Financial Times: Producers went along with distorted account of Palin pick



The Financial Times has a very good response to the Game Change hatchet job which concludes with this pithy statement; Read the whole item AT THIS LINK
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UPDATE; Here is the full text

Clark S. Judge, Managing Director of the White House Writers Group, penned the following letter to the Financial Times:
Sir, In “How Hollywood changed my view of Sarah Palin” (Comment, March 24), Gillian Tett mistakenly accepts the HBO movie Game Change’s account of John McCain’s August 2008 selection of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running-mate…..
Mr McCain had a problem with strong conservatives and independents. Each group was bound to see his vice-presidential choice as evidence of whether they could trust him. However, any likely candidate who would attract one was all but certain to alienate the other – except Ms Palin.
We all know how she energises conservatives even today. But in mid-2008 she looked as good a bet to excite nonaligned voters.
In becoming Alaska’s governor, Ms Palin had shown independence and courage, challenging an entrenched establishment of her own party. In her brilliant convention acceptance speech, Ms Palin reached out to both conservatives and independents, and for the next half month the ticket led in the polls….
Ms Palin’s strengths and weaknesses have been, in Ms Tett’s phrase, “twisted by a political machine gone mad” as operatives tried to pass blame for their campaign blunders. But whatever one thinks of her, it is a shame that HBO’s producers went along with that distorted account.









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Establishment Crown Romney.Meanwhile Santorum Jumps To 20 Point Lead In Penn Closes To 5 In Wisconsin

The BS/Joins When It Looks Safe/Opportunist/Clueless endorsements flow thick and fast for Romney now that the media feel it is safe to crown him as the nominee. 


In the real world Santorum is closing fast in Wisconsin-from 13 behind to just 5 which is MOE territory, which, as I set out below,if he wins or comes very close can stand the campaign in its head. It will be amusing to see how the media tries to spin a loss by Mr. inevitable if that is what happens and if the amazing Pennsylvania poll hold true Romney will be in big trouble.


At the end of the day to will be the rank and file, not the Rubio's/Bush's et al, who determine who the nominee. If the voters can continue to see through the media/establishment inevitability push, then Santorum could well win, or at least stop Romney from getting the nomination.




At an equivalent time in 2008, McCain led Huckabee by a 63-22 margin in the Gallup tracking poll. Romney currently leads Santorum by a 39-28 margin with Newt at 10%. McCain won Maryland by a 56-29 margin and Wisconsin by a 55-37 margin.
Here is the trend to Santorum which is hidden by the media before the new polls above



                                                    BEFORE         POLLSTER     SPREAD  AFTER   POLLSTER SPREAD
1) NORTH CAROLINA              3/14                 PPP                +4 (MR)      3/27            PPP           TIE
2) WISCONSIN                          3/23              RASMUSSEN +13 (MR)    3/27      MARQUETTE +8 (MR)
You would think that after Santorum's huge victory in LA on Saturday March 24, an enterprising political reporter would seek to see if there was a link between Santorum's national and state poll numbers just prior to his win and the polls released this week. With that in mind here are some comparisons:



The Establishment and Main Stream Media (an hydra) are going all out to push the meme that Mitt Romney is the presumptive nominee-crowned today by this AP headline via Yahoo; "Romney edges into mop-up phase of campaign" AT THIS LINK.

The gist of the article is that, in their view, Gingrich took "an even more obvious step toward the campaign exit" (by scaling down his campaign and staffing). As far as Santorum is concerned "He seemed to acknowledge publicly that his quest for the presidential nomination could end in failure" (because he indicated he woudld consider being VP).

After a few lines about each not quitting quite yet, the rest of the article moves into Obama versus Romney general election mode.

The other theme is that Gingrich should, according to the media, quit and retain whatever shred of dignity he has left . Matt Lewis advises this AT THIS LINK where he calls Gingrich's campaign "delusional" and irrelevant.

Hilariously and without noticing the irony (and a glaring typo) Lewis calls on the memory of, of all people, Winston Churchill in his advice to Newt to quit. Churchill of course, as anyone with a semblance of knowledge of history knows, was cast into the wilderness by his party and made one of the greatest comeback of all time. He of course famously said, when his country was at the lowest ebb "we shall never surrender" yet that is exactly what he,Lewis, is encouraging Gingrich to do.

in reality, Newt could lose his dignity and reputation, by quitting and endorsing Romney after all he has said, correctly, about him. He has advised that he will fight on until, and if, Romney has a majority of delegates. Every delegate Newt gets is one less for Romney to obtain, and one step closer to a brokered convention, where anyone but Romney could prevail.

