Sunday, December 30, 2007
Micheal Medved, as many of you know, is one of the nation's most prominent talk show hosts (3.75 million listeners every week), and the subject of Sarah Palin came up on his program last Friday. The broader discussion was about John McCain, congressional earmarks, and the "bridge to nowhere"...but then came this comment:
"The Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, who is a possible Vice Pesidential candidate...great lady...has come out and told her own congressional delegation, all Republicans, 'Stop with the earmarks! It's wrong, it's wrong! Even when it benefits us in Alaska.'" (emphasis mine)
So there you have it, a national conservative radio host confirming that Sarah Palin might just be the next Vice President of the United States (and seeming to like the idea). Yes, it was a brief quote, but it was still heard by hundreds of thousands or listeners. Furthermore, he acknowledged Gov. Palin's status as a leading fiscal conservative.
The snowball just keeps rolling!
Hat tip to the Anchorage Daily News' anti-Palin "Alaska Ear" columnist. If you want to hear the quote, it was on The Michael Medved Show on December 21st, roughly 14 minutes into the broadcast. It is available at michaelmedved.com, but you will need a "Medhead" subscription to access the archives ($4.95 for one month of access).
Thursday, December 27, 2007
The story was on the the Yahoo! News homepage for most of the day and was picked up by the websites of many media outlets including The New York Times, Fox News, Townhall.com, The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, The Charlotte Observer, and the Anchorage Daily News (where it was the lead story on the homepage for most of the day.)
As a result, we clocked 3,818 pageloads in 24 hours, smashing our previous record of 2,138 (which was set only two weeks ago). We also hit another milestone by recording our 20,000th pageload since launching in February.
The snowball is rolling, folks, and it's only going to get bigger. Thanks to everyone who has lent support to this movement. Without you, we would not be where we are today...realistically looking forward to Sarah Palin's inauguration as the 47th Vice President of the United States!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Gov. Palin has received a lot of media attention this year, but the latest national outlet to notice her is unique in that it is NOT a news source, but rather a fashion magazine. According to the Anchorage Daily News, the governor and her three daughters spent Wednesday morning doing a photo shoot for Vogue Magazine. The pictures will appear in Vogue's February issue, which will actually hit shelves in late January.
As it turned out, however, Palin's independent minded nature made it anything but a typical fashion shoot...as she rejected the clothing that the photographers had intended her to wear. "At first they had me in a bunch of furs," she told the Daily News, "Yeah, I have furs on my wall, but I don't wear furs. I had to show them my bunny boots and my North Face clothing." So, instead of guady furs, we will get to see the real Sarah Palin in her real clothes. Bravo, Governor!
This is definitely a positive development, and it is perfectly timed. The February issue will be hitting stores just as the presidential primaries draw to a close and VP speculation begins in earnest. Appearing in Vogue will also introduce the Governor to many readers who may not be following the 2008 race just yet. I'm also hoping that Vogue was keen enough to ask Gov. Palin about a potential VP candidacy (as other media outlets have). If they did, Sarah Palin will suddenly be staring thousands of American women in the face and forcing them to consider the fact that Hillary Clinton may not be the best woman running for national office when November rolls around.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
"THE SARAH PALIN JUGGERNAUT is gathering steam!"
Yesterday marked the first time that this site recorded over 2,000 individual pageloads in 24 hours, so thanks to Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit and Charleston Daily Mail columnist Don Surber for making this happen!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I always thought that Congressmen were the people who should be pursuing congressional earmark reform...I was wrong. As Sarah Palin proved yesterday, it is state governors who can REALLY take a bite out out the problem. You see, Senators and Congressmen can only dole out taxpayer dollars to people who request them.
The State of Alaska usually asks for more than 100 federal earmarks per year. Gov. Palin cut that number in half for 2007, and plans to ask for only about a 12 earmarks for the year 2008 Yes, you read that correctly. In Palin's first two years in office, the yearly number of earmarks requested by the State of Alaska will have declined by almost 90%! (Note: I don't know how much of a percentage that is in actual dollar value, but I'm guessing that its HUGE.)
Aside from taking an axe to earmarks, Gov. Palin's 2008 budget also slows the growth of government dramatically. In contrast to Alaska's recent state budgets, which tended to grow by an eye-popping 14% per year, Gov. Palin's new budget calls for only 4% more general fund spending than last year and 1% more spending on agency operations (at a time when the costs to provide services are skyrocketing). In plain English, that basically means that the growth of Alaska's government has been brought to a screeching halt.
