Gallup: Palin comes thisclose to replacing Hillary as most admired woman

posted at 6:43 pm on December 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

No mean feat: With the sole exception of 2001, when Laura Bush likely got a 9/11-fueled bounce, Hillary’s taken the top prize every year since 1997. Not one win for Condi Rice, America? Not one?

I thought this was the ‘Cuda’s year. Book mega-sales, her every utterance covered obsessively by the media, the darling of the conservative base — and meanwhile Hillary, her exalted position notwithstanding, has seemed practically invisible for weeks on end. How’d she do it? Here’s how:

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Hillary finishes second among Republicans while among Democrats Palin doesn’t even show. Then again, Hillary’s got a much tougher field on her side of the aisle: If not for FLOTUS and America’s favorite billionaire, she’d probably crack 50 percent on the left.

The One naturally wins going away as most admired man, but check this out. It took until December 30 but I’ve finally found my favorite data point of the year:

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Glenn Beck is more admired by independents than Nelson Mandela and the Pope?


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Obama won this poll. That’s quite clear.

AnninCA on December 30, 2009 at 9:16 PM

I guess I didn’t realize that polls are contests. What does he win? A Hawaiian vacation?

Goldenavatar on December 30, 2009 at 9:33 PM

Gob on December 30, 2009 at 9:10 PM

There was so much abuse of power in the Clinton Administration that I would have to undergo regressive hypnosis to dredge it all back into my immediate waking awareness.

Geochelone on December 30, 2009 at 9:34 PM

HA’s pet Palinbots show up out of the blue to crap on every thread. Are there any other bloggers that troll their own website like this? totally bizarre

james23 on December 30, 2009 at 9:15 PM

Yes . . . “every” thread.

On the other hand, I imagine you have difficulty counting past 3.

So, you know.

voxpopuli on December 30, 2009 at 9:36 PM

Geochelone on December 30, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Too right! You and I (and some others on here) know that but how sickening is it that so many others don’t?

Gob on December 30, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Obama won this poll. That’s quite clear.

AnninCA on December 30, 2009 at 9:16 PM
I guess I didn’t realize that polls are contests. What does he win? A Hawaiian vacation?

Goldenavatar on December 30, 2009 at 9:33 PM

Teh Pollitzer Prize?

proudteadrinker on December 30, 2009 at 9:46 PM

Full disclosure before making an observation, I am a Palinbot, but like the term Palinista better.

Interesting that both the Reps & Ind can see qualities to admire in both Sarah & Hillary. I admit that I do also.

Seems like the Dems only admire other lefties.

spen52 on December 30, 2009 at 9:49 PM

Hey everyone~Rush Limbaugh needs prayers~story in headlines!

HornetSting on December 30, 2009 at 9:56 PM

WTH,

Rush Limbaugh rushed to hospital. Serious condition.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1209/Limbaugh_hospitalized.html

Geochelone on December 30, 2009 at 10:02 PM

Ah, yes! How could I have forgotten atheling? This was my final comment of the day to atheling in the Sarah Palin resignation thread.

In addition to being quite the conspiracy theorist, atheling has a habit of making allegations about her hosts here at Hot Air – today Allah is a Stalinist, that day he and Ed were “traitors”. But she totally tolerates criticism of Palin!

Buy Danish on December 30, 2009 at 10:02 PM

Rush, we’re thinking of you.

anXdem on December 30, 2009 at 10:03 PM

tigerlily on December 30, 2009 at 8:30 PM

History didn’t start in 1930.

“Eternal truths” generally don’t change.

Just sayin’.

;)

mankai on December 30, 2009 at 10:07 PM

so thunder thighs lead dumocrat women amoung libs. big shock there

and how does she come out ahead of palin? my math says both “score” 48

half of the people who give clinton as their answer just do so out of pity because she’s so pathetic

what a garbage survey this is

why ANYBODY would admire a carpet bagging shrill political opportunist extreme left liberal social medicine loving dried up old marxist skank who’s been abused by bj bill is beyond me

but then thats who liberals are

sidewinder22 on December 30, 2009 at 10:07 PM

Ah, yes! How could I have forgotten atheling? This was my final comment of the day to atheling in the Sarah Palin resignation thread.

In addition to being quite the conspiracy theorist, atheling has a habit of making allegations about her hosts here at Hot Air – today Allah is a Stalinist, that day he and Ed were “traitors”. But she totally tolerates criticism of Palin!

Buy Danish on December 30, 2009 at 10:02 PM

LOL Just read the link. Hilarious.

voxpopuli on December 30, 2009 at 10:09 PM

Hey everyone~Rush Limbaugh needs prayers~story in headlines!

HornetSting on December 30, 2009 at 9:56 PM

WTH,

Rush Limbaugh rushed to hospital. Serious condition.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1209/Limbaugh_hospitalized.html

Geochelone on December 30, 2009 at 10:02 PM

Rush, we’re thinking of you.

anXdem on December 30, 2009 at 10:03 PM

Shhhh! Better be careful guys! Those Palinbots are whiners who love to cry to the mods about “hijacking.” — You know, the kind of losers who somehow never seem to get the girl . . .

Oh . . . What? You ARE Palinbots?

