President Obama doesn’t have an energy plan. He has an energy speech that he continues to give regardless of the facts or his obvious failures. He likes to take credit for actions initiated by the last administration (without telling you that he’s reversed or stymied many of those successes).
We should not be surprised by his detached attitude about America’s pain at the pump. He’s not interested in lowering the price of gas because exorbitantly high gas prices are one of his campaign promises. In September 2008, candidate Obama’s Energy Secretary in-waiting said: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” That’s one campaign promise they’re working hard to fulfill!
President Obama notes that instability in the Middle East causes short-term spikes in the price of oil. But that is precisely why we should take every opportunity to drill here and drill now to lessen our dependence on these dangerous foreign regimes. President Obama’s lack of action simply invites the next oil crisis. It’s as if the White House is purposefully making us more dependent on foreign countries – from running up an unsustainable debt that must be financed by foreign debtors, to constantly apologizing and walking on eggshells around dictators who control oil supplies.
When it comes to our energy security, the only thing holding us back is the lack of political will. We have the resources, the ingenuity, and the manpower. And we need the jobs! Any economic recovery will be hampered by these rising gas prices. And I guarantee the rising prices will only get worse and will halt job growth further.
We must never forget that energy development, job creation, and national security are inextricably linked. Access to affordable and secure energy is the key to economic growth, which is the key to job growth. Securing a stable domestic supply of energy will lead to a more peaceful and prosperous America – an America that’s not subject to the whims of dictators who can cut off energy supplies or shut down the Strait of Hormuz to exports passing through.
President Obama repeatedly claims that there is no “silver bullet” to lower gas prices. But, in fact, we do have proof that the promise of future drilling does lead to immediate price relief as oil producers plan to expand their production.
So what are Obama’s solutions? As luck would have it, they coincide with subsidizing his friends and campaign donors. What a fortuitous coincidence in an election year! While you’re paying $5-a-gallon for gas, President Obama has been picking “winners” and “losers” in the free market. He’s decided that conventional resource development that produces the fuel we use to drive our cars and power our economy are “losers.” His “winners” are the bankrupt green energy companies that his campaign donors invest in. Unfortunately his real “losers” are the American public who are once again hit with massive gas prices (at least those who can’t afford luxury electric cars like the Obama-subsidized Volt that gets 40 miles per battery charge, or like the Obama-subsidized Tesla that turns into a “brick” when the battery completely discharges and then costs $40,000 to repair.)
What are the real solutions? Well, whether you support Newt in 2012 or not, he makes a lot of sense in this video, which is why President Obama targeted it for mockery yesterday. Newt is right that we need to “stop bowing and start drilling.” And not only can’t a gun rack fit in a Volt, but the government will take away our pick-up trucks when they pry the steering wheel “from our cold, dead hands.” Newt explains in this video some commonsense, pro-American solutions to the problems President Obama causes with his terrifyingly naïve assault on U.S. energy production.
With just the stroke of a pen, President Obama could lead us in the direction of real energy security and reduce our oil imports threatened by Iran’s threats to shut down the Strait of Hormuz. Here are just a few commonsense measures we can do right now, and most of them don’t require any new legislation or regulations:
Open Alaska to drilling. Billions and billions of barrels of U.S. crude (and hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of clean natural gas) sit untapped up here in the far north, my friends. We have the TAPS pipeline and infrastructure; we invite the development! Open ANWR. Think of how much safer and secure we would be if we had done this decades ago.
Build the Keystone Pipeline. President Obama doesn’t understand we live in a land woven with untold miles of pipe to carry safe energy supplies to protect and prosper America. Common sense dictates we need another one now to secure our energy future. It is key. It is the Keystone. If we’re worried about instability in the Middle East, it makes no sense to shun safe and reliable oil from Canada. Obviously, China understands this, and we should too.
Drill for natural gas. Natural gas is the future. It’s clean, it’s green, and we’ve got lots of it. Whether we use it to power natural-gas cars or to run natural-gas power plants that charge electric cars – or ideally for both – natural gas can act as a clean “bridge fuel” to a future when more renewable sources are available.
There are many more steps we need in order to establish a true energy plan to secure our future. But these three steps, plus increased resource development in the Lower 48 and reversing President Obama’s nonsensical, knee-jerk, anti-American energy shut down of off-shore developments would create hundreds of thousands of jobs as millions of barrels of oil every single day would flow under American control, and lessen our dependence on the Persian Gulf.
