palin power in action

Palin Power in Action

When Governor Sarah Palin endorsed Conservative Party candidate in New York for Congress, she took quite a big risk. If Hoffman would lose, especially against Republican Dede Scozzafava, many would interpret it as a sure sign that Palin’s power, popularity and influence are dramatically overestimated. And, it has to be said, considering the fact that Hoffman did not have the backing of any political machine, chances were he would indeed lose.

Hoffman does not represent the Republican Party but New York’s Conservative Party; a party populated by men and women who are fed up with ‘Republicans’ running as small government Republicans to get elected, only to forget all their principles once they actually arrive in Washington, D.C. Although many voters can recognize themselves in the aforementioned, many vote for candidates of the traditional parties nonetheless. The reason: the Democratic Party and the GOP have money. And lots of it. An Independent candidate can spend less on PR, advertisements, etc. In the age of television, this lack of funds is a tremendous disadvantage.

This is why Hoffman trailed his Republican and Democratic opponents in the polls. Until, that is, Palin announced her support for the conservative New Yorker. Suddenly, Hoffman received a lot of free coverage and a lot of money, because Palin not only used her SarahPAC to donate to his campaign, she also called on her FaceBook fans to do the same. The result? Hoffman is now leading in the polls and he suddenly has more funds available than his Republican rival.

Once Palin threw her support behind Hoffman, other prominent Republicans and conservatives have done the same. Fox News host Glenn Beck endorsed Hoffman yesterday, as did one of the top favorites for the presidential nomination of the GOP in 2012, Governor Tim Pawlenty. The reason for the sudden support is crystal clear: once Palin endorsed Hoffman, other Republicans could also find the courage to revolt against the official leadership of their party.

Not a small accomplishment for a pretty gal from Alaska, I’d say.

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  1. Michael Merritt

    October 28th, 2009 at 01:55

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    It’s difficult to tell what the truth is, but I think the aggregation sites might make it a little easier.

    Over at Pollster, they had Owens with a slight lead, but it included a Kos poll that seemed a bit out of left field (so to speak). I took it out, and they’re nearly neck and neck. However, they also have a poll that was taken two months ago, so I took it out, and Hoffman pulls forward with a comfortable lead.

    There’s a similar situation at Real Clear Politics.

    It’s hard to take any of the polls in the aggregation very seriously as most of them are ideologically backed, including the poll you cite, Michael. The Club for Growth is an economically conservative group, who has backed Hoffman. I’d trust them as much as I’d trust the Kos poll or the Minuteman poll.

    My conclusion? I think Schazzafava is in trouble, but it’s a tossup between Owens and Hoffman.

  2. Jeff

    October 28th, 2009 at 02:51

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    We only have a few Republicans left in Congress from the Northeast. Hopefully Sarah Palin will help turn this part of the country totally blue. We certainly will welcome all the moderate Republicans into a big tent Democratic Party.

  3. Doomed

    October 28th, 2009 at 03:36

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    Big Tent Democratic party equals the party of perpetual poverty.

    Just what we need.

    The Democrats are offering to give the poor free health care but the POOR will still be poor.

    The Democrats are going to legalize a whole bunch of new Illegals and welcome them into the big tent of poverty. They will have free health care and they will still be poor.

    The Democrats are going to pass cap and tax which will hit the poor the hardest. The democrats then will pass exemptions for the poor to convince the poor that they love them when it was THEIR bill that gave them grief to start with.

    Thru it all the Big Tent Democrats love the poor. They love them so much that they keep passing more and more laws and entitlement programs that are designed to do one thing.

    Keep the poor perpetually POOR, but make them comfortable in their poverty so that they have no desire to move upward and out of the Democrats web of deceit.

    Poverty….the Democrats drug of choice. We should all join that party. They offer so much hope and change.

  4. Jeff

    October 28th, 2009 at 04:31

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    Hey Doomed,

    Lots of poor rednecks that vote Republican down south. You want to see poor? Drive around Mississippi and Appalachia. The reddest states have the lowest incomes, the blue states have the highest.

    The poor already have free health care. It’s called medicaid. Try to get up to date with your rant.

    Oh, and Jesus loved the poor.

  5. unseen

    October 28th, 2009 at 06:42

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    The war on poverty launched by LBJ is still going on after trillions of dollars in government programs. the soviet union destoryed itself because of its poverty. At the end the USSR could not even get bread to the stores. that is the end road of marxism/socialism. The “red states” you talk about esp in the minority districts vote democratic in the local and state elections and thus their areas are dirt poor. In the national elections enough of the landowners and conservative districts turn out to turn the state red. but locally it is the dems. For instance NC has been controlled by the dems since the civil war at the state level. The rep party is a small minority in state politics.

    the fact is that the majority of big cities in the USA are dsyfunctional and ruled for generations by the dems. It is no surprise that the cities with the strongest gun laws have the highest rate of murders. It is no surprise that since the war on poverty the lifes of blacks and other minorites economically and culturely has declined. since big government took the incentive to be a father away with abortion. the incentive to work away with food stamps, public housing, WIC, medicaid etc. All of these programs force people to stay at or below the poverty line to get them. Thus people (black white and brown) have an incentive work instead they try to keep their income below a certain target because the little bit of increase they will recieve at first from working is not enough to make up for the programs they will lose.

