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Monday, November 17, 2008

Palin for ‘Time Person of the Year’

Former Romney supporter K-Lo, makes the argument; Read the full article.

Some highlights of the editorial, below.


But Time shouldn’t diss the not insignificant portion of the country that voted for Republican John McCain. And, specifically, they shouldn’t ignore the people who were energized by the addition of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to his ticket. She offered something new on the right, something new from a woman and something new for Republicans. Mind you, Palin was far from the first pro-life conservative woman to appear in the Republican party — there are plenty of them in the House of Representatives. (With the defeat of Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina, though, there are no pro-life women in the Senate.)
Whatever you thought of her, it seemed everyone in the country had an opinion of Palin — at the very start, throughout, and after the Republicans’ failed national campaign. And like Obama, all you had to do was look at her to see that she offered something different on a national ticket. In neither case did I think that novelty alone was a sufficient qualification for executive office, but the sheer innovative force of each was blindingly obvious, and the first things you noticed.
Here at National Review’s post-election cruise, a group gathered for a weeklong post-mortem on the high seas has Palin on the brain. Palin’s not on ship, but neither her absence nor the McCain loss has dampened enthusiasm for her here.
Like the “change” from the Obama campaign slogan embraced by so many, Palin offered something different. For some it was an anti-Washington feel. Many consider her a refreshing citizen-politician in the old mold, one that Thomas Jefferson would be proud to meet. Does that make her just like Obama? I do wonder what the campaign would have been like had they both been at the helm: He wouldn’t have had a monopoly on change, and she would have had her own staff and freedom to follow her instincts, and perhaps better advice than she was given as she ran for vice president.

We’ll never know what could have been in a straight-on Obama vs. Palin contest. But what we do know is this: Palin, like Obama, energized people. And she did it in a heckuva lot less time than he had to do it, only coming onto the national scene and the GOP ticket Labor Day weekend. It’s still a free country. Media outlets still can do as they please (save for those who choose to hand over their editorial direction to one party or another). But Time would make a mistake if it ignored the Palin phenom this year just because the ticket didn’t win in the end.

Obama would be wise to agree.


K-Lo, I could not agree more.


Tbone said...

Palin for Time Person of the Year. Yes. I agree. I still believe that Sarah is a gamechanger for Republicans. The liberals are afraid of her.

Mountain Mama said...

K-Lo admitted that suggesting Palin for Per-Daughter of the Year is an exercise in futility: "Time" is too liberal to dare selecting anyone besides The One. Besides (yawn....), who cares what "Time" does? With-it libs read "Newsweek."

How 'bout "The National Review" create a "Change Agent of the Year Award" themselves? It's creative! It's cool! (It's chemistry!)

Anyway, K-Lo was right: Obama led a tightly organized campaign; Palin barely had a chance to show her talents----and she still wowed everyone, even her opponents.
I say "Palin for Change Agent," natch!

Now, let's please send Gov. Palin all the books we know she needs to review (read, study, alluvtheabove). ONLY up to $12,000 worth/year, of course....

redandblack said...

Proposed Sarah Palin career plan -

1. Work really hard as governor. Find common ground with Alaska Democrats, but maintain convictions. Get things done.

2. Maintain appropriate national voice, particularly on energy and fiscal conservatism, but also on all issues - including foreign policy.

3. Write an upbeat biographical and issues related book. This gives Sarah and her family well-earned financial security and maintains national exposure.

4. Run for reelection as governor in 2010 with a postive campaign; win overwhelmingly (see #1 above.)

5. Evaluate national landscape for 2012, but in all likelihood, do not seek national office.

Assuming Obama reelection in 2012 -
6. After two great terms as governor, run for Senate - against Begich probably - in 2014. This move shows guts, since Begich is a pretty good guy. Run a positive campaign.

7. In the Senate, immediately begin the fine-tuning of foreign policy viewpoint, which should have been honed over the preceeding years in speeches, the book, etc.

8. Run for Presdident in 2016 and win.

In the event of a Republican victory for President in 2012 -

6A. Same as 6. above.

7A. Join administration at an appropriate point, perhaps first as Energy Secretary, later as Ambassador to Russia or Iraq.

8A. Seek to succeed as President, presumably in 2020, at a still pretty young 56.

Key point - 2012 is one cycle too soon.

Tbone said...

Hi redandblack: Sarah has been working hard as Governor and finding common ground with Democrats. She will i believe now worry about governing Alaska. Sarah had to conduct those round of interviews and defend herself to be nationaly viable. If Palin wins reelection for Governor in 2010 then she could decide to run in 2012 depending on Obama's popularity. In 2012 Palin will have been Governor for 6 years. If she verses herself on national and international affairs she should be ready by than. this country elected Obama who was just a senator for 2 years. He spent 2 years running for President. The next 2 years Sarah should just worry about Alaska.
Hi mountain mama: I like your idea for Palin for Change Agent. I believe that Sarah can be a Republican Conservative Reformer when given the chance. Sarah is getting labeled by the MSM as just a social conservative. She has got change that.

