Calling all Trolls!
CNN dutifully reports:
The Democratic National Committee is taking fresh aim at Sarah Palin, encouraging supporters to attack the former Alaska governor on Facebook in order to “debunk her lies.”
In an e-mail to supporters, and on a new Web site, the DNC asks supporters to call out Palin when she uses Facebook to transmit what the committee says are falsehoods.
“The more we push back with the truth, the more Sarah Palin and others like her will have to think twice before they promote lies, and the less they’ll be able to derail progress,” DNC executive director Jen O’Malley Dillon wrote in the e-email.
Barracuda to Biden
At Facebook, Palin posts: Response to Vice President Biden’s Comments Today About My Position On Energy Independence
Sarah robo-calls Virginia
“Virginia, hello, this is Sarah Palin calling to urge you to go to the polls Tuesday and vote for Sarah’s principles. The eyes of America will be on Virginia and make no mistake about it, every vote counts. So don’t take anything for granted, vote your values on Tuesday, and urge your friends and family to vote, too.”
The recording did not mention candidate Bob McDonnell, nor was it funded by his campaign — but by the Virginia Faith and Freedom Coalition.
Sarah coming to Kansas
The Salina Area Chamber of Commerce announces the speaker for its 2010 annual banquet: Sarah Palin. Tickets for the 1,408 banquet seats were sold out in two days. However, there are approximately 2,600 gallery seats which may or may not be sold out, though sales have been suspended for now.
Fox News reports:
Despite her image as a polarizing figure and her penchant to provoke fervent support or intense hatred, the real Sarah Palin is a “complicated person” who isn’t as dumb as her opponents say or as transcendent as her supporters believe, according to a new book.
Sarah From Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar is written by CBS News reporter Scott Conroy and former Fox News producer Shushannah Walshe, who covered Palin on the 2008 campaign trail. According to Walshe, “It’s the good, the bad and the ugly. Everything is there.”
Wins and losses
At Facebook, Palin posts: A Victory for Common Sense and Fiscal Sanity
The race for New York’s 23rd District is not over, just postponed until 2010. …
To the tireless grassroots patriots who worked so hard in that race and to future citizen-candidates like Doug, please remember Reagan’s words of encouragement after his defeat in 1976:
“The cause goes on. Don’t get cynical because look at yourselves and what you were willing to do, and recognize that there are millions and millions of Americans out there that want what you want, that want it to be that way, that want it to be a shining city on a hill.”
— Sarah Palin
While tired old media outlets yammer on about the NY-23 race — where Palin’s endorsement of conservative candidate Doug Hoffman resulted in beyond-RINO Dede Scozzafava dropping out of the race and supporting the Democrat who won the seat — and insist it means the GOP must remain moderate, Palin Power surfaces in Chicago, where Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk is jockeying for Palin’s endorsement in the upcoming primary for Obama’s former seat, since appointed to Sen. Roland Burris (D).
Ever wonder why liberal pundits are so concerned with helping the Republican Party avoid losses? Should the GOP listen to their sage advice about dumping Palin? Ask Doug Hoffman, who soared from 15% to 46% after Palin’s endorsement just two weeks before the election.
Barbara Walters snags Palin interview
ABC announces a Barbara Walters five-part series which will begin airing on Good Morning America, World News, and Nightline on Nov. 17, then continue on Good Morning America Nov. 18 and 20/20 on Nov. 20. Plus other scattered tidbits.
Maybe it will help their ratings.
Palin posts condolences on Fort Hood Attack
Palin speaks at a Wisconsin Right to Life event, a private, low-key event with no media, laptops, or cellphones allowed. Much grousing by the damned-if-she-does-damned-if-she-doesn’t critics. Maybe she’d rather deal with the damned-if-she-doesn’t.
K. Carpenter reports at Conservatives4Palin.
Politico also reports: Palin rallies thousands of abortion opponents
Speaking to a fund-raising banquet of Wisconsin Right to Life, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee asserted that if policy-makers don’t believe a child in the womb is valuable, then “perhaps the same mind-set applies to other persons.”
“What may they feel about an elderly person who doesn’t have a whole lot of productive years left,” Palin asked an audience of about 5,000 who paid $30 each to hear her speak in an airplane hangar-like exhibition hall at the Wisconsin state fairgrounds just outside of Milwaukee. “In order to save government money, government health care has to be rationed … [so] than this elderly person that perhaps could be seen as costing taxpayers to pay for a non-productive life? Do you think our elderly will be first in line for limited health care?
“And what about the child who perhaps isn’t deemed normal or perfect per someone’s subjective measure of their use or questionable purpose in the eyes of a panel of bureaucrats making our health care decisions for us,” she continued.
Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reports: Sarah Palin, Barney Frank to headline Gridiron Club Winter Dinner December 5. Can this be for real? Apparently, yes, and Hot Air wonders: “What’s the consummate Beltway outsider doing speaking at the consummate Beltway insider event?”
Before and After Pelosicare Vote
At Facebook, Palin posts prior to the Saturday night House vote:
Speaker Pelosi has already broken many promises thus far in this “reform” exercise. She promised that this would be a bi-partisan effort, but the bill she’s pushing isn’t bi-partisan. She promised that the final version of the bill would be posted online 72 hours before it comes to a vote so that the American people could clearly see what’s in it and how we will pay for it. But she broke that promise too when she decided to rush the bill to a vote this weekend.
The speaker must be held accountable for her broken promises. …
— Sarah Palin
P.S. For an idea of the bureaucratic maze that the Pelosi bill would create, take a look at this new chart put out by the Joint Economic Committee.
It’s broken promises like this that turn people off to politics and leave them disillusioned about the future of their country. …
We need to let our legislators in Washington know that they still represent us, and that the majority of Americans are not in favor of the “reform” they are pushing. After all, this is still a country “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” We will make our voices heard. It’s on to the Senate now. Our legislators can listen now, or they can hear us in 2010. It’s their choice.
— Sarah Palin
At Facebook, in Commemorating a Victim for Freedom, Palin evokes Ronald Reagan:
Ronald Reagan never stopped regarding the Berlin Wall as an affront to human freedom. When so many other American leaders and opinion makers had come to accept its presence as inevitable and permanent, Reagan still hammered away at the Wall’s very premise in human tyranny, until finally the Wall itself was hammered down. Its downfall wasn’t the work of Reagan alone. Our president’s actions were joined with the brave acts of many individuals who stood firm and united in facing the Soviet Union. The Berlin Wall came down because millions of people behind the Iron Curtain refused to accept the fate of enslavement and their supporters in the West refused to accept that the “captive nations” would remain captive forever.
Contrast with Obama’s phoned in speech, which pointedly ignored Reagan and referred to John F. Kennedy and — surprise! — himself.
Going Rogue around America
Palin’s book tour begins November 18 — the day after its release — in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Like Sarah, the tour itself will go rogue, avoiding big cities and seeking out more middle America, including cities like Fort Wayne, Roanoke, Birmingham, and Fort Bragg.
See schedule at Facebook.