Video: Palin rallies the base for Chambliss in Georgia

posted at 6:52 pm on December 1, 2008 by Allahpundit

Probably unnecessary as it looks like the race is in the bag — if it wasn’t, Martin would have had a bigger draw today than, um, Ludacris — but a nice photo op for her anyway. Sample quote from an attendee: “Our candidate did not win the election but she won our hearts.” Note the mention of McCain here; K-Lo claims there were others. After all the backbiting, she could have easily dropped him from the speech and stuck to touting Chambliss. Either she doesn’t blame Maverick for the smears or she’s exceptionally forgiving.

The biggest cheers? For gun rights and special-needs children, natch.



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Heh, Tapper seems rather unimpressed with the possibility of Chris Matthews as a senator.

I wonder if Palin will participate in the presser after the Philly meeting tomorrow? I think it’s supposed to be all the governors who want to participate (so she’d be sharing the stage), but Obama and Biden are skipping it. On the one hand, it gives her a chance to show her stuff in front of, what will likely be, a hostile press and to be gracious. On the other hand, it could turn into the RGA press conference all over again.

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 8:45 PM

The Cuda is back. I defy any Sarah supporter or anybody leaning to Sarah to listen to her speech and not come away shaking their heads to why or how Obama got elected, and for damn sure (sorry for my French) not to let it happen again.

technopeasant on December 1, 2008 at 7:33 PM

gooey eyed kids, uneducated masses, white liberal guilt.

Won’t happen again.

Onager on December 1, 2008 at 8:40 PM

Excellent point. Hopey-changey has a limited shelf life.

ddrintn on December 1, 2008 at 8:47 PM

Page 2!

Brian1972 on December 1, 2008 at 8:47 PM

So 3,000 Georgians turned out to see Sarah?

My friends, its cute how sincere yet short-memoried you people are.

benny shakar on December 1, 2008 at 8:47 PM

ericdondero on December 1, 2008 at 7:12 PM

Alas, it was 103.

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 8:50 PM

Well, gosh…the defeated vice-presidential candidate received a great public reception today. Where is the VP-Elect?

My guess is he is tied to a chair in Obama’s basement with duct tape over his mouth until 1/20/09.

I’m just sayin’…

kingsjester on December 1, 2008 at 8:51 PM

On the other hand, it could turn into the RGA press conference all over again.

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 8:45 PM

I think Rick Perry screwed up by shutting that presser down so quick in Miami. He should have owned the message by insisting that other Govs be asked about the future of the party too. They just shut down Sarah and everybody else, took their ball and went home. That was a missed opportunity.

Too bad no one figured out how to harness all that free media that Sarah brought and use it to advance the message of the Conservative Reformation. Looked to me like there were too many sour grapes sulking in the background, worried about themselves instead of working as a team to prove Statehouses are where to look for conservative solutions in the future.

Thanks Pawlenty and Crist, thanks alot.

Brian1972 on December 1, 2008 at 8:52 PM

broker1 on December 1, 2008 at 7:38 PM

You are spot on. I agree she should wait until 2016. I don’t want to see her sacrificed in 2012.

Neocon Peg on December 1, 2008 at 8:52 PM

I do not think that Obama will make it for two terms. He is too controversial and insincere. Sarah is a great example of where the party is going for 2012. The media hit its high point this year by flexing their muscle. They have been marked and degraded. They will continue to spiral due to their unyielding infatuation and their integrity will continue to erode.

If 2010 is successful for Republicans, the grass roots and transformation of the party could make it a blockbuster year in 2012.

sherry on December 1, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Alas, it was 103.

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 8:50 PM

damn … I was way off

joey24007 on December 1, 2008 at 8:54 PM

So 3,000 Georgians turned out to see Sarah?

My friends, its cute how sincere yet short-memoried you people are.

benny shakar on December 1, 2008 at 8:47 PM

Yeah, well, Sarah Palin wasn’t handing out free Kool-Aid.

I guess with all that adulation, the forceful messiahship will guarantee a Martin victory tomorrow?

ddrintn on December 1, 2008 at 8:54 PM

benny shakar on December 1, 2008 at 8:47 PM

Well we made it one page without the trolls – two was too much to ask for.

So what tactic is it today, Benny – full-out attack about how stupid and incompetent she is, or reverse psychology about how the Democrats really want her to be the nominee?

It would be nice if you had something new, though – your same old same old is pretty boring by now. How about rape kits? Or her RNC wardrobe? You haven’t used those in a while.

Jim62sch on December 1, 2008 at 8:54 PM

f Obama’s ratings are good in 2012
KBird on December 1, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Biden: “We’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis.”

“It’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.”

Biden claimed Pakistan is “bristling with nuclear weapons.”

“This is more than just a capital crisis, this is more than just markets. This is a systemic problem we have with this economy,” Biden gushed.

“We’re gonna have to make some incredibly tough decisions in the first two years.”

“We do not have the military capacity, nor have we ever, quite frankly, in the last 20 years, to dictate outcomes. It’s so much more important than that. It’s so much more complicated than that. And Barack gets it.”

“I promise you, you all are gonna be sitting here a year from now going, ‘Oh my God, why are they there in the polls? Why is the polling so down?’”