Oh well never mind I guess.

voxpopuli on December 30, 2009 at 10:13 PM

I thought this was the ‘Cuda’s year.AP

You must be joking, Allah – if you have always thought that then the evidence must be buried pretty deep.

I trust your nose isn’t growing too long…for the first nine months of the year your subtext has been her irrelevance outside her fanbase. Even with the book tour and the improved poll figures you have continued with your snarky little exit questions – and even now you can’t resist your “second place” dig.
I sometimes wonder if you have a little touch of the Sullivans about Sarah…

Still – she is an obvious money maker for you, AP, with all those hits – no need for RSM’s tip jar….

callingallcomets on December 30, 2009 at 10:22 PM

There is nothing admirable about being a dishrag, but then that is why I vote Republican. I don’t need to be pandered to on the basis of my gender in the most insulting manner while still coming in second to blacks and queers. The Democratic appeal to all minorities is blatant fear-mongering usually carried out by their own base. It’s completely dysfunctional.

After the 2008 primary, I lost all respect for Hillary and the Democratic party. When Hillary snubbed Sarah Palin over the Ahmadenijad protest speech, I came to truly hate her.

chunderroad on December 30, 2009 at 10:38 PM

voxpopuli on December 30, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Yet, here you are — again — whining on a Palin thread. What does that make you?

chunderroad on December 30, 2009 at 10:41 PM

NEW QUESTION: Can anyone explain to me how Billary AND Dope-rah beat Condi among Republicans?!? Wassup with THAT?!?

voxpopuli on December 30, 2009 at 10:45 PM

Michelle Bachman would have been near the top of my list.

desertdweller on December 30, 2009 at 10:46 PM

voxpopuli on December 30, 2009 at 10:13 PM
Yet, here you are — again — whining on a Palin thread. What does that make you?

chunderroad on December 30, 2009 at 10:41 PM

I don’t know — a role model for the youth of Athens?

voxpopuli on December 30, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Oh shut up, you little snot.

atheling on December 30, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Oh yeah, that’s right…you’re one of those Palinistas who demands that anyone who doubts her being a goddess be silenced…while whining about Allah telling people not to take threads off-topic. “I get to dictate what you can say, but don’t tell me what I can’t say!”

Lovely.

MadisonConservative on December 30, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Alaska to get Sarah Palin’s dream gas pipeline through Canada

Today the final Canadian government report was released which reviewed the proposed natural gas pipeline from the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska through Canada’s Northwest Territories. It took 3 years and $16 Million for this study on the Mackenzie Valley pipeline to be completed and approved in Canada.

This is the same pipeline that Alaska was waiting for, as it will run Alaska natural gas to hook into the Canadian pipeline system and then run south to locations in Canada and the USA.

If the Alaska gas is channeled into this pipeline, then it would have to be bigger in diameter by about 50 percent with the huge amount of natural gas that Alaska wants to ship south over the next 5o years.

This is related to the same contract that Sarah Palin signed just a few weeks before she was picked to run as vice president with Senator John McCain in august 2008.

The price of the Alaska portion of the line was at least $24 billion U.S., but that price was 5 years ago.

The Financial Post has more details.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/12/alaska_to_get_sarah_palins_dre.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Suck it trolls!

gary4205 on December 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM

I do think she has liberal core values, but she’s nowhere close to Pelosi’s president in the pocket.

Hillary was and is a true moderate. She gets it.

AnninCA on December 30, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Are you kidding me?

Hillary was studying Saul Alinksky while Obama was still being molested by Frank Marshall Davis!

Seriously, did her thesis on him. She’s just as much of a communist as Obama is. Just smarter than Obama, hides it well.

BILL was the half way, kinda, sorta, moderate one.

gary4205 on December 30, 2009 at 11:30 PM

Geochelone on December 30, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Too right! You and I (and some others on here) know that but how sickening is it that so many others don’t?

Gob on December 30, 2009 at 9:41 PM

agreed, fellas.

What are people smoking that they think that Hillary deserves even a shred of praise? She is a hardcore communist, has gotten away with more criminal activity than even her husband, and is now obama’s lackey. She is obama without the narcissim; a pant-suited would-be Stalin thuggette and everyone who got the bad hash and thinks otherwise needs to complain to Barry Obama’s dealers who can be found selling this crap at the nearest MSM outlet.

tigerlily on December 30, 2009 at 11:37 PM

How ya doing, deadbeat dad? How many of your kids do our tax dollars support?

atheling on December 30, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Funny, I thought it wasn’t possible to be a dad unless you actually had children. Or are you intentionally showing how much of an idiotic wingnut you are?

Dark-Star on December 31, 2009 at 12:00 AM

MadisonConservative on December 30, 2009 at 10:59 PM

atheling weakling is not only a brainless Palinbot, but has a marked Napoleon complex and is unable comprehend the definition of the word ‘father’.

On the subject of the poll…what exactly would Palin ‘win’? Guaranteed votes? A donation?

Dark-Star on December 31, 2009 at 12:03 AM

“What’s remarkable to me is that Michelle O and Oprah made the Repub list. anXdem on December 30, 2009 at 6:51 PM”

Well, I’ll give Oprah this: she *is* a very successful capitalist!

