Sarah Palin Fundraising and Confirming That She is Still Seriously Considering a Run for President

Bookmark and Share I had been getting a little suspicious of the fact that for Sarah Palin has been conspicuously quiet and out of the spotlight this past month. Her drop from the headlines were beginning to make me suspect that she was getting ready to announce her candidacy for President. You see, I understand that Sarah Palin is unconventional. I also know that she likes to catch people, especially her opponents and those within the lamestream media, off guard. So I began to think that she was quietly readying herself to surprise everyone with the declaration of her candidacy. Much like she surprised everyone with the birth of her son Trig, or her resignation as Governor of Alaska. But no sooner did I begin to pay any attention to these suspicions, Sarah sent out 400, 000 direct mailing pieces that solicited financial donations to her PAC.

In them Palin writes;

“Taking back control of the House last year was only the first step, Now you and I must fix our eyes on 2012. Our goal is to take back the White House and the Senate.”

This does not necessarily mean that Governor Palin is running for President. It could just be her way of preparing to do in 2012, exactly what she did in 2010 to help boost the electoral fortunes of conservatives running for office. Still, the timing is suspect. It came two days after Donald Trump declared he was not running for President and three days after Mike Huckabee took himself out of the running. Huckabee and Trump appealed to the same pools of evangelical and anti-establishment driven voters that comprise Palins base of support. But now with Trump and Huckabee out, Palin has less competition to contend with among those voters. That made the sudden appeal to them for financial support a well timed opportunity for Palin to make a pitch to them that could help consolidate their support behind her.

Then, in addition to the revelation of a new fundraising effort by the Governor, she appeared on Sean Hannitys Fox New program (listen to the interview in the video below this post). Among some of the matters discussed was Sarahs thoughts on her own 2012 run for President. When asked what she intends to do Palin replied Im still assessing the field because I still know its still going to change, the lineup, She added that she was praying about it and looking for others who are ready go rogue within the Republican Party. Governor Palin did say that she wanted to give everyone who is running a good listening and added that she especially wants to give the candidates time to distinguish themselves through the persona lives that they live.

During the interview, Palin indicated that she is not a fan of either politicians or the political process and suggested that she has no intention to put herself on a unneccessary timetable. Palin believes that there is no need for her to make a decision one way or the other yet. In her case that is true. Palin already has significant name ID and seeing as how she is such a contentious figure, she is one of the few potential candidates who can afford to let some go by before she jumps into a spotlight that she has essentially has not been out of for very long. In fact, if Palin does intend to run, a late entry is probably her best bet. For one thing, it gives the media less time to bog her down with coverage that intentionally paints her in a negative light. And for another thing, once the Republican presidential field is established and gets accustomed to its unique composition, if she intends to run, a surprise, late entry into the race would throw the other candidates campaign off balance in a way that would be to Palins advantage.

Still, nothing conclusively indicates that Palin intends to run. However in one characterization of the field, Governor Palin phrased her statement in a way that included herself among the republican contenders for the Republican nomination when she stated. everyone one of us, we bring strengths and weaknesses to the table.

I for one am still leaning more towards Sarah deciding not to run than I am towards her deciding to run. At least not for the Republican or Democrat nomination. But if figures like Mitch Daniels and Rick Perry or the often mentioned Chris Christie, do not somehow end up in the race, I believe Palin could easily see a field with spark in it and decide to become a candidate later rather than sooner.

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Palin Keeps Door to the Presidency Wide Open and Rips the Media a New One at the Same Time

Bookmark and Share In an interview for the BBCs Newsnight, standing along the sidelines of the Alaskan Iron Dog competition which her husband Todd, was competing in, former Alaskan Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin made it clear that the door to a presidential bid is still wide open for her. When asked about a presidential candidacy by the BBCs Jackie Long, Palin said

There is still a lot of consideration that have to be made. We haven’t made up our mind or desired to make an announcement yet as to what it is we will be doing.

Palin stated that one of the big considerations is that Obama has already said he’s going to rake in and spend $1 billion in this race. Money is certainly going to be a consideration. And then just the idea of, will the American electorate be ready for someone a bit unconventional, in terms of a candidate who will call it like she sees it, and who will not be beholden to special interests or such obsessive partisanship as to let a political machine get in the way of just doing what’s right for the voters. said Palin

Sarah Palin granted the impromptu interview even though it was her intention to simply enjoy what she called a uniquely Alaskan event. The Iron Dog competition is the worlds toughest and longest snowmobile race and Todd Palin has been competing in it for the past 18 years and in four them Todd was the winner. But the interview took a bit of a turn when reporter Jackie Long asked What are the criticisms that have hurt you most? One of the big ones that’s thrown at you is that you’re not intellectually capable. Does that sting?