Santorum is in exactly the same position, actually a stronger one of course, as under the GOP's convention rules he will be, so far, one of only two men to be nominated on the first ballot in Tampa. Newt and anyone else could be nominated subsequently if it gets past the first ballot without a winner.

What the media is totally ignoring, ( as well as the poll showing Romney as "the most unpopular candidate in 28 years" AT THIS LINK) is the fact that Santorum is closing the gap in Wisconsin where, should he pull off a major upset all the rules will have been broken and Romney will be in the fight of his life. 

There is a full analysis of just how much key states, and the national campaign, are shifting to Santorum AT THIS LINK after the Etch A Sketch disaster and the Louisiana landslide.

Rubio and Bush are the latest to be added to the Romney endorsement list. One is a blatant piece of opportunism, and the other is a ho hum establishment crowning. Neither matters to Wisconsin/North Carolina and Pennsylvania where the real battle, away from the media BS, is to be fought. 

If Palin announced  that, could she vote in those three states she would vote for Santorum, then anything could happen. The fate of the nomination could very well be in Sarah's hands if she so chose to take this course of action.



They were loaded for rabbit and Rush was loaded for bear. Guess who won and why.


Rush and wife, Kathryn Rogers
On Monday of this week,   the 630+  radio stations airing the Rush Limbaugh Show were told by his syndicator, Premiere Radio Networks, that they could and should resume scheduling “barter” ads during his programming hour. Stations are required to run these ads in exchange for paying discounted fees to Premiere for  airing Limbaugh’s show.  You may have heard Rush refer to "Clear Channel."   Clear Channel owns Premiere.  Clear Channel had ordered Premiere to stop with the barter ads,  until things settled down.  That ban was on for a mere two weeks.  

The charge against Rush was lead by Media Matters, a 501c3 operating in violation of its "non-political" register as a 501c3,  but which government cares about the rules,  especially when they affect the Lift Wing? 

While Media Matters pretended to be concerned from women rights and the civility of our national discourse,  in the end,  it was all about the death of the Rush Limbaugh show.  And , like little children sensing free candy,  they swarmed around the Second American Conservative Hero (after Reagan), but failed to bring him down. Only two of his 630 station kingdom quit his programming,  one in Hawaii and the other in the blue state of Massachusetts. Virtually all of his long term sponsors remained with the program and two of the sponsors leaving the show tried to reverse their decisions,  but were denied by Rush.  

Understand that during this month long ordeal, emails supporting Rush were coming in at a 15 to 1 ratio.  Media Matters has a core group of volunteers working with MoveOn.org, of around 2 million members (they claim 5 million) who are dedicated to the cause of assassination via techno-weaponry and [especially] the social network.  The Left thinks their world is so much larger than these two million embattled volunteers,  but,  as it turns out,  such is the Left's  core constituency.  Two million against the TEA party movement of 35 million ?!  Bring it on !!  

Understand, this is just the beginning.  "They" know that this election is even more important for their movement than it is for the Truth.  Expect them to go down swinging.  They cannot have another 2010 midterm election,  and they know it.  

Me?  I am attending a MoveOn.org "training" session on April 14.  They think I am one of them.  Should be fun. I will report on the meeting later. 


Hell Freezes Over (Now That They feel Safe Of Course); CNN :"If Only Palin Had Run"




With thanks to Conservatives4Palin
Has something frozen over? A positive editorial piece on Palin from CNN?

You be the judge.

