There is a new bus in town, and she is about to roll on ..
It’s not just a listening tour, discovery tour, or whistle-stop tour …
There is something special about this bus.
Our days of being lectured to and divided are over.
Our days of being bamboozled, hoodwinked, while at the same time being bullied and redistributed out of jobs and net worth, are over.
Our days of crumbling infrastructure, shovel-ready programs that aren’t quite as shovel ready as we thought, and job hemorrhaging are over.
Our days of being torn asunder between the proud and the apologetic are over.
Our days of being divided and frightened into socialism are over.
Let’s call it the Reunification Tour
SarahPAC (donate now) invites us all to follow the tour bus.
Something tells me, this One Nation Tour has more than meets the eye. Listen:
It’s been our belief at this blog, despite what the pundits and calendar watchers insist, that time is on Sarah Palin’s side. That it’s too early to toss the hat into the ring. But, here comes September and the school season.
Governor Palin has something slated for the 3rd day of September, what is it?
O, Say what you think,
That low growl yet hear,
At the end of that you tube clip ….
What’s that Mama Grizzly saying?
Could it be the Governor will announce some sort of move?
Formation of a committee.
A National Unity Forum, A Steering Committee.
Or, egad, will she announce she is running!
(Oh mercy, I can’t bear to think how vicious the attacks will be this time, but I am inured. It won’t hurt anymore, for we expect it now).
Go Sarah, Go!
On the surface it looks like a pilgrimage. Visit Iowa State Fair, and then trek on over to Dixon, Illinois. For years now she fashioned herself after Mr. Reagan, as the last great hope for American Renewal on the world stage (instead of being the Apologist-in-Chief). But there is more than meets the eye to Governor Palin’s crossing the Mississippi. After all, punditry has it that besides California and New York, Illinois ranks at the top of the list of states ‘locked up’ for Mr. Obama. Home field advantage for the President is said to be strong, (unlike Al Gore circa 2000). So why does the Governor choose to play the symbolic gesture toward the land of 2 beloved presidents?
The warning flew by under the radar, but the ever watchful Rich Miller of the mighty CapitolFaxBlog of Springfield reminded his readers of it, even as Sarah Palin was visiting the state.
The Illinois fiscal 2012 budget doesn’t address the state’s “sizeable backlog of unpaid bills and an unsustainable ascent” in spending for pension benefits, Moody’s Investors Service said…
Because of its financial weakness, Illinois is less well positioned than other states to handle a renewed downturn in the national economy…
Author Rich Miller then goes on to quote a local reporter Bill Cameron:
One of the credit rating agencies – Moody’s – is reportedly thinking about downgrading the credit rating of the state of Illinois and WLS Radio’s Bill Cameron says Illinois Republicans say this is no time for Gov. Pat Quinn to try to do more borrowing.
Republicans say they’ve blocked Quinn from borrowing more billions before and will again if he tries to do it in the current climate of rising interest rates.
An interesting side note is the Alaska tops the list of top 10 states that are in good standing per Moody’s. But back to the main point: why Sarah Palin targets Illinois, which may not be a blue state shoo in.
The state is dying fiscally, and dying for a Tea Party Revolt. It already gave the seat held by Mr. Obama to a Republican, and very nearly gave Bill Brady the governor mansion.
Current governor Pat Quinn called the tax increase passage, the proudest day of his life!
Illinois lost one more electoral vote based on the 2010 census.
Disillusionment was rampant at the recent fundraisers held by the President in Chicago recently. The protesters were his base, not the tea partiers.
Governor Palin has been to Illinois before, but mostly in ceremonial fashion. Today, the situation is different. The state is not exactly ripe for picking, such as say Indiana and Wisconsin might be, but it’s getting there. Considering that so much of Mr. Obama’s margin was new found enthusiasm, and that seems to be waning rather irreversibly, it’s not too far fetched to think that come 2012 Mr. Obama might end up being Al Gore 2000, rather than Walter Mondale 1984.
Considering that President Obama is about to launch a bust tour of the state to whip up his flagging support, Sarah Palin visit to Dixon and Springfield are all the more significant.
It’s been a three million dollar wastage!
Tourism Australia’s much touted windfall from Oprah Winfrey’s Ultimate Australian Adventure failed to materialize. Much to the chagrin of the officials who pushed for it. But then, the Aussies picked the wrong American celebrity.
