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Sarah Palin- links, from the beginning
various links | 08-30-08 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

Posted on 08/30/2008 8:58:21 AM PDT by backhoe

Here is where it all began:

McCain appears set to name Palin as running mate (FR exclusive analysis)

 Governor Palin was my choice all along...

John McCain Selects Alaska Governor Sarah Palin [From the McCain official site]

Brilliant McCain Stroke: Now Hillary & Bill Can Vote For A Female... (Debbie Schlussel Thumbs Up!)

Palin's First Shot at Obama

BUILDING A SARAH PALIN PICTURES THREAD

 
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Palin for America: A true conservative: “She knows when to stand up and doesn’t let anyone tell her to sit down”

By Michelle Malkin  •  August 29, 2008 11:03 AM

Scroll down for updates…vid of the announcement at HA

The announcement from Dayton will start any minute. There’s a new rock star in town. Conservatives are full of Hope that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will bring much-needed Change to McCain Republicanism.

Catch the fever.

I’m starting a new thread and kicking off discussion with this YouTube ad from Palin supporters.

Yes, I’m impressed. Very impressed.

Flashback: You go, girl: Alaska GOP Gov. will sue Bush administration over polar bear listing

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The official statement from McCain:

U.S. Senator John McCain today announced that he has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate and to serve as his vice president.

Governor Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her Administration and has a record of delivering on the change and reform that we need in Washington.

Governor Palin has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resources. She leads a state that matters to every one of us – Alaska has significant energy resources and she has been a leader in the fight to make America energy independent.

In Alaska, Governor Palin challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill. She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending. She put a stop to the “bridge to nowhere” that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.

As the head of Alaska’s National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Governor Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.

Governor Palin has the record of reform and bipartisanship that others can only speak of. Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington today.

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The ACU raves:

CONSERVATIVES HAIL MCCAIN VICE PRESIDENTIAL PICK

(Minneapolis, MN) - David Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, has issued the following statement on Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain’s pick of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

“The selection of Governor Palin is great news for conservatives, for the party and for the country. Her dedication to principle, her courage both before and after her election as Governor of Alaska and her personal qualities make her a perfect choice for Vice President. I predict any conservatives who have been lukewarm thus far in their support of the McCain candidacy will work their hearts out between now and November for the McCain - Palin ticket.”

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Jennifer Rubin at PJM:

…Palin will argue that in fact Obama has no more experience than she does, and that Palin has the advantage of sharing McCain’s views (and thus being right) on the surge, Russian ambitions, and meetings with state terror sponsors. The VP debate against Biden may be dicey, but the McCain camp knows full well that a vice-presidential debate isn’t going to make or break their candidate. In short, McCain is hoping that Palin is good enough on this score for a number two pick against a Democratic ticket headed by a man with virtually the same meager national security credentials.

As to the second, Palin has much to offer McCain. On a non-political level few can doubt her Q-factor. (She will be the first former beauty queen to run on a national ticket.) The daughter of a teacher and mother of five, she has an ebullient personality and an excellent TV presence. The Right will be entranced : a pro-life hunter with a passion for domestic energy development? And in the battle for “change” she has the record of reform and the identity of a complete Washington outsider. Finally, as a lifelong NRA member, an outdoorswoman, and a western governor she may provide extra help in mountain and western states such as Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico which are certain to be in play.

On the policy front, Palin can make the case that the Democratic program of higher taxes, more spending, and a government takeover of health care is a proven loser. She will argue that she can bring practical experience from as far outside the Beltway as one can get. And, of course, the presence of a woman on the ticket creates instantaneous excitement and puts into play Clinton voters looking for a new champion.

The pick also tells us something about McCain: he thinks he can win. He was not willing to rock the boat with his conservative base. He can use Palin on offense to make a run at women voters and on defense to blunt the populist attacks from the Democrats. And it shows he understands the need to generate enthusiasm and “newness” in his own campaign.

Ed Morrissey: Change conservatives can believe in!

LifeNews has an excellent overview of Palin’s staunch, pro-life activism.

James Pethokoukis sends the 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sarah Palin:

. Sarah Louise Palin (nee Heath) was born Feb., 1964, in Sandpoint, Idaho. Her family moved to Alaska when Sarah was an infant. Her father, Chuck, is a retired schoolteacher.

2. She attended Wasilla High School where she played point guard on the state champion basketball team. Her nickname was “Sarah Barracuda.”