It’s time our country had a real energy plan that includes a genuine all-of-the-above approach that doesn’t ignore conventional resource development. We need the jobs, we need the energy, and we need the security.
- Sarah Palin
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Sarah Palin's final months in office saw her fighting for a signature accomplishment of her tenure -- a natural gas pipeline project -- and frustrated over a series of ethics complaints that had been filed against her, according to emails released Thursday by Alaska state officials.In a related development, turncoat former Palin aide Frank Bailey has agreed to pay an $11,900 civil fine for personally profiting from the former governor's confidential emails, a violation of Alaska's ethics laws:
In a June 4, 2009, email to aide Katryn Morgan, Palin told her to "push hard to get gasline tweet language today. We MUST give Alaskans their deserved updates on the project." Just a week later, TransCanada Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp. announced that they would be working together to advance a gas line project.
That email was among those released by state officials, who say are the last of her emails from her time as governor. Citizens and news organizations, including The Associated Press, first requested Palin's emails in September 2008, as part of her vetting as the Republican vice presidential nominee. The state released a batch of the emails last June, a lag of nearly three years that was attributed to the sheer volume of the records and the flood of requests stemming from Palin's tenure.
The 24,199 pages of emails that were released last year left off in September 2008. Thursday's release includes 17,736 records, or 34,820 pages, generally spanning from October 2008 until Palin's resignation, in July 2009. Of those, 13,791 records were released without redactions, according to the governor's office. Another 965 documents were withheld.
The release also includes some records that the current governor's deputy chief of staff said were inadvertently omitted from the earlier release.
Bailey was first appointed by Palin as special assistant to the commissioner of the Department of Administration. From August 2007 to September 2009, he had a key job filling patronage positions as Palin's director of Boards and Commissions. In May, his memoir, "Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin," was published by Simon & Schuster with coauthors Ken Morris and Jeanne Devon.- JP
In the four-page settlement agreement with the state, confirmed by Senior Assistant Attorney General Julia Bockmon, Bailey admitted he used his collection of emails relating to state business from 2006 to 2009 to write the book. Some of those emails were confidential under state law, he admitted.
Before the book was published, Bailey provided a draft manuscript and the emails he planned to quote to the Attorney General's office for review of potential confidential information, the settlement said. At the time, Bailey said took that step so he could "remove information alleged to violate the Ethics Act prior to publication."
While Bailey removed most of the confidential information prior to publishing, some remained, the settlement said.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Asked about the state of the race, the former Alaska governor described it as "quite volatile." When Hannity brought up the questions about Mitt Romney's conservatism, Gov. Palin acknowledged that the former Massachusetts governor was "attempting to answer" them, but pointed out that the latest poll numbers reflect that he is "not connecting" with many conservative GOP primary voters. The 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate said that she was "anxious to hear in the next debate" more from Romney, as well as the other candidates, real solutions to the nation's problems.
Hannity inquired, as he has before other key primary contests, who Gov. Palin would vote for if she lived in Michigan. This time, she said that she doesn't know who she would vote for. The governor reiterated that she wants the process to continue.
As to what Rick Santorum is going through as the perceived front-runner, Palin said the attacks by Mitt Romney, the left, and the media are making him tougher and more focused. As someone who has taken more of her fair share of hits from those same quarters, she added, "I respect that."
When Hannity steered the conversation to the possibility of a brokered or open convention and asked if she would accept a draft, Sarah Palin simply said, "The establishment will never come to me." She said Republican should not "be afraid" of a brokered convention.
Asked if she had any advice for Newt Gingrich, the governor observed that in recent days Newt has been focused on Obama's "failed policies" and encouraged the other candidates to follow that example by contrasting the president's policies with their own. She opined that they should stress the links between energy and prosperity and between energy and national security, something Gingrich has been doing.
On Santorum's remarks that the devil has singled out America, she remarked that the leftist media always attacks those who proclaim their faith. Gov. Palin urged Santorum not to back down and added that his surrogates should be publicly supporting him on the controversy. The media, she said "makes me sick."
Hannity asked her if she had any advice for Mitt Romney, and the Mama Grizzly replied that he should call out the media and the left, especially on energy issues.
