Posts Tagged ‘iowa’

Iowa Revisited: Santorum Wins!

Thursday, January 19th, 2012


If you want to know a media outlet’s slant, just compare their headlines to the stories that accompany them for a little while, and you’ll know the truth.  CNN is reporting that “Report: Iowa results show ‘virtual tie’ between Romney, Santorum,” because Santorum will actually be recorded as the victor by thirty-four votes, but back when the story from Iowa was different, showing a Romney victory by eight votes, we were instead treated to “Romney wins Iowa by Eight votes” and similar language.  So what’s the point?  When it was believed Romney had won Iowa by a slim eight votes, “a win’s a win,” but when Santorum turns out to have won by thirty-four, well, then it’s just a “virtual tie.”

To summarize:

Romney victory by 8? “Romney wins!”

Santorum victory by 34?  “Virtual tie”

This is why the media is dangerous.  Romney received almost all of the good press associated by having his name accompanied by the word “win,” but now that it turns out he didn’t, he will not be slapped with “loss” or “lose” and Rick Santorum will not get the acknowledgment of his victory that Romney had gotten.  There won’t be any “Santorum Wins!” headlines over at CNN.  Say what you will, but this, along with the Gingrich smear story that Drudge is still pushing, serve as just two small examples of how media uses headlines to push an agenda.

Did Romney Actually Lose Iowa to Santorum?

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

When a Win Isn't a Win

Hotair is reporting that Rick Santorum appears to have beaten Romney, but due to a typo, 20 votes were counted incorrectly.  That’s astonishing, because it would flip it from a win by eight votes to a loss by twelve. At this hour, I have no further details, but this is an interesting story because it points out how close things really were, and how thoroughly weak the alleged “front-runner” is in fact.

This makes Santorum’s rise all the more astonishing, as it seems he pulled off the upset after all.  I guess when you are willing to visit voters one at a time, you’re entitled to a positive turn of events.




Waiting For the Moment

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Can You Feel It?

As we were riding along somewhere in Kansas, on our journey home to Texas from the Restoring America Rally on Saturday in Indianola, I had time to gather some of my thoughts about what we had experienced.  One result from the weekend trip is the indelible impression with which I’ve been left about the nature of Sarah Palin’s supporters.  Much like my experience on the opening night of The Undefeated, there’s a commonality of purpose and values that has no analog outside the concept of family.  The people who I met throughout the trip were like me, inasmuch as they were simply humble, hard-working Americans.  They came from all over the country, and the last time I heard such a wide-ranging collection of accents was during my service in the Army.  They were all wonderful, each of them fighting in their own ways for a common goal.   I spent much of my time blushing, inside or out, as people who have read my posts came to know who I was and immediately set out to tell me so.  To each of you now reading this,  I want to tell you to the hearing of the world:  Thank you!  You’ve made this website a success by any measure.

Much more importantly, you’ve permitted me to become a part of your family, as you have become part of mine, and the value of that privilege cannot be overstated.   Your comments, suggestions, and sincere encouragement mean the world to me.   The other thing I noticed, as I spoke to fellow attendees was that another theme is becoming clear, and it’s more than the simple expression of words can convey:  We’ve come to a moment of clarity, about our world, our national future, and who will lead us there.  Sarah Palin is that leader.

During Saturday’s address, Governor Palin spoke about the future of the country, and offered real, pragmatic, but also principled ideas for the first steps in restoring the economic health of our nation. Her life’s experiences have taught her that we cannot have a system composed half of loot and half of property.  Capitalism works when it is essentially laissez faire.  As she spoke to the rain-drenched crowd, many chilled to the bone by the torrents of rain, she sounded like John Galt as she explained how government must get out of the way of the private sector.  Not a leader with timid proposals, she offered a reform that would empower the private sector to generate new strength and vitality.  More than this, however, she offered a new and more sharply focused vision of the direction she would take the country.  In the book Atlas Shrugged, John Galt was said to be creating a new kind of Atlantis, an advanced civilization not of legend or myth, but one built upon the concrete foundations of the principles of liberty based in reason.  As I listened to Tea Party speakers, and listened to the thundering approval of the crowd, I knew I had arrived at the right place, in just the right time.