3. Palin graduated in 1987 from the University of Idaho with a degree in journalism. She worked briefly as a sports reporter in Anchorage.

4. She refers to her husband, Todd, as the “First Dude.” He’s worked as a commercial fisherman and as a production operator on the North Slope for BP. He enjoys snowmobiling and has won the Tesoro Iron Dog, billed as the world’s longest snowmobile race, four times.

5. Palin and her husband have five children, Bristol, Piper, Track, Willow, and Trig. Trig, born in 2008, has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. Her son Track joined the army in 2007.

6. Her favorite meal is moose stew.

7. She comes from a family of outdoor enthusiasts. Her parents, Chuck and Sally Heath, enjoy hunting and fishing, and have both completed marathons.

8. Palin was named Miss Wasilla in 1984 and was a runner-up for Miss Alaska. In 1996 she was elected mayor of Wasilla.

9. She’s a lifetime NRA member and enjoys hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling.

10. Elected in 2006, she’s Alaska’s first female governor and the youngest governor elected in the state.
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12:22pm Eastern. McCain: It is with great pride and gratitude that I tell you that I have the right partner for those who value their responsibilities over their privileges, someone who has fought corruption, stopped government from wasting taxpayers’ money…someone with executive experience, who has shown great tenacity and skill in tackling tough problems, especially our dependence on foreign oil, someone with strong principles, a fighting spirit, and deep compassion, someone who grew up in a decent, hard-working middle-class family…

Good stuff: “She knows when to stand up and doesn’t let anyone tell her to sit down…She’s exactly who I need, she’s exactly who this country needs…”

Really good.

The next vice president of the United States, Gov. Sarah Palin of the great state of Alaska.

Huge roar of applause. Huge.

Obama-Biden has to be in full snit-fit mode.

And Hillary must be experiencing a schadenfreude-licious moment right now.

It’s McCain’s birthday and the Palins’ 20th anniversary today.

12:44pm Eastern. Palin gives props to Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton. “The women of America aren’t finished yet…We can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all!”

Palin coopts the Hope and Change mantra. Sweet.

Audience coopts “Yes, we can!” Sweet.

God bless America!

For real.

Posted in: John McCain
 
JIM LINDGREN reports that Sarah Palin is playing well with Hillary supporters.
 
 
 
Palin bio - not just another pretty face
http://www.hillaryclintonforum.net

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2008 10:25:47 AM by Brookhaven

Sarah Heath Palin (born February 11, 1964) is the current Governor of Alaska, and a member of the Republican Party. She is the youngest and first female governor of Alaska. Brought to statewide attention because of her whistleblowing on ethical violations by state Republican Party leaders,[1] she won election in 2006 by first defeating the incumbent governor in the Republican primary, then a former Democratic Alaskan governor in the general election. On August 29, the Associated Press reported that "speculation [has] moved to [Palin as a] darkhorse" pick for the vice president running mate slot by presumptive Republican nominee John McCain.[2] The CNBC news service is now reporting that Palin will in fact be the GOP vice-presidential nominee.[3]

She is reported to be a possible choice for the Republican Party's nomination as Vice President of the United States in the 2008 election. Formal announcement of the presumptive nominee will be made in Dayton, Ohio on August 29, 2008, by Presidential candidate John McCain. Palin was born as Sarah Louise Heath in Sandpoint, Idaho, the daughter of Charles and Sally (Sheeran) Heath.[4] Her family moved to Alaska when she was an infant.[5] Charles Heath was a popular science teacher and coached track.[5] The Heaths were avid outdoors enthusiasts; Sarah and her father would sometimes wake at 3 a.m. to hunt moose before school, and the family would regularly run 5k and 10k races.[5]

Palin was the point guard and captain for the Wasilla High School Warriors, in Wasilla, Alaska, when they won the Alaska small-school basketball championship in 1982; she earned the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" because of her intense play.[5] She played the championship game despite a stress fracture in her ankle, hitting a critical free throw in the last seconds.[5] Palin, who was also the head of the school Fellowship of Christian Athletes, would lead the team in prayer before games.[5]

In 1984, Palin was second-place in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant after winning the Miss Wasilla contest earlier that year, winning a scholarship to help pay her way through college.[5] In the Wasilla pageant, she played the flute and also won Miss Congeniality.

