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Monday, March 31, 2008

Human Events Article!

I apologize for being tardy in reporting on this article, but I have had a long week and I wanted to be able to address this development in some detail.

Last Thursday, the lead story at was entitled, "McCain Veepstakes: Possible Palin?" Written by the publication's political editor, John Gizzi, the article refers to Palin as "Possibly the most intriguing name in the 'veepstakes'" and outlines why she would make a fantastic nominee for vice president. However, Gizzi declares a McCain-Palin ticket "unlikely" and includes the following passage:

“Why can’t she just be from another state?” is a lament heard often by Republicans who feel Palin is a natural for national office, if only she weren’t from a state that is not contiguous with the continental United States and brings only three electoral votes to the electoral column.

This is the one issue where I would take issue with Mr. Gizzi. Winning VP nominees are rarely chosen simply to add their state's electoral votes. Gov. Palin would enhance McCain's reputation as an anti-pork crusader while helping him reach out to women and younger voters. Her decisive leadership in Alaska also shows that she would make a fine president should it become neccessary. Those traits will increase McCain's vote share in every state, handing him more electoral votes than any one state could deliver. Furthermore, a Vice President should be chosen primarily because he/she would make a good President, and I think that Americans could sleep soundly at night knowing that a strong, principled leader like Sarah Palin is a heartbeat away from the White House.

As for a McCain-Palin ticket being "unlikely", I cannot for the life of me see why that would be true. Gov. Palin is both a tremendous leader and, as America's most popular Governor, a potential electoral powerhouse. To quote Gizzi, Sarah Palin is "a candidate right out of central casting". Politically speaking, she's almost too good too be true. Hence, it would be downright idiotic for the McCain campaign not to have her on the shortlist. I personally believe that Senator McCain is being advised by very intelligent people, so McCain-Palin might be a more likely pairing than many are willing to admit.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

This site endorses...
Usually, this blog is not in the business of making endorsements, as we are promoting a candidate and do not want to put words in the Gov. Palin's mouth. However, I feel at this point that it is necessary to officially announce the following endorsements at this time. They will be explained in detail, and they will likely be both the first and last endorsements made by this blog.

With that disclaimer, this site endorses...

1. Sen. John McCain for President
This is actually something of a formality, as I have always operated under the assumption that
I would back the eventual Republican nominee. I am issuing this formal statement simply to ensure that everyone knows that this website is 100% behind Senator McCain's candidacy for the presidency. John McCain has a decades-long record of service and and depth of experience unrivaled among the presidential candidates. He will be a fantastic leader for this country, and I am enthusiastically looking forward to his inauguration (along with Vice President Palin's) this coming January.
2. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell for Congress (AK-At Large)
Lieutenant Governor Parnell shocked last week's Alaska GOP convention by announcing that he would be a candidate for the state's lone congressional seat in 2008, pitting him against 18-term incumbent Rep. Don Young in the Republican Primary (a third Republican, State Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, is also running) . Gov. Palin immediately endorsed Parnell's candidacy, and National Review will be endorsing him in next week's issue. Congressman Young, long known as one of the House's premiere porkers, is currently under federal investigation (to be fair, he has not been charged) and his campaign has spent $845,035 on legal fees - though the congressman refuses to say what services he was paying for. Hence, our blog is proud to support the effort to replace him with a Palinite candidate. As I see it, Parnell's candidacy is a continuation of the "Palin Revolution" against Alaska's ethically-challenged political establishment, which began in 2006 when Sarah Palin knocked off incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski in the gubernatorial primary. I will be sure to provide links to Parnell paraphernalia for your blogs as soon as his campaign website is launched. Any effort backed Gov. Palin is something that our movement should be supporting; so I gladly offer my endorsement to her lieutenant governor in his run for Congress.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Does this count as bipartisanship?