Video courtesy of SarahNET | Cross-posted at US for Palin
Sarah Palin talks upcoming primaries, Santorum's controversial comments and more tonight on 'Hannity'9:00pm Eastern Time, 8:00pm Central on Fox News.
Uber-liberal Julianne Moore, who plays Sarah Palin in the upcoming anti-Palin HBO hit piece Game Change, has decided to mouth off about the inspiration for her role:Cross-posted at US for PalinJulianne, 51, told Capitol File magazine: ‘She wasn’t qualified to be vice president. She wasn’t a qualified candidate. I think that became quite evident during the campaign. It was so shocking to me when she resigned the governorship of Alaska when the presidential election was over. I was stunned. I just think that shows such an unbelievable lack of interest in the actual governing.’As opposed to Senator Barack Obama, who spent all of five minutes in the Senate before running for president – and whom Moore supported in the 2008 election in the primaries (she gave just over $5,000 to Obama, the DNC, and the Democratic White House Victory Fund).
Let’s not pretend Moore cares deeply about Alaskan governance. As Tina Korbe over at HotAir pointed out just a few days ago, [Moore] said she found Palin “pretty terrifying” because of the threat she posed to liberal establishment."I would say, as a registered Democrat and longtime liberal, I think that I speak for a lot of women when I say that when [Palin] burst onto the scene, the way that she did that was pretty terrifying because I really felt like, Oh my gosh, the Republicans might have this election. She was so electrifying as a figure, it kind of blew everyone away."And so Hollywood will sink her...
The two projects will certainly be a study in contrasts: "The Undefeated," which had a theatrical and pay-per-view run last year, is a reverential look at Palin, from how she took on the good-old-boys club of Alaska politics to her battles against the entrenched media and Beltway establishment as she rose to national prominence. Palin attended the film's premiere last summer in Iowa.The press release is posted at Digital Journal.
"Game Change" is based on the 2008 campaign tome by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, but the HBO movie focuses on the drama surrounding John McCain selection of Palin as his running mate. While it portrays her
2008 convention speech and vice presidential debate as triumphs and her defense of family and special needs children as strengths, she's also shown as a mercurial figure way in over her head, particularly when it comes to foreign policy. Palin already has denounced the movie.
Bannon said that Reelz's showing "will be a counterweight" to the HBO film, which he called a "fictionalized account of what happened."
Cross-posted at US for Palin
Monday, February 20, 2012
Intense race week begins for motorheads who love the cold and snow up North! Every racer in this 2000-mile epic journey across Alaska is tough. Period. Lots of self-discipline and determination and amazing mechanical skills are required. You can check standings here and GPS tracking here.
Here are some photos of Todd and Trig from the start of the race yesterday.
Go Dogs! Godspeed!
- Sarah Palin
Celebrating George Washington’s birthday is an American tradition to honor our first president. Though Presidents’ Day is now the more commonly-used term, and has expanded to include all presidents, the legal term for this federal holiday remains Washington’s Birthday.
We honor President Washington, not because he was flawless; he was not. He was, however, the epitome of self-sacrifice—both as a soldier and a statesman. It was that sacrifice that helped make America what it was destined to become. We honor him because of what he accomplished and the manner in which he approached service to this nation: with a servant’s heart.
I am on record as acknowledging President Washington as my favorite Founder precisely because of that heart. He did not seek power. He accepted it reluctantly. He answered the call, offered himself up in the name of service, and helped to usher in a new day. At a time when he could have remained in office perpetually, as some expected, he chose to return to life as a citizen rather than seek a third term. He fulfilled his destiny, and his legacy is secure.
It is refreshing to reflect on one who was so far removed in spirit from the inside baseball that too often defines politics now. America celebrates President Washington for his decision to serve for the right reasons. Today, we could certainly use a little more Washington in DC and a little less BS in Washington.
Happy Presidents’ Day.
- Sarah Palin
Saturday, February 18, 2012
One of the more fascinating aspects of writing about Sarah Palin is how other people react so irrationally to her. Julianne Moore, an actress who is purported to play her in an upcoming HBO film "Game Change," does not like her one bit.One of the most fascinating symptoms of Palin Derangement Syndrome is that the PDS sufferers vacillate back and forth between claiming that Gov. Palin is an idiot who can't walk and chew gum at the same time and she's an evil genius who puts Karl Rove to shame by devising the most complicated plots and schemes in an endless quest for the acquisition of political power. Which is it, unhinged leftists? They can't seem to make up their little minds.
