Jul 14 2009

Sarah Palin Steps Into “Center” Stage

Published by at 7:26 am under All General Discussions

The defunct and failed political industrial complex is all in a tizzy because Sarah Palin is making her move. And they have good reason to feel threatened (though they have no good excuse for being unprofessional and insulting). Palin is coming out aiming for the heart of American politics – the centrists:

The former Republican vice-presidential nominee and heroine to much of the GOP’s base said in an interview she views the electorate as embattled and fatigued by nonstop partisanship, and she is eager to campaign for Republicans, independents and even Democrats who share her values on limited government, strong defense and “energy independence.”

“People are so tired of the partisan stuff — even my own son is not a Republican,” said Mrs. Palin, who stunned the political world earlier this month with her decision to step down as governor July 26 with 18 months left in her term.

Both her son, Track, 20, an enlisted soldier serving in Iraq, and her husband, Todd, are registered as “nonpartisan” in Alaska.

The largest and fastest growing voting block is independents, who have been repulsed (and rejected with insults) by the partisan fringes. Palin is dead on right to wage a centrist battle from inside the GOP. And she can easily win it. There far right, or ‘true conservatives’ as they call themselves, are a small minority inside the larger conservative leaning electorate. A center right coalition which avoids the fringes would be a force to reckon with. And with the liberal economy now in a death spiral, anyone who irritates both ends of the spectrum will crush.

And as we learned yesterday, Palin’s so called failure was able to bring in a stunning $733,000 dollars in donations in the first half of this year. Once she starts getting on the road and she brings back those crowds of hers, all those naysayers – who will be the next ones losing their jobs – will rue the day they rejected Main Street America in an attempt to keep their retched hold on political power.

Sarah Palin came out swinging today against the Democrats’ lunatic energy tax plans:

There is no shortage of threats to our economy. America’s unemployment rate recently hit its highest mark in more than 25 years and is expected to continue climbing. Worries are widespread that even when the economy finally rebounds, the recovery won’t bring jobs. Our nation’s debt is unsustainable, and the federal government’s reach into the private sector is unprecedented.

Unfortunately, many in the national media would rather focus on the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of these challenges. So, at risk of disappointing the chattering class, let me make clear what is foremost on my mind and where my focus will be:

I am deeply concerned about President Obama’s cap-and-trade energy plan, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy. It would undermine our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent damage.

Beautiful. Three paragraphs and she nails our current situation, the distracted navel-gazing media, and the fact that the only thing really being capped in “Cap & Trade” is our economy and jobs. We will cap our economy and trade away jobs so as to lower our energy production, which in turn does nothing about that mythical global warming which disappeared 11 years ago.

American prosperity has always been driven by the steady supply of abundant, affordable energy. Particularly in Alaska, we understand the inherent link between energy and prosperity, energy and opportunity, and energy and security. Consequently, many of us in this huge, energy-rich state recognize that the president’s cap-and-trade energy tax would adversely affect every aspect of the U.S. economy.

Agreed. This and the destruction of our health care would pretty much screw up this country for generations. Obama and his liberal allies have proven they are not up to the job. It is time to stop dealing with the fringes and have main street centrists lead this nation out of the mess the partisans and their political industrial complex have created through their hubris and arrogance.

24 responses so far

24 Responses to “Sarah Palin Steps Into “Center” Stage”

  1. lurker9876 says:

    I don’t think Sarah’s resignation is hurting her at all. People love her and her message. The Democrats might use her resignation against Sarah’s for being a quitter. But if the public sees her working hard at helping spread the message and other candidates, the “quitter” argument won’t work.

    BTW, I can’t believe that Sotomayer’s hearing has turned into a John Roberts’ hearing.

  2. Neo says:

    “The truth is, we and everyone else misread the economy,” Biden told George Stephanopoulos

    So we have to ask ourselves …
    With Congress not even bothering to read the bills that they pass, and the Obama Administration happy to sign them before the promised 5 day waiting period, exactly what else are the Democrats that now control this country misreading ?

