Surprisingly, The Tonight Show was able to obtain videotape of the conversation.
Surprisingly, The Tonight Show was able to obtain videotape of the conversation.
Another tease? An effort to pump up ratings for her new TV show? Or is Palin seriously thinking of running this time?
I think she’s serious, at least at this point, but that’s just a hunch. Here’s why I think so.
In an appearance on Inside Edition last night, she sent out several unmistakable signals.
First, the most obvious piece of evidence, the obligatory, pre-presidential candidacy It’s not about me, but if enough people want me statement:
I think if anyone is asked by enough people, if enough people have that faith in you that you’re willing and able to put your country on the right path, I think that person should absolutely consider it and make sure it’s good with family.
Second, Todd’s on board, and he’s bashing the media, which is good GOP primary stuff:
Todd Palin: She would win hands down in my mind if the media did their job and presented each candidate on experience and on their policy and their ideas, but that’s not the way it’s set up today.
Inside Edition: Do you want her to run?
Todd: I mean, if she wants to, I will be behind her.
But most tellingly, Palin questioned the honesty of the man who is currently leading the field, Chris Christie, suggesting it’s unlikely he didn’t know what his aides were up to when they screwed up traffic on the George Washington Bridge. Christie has insisted he was out of the loop. Palin thinks that’s unlikely:
It’s hard to be the CEO of an organization and not know what the closest people to you are up to. It’s tough not to know. I know when I was Mayor and manager of this city, and then Governor of the state, certainly you know what your top aides are up to.”
I just want to make sure that every politician, everyone who’s elected, who’s given that honor and that sacred honor of a vote, people’s trust, that we don’t blow it. And you blow it if you ever try to hide anything. Whatever’s hidden, eventually light shines upon it. I just hope that truth is being told right now.
I thought it was interesting that she would hit Christie so hard. That’s not something she needed to do unless . . .
And then finally, there’s her new show “Amazing America,” which debuts on the Sportsman Channel April 3rd.
According to the Sportsman Channel, the show will take her all over the country to celebrate America, and not just to places where people hunt:
Amazing America with Sarah Palin is an anthology of stories that explore some of the most original, interesting – and sometimes inspiring – people, places and pastimes connected to America’s outdoors lifestyle. Governor Palin takes viewers coast-to-coast into what Sportsman Channel calls “Red, Wild and Blue America” – where the American Spirit and the Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure.
From everyday people to business leaders and celebrities; in cities, suburbs and towns; the leader of the “Status Go” movement – Palin – will find the stories of people and places that share and reflect her passion for what makes America the great, amazing nation that it is.
Wondering if she’ll be finding a particularly large number of original, interesting – and sometimes inspiring people in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
Here’s some video from Inside Edition. She just turned 50 Tuesday, and she looks and sounds great. Stay tuned.
In a post on her Facebook page today, Sarah Palin said she will refuse to support any politician who backs the gun control bill.
Please see the link below for why the latest gun control bill should be filibustered and defeated. I can not and will not support politicians who support any more limits on our Second Amendment rights.
The link takes readers to a two-page summary detailing her opposition to the bill.
The reference to “politician” suggests that she will withhold support not just from Senators who are about to vote on the gun control bill, but from anyone – whether they are a member of the Senate or House, a state politician, or future presidential candidate – who supports further gun control efforts.
For a politician, having Palin stump for you is not quite the boon it once was, as her brand has faded somewhat.
Nevertheless, with some Republicans senators and House members sure to face primary challenges, having Palin enter the fray on behalf of their opponent should still send a few chills down their spines. Her support remains the clearest possible signal that you have the blessing of the Tea Party, and her opposition, that you do not.
Sarah Palin and Greta Van Susteren Friday slapped around the White House press corps for being more worried about its “inside access” than holding President Obama accountable.
Have a look:
Van Susteren is right. Part of the reason for the passivity of the press corps – and this is the most passive group I’ve seen in 15 years working there – stems from the legitimate concern that the White House will cut off access.
But Palin makes an excellent point, which Van Sustern agrees with:
So what if you lose access to Obama? You know why people don’t want to lose — I mean, the American people don’t care if a reporter isn’t going to have access to the Obama administration, because what is coming back as a result of having that privilege … is this lack of transparency, is more confusion, is more uncertainty, and it’s lies. So, why in the world would a reporter be concerned about whether they are going to get more of that fed to them, those lies, the uncertainty, the murky answers to questions being asked? I wouldn’t care about having that access when you know what the result is.
So often, when you cover the White House, the stuff you get “on background” is pretty much the same as the junk you hear on the record. And reporters have to make the calculation about whether the tidbits of inside dope they get that are new are really worth dropping the mission of tough, skeptical reporting.
Waiting for David Plouffe to call you back and chat with you on background might get you a nice little story, and technically put you ahead of your competitors, but it’s not what makes for great journalism. I don’t think Bob Woodward made his name by schmoozing H.R. Haldeman.
What really counts is finding out what the White House doesn’t want you to know, holding it accountable for its actions, and quizzing the press secretary and the president with brutal persistence. With a few exceptions, there is too little of that from the White House press corps today.