KS Rex on December 31, 2009 at 12:11 AM

What a load of crap. Hilary is mostly only admired by lib women. There are far more conservative women than there are lib women and who admire Sarah. More women who are honest libs who admire her as well.

beachgirlusa on December 31, 2009 at 12:23 AM

NEW QUESTION: Can anyone explain to me how Billary AND Dope-rah beat Condi among Republicans?!? Wassup with THAT?!?

voxpopuli on December 30, 2009 at 10:45 PM

1. It’s a Gallup poll.

2. Dr. Rice pretty much ran State the way Hillary is running it now.

Chris_Balsz on December 31, 2009 at 1:05 AM

Obama will always be the fist black Ameican to be president.

That is his legacy.

And it IS impressive.

Regardles of politics.

This poll makes sense.

AnninCA on December 30, 2009 at 9:12 PM

Why is that impressive? Seriously…why is being black impressive any more than being white or green.

He’s not even all that black, unless he’s at an ACORN meeting! He’s mostly white and Arab. And if he’s like most white folk, their three or 4 nationalities (German, French, Irish, etc) thrown in there as well. Around here he’d have every bit of that, if he was white, and probably some sort of Indian blood as well, probably Cherokee.

Besides, we all know Bill Clinton was the first black president!

There is NOTHING admirable about Obama, NOTHING. It was mostly white guilt, or fear of being called a racist that got that loser elected, nothing more. He should be embarrassed about that, not happy.

The man had no accomplishments whatsoever before he took office, and has accomplished nothing since, I mean NOTHING.

Oy!

gary4205 on December 31, 2009 at 1:22 AM

Alaska to get Sarah Palin’s dream gas pipeline through Canada

Suck it trolls!

gary4205 on December 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM

LOL Suck what? Sounds like this pig is a pork boondoggle that makes no economic sense but is still somehow “good.” RINO, anyone? LOL

The biggest barrier is still economics. The project proposes transferring as much as 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the Beaufort Sea in the Northwest Territories to Alberta. Given the abundance of shale gas deposits in North America and the fact that natural gas prices have plummeted almost 60% from their peak last year, experts said that building the Mackenzie project does not make much sense right now.
http://www.financialpost.com/news-sectors/story.html?id=2392870

voxpopuli on December 31, 2009 at 1:48 AM

Maya Angelau? hhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Captain America on December 31, 2009 at 2:42 AM

Sarah Palin, Man of the Year

2009 was an extraordinary year in which ordinary people did extraordinary things not because they were the easy things to do, but because they were the right thing to do. The people ranged from young Hannah Giles who jump-started her journalism career by donning a hooker’s garb to bring down the racketeer influenced corrupt organization known as ACORN, to Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, who culminated the decades of his life that he worked toward airline safety simply by landing a engineless plane on the Hudson River.

Michael Paul Mizzone, a carpenter’s business representative, pulled Josef R. Bruckuf, 82, out of a burning house, severely burning himself in the rescue. Police Sergeant James Crowley refused to buckle under presidential pressure and apologize for arresting a belligerent man. Economist Douglas W. Elmendorf refused to buckle under presidential pressure to cook the books for Obamacare.

The list of such candidates was long as the United States and Canada are nations that still celebrate and nurture rugged individualism. We still produce people like Stephen McIntyre who demand proof before they sign onto the global warming fad.

And lest we forget, the Netherlands gave us Jasper Schuringa, who saved Flight 253. The Dutch have our gratitude.

While each of the finalists was deserving, there can be only one man of the year — Sarah Palin. In the pantheon of people who stood up this year for that which is right, no one else stood taller or looked better.

She endured the most and came to symbolize the majority of American citizens who are stunned by the attempt to rapidly dismantle this great nation of ours and transform it into another Euro-weenie socialist country that apologizes for trying to save the rest of the world over the years.

The cynic in me said I should honor the person most responsible for reviving the conservative movement — Barack Obama. His arrogance and over-reach gave people pause. The plunder of the treasury in February caused even apolitical people to question his true motives. His slide to 44% approval among voters came lightning quick and we all know that thunder follows lightning.

But conservatives make lousy cynics. Skeptics yes. We refuse to act now, think later. This is why so many of us were cool to the theory of global warming. Climategate proved us correct. We may be suspicious, but being conservative means never saying things will not get better someday. Usually tomorrow. Conservatives are patient. Wait till next year became the battle cry by August. We shall see how that works out in November.

This post originally was written as the runner-up slot. Most readers thought Sarah Palin would be the first Man of the Year of the Don Surber blog, but I had other plans. Just as in the Miss Alaska contest a quarter-century ago, she would be the runner-up. Rush Limbaugh’s CPAC speech was a magical moment in American history and so he would win.

The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that while Rush Limbaugh deserved the award, Mrs. Palin did even more for the conservative movement, and therefore for America, this year than even he did. In the final days, they switched places.

Naming Sarah Palin as Man of the Year is the only logical conclusion to a year when Americans who petitioned their government for a redress of grievances were smeared as “un-American” by the people who are temporarily in charge.

And still the people rose up.

Mrs. Palin has endured more slings and more arrows than any other politician in America. She may not have gone into any burning buildings, but she was singed nonetheless. Had Obama’s mansion deal received one-tenth the scrutiny that her shopping for clothes received, we conservatives would be grousing today about President Hillary. All things considered, Mrs. Clinton would have been the better president than this one.

