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Sarah Palin Resigns – DNC/Media Win!

From The Hill:

Palin to resign at end of month

By Reid Wilson
Posted: 07/03/09

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) stunned political observers Friday by announcing she will resign the governorship after just two and a half years in office.

The first-term governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee made the announcement at her home in Wasilla. Some political observers had expected Palin to forgo an opportunity to seek re-election, but few expected Palin to resign office. Her reason for stepping down was not immediately clear.

"I’m not wired to operate under the same old politics as usual. I promised that four years ago, and I meant it. It’s not what’s best for Alaska at this time," Palin said on Friday…

Palin’s move, coming nearly a year before she would be forced to reveal her plans by filing deadlines, is sure to lead to widespread speculation that Palin will devote herself full-time to a presidential bid in 2012. At Friday’s news conference, Palin did not give an indication about her future plans; she did not take questions.

And the announcement comes after a week in which Palin allies and detractors blew up a war of words that has been quietly brewing ever since the presidential ticket led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) lost in November.

An article in Vanity Fair this week featured multiple sources in the McCain campaign who told the magazine, on condition of anonymity, that Palin was not ready to be vice president. Palin allies, including conservative columnist Bill Kristol and several heavyweights in Washington, slammed the anonymous sources for cowardice and malicious intent in subsequent pieces in other publications.

In her Friday announcement, Palin made a seemingly veiled reference to the Vanity Fair article, which she characterized as a blatant shot at wounding her politically.

"My choice is to take a stand and effect change and not hit our heads against the wall," Palin said. "You are naive if you don’t see a full court press from the national level picking away right now a good point guard." …

Despite the tension surrounding Palin’s tenure as vice presidential nominee, the Alaska governor remains one of the leading contenders for the GOP’s presidential nomination in three years. She has ignited a frenzy among a Republican base that, otherwise, has been unenthusiastic about its leaders in Washington.

We’re not sure we accept The Hill’s assumption that Mrs. Palin is resigning her office so as to run for the Presidency. To some extent her comments imply the opposite.

In any case, it is painfully clear that she is rightfully sick of being the target of the politics of personal destruction from the Democrat and their lickspittle slaveys in our watchdog media.

For who can blame her?

Anyone who seeks to run for or hold office as a conservative should have their head examined. They and their family and friends will be endlessly savaged in every way possible.

Mrs. Palin in every way embodies the kind of citizen-statesman that the Founding Fathers envisioned when they created our republic.

That she could be hounded out of office, and possibly politics altogether, by a ravening mob marks another nail in the coffin for representative government in our country.

This is a terrible day for our once great nation.

  Update!

As if to prove our points above, here is the Huffington Post’s report on Mrs. Palin’s announcement:

Note the tags, which include ‘Trig.’

Just in case anyone might miss their despicable ‘humor.’

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

88 Responses to “Sarah Palin Resigns – DNC/Media Win!”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    I wouldn’t count her out at all. Whatever is brewing is big I think.

    With everything that’s happening, it’s clear this may not be a question about 2012 anymore, maybe not even 2010. Palin’s just too big a target now to be governor, she’s right, it’s detracting from the duty she knows she has to her state.

    The woman’s got character, and she’s absolutely clean, which means she can go the distance. She just has to decide if she has the strength to; I guess this may be a sign.

    We’ll see, the weekend is just beginning and they promised for it to be a big one.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    The people who need to be in office are smart enough to not run for office.

    And so only the most self-centered, neurotic, corrupted psychopaths are suited to office because of the Idiot Media’s foghorn caucaphony aimed at anyone with morals, scruples or character.

    Er we are ruled by souless ****weeds.

    • U NO HOO says:

      I was asked recently if I’d run for a minor local office. I replied, “What if I win?” The interrogator had no come back.

  3. Howard Roark says:

    Incredible.

    I’d write more, but I’m on my way to a Independence Day rally nearby.

    *sigh*

    She has more class than the system of America’s ‘gotcha politics’ deserves. We will miss you, dear Sarah. You were the only thing that made ’08 good, in my opinion. I surely hope we haven’t heard the last of you.

    Amazing…Sanford wants to stay in office, and Sarah wants to leave it. (As Steve said, “Who can blame her?”)

  4. Dangerous says:

    This is a crying shame.

    I dearly hope that Governor Palin stepping down is just so that Alaska can get a governor who isn’t being personally attacked by the media day in and day out. If that is the case, it shows more class than the great I Won could dream to have. If not, she’s simply another casualty of a rabid class that would rather tear someone else down than raise themselves up; a great woman torn down by savages.

    Either way it’s a tragedy, and either way you can’t blame her. For her sake, though, I hope it’s the former case.

  5. CGardner says:

    I wonder if there’s going to be a third party. Sarah can’t very well govern Alaska as a Republican if she’s joining a new one.

    Just saying, because unless there is serious illness in the family, Sarah would hang in there. And, she’d never quit because the media is attacking her.

    • Paulajay says:

      I don’t believe she’s quitting politics — I think she’s JUST GETTING STARTED! She’s HAD it with the media bashing her while gushing over Obama. The press won’t leave her alone so she’s going to take advantage of the situation, turn the tables on them and spell out how Obama is DESTROYING our Country. Someone has to do it and who better than Sarah??

  6. Melly says:

    I choose to see the positive in this.