Instead of inviting Oprah who is winding down, they should have asked Governor Sarah Palin to tour the island continent, and imbue it with some of the ascendant politician’s aura and celebrity.
Consider this: Oprah mostly appeals to women, children, and nutty leftwing domesticated individuals and the artsy crowd. Whereas Sarah Palin appeals to men, women and children in all walks of life, specially the adventuresome ones.
Sarah Palin would have been perfectly at home in the legendary Australian outback. As a genuine outdoors person, athlete and brave heart she fits right in with the world’s idea of an Aussie. Actually the fact that she comes from one of the coldest parts of the world will have had added fascination for the people of Australia. Indeed, only a genuinely activity oriented, physically engaged person such as Sarah Palin would have fully appreciated the finer aspects of Australia’s rugged beauty.
Alaska and Australia are the perfect bookends weather-wise. One might even say they are truly poles apart. That alone would have made Sarah Palin an excellent choice. Her television shows on Alaska are amazing. There can be no doubt that an entire segment of humanity now thinks of Alaska differently, even some right here at home. It’s really the last place for frontiersperson after all.
Australians were misadvised. I think. Oprah is no doubt a world-wide phenomenon. But this Aussie trip probably helped Oprah’s ratings more than Australia’s. Too bad that it’s too late for this mistake to be corrected what with the election season coming up. (And we know the Governor is planning something.)
Governor Sarah Palin is undecided!
Will she run for President in 2012? She hasn’t made up her mind.
But then, she is in a Nobama state of mind!
Except that she didn’t use that bloggers’ shorthand of a word. Such is our Governor, a graceful politician after all. She is someone who knows her own mind quite well, as well as knows her time equally well. So she spoke her thoughts candidly while keeping her options open. I have no doubt that she is running, but it won’t be on others’ schedule.
According to the Daily Caller, when asked at the Iowa State Fair about making up her mind regarding entering the 2012 race, Sarah Palin simply said:
I’m of the mind of ABO — Anybody But Obama, at this time.
That answer and the attendant elaboration, and the fact that she has always admitted that the other candidates are quite qualified to run for president, all of it shows that Sarah Palin is following a two pronged strategy toward the 2012 election – keep pressure up, keep powder dry.
Consider all that has come to pass hitherto.
Obamacare came to visit and stayed despite being unwelcome and legal challenges still pending. Tea Party came to be born, blessed and baptized under fire, and very nearly mangled to death by innuendo. But it’s still here, wailing away. Our president goes around the world telling every one that we are not all that special, that Islam is an essential fabric of America or in inseparable part of American Spirit, even as the war upon civilized existence continues unabated worldwide. Journ-O-list came out of the closet and the stank up the whole party, pun intended. Only true believers trust reporters, and every one of them has taken a side openly. Openly opposed to Sarah Palin, that is.
All of that was before the mid-term election that bore her imprint quite deeply. In a way 2010 vindicated Sarah Palin singularly and ideologically. The Mama Grizzly will only get stronger and loom large going forward.
More recently, the birth certificate came out and was forgot promptly. Osama got killed and that fact too was forgot quickly, thanks in large measure to the anti-climactic timing and the administration’s over-calculated handling of the event. The two (now many little) wars drag on and the economy drags down. The president’s approval rates teeter on the brink of collapse, and so does any chance of a financial recovery. So many controversies, flaps, scandals, and non-events. And so many events that should have marked us for good, have only left us with a bad taste.
The one thing that remained constant prior to and since the ‘shellacking’ of 2010 has been the dual phenomena: slow decline of the President’s popularity and the never ending questions about the Governor. But then aren’t the two really connected!
What has truly been the singular event that captured the imagination of the nation, made the voters sit up and think, and got the pundits all agog was the very simple act of Sarah Palin resigning the governorship.
And the fact that she has delivered on the promise she made at the time of resignation – she would serve this nation as a private citizen as best as she could. That she did, travelling, writing, speaking and speaking out, and campaigning for like-minded candidates. She was as much the moving spirit behind the public’s education on death panels, as she was the spiritual mentor of the Tea Party movement. For all this, the Left never lost a chance at sliming her, including infamously seeking to blame her for the tragic attempt on a congresswoman’s life. But then, the Left never misses beat when it comes to spin, slime and slander.