The personal attacks on Mrs. Palin this year were so vile that if she were the Rutgers women’s basketball team, David Letterman would have lost his job. But CBS put profits above decency. Letterman had no problem calling her a slut and her daughter a slut on national TV; it upped his ratings as liberal misogyny is alive and well and profitable.

His offer of a half-assed apology with an invitation to come on his show and boost his ratings was met with an the iciest No of the year, so cold that it actually shocked him into giving a real apology.

Mrs. Palin moved on, marching to the beat of the American drummer. She caught hell from the left for another year, and began firing back. Her Facebook posts are well-written and thought out. Tagging Obamacare as having “death panels” rattled the lefty cages and woke up Americans to the rationing of health care that was right around the bend.

Not all the criticisms of her were without substance. Many of us remain puzzled by her decision to resign abruptly as the governor of Alaska. But her campaign for the 2012 presidency continues despite this misstep. She stood up for what is right and held her head high as she marched forward — ever forward.

Half the people of the United States love her for hanging in there. They love her for sharing their values of home, hearth and country. They love her for being of the the people, by the people and for the people.

Oh, not the elites and the elitist wannabes. The little potty-mouthed drones on the left think they are so sophisticated as they mock 14-year-old girls, babies with Down syndrome and people who shop at Wal-Mart. The Washington Post’s book reviewer bragged that she did not read Sarah Palin’s book. Ignorance is now a status symbol for the left.

Ordinary people did read her book and they were impressed. The people who shop at Wal-Mart bought 1 million copies of her autobiography in just 2 weeks. Thousands of them stood in line by the thousands in the freezing nights of November and December just to get her autograph. She is of them — a hockey mom who is naive, unsophisticated and learning just how rotted from within America’s political system has become. She beat corruption in Wasilla. She beat corruption in Alaska. And well, she finished 2009 with a higher approval rating than The Won.

She did this despite nearly universal adulation in the press for him and nearly universal condemnation in the press for her.

The people know the elites hate her. Dumping on her has gone beyond the point of reason. The Tina Feying of her backfires anymore. We get it already. The more they mock her, the deeper the resolve of her fans. The odd thing is, her detractors slam her because Sarah Palin boosts ratings. They are trying to stop the hurricane with a beach umbrella.

Her appearance on Oprah Winfrey pushed Oprah’s ratings — which have sagged since Oprah publicly endorsed Obama — up by 68%. Mrs. Palin gave Oprah her highest ratings in 2 years, easily topping the appearances by anyone named Obama.

She is genuine. Her beliefs in freedom, in independence and in community service reflect how she was raised. She does not hide who she is. There are no ulterior motives. There is no one underneath her bus.

The question anymore is not whether she is ready for the presidency — unlike our current president, she has had her mettle tested in fire several times now and passed with quite more than a gentleman’s B+ — but rather the question is whether she is too pretty to be president.

Sarah Palin, Man of the Year of the Don Surber blog for 2009.

The other finalists:

Rush Limbaugh, Man of the Year Runner-up.

Kenneth Gladney, Man of the Year Finalist No. 3.

Glenn Beck, Man of the Year Finalist No. 4.

Douglas W. Elmendorf, Man of the Year Finalist No. 5.

Jim Justice, Man of the Year Finalist No. 6.

23 Carnegie Medal heroes, Man of the Year Finalist No. 7.

John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, Man of the Year Finalist No. 8.

Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III, Man of the Year Finalist No. 9.

Hannah Giles, Man of the Year Finalist No. 10.

Stephen McIntyre, Man of the Year Finalist No. 11.

Rick Santelli, Man of the Year Finalist No. 12.

James Crowley, Man of the Year Finalist No. 13.

Andrew Breitbart, Man of the Year Finalist No. 14.

Jasper Schuringa, Man of the Year Finalist No. 15.

http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/6511

Read it and weep trolls!

gary4205 on December 31, 2009 at 2:53 AM

LOL Suck what? Sounds like this pig is a pork boondoggle that makes no economic sense but is still somehow “good.” RINO, anyone? LOL

The biggest barrier is still economics. The project proposes transferring as much as 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the Beaufort Sea in the Northwest Territories to Alberta. Given the abundance of shale gas deposits in North America and the fact that natural gas prices have plummeted almost 60% from their peak last year, experts said that building the Mackenzie project does not make much sense right now.
http://www.financialpost.com/news-sectors/story.html?id=2392870

voxpopuli on December 31, 2009 at 1:48 AM

Shows you what you know, idiot.

Several items. ONE, Alaskan Governors have promised this deal in their campaigns for 50 freakin’ years.

Took Sarah two to make it a reality.

She actually got the paperwork started within a couple hours of going to work on her FIRST DAY in office.

MOST of this deal, and by most, I mean pretty much ALL of it, will be paid for with PRIVATE MONEY, not taxpayer dollars.

That was the genius of this deal, and why it worked when the rest crashed and burned.

Exxon-Mobil is one of the partners in this.

Now, the pipeline will not be completed until 2019, just about the time she is halfway through her second term as President.

By then, we will have, if we are smart, converted much of our automotive fleet over to compressed natural gas, the absolute cleanest burning fuel there is.