    I forsee the following:

    Publication of Sarah’s book and book tour.
    The continuation of SarahPac.
    Sarah campaigning in 2010 for conservative Senators and Congressmen.
    Sarah traveling the country and world giving speeches.
    Ultimately Sarah runing in 2012.
    People have been screaming for a voice for the Conservative party – Sarah will be it.

    She said she was a maverick. Mavericks do the unexpected. They exhibit great independence in thought and action. Sarah is indeed a maverick.

    It will be interesting to hear what Rush thinks, as he is a huge supporter of hers.

    Ronnie said: Faith in God, patriotism, freedom, the love of freedom, family, work, neighborhood — the heart and soul of America’s past and the promise of her future. If we stand together and live up to these principles, we will not fail.

    Have faith everyone.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Kudos Melly, great post.

      The Conservative leaders have been there all along. I know they haven’t just been sitting by. Each one of them is pouring their heart out to inform the American people of what’s going on but it’s falling on alot of deaf ears. There’s no doubt in my mind that a coalition is building behind the scenes. As she said – not retreating but advancing in another direction.

    • Melly says:

      You are right – no one is listening to them. That’s the problem. Sarah is a lightening rod. They will listen to her.

    • bill says:

      dittos

    • I gotta tell you.. I get the same sense about her as I did with Reagan.. I truly loved that man. Even when I disagreed, I knew he had the absolute knowledge he was right.

      I hope you are right. My wife and I are thinking she is far from being gone.

      As to Huffpo.. They aren’t worth the vomit the average reader ejects after reading their tripe. All turds in a bowl with a pipe dream of real journalism.

  7. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    This really is sad. I take her at her word as to why she decided to do this and it shows the class she has. Unfortunately that is something this country needs desperately now and will be deprived of. I’m not going to try and read anything into this and just add it to the list of things that illustrate just how F’d this country truly is.

    Happy 4th everyone.

  8. Media_man says:

    Not sure what to make of this. Her convention speech was a watershed but she seemed to be running on nothing afterward. She gave the same speech over and over, nothing fresh. I saw her speak in my hometown (Media, PA) & it was more of the same. She has alot of common sense sadly lacking in GOP pols today but not sure how well that plays in Peoria.

    I’m not sure anyone human can run in the GOP & win. America is addicted to the free lunch politics the Dems are peddling, & the GOP’s free market, low taxes platform doesn’t play well in this environment. We’ve fallen into the Socialist trap & we’re pretty well screwed.

    Like G. Gordon Liddy says, put your money in Gold. America is heading toward irrelevance.

    • Helena says:

      “America is addicted to the free lunch politics the Dems are peddling”

      I’m so afraid you’re right. Hope you’re not.

  9. Melly says:

    Sorry to post again….but Sarah said the following (among other things):

    And one chooses how to react to circumstances. You can choose to engage in things that tear down, or build up. I choose to work very hard on a path for fruitfulness and productivity. I choose NOT to tear down and waste precious time; but to build UP this state and our country, and her industrious, generous, patriotic, free people!

    Life is too short to compromise time and resources… it may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down, plod along, and appease those who demand: “Sit down and shut up”, but that’s the worthless, easy path; that’s a quitter’s way out. And a problem in our country today is apathy. It would be apathetic to just hunker down and “go with the flow”.

    Nah, only dead fish “go with the flow”.

    No. Productive, fulfilled people determine where to put their efforts, choosing to wisely utilize precious time… to BUILD UP.

    And there is such a need to BUILD up and FIGHT for our state and our country. I choose to FIGHT for it! And I’ll work hard for others who still believe in free enterprise and smaller government; strong national security for our country and support for our troops; energy independence; and for those who will protect freedom and equality and LIFE… I’ll work for and campaign for those PROUD to be American, and those who are INSPIRED by our ideals and won’t deride them.

    http://www.gov.state.ak.us/exec-column.php

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    She is not going to fade away IMO.

  10. jobeth says:

    First…she did not leave office with her tail between her legs. She went out with morals reason and sass. My kind of
    woman.
    Second…She has always known just what she is doing. She isn’t one to shoot willy nilly from the hip. She is not a
    loose cannon. There are plans behind her behavior. I’ll wager yes!
    Third…She has thrown the pundits and MSM for a loop. Great! They NEED to be thrown a few curves.
    Forth…She is her own woman. She doesn’t play by the politico’s rules. She answers to her own morals and maker.

    I for one am going to take her at her word. Watch the during the months ahead for the emergence of a real competitive presidential candidate.

    Everyone has been whining about the Repubs (read that the true conservatives) not having a forerunner. We just may be seeing one in the embryonic stages.

    I would trust her over nearly every other possible candidate. She thinks out of the political box and uses…wait for it….COMMON SENSE and real values!. Novel idea!

    I’m with her all the way.

    One more thing. As the criticism for her quitting so she can run for president…your next thought should be a certain community organizer who did the same thing as senator. Somehow that seems ok?

    The dems/libs are scared to death of her. This is going to be fun to watch the squirming! ;-D

    • Celina says:

      >>As the criticism for her quitting so she can run for president…your next thought should be a certain community organizer who did the same thing as senator. Somehow that seems ok?<<

      Abso-foxtrot-lutely. And "I won" still hasn't stopped campaigning.

  11. proreason says:

    I think she either got tired of the outrageous attacks or decided that being in the bulls-eye wasn’t helping her future opportunities.

    I lean with Steve towards the former, but can make a case for why she might be doing the latter.

