Jared Allebest, Romney blogger, jackass
By Gary P Jackson
First off, there’s more than one villain in this story. As you know, a very small group of Palin supporters took what was a cute idea back around the Iowa caucuses, the notion of an “earthquake” movement, and turned it into a sick, delusional obsession.
Though Sarah Palin has never endorsed any sort of movement to nominate her at the convention, and has been on TV for weeks saying she is 100% behind the Romney/Ryan ticket, these “earthquake” people persist. Lately they have been sending out delegate packets attacking Romney, and asking delegates to vote to nominate Governor Palin instead.
This was picked up by the Ron Paul folks, many of whom, as everyone knows, are looking to stage a sort of coup d’état of there own, on the convention floor. In an article entitled: Is Palin Making Her Move? Will She Be THE One to Topple the House of Cards?, over at The Daily Paul the “earthquake” nonsense was discussed. Strangely enough, the article, as well as most of the comments, were respectful to the Governor, and even supportive of her.
Problem is, a Romney blogger, Jared Allebest who goes by “Conservative Samizdat” on many blogs, as well as Twitter, used this article, and the “earthquake” lunacy as a launching point to viciously attack Sarah Palin in a series of articles titled: The Two Faces Of Sarah Palin At The 2012 National Republican Convention.
We caught his act at Right Speak, his own blog, and Mitt Romney Express. Allebest also claims to be a “staff blogger” at Mitt Romney Central though I couldn’t find his hate-filled, fact free rants posted there.
While all of these posts are pretty much the same, the one at Mitt Romney Express under a different title: Investigating Sarah Palin’s Mysterious Delegate Packages At The GOP Convention Allebst goes into a series of lies beyond what was seen at the other sites.
Sara Palin is in town and playing games, she is trying to steal the nomination, she sent out packets to all of the delegates asking them to vote for her if there is a brokered convention and she is trying to cause a brokered convention. I spoke to delegates at my booth who said they received the packet. None of our delegates will vote for her, putting my dislike for her aside, if she helps with a brokered convention I am fine with it because I think we could win a brokered convention.
Never mind this loser can’t even get Sarah’s first name correctly. She’s nowhere near Florida this week. As we reported on Saturday, the Governor will be in Arizona, having BBQ with Kirk Adams at Joe’s Farm Grill in Gilbert, Arizona.
Further more, in many interviews Sarah has said she is 100% behind the Romney/Ryan ticket. She wants to beat Obama. In the same report from Saturday, we have video of Governor Palin on Fox answering viewer questions.
One of the questions asked was what should a person do if they can’t stand Obama or Romney. The viewer asked if it was OK to just stay at home. Sarah answered the viewer by saying emphatically “give Romney a shot!” Does that sound like someone who is planning to steal the nomination from Mitt?
Allebest rambles on and on, then posts this from Sandra Bailey, one of the “ earthquake” troublemakers:
Allebest uses this misguided group to then attack Governor Palin:
What I find interesting is that there are two kinds of politicians. First, there those those who put party above themselves such as Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum who both have released their delegates to Mitt Romney. Then there are politicians who put themselves above the party such as Sarah Palin and Ron Paul who have no delegates yet have said nothing or done nothing to stop their supporters who wish to circumvent the nomination process by attempting to engineer a brokered convention to nominate someone other than candid
I have absolutely no idea who “candid” is but there are several problems here. For one, like it or not, Ron Paul does indeed have delegates. Not many, and some Ron Paul people have caused major problems by being chosen as delegates, pretending to back Romney, with full intentions of causing problems at the convention. That said, Ron Paul did earn a handful of delegates. Credit where credit is due.
As far as putting themselves above party. Seriously? In 2010 Sarah Palin almost single-handedly handed the Republican Party control of the House. She endorsed over a hundred candidates and around 90% of them won.
In fact, so many prominent Republicans owe their offices to Governor Palin, Jules Spencer tweeted this idea for convention drinking game:
#GOP2012 drinking game-take a shot of Tequilia for every speaker on dias who owes his/her office to Gov Palin's early support. Drunk yet?—
Edith Roosevelt (@JulesPSpencer) August 27, 2012
I’m drunk just thinking about it!
Of course, Allebest has his priorities all out of whack. It’s COUNTRY before party. That’s a big reason why the Republican Establishment™ doesn’t care for Sarah Palin very much. She’s spent the last two decades putting what’s best for her city, state, and country ahead of what’s best for the Republican Party!
