The “America By Heart” book tour continues today in Baton Rouge, LA and Little Rock, AR. Click here for details.
I got a chance to speak with Jedediah Bila from Human Events last week. You can check out her great column about it here.
Last May I had the honor of meeting radio show host Hugh Hewitt at an event we both spoke at in Denver. He’s a great patriot, and I’m humbled by his kind words about “America By Heart.” You can read his review here.
I mention in “America By Heart” that National Review is one of my favorite magazines, and I used excerpts of articles by a number of NR writers. Among them is Kathryn Jean Lopez, who always has such wonderful insight into cultural issues, particularly in regard to building a culture of life. I’m honored by her thoughtful review of “America By Heart” and especially by her including it in the same review with Pope Benedict’s new book. You can read her article here.
Fox & Friends interviewed Luigi Zingales, the University of Chicago economist whose work I mentioned in “America By Heart.” You can see the interview here.
I look forward to seeing you in Baton Rouge and Little Rock today and signing your books!
The LSM asking Senator John McCain: ‘Is Sarah Palin going to run for President?’ and Is she divisive?” I was shocked the question was asked since no republican or any politician has been asked a Governor Palin for President question. Just kidding!
The media’s favorite question is clearly no coincidence or even an obsession. Feels more like a co-ordinated, organized & very deliberate effort of bring down the most likely Obama replacement.
The media naively believes they have the perfect gotcha question & tool to inject divisiveness with the ultimate goal of creating a Gov Palin bashing video moment. The media & DC are very perceptive. They see a tidal wave coming (Governor Palin) and they are doing everything to stop it or at least slow it down.
Getting To Know John McCain
CNN's Candy Crowley asks Sen. John McCain: “Which book would you read first, George W Bush or Sarah Palin”
Sen. John McCain Draws Parallel Between Sarah Palin and Ronald Reagan
"I think anybody that has the visibility that Sarah has is obviously going to have some divisiveness, I remember that a guy named Ronald Reagan used to be viewed by some as divisive....an incredible force in the American political arena....keeping her options open."
"I think she's doing great job....she's motivating our base. I think she had a positive impact on the last election and I'm proud of her."
See, this is why I didn't join the dog-pile on Sarah Palin's verbal flub of calling "our allies in South Korea" our allies in "North Korea." She responds by pointing out that Barack Obama, in the three yearssince launching his campaign for president, has also made gaffes. As the Muppets say, wocka wocka!
And so on. This tactic was previously deployed by Victor Davis Hanson two years ago, but Palin's doing it now, so it's NEWS. But maybe we can use the incident to describe the difference between a "gaffe" and a "flub." A gaffe, as Slate paterfamilias Michael Kinsley has explained, is the telling of a truth by accident. A flub is saying a word wrong. Flubs are funny but meaningless unless they result from the speaker actually not knowing a fact, which wasn't the case here.
Right now we live in an America governed by a President who entered office with a less than distinguished record as a state senator and only a two year record as a United States senator where he accomplished little more than to run for president. And yet it’s Sarah Palin, a two-term mayor, former governor and chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission who’s had the narrative built up and fortified around her that she doesn’t have the experience to be the president of the United States. And who built that narrative? The media.
How exactly is someone supposed to rehabilitate their political image through the same media that willfully and dishonestly destroyed it? The fact that the media is more hostile towards Palin than anyone in our lifetime is not even in dispute anymore — meaning, the traditional avenues available to most politicos for a rehabilitation tour aren’t available to her. After a near-fatal bimbo eruption nearly cost him the Democratic nomination in 1992, Bill Clinton could turn to “60 Minutes” for a second chance. Barack Obama will forever be able to go most anywhere he pleases to get his message out. Earlier this month, even George W. Bush could count on respectful treatment from the likes of Matt Lauer and Oprah Winfrey. Palin, however, is boxed in by what she knows is an entertainment and MSM establishment gunning for her, who see every opportunity to embarrass her as another set of cocktail party bragging rights.
If you remember the corrupt political coverage of 2008, rather than talk about the record of a self-made governor with a compelling personal story who worked her way up the political ladder by fighting corruption in her own party, I can’t count the number of times the likes of CNN used valuable broadcast time to run that previous Saturday night’s clip of Tina Fey mercilessly mocking the Republican Vice Presidential candidate. Rather than doing their job and, for good or bad, allowing Palin’s own personal story and record to define her, the media instead chose to allow a mean-spirited comedian to do that on their behalf. And don’t think for a second this wasn’t intentional.
