Report: Palin planning first extended overseas trip

posted at 2:57 pm on December 9, 2010 by Allahpundit

It’s not just the fact of the trip itself that suggests she’s running, it’s the destinations on her proposed itinerary. If you were an aspiring Republican nominee, which foreign hotspots would you be sure to hit to further ingratiate yourself with the base? For starters: Israel, of course, not only to show solidarity but to counter Huckabee’s appeal to evangelicals. He’s been to the Holy Land more than a dozen times and has plans to go again soon. Beyond Israel, where else? Well, to draw a contrast with Obama, you’d naturally choose an ally with whom relations have deteriorated under Hopenchange, signaling that as president you’d restore American prestige by repairing vital relationships. Which means Britain.

Palin’s suggested stops thus far: Israel and Britain.

The Daily Beast has learned that Sarah Palin will be traveling overseas in the new year. At the top of the list: Israel and England, both countries she has said she wanted to travel to in the past. The schedule and itinerary is still fluid, but an overseas trip in 2011 will boost her foreign policy credentials, something she can turn to in a potential 2012 presidential run.

Up to now Palin’s travel outside of North America includes visiting troops in Germany and Kuwait while she was governor and last year she gave a speech on the economy in Hong Kong. During the 2008 campaign, there was some confusion about whether she had also visited Iraq when traveling to see soldiers in Kuwait, but that turned out to be a visit to the border. McCain staffers at the time also said she had visited Ireland, but that was a re-fueling stopover…

The former Alaska governor was criticized in 2008 for her limited global travel, but this first foreign trip post-governorship would burnish her foreign policy credentials and would certainly be accompanied by a media frenzy as both the Israeli and English press follow her closely.

The goal, plainly, is to deny SNL et al. any more dopey “I can see Russia from my house” attacks on her alleged parochialism. Not that this will stop them, but it’ll hopefully make them less credible. As for the foreign press, they’ll be baiting her every step of the way to attack Obama. Will the “politics stops at the water’s edge” rule be in effect, or is that already long gone?

Other destinations to come, no doubt: Iraq and/or Afghanistan in order to greet the troops, and then…? If it’s a purely base-pleasing tour, figure a stop in Japan and/or South Korea to show support for the anti-Pyongyang alliance. If it’s something broader, aimed at getting the attention of centrists and independents for the general election, then … where? Germany, maybe? That’s bailout HQ these days, and a photo op with the most powerful woman in the world would be good campaign fodder. Where else?

Update: Palin advisor Rebecca Mansour doesn’t quite claim that the Daily Beast is making things up, but…

@shushwalshe how do you claim “exclusive” knowledge of anything when you’ve got nothing but conjecture? You call this journalism?


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Christie doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy to quit because of a bunch of frivolous lawsuits. If he were, the teachers unions would be lined up outside the courthouse every morning.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 5:47 PM
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Is Christie currently defending 25 lawsuits and is he paying for them out of his pockets?

So far your argument is weak.

LankyLou on December 9, 2010 at 5:49 PM

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Then we would hear she was doing that to save her own butt from ethic complaints. You all would be saying she had something to hide. either or, pick one, you all do.

djohn669 on December 9, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Christie doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy to quit because of a bunch of frivolous lawsuits. If he were, the teachers unions would be lined up outside the courthouse every morning.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Your examples are a little disingenuous … no? I think everyone here, including you, knows by now that Palin was responsible for paying for her own defense. Christie isn’t, Rudy wasn’t … all other executives have their legal fees covered. Palin didn’t.

darwin on December 9, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Umm wrong again. Alaska’s Legislators have always been overbearing and at the moment they have a stipen if they act out, they can be removed especially if they show they are un-ethical.

upinak on December 9, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Well by signing into law this Ethics Reform law….Palin was part of the problem.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 5:51 PM

What about Georgia?

clement on December 9, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Then we would hear she was doing that to save her own butt from ethic complaints. You all would be saying she had something to hide. either or, pick one, you all do.

djohn669 on December 9, 2010 at 5:50 PM

No, I wouldn’t.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Do you know who this helps?

crr6 on December 9, 2010 at 2:58 PM

You. Congrats on getting the first post on the thread!

Del Dolemonte on December 9, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Well by signing into law this Ethics Reform law….Palin was part of the problem.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Palin did not sign the portion of the ethics laws that were used to target her. They were already in effect before she was Governor. But I, and others already told you that.

Brian1972 on December 9, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Well by signing into law this Ethics Reform law….Palin was part of the problem.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Someone stated this law was in effect prior to Palin. Her reforms centered on the legislature. Unless you have something to refute that, I’d say case closed.

darwin on December 9, 2010 at 5:54 PM

I would sleep better at night knowing President Palin would be answering that 3am call rather than the whiney man/child that is currently residing in the White House.

