Skip to comments.Sarah Palin Endorses Dan Bongino for Congress
Posted on 05/02/2014 9:15:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Maryland Congressional candidate, former Secret Service agent for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and best-selling author Dan Bongino Friday.
Palin called Bongino, who is running in Maryland's Sixth Congressional District, a "unique candidate in politics today" because "his boots on the ground experience in Washington, D.C. has given him the wisdom and warrior spirit we need to stop the far left liberal agenda that is fundamentally transforming America."
Palin cited Bongino's background of "rigorous training as a U.S. Secret Service agent." She said he will "put to good use the positive characteristics that have been instilled in him with tenacity and dedication to principles."
"I was proud to support Dans candidacy in 2010 for U.S. Senate against an entrenched liberal in a state that many in the GOP had long abandoned. Were not giving up!" she wrote. "Maryland deserves the best, and Congress sure needs the help, so Dan is back, more prepared than ever! Its an honor to support Dan in his bid to reclaim a very important Congressional seat."
Palin mentioned that these "elections are more than just liberal vs. conservative or Republican vs. Democrat its come down to us vs. them the people vs. the politicians," and Bongino is running for the right reasons......
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Another politicians poll numbers about to go up?
Amazing how almost everybody Palin indorses takes a large jump in the voting polls, yet she is considered a washed-up has-been and a totally irrelevant person.
Bongo no is awesome...at least in the opinion of this Marylander.
Ive seen him on Fox News a few times he is awesome I know odds are against him since its Maryland but I wish him the best..he is a true class act
She endorsed Bongino the last time he ran when he lost. The Palin endorsements aren’t what they were in 2010. Looking back at 2012, there was only 1 race (a primary) in which you can say Palin herself made the difference: her endorsement of Deb Fischer in the GOP Nebraska primary. Cruz, as much as he says she made the difference, was already assured of making the runoff with Dewhurst, and won so decisively that Palin’s endorsement seems to have mattered less than he claims. Cruz was already wholeheartedly backed by both the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club For Growth long before Plain weighed in with hers. And there were other candidates Palin supported in 2012 that came to nothing, notably Sarah Steelman in the Missouri GOP Primary, who only manage to finish third.
Her 2013/2014 track record of endorsing is even spottier. She traveled personally all the way to New Jersey to try to press for Lonergan and he still lost. She backed Katrina Pierson this year in Texas, who also lost. Palin has decided to throw her endorsement to Karen Handel in Georgia - again. The first Palin endorsement there of Handel for the governor’s primary resulted in her losing back then. She’s decided to rush out a whole slew of her endorsements last month - curiously timed to coincide with the first airing of her new TV show’s debut. But many of those she’s decided to back are candidates that again were LONG AGO endorsed by conservative stalwart supports like SCF, Club For Growth, numerous TEA Party groups and the like. So senate candidates like Sasse & McDaniel will in no way be able to claim anything from her was the turning point. Sasse was already the most well funded GOP primary man, and McDaniel has made serious inroads without her anyway. And it’s odd she doesn’t stand up to support a guy like Matt Bevin, a real conservative, or JD Winteregg - because she knows both of them are destined to lose. Which is even further odd because if in fact she had such magical endorsement power, you’d think she would WANT to jump on board for them to get them over the threshold against McConnell & Boehner, respectively. So truth be told, the Palin endorsement brand isn’t what it was. And it’s highly likely it won’t be much until she herself drags her own butt onto a ballot again, instead of another TV show on an obscure cable channel nobody watches.
He should win! We need people like him in Congress.
Fat lot of good that’s going to do. Bongino is FANTASTIC, but this is Maryland, the Freak State. Virtue, competence, determination, and broad experience can’t win here.
Well that surely did not happen in Southwest Florida with her endorsing the RINO Benaquisto who lost handily. I was shocked with that endorsement and have now, unfortunately, lost my solid belief in her endorsements.
