Governor Palin's Grizzly Fest Message

Monday, February 27, 2012

Saturday, Palin supporters continued to progress Governor Palin's message with the second Grizzly Fest. The theme of the Online Winter Summit was, to use the Governor's words, "Sudden and Relentless Reform." This season's panelists were author of Throw Them All Out and Palin adviser, Peter Schweizer; Rebecca Keefisch, Lt. Governor of Wisconsin, Luigi Zingales, the Robert C. McCormack professor of entrepreneurship and finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business; Adam Andrzejewski, founder of For The Good Of Illinois; Sarah Nuckles, commisioner of the South Carolina Department of Transportation; and Scott Beason, candidate for Congress against 10-term incumbent representative Spencer Bachus.

Governor Palin took part in this event via a pre-recorded message. Here's the Governor's message, which includes a message from her dad, Chuck Heath, as well.

You can listen to the entire 3-hour Grizzly Fest here at


Talking to SarahNET Radio Host, Kevin Scholla

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Kevin Scholla, host of The Palin Update with Kevin Scholla on SarahNET Radio, routinely interviews a variety of people. In that list are Rep. Michele Bachmann; former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich; Rep. Ron Paul; former Senator, Rick Santorum; Jackie Siciliano of Team Sarah; The Undefeated mastermind, Stephen Bannon; and author and Fox News Contributor, Jedediah Bila, to name a few.

I was honored to be a guest on today's broadcast. We discussed my support of Governor Palin, her future, her true character, my time with her parents while in Alaska, the possibility of a brokered convention, and faith. Kevin also asked me about the Facebook "shout-out" Governor Palin recently gave one of my articles.

Be sure to tune in regularly to SarahNET Radio for all things Palin.


McCain Campaign Adviser Defends Governor Palin Against 'Game Change' Lies

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A top McCain adviser has stepped up to defend Governor Palin on the heels of the ridiculous Game Change movie. He also calls out Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, the sources of the soon-to-hit-HBO hit piece.

T. Michael Andrews granted Big Hollywood an interview, which can be read in its entirety here. Below, find some excerpts:

The premise of the “Game Change” film is that Sarah Palin cost the Republicans the election in 2008. Do you agree?

I disagree with the premise that Palin lost the election in 2008. The fact of the matter they say that money doesn’t win elections, I say bull. Obama had more money than he knew what to do with. He was very fortunate to ride on a wave of Bush fatigue, a rejuvenated electorate with this hope and change message and more importantly, he had money, which allowed him to tap into deep resources.

What do you think of the McCain aides who helped with making this movie? What’s their motive?

The trouble is this – you lost. It’s easy to blame people. My thought is that you lost as a team y’all have to own up. Like a football team. It can’t be one person’s fault you lost. It can’t be. In my opinion to say that it’s Sarah Palin’s fault for that loss – I disagree with that notion. I don’t know what their motive is in the movie by painting Gov. Palin as the target for the reason of the lost election other than trying to save face.

What do you say to the people who criticize Sarah Palin for not being experienced or intelligent enough to have served as Vice-President of the United States?

People who make those comments have never run for public office. People who sit back and criticize others on intellectual ability have never been in a position to lead. The bottom line is this, the person that the media thinks oughta be the president have no clue. That person does not exist on this planet and the person who thinks they are the smartest person in the world, should never hold a job with a title. I firmly believed the media felt Barack Obama was this person. Three and a half years later, I think even the media believes you need more of a person who can read off a teleprompter to lead a country. To insinuate that Sarah Palin was aloof is ridiculous. To achieve what she has done as a local city councilwoman to Mayor to Governor in Alaska … they somehow misjudged her ability, and especially her intellectual ability.

Read more here.

(h/t Jasmine Velasco)


Governor Palin: Obama’s Anti-American Energy Policies Invite the Next Crisis

Friday, February 24, 2012

Governor Palin offers President Obama common sense energy solutions. If he could set his ego aside, he would reach out to her, hear her out on these solutions, and employ them. She is an energy expert, after all; even he cannot deny that. And when America's prosperity and security are at stake, we need a leader who will choose doing the right thing over playing politics.

Via Facebook, Governor Palin writes:

President Obama doesn’t have an energy plan. He has an energy speech that he continues to give regardless of the facts or his obvious failures. He likes to take credit for actions initiated by the last administration (without telling you that he’s reversed or stymied many of those successes).

We should not be surprised by his detached attitude about America’s pain at the pump. He’s not interested in lowering the price of gas because exorbitantly high gas prices are one of his campaign promises. In September 2008, candidate Obama’s Energy Secretary in-waiting said: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” That’s one campaign promise they’re working hard to fulfill!

President Obama notes that instability in the Middle East causes short-term spikes in the price of oil. But that is precisely why we should take every opportunity to drill here and drill now to lessen our dependence on these dangerous foreign regimes. President Obama’s lack of action simply invites the next oil crisis. It’s as if the White House is purposefully making us more dependent on foreign countries – from running up an unsustainable debt that must be financed by foreign debtors, to constantly apologizing and walking on eggshells around dictators who control oil supplies.

When it comes to our energy security, the only thing holding us back is the lack of political will. We have the resources, the ingenuity, and the manpower. And we need the jobs! Any economic recovery will be hampered by these rising gas prices. And I guarantee the rising prices will only get worse and will halt job growth further.

We must never forget that energy development, job creation, and national security are inextricably linked. Access to affordable and secure energy is the key to economic growth, which is the key to job growth. Securing a stable domestic supply of energy will lead to a more peaceful and prosperous America – an America that’s not subject to the whims of dictators who can cut off energy supplies or shut down the Strait of Hormuz to exports passing through.

President Obama repeatedly claims that there is no “silver bullet” to lower gas prices. But, in fact, we do have proof that the promise of future drilling does lead to immediate price relief as oil producers plan to expand their production.

So what are Obama’s solutions? As luck would have it, they coincide with subsidizing his friends and campaign donors. What a fortuitous coincidence in an election year! While you’re paying $5-a-gallon for gas, President Obama has been picking “winners” and “losers” in the free market. He’s decided that conventional resource development that produces the fuel we use to drive our cars and power our economy are “losers.” His “winners” are the bankrupt green energy companies that his campaign donors invest in. Unfortunately his real “losers” are the American public who are once again hit with massive gas prices (at least those who can’t afford luxury electric cars like the Obama-subsidized Volt that gets 40 miles per battery charge, or like the Obama-subsidized Tesla that turns into a “brick” when the battery completely discharges and then costs $40,000 to repair.)

What are the real solutions? Well, whether you support Newt in 2012 or not, he makes a lot of sense in this video, which is why President Obama targeted it for mockery yesterday. Newt is right that we need to “stop bowing and start drilling.” And not only can’t a gun rack fit in a Volt, but the government will take away our pick-up trucks when they pry the steering wheel “from our cold, dead hands.” Newt explains in this video some commonsense, pro-American solutions to the problems President Obama causes with his terrifyingly naïve assault on U.S. energy production.

With just the stroke of a pen, President Obama could lead us in the direction of real energy security and reduce our oil imports threatened by Iran’s threats to shut down the Strait of Hormuz. Here are just a few commonsense measures we can do right now, and most of them don’t require any new legislation or regulations:

Open Alaska to drilling. Billions and billions of barrels of U.S. crude (and hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of clean natural gas) sit untapped up here in the far north, my friends. We have the TAPS pipeline and infrastructure; we invite the development! Open ANWR. Think of how much safer and secure we would be if we had done this decades ago.

