        She has not vacillated at all…she has consistently said that she will decide in the fall. The media are the ones that create the impression, asking every other day and speculating. She has been 100% saying she was interested she was going to see who was in and what things look like, that it was too early now and she would decide in the fall. Unlike so many of the others that got in early, Palin doesn’t need to build name recognition like Cain, McCotter, Huntsman etc.

        BannedbytheGuardian in reply to retire05. | August 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm

        Retire… This event was scheduled 6 months ago. It is not Glenn Beck’s Event -he is also an invited speaker.

        More interestingly is who is on the Sept 03 roster. MB was desperate for a slot .It is a new group Tea Party of America.

        The event at which Beck also is booked is in Missouri which has a strong union establishment. This event might be to booster up the conservative side -not a specific campaign thing. Also Claire whatever ‘s Senate seat is in play.

        I think a multi focus.

      Really good assessment, Curtis. Boils down to one word: electability.

      I fear that she’s polarized a great percentage of the electorate; people who would vote FOR nobama in order to vote AGAINST Sarah. I fear we can’t afford that. And I don’t think there’s ANYTHING Palin can do about it. The MSM has done it’s work well.

      In truth, we all know she’d be better (much) than the current nitwit. But image is everything. Sad.

        Mutnodjmet in reply to tiger66. | August 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm

        I am sorry, but I must entirely disagree with the premise that Palin is “unelectable”. It is a meme put out by establishment types and leftists afraid of her powers to lead and persuade.

        The American public will be chomping at the bit to hit the undo button after the 2008 mistake. That makes all the candidates on the Republican side of the aisle “electable” — but Palin is even more so. This ad is superb, and she has a grassroots base that has spent the last three years connecting and getting organized.

She is running the ideal campaign, emphasizing the correct principles. I hope she decides to be our candidate for President.

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aguyfromjersey | August 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I hope she announces and gets into the hunt. America need a clear choice. It’s not to late (in fact, I think every body else is too early.) My only question is should (when) she gets the nomination, will the “she can’t win” crap stop?

Perry and Palin both seem to possess the guts, head and heart we need in the next Presidency, with Perry’s head being more akin to experienced street smarts, interpersonal savvy and a dash of cronyism, and Palin’s head about nature/ animal smarts, intuition, a cup of idealism and a soupcon of rebellion.

Both P’s have the Right idea of promoting both individualism and voluntary community, and of putting government on a diet to get it out of the bureaucracy fattening business of (horribly) micromanaging our personal and commercial business and telling people they’re entitled to grievance and stipends.

There’s no justifying another Obama administration as to what passes for his guts, head and heart– unethical handlers, progressive degrees, and a toxic combo of deep insecurity, racial anger and empty vanity. Our President who won a Nobel for doing absolutely nothing other than getting elected knows he’s a poser and conman, and resents us for knowing it.

Run Sarah, Run!

This country needs you.

    DINORightMarie in reply to sablegsd. | August 19, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I said it before (prior posts): She will announce Sept. 3rd, in Iowa. It is the anniversary of her RNC VP acceptance speech, and Ronald Reagan’s announcement in 1979 for his 1980 run.

    She’s in. She’s running. She has survived the MSM mother of all colonoscopies, where nothing is left to dig up. And she passed with flying colors!

    She has the following, the grass-roots ground workers in place – all ready to work to get her message across. Solid Conservative. Executive experience. Proven leader. And – she WILL go after Obama: his abysmal record, his failed policies, and his near-endless list of broken promises.

    Game on!

Speculation from Conservatives4Palin:
“P.S.: If you’re like me, the real fun lies in speculating about when and how Palin will announce. Some people cite Constitution Day, September 17, but I think that’s either too tight or too late in light of some of the current state filing requirements. Personally, I look to the dates of August 25 (the day McCain called her at the fair), August 27 (the day she flew to Arizona), August 29 (the day she was introduced as McCain’s pick), and September 3 (the day of her convention speech). I keep thinking about Palin’s DO OVER reference. Is it really that simple? She said she wouldn’t be a candidate on when she returns to Iowa, so she’ll announce on September 3. Then again, you’re only a candidate officially once paperwork is filed with the FEC (Perry only became an official candidate today). In that case, maybe she submits her resignation to Fox News on August 27 (a Saturday), leaving people to spend the weekend speculating what that means. Then, she makes a surprise announcement at the Alaska state fair in a call to Bob & Mark on August 29 and makes September 3 her first speech as an unofficial candidate.”

I absolutely love this woman.

