Lamestream Media Acknowledge 'Palin Factor'

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Even MSNBC and Politico have to acknowledge "The Palin Factor." It's clear from this exchange that they still don't fully get it, but they do get the fact that Governor Palin is here to stay and has significant relevance. While they contemplate why she does what she does, I am certain the Governor will continue to do what she can to help America move forward and get back on the right track.

(h/t Doug Brady)


Ted Cruz: Palin's Endorsement Has Been a Game-Changer

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Hill published an article by Bernie Quigley that is nothing short of a breath of fresh air. Governor Palin can turn an election around simply by one ad, Facebook note, or tweet. Her endorsements are much sought-after and quite powerful. Today's article highlights her relevance, which I also highlighted in "Epitomizing Relevance."

In Texas Gov. Rick Perry's last primary election for governor of Texas the entire Eastern conservative establishment, including George H.W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Karen Hughes as proxy for W. lined up in opposition. Their agent, Kay Bailey Hutchison, was well ahead. Then Sarah Palin came to the call of Perry. He won big. It opened the gate for him to run for president.

Then when the unheard-of Tea Party candidate for governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, was slandered by the old-school conservative rank and file, Mitt Romney came to her aid. But she didn't move in the polls. Sarah Palin came down and campaigned and Haley won in a landslide.

Recently, Palin backed little-known state Sen. Deb Fischer, who beat the well-known, well-funded rival to become the nominee for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska. And in Indiana she endorsed Richard Mourdock, who unseated the popular incumbent, Sen. Dick Lugar (R).

But most interesting is the Texas primary race yesterday.


ABC reports that hours after Palin endorsed Cruz, the staff at Cruz's headquarters in Austin reported a swift and positive reaction. Last night Cruz forced the establishment candidate into a runoff.

“In every other state, Sarah Palin’s endorsement has been a game-changer,” Cruz told Texas on the Potomac.

Is Sarah Palin underrated, a Washington Post blogger asks?

Palin is one of the most important and influential figures in conservative politics today, and she has been from the beginning. She is virtually rebuilding conservatism in America. One of these days the babbling conservative blogosphere is bound to catch on. Or are their plaintive cries and whispers, echoing through the night like those of abandoned coyote pups, the last complaints we are likely to hear from the Eastern conservative establishment?

Read the full article here.

(h/t Steve Flesher)


NRO: Palin Ad Really Helped

While Palin Derangement Syndrome causes its victims to live in denial, common sense observers see things more clearly. What they see is the significant role Governor Palin is playing during these 2012 elections.

National Review Online reports on the Governor's impact on the Ted Cruz-David Dewhurst battle that will come to a head in a runoff this summer:

It was never going to be easy for Ted Cruz to force a runoff in the Texas Senate primary.

“This race is Ground Zero between the moderate establishment and the conservative tidal wave,” Cruz said Tuesday at a Houston polling site, according to the Houston Chronicle. “The stakes are high.”

“A runoff,” he added, “would be a tremendous victory.”

Last night, the former Texas solicitor general got his wish, winning a spot in the runoff and a direct showdown with Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, who finished just short of the “ 50 percent plus one” threshold he needed to avoid a runoff.

Throughout the course of the campaign, Cruz faced serious hurdles, including Dewhurst’s higher name-recognition levels and superior connections to the political establishment.

In steps Governor Palin.
Endorsements proved significant. Sarah Palin’s endorsement, which was a booster for Richard Mourdock in Indiana and Deb Fischer in Nebraska, gave new energy to the Cruz candidacy. It also helped Cruz successfully combat a negative ad run by a pro-Dewhurst super PAC.

“When Cruz says he’s a conservative, he has Sarah Palin backing him up. And for a certain segment of the Republican-primary electorate here in Texas, that means something,” says Mark P. Jones, a political-science professor at Rice University. Referencing that pro-Dewhurst super PAC’s ad, which included the line “Ted Cruz, a conservative? You’ve got to be kidding,” Jones points out that Palin’s endorsement undercut that ad. “In a lot of the broadcasts we’ve had here, that’s running right after this Cruz ‘Fighter’ ad, where at the end Sarah Palin endorses him. The Palin endorsement is undermining the next ad, because if you’re a voter, you’re saying, ‘Sarah Palin just endorsed him. Okay, but here’s the Dewhurst attack ad saying that he’s not a conservative. So either the Dewhurst ad is wrong or Sarah Palin’s wrong. But both of them can’t be correct.’”

“In the end, among a lot of movement conservatives, the Palin ad really helped to counter or at least neutralize a lot of the Dewhurst attacks,” Jones says. “Sarah Palin was a much more valuable endorsement for Ted Cruz than Rick Perry was for David Dewhurst.”

Read the full article here.


Palin-Backed Ted Cruz Forces Runoff

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Poll results show that Ted Cruz has forced a runoff in the Texas U.S. Senate race. Governor Palin's endorsement sparked a much-needed surge for Cruz, and David Dewhurst failed to accumulate 50% of the votes. How appropriate that the Governor would post a video on Twitter today, highlighting the fighter that Cruz is. Next round? July.

Congratulations, Ted Cruz! And much thanks goes to Governor Palin for the help her endorsement provided.


Mitt Romney, the GOP Nominee

Mitt Romney has clinched the GOP nomination, having accumulated the necessary number of delegates with his Texas primary victory today. I'll leave it at that for now.


Governor Palin Reminds Texans to Vote for Ted Cruz

Today is the day Texans go to the polls to cast their vote in the U.S. Senate GOP primary. Governor Palin endorsed Ted Cruz, after which time he gained ground. Cruz is the underdog, but he has a good chance of forcing a July runoff. Here's Ian Lazaran's take:

The Texas GOP primary is today. The Governor endorsed Ted Cruz. Polls in the race suggest that Texas Lt. Gov. Dewhurst will likely win at least a plurality of the vote today but Cruz’ real goal today is to keep him under 50% so that the race goes to a run-off between Cruz and Dewhurst. Cruz should have a decent shot in a one-on-one if he’s able to keep Dewhurst under 50% in today’s primary race. Cruz has promoted and used the Governor’s endorsement. Polling suggests that the Governor’s endorsement is more persuasive to Texas GOP primary voters than Rick Perry’s endorsement.
Today, Governor Palin tweeted this reminder and a video:
Dear Texans, please remember to vote today for Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate!


