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Palin’s appearance on Greta last night certainly leaves the impression she’s not running, and the reasons she articulated may very well be what she is thinking, not just cover talk:

If someone doesn’t deeply want it, they should not run. Chris Christie (regardless of his merits) didn’t want it badly enough, so he was right to not run. I wonder about reluctant candidate like Rick Perry, who initially said not interested then was interested. Perhaps his first few weeks reflected lingering ambivalence — although since the last debate he seems fired up.  Maybe the harsh reaction to the last debate was just what Perry needed, and in the long run will be a benefit because it got him and his campaign focused.

What else is happening?

Added:  How about this, Iran ‘steals surface-to-air missiles from Libya’.

From the comments:
Pakistan on the Brink
Rick Perry sorry for the “heart” line

Something I can’t bring myself to do a whole post on: Meghan McCain is a total fool like totally and a total bully and totally humorless and totally pathetic and she even totally lied about me, too, and I hope that one totally day she totally gets what’s totally coming to her, namely, everyone totally ignoring her.


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She hasn’t said no yet.


    votermom in reply to Kitty. | September 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Let’s convince her to say yes.
    Oct 4 is Run, Sarah, Run day!
    October 4 is the day the DVD release day for The Undefeated, and we are going to make it “Run, Sarah, Run” day.
    If you want Sarah Palin to run for President, then on October 4, bloggers, tweeters, facebook members, anyone with access to a keyboard, post a message that says “Run, Sarah, Run.”
    Let’s see if we can make this go viral. If it does, it will scare the pants off the establishment on both sides.
    Spread the word.
    It will be FUN!

“Open” means music to me (hope that’s okay).

Speaking of class warfare these days, dig this crazy, unknown 1960s one-hit wonder and the awesome video that accompanies it. Danny and the Counts, “You Need Love.”

Hope you like 1960s garage bands as much as I do, Professor. If not, please disregard.

LukeHandCool (who thinks “Legal Insurrection” would be a great name for a band).

A note about Morgan Freeman, the letter to whom. Dolphin Tale, the movie that starts Freeman and which opened this past weekend, underperformed substantially in the box office on Sunday. It was strong on Saturday, which was the day that Freeman’s statement began to circulate widely.

Personally, I was going to take my son to see it Sunday. After Freeman’s statement, I opted to stay home. My son got to game instead, so he was probably happier.

No wonder the elites don’t care for the free market system.


In terms of Palin, several of the hardcore Palin supports got a bit upset at my statement — Palin not running is going to darken my enthusiasm for the GOP primary. I hope she does enter, and am now considering my options if she doesn’t. While it is good to “keep the powder dry”, we are entitled to moisten that powder a bit for candidates we like better than others during the primary process.

On the other hand, she was wearing a running suit and the whole interview could have been a psy-ops tactic directed at her opponents.

Being only a softcore Palin fan, I think it is only sensible to begin considering options within the current field now.

She’s been touting the “Title not needed” line since she resigned the Governorship.

Personally, I’m tired of it all.

She going to run, or she isn’t.

Palin is my personal preference for the Presidency, the perfect antidote to what ails this country.

But, like so many, I question her electability, through no fault of her own.

I am perfectly will to wait for Sarah Palin to make a declaration one way or the other. With the primary deadlines approaching, months away from nominee selection, and 7 more debates between now and the Iowa caucus (presuming the calendar isn’t completely upended by Floria) scheduled for February 7, 2012.

We should also be mindful of the context surrounding Sarah Palin’s contributor appearances on Fox News which matters a great deal as to what she can and cannot say during her interviews with Greta or Hannity.

Yesterday I came across an article that described some recent comments by Roger Ailes. What struck me was Ailes remark that Sarah seemed to be using her contributor role to run for president. Roger strikes me as a very candid and uninhibited person in is remarks.

