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The Sarah Palin Who Might Have Been (Attack of the faux Christian Paleoconservatives)
The American Conservative ^ | May 1, 2014 | Rod Dreher

Posted on 05/01/2014 2:13:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Reader Richard sends this comment:

I remember corresponding with you when John McCain tapped her as his choice for nominee for Vice-President. As a former Alaskan, I never saw her as the second coming, but like many people (and – I will quickly add – unlike many others)I found the potential story playing itself out of “Mrs. Palin Goes to Washington” to be very appealing. The person whom I had met a couple of times to spend time with in conversation (Alaska being a one-degree-of-separation state) was engaging, grounded, attentive to others and someone who had clearly and sincerely sought to make the leap from mayor to governor. We told our neighbors here in DC that while they might not agree with her politics, they would love her as a neighbor.

That was then. I’m not saying she’s a bad person, but the person I met was not the celebrity and creature of the knee-jerk Right that she has allowed herself to become. Someone many posts up this thread remarked on how the Limbaugh-Levin phenomenon is pretty simply a business. Our Sarah chose to get into the business instead of doing the more difficult work of ratcheting up her knowledge and experience in order that she could become a more effective influence leader or spokesperson. And tribal warriors of Talk Radio Right and their disciples who have been peppering this thread with dispatches from their basement computers so loudly condemn any criticism of the former Governor that a thinking person wants to simply react in kind. To someone whose first encounter with Palin was on a rainy late winter day at a lunch in Valdez when she was an up and coming mayor of Wasilla, the one-dimensional figure that she has allowed herself to become is one of the minor-key tragedies of our diminished public discourse. Oh, I know. She’s made a ton of money playing Sarah Palin at State Fairs and at B-list political venues, so presumably she’s laughing all the way to the Bank of Phoenix, or wherever it is that she now calls home. But she was once a person who, as an Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission commissioner baked brownies for AOGCC staff on their birthdays, and to take home to their kids to celebrate big events in their families’ lives that she got to know about. She was once a person of grace. To me, what she’s become – and what we all assume that she has become – is a cautionary tale, a case study in what has become of our public conversation as citizens and as neighbors. For which we can thank people like Levin, their counterparts on the Left, and the camp followers of each.

Thanks for this thoughtful reflection. As my longtime readers will remember, I was a big Palin booster when she was first tapped by McCain. I had been to Alaska back in early 2007, and spoken to Republicans who were beside themselves with excitement that she had just defeated the corrupt GOP establishment and become governor. They really loved her, and it was easy to see why.

After McCain named her his running mate, I was shocked by the vicious slanders she endured from many in the media. No need to recount them all here. The thing to remember is that very few of us knew much at all about her when McCain chose her. She was a blank slate onto which most of us projected our hopes and fears. All I really knew about her was how much those Republicans I had met in Alaska loved Palin because she was a true outsider who slew the wily old Republican Establishment dragon. As a conservative who was sick and tired of what Bush and the GOP Washington establishment had done to conservatism, I was eager for someone like her to come to town and shake things up. As for what the Left saw in her, well, this hysterical Washington Post blog post by University of Chicago theologian Wendy Doniger was the one I remember the most from those days. It included this excerpt:

Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman. The Republican party’s cynical calculation that because she has a womb and makes lots and lots of babies (and drives them to school! wow!) she speaks for the women of America, and will capture their hearts and their votes, has driven thousands of real women to take to their computers in outrage. She does not speak for women; she has no sympathy for the problems of other women, particularly working class women.

Ah yes, an elderly Chicago divinity school professor with advanced degrees from Harvard and Oxford knows more about the thinking of working-class women than a soccer mom from Wasilla, Alaska. Got it. Doniger wrote that column on September 8, 2008 — less than two weeks after John McCain named Palin his running mate, and less than a week after the country got its first real look at her, in her GOP convention address. That Doniger post captured the contempt and the snottiness with which liberal elites treated Palin.

