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Open Letter to Mr. Erick Erickson

Dear Erick Erickson:

I don’t know you that well. I only read an article from time to time but what kind of a poor excuse for a patriot are you? First the injury (voter fraud and attacks on McDaniel) then the insult (they can’t speak up).  Your silencing anyone from participating in an invite to a question and answer speaks volumes.  Thanks a lot.

I am dismayed at your site’s refusal to allow concerned Americans who happen to be from Mississippi and are very upset at the obvious voter fraud and race baiting that has gone on, to air their thoughts. It has not gone unpunished by the RNC. On the contrary, it is being completely ignored. It is not only a sign of things that have happened before (Chairman Priebus dismisses votes from Ron Paul delegates at the 2012 RNC Convention), but of a sign of things to come you may not know about, because you were not a part of that particular place in history like I was, so consider this a post which took 55 years to write.  Wise up, Mr. Erickson!

I wasn’t born last night, but I wrote this on his Facebook timeline last night:

Republican National Committee started a Q&A.  August 9 at 2:27 pm · Chairman Reince Priebus is at the RedState Gathering & ready to take your questions for the next 30 minutes:

questions and answersLet me tell you something, Mr. Priebus.. Cuba had a revolution because a corrupt RINO (yes, a Republican), justified an opportunistic, charismatic and evil revolutionary to take his place. If you continue with the corruption, allowing for voter fraud, amnesty, hating women, children and using blacks as tokens for your campaigning, you will either starve the party to death or invite a very nasty consequence for all. I don’t even want to think of it. Sometimes there are things that are more important than money, power or fame. That is human decency, honor and a respect for the people of a nation who have begged you to listen. I don’t know how you sleep at night betraying not just us, but this wonderful country, but you will not rob ME of mine. Shame on you for taking one red cent from anyone to push the LEFT’s agenda. I see why you’ve been hired-anyone who can keep a straight face with the emails and earfuls you must be getting… is beyond hopeless. For shame!  ~ Isabel

If you need more information about the history of the take-over, I will be happy to provide it, but it is best summarized in just a few lines for a lesson learned: Corruption is foolish because it gives the left the justification to impose their own corruption (which is worse). Only a party that leads with moral authority instills fear in the opponent and wins victories. When you help the GOPe by covering up its corruption it further impedes our rights to not only free speech, but the benefits of honest leadership, integrity of a political process and the very future of our Republic. We, the voters, take this seriously.

Instead of serving yourself by covering for cowards and sellouts who have done less than nothing for our party, join us in taking on the corruption you have sometimes alluded to in your electoral articles.  It takes guts to be a patriot, and part of that means sacrificing certain privileges and “access” to power. I saw a lot of soft ball questions and weak-knee’d patriots all over the thread. That’s the type of constituents the GOPe wants: easily steered sheeple (maybe, like you).

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These are just some of the comments you made in the article where a moderator (possibly hired) repeated similar lingo, just to deny voters the chance to express their opinions about fraud in Mississippi’s race and to protect Reince from them.

We invited Reince Priebus, Chairman of the RNC, to the RedState Gathering. Normally at the Gathering, with some exceptions, we ask our speakers to take questions from the crowd. Twice now the Chairman of the RNC has come and taken questions from the crowd.  This year, I insisted on asking the questions in a conversational interview format.

After the interview, a number of attendees expressed their anger to me that they could not ask questions.In fact, one was so deeply hostile that after yelling at me, he stormed from the room, yelled at another attendee, then tried yelling at Reince. At the conclusion of the Gathering, he came up to me and apologized and noted his reaction was proof I had done the right thing.

Here’s what I got: 1) you may have exaggerated the story to justify your actions, or 2) the story of the attendee was also exaggerated to portray these voters as an angry mob that has to be dealt with.  You then wrote:

Secondly… more importantly, during the Gathering we became aware of an organized effort to embarrass the Chairman and otherwise disrupt the event. In fact, when I undercut the effort, one person affiliated with one of our sponsors began loudly playing ringtones from his phone to disrupt the event. Another tried to block the video camera recording the event with a sign.