  3. ama055131 says:

    I just read that after her notice to step down she collected a cool $200000.

    No doubt the cuda will make the MSM look like the fools they are.

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  5. coeruleus says:

    You’re not being the least bit…uhm…alarmist there, AJ, are you?

  6. dhunter says:

    Run, Sarah, Run!
    Run on Term Limits for all three branches of Government so that the Corruptocrats can never again so consolidate power through rigged districts, campaign laws and incumbancy perks.

    Run on one law bills only, not behemouth bills no-one reads!

    Run on putting the Senate Scum and Congress Critters on the same pay/benefit scale as the U.S. military. They are certainly no more worthy and perform a far less necessary function!
    Do this and watch the rats jump ship to their next con game.

    Run on drill here, drill now, more nuclear, more natural gas per T. Boone Pickens, and revive our economy ,jobs, autos and investments.

    Run on getting Government out of our lives.

    Run against Nationalizing thus ruining our healthcare!

    Run, Sarah, Run!

  7. dhunter says:

    Oh, and Sarah run third party please the two party system has brought us to the dance and left us in the corner while they dance with the rich girls and cheerleading squad. (Heinz heiroses, big money, and mainstream media)

    Us guys stuck in the corner are mad as hell and ready to fight. We will fight for ya, with ya and watch your back. Here’s some more dough with the last RNC donation request enclosed!

    Oh and ditch McSame he’s back dancin with his cheerleaders (mainstream media presstitutes)

  8. WWS says:

    Although the third party option is tempting, dhunter, how do you keep it from being just like 1992? The last big 3rd party move just got us 8 years of the Clintons.

    Don’t get me wrong, the GOP is leaderless and valueless right now. Nothing much to support there. But isn’t a third party run just a feel good jump from the frying pan into the fire?

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  10. dhunter says:

    Not in this climate and these times! Aren’t people a little pissed at the two party system driving their retirement to 1/2 or less of its valu?
    Of the leaders in both parties pandering to the global warming hoax that would further cement our grief and put us further into the poor house.

    Of Senators and Congress critters passing bills they couldn’t have possibly read?

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Keep voting Dem Or Rep. and keep getting what you got sounds a little insane to me.

    Keep goin to the dance with the same old partner who leaves you standing in the corner for the next best thing to come along?

    I’m 53, have voted my entire life and am ready to take my country back!

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  12. jeffgus says:

    I don’t know that I have ever heard anything that Palin has said that has struck me as centrist. Her stance on abortion appears to be strictly conservative. Fiscally she comes down squarely on the side of the free market. The pipeline deal she made appeared to stress competition.

    I think the conservative message is common sense and very centrist. The problem is that the Republicans are not articulating a conservative message. They certainly haven’t behaved as conservatives in a while — except on some hot button issues.

    Palin can articulate conservatism the way Reagan did. Reagan had a way of pointing on the idiocy of liberalism in funny and common sense ways. Reagan didn’t become a centrist, but he won over centrists in a very, very big way.

  13. BobG says:

    Agree with jeffgus. To say Sarah Palin is centrist is a serious stretch.

    I would call her non-partisan, in that she is clearly at odds with both major parties for their devotion to large government and excessive spending. But, she clearly said that she would work for Conservative candidates, of any party or no party, who advocate limited government, controlled spending, and energy independence. That is pretty definitive of the conservative philosophy and sounds a lot like what I hear from movement Conservatives like Limbaugh, Hannity and Levin. Not to put words in her mouth, but I surmise that she opposes federal usurption of the state’s constitutional prerogatives. Since we already know she is pro-life and strong on national security, it looks as though the bases are pretty well covered.

    Hooray for Sarah!

  14. the cannuck says:

    Given the reactions on the Washington Post blog she is driving the nutbars crazy. They brought it on themselves. She has suffered what can only be described as a political and media stoning. However, now she has taken all they can dish out and has started to throwing the rocks back. Fantastic.