Build the Keystone Pipeline. President Obama doesn’t understand we live in a land woven with untold miles of pipe to carry safe energy supplies to protect and prosper America. Common sense dictates we need another one now to secure our energy future. It is key. It is the Keystone. If we’re worried about instability in the Middle East, it makes no sense to shun safe and reliable oil from Canada. Obviously, China understands this, and we should too.

Drill for natural gas. Natural gas is the future. It’s clean, it’s green, and we’ve got lots of it. Whether we use it to power natural-gas cars or to run natural-gas power plants that charge electric cars – or ideally for both – natural gas can act as a clean “bridge fuel” to a future when more renewable sources are available.

There are many more steps we need in order to establish a true energy plan to secure our future. But these three steps, plus increased resource development in the Lower 48 and reversing President Obama’s nonsensical, knee-jerk, anti-American energy shut down of off-shore developments would create hundreds of thousands of jobs as millions of barrels of oil every single day would flow under American control, and lessen our dependence on the Persian Gulf.

It’s time our country had a real energy plan that includes a genuine all-of-the-above approach that doesn’t ignore conventional resource development. We need the jobs, we need the energy, and we need the security.

- Sarah Palin


Big Hollywood: Palin Carried McCain Until He Changed the Game

I am glad to see that more people are stepping up to denounce HBO's representation of Governor Palin during the 2008 election (though still summoning Senator McCain). Game Change is a work of fiction disguised as fact, so in the interest of truth, we will continue to expose it for what it is. Joel B. Pollak wrote an article for Big Hollywood in which he described his experience with the campaign. Here's an excerpt:

But here’s the truth about the McCain-Palin campaign, which HBO’s upcoming “Game Change” film attempts to shroud in fanciful anti-Palin fiction: Palin carried the campaign. She would have led the Republicans to victory had it not been for the September financial collapse and McCain’s disastrous decision to suspend his campaign so that he could vote for the TARP bailout in Washington.

The Democrats knew it, too. That fall, I was back in the classroom at Harvard Law School, surrounded by students and faculty who not only supported Sen. Barack Obama but were, in some cases, involved in his campaign at senior levels. They feared Palin and, after her arrival, could barely talk about the election without a sense of dread. They had no answer for her optimism, her authenticity, her femininity and her courage.

On the ground in New Hampshire, where I volunteered after classes and on weekends, Palin’s nomination had led to a sudden groundswell of support. Where McCain had struggled to fill an arena, lines outside events featuring Palin seemed miles long. She had awakened and rallied the conservative base.


After the election, when the Republican establishment began to self-destruct, Palin rallied the conservative base yet again. She became an important voice in the burgeoning Tea Party movement. She helped lead Republicans to the greatest congressional victory in several generations. Her success stopped the Obama agenda dead in its tracks. That’s a real “game change” worthy of a film – and the story’s still being written.

Read the full piece here.


Summoning Senator McCain

I have great respect for Senator John McCain. That respect is two-fold. First and foremost, I respect his service to our nation. He is a true American hero, the proverbial "profile in courage." His strength and heroism in war are undeniable. Second, he was the vehicle through which the nation came to know Governor Palin. Though she had already been making history in Alaska, many had never heard her record, or even her name, until the Senator introduced her on August 29, 2008, in Dayton Ohio. For that, we are most grateful.

However, I have a bone to pick with him. HBO has shamelessly orchestrated the Palin hit piece known as Game Change, which is set to air next month. Its original purpose seems to have been to derail a Palin presidential run, as it was assumed she would be a candidate at this time. That, obviously, is not the case, but HBO's characterization of her is no less demeaning, dishonest, and frankly, disgusting. In fact, former senior adviser and spokesperson, Meghan Stapleton, called it "sick," and other staffers also denounced it as pure "fiction."

My issue with Senator McCain is that he remains silent while those he trusted continue to blame Governor Palin for the horrible campaign they ran. They need a scapegoat, so they've chosen her, and they're willing to sell their souls to the devil in the effort.

Mark Whittington writes:

The movie is based on a poorly researched book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, and it was criticized at the time of its publication by Howard Kurtz, then a media reporter for the Washington Post, and the New York Times for its overreliance on unsourced "deep background" interviews that were difficult to verify.

Two of those sources have been revealed, according to the Los Angeles Times, as Steve Schmidt and Nichole [sic] Wallace, John McCain campaign operatives widely regarded as being responsible for McCain's defeat in 2008. The suspicion is Schmidt and Wallace are attempting to shift the blame for the debacle on Palin.

Schmidt and Wallace will obviously do what they do. Their despicable behavior is nothing new, but McCain could certainly stop it in its tracks with just one word--or at least slow it down. Instead, he is saying nothing. Therefore, these two little rascals are making him look even worse than they are attempting to make the Governor look. If she was really as bad as they say she was, what does that say about Senator McCain, since he's the one who picked her? These two miscreants are not only doing a disservice to Governor Palin's name, but they're calling into question Senator McCain's leadership capabilities.

The Senator did say this:
It'll be a cold day in Gila Bend, Arizona, when I watch that movie.

Well, that's fine, but surely he has seen the trailer by now, or read about it, or heard about the decent members of his 2008 election staff who have spoken out against the lies in this movie in which Governor Palin is depicted as mentally unstable, unprepared, and unintelligent.

Back in May, on the day Governor Palin launched her One Nation Bus Tour in Washington, DC, Senator McCain told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that Governor Palin could beat President Obama in an election if she decided to run. He added:
I think that, again, that’s what campaigns are all about. I've never seen anyone as mercilessly and relentlessly attacked as I have seen Sarah Palin in the last couple of years, but she also inspires great passion particularly among the Republican faithful.

I agree with Senator McCain: no one has been treated as unfairly and vilely as Governor Palin. Since he knows this to be true, I would have even more respect for him if he'd do his part to put an end to it. I also agree that she inspires the Republican faithful. If Senator McCain considers himself among those faithful, he should be inspired enough to take a stand, shouldn't he? Governor Palin energized his campaign for the presidency, she is the reason he didn't lose by an even greater margin, and she helped secure his congressional reelection in 2010. At the very least, I would like the Senator to speak up on behalf of his former running mate--and himself--by calling out his staffers and their lies. It's simply the right thing to do, and Senator McCain has shown us in the past that he knows how to do the right thing.

(h/t Ray for Whittington article lead)


"Bull" O'Reilly Discusses Governor Palin on 'Leno'

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tuesday night, Bill O'Reilly was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They discussed politics, among other things. O'Reilly did what he usually does: offer his perspective based on...his perspective. So not much was new there, but when Leno asked O'Reilly a question about Governor Palin, my ears perked up. How would he respond? Remember, the Governor has made a few appearances on The Factor, which came to a halt after the time she basically told him to stop interrupting her and let her answer a question. Those who are familiar with O'Reilly know he usually does most of the talking while his guests try to figure out why he invited them on if he wasn't going to allow them to speak. Until Governor Palin indicated he needed to stop yapping, I had never heard anyone take a firm stand on Bill's habitual interruptions. That was Governor Palin's last appearance on his show, until recently. Perhaps it was sheer coincidence. Who knows? What we do know, though, is that after that day, he whined and complained for some time about that appearance and was less then complimentary when speaking about her--more so than usual.

Bill O'Reilly's response Tuesday night can simply be described as dismissive and condescending. I know you're thinking, "And this is surprising how?" It's not, but it does afford an opportunity to once again point out some things.

Here's part of the exchange:

Leno: Is Sarah Palin pretty much been eclipsed from all of this? Is she not a voice in any of this anymore?

O'Reilly: She has her niche audience, but the Governor is happy where she is on Fox News Channel making a fortune and shooting moose or whatever she shoots. [He laughs.]