Wanna make your stomach jump? Obama has the codes. He has the ability to push the red button right now.

Fallon on December 9, 2010 at 5:54 PM

You are intentionally ignoring the unique legal situation she was faced with, in order to retain what you believe is a silver bullet. It isn’t.

Brian1972 on December 9, 2010 at 5:47 PM

It seems like a difficult issue for her to get past with the general electorate. She fled a tough political situation and in the process lined her own pockets.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Rudy may have had that many in a week as mayor of NYC. Most of which he went and provoked. There wasn’t much love for him in the months before 9/11, but he didn’t quit. It turned out to be a good thing for the city that he was there in September ’01.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Did the law stranglehold him and his administration?

Did the law make him personally financially responsible for these lawsuits?

Was his agenda stifled and his office overwhelmed because of the aforementioned restrictions?

Was he prohibited from setting up a fund to deal with the legal issues?

No?

Then the situations aren’t all that synonymous, are they?

powerpro on December 9, 2010 at 5:54 PM

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Legislation was passed by reasonable people with reasonable intentions. It wasn’t perfect because it didn’t protect the legislative branch from frivolous complaints. So what? She signs a piece of legislation that cost her politically and the AK tax payers 1-3 million dollars. Chump change for doing the right thing.

What is Mittcare costing the tax payers of Massachusetts right now?

CTSherman on December 9, 2010 at 5:55 PM

What about Georgia?

clement on December 9, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Honduras too.

clement on December 9, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Palin did not sign the portion of the ethics laws that were used to target her. They were already in effect before she was Governor. But I, and others already told you that.

Brian1972 on December 9, 2010 at 5:53 PM

So while she was working on sweeping ethics reform she didn’t bother on fixing the dumb portion of the law?

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Christie doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy to quit because of a bunch of frivolous lawsuits. If he were, the teachers unions would be lined up outside the courthouse every morning.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Did the law stranglehold him and his administration?

Did the law make him personally financially responsible for these lawsuits?

Was his agenda stifled and his office overwhelmed because of the aforementioned restrictions?

Was he prohibited from setting up a fund to deal with the legal issues?

No?

Then the situations aren’t all that synonymous, are they?

powerpro on December 9, 2010 at 5:56 PM

So while she was working on sweeping ethics reform she didn’t bother on fixing the dumb portion of the law?

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Since it hadn’t been abused prior … why should she?

darwin on December 9, 2010 at 5:58 PM

She signs a piece of legislation that cost her politically and the AK tax payers 1-3 million dollars. Chump change for doing the right thing.

With all the recent Tea Party rhetoric about intrusive government, you are really going defend this piece of legislation like this?

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 5:58 PM

ninjapirate on December 9, 2010 at 3:10 PM
ninjapirate on December 9, 2010 at 3:10 PM

really? you`re a broken record…geeze. Please regale us all with who you think might be a better choice…and why. Yup just what I thought crickets in an echo chamber

Boy is your 11/6/2012 gonna really really suck.

NY Conservative on December 9, 2010 at 5:58 PM

From what I remember reading about this a while back, there is a peculiar situation with the laws.

Legislators have a protection, that you can’t go public with an ethics complaint against a legislator, or the complaint is automatically thrown out.

The Executive Branch section also says you can’t go public with an ethics complaint before the Board has investigated and ruled on it, but there is no penalty for doing it.

So, every complaint that was filed was a headline in the ADN the next day, because the complaint filer sent them a press release right after they filed it, and the story ran the next day. Every time, no penalty.

By the time the Board ruled one complaint as baseless and threw it out, there were two more pending and in the papers.

Brian1972 on December 9, 2010 at 5:59 PM

t seems like a difficult issue for her to get past with the general electorate. She fled a tough political situation and in the process lined her own pockets.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 5:54 PM
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Yeah, she was making 125K a year with legal bills at 500K and climbing. What would you do?

It seems to bother you that she’s making money.

LankyLou on December 9, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Since it hadn’t been abused prior … why should she?

darwin on December 9, 2010 at 5:58 PM

That’s why our government shouldn’t be so quick to pass legislation (even well intentioned laws)…because one doesn’t know how will it abused.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 6:00 PM

What is Mittcare costing the tax payers of Massachusetts right now?

CTSherman on December 9, 2010 at 5:55 PM

I’m not defending Mittcare.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 6:01 PM

That’s why our government shouldn’t be so quick to pass legislation (even well intentioned laws)…because one doesn’t know how will it abused.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Well she didn’t sign this particular piece. Anyway, it’s been changed from what I understand.

darwin on December 9, 2010 at 6:01 PM

It wouldn’t have mattered. The law allows any citizen to file a charge. That is the problem. There is not a process to weed out nuisance suits.

Even their latest “fixes” don’t really “fix” this. The ethics panel dismissed nearly all the lawsuits, and frankly the one that they found reason to negotiate with her was, in my opinion, a wrong finding. But whatever.

