Wednesday, June 29, 2011

From the Heart: Governor Palin's remarks after the World Premiere of "The Undefeated"

Well, I am recovering from my amazing trip to Pella, Iowa for the World Premier of  The Undefeated. I experienced some technical difficulties as I intended to 'Live Tweet' from the event, but after just a couple tweets my BlackBerry went dead. (uhg!) So I am sure I let a lot of people down with that.

Pella is a beautiful little community that is really charming. It was the perfect venue for this event. There were many dignitaries in attendance, from national figures like Sarah and Todd Palin, Andrew Brietbart, Jedediah Bila, Tammy Bruce to more local celebs like Bob Vander Plaats, the turn out was amazing.

Upon arriving in town at about 3:30, the first order of business was to locate the Jaarsma Bakery becasue I had heard so much about their famous 'Dutch Letters'. As I drove around the town square looking for a place to park, a car backed out of a slot right in front of the store. I parked and got out, making a mental note that, while there were a lot of people sort of milling about and going in and out of shops, it didn't look like a huge crowd was on hand. 

When I opened the door to Jaarsma's, I saw a mass of humanity and thought, 'Whoa...this is where all the people are...those 'Dutch Letters must be good!"

It was then my daughter, who was accompanying me on this adventure, hit my shoulder and said, 'Look who's here."

Sure enough, Todd and Sarah were in the bakery, having stopped in to try the local wares themselves. I later talked with people who had only gotten a chance to briefly see the top of the Governors head through all the crowd's,( people and media mass around her) and here I drove right in and walked into her at our first stop.

The day would only get better.

We got our tickets for the movie and as we went in we found we had assigned seats. Ours were in the very front row, which were excellent seats. Governor Palin was seated just four rows behind us. What happened next has been much talked about, and it was totally unexpected, but after the movie ended Governor Palin got up and gave some extemporaneous remarks .

Siting in the front row, we had the perfect vantage point. We were so close we could have almost reached out and touched her. She was literally only a couple feet in front of us as she delivered this heart felt and moving, off the cuff speech. You will notice there was no teleprompter nor even any notes.

She spoke with the conviction of someone who believes what they are saying. Sitting that close for this stirring speech was truly inspirational. She is the real deal.

Here is Governor Sarah Palin, authentic and from the heart:

A review of The Undefeated and premiere in Pella, Iowa.

Here's a great review of "The Undefeated" by Youth for Palin’s administrator, 15 year old Iowan Austin Harris. ~ teledude

Youth for Palin
by Austin Harris

In early May of this year, I discovered that a movie was being produced about Governor Palin and dismissed it immediately as another attack video.
It is reasonable to consider liberal movie producers deviously conjuring up a project to undermine Governor Palin as so many in the LSM have done in the past. "They're just up to their old tricks again!", I thought.
Indeed, who is not aware of those well crafted tricks dedicated to misrepresenting Governor Palin as diva, bad person, selfish mother, and just another self absorbed narcissist in it for the money? But to my surprise and relief, I soon discovered that there was actually someone that understood Governor Palin and he was, shockingly, a conservative movie producer from Hollywood, Stephen Bannon.

The day of the premiere was filled with excitement. At 4 o'clock in the afternoon we finally arrived in the beautiful town of Pella, Iowa. The journey took us over an hour to drive but, in hindsight, it was well worth every minute as my anticipation of seeing Governor Palin reached unparalleled levels.
Every place I looked there was the media and the "common folk" of Iowa surrounding the Pella Opera House eagerly waiting for just a glimpse of Governor Palin.
As I pondered that not even President Obama could attract so many fans, I maneuvered my way to my seat and sighed with relief, "I was finally and actually here!".
Larry Petterson welcomed people to Pella by giving us a lesson on the rich history of the Pella Opera House. We then sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic and This Is My Country. What transpired next was better than any Hollywood studio stage editing or director's cut. Halfway through our second rendition of these patriotic songs, Governor Palin walk into the theatre. All around me, cheering supporters were taking pictures as Governor Palin took her seat, not in an isolated roped off area by herself but right in the middle of the crowd with everyday, average Americans.
The Mayor of Pella, Darrel Dobernecker, welcomed Governor Palin to Pella by cleverly telling her, "You like to rock the boat and it is better to rock the boat then to sink the ship."
Next, Stephen Bannon introduced the movie, we prayed and appropriately ended with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Undefeated kicks off with cinematography of Governor Palin on the stage with John McCain announcing her as Vice President. Then the film spends a few minutes showing pictures and video's of Governor Palin during her childhood years. It talks about Exxon oil spill and why people love Alaska. It provides a well choreographed perspective on why she ran for Mayor and Governor. It describes, in detail, why Governor Palin did these things, how she did it, and how the people benefited from it in Alaska. It talks about a wide variety of issues that go from oil to corruption to budgets to resigning and what she did after she resigned.

The documentary depicts her as a dedicated and hard working Mayor and Governor that never lost her perspective of being an everyday, average American.
Sarah Palin didn't care if the corruption was in her party or not; she took it on where she saw it and won. The film correctly portrayed her as a person that really cared about the people and not just about herself.
The crowd in the theatre was very energized and clapped and cheered numerous times during the movie.
If Governor Palin does decide to run for President in the 2012 primary, this movie will really help her with those voters that are still undecided.
The Undefeated is a huge game changer.
My level of support, respect, and enthusiasm is much higher then it was before, and trust me, it was very high before.
If you have not seen this movie please do. It will change your perspective on Palin dramatically.

Written by Austin Harris, 15, Moulton, Iowa
Youth for Palin Administrator
Iowa Youth for Palin Coordinator

Monday, June 27, 2011

Gearing up to see "The Undefeated"

Plans are being finalized and we are working details as we prepare for our trek to Pella Iowa on Tuesday for the World Premiere of "The Undefeated.," the independent feature film about Governor Palin and her amazing rise from obscurity and all her amazing accomplishments.

                Here's a couple of great reviews of the movie: 

                The Power of 'The Undefeated'                                        

              ‘ The Undefeated’: New Palin Movie Already a Success


I will be "Live Tweeting" from Pella as we plan on arriving a little early to scope out the scene. It is being shown in the historic 110 year old Pella Opera House that has been restored for "the presentation of internationally acclaimed artists from the entire spectrum of the performing arts to Pella for public performances and educational activities that entertain, uplift, educate and inspire audiences, students and artists."

It sounds like the perfect venue for this film and I cannot wait to see it!

We will be having an old fashioned cook out after the showing and Governor Palin and her family will be in attendance. I will try to keep everyone up to date on what is going on via Twitter, and hopefully will be able to report back with pictures and possibly video.

Oh yeah... follow me on Twitter:


Game On!

Find a theater and buy a ticket to see The Undefeated by going here. Vote to bring the film to your town here.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sarah Palin ‘is’ America!

Big Hollywood
by Michael Moriarty 

Barack Obama’s reelection is of primary importance to the Hollywood Left , therefore things of major Leftist import are on a bit of a hold.

Fiery visionaries of The Progressive New World Order are scheduled for casting their Hollywood scripts post-election lest the unthinkable happen and Sarah Palin become the 45th President of the United States.

It is actually an infuriating time for Hollywood because of the “Wait” and “The Hold”.

Since massive amounts of money are involved, the second stage of the Obama Nation really can’t explode until The Man is back in office.

Educating Americans can be so laborious at times.

