Skip to comments.An open invitation to Governor Sarah Palin
Posted on 07/25/2009 4:57:47 PM PDT by Josh Painter
Dear Governor Palin:
There has been much speculation in both the new media and old regarding what you will do after Sunday when you have handed over the keys to the governor's mansion to Sean Parnell. On the eve of that historic event, many of us who support you are not too worried about that. That is because you have our support regardless of what you decide to do, and we trust you to do what is right for your family, Alaska and the nation.
There has been no small amount of speculation that you will move to the lower 48. The Idaho Statesman's Rocky Barker has predicted it. His reasoning is based on the fact that considerable travel time is required to get from Alaska to locations in the lower 48 where you may want to visit to talk directly to the American people and campaign for conservative candidates. Rocky also reasons that if one of those doors you have mentioned opens to national political office, you will choose some place in the West. He mentions that you already know Idaho. I think Rocky sounds rather hopeful that it will be Idaho.
Sean Scallon has also written about this in the American Conservative. He is convinced that you are running for president in 2012. Noting the logistics challenges posed by campaigning from the White House from Alaska, Sean believes it is probable that you will move to the lower 48. He suggests Evansville, Indiana, since the pro-life manifesto you delivered straight from your heart was received with such enthusiasm there.
But from our vantage point deep in the heart of Texas, we have noticed that you receive warm and enthusiastic receptions wherever you go. Based on the sole criterion of the size of the crowds you have drawn, a likely location for your base of operations could be The Villages, Florida, where some 60,000 to 70,000 people turned out for you. Judged strictly on enthusiasm displayed for the size of the venue, Auburn, New York would have to be a strong contender as well.
Just in case you are weighing a future in some national elected office, we here at Texas for Sarah Palin would like to put our bid in for Texas. Because we Texans love our state, we understand how much you love Alaska. We would never presume to ask you to give it up. We understand that more than a few Americans have two homes. Some even have several homes in various locations around the country. Our Democrat friends tried to make a big deal about how your former running mate had so many homes he couldn't even remember where they all were. We didn't think this was quite fair, seeing as how the homes were mostly those his wife inherited from her father, and Sen. McCain didn't seem to care much about them anyway, except for his ranch in Arizona,which is his. We tried to point out that John Kerry also has a lot of homes that belong to his wife. But when they get stuck on one of their memes, you know how hard it is to get through that liberal hypocrisy to try to make them see your point. One of our Texas humorists, Ron White, often comments on that very point. He says, "You can't fix stupid." I believe General Russel Honore said something to the same effect when he complained in New Orleans about how some folks were "stuck on stupid."
Texas and Alaska are more alike than many people realize. They are both huge -- the largest two states in land mass. We Texans have to grudgingly concede that Alaska beats us out in sheer square acreage, but we do have more people per square acre. That's not a problem, however, as parts of Texas are setled so sparsely that it's not hard to "get away from it all." Both are big energy states, and most of the companies in the oil business are headquartered here. Both your state and ours have more than their fair share of folks who are... well, we prefer the term "strong-willed" to the word "stubborn." We like to believe that characteristic comes from the pioneer spirit that led people to settle down here and up there as well. Both states are blessed with a certain number of what we also like to call "rugged individualists" (folks in lesser states call us... er, them "eccentrics" -- and that's one of the nicer things they say). Some folks are just jealous, but you've run up against that yourself from the likes of Peggy Noonan, Kathleen Parker and others with issues of inadequacy. People in both Alaska and Texas are friendly, once they have decided that a stranger isn't trying to take advantage of them in some nefarious manner. In both states, many people "cling" -- as our president put it -- to their guns and bibles. Regarding the former, I think it speaks well of our respective states that both have bills in their legislatures to exempt from Federal regulation firearms made and sold inside the respective states.
Both states were previously claimed by one foreign power or another -- Russia, France, Spain, Mexico, the C.S.A. -- giving each a unique heritage. Texas even claimed itself for a while, but The Republic of Texas only lasted for about a decade. But that's another story...
Just as there are similarities, there are also some distict differences between our two states. It gets much hotter down here than it does up there. But we're used to it, and air conditioning helps the less well-conditioned among us deal with the heat. Many of us couldn't deal with the extreme cold temperatures you hardy Alaskans seem to handle with ease. We believe that it has something to do with clothing. Texans tend to believe that one layer of clothing is plenty -- two in a stretch, but only if it's really cold and there's a bone-chilling wind blowing. But what is to prevent anyone from spending most of the summer in Alaska and the winter in Texas?
