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Sarah Palin, Man of the Year
The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | December 31, 2009 | Don Surber

Posted on 12/30/2009 10:22:00 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

2009 was an extraordinary year in which ordinary people did extraordinary things not because they were the easy things to do, but because they were the right thing to do. The people ranged from young Hannah Giles who jump-started her journalism career by donning a hooker’s garb to bring down the racketeer influenced corrupt organization known as ACORN, to Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, who culminated the decades of his life that he worked toward airline safety simply by landing a engineless plane on the Hudson River.

Michael Paul Mizzone, a carpenter’s business representative, pulled Josef R. Bruckuf, 82, out of a burning house, severely burning himself in the rescue. Police Sergeant James Crowley refused to buckle under presidential pressure and apologize for arresting a belligerent man. Economist Douglas W. Elmendorf refused to buckle under presidential pressure to cook the books for Obamacare.

The list of such candidates was long as the United States and Canada are nations that still celebrate and nurture rugged individualism. We still produce people like Stephen McIntyre who demand proof before they sign onto the global warming fad.

And lest we forget, the Netherlands gave us Jasper Schuringa, who saved Flight 253. The Dutch have our gratitude.

While each of the finalists was deserving, there can be only one man of the year — Sarah Palin. In the pantheon of people who stood up this year for that which is right, no one else stood taller or looked better.

She endured the most and came to symbolize the majority of American citizens who are stunned by the attempt to rapidly dismantle this great nation of ours and transform it into another Euro-weenie socialist country that apologizes for trying to save the rest of the world over the years.

The cynic in me said I should honor the person most responsible for reviving the conservative movement — Barack Obama. His arrogance and over-reach gave people pause. The plunder of the treasury in February caused even apolitical people to question his true motives. His slide to 44% approval among voters came lightning quick and we all know that thunder follows lightning.

But conservatives make lousy cynics. Skeptics yes. We refuse to act now, think later. This is why so many of us were cool to the theory of global warming. Climategate proved us correct. We may be suspicious, but being conservative means never saying things will not get better someday. Usually tomorrow. Conservatives are patient. Wait till next year became the battle cry by August. We shall see how that works out in November.

This post originally was written as the runner-up slot. Most readers thought Sarah Palin would be the first Man of the Year of the Don Surber blog, but I had other plans. Just as in the Miss Alaska contest a quarter-century ago, she would be the runner-up. Rush Limbaugh’s CPAC speech was a magical moment in American history and so he would win.

The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that while Rush Limbaugh deserved the award, Mrs. Palin did even more for the conservative movement, and therefore for America, this year than even he did. In the final days, they switched places.

Naming Sarah Palin as Man of the Year is the only logical conclusion to a year when Americans who petitioned their government for a redress of grievances were smeared as “un-American” by the people who are temporarily in charge.

And still the people rose up.

Mrs. Palin has endured more slings and more arrows than any other politician in America. She may not have gone into any burning buildings, but she was singed nonetheless. Had Obama’s mansion deal received one-tenth the scrutiny that her shopping for clothes received, we conservatives would be grousing today about President Hillary. All things considered, Mrs. Clinton would have been the better president than this one.

The personal attacks on Mrs. Palin this year were so vile that if she were the Rutgers women’s basketball team, David Letterman would have lost his job. But CBS put profits above decency. Letterman had no problem calling her a slut and her daughter a slut on national TV; it upped his ratings as liberal misogyny is alive and well and profitable.

His offer of a half-assed apology with an invitation to come on his show and boost his ratings was met with an the iciest No of the year, so cold that it actually shocked him into giving a real apology.

Mrs. Palin moved on, marching to the beat of the American drummer. She caught hell from the left for another year, and began firing back. Her Facebook posts are well-written and thought out. Tagging Obamacare as having “death panels” rattled the lefty cages and woke up Americans to the rationing of health care that was right around the bend.

Not all the criticisms of her were without substance. Many of us remain puzzled by her decision to resign abruptly as the governor of Alaska. But her campaign for the 2012 presidency continues despite this misstep. She stood up for what is right and held her head high as she marched forward — ever forward.

Half the people of the United States love her for hanging in there. They love her for sharing their values of home, hearth and country. They love her for being of the the people, by the people and for the people.

Oh, not the elites and the elitist wannabes. The little potty-mouthed drones on the left think they are so sophisticated as they mock 14-year-old girls, babies with Down syndrome and people who shop at Wal-Mart. The Washington Post’s book reviewer bragged that she did not read Sarah Palin’s book. Ignorance is now a status symbol for the left.