Because, as that Marxist Point Man, Bill Maher, says, “They’re stupid!”

These obstacles to Obamacare and our President’s even more revolutionary plans for American energy?

They’re stalled under Congressional challenges and the slim but terrifying possibility that The Man might not be reelected after all.

There is talk of a Hillary-Clinton-Challenge to Obama’s certain candidacy.

Another 1968?

Obama will run. That is for certain. He’s no Lyndon B. Johnson with an unwanted war on his hands. Even if Americans are a bit disgruntled with the endless battles in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, President Obama’s no quitter.

Besides, Hillary may take the job that Roger Ailes of Fox News is offering her.

Boy, wouldn’t that be a bold finger to her former pals in the DNC if she went to work for Fox?!
“Take that for abandoning me in 2008!”

Hillary’s Left but not a Radical Left like Obama. By contrast to Obama, she could be sold to America as almost palatable.

That would be something: Sarah v. Hillary!

“Sarah hasn’t even announced a run for the Presidency, Michael!”

She will.

“You’re sure of that?”



If she doesn’t run, she will never know whether she was right or not to run alongside John McCain in 2008. She’s a born competitor and to not run would mean she’s not really Mamma Grizzly. That would be an impossible reality for her to live with.

“What if they change her image to Mamma Fox?!”

Sarah doesn’t hide like a fox in a hole. She’s right through the front door. Without running? She would no longer be Sarah Palin. Besides, she’s still too young to play the wizened duenna to the Republican Party, merely advising them on political strategy. She’s a player.

She can win for sure.

She can win!

“I beg your pardon!!”

America is, as they say, “on” to the slick exterior of Barack Obama. Sarah is even beyond a breath of fresh air to the rancid, smelly corruptions going on in both the Republican and Democratic Parties.

I don’t see how the Republican Party can live without her!

I don’t see how America can survive without her!!

“And if she doesn’t run?”

Obama will be reelected. He’s the new Jimmy Carter and without a Ronald Reagan Carter would have been back in office.

“So Palin is the new Reagan?”

Better than a new Reagan. She’s the complete symbol of pro-life. Nothing less will put the United States back on track. She doesn’t talk pro-life. She and Trig are the very meaning of pro-life.

In the same way, she doesn’t talk the renewal of basic American values. She is America.

Are Americans really as “stupid” as Bill Maher says they are?

If so, then they all must, at heart, be as “stupid” as the elitist press of both the Republican and Democratic Parties say Sarah Palin is.

If the “stupid” American people see enough of themselves in Sarah Palin, they will, indeed, put her into office.
Ms. Palin is here! She’s the profoundest of quintessentially American realities! To not elect her is for America to sell not only herself out but the rest of the world as well.

To not elect her is to not know America’s greatest enemy and that enemy can be summed up in two words: the Obama Nation.

Lincoln predicted that America would not be destroyed by a foreign power. If she dies, it will be by suicide.
Sarah is the only life raft America has right now. Any other candidate for the Republican Party, Romney in particular, will eventually be in the back room cutting deals with a virulently Progressive Democratic Party, a radically Leftist’s poison that has, with Obama, proven its own promise: “the fundamental transformation of the United States of America.”

After four years of Obama, the Dr. Jeckyll of America has already become Mr. Hyde. This radical experiment with a known Marxist in the Presidency?


Ms. Palin has said she will announce in the near future.

Should she even announce her withdrawal, I trust these words and those of others might help her to reconsider.

Sarah Palin is America.

America at her most beautiful, her most honest, her most simply eloquent and her most resilient.
Resilience is what America needs now.

Without Sarah Palin as President, America cannot bounce back.

Many might call a President Palin “bold medicine”.

With America on the edge of suicide, Sarah Palin is the “shock treatment” needed by the entirely moribund, self-defeated and suicidally depressed world.

The human race must either be pro-life or pro-death. Those “enlightened despots” who think otherwise and are certain we can “split hairs” into whole crops of Progressive New World Order Thinking?

Into the very, bipartisan Progressive Mess that America finds herself in now?

Again I say, it is the subtlest form of suicide.

Neo-Soviet Russia, Red China and Radical Islam are just waiting for the American people to make that same mistake again.

Don’t make them happy.

Elect Sarah Palin as President of the United States.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Victory Film Group



SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 25, 2011)– Victory Film Group and ARC Entertainment announced today that Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd will attend the premiere of The Undefeated at the historic Pella Opera House on Tuesday June 28 at 5pm Central Time in Pella, Iowa. Immediately after the showing, Victory Film Group and ARC Entertainment will host a traditional Iowa cookout to thank the Pella Opera House and the people of Pella.

In accepting the invitation to attend the premiere, Sarah Palin stated, “We are very excited to visit historic Pella and its opera house and look forward to seeing the finished film for the first time with fellow Americans from the heartland.”

Responding to the Palin’s announcement that they will attend the Iowa premiere, Larry Peterson, Chairman of the Board of the Pella Opera House said, “We look forward to hosting Governor Palin and her husband, Todd, at our beloved opera house as we welcome them to our community.”

“We are incredibly excited about Governor Palin and her husband Todd’s attendance at a location that speaks to the basic core values of The Undefeated,” said Stephen K. Bannon, the writer and director of the film.
“We are delighted that Governor Palin and her husband Todd have accepted our invitation to join us at the Iowa premiere of what we believe is a truly moving and extraordinary film,” said Trevor Drinkwater, CEO of ARC Entertainment, the film’s worldwide distributor.

The film begins its national rollout exclusively in AMC Theatres in 10 cities the week of July 15th. The film will debut in Dallas, Denver, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Atlanta, Orange County, Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis, and Kansas City, with plans to take it nationwide in additional markets thereafter.

The Undefeated features leading prominent political commentators Mark Levin, Tammy Bruce and Andrew Breitbart as well as conservative activists Kate Obenshein, Sonnie Johnson and Jamie Radtke. Additionally, the film features interviews with Alaskan civil servants, elected officials and advisors who were involved in Alaskan politics during Governor Palin’s tenure.

The Undefeated, which was written and directed by Stephen K. Bannon and produced by Bannon and Victory Film Group co-founder Glenn Bracken Evans and Dan Fleuette, chronicles Sarah Palin’s rise from obscurity to national prominence.
About Victory Film Group

Victory Film Group develops, produces and distributes documentaries and films that address today’s leading political, socioeconomic and cultural issues while incorporating the conservative perspective.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sarah Palin - Welcome to Arizona! -

Here's a great great music video made by the Arizona Organize4Palin group. Just awesome work and what an inspiration on a Friday night! ~ teledude

'The Undefeated' Premiere: June 28 in Pella, Iowa (Updated)

Next Tuesday in Pella! I understand an invitation has been made for Governor Palin to attend but no word has come back. She does have jury duty apparently...but...   It's finally here!!!!! ~ teledude

Texans For Sarah Palin
By Josh Painter

Politico's Ben Smith cites "a source close to the planning" to reveal that "The Undefeated" will premiere in Iowa next week:
The movie, which has won raves from her supporters and aligns her with an anti-establishment grassroots, will keep a level of buzz alive about a potential candidacy, though she has no formal connection to it.
Smith adds that how well Stephen Bannon's Palin documentary is received in Iowa may also be a test of her appeal in the key early primary state.

