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Update Number Two: SarahPac Sets Record Straight

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Well, there it is. You can go read it for yourself, but I am quoting the message in its entirety here:

Setting The Record Straight: Wrong & Misleading

Posted on August 23, 2011

Three years ago DC pundits predicted with glee the demise of Sarah Palin’s political career. This past weekend their tune changed, citing false information that she has made a decision and set a date regarding a future campaign. Any professional pundit claiming to have “inside information” regarding Governor Palin’s personal decision is not only wrong but their comments are specifically intended to mislead the American public. These are the same tired establishment political games that fuel the 24 hour news cycle and that all Americans will hopefully reject in 2012, and this is more of the “politics-as-usual” that Sarah Palin has fought against throughout her career.

PS – Kudos to CNN for setting the record straight and including Governor Palin’s own words.

Ladies and Gentlemen, there you have it.  I feel vindicated in my suspicions about Karl Rove and Dick Morris, and I am glad that SarahPac made this clear and unambiguous statement.  It’s good to see them answer this nonsense directly! And kudos to SarahPac, as they’re doing tremendous work.  You can also contribute to their cause on the website.

It’s ironic that after three years, the Republican establishment has teamed up with some forces in the media to continue the hatchet-job that was begun by leftists three years ago.  This is where you can make a difference: Stopping the spread of the ridiculous attacks.  They’re right. It’s just more “politics-as-usual.”  Well, they got caught red-handed this time.

Another Voice Agrees: 9/3 Narrative Smells Like a Setup

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

It’s really not a surprise that Mark Levin gets it.  I’ve told you before what an awesome talk-show host and conservative thinker he is, and as usual, Mr. Levin did not disappoint with Monday’s opening monologue:

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As is obvious, we need to be watchful for ploys like this from the so-called analysts and other shills for the establishment. You can catch Mark Levin in many markets, nationwide, and you can also check out his website here. Don’t forget to like him on Facebook.

That’s my view, as I explained earlier Monday, and it’s important for Sarah Palin’s supporters to remember this is the sort of game some of these people play, and they play for keeps.

Why Would I Believe Karl Rove Now?

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Who? Me?

You know what I think of Karl Rove, and it isn’t pleasant.  He doesn’t say anything without some ulterior motive, and he seldom throws air-time away on loose, unfocused talk.  He even makes up his own small white-boards for television interviews so he can make his points visually.  No, a guy like this never says or does anything without a purpose in mind.  Over the last several days, since he made his statements regarding Sarah Palin’s potential official entry into the GOP field, something hasn’t felt right about it.  Two things I know about Rove are that he hates to be seen as having been wrong, and what he really hates is to lose.  His value to the establishment as a political strategist isn’t based on the accuracy of his political prognostications in public, but instead on his ability to manipulate results by the disinformation he spreads in the media.   Often times, the analysis he offers on TV are aimed at some purpose other than that which would seem apparent.  Due to this, I’ve begun to wonder what his mention of Sarah Palin is really intended to accomplish. It’s the reason I included a question mark in my coverage of Natalie Nichols’ article from yesterday.  I simply don’t trust the guy.  There’s always an angle to what he’s doing, and he’s effective.  Now, with Dick Morris tweeting that he thinks she’ll announce September 3rd, I can’t help but smell a rat.

I went back to the original article in which I read the account, and I was even able to scare up a portion of the video, and so I took a look at what Rove said, and considered what it might be intended to accomplish, apart from what he seemed to be saying.  In my view, here is the critical nugget:

“This is her last chance,” Rove said.  “She either gets in or gets out [after the Iowa visit].  I think she gets in.”

Who says it’s her last chance?  Why would any of us assume that Governor Palin would choose this moment to begin complying with the narrative of the media’s pet political analysts?  It’s not as though any of us actually believe either that Karl Rove wants Sarah Palin to succeed, or that he’s some sort of detached, objective source of political wisdom.  What Rove’s statement proposes is a ridiculous premise:  It’s then, or never.  Why would Rove wish to deliver such a message?  He certainly isn’t saying it to help Sarah Palin.  I think he wants to paint the picture of a candidate who must get in over Labor Day weekend, or just as well stay home.  Could this be because Rove is trying to push her to a premature declaration, or to push us into a false belief based on his dubious assertions?

Why would Rove do that? Rove’s interests lie with some other agenda, but not in advancing a Palin candidacy. What if he could score a substantial knock on her via an expectation game he’s now helped foment among us, knowing that she’s better served to wait a while longer?