Palin responded with, Who said that?

What followed was an exchange that demonstrated Palins warranted frustration with the liberal bias that the media demonstrates and consistently plagues Palin with;

Long: Lots of criticism about the interviews you have given, the ability to get your head around foreign policy.

Palin: Well, how about the idea of perhaps what some of the media has chosen to portray. Let’s take a couple of examples – and I don’t really want to have to talk politics on one of the best days of our life here in Alaska – but I’ll give you one more answer. Things like, that are misconstrued regarding rumours out there that are still in the media because reporters don’t do their homework, too often, and they don’t set the record straight – though I think it’s their job to set the record straight – rumours like I didn’t know that Africa was a continent, that’s still out there, that’s a lie. Things like I censored books when I was a mayor up here in Alaska, that’s a lie.

[Governor Palin begins to walk away]

Palin: So again if I decide to run we know that we have to put up with a lot of the BS that comes from the media but … It’s not all of you guys but some of you still claim that Trig isn’t my kid. I think that’s an indication of screwed-up media.

Long: You were saying, your favorite from the media? Which one is that?

Palin: Is that Trig is not my child, which is still out there in the media.

Long: How offensive is that? How do you deal with that?

Palin: Would you be offended if someone said you’re child wasn’t your child? It’s offensive. OK, you know what, I’m really really trying to enjoy one of the best days of our lives.

It should be noted that the BBC is an outlet as liberal asNPR is in the United States. It should also be noted that Sarah Palin has repeatedly warned people about the dangers of angering a Mama Grizzly. I now doubt Jackie Long will have another opportunity to discuss politics with Sarah Palin again. Oh well, that’s their loss, not hers.

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Palin Proves Presidential In Pirro Interview

Bookmark and Share For many, Sarah Palins recent interview on Fox News with Jeanine Pirro is being viewed as one of her best to date.

In it, Governor Palin is as plain talking and as blunt as ever. They are qualities which many voters find refreshing from a politician and it remains one of her greatest assets. However, as pointed out by me in previous posts, if the former vice presidential nominee and Governor of Alaska does have any intention of running for President, she needs to begin to show greater command and breadth of the issues and she must begin to transform herself from Republican and Tea Party cheerleader, to American statesman.

In her interview with Pirro, it can be seen that while the statesman-like image still could use a little work, her command of the issues is getting better.

Palin was naturally poised and totally confident in a delivery of her opinion that was unequivocal and concise. On the issue of those Wisconsin lawmakers who are hiding out in Chicago to avoid allowing Governor Scott Walker to curtail collective bargaining with unions and demand that union members give a little more to their own benefits, Palin made it clear that she believes they should be recalled. She said its not like they reloaded, they retreated and they are not doing their job. As for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, she said bless his heart. He is doing all that he can to keep his state solvent.

On the potential threat of a federal government shutdown due to a pending battle between the G.O.P. and the President on the budget, Palin says she does not buy in to all the rhetoric that there has to be a budget shutdown if an agreement is not meant. She suggested that if priorities are made, the money to fund essentials operations is there, even if it is doled out on a day to day basis.

On As to whether or not compromise should be made on spending cuts, Palin siad;

Theres no need to compromise on principle, We have absolutely no choice. Our nation is headed toward bankruptcy and this [our national debt] is immoral, unethical,— its unfair to the future generations to continue down the road were going.

In one answer given by Palin, she parted with some TEA Party backed freshmen like Kentucky Senator Rand Paul who want to end foreign aid, even to allies such as Israel.

Palin disagreed with that position and stated;

“You know I’m sure that there’s some waste and fraud in our foreign aid we need to find efficiencies and not give to any regime that would seek to harm Americans in any sense of the word ‘harm,'” Palin said, “I don’t support that kind of foreign aid at all. but when it comes to Israel – NO… I stand strong with Israel and unapologetically I say that America should keep this strong democratic ally that we have there in the Middle East and allow for protections around Israel.”

“Think of what this state Israel has gone through, and what they have suffered through and what they have triumphed over,” she said. “It is really telling about their tenacity and their character and it’s just one reason, that character, as to why it is that we want them as our friend.”

The interview covered a wide range of issues that dealt with everything from President Obamas continued cow towing to Mexican President Calderone to oil prices and the need to drill for oil, to the situation in Libya and the shooting of two American service members in Germany. On that issue, Palin addressed the Administrations reluctance to be objective when it comes to calling terrorism, terrorism;

“Our president’s world view certainly seems a bit different than, I believe, most Americans because… I think if you ask most Americans on the street if someone was hell bent on killing one of our military personnel yelling Allah Akbar and had terrorist ties and you can’t see that clearly as a terrorist, then we’ve got some things quite askew in our Administration.”