I've previously Sarah Palin has put together an amazing record of accomplishments in her short time in office, and I am now considering trading the term "amazing" for more apporpriate verbage such as "ridiculous" or "mind boggling". We need this woman in federal office ASAP!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
"Invited Speakers Include: Vice President Dick Cheney, George Will, Wayne LaPierre, David Horowitz, Gov.-elect Bobby Jindal, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Tom Tancredo, Rep. Mike Pence, Bob Novak, Mike Huckabee, Gov. Sarah Palin, Rep. Ron Paul, Phyllis Schlafly and many, many more conservative celebrities, policy makers and authors."
That's from CPAC 2008's official Facebook group. Only three other Governors have been invited to my knowledge: Bobby Jindal (LA) and Rick Perry (TX) are both mentioned on the Facebook group, and I have read another post indicating that Haley Barbour (MS) has also been invited. This listing as a potential featured speaker at CPAC is confirmation that Gov. Palin has become one of the brightest stars of American conservatism. I use the past-tense "has become" very purposefully; because "future stars" don't get to speak at CPAC, only "stars".
Major governmental ethics reform
Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA)
Oil tax reform ("ACES")
Cancellation of the "bridge to nowhere"
Line-item veto of a more than a quarter-billion dollars of wasteful government spending
That's quite a year, and those are just the highlights! Palin also fired the state's agriculture board in order to keep the Matanuska Maid Dairy open; won election as Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission; and stood up to uniformed environmentalist hard-liners on the issues of global warming, polar bears, and wolf population control.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: In only one year, Sarah Palin has already amassed a record of accomplishments that many two-term governors would envy. And if we want real change in Washington, we need to elect people who know how to force the government to shape up...people like Sarah Palin.
Oh...and be sure to chack out this video report from KTUU TV in Anchorage.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Those who have read this blog for a long time may remember the battle earlier this year over Governor Palin's Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA), a plan to build a natural gas pipeline across Alaska. Of course, AGIA passed, but many still raised doubts. At the time, Alaska's "Big Three" oil producers (BP, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips) objected to the bill's reversal of former Governor Frank Murkowski's policy that only those three companies would be allowed to bid on the project, as well as requirements that the new pipeline have drop-off points within Alaska and hire Alaskan workers. Hence, there were doubts as to whether any of the Big Three would submit bids.
Those doubts are now gone. Today was the last day for companies to file bids, and ConocoPhillips has submitted a proposal to Governor Palin. With one of the Big Three now in on the bidding process, and encouraging the other two to get in on the project, I think it is safe to say that AGIA is a success. This just goes to show that a free-market process is every bit as economically viable as the non-market plan pursued by the Murkowski administration. Furthermore, it ensures that Alaskans will be able to use their own natural gas without having to re-import it from the lower 48 (a problem created by the Murkowski plan, which sent the pipeline through Canada rather than Alaska.)
The building of a gasline has been a major issue in Alaska for years, but Sarah Palin has made major progress on it in just less than one year in office! Decisive, effective leaders like Sarah Palin are few and far between, and they are desperately needed in the political cesspool of Washington, D.C. Yet another reason why Sarah Palin needs to be on the Republican ticket in 2008.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
National Review Online recently asked a group of important bloggers, pundits, and other politicos to make predictions about the outcome of the 2008 election, and ten responses were published on Nov. 6. Of those ten, only five listed VP choices, and only four can be counted as serious (Boston talk show host/humorist Michael Graham wrote a hilarious comedy piece involving a five-way race in which one candidate was Michelle Obama).
So, of the four VP predictions that can be a taken seriously, TWO tagged Sarah Palin as the Republican VP nominee!
Professor John J. Pitney Jr. and blogger E.M. Zanotti both picked a Giuliani-Palin ticket. So, not only did Palin get mentioned for VP, she was the MOST mentioned candidate (The other two predictions were Giuliani-Fred Thompson and Romney-Huckabee).
