Last Day to Donate to SarahPAC's Third Quarter

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Today is the last day of the 3rd quarter for SarahPAC, Governor Palin's political action committee. You have a few more hours to donate in this quarter, which you can do by clicking here.

SarahPAC's impact in fighting to progress America by supporting people committed to common sense Conservative principles has beeen huge. It propels candidates forward who have chosen to offer themselves up to work for the people with servants' hearts.

Governor Palin just recently launched her new site, Take Back the 20, because she is willing to do all she can to send the right people to D.C. for the right reasons. She remains busy in her work for this great country.

Your donation will help keep the good work going, so would you make a donation now? Any amount is appreciated and goes a long way in putting this nation and our government on the side of the people, where they belong.

Donate now, in the final hours of the PAC's 3rd quarter, by going to the SarahPAC website and giving what you can afford.

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Governor Palin Champions Team America

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Have you ever watched a boxing match, a basketball game, or even a swim meet--any intense competition? Competitors gear up, take to the ring, the court, or the pool, and prepare to give their best effort. Their preparation is intense and their hopes high. The goal is simple: win.

Real competitors--and I know because I'm one--don't usually embrace the "it's not whether you win or lose but how you play the game" concept, which was probably invented by some kid's parent to make his child feel better after getting destroyed on the court. Real competitors don't snuggle up to "remember, it's just a game." As I told the first basketball team I ever coached, "You want to play a game, go play checkers. Here, we play basketball!" By the way, "Play for fun"? Not on my team; I learned very early on that there just ain't no fun in losing! So real competitors play to win. They step up to the challenge with a sense of focus and an intent to be victorious, to never let down, to refuse to succumb to any amount of pressure.

That's the plan, but as admirable as this "never let 'em see you sweat" ideal is--as familiar as it is to those of us who have ever left it all out on the court, or the field, or wherever--the truth is that as the competition progresses, the legs lose their lift, the arms lose some flex, and the body simply loses speed. This becomes the reality no matter the intent. Yes, the good ones find a way to dig deep, but even still, they are affected--if not conquered--by fatigue that comes from taking the punches, the bangs, and the bruises. It's common. It's human nature. It's life.

Then there are the competitors who are otherworldy. They defy nature. There's nothing common about them. They never stop moving. They never stop being on the offensive. They handle every defense thrown at them. They're not just good; they're special. In the world of basketball, Michael Jordan was one such athlete. So was Cynthia Cooper. Today, it's Kobe Bryant. These type of people come along very rarely in a lifetime. They set their eyes on a target and nothing short of tying them down and locking them up will keep them from getting out there and being competitive.

Governor Palin is one such person. This was the case long before we ever knew who she was. As a basketball player, she played on a broken ankle. As a business owner, she fished with a broken hand, as documented by Joe Hilley. As a mother, she was back on the job within three days of giving birth. Each time there was work to be done, and sitting it out just wasn't an option. "No pain, no gain," as they say. So real competitors say, "Bring it on!"

All these years later, not much, if anything, has changed. The Governor is a person who absorbs punch after punch and rides wave after wave, without seeming to lose the slightest bit of strength or effectiveness in the process. With all she's been put through, she continues on--and never misses a beat. After every attack, there she is--still moving forward, still swinging, and the thing that drives the Left the craziest, still smiling. She is like that champion who simply cannot be defeated because she won't throw in the towel. Nevermind the full-court press, the dirty fouls, the low blows, the attempts to drown her in a sea of lies. Governor Palin won't sit on the end of the bench and hide. She simply won't take a breather. Thus, she wears out her opponents, who simply cannot keep up.

This is why she is so hated by the Left. They've tried it all. Nothing works. How does one defeat an opponent who won't go away, who can't be annihilated? She is to them what nightmares consist of: an enemy that cannot be destroyed no matter the tactic employed. To those who oppose fiscal responsibility, the Constitution, national security, and American exceptionalism, I have this to say: "be afraid; be very afraid!"

Every time it appears they've got her backed in a corner, she takes the non-traversy, redefines it, and refuses to be sidetracked by it: They point out that she wrote on her hand--and she draws attention to the President's teleprompter and continues to use her own "poor man's teleprompter." They misquote her as saying she can see Russia from her house--and she reminds them that she can also see November from there. They use her title as a means to shackle her--and she steps away, proving she doesn't need a title to make a difference. They even move in next door--and she does something the feds should be doing in our border states: she builds a fence. She even follows up enjoying watching her daughter perform on Dancing with the Stars with a scathing tweet about Pete Rouse a couple hours later. Nothing, absolutely nothing, extinguishes her determination to keep the main thing the main thing. And that's why they'll never defeat her, and that's why they hate her.

Governor Palin's endorsements will continue to matter, her fundraising will skyrocket all the more, and she will remain a powerful force to be reckoned with because she cannot be conquered. From anonymous campaign staffers to cowardly Journolisters, from attacks on her family to crime at her church, from insane boob-gate to asinine boo-gate, she withstands each impact, and then releases another smackdown Facebook note like nothing ever happened. While continuing to smile, it's as if she says, "Is this the best you've got?"

These are crucial times, and much is at stake. That's why people who have never been involved politically are suddenly mobilized and mobilizing others. I coached for years, and never did I build a game strategy around a bench warmer, an injured athlete, or a spectator. No, those leading the charge will be hardest hit. And who has been hit harder than the Governor? Who would ever blame her if she packed it in and went home to the state she loves, the family who loves her, and the life they once knew? But isn't this what the Left wants? The fact that she won't do it is what they can't figure out. They stay awake at night contemplating why she isn't succumbing to the pressure, why she isn't pulling her jersey to sit out the fourth quarter, why she isn't in a fetal position on the hardwood floor, waiting for it all to end. They have no answer for her stamina, and she has no intentions to cave.

Every once in a while a competitor emerges with superb skill, undivided focus, and an unbending spine. These are the franchise players. Everyone is gunning for them, yet they never choke. They'll never be accused of going halfway, nothing will keep them from being out there where and when it matters, and they always find the strength to push past the limitations that constrain regular people. That's because they're not regular people. They're real competitors with a special something that drives them. Governor Palin has those championship qualities.

Governor Palin is working hard to take us where we need to go--back to common sense principles and practical solutions. Her refusal to be sidetracked will keep the target on her back. The Left's inability to knock her out of the race will only infuriate them more and make them more desperately seek new ways to cause her harm. If what we've seen so far is any indication, however, we can be sure that she will continue to take what they throw at her, handle it with grace, and fight like a Grizzly for the future of Team America. And like every real competitor--every champion--she'll win. And we'll win with her.

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Sullivan Apologizes for Pushing Boo-Gate

As most are aware, the Internet was abuzz with talk that Governor Palin was booed while in the Dancing with the Stars studio to cheer on her daughter, Bristol. Andrew Sullivan got caught up in Boo-Gate and then stated:

If DWTS explains what the booing was about and it had nothing to do with Sarah Palin's emergence, we will, as always, correct the record.
When ABC squashed the booing rumors, Sullivan wrote:
ABC has now corrected the record. The booing was not about Sarah Palin but a reaction to an announcement of scores. The Dish apologizes for jumping to conclusions.
It blows my mind that people are so threatened by Governor Palin that they get all giddy at the mere thought that she would be treated poorly by an audience of people. The stories out there by people who were praying fervently that they were on to something is unbelievable. Some still refuse to accept ABC's word on this. Sorry, folks, but audiences still stand in line to hear the Governor speak and to applaud the impact she's having on the upcoming mid-term elections and the nation overall.