And yet, when the McCain campaign finally let the press start interviewing Palin about foreign policy and things that vice presidential nominees are supposed to know something about, it quickly became undeniably that she was utterly out of her league. Her first national interviews occurred with ABC’s Charlie Gibson, on September 11 and 12, and were a disaster. Remember this?:

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?

PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia.

We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We’ve learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

GIBSON: Would you favor putting Georgia and Ukraine in NATO?

PALIN: Ukraine, definitely, yes. Yes, and Georgia.

The subsequent Katie Couric interviews were supposed to be her comeback. They were equally disastrous. She never recovered. I could no longer support her in good faith after that. She was without a doubt unqualified for the job.

Sarah Palin might still have become somebody important in US politics and good for conservatism, had she learned from her experience, gone home, studied, worked hard, and been what Richard once saw: “a person of grace.” But she allowed herself to be ravaged by Conservatism, Inc., and became a creature of conservative talk radio and media. What a shame. As I’ve mentioned here before, I talked to an older black man not long ago about what he and his family lived through under Jim Crow. After hearing his stories, I asked him in all sincerity how in the world he and his siblings withstood it. He said something close to, “Our parents told us never, ever to become the people that our enemies thought we were.”

Sarah Palin became the person Wendy Doniger and her malicious crew thought she was. This is her tragedy, and, I think, a tragedy for American conservatism. I mean that.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: fail; getpalin; palin; palinwasright; pds; roddreher; sarahpalin
I wonder if "Reader Richard" is even a real person.
1 posted on 05/01/2014 2:13:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"She was without a doubt unqualified for the job."

As opposed to the perfectly creased pants community agitator from Chicago, and his senile half uncle from Delaware?

2 posted on 05/01/2014 2:18:14 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love how these a-holes refuse to consider that there is so much time for one to hit the right wave to the presidency. Let em bloviate to their LIV constituents.


3 posted on 05/01/2014 2:20:14 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is my tag!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman. The Republican party’s cynical calculation that because she has a womb and makes lots and lots of babies (and drives them to school! wow!) she speaks for the women of America, and will capture their hearts and their votes, has driven thousands of real women to take to their computers in outrage. She does not speak for women; she has no sympathy for the problems of other women, particularly working class women.

Sarah relates well to working class women. Its welfare crack whores who can't identify with her.

4 posted on 05/01/2014 2:21:19 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dreher, another Republican “man” who stood back and did nothing as leftists savaged a Republican woman. Get thee behind me wuss.


5 posted on 05/01/2014 2:21:35 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why are they writing off a woman they have been writing off since 2008? How bizarre. Or do they just know she is click-bait for their tiny little magazines? They should all be ashamed of themselves.


6 posted on 05/01/2014 2:22:24 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

She’s a hypocrite for pretending to be a woman? “Chelsea” Manning is a hypocrite, not our Sarah. But maybe I’m not intellectual enough to understand what the hell he is saying.


7 posted on 05/01/2014 2:24:10 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It doesn't matter about "Reader Richard." Of course he's not real. But what matters is that you can still make points by trashing Sarah Palin, even if you are a self-described conservative.

It is reminiscent of the aftermath of the Nixon debacle and resignation. For years after Nixon had left the national stage, writers and media types gleefully and gratuitously would include snide insults and sideways shots at him, without reason or purpose, other than to enjoy doing harm to someone they hated.

Expect that the same thing will continue with Palin, now already six years after return to private life and with no likelihood of ever running for anything again. You will still see this kind of drivel for years from now.

There is no hate that endures like the hate of a leftwinger.

8 posted on 05/01/2014 2:24:11 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Reader Richard” sounds a bit effeminate, probably GAY. Sarah is ALL FEMALE.


9 posted on 05/01/2014 2:26:58 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For later


10 posted on 05/01/2014 2:26:59 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Far beyond the biggest dream in Rod Dreher’s life is to have become noticed by Levin. And properly called out for being an ignoramus. That much, doesn’t seem to faze him. You can read his writing for yourself. Mediocre, undistinguished. Possessed of no special insight nor clever touch of phrase.