First, did Bill actually hear Jay's question because he certainly didn't answer it? Leno asked if Governor Palin has a voice of influence in this political process. (It was not until after Bill responded that question that Leno asked about whether someone might "bring her in.") Bill's answer is that she is making a fortune and shooting moose. Really? Why didn't he answer the question Leno asked? Was he too eager to promote his own narrative? Also, one thing has nothing to do with the other, does it? One can be influential and work for Fox News at the same time, can't she? Isn't that what they expect from their analysts? I have a hard time imagining that if the same question had been asked about Charles Krauthammer, for example, O'Reilly would have responded in similar fashion.

Second, enough of this making a fortune thing. If people think that Governor Palin would sell out for money, they've missed it. They've missed her character and her history. Remember, she walked away from a good-paying job to expose corruption in Alaska. As she says, "In politics, you're either eating well or sleeping well." She's not for sale. She doesn't suffer from a lust for money, and making money has nothing to do with her ability to impact the national scene.

Bill O'Reilly somehow relegates Governor Palin to the position of hunter-gatherer, thereby disqualifying her from being able to make a difference. We know Governor Palin is a hunting enthusiast, and we certainly have no problem with that. However, his condescending suggestion that she's too busy loving hunting to have any real power is laughable. It continues to baffle me how people respond to and treat a former vice presidential nominee who offered herself up to serve her country. That's his answer about the influence of the first woman on a Republican ticket in a presidential/vice presidential campaign? Bill, you can do better, can't you?

His eagerness to dismiss the Governor also does not jive with the facts, and the facts illustrate that our presidential candidates seek Governor Palin's endorsement, that she can't go anywhere without someone poking a microphone in her face, that she's asked who people should vote for in primary and caucus states, that she's been questioned about a brokered convention, that she's been asked repeatedly to reconsider her October 5th decision, that Newt Gingrich is on record as wanting her to be a part of a Gingrich administration, that she brought down the house at CPAC, that she went to New York and did a plethora of interviews with people who wanted her take on this primary season, that phrases she's coined, like "fundamental restoration of America," routinely come out of Mitt Romney's mouth--who's the purported heir to President Obama's throne, and that causes like exposing crony capitalism all of a sudden became a topic of discussion in debates after she brought it front and center in current political discourse. Who's lacking a voice?

Furthermore, how many can boast of the intensity of support she has--loyal supporters who would go through hell and high water for her if she just said the word? Which brings me to my next point: this "niche" that O'Reilly refers to when asked about her influence...perhaps we should take a look at something: O'Reilly, who constantly reminds us of how wonderful he is and how many people tune in to watch The Factor, has a little over 511,000 Facebook friends. The washed up, money-grubbing, moose hunter from Alaska has almost 3.3 million. You do the math, Bill--and cut the bull.


Former Palin Aides Hold Conference Call to Denounce 'Game Change'

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Washington Free Beacon reported today that Governor Palin was taking steps to defend her record and reputation against the nonsense called Game Change that HBO is airing next month. The focus of the movie is to attack Governor Palin with the most absurd, demeaning, and dishonest characterization. Today, there was a conference call concerning the hit piece:

Former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is holding a conference call Wednesday evening to push back against the upcoming HBO movie Game Change—a dramatic account of the ’08 McCain-Palin ticket.

During the 5 p.m. conference call, Palin is expected to challenge the representation of her in the film, which is due to air on March 10. The film reportedly will focus on the choice of Palin as a vice-president candidate and the interpersonal conflicts in the campaign.

On the Sarah PAC website on Friday, Palin aides called the movie a “fiction.”

“HBO Studio heads decided they would generate more profit by inventing facts and scenes for the purpose of fictionalizing a history written by people with no personal knowledge of the situations they attempt to depict,” the statement read in part.

The film is being produced by prominent Hollywood Democratic donors.

The New York Times provided information following the conference call, which actually was not facilitated by Governor Palin. Rather, her former staff members held the conference call with the media.

Michael D. Shears writes:
Several former aides to Sarah Palin, a former governor of Alaska, denounced Wednesday a coming HBO movie about the 2008 campaign, calling it a “fiction,” a “false narrative” and “sick.”

The half-dozen former top aides to Ms. Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, said the network did not allow them to see the movie, which is based on the book “Game Change,” in advance of its airing. But the advisers condemned it based on two short trailers and accounts of it in the press.

“It presents a false narrative cobbled together by a group of people who simply weren’t there,” Jason Recher, a close aide who traveled with Ms. Palin during the campaign, said of the movie, also called “Game Change,” which is scheduled to air on March 10.


The movie is largely limited to the parts of the book about Ms. Palin and — like the book — includes scenes in which Ms. Palin is portrayed as unprepared to answer questions about foreign policy and
economics. It also describes a rift that developed between Ms. Palin and some of the campaign’s staff.

Meg Stapleton, a longtime associate of Ms. Palin’s who served as a senior adviser and spokeswoman during the campaign, strongly attacked the movie, the authors of the book and the campaign staffers she accused of leaking material about Ms. Palin.

“This is sick,” she said. “The media has gone too far. You accepted the false narrative of a couple of people who sought revenge,” she added, referring to Steve Schmidt, one of Mr. McCain’s top advisers, and Nicolle Wallace, who was brought in during the campaign to advise Ms. Palin.

“Schmidt is infamous for lining up and destroying,” Ms. Stapleton said. “He is abusive, he is abrasive, and he is nothing short of a world-class bully.”


Randy Scheunemann, a top foreign policy adviser to Mr. McCain during the 2008 campaign and a supporter of Ms. Palin’s, called those scenes false.

“I’ve not been able to review the screenplay or see the movie,” he said. “The book was very misleading, the movie is going to be far worse. It gives fiction a bad name.”

He added that the briefings he gave that are depicted in the movie were an attempt to describe Mr. McCain’s worldview for Ms. Palin, and that she was “completely conversant on a whole bunch of issues.” He called Ms. Palin “incredibly intelligent.”

(h/t C4P)


Exposing HBO's Anti-Palin 'Game Change' Agenda

The HBO movie, Game Change, which does a hit job on Governor Palin, is set to air next month. Governor Palin's PAC has already exposed it as pure fiction, and others are now weighing in. It's so pathetic that people continue to use the Palin name to capitalize off their delusional smears and outright lies.

Last night, Stacy Drake wrote:

John Nolte was a guest on the Dennis Miller show today to discuss the HBO smear-u-drama, Game Change. He spoke with Breitbart editor, Larry O’Conner, who was filling in for Miller.

Nolte announced that tomorrow, Big Hollywood will release an important article about the movie.

He said that HBO had “played games with the Palin camp” by being dishonest while also trying to co-opt them in a way that would validate their movie. It’s a very interesting interview, I suggest listening to the whole thing

Here's that interview:

John Nolte did, in fact, release that article today. He writes:
"The ‘Game Change’ trailer doesn’t reflect anything I recall.” — Jason Recher, Advisor to the McCain Campaign who was with Governor Palin during nearly every waking moment of the ‘08 election.

When and how did we know that the upcoming HBO film “Game Change” would be a total and complete hit job produced only with destroying Sarah Palin in mind? Well, we knew that the moment the film was announced back in March of 2011. For starters, the material upon which the film is based, the book “Game Change,” written by left-wing political journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, is itself a hit-job, and a poorly sourced one at that.

Among others, no less than the New York Times and Howard Kurtz have questioned the book’s sourcing … and sexism. We also know that HBO chose only a small portion of “Game Change” to adapt, the portion that focuses on Governor Palin. Therefore, and quite intentionally, HBO chose to leave out anything that might damage Barack Obama’s reelection chances.

If that fails to convince you, watch the trailer. It speaks for itself.

