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The Real Sarah Palin (Record in office has not been as conservative as she is personally)
Powerline ^ | 7/9/2009 | John Hindraker

Posted on 07/09/2009 8:13:09 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

I haven't commented on Sarah Palin's resignation as Governor of Alaska since Friday afternoon, when I noted the story and said that her resignation "seems bizarre to me." Here are some additional thoughts on the subject.

I am, to begin with, an admirer of Governor Palin--the real Sarah Palin, not the creature of myth. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Palin phenomenon is that the mythical version, a caricature of Palin as arch-conservative, especially on the social issues, and populist almost to the point of know-nothingism, has been embraced by many of her supporters as avidly as by her enemies.

But the caricature has little to do with Palin's actual record as a public servant. I don't doubt that she is, personally, a conservative, but her record in office has not been particularly conservative and her political career owes little or nothing to the social issues. She represents, rather, an older strand of Republicanism--the reformist, good-government variety.

Given that Palin is now viewed almost exclusively as symbol, it is not surprising that the least-remarked portion of her resignation speech was that in which she recounted her administration's achievements. But those accomplishments are, in fact, considerable:

Here's some of the things we've done:

We created a petroleum integrity office to oversee safe development. We held the line for Alaskans on Point Thomson - and finally for the first time in decades - they're drilling for oil and gas.

We have AGIA, the gasline project - a massive bi-partisan victory (the vote was 58 to 1!) - also succeeding as intended - protecting Alaskans as our clean natural gas will flow to energize us, and America, through a competitive, pro-private sector project. This is the largest private sector energy project, ever. This is energy independence.

And ACES - another bipartisan effort - is working as intended and industry is publicly acknowledging its success. Our new oil and gas "clear and equitable formula" is so Alaskans will no longer be taken advantage of. ACES incentivizes new exploration and development and jobs that were previously not going to happen with a monopolized North Slope oil basin.

We cleaned up previously accepted unethical actions; we ushered in bi-partisan Ethics Reform.

We also slowed the rate of government growth, we worked with the Legislature to save billions of dollars for the future, and I made no lobbyist friends with my hundreds of millions of dollars in budget vetoes... but living beyond our means today is irresponsible for tomorrow.

We took government out of the dairy business and put it back into private-sector hands - where it should be.

We provided unprecedented support for education initiatives, and with the right leadership, finally filled long-vacant public safety positions. We built a sub-Cabinet on Climate Change and took heat from Outside special interests for our biologically-sound wildlife management for abundance.

We broke ground on the new prison.

And we made common sense conservative choices to eliminate personal luxuries like the jet, the chef, the junkets... the entourage.

And the Lt. Governor and I said "no" to our pay raises.

A solid record of achievement in only 2 1/2 years? Absolutely. Red meat for populist conservatives? Not especially.

So I have high regard for Sarah Palin, the effective, good-government reformer. But that brings us to Palin's press conference and her resignation. The biggest problem with her press conference was that her stated reasons for resigning her office didn't make much sense.

She referred to the abuse that she and her family have taken from liberals in the press and elsewhere. No doubt about it: the liberal assault on Palin and her family has been the most despicable I've ever seen. If she had announced that she is leaving politics to return to private life, no one could have blamed her. But that isn't what she is doing; she is resigning as Governor but, evidently, running for President. So the attacks will continue and likely intensify.

She said that she didn't want to continue as a lame-duck governor. But the only reason she was a lame duck is that she had just announced she wasn't running for a second term. If she didn't want to be a lame duck, all she had to do was not hold the press conference.

Recognizing that these themes didn't account for her decision, Palin went on to explain that her real reason for resigning is that she and her office have been fatally distracted by the frivolous ethics complaints that the Democratic Party has mounted against her. She said that most of her time, and her staff's time, is now spent defending against such complaints--successfully, as every one so far has been dismissed. Most of them have been obviously stupid.

So Palin said she was resigning for the good of Alaska, since her successor will be free of this burden. Plus, she has run up a $500,000 legal bill in defending against the Democratic Party's silly charges.

This explanation has a great deal of appeal, but I don't think it holds together. Does Palin really want to set a precedent that a Republican who is unfairly attacked by Democrats will quit? If that principle were followed, the Republican Party would quickly become extinct.