Now, on to the next "gate." I'm sure it's coming soon. I'll be here to debunk that one, too.

(h/t Ian Lazaren)

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Bristol Rises and Bye-Bye, Boo-Gate

Being away from home, while I kept up with it all, I did not cover the various and sundry items I normally would have, but the happenings continued--and have been faithfully covered by my pro-Palin colleagues. A few items are:

Bristol Palin did an amazing job Monday night on "Dancing With the Stars" and discovered on last night's show that she will continue on to next week. She was more relaxed and even more graceful this time. She said having her mother there to cheer her on was a big help and comfort.

Bristol's Facebook page has grown leaps and bounds in no time at all. I remember when the goal was 1,000 followers. She has surpassed 5,000 in a week!

The media loves controversy, doesn't it? This time haters were gleefully spreading the lie that the "DWTS" audience booed Governor Palin when the host sat down to speak to her on Monday. No matter the evidence that the audience was actually booing the judges, they continued to report what they wanted to be the case. "DWTS" debunked Boo-Gate last night. Good for them for choosing to do the right thing and setting the record straight, much to the chagrin of the lamestream media and PDS sufferers.

Onward and upward!

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Duty Calls; Headed Home; Updated

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

After a wonderful birthday trip, I am headed back home. Duty calls, so I must answer. I couldn't have asked for a better milestone birthday. As I sit here on the plane, ready to take off, I have to say it: "I am so very blessed!"

First stop: nation's capital.

Update 1: I've landed safely in D.C. and will be flying the last leg of the trip in less than an hour.

Update 2: I've landed safely and have returned to the state of New York. Praise God for His travel mercies!

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Governor Palin and Kristi King Help Me Celebrate My Birthday

Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy 40th Birthday to me! I've been celebrating for a few days. It's been filled with great surprises. Today, I got the following tweet from Governor Palin:

Happy 20th anniversary celebrating your 20th birthday, Adrienne Ross! Have a blast today. And keep the faith.
Here's a screenshot:



Governor Palin really is one of us--the real deal!

So what have I been up to? I'm here in Missouri having a wonderful time with my friend, Kristi King. Kristi threw me a surprise bonfire birthday party Saturday with a special Palin cake--great food and great friends! Check out the pictures below. They didn't come out very well in the dark, but you still get the picture--literally!

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Bristol Palin and Lifehouse Maternity House

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Via Facebook, Bristol Palin released the following Facebook note about her recent visit to Lifehouse in Louisville:

Recently I was invited to Louisville by the Lifehouse organization. This group has a wonderful pro-life mission and provides outreach, education and sanctuary to young women who need a safe place to give life. I was privileged to be able to meet so many wonderful people and I was moved by the stories of so many brave young women who chose life for their children even under the most challenging circumstances. I know I was supposed to enlighten and motivate the audience, but I was the one enlightened and energized by these wonderful people.

I’d like to especially thank Robin, Pam, and Joan for their amazing work on behalf of these young women, for their gracious hospitality, and for the tour of the Lifehouse maternity home. Thank you to the young women living at Lifehouse who shared their testimony with me; each one truly was an inspiration. Thank you to the donors for your generous support financially and through volunteer activity. Thank you, Lifehouse, for your selfless efforts and ministry to young women facing difficult situations and decisions.

Lifehouse is a remarkable program and I was honored to be its guest speaker at its annual event to help raise funds to expand the size of their maternity home. The home is operated by 100 percent private donations, and recently received a $400,000 private match commitment for their planned expansion to grow the home from 7 bedrooms to 13 bedrooms. By helping Lifehouse raise the additional $400,000 match, they will be able to fund their expansion, and assure their help to young women for years to come. For more information about Lifehouse’s mission and to donate, please visit their website by clicking here. 

Sincerely,

Bristol Palin

PS – Please enjoy some of the photos from my trip to Lifehouse.
See the pictures at Bristol's Facebook page.

Below is a Facebook note from Joan Smith, Lifehouse's executive director:

Bristol,

I can not begin to tell you all the great comments that I have heard since you spoke at our Lifehouse Banquet. I promised anyone who attended that they would leave with a better understanding of Lifehouse and our mission and better understand the hardship and pain that the brave young women make to give life to their child. You so helped to relay that message from the heart to those in attendance and the young women from Lifehouse who gave their testimonies along side you felt an immediate connnection to you.

We are just so blessed that you were willing to vist Lifehouse and speak on our behalf. Know that we will keep you and your family in our daily prayers and you are always welcome to come back for a visit.

Joan Smith

Lifehouse Maternity Center.

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Bristol Palin's In Touch Magazine Interview

Friday, September 24, 2010

I picked up In Touch Magazine at the airport tonight because I knew they had done an interview with Bristol Palin. The article did not just highlight Bristol's current Dancing with the Stars adventure. It focused mainly on her love for her son, Tripp.

Bristol's commitment to the love of her life--her son--was evident, not only in the words she spoke during the interview. The pictures on the pages of In Touch also successfully captured her heart.

As for her words, Bristol speaks of the time she spends with Tripp, the challenges of motherhood, and her own future possibilities. It's obvious she holds close to her a saying I've often heard her mother, Governor Palin, say: "the world is her oyster."

Dance Bristol Dance!

You can read Bristol's article on line here.

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Let's Get This Party Started

Monday is a milestone birthday. I won't even tell y'all which one it is, but let's just say I'm wearing it pretty well! :)

Birthdays and good company go hand in hand. And what a great birthday present I received! So I'm hitting the road again--ready to fly out.

God is so good to me! Let's get this party started!

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Message from Gov. Palin and Take Back the 20

Thursday, September 23, 2010


I received this email today concerning Governor Palin's new website, Take Back the 20:

Dear Friends,

Today SarahPAC is launching a new campaign to promote real change during this November's election: Take Back the 20. SarahPAC has identified 20 House Democrats around the country who voted for the wildly unpopular Obamacare bill earlier this year and are representing districts won by McCain/Palin in the 2008 Presidential Election. The Take Back the 20 campaign is dedicated to helping the 20 outstanding Republican candidates in these races return common sense conservative leadership to their respective districts.

To make this happen, we need your help! Please visit our new website, learn about these excellent candidates and make a donation today. With the election being only 40 days away, maximize the impact of your contribution by donating by the September 30th deadline!

These 20 races represent half of the battleground districts necessary to send Nancy Pelosi back to San Francisco. In this raucous and rowdy election cycle, it's easy to lose sight of the overarching goal: take our country back! That starts with turning these 20 blue districts red and by making a donation today, you can help us do just that.

Sincerely,

Tim Crawford
Treasurer, SarahPAC
Washington, D.C. is in for real change as of November 2nd. Governor Palin is doing her part. Please help in any way you can.