When you have a situation where any nutcase can file because she wore a coat with a name on the sleeve, you’ve got a problem.

And the fact is that she did sign that ethics law into effect, so Terry is right on that one. Who knew that some wackadoodle blogger would be paid by Dems and probably the Lisa M. GOP arm to file this nonsense.

Whatever. In my opinion, the strategy completely backfired.

She definitely got the last word.

AnninCA on December 9, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Well by signing into law this Ethics Reform law….Palin was part of the problem.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 5:51 PM

LOL you really don’t know how state governments works or Alaska for that matter.

The Legislators had to sign the SAME BILL. What Palin signed was not JUST for her and the Lt Gov, it was for all Executive Branch higher ups in the State of Alaska. So anyone who had ethics charges would have had to pay.

Also, she couldn’t CHANGE the laws after she was already Gov. or it would have made her as well as others LOOK bad and would have been an ethics violation and against the law.

You obviously don’t remember that.

upinak on December 9, 2010 at 6:03 PM

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Somebody always finds the loophole, We would never pass bills if we had to think of every possibility, almost impossible. They fixed it tho after she resigned and no more ethic complaints.

djohn669 on December 9, 2010 at 6:03 PM

That’s why our government shouldn’t be so quick to pass legislation (even well intentioned laws)…because one doesn’t know how will it abused.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 6:00 PM
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But you seem to think it’s ok to abuse Palin because she was abused by something she couldn’t control.

If you don’t like her that’s fine, but surely you can find better reasons to criticize.

LankyLou on December 9, 2010 at 6:04 PM

LOL

House Dems literally said “F** the President”!

Meltdown.

Get Popcorn.

portlandon on December 9, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Wow!! 200+ comments on a subject that was quickly debunked by Mansour.

Maybe AP can start a thread that an unknown source has confirmed that Palin and Putin used to meet in rowboats midway between Russia and Alaska to exchange recipes for moose chili. That should be good for 600 comments easy.

NoNails on December 9, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Somebody always finds the loophole, We would never pass bills if we had to think of every possibility, almost impossible. They fixed it tho after she resigned and no more ethic complaints.

djohn669 on December 9, 2010 at 6:03 PM

I don’t think so. I think they changed the rule about travelling with kids. Remember how they filed because Bristol dared to travel with her? LOL*

And they changed the rule about paying for the legal fees, but ONLY after the Gov. or Lieut. Gov. has actually been cleared of the charges.

That’s a mess waiting for someone.

AnninCA on December 9, 2010 at 6:06 PM

I forgot to mention that when the ADN ran the headline story about another ethics complaint against Governor Palin, naturally it hit the AP wire as well, since the AP had a reporter in Anchorage who just loved the heck out of negative Palin stories, by coincidence, I’m sure.

When it hit the AP wire, it was picked up by ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FNC, NYT, WaPo, LAT, ect. ect.

This pattern never changed, since the complaint filers shamelessly notified the press each and every time they filed another stupid complaint or FOIA request.

Brian1972 on December 9, 2010 at 6:06 PM

What bothers me most? I mean we’re talking about one charge over wearing a coat, people. When did we lose our commonsense and decide to talk about these charges like there was any validity?

I mean, really.

AnninCA on December 9, 2010 at 6:07 PM

But you seem to think it’s ok to abuse Palin because she was abused by something she couldn’t control.

If you don’t like her that’s fine, but surely you can find better reasons to criticize.

LankyLou on December 9, 2010 at 6:04 PM

No I’m not justifying frivolous, costly complaints. I’m only noting that Palin was hoisted by her own petard.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Yeah, she was making 125K a year with legal bills at 500K and climbing. What would you do?

LankyLou on December 9, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Not back down. Other politicians have left office with legal debt. She, more than most, had the earning potential to pay it off. Billy Clinton did.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 6:09 PM

No I’m not justifying frivolous, costly complaints. I’m only noting that Palin was hoisted by her own petard.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 6:08 PM
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Something tells me you’re enjoying that.

LankyLou on December 9, 2010 at 6:10 PM

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Lot of people get that, when they forget that some people are aholes. Trying to do a good thing can be hard.

djohn669 on December 9, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Not back down. Other politicians have left office with legal debt. She, more than most, had the earning potential to pay it off. Billy Clinton did.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 6:09 PM

She wasn’t allowed to have a defense fund.

She set one up and…lo and behold…an ethics complaint was filed against her.

Are you trying to be obtuse?

powerpro on December 9, 2010 at 6:13 PM

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 6:09 PM

She didn’t know if she had the earning potential, her book could’ve flopped.

djohn669 on December 9, 2010 at 6:13 PM

I think the law simply was written in good faith, based on AK politics. Nobody could have anticipated the national push that happened.