… or as Iowahawk wrote:

Weeks after the inauguration — when the opinion polls will look bad. Really horribly bad. Despite our best efforts, a couple of mid-size cities will inevitably be vaporized. People will be complaining. ‘Why are you nationalizing the Safeway?’ ‘When is Omaha going to stop glowing?’ ‘Why do the Chinese soldiers keep asking for my papers?’ When this happens, we will need you to keep supporting us because, trust me, you really won’t want to be observed not supporting us.”

chunderroad on December 1, 2008 at 8:55 PM

Brian1972 on December 1, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Ah, but see, you’re thinking logically. We Republicans apparently don’t like to do that anymore. We’d much prefer to act like children who didn’t get their after school cookie.

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 8:55 PM

You are spot on. I agree she should wait until 2016. I don’t want to see her sacrificed in 2012.

Neocon Peg on December 1, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Meh, I dunno. Obama won’t be able to run as smoothly on hopey-changey platitudes next time around.

ddrintn on December 1, 2008 at 8:55 PM

If 2010 is successful for Republicans, the grass roots and transformation of the party could make it a blockbuster year in 2012.

sherry on December 1, 2008 at 8:52 PM

You are being rather generous, Sherry. I don’t see the signs I want to see out of the RNC, or the RGA for that matter. Too many Chiefs, not enough Indians. Everybody seems to be worried about 2012 already, and who is going to knock Sarah out of their way first. Not encouraging, I’m afraid.

Brian1972 on December 1, 2008 at 8:56 PM

My guess is he is tied to a chair in Obama’s basement with duct tape over his mouth until 1/20/09.

I’m just sayin’…

kingsjester on December 1, 2008 at 8:51 PM

King, I think that there will be a permanent place in the history books for Joe Biden. Not sure what superlative will be beside his name but it will be gentle, maybe something like “most ineffective” or “least noteworthy”. I wonder if he is sorry that he accepted the nomination. What a way to end your career in public service? A national joke.

sherry on December 1, 2008 at 8:57 PM

It would be nice if you had something new, though – your same old same old is pretty boring by now. How about rape kits? Or her RNC wardrobe? You haven’t used those in a while.

Jim62sch on December 1, 2008 at 8:54 PM

It would be nice if he put his money where his mouth is, and told us that the overwhelming popularity of Obama and Ludacris is going to whisk Martin to victory.

ddrintn on December 1, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Where is the VP-Elect?

kingsjester on December 1, 2008 at 8:51 PM

Trying to remember where he parked at Home Depot.

ddrintn on December 1, 2008 at 8:59 PM

KBird: What if Reagan had had those same thoughts in 1980? Do you remember watching The Longest Day (perhaps you’re too young) but during the high-level meeting on June 5,1944 Eisenhower and his team were mulling over whether to postpone the invasion of Europe (D-Day) until July because of unfavorable weather conditions. Thousands and thousands of men had been kept aboard ships, many more were on land rehearsing in their mind what they had to do on landing in Normandy, Allied paratroopers were getting ready to do preparatory work in France-everything was in motion. The odds of success were good-the Allies would have surprise on their side. Despite the poor weather conditions across the English Channel Eisenhower decided to launch D-Day on June 6, 1944. He completely caught the Germans by surprise, but obviously there were many Allied casualties with the German controlling the bluffs behind the beach with mounted machine guns that could fire hundreds of rounds a minute. However, the moral of the story is that when it is your time to act and fulfill your destiny, it is your time to act. I believe with all of my heart that 2012 will be Sarah’s time. Sarah has undergone a baptism of fire including intense ridicule and scrutiny that no VP candidate has ever been subject to in the history of the nation; Sarah has the scars to prove it and thus has been battle-tested (thank you John McCain); she has been exposed to the conservative movement; according to several polls and the SRO audiences she drew along the campaign trail, the majority of conservatives like what they see; I believe she will gradually gain momentum and support after she expresses her intentions to run for the Presidency in 2012. Sarah will catch fire. Web sites have already sprung up to support her candidacy. Fundraising and building an organization should be little problem. Whether Sarah prevails in the primaries is definitely an open question but she is definitely in the top 3 as I write this. Not a bad place to start off for a candidate who was virtually unknown 3 months ago not only to Democrats but the majority of the politicos and GOP supporters in her own party in the Lower 48 and now by many accounts is currently the most popular Republican politician in America.

technopeasant on December 1, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Brian1972 on December 1, 2008 at 8:56 PM

Generous, maybe? Hopeful, yes. There will be infighting in the party as time moves on but I do believe that within the first 100 days of Obama’s presidency, we will start to see a firm, solid direction of the party. The stakes are too high and will continue to ascend each and every day of his term. Plus, those of us on the ground are very motivated to make “change” and that shouldn’t be discounted.

sherry on December 1, 2008 at 9:01 PM

Ah, but see, you’re thinking logically. We Republicans apparently don’t like to do that anymore. We’d much prefer to act like children who didn’t get their after school cookie.

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 8:55 PM

No message discipline, because we seem to have to many messages, too many messengers.

Brian1972 on December 1, 2008 at 9:02 PM

Yup, the winner is Post Number 103!

