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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sarah's Appeal to Key Groups

Tomorrow (Wednesday) I'll be writing a guest post about the close political and personal links Sarah Palin has to many critical interest groups, including: mothers (she has five childen), active duty soldiers and military families (her 18-year-old son is an infantry soldier probably headed soon to Iraq), women professionals (she is one), working-class families (her husband, Todd, has been a commercial fisherman and oil-field production worker), eductors (both her parents have been public school teachers), parents of special-needs children (her youngest son, Trig, has Down Syndrome), hunters and Second-Amendment supporters (she's a life member of the NRA), and several other voting groups.

In the meantime, here's some developing news about Sarah's quest for the V-P slot on the ticket led by Sen. John McCain:

Drew Zahn of WorldNetDaily . . . is digging hard to establish the veracity of the various rumors that Sarah Palin will be McCain's choice for VP. He points out that a somewhat mysterious web site called McCainPalin.com "appears more legitimate than most" such sites devoted to various V-P choices.

Zahn, whom I spoke to yesterday, says the following: "Palin has drawn attention as a potential running mate because of her youth and charisma, personally demonstrated pro-life beliefs and willingness to tackle tough issues, including an incident where she took on Republican leadership in her state for ethics violations.Editor Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard last year called Palin 'a politician of eye-popping integrity.'"

Also, there's a new web site promoting Palin as McCain's best choice for his VP selection. It's called PalinforAmerica.com. It has a provocative article in support of a McCain/Palin '08 ticket:
Palin for America: A Time for American Leadership

I'll have more tomorrow. Thanks for visiting Adam's blog.

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117 comments:

Michael Schuyler said...

Here's the whois entry for that new site:

Registrant:
c/o PALINFORAMERICA.COM
P.O. Box 821650
Vancouver, WA 98682
US

Registrar: DOTSTER
Domain Name: PALINFORAMERICA.COM
Created on: 20-JUL-08
Expires on: 21-JUL-09
Last Updated on: 21-JUL-08

Administrative Contact:
lFVxjo@privacypost.com
c/o PALINFORAMERICA.COM
P.O. Box 821650
Vancouver, WA 98682
US

Anonymous said...

Hey, that new mccain palin website is running an ad and it says paid for by McCain
dr. v

Anonymous said...

this one
http://www.mccainpalin.com/

TC said...

Don't know if anyone has seen this, but it's from back in June and says McCain-Palin is the most likely pick, as gender trumps geography.

http://www.howeypolitics.com/
2008/06/12/veepstakes-rating-the-hoosier-six/

ginger said...

ads are placed on sites because certain words appear on a site. The ads are not specifically placed by a campaign

Damian G. said...

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/08/19/rnc-mccain-wont-choose-abortion-supporting-running-mate/

SCORE!!!

Anonymous said...

To anonymous who wonders how women will react to Sarah Palin as VP:

I assume you are referring to the fact that Sarah is an attractive female. Speaking for myself (a female) only, it is not a problem--I am just thrilled to have a woman showcase her managerial skills, while maintaining her integrity and personal values. If you look at the petition that Adam forwarded to the McCain campaign, I believe you will find that many women agree with me.

BTW, I checked the NRO poll again, and Sarah is still kicking butt.

Bobby Jindal 30 votes
John Kasich 136 votes
Joe Lieberman 21 votes
Sarah Palin 443 votes
Tim Pawlenty 87 votes
Tom Ridge 17 votes
Mitt Romney 346 votes
Other 66 votes


Dr. K2

Anonymous said...

Dr. K2

Thanks, I was just referring to the term 'Trophy' VP which you undoubtably will hear. My guess is that women are not going to like her being labled that way and could generate a lot of additional support for McCain and Palin.

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Palin for America said...

There is no way in hell or on God's green earth that McCain should even think about selecting Al Gore's former running mate!

This is outrageous, if McCain makes this selection then he doesn't deserve the office.

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Paul said...

Keep calling & emailing guys. short of "protesting" in front of the office, that's the best thing you can do.

Anonymous said...

If Palin is to participate in a "conference call" and not participate in the convention in more of a direct way, by personally being there with a nationally televised speech, then either McCain's people are nuts or we on this forum are delusional, and she simply is not that good a speaker, or as bright a star. Hopefully her press secretary is wrong.

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Anonymous said...

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. One of the hallmarks of the vetting process is that it is highly secret--so Palin's office may well not be aware of what is going on within the McCain campaign. McCain said he would announce on August 29th--still some time before he has to make a decision.

To: Anonymous
Re: Trophy VP remark
Thanks for the clarification. Based on your clarified explanation--yes, if someone referred to Palin as "trophy VP"--given her record for integrity and achievement, I for one would be greatly annoyed.

Dr. K2

Anonymous said...

Sean Hannity mentioned her on his radio show today as being a good VP pick.

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Kristofer said...

Let us not get frustrated and look at this realistically.

"There has been no outreach or vetting regarding the vice presidency."

Do you guys really think Bill McAllister is going to know?

Of course not.

Interns and Press Secretary's are the last to know.

If Palin's mother or senior political adviser say she is not being vetted, then we can be worried, but a Press Secretary?

Plus, all of these potential VP's are sworn to confidentiality agreements by the McCain camp. Thus, for six months, McCain and his senior aid's have refused to talk names.

In fact, I believe McCain has not made his selection yet (they announced today that they are no longer considering Ridge). We still have time, my friends.

Kristofer said...

Let us not get frustrated, let us be realistic.

"There has been no outreach or vetting regarding the vice presidency."