Me too. My daughter lives in Michigan. She was going to a Sarah Palin book signing and wondered what she should say. I told her to ask Sarah to endorse Dan Bongino again. My daughter reported that a big smile crossed Sarah’s face and she said how much she likes Dan,
Palin mentioned that these "elections are more than just liberal vs. conservative or Republican vs. Democrat its come down to us vs. them the people vs. the politicians," and Bongino is running for the right reasons...
A whole lot of words to say “I hate Sarah Palin”.
Yesterday in his second hour, Mark Levin went down the various advantages that the “Big Money” has to emily against the TEA Party” through Karl Rove in order to defeat them.
These techniques include phony TEA Parties, Phony “conservative” radio hosts, and even phony TEA Party candidates who won under that banner but have ingratiated themselves to the McConnells of the GOP.
So you hate Sarah Palin. So does Obama, and his entire party. But what I ask you is this: What have you done to defeat the marxists lately?
Palin mentioned that these “elections are more than just liberal vs. conservative or Republican vs. Democrat its come down to us vs. them the people vs. the politicians,” and Bongino is running for the right reasons.
“We need more of ‘We the People’ like Dan to take on Washington and take our country back,” Palin said, noting that Bongino was a “staunch defender of our liberties and Constitution.”
At least she is out there speaking up for those who hold our values. And the instant publicity for these underdogs is necessary to educate low-information republicans and independents, who think they can’t fight the establishment.
I agree 100%
Sarah Palin’s not running for Congress in Maryland, Dan Bongino is. And if he wins, she didn’t do anything more than publicize his candidacy and give him a high-profile endorsement which gave him more exposure.
So what she’s doing is looking for candidates who in her judgement will carry the Reagan banner forward. Even if they face long odds, such as Bongino does in heavily Democrat Maryland, it’s worth it to give them a platform from which to speak.
Forget winning percentages, etc. Advancing conservatism can happen when we put principled candidates on the ticket who run with honor and integrity.
The wins will come naturally over time. This is gonna take several election cycles to turn around because we didn’t get where we are now overnight.
But if we can add 5 Senators and 10 Congressmen in each of the next 3 election cycles, we will hold an awful lot of clout.
It speaks volumes that the "Dude" was in the White House Situation Room and the President's whereabouts, on the night of the Benghazi attacks, are still a mystery.
I worked within the walls of the 18 acre White House complex for many years and assure you that they absolutely know where the President was.
The answer is uncomfortable and therefore they ignore the question.
The country doesn't need anymore silliness or characters from bad 1980's buddy flicks, it needs stern and serious leadership. We will shake this broken system up in November.
A better tomorrow is ahead and I plan on taking the fight to any member, of either political party, standing in the way.
Bongino served in the elite Secret Service Presidential Protective division from 2006 until 2011.
A whole lot of words to say I hate Sarah Palin.....So you hate Sarah Palin. So does Obama, and his entire party. But what I ask you is this: What have you done to defeat the marxists lately?”
Since this ridiculous comment states the wrong premise to begin with, it’s also the ridiculous false alternative you find in a worshipper’s mentality. As if the only positions one could have is you either “hate” Palin, or if not, she then must be loved (by inference). It’s this worship mentality she instill in her shills that they bristle even at the slightest criticism of her. But the facts as I stated them are indeed accurate. Her endorsement power HAS diminished from what it was. In 2010 she was gold standard - almost everyone she decided to endorse turned to gold. But embedded in that was an implicit promise to her flock: she would suit up and run for POTUS in 2012. When she backed out in 2011 from that POTUS run, many of her followers felt abandoned. Which would explain the diminished returns her endorsements recorded in 2012. And when she actually endorsed Orrin Hatch in 2012 - he probably being one of THE most establishment GOP types, her stock fell further still. Now, as of today, she’s endorsed a significant number of those for running for office, yet far more have lost than won. The exact inverse from 4 years ago. Since Palin has basically staked her reputation politically on her power to select candidates for office, the fact it’s waned doesn’t help her. And in truth, she herself has helped to diminish it by simply telling everyone else what to do. She tells politicians how to vote; she tells voters whom to back; and then she trots off to go do her next television show.