    1. In office, she would be continually ripped by every libwit shark in the water. As governor, she can’t vote no.
    2. Unlike the Moron, who practiced his lieing techniques, memorized foreign leader’s names, and studied with his Marxist mentors about how to make radical Marxist ides sound middle American, Sarah has actually worked her entire life and really hasn’t had time to prepare herself on national issues. She could use some down-time.
    3. She needs to make some money to pay off the millions dollar lawyer fees to defend herself against the silly charges the loons have been slinging at her.
    4. She can get more face time with America appearing on Fox and talk radio than she could possibly get as governor of Alaska.

    • jobeth says:

      Pro, I agree. The governorship will only hold her back. There are so many things she can’t tackle because of that position. Without it she can dive in without worrying about mis-steps affecting Alaska.

      She has already stated that Alaska will benefit from her stepping down and letting the LT gov take over. What she hasn’t said…yet…is that all of America will benefit from her not being bound by the politics of state service.

      At first I was so unset over this. But listening to her words…I get a feeling of excitement for the future of America. She can be it. Some down time to renew herself a bit…a little studying up…while not being distracted by all those who are petrified of her should bring about a new, fresh, moral grownup common sense approach to US problems.

      She has a long way to go and little time to get there. I’m with her. She needs to be unencumbered.

      God only knows her family needs to heal!

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      Pro R,

      I agree with you 100%.

      I was shocked when they announced this. Then I thought about it and I think it’s smart from a tactical standpoint.

      Sarah is most useful to us on a national level, but she needs to be tutored and mentored because life’s demands have denied her the time and resources other people have used to develop themselves into national statesmen.

      If she’s governor, her time is limited and the Democrats are capable of sucking the blood out of her by using their usual passive-aggressive bureaucratic mousetraps.

      This is a good move. Even if she never wins national office, she is still a badly needed voice for the Republican Party and I think she will serve conservatives with class and dignity — only better, and more effectively, once she learns more about national issues.

      I support Sarah — I salute you, Mrs. Palin! I like calling her Mrs. Palin better than Gov’nah!

  12. texaspsue says:

    Sigh. This IS a sad day but, I understand. I had been following all of these frivolous ethics complaints and expenses, I don’t blame her. The irony… she is more ethical than all of Congress.

    Actually, it’s a brilliant move. Here’s a great, appropirate video of Sarah http://bit.ly/BAPtc

  13. CGardner says:

    I think everyone is thinking “in the box,” that we’ve lost a great candidate for 2012.

    But, suppose that Sarah believes she can raise more hell with the Obama-ites (and do more good) at a time when Americans need it most?

    Something’s up. . .on the eve of Independence Day, which is not just another Friday “dump day.”

  14. jobeth says:

    Oh boy….another one….Nope….I’m not going to bite… I’m going to just enjoy my holiday!

  15. U NO HOO says:

    I think she got a talk show gig.

  16. AmericanIPA says:

    She probably understands that even despite the negative media she would constantly get, she would have a very good shot at winning the presidency. Conservatives win, that’s all there is to it.

    But she also knows how our last president was hounded, chastised, and even threatened almost every day of his two terms. That can’t be a very attractive prospect to a person to duplicate.

    She’s sick of the bullsh*t people, and who can blame her. Of course this means the MSM and the DNC got what they wanted and that they now have a perfect attack plan for the next conservative to garner a following.

    She won’t run for president. She’s quitting.

    • texaspsue says:

      “She won’t run for president. She’s quitting.”

      Yep, as rumor has it, she is NOT going to run for an elected office. sigh. She’s just going to fight for Conservatism. We’ll see.

  17. bill says:

    Colonel Obama is about ready to get the moose back in his undershorts.

    The jackasses are scared […] of her, why else would they continually try and smear and trash her.

  18. Melly says:

    John McCain – is that you?

  19. jobeth says:

    That Huffington Post Headline is disgusting. How do these people look in the mirror without vomiting?

  20. mathews says:

    after Sarah Palin leaves office any and I do mean any dispersions, photoshopped “Trig” or any other better disappear very quickly because libel, slander and defamation lawyers will be able to obtain HUGE monetary awards for the Palin family.

  21. bronzeprofessor says:

    This piece from Pajamas Media is great.

    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/palin-resignation-shocks-political-world/

    I agree with this part:

    The timing of this announcement is very odd for someone who is trying to execute a strategy to get into the White House in 2013. Not only is this a “Friday afternoon news dump,” but today is the mother of all Friday afternoons. Because many people are taking today off and left their homes yesterday for the beach, the lake, the camp, or the hiking trail, we’re well into a three-day weekend for many. If the governor wanted widespread publicity for this unorthodox move, she could not have picked a worse time.

    And, to the unending distress of the militant left, she is not the idiot that Katie Couric attempted to make her into, so there likely is some reason Palin wanted to “bury” this news, or at least keep the political paparazzi at bay for a little while.

    Palin is being smart and striking while the iron is hot. She needs time for something — maybe it’s personal, maybe it’s simply time to learn more and groom herself for bigger office — and as governor, her full time is impossible to commit. She has served Alaska well. As long as she is in that office, her precious time will be wasted and muddled. Her detractors say she craves media attention, but clearly she chose to make this announcement without the usual fanfare.

    It was a smart move. If her critics keep taking aim at her, they will look increasingly stupid, because she’s not even a governor anymore. Yes, they can use this to say she’s flighty and weak, but that argument will wear off for a while, and Sarah Palin will be able to offset that critique with visible evidence that she’s educated herself and become more polished, which she can’t do as a governor being hounded by frivolous liberal hit jobs.