“If Only Sarah Palin had run…” by Timothy Stanley

The Republican presidential primary hasn’t exactly overflowed with talent. In December, it was a roll call of the undesirable Right: Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, Paul, Perry, Huntsman and Bachmann — a list so long and bizarre that Count Dracula could have slipped in on the end and no one would have noticed. Except, as the citizens of Chicago will tell you, the dead always vote Democrat.
…..It didn’t have to be this way. If Sarah Palin had entered the contest, I’d hypothesize two alternative realities. One, she’d have the nomination sewn up by now. Two, she’d be running even in the polls with the president.
….That have proved to be problems for the top three candidates wouldn’t have been problems for Palin. For starters, she has none of Newt Gingrich’s intellectual hubris. There’s no way Palin would have promised to put a mine on the moon or suggest arresting judges who make decisions that are too liberal. Her conservatism is far more domestic and down-to-Earth.
….She’s also more disciplined than Santorum. Although we’ll probably be talking about them into the next century, Palin’s only two serious public gaffes in 2008 happened when she was unable to name a newspaper and was stumped by the Bush doctrine, both slips a product of ignorance. Santorum, on the other hand, is guilty of knowing his own mind all too well, offering unwelcome opinions on everything from the evils of hard-core pornography to the racial politics of the Trayvon Martin tragedy

Read the whole thing AT THIS LINK


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The Labor Department caught in a not-so-crafty lie.


Directly from the web,  we have this boost about unemployment claims:


blog.comerica.com/.../february-new-and-existing-home-sales-leading...
Posted on March 23, 2012 by Comerica Economics ... Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance fell by 5000 for the week ending March 17, to 348000. ... And we are seeing reports of gradually improving builder confidence ... The last time we were consistently below 350000 on initial claims was in the first quarter of 2008. . . .  


Turns out none of the above was true.

The "point of post' is to set the record straight and to report the truth about the "first time unemployment claims" of the past five weeks.

Feb 18  --  353,000 first time claims (an adjusted total)
Feb 25  --  354,000 first time claims (an adjusted total)
March 3 -- 365,000 first time claims (an adjusted total)
March 10 - 354,000 first time claims (an adjusted total)
March 17 - 364,000 first time claims (an adjusted total) Note: last week, this number was reported to 348,000.  Turns out it was 16,000 off.

and the most recent report issued today,  Thursday, March 29, for the week ending . . . .

March 24 - 359,000 first time claims (yet to be adjusted)

As you can see,  these numbers,  coming directly from the Department of
Labor confirm a very slow recovery.  Certainly,  the numbers are down from four years ago,  but there is no reason to believe that there is or was substance to the claims that the  weekly reports claims average was at a four year low.


If Newt Was Out Of N.Carolina Santorum Would Lead Romney by 6. That's Why I'm Voting For Rick In N.Y.

 I am a strong Gingrich supporter and, failing a Palin run, would wish Newt to be the nominee. But if wishes were horses I'd be rich as the saying goes and one has to make the best of a situation one finds oneself in. 


If by some chance things change, and either Santorum stumbles or Newt finds a fair wind at his back I would, without hesitation cast my ballot for Newt for New York.


However, my main focus is seeing anyone but Romney as the nominee and if that is Santorum I have absolutely no problem with that. Santorum is a genuine social conservative, which is where my main emphasis lies.


Of course I don't agree with every position he, or Palin or Gingrich has but  in the main all three suit my way of thinking.


I find the PPP polling from North Carolina to be compelling and I would suggest to Republicans there who support Newt that they consider voting for Santorum as if enough do then Rick would won comfortably.


This is vital too in the upcoming Wisconsin primary, where Santorum has closed the gap to a reasonable distance, and if enough Gingrich supporters switch to Santorum to make the race close, or give Rick a win, the whole dynamic of the campaign may change completely.


In the meantime I will take my own advice and vote for Santorum.

Words taken from a brief written by Mark Levin's Landmark Legal Foundation to the Supreme Court:

. . . The heavy-handed demands of temporary politicians seeking to fundamentally and permanently change the relationship between the citizen and government – in a manner  that no past Congress or Executive have undertaken and which the Constitution does not allow – must not be given this Court’s imprimatur."

Media/Establishment Pile Pressure On Santorum & Gingrich To Crown Romney Ignoring Poll Shift

The Establishment and Main Stream Media (an hydra) are going all out to push the meme that Mitt Romney is the presumptive nominee-crowned today by this AP headline via Yahoo; "Romney edges into mop-up phase of campaign" AT THIS LINK.


The gist of the article is that, in their view, Gingrich took "an even more obvious step toward the campaign exit" (by scaling down his campaign and staffing). As far as Santorum is concerned "He seemed to acknowledge publicly that his quest for the presidential nomination could end in failure" (because he indicated he woudld consider being VP).