It’s not going to be long before someone can start to question - legitimately - what it is that Palin herself is actually going to do to solve problems? Telling Paul Ryan his budget sucks (and it well might) is one thing. Fine - then tell Palin to drag her butt onto a ballot, get enough votes to win, and write a better one (if she can). It’s far too easy for her to stand on the sidelines with her waning megaphone and screech about how others are failing. But if she decides not to stand for office to solve the political problems she does nothing but build her fame upon (i.e., her brand she cashes in on), then why should anyone listen to her? Criticism of others has a shelf life - for anyone about anything. Sarah Palin has spent the last 5 years doing little more than complaining about the political performances from others. It’s time for her to put up or shut up. Let’s see her run for an office again. Let’s see her have to go sidle up to the financiers she’s going to need to underwrite a campaign. Let’s see her have to deal with a media that would have to cover her, a media she’s done nothing but immaturely antagonize with adolescent name calling. Let’s see her walk the walk about all of the policy decisions she thins are so simple to enact - from the cheerleader sidelines. If she succeeds at any of that, fine. But all upper case type-screaming from her facebook page, and signing deals with an obscure cable channel to star in her own TV show is not problem solving.
And..what have I done? I vetted candidates on my own time for a TEA Party group so they could endorse (helping to unearth the RINO-ness of the atrocious Monica Wehby in Oregon). I donate my hard earned money to the Senate Conservatives Fund. So I do actual deeds. Unlike some legal eagle loudmouth criticizer radio host who is simple the Morton Downey Jr. of talk radio.
Well, it sounds like you HAVE done your fair share and then some so congrats. I stand corrected if I thought otherwise.
But I also think you have an extensive knowledge of every “sin” that Sarah Palin is guilty of, as though tearing her apart politically is important to you.
For what it’s worth, even though my name is palin45potus that’s more wishful thinking combined with a lack of an adequate replacement that is responsible for my not having changed it, because I doubt that she is gonna run. I hope so, but it’s just my gut feeling on this day and hour. She’s got a life in Alaska with a family who like it there, so if she sees someone who fits her idea of a solid conservative, I suspect she’ll be “all in” in terms of support.
But I ask you: Why do you feel the need to denigrate her so? Do you want her to go away and never be heard from again? If so, why? Should we leave the world of GOP politics to Karl Rove and the “Big Money” people who he represents? Because they can and will change sides and support the Dems for a dollar more.
At any rate, keep up all your hard work for conservatives.
“But I ask you: Why do you feel the need to denigrate her so? Do you want her to go away and never be heard from again? If so, why? “
Instead of you asking me questions, let me turn the tables on you. What is it you see as her great contribution - now? I’ll give her that her power to pick the right candidates in 2010 was of immeasurable value. But she clearly doesn’t have this anymore. She’s backing candidates, but where she was once the standard of conservatism in a candidate, she’s picking candidates that no longer win, thus her contributions politically speaking, are marginal. So if her greatest contribution is severely diminished, her value also diminished. She’s not making policy; she’s not having to deal with any conflicts about the office of state. She’s merely offering criticisms to her opponents without any means or even intention to play on the same field, which is namely serving in an electoral capacity.
Sounds to me like it’s your desire to elevate her to a much higher plateau than she actually has earned which is causing this discourse. Sarah Palin has not held - nor has she sought - any political office in 5 years. She’s been a Fox News Contributor - but appears only in settings which are friendly to her (Hannity would rather step on his tongue than ever seriously take her to task for her words). She’s signed contracts for two different television reality series shows. So why is it you think she has anything to contribute at all?? Rather than seeing me as someone just eager to rip her a new one as a matter of course, from my point of view it’s you who wish to elevate her to a status far loftier than one she’s actually earned.