Mountain Mama said...

Well, Obama is already behaving as though he's been inaugurated! Read this, from Mike Evans's "Report of the Jerusalem Prayer Team:"
Tragically, I have learned from a high-level diplomat in Jerusalem that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President George W. Bush will attempt to succeed at what President Bill Clinton failed during his last days in office: the division of Jerusalem.

The U.S. plan offered by Clinton would have given the Palestinians 97 percent of the West Bank (either 96 percent of the West Bank and 1 percent from Israel proper or 94 percent from the West Bank and 3 percent from Israel proper), and full control of the Gaza Strip, with a land-link between the two; Israel would have withdrawn from 63 settlements as a result. In exchange for the three percent annexation of the West Bank, Israel would increase the size of the Gaza territory by roughly a third. Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem would become the capital of the new state, and refugees would have the right of return to the Palestinian state, and would receive reparations from a $30 billion international fund collected to compensate them. The Palestinians would maintain control over their holy places....

Ever more revealing information surfaces daily regarding the advisors and possible Cabinet members with which President-elect Obama will surround himself. It becomes more obvious why the poor elderly Jewish people in Israel are concerned about the future of their nation.

The question in the minds of many elderly Jews in Israel is: Will Barack continue efforts to divide Jerusalem and turn Judea and Samaria over to the PLO?

The worst terrorist attack in American history happened after a U.S. president attempted to divide Jerusalem, and his successor took office.

Front Page Magazine’s John Perazzo’s research offers some interesting insight on what the future may hold in his article “Obama’s Road to Damascus”:

“History will record that Barack Obama’s first act of diplomacy as America’s president-elect took place two days after his election victory, when he dispatched his senior foreign-policy adviser, Robert Malley, to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—to outline for them the forthcoming administration’s Mideast policy vis-à-vis those nations. An aide to Malley reports, ‘The tenor of the messages was that the Obama administration would take into greater account Egyptian and Syrian interests’ than has President Bush. The Bush administration, it should be noted, has rightly recognized Syria to be not only a chief supporter of the al Qaeda insurgency in Iraq, but also the headquarters of the terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the longtime sponsor of Hamas—the terrorist army whose founding charter is irrevocably committed to the annihilation of Israel. Yet unlike President Bush, Obama and Malley have called for Israel to engage in peace negotiations with Syria.

“A Harvard-trained lawyer and Rhodes Scholar, Robert Malley is no newcomer to the Obama team. In 2007, Obama selected him as a foreign policy adviser to his campaign. At the time, Malley was (and still is today) the Middle East and North Africa Program Director for the International Crisis Group (ICG), which receives funding from the Open Society Institute of George Soros (who, incidentally, serves on the ICG Executive Committee)....

“Robert Malley was raised in France. His lineage is noteworthy.
His father, Simon Malley (1923-2006), was a key figure in the Egyptian Communist Party. A passionate hater of Israel, the elder Malley was a close friend and confidante of the late PLO terrorist Yasser Arafat; an inveterate critic of ‘Western imperialism’; a supporter of various revolutionary ‘liberation movements,’ particularly the Palestinian cause; a beneficiary of Soviet funding; and a supporter of the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. According to American Thinker news editor Ed Lasky, Simon Malley ‘participated in the wave of anti-imperialist and nationalist ideology that was sweeping the Third World [and] … wrote thousands of words in support of struggle against Western nations.’

“In a July 2001 op-ed which Malley penned for the New York Times, he alleged that Israeli—not Palestinian—inflexibility had caused the previous year’s Camp David peace talks (brokered by Bill Clinton) to fall apart. This was one of several controversial articles Malley has written—some he co-authored with Hussein Agha, a former adviser to Arafat—blaming Israel and exonerating Arafat (the most prolific Jew-killer since Adolph Hitler) for the failure of the peace process.

“Malley’s identification of Israel as the cause of the Camp David impasse has been widely embraced by Palestinian and Arab activists around the world, by Holocaust deniers like Norman Finkelstein, and by anti-Israel publications such as Counterpunch. It should be noted that Malley’s account of the Camp David negotiations is entirely inconsistent with the recollections of the key figures who participated in those talks—specifically, then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, then-U.S. President Bill Clinton, and then-U.S. Ambassador Dennis Ross (Clinton’s Middle East envoy).

