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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Why Palin is Most Certainly Electable

I've grown rather weary of the narrative / premise that says Sarah Palin is not electable. It's simply not true and here's why. Led by the country's biggest RINO, McCain's campaign was all but dead until he named Palin as his running mate. If not for the financial crisis in October, the race would have been much closer. In fact, McCain / Palin was polling ahead of Obama before the crash. McCain's trip to D.C. after suspending his campaign was a disaster. The point is, McCain didn't lose because of Palin. He was as close as he was BECAUSE of her.

Another factor that shouldn't be forgotten is that Obamamania was at a fevered pitch in 2008. Today, there IS no Obamamania, only prideful, partisan, and socialist defenders.

Take into account that as a Vice Presidential candidate, Palin was able to inspire an apathetic conservative base to hold their noses and vote for McCain. Imagine what she could do as a presidential candidate with someone like Marco Rubio on the ticket at a time when this country is souring on Obama by the minute.

In 2008, McCain / Palin garnered 173 electoral votes to Obama's 365. Based on the Tea Party movement, the rise of conservatism in general, and Obama's failings, I think it's relatively safe to say that Palin / Rubio would pick up the same states McCain / Palin did in 2008. So, what states that Obama picked up then could Palin / Rubio pick up now?

Quite realistically, Palin could pick up Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. That would give her 315 electoral votes while only needing 270, so she wouldn't have to win all of those states.

For some inexplicable reason, the right in this country has bought into the narrative that Palin is not electable and polls are suggesting that 70% of Republicans don't want her to get into the race, largely because of that and their infatuation with Rick Perry.

Don't drink the Perry-aid, folks. He is NOT a conservative; he just knows how to season the RINO meat before he throws it your way.

h/t RCP for the map.

Video: Sarah Palin's Iowa Speech with the MediaIte Spin

The MediaIte website has done a good job of being a reasonable leftwing site. As far as the left goes, they do a good job over there when it comes to attempts at objectivity. However, Frances Martel's commentary about Sarah Palin's speech in Indianola, Iowa yesterday clearly showed the bias. One of the commenters predictably twisted Palin's words to paint her as a hypocrite when she said that she wasn't 'for sale,' unlike those crony capitalists. Not to worry though. Other commenters set Nacho_II straight.

Here is the pathetic line in Martel's commentary:
She (Palin) told the crowd that the President had “awakened a sleeping America,” and that while the nation was “about the lose the blessing of liberty and prosperity,” the “working people of this country… got up off the couch” (from which they were presumably working) to take back the country.
That's a ridiculous leap. Hey Francis, what do a lot of people do when they get home from work? Palin was clearly pointing out that instead of watching 'Dancing with the Stars,' people were getting involved. LAME, Frances. Lame.

Anyway, here's Palin's speech in two parts via MediaIte:

Part 1

Part 2

Video: Rick Perry says Idea of Border Fence 'Nonsense'

As a conservative Texan, I've been quite disappointed by the warm reception Rick Perry has gotten across the country. The gap between his conservative rhetoric and his actions is cavernous. Unfortunately, conservatives all over the US appear to be drinking the Perry-aid. Folks, don't do it! This guy is NOT a conservative. He just knows how to throw the tastiest red meat. Here is but one small example. Yesterday, while in New Hampshire, he told the crowd that the idea of constructing a wall on the Texas / Mexico border is 'nonsense.' Granted, he said it after calling for drones to be used up and down the border. That line got a laugh because of Perry's delivery but the room went noticeably silent when he dismissed the idea of a border fence. By calling such an idea 'nonsense,' he came precariously close to calling those who want one, nonsensical.

Also, for those who don't know or remember, after Arizona passed SB 1070 last year, Perry said such a bill would 'not be right for Texas.' Not only that but he showed virtually no solidarity with Governor Brewer.

Anyway, here's a glimpse of the real Rick Perry:

h/t GWP
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