    The author of the PJM article is looking at this the right way. Palin calculated the risks and took them — she’s put her cards on the table and called everyone’s bluffs. This proves, to me at least, that she thinks outside the box and won’t play by other people’s rules. And it isn’t totally irresponsible, since it sounds like the Lt. Gov. will step in after a smooth transition.

    The best way to read Sarah is to take what she says at face value.

    • jobeth says:

      BP I think you just articulated why she is so well respected and liked. It’s going to be fun watching her mature in the national and world stage.

  22. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Best of success to Sarah in her future, whatever her plans may be. Her fight against the MSM only proves my point that they will go to the farthest corners of the country to dig up dirt on someone they despise. But don’t count this woman out. Some thing is going on that we know nothing about.

  23. GL0120 says:

    I think she’s gearing up for the 2010 Senate race and then the White House.
    She’s got my vote, she’s already proven that she’s got bigger gonads than McCain and 90% of the Republican party!

  24. Petronius says:

    It has been eight months since her defeat in the national election, yet the Liberal assault on Sarah Palin and her family has continued unabated and unanswered.

    There is no reason to believe that the Liberal attacks are suddenly going to stop after her resignation. Liberals simply are not built that way. If anything, the Bolshevik thugs and blood-sucking vampires who make up the Democrat Party will step-up the tempo of their attacks. The Democrats may even instigate new ethics charges, by recycling old events, to keep the Palins’ legal tab running.

    During these eight months Palin has been badly served by the Republican Party. No prominent Republican––and John McCain (to his lasting shame) is only the most obvious example––has offered support or come to her defense in any meaningful way. It seems entirely possible, even likely, that the Republican hierarchy has betrayed Sarah Palin and seeks to diminish and destroy her.

  25. Colonel1961 says:

    In the second paragraph of the AP story, she is called a ‘…controversial hockey mom…’.

    What controversy? That she’s a conservative? Is that controversial?!?! Bastards…

  26. wardmama4 says:

    I was really defeated when I heard this – I just could not believe this at all. But Governor Palin has been thrown with ‘ethics’ (How fitting from a group of people who Lionize a killer and promote tax cheats) – for every single trip she took as Governor when one or more of the children were along – as they wanted to ‘insure’ that taxpayers weren’t footing the bill (hey check Rep Franks logs please – I’m sure the taxpayers have footed a few things there over the years).

    Then when she came into the National spotlight – It has cost the State of Alaska a couple of million and the Palins about a half million to defend themselves from the most egegrious ‘legal’ wastes of time and money. All of which except one were dismissed.

    The State Media, the DNC and the Tort Lawyers have succeed to drive another decent politician from office. We have almost none left by now – I worry about who will be left – and if anyone with morals and convictions will ever run again.

    I fear that way before the 2012 election – America will be a One Party Tyranny – someone has to stand up and fight this s*** before it destroys us. And believe me the likes of McCain, Huckabee and Paul aren’t up to it. They have been part of the cause. and certainly a major part of the demise of the GOP.

    You should have heard Kristol on Fox virtually ‘tingling’ as this ‘paved the way for Mitt Romney in 2012’. Great a ‘compromiser’ from MA – what a real, solid conservative Republican that will be – be afraid if they mention Colin Powel for the VP slot.

    God Help America.

    • Paulajay says:

      Romney lost all credibility when he came up with the Mass. Health plan and was joined at the signing by TED KENNEDY. (If Teddy likes your idea, you KNOW it’s bad.) He also blew it by NOT fighting the “gay marriage”decision made by the Mass. Supreme Court. That will haunt him forever. Sarah Palin is the BEST hope for conservatives but she should run as a third party candidate. I’d like to see Bobby Jindal or Liz Cheney for VP. The Democrats AND the Republicans have done too much damage to our Country already. Let’s throw all the bums out.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      Paulajay, Tell us more. Maybe this is something conservatives can rally around. Dare we dream? A 3rd party candidate in 2012…. I am starting to feel inspired. Even if it failed, I am sure it would be no different from Obama winning a 2-party contest, which is just as likely as Obama winning a 3-party contest involving Palin and Romney or Huckabee splitting the Right’s vote.

      If any of you want to organize a movement to get Sarah to run on a 3rd party ticket, I’d be willing to donate some money, time, labor, whatever. Just set up a website and then link it to your tag name on Sweetness & Light. Maybe all of us can form a Sarah 3rd party community and even meet up one day. I think it’s a great idea — and great ideas have often sprung from small seeds like that one.

      I favor Romney as a GOP candidate in 2012, simply because I think we need a businessman and there’s nobody else to run who could hope of challenging Obama. But maybe a Palin 3rd-party candidacy would make a strong statement. I’m sure whatever 3rd party she started or worked with, would grow, and the eventual benefit for our country would be enormous.

      Tell us more, set up a website. I bet lots of us would be game, and we can all brainstorm.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Personally, I’m not in favor of the Conservative Party option – yet. There may come a point where we need to separate ourselves from the RINOs for – well, there’s many reasons – but really I think Bam would love for nothing more than a chance to claim the ‘extremist’ conservatives are on the move. (Think Homeland Security report). Besides, the blue-blood political elites are in the severe minority in the party as it is, and they’ll be marginalized more and more as things continue to get worse. Eventually in chaos effect’s like such, everyone has to pick a side.

      But wherever it goes, you got one American warrior in California just waiting for marching orders. Sign me up.