Some of her sharpest criticism was reserved for the President on his handling of Libya, Egypt and the freedom movements seen elsewhere in the MiddleEast;

“Why was he so hesitant back with the Green movement in Iran, when freedom fighters wanted to oust Ahmadinejad and our president didn’t really want to participate there, with the language at least that should have showed the support for ousting a dictator, ousting an oppressor?”

She added:

“It’s tough to pinpoint why it is that President Obama (…) would seek to oust at least a quasi-ally in Mubarak who had been by our side for those 30 years… quick to oust him but quite hesitant on Qaddafi, on Ahmadinejad… that scares me.”

But the words of Palins interview alone, do not properly convey the impact of her presence during this Fox News segment with Judge Jeanine Pirro. For that full impact, you need to see the actual footage of the interview as seen below. Then and only then will you see a confidence in , and seemingly natural capacity for, the issues, thatPalin may have lacked in the past. In its entirety, the discussion between Pirro and Palin gave a great deal of credibility to a potential run for President by Palin. One thing it did for sure is show that she holds no punches and stands firm behind what she believes in. The question is does she believe in what most Americans believe in?

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Voters Don’t Believe Sarah Palin Will Run for President

Bookmark and ShareLast week White House 2012 poll readers were asked to offer their opinions on whether or not Sarah Palin will run for President.

By a large 12.30% margin, voters do not expect the former Governor and Vice Presidential nominee to run for President in 2012. While over 52% believe she will not run and nearly 41% think she will not, almost 6% of respondents see the little discussed chance of Sarah Palin running as a third Party candidate as the most likely scenario for her.

This week, White House 2012s poll focuses on the latest national phenomenon of mass massive union demonstrations against the attempts by republican Governors to get a handle on entitlements and state budgets. We ask whether or not you believe these demonstrations will help or hurt the chances of a 2012 White House victory for Republicans.

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Tell-All Memoir Expected To Tear Sarah Palin Apart

Bookmark and Share When it comes to Sarah Palin, get ready to hear a lot from the name Frank Bailey.

Bailey is a former adviser to Palin who began working for her as a volunteer and rose to become an official in Palins gubernatorial Administration. The books working title is “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of our Tumultuous Years,” and portions of it have said to have been leaked and resurfacing on the internet.

The book is described as a tell-all tale that bases its conclusions upon thousands of personal e-mails between Palin and Bailey while she was in office. Co-writing the memoir with Bailey is Jeanne Devon, a known and vocal opponent and critic of Palin. So it is easy to see where there is leading and it wont be good for the former Alaska Governor.

A stakeholder in the book, the New York-based Carol Mann Agency, described it as “the story of one man’s slow drift from his most cherished beliefs and his ultimate redemption.” They also added that “Since leaving the Governor’s office, Frank has been forced to reconsider his actions on Palin’s behalf in terms of his deep Christian faith and his allegiance to her as the standard-bearer for the conservative causes he still champions,”. My question is, exactly how much of the cause has he championed? I haven’t seen Frankie at any of the TEA Party rallies or trying to elect conservatives in Republican primaries across America. But I digresss.

The Carol Mann Agency’s dramatic flare and attempt to combine politics with some sort of religious journey is probably in part due to the fact that Frank Bailey tried to publish his Palin story once before, but that deal failed and his accusations did not fly. This time around though, with speculation continuing to swirl around a potential Palin presidential candidacy reaching a feverish pitch, interest in trashing Palin may be more intense.

Personally, even if I were interested in National Enquirer-like novels, I would not waste my money on this book. I would just wait for the Huffington Post to promulgate the most damning allegations. But then again, I don’t read the Huffington Post either.

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Will Sarah Palin Run? Take the White House 2012 Poll

Bookmark and Share As the evolving Republican presidential field slowly begins to take shape, one of the most watched for decisions is that of Sarah Palins. The possibility of her entry in to the G.O.P. nomination contests has many wondering how she would or could impact on their own possible candidacies. One of the most critical aspects of Palins entry in the race is the attraction that the TEA Party movement has with her.

The TEA Party was a major decisive factor in the 2010 midterm elections and anyone hoping to win an election in 2012 is looking at doing so with the help that winning the TEA Party over to their side. But if Palin becomes a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, many of those voters may stay in her camp. If she doesnt run, whom those voters will flock to, or how many candidates will share support from the movement, is up the air.