Do you guys really think Bill McAllister is going to know?

Of course not.

Interns and Press Secretary's are the last to know.

If Palin's mother or senior political adviser say she is not being vetted, then we can be worried, but a Press Secretary?

Plus, all of these potential VP's are sworn to confidentiality agreements by the McCain camp. Thus, for six months, McCain and his senior aid's have refused to talk names.

In fact, I believe McCain has not made his selection yet (they announced today that they are no longer considering Ridge). We still have time, my friends.

Kristofer said...

As for this article; http://wnd.com

Here is the big news. The Weekly Standard recently wrote that McCain is reconsidering his position on ANWR, and he commented that he was going to call Sarah palin to dicuss this issue.

Then, a fews days later, McAllister confirms Sarah Palin is going to participate in a nation conference call regarding energy, for the McCain campaign.

This means that McCain is probably about to switch positions on ANWR, and this could be an audition for Governor Palin with the national press corps. Let us hope it is soon, as well all know she will do very well.

At least McCain and Palin are talking folks!

Ray the libertarian Republican said...

I smell either Obama or Romney supporters in here. It's hard to tell the difference.

Anonymous said...

Do I need to remind everyone that Palin is currently being investigated for abuse of power?

Did everyone here listen to the Frank Bailey recording? It don't sound good, folks.

Anonymous said...

"Troopergate" as a political scandal is so rediculous and piddly on the national level. It's hardly a "scandal" at all, no matter how many Romney and Odama fans push it to be. (BTW- good observation about them, Ray the Libertarian Rebulbican!)
Hannity had a caller from Juneau today that brought it up and Hannity laughed it off.

the "original" ted said...

Regarding Bill McAllister, he was practically the first TV reporter -- over a year ago -- to report on Palin's consideration for VP. See this:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2618552748965357886&ei=VEarSLiNEJCKrwL-uZX_BA&q=%22bill+Mcallister%22+%22sarah+Palin%22&vt=lf&hl=en


Then last month he left his TV reporting career to become Communications Director for Palin, a BRAND NEW position, because the existing press secratary still has a position with Palin. My thinking then was that McAllister went with Palin and the new job knowing a new and more expanded roll for communications was needed for Palin -- so why would that be?

(BTW, the McAllister news clip features this site as well as temporary site-master Mahoney.)

Anonymous said...

That contradicts an earlier report in which Palin herself said she had sent some paperwork in. Personally, I think the MSM is blowing smoke about both candidates. They're acting like Biden is now a slam dunk and that Romney is at the head of the pack for the Repubs. I saw Romney on a Sunday talk show and he didn't look like someone who expected to get the vp nod. I am totally convinced it will NOT be Lieberman. I AM convinced Lieberman will be given some type of high level role such as a cabinet position, but to try to tap him as vp would just create a monster of turmoil at the convention.
dr v

Anonymous said...

McCain was in a clip with Romney on ABC tonight. I never noticed how much taller Romney is. He won't pick Romney.
Whacky reason, I know, but stuff like that matters

the "original" ted said...

sorry bout that, I meant temporary site-master Steve Maloney.

ALSO, GOV KATHLEEN SEBELIUS NOW FEATURED ON DRUDGE WITH BIG PHOTO AS THE HILLARY REPLACEMENT FOR OBAMA'T TICKET.

as I was saying .............

This could dovetail w/McAllister's comments because if Sebelius is allowewd to be and actually is picked first, the likelihood and potency of a Palin is tremendously diminished. I believe McCain waited too long and it will (after Sebelius) be too late for Palin, I regret to and sadly say.

the "original" ted said...

of course Romney is too tall for McCain and will not be picked. Without Palin, looks more like, unfortunately, the boaring guy who was a big nothing/boaring on TV, Pawlenty. Too bad.

the "original" ted said...

And if I'm correct on Sebelius -- as I have long since said Obama would go with a woman first (fearing the reality of Palin as the key) -- it looks like Team Obama has been reading this website far more closely, accurately and prudently than Team McCain.

If true, "too bad" is an understatement (and I'll retain these threads to see what coulda been -- albeit that's not much solace).

Anonymous said...

I find it a little suspicious (meaning not part of Camp McCain) that the McCainPalin.com site was registered back in January of this year. It is private, of course, so no way of knowing, but the date leads me to believe it's not...unless it was sold.

It's just a 1 page "stay-tuned" type site (with a reference to the bear DNA study spending petition) so it's interesting to watch...for sure!

Carl said...

Sebelius might be a really bad pick for Obama. Talk about stirring up the people who supported Hillary. If he's going to pick a woman, why wouldn't he pick the more experienced Clinton? I imagine quite a howl at the convention if he picks her.

the "original" ted said...

In fact, even making the Sebelius splash on drudgereport (which has some Romney allies on its staff) is a significant diminishment to the splash of Palin.

The anti-Palin forces, be they Romney, Pawlenty, or Obama, have made a big score!

the "original" ted said...

carl, yes there are some negatives for Obama picking Sebelius, some Hillary people will be too angry, however, the positives for Obama far far outweigh that. Moreover, it is a double win for Obama -- because it gets the womens issue/vote AND simultaneously demonstrates Obama's independence from the Clintons!!!! Very very smart for Obama. And she's a governor from a mid-west state. Perfect for Obama, and in any case, of all the possibilities, his best choice.

Anonymous said...