Details of Palin's personal life have contributed to her political image. She hunts, eats moose burgers, ice fishes, rides snowmobiles, and owns a float plane.[6][7] Palin holds a lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association. She admits that she used marijuana when it was legal in Alaska, but says that she did not like it.[8]

Palin holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Idaho where she also minored in politics. She briefly worked as a sports reporter for local Anchorage television stations while also working as a commercial fisherman with her husband, Todd, her high school sweetheart.[5] One summer when she was working on Todd's fishing boat, the boat collided with a tender while she was holding onto the railing; Palin broke several fingers.[5] Outside the fishing season, Todd works for BP at an oil field on the North Slope[9] and is a champion snowmobiler, winning the 2000-mile "Iron Dog" race four times.[5] The two eloped shortly after Palin graduated college; when they learned they needed witnesses for the civil ceremony, they recruited two residents from the old-age home down the street.[5] Todd is a Native Yup'ik Eskimo.[5] The Palin family lives in Wasilla, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Anchorage.[10]

On September 11, 2007, the Palins' son Track joined the Army. Eighteen years old at the time, he is the eldest of Palin's five children.[10] Track now serves in an infantry brigade and will be deployed to Iraq in September. She also has three daughters: Bristol, 17, Willow, 13, and Piper, 7.[11] On April 18, 2008, Palin gave birth to her second son, Trig Paxson Van Palin, who has Down syndrome.[12] She returned to the office three days after giving birth.[13] Palin refused to let the results of prenatal genetic testing change her decision to have the baby. "I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection," Palin said. "Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?"[13]

Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council from 1992 to 1996. In 1996, she challenged the incumbent mayor, criticizing wasteful spending and high taxes.[5] The ex-mayor and sheriff tried to organize a recall campaign, but failed.[5] Palin kept her campaign promises, reducing her own salary, as well as reducing property taxes 60%.[5] She ran for reelection against the former mayor in 1999, winning by an even larger margin.[5][14] Palin was also elected president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors.[11]

In 2002, Palin made an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor, coming in second to Loren Leman in a four-way race. After Frank Murkowski resigned from his long-held U.S. Senate seat in mid-term to become governor, Palin interviewed to be his possible successor. Instead, Murkowski appointed his daughter, then-Alaska State Representative Lisa Murkowski.[5]

Governor Murkowski appointed Palin Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission[15], where she served from 2003 to 2004 until resigning in protest over what she called the "lack of ethics" of fellow Alaskan Republican leaders, who ignored her whistleblowing complaints of legal violations and conflicts of interest.[5] After she resigned, she exposed the state Republican party's chairman, Randy Ruedrich, one of her fellow Oil & Gas commissioners, who was accused of doing work for the party on public time, and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail.[16] Palin filed formal complaints against both Ruedrich and former Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes, who both resigned; Ruedrich paid a record $12,000 fine.[5]

In 2006, Palin, running on a clean-government campaign, executed an upset victory over then-Gov. Murkowski in the Republican gubernatorial primary.[5] Despite the lack of support from party leaders and being outspent by her Democratic opponent, she went on to win the general election in November 2006, defeating former Governor Tony Knowles.[5] Palin said in 2006 that education, public safety, and transportation would be three cornerstones of her administration.[8]

When elected, Palin became the first woman to be Alaska's governor, and the youngest governor in Alaskan history at 42 years old upon taking office. Palin was also the first Alaskan governor born after Alaska achieved U.S. statehood. She was also the first Alaskan governor not to be inaugurated in Juneau, instead choosing to hold her inauguration ceremony in Fairbanks. She took office on December 4, 2006.

Highlights of Governor Palin's tenure include a successful push for an ethics bill, and also shelving pork-barrel projects supported by fellow Republicans. Palin successfully killed the Bridge to Nowhere project that had become a nationwide symbol of wasteful earmark spending.[13][17] "Alaska needs to be self-sufficient, she says, instead of relying heavily on 'federal dollars,' as the state does today."[6]

She has challenged the state's Republican leaders, helping to launch a campaign by Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell to unseat U.S. Congressman Don Young[18] and publicly challenging Senator Ted Stevens to come clean about the federal investigation into his financial dealings.[13] Palin supports holding occasional legislative sessions outside the state capital, and municipal revenue sharing to help local governments.[citation needed]

Palin's tenure is noted for her independence from big oil companies, while still promoting resource development.[6][13] Palin has announced plans to create a new sub-cabinet group of advisors, to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Alaska. [19]