In reference to the trailer (despite promises from the film’s screenwriter, no one on Team Palin has yet seen the completed film), I spoke with Jason Recher, an advisor to the McCain campaign and trip director for Governor Palin, the man who spent nearly every waking moment with Palin throughout the entire campaign. Recher told me in no uncertain terms that Palin’s “breakdown,” which is the dramatic center of the trailer, simply did not happen. He also added that the trailer as a whole “doesn’t reflect anything I recall.”

The trailer also wants us to believe that a self-made woman who became the governor of Alaska, who delivered this speech, who more than held her own in a debate with Vice President Joe Biden, and not only survived an unprecedented email fisk but came out of it (and how many politicians could say this?) with an enhanced reputation, is some sort of moron.

And just look at the line of dialogue where Palin (as performed by rabid Palin-hater Julianne Moore) is supposed to have said that she “so” wants to get out of Alaska. Really? And I’m supposed to believe that because for the last three years Palin’s had every opportunity to get out of Alaska and hasn’t?

If a 90-second trailer drops these kinds of falsehood (and more), what kind of falsehoods are we to expect from a two-hour film?

And just look at the line of dialogue where Palin (as performed by rabid Palin-hater Julianne Moore) is supposed to have said that she “so” wants to get out of Alaska. Really? And I’m supposed to believe that because for the last three years Palin’s had every opportunity to get out of Alaska and hasn’t?

If a 90-second trailer drops these kinds of falsehood (and more), what kind of falsehoods are we to expect from a two-hour film?


When the film was first announced by HBO in March of last year, it was widely believed then that Governor Palin would take a run at unseating President Obama in 2012. And what better way to aid Obama’s reelection effort than with a multi-million ad campaign (disguised as a docu-drama) targeting the person who could very well be his chief rival.

But even more insidious is the film’s release date of March 10. Think about it, if you’re a gang of left-wing operatives with HBO at your disposal, what better release date is there than just a few days after Super Tuesday — the very day Palin might have secured the nomination. Obviously, the idea was to shock and awe any momentum she might have had, not only with the power and wealth of HBO, but a vindictive news media that would’ve used the film to beat Palin senseless with all the way to November.

Now that I’ve laid the necessary context, I’m going to tell you the story of just what a devious and dishonest outlet HBO proved itself to be when it came to their dealings with Governor Palin and her camp. And unlike “Game Change,” my sources are on the record.

While “Game Change” was still in production, screenwriter Danny Strong reached Jason Recher (the campaign’s senior advisor who was with Palin throughout the campaign). Strong told Recher the he was eager to speak with pro-Palin folks in order to find out if the book “Game Change” got anything wrong.

Recher told me, “I spoke to him briefly, told him [that the campaign] was one of the most positive experiences of my life, and that the 40 pages of ‘Game Change’ did not reflect my memory of that time.”

After that, Recher never again heard back from Strong and later learned, “I was written out of the movie, despite being a key player on an hourly basis for the duration of the campaign.”


According to Tim Crawford, Treasurer of SarahPAC, HBO did offer to come out to Governor Palin’s home in Wasilla, Alaska, for a private screening, but that offer was wisely turned down. Obviously, HBO was looking for an easy piece of publicity that they could spin into Team Palin somehow endorsing their hit-piece.

Besides, would you want these people in your home?

As much as HBO might want you to think different, Palin and her people are not dumb. Crawford told me that others, including the Governor, received interview requests from Strong but that they all were well aware that the very foundation Strong was using to write his film was based on a hit-job. It wasn’t as though Strong and HBO chose to make a movie about Sarah Palin from her auto-biography, “Going Rogue.” Furthermore, the film’s director is Jay Roach, and it was Roach and Strong who had teamed up once already to rewrite history to the left’s advantage with “Recount,” a one-sided HBO film that took viewers behind the scenes of the 2000 Florida recount.

In my opinion, Strong and HBO were attempting to play a sucker’s game with all-involved. What he and HBO were obviously hoping for was any kind of cooperation that would allow them to claim that the Governor and/or her people had validated their own cinematic crucifixion.

Read the full piece here.

(h/t Stacy Drake and Doug Brady)


GOP Debate Tonight

The GOP presidential debate will be televised live tonight at 8:00 Eastern on CNN. It will also be livestreamed here.

The debate takes place at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona and is sponsored by CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona. Tune in to see Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul debate the issues.

CNN reports:

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Republican presidential hopefuls will face-off for the final debate before a dozen states take to the polls on Super Tuesday. CNN anchor and chief national correspondent John King will moderate the two-hour debate, which will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET from the Mesa Performing Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.


Governor Palin to Sean Hannity: The Media Make Me Sick

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Governor Palin talked to Sean Hannity tonight. The Governor was once again asked about a brokered convention, Mitt Romney's "conservatism," and the left's attack on Rick Santorum's expressions of faith. Certainly known for not holding back, Governor Palin didn't disappoint, stating the media's hypocrisy makes her sick! Her honesty is so needed--and so rare--but since she's never been for sale and is not playing the you-scratch-my-back-I'll-scratch-yours game, she can call it like she sees it. Keep it up, Gov!

(Video retrieved from SarahNET)


Governor Palin: Iron Dog!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Todd Palin is a champion snowmachine racer, and it's that time again. The Iron Dog commenced yesterday. It takes a whole lot of toughness to compete in this grueling annual race, and Todd and partner Scott Davis are once again up to the challenge.

Today, Governor Palin wrote on Facebook:

Intense race week begins for motorheads who love the cold and snow up North! Every racer in this 2000-mile epic journey across Alaska is tough. Period. Lots of self-discipline and determination and amazing mechanical skills are required. You can check standings here and GPS tracking here.

Here are some photos of Todd and Trig from the start of the race yesterday.

Go Dogs! Godspeed!

- Sarah Palin


SarahPAC Presidents' Day Video: Chords of Memory

Via Facebook, Governor Palin posted the following for Presidents' Day. This is another fine video from PassCode Creative:


Gov. Palin: Happy Presidents' Day

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

Celebrating George Washington’s birthday is an American tradition to honor our first president. Though Presidents’ Day is now the more commonly-used term, and has expanded to include all presidents, the legal term for this federal holiday remains Washington’s Birthday.

We honor President Washington, not because he was flawless; he was not. He was, however, the epitome of self-sacrifice—both as a soldier and a statesman. It was that sacrifice that helped make America what it was destined to become. We honor him because of what he accomplished and the manner in which he approached service to this nation: with a servant’s heart.

I am on record as acknowledging President Washington as my favorite Founder precisely because of that heart. He did not seek power. He accepted it reluctantly. He answered the call, offered himself up in the name of service, and helped to usher in a new day. At a time when he could have remained in office perpetually, as some expected, he chose to return to life as a citizen rather than seek a third term. He fulfilled his destiny, and his legacy is secure.

It is refreshing to reflect on one who was so far removed in spirit from the inside baseball that too often defines politics now. America celebrates President Washington for his decision to serve for the right reasons. Today, we could certainly use a little more Washington in DC and a little less BS in Washington.

Happy Presidents’ Day.

- Sarah Palin


Governor Palin and a Brokered Convention: Miracle or Mess?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Talk of a brokered convention continues. Today, the Boston Herald offers this:

The prospect of a brok-ered Republican convention has reared its head — with the re-emergence of conservative lightning rod Sarah Palin as a GOP savior — as the controversial Alaskan said she’d be willing to “help” if her party can’t choose a nominee ahead of the August rubber- stamp event.