Barack Obama would be a complete idiot to pick Kathleen Sebelius. Not because she is a horrible pick, but because there will be a riot at the Democratic Convention. It would be a slap in the face to Hillary Clinton and a declaration of war. Dick Morris said on Hannity and Colmes that the worse thing that he could do is pick a different woman over Hillary. Her supporters feel like Hilary earned that spot and they already look at Obama's candidacy as illegitimate. If he picked a different woman, John McCain could pick George W. Bush as his running mate and he'd still win. There would be a mass exodus of women from the Democratic Party and they would either vote for McCain or stay home.

And as far as McCain picking Ridge or Lieberman, I don't believe that Senator McCain is dumb enough to pick either of them. Then our convention would have a riot. Religious Conservatives, who already don't like McCain, would stay home for sure after that. McCain would suffer a blowout of Reagan proportions. With Romney or Pawlenty, who are as exciting as watching paint dry, he'd have a hard time winning. I think we are all being psyched out. I believe that McCain has to see the worth in picking Palin. With Howard Dean's recent comments about the GOP, McCain does not want to reinforce the preconceived notion of the party of Lincoln being a "white man's party".

the "original" ted said...

well, why would drudge join in the psych-out? (perhaps to alert Team McCain better move NOW on Palin)

and, why wait till as late as possible, right before GOP convention, for McCain to name VP (perhaps he knows the big yawn and blahhh surrounding a Pawlenty pick would at least give way to the excitement of the convention and McCain can move on from his "do no harm" boaring nothing of a pick of Pawlenty).

Anonymous said...

I agree with the last post. Seibelus would enrage the Hillary fans and that "name in nomination" thing could blow wide open at the convention. Hillary would be a pretty powerful pick for him, but, I am suspect that the Clintons think it is very possible that he will not win this election, therefore giving her an incredible shot at 2012. She would sail in as the candidate who should have and would have won. She would be as powerful in the party as Al Gore. And, if she were to turn it down, the Obamacons would never admit to it. Plus, like a Biden pick, she refutes his message of change.
I think it will be Kaine or Bayh and I'm suspecting more Bayh because he is young but does have some nat'l security creds.
Seibelus has a very thin resume. Albeit as decent as Palin's, but Palin is backing up someone with a fantastic resume, so McCain can afford to go with youth and freshness whereas that's harder for Obama.
dr v

the "original" ted said...

Team McCain letting Obama go first with a Sebelius (and McCain foregoing Palin) is and will be the biggest blunder by the GOP (and possibly for the nation) this generation. The GOP will have lost a re-branded, exciting future! It will have lost someone akin to a Reagan, and erergizing a new and expanded and conservative and women's base for the new GOP!

Anonymous said...

Ted, I'm with you on the idea that McCain should have announced Palin sooner. I believe that he should have announced her months ago. However, him waiting may not be a bad thing. Don't you think that if McCain's running mate was going to be a "safe" pick that he would have announced it by now? Why make people wait for a dud? If you hype something up so much, as the McCain campaign is doing, and John picks someone that the media predicted months ago that he would pick (like Romney, Pawlenty, etc.) then it would be a TOTAL letdown and a complete waste of time. If McCain were to do that, Jesus Christ himself could return at the Republican convention and there wouldn't be any excitement there.

People are expecting John McCain to be the maverick, against the grain, rebellious McCain that most non-Republicans like. They don't want him to "play it safe". This is not 2004. John McCain can not win by expecting to run up the numbers like George W. Bush and Karl Rove did. The Republican Party's base has shrunk to historic lows. There are more registered Democrats and Independents than ever before and I know that McCain knows that. If he "plays it safe", McCain won't win and we can all get ready for our hospitals to be as slow as the DMV and we can expect to pay a 80 percent global warming tax for going outside and exhaling Carbon Dioxide.

the "original" ted said...

anonymous, first of all, saying it's safe to skip Palin is nonsensical. Palin IS THE SAFEST PICK (if you define safe as most safely garnering a win). It just so happens that Palin appears the BOLDEST along with actually being the SAFEST -- which is the beauty of Palin.

Also her beauty is garnering both Hillary voters AND Bob Barr voters. With a Pawenty pick, some conservatives will be underwhelmed, some young/new potential GOP voters will be underwhelmed and, importantly, Bob Barr is alive and well to significantly hurt the GOP!

Second of all, on the timing for Palin, I could understand Team McCain waiting until Palin's important Alaska legislation was passed this summer (natural gas pipeline and energy rebate to AK citizens), however, it's now been a couple of weeks since then.

Anonymous said...

Ted, I never said that is was "safe" to skip Palin. I said that it might be safe to wait until the last minute to announce her. I know that McCain is gambling with this but be patient. I doubt that Obama will pick Sebelius. He would be a moron to do it. 70 percent of the Democratic Party's female and working class base would turn into P.U.M.A's. Ask any staunch Hillary supporter how they would feel if Obama picked another female over Hillary and you might have to wype your clothes off from the splash that you'll get from the blood shooting right out of their eyes. It would enrage her base and divide the Democratic Party, almost as much as McCain would divide the Republican Party by picking a pro-choice running mate.

Be patient, wait and see. If McCain isn't smart enough to pick Sarah Palin, he isn't smart enough to be the 44th President of the United States.

the "original" ted said...

anonymous, I'll grant you this, well said:

"If McCain isn't smart enough to pick Sarah Palin, he isn't smart enough to be the 44th President of the United States."

