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Sarah Palin May be the Savviest Presidential Hopeful Ever (Are the nut-roots finally waking up?)
Death and Taxes Magazine ^ | November 16, 2010 | Kyle Daley

Posted on 11/16/2010 4:31:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

There is little doubt that Sarah Palin is running for president. But while Mitt Romney is archaically gallivanting across the country to raise money for his run, Palin has molded her platform into a 21st Century media sensation.

Topping off her unofficial campaign for the White House, Sarah Palin’s reality show premiered Sunday night with a viewership of over 5 million — TCL’s largest premiere to date. And it is with this show, that Palin will reintroduce herself to the county.

As embarrassing as it may be, I did watch her new show. Even though I find Palin damning to our national debate, she comes off pretty nicely. The show is scripted, let that be known, but to the average viewer who will tune in and rediscover Palin, they will see an average-seeming, relatable American.

As much as I doubt Palin’s intelligence, she has cleverly crafted herself into a position with all of the benefits of a presidential candidate with none of the shortfalls. No debates, no press interviews, nothing. The eight-episode series will serve as an effective run up to Palin announcing her candidacy sometime next year.

In addition to her series, she has worked her way onto a popular primetime show on a major network. As her daughter shakes her hips on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Palin’s cameo comes across unassuming as a supportive mother, but the devil is in the details. A recent study outlined in The Hollywood Reporter shows that ‘Dancing with the Stars’ is one of the top ten shows watched by self described conservatives — Palin’s go-to crowd.

Palin isn’t just taking TV by storm. While Obama my have built his campaign on Facebook, Palin has come to dominate Twitter. Out of all the possible GOP contenders, Palin’s has the number of followers presidential hopefuls dream about. And when she tweets, she stirs a media storm. As Howard Fineman so eloquently put, “Sarah Palin, of course, is the Gore Vidal of attack tweets.”

If you doubt Pain’s prowess as a presidential hopeful, just look what she has done in the past year: become a correspondent on Fox News, published a book, helped build the small tea party movement into a national force, launched a TV show, and built a monumental following on Twitter and Facebook.

I know what you may be saying: sure she has selling power but it doesn’t mean she’ll win the nomination. But look at the key victories Palin’s endorsements brought. She helped elect six governors, two I should add are in the key primary states of Iowa and South Carolina — these favors will be called in. Second she successfully endorsed 18 winning House candidates and 6 winning senate candidates – among these newly elected senators are Rand Paul and Marco Rubio who will comprise her steering committee.

Lastly — from the moment she declares her candidacy, Palin will dominate the election. Other candidates may be able to outspend her, but her star power will be unmatched. She will win the Iowa caucus, because Iowa doesn’t usually have a history of picking party darlings. Just look how Mike Huckabee overtook Mitt Romney in the caucuses. When she wins here, it will be just as big of a moment as it was for President Obama.

Palin is a force to be reckoned with inside the Republican party. The problem she’ll need to overcome after she wins the Republican nomination will be positioning herself as a realistic alternative to President Obama—something that may prove tricky with voters who voted against candidates with similar values, like Christine O’Donnell and Sharon Angle.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2012; internet; obama; palin; presidentpalin; romney; sarahpalin; teaparty; twitter
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To: norge

This idiot doubts Palins intelligence and then goes on to describe how smart her moves are.

Duh !!!!

21 posted on 11/16/2010 4:58:14 PM PST by Venturer
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To: lonster

Ever hear Bill Buckley say.... “rather be governed by the first 100 names in the ?city phone book?” Sarah has the commonsense and “EXPERIENCE” of those people.....government and elected employment as “experience” is OVERRATED...she may not be PERFECT, but she’s pretty darn good...whether she does it, who knows....right now I like her right where she is.....making pols accountable with her words and actions!

22 posted on 11/16/2010 4:58:18 PM PST by goodnesswins (You deciding how to spend your health care $, thatÂ’s freedom. Govt deciding, thats a death panel)
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To: Venturer

Savvy actually has a meaning...and it includes intelligence. But, hey, blame it on the headline writer.