“Malley also has written numerous op-eds urging the U.S. to disengage from Israel to some degree, and recommending that America reach out to negotiate with its traditional Arab enemies such as Syria, Hamas, Hezbollah (a creature of Iran dedicated to the extermination of the Jews and death to America), and Muqtada al-Sadr (the Shiite terrorist leader in Iraq).

“In addition, Malley has advised nations around the world to establish relationships with, and to send financial aid to, the Hamas-led Palestinian government in Gaza. In Malley’s calculus, the electoral victory that swept Hamas into power in January 2006 was a manifestation of legitimate Palestinian ‘anger at years of humiliation and loss of self-respect because of Israeli settlement expansion, Arafat’s imprisonment, Israel’s incursions, [and] Western lecturing …’

“Moreover, Malley contends that it is both unreasonable and unrealistic for Israel or Western nations to demand that Syria sever its ties with Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or Iran. Rather, he suggests that if Israel were to return the Golan Heights (which it captured in the 1967 Six Day War, and again in the 1973 Yom Kippur War—two conflicts sparked by Arab aggression which sought so permanently wipe the Jewish state off the face of the earth) to Syrian control, Damascus would be inclined to pursue peace with Israel.

“Malley has criticized the U.S. for allegedly remaining “on the sidelines” and being a “no-show” in the overall effort to bring peace to the nations of the Middle East. Exhorting the Bush administration to change its policy of refusing to engage diplomatically with terrorists and their sponsoring states, Malley wrote in July 2006: “Today the U.S. does not talk to Iran, Syria, Hamas, the elected Palestinian government or Hezbollah…. The result has been a policy with all the appeal of a moral principle and all the effectiveness of a tired harangue.

“This inclination to negotiate with any and all enemies of the U.S. and Israel—an impulse which Malley has outlined clearly and consistently—has had a powerful influence on Barack Obama.

“It is notable that six months ago the Obama campaign and Malley hastily severed ties with one another after the Times of London reported that Malley had been meeting privately with Hamas leaders on a regular basis—something Obama had publicly pledged never to do. At the time, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt minimized the significance of this monumentally embarrassing revelation, saying: “Rob Malley has, like hundreds of other experts, provided informal advice to the campaign in the past. He has no formal role in the campaign and he will not play any role in the future.

“But indeed, within hours after Obama’s election victory, Malley was back as a key player in the president-elect’s team of advisors—on his way to Syria. Mr. Obama, meanwhile, received a most friendly communication from Hamas, congratulating him on his ‘historic victory.’”

I tell ya, it's horror after horror..... What a great "beginning of change!"

Jan said...

No wonder Biden said we'd be attacked quickly. Scary stuff.

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

Good Idea...they'll probably give it to Obama, but I think she could definitely be one of the "finalists" who get big articles in that issue.

Damian G. said...

Well, traditionally, whoever wins the Presidency gets Person of the Year, but given that both Obama AND Sarah's candidacies were historic, perhaps they can both get it.

After all, Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono shared it in 2005, and Bill Clinton and Ken Starr shared it in 1998 - why not the first biracial President and the first Republican woman VP nominee in 2008?

manajordan said...

She will probably be a finalist for person of the year. I would imagine she would make Barbara Walters 10 most fascinating people also.
I think it is fun and interesting to see all the ideas and speculation about what Governor Palin will do next. Having learned about her this past year I think one thing is clear. Whatever she does will be a matter of prayer and thoughtfulness. Her political life is fascinating to examine. She has risen to every challenge, and learned from every defeat. Again and again she faced doubters and she still comes out on top. It will be the same here. She is in God's hands, actually in His arms. It is sure going to be awesome to watch her and maybe even take some part in grass roots efforts and such.

knowitall said...

mountain mama and laurence,
on another thread you were discussing religion in the government of the good old USA.

May I please show you how times have changed? This is the address that FDR (the Great Liberal to whom Obama is being compared) gave to the nation on D-Day, June 6, 1944:

""My Fellow Americans:

Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest -- until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them -- help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too -- strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keeness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment -- let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace -- a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.


Franklin D. Roosevelt - June 6, 1944""

The simple question is whether this sounds more like the words of President Elect Obama or of Governor Sarah Palin?

Your comments on this thread are excellent. I agree that Sarah should be the Time Newmaker of the Year, but she will not be chosen.

Scott said...

something close to home that she'll have to deal with

2 Alaska-based soldiers killed in Iraq helicopter crash

knowitall said...

mountain mama,
this article from newsbusters confirms your news about Mr. Malley.





Damian said...

There ya go, Scott.

Mountain Mama said...

Finally had a chance to read that Newsbusters article. Well, no wonder my Jewish friends freaked out about this guy! Obama is scary-sneaky, isn't he?

