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Sarah Palin's Way Forward
The American Thinker ^ | January 28, 2011 | J.R. Dunn

Posted on 01/28/2011 12:10:20 AM PST by Scanian

It's apparent that the recent media attacks on Sarah Palin have, for the first time, actually drawn blood. Palin's negatives have shot up substantially, rising 7 points from 49% to 56%. The proximate cause is held to be the fact that she defended herself against the charge of complicity in murder in the Tucson shootings, along with engaging in some unclear variety of anti-Semitism by using the term "blood libel." It's safe to say that no other current politician would ever be held to such standards.

This slump is surely temporary -- no more permanent than Obama's miniscule "leap" in popularity over the same period. If political careers could be knocked out so easily, they'd last a matter of weeks at most. Such variations are typical of any politician's career. The only odd thing here is the fact that Palin has gone so long without such a slump.

Governor Palin has received a lot of advice on how to handle the situation, all of it well-meant and some of it quite valuable. One example is Charles Krauthammer's suggestion that it's not necessary to answer every last attack. The murder accusation was so absurd that it could have been left to collapse under its own weight. On the other hand, it's easy to grasp how any fundamentally decent person would find it difficult to resist answering.

But such advice -- in fact, all the comments related to Palin's current situation -- overlooks one basic fact: that the leftist attacks on Governor Palin are in no way new, not even in their viciousness. They are simply the latest examples of a tactic in use for generations -- one that has given the left considerable advantage, and one that the American center-right has utterly failed to address.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: communism; fascism; freepressforpalin; goldwater; joemccarthy; leftsenemies; mediaattacks; negatives; smears; tucson

1 posted on 01/28/2011 12:10:28 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Sarah Palin needs to renounce the Law of the Sea Treaty, which she has supported and make it known she is against Rockefeller globalism.

Until she does, she is generally as dangerous and wrong as the Bushes.


2 posted on 01/28/2011 12:13:09 AM PST by unspun (It's the Sovereignty, Stu. | We are Gulag Bound)
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To: Scanian

Republicans are wimps, there’s no mistaking that. That’s the main reason I’m not a Republican anymore. I don’t like to be identified with weakness.

Sarah, OTOH, is anything but a wimp. The fact that there are so many, even on the so-called right, who will stoop to anything to demonize her tells me that she’s over the target.

“Blood libel” and “death panels”...hit the nail on the understandable everyday language target!

I love that those who oppose her perceive her to be such a threat that they have to resort to anything and everything to try to suppress her. They will fail...

“you betchya”...;o)


3 posted on 01/28/2011 12:21:34 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: unspun

Wrong


4 posted on 01/28/2011 12:23:03 AM PST by Lily4Jesus ( Jesus is LORD)
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To: Scanian; Clyde5445; onyx
PING! ............................. FRegards
5 posted on 01/28/2011 12:35:14 AM PST by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms .................. FRegards)
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To: dixiechick2000
Yeah....and her WTF comment on the 0bambi SOTU speech
6 posted on 01/28/2011 12:42:46 AM PST by spokeshave (WTF....the only thing 0bambi's investments will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy.)
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To: Scanian

And we believe the polls because?????????


7 posted on 01/28/2011 12:46:40 AM PST by Carley (IDEOLOGY TRUMPS FACTS IN THE LEFT'S QUEST FOR POWER)
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To: spokeshave

” WTF”

That was priceless! She made it okay to say “WTF!” and show disdain towards Obama with those three little, but very substantial, letters. lol


8 posted on 01/28/2011 12:51:14 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: spokeshave

Too, now that it’s in the lexicon, I don’t think anyone would be banned for using those three little letters. lol


9 posted on 01/28/2011 12:52:18 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: Scanian

Once Sarah Palin starts campaigning, nothing will stop her. Right now she is ‘surfacing’ in various places/controlled environments and plainly stating her philosphies, her belief systems etc. But once she she starts actual interaction with the people of this country, her popularity will soar.