You say moose; we say cattle. We don't hunt cows down here like you hunt moose in Alaska. It wouldn't be much sport, anyway. They mostly just stand around in the same spot unless you make them move. We do have deer, however, and they move rather quickly. What the heck, it's all protein. Our seafood is also different. Our shrimp are bigger, but the sea crabs are smaller. You have salmon. We have redfish, snapper and dozens of other species. You don't have to worry about bears down here. We don't have very many, but we make up for it with smaller critters who can also ruin an entire day -- rattlesnakes, scorpions, etc. We have big mosquitos, but not as many as you folks have to deal with up there. We also have giant spiders called tarantula that can jump like nobody's business, but they aren't aggressive unless you corner them. A lot of our critters are that way. I suspect many of yours are, too.
But let's get down to the serious stuff. We believe Texas has some advantages over our 'big sister" state. For one thing, if you became a Texan, even for just part of each year, we wouldn't hold it against you if you wanted to travel outside of the state. When our politicians leave the state, hardly anyone even notices, much less expresses their outrage over the fact. Shoot, there are some of them that we wish would get out of the state more often, if you know what we mean. And frankly, nothing against Alaskans -- we know they are good people -- we just don't feel that they appreciate you enough. If a small group of liberal bloggers tried that stuff against you here in Texas that we've seen the Alaska-based nutroots community do, we would go after them like John Wayne goes after the bad guys in all those movies he made. We think you have a lot in common with him. Like the Duke said, the need to apologize for things that were not done wrong is a weakness. We know that there are many in Alaska who appreciate you, but there are many more who would do so in Texas. We're not bragging; it's just a fact. We Texans are very protective of those we love.
Our Republican Party seems to be a different political animal than the one up in Alaska. You seem to have two GOPs there -- The Grand Old Party and the Gallop Over Palin party. Our GOP, although we do have our share of Vichy Republicans, is not like that. Our GOP problem is not so much a good ol' boy network as it is a bad ol' girl network. I'm speaking of course of our Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. By the way, she doesn't seem to like you very much. We think your endorsement of Gov. Perry has brought on a bad case of Palin Derangement Syndrome in her. She has announced that she will not run for another term in the U.S. Senate, and should you decide to establish a residence down here and run for that seat, you would have a lot of support from Texas conservatives. Your main competition would be Houston Mayor Bill White, a big-time liberal whom you should be able to beat in a walk. We think it would be a delicious irony if you won the seat KBH is vacating. Now that's what we call justice, cowboy poet style! If you have bigger fish to fry and would prefer to run for the White House, that would be all right with us, too. We wouldn't pressure you to do it in 2012. You could wait until 2016 or 2020 if you prefer. And if you would rather not run for anything, we would still love and support you.
So please consider this an open invitation for you to establish a second residence in Texas. Don't worry about folks calling you "the cutest little carpetbagger" or anything like that. Hillary moved from Arkansas to New York to become a Senator. She may be a lot of things, but none of them are even remotely close to cute. The Kennedys move all over the country to run for office, and nobody gives them much grief about it. Heck, Arnold came all the way from Austria, and now he's governor of California. As we Texans say, "Go figure." Any place you would choose to settle down in here in Texas is fine with us, but we have heard from the Star-Telegram that you have family in Central Texas. That's a good location -- God's country. Travel to Houston, Dallas and San Antonio is a matter of routine from there, unlike trying to fly or drive into Juneau sometimes. There's some great country and bluegrass music in Austin also, and the Tex-Mex dining is superb.
We can't speak for all Texans, of course, but there are a doggone lot of us conservatives who would welcome you to the Lone Star State with open arms and a hearty "howdy." And if anybody tries to mess with your kids down here, you could shoot them and probably get away with it. "Because they needed killin'" is a legitimate defense around these parts. No jury in God's Own State would convict you.
So please consider this offer and get back to us at your convenience. If you're looking for a second home in the lower 48, there's no place like Texas. Unlike those 57 other states the president talked about, not a one of them -- save the one you need to get away from every now and then -- is big enough for your kind heart and soaring spirit. Texas loves you, Governor Palin, and we'd be much obliged if you would like to become a Texan. You're a fighter, and that already makes you a honorary Texan in our eyes. Come on down and sign the deal.
But conservatives ALL OVER THE COUNTRY are anxious to welcome her!
Sarah will now get her book out, go on tour, give speeches and promote conservatie principles all over this country in the midst of the Obama administration disaster and gain great political capital in the process. Then she will support conservative candidates in 2010 and help them win, amassing much more political capital. She will then take all of that and make an awesome, stunning run for the Presidency in 2012.
I think Texas would be a great state to be from.....