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Governor Palin Launches New Website

Image retrieved from www.takebackthe20.com

Governor Palin launched her new website today, Take Back the 20. She spoke quite a bit about the 20 several months ago, which was followed by the left feigning fear that she wanted to kill people! Of course, when she said "reload" she was talking about voting out people who have opposed the will of the people to advance their own agendas. Clearly, she meant business, as evidenced by this website and the work she has been consistently doing to support common sense conservatives.

The home page of her new site states:

20 House Democrats from districts we carried in 2008 voted for the health care bill

It’s been six months since President Obama signed his health care bill into law. Despite overwhelming public dislike of Obamacare, we were told that Washington knows best and there was nothing to worry about. Nancy Pelosi said Congress had to pass the bill so that Americans could “find out what is in it.” We found out that it’s even worse than we feared.

Join me in standing against those who stood with Obama and Pelosi in voting for this disastrous bill. The Democrats from 20 districts we carried in 2008 voted for Obamacare. Now we can vote against them.

Let’s replace them with good conservatives who will vote to repeal and replace Obamacare with patient-centered, results-driven, free market reform that provides solutions to people of all income levels without bankrupting our country.

Let’s reclaim the power of the people from those who disregarded the will of the people.

Don't get demoralized, get organized. It's time to take a stand.

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Gov. Palin: Lies, Damned Lies – Obamacare 6 Months Later; It’s Time to Take Back the 20!

Governor Palin issues a scathing, much-needed, Facebook note regarding the lies this administration fed Americans about Obamacare. The lies didn't make it any more palatable to the majority of people, but the more we find out, the more vehemently we oppose this travesty called health care reform. Governor Palin points out the blatant untruths of unpopular Obamacare.

It’s now six months since President Obama took control of one-sixth of the private sector economy with his health care “reform,” and the first changes to our health care system come into effect today. Despite overwhelming public dislike of the bill, we were told that D.C. knows best, and there was nothing to worry about, and we’d be better off swallowing the pill called Obamacare; so, in defiance of the will of the people, the President and his party rammed through this mother of all unfunded mandates. Nancy Pelosi said Congress had to pass the bill so that Americans could “find out what is in it.” We found out that it’s even worse than we feared. Remember when the president said, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”? Not true. In Texas alone a record number of doctors are leaving the Medicare system because of the cuts in reimbursements forced on them by Obamacare! The president of the Texas Medical Association, Susan Bailey, warns that “the Medicare system is beginning to implode.”

Remember the Obama administration’s promise that Obamacare would cut a typical family’s premium “by up to $2500 a year”? Not true. In fact, fueled by reports that insurers expect premiums to rise by as much as 25 percent as a result of Obamacare, Senate Democrats are contemplating the introduction of price controls.

Remember when the president said in his address to Congress that “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions”? That turned out to be yet another one of those “You lie!” moments. We found out that Obamacare-mandated high risk insurance pools set up in states like Pennsylvania and New Mexico will fund abortions after all.

Remember the promise that Obamacare would “strengthen small businesses”? Not true either. The net result of Obamacare is that small businesses will face higher health care costs, new Medicare taxes, and higher regulation compliance costs, while the much-hyped health care tax credit for small businesses turns out to be almost impossible to obtain.

Remember the president’s promise that his bill would ensure “everyone [has] some basic security”? False again. Besides the great uncertainly that Obamacare hampers businesses with, companies now find it is actually cheaper to pay the $2000 per employee fine imposed by Obamacare than to keep insuring their workforce. This leaves millions of American workers at risk of losing their employer-provided health insurance.

And remember when the Obama administration said they would not be “rationing care” in the future? That ol’ “death panels” thing I wrote about last year? That was before Obamacare was passed. Once it passed, they admitted there was going to be rationing after all. There has to be. The reality of Obamacare is that it enshrines what the New York Times called “The Power of No” –the government’s power to say no to your request for treatment of the people you love. The fact that the president used a recess appointment to push through the nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tells you all you need to know about this administration’s intentions. After all, Berwick is the man who said, “The decision is not whether we will ration care –the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”

By the way, when the administration was talking about that independent board that has the statutory power to decide which categories of treatment are worthy of funding based on efficiency calculations (that, again, sounded to me like a panel of faceless bureaucrats making life and death decisions about your loved ones –which, again, is what I referred to as a “death panel”), it was another opportunity for Americans to hear the truth about Obamacare’s intentions.

So, yes, those rationing “death panels” are there, and so are the tax increases that the president also promised were “absolutely not” in his bill. (Aren’t you tiring of the untruths coming from this White House and the liberals in Congress?) When the state of Florida filed a challenge to Obamacare on the basis that the mandates in the bill are unconstitutional, the Obama Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss the suit by citing the Anti-Injuction Act, which blocks courts from interfering with the federal government’s ability to collect taxes. Yes, taxes! Once the bill was passed it was no longer politically inconvenient for the Obama administration to admit that it makes no difference whether the payment is a tax or a penalty because it’s “assessed and collected in the same manner.” The National Taxpayer Advocate has already warned that “Congress must provide sufficient funding” to allow the IRS to collect this new tax. Pretty soon we’ll be paying taxes just to make it possible for the IRS to collect all the additional taxes under Obamacare! Seems as if this is another surprise that the public found out about after the bill was rammed through.

But perhaps the most ridiculous promise of all was the president’s assurance that Obamacare will lead to “bending the curve” on health care spending. Yes, rationing is a part of the new system, and yes, Obamacare does raise taxes. But because the new government managed system is so incredibly complicated and expensive to run, health care spending will actually rise instead of fall. Don’t believe me? Then take a look at the Congressional Budget Office’s admittance that the CBO’s original estimate of the total costs of the bill were off by around $115 billion. Its new estimate is now above $1 trillion, and even that may be way too low. A more realistic figure calculated by the Pacific Research Institute puts the number at $2.5 to $3 trillion over the next 10 years! This is probably what President Obama was referring to when he admitted recently that he had known all along that “at the margins” his proposals were going to drive up costs. Give us a break! Only in this administration would they refer to a $3 trillion spending increase as “marginal.” Next time he comes to us with another one of his harebrained proposals for a budget-busting federal power grab, let’s make sure we remember the president’s admission that he was lying all along when he told us his health care plan was going to cut costs. He is increasing costs. He admits it now. Period.

Higher costs and worse care – is it any wonder why people are overwhelmingly in favor of repealing and replacing Obamacare? Politicians who have vacillated on this issue need to be fired. Candidates who don’t support “repeal and replace” don’t deserve your support. No amount of money spent on Washington’s “government-wide apolitical public information campaign” (otherwise known as “propaganda”) will convince Americans that this awful legislation is anything other than a debt-driven big government train wreck. We need to repeal and replace it, and that can only happen if we elect a new Congress that will make scrapping Obamacare one of its top priorities. We can replace it with pro-private sector, patient-oriented reform that the GOP has proposed.

On March 23, when Obamacare was signed into law, I launched my “Take back the 20” campaign, focusing on 20 congressional districts that John McCain and I carried in 2008 which are or were represented by members of Congress who voted in favor of Obamacare. They need to be held accountable for those votes. They voted for Obamacare. Now we can vote against them. We need to replace them with representatives who will respect the will of the people.