Shortly after taking office, Palin rescinded an appointment by Murkowski of his former chief of staff Jim Clark to the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, one of thirty-five appointments made by Murkowski in the last hour of his administration that she reversed. [20][21] Clark later pled guilty to conspiring with a defunct oil-field-services company to channel money into Frank Murkowski's re-election campaign. [22]

In March 2007, Palin presented the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) as the new legal vehicle for building a natural gas pipeline from the state's North Slope.[23] Only one legislator, Representative Ralph Samuels, voted against the measure,[24] and in June Palin signed it into law.[25][26] On January 5, 2008, Palin announced that a Canadian company, Transcanada, was the sole AGIA-compliant applicant.[27][28]

In response to high oil and gas prices, and in response to the resulting state government budget surplus, Palin proposed giving Alaskans $100-a-month energy debit cards. She also proposed providing grants to electrical utilities so that they would reduce customers' rates.[29] She subsequently dropped the debit card proposal, and in its place she proposed to send Alaskans $1,200 directly and eliminate the gas tax.[30][31]

SOCIAL ISSUES Palin is strongly pro-life and belongs to Feminists for Life.[8] She opposes same-sex marriage(we will have to work on this one, but she has stated that she has gay friends and is receptive to gay and lesbian concerns about discrimination.[8] While the previous administration did not implement same-sex benefits, Palin complied with a state Supreme Court order and signed them into law. [32]

She supported a democratic advisory vote from the public on whether there should be a constitutional amendment on the matter.[33] Alaska was one of the first U.S. states to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage, in 1998, along with Hawaii.[34]

Palin's first veto was used to block legislation that would have barred the state from granting benefits to gay state employees and their partners. In effect, her veto granted State of Alaska benefits to same-sex couples. The veto occurred after Palin consulted with Alaska's attorney general on the constitutionality of the legislation.[35]
 

THEY'RE SAYING THAT MCCAIN HAS PICKED SARAH PALIN. The Insta-Wife is ecstatic, which may bode well for that demographic. I'd like it if she had more executive experience, but to be fair, she's got more than anyone else on either ticket. Is she too liberal on gay rights? Not for me, but maybe for some people.

UPDATE: Sissy Willis has more, including video of an interview of Palin by Larry Kudlow.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Judging from SayUncle, Palin will play well among the crucial bitter gun-clinger demographic. [They prefer to be called 'blasty-Americans' now -- ed. Oh, good grief.]

Plus, the WaPo's Ben Pershing on Sarah Palin's Porkbusting.

The pick is getting good marks from Geraldine Ferraro.

And, Palin as the anti-Ted Stevens."In an election where the Republican’s biggest liability isn’t Iraq but Ted Stevens and the Alaskan Bridge To Nowhere, McCain took his maverick mantle by the reins and just signed up the Anti Stevens to help him root out the corruption endemic in DC."

This rather churlish response from the Obama campaign won't help them -- dissing small towns doesn't fit well after Biden's "nobody is better than anybody" talk. [LATER: McCain response: "I'd think the Obama people would have learned by now not to belittle the experience of women."]

By contrast, I just saw Palin praise Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro as pathbreakers. And that "18 million cracks in the glass ceiling" line was delightfully sly.

MORE: Reader Kyle Griffin emails: "Did the Obama campaign just accuse the Republican campaign of having a VP with insufficient experience? Was that really smart? Will we see an ad about that tomorrow from the McCain youTube team?" Yeah, it did seem like an unforced error.

An "I told you so" from Katie Granju. [LATER: Granju emails: "I'm telling you. She's got the goods. Of course, I disagree with her on, well, mostly everything, but she's super impressive." Yeah, I'd never seen her speak before, and I was wrong to discount her, though I thought she'd said she didn't want the job.]

More on Geraldine Ferraro on Palin.

Roger Simon: Obama the stodgy, McCain the Maverick.

Ha! Say the Online Hillary Supporters [Rat Remorse Alert]

Sarah Palin Video

The Base Hearts Sarah Palin

Defending Against the First Attacks on Sarah Palin

Gov. Sarah Palin: On The Issues

Kudlow: Drill, Drill, Drill: My Interview with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin and Experience

From the Comments:

Brilliant choice. It will be hard to criticize her on experience as she probably does more before breakfast than Obama does all day.

