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The Model Political Spouse: Todd Palin can handle another campaign
Newsweek ^ | May 15, 2011 | Zev Chafets

Posted on 05/15/2011 8:48:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Jim Palin met both me and calamari for the first time at lunch last month at Evangelo’s, the best Italian restaurant in Wasilla, Alaska. Jim Palin, Todd’s father, has been hunting and fishing in his state for almost 50 years, but somehow he had never crossed paths with a squid, alive or fried. As for reporters from the “lamestream media,” he had met a few, but had never actually sat down to break bread with one before.

I had come to lunch hoping to learn a little about Jim’s elusive son, Todd—a figure of enduring fascination who just might, if Sarah Palin decides to make a presidential run, become the country’s first first husband.

Jim Palin, retired general manager of the local electric company and a Phil Donahue look-alike, talks about how Todd won Alaska’s Iron Dog snowmobile race four times—making him a legendary local badass. We talk about his son’s basketball prowess—Todd was a star on the boys’ varsity in Wasilla, and played for Missouri Valley College—and how he would fare in a one-on-one matchup with the president. “Up against Obama?” Jim’s blue eyes sparkled behind his bifocals. “Interesting question. Let’s just say that Todd would handle himself pretty well.” What Jim doesn’t much want to discuss is Sarah’s political career. He says that he will, of course, support Sarah if she runs. But I got the distinct impression he believes she won’t. Todd’s close friends are hoping, for his sake, that she doesn’t.....

(Excerpt) Read more at newsweek.com ...


TOPICS: Alaska; Campaign News; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: obama; palin; sarahpalin; todd; toddpalin

Their fear of her is delicious to me, like a perfectly cooked prime rib with au jus and horseradish sauce.

1 posted on 05/15/2011 8:48:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah Louise Palin

Born February 11, 1964 in Sandpoint, ID (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)

Parents were
Charles R Heath, born in ID
Sarah Sheeran, born in WI

Both parents were US Citizens at the time of her birth (Meets the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)

Sarah Palin is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN unlike Comrade Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama.

2 posted on 05/15/2011 8:57:00 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, right.


3 posted on 05/15/2011 8:59:04 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is that it? Looks like the article cut off in mid-stream, not that I need to read the rest of the story since it’ll be more barely biased tripe hoping she doesn’t run and certainly not win.


4 posted on 05/15/2011 9:02:53 PM PDT by miele man
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” (Both Todd and Sarah had made it clear they didn’t want to talk to me.)”

Gee, what a shock. He makes the Palin’s out to be living in two separate places on the same property. Todd has his own space. Geez, there must be something wrong with that!


5 posted on 05/15/2011 9:03:13 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

the sotry had no ending. sometimes I wonder if the writers at newsweek no how to write.


6 posted on 05/15/2011 9:16:32 PM PDT by unseen1
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To: unseen1
Newsweek has to be excerpted and linked.
7 posted on 05/15/2011 9:18:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (How do you starve an Obama supporter? Hide his food stamps under his work boots.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

no i know that. I went to the link. the story itself has no ending. It just cuts off in the middle. Like the writer got bored or something.


8 posted on 05/15/2011 9:21:18 PM PDT by unseen1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love how the writer uses the term “Palin compound” like she’s Osama Bin Laden or something. I mean, compond is only used with terrorists or the Kennedys after the rape case back in the 90s.

Not positive though to see his father say he doesn’t think she’ll run. When you hear similar things from Franklin Graham and Greta Van Susteren it adds up.

That was all before Huckabee stood down, though. Things are a bit easier without him in the race. I think she’s reluctant and she’d rather have someone one she could support. But I still think she has the drive and ambition. I think she’ll wait until the summer and if no one has really taken off and things still look open, I could see her getting in.

I’ve always found Todd interesting. I don’t want to use the term whipped but he always seems rather differential and subdued around her. Maybe it’s just that quiet strength, stoicism. They seem such opposites personality-wise.


9 posted on 05/15/2011 9:52:06 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ever hear about the Obama compound in Chicago? The Clinton compound in Chappaqua? The Bush compound in Crawford or Kennebunkport? The McCain compound in Sedona? Both Bush, McCain and Reagan for that matter all had “ranches”. Newsweek says Palin has a compound like she’s living in Abbotabad or something.