He knows, you know, what American women think, doesn’t he? Why is that? Because he’s a woman? Or because he’s a Wash DC cocktail party suck-up and isn’t smart enough to discern that he’s fallen right into liberal dumbness. He’s made his choice. He likes pounding on Sarah Palin but see, he has this little angle where he is not as vicious as all the other folks who have worked to trash her. He’s better than they are, he’s not directly repeating all those vile things that others have: he points them out, they are over there, he never said such a thing. But then he kind of softly rephrases them!

Impressed yet?

Douchebag and putz. It’s kind of a unique combo.


11 posted on 05/01/2014 2:30:50 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Which is why she should run, just to drive them all into paroxysms of spittle spraying hate, insanity, revulsion and misogyny. It would be very illuminating for the erstwhile conservatives and moderates who don't usually pay much attention.
12 posted on 05/01/2014 2:31:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Since we now know that both the Charles Gibson and Katie Couric interviews were “splice and dice” jobs meant to make her look as bad as possible, including the “Unanswerable question” about the Bush Doctrine which was composed by Former Senator Sam Nunn, this entire essay is based on inaccuracy.

And I suspect that the author Rod Dreher and the “Reader Richard” knows this.

I have no idea if Sarah Palin will ever run for any office again. But she’s done more for trying to wake up Americans about the very real possibility that the country they love is being transformed into something else right before their eyes than almost anyone else has. She has payed a severe price for her willingness to speak out about it instead of playing along and being a “player” in the process, which she has had opportunity to do.

Instead of sitting on the fainting couch after her remarks on Sunday, pretending to be horrified by her remarks Rod Dreher should save his outrage for the Administration that left 4 men for dead because his Administration has been gun-running to supply “rebels” in Syria in their attempt to overthrow Assad.

(And yes, I am fully aware that John McCain who she endorsed was the head useful idiot in the effort to sell these Al-Qaeda “rebels” as worthy allies for America)

Sorry, but this Rod Dreher, along with the others who are supposedly so offended by Sarah Palin had better concentrate on who is ruining our future. It’s not Sarah Palin. Criticize her voice or her TV shows or whatever you want to but please don’t question her patriotism or concern for America. Especially when you publish a letter of “concern” that’s very basis isn’t honest, which relying on 2 interviews that were set-ups and not honest journalism were.


13 posted on 05/01/2014 2:32:24 PM PDT by palin45potus
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To: LucianOfSamasota

The female divide really is about abortion and how one feels/thinks about it. Women, young/old, wealthy/working class/dirt poor, at-home/career, either believe in the total sanctity of life and like Sarah Palin, or they believe the choice to abort is unilaterally theirs, and despise Palin.


14 posted on 05/01/2014 2:34:16 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: palin45potus

She endorsed him after he chose her to possibly be arguably the second most powerful person in the world out of 315 million possible candidates. Look up “loyalty” in the dictionary some time.


15 posted on 05/01/2014 2:35:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: miss marmelstein

I think the answer to your question is that the Left has nothing else. The White House is finally under fire right now with more to come so the subject must be changed and it’s also cycle time to rile up their lo fo base from off the couch and under cars.

Republicans have a big gun in Benghazi for their base. Democrats have....what?.....nothing.....but,.....Sarah Palin.


16 posted on 05/01/2014 2:36:08 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Someone many posts up this thread remarked on how the Limbaugh-Levin phenomenon is pretty simply a business. Our Sarah chose to get into the business instead of doing the more difficult work of ratcheting up her knowledge and experience in order that she could become a more effective influence leader or spokesperson

Incumbents & Challengers alike beg for her endorsement!!

I don't know the exact percentage, but I do know a high percent of her endorsements indeed win.

Every venue she attends is standing room only!!

17 posted on 05/01/2014 2:39:45 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I wonder if "Reader Richard" is even a real person.