Even if Palin doesnt run, she will be a factor in 2012. If she decided to back another candidate, that could be an incredible boost to them in the primaries and caucuses. But another school of thought is that Sarah Palin runs but not as a Republican. As explained in a recent White House 2012 post, the thinking is that Palin may wait until a likely Republican nominee begins to emerge and if it is not one that Palin can enthusiastically get behind, she may become a late entry in to the 2012 presidential election as a TEA Party backed independent candidate.

No matter what Palin does, it will impact on the 2012 election. So this week, White House 2012 asks you what you think Sarah Palin in 2012. Do you think she will run? Do you think she will sit out the race? Or do you think Sarah Palin runs, but as a third Party candidate?

Let us know. Take this weeks White House 2012 Poll.

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Possible Third Party Candidacy Could Make Palin the Perot of 2012

Bookmark and ShareIf you haven’t caught on yet, Sarah Palin marches to the beat of a different drummer. And while she is committed to the principles of the Republican Party, she is not totally committee to the Republican Party. For her, when it comes to Political loyalty, it stops when her principles are lost in it. That is after all how she went from being the Mayor of Wasilla, to becoming Governor of Alaska and even becoming the 2008 Republican nominee. This is a woman who spotted corruption in Alaska after being appointed to the position of Oil Commissioner. She then rooted out the corruption and when it got to the point where she saw the hands of Alaska’s Governor involved in it, she resigned her post and opposed him in the Republican primary for Governor. This despite the fact that the Governor she challenged was the same man who appointed her to her position.

This loyalty to principles rather than politics was in large part the reason she was selected by John McCain to be his vice presidential running mate and despite what some may think, it is the same type of loyalty that she maintains today. This is why Sarah Palin opposed so many of the Party establishment’s candidates in 2010, by supporting their challengers in Republican primaries. Sarah Palin is not one who wishes to be defined by her Party, she prefers to define it. In 2010 she helped to do so by rallying TEA activists to the side of insurgent candidates. In 2012 she could do the same thing. Or she could try to rally them behind herself in a bid for the Republican nomination.

But like many of those who consider themselves to be TEA movement activists, Sarah Palin remains reluctant about the politics that elected Republicans will play in their new roles of power. Like many in the TEA Party, Palin is hoping that the G.O.P. holds firm in opposition to the Obama agenda and on a return to states rights, fiscal responsibility, limited government and a focus on the Constitution. Sarah is watching and waiting to see what they do. She is also watching and waiting to see who will run for the Republican presidential nomination and what each one of them will say. This is perhaps one of the reasons why she is coy about being a candidate for the Republican nomination herself.

If the Republican controlled House fails to demonstrate to the voters who put them in to power, that they are true to their words, many of those voters will turn their back on the G.O.P. as quickly as they did with Democrats prior to the 2010 midterms. If that happens, Palin will have a small window of opportunity to do one of three things. She could forego a run for President and simply continue to be an advocate for the candidates she supports and a cheerleader in the TEA movement. She could run for the Republican presidential nomination and try to convince Republican voters that she is the outsider who could bring conservative principles back to the Party. Or she could simply say the hell with the Party and run as an Independent.

Either one of the latter two are a big risk. But the biggest risk of all would be to run for the Republican presidential nomination. While Palin is popular, to many she has become a known quantity that they believe is too erratic and too controversial. Even among Republicans, her favorable to unfavorable numbers are poor. In addition to that, the G.O.P. presidential field is going to be a crowded one and an expensive one. Between Mitt Romney and Haley Barbour alone we are talking about possibly well over one hundred million dollars. Last time around, Romney spent $70 million of his own money and more on top of that with contributions. Then throw in the likes of Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and possibly Mitch Daniels and what you have is a costly and bloody battle that becomes hard for anyone to get their message out in.

For these reasons, I believe Sarah Palin can bide her time and see where all the chips fall before she commits to anything.

If the G.O.P. fails to live up to their promises and voters once again become disappointed in them, would it be in Sarah Palin’s best interest to spend upwards of $50 or $60 million to try to win a nomination of a tarnished Party that she spends a year tying herself closer to? While I do not doubt that Sarah could hold her own in the primaries, I am not confident in her being able to actually win the nomination. And if she doesn’t win, does anyone think the winner will tap her to be their running mate and run for Vice President a second time? I doubt even Sarah would accept such an offer herself.

Ultimately, Sarah Palin is probably going to be wise to lay back and see how the G.O.P. presidential field shapes up. Then after taking in to account all the variables, determine if the field has an opening in it that she can fill and decide if she really wants to link herself further to the Republican Party.

