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Bill Kristol Latest to Call for Someone to Jump in Presidential Race to Save America

By Gary P Jackson

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol has written an elegant piece about the state of the 2012 election, and the Republican field. He titled his article A Time For Choosing

Kristol writes to the Republican voters in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida, reminding them of their great responsibility. How they must forget the hype, the campaigning, the pundits, TV ads, and so on, looking past the sales pitches, and into each candidates actual record.

I’ve only been saying this since day one! In case you missed it, I spent quite a few words saying it here. Kristol does say it more eloquently though, and paints us a dire situation with his words. The candidate we choose to go against Obama will have a monumental task, not only defeating the regime, but cleaning up the mess he will have left the nation in.

At this moment of great peril for our nation, you have the privilege of beginning the process of selecting the 2012 Republican presidential nominee—the individual who will save us from the ghastly prospect of an Obama second term, and who will then have the task of beginning to put right our listing ship of state, setting our nation on a course to restored solvency, reinvigorated liberty, and renewed greatness.

I think we know someone who could meet Kristol’s, [and America’s] needs. Someone who could Revive, Renew, and Restore America to her greatness. Someone who, like Ronald Reagan, sees America as that Shining City on a Hill. Someone with a solid record of fiscal responsibility, and common sense governance.

After quoting from Federalist #1 Kristol notes this is not the crisis of 1787, but a crisis nonetheless. Kristol then quotes Thomas Payne as he makes an appeal to those who elected not to run for president this cycle. [emphasis mine]

And it is a moment, as you prepare to cast your vote, for others to reflect on whether they don’t owe it to their country to step forward. As this is no time for voters to choose fecklessly, it is no time for leaders to duck responsibility. Those who have stood aside—and who now may have concluded, as they may not have when they announced their original decision, that the current field is lacking—will surely hear the words of Thomas Paine echoing down the centuries: “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Now is not a time for leaders to engage in clever calculations of the odds of success, or to succumb to concerns about how they will look if they enter the fray and fall short. Now is a time to come to the aid of our country.

Incredibly strong words aimed at those who chose not to run.

It was through the pages of the Weekly Standard that I first learned of Sarah Palin. She was a brand new Governor who had already made a name as a tough reformer and brilliant fiscal hawk. Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes were quite high on the lady from the frozen north.

As I read the continued pleas from top Conservatives for someone else to enter the field, I try to find an other time in my life this has happened. There are always one or two every election cycle who are dissatisfied with field. They usually have a person in mind when they make their dissatisfication known.

This cycle is different. We are seeing many strong pleas for someone, anyone who is better than the current field, to jump in. Though many bring up the same tired old names, many talk about Sarah Palin.

Monday night Eric Bolling, filling in for Bill O’Reilly, asked Carl Cameron if there was a buzz about Sarah Palin.

Cameron sort of dances around the issue, by saying there is talk, but then quickly issues a litany of reasons why it can’t work. Why no one could pull it off.

This is a good time to remind readers Cameron has an agenda when it comes to Sarah Palin. He spent a lot of time in 2008 spreading some of the lies told about the Governor, including the one about her not knowing Africa was a continent.

For those that may have missed it, no less than the New York Times outed the person responsible for all the lies. A Senior Fellow at the Institute of Nonexistence exposes the entire hoax. It’s quite the read.

Bolling’s questioning of Cameron comes on the heels of his interview with Sarah Palin herself, where she answered his question if it was to late for her to jump in, by saying it wasn’t too late for “someone” to jump in. Many feel this was significant, because she usually shoots down such talk outright, but in a round of interviews since the one she did with Bolling, has been less firm on the whole issue of sitting this one out.

Like the rest of the world, no one here knows what Sarah will, or will not do, but it’s for certain, should she enter the race, she would be the front runner immediately.

There are other patriots who could enter the race. People of great character and solid principle. The problem is, most lack the experience to be president. They also lack everything it would take to pull a late entry off.

For a candidate to jump in now they would need to have solid name recognition, good campaign and organizational skills, the actual ability to do the job if elected, and of course, be a real alternative to those already in the field. They would need a solid plan of action once they became president, and be able to articulate that to the voters. They’d need real world solutions to real world promises, not grandiose pie-in-the-sky schemes. Most importantly, they’d need to raise boatloads of money, and enthusiastic supporters who would work 24/7 to make sure they succeeded.

There is really only one person who can pull this off, and her name is Sarah Palin. She really is the only one who could jump in now, and actually become president.