Anonymous said...

to ray the libertarian--

Ray I agree with you that we have picked up some moles commenting here. As for Governor Kathleen Sebilius of Kansas, I have just listened to almost 3 hours of Kansas talk radio.No problem even if she were to be picked. Financially, Kansas is minus $1800.00 per person/population. That is a quote from the Kansas state representative from my District.--a born and raised Kansasan who lived in Alaska for several years, and I am heart and soul for Governor Sarah.

Anonymous said...

CNN is reporting that McCain has finally made his decision.

Dionisius Amendola said...

If McCain don't pick Sarah Palin for VP, you know what to do, right?

SARAH PALIN - 2012 - PRESIDENT.

Like Reagan after Jimmy Carter, she will make America great again...and the world will follow!!

Paul said...

Putting any thought or effort into "Plain 2012" is like trying to predict what's past the horizon...

I'm bad with jokes, but you get it...

We need to continue to do everything we can to get Palin now.

Does anyone know if the petitions arrived at Gov Palin & McCains office?

Anonymous said...

Hannity just mentioned Governor Sarah as being on the short list of VP choices for Senator McCain.

Anonymous said...

In 12 hours today, 100 people have signed Adam's petition. We now have many many more signatures since the petition was mailed to Senator McCain and Governor Sarah.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I missed it, can you provide more details of what Hannity said tonight about Palin? How short a list, and any new information?

Anonymous said...

Hannity, in the opening of the program, mentioned Romney, Pawlenty, Ridge, and Governor Palin as possible VP choices for Senator McCain. Then, later he interviewed Romney.The usual chit chat.

Anonymous said...

At a campaign stop, Obama said that "John McCain doesn't know what he's up against." Damn, this guy is arrogant! John McCain nominating Sarah Palin will bust this guy's bubble. He is really feeling himself way too much. He's starting to believe his own stump speeches. He told his fundraisers in San Francisco that "I will win. Don't worry about that." He thinks that this election is in the bag. He forgets that in THIS country, we elect people. It's not a coronation. He can't cheat and squirm and rout McCain out of the election like he did Hillary in the primaries. John McCain has got to take it to Obama. If he picks Palin, there will be a bunch of sad Liberal Democrats on the morning of November 5th.

the "original" ted said...

...and if McCain picks Pawlenty instead of Palin, there will be more than a bunch of sad, disheartened, disillusioned and downright angry (at McCain) Republicans and Conservatives on the morning of November 5th!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Folks: Let's think positive, positive attracts positive and pray.
McCain/Palin '08

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Anonymous said...

If McCain does NOT pick Palin for VP, and he wins the election, I hope that Palin is quickly proven innocent of any charges and then is picked to be energy secretary.

Time for her to get out of Alaska...

Alaskan citizens are awesome, and in many ways I am jealous of your great state, and your independence. But the politics up there is outrageous. I don't know who the main culprits are, whether it be the old time, smoke filled room Republican establishment that has been shocked by the Palin administration, or big oil that sees her as a threat, but there are those who clearly have been out to destroy any thought of a Palin candidacy.

Sarah, if given the opportunity, whether it be as VP or energy secretary, get out of there. The land and people are great, but the politics is toxic. Even more so than in Washington. And if Alaska's Republican party does not want you, the rest of America does.

Anonymous said...

Governor Sarah Palin has created the mess she's in.

She should try governing the state rather than pursuing her personal vendettas.

Anonymous said...

Right on Anonymous. I lived in Alaska for several years and know how some of them all do. People in my home state love Governor Sarah and want to do anything to help her.

Kristofer said...

Obama is not picking a woman. Breaking news. It will be a "he".

http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/08/your_vp_senator_what_will_he_b.php

Anonymous said...

For one who was not previously aware of Alaskan politics, watching the events of the last month has been shocking.

We see that this great, last frontier state, with so much opportunity and great resources, has unfortunately been deeply corrupt, with the Republican party and oil companies involved in unthinkable acts, for years.

However the past 2 years, in contrast, we have seen perhaps the greatest Republican of our generation come forth, an Alaskan who is a combination of Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, a young woman with a big family, an oldest child on active duty in the armed forces, a baby with Down Syndrome. One cannot make up such a story.

And yet there are Alaskan throwbacks who are set out to destroy a historic moment, using an issue of the "non" firing of a loose-cannon, taser-wielding "bad cop", as an excuse to torpedo this historic moment. Are you kidding?

Alaskans, you need to quickly, and loudly, come to the rescue of your great Governor. This is an historic moment.

This reminds me, strangely enough, of what is happening in Russia and Georgia. Alaska, after all of the hard work of the last 2 years, are you willing to go back to the corruption of old, by letting these old school dopes torpedo Palin and her administration over this ridiculous issue? Do you really want to go back?

Support her now, strongly and loudly. As our VP (or as future president), Palin will do the greatest good for your state since Seward brilliantly recognized your importance during the Lincoln administration!

Alaksans, this is your moment.

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Anonymous said...

"Sarah Palin has proven herself to be a liberal, and even worse, a liar."

Now that's a well thought out, well defended statement. Who do you represent? Which part of the old-school, corrupt, backwards thinking Alaskan political machine do you represent? You remind me of Putin.

Alaskans, unite behind Palin!

Ray the libertarian Republican said...

So, it is a he...

OR

...Obama could be laying a trap with that.

I don't think he was speaking generically (saying he because Obama himself is male), because he should have picked a VP by now.

Maybe there should be an Obama-Romney ticket. I'm sure Romney can pick up the Chicago style politics of Obama quite nicely.

Anonymous said...

Steve - Did you hear?

Frank Bailey has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the Branchflower investigation.

I'm starting to wonder if there's something to this investigation???