Congrats 103. You are our First Troll of the Thread. But alas, you’re outnumbered 102 to 1. So, you won’t have a chance at attempting to dampen our spirts for Sarah.

ericdondero on December 1, 2008 at 9:04 PM

sherry on December 1, 2008 at 8:57 PM

It is sad. You can’t even say, like you could with Bubba, or you can with Sarah, that he would be someone you’d like to jaw with at the counter of the Waffle House. He’s so Elite, he probably does not even know what one is. And he’s so addled now, he couldn’t find it anyway.

The Republican Party leaders had better quit listening to the Beltway Elite and start listening to the people, if they want to stand a chance in 2010.

kingsjester on December 1, 2008 at 9:04 PM

King, I agree with you. I attribute Biden’s mental issues to 30 years of Amtrak fumes or botox overdose.

And IF we get the right leaders of the party, they should know how to manage the media to their benefit rather than their detriment. Lessons learned, hopefully.

sherry on December 1, 2008 at 9:08 PM

From a Savannah TV station’s account of the Savannah rally today, there was a quote from an Obama supporter:

Barack Obama supporter Gregory Broome was surprised by the governor’s speech.

“I think she is wonderful speaker it was invigorating to watch her speak, to see what she had to say, she talked about some core issues and I agreed with her, that was nice,” said Broome.

See, Sarah can improve her image beyond the base…

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 9:09 PM

Of all politicians in America, Sarah and Todd Palin win the “have a beer with” contest hands down. That would be a fun evening, swapping stories with them over beers and mooseburgers. Just bring something warm!

Brian1972 on December 1, 2008 at 9:10 PM

You can’t even say, like you could with Bubba, or you can with Sarah, that he would be someone you’d like to jaw with at the counter of the Waffle House.

kingsjester on December 1, 2008 at 9:04 PM

Yeah, Obama would just tell the Secret Service to tell you to shut up so he could eat his waffle.

Jim62sch on December 1, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Of all politicians in America, Sarah and Todd Palin win the “have a beer with” contest hands down. That would be a fun evening, swapping stories with them over beers and mooseburgers. Just bring something warm!

Definitely. Alaskan Amber is some good beer too.

In other news: it appears that one of the ex-wives of the crazy trooper from Tasergate is not a fan of him trying to kidnap her kid. What a nice guy. It’s so weird that the Palins and the Heaths don’t like him. He seems so popular (/sarc).

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 9:18 PM

Jim62sch on December 1, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Man, do I feel sorry for the Secret Service. Can you imagine?

Agent #1 – “So, are you assigned to the CIC or First Mama?”

Agent #2 – “Aww, man. I’ve got Mother-in-Law duty.”

kingsjester on December 1, 2008 at 9:18 PM

Is she not great?? Every time I hear her voice I feel encouraged. Seriously! Like there’s still a future here.
She’s great!

JellyToast on December 1, 2008 at 9:19 PM

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 9:09 PM

but she is “toxic” to the independents

at least according to the RINOs

joey24007 on December 1, 2008 at 9:19 PM

In other news: it appears that one of the ex-wives of the crazy trooper from Tasergate is not a fan of him trying to kidnap her kid. What a nice guy. It’s so weird that the Palins and the Heaths don’t like him. He seems so popular (/sarc).

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 9:18 PM

Why would anyone ever want to end the career of such an outstanding public servant, selflessly patrolling Wasilla up until about a month ago. Right in Sarah’s neighborhood. How nice of him, to look after them like that./scsm

Brian1972 on December 1, 2008 at 9:22 PM

See, Sarah can improve her image beyond the base…

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 9:09 PM

No, that guy must have special needs, and be a Karl Rove plant to mislead the indies. :)

Brian1972 on December 1, 2008 at 9:25 PM

That would be a fun evening, swapping stories with them over beers and mooseburgers.

I love Alaska Amber. Great ale!

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 9:29 PM

One thing I’ve noticed with Governor Sarah Palin,
and that is,SarahCuda’s message is constant and
never wavers,its about the American people and
America,what Chambliss can do for his state Georgia,
and what Chambliss can do for his country!

Its not about party,but what political service Sarah
or Chambliss can do for the American voter!:)

canopfor on December 1, 2008 at 9:30 PM

benny shakar on December 1, 2008 at 8:47 PM

Was that the day Springsteen played for free, or Bon Jovi?

ctmom on December 1, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Sarah is definitely the star of the republican party. Also one of the best campaigner’s I have ever seen.

ousoonerfan15 on December 1, 2008 at 9:38 PM

That annoying Sarah Palin is back AGAIN! She needs to go back to turkey genocide, her specialty.

Just kidding.

I’m one of “Sarah’s People” forever.

Yesterday evening at my sister’s the family cat showed up on the back porch with a young dead squirrel it killed. It was brutal but the cat ate some of it and we didn’t have to waste anything on cat food. Libertarian self-reliance at its best.

That cat, Roscoe, is “Sarah’s People”.

:)

Sapwolf on December 1, 2008 at 9:42 PM

I’ve never tried Alaskan Amber. Must not make it to the shelves down here in Dixie. I’ve been on a Killian’s Red kick last few months :)

Brian1972 on December 1, 2008 at 9:43 PM

Those who came to the Civic Center today say even though the rally was short, it was worth every minute.

“It’s a once in a lifetime thing,” said Tenbrock.