Dreher's Mark Levin article got 218 responses. His Palin article got 180 responses. I don't see "Reader Richard" in there, but would it really be a surprise or an impossibility if somebody in Alaska sent Dreher an email like that?

I don't see anything "disastrous" about the Gibson interview Dreher quotes, though. The later Couric interview when Sarah didn't give the names of any newspapers she read was pretty awful for Sarah Palin, but so far as I can tell, she didn't do any worse in the Gibson interview than any newly nominate VP candidate would.

Here's a comparison of the questions Gibson asked Palin, with those he asked Obama at about the same time. It's an old trick. When Bush ran in New Hampshire in 2000 a Boston political reporter asked him for the name of the president of Chechnya.

18 posted on 05/01/2014 2:42:06 PM PDT by x
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To: TexasCajun

Between 70% and 80% IIRC.


19 posted on 05/01/2014 2:42:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: x

Go watch the Biden vs. Palin debate and tell me who won.


20 posted on 05/01/2014 2:43:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I take everything that she does and says regarding McCain with a grain of salt, and I cannot hold it against her if he is a fool.

He brought her on to the national stage and for this she is grateful. I wish that he had learned something from her, but if anything, he has become a water carrier for Obama, which is disgraceful.

But I do not and can not hold this against Palin. Please understand that I put that in there not to bash her but to acknowledge this loyalty to McCain as a fact, and one which I know is simply “A Bridge Too Far” for some. Personally, I suspect that some who cannot get over it would have found something else to be terminally upset about had she dropped him and endorsed JD Heyworth. Probably would have castigated her for being disloyal!


21 posted on 05/01/2014 2:44:46 PM PDT by palin45potus
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To: palin45potus

Can you imagine what the press would’ve done in that circumstance? “Disloyal” would’ve probably been one of the nicer things they’d have said about her.


22 posted on 05/01/2014 2:46:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: EDINVA

Yes, I think you’re probably right.

How on earth did an entire civilization fall for the deception that a woman’s right to murder her child is sacrosanct?


23 posted on 05/01/2014 2:46:49 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Probably Andree McLeod.


24 posted on 05/01/2014 2:47:06 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: miss marmelstein

They’re still scared of her.
She’s still young, vibrant and, as I pointed out years ago, has spent the last 7 years carefully building up a *LOT* of favors to call in. that plus doing an *EXCELLENT* job of supporting truly conservative candidates when (and only when) it made sense to do so.

She’s got a lot of IOU’s she can call in, and easily be “kingmaker” in 2016, 2020 or 2024.

She’s also that rarity, a true partiot, in the sense that she knows it is not all ablut her; that the important thing is electing conservatives even if that means staying somewhat behind the scenes. She’s smart enouogh to know that as a candidate she might indeed be too damaged by enemy attacks to be directly electable as POTUS, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t be a potent force for conservatism (and would make one hell of a secretary of state or secretary of the interior).

At least that’s my take, she is going to do what’s best for America, not Sarah.


25 posted on 05/01/2014 2:56:27 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: SgtHooper
I love how these a-holes refuse to consider that there is so much time for one to hit the right wave to the presidency. Let em bloviate to their LIV constituents.

You're right. All she has to do is stop trying to be a reality TV star, try to get some relevant experience... and oh, nevermind. It's impossible to talk to people with PDS (the disease of thinking Sarah Palin has ANY qualities required to be a leader of a lemonade stand, much less, public office).

Next we'll start to argue that Ted Cruz is a viable candidate, and that his citizenship status doesn't matter... Shesh.
26 posted on 05/01/2014 2:59:27 PM PDT by TexasGunLover ("Either you're with us or you're with the terrorists."-- President George W. Bush)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin was vetted by one of the leading law firms in Washington. Her views, life, intelligence, honesty, etc., were all weighed and found to be sound. She simply doesn’t speak like a politican.... Um, that’s why we like her. She’s not a polished Ivy League bullshitter.


