By Marion Algier – AskMarion
The jockeying for position and influence for both the 2014 and 2016 elections began, November 7th, the day after President Obama was re-elected and buyer’s remorse has already begun to set in for many Americans who either voted for President Obama or did note vote at all in the last election. And the left, from the President himself to the progressive media have twisted themselves into pretzels to promote Hillary Clinton… gambling that 2016 might be the year for the first female American president and gambling that the low-informed voters won’t realize that voting for Hillary will just be a replay of Obama… only on steroids!! 2016 Might Be the Election of the First Female President of the United States and if so it should to be her female nemesis… (but definitely someone other than Hillary) just like The Best Man for the VP position in 2008 Turned Out To Be This Woman… But unless the Republican party, conservatives and patriots in general clean house, educate themselves and speak-out starting now there is little hope for them, us, or America. Time to wake-up and educate the low-informed masses!!
Palin Plans to ‘Shake Up the GOP Machine’
DailyMail: Once again Sarah Palin is showing that she has no plans to play by the rules.
She has parted ways with FOX News after a turbulent relationship with the conservative cable news channel, taken pot shots at pundits in the 'lame stream media' and slammed her own party for selecting Mitt Romney as the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.
Now the former Alaska governor says she'll use the $1.2 million raised through her SarahPAC to 'shake up the GOP machine' and unveiled a vague vision on how she'll get her message out to a larger audience.
Keep an eye out: Sarah Palin, in 2008, failed to give specifics about what's up her sleeve but financial reports show her PAC has $1.2 million in the bank
News broke on Friday night that she had not renewed her $1 million annual contract with FOX News, after three years as a contributor on Roger Ailes' network.
Palin then spoke out on Saturday, in an interview with Breitbart.com, saying that she was working to 'free up opportunities to share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom and the imperative of defending our republic and restoring this most exceptional nation.'
Calling the future 'wide open' with opportunities, she shared how she plans 'to pick battles wisely, and all in due season' - hinting that she still has a fight left in her.
Her vision for the future coincided with the financial disclosure from her Political Action Committee, SarahPAC, with records released on Monday showing she ended 2012 with nearly $1.2 million in the bank.
She raised around $20,790 between Nov. 27 and Dec. 31 and spent $67,800 during that time period on expenses including consulting, speech writing and legal fees.
Palin, pictured with Mitt Romney during the 2008 election; blamed the GOP for choosing Mitt the Moderate in 2012 instead of a more conservative presidential nominee
Swan song: Sarah Palin made her last FOX appearance on Dec. 19
Though speculation grows over her future, she was quite clear about her view of her party's past performance in 2012.
She blasted the Republican establishment, announcing her intention 'to shake up the GOP machine that tries to orchestrate away too much of the will of constitutional conservatives who don’t give a hoot how they do it in DC.'
Awkward: Sarah Palin took to Facebook to complain about her employer
She didn't mince words on the presidential election of 2012, saying former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lost because he was too moderate and blamed the party for not listening to the desires of grass roots conservatives.
'We had an election defined by a biased media plus millions of voters who sat it out in disgust. As long as we allow the media and GOP establishment to tell us who our nominees must be, we can expect to lose. I'm not interested in losing. America's next generation can’t afford another loss.'
Yet again she took a dig at what she has dubbed the 'lame stream media,' calling for more 'truth-telling' and praising conservatives, like radio personalities Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin but seemed to intentionally leave out any of her former FOX colleagues.
It's not clear how exactly Palin's arrangement ended with the conservative cable news outfit.
FOX, the News Corporation unit run by Mr Ailes, has insisted they parted ways on an amicable note despite repeated signs of a strained relationship.
'We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors,' Bill Shine, an executive vice president at FOX, told the New York Times.
Senator John McCain's former running mate joined the network in January 2010.
With her colored past in U.S. politics, Mr Ailes made no secret of her true appeal.
'I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings,' he told the Associated Press in an October 2011 interview.
Unlike former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who hosts a weekly talk show on FOX at the network's headquarters at 1211 Avenue of the Americas on West 47th Street in Midtown Manhattan, FOX News built a studio for her at her Wasilla, Alaska home.
Her husband, Todd, would occasionally take on the role of cameraman and producer during her live television appearances.
Despite the cozy arrangement that allowed the Alaskan to work from home, it was said that Palin and FOX were not seeing eye-to-eye.
Nice and cozy: FOX News built a studio for Palin at her home in Wasilla, Alaska and her husband, Todd, often served as her cameraman
After Sen. McCain's loss to Obama in 2008, Palin returned to her native Alaska and then abruptly resigned from her post as governor of Alaska in July 2009.