The Atlantic's Joshua Green says the venue for the premiere will be the historic Pella Opera House in Pella, Iowa Tuesday, June 28th. Green apparently couldn't resist the opportunity to perpetuate the lamestream media lie that Gov. Palin "quit" her bus tour, when it has been widely reported that she has a jury duty obligation, and the One Nation tour will resume afterwards.

Update: Here's the full press release:

Documentary about Gov. Sarah Palin will be shown at 111-year-old historic Midwestern landmark

SANTA MONICA – Victory Film Group ( and ARC Entertainment announced today the premier of The Undefeated at the Pella Opera House in Pella, Iowa on Tuesday June 28, at 5 p.m. Central.

The Undefeated, which was written and directed by Stephen K. Bannon and produced by Bannon and Victory Film Group co-founder Glenn Bracken Evans and Dan Fleuette, chronicles Sarah Palin’s rise from obscurity to national prominence. ARC Entertainment is the film’s worldwide distributor.

“The community of Pella encapsulates what Iowa and the Heartland are all about. Steve Bannon certainly found a location that has the ‘Iowa-ness’ he was searching for,” stated Craig Robinson, editor-in-chief of

Built in 1900, the Pella Opera House is presently a non-profit founded by area leaders committed to bringing the finest performances to the venue. During the preceding 111 years, the Pella Opera House building has served many functions including headquarters for the Women’s Federated Club, as well as showing the country’s first silent movies at the beginning of the motion picture industry.

Larry Peterson, Chairman of the Pella Opera House stated, “The building is the heart and center of the hard-working family-oriented people in our community. For over 100 years it has served as a symbol that has exemplified American values and continuation of our city’s Dutch heritage.”

Mr. Peterson continued, “The Pella Opera House is excited to be selected as the venue for the premier showing of the film about Governor Sarah Palin. As the premier performance center for the region, the Pella Opera House has traditionally followed its mission of presenting quality entertainment. From children’s theater performances, holiday and Branson-style variety shows to cutting edge concerts and musical events, the patrons of the Pella Opera House consistently praise the Opera House for its creative presentation and support of the values that are important to so many people of this region.”

The Undefeated features leading prominent political commentators Mark Levin, Tammy Bruce and Andrew Breitbart as well as conservative activists Kate Obenshein, Sonnie Johnson and Jamie Radtke. Additionally, the film features interviews with Alaskan civil servants, elected officials and advisors who were involved in Alaskan politics during Governor Palin’s tenure.

The film begins its national rollout exclusively in AMC Theatres in 10 cities the week of July 15th. The film will debut in Dallas, Denver, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Atlanta, Orange County, Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis, and Kansas City, with plans to take it nationwide in additional markets thereafter.

Scott Conroy of RealClearPolitics called the film a “sweeping epic;” Jan Crawford of CBS News said, “Sarah Palin is either running for President or she should be: That’s the takeaway from ‘The Undefeated,’ a new movie about Palin’s life and leadership set to hit theaters next month;” Michael Falcone of ABC News noted, “The film’s re-telling of her accomplishments as mayor of Wasilla and Governor of Alaska portrays her as a courageous and unconventional figure willing to take on the political establishment — even in those early years. … She eschews the ‘smoke filled rooms’ of deal-making and comes across as a fighter for the people;” and Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller wrote, “If enough people see the film it could be a real game-changer for Palin’s presidential chances.”

Trevor Drinkwater, CEO of ARC Entertainment, added, “We are pleased to present this highly anticipated controversial film and couldn’t imagine a more appropriate setting that captures the spirit and messaging of the film.”

Co-founder of Victory Film Group Glenn Bracken Evans stated, “We are very grateful to the city of Pella and the Opera House for providing the perfect venue for our film.”
Pella is about 40 miles southeast of Des Moines.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Is Michele Bachmann Sarah Palin's Phil Crane?

Another brilliant article by our friend Brices Crossroads... ~ teledude

Free Republic
by Brices Crossroads
The 2012 Election cycle is shaping up in many ways to be a mirror image of the 1980 election, which brought the Country and the world the great Ronald Reagan. The Democrats are set to renominate another monumentally failed and politically weak President, as they did with Jimmy Carter in 1980. The GOP Establishment is threatened, genuinely threatened, for the first time since Reagan menaced it thirty years ago, by the advent of a new Conservative superstar, Sarah Palin. And the Establishment champion who is designated to slay the new Conservative dragon? Well, you might say, "The cupboard has never been barer before." In Mitt Romney, the Establishment is fielding its weakest candidate in memory, an unskilled and stiff politician freighted with a legacy of big government, social liberalism and mandates in an election cycle in which libertarianism and the TEA party are ascendant. In other words, he needs help. Lots of help.

The Establishment failed to lure its first choice for a stalking horse, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, into the race. It has had to settle for three term Congressman Michele Bachmann and is busily engaged, through its media organs in pumping her up as the new Palin. Even some of the Conservative talk show hosts whom I respect (such as Mark Levin) have taken to lumping Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann (and even poor Herman Cain) in the same group of conservatives who are being "savaged" by the Establishment. (Comparing the treatment received by Michele Bachmann with that of Sarah Palin--rendering it for all intents and purposes, equivalent--is like comparing some light hazing at the SAE house on a sunny Saturday afternoon to twenty years in the Gulag Archipelago). Have we ever seen anything like this before, that is: a supposed conservative stalwart trying to take out the main Conservative threat to the Establishment?

Well, yes we have. For those who don't remember, including even those radio talk show hosts who worked on Reagan 's 1976 and 1980 campaigns, and should remember, let me take you all on a little walk down memory lane.

During the 1980 Cycle, there was a six term Congressman from Illinois, Phil Crane, who was a leader in the conservative movement. In 1976, he had been Chairman of Reagan 's Illinois Primary campaign against President Ford. In 1978, he became Chairman of the American Conservative Union, which was gaining notoriety and funds for its high profile opposition to President Carter's Panama Canal giveaway and to the SALT II Arms limitation treaty with the Soviets. Also, in July 1978, a full 18 months before Reagan himself declared in November 1979, Crane announced that he would seek the Presidency in 1980. Crane tried to pose himself as a younger Reagan, "Reagan without wrinkles", one of his supporters said. Although it was patently obvious to all that Ronald Reagan was preparing his own run for the Presidency, Crane publicly stated his belief that Reagan would not run. (Sound familiar?)

And what was Reagan's reaction to this? Publicly, he was his sunny optimistic self, laughing off the age issue and declining to attack Crane. But privately? As Craig Shirley recounts (at page 33) in his epic story of the 1980 Campaign, "Rendezvous with Destiny", Reagan was hopping mad about Phil Crane's betrayal :
"Reagan was not happy about any of this. Earlier, Crane had as much as told Reagan's men that he would support Reagan again. Worse, Crane threatened to compromise Reagan's support among New Right leaders. Richard Viguerie, for example, joined Crane's direct mail fundraising. Although Crane was nowhere in the polls, he had assets. The America Conservative Union claimed 300,000 members. He had written three books, including 'Surrender in Panama', and had a nationally syndicated column...CRANE KNEW HIS CHANCES FOR WINNING THE 1980 NOMINATION WERE SLIM, BUT IF A MODERATE LIKE HOWARD BAKER OR GEORGE BUSH WON THE NOMINATION, THE CANDIDATE WOULD NEED A CONSERVATIVE RUNNING MATE TO CREATE A UNIFIED CONVENTION AND PARTY. AND IF CRANE SHAVED A FEW POINTS FROM REAGAN IN THE PRIMARIES AND IN SO DOING COST REAGAN THE NOMINATION, WELL, c'est la vie." [emphasis supplied].

