Defending the “Palin Pick”

Most of you know I’d rather post photos of my family and write about Alaska than talk about politics.  But after reading and watching some recent commentary, I can’t help myself.

The chattering class is talking – endlessly – about Mitt Romney’s choice of a Vice Presidential running mate.  Will he choose a Governor?  A Senator?  A Congressman?  There are many good options for Governor Romney – and all of them have already been dissected in the media – with a list of pros and cons beside their names.  One is too “northern,” another is too “boring,” another is too “white.”  I’ve lived through the scrutiny the family will endure, and it can be a nightmare.

I don’t pretend to know the best pick for Governor Romney.  But there’s one theme that keeps coming up, and it’s ridiculous: that Governor Romney should avoid Senator McCain’s mistake in his Vice Presidential running mate decision.

Chris Cillizza brought it up here:

If you buy that basic way of thinking about the race, it makes it more likely that Romney’s main criteria in picking a running mate will be to do no harm, to avoid the public relations debacle that Senator John McCain (Ariz.) courted when he named former Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential pick in 2008.

Later, he describes the GOP as a “party still trying to get out from under the Palin pick.”

Talking Points Memo in an article titled, “Why Mitt Romney Won’t Take GOP Down Another VP Rabbit Hole” quoted a strategist who said my mom is “a case study on what not to do. The McCain campaign really screwed up by going in and picking someone who was just gonna shake up the ticket when they should have picked someone who’s safe.”

In other words, the pundits say Senator McCain made a huge mistake. But where’s the evidence to back up this conventional wisdom?  I’m not a pundit, but I remember the race.  I was there. I remember the frenzied crowds after my mom joined the ticket.  I remember the huge fundraising surge.  I remember her convention speech.  I even remember how McCain/Palin took a polling lead over Obama/Biden.

Then the economy melted down.  You could feel people’s fear.  You could see it in their eyes on the trail.  McCain suspended his campaign to rush back to Washington to deal with the crisis.  A lot of people criticized him, but he did what he thought was right.  And guess what, the economy was melting down while Republicans were in charge.

Take a good look at this list of polls.  Shortly after Senator McCain picked my mom, the polls turned favorable.  But he lost the lead for good the week he suspended his campaign, and we never got it back.  Not in a single poll.

But even then, my Mom helped.  A lot.  She raised millions of dollars that helped us fight hard until the last moment. And Senator McCain actually performed better among those for whom the “Palin Pick” was very important to their voteImmediate post-election polling shows a large majority of Republicans thought my mom helped Senator McCain and more than 90% had a favorable or very favorable view of her.

(By the way, pundits, do you guys do much research before slamming my mom?  It didn’t take me long at all to find the facts that refute your so-called “conventional wisdom.”)

OCTOBER 22, 2008: Mom greets supporters during a campaign rally at the Green High School Memorial Stadium in Ohio, with less than two weeks left before the election.

I don’t write this post to criticize Senator McCain – far from it.  He and my mom had an uphill battle against Obama who promised to stop the oceans’ rise and heal the planet. I honestly don’t think any Republican candidate could’ve beaten Obama in 2008.  It was the Democrats’ moment.

But 2012 is a Republican moment. Whomever Governor Romney picks will be better qualified to run the country than our current President.  And this time around, we’re not running against the hard-to-pin-down “hope and change,” we’re running against a President who can’t stop rising gas prices, much less rising oceans.

Please.

Mom answered the call to serve her country, energized the base, and inspired millions. Plus, she did it with good humor and grace.  I don’t know what else she could’ve reasonably be expected to do.

The economy was collapsing, and the Democrats had nominated “The One.”  My mom worked wonders, and it was such a joy watching her connect with Americans from coast to coast.  But she could not work miracles.

It’s been four years now since Senator McCain selected my mom, and he made the right choice. Who will Governor Romney select as his running mate?  Well, we’ve still got several months before we find out.

Whoever it turns out to be, I don’t envy the next vice-presidential nominee.

After all… Sarah Palin is a tough act to follow.

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  • icydawg

    AMEN girl!

  • Jeanne

    Well Said Bristol…..I love the way you WRITE. and the way you stand up for what is RIGHT
    Way to Go!!!!

  • Laura

    Simply and beautifully written, Bristol.
    From the moment your mom was introduced by Senator McCain, I have been in awe of her. She is a role model to me in many ways ~ speaking her mind, no fear, being a great mom and most importantly, letting the onslaught of accusations and lies slide right off of her, never looking back. Our country would be so much better if Sarah Palin was in charge.
    I will go to my grave defending her. You are a lucky woman to have such a great mom.

  • Angie Wilson

    I can’t imagine they’ll be able to do better than “the Palin pick”. Your mom is amazing. xoxo

  • Jessica

    Thank you for sharing your biased views with people who will believe this is the truth. It couldn’t be further from it. Your mother energized a small group of conservative extremists. In the past four years Obama has in fact accomplished much more than your mother has. Unless you call hosting a show a Fox an accomplishment. I am not saying I am a Democrat or a Republican. I am saying that sometimes the truth hurts. Lying and covering facts up with bias will not get you, your mother, of your fellow conservatives anywhere – including the White House. Thank you for this eye opening article. I’ll make sure never to close my eyes again, for I am fearful for what will come of it.

    • http://www.markforsenate.org Mark Lodes

      Don’t let the words of a young lady defending her mother scare you. They may not be getting the best advice here, but at least it is apparent that they love each other. That’s what a good family does.

    • The Badger

      Is that you Sandra Fluke? Your jealousy and vile attack on Bristol and her mother is exemplary of your parties newly created faux meme “War on Women” that doesn’t exist as applied to the GOP, but does exist as applied to you and your ilk, the Democrats.

      • Jessica

        Well, you quite nicely exemplified the so called “war on women” by calling a female who happens to disagee with Mrs. Palin’s ideology Sandra Fluke.

    • Truth101

      There is no lying here. Everything that Bristol just printed is the truth. The polling is out there. Every poll during the summer showed Obama in the lead until McCain picked Gov. Palin. Afer her convention speech the McCain ticket was in the lead until the marked crashed.

      60 million voted for the McCain/Palin ticket. Bush/Cheney never got that many votes so don’t tell me Gov. Palin didn’t get people to the polls.

      Just to add to the market meltdown and McCain suspending his campaign, you tell me who would have beaten Obama when he spent almost billion dollars along with 95% of a corrupt MSM in the tank for him and not to mention the creeps in Hollywood who own the TV.

      The fact is Obama was the most unqualified person to ever be elected and he still is. So don’t let the facts get in the way.

      • observer1

        That is apparently not true. George W. Bush was by far the worst president the US ever had: Bush couldn’t protect the country 0n 9/11; during Obama’s presidency there has been noenemy attack on the US mainland. Bush started the Iraq war and didn’t know how to win. Obama ended the war, brought the troops home and left a relative stable Iraq behind. Bush was hunting Osama bin Laden for 7 long years, Obama got him. During Bush’presidenct there was an economic melt down, at this moment the economy is recovering etc.

        • otlset

          “Obama got him.” Yep, he pulled that trigger reeeaal slow, and got him. All the way from the golf course! Another hole in one for da messiah!

    • Gary Ernsthausen

      Jessica, when you go to the Dairy Queen next time tell them you want a BO twist ! You are the one who has everything twisted around! First Kool-Aid and now the BO twist !

      • Jessica

        I would rather not eat ice cream, as I am trying not to become obese like the rest of America. But thanks for the recommendation.

    • otlset

      Yes indeed, Obama has you fooled too apparently Jessica, either that or you’re not paying attention. Yes you better not “close your eyes again” because you need to wake up once and for all to Obama’s running this once great country into the ground with debt, downgrades, racial strife, and malfeasance in his Justice Department, and his trashing and weakening the country for foreign consumption, enabling Muslim extremists worldwide (Egypt!…as just one example) and the list goes on and on Jessica. Wake up now Jessica and abandon the undercover socialist in the White House you apparently reflexively worship in your unwitting role of “useful idiot” for the left, now “fundamentally changing” our country for the worse!

      • Jessica

        And I wonder why there is so much partisanship in politics……

        • otlset

          Time to start learning then, as our country deteriorates around you.

  • joyce blackwell

    It is an easy answer. The fear of Palin is amazing. They new she was a winner from the beginning and they collectively decided to end her agenda. I heard her at cpac. She is still a winner.

    • http://www.markforsenate.org Mark Lodes

      The one who loses is called the loser. Winners are the ones who win the race. The one who resigns from the job is a loser. The one who stays and does nothing wrong, that’s the winner. It is time for Mrs. Palin to recognize that she has 0 traction on a national ticket. I’d bet my house she’d do much better running in Alaska… unless the people of Alaska see her in a bad light for having resigned from elected office. Nobody likes a quitter.

      • Gary Ernsthausen

        Don’t talk too loud Mark,,, BO don’t have his 1st term finished and he is trashing USA as fast as possible!! BO will not be on the ballot and will go back to Kenya before the ‘Secret Service’ put the cuffs on him, at least I would think he would be that smart!

      • otlset

        Mark Lodes once again unloads the simplistic but dishonest “quitter” meme as if it was all the truth that needs to be mentioned about the matter. But why? Why would Mark come here to Bristol’s blog to unload such cheap dishonest shots at Sarah Palin, depsite her stellar record as Governor? It’s a cheap shot meme that the Dems, libs and Palin opponents are desperately trying to stick, but I won’t put up with it wherever I post anyway.

        Mark you should be ashamed of yourself for trying to perpetuate this dishonestly truncated and misleading “quitter” meme!

  • http://confessionsofateenconservative.wordpress.com/ Emily Baxter

    Dearest Bristol,

    I want to thank you for writing this blog. Your mom and you have made such a difference in my life. My career path has completely changed. I hopefully plan to become a conservative opinion writer and perhaps run for office someday. I’m in college now and I can’t thank you and your family enough. Your mom has been an inspiration to me to go after my dreams, dreams that I didn’t think I had. John McCain didn’t make a mistake on August 29, 2008. He made one that made all the difference. You are very lucky–I hope you remember that. And for the first time in my life, I am going to Alaska in June. I’ll be on Holland America cruise line and will be in Juneau on June 20th. Oh how I can’t wait to see what beauty there is in Alaska!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are a blessing to me and everyone who posts here. Oh, and tell your mom that I heart her!

    xoxo,
    Emily Baxter

  • http://www.markforsenate.org Mark Lodes

    Your mom would be well advised to stay out of national politics for a while. When she resigned from her job in Alaska, she didn’t do herself any favors. I for one would love to see more women on the national political stage. As a running mate your mom’s views and abilities largely pushed me away from voting for McCain. So I can only say personally that she lost his vote for me. However I’m sure there are very many people who felt just as I did. I was an independent at the time. Now that I’ve declared myself to be a Republican, I’d like to offer my advice to you and your mother: let her fight her own battles & if she really wants to make a difference in this country, tell her I said to take on the good old boys who represent Alaska in the United States Congress, where she stands a much better chance of being able to carry forward to the national stage, the views of the people of Alaska. I personally would be honored to sit on the same side of the aisle as her, and to watch as she once again became able to truly work for the people of this great nation.

    • http://confessionsofateenconservative.wordpress.com/ Emily Baxter

      With all due respect, Palin resigned because she couldn’t carry on governorship responsibilities anymore. Read her book, “Going Rogue”. She said most of her day after 2008 election was fighting ethic complaints one after another. What does that do for the people of Alaska? Nothing. Palin wanted to carry on her responsibilities as governor, but the progressives in Alaska forced her to resign because they filed ethic complaint after ethic complaint. So the “quitter” meme? So 2009. This is 2012.

      • http://www.markforsenate.org Mark Lodes

        With all due respect, if you can’t carry on the responsibilities of being governor, do not seek more responsibility in a national office.

        • Resettozero

          Mark, here’s what you say at your website:
          “I’m on the leading edge of the New Conservative Wing of the Missouri Republican Party, working daily to help protect the essential American ideals, life, liberty, democracy, justice, equality, limited government, strong national defense, and the pursuit of happiness.”
          Much is contradictory with your stances on this blog and your fighting against another strong Conservative with similar values. Makes nonsense.

          • http://www.markforsenate.org Mark Lodes

            I’m not fighting against her. I’m offering her my honest advice, encouraging her success. I’d rather not watch her keep banging her head into a brick wall and get nothing done.

        • Gary Ernsthausen

          BO has sure proved he knows nothing of running a country other than in a deep hole!

        • http://confessionsofateenconservative.wordpress.com/ Emily Baxter

          Okay Mr. Lodes, I’ve seen what you are. You have told me on Twitter that you support Obama. WTH? You seriously think that Obama is the best candidate out there? He’s been making America a Socialist country just like most of Europe!
          “Encouraging her success?” Oh, I’m pretty sure you want her to fail. Conservative or not, you’re a repeat offender of the the 11th Commandment “Thou shalt not speak ill of another conservative”. By that definition, Romney is NOT a conservative.
          Running for office is not your forte. I suggest you should have gone from Independent to Democrat. Your bashing of the Palins here is not welcome.

    • Truth101

      Can you tell me what views pushed you away from voting for the McCain/Palin ticket?

      • http://www.markforsenate.org Mark Lodes

        Sarah did not perform well when in the hot seat. She didn’t keep a cool head while sitting across from many interviewers. I expect more poise, more thoughtfulness, more grit under fire, & more ability from potential office holders. These instances are good indicators for exactly how Sarah would have performed on an international stage, say sitting across from a hostile or semi-hostile, or even partially unfriendly international adversary. I didn’t like that she resigned from her post during an ongoing investigation. If I were her, and I wanted to win back the support of Mark Lodes, I’d go back to Alaska to prove myself before taking the national stage again. One cannot expect any success while running away from failures, shortcomings, or problems, rather than facing them, fixing them, and moving on.

        • Gwen

          Not to mention blaming the media for her own shortcomings. Sorry but, when it’s always somebody else’s fault, it’s rarely anyone else’s fault.

          • otlset

            Hey, that’s Obama’s shtick! Nothing is ever HIS fault, always somebody or something else! You’re right, it’s rarely anyone else’s fault….unless your name is George Bush! Lol!

    • otlset

      Mark, YOU would be well-advised to not get into politics at all! This kind of trolling and troublemaking on a private citizen’s blog by someone supposedly running for office himself is at the least unbecoming, and likely damaging to your candidacy if word gets out. But I doubt you’re a serious candidate if you spend time here trolling.

  • Dawn

    Seriously Bristol, Don’t let it get to you! They should be saying that McCain was the problem….eeeehhhuuummmm because that was the problem…not your momma! I am a liberal conservative…I know that most say that is impossible…maybe even your mother…however those are my views…but I would have voted for your mom if she hadn’t been on McCain’s ticket. So let Sleezy Cillizza figure that one out! Btw….my boys love Sarah Palin’s Alaska! We want more!!! :)

    • http://www.markforsenate.org Mark Lodes

      I agree with the sentiment that McCain was not strong enough. I was glad to see him run a dignified race, and to not allow racism, bigotry, and hatred to become the dialog, however he just didn’t have the stuff to save the GOP from the economic collapse’s fallout.

      • Gary Ernsthausen

        Mark, you must be from the Romney bus and don’t like Good Competition!

      • otlset

        Mark, you are running for a Senate seat? Good grief and you don’t have ANY BETTER things to do than come to Sarah Palin’s daughter’s blog site to spew your negativity and screwed-up opinions and try to reinforce the erroneous memes the LSM is trying depserately to set in the public’s mind now about Sarah Palin — especially the simplistic, facts-be-damned “quitter” meme while ignoring the reasons she was forced to resign for the good of Alaska? Shame on you.

        You deserve to lose, and lose badly Mark Lodes.

  • salvatore

    “And guess what, the economy was melting down while Republicans were in charge.”
    Hey you said it, not us.

    • dyz

      Hey, she had to blame someone…

      • otlset

        Everyone knows the economy started to falter in 2006 when the Democrats took over the House and the partisan idiot Nancy Pelosi took over as Speaker. The new Dem Congress of 2006 (which controls the nation’s spending!) started the economic downfall, and then as people started to understand that Obama was going to win just before the election of ’08, the economy REALLY tanked! Check it out!

        The Democrats caused the crash of ’08!

        • myj

          @oltset …The Democratics were voted in November, but they took offer in January 2007, and it take a few months before they can write and vote on any bills for a Republican president to sign, and even if it signed, it take some months to be activated. So you talking about after a year the recession started.

          • Gwen

            Hey, you’re making too much sense around here. Can’t have that.

          • otlset

            Yeah myj, they took “offer” in 2007, and the financial community took notice right away though with trepidation, as they knew the big government spending machine would soon be unleashed under Pelosi. At any rate, even a half year later as you speculate it was still the resurgence of Democratic control in the House that started the economic downturn (notable also for the hijinks of Barney Frank and Chris Dodd in forcing “low income” loans without hope of repayment while they sat in oversight at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). But the Dems conveniently ignore that reality and as a talking point merely paint the simplistic smear that the entire Bush presidency was a financial downturn, when in fact the economy continued strong with relatively low unemployment until 2007 when the Dems consolidated their power in the House, culminating in the economic crash just as Obama took office.

  • http://www.breakpoint.org Gina

    You nailed it. I found the same research when I was writing my book on your mom’s campaign. She didn’t hinder, she helped! Anyone who denies that is seeing only what they want to see.

    • bbmomof3

      Amen!!! Actually….for the first time since Ronald Reagan…This was an election that I was actually excited to be a part of. For the first time I felt like someone was running that really cared about America and loved God and wasn’t ashamed to stand up for Godly principles. I heard someone that was speaking my language! And all of you know that the world HATES the light and the truth and that’s why they have worked endlessly to try and disqualify Sarah. As a Christian, if you buy in to the media and hollywood lies about her, I personally believe that you are misinformed or misguided and I challenge you to watch her CPAC speech (and several of her FOX news interviews) and watch The Undefeated movie.

      • Gwen

        As a Christian myself, I humbly state that those who oppose a Palin administration (or a Palin campaign for that matter) aren’t the ones who are misinformed or misguided. And yes, I’ve watched her from the get-go. I know what I’m seeing.

