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Sarah Palin 45x45Only on very rare occasions does this maestro hit a decidedly sour note. And these false notes are starting to become glaringly tinny when Krauthammer opines on Sarah Palin. With Palin, Krauthammer's reliable sights become suspect. He lowers himself from wise man to wise guy. He leaves his well positioned observation post to take up a sniper's position in the mud. • Sat 2011 Jun 4, 4:27pm

Sarah Palin 45x45On-topic, clear on issues, greeting all equally, continuously smiling, concerned mom, nicely apologetic for little slights and for continuing to refuse to answer the question "are you running?" and... no teleprompter in sight. • Sat 2011 Jun 4, 3:27pm

Twice in the last two weeks has Time magazine devoted a page to Mark Halperin's oddsmaking on who will be the Republican nominee -- the May 23 issue (page 35) and the June 6 issue (page 16). Twice, there's been no mention of Herman Cain. [Surely, just a minor(ity) oversight...] • Sat 2011 Jun 4, 2:08pm

Sarah Palin 45x45Sarah Palin's bus is plastered with a mock-up of the U.S. Constitution. But her entourage — both the three-vehicle motorcade that includes the bus and the smaller, two-SUV version she uses for smaller events — hasn't been very respectful of traffic laws. [Which, of course, is unConstitutional??] They speed. They run red lights and stop signs. They make last-second lane changes to get off the highway, sometimes without signaling. So do the reporters following them. [Who says?] Journalists in the caravan trailing her [Now, if you can't believe them, who can you believe?... And even worse...] just missed driving through a tornado on the road into Boston. [gasp! And just LOOK at what she's FORCING those POOR reporters to do...] The reporters who are speeding, tailgating, cutting off other cars, blasting through roundabouts and passing on the right in an effort to keep up, say they have no other choice... [NO CHOICE! JUST LIKE THOSE POOR MUSLIMS WHO HAVE TO MURDER PEOPLE BECAUSE SOMEONE SOMEWHERE BURNED A KORAN!] [Mr. Roger's voice: Hey, kids! Can you say BS? I know you can!] "It's like paparazzi," said one reporter [AND IT'S ALL HER FAULT!] • Thu 2011 Jun 2, 7:16pm

Sarah Palin 45x45They lambaste her as trivial, while obsessing over her shoes, glasses, and hair — and turning one of her misspelled words on Twitter into Watergate. They label her a grievance-monger for calling out media double standards and then kvetch, moan, and wallow in a pool of self-pity when she doesn't spoon-feed them coveted political scoops. They call her dumb and then run around in circles trying to figure out her "mystery" tour and blame her for "faking them out." They blast her for incompetence, but grudgingly acknowledge that she is a master of social media who has changed the rules of the presidential campaign game. • Wed 2011 Jun 1, 7:54pm

Sarah Palin 45x45You can see why the party professionals don't take Palin seriously. The way people talk, you'd think Sarah Palin was a political newcomer, rather than a 20-year veteran of elected politics. But there is another, bigger reason why the Republican insiders find it so difficult to take Palin seriously. Their game is political chess, a game of movement, and Palin plays Chinese Go or weiqi, a game of position, where you put down counters and never move them. With Going Rogue, she put down a counter that positioned herself as a "commonsense conservative." With America by Heart she positioned herself as a "commonsense constitutional conservative." Now, with her "One Nation" bus tour, she is mounting a "campaign to educate and energize Americans about our nation's founding principles, in order to promote the Fundamental Restoration of America." That's the new counter that Sarah Palin is placing on the board as she moves up the Northeast corridor: the "Fundamental Restoration of America." It has quite a ring to it. It is just the line you would want to take if you were running for president against Barack Obama and his czars, his crony green capitalists, his waivers-for-friends ObamaCare, his regulatory blizzard, his jobless recovery, and his 1967-borders foreign policy. With "Restoration," Palin appeals to the patriotism of the white working class without getting into tricky economic details. • Wed 2011 Jun 1, 4:03pm

Sarah Palin 45x45"I know for a fact that Roger Ailes admires and respects Sarah Palin and thinks she is smart," Shine tells the New York Times. "He also believes many members of the left wing media are extremely terrified and threatened by her. Despite a massive effort to destroy Sarah Palin, she is still on her feet and making a difference in the political world. As for the 'Republican close to Ailes' for which the incorrect Palin quote is attributed, when Roger figures out who that is, I guarantee you he or she will no longer be 'close to Ailes.'" • Wed 2011 Jun 1, 3:24pm