Would I enjoy it if she did announce on the 3rd?  Sure, since I plan on being there, but then again, I am not so worried about the particular date of her announcement that the lack of one on that day would throw me into a tail-spin of despair or send me scurrying off to some other campaign.  I’m a grown-up, and I’ve waited longer for things of much less importance.  Truth is, if that’s not the best day for Sarah Palin to announce, in her own judgment, and by her own criteria, I don’t want her to announce just to suit me.  I want her to announce on the day she believes will make for the best effect in pursuit of victory.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am prepared to wait until hell freezes over, or she herself tells us otherwise, and if she ultimately decides not to run, I’ll be fine with that too, because I support Sarah Palin, candidate for President or no.

Right now, there’s a lot of “huff and puff” over Rick Perry, and as I mentioned before, this Savior-of-the-Day mentality isn’t something we Palin supporters have ever accepted, so why go with the talking heads’ claims of their prescribed dates and times now?  No, I’m not falling for it.  If she announces that day, or any other day, I will be equally thrilled at the prospect.  There isn’t a time limit on my support, and in truth, my support of Governor Palin isn’t limited to Presidential politics, so I’m not inclined to get too attached to what Karl Rove asserts, one way or the other.  I’m done buying the premises such people try to lay out for us, knowing that all too frequently, it’s intended to push us in a direction we would not otherwise knowingly or willingly go.

I’ve said it before, and at some length a month ago today, and I’ll say it this one last time:  Leave the strategy to Governor Palin. Why am I supposed to feel hurried anyway?  I know who I support, and all the other people already in this race will still be there a month from now even if Governor Palin should decide not to run.  While I don’t view that as likely, so what if she did?  Two things would remain true even in that case:  I would still support her as a tremendous advocate for our values, and I would still be able to decide whether to support (or not support) one of the other numerous candidates.   What I won’t do is talk myself into arbitrary, dubious, artificial deadlines for which there is no actual basis in fact, never mind letting Karl Rove talk me into one.  That’s just silly.  The real deadlines are a good bit later, and for me, my deadline is that day on which Texans go to vote in the primaries, next March.  That’s the only deadline I’m worried about, and Karl Rove’s claim of some nonsensical cut-off date is just more typical DC-insider political garbage, and media manipulation.   No, I am prepared to wait.  Sarah Palin has said it herself:  There will be no mistaking her decision on the day she announces it.  I expect Iowa on September 3rd to be one thoroughly enriching event, and I am going there to enjoy the fellowship of others like me, and to listen to whatever Governor Palin has to say.  I’m not going there expecting to hear an official campaign launch.  I’m going there to support her and the Tea Party folks who are hosting the event.  She said the time-frame of the end of September should cover the range of dates during which we could expect some sort of announcement.  I believe her, and it’s as simple as that. There’s no sense in falling prey to some well-laid Karl Rove narrative.

A Time For Self-Discipline

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Looking Ahead!

One of the things that happens in any political season is that supporters of candidates can become overly confident and lose their edge.  My preferred candidate is, as you all know by now, Governor Sarah Palin.  As you also know, she has not yet made her entry into the race for the GOP nomination official.  Many people have been tempted to talk about how she’s going to beat Obama, myself included, and while that’s important, I’d urge my friends to temper their enthusiasm with the reminder that while we know she can win, the rest of the GOP doesn’t yet understand it, and it’s going to take our tireless efforts to make that happen.  It is not my intention to be a wet blanket, as I am as thoroughly enthusiastic at the notion of Sarah Palin’s imminent entry as any, but let me say this clearly: We who wish to see her inaugurated in January of 2013 must remember that this will be a long and difficult fight.  We have an uphill battle in all ways but one:  Ours  is the superior candidate, and we know it.  Let us now begin to show the rest of the GOP, and indeed the rest of America, why this is true.

I am certain that upon an announcement, Governor Palin will in some way begin immediately to coordinate her supporters.  There’s been no official campaign structure to link her to all the groups who have supported her for so long, but the rudiments are already in place with the great work of people who’ve been coordinating in their own states and regions for quite some time now.  It’s now time for you to begin building those contacts back up, and staying in touch more closely so that those who have waited for so long in expectation of this moment are able to take that stored enthusiasm and turn it into boots on the ground in every state in the union.  You want to win, don’t you?