Pathetic: MSNBC Debates Heroism of Fallen Soldiers

Monday, May 28, 2012

Seriously? On a day in which we honor those who fought and died, in a country where many young men and women choose to enlist to defend freedom, MSNBC engages in a debate about whether fallen soldiers deserve to be described as "heroic." Utterly ridiculous--but it is MSNBC, after all.

From The Blaze:

MSNBC is not known as a network that sympathizes with the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, but this Memorial Day weekend, rather than put aside their political differences to salute our men and women in uniform, a panel on Chris Hayes’ show instead engaged in a debate over how to refer to our fallen soldiers.

Specifically, the panel debated over using words like “hero” because– in their words– the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t “worthy” causes.


Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who served our country, fought for our freedoms, and died in the process. May we never forget those who paid the ultimate price. Happy Memorial Day.

God bless America, and may America bless God.


Epitomizing Relevance

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Just when you thought the campfire had finally gone out, another spark emerges from the ashes. Anyone who's gone camping has been in this situation. Anyone who's followed Governor Palin since 2008 has been in this situation as well. Just when it seems a particular narrative has been proven false, so as to have extinguished all possible reemergence, it comes flaring up again.

Relevant is defined as "having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand." Irrelevant, therefore, is just the opposite, defined simply as "not relevant." Of all the adjectives used to describe Governor Palin, it's almost unfathomable that irrelevant would be among them. Love her or hate her, no one who is paying even a modicum of attention could reasonably say that the Governor does not hold incredible weight in the political process. Nonetheless, I encountered this cluelessness once again.

My friend, Kristi King, shared with me a conversation she had about Governor Palin yesterday. A gentleman told her that Governor Palin is irrelevant and her time has passed, that she no longer has any momentum in her favor. Kristi told him that the media examine, re-examine, and diagnose every move the Governor makes, thereby proving her relevance. He stated the media do so only for ratings, and she countered that if she is capable of producing ratings, clearly she's still relevant; otherwise, no one would watch, read, or listen. He maintained his position, which really doesn't speak well for him, as he is a seasoned political mind who ought to know better. Then again, even on the national stage we've found that it's those entrenched in the establishment who seem to be the biggest deniers of what stares them right in the face.

I encouraged Kristi to clue this guy in on what Governor Palin has done. I'm not even talking about in 2008 or 2010, which should give him plenty to consider. I'm just talking about the past month. Obviously he is in need of some useful information: Governor Palin endorsed Richard Mourdock, going against the grain of the GOP establishment, who backed Lugar, and Mourdock received a bump in the polls and won an historic victory. She endorsed Deb Fischer, a long shot, and the "Palin Effect" kicked in, helping to produce a Fischer win. Governor Palin then endorsed Ted Cruz, and he became the beneficiary of what even ABC called the "Sarah Palin Bounce" and Big Government coined a "jolt," a "surge," and "sun-spot hot." Immediately, the phones lit up and a plethora of donations poured in. Cruz continues to close the gap in the days preceding the Primary, which is set for this Tuesday, May 29th.

Relevance, however, is not only illustrated where there is massive support; perhaps it's even more obvious where there is heated disagreement. Governor Palin's recent endorsement of Orrin Hatch was met, not only with approval, but also with disapproval, by even her most ardent supporters. Those in agreement voiced excitement and appreciation because they know that her opinion matters. Some who find themselves at odds with her decision voiced disappointment. That disappointment could be the result of a number of factors--from her not walking lockstep with the Tea Party, to her not walking lockstep with them and their own preconceived ideas, to other possibilities. Not at the bottom of that list is this: some who do not personally support Senator Hatch are disappointed in the endorsement because they want their preferred candidate to win, yet they know how weighty her endorsement is; it considerably lessens Liljenquist's chances. Whichever category one finds him or herself in, the bottom line is obvious: no one would give a rip either way if her endorsement didn't wield power. But it does.

Though I won't, I could name politician after politician whose endorsements of this candidate or that candidate mean absolutely nada to me--or anyone else--because frankly, who cares what they think? Now, they are irrelevant. What Governor Palin possesses, like it or not, is a "significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand." In that, she epitomizes relevance. The matter at hand, she has reminded us again and again, was never whether or not she ran for President of the United States, as many of us still long to see. The matter at hand is to change, not just the uniform, but the team. As the saying goes: "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." And the main thing right now is to keep the House, seize the Senate, and capture 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It is quite clear that Governor Palin is a key player in the effort to bring this to pass.

Perhaps this gentleman my friend conversed with isn't a Palin detractor. Perhaps he's just uninformed. But the facts are the facts, and it's always a pleasure to highlight those facts for those in need. Governor Palin possesses the relevance to create an effect, bounce, jolt, and surge any time she chooses as she endeavors to help usher America toward sudden and relentless reform. Thank God she also possesses the conservative common sense to use it wisely.


Governor Palin: Memorial Day and Rolling Thunder

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

Todd and I and our family would like to wish you all a happy Memorial Day weekend. We’d especially like to offer our best wishes to our friends in Rolling Thunder who will be taking part in their Ride for Freedom this weekend in D.C. as they do each year to honor our vets and specifically to bring awareness to POW/MIA issues. We were honored to join them last year.

We were both sad to learn that Preston “Jay” Fairlamb, Jr., one of the organizers of Rolling Thunder and someone who made us so welcome last year, tragically died in an accident last week. Jay was a Vietnam vet, a retired New Jersey State Trooper, and a great American who will be dearly missed. Please keep his wife, his children, grandchildren and his innumerable friends in your prayers.