But was Crane consequential? Yes and No. He did not succeed in denying Reagan the nomination, as he had pretty clearly intended to do. But he did have an impact on the nomination race. Thanks in part to Reagan's failure (as a result of bad advice) to engage in any retail politicking in Iowa, he was narrowly beaten by George H.W. Bush in the 1980 caucuses, 32-30. Indeed, Crane succeeded in his goal to "shave a few points from Reagan" in Iowa. The seven per cent Crane received in the Hawkeye state came almost entirely out of Reagan's hide. Had the Gipper had five days instead of five weeks, to recover in the New Hampshire primary, George H.W. Bush would likely have won the Granite state primary and, with it, the GOP nomination.

Can Michele Bachmann have a similar impact on the 2012 race? While that certainly appears to be her intent, no serious observer actually believes that she can defeat Romney or any other Establishment candidate any more than Phil Crane could have done in 1980. Like Bachmann, Crane's campaign was motivated by personal ambition, the desire for the Vice Presidency on a ticket headed by a moderate. However, there the similarities between Bachmann and Crane begin and end.

Crane's campaign was not so transparently a stalking horse operation as is Bachmann's. It boasted not just Viguerie, but New Right heavyweights such as Paul Weyrich. In short, there were no Establishment fingerprints on Crane's operation. It seemed to most observers to be a pure challenge to Reagan from the Right. Bachmann's campaign is top heavy with Establishmentarians, most notably (but not exclusively) Ed Rollins. Unlike Crane in 1978-80, she has received warm, recent and conspicuous praise from CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and other lamestream media pipe organs, lending further support to the belief that she is engaged in a mission of which they approve. The Establishment's failure to promote Crane as a stalking horse may have been its fatal error of the 1980 cycle, and it was a direct result of its refusal to take the prospect of a Reagan nomination seriously. Make no mistake, the Establishment takes the prospect of Palin's nomination (and election) very seriously and it is responding accordingly.

Another distinction between Bachmann and Crane is that Crane's decision to run against Reagan was much less a frank betrayal than is Bachmann's challenge to Palin. To be sure, Reagan and his men considered it such, as did William Loeb, the influential publisher of New Hampshire's Manchester Union Leader (Rendezvous with Destiny, p.47). Crane had been a Reagan SUPPORTER, who was now deciding after a period of several years, to challenge the Gipper for a number of arguably valid reasons, most prominently his advanced age. Michele Bachmann is more properly characterized as a BENEFICIARY, a very recent beneficiary, of Sarah Palin who campaigned for her in a tough reelection fight just six months ago and raised boatloads of money for her, some of which is being used to pay Establishment "hit men" like Rollins to slime Palin. This leaves many voters, not just Palin supporters, with a queasy feeling about Bachmann and her character. Crane had no such problem with grass roots conservatives.

Can Bachmann succeed in derailing Palin or at least damaging her in the way Crane did to Reagan in Iowa? In another election cycle against another conservative candidate, I would say it was possible. Bachmann's is the third in a series of challenges from right wing long shots against more prominent, more nominatable conservative candidates. The first was Crane's challenge to Reagan. The second was Pat Buchanan's challenge to Phil Gramm in Louisiana and Iowa in 1996. Gramm was positioned as the conservative alternative to the Establishment champion, the ancient Bob Dole. He planned to ride momentum from victories in the Louisiana and Alaska Caucuses to a strong showing in Iowa, where Dole was favored and then defeat Dole in New Hampshire (where he was weak), before the race turned south where Gramm would sew it up.

It was a good plan with a very good chance of success. However, Buchanan mounted a vigorous challenge to Gramm, painting the very conservative Texan as "soft" on embryonic stem cell research. He shocked Gramm, defeating him badly in neighboring Louisiana, a loss that crippled Gramm and likely ended his campaign. Buchanan went on to finish a close second to Dole in Iowa and defeat him in New Hampshire before the Establishment closed ranks against Buchanan and Dole secured the nomination. The upshot of the Buchanan challenge is that it eliminated Phil Gramm, whom the Establishment might have tolerated but did not want.

The problem with a successful challenge by Bachmann to Palin is two fold. Bachmann lacks the credibility with conservatives which Buchanan had achieved as of 1996, both in his work for Reagan and in his strong challenge to Bush 41 in the 1992 primaries. And Phil Gramm, a good conservative to be sure, is in no sense the political equal of Sarah Palin. Palin, like Reagan, is a transformational candidate with a huge national following that will stick with her through thick and thin. She veritably crackles with charisma. Poor Gramm, with his slow Texas drawl, was ripe target for the acerbic, quick witted Buchanan. Palin, it must be admitted by even her detractors, gives as good as she gets.

So, based on a historical analysis of other long shot candidacies in the recent past, it does not seem to me that Bachmann's challenge to Palin will turn out to be much more than a rather expensive snipe hunt, brought to you by the Establishment (specifically Mitt Romney), in which Bachmann will play her proper part but which, in the final analysis, is unlikely to succeed.

If, however, Bachmann's fool's errand does succeed, where Phil Crane's failed, it will mean the nomination not of Michele Bachmann but of Mitt Romney. If that happens, some of the conservative pundits who are railing against the Establishment, and recalling that the "Establishment threw everything they had at Reagan...[Howard] Baker, [George]Bush and [Bob]Dole", will be forced to concede that they forgot that it was a conservative quisling from within our own ranks who very nearly derailed the Gipper in 1980, Phil Crane, and would have been perfectly happy with a moderate like Baker or Bush, especially if it advanced his [Crane's] ambitions.

Reagan and his men never trusted or had anything to do with Crane again. They despised him for his treachery. While both Howard Baker and George Bush were welcomed into the Administration, Crane went from ascendant star in the conservative movement to a backbencher. Conservatives sometimes need to be reminded of the same history that we all lived through.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

‘Palin 2.0’ – The Mainstream Media’s Attempt to Deny Sarah Palin’s Vindication

Big Government
by Andrew Breitbart

Since her national debut in August 2008, the mainstream media has been determined to destroy Gov. Sarah Palin. Journalists flocked to Alaska to dig up dirt. They spun smears about book bans and rape kits. Some even indulged conspiracy theories about the birth of her son. They showed no interest in her outstanding record.

They kept going after her long after the 2008 election, blaming her for the Tuscon shootings–and attacking her for defending herself.

But now her assailants must face reality. After poring over thousands of emails from Palin’s term as governor, the mainstream media has been forced to concede that Palin was a conscientious, transparent, and effective public servant.

The pending release of Steve Bannon’s documentary on Palin, The Undefeated, bolsters that narrative. Above all, Palin’s mere persistence has forced some journalists to realize that their strategy of smears has failed.

So the mainstream media has invented a new meme with which to attack Sarah Palin. It started with Joshua Green’s article in the Atlantic a few weeks ago, in which he lamented “The Tragedy of Sarah Palin.”
Green wrote:
As governor, Palin demonstrated many of the qualities we expect in our best leaders. She set aside private concerns for the greater good, forgoing a focus on social issues to confront the great problem plaguing Alaska, its corrupt oil-and-gas politics…. And she succeeded to a remarkable extent in settling, at least for a time, what had seemed insoluble problems, in the process putting Alaska on a trajectory to financial well-being.
However, Green argued, Palin went wrong after 2008. She let her “worst impulses” take over. She “let herself be distracted by the many grievances she harbored against a wide range of enemies.” She “obsessed over her image, even more than most politicians.”