There will be those who will hesitate at the notion of any formalization of their efforts, but to succeed, we must reaffirm our commitment in the candid and well-mannered self-discipline that has really been the calling card of Sarah Palin’s supporters all along.  I had one young person ask me recently how to help.  I said without hesitation that we must lead, but as we all know by now, to lead is to serve.  Let us serve our chosen candidate first by being there for her.  On September 3rd, whether that is the date of the announcement we all hope for, or not, we must be there for her, as many as we can, in such dedication as the moment will deserve.  Remember, by entering the race, Governor Palin will signify her own willingness to serve you, and the country, first by being there.  The truth is, she’s been there right along.  We must do the same.

The other thing I told this youngster was that we must remember that by association with her through our support, we must conduct ourselves at all times as her ambassadors.  This can be difficult at times, because there will surely be some ne’er-do-wells you will encounter who will try to rattle you or provoke you into words that you might later regret.  Remember, the world is sadly overstocked with some nasty provocateurs who would love nothing better than to goad supporters of Governor Palin into embarrassing themselves or even worse, the Governor.  Let the better angels of our nature be our guide.  We all find instances in our daily lives when we must deal gently with obnoxious people who don’t deserve the kind treatment prudence demands we afford them. I’m not asking you to be a pushover, as I don’t think that’s what Governor Palin would want, but just remember: As her supporters, we’re out there on her behalf.  Let’s do her proud!

If this seems a bit burdensome, it’s really not.  We need only to remember our goal.  What is our goal?  Is it that Sarah Palin runs for the nomination, or that she wins it?  If she wins the nomination, is that the end? Of course not, as we intend to see her win the nomination, and then the presidency, and even then, our task will have only gotten off to a rousing start.  Then we will set about restoring the nation, and that will be a long and difficult task, but I’m sure you will agree that it’s the mission for which we’ve volunteered to lead and to serve.

My point to you is not to dampen your enthusiasm, but to remind you for a moment of why we fight, and what we’re fighting to achieve.  I hope you will be heartened as am I by the things you have already accomplished.  We’re going to have tremendous fun doing it, and it’s going to the source of great pride in our lives.  We’ll make many more new friends, we’ll do all that which we are now assembling to do, and more you may not yet imagine.  All of this we can do, and have a start at repairing what is broken, but let us remember that is what we gather now to accomplish.

I have told you that I am prepared to wait so long as Governor Palin sees fit to wait.  That remains true. I have told you all the basic reasons I support Sarah Palin, and many of you have written to say you agree with me in most ways.  It seems that we’ve formed a sort of family, and I am proud of that too, but as I have told you before, things are getting bad here on the farm, and our pastures are now dust-bowls.  I am betting what remains of the farm on this effort because I love it, and I know this is our last chance too.  Some arrogant politicians will spout about having “skin in the game,” but I am here to say to you that I know how many of you also face hard times, and that you, like me, have more than some “skin in this game,” but instead our necks on the block.  I know it, because you’ve told me.  We face much worse if we don’t restore this nation, and you and I know there’s only one way that’s likely to happen.  Remember that for which we fight.  Lead.  Serve.  Do it with the same fervor for which you would fight for your very lives.  I know you will, because the character of those who email and message me daily aren’t the sort to wilt in the face of adversity.

Now is the time for that self-discipline that it took to build a nation.  What must drive us is the love we feel for the ideal that is America, strengthened in the knowledge that we have found our champion after too many years without one.  For what it’s worth, I want you to know I am proud of my association with you.  I haven’t felt this sort of kinship to such a large group since I was in the Army, where we were all brothers and sisters in one cause.  Isn’t it funny that now, when the country needs us most, we assemble again, some of you younger, and some of you older, but among you some familiar faces from my youth when I learned about real self-discipline, leadership and service?  So it is now for me, once again.  Thank you!

Today, I will send another contribution to SarahPac.  I have decided to do all I can for one last chance to save this country.  Yesterday, I talked to some fine folks who look at our future prospects as things are and tremble at what it will mean.  We can’t permit it. We mustn’t, and so I ask you to find all that is good in yourselves, all within you that still wants to fight for the future, and prepare.  On the day that Sarah Palin announces, whatever the date, I will find some way to be there.  It’s easy to make excuses and to claim a thing too hard.  Leave the excuses to Obama.  Leave them to the rest of the GOP field.  We won’t need them.