On this Memorial Day weekend, may God bless our brave men and women in uniform.

- Sarah Palin

Todd and I with Jay last year at Rolling Thunder. Photo by Shealah Craighead


NRO Discusses Governor Palin's Endorsement of Senator Hatch

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Governor Palin has endorsed Senator Orrin Hatch in the Utah Senate Primary. Today, National Review Online published an article by Robert Costa about the Governor's support of the Senator and their mutual respect. Here are some snippets:

The two people least surprised by Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Senator Orrin Hatch this week are Palin and Hatch. In the Twitter and Facebook era, they became political allies the old-fashioned way: through handwritten letters and personal phone calls.

It’s an unlikely, politics-fueled friendship that’s fit for a Robert Caro book. Hatch, a soft-spoken grandfather, is one of Palin’s top outside mentors. He encourages her and cheers her. They share family stories, they discuss history, and they talk about legislation.

“It’s true,” Palin tells National Review Online. “He’s a warrior.” She respects his record, especially his work on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Hatch has frequently been an influential figure during contentious Supreme Court confirmations.

Even though she is 30 years his junior, Palin has grown to appreciate Hatch’s historical perspective on Congress, the presidency, and the conservative movement. “I respect public servants who benefited from and grew under the tutelage of Ronald Reagan,” she says.

The warmth is mutual. “She and her husband are the handsomest couple that I’ve ever met,” Hatch says, smiling, as we chat in his spacious Senate office. “They’re both top-flight people and I got angry with the mainstream media constantly running her down.”

Hatch openly acknowledges that he has long and doggedly sought Palin’s support.
Palin was another tea-party leader who gave Hatch an opportunity to review his Senate experiences, from the Clarence Thomas hearing to his near-victorious battle to pass a balanced-budget amendment. Hatch also says he learned from her. “She is the prime reason the conservative base really played a factor in the last presidential election,” he says. He keeps tabs on her speeches and appearances.

“She’s sharp as a tack,” Hatch says. “I like the way she defends herself and our conservative values.” When she was attacked in the press, he’d defend her in conversations with reporters, during talk-radio interviews, and on cable television.
When Palin went on Fox News on Tuesday night to signal her support for Hatch ahead of the primary, it was a pleasant surprise to the senator, but not entirely unexpected.

Early Wednesday, the pair spoke on the phone. “I told her that I love her and her husband,” Hatch chuckles. “She said, ‘We love you, too,’ and that she’s here to help.”

“Look, it was a nice conversation,” Hatch says. “I can’t claim that I’ve been a major influence for Sarah, other than what she may have observed from all the fights around here. But I must say, I’ve watched her very carefully and I think the world of her.”

They may be from different generations, but it’s a fighter’s instinct that, in Hatch’s telling, binds them. “She’s had more than her fair share of barbs but she keeps coming back,” Hatch says. “I never give up, either.”

Read the full article here.


Palins Take on 'Union Boss Thuggery'

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Via Facebook, Governor Palin speaks out against the hatred displayed by union boss Donna DeWitt as she simulates beating Governor Nikki Haley in the face:

This story about the South Carolina AFL-CIO President Donna DeWitt beating a piñata with Governor Nikki Haley’s face on it is disgusting. It’s a perfect example of union boss thuggery. To all the good South Carolina cops and teachers and other good union members out there: this is your union dues at work. Are you comfortable with this? Please, good South Carolina union brothers and sisters, demand your union dues be returned to you; demand an apology; quit your disrespectful union if you believe actions like this don’t represent who you really are. Stiffen your spine because you’re better than this. Respectful union members across this great nation: will you condemn or condone this union “leadership” as they give you one helluva name?

- Sarah Palin

Bristol Palin also weighs in, via her blog:
Lately I’ve been talking about how so many in the Left hate in the name of love and bully in the name of tolerance. I’ve talked about how the President’s million-dollar donor treats women worse than any conservative I’ve ever known. Each time I raise these issues, I’m told that those actions don’t represent the mainstream; that they’re the actions of a fringe few than no one need worry about. But what about the video below? It shows the president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO bashing in a piñata featuring South Carolina governor Nikki Haley’s face. Is this person “fringe”? And listen to the audience cheer her on.

When is the Left going to wake up and realize that it has a problem with hate, bigotry and prejudice? How far will this have to go? Until they do something about the Bill Mahers, Donna DeWitts and other haters in their midst, I don’t want to hear one more word from them about “civility” or about “compassion” or about “tolerance.”

Watch the video and learn something about liberal hate:


Governor Palin: “Mr. Balanced Budget” for Utah

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Governor Palin, via SarahPAC:

Orrin Hatch is part of the one percent. No, not that one percent you’ve heard about. He’s part of the one percent of national politicians who I think should be reelected. Orrin Hatch is a life-long conservative whose dedication and devotion to the conservative cause and to his beloved and beautiful state of Utah is well documented. Orrin was a Utah state campaign chairman for a fledgling and failing presidential candidate deemed “too conservative” and “unelectable” by the media. Ironically, that candidate was the man who restored our country to be a “shining city on a hill” – Ronald Reagan.

When asked about Orrin Hatch, President Reagan once said: “If every member of the Senate were like Orrin Hatch, we’d be arguing over how to deal with a federal surplus, and that’s why I like to think of Orrin as ‘Mr. Balanced Budget.’ The United States has been strong enough to deter aggression and maintain the peace, in no small degree due to the efforts of Orrin Hatch. He has been a champion of those who fight for freedom.”

As President Reagan said, Orrin is “Mr. Balanced Budget.” Long before the issue of debt was on the forefront of Americans’ minds, Orrin Hatch knew our government would face insolvency if we did not get our budget under control. He sponsored or co-sponsored a Balanced Budget Amendment 17 times, and he voted in favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment at least 9 other times. We know he will use his seniority and influence to dissuade politicians from continuing to raise the debt ceiling without any plan to balance the budget and end these dangerously unsustainable deficits.