In this revision of revisionist history, the good Palin, which the mainstream media tried to suppress, somehow morphed into the bad Palin of their own creation.

A few conservatives have bought into this “Palin 2.0” meme. “How did a likable, consensus-oriented governor become such a divisive figure?” asked Michael Gerson this week in the Washington Post. (His colleagues know the answer.)

The truth is that there is no “Palin 2.0.” Sarah Palin today is the same woman she was then, albeit with more battle scars (many in the back). She has not changed her political principles or tactics. The same themes that leap off the screen in The Undefeated–her ethics, her fiscal conservatism, her commitment to the public interest–remain her creed today.

It was not Sarah Palin that changed in 2008, but the government and the media.

When the financial crisis struck in September 2008, Sen. John McCain suspended his presidential campaign and raced to Washington to join then-Sen. Barack Obama and President George W. Bush in passing TARP. Right or wrong, that policy erased the major philosophical difference between Obama and McCain on the limits of government. Palin had to defend the bailout, though it ran counter to her own principles and policies.

McCain’s ineffective response to the crisis was the most important reason he lost the election. Yet even before the ballots had been cast, several senior McCain staffers began blaming Palin. They fed a mainstream media narrative about Palin and her personality, rather than admitting their own mistakes. Palin was indeed the victim: of bad politics and of bad policy, neither of her choosing, both of which she later disavowed.

Afterwards, Palin didn’t become more extreme, or more petulant. Rather, she remained true to her principles in a world where Democrats and Republicans had united to pass one of the most dramatic government interventions in our history, and the mainstream media celebrated each new expansion of federal power.

We Are All Socialists Now,” Newsweek declared. But we aren’t, and she isn’t, and that’s why the Tea Party started, and Sarah Palin endured.

We’ll soon know if there will be a Sarah Palin 2012. But we already know that Palin 2.0 is a contrivance by the mainstream media to avoid the irrepressible truth about her–and about America.

The Sarah Palin of The Undefeated is the same Sarah Palin of today. True, she has had to fight to defend herself and to remain both conservative in principle and positive in perspective. Thank God she–and Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain, for that matter–still knows how to fight.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Undefeated Getting Closer To Release Date (Updated)

As the excitement builds for the upcoming movie, "The Undefeated" we are finding out more information. Yesterday it was announced that the opening date will be July 15th. Today we get a look at the movie poster and some idea on where it might been shown initially. Nothing in this article about Iowa...I hope they still plan to have the premiere here! ~ teledude

The Undefeated, Coming to Dallas, Denver, Orlando, Atlanta…

By Jim Geraghty 

“We are thrilled that AMC will give The Undefeated a national theatrical release this summer,” says Glenn Bracken Evans. “The documentary is made to be seen on a big screen. With its story of a small-town girl who, against all odds, rises to the pinnacles of American government, the film plays with all the drama of a Rocky picture, only with a woman as the central figure and with politics instead of boxing,”

To read the whole story click here.


Palin movie to premier in AMC theaters in Iowa this month 

The documentary about Sarah Palin’s history will premier in Iowa “later this month,” according to a public relations firm handling publicity.

The Palin movie will play exclusively at select AMC Theatres, says a news release from CRC Public Relations.

“AMC Star Dubuque 14″ is in Dubuque and “AMC Star Council Bluffs 17″ is in Council Bluffs.
Iowans will get the first chance to screen it. “Details have not been ironed out but I can tell you it will premier in Iowa,” said Megan Erhardt of CRC Public Relations.

Update II:

The website is now live:

The Undefeated

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Romney to Skip Key Poll in Iowa

What a day for political news! First we learn that Newt Gingrich's entire paid staff has quit his campaign, including his full Iowa contingent, then we get this news from the Wall Street Journal that Mitt Romney will forgo the Ames Straw Poll in August.  ~ teledude

Wall Street Journal
Mitt Romney will skip a key early test for Republican presidential candidates by forgoing the Iowa straw poll in mid-August, a decision that could recast the contest in the nation's first presidential nominating state.

Republican Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney is skipping the traditional Iowa straw poll in August. WSJ's Patrick O'Connor says the decision is part of Mr. Romney's strategy to focus less on social issues and more on the economy.
The Iowa straw poll, held in Ames, is one of the landmark events of the nominating contest. Mr. Romney's decision sends the clearest signal yet that he doesn't want to wade deeply into the social issues that carry particular weight with Iowa Republicans and instead intends to present himself to voters nationally as a successful businessman who can improve the economy.

Mr. Romney's campaign said he would still compete in Iowa's caucuses, now slated for February, 2012. But the former Massachusetts governor's absence from the Aug. 13 straw poll will likely diminish his chances, some Iowa officials say, while raising the odds that whoever wins the poll will be best positioned to claim the status as Mr. Romney's top rival for the nomination.

Mr. Romney's decision, which was disclosed to The Wall Street Journal by his aides, came as the GOP field was shaken Thursday by the resignation of top aides to another candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Mr. Gingrich's campaign manager, senior strategists and aides in early primary states all quit, a stunning rejection of the candidate by his own staff. Mr. Gingrich vowed to continue his candidacy, but his ability to rebuild a campaign organization was in doubt.

These moves open the door even wider for other candidates to vault into the top tier—even a late entry such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin or Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Mr. Romney won the Iowa straw poll during his first campaign four years ago after spending $2.5 million to rent space in Ames from the state party, bus supporters there from around the state, pay their $35 entrance fee and feed them throughout the day. But he finished second behind Mike Huckabee in the Iowa caucuses five months later and fell short in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

In that campaign, Mr. Romney cast himself as a social conservative. But he was outflanked by Mr. Huckabee, a former pastor and Arkansas governor, who was boosted by evangelical voters, home-schooling advocates and other social-issues conservatives.

Now, Mr. Romney is building a public image based on his background as a successful private-equity investor focused on job creation. That image could be complicated if he were to try to gain favor among the conservative activists who play a large role in the straw poll.

According to 2008 election-day surveys, 60% of Iowa caucus-goers called themselves evangelical or born-again Christians. In the New Hampshire primary, the figure was 23%. In the general election that year, about a quarter of voters in both parties were evangelical Christians.

Moreover, the straw poll presents a risk to Mr. Romney: Expectations that he win likely would be high, due to his broad name recognition and status as the putative GOP front-runner. But a weak finish in the straw poll could diminish h"Our campaign has made the decision to not participate in any straw polls, whether it's in Florida, Iowa, Michigan or someplace else," said Matt Rhoades, Mr. Romney's campaign manager. "We will focus our energies and resources on winning primaries and caucuses."

Romney advisers insist he won't skip Iowa entirely. He plans to participate in a debate just before the straw poll that has been sanctioned by the Republican National Committee. But by missing the straw poll, Mr. Romney may alienate some Iowans. "It definitely impacts your ability to compete in the caucuses," said Doug Gross, the chairman of Mr. Romney's 2008 campaign in Iowa. "Iowa Republicans take this very personally."
Mr. Rhoades, the Romney campaign official, said: "We respect the straw poll process. In the last campaign, we were both strengthened as an organization and learned some important lessons by participating in them."

