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Palin’s Cunning Sleight of Hand

Sarah Palin’s Sleight of Hand

Sarah Palin’s Sleight of Hand

Liberals had a blast mocking Sarah Palin last weekend when she was caught addressing the Tea Party Convention with a cheat sheet scrawled on her hand. Even the president’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, couldn’t resist getting into the act and treated a White House briefing to a Palin hand gag of his own.

Yet the laughter rang hollow. You had to wonder if Palin, who is nothing if not cunning, had sprung a trap. She knows all too well that the more the so-called elites lampoon her, the more she cements her cred with the third of the country that is her base. Her hand hieroglyphics may not have been speaking aids but bait.

If so, mission accomplished. Her sleight of hand gave the anti-Palin chorus another prod to deride her as an empty-headed, subliterate clown, and her fans another cue to rally. The only problem is that the serious import of Palin’s overriding political message got lost in this distracting sideshow. That message has the power to upend the Obama presidency — even if Palin, with her record-low approval ratings, never gets anywhere near the White House.

The Palin shtick has now become the Republican catechism, parroted by every party leader in Washington. Their constant refrain, delivered with cynicism but not irony, is this: Republicans are the anti-big-government, anti-stimulus, anti-Wall Street, pro-Tea Party tribunes of the common folk. “This is about the people,” as Palin repeatedly put it last weekend while pocketing $100,000 of the Tea Partiers’ money.

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In Palin We Trust?

In her speech last week at a Wisconsin Right to Life fundraising, Sarah Palin expressed fears over the moving of "In God We Trust" to the edge of American coins.

In her speech last week at a Wisconsin Right to Life fundraiser, Sarah Palin expressed fears over the re-positioning of "In God We Trust" to the edge of American coins, a move passed by Republicans in 2005 and signed into law by President Bush.

Sarah Palin’s crusade for God and country “kicked up another notch” last week after she uncovered a government plot to marginalize God.  Ms. Palin delivered a speech to a Wisconsin Right-to-Life group Friday night, at which she banned all media coverage including personal cameras, cell phones or other recording devices.  The better to speak her mind?

But lo and behold, a group of enterprising reporters including Jonathan Martin from Politico.com found a way in anyway, by forking over the $30 entrance fee and covering the speech the old-fashioned way — with pad and pen.  There was a lot to write about.

Her speech, says Martin, “often veered into rhetorical culs-de-sac,” wandering “off script to make a point, offering audience members a casual ‘awesome’ or ‘bogus’ in discussing otherwise weighty topics.”  Palin raised the specter of government-backed euthanasia for the elderly and for certain special needs children under health care reform.  What should have been raw meat for this audience, though, elicited only sporadic applause.  “Palin’s extemporaneous and frequently discursive style,” writes Martin, “Was such that she never truly aroused a true-believing crowd.”

But most curious was her rant about the government’s attempt to remove God from the national currency.  She was referring specifically to the new one-dollar coin on which, she said, the familiar phrase “In God We Trust” would no longer be prominently displayed on the face of the coin but instead moved to the outer edge. “It’s a disturbing trend,” she said, implying that the next step is off the coin completely.  “Who calls a shot like that?” she asked, “Who makes a decision like that?”  Could it be Barack Obama? “Unsaid but implied,” writes Martin, “Was that the new Democratic White House was behind such a move to secularize the nation’s currency.”

As they say, don’t let the facts get in the way. For the record: Barack Obama had nothing to do with it. The legislation which inspired the U.S. Mint to move the phrase was passed by the Republican Congress of 2005 and signed by President Bush.  The law was rescinded by the Senate in 2007 in a bill backed by Republican Brownback of Kansas and Democrat Byrd of West Virginia.

With a new book on the way, it’s not surprising that the former Alaska Governor is more visible of late.  It would be more surprising if she truly believes she can “go rogue” – as in, say whatever she pleases to friendly audiences and, like a tree falling in the forest, hope no one else hears.

Stu Schutzman
ABC News

Sarah Palin is to Republicans What Joe Lieberman is to Democrats

Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman appear with former Governor Sarah Palin on Septmber 22, 2008 in Media, Penn.

Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman appeared with former Governor Sarah Palin on Septmber 22, 2008 in Media, Pennsylvania.

Senator Joe Lieberman was on Fox News Sunday this week speaking on the Ft. Hood tragedy proclaiming his committee was going to “investigate” what he believes is “the most destructive terrorist act to be committed on American soil since 9/11.” So, instead of what would usually and regretfully be called a “fragging” or “friendly fire” or some other euphemism, Lieberman used the Republican Party line to define our two wars as Holy Wars. Any act by a Muslim is a terrorist act. We are in a crusade against evil. Therefore Muslims are evil. We’re good, they’re bad.

Then the Senator from the great state of Connecticut is asked about the Health Care Reform bill. Lieberman brushes up against yet another GOP talking point and says, “The public option plan is unnecessary. It has been put forward, I’m convinced, by people who really want the government to take over all of health insurance.” Government takeover of health care. Raise taxes. More debt. You lie.

As I was watching the interview, I thought to myself, ”Wow this schmuck came dangerously close to being one heartbeat away from the presidency.”

Then it occurred to me: Joe Lieberman is the Left’s Sarah Palin.

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Sarah Palin Urges Right Wing to Purge Moderates from Republican Party

Sarah Palin

Far-right conservatives such as former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin are now setting the agenda for the GOP.

Right wing purists egged on by Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin fought to capture an upstate House seat today and electrify their drive to purge moderates from the Republican Party.

With Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman jumping to the lead in a new poll, the hard-core right smelled a chance to remold the GOP in the image of raucous town hall protests and “tea party” rallies of the summer.

“Moderates by definition have no principles,” Limbaugh huffed on his radio show yesterday. He predicted that “RINOs” – a putdown acronym of “Republicans In Name Only” – “may become extinct.”

Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava quit the race Saturday after relentless attacks by Hoffman backers, who called her too liberal.

Democrats, led by the Obama White House, aimed to exploit the turmoil by winning a district their party hasn’t held since the 19th century.

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Iowa Republicans Wince at Sarah Palin’s $100K Speaking Fee

A conservative Iowa group's effort to lure Sarah Palin to its banquet next month has had an unintended effect.

A conservative Iowa group's effort to lure Sarah Palin to its banquet next month has had an unintended effect.

A conservative Iowa group’s effort to lure Sarah Palin to its banquet next month has had an unintended effect: Rather than exciting conservatives about the prospect of a visit from the former Alaska governor, the group’s plan to raise a six-figure sum to bring her to the state has GOP activists recoiling at the thought of paying to land a politician’s speaking appearance.

The Iowa Family Policy Center’s effort to cobble together $100,000 for Palin would represent a striking departure from customary practice in the first-in-the-nation state, these Republicans say, noting that a generation of White House hopefuls has paid their own way to boost their party and presidential ambitions.

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Sarah’s Secret Diary (Video)

Just a trip down memory lane … classic photo-op interview with Sarah as she explained how her resignation helped Alaska and that fishing with her children teaches them not to be ‘divas’ while waving her freshly manicured nails in Andrea Mitchell’s face … “One term was enough … You’re not listening to me!

Sarah Palin Truth Squad

Dear Diary,

No one understands me. It’s like I’m speaking some Eskimo dialect or something. Andrea Mitchell follows me all the way to Kanakanak Beach and I get a French manicure and set up this huge photo op for her, even though she spooked the salmon.

Todd and me are in our cool fishing bibs. Piper’s helping out on the boat. It’s an amazing day that shows how our Creator favored my beloved Alaska, gatekeeper of the continent, and makes a great shot for all the network reporters up here to milk. This progresses me away from my image as some kind of flaky “rogue diva” and back to my image as a tough huntin’ and fishin’ gal.

But Andrea makes such a darn big deal about how I’m quitting in the middle of my term.

“You’re not listening to me!” I snap.

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President Bush: Governor Palin “Not Remotely Prepared” For National Office

George W. Bush

George W. Bush

According to a new book — excerpts of which are to be published in the next issue of GQ Magazine and detailed Tuesday — former President George W. Bush was incredulous upon learning that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was having trouble drawing a crowd and called his campaign a “five-spiral crash.” He also asserted that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was “not even remotely prepared.”

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