So the question I would ask Rove and Will is exactly what is it they would suggest Palin do to present who she really is to as much of the American public as possible given the reality that any attempt to once again chance the MSM gauntlet would most certainly be a suicide run.
Since 2008, this indomitable mother of five has written no less than two books and a number of thoughtful columns on Facebook. She’s also a star political analyst on the powerhouse that is Fox News and has traveled extensively around the country on her book tour and during the 2010 election; meeting voters, giving speeches, and helping to galvanize the landmark political phenom that is the Tea Party. These are not only fairly traditional methods of shoring up your presidential contender bonafides, they’re also impressive accomplishments. etc.......
Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol won through to the final of hit US show "Dancing with the Stars", buoyed by public support in defiance of judges' skepticism about her dance floor talents....As her mother continues to shine in the political spotlight, the 20-year-old is enjoying the media limelight generated by her unexpected success on the hugely popular TV talent show.
Palin was again ranked last by judges in the semi-final of the show, in which celebrities partner with professional dancers, but voting by viewers pushed her score with partner Mark Ballas up into third place.....Like her mother, Bristol is a hit with the public despite experts' scorn, in what some commentators say could take the younger Palin all the way to the top in next week's final.
"Bristol will now go on to win the whole shebang. She doesn't deserve it. Everyone knows it, even, I suspect, the people who keep voting for her," predicted Lisa Gutierrez on the Kansas City Star newspaper's website.
Bristol's success comes as her mother, the former governor of Alaska, solidifies her own life in the spotlight with her own reality show launched at the weekend, fueling speculation about her 2012 White House plans....Of her latest television triumph Tuesday, one blogger commented on the politics-and-world-5678.blogspot.com website: "She could win this thing, and here's why -- the power of the American voter."
Who will make the final threeeee? Please don't be Bristol, please don't be Bristol, please don't be Bristol. It's so going to be Bristol.... They're now asking Bristol why she thinks she should be in the finals. She says it's because she started with no experience. Yawn. Bristol, get a new line.....Mark says Bristol has great legs and footwork, Derek says she needs more emotion...I'm still thinking about what Mark said. Hmm. Hmm!
Hmm...behind the scenes footage of Mark and Bristol. Mark says, "I love you" before their waltz. Hmm. Bristol's high school alter ego is now about to come out. Recalling how the judges have faced them pretty much every week this season, she curls her lip and mocks the panel by saying, "That wasn't that good, I was bored."
Now it's down to Brandy and Bristol. Maks is hip thrusting Brandy as they wait for the results. Mark looks like he's going to pee his pants......And....the lowest combined total is...Brandy and Maks. Bristol is safe?? Uh, what? Derek's mouth is hanging open in shock, kind of like mine. Aw, Brandy is crying into Maks' chest as they watch their "journey" tape. Bristol is toast next week, at least we have that.
Although she's received some of the lowest judges' scores, the younger Palin has moved into the semi-finals. Is a "right-wing conspiracy" fueling her run?......Another week, another Dancing With the Stars controversy: Despite a "dismal" samba this week, plus a history of "underwhelming performances" and low scores from the judges, Bristol Palin has advanced to the show's semi-finals on the strength of viewers' votes, which ultimately decide the contestants' fates. Have Sarah Palin's supporters mobilized to make sure Bristol keeps dancing, or are fans connecting with the young mother in a more bipartisan way?
This is Sarah Palin's influence at work:"You betcha" that politics are fueling Bristol Palin's implausible momentum, "DWTS" is one of the most popular shows among Republicans and "Palin's supporters have used social media to get out that vote."
She doesn't get the highest scores. She's not the biggest celebrity. Yet she's in the top four on the hit ABC show. Do politics play a role in Bristol Palin’s endurance on this season of Dancing with the Stars? You betcha....The abstinence advocate – who was seen in a Tea Party t-shirt during one rehearsal – didn’t improve with this week’s dismal “insta samba.” But it was erstwhile NFL quarterback Kurt Warner who got the hook.
Conservative radio host Tammy Bruce has led a Twitter campaign to get fans to vote for “Team Ballin” as Palin and her partner Mark Ballas are known. On Monday, Bruce tweeted: “Operation Bristol waltzes in tonight! As #DWTS starts vote at abc.go.com Tweeps pls tweet phone info, will RT.” Bruce only has a little over 14,000 followers, but the ripple effect on Twitter is well-established.