    Those “rich” blue states you talk about are bleeding jobs…first they relocated to the South but as the dems in Washington pushed higher taxes over the entire country they moved to Mexico (that giant sucking sound thanks Clinton for that NAFTA) then to China. You want those jobs back? simple cut taxes across the country. Cut the welfare programs to give people incentives to work at those plants an an incentive to get educated for a better life.

  6. greg

    October 28th, 2009 at 07:13

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    Not only did Palin’s endorsement bring others onboard, even the NY Post has endorsed Hoffman, as has a Catholic Political Action Committee. In the first 24 hours after Palin’s endorsement, Hoffman’s campaign took in $116,000 in donations, most of them in the $25 to $50 range, and more has come in after that. The dems are now sending out an email talking about “The Palin Effect” and urging its members to donate $500,000 to counter it. I suspect many a RINO and Blue Dog are sweating bullets right now, their nightmare is having Palin endorse their opponent next year, or even show up in their state or district to campaign against them. Maybe this prospect is partially responsible for the new trouble that Harry Reid and Nancy Polosi are having with the 0bamacare bills. Palin also endorsed Chris Christie and McDonnell for governors of NJ and VA respectively. Although the media did not give this as much play (virtually none) you can bet that the word has gotten out in those states.

    It would be great if Palin showed up in NY to campaign for Hoffman this weekend or even on Monday. When he wins it will really shake the gop leadership, because they know that she will come gunning for them eventually. If Palin can take down a moose, bagging a slow witted, cocktail sipping RINO will be easy.

  7. Jeff

    October 28th, 2009 at 07:38

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    Perhaps we live in alternative realities. First of all, you seem to have missed the Federal tax cuts over the last 30 years. Federal taxes are actually lower, not higher. In those last 30 years, we have accumulated 11 trillion in debt. Republicans have been in controlled of the executive branch for 21 of the last 29 years. If it was only that simple to cut taxes even further. We can’t borrow much more. Both parties have been at fault.

    Jobs have flowed to the lowest wage countries. Americans buy the lowest cost products and WalMart is booming. Why would you take a job from China where wages are reported to be $1 an hour and bring them back to the US unless US workers would do it for less? Capitalists will always seek the lowest labor cost to maximize profits. Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida all have unemployment rates of over 10% and are in the bottom 10.

    The Soviet Union went bankrupt because they spent 1/3 of their GDP on their military. Their economy collapsed, but not because of a war on poverty. In addition, the Chinese seem to be doing extremely well with their form of Communism. They have the most dynamic economy on the planet.

    European nations have socialism in the form of free health care and free eduction through college and they don’t have the poverty or crime of the US. They have strict gun control laws and far less crime. Not that they don’t have problems as well.

    You keep referencing minorities in talking about poverty as if there were no whites receiving aid. Poverty isn’t a racial issue it’s an economic one. You also seem to think that people aren’t working because they have such a great life on welfare. Perhaps it’s because there are very few jobs available as we experience a severe recession.

    You have lots of simple answers to complex problems. Cut taxes and cut welfare and poof everything is OK. If it was only that simple.

  8. Interested

    October 28th, 2009 at 08:59

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    Jeff, instead of addressing the qualities of apples, you’re reading apples and addressing the qualities of oranges.

  9. CFN

    October 28th, 2009 at 09:20

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    History has proved beyond reasonable doubt, that tax cuts have increased government revenue not lowered it.

    When your revenue goes up and your debt continues goes up is that indicative of an income problem or a spending problem?

    Who controlled congress most of that time? Leftist Democrats and big government Republicans. The simple truth is that since JFK, we have only had a handful of precious jolts of intelligent economic policy. Those policies proved to be tiny islands of success in an ocean of central control and rent seeking policies.

    Do you want to know why so many things are produced in China and why they can attract so much capital investment? China has a ZERO% capital gains tax, take a good look at what it is here; and the United States has the second largest corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world. If given the choice of investing and doing business in China, whose policies reward you for producing and investing, or in the United States whose policies and regulations punish you for it and seem to play a game of “getevenwithemism” what would you do?

  10. Interested

    October 28th, 2009 at 09:31

    and actually, a large reason for NAFTA failing (not the single reason for sure – but a definite one in regards to business costs). was due to gov’t taxes that Mexico imposed on business.

  11. Jim

    October 28th, 2009 at 15:15


    I am not sure what country you are talking about. The tax cuts of the Reagan years doubled the revenue for the country. The 11 trillion you are talking about, I have no idea what country you are talking about. If I remember correctly, Obama campaigned on the unbelievable 1.4 trillion dollar debt Bush has put us in fighting 2 wars. It seems to me he is attempting to put us in 11 trillion debt and he hasn’t passed anything yet. Oh yeah, the bailouts, he has passed something. It is simple and proven, cut taxes, money starts to flow and jobs are created. You Tax the rich, they stop spending, thus they stop making money, which leads them paying less taxes and jobs go away. Please read a book.