Palin fans, take a bow...because I think it's safe to say that, at least as far as online chatter is concerned, Sarah Palin is now a first-tier candidate for the Vice Presidency!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Giuliani: Rudy, you have two problems. First, you are a Northeastern, big-city candidate. The GOP voting base is in the rural South and West. Second, you are viewed skeptically by the base in two BIG areas: social issues and gun rights. Sarah Palin is the ideal patch for both holes, and she brings a few extra perks as well. Palin is solidly pro-life, married with four kids, and a lifetime NRA member...a so-con's dream. Furthermore, she represents rural, Western America and has lots of experience with key issues that you didn't deal with in NYC (namely natural resources). Alaska may be off the beaten path, but the values there are the same as large swaths of the South and West, and Palin will play well in both regions. Her hockey-mom demeanor will also garner votes across the Northwest and Midwest. Lastly, she is a hard-nosed, decisive former mayor who you could trust to carry on your leadership style should anything happen.
Huckabee: Mike, you should have no problem in the Bible Belt, but your appeal is limited outside the South and the Midwest. You are going to need to massively expand you support to the North and West. You will also have to reassure fiscal conservatives and libertarians that you are not a big spender. Who better than a tough-talking Northwesterner who vetoed $23o million in wasteful spending and killed the "bridge to nowhere"? And did I mention that the Libertarian Party endorsed her for Governor? She also reinforces your outsider, down-home persona; and it wouldn't hurt to have a running mate who isn't as soft-spoken as you are.
McCain: I hate to break it to you John, but you are getting old. You look good for 71, but you REALLY need to add youth to the ticket. Palin is on 43 years old and preserves your maverick image without compromising on any conservative values...that's going to be a big key to settling down voters whose heads are ringing with the terms "McCain-Feingold" and "McCain-Kennedy". You could also use someone with a libertarian twinge considering that your support for campaign finance reform raises questions about your commitment to personal liberty.
Romney: Mitt, the problem isn't that you're saying the wrong things, it's that we have trouble believing you. You come off as too perfect and too slick, and you need a running mate with an "aw-shucks" personality to add humanity to your ticket. You also have the same problem as Rudy in that you are from the big-city Northeast. You've been talking like a Southern, Bible Belt candidate, so I don't think that the South will be a huge problem. The West, on the other hand, is where you are going to need help. Sarah Palin is the quintessential Western candidate, complete with libertarian streak and NRA membership. She also reinforces your squeaky-clean personal life to create the ULTIMATE family values ticket.
Thompson: Fred, you are four years younger than McCain, but you look and act ten years older than him. You need youth AND energy. You also need a support base outside the South. Sarah Palin to the rescue! With Palin on the ticket, you add a burst of energy and build support in key Northwestern states. It also wouldn't hurt to boost your lagging support among women. Palin also reinforces your down-home personality and neutralizes any questions about your personal life.
So, there you have it. Sarah Palin is a dynamite pick for VP no matter who is on the top of the ticket. I tried to be equally blunt about all of the candidates...and I like most of you, so please don't take it personally. And for the record, I think Palin would add a lot to the ticket should any of the second-tier candidates pull off a miracle.
If this post has convinced anyone, please take the time to sign our petition.
Friday, November 9, 2007
This is another big-time internet talk show, with past guests including a congressman and numerous representatives of major conservative and libertarian think tanks and publications. Eric Dondero is a national Republican political consultant and founder of the Republican Liberty Caucus. He formerly served as a Libertarian Party National Committeeman and senior aide to Rep. Ron Paul (though supporting Rudy Giuliani in the current election). He is also on our endorsements list via his blog Libertarian Republican. This appearance will be a great opportunity to promote Sarah Palin's fiscal conservatism and strong commitment to personal liberty.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
"The governor argues that teens are required to get permission for small things like pierced ears. 'Yet a very invasive surgical procedure can take place on this girl and her body without parental consent,' Palin said."
Also, kudos to State Rep. Fred Dyson, who says he plans to introduce an amendment the state constitution to overrule the courts decision.
Alaska's Supreme court has struck down the state's decade-old law requiring parental consent for abortions performed on girls under the age of 16 (click here for report). Governor Palin called the decision "outrageous" and said that the court "failed Alaska by separating parents from their children during such a critical decision". She also instructed Alaska's Attorney General, Talis Colberg, to file a petition for a rehearing.
I will keep close tabs on this outrage and will update you if and when more information becomes available.