I sure wish Wisconsin would wise up! But that’s OK; we’re ONLY $64 BILLION dollars in the hole...just call us ‘Michiconsin.’ :(
She should move to Simi Valley, Ca. Why, because it’s Reagan country, it’s where Ronald Reagan loved to be, it’s why he chose the library to be located there and why he chose to be buried there. My cousins live there, it’s a beautiful city with Conservative Values. There is a house down the street from my cousin that is for sale, hint hint. One problem though, the heat, it is very hot there. The Palins seem to love to be around lakes, where Todd can fish, kinda hard to find that here in Cali, I think she would love Texas. I LOVE Texas, great state, great values.
I don’t think she will sell her home in Alaska, she loves Alaska too much. But perhaps, she will buy a 2nd home here in the lower 48, that way she can travel with more ease. Her whole family is in Alaska, I don’t see her leaving the state, but buying a 2nd home might make more sense
She will. And more. :)
We heard you shocked the Anchorage Daily News after you took office when you went to one of their editorial board meetings by yourself, no staff or anything. They were so stunned they wrote an article about it.
So it's clear you understand the concept of "one riot, one Ranger". Texas is the place for you.
But please, when you come to Colorado, moving here or just visiting, please learn how to drive in snow and mountains... :-)
Why would the Palins leave Alaska if they love it there? Sarah is now is free to travel the country and keep her roots in her home state. What better place to maintain an outsider reform status?
Maybe we could get her to declare English as the language of Texas so that all public sector jobs are for English only and English only will be taught in public schools.
It really fires me up to see so many public sector jobs in Texas say, “Must be fluent in English and Spanish”!
It’s ever a better state to get back to.
Sarah, please move to Michigan. We need you more than any other state in the nation!
(Yeah, yeah, I know...)
A&M is a great school. It turns out a lot of scientists and engineers. Good vets too. It has a great marine biology program.
I live about about two miles from the campus.
I live about about two miles from the campus.
Just curious...... Why do you fly the Missouri flag on your home page if you are a Texan and live in Texas?
Gosh and many of us in the U.P. wanted to join Wisconsin cept now we’re about the same except we have concealed carry.
Sarah IS America.
I have extra space at my home - no problemo for me!
What a wonderful invitation, from an exceptional State and people.
Regardless, she's making all the right moves right now, particularly being seen with Mark Levin's book and wearing the patriotic sweatshirt while signing thousands of autographs at the governor's picnics. I trust she will make the right "move" as a follow-up as well.
Just as we ask “Northerners” to learn how to drive on our wet streets.
We have lots of dust between those wet drops that occasionally fall
from the sky, I believe it’s called rain, and it gets pretty damn slick out there.
LOL. We all seem to want the Palin family. The whole bunch.
“...’cept now were about the same except we have concealed carry.”
My advice? Hold the h#ll on to it! And keep your powder dry. :)
Why can’t you tell the difference?
I think Governor Palin would be welcome somewhere in any of the lower 48.
You couldn’t send your oldest to a better school. Look at what the student body — not the administration, mind you, but the kids themselves — did the week after 9/11:
No, no, no, no, no. Come here to Hampton Roads in Virginia, Sarah!
They can stay at our house here in Gloucester County, VA until they close on their new place. ;-)
As a Texan I know what you mea... Heeey wait a minute!
I believe that most political strategists would counsel Sarah to choose a different state than Texas to hail from during the next few years, due to the Bush connection, but what do they know?
Our girl Sarah is well known for bucking prevailing thought and “wisdom” on such things. Could be that she’ll recognize that she’s got a greater base of support here, than anywhere else in the country, and that, you know, the darned liberals aren’t gonna care where she hails from anyway, now are they?
Man, I can’t think of another state that would welcome Sarah more enthusiastically than Texas would. If she chose to set up here, you’d see a whoop and holler like never before in this state. Her very presence alone would do a tremendous amount of good for our state politics, and go a long way toward creating weight against the developing liberal scourge here.
Texas is consistently in the top five best states of individual, and business survival indexes. It’s a natural best choice for her because the people that have made those statistics a reality, are her natural constituency in the lower 48.
I could go on, but you’ve expressed most of the reasons that I’d give Sarah for coming to Texas, not least of which is that we’re culturally very similar to Alaska.
Hope you sent this to her, and I hope to read of her purchasing a ranch somewhere in Texas real soon.
Sarah and Todd and family will travel the lower 48, Sarah will make speeches, some for charity, and some for big bucks. She will rip the Big Zero every chance she gets.....
In the spring her book will come out, and will sell millions of copies, and make her not only the toast of the town, but a multi-millionare.
She and Todd will buy a place south, probably in Florida.
(winter in Florida, summer in Wasilla)
Sarah will become the most requested conservative on TV, and radio, to make comments.
She campaigns for candidates she likes in 2010. Some will win......
I would ask her to consider Virginia for a second home. But, sadly, Virginia is to close to a RINO stronghold. Northern VA Juries are less sympathetic to RINO shootings than Texas juries would be.
Makes sense to me.That will work.