Like Rand’s protagonist, Palin understands that no system of freedom can be adopted by a people not willing to live it.  Liberty isn’t a quantity you can maintain by any other means.  You must choose it.  It can’t be forced upon you, and as our recent experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan ought to have taught us, freedom is a choice you must embrace of your own volition.  Our people have become accustomed to a fading, shrinking notion of liberty overwhelmed by a growing, magnifying tyranny.  It’s a different kind of choice, and for far too long, in the name of expedience, and on the ever-widening claims of necessity, we’ve been on a consistent retreat from our founders’ principles toward a form of government that promises only a burgeoning misery, more equally distributed. Sarah Palin understands that to reverse this decline, at each crossroad, and each point of decision along the way, the choices in the direction of liberty will provide the only viable path to national restoration.  So do you.

The sense with which this Tea Party event left me is that my fellow Sarah Palin supporters have come to a sense of calm about all the drama the media has tried in vain to create over whether she will announce on this day or that, or at all.   None among us will fall prey to this any longer.  We’re ready.  If Governor Palin chooses to announce a candidacy tomorrow, or the next day, or any day thereafter, we are chomping at the bit to get into this race.  Like well-schooled racehorses, we’re steady in the gates.  No longer any pre-race jitters or jumpiness, we’re more seasoned now while patiently awaiting the starting bell, in firm concentration to achieve a clean start.  There won’t be any more bolting from the gates, or late scratches from the race. We await that sound, whatever form it takes, and we’ll know, and we’ll break cleanly.  Just like on Saturday in Indianola, we’ll urge her to run, but if it’s not yet the moment, we’ll wait longer.

Some have claimed that’s she has missed her moment.  I beg to differ, and so do you.  I watched Del Parker and Jelayne Sessler from the DFW area put together a remarkable bus trip.  I saw Donna Galloway put together a van-load from Southeast Texas on a shoestring.  I watched Ron Devito deploy equipment to capture the event while keeping US4Palin updated consistently.  I observed Martha Cano and other Texas O4P volunteers signing up new folks.  I watched people young and old conduct themselves with honor.  I watched Peter Singleton of Iowa O4P make a remarkable little speech with great insights.  I met many of the folks from C4P, and all of them had the same energy and excitement though each showed it in his or her own way.  I listened to Tammy Bruce give a stirring talk(Special note here to Del Parker for putting us in the right place at the right time to hear Tammy speak.)  I met Frank Aquila, whose book I’m now reading.  I met the exceedingly gracious Nicole Coulter who writes wonderful articles and cleans up my postings before they’re put onto the pages of Conservatives4Palin.  In truth, I met so many fine people it’s impossible to list them all.  I saw enthusiasm like I’ve never seen at any other event.  Some will point to the rain-depressed turn-out, but I would say to such critics that they are missing the point.  The intensity in this awesome core of supporters who arrived to cheer for the Tea Party event and Sarah Palin are rugged, determined, and persistent, and they represent the finest traditions and values of our Republic.  All of them exhibited an enduring reverence for the constitutional principles on which our nation had been founded.  All of them know what is at stake.

Most all of them seemed to sense the same clarity of purpose.  Our nation is really on the ropes.  We know a lesser candidate can’t fix what ails us.  It’s not that we’re looking for some Messiah or savior, as the left thought they found in Barack Obama, but instead for something nearly as rare in contemporary politics:  An honest broker.  A truthful spokesperson.  A sincere advocate.  A political warrior.  We’ve found that person in Sarah Palin.  Now we must continue toprepare while we wait.  It isn’t going to be  easy.  We’re going to be accosted from all sides.  Still, that moment in time is upon us, and there isn’t one amongst us who doesn’t see and sense its approach.  We’ve waited and watched and prepared.  There is much more yet to do, but we’re the people to do it.  The critics will say what they always do, but for you and I, who’ve been there, and have seen what was offered, it’s clear that the moment is still coming.  We’re ready.