This afternoon, Palin and Chambliss had two more stops in Perry and Atlanta.

Republicans would be nuts to try and dump this woman. If the party leaders are serious about moving conservatism or winning elections they she get her what ever they think she needs to shore up her short commings over the nex two years. I’ve said it before and so have others; YOU DON”T TRASH AND DESTROY POLITICAL TALENT LIKE THIS. You just don’t!

What ever Palin’s short commings, they are things that can be fixed. But for as far as RAW political talent, not to mention what has been excellent governing of Alaska( in the traditional Fiscal Libertarian/reform mode, I might add!) so far, few out there can match the Cuda’s record.

Don’t F-up your own Republicans!

Dritanian on December 1, 2008 at 9:44 PM

Was that the day Springsteen played for free, or Bon Jovi?

ctmom on December 1, 2008 at 9:31 PM

ORrighty on December 1, 2008 at 9:45 PM

Sarah is definitely the star of the republican party. Also one of the best campaigner’s I have ever seen.

ousoonerfan15 on December 1, 2008 at 9:38 PM

She’s amazing. She totally freelances off the text with each of her stump speeches. She knows how to work a crowd and deliver a stump speech better than any politician I’ve ever seen. She could sell snow to an Eskimo! She made dumpy old Saxby Chambliss sound like the second coming of Churchill!

I really, really understand why the left is trying their best to destroy this woman. She’s dynamite. They’ve known it all along.

Yesterday I stumbled across this episode of the PBS series “To the Point” from last April. They interviewed Palin (at 18:25 into the show — so fast forward to 18:25 to hear it) and mentioned that she is being considered as a vp candidate. The Dems on the panel were blown away by her and because they didn’t think she would get the nomination, they felt free enough to be candid.

One of the panelists, U.S. House Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), was absolutely wowed by Palin and started throwing out lines like, “You better embrace this woman quick!”, “That is a VERY attractive candidate!”, “She’s just what your party needs!”, and “that was some McCain straight talk you just got from that girl!”.

The stupid Democrats think that she’s a joke. The smart ones are frightened by her potential. The stupid ones believe the lies they read about her. The smart ones write and broadcast those lies.

She made a stellar case for the rebuilding of the Party. I can’t wait to hear her speech at CPAC. What I will especially find amusing is when the so called leaders of the conservative movement suddenly wise up and realize that the people have decided who their leader is. The Frums of the world don’t get to decide the leaders. We do. And we like Sarah.

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 9:46 PM

Don’t F-up your own Republicans!

Dritanian on December 1, 2008 at 9:44 PM

Hear, hear!

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 9:48 PM

I’m glad she’s not afraid to spend political capital.

SouthernGent on December 1, 2008 at 9:50 PM

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 9:46 PM

awesome

joey24007 on December 1, 2008 at 9:50 PM

I thought politicians were supposed to put the people first, not the party political machine first.

That’s what I like about Sarah.

Crux Australis on December 1, 2008 at 9:56 PM

Whether Sarah prevails in the primaries is definitely an open question but she is definitely in the top 3 as I write this.
technopeasant on December 1, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Are you kidding? If she decided to run, the other candidates might just as soon raise the white flag from the get go. She’d win the nomination without breaking a sweat. The question is whether or not she will run in 2012. We don’t know. We’ll wait and see. If she decides to run for re-election in 2010, we’ll know a lot more about her intentions because she would have to start a 2012 presidential campaign run as early as 2010, and she wouldn’t do that if she has just been re-elected to a second term as governor.

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 9:57 PM

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 9:46 PM

Thanks for sharing that. The Dems in Alaska loved her before the campaign. Palin certainly has shortcomings, but, like Dritanian said, they can be fixed with a little work.

Still waiting on that correction about the jacket over at HuffPo…It’s so weird that it hasn’t been posted yet (/sarc).

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 9:58 PM

So 3,000 Georgians turned out to see Sarah?

My friends, its cute how sincere yet short-memoried you people are.

benny shakar on December 1, 2008 at 8:47 PM

So that was a pic of Obama in Georgia, right? You were comparing apples and oranges, I assume? Or maybe just doing a little photoshop? How about a little context, El-Smugo.

smellthecoffee on December 1, 2008 at 9:59 PM

If Chambliss wins Sarah’s contribution to his victory will be quickly ignored by the MSM even if he beats Martin by more than 7 points. If Chambliss loses the MSM will make this the front page story for the next week in telling the world that Sarah is finished as a national politician and is not therefore a viable candidate for 2012. The story of the Dems now having 59 Senate seats one short of a filibuster-proof majority will be given short shrift.

technopeasant on December 1, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Was that the day Springsteen played for free, or Bon Jovi?

ctmom on December 1, 2008 at 9:31 PM

bunny shaker knows I’m a BIG Springsteen fan.

It’s town full of losers
And I’m pulling out of here to win

small town values from the Boss.

chunderroad on December 1, 2008 at 10:02 PM

Either she doesn’t blame Maverick for the smears or she’s exceptionally forgiving.

She’s a class act, through and through.

Spirit of 1776 on December 1, 2008 at 10:02 PM

Brian1972
we can win, its just going to take work

rob verdi on December 1, 2008 at 10:03 PM

My friends, its cute how sincere yet…

benny shakar on December 1, 2008 at 8:47 PM

“Our children is not learning” – and we pay so much for them.