There is nothing conversational about dismissing people’s rightful anger and right to speak up. You should have expected and managed the situation, but the RNC is making a case for not having open primaries anyway so this is just one more reason to justify it. You protected the same Chairman who cynically used an image of a T.E.A. sign in a survey he wants answered to give the impression he is listening.  Is that not enough to sicken you? Post byReince Priebus.

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Mr. Erickson, you could use your writing skills to enlighten voters by letting them know that the RNC Chair is a mouthpiece for the GOPe, and with all due respect, a hired liar who looks innocent so he can deceive..why not? It’s true!

You could also start by admitting to yourself that the RNC Chair could not care less about the people he is asking support or opinions from, and show respect for voters by treating him like someone who is supposed to serve and represent us, not a celebrity with a fragile ego. Given all the mischief going on in the establishment, why are you not helping us fight this war against a machine that is desperately seeking to crush us? It is no secret: the GOPe wants to engage us in Death by Suicide. Why take that side? We need people to hold them to task, not be intimidated by them.  They are cowards, remember? Have I missed anything?

Back to the context which I started with: We (Cuban-Americans who fled Fidel Castro’s communist dictatorship) have been called many names:  angry Anti-Castro mob, Cuban Mafia, etc. It’s not new.  The name calling is a smear tactic to intimidate and coerce into submission. Unlike the GOPe who fears the president and media’s “smears”, a true patriot does not care what names they are called.

In the meantime, no one has the right to cast a negative light on people who have a right to complain about a victory they were robbed of and are now being given the runaround on.  You may not agree, but the GOPe is governing in despotic ways.  It may be in the form of dopey surveys and shutting people out at “gatherings” where they were, again, invited to participate, but it’s a red flag for some of us who have been speaking up for a while. Please explain how people taking the time to attend your Q & A and showing up with signs saying #remembermississippi are in any way a threat to Reince Priebus. We have been treated worse and are happy warriors. So what’s the big deal?

A dozen people, that’s it? You couldn’t handle 12 voters. If there isn’t an awareness on your part that the lack of courage to stand up to our establishment is part of the problem, and that because of that corruption conditions are ripe for a revolution (in Cuba it was from the left), then history will repeat itself.

This is America, though, and revolutions arise for all the right reasons, to protect the People, the Truth, God’s stewardship and Independence from tyranny. The corrupt leaders in our party have been paving the way for a corrupt left to be emboldened and move forward to replace us. It should make you stop and think: you should not take for granted what the Good Lord intended for this country, and how it was envisioned by its founders.

My country never had that unique feature in its Constitution. Yes.  Stop. Think.  And Thank Him for history to unfold a revolution of honor and goodness that will replace the evil one in which the rest of you will have all lost your way.

Sincerely,

 

Isabel Matos

 

 

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RedState Posts Demeaning Photoshop of Governor Palin, Denies When Confronted — Updated

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Update V from Gary P Jackson: Welcome Twitchy readers and thanks to Michelle Malkin, Lori Ziganto, Jenn Taylor, and the entire Twitchy Team for standing up to those who would attack Governor Palin and lie about it.

By Stacy Drake
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Monday evening, RedState published an article titled “Palin’s Third-Party Solution is Part of The Problem.” The point of the article was to show why they think she was wrong to suggest dumping the GOP if Republicans help pass the amnesty bill in Congress.

The author repeats the same line we’ve been told for years about why you can’t leave the GOP because it wouldn’t “do anything more than ensure a permanent majority on the Left.” What the author fails to see (and what any Conservative Californian can tell you) is that if the amnesty bill passes, the GOP will be a permanent minority anyway, so whatever(!) with the content of the article.

The main problem with the piece however, is the choice of the image RedState uses (as the top featured post on the front pages, by the way) to go along with the article.