Anonymous said...

Anon, "Steve did you hear"?

A repeat of a post from earlier tonight from the corrupt old school. Pathetic throw-back.

Alaskans, unite behind your great Governor!

Anonymous said...

It's true! Don't Americans want the truth?

www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/498908.html

the "original" ted said...

Bailey on admin leave right now tends, if anything, to support Palin being tapped as VP.

HOWEVER, RE THE INVESTIGATION, THE QUESTION REMAINS:

Where is Wooten??? Still at an undisclosed location out of the country? Why?

AND THE FACTS DO REMAIN:

Campaign Team Obama's Alaska Chief, State Sen. Hollis French, with the help of the left-leaning media, is leading a full course press to endeavor to stop Palin (knowing full well that the Dems have no chance in November with Palin on McCain's ticket). Where is the investigation of French's 'investigator' Branchflower's (his wife's)connection to Monegan? Now THERE'S a story, not troopergate, but Branchflower-French-Obama Campaign-Monegan-gate.

Anonymous said...

Of course America wants the truth. But the truth of this "scandal" compared to what Alaska has faced historically is like comparing a hangnail to metastatic pancreatic cancer.

And I'd be willing to bet that when it gets right down to it, most Americans would defend a governor who pressured her law enforcement superiors to eliminate a bad cop who is potentially dangerous to the public, including children.

You look ridiculous, trying to claim this as a scandal, compared to what we face in our politics each and every day, in small towns, states, and in Washington.

Do you want to return Alaska to the its political heyday of corruption? Do you want to set Alaska back, further embarrasing the state and the Republican party? Of course you do, you are part of it.

Do you think Americans are stupid? Enough is enough.

Alaskans, and Americans, unite behind our greatest Governor! Now, and fast!

the "original" ted said...

AND RE THE INVESTIGATION, the Anchorage Daily News is running a piece portraying (I would say accurately) Andrew Halcro as a sort of crackpot with a vendetta against Palin!

http://www.adn.com/front/story/497064.html

The intriguing question, from the piece, is WHO first called Halcro and urged him to talk to Wooten -- to get the ball rolling. Seems pretty likely it was the Democratic Party connected police Union/Union leader Cyr or his surrogate; and of course the question comes up, was Campaign Obama and/or Campaign Obama's Alaska head guy, State Senator Hollis French, behind the call to Halcro by the police union.

Now THAT would be an interesting "investigation"!

Anonymous said...

Someone in the comments section said that Bailey is on paid leave!

Anonymous said...

Original Ted has brought this up time and time again.

Where the heck is Wooten?

Why won't the Alaskan press bring up this issue?

With a person so much at the center of a major "scandal" surrounding a Governor and a potential VP pick, has no one the nerve to question why he has been out of the country at such a crucial time, for such a long amount of time? Who controls the press in Alaska?

Why don't conservative supporters nationally, such as Gingrich, Kudlow, Kristol, or others, raise concerns regarding this issue?

WHERE IS WOOTEN?
WHERE IS WOOTEN?
WHERE IS WOOTEN?
WHERE IS WOOTEN?
WHERE IS WOOTEN?

Anonymous said...

Based on the recent events, mainly the investigation and Frank Bailey being placed on paid leave, I cannot continue to support Sarah Palin for higher office.

This country needs honest Republican leaders. Not more of the same.

Corruption is the abuse of power by a public official for private gain. And the recording of Bailey reveals exactly that. Unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

If you want to know where Wooten is, call the Alaska State Troopers in Palmer Alaska (907)745-2131 and ask them.

Kristofer said...

Okay, lets get off the Wooten issue, the national press does not care, because it is not a real scandal.

I have a question for everyone. Since it appears as if Obama is selecting a male VP, does this help Sarah Palin?

Sheri LaBrant said...

I just heard about Palin today and decided that I would look around and see what I could find. I LIKE her! She would be a perfect fit. And you know...she has five kids (I have 5 kids)...so I know that she can handle being VP...she is already running a small country at home! :)
McCain, if you are reading this...she would be a good pick!
P.S. We were driving home from school shopping and we saw a John McCain bus on hwy 231 between Montgomery Alabama and Troy Alabama. We got real excited and waved like a bunch of crazy people. My boys were all hanging out of the excursion and waving at the bus! The bus driving tapped his horn. I took some pictures and put it on my blog. Now, realistically, McCain was not on the bus because we did not see any secret service. But, we like to believe that we did see him. If McCain was on the bus, he was probably thinking, "Those Alabama people are crazy!" haha! It was great!
Snuggley Heating Pad

Anonymous said...

Good idea, to call the trooper's office. I suggest ALL supporters do the same. And I suggest the press do the same, as it is such an obviously important question, that is right in front of our faces.

To the anonymous person who has decided not to support Palin given the news regarding Bailey, once again, do you think Americans are stupid? Your destructive machine is clearcut propaganda, made easy by this strange world of blogging.

I would LOVE to see this "controversy" actually get brought out fully, in the main stream. Americans would come out 10 to 1 in favor of Palin, and this flimsy attempt to torpedo her would only boost her legendary status as standing up to the corrupt old Republican/oil guard of Alaska, which may indeed have united with the corrupt new guard of the liberal main stream Washington media.

Anonymous said...

Sheri LaBrant - Are you a liberal? You must be if you approve of Sarah Palin and her policies. Do you know that she is responsible for the largest tax increase in the world?

