Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The One Unique Political Trait Obama And Palin Share

'No drama Obama" was a catchword amongst political commentators throughout the long drawn out democrat Hillary versus Barack primary  battle and the subsequent general election campaign against John McCain.

When Hillary won New Hampshire after her huge loss in Iowa, the pundits blared loudly about her come back and that, with the special delegates she had in the bag, she would go on to easily win the nomination.

When The Reverend Wright videos surfaced it looked like the Obama campaign was in serious difficulties.  Then, after the introduction of Sarah Palin, the McCain/Palin team jumped into the lead in the polls.

The key aspect of all these difficulties for the Obama campaign was the totally calm and measured response from candidate Obama. There can be no question that that seeming unflappable reserve, and confidence, contributed to his election. 

With the massive collapse of the banking system to ask the American voters to elect an unproven and untried junior senator would have been unthinkable unless that person exuded the calm in the storm attitude that Obama did.

This same exuding of calm and confidence assisted President Obama through the oil spillage crisis, the ongoing economic recession and other major challenges of his presidency. 

The fact that four years later "hope and change" has not brought the benefits that such campaign sloganeering promised, is no doubt contributing to the closeness of the current race. But, once again, Obama's measured confident air is assisting him towards what looks like a narrow victory when others would have been soundly defeated.

When Romney, as judged by nearly all observers, soundly won the first debate Obama, instead of going into panic mode at the prospect of his presidency ending in a few short weeks, kept in character during the debate hiatus and did what he had to do restore the campaign to an even keel in the second debate.

None of this reflection on what is clearly a major asset to Obama's success is in any way a praise of his polices or administration.  If we move beyond pure partisanship though, and consider the matter dispassionately, there can be no question that this "no drama" aspect of his personality is a major asset which is not shared by many.

One person who does have this same trait of careful consideration and measurement of a given situation, no matter how dramatic it may, be is Sarah Palin. 

No matter how much the leftist media and Dem's attacked her in the most scurrilous manner, she responded with a measured counter attack or ignored it. 

An attack on her children, her marriage, her faith in the manner it has been delivered' would have surely caused a most violent reaction in lesser people' but Palin stood above it or answered in righteous anger.

Palin was written off after the 2008 campaign, after the dreadful false charge of involvement in the Gifford's tragedy, after her being forced by a financially destructive hate campaign to resign as governor and her decision not to run in 2012. If that was not enough, she was snubbed by the Romney campaign, but still Palin continues as a major force in the GOP.

A number of senators will be elected this November almost entirely because Palin endorsed them during their primary campaigns, and even the leftist media acknowledge her huge contribution to the GOP mid-terms landslide.

Palin marches to the beat of her own drum without worrying about the "haters" and with a measured, calm and rational attitude which will see her, as it indisputably has President Obama, through many challenges.  It is a unique quality that she shares with the current president, and will serve her, as it has him, in good stead should she seek that office.





Governor Palin spoke with Sean Hannity today on his radio program. Here is the interview



Governor Palin spoke with Sean Hannity today on his radio program.  Here is the interviewcourtesy of SarahNet. and C4P
(h/t Adrienne)



Andrew Malcolm On Palin's CPAC Speech; The Fairest Analysis Of Her Abilities And Common Touch


It is an undoubted truth that Sarah Palin has been the subject of a seemingly endless series of media attacks. The best riposte to that surely, is the truism that "one attacks that which one fears most" (no matter how often one repeats, ad nauseum, the statement that the subject of the attack is 'irrelevant").

That said the post reproduced below by Andrew Malcolm, stands out amongst the few fair minded, if not supportive  articles on Palin this year. As the election campaign draws to a close attention will turn, as that is the nature of a four year election cycle, to 2016. 

If Romney loses, then they qualities Palin possesses, which are so acutely discerned and reported on by Malcolm, would surely make her amongst the front runners should she decide to challenge in 2016.

An outstanding article worth repeating and congratulating Mr Malcolm on.