Sean Trende of Real said that if the current trend of stark regional divides continues — with Mitt Romney taking more moderate states, Newt Gingrich taking southern states and Rick Santorum taking the conservative heartland — it could go all the way to the convention without a clear winner, as the Democrats narrowly avoided doing in 2008. And disgruntled delegates rebeling against a Romney candidacy could tip the balance for a right-leaning star. Enter Palin.

“Who are those people going to gravitate towards if they can’t get Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum? Will they pick Sarah Palin? It’s very possible,” Trende said.

Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential pick, told Fox News that if the primary turmoil drags on, “all bets are off as to who will be willing to offer themselves up in the name of service to their country. I would do whatever I could to help.”


“No one really knows what a brokered convention looks like in modern times,” Trende said. “If no one has enough delegates, you’ll probably see Sarah Palin walking around the floor of the convention trying to get support. And you’ll have party brokers who want it to go to Mitch Daniels or Paul Ryan. My personal opinion is it will be a mess.”

Well, one person's mess is another person's miracle.

Nothing at all may come of this brokered convention talk, but who knows? We'll just have to wait and see.

Read more here.

(h/t Ian)


Governor Palin Weighing All Options

Governor Palin was quite busy during her time in New York this week. Fox News Insider managed to get a brief interview with her, however.

Here's an excerpt:

As we sit here today, what does the future hold for you?

“I’m keeping all my options open; everything’s on the table. I put my life in God’s hands and say, Lord, you know I mess up. I take wrong doors that I think are open that perhaps aren’t really open, and I learn through the school of hard knocks, but my life is in His hands and I do seek direction from Him in what it is I can do to positively contribute to this country, to our world, and everybody can do that. Everybody can make a difference and contribute, regardless of a title or no title, an office or no office. So, all options are on the table, but certainly running for office in the future is a consideration.”

Go here to read the rest, including what the Governor says about her family and how she'll honor our troops this weekend.

(h/t Ian)


SarahPAC Responds to HBO's 'Game Change'

As many are aware, HBO decided to get in on the Bash Palin for Profit sickness that seems to have spread throughout much of our culture. They've put fiction on film under the pretense of reality. Game Change is set to air next month, and SarahPAC has cleared the air and set the record straight:

"I haven't seen HBO's latest effort at manipulating history. However, based upon the description and reports from people who have viewed the film Game Change, HBO has distorted, twisted and invented facts to create a false narrative and attract viewers. They call it a docu-drama, there is little "docu" in it. HBO must add a disclaimer that this movie is fiction." -Tim Crawford, Treasurer SarahPAC

Pay channel HBO has produced another docudrama based on the political arena. This time it is a subscription-only television movie sensationalizing 40 pages of a three-year-old book about the 2008 presidential election. The real 2008 Election was an incredible, moving experience that brought together the nation to celebrate our democracy. HBO has taken that experience and twisted it into tabloid drama for its own profit.

The docudrama Game Change has not been released, but the content and clips available and scenes as reported by the media make it clear that HBO studio heads decided they would generate more profit by inventing facts and scenes for the purpose of fictionalizing a history written by people with no personal knowledge of the situations they attempt to depict.

After viewing the Game Change trailers purporting to show actual events from the campaign, we sifted through over 2,000 behind-the-scenes photos of actual events, people and moments.

Below is an inside look at those moments which were captured from September to November 2008 and encompass over 95 rallies in 19 states, three major policy speeches, numerous town halls, four meetings with Blue Star Moms, two hockey games and as many unscheduled stops as we were able to fit in the schedule.

This is the Game Change you can believe in, because it actually happened.

View the photos here.

(h/t Ian)


Governor Palin's Second Day of NY Fox News Interviews

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Governor Palin is really making the rounds in New York. After a full day of interviews yesterday, she continued her work as a Fox News contributor today. She spoke with Tom Sullivan in the studio on Fox News Radio, then appeared on Fox News Channel with Jon Scott and Jenna Lee, and later was David Asman's guest on the Fox Business Network:

(Videos retrieved from SarahNET)


Eric Bolling Asks Governor Palin the 'B' Question

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Even before Governor Palin's interview with Eric Bolling aired tonight, news had already been leaked that he asked her the 'B' question. With all the talk about a brokered convention, somebody had to ask. If it came down to it, "would you be interested?" Eric asked. Governor Palin's response was that she would do whatever she could to help. Very interesting...Let us pray! :)

(Video retrieved from SarahNET)


Governor Palin Pays 'The Five' Surprise Visit

Just yesterday, while watching The Five, I thought how much I would like to see Governor Palin make a guest appearance on the show--and plop down right next to Bob Beckel.

Today, while watching, I thought the same thing. Shortly after this thought, she surprised The Five co-stars by showing up. It was just as I had envisioned. She sat next to Beckel who, after dissing her so many times, wasn't able to do anything today but grin, tell her she looked good, and apologize. She had led the way by jokingly apologizing for previously calling him a doofus. (Of course, he deserved it!) She did kick him under the table, too--all in fun.

It's been a busy day for Governor Palin as she's made the Fox rounds.

Great segment:

(Video retrieved from US4Palin)


Governor Palin in New York

Governor Palin is in New York and stopped by Fox Studios this morning to join the Fox and Friends team on the curvy couch. Later, she joined Martha MacCallum for a one-on-one. At 10 p.m. Eastern, she joins Eric Bolling in studio for his final show on the Fox Business Network.

Bolling tweeted:

ALERT! Palin breaking big news... the 15 minutes with Gov Sarah that may change everything.. stay tuned 10p FBN


Fox and Friends:

(Videos retrieved from SarahNET)


Governor Palin 'On the Record'

Governor Palin went On the Record with Greta Van Susteren last night:

(Video retrieved from SarahNET)


Governor Palin and a Brokered Convention

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Many Republican pundits and politicians have said all the right words:

"Yes, I'm satisfied with this field."

"We have a great crop of candidates."

"Every one of them is infinitely better than who we have now in the White House."

And perhaps they each mean what they say. But the truth is many Americans just aren't fired up about the candidates. Sure, many are in the ABO--Anybody But Obama--camp, but fired up, they ain't. The polls bear this out because not one candidate is manhandling the others. Many Republicans, in fact, state readily that they would like another choice. This is true, despite the fact that the GOP establishment has tried to ram Romney down our throats.

Because no one is stealing the day, there's been much talk--and even more hope--for a brokered convention. Governor Palin was asked about this while at CPAC this past weekend. (See video clip here.) Today, Bernie Quigley of The Hill used the names Sarah Palin and Jeb Bush in the same breath as brokered convention:

Santorum’s contraception boom — “We’re all Catholics now,” said Mike Huckabee — won’t hold up. Because we’re not. This race could well go to a brokered convention. If Jeb Bush is proposed, so Sarah Palin should be minutes later. She is now and always has been the singular Jacksonian voice in the original Tea Party phenomenon; the only one who can bring it to the mainstream. Her absence from the primary race has left a vacuum and no substitute has been found. Every other possible or potential leadership hopeful has risen and receded in this long Republican primary season.

But as The Hill’s Josh Lederman reports from the CPAC conference, the former Alaska governor received far and away the most spirited and enthusiastic reception at the convention of about 10,000 conservative activists. She drew the audience to its feet more than a dozen times during her keynote address on Saturday.

“The cheers for Palin were so loud that they drowned out her remarks again and again,” he writes. “Conference organizers had to set up three overflow rooms to accommodate the throngs of supporters eager to hear her words.”


Bush/Christie or Christie/ Bush as “establishment” representation is bound to bring muffled chuckles (“Hey Abbott!!!”) and Obama would win in a landslide. But Bush/Christie vs. Sarah Palin/Rick Perry positions coming head to head at the Republican Convention would pit the storied worlds of Dexter and Paulie Walnuts; the most notoriously corrupt, burned-out, busted-up, used-up, dangerous, underwater and broke Eastern states, against the new, independent, states-oriented, freedom-seeking constitutional conservatives like Palin of the Western states, Texas and Alaska. Now that would be interesting.