  • N4CER (@n4cerinc)

    Excellent post, Bristol. Your mom was the only thing that gave me inspiration in the McCain nomination. These parasites in the Beltway need a way to stay relevant and they know mentioning your mom’s name sells, especially when it is negative.

  • robhart

    Flipper couldn’t beat your mom in 2008 and does not deserve any support this time around. He is weak and we the people will fail again. We need your mom, Sarah Palin, to lead this country at this particular time. She has the steel spine that no one else has. She has the proven record of reform needed to restore faith in our great nation. Flip-flopper will never stand for American interests like Sarah has already and will continue to do so. I will not vote for a dead fish candidate. In fact, I have already expressed that in the primary by voting for someone other than the Bain of the GOP party. I say GAME ON! and let’s go to Channelside Bay Plaza and do a full court press……….. Love your blogs, Bristol.

  • Percy Saunders

    Bristol,
    The father of lies has many under his spell and will twist any information to the detriment of those who stand and act for the truth. Just know that I am one of what I believe to be a significant number who voted for your mom and no one else in 2008.
    I think she is a national treasure on par with President Reagan and pray she can be as effective sometime soon.

  • bbmomof3

    Wa to go Bristol! We all know the truth….SARAH PALIN brought the campaign to life!! I voted for your mom!!! I did not vote for McCain! The media is full of vile and vicious liars! We will not be swayed by them nor the GOP. We can only hope that “if” Romney gets the nominee, that he will be smart enough to bring in a vibrant true conservative to stand by him this election so we won’t have to hold our nose if we are forced to vote for him for lack of a better candidate. Still hoping for the last minute miracle to happen…Sarah Palin!!

  • Laurie

    You are right- she was the best pick. If the lamestream media hadn’t torn you all apart- because they knew she was a huge threat, the race would of been much closer. Your mom is a great person, and does a great job at all that she does. I love your blog too- you do a wonderful job!! I admire all of you.

  • Kendra

    I was very excited about your mom as the VP pick! She was very refreshing to me. Speaking out and doing what you think is right often will not be “popular” in the media. It is still the right thing to do. Your mom is very courageous.

  • Robert

    Your mother inspired people to vote for Mr. McCain who wouldn’t have voted for him otherwise. If it wasn’t for ex-Romney opperitives trashing your mom in the press while working for the campaign people would have a better opinion of her.
    Your mother is a hero in my eyes for running and putting up with attacks from those who should have been defending her.

  • Dorene Russell of Coeur d’Alene, Id.

    The choice of Sarah as McCain’s VP was a phenomenal and positive boost to his campaign. Without Palin, McCain was a solid dead in the water candidate, much like the lackluster Dole presidential bid. Palin roused the conservative base like no one since Reagan. Sarah and RR are my modern day political heroes!~

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/269779346421363/ Deb

    Bristol,

    So many LOVE your mom and are PRAYING that she will still jump into the race.
    I would love to know if she is aware that many will NOT vote for Romney if he is the nominee. We feel he is only a WHITE VERSION of obama. We do NOT believe in ABO,because Romney is the SAME!!!!
    I would LOVE for you to reply to this. I have a group on facebook 100% Sarah-You Betcha Nation. We would LOVE for YOU and your MOM and FAMILY to join us,we are the group who has a SARAH SUPPORTER IN ALASKA “HAND DELIVERING” cards to your MOM. Our group would be SO HONORED if you would join us!!!!!! Please reply back with my question, “IS YOUR MOM AWARE THAT MANY OF US WILL NOT VOTE FOR ROMNEY?” (we wont vote) YOUR MOM WILL HAVE THE VOTES IF SHE JUMPS IN!!!!!

    LOVE YOU PALIN FAMILY,GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!

    • Ed Fiskeaux

      You got that sooooo right Deb :)

  • Maleena

    Bristol I don’t have to look at the polls from 2008; I remember very clearly the increase when Sarah was chosen! I remember those crowds that she drew in 2008 and the crowds she STILL draws in 2012! Most of all I remember how she moved me. I am sorry your family has to deal with these kinds of things. I really do NOT know how you all handle it so well. It can only come from God.

    I admire your mom for her continued faith in Christ, her love for her family and her love for her country. I admire the fact that she stands her ground for her beliefs. Even when people try to rip her apart…SHE RISES ABOVE! And stays true to our God. The issue with the left is that she can’t be bullied or bought. Their tactics do not work on her and they don’t know how to handle that.

    If ever or whenever your mom decides to run. SHE HAS MY VOTE!!!!

    • http://www.markforsenate.org Mark Lodes

      Looking good at first impression is how I explain that bump. When the can of beans with the pretty label turns out to taste bitter, you don’t vote for that can of beans, no matter how good it looked the first time.

      • Maleena

        That’s your opinion……..

        • http://www.markforsenate.org Mark Lodes

          Yes it is. Would you buy the bitter beans twice?

          • Maleena

            As I said that is your opinion and your analogy. NOT MINE! I do not share your opinion. So, if you’re asking if I would vote for Sarah again…I think I answered that in my original comment. YES I would!

      • John.Frank

        …. You are a Republican, seeking to be the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from Missouri and you write this sort of nonsense.
        Please.

  • http://www.ellesourcing.com Louise

    Awesome, Bristol! You are soooo right!

  • dyz

    Oh please, Nancy. This is getting stale.

  • section9

    Well it’s about time this fightback happened. Your mom has been taking it on the chin from a fabulously incompetent GOP Establishment for the past three months. It is long past time for you guys to start hitting back.

    Better late than never!

  • fatman6502002

    Bristol,
    Your common sense, writing ability and statement of facts completely blows away the “professional pundits”. Keep up the good work. I personally keep hoping for a Romney/Palin ticket so that your mother can blow away the opposition all the way to election day.

  • speppers69

    Bristol…we are still hoping that your mom WILL work miracles and run. She’s already picked the VP…Congressman Allen West. We only need her to say “YES”! Romney is NOT going to beat Obama no matter how terrible Obama is. Romney is NOT going to turn out conservatives. I don’t know more than a handfull of conservatives that are going to vote for him. We’re tired of the GOPe telling us who will and won’t run and who we will vote for. My vote in California doesn’t count because Obama will easily win California. So I still plan on voting for the best person to turn this country around and make the tough choices that need to be made for sudden and relentless reform….I will be writing in Sarah Palin’s name as MY choice. I’m not holding my nose and voting for who the GOPe has told me to sit down and shut up and do what you’re told to do ever again! Sarah said it best….”you’re either eating well or sleeping well”….I’ll be sleeping just fine knowing I voted my conscience! And I know a whole lot of tea party members and conservatives and libertarians and democrats that will be sleeping well, also. Sarah Palin is the ONLY one that can take on and beat Obama!

  • Isabel Matos

    Awesome post, Bristol! I liked it very much.

  • http://princesssachiko.tumblr.com Jasmine

    i am soooo tired of that meme so i am glad you smashed it to bits. no, the sarah-bashers don’t check their facts before they bash her. they stick to their narrative and ignore truth. it’s extremely annoying…

  • http://www.nothinghidden.org Kim Floyd

    Got my heart rate up again… those Palin’s have a way of doing that!! Go Bristol..

  • Joanne Mayo

    This is a very important post, I’m so glad you prepped and did the lookups and pushed against the false narrative that the equally false libby left is feeding on and regurging out. Thanks, Bristol for being there, and standing up for truth and accuracy. We commoners saw it too.

  • Erin

    BOOM! There it is. Awesome take-down Bristol. I love your fight–you truly are your mother’s daughter. Keep it up :)

  • Sue Lynn

    I sand with Sarah Palin !!! Great reporting Bristol….

  • Paul

    Dead on Bristol, so many of us, conservatives and moderates alike, jumped up and cheered when your mom was picked. She was the only reason it was a close as it was!

  • blueniner

    Great post Bristol, you are wise beyond your years. I am sorry your Mom and family have had to take the nasty slings and arrows in the name of service, but there are millions of us out here that are thankful for your Mom Sarah Palin. She has helped us to see who it is that is roadblocking Liberty and Free Market principals on both sides of the aisle. Sarah has had to buck her own party as well as the Democrat party, and now the Establishment RINO GOP, want to use Sarah Palin as a scapecoat once again in the VP sweeps, it just never ends.
    Good job Bristol for coming out with this post, I hope it goes viral and gets picked up by other blogs, it might do well for Mr. Culvahouse to come out with column, since he was the one who vetted Sarah and was very impressed with her credentials.

  • Joanne Mayo

    Afternote: And if this is getting “stale” for anyone, they can leave this site and feed on a nice steaming loaf of leftie lump on any of the libby sites.

  • John.Frank

    Excellent post Bristol. It really is amazing that some pundits think they can re-write history. Truly hideous. Thank you for standing tall.

  • Gary Ernsthausen

    Bristol, it is good that your mom keeps her secrets so well but we know that just like BO won like coming from no where Sarah will do the same. It is like Elijah’s time when they poured water on the alter and again God will show his power. We have had ‘funny’ weather and now we will see a ‘funny’ election, the best is coming and I am sure that Sarah will do what she can and that will be win by a landslide unheard of ever. I don’t think that BO will even be on the ballot so if Sarah runs on a 3rd party it will still just be a 2 way race and I don’t think Mitt will run against Sarah, just imagine no competition!

  • KB

    Typical “conventional wisdom” media analysis, that McCain’s loss was not McCain’s fault, but someone else’s fault. Ever wonder why McCain is so beloved by the media? Maybe because he’s not conservative.

    I say the next republican who “wants to reach across the aisle” just crosses the aisle and stays over there.

  • lemonv

    And then there is the fact that the McCain strategists tried to put a restraint on your mom when she wanted to campaign in Michigan?(pls. correct me if this info is wrong), one of the battleground states that their efffin strategists considered as lost.

    If they only let her campaign in that state, it could have fired up the conservative base in the other states to vote for the McCain/Palin ticket and this might have won that election and freed us of this Obama nightmare..

  • Susan

    I voted for Ronald Reagan in the 1980′s. After he left office, I abandoned the GOP.

    After years of voting for Dem, Independents, and 3rd Party, I returned to the GOP in August of 2008. The ONLY REASON I came back was to support your mother. I did not return to the GOP to support the elitist good ol’ boys who chased me off from the Party so many years before….as far as I am concerned they are every bit as corrupt, greedy, ignorant, anti-freedom and unworthy as the Democrat Party. My support for the GOP begins and ends with Sarah Palin.

    If Romney becomes the nominee I will NOT SUPPORT him unless the GOP and the GOP Media Machine starts treating your mother with respect and dignity. If Romney wants my vote, he better get anti-Palin folks like Karl Rove to sing your mother’s praises at the top of their lungs 24/7 on FOX, instead of trashing her with their false memes.

    I will NOT vote for an anti-Palin party.

    • AnyOldNameWillDo

      I’m onboard with this comment.
      I live in solid blue CA so it will be easy for me to withhold my vote from him and send my little message.

  • PhilipJames

    Excellent post. Thanks for reminding those whose memory seems to be selective and very faulty.

  • From Minnesota

    Great article, Bristol. I can see you have your mother’s ability to call it like it is! Not only did your mother help the ticket, she inspired a lot of people (like me) to play a more active role in politics.

    Hang in there. In the end “Truth” ultimately wins out.

  • Lynda Armstrong

    A daughter that love her mom…thank you for writing your post with fact not just words using the Sarah Palin to get people to read or listen to these that only know how to write or talk untruth…

  • http://www.mrltavern.com Mr.L

    you’re a good writer. keep it up. these media types kidding? yeah, McCain picking Joe Liebermann would’ve been a scream. He would lost by 25 pts. The one thing I thank McCain for other than his military service is that he introduced Sarah Palin to the nation and the world. you know what I find hilarious? before your mother came along no one gave a rat’s butt about the VP slot. now everywhere you look, someone is writing about it or talking about it on TV. Fox’s Brett Baier even has a segment in his show devoted to it interviewing all pols who are suspected to be on the short list. it’s getting ridiculous. but Romney is unlikely to make an exciting pick. he will play it safe. and if he does make an exciting pick, like you said I don’t envy that person either. because if Romney loses they will surely get the blame not Romney. -Mr.L

  • Appalled_Alaskan

    I think it is very prudent of Mitt Romney to carefully pick his VP because it WAS a mistake to pick Sarah Palin. Yes, she did add tremendous luster to what was becoming a lackluster campaign but McCain really did not know her; did not know what area of expertise she could add to the campaign or if he could even work well with her. The least the vetting team could have done was to consult elected officials from Alaska, Democrats and Republicans alike who could have attested to her leadership skills. I respect the opinion of one particular Republican of my acquaintence who embraces the Republican philosophy and takes his voting very seriously. He quietly told me he voted for Barack Obama for the sole reason that he felt McCain’s judgement in picking Sarah Palin was very flawed as she lacked experience and McCain really had no knowledge of her.

    • http://www.mrltavern.com Mr.L

      Oh my dear you are certainly talking out of your hat & your comments are nothing but platitudes with nothing to back them up. McCain chose her for her expertise in energy as you may recall gas was 1.98 -2.02 which back then was thought as high nothing like where we’re at now. She had just signed AGIA & put ACES into law. If you’re really an Alaskan you should know that. McCain had ample knowledge of her since they met each other at a conference in 2007. get your facts straight.

      • Gwen

        My how some people either forget or attempt to deceive:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzEnKdBAb_o&feature=player_embedded#t=77s

        • LMA

          Oh, Jeez, thank you. It burns me to the bone when folks try to say that gas was cheap under Dubya. I remember how high gas was. You know how? In 2006, I traveled two states away to pick up my husband from a military base after his year-long stint in Afghanistan, and I spent a friggin’ mint on gas. It was nearly $3.00 per gallon. I’ll never forget it.

          • otlset

            I wish it was still that cheap.

    • Jack

      Sarah Palin was the only thing that kept McCain competitive. When Sarah Palin was brought on board, the enthusiasm immediately changed .
      Steve Schmidt was behind the moment polls prove really lost the 2008 election; it was Steve Schmidt’s disastrous decision to have Sen. John McCain suspend his campaign.
      After the bailout vote, support for the Republican ticket collapsed.

    • otlset

      This is crazy. Her emails of her time as governor testify to her competence! Sarah Palin had FAR more solid executive experience than the poseur Obama the fools in this country elected to office, even more executive experience than McCain! I have NO DOUBT she would have fulfilled the duties of Vice President with competency and flourish, unlike the gaffe-master doofus Biden embarrassing the country in that position now. And I have NO DOUBT she would make one of the best, most competent presidents ever, again unlike the incompetent empty-suit poseur in there now. This is because she would take the job seriously, and really WORK for America’s best interests, again unlike the party-boy lying campaigner currently sullying up the office.

    • blackbird

      blackbird: “Don’t let facts get in your way now”
      Appalled_Alaskan: “What Facts”
      blackbird: “Exactly”

    • Susan

      Leadership skills? The woman had an 80% approval rating with the voters of Alaska…
      I would not be surprised at all if the corrupt, pompous “elected officials” of Alaska didn’t like her.
      Now, as for your friend….I think it’s hilarious that he thought a junior senator who voted “present” and picked Joe Biden to be his VP had better judgement than McCain. Indeed, Sarah Palin had more executive experience than all three men combined.

      • Gwen

        Yeah, it was all those corrupt elected officials who wore buttons saying “Where’s Sarah?” long before she was tapped for vp. Many of you, outside of Alaska, are only listening to one side of the story. Unfortunately it’s a “false narrative.” The real narrative is that she phoned it in. A lot.

        • otlset

          At least she did good things for the state, and not just vote “present” most of the time while obviously plotting to become president by penning two self-serving and hubristic memoirs at such an early stage in life like the full-of-himself Obama.

          • LMA

            “penning two self-serving and hubristic memoirs at such an early stage in life” — That’s rich. You’ve probably read “Not Afraid of Life” twice!

    • Gary Ernsthausen

      Mitt won’t need a VP, he must be the nomonee first

  • http://100%Sarah-YouBetchaNation Deb

    FORGET ABO,it is NBS ” NOBODY BUT SARAH” !!!!!!

    SARAH NEEDS TO HEAR US LOUD AND CLEAR!!!
    RUN SARAH RUN!!!!!!!

  • aaron krohn

    Great post, as usual, Bristol!!
    BUT…….it disappoints me that you, her eldest daughter, seem to have bought fully into the notion that a Romney GOP nomination is a fait a compli (Sorry if I misspelled that French term!!! LOL)!!
    It tells me, concomitantly, that you also accept that your mother will NOT be the nominee, whether through a brokered convention or a draft at the convention!!
    Do you know something we don’t??
    Has Sarah TOTALLY omitted herself from ANY consideration to be the nominee??
    She’s going there!! To Tampa!! She’s rented a space there!!
    Why??
    If you read C4P, as your Uncle Chuck does, then you know there are MANY people there who have VOWED to NEVER vote for Romney, no matter what, and have also declared their undying support for a Palin Presidency…….in 2012!!!
    So while this post DOES speak the TRUTH, it hurts to hear you NOT say the words we all want and pray to hear…..
    “I’m in!!!!”
    “Mr President, Game ON!!!”

  • Jan Page

    Excellent, Bristol! Just like someone above posted I hope your article goes viral. I love how you questioned about why the pundits cannot or do not research before they write. Keep it up!

  • Cathie

    Your Mom it a tough act to follow indeed!! :) I had the great fortune to see your Mom and Senator McCain in Kansas City on one of their campaign stops. Sarah was sheer magic! She brought life to the ticket and I don’t care what anyone else says! I find it very intriguing as to why Sarah still, after 4 years, makes liberals heads explode!

    Great job on all the fact-finding! Would it be too much trouble if so-called “journalists” would just do a little more homework?? Oh yeah, I guess it would!

  • Jane R.

    “I don’t know what else she could’ve reasonably be expected to do.”
    Read, analyze, know something about the issues…
    Sarah added controversy to a dulling campaign, but she was not qualified to be selected as VP material.

