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Sarah Palin Discusses Bloggers, Media and Her Mockery

January 13, 2009

Alaska Governor, and former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, sat down recently for an interview with Esquire magazine to discuss, among other things, bloggers and the media. A portion of of the interview can be found here.

I especially loved this quote: “Bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie annoy me.”

I’m glad that I just re-post news stories that I find of interest, rather than spending the time making up the lies she talks about. I leave that up to others 🙂 Ha!

In all reality, I think she may have been unfairly judged at times but some of the stories she brought on herself. I’m sure she enjoyed her fame and it will probably allow her to be a “name” in the Republican Party for years to come.

From CBS News:

“I’ll tell you, yesterday the Anchorage Daily News, they called again to ask — double-, triple-, quadruple-check — who is Trig’s real mom,” Palin said. “And I said, Come on, are you kidding me? We’re gonna answer this? Do you not believe me or my doctor? And they said, No, it’s been quite cryptic the way that my son’s birth has been discussed. And I thought, Okay, more indication of continued problems in the world of journalism.”

Speaking of the Daily News, they yesterday posted an email exchange between Palin and the newspaper that serves as a public response to Palin’s complaints about its coverage. It’s impossible to summarize here, so I’d encourage you to click over; Palin writes that “You’re stripping me of even a shred of faith in your reporting if any of the recent aforementioned strange and untrue reports were taken seriously by the ADN.”

Back to Esquire, where Palin addressed mockery of her comment that one can see Russia from Alaska.

“You have to let it go,” she said. “Even hard news sources, credible news sources — the comment about, you can see Russia from Alaska. You can! You can see Russia from Alaska. Something like that — a factual statement that was taken out of context and mocked — what you have to do is let that go.”

Palin also repeated her complaint that she did not have enough autonomy during the campaign.

“If I were giving advice to myself back on the day my candidacy was announced, I’d say, Tell the campaign that you’ll be callin’ some of the shots,” she said. “Don’t just assume that they know you well enough to make all your decisions for ya. Let them know that you’re the CEO of a state, you’re forty-four years old, you’ve got a lot of great life experience that can be put to good use as a candidate.”

Can Social Media Help the Republican Party?

January 7, 2009

Great article on Ars Technica today on this very topic!

After experiencing defeat at the hands of Barack Obama’s networked Democratic Party, a number of young Republican strategists have been arguing the future of the Republican Party will be found using social media.

While author Julian Sanchez believes deeper soul searching might be required to bring the Republican Party back to power, his article provides some interesting background on the discussions surrounding the GOP’s online future.

From Ars Technica:

Since the humbling results of the November election came in, the conservative movement has been scrambling to assess what happened—and to figure out how to prevent it from happening again. Much of this effort, in light of the Obama campaign’s much ballyhooed online operation, has focused on closing the technology gap with the left, and getting conservative candidates and activists to make better use of new media. Hence we see sites like Top Conservatives on Twitter, meant to publicize co-partisans on the popular microblogging service and encourage others to sign up.

The most prominent of the restructuring efforts, though, is Rebuild the Party, brainchild of a group of Republican online strategists who are pushing the idea that adapting to the Internet must be the GOP’s top priority over the next four years. They’re proposing an ambitious goal of recruiting 5 million new online activists and insisting on a new openness that better integrates distributed grassroots efforts. In the past week, RedState founder Erick Erickson has laid out some more detailed advice to his fellow conservatives—heartily seconded by The Next Right’s Patrick Ruffini.

There are plenty of good ideas here, and this is clearly an area where the right needs to make up ground. We now know that strategists on McCain’s team actually proposed taking advantage of text-messaging, but were shot down because the idea seemed “undignified.” We also know, via the folks who model the blogosphere with an array of sophisticated statistical tools, that there was a lot of grassroots writing and activism going on that never got well integrated into the online activist “core.” And as I reported the other day, Barack Obama is looking at a huge advantage in supporters who are connected, and ready to push his agenda, on the Internet.  It’s absolutely true that they’ve got to play serious catch-up on this front.

But while Nancy Scola at TechPresident lauds Ruffini for avoiding “tool fetishism”—for recognizing that adapting to the Net is more about embracing a certain culture and worldview than about exploiting any particular gadget or social networking site—I wonder whether there isn’t a broader technofetishism at work here.  It’s not that they shouldn’t be thinking about how to do online organizing as well as the Obama team did, but at times the impulse to focus on modernizing tactics and strategy makes me think of the Microsoft execs convinced that the right ad campaign will finally convince people they love Vista.