She can do the job and she will do it effectively. She has a spine of steel.


10 posted on 01/28/2011 12:59:13 AM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: unspun
The topic of the article is a discussion of liberal tactics, actually communist tactics, that have been used for more than sixty years to defeat conservative candidates, followed by some discussion of how those tactics can be defeated with regard to leftist attacks on Sarah Palin. I've posted the pertinent part of J.R. Dunn's suggestion below in blue text.

Your snide, off-topic, irrelevant, attacking comment directly displays the same communist tactics that the article discusses; the same tactics that Saul Alinsky consolidated in his Rules for Radicals, which has been the playbook for the communists for the past forty years or so.

--- J.R. Dunn's article, continued ---

Palin also has something else, something not possessed by previous targets. She has a following. All previous figures had their admirers, and Reagan led a movement. But none had or has what Palin has -- a large group of people who look up to her, who view her as an example and a role model, who bleed when she bleeds and hurt when she hurts. It is those people who should be left to handle Palin's attackers.

They also provide larger possibilities. Republicans have never struck back against these attacks, lacking the means in a media-dominated political world. But now the means do exist, in the form of millions armed with access to the net and Twitter. What would happen if these people were turned on the next crowd who attacked Palin or any other politician?

Liberals are vulnerable. Consider Steven Cohen, soon to be ex-representative from Tennessee, who backed off from his rancid little Republicans-are-Nazis shtick as soon as the spotlight was shined on him. One thing we must never forget about leftists is their essential cowardice. They strike only as part of a mob, never on their own two feet. (Isn't that right, Larry O.?)

I leave the details and self-organizing to the people involved. I'm sure they're far better at that than I am.

The new technologies, together with the political will embodied in the Tea Parties, offer us a means of breaking this squalid liberal tactic and restoring a sense of balance to the political debate. It is never a good thing when a political party has access to non-political means to achieve its goals. The liberal Democrats have been abusing their exclusive access to media for close to sixty years. It's past time they were pulled up short.

11 posted on 01/28/2011 1:01:20 AM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Once Sarah Palin starts campaigning, nothing will stop her. Right now she is ‘surfacing’ in various places/controlled environments and plainly stating her philosphies, her belief systems etc. But once she she starts actual interaction with the people of this country, her popularity will soar.
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I agree, and she needs major security too because the left is going to become completely unhinged when that train starts roaring down the tracks.


12 posted on 01/28/2011 1:19:33 AM PST by toddausauras
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To: Outlaw Woman

She does NOT have a spine of steal. She understands what works. God’s Principles.

Anyone can be like Sarah Palin if they stick to God’s Principles over the latest politically correct themes that rule the day. She REALLY stands out because most do not follow God’s Principles.


13 posted on 01/28/2011 1:26:27 AM PST by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: Scanian

When on examines the Jewish groups who raised the attack on Sarah Palin’s use of the phrase “Blood libel,” one finds them to be from the ultra Left wing. Take the Jewish Fund for Justice and the Anti-Defamation League. Both led the attack against Sarah Palin.

We remember how both the Jewish Fund for Justice and the ADL attacked Glenn Beck when he gave description of George Soros’ actions during the Holocaust. Maybe these groups are secretly receiving financial support from billionaire George Soros. If one were to investigate Soros’ connections with these groups, one would understand why criticism of Beck parallels the same professed indignation at Palin for accusing her detractors of perpetrating a blood libel.


14 posted on 01/28/2011 1:35:38 AM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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To: Scanian

the only thing I would take away from those who have been in DC for many many years is ... THEIR DAMN JOBS !!!!


15 posted on 01/28/2011 2:31:25 AM PST by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: Scanian
Dunn belongs at the Weekly Standard with the other RINO intelligentsia—not at a conservative outlet like the American Thinker.
Polls about Sarah are about as credible as Obama since those Left and "Right" who both conduct them AND believe them want desperately to get Sarah “out of the way.”