Ordinary people did read her book and they were impressed. The people who shop at Wal-Mart bought 1 million copies of her autobiography in just 2 weeks. Thousands of them stood in line by the thousands in the freezing nights of November and December just to get her autograph. She is of them — a hockey mom who is naive, unsophisticated and learning just how rotted from within America’s political system has become. She beat corruption in Wasilla. She beat corruption in Alaska. And well, she finished 2009 with a higher approval rating than The Won.

She did this despite nearly universal adulation in the press for him and nearly universal condemnation in the press for her.

The people know the elites hate her. Dumping on her has gone beyond the point of reason. The Tina Feying of her backfires anymore. We get it already. The more they mock her, the deeper the resolve of her fans. The odd thing is, her detractors slam her because Sarah Palin boosts ratings. They are trying to stop the hurricane with a beach umbrella.

Her appearance on Oprah Winfrey pushed Oprah’s ratings — which have sagged since Oprah publicly endorsed Obama — up by 68%. Mrs. Palin gave Oprah her highest ratings in 2 years, easily topping the appearances by anyone named Obama.

She is genuine. Her beliefs in freedom, in independence and in community service reflect how she was raised. She does not hide who she is. There are no ulterior motives. There is no one underneath her bus.

The question anymore is not whether she is ready for the presidency — unlike our current president, she has had her mettle tested in fire several times now and passed with quite more than a gentleman’s B+ — but rather the question is whether she is too pretty to be president.

Sarah Palin, Man of the Year of the Don Surber blog for 2009.

The other finalists:

Rush Limbaugh, Man of the Year Runner-up.

Kenneth Gladney, Man of the Year Finalist No. 3.

Glenn Beck, Man of the Year Finalist No. 4.

Douglas W. Elmendorf, Man of the Year Finalist No. 5.

Jim Justice, Man of the Year Finalist No. 6.

23 Carnegie Medal heroes, Man of the Year Finalist No. 7.

John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, Man of the Year Finalist No. 8.

Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III, Man of the Year Finalist No. 9.

Hannah Giles, Man of the Year Finalist No. 10.

Stephen McIntyre, Man of the Year Finalist No. 11.

Rick Santelli, Man of the Year Finalist No. 12.

James Crowley, Man of the Year Finalist No. 13.

Andrew Breitbart, Man of the Year Finalist No. 14.

Jasper Schuringa, Man of the Year Finalist No. 15.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2009review; acorn; corruption; hannahgiles; manoftheyear; obama; palin; rushlimbaugh; sarahpalin; talkradio
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1 posted on 12/30/2009 10:22:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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2 posted on 12/30/2009 10:27:23 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Very nice— thanks for posting it.


3 posted on 12/30/2009 10:28:35 PM PST by sthguard (The DNC theme song: "All You Need is Guv")
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4 posted on 12/30/2009 10:29:01 PM PST by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/user/GloriaJane)
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5 posted on 12/30/2009 10:29:20 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Anybody see a National Security Strategy?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She is genuine. Her beliefs in freedom, in independence and in community service reflect how she was raised. She does not hide who she is. There are no ulterior motives. There is no one underneath her bus.

To preempt to more radical feminists out there, this right-wing feminist believes the nomination an accurate one. Taken as a verb, the word "man" means to take charge of a job. This Sarah Palin does with vigor.

6 posted on 12/30/2009 10:32:14 PM PST by Aracelis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin / Beck 2012....... Ann Coulter press Secy... and campaign manager


7 posted on 12/30/2009 10:49:20 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Many of us remain puzzled by her decision to resign abruptly as the governor of Alaska.

What the hell is the matter with these people? It can only be willful ignorance.

8 posted on 12/30/2009 10:52:14 PM PST by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: Americas last, best hope for survival.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just turned the channel in time to see the repeat of Sarah’s appearance on the Tonight Show with Shatner. She did really well, that man of the year.


9 posted on 12/30/2009 11:01:11 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: NurdlyPeon
"Many of us remain puzzled by her decision to resign abruptly as the governor of Alaska."

I suppose people who can't figure out why Sarah Palin left the governorship, have not heard of the expression, "she had bigger fish to fry." She knows her fish.

10 posted on 12/30/2009 11:01:42 PM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Marxism.)
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To: jonrick46

“She won’t tire..she won’t run..she won’t cave.....