Pure speculation on my part, but I believe Roger Ailes is getting pressured about Sarah’s contributor role on Fox News by others. Those others could likely include people from the Romney, Perry, or any of the other campaigns. Clearly, her ability to provide critiques after the debates could be viewed as threatening.

It is also likely that the pressure is coming from show hosts who find it difficult to be critical of someone who is on the Fox News payroll. Although, there seems to be plenty of ‘friendly fire’ bashing from O’Reilly, Shep, and that corner of the room. You also find other contributors like Dick Morris and Karl Rove who are inclined to play king-maker and political soothsayer, and not at all favorable about Sarah’s prospects.

So, I don’t subscribe to reaching an early conclusion about what Sarah Palin will ultimately do. My wife did point out, however, that Sarah appeared to be wearing a running suit during the Greta interview.

I got over the will-she/won’t-she routine sometime around mid-summer. At this point I couldn’t care less.

Lets focus on things that really matter: I would like to renew my request (nay, demand) for an in-depth, pic-heavy thread on the lovely and talented Andrea Tanteros. Its something that conservatives of every stripe can agree upon.

This is the main link on Drudge: Poll Shock: Obama 39%, Cain 34%

I didn’t pay much attention to Cain until I finally got to see him for the first time in the last debate. Then I read about his background: bachelor’s degree in mathematics, master’s in computer science … worked in missile ballistics for the navy before going to the private sector with success at a number of companies.

He is Barack Obama … with experience, wisdom, and success.

He is Barack Obama … without the arrogance, class warfare, and numerous autobiographies.

I’m very interested in him now. I think he’s still a long shot at this point. But if he ever took the debating stage one-on-one with Obama, it would be a punch to the left’s gut. How would journalists then get away with insisting the Tea Party is racist?

    Herman Cain is rock solid. He comes right after Sarah Palin in my book.

    The MSM will have no hesitation or qualms about calling Cain “Uncle Tom,” “Oreo,” or any other disgusting, racist name. It doesn’t matter what evidence is presented or what evidence is absent, lefties believe whatever they want to believe.

Herman Cain is NOTHING like Barak Obama; even with the un-qualifiers.

I think it is more likely the dilemma faced by any individualist/libertarian. To run for president she has to become what she is campaigning against. She will be not only part of the institution which limits liberty and personal freedom but the head of it. She will have to take donations from wealthy individuals/corporations/movements who will all want something in return.

Also, I understood her statements last night not to mean that the presidency isn’t a powerful office but that she is not sure that the additional power of being a declared candidate/president is worth the burdens on her and her families life.

Finally, note that she said nearly the same thing before becoming the VP candidate. Either way she has been a positive for the right. She can get in the race and add her ideas and arguments to the field, or she can stay out and continue to help frame the debate for the right. Think about which is more powerful, the long dissertations and critique’s of Obamacare or the simple ‘death panels’. Is it more productive only have long dry analysis of the energy sector or sum it up with ‘drill baby drill’.

If she gets in fine we win by getting another good candidate to pick from. If she doesn’t fine we have someone who has a talent for framing the national debate.

Fox cannot have it both ways on Palin. Roger Ailes is the boss and can shut down the direct questions by Greta and Sean to Sarah about her decision to run or not run — but if there is truth that Fox is moving editorial content to the mushy middle, Ailes had best get ready for a downturn in viewers.

Greta’s show is not the place to find Palin’s decision. Look for a speech that must occur before the Michigan registration deadline of October 23 – and that is ahead of her Korean junket.

While I fully expect that she will run, I doubt that Sarah will participate in the debates managed by the media. Maybe the refusal by a “player” to participate will get the rules changed.

    mdw9661 in reply to gad-fly. | September 28, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    The SoKo trip is before October 23.