Actually, the Democrats' frivolous ethics charges represent an opportunity. Alaska is a Republican-leaning state. If Palin were to push back against the Democrats--locally, not nationally--she could make them pay a price for their indefensible tactic, and likely cause them to back off. As for the $500,000, that is a minimal amount for a politician of Palin's stature to raise by setting up a defense committee. Donors would quickly furnish a war chest. On a worst-case scenario, Todd Palin could sign a book contract tomorrow for a $500,000 advance. The facts just don't support the idea that quitting as governor is a reasonable response to the Democrats' vicious but entirely unsuccessful ethics-complaint strategy.

Here is why I think Palin quit: she wants to be the Republican Presidential nominee in 2012. No surprise there, she currently has more support than any other contender in the polls. But she has a serious problem. Her rivals for the nomination are beginning to make the circuit of Republican and conservative grass-roots groups. They are able to criss-cross the country, building up support, establishing campaign committees, speaking to Republican groups on an informal basis, supporting other Republican candidates, laying the foundation for a 2012 run.

Palin, on the other hand, is isolated in Anchorage. It takes longer to get to and from Alaska than most people realize. Palin can't zip into Chicago, deliver a speech to a Republican conference and be back in her office in time to sign a bill. If she starts spending 75 percent of her time in the lower 48, she might in fact be able to carry out her gubernatorial duties via Blackberry, but she would be crucified for abandoning the state of Alaska in favor of her national ambitions. So she resigned, in order to free up her time to campaign for the 2012 Republican nomination.

That is, I think, the only explanation that fits the facts. I still think Palin's resignation was a mistake; it will make the logistics of campaigning much easier, but her failure to complete the only major government job to which she has been elected will haunt her.

What is most sad about this, in my opinion, is that Palin herself seems willing to play the role of the symbol she has become, no matter how at odds it may be with her actual record. I doubt that the old, pre-August 2008 Sarah Palin--the real Sarah Palin, in my book--would have quit.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: belongsinbloggers; conservative; hindraker; notnews; palin; palinrecord; palinresignation; sarahpalin; waronsarah
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1 posted on 07/09/2009 8:13:10 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I hate “good government conservatives”. We need a new breed Nihilistic conservatives.


2 posted on 07/09/2009 8:17:06 PM PDT by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: SeekAndFind

There was, indeed, another fork in the road that she could have taken. Call an emergency session of the legislature and plug the too-easy ethics complaint loophole. That of itself would of course ramp up the rate of ethics complaints. And the Alaskan government would have to deal with every last particle of the B.S. until the legislation passed, as well as the appeals against how the legislation was passed.

Now if the anklebiters immediately start going after the Lt. Gov. in the same way, there will be no choice.


3 posted on 07/09/2009 8:19:07 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Think of the D Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party)
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To: SeekAndFind

She did put a lot of money into public education.


4 posted on 07/09/2009 8:19:28 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t think the author supports any of the claims made in the article.

The accomplishments do seem conservative.

The ethics charges seem insurmountable and growing exponentially as a cost to the state.

The decision seems not just prudent but self effacing for the purpose of helping Alaska.


5 posted on 07/09/2009 8:19:31 PM PDT by lonestar67 ("I love my country a lot more than I love politics," President George W. Bush)
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To: SeekAndFind

“But Mitt Romney, on the other hand, blah, blah, blah...”
Go peddle that fish on another corner, Hindtaker.


6 posted on 07/09/2009 8:20:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. ~H.L. Mencken)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney is more to the left and a worse choice for sure.


7 posted on 07/09/2009 8:22:38 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: lonestar67
I don’t think the author supports any of the claims made in the article.

I noticed that too.
8 posted on 07/09/2009 8:23:32 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy
This is the most plausible answer I've heard thus far:

"Here is why I think Palin quit: she wants to be the Republican Presidential nominee in 2012. No surprise there, she currently has more support than any other contender in the polls. But she has a serious problem. Her rivals for the nomination are beginning to make the circuit of Republican and conservative grass-roots groups. They are able to criss-cross the country, building up support, establishing campaign committees, speaking to Republican groups on an informal basis, supporting other Republican candidates, laying the foundation for a 2012 run.

Palin, on the other hand, is isolated in Anchorage. It takes longer to get to and from Alaska than most people realize. Palin can't zip into Chicago, deliver a speech to a Republican conference and be back in her office in time to sign a bill. If she starts spending 75 percent of her time in the lower 48, she might in fact be able to carry out her gubernatorial duties via Blackberry, but she would be crucified for abandoning the state of Alaska in favor of her national ambitions. So she resigned, in order to free up her time to campaign for the 2012 Republican nomination.