After a few lines about each not quitting quite yet, the rest of the article moves into Obama versus Romney general election mode.


The other theme is that Gingrich should, according to the media, quit and retain whatever shred of dignity he has left . Matt Lewis advises this AT THIS LINK where he calls Gingrich's campaign "delusional" and irrelevant.


Hilariously and without noticing the irony (and a glaring typo) Lewis calls on the memory of, of all people, Winston Churchill in his advice to Newt to quit. Churchill of course, as anyone with a semblance of knowledge of history knows, was cast into the wilderness by his party and made one of the greatest comeback of all time. He of course famously said, when his country was at the lowest ebb "we shall never surrender" yet that is exactly what he,Lewis, is encouraging Gingrich to do.


in reality, Newt could lose his dignity and reputation, by quitting and endorsing Romney after all he has said, correctly, about him. He has advised that he will fight on until, and if, Romney has a majority of delegates. Every delegate Newt gets is one less for Romney to obtain, and one step closer to a brokered convention, where anyone but Romney could prevail.


Santorum is in exactly the same position, actually a stronger one of course, as under the GOP's convention rules he will be, so far, one of only two men to be nominated on the first ballot in Tampa. Newt and anyone else could be nominated subsequently if it gets past the first ballot without a winner.


What the media is totally ignoring, ( as well as the poll showing Romney as "the most unpopular candidate in 28 years" AT THIS LINK) is the fact that Santorum is closing the gap in Wisconsin where, should he pull off a major upset all the rules will have been broken and Romney will be in the fight of his life. 


There is a full analysis of just how much key states, and the national campaign, are shifting to Santorum AT THIS LINK after the Etch A Sketch disaster and the Louisiana landslide.


Rubio and Bush are the latest to be added to the Romney endorsement list. One is a blatant piece of opportunism, and the other is a ho hum establishment crowning. Neither matters to Wisconsin/North Carolina and Pennsylvania where the real battle, away from the media BS, is to be fought. 


If Palin announced  that, could she vote in those three states she would vote for Santorum, then anything could happen. The fate of the nomination could very well be in Sarah's hands if she so chose to take this course of action.

Rubio Knows A (Romney)Sinking Ship As Devastating Poll Result;"I am Not A VP Candidate"

UPDATE:Rubio subsequently endorses Romney.That does not alter the sinking November ship one iota it just means that Rubio, who did not endorse Romney when it mattered i.e. during the Florida primary, is a clever politician who is now seen as supporting the establishment candidate, thus placing himself as a 2016 or 2020 contender
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According to a "The Hill" report 
AT THIS LINK Florida Senator Marco Rubio advised "I am not going to be the vice-presidential nominee."


This comes at the same time an absolutely devastating poll from ABC News which
AT THIS LINK shows that Mitt Romney is the most unpopular significant candidate "in 28 years."


Rubio has been touted as the most obvious and presumably popular VP candidate for Romney given his Hispanic heritage and Florida as a key state for the GOP for November with possible advantages in New Mexico/Nevada and Colorado as well.


It has been noticeable that articles have appeared recently advising that, just perhaps, Rubio would not bring any significant Hispanic support to the ticket so who knows what has been going on behind the scenes as perhaps the Romney camp has been trying to soften the coming blow? 


It is simply not a good look for Romney that the proposed best choice for his running mate doesn't want to know.If Rubio sensed that Romney was an absolute certainly he might have made a different statement today-who knows but surely that is a possibility.


With Romney as the candidate the Republican's would have a difficult challenge overcoming the seeming advantage the Dem's have in the electoral College. in my opinion at this point Governor McDonnell of Virginia-which is the absolute must state the GOP has to win, would be a better bet for VP but polls show that even with him on the ticket President Obama has a strong lead there.


Perhaps the  better solution would be for Romney not to be the nominee and to have someone who is far more popular with the GOP than he is heading the ticket? is there such a person out there (yes there is)

Devastating All Voters Unpopularity Poll For Romney "Worst In 28 Years" Palin Has Better GOP Support



ABC News discusses a new ABC News/Washington Post poll AT THIS LINK which is devastatingly headed "Record numbers see Romney negatively;Obama outpaces him in popularity"


Amongst republicans Romney scores well but still behind the most popular GOP personality Sarah Palin whom PPP Polling  AT THIS LINK found to be far and away the most popular potential GOP candidate with a +48 favorability rating to Romney's+19


the poll result for Romney is appalling, there in no other way to describe this analysis in italics below.