American Thinker:

That's an easy one to dismiss. Sarah Palin has had more executive experience, meaning experience in running either a business or a government, than either Barack Obama or his running mate, Joe Biden. She has more executive experience than even her running mate, John McCain. Governor Palin served as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska from 1999 to 2002. She was elected as President of the Alaska Conference of Mayors. She was elected as Governor of Alaska in 2006. And she has quite a few concrete achievements, considering the amount of time she's been in office.

Double Think:

The McCain campaign is hoping and praying that someone will say that Palin is unready for the job. “Please,” John McCain is praying right now AS I TYPE, “Let a Democrat say that an executive with 2 years of experience and no foreign policy expertise isn’t ready for the presidency. Oh pretty please. Because you know what I’m going to do? I’m going to take that soundbite, put it in an ad, slap Obama’s mug up there, and run it over and over and over again.”
Posted by Cjunk at 3:02 PM | Comments (9)
 
The sniping and carping from the Jackal Pack Press begins:

CNN’s John Roberts: Palin Might Neglect Her Disabled Infant?

 Here’s what Palin said about the arrangements she has ALREADY made for Baby Trigg as Governor of Alaska...

Anchorage Daily News
http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/382560.html

“The governor said she won’t take a maternity leave but will bring Trig with her to work. Her spokesperson later clarified, at Palin’s request, that the governor will take time off for medical appointments, physical therapy and whatever Trig needs.”

Sarah’s bringing a Baby to the White House!

"The last two callers to Michael Medved show, both claiming to be lifelong Republicans, were “appalled” that McCain would pick a mother with a disabled baby. They said she should be home caring for her child and not running for VP. Clearly the seminar callers have received their marching orders and the Dems are well along on one of the most despicable attacks on a candidate in history."

Dem Boykin: Palin 'Affirmative Action' Pick


McCain-Palin, Joined In Progress (Rush: All Accomplishments, Not Promises, Folks Alert)

 
 

It Took a Woman

Hillary Supporters Going Wild Over Palin Pick (in a good way!)

 
 
 

Profile of Alaska's Sarah Palin: Governor, Reformer, Mother

Palin pick already yielding rhetorical dividends?

See, this is why journos in the bag for Obama should await the royal talking points before opening their dullard yaps. CNN’s John Roberts: Palin Too Young and Inexperienced:

During the 9 a.m. EDT hour of “CNN Newsroom,” “American Morning” co-anchor John Roberts gave an analysis of Governor Sarah Palin during discussion of Senator John McCain’s vice presidential choice. Roberts focused on Palin’s lack of experience, saying that a prerequisite for the vice presidency should be the ability to step right into the office, especially because of McCain’s age. Roberts stated [...] “she’s the youngest governor ever in Alaska’s history, and she’s the first woman. She’s only been in office for a couple of years now, which really raises the experience issue here.”

Leave aside for the moment the dissonance of pretending to worry about Palin’s “inexperience” should she be forced (by the death of a fossilized McCain) into the Presidency when you haven’t offered the same argument for a man with even less executive experience getting the job outright; that probably has to do with her being “the first woman” governor or something equally patriarchal.

But in making this argument — that a 72-year old candidate is almost certain to kick while in office — what you have further done is begun alienating aging boomers who will soon be McCain’s age, questioning their worth and viability, throwing into doubt their general competence.

– Which means Roberts has managed to 1) highlight the inexperience of the Dem candidate for president by going after the inexperience of the Republican candidate for vice president; 2) has managed to make an implied argument that the inexperience of a woman is somehow more dangerous than the inexperience of a man, or a man of (half) color; and 3) has managed to make an ageist argument that could, at some level, get aging Dem Boomers to believe that their party thinks of them as prop voters, necessary for victory, but after that, to be set afloat on an ice chunk and allowed to drift off serenely into the great political beyond.

Add to that the calculus that many Hillary supporters will be thinking, “that should have been Hillary!” and what we have here is a perfect storm of identity politics for the Dems to try to steer their shiny yacht through safely.

Of course, the wildcard here is that female Democrats who detest Obama’s shiny empty banality will be forced to bite the bullet for him just to prevent the GOP from getting elected the first female VP. But I’m not sure that’s enough to counteract moderates who may now swing heavily in favor of McCain.

At any rate, the lines of attack should prove instructive — and, for the Dem’s sake, let’s hope they’re a bit better thought out than those offered by CNN’s John Roberts. Who really should wait for the next “Obama Action Alert” before he decides to speak again publicly.

For the narrative consistency and all.

O!