Sarah Palin is the only one who could create the excitement needed to rally the nation in support of common sense over the lunacy we see now.

The 2012 election will be like no other. You have almost half the country saying no one running for president, in either party, would make a good one. Roughly half of the Iowa voters are still undecided. The American people want real solutions to real problems, not just a bunch of folks rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic!

As I noted on Monday, there is an incredibly hard working group trying to create an “earthquake” in Iowa. They have put together a series of television advertisements, on their own dime, that are running in major markets urging Iowans to write Sarah Palin’s name in.

This group, and others, are dead serious about their efforts to make enough noise that Governor Palin will reconsider and join in.

In normal times these sort of efforts would be considered foolish. But these aren’t normal times. Our republic is at the edge of the abyss, and we are facing a crisis like no other. Should America fail, the entire world will fail. A darkness will fall. The great experiment of Liberty and Freedom will have died.

Make no mistake about it, if something isn’t done and done now, America WILL fail and take the entire world down with her.

Electing Sarah Palin alone won’t mean much though. We’ll have to elect a Congress worthy of the ideals set forth by our Founding Fathers. In fact, electing Sarah, or anyone else as president, is meaningless, unless we give her a Congress that cares as much about integrity as she does and we do.

Is it fair to ask Sarah Palin to run? Should we ask so much of one woman? Is it fair we should put the burdens of an entire world on her shoulders? No, probably not. But what are we to do?

As I read Kristol quoting Thomas Payne, I was reminded that many of our greatest leaders have been reluctant ones. I’m also aware of the great personal sacrifices they made for their country. Sacrifices no man or woman should be asked to make. But if, throughout history, great leaders had not sacrificed, our nation would not stand today.

The time is right for Sarah Palin, should she choose to accept the call. And if she chooses to accept the call, we must all be very aware of the great sacrifices she will have to make, and support her bid with every ounce of our souls.

We would owe her at least that much.

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Governor Palin–Point Guard or Cheerleader?

by Whitney Pitcher

In recent weeks, it seems that the chorus of voices telling Governor Palin what she should or should not do has grown louder and louder. Earlier this week, Bill Kristol asserted that Governor Palin should not and could not be the GOP nominee for President in 2012. Andrew Breitbart and Ann Coulter have also weighed in recently on Governor Palin’s presidential possibilities, both of them stating that it would be a “step down” for her to run for the presidency or that the presidency is “beneath her”. Breitbart and others have asserted that Governor Palin’s best place in politics would be as Kingmaker or Queenmaker–cheering on from the sidelines those who are in the game. All of these assertions begs the question–can you really ask a point guard to take the role of a cheerleader?

In Kristol’s assertion about Governor Palin’s potential for a 2012 run and nomination, he first disrespects both Governor Palin and the American electorate. Kristol stated that Governor Palin was ” unlikely to be the Republican nominee, and to be honest I think she probably shouldn’t be the Republican nominee for president”. In response to Kristol’s ridiculous statement, Mark Levin tweeted on Wednesday:

Thanks Bill but, frankly, who asked? We believe in the real democracy project here, and the people will decide. http://fb.me/UJLwfH2d

Levin is right. To be sure, pundits’ and talking heads’ jobs involve discussing political campaigns, polls, and the viability and potential of possible candidates. However, Kristol said Governor Palin shouldn’t be the Republican nominee, which is not his call to make. That judgement is left to the American people through their vote, not the pundocracy through their megaphone. Kristol is entitled to his opinion, but he’s not entitled to shape the opinion of the entire electorate.

Kristol also laughably stated that Governor Palin hadn’t taken the lead on the issues since stepping aide from the Governor’s office:

I thought she had a real chance to take the lead on a few policy issues, do a little more in terms of framing the policy agenda. I don’t think she’s done that.