This video was played at the 2008 convention of the Alaskan Independence Party. If you're not familiar with Alaskan Politics, the AIP is the state's largest third party. Their biggest agenda item is Alaskan separatism, but they are also known for their hardcore libertarian-conservative ideology. So, if you want them to take you seriously, you need to have a serious commitment to small government.

Personally, I think the Governor showed a lot of guts by addressing the AIP. It showed her commitment to serving all of her constituents and reinforced her position as a fiscal and economic conservative. It may have been a risky move, but we need leaders who are willing to take risks if we want to fix Washington.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Palin continues war on pork

"Before vetoes are made again, come tell us why it's so doggone important that we spend the money right now."

-Sarah Palin

Gov. Palin continues to earn her reputation as one of the nation's premiere fiscal conservatives.

This week, the state legislature passed a supplemental budget that loaded with $70 million of spending that the Governor line-item vetoed out of the year's capital budget. Of course, the Governor is threatening a second round of vetoes, but Palin is taking fiscal conservatism a step farther by demanding accountability from the legislators who inserted the projects into the bill. Hence she is calling on legislators to meet with her and explain why their projects (including a batting cage and a gun range) are so "doggone important" that they can't wait for the 2009 capital budget.

"Whether we are talking about a budget that's $70,000 or in this case $70 million," Palin told the Anchorage Daily News, "spending other people's money is a responsibility that I take very seriously."

We need leaders in Washington who recognize that they can't just fritter away the taxpayers' money, and that's why we need Sarah Palin on the ticket this November.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Gov. Palin Supports Troops!

Gov. Palin recently recorded this tribute to our troops for the Defense Department's "America Supports You" program. I really enjoyed watching this, and there are 22 more gubernatorial tributes you can watch on YouTube. You can also send your on thoughts to the troops via the website, be sure to check it out!

Friday, March 14, 2008

New adresses

I have acquired several domain names to make accessing my site more convenient. You will soon be able to get here using the domain names,,, and

There are some very major developments out of Alaska that I will be reporting on soon (probably tomorrow), but there is a minor housekeeping matter that I need to address first:

A new website has been launched at the address It's not mine, but the propiretor is a friend of our movement and he has some great resources available (I encourage all of you to visit). I figured that I'd clearthat up just to avoid confusion due to the similar domain names.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Ingraham on Palin: "I like her!"

Yet another national talk-show host seems very pleased with the idea of Sarah Palin becoming our next Vice President. This time, it's Laura Ingraham. During a discussion of the Veepstakes Monday morning, Miss Ingraham was considerably less than impressed with almost all of the VP possibilities being floated in the media. The notable exception, however, was a certain Governor from the Last Frontier. Gov. Palin is clearly the only VP candidate who can cement McCain's support in the conservative base AND make the ticket more appealing to independent voters. Most of the other names being thrown around can only perform one of those tasks, but there is one candidate can do both. Her name is Sarah Palin. How could you refuse the opportunity to have such a person on your ticket?

Here's what Ingraham had to say:

"We definitely want a governor, but slim pickings, though, in the governors. And I’m telling you, the Alaskan governor…what’s her name? I always forget it. (Producer: “ Palin”). I sat next to her at lunch…she’s gonna kill me ‘cause I know she listens to the show…and this was in July,…or dinner, excuse me, it was a dinner. I spoke at an event. KBYR, our great affiliate, was there. And just [a] great, great time. And she was delightful , and smart…Oh, my phone’s ringing…

(Conversation momentarily interrupted by Ingraham’s answering a sales call on air and launching into a diatribe about receiving solicitations on her cell phone [Blogger’s note : I agree, such calls are insanely annoying.])

….So, back to the Veepstakes. Sarah Palin: I like her. (Producer: “Babe”) Well, she is. She’s a beautiful woman, but she’s also a conservative. Her husband, I think is a shrimper? (pause) He’s a fisherman. I’m not kidding you, and they go out and fish on the weekends. He’s a commercial fisherman. I’m telling you, I think that sells. That sells a lot more than “my friends” and comprehensive immigration reform. And she’s not for comprehensive reform, I can tell you that right now. She’s sick to death of this immigration nonsense in the United States."