Sarah Palin’s most ardent fans ‘just know’ that she is planning on running. Her critics fear the same. For three years now, she kept up this two pronged approach. On the one hand she kept up the attacks on the failures and shortcomings of the prevailing ideology and practice. On the other hand, she stayed in full public view, and unencumbered by title or office, not only fended off all ‘official’ investigations, but also moved incrementally, inexorably toward the inevitable – candidacy 2012.
Keep Pressure Up:
Sarah Palin continues to grow strong with the base. Her blogger support keeps growing steadily. Numerous blogs sprang up in the wake of her resignation. Networks of bloggers and supporters now exist. Though much, much more needs to happen, sees have been sown that will germinate rapidly and grow to awesome heights.
Every public issue has elicited a response from her. Be it taxes, bailouts, energy needs, debt issue, or the ground zero mosque, Sarah Palin opined forth, framed her values and presented herself in the clearest light. She could be a wonk when she chooses to, like on oil and gas matters. She could be poetic and emotive when the moment calls for it, such as on the mosque matter. But express self, she will. Whatever the average voter might say come 2012, one thing for sure, the world knows where Sarah Palin stands. Unless of course, the media decides to muddy the waters as they are won’t to do – as they have done with both Hillary and Sarah in 2008. Even McCain, the darling of the media circa GOP dominance, even the war hero fell by the wayside when media turned en masse toward Barack Obama in a sheer unabashed adulation.
However, Sarah Palin’s detractors rest never, as can be seen by the mindless comments some leave at this humble blog. Her every Tweet, Facebook posting, public appearance and speech provoke massive amounts of bile at the usual trash sites. The beltway buffoons continue to disparage her, but the average voter is going to tire of it, is already tired of it. The world is too much with us, the daily burdens of being are too real for too many of us. As they said, it’s the economy stupid, and those who in the past blindly followed the media that ennobled our uncompromising, ill-prepared president, at the expense of the governor, will begin to listen to her with a new keenness. At last in 2012, it will have become too painful for the middle class American to imbibe the koolade of left-wing criticism of Sarah Palin, and ignore the stark realities of one’s own life. That’s why she keeps speaking out. Just as she promised on that Independence day three years ago. (Remember, the only response the liberals could come with back then was to float rumors about her divorce, ah wretchedness!)
Sarah Palin’s opinions are seldom held back. Seldom blunt, or overstate the case. She offered measured critique of every major issue, and on every event that occurred since 2008. She never singled out the president or the white house, but instead ‘spread the wealth around’. She included in her critique her own party colleagues, high priests of the administration, the congress and other public institutions whenever they deviated from her values and vision. Commonsense Conservative is going to be a phrase one will hear a lot of.
Keep Powder Dry:
The pundits keep putting pressure on Palin to announce, asking themselves, each other, the wind currents and whoever will listen, when will she announce. They come up with fake deadlines, phony time frames and counts the days of their broadcasts, to ask if time is running out on Sarah. The answer to all is the same, time is on the side of Sarah Palin. The longer she is in the news, the longer the public tires of the punditry. Being in the news can hurt her no longer. So much mud has been slung against her, the slings and arrows hurt no more, and in fact could easily turn into boomerang. Look back at how pathetic they sound when they ask Michelle Bachmann or Mitt Romney some silly question, and how the answer is received – any answer at all. Gradually, it seems to me, the lefty media is shooting itself in the foot. And by carrying on like the anointed arbiters of public opinion, it is they who will eventual lose all credibility. The average voter is liable to ask a year hence, is it possible that every political leader is so completely useless that only the current head of state can lead us out of here, after bringing us here in the first place? 2012 will be a far cry from 2004 when GWB managed to scrape past Kerrey. Things are a lot worse now than back then. If Sarah Palin waits and serves, the voter will come to her. Hence she keeps the powder dry.
There is another dimension to her current style of non-campaign campaigning. By letting all the other GOP leaders play their public role in the pre-primary, pre-announcement stage play, she gracefully admits their individuality, substance, and public spirit. There is a certain generosity of spirit in letting these men and women be center stage, and have the media spotlight on them instead of the Governor sucking the oxygen out of the scene. I believe this is actually a calculated homage sort of gesture on Sarah Palin’s part in not glomming on to publicity (notwithstanding rabid leftwing accusations to the contrary). She knows the media will swarm around her when she chooses. Why monopolize all the attention. Let others take a turn. After all the one that survives will help her enormously when she decides to announce. (Fun to ponder: Palin & Perry in 2912)
If Sarah Palin is allowing herself to hold back, and let others debate, preen and strut, there is also a certain benefit to her that is real but not direct.