Take a look:

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I suppose that’s a funny picture… If you have the mentality of an emotionally underdeveloped frat boy, but to most adults, it isn’t. In fact, considering the attire and position of the person who owns the body that they Photoshopped Governor Palin’s head on to, it’s obvious that this was posted to demean her. The author did refer to her as merely a “celebrity” after all, and there certainly is no respect for her at Eric Erickson’s house. Never mind the fact that she was the first female vice presidential candidate in your party’s history, guys.

So, where did RedState pick this photo up from? The left-wing publication, The Fiscal Times:

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The Fiscal Times were the people who originally Photoshopped the picture. They did it to go along with a series of parody articles about famous political types writing to Santa Claus. The person who Photoshopped the picture, used this photo of Governor Palin, taken at a Grand Rapids book signing in 2009:

Sarah Palin Grand-Rapids 2009

What did Erick Erickson have to say when people confronted him about this on Twitter? He denied it:

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Yes it is!

As a professional graphic artist, and someone who uses Photoshop on a daily basis, I can tell you exactly what the person for The Fiscal Times did. They took the original picture (seen above), selected Governor Palin’s head and some (not all) of her hair. They then copied and pasted that image onto the photo with the lady and Santa Claus.

They rotated the image to match where the lady’s head would be situated, and then added some red tones and adjusted the light levels to match the scenery better. Note the blue hue on the altered image is still there even after the color correction. That’s because in the real image, Governor Palin had a blue curtain behind her, and The Fiscal Times artist doesn’t know the proper use of overlays. Or feathering for that matter, but I digress.

Here are the images side by side. I tilted the original so that they are aligned. Since I’m not on the clock, I didn’t attempt to recreate the color alterations:
Sarah Palin Real-Photoshop Side-by-side

I didn’t need to however. It’s blatantly obvious that this is the same image. I placed one image over the other while adjusting the transparency, just to make double sure. Yep, everything matches. The hair (minus the parts excluded by Fiscal Times’ artist), the earrings, eyes, etc.

Before Erickson denied that this was a fake photo, Michelle McCormick asked Ben Howe to remove the picture. Howe also denied it was a Photoshop but first stated:

Michelle continued with no response from Dana Loesch whatsoever, and no further response from Ben Howe:

Howe’s denial:

She never posed for that picture and instead of taking that into consideration, the boys at RedState dig in. They demean Governor Palin and everybody who defends her, but I guess that’s nothing new.

The folks at ShePAC also weighed in on Facebook, writing:

“LIKE” IF YOU AGREE: @EWErickson @BenHowe – we all disagree at times, but lets be respectful. The left demeans conservative women enough – conservatives don’t need to follow their lead. Please change the demeaning photo-shopped image currently on RedState’s homepage. Let’s lead by example fellas.

As of now, the image is still posted at RedState. ShePAC was ignored by Erickson and Co.

Update by Doug Brady: Dan Riehl at Riehl World View gets to the heart of Erickson’s issue:

I swear, RedState should do a fund raiser to get Erick Erickson a penile implant in hopes that he’ll one day get over his fear and loathing of strong women. Were he a serious editor he never would have allowed the post in question to go up, let alone have defended it. And it isn’t just the photoshop that’s the problem, although the moron evidently can’t even spot one of those.

The other problem with the RedState piece, as Riehl goes on to explain, is that Governor Palin never called for the establishment of a third party, which is the basic premise of Erickson and company’s article. I’ve watched with amusement these past several days as many on the Left have twisted Governor Palin’s innocuous response to a Twitter question on FNC as a call to found a new “Freedom Party“.

I watched the interview and that never happened (though I wouldn’t necessarily mind if it had). Here’s the video, courtesy SarahNET the question, from Josh Painter, comes at the end:

She simply pointed out the obvious: That if the GOP continues to abandon their principles, stiff-arm their base, and accept political advice from Chuck Schumer, they’ll go the way of the Whigs as conservatives will eventually be forced to abandon them. The kiddies at RedState are as unfamiliar with the English language as they are with the concept of photo shopping. Read Dan Riehl’s entire piece here.

