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Palin To Stump For Conservative Dems

From the Washington Times:

Palin to stump for conservative Democrats

Ralph Z. Hallow

Sunday, July 12, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Brushing aside the criticisms of pundits and politicos, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she plans to jump immediately back into the national political fray — stumping for conservative issues and even Democrats — after she prematurely vacates her elected post at month’s end.

The former Republican vice-presidential nominee and heroine to much of the GOP’s base said in an interview she views the electorate as embattled and fatigued by nonstop partisanship, and she is eager to campaign for Republicans, independents and even Democrats who share her values on limited government, strong defense and "energy independence."

"I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation," she said over lunch in her downtown office, 40 miles from her now-famous hometown of Wasilla — population 7,000 — where she began her political career.

"People are so tired of the partisan stuff — even my own son is not a Republican," said Mrs. Palin, who stunned the political world earlier this month with her decision to step down as governor July 26 with 18 months left in her term.

Both her son, Track, 20, an enlisted soldier serving in Iraq, and her husband, Todd, are registered as "nonpartisan" in Alaska…

But she shot down speculation among Republicans that she might challenge incumbent Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski for the party’s nomination to the Senate next year, and she blamed her resignation as governor on the nasty, hardball tactics that last year’s presidential campaign brought to her state.

"I’m not ruling out anything — it is the way I have lived my life from the youngest age," she said. "Let me peek out there and see if there’s an open door somewhere and if there’s even a little crack of light, I’ll hope to plow through it."

Mrs. Palin did not indicate which candidates she would be campaigning for. Indeed, whether the polarizing Alaskan would be welcome on the campaign circuit is an open question. Republicans running in statewide races in Virginia and New Jersey — the only states with gubernatorial races in November — have offered only lukewarm responses when asked whether Mrs. Palin is welcome to campaign there…

Mrs. Palin confirmed during the interview that she has signed a book contract, but would not discuss the amount — rumored to be worth $6 million or more. She also declined to discuss other employment prospects, including becoming a television commentator. "I can’t talk about any of those things while I’m still governor," she said…

Even dealing with the political maelstrom she unleashed, Mrs. Palin flashed the down-home, personal touch that even critics say helped her forge an extraordinary bond with supporters on the campaign trail.

When a photographer prepared to take pictures of the interview, Mrs. Palin, wearing open-toed shoes, said laughingly, "Don’t get my toes in the picture — they are green on the bottom."

Indeed they were. She said the marks were grass stains she had got from her mowing her lawn the previous day.

Of course she’ll have to find them first. As they say in Germany, ‘it would be easier to find a white rat with a black tail.’

There is Zell Miller… and who else?

Still, this is a great public relations point on several levels.

But she shot down speculation among Republicans that she might challenge incumbent Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski for the party’s nomination to the Senate next year…

"I’m not ruling out anything — it is the way I have lived my life from the youngest age," she said.

Non sequitur alert.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

35 Responses to “Palin To Stump For Conservative Dems”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    “Oh Boy! This is gonna be great! – Flounder from “Animal House”

  2. Melly says:

    Didn’t Gov. Palin learn anythin’ from the last Congressional election? Many Dems won by runnin’ on conservative principles (wolves in sheep clothin’). Like Steve posited – where are they now?

    Governor Palin, with all due respect – look up the definition of “Conservatism.”

    If you plan on campaignin’ for Democrats and Independents at this pivotal stage in the history of this country, please stay home, take out the FoodSaver and start storin’ up on that Salmon for the winter.

    (BTW – I dropped my “Gs” just for Sarah)
    ;-P

    • crosspatch says:

      “Didn’t Gov. Palin learn anythin’ from the last Congressional election? Many Dems won by runnin’ on conservative principles (wolves in sheep clothin’). Like Steve posited – where are they now?”

      Massively screwing up Pelosi’s agenda, thats where. And for someone with such an aversion to condescension, you sure seem pretty condescending yourself.

      The Democrats can’t get a “free” health care bill together, apparently. Using your logic it should be a piece of cake.

    • Melly says:

      Oh Crosspatch – joining Rocketman I see. I respect Steve too much to elevate this message board banter.

      Exchanging my view with some is almost as though I am engaging with intolerant Liberals. It is fascinating and quite disappointing.

      And as far as dropping my “Gs” when referencing SP – I’ve been doing it since she entered the national political scene. It’s to honor her and rub it in the face of Libs – as she should never change her personal style. It’s regretful it didn’t translate clearly.