Read the full article here.

(h/t Doug)


CPAC Further Proves Palin's Power

Anyone who saw Governor Palin's CPAC speech, whether in person or via television or video, couldn't help but feel the electricity she created. Having had the opportunity to hear her speak in person many times and see her interact with people at other times, I can tell you: the electricity is real. As Andrew Malcolm noted yesterday, she possesses an ability, above and beyond others' abilities, to connect with a crowd.

Considering Governor Palin is not running for President, it's reasonable to expect that at least one of the people who actually is running would shine as the real star at CPAC--that is, unless you've ever heard the Governor speak. Those who have wouldn't expect anything less than a stellar speech and an energized crowd.

Adam Daifallah of National Post comments about her speaking style and her influence:

CPAC also proved that Sarah Palin - who showed that she has as much influence on the sidelines as she would have as a candidate- is the conservative phenomenon that refuses to go away. If she had been on the ballot in the straw poll, she likely would have won. Her speaking style, both from a content and delivery perspective, has improved substantially since 2008. Her attacks on Obama were punchy and garnered repeated standing ovations. And her refusal to endorse a candidate (she noted on Fox News Sunday that she was "not convinced" Romney was a true conservative) has only increased speculation that she's simply biding her time until 2016.

Read more here.

(h/t Ian)


Andrew Malcolm On How Gov. Palin Connects So Well With Crowds

Monday, February 13, 2012

Andrew Malcolm published a piece today at Investor's Business Daily about Governor Palin's undeniable ability to connect to the crowds who gather to hear her speak:

No wonder CPAC saved Sarah for last. And adjourned the conference during her applause.

No one in their right mind would go on-stage after Palin's political palaver. People who dislike or fear her are incapable of seeing or admitting it. But that doesn't diminish the reality that Palin is a rare political celebrity and, therefore, an unharnessed power to be reckoned with within the GOP for the foreseeable future.

We're not talking about her running for any office. We're talking about her influence, her enduring proven ability to attract and then ignite a crowd -- even before anyone sees her. The CPAC buzz was electric all-day. Impatient "Sar-ah! Sar-ah!" chants broke out during preceding speakers.

She has the ability to speak about issues that profoundly bother the audience in common ways and words that listeners instantly recognize and wish they had thought to say just that way.


Most politicians these days talk to their audiences or, worse, at them. Even the Real Good Talker, who made his name on a 2004 convention speech and has been giving too many ever since. Governing is hard work. Campaigning is tiring, but much easier. So, he has been and will be campaigning, blaming others as usual.

Obama's standard fundraiser remarks have become tired, repetitious collections of recited pleas for $upport that few would voluntarily pay $35.80 to hear, let alone $35,800 per plate.

Instead, instinctively Palin doesn't speak at or to audiences. She speaks for them. She tells them what they've already accomplished through the tea party, for instance, and what they can accomplish this year and beyond if united. It's empowering and invigorating, no longer burdened by the attacks of enemies, she need play no defense. The audience hears that she knows them and eagerly becomes hers. To criticize Sarah is to criticize them.

It's a refreshing phenomenon to watch politically when compared to the current bipartisan cast of characters trying to communicate publicly in this presidential election year. Fascinating, as on either side the ones who are running aren't connecting. The one who isn't, is.

Excerpting Palin speeches loses the flow, the knitting together of her thoughts with the audience's. Even television filters the electricity of listening in the same room. The best we can do for now is provide her full speech on video.

P.S. After his CPAC speech, Santorum and clan walked off the stage. After theirs, Romney and Gingrich stepped down to shake hands with front-row members for a few minutes. Good moves.

After hers, Palin got a standing ovation. She waved for two minutes then plunged into the audience. Moving slowly like a mini-mob from one side of the vast ballroom to the other to accommodate the waves of well-wishers with hands outstretched and cellphones poised. Some sections spontaneously sang 'Happy Birthday' for her. And she was thrilled every time.

Sarah Palin did this for the better part of another hour, longer actually than her speech. TV was oblivious, the crews coiling their wires to go home as she continued shaking and touching hands on the ballroom floor below.

Click here to read the full article.

(h/t Stacy)


Governor Palin: Professor Dershowitz Is Right About Media Matters

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

Harvard University Professor Alan Dershowitz is one of the most knowledgeable and unapologetic defenders of Israel among American academics. This has unfortunately opened him to unfair and intellectually dishonest attacks from his fellow liberals.

In answering a recent attack by Max Blumenthal, formerly of Media Matters for America (MMfA), Prof. Dershowitz said, “Let me tell you, Max Blumenthal and Media Matters will be singlehandedly responsible for (Obama) losing this election. They (the Democrats) cannot win the election and keep this affiliation with them.”

I agree with Prof. Dershowitz, though obviously I think there are many, many more reasons why President Obama should lose this election (trillions, if you consider his latest budget proposal).

Prof. Dershowitz is right to draw attention to MMfA in particular. As Big Journalism points out: “Media Matters has been condemned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center for their continued use of an antisemitic slur; their own allies have even thrown them under the bus for antisemitism.”

This just shows that Americans of all political stripes are awakened to the dangers of unethical journalists and media organizations that deceive their audiences and use bullying tactics to unfairly target political opponents.

- Sarah Palin


Governor Palin on Fox News Sunday

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, interviewed Governor Palin today. They discussed the GOP candidates, the Republican establishment, Mitt Romney's "conservatism," the White House contraceptive controversy, and HBO's bogus movie about her which is set to air next month.

(Video retrieved from SarahNET)


Governor Palin: Happy Birthday, President Lincoln

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

Today, on what would be President Lincoln's 203rd birthday, America still honors our sixteenth president. It was a long journey from a humble log cabin in Kentucky to the prestigious White House in our nation's capital. The road he traveled was certainly not without struggles and hardships – from the loss of family as a boy to the turmoil of a war-divided nation as a man. His is a story of the true American spirit, the same spirit that inspires and motivates Americans today.

Without question, his perseverance and indomitable will contributed to the historical Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, changing the course of America forever and helping to usher in the sudden and relentless reform so needed at that time. Also, who could forget the words, so often quoted, from the Gettysburg Address?
“It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

All these years later, those great words – heralding an even greater cause – still resonate with Americans who remain dedicated to preserving what those who came before us carved out for us: a land of freedom, opportunity, and exceptionalism. President Lincoln admonished the country not to squander what had come at such a high price. In 2012, the message has not changed. The message must not change because the cause of freedom is still just and its price still high.

Happy Birthday, President Lincoln.

- Sarah Palin


Mark America: Why in the Hell Isn't She Our Candidate?

Colleague Mark America wrote a fine article called "Pining For Palin: What Most Conservatives Noticed." His focus was Governor Palin's speech at CPAC yesterday and the fact that she stands head and shoulders about the current GOP candidates. He distilled the response many had upon hearing her impassioned speech down to this: "Why in the hell isn’t she our candidate?":

My bride wasn’t home when Sarah Palin spoke at CPAC, so she wasn’t able to view the event live. When she arrived home, we relaxed in front of the television, and I played the event on the DVR. After watching the event, I asked my wife for her impression. It matched most of the comments here on my little blog site, and it was comprised of a single question: “Why in the hell isn’t she our candidate?” Here we had the person many consider to be the most eminently qualified to lead us out of our national quagmire, and she isn’t a candidate in this race. Here was the most thoroughly engaging and compelling speech of this entire campaign season, and it was delivered by a non-candidate who some in the GOP establishment tell us is “unelectable.” By what standard? For my part, I have lost all patience for this faulty argument. After attending her speech in Indianola, Iowa last September, and having viewed this speech from afar, if Governor Palin isn’t electable, I have no idea which Republicans can fulfill that definition.