Update II by Stacy Drake: After overwhelming evidence, Erick Erickson deleted his tweet denying the picture his site used was a Photoshop job. That’s okay because we made sure to get a screenshot of it last night. I have replaced the tweet embed with a copy of that screenshot above.

Update III by Doug Brady: (h/t Michelle McCormick) Jen Kuznicki has written an excellent article on this.

Here are a couple excerpts:

Anger erupted on twitter after RedState’s Peter List posted a photoshopped cleavage picture of Sarah Palin on his Diary, but the content of his post misstated her position, and shows how little he knows about the current fight going on in the GOP.

For all its buzz, RedState is a fairly static presence on the web. For instance, you can miss reading it for about 2 years, and then jump back in, and they are saying the same thing, with the same people, pointing out the same circumstance, and frankly, being really nasty and angry in the comment section.

List says that Palin’s third party solution is part of the problem. He knows she didn’t come up with a third party plan, and if he knows anything about boots-on-the-ground grassroots work, he would know that the third party idea is prevalent in the GOP rank and file. In his misleading post, List points to another RedState writer and how he has laid out the way to take over the GOP.

Is List ‘taking over’ the GOP? It seems to me that if you are going to preach it, you ought to do it. If he is in the fight, good, but I do not see the insight in his post that would prove such. For him, and his clique at RedState, I’ll lend a hand to show what has happened to warrant what many see as a possible alternative. And I’d like to stress the fact that Palin didn’t say she’s going third, she said, ‘if’ the current GOP establishment keeps on doing what they are doing, it certainly is a factor.

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UPDATE: List responded to an email, saying that he honestly thought the picture of Palin was a flattering, real picture of her, and ran out of time to replace the pic before the whole thing blew up. I’m not sure I buy that. To have a pic of Santa in July is odd.

Odd to say the least. Be sure to read Kuznicki’s entire piece. It’s insightful and well worth your time.

Update IV by Doug Brady: This is hilarious. More brilliance from this misogynist moron who, presumably, has the prestigious Erick Erickson seal of approval:

Translation: I acknowledge that I’m demonstrably full of shit, but those evil conservatives who noticed are “cultists” for pointing it out.

And we’re supposed to take this cretin or Erick Erickson, who approves of his BS, seriously? I think not.

Stacy Drake, Doug Brady, Michelle McCormick, and Gary P Jackson contributed to this article

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Biology, the Bible, and Breadwinners

by Whitney Pitcher

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This week, political pundit (and known pursuant of a passport to MILF-istan, if Governor Palin is in charge) Erick Erickson made some rather absurd and poorly phrased statements regarding a recent study indicating that more and more women have become the primary breadwinner in their families:

“I’m so used to liberals telling conservatives that they’re anti-science. But liberals who defend this and say it is not a bad thing are very anti-science. When you look at biology — when you look at the natural world — the roles of a male and a female in society and in other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it’s not antithesis, or it’s not competing, it’s a complementary role.”

Erickson seems to be conflating providing for one’s family as being “dominant”, and it is a horrible choice of words. If he had chosen the rhetoric and tone of the last sentence of the above excerpt, he wouldn’t be hit by even those of us on the Right like he is right now.

In “biology”, since that’s the term Erickson wants to use, there are a wide range of family structures. Very few species are monogamous. Bald eagles are among the few. Additionally,despite popular belief to the contrary, the female African lion does more hunting than the male lions. In other words, they are the primary breadwinners of the pride. Heck, in one species–the seahorse–the male carries the fertilized eggs! So much for pointing to biology for an example to prove so called male “dominance”.