Big Hollywood has reported how the actress has trashed the politician she plays, claiming she was "unqualified" to be vice president.
Now a new narrative is arising about the former Alaska governor that is more suggestive of Machiavelli than of a bimbo.
The U.K. Daily Mail suggests, ever so gently, that Palin might be maneuvering to have herself nominated at a brokered Republican convention in August, thus avoiding the messy primary process that has not been edifying for any of the candidates involved.
The Week echoes that view and suggests, by quoting Jim Newell of Wonkette, that a brokered convention has been Palin's plan all along. How else to explain her wish that the primary process continue...
Related: Palin Derangement Syndrome Part II: The Mania Continues
Friday, February 17, 2012
"I haven't seen HBO's latest effort at manipulating history. However, based upon the description and reports from people who have viewed the film Game Change, HBO has distorted, twisted and invented facts to create a false narrative and attract viewers. They call it a docu-drama, there is little "docu" in it. HBO must add a disclaimer that this movie is fiction." -Tim Crawford, Treasurer SarahPAC
Pay channel HBO has produced another docudrama based on the political arena. This time it is a subscription-only television movie sensationalizing 40 pages of a three-year-old book about the 2008 presidential election. The real 2008 Election was an incredible, moving experience that brought together the nation to celebrate our democracy. HBO has taken that experience and twisted it into tabloid drama for its own profit.
The docudrama Game Change has not been released, but the content and clips available and scenes as reported by the media make it clear that HBO studio heads decided they would generate more profit by inventing facts and scenes for the purpose of fictionalizing a history written by people with no personal knowledge of the situations they attempt to depict.
After viewing the Game Change trailers purporting to show actual events from the campaign, we sifted through over 2,000 behind-the-scenes photos of actual events, people and moments.
Below is an inside look at those moments which were captured from September to November 2008 and encompass over 95 rallies in 19 states, three major policy speeches, numerous town halls, four meetings with Blue Star Moms, two hockey games and as many unscheduled stops as we were able to fit in the schedule.
This is the Game Change you can believe in, because it actually happened.
Here's an excerpt:
“I’m keeping all my options open; everything’s on the table. I put my life in God’s hands and say, Lord, you know I mess up. I take wrong doors that I think are open that perhaps aren’t really open, and I learn through the school of hard knocks, but my life is in His hands and I do seek direction from Him in what it is I can do to positively contribute to this country, to our world, and everybody can do that. Everybody can make a difference and contribute, regardless of a title or no title, an office or no office. So, all options are on the table, but certainly running for office in the future is a consideration.”Read the full interview here.
Cross-posted at US for Palin
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Cross-posted at US for Palin
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Video courtesy of SarahNET
Night owls who have been hoping for Gov. Palin to make an appearance on the Fox News edgy early morning program "Red Eye" may get their wish in just a matter of hours.
Cross-posted at US for Palin
BOLLING: Governor, a lot of people are saying it can't happen. I don't necessarily agree with them. If one of the nominees, one of the GOPers, doesn't get enough delegates, it could go the a brokered convention.Fantastic indeed. We will be watching with great anticipation tonight at 10:00pm Eastern/9:00pm Central Time.
If it does get to that and someone said, Governor, would you be interested, would you be interested?
PALIN: Well, for one, I think that it could get to that. And I -- you know, if it had to -- if it had to be kind of closed up today, the whole nominating process, then we would be looking at a brokered convention.
I mean nobody is quite there yet. So I think that months from now, if that's the case, then, you know, all bets are off as to who it will be willing to offer themselves up in the name of service to their country. I would -- I would do whatever I could to help.
BOLLING: That's -- that's fantastic.