At this point in time Romney appears a certain loser in November. there is still time for another candidate to receive the nomination in Tampa which is why GOP voters might consider voting selectively for whichever candidate has the best chance of defeating Romney in the upcoming primary balloting and  why it is essential that Gingrich stays in



Romney’s seen favorably by 62 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of conservatives overall, including 54 percent of strong conservatives. Obama fares much better on the other side of the political spectrum — 86 percent favorable among Democrats, 75 percent among liberals.

Thirty-four percent hold a favorable opinion of Romney, the lowest for any leading presidential candidate in ABC/Post polls in primary seasons since 1984. His unfavorable score is higher than Obama ever has received; it’s been exceeded by just one other Republican candidate this year, Newt Gingrich, and by only one top candidate in 28 years, Hillary Clinton in 2008.


After reading this article, you will see just how badly the GOP outsmarted the Democrat Super Majority


In an article found at The Heartland Institute,  we have this opinion concerning severability and ObamaCare.  Heartland appears to be a Right-leaning (but hardly radical) collection of scholars. 

What is likely as to the outcome of this law   “ . . . . is that the Supreme Court would just eliminate the portions of the bill which are tied directly to the individual mandate. Some people have claimed the severability clause is absent from Obamacare because the writing process of the bill was such a cluster, the clause was just forgotten. But the reality, I’m told, is that a severability clause would’ve been added in conference between the House and Senate. Except that as you know, no such conference happened — everything had to be done via reconciliation after the House passed the Senate bill. Hence, no severability clause.


Now,  the folks at Heartland are much more qualified than a 35 year old Okie carpenter,  to discuss such things,  expect on the occasion that they do not have all the facts.  

This is such a circumstance.  

It is all but forgotten,  but, in a word,  this is what happened to the severability clause and ObamaCare:  

Scott Brown. . . . .

That is what happened to the clause.  

With his victory,  the Boston Globe carried this headline story:  

"Republican Scott P. Brown pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Massachusetts political history last night, defeating Democrat Martha Coakley to become the state’s next US senator and potentially derailing President Obama’s hopes for a health care overhaul."



He won his Senate election in Massachusetts,   replacing the dead Ted Kennedy,  and, with that victory,  reduced the majority in the Senate from 60 to 59.  You should know that it takes 60 votes (in the Senate) to end discussion of a bill.  Without that majority,  it was possible for Senate Republicans to stop progress on health care bill.  Understand that the bill had been approved by House just prior to Scott Brown's election.    During that process,  in the House,  somehow,  the severability clause had been dropped before the vote.  After the House voted to pass the law,  it was sent to the Senate for approval.  

Problem:  Scott Brown won his election on the promise of voting against ObamaCare.  As a result,  the Senate was stuck with the precise wording of the House bill.  Without the super majority in the Senate (the 60 vote margin),  the Democrats would have to renegotiate the bill if they changed the wording approved in the House.  Democrats knew Scott Browns election ended their dictatorial hold on Congress as a whole.  They knew the death of ObamaCare was a very real possibility,  so they decided to run the bill through the Senate  via "reconciliation,"  and pass the bill as written.  The public option could not be added nor could the severability clause be re-inserted.  After Brown's monumental election, the Democrats knew that if they did not accepted the bill as approved by the House,  the GOP could not stop its passage.   

In one of the greatest moments in political history,  the GOP had out-smarted the Dems and proved themselves to be more astute at political strategies than they.  The omission of the severability clause just might prove to be the single most important factor in the failure of ObamaCare,  should that be the case.

Palin 2016 Clothing and Pre-Memorabilia On Sale.Grab 'Em Before They Are Hot




The company ZAZZLE which AT THIS LINK knows which way the wind is blowing, and has a great range of Palin 2016 items on sale now. 


Caps/shirts/stickers-some a bit adventurous (Palin-Jindal 2016 for example) but all in the right spirit and right-on. 


I expect that Zazzle will be the go-to on line store post Tampa if Mitt is the nominee.