Conservatism has much bigger problems right now than a paucity of Twitter skills. (I say this, for what it’s worth, as someone who’s often classified as part of the broad “right,” my frequent criticisms of this administration notwithstanding.) Front and center is that the end of the Cold War and a governing party that made “small government” a punchline has left it very much unclear what, precisely, “conservatism” means. The movement was always a somewhat uneasy coalition of market enthusiasts and social traditionalists, defined at least as much by what (and who) they opposed as by any core common principles. The Palin strategy—recapturing that oppositional unity by rebranding the GOP as the party of cultural ressentiment—is just a recipe for a death spiral. Conservatives don’t need to figure out how to promote conservatism on Facebook; they need to figure out what it is they’re promoting. To the extent that a new media strategy is part of opening up that conversation, great, but it had better not become a substitute for engaging in some of that painful introspection.

There are plenty of good ideas here, and this is clearly an area where the right needs to make up ground. We now know that strategists on McCain’s team actually proposed taking advantage of text-messaging, but were shot down because the idea seemed “undignified.” We also know, via the folks who model the blogosphere with an array of sophisticated statistical tools, that there was a lot of grassroots writing and activism going on that never got well integrated into the online activist “core.” And as I reported the other day, Barack Obama is looking at a huge advantage in supporters who are connected, and ready to push his agenda, on the Internet.  It’s absolutely true that they’ve got to play serious catch-up on this front.

California Could Be Bankrupt in 2 Months

December 23, 2008

California’s Chief Financial Officer ‘s has warned that the state could run out of money in about two months as hopes of a Christmas budget compromise have melted.

From the Associated Press:

Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger began the day on a cheerful note, suggesting that negotiations with Democratic leaders could lead to a budget deal as early as this week to help close the $42 billion shortfall that is projected through June 2010.

“Yesterday we sat there for hours and we worked through it step by step and we made some great progress,” the governor said during a morning news conference in Los Angeles. “So we feel like if we do that two more times like that, I think we can get there … before Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.”

The thaw didn’t last long, as legislative leaders later in the day criticized Schwarzenegger and indicated their work was done until the start of the new year.

The governor faulted lawmakers for “failing to take real action” in addressing the state’s budget deficit but said he will continue working with them on a solution that includes spending cuts, new revenue and an economic stimulus plan.

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass responded by suggesting the governor should sign an $18 billion package Democrats sent to him last week containing both cuts and tax increases.

“The single biggest roadblock to having construction on the 405 (freeway) move forward is Arnold Schwarzenegger,” said Bass, a Los Angeles Democrat.

Republicans, meanwhile, said they would not negotiate on a deal they believe to be illegal. The Democratic plan was pushed through on a simple majority vote, not the usual two-thirds vote for tax increases, which would require some GOP support.

Auto Bailout Deal Reached…Maybe…

December 10, 2008

According to congressional officials, Democrats in the Congress and the White House have finally finalized a deal to spend $15 billion on emergency loans for struggling U.S. automakers.

From the Associated Press:

The White House did not go quite so far, saying it has made “very good progress.” The measure could see a House vote later Wednesday and be enacted by week’s end.

It would create a government “car czar” to dole out the loans, with the power to force the carmakers into bankruptcy if they didn’t cut quick deals with labor unions, creditors and others to restructure their businesses and become viable.

Congressional Republicans, left out of negotiations on the package, are expressing grave reservations and may seek to block it.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., promised to filibuster the measure, which could delay a final vote for days.

He said the package has an “ass-backwards” approach to curing what ails the U.S. auto industry.

Nevertheless, Democratic leaders were confident enough that a bill could advance that they set a procedural vote for the House floor later Wednesday. Even still, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the GOP leader, said in late morning that his side hadn’t seen the measure yet and wouldn’t agree to votes on the measure Wednesday.

“Republicans will not allow taxpayers to subsidize failure,” McConnell said, although he added that the auto situation would be addressed by the end of the week.

The congressional officials revealed agreement on a bill only on grounds of anonymity because the deal has not been formally announced.

Sarah Palin May Run for High Office Again in the Future

November 11, 2008

Get ready Tina Fey, you’re work may be needed again! Alaska Governor Sarah Palin says she wouldn’t hesitate to run for the presidency in four years if it’s God’s will, even though she never thought Campaign 2008 would be “as brutal a ride as it turned out to be.”

From the Associated Press:

In a series of interviews in the wake of last Tuesday’s elections, Palin said she had no problem with Republican presidential nominee John McCain, but that she resents rumors she said were spread about her and her family by the Arizona Republican’s aides. She emphatically denied that she was a drag on the GOP ticket.

“I think the economic collapse had a heckuva lot more to do with the campaign’s collapse than me personally,” the governor said in an interview broadcast Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show.

Palin also said “There were a lot of times I wanted to shout out, ‘Hey, wait a minute, it’s not true.’ It’s pretty brutal.”

