Monday, August 27, 2007

Draft Palin Effort Intensifying: "New Faces, New Places"

Tomorrow's (Tuesday's) column? I'm on a roll with Sarah, so I'll stick with her and why presidential candidates, including Mike, should look at her as a political goldmine. I always wondered who the "wee hours" visitors were. Leave me your blog address (or your e-mail) and you'll hear from me soon. Note the following: Juneau, Alaska story Aug. 27: "New stores and the expansion of others are consuming the capital city’s available labor, shrinking the city’s unemployment rate and making it rough for smaller businesses to find workers."

I read the above, and I thought, "Gee, Sarah even solved the universal problem of unemployment!"

"God so loved the world," but I'm only at the point where I like it.

Note to supporters of MIKE HUCKABEE and other candidates, the best way to learn about Sarah Palin is to read some of the national articles praising her, all of them listed on my blogroll (Fred Barnes in The Weekly Standard, Whie House Correspondent Les Kinsolving in WorldNetDaily, Dimitri Vassilaros in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review), SJ Reidhead on BlogCritics, and Tom Koenniger in The Columbian). The Wikipedia article on Sarah (type in her name) is short but accurate. If you're interested in blog sites backing Sarah, look at: http://palinforvp.blogspot.com/, http://palintology.com/ (an Alaska site), http://outsideofthebox.townhall.com/, as well as pro-Huckabee sites such as http://onemom.wordpress.com/, http://opinionatedcatholic.blogspot.com/ and http://themaritimesentry.blogspot.com/. Please join us in our efforts to get the most electable woman on the GOP ticket.

A big welcome to the newest Palin Fan (and a strong supporter of Mike Huckabee), a guy named "Nuke" who does Nuke's News & Views at: http://conservablogs.com/nuke/

NOTE: WE'RE ASKING EVERYONE WHO VISITS THIS SITE OR THE MANY OTHER PRO-PALIN BLOGS TO JOIN IN THE EFFORT TO GET SARAH PALIN ON THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL TICKET. YOU CAN DO SO THROUGH THE COMMENTS SECTIONS OR BY E-MAILING ME AT TALKTOP65@AOL.COM. ANY CONTACTS FROM THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDERS OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE HELD IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE.

I'm asking Adam Brickley (http:palinforvp.blogspot.com), founder of the Draft Palin Movement, to put on the mailing list two individuals: Larry Perrault and Douglas Gibbs. In the case of the latter, Doug hosts the popular Political Pistachio radio program (http://politicalpistachio.com, and he and his wife ("Mrs. Pistachio") were kind enough to have me on with them a few weeks ago. Doug can't endorse specific candidates right now, as he is seeking to have various individuals (including Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin) on his show. So, at this point he clearly should remain neutral.

Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, when this column is brought to your attention, please seriously consider appearing on Doug's outstanding radio show.

As for Larry Perrault, he and I have exchanged many blog comments and e-mails. At times, we exasperate one another, but Larry clearly is a splendid guy (a Houstonian) who thinks the world of Mike Huckabee.

As regards Sarah Palin, he sent me the following comment: "If Huckabee were nominated and saw fit to select Sarah Palin to fill out the ticket, I'd be delighted." That's good enough for me. I urge you to visit Larry's site at: http://larryperrault.blogspot.com.

By the way, Larry has MS. His body may have failed him, but his heart, soul, and love for his family and his country remain very much intact.

As many of you know, I have a high regard for Mike Huckabee (as I do for some other candidates), and would be proud to support him if he wins the nomination. I believe strongly that Mike should meet soon with Sarah Palin, privately at first if that approach suits both of them.

Sarah has said she doesn't know a great deal about Mike, and his campaign should rectify that situation quickly. At this point, Sarah probably can do more for ANY of the candidates than they can do for her. As the most popular state official in our country, she can be very helpful in advising how candidates can generate wide public support.

At the least, Mike's building a strong personal and political relationship with Sarah and her supporters would help his campaign greatly if he named her as "exactly the kind of person" he would seriously consider for the nation's second-highest office. Our goal is for the Republican nominee to name his prospective running mate no later than Febuary 6, 2008, the day after the "Super Tuesday" primaries.

Late last week, Bill McAllister of KTUU-TV asked me if the Draft Palin Movement had established initial contacts with Republican presidential candidates (plural), and I said honestly that we had initiated such outreach. We want to know exactly where the candidates, including Mike Huckabee, stand on having a qualified woman on the ticket. The candidates increasingly are aware of the strong support Sarah has from people of the stature of Fred Barnes, Les Kinsolving, Tom Koennniger, and SJ Reidhead, among others, as well as from many of the most dedicated and influential members of the blogosphere.