Orrin Hatch voted against Obamacare and has pledged to repeal it. While we’re on the topic of Obamacare, which is currently before the Supreme Court, keep in mind that the Supreme Court would not look the way it does today if it were not for Orrin Hatch fighting for conservative nominees on the bench – from Clarence Thomas to John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Unlike other Republican Senators who are up for reelection this year, Orrin voted against both of President Obama’s nominees, Kagan and Sotomayor. And unlike some others, Orrin has gone out of his way to embrace the Tea Party movement.

For the past two years, Orrin has received a 100 percent rating from the American Conservative Union. He’s staunchly pro-life – receiving a 100 percent rating from the National Right To Life Committee. The NRA has given him an A+ rating. Club for Growth listed him as one of the most conservative U.S. Senators and gave him a 99 percent rating.

I join other conservatives like Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, and Tea Party leaders like Sal Russo in encouraging Utah voters to return Orrin Hatch to the U.S. Senate. Since Mark Levin has always got a way with words, read what he recently told Senator Hatch: “I feel that you would be… a terrific elder statesman to a lot of these other young guys who I’m going to be pushing in these other states.” I’m with Mark. That’s spot on.

We need Orrin’s conservative Reagan-like leadership – and our new crop of conservative senators Richard Mourdock, Deb Fischer, and Ted Cruz might need some friendly advice finding their way around the Senate.

- Sarah Palin

P.S. You can learn more about Orrin Hatch by visiting his website and by following him on Facebook and Twitter.


Governor Palin Goes 'On the Record'

Governor Palin went "On the Record" with Greta Van Susteren tonight, called out the Obama administration's crony capitalism, endorsed Orrin Hatch, and predicted a Scott Walker win:

(h/t SarahNET)


Governor Palin on 'Hannity'

Monday, May 21, 2012

Governor Palin spoke to Sean Hannity tonight:

(h/t SarahNET)


Gov. Palin's Robocall for Ted Cruz

Governor Palin recorded a robocall for Ted Cruz. Cruz is the Texan running for U.S. Senate. The Governor endorsed him, and he immediately became the beneficiary of what ABC called "the Sarah Palin bounce," as I reported here. He continues to close the gap in the race.

(h/t Roderic Deane)


Teacher Blasts Student for Criticizing President Obama

Of all the reasons a teacher has for yelling at a student, his asking a question about President Obama isn't one of them. This North Carolina teacher blasts a student for what she calls disrespecting the President. This is unacceptable:

(h/t Kristi King)


Happy Armed Forces Day

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Happy Armed Forces Day to America's finest. Thank you for your service to our country.

Governor Palin acknowledged our military on Facebook with this expression of gratitude:

Happy Armed Forces Day to all our brave men and women in uniform!


The Palin Effect Produces

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Some call it Palin Power. Others call it the Palin Bounce. Mike Flynn calls in the Palin Effect. Whatever one chooses to call it, what's important is it works. Once again, the nation witnessed Governor Palin taking a non-establishment candidate and helping to catapult her/him to victory--with less notoriety, less funding, and less chances. This time the beneficiary of the Palin endorsement was Deb Fischer who won Nebraska's U.S. Senate Primary yesterday.

Mike Flynn, writing for Big Government, explains:
Just two weeks ago, the battle for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska was between state Attorney General Jim Bruning and state Treasurer Don Stenburg. Neither inspired the growing base of conservative voters. They were, to be charitable, standard conservative-ish career politicians. Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin shook up the race with a late endorsement of state Senator Debby Fischer. It made all the difference.

I follow politics very closely, yet I hadn't heard of the Fischer candidacy until Palin's endorsement. National tea party groups like FreedomWorks had put all their resources behind Stenburg, with nary a thought about Fischer. A good reminder that these groups aren't as plugged into the grassroots as they like to claim.


Sarah Palin gets it. Here's hoping the national GOP gets it too.

If one had asked me in early 2009, and even in late 2010, if the GOP gets it, I would have answered with a resounding yes. But 2012 is here, and I've had the opportunity to witness this election cycle with crystal clear clarity. It's obvious that too many are committed to the same old politics as usual. They haven't gotten the message at all. Thankfully, we have some who do get it and are willing to help usher in the sudden and relentless reform we need--even without a title.

(h/t Doug Brady)


Governor Palin: Congratulations to Deb Fischer

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

As recently as a week ago, Deb Fischer was dismissed by the establishment. Why? Because she is not part of the good old boys permanent political class. The message from the people of Nebraska is simple and powerful: America is looking for real change in Washington, and commonsense conservatives like Deb Fischer represent that change. I applaud Moms like Deb Fischer who are bold enough to step up and run on a conservative platform to restore America and protect our children’s future. Congratulations to the people of Nebraska. As the Huskers’ fight song goes: “The eyes of the land, upon every hand, are looking at you. Fight on for victory!”

- Sarah Palin


Palin-Endorsed Deb Fischer Wins in Nebraska; Updated: Gov. Palin Congratulates Fischer

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Governor Palin endorsed Deb Fischer, and everything changed. Immediately, the Fischer campaign received a boost. The Governor recorded a robocall for her, Todd Palin recorded another robocall, and now the results are in. Deb Fischer has been declared the winner in the Nebraska U.S. Senate Primary.

Congratulations to Deb Fischer, and a huge thank-you to Governor Palin, who is 2 for 2 in endorsements. Last Tuesday, Palin-endorsed Richard Mourdock defeated long-time Senator Richard Lugar, much to the chagrin of the GOP Establishment.

Bring on the sudden and relentless reform!