She is my sister, she is my mother, she is my grandmother, she is my wife, she is my daughters – full of the spirit that founded this nation, nurtured it to maturity, saw it through good times and bad. She is the modern day incarnation of Abigail Adams.

She is bold, unabashed, unapologetic. She takes the fight to those who oppose her – and us – and opens up a can of whoop ass on them.

As we endure the absolute national tragedy of President Barack Obama (the worst thing that has happened to this nation since the Civil War – WWI. WWII, etc, etc, considered and rejected) she has been the lone voice of sanity in the wilderness, crying out to us that we can endure anything and reclaim our heritage as the shining city on the hill.

Her entrance into this race will dwarf all of the other announcements – both in media coverage and in reaction by everyday citizens. Money will flow like manna to her campaign. Volunteerism will be at Scott Brown levels (me included).

Don’t worry that she hasn’t announced yet. There were issues that needed to be solved before an announcement – mostly due to family considerations and statues of limitations on lawsuits in Alaska. Her timing is very strategic. Trust her.

But she has studied well, learned much and grown tremendously. A comparison between the Sarah Palin that appeared with Lou Dobbs as recently as 2007 does not compare with the Sarah Palin that appeared with Sean Hannity at the Iowa State Fair.

Folks, that is the kind of spirit I want in a President. Someone who understands our heritage and calls upon us to work together in the spirit of our founding.

Not someone who declares that our nation needs a “fundamental transformation”

Screw him. Send him to the unemployment line.

I’m with the Momma Grizzly.

    SunnyJ in reply to turfmann. | August 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    There are so many out there that feel as you do. You only need to see her in person to feel her conviction and true north spirit. She has demonstrated her strength over time. It cannot be denied. The left, using their MSM has thrown everything at her they could, and still she rises. I’d like to see a Palin/Paul Ryan ticket. She has Exec experience, energy and he has budget and congressional get it done know how. I believe they would be unbeatable.

She’s absolutely electrifying, isn’t she? I share the reservations about her as a presidential candidate (and I’m not sure that things get substantially better if she’s on the slate as the vice-presidential candidate), but nobody is better at motivating the base and at straight talking. Nobody else from any part of the political spectrum can do what she does. America is the richer for having Sarah Palin, but the poorer for being a country where she won’t be elected President or Vice-President.

I hope that I’m wrong about that last clause.

    workingclass artist in reply to Iowa Jim. | August 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    GOP lost when she was in the VP slot.Why do that again?
    VP slot will be strategic.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to workingclass artist. | August 19, 2011 at 11:59 pm


      Why did you come here to spoil the general favourable SP vibes.

      This was quite pleasant till you turned up & tried to push out Palin for your man Perry.

      There is room for both. And more .

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workingclass artist | August 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm

OK I’m just going to mention an observation…What exactly does Palin bring to this race that other candidates don’t.

She hasn’t been serving in congress.
She hasn’t been serving as a CEO of a private sector Corp.
She hasn’t go a long record as a sitting Governor.

She was on the last ticket, resigned as Governor and became a political pundit.

Ideology and Celebrity can fog reason.That’s how we got where we are today.

I’m not interested in electing a “friend” for the nomination, I’m interested in a demonstrated record of success coupled with a basic set of commonsense principles and an ability to govern.

Now I know her fans won’t like to ear that but it’s how the middle thinks. The middle will vote for who is best for the especially in troubled times. They look past the hype. This is why they voted for Reagan because by looking at his record they thought he could govern and restore stability.

They won’t see this in Palin…Why should they cause she as snappy delivery and an unfinished term?

The GOP has got to do what Reagan did which was win the great middle of both parties…The middle class and these Reagan Democrats elected him to a 2nd term because he delivered.

    What does she bring to the table?

    This fiscally conservative record:
    During the fiscal years for which Sarah Palin exercised budgetary authority as Governor of Alaska (FY08 through FY10)

    • Debt outstanding increased 12.7%, or 4.2% per year

    • Per capita debt outstanding increased 7.4%, or 2.5% per year

    • Total liabilities decreased 34.6%, or 11.5% per year

    • Total liabilities per capita decreased 37.7%, or 12.6% per year


    And has enjoyed a solidly ethical-private-sector-growth-inspiring 20 year record serving on the PTA, the City Council, as Mayor, as Governor as well as running a fishing business and serving on Alaska’s Oil and Gas Commission.

    And taking on the corruption in her own political party (name one governor who has accomplished this)

    And establishing a natural gas pipeline and join venture with Canada.