Tags: Sarah Palin, Vice-President , 2008 Election, President 2008, Running Mate, VPOTUS, Veep , Palin, Rudy Giuliani , VP 2008, Alaska, Mitt Romney , John McCain, Fred Thompson, Republicans, GOP, Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, Abortion, Pro-Life, Pro Life
Sarah Palin has done both in the last week, showing again why she is arguably THE premier conservative leader in the nation.
In a remarkable display of gutsy leadership, Gov. Palin came out strongly against the listing of Alaska's perfectly healthy polar bear population as a "threatened species" based solely on global warming speculation. In a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, Palin said the following, "The listing of a currently healthy species based entirely on highly speculative and uncertain climate and ice modeling and equally uncertain and speculative modeling of possible impacts on a species would be unprecedented." The listing is being proposed based on climate modeling by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) which predicts that Alaska's polar bear population will be totally wiped out by shrinking amounts of summer sea ice in the next 50 years. Palin left open the possiblility of protecting the bears in the future, but said (rightly, in my opinion) that it would be premature to make such a decision now. The state of Alaska maintains that the USGS' "middle-of-the-road" predictions are "selective". Doug Vincent-Lang, a special assistant with Fish and Game, told the Anchorage Daily News, "They predetermined their outcome in choosing the models they chose." Palin also noted that conferring "threatened" status based on climate change predictions could "open the floodgates" for petitions to protect thousands of other species.
Palin also took time this week to participate in the grand opening of the newly expanded Wal-Mart supercenter in her hometown of Wasilla. In addition to cutting a red duct tape ribbon (the Wasilla location sold more duct tape last year than any Wal-Mart in the country), the Governor made some touching observations about the townsfolk that I think could be applied to herself as well, "The (Mat-Su) Valley is a unique place, and not just because we are the duct tape capitol of the world, which we are proud of being in Wasilla. But we are hard working, very unpretentious, just good, salt of the earth people that live here and are working in this store." On a more poltical note, this shows that Gov. Palin is one of those rare polticians (especially in Alaska) who respects American capitalism but is willing to stand up against graft and corruption when businesses step over the line (as in the cas of Alaska's oil industry).
I sincerely hope that the GOP presidential nominee will realize just how badly we need "good, salt of the earth people" like Sarah Palin in the next administration....and I pray that the Governor will be willing to answer the call.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Anyway, I was looking at my hit-counter today, and I was rather puzzled to find that I had visitors coming from this liberal post about how massive numbers of Republican women will supposedly vote for Hillary instead of our nominee (yeah right). But I scrolled down, and I found this in the comments section:
Not to be Debbie Downer here, but if this happens we could be in for bad times. http://palinforvp.blogspot.com/
Posted by Benson October 20, 2007 2:33 PM
Now, I'm not going to put too much stock in one blog comment, but this is the first time that I have EVER seen a Democrat say something like this about ANY Republican in the 2008 election. Sarah Palin is the very antithesis of everything that Hillary Clinton stands for, and by far the strongest candidate that we could put in the VP slot. If Palin is on the ticket, I think it would send a very clear message to the opposition: "Be afraid, Senator Clinton, be VERY afraid."
Monday, October 15, 2007
The second interview involves myself. I will be appearing on Doug Gibbs' internet talk show Political Pistachio this Wednesday at 10:00 PM Eastern/7:00 PM Pacific (6:00 PM Alaskan). Be sure to listen live, and call in if you can, but the show will be replaying on the web until Saturday if you can't. Political Pistachio is one of the bigger internet shows, and previous guest have included former presidential candidate Jim Gilmore, and big-time bloggers such as Atlas Shrugs. So, this is definitely a great opportunity for the Palin Movement.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Check out the article here!
And is it just me, or does that building in their photograph of Gov. Palin bear an uncanny similarity to the White House? An omen, maybe?
Click here to sign the "Draft Palin for VP" petition!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Here's the text:
"We, the undersigned, call upon the Republican Party to put forward candidates for national office who represent our party’s ideals of limited government, honesty in public service, and strong American values.
