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Former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin said this year’s GOP ticket should take after her and “go rogue,” in a statement to The Weekly Standard Saturday.

“With so much at stake in this election, both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should ‘go rogue’ and not hold back from telling the American people the true state of our economy and national security,” Palin said. “They need to continue to find ways to break through the filter of the liberal media to communicate their message of reform.”

I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight. Granted, our honored and esteemed war hero has gone through much more than the liberal media can ever do to him in their efforts to harm this patriot. I look forward to hearing his words to his fellow Americans tonight more than any of the other convention speeches. God bless John McCain. Thank you for everything. And happy birthday, my friend. - Sarah Palin


Sarah Palin’s Fox News Contract May Not Be Renewed: NY Mag

Sarah Palin’s outburst at Fox News on Wednesday is part of a protracted set of contract negotiations that could see the former vice-presidential nominee end her association with the network, New York’s Gabriel Sherman reported Thursday.

Palin set the media world aflutter on Wednesday, when she wrote a Facebook post pointedly noting that Fox News had canceled all of her scheduled interviews for the day. Since both her former running mate, John McCain, and her sucessor as nominee, Paul Ryan, were speaking at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, it seemed like an odd choice.

She has been a Fox News contributor since 2010, reportedly earning a cool $1 million a year. But Sherman wrote that this may be coming to an end shortly, due to Palin’s sinking ratings power.

“Palin’s contract is up in January, and according to sources, Fox News executives are now weighing what kind of deal they would sign, if they sign one at all,” he reported.


Of course……

It took Sarah Palin 15 hours get her staff to write a congratulations note for her Facebook Page. It went up around midnight eastern time. But then, as you’ll see in a minute, Sarah Palin was super, duper angry. Perhaps she caught on a hairball of hatred when she realized that yes, really, Romney was not going to Game Change with her. The baton of failed V.P. must be passed on, no matter how quasi celebrity the candidate.

… What else can explain how in a note meant to congratulate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, she only mentions them 3 times while focusing all of her frenzied venom — 26 times! — onto this President? Er, make that “Candidate Obama”, which is Palin for “But I wanted to be in the White House telling Congress what to do in that role so very important there again for the freedom!”


Missouri Republicans on Tuesday will choose between a trio of Senate hopefuls who have been locked in a tight contest in which all three have jockeyed to present themselves as the most conservative in the bunch. The winner will face Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, considered to be one of the most vulnerable 2012 incumbents.

Businessman John Brunner, Rep. Todd Akin and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman are all vying to take on McCaskill. Brunner led the field in a poll poll released over the weekend with 35 percent; Akin had 30 percent and Steelman had 25 percent.

“It’s very difficult to predict the race at this point,” a Republican source in Missouri told TPM. “I think for the first time in a very long time, at least in Missouri, we are heading into an Election Day where all three of the candidates really all do have a path to victory.”

Akin has a geographic base in the St. Louis suburbs, which he has represented in Congress for 12 years.

Steelman previously represented the state’s central region in the state Senate, and still has support in the southwestern portion of the state.

Brunner, a businessman who has never held elected office, doesn’t have a specific geographic support base but has benefited from blanketing the entire state with TV ads.

Brunner has put nearly $7 million of his own money into the race, and raised $600,000, for a total of $7.6 million — dwarfing Akin’s total fundraising of $2.2 million; and Steelman’s $1.4 million, which included $400,000 she loaned herself, according to federal elections records through July 18.

h/t: Eric Kleefeld at TPM



Former vice president Dick Cheney is critical of the process that led to the 2008 selection of another Republican vice presidential candidate: Sarah Palin.

“I think that was a mistake,” Cheney said in an interview for ABC’s This Week.