Sarah Palin is NOT Reagan. She parrots a lot of what Reagan believed, yes. But he formulated them; and articulated them brilliantly. She simply parrots. His training as an actor made him very much at home in front of a camera, an expert at commanding it through extemporaneous delivery and improvisation (she is far less skilled at both qualities). And Sarah Palin is in NO WAY a Margaret Thatcher. She has exactly zero of that Thatcher intellect, and none of the Thatcher parliamentary skill. So why it is you wish to elevate her is really the question. Not why I question her.
As I stated in the first exchange, you hate her.
That’s fine, it’s a free country.
And I don’t need to defend myself against you. Think whatever you want.
But as I said, you sam to know each and every shortcoming she supposedly has in great detail, as though you have a vested interest in running her down.
So no, I won’t let you “turn the tables on me” because i already said that I don’t think she’s gonna run. i just think that she wants the same things that I want, which is a renewal of America.
And I feel bad that she apparently let you down so badly. I guess that she owes you a personal apology.
I wish him the best of luck. Who is his opponent?
“As I stated in the first exchange, you hate her. Thats fine, its a free country. And I dont need to defend myself against you. Think whatever you want.As I stated in the first exchange, you hate her. Thats fine, its a free country. And I dont need to defend myself against you. Think whatever you want.
But as I said, you sam to know each and every shortcoming she supposedly has in great detail, as though you have a vested interest in running her down.
So no, I wont let you turn the tables on me because i already said that I dont think shes gonna run. i just think that she wants the same things that I want, which is a renewal of America.
So, you’re the only one who can pose questions, which I take the time to answer? I pose questions to you, and you dismiss them and me altogether? This is the behavior of The Idol Worshipper. The Idol is not to be questioned, and non-believers are not to be answered - just dismissed. If you claim that all she wants is a “renewal of America”, why does that make her above any sort of question as to how that’s to be secured???
By the way, if you believe she’s not going to run again for anything, then why is it she’s to be elevated at all in any political sense? It underscores my questions about her totally. She demands others do what she herself won’t do. If she stays out of politics (and she’ll likely have to since to run for POTUS you need Wall Street caliber money backing you to underwrite the hundreds of millions of dollars it costs to mount a serious POTUS campaign, which she would never get), why is her insight better than anyone else’s to the extent you need to say she just knows better? Her criticism from people like me is justified because she is the one putting herself on the periphery of the political arena by what she says and does. But since much of her criticism of other politicians is often hysterically shrieked (that’s what her hyper ALL CAPITAL LETTERS posts on Facebook are about: shrieking in hysteria), it becomes hard to take her seriously. If she never seeks an office again, then she will be nothing more than just another celebrity posing as someone who’s an expert politically. And it’s her contract at Fox and her appearances on both TV & Radio political shows that makes her eleigible to be critiqued. So to answer your question - again - her choosing to wade into politics makes her worthy of scrutiny. But to you - who apparently simply wants to worship her above all else - that worship quality is what would make this scrutiny unbearable. And one more thing: I’m pretty sure if she herself read what I’ve written here, she’d be a lot tougher handling this very minor critique from me than you. Your skin is apparently much thinner than hers.
Well, I wanted to just “agree to disagree”.
But you seem determined to make me admit that you are 100% right and I am100% wrong.
Ok. On her endorsements in 2010, she did a good job, but the establishment wasn’t prepared for it. They did manage to make sure that she was blamed for the losses in Delaware, Nevada and Alaska, even though the Delaware loss was the only one that she even bore slight responsibility for. I blame Rove for making it clear that the GOP preferred to lose and blame her than to unite behind O’Donnell. Whatever you thought of O’Donnell, she was the winner and the GOP’s lack of support was regrettable.
In 2012 she supported Cruz and Fischer most notably. In Missouri she supported Steelman, who lost to Akins. Akins unfortunate comments made him instantly unelectable but that’s not on Palin. With Hatch, I wish she’d steered clear completely. I think the other guy was suspect. Kind of like I think Matt Bevins is suspect this year in Kentucky, as he has ties to Richard Blumenthal. BTW- Are you upset with Rand Paul for supporting McConnell here over Bevins?