That is, I think, the only explanation that fits the facts. I still think Palin's resignation was a mistake; it will make the logistics of campaigning much easier, but her failure to complete the only major government job to which she has been elected will haunt her."
9 posted on 07/09/2009 8:24:36 PM PDT by Norman Bates
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To: SeekAndFind
Obviously not a big supporter of Sarah.
10 posted on 07/09/2009 8:25:47 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge ( Yes I Love Sarah Palin!! I wish she was mine.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I saw a report today there is yet another ethics complaint: it has to do with her collection of expenses for living at home.Nice piece of change involved.Hopefully,the charge is groundless !!


11 posted on 07/09/2009 8:29:16 PM PDT by mrmeangenes
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No he is hooked up with Pawlenty. You can here is show here and it is embarassing. Another Rino who hates conservative women. They rip Michelle Bachmann to.


12 posted on 07/09/2009 8:30:36 PM PDT by Brimack34 (I hate people that hate Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Read the article 3 times and never saw Mitt’s name mentioned by the author. Your MDS is showing what a shock.


13 posted on 07/09/2009 8:30:46 PM PDT by redangus
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To: SeekAndFind

Most people think Sarah’s reasons for resigning are very silly.

She could have stayed as governor till 2010 and easily start her Presidential campaign after that and can raise tons of money.

At this stage, her decision to quit does not add up and has ended up pulling down her chances for 2012 nomination.


14 posted on 07/09/2009 8:31:27 PM PDT by GregH
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To: SeekAndFind
she is resigning as Governor but, evidently, running for President.

Gee, I didn't know Hindraker was a mind-reader. Nobody knows what Sarah is going to do. That's the beauty of being an unconventional politician rather than a statist.

Does Palin really want to set a precedent that a Republican who is unfairly attacked by Democrats will quit?

What part of putting Alaska & her people ahead of politics does Hindraker not understand? My God, I swear these people hypocritically tsk-tsk the fact that Palin is resigning, but would have still piled on her had she remained and been bogged down by more bogus ethics charges ("Palin's term marked by scandals, GOP sources says she's unqualified"). They are psychologically incapable of seeing an elected official put the interests of the people before their own selfish agenda.

Here is why I think Palin quit: she wants to be the Republican Presidential nominee in 2012.

More mind-reading, more rampant speculation just to feed blog traffic.

Her rivals for the nomination are beginning to make the circuit of Republican and conservative grass-roots groups.

What rivals? Romney & Jeb Bush are distrusted by the base and has no chance of winning them over. Huckabee is mired in a talk-show. Pawlenty is staying on the job until 2010 which means he too will get a late-gate for a 2012 bid.

Palin, on the other hand, is isolated in Anchorage.

Not after 07/26 she isn't.

I still think Palin's resignation was a mistake; it will make the logistics of campaigning much easier

But wait a minute. I thought Palin was "isolated in Anchorage." So Hindraker, which one is it? If she stays in Alaska and completes her term, she'll get criticized for being isolated, but yet she shouldn't have resigned?

LOL

15 posted on 07/09/2009 8:31:32 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: Norman Bates
"That is, I think, the only explanation that fits the facts. I still think Palin's resignation was a mistake; it will make the logistics of campaigning much easier, but her failure to complete the only major government job to which she has been elected will haunt her."

And for that simple observation, well rooted in logic, Hindraker will be labeled a Romneybot, Milquetoast Republican, RINO or other some such nonsense, as we've already seen.

When in fact, Hindraker has been a movement conservative his entire public life. He's an attorney's attorney and one of the best litigators in the country. But, because he's an Ivy League educated professional, who can link a couple sentences together that might even include a few polysyllabic words, he's really just elitist intellectual scum in the mind's of many. It's very disturbing for the future of the conservative movement that such criticism exists. But, it is what it is.

16 posted on 07/09/2009 8:31:42 PM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: SeekAndFind
I haven't commented on Sarah Palin's resignation as Governor of Alaska since Friday afternoon, when I noted the story and said that her resignation "seems bizarre to me."

So don't comment on the story idiot. Oh, you already did idiot.

17 posted on 07/09/2009 8:31:51 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: familyop
I just saw this on her Twitter:

So AK kids: take time to take your parents fishing: "You learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation" -Plato

What a stupid trailer trash idiot /s.

18 posted on 07/09/2009 8:32:33 PM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: Norman Bates

Norman, you realize Hindraker contradicts himself with that, right? He criticizes Palin for not completing the job, yet says that Palin is isolated in Anchorage (BTW, it’s Juneau).