SARAHCUDA!!


11 posted on 12/30/2009 11:12:36 PM PST by Rca2000 ( " Call me a prude? maybe...but then,if there were more "prudes" we would not be in this mess now.)
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To: GloriaJane

someone REALLY needs to make a bumper sticker/T-shirt of this!! I expect most people WOULD understand the meaning!!


12 posted on 12/30/2009 11:14:03 PM PST by Rca2000 ( " Call me a prude? maybe...but then,if there were more "prudes" we would not be in this mess now.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah Palin
In the pantheon of people who stood up this year for that which is right,
no one else stood taller or looked better


13 posted on 12/30/2009 11:21:29 PM PST by jla ("Free Republic is Palin Country" - JimRob)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Go get em Sarah! Keep up the great work and keep the testosterone flowing!


14 posted on 12/30/2009 11:45:50 PM PST by Rickcbw
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To: jonrick46; NurdlyPeon

I remain puzzled by her decision to resign abruptly as the governor of Alaska. Good parents teach their chilluns to follow thru on commitments - no quitting the junior high curling team in mid-season. And “bigger fish to fry”? Perhaps she could have remained in Alaska’s governorship & found an imaginative, effective way to turn up the heat on those who were trying to fry her.


15 posted on 12/31/2009 12:31:47 AM PST by flowerplough ( Pennsylvania today - New New Jersey meets North West Virginia.)
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To: Aracelis
this right-wing feminist

Not pulling your chain, I'd very much be interested in why you refer to yourself this way. What attributes should a female possess to be designated a right-wing feminist?

16 posted on 12/31/2009 1:18:52 AM PST by jla ("Free Republic is Palin Country" - JimRob)
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To: flowerplough; SolidWood

I take it you are unaware as to how much the frivolous ethics charges were costing her and Alaska?


17 posted on 12/31/2009 1:18:56 AM PST by Ultra Sonic 007 (To view the FR@Alabama ping list, click on my profile!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


18 posted on 12/31/2009 1:38:24 AM PST by Christian4Bush (2010 and 2012 cannot get here soon enough.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Many of us remain puzzled by her decision to resign abruptly as the governor of Alaska. But her campaign for the 2012 presidency continues despite this misstep.
We were all shocked by it - but it wasn't a misstep.

It was not a retreat. It was, as Chesty Fuller put it, "an advance in a different direction."

It proved that Governor Sarah Palin is bigger than any political hack because she does not regard any perquisite of office above the interests of her constituents.

19 posted on 12/31/2009 1:40:55 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: flowerplough
You must have been AWOL during the past one and a half years.

She was sued into bankcruptcy by Democrat hacks and denied the possibility to engage in national politics. Leaving office was the only way to financially save her family and re-enter the national stage, both which she is doing with huge success.

20 posted on 12/31/2009 1:54:37 AM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin:"Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: Ultra Sonic 007; flowerplough

This is the deciding factor in the face of the folks that get bent out of shape over Sarah’s resignation. It stopped the financial bleeding of Alaska by these frivolous leftist jihadis, well, cold. Not only did it financially benefit Alaska, it also proved to the nation where her enemies were coming from. Their campaign WILL come back to bite them.


21 posted on 12/31/2009 2:24:58 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: SolidWood; Ultra Sonic 007

Frivolous ethics charges/sued into bankcruptcy by Democrat hacks?

So what happens next time she annoys some Democrat hacks? They sue, frivolously, and she quits, again? Like I keep tellin’ FR’s Sara-philes, I just ain’t impressed.


22 posted on 12/31/2009 2:25:08 AM PST by flowerplough ( Pennsylvania today - New New Jersey meets North West Virginia.)
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To: flowerplough

I just ain’t impressed.Obama impress you?


23 posted on 12/31/2009 2:31:21 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Palin / Bachmann 2012 !!
24 posted on 12/31/2009 2:32:10 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
It proved that Governor Sarah Palin is bigger than any political hack because she does not regard any perquisite of office above the interests of her constituents.


Well said!
25 posted on 12/31/2009 3:59:51 AM PST by Kegger
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To: flowerplough; All
So what happens next time she annoys some Democrat hacks? They sue, frivolously, and she quits, again? Like I keep tellin’ FR’s Sara-philes, I just ain’t impressed.

The only reason they got away with it in Alaska was due to the state laws. Most states have different laws that would not have allowed her to be sued to that point. That includes any office in the feds, including the office of President.