    • Jack

      The pro-Obama media added controversy to the campaign.
      The LSM trashed and attacked Sarah Palin ( and lied about her) like never before in history.
      http://video.foxnews.com/v/4290697/did-liberal-media-plot-against-sarah-palin/

      By the way, Culvahouse, O’Melveny & Myers’ chairman and the leader of the team that vetted Palin before Republican presidential candidate John McCain chose her as his running mate , spoke about Palin at the Republican National Lawyers Association’s policy conference at the National Press Club. During the vetting process, said Culvahouse,

      “Me and two of my most cynical partners interviewed her, and came away impressed.” Culvahouse added that Palin would “have been a great vice president,” and said that he told McCain exactly that.”
      http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2009/04/ab-culvahouse-defends-sarah-palin.html

    • Susan

      Do you think Chris Christie spends his days analyzing the US foreign policy? Governors govern their states. They spend their hours pouring over all the issues that effect their constituents and wrangling with the State Senate. Governors are elected to serve their State not study up for a VP pick.
      For someone who was dropped into the campaign with ZERO opportunity to “study up” before being plunged head-first into interviews with an unfriendly media , Sarah Palin did remarkably well. She learned quickly during a frantic schedule of campaign events…and cleaned Biden’s clock in the debates as well…

      • dyz

        She should have been able to speak intelligently on the Supreme Court decision re the Exxon Valdez, but drew a blank when asked about any SCOTUS decision other than Roe vs Wade.

        And Biden could have wiped the floor with Sarah but he restrained himself.

        • otlset

          Yet Obama believed we have 57 states, that they speak Austrian in Austria, and as if on drugs incomprensibly wrote the date “2008″ in the Queen of England’s registry two years later. The man is a dunce, and can’t even speak extemporaneously without his teleprompter.

          • Gwen

            “57 states”

            :::drink:::

          • LMA

            Here we go. He misspeaks, so he must be dumb, right? Sarah Palin misspeaks too, otlset. I’ll give ya some examples soon. Let me just go get my salad tongs… But for now, I’ll leave you with an appetizer: she writes notes on her hand (poor man’s teleprompter), she wants us to stand with our North Korean allies, she used to “hustle over the border there for healthcare,” called New Hampshire “the great Northwest,” and my personal favorite…she coined “refudiate.” Ah, a word worthy of The Bard…
            Not amused? Me neither. Everyone misspeaks, Sarah Palin and President Obama included.

          • otlset

            Refudiate is an excellent word! It took Sarah’s special talent to coin. And I’ll bet I can find many more rhetorical blunders by Obama than you can from Palin. I only bring his goofs up as a counter to those who smear Palin for the same offense.

            And writing notes on a hand indicates Sarah Palin can speak from her ideas in capsule form, whereas Obama must have every word put up for him on the teleprompter, or else he stammers and hems and haws “…and I uh, uh uhhh uh, won’t ah, uh uh, point out the *notion* some people have that uh,uh uh…” and so on going nowhere. He’s really not that smart folks, like all his sycophants want us to believe. I sincerely believe I could whup his a** in a debate. Seriously! I’d love to get the chance to skewer his generalizations and platitudes with pointed questions and observations, especially concerning his dismal record in office so far. It would be like shooting fish in a barrel.

          • Gwen

            <<<I’ll bet I can find many more rhetorical blunders by Obama than you can from Palin.<<<

            Not even close. For the years they both have in public service, you'd expect them to both be able to speak easily off-the-cuff. Palin can not do that, that often. She has a good interview now and then but she's simply not that good at thinking on her feet. She gives a great speech, I'll give her that. As does President Obama.

            << I only bring his goofs up as a counter to those who smear Palin for the same offense.

            And writing notes on a hand indicates Sarah Palin can speak from her ideas in capsule form, whereas Obama must have every word put up for him on the teleprompter, or else he stammers and hems and haws “…and I uh, uh uhhh uh, won’t ah, uh uh, point out the *notion* some people have that uh,uh uh…” and so on going nowhere. He’s really not that smart folks, like all his sycophants want us to believe. I sincerely believe I could whup his a** in a debate. Seriously! I’d love to get the chance to skewer his generalizations and platitudes with pointed questions and observations, especially concerning his dismal record in office so far. It would be like shooting fish in a barrel.<<

            Yeah, I'm sure the Republicans thought that too. Until he whooped their butts at the health care summit in front of the American public. They made sure to never go head to head with him again, on camera. (now they just run to Roger and get their face time on fox. No one will challenge them, there) Anyway, there was no teleprompter in the room that day at the health care summit. Facts and figures all came from his head. He does um and ah quite a bit as a speaker, so do a lot of people who are thinking on their feet. When your material isn't memorized, you're forming your thoughts as you go. Phrasing your argument takes a second here and there. I've never understood the Republican argument that he isn't intelligent. Do you know how many people can't pass the bar exam? Law school isn't easy, folks. Not to mention his time as a law professor. As much as you want to believe in your hearts that he's not very bright, you're simply wrong.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKO868Vbizs

  • blackbird

    Excellent post Bristol, thank you. 2008 election was for a season, hundreds of millions are still here, growing our ranks everyday. That night of September 3rd 2008 when Sarah gave her RNC Convention Speech, politically everything changed that night… and Thank God…

    God bless and protect all who support and defend Sarah Palin and her family…

    • blackbird

      Oh… my last sentence is missing something at the end I had to remove after the 5th October 2011, “the next President of The United States of America”

  • Pete

    I think Sarah was the right pick, McCain was the wrong pick. The Obama political machine was running on a false promise and was easily brought to the forefront because people wanted to believe and would not look at reality. It should be fairly obvious to most that as time passes, Sarah looks to be the better candidate and Obama looks less desireable as a candidate, let alone a comparison to Biden. I hope to see Sarah as a candidate in the future and less of the same old political thinking that continues in Washington and the country.

  • bellagrazi

    Right on, Bristol! Beautifully said. It infuriates me every time I see these types of articles. They are not fact-based. Sarah Palin was like an adrenaline shot for the McCain campaign. With that first speech in Ohio, she inspired a life-long Democrat to vote for her. And I know there were millions of other folks just like myself who did the same. Your mom is such an inspiration to millions, Bristol. She is the conservative voice of our generation. I’m so glad that you are using your blog to defend her. I love the family photos, but I also love when you speak your mind. You’re so good at it, Bristol. Keep on keepin’ on. PS: Sarah Palin is an impossible act to follow. She is one-of-a-kind.

  • Gary Ernsthausen

    Sarah is not going to Tampa to hope she is the GOP nominee, the GOP may be in the gutter by then and we must remove BO from the WH. Sarah will show the world how to win and it is NOT on the VP slot. I know you Mitt followers hate to see him lose but he can’t beat BO or run our country any better than BO, if he was so good why does he not have a 10 point lead?

    • Gwen

      “Sarah is not going to Tampa to hope she is the GOP nominee, the GOP may be in the gutter by then and we must remove BO from the WH. Sarah will show the world how to win and it is NOT on the VP slot.”

      What is she doing in Tampa then, bowling? ‘Cause that’s all she’s going to “win.”

      ” I know you Mitt followers hate to see him lose but he can’t beat BO or run our country any better than BO”

      Gotta give ya credit for this little gem. You’re right.

  • http://us4palin.com Ron Devito

    Bristol,
    Pursuant to what Aaron Krohn said above, I’m going to give you the short version of what I’m getting ready to post in the next few hours to days.
    ***Over 94% of New York’s Republicans did NOT vote last week!!!!****
    This is not apathy. It’s disgust!
    Romney is a hopelessly out-of-touch tool of the Bush/Rove GOP establishment – the same people who are trotting this garbage about your mom vis-á-vis the VP slot. With voter turnout like this, it doesn’t matter who Romney puts on his VP ticket. If Romney is nominated, we will effectively hand victory to Obama on a silver platter. Romney is the ultimate architect of ObamaCare. The GOP base regards him as a phony who will say anything to get elected. He also is a plutocrat who has no idea of what is going on in middle and working-class America. To put it succinctly and to quote your mom’s forebear – Romney only offers pale pastels. He is not winning minds and hearts; and he won’t win minds and hearts.
    If Romney’s nomination is inevitable, his defeat at Obama’s hands is even more inevitable.
    We need bold colors.
    We need a candidate we can believe in and vote FOR. A campaign premised on voting against anyone is doomed to fail. History has proven that time and time again.
    When 94.18% of a state’s voters do not vote in what is supposed to be a critical primary season, that should tell you more than enough about the electorate’s thoughts and feelings about their candidate choices. We have many good, solid Reagan/Palin conservatives running in down-ticket races across the country. Guess what happens to them, if disgusted voters stay away from their polling places in November? Right. These good people lose along with Romney.
    Bluntly put, Romney has bigger problems to worry about than the relative “Palin-esqueness” (did I just make up a new word? Forget it, I’m rolling…) of his VP running mate. The mere fact that “Palin-esqueness” is considered something bad shows where these people’s minds are at. The premise of Romney’s entire candidacy and the GOPe’s modus operandi is fatally flawed. The GOP is totally disconnected from its base.
    You wrote, “Whoever it turns out to be, I don’t envy the next vice-presidential nominee.”
    It’s the voters who are in the least enviable position of all.

  • http://100%Sarah-YouBetchaNation Deb

    CPAC is more proof of just how much WE THE PEOPLE love Sarah Palin,there is MANY MORE who LOVE Sarah then those who don’t. SARAH had to have EXTRA rooms to hold all the people,nobody else did that!!!!!

  • Pat Cashman

    Look how much you have grown in 4 yrs Bristol. Your mom and dad must be so proud of you.

    There are so many of us out here who saw and heard all of the nonsense being spewed before and after that election. And it all came from Romney aides and the Bush family. I particularly remember a Romney aide named Madden start the campaign against your mom just before the election in Oct of 08′. That was the beginning of this ruse of a 2012 Romney campaign and they saw the biggest obstacle in their way was Sarah. But guess what, like your mom says, we’re here, we’re clear, and we ain’t leavin’!!! From NJ I wish you all the best. I’ll be fighting the good fight no matter what happens in November. I just will not vote for Romney. HOOAH!!!

  • Brandi Frey

    Good for you Bristol! You are a natural leader just like your mom! I attended a rally for Senator McCain and Govenor Palin and when your mom spoke, people listened, they cheered, they had real hope! Your mom has inspired me to get invovled, and stay informed! I think that the left is just ticked that they do not have their own Sarah Palin! Keep up the good work and never take crap from anyone!

  • AnyOldNameWillDo

    Hi Bristol :)

    I read about your mom in Investor’s Business Daily months before she was selected in 2008. I also was not going to vote for McCain. Period. Nope. Then he picked her and I new he had the wrong motivations which is why he didn’t defend her from the detracters. I believe he thought she would carry him all the way up and she almost succeeded in that if not for his floundering performances in all areas.
    In my lifetime I’d never donated to a political campaign but in your mom’s case that year she instantly had my support for at the very least to her future possibilities. Many of us quickly realized she wasn’t VP. material. Nope. She is Presidential material! CIC! CEO! Yup. You Betcha.
    I can’t even watch political TV anymore because the pundits are so thoughtless and deluded; But maybe they’re not – many of them make a living off your mom. If not for her they would be out of a job and our country would be in even worse shape than currently.
    It’s a lot to ask someone to carry an elephant on their back yet she does it. Thanks to God for that.
    R.

  • Jack

    Your mother was unqualified to be the V.P. pick and she is unqualified to pontificate about national politics on Fox News–or anywhere else. Sorry, but she should stick to shoveling snow in Wasilla.

    • Gary Ernsthausen

      Jack, snow is easier to shovel than what you may be used to. You must get food stamps and live on those vanilla/chocolate ice cream cones. Just tell them at the Dairy Queen you would like another BO twist ! I can tell that if you fell off the cliff you would wonder what happened.

      • Gwen

        “You must get food stamps ”

        This always blows my mind. Why do you always assume that someone with a different opinion than yours, receives food stamps or some other government supplement? Especially when it’s a known fact that the states who receive the most government handouts are all red states, i.e., they vote republican. Why do you do this? What makes you think this is a valid argument or reply?

    • otlset

      Sorry Jack, but you’re wrong. She is far more qualified for the office in national politics– as evidenced by her solid record as an executive in several public office positions — than Obama ever was and is, as evidenced by his numerous failures already in his first and only executive job as the president, to the country’s detriment.

  • http://C4P7P4A indemind

    Bristol … I Love your post…. You “Fight Like A Girl” …. “Game On”……… God Bless

    My Bumper sticker reads …. “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For Sarah Palin”….. *_*

    • John Zoslocki

      Right on Bristol, I to voted for mom great choice, Howevr, Indemind is wrong you don’t fight like girl, YOU FIGHT LIKE MOMMY GRISSLY!!!

  • Tammy

    Absolutely!!! I remember the excitement I had at the announcement of McCain’s choice for VP… there was hope again! She IS a tough act to follow!!!!! So tough that the left is STILL trying hard to bring your mom down. They would not do that, 4 years later, if she wasn’t a huge threat!!

  • Sue

    Good job, Bristol. Only most of these people know the truth, they just don’t want the public to know or remember. It is all an attempt to demean your mom and create a theme that she is a disaster and shouldn’t be followed or elected. They are telling people what they want them to think. After all if you repeat a lie enough, people will believe it. Glad to see you guys fighting back. And by the way, it is not just reporters and democrats- it is elitist Republican hacks that are out to diminish your mom.

    • Gwen

      “After all if you repeat a lie enough, people will believe it.”

      Which is why fox news is still on. They won, in court, the right to lie to their viewers. I know, I know. Nobody believes it but it’s a fact. Look it up.

      • blackbird

        Gwen “After all if you repeat a lie enough, people will believe it.” you are 100% correct and that is what the liberal media have been doing to Sarah Palin and many others for a long time.

      • otlset

        Give an example of a Fox lie Gwen, so we who occasionally tune in to that channel will be better prepared.

        You know already I can relax when watching NBC as I know they tell only the truth, like when they maliciously truncated the 911 call content in the Trayvon Martin case to suggest Zimmerman was a guilty racist, when the full version did no such thing. A General Electric pro-Obama Immelt-approved propaganda company for your viewing pleasure and enlightenment.

        • LMA

          Something tells me that Gwen could easily give you a few examples, but then you’d run to Breitbart and find a dubious rebuttal.

        • Gwen

          <<Something tells me that Gwen could easily give you a few examples, but then you’d run to Breitbart and find a dubious rebuttal.<<<

          LOL! I had actually started to do that, I'd pulled several examples together, but they're from sources that these people have been instructed not to trust. From Bill O telling Coburn that no one on fox told people that they would go to jail if they don't buy insurance under "Obamacare" (there are like a dozen different people on fox who said that on-air) to the case that fox is most famous for (Monsanto/fox firing reporters because they wouldn't lie) to Karl Rove's lies about the loan to Brazil, to numerous other "commentators" and their stories that have been stretched past the breaking point.

          Yes, networks will be biased, it's a given. But fox has always been the worst and very rarely ever corrects their lies when they're caught. They just assume it will blow over, and it does. I don't remember who said (and I'm paraphrasing) that fox is the right arm propaganda machine of the Republican party but it's true.

  • Thomas Hubbard

    Bristol I’m gonna have to say it, as your mother has said, A BUNCH OF CRAP! There I said it, and that say’s a whole lot.

  • Ken Crawford

    Bristol: You write a super article and in all honesty, I think you are too modest, but then I am VERY BIASED in favor of your mom ! I cherish her every move and thought, every spoken word and when she smiles or laughs, so do I. If she were not in politics, I could still find her devastatingly beautiful, but, for her to be so lovely and have the mind and determination that she has…. is a rarity beyond anything I have ever known ! I would give anything to one day meet her and you and the family. I feel like you are part of my family already, I hope you don’t mind being adopted by simple country folks. I can’t help but get upset when someone falsely criticizes your mom or your family, or Alaska. I am not as elegant as you are at expressing myself, especially when I am offended because someone is picking on people I love. Keep writing and keep smiling. Always know that as many people as you know love you across America, there are even more of us out here that you don’t see, but our love and prayers go with you everywhere 24/7. Always, Ken :-)

  • Bob

    Bristol (aka Nancy)
    Yes, the polls did spike. Then everyone realized mom is an idiot who is woefully unqualified to be anything on a national level!

    • John Zoslocki

      Bob, and Biden is sooooo bright?

      • Aloha43

        You don’t sound very bright at all.

    • otlset

      A realization not based in reality Bob, but on media manipulation and slanting that fools like you fell for — and then did our country a gigantic disservice by voting for the immature, narcissistic and unprepared man now screwing up virtually everything he touches, Barack Hussein Obama. Now we know the unfortunate truth: Obama turned out to be the one *woefully unqualified*, and now 5 trillion dollars further in debt later and nothing to show for it — the blame lies with people like you who fell for the con-artist’s lies and idiotic hopenchange promises like open-mouthed rubes to a carnival barker.

    • CK

      Why don’t you Bob on over here and kiss my ass.

    • http://www.rallyforcommonsense.org Cheryl

      @Bob Sarah is no fool, the fool was Mc Cain and I know many who wouldn’t vote for him

      • http://www.rallyforcommonsense.org Cheryl

        Had Sarah been 1st on the ticket, Obama would have lost and crawled back under his rock

        • Aloha43

          In your dreams.

          At least Obama has a brain…..Sarah proved, beyond a doubt, that she didn’t have the brain to be President.

          She NEVER would have beat Obama. Just as Bristol said….it was a Democratic moment.

          This year it will be again.