Which brings me to this year. You already have denounced any upcoming success that she might have in the Sasse race and the McDaniels race. Yet the GOP led by McConnell is throwing 100,000 bucks at Sasse in Nebraska and they are rallying around Haley Barbour and Cochran in Mississippi and denouncing McDaniel in very unsavory terms.
And you suggest that she deserves no credit if they win, and yet she should throw herself into guaranteed losses?
Sorry, but I suggest that you can find nothing but fault with her no matter what she does. Where am I wrong? Tell me what she has done that you haven’t dismissed?
(BTW- Have you ever read any of her proposals? She had a great 5 point “Palin Doctrine” that she delivered in a speech in Colorado back in May 2011 that any libertarian supporter of Rand Paul should have applauded, as it was a big departure from neo-con thinking that has prevailed in the GOP for an awful long time.
And lastly, regarding the money. She met at Newsmax Headquarters back in late 2010 with those so-called “Big Money” people. I wasn’t there, so I don’t know what was said. i do know that it was shortly thereafter that she was attacked very openly by the GOP. The same GOP that happily left her to be blamed for the shooting of Gabby Giffords by a deranged lefty.
And then she was notably not invited to the 2012 convention, with the Romney people gloating about how they’d treated her like last weeks garbage as they hoped to impress the “moderates” by this mistreatment. Nevertheless, she urged us all to vote for Romney over Obama.
Let me ask you this? In a hypothetical matchup between Hillary and Sarah, with no other possibility, who do you choose?
“But you seem determined to make me admit that you are 100% right and I am100% wrong.”
Again, you’re inaccurate. It has nothing to do with right and wrong to any degree. You’re making that up. That’s not what this was about. Your original accusation was one of hatred of me for her, which is wrong on the face, and in every other way. I see her for what she actually does - not glom onto her as though she was the lone salvation of the nation and ergo gets a huge margin to err, like her blindly faithful flock, of which you seem to be one. I laid out a defense of my position to your accusation (which you seem reluctant to categorize as the accusation it was). I laid out facts. All you’ve countered with - up to now - is more idolatry of her. She’s not an idol to me. She’s someone who ended up in politics, and she’s judged based on what she actually says and does. That’s what I wrote. Now, I’ll get to these amazing nonsense you’ve written here. Let’s start with the most important one - her non-invitation to the 2012 GOP Convention. This is an abjectly false statement. She absolutely was invited to speak there. Reince Preibus went on Fox News - national television - and said unequivocally he called Sarah Palin himself, he offered her a prime spot at the convention to speak, and SHE turned it down. So get that straight. he had everything to lose by having her come out publicly and calling him a liar. She never did (probably because every phone call at the RNC is recorded, so her calling him a liar when he wasn’t would be humiliating for her). So get that straight. They offered. She refused. The fact you don’t know this explains a lot of why we still have this ongoing diatribe. This is what her blind faithful following believe - that she was victimized by the evil RNC. And it’s a complete myth. Idolatry. Again.