Erickson later posts at a RedState a supposed clarification of his comments, yet he emphasizes the concept of males being “dominant”. Perhaps it is just semantics, but it is a poor way to try to simultaneously emphasize “complementary” roles in marriage.

Erickson professes to be a Christian, and the Bible says a lot about men’s and women’s roles in a marriage and in a family. There is a lot about women being breadwinners alongside their husbands. There is the oft quoted “Woman of Noble Character” described in Proverbs 31, where the woman acts as clothing designer, cook, land trader, farmer, and merchant in addition to her roles within the her family. In Acts, the author Luke discusses the roles of Priscilla and Acquila both as tentmakers, not just Acquila. When the apostle Paul discusses the roles of men and women in marriage, he writes to the church in Ephesus:

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

-Ephesians 5:22-33

The role of the husband is not one of dominance, but of devotion to his wife.

However, often lost when this passage is referenced is the verse that comes before the above excerpt, which reads, “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ”. Submission is not limited to a wife’s relationship to her husband. It is a call for selflessness in all who profess Christ.

I grew up in a home where my mom’s role was as a “domestic engineer”, as she called it. Between church, my sister’s and my school, and the community, my mom probably volunteered the equivalent weekly hours of a full time job. After having kids, she did not have a paying job until I was in high school. Even then, my dad was still the primary breadwinner. It is my personal belief that, more often than not, two parent homes provide much greater spiritual, emotional, and financial stability. However, there are many bad situations where both a mom and dad are present, and there are a lot of good situations where there are single parents involved. Erickson does recognizes this to an extent in his clarification, but it gets lost in the “dominance” rhetoric and sweeping generalizations.

Broken marriages and homes are symptoms of a fallen man, and they cannot be fixed by political punditry. There is opportunity for spiritual renewal in America that can provide a better society for politics to operate, but we cannot fix such problems with politics. Otherwise, we just become social conservatives wanting government to be god. We must face societal realities in solving economic and political problems. Personally, I like the way Representative Marsha Blackburn responded to the news of the “female breadwinners” study when she tweeted:

Continue to remember that economic problems are just that, economic problems. That isn’t to say that the importance of a strong family structure can’t be noted, but when the rhetoric of “dominance” dominates,then the rhetoric of complementary roles is overshadowed. Otherwise, conservatism, a movement founded in independence and real equality, becomes mired by paternal rhetoric.

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Total Dominance! Red State Straw Poll: Sarah Palin 52.4% Herman Cain 21.4% Ron Paul 10.2% Rick Perry 7.3%

By Gary P Jackson.

I find this truly and absolutely delicious.

There have been a lot of presidential straw polls since silly season started, some going all the way back to a year ago this month. I’ve seen all kinds of results, but I’ve never seen such a blow-out victory for any candidate.

The website Red State ran an interesting poll in September. They asked readers who their first choice was for the Republican nomination for President, then ask who would be second choice through fifth choice. The results for first choice:

Sarah Palin 52.4% Herman Cain 21.4% Ron Paul 10.2% Rick Perry 7.3% Mitt Romney 2.4% Newt Gingrich 2.0% Michele Bachmann 1.1%. None of the other candidates were able to garner as much as 1% of the vote.

Red State did something different, telling voters they could only vote for a person once. In other words, you couldn’t vote for your candidate for first choice, then go on to vote for them as second choice and so on. They told voters that ballots with multiple votes for the same person would be voided.

It’s no surprise then, that Herman Cain was the overwhelming second choice candidate, with 33.7% of the vote. Newt Gingrich was third choice with 19.9% of the vote. Page four sees Newt again with 16.8%. Page five has Newt once more winning with 13.2%.

Out of the five chances for his fans, Rick Perry never gets more than 9.3% of the vote.

As a Palin supporter, this poll is very gratifying. Red State has been little more than Rick Perry Central since the Texas Governor entered the race. Red State and it’s editor Erick Erickson have been notoriously anti-Palin since day one. In fact, Erickson totally flipped out on Friday as the end of the month, and the media hyped “drop dead date” for Sarah Palin to announce her candidacy came and went. You can read about what Sarah Palin really said here.