          • otlset

            You must be kidding, Obama is proving RIGHT NOW he doesn’t have the brains to be president, with his spend-on-credit 5 TRILLION dollars further in debt with nothing to show for it and our credit rating now downgraded as a result, his racial divisiveness as evident in his justice dept head and “his people”, inserting himself into racially divisive issues of the day making the divisions wider, his many crass examples of politics-as-usual crony capitalism, his divisiveness in stoking class warfare and envy, his lying and hypocrisy as epitomized by his boasting of “the most transparent administration in history” and at the same time blocking every attempt to find out the gaps and inconsistencies in his past, his trashing and disrespecting of our allies overseas, and his bowing and apologising and acquiescing to our adversaries, weakening us, I mean the man’s a slick-talking shyster and con-artist, and in way over his head to the detriment of the country! And so much more! He does no work really there in his limelight, he just continually campaigns instead on the public’s dime, plays golf, vacations, and partys. He’s a failure and an embarrassment to the country.

        • myj

          hahahahaha lol ROTFLMBO… now that’s funny… no way she would’ve beat Obama LOL

    • Luc

      Name a single thing you’ve accomplished in your life that could compare what Sarah has with hers. I won’t hold my breath.

    • Sue

      And which state have you governed? With an 80 % approval rating? Which oil deals have you brokered? Which politacal parties and high-rolling oil kings have you stared down?

      • Gwen

        “Which politacal parties and high-rolling oil kings have you stared down?”

        Ok, this really did make me laugh out loud.

  • http://www.rallyforcommonsense.org Cheryl

    If McCain hadn’t made the big “mistake” he would have lost by an even larger margin. Your mom carried him. God Bless your whole family, you are an inspiration to us all

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    • http://www.rallyforcommonsense.org Cheryl

      Sarah was my inspiration to get involved. While our Rally for Common Sense is not “offcially” a Sarah group, we do stand for the same principles of smaller government, respect for the Constitution, and a love of America.

  • hey you

    Gosh, you might even say that you mom’s millions of fans looked at her as a Messiah, too . . .

  • Michele

    I always say “I didn’t vote for McCain – I voted for Sarah Palin”. She has inspired many in this country and we are counting on her to be a uniting and truthful voice in this election:)

    • myj

      I didn’t vote for McCain, I voted for Obama, he has proven to be highly qualified, intelligent, patient and have the ability to relates to the average American. I know he will be re-elected this year. Sarah is the reason Mccain lost, poor deicision making…

      • Sue

        Sarah is the only reason that people like went to vote, that and Obama is a self-aggrandizing, arrogant dangerous man. McCain would have lost terribly if not for the enrgy that Palin brought to the campaign.

    • James

      Seems like she inspired all the morons. What’s so great about Sarah? She’s a moron…she proved this time and time again in all her interviews.

  • Mark Miller

    I don’t get this. Palin was not the problem as far as the electorate was concerned. McCain was. There are some who believed that it was Palin’s media appearances that caused problems for McCain’s campaign, but my understanding is the polling didn’t bear that out. It was “the economy, stupid” (referring to a Clinton campaign slogan from 1992) and McCain’s response to that issue.

    It seems to me that this is a POV developing in hindsight. What these critics of “the Palin pick” remember is her media appearances during the campaign, and what I presume were false leaks about her after the campaign. If anything overshadowed it in people’s minds it was the latter. She was perceived by some as a mistaken pick after the fact, not during the campaign. I understand that for the Establishment the presidential nominee is supposed to be the “main event,” and the fact that she upstaged him causes them embarrassment, but that doesn’t mean that had he been elected Palin would’ve effectively been president (as Democrats so often tried to assert, “Oh his feeble heart is gonna give out any day now!”) Unfortunately they are living in the land of Oz, and if Romney listens to them, I don’t think we will be that much better off as a country. Of course, Romney should make his own choice based on who he thinks would be best for the job. That does not necessarily mean someone who is “safe.”

    • Khadijah

      This all sums up a long-running theme:

      Whenever a liberal (like Cillzza) makes a recommendation regarding GOP tactics —- ignore them. At best, they’re wrong.

      But more likely, they’re lying.

  • Luc

    Pretty much everyone I know who voted for McCain was really voting for Sarah.

    • James

      Luc, do you honestly believe Sarah Palin was ready to become president of the United States?

  • Jean

    Bristol, I am a dem and voted in the general for your mother.

  • Good Citizen

    “Not afraid of Life”…why would you be. If only, every US citizen could mint money from networks and celebrity status like you and your mom….You have no clue absolutely what it takes for ordinary people to earn a dollar, much less an expertise to analyze what it takes to run a country.

    • Sue

      Hey moron, Bristol has a J-O-B, you should try it sometime. Not to mention the kidshave helped with the commercial fishing, something you couldn’t do.

    • Bill

      Nice, attacking a single mother. Typical holier than thou liberal mindset. By the way, Bristol communicates more in one sentence that you did in that pathetic paragraph.

      • Gwen

        I’m a Democrat and I don’t begrudge Bristol for trying to grab every dollar she can, while she can from reality shows. With just a high school diploma, her earning capacity isn’t much and I’m quite sure she’s figured that out. BTDT. I was a single mother of two with a GED. I worked two jobs for a long damned time, then started taking classes on the nights when I wasn’t working. It took an education to get me out of the rut. But it was a long road to haul, let me tell you. I would like to see her seek an education at some point, while she has the resources and opportunity. JMHDO

        • Millie

          Gwen,
          You are to be commended for what you have done. I am sure it was very hard. I know some
          that are in the same situation and they are struggling. I believe when it is the right time
          Bristol as smart as she is will go that route. I think right now she is trying to establish a
          stable home for Tripp. She is back at her job she had before she went to L.A. and DWTS.
          If you read her book her parants believe in their children earning their keep. I think maybe
          the reality shows are a way for her to provide for her and Tripp and quickly be able to live
          comfortabley and then I think school will be in the cards for her. Bristol has not had it easy by
          any means. Single mom’s life is never a easy one. And I am sure opportunity didn’t come
          easy. I wish you and your family the best. JMO

          • Millie

            Gwen,
            correction, And I am sure opportunity didn’t come easy for you. You had to make your
            way.

          • Gwen

            <<<I wish you and your family the best. JMO<<<

            Thank you, Millie. I appreciate your saying that.

    • http://originalpechanga.coom Original Pechanga

      Good Citizen…you have it wrong.

      I’d be willing to be Bristol has earned more money than YOU in the past few years. So to be truthful it’s YOU who have no clue how to make the dollars Bristol can make.

      THis is spot on analysis. McCain was DEAD in the water before he picked Sarah Palin.

    • Khadijah

      Regardless of how an American makes their way, and regardless of your OPINION of how they made their way, their opinion counts just as equally as yours.
      Deal with it. Don’t fall for this nonsense that the people that represent you “have to have felt your pain.”

  • anonymous

    Seriously anyone who believes that Bristol Palin writes this crap is a complete moron.

    • Anonymoose

      No kidding. OMG.

    • myj

      Nancy, you can tell the style lol

    • otlset

      Too bad the crap you write is your own.

    • Bill

      That’s why you’re here reading and commenting on it. Must be sad to have so much idle time on your hands.

      • dyz

        Hey, it’s fun. What can I say?

    • huntingmoose

      I would be worried if by your deranged doped up not functioning brain I would be regarded as normal.

    • Truth101

      Is that all you have?

  • Quirkydi

    While your Mom had charisma, and was very popular in Alaska, McCain’s age made it a very real
    possibility that the VP would/could be running the country and needed more consideration
    than in average elections. For that reason many of us scrutinized Palin more than we would in
    other elections. For me it came down to foreign policy, with two wars, the global economic melt
    -down, voting in a Washington insider (McCain) after what the bush/cheney admin. had just
    done to the country, along with a VP that had zero foreign policy experience, was too big of a risk.
    The day I listened to the fake Sarkozy radio interview was when I decided someone with 1) a better
    choice of people vetting her interviews and 2) less easily duped ( since the world is full of deceivers)
    was needed. Your Mom could have run this election cycle if she believed she could win it on her own.
    Someone has to really, really want the job to win. Being president isn’t the politically desirable goal
    it once was. I don’t know why anyone would want to subject themselves and their families to it in this
    world.

    • Sue

      Two words: Joe Biden

    • Bill

      Right. You were worried about Palin and not McCain. McCain is nothing more than an old, out-of-date blue-blood. He might as well have been Bob Dole, again. The reason Palin so energized the base was because we all hoped McCain would keel over and Palin would step up.

    • http://originalpechanga.coom Original Pechanga

      Three words: McCain is STILL ALIVE… okay four words… so the point is moot..

    • blackbird

      “…For me it came down to foreign policy, with two wars…”

      I also have two words: Libya War

      Obama order the launch of 100 Tomahawk missiles from the USS Barry against a sovereign country who did not attack America without first asking for authorization from Congress while buying oil in Brazil, after saying in December 2007 that “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

  • J. Elizabeth

    Bristol, you’re mom doesn’t need defending–she’s a class act and a blessing to our country. The people who attacked her were either frantic to hold on to their own power, or those who listened to the pap being spread by the MSM in an effort to promote Obama. Your mom is one of a handful of individuals with the strength of character and the faith to bring this nation out of the pit we’re in and I hope that when your brother and sister are older, she will consider running again–for president, next time. God bless you all.

  • Bob

    Honestly, how can you look at that interview your mother gave with Katie Couric and claim she was qualified to run the country? I saw that, and switched parties.

    • Leff

      Not to worry, you will switch back after another show. And then switch again.

    • Sean

      So glad you thought Joe Biden was more qualified to be VP than Palin based on one ambush interview. Of course, you got your wish and the man who thought FDR went on TV in 1941 to deliver the message of the start of hostilities between the US and Japan is now one heart beat away. Of course, I don’t believe that you switched parties because of one bad interview, if that is true than you’re an idiot and someone easily swayed because you lack both focus and principles.

    • Good riddance

      If one interview of one person made you switch parties then I’d say you never belonged in said party in the first place.

    • http://alsbach-art.com Floyd Alsbach

      1. Hey Bob you are a fish in a very small barrel, easy prey. Any idea what Gov. Palin accomplished in Alaska? 2. The person who amazes me is Mr. Palin, he is tough enough to let his wife and kids fight their own battles… I couldn’t have kept my mouth shut or my fists to myself.
      3. Bristol is correct, the timing of the economic crash and the Republican panic act (TARP) killed McCain/Palin’s chances not Gov Palin.
      4. Gov. Palin knew stepping down from the Governorship would kill her chances for the Presidency, but she did what was best for her family and her State. I’ve never seen a media feeding frenzy quite like the one the Palin family, and the government of Alaska faced.
      5. That feeding frenzy exposed the glaring lack of integrity within the major media outlets… notice the fall of the ratings of ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, CBS NYT, Neewsweek, Time ever since… and the rise of Fox news, Breitbart, Drudge Report, WSJ, The Blaze, The Right Scoop, and the rest of the consrvative alternative media. As my Dad used to say “They cut their own nose off to spite their face.”

  • wake up ameruca

    Well said Bristol! No matter what, the media had to take take down your mom. Even today they fear her or else they wouldn’t spend so much time tearing her apart. Obama in fact was a packaged product that had to win no matter what. The current problem with this nation is that the “American Idol” mentality Is what in fact put him in office. Obama is no different then how the Kardashians and Bieber were packaged. He was and continues to be packaged as a brilliant man, most of us with half a brain know that’s a joke. Dumb downed Americans will be the downfall of this nation. Bristol be proud of you mom because she’s the only one with balls to say it as it is. That’s why the left must take her down and paint her as an idiot and paint Obama as a brilliant man. Where’s the lie here?

    • Sueinthelou

      FYI They tear her down because she won’t go away. Sarah “give me free” Palin is milking her 15 minutes for all it’s worth.

      • otlset

        It’s Sarah “give me freedom” Palin to be accurate.

    • Gwen

      Oh the irony. It’s strong around here.

  • http://www.defend-america.com Kaptain Amerika

    I voted for your mom, not McCain… I mean, I’m thankful for his service to this nation and he is a man among men for what he’s been through. However as far as representing me, in what I wanted in the White House… Your mom excited me about America again. I voted for her. and I will again sometime in the future… the sooner the better.

  • narciso
    • blackbird

      Thanks very much for the link narciso

  • smokedaddy

    Bristol. Like your mom you are a terrific writer. Unlike our president, or probably most of our pols, I have no reason to believe that you fob off your writing onto some hired gun. In any case, I’ve really admired how you’ve matured and handled yourself in the public eye. I also love the way your mom has supported you without atte

  • blueniner

    “Bristol Blue Persuasion”your post is getting alot of buzz. All the folks at C4P have got you and your Moms back. This country needs your Mom more than ever to lead us out of this darkness. Ronald Reagan would have been proud of your Mother!

  • smokedaddy

    Bristol- Like your mom you are a terrific writer, as well as being absolutely right on all counts regarding your mom’s candidacy. Unlike our current president, I’ve got no reason to think you fobbed off the writing of your personal story. I’ve admired you as you’ve matured and grappled with growing up in the public eye. Seriously, if this post is a representative, you should pursue a writing career.

    • Gwen

      “Unlike our current president, I’ve got no reason to think you fobbed off the writing of your personal story. ”

      Oh never mind.

    • LMA

      OMG, Smokedaddy! Really?

  • huntingmoose

    Run Bristol Run !

  • http://blatherreview.mu.nu Me

    Chip + Block + Off of

    You do the math.

    Go, Bristol!

  • Sueinthelou

    Hey Bristol,

    Planning on blocker those of us who don’t buy into this BS? Your courageous mother blocks ALL who dare to dissent from commenting on her Facebook page. What’s the “pit bull” scared of?

    • otlset

      Lies, exaggerations, baseless propaganda, nastiness, ad hominem attacks for starters Sueintheloo. Not worth the space and bandwidth.

    • Truth101

      The pit bull is not scared of anythig. I have went to many liberal sites and have been blocked for just speaking the truth. No nasty words just the truth. So don’t come here with you false caring about free speech. You would not know free speech if he hit you in the mouth.

      • Gwen

        Yeah, so I go on the fox “news” website and try to post facts, no foul language, no name calling, nada. Just like I post on here and I’m blocked. But if I choose to read comments over there, I’m subjected to pages and pages of awful things about our President, his lovely wife, his children, Liberals, Democrats etc. Awful, disgusting, foul, things. But you go ahead and believe that it’s only the Liberals who are bad, evil, etc. If it helps you sleep at night.

        • otlset

          I don’t think liberals are bad, or evil per se. I think they mean well, at least those who are idealistic about the country and not merely in it for benefits or other “entitlements” that the government can “give” them. I say this because I was quite liberal myself when I was younger, full of idealism and expecting others to treat me like I strove to treat them — so we could make the ideal society based on respect and caring for others a reality. But through the years, gradually as I took on responsibilities that required my own efforts to survive on my own and provide for myself and those I became responsible for, and continuing to treat others by the “golden rule”, I increasingly became more aware of the other side of the coin, the weakness of liberal ‘progressive’ ideas once they were taken out of the theoretical world (where basic selfish human nature is rarely considered), and attempted to be implemented in the real world (through the only way it can be implemented for society as a whole — by government edict) where a great many are not at all interested in liberal ideals but instead merely what they can get for free (and nothing from government is really free, somebody somewhere pays for it. Most likely it is the much-maligned “1%”! Heh. But hey, let’s continue the class “warfare” BS anyway).

          I realised finally that our society is made up of those who are productive and pay into the system, and those who are parasitic and take out of the system [whether legitimately for disability or temporary displacement reasons among many other reasons for baseline subsistence support, or illegitimately in the case of phonies, goldbricks, dishonest cheaters, malingerers, and other deadbeats, (as well as phony deadbeat government "programs" that accomplish nothing) that slide along with no efforts of their own, just taking from others]. Also in this view only private industry and business that creates wealth are producers that support government and its functions, and all government functions and personnel which take that wealth from private producers are parasitic, in the sense they can not exist without the private industry wealth producers. Which by the way is the reason government can not create jobs that produce wealth, it can only create jobs that consume other’s wealth.

          I realized that in my small business I am one of the country’s producers, which enable the government to be funded and its functions to be paid for. But I also realized and saw firsthand the corruption and dishonesty of those who use government for their own ends, and do not contribute their fair share at all, instead feeding off of others unfairly and even enriching themselves from the government (see politicians and crony capitalism). I realized I had become conservative, and knew I was on the right side — the side of individual responsibility that supports government, not government patronage that inevitably finally comes from those supporting the government through their own individual responsibility.

          • Gwen

            <<<I don’t think liberals are bad, or evil per se. I think they mean well, at least those who are idealistic about the country and not merely in it for benefits or other “entitlements” that the government can “give” them.<<<

            Well, that's good. I don't think that all Republicans or Libertarians are bad, either. I think most of them are just trying to live their lives as best they can. I think they get busy living and can't keep up with what's going on in Washington so they're gullible, and tend to vote on the basis of what they've been fed. Mostly against their own best interests.

            << I say this because I was quite liberal myself when I was younger, full of idealism and expecting others to treat me like I strove to treat them — so we could make the ideal society based on respect and caring for others a reality. <<<

            Sigh. Yeah; and then we grow up, huh?

            <<<But through the years, gradually as I took on responsibilities that required my own efforts to survive on my own and provide for myself and those I became responsible for, and continuing to treat others by the “golden rule”, I increasingly became more aware of the other side of the coin, the weakness of liberal ‘progressive’ ideas once they were taken out of the theoretical world (where basic selfish human nature is rarely considered), and attempted to be implemented in the real world (through the only way it can be implemented for society as a whole — by government edict) where a great many are not at all interested in liberal ideals but instead merely what they can get for free (and nothing from government is really free, somebody somewhere pays for it. Most likely it is the much-maligned “1%”! Heh. But hey, let’s continue the class “warfare” BS anyway).<<<

            Wait a minute. Do you honestly believe that the only "takers" vote Democrat? The only people who are "out for themselves" are liberal? Because that doesn't wash with statistics, which shows that the biggest welfare states tend to vote Republican. Without fail. The states who take in less government money than they pay out tend to vote Democratic.

            And, as long as we're discussing "ideals," I think the moderates of both parties have the right idea. I've been threatened (jokingly) with having my Dem card revoked because I happened to speak up one time and mention that it's my belief that unions have played a small part-along with lots of other things-with the erosion of the American work ethic. The people I was debating with didn't care that I never wanted to see unions done away with entirely (that's not a forward direction) I just thought that they needed work. BUT, that's not a view most people expect from a Democrat.