      As for Romney, I liked him as a candidate last year and don’t mind his more libertarian posture. But he’s not a viable candidate anymore – to combat Obama you need his opposite, which is a Reaganite, which is Sarah.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      Tranquil Night, tell me more. Why do you think Sarah would do better against Obama than Romney? I’m torn.

      I tend to think Romney trounces Obama in fiscal matters.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Well Romney brings a solid command over the financial language and issues, this is true, and yes in the wake of 4 years of Obamanomics we might need someone like Romney there to handle the devastated budget a conservative administration would pick up. I think this is why he was a stronger candidate for 2008, but 2010/12 are going to be entirely different.

      We’re facing crises across several fronts now, not just fiscally, and let us not forget that Palin still shamelessly predicted Obama’s plans from the beginning. However, this is a war of ideology now and so the only way conservatives will win is with a values candidate.

      But there’s more, and this is the key to it for me. She’s humble, a bit overwhelmed still when speaking publicly, yet nevertheless very easy to relate to, and the left mistakes all of this for weakness. I think they want nothing more than to believe that their hounding her up and down the field has broken her emotionally and spiritually, but I seriously doubt it. People like her don’t draw their strength or happiness from what people think, say, or do to them, but rather from doing the right thing. It’s a unique quality since in this case the right thing is rooted in a belief in the ultimate truths of God rather than man.

      So for me the only possibility that she’s leaving politics is because she’s decided she does not want to put her children through the hardships. I doubt it. A mother like her teaches her children never to back down in the face of evil, no matter what the cost. Sarah reminds me a lot of my mom sometimes, especially in the issues she champions. I think we’ve already seen evidence of the great strength of this woman, and nothing scares the left more than a strong conservative voice (Rush). Actually, something might: a strong, attractive conservative woman.

      Others have already hinted at this: if she gets speech mentoring by the likes of some of our infinitely wise rhetorical minds, I think she’s conceivably unbeatable.

      I apologize that I can’t break down Romney and Palin’s policy differences in too much detail. Both are decent candidates and I wouldn’t mind seeing that ticket. The same could be said for Liz and Bobby Jindal. The sooner the better, too. This group tried their national listening tour and got hounded; we’ve been waiting for the listening to stop and the teaching to begin ever since.

      I think the point I’m trying to make (and I guess I’m refuting my original statement here) is that any one of them – any – could be a winning candidate if they would take up the reigns and embark on the journey. If I were in any one of their positions – Palin, Jindal, Romney – you would not be able to shut me up or stop me right now. I would be on every news outlet, talking to everyone I could find; challenging premises, coming up with policy alternatives, spreading Obama awareness, and spreading the good news.

      Happy 4th everyone! Stay safe and don’t get n00ked!

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      Tranquil, Happy 4th! That made a lot of sense. I suppose it’s up to Sarah what to do next. I think she’ll get support from conservatives no matter what she does!

    • proreason says:

      The way I look at Romney is the way I look at a sinner. Dubya, for example, was clearly a sinner, in his younger days.

      But sinners can reform, and if there is clear evidence of the reform, over a long period of time, one can again begin to trust.

      If Romney can demonstrate that he believes in and will champion the principles of conservatism, he should be given serious consideration.

      Personally, I think he is the leading GOP candiate at this point, and a good one. His personal qualities count for a lot, and his business background is a plus. What he did in Massachusetts should be viewed in the context of that looney state. His two big negatives in 08 were his religion and being “tainted” as a businessman. But now that the Moron has shown us the horrors of the alternative, those negatives can be turned into positives.

      A better candidate may come along, but nobody should eliminate him at this point.

  27. U NO HOO says:

    Sarah, take good care of Trig, you need each other, and we need your good example of family values.

    If you get a talk show gig I’ll be listening.

  28. texaspsue says:

    “I’d like to see Bobby Jindal or Liz Cheney for VP.”

    Wow. I really like the sound of that ticket.

    Not to mention how that would really throw the Liberals for a loop. :-)

    Oh, BTW, I have seen comments on other websites calling for Ann Coulter to be her press secretary. LOL

    • jobeth says:

      I’m with you all the way texaspsue

      With Palin, and now Liz Cheney coming out into the political world…I think we are going to see more strong, fearless conservative women coming out of the woodwork. I for one am thrilled to see it.

      But I also don’t want this to turn out to be a “woman” only thing. Many out there need to understand women are people…just as capable and fallible as a man. Race or sex shouldn’t enter into the play…even though it does for some ungodly reason.

      I’m looking for qualifications…not a woman…or a man. Not White or Black or Hispanic or……

      Qualifications are the important thing.

      Obalmy is a perfect example of putting one’s race (or sex) in front of qualifications!

      Beyond that…I love both of the names you mentioned in addition to Palin. I am just concerned that they have the experience issues they held Palin up for. We have a few years to see. I think its going to be fun watching the developments of the next few years.

  29. bronzeprofessor says:

    Wow.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0709/Quitter.html

    Check out the comments at the bottom of this politico article called “quitter.” Those liberals sure can be mean.

  30. BillK says:

    I really loved this from the Fox News piece:

    Larry Sabato, the director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said Palin is political toast.

    “If she wants to run for president, what she’s done is hand a tremendous two-by-four to all of her opponents, Democrats and Republicans alike,” he said.

    He comparing her to Ross Perot, saying the third-party presidential candidate was widely viewed as erratic and unstable despite drawing support for his position on deficits.