10 posted on 05/15/2011 9:54:36 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No wonder Sarah or Todd didn’t want to talk to him. He sure makes a lot of ASS umptions don’t he?


11 posted on 05/15/2011 9:56:51 PM PDT by MestaMachine (If you want to pillage,plunder,destroy, blaspheme,or defile, become a muslim, or name yourself obama)
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To: jeltz25

His father DIDN’T say that. The “journalist” “assumed” it.


12 posted on 05/15/2011 9:59:07 PM PDT by MestaMachine (If you want to pillage,plunder,destroy, blaspheme,or defile, become a muslim, or name yourself obama)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
P-poor writer.

Goes out into what he calls Todd's separate wing - and goes into the plane hanger. Duh...

They aren't living separate...they have separate wings for their separate activities...

she does her broadcasting from the main building - that takes up room. He does things, like his plane and snow ‘machines’ that require a lot of maintenance - noisy, dirty maintenance.

Love the snide remark about the rusty old trucks etc...

They didn't want to see him? boo hoo. they must already know what a poor excuse for a reporter he is. Dad Palin should have ignored him and NOT have taken him to the house. And you notice he used the worst photo I've ever seen of Todd. You'd have to work hard to get a bad pic of that man. Another trick the lameStream type uses.

13 posted on 05/15/2011 10:04:25 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (watch the other hand)
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To: jeltz25

From the supposed unbiased journalist: “But I got the distinct impression he believes she won’t.”

And to even insinuate that Todd Palin MIGHT be “whipped” is ridiculous and misogynistic. How many wives go “reluctantly” into the White House? Including Laura Bush.
Is it so hard to imagine that a strong man who obviously loves his wife is no less a man?


14 posted on 05/15/2011 10:08:13 PM PDT by MestaMachine (If you want to pillage,plunder,destroy, blaspheme,or defile, become a muslim, or name yourself obama)
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To: maine-iac7

“You’d have to work hard to get a bad pic of that man.”

Oh, hear hear! and amen. And everystuff.


15 posted on 05/15/2011 10:11:43 PM PDT by MestaMachine (If you want to pillage,plunder,destroy, blaspheme,or defile, become a muslim, or name yourself obama)
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To: MestaMachine

well, he said he got the distinct impression and also mentioned hearing from some of Todd’s friends, although they said they were hoping she doesn’t. If they knew one way or the other they wouldn’t be hoping. And it sounds like they think she will or why would they be hoping she doesn’t. If they thought she wouldn’t run there’d be no need to hope.

The bigger ones for me were Greta and Franklin Graham. They know her as well as anyone in the media and have spent time with her and if they don’t think so I think that’s telling. Maybe she’s just at keeping secrets. After all, no one had any clue we were trailing OBL for the last year and were right on his tail.

But the use of the word compound just jumped out at me.


16 posted on 05/15/2011 10:14:16 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: Jemian

Ping the list, please!


17 posted on 05/15/2011 10:14:25 PM PDT by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: MestaMachine

probably the wrong word to use. He just seems so quiet and reserved and she’s the opposite. You’re right that in politics we’re all used to alpha males and more laid back and reserved wives and I guess it just stands out when you see it in reverse.


18 posted on 05/15/2011 10:22:35 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: MestaMachine; jeltz25

Anyone who has read Sarah’s books know that Todd is her rock.


19 posted on 05/15/2011 10:36:42 PM PDT by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: jeltz25

Her own Mother and Father said they have no idea as to her poilitcal plans. I believe them, so why should I think Greta or anyone else knows.


20 posted on 05/15/2011 10:56:34 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Being an autodidact, I happily escaped the bureaucratization of intellect)
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To: jeltz25
He just seems so quiet and reserved ... we’re all used to alpha males ...

I can think of quite a few alpha males who are quiet and reserved. And I can think of even more beta males who are loud and showy.

21 posted on 05/16/2011 2:32:23 AM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mmmm...

You have that and I’ll have the Filet Mignon - rare.

Finish it off with a fine cigar...

If I could ask Mrs. Palin wether she wants to be president, I imagine that the answer would be ‘no’.