            <<<I realised finally that our society is made up of those who are productive and pay into the system, and those who are parasitic and take out of the system [whether legitimately for disability or temporary displacement reasons among many other reasons for baseline subsistence support, or illegitimately in the case of phonies, goldbricks, dishonest cheaters, malingerers, and other deadbeats, (as well as phony deadbeat government "programs" that accomplish nothing) that slide along with no efforts of their own, just taking from others]. Also in this view only private industry and business that creates wealth are producers that support government and its functions, and all government functions and personnel which take that wealth from private producers are parasitic, in the sense they can not exist without the private industry wealth producers. Which by the way is the reason government can not create jobs that produce wealth, it can only create jobs that consume other’s wealth.<<<

            Yada yada. Democrats understand that basic principles of economics. They tend to do very well when they're in charge and not obstructed constantly.

            <<<I realized that in my small business I am one of the country’s producers, which enable the government to be funded and its functions to be paid for.<<<

            If, indeed you do own a business, you understand that your success didn't happen on your own. Without roads and other basic tenets of civilization, you'd have nothing. Without workers, business would have nothing. Those who produce goods anyway.

            <<< But I also realized and saw firsthand the corruption and dishonesty of those who use government for their own ends, and do not contribute their fair share at all, instead feeding off of others unfairly and even enriching themselves from the government (see politicians and crony capitalism). I realized I had become conservative,<<

            As if Republicans aren't crony capitalists? The majority of new Tea Party congresspeople are corporate owned! If they weren't when they got elected, they are by now.

            <<< and knew I was on the right side — the side of individual responsibility that supports government, not government patronage that inevitably finally comes from those supporting the government through their own individual responsibility.<<<

            Again, plenty of Democrats believe in personal responsibility. And, we aren't all far left radicals; just as we saw with the last President, that putting an *R* after your name doesn't make you fiscally responsible. It's the middle ground that gets the work done and keeps this nation moving forward and competetive with the rest of the world.

  • Sueinthelou

    Hey Bristol,

    Planning on blocking those of us who don’t buy into this BS? Your courageous mother blocks ALL who dare to dissent from commenting on her Facebook page. What’s the “pit bull” scared of?

    • Millie

      Sueinthelou,
      Well how did you manage to get on here!! Did you just accidently happen to sneak by when
      she was not looking. Case and point you people will do and say anything rather than stick
      with the facts when you are debating. How about having an intelligent debate for a change. Do
      you know any real facts.

  • Mr. Derp

    Hi Bristol,
    Great quote “And this time around, we’re not running against the hard-to-pin-down “hope and change,” we’re running against a President who can’t stop rising gas prices, much less rising oceans.”

    Priceless!

    • dyz

      Derpy — This is satire, right?

  • Clifford

    Bristol, I am really pleased you have written this. It is the truth. Living in New Zealand I have seen how the lamestream media has created a ‘general view’ because it is their papers that get reprinted in our own mainstream press. Thank God for the internet and thank God for you and your mother. Keep it up – you are doing a great job!

  • wodiej

    Great article Bristol.

  • James

    People seriously think Palin would have made a good president? She couldn’t answer simple questions that anyone running for VP should know. She couldn’t even name a newspaper then blamed the media for throwing “gotcha” questions at her. If John McCain was elected as out president then suddenly passed away we would have been left with Sarah Palin as the president of the United States. I have nothing against Mrs. Palin but does no one find that scenario scary? Do people honestly believe she was ready to become the president of the United States?

    • Susan

      Did you know that Sarah had more executive experience than Obama, McCain and Biden put together? Did you know that she had an 80% approval rating in the state which she was governing? If you only based your opinion on two interviews that she gave right at the beginning of the campaign, please keep in mind that both networks carefully edited out huge portions that placed many of her answers in the proper context (indeed, there was over 6 hours of interviewing she did for Katie Couric; hours of some great responses by Palin that CBS chose not to air).
      Was the woman who was the Chief Executive of the largest state in the Union ready to be President? Was a junior senator who voted almost always voted “Present” ready? Do you honestly believe that Joe Biden was/is ready to be President?

      • dyz

        “Was the woman who was the Chief Executive of the largest state in the Union ready to be President?”

        Why don’t you ask the Native Alaskans about Sarah Palin’s record as Governor?

        • Gwen

          No kidding. When they were freezing and starving she did a quick photo op with cookies and scripture.

          • dyz

            Not to mention the “open secret” of sex trade/sexual abuse. Glad to see Murkowski spearheading this.

          • Truth101

            Gwen, You need to get your facts straight. Gov. Palin worked with Rev . Graham to get food and supplies to Alaskans when the weather permitted it.

            Do you understand that? When the weather permitted it?

        • otlset

          Her approval ratings were higher while she was in office (before the Democratic hit-machine slime-merchants started swarming up from the lower 48 after McCain chose her) than Obama’s ever were dyzie.

          • dyz

            Oh boy, otsie, you sure got me!

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqn12Y8RCSg&feature=related James

        Please watch this if you’re a Palin supporter. She has no idea what she is even talking about.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqn12Y8RCSg&feature=related

        Also watch this interview with Steve Schmidt.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tS2cXwFV98&feature=related
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqn12Y8RCSg&feature=related

        I know Obama isn’t that great of a choice but it’s better than having Palin being a heart beat away from becoming our President.

      • James

        9 years of executive experience? LOL, She ran a town of 5,ooo people and had around 50 employees. No one in the media took that executive experience seriously.

        • otlset

          As opposed to Obama’s executive experience in “community organizing” rounding up people to see if they’ve tapped all the government benefits they may be eligible for and telling them how to vote. Oh yeah, and don’t forget digging the “deceased files” for more potential Democratic voters no doubt. ID? Don’t worry, EVERYBODY has a right to vote! It’s the “Chicago way”.

          The people were basically bedazzled, bamboozled, and hoodwinked into electing this most unprepared man in history for president. Thanks a lot. Now Obama’s dug us into a debt hole so far it’s hard to imagine now ever climbing back out without great cutbacks and suffering for all. It will take a leader of great courage to start cutting back on this out of control government beast. Obama won’t do it. Like all narcissists, he’s just out for himself and his legacy.

          I am sure Sarah Palin has the guts to start this necessary but painful process, and I would support her efforts wholeheartedly. It must be done, sooner than later.

          • Gwen

            >>>As opposed to Obama’s executive experience in “community organizing” rounding up people to see if they’ve tapped all the government benefits they may be eligible for and telling them how to vote. <<<

            This is a common theme with you guys, isn't it? You never mention his time in the state senate, nor his time as a law professor, why? Because you can't belittle those things? Because, as someone else here just accused anti palin people, that it makes you feel better about yourself to put him down?

            <<<Oh yeah, and don’t forget digging the “deceased files” for more potential Democratic voters no doubt. ID? Don’t worry, EVERYBODY has a right to vote! It’s the “Chicago way”.<<<

            Let me cue you in on a little secret: that "Chicago" crap (i.e., Chicago politician, gangster, thug) is only witty to those over 60, you know, back when those things were actually going on (nothing against anyone over 60, I'm not too far from that myself). By tossing such silly crap into your comment, you damage any argument you may be trying to make. All this talk of voter fraud is a right wing meme to go along with the extreme voter laws put on the books in recent years. Face it, there is no wide spread, left wing voting fraud happening; Republicans simply don't want Democrats to vote. Period. So they do everything in their power to keep them from voting. Why is that? Can't they win on an even playing field?

            <<>

            Well, you sure can’t say that now, can you? He’s had to hit the ground running and has gotten experience up the wazoo. You know, that killing Osama thang, the keeping the economy from falling off a cliff thang etc.,

            <<>

            Yeah, President Obama did it all by himself. The damned fool. It had nothing to do with the gargantuan mess he inherited, putting the two long standing wars actually on the books so you can see what they’re costing. pffftt

            <<>>

            I agree that turning this economy around is taking courage and President Obama is taking hits from both the left and the right on this. Those of us who aren’t extremely partisan understand that. We also understand that it’s not all his fault though, so there ya go.

            >>>Obama won’t do it.>>>
            President Obama IS doing it. Walk away from fox for a change and listen to some specialists who know what they’re talking about and who don’t work for the very people who are trying to con the American public into putting them back into power. You know, the people who actually perpetrated the economic collapse in the first place.

            <>

            I don’t believe President Obama is a narcissist. He cares too much about people. Poor people, middle class people. People who can’t do a damn thing for him. After graduating from college, he could have gone into a high paid law career. He didn’t do that. He took a few years helping those less fortunate and tried to show them a way out of poverty. That’s what he’s always been about. Your right wing character assault doesn’t fly with thinking people.

            I don’t believe he’s without his warts. All politicians have them. I think he was naive before and I’m glad he’s finally realized that the Conservatives in congress are not like him, in that, they are perfectly willing to take this Country down the tubes just to defeat him. He’s learning to play fire with fire. No one walks into the Presidency fully prepared.

            <<<I am sure Sarah Palin has the guts to start this necessary but painful process, and I would support her efforts wholeheartedly. It must be done, sooner than later.<<<

            I am not sure Ms. Palin has the "guts" to do much more than what she's doing. If she did, she would. She's in a much better position to do something this time around than she was in 08. Her little guy (whom I adore) is bigger, all her older children are better off, she doesn't have the governorship to worry about but she decided to do nothing but a handful of speeches to keep the donations to her pac coming in and her fox appearances.

          • otlset

            Obama in the Illinois State Senate making his typical decisive vote: “Uh, uh…present!”

            Who was the “someone” who got Obama into Columbia after flunking Occidental College? And how did he get two years credit going in after attending only one year, and then somehow getting into Harvard with mediocre grades? All of which of course lead to his stint at the University of Chicago as a senior lecturer (not professor) in constitutional law, which makes one wonder if he knew what he lectured about back then based on his recent criticisms of the Supreme Court (re; Obamacare constitutionality) taking on an “activist” role in striking down laws deemed unconstitutional, which is one of the natural duties of the court and has been done a number of times before. Maybe he just forgot.

            Republicans want everyone who is eligible to vote to do so. But only citizens that are eligible. Why the Democrats want to prevent such measures as voter ID laws to make sure only people vote who legally can vote leaving the system open to fraud, is another indication that Dems are not interested in enforcing and upholding the law in such cases, but pandering for votes by any means necessary, including fraudulent votes.

            Obama has racked up a record 5 trillion dollars in the country’s debt (with nothing much to show for it) since taking office, which has caused our country’s credit rating to be downgraded for the first time ever. The greater the debt, the greater the deficit year to year to make up for and it climbs exponentially faster as the debt rises, now standing at about 16 trillion dollars and soaring almost beyond control. How does Obama plan to deal with bringing down the debt — in any meaningful way — without cutting programs, benefits and entitlements? Obamacare won’t help (as it was first advertised), as projections for it’s implementation keep rising and indicate plunging us further down the debt hole. How much more can taxes be raised before even more businesses and industry move, shrink, or die out completely from the burden? Not to mention the related effect on producing jobs — private sector jobs that in part create the nation’s wealth that pays for the government and allows it to exist.

        • Millie

          james,

          Before you speak again read her record and accomplishment as a Governor, Pleassssssssssse!
          You evidently have not read it or you don’t want to talk about it, just want to bash her.

    • aaron krohn

      To answer your last querie simply and directly…….
      YES!!!!, she was ready to be President of the United States AND Commander-in-Chief of the United States Military, and here are a FEW of the reasons why:
      1. On January 20, 2009, when Obama took office, Sarah had 6 years Executive Experience as Mayor, 11 months of Executive Experience as Chairperson of AOGCC, and (as of that date) 2 years and 47 days of Executive Experience as Governor, for a total (then) of NINE YEARS and SEVENTEEN DAYS of Executive Experience!! Obama had ZERO days of Executive Experience!! As well did Biden and McCain!!!!
      2. The Governor of Alaska is one of the STRONGEST Chief Executive posts in the nation!!! SHE had full authority to make the FINAL decisions for the people she served!!
      3. She created, then passed, then signed into law the three huge programs and policies she PROMISED during her campaign: the Ethics Reform law, AGIA, and ACES!!! And she won these by overwhelming margins!!! (AGIA passed by a 58 to 1 margin!!!!)
      4. She held, at the time she was chosen by McCain, an 88% approval rating as Governor, the best of all 50 Governors!!! Yes, she was THE most popular Governor in the United States!!
      5. The crowds she drew during the campaign were HUGE and LOUDLY enthusiastic!!! She drew 60,000 at The Villages, and 20,000 or more at many other stops on the trail!!! McCain was lucky to draw 5000 if he was there without Sarah!!
      6. She went eye-to-eye with CEO’s of the THREE biggest oil companies in the WORLD!!!! And WON!!!!! (Read all about it in “Going Rogue” by Sarah herself, or in the book “Sarah Takes On Big Oil” by Kay Cashman and Kristin Nelson!!)
      7. Everyone who meets her says she has FANTASTIC effect on them!!!! She listens to them, and learns!! She talks to THEM, not to some camera nearby or to a pollster!! Thus, it is to be assumed she would have that same effect on ANY World Leader she would meet as President of the United States!!

      And I could go on and on!!!
      Suffice to say, I challenge ANYONE to question her validity as a person of Presidential stature!!!
      But please, when doing so, BE SPECIFIC in your complaints!!!
      Don’t just say she’s an “idiot” without telling WHY you think she is!!
      Or why she’s “not ready” to be President!!!
      Etc etc!!!
      Also, while I’m at it, if you are DUMB enough to bring up that “She’s a quitter!!” meme again, I have ONE simple suggestion for you:
      Read Chapter Five of “Going Rogue”, called “The Thumpin’”, for ALL the details of WHY she chose to RESIGN her post as Governor!!!
      If you don’t understand what she said, or believe what she said, that’s YOUR problem!!!

      • Millie

        Gwen,
        We want people who are eligible to vote, people who are living not dead, people who will
        vote only one time. We don’t care wheather it is Democrate, Republician or Independent.
        Wheather you want to believe it or not, it has be uncovered during the 2008 election that
        there was alot of voter fraud, of boxes of ballots uncover that had been put in the back room
        which had not been counted. And what about the Black Panthers intimidation and that the
        Justice Dept under Holder did not touch it with a ten foot pole. What about the voter ID
        in Texas and other states that is under attack by this Admin and Eric Holder. We have
        always had to have ID in our states and many others and I for one want that to happen so
        my legal vote is counted.
        I will say one thing about the Osama thing, Obama is looking bad taking all of the credit for
        that call. Without the Bush Admin and the intelligence that was collected on his watch the
        Osama thing would not have happened under this admin. All of this was in play before
        Obama took office. The timing had to be right and it happen to have fallen on Obama’s watch.
        He had to make the call and did it reluctantly.

        • Gwen

          <<<We want people who are eligible to vote, people who are living not dead, people who will
          vote only one time. We don’t care wheather it is Democrate, Republician or Independent.<<<

          Millie, that may be what *you* want but that's not what the leading Republicans want. They don't want the poor, the black and increasingly, the latino voter into the voting booth because they tend to vote Democratic.
          <<<Wheather you want to believe it or not, it has be uncovered during the 2008 election that
          there was alot of voter fraud, of boxes of ballots uncover that had been put in the back room
          which had not been counted. And what about the Black Panthers intimidation and that the
          Justice Dept under Holder did not touch it with a ten foot pole. What about the voter ID
          in Texas and other states that is under attack by this Admin and Eric Holder. We have
          always had to have ID in our states and many others and I for one want that to happen so
          my legal vote is counted.
          I will say one thing about the Osama thing, Obama is looking bad taking all of the credit for
          that call. Without the Bush Admin and the intelligence that was collected on his watch the
          Osama thing would not have happened under this admin. All of this was in play before
          Obama took office. The timing had to be right and it happen to have fallen on Obama’s watch.
          He had to make the call and did it reluctantly.<<<

          The rest of this is non-stop fox talking points and I'm not going to bother with it. If I thought I could get through to you, I might consider wasting my time; but we both know that's not gonna happen, so…

          • Millie

            Gwen,
            You are right I listen to Fox but I don’t just depend on Fox new I read alot of people
            I can trust in. I can trust in Fox for the most part, and they are not the number one
            media for nothing. Alot of other people trust to, unlike the other liberal media’s,
            CNN (has their lowest rating they have ever had) no fair and balance. NBC, CBS,
            ABC and MSNBC are all liberal some way to the left. You seem to have a problem
            trying to second guess people who you don’t know. I listen to all side and then
            make up my mind for myself, how I think and who I want to vote for.
            y
            You might be surprise but there are some democrate in my home state that I have
            voted for rather then the republician that was running. I vote for the ones who are
            close to what i believe in and ones who can be trusted, who are Christian’s and have
            good morals. If it’s a Republician over a Democrate then that’s who i vote for. If it’s a
            Democrate over a Republician I vote for them. There are Democrates that don’t
            go long with Obama’s idealog. The man has been involved quite some time with
            some very dangerous and questionable people. In the last three years with Obama
            being President I have come to the opinion that Obama does not have the best
            interest of the American people. He has an agenda and he has alot of backers that
            do not have America’s in their best interest. Think Obama is in over his head more
            ways than one. I didn’t vote in the primary for Romny but I will in the election.

        • Gwen

          otlset says:
          May 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm

          <<<Obama in the Illinois State Senate making his typical decisive vote: “Uh, uh…present!”<<<

          This is a spiteful lie. Barack Obama was a very good state senator. He worked on ethics reform, lobbyists access to congresspeople and even welfare reform. Among dozens of other things. This is just petty as hell.

          <<<Who was the “someone” who got Obama into Columbia after flunking Occidental College? <<<

          This is BS, too. You know, having read several of your other posts, I'd began to get a picture of you as being intelligent and open minded. This post took care of that.

          <<<And how did he get two years credit going in after attending only one year, and then somehow getting into Harvard with mediocre grades? <<

          Where are you getting this "mediocre grades" bs? Limbaugh? This reads like straight conspiracy stuff and frankly, I hadn't pegged you as one of "them." I was wrong. And so are you, btw.