On Friday Erickson took to Twitter and used his website to attack Sarah Palin and her supporters on an almost hourly basis. It was rather childish, and as William A. Jacobson pointed out, wasn’t doing his candidate Rick Perry any good. Having dealt with Perry fans, Erickson’s behavior is pretty typical though. In another post Jacobson warned Perry that throwing in with the likes of Erick Erickson will do you more harm than good.

Run, don’t walk, away from people who put their own self-aggrandizement and ego ahead of your campaign’s best interests.

Good advice.

A lot of bloggers wrote about Erickson’s meltdown, but we enjoyed HillBuzz’s Kevin DuJan’s a lot!

Wow. Erik Erikson at Redstate is having a complete mental breakdown on his site today, consumed with his obsessive hatred of Sarah Palin

Read it all here.

Red State and the editor’s obsessions have certainly not helped their candidate Rick Perry, but Perry hasn’t helped his own cause either, and new national polls show him fading fast.

The Red State poll, like all straw polling, is not scientific, but is a good indicator of support. Although not a fan of Red State in any way shape or form, we feel they put in the proper safeguards to make sure this vote is legit.

In these sort of polls, it’s the trends that matter. We’ve watched these straw polls for a year now, and the one take-away is Sarah Palin wins these more often than not, and has a solid base of support that never wavers. We see other candidates get hot and then come crashing down. Sarah Palin stays strong and steady. Her support is real and stable.

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MILF–Misogynists (and Elites) I’d Like to Fulminate

by Whitney Pitcher
As the 2012 elections draw near, the Elites and misogynists in the Republican party have doubled down on their direct and indirect attacks on both Governor Palin and grassroots conservatism. In a post at the National Review yesterday, Romesh Pennuru argues that a Romney/Palin match up in the Republican presidential primary would be bad for the party (emphasis mine):

So there is a non-trivial chance that the Republican nomination contest could come down to Palin vs. Romney, and that their conflict could define the primaries. And that’s very bad news for the Republican party. A campaign that pits the two against each other would divide the Republican party along each of its fault lines.

Funny. I thought presidential elections were about what is best for the country, not the Republican party. Silly me. However, he shows the true problem that the Establishment and Elites have with Governor Palin and other conservatives. In the eyes of the elitist Establishment, their greater problem is not with the Left or the Democrats in Washington; it is with people like Governor Palin who have the potential to rid them of their hold on the Republican party.

Pennuru later goes on to describe the class struggle within the party:

Class is another increasingly uncomfortable fault line in the party (as Reihan Salam and I recently described in these pages). Romney’s supporters tend to be college-educated, while Palin draws her support from people who didn’t get college diplomas. In recent elections, upper-middle-class voters have left the Republican party in part because they regard it as dominated by yahoos and know-nothings. But other voters, particularly in the party’s base, resent what they see as a tendency to overestimate the importance of degrees from prestigious colleges.

While recent polling data supports his assertion with regards to education, Pennuru exemplifies how out-of-touch many of the elites/Establishment are. The class issue is not an issue of education level; it’s an issue of entitlement and character. The Establishment feels the “next in line”, such as Mitt Romney, is deserving of the Republican nomination, but if that touted candidate couldn’t win the previous primary election, what makes them automatically entitled to the next nomination? Such an attitude disrespects the American electorate’s ability to choose a nominee for themselves. The character of the elites and Establishment are called into question when they so often choose to remain anonymous in their criticism of Governor Palin, like when unnamed Romney aides said she “isn’t a serious human being” or multiple nameless GOP operatives trashed Governor Palin’s supposed unelectability out of fear that her nomination may destroy their power structure in the GOP.