    October 11 – 13, 2011 – SOUTH KOREA

    Sarah Palin Makes First Visit to S. Korea

    Maeil Business Newspaper
    Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska and the Republican Party’s frontline female politician, will be making her very first visit to South Korea to attend the 2011 World Knowledge Forum (WKF 2011)

    Palin first entered mainstream politics when she was named the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 presidential election. Ever since, Palin has been the figurehead of grassroots conservative politics also known as the Tea Party Movement, which has been opening new scopes in US politics.During the WKF, Sarah Palin will give a US leadership perspective on how to lead the world out of the latest crisis.

    The 2011 WKF will be celebrating its 12th session this year under the theme of ‘New Crisis.’ Our distinguished guests – 250 global leaders from 40 countries around the world – will shine new light and shed insights on how to successfully navigate through the drastically altered global management environment following the global financial crisis.

    Our list of illustrious speakers include current and former public officials – such as former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and European Commissioner for Trade Karel de Gucht – as well as the world-famous academics in the likes of Michael Sandel, Amy Chua, and Strobe Talbott. Our prominent mega business speakers also include Toshiba CEO Atsutoshi Nishida and Rio Tinto CEO Tom Albanese.

    [Written by Hyun-kyu Shin – Samji Chung / edited by Soyoung Chung]

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to mdw9661. | September 29, 2011 at 12:10 am

      This gig is massive. All the huge billboards around seoul have Sarah as the biggest photo .

      I am not sure Americans realise the pre eminence of South Korea as an industrial giant . They are massively clever & very trade /export orientated.

      Only Lady Gaga would out do Sarah!

Thoughts on Palin.

1) I think she is running. She would not let a small dedicated army of volunteers, some of whom have left their jobs and lives behind to volunteer full time, hang out to dry. She would have sent them home some time ago.

2) She had two very recent money bombs. For what? Not to run? To string along her very loyal dedicated supporters?

3) Yesterday’s NT Times piece was leaked from team Palin, supposedly by CoS Michael Glassner. That means it was leaked from the top. For what? That was a message aimed at somebody. It certainly was not a message that conveys “I not running.”

4) A primary is a game of last man or woman standing. One good way to game this kind of contest is enter late when some or many have not remained standing or have been damaged. You could also use the metaphor of a demolition derby. Those that enter the fray late have the best advantage. Make a little list of the GOP primary and potential primary candidates. Who is still standing, who declined , who is damaged?

5) I have thought after observing her and the many activities surrounding her this spring and summer that she was running a completely original asymmetric campaign. One element of an asymmetric struggle is indirection. She comes and goes, everyone guesses and second guesses. Opponents expend resources. Meanwhile, do you know that Sarah Palin has two campaign organizations in Iowa?

6) There have been a number of reports of major GOP donors sitting on the sidelines. Why?

7) I think Palin’s comments yesterday were from the heart. This is a woman who loves her freedom and hates the security bubble. She may never be completely free again once she declares. She will have to make peace with the GOP establishment in order to successfully run and govern. She knows more than anybody what is in store for her once she declares.

I find this article from today interesting.

Holding Obama’s Party Accountable

“The voters have a responsibility too not to be so easily misled by the Democrat-controlled media, and to help spread the word locally to those who are not paying enough attention. This is a Paul Revere moment. America is fundamentally at risk. Patriots need to act now with effective, organizing political action to save the country from an ongoing Marxist takeover.

A crucial battle is going on right now in the Republican presidential race, which the conservatives are presently losing. Too many conservatives in the race are dividing up the conservative vote and leaving the lead to the more moderate. Republicans need to nominate an articulate leader who can take on Obama in debate, and who will make the most of the sweeping conservative victory in store, like Reagan did. We need to have more focus both on who is credible in taking on Obama, and who has the principled spirit and experienced effectiveness in making the most of the coming historic victory with New Deal-sized Republican Congressional majorities.”

by Peter Ferrara is Senior Fellow at the Carleson Center for Public Policy, Director of Entitlement and Budget Policy for the Heartland Institute, and General Counsel of the American Civil Rights Union. He served in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Reagan, and as Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States under the first President Bush. He is the author of America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb, now available from HarperCollins.