    And taking on the corrupt Big Oil and Bush’s EPA

    And while as governor maintained the cleanest, most ethical and most transparent governorship indicated in the 24,000 emails. All the other candidates should disclose their government emails.

    And thwarted the Socialist-Progressive’s most successful Republican-destroying tactic in their political gamebook ie indict, indict, indict your political opponent into bankruptcy death.

    And her governing principles are founded upon the Constitution,

    And inspires, encourages private sector entrepreneurial capitalism over government suppression of human dignity and spirit.

    And in the 2010 election achieved a 60% win rate for Constitutionally principled, Tea Party- inspired, smaller government candidates in the House, Senate and Governorships.

    And is successful at encouraging American voters to get up, get out and show up to get actively involved in these trying political times.

    Do you need more evidence of what Governor Sarah Palin brings to the table?

      syn in reply to syn. | August 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      And to compare the fiscal record of a ‘long-sitting governor’ (8 1/2 years to be exact) and what he will bring to the table lets examine Governor Rick Perry’s record:

      During the fiscal years for which Rick Perry exercised budgetary authority as Governor of Texas (FY02 through FY10)

      • Debt outstanding increased 184.2%, or 20.5% per year

      • Per capita debt outstanding increased 140.4%, or 15.6% per year

      • Total liabilities increased 60.6%, or 6.7% per year

      • Total liabilities per capita increased 35.8%, or 4.0% per year


      Long-sitting Governor Perry increased debt 20.5% per year while increasing liabilities 6.7% per year; this is what he brings to the table.

WorkingClass, have you done the research on Sarah Palin. Not only is she one of the best “retail” politicians anywhere, which gives her the ability to change minds, she appears to be the only one not bought and paid for. Why do you think the establishment hates her as much as the libs?

    workingclass artist in reply to lilredhen. | August 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Yeah…I saw her at the GOP nomination heard her speech and followed the election. Heard the media spin on her. I voted the ticket by the way. I think she is a firebrand which is sometimes useful for messaging but Buchanan is a firebrand too as is Ron Paul.
    I want a winning ticket not a reality show. I want governing results and I’m not interested in what she accomplished in an unfinished term 3 years ago. Seriously The entire population of Alaska is less than the city of Austin, Texas. How many people move to Alaska for jobs…Down here it’s 5000 a month.

    How many jobs have gone to Alaska while she was in office?

    Compare AK GSP to Texas…Compare the economy and the diversity of each state.

    AK GSP – $45,600 million
    TX GSP – $1,224 trillion #1 Exports over 100 Billion

    AK Pop. 710,231 (increased 85,300 since 2000)
    TX pop.25,145,561 (increased 5+ million since 2000)

    AK ave. med income $66,712
    Tx ave. med income $ 48,286

    AK private nonfarm est. 19,934
    Tx private nonfarm es. 522,336

    These Tx stats are indicative of a dynamic growing economy.

    All I’m saying is being a fan doesn’t change a record or electability. Americans don’t elect people who seem erratic in decisions and if you don’t see how she would look erratic then you need go talk to some moderates or independents.

    Seasoned candidates won’t want to run with her as Bachmann has stolen her thunder.Palin ends up looking self serving to people not blinded by fandom. She can run but she will end up a trainwreck because she can’t state a record valid during this period of Obamanomics…only talk about what she did 3 years ago. Even Mitt would trounce her cause at least he’s created jobs while she’s been on TV being inspiring or snarky?

    Everytime Palin or one of her fans compares her unfinished term as Governor of Alaska to Gov. Perry’s multiple terms of Governor of Texas even Texas liberals defend him because the comparison is so absurd.

    C’mon…Get Real….FB isn’t the White House.

      Thanks for reminding us of the jobs record:

      Palin’s Jobs Record Beats All Others in the GOP Field
      In terms of bringing down state unemployment rates versus the national average, Palin leads all other governors and former governors in the GOP field:
      Unemployment Rate Outperformance
      Rank Candidate Outperformance vs. National Average
      Annualized Periodic
      1 Palin
      Dec 06 – Jul 09 + 1.2% + 3.3%
      2 Huntsman
      Jan 05 – Aug 09 + 0.3% + 1.5%
      3 Perry
      Dec 00 – May 11 + 0.1% + 1.4%
      4 Pawlenty
      Jan 03 – Jan 11 + 0.1% + 1.0%
      5 Romney
      Jan 03 – Jan 07 Even – 0.2%