Do you really have 5 kids? If so, you know how much work it is to care for 5 children. Who do you think is taking care of Sarah's kids when Todd is working out-of-town on the North Slope?

the "original" ted said...

kristofer, in answer to your question, yes, of course, if Obama picks a male VP that's great news for McCain picking (and of course winning with) Palin!

My concern all along was the possibility of Obama going with a female before McCain announced Palin.

Anonymous said...

And kristofer, you are right, I apologize for going off for too long tonight about Wooten, et. al.

I still would love to know where he is, under these very strange circumstances, but we need to get on to more important, and positive issues.

Anonymous said...

Sheri, don't listen to the bitter, nasty old oil man who fears the great and historic Governor of Alaska. Palin is Teddy Roosevelt, reborn, and this detractor is the greatest evidence of this fact!

Conservatives don't label other conservatives "liberal". Just like good Republicans don't speak ill of other good Republicans. This person is NOT one of us.

Anonymous said...

"Just like good Republicans don't speak ill of other good Republicans. This person is NOT one of us."

You don't know a thing about Sarah Palin, do you? Anyone that knows Sarah would never say something like that! You'd be opening a can of worms.

Paul said...

Just saw H&C with Romney discussion..

He did the usual "no, no, no, no I'm not the VP." Whether he is or not, he's by far the most "cheerful attack dog/cheerleader" :) He's fun to have.. haha.

In any case, some interesting statements (taken out of context maybe..)
*McCain makes surprises.
*"Any Republican asked by McCain would be happy to serve.." [hint no Independent/Democrat]
*" Picking the right person in 'marriage' is important"
*"Equally, McCain needs to be comfortable with who he gets 'married' to"................ (Leiberman, Ridge & Romney fit well in this category, and hopefully Palin)

Sheri LaBrant said...

Yes, I do have 5 kids. I am assuming that she has help with the kids since she is the Governor. Now, I do believe women should stay at home when their children are young, but, that does not mean that I would not support a "working woman"
What I have read about her I like so far.
Also, she just sounds like a "down to earth" kind of girl. I would love to see what a woman could do in the Whitehouse, but I could never support Clinton.

Paul said...

Also - Romney said Mccain should go with instinct and whom he's comfortable with.

Paul said...

Sheri - Great to see your support.

If you haven't done so already, friendly reminder to to take action: Sign the petition, contact her office, McCain, congress.org (see my posts etc..)

Make sure your voice is heard :) :)

Sheri LaBrant said...

Paul,

I will do that. I heard about Palin on Bill O'Reilly Radio Factor. The caller was a female and she was excited about her too. To be honest, it is hard to find a female candidate that I like...most I do not care for at all...Palin seems wonderful. And, to get elected in Alaska...I don't know...that seems like a state that would only have a male governor...and she has 80% approval. That really says a lot!

Anonymous said...

She has high approval in Alaska because the liberal media loves her! She has increased taxes through the roof, grown government expediently and hasn't done a thing to prevent young girls from being able to get legal abortions in Alaska.

Anonymous said...

The RNC wouldn't dream of allowing McCain to choose a first-term governor who's as naive on national or international issues as she is. When she came across as clueless on that TV interview broadcast nationally, saying, "First I want someone to tell me what the Veep does," and the host had to fill her in on it, she looked like a hick from Wasilla....no acting there!

Kristofer said...

For those "anon" visitors who are not friendly towards Palin, I would encourage you to visit, www.race42008.com. There are usually 2-6 posts regarding the VP selection each day. Much of the debate is partisan and should provide you with the fireworks you desire.

This blog is a repository of information and discussion for Palin supporters and those who are looking to learn about Governor Sarah Palin.

In advance, I would like to thank you for respecting our wishes.

flapper said...

The MSM continues to pursue its "Anybody But Palin" agenda.

Hopefully, the McCain camp will realize that, and what it means.

flapper said...

Palin still leading the NRO poll, w/ almost 2000 votes cast.

the "original" ted said...

Two more reasons I'm convinced it'll be Sebelius.

1. Drudge will take credit for the scoop; he KNOWS something's up which is why he ran the large Sebelius photo and piece (almost out of nowhere).

2. And there's this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nHp90Z2NJk

BTW, a few thousand pissed off Hillary diehards don't amount to a hill of beans compared to the additional women voters Sebelius will attract.

Watch the above video, she looks pretty good and, in any event, the best shot for Obama.

WHICH IS WHY MCCAIN NEEDS TO GO FIRST WITH PALIN!!!!!!!

Bottom line, if McCain picks Palin before Sebelius, he wins; if Sebelius goes first (even with Palin albeit Palin would then be a doubtful pick) McCain loses the election. It's that simple. There's that much at stake.

I hope Team McCain doesn't blow it but, as anon pointed out earlier, if McCain was not smart enough to timely tag Palin, he's apparently not competent to be POTUS.

the "original" ted said...

Hey Senator McCain, slip slip slipping away.....

Even RealClearPolitics this morning features a piece "Sebelius Coming on Strong at End"

It looks like Obama just may have outsmarted Team McCain.

the "original" ted said...

And it just may be that Team Obama's "Operation Troopergate", led by its Alaska Obama Campaign Chief, State Senator Hollis French, with the help of the Democratically-tied Troopers Union, successfully did the job -- not that anything substantial will come of it -- since it may have delayed McCain acting definitively on Palin just long enough (enabling Obama to go first with the Sebelius).

Anonymous said...

Original Ted, I fear you might be correct.

The next question will be whether I'd rather see McCain/ ?? win, and then Palin gets chosen to be part of the administration as energy secretary (so that she gets the national exposure and "experience" that she needs for 2012, and more importantly to get out of the toxic politics of destruction in Texas).