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update: Wait, why can’t women have both a career and children? What, you want to see them barefoot and in the kitchen?

YES WE CAN!

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update 2: David Harsanyi calls Palin “the libertarian vp candidate.” Which might could just temper McCain’s progressivism — even if she has to bat her pretty li’l eyes to get his macho in check…



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This brilliant strategic and tactical maneuver has completely changed the dynamic of the election.

Besides confounding the opposition ( just watch TV, or visit the Kook sites... ) it tells me Senator McCain has an eye to the future of both country, and party.

Stay tuned- it is going to get "interesting..."

1 posted on 08/30/2008 8:58:21 AM PDT by backhoe
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Hey Obama, She’s the one we’ve been waiting for.


2 posted on 08/30/2008 8:59:51 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: backhoe

Thanks for all you do. But do you ever sleep?


3 posted on 08/30/2008 9:01:41 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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Thanks for the wrap up. I have had Palin at the top of my list since February ... But seriously, I never thought Maverick would do it ...


4 posted on 08/30/2008 9:03:02 AM PDT by Tarpon (Ignorance, the most expensive commodity produced by mankind.)
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To: backhoe

Thanks so much for putting this thread together. First time I’ve seen the photo of her parents watching their daughter on Fox News. What a room!


5 posted on 08/30/2008 9:05:12 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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Wow, some great photos there for the campaign. Thanks for all your efforts backhoe...


6 posted on 08/30/2008 9:05:31 AM PDT by eureka! (McCain....I guess.)
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STR
7 posted on 08/30/2008 9:05:55 AM PDT by FelixFelicis
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8 posted on 08/30/2008 9:06:05 AM PDT by traumer
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To: backhoe
rofl that pic must be sending PETA into a Cat 5 Hurricane.
9 posted on 08/30/2008 9:06:36 AM PDT by Ancient Drive
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Major thanks for putting this thread together, backhoe.


10 posted on 08/30/2008 9:07:13 AM PDT by AHerald ("Be faithful to God ... do not bother about the ridicule of the foolish." - St. Pio of Pietrelcina)
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Good research Backhoe. The last I heard of her is when she gave birth to her last son who has Down's.

I have to be honest I am a complete Romney person and still trying to get used to the idea. I believe McCain said Romney and others like Lieberman will have a place in his cabinet.

I think the Dems are in a meltdown trying to deal with this. They need to tread lightly because they have already offended so many women voters. And as always they have underestimated the REPUBLICAN party and all the BRILLIANT conservatives out there.

Also I think this is a move to attract Independent voters paticularly in the Blue States. And honestly after volunteering for McCain and polling some of the Independents I do understand this move. Many of the Independents were still undecided at this late date. Some were waiting to see who the candidates were selecting as running mates.

I think BO already "lost his bounce". Oh well maybe they should have selected a Hillary Biden vs a McCain Palin. hehehe

11 posted on 08/30/2008 9:08:59 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: backhoe

A story that could only take place in America.


12 posted on 08/30/2008 9:09:15 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Islam: Imagine a clown car.........with guns.)
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To: Lady GOP

By the way the Palin’s little boy is beautiful. I love that picture.


13 posted on 08/30/2008 9:10:14 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: backhoe

Thanks so much for putting this together. I thought I had been keeping up but there are a lot of gems here I missed.


14 posted on 08/30/2008 9:13:33 AM PDT by BigBobber
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Hey Obama, She’s the one hope and change we’ve been waiting for.

There, fixed it.

15 posted on 08/30/2008 9:14:32 AM PDT by itsthejourney
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To: backhoe

Excellent job!


16 posted on 08/30/2008 9:15:00 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (I've left Cynical City... bound for Jaded.)
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LOL


17 posted on 08/30/2008 9:21:34 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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Fantastic job backhoe! Thank you for this assemblage!

More for your collection ... I did a screengrab off a news video ... these are some of my faves!


18 posted on 08/30/2008 9:22:57 AM PDT by Daffynition (Would you back a gun-toting former beauty queen for vice-president?)
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To: backhoe

bttt


19 posted on 08/30/2008 9:23:45 AM PDT by aberaussie
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To: Ancient Drive

Is it wrong that the first thing that I drooled about in that picture was the HDTV?


20 posted on 08/30/2008 9:24:21 AM PDT by nhoward14 (Sarah Palin: She is the "other one" Yoda was talking about)
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To: freeangel
Thanks for all you do. But do you ever sleep?