      In terms of growth in the number of jobs versus the nation as a whole, the ranking is exactly the same:
      Employment Growth Rate Outperformance
      Rank Candidate Outperformance vs. National Total
      Annualized Periodic
      1 Palin
      Dec 06 – Jul 09 + 1.7% + 4.6%
      2 Huntsman
      Jan 05 – Aug 09 + 1.4% + 6.6%
      3 Perry
      Dec 00 – May 11 + 1.1% + 11.7%
      4 Pawlenty
      Jan 03 – Jan 11 – 0.1% – 0.9%
      5 Romney
      Jan 03 – Jan 07 – 1.2% – 5.0%

      During Sarah Palin’s governorship (December 2006 – July 2009)
      · Alaska ranked 2nd in the nation for job growth.
      · Alaska ranked 3rd in the nation for change in the unemployment rate relative to the national average.
      During Jon Huntsman’s governorship (January 2005 – August 2009)
      · Utah ranked 4th in the nation for job growth.
      · Utah ranked 12th in the nation for change in the unemployment rate relative to the national average.
      During Rick Perry’s governorship (December 2000 – May 2011)
      · Texas ranked 4th in the nation for job growth.
      · Texas ranked 23rd in the nation for change in the unemployment rate relative to the national average.
      During Tim Pawlenty’s governorship (January 2003 – January 2011)
      · Minnesota ranked 33rd in the nation for job growth.
      · Minnesota ranked 17th in the nation for change in the unemployment rate relative to the national average.
      During Mitt Romney’s governorship (January 2003 – January 2007)
      · Massachusetts ranked 47th in the nation for job growth.
      · Massachusetts ranked 34th in the nation for change in the unemployment rate relative to the national average.


      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to workingclass artist. | August 20, 2011 at 12:11 am

      Completely different states & dynamics . However I like that $66,000 median income & if money was my aim north I would head.

      The minuses -Alaska is cold. Texas has too many illegals.

      The BIG BAttle of Imagery. Rick has gotta find something to match that Mama grizzly.

      I have heard black bears roar in the early morning across the valley but To hear that grizzly would be stupendous.

        True, different states/different dynamics however since the election of Barack Obama, the poor state of Texas is flash flooded with liberals whose employers moved their businesses from liberal-economic-disaster states like California, NY, Illinois and brought with them disasterous Liberalism.

        Fortunate for Alaska, liberals won’t be moving there and bringing with them their disasterous liberals demands.

        Soon poor Texas may be experiencing that California Blues.

        Personally speaking, this is the main reason why when I escaped from NYC Dec 2010 I chose to not relocate to Texas.

Every one seems to forget how electrifying her convention speech was in 2008. I knew I would vote for McCain but with holding my nose. With Palin on the ticket I joyfully voted republican. And I was not alone. Many people commented that people they knew who had never voted before would vote for her. 46 million other people voted for her too. McCain was the problem. He just was not electable. He did not have the support of the base and many stayed home or failed to vote for president at all. I looked at the statistics after the election and found that 44,000 people did not vote for president in North Carolina. Obama had the support of the young people in 2008. I doubt he gets that volume of votes this time. Plus many have become disillusioned with him. Oh, he will raise a billion and use the office of the president to campaign but hopefully the American people have woke up and want to get rid of him. Palin and Perry are the only viable candidates on the republican side. Palin/Perry would be great. Two terms for Palin and two for Perry. This time we must have a viable candidate for VP to succeed President Palin. I thought Cheney was great but W should have nominated a VP who could and would succeed him. OTOH, after the media did their number on W, his VP probably could not be elected either.

Palin / Rubio. Fine on every level. Be still my beating heart.

workingclass artist | August 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Syn…Palin should run for mayor of Austin Tx. THAT is my point.

workingclass artist | August 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm

“And in the 2010 election achieved a 60% win rate for Constitutionally principled, Tea Party”

What about Bachmann…you really think her supporters will dump her now?
Was their support so shallow they would dump a worthy conservative currently serving in office?
Can Palin really carry the south against Perry? Can she carry the southwest? Can she draw the wall street investors? Those people vote too and they vote based on stable and sound economic policy and results. They want a stable manager with a proven record like Romney for the moderates or Cain,or Perry for conservatives.

    In all good conscience I must object to this invalid statement:

    “draw the wall street investors? Those people vote too and they vote based on stable and sound economic policy and results”

    We know for a fact that in the 2008 election Warren Buffet and down the investors line Wallstreet voted and funded Barack Obama for President.

    At this stage it is best to be kind by not to humiliating Wallstreet more than they have already humiliated themselves.

workingclass artist | August 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I am asking you to go beyond your feeling for Palin and be objective.
That’s all any conservative should ask themselves as we have a strong and diverse field already.