Tea Party Event Update

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Tea Party of America Stage

Indianola, IA – The Tea Party of America’s Restoring America event has just been drawing a growing crowd. Given the thunderstorm that has just rolled in, drenching people unprepared for the weather, many are currently seeking shelter in tents and in the vehicles in the parking lot.  Undeterred, many  die-hard Tea Party members continue to brave the downpour, with rain jackets, umbrellas, and anything else they can find.

At present, the event is still more than 15 minutes from its scheduled start, and the One Nation tour bus is on the grounds.  Find some early photos posted below(click for larger view):

One Nation Tour Bus

Texans Victoria Montgomery and Jelayne Sessler

More as time permits.

The C4P/O4P Meet-Up Starring Sarah Palin

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Clive, IA – It was a stunning arrival Friday evening by Governor Sarah Palin to the cheers of an adoring crowd at the Machine Shed restaurant in Clive.  I happened to be in the most perfect position to view the Governor’s arrival.  I have no images to share with you, my phone having become a casualty of the thirteen hour drive to the event.   It wouldn’t have mattered.  At 7:53pm, a large SUV with tinted glass pulled up to the entrance at the Machine Shed.  Out leaped Sarah Palin onto the sidewalk.  I happened to be standing just feet away on the sidewalk, and also happened to be the first person to welcome her with an outstretched hand.  I have no pictures to offer you, and the media probably didn’t get any pictures until moments later as the barrage of flashes exploded like fireworks.  Still, consistent with any other appearance she makes, Governor Palin was surrounded by reporters and supporters alike, and I was suddenly relieved that I had mercifully avoided being at the center of that spectacle as she moved past me and toward the entrance.

Prior to her arrival, the media seemed to be covering all of the restaurants entrances and exits.  Some had gathered by the main entrance, but none really seemed prepared for the moment when she emerged from the SUV.  For a politician who so many pundits have declared irrelevant so many times, Palin’s raw star power and broad base of committed support seems to re-write the meaning of the term.  Inside the restaurant, the scene was one of well-mannered pandemonium, with chants of “Run Sarah, Run” reverberating to thunderous applause.  As always, Mrs. Palin deftly worked the crowd and thrilled many joyous supporters, as well as others who were there simply for a meal, at the restaurant sheer happenstance.

People from both coasts, and everywhere in between, had traveled to Iowa for this event. The Texas contingent was particularly large, arriving in a tour bus with a placard proclaiming Texas Is Palin Country.  Another group from Texas also arrived by van.  Altogether, hundreds upon hundreds of Palin supporters jammed into the Machine Shed.  One might have called it a mob in any other context, but as is common wherever Palin appears, she tends to draw a rather different crowd.  These were all salt-of-the-earth sorts who came to show their support for Sarah Palin, whether or not she ultimately appeared.  Apparently, Governor Palin adores her supporters too, because she seemed intent on fulfilling every request for autographs, and ever photo request.

Once the Palins made it to their seats, in the corner of the room reserved by the C4P and O4P organizers, Peter Singleton made some impromptu remarks to the resounding enthusiasm of the assembled, standing-room-only crowd.  Spontaneous chants of “Run Sarah, Run” filled the room as punctuation to his remarks.  He told the crowd of his belief that Governor Palin could win the nomination, and having done so, could also go on to win the general election.  While the enthusiasm of supporters isn’t necessarily an accurate measure of one’s electoral prospects, it’s likewise clear that few other candidates engender the sort of passion observed in the crowd at the Machine Shed on Friday night.