Entelechy on December 1, 2008 at 10:05 PM

She’s a class act, through and through.

Spirit of 1776 on December 1, 2008 at 10:02 PM

Classy statement, by a classy gentleman.

Entelechy on December 1, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Classy statement, by a classy gentleman.
Entelechy on December 1, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Classist.

Bishop on December 1, 2008 at 10:08 PM

We start with 59.4 m votes and with a politician that bleeds red, white and blue. Not as bleak as some would make it out to be.

technopeasant on December 1, 2008 at 10:09 PM

I know it’s not a very intellectual analysis, but Sarah gives me the warm fuzzies. Nobody running for anything has ever gave me the warm fuzzies.

There is just something intangible about that lady that is hard to explain.

Hope? Change I can believe in?
You Betcha!

Brian1972 on December 1, 2008 at 10:09 PM

Entelechy on December 1, 2008 at 10:07 PM

You’re very kind. Hope this evening finds you well!

Spirit of 1776 on December 1, 2008 at 10:10 PM

Here we go with the “Sarah’s got the base, but she’s toxic to Independents,” line again.

Don’t Libertarian Party members count as Independents?

Don’t Alaska INDEPENDENCE Party members count as Independents?

Why is it that the definition of “Independents” only consists of moderate squishy middle-of-the-roaders?

What about Independents on the Far Right?

We’re in a run-off tomorrow in Georgia because one of those Far-Right Independents from the Libertarian Party, polled 3.4% of the vote.

The 3 or 4% of Rightwing Independents doesn’t count? Not as important as Moderate Independents, is that what you’re saying?

Sarah appeals to Independents, most especially Libertarians and AIPers, she just doesn’t appeal to the “politically correct” Indies as chosen by the liberal media, as in centrist squishes, who lean Democrat.

ericdondero on December 1, 2008 at 10:10 PM

Classist.

Bishop on December 1, 2008 at 10:08 PM

Love you too, Bishop, I really do. Equality is for lemmings, sheep, plankton, dust mites and liberals.

Hope this evening finds you well!

Spirit of 1776 on December 1, 2008 at 10:10 PM

MDS, missed you very much. “Well” under the circumstances, or better yet, our Zeitgeist.

Entelechy on December 1, 2008 at 10:14 PM

MDS, missed you very much.

I’m always glad when we cross paths, MDE.

“Well” under the circumstances, or better yet, our Zeitgeist.

Well said.

Spirit of 1776 on December 1, 2008 at 10:15 PM

ew. Springsteen sucks. I was a jerseygirl before I was a ctmom and I still think he sucks. Especially now.

ctmom on December 1, 2008 at 10:21 PM

We start with 59.4 m votes and with a politician that bleeds red, white and blue. Not as bleak as some would make it out to be.

technopeasant on December 1, 2008 at 10:09 PM

Is it 1976 again? It was the bicentennial year of our beloved republic. 232, and toying with being the same as the rest of the world. May she find out, bitterly, how nonsensical that is. It must first be very dark, for stars to shine brightly.

Speaking of, tonight is a wonderous sky to be observed. If you missed it, watch tomorrow, right after sunset, and thereafter. Our world is a miracle, in spite of our idiocies.

Entelechy on December 1, 2008 at 10:22 PM

What about Independents on the Far Right?…

ericdondero on December 1, 2008 at 10:10 PM

Are there any independents on the “far right”? Seems to me if you are on the far right (or the far left), you pretty well know which side you are on. Independents to me are those who just can’t make up their minds from one minute to the next. Especially 3 days before the election! Goobers, all.

Neocon Peg on December 1, 2008 at 10:22 PM

Dearest Peg, how right you are. I’m not mad at the far left, or the center left, but really, really mad at the independents, the conservatives who voted for Obama, or Barr, or anyone else, and the ones who pouted and stayed home.

Entelechy on December 1, 2008 at 10:24 PM

Speaking of, tonight is a wonderous sky to be observed. If you missed it, watch tomorrow, right after sunset, and thereafter. Our world is a miracle, in spite of our idiocies.

Ah, Entelechy, you are indeed a breath of fresh air as always, to lead us from our problems to bright spots in the heavens! Thank you, as always!

Neocon Peg on December 1, 2008 at 10:27 PM

I made mention that 3000+ showed up at the Augusta location, I don’t know how large the crowds were at the other three locations.

Lets remember that most republican supporters work for a living and they have jobs which does not always allow them to go to these events. A Saturday even may have produced a greater turn out.

Again, God Bless you Sarah and your family.

mindhacker on December 1, 2008 at 10:33 PM

That site is pure hate… They tried to smear her last week by claiming that she was wearing a high end designer scarf that was very expensive. It turns out that the scarf was bought at a value of 15 dollars and her sister gave it to her as a gift. (Alaskan Radio)go figure…

An Era of Hate on December 1, 2008 at 7:45 PM

Yep, she actually wore that scarf a couple of years ago — as seen in this news cast of her moving into the Juneau governor’s mansion.

In an interview with the Anchorage Daily News back when she was running for governor, she was asked, “Tell us one thing even your closest friends don’t know about you.” She responded: “My disdain for shopping is pretty extraordinary.”