That’s why today I’m launching a new Take Back the 20 website at http://www.takebackthe20.com/!

TakeBackthe20.com provides information about the candidates in these 20 districts who are committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare. It has links to their personal websites and their donation pages. It allows you to read up on them, and then support them in their race to defeat those who gave us this terrible bill.

We have to send Washington a message that it’s not acceptable to disregard the will of the people. We have to tell them enough is enough. No more defying the Constitution. No more driving us off a financial cliff. We must repeal and replace Obamacare with patient-centered, results-driven, free market reform that provides solutions to people of all income levels without bankrupting our country.

It’s time to make a stand! Let’s take back the 20!

- Sarah Palin

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Gov. Palin Tells Greta Van Susteren What Would Make Her Run for President - Video

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Governor Palin made an appearance on "On the Record" with Greta Van Susteren tonight, live from Alaska. She discussed Christine O'Donnell, Lisa Murkowski, and a possible run for the presidency.

Greta asked what it would take for her to run. Though these weren't her exact words, according to the title of the Right Scoop's post, Governor Palin's answer could very well be this: "I would run for President if everyone else sucks"! Is that a definite "Yes, I'm running"? :)

Here's the video, via Ian Lazaren (via the Right Scoop).


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Bristol Palin's Facebook Fans Top 1,000


Earlier today, I communicated a desire to push Bristol Palin's Facebook fans up to 1,000 by the end of the day. She accomplished this feat rather early in the day! As of this writing, the number is 1,148--and steadily growing.

Via Ron Devito of US4Palin:

Less than 27 hours after launching her official Facebook Page, Bristol Palin already has 1,000 friends. The milestone was achieved September 22, 2010 at 1738 (5:38 PM) EDT.

Bristol, who is Gov. Palin’s eldest daughter, launched her page on Tuesday, September 21 at 1442 (2:42 PM) EDT. She is a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, and an advocate against teen pregnancy for the Candies Foundation. Bristol is enroute to Alaska with dancing partner Mark Ballas to rehearse and show him the state. She was interviewed on Alaska’s Bob and Mark Show with Ballas 45 minutes before her flight departed, and on last night’s show with Gov. Palin. Her performance of the Cha-Cha-Cha with Ballas propelled Bristol to the Week Two Round of Dancing with the Stars, which airs Monday, September 27, 2010.

MotivationTruth is very excited for Bristol. This young woman has had quite a journey the last couple years, and she's definitely proving that one can overcome "less than ideal circumstances" with faith, fortitude, and family. May Bristol continue to dance into the destiny God has for her.

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Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas on Bob and Mark Radio Show

Today, Bristol Palin and her Dancing With the Stars partner, Mark Ballas, were interviewed on the Bob and Mark Radio Show.




To hear Bristol and her mom on Bob and Mark yesterday, click here.

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Push Bristol Palin's Facebook Followers to 1,000 TODAY

Bristol Palin's official Facebook page was launched yesterday, and already she is over 700. That's a great start! Let's push it even more. She has a wonderful pro-life, pro-family, overcoming message that needs to be shared. And she knows how to have fun, as evidenced by her Dancing With the Stars participation!

Let's get her Facebook followers up to 1,000 TODAY! Go over to her FB page and hit "like." Then tell someone else to do the same.

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Congratulations, Bristol Palin!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Bristol Palin is on to the next round of Dancing With the Stars! Congratulations, Ms. Palin!

It's good to know our votes matter!

Go over to Bristol's new offical Facebook page and say congrats!

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Welcome to Bristol Palin's Official Facebook Page


Bristol Palin has her own official Facebook page now. Check it out here and hit the "like" button.

What a journey Bristol has been on, and just look at her: she's dancing now!

Today she had this to say, via her new page:

I would like to welcome everybody to my new official Facebook page! The launch of this page is part of a new and exciting chapter in my life. I have decided to embark on something new and step out of my "comfort zone" in order to tell my story and advocate for the pro-life and pro-family cause.

I look forward to continuing to speak to organizations that are on the front lines of both movements every single day. It is my honor to help these groups and organizations in any way I can.

Additionally, I am excited to be competing on Dancing With the Stars with my partner Mark Ballas, and I look forward to participating as one part of an ensemble cast on one of television’s more positive, and family oriented shows. Since I arrived in LA with my son, Tripp, nearly a month ago to prepare for the competition, we’ve both had a memorable and exciting experience.

Please check in often for up to date information on DWTS, and on upcoming events which will include speaking engagements, television programs and other media appearances.

I look forward to keeping you updated, as we move forward.

Sincerely,

Bristol Palin

PS: Check out my DWTS performance here.

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Gov. Palin Endorses Pastor Stephen Broden


Via Facebook, Governor Palin endorses Pastor Stephen Broden for Congress:

Lone Star State Shines with Stephen Broden in Texas’ 30th Congressional District

It’s an honor to support Stephen Broden to represent Texas’ 30th Congressional District. As a teacher and pastor he has made it his life’s work to support the good people of the Fair Park and South Dallas areas in the beautiful Lone Star State. His community leadership helped provide better economic and educational opportunities by supporting private sector efforts to empower the people there. Through his Fair Park Friendship Center, Pastor Broden has provided practical help to those in need, proving that private charities can do much more than government can. As a Commonsense Constitutional Conservative, he is committed to getting our country back to the founding principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility.

Please visit Pastor Broden’s website: www.brodenforcongress.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

- Sarah Palin

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Gov. Palin and Bristol on Bob and Mark Show

Here's Governor Palin and Bristol on the Bob and Mark Show today talking about Bristol's performance on Dancing with the Stars.




(h/t Kelsey)

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Rasmussen Survey: Most Voters' Views Closer to Palin's Than Obama's

A Rasmussen survey, as reported yesterday, shows that 52% of voters say their views are closer to Governor Palin's than they are to President Obama's. That's no surprise to me, as I expect American patriots to relate to love for our Constitution, support of our military, defense of the unborn, and the desire for government to get out of the way rather than taking more of our freedoms and putting future generations into more debt.

The report states:

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Likely U.S. Voters say their own views are closer to Sarah Palin’s than they are to President Obama’s, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Just 40% say their views are closer to the president’s than to those of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.

Eighty-four percent (84%) of Republicans and 59% of voters not affiliated with either major party say their views are more like Palin’s. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Democrats say they think more like the president.

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Voters are fairly evenly divided in their views of Palin. Forty-eight percent (48%) view her favorably, while 49% hold an unfavorable opinion of her. This includes 21% with a Very Favorable view and 31% with a Very Unfavorable one. This marks little change from last November when Palin was on a national tour to promote her book, “Going Rogue.”

However, 76% of Republicans and 52% of unaffiliated voters now hold a favorable opinion of Palin.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of GOP voters said in November 2009 that Palin shares the values of most Republican voters throughout the nation. At the same time, 74% of Republicans said their party’s representatives in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters nationwide over the past several years.