In the end, the Palins departed through a back door in the large room, Mrs. Palin herself not electing to make a speech to the crowd.  She smiled humbly as the crowd implored her to seek the presidency, but there’s little doubt that she understands the wishes of her supporters.

Saturday’s Tea Party rally at which Governor Palin will deliver the keynote address is expected to draw a large crowd at the balloon field in Indianola.  I’ll be there to cover it with camera, phone, laptop, and what few wits I’ll be able to muster.  Whatever happens, and whatever Palin may say at Saturday’s event, it’s almost certain to be memorable.

Note to my readers: I was fortunate enough to meet a relatively large number of people who approached me to tell me they appreciated my work in this blog.  I want to thank all of you, each and every one, for taking the time to say hello.  When I began publishing this blog six weeks ago, I had no idea it would blossom as it has.  To all of you, whether you were at the gathering on Friday evening at the Machine Shed, I thank you, for reading and supporting this blog.  I am truly humbled by your response.  If any of you are in town for the Tea Party event on Saturday in Indianola, please don’t hesitate to say hello!  I greatly appreciate your honest feedback.

Palin Announcement on September 3rd More Likely?

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Keeping the Media Guessing

With a big H/T to, the following article by Natalie Nichols was filed:

A Palin Announcement on September 3rd Looks More Likely

While none know for sure, as Governor Palin has been very careful to avoid misleading anyone, Nichols’ theory seems as plausible as any.  Still others have speculated about other dates, including the 26th of August(commemorating the ratification of the 19th Amendment,) or September the 16th(in observance of Constitution Day.)

For all I know, she could announce in five minutes, though it seems unlikely.  The problem with all of this speculation is that nobody but Governor Palin seems to know, and I expect that’s the way she prefers to keep it.

As ever, I’m content to wait and see, but I’ve already made my trip plans for Iowa, and we’ll find out…

Restoring America Rally Change of Venue

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

In order to increase ease of accessibility, the venue for the Restoring America Rally in Waukee, Iowa, September 3rd, has been changed.  Sarah Palin will be the keynote speaker! Please read the notice below, and spread the word to those who you know plan to attend:


Thanks to US4Palin for the update!

Palin to Washington DC: Cut the Crap!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Telling the Truth

Speaking to Sean Hannity Friday night, on the grounds of the Iowa State Fair, Governor Palin made quite clear the dissatisfaction of voters with Washington’s politics-as-usual.  At one point, she explained that the American people had been very clear in their support of Cut, Cap and Balance, but now “We’re telling Congress: Cut the crap, and balance, please!”

Governor Palin also made it clear that’s she’s still considering a run for the White House, and as I explained earlier today, this strategy leaves her sitting in the cat-bird’s seat, and she knows it.

Apart from that, the news out of the interview may have been the adoring crowd gathered for the time she was on-stage.  It’s fairly clear that there is a hunger for a candidate who will speak the plain truth about the problems confronting the country.  Asked about Thursday night’s GOP debate, she mentioned Newt Gingrich and his rebuke to the press and their “gotcha questions.”  The crowd responded enthusiastically, sensing that Mrs. Palin isn’t the ordinary politician.  Rather than slam some of the other republican candidates, she actually took the opportunity to praise one specifically, and all of them generally. At one point, she even explained she’d be willing to vote for anybody except Obama.

This is a decidedly different tone from the ordinary politics to which we’ve all become accustomed.  While there’s no doubt that she is more than able and decidedly willing to mix it up with wayward Republicans, when she sees grounds upon which to praise them, she lavishes it on them graciously.  This makes one remember Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment, and it should serve Mrs.Palin well in the future.

Earlier in the day, arriving at the Fairgrounds, she was mobbed by admirers who clearly couldn’t wait to be in her presence.  It’s another sign of the Governor’s enduring popularity in the American heartland.  Her peculiar ability to interact with people has always served her well in politics, but also in general.