  3. bronzeprofessor says:

    I think this is a case of media spinning her words… Palin simply said that she’s not defining herself as strictly Republican. Why would she, when the Republican Party includes so many who betrayed her? She threw in the word “Democrat” as a challenge to everyone — i.e., show me you’re conservative, and I’ll stump for you. THe headline makes it seem bigger than it is.

    • jobeth says:

      BP She’s probably just like many of us, including myself after this last election…I consider myself simply a conservative. Period.

      The only reason I am registered a Repub is I want a bit of input in the primary.

    • catie says:

      Bobby & Jobeth, I, too consider myself a conservative first and if I could find a pro-life, conservative democrat, I would vote for that person over a pro-death, pseudo-conservative.

  4. Barbie says:

    The ‘conservative’ Democrats were hand selected – I believe -by none other than Rahm Emanuel (sp?) with a large dash of Pelosi thrown in – yes, they ran on a conservative platform but just lied about their beliefs to get elected. Who better than Sarah Palin to give the new batch of conservative Dems the actual conservative ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’ if they’re lying.

    I just hope she also reviews the conservative credentials of Republicans and validate them or expose them for being RINOs (watch out John McCain).

    The most important thing for SP to remember? Stay away and don’t believe the GOP. They are not her friend or a friend to anyone with conservative values. I’m glad she’s staying independent.

  5. GL0120 says:

    Let conservative leaning democrats stump for their own.
    What will she do when faced with a so-called conservative democrat and a real conservative?

  6. bronzeprofessor says:

    “The most important thing for SP to remember? Stay away and don’t believe the GOP. They are not her friend or a friend to anyone with conservative values. I’m glad she’s staying independent.”

    I totally agree, B.

  7. rocketman says:

    There’s an old saying..”Lead, follow, or get out of the way”. Sarah is leading! Melly thinks she didn’t learn anything. I beg to differ… she’s on a roll and the ones who didn’t learn anything can’t figured it out!

    • Melly says:

      I believe it’s more like “strike while the iron is hot” when it comes to SP.

      I’m saying that if she helps Democrats get elected to Congress that will help Democrats keep control of it.

      Majority and minority are terms that have meaning and consequences in Congress.

      As you know, the majority party controls the agenda, chairs the committees, can keep the minority party from offering amendments, can refuse to schedule their bills for a vote, holds more seats in committees and can kill minority legislation there, controls subpoena power and on and on.

      You also know that as long as there are more Democrats in the House than Republicans Nancy Pelosi or another Democrat will be in control. The same applies to Harry Reid in the Senate.

      We hear lots about Blue Dogs but remember, Nancy Pelosi was chosen unanimously by House Democrats. What makes anyone think there are conservative Democrats or that they could buck Pelosi if there were?

      Actually, I doubt there are many Democrats, if any, who would have her in to campaign for them. Actually, this interview sounds to me as though Palin is exploring the possibility of a third party.

      I understand where some folks are coming from. She gives the appearance of having a pure Reagan/take-back-the-Republican Party strategy, but she has to reposition herself to be able to draw in independents, moderates and Reagan Democrats. The Left and the party RINOs have tried to position her as a far-right zealot—just so as to turn off that share of a coalition that she and Republicans both need to win.

      Until she became the #1 target of Soros, et al., she had done a masterful job of building a cross-party coalition while being a Republican. But she has an uphill battle up ahead. She unfortunately has be subjected to being defined by the media – “Qualyized” sort of speak. It will be interesting to see how she does on a national level. I hope she outflanks her opponents.

      Anyways…….The GOP seems to be locked in stultifying moderate paralysis, and anything that can be done to shock them into reality is worth a go.

  8. tranquil.night says:

    About 40% of America are calling themselves conservative and trends universally show that values are on the upswing in people’s lives. Of those 40% I’d guesstimate probably half are legitimate born-again conservatives who fully understand and can articulate ‘all the right things’ Palin wants to stand for.

    But this number will continue to grow and in the information age my guess is it will fast. This phenomenon is sociology 101 and liberals understand it very, very well because this is usually in their realm of study (since they want to try and stop it while the conservatives are too busy doing productive things and in general loving life).

    When people face tribulation they either Face Everything And Recover or F*** Everything And Run. As the times grow dire, awareness grows, and people see parallels between their actions and the actions of the state. If things really had been as bad during the Bush years as the libs said, then we’d have witnessed this trend much earlier.