Mr. Romney's decision to skip all straw polls means he will also bypass a hallmark event in Florida, called Presidency 5, that could cost campaigns about $1 million in state party fees and other expenses, according to aides for various campaigns.

With Mr. Romney bowing out of the Iowa straw poll, the pressure—and opportunity—is amplified for those who remain, particularly for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has assembled the most robust team in Iowa even as he lags in most of the early polls. His money and support could dry up if he doesn't finish in the top tier, Republican strategists say.

"Top-tier candidates can take a hit if expectations aren't properly set, while an upstart campaign may be able to vault into the top-tier with an unexpected showing," said Brian Jones, a top campaign aide to Arizona Sen. John McCain in 2008. "For underperforming tier-two candidates, Ames will be their political graveyard."

In 1999, Lamar Alexander abandoned his bid for the nomination after a poor showing in Ames. Weak performances there by Elizabeth Dole in 1999 and Sam Brownback in 2007 contributed to their decisions to drop out before the caucuses.

In 1999, George W. Bush entered the presidential contest relatively late and gained a boost by winning the Ames poll.

The straw poll is not a strong indicator of who will win the GOP nomination—or even of who will win Iowa's caucuses. In the last five competitive contests, the straw poll has picked the caucus winner three times and the GOP nominee twice.

In the 2008 election cycle, Mr. McCain skipped the Ames poll and then placed a distant third in the caucuses before going on to win the nomination.

Mr. Romney, who banked his election strategy on Iowa four years ago, chastised Mr. McCain and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani—the two early frontrunners in the field—for bowing out of the last straw poll.

"If you can't compete in Iowa in August, how are you going to compete in January when the caucuses are held?" Mr. Romney asked in 2007.

Trashing Sarah Palin is a Losing Strategy for Michele Bachmann’s Campaign

Our good friend Shane Vander Hart has the Iowa angle on the recent dust up featuring Michele Bachmann's newly hired campaign manager, Ed Rollins, and his attacks on Governor Palin.  I must admit I was saddened to see someone from the Bachmann camp go so negative right out of the box, when Governor Palin has always had nothing but nice things to say about Michele Bachmann and had helped her with her re-election campaign just last year.~ teledude

Caffeinated Thoughts
by Shane Vander Hart

I like Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN).  I like her spunk.  I like her policy positions.  I like her record and experience.  She is someone I could seriously look at supporting during the Iowa Caucus.  I enjoyed the two opportunities I’ve had to interview her.  Her campaign went off the rails today.  Her first mistake was hiring Ed Rollins as a strategist, and now we see the fruit of that decision.

Rollins opens mouth and inserts foot, during a radio interview with Brian Kilmeade yesterday when he trashed former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK)…
“Sarah has not been serious over the last couple of years.  She got the vice presidential thing handed to her. She didn’t go to work in the sense of trying to gain more substance. She gave up her governorship.”
He doubled down in an interview with POLITICO:
Bachmann will “be so much more substantive,” Rollins said. “People are going to say, ‘I gotta make a choice and go with the intelligent woman who’s every bit as attractive.’”
“I’m not afraid of Palin,” he said, adding the strategy would have been the same for Mike Huckabee.
Full disclosure, it’s no secret that I like Palin, however substitute Palin for Herman Cain, Rick Santorum or another candidate I would feel the same way.  This is a horrible strategy.  It is a sign of an undisciplined campaign.  If they truly want to sway voters who like Sarah Palin is this the way to do it?
In a word, no.  This type of thing turns people off.  I understand that distinctions need to be made in regards to policy and positions.  Characterizing a potential rival in a campaign as unsubstantive and unintelligent is poor conduct for a campaign.  It makes those who engage in it look bad, and the aides that do tarnish their candidate.
Unfortunately this doesn’t stop with Rollins.  Another “ally” speaking under the condition of anonymity said that Bachmann is well positioned to take on Palin in the Iowa Caucus.  Ok if this person stopped there that would have been fine, but this person went on to say, “The view in Iowa is that she’s unstable.  When she resigned her position as governor that whole event seemed odd, and people in Iowa saw that.”
I’ve talked with many people, both who like Palin and those who don’t.  I’ve never heard anyone call her “unstable.”  That statement is over the top.  Since this person alleges to know the mind of Iowans I would assume this aide is one of her Iowa staff.  Maybe I’m wrong, but I suspect a certain outspoken State Senator.  Anonymity doesn’t seem to be State Senator Kent Sorenson’s (R-Indianola) style though.  As he had no problem going on the record questioning Palin as a credible candidate.
Palin “doesn’t seem like a credible candidate,” said Iowa state Senator Kent Sorenson, who will reportedly serve as Bachmann’s political director in the state. He said he thought Bachmann would beat Palin there head-to-head if need be. “She has not made any inroads at all to people in Iowa.”
Then there are the rumors I’ve heard from people in Iowa close to Bachmann who have said that a Palin endorsement is in the works.  Discredit her and then say she’s endorsing your candidate?    It seems like we’re getting a clinic in dirty politics here.
This is a campaign strategy sure to backfire.  Congresswoman Bachmann is not being served well by her staff.  I would hope that distances herself from this strategy.  Again, drawing distinctions and promoting your positions, qualifications and record is one thing, but for her to allow her campaign to smear a person who endorsed and campaigned for her in 2010 would be tasteless.

Another “WTF” Obama Foreign Policy Moment

Via Facebook

As Governor I fought the Obama Administration’s plans to cut funds for missile defense in Alaska. So imagine how appalled and surprised I was to read this article by former Clinton CIA Director James Woolsey, appropriately titled “Giving Away the Farm,” concerning President Obama’s latest bizarre actions relating to missile defense.

President Obama wants to give Russia our missile defense secrets because he believes that we can buy their friendship and cooperation with this taxpayer-funded gift.  But giving military secrets and technologies to a rival or competitor like Russia is just plain dumb.  You can’t buy off Russia.  And giving them advanced military technology will not create stability.  What happens if Russia gives this technology (or sells it!) to other countries like Iran or China?   After all, as Woolsey points out, Russia helped Iran with its missile and nuclear programs. Or what happens if an even more hardline leader comes to power in the Kremlin?

We tried buying off the Kremlin with technologies in the 1970s.  That policy was a component of “detente,” and the hope was that if we would share our technologies with them, they would become more peaceful.  Things, of course, didn’t work out that way.  The Kremlin took western technologies and embarked on a massive military building program. History teaches that peace comes from American military strength.  And a central component of that has always been technological superiority.  Why would President Obama even dream of giving this away?  

Members of Congress saw how foolish President Obama’s gambit was, so they put a section in the defense appropriation bill that specifically forbids the federal government from spending money to share these technologies with the Kremlin.  President Obama actually threatened to veto the defense appropriation bill over this section of the law! Fortunately, the House passed the bill with a veto-proof majority, a whopping 322 to 96. Attention now turns to the Senate.

Why is it that President Obama seems to work so hard to give things to our enemies, while at the same time asking friends and allies like Israel to make sacrifices?

During these tough economic times when we are facing massive deficits and a competitive global economy, does President Obama really want to give away technologies that the American taxpayer paid lots of money to develop?  Giving away our missile defense secrets won’t make us safer.  What it will do is create a situation where we are facing an arms race with ourselves. Russia gets access to our technologies, and we are forced to spend even more money because of the need to stay ahead. Does this make sense to you? Me neither. File this under “WTF”.

