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Sarah Palin Not Running

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/10/05

Sarah Palin has decided not to run for President this time around. I endorsed her for President a long time ago. The endorsement is in my sidebar and will remain there for the foreseeable future, although I will not in any way agitate to draft her or to try to rally to get her to run Third Party (which would be an unmitigated disaster).

Her statement from her FaceBook page:

Statement on 2012 Decision

by Sarah Palin on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 7:48pm

October 5, 2011

Wasilla, Alaska

After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.

My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.

From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.

I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.

Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller, smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people can better serve this most exceptional nation.

In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the President, re-taking the Senate, and maintaining the House.

Thank you again for all your support. Let’s unite to restore this country!

God bless America.

- Sarah Palin

I first found the news on Common Sense Political Thought. Allahpundit at Hot Air has reported on the announcement. He added a lot of nonsense but had some good thoughts as well.

Maybe she’ll focus now on challenging Begich for Senate in Alaska in 2014, which would be a huge first step back towards national viability down the road. She’s 47 years old, fully 25 years younger than McCain was when he was nominated three years ago. No rush.

Update: Perry issues a brief statement: “Sarah Palin is a good friend, a great American and a true patriot. I respect her decision and know she will continue to be a strong voice for conservative values and needed change in Washington.”

Update: My guess is that Cain benefits the most from her absence. Like her, he’s a Beltway outsider, and like her, he seems like a real person, not a talking-points machine like the Romneybot or a back-slapping gladhander like Perry. Authenticity has always been key to Palin’s appeal among her supporters and that’s Cain all over. Besides, where else could her supporters go realistically? Romney’s too centrist and Bachmann’s a lost cause. And Perry’s been knocked by Palin (sometimes by name, sometimes not) for both his crony-capitalist tendencies and his Gardasil initiative, so unless she ends up endorsing him, there’s every reason for her fans to think he’s a nonstarter.

I had the same thoughts about Senator Begich and 2014 when I read the news on CSPT. If she were to replace that Alaska Democrat, her term would be up around the same time the 2-term Republican President finished and she would still be plenty young enough in her mid 50s to take the Presidency then.

Smitty reports Bob Belvedere as saying:

Needless to say, I’m very disappointed…and very worried because none of the other announced candidates fully understands what bad shape we are in.

and adds an answer to that concern. “Well, maybe, but then the task falls to the Tea Parties to inform them.”

Allahpundit has the major problems with Romney and Perry pretty square. And Bachmann, my second choice? Is she a lost cause as Allahpundit, himself far too squishy, suggests? With her gaffes and the rumors of her campaign team travails, she may well be. I have called Perry my third choice of three on previous occasions, stating there is nobody else, but I may have to take a good long look at Cain — who is lacking in foreign policy — because Perry was my “third of three” for a reason. I just don’t like Big Government types. I also deplore being called heartless by a man who is standing firmly to the Left of 80 percent of the public.

So, with the best of the best out, I’ll have to look for the best-looking wallflower and ride that horse to town.

Posted in Conservative, Elections, Palin, Philosophy, politics, TEA Party | Tagged: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

#OccupyWallStreet or Attack Of The Moron Mob From Mars

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/10/05

You should see their hilarious list of demands. (HT Yorkshire) And the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus support these anarchist socialists for huge government and freebies (how many oxyMORONS is that?).

Free health care
Free college
20 dollar an hour jobs for all
No oil
No nuclear power
No credit reporting agencies
Debt forgiveness for all
Spend a trillion here
Spend a trillion there
Power to the unions
No borders
Lotsa tariffs
Lotsa more freebies

And the anarchist socialist for huge government and freebies (how many oxyMORONS is that, again?) is fool enough to call people who confront his moronitude an economic neophyte! Absolute hilarity!

Oh by the way, some Unions are going to bus in some astroturf to help them fill out the crowd size.

Please, Democrats, please line up in support of this mob of morons. By the way, I’m going to need lots more popcorn. I wonder if that’s free, too.

UPDATE
Linked by The Lonely Conservative

Posted in economics, funny business, Health Care, humor, Liberal, media, Oil, Over-regulation, Personal Responsibility, Philosophy, politics | Tagged: , , | 9 Comments »

But She’s Not A Racist

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/10/05

That Obama supporter.