We should have already done this. The technology is mature, and with current engine management systems, the latest in direct injection, and more, it’s stupid not be be using CNG. Diesels can be converted to this as well.

You want to actually reduce REAL harmful emissions, and not the pretend ones like CO2? Here’s your deal.

Ford, GM, and Chrysler already make cars, trucks, and buses that run on CNG, and have for decades.

This is a no brainer.

Anyhow, by the time the pipeline is finished, the market for natural gas will be robust.

The quote you pulled is from some of those who still hope to derail this, because they bought stock in other oil companies, who want to do this sort of thing, but with their route, and their guys. Been trying to derail it since day one. Several are in the Alaska legislature.

This is the sort of crap that routinely sees Alaska politicians end up in orange jumpsuits. Sarah sent a few of these jackasses to prison herself!

BTW, you can also make the same observation about the price of gasoline, it’s collapsed from it’s high, as well, and they are still pumping oil as fast as they can pump it!

The United States has 100o’s of trillions of feet of natural gas. As Investor’s Business Daily puts it, we are the “Saudi Arabia of natural gas.”

Develop this, build some nukes, and we could become totally energy independent.

I have an idea, instead of being an idiotic troll, how about you go get yourself some education!

As usual, Sarah is on the cutting edge of things!

Now, kindly go pound sand.

gary4205 on December 31, 2009 at 3:16 AM

Kindly pardon my stupidity for the following, I no understand computarz how to link. What are HTTP?

Sarah Palin, Man of the Year

2009 was an extraordinary year in which ordinary people did extraordinary things not because they were the easy things to do, but because they were the right thing to do. The people ranged from young Hannah Giles who jump-started her journalism career by donning a hooker’s garb to bring down the racketeer influenced corrupt organization known as ACORN, to Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, who culminated the decades of his life that he worked toward airline safety simply by landing a engineless plane on the Hudson River.

Michael Paul Mizzone, a carpenter’s business representative, pulled Josef R. Bruckuf, 82, out of a burning house, severely burning himself in the rescue. Police Sergeant James Crowley refused to buckle under presidential pressure and apologize for arresting a belligerent man. Economist Douglas W. Elmendorf refused to buckle under presidential pressure to cook the books for Obamacare.

The list of such candidates was long as the United States and Canada are nations that still celebrate and nurture rugged individualism. We still produce people like Stephen McIntyre who demand proof before they sign onto the global warming fad.

And lest we forget, the Netherlands gave us Jasper Schuringa, who saved Flight 253. The Dutch have our gratitude.

While each of the finalists was deserving, there can be only one man of the year — Sarah Palin. In the pantheon of people who stood up this year for that which is right, no one else stood taller or looked better.

She endured the most and came to symbolize the majority of American citizens who are stunned by the attempt to rapidly dismantle this great nation of ours and transform it into another Euro-weenie socialist country that apologizes for trying to save the rest of the world over the years.

The cynic in me said I should honor the person most responsible for reviving the conservative movement — Barack Obama. His arrogance and over-reach gave people pause. The plunder of the treasury in February caused even apolitical people to question his true motives. His slide to 44% approval among voters came lightning quick and we all know that thunder follows lightning.

But conservatives make lousy cynics. Skeptics yes. We refuse to act now, think later. This is why so many of us were cool to the theory of global warming. Climategate proved us correct. We may be suspicious, but being conservative means never saying things will not get better someday. Usually tomorrow. Conservatives are patient. Wait till next year became the battle cry by August. We shall see how that works out in November.

This post originally was written as the runner-up slot. Most readers thought Sarah Palin would be the first Man of the Year of the Don Surber blog, but I had other plans. Just as in the Miss Alaska contest a quarter-century ago, she would be the runner-up. Rush Limbaugh’s CPAC speech was a magical moment in American history and so he would win.

The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that while Rush Limbaugh deserved the award, Mrs. Palin did even more for the conservative movement, and therefore for America, this year than even he did. In the final days, they switched places.

Naming Sarah Palin as Man of the Year is the only logical conclusion to a year when Americans who petitioned their government for a redress of grievances were smeared as “un-American” by the people who are temporarily in charge.

And still the people rose up.

Mrs. Palin has endured more slings and more arrows than any other politician in America. She may not have gone into any burning buildings, but she was singed nonetheless. Had Obama’s mansion deal received one-tenth the scrutiny that her shopping for clothes received, we conservatives would be grousing today about President Hillary. All things considered, Mrs. Clinton would have been the better president than this one.

The personal attacks on Mrs. Palin this year were so vile that if she were the Rutgers women’s basketball team, David Letterman would have lost his job. But CBS put profits above decency. Letterman had no problem calling her a slut and her daughter a slut on national TV; it upped his ratings as liberal misogyny is alive and well and profitable.

His offer of a half-assed apology with an invitation to come on his show and boost his ratings was met with an the iciest No of the year, so cold that it actually shocked him into giving a real apology.

Mrs. Palin moved on, marching to the beat of the American drummer. She caught hell from the left for another year, and began firing back. Her Facebook posts are well-written and thought out. Tagging Obamacare as having “death panels” rattled the lefty cages and woke up Americans to the rationing of health care that was right around the bend.

Not all the criticisms of her were without substance. Many of us remain puzzled by her decision to resign abruptly as the governor of Alaska. But her campaign for the 2012 presidency continues despite this misstep. She stood up for what is right and held her head high as she marched forward — ever forward.