The most visible example of this is none other than Karl Rove, whose political dictionary seems to define gravitas as possession of a XY chromosome and a resume that includes time in a Bush administration. In a recent interview with New York Magazine, Rove criticized Governor Palin’s travelogue show, and those close to him stated that Rove was frustrated by the fact that the Tea Party was outside of his ability to control. To which Rove discusses:

He says Palin’s people responded to his criticisms by suggesting they’d found a new way to campaign.

“Some of her people have talked to me and said, ‘Look, the old rules don’t apply,’?” says Rove. “In essence, the candidate is the message. We’ll see. That’s an interesting view, and we’ll see how accurate it is.”

By operating without filters in a flattened media environment, Palin and the tea party have argued that power is now bottom-up, divorced from the top-down organizing structures Rove has functioned within for more than 30 years.

The rules of the Establishment no longer apply. It isn’t about the next in line or the preferences of the Elite. That is why Rove’s preferred candidate and the man Pennuru touts as the compromise between Governor Palin and Governor Romney, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, will likely have little traction in a 2012 election. What Rove calls an ” interesting view” is that the message and the messenger do indeed matter. That is why a man like Governor Daniels, who isn’t known for his charisma ,who presided over President Bush’s bloated budgets and would support a Value Added Tax, will not fly with an electorate looking for both the right message and the right messenger.

Perhaps an additional reason that Governor Palin does not win the respect of the Elite and Establishment is that you cannot be praised for your “perfectly creased pants” if you often wear a skirt, right David Brooks? The continued line of attack from the Establishment and Elite men in the GOP have come as a result of Governor Palin’s genetic makeup. As Stacy wrote about yesterday, Daily Caller editor and Fox News contributor, Tucker Carlson, tweeted a sexist reference to Governor Palin as a MILF (mother I’d like to F**k). Sadly, it even took him two tweets to even get an apology right. The irony of this is that Carlson’s site called out Chris Matthews earlier this week for his sexist and derogatory comments. Red State editor and CNN commentator, Erick Erickson joined in the misogyny when he tweeted the following last night:

Maybe my sense of humor needs to be recalibrated, but when I heard @TuckerCarlson’s MILFistan comment, I laughed then got out my passport.

Yes, Erickson’s sense of humor needs to be recalibrated. What is funny about denigrating any woman? What is politically constructive about objectifying the most powerful political voice in America?

Much like Governor Palin’s redefinition of President Obama’s Win the Future acronym, perhaps a redefinition of MILF is needed–Misogynists (and Elitists) I’d Like to Fulminate. What do these lines of attack boil down to? It might very well be best described by one of Governor Palin’s political role models, Margaret Thatcher, who once said, ” I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding, because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have no political argument left”.

Thatcher’s words ring true. The Elites and misogynists do not attack Governor Palin on the issues; they attack her personally–her class and her gender. After all, what’s there to criticize about the one potential candidate who could best provide the solutions on what appears to be a coming energy crisis? What’s there to criticize about a woman who has been prescient on commodity inflation that has resulted because of quantitative easing? The elites and the misogynists cannot criticize Governor Palin on the issues because there’s is little to criticize. Governor Palin has always been open to discussion of the issues, but when the elites and misogynists stoop to the level of chauvinistic pig, even with a tint of elitist lipstick, they are still chauvinistic pigs.

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Following Sarah Palin’s Lead, RedState Boss, And Devore Supporter, Now Ready To Support Fiorina

Once again Sarah Palin’s wisdom and political savvy has been proven to be spot on. Sarah saw weeks ago what others are just now realizing: Chuck DeVore has no hope. He has no chance of winning the Californian Republican primary against Carly Fiorina and Tom Campbell.

As we have said before, it was shaping up to be a great battle and California, and the Nation would have been well served by either a Senator Fiorina or a Senator DeVore. Though not a Californian, I was an early DeVore supporter, however, ethics issues that have surfaced trouble me greatly.

Had this race remained a two way competition, I seriously doubt Sarah would have stepped in and endorsed anyone, saving her political capital for the general election and Barbara Boxer. Life throws one curves though and Tom Campbell is a serious wrench thrown into the works!