All of this still leaves in question the matter of her own immediate plans, and as she pointed out, she still has that “Fire in the belly.” As Americans look on in hope and admiration, many of them have that growing fire too, and it’s aimed at restoring a nation that’s been led astray by an insincere shepherd who many now believe has turned out to be nothing more than another wolf.  The next thirty days and more promise to be exciting as Governor Palin continues her One Nation tour. What’s next, or when an announcement might come is anybody’s guess, but one thing is certain: Sarah Palin is going to keep the press guessing as her would-be opponents for the nomination continue to hope she’ll just go away.  The view from here is clear: She’s here to stay.

Another Texas Group is Heading to Iowa

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Texas is Palin Country!

I used the group’s banner because it’s becoming apparent that contrary to the notion being pushed by the media, Rick Perry may not be the Texas favorite to capture the GOP presidential nomination after all.  (I’ve heard rumors there’s at least one group supporting him on the basis that at least we’d get a new governor out of the deal.)  Today, I spoke will Del Parker, and Jelayne Sessler, organizers forTexasO4Palin in the Dallas/Fort Worth region.  The two are putting together quite a big production in order to carry as many Texans as they can accommodate to Iowa for the September 3rd Tea Party of America’s “Restoring America Rally” where Governor Sarah Palin will be the keynote speaker.

Mr. Parker provided me some important details, including a letter they mailed out to all the people already interested in participating.  It’s a stunningly large affair for such a small grass-roots organization, but apparently few are better able or more thoroughly motivated than Sarah Palin’s supporters in the Lone Star State.

The US Coachways charter bus will depart from Dallas, Texas at approximately 8pm on Thursday, September 1st and return late evening on Sunday, September 4th.  The bus will be adorned with the signage at the top of this post. Seats are $175 per person which includes round trip bus travel and transfers to and from the event site.  Lodging is not included but an applicable group discount is offered.

If you are in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex or can carpool/ fly into the area and are looking for a fun and economical way to attend this event, click here to contact a coordinator.  Small group pickups in Oklahoma City or Kansas City are also offered.

That’s right, Sarah Palin’s getting back on the bus, and these industrious supporters are chartering a bus of their own.  $175.00 for the trip!  That’s a fantastic value, because by my own calculations, if my schedule would allow me to travel with them, I’d save myself at least $50.oo in gasoline for my efforts, and I wouldn’t be driving the whole way!

Mr. Parker’s letter:

Good afternoon Patriots,

Jelayne Sessler of Organize 4 Palin of Fort Worth and I are extending our invitation to all Tea Party groups in Texas, offering return coach bus rides out of Dallas to the Iowa “Restoring America” Tea Party event over Labor Day Weekend.

We offer return deluxe bus service with two professional drivers to the Iowa Tea Party meet for $175 per person, with free parking in Dallas. This trip includes shuttles from our hotel 15 miles from the site at Hawkeye Antique Acres in Waukee, Iowa. We hope to take at least 4 buses x 55 passengers each. If you have friends that are affiliated with various Tea Parties in Texas, or nearby Oklahoma or Louisiana, please forward this invitation to join us in Dallas for our 7:00 PM departure Thursday September 1st.

It will be a 14 hour overnight journey with breaks, which will put us at an approximate arrival at our discounted hotel in Clive, Iowa, at about 11 AM Friday. The drivers need 8 hours to rest, during which you are free to rest, or lounge at the pool, or to go over and help set up at the site about 15 miles from our hotel. From the hotel, the drivers will bus us to a 7 PM Friday evening meet and greet informal dinner with other Organize 4 Palin and Conservatives 4 Palin volunteers from all parts of the U.S. From there we need to be back at the hotel by 10 PM, so we can be in line at 6 AM the next morning, as the road into the event is long and single file, and will be jammed by 8 or 9 AM. I know folks that have told me they will be camping out at the site, rather than fighting traffic.