AnninCA on December 9, 2010 at 6:13 PM

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 6:09 PM

She didn’t know if she had the earning potential, her book could’ve flopped.

djohn669 on December 9, 2010 at 6:13 PM

That’s correct. She took a big risk, but it paid off. And she is actually more politically relevant than as governor.

AnninCA on December 9, 2010 at 6:15 PM

AnninCA on December 9, 2010 at 6:15 PM

The signing bonus..Nevermind..:)

Dire Straits on December 9, 2010 at 6:16 PM

No I’m not justifying frivolous, costly complaints. I’m only noting that Palin was hoisted by her own petard.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Repeatedly it has been noted that petard was in place before she was Governor, yet you persist in ignoring this fact.

Brian1972 on December 9, 2010 at 6:16 PM

She insists that Obama is vulnerable and can be challenged. And she actually means it.

I don’t see anybody else with her risk-taking character out there.

AnninCA on December 9, 2010 at 6:17 PM

The signing bonus..Nevermind..:)

Dire Straits on December 9, 2010 at 6:16 PM

I never quite bought that it was as large as reported.

AnninCA on December 9, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Not back down. Other politicians have left office with legal debt. She, more than most, had the earning potential to pay it off. Billy Clinton did.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Billy Clinton had real legal problems, of his own making.

The Presidency is not vulnerable to the sort of thing the AK Governor’s office is, or was.

Brian1972 on December 9, 2010 at 6:18 PM

The real point is that the press reported these frivolous charges and shamelessly failed to follow-up on the underlying basis.

It was absurd. It was clearly a strategy to bankrupt her personally and drive her out of politics. And it would have worked, too, had she not figured out how to step out of that sphere.

Instead, she’s managed to flip the situation and take full advantage of the attention on her. I think that’s smart, personally.

AnninCA on December 9, 2010 at 6:21 PM

She didn’t know if she had the earning potential, her book could’ve flopped.

djohn669 on December 9, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Neither did the Clintons, but it seemed like a reasonable bet that both Clinton and Palin had strong futures in the media as revenue producers.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Well, IF this Quitting & ethics thing was not a real problem, WHY are There NEW Ethics rules taking effect in a couple of weeks? These corrections place the legal costs on the State of Alaska, IF they prove frivilous. Also, several of the issues which were the base of most of the complaints are also, NOW ETHICAL.

Also, I am still waiting for the “Quitter” crowd to give me the amount of Legal fees a person should be required to spend defending frivilous Ethics complaints? The job is $125K per year I think. Should the defense cost be capped at $10 million, $25 million, $50 million?

Regards,

the Dragon on December 9, 2010 at 6:31 PM

CNN has learned that Gov. Palin will be traveling to Haiti this weekend with Franklin Graham and his relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

oldyeller on December 9, 2010 at 6:34 PM

She wasn’t allowed to have a defense fund.

powerpro on December 9, 2010 at 6:13 PM

She wasn’t allowed to have the “official” fund. Evidently, with better lawyers she could have made one work.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Then we would hear she was doing that to save her own butt from ethic complaints. You all would be saying she had something to hide. either or, pick one, you all do.

djohn669 on December 9, 2010 at 5:50 PM

No, I wouldn’t.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Oh, sure you would. Failing there, she wouldn’t be able to hold a candle to any other governor in the country because Alaska’s sparsely populated. So instead we get “Quitter!!” over and over and over and over…

Speaking of which, both Gingrich and Romney appear to have quit as well. Gingrich from Congress, Romney from running for a second term he may well have lost in order to follow an opportunistic run at the presidency. We don’t hear that framed in quite that way, though, do we? Nahhhhhh.

ddrintn on December 9, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Christie doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy to quit because of a bunch of frivolous lawsuits. If he were, the teachers unions would be lined up outside the courthouse every morning.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 5:47 PM

We don’t know though, do we? Christie doesn’t seem to be the type to attract a 24-7 sliming operation either, and don’t tell me that what he’s been trough is in any way similar to what the Palins have been through. No comparison really.

ddrintn on December 9, 2010 at 6:39 PM

She wasn’t allowed to have the “official” fund. Evidently, with better lawyers she could have made one work.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 6:37 PM

She had the best. Many of the lawyers consulted also worked on the Clintons funds.

Brian1972 on December 9, 2010 at 6:40 PM

“Christie doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy to quit because of a bunch of frivolous lawsuits. If he were, the teachers unions would be lined up outside the courthouse every morning.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 5:47 PM”

Actually, I doubt there are many, if any, other states which have an ethics law like Alaska’s.

You can bet your backside if New Jersey did, Christie would be bankrupt in a “New York” minute.

IN FACT, New Jersey has one of the most POWERFUL Governor’s, by constitution. IF Christie were Governor of South Carolina and was facing a similar situation he would not be able to take the path he is taking.