It’s just amazing that they smeared her as some diva shop-a-holic!

BTW, in the same interview she was asked, “”If you found yourself alone with an entire day all to yourself, how would you spend it?”. Her answer: “Run, read, bake. Then run and read some more.” Hardly the words of an anti-intellectual. She also said the person she’d most like to have dinner with is Condi Rice; so, she’s obviously intellectually curious about the world outside of Alaska.)

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 10:35 PM

Entelechy on December 1, 2008 at 10:24 PM

And I agree. If you are far left or far right, I can understand your idiology, but when you are an “independent” and still cannot make up your mind (a fence sitter), you just dont have the sense to make a decision. Those folk who sat at home I cannot judge — I at one time said there was no way I would vote for McCain. If McCain had been elected, it would have told the Republicans that we needed more of the same – which is exactly what we do not need. Better to take our medicine now, recover and be a better party in the future.

Neocon Peg on December 1, 2008 at 10:39 PM

Robert Stacy McCain over at the American Spectator made a great point about these “moderate” “swing voters”

[A]s I’ve previously noted, independent voters are not “centrist” or “moderate” in an ideological sense. Independents are actually “low-information” voters whose political ideas are an ill-informed hodge-podge that conforms to no ideological template. There is no coherent middle-of-the-road agenda to which they subscribe. The moderate argument that Republicans lose independents because of specific conservative policy stances — on immigration, abortion, gay rights, etc. — simply does not fit the reality of who these voters are. (And there is plenty of evidence that independents tend to be conservative on social issues.)

Low-information voters often can’t name their representatives or senators, but they usually know who the president is and which party he belongs to, and if they don’t like the president (Bush is at 26% approval), his party will pay the price. The Republican Party’s electoral problems, then, are more simple than some would have us believe. The simplicity of the problem doesn’t mean the solution will be easy, but “moderation” — chasing a centrist will-o’-th’-wisp — is unlikely to be part of the solution.

These supposedly “moderate” voters are, as RSM points out, just “low information” voters. I’ve met these people all over the place. They don’t really follow politics. They are socially conservative. That’s why they vote against things like gay marriage. Ironically, one of the best summations of how these socially conservative low information swing voters vote was made by Chris Matthews in an old interview where he was asked about the Reagan Democrats. He said that in times of economic hardship these voters typically vote Democrat because they fear that they will be the next one out of a job and they will then need big government’s help. In times of economic prosperity, they vote Republican because they see themselves as being the next one to get rich in an entrepreneurial boom. Reagan surprised this dynamic by convincing these voters in a time of great economic turmoil that it was in their best interests to vote for him instead of the big government liberal Carter.

My point in writing this is that “swing voters” are not turned off by the sorts of things the MSM tell us they don’t like. They weren’t turned off by Palin. They were turned off by the economic meltdown and McCain’s inability to articulate a clear position on it. We should also not overlook the fact that these low information voters were inundated by ads from Obama because Obama had a $600 million campaign war chest compared to McCain’s $90 million. McCain couldn’t counter Obama’s ad blitz, and so Obama was able to speak to these low info voters without any McCain follow up.

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 10:44 PM

Governor Sarah Palin rocks. It is just that simple. What a force for good in the world.

Geochelone on December 1, 2008 at 10:45 PM

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 10:35 PM

I can’t find the link, but I read somewhere that she loves to read history and biographies (especially political biographies). I think she mentioned that one of her favorites was the same book that the MSM keep touting when they talk about Obama’s cabinet: Team of Rivals. I think she also said that her favorite presidents were Lincoln and Reagan (She mentioned that in the first Hannity interview as well. In fact she talked about Lincoln’s cabinet, though she didn’t mention the name of the book.). And, would you look at that, she has Democrats and Independents in her cabinet and on her staff. Weird. I thought The One was the only politician to ever do something like that.

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 10:46 PM

I think Rick Perry screwed up by shutting that presser down so quick in Miami. He should have owned the message by insisting that other Govs be asked about the future of the party too. They just shut down Sarah and everybody else, took their ball and went home. That was a missed opportunity.

Brian1972 on December 1, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Rick Perry reliably comes across as rushed, indifferent, and self serving. I went to a Lincoln-Reagan dinner where he was the keynote speaker, and in his remarks he never once mentioned Lincoln or Reagan. After his speech he disappeared fast. What a contrast from the year before when Lamar Smith waxed lingeringly and eloquently about both Lincoln and Reagan. What a contrast with our beloved Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who, wheelchair bound, rolled to every single table in the place to shake hands and visit with all assembled.

SP has the magic of a potential Reagan, and the tactics as well. Ever notice that most modern pols try to whittle their themes into a three word or less slogan?

Reagan didn’t limit himself this way. He had 10 or so big issues and managed to teach about all of them in his speeches. SP does the same thing. She’s not a sloganeer, she’s addressing a whole string of American virtues on their merits, and with passion.

RushBaby on December 1, 2008 at 10:50 PM

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 10:44 PM

I think you are spot on about these “low information” voters. I just can’t add anything else to your comment that would make it more germaine to the disucssion!