National figures associated with the presidential campaigns have expressed an interest in meeting with Sarah Palin. The next moves are up to the candidates.

Frankly, the election of 2008 is so important to our nation that presidential candidates should avoid the usual coyness when it comes to a vice-presidential selection. We urge them not to fall back into considering mainly aging male Caucasians. It's time to select someone whose political future is unlimited and whose appeal to voters is obvious.

Whatever candidate selects Sarah as a running mate should be aware that she would refuse to be some sort of gender token or "attack dog." She's an individual of nont only of high intelligence but also of basic decency. She's a healer, not a divider.

The presidential nominee will make the final decisions on policy issues, but Sarah should be a respected advisor, especially on issues related to the family, energy, education, the environment, Second Amendment rights, and the overall value of life. She has translated her stands on such issues into approval ratings that show almost universal support, not just from Republicans, but also from Democrats and Independents.

It's clearly time for new faces from new places. In our view, the best new face is that of Sarah Palin, and the new place should be the geographically distant -- but critically important -- state of Alaska.

Stephen R. Maloney, Ambridge, PA
National Coordinating Team Palin 4 VP
TalkTop65@aol.com
724-266-2953

21 comments:

James H said...

I will link this today. Good post

Nuke said...

Sarah is a babe!
What a nice break after looking at Dick Cheney for the past 8 years. Heh™

Stephen R. Maloney said...

James, thank. AMDG. You're one of our strongest boosters.

steve

Stephen R. Maloney said...

Nuke, can I list you as a Palin Fan? It basically means you like Sarah Palin. You get to like her for whatever reasons appeal to you. Okay?

steve

Think Aware said...

Stephen,

Thanks for inviting me over to read your article on Sarah Palin. Honestly, I have not heard of her before today, but look forward to reading about her. Thanks for bringing her to my attention!

Treva

Stephen R. Maloney said...

Treva, if you have an e-mail I can send you a "short-course" in Sarah Palin. Many supporters of Mike Huckabee are supporting her for VP (and for good reason). God bless.

My e-mail is: TalkTop65@aol.com

NY Catholic Mom said...

Maybe Sarah should run after Huckabee's two terms are over. Her kids would all be grown up by then, and she could do alot for Alaska in the meantime. (I only say this since I'm a mom, too, and being Governor of Alaska and having four or five kids is plenty for anyone to manage. Keep up the great work, Sarah, and we'll see you in '15!)

Stephen R. Maloney said...

Dear Catholic Mom: Sarah seems to have done a wonderful job (along with her husband, Todd) with her kids to this point. From the polls, it looks likely (though not inevitable) that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the next President of the U.S. The effort to get Sarah on the ticket is an effort to forestall that from happening. If Mrs. Clinton wins in 2008, her opponent in 2012 might very well be Sarah Palin. I don't think it would benefit Mike to choose a male Caucasian with very limited appeal to voters, as the Republican Party has done over and over and over again since the Eisenhower era. If the Republican Party has stars -- and Mike truly is one -- then it is time to present them to the voters.

steve

Stephen R. Maloney said...

I embellished my response to Catholic Mom slightly. It follows:

Dear Catholic Mom: Sarah seems to have done a wonderful job (along with her husband, Todd) with her kids to this point. From the polls, it looks likely (though not inevitable) that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the next President of the U.S. The effort to get Sarah on the ticket is an effort to forestall that from happening. If Mrs. Clinton wins in 2008, her opponent in 2012 might very well be Sarah Palin. Poll data (I can provide if you'd like to see it) shows Mrs. Clinton doing very well among Catholic voters. That data has been cited by Rasmussen and Pew, two highly respected survey firms. The Republican Party has also done poorly for nearly 30 years with women professionals (teachers, doctors, lawyers, businesswomen, nurses) and that gap is widening. (Rutgers University does the polling on women professionals tended to vote Democratic.)

I don't think it would benefit Mike to choose a male Caucasian (a Fred Thompson or Newt Gingrich) with very limited appeal to voters generally, as the Republican Party has done over and over and over again since the Eisenhower era. If the Republican Party has stars -- and Mike truly is one -- then it is time to present them to the voters.

Gov. Palin has more executive experience than Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards -- combined.

The Republican Party has only two women -- a shamefully low number -- who could run effectively on the national ticket. They are Heather Wilson of NM and Sarah Palin of Alaska. I don't think the message we want to send to women interested in public service is that they had best ally themselves with the Democrats.

As you can see, a tremendous amount of thought has preceded the many thousands of hours people have spent on Sarah's behalf. It is not a casual suggestion.


steve

Murphy's Law 1 said...

After reading your post, and perusing the comments... I'm in complete and total agreement, with you.
I'll have to follow the link about this Sarah Palin, so I can find out if she's really as good as you make her sound.