19 posted on 07/09/2009 8:34:15 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Agreed...

These hand-wringers whining about her leaving is getting old-come down to the lower 48 Sarah...WE NEED YOU!

20 posted on 07/09/2009 8:35:24 PM PDT by hercuroc
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To: SeekAndFind
One thing that makes me a little uncomfortable hearing Palin say is "we want govt to be on the side of the people". A true conservative knows this is ridiculous. Govt by definition is only on the side of itself. The interests of the govt and those of the people are always at odds. Think of govt as cancer, and people, as host tissue. The only useful thing a govt can do is disappear from peoples lives, or at least shrink to the point where it's not relevant other than for maintaining law and order and protecting people's rights. Govt can never be on the "side of the people".
21 posted on 07/09/2009 8:37:07 PM PDT by libh8er
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To: SeekAndFind

This isn’t a dictatorship (yet). A top political leader has to negotiate with people who may be outright enemies. Babylon 5 had a good line about that. After the heroes liberate Earth and Mars, the new President laments, “That’s the problem with forming a new government; you have to negotiate with people that six months ago you would have just had shot!”


22 posted on 07/09/2009 8:38:44 PM PDT by Clock King
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To: GregH
Most people think Sarah’s reasons for resigning are very silly.

Those "most people" are just as anonymous as the GOP/ex-McCain flunkies who criticize Palin in the shadows.

She could have stayed as governor till 2010 and easily start her Presidential campaign after that and can raise tons of money.

She wouldn't have gotten anything done from now until 2010 and by the time the 2012 presidential race got underway, her term would have been characterized as being "scandal-plagued". Furthermore, her term would have finished in Dec of 2010 and she would have needed several months to get an exploratory committee underway and hire a staff. Especially being in Alaska, all that would have taken up crucial time. You should realize that last presidential election actually began just days before the 2006 mid-terms ended.

At this stage, her decision to quit does not add up and has ended up pulling down her chances for 2012 nomination.

She has given plausible reasons why she is stepping down and we don't know if she's really going to run in 2012 or not.

23 posted on 07/09/2009 8:39:20 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: GregH
At this stage, her decision to quit does not add up

YES it does.

and has ended up pulling down her chances for 2012 nomination.

No it hasn't.
24 posted on 07/09/2009 8:42:30 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.1260.am/programming/podcasts/popup/?ID=1864
listen to this

She’s not thinking about 2012; she don’t care if it will help her or not for future political office; she dont follow the conventional route for politican; she’s not your typical politican; she’s retiring because the frivilous lawsuit has made governing rest of her term difficult; she has done this before as head of oil and gas commission she she retired because of the corruption there


25 posted on 07/09/2009 8:43:14 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: SeekAndFind

Since when did “finishing the job” mean sitting on the bench until the clock ran out? She accomplished much, I’d wager more than she promised when running for office. Ultimately she stopped being a defenseless pinata for liberal loonies, and that must be why people found fault with it.


26 posted on 07/09/2009 8:44:54 PM PDT by Jacob Morgan
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To: SeekAndFind
Actually, the Democrats' frivolous ethics charges represent an opportunity. Alaska is a Republican-leaning state. If Palin were to push back against the Democrats--locally, not nationally--she could make them pay a price for their indefensible tactic, and likely cause them to back off. As for the $500,000, that is a minimal amount for a politician of Palin's stature to raise by setting up a defense committee. Donors would quickly furnish a war chest. On a worst-case scenario, Todd Palin could sign a book contract tomorrow for a $500,000 advance. The facts just don't support the idea that quitting as governor is a reasonable response to the Democrats' vicious but entirely unsuccessful ethics-complaint strategy.

Ironically, she helped create those ethics laws which make it harder to set up a legal defense fund.

27 posted on 07/09/2009 8:45:54 PM PDT by FTJM
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I personally don’t see any reason why shs couldn’t have finished her term up in December of 2010 and then swung down to the lower 48. In fact no one would’ve faulted her for leaving (still as governor) in September or October for some last month campaigning.

It’s almost like McCain suspending his campaign to me. A total mystery in logic.


28 posted on 07/09/2009 8:47:26 PM PDT by Norman Bates
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“Those “most people” are just as anonymous as the GOP/ex-McCain flunkies who criticize Palin in the shadows. “

You are paranoid and see a anti Palin conspiracy everywhere by McCain/Romney operatives.

Rasmussen poll says about 40% of Republican voters think Palin has hurt her chances by resigning.