Half the people of the United States love her for hanging in there. They love her for sharing their values of home, hearth and country. They love her for being of the the people, by the people and for the people.

Oh, not the elites and the elitist wannabes. The little potty-mouthed drones on the left think they are so sophisticated as they mock 14-year-old girls, babies with Down syndrome and people who shop at Wal-Mart. The Washington Post’s book reviewer bragged that she did not read Sarah Palin’s book. Ignorance is now a status symbol for the left.

Ordinary people did read her book and they were impressed. The people who shop at Wal-Mart bought 1 million copies of her autobiography in just 2 weeks. Thousands of them stood in line by the thousands in the freezing nights of November and December just to get her autograph. She is of them — a hockey mom who is naive, unsophisticated and learning just how rotted from within America’s political system has become. She beat corruption in Wasilla. She beat corruption in Alaska. And well, she finished 2009 with a higher approval rating than The Won.

She did this despite nearly universal adulation in the press for him and nearly universal condemnation in the press for her.

The people know the elites hate her. Dumping on her has gone beyond the point of reason. The Tina Feying of her backfires anymore. We get it already. The more they mock her, the deeper the resolve of her fans. The odd thing is, her detractors slam her because Sarah Palin boosts ratings. They are trying to stop the hurricane with a beach umbrella.

Her appearance on Oprah Winfrey pushed Oprah’s ratings — which have sagged since Oprah publicly endorsed Obama — up by 68%. Mrs. Palin gave Oprah her highest ratings in 2 years, easily topping the appearances by anyone named Obama.

She is genuine. Her beliefs in freedom, in independence and in community service reflect how she was raised. She does not hide who she is. There are no ulterior motives. There is no one underneath her bus.

The question anymore is not whether she is ready for the presidency — unlike our current president, she has had her mettle tested in fire several times now and passed with quite more than a gentleman’s B+ — but rather the question is whether she is too pretty to be president.

Sarah Palin, Man of the Year of the Don Surber blog for 2009.

The other finalists:

Rush Limbaugh, Man of the Year Runner-up.

Kenneth Gladney, Man of the Year Finalist No. 3.

Glenn Beck, Man of the Year Finalist No. 4.

Douglas W. Elmendorf, Man of the Year Finalist No. 5.

Jim Justice, Man of the Year Finalist No. 6.

23 Carnegie Medal heroes, Man of the Year Finalist No. 7.

John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, Man of the Year Finalist No. 8.

Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III, Man of the Year Finalist No. 9.

Hannah Giles, Man of the Year Finalist No. 10.

Stephen McIntyre, Man of the Year Finalist No. 11.

Rick Santelli, Man of the Year Finalist No. 12.

James Crowley, Man of the Year Finalist No. 13.

Andrew Breitbart, Man of the Year Finalist No. 14.

Jasper Schuringa, Man of the Year Finalist No. 15.

http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/6511
Read it and weep trolls!

gary4205 on December 31, 2009 at 2:53 AM

voxpopuli on December 31, 2009 at 4:31 AM

LOL Suck what? Sounds like this pig is a pork boondoggle that makes no economic sense but is still somehow “good.” RINO, anyone? LOL

The biggest barrier is still economics. The project proposes transferring as much as 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the Beaufort Sea in the Northwest Territories to Alberta. Given the abundance of shale gas deposits in North America and the fact that natural gas prices have plummeted almost 60% from their peak last year, experts said that building the Mackenzie project does not make much sense right now.
http://www.financialpost.com/news-sectors/story.html?id=2392870

voxpopuli on December 31, 2009 at 1:48 AM
Shows you what you know, idiot.

Several items. ONE, Alaskan Governors have promised this deal in their campaigns for 50 freakin’ years.

Took Sarah two to make it a reality.

She actually got the paperwork started within a couple hours of going to work on her FIRST DAY in office.

MOST of this deal, and by most, I mean pretty much ALL of it, will be paid for with PRIVATE MONEY, not taxpayer dollars.

That was the genius of this deal, and why it worked when the rest crashed and burned.

Exxon-Mobil is one of the partners in this.

Now, the pipeline will not be completed until 2019, just about the time she is halfway through her second term as President.

By then, we will have, if we are smart, converted much of our automotive fleet over to compressed natural gas, the absolute cleanest burning fuel there is.

We should have already done this. The technology is mature, and with current engine management systems, the latest in direct injection, and more, it’s stupid not be be using CNG. Diesels can be converted to this as well.

You want to actually reduce REAL harmful emissions, and not the pretend ones like CO2? Here’s your deal.

Ford, GM, and Chrysler already make cars, trucks, and buses that run on CNG, and have for decades.

This is a no brainer.

Anyhow, by the time the pipeline is finished, the market for natural gas will be robust.

The quote you pulled is from some of those who still hope to derail this, because they bought stock in other oil companies, who want to do this sort of thing, but with their route, and their guys. Been trying to derail it since day one. Several are in the Alaska legislature.

This is the sort of crap that routinely sees Alaska politicians end up in orange jumpsuits. Sarah sent a few of these jackasses to prison herself!

BTW, you can also make the same observation about the price of gasoline, it’s collapsed from it’s high, as well, and they are still pumping oil as fast as they can pump it!