If that doesn’t matter to you fine…prepare to be disappointed.

workingclass artist | August 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Palin was the #1 at 25% for not wanted in this Iowa poll

Palin scores 7% for wanted

Romney,Santorum,Perry 3% for not wanted

Perry scores #1 for wanted 29%
Bachmann 17%
Romney 15%

Date of poll 8/16/11

    workingclass artist, one of the things that bothers me about Ron Paul is his followers. Yeah, I know that Dr. Paul is a pretty nice guy who wears ill fitting suits and has some crazy ideas, but Tom DeLay once said that no one knew more about the Constitution than Ron Paul.

    But Paul’s followers are absolutely psychotic. They spam every poll, bash every other candidate, and are loyal beyond sanity. So even as I have met Dr. Paul numerous times, and have respect for him, and if he wasn’t such a loon on foreign policy, his followers would turn me off and I would never vote for him.

    I don’t subscribe to idol worship. I remember being disgusted at all the idol worship being thrown at Obama by his followers. I wanted to scream at them “How can you love someone who doesn’t even know who you are? He’s just a man politicing for a job as POTUS.” How can you say you “love” someone you’ve never met or only saw on a stage? Do people really fall in love that easily?

    I know a lot of people [like to] think that Palin can win. She can’t. She can rile up a crowd, but she doesn’t poll well. And she will never carry the northeast (New York Republicans, et al) and I have doubts about the south. What can she say in a debate with Obama when he brings up her resigning her governorship? Is there an answer that will sway independents and center-left voters?

    Sometimes it is just best to recognize where our talents lay and take them down that road.

      When you speak of fan, are you speaking about the Perry worship happening at this moment?

        retire05 in reply to syn. | August 20, 2011 at 12:35 am

        Perry worship? Nah, haven’t seen any signs of that, but I have sure seen a lot of Perry Derangement Syndrome, mainly by Paulbots, but some Palin worshippers.

    Here is my thought on polls-most Americans who are polled typically spend seven minutes out of the week paying attention to politics.

    March 1980, Reagan polled 25% under Jimmy Carter.,9171,921912-2,00.html

    “And since G.O.P. Front Runner Ronald Reagan relies upon a base of support that is on the far right wing of the Republican Party, some experts have long declared that if he wins the nomination, the G.O.P. would simply be repeating the suicidal Goldwater campaign. Ex-President Gerald Ford left no doubt about his views when he warned last month: “A very conservative Republican cannot win in a national election.”

    ” National opinion polls continue to show Carter leading Reagan by an apparently comfortable margin of about 25%. They also show that more moderate Republicans like Ford would run better against the President”

    “Reagan cannot hope to win, however, unless he moves beyond the hard-line conservative base that has sustained him since he first appeared on the national political scene as a spokesman for Goldwater himself. He has no experience in Washington politics or foreign affairs. ”

    “Worse perhaps than the verbal gaffe is Reagan’s relentlessly simple-minded discussion of complex problems”

    “One of his proposed cures for inflation is the notion that a huge tax cut will restore the productive vitality of the economy and control price rises. Most economists believe this approach is nonsense, that it would simply fuel more inflation.”

    “Reagan’s loose statements and flabby positions will make splendid targets for Jimmy Carter. John Sears, Reagan’s former campaign manager, was worried by that very problem during his year-and-a-half reign, and after Reagan fired him in late February, Sears complained publicly that Reagan does not have well-prepared policy positions. Frets Sears: “I’m not sure that he is now adequately briefed on matters on which politicians and the press and the people hold him to account.”

      syn in reply to syn. | August 20, 2011 at 12:19 am

      Working Class

      Does it ever feel like life is a repetition of itself and we mimic what is past?

      William A. Jacobson in reply to syn. | August 20, 2011 at 12:30 am

      Thanks for that link.

      workingclass artist in reply to syn. | August 20, 2011 at 1:35 am

      Interesting that you bring up Reagan. His son Michael Reagan recently wrote that Reagan’s legacy is alive and well in Texas and that Gov. Rick Perry reminds him of his father. A high compliment in that Perry is his own man but Michael perhaps sees common ground between Perry and his father. Look it up and think about it. Perry is certainly getting the “reagan treatment” in the press.

DINORightMarie | August 19, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Hey – everyone. Don’t feed the trolls. (@workingclass artist – that would be you.) They seem sincere, or harmless – like the Mogwai, but when fed (after midnight), spawn evil creatures – i.e. Gremlins.