Therefore, based on her strong record of fiscal and social conservatism, the decisiveness with which she has led her state, and her relentless pursuit of ethical government; we ask that that eventual Republican nominee for President of the United States select Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska as the Republican candidate for Vice President in the year 2008. "
Click here to sign!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Proof continues to mount that Sarah Palin is quickly becoming a national figure. Today, conservative web guru Patrick Ruffini, who served as webmaster for the Bush-Cheney Campaign in 2004 and eCampaign Director for the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2007, added himself to to the growing list of bloggers praising with the GOP's fastest rising star. The following is an excerpt from Ruffini's post today, in which he endorsed California congressional candidate Eric England:
"Erick Erickson got it absolutely right when he wrote, “If we do not clean our own house, the voters will do it for us.” The house cleaning just swept Idaho (though it looks like we’ll need to send the cleaners back in). It’s happening in Alaska, where new Governor Sarah Palin is standing up to Ted Stevens and Don Young and winning. The next big test — and perhaps the biggest one in the next few months — is California-4 and the fight to replace corrupt appropriator John Doolittle in Congress."
Tags: Sarah Palin, Vice-President , 2008 Election, President 2008, Running Mate, VPOTUS, Veep , Palin, Rudy Giuliani , VP 2008, Alaska, Mitt Romney , John McCain, Fred Thompson, Republicans, GOP, Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, Patrick Ruffini, Hugh Hewitt
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
This election secures Sarah Palin's place as one of the nation's top experts on energy issues and a leader among her fellow governors. It also puts her at the head of "the oldest, largest, and most effective interstate compact in the nation."
Click here to read the IOGCC press release on Gov. Palin's election.
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Tags: Sarah Palin, Vice-President , 2008 Election, President 2008, Running Mate, VPOTUS, Veep , Palin, Rudy Giuliani , VP 2008, Alaska, Mitt Romney , John McCain, Fred Thompson, Republicans, GOP, Duncan Hunter, Club For Growth, Bridge to Nowhere, Mike Huckabee
Sunday, September 23, 2007
P.S. Why does this stuff always happen when I can't blog? But what can I say? Yom Kippur is Yom Kippur and I've got to do what I've got to do.
Friday, September 21, 2007
While long an object of national attention, Alaska's $398 million "bridge to nowhere" is actually a state project...or rather, it WAS a state project. Today, Governor Palin trashed the plan and directed the state transportation department to find a more "fiscally responsible" alternative.
Way to go, Governor!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Palin has stated "When I'm looking at the political party in which I'm registered and I see the national committee man is Ben Stevens, I'm free there to state my opinion and that's; he shouldn't be our national committeeman."
The Governor is also asking the State Senate to review whether Senator John Cowdery (R-Anchorage), also named as a VECO bribe recipient, should remain in his position as Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. Cowdery has announced that he will not attend the upcoming special session of the legislature.
Governor Palin is becoming arguably the greatest crusader for ethical government in this country. With the GOP trying to cement its image as a party that does not tolerate wrongdoing (see: Larry Craig), and with the the Dems reeling from the Norman Hsu scandal, Sarah Palin's reputation as one of the nation's most ethical politicians is exactly what the party needs to carry it to victory in 2008.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
First, the news broke today that Gov. Palin's son Track enlisted in the U.S. Army on September 11th. I have always believed that it is inappropriate for the children of political figures to be drug into political conversations, so I will simply salute the young Mr. Palin for his patriotism and leave it at that. I will not be discussing this story further unless it somehow becomes a major political issue at some point in the future.
Secondly, and more importantly for the purposes of this blog, Gov. Palin has called another special session of the Alaska Legislature to debate how oil production should be taxed. The current system, known as the Petroleum Production Tax (PPT), was voted in last year and called for oil companies to be taxed on their net profits. However, the legitimacy of that system was called into question when it was revealed that several state legislators had taken bribes from the Veco oil pipeline company in exchange for their votes in favor of the PPT.
Gov. Palin has proposed an alternative plan which she has labeled "Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share (ACES)". ACES is a hybrid system which taxes oil companies partially based on gross profits and partially based on net profits. Gov. Palin had originally supported a gross profits tax, but concluded that such a tax would not be a good deal for the oil industry. Hence, she has put forth the ACES plan in an effort to ensure that "the golden goose is fed and not killed". In the legislature, the plan has drawn the ire of both Democrats, who wanted a system based on gross profits only, and some Republicans, who want to stick with the PPT system of taxing only net profits.
Here's my take: The PPT system was bought and paid for, that is beyond dispute at this point. If the vote on any proposal is tainted by corruption, then that legislation should be reconsidered. Hence, I support the calling of the special session. As for ACES, it seems to be a solid plan to me. It eliminates the pitfalls presented by the tainted PPT, while also trying to avoid the economic ramifications of the harsher gross profits-based plans advocated by the Democrats. The legislature will have more than enough time to hash out details, and I expect the finished plan to put in place a tax that is low enough to stimulate the economy, but also fair to the people of Alaska (who do happen to own all of that oil).