27 posted on 05/01/2014 3:01:55 PM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can STILL go straight to hell.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I didn’t watch the debate, I listened ala Nixon/Kennedy via radio. She kicked his ass. Think of that... A housewife, basically, from Alaska, stood on a national stage in front of millions and calmly dressed down a veteran politician steeped in wonkish blather his entire life... It was an impossibility, but it happened. Palin has a spine of steel.


28 posted on 05/01/2014 3:08:27 PM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can STILL go straight to hell.)
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To: RedStateRocker

Thanks for your thoughts. She would make a wonderful secretary in a Republican administration if they people involved had any balls!


29 posted on 05/01/2014 3:15:32 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: HMS Surprise; 2ndDivisionVet; Jane Long; Norm Lenhart; miss marmelstein; kiryandil; Resettozero
Um, that’s why we like her. She’s not a polished Ivy League bullshitter.

Yep, In that way she is very like Ronald Reagan. They didn't go to Harvard Yale or Standford.

30 posted on 05/01/2014 3:18:36 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I confess to not seeing the point after reading the article.

Is the backstory that paleocons just want to trash someone they consider a neocon (that is, a supporter of Israel)?

Does Dreher think women don’t belong in politics?


31 posted on 05/01/2014 3:20:52 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rod Dreher is a movie reviewer, fercryinoutloud. Who gives a rat’s a$$ what he says?


32 posted on 05/01/2014 3:23:15 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: jjotto

Yes.


33 posted on 05/01/2014 3:31:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

“How on earth did an entire civilization fall for the deception that a woman’s right to murder her child is sacrosanct?”

I guess that depends on how you define “civilization.”


34 posted on 05/01/2014 3:45:16 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: TexasGunLover; SgtHooper
Next we'll start to argue that Ted Cruz is a viable candidate, and that his citizenship status doesn't matter... Shesh.

Another troll heard from.

Please provide the relevant passage of the US Constitution, the relevant law in US Law, or the relevant ruling from the US Supreme Court that establishes that it takes two US Citizen parents at the time of birth to convey the status of Natural Born citizenship on a baby.
35 posted on 05/01/2014 3:52:35 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: TexasGunLover; SgtHooper
You're right. All she has to do is stop trying to be a reality TV star, try to get some relevant experience... and oh, nevermind. It's impossible to talk to people with PDS (the disease of thinking Sarah Palin has ANY qualities required to be a leader of a lemonade stand, much less, public office).

With regards to GOVERNOR Palin, you might want to inform yourself so you don't sound so ignorant.

Awhile back, Whitney Pitcher and I put together a list of Governor Palin’s executive accomplishments. That list later became an article featured on Breitbart’s Big Government, as an answer to those who proclaim that Governor Palin was somehow "unqualified" to be on the 2008 Republican ticket. Using facts and historical record, Whitney and I compiled a list that proves every single-one of these people wrong. Keep in mind, most of the people making this assertion (including former McCain staff members), voted for a junior senator from Illinois (with a less than stellar record) in that election.

I wanted to make this information available in list form, as a resource for our readers to help educate America about the good work that Governor Palin has done throughout her career. This information also confirms that Governor Palin was more than qualified to serve as this nation’s Vice President.

 

Governor Sarah Palin’s Executive Accomplishments

 

Executive Authority and Success

“[I]t turns out that the Governor’s office in Alaska is one of the country’s most powerful. For more than two decades Thad Beyle, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina, has maintained an index of "institutional powers" in state offices. He rates governorships on potential length of service, budgetary and appointment authority, veto power and other factors. Mr. Beyle’s findings for 2008 rate Alaska at 4.1 on a scale of 5. The national average is 3.5.”

