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This 2008 article written by Elaine Lafferty (pro-choice and former editor of MS Magazine) has recently resurfaced. In it, Ms. Lafferty describes her observations of Governor Sarah Palin as part of the McCain/Palin consulting team.
It's difficult not to froth when one reads, as I did again and again this week, doubts about Sarah Palin's “intelligence,” coming especially from women such as PBS's Bonnie Erbe, who, as near as I recall, has not herself heretofore been burdened with the Susan Sontag of Journalism moniker. As Fred Barnes—God help me, I'm agreeing with Fred Barnes—suggests in the Weekly Standard, these high toned and authoritative dismissals come from people who have never met or spoken with Sarah Palin. Those who know her, love her or hate her, offer no such criticism. They know what I know, and I learned it from spending just a little time traveling on the cramped campaign plane this week: Sarah Palin is very smart.
I'm a Democrat, but I've worked as a consultant with the McCain campaign since shortly after Palin's nomination. Last week, there was the thought that as a former editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine as well as a feminist activist in my pre-journalism days, I might be helpful in contributing to a speech that Palin had long wanted to give on women's rights.
What is often called her “confidence” is actually a rarity in national politics: I saw a woman who knows exactly who she is.
Now by “smart,” I don't refer to a person who is wily or calculating or nimble in the way of certain talented athletes who we admire but suspect don't really have serious brains in their skulls. I mean, instead, a mind that is thoughtful, curious, with a discernable pattern of associative thinking and insight. Palin asks questions, and probes linkages and logic that bring to mind a quirky law professor I once had. Palin is more than a “quick study”; I'd heard rumors around the campaign of her photographic memory and, frankly, I watched it in action. She sees. She processes. She questions, and only then, she acts. What is often called her “confidence” is actually a rarity in national politics: I saw a woman who knows exactly who she is. More
Readers of this blog will recall the name Stephen K. Bannon as the writer and producer of "The Undefeated", a documentary that chronicles Sarah Palin's rise from Wasilla City Council member to GOP nominee for Vice President of the United States. "The Undefeated" is the story of one woman, how she took on her own party and the effective team that she assembled to govern Alaska.
Once again, Mr. Bannon is bringing to the forefront vital information that exposes the origins of the Occupy Wall Street movement as well as the radical ideas behind "income inequality" that has become the centerpiece of the Obama re-election effort.
Pelosi asks "Where are the women?" against the HHS mandate? Kim Daniels & Helen Alvare proudly say "Here we are"!
The above is in reference to the government mandate for religious organizations to provide contraception and related services, i.e. abortion, to employees even if it is a violation of conscience. Governor Palin then referenced an article entitled "Here We Are" from the The National Review.
Like countless other women, we’ve been closely following the Obama administration’s attempt to compel religious institutions to provide contraceptive coverage in violation of their beliefs. And like countless other women, over the past several days we’ve heard House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and others repeatedly ask those who oppose the contraceptive mandate, “Where are the women?”
Imagine if you will, a piano keyboard with each key representing a conservative value or principle that is required to restore our Republic. Further imagine that the right combination of keys produces the most beautiful melody you’ve ever heard, one that resonates with your very soul. It’s the principles of our founders that are tried and true. It’s the “keys of truth”, conservative principles that will bring this country back from a precipice. I heard that beautiful melody on Saturday, February 11th in a Marriott Ballroom in Washington, DC when Governor Sarah Palin delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 CPAC Convention. Based upon the reaction of the CPAC attendees, Sarah Palin “struck a chord” that resonated with their souls and quotes, such as the following, are the reason why:
Debt – “Ya cut it. Gut it. Get rid of it! Americans shouldn’t have to spend their lives working so hard so Washington can spend easy”
Military – “We are going to put our faith in the strength of our armed forces and not the hollow promises of our adversaries. We must be the home of the brave. We refuse to accept that a weak America means a better and safer world.”
Founders – “Professor Obama may have forgotten the Bill of Rights but we shall not forsake it including those rights that our founders risk their lives for. Freedom of religion. The right to bear arms. We will rise up, we will defend them.”
Economy – “We want an economy built to grow.”
Taxes – “We want to cut taxes so we can create more wealth”.
Jobs – “We have a better jobs plan and it’s called the free market and it worked before this president and it will work again after this president.”
Life – “We believe that every child is created equal with that right to life. I ask you to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. If not us, who?”
Israel – “God bless Israel.”
Is it any wonder there were some twelve standing ovations? Take a listen.
After reading the above, you most likely think that it was written in the last twenty-four hours and certainly after the posting of SarahPAC’s most recent video release “Chords of Memory”. It wasn’t. Unfortunately the busyness of life sometimes gets in the way of blogging and seemingly good ideas get placed on the back-burner. When I saw the video title “Chords of Memory”, I had to wonder if perhaps the piano keyboard analogy was divinely inspired. I tend to think that perhaps it was.
Reelz Channel has acquired TV rights to Stephen Bannon's Sarah Palin documentary "The Undefeated" and will premiere it on March 11, just a day after HBO debuts "Game Change," the adaptation of the best selling book chronicling the Alaska governor's entrance into the 2008 race.
The two projects will certainly be a study in contrasts: "The Undefeated," which had a theatrical and pay-per-view run last year, is a reverential look at Palin, from how she took on the good-old-boys club of Alaska politics to her battles against the entrenched media and Beltway establishment as she rose to national prominence. Palin attended the film's premiere last summer in Iowa.
"Game Change" is based on the 2008 campaign tome by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, but the HBO movie focuses on the drama surrounding John McCain selection of Palin as his running mate. More
Intense race week begins for motorheads who love the cold and snow up North! Every racer in this 2000-mile epic journey across Alaska is tough. Period. Lots of self-discipline and determination and amazing mechanical skills are required. You can check standings here and GPS tracking here.
Here are some photos of Todd and Trig from the start of the race yesterday.
Celebrating George Washington’s birthday is an American tradition to honor our first president. Though Presidents’ Day is now the more commonly-used term, and has expanded to include all presidents, the legal term for this federal holiday remains Washington’s Birthday.
We honor President Washington, not because he was flawless; he was not. He was, however, the epitome of self-sacrifice—both as a soldier and a statesman. It was that sacrifice that helped make America what it was destined to become. We honor him because of what he accomplished and the manner in which he approached service to this nation: with a servant’s heart.
I am on record as acknowledging President Washington as my favorite Founder precisely because of that heart. He did not seek power. He accepted it reluctantly. He answered the call, offered himself up in the name of service, and helped to usher in a new day. At a time when he could have remained in office perpetually, as some expected, he chose to return to life as a citizen rather than seek a third term. He fulfilled his destiny, and his legacy is secure. More