If the G.O.P. falls short of their promises, all things considered, Palin might be better off to continue marching to a different drummer by running as a well-financedIndependent candidate for President. She would start off with a very energized TEA Party base, a base that can get her name on the ballot in all 50 states. And then she can deliver a Reaganesque message about her not leaving the Party, but by abandoning its principles, the Party left her and millions of other Americans.

A public decision to run as an independent could probably come as late as March of 2012, when there may very well be a Republican coming close to getting the nomination, if they haven’t already. Based upon who that nominee is, Palin could fine tune the themes of her own campaign and pick up and run with all the issues that the Republican nominee fails to run with. Of course if this were to happen, President Obama would win reelection. If Palin pursued such a course, she would do just what Ross Perot did to George H. W. Bush in 1992. Perot’s third Party candidacy was one of the most successful of its kinds ever mounted and its success was responsible for electing Bill Clinton President,

In that 1992 election, President Clinton received 44,909,806 votes (43.0%), G.H.W. Bush received 39,104,550 votes (37.5%), and Ross Perot collected 19,743,821 (18.9%) of the vote.

It is with great clarity that we see how Ross Perot took enough votes away from President George H. W. Bush to allow Bill Clinton to defeat him.

Ross Perot’s Reform Party successfully elected Bill Clinton the President of the United States, and back then, that Reform Party was at most, as large as the TEA Party is now. While the TEA Party movement rose form the streets, The 1992 Reform Party rose from the mind of a wacky millionaire and revolved around him. Without Ross, there was no Party.

That is not the case with the TEA Party. Though it is a large and active movement which does not have any one leader representing them, they could easily get behind one person who runs a campaign that represents their ideals. As a so-called darling of the TEA Party, Sarah Palin could quite easily be that one person. The question becomes, would she do so as a Republican who keeps them in the G.O.P. or will she do so as an Independent, third Party candidate who siphons them away from the G.O.P.?

If Palin ran for the Republican nomination, she could easily be overtaken in what will be a large and aggressive field. And if in the end, she lost the nomination, she will not have the resources and time left to mount a meaningful third Party candidacy. This would leave her a beaten, wounded, defeated candidate, without the same stature and platform that she had prior to entering the race.

If Palin ran as a Third Party candidate, she would spend much of her money on just insuring that she gets on the ballot in all 50 states by gathering all the right signatures in all the right ways. But with the strong grassroots of the TEA Party movement behind her, this will be easier for her than it was for Perot. And as a third Party candidate, she will be able to spend more time directing her campaign to the national electorate rather than just the Republican voters. This will enable her to win over a significant number of voters who will commit to her candidacy early. Many of them will be Republicans, even more of them will be TEA movement members and Republicans who feel disenfranchised by a Party that they believe left them. The area where Palin will have the toughest time is with Independent voters. Aside from Democrats, this is where her numbers are weakest. But a carefully crafted campaign and softening of her image could force them to give her a second look, especially since she would be representing no political Party, something that most Independents find very attractive.

A third Party candidacy would not be likely to get Sarah Palin to the White House. But her chances of doing that as the Republican candidate are actually only slightly better. But by running as a third Party candidate, Palin is insuring that she is in the game until Election Day and that she has a place in all the presidential debates. This insures her ability to shape the debate and force the Republican candidate to the right, where they should be. In fact, if Sarah Palin were to announce a third Party candidacy early enough in the primary season, that could wind up being the catalyst for the creation of a strong, solid, conservative in the Republican primary, as opposed to her having a diluting effect by splitting the conservative vote within the Republican primary.

In some ways, a third Party candidacy by Sarah Palin could do some good for the Party. It would force them to really reaffirm whether or not they are the Party of Reagan or Rockefeller. It would force them to stick to their guns instead of abandoning ship. Of course it would also help Barrack Obama get reelected.

It Is for this reason that Republicans must treat Sarah Palin with kid gloves. While she may be a lighting rod ridiculed by the left, she is also someone who helps Republicans with the very base that abandoned the G.O.P. in previous years. And if they want to win the presidency in 2012, they can’t afford to have that base wander off the path or stay at home again. The smart candidate for the Republicanpresidential nominee will try to out Palin, Palin early. While Mitt Romney has been keeping the TEA party at arms length, others like Pawlenty are embracing them. Possible presidential contender, Governor Rick Perry of Texas, has been shaping a very TEA Party-like agenda for his state. Strategies like this could pay off big. For the right candidate, it could help make them a Palin-like alternative to Sarah, without carrying any of the baggage that Palin has been saddled with.

In the end, Palin has many options available to her but those Republicans who want tomake a serious run for Presidenthave little choicebut to get Sarah Palin on their side.

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