I appreciate the kind words- did you know I haven't done a compilation of links since the 2006 election dispirited me so.

But this? This is the first time my apolitical ( and formerly Democrat ) wife is actually interested in voting for a candidate.

21 posted on 08/30/2008 9:26:53 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: Tarpon
I have had Palin at the top of my list since February ... But seriously, I never thought Maverick would do it ...

Much the same way here- I kept hoping, but really did not expect it at all.

22 posted on 08/30/2008 9:29:01 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: HokieMom
First time I’ve seen the photo of her parents watching their daughter on Fox News. What a room!

Yep, it looks more like a hunting lodge, doesn't it?

Took me a minute to spot that second bear skin on the wall. Folks after my own heart-- "there's a place for all God's creatures at the table... right next to the gravy!"

23 posted on 08/30/2008 9:34:01 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: eureka!
Wow, some great photos there for the campaign.

Thanks for looking- they are a very attractive family-- good, salt-of-the-earth folks.

24 posted on 08/30/2008 9:35:57 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: backhoe; Kuksool

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1873897/posts?page=30#30


25 posted on 08/30/2008 9:36:48 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: FelixFelicis
Cool! I'm going to borrow this:

STR

26 posted on 08/30/2008 9:36:58 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: itsthejourney
Rock You Like a HURRICANE
27 posted on 08/30/2008 9:38:01 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: Ancient Drive
rofl that pic must be sending PETA into a Cat 5 Hurricane.


I'm guessing those round things on the left floor are net floats- what do you think?

28 posted on 08/30/2008 9:39:27 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: AHerald
Thanks for stopping by...
29 posted on 08/30/2008 9:40:30 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: backhoe

Peta will be at the door in the morning protesting! LOL


30 posted on 08/30/2008 9:40:30 AM PDT by tioga (Vote the mavericks, McCain/Palin in 2008!)
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To: Lady GOP
I think the Dems are in a meltdown trying to deal with this. They need to tread lightly because they have already offended so many women voters. And as always they have underestimated the REPUBLICAN party and all the BRILLIANT conservatives out there.

I mentioned upstream that wife Miss Emily is actually enthused about Sarah Palin-- something I haven't seen in 24 years of marriage.

What I didn't mention is how hopping mad all this sniping from the media, and the left ( I'm repeating myself, aren't I? ) is making her.

31 posted on 08/30/2008 9:43:59 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: backhoe

a slight addition I need to make to all your links...this thread was up before the one at the top of your list...it’s how I heard and was able to spread the good word to friends even before work...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2070367/posts


32 posted on 08/30/2008 9:44:19 AM PDT by stefanbatory (Palin/Cleese '12)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
A story that could only take place in America.

I loved Mark Steyn's crack,

"First, Governor Palin is not merely, as Jay describes her, "all-American", but hyper-American. What other country in the developed world produces beauty queens who hunt caribou and serve up a terrific moose stew? As an immigrant, I'm not saying I came to the United States purely to meet chicks like that, but it was certainly high on my list of priorities."

33 posted on 08/30/2008 9:46:46 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: backhoe

You missed these Thursday night threads where the freepers figured out what was going on...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2070349/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2070367/posts


34 posted on 08/30/2008 9:47:26 AM PDT by rivercat
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To: BigBobber

35 posted on 08/30/2008 9:47:27 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: Nervous Tick

I appreciate your stopping by here- thanks!


36 posted on 08/30/2008 9:48:11 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: Daffynition

Great captures- nothing like an attractive woman with lethal hardware.


37 posted on 08/30/2008 9:49:43 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: All

I’ll be back later- today is the 6th day a runnin’ a chainsaw, clearing out TS Fay’s mess...


38 posted on 08/30/2008 9:51:29 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: backhoe

This is a fantastic resource!

Thank you for your efforts in putting this together.

I’m emailing this thread to all my doubting friends.

Have a great weekend!


39 posted on 08/30/2008 9:52:17 AM PDT by Islander7 ("Common sense and common decency are uncommon virtues among America's left.")
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To: backhoe

RNC Convention_Official Website


40 posted on 08/30/2008 9:53:28 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: backhoe

Borrow away!


41 posted on 08/30/2008 9:54:46 AM PDT by FelixFelicis
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To: backhoe

>> I appreciate your stopping by here- thanks!

No, thank YOU for putting forth the effort to gather the material.