Regards,

the Dragon on December 9, 2010 at 6:44 PM

She’s traveling to Haiti – confirmed.

VidOmnia on December 9, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Mansour is a tough cookie.

PappyD61 on December 9, 2010 at 6:46 PM

She wasn’t allowed to have the “official” fund. Evidently, with better lawyers she could have made one work.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 6:37 PM

That’s just not true.

The fund was set up in the same manner that other funds for other political figures were.

Also…there was a significant lag. You could donate but that money could not be used for like a year or something like that.

powerpro on December 9, 2010 at 6:48 PM

The signing bonus..Nevermind..:)

Dire Straits on December 9, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Her advance was based on her 30+ stop book tour and multiple interviews to promote the book. Had she remained governor, she wouldn’t have been able to leave the state for those purposes. She had no way of knowing what the success of the book would be, especially if she wasn’t going to be able to promote it. As Governor, she was making $125,000/yr and staring at over $500,000 in legal fees with no end in sight. And some of you idiots still think she should have stuck it out.

NoNails on December 9, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Something tells me you’re enjoying that.

LankyLou on December 9, 2010 at 6:10 PM

I rather like Palin. I think she’s charismatic. However, I continue to believe that resigning before she finishing out her term was a big mistake. Will it cost her the presidency? We will find out shortly.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 6:52 PM

She had the best. Many of the lawyers consulted also worked on the Clintons funds.

Brian1972 on December 9, 2010 at 6:40 PM

She would have done well to head the advice of her main Alaskan lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, who advised her to run the Trust by the Alaskan Department of Law for pre-approval. She elected instead to follow the advise of her other attorneys who recommended dealing with the inevitable complaints when they were raised.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 6:55 PM

I rather like Palin. I think she’s charismatic. However, I continue to believe that resigning before she finishing out her term was a big mistake. Will it cost her the presidency? We will find out shortly.

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Was it really a mistake? She beat the democrats at their own game.

darwin on December 9, 2010 at 6:56 PM

For those of you who seem to be clueless about Palin’s ability to pay her legal bills and what happened with the first legal defense fund, here’s the real skinny by Meg Stapleton. I’m sure that some of you think you know it all, but I link it for the honest people here who are open-minded.

NoNails on December 9, 2010 at 6:57 PM

She would have done well to head the advice of her main

Alaskan lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, who advised her to run the Trust by the Alaskan Department of Law for pre-approval. She elected instead to follow the advise of her other attorneys who recommended dealing with the inevitable complaints when they were raised.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Aw c’mon. Where did you hear that?

darwin on December 9, 2010 at 6:58 PM

She had no way of knowing what the success of the book would be, especially if she wasn’t going to be able to promote it.

NoNails on December 9, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Heck, I seem to remember a lot of the anti-Palin types here saying it was going to be a flop anyway.

ddrintn on December 9, 2010 at 6:58 PM

She would have done well to head the advice of her main Alaskan lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, who advised her to run the Trust by the Alaskan Department of Law for pre-approval. She elected instead to follow the advise of her other attorneys who recommended dealing with the inevitable complaints when they were raised.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Oh, so you do know about her lawyers!…whereas you played dumb before.
I don’t think Van Flein, who is also Greta Van Sustern’s husband and a huge helper of Democrats before he came to Palin’s aid, was brought on board until after Sarah had the problem with her first legal defense fund.
You talk about it as if you were an insider who was there.
Why is that?

Jenfidel on December 9, 2010 at 6:59 PM

President Palin.

I’d love to see the slicing and dicing of departments.

gdonovan on December 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Correction: Greta’s husband is John P. Coale.
Van Flein was/is Palin’s first major attorney.

Jenfidel on December 9, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Shushannah Walshe is a hack and was BANNED from having direct access to Palin because of it.

She’s one of those dishonest reporters who tried to be all lovey-dovey with Palin and her staff, only looking for dirt. Where there was no dirt she did what a typical hack journalist does, she makes some up.

And yeah, Rebbecca Mansour is Sarah’s Press Secretary. She is a hell of a lot better at it than her counterpart Robert Gibbs is for his boss.

Oh, and Shushannah couldn’t even get her foreign trips right Not that Allah is sharp enough to catch that.

She’s been to Germany TWICE. Once in 2007 when she went to Kuwait,, and then in June of 2009 when she went to Kososvo.

BTW, for those idiots that don’t understand (or don’t WANT to understand) why Sarah resigned instead of continually screwing around with Obama’s thugs, know this. When Sarah got back from Kosovo she had, you guessed it, a ethics complaint.

It seems Social Security fraudster,huge lard ass, and Constitutional Scholar, Linda Kellen Beagel decided Sarah committed treason or some nonsense because she gave a “political speech” In Kosovo.