          <<<All of which of course lead to his stint at the University of Chicago as a senior lecturer (not professor) in constitutional law, which makes one wonder if he knew what he lectured about back then based on his recent criticisms of the Supreme Court (re; Obamacare constitutionality) taking on an “activist” role in striking down laws deemed unconstitutional, which is one of the natural duties of the court and has been done a number of times before. Maybe he just forgot.
          Republicans want everyone who is eligible to vote to do so. But only citizens that are eligible. Why the Democrats want to prevent such measures as voter ID laws to make sure only people vote who legally can vote leaving the system open to fraud, is another indication that Dems are not interested in enforcing and upholding the law in such cases, but pandering for votes by any means necessary, including fraudulent votes.<<<

          Again, BS. Republicans have long engaged in voter caging and suppression and every election cycle it gets worse and worse. They throw up many roadblocks to Dems exercising their constitutional right. Look up the Consent Decree from 1982, 1986. And, even though they agree not to do it, they can't seem to help themselves. Cutting registration times, early voting, same day registration, even reducing the open hours of DMV's and closing many DMV's in poor neighborhoods; targeting people whose homes have been foreclosed, etc. Huckabee even joked about letting the air out of tires of people you know will vote Dem. Republicans can talk a good game, that they want everyone to vote, they mean every Republican. And some Republicans have woken up to the games being instigated by their party and have changed parties. Others will believe the same old BS, that it's the Dems who perpetrate voter fraud, when the statistics show no such thing.

          <<Obama has racked up a record 5 trillion dollars in the country’s debt (with nothing much to show for it) since taking office, which has caused our country’s credit rating to be downgraded for the first time ever. The greater the debt, the greater the deficit year to year to make up for and it climbs exponentially faster as the debt rises, now standing at about 16 trillion dollars and soaring almost beyond control. How does Obama plan to deal with bringing down the debt — in any meaningful way — without cutting programs, benefits and entitlements? Obamacare won’t help (as it was first advertised), as projections for it’s implementation keep rising and indicate plunging us further down the debt hole. How much more can taxes be raised before even more businesses and industry move, shrink, or die out completely from the burden? Not to mention the related effect on producing jobs — private sector jobs that in part create the nation’s wealth that pays for the government and allows it to exist.<<<

          Sorry, this is just more fox talking points. Do you know how I can tell? By your blaming President Obama for our credit rating downgrade. It's ludicrous and I've spent far too much time posting to you already. I can explain and explain and clear up misinformation till my fingers bleed and it will never get through. You don't want to have an exchange of ideas, you want to tar and feather Obama and blame it all on him. It's a shame.

  • Johnny

    I didn’t vote for John McCain in 2008, I voted for Sarah Palin. God bless, Bristol.

    • James

      So you honestly believe she was ready to step up and become the President of the United States if something had happened to McCain?

      • Pablo

        As we’ve found out, any damn fool can be POTUS. As executives go, Sarah > Barack.

      • otlset

        Absolutely. And it would’ve been the best thing that ever happened to this country in a long while.

  • MikeSilver

    The only reason I voted for McAmnesty was Gov. Palin. The only reason!

  • James

    “we’re running against a President who can’t stop rising gas prices”

    Oil is a global commodity. Its price is set globally, not locally the president has no say in this matter. Look at Germany, France etc… gas prices are over $5 and rising along with gas prices in America. THE PRESIDENT CAN’T CUT GAS PRICES WHEN EVER HE PLEASES.

    • otlset

      This is not absolute, and is merely an excuse for the oil companies to keep prices inflated. We can and should sit down with the oil companies to *discuss* how to best treat the American people while using *American* natural resources. Get it? Such action can start with the president, especially in tone and concerning administrative intent, but the last thing we should do is throw up our hands in resignation like you’re doing and go “Oh well, nothing we can do about it. It’s all global now dudes.”

    • Millie

      james,

      Obama does have a say about America being able to tap into our own energy yet he continues
      to block that. We would be able to get some releif from the pump. The pipeline are in play they
      only have to be brought down through from the Canadian line through America. This would
      creat thousands of jobs and we would be lest dependent on other countries. We have other
      energy options that this country is rich in but we are being held up by Obama to take up his
      agenda to go with green energy that will take a much longer to to switch over yet all that he has
      done in that area he has failed and now tax payer again have billions on their backs and he
      keeps on. Green engery is something that we need to work on but we haven’t gotton there yet
      and the America people need releif now. This way would not take near as long to get in play.

  • MMinCanonCity

    I couldn’t agree more. In fact, I was so disgusted with McCain and his pitiful hands off campaign, I sriously doubted his desire to be elected and was going to sit the top of the ticket out. Then Gov Palin was picked and man-0-man did I love that. I worked my butt off in the campaign for them.

    My beef? I wish to heavens she would have run this time-I would have stopped my life and joined her campaign. It would have been the ultimate showdown between good and evil.

    • Gwen

      “It would have been the ultimate showdown between good and evil.”

      You know, it’s comments like this that really get at my heart as we look towards the future of this Nation and planet. As much as I dislike Ms. Palin, I don’t consider her “evil” and can’t imagine why or how some far right people can look at President Obama and believe that he is “evil.” He really is looking out for your children and grandchildren, whether you can ever wrap your mind around that concept or not.

      I know what’s been drilled into your heads every day and understand to an extent that it’s easier to believe what you’re told by your favorite political celebrities, but I wish more people had an open mind. If not for themselves, for their children.

      • LMA

        So very true, Gwen. But here, I think, is one reason for this “good vs. evil” mind-set: Sarah helped facilitate it. Here’s what she said before the election:

        “Dobson asked the vice presidential hopeful if she is concerned about John McCain’s sagging poll numbers, but Palin stressed that she was “not discouraged at all.”
        “To me, it motivates us, makes us work that much harder,” she told the influential Christian leader. “I know at the end of the day putting this in God’s hands, the right thing for America will be done, at the end of the day on Nov. 4.”

        If God’s for Sarah, then those who aren’t are NOT for God — that’s their reasoning. It’s ignorant, it’s false, it debases intelligent political discourse, and unfortunately, it’s here to stay if the likes of Palin are driving the conversation.

        • Gwen

          “It’s ignorant, it’s false, it debases intelligent political discourse, and unfortunately, it’s here to stay if the likes of Palin are driving the conversation.”

          Amen. (grin)

        • blackbird

          That is just dishonest and it more shows how intolerant and hateful you are. Sarah Palin never suggested nothing of the sort please remove those chains of liberal slavery and open your eyes and see what is going on around you.

          Do your President a favor and please hold him accountable.

          Oh, one more thing, imho “the right thing for America will be (was) done”

          • LMA

            What’s dishonest? Are you saying that Sarah Palin DIDN’T speak with James Dobson and say that God would do right by this country on election day? Look it up. It’s in black and white and on video. Are you saying that, by making this statement, Palin WAS NOT implying that she believed that God would see that the McCain/Palin ticket won? If the right thing for America was done on election day, then what can be inferred from the McCain/Palin defeat? If the right thing for America was done on election day, as Palin said it would be, then why is she — and all of you — so angry?

          • blackbird

            @LMA
            “so angry?” I am not angry, I am sad.

            “dishonest?” is your suggestion that Sarah Palin implied (that’s their reasoning) that her opponents in 2008 are Godless heathens to be punished (good vs. evil) because she said this “putting this in God’s hands”

            So now the phrase “putting this in God’s hands” implies for your opponent “NOT for God” I still stand by what I wrote.

  • http://ladyliberty1885.wordpress.com/ LadyLiberty1885

    I’m not sure who started the spin that Governor Palin somehow hindered the ticket, but they should be tarred and feathered. John McCain was limping along until she was put on the ticket and frankly, I think the majority of those who came out and voted for him were not really voting for him — they were voting for HER.

    • Gwen

      Initially yes. But many conservatives actually sat out in 08 because of her. Once she began her “paling around with terrorist” nonsense and couldn’t seem to speak off the cuff (which is a problem she has to this day) many cons who aren’t far right fundamentalists refused to vote. There are those who believe if the republican voters who sat out in 08 hadn’t done so, that President Obama wouldn’t have been elected. Initially she boosted but, by the end, she killed the campaign.

      • otlset

        This is your opinion Gwen. My opinion is that’s a load of rubbish, in my experience.

      • dyz

        One thing that really bothered me was that Sarah couldn’t name a Supreme Court decision other than Roe v Wade. She sat on a commission about the Exxon Valdez oil spill! I guess it was a deer in the headlights moment.

      • Truth101

        You don’t have a clue what you are talking about. More people voted for McCain/Palin ticket than the Bush/Chaney ticket. How is that sitting at home?

      • Millie

        Gwen,
        There are those who believe that if it hadn’t been for the large amount of voter fraud that
        was instigated by Acorn and other workers within the voting polls Obama would not
        have been President today. If you remember he won by a small margine.

        • Gwen

          <<<There are those who believe that if it hadn’t been for the large amount of voter fraud that
          was instigated by Acorn<<<

          Oh stop right there. Acorn didn't commit any voter fraud. A couple of people who worked for them, who were paid per each registration they signed up, falsified extra registrations for extra cash in their pocket. Those imaginary names didn't then walk in to a poll on election day and vote.

          This is an example of what I mean when I say that certain sources will take only part of a story and create a total fabrication out of it and put it out there for public consumption, knowing that the people who watch won't bother to check it, because they want to believe the absolute worst about the other side, be that now President Obama or Democrats in general.

          • Millie

            Gwen,

            Where in the world have you been!!! You evidently are not able to keep up with
            what is going on very much. I know when I was your age and worked I missed out on
            alot. They uncover a org. in New Orleans that had offices run by Acorn charged
            with voter fraud. They have had to dismantle their org. and I believe I heard they
            have re-organized under a different name. You need to go on line and real about
            that organization.

          • Gwen

            Between O’keefe committing voter fraud to prove that voter fraud happens, to these folks in California, gee, does anyone ever get the idea that the P in GOP stands for projection?
            http://www.news10.net/news/article/192033/2/Sacramento-elections-officials-GOP-voter-drive-suspicious

  • Chuck

    Didn’t like McCrap would have voted libertarian if it weren’t for Palin

  • Jack

    Bristol is absolutely right. It was McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign and pass TARP that destroyed him; after the bailout vote, support for the Republican ticket collapsed.

    After the election, on Nov. 7, 2008, an article published by Rasmussen reported that an overwhelming majority of Republican voters said that Palin actually gave McCain’s campaign a boost. “Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republican voters say Sarah Palin helped John McCain’s bid for the presidency.
    Exit polls showed the same thing.
    In Pew’s exit poll in 2008, voters who said Sarah Palin was a factor in their vote went for McCain by a 56-43 margin.

  • listingstarboard

    Bravo Bristol! The speeech your Mom gave at the RNC despite having the teleprompter sabotoged was brilliant and pulled the ticket ahead. Until the “conveniently” timed financial meltdown–engineered by the global elite that wanted a socialist. Keep defending your family and punch back at the liberal lies–we got your back.

    • Gwen

      “the “conveniently” timed financial meltdown–engineered by the global elite that wanted a socialist. ”

      I’m sorry. What? If the “global elite” wanted a “socialist,” (maybe later you can explain why they would want a socialist) they sure picked the wrong guy. Do you know what a socialist is? Does anyone on fox really know what a socialist is? I know they chant that phrase all frickin’ day frickin’ long, but I’ve never heard one make any sense. Not to people who don’t swallow everything on that network as fact. You know, that “not thinking for yourself” thingie. ‘Cause Barack Obama ain’t a socialist. Just so’s ya know.

      • lemonv

        …”Do you know what a socialist is?”…

        Ok, let me toss you the same question: Do you know what a socialist is? Then maybe I will know if you really know what that term means,,

        • Gwen

          I most certainly do know what a socialist is, which is why I, and many other informed people believe, he shouldn’t be considered a socialist. Do you think he is one? Please explain. And remember, not all regulation in a capitalistic society is socialistic.

  • Johnny Alamo

    They’re right about one thing. The GOP is trying to get out from under the shadow of having messed up and selected a real conservative for VP in O8. I’m with Johnny above, I voted for Palin not McCain.

    • Rose

      Our house voted for Palin—not McCain. But no pollster ever called us to ask — and if she runs some day I would vote for her again. Good article, Bristol.

  • Joe

    Your mother has taught you well how to stay above the fray and just speak the truth. You Palins are true blue American patriots.

  • WillieD

    I didn’t vote for John McCain in 2008, I voted for Sarah Palin and would vote for her again. Check out her record in Alaska as oposed to “The One” record. Anyone could/should have been able to predict the outcome.

  • Mary

    Beautifully written. You hit the nail on the head!

  • mixplix

    I like many others voted for Sara Palin and McCain has shown he belongs in a nursing home. The GOP base did not back Sara up, in fact they dragged her in the mud for a couple of weeks along with the media. Even today when the left comments about the Palin Family if you erase the swearing adjectives from their comments looking for the nouns they are missing. This coming election will be very dirty.

  • A.Men

    Bristol, I love you and your Mom, Governor Sarah Palin. You are so right. Great writing.

    By the way, you should have been awarded the Mirror Ball Trophy for winning Dancing with the Stars! You added sparkle and excitement to the show. Bristol, you turned out to be quite a dancer!

    God Bless you and your son, and the whole Palin family!

  • Robert Mitchell

    The only reason I voted for McCain, the only reason!!! Sarah Palin. McCain maybe a patriot, but that doesn’t necessarily qualify him to be president and I consider Sarah Palin more than qualified to be President. Hell, look what we have had for the last three years and he’s qualified? Give me a break.

    • Millie

      Amen to that Robert!!!!!

  • nolibgal

    Bristol, if you wrote this piece by yourself you have matured into an amazing and gifted communicator!! Very well done. You cite correctly and appropriately. Your seques are wonderfully done. Your mother was the reason I voted for the ticket. Your family is more of a “first family” than anything we have known for a long time. Stay true to yourself and family.

  • Roxanne Biron

    I voted McCain- Palin and I’ll tell you why….I researched Obama and Biden and knew they would mess up our country, just like the proof of their time in the Whitehouse has shown. Yes Sarah Palin needed some work to be able to be President if anything happened to McCain, but she had more experience than Obama and she had morals and she was tough. In fact I truly think if McCain brought on some heat instead of avoiding all the bad about Obama then McCain /Palin would be in the Whitehouse now. McCain disappointed by not bringing it. Palin tried to, but it was like she alone was fighting and McCain didn’t want to bring up Obama’s dirt! I blame their defeat not on Palin, but on McCain himself! It was like he gave up the fight before it began!

  • Rose Nelson

    Brilliant writing! I voted for your mom in Alaska after I asked her about her positions on various things. I was impressed by how she could look me straight in the eye and give me a straight answer. No pretentiousness, no act. Just Sarah, just they way she is. I liked that. I didn’t trust Murkowski. In fact I wish your mom would run against Lisa.
    I too voted for your mom, not McCain.

  • http://timdenchanter.blogspot.com/ Tim D Enchanter

    I have said repeatedly to anyone who would listen that I voted for Sarah Palin and that Meant McCain got my vote as well … I even told that to some high school students a month before the election … I was runninng for State Senator at the time and explained to those students that Governor Palin had more Executive experience than the other 3 combined (Senators Biden, Obama, McCain) …
    one last thought —> Conventional Wisdom is never Wise

  • Pablo

    I have 2 words for Chris Cillizza and anyone else in the Democrat media that wants to talk about ill-advised VP picks: John Edwards.

  • LMA

    When I get annoyed at people who say to me, “Obama won because he promised to move the earth, and you dummies fell for it,” or “Obama’s followers are nothing but sheeple,” I just come to this blog and read all your adoring comments about your blessed Sarah and family and chuckle. And then I get on with my day knowing that you folks are no different from and no smarter, no kinder, no more enlightened, and no more pious than anyone else.

    • otlset

      We likewise note your haughty condescension toward the patriots here, while the con-artist in the White House who pulled the wool over your eyes continues to debase and downgrade our country.

      • Gwen

        How can you consider yourselves to be “patriots” and yet call the President of the United States, the man who spearheaded the search for, and subsequently made the call to TAKE OUT, the number one enemy of this Country, (you know, the guy who killed 3000 Americans) a con artist? THAT does NOT compute.

        • otlset

          He had very little to do with the operation, Panetta to some extent and most certainly the General in charge of that mission did. Obama had to be dragged off the golf course and almost forced to say “Okay do it.” Big deal, any president would have done the same. And now Obama is playing it up for all it’s worth politically, acting like he spearheaded the whole operation — merely for political gain, an action most responsible people condemn including Ariana Huffington who rightly called Obama’s politicizing and hogging the credit “despicable”.

          • LMA

            John McCain worked the POW angle for all it was worth during his campaign. Dick Cheney hadn’t even moved his last box out of DC before he hit the talking circuit claiming that Obama was making this country unsafe and that we were headed toward another 9/11. And we won’t even mention the “Mission Accomplished” banner and Bush’s failure to find Osama. So you can continue to claim that Obama had nothing to do with Osama’s death, but (and I don’t expect you to know this) he’s the commander-in-chief, and SEAL Team 6 wouldn’t have eliminated Osama without Obama’s say so.

            P.S. In my last comment, I stated that you Palin-adorers are no different from anyone else. That’s condescension? I guess it would be if you consider yourselves less than those of us who are grateful that “God did the right thing for America on election day” (Sister Sarah’s words, not mine).

          • Gwen

            He had “little to do with the operation”?!! WTF? He said while campaigning in 2008 that if he had the chance, he would do it (while being soundly criticized) and he did. The rest of your post is straight non-thinking fox “news” talking points. And we know how they freely and fairly give Democrats credit when it’s deserved. pfft

          • otlset

            The Navy Seals are really pissed at Obama for politicizing his ‘okay’ for the Seals to take OBL out by the way, and I don’t blame them. Except for the chronically deluded (along with those receiving government handouts, govt. workers, unions, and most in academia and the entertainment industry), the whole country is pissed at him.