It is plain to see you have no idea what the F*** you are talking about. Don't let that stop you though, just keep on running your mouth and showing your total ignorance of what really went on in Alaska.

26 posted on 12/31/2009 4:05:13 AM PST by calex59
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Elmendorf DID cave into Bammy!!


27 posted on 12/31/2009 4:48:50 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: flowerplough

“Perhaps she could have remained in Alaska’s governorship & found an imaginative, effective way to turn up the heat on those who were trying to fry her.”

She could have; but she explained this properly. She said that she would be a distraction and a lame duck if she remained governor.

Imagine the outcry if she was on her book tour while governor. “She’s neglecting her elected job just to sell books” or “Who cares what she thinks about Barack Obama; her job right now is governor”


28 posted on 12/31/2009 4:53:28 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (The End of an Error - 01/20/2013)
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To: flowerplough
I remain puzzled by her decision to resign abruptly as the governor of Alaska.

Then I'd say that you need to do some more research.

29 posted on 12/31/2009 5:07:03 AM PST by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: Americas last, best hope for survival.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Many of us remain puzzled by her decision to resign abruptly as the governor of Alaska. But her campaign for the 2012 presidency continues despite this misstep. ................................

ONLY arswipes saw her stepping down as a misstep!

30 posted on 12/31/2009 5:28:09 AM PST by Friendofgeorge ( SARAH PALIN or BUST.)
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To: flowerplough

I for one don’t care if you are impressed or not. I love Sarah and no idiot will change my mind. We get it that you don’t like her, but why do you keep raining on our parade? Could it be your chosen one is MITT or HUCK?


31 posted on 12/31/2009 5:41:07 AM PST by anoldafvet (If you set out to deliberately destroy the economy, what would you do different from Obama?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
While each of the finalists was deserving, there can be only one man of the year — Sarah Palin. In the pantheon of people who stood up this year for that which is right, no one else stood taller or looked better.

Worth repeating !

32 posted on 12/31/2009 5:43:02 AM PST by Red Boots
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To: flowerplough

Read the book...


33 posted on 12/31/2009 6:08:41 AM PST by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: NurdlyPeon

“What the hell is the matter with these people? It can only be willful ignorance.”

If we include deliberately limiting one’s sources of information to those that present only the leftard take on any subject, then yes, it is.


34 posted on 12/31/2009 6:24:14 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: flowerplough

“So what happens next time she annoys some Democrat hacks? They sue, frivolously, and she quits, again?”

No, next time she will be positioned to deal with it.

“Like I keep tellin’ FR’s Sara-philes, I just ain’t impressed”

Then you’re not paying attention.


35 posted on 12/31/2009 6:27:15 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: flowerplough

“Perhaps she could have remained in Alaska’s governorship & found an imaginative, effective way to turn up the heat on those who were trying to fry her.”

Is that how the governor of a state best serves the people of that state? By using her time for personal business?


36 posted on 12/31/2009 6:30:26 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: flowerplough
You really need to read her book, let us know when you do so you can object more clearly.

She made it pretty clear why she did it from the beginning, and since she did resign, she has done nothing but prove her decision to be the right one.

She's one of a handful of elected conservative politicians that has consistently come against Bambi and the dems, and has been the most effective of them all.

37 posted on 12/31/2009 6:33:23 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The “Sarah” part was very good but “John Boehner and Mitch McConnell”? These two were pathetic at best. We have got to get better leadership.


38 posted on 12/31/2009 6:38:53 AM PST by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Many of us remain puzzled by her decision to resign abruptly as the governor of Alaska. But her campaign for the 2012 presidency continues despite this misstep.
We were all shocked by it - but it wasn't a misstep.

It was not a retreat. It was, as Chesty Fuller put it, "an advance in a different direction."

It proved that Governor Sarah Palin is bigger than any political hack because she does not regard any perquisite of office above the interests of her constituents.
Let me add to your perceptive post:

1) Those who "remain puzzled" are willfully ignorant (there's another word for that, BTW) since SP explained. More than once.

2) Compare and contrast: Palin left office early because (among other things) her staying was costing Alaska lots of $$. She was thinking about the people of the state rather than herself.

Contrast with Teddy Kennedy (now sober three months) who stayed in office knowing he was dying of a brain tumor rather than announce his resignation three months from [DATE] and letting the process replace him. Selfish swine.

Odd thought: How many of these people who "remain puzzled" have a single word to say about Barack "present" zerObama who started running for president almost as soon as he hit the senate? Hmmmmmmm?