  15. Terrye says:


    Most of Sarah Palin’s supporters are not centrists or Independents, they are conservative Republicans. I think you fail to realize that sometimes. Many of the very people you worry about on the right are actually Palin’s greatest admirers.

    I like and respect Sarah Palin. I think she is a smart woman. But I also think she is a conservative.

  16. Terrye says:


    If Sarah Palin runs a third party it will be Ross Perot all over again. It will guarantee Obama a second term and it will also alienate a lot of loyal Republicans who voted for Palin in 2008 when she was the VP on the GOP ticket. She is where she is today because John McCain put her on that ticket.

    This political system in this country is not a parliamentary system with numerous little parties. It is and always has been a 2 party system. It makes more sense to try and work within the existing party structure. I mean come on, people on the right have enough problems just tolerating each other and forming coalitions within in one big party. Try to turn it into a third party and you will immediately lose tens of millions of people.

    Sarah Palin can address the issues just as easily and more successfully as a Republican or as a fiscal conservative speaking out on the issues. And while I am sure she will say she wants to deal with all kinds of people, I doubt very much if too many Democrats are interested.

    No, a third party is a waste of time. And not only that it would only devolve into the same back biting and in fighting we have now. They would tear each other apart in a third party. Each little faction demanding equal time and they would only pull support from the GOP.

    In fact Sarah Palin herself has not said she wants to do anything of the kind. Has she ever said anything about term limits either? I don’t think so.

    And the GOP has shown more gumption in recent months in terms of standing up to Obama than I thought they had in them. I think that we should push them in the direction we want them to go…not go on some fool’s errand. The stakes are too high.

  17. Terrye says:

    and dhunter, people do not blame the two party system. they blame the politicians the greedy wall street people. giving them one more party of politicians will not change that.

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  19. dhunter says:

    I think people are tired of carreer corruptocrats of Both parties screwing them over. In these times I do not believe a third party run by a real citizen with real world experienc equates to a loss.

    Running another Dem Lite like John McCain by the Good Old Boy Inside the beltway GOPers equates a loss!

    John got his ass handed to him just like I told you he would. After he picked Sarah I contributed and worked for him knowing he pandered on global warming and no drill nowhere.

    Read Glenn Becks book “Common Sense” and realize that the American people are not represented by inside the beltway torch passers and the attitude of Aristocracy that the Two Party carreer politician system has become.

    They pass bills they couldn’t possibly have read in the middle of the night and are giving the voters the middle finger until election time as they have the districts and campaign finance laws rigged so that only the uber rich dare try a run.

    Sarah is just what we need to reform D.C. and give the houses of congress back to the people. That and Term Limits and limits on their perks of office such that they never again forget they are servants of the people not Kings and Queens elected for life.

    I’ll give you John McCain did one thing right in his pathetic campaign. named Sarah. Then when she drew crowds 4-5 times the size he could he followed her around like a dog in heat tryin to live off the attention she brought to the ticket. A sick display of a pandering old politician way past his prime and time, but foisted upon us by an open primary system in liberal States that the GOP shows no will to change and the mainstream media who knew if they could get him the nomination that he would not stand a chance.

    All that I said when he became the nominee and all came true. John McCain did not fight fight fight. He suspended his pathetic campaign to go to D.C., reach out to the Dems and screw the American people out of nearly 1 trillion dollars and throw capitalism, free enterprise, under the bus in favor of Big Government! How’s that workin out so far?

    More of the same? I think NOT!

  20. Frogg says:

    Palin Beocmes MoveOn Target

    MoveOn.org began e-mailing members Tuesday, asking them to fund a rapid response ad blasting Palin’s new Washington Post op-ed that criticized President Obama’s position on “cap and trade” legislation — a major part of the administration’s effort to overhaul the nation’s energy policy.

    The group said Palin was positioning herself as the face of conservative opposition to Obama’s energy policy, telling supporters her op-ed was “a marvel of misinformation and outright lies.”

    The group has not yet said where the spot would air, or revealed the scope of any potential ad buy.