Now mind you, the troops in both Kuwait and Kososvo are Alaska National Guard. She was there as their Commander-in-Chief. OF COURSE she was going to address her troops!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vOxTR_lG4Y&feature=related

Funny, Beagel, Jeanne Devon, Phil Munger, Anita Dunn and the rest of the dregs of Alaskan society never had a problem when she addressed her troops in Kuwait. It’s amazing how a little Obama money will motivate loons.

Oh, and you know all of the idiots claiming Sarah had a boob job after she was at Churchill Downs in a t-shirt. These are the same loons who studied the Kosovo tapes like they were the Zapruder film. And yet, they beclowned themselves anyway.

gary4205 on December 9, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Oh, so you do know about her lawyers!…whereas you played dumb before.
I don’t think Van Flein, who is also Greta Van Sustern’s husband and a huge helper of Democrats before he came to Palin’s aid, was brought on board until after Sarah had the problem with her first legal defense fund.
You talk about it as if you were an insider who was there.
Why is that?

Jenfidel on December 9, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Jen, Van Flein is not Greta’s husband. John Coale, who is one of Palin’s advisors is.

NoNails on December 9, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Why didn’t she just grow wings and fly up your @ss?

SurferDoc on December 9, 2010 at 7:04 PM

NoNails on December 9, 2010 at 7:03 PM

See my correction above.

Why didn’t she just grow wings and fly up your @ss?

SurferDoc on December 9, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Too funny! LOL
Troll answer: “Because she’s too stupid, unqualified, or is a quitter and would only fly half-way up your butt!”

Jenfidel on December 9, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Jenfidel on December 9, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Sorry, I saw your correction after I posted.

NoNails on December 9, 2010 at 7:09 PM

So if the starting pitcher or the QB is injured and can’t get it done and requests that he be removed from the game is he a quitter or doing what is best for the team?

Palin recognized that through no fault of her own she had become a liability to her state, and she knew that it was NEVER going to stop. Her family and coworkers also became targets as well, and she demonstrated exceptional character in how she handled it. She did what a leader does; she took one for the team and fell on her sword. It is called sacrifice. She knew that she could not serve the public trust to the best of her ability as long as this went on, and she refused to receive a paycheck for a job she could no longer perform. By resigning her governorship she demonstrated that she believess in public service and not political power. Contrast this to the current charlatan in the White House who used his election to the Senate to run for POTUS and still took a paycheck from the taxpayers while doing NOTHING.

I suspect that the same people who push the quitter narrative ad nauseum would be branding her as a selfish and power hungry opportunist trying to hold onto power whatever the cost(kind of like another female pol from Alaska)and would be demanding her resignation. Yet they have no problems with hundreds of politicians who have and will continue to abandon the offices they were elected to in the middle of their term to pursue more power.

Give the “quitter” garbage a rest you guys. It is something Palin will have to deal with yes, but at least get yourself educated about the facts before making fools of yourselves. You’re beginning to sound like second-graders on the playground.

OlympicLeprechaun on December 9, 2010 at 7:12 PM

OlympicLeprechaun on December 9, 2010 at 7:12 PM

This P.S. from the link I posted about the legal defense fund pretty much says it all.

P.S. One last thought as we approach the anniversary of Governor Palin’s “reloading,” thank God she had the fortitude and wisdom to look down the road and see what she did – the state’s bills would have amounted to millions upon millions more and her personal legal bills would be personally insurmountable. I don’t know who would want to hold office under these circumstances and with loopholes our Alaska legislators refuse to close.

- Meghan Stapleton, Mom, Wife, and Now More Knowledgeable Than Ever About Legal Defense Funds

NoNails on December 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Aw c’mon. Where did you hear that?

darwin on December 9, 2010 at 6:58 PM

I thought it was part of the document Palin signed with the Alaska Personnel Board.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I can’t believe this story still hasn’t been updated to show Palin is actually traveling to Haiti. I told Allah a while ago.

VidOmnia on December 9, 2010 at 7:25 PM

I thought it was part of the document Palin signed with the Alaska Personnel Board.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM

The Alaska Personnel Board?!? WTF is that?!
And why would she have to sign a document sharing her personal musings and judgment about how and why she hired certain lawyers?

Look, Sarah Palin’s life is an open book.
And the narrative about her leaving office is in her book Going Rogue or is otherwise a matter of public record.
Quit making things up.

Jenfidel on December 9, 2010 at 7:25 PM

I can’t believe this story still hasn’t been updated to show Palin is actually traveling to Haiti. I told Allah a while ago.

VidOmnia on December 9, 2010 at 7:25 PM

I tried to post a link to CNN about the Haiti trip and the HA filter trapped it and sent it to the cornfield.
Why’s that?