Cross-posted at US for Palin
Part One: On Mitt Romney, conservatism, and the GOP presidential primary race:
Part Two: On Obama, the budget, the payroll tax extension and our nuclear arsenal:
Cross-posted at US for Palin
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Video courtesy of SarahNET
None of the presidential candidates, least of all front-runner Mitt Romney, got anywhere near that warm of reception. Newt Gingrich, who delivered a classic speech filled with ideas, came closest. But Gingrich has faltered somewhat in his presidential run. Romney still won the CPAC straw poll, likely because he filled the venue with enough of his supporters to pull off a plurality win.Whittington points out that frequent Palin naysayer Bill Maher, in his latest attempt at mocking the first female vice presidential candidate of the Republican Party, made a rather hubristic Freudian slip about what he thinks would be a matter of little concern to a President Palin. Simply by imagining that Sarah Palin could be president, Maher was caught in a moment of self-betrayal which is nothing less than delicious for Gov. Palin's supporters.
Speaking of Romney, according to Politico, Palin had a warning. Palin and hence conservatives in general are not convinced of his authentic right wing credentials. The Romney campaign is doubtless taking note. It has to try harder to close the deal, to prove the Romney of Massachusetts is in the past and Romney the candidate has grown and evolved rightward. If he cannot do this, he will not be president.
Palin has proven herself the most powerful female politician in the world. Angela Merkel runs a country and has a little influence in Europe. Hillary Clinton's name used to be on the lips of people in the same sentence as "president of the United States." But no one else can speak and shake the corridors of power to the foundation as can Palin
From inveighing against "death panels" in Obamacare to crony capitalism in Washington, Palin has shaped the political agenda is more profound ways that one would imagine a private citizen who has the bottom half of a failed presidential campaign who was hounded out of office could achieve.
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Cross-posted at US for Palin
Monday, February 13, 2012
No wonder CPAC saved Sarah for last. And adjourned the conference during her applause.Malcolm finds it remarkable that Sarah Palin would wade into the crowd at CPAC following her speech there, spending more time shaking hands, singing her autograph and posing for photos than she did on the podium addressing the audience. But it's nothing new to We the Paliniste, who have seen the scene repeated in times past at other venues. It's a familiar part of The Palin Phenomenon.
No one in their right mind would go on-stage after Palin's political palaver. People who dislike or fear her are incapable of seeing or admitting it. But that doesn't diminish the reality that Palin is a rare political celebrity and, therefore, an unharnessed power to be reckoned with within the GOP for the foreseeable future.
We're not talking about her running for any office. We're talking about her influence, her enduring proven ability to attract and then ignite a crowd -- even before anyone sees her. The CPAC buzz was electric all-day. Impatient "Sar-ah! Sar-ah!" chants broke out during preceding speakers.
She has the ability to speak about issues that profoundly bother the audience in common ways and words that listeners instantly recognize and wish they had thought to say just that way. Watch in the video below of her full CPAC speech for how this church-going mother of five mocks Obama's Winning the Future program with an almost off-color aside. And prompts shared laughter, not shock.
She gets immense unspoken credit for withstanding an amazing amount of abuse and keeping on ticking. Palin punches have power, like her elbows beneath the basket in high school athletic days. One supporter said to me, as if it was the highest contemporary compliment possible, "She fights like a girl!"
Most politicians these days talk to their audiences or, worse, at them. Even the Real Good Talker, who made his name on a 2004 convention speech and has been giving too many ever since. Governing is hard work. Campaigning is tiring, but much easier. So, he has been and will be campaigning, blaming others as usual.
Obama's standard fundraiser remarks have become tired, repetitious collections of recited pleas for $upport that few would voluntarily pay $35.80 to hear, let alone $35,800 per plate.
Instead, instinctively Palin doesn't speak at or to audiences. She speaks for them. She tells them what they've already accomplished through the tea party, for instance, and what they can accomplish this year and beyond if united. It's empowering and invigorating, no longer burdened by the attacks of enemies, she need play no defense. The audience hears that she knows them and eagerly becomes hers. To criticize Sarah is to criticize them.
It's a refreshing phenomenon to watch politically when compared to the current bipartisan cast of characters trying to communicate publicly in this presidential election year. Fascinating, as on either side the ones who are running aren't connecting. The one who isn't, is.
Harvard University Professor Alan Dershowitz is one of the most knowledgeable and unapologetic defenders of Israel among American academics. This has unfortunately opened him to unfair and intellectually dishonest attacks from his fellow liberals.