Governor Palin has taken the lead on several issues since stepping aside from the Governor’s office. Dare I say, she’s effectively been running point for the conservative offense since she was announced as Senator McCain’s running mate. Governor Palin has both taken the lead on many issues and has even influenced the Obama administration to take action on a few occasions. Governor Palin made a strong statement on the war an Afghanistan in Augusts of 2009 signing on to a letter to President Obama with Bill Kristol himself–something he seemingly forgot. Governor Palin’s famous “death panel” Facebook post laid out the problems of rationing, bioethical concerns, and the improper role of government in the health care reform proposal of Democrats. She framed the debate by framing both the rhetoric and the policy. She has taken a lead on the issues by warning of the problems of quantitative easing and the resulting rise in commodity prices that would follow. She is the only potential Presidential candidate to endorse Congressman Ryan’s roadmap— a serious and effective way to address entitlement reform and our massive national debt. Of course, no one can call plays on the issue of energy independence better than Governor Palin, recognizing both the problems with the inhibitory policies of the current administration and the solutions needed to make America energy independent. When President Obama showed a complete lack of leadership and total ineptness following the oil spill in the Gulf last Spring, Governor Palin encouraged him to meet with the head of BP to appropriately address the spill, and eight days later, President Obama did. During the uprisings in Egypt, Governor Palin called for President Obama to also ensure that the people of Iran were equally supported in their struggle for freedom, and the next day President Obama made a statement to call for the Iranian people to be allowed freedom. In short, Governor Palin has taken indeed taken the lead.

In spite of the fact that Governor Palin has indeed led on the issues, people like Andrew Breitbart assert that she would be better suited to be a cheerleader for other conservatives:

“I think the presidency is beneath her,” the conservative media activist told GQ. “There’s more power in being Oprah Winfrey than in being Barack Obama. It would be my goal for Palin to become Oprah and be the ultimate kingmaker for 20-odd years.”

There’s a lot to say about the influence over culture that a figure like Oprah has. In recent years with the increase in the use of social media and a 24/7 news cycle, people have the opportunity to influence the political landscape without taking a definitive lead on the policy. This is how Governor Palin has the potential to be what Breitbart characterizes as the “ultimate kingmaker”, or essentially a cheerleader. In this role of cheerleader, Governor Palin would be a voice of support for the ideas and policies being in acted on the “court” and for those who seek to play the game. However, there’s no room for leadership when you’re relegated to the role of cheerleader, and as mentioned earlier Governor Palin has lead on so many issues both in her firm stances on issues and in her stellar gubernatorial achievements ranging from energy independence to frugal budgeting to ethics reform. Governor Palin uses social media and traditional media effectively, but she uses media as a tool, not as a her operational framework.Her ability to influence is enhanced by the media, but not driven by it.

In Breitbart’s comments he indicates that he thinks that greater power lies in being an “Oprah” figure than in being a president, and Ann Coulter’s comments indicate that she thinks Governor Palin would lose influence and power by running for President. These two individuals are missing two critical points in their argument–the political shift in leadership that would occur if Governor Palin is elected president and the unique perspective held by Governor Palin regarding elected office.

In their comments, Breitbart and Coulter must be conceding that if Governor Palin doesn’t run for the presidency in 2012 that President Obama will be re-elected. How else can they assert that Governor Palin maintains her “power” only if she does not run? Governor Palin’s current political “power and influence” lie in the fact that she provides the most stark contrast of President Obama and his policies. Through her ability to community effectively, Governor Palin has been able to frame the debate rhetorically as well. Governor Palin replacing President Obama in the Oval Office, in a sense, changes her level of influence. Being placed in presidential leadership mean that she no longer provides the stark contrast in policy because she becomes both the new point of comparison and the President. Governor Palin’s new level of influence now lies not in the contrast between herself and President Obama, but in her ability to clean up the mess that she has been exposing in her previous unelected level of influence. In their assertions, both Coulter and Breitbart have created a false argument.

Influential in their own right, Breitbart’s and Coulter’s influence differs from Governor Palin’s. They need to understand that Governor Palin does not view the Presidency as a position of power, but as a position of service. In choosing to run for president, Governor Palin is seeking how to serve, not how to obtain power. In her interview with Greta van Susteren on Wednesday night, Governor Palin laid out what characteristics she would desire in a President and why she might choose to run (emphasis mine):

I’m tempted [to run], because I’m still wondering who the heck is going to be out there willing to serve the American people for the right reasons. Not for ego, not for special interests. Not with partisanship that will get in the way to do what is right to get the economy back on the right track and strengthen national security. Who else is out there who wants to do this?

If Governor Palin chooses to run, it will be because she’s motivated by how she can best serve, not how she can gain greater power. This is servant leadership–a term perhaps not too often used outside of evangelical circles–but indicative of a point guard seeking to assist, not to score. The decision to serve as “America’s point guard” lies with Governor Palin and the American electorate, not with pundits who want push the narrative of the Establishment or project their own ideals of power and influence on Governor Palin.