If I asked her if she thought that she possessed a set of finely honed skills that are perfectly tailored to circumstances at present and that she is being called upon to serve her country at a time of dire need, I think the answer is ‘yes’.

Many people are praying right along with you, Sarah, for guidance and wisdom to face down the tyranny that is at our doorstep.

We have not faced an existential threat to our very survival since 1860.


22 posted on 05/16/2011 3:10:34 AM PDT by turfmann
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To: oprahstheantichrist; Trust but Verify; 6323cd; cincinnati65; mpackard; Vor Lady; ...

Ping to the TODD PALIN IS A HUNK! list.


23 posted on 05/16/2011 3:32:25 AM PDT by Jemian (Obamas approval ratings are so low, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the USA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; unseen1

Yeah, the article just stops! And it was so snarky.


24 posted on 05/16/2011 3:43:15 AM PDT by Jemian (Obamas approval ratings are so low, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the USA)
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To: Jemian

It’s Newsweek. The fact they didn’t paint him as a Satanic Baby-raper is a testimony to their inattentive editorial staff.


25 posted on 05/16/2011 3:45:16 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: jeltz25

Her home became a “compound” when she had to put up an eleven foot fence to keep the creep out.


26 posted on 05/16/2011 3:49:40 AM PDT by Josephat
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To: Lazamataz

True dat!


27 posted on 05/16/2011 4:14:24 AM PDT by Jemian (Obamas approval ratings are so low, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the USA)
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To: unseen1

“no how to write”

You tell ‘em there hoss.


28 posted on 05/16/2011 4:19:09 AM PDT by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: Jemian

Thanks for the ping! One does have to really try to get a bad photo of him.


29 posted on 05/16/2011 4:55:48 AM PDT by Vor Lady
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To: Vor Lady

That’s true and even this guy did not really succeed. The whole article was “Todd’s a nice guy and if Sarah really loves him, although we know that they are living apart on the same property which isn’t kept up very well, she would not run for president”. Snarky, dat!


30 posted on 05/16/2011 4:57:55 AM PDT by Jemian (Obamas approval ratings are so low, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the USA)
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To: pingman
rofl...yeah caught that last night....figured it was time for bed after that....
31 posted on 05/16/2011 5:41:12 AM PDT by unseen1
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To: Jemian

The left is so afraid of her and of Todd. I hope she runs; who knows, maybe she is our version of Lady Thatcher.


32 posted on 05/16/2011 5:46:45 AM PDT by Vor Lady
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To: jeltz25

I can’t help but think Sarah would be giving the opposite impression of what she is actually planning. She is not one to tip her hand.

Plus, my thoughts that are she probably would not trust someone with info who would take a reporter on a tour of my home/property without my knowledge! Especially due to the history of the press in her life.


33 posted on 05/16/2011 7:00:35 AM PDT by GlockLady
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To: GlockLady

Should have previewed before posting.
‘. . . my thoughts are that she probably would not trust someone with info who would take a reporter on a tour of her home/property without her knowledge!’


34 posted on 05/16/2011 7:08:34 AM PDT by GlockLady
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To: ReneeLynn

Yeah, it’s misleading. What he meant is that their new building is cut into two. Sarah’s studio and Todd’s garage.


35 posted on 05/16/2011 7:11:13 AM PDT by saddlesore
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To: Sea Parrot

As for Gretta? She wrote that she was sick and tired of being invited everywhere by people hoping to get access to Sarah. Gretta said she really has no connection in that respect. So why would Gretta know?

How well does she really know Franklin? They have been together at crisis situations, perhaps it seemed inappropriate to discuss such things as running for President?

Hey I am in the tank for Sarah 100 %! Will be deeply depressed if she does not!

Now when/if she decides not to run, she should let us no ASAP.

I only have high thoughts of Sarah, so I only assume she has not decided not to run yet, otherwise she would tell us.

I would announce soon if I was her, then possibly Michelle Bachmann would do the right thing and not run.


36 posted on 05/16/2011 12:01:18 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012, PLEASE LORD)
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To: Jemian

Todd Palin Yum Yum.


37 posted on 05/16/2011 10:12:07 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh that looks good.


38 posted on 05/16/2011 10:12:56 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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