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SarahPAC's Tea Party Video

Governor Palin shares another SarahPAC video, via Facebook. This one highlights the Tea Party movement. She gives the following message:

Enjoy the video! And please support commonsense conservative candidates who will work with you, and for you, to provide solutions to America's challenges. Constitutionalists who are running for the right reasons will put our country back on course --for opportunity and freedom for all.


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Video - Bristol's DWTS Performance

Watch Bristol and Mark's performance below. Can't wait to watch--and vote--next week, too!

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Vote Now for Bristol Palin

Monday, September 20, 2010


Bristol Palin did her thing tonight with her dance partner, Mark Ballas, on the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars. Only a few minutes remain to cast your vote for Team Ballin via text or phone.

You can call or text (AT&T customers only) until 10:30 p.m. Eastern at 800-868-3407. According to ABC, online voting at abc.com will be open until 11 a.m. Eastern the next day, but don't count on that. Do it NOW.

You get 12 votes, so take advantage of each of them. It's been two years since you've voted for a Palin. It's time; go for it!

Dance, Bristol, Dance!

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Vote for Bristol Palin Tonight on "DWTS"; Updated



Tonight is the night. It's the long-awaited season premiere of Dancing with the Stars, where Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas, her partner, will be doing their thing. For Bristol, this is a totally new experience--a challenging, yet fun one.

Be sure to tune in at 8 p.m. Eastern for the two hour ABC show. But don't just watch and enjoy; cast your vote for Bristol. Here's the DWTS number to text your vote for Bristol and Mark: Team Ballin.

800-868-3407


The voting rules, via ABC:

Phone lines, text votes (AT&T customers only) and online polls will open at the top of each performance show so that viewers can vote for their favorites. Phone and text lines will stay open for 30 minutes after the end of the show. Online voting will remain open until 11am (Eastern Time) the next day.

Viewers can vote via phone, text message or online for their favorites ONLY on the night they perform.

Lines open at the beginning of each show for viewers to phone and text vote for their favorite couples and stay open for 30 minutes after the end. The whole country can vote.

Click here to watch the livestream of the DWTS show on PalinTV.

It has been reported that Governor Palin will be in the audience tonight to see her daughter dance.

Don't wait. Be sure to vote TONIGHT for Bristol and Mark!

Dance, Bristol, Dance!


Update 1: Governor Palin just tweeted the following:

SWEET diversion from politics! Dancing W'The Stars party in r livingroom tonight w/friends who r lovin' this change of pace 4 Sweet Bristol!

Update 2: The Governor tweeted this:

Over-the-moon excited and happy for Bristol! Cheering her on @ DWTS party in the Palin living room. http://twitpic.com/2qi4h8

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View From My Classroom Window



This part of New York really is beautiful. If I have to be inside teaching all day, at least I get to look at this!

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Gov. Palin Speaks about Faith and Family at National Quartet Convention - Video

Sunday, September 19, 2010

As I posted here, Governor Palin spoke about faith and family at the National Quartet Convention this past Thursday. She stated that it's time for America to turn back to God.




(Video courtesy of PalinTV. Click here to donate to PalinTV.)

(Click here to sign up for Organize4Palin to support candidates endorsed by Governor Palin.)

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Left Depicts Gov. Palin as Hitler. Where's the Outcry?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Where's the outrage from the media, from the Left, from the NAACP, from Al Sharpton & Company? Where are the people who are so quick to point out some supposed racism, extremism, and every other ism among Republicans or the Tea Party movement? They should be all over this, shouldn't they?

Via Big Government:

A video showing protesters outside an Americans For Prosperity event has surfaced on the internet. It shows the protestors with signs depicting Sarah Palin and Glenn beck with Hitler mustaches and the label “Naz-Tea Party” over their pictures. Also depicted as Hitler is GOP candidate Adam Kinzinger running against Rep. Debbie Halvorson (IL-D) in the 11th District in Illinois.


Adam Kinzinger, a decorated veteran, is running against Democratic Congresswoman, Debbie Halvorson. Governor Palin endorsed Kinzinger, which apparently makes him fair game to be treated in the same despicable manner some treat her.

Whitney Pitcher addresses this recent development on C4P:

Apparently, when some are trailing in a tough campaign, they feel the need to resort to extreme, horrific, and completely uncalled for measures, such as depicting your opponent and other conservatives such as Governor Palin and Glenn Beck as Nazis and chanting out, "outsource Adam, not our jobs". The Left proves itself again as possessing no scruples.

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Gateway Pundit has identified one of the protesters as none other than Halvorson's newest campaign manager, Julie Merz, who, by the way, also once worked for Speaker Pelosi. Other protesters include Missouri Deputy Field Director for Obama's presidential campaign, Anna Markowski. The protesters, who were picketing against the Americans for Prosperity group in Joliet, ended their night by walking across the street to one of Halvorson's campaign offices.

Read all of Whitney's post here.

Atlas Shrugs' Pamela Geller, in "The Nazis are Coming! Dem Congresswoman and Democrat Supporters Participate in ‘Palin-As-Hitler’ Rally," writes:

The Nazis are coming! That's what the national socialist party is howling. And that which they falsely accuse us of, they do with reckless abandon, painting leaders of the rational as Hitler. They painted Bush with the Hitler brush, and the shill media said nothing, did nothing, saw nothing. But they were only too happy to lie, manipulate images and photoshop pictures to smear and slander good people, accusing us of doing it to the sainted failure in the White House (go here and here). I vlogged their slander (go here to watch video with fauxtography and screenshots back in August 2009).

But now they are actually doing it, gleefully rubbing their hooves, and the silence of the media is deafening. They have no shame. When they deliberately won't report the news because it refudiates their narrative, they lie about it. Take a good hard look around, people: the enemy within, the fifth estate are destroying this country brick by brick, line by line, freedom by freedom.

This is Goebbels-style propaganda. Big Media is going down in flames. What diseased little hypocrites they all are.

Read Geller's full article here.

Josh Painter gathered, from around the web, a sampling of responses to this appalling display of hatred. Here are a few he quoted:

theblogprof:

It's ironic that the same party that points their crooked finger at the GOP and the tea party as the ones hurling violent rhetoric are the same ones that use Nazi symbols to paint the opposition with.

Don Surber:

Why should I pay tax dollars to support people who carry Nazi signs?"

RedState.com's Erick Erickson:

"Does Barack Obama sanction his own grassroots army comparing Republicans to Hitler? If not, will he see to it that this employee is fired?

Stacy McCain channels Captain Louis Renault:

It appears that not a single major news organization in Illinois — not the TV stations, nor the Chicago Tribune or Sun-Times — has done any actual reporting on this story.

Hmmm...I'd say that I'm expecting an outcry from the lamestream media at any moment, but I'd be lying.

Read more from Painter here.

Here's what the Kinzinger campaign had to say:

It was shocking to see the images displayed by protesters in Joliet this week. When I decided to run for office, I understood the nastiness of politics but never envisioned this kind of attack. Congresswoman Halvorson’s campaign has denied involvement, but video of protesters retiring to her office following the demonstration indicates otherwise. The campaign’s spokesman stated that Halvorson shares my concerns about the public display. If that is indeed the case, I respectfully ask that she use the evidence at hand to launch an investigation into the activities of her campaign and its participation in the Joliet protest, and take appropriate action.