While I am no economist, I think that ACES is good proposal for the legislature to start with. It is not a liberal plan, but nor is it a tainted one. The fact that Gov. Palin chose such a proposal also shows that she is willing to objectively evaluate her own positions, as she says that she was "dragged kicking and screaming, with a little bit of gnashing of teeth, even, away from the pure simple gross system." This shows me that, while Palin is a strong, decisive leader, she is also willing to listen to good advisers. I will continue watch this story with keen interest.
Tags: Sarah Palin, Vice-President , 2008 Election, President 2008, Running Mate, VPOTUS, Veep , Palin, Rudy Giuliani , VP 2008, Alaska, Mitt Romney , John McCain, Fred Thompson , Republicans, GOP, Duncan Hunter, ACES, PPT, Mike Huckabee
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
- Governor Sarah Palin
(September 10th, 2007)
Saturday, September 8, 2007
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Friday, August 31, 2007
"What happened was the Palins came in for Dillingham's first wild fish festival, and while meeting with the locals at the boat harbor, I asked her if I could give her a tour of the UAF Bristol Bay campus with the director, Debbie Mclean-Nelson. The Palins didn't have any real set schedule and she was more than happy to have me (along with Debbie and a few other local students) show her our new facilities. I had promised Apayo [local mural creator Apayo Moore] that I'd try to get her to paint a tile [for the mural], so i asked her if she wanted to take part in a community art project happening at the high school. Of course she was stoked, so we continued our walk up to the high school. Piper really had a good time painting, she didn't want to leave! But yeah, sarah is a very nice woman, i was impressed with her willingness to listen to everyone ask her questions. I was also impressed that she was willing to let some random student/wannabe photojournalist drag her around for a couple hours...Sarah said the time she spent at the campus and the school painting is what she appreciated the most about her trip to Dillingham because she usually doesn't get to see that side of the local life."
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Gov. Palin meets Alaska's 2007 Teacher of the Year, Ina Bouker
More of the Palins with Ina Bouker
The Governor paints a tile for Dillingham's new mural with daughter Piper (right). The woman at left is Apayo Moore, the creator of the mural.
The Governor with State Troopers.
The Governor with local kids.
Again, Thanks to Tricia Ward for allowing me to put up these wonderful photos, which I think help illustrate the "down to earth" qualities that endear Gov. Palin to those of us who want her in national office.
Tomorrow will be a big day, as Gov. Palin will be holding a press conference regarding the state-owned Matanuska Maid Dairy and it's impending sale.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Many bloggers who support Sarah Palin (and a number that don't) often refer to her using words such as "hot" or "gorgeous". Now, I have no intention of telling others how to run their blogs, and if they think that mentioning the subject will benefit Gov. Palin, then more power to them. However, I will not do so and I feel a need to make that fact clear along with the reason behind it.
I do not dispute that the governor is photogenic and that good looks are always helpful to a candidate for office (which is as true for men like Mitt Romney and John Edwards as it is for Gov. Palin). One of our supporters, Sanity102, has rightly asserted that Palin's photo-friendly face, combined with her spunky personality and her equally camera-ready husband and family, would make her a dream candidate from a pure marketing standpoint. That said, I think that support for a candidate should be based primarily on the substance of that person's views and their leadership abilities. Anything beyond those two points is, to me, icing on the cake and not worth devoting a lot of attention to.
I strive very hard to maintain the credibility of the Palin Movement, because our idea is so outside-the-box that it could be easily dismissed if the main bloggers promoting it were anything less than professional at all times. Gov. Palin's appearance is irrelevant to me, and I think that mentioning it too often can cheapen the tone of the discussion about her political future.
