PalinTracker: Religion, Messin' with Al Gore, a Dead Heat with Obama

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December 4

AP reports: Palin says nation should rededicate itself to God:

Sarah Palin says the United States should rededicate itself to seeking God's will, arguing that a humble spirit could help leaders get more answers on issues such as health care, energy and national security.

In a video released Friday by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), the 2008 Republican candidate for vice president said it's important for leaders to acknowledge they don't have all the answers.

According to BGEA:

In dealing with her daily challenges, Sarah Palin leans on the Bible verse that says, "God hasn't given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and might and a sound mind."

She told our video producers, "That scripture reminds me that we don't have to be afraid ... that God will be there for us as we call upon Him, because He has given us ... all those gifts of the Holy Spirit if we call out for them."

Video here.


In an interview with Christianity Today, Huckabee fields a question about Palin:

Q: A lot of people compare you and Sarah Palin as conservative Christian candidates. What separates you two? What makes you different?

A: Well, it's hard for me to say what's different because I don't know. I don't know how people make the comparison. We were both governors, we certainly are both pretty clear in our expression of faith, so yeah, we share those things. But other than those things, I'm not sure where the comparisons are. We're both Republican, we're both pro-life -- there are a lot of similarities that way -- but she has a very different political direction than I do. I'm not sure of her future politically, and I'm really not sure of mine either.


Palin at Facebook: Obama should boycott Copenhagen.


Palin greets 1250 at Fort Hood. AP notes:

She hasn't been speaking to most reporters during her tightly controlled, stay-on-message book tour.

No gotcha? You betcha.


The Los Angeles Times continues its multi-post/multi-day crusade against Sarah, spinning her remark that people have the right to ask for a candidate's birth certificate thus: Sarah Palin revives "stupid conspiracy" of Obama's birth certificate.

Revives? We didn't know it was dead.

And still not a LALA Times peep about Climategate.


More than 1,000 Palin fans show up for book signing in Plano.


At Politico, Ben Smith reports:

Palin, anti-abortion star:

In the months since she returned to the public spotlight, Sarah Palin's continually evolving political identity has undergone a subtle change as her public persona centers increasingly on her disabled son, Trig (who is always on her hip as she steps off the bus).

Palin began her political career as a reformer breaking up Alaska's corrupt boys club and shifted seamlessly into last fall's campaign trail culture warrior. But her decision to carry to term her Down syndrome child established a special relationship with anti-abortion activists, and now Palin has transformed herself from a politician who was anti-abortion into the leading figure of the anti-abortion movement.

Salon spins it this way: Trig, the anti-abortion straw baby.

December 5

Greta Van Susteren provides an inside look at the Sarah Palin-Rev. Billy Graham meeting.


The Hill reports:

Palin to face another ethics battle:

Under state law, elected officials may not "use or authorize the use of state funds, facilities, equipment, services, or another government asset or resource" for campaigning, stumping or politicking.

But Palin, argues Andree McLeod -- a local activist who has filed many ethics complains against the former Alaska governor -- sought political advice from her staff and asked her office to help her arrange media interviews or phone conversations leading up to Election Day, all using their government-issued e-mail addresses.

This is why Palin says she stepped down -- to save the state of Alaska from the energy drain and expense of defending their elected governor from this kind of vendetta. McLeod is a former Palin supporter who was passed up for a job in the Palin administration.

To date, all 15 ethics complaints against Palin have been dropped. McLeod takes it back to square one.


Two thousand brave D.C.'s first 2009 snowstorm to meet Palin in Fairfax, VA.


That evening, Palin cracks wise at the annual dinner of the Gridiron Club, an organization of Washington-based journalists who come to hear political figures make fun of themselves. Traditionally, what is said goes unreported, but because of the immense public interest in Palin, it is agreed that her remarks will be reported.

AP reports:

Palin targeted her hosts, Democrats and Sen. John McCain's campaign staff, as well as herself:

If the election had turned out differently, she said, "I could be the one overseeing the signing of bailout checks and Vice President Biden could be on the road selling his book, Going Rogaine." Biden has sparse hair.

The crack about seeing the Russian Embassy from her hotel referred to Palin having told an interviewer during last year's campaign that her qualifications for high office included that "you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska."

As for her hosts, she said she was glad to be appearing before an elite audience of leading intellectuals, "or as I like to call it, a death panel."

Complete transcript at Gretawire.

December 6

In Sioux City, Iowa, 500 wait in freezing weather: Palin's Iowa stop spurs talk of presidential run.


The Wall Street Journal reports: In an interview with David Gregory, John McCain says Palin has "earned herself a very big place in the Republican political scene" and that he is "proud of her."


"I am entertained every time I see these people attack her and attack her and attack her. She's irrelevant, but they continue to attack her. I am so proud of her and the work that she is doing," McCain said.


Brooke Buchanan, a McCain spokesperson, said in an email that the senator wasn't saying Palin was "irrelevant" but was quoting others as saying she was irrelevant, and noting that despite that, they continued to attack her.

December 7

Palin polls within one point of Obama as her popularity rises to 46 while his job approval falls to 47.