If you want to hear it for yourself, you will need a "Laura365" subscription to access the online archives. Obviously, the date you need is 3/10/08, and the comments on Palin begin 1:33:43 into the brodcast.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Front Page story in Anchorage Daily News!

"I'm very confident that a pregnant woman should not and doesn't have to be prohibited from doing anything, including running for vice president."

-Sarah Palin


This week has certainly been a roller coaster for us, but we're coming out of it stronger than ever. In fact, our movement was the lead story on the front page of today's Anchorage Daily News. Not just the website, mind you, the print edition too. Yes, I was interviewed and have a few quotes, but there are a few other pieces of info that I would also like to direct your attention to:

First, the comment that I quoted at the beginning of this post should shoot down any thoughts that Palin would be withdrawing her name from consideration based on her pregnancy (which will be over before McCain chooses his running mate anyway). I agree with her totally and am taking that comment as a go-ahead to continue our efforts at full speed. The Draft Palin Movement is here to stay, and any rumors of our demise were extremely premature.

Second, the article gives us some good perspective on how we need to focus our efforts in the future. There was no dispute that Gov. Palin is exactly the type of leader that the Republican Party is hungry for. However, there were some questions raised about whether she was "Presidential" enough to be a heartbeat away from the White House and whether she was being considered only because she was young and female. Therefore, our top priority must be to present Gov. Palin as a potential President, and not merely a representative of the future. This means moving away from away from arguments about the need for fresh leadership and focusing like a laser beam on Gov. Palin as an individual. We will have to emphasize her mental toughness, the efficiency with which she is rooting out corruption, her and her long executive resume.

We are no longer selling the mere idea of putting a fresh face on the ticket (we have already won that argument). Instead, we are selling the much narrower and more personal concept of "President Palin", an idea that I think people will like very much once they know the details of the Governor's qualifications.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Palin leading GOPShoppe "Button Poll"

Buy Your McCain-Palin button now! is running an "Button Poll" for the Vice Presidential nomination by selling McCain campaign buttons featuring 14 different potential running mates. So, not only are they selling McCain-Palin buttons ($3.00), they are clocking and posting how many buttons they sell for each potential VP. As of now, Gov. Palin is LEADING with 17.80% of the vote. Mitt Romney is second with 16.10% and Haley Barbour is third with 12.29%.

For the record, the other 11 contestants are Gov Charlie Crist (FL), Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC), Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX), Gov. Tim Pawlenty (MN), Gov. Rick Perry (TX) , Gov. Mark Sanford (SC), Michael Steele, and Sen. John Thune (SD). So, if you have $3.00 to spare, be sure to buy a button and help keep Gov. Palin on top. Besides, who wouldn't want one of those amazing buttons?

Disclaimers: There are horrendous shipping charges if you live outside the lower 48 (which is a big concern for us). GOPShoppe is not the official vendor for the McCain campaign, but they are obviously a reputable organization as they were the official vendor for the 2000 GOP convention and both of President Bush's inaugurations.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Gov. Palin expecting!

For those of you who aren't in Alaska and haven't heard yet, Gov. Palin announced today that she is seven months pregnant with her fifth child (how she hid it for that long is beyond me). We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the Palin family.

What this means for our movement: Gov. Palin is due in May, meaning that the littlest Palin will likely be two months old by the time Sen. McCain makes VP choice (traditionally these things are done in around July, especially considering the Democrats' drawn-out primary). Obviously we will be watching this situation very closely, but as of now there are no plans to change our operations in any way.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

More V.P. Musings from Gov. Palin

Gov. Palin gave a great interview on Monday to the Los Angeles television station KTLA (she was in L.A. for a conference on women in leadership), and of course the anchors led off with questions about a potential run for the Vice Presidency. Personally, I think she did a fantastic job, not only with the VP questions, but also discussing energy issues and women in leadership.

Click here to watch.