Sarah Palin 45x45Now, regarding the issues, Palin is pretty much on the same page as most of us tea party patriots: drill baby drill, smaller government, etc. And once again, I must cite her boldness and confidence when espousing her conservative beliefs. You never see Palin dancing around questions from liberal media hacks trying to make her conservative ideas sound mean, heartless, stupid, and racist. It is extremely refreshing and encouraging to see someone on our side fearlessly challenging the liberal media! And what about presidential charisma? In my nationwide travels on four Tea Party Express tours, in which Palin participated, nobody sparked excitement nor struck a stronger emotional chord with audiences at the rallies than Sarah Palin. She is a rock star. The people love her. I pray that whoever we select as our presidential candidate will grasp the seriousness of the situation in which we find our country. Various potential Republican presidential candidates are good people with great conservative ideas to get our country back on track. The most important criterion for a candidate to win my support is a willingness to launch a shock and awe, all-out assault on Obama's horrific record and terrifying agenda. Obama has the bully pulpit of the Oval Office, his Democrat minions, racist black so-called civil rights groups, and a sycophant liberal mainstream media all working in concert for him to be reelected in 2012. America cannot survive another Republican presidential candidate committed to "playing nice" for fear of being called racist. As they say in AA, "Half measures avail us nothing." If Obama is reelected in 2012, America as we know it is over. King Obama must be politically dethroned. • Wed 2011 Jun 1, 2:48pm

Sarah Palin 45x45Since Palin and her team won't share where the potential candidate is headed, reporters and producers have little choice but to simply stay close to Palin's bus. This has resulted in scenes of the Palin bus tooling down the highway followed by a caravan of 10 or 15 vehicles all trying to make sure they don't lose sight of the Palin bus. It adds up to a dangerous situation, says CBS News Producer Ryan Corsaro. … Corsaro asked a member of Palin's team if he thought it was dangerous to have reporters forced to chase her from stop to stop. "You're the ones that are trailing us," he replied. [BWAH HAH HA HA HA HAAAAH!] • Tue 2011 May 31, 2:42pm

Sarah Palin 45x45George Will: "There's no undecided vote in this country anymore on Sarah Palin The threshold question, it's not usually asked, but it's in everyone's mind in a presidential election. 'Should we give this person nuclear weapons?' And the answer [Palin], answers itself. That doesn't mean she can't be without political consequence." When Republicans call into question another Republican's national security chops you know there's real animus goin' on. • Sun 2011 May 29, 11:12pm

Sarah Palin 45x45Dressed in black jeans, leather jacket and crash helmet, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate joined tens of thousands of bikers in a rally honouring military veterans. [Great pictures] Mrs Palin joined the riders in the Pentagon parking lot before heading to the rally on the Mall in downtown Washington. "Nice to meet you," Mrs Palin told one fellow rider. "Thanks for doing what you're doing for the veterans." • Sun 2011 May 29, 11:12pm

Sarah Palin 45x45Palin-flamethrower, Geoffrey Dunn of the Huffington Post released The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power May 10th and Frank Bailey, former Aide to Palin, teamed up with Palin-critic Jeanne Devon to release Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years on May 24th. Ardent opponents of Sarah Palin have been highly-anticipating these books which promised to tear down Palin's public image for the long-term. Interestingly, Geoffrey Dunn's book has not even hit Amazon's top-100 list since its release; and after a week of media coverage including appearances on NBC, ABC's The View, Fox News, CNN, and many more, Frank Bailey's "memoir" disappointingly debuted at #40 and has already fallen to #75. • Sun 2011 May 29, 11:23am

But, to me, the DNC reaction to Cain's quote reveals something more than the candidate's potential. It also hints at the total vigilance with which opponents will demonize the only serious budget plan presently on the table. As a strategy, that makes sense because, so far, it's proved effective. Whether GOP candidates speak highly of or, in Gingrich's case, foolishly of "the Ryan budget," they can't say those three words without igniting a firestorm. The DNC response to Cain is yet more evidence that Republican presidential hopefuls will have to learn to talk about the House plan in a compelling way. • Sun 2011 May 29, 11:11am

Sarah Palin 45x45Sarah Palin is joining a group of about 400,000 motorcyclists for the annual Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom," which coincides with a bus tour that is renewing speculation about her 2012 presidential ambitions. Palin, who has no official speaking role at the event, is kicking off her bus tour in Washington, where she will participate in the annual event, in which bikers ride from the Pentagon to the Vietnam War Memorial to draw attention to missing service members and prisoners of war. • Sat 2011 May 28, 11:44am