The United States has 100o’s of trillions of feet of natural gas. As Investor’s Business Daily puts it, we are the “Saudi Arabia of natural gas.”

Develop this, build some nukes, and we could become totally energy independent.

I have an idea, instead of being an idiotic troll, how about you go get yourself some education!

As usual, Sarah is on the cutting edge of things!

Now, kindly go pound sand.

gary4205 on December 31, 2009 at 3:16 AM

TL;DR. RINO NeoCon rejoices that Exxon bought off The Quitter. Quitter agrees to provide taxpayer dough. (Just a wee bit, though. You betcha!)

Added bonus: Palinbot believes our country’s cars will soon be running on natural gas. Or tinfoil brainwaves. Or something.

Palin/Exxon 2012!

voxpopuli on December 31, 2009 at 4:38 AM

voxpopuli

Shouldnt you be wailing about the US getting what it deserves up in the headline thread about 8 americans being killed in Afghanistan?As a good RonPaul drone ,youre slipping.

theTarCzar on December 31, 2009 at 5:13 AM

voxpopuli

Also,please ask the brilliant”RonPaul!” to explain his theory of why the Phillipines,China,Russia,Somalia etc etc etc are being attacked by muslims.Is it their support of Israel?Their military bases in “muslim”(which were christian/jewish lands for the most part,before the muslims invaded/slaughtered and enslaved)lands?Really,id like to hear his answer for that.Or yours since you act like you know it all.

theTarCzar on December 31, 2009 at 5:22 AM

voxpopuli on December 31, 2009 at 4:31 AM

Are you competing with atheling for the obnoxious commenter of the year award?

Buy Danish on December 31, 2009 at 7:21 AM

So…where are you, Hillary? We have been waiting a week for your observations and humorous anecdotes regarding the terrorist from Nigeria and his exploding underpants.

Please email b.hussien@whitehouse.hawaii.gov. A.S.A.P!

joe btfsplk on December 31, 2009 at 8:09 AM

Any Palin supporter who makes a single negative remark about HRC’s appearance should be ashamed of themselves. Have you not been paying attention? Have you not read Going Rogue? Have you not noticed that Sarah herself defended HRC over this type of crap in her book?

Attack HRC all you want on her politics and policies but for the love of G-d can’t we Conservatives be better than the vile Libs and leave the personal appearance stuff alone?

BlueStateBilly on December 31, 2009 at 8:11 AM

voxpopuli on December 30, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Yet, here you are — again — whining on a Palin thread. What does that make you?

chunderroad on December 30, 2009 at 10:41 PM

allah’ favorite troll.

james23 on December 31, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Where did they find 7% R’s to say they admired Hillary? Were the bars still open? Seems as if the payoff of her campaign debt(our money)didn’t tick anybody off except me.

Kissmygrits on December 31, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Attack HRC all you want on her politics and policies but for the love of G-d can’t we Conservatives be better than the vile Libs and leave the personal appearance stuff alone?

BlueStateBilly on December 31, 2009 at 8:11 AM

You are so right, BSB! There is a TON of stuff to dislike the Hill Monster for without remarking on personal appearance.

Sporty1946 on December 31, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Michelle Bachman would have been near the top of my list.

desertdweller on December 30, 2009 at 10:46 PM

That’s admirable, but if she’s going to the top of your list, you should learn to spell Michele Bachmann first.

BlueStateBilly on December 31, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Palin/Exxon 2012!

voxpopuli on December 31, 2009 at 4:38 AM

Somehow I doubt Exxon is her biggest fan after her power play on the leases they were sitting on. However, when a big project is going through that stands to make your corporation profits, you find a way to get onboard or your stockholders get a little antsy.

It’s called “capitalism.” Maybe you should google it sometime.

cs89 on December 31, 2009 at 12:24 PM

voxpopuli on December 31, 2009 at 4:31 AM
Are you competing with atheling for the obnoxious commenter of the year award?

Buy Danish on December 31, 2009 at 7:21 AM

I call ‘em like I see ‘em. Cutting and pasting a 15-page diatribe where a simple link would do is clowny.

voxpopuli on December 31, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Just finished Going Rogue. Great read!

daesleeper on December 31, 2009 at 2:17 PM

This may have been mentioned already, but surely I’m not the only person who finds the presence of not one, but TWO sports figures in the Democrats’ top men entertaining? (particularly considering the recent revelations about Tiger’s “admirable” qualities?)

The indies and Repubs go for major geopolitical figures. The Left? Gotta love those sports stars.

Not that there aren’t great role-model athletes out there, but the contrast amuses me.

Animator Girl on December 31, 2009 at 2:50 PM

I think as telling is the Republicans have all figures who do what they can to further the betterment of the world (They even have Obama)

Dems have sports stars

Rbastid on December 31, 2009 at 4:04 PM

voxpopuli on December 31, 2009 at 1:43 PM

So is constantly being banned and returning under a different screen name.

hawkdriver on December 31, 2009 at 10:16 PM

voxpopuli on December 31, 2009 at 1:43 PM
So is constantly being banned and returning under a different screen name.

hawkdriver on December 31, 2009 at 10:16 PM

? Where have you been banned before?

voxpopuli on December 31, 2009 at 11:48 PM

lol@troll still humping a palin thread.

daesleeper on January 1, 2010 at 12:20 AM

TL;DR. RINO NeoCon rejoices that Exxon bought off The Quitter. Quitter agrees to provide taxpayer dough. (Just a wee bit, though. You betcha!)