Update: Governor Palin sent this tweet after the race was called:

Congratulations to @DebFischer2012 and the people of Nebraska! #NESen


Governor Palin: Ted Cruz for Texas

Monday, May 14, 2012

Governor Palin via Facebook:

Early voting begins today in the Texas primary. Please remember to vote for Ted Cruz as the next U.S. Senator from the Lone Star State. Todd and I sent the note below to Ted last week:
As the product of a competitive primary, I believe they make us all stronger for general elections. Our nation’s primaries are the hallmark of our system and the debate between candidates is invaluable to voters. Your good grassroots work and direct contact with voters will put us on the path to take back the Senate in 2012 just as we took back the House in 2010.

We’re proud to join conservatives in Texas and throughout the nation in supporting your campaign to become the next Senator from the Lone Star State. Your conservative principles, passionate defense of our Constitution and our free market system come at a time when these cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity are under attack.

Our shared goal isn’t just to change the majority in control of the Senate, but to assure principled conservatives like you are there to fight for us.

You can learn more about Ted by visiting his website at and following him on Facebook and Twitter.

- Sarah Palin


Gov. Palin: Deb Fischer for Nebraska

Governor Palin via Facebook:

Tomorrow voters go to the polls in Nebraska. Please remember to vote for Deb Fischer as the next U.S. Senator from the Cornhusker State. Todd and I sent Deb the following note last week:
Deb - thank you for your note. We have been watching your race closely. Your efforts remind us of those our family put forth for Sarah's races here in Alaska. Winning over voters through personal interactions is the way to go. People are tired of outside interests spending millions of dollars in political attack ads. We're glad to see your grassroots efforts paying off!

We admire your conservative principles and know that you will not go to Washington to amass great wealth or power. You will go to Washington to serve the people of Nebraska, protect our Constitution and work for common sense solutions to help restore America. We are happy to support you and have asked SarahPAC to send a financial contribution to your campaign.

Good luck next Tuesday - the Palins are in your corner.

You can learn more about Deb by visiting her website at and following her on Facebook and Twitter.

- Sarah Palin


Governor Palin: Happy Mother's Day, Mama Grizzlies

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Today, Governor Palin posted on Twitter and Facebook a Mother's Day greeting:

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mama Grizzlies out there! I include my own Mom in that list. I love and thank you, Mom! Here's a link to Bristol's blog post about a beautiful video made by a mom telling the story of her blind son's birth and life.

Here's the link to Bristol's post, along with the video:


Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to moms everywhere. You have a most vital role in your families and in society as a whole. Whether you work outside the home or are at home full-time, your role in shaping lives, modeling undying commitment, and doing all the hard stuff cannot be overstated. You are loved and valued. You cannot be replaced. God ordained your purpose, and this culture needs you now more than ever.

Enjoy your special day. God bless you abundantly.

Here's a picture of my mom. I snapped this last night when we went out to eat:


Gov. Palin's Robocall for Deb Fischer

As a follow-up to her endorsement of Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate (Nebraska), Governor Palin recorded this robocall in which she highlights Fischer's pro-life, conservative record:

(h/t Damian)


Report: Gov. Palin Endorses Ted Cruz for Senate, Provides 'Sarah Palin Bounce'

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Ted Cruz campaign reports that Governor Palin has endorsed his candidacy for U.S. Senate (Texas). Governor Palin has given no official word of this; however, Cruz's website published a release stating, in part:

Just four days before the start of early voting in the Texas Senate primary, the Ted Cruz campaign announced the endorsement of Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin.

In response to a letter from Ted Cruz, Governor Sarah Palin wrote: “We’re proud to join conservatives in Texas and throughout the nation in supporting your campaign to become the next Senator from the Lone Star State.”

“Your conservative principles, passionate defense of our Constitution and our free market system come at a time when these cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity are under attack,” Governor Palin added. “Our shared goal isn’t just to change the majority in control of the Senate, but to assure principled conservatives like you are there to fight for us.”

Ted Cruz responded, “Governor Palin has been an inspiration to conservatives across Texas and across the Nation. She is principled and passionate and never afraid to speak truth to establishment power. I am humbled and honored to have Governor Palin’s support as we fight to restore fiscal sanity to the circus that is Washington. With Governor Palin’s support, and the support of tens of thousands of conservatives from all across Texas, we will turn our country around, rein in out-of-control spending and debt in Washington, and restore the Constitution.”

ABC has reported that already--within hours of Governor Palin's endorsement--the Ted Cruz campaign is the recipient of a huge bounce in donations, phone calls, and enthusiasm:
Call it the Sarah Palin bounce: Hours after the 2008 vice presidential nominee endorsed Ted Cruz, a Republican candidate for U.S. senator from Texas, on Thursday morning, the staff at Cruz's headquarters in Austin reported a swift and positive reaction.


Campaign manager John Drogin confirmed by email to Yahoo News that Palin's endorsement "has added HUGE buzz to our campaign."

"Phones are ringing, online contributions are pouring in, and supporters are more excited than ever on our social networks," Drogin wrote, adding that he's seen a "flood" of donations but has yet to tally them.

When Governor Palin makes an official endorsement via Facebook or SarahPAC, as she typically does, I will post it.

(h/t Steve Flesher)


Bristol Palin's Common Sense Response to POTUS' Same-Sex Marriage Support

Yesterday, President Obama made his support for gay marriage official. He said he has "evolved." Yeah, okay. I was not surprised at this flip-flop. I never believed him when he said he believed that marriage was the sacred institution between a man and a woman. The consummate politician who will tell people what he thinks they want to hear, he was just saying what he had to say. Now, he has said something else, despite his prior assertion that "as a Christian" he did not support same-sex marriage. It was only a matter of time, I knew, before he changed his position. Well, time expired yesterday, apparently.

Today, Bristol Palin blogged about the issue. She called it "Hail to the Chiefs – Malia and Sasha Obama"

She points out one thing that is so common sense, it's as plain as the nose on anyone's face. President Obama allowed his young daughters' opinions to help shape his, he said--the opinion, remember, that supposedly had to do with his faith. However, doesn't it stand to reason that President Obama would, as the parent, hope to shape his children's opinions, rather than having his opinion shaped by theirs? After all, he is the adult, right?