    But the truth is they weren’t, and liberalism has grown in America not because of a hatred for Bush (although that’s how the liberals harnessed the energy) but because we had it TOO good. We’ve ridden the crest of a Golden Era that began and pretty much was engineered by Reagan. For a generation we’ve lived in a time where the only apocalyptic intrigue comes from conspiracy novels and big hollywood; we by and large haven’t had to question and we haven’t had to affirm again and again those essentials which evil always seeks control over.

    Bush desperately tried to summon the American Spirit after 9/11 and was crucified. Why? Because the libs had been spanked out of power over and over again and had been marginalized to a small 10% radical minority in government. Democrats had joined the big tent and for all the talk of how big a success Clinton was, he wasn’t. He wasn’t able to advance any major aspect of the Liberal Doctrine after he got shut down in the election of ’94, which ironically became the root of his claim to success at first: the fact that he didn’t completely screw up a Reagan-induced boom.

    Of course that’s what they’ve wanted to do this entire time. They’ll claim success for the past when they have absolutely no right to and at the time did everything to try and stop the policies that enabled said success, while at the same time impugning and destroying said success wherever they can for an excuse to claim the policies they say that they supported (but really didn’t) have now proven to be failures and it’s time to change course.

    Palin probably looks out at the 4 ideological groups in our country right now and sees what I see: the fall of modern liberalism, not the triumph of it. We’re realistically looking at 80% of the public versus 10% of the political/academic/media elite and 10% of the welfarists that won’t ever choose anything but the easy way out. However, once a force (or person) is successfully able to articuate how simple of an enemy he is that we’re facing in the administration, it’ll be a drastic and permanent (for another generation at least) defeat for the ideology on par with the end of Carter.

    The root of the Democrat social doctrine is Charity, much like the Catholic Church. Most Democrats simply want the state to take a more active role in promoting and providing philanthropic pursuits. It’s as simple as that because I know from many, many, many conversations with Dem that’s the level on which they choose to grasp the issues.

    The root of the Conservative social doctrine is Individualism – and faith that if left to their own devices humanity WILL better the conditions for the greatest amount of people without the need to be forced to do so, and that these results will surpass any hopes or expectations that a state entity can govern.

    The root of the Liberal social doctrine is that people are too stupid or inherently selfish to understand the right thing and it takes the guidance of the intellectually enlightened or chosen. They use demagoguery to incite anger over percieved class inequalties and inspire their followers through false pursuits for ‘justice’ instead of liberty, which is odd since the thing they hate is the basis for their name.

    The root of the Republican social doctrine is to somehow think all these groups can find a tranquil agreement. It’s just never going to happen.

    • rocketman says:

      Well said TN. This is extra-ordinary women. I love it that all the “inside the beltway” crowd are pulling their hair out. They’re stuck on stupid… Sarah isn’t playing by their rules… A breath of fresh air. Whore House Harry said people stink. We’ll SP will take care of that!

  9. jrmcdonald says:

    I trust her. I like her.

  10. crosspatch says:

    Palin never used the word “conservative” as far as I can see in the quotes from the interview. That was a word injected by the editor in creating the headline. What she actually says is pretty much summed up by the reporter with:

    The former Republican vice-presidential nominee and heroine to much of the GOP’s base said in an interview she views the electorate as embattled and fatigued by nonstop partisanship, and she is eager to campaign for Republicans, independents and even Democrats who share her values on limited government, strong defense and “energy independence.”

    The word “conservative” is not mentioned anywhere.

    I think it’s awesome that she is doing that and we need someone holding the Democrats feet to the fire in the 2010 mid-term elections.

    • rocketman says:

      Good catch Crosspatch.
      Just wait til tomorrows MSM TV shows…These poeple just don’t get it. She is “one of us”, not some member of the “Good Old Boy” network. She’s marching to her own drums, kinda like St Patrick and folks are lining up to follow her. I got a real kick out of the comment about green toes. Well Golly, she actually mowed her own lawn and barefoot at that! Go Sarah Go

  11. rocketman says:

    “It will be interesting to see how she does on a national level”
    Melly, you haven’t been paying attention. McCain didn’t bring out the thousands of folks to the rallys. Sarah did. She went to NY for a simple parade honoring Seward and drew 20,000 people.. She’s not playing by the rules of the Good Old Boys…Get over it.

    • Melly says:

      Hey – watch your attitude there.

      Don’t start something with me.

      I can see you enjoy nitpicking….. Fine but do not attempt to insult me.

      Condescending people are really quite boring.

      Move along.

    • rocketman says:

      I’m not attempting to insult you – If your skin is that thin may I suggest you go troll somewhere else.