Neocon Peg on December 1, 2008 at 10:56 PM

RushBaby on December 1, 2008 at 10:50 PM

Governor Perry (or Governor Good Hair, as we conservatives like to call him), is nothing but a RINO. He was formerly a Democrat who turned into a Republican during 1994 when Republicans were winning everything. The only way he could be elected dog catcher was to run as a Reublican! Talk about character! He said he would protect our borders and therefore we should elect him as governor. Once he was elected, he as much as gave us the finger! Screw you, constituants, I’m not doing a damn thing! (paraphrasing). And he has done nothing to close the border or control the border since. The border is wide open with millions coming in annually. Texas Governor is just fine with that!

Neocon Peg on December 1, 2008 at 11:05 PM

In other news: it appears that one of the ex-wives of the crazy trooper from Tasergate is not a fan of him trying to kidnap her kid. What a nice guy. It’s so weird that the Palins and the Heaths don’t like him. He seems so popular (/sarc).

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 9:18 PM

Phil Talmadge, former Supreme Court justice in Washington, once told me that domestic relations declarations were inherently untrustworthy and therefore should be sealed by law. Unfortunately, Jeri Ryan’s husband never got to talk to Phil (or me) before Obama’s boys used declarations from HIS divorce to smear him into quitting the race.

I would suggest to the members here to keep in mind Mr. Talmadge’s opinion about the back-and-forth catfighting that the MSM calls a “bitter custody fight.”

platypus on December 1, 2008 at 11:05 PM

She’s a class act, through and through.

Spirit of 1776 on December 1, 2008 at 10:02 PM

I like her more as time goes by. She’s a remarkable woman.

As for this mess:

Hope this evening finds you well!

Spirit of 1776 on December 1, 2008 at 10:10 PM

Get a room, will you?

Jaibones on December 1, 2008 at 11:08 PM

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 10:44 PM

ramrocks gets it.

Saltysam on December 1, 2008 at 11:18 PM

So 3,000 Georgians turned out to see Sarah?

My friends, its cute how sincere yet short-memoried you people are.

benny shakar on December 1, 2008 at 8:47 PM

Actually, a reporter on Greta Van Susteren’s show just put the total tally from all four rallies at 20,000.

And stop calling us “friends”. Haven’t you figured out yet that we can’t stand you?

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 11:22 PM

I do not think that Obama will make it for two terms.

sherry on December 1, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Depends on the economy. If it’s still awful, she could beat him. The Gipper beat Carter even though everyone said he was too old, too extreme, too right wing, and too dumb.

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 11:24 PM

In an interview with the Anchorage Daily News back when she was running for governor, she was asked, “Tell us one thing even your closest friends don’t know about you.” She responded: “My disdain for shopping is pretty extraordinary.”

It’s just amazing that they smeared her as some diva shop-a-holic!

BTW, in the same interview she was asked, “”If you found yourself alone with an entire day all to yourself, how would you spend it?”. Her answer: “Run, read, bake. Then run and read some more.” Hardly the words of an anti-intellectual. She also said the person she’d most like to have dinner with is Condi Rice; so, she’s obviously intellectually curious about the world outside of Alaska.)

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 10:35 PM

Two dimes to a donut that 99% of those knee jerk lemmings that squawked like a media parrot about Palin’s supposed lack of intellect would be first in line at a Macy’s sale, watch too much television, and would be out of breath before they ran 100 yards.

Saltysam on December 1, 2008 at 11:25 PM

Neocon Peg on December 1, 2008 at 11:05 PM

Fortunately for we Texans, the Lt. Gov. in our state has the actual power, and the Gov. is essentially a ceremonial office. Our Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is the real deal, and along with Michael Williams (Railroad Commissioner, a misnomer for Energy Guru) and others, are responsible for Texans (so far) being largely exempted from the economic malaise that is metastasizing throughout the country.

RushBaby on December 1, 2008 at 11:29 PM

Two dimes to a donut that 99% of those knee jerk lemmings that squawked like a media parrot about Palin’s supposed lack of intellect would be first in line at a Macy’s sale, watch too much television, and would be out of breath before they ran 100 yards.

Saltysam on December 1, 2008 at 11:25 PM

They aren’t very intellectually curious about American Exceptionalism, supply side economics, or the dangers to individual liberty from excessive government.

Not to mention field dressing a caribou to make burgers out of so you don’t starve to death.

Brian1972 on December 1, 2008 at 11:32 PM

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 10:46 PM

She referenced “Team of Rivals” in her first interview with Sean Hannity. See here (at 3:55 to 4:24 in the video).

The book reference was in response to the question “Who inspires you politically?”:

PALIN:…Further back in history, Abraham Lincoln — coming into office in a time of such turmoil. He was able to do some unconventional things, in assembling a very unusual Cabinet as was written about in “Team of Rivals.” What Lincoln was able to do was marshal talents from disgruntled opponents even and adversaries and have everybody work together in order to fulfill the mission of unifying the nation and winning the war.

She mentioned her love of reading also in her interview with People magazine in October:

How do you get that knowledge?
Palin: I’m a voracious reader, always have been. I appreciate a lot of information. I think that comes from growing up in a family of schoolteachers also where reading and seizing educational opportunities was top on my parents’ agenda. That was instilled in me.

What do you like to read?
Palin: Autobiographies, historical pieces – really anything and everything. Besides the kids and sports, reading is my favorite thing to do.