Bristol writes:

Is anyone really surprised by the fact that President Obama came out of the closet for gay marriage? What was most surprising is when he explained how his position (supposedly) “evolved,” by talking to his wife and daughters:


So are all those reporters who feared excessive family intervention in the White House all up in arms over the President’s announcement yesterday? Um. Not quite.
Liberals everywhere are applauding him for his bravery and his wisdom.
So let me get this straight – it’s a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it’s a heroic act if the President made a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?
While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads. In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.


Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking. In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee.


Deb Fischer Reports Palin Senate Endorsement; UPDATED: It's Official

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Although there's been no word from Governor Palin verifying an official endorsement, Deb Fischer's campaign has posted correspondence with the Palins on the campaign website and has thanked the Palins for their endorsement. Fischer of Nebraska is running for U.S. Senate.

Today, Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Nebraska, announced that she has been endorsed by former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin.

“I’m incredibly honored to receive the endorsement of Governor Sarah Palin and Todd Palin. I greatly admire their willingness to stand on conservative principle and their resolve in standing up to the political establishment,” said Senator Deb Fischer.

“Our campaign is grassroots powered and focused on conservative policy solutions that will change the course of this nation. I’m a wife, mother, rancher, small business owner, and citizen legislator, not a career politician. To change Washington, we need to send a different type of person there. That’s why I’m running for U.S. Senate.”

At the onset of the campaign, Deb Fischer shared her story, her passion and and beliefs with Governor Palin and requested her support. Below is part of Senator Fischer’s note:
I am writing to you as both a fan of your strong, conservative principles and as a fellow female Republican. I have watched your career with respect as you take on tough issues, all while raising a family and serving your great state. Your career has inspired me and so many other female politicians who believe principles should be above politics.

Yesterday, Governor Palin responded with the following note:
Deb – thank you for your note. We have been watching your race closely. Your efforts remind us of those our family put forth for Sarah’s races here in Alaska. Winning over voters through personal interactions is the way to go. People are tired of outside interests spending millions of dollars in political attack ads. We’re glad to see your grassroots efforts paying off!

We admire your conservative principles and know that you will not go to Washington to amass great wealth or power. You will go to Washington to serve the people of Nebraska, protect our Constitution and work for common sense solutions to help restore America. We are happy to support you and have asked SarahPAC to send a financial contribution to your campaign.
Good luck next Tuesday – the Palins are in your corner.

- Todd & Sarah

I imagine Governor Palin will follow up with an official endorsement on her Facebook page and/or SarahPAC as she usually does. As of now, there is no official word from Governor Palin, but this is what Deb Fischer and media outlets are reporting.

UPDATE: The robocall Governor Palin recorded for Deb Fischer verifies the reported endorsement.


Mourdock Reportedly Defeats Lugar in Indiana Senate Primary Race

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Governor Palin endorsed Richard Mourdock from the state of Indiana for Senate. The Tea Party backed Mourdock in this Primary, even while people debated whether it had lost its relevance. The GOP Establishment went the way of the good old boys and pushed Senator Richard Lugar, who's served for over three decades. Media outlets are now reporting that Mourdock has defeated Lugar, despite the best efforts--and much to the chagrin--of the GOPe.

NBC reports:
Republican foreign policy elder statesman Sen. Richard Lugar, 80, first elected to the Senate in 1976, was defeated in the Indiana primary Tuesday by state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who was backed by conservatives ranging from the National Rifle Association to local Tea Party activists to the Washington-based fiscal conservative group the Club for Growth.

Mourdock appeared to be headed for a landslide victory.

With more than 55 percent of the precincts reporting, Mourdock was winning 60 percent of the vote.

ABC reports the historic aspect of Mourdock's victory:
Lugar’s loss made history. Among senators who had served at least six terms, only one had lost in a primary before Lugar: Kenneth McKeller, D-Tenn., who joined the Senate in 1917 and lost to Democratic primary challenger Al Gore, Sr. in 1952. Only 22 senators in history served as long as Lugar has of 1,931 total, according to the Senate historian.

Shortly after Governor Palin's Facebook endorsement of Richard Mourdock over Senator Lugar, the polls showed a surge for Mourdock, as he took a commanding lead.

In that Facebook endorsement, the Governor wrote:
Richard Mourdock is the conservative choice for Indiana. Senator Lugar’s 36 years of service as a Senator are appreciated, but it’s time for the torch to pass to conservative leadership in Washington that promises to rein in government spending now.

It appears Governor Palin was right--again. The time indeed has come. So ask again who has lost relevance. If the two choices are the Tea Party or the GOP Establishment, I think we got a glimpse tonight of what the answer is.

Congratulations, Richard Mourdock.


Whitney Pitcher Breaks Down Governor Palin's Stellar Record

Monday, May 7, 2012

Whitney Pitcher wrote an article for Big Government today in which she does a thorough job of highlighting Governor Palin's record as governor of Alaska. As she supports each assertion with documented facts, there is no reason anyone can claim to be in the dark about what the Governor has accomplished. Whitney even uses real numbers to compare Governor Palin's record to those of President Obama and prominent members of the Republican party whose names are often touted as qualified presidential contenders. They cannot hold a candle to her. Anyone who wants to know the truth has access to it now, although it's been readily accessible all along; Whitney just did the very hard work of putting it all in one place for you. Anyone who wants to continue ranting the tired, easily-debunked narrative that Governor Palin is unqualified to be President, Vice President, Energy Secretary, or any other high-ranking office is simply making a conscious decision to ignore the facts. What Governor Palin has accomplished is irrefutably impressive.

