March PalinTracker

March 1

Embedded ads, political department: CBS names Palin-supporting character after terrorist McVeigh.

In case you've been worried about Dana Milbank's Palin boycott: How I survived my Palin-free February.

Palin: Obama's "appalling" turn on DOMA:

Former Guv says president "flip-flopped" in dropping defense of '96 law in Tues. statement to National Organization for Marriage: "I have always believed that marriage is between one man and one woman. Like the majority of Americans, I support the Defense of Marriage Act and find it appalling that the Obama administration decided not to defend this federal law which was enacted with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by a Democrat president. It's appalling, but not surprising that the President has flip-flopped on yet another issue from his stated position as a candidate . . ."

Palin rips SCOTUS ruling on anti-gay protesters:

Sarah Palin voiced disappointment with a Supreme Court decision Wednesday protecting the First Amendment rights of anti-gay protesters at military funerals. "Common sense & decency absent as wacko 'church' allowed hate msgs [email protected]' funerals but we can't invoke God's name in public square," Palin tweeted.

March 2

Sarah Palin scheduled to visit Baldwin County for fundraiser:

POINT CLEAR, Alabama -- 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will make her first Mobile Bay area visit May 3 when she addresses supporters of the Exceptional Foundation at a fundraiser at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear .... The foundation is being established to help special needs children and adults in Baldwin County ....

"This is something that is near and dear to her heart -- children and adults with special needs -- and that's what brought her down here," Callahan said. "We were thrilled. This is something that is really awesome."

Media gotcha? Sarah Palin flip-flops?

Palin clarified her earlier statement concerning the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court affirming the controversial Westboro Church's right to protest funerals. "I wasn't calling for any limit on free speech, and it's a shame some folks tried to twist my comment in that way. I was simply pointing out the irony of an often selective interpretation of free speech rights," Ms. Palin said Thursday.

Sarah Palin is set to speak at a Women of Joy Christian women's conference April 15 at State Fair Park.

March 4

NRA credits Sarah Palin for boost in female membership:

The National Rifle Association says it has Sarah Palin to thank for a 20 percent jump in female membership. Calling it the "Palin effect," the NRA's Diane Danielson told the Daily Mail that the former Alaska governor's vocal advocacy of gun rights is helping the group teach "10,000 new women a year to shoot, and making more girls want to take up hunting." [...] "Firearm manufacturers are gearing their products towards women. They're scaling down stocks, and shortening trigger-pull lengths for our shorter fingers," Danielson told the Daily Mail. During a speech to NRA members last year, Palin said the only reason President Obama and Democratic lawmakers aren't trying to limit gun ownership rights is the fear of a political backlash. "Don't doubt for a minute that, if they thought they could get away with it, they would ban guns and ban ammunition and gut the Second Amendment," Palin told the annual NRA gathering in North Carolina. She urged some 9,000 NRA members to "stop them in their tracks" and slammed critics who might dismiss her as an "NRA gun-nut chick."

Tea Party 2012: Will Michele Bachmann steal Sarah Palin's thunder?

March 5

Why America will stay on top:

Eminent historian Paul Johnson on Sarah Palin, the tea party, and 'baddies' from Napoleon to Gadhafi.

Pessimists, he points out, have been predicting America's decline "since the 18th century." But whenever things are looking bad, America "suddenly produces these wonderful things -- like the tea party movement. That's cheered me up no end. Because it's done more for women in politics than anything else -- all the feminists? Nuts! It's brought a lot of very clever and quite young women into mainstream politics and got them elected. A very good little movement, that. I like it." Then he deepens his voice for effect and adds: "And I like that lady -- Sarah Palin. She's great. I like the cut of her jib." The former governor of Alaska, he says, "is in the good tradition of America, which this awful political correctness business goes against." Plus: "She's got courage. That's very important in politics. You can have all the right ideas and the ability to express them. But if you haven't got guts, if you haven't got courage the way Margaret Thatcher had courage -- and [Ronald] Reagan, come to think of it. Your last president had courage too -- if you haven't got courage, all the other virtues are no good at all. It's the central virtue."

March 6

Lee Benedict: Media simultaneously savaged Sarah Palin, protected Barack Obama.

Sarah Palin slams Gov. Chris Christie:

"He has no choice but to cut budgets because he's broke, his state is broke," Ms. Palin said. "What courage really is is, in the face of having a surplus, when you have an opportunity to spend spend spend other people's money, that you still choose to rein in government," the former governor added.

Palin warns: the president has a "lack of experience" in politics and the country risks losing its "exceptionalism."

Palin not happy Tea Party candidates compromising.

Palin tells Obama to stop kowtowing to Mexican President Calderon:

Palin tells Obama to stop kowtowing to Mexican President Calderon. In a late-day interview on Fox News, Sarah Palin expressed her dismay at Barack Obama's constantly slavish and deferential behavior towards Mexico's Felipe Calderon. In an interview that touched briefly on border security and the problem of illegal aliens from Mexico, Palin also took exception to the blame-America attitude that the Mexican president always exhibits. Her comments were in reference to Calderon's visit this past week, during which he continued his long-standing policy of blaming America for all of the problems that stem from inside of Mexico.

March 7

Brewer goes to Alaska to see Palin, dogs.

Palin backs Walker, says fire fleebaggers.

Michele Bachmann bumps Sarah Palin as Tea Party Queen.

Sarah Palin speaking at Colorado Christian University this May:

Former Alaska Governor and Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will keynote a military and veterans appreciation rally at Colorado Christian University on May 2.... The conservative firebrand will be joined by Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, a former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence who gained notoriety in 2008 for likening the War on Terror to a religious holy war.

Tickets will be sold for 25 dollars.

Earlier this year, the The Sharon K. Pacheco Foundation, a Denver-based non-profit, announced that Palin would be speaking at a similar event honoring veterans in Glendale. The organization canceled the event just days after its announcement, claiming that they received attacks and harsh criticism for hosting Palin.

Which means that: Sarah Palin to skip first GOP presidential debate.