39 posted on 12/31/2009 7:40:32 AM PST by Peet (<- A.K.A. the Foundling)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a joke. Man of the year because she quit the Governorship?

Put this one right next to Obama’s.


40 posted on 12/31/2009 8:19:11 AM PST by Bob J
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why does the source say Charleston Daily Mail when this is just some goofs blog?

How much you wanna bet 98% of Palinistas think it’s real?


41 posted on 12/31/2009 8:24:56 AM PST by Bob J
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To: flowerplough
You REALLY have to read the book. Her son pointed out to her that she was a fighter, not a quitter. The only way to even the odds was to change the battlefield. That is what military doctrine demands.

She changed the battlefield and now the attackers have to come up with a completely new strategy.

A whole lot of her books were bought as Christmas presents and will be read in the very near future. This will lead to many discussions and millions more books being bought.

This book is Sarah's ‘Mein Kampf’. It establishes who she is and gives people a choice to support her or not. I'm guessing that a very large number of Americans will choose to support her and what she and they believe to be the most desirable future for America.

42 posted on 12/31/2009 8:42:52 AM PST by BillM
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To: flowerplough

I just ain’t impressed with your (lack of) knowledge of the law in Alaska, and how she will not be subject to that anomaly while in national office.


43 posted on 12/31/2009 8:46:35 AM PST by Canedawg (FUBO)
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To: Bob J
"Why does the source say Charleston Daily Mail when this is just some goofs blog?

How much you wanna bet 98% of Palinistas think it’s real?"

Don Surber is a columnist with the Charleston Daily Mail and this is his blog at that newspaper. As far as the "Palinista" snark goes, see my tagline. And, oh, btw, who is your preferred candidate for 2012? Gomer "Revolving Door" Huckleberry or Myth "Romneycare" Romney?

44 posted on 12/31/2009 8:51:14 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin: What will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ping


45 posted on 12/31/2009 9:24:17 AM PST by victim soul
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To: calex59; flowerplough
So what happens next time she annoys some Democrat hacks? They sue, frivolously, and she quits, again?
The only reason they got away with it in Alaska was due to the state laws. Most states have different laws that would not have allowed her to be sued to that point. That includes any office in the feds, including the office of President.
Like I keep tellin’ FR’s Sara-philes, I just ain’t impressed.
Count me as a "Sara-phile" who is aware of the fact that Palin's "good government" cred was not unrelated to ethics reform which she herself naively championed but which opened up the Alaska government to Alinskyite harassment. Recognition of that was one of the things that I looked for, and found, in Rogue.

So we have in Palin a late-blooming politician who does not grasp at the perquisites of office and sincerely believes in good government - but is properly chastened by direct personal experience with ethics laws which are open to cynical abuse. I wanted to believe that Palin had learned from her experience, and I am satisfied that she has.

- - - - - - - - -

To be realistic about presidential timber, no senator has ever unseated a sitting president, and only one - Harding - has ever defeated a former governor. And no one who has not attained national office within 14 years of attaining a governorship or a senate seat has been elected president.

That of course means that nominating McCain, Kerry, or Dole was a fool's errand from the start. And that realistic Republican candidates for the presidency can be counted on the fingers of one hand. And none stands taller than Palin. The unconstitutional "Campaign Finance Reform laws" disadvantage a Sarah Palin or a Ronald Reagan (who wouldn't have run for office if McCain-Feingold had been in effect at the time). So I say, we shouldn't wait for her to declare candidacy - we need serious a "Draft Palin" movement.


46 posted on 12/31/2009 9:34:43 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: DTogo

“YOU BETCHA!” Her quote.
Mine: Damn Tootin’!


47 posted on 12/31/2009 9:36:00 AM PST by GOYAKLA (Flush Congress in 2010 & 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ping to my #46:
we need serious a "Draft Palin" movement.

48 posted on 12/31/2009 9:48:36 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: flowerplough

Obviously you don’t understand the government and the legal system in Alaska. Alaska is one of few states where the governor is on his/her own in defending themselves against charges of ethics violations.

You might wish to become better informed before casting stones. Just saying.


49 posted on 12/31/2009 10:41:05 AM PST by bwc2221
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To: Bob J
Bob J -

Care to tell us whom you support (perhaps Mitt)? Didn't think so.

50 posted on 12/31/2009 10:45:12 AM PST by bwc2221
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