    “She has just confirmed that criticism,” Sabato said. “Politically speaking, if your goal is to run for president, this is a very stupid move. The correct move was to finish the one gubernatorial term.”

    Sabato said he doesn’t believe Republicans will nominate Palin in 2012 if she were to run.

    If they do nominate her, I think they’re inviting not just defeat, but landslide defeat in 2012,” he said.

    The problem is if they don’t nominate her they’ll also invite landslide defeat because I can’t imagine any other candidate bringing conservatives to the polls.

    Why bother going to vote for say Mitt Romney – the man who gave us “health care reform” in MA?

    Or cut-and-run Newt Gingrich?

    Or any of the other “so-called” Republican front runners?

    As always, the amount of hate and vitriol spewed in Palin’s direction is only a clue as to just how much our enemies fear her.

    After all, what good could possibly come from liberals explaining what Republicans should not do?

    It worked so well in 2008…

  31. BillK says:

    In a related piece showing how fair our media is, from the “unbiased” AP:

    Palin Beats Out Blagojevich for Sitting Duck Award

    The National Society of Newspaper Columnists chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the winner of its annual Sitting Duck Award, a tongue-in-cheek honor that pokes fun at the most ridiculed newsmakers in the United States.

    Palin beat out Democrat Rod Blagojevich, the ousted former governor of Illinois allegedly caught trying to sell President Obama’s Senate seat.

    Blagojevich was the runner-up. Palin was noted for making headline after headline, month after month.

    The selection was made last week at a conference in Ventura, Calif.

    There’s no physical award to go with the Sitting Duck title.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/07/03/palin-beats-blagojevich-sitting-duck-award/

    So the press generates ridiculous “news” stories about Palin each month, then pats themselves on the back for it.

    Got it.

  32. JMG says:

    Legal defense fund in March. Resigns on Friday before the 4th of July. Kids, connect the dots. There’s another shoe to drop here, and it won’t be pretty.

    • Howard Roark says:

      Legal defense fund in March. Resigns on Friday before the 4th of July.

      This is a non sequitor, JMG. The only dots to connect are the ones in your head. We respect facts, here, not fantasy. You’re lost, little boy. Go home–your mommy’s calling you.

  33. tranquil.night says:

    I love how the endless supplies of bias, lies, misreporting, and raw data indicating the failure of the liberal-democratic system that populate this site never get as much as a meek challenge, but say the name Palin and all the kool-aid drinkers just come out of the woodwork and start posting the bile.

    There’s just something about this woman that libs can’t stand. I savor it.

    • JMG says:

      I will savor the moment when she and her husband are led out of a courtroom in handcuffs and matching crucifixes and orange jumpsuits. It will be a great day for truth, justice, and the American Way.

    • tranquil.night says:

      I’m sure you will, my angry friend, I’m sure you will. So what’s she getting arrested for again? The rape kit policy that she didn’t know about, wasn’t unique to her city, and no victim was ever charged for? The bridge earmark that was signed with contractual obligations before she ever took office?

      Yeah, what the hell was she thinking? She should’ve been out spending her state into generational debt, using taxpayer money to travel wherever, whenever, getting insider trading secrets, making dirty mortgage deals, and just straight up lying about what the CIA was or wasn’t telling her.

    • Howard Roark says:

      I will savor the moment when she and her husband are led out of a courtroom in handcuffs and matching crucifixes and orange jumpsuits. It will be a great day for truth, justice, and the American Way.

      You won’t savor anything, because the psych ward nurses will turn your floor’s tv off when you need it the most. “Matching crucifixes”…really, now, child–how old are you?

    • Melly says:

      To JMG:

      I can see the wheel spinning, but the hamster is dead.

    • wardmama4 says:

      I can see the wheel spinning, but the hamster is dead.

      Ah, Melly perfect.

      I bet JMG – you are still waiting for Dick Cheney, Condi Rice and of course GW Bush to be led out of a courtroom in handcuffs and matching crucifixes and orange jumpsuits.

      There is a vast difference between crimes committed (such as Senator Ted Kennedy killing a woman) and crimes imagined – such as all the lies, innuendo and distortions leveled at the Bush Administration and more importantly at Sarah Palin. If there was even a grain of truth – they’d be in a courtroom and if you had any decency, guts or intelligence you’d know it. If were true – why were there no indictments? Come on – answer that one – and of all the petty ‘ethics’ and ‘lawsuits’ against Sarah Palin – all have been dismissed as the trivial garbage that they are.

      And oh, btw – JMG – you do not have a clue as to what constitutes – truth, justice, and the American Way – at all.

      I have to agree with Melly – I can see the wheel spinning but the hamster is dead.

  34. Howard Roark says:

    Just what was done to Gore and Kerry that even comes close to what was/is done to Palin?

  35. bronzeprofessor says:

    He’s probably thinking of Gore the Bore and the swiftboat ads, but none of that came close to the meanness toward Palin,

  36. Howard Roark says:

    SJ, you’re not answering my question: just what did anyone (even the swiftboaters) do to Gore and Kerry, specifically, that compares to the attacks on Sarah’s Down Syndrome child or any of the other attacks she, her daughters, and her family have withstood? Answer my question without asking a question if you know what you’re talking about.

    I never heard Sarah claim that only Conservatives are real Americans. Where did you hear it, SJ? And if that upset you so much, how upset were you that Gore said that Conservatives were the “extra chromosome” crowd?