In answering a recent attack by Max Blumenthal, formerly of Media Matters for America (MMfA), Prof. Dershowitz said, “Let me tell you, Max Blumenthal and Media Matters will be singlehandedly responsible for (Obama) losing this election. They (the Democrats) cannot win the election and keep this affiliation with them.”
I agree with Prof. Dershowitz, though obviously I think there are many, many more reasons why President Obama should lose this election (trillions, if you consider his latest budget proposal).
Prof. Dershowitz is right to draw attention to MMfA in particular. As Big Journalism points out: “Media Matters has been condemned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center for their continued use of an antisemitic slur; their own allies have even thrown them under the bus for antisemitism.”
This just shows that Americans of all political stripes are awakened to the dangers of unethical journalists and media organizations that deceive their audiences and use bullying tactics to unfairly target political opponents.
- Sarah Palin
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Full post at US for Palin
Today, on what would be President Lincoln's 203rd birthday, America still honors our sixteenth president. It was a long journey from a humble log cabin in Kentucky to the prestigious White House in our nation's capital. The road he traveled was certainly not without struggles and hardships – from the loss of family as a boy to the turmoil of a war-divided nation as a man. His is a story of the true American spirit, the same spirit that inspires and motivates Americans today.
Without question, his perseverance and indomitable will contributed to the historical Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, changing the course of America forever and helping to usher in the sudden and relentless reform so needed at that time. Also, who could forget the words, so often quoted, from the Gettysburg Address?“It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”All these years later, those great words – heralding an even greater cause – still resonate with Americans who remain dedicated to preserving what those who came before us carved out for us: a land of freedom, opportunity, and exceptionalism. President Lincoln admonished the country not to squander what had come at such a high price. In 2012, the message has not changed. The message must not change because the cause of freedom is still just and its price still high.
Happy Birthday, President Lincoln.
- Sarah Palin
Mark laments that Sarah Palin's stirring speech reminds many conservatives what could have been. He restates the obvious: movement conservatives will have to find an effective way to combat the politics of personal destruction which allows the left, the media and the Republican Party establishment to demonize our best and our most able candidates. What has been done to Sarah Palin over the past three years has been compressed into a three month time frame and done to Newt Gingrich. That the two are both Reagan conservatives and relentless reformers is no coincidence.
My bride wasn’t home when Sarah Palin spoke at CPAC, so she wasn’t able to view the event live. When she arrived home, we relaxed in front of the television, and I played the event on the DVR. After watching the event, I asked my wife for her impression. It matched most of the comments here on my little blog site, and it was comprised of a single question: “Why in the hell isn’t she our candidate?” Here we had the person many consider to be the most eminently qualified to lead us out of our national quagmire, and she isn’t a candidate in this race. Here was the most thoroughly engaging and compelling speech of this entire campaign season, and it was delivered by a non-candidate who some in the GOP establishment tell us is “unelectable.” By what standard? For my part, I have lost all patience for this faulty argument. After attending her speech in Indianola, Iowa last September, and having viewed this speech from afar, if Governor Palin isn’t electable, I have no idea which Republicans can fulfill that definition.
I have read a few criticisms of the speech Palin delivered on Saturday and they all seem focused on superficial nitpicking. The most frequent of these has been that it was filled with “red meat,” but what of it? I believe in a balanced diet, and red meat is an important component of any conservative menu. To criticize this is to suggest what too many Republicans of a more moderate leaning have accepted for far too long: We must never openly and harshly criticize our adversaries lest we be seen as being every bit as unrefined and undisciplined as they. I reject this too. The willingness to explicitly and unrepentantly castigate our opponents does not speak to a lack of “refinement” as if the idea of a political campaign is purely to demonstrate one’s social graces, but it is instead to incite a little energetic and vigorous candor into an issue to which the electorate will respond. If this is the worst of the criticisms, then let those who propose them be damned, because I see no merit in such an argument. In point of fact, I would contend that electability rides on the shoulders of the candidate’s willingness to speak in such language to those whose votes they would solicit.
Still, the reality is that Governor Palin is not now a candidate, and more is the shame of the loss implied for conservatives. When announcing her decision in October last year, she cited her need to observe her values of God, family, and country, in that precise order. With this as her final answer, despite our desires to the contrary, there is nothing to do but accept it. This leaves us where we’ve been, and with nothing to do but forge ahead with the remaining candidates.
Saturday, February 11, 2012