Andrew Malcolm  
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How does Sarah Palin  connect so well with her crowds?






Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin has been generally laying low these past several months save for her regular guest shots on Fox News and Fox Business and carefully-calibrated op-ed commentaries on a wide variety of current subjects released on her Facebook page.
It can be a good life not running for anything. Ask Mike Huckabee. You can talk about what you want to talk about. Not talk about what you don't want to discuss. Life isn't a blur of airplane hangars and cellphone flashes at your every move.
With two daughters in tow, Palin emerged from Alaskan hibernation this weekend to headline the year's top conservative political event, the Conservative Political Action Conference in a sprawling Washington hotel the size of Rhode Island.
You may have heard Sen. Rand Paul spoke on behalf of his father. Rick Santorum made his family stand on-stage behind him for the entire speech; hard to smile genuinely that long.
Newt Gingrich trudged through a long list of things he will do when he becomes president, which he won't.
Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney's chief political strategist, worried in advance that his candidate's speech was too serious. But it was just right for his audience and thousands of hopeful conservatives spread through two spillover ballrooms. Breaking News: Romney even cracked a joke! More on this in upcoming posts.
No wonder CPAC saved Sarah for last. And adjourned the conference during her applause.
No one in their right mind would go on-stage after Palin's political palaver. People who dislike or fear her are incapable of seeing or admitting it. But that doesn't diminish the reality that Palin is a rare political celebrity and, therefore, an unharnessed power to be reckoned with within the GOP for the foreseeable future.
We're not talking about her running for any office. We're talking about her influence, her enduring proven ability to attract and then ignite a crowd -- even before anyone sees her. The CPAC buzz was electric all-day. Impatient "Sar-ah! Sar-ah!" chants broke out during preceding speakers.
She has the ability to speak about issues that profoundly bother the audience in common ways and words that listeners instantly recognize and wish they had thought to say just that way. Watch in the video below of her full CPAC speech for how this church-going mother of five mocks Obama's Winning the Future program with an almost off-color aside. And prompts shared laughter, not shock.
She gets immense unspoken credit for withstanding an amazing amount of abuse and keeping on ticking. Palin punches have power, like her elbows beneath the basket in high school athletic days. One supporter said to me, as if it was the highest contemporary compliment possible, "She fights like a girl!"
Most politicians these days talk to their audiences or, worse, at them. Even the Real Good Talker, who made his name on a 2004 convention speech and has been giving too many ever since. Governing is hard work. Campaigning is tiring, but much easier. So, he has been and will be campaigning, blaming others as usual.
Obama's standard fundraiser remarks have become tired, repetitious collections of recited pleas for $upport that few would voluntarily pay $35.80 to hear, let alone $35,800 per plate.
Instead, instinctively Palin doesn't speak at or to audiences. She speaks for them. She tells them what they've already accomplished through the tea party, for instance, and what they can accomplish this year and beyond if united. It's empowering and invigorating, no longer burdened by the attacks of enemies, she need play no defense. The audience hears that she knows them and eagerly becomes hers. To criticize Sarah is to criticize them.
It's a refreshing phenomenon to watch politically when compared to the current bipartisan cast of characters trying to communicate publicly in this presidential election year. Fascinating, as on either side the ones who are running aren't connecting. The one who isn't, is. 
Excerpting Palin speeches loses the flow, the knitting together of her thoughts with the audience's. Even television filters the electricity of listening in the same room. The best we can do for now is provide her full speech on video.
P.S. After his CPAC speech, Santorum and clan walked off the stage. After theirs, Romney and Gingrich stepped down to shake hands with front-row members for a few minutes. Good moves.
After hers, Palin got a standing ovation. She waved for two minutes then plunged into the audience. Moving slowly like a mini-mob from one side of the vast ballroom to the other to accommodate the waves of well-wishers with hands outstretched and cellphones poised. Some sections spontaneously sang 'Happy Birthday' for her. And she was thrilled every time.
Sarah Palin did this for the better part of another hour, longer actually than her speech. TV was oblivious, the crews coiling their wires to go home as she continued shaking and touching hands on the ballroom floor below.
But it probably doesn't matter. The defeated 2008 VP candidate is washed up, don't you think?