It’s ironic: the only thing that I and many other conservatives fear about the Palin pick is that the TRUTH about her will be lost in the disingenuous drive-by media tarring that she is already starting to get.

On the other hand, the biggest fear on the part of O-Boy supporters is that THE TRUTH ABOUT O-BOY WILL BECOME KNOWN.

That would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous.

Thanks again for doing the hard work of exposing the TRUTH.


42 posted on 08/30/2008 10:01:34 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (I've left Cynical City... bound for Jaded.)
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To: Nervous Tick

If I wasn’t already married to a great lady, I’d be in love with Palin.

:)


43 posted on 08/30/2008 10:19:43 AM PDT by SideoutFred (Save us from the Looney Left)
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To: backhoe

backhoe bookmark bump!


44 posted on 08/30/2008 11:07:35 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: stefanbatory

Thanks- this:

a slight addition I need to make to all your links...this thread was up before the one at the top of your list...it’s how I heard and was able to spread the good word to friends even before work...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2070367/posts

is welcome.


45 posted on 08/30/2008 11:07:39 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: traumer

great photo — it’s sure a lot better than if we had to keep seeing the photo of Rudy in drag.......!!


46 posted on 08/30/2008 11:37:00 AM PDT by Enchante (Typical Democrats..... all they have to sell is a bridge...... one that isn’'t even standing!!)
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To: Lady GOP; All

This morning while looking up info in Alaskan sites on Governor Palin’s background I found myself on a thread of the very liberal “Alaska Daily News” (McClatchy paper), from the very day (April 21?) that the public learned that the baby had Down’s Syndrome. It was the vilest thread I have have ever seen, and considering some of the garbage over at DU and Kos that’s saying something! All the libs were saying the baby should have been aborted, several announced they had just donated to Planned Parenthood and posted links to PP, etc. Unreal. Not only were they enthusiastically proclaiming that this baby should have been murdered, on the very day that the Palins announced their new bundle of joy, but they were attacking anyone who dared to praise the Palins. Then of course there were the obligatory “how dare they have 5 children” and “the earth is dying” crap. I won’t post the link, they place is too vile even for “op-research”..... sick, sick hateful leftists.


47 posted on 08/30/2008 11:44:51 AM PDT by Enchante (Typical Democrats..... all they have to sell is a bridge...... one that isn’'t even standing!!)
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To: All
-Hillary Clinton- archives, comments, and opposition research --

The above thread was started ( in 2003!) to catalog opposition research on The Lady McBeth of Little Rock, and when the New, Improved Black Jesus became the Media Hive's Shiny New Toy, morphed over in to covering him as her star faded. Until, or unless, something new on them breaks, I am suspending updates, and concentrating on the positive-- our best and brightest new star...

New links:

Hey DNC....We're Over It. Now You Get Over It! (Hillary supporters enthused about Sarah Palin)

McCain's Surprise V.P. Choice (Alaska's Gov. Palin Targets Those Stung By Clinton's Loss)

Check out the Alaska Governors Mansion

 This is the most refreshing thing in politics since Reagan spoke the truth about the soviets.

Report From Miami: Palin is a hit among Cubans

I Have Never Seen My Wife So Excited About Politics!

The Joan of Arc of Alaska politics

Desperation from Democrats (Dems stooping to lows about Palin's child)

GOP grassroots on fire

Palin discussion thread on "Reclusive Leftist" site

MSNBC Runs Palin Hit Piece Less Than 12 Hours After She is Announced

McCain is inside Obama's OODA loop

OODA = Observe, Orient, Decide and Act

"How does one interfere with an opponent's OODA cycle? One of John Boyd's primary insights in fighter combat was that it is vital to change speed and direction faster than the opponent. This is not necessarily a function of the plane's ability to maneuver, rather the pilot must think and act faster than the opponent can think and act. Getting "inside" the cycle — short-circuiting the opponent's thinking processes - produces opportunities for the opponent to react inappropriately."

It looks like it is already working, doesn't it?

Sarah Palin Discusses Energy -- Great video


48 posted on 08/30/2008 12:02:39 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: backhoe

SARAH
PALIN & TALL
IN THE SADDLE

49 posted on 08/30/2008 12:21:32 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Palin, again.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Palin is the perfect woman. Or as close to perfect as God could create. Thank you God, you are indeed all powerful and all knowing. And, probably, a man.


50 posted on 08/30/2008 12:24:29 PM PDT by mainerforglobalwarming
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