What are you reading now?
Palin: I’m reading, heh-heh, a lot of briefing papers on a lot of issues that are in front of us in this campaign.

What about for fun?
Palin: Do we consider The Looming Tower something that was just for fun? That’s what I’ve been reading on the airplane. It’s about 9/11. If I’m going to read something, for the most part, it’s something beneficial.

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 11:41 PM

benny shakar on December 1, 2008 at 8:47 PM

How was the turnout at Biden’s rallies?

Jim Treacher on December 1, 2008 at 11:41 PM

I love this woman!

CCRWM on December 1, 2008 at 11:44 PM

From the AJC live blog at the Atlanta Palin rally:

Walked out of the Gwinnett auditorium with Tom Baxter, late of this page, who made this observation: That the thousands who attended the Sarah Palin/Saxby Chambliss rally were the most down-scale crowd he’s seen at a GOP event this year.
In other words, these were white, young blue-collar newcomers to the process.

Despite his rather snobbish attitude that blue-collar folks are “down-scale,” I think he brings up an interesting point. Palin attracts and excites people who aren’t particularly political. There were several mentions of this in articles throughout the campaign (the steel toed boots and Carhartts shout out in Maine comes to mind), and one written after the election by a McCain advance man who worked on Palin’s team. You can find that article here. Additional evidence of this is found with Team Sarah and a number of other groups.

In other words, it’s obvious that Palin, with a little help from some folks with the organizational know-how, could create a grassroots movement for a national run. Her gubernatorial run was truly a grassroots (and netroots) campaign. She mentioned in at least one post-election interview that if she runs in the future she would want it to be a grassroots campaign.

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 11:48 PM

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 11:41 PM

Man, you are on the ball. I had forgotten that she named Team of Rivals in the Hannity interview. I remember that People interview now. I though it was actually one of the more interesting interviews that she did. Thanks for the links!

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 11:53 PM

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 11:48 PM

Great article from Politico. It’s just further proof of what absolute idiots the McCain staffers were. They totally mishandled Palin. These people should never ever work in politics again.

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 11:57 PM

meltenn on December 1, 2008 at 11:53 PM

Thanks. I do a great deal of research for my living and have a good memory for little details like this.

ramrocks on December 1, 2008 at 11:59 PM

Two dimes to a donut that 99% of those knee jerk lemmings that squawked like a media parrot about Palin’s supposed lack of intellect would be first in line at a Macy’s sale, watch too much television, and would be out of breath before they ran 100 yards.

Saltysam on December 1, 2008 at 11:25 PM

It’s easier for them to mock her for her accent and small town background. I’d love to see these genius survive an Alaskan winter by providing their own fish and game.

The laconic intelligence of people like the Palins is not understood by the NYC chattering classes. But let’s try this test of intelligence. If you were stranded on a desert island (or the frozen tundra), who would you rather have with you to help you survive — Sarah Palin or Barack Obama?

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:04 AM

I think you are spot on about these “low information” voters. I just can’t add anything else to your comment that would make it more germaine to the disucssion!

Neocon Peg on December 1, 2008 at 10:56 PM

When I read Robert Stacy McCain’s post at the Spectator I knew it made sense. We’ve all met these types of people. They don’t follow politics. They haven’t a clue about the candidates. They go by impressions and are easily persuadable. It’s a mistake to draw broad conclusions about what they like or don’t like vis-a-vis specific policies. They voted for Obama because they wanted to “change” the current crappy state of things. Palin was absolutely right when she said voters wanted “change” and wanted to get as far away from Republicans as possible. The Republican brand name has been damaged. In many ways this is like the post-Watergate elections. The father of one of my best friends was a Republican State Senator and the Minority Leader for the Connecticut State Senate, and he told that it was the absolute worse time in world to be a Republican after Watergate. It was as if the party was dead for good. But then came Ronnie to the rescue by forming a new coalition of social conservatives (who traditionally voted Democrat) and fiscal conservatives.

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:12 AM

If you were stranded on a desert island (or the frozen tundra), who would you rather have with you to help you survive — Sarah Palin or Barack Obama?

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:04 AM

Hmmmm….geee that’s a tough one…those tundra communities sure need organizing…..but I’m cold and hungry….oh crap there’s a pack of wolves in the treeline…..should I sue them, or shoot them?

Brian1972 on December 2, 2008 at 12:12 AM

Hmmmm….geee that’s a tough one…those tundra communities sure need organizing…..but I’m cold and hungry….oh crap there’s a pack of wolves in the treeline…..should I sue them, or shoot them?

Brian1972 on December 2, 2008 at 12:12 AM

How much you want to bet Obama’s never held a gun or a fishing rod in his life?

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:15 AM

How much you want to bet Obama’s never held a gun or a fishing rod in his life?

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:15 AM

Maybe a gun. Drug dealing is dangerous business in an organized community. Colt .45 maybe? Fishing rod, never.

Relax libs, I’m kidding!

Brian1972 on December 2, 2008 at 12:18 AM

How much you want to bet Obama’s never held a gun or a fishing rod in his life?
ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:15 AM

How much you want to bet Sarah’s never held a book without any pictures in her life?

benny shakar on December 2, 2008 at 12:24 AM

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