23 posted on 11/16/2010 4:59:28 PM PST by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: norge
The whole country is talking about Sarah Palin and this guy doubts her intelligence.

If she's so friggin' dumb, why is she out-smarting her opponents in the media and the political field?

24 posted on 11/16/2010 4:59:56 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am not certain she can govern and getting elected in the face of the media will be extraordinarily difficult, but the woman has the best political instincts I have ever seen, and I am old enough to remember JFK’s run in 60 when I was in jr. hi. She makes Bill Clinton’s instincts look like Al Gore’s.

25 posted on 11/16/2010 5:00:40 PM PST by xkaydet65
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, let’s vote for Romney, the proud author of Massachusetts healthcare. “I made it work at the state level, and I can make it work at the federal level.” He said something like that, and certainly implied it if he didn’t use exactly those words.

And then the bottom fell out. Romneycare started losing money like crazy. Suddenly, it’s no longer his baby. He’s disowned it.

26 posted on 11/16/2010 5:01:37 PM PST by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m going to buy stock in Depends..... soon, all of the dems will all be wearing them.

27 posted on 11/16/2010 5:02:05 PM PST by Gator113 ("Don't touch my junk......")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Like Bush and Reagan, the media has a cow denying something she has said as being untrue, irresponsible, nutty, etc...

only for us to learn later it was actually true. Remember how the Left jeered at her talk of “death panels” in ObamaCare. And now Paul Krugman is there admitting that death panels are going to have to be part of the plan.

And they howled when she said supermarket prices were rising, only to learn later that supermarket prices are rising!

I watched her premiere episode and liked it but I’m unsure if it really helps her as a candidate.

28 posted on 11/16/2010 5:02:13 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: x

“There’s a good chance that Palin will peak early and the voters will be tired of her by 2012.”

I’ve met her and her husband, and trust me... America is not going to get tired of her. No way, no how.

29 posted on 11/16/2010 5:05:32 PM PST by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Funny how he focuses on 2 candidates and ignores all the others who have won.

It doesn't matter if Gov Sarah runs for President or not. It doesn't matter what her agenda is. She has no position right now and yet manages to stir up, enlighten masses. For the past three years she has been consistent. Cameras are on her all the time. We The People know her and her family. We see how she fought everything that was tossed her way. She's an open book, an inspiration. I believe that no matter what God has in store for Gov Sarah, she'll be as potent as Rush is (If not more) and he's been around for ever! I don't believe for one bit that she's a passing fad as the Dancing obamas are.

30 posted on 11/16/2010 5:06:29 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: okie01

“If she’s so friggin’ dumb, why is she out-smarting her opponents in the media and the political field?”

Obama was also a savvy media star. It didn’t help him win the South Korean trade deal.

31 posted on 11/16/2010 5:06:51 PM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: okie01

The brilliant Obama says ‘corpse’ for corps and Sarah’s refudiate is chosen “word of the year” by the New Oxford American Dictionary.

32 posted on 11/16/2010 5:08:01 PM PST by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: ari-freedom

“Obama was also a savvy media star. It didn’t help him win the South Korean trade deal.”

Because Obama is a communist raghead and all the other countries know it. Who the hell in their right mind would make a deal with him?

33 posted on 11/16/2010 5:10:33 PM PST by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They just can't help themselves:

"As embarrassing as it may be..."

"As much as I doubt Palin’s intelligence..."

"The problem she’ll need to overcome..."

Their narrative has become so predictable.

34 posted on 11/16/2010 5:13:38 PM PST by JaguarXKE (RINOs be gone!)
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To: Quix; houeto; null and void
Artic/Mother/Warrior/Victory ping.

Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

35 posted on 11/16/2010 5:16:35 PM PST by The Comedian (I enjoy progressives, especially in a light cream sauce.)
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To: Quix; houeto; null and void
Arctic/Mother/Warrior/Victory ping.

Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

36 posted on 11/16/2010 5:16:47 PM PST by The Comedian (I enjoy progressives, especially in a light cream sauce.)
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To: okie01
If she's so dumb then why do they focus on her? Wouldn't that make them dumber than her?

dum de dum dum

37 posted on 11/16/2010 5:17:34 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: xkaydet65

What do you mean you’re not sure she can govern? Have a look at this and don’t tell me she can’t govern:

Governor Sarah Palin’s Accomplishments that garnished her a whopping 92% approval rating:

Energy Independence, Development, and Environmental Stewardship

*Governor Palin’s cornerstone accomplishment is AGIA (Alaska Gasline Inducement Act). During the Palin administration, TransCanada and Exxon formed an alliance to build a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the Lower 48. Under Governor Palin’s governance, the project was expanded and revised from what previous governors had proposed with an open policy process for the Alaskan people. More progress was made on this effort than in the previous 30 years. This is the largest private sector infrastructure project in North American history and helps put us on the path to energy independence.

*Governor Palin’s administration opened up drilling for oil and natural gas at Pt. Thompson for the first time in decades.

*Governor Palin created the Alaska’s Petroleum Integrity Office to oversee all aspects of energy development and to make sure oilfield equipment was safe to operate and a Climate Change Subcabinet to comprehensively and honestly evaluate climate change.

Fiscal Conservatism

*Governor Palin reduced earmark requests for the state of Alaska by 80% during her administration, requesting only earmarks that would benefit the country as a whole.

* Governor Palin reduced spending in her budget for Fiscal Year 2010 by more than one billion dollars from the previous governor’s Fiscal Year 2007 budget, a 9.5% real reduction in spending. Her FY2010 budget was $10.57 billion compared to Governor Murkowski’s FY2007 budget of nearly $11.7 billion. At the same time, she fulfilled her campaign promise to forward fund education, allowing districts greater flexibility and predictability in their planning.

*Governor Palin opposed much of the “stimulus”, wanting only to accept 55% of the money allocated to Alaska, specifically only dollars dedicated to infrastructure [projects. Although the Alaskan legislature ultimately overturned her veto, she stood firm on her commitment to help Alaska to become more self-sufficient while not adding to not add to the skyrocketing national debt.

* Governor Palin invested $5 billion in state savings.

Walking the Walk on Fiscal Responsibility

*Governor Palin sold the private jet purchased by the previous governor. She state it was an unnecessary financial burden on the state and was unable to land on many of the state’s landing strips.

* To cut costs that would be incurred by continuing to use a personal driver like previous governors, the governor drove herself from Wasilla to her office in Anchorage. She also dismissed the governor’s personal chef stationed in Juneau, Alaska’s capital.

* Governor Palin accepted less state per diem for herself and her family than her predecessors even though she had a larger family.

10th Amendment Advocacy/Promotion of State Constitution

*Showing that she is a strong supporter of the 10th amendment, Governor Palin advocated for the sovereignty of the state of Alaska.

*Governor Palin’s administration sued the federal government for placing the polar bear on the endangered species list, as this restriction affected energy development which would increase energy costs.

*A Constitutionalist, Governor Palin signed Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) bill into law. The Alaska constitution states that the Alaskan people own the oil and other resources. This law ensures that the “owners”, the people of Alaska, receive a clear and equitable share of oil profits.

National Defense/Veterans

*Governor Palin supported ground-based missile defense Ft Greely and other Alaskan Bases around to protect America from America’s enemies. She criticized the Obama administration for cuts that they made to this national defense system.

*Governor Palin, with Senators Murkowski and Begich, fought for retirement benefits from the federal government that were due to the Alaska Territorial Guard members who fought during World War II. These benefits were eventually rewarded to these veterans by the federal government.

* Governor Palin visited Alaskan soldiers in Kosovo and Kuwait.


*Governor Palin signed bipartisan ethics reform legislation into law that helped to hold both the legislative and executive branches accountable.

*Governor Palin put the state checkbook online, allowing all constituents to see how state money was being spent.

Health Care

*Governor Palin introduced health care transparency legislation which aimed at putting information in the hands of consumers about cost and quality of health care as a way to make health care consumer driven and accessible.