Here is a sampling but see the rest for yourself-I imagine the Zazzle shop will be a good Christmas site to consider possibly post-Tampa about November 8th.

Media Silent On Post Louisiana/EtchaSketch 5 Point Wisconsin Shift To Santorum

UPDATE: Linked by Stacy McCain Tweet (The Other McCain) AT THIS LINK


                                                    BEFORE         POLLSTER     SPREAD  AFTER   POLLSTER SPREAD
1) NORTH CAROLINA              3/14                 PPP                +4 (MR)      3/27            PPP           TIE
2) WISCONSIN                          3/23              RASMUSSEN +13 (MR)    3/27      MARQUETTE +8 (MR)
You would think that after Santorum's huge victory in LA on Saturday March 24, an enterprising political reporter would seek to see if there was a link between Santorum's national and state poll numbers just prior to his win and the polls released this week. With that in mind here are some comparisons:



The ever watchful Technopeasant, who posts at C4P, makes the salient analysis above. This shows how deeply the MSM is in the tank for Romney (until he gets the nomination-if he does at which point they will descend on him like a ton of bricks as per the McCain example).


I posted previously, as per below, just how much the MSM are ignoring the obvious. If Santorum pulls off a wins in Wisconsin  where Romney had a 13 point lead a few weeks ago the game is changed. 


Wisconsin is  a winner takes all state-one would expect Santorum's supporters to plead with Paul's/Newt's to support Rick in everyone's interest as if Romney loses a WTA state where he had a 13 point lead then all the others have a better shot at it surely. I would call on Palin to say "If I could vote in Wisconsin I would vote for Santorum"


If he wins in North Carolina where there has been a 4 point shift to him then the media is in a pickle. 


 Etch a sketch will have proved to be the utter disaster the media is pretending it is not. If subsequently Santorum pulls off a big win in Pennsylvania then a brokered convention looks likely-we shall see. National poll shift to Santorum analysis is below.
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The MSM trumpeted Romney as "Mr. Inevitable" after his expected IIllinois win. When he got a poll bump, subsequent to all the establishment hoopla, to a double digit lead of 14 points 40-26 it was close up shop time.

Unprecendented" lead after Illinois victory and Bush endorsement" said the Gallup report AT THIS LINK
March 23rd

Then came the disastrous "Etch a sketch' gaffe and Romney's absolute drubbing in the Louisiana primary where nearly 40% of voters said the Etch A Sketch comment had some effect on their voting. As much as the MSM trumpeted Romney's Illinois win they have passed over Santorum's Louisiana landslide as "expected'

They can ignore the Etch A Sketch comment as much as they like in pursuit of their objective of having Romney as their 2012 version of McCain, but the conservative voters, who were edging towards Romney on possibly the electability talking point had their worst fears concerned by the gaffe and voted according-at least in Louisiana  so far.

Now Marist shows Romney dropping back to single digits and, should Santorum pull out a surprise win in Wisconsin, or at least come very close, then all bets are off and the pundits will have to allow for a changed scene post-Etch A Sketch.


From Marist  Polling AT THIS LINK which shows a 5 point move to Santorum since Etch a Sketch which may reflect conservatives who were wavering now returning.

"The poll found Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, supported by 39 percent, former Sen. Santorum of Pennsylvania by 31 percent, former House Speaker Gingrich by 13 percent and Rep Paul of Texas by 13 percent."









Before reading Sarah's words taken from her Facebook, take 33 seconds and watch this video.

As you watch,  make note of the sense of comradeship exchanged as each man pats the other on the arm.  Do we want our president to be buds with the godless communists of the world?    



Sarah talks about Obama and Medvedev whispering and patting each other on the arm.


Next time you watch Obama whispering to Medvedev,  ask yourself this:  what in the world are they doing patting each other on the arm(s).  Does that not strike you as two close friends,  indicating their support for each other?  And is that what we want to see Obama doing with our avoid enemy?  




The Audacity of Obama’s Intentions Revealed


by Sarah Palin on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 1:24pm ·
Whoever chooses to merely dismiss the significance of today’s exchange between our President and Russia’s President should have their intelligence and patriotism questioned. Let this exchange be a warning to voters: President Obama will have “more flexibility” to weaken us if he’s re-elected in November. He was caught speaking candidly to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev before a “hot mic” today (and surely one must believe he didn’t know the mics were still on; surely he’s not so audacious as to purposefully broadcast his intentions), as reported by ABC’s Jake Tapper. Here’s the exchange:

President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.