Read their full statement here.

No matter how many times I see the double-standard, I cannot get used to it. For the record, I'll say it: it's not right for people to depict President Obama as Hitler, and neither is it right to depict Governor Palin or one of her endorsees as Hitler. People on the Left, however, don't seem to care too much about the extreme actions--and there are many--by people on their side of the aisle. They're too busy sniffing out perceived extremism on the Right. As I have said before, I will take people more seriously when their outrage against the Right is matched by their passionate opposition to the obscene, vulgar, and dangerous treatment Governor Palin, and everyone associated with her, receive.

You can help. Sign up at the new site, Organize4Palin, to support candidates Governor Palin has endorsed, including Adam Kinzinger.

(h/t Pamela Geller, Whitney Pitcher, Josh Painter)

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Governor Palin on 2012: "Of course I'd give it a shot"



Carl Cameron: Governor Palin Opens Wide Door For White House Run retrieved from PalinTV



Gov. Palin Answers Million Dollar Question retrieved from Fox News.

(h/t Ron Devito for videos)

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Murkowski Ignores Will of the People; She'll Run as a Write In Candidate; Update 1: Donate to Joe Miller; 2: Reactions

Friday, September 17, 2010

It's official. The talk of the day was that Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who was defeated by Joe Miller in the Primary, was still going to run as a write in candidate. She has just announced she is.

Some simply don't get it. The people speak during a competitive Primary, and these politicians continue to force their own agendas. There must be something in the air in Washington.

Joe Miller is the choice of the people, he's the Tea Party candidate, and he's the one Governor Palin put over the top. Murkowski conceded when it was clear she was toast. This is where she is supposed to handle the loss with grace, back the Republican chosen by her state, and get out of the way. Who would have thought she would have gone this route? It's a sad, sad day when people simply ignore the will of the voters. Unbelievable.

Too bad Murkowski didn't heed what Governor Palin just tweeted a few minutes ago:

Primary voters spoke. Listen to the people, respect their will; w/a 40-pt incumbent lead & $2.8 million war chest, voters chose Joe instead

Perhaps getting handed a Senate seat by Daddy has prevented Murkowski from recognizing when people have had enough of her. Does she have the right to run as a write in candidate? Of course, but it sure speaks volumes about desire for power over respect for the election process and the will of the people.

UPDATE: You can donate to Joe Miller's campaign by clicking here.

UPDATE II, via C4P:

Update by Mel: NRO has reaction from Joe Miller:

Miller says Murkowski’s move “should shock anyone with integrity,” calling it another example of how her “lifeblood is power.” She has, he says, a “disconnection from reality.”

“[Murkowski] is going back on her word,” Miller continues. “She gave her word several days before the primary that she would respect the primary outcome.”

John Cornyn says the NRSC stands behind Miller:

Republican primary voters spoke when they nominated Joe Miller in Alaska, and I am deeply disappointed in Senator Lisa Murkowski’s decision to ignore that clear message and wage a write-in candidacy. The NRSC stands firmly behind Joe Miller’s nomination, and we will ensure that he has all of the resources that he needs in order to win this November.

And Mitch McConnell has stripped Murkowski of her Senate leadership role:

Senate Republicans informed Lisa Murkowski that we will respect the will of the voters in Alaska and support the Republican nominee, Joe Miller. I informed her that by choosing to run a campaign against the Republican nominee, she no longer has my support for serving in any leadership roles, and I have accepted her letter of resignation from Senate leadership. Lisa has served her state and our party with distinction, but Republicans acknowledge the decision Alaskans made and join them in support of the Republican nominee, Joe Miller—the next Senator for Alaska.”

Instead of honoring her word and respecting the will of the people, Lisa Murkowski intends to try to cling to the last vestige of power she has. Stripped of her leadership roles, her claim that she's doing anything but throwing a temper tantrum is out the window.

Newsflash, Senator: The voters fired you. Act like an adult and clean out your desk and go home.

Lisa Murkowski is going to spend a lot of money trying to tear down Joe Miller. Fight back! Donate to Joe Miller here.

Update II by Doug: Even Randy Ruedrich, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, is abandoning Murky:

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski announced she would re-enter Alaska’s US Senate race as a write in candidate. Regardless of her decision the Alaska Republican Party stands firm behind our elected Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller.

“The Alaska Republican Party has been respectful of Senator Murkowski’s service and tried to give her a moment of pause with which she could come to the right decision,” said Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich. “I am disappointed the Senator has decided not to respect the will of Alaska’s Republican Primary voters. The 2010 Republican Primary turnout of 110,688 set a new Republican turnout record. I was hoping Senator Murkowski would recognize this fact and acknowledge this election was not an anomaly, misunderstanding, or mistake, but rather the definitive decision of a large plurality of Alaska primary voters. That decision deserves her respect.”

“I want to make perfectly clear to Senator Murkowski and all of Alaska’s Republicans that she will receive no support of any kind from the Alaska Republican Party,” Ruedrich went on to say. “Lisa has chosen to run against the Republican Party and its primary voters. We will treat her candidacy as we would anyone who chooses to oppose our party’s nominees.”

Together we can consign these power hungry RINOs to the dustbin of history. The future of our country demands nothing less. Do we want to bequeath a free America to our children and grandchildren...or not. This is not a drill. Donate to Joe Miller's campaign here. It's up to us and the time is NOW.

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Governor Palin's Iowa Reagan Dinner Speech; Updated










Update: Ron Devito offers this summary of Governor Palin's speech:

Governor Palin tonight delivered a Reaganesque address at the Iowa GOP’s annual Ronald Reagan Dinner in Des Moines, to raise money and campaign for Iowa’s 2010 GOP candidates. Her speech addressed the core conservative principles of limited government, energy independence, and fiscal responsibility. “This is our movement, this is our moment, this is our morning in America,” she said. Gov. Palin said the November 2 elections are “our time of choosing.”



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Watch Governor Palin in Iowa at Ronald Reagan Dinner; Updated

Governor Palin is speaking right now in Iowa at the Iowa Republican Party’s annual Ronald Reagan Dinner. You can watch the event on television by tuning in to C-SPAN.

You can also watch it via livestream here, here, and here.

Governor Palin...Ronald Reagan...IOWA--you don't want to miss this.

UPDATE: Governor Palin has just concluded her appearance.

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Constitution Day


Celebrate our Constitution on Constitution Day, September 17th.

Via ConstitutionDay.com:

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

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Gov. Palin in Kentucky For Rand Paul and National Quartet Convention

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Governor Palin appeared in Kentucky today to fundraise for Rand Paul, and then she crossed the street to speak at The National Quartet Convention, dedicated to Christian music.

Via WDRB-TV Fox 41:

After Sarah Palin finished her fundraising appearance, she moved from the Crowne Plaza Hotel across the street to Freedom Hall to give a speech on faith and family for the National Quartet Convention.

"That's what we can learn if we have that optimism," she told the assembled crowd. "That's what our country needs now more than ever -- a clear vision and the optimism to get through the challenges that we're facing."

The National Quartet Convention is a Christian music convention. Palin spoke to a receptive audience, saying America is a force for good in the world, and said it is time to turn the country back to God.