Feel free to drop by my blog, any time. Tell your friends about me, too. I'm new to this whole political blogging thing... comments, encouragements, and criticisms are all welcome and encouraged.

out.
-Murphy's Law 1 (aka: "Murph")

Stephen R. Maloney said...

Hi Murph: I promise to get back to you tomorrow. You sound very wise because you agree with me. :-) I'm blogged out for the day but will be sure to visit your site.

ElephantMan said...

Wow, Steve, you're having quite a day! Keep up the good work!

Sanity102 said...

Steve, I've written a post titled "Palin Objections"...check it out.

It's been a rough day so I'll see if I can add to it later...enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Gov. Palin has more executive experience than Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards -- combined.

Psshh. That's not misleading at all. So the other three have never held an executive office. Big deal. Palin has also not even served ONE FULL YEAR as an elected official on the state level. Care to share how many years the others have on that level (or higher)?



As the most popular state official in our country, she can be very helpful in advising how candidates can generate wide public support.

That's very weak reasoning. She hasn't even left the honeymoon stage yet. Let her try to put her stamp on something (as Governor) and see what her approval ratings are then. Better yet, why don't you wait a few years and then see if maybe she can even get RE-ELECTED??

I find it comical that so many are drooling over this young politician just because she wears a skirt. Who says that Hillary is going to need to be counterbalanced? She has a 48% unlikability rating. If we can't beat her, either we're not trying very hard or we picked the wrong candidate. It'll have nothing to do with who the VP is. Beyond that, selecting a VP based on their sex (and not the political experience they bring to the table) is about the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

She certainly won't be brought on for those mighty 3 electoral college votes she'll lock up in Eskimo territory.

Now go ahead and conveniently not publish this.

Larry Perrault said...

Hillary, Barack, and John Edwars: by 2008, will have 16 years of experience in The Senate, between them. But, the distinction between being an executive and a legislator is hardly inconsequential.

Stephen R. Maloney said...

I will not accept comments that are "Anonymous," which is a form of gutlessness that is unimpressive to say the least. Also, I won't accept comments that are obscene or racist, which one of these is in its reference to Eskimoes, a term that's no longer used because it's the equivalent of calling Black people pickaninnies. Native Alaskans is the term such people prefer, and it's the one I'll use. All other comemnts, no matter how free-swinging are fine.

steve maloney

Stephen R. Maloney said...

I've written in column on Tuesday the kind of executive experience Gov. Palin has. Most of the presidential candidates on the Democratic side -- aside from Gov. Richardson -- have no such experience. Clearly, Senators Clinton, Obama, and Edwards regarded their seats in the Senate as little more than launching pads for their presidential runs. Strangely perhaps, I feel somewhat sad for them

steve

Stephen R. Maloney said...

Larry, I have't added up the combined Senate experience of Mrs. Clinton and Messrs. Edwards and Obama, but I'll accept your 16 years. Edwards is relatively new to politics, and Obama will have served in the Senate for approximately three years this November. Of course, "served in the Senate" is charitable phrase because he's spent most of the time since the Democratic convention of 2004 running for President. The time Mrs. Clinton got hosting dinners at the White House doesn't really count as "experience."

steve

Tennessee for Huckabee said...

Thanks for bringing my attention to Gov. Palin. It would appear that she would make a viable candidate for VP, no matter the Presidential nominee. Although, I would be a little concerned about her lack of national notoriety. Lets remember, Sen. Obama was propelled to national attention during the Democratic Convention in 2004. That may be just the thing to propel Gov. Palin, as VP or as a candidate in 4-8 years...lets pray for 8. Still too early to tell, there is much to be played out.

http://tn4huckabee.blogspot.com/

Stephen R. Maloney said...

Dear Tennessee for Huckabee: As you say, at this relatively early point it's impossible to know what water will go under the dam, but Sarah Palin is certainly a keeper. I try to blow as little "smoke" as possible at people, and it doesn't look like a banner year for Republicans in 2008. I never understimate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Can I list you as a Palin Fan, which means you get the e-mail newsletter once a week. At a later day, you may want to jump in with both feet, but you're perceptive enough to see that this is a remarkable young woman. (Everybody is younger than I am!). The e-mail letter comes from Adam Brickley, a 20-year-old (!!!!!!) student in Colorado whom I call "the new Karl Rove."

Okay on the Palin Fan designation? You can e-mail me at TalkTop65@aol.com or leave another comment.

steve

Larry Perrault said...

As of 2008, the three Democratic "frontrunners' Senate experience: Clinton - 8, Edwards (ret) - 6, Obama - 4 = 18, total. Sorry