Every point made by @workingclass artist is a leftist talking point or rehash of prior attacks.

They fear Sarah Palin, that is why they tried (and are still trying) to destroy her.

Don’t feed the trolls.

    If you think workingclass artist is a leftie, boy, are you barking up the wrong tree.

    Not everyone subscribes to your heroine worship philosphy. Most people can enjoy the music without turning into a groupie.

      Come on man, knock off the worship crap. We all agree those who support their candidates are all bots in one fashion or another

      Beside it’s boring the conversation.

      Kindly offer something of substance; like records and evidence, statements, points of reference something to stimulate the conversation beyond idol worship.

      Let us agree to agree that America is a giant TV, we’re all fans worshiping idols.

      Next please

    workingclass artist in reply to DINORightMarie. | August 20, 2011 at 1:27 am

    There is nothing I said about Sarah Palin that isn’t acts that would go through any reasonable voters mind. Palin has been great at rallying voters at rallies. She’s on TV. She also resigned as Gov. of Alaska and even tough she had her reasons the voter doesn’t care they just care that she resigned.

    So I’ll watch this spectacle and frankly concentrate on the serious candidates. The debate will be interesting. Of course when she doesn’t get quite the support her fans think she deserves the rest of us will be branded as RHINOS or trolls or liberals or whatever…

    I’m a native Texan and down here we don’t elevate politicians to IDOL status…If they are effective great we elect them. Could Perry be effective on a national level…Yeah…So could a few of the others but Perry’s economic record alone will swing the middle. It is a growing economic record during a national economic disaster. That swings votes.

    Let the debate begin.

      At least you now admit your bias about Perry so we all know from where you are coming. I will admit I neither live in Texas or Alaska; a short coming perhaps.

      That said; let’s be honest about one thing, Texans have an over-sized Texan ego about the Great State of Texas being the superior of all States except of course your competition (the other self-idoltry worshipers-snark) Manhattan, NY aka New Yawk, New Yawk. If you can’t make it there you can’t make it anywhere.

      Did you know that the Mayor of New Yawk, New Yawk does not believe anyone living West of the Hudson River can read a passport? And West of Hudson River does include Texas.

      It’s been fun debating you Working Class and thank you for coming out of the closet , admitting your bias about Texas Governor Rick Perry. I now understand your angle.

[…] – Professor Jacobson: “Palin in Iowa Video – No one does it better“ […]

Palin can do what Reagan did before her, and JFK before him (so I’m told):

Make you swell with pride and feel good about yourself and your country.

[…] “If she isn’t running, why’d she release this video?” Good question, dude. Legal Insurrection says “Nobody does it better.” Radio host Mark Levin believes she will run (via Hot […]

“It’s a sad fact: For each dime the price of fuels rises above $2, more jobs are lost. There’s no way to escape reality. Our economy depends upon growth – all life does, and growth requires energy, but as energy becomes more costly, the less growth you will necessarily see. We have other issues too, but with each day that Obama sits at the helm, our ship of state wanders farther off course. We need a steady hand at the wheel, one who knows about energy production, and how to create the conditions in which energy production is boosted, and not hampered by regulations. That leader also needs to hold energy giants’ feet to the fire, preventing them from squatting endlessly on resources the market demands. There is only one potential candidate in the country who has done this. Don’t let the propagandists lead you astray: What’s doing more to keep our economy in decline and hamper growth or recovery is the big government regulations and myriad obstacles Obama has placed in its way. If you want to make a substantial change, you’re going to need to strip from him the power to obstruct you, and put in his place a President who understands the critical importance of energy to our economy. We need an ‘Energy President’, and that can only be Sarah Palin.”

The above is THOROUGHLY SOUND analysis from Mark America

The usual fear-mongering trolls are on the site spouting the usual Palin-not-electable drivel? Forget about the fears and vote Palin. Vote for her and Obama loses, it’s that simple.

Hmmm ….. Tokyo Rove is now accepting the inevitable, even though he has been trying for months to ignore the significance of Gov Palin’s unconventional moves. Now that the IA Passion vid has hit the internet, he can no longer maintain his ‘she’s not running’ mantra …. the man has been holding on for dear life to the ‘old ways’ …… why don’t you get out your clip board and take notes Tokyo Rove? …. Sit back, watch and LEARN about the *new* way, the unconventional, stealth, Sun Tzu way ….

Gov Palin – you are looking for a trustworthy, vetted, fully committed candidate with the right ideas and executive experience to get this country back on the right track …. you indicated to Megyn Kelly that you wanted that candidate to appear in ‘short order’ ….