        • blackbird

          First, the President DID NOT “spearhead the search”.
          Second, taking credit and making a political ad in this instance is shameful.

          Obama’s Lobbyist Ties: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/04/23/New-RNC-Ad-Takes-On-Obama-Lobbyist-Ties

          “a con artist?”, the evidence is irrefutable, you decide.

          • Gwen

            “The Navy Seals are really pissed at Obama for politicizing his ‘okay’ for the Seals to take OBL out by the way, and I don’t blame them.”

            It’s only those who lean conservative. And not many at that. Besides, since when haven’t conservatives been pissed about something?

            “Except for the chronically deluded (along with those receiving government handouts, govt. workers, unions, and most in academia and the entertainment industry), the whole country is pissed at him.”

            LOL! Don’t get out much, do ya? I’m thinking you should probably spend some time on a network or blog that isn’t totally devoted to destroying this President; you just might learn something. As much as the right wing is trying to take him down, it’s not happening.

          • Gwen

            Sorry, I don’t *do* anything “breitbart.”

          • LMA

            I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you all-knowing Palinistas don’t actually know any SEALs, or else you would know that they take their jobs VERY seriously, and they sure as hell don’t shoot off at the mouth about what they’re doing and how they feel about it. They’re not allowed to talk about their missions, and because they’re pretty much the best of the best, they’ll keep their promise not to. Probably, you read on one of your conservative blogs that some “unnamed SEAL” said that “everyone was mad at Obama.” More than likely, that’s patently false. Please….THINK about who our SEALs are, what their mission is, and whether or not they’d actually be pissed at the commander-in-chief under whose watch our number one enemy was eliminated. Put two and two together, for pete’s sake. And then read something else besides anything Brietbart publishes!

          • otlset

            The Navy Seals and their mission planners and support teams always act in a professional and efficient manner in service to our country, and what little we hear of their brave and important duties is usually waved off by members and those associated with them as part of the job, and if pressed they give thanks to others around them and the support they received in an appealingly modest manner. Just one of the reasons the country is proud of them.

            I wish we had a Chief Executive who also acted in such modest manner. It would be to his credit. I think it would speak very well of Obama if instead of political grandstanding and almost implying he took a lead role in bin Laden’s killing obviously for political reasons, he would instead defer all praise and congratulations to the brave men and women who actually planned and carried out the operation, and admit his role was minor in comparison and most of the credit should go to our marvelous men and women in uniform and special operations. He would come off as a much bigger man that way, and no doubt help his cause of getting re-elected much more effectively than seizing upon this political windfall that fortune brought to him while still in office in such a crass and self-serving political way. To me this shows his lack of character, and enhances his reputation as a self-centered narcissist.

          • observer1

            Comparing Obama with George W. Bush, the former performed much better: Bush couldn’t protect the country, under Obama their was no attack on America’s mainland. Bush couldn’t get Osama, Obama got him. Bush started a war he couldn’t win, Obama brought the troops home and left a relatively stable Iraq behind. Bush’s adminstration ended in an economic melt-down, under Obama the economy is slowly but steadily recovering.

    • observer1

      I think is it best for the country that Obma will be defeated in November. However, I am afraid people are expecting far too much of Mrs. Many Tea Party folks see her as a the only person that can save America. I am afraid that she simply cannot realize their expectations.

      • Gwen

        <<<Bush couldn’t get Osama,<<

        It's not that Bush "couldn't" get Osama; SIX MONTHS after 9/11 he said this:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PGmnz5Ow-o

        He decided that he wasn't "truly concerned about him." Didn't "even think about him anymore." So what can you glean from that? The man who was instrumental in killing 3000 American Citizens in the most horrible manner imaginable, and the newly elected President can't be bothered with him? Six months after 9/11? I can't even imagine the uproar if Obama ever said such a thing. I'm not sure he's capable of being that unfeeling to the American public, to be quite frank. If you watch that video, you see Bush mention troop supplies, etc. Anyone else remember what we went through getting our troops supplied with the gear they needed to keep them safe? I remember quite well because I worked for a subcontractor for a military supplier at the time. The things they were getting weren't what they needed, that's for damned sure. I also lived near the small manufacturer who got the contract to supply the armor they finally, did I say finally? got to put on their vehicles to keep them from being blown apart as they drove over explosives in the roadway.

        <>> President Obama and our brave service people got him. Just as Obama said he would, numerous times throughout his campaign in 2007/2008. And he never mentions the killing of Osama without mentioning, in the same breath, the bravery of our service men and women who did the deed.

        Is he going overboard for the sake of his election? I don’t think it’s much, if at all. It’s the one year anniversary of a very important date. A lot of people who aren’t preoccupied with hating President Obama, and tearing him down at every chance, remember 9/11 very clearly. You could say it’s “burned” into our memories. Many of us lost someone that day, or we know someone who lost a mother, father, son or daughter in those towers, or the brave men and women in uniform who also lost their lives doing their jobs; trying to save lives. Besides, what better pushback can you have when Republicans are always, always trying to paint Democrats as weak on military and the safety of our Country? Hell, it gives Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck etc., something to whine about.

        <<>>

        Bush started a war that made he and many of his friends very very rich. I won’t mention the family grudge he satisfied by doing so.

        <<>>

        Agreed 100%
        <<Bush’s adminstration ended in an economic melt-down, under Obama the economy is slowly but steadily recovering.<<<
        Yes it is, and with absolutely no help from the people of one party who were elected to run this Country. Even when he proposes ideas that were formerly conservative, they shut him down. Why? because they want back in power and they will do a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g to do so. Anything. Including manipulating a portion of the American public to vote for a guy who made his riches by shipping American jobs outside of our borders. Yeah, they like to blame government regulations but, unfortunately for them, a lot of us realize that President Obama has actually ended more regulations than he's implemented. So that doesn't fly. Well, not for those of us who get our information from a vast variety of sources. Not just the ones who tell us what we want to hear.

        • observer1

          It is in fact quite astonishing that the Tea Partiers dare to assert that Obama is no patriot: he does exactly what you may expect of a Commander in Chief: protecting the country and chasing America’s enemies, his greatest success until now was killing Osama bin Laden.
          It is also quite remarkable that would-be patriots like Bush and Limbaugh avoided being sent to Vietnam, whereas senator Kerry is a decorated veteran (3 purple hearts, 1 bronze and 1 silver star) and Al Gore also did his tour of duty.

          • Gwen

            >>>It is in fact quite astonishing that the Tea Partiers dare to assert that Obama is no patriot: he does exactly what you may expect of a Commander in Chief: protecting the country and chasing America’s enemies, his greatest success until now was killing Osama bin Laden.<<<

            Exactly. There used to be respect for the office of the Presidency. We didn't criticize our commander in chief on foreign soil, etc. It's a shame, really.

      • Gwen

        LMA @ 9:05 <<>>>

        It’s another attempt at swiftboating. Unfortunately we can see how many fall for it. I wish more people would think instead of only hearing what they want to hear. Only visiting sites that reinforce their beliefs. We’re a nation of great thinkers…it’s a bummer that a lot of people seem to be too busy or lazy or whatever to use their heads.

        • LMA

          I know. It kills me. Back in the 90s when I was in college (which won’t carry water around here apparently, since many of these folks don’t like “academics”), I wrote a paper comparing the bias in two different newspapers. One criterion that determined how a story was presented was the audience to which the newspaper was marketed. Again, that was way back in the 90s. Journalistic bias has been around since the beginning of time (hey, Palinistas, check out some of Thomas Jefferson’s writings for great examples of how Thomas Callender influenced anti-Jefferson sentiment). My research and education influenced my decision to read critically when getting my news. But these Faux Newsers think that the “lamestream media” has taken a turn for the worse since Obama was elected, as if he has influenced every single news outlet by peering at journalists with some kind of piercing, hypnotic laser gaze. It’s ridiculous. It’s disheartening. And really, it’s not that I believe the Sarah Palin is the devil. I’m quite sure she’s a great mother, daughter, sister, wife, and friend, but she influences less-critical thinkers with her cries of “death panels” and “Your kids can’t work your family farms!” and “The government doesn’t want you to eat Twinkies!” and “Obama was never vetted!” Surely she doesn’t believe her own lies, but I’ll bet she knows that others will. And that makes her selfish. Worse, that makes her devious.

          • LMA

            Ssorry, James Callender, not Thomas. I got ahead of myself.

          • Gwen

            <<<she influences less-critical thinkers with her cries of “death panels” and “Your kids can’t work your family farms!” and “The government doesn’t want you to eat Twinkies!” and “Obama was never vetted!” Surely she doesn’t believe her own lies, but I’ll bet she knows that others will. And that makes her selfish. Worse, that makes her devious.<<<

            I can't argue with that. I can recognize her nonsense* wherever I go, whoever is spouting it, and they believe it with all their hearts.

            She had a couple of good talking points last summer about congresspeople being bought and sold, but she's never made the connection to the greater fallout from that. And she can't, or won't; not working where she does.

        • observer1

          That was indeed a very mean attempt by Bush and his companion draft dodgers to decry senator Kerry. I still remember that McCain didn’t join that evil gang since a true man always admire courage, even in a (political) enemy.

          • observer1

            This explains why McCain and Kerry, athough political opponents, are lifelong friends: a hero respects another hero, although he may be his opponent, whereas he contempts a coward (Bush, Limbaugh) although they both may be on the same side of the aisle.

  • dyz

    “…we’re running against a President who can’t stop rising gas prices, much less rising oceans.”

    Nancy –
    1) As mentioned by another commenter, oil is a global commodity. The President cannot lower prices; it is not in his power.
    2) Rising oceans? So you’re admitting global warming/climate change exists?

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    • http://www.rallyforcommonsense.org Cheryl

      Bristol, Your mom awakened the sleeping giant in America. So many of us, myself included, had given up, let the chips fall where they may. Never in a million years would I have believed that I would be doing something like this Rally, yet here I am. While we are not “officially” a Sarh group, we do all share the same principles that Sarah does…..smaller government, respect for our Constitution, and a great love of America.

  • CrustyB

    In 2008 Sarah Palin commited the ultimate sin in the eyes of half of America: She criticized their god Obama, something McCain was afraid to do. From that point forward the LSM went on an unprecedented 24/7 smear campaign that never ended, and the average voter couldn’t think critically enough to realize they were being duped about her by the press. Anyone in Sarah’s shoes would have gotten the same treatment.

  • Izzy

    I voted for Sarah NOT for McCain. She was the only REAL hope and change on both tickets.

  • Shelley

    I just wish your Mom would run for President. She is the best person for the job.

  • Sarah Johnson

    Bristol, you are soooo “right on”. Love you and your Mom and the whole family for that matter.

  • Joseph Thomas

    McCain is a good man, a tough soldier maybe, but too long in the military and congress where getting along has become the rule. It was easier to let the RNC paid consultants smear Palin than confront the RNC; and he could clean out a corrupt, self-serving governemnt? McCain still deosn’t stand up for Palin. He almost lost his last election and Palin still stood up for him.

    We needed your mom in power and still do. Honestly speaking her mind and loyality to the real America is lost in the current arena. I’m mostly disappointed in the Christians -in-name-only who have let the socialist-atheist media define their Christian doctrines. No? They still buy magazines and papers that are enemies of Christ; they still watch TV that is worse ; they still support the companies that advertise and indirectly promote the distruction of the liberties that our young people have been denied an education to know and understand, for example, private property, a jury of peers, and not their so-called betters as defined by the other “betters”.

    Pray for the Christians-in-name-only to find their king and serve Him again

    • observer1

      Do you really expect that Sarah Palin can clean the Augius stable of government? If she comes to power she will soon become part of the establishment since power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  • Cindy Peak

    Brava!

  • Barbara Landi

    John McCain did not lose because of Sarah! sheesh!

  • Dittobugs

    I love how you ended your post, “SP is a tough act to follow” Bravo Bristol!

  • http://www.mydismalswamp.wordpress.com Big Al

    As a Vice Presidential pick your mom was new, unique, refreshing, and a long was from the status quo… therefore the attacks made on her. Had she been a Washington insider, perhaps even a sitting Senator, she’d still been attacked, although perhaps not as severly. Your mom upset the applecart and they had to go all out least they fall to a “commoner”. Sarah Palin was the only thing John McCain had going for him in the election.

  • Ronda

    Amen! Well said Bristol…America better wake up, if we don’t we will no longer have Freedom..My husband lived under communist rule, he says we are really headed there, here in America..Do you want to hide food just so you can feed your family? Let’s take back the White House! VOTE! I wish your Mom was in the race…
    God Bless you and Your family..

  • Penny

    “2012 is a Republican moment.”

    It had better be, I’m tired of my country circling the drain.

  • http://100%Sarah-YouBetchaNation Deb

    Bristol,

    I wouldnt give these low lifes the time of day,dont let there comments go through,they are only looking for attention!!!!

    Bristol and Sarah and The Palin Family,
    You are Loved by more people then you know and we will NOT settle for less,it is SARAH PALIN OR SARAH PALIN OR, SARAH PALIN!!!!!

    GOD BLESS YOU

    • Gwen

      “dont let there comments go through”sic

      Yeah, ’cause free speech is only for Palin defenders, nobuddy else!

  • http://postrepublica.wordpress.com NWBill

    Totally agree with you, Bristol! Your Mom performed and accomplished what few, if any, Vice-presidential candidates have done in the past few decades: energize the base beyond all expectations, and make the race MUCH more competitive. While I agree with your assessment of what your mom and Senator McCain faced with the Obama machine, I remain convinced that it was the media’s dereliction of its’ duty to American citizens that was a deciding factor. If they had properly vetted Barack Obama THEN as conservatives are doing NOW, things may well have turned out differently (and SHOULD have).

    • Gwen

      “If they had properly vetted Barack Obama THEN as conservatives are doing NOW, things may well have turned out differently (and SHOULD have).”

      Really? What FACTS have you learned about Barack Obama that you didn’t know and wasn’t readily available in 2008? Because, contrary to popular conservative alternative reality media, the man was vetted. Completely. That was NOT the case with Ms. Palin. And sadly, that was the biggest problem. Because the McCain campaign didn’t do the job, the media had to. Not just the mainstream but also blogs and forums. And it was bloody, as it usually is.

      • Millie

        Gwen,
        You have got to be kidding!!! Obama in his campaign promised America the moon and
        unfortunately alot of Americans fell for it. He promised changed, only Americans did not
        realize what change he was talking about. He has definitely delivered the change but not
        what America was hoping. He has spent more than all the Presidents combined in just 3 years.
        We are feeling our freedom slip out from under us at warp speed. Our constitution is under
        assault. Healthcare is more costlier than at any other time and we will not know healthcare
        as we have known. People will not be able to get the necessary medical care in time before
        the illiness takes its toll. You wonder why jobs continue to slip away, well it is not just
        because of outsourcing, it is the regulations that the Obama Admin has put into play in just
        three years and is still setting up new regulations that will continue to happen as you see more
        and more businesses go under. With the regulations that he has set up and Obama Healthcare
        coming into play, yes coming into play now, not in 2014 but is coming into play now, we are
        headed to nothing short of a collapse of America. If there is no change in November in the
        presidency you haven’t seen nothing yet!!!!!

        On the other hand Sarah Palin not only was vetted but the vetting that the leberal media did was
        alot of lies and her real record and accomplishment as a Governor was kept from the American
        people except Fox news and other conservative media. She was far more qualified than Obama who
        only had Admin experience in Acorn community Affairs and as a Senator for just a short time.
        The liberal’s had to damage her because they knew she was qualified and a very smart woman,
        and she had already proved to be very much an asset to the McCain campaign. The American
        people who believed what the liberals were putting out are as much at fault when they just
        excepted what the liberal media was saying, rather then investigating for themselve what this
        well qualified christian lady was all about. She has a world of information in the area of
        energy and the no how on working accross the isle to get the job done.

        Bristol I know you are very proud of your mom and I know that she is very proud of you.
        You are a beautiful young woman inside and out and a wonderful mom to a beautiful little
        boy.

        • Gwen

          <<>>alot of lies alot of lies alot of lies

          Hey, Millie? Look up above. See all that nonsense up there? It’s the same thing. See how that works? Now I’m not going to pick it apart and ask you repeatedly for facts, specifics and sources that we both know you can’t give, I’ll just mention that you’ve been sold a load of BS where President Obama is concerned. By people who profit off of keeping you scared and misinformed. Look up “Fox can legally lie.”

  • debrah

    The only reason McCain got my vote was because Sarah Palin was on the ticket. Palin fought the good fight while McCain surrendered. I will not be fooled again and vote for any candidate based on who they choose as a VP. We need the candidate such as Palin, Santorum, Bachmann and Perry to be on the top of the ticket. I don’t trust Romney and will not give him my vote based on his choice of VP.

    • James

      Please tell me you are joking.

      • Resettozero

        It’s started to look as if several million voters are thinking like Debrah. Check the real polls.

      • Angie

        She’s not joking, and I was another one who voted for McCain BECAUSE of Palin.

  • Jose

    Bristol, your Mom is an inspired woman

  • David Dempsey

    Good post, Bristol. The Republicans lost in 2008 because they picked John McCain – not because John McCain picked Sarah Palin for VP. But I’m glad that John McCain got the Nomination and that he did pick Sarah Palin because that gave her a National Stage to use to reach the American People. The “good ole boys” in Washington do not want anyone like Sarah Palin elected to Washington because they know that she would try to serve the American People like she served the People of Alaska while she was Governor of Alaska. These “good ole boys” want to keep things the way they are in Washington. They do not want anyone trying to change things in Washington. But things in Washington must change if this Nation is to survive. Your Mom did a lot to change things in Nov. 2010. I hope that she can do the same thing in Nov. 2012.

  • Caleb

    In your bubble you saw people loving SP. The rest of the country was laughing at her and McCain. And your mother didn’t answer any “call”, she answered her ego. She wouldn’t have quit Alaska if she had any ethics concerning her “call” to office or the sacrifices it takes.