Read More At IBD: http://news.investors.com/politics-andrew-malcolm/021312-600932-sarah-palin-cpac.htm#ixzz2Ali19726



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Oh The Irony.Romney Choosing Christie As Keynote Speaker Whilst Shunning Palin May Cost Him The Election

Pres. Barack Obama is greeted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at Atlantic City International Airport, October 31, 2012. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

And the controversy over Governor Christie's "bear hug" of President Obama continues. Now it has moved on to "Why is Christie subverting Romney" at Atlantic. 

And oh the irony. Here is the man who was invited by the Romney campaign to be the keynote speaker at Tampa whilst Palin was rejected and humiliated being seen as giving aid and succour to President Obama at perhaps the key moment of the campaign.

Palin continues to support the Romney ticket strongly whilst Christie's actions are considered to be the nail in the coffin for Romney. Romney's biggest mistake may turn out to have been to have invited the wrong person to make the keynote speech-Schadenfreude to the max.


Update:"Progressive" leftists sites:"Little Green Footballs" Wonkette: Taylor Marsh and  RINO sites "Outside The Beltway" (Mataconis) etc. are fulsome in praise of Christie as are their commentators. Here's a partial list  at MEMEORANDUM which also links to a video of Gov. Christie on Fox praising President Obama
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From "The New York Times" Live Blog on Hurricane Sandy

"Lest anyone think that Mr. Christie had been subsumed by politics amid a disaster, the governor, who spoke at the Republican National Convention in support of Mitt Romney, heaped praise on President Obama.

Mr. Christie said Mr. Obama had called to make sure he had everything needed from the federal government and left a number to call him directly at the White House should any unmet needs arise.
“I appreciate that call from the president,” Mr. Christie said. “It was very proactive. I appreciate that kind of leadership.”

Governor Christie, as was well noted, did not mention Governor Romney once during his keynote speech at the GOP convention in Tampa-surely an unprecedented move but he did mention himself numerous times.

He has resolutely not denied he would run in 2016.

That he has taken this opportunity to strongly praise President Obama's actions might lead some to believe that Christie would be better situated for 2016 if President Obama was reelected. We are witnessing, in my opinion, the initial jostling of Christie vs Palin for the 2016 nomination.

Chris Christie said Wednesday he would "certainly think about running" for president four years from now if Mitt Romney does not win in November, the Associated Press reports.
The popular New Jersey governor resisted pressure to seek the Republican presidential nomination last year, but 2016 is in his sights.
"If there's an opportunity for me to serve in another capacity and I think I have something to add to the mix, I don't think I'd back away from it," he said,





Monday, October 29, 2012

Towards 2016; Gov. Christie Heaps Praise On President Obama's Leadership

Pres. Barack Obama is greeted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at Atlantic City International Airport, October 31, 2012. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

And the controversy over Governor Christie's "bear hug" of President Obama continues. Now it has moved on to "Why is Christie subverting Romney" at Atlantic. And oh the irony. Here is the man who was invited by the Romney campaign to be the keynote speaker at Tampa whilst Palin was rejected and humiliated.

Palin continues to support the Romney ticket strongly whilst Christie's actions are considered to be the nail in the coffin for Romney. Romney's biggest mistake may turn out to have been to have invited the wrong person to make the keynote speech-irony to the max.


Update:"Progressive" leftists sites:"Little Green Footballs" Wonkette: Taylor Marsh and  RINO sites "Outside The Beltway" (Mataconis) etc. are fulsome in praise of Christie as are their commentators. Here's a partial list  at MEMEORANDUM which also links to a video of Gov. Christie on Fox praising President Obama
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From "The New York Times" Live Blog on Hurricane Sandy

"Lest anyone think that Mr. Christie had been subsumed by politics amid a disaster, the governor, who spoke at the Republican National Convention in support of Mitt Romney, heaped praise on President Obama.