You want to know what I said about that was good? I was the one who wrote first she was excellent at choosing candidates in 2010. It had nothing to do with the GOP-E. She herself was riding the wave of her popularity still riding high from 2008, and she did it very intelligently. I also pointed out when it began to fall - when she bailed on the 2012 POTUS race. And I have it on very good authority that she passed because Christie declined to get into the race (which was an utterly stupid decision on her part, which I relayed to the extremely reliable source). Nonetheless, once she bailed, many of her followers were looking for someone to be a leader - and they sensed it’s not her. That’s why her 2012 endorsements fell short of 2010. Those who wanted her to make her stand to help them felt like - “why should I support who she anoints”? She spent 3-4 years doing nothing but maligning Obama, The GOP-E, their destructive policies -and when it came time for her to do her part of at least attempting to try to defend the very people she expected to support those she endorsed, she shrunk from the challenge. Waived Her White Flag Of Surrender, as it were. This is a battle that neither Reagan or Thatcher shied away from, especially Lady Thatcher. Sarah Palin showed herself at that moment to be all smoke and no heat. It would have been far better for her to have gotten into the game and lost out (as Reagan did in 1976), than to tease and tease and tease, and then when push came to shove she decided to get sick to her stomach. So without any more than that retreat, she herself undermined her own brand. That’s why her 2012 endorsements fared so poorly from her 2010 gold mine. But mind you, her litany of complaints on politics has not stopped. Since she herself made her name as a politician - and since she still cashes in on her past political career at Fox News, among other venues - there is a saturation point reached by the public when you complain about what’s lacking in representation but you’re not willing to get in the game and fix what you keep complaining about in such a high profile manner. What you seem to be saying is it’s perfectly fine for her to use the very high profile platforms she’s given to be some kind of Conservative Siren, but it’s abjectly evil to hold her to account when someone asks, “Well, Governor Palin, it’s been 5 years since you last held office (and even quit that job well before you were supposed to), how about instead of criticizing others you suit up, get yourself elected and get your own hands dirty - or bloody - to fix this stuff”?? And we hear crickets chirping at that logic from the Palin Idolaters. Wanna know what the real dirty little secret is? Sarah Palin just plain doesn’t have the guts to get into the game and fix what she complains about. Not now. She may have done so earlier in her career, but she’s cashing in now in a way which she never did before - two TV shows? Two separate contracts at Fox News? However many book deals? Uhh..you can’t make that kinda money governing Alaska, unless you’re a Murkowski LOL!!! She’s clearly trying to stretch her 15 minutes of fame for as much as she can get from it financially. That’s as clear as day to anyone with half a brain. There’s a reason she’s not running for office, ya know???
And what good is any “plan” of hers - 5 point or otherwise - is SHE isn’t going to implement it?? What, she decides to write a “5-Point Plan” and then..uh..give it to, say, Ted Cruz and say “Here is my outstanding plan, implement this darling, will you!”??? Unless SHE is going to run on it for office, it means nothing. Period.
And absolutely right about Sasse and McDaniel. They have been backed and supported WAY before she ever said anything about them. If you plan to make the case it was her endorsement alone that carried the day for them should they win - you better be able to back that up with verifiable proof. Not just an arbitrary claim. She got Deb Fischer over the hump in 2012, and that was impressive. But everyone who is anyone conservative knows Sasse and McDaniel both. The SCF, Club For Growth TEA Party have all been working to get their names out way before her endorsement. So no, she alone gets no credit for anything they achieve. If anything, her endorsements of them is a case of her riding on the back of the hard work of others. Given her growing list of no-name losers thus far in 2014 (Benacquisto, Pierson, Lonergan, et.al), it’s no wonder why she felt the need. That’s why she’s not sticking her neck out for Bevin - she knows he has no chance at all. I railed against SCF - as a donor to them - for wasting money on him. The Kentucky GOP is never going to let the party’s national senate leader lose in a primary. It’s just not going to happen. Ditto for Winteregg against Boehner. That’s why Palin won’t endorse them. They are two more losers she’d be saddled with, and her endorsement brand is on life support as it is.
It’s ridiculous to speculate on a 2016 between Hillary and Palin. Neither of them are going to be the nominee. So enough of this. Idolize Palin as you will. She quite simply is not the force she once was, and isn’t likely to be in the future. That said, if she does decide to man up, drag her ass onto a ballot in 2016, then I will watch her closely. If she wins, and decides to try to fix what she complains about, then kudos to her. But until then, she needs to just shut up.
I appreciate you explaining your position. If you can take the time, I recommend to you the documentary about Gov. Palin called Undefeated. You might be able to rent it on Netflix or buy it at Amazon. It goes through her record in government, starting with her time as Mayor of Wasilla. People are interviewed and they talk about the reforms she made every step of the way in various offices she held. She has, literally, been there, done that, when it comes to fixing government and there’s no doubt she can lay out a blue print for fixing what’s wrong with our Federal government.