Sarah Palin 45x45In this corner, we have Andrea Mitchell — who managed to locate the one Rolling Thunder organizer who did not realize the group formally invited Sarah Palin to their Memorial Day event. In the other, Team Sarah — who was contacted by a retired board member, Michael DiPaolo, who had connections in Alaska and got Palin to agree to attend. Mitchell used her ignorant contact to prepare another trite hit-piece on Palin. • Fri 2011 May 27, 8:38pm

Sarah Palin 45x45The serious, old-fashioned people are saying that there's a conventional, old-fashioned way to finance a campaign, and if Sarah Palin isn't using it, then she must not be running. And York is adding: If she is running, she will fail. But there may be a new way, despite what happened to Fred, and she may be doing it, and it may very well work. The Tea Party worked. Things have changed since the days of Fred Thompson. • Fri 2011 May 27, 5:03pm

Sarah Palin 45x45like Mr. Trump, whose flirtation with a presidential run may or may not have been a stunt to ramp up ratings for his show on NBC, Ms. Palin is a celebrity and an entertainer whose motivations for keeping political speculation alive remain unclear to everyone but herself (and, maybe, her husband, Todd.) "Together let's prepare ourselves for the days ahead by reminding ourselves who we are and what Americans stand for," she announced on her Web site. The days ahead? Was she hinting at a campaign that is coming? Or perhaps setting the stage for a new reality show on The Learning Channel [Oh, how clueless the clueless can be!] • Fri 2011 May 27, 5:01pm

Sarah Palin 45x45Rather than use a new unit, Sarah wisely chose to inexpensively wrap the family RV with vinyl, just as they do in NASCAR and the NHRA. High impact, low dollars. Folks, this is how Sarah Palin ran Alaska, and put billions of dollars away for a rainy day. Remember, she sold off the high dollar, and useless jet the previous governor bought, and also laid off the cook and much of the staff at the Governor's Mansion. In fact, her office spent a cool million less than either of the previous two governors, in the same time period. This is why we need Sarah Palin sitting in the Oval Office. The woman is thrifty. • Fri 2011 May 27, 4:59pm

Sarah Palin 45x45Palin's bus tour will begin this Sunday with a Memorial Day Weekend appearance at a motorcycle rally on the National Mall — a clear move by Palin to align herself with the blue collar, downscale, working stiffs who fueled her rise. At the end of Palin's bus tour, the documentary commissioned by Palin to show off her political accomplishments will see its release — starting in the first voting state of Iowa. Does that sound like a woman who isn't launching a 2012 bid for the White House? • Fri 2011 May 27, 4:59pm

Sarah Palin 45x45The insiders are largely agreed: Sarah Palin isn't really running for president. She is more interested in making money and getting publicity. So her movie, bus tour, and poll numbers mean nothing. Zero. Nada. The best example of this is probably found in Byron York's column today: "The bottom line is Sarah Palin is not going to run for president," says a Republican adviser close to front-runner Mitt Romney. "She's making money, she's moved on, she's kind of an entertainer rather than a politician. She still has some sway with the grass roots, but she is not going to run." "I don't think she's going to run," says a Republican close to Tim Pawlenty. "She has faded a lot in the last few months. I look at what she's doing now and say that she's found a way to get back in the story." The obvious point here is that operatives working for Palin's rivals have an incentive to dismiss her. (Ironically, I think this might actually entice her to run.) It would be a mistake for readers to believe analysis coming from Palin's political rivals. But they're not alone. A lot of political insiders and campaign experts I talk to are convinced Palin is just in this for the attention — that she won't run because running and losing would destroy her "brand." They point to the fact that her team isn't engaged in the organizational logistics a traditional presidential campaign must have in place to win in, say, Iowa, as evidence she isn't running. • Wed 2011 May 25, 7:37pm

Sarah Palin 45x45The elite media and glitterati of Hollywood of the New York entertainment industry have wanted the political blood of the entire Palin family since her successful acceptance speech during the 2008 GOP convention. The establishment Republicans would like to cling to the old ways, and are desperately promoting candidates who they think will do just that. In light of the new Tea Party attitude, in which we would like to jettison the "ruling class" dictates with "country class" common sense, I would ask for everyone to enter into the primary season with an open mind and a willingness to go beyond the usual news sources for information on all the candidates. PLEASE LOOK AT SARAH PALIN WITH "NEW EYES". ... One other note, related to this: It has become known to me that Mitt Romney's staff and Michelle Bachmann's people are seen together often and work quite closely together. I need for all of my friends to be very cautious about Bachmann — especially since she has very close connections with Tea Party Express (spearheaded by establishment Republicans). I recall that Mitt was tag-teamed out of the 2008 primary by McCain and Huckabee. I sense a deal is made between the pair in the event Palin is running. ... • Tue 2011 May 24, 9:24pm