- Sarah Palin

Mainstream Media Is Not Reporting On Incredible Trend in Palin Poll Numbers

The one who can lead us with the beam of liberty in her eyes and the fire of freedom burning in her belly is growing stronger with each passing day. While there are many among us who have yet to believe in the possibilities, many more are seeing the light as the media myth crumbles before them.

Proof that the media myth is crumbling is in the numbers. RealClear Politics reported Palin's poll numbers as gloomy just a little over 5 short months ago. Today, she is at the highest she's ever been in the polls since polling for 2012 started. For those of you in the media, this is called a story and it needs to be reported.

According to the Washington Post/ABC News, Governor Palin Has More than Tripled Her GOP Primary Support from April. Palin is also back in the top tier of presidential candidates and within 2.2% of Romney according to RealClear. Her successful One Nation bus tour and a new movie is sinking the smear campaign which has been going on since she was first chosen to be McCain's running mate.

See All 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination Polling Data.

The new movie, ‘The Undefeated’ could be a game-changer for Sarah PalinJosh Painter writes: "What [Rob Bluey, director of The Heritage Foundation Center for Media and Public Policy] found most compelling about the film is that it has the potential to help reverse the negative perception of Gov. Palin that was created by the corrupt media which got Obama elected."

We are starting to see people finding their way past the brainwashing that Palin's detractors have been perpetuating upon us for nearly three years now. Dennis Miller is starting to get back on the Palin train. Chris Wallace says it's the first time he thought of her as a serious candidate for president. Michelle Malkin pointed out how Gov. Plain's supporters serve as an ad hoc rapid response team in response to the left's frequent attacks on her. That's what I've been talking about. The army grows!

Take a bow, Palin army. Your efforts are paying off.

The American Spirit (Unfortunately Missed by the MSM)


Our family has been blessed with an opportunity to showcase all that is good and strong and free about our exceptional nation.

Even though the media too often sadly chose sound-bites over substance, they did get lots of substance during our “One Nation” tour from the nearly two dozen opportunities I got to speak candidly with them and talk about policy, politics, history, and everything in between. More importantly, I got to talk with countless everyday Americans who want to get our country back on the right track.

It’s been an extraordinary honor to meet so many fellow patriots who care deeply about this country, who want a brighter future for all of us, and who recognize the undeviating line that connects our history to our future.

Not surprising, some members of the media missed a lot of this due to their relentless and futile search for scuttlebutt. So, we assembled this video to capture the amazing Americana spirit of the places and people we visited. I invite you to enjoy this recap of last week’s east coast bus tour.

Please remember we must learn about our past – our great successes, our bitter struggles, our enduring strength – in order to navigate through the challenges ahead so that we might remain a shining city on a hill and the abiding beacon of freedom.

As we look to our Charters of Liberty and our strong foundation to fundamentally restore America, we'll keep moving forward... and we'll keep reporting on it ourselves.

- Sarah Palin

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Stephen Bannon Discusses Governor Palin's "The Undefeated"

A great preview of the film "The Undefeated" as Stephen Bannon speaks to Bloggers at the Heritage Bloggers Briefing. This is great! ~ teledude

Governor Palin, Complete Package

Motivation Truth

The Complete Package. We've all heard that expression before, usually in sports. Once again sports afford us a life-lesson. In basketball, the complete package refers to the rare athlete who dominates both sides of the floor--is an offensive threat, a defensive menace, and, as the game is not just physical, possesses an acute awareness of the intense mental aspects of the sport. This athlete has incredible instincts which cannot be taught. She's almost impossible to scout effectively because her skills are too varied. She is, therefore, the opposition's worst nightmare.

I wanted to be that kind of player. I wanted to be unguardable. I wanted the people assigned to check me to discover that if they guarded me tightly, I'd drive by them. If they backed off me, I'd nail the jumper. If they played me to my left, I'd drive right, and if they took away my right, I could adjust and drive left. Offensively, talented players like this simply cannot be stopped--slowed down maybe, but never stopped. Opposing coaches generally resort to doing one of two things. They either double and triple-team her, relegating her to the role of passer so someone less talented has the daunting task of beating them, or they say, "We'll let her get hers and stop everybody else because the 30 points she'll drop won't beat us." I longed to be that offensive player they strategized about.

But even that wasn't enough. There are two sides of the floor, and I wanted to dominate both. My true passion was defense. I wanted the players I was guarding to know they'd have to work for every point and every pass. I wanted them to see that I played defense sliding my feet, palms up, eyes on the dribbler's midsection, not on the ball and not on the face, squatting low in proper defensive stance. I wanted playing defense to hurt. Nothing annoys me more, still, than lazy defenders.

The bottom line is that I wanted to be the complete package. The truth, however, for me and many others, is that this kind of athlete is special and comes along only once in a while. This kind of athlete leaves a mark and impacts the athletic landscape. We just don't see this too often. Oh, we see good players--great players, even. But the complete package? Rarely.

Governor Palin, an athletic champion herself, is that political champion, too. She is the complete package, which is why 2012 hopefuls cannot hold a candle to her. It's not that they don't have anything to offer; it's that they don't have everything to offer. She does.

Taking a brief look at some of the people who have already thrown their hats into the 2012 ring, or are expected to, we'd be lying if we said some of them don't have upsides. Some of them would make competitive national players. But America is in need of more than that. With crushing debt, skyrocketing unemployment, soaring dependence on foreign oil, diminishing freedoms resulting from over-reaching government, with the family structure compromised, and human life devalued, we need more than a competitive player; we need the complete package. And filtering through all the names being bandied about in the GOP, I see only one person who is that complete package: Governor Palin.

Some contenders are Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul. Among these we can find people with varied political experience on the state and national level, business owners, CEO's, tea party advocates, and governors. That's impressive and would be quite the resume of one given candidate. Unfortunately, in that list there's no one who possesses the complete package. Not one person listed--standing as an individual--embodies all that America craves in a candidate. Unfortunately, among those individuals, juxtaposed with their strengths, we find Romneycare, Cap and Trade, knocking Paul Ryan's Roadmap, a lack of executive experience, establishment-mongering, and flip-flopping. Some have run a business, but never led on the county level, city level, or state level. Some believe in reigning in spending, but have never had to make the tough decisions involved. Some stand for the right principles, but lack the ability to capture the attention of those who need to hear those principles. While I believe that each of these people could be competitive against President Obama under the right conditions, a team always sends out its best player to take on a defending champion. And that list lacks the best player.

Governor Palin is that best player because she's the complete player. She has twenty years of experience in politics, she's been a city council member, a mayor, a governor, an oil and gas regulator, a business owner, and a VP nominee. She's a mother, a military supporter, a tea party activist, a pro-life advocate. She's strong on national defense. She's taken on big oil, small ethics, and petty people bent on getting her off message. She's an anti-establishment, independent thinker who is beholden to no one. She fires up the American people with a message that she delivers like no one else. Some would argue that the message speaks for itself, but I beg to differ. The messenger is as important as the message. Candidate Obama came forward with a message that contained not much more than vague "hope and change" and "spread the wealth." The message was weak, his experience weaker, but people were drawn to the manner in which he--and his teleprompter--delivered it.