She was applauded when she spoke about the need for limited government and a government than can pay for itself.

Palin described herself as a pro-life feminist: "I am one that would like to empower women and let them know that if they find themselves pregnant in less than ideal circumstances, they're capable, they're able, they can pursue an education, they can pursue a career and still give their child life. And if motherhood isn't for them -- adoption is the beautiful choice."

God bless Governor Palin for her refusal to hide who she is--neither her love for country nor her faith in God. I've said this many times, and I will continue to say it: she possesses the spirit we need more of in our country; she is the leader under which America can thrive.

(h/t Josh Painter)

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Bristol Palin's Fox Interviews

See below for Bristol Palin's interview with Sean Hannity and her after-show Fox and Friends interview, where she discusses topics such as Dancing With the Stars, family, politics, and juggling responsibilities.




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Irish Central: Palin's Endorsements Could Lead to White House

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Irish Central's Patrick Roberts makes an observation about what Governor Palin's power to influence elections might say about 2012. Other than his unexplained assertion about "extreme" Conservative candidates, he offers an interesting perspective. Roberts writes:

Christine O'Donnell's victory in Delaware is the equivalent of the shot heard around the world.

It shows that Sarah Palin will gallop to the Republican nomination in two years if the current seething anger in the party of Lincoln continues.

Who will stop Palin now with the Republican right in such a fired up, throw the bums out mood?

Mitt Romney, not on your Nellie?

Newt Gingrich? Last century's man.

O'Donnell's victory is far more significant than that of Joe Miller in Alaska. It occurred in a blue state where moderate Republicans long held sway.

She deposed Michael Castle, the very epitome of the establishment Republican party, a long time moderate who seemed a perfect fit for the vacant senate seat.

Along with Sharon Angle's victory in Nevada, it shows that the Republican right wing is transcendent that no candidate is too extreme for them and that the party has lurched far more to the right than anyone believed.

Back home in Alaska Sarah Palin may well be measuring her prospects for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue if this continues.

As I have written here before it could well happen.

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Video: Governor Palin On "The Factor"

Governor Palin appeared on "The Factor" with Bill O'Reilly tonight:



(Video courtesy of PalinTV)

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Christine O'Donnell: Thank You, Governor Palin, For Your Endorsement

Christine O'Donnell voiced gratitude to Governor Palin after winning in Delaware. Not many thought she could pull it off, but thanks in large part to Governor Palin's support, O'Donnell secured the nomination.

As reported by Josh Painter:

Christine O’Donnell gave special credit to Gov. Sarah Palin in her victory speech Tuesday night:

“You betcha!” an ebullient O’Donnell told cheering supporters, using a Palin catch phrase. “There’s another woman I’ve gotta thank, you betcha!

When the cheering crowd subsided, O’Donnell continued: “Thank you governor Palin for your endorsement. Because she got behind us war-weary folks, and gave us a boost of encouragement when we needed it.

“And she was a vote against the politics of personal destruction,” O’Donnell told the enthusiastic throng.




(Video: The Right Scoop)


"I can see November from my house." --Gov. Sarah Palin

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Palin-Backed Ayotte Declared New Hampshire Winner

Palin-backed Kelly Ayotte has won in New Hampshire:

WBZTV reports:

New Hampshire has certified former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte as the winner of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Ayotte was endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and won a narrow victory over Ovide Lamontagne.

His conservative credentials and courting of the tea party pulled him close in the final days of the campaign.

Lamontagne has until 5 p.m. to decide whether he'll seek a recount because the margin of victory fell within 1.5 percent of the total votes cast.

The secretary of state's office says Ayotte's official margin of victory was 1,667 votes.

Ayotte will face U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

(h/t Doug Brady)

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Governor Palin's Endorsees Prevail

Governor Palin's endorsees had another big night.

* Christine O'Donnell, the most unlikely winner of them all, unseats Castle, the establishment guy.

* Michael Grimm wins in New York.

* Kelly Ayotte's race it still too close to call, but it's looking good.

The impact of a Palin endorsement is undeniable. I can certainly see November from my house!

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Christine O'Donnell, Endorsed By Governor Palin, Wins in Delaware

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Christine O'Donnell wins the nomination for Senate in Delaware in today's Republican Primary. Many considered this a long-shot, but Governor Palin saw something promising in her and endorsed her via Facebook:

The wave of positive change can really sweep across our land with the election of Constitutional Conservatives who promise to use common sense and rein in the federal government spending! Please support Christine O’Donnell in Delaware. She will support efforts for America’s energy security, patient-centered health care reform, cutting government waste, and letting the private sector thrive and prosper! We can’t afford “more of the same” in Washington. Christine will help usher in the real change we need to get America on the right track. Please visit her website at www.christine2010.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

O'Donnell has come under intense attack recently, but she persevered and produced a major upset today in Delaware.

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Bristol Palin Interview; This is Her Story

Bristol Palin is her own person. She may be known to the world as Governor Palin's daughter, which is a distinction of which she is quite proud; however, there is much more to Bristol, who is now forging her own way in the world.

In an interview with Ms. Palin, I discovered just how independent and free-thinking she actually is. I took note of her ability to simultaneously handle questions, relate her personal story, and tend to her son--who was pursuing the acquisition of another popsicle. I got the sense that Bristol Palin definitely knows who she is and what she believes. I remember the first time I watched Bristol being interviewed. This was not that girl. This was a woman with her own convictions and the voice to articulate them. This was a mother whose worldview is clearly shaped by her child and concern for his future. One cannot deny that being Sarah Palin's daughter has helped form who she is, and she talked about that. But make no mistake about it. This is her story.

In surprisingly transparent fashion, Bristol opened up about "Dancing With the Stars," her abstinence advocacy, her mother's political career, and her own future. When discussing the 2008 campaign, she shared her greatest highs and even the lowest low.

We began the interview discussing her participation in "Dancing With the Stars." Admittedly not a seasoned dancer, one would wonder how she found herself in such an unlikely position. This was not something Bristol pursued. The offer came to her, and in the spirit of trying something new that would be positive and a comfort-zone buster, her response was a resounding, "Yeah, let's go for it!" I wanted to know what everyone wants to know. "What did your family have to say about it?" Bristol was clear in saying that she is independent and made up her own mind to participate. It wasn't until after she did her research and signed her contract that she informed her parents. They, of course, know that she is an adult who is committed to doing what's best for herself and her son, Tripp. Concerning her mom, Bristol shared, "My mom is going to be my biggest fan. She'll be there cheering me on," which refutes the lies out there that the Governor is not in Bristol's corner. I think she has a bigger fan than even her mother, however. "Tripp's loving it!" she said.

"DWTS" seems to be a grueling schedule. Rehearsal starts at 9 a.m. With only a break for lunch, Bristol doesn't return to her "home" until 5 p.m. each evening. Not only does her day include dancing with her partner, but she works out for about an hour alone before knocking off for the day. When I asked her if she has ever thought, "What in the world have I gotten myself into?" and if she's wanted to throw in the towel, she responded, "Surprisingly, not yet." However, she admitted that this is quite the challenge, but definitely one that she is enjoying, and having a good relationship with Mark Ballas, her partner, only enhances the experience.