·     Palin had a 89% and 93% approval rating in May 2007:

"Gov. Sarah Palin, a Republican, has earned 89% and 93% approval ratings in two recent polls. She has won nearly universal support because of her strong stand for honest government in the face of a corruption probe into other members of her party. Her support of a proposed natural gas pipeline to the continental USA has helped, too. "Her strength is her independence," says Alaska pollster David Dittman of Dittman Research in Anchorage. "She distanced herself from the old boy Republican regime and has been completely non-partisan." Alaska Democratic Party Chairman Jake Westbrook credits Palin with working across party lines on issues where there is agreement."

Budgeting and Spending

In FY2007, Gov. Frank Murkowski requested $350 million in federal appropriations, which Gov. Palin reduced to $256 million in FY2008, $198 million in FY2009, and $69 million in FY2010.

[W]e MUST come out with a strong position against AK ‘ s perceived " Bridge to Nowhere" so we quit looking clueless and selfish across the nation and can clear up the perception that the Gravina project is the state ‘ s priority . The $350m bridge is not our priority.

The nation needs to be spending $ on fixing what we have – Minnesota needs " bridge money" today more than we need a few Alaskans to perpetuate the nonsensical notion that our Gravina earmark is more important than fixing aged infrastructure. We would gain so much if we get that message out there – that the nation can pull, and work , together and make wise decisions on federal priorities … we should see that earmark redirected to Minnesota ‘ s tragedy be the Gravina bridge isn’t going to happen on our watch anyway.

“We are not requesting funds intended to just grow government. We are not requesting more money for normal day-to-day operations of government as part of this economic stimulus package. In essence we say no to operating funds for more positions in government."

Also stating in a press release:

"As I wrote to our congressional delegation on January 7, our administration recognizes that President-elect Obama and the congressional leadership of both parties favor the use of formulas to ensure fairness among the states and to avoid the earmark abuses of the past.

We also have to be mindful about the effect of the stimulus package on the national debt and the future economic health of the country. We won’t achieve long-term stability if we continue borrowing massive sums from foreign countries and remain dependent on foreign sources of oil and gas."

The Governor vetoed nearly a quarter of a billion dollars of projects contained within Senate Bill 53. Establishing a budget process, the Governor focused her decisions on the Constitutionally-mandated services of education, public safety and health, and infrastructure.

In all, $268 million was vetoed from the budget bills. "The budgets will provide needed services, will leverage other funds and will make a significant investment in Alaska’s future,” Governor Palin said.

After funding the state’s priorities, putting billions away in savings and still seeing a budget surplus, the Legislature agreed to a special one-time payment, sharing part of our resource wealth with Alaskans, who under our Constitution are the owners in common of these resources, and who I believe can decide better than government how to use that share.”

For the second year in a row, unemployment insurance tax rates have dropped.

“The 2009 unemployment insurance tax rates will be the lowest Alaska employers have experienced in 29 years,” Governor Palin announced today. An employer in the average rate class will pay approximately $93 less for each employee than in 2008. The rates are applicable to the first $32,700 of the individual employee earnings

Fiscal Management

·         Standard & Poor’s raised Alaska’s credit rating from AA to AA+ in April, 2008:

“Our fiscal prudence is being recognized by the financial markets. It affirms our efforts to control government spending and live within our means,” Governor Palin said. “We have been working hard advocating for Alaska, both within the state and outside, and I am pleased to see it paying off.”

·         Moody’s upgraded Alaska’s credit rating to AAA in November 2010 and Standard & Poor’s upgraded Alaska to AAA too in January in large part due to Governor Palin’s policies as indicated below. Each  italicized bullet point is a point provided by Standard and Poor’s as an indicator for credit upgrade:

o    “The state’s strong financial management and generally conservative forecasting”: during her tenure, Governor Palin cut spending 9.5% and reduced earmarks 80%.

o    “The state’s financial flexibility, enhanced by the maintenance of large reserves derived from windfall oil revenues since fiscal year 2008”: Governor Palin’s oil tax reform plan implemented in FY2008 was a severance or production tax on oil companies—a tax they paid as a recompense for developing the Alaskan owned natural resources has helped create fiscal reserves for the state.