There are also multiple Palin fan sites including bristolpalin.org and her own Facebook page that urges users to “vote for Bristol the pistol.”......On Wednesday, the Yahoo Twitter page said Palin had “received 10X more searches on Yahoo! Than Jennifer Grey this week." Grey has consistently scored higher than Palin.
The elections may be over, but the political battle for America's soul continues to rage -- on the dance floor. As Jimmy Kimmel observed to newly eliminated prime-time hoofers Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya on Tuesday night, "There's something weird going on with 'Dancing With the Stars.' Is there a Tea Party conspiracy?"
Palin, the rhythm-challenged, occasionally gorilla-suited "teen advocate" has arrived dead last on "DWTS" the past two weeks, yet keeps coming back for more like Freddy Krueger in cha-cha heels. How can she keep bombing out and still remain to samba another day? ....First, they went after healthcare reform; now they've got Brandy in the crosshairs.
The folks at Dancing with the Stars are kidding about Bristol Palin, right?.....I watch that show religiously — yes, I will admit it in public — and she has to be among one of the worst dancers they have had. I mean, she tries, yes, but Ginger Rogers she ain't. In previous seasons she would have been the first or second person eliminated, with good reason. She can't dance.
Anna Chan writes: Considering the results and shocking eliminations these last few weeks on “Dancing With the Stars,” perhaps Tuesday night’s results weren’t really that big of a surprise. Why? Because once again, Bristol Palin outlasted a competitor who is infinitely more skilled and interesting on the dance floor. Ugh!....Instead, viewers will get to watch Palin bumble through a freestyle dance on her way to claiming the mirror ball trophy.
Yep. I’m calling it for Palin. Who cares if she forgets more steps during the finale performances? She’s already done that several times this season, and each time, people vote her through to dance again. So what if others have been eliminated for smaller infractions? Palin’s relatable, by golly. Viewers see themselves in her. Even if the “teen activist” falls flat on her face, I bet whoever’s voting will still back her to win the season....So sure, Brandy can cry on national TV. Jennifer Grey’s pro partner, Derek Hough, can leave his jaw on the floor. Judge Bruno Tonioli can keep declaring, “I’m so disappointed!” This season’s going to Palin. (Please please please prove me wrong, “Dancing” fans! Give the mirror ball trophy to Kyle Massey! I’m begging you!)
With Barack Obama getting a rebuff on the world stage, losing a midterm election, and presiding over a floundering economy almost two years after implementing his stimulus policies, it may occur to some people now that electing a man with no executive, military, diplomatic, or private-sector experience at all might have been a teensy little mistake. How did the media let that slide? (Oh, come on, you know I know the answer!) Sarah Palin chatted with KWHL’s Bob and Mark Show in Anchorage today to discuss the re-release of John Ziegler’s documentary How Obama Got Elected and her own travelogue series, and underscored how important its lessons are for participatory democracy to work properly and elect effective representation. She tells Bob and Mark that the hagiographic coverage of Obama in 2007-8 is now “coming home to roost”:
"We know that Obama wasn’t vetted through the campaign, and now, you know, some things are coming home to roost, if you will, which is inexperience, his associations, and that ultimately harms our republic when a candidate isn’t — isn’t vetted by the media, that cornerstone of our democracy. So, you’re right, it’s not about me and whether you like my politics or not. You can push all that aside, and just pay attention to what that message is in this documentary, and that is that things have got to change for the better in the state of journalism. Otherwise, you know, it could be part of a demise of our democracy if that cornerstone erodes."
Fourteen months ago, I warned that the emerging theme of the Obama administration was incompetence. That was entirely avoidable; had the media committed just half of the resources it committed to Wasilla for a VP candidate to the man at the top of the opposing ticket, perhaps voters might have thought twice about putting an untested legislative backbencher into the toughest executive position in the world.
TLC says 4.96 million total viewers tuned in, including 1.8 million adults 25-54, and 1.6 million adults 18-49, two of the network’s key demos. That is the best premiere in network history with regards to total viewers, beating the 2003 debut of “What Not to Wear.”
The series had its origins earlier this year, when Burnett and Palin shopped the concept around to the broadcast networks. When the big players passed, they take it to cable, where A&E Networks and Discovery Communications entered into a bidding war. Discovery came out on top, and opted to run the series on its TLC network.