Let me introduce you to Whitney's article. You should then click here to read it in its entirety. Read it, bookmark it, share it, become acquainted with it, and don't allow anyone to get away with the accusation that Governor Palin does not bring sudden and relentless reform and a plethora of achievements to whatever role she chooses to pursue in America.

Whitney writes:

If you listen to the media, the left, and the GOP establishment, you’ll hear that Sarah Palin is “unqualified.” Even those who grudgingly admit that she helped the McCain ticket in 2008 by energizing the base will still dismiss her gently by saying that she was not “prepared.” Translation: “Sure, sure, she drew a crowd. She’s Caribou Barbie. The rubes like her, but that doesn’t mean she’s competent.”

Is she “unqualified” or “unprepared”? What is her actual record? The media demanded and got unprecedented access to the emails she wrote as governor. No other national or state politician has been more open and transparent. We can know this woman if we just take the time to investigate.

I did, and I discovered a record of relentless reform and fiscal leadership that goes beyond “drill, baby, drill” and is more complex than selling an expensive state jet.

Today everyone likes to call himself a deficit hawk, but it’s easy to be a budget cutter when you’re broke. Palin was a serious deficit hawk at a time when her state was flush with a massive oil revenue surplus. It takes discipline and strong conservative principles to rein in spending at a time like that. Palin cut spending by nearly 10% during her tenure while reforming government, attracting more energy companies to do business in her state and adding jobs.

In the days of credit downgrades in states across the country and for the country as a whole, Alaska has seen its credit upgraded twice since 2006 due to Palin’s reform of the state employee pensions and Alaska’s oil valuation tax.
While the nominees for both political parties have implemented health care mandates on some level, Palin proposed repealing bureaucratic mandates for health care facility development and enacted patient-centered, market-driven health care reforms.
Though she is unabashedly a woman of faith, Palin’s message and governing style garnered her approval ratings as high as 93% in the second least religious state in the country. This was no uneducated, geographically-challenged “Bible Spice.”
By any objective standard, this woman was and is more than qualified to be vice president or president. Her record is arguably better than anyone on the national scene today. The facts bear this out.

I’ve assembled just a brief and partial glimpse of Palin’s record. Much more could be written. Whole films have been made about it (see Steve Bannon’s “The Undefeated”). I’ve chosen to focus primarily on fiscal and energy issues because that’s what Palin focused on.

After reading the following you should ask yourself a few questions:

Why haven’t we heard about all of this before? Why didn’t Steve Schmidt highlight this record during the 2008 campaign? And why is the GOP establishment attacking this woman instead of praising and emulating her leadership?

Read the rest, see the record, get the facts here.


More Footage of Governor Palin at Extraordinary Women Conference in Birmingham

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Last Saturday, Governor Palin spoke at the Extraordinary Women Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. At that time, I managed to locate and post a short clip of her speech with the assurance that I would post the rest if it became available. Unfortunately, I do not have the full speech yet, but I have found more footage. The theme was Passionate Faith, and the Governor shared hers with the thousands of Christian women assembled.

I would be remiss not to warn you of something now so that you don't get too frustrated later. The sound goes out partway through Part 3 and again partway through Part 4. In addition, though Part 4 is the final clip I found, it is not the end of the speech. So if you know that a speech cut off right as it's heating up will bug you, you might want to skip it! However, if you want to hear Governor Palin share her message of faith, though interrupted and incomplete, here you go. It's not ideal, but it's all I have at the time. Keep your eyes open for the full speech, and if you locate it, please be sure to let me know.


How the Public School Creates Big Government Democrats

Saturday, May 5, 2012

I've been teaching for 16 years, and the longer I teach, the more I see disturbing trends. Never mind the lack of skills and total disregard for authority. The most obvious trend is students' tendency to see the school's role in the same way Democrats see the government's: as a never-ending storehouse of anything they might need. Like big government Democrats, students put almost no thought into where these things come from, so long as they're provided. Like Democrats, they possess a sense of entitlement where these things are concerned. And like Democrats, they do not take personal responsibility.

I see it every day. A student walks in, approaches the teacher's desk, starts searching, and asks, "May I borrow a pen?" or worse, "I need a pen." Or a student walks in, sits down, does nothing, and when questioned about the lack of productivity, looks at the teacher like she should know this already, and states, "I ain't got no pen and no paper!" At the end of the period, they usually leave the classroom, not having returned what they borrowed. And because they feel entitled, they lack any understanding why the teacher is upset that her supplies are diminishing.

This wouldn't be cause for concern if this were a rare occasion, but unfortunately, it is not. Day after day, the same students need the same things. It would be understandable, of course, if the reason for not having supplies is that the family cannot afford them. However, this isn't a poverty issue. The same students have iPods, cell phones, and expensive sneakers. Surely, they can purchase a writing utensil. This issue is bigger than money. This is an issue of entitlement and irresponsibility. Why provide for themselves what can, will, and in their minds, should be provided for them? I submit that the public school has not only contributed to this mentality, but may, with the aid and consent of the family, be the very reason for it.

I always say children don't raise themselves. They think the way they do because they've been taught to think that way. As uncomfortable as it is to admit that we adults hold some responsibility for the way our young people are turning out, we do. Again, I see it every day. We train students to live off of others. We train them that it's okay not to take personal responsibility. We train be Democrats. Thus, they become Democrats who vote for Democrats--because "Democrats believe in helping people." We, the mean, selfish conservatives, only believe in helping ourselves, they come to think. The truth, of course, is we believe in helping others help themselves. But thanks to their school experience, we are the antithesis of everything they have come to associate with the way it should be, the way kind, caring, giving people function.