Mr. Christie said Mr. Obama had called to make sure he had everything needed from the federal government and left a number to call him directly at the White House should any unmet needs arise.
“I appreciate that call from the president,” Mr. Christie said. “It was very proactive. I appreciate that kind of leadership.”

Governor Christie, as was well noted, did not mention Governor Romney once during his keynote speech at the GOP convention in Tampa-surely an unprecedented move but he did mention himself numerous times.

He has resolutely not denied he would run in 2016.

That he has taken this opportunity to strongly praise President Obama's actions might lead some to believe that Christie would be better situated for 2016 if President Obama was reelected. We are witnessing, in my opinion, the initial jostling of Christie vs Palin for the 2016 nomination.

Chris Christie said Wednesday he would "certainly think about running" for president four years from now if Mitt Romney does not win in November, the Associated Press reports.
The popular New Jersey governor resisted pressure to seek the Republican presidential nomination last year, but 2016 is in his sights.
"If there's an opportunity for me to serve in another capacity and I think I have something to add to the mix, I don't think I'd back away from it," he said,






Video;Question And Answer Session; Palin On Stage At New Orleans Conference

Once again with gratitude to Barracuda Brigade;

Palin/Clinton Battle for 2016 Well Underway;"Bill Clinton Campaigning For Hillary 2016" Via Barack Win 2012

"The Votemaster" at the highly respected Electoral map analysis site Electoral-Vote.com didn't get to millions of site visitors by not being clear sighted. Although in the case of his view of 2016 anyone without blinkers, or rather with eyes to see, could also see the bleeding obvious.

Frankly from my point of view, as regards what I look to see as the probable 2016 contenders in what would be the most unique and exciting campaign in US history, I hold a similar but reverse viewpoint.

I believe Sarah Palin is doing all she can for the GOP's ticket-given the obvious constraints she is under e.g. not being invited to speak at the convention in a major role etc. I do believe she is totally sincere in her "anyone but Obama" statement and exhortation, but frankly if Romney wins, it would be difficult ot envisage much of a future for Palin outside of the probably remote chance that she would be chosen by Romney for Energy Secretary.

If Romney wins, and the improving economic scenario as Votemaster sets out comes to pass, then Palin would not have an opportunity to run until  2020. The case often is that after two terms there would be a move back to the Dem's, so even if she had the nomination then, it might not be optimal (although she would still be comparatively young).

If Romney won and the economy did poorly, there would be the opportunity to challenge him 2016, but that is a hard row to hoe, and rarely a successful venture, as would be a third party run. Palin's best prospects are, I believe, the same as Hillary's-an Obama win in 2012, and a run in 2016 and may the best woman win (which is Palin in this case)

Here's The Votemaster's point of view on the matter.

Electoral-Vote.com

Clinton Campaigning for--Clinton?

Bill Clinton never cared much for Barack Obama, starting when Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primaries. But this year he is campaigning his heart out for Obama. Not that it takes a lot to get him on the campaign trail, but he is working extremely hard and obviously wants Obama to win. Why? He is a keen strategist and knows the economy is improving and if Romney wins, he will take full credit for it, even though the improvement is already in the cards, So if Romney wins and Hillary decides to run in 2016, she will have to face an incumbent President in a good economy, a very difficult task. Bill would much rather have Obama win and it be an open seat in 2016. That situation might create a primary battle with Joe Biden and others, but that is probably an easier path back to the White House than facing a sitting President.

Video:Sarah Palin At New Orleans Investment Conference

With thanks to Barracuda brigade;Note-there are eleven videos in this series which can be followed at the link below this video.


Sarah Palin Rocks New Orleans Investment Conference ~> Video




Not One Of These Major Electoral College Predictors Has Ever Shown Romney Leading Why Should That Change Now?