Still, the reality is that Governor Palin is not now a candidate, and more is the shame of the loss implied for conservatives. When announcing her decision in October last year, she cited her need to observe her values of God, family, and country, in that precise order. With this as her final answer, despite our desires to the contrary, there is nothing to do but accept it. This leaves us where we’ve been, and with nothing to do but forge ahead with the remaining candidates. On the other hand, what this will remind many conservatives is what we had missed. At some point, as a movement that is a subset of a party, we will need to address this problem we seem to have, where for whatever reason, our best and our most able candidates, dynamic and appealing, get left on the sidelines in the most important contests of our time.


I think almost every conservative who viewed Saturday’s CPAC keynote will have noticed that she stands head and shoulders above our actual candidates, but as I said, that wistful, wishful thinking. The fact that Governor Palin is not in this race doesn’t preclude victory in November, but it surely will make it a good deal more difficult, as so many viewers concluded on Saturday. There are those who th
ink if this drags on into summer, and we wind up with a brokered convention, it will spell doom, but I think it also presents a possible opportunity, not merely for an outcome aimed at stopping the establishment, but one more moment of pause to reconsider who all of our alternatives might include.

More here.


Money Bomb for SarahPAC

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I join other Palin support sites (here and here) in encouraging people to give to SarahPAC for the purpose of assisting Governor Palin as she helps usher in the sudden and relentless reform so needed in Washington. Please consider making a donation of any amount possible. Click here to do so. Whether you choose to give in honor of Governor Palin's birthday, her amazing CPAC speech, or just because the cause is just, the results will be the same: helping put America back on the right track.

Please note that MotivationTruth is not affiliated with SarahPAC at all, and we have not collaborated in this effort. This is absolutely independent of Governor Palin, her PAC, and her staff.


Video: Governor Palin at CPAC 2012

Here's Governor Palin's CPAC speech that nearly brought down the house:

(Video retrieved from US4Palin)


This is How Palin Supporters Roll

No one gives a speech like Governor Palin--and the reason for that is quite simple. When she speaks about America, about conservatism, about taking our country back, she means it. She speaks from the heart, and it shows.

As the keynote speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference this evening, the Governor raised the roof in one of the most passionate speeches I've heard her give. She further fired up a crowd that was already red hot with anticipation of her address to conservatives from across the nation.

ABC reports:

The most resounding speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference came not from a presidential candidate, or an elected official — but from Sarah Palin.

The screams and cheers that filled the spacious ballroom in which Palin spoke Saturday felt at times like they belonged at a Justin Bieber concert. A dozen times the conservatives at the conference leaped to their feet to applaud Palin, as she threw them line after line about beating President Obama and reclaiming “traditional values.”

“The president says small Americans, small-town Americans — we bitterly cling to our religion and our guns,” Palin said, referring to a comment Obama made in the last election, as the audience rose and cheered. “You say, I say, we say — keep your change. We’ll keep our God. We’ll keep our guns.”


“In America, we believe that competition strengthens us,” she said. “Competition relates to victory in 2012. We must stay true to our principles. I believe that the competition has got to keep going. But let’s make sure that the competition brings out the best in our party.

“We know that the far left and their media allies can’t beat us on the issues, so instead they’ll distort our records,” she added. “Let’s not do the job for them, OK, Republicans? OK, independents?”

Palin, wearing a bright-red blouse, black skirt and heels, spent her time on the stage bashing both Obama and Washington. But for all the contempt she had for Obama, she borrowed liberally from his most famous statements.

Perhaps alluding to Obama’s famous red-state/blue-state speech from the 2004 Democratic convention, Palin said in one of her frequent rhyming lines that Americans aren’t “red” or “blue.” She concluded, as the conservatives rose to their feet again, “We’re red, white and blue, and President Obama, we are through with you.”

“Hope and change — yeah, you’ve got to hope things change,” she added to laughs and more cheers.

At one point shouts of "USA!" broke out in the room. As it turned out, it was in response to some protesters who, apparently, don't know how Governor Palin's supporters roll:
For the first time at the three-day conference known as CPAC in Washington, protesters disrupted a speech. But the response from Palin’s loyal supporters was fierce. As protesters chanted at her from the back of the room at the Marriott, a man in the back row leaped over his chair, ran toward them and screamed, “Get the hell out of here, you asshole!”

The protesters were kicked out as others in the room began chanting “USA! USA!” followed quickly by “Sarah! Sarah!”

Read the full piece here.

The man's language was more colorful than I would have used, but his actions are representative of Americans who are fed up with people trying to occupy space, violating others' First Amendment rights while citing their own, and destroying everything in their path. His actions also demonstrate the readiness of the Governor's supporters to defend her against incessant attacks by people who want to make her sit down and shut up, something which simply is not going to happen.

(h/t Doug)


Birthday Message For Governor Palin

Today is Governor Palin's birthday. Happy Birthday, Gov! I speak for myself and a multitude of other Americans who are appreciative of all that you do for the cause of freedom and exceptionalism in this country. There is no other voice so firmly committed to common sense conservatism, and it has not come without a price. You have laid much on the line to fight for our future, and we thank you.

Shortly, you will take to the stage at CPAC and deliver the keynote address, a speech that will, no doubt, set the building on fire! Truth has a way of doing that, doesn't it?

God bless you today, and may He grace you with many more years.


Has Governor Palin's Flame Gone Out?

Friday, February 10, 2012

As I was driving tonight, I was listening to Michael Savage, which generally I do only in small doses. Tonight only confirmed the wisdom in that approach. For someone who prides himself on being brilliant and well-versed in every issue of the day, he certainly appears to be out of the political loop. He asked a question that shocked me: "What ever happened to Sarah Palin?" as if she has gone AWOL without a trace. And he was serious. He then went on to say that she has flamed out.

Flamed out? Is he talking about the same Governor Palin Scott Conroy wrote about today in an article called "Sarah Palin Set to Re-emerge at CPAC," an article which, in spite of its title, actually acknowledges that she hasn't gone anywhere?

Despite her lower profile in recent months, Palin has left a mark on this presidential cycle through her frequent TV appearances on the Fox News Channel, which she conducts from a home studio in Alaska.

Governor Palin has been the go-to player of presidential politics on Hannity, On the Record, Justice w/ Judge Jeanine, and Special Report. She even made an appearance on Bill O'Reilly's The Factor, something viewers had not seen in many months. Is this the same Governor Palin Michael Savage thinks has disappeared into the night? He even stated that he knows more about these things than the rest of us do, and he proceeded to tell listeners how much he likes what she has to say but isn't a fan, that women don't like her, that she would not have been an electable candidate, blah, blah, blah. What universe do such "brilliant" people live on?

Anyone paying attention knows full well that the Governor, while remaining mostly in Alaska lately, has probably had more successive television appearances than she had when many expected her to throw her own hat in the 2012 GOP presidential ring. While I, like many others, never wanted to hear her say, "I don't need a title to make a difference," she certainly has demonstrated that she meant exactly what she said. Even without a title, her opinions have been sought after, and her wisdom has been echoed. She has talked about the necessity of vetting in this primary election season. She has pushed for the primary process to continue for the purpose of producing the best candidate who can defeat President Obama. She has laid out the positives of each candidate, while pointing out areas of weakness or aspects of each record that need clarification. She has repeatedly worked to unify the party by maintaining that every GOP candidate is "infinitely better" than President Obama. Without question, she has been an important part of this 2012 election cycle, and her influence does not appear to be waning at all.