How do we send this improper message? Simple. When students don't have what they need, we tell them to come see us to get it or borrow from a classmate. They do so--every single day. We tell those who don't have their homework assignment done to bring it the next day, or the next, or the next, the fact that we're past that lesson now and the fact that the assignment could have been done in 15 minutes are not to be taken into consideration. If a particular teacher lays down the law, sticks to principles, and wants to teach a student some life skills, like personal responsibility, consequences, and work ethic, any group of people--parents, guidance counselors, other teachers--may come to the student's rescue, sometimes demonizing that "mean" teacher. This appeal, all with the good motive to take good care of that student, is usually accompanied by some story of why the teacher should accept an assignment ten weeks late (right before report cards go home, of course), excuse all displays of irresponsibility, and buy extra supplies so those who choose to come unprepared can get them from her. Then we wonder why in a few years we are still taking care of these people via our tax dollars. By then, many of these young adults are okay with that scenario. Why wouldn't they be? It's all they've ever known. Apparently, we're also okay with it because we helped do it to them. And I, too, am not without fault.

We are creating monsters. No, even worse, we're creating big government, entitlement-minded Democrats who grow up and declare that because someone such as President Obama occupies the White House, they don't have to worry about anything. Their mortgage and gas bills will be taken care of, for example. We're creating people who wonder what the big deal is when told that they should strive to have their own, rather than having to depend on others on a daily basis. We have made it so that those who come equipped with what they need are the exception now rather than the rule.

I've told my students over and over that life won't accommodate their behavior, that they can't live life like this--relying on others. But I'm starting to wonder if that's even true. There are people who do live like this, or at least believe it's okay for others to live like this. Why not? What's wrong with taking from those who have and giving to those who don't have, rather than teaching those who don't have how they, too, can have? With the help of the public school, they see absolutely nothing wrong with it. After all, everyone has to do their "fair share."

Is it any wonder, then, that when Governor Palin speaks about taking personal responsibility, people call her "mean"? Oh yes, it's mean to want people to learn to fish for themselves, so to speak, when someone else can just give them one. Governor Palin has talked at length about her upbringing in rugged Alaska, about how her parents expected the same from the girls as they did from their son. They hunted, fished, hiked, chopped wood, and played sports. Todd also grew up in a family that made sure he worked extremely hard, played sports, and bought his own vehicles. Both families knew what it was to get their hands dirty and make things happen instead of expecting from others. They didn't feel entitled to anything. They worked hard for everything because that was the expectation.

The Governor and Todd have taught the lessons they learned to their own children. Perhaps that's why we see such strength in them, even when faced with less than ideal circumstances. Take their oldest two as examples. Track is married, has a baby girl, and is serving in the U.S. Army. He's been to Iraq and is now in Afghanistan. Bristol has made no excuses but has taken responsibility for raising her son, working hard, and making a life for them. She's written a book detailing her experiences so she can help others. Their stories didn't come accidentally. I had a conversation with Todd once in which he discussed the need for youth to work hard and take personal responsibility. I remember listening to him and thinking, "Every young person needs to hear from this man." If our families and schools would partner in teaching and enforcing these kinds of principles to students, we'd have a stronger America coming up. I fear that is not the case.

Being a conservative to me just makes sense--common sense. Who doesn't want to provide for herself, get ahead, live out the American dream? More importantly, who doesn't want to fulfill the purpose for which God created her? This is something we should all aspire to, not walking around depending on others day in and day out. Everyone needs help at some point, but as I tell my students, may it be rare--a hand up, not a constant hand out. The more we pamper, coddle, and enable our young people, the more we disable them. They settle in to become permanent squatters on the Democrat plantation, where the chief staples are need, resentment, and entitlement.

And then they vote.


Bristol Palin: What's Better Than Being a Palin?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bristol Palin published a blog post today, filled with much-needed wisdom. On the National Day of Prayer, a day that many are more deeply reflecting on God, our need for Him, and eternity, her words are particularly poignant. Her focus, however, is not this day, or any certain day, for that matter. Her focus is on the beauty of knowing every day who she is in Christ. Her message is the right one, for our identity must be rooted in our relationship with God, not in anything else--not even in the good things we often find ourselves viewing as the sum total of who we are.

Bristol writes:
Many times, people try to define me by my parents. I am Republican Sarah Palin’s daughter. Or, here in Alaska, I am Iron Dog champion Todd Palin’s kid. This is true – and I’m so proud of my family and my parents! But, there’s something even better.

What am I talking about?

Well, after I wrote about “How I Got Over My Very Public Mistakes,” the guys at CCEF sent me a nice little bundle of materials. I’m just now reading one little booklet, called “Single Parent: Daily Grace for the Hardest Job” which has this description:
If you are a single parent, you already know you have one of the hardest jobs in the world. Trying to be both dad and mom–breadwinner, cook, chauffeur, comforter, dishwasher, homework helper, disciplinarian, nurse, and role mode–can wear down the hardiest man or woman. But do you know that God, in the Bible, offers words of grace, power, and hope especially for you?

Well, that got my attention! In the first chapter, Robert D. Jones writes that we should mainly view ourselves as Christians, not as “single parents.”
While our marital or parental positions describe our circumstances, they do not give us our identity. Whether you are single, a parent, or that challenging hybrid of a single parent, that is not who you ARE. Who are you? Hear the apostle’s words to all who belong to Christ Jesus.

He then quotes this:
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ.” (Galatians 3)

Many times, people try to define me by my parents and my family, which is wonderful. I’m so proud of all of them! But my true spiritual identity is even better than proudly wearing the last name of “Palin.” How much better is it that I’m a child of God?

In other words, I’m not so much a “Christian SINGLE PARENT,” I am a CHRISTIAN who for the time being is a single parent. Being a single mom is my situation, not my identity.

Are you a struggling single parent or do you know one? Leave a comment below before Monday at noon and I’ll randomly select one of you to receive this great little mini-book!


National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer. It's a day that has special significance to many Americans because we recognize God's hand on this country, and we have a desire for God to continue to move and bless in our nation. We know that God hears the prayers of those who call to Him.

The Bible declares in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

We certainly need our land healed, so let us turn to God, seek His face, and expect His healing.

Happy National Day of Prayer! May God bless America--and may America bless God.


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