UPDATED: Jim Nolte, editor of Big Hollywood, has a piece up today where he speaks about Andrew Breitbart’s comments. Here is what he says in part:

Anyone who knows me or who has followed me on Twitter knows that all Sarah Palin has to do is point to the broken glass she wants me to crawl over. I’ve never seen anyone put through such a cruel, mean-spirited, public meat grinder where their family, womb, faith, gender, dialect, looks and culture are all fair game for the worst kinds of smears. And because she has survived this unprecedented evil with such grace and dignity – Sarah Palin is my hero. And of course I want her to be president. But when Andrew says that he sees her as the Oprah of the right; once again, he’s seeing the bigger picture — the pop culture landscape that shapes and defines our politics in ways not enough people on our side understand (you better believe the Left gets it).

There ’s only one Sarah Palin and she would make for one outstanding president, and like Andrew I will vote for her in a heartbeat and fight for her every step of the way. But it’s just a fact that the price of a President Sarah Palin is a hole in the crucial pop culture war that only she can fill. And only a wicked, journOlisting MSM would attempt to spin into a negative a man publicly declaring that he would like to see this one person lead the charge in a battle that has defined his life more than any other.

Andrew Breitbart has been nothing if not supportive of Governor Palin, but the role that he feel she should fill is more of one that is solely cultural, whereas many other Palin supporters would like to see her fill a role that is more political, and thus would transcend political and cultural lines. I agree with Nolte in the fact that, yes, perhaps a President Palin would leave a hole in the “pop culture war”. However, isn’t it more important that a gap in presidential leadership be filled? Governor Palin and her family will make the decision as to whether or not she will seek the presidency or whether she will continue to fight the battle on a different plane. No matter what that decision is, she has my unequivocal support.

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Governor Palin Will Decide Her Own “Role”

By Stacy Drake

Yesterday, Ian Lazaran posted this in response to Jennifer Rubin’s most recent Washington Post, anti-Palin installment. Is it just me or does it seem like Rubin always posts these pieces directed at Governor Palin, on a Wednesday? Anyway, in Rubin’s latest she writes (emphasis mine):

[W]hen one talks to Republicans in private gatherings, on the Hill, and even in Tea Party gatherings it is rare to find anyone who labels Palin as the party’s leader or who looks to her for guidance on major issues. This is not a slur on Palin; she has an important and essential role in rallying the base, getting under Obama’s skin and debunking much of what passes for conventional wisdom.

It is laughable to think that Jennifer Rubin is spending much time at tea parties talking to the folks about who they look to for “guidance on major issues.” I’ll happily retract my last sentence if anyone has attended a Tea Party and personally witnessed Jennifer Rubin taking pulse of the people there. But for now, I’m not buying it.

Now, concerning what Republicans say in “private gatherings”… I really have no idea what the sort of Republican Rubin must spend her time with, say in their private gatherings. Most of the registered Republicans I know happen to be Palin supporters, but once again, I think Rubin is pulling her conclusions from her own vivid imagination.

Rubin’s fables are not the issue however. What she did in that paragraph was to suggest that Governor Palin is good for the party in a certain “role,” just not a leading one. This is becoming a familiar tone with some in the Republican establishment.

Last Sunday, Bill Kristol said on the Fox News Sunday Panel that:

She could play a big role supporting someone else and articulating issues – and not running this time.

It seems that the talking heads are trying to push a ‘Sarah Palin as activist, not candidate’ narrative. At least they admit that she is “important” and has the ability to “rally” Conservatives. They especially like when those rallies turn into money for the Republican party.

What these over-sized egos of the pundit class do not seem to understand is that Governor Palin is an effective leader, and not just in an activist role. They ignore her many accomplishments as an executive, and show disdain for her unconventional approach. They downplay her support with conservatives in their columns and on their panels, but they themselves are not members of the grassroots, which is where Governor Palin receives most of her support. So, how would they really known what kind of support Governor Palin truly has? Their criticism is condescending at best but it also lacks credibility, most notably when they cite Daily Kos pollsters as their “empirical evidence.”

Nobody knows if Governor Palin is running for President or not. Thankfully, it is not up to “chattering class” to declare what “role” she will play now, or in the future. Governor Palin will decide her own roll.

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“We Remember” A New Message From Keep America Safe

A powerful video from Liz Cheney’s group Keep America Safe that features victims of 9/11 speaking out against the Ground Zero Victory Mosque.

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