So you are not saying 40% of republicans are McCain/Romney operatives < sarcasm off>

“She wouldn’t have gotten anything done from now until 2010 and by the time the 2012 presidential race got underway, her term would have been characterized as being “scandal-plagued”. “

Since she has successfully fought her ethics charges, then why would she be scandal plagued.

‘Furthermore, her term would have finished in Dec of 2010 and she would have needed several months to get an exploratory committee underway and hire a staff. ‘

She could still set up a exploratory committeein Aug/Sept 2010 after she has announced she would not seek reelection. What is so difficult about it.

“She has given plausible reasons why she is stepping down and we don’t know if she’s really going to run in 2012 or not. “

Her reasons simply are not convincing to a large section of Republican primary voters. While she was the overwhelming favourite to win the nomination before this, after resigning she has lost some of the edge, it is still too early to speculate on her chances at the 2002 election.


29 posted on 07/09/2009 8:47:50 PM PDT by GregH
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Is there a thread about anything that you don't try & hijack & make into a Mitt bash? Just curious. There was absolutely nothing in this article even remotely having to do w/ Romney. RDS?
30 posted on 07/09/2009 8:49:49 PM PDT by Reno232
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To: GregH
Most people think Sarah’s reasons for resigning are very silly.

Yea, most people, including the likes of the DNC, the media, every possible moderate (RINO) GOP Presidential Candidate, the RNC.

The only people who do believe her STATED reasons were both reasonable and correct, are red-blooded American citizens including conservatives, independents, and even 17% of the Democrats as a recent poll has shown.

But Ed Rendell, the loud-mouth Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania, and many other extremely left wing people agree with you so you are in good company.
31 posted on 07/09/2009 8:50:53 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Reno232; 2ndDivisionVet
Is there a thread about anything that you don't try & hijack & make into a Mitt bash? Just curious. There was absolutely nothing in this article even remotely having to do w/ Romney. RDS?

What you romneybots so charmingly refer to as RDS, is actually, in all reality, the truth about a very marginalized man, Mitt Romney. Marginalized by his own choices, not be somebody spreading lies about him.
32 posted on 07/09/2009 8:52:58 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: GregH

She could have stayed as governor till 2010 and easily start her Presidential campaign after that and can raise tons of money.

And the anklebiters and critics would of bitched saying “she wasn’t spending enough time working for our state!!!”

Everytime she left, there would had been one bogus ethics charge after another.

Nothing was geting nothing done...she was spending her time fending off bogus ethics complaints and racking up lawyer bills.


33 posted on 07/09/2009 8:53:06 PM PDT by ak267
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To: lonestar67; SpaceBar

That part of the article, the accomplishments, was a direct quote from Sarah Palin’s resignation speech.


34 posted on 07/09/2009 8:54:21 PM PDT by donna ( I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth. - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: ak267

“Everytime she left, there would had been one bogus ethics charge after another.”

So to just escape those bogus ethics charges( which she had no problem clearing and she had no issues in raising money to fight against) she just resigned?

It is bizarre.


35 posted on 07/09/2009 8:55:01 PM PDT by GregH
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To: SoConPubbie

Forty percent (40%) of Republican voters nationwide say Sarah Palin’s decision to resign as governor of Alaska hurts her chances of winning the party’s presidential nomination in 2012.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2012/40_of_gop_voters_say_resignation_hurts_palin_s_chances_in_2012 .

So you are saying 40% of Republicans are wrong?

That is a big part of the base to upset so early in a Presidential campaign, Sarah has done that.


36 posted on 07/09/2009 8:57:13 PM PDT by GregH
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To: Reno232; redangus
Please tell all of us here in 1,000 words or less, why we should get behind Governor Mitt Romney in 2012. Maybe I just haven't had it fully explained to me, yet. Is it his introduction of socialized medicine in Massachusetts? His pro-abortion stance until he decided to run for the White House? His not-so-subtle backstabbing of conservative Republicans (Fred Thompson and Sarah Palin just to name a few) or his working side-by-side with Senator Ted Kennedy?
37 posted on 07/09/2009 8:59:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. ~H.L. Mencken)
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To: Norman Bates

It was either remain in office for another year, or become bankrupt. Which would you choose if you were in her situation? She has children to raise, she chose family over Governorship, I can’t find fault with that. People should do some investigating and find out the ones who were funding these jerks who were filing these complaints


38 posted on 07/09/2009 9:00:47 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Norman Bates
I personally don’t see any reason why shs couldn’t have finished her term up in December of 2010 and then swung down to the lower 48

Norm, she like millions of other Americans, see what's going on in Congress and the fecklessness of the GOP and wants to make a difference. She wants to get in there and promote conservative principles and help candidates who share her vision win.