And it’s quite possible to maintain your relationships at the White House even if you are tough on them. They’re big boys and girls, they understand the game. In fact, they understand the game so well that they’ve figured out how to intimidate a lot of reporters into not playing it.
H/T to the Daily Caller.
Sarah Palin, whose detractors say she should stay out of the primaries because she can’t possibly beat President Obama, trails the president by only five points in a new McClatchy News/Marist poll.
From McClatchy News:
After trailing Obama by more than 20 percentage points in polls all year, the new national survey, taken Sept. 13-14, found Palin trailing the president by just 5 points, 49-44 percent. The key reason: She now leads Obama among independents, a sharp turnaround.
By a margin of 49 percent to 36 percent, voters said they definitely plan to vote against Obama, according to the poll. Independents by 53 percent to 28 percent said they definitely plan to vote against him.
And she does better than Rick Perry, who already appears to be turning some people off.
Obama is neck and neck with Romney, leading by 46-44. Obama had led by 5 points in August, 4 points in June, and 1 point in April. Romney now leads among independents, 44 percent to 40 percent.
Obama leads Perry by 50 percent to 41 percent. They split independents 43-43. Obama had led Perry by 19 points in August, as Perry was joining the campaign.
Obama leads Bachmann 53 percent to 40 percent. He had led her by 17 points in August, by 12 points in June.
One interesting thing about Palin’s polls is that voters know her. Unlike the others, there is not as much potential for drastic movement one way or another. What people will think about Romney after he gets the nomination is anyone’s guess.
Last I heard, she was going to announce her decision by the end of this month.
I’m sure the Obama folks are relishing the thought of running against her. Because they think she’s too conservative and not that smart. Which is what the Carter people thought of Reagan.
H/T to Hot Air, where I saw the poll.
The One still comes out ahead of most potential Republican rivals in a new series of polled matchups, but The Donald is only two points behind him, losing 43-41 percent if the race were held today.
The polls, conducted by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, have President Obama tied with Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who is still deciding whether to run for president or keep his show on Fox News.
Obama is two points against Mitt Romney, who would lose 49-47 percent, and he swamps Sarah Palin by 51-40 percent.
None of the potential GOP challengers has announced yet, though Romney is widely held to be running. Trump is flirting with the idea and recently appeared before the annual CPAC Conference of conservatives, where several other potential candidates strutted their stuff.
Sarah Palin tells ABC’s Baba Wawa that she’s not only seriously considerin’ runnin’ for president, but that she thinks she can beat Obama.
“I believe so,” she told Baba, when asked. ABC released an excerpt, and the full interview will air December 9. Why ABC would keep an interview with Palin in the can for three weeks is anybody’s guess.
But the New York Times has a profile on the web of Palin that will also appear in its Sunday magazine. In it, she also says she’s considering running for president.
I know some of you disagree, but she is SO RUNNING. She wouldn’t be doing all this deliberatin’ in public. Politicians who think they have a chance to be president CAN’T HELP IT. They say they care deeply about their families and are agonizing and that the families come first and yadayadayada and then THEY RUN.
And after Clinton’s womanizing and Obama’s consorting with all kinds of questionable characters in Chicago, the skeletons in the closet have to be really scary looking to prevent a run.
Is she really going to spend the rest of her life commenting on Fox and writing Facebook posts? No way.
I thought you might want to see this video of Sarah Palin speaking at a Christian school in Pennsylvania. There are several hints in here that she is moving toward running for president, something she will have to decide on in the next couple of months, if she hasn’t decided already.
The first is the most obvious, you’ll pick it up right away in the video. The second is her implicit criticism of Michelle Obama’s fat kids’ butts campaign and the clear contrast she makes between having parents – i.e. the private sector – solve a problem, versus letting government – i.e. Mrs. Obama – intervene.
The final hint is her mention of Fed monetary policy. She’s waded this week into the debate over Bernake’s decision to boost the economy by printing hundreds of billions of dollars, offering criticism that has been taken seriously in serious places like the Wall Street Journal, which recently ran the headline to the effect of, “Palin vs. Bernanke.” The decision to have her jump in with something significant to say about “quantitative easing” has been a huge PR coup for her, and the beginning of an attempt to recast her image.
Interestingly, she’s making no effort to assume a pose of gravitas, speaking with the same natural charm and humor she did at the 2008 GOP convention. It’s always good when candidates appear genuine and when their image counselors let them be themselves. She should not try to be something she’s not. But whether someone with her manner is what voters will want in a world with so many perils is unclear to me.
She in all likelihood will run because of the Obama Principle, which says that: No matter what, if you have a chance to be president, go for it. If she waits, she faces the possibility of a different Republican president, possibly in office for eight years, and then the coronation of his VP in the 2020 Republican primaries. So, 2024 would be quite a long time for her to wait.
And what does she gain by waiting? She’s not going to run for any other political office at this point. And her popularity and visibility are not going to get any higher. She’ll run.
Sarah Palin actually has the boldness and foresight to invent a new word for the English language, and now people are making fund of her and even trying to capitalize on it. Someone set up the site refudiate.com and is selling an awful looking T-shirt. Clearly Sarah, who coined this word for all of us… Continue Reading