  37. bronzeprofessor says:

    Steve, could you elaborate what reference you mean? I think she used “real Americans: in passing when she was referring to people in the crowd, who were from a small town. But I am pretty sure she didn’t go on to say that people who weren’t in small towns were not real Americans. She was trying to affirm small town people who felt disconnected from the election and ignored by McCain. Just to clarify.

  38. bronzeprofessor says:

    Here’s a pic of the huffington headline calling Sarah retarded and tagging her son.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2009/07/03/rock-bottom-huffpo-poster-bids-palin-farewell-with-retard-jokes/

  39. tranquil.night says:

    Ooh ooh I got a question too!

    First, I love how you libs love to call any challenges to your claims “swift boating.” You’re so super-sensitive about poor Lurch Kerry that you’ve vilified a term that should be associated with military veterans who (actually) fought for our nation.

    So what claims from the swiftboat veterens were false again Steve J?

  40. Howard Roark says:

    I see from SJ’s lack of substantive evidence of his claims that he suffers from the same cowardice and emptiness that infects all liberals who can dish it out but can’t take it. What’s new?

  41. Howard Roark says:

    As Karl Rove put it, “she’s fair game.” Now do you understand?

    What is it about “answer my question” that you struggle so much with, SJ? Put down the crack pipe and type out some specific answers to my simple question if you’re so sure of yourself.

    [aren’t squealing libs fun when you challenge them?]

  42. Howard Roark says:

    So you defeat your own argument that Sarah claimed that Conservatives are the only real Americans with that quote, SJ. You need to quit while you’re behind, kid.

  43. Howard Roark says:

    Just about all of them.

    If that’s so, it will be REALLY easy for you to name one, SJ. Can you try that for us, oh brave one?

  44. tranquil.night says:

    Just about all of them.

    Can you even name one? Here I will and then you will and if you respond in reasonable time I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you didn’t just search the reuters archive.

    The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth charged that John Kerry blatantly lied when he returned from his abbreviated 4 and a half month tour and wrote in his book ‘Tour of Duty’ of witnessing horrible atrocities committed by swift boat patrols, charges over hundreds of veterans who were there claim they never saw.

  45. Howard Roark says:

    She was addressing a campaign rally and spewing a popular meme among movement conservatives.

    Your retort is beside the fact of your argument that Sarah said, specifically, conservatives as the only “real Americans.” Can you understand your flaw, here, SJ? Are you really that dense?

    Besides your irrelevant argument above, do you have the courage to answer the question of “how upset were you that Gore said that Conservatives were the “extra chromosome” crowd”?

  46. Howard Roark says:

    But in an interview with The Oregonian, French freely admitted he had no firsthand knowledge of the events surrounding Kerry’s medals and that his information came secondhand from “friends.”

    How does that amount to a lie? Are you really that craven that you deem this flimsy bunch of nonsense as morally equivalent to saying that Sarah will run on the “More Retardation Platform” in 2012?

    You’re trying hard, here, SJ, but you really are showing yourself to be nothing more than ‘hysteria in the diaper’. Maybe this kind of immature banter passes for intelligent reasoning on your sites, but the people here on S&L are much more considerate, fair, and cogent to entertain ridiculous claims such as yours.

  47. Melly says:

    Mark Levin on NRO (The Corner) said the following about Sarah:

    Palin is running for president, get used to it.

  48. tranquil.night says:

    Yes, and lest we forget that Mr. French was marauded by protesters, scrutinized at his job even though he broke no law, and placed on a 30 day leave when dirt-diggers pulled up a brief private affair that he had kept secret. Nor does this prove or disprove the truth of the statement.

    Let’s not also forget that T. Boone Pickens offered $1 million for anyone who would discredit the Swift Boat claims.

    I retire for the night by leaving you with this picture in Saigon’s Vietnamese Communist War Remnants Museum of a man regarded by the people he was fighting – as a hero.

  49. canary says:

    SteveJ/ I’d also like to add that Palin in part brought this on herself by referring to conservatives as the only “real Americans.” Paybacks can be vicious.

    So Steve?, by Payback to do you mean instead of an American, we got a muslim terrorist lover, a communist lover, a bitter American hater for the world, much like John Kerry is.
    Her statement on conservatives is the truth by the laws and beliefs that America was formed to be run by.

    Steve? , you were asked “So what claims from the swiftboat veterens were false again Steve J?”
    And you didn’t name one. Anyone that throws fake medal over a fence, and then has to publically admit it was fake, and he still has the real one. Kerry was far outvoted as to what the truth was. Majority rules. And Al Gore using a fake scene from a fiction movie and trying to decieve the world that is was truth, is bizarre.

    Sara Palin was a threat, and must still be a threat to the Democratic party, or they would not have had to stoop so low to find fault. Her hairstyle, and glasses and children.
    The Huffington Post and Time are perfect examples of the continuation of superficial and superfluous fault with Sara Palin. I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of those that make of an innocent child.
    Oh. Let’s not forget Obama making fun of Speical Olympics, and laughing that he could dance better than John McCain, when John McCain, is handicapped and crippled and truly deserved his war medals, unlike John Kerry.

  50. tranquil.night says:

    You are repeating another smear. The picture was from a 1993 visit Kerry and other congressmen took to Vietnam to investigate POW/MIA claims.

    Very astute observation, SJ, considering it says that right in the webpage I linked along with a newspaper in the picture that confirms the date the photo was taken. Perhaps you missed the point so I’ll slow it down a bit: the VietComs hung that snapshot in their war museum to honor a man who they believe played a great role in their victory over America. Now, I know that doesn’t trip any wires with you, but you have to understand that for the 50ish% of Americans that don’t hate their county, this is pretty incriminating.