Sanctity and Dignity of All Life

* Governor Palin strongly supported both parental consent and parental notification legislation.

*Governor Palin increased educational funding for special needs’ children.

*Governor Palin implemented the Senior Benefits Program to support low income seniors.

Positions Held while Governor

* Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

*Vice Chair of the National Governors Association Natural Resource Committee.

* She served as chair of the Alaska Conservation Commission, which regulates Alaska’s most valuable non-renewable resources: oil and gas. She was elected by her peers to serve as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors. In this role, she worked with local, state and federal officials to promote solutions to the needs of Alaska’s communities.

She exposed legal violations and conflicts of interest of Alaska Republican leaders, including the former state Attorney General and the State GOP Chairman (who was also an Oil & Gas Commissioner), who was doing work for the party on public time and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail. Several went to jail.

Governor Palin signed several pieces of legislation and resolutions during July 2009. They were:

•SB-125: Encourage aerospace development in AK
•SB-177: Extend sunset for sport fishing guides and address harvest data collection
•Pro-energy development and missile defense resolutions

HJR-27: Alaska a Sovereign State
HJR-25: Hydro-Electric a Renewable Resource
HJR-28: Oppose Federal Restriction on Oil and Gas Development
HJR-12: Support Missile Defense System
•SB-88: Power cost equalization
•Defending Second Amendment rights.

SB-201: Extends Concealed Carry Permit Expiration to 5 Years from Birthday
HJR-17: Urges Congress not to pass HR-45.The federal legislation would put burdensome licensing and registration controls on individual gun owners.
SJR-10: Urges Congress to pass S-371. The legislation was to ensure that citizens of each state who are licensed or authorized by their home state to carry a concealed weapon, could do so in another state as long as they comply with the laws of that state.
SJR-3: The resolution expresses support to Congress for repealing the ban on carrying a firearm on National Park Service lands.
•SB-3 Requiring information sharing between two agencies.
•HRJ-19 Supports requirement of escort for loaded tankers traversing Prince William Sound.
•The Governor appointed 29 people to boards, commissions and councils and made three judicial appointments between July 6, 2009 and July 26, 2009.

Governor Palin’s total appointments for 2009 was123, including 116 to boards, commissions and councils, five judicial appointments, one legislative and one attorney general. Governor Palin averaged one appointment every 1.67 days during 2009.
•The Governor vetoed $28.6 million in stimulus money that would have involved federal interference with the state of Alaska.
Governor Palin signed bills removing experience caps on teacher’s salaries and extending boat safety programs.

Governor Palin signed legislation that gave struggling charter schools a one-year grace period to increase enrollments or integrate with other charter schools. She also signed legislation that authorizes Alaska “to enroll in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.”

Governor Palin signed legislation granting birth certificates for stillborn babies

Governor Palin signed legislation authorizing the state to fund retirement benefits for Alaska Territorial Guard veterans. The federal government ceased funding benefits on April 1, 2009

Governor Palin signed legislation safeguarding student loans

Sarah Palin was Commander of the Alaska National Guard. 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 first line of defense unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units in the United States. As governor of Alaska, Palin was briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism daily.

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

38 posted on 11/16/2010 5:18:34 PM PST by Retired Intelligence Officer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After watching her show, I have to class Sarah with Dubya — someone I’ll vote for, as long as I don’t have to listen to them speak.

39 posted on 11/16/2010 5:19:15 PM PST by Elwood P. Doud (America, you voted for a negro socialist with an Islamic name - so why are you surprised?)
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To: ari-freedom
Obama was also a savvy media star. It didn’t help him win the South Korean trade deal.

Whatcha wanna bet Palin would've gotten that deal done?

It was, after all, largely negotiated during the Bush administration...and came apart only after Obama insisted -- at the last minute -- on stronger pollution standards for Korean-built automobiles.

Palin -- and several million other Americans with common sense -- would've signed the deal as negotiated.

40 posted on 11/16/2010 5:22:44 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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