She is vacillating a bit because she is seeing how many people voted for Herman Cain in the face of Perry and Romney supposedly being held to be far in the lead, and so capable of winning. She sees the truth of people saying recently “Anyone but Obama”, and understands that a tea party conservative hamburger could win this presidential election against Barack Obama, so perhaps she could do as much or more good from the outside looking in to the presidency, and not take any thunder away from a black or hispanic president, yet doing a lot of good independently: rouge like as conservative thought’s leading girl. Note this is right after the strawpoll.

    retire05 in reply to doombroker. | September 28, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    My God, are you some kind of sooth sayer with a crystal ballthat allows you to gleen such bull from what Palin said? Do you really think she gives a hairy rat’s patootie about Herb Cain (yeah, I know it’s Herman, but obviously Palin doesn’t). I mean, I have read stuff like “yeah,she’s getting in the race. She had a running suit on”. What’s up with that kind of logic? Is Palin now speaking in code to a select few people?

    If she is going to get in, she should get in. Stop all the game playing.

    Here’s her problem; right now she can throw red meat to a bunch of salivating followers who hang on her every word. She doesn’t have to really do anything, just show up on stage (for a tony price, I might add) and make sounds like she is running. She can create fund drives to continue supporting her bus tour, or whatever she wants to do, and no one is going to be checking on how that money is spent, unlike having to report to the Federal Elections Commission. She really doesn’t have to have any policy philosophies, just make sounds like she does. And people like you swallow it hook, line and sinker.

    But when she gets in, that’s a whole different ball game. She cannot run a campaign on the 20 bucks people like you will send her. She will have to recruite the money people, and time’s a wastin’ for that. Romney, Cain, Perry and Paul are not letting any grass grow under their feet when it comes to campaign donors.

    And while her defenders talk about how she has been so “vetted”, she has only been vetted on her personal life, not her office as governor. Going after the oil companies is not governing. It is only part of it. She is going to have to answer why she choose a lobbyist as a running mate and then took donations from that lobbyist (crony capitalism). She is going to have to defend her time as governor and why she quit, and not everyone is going to buy it was because of legal fees, when she paid those legal fees off with her book that could have been written while she maintained her office. She is going to have to justify the things she did as governor that cost Americans, from all 50 states, not just Alaska.

    But I want her to get in. She will loose the primary and then maybe we will be rid of the celebrity known as Sarah Palin.

      SmokeVanThorn in reply to retire05. | September 29, 2011 at 12:01 am

      Perry supporters are the LAST people who ought to be snarky about other criticizing potential candidates’ minor verbal errors.

      Could you or your buddy damocles get your supervisor with the Perry campaign to provide the correct text of the scripted remark about Romney that Perry butchered in Orlando? I’d really like to know what he was supposed to say.

      doombroker in reply to retire05. | September 29, 2011 at 2:24 am

      “My God, are you some kind of sooth sayer….”

      Rosalie in reply to retire05. | September 29, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Palin has been fighting the good ol’ boys since she was in City Council. In the two years she was governor, she kept her promises. The ethnic charges that she had to defend out of her own pocket were not only aimed at her, but her administrative staff. Their lives were being impacted adversely because of her. If Christie should happen to throw his hat in the ring, he will have been in office no longer than Palin. I wonder if anyone’s going to complain about him? I doubt it.

        retire05 in reply to Rosalie. | September 29, 2011 at 11:04 am

        If Christie gets in, he is going to have to answer a lot of questions about Sohail Mohammed. It is one thing giving a speech with the Aga Kahn. It is another thing appointing a pro-Sha’ria judge to the New Jersey court.

          Rosalie in reply to retire05. | September 29, 2011 at 11:26 am

          I may not agree with you about Perry, though I would vote for him, but I agree with you about this. There are other issues with him too. Maybe that’s why he’s been so hesitant.