“I appreciate you explaining your position. If you can take the time, I recommend to you the documentary about Gov. Palin called Undefeated. You might be able to rent it on Netflix or buy it at Amazon. It goes through her record in government, starting with her time as Mayor of Wasilla. People are interviewed and they talk about the reforms she made every step of the way in various offices she held. She has, literally, been there, done that, when it comes to fixing government and theres no doubt she can lay out a blue print for fixing whats wrong with our Federal government.”
Thank you for the reply to me. I did see “The Undefeated”. I was with a group of people in Southern California the night it premiered, and Andrew Breitbart spoke after the screening to those of us in the room. My view on it was it was a historical record on Palin written by her hired hagiographer, Stephen Bannon. I got the gist of it - she was fighting political cronyism and managed to succeed against it in her run for governor. But do you honestly think she’s the only one who ever did such a thing in her career? You think that makes her unique? The way her idolaters tell it, you’d think Sarah Palin was the only politician in history to have stood up against a state political machine, and won. It’s more over glorification. All smoke, little heat. The main thrust of her achievement as a governor would be to unleash Alaska’s energy reserves. And that is noteworthy. But I don’t find that some sort of an amazing achievement. One thing I will say on her behalf is about her integrity of resigning her administrative position based on her ethos. That alone is truly rare. But confining it to her achievements as a governor, the entire 90 minutes was about 30 minutes too long and again - her resigning is a stain that will stay with her if she ever decides to run for office again. She’s not going to be able to live it down.
When you compare her to a governor of the caliber of Scott Walker, you realize just how timid Sarah Palin looks. He won his governorship on the promise of the same type of reformation as she did. And his reward was a recall to try to get him thrown out of office. He was faced with hostile unions who were striking whenever they could, and his entire Democrat State Senate literally left the state to try to grind the state government to a halt and tag him with the blame for it. You want tell me who has “been there done that”?? You can believe it’s Palin if you want to. But Walker is a FAR more accomplished executive as governor than she ever was. And if you think she’s going to “lay out a blueprint for fixing what’s wrong with our federal government”, then why hasn’t she done so? And the answer is she has no intention of doing it - because answers are hard to mete out when you have conflicting interests. If she was POTUS now, her “plan” wouldn’t be going anywhere. She cannot fire Harry Reid, so she has to live with a hostile Senate which will never bow to her. That’s why she’s not going to run again. She’s decided it’s a whole lot easier to carp and criticize from the sidelines (which is what her entire post-political career has amounted to) than it is to actually get into the game and work to fix it. Telling others what they do wrong is not a solution to a problem. Failing to get yourself into an elected office again to practice what she preaches is equally not a solution. And this is what Sarah Palin has been about since she quit her governorship five years ago.
As we all do, here.
Even though Gov. Walker has withstood the unions in Wisconsin, he does have a dreadful habit of caving and running from controversy, instead of standing up for the little things, that would show he has real backbone. He also hides behind his spokesman when he doesn't want to talk about something.
A few months back, he was at a factory to tout their hiring of new workers. Several of the workers were on stage with him, one of whom was a convicted sex offender who had turned his life around and found work at the factory. When it was brought up to Gov. Walker after the event, he threw the guy under the bus and said if he had known the guy was a convict, he never would have had him on stage. Then he said the company picked the people to be on stage with him. Gov. Walker could have easily made this a positive outcome by saying that "This man paid his debt to society and is trying to turn his life around. Wisconsin's policies of putting people to work are working around the state and anyone who wants to work can find a job in Wisconsin." Instead, Walker ran away from the guy.
Last year, the board of regents for UW system was choosing its student representative. The college kid chosen had signed the recall petition against Walker because his mother is a teacher and he wanted to support her. When Walker found out, he turned down the kid for the board slot. This is just a college student and Walker was afraid to have him on the board because of that. The kid is clean-cut and an engineering major, so he's fairly intelligent, yet Walker couldn't bring himself to say that he "welcomes this kid's opinion on the board." And there was no indication that the kid voted against Walker.