Or, would I rather see her continue in Alaska, so that she continues to route out the corrupt, and drive the Trooper's Union crazy on a daily basis. It will be ironic to see the Alaskan Palin enemies get stuck with her in your state for at least a full term, accomplishing great things and continuing to expose your corruption. And don't think that the Palin national supporters won't be watching this time!

Hopefully, of course, McCain will suprise me, pick Palin, and the above will all be a mute point.

flapper said...

real ted,

I see your point, but I just don't see Obama making a purely "identity" pick. Sebelius adds NOTHING to the ticket other than gender, and even that would be seen as a pander to women voters. I totally agree, however, that if Sebelius was picked first, it would make it easier to marginalize Palin as an "identity" pick. Bottom line: I don't think the Dems are expecting Palin, and I don't think they'd weaken the ticket w/ Sebelius unless they were.

If it's not Biden, I could see him choosing Kaine because VA is a critical state.

As far as Palin's future is concerned, she'd have a better chance going into 2012 as a Governor. Very rarely (if ever) do people jump from a cabinet post back into electoral politics. But Governors almost always get elected President.

This really is a cat-and-mouse game. The best scenario for Mac would be for the Dems to go first with a predictable choice and then surprise them with Palin.

TC said...

I just don't think it will be Sebelius. One, she doesn't help him in ANY state, and two, almost every high level Clinton supporter says Barack Obama would be taking a huge risk if he picked any other woman than Hillary.

I still think it's Kaine....call it a gut feeling.

Anonymous said...

I would like to make a few responses to anonymous Palin basher. Though likely a waste of time. I believe her comment was meant to imply she had a really big job as governor of Alaska. Pundits love to repeat FDRs vp comment that vp is worth a bucket of warm spit. It can be as important a position or as worthless a position as McCain wants to make it. As far as McCain "marrying" his vp, that is also a stretch. Clinton and Gore didn't gee haw much at all. I imagine McCain will make Lieberman sec of state and that he will be asl close to his cabinet members as with his vp. Also, as far as Palin's five kids, one of them is a grown man in the military, two teenagers, one middle school. She just has one young child, and seems to have a very strong family support system. There are plenty of moms out there juggling lots of responsibility and their kids are just fine. BO goes off and stays in Washington without his family for months at a time. Nobody seems to complain about that.

and by the way everybody, BO's lead over McCain in poll of polls RCP was down to 1.2!!!!!!!!!!!! Zogby has him over Obama by 5!!!!!!!!!!!!

dr v

It was the Saddleback forum, I think, that gave him this boost.

the "original" ted said...

For those of you who thought I didn't sleep, I do, and when I awoke and found that Obama had not YET announced Sebelius, I again say to Senator McCain DO IT NOW, DO IT THIS MORNING -- ANNOUNCE SARAH PALIN AS YOUR VP!!!

(Don't wait till it's too late)

Anonymous said...

Dr V

The Zogby poll concluded Sat. I think the bump is due to McCain weighing in immediately on Georgia while Obama was on the beach

Kristofer said...

Picking Palin.

Friends of Palin, this is exactly the wrong time for John McCain to select Sarah Palin.

#1) Obama is about to make his VP selection which will grab media attention.

#2) The Democratic convention is about to start, so Obama will have 100% media coverage for 5 days. There will be zero talk of Palin for those days.

McCain has already decided to announce his VP next Friday in Dayton Ohio. The arena has been booked.

the "original" ted said...

kristofer, with all due respect I think you are wrong wrong wrong on this. This is the PRIME UNEXPECTED MAVERICK TIME FOR MCCAIN TO PICK PALIN!

It will comfound and stupify the Dems, Dem Convention, and the Main Stream Media. The Palin Story's got soooooooo much to it, there'll be more than plenty of buzz, WAY MORE than plenty of buzz for now, next week, the week after and after and after -- through the election!

It will show McCain in command -- running the course of the campaign!

And, more time for voters to get to know Palin the better! It is IMPOSSIBLE for the Dems to attack her!!!!

And, the funa can begin for all of us now! And, it prevents the possibility of a Sebeliue (or a Hillary).

All benefits to picking now, with absolutely NO downside.

Carlos Echevarria said...

What role will Palin have at the convention, other than leading the Alaskan delegation. (Stevens isn't going) Is she speaking on a certain day/night/??

What is her travel schedule for next week??? Will she be anywhere near Ohio???

It looks clear that it will be a pro-lifer, everyone is touting Pawlenty, but Palin would really energize this race and we would really pull away...(latest Zogby/Reuters poll +5 Mac)

I am not even sure that Pawlenty could help in Minnesota, he won a tight race both times...

the "original" ted said...

typo, that's "fun" can begin now (that's FUN watching the MSM and the Dems squirm!)

the "original" ted said...

With Pawlenty, blaaaaaaahhhhh, zzzzzzzzzz

With Palin, PIZZZAZZ!!!

I can't believe Team McCain would make that mistake.

the "original" ted said...

And as I've said before, Hockey Mom Palin would do better in Minnesota (and everywhere else Ice Hockey is King) than Pawlenty.

Compare what the two of them, Palin and Pawlenty, have actually accomplished as Governors.

Palin - got through major major legislation and energy, ethical and fiscal advancements (never before done there)

Pawlenty - nothing but a bridge collapse and tending to moderating on views away from conservatism

Kristofer said...