Jenfidel on December 9, 2010 at 7:26 PM

I’m not impressed with Palin going on her first extended trip around the world. Here’s why:

Palin supporters think that despite her short resume, she won’t face the same outcome as Obama. That is wishful thinking. Many Palin supporters state that she is surrounded by talented and intelligent people and that she’s doing all she can to study and learn the issues. I’m sorry…but “studying” will never give you the knowledge you need that only experience can provide. It is not a substitute for experience. Neither is it the equivalent to experience. And it never will be.

Source.

Just because she’s flying around the world to overcome the “I can see Russia from my house” meme and to bone up on getting experience to appear Presidential doesn’t fly with me.

She would make a great President but not in 2012. Maybe in 2016 or 2020. She needs more time to obtain the experience and knowledge that is required for the position of POTUS.

Conservative Samizdat on December 9, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Wow.

A possible first official foreign trip from the Exile President Palin.

It’s gonna be a blast!

Odumbo is getting madder and madder everyday. Huckie is more envious each day.

DEMINT/PALIN/REAGAN/PALIN/DEMINT 2012!

TheAlamos on December 9, 2010 at 7:38 PM

S

he needs more time to obtain the experience and knowledge that is required for the position of POTUS.

Conservative Samizdat on December 9, 2010 at 7:38 PM

So how is it that your boy Mitt passes the test and Sarah Palin doesn’t?

Jenfidel on December 9, 2010 at 7:43 PM

More melodrama and hyperbole from the drama queen.

Buy Danish on December 9, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Here douche nozzle, read this:

Yeah, get over it. I tired of you and others bytching about people defending Palin. If you don’t like it, don’t read it.

It’s apparently your opinion that you’re free to say anything you like yet when you’re challenged, or when Palin is defended you get your panties all bunched up and start whining. It’s so unfair! The Palinistas won’t let me slam Palin in peace! Oh woe is me!
People are not going to stop defending her so either get used to it or go home.

darwin on December 9, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Darwin is considerably nicer and more eloquent than I am.

Let me just say this, if you braying pigs think any of us are going to just sit back while people of low breeding and even less intelligence trash Palin just to get your jollies you are living in the wrong time and at the wrong place.

We’ll defend this woman to the death if we must.

Unlike insects like yourself we actually believe in something, and someone.

If that doesn’t work for you, I’m sure you’d be happier over at Frum Forum with the rest of the morons.

Now I know you’ll whine like a little girl, so understand, no one is saying you can’t say what you want, anywhere you want, but know when you spew nonsense and stupidity, you’re going to catch hell. A LOT of hell.

We aren’t squishes and we aren’t the sort to let people trash our leader like those that set back and allowed George W Bush to be trashed unmercifully by hate mongers and fools like you and your sort.

There are lot more of us than there are of you and we aren’t about to waver.

gary4205 on December 9, 2010 at 7:44 PM

She would make a great President but not in 2012. Maybe in 2016 or 2020. She needs more time to obtain the experience and knowledge that is required for the position of POTUS.

Conservative Samizdat on December 9, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Except that most experience and qualification by many conservative/republican wannabes are on the wrong schools of thought.

Give me President Palin ANYDAY, a president who knows nothing but kitchen economics, limited government, strong America and REAL WEALTH-CREATING GAS PROJECT!

TheAlamos on December 9, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Conservative Samizdat on December 9, 2010 at 7:38 PM

This makes no sense. What experience is she going to gain between 2012 and 2016 (or 2020) that she CANNOT gain before 2012? Oh, and you do know that she has about twenty years of executive experience in Alaska, right? Also, who has the experience that Sarah Palin lacks, and what does this experience consist of?

Aitch748 on December 9, 2010 at 7:53 PM

So how is it that your boy Mitt passes the test and Sarah Palin doesn’t?

Jenfidel on December 9, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Those extra 15 months apparently did Mitt wonders.

powerpro on December 9, 2010 at 7:55 PM

gary4205 on December 9, 2010 at 7:44 PM

You are scary!.. :)

Dire Straits on December 9, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Who are the other governors this has happened to? Why is Palin apparently unique in her need to resign in response to nuisance lawsuits?

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Another Olympic caliber dumbass troll.

Alaska’s ethics laws were structured so silly that the executive was NOT protected from the exact sort of attack Obama’s hand pick thugs used, filing endless bogus ethics complaints, like wearing a coat in the winter and doing a TV interview with Greta.

Hell, the complainants didn’t even have to use a REAL NAME they were filing em from out of state in the name of soap opera characters.

And before you whine like a stuck pig, YES, these people were working under the direction of the White House. Pete Rouse, who is now Obama’s Chief of Staff, hand picked these thugs along with a Marxist named named Phil Monger, a real loon who fancies himself a poet and artist.

Anyhow, you simpleton, not only was she being personally bankrupted, these thugs were costing the state of Alaska millions upon millions because even as ridiculous as this crap was, the state still had to look into them.