Now on the other websites, under the “two face” title, Allebest had this to say:
Sarah Palin just exposed herself as two faced politician since she’s advocating people to vote for Mitt Romney on television but apparently working to make a brokered convention happen. That’s why its not surprising that why Sarah Palin not being invited to the GOP convention or why she hasn’t been allowed to have an opportunity to speak at the convention. You can’t expect to be invited to an event if you intend to undermine that event and have not been supportive of the GOP nominee.
Allebest, in a move we’ve seen from many Romney supporters over the years, links to a far left hate site, in this case Capital Blue, for his affirmation.
Sarah Palin is trying to put a positive spin on the fact that she was not invited to speak at The Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month.
She’s trying to act like the snub was her idea.
It wasn’t and sources close to Palin tell Capitol Hill Blue that the GOP diva “went ballistic” when it became clear that the GOP’s big party didn’t want her in the show.
No sources were named, of course.
Funny how only lefties and some Romney people use the same tired old talking points. We’ve all seen Sarah Palin up to her neck in fish slime, does that sound like something a diva would do?
Well, here’s the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Preibus saying that Governor Palin was “definitely invited” to speak and offered a prime time speaking role.
Lets see, who are we to believe, a known left wing hate site, and a Romney supporter with an agenda, or the RNC Chair, who has at least some knowledge of what actually went on? Video courtesy SarahNet.
When these venomous articles were first pointed out to us on Sunday, Allebest was contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org as well as on Twitter by myself and Stacy Drake, Editor-in-Chief of Conservatives4Palin. The websites Right Speak and Mitt Romney Express were also contacted.
Allebest as well as the publishers of the various websites were informed that these articles were fact free, and that the “earthquake” group was in no way associated with Governor Palin in any way, shape or form.
It was asked that the articles be retracted and apologies issued.
Emails, tweets, and other pleas, are, as yet, unanswered. Looking at Allebest’s own website, it seems he has plenty of time to write articles attacking Governor Palin, but no time for actual integrity.
Had Allebest done due diligence, he would have noted the disclaimer on the “earthquake” literature:
This information was sent to Allebest via Twitter.
I don’t know Allebest. Wouldn’t know him if I stood right next to him. I do know he’s supposedly an attorney in Utah, according to his bio. I also know there’s someone that uses the “ConservativeSamizdat” handle of at Hot Air. He is a notorious Palin hater who often attacks her supporters and is known to use left wing propaganda that has been debunked years ago to do it. Is this the same guy? Who knows.
What I do know is we have been very fair to Mitt Romney over the years. While our website publishes both fact and opinion, we base our opinions on facts. This website has made a point of not treating Mitt Romney as “The Great Satan” like other have been known to do. Allebest spent much of Sunday tweeting his articles around the internet. I’m calling on Romney’s supporters, and staffers alike, to put this man in his place, and to abstain from publishing these lies.
Steve Flesher at Conservatives4Palin is offering the same advice:
C4P’s official position represents that of the Governor’s. That position is illustrated in our efforts to unite against Obama to make sure he is replaced. Governor Palin recently said: “do me a favor” and “give Romney a shot.” Further, she talked to Sean Hannity a few weeks ago and stated that after a “competitive primary,” we had our winner — Mitt Romney. She was and remains 100% on board in helping to replace Barack Obama.
We, too, are on board with the Governor to not only making sure Obama is fired but that we fill the House and Senate with good conservatives. It’s been working like a charm. Governor Palin and her supporters helped make a huge impact in 2010’s mid-term elections. In 2012, her endorsements are making a huge difference as well such as Ted Cruz in Texas and Deb Fischer in Nebraska.
Despite Governor Palin’s quotes listed above on Romney or the facts that she’s continued to galvanize the Republican Party for Romney’s benefit, some out there claiming to be Romney supporters are passing around stories today ascribing false conspiracies to Governor Palin. The piece has surfaced here and here and other places.
Read more of what Steve has to say here.
At the beginning I noted there were two villains in all of this. Jared Allebest, and the bunch in this “earthquake” group. These people have been causing problems for Governor Palin, as well as her serious supporters for months.
Full disclosure: When these people started the movement, with the intention of making a statement during the Iowa Caucuses, this website, as well as me personally, was supportive. Unfortunately, things got out of hand, and these people refused to listen to anyone, including Governor Palin herself.
Many of us asked, then told, then demanded these people stop with the “earthquake” nonsense. They didn’t seem to care how much trouble they were causing. In fact, if you didn’t buy into their fantasies, you would find yourself on the receiving end of one of their attacks. I’ve never seen anything like it. They became as delusional as some of the way out there Ron Paul supporters.