Perhaps Mr. Savage will emerge, from wherever he's been hibernating, to catch Governor Palin this weekend as she gives the keynote address that multitudes of conservatives will gather to hear tomorrow at CPAC, or to tune in the next day when Chris Wallace interviews her on Fox News Sunday. The question, therefore, to pose to Michael Savage--self-professed know-it-all that he is--would be "Where have you been?" because Governor Palin hasn't gone anywhere. On the contrary, she has remained in the fight to progress this country and to help make sure the next four years are better than the previous four. She has stayed in the battle without the support of the establishment, without selling her soul to DC insiders, and yes, without a title. However, she has done so with the support of we the people who recognize that she is still the boldest common sense, politically astute conservative voice in the country today.

Not only has her flame not gone out, but Governor Palin continues to set aflame the masses of Americans who love their country, respect their Constitution, and embrace the message of American restoration that she regularly trumpets--and is asked to trumpet. In fact, she blows that trumpet so loudly, so clearly, and so consistently that the only way one can miss it is if his head is buried in the sand.


Governor Palin at CPAC and Bristol's DC Book Signing

CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) commenced yesterday and continues until Saturday evening when Governor Palin gives the keynote address to close out the annual gathering of conservative politicians, think tanks, bloggers, and activists.

Today, she wrote on Facebook:

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at CPAC! Bristol Palin is also in DC, and she & Nancy French have a book signing tomorrow at the Books-a-Million (11 DuPont Circle North in Washington, DC). Check Bristol's FB page for more info.

Bristol wrote:
Hey DC friends! Please join me and my ghostwriter Nancy French for an intimate and special book signing this Saturday, 2/11 at Books-a-Million, 11 DuPont Circle North in Washington, DC. We'll be promoting my book "Not Afraid of Life-My Journey So Far" and the first 100 people to RSVP will receive a free copy, signed in person by us! Just email your name to Hope to see you there!


Governor Palin and Greta Discuss 'Truest Conservative' Candidate

Monday, February 6, 2012

Governor Palin and Greta Van Susteren discussed the 2012 race tonight:

(Video retrieved at SarahNET)


Gov. Palin Named Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute’s 2012 Woman Of The Year

CPAC 2012 is this week--Thursday through Saturday. Governor Palin is scheduled to give the keynote address to close out the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, which is also her birthday. Prior to addressing the crowd of conservatives Saturday evening, she will be honored on Saturday afternoon when she will be awarded The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute's 2012 Woman of the Year Award!

The 2012 Woman of the Year Luncheon will be held 12-2 and is open only to female undergraduate college students. The ceremony is already full, but there is a wait list. Find out more and/or add your name to the list here.

Congratulations, Governor Palin!


Governor Palin: Happy Birthday, President Reagan

Ronald Reagan would be 101 years old today, and he is definitely missed. In fact, the more we see of the current administration, the more we miss him. Governor Palin pays tribute to "The Gipper" via Facebook:

America remembers our beloved 40th president today! In honor of President Reagan’s 101st birthday, American’s For Prosperity put together this great video reminding us of the time-tested truths Reagan stood for.

Last year at this time, I had the honor of speaking at the Young America’s Foundation’s Reagan Centennial dinner at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara. You can watch or read the speech here; it was an homage to Reagan’s famous “Time for Choosing” and a discussion of the state of our nation today.

During the Illinois leg of the One Nation Tour, we got to visit Reagan’s hometown of Dixon, as well as his alma mater, Eureka College. It was a very moving experience, which I wrote about here, here and here.

As I wrote in an op-ed last year on Reagan’s centennial:
I had the privilege of coming of age during the era of Ronald Reagan. I like to think of him as America's lifeguard. As a teenager, Ronald Reagan saved 77 lives as a lifeguard on the Rock River, which ran through his hometown of Dixon, Ill. The day he was inaugurated in 1981, a local radio announcer famously declared, "The Rock River flows for you tonight, Mr. President."

The image of the lifeguard seems to represent what Reagan was to America and to the freedom-loving people of the world. He lifted our country up at a time when we were in the depths of economic, cultural and spiritual malaise. We were told that we must accept that the era of American greatness was over; but with his optimism and common sense, President Reagan held up a mirror to the American soul to remind us of our exceptionalism.

We are all so grateful for his courage and leadership; and like President Reagan, we believe that our best days are yet to come because “there will always be a bright dawn ahead” for America.

- Sarah Palin

The picture Governor Palin posted was taken "at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, CA"


Life With Trig: Sarah Palin on Raising a Special-Needs Child

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Daily Beast is not known for being Palin-friendly, but today they published an article the Governor wrote about raising her beautiful son, Trig.

Governor Palin writes:

Last week, Rick Santorum and his family offered us a reminder of what really matters. When his 3-year-old daughter, Bella, born with Trisomy 18, was hospitalized with pneumonia, Rick left the campaign trail to be by her bedside. In the middle of this very heated campaign season, many of us prayed through tears for Bella’s health and added prayers of thankfulness for a public example of someone’s sacrifice made with the right priorities

It’s a sacrifice every parent and caregiver of a child with special needs sympathizes with. Families of children with special needs are bonded by a shared experience of the joys, challenges, fears, and blessings of raising these beautiful children whom we see as perfect in this imperfect world.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, on rope lines at rallies across the country, my husband, Todd, and I met so many of these families and caretakers, and I’ll never forget them. There was an instant connection—a kind of mutual acknowledgment that said, “Yes, these children are precious and loved. Yes, we face extra fears and challenges, but our children are a blessing, and the rest of the world is missing out in not knowing this.”

Every parent struggles with juggling the commitments of work and family. Women, especially, know this well. Over the years, I’ve learned that women can “have it all,” just not all at once. For me, it was a lesson learned through the school of hard knocks, but it was one my own mother made me aware of when she calmly told me that as a working mom in the rough-and-tumble political arena, I would have to make tough choices. We all do. In making decisions about my career, I’ve put my family first, and I’ve never regretted it, although it has meant periodically putting particular pursuits on the back burner.

When I discovered early in my pregnancy that my baby would be born with an extra chromosome, the diagnosis of Down syndrome frightened me so much that I dared not discuss my pregnancy for many months. All I could seem to muster was a calling out to God to prepare my heart for what was ahead. My prayers were answered beyond my shallow understanding of what true joy could be. Yes, raising a child with special needs is a unique challenge, and there’s still fear about my son Trig’s future because of health and social challenges; and certainly some days are much more difficult than if I had a “normal” child.

Many everyday activities like doctor’s appointments and social gatherings and travel accommodations and even mealtimes and a solid night of sleep are that much more difficult, but at the end of the day I wouldn’t trade the relative difficulties for any convenience or absence of fear. God knew what he was doing when he blessed us with Trig. We went from fear of the unknown to proudly displaying a bumper sticker sent to us that reads: “My kid has more chromosomes than your kid!” He may not be the next Wayne Gretzky, but our hearts are filled with so much pride watching Trig giggle with his sisters’ puppies, or sway to the rhythm of his Little Angels DVDs, it’s as if he were hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Granted, I know I may be more fortunate than others to have loving friends and a big, supportive family I call on to help, including a husband who spends many sleepless nights with this restless little one. (And Todd actually makes Trig’s puréed baby food!) Others aren’t so fortunate, and in our thankfulness I am made more compassionate toward others who have less.

I often think now, what would we do without Trig? He’s our “everything that really matters.”

Thank you, Governor Palin, for reminding us again, through your own example, of what really matters.

(h/t Stacy Drake)


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