One challege she's had to face is feeling uncomfortable being sensual and sexual, both in attire and in dance movements, which is expected from "DWTS" participants. "I don't have a sexy bone in my body," Bristol said. So how is she handling it? She says to herself, "I'm playing a character as any actor would do." This mindset has helped her relax and become more comfortable in the last few days.

The 19 year old does more than dance, and this is perhaps the most impressive thing about Bristol. She also has her own PR and consulting firm, is doing speeches, and, of course, raising a toddler. Not at all prone to lifting up herself, Bristol sees what she's doing as nothing more than what "other single moms who are working, providing, and juggling everything do." It is not lost on her, however, that her support base is a strength that provides her with these opportunities. She readily states how blessed she is.

Speaking of blessings, I asked Bristol about the role of faith in her life. Her response was that faith is huge for her. Not preachy at all, but in what is clearly a major tenet of the Gospel, Bristol shared that she made a decision to live a life of faith. She approaches things in life with this question in mind: "Is this moral?" Someone else preferred the phrase, "What would Jesus do?" but the principle is the same. It is quite obvious to me that her upbringing in the Palin household influenced the faith she holds so dear, and yet it's also quite obvious that it has become her faith, not just Mommy's or Daddy's. Bristol's acknowledgement of being blessed is her own inner awareness. When she discussed faith guiding her decisions, that was, as she said, her own personal decision, and I could hear that in her voice.

Abstinence is so often linked to faith, and Bristol has chosen to be a spokesperson for the cause. She has given her voice to promoting it, yet she is well-aware of being criticized because she, a teenage mom, advocates abstinence. Nonetheless, her stand remains the same. We live in a culture that looks down its nose at abstinence, as people buy into the idea that encouraging it doesn't work. Why, then, wouldn't she simply encourage safe and responsible sex? Why abstinence, instead? Bristol's common sense response was that abstinence is the only way one can be sure to avoid pregnancy. "I know first hand that contraception is not 1,000 percent effective-- no matter how safe I thought I was being." Only abstinence is error-free. Anything else is a risk not worth taking, she said. "Just wait until you're married." Her message encourages saving yourself for your spouse, someone who actually loves you enough to give you his heart completely.

Bristol delivered her first speech last week at Lifehouse Maternity Home in Kentucky, a home for pregnant women with no place to go. She moved the crowd, and reportedly "there was not a dry eye in the place." I asked her why she thought the response to her was so great. "What was it about your message that people latched on to?"

"They saw vulnerability in me. No one knew what I went through. No one knew the emotions I had when I had to tell my parents I was pregnant. People saw that I was being vulnerable. The audience was moved that I was so willing to put myself out there."

Indeed, my teaching in the public school has always been guided by this thought: "People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." Bristol's willingness to share her heart, her experiences, and even her fears during a "less than ideal circumstance," created the response in the room. Attendees saw someone who had been there and done that and cared enough to offer hope. This is why I shake my head at people who say, "How dare she talk to me about abstinence. Look what happened to her." What they miss is that there is something to be gained from someone else's experiences, from their hurts and victories, and from their willingness to be a source of encouragement to others. If only the "perfect" were qualified to reach out to pick others up, we'd all be on the floor. So I commend Bristol for handling the criticism, staying motivated in spite of the skepticism, and being undeterred by the vitriol. Someone is depending on it.

Now, I wanted to find out about Bristol Palin. I wanted to hear her story. And I wanted to share it with the world. But I certainly would have been remiss--and a fool--if I did not take the opportunity to ask some questions about her mother. Bristol spoke honestly about growing up being "the mayor's daughter" and "the governor's daughter," which helped prepare her for the attention her mother drew during, and has drawn since, the 2008 campaign. Bristol shared that she is very proud of her mother, and she expressed tangible disgust for the lies about her and the obscene signs protesters carried--a practice which continues to this day. Not holding anything back, Bristol declared, "Those people make me want to puke."

Looking back to 2008, however, the lowest low for her was the day she sat on her mother's bed and, while watching television, saw her pregnancy revealed to the world. Governor Palin has talked about this moment and how painful it was for Bristol. The pain became more palpable, however, when Bristol shared the story herself. "I just wanted to hide under a rock. This was the lowest low I've ever had."

There were incredible highs for Bristol, as well. She recalled the long road trips and the huge rallies out in the middle of nowhere, where people gathered to cheer on the vice-presidential nominee. These are times not soon forgotten, no doubt, and my take on things is that Bristol would not have exchanged those experiences for anything. None of the negativity endured along the way could take from the pride of seeing her mother work hard to help her country and witnessing the overwhelming gratitude of multitudes of Americans.

2008 is behind us now, but 2012 is certainly on the minds of many in this country, so I asked the question. I did not ask Bristol if her mom would run for President of the United States, but I did ask her if she would like to see her mother run. Without hesitation, she said that she is definitely in favor of a Palin run for the presidency. Bristol knows that her mother would be good for our country, and discussed the qualities the Governor possesses that would make her an effective leader. Bristol cited intelligence, the ability--as a mom--to multi-task, and common sense. "I know she can lead our country in the right direction." Governor Palin, of course, is bold and unafraid, refusing to sit down and shut up. In the state of Alaska, she was known as the anti-corruption politician, and isn't that what we need throughout the entire nation? Bristol said yes. "She has a track record of taking on the big boys. She's a bull dog!" I like to call her a pit bull with lipstick or Mama Grizzly, as they say.

I was curious what Bristol wanted the Governor's most ardent critics to know, and again she spoke vehemently against those who have smeared and misrepresented her, questioned her abilities, and hated her for no sound reason. "I wish people would realize how intelligent she really is, how on-point she is." Those who are paying attention do, in fact, realize the truth about Governor Palin--and that number is increasing. The lies are being exposed, and people are embracing the common sense message Governor Palin brings, despite the agenda of the lamestream media.

I ended the interview by asking Bristol about her own future. Quoting her mother, she agreed, "The world is my oyster." There are many things she wants Tripp to experience, many things she wants to accomplish. But Bristol Palin is not just focused on the many opportunites that await her and hers. She possesses a unique, mature awareness of the opportunity she has to impact the lives of others. Bristol's focus, one not often held by a young woman of 19, was summed up in this question she voiced: "What can we do to help others?" And isn't that what life is really all about? The problem is most of us don't have this epiphany until we're much older. The awareness doesn't come by accident, either. It comes as a result of believing in something larger than self, and recognizing a responsibility to take the blessing you've been given and bless others with it. It comes from moms and dads who had the choice to retreat or persevere, who counted the cost, and chose perseverance because they deemed the task worth the risk. And it comes from looking around for someone with a story to tell, the courage to tell it, and a platform to use--and then realizing that person is you.

Bristol Palin has experienced much in her short years of life--good, bad, and much in between. She's allowed these to propel her forward into a future she's creating for her son, herself, and others. Yes, she may have stumbled here and there, as her critics like to point out, but she's dancing now. Yes, she's dancing now.

Don't miss Bristol's dancing debut when the new "Dancing With the Stars" season airs next Monday, September 20th.

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