Sarah Palin

The Delaware Fury: Is This Really About 2012?

By on 9.16.10 | 2:22AM

A few months ago, a friend suggested to me that Mitt Romney's supporters were involved in certain behind-the-scenes maneuvers as part of an effort to stack the deck in Romney's favor in advance of the 2012 presidential campaign. And these supporters, it was said, are especially concerned about thwarting any effort by Sarah Palin to get the 2012 GOP nomination.

That came to mind as I was reflecting on the stunning vehemence of some Republican attacks on Christine O'Donnell. Something else that came to mind: The 2012 primary calendar.

Sarah Palin endorsed Kelly Ayotte, who won a narrow victory in the New Hampshire GOP Senate primary. Palin's endorsement was also credited with securing Sharron Angle's win in Nevada (which holds Jan. 28 caucuses in 2012) and with lifting Nikki Haley to victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary in South Carolina (2012 primary, Jan. 28), which has been a make-or-break state for GOP presidential candidates since 1980.

Delaware -- where Palin's endorsement gave a decisive boost to O'Donnell -- is a Feb. 7 "Super Tuesday" state.

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Alaska Libertarians Courted in GOP Senate Fight

By on 8.27.10 | 3:03AM

Alaska's Libertarian Party suddenly finds itself in the news -- and the object of political courtship -- as a result of Joe Miller's apparent upset of Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary.

Under Alaska law, if Murkowksi is defeated in the Republican primary, her only other option to be on the Nov. 2 ballot would be for her to obtain the nomination of another party. Murkowski's supporters are trying to persuade LP Senate candidate Frederick "Dave" Haase to consider stepping aside so that she could run on the Libertarian ticket -- a move that Haase and state LP officials have so far refused to rule out.

In a telephone interview late Thursday, one LP source in Anchorage told me that although Haase has expressed admiration for Murkowski, he's also a "huge fan of Sarah Palin."

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Alaska: Sen. Murkowski Trails Palin-Backed Challenger Miller

By on 8.25.10 | 5:57AM

When Alaska officials stopped counting ballots at 12:30 a.m. Anchorage time (4:30 a.m ET), 77% of the state's precincts had reported, and Republican primary challenger Joe Miller led by nearly 3,000 votes over incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

The New York Times, Roll Call and Anchorage Daily News reported this result cautiously -- Murkowski was "imperiled" and "battling for her political life," etc. -- but with Miller at nearly 52% of the vote, it appears evident that the challenger has won an upset.

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Another Palin Endorsement

By on 8.19.10 | 10:57AM

Certainly you remember Democrat Rep. Bob Etheridge of North Carolina, who a couple of months agoshowed his passion for reportorial transparency.
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Anatomy of an Anti-Palin Hoax

By on 7.19.10 | 9:47PM

Headline in the New York Post, Monday:

Bristol Palin & Levi Johnston eyeing reality show

Headine in US Weekly, later Monday:

Exclusive: Rep: Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston Aren't Doing a Reality Show

OK, so what's going on here? Why would the New York Post print a story stating as a fact that Sarah Palin's daughter was pitching a TV show without bothering to get confirmation from any of the alleged stars of such a show? They certainly must have trusted their sources. And who would those sources be?

One online commenter said of their reunion, "When you have no way to come up with $1,700 a month in child support . . . and there aren't any other jobs out there . . . options are limited."

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