Her book, 'Going Rogue: An American Life,' was published in November 2009 by News Corp.'s HarperCollins, and she followed it up in 2010 with another book, 'America by Heart.'
Her relationship with FOX News has been known to be tense, as she and the company's CEO have traded barbs and often appeared annoyed at each another.
In late 2011, America waited to see if Palin would enter the presidential race after she openly flirted with the idea.
When Palin did finally decide not to throw her hat in the ring in October 2011, she made the announcement on a conservative radio program, The Mark Levin Show, instead of FOX.
Failing to give the exclusive to her employer was seen as a slap in the network's face.
Then months later, in April 2012, Mr Ailes bluntly stated Palin 'had no chance to be president' during a speech at the University of North Carolina.
Palin called his perspective 'interesting' and retorted that, 'I wonder if he is aware that the same thing was said about me when I ran for city council, mayor, and eventually governor,' in an interview on Breitbart.com.
See ya: Sarah Palin, in 2008, downplayed her FOX departure and said the future is 'wide open' with opportunities
'No doubt many people who are told they can't do something will work that much harder, and they succeed,' she added.
Mr Ailes later clarified that he wasn't 'referring to any ...long-term prospects,' adding that 'nobody can predict the future.'
But in August of 2012, she showed she had no love for FOX when at the Republican National Convention she took to Facebook to complain that the network had taken her off as a contributor for the convention coverage.
'I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight,' she wrote to her more than 3 million followers on her Facebook page.
FOX said the changes were due to a condensed line-up of speakers but the public spat had many wondering last summer if her stint on cable would be coming to a close.
Her last appearance on FOX, the most watched cable news network, was on Dec. 19 for an interview on Greta Van Susteren's show.
SarahPalinInformationBlog: Governor Palin’s PAC ended the year with a reserve of almost $1.2 million in the bank and no debt. That and the fact that fund raising continued toward the end of the year lends credence to Governor Palin’s promise to continue the battle for common-sense conservatism.
Kenneth Vogel at Politico writes:
Palin’s leadership political action committee, Sarah PAC, finished the year with $1.2 million in the bank, according to a report to the Federal Election Commission covering roughly the final month of the year.
Perhaps as significant as the cash on hand, Palin’s PAC has continued spending to build her fundraising list, which sources say contains about 100,000 addresses. The PAC paid $28,000 in December for fundraising related expenses including direct mail, online fundraising and thank you notes to donors, the report shows.
And her endorsements — along with accompanying Sarah PAC donations — were welcomed by several tea party candidates who defeated more establishment candidates in GOP primaries, earning her allies in the GOP freshman class and signaling that she can still be a force in the conservative base.
She was among the early backers of newly elected Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Deb Fisher (R-Neb.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in their contested primaries, giving maximum $5,000 donations in their primaries, and then again in their general election campaigns.
“The governor’s vision and the support of patriots like you helped transform my long-shot candidacy into victory on election night,” he wrote. “While federal law prohibited any coordination between SarahPAC and my campaign, none of this success would have been possible without the outpouring of financial support, hard work, and word of mouth from conservative fighters like you. The governor’s support and your constant encouragement played a critical part in our triumph.”
After her breakup with Fox News, Palin told Breitbart News that she intended to broaden her outreach and become more involved in backing anti-establishment candidates.
“Focus on the 2014 election is also imperative,” she said, suggesting the Fox split would allow her to “free up opportunities” to spread her message. “It’s going to be like 2010, but this time around we need to shake up the GOP machine that tries to orchestrate away too much of the will of constitutional conservatives who don’t give a hoot how they do it in DC.”
And, in a late November message to the Sarah PAC list, Crawford signaled an even more anti-establishment path, writing that the “power brokers in Washington will still look for the easy path with candidates – those they know and that are habitual candidates.” Sarah PAC “will never stop identifying and supporting local commonsense conservatives with strong messages who understand the need to put people over politics, principals over promises, and ideals over self-interests.”
Dave Levinthal at the Center for Public Integrity also writes:
Few PACs, be they traditional or super in nature, maintain a cash balance in the seven-figure range, meaning Sarah PAC remains a force in politics…
During calendar year 2012, Sarah PAC took in nearly $2.6 million in contributions, its reporting shows.
Sarah Palin, feared by the left and the right establishments because of her integrity and her refusal to play by their corrupted books. She remains one of the few truely trustworthy national figures--though I don't always agree with what she says-she loves America and our freedom, knowing that it is is deep danger from the ruling class in Washington and their tainted media robots.
- Don L , Torrington CT, 29/1/2013 18:05