If Reagan were still alive and politically active his negatives would be just as bad—EXCEPT to the true conservative majority of America.

16 posted on 01/28/2011 3:01:37 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Homosexuality was the first diagnosed neurosis cured by political correctness.")
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To: meadsjn
Good post and another excellent article from J.R. Dunn.

Several of the comments also support his observations regarding Sarah Palin's following, by their criticizing him for comparing Palin with McCarthy, which he didn't do.

Interesting times we are living in.

17 posted on 01/28/2011 4:43:25 AM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop; 4woodenboats; 6323cd; Abbeville Conservative; abigail2; ABQHispConservative; ...
SARAH PALIN'S PING LIST

18 posted on 01/28/2011 5:00:07 AM PST by Clyde5445 (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: unspun

Now, tsk! You’re still looking for a perfect candidate.


19 posted on 01/28/2011 5:07:32 AM PST by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: Scanian
One example is Charles Krauthammer’s suggestion that it's not necessary to answer every last attack. The murder accusation was so absurd that it could have been left to collapse under its own weight.

So you are basically saying “Go with the Flow” Charles. She's no dead fish like you beltway insiders. And that's why we love her.

20 posted on 01/28/2011 5:10:12 AM PST by McGruff (If you are catching alot of flak, you must be on target!)
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To: chicagolady

You are right. Her life is a reproach to the Liberals who harbor and defend atheists, perverts, criminals and traitors while preaching do-good sermons. Their money isn’t where their mouth is, and Sarah’s is!


21 posted on 01/28/2011 5:11:13 AM PST by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: Scanian

Anybody have a pool set up for when Sarah officially and publicly announces her decision to run for POTUS?


22 posted on 01/28/2011 5:15:10 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: toddausauras

Gov. Palin vs. The Left is a fascinating phenomenon: She embodies everything they lack.


23 posted on 01/28/2011 5:15:55 AM PST by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: Outlaw Woman
She can do the job and she will do it effectively. She has a spine of steel.

Not only does she have a spine of steel, she also is not an extension of the corrupt GOP machinery and is not spewing their rhetoric. Her hands are clean and I hope she isn't manipulated into soiling them.

24 posted on 01/28/2011 5:27:15 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: McGruff
Charles Krauthammer’s suggestion amounts to adopting the George Bush policy on responding to attacks. We know very well where that got Dubya. Why would Sarah use the same lame defense strategy?

Nope, Sarah gonna tell it like it is, and the world can like it or lump it, and personally I'll take the latter!

25 posted on 01/28/2011 5:39:40 AM PST by jwparkerjr (I would rather lose with Sarah than win with a RINO!)
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To: Eye of Unk
re: publicly announces her decision to run for POTUS?

I would love to see her do it when she speaks at the Ronald Reagan 100th birthday event coming up soon!

26 posted on 01/28/2011 5:41:05 AM PST by jwparkerjr (I would rather lose with Sarah than win with a RINO!)
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To: unspun
Sarah needs to "renounce" the useless, pointless United Nation's idiotic, non-binding, un-enforceable "Law of the Sea?" And if she doesn't, she's as dangerous as "The Bush's"?

You're the one who is dangerous, if you actually believe that anything the United Nations has to say, on any topic, has any impact on how, when, where, if, why, or whether we will do what we need to do in America's best interests.

She may as well "renounce" the "Chicken Of The Sea" tuna for all the difference it would make. Which reminds me... you are the second or third person I've heard say this. It's pretty clear that this "Old Man And The Sea" garbage is just another lame excuse for the few who already hate Palin anyway.

Can't you all just man up and speak the plain truth? You don't like Palin, and nothing she says or does will change that.

I hereby renounce the "Law of the Simp," and if I don't... I'm more dangerous than a Douglas fir.