Not racist at all. /snark

Posted in Liberal, Obama, Personal Responsibility, Philosophy, politically correct, politics, race, society | Tagged: , , | 5 Comments »

Harry Reid Blocks Vote On Obama “Jobs” Bill

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/10/05

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) tried to bring up Barack Obama’s Democrat slush fund (but let’s call it a “jobs” bill) for a Senate vote yesterday, but Harry Reid (D – NV) refused to allow it. That’s right, the “jobs” bill that Barack Obama has said “pass it now”, “vote on it now” is being blocked by DEMOCRAT Senator Harry Reid while Obama is out on the campaign trail castigating Republicans.

From The Hill:

In a lively spat on the Senate floor Tuesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) attempted call up President Obama’s jobs plan for an immediate vote in the upper chamber.

However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who supports the legislation, blocked the vote.

Reid used a procedural maneuver called “filling the tree,” which allows the majority leader to say a piece of legislation has had all of its possibilities for amendments.

McConnell had tried to offer the president’s job package as an amendment to the China currency legislation, which was being debated in chamber. By “filling the tree,” Reid blocked that move.

Harry Reid has used that “filling the tree” procedural move an unprecedented percentage of the time over the past three years to prevent Republicans from offering amendments to Bills being debated in the Senate, effectively shutting Republicans out of the Bill-creating process. The reason DEMOCRAT Harry Reid refuses to allow Barack Obama’s “jobs” bill to come up for a vote is because he knows with 53 Senators on his side of the aisle, he cannot get 50 votes for it. He most likely cannot get even 46 out of his 53 Senators to vote for the albatross. And Barack Obama needs this piece of campaign propaganda if he wants any chance of winning in 2012, but the Democrat Senators cannot afford to vote on the “jobs” bill if they want any chance of winning in 2012.

The same reason Harry Reid (D – NV) refuses to allow a vote on Obama’s “jobs” bill as Obama presented is the very same reason Harry Reid (D – NV) has refused to even attempt a Federal Budget since April, 2009: he cannot afford to have any Democrats on record because that will cause Democrats to lose elections. It really is that simple.

The Lonely Conservative adds:

Charade? What charade? How is calling for a vote on a bill the president has been demanding Congress vote on right away a charade? Could it be Harry Reid was worried that the Democrats don’t have the votes to pass it?

But that didn’t stop Obama from calling out Eric Cantor in a campaign speech by name, and telling people to demand passage of a bill that he knows is dead in the water. The only thing he left out was to contact any Democrats.

This is getting so old.

I have to disagree with The Lonely Conservative here. It’s not getting old. It’s long past the chunky green milk stage now.

Doug Powers adds some snark value to the truth.

Reid’s doing some heel dragging because he knows he doesn’t have the votes — or possibly the intentional delay is subtle payback for 20 minutes on hold. [referencing Obama's keeping Senate Democrats waiting on the phone for 20 minutes (elevator music?).]

Meanwhile, President Obama has given up on “pass this jobs bill now” and is settling for “pass it this month.” Next up: “Easter-ish would be good too…”

From Tina Korbe:

Perhaps [Obama] should have saved his censure for Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The Senate Majority Leader today refused to allow Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring the president’s jobs bill up for a vote.

The way Reid did it was a little wonky. McConnell planned to add the AJA as an amendment to the China currency bill currently under consideration in the Senate. “I wanted to disabuse [Obama] of the notion that somehow we’re unwilling to vote on his proposal,” McConnell said. But Reid “filled the tree,” taking advantage of his right of first recognition and adding so many amendments to the bill that McConnell was unable to tack the AJA to it, too. Reid then even went so far as to accuse McConnell of “obstruction” and engaging in “a political stunt.”

Yes. Senator Harry Reid (D – NV) refuses to allow the Republicans to add Barack Obama’s (D – Prez) “jobs” bill as an amendment to another bill being debated while simultaneously accusing Republicans of “obstruction” when Obama wants to “pass the bill now” and is accusing Republicans of refusing to vote on it. That’s what you call a “pants on fire” lie out of Senator Harry Reid (D – NV).

The whole “jobs” bill is a campaign propaganda stunt. Barack Obama knows it. Harry Reid knows it. House Democrats know it. All the Republicans know it. And now it’s fodder for Republicans to use against Senate Democrats because the Senate Democrats have refused to go on record for or against it, just as they have refused to go on record with a Federal Budget since April, 2009.

Posted in Character, economics, Elections, funny business, Liberal, Obama, Philosophy, politically correct, politics | Tagged: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

 
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