Even at President Obama's low point after the first debate the highly successful and highly rated Princeton Election Consortium (Dr. Wang) never had Obama below the 270 Electoral College votes required to win as per this chart:













Currently these major polling analysts have President Obama above 270 EC votes. Romney has never been in front in Ohio above the margin of error and without that state his path to 270 is extremely difficult if not impossible. Obama on the other hand can still win even if he loses Florida/North Carolina/Virginia and Ohio (although he would have to pull an inside straight-Wisconsin/Iowa/Colorado/Nevada for 272 EV's) but winning any one of the big four would seal the deal for him with Ohio being the most likely.

All the "Romentum" articles are there to, hopefully on the media's part, get eyeballs and advertising revenue. If Romney wins,in the EC (he may actually win the popular vote) in spite of all these major polling pundits it will the biggest upset since Truman

Electoral vote predictions 10/28: (Click the links for data/maps/analysis
RealClearPolitics: O 290 – R 248



Pollster.com/ HuffPost: O 277 – R 206
AP: O 271 - R 206
538/NYT: O 295.5 – R 242.5
Electoral Vote: O 284 - R 235


270 to Win: O 294 - R 244

EVEN Karl Rove gives Obama the edge: O 237 - 206

Photo's/Tweets:Palin at Airports & Airborne Returning To Alaska After New Orleans Conference

Here are the  various post New Orleans Financial Conference candid photo's. As can been seen there  is no escape for Sarah-even the back of her head is Twittered! Note that she is flying coach class

Delightful comments from people who meet up with her which show the measure of the person she is-a genuine people person.



Here is a new one of Sarah leaving New Orleans post Conference with this charming comment:
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 thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. This independent has a lot of respect for you.



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And this charming delightful Tweet; (MSP= Minneapolis St.Paul)

Just met Sarah Palin at the MSP airport, she's charming! Chatted for 10 minutes and got a photo, wonderful patriot!
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And this photo airborne to Alaska 






Sunday, October 28, 2012

Latest PPP Key States Polls: Obama Fla +1/ +4 Ohio (up 2 from previous) +2 N.H./+4 Col


Winning these four would guarantee President Obama's re-election via Electoral College.


Barack Obama leads our new Florida poll 49-48


Our new Ohio poll finds Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney 51-47, up from 49-48 last week


New Hampshire is a three point gain for Obama from previous poll

Our full New Hampshire poll, which finds Barack Obama leading 49-47, is now posted: 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

First Photo's Of Palin Speaking At New Orleans Conference And Various Tweets Of Her Main Remarks










Palin: "There are some politicians that are addicted to O-P-M (she pronounced opium): Other people's money."



Palin: "We've been hearing a lot about the 1%, more recently the 47%... taxing, taking more is not the answer..."



Palin discussing Bristol's choice to dance to "Redneck Woman" on DWTS. Hilarious.



Palin: "The critics are going to criticize, the haters are gonna hate if your lot in life is to serve something greater than yourself."



Palin: "Our government is too big to succeed... We don't need a fundamental transformation of America."



Palin: "DC needs to begin to outsource their power and responsibility... It would give the press a much better perspective."




Palin: "[Lincoln secretary] Seward secured that land [Alaska] from Russia, which you really CAN see from Alaska!"




Palin out of context: "For the good of our future, it's time to drain the jacuzzi." It was, obviously, a metaphor.




Palin referring to EPA: "Let's call DC a wetland & shrink its growth."



Palin mentions DC has highest per-capita income, yet they run deficits, want more of our money.





Palin: "While 1 in 5 is looking for better work, DC is hiring. But for what? They don't manufacture... It's the permanent political class."





Palin: "For too long the far left has fused and infused community and government... Faith, family, and charity have nothing to do with govt"




Palin on DNC video: "I don't belong to government."




Palin: "There's nothing wrong with America that a good ole fashioned election can't fix. And I can't wait until Nov 6th."




Palin speaking now at New Orleans Investment Conference