Governor Palin, on the other hand, has the right message, and she knows how to deliver it in a way that gets people to listen, to care, to act. She is the only person in the field who can do that, with the executive experience required, and the approval rating to back it up. She's got a business background to boot, so she knows how to create employment, balance a budget, and stimulate income. In addition to that, Governor Palin has the fight within her that is needed in a presidential candidate. She recently said that although there are good candidates out there, she's concerned that some don't have the fight in them to take on the harmful agenda of Democrats, that some may settle in and go along to get along. Governor Palin doesn't go with the flow for the sake of comfort or camaraderie. She's a fighter; therefore, she need not look further to find that person with the fighting spirit. She is that person.

So far Governor Palin has not declared her 2012 intentions, but I speak for millions of Americans when I say she is the complete package we're looking for. She's that someone who comes along only once in a while. Like the opposing coach, the left strategizes to take her off her game because they discovered early that they couldn't stop her. They have double and triple-teamed her. Even those on the right have conspired to make a passer out of her, hoping she will hand the ball off to someone else they can better manipulate because they know they won't be manipulating her.

The Governor's strengths outweigh those of others in the game. You know who they are. You know their stories. Yes, these candidates have bits and pieces, but she's got it all. This is good news if she decides to run because right now, in America, we need it all. We need the complete package during the biggest season of our lives. We need Governor Palin.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Awesome video of Governor Palin in Boston! ~ teledude

Sarah Palin’s “One Nation Tour”

The Association of Mature American Citizens
By Jedediah Bila

Sarah Palin’s “One Nation Tour” is well under way. Stops have included Independence Hall, Gettysburg, Mount Vernon, Fort McHenry, The National Archives, Ellis Island, and other locations.

Many in the media have been in a tizzy because the details of Palin’s stops are known only to the Palin team, and she didn’t invite the media along for the ride. Some have chosen to follow the bus in order to snatch a few minutes of Q & A with Palin at each stop. Greta Van Susteren landed an interview on May 31, but she, too, acknowledged that she had no idea where the tour was headed next.

Some have taken issue with the fact that Palin hasn’t provided mainstream media outlets with a schedule in advance and/or invited them to hop on the bus. I can’t help but wonder why anyone in the media would feel entitled to that invite. Sarah Palin is a smart lady, and she likely knew darn well that many in the media would be lacing up their running shoes and sprinting to keep up with her bus. But in the spirit of all things Palin, that didn’t change her desire to proceed with her original plan—to highlight historic American sites in an unfiltered fashion that wouldn’t bow to media whims or entertain anything staged or artificial. She chose to bring those sites—including photos and personal reflections—straight to the people via a blog-style approach on her website.

To be frank, I don’t really care about the media’s role in all this. What I care about is that Palin has taken the time to reawaken an interest in our founding documents, in the strength, vision, and commitment of our founders, and in sites that carry such immense significance in our country’s history.

In one of her first postings with respect to the tour, Palin wrote, “Our nation is at a critical turning point. As we look to the future, we are propelled by America’s past. It’s imperative that we connect with our founders, our patriots, our challenges and victories to clearly see our way forward.” I couldn’t agree more.

Thank you to Sarah Palin for highlighting what makes America exceptional. And for continuing to bring her message of a “Fundamental Restoration of America” straight to the people—unfiltered—just the way so many of us like it.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

The rumors of Sarah Palin’s political death have been greatly exaggerated. For nearly three years now, we have heard media pundit after media pundit tell us that she was not intelligent enough, not popular enough and not serious enough to be president. Reporters, columnists and pundits have written thousands of columns, spent countless hours on TV and cable news programs and have talked themselves hoarse at cocktail parties trying to convince us that Sarah Palin was a flash in the pan, and that she was done. Yet the wheels keep turning.

This is a story about someone who once “drove” the Alaska state bus, which had its tires flattened by bloggers and frivolous ethics complainants. This is a tale of a woman who rode on the McCain bus only to be quickly thrown under it following his loss to Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign. Now she has her own bus.

When Sarah Palin was nominated for the Republican vice presidential spot, the Obama campaign, the DNC and the media set out to destroy her. As Monica Crowley has said, “Sarah Palin represents an existential threat to liberalism.” Therefore she had to be stopped at all costs. Day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year, the media poked her, lied about her and demanded that she sit down and shut up.

These great intellectuals of the written word were the self-anointed formulators of the processes that all politicians would have to adhere to if they wanted to get elected to higher office. Only those with sophistication, an open mind toward moral and social relativism need apply. Only those who would prostrate themselves before the altar of the new world order, the green movement, the pro-choice movement and the intellectual engineers of all the people living life in a peaceful Utopia, would curry great favor and live protected lives where power would be theirs provided that they “divvy up with the boys.”

Then she came along.

You can imagine the sweat on the brows of those who feverishly sent messages back and forth to each other on the Journolist listserv. You could just imagine the Obama campaign operatives calling emergency meetings. Even the awkward political threesome between moderate Democrats, moderate Republicans and lobbyists was suddenly under just as much of a direct threat as liberalism was. The Republican establishment, long part of that game, didn’t see her as their meal ticket to political domination. Instead of standing up and backing a fellow Republican, they locked the doors and hid the skeletons deep in their closets. They saw that the days of the merchants peddling their wares in the Temple were about to end.

You don't hear people using the phrase “you can’t beat city hall” much anymore. You can thank the Tea Party for this. This once silent majority who stayed home and just took it, now have a voice. They are members of the non-privileged class that makes up a majority of the citizenry, yet were once unable to fight power, money and corruption in a political system that took our country from Great Depression to Great Recession without lining a single pocket but those of their own.

It is as comforting to citizens who long for the days of Morning in America as it is discomforting for those in both political machines to know that there is someone out there with the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington attitude and that there is strength in numbers in a movement known as the Tea Party.

How symbolically ironic it is that the press which once demanded that Sarah Palin bow before it or take on the slings and arrows of smear, lies and innuendo now chases her, reduced to being called paparazzi - a description beneath their fragile egotistical view of themselves.

Palin once dodged the bullets of the media, her name dragged through the mud and her governorship destroyed by a concerted effort of those who could not tolerate anything less than an Armani suit with a good pedigree to lead them, or at least do their dirty bidding for them.

How ironic it is that Sarah Palin once called on the press to treat her fairly and to "stop making things up" and now the press is complaining that she's not treating them fairly. She has turned these once powerful elites into Monty Python's flying circus.

The Republicans have good candidates. But the choice here is between candidates who can run the country properly and one who can bring the country back to greatness again. The choice here is to nominate the lesser of two evils and vote for them against Obama or to nominate someone who has not only taken on and taken down the political establishment in her own state, but who now poises herself to do the same for the rest of the country. We can stop Obama by voting for someone who can return to business as usual or we can stop Obama by voting for someone who can restore this thing and bring it back to being the shining city it was meant to be.

If there is any indication as to who can take one term to get it straight and two terms to make it great, just look at the $12 billion surplus that Alaska runs today. Just look at how many jobs, direct and collateral, that can be created by unleashing America's industrial giant and by opening up oil and gas exploration and resource development here at home. Imagine the prosperity that would be created by a truly free market that rewards producers when we bring it back in place of the current crony capitalist-socialist hybrid system that currently punishes success and subsidizes failure.

The media may have led you to believe otherwise. But the wheels on Sarah Palin's bus continue to roll. If we let that bus go all the way, we will some day look back on this nightmare and thank God it's over. She can lead us to the days ahead where we can feel that same pride and experience that same prosperity as we did the last time someone in America took on the establishment and won.