Two things of interest.
First, Perry gave a 17 minute interview to Newsmax. He answered many questions on immigration,social security, government overreach, Israel. it is a very impressive interview.

Second, Herman Cain said he could not support Perry if Perry is the GOP nominee, but he would support Romney.

Cain obviously doesn’t believe in Reagans 11th commandment, nor does he want to elect a Conservative to the Presidency. Has he made a deal with Romney already for the VP spot? Or is he so selfish that he only wants the Presidency for himself, so he would support a RINO over a Conservative and possibly lose the White house to Obama?
Either way, I’m done with Cain. He just lost my respect and my vote.

    retire05 in reply to damocles. | September 28, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Thanks for the link on Cain. I did not know that Cain had supported that liberal governing RINO, Mitt Romney.

    Well, my field is narrowing:

    Huntsman – out

    Johnson – out

    Santorum (who I view as a petulant twit) – out

    Bachmann – out by her own big mouth and refusal to acknowledge her own failure to protect “little” girls in her state from a vaccine that protects them against a sexally transmitted disease

    Paul – was never a consideration for me. He needs to be put on Aracept

    Cain – now out

    Romney – was never in because I researched his record back in 2008.

    Newt – maybe

    Perry – definately

How about this for discussion, the most important unreported story of the past 24 hours:

This is a direct result of an incompetent White House. I just hope we’ve located their nukes (which I believe we have) so we can take them out together with Iran’s nukes and get back home. After all, those nukes are the only reason we are in Afghanistan.

huskers-for-palin | September 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Palin strategy,

“All war is based upon deception.”

—Sun Tzu

Re: Meghan McCain

I never thought I’d hear Professor Jacobson play the Valley Girl card.

LukeHandCool (who lived in Encino for a year and found it totally bitchen, and who loves a good catty cat fight between a professor and Meghan McCain)

I don’t know if you know of or read The Blog Prof, but he’s just had to quit blogging to keep his job:

Know nothings who whine about anonymous bloggers being anonymous need to understand that being conservative in academia (without tenure, and even with it) is truly dangerous to our livelihoods and ability to work in our chosen, and loved, field. We’re not cowards, we just want to do what we love and be able to support our families. But we can’t do that because open-minded, tolerant, and diverse are the very last things that academia is. If you don’t think like them, you are literally forced into either silence or out of your profession completely.

Palin’s running, and I don’t question her electability. She’s bright, knowledgeable, articulate, and has taken the leading position on ALL the major issues of the day. Why should I settle for second best by choosing someone else? The election is not November 2011, so I have no problem waiting for Palin to announce her candidacy. I believe she’s already decided to run, but the delay is in the announcement of the candidacy. THe timing of that, she wants to be exquisite.

Of course there is another factor working for Palin. As candidates falter in the demolition derby their staffs, supporters, volunteers, and donors have to move elsewhere or sit it out. These are people with enthusiasm, good hearts, motivation, experience, knowledge and connections in this race and in politics. Some, possibly many, of these people may eventually end up on team Palin. Ironically the much vaunted early entrants create a training and testing ground for the future Palin organization.

Question: Does anyone know if Sarah Palin can speak in Seoul as a declared candidate? Does it break any rules?

I ask because this topic has been floating around the Net and no one I’ve read seems to know.

Hey, Van Horn,
when did I ever criticize Sarah Palin? Don’t put things out there that I never said. Or do you mean Cain saying he won’t support Perry if he is the nominee? Clarify what you mean and let me reply. So what were you trying to say?
I was split between Cain and Perry giving both the benefit of the doubt, trying to find out more about both of them. I also liked Michelle Bachmann. I happen to live in Texas and have been aware of Perrys economic record for the past 10 years. I was impressed by Cain at the debates. So, do I have problems with Perry? Yes. But I will not support a so-called Conservative who throws the other Conservative under the bus for Mitt Romney. I put the appropriate interviews out there so you could read them yourself. sarah is not in the race. When or if she gets in I’ll look at her candidacy. So what the heck were you trying to say?