President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…

President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.

President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.

Let’s consider what this “flexibility” might mean. We know that he has repeatedly conceded to foreign demands and backed down on missile defense. I pointed this out as Governor of Alaska when he proposed reducing Alaska’s missile defense system capabilities. I explained then that the President’s proposed military cuts would diminish Alaska’s opportunity to defend the union with our strategic location’s defense infrastructure. We also know that in 2009, as part of his “reset” with Russia, President Obama turned his back on our Eastern European allies by abandoning past promises for a missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.

We can’t know for certain what this newly revealed “flexibility” means, but considering President Obama’s past actions, be sure it won’t involve a position of strength for America and our allies. Russia has been thwarting us on one issue after another, including the rushed-through New START Treaty that many of us questioned after Obama insisted America ratify it first, then allow Russia to sit on it – unratified on their end – until it suited that foreign power’s needs.

Meanwhile, North Korea is planning another long-range missile launch, and the United States and our allies are still vulnerable to the threat of ballistic missiles. Our president has done nothing to alleviate this vulnerability; in fact, he’s done just the opposite. He has consistently taken a position of weakness and na├»ve trust in Putin’s Russia. Consider that one-sided New START Treaty as an example of this. Or consider those cuts to Alaska’s missile defense system, which leaves us much more vulnerable in the face of a nuclear North Korea. Now consider the state of our national defense under a President who whispers to a foreign power that he needs even “more flexibility” to weaken us further.

- Sarah Palin

Did Palin Announce Candidacy Tonight;"That helps the GOP candidates as WE are trying to explain there is a better way"

Here is a quote from Sarah Palin's interview with Greta Van Susteren tonight. Is this the universal "we" or a Freudian slip-or has the cat been inadvertently let out of the bag "for those with ears to hear"?


Time will tell. (my emphasis on "we")

At 2;24 in the video clip below;

"I think that helps the GOP candidates as WE are trying to explain that there is a better way to address health-care issues in America versus what obamacare has done."



A must see video starring your favorite union thug(s).




Palin States the Obvious Romney At Disadvantage Over ObamaCare. If Supreme Court Nixes It The How Fares Mitt?

In answer to Greta's question as to what happens if the court rules Obamacare unconstitutional Palin said the MSM will try and protect Obama by dismissing and diverting  from the issue.


"A constitution scholar who tried to cram an unconstitutional act down our throats" Ouch!


As for Romneycare


"He will have his hands full as he's dubbed the father of Obamacare."


Romney Back To Single Digit Lead Over Santorum-Etch A Sketch Still Biting Hard?

The MSM trumpeted Romney as "Mr. Iinevitable" after his expected IIllinois win. When he got a poll bump, subsequent to all the establishment hoopla, to a double digit lead of 14 points 40-26 it was close up shop time.

Unprecendented" lead after Illinois victory and Bush endorsement" said the Gallup report AT THIS LINK
March 23rd

Then came the disastrous "Etch a sketch' gaffe and Romney's absolute drubbing in the Louisiana primary where nearly 40% of voters said the Etch A Sketch comment had some effect on their voting. As much as the MSM trumpeted Romney's Illinois win they have passed over Santorum's Louisiana landslide as "expected'

They can ignore the Etch A Sketch comment as much as they like in pursuit of their objective of having Romney as their 2012 version of McCain, but the conservative voters, who were edging towards Romney on possibly the electability talking point had their worst fears concerned by the gaffe and voted according-at least in Louisiana  so far.

Now Marist shows Romney dropping back to single digits and, should Santorum pull out a surprise win in Wisconsin, or at least come very close, then all bets are off and the pundits will have to allow for a changed scene post-Etch A Sketch.


From Marist  Polling AT THIS LINK which shows a 5 point move to Santorum since Etch a Sketch which may reflect conservatives who were wavering now returning.

"The poll found Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, supported by 39 percent, former Sen. Santorum of Pennsylvania by 31 percent, former House Speaker Gingrich by 13 percent and Rep Paul of Texas by 13 percent."