LMAO

;-\

27 posted on 01/28/2011 5:47:29 AM PST by Gargantua (Palin ~ West 2012... Demand Exceptional--America deserves the best)
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To: jwparkerjr
I would love to see her do it when she speaks at the Ronald Reagan 100th birthday event coming up soon!

She has promised a couple of Alaskan radio talking heads {her buddies} that if/when she announces that it will be on their radio show.

28 posted on 01/28/2011 5:51:19 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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To: chicagolady
There are plenty of people that follow God's principles in life but yet are weak and run. Palin does have a spine of steel (figuratively speaking of course) and it's been tempered. You must not be paying attention.
29 posted on 01/28/2011 7:48:18 AM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: Scanian
Governor Palin has received a lot of advice on how to handle the situation, all of it well-meant and some of it quite valuable. One example is Charles Krauthammer's suggestion that it's not necessary to answer every last attack.

Krauthammer's advice doesn't come with any concern for Sarah Palin. No, he wants her to stay quiet because he, like many of the "elites", are embarrassed by the Sarah Palins of the world who think they are as good as him.

Sarah, you do what ever you think is right! We peasants have your back!

30 posted on 01/28/2011 9:04:29 AM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: meadsjn

Sarah Palin needs to renounce the Law of the Sea Treaty, which she has supported and make it known she is against Rockefeller globalism.

Until she does, she is generally as dangerous and wrong as the Bushes.


31 posted on 01/28/2011 1:32:24 PM PST by unspun (It's the Sovereignty, Stu. | We are Gulag Bound)
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To: chicagolady
"She does NOT have a spine of steal. She understands what works. God’s Principles."

Not to be rude, but you're wrong, at least on that first part. You explain why in your next paragraph.

"Anyone can be like Sarah Palin if they stick to God’s Principles over the latest politically correct themes that rule the day. She REALLY stands out because most do not follow God’s Principles."

You actually NEED a spine of steel to follow Gods Principles, especially in today's world.

I guess that makes you both right and wrong at the same time.

32 posted on 01/28/2011 2:44:48 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Democrats truly are the party of unintended consequences. Stupid is as stupid does.)
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To: Scanian
The more the public sees Sarah, the more they will come to admire her.

Go, Sarah, go!

33 posted on 01/28/2011 2:46:59 PM PST by Walts Ice Pick ("I'm not going to shut up!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: unspun
Perhaps you can enlighten us on just which version of the LOST you are referencing, and to which provisions you are/were opposed, rather than just repeating the same ignorant rant again.

Hint: All the versions of LOST are NOT the same. The letter from Gov. Palin to Sen. Ted Stevens was written in 2007, and it specifically referenced the issues in that current version of LOST, and specifically referenced the US and Alaskan rights to the coastal resources of Alaska.

It's Time to ratify Law of the Sea Treaty
Anchorage Daily News
January 14, 2004

In 1982, the United Nations completed work on a treaty called U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. The United States objected to the original treaty and during renegotiation in 1994 gained agreement on changes to those parts to which we objected.

As with all treaties, after negotiation and signing the treaty was submitted to the Senate for its "advice and consent." The Law of the Sea treaty went to the Senate nine years ago, where for several reasons nothing happened.

Now it appears that things are about to change. Sen. Richard Lugar, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, held two hearings in October, then stated his goal was to present a letter of advice and consent to the president early in 2004.

More than 140 nations have ratified the treaty. The treaty is wide-ranging, and it is clearly in the interests of the United States to ratify. Our nation is surrounded by three oceans. The oceans are an integral part of the lives of every American.

Alaska, with more than half the coastline of the United States, could well be profoundly affected by ratification in the generations ahead. But the time is now for Alaskans to start thinking about changes that will be facilitated by the treaty.

The first witness to testify before the Foreign Relations Committee last October was Sen. Ted Stevens, who testified in favor of ratification.

What are the challenges and opportunities that may well be presented Alaskans in the later years of the 21st century?

They all center about the changing climate and the extended periods of access to the Arctic Ocean and the Bering Sea. With less ice come both concerns and opportunities. They center around international security, national security, marine transportation, economic development and diplomacy.