  51. canary says:

    SteveJ/”You are repeating another smear. The picture was from a 1993 visit Kerry and other congressmen took to Vietnam to investigate POW/MIA claims.”

    Kerry, did nothing for the POW. His sympathy was to N. Vietnam, and insisted the government apoligize, and for America to lift the trade embargo in place tring to get our POW’s back. He was for forgetting the POW’s and lifting the embargo.

  52. Barbie says:

    God bless Gov. Palin and her family. Honestly, when’a the last time one person was so relentlessly persecuted simply for ‘the crime’ of inspiring others and speaking honestly?

    To me, the libs represent the darkside of thought AND action. Gov. Palin brings light and the little denizens of the left are screaming in fear and panic and ignorance (ignorance is their signature – and they’re so proud of it). She’s not going to let the lefties bully her and her family. She has a plan. If it includes public office, I certainly do not know. But she’s a fighter and she’s going to fight the bullies in one way or the other, and the rest of us will help her. That’s IMHO.

    Happy 4th of July to all. I thank God everyday I live in this country.

  53. ThreeBus says:

    “I can see the wheel spinning, but the hamster is dead.”

    LOL! Bravo Melly!

    God Bless Sarah and her family.

    Happy 4th everyone.

  54. RightWinger says:

    “Paybacks can be vicious.”

    Yeah and Kerry got his payback for the way he came back from Vietnam and went around the country and lied about what he saw his fellow soldiers doing over there. Libs want to argue about Kerry’s dubious wounds and medals, but that is not what drew the wrath of the Swift Boat Vets who served with him. Had Kerry come back from Vietnam and went about his business and kept his mouth shut, there would never have been any reason for the SB Vets to attack him in the 04 race. But it served his political ambitions to run his mouth and spew out lies in order to gain sympathy and votes from the anti-war crowd. So his lies came back to haunt him.

    How would you feel if you worked beside somebody for 4 months and then they turned around and told stories about you that made you out to look like a monster?

    I hope what happened to Kerry in 04 is “seared into his memory”, just like the big lie that he tried to sear into everybody’s minds that he was in Cambodia, Christmas Eve 1968.

  55. wardmama4 says:

    Ah I can’t resist – GOP Ticket in 2012

    Sarah Palin/David Petraeus

    Waiting for the implosions. . . 3, 2, 1!

    Happy 233rd Birthday the United States of America.

    God Bless and Godspeed to our Armed Forces no matter where in the World they are, God Bless and Comfort their Families as they face another holiday celebration alone, God Hold and Comfort the two GWOT POWs Army SPC Altaie Ahmed and the as yet unidentified American servicemember DUSTWUN in Afghanistan – and most especially give their families comfort

    and I pray -‘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.’-

  56. jobeth says:

    You S&L er’s make me proud to be aligned with you. If one is judged by their friends then I am doing great.

    I love to watch a good debate…even if only one side is armed with the facts. Of course that is when it’s the most fun.

    Keep up the great work. One lib at a time…you are making a dent in their numbers…That’s no easy task! :-D

  57. proreason says:

    The evidence that Steve J supplies as his number one point is a joke.

    Kerry was condemned by his entire chain of command. His only supporters from his time in the military were the guys from his boat that he bribed by housing them in Four Season hotels so he could restrict their access to the press. He was the only one of 6,000 Swift Boat veterans to take the 3 Purple Heart early-out and the “wounds” happened in 4 months. He never missed a day of duty. For at least one, and probably two of the “wounds”, the treating doctor refused treatment. He has never released his official records.

    What a joke. The guy is a criminal and a traitor.

  58. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    A Proud Happy Fourth of July to you all. What a flurry of activity I see from the Palin announcement. I would’ve added my two cents worth but I had a restless night with my youngest daughter having bad dreams off and on. Maybe she was having nightmares that Obama and liberalism were embedded into our country for life.

  59. BillK says:

    It’s truly sad to see so many Americans out celebrating the “freedom” so many of them are unaware they’ve lost or are very close to losing.

    Ironic that so many Americans celebrate this day by performing actions Obama’s Cap and Trade will outlaw or make very expensive – driving vacations, driving RVs, going out on their motor-powered boats, enjoying fireworks or, frankly, just breathing – all actions that emit CO2.

    Can’t have that, you know.

    God bless you fellow S&Lers, especially Steve, and God bless Sarah Palin.

    Once again, if the Democrats were fielding an “incompetent” candidate who had “no hope” of winning, would prominent Republicans be out telling Democrats what they need to do to win?

    Why then do Republicans listen when the Democrats try to smear the woman they fear most?

    No, if you can’t out and out destroy your opponent, the liberal playbook calls for depicting them as an incompetent fool over and over until the image sticks.

    Look at what they spent decades trying to do with Reagan and of course with George W. Bush. Note a pattern in what they’re doing with Palin?

    (Though I do agree with them somewhat when it comes to Bush and economic issues, given he started the whole TARP mess, but I digress…)

  60. sheehanjihad says:

    It is apparent that unless someone with the quality of Palin decides to run, we will be celebrating our last truly independent independence day.

    That being said, let me tell you all that I am proud to have been a part of this group!! This is the only place where hope springs eternal…..

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Amen to that SJ. This site is the only thing that keeps me from banging my head against the wall as hard as possible sometimes!


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