Americans have seen recently vicious attacks from the the media and the Left on every GOP candidate. The worst form of innuendo, silly research and back story spinning have come out about all nomination seekers. By letting others take the heat and glare for a change, Sarah is exposing the vacuity of the commentaries. Sooner or later the casual voter is going to ask if anybody is good enough for these media people. (Well we all know the answer to that). Sarah Palin is letting others get a taste of what she faced in 2008. If they can take it, good for them. If they survive and flourish, better yet. Palin herself will wait until this shakeout process runs its course. There is nothing in it for her at this early stage. Such a bloodied primary process would have been inevitable anyway, but why give the liberal media something to gloat over.
Take your time Governor. For we know you will do right by America …. Run!
[I don’t know about legal deadlines and regulatory cut-offs. But speaking as an ordinary voter, January 2012 is soon enough for the decision. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t be bad at all if the first primary were held on the first day of Spring. The whole formal campaign season is too darn long as it is. And the modern technology makes it even seem longer and over-crowded with non-events. A gentler pace to the primaries is long over due, and can only benefit the true electoral process, notwithstanding the self-serving views of the pundit class.]
One other matter.
Come First Monday in October the US Supreme Court will start a new term, and could well begin a new round of debate over Obamacare. Indeed, by the end of the year we may well know the fate of this monstrosity of a government undertaking. By November, Sarah Palin may very well stand vindicated at least partially. Or, the president might well admit having to rework the master legislation. It will enhance Sarah Palin’s vision of governance. The public will look at her more objectively, directly.
Finally, there is always the possibility however remote, that as disillusionment spreads, a primary challenge could rise on the Democrat side, even if the punditry doth protest too much. Already there is sentiment that Hillary would have been a better president. And that can only help Sarah Palin.
Over one million results to the phrase ‘primary challenged to Mr. Obama in 2012’ could be ominous. Who knows what discontent lurks in the heart of the winter that’s around the corner?
Time is on the side of Sarah Palin – keep pressure up, keep powder dry.
This needs no explanation. She is beautiful and speaks beautifully.
(Thanks to Atlas for suggesting.)
One doesn’t have to belong to the Abrahamic faiths to love Israel. Indians, specially Hindus – at least authentic Hindus, not the brainwashed dhimmis – will identify with the travails and triumphs of the Jewish people.
Congratulations to the people of Israel on the 63rd Anniversary of the founding of their glorious nation. Israel Forever.
(Video suggested by Atlas)
For readers who enjoy their history in movie form, the exciting story of the founding of Israel can be found in these great flicks:
Paul Newman starred in Exodus, based on a book of same name by Leon Uris. It’s long, detailed, wonderfully shot and delightfully told.
Another great movie introduction to the introduction of Israel to the world is a Kirk Douglas starrer Cast A Giant Shadow, another Hollywood triumph that also starred Yul Brynner and Frank Sinatra.
If you would rather read some wonderful books, over a week or two, either of the books by Leon Uris will do: Exodus or The Haj. Amazing books!
My heartfelt tributes to each and every person who keeps Israel a living reality each and every day.
The world needs Israel as a nation, as a people and as an icon of human conscience. Israel Forever!
Only Atlas could have said it better:
Support life, support love, support freedom, support Israel.
Am Yisrael Chai!
Its a beautiful thing. Sarah Palin’s itinerary this weekend.
A visit to India followed right on its heels by a visit to Israel.
Aye, aye, captain, oh my captain.
Here is a clip of her visit to the sacred worshipping wall (as prime minister Begin used to admonish us to refer to it). Or, the Kotel, as Yid with Lid advises.
Got to love Sarah. She didn’t mince words, just referred to ‘touching the corner stone of my faith’. How can you not adore this honest creature!
Now that the naughty amongst you have somehow gotten over the smoking hot news presenter in the above clip, head on over to the one and only Atlas, and read more. Baruch Hashem