This is a serious blog, and I intend to keep it serious. Hence, my policy is to talk about Sarah Palin's photogenic qualities only to the point where they are politically relevant, which means little or never. The rest of the blogosphere can stand where it wants and I won't hold it against them. But just for the record, that is where I stand.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
While we're talking about Steve Maloney, I think now would be a good time to thank him for his contribution to our budding movement. Steve has heaped a lot of praise on me, but the fact is that most of the gains we have made would not have been possible without him. He says that he has put a thousand hours of work into the Palin Movment, and I believe him. He has sent hundreds of emails, commented on more blogs than I can count, and written extensively on Sarah Palin on his own blog. Steve is one of the rare people in politics who has been around long enough to know how the game works (starting with Newt Gingirch's congressional campaign in 1974) but is still idealistic enough to think he can change the way it is played, and he's done his darndest to learn new technologies in order to make his voice heard. I can only hope that I'm still going that strong when I'm 67 years old!
I also want to give a shout out to Trish Houser of Palintology.com. Trish has done a spectacular job providing news about Gov. Palin to the outside world, and I will admit to getting a lot of my news from her. She has also been a great friend to this website (that lovely new banner at the top of the page was a gift from her), even though she has told me that she would prefer to see her Governor fix up Alaska before thinking about national office. Since I'm not offering Palin for Veep t-shirts yet, I would highly suggest that you have a look at her CafePress store and "Palintologist" and "Sarah-bot" apparel that you can order there. I'm personally partial to the hilarious "Sarah-bot" graphic.
Well, I think that's enough for one night. Tomorrow I will be writing my first column about a subject that I have avoided like the plague up to this point....Gov. Palin's looks and whether or not they are relevant.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I consider Trish over at Palintology to be one of my better friends in the blogosphere. She is a stand-up individual, and she runs a great website. She recently had a run-in with the Anchorage Daily News' Sheila Toomey, who wrote a article which essentially asserted that Trish was being paid by someone to run her Palin fan site. Here's the problem: Trish had been contacted by Toomey via email before the article was written, and had made it known that she had not recieved one red cent in for her efforts. Please take the time to read about this situation further at Palintology.com, then (if you subscribe to adn.com) please take a few minutes to tell Ms. Toomey to learn some ethics by commenting on her article.
Okay, now we can talk about Governor Palin.
The big news out of Alaska this week is that "First Dude" Todd Palin is returning to his job as a North Slope oil worker for BP after taking a leave of absence. (Please check out this video news report for details). As BP is a major oil and gas producer, some are arguing that Todd Palin's job could create a conflict of interest for Sarah Palin's administration. I personally think that such arguments are ill-informed.
First off, it is worth noting that Mr. Palin is a "production operator" not a manager or an executive. As a blue-collar worker on an hourly wage, there is little chance that his job will be affected by any of the interactions that his wife could have with the BP company.
In fact, Gov. Palin specifically requested a report from Alaska's attorney general regarding whether her husband's return to work would cause any conflicts of interest under the state's ethics laws. You can click here to view that report, and I think you will find that it repeatedly states that no conflicts of interest would exist unless the Governor had
to deal with an issue that directly impacted her husband's performance of his job.
My question is why this story has only now materialized. No one complained about potential conflicts when Sarah Palin chaired Alaska's oil and gas commission, but now it's suddenly a BIG deal. Personally, I think it has to do with the fact that Palin has become far more popular an prominent than anyone could have ever expected. She's pushing through her agenda like gangbusters, polls show that she could beat Sen. Ted Stevens if she challenged him, and a bunch of crazy bloggers are enjoying a good deal of success in their efforts to make her Vice President. If you are a Palin opponent or a partisan Democrat, your worst nightmares are coming true, and you are probably feeling the need to try to take care of your "problem" before it becomes even more dangerous. Hence, Palin's detractors have now decided to conjure up a way of associating Palin with the sort of corrupt politics that she fights so hard against.
Of course, the problem with such a smear campaign is that it is not based on fact, but rather on an emotional desire to see the Gov. Palin fail. For instance, consider that the main Palin detractor in the video that I linked is Ethan Berkowitz. Mr. Berkowitz was the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor in 2006, when he and his running mate (Tony Knowles) were squashed by the GOP ticket of Sarah Palin and Sean Parnell, now THAT'S a conflict of interest. . While I respect the fact that he helped author an ethics white paper for the Governor, I think that asking Ethan Berkowitz for an objective view of the Palin administration is like asking a salmon for an unbiased assessment of the grizzly bear that's about to eat it.
A word of caution to the purveyors of this nonsense: Taking shots at Sarah Palin is somewhat akin to playing Russian Roulette. Remember what happened to the Voice of the Times and the State Ag Board? Please don't make fools of yourselves, you may regret it.