So Walker's skittishness and his sudden need to finish his college degree and to get a hair transplant don't speak to someone who has a strong character and who can withstand a lot of criticism without apologizing when the heat's too much. Sorry for the lengthy explanation.
“So Walker’s skittishness and his sudden need to finish his college degree and to get a hair transplant don’t speak to someone who has a strong character and who can withstand a lot of criticism without apologizing when the heat’s too much. Sorry for the lengthy explanation”.
So Walker is less a profile in courage than Palin, who didn’t even bother to finish out her only term as governor barely halfway into it - because of one little liberal blogger??? Uh, ok.
Nobody is suing Gov. Walker continually and making his ability to govern all but impossible. And, yeah.
What do you mean one little liberal blogger? You have it all totally wrong for the reason she gracefully stepped down. Alaska, the only state in the nation at the time had a loophole in their law that Obama operatives found that provided a way to bombard the governors office with relentless ethics lawsuits even if they had no proof. Alaska at the time had a statute on the books that provided if a complaint was filed, the Secretary of State would have to launch a investigation. Obama operatives seized the opportunity and they came out of the woodwork filing complaints right and left. For example, one complaint filed by a democrat Obama supporter stated that Governor Palin showed up at a iditarod race wearing a jacket with a logo patch on it. A complaint was filed saying the governor was supporting the company that was on the patch and a violation of the governors office. It was further from the truth. Never the less a full blown investigation took place causing her and her staff to be tied up in hours of depositions and research.
In all over 27 of these similar type lawsuits were filed on average of one a week and her legal bills were piling up to over 700k and climbing. Since Alaska statutes at that time didn’t provide defense funds for the governor, she had to hire her own defense lawyers, pay for them out of her own pocket and she and her family were going broke and facing total bankruptcy and she was being prevented from doing her duties as governor due to countless hours of depositions. Palin returning from the VP campaign had just taken a 25k salary cut out of her salary of just 125k a year as Governor. She was left with two options, stay and tie up Alaska’s state business while going broke fighting the lawsuits OR step down and turn over the governors office to Lt Gov Sean Parnell to carry on her policies and fiscal reforms and take the liberal fight to the lower 48. She chose the latter and immediately after she stepped down, not one ethics complaint was filed again. Later one by one, all ethics suits were dismissed as frivolous without merit and Alaska’s state business under her policies continued without any more interruptions.
In essence, Obama and his supporters thought that by using the loophole to file these bogus suits, they would ruin her politically and send her into obscurity. It failed and she showed her political power during the midterm elections with her drawing huge crowds endorsing tea party candidates. That is when President Clinton went on national TV a week before election day and warned democrats voters and candidates to “Don’t underestimate this woman. She is resilient like me”. He was right because most of her endorsements were victorious . In the end after she stepped down. Alaska passed a new law that would make the Secretary of State defend their governors from ethics complaints. Palin would have stayed if the new law was in place at the time.
Palin was in office 965 days, some 35 days shy of President Kennedy’s 1000 days in office. She accomplished in that time span everything she set out to do with an exceptional record of policy making, even accomplishing more than her predecessor attempted.
“Palin was in office 965 days, some 35 days shy of President Kennedys 1000 days in office. She accomplished in that time span everything she set out to do with an exceptional record of policy making, even accomplishing more than her predecessor attempted.”
Then why is it all she can manage to do now it tell other politicians how they must act; tell voters for whom they must vote; while for the last 5 years she has declined every opportunity to run for any sort of office to get her hands dirty - or bloody - to fix the very problems she does nothing but criticize others for not fixing? Could it be that she has decided her TV career - and it’s cash cow status - is just a tad more important to her than having to deal with really hard issues? That’s why she’s losing her endorsement power. People are wising up to the fact that all she basically does is complain from the sidelines while declining to suit up and get into the game herself. She’s a coward.
Incidentally, since her documentary was entitled “The Undefeated” - where and why was that name chosen? She was defeated - forced to resign her governorship (giving you canards the benefit of the doubt as to why); and she was the defeated part of a national ticket. That sounds like two huge defeats to me, no??