    SmokeVanThorn in reply to damocles. | September 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Did I say YOU criticized Palin?

    You are – at least for now – a Perry advocate. Do you have the text of what your guy tried but failed to say?

      Okay,I still don’t know what your lumping me in with your criticsm was about. “Perry supporters are the LAST people who ought to be snarky about other criticizing potential candidates’ minor verbal errors.” I did not criticize anyone for verbal minor errors. The immediate post before was criticizing Palin. I don’t consider Cain’s statement saying he wouldn’t support Perry if he was the nominee to be a verbal slip, if that is what you were referring to. If you are merely throwing my name in there as a Perry supporter, who you feel like trashng today, go ahead. I don’t follow your logic. I know that Perry was awful in the debate, which is why yesterday’s interview with him seemed so much more coherent. I try to be open minded, but I just don’t follow your logic at all. Perhaps your engaging me is what a troll is? I’m not sure, I’m new to the internet. If so, happy trolling.

        SmokeVanThorn in reply to damocles. | September 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm

        Please read this carefully:

        The reply in question was made to retire05. If you look at the post to which I was responding, he/she made a smarky comment about Palin’s lip of the tongue regarding Cain’s first name. You weren’t mentioned at all in that paragraph.

        You posted a comment that included a couple of links to which you added your commentary that (a) Perry had given an “impressive interview” and (b) Cain is a sell out who is not interested in electing a conservative. From this I deduced that you are a Perry supporter.

        I simply asked if either you or retire05 could provide me with the text of the line(s) Perry flubbed in Orlando. Neither of you have been able or willing to do so.

        I’m not sure about your approach. On the one hand, you seem willing to acknowledge some of Perry’s faults and consider other candidates. On the other hand, you resorted to the “troll” accusation pretty quickly. retire05 has a history of attacking the other candidates, then whining about “vitriol” when others respond to his attacks or criticize Perry. The “troll” gambit seems like a variation on retire05’s SOP, but I’m going to chalk it to a misunderstanding regarding whether I was accusing you of being snarky about Palin’s mistake rather than assume that you are operating in bad faith.

There is a practical limit on who is a viable 2012 candidate in the earliest filing deadline to get on a state primary ballot.
There is a non-political tactical reason to delay filing as long as possible in that the Obama campaign won’t be any more constrained this election than it was last election by federal election laws and in particular the federal matching regulations.
Phrased differently whoever the winner of the nomination is will need massive amounts of financial “ammo” and a very strong ability to withstand the kind of mudslinging that’s come to be called “Palinizing”.
Whoever wins the nomination Will be Palinized.
The early Palinizing of Cain has been that “He ran a small Pizza joint you just can’t compare that with having been president” and “He was in the Federal Reserve”.
When it got down to this blue-state primary in 2008 I supported Romney, but that was then this is now.

I want a president who can give us the 2012 equivalent of the recovery from the 1920 Depression.

I don’t want a president who’s going to give us a repeat of the 1912 Progressive Fiasco.

Cain is what I’m going with; I …might…re-asses if Palin declares between now and my states primary.

The “Palinizers” are using “Herb Cain” in place of Herman Cain. If you’ve read David Horowitz’s “Rules For Revolution” or any of the several counter-progressive-Alinsky manuals use it to filter out the BS.

The RNC/Washington Insider crowd is the ‘who’s behind the Stop Perry need a moderate’ agenda and they deep-sixed Cain months ago as one of the “Not A Serious Candidate” months before the Florida Straw Poll.

My first objective of two is to do everything I can to get a Conservative, Constitutional, Smaller Government, cut the Gordian Knot of regulations candidate gets the 2012 Nomination.

Second objective is to do a clean sweep of all of the Progressives in the 2012 Election, from dog-catcher to “Commander-in-Chief”.