Nevertheless, the relatively obscure governor of Alaska, whose selection for the ticket by McCain last August brought excitement — and controversy — to the 2008 campaign, said she would be eager to do it all again under the right circumstances.

“I’m like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I’m like, don’t let me miss the open door,” Palin said in an interview with Fox News on Monday. “And if there is an open door in ’12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I’ll plow through that door.”

In the wide-ranging interview, Palin said she neither wanted nor asked for the $150,000-plus wardrobe the Republican Party bankrolled, and thought the issue was an odd one at the end of the campaign, considering “what is going on in the world today.”

Sarah Palin Calls Critics Cowards

November 8, 2008

Alaska Governor, and former Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin is striking back at critics of the high-priced wardrobe she wore leading up to Election Day on this past Tuesday.

From the Associated Press:

As she returned to the governor’s office in Anchorage on Friday, Palin said all she ever asked for was “a Diet Dr. Pepper once in a while.”

Palin says the expensive outfits were purchased by the Republican National Committee and they belong to the committee.

She called her critics cowardly for speaking to reporters about her anonymously.

Republican Party lawyers are still trying to determine exactly what clothing was purchased for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, what was returned and what has become of the rest.

From ABC News:

“I never asked for anything more than a Diet Dr. Pepper once in a while,” Palin said as she returned to the governor’s office from her two-month odyssey as the GOP vice presidential nominee. She said the Republican National Committee paid for the tens of thousands of dollars in designer clothes and accessories.

“Those are the RNC’s clothes. They’re not my clothes. I never forced anybody to buy anything,” she said.

Republican Party lawyers are still trying to determine exactly what clothing was purchased for Palin at such high-end stores as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, what was returned and what has become of the rest.

I Voted Today…Did You?

November 4, 2008

I can say now that I happily casted my vote about 30 minutes ago. This is quite possibly the most important election in our history and I made sure that my voice was heard.

I’m not afraid to say who and what I voted for: Barack Obama for President

I also took part in the vote on California ballot measures:

No on Proposition 2

No on Proposition 4

and No on Proposition 8.

There were many decisions that will have a great impact on this country, and on the State of California this year. I’ve told others, if you don’t vote, don’t complain! I hope everyone out there, no matter who or what you are voting for, gets out and votes. Have your voice heard! Now, it’s time to sit back and wait for the election results.

From Yahoo!:

If Americans cast their ballots in a manner consistent with Monday’s final state poll averages, Obama would win 338 electoral votes, far surpassing the 270 needed to win the presidency. Don’t bank on it though. People may not cast their votes the way the polls predict and that makes this race a lot less of a sure thing than most people are saying.

Here’s a quick recap of what the state poll averages looked like as of Monday night for the big-get states, the swing states and the states that are surprisingly in play.

The Big Three

Pennsylvania: Obama + 7.6
Democrats have carried this state worth 21 electoral votes for the past four elections. But the big story here is that John McCain has significantly closed what was once a double-digit point deficit in the poll average.

Florida: Obama + 1.8
Twenty-seven electoral votes at stake make this an important state to win for McCain. He has been ahead here for the majority of the election season. Obama took the lead at the end of September, but the margin has never been consistent. The last Mason-Dixon poll says it’s too close to call.

Ohio: Obama +3.2
The state that decided it in 2004 gets some of the spotlight again because of its large electoral vote offering (20) and its capacity to swing.  Who wins this state might depend on which voters decide to stick out the wait in the long voting lines.

Toss-up states

Indiana: McCain +1.4
This state will be an early indicator of how the night will play out since its polls close first.  If Obama flips this traditionally red state, the rest of the night looks really bad for McCain. But the most recent polls show McCain ahead.

Virginia: Obama + 4.3
The Virginia polls are one of the biggest stories in this election. If Obama wins this state (and a collection of western states), the 13 electoral votes it offers become Obama’s route to 270 if McCain wins the Big Three.

The Western swing states

Colorado: Obama +5.5
Big crowds and a series of good poll numbers make this state look like one Obama can flip back to blue.  The last time Colorado voted Democratic for a president was in 1992.

Nevada: Obama +6.2
Nevada was red during the Bush years and blue during the Clinton years.  Obama took the lead in polling in early October and has held the lead since.

New Mexico: Obama +7.3
This state has been shockingly close in the last two elections.  Al Gore won in 2000 by less than 1,000 votes.

From CNN:

John McCain and his aides are still banking on a come-from-behind victory Tuesday, but the GOP’s most famous political strategist has already called the race for Barack Obama.

Karl Rove, the man widely credited with engineering President Bush’s two successful White House bids, is predicting the Illinois senator will take the White House in an Electoral College landslide, winning 338 votes to John McCain’s 200. That would be the largest Electoral College victory since 1996, when Bill Clinton defeated Bob Dole in a 379-159 rout.