Meanwhile, looks like some firm in London is offering Gov. Palin $7 million to write a memoir of her life and the campaign. That should be just a fantastic read!

And I still am watching McCain, to be sure he didn't purposely let Gov. Palin twist in the wind about those untrue accusations, just so HE could gain a position----even an important, though freelance one----in Obama's administration. I sure hope McCain's character wouldn't allow him to do such a horrible thing....

knowitall said...

mountain mama,
that news about Malley was a good pickup.
And to think, the tape the LA Times has never came out and yet the Jewish people still voted for Obama/Biden.

I think that Sen McCain learned survival in 5 years in prison camp. In the end, you do what ever you have to to survive.
That was the film, "seven beauties".
Would he sell out Sarah? You betcha.

PALINATOR!!!! said...

Hi all,
Regarding Israel, God does not need the US to defend Israel, the US needs to defend Israel in order to remain prosperous, it is just that simple, the greatest news is that God plus one on the earth is always a majority, and His will is always done, at this point, Israel may be the safest place to be for non-Jews and non-Christians which is probably why so many of them seek to "take" the promised land. JEHOVAH-SHALOM is also JEHOVAH-SABAOTH

M. Minnesota said...

I would be pleasantly suprised if World Magazine would name Gov. Palin as "Daniel of the Year".

(I saw the following on Hannity and Colmes I WOULD URGE EVERYONE to go see the website It is a Documentary filmed on Nov. 4th interviewing Obama supporters and finding out what they knew about both Presidential Tickets,Leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives. The Documentary clip spends a LOT OF TIME on the Junk People ate up about Gov. Palin. It is posted on You Tube under the same name. Please People, go see it!

Mountain Mama said...

Good granny, M Minnesota.... that video is such a sad commentary on our uninformed and biased (with the help of the biased MSM) electorate!
How on earth can Republicans hope to turn that around in 2 - 4 years, especially if Obambi gets rid of conservative talk radio?

Scott said...

"""""""""Meanwhile, looks like some firm in London is offering Gov. Palin $7 million to write a memoir of her life and the campaign. That should be just a fantastic read!"""""""

did you see the article on how there are already people nit picking about whether or not she should be allowed to keep any money from that deal? supposedly there is a law in alaska that forbids profiting from a "second job" if you're in state office. Whether or not that would be considered an extra job is up in the air. I don't know how far it would get or if anyone would contest her making that money.. but i wouldn't be surprised.

Mountain Mama said...

Hmm..... I suppose it would be legal for Gov. Palin to write the book, reap the publicity rewards, and donate all proceeds (so she herself didn't "profit") to various charities----or maybe also some PAC's?
The other 4 candidates (Obama, McCain, Biden, and Hillary) have written, and profited from, something like 14 or 17 books between them! (Fact: Obama wouldn't be known much if it hadn't been for his first bestseller....)
It only SEEMS as though Gov. Palin has been thwarted on nearly all sides. Thankfully, I believe the Lord is supportive of her, and has a plan for her future! (Just not sure in what arena.....)

Scott said...

God plus one is an army but what if "we" are the "one".

Scott said...

censored chris dodd radio interview that never aired

news article

mp3 audio direct link

techno said...

I know lately that I have sounded like a right-wing whack job so to rein in those thoughts let me state 10 things that I think are true about Obama: 1) that he is a 'natural born' American citizen and thus eligible to be President; Obama was born in Hawaii-end of story; 2) that Obama is a Christian currently and not a Muslim-he spent 20 years in Wright's 'Christian church-you can't have it both ways; 3)that he is a not a terrorist or that he does not favors terrorism as a means of getting what you want; 4)he is qualified to be President-he is 35+ and if the voters feel he is qualified he is; 5)Obama's political acumen rivals that of Bill Clinton-as an underdog he beat Hillary Clinton and as the favorite he beat John McCain-2 political veterans; 6)Obama is smart enought to surround himself with high-IQ egghead types to make sure the government runs as efficiently as possible; 7)Obama loves his wife and children; 8)that he will use Joe Biden as a liaison and conduit between the WH and Congress to get his agenda passed; 9)Obama knows that the American people know that the MSM is still in the tank for him and despite this knowledge, the majority believe in acquiescing to his leadership, making him unstoppable, and he knows that; 10) Obama knows that he is NOT the Messiah or the anti-Christ. He still smokes, gets tired, and has to rely on advisors for guidance.

Mountain Mama said...

Me, too, Techno----I've sounded pretty upset about Obama, too.
Look---I do pray that he succeeds, and for the right, moral reasons. Our nation needs a terrifically skilled leader now, and if he IS The/That One to do the job, great!

(But I do worry that he can be sneaky and has just whacko associations. But those are what we can pray about, right?)