39 posted on 07/09/2009 9:01:56 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: GregH
“She wouldn’t have gotten anything done from now until 2010 and by the time the 2012 presidential race got underway, her term would have been characterized as being “scandal-plagued”. “

Since she has successfully fought her ethics charges, then why would she be scandal plagued.


Boy was that a dis-engenuous statement.

You, and I, and anyone with half a brain-cell left no that the ethics charges would keep coming and coming and coming further bankrupting the Palins and her staff would be spending just as much time (80% according to her staff) and accomplishing little more than spending more of the State of Alaska's precious little monetary resources.

This alone, the continual barage of the ethics charges would be used by a totally biased media as proof of how "dirty" Governor Palin was.

Really a lackluster post with really no substance as usual.

Point out to us really important matters like where Palin is wrong on the issues, how about something, anything where she has actually failed at Governing Alaska, how about some type of infidelity that affects her character?

Oh wait, you can't!

All you can do is mimic the lame, empty, devoid of any real substance OPINIONS of the Press, the DNC, Ed Rendell, and the supporters of potential primary opponents.

Thanks for your unsupported opinion concerning Sarah.

Oh, and by the way, who are you really supporting for 2012?
40 posted on 07/09/2009 9:02:31 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Sarah Barracuda

“It was either remain in office for another year, or become bankrupt.”

That’s hard to believe. What is her SarahPAC doing?


41 posted on 07/09/2009 9:03:33 PM PDT by Norman Bates
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Perhaps I’ll do that when you can give me a coherent response in 1000 words or less why it was necessary to bring up Romney yet once again in a thread that has absolutely nothing to do w/ Romney. RDS? Hmmm.


42 posted on 07/09/2009 9:04:28 PM PDT by Reno232
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think you are missing his point: this article is not about Mitt Romney but Sarah Palin.


43 posted on 07/09/2009 9:05:29 PM PDT by Norman Bates
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To: Norman Bates

You can’t use PAC money to defend yourself from ethics charges. She would have really been in trouble if she tried that!!


44 posted on 07/09/2009 9:05:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. ~H.L. Mencken)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ethics Reform?

Please tell me she didn’t write or even sign off on the very “ethics” rules and procedures that have been used so effectively against her.


45 posted on 07/09/2009 9:06:18 PM PDT by Hepsabeth
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To: GregH
So you are saying 40% of Republicans are wrong?

That is a big part of the base to upset so early in a Presidential campaign, Sarah has done that.


And yet, in another of Rasmussen's polls, she has a favorability rating of 75% even after the press has savaged her, also, 35% of independents, and even 17% of democrats

Furthermore, polls only take the pulse at that very point in time and the opinions they measure change rapidly.

Shoot, look at Captain Zero(Obummer) and his swing of -8% in one week.

Being Governor she had no chance of communicating to the general voting public, she had to break free to counter the extremely savage and unrelenting press.

Your position, based on a poll, is illogical and weak.
46 posted on 07/09/2009 9:07:02 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It is all about that pos a$$hole romney and his sicko supporters... screw him and them... and Jimbo put them on notice months ago... the clock is ticking. Palin not Conservative? Next they will try to convince us that Reagan was a liberal. The only thing lower than a mitt-ite is a oba-mite... and they are lower than whale poop!

LLS

47 posted on 07/09/2009 9:07:51 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: mrmeangenes
Hopefully??? 15 lies disproved in court and you have the gall to say hopefully?

LLS

48 posted on 07/09/2009 9:09:15 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: GregH

Bottom line: Obama will attempt to sell that 2½ years as governor is not enough experience to be POTUS. That’s a pretty easy charge to make stick. It would take a tremendous force of personality to counter it. (Which she has the potential for - but why make it harder for yourself?)


49 posted on 07/09/2009 9:09:17 PM PDT by Norman Bates
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To: Reno232

These Palin-bashing articles aren’t coming out of thin air. We saw this crap last year. “Cui bono?” (Who benefits?) That would be Governor Romney. Or do you think that somehow Haley Barbour or Tim Pawlenty are paying columnists and bloggers to write these? Bwhahahahaha!


50 posted on 07/09/2009 9:09:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. ~H.L. Mencken)
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