o    “The state’s moderate debt burden”: During her tenure, Alaska’s overall debt decreased nearly more than 157 million dollars between FY2007 (her predecessor’s final budget year) and FY2010 (her final budget year), while debt outstanding increased at 4.2% annual rate (between FY 2007 and FY 2010) compared to the 6.8% annual rate of her predecessor (between FY2003 and FY2007).

o    "An accumulation of multiple budget reserves equal to more than 200 percent of the general fund budget”: Due to legislation like ACES and the frugal budgeting of Governors Palin and Parnell, Alaska now has a 12 billion dollars in savings. During the VP campaign, Governor Palin was able to tout a more than $5 billion surplus.

“Gov. Sarah Palin didn’t ask for a pay raise and won’t accept one during her current term.”

Energy

Governor Palin’s AGIA legislation was conducted out in the open, made use of a competitive bidding process and placed not only Alaska, but the nation on a path toward energy independence.

PSIO addresses lax maintenance practices on the North Slope that came to light last year after corroded pipelines spilled 200,000 gallons of oil, leading to production shut-downs at Prudhoe Bay and interruption in the flow of oil revenue to the state, she said.

PSIO requires industry to establish and maintain quality assurance programs, and requires the state to inspect facilities to ensure operators comply with those programs. PSIO will also search for any gaps in laws, regulations or industry practices that threaten the integrity of the state’s oil and gas infrastructure. If necessary, the office will step in and exert the state’s authority as issuer of development leases to ensure the system and the state’s interests are protected.

"What bothers me is that Alaska tried it Exxon’s way. The result was a contract that is not viable. It did not have the support of the public or the legislature. That’s why we need a competitive, open, and transparent process,” said Governor Palin. “It’s painfully obvious that Exxon Mobil does not want that process. We know exactly where we’re going and have a plan to move forward. Exxon doesn’t like that plan because it puts the interests of Alaska and the nation, first – and not Exxon.”

Jobs and Business Growth

Jobs:

        Business growth and opportunity:

Ethics Reform and Transparency

She has pushed through ethics legislation amid a burgeoning corruption investigation of Alaska lawmakers. She has bucked her party’s old guard. And she has ordered her administration to seek fewer congressional earmarks.

"What separates her from the others is that at a time when Republicans have suffered from the corruption, she represents clean politics" John J. Pitney Jr. December 27, 2007

Education

“My goal is to get more money into the classroom; the teaching profession will be honored and teacher profiles elevated on my watch; educ is priority; nothing’s more impt than our kids; I want Ak to feel the same vigor for educ as we have for the gasline; we’ll succeed in forward funding ( eventually ); on our watch our students will have opportunity to be successful via our innovative educ reforms.”

Health Care

The bill would establish an Alaska health care information office to give consumers factual information on quality, cost and other important matters to help them make better-informed decisions about health care in the state. Recognizing that health care must be market-and business-driven, rather than restricted by government.

Support for Constitutional Rights

2nd Amendment

        10th Amendment

“Inappropriate implementation of this listing decision could result in widespread social and economic impacts, including increased power costs and further increases in fuel prices, without providing any more protection for the species,” Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin said.

“While the state is challenging the listing, we remain committed to assuring Alaska’s polar bears are conserved,” Governor Palin said. “The state will continue to monitor Alaska’s polar bear populations and their behaviors in relation to changing sea ice conditions.”

“The State of Alaska has worked cooperatively with the federal government to protect and conserve beluga whales in Cook Inlet,” said Governor Palin. “This listing decision didn’t take those efforts into account as required by law.”

[…]

“While challenging the listing, we will continue to protect beluga whales,” said Governor Palin. “We will also be assisting Alaskan communities and stakeholders with navigating the complex bureaucratic process this listing decision imposes on their projects and working cooperatively with federal agencies on the required consultations, designations of critical habitat and development of a recovery plan and objectives.”

“The State of Alaska fully believes that schools must have high expectations of students,” Governor Palin said. “But high expectations are not always created by new, mandated federal standards written on paper. They are created in the home, the community and the classroom.”