Sarah Palin 45x45Shortly after Republicans swept last November to a historic victory in which Sarah Palin was credited with playing a central role, the former Alaska governor pulled aside her close aide, Rebecca Mansour, to discuss a hush-hush assignment: Reach out to conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon with a request. Ask him if he would make a series of videos extolling Palin's governorship and laying to rest lingering questions about her controversial decision to resign from office with a year-and-a-half left in her first term. It was this abdication, Palin knew, that had made her damaged goods in the eyes of some Republicans who once were eager to get behind her potential 2012 presidential campaign. The response was more positive than Palin could have hoped for. He'd make a feature-length movie, Bannon told Mansour, and he insisted upon taking complete control and financing it himself -- to the tune of $1 million. The fruits of that initial conversation are now complete. The result is a two-hour-long, sweeping epic, a rough cut of which Bannon screened privately for Sarah and Todd Palin last Wednesday in Arizona • Mon 2011 May 23, 12:25pm

Sarah Palin 45x45Here's why we support her: on the role of government, she says, "Less is more"; on the debt and deficit, she says, "Reign in spending"; on foreign relations, she says, "Stand with Israel"; on national security, she says, "Secure our borders"; on Obamacare, she says, "Repeal and replace"; on terrorism, she says, "We win, and they lose"; on the economy, she says, "Lower taxes"; on our military, she says, "If you love your freedom, thank a vet"; on American exceptionalism, she says, "That's nothing to apologize for"; on education, she says, "Allow school choice"; on abortion, she says, "Choose life"; and on energy, she says, "Drill, baby, drill." Unlike those determined to discount her, often without any factual reasons, we have done our research. We have evaluated her record, we have read her writings, and we have paid attention to her interviews. In so doing, we recognize that on the issues, she receives an A+. We see that she espouses the common sense principles that Americans are crying out for now. Add to that the "down-home sense" that is admittedly Governor Palin, and we know we have the full package. • Mon 2011 May 23, 12:17pm

Sarah Palin 45x45Here is what Ross said on why we support Gov. Palin: -On the role of government, she says, "Less is more" -On the debt and deficit, she says, "Reign in spending" -On foreign relations, she says, "Stand with Israel" -On national security, she says, "Secure our borders" -On Obamacare, she says, "Repeal and replace" -On terrorism, she says, "We win, and they lose" -On the economy, she says, "Lower taxes" -On our military, she says, "If you love your freedom, thank a vet" -On American exceptionalism, she says, "That's nothing to apologize for" -On education, she says, "Allow school choice" -On abortion, she says, "Choose life" -And on energy, she says, "Drill, baby, drill." • Mon 2011 May 23, 9:57am

Cain, 65, who lives in suburban Atlanta, made his announcement at Atlanta's Centennial Park, urging Americans frustrated by the country's direction to read the Constitution. "Keep reading," he said. "Don't stop at life, liberty and pursuit of happiness." [Uh, Herman? That's the Declaration, not the Constitution.] • Mon 2011 May 23, 9:56am

After months of stewing and despite widespread encouragement from many within his party, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels sent out an e-mail to supporters early Sunday saying he had decided against jumping into the 2012 presidential race. • Mon 2011 May 23, 9:47am

I was informed that Mr. Trump had been threatened in such a way that his business was endangered. I don't have the details of this threat, but it was apparently enough to cause Donald Trump to send out his statement to not run within hours of receiving the threat. He does not strike me as a man who scares easily, so whatever that threat was, it must have been substantive enough to do just that. • Mon 2011 May 23, 9:45am

Maybe. On Fox News Sunday this morning, however, Cain imitated Sarah Palin's blank stare when Chris Wallace asked him about the right of return. "The right of return?" he said. After Wallace explained the Palestinian demand to return to the homes they were "thrown out of" [sic!] in 1948, Cain said that would be negotiated between the Israelis and Palestinians. "I don't think Israel has any problem with Palestinians' returning," he said. Even though Cain had told Wallace just a few moments before that he would offer the Palestinians "nothing," because he is not convinced they are committed to peace and democracy, his cluelessness on the right of return suggests that Cain is more blowhard than gadfly.