Long story short, It’s been our policy to delete any comments by the group, and any attacks on Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion, or anything else not related to disagreements on political positions.
Stacy, in her role as Editor-in-Chief of C4P, went a step further, banning the “earthquakers” and instituting a zero tolerance policy for conspiracy theories:
To believe that Governor Palin has some sort of secret plan to steal the nomination from Mitt Romney, based on things she said in the past (much before October 5th) is out-of-touch with current day reality.
There is no mathematical way that Governor Palin could get the nomination this year. She has no delegates. Mitt Romney has enough delegates to take it. He currently has 1,473, while only needing 1,144 to win. People looking to Ron Paul delegates for assistance to knock Mitt out of the race, need to consider that Ron Paul’s has conceded and has asked his supporters to be “respectful” in Tampa.
Some however, are ignoring this reality, spinning Governor Palin’s words, and currently building a case against Governor Palin’s character on our forum. That is not going to be tolerated on C4P any longer. To insinuate that Governor Palin will lose her credibility if she doesn’t do what people (who cherry-pick her words) want her to do, is indeed building a case for the future. And the future clearly tells us that what these people want to happen, isn’t going to happen, so this only has one way to go.
No longer will you be permitted to post “Earthquake” conspiracy theories on C4P…Zero tolerance for this, by the way. Enough is enough.
This entire episode, a wasted Sunday spent handling these attacks by a Palin hating Romney supporter, that will live on the internet forever, could have been avoided had these “earthquake” crazies listened to Stacy months ago. However, I’ve come to learn reality isn’t something these people traffic in.
I’ve been following Governor Palin’s career closely since early 2007. I can honestly say I have never seen a politician that has such a large group of dedicated, loyal supporters. People who would follow her through the fires of hell with a bucket full of gasoline in each hand!
That’s not a bad thing either!
Over the years we’ve seen groups like Organize4Palin, now American Grizzlies United, spring up. These groups have taken to endorsing candidates, and even traveling hundreds, and sometimes thousands of miles, in order to support them. It’s those hard working supporters of Sarah’s who made the incredible victories of 2010 a reality, and it’s her hard working supporters who are making the difference in 2012.
It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Most strong supporters of a particular candidate live for that candidate only. In fact, in the case of some of the more zealous supporters of the other guys [you know who I mean] they will attack anyone and everyone who isn’t their chosen candidate.
Palin supporters are quite different. They take cues from Sarah, and her endorsement of a candidate is like the Good Housekeeping© Seal of Approval. Once Sarah endorses, things happen, and happen fast. But it goes further than that. Palin supporters also support candidates on their own, often recommending SarahPAC take a look at them. Whether Sarah endorses them or not, they help get these candidates elected.
That’s what makes this entire “earthquake” experience so troubling. Some people hang of Sarah Palin’s every word, and instead of taking comments she makes about a variety of subjects, at face value, find some hidden meaning in her words. They twist them into what the WANT them to mean, instead of what Sarah really said, or meant.
Let me end this by saying I’m disgusted with the whole lot. I’m angry that this self proclaimed Romney blogger decided to viciously attack Sarah Palin, and has refused to answer numerous calls to retract his lies, and I am thoroughly pissed off the ammunition for this attack came from these “earthquake” troublemakers.
I let it be known to these people that I was far less than pleased with there group. Besides the same tired old crap I’ve heard from them for months, after making my displeasure known, I also got a fair amount of “well, they are going to attack Sarah anyway” type of comments. In THOSE comments we learn all we need to know about the “earthquakers” and their agenda.
They are NOT looking out for Sarah Palin, and do not have her best interests in mind.
I thought it should be noted that Nate Gunderson from Mitt Romney Central responded to the article at C4P:
1 – MRC has no more closer ties to Romney’s campaign than C4P has to Palin.
2 – Though listed as a contributor, Jared has not written anything for us since January.
3 – I would not have allowed the posts about Palin at MRC because I knew immediately that they weren’t true.
4 – I would not have allowed the posts about Palin at MRC because we just don’t blog about her.
Just wanted to be clear on those points.
Many of us Palinistas have done battle with Nate on Twitter over the last few years. It’s good to see him being pro-active in regards to Allebest. Classy on his part.
The bottom line is we are all in this together in our efforts to defeat Barack Obama. Anything else is counterproductive and of no help at all.
Does that mean we can’t disagree with Mitt Romney or the Republican Party, of course not. But it doers mean people have to realize there are only two realistic courses of action. Elect Mitt Romney, and put a halt to America’s demise or re-elect Barack Obama, and insure her demise.
If you even have to think about which way to go, you have serious issues.