      State Constitution:

Vetoed HB4001 which prohibited the commissioner of the department of administration from adopting same-sex regulations:

"HB4001, is unconstitutional given the recent Court order of December 19th, mandating same-sex benefits. With that in mind, signing this bill would be in direct violation of my oath of office.”

Military

Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.

As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism.

She’s also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security’s counterterrorism plans.

Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country’s defense. Given Alaska’s proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don’t even know about.

Sanctity of Life

Civil and Safety Issues

Organizations

 

36 posted on 05/01/2014 4:02:57 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie; TexasGunLover

TexasGunLover,

If I have misunderstood your post, please forgive me in advance.

SCP


37 posted on 05/01/2014 4:04:29 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

IMO, anytime a democrat wants to play the Republican war on women we need to show them a picture of Sarah Palin.
I am from Texas and am so glad you and 2nd have come around to Ted Cruz, but what was done by Democrats to Palin was flat out wrong. I look at her as a great king maker but I’d love to see her as Cruz’s VP but sadly the Demo war would be overwhelming.


38 posted on 05/01/2014 5:55:53 PM PDT by Undecided 2012
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To: SoConPubbie

Thank you for that list.


39 posted on 05/01/2014 6:08:13 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: RitaOK
the Left has nothing else. The White House is finally under fire right now with more to come so the subject must be changed and it’s also cycle time to rile up their lo fo base from off the couch and under cars.

No kidding. The Benghazi Treason is blowing wide open. Multiple congressional investigations underway showing the rats in this administration deserve nothing more than a fair trial and fine hangings. Foreign policy disasters and more treason.

And every news outlet goes on day after day about what Sarah Palin said in a speech almost a week ago. Let me tell you -- that must have been one heck of a speech.

40 posted on 05/01/2014 6:17:52 PM PDT by meadsjn
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To: jjotto
Is the backstory that paleocons just want to trash someone they consider a neocon (that is, a supporter of Israel)?

I think that's pretty much it.

I can remember when they were screaming that Jerry Falwell was a "neocon." There could have been only one reason for that.

41 posted on 05/01/2014 6:27:10 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: miss marmelstein

Can’t you just imagine the Democratic reaction to having the ‘nuclear option’ being used to ram through Sarah as Sec Interior :-)


42 posted on 05/01/2014 8:33:17 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Jews were the first to regard the murder of the unborn or even infants as an absolute evil.

Every other civilization regarded it as OK until the rise of Christianity.

Take away Biblical morality and there’s not much left of Christianity. Inertia may propel it along for a time by claiming belief in Jesus is more important, but the civilization it created is rapidly disappearing.


43 posted on 05/02/2014 5:17:17 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Her first national interviews occurred with ABC’s Charlie Gibson, on September 11 and 12, and were a disaster. Remember this?:

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?

PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia.

We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We’ve learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

GIBSON: Would you favor putting Georgia and Ukraine in NATO?

PALIN: Ukraine, definitely, yes. Yes, and Georgia.

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I'm sorry, what did she say above that is a disaster and disqualifies her in the author's mind?

44 posted on 05/02/2014 6:18:49 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Bump all of that! Woot!

Thanks for the compilation.


45 posted on 05/02/2014 6:25:34 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: SoConPubbie

A great compilation, SoCon. But trolls like Tex do not want facts—it interferes with the suckling of leftist Kool-Aid.


46 posted on 05/02/2014 1:29:38 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is my tag!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She was unqualified so we elected Obama...proving she didn’t need to be qualified.


47 posted on 05/02/2014 1:30:57 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Civilized people do not fall for the idea that a woman murdering her baby is right in any sense of the word. We have just had too many uncivilized people in power. By the numbers I have never seen a single poll that shows abortion supporters out number those that do not support it. Not sure how that translates into the power pro abortion people seem to have.


48 posted on 05/02/2014 1:46:41 PM PDT by Tammy8
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