Several of the Tea Party leaders I have spoken with these last few days have yet to learn of the Iowa Tea Party Meet in Waukee. Governor Sarah Palin will give the keynote address on Saturday, Sept 3. This is the 3 year anniversary of Gov. Palin’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in 2008. I and many others were excited to hear Governor Palin 3 years ago, and are eager to hear what the Governor has to say 3 years later. It should prove to be an event we will always remember, and I am especially glad to be able to enjoy it with fellow Texans, and with friends throughout the country. Jelayne and I have done everything we can to make this a very special trip that you will always remember.

For details of the trip please visit, e-mail: or phone Jelayne Sessler direct at 817-456-2130.

Join us. We look forward to your company!

Del Parker and Jelayne Sessler
Organize 4 Palin, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas

All of Texas is Palin Country

Back on the Bus!

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Restoring One Nation!

Speaking of road-trips for the sake of restoring America as One Nation, Wednesday, Governor Sarah Palin sent out an email to let folks know that the One Nation Tour is starting again, and will enjoy a stop at the Iowa State Fair.  If you want to know more about the One Nation tour, you can check out this video to get an idea of what it’s all about.

About this stop on the tour’s itinerary, Governor Palin tells readers she’s delighted to be going to Iowa, part of America’s rich heritage of values:

“State fairs hold a special place in our nation’s history and heritage, so my family is honored to highlight one of them on one stop along the One Nation Tour route – America’s historic Iowa State Fair! (I’m also excited to try some of that famous fried butter-on-a-stick, fried cheesecake-on-a-stick, fried twinkies, etc. I’ll enjoy them in honor of those who’d rather make us just “eat our peas”!)”

You can bet she’ll have no shortage of company when she arrives, but as always, Governor Palin spares no opportunity to point out the differences between she and others who will be touring the midwest by bus:

“Unlike next week’s Obama Bus Tour, taxpayers aren’t funding our tour, which is why we so appreciate your support in allowing us to be out there on the open road to visit with you to highlight small towns, big-hearted people, and the important role they play in our most exceptional nation.”

This seems to put to rest the Lamestream Media lies that the tour was finished.  You can participate in supporting the tour by visiting this page at SarahPac.  For those who support Governor Palin, this is sure to be a wonderful opportunity to show that support.  You’ll be able to follow the tour by bookmarking the site.  The next month is looking increasingly exciting for Governor Palin’s supporters as expectation begins to grow to a fevered pitch.  I’m looking forward to my own little road-trip early next month. I hope to see you there!

Blazing a Trail to Restoration: Texas Group to Travel to Iowa

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Follow This!

On the 1st of September, if you see this logo (at left) going past on the back of a van,  you may wish to follow it.  It will be on it’s way from Southeast Texas to a special event in Iowa.  Of the all of good reasons to set out for Waukee, Iowa, few could be better than to see Governor Sarah Palin deliver the keynote address at the “Restoring America Rally” hosted by the Tea Party of America, set for September 3rd.   It’s likely to be a very large event, but so far from home, you might not think Texans would bother  to make the long trip.  Of course,  if you’re not a Texan you might not know our gritty determination.  One group from the Southeast  Region of TexasO4Palin is determined to get there on time, and is putting together a caravan.

I talked with the Region’s coordinator, Donna Galloway, and she told me they intend to have a great time.  They’re calling it the Restoration Roadtrip, and they mean business, but like almost every Texan, they know how to make anything fun.

If  you’re interested in getting in on their little roadtrip, contact them here:

It seems as though more and more Texans are getting involved in supporting Sarah Palin every day. If you’re from the Southeast Region of Texas, and you’re as frustrated as most at what’s been happening in our country, this is your chance to get in there and make a difference in the direction of our nation.  The title of the event says it all.  Come out and help your fellow Texans makes this event a rousing success.  For more details, please see this site.  I’ve been told that other groups in support of Sarah Palin are planning similar things, so check back for updates. I’ll post new information as it becomes available.