With all that is happening in the world I can’t believe the media is in a tizzy because SarahPAC’s last filing was off by a total of $25. Our treasurer and attorney report that our vendor who handles these calculations is re-looking at the figures to find out where the $25 glitch is in their system. Everything else in today’s very rudimentary and quite ordinary FEC inquiry letter has been answered. If anyone would care to look at other PACs, they’ll discover that they get these sorts of letter too and many of them much more frequently than SarahPAC. But, golly, sure glad the LSM (including KTUU in Anchorage) is on top of this “controversy”!
“Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” which begins on Sunday, is odder than that. The snowcapped mountains, pine forests and shimmering lakes are majestic, the Palin children are adorable, and the series looks like a travelogue — wholesome, visually breathtaking […]
But mostly, the eight-part series lives up to its title — the camera follows the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee as she fishes, hunts, dog-sleds and rock-climbs. It’s a nature series for political voyeurs: viewers get to observe Ms. Palin observing nature. And to her credit, the governor doesn’t use the camera crew to recast her image or pad gaps in her résumé. She doesn’t pore over position papers in a book-lined study, phone foreign leaders or even watch “Jeopardy.”
Mostly she has fun outdoors. That includes white-water rafting, kayaking, salmon fishing and climbing glaciers. “You know what they say,” she says to the camera after a disappointing fishing trip. “A poor day of fishing beats even a great day of work.” […]
The TLC program highlights her physical bravery, but the series’s existence points to a different kind of courage: Ms. Palin is not afraid to be herself. Yet Ms. Palin allows the camera to record moments that may well make her critics snicker, particularly now that Bristol is back in the limelight as an underdog contender on “Dancing With the Stars.”
One day a hired seaplane lands on the lake at the back of their Wasilla house to take the family salmon fishing and bear watching. The Palins watch, awestruck, as brown bears lope, swim, growl, fight. At one point a bear seems on the verge of charging the boat, a danger that Ms. Palin says “keeps you on your heels.” […]
Perhaps Ms. Palin’s most impressive feat is climbing a glacier with a guide and her husband, a rock-climbing adventure that is obviously arduous and scary. She says out loud many times that she is afraid she can’t make it to the top. Viewers may fear another risk; her high-pitched voice is so piercing it could trigger an avalanche.
HarperCollins announced Wednesday that Governor Sarah Palin will be on the road from Nov. 23 to Dec. 3, with a break for Thanksgiving, to promote “American by Heart, Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag.”
The tour begins at a Barnes & Noble in Phoenix, stops include Dillons Marketplace in Andover, Kan. Most notably, Des Moines and Spirit Lake, Iowa; a Sam’s Club in Little Rock, Ark.; and a Costco in Brentwood, Tenn. Palin will finish at a Books-A-Million in Columbia, S.C
The Governor strategically scheduled stops in Tulsa, Okla., on “Black Friday” the day after Thanksgiving and four stops during the biggest shopping weekend of the year.
The venues include the giant book chains — Borders, Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million plus Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco and Kroger.
In the fall of 2009, with the publication of her #1 national bestselling memoir, Sarah Palin had the privilege of meeting thousands of everyday Americans on her extraordinary 35-city book tour. Inspired by these encounters, her new book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag, celebrates the enduring strengths and virtues that have made this country great.
Framed by her strong belief in the importance of family, faith, and patriotism, the book ranges widely over American history, culture, and current affairs, and reflects on the key values—both national and spiritual-that have been such a profound part of Governor Palin’s life and continue to inform her vision of America’s future. Written in her own refreshingly candid voice, America By Heart will include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved her-from the nation’s founding documents to great speeches, sermons, letters, literature and poetry, biography, and even some of her favorite songs and movies. Here, too, are portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her deep love of country, her strong rootedness in faith, and her profound love and appreciation of family. She will also draw from personal experience to amplify these timely (and timeless) themes—themes that are sure to inspire her numerous fans and readers all across the country.
“I would say that Bernanke is fundamentally wrong. That is he running – he is fundamentally misreading the economy. This economy lacks confidence in the government, it doesn’t lack cash,” Gingrich told me.
Yesterday Palin called on Bernanke to “cease and desist” with his plan to buy $600 billion worth of bonds and cited a warning from the German minister of finance, according to the National Review.
Gingrich said it is “interesting” that Palin and Germany are on the same side – but added America should take a look at what the country accomplished.