I think that Candidate will need to be *you*, there is NOBODY else who is *trustworthy* as regards Conservative Principles, and Conservative Governance ….. (*we* have already vetted *you* as well as the other Contenders y’see)

Your Palin Posse is ready to mount up – we have fresh horses, newly shod for a long and arduous ride, and our saddlebags are loaded and balanced …. all we need is the word from you Sherriff Palin, on where to meet, to pick up our Deputy Badges ….

We long to hear your voice call out …. “Head ’em up! …… and Move ’em out!”


    workingclass artist in reply to exodus2011. | August 20, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    “We long to hear your voice call out”


      yup wc a – it’s called figurative language

      perhaps the verb ‘long for’ was too much for ya? too emotive? ….. so many have been keeping their powder dry for a lengthy period, we all wanna ‘get at it’ if ya take my meaning *__*

Cowboy Curtis | August 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm

The depth of emotion and connection being shown here to a politician is, well, its getting kind of creepy.

These are politicians. They are vehicles for policy. They aren’t your pals, they aren’t you’re family. None of them got where they are by being saints. You like Sarah Palin, great. You think she’d can win an election and be a great president, awesome. But getting emotionally invested in a politician is a recipe for guaranteed heartache and disappointment.

The big-eyed mooning over Obama we saw in 2008-9 is no less unattractive when our side does it. If you support her, do it for clear-headed reasons, not some emotional attachment and hopes of validation. Some of the commenters above act like each criticism of her, or even just a lack of enthusiasm, is a personal attack on themselves.

    exodus2011 in reply to Cowboy Curtis. | August 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    perhaps you missed the phrase about my ‘vetting Gov Palin’ cowboy?

    Sure I am excited and enthused, but WHY? … because I know this woman’s hsitory and record … I know she is not bought and paid for by ANY special interest groups ….I know she is fearless ….

    Watch “The Undefeated” to see what I mean … if some other Candidate had her record and passion for restoring America, I would be supporting them just as wholeheartedly.

    My support for Gov Palin is not based on empty slogans like ‘hope and change’, nor on charisma nor rhetoric … it is the SUBSTANCE …what she achieved as Governor, especially the way she kicked Corruptocrat and Crony Capitalist butt.

    This kind of reform is sorely needed in DC, and the threat Gov Palin presents to entrenched power structures there (both dem and GOP) explains the constant attacks on her from all sides.

    America must have a proven REFORMER as her next POTUS if the American Identity is to be rescued and the Republic restored … America needs … “The Undefeated”.

      Cowboy Curtis in reply to exodus2011. | August 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      I didn’t miss it. My post wasn’t addressed as a response to yours, but rather to a great number of earlier posts and the sense of attachment they give off.

      As to your response, I think she could probably do a lot of good things in Washington. I also think that to do any of it she has to be elected first, and I’m not yet convinced that she can. That’s not antipathy towards her, that’s just my cold-eyed appraisal of the lay of the land. She’s one of the two most polarizing figures in American politics, and peoples’ opinions of her started getting set in stone years ago. What I’m saying is, people already have solid notions about her and its going to be a monumental task to change negative ones into positive. It doesn’t matter if she’s been unfairly treated or portrayed (she most certainly has). Fair has got nothing to do with how people feel and how people vote. Her popularity with independents, and a sizable swath of republicans, is terrible. If she can’t get those numbers up dramatically, Obama gets a second term.

      Thing is, she’s a long way from convincing me that she can improve those number much. 2012 is going to be a battle for America’s soul. The stakes are simply too high for us to let personal feelings of loyalty, likability, or insult, prevent us from picking a candidate with a solid chance of succeeding.

      Like I’ve said many times before, our number one concern this time around has to be winning. Because if we don’t, the America we know and love is lost. If she can convince me that she can, in fact, pull off a solid win, great. If not, I’m not going to piss away my country on a Hail Mary pass just because it’ll make me feel good.

        exodus2011 in reply to Cowboy Curtis. | August 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm

        this *polarising* meme is a false narrative, because on nearly all the issues Gov Palin’s position is in full agreement with the mainstream of American opinion.

        To say that negative opinion is set in stone is unrealistic – polls are dynamic and an attention-grabbing Palin Campaign, where she speaks with passion about the issues Americans really care about will soon change the numbers … in a Campaign she will be able to speak without the media filter.

        What is the use of another GOPer beating Obowma, if that person just slows down the rate of sliding into bankruptcy?