Cheney said Palin, then the first-term governor of Alaska, failed the most basic test of being on the vice presidential short list: “Is this person capable of being president of the United States?”

wow… 4 years after the fact Dick really gives us a sense of perspective.. of course to be categorized under the “no shit sherlock” category


If Sarah Palin were black, her daughter’s out of wedlock, “baby daddy drama” would have been presented as an example of both pathological behavior and a dysfunctional family that is symbolic of the social problems in that community. If Sarah Palin were black, never would the poor decision making by the Palin family be marked off as challenges overcome, or deeds to be valorized. If Sarah Palin were black, her neo-secessionist husband would have been the death knell for her political career, because as we all know you can’t trust “those people.” If Sarah Palin were black, her lack of intellectual curiosity, willful and cultivated ignorance, and lack of grace both written and spoken, would not be taken as “folksy.” Instead, Palin would be viewed as unqualified for any public office. If Sarah Palin were black she would be tarred and feathered as an “affirmative action baby.”

If Sarah Palin Were Black (via azspot)

Just goes to show how far Palin’s whiteness can take her. Zero intellect, two high school drop-outs, an unwed teen mother, a quitter of the one major job she had. Master of hateful coded language targeting opponents as not “real Americans”. Belongs to a church outside of the mainstream. Still a top GOP candidate.  (via liberalsarecool)

Meanwhile, Michelle Obama, a Princeton and Harvard Law School graduate, lawyer, and university dean who made over $200K/year, gets called “ghetto” and a “welfare queen”. (via squee-gee)

Half-term Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin recently endorsed Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz and her gaffes continue on. Some of Palin’s robocalls for the Tea Party candidate went to Kansas instead of Texas — the beginning of the taped call announced, “Hello Texas! I’m Sarah Palin.”

Sarah Palin’s qualifications were the overriding reason Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) selected the former Alaska governor as his 2008 presidential running mate, he said Sunday.

Hard to know whether to laugh or cry that McCain has fallen so far.

One of the Secret Service supervisors who was forced out of the agency this week for his involvement in the Colombia prostitution scandal made light of his official protective work on his Facebook page, joking about a picture of himself standing watch behind Sarah Palin. David Randall Chaney, 48, posted several action shots of himself on duty in a dark suit and sunglasses, including one that shows him behind the former Republican vice presidential nominee during her 2008 campaign. “I was really checking her out, if you know what i mean?” Chaney wrote in the comments section, after friends had marveled at the photo. He is married and has an adult son. Chaney, who had been a supervisor in the Secret Service’s international programs division, retired under pressure Wednesday, according to people familiar with an internal agency investigation into the allegations that 11 agents and uniformed officers had participated in a night of carousing April 11 ahead of President Obama’s visit to the Summit of the Americas.


Into The ‘Lamestream’: Highlights Of Palin’s Morning OnToday

Check out the highlight’s of Palin’s hosting gig.

One of the mistakes we made in the Palin process was one of assumptions,” said Steve Schmidt, one of the McCain aides who guided the process. “We immediately made the assumption that anyone with ‘Governor’ next to her name has a base level of knowledge of history and policy that in a post-Palin world it isn’t necessarily safe to assume.

“And just a more corporate problem is I think our party and particularly our movement, the conservative movement, does have more of a problem with con men and charlatans than the Democratic Party,” Coulter continued. “I mean, the incentives seem to be set up to allow people, as long as you have a band of a few million fanatical followers, you can make money. The Democrats have managed to figure out how not to do that.”


She noted that Republicans had been asked to sign a number of controversial pledges, such as Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge and The Family Leader’s marriage pledge. But the only pledge, Coulter joked, that she would support was one that said: “If I lose the nomination, I pledge I will not take a gig with Fox News or write a book.”

(via Ann Coulter: GOP has a ‘problem with charlatans’ like Sarah Palin | The Raw Story)

Sarah will be burning up her twitter button.


Or, ‘How Sarah Palin Ruined Politics’:

Richard Cohen notes that since Sarah Palin stepped on the national political stage we’ve been subjected to “a deluge of dysfunctional presidential candidates. They do not lie with quite the conviction of Palin, but they are…