Ted,

Pawlenty is an excellent Governor, and shares many of the same values as Palin.

the "original" ted said...

krstofer, have you seen how boaring and unspiring and blah and nothing Pawlenty has been on his TV rounds???!!!???

And in contrast, have you seen how great the "media savvy" and "media-experienced" Palin has been on tv???

Palin's got that "chemistry", that "je ne sais quoi" -- that Pawlenty flat out lacks! She's not the most popular governor in the country for nothing!

Anonymous said...

I personally think it is time to sit back and watch what happens. I highly doubt our bickering about timing, or our rehashing the benefits of Palin, will make a sudden difference in McCain's thinking. I suspect decisions have been made.

The odds on Rasmussen Markets and and Intrade don't look terribly favorable at this point, but who knows? Only McCain.

Personally, I highly suspect Palin will NOT be picked, and therefore will be shocked and thrilled if I turn out to be wrong.

And if she is NOT picked, at least she now has a national name, with many important conservative thinkers in her corner. She then should build on her support nationally over the next 4 years and go for it, as that much stronger a candidate.

Stacy said...

I'm not sure if anyone saw the schedule for the RNC this morning. Palin is scheduled to speak on night #2. Night #3 is reserved for the VP. It looks like Ridge, Leiberman, Jindel are speaking on other nights as well.

Anonymous said...

Do scheduled spots historically rule out a VP pick?

Anonymous said...

Glad to see Palin has a prime time spot. Though we want her this year, more likely she is being groomed for 2012. Hope she hits it out of the park.

Carlos Echevarria said...

Thanks Stacy, just ran across a Politico article about the lineups, as well:

Tuesday primetime (10 p.m.-11p.m. EST)
Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska)
Former Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.)
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani ***KEYNOTER***

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12660.html

Interestingly, Jindal speaks after the VP candidate on Wed. the 3rd.

Night Owl said...

I'm looking at the lineup of speakers. If the VP spot is open, can it be someone who already spoke, or is scheduled to speak? If not, who is left?

the "original" ted said...

and can't the schedule be changed?

Anonymous said...

PLEASE, can we drop the REPEATED statements about why McCain should pick his VP before Obama? I'm sick of reading the SAME THING hundreds of times on this blog.

Obama is picking on Saturday.
McCain is picking on Aug 29.
IT'S DECIDED.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Ted, chill out.

Let's relax and let McCain make his pick as planned.

Remember, whether Palin is picked or not, the Sun still rises and sets and life goes on.

Ginger said...

Palin aide put on leave in firing flap
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By KYLE HOPKINS
khopkins@adn.com

(08/20/08 01:39:48)

Gov. Sarah Palin has placed one of her aides on paid leave until an investigator finishes looking into accusations her team broke ethics or personnel rules.

The investigation stems from Palin's July firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. Monegan later said he felt pressured by the governor's office to fire Palin's ex-brother-in-law, Mike Wooten, a trooper who had been locked in a child-custody battle with Palin's sister.

Palin last Wednesday revealed a phone call made by her boards and commissions director, Frank Bailey, to a trooper lieutenant.

In the call, Bailey lists various complaints about Wooten and says the governor and her husband couldn't understand why he still had a job. The governor admitted the call could be perceived as her office pressuring the Public Safety Department, but says that's not what actually happened.

On Tuesday, Palin's office announced Bailey is off the job pending an investigation by the Legislature.

"Obviously the governor is not happy with that phone call, but we don't know what the investigation is going to show in total," said Palin spokesman Bill McAllister.

Bailey's salary is $78,528 a year, according to the Department of Administration, and he will continue to draw a paycheck while suspended.

A former Alaska Airlines employee who joined Palin's campaign team at the beginning of her successful run for governor in 2006, Bailey worked under Palin as a special assistant to one of her commissioners.

Later, as director of boards and commissions, Bailey was responsible for recruiting and vetting candidates for the state's more than 100 mostly volunteer boards -- posts that can range from Board of Fish members to Superior Court judges.

As criticism of Monegan's firing mounted, a council of legislators voted to spend up to $100,000 to investigate the case for up to three months. They hired retired prosecutor Steve Branchflower.

Palin directed the Department of Law to do its own inquiry first, leading to the discovery and release of Bailey's phone call.

During the Feb. 29 call, Bailey tells trooper Lt. Rodney Dial that Palin "really likes Walt a lot, but on this issue, she feels like it's, she doesn't know why there is absolutely no action for a year on this issue. It's very, very troubling to her and the family."

Bailey couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday, but has said no one asked him to make the call.

Palin says she was shocked to hear the call but that it doesn't prove her administration pushed Monegan to fire her former brother-in-law. "He did not say Monegan needs to fire this guy," she said, adding it was "absolutely inappropriate that he appeared to be representing me."

Palin spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said that with Bailey still a state employee, Palin "can direct him to assist Mr. Branchflower, thereby fulfilling her pledge to Alaskans to cooperate fully with the investigation."

Except for a few phone calls or visits, Bailey hasn't been at work since shortly after the phone recording was revealed, according to the governor's office.

"While there's an investigation going on, you assume innocence, but you take the person out of the mix just so there are no questions raised," McAllister said.

Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, is overseeing the investigator's work. He said the investigation will explore whether the governor's office broke ethical or personnel rules in its handling of the Wooten case -- including whether Bailey had improper access to Wooten's private records.

As for whether Bailey will lose his job if the investigator perceives wrongdoing, McAllister said that's the governor's decision.

"It's not up to Mr. Branchflower to take personnel actions. That will be the governor's call when the time comes.