Campbell, who is arguably to the left of Boxer, and has some very troubling ties to radical Islam, and a palpable hatred for Israel, was running for Governor. With Meg Whitman being the darling of the Romney-Bush-Establishment wing of the party, and Conservative champion Steve Poizner surging in the polls (he’s wiped out Whitman’s 50 point lead) there was just no place for Campbell.

Of course, as we as seeing many career politicians do, rather than go quietly into the night, they try some other path to worm their way into government. In Campbell’s case, he decided to muddy the waters in the Senate race.

With that said, it’s been quite aggravating this week dealing with indignant and irrational DeVore supporters. How a group of folks can become so divorced from reality is simply beyond me. As we have written extensively, we supported the notion of a Senator DeVore. But it simply isn’t to be.

Since Campbell entered the race, support for DeVore not only stopped growing, it actually fell off, with him having a hard time getting double digit numbers in the polls. DeVore has simply failed to capture the imagination of enough Californians to be a viable candidate.

Now we are faced with a horrific proposal. With the Conservative vote somewhat split, California could end up electing Tom Campbell as the Republican nominee. This would be a terrible outcome. Tom Campbell would be the weakest against Boxer, as he and Boxer are so similar, and even if he won, the Nation loses, as he would be as bad a Senator as Boxer, if not worse.

Rational people are quickly coming to understand why Sarah Palin took the initiative to try and right this terrible wrong. While the armchair quarterbacks bemoan her as some sort of traitor to the cause, other major political players are acknowledging Sarah’s wisdom and standing beside Carly Fiorina.

The latest to do this is RedState.com Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson, who has been a staunch DeVore supporter using the pages of RedState to sign his praises. Tuesday, while appearing on CNN, Erickson gave DeVore and his supporters what amounts to an ultimatum. Get in gear or step aside.

A prominent conservative is issuing an ultimatum, essentially telling the candidate he supports to do better in the polls – or lose his support.

Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of RedState.com, backs Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in the California Republican senate primary. DeVore is locked in a battle with former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Rep. Tom Campbell for the right to face Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

Speaking Tuesday with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Erickson – a CNN contributor – said he won’t support DeVore much longer if the candidate does not improve his political standing.

Look, if Chuck DeVore hasn’t gone up in the polls within two weeks significantly, I’ll be with Carly Fiorina because Tom Campbell is that bad,” Erickson said.

DeVore is considered the more conservative of the three candidates. But Campbell has maintained a steady lead over his opponents in recent polls even as both DeVore and Fiorina attack him as too liberal.

There are a lot of Republicans who feel like Chuck Devore, with four weeks left, hasn’t been able to surge,” Erickson said on CNN’s John King, USA. “And it’s everybody, anybody but Campbell.”

You read more and see video here.

While we fully support Carly, and firmly believe she will make an outstanding Senator, make no mistake about it, the “any one but Campbell” sentiment is strong among rational thinkers.

Once again Sarah Palin has not only shown a political savvy that few in modern politics possess, she has also proven she has the courage to take bold action when the rest are simply too timid and too afraid. Unlike others who put political maneuvering above all, Sarah looks at a situation, asks herself what is the right thing to do, and then does it, political ramifications be damned!

One has to ask if a Mitt Romney, or any of the other 2012 presidential wannabees would have had the savvy to understand the California situation, the courage to act on it, or the ability to withstand the vitriol that would come their way from making the unpopular, but correct choice.

One can think of no better a test to judge one’s presidential timber than to see how they handle themselves when it is time to make tough, correct, but unpopular choices. America needs a real leader, not someone who has to have multiple polls and focus groups to tell them what to think, and how to act. .

Sarah Palin is that leader. She is the one with that courage, and forthrightness.

Karen Allen has put a great video together that explains Sarah’s strength, wisdom and courage where others falter:

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