International security is a growing concern everywhere. Alaska has the only U.S. coastline on the Arctic Ocean. It is more than 1,000 miles long and sparsely populated. This provides numerous locations for illegal entry, drug trafficking and other terrorist activity. Counters to this vulnerability might come in several forms: increased presence, increased surveillance.

As the Arctic Ocean becomes more accessible by non-ice-strengthened ships, it becomes another ocean that must be protected. The United States, as the world's last superpower, must assume that role. That means the Navy must build ships that can operate in free-floating ice and extreme cold weather. That means the Coast Guard should establish a real Arctic Ocean presence. Failure to take such steps will cede control of the Arctic to whichever nation chooses to assume it.

Naturally, a more accessible Arctic will mean increased intercontinental maritime shipping. The journey between Seattle and Hamburg, using the Arctic Ocean route, is 40 percent shorter than the routes through either of the canals. Extending the shipping season using ice-strengthened ships could demand conventional cargo exchange facilities, where cargo can be transferred between ice-strengthened and conventional ships. Ports such as Adak or Dutch Harbor come to mind.

Ratification of the Law of the Sea treaty will have the greatest effect on economic development in Alaska. After conducting the required ocean bottom surveys, the United States will be able to extend the outer limits of its continental shelf and claim the resources on or under the sea floor on the Chukchi Cap in the Arctic and the "doughnut hole" in the Bering Sea. Some estimate that the area gained will be as much as one-half the size of Alaska. The fossil fuel potential of these areas is unknown but will be evaluated carefully.

On the diplomatic front, completing the surveys with Canada could also provide data for creation of an agreed Arctic Ocean maritime boundary between our countries.

Ratification of the Law of Sea treaty will create opportunity for Alaska. It will require research and stimulate new education needs. Most importantly, it will demand that we all think of the future, well beyond the horizon of two to six years normally used in our country. Though changes in the Arctic may occur over generations, properly preparing will take decades. Truly, the future is now.

George Newton is serving his second term as chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. He is a retired Navy captain and a former nuclear submarine commander and has long been a supporter of research in Alaska. He lives in McLean, Va.

© Copyright 2004 Anchorage Daily News.

34 posted on 01/28/2011 3:12:50 PM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: meadsjn

Every version of LOST has been bad. Thank you for engaging in a conversation about this. It is very important and Gov. Palin must reconsider, may God give her wisdom. Here:

http://gulagbound.com/tag/un-law-of-the-sea-treaty-lost

I suggest starting with Henry Lamb’s article.


35 posted on 01/28/2011 4:17:40 PM PST by unspun (It's the Sovereignty, Stu. | We are Gulag Bound)
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To: jwparkerjr
Sarah has publicly said, on her TV show, that if she decides to run she would make the first announcement on the radio with the morning DJ’s from Wasilla.
36 posted on 01/29/2011 4:20:29 PM PST by JPG (Work for conservative change like your country depended on it.)
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To: JPG

I recall that now that you mention it. Good for her.


37 posted on 01/29/2011 4:36:53 PM PST by jwparkerjr (I would rather lose with Sarah than win with a RINO!)
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To: Gargantua

Man, i love reading your posts. You always beat me to the punch. Well done, again. I went to unspun’s profile and have never seen such a conglomeration of disjointed stream of unconsciousness in quite some time.


38 posted on 01/30/2011 7:46:05 AM PST by eaglesiniowa ((Hope is not a course of action))
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To: eaglesiniowa
"Man, i love reading your posts."

What a coincidence! I love reading your posts, too. And I probably only beat you to the punch because I work from home and am online alot. It's our obligation to Freep the good Freep, and never give in.

"Don't retreat...reload!"

8^D

39 posted on 01/30/2011 10:25:22 AM PST by Gargantua (Palin ~ West 2012... Demand Exceptional--America deserves the best)
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