        Who on the GOP bench currently has a record of CUTTING SPENDING, the key to the turn around of the economy?

        Who on the GOP bench understands the energy issue better than Gov Palin, the key to GROWTH of the economy? (see the quote I posyed from Mark Aerica above)

          Cowboy Curtis in reply to exodus2011. | August 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm

          She isn’t polarizing because of her position on issues, she’s polarizing because a whole lot of people simply don’t like her. They don’t like how she talks, what she says, her family, where she’s from, that she’s pretty, and a whole lot of other things, and their minds are not going to be changed because she speaks passionately about X or Y because it has nothing to do with her positions or qualifications and everything to do with her. Its personal, and like it or not, very few of them are going to change their minds. It isn’t fair, it isn’t right, and it doesn’t matter. People don’t generally vote for people they don’t like, and the middle does not like her.

          Hey, I’m open to being convinced she can turn it around, but she’s going to have to do the convincing, and she has to do it now, and for a lot of people.

          Weirddave in reply to exodus2011. | August 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

          Gee, if only there were some type of…….campaign or something that Pain could mount to see if she could change people’s minds. Whatta ya think Cowboy? Is that just crazy talk?

          Cowboy Curtis in reply to exodus2011. | August 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm

          Well gee, Weirddave, she’s been doing it since November 2008 without much success. From reality shows and books to bus tours. What’s this new big thing that’s going to turn it all around? Announcing a campaign that most seem to think she’s had going all along? Is there some new really great argument she’s going to drop on the public that she hasn’t been making for years? A new side of her personality or family thus far hidden, that will cause millions of independents that heretofore have held her in mild contempt swoon upon its revelation? What’s the new thing this woman is going to do that will revolutionize how voters in the middle view her?

          The woman is a known entity. People long ago made up their minds about her, and moving them off such opinions is going to be a hell of a lot tougher than many of y’all seem to think.

          Weirddave in reply to exodus2011. | August 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm

          Cowboy, 90% of the people out there aren’t like us. They don’t pay attention to political Crap. It’s only when the actual campaign rolls around that they start really paying attention. If Pain can’t ” change minds “, then she won’t get nominated. If she can, she will.

          Cowboy Curtis in reply to exodus2011. | August 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

          Dave, that’s my point- she isn’t one of the 99% of political figures that the public is oblivious to. She’s almost as well known as the president. She and, to a only somewhat lesser degree her family, are celebrities with a capital “C”. And that’s the problem, the general public knows who she is, has for years, and has established very definite opinions about her. And given what those opinions seem to be, that’s a big, big, problem.

          I’m not saying the woman is unfit for office or that she can’t run. I’m saying she comes to the table with a tremendous amount of baggage (fair or unfair, it doesn’t matter)and we cannot afford to pretend it isn’t there, or that its magically going to go away. No other declared candidate shows up with the guaranteed negatives that Sarah Palin does, not even Ron Paul. And that’s a big deal.

          Its really odd that I find myself in the position of cautioning people on her. I like the woman, and have often been a defender of her. But I’m not going to give her a pass and pretend her candidacy won’t face some gigantic obstacles, some of her own making, just because I kinda like her, this race is way too important for that.

BannedbytheGuardian | August 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Plus poor old Texas had to take the loons from New Orleans.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | August 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    That of course is to an upper discussion Texas /Alaska comparisons.

    When I have said to friends here (not USA ) that Palin could win the 2012 election People have thought I was mad.

    I replied to them – America may be in a place you cannot imagine soon.

workingclass artist | August 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Rove is trying to get a job and either Ryan or Palin is his best shot. That’s why he’s pushing both.

workingclass artist | August 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Interesting fact Gov. Perry is the only candidate in the race who has beat both a Rove campaign and an Axelrod campaign. He’s got a kickass team. This will be interesting.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to workingclass artist. | August 21, 2011 at 12:54 am

    WCA – Working overtime on the Perry Campaign ?elbows a lady to the back of the stageunless he is overcome by jealousy

    . No southern gentleman does that unless ……..

BannedbytheGuardian | August 21, 2011 at 1:00 am

Wonky keyboard,. but do you have any suggestions as to why he would treat her like that?

To quote a lefty: I felt a “Thrill going up my leg!” Run! Sarah! Run!

cowboy – Gov Palin’s bus tour has already brought her negatives down ….. her retailing skills are second to none, and a Campaign will emphasise these greatly

Tea Party America will grow substantially through this Campaign season ….. we’ll see how it plays out

GAME ON! Mr Prezzy

Palin 2012