    • Melly says:

      I have strong nerves indeed rocketman – notice how I said “attempting” to insult me.

      You can’t dismiss me with your “troll elsewhere” comment. I have a right to express my views on Sarah Palin. Her recent actions beg for people to conjecture, wonder and surmise.

      I had no idea that some posters were resistent to diverse ideas.

  12. PCP Smoker says:

    I can see that old hag from the Wall Street Journal and the rest of the weak-kneed Obama Cons beginning to choke. That’s right baby, SaraCuda is on the prowl.

    Now I don’t know where in the hell, this cutie is going to find a conservative democrat, but it will be nice having her out there.

    Psst…Romney, release the hounds, and make sure they can defend your socialist healthcare plan with other than “the dems made it bad”.

  13. BillK says:

    Bottom line – I would support Joe Lieberman before I supported Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Mary Bono or a host of others.

    Supporting even a moderate Democrat can sometimes be better than supporting a liberal “Republican.”

    The term RINO wasn’t invented for no reason.

    IMHO Sarah’s right on.

    I’ve been saying for quite a while now that there’s no way the GOP will see another dime of my money largely because there’s no way to prevent it being used to reelect someone like Arlen Specter.

    Parties aren’t important – positions are.

    Palin’s not perfect, but I’ve yet to find anyone I’d rather vote for in any future election.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      “Palin’s not perfect, but I’ve yet to find anyone I’d rather vote for in any future election.”

      Well said BillK.

  14. ThreeBus says:

    I think it has to do with strategy.
    Don’t know what she’s up to yet
    but it sure is fun watching libs heads explode!

  15. Liberals Demise says:

    Sarah can mow my yard and I’ll wash her toes afterward!

  16. mathews says:

    maybe Sarah Palin like Luke Skywalker will be able to turn a few from the dark side.

    • neocon mom says:

      You know many criticize her for not being persuasive enough. I think her honesty, principled leadership and charisma are enough to get people behind her. I think economic circumstances around the time of the next election are going to open up a lot of people to her message as well.

      This move also shows that she is casting a wide net. As long as she can keep people’s attention, she’s a contender, and she has no trouble whatsoever doing that right now.

  17. wardmama4 says:

    Sarah Palin expresses my beliefs in America, government and life better than any politician has in years – that is why she had my support in 2008 and in the future.

  18. Reality Bytes says:

    You have a better chance catching Bigfoot than finding a real conservative Democrat. Oh wait, there’s one. His name was Ronald Reagan.

    • Melly says:

      Reagan’s 1964 convention speech, “A Time for Choosing”:

      “As a former Democrat, I can tell you Norman Thomas isn’t the only man who has drawn this parallel to socialism with the present administration. Back in 1936, Mr. Democrat himself, Al Smith, the great American, came before the American people and charged that the leadership of his party was taking the part of Jefferson, Jackson, and Cleveland down the road under the banners of Marx, Lenin, and Stalin. And he walked away from his party, and he never returned to the day he died, because to this day, the leadership of that party has been taking that party, that honorable party, down the road in the image of the labor socialist party of England.”

  19. conant says:

    Back in 1968 I voted in my first election.. Since then I have voted in EVERY election I have been qualified to vote in.. When John McCain was nominated I decided I’d had enough and was resigned to not vote at all. Then there was Sarah. I voted. Now I expect the Dems to hate her. On the other hand the Republicans are scared of her.. The repub party has joined the big govt tax and spend and regulate our every move progressive movement. Not to mention open borders and abrogation of the responsiblilty to defend us. Sarah doesn’t buy in and to make matters worse they can neither shut her up or control her. Personally I think she should abandon both parties and go on her own. National Socialism has been tried and didn’t work out very well. Both the Republican and Democratic Parties are headed that way and need to be stopped. Just maybe Sarah will start the move.

  20. proreason says:

    Speaking of women who get it, check out Liz Cheney’s op-ed in the WSJ. Totally awesome.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124744075427029805.html

    • jobeth says:

      Every time I see her I like her better. She is a lot like her dad with her mother’s likability.
      Although I’ve always liked her dad too. He knows when to speak and when to just work behind the scenes quietly.

      The very reason the left can’t stand him. He doesn’t get flapped at their yapping

      I think Liz will be the same. She’s another up and coming very capable conservative woman. Yet one more woman for the lefty women to try to marginalize.

      They won’t do it with her. She was raised around these bottom feeders. She knows them and has a great understanding of the world’s affairs.


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