BTW you mouth breathing little nimrod, the Alaska Legislature FIXED the problem now that Plain is out of office and new rules take effect on the 22nd of this month:

http://www.newsminer.com/view/full_story/10563878/article-New-ethics-rules-in-Alaska-to-take-effect-Dec–22

JUNEAU, Alaska – New rules governing executive branch ethics, stemming from Sarah Palin’s tenure as governor, take effect this month.

These include allowing for the state to pay legal costs for officials cleared of ethics violations
; allowing for a family member of the governor or lieutenant governor to travel at state cost in certain circumstances and allowing an immediate family member to use an official’s state-issued cell phone or BlackBerry if the usage is limited or under monthly or unlimited plans.

I sure wish stupidity was painful. You and those like you would be in constant pain for the rest of you worthless lives!

gary4205 on December 9, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Those extra 15 months apparently did Mitt wonders.

powerpro on December 9, 2010 at 7:55 PM

You mean those 15 months that he spent out of state trying to win the nomination?

NoNails on December 9, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Rudy may have had that many in a week as mayor of NYC. Most of which he went and provoked. There wasn’t much love for him in the months before 9/11, but he didn’t quit. It turned out to be a good thing for the city that he was there in September ’01.

dedalus on December 9, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Yeah because the New York City tax payers paid all of his legal bills you simpering idiot!

How do you even function? Something as criminally stupid as you are can’t possibly have the brain capacity to feed itself or dress itself.

gary4205 on December 9, 2010 at 8:13 PM

gary4205 on December 9, 2010 at 8:07 PM

It really does get exasperating, doesn’t it? People who say they don’t want Sarah Palin as president and then give as their reasons some talking points at least 18 months out of date, like how she couldn’t handle her governor job and just ran away from it. We keep explaining why she left, but they won’t listen. And then they make lots of noise about how they’re getting martyred by the Palinista cult that (they say) jumps on them whenever they say the smallest thing against Sarah. This whining about “Palinistas” is getting old, too. It certainly doesn’t make me feel more conciliatory toward them.

Aitch748 on December 9, 2010 at 8:18 PM

You are scary!.. :)

Dire Straits on December 9, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Indeed. Sara would be proud of this nutcase.

Knucklehead on December 9, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Palin supports Ryan’s Roadmap.

NoNails on December 9, 2010 at 8:19 PM

So while she was working on sweeping ethics reform she didn’t bother on fixing the dumb portion of the law?

terryannonline on December 9, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Give it up RomneyBot. You’ve already proven you have an IQ lower than canned cling peaches.

Who the hell could have foreseen a bunch of Obama’s hand picked thugs would exploit this.

At the time she was pushing ethics reform she was also helping the FBI round up corrupt Murkowski lackeys and sending them to prison. She was a little busy.

Either you really understand this, but like all trolls just continually post the same crap over and over thinking it will matter, or you are just as criminally stupid as the rest.

Either way, it’s gotten old.

gary4205 on December 9, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Indeed. Sara would be proud of this nutcase.

Knucklehead on December 9, 2010 at 8:18 PM

And this from a self-avowed knucklehead.

NoNails on December 9, 2010 at 8:20 PM

You mean those 15 months that he spent out of state trying to win the nomination?

NoNails on December 9, 2010 at 8:10 PM

I just don’t understand why a few extra months means Romney has “Experience” and Palin doesn’t.

You know, I’d argue that Romney has the wrong kind of experience. I’d rather have someone like Palin who governed the right way but wasn’t able to stay their whole term than someone like Mitt who was able to serve a full term but did untold damage through his “leadership.”

powerpro on December 9, 2010 at 8:22 PM

This whining about “Palinistas”
Aitch748 on December 9, 2010 at 8:18 PM

What we have is anti-Palinistas. They are as bad as those they cannot stand.

CWforFreedom on December 9, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Those extra 15 months apparently did Mitt wonders.

powerpro on December 9, 2010 at 7:55 PM

You mean those 15 months in which he was out of state more than 200 days?

http://www.edgeboston.com/index.php?ch=nightlife&sc=&sc2=photoalbum&id=30744

Keep that link in your bookmarks, folks, to pull out when the Mitt’s the Man crowd start crowing.

hrh40 on December 9, 2010 at 8:23 PM

han someone like Mitt who was able to serve a full term but did untold damage through his “leadership.”

powerpro on December 9, 2010 at 8:22 PM

I’d make the case – and it’s a darn strong one – that Mitt did NOT serve a full term:

http://www.edgeboston.com/index.php?ch=nightlife&sc=&sc2=photoalbum&id=30744

So Mitt’s the Man folks: Which is worse, stepping down when you can no longer effectively govern? OR continuing to take taxpayers’ money when you effectively have NO intention of continuing to govern?

hrh40 on December 9, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Is there anything wider than allah’s smile than after he posts a Palin item, sits back, and watches the voluminous comments wars begin?

churchill995 on December 9, 2010 at 8:26 PM

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