Added bonus: Palinbot believes our country’s cars will soon be running on natural gas. Or tinfoil brainwaves. Or something.

Palin/Exxon 2012!

voxpopuli on December 31, 2009 at 4:38 AM

Poor stupid troll…..

As someone else pointed out, while Exxon-Mobil participated in this deal…and why not, it’s a money maker, they are not exactly Sarah’s biggest fans.

Sarah was really good about singling them out when she wanted to “make an example out of someone.” Hammered ‘em hard more than a few times.

As for “payoffs” you really are stupid, especially since going after that sort of thing is where Palin made her bones! What do you think was behind the whole deal at the AOGCC?

Yeah, GOP Chair Randy Ruedrich got hammered for doing party business at work, rather than work at work, but most of those that went down went down over under the table deals.

Only a moron would think Palin herself would be involved in that sort of thing. And since you ARE a moron, let me explain WHY she wouldn’t be involved, BESIDES THE FACT that she is an ethical person.

You see, the Alaska Republican Party hates her, I mean HATES her! Trust me, she had ALL of them watching her every move. Had she done something wrong, she’d have been visited by the same FBI boys that visited the crooked Republicans.

As to being a “RINO” you must be retarded, or something, as I am not even a Republican, and since I’m old school, certainly no “Neo” anything.

Of course, being a moron, I doubt you grasp the meaning of the term “Neo” or “NeoCon.”

But what gets me is just how ignorant you really are about well, pretty much everything!

You obviously don’t know anything about natural gas, especially CNG. Most big cities run their entire city owned fleet on either CNG, or Propane. Especially their buses.

I owned a propane powered car 25 years ago! It’s as close to a zero emissions ride as one could get (but that’s not why we bought it)

Farmers have run their stuff off of Propane (which is virtually the same as CNG, equipment wise), for over 50 years! Some only run their light duty stuff, like pick-ups, some run everything off of it.

There are already other countries where you see a lot of CNG powered cars, and they already have retail facilities in place.

From what I understand, Iran, of all places, is big on CNG powered cars, as they have a LOT of oil, but no refining capacity, so they have to import gasoline. And where there is oil, there is generally natural gas.

Honda started offering a CNG powered car for sale in the US this year, got a lot of press, despite the fact that the Big 3 have made ‘em for decades!

Here are a few cars and trucks for sale right now that run either exclusively on CNG, or can run on both CNG or gasoline (a popular option)You’ll note that most are city fleet vehicles.

http://motors.shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=cng&_sacat=6001&_trksid=m270&_dmpt=US_Cars_Trucks&_odkw=&_osacat=6001

We have 1000′s of trillions of feet natural gas in America, far more than once thought. Alaska alone has about 1000 trillion feet.

It would probably take a decade to get most of the fleet switched over, and the infrastructure in place, but if the environmentalists and conservationists were serious, we would have already been doing this.

BTW, several companies make machines to compress the gas for you at home. If you already have natural gas supply to you home, you can buy one of these units and fill your car up at home.

These units aren’t cheap though, about $5,000 a copy, and it takes 6-8 hours to refill, but like any technology, the more these things sell, the cheaper they get. And you have to charge up an electrical vehicle over night to use it, and you have limited range.

With CNG, you car operates just like a gasoline powered car. You can’t tell, just by driving.

Another thing, since natural gas burns so cleanly (which is why you can cook with it inside your home) there is little or no carbon build up inside the engine, especially the combustion chamber around the valves or on the tops of the pistons. As such, there are fewer contaminates in the oil.

It’s cool, the oil barely changes color over time. You drive 20,000 miles and the oil is still as clear as it was when you poured it out of the bottle. This, of course, greatly extends the life of the engine.

Anyhow, I know all of this is over the top of your head, as you obviously have the same IQ as canned cling peaches, but maybe someone else will read this and get something out off it.

BTW, there used to be a fleet of NHRA legal Super Gas cars out of Kansas that were sponsored by a NG Co-Op. These are 9 second, 150 mph+ race cars. They did very well.

Also, T-Boone Pickens, who made his billions with oil and gas, had a different idea, but realized it was folly, and that he couldn’t get enough backing. He wanted to take the CNG fired electric plants off line, and replace them with wind power, freeing up even MORE CNG to run our cars on.

You can convert diesel powered rigs to CNG, BTW, which would significantly reduce emissions. Diesel engines run very well on either CNG or propane.

In short, anyone who doesn’t think that CNG makes more sense than any of the other proposed “solutions” to our energy, and environmental issues, simply doesn’t think.

gary4205 on January 1, 2010 at 3:00 PM

New year, new post on my blog! http://theexpertsblog.wordpress.com/ Divided We Fall.

HotAirExpert on January 2, 2010 at 2:57 AM

gary4205 on January 1, 2010 at 3:00 PM

careful gary, pox may shoot down your arguments with his amazing intellect by crossing out every sentence.

OlympicLeprechaun on January 2, 2010 at 8:08 AM

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