As President Obama prepares for the G20 summit in South Korea this week, Sarah Palin is challenging the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, which will likely be a key issue at the talks. On Monday, in a keynote address at a trade-association convention in Phoenix.
Governor Palin’s Prepared Remarks::
I’m deeply concerned about the Federal Reserve’s plans to buy up anywhere from $600 billion to as much as $1 trillion of government securities. The technical term for it is “quantitative easing.” It means our government is pumping money into the banking system by buying up treasury bonds. And where, you may ask, are we getting the money to pay for all this? We’re printing it out of thin air. […]
And if it doesn’t work, what do we do then? Print even more money? What’s the end game here? Where will all this money printing on an unprecedented scale take us? Do we have any guarantees that QE2 won’t be followed by QE3, 4, and 5, until eventually – inevitably – no one will want to buy our debt anymore? What happens if the Fed becomes not just the buyer of last resort, but the buyer of only resort? […]
Oil recently hit a six month high, at more than $87 a barrel. The weak dollar – a direct result of the Fed’s decision to dump more dollars onto the market – is pushing oil prices upwards. That’s like an extra tax on earnings. And the worst part of it: because the Obama White House refuses to open up our offshore and onshore oil reserves for exploration, most of that money will go directly to foreign regimes who don’t have America’s best interests at heart.
We shouldn’t be playing around with inflation. It’s not for nothing Reagan called it “as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hit man.” The Fed’s pump priming addiction has got our small businesses running scared, and our allies worried. The German finance minister called the Fed’s proposals “clueless.” […]
We want a stable dollar combined with real economic reform. It’s the only way we can get our economy back on the right track.
One of the questions in respect of 2012 is how it has happened that the only major Republican figure, aside from Congressman Ron Paul, to stand up and be counted on the dollar is Sarah Palin. She is supposed to be an ex-beauty queen without a lot of sophistication. […]
Her posting, we wrote, suggested that she was ahead of the rest of the undeclared contenders for 2012.
So far the Congress that has oversight of the Federal Reserve has been largely mute, though there have been some notable exceptions (Congressman Paul Ryan, for example, and Dr. Ron Paul, of course; among the big newspapers, only the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal has been in front of this issue). […]
Mrs. Palin is looking over the horizon: “Do we have any guarantees that QE2 won’t be followed by QE3, 4, and 5, until eventually — inevitably — no one will want to buy our debt anymore? What happens if the Fed becomes not just the buyer of last resort, but the buyer of only resort?” She comprehends how it is going to get to the voters she’ll be courting. […]
In other words, she is reasoning out a coherent economic and geopolitical argument that she and her party — Tea, if not the mainstream GOP — can take to the voters.... So as we asked at the outset of this editorial, how has it happened that she is the first to brand this issue?
Was it her time running a state whose economy is tied to oil, which often tracks gold? Is it that she can see Russia from her door? Is she just smarter than the other candidates?....No matter, she is now out in front of yet another issue as there is about to convene a new Congress of the United States in which she has a brace of allies indebted to her for her help in getting elected. Mr. Bernanke seems to have blithely ignored his other critics, but it will be more dangerous to ignore the Mamma Grizzly.
Those of us who have been waiting for a politician to pick up on the monetary issue are perking up at Governor Palin’s demarche on the dollar. This came last week in a posting on her Facebook page, where she reacted to a report that Gulf oil producers were negotiating with Russia, China, Japan, and France to abandon the use of the dollar in pricing petroleum. She noted the report in the Wall Street Journal that Arab oil officials were denying the story, but reckoned that “even the possibility of such talk weakens the dollar and renews fears about its continued viability as an international reserve currency.” Then she pointed out that “a United Nations official called for a new global reserve currency to replace the dollar and end our ‘privilege’ to run up huge deficits.” Most importantly, she warned about the price of gold, which that day had hit a record in what she called a “response to fears about the weakened dollar.”
Time will tell, but what this suggests is that the former governor of Alaska is ahead of the rest of the undeclared contenders in 2012. The last president to run an avowedly weak dollar policy was Jimmy Carter. […]
So Mrs. Palin’s comments suggest she’s savvier than many give her credit for being. No sooner did she issue her warning about the dollar than Reuters found a number of Republicans declaring she was right....It is true that the only politician who has been campaigning on this issue, Ron Paul, failed to prosper at the polls....We’re not ready to make endorsements, but Palin and Paul could make a whale of a ticket.