    • Laura

      Actually Caleb.. that is the typical line of anyone that is afraid of Sarah and the power she has to motivate the party. She is well loved by many, me included. The fault with the Mccain/ Palin ticket was with McCain.. not Palin. McCain isn’t conservative enough.. he leans towards the middle. And to Bristol.. your mom took all the attacks by the left and the media with grace. She still does. Ignore the people that just want to hate.. they just have issues in their own life that makes them lash out to make themselves feel better.

    • blackbird

      Sarah Palin is not responsible for the 15Trillion dollar debt
      Sarah Palin is not responsible for all the corruption and cronyism in Washington
      Sarah Palin is not responsible for the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya
      Sarah Palin is not responsible for congress not passing a budget
      Sarah Palin is not responsible for entitlement programs going bankrupt
      Sarah Palin is not responsible for America’s credit downgrade
      Sarah Palin is not responsible for $4 and $5 gas at the pump
      Sarah Palin is not responsible for American Presidents bowing to the Saudi King
      Sarah Palin is not responsible for a housing market in the tank
      Sarah Palin is not responsible for the longest streak of high unemployment
      Sarah Palin is not responsible for the bailouts of banks and union bosses
      Sarah Palin is not responsible for America asking other nations to produce energy for you

      • LMA

        You’re right. That was all Dubya.

    • Christine

      Caleb, you are so wrong.

    • jane arcus

      You Caleb are delusional. Go back to occupying whatever rock you live under.

    • Margie Wilson-Mars

      Oh, Caleb…where do you get these tired, old talking points?
      Have you considered the possibility that Mrs. Palin was bloody sick and tired of people like you trying to destroy her out of some misguided hatred and bigotry? There is nothing wrong with disliking a politician, but when you drag them down for no reason other than to bolster your own self-worth, it crosses the line. There is no excuse for what was done to Sarah Palin and her family. It was (is) so beyond normal politics it makes me sick. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that you’re one of the nutcases that is still…years after the election…running hate sites focused SOLELY on destroying Mrs. Palin and family. You talk about Mrs. Palin running because of her ego? Does the same hold true for every politician, or just those you hate? I don’t like Obama but at least I talk issues, not some made up fantasy that ‘the rest of the country was laughing at him’.
      Bristol, great post. I’m glad I subbed. You’re a smart girl.

      • Angie

        High Five! I am not an Obama supporter by any means, and I had some disagreements with the way Bush handled a few things, but I would never dream of insulting a president or presidential/vice presidential candidate the way Sarah Palin has been treated.

    • Bruce O’H.

      The concerted effort of the hyena media worked to make fools believe their lies about Sarah Palin, despite her exemplary record, her achievements and her character.
      The 2010 elections, and their denunciation of the Left in historic fashion, shows who the rest of the country were actually laughing at.
      2012 will be a similar denunciation.
      But, you, Caleb, will still be in YOUR bubble, thinking that your opinion is the conventional one.

    • Angie

      I don’t think that is true. She was not being laughed at by the whole country… just by a few very loud people.

  • Andy Sandoval

    Excellent blog, Bristol! And the Romney camp was going after your mom BEFORE the first vote was cast in that election of 2008. We are praying and fasting on the National Day of Prayer this Thursday, May 3rd, that God would intervene for the sake of the nation for your mother to run this year. This nation NEEDS a GOOD example to follow. You mother IS THE BEST!!! Thank you for those polls.
    May your voice have IMPACT! God bless you!

  • Millie

    Bristol,
    I fit into the category of voting for your mom and not for McCain. And as had been said here I will
    vote for her again when she runs. Your post is excellent!!!

  • Robin

    Great post Bristol, I wish it was your Mom running with him but I know your family has been put thru the ringer enough. God Bless.

  • truga

    Bristol, it’s time for you to stay out of politics. Your mother does not need your help; she’s an experienced politician. Don’t give the impression that you are speaking for her. And don’t go back to the 2008 election. It is not relevant today.

    • Resettozero

      Uh oh. Truga said dumb thing.

  • Mary GW

    Great post Bristol.. I voted for McCain/Palin and I would vote for her again! As for trolls, I used to kind of like trolls….but now I just find trolls boring.

  • Lynn

    YOUR MOM WAS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN FOR THE ENTIRE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN 2008.
    I WILL VOTE FOR HER ANY TIME I CAN. I’D LOVE TO SEE HER RUN FOR PRESIDENT. SHE IS GREAT AND GETTING OUT FOR A WHILE MIGHT HAVE BEEN GOOD FOR HER. LOVED HER BOOK.

    THINK YOUR WRITING IS EXCELLENT.THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS AND PICTURES
    OF YOUR AMAZING FAMILY. REALLY ENJOYED THE VIDEO OF HER SPEECH. THANK YOU VERY
    MUCH FOR SHARING THAT.

  • http://www.julimize.com Juli Mize

    Great post, Bristol!

  • Sam Adams

    I agree with you here, Bristol. Sarah Palin was the breath of fresh air Mr. liberal-voting McCain needed and that’s what got me to hold my nose and vote for him.
    She has remained the only conservative with enough there to cause me to still listen and I trust her.
    I don’t trust other Dems./Republicans.
    Things are worse not better since GWB left office and took all the adults, maturity, dignity, and integrity with him.
    We’re in a world of hurt in this country and your mother understands that.
    I admire her views and the way she lives her life.
    PS Can’t believe Media Matters trolls linger here just to spew hate.
    Get a life.

  • Sam

    You guys are correct. A lot of people are afraid of Sarah Palin, but not for the reason you are thinking. I lot of people in 2008 where like me. Moderate and politically independent. Both McCain and Obama seemed like an okay choice after 8 years of a Bush catastrophe. Obama announced Biden as his running mate and I thought “meh.” McCain announced Palin as his VP nominee and I was frightened. I was frightened that a woman with those beliefs, with that arrogance, with that narcissism, with the “I’m a victim” attitude was going to be one 72 year olds heartbeat away from the most powerful office in the world. The moment Sarah Palin was announced was the moment I became an Obama supporter. Yes there was a bump right after Palin was nominated, but that bump disappeared FAST after the majority of American’s heard what she had to say. And I am sorry, but Sarah Palin does not have 90% approval rating. According to a 2011 CNN poll her ratings were close to 22% favorable with only a 14% rating among independents.

    Also someone above said George W Bush took all the “adults, maturity, dignity and integrity with him when he left office”. All I can say to that is HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • Heather

      I completely agree Sam, I mean let’s get some real sources here. Of course the Alaska Politics Blog will have 90% of their republicans had a favorable view of her. That’s your home state! It doesn’t take a genius to see the connection in that source, and FOX is known for their inaccuracy and biased opinions so again lets see some real sources about the figures you are claiming. You do know what an unbiased source is right, you should’ve learned about it in your college english class if you even took one. The only reason I saw this blog is through Huffington Post’s article, never will I come to this nononsense blog again.

      • Elson Snider

        GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you love the change!!!

    • Elson Snider

      What kind of dignity,and maturity has obama brought? I can’t think of anything mature (about,adding 6 trillion in debt,in just three yrs office),to brag about!! After all of his stimulus packages,still over 8% unemployment!! And you’re a moron for believing polls from cnn!! Their ratings,have dropped below the positive line,lol! Such an idiot!!

    • JB

      Bristol honey, your mom isn’t a tough act to follow, she’s a tough farce to follow.
      Your family is literally a national joke and you can blame your mom for that.

      • Laura

        Instead of being nasty to Bristol, why don’t you offer a better way? No doubt you voted for Obama, who is literally taking America to hell. I blame you, and your fellow liberals, for that.

        • Beverly

          Why do people get upset when someone is stating the truth? Sarah Palin was and still is a national joke. This is not a left or right “thing”….it’s the truth!! Just look at the coverage she get. Comedians don’t have to make of materials…she just give it to them. To think that McCain was soooo desperate to win the election that he would select someone like Sarah to be a heart beat away was not putting Country First! Sarah has ruin it for all GOP females for VP right now. Maybe if Sarah would get some more education that might help. Did she really think Queen Elizabeth ran the government???

  • Emily Lauren

    Wonderful post, Bristol! The last line is my favorite… Sarah Palin IS a tough act to follow. By the way, Tripp is precious; you’re doing a great job. :)

  • Dennis McHale

    Bristol, outstanding defense of your mother. I have been writing these very words for months now. I recognized the Bush led Republican Party has been trying to take your mother down since she was picked by McCain. I have written so much about this subject that if anyone wants to read what I have written on this subject they need to go to ‘TEAM Sarah’. I’ll only repeat this: In the book ‘Game Change page 378, they will read about the relationship between Hank Paulson and Obama. Once they understand that relationship and what took place on the weekend of 9/13-9/14, followed by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, then they will begin to see the collapse of the final markets didn’t just happen by accident. Bristol you are smart, brave and 100% correct about your mother. You will never hear it from the Northeast Establishment media, but your mom is the most popular Republican in the country, but the Establishment wants her to go away. I fear your mother’s only chance for a political future will be in a 3rd Party.

  • http://100%SarahsYouBetchaNation John Norton

    There can be only one,Bristol,and We all know who She is this time around…We Do… !

  • http://vernerable.wordpress.com/ Vern Crisler

    Love your defense of your Mom, Bristol. The fact is, McCain would have tanked much sooner if Sarah had not been picked for VP. She actually breathed life into the campaign, and I remember being in Laughlin, Nevada, and some folks on an elevator were so excited about Sarah, they struck up a conversation with me about it, a total stranger. Plus Rush had some of his finest moments on the radio in defending Sarah against the horrible leftist smear job that was then taking place. It’s good to remind people of the truth, and it’s good that Sarah has a daughter who is willing to fight for the truth. God bless you both.

  • Greg Gorski

    Bristol – so true! I’m a huge fan of your mom, she embodies all the America is and what Americans aspire to be. I have a Facebook page for her “Garden State for Sarah Palin” that I set up last summer. Keep up your determination and faith that we will take our country back.

  • Chuck Quinn

    You go girl!! Your mom is great!! The truth will always win !! People like sam will always be the background noise !! Thats all they are, just like the present vp.and his ilk. Pay background noise the attention it deserves NONE. God bless all of you.

  • Angie

    I agree with you, Bristol! I was going to vote third party, and I decided to vote Republican instead because of your mom. I believe that she is the reason they did as well as they did in 2008!

  • Anona Must

    You are a sick woman!

  • lethargic

    Bristol, I voted for McCain/Palin in 2008 precisely FOR your mother. Without her, I might not have voted at all … once she was selection, I made my first-ever campaign donation and I’m over 50, so that’s something … your mom was the only positive thing about that election. May God bless her, you, and all your family.

  • Tim Bewley

    Bristol Palin unwed mother criticizes the President of the United States over his stance on same sex marriages? What is she thinking. On one hand you have a high school graduate who had a child out of wedlock on the other hand you have the President of the United States in (by all appearances) a very successful marriage who was a constitutional professor at Harvard. Which one would I have greater faith in finding wisdom? Without a doubt it would be President Barrack Obama. The idea that examining his family to figure out what he thinks and finds important in family makes perfect sense. The fact he rejects a narrow-minded and religiously bigoted viewpoint that only men and women can marry really upsets fundamentalists and the religious right. People who believe only men and women can marry impinge on the right of “pursuit of happiness” for gay and lesbian people. The whole point of America is you are free to live your life as you see fit as long as your not infringing on other people. Bristol thinks it’s her duty to infringe on other peoples lifestyle. What hubris, perhaps she will grow out of it one day. But I wouldn’t count on it. Additionally your mother was a terrible pick for Vice President and cost the Republican party the election against Obama. I mean seriously she could have said “Field and Stream”, “Playgirl”,”Guitar Player”,”Newsweek” say anything, ANYTHING!

  • jessa

    Great post Bristol! Your Mom was the main reason my family was excited to vote for senator mccain!

  • Serenity James

    I cannot claim to know what you went through during that election. However, I can fully understand and feel your anger, pain, and lust to correct those who slam your mother, without knowing her. I am a southern girl, through, and through, and I believe that, while I can ‘bash’ my mother all that I want, just let someone else say the wrong thing about my mom, and I’m ready to dig their grave. I applaud you for being classy during all of the opposition to your family. Stay strong, Bristol.

  • Mike

    Sarah’s only accomplishment was getting the base fired up. Sorry, I am an independant who voted Democrat due to the poor choice. Sarah Palin was not ready for the role, and continually proves that each time she makes a public appearance. Sorry, but Rommney must learn from this if he has any chance this year. It will be women & independants to decide again this year, and Ms. Palin & daughter should stay away from the conversation, or risk loosing the people in the “middle”. Really, shut up for once! We dont have to hear from your family EVERY DAY!

    • Denise

      Hey dummy.. you are taking your time to post on her page.

  • http://www.artfulcynic.org Artfulcynic

    Well put—and oddly, I am starting to like your opinions. :) I wouldn’t go so far to say that your mother was a “bad” pick, since she was definitely influential. McCain’s “huge mistake” was the lack of preparation your mother had—thought no real fault of her own (OMG, I actually said that). She wasn’t vetted or coached properly in the mannerisms and tactics of the mainstream press, and she became cannon-fodder when a select few newscasters decided to enhance their career.

  • Doc9

    Let’s be realistic. McCain himself did not pick Palin, he didn’t even know her. The right wing Rove think-tank responsible for successful Bush campaigns doubled-down on their formerly successful “rally the ignorant and undereducated, pseudo-politically motivated, religious, far right” strategy. Only difference this time is that the manipulation was so obvious and transparent that it offended more sensible people than it did rally the right. Poor old McCain tried but couldn’t pretend hard enough to believe in, much less know SP from Adam. If he would have had the integrity to select the person that he himself believed in, instead of adhering to what was obviously a strategic plot, his campaign would have not had that awkward incongruence that caused voters to doubt it’s authenticity. In the movie “Oh Brother Where Art Thou,” the right-wing establishment’s candidate campaigned with a “midget” to prove that he was “A friend of the little man.” Sorry BP, but with respect to the 2008 election, your mom was the midget.

  • Terri

    Bristol I doubt you remember me but I lived in Wasilla while your mother was Governor and was pleased to get to know your family and even interviewed your dad for the local radio station for the Iron Dog:) And these so called “critics” of Sarah need to do their homework. Sarah cleaned house when she became Governor of all the “Good Ole Boy Politicians” that were in bed with special interests to pad their own pockets. She took on big oil, wasteful government, and most of all she always kept the people of Alaska’s interests first. This country would be so much better off right now if the McCain and Palin ticket would have won. Sarah Palin is an amazing woman and she will always have my admiration

  • Michael Katz

    Bristol, you are so right. The only reason I voted for McCain was because your mom was on the ticket. If he had picked someone “safe,” I would have used my cat Humphrey as a write-in vote. If your mom wasn’t on the ticket, Obama would have won in a landslide.

  • M Porter

    Bristol,
    The only difficulty your Mom had as McCain’s pick was her lack of ability to convince conservatives that McCain was conservative. Not her problem, McCain’s problem.
    Sarah represents something that terrifies the progressives and liberals of the media and that is why they make it regular practice to drive home the idea of her being some kind of a mistake. A Sarah type of pick is exactly what Romney needs to solidify the conservative bases and to boost fund raising.
    I think it is hilarious to watch these liberal talking heads lecture conservatives on what is best for a conservative to win. You can pretty much guess that opposite of whatever the say to do or not to do is what should be done.
    Immediately after the 2008 election, the campaign of the media to deter the nomination of Sarah for president began by falsely beating the mantra of unelectable. Her popularity among Christian conservatives, Tea party, CPAC and the truly average American is what scares them.
    If she was so unelectable or a mistake, then how is it that her endorsements of other candidates has such a high rate of success?
    If she was so unelectable, then why did nearly every network carry her news conference live, announcing that she would not seek the nomination?
    The attention the left gives her is proof that she represents much more.

  • Adam Erickson

    Look, before you say you’ve “refuted” anything or you have done more research than others it is important to realize that there is no objective answer to whether or not Sarah Palin was a good pick. We know what happened, we can never know what COULD have happened. But the problem with your post is this – yes, she excited CONSERVATIVES a lot for god knows why reasons, but she frightened independents. They thought she was naive, inexperienced, and not the brightest bulb. Establishment republicans saw this too. Above average intelligence Americans saw her and thought ” . . . Really?”. That is why Obama won the swing voters.

  • Joyce Carter

    Bristol, I totally agree with everything you said. Keep fighting the good fight!
    I watch your show, love you and your mom! God bless you!

  • Catarina

    Yes your mom got votes. That was why she was chosen. To get VOTES. Not because people thought she was actually qualified to be next-in-line for president. She was all style and no substance and I think once America realized that, the McCain-Palin ticket lost all hope of winning the election. What these pundits are saying is that the GOP Party needs a running mate who is intelligent and experienced – not just someone who is attractive and charismatic. I will gladly provide you evidence that picking your mom was a mistake (although I am still awaiting your evidence to your claim that children are raised better by a man and woman than a same-sex couple). So why don’t we look at the fact that your mom left her governor post before her term ended, became a reality tv star (along with you) and have made many thoughtless, controversial remarks over these past few years (Giffords anyone)? From an outsider’s point of view, you have to see where we’re coming from and it’s not completely because the media insists on extorting everything. Even now, we have people such as Dick Cheney, Barbara Bush, Bill O’Reilly (who your mom worked with), Roger Ailes (your mom’s boss) and HER CAMPAIGN ADVISERS that express their belief that picking her was a big mistake.

    • Lily

      THANK YOU!!!!!

    • http://www.looksbytonirachelle.com Toni

      I love the irony of the “all style, and no substance” comment. I could hardly think of a better description for the current President of the United States.

  • gene trower

    Too bad it wasn’t Sarah Palin running for President. Too bad she isn’t president. We couldn’t have the mess we have today if she were the president.

    Oh Well,

    BRISTOL PALIN FOR PRESIDENT

    GENE

  • Jean

    Why don’t you go talk to a telepromter. The author of the President of US.

  • myj

    Because she don”t have enough on her hand :-(


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