  12. curth

    October 28th, 2009 at 15:28


    Yeah, those slums in North and South Philly, Camden, Newark and every other city in the northeast are just full of rich wealthy people.

  13. David

    October 28th, 2009 at 16:00

    WTF? Are you talking about the Chinese are doing so great with their communism.They have being changing it to free matket principles ever since Moa died you fool.They started to let people keep their earnings from their buisnesses.They allowed people to become rich and opened up a private sector.They flooded the USA with cheep clothing and goods made from cheep labour.Their economies doing good because they relaxed and abandoned socialist policies.Since Reagan Americas added 11 trillion in new debt,5 by Clinton,5 by Bush,and this so called smart ivy leauge lawyer will double that.How many poor people have given you a job?You tax the rich they shut down their factory and move it to where theres less tax(Texas is expanding big time,also has low unemployment)or to another country.Europes rebounding faster because they all cut taxes,exept Spain where their green economy has 20% unemployment.You say Europe has less poverty,have you ever being to the slums of London,Paris,Berlin?They all are starting to privatize their HC systems Canada talking about it as well,because it doesnt work.Theres cutbacks huge costs ,huge taxes,rationing,waiting lists,red tape,huge administration costs.In Canada your media lies saying our federal gov spends less per person,yes the federal gov does but they fail to point out our provinces pay up to 40% of their budgets on it,and that will go to 80%in the next 5-10 years.So go ahead run your private insurers out of buisness.We are talking about allowing them to return up here.We will welcome them as well as Europe and get our Canadian educated doctors back when we do it.I actually read Palins notes at her FB page.She is right on almost everything.Her solutions she spoke of in HK,and her HC solutions make the most sense out of everything I have herd from all your lawyer politicians.I am staying tunned theres way more to come.

  14. Tully

    October 28th, 2009 at 16:16

    Scozzafava’s big sin is being pro-choice and pro-gay-rights. She is otherwise a fairly unremarkable conservative-leaning NY Republican. Needless to say, her not being a social conservative is what set the Hoffman crowd free. HERETIC! BURN THE WITCH!

    *Federal taxes are actually lower, not higher.*

    Actually tax RATES are lower, but actual tax collections are demonstrably higher. Hmmm. You’d almost think that simplifying tax structures increased economic growth by reducing inefficient disincentives or something.

    RE: Poverty & red/blue states — This is one of those partisan talking points that doesn’t stand up to a closer look. It is based on using the federal poverty guidelines as the standard, while ignoring the fact that cost-of-living tends to be higher in blue states and lower in red states. A family making $50K (roughly US median family income) in New York City or San Francisco or Chicago or WashDC or Boston is struggling hard to make ends meet. A family making $50K in San Antonio or Oklahoma City or Memphis or Jacksonville is doing pretty well.

  15. ben

    October 28th, 2009 at 16:26


    Jesus also Loves the Rich, especially the sinful ones.

  16. ben

    October 28th, 2009 at 16:29


    If Palin can take down a moose, bagging a slow witted, cocktail sipping RINO will be easy.


  17. Republican Platform

    October 28th, 2009 at 16:50


    1 – Destroy hope in America by being anti-everything Obama which equals anti-middle class.

    2 – Give tax breaks to the rich

    3 – Talk conservative when spending money on Main Street, but quite liberal when spending money for corporate CEOs and their lobbyists buddies.

    4 – Pass laws as favors for campaign donations even if it is not good for middle class America

    5 – Use scare tactics instead of facts to influence Americans (i.e. Bush and Iraq war – death panels, etc).

    6 – Complain when Obama/Dems does something for middle class, but have no plans or solutions of their own unless it is to help corporate America and their Lobbyists cronies.

    7 – Party of YES for big corporations and lobbyists.

    8 – Party of NO for hard working middle class Americans

    9 – Distorts the truth and use gimmicks (McCain’s campaign, birthers, death panels, etc)

    10 – Relies on Fox and bogus Rasmussen Polls for their facts while ignoring all other opposing polls

    11 – Republicans love the color of green for money more than red, white and blue. They prove it time after time by passing laws that favor the rich who fuels their campaigns.

    12 – Pretends or distorts the truth as if they are doing good for middle class while passing laws that help the rich and corporate America

    13 – Obstructionists for everything that is best for Main St v.s. Corporate America.

    14 – Uses polls and studies from self-serving corporations (i.e insurance company poll and study) as facts

    15 – While Insurance CEOs give themselves million dollar salaries and spends millions daily to influence politicians (lobbyists) with premiums dollars from denying coverage, Hatch has the gull to discuss their profit percentage (see #3 above).

    16. Don’t have the guts to stand up to the crazies like Beck and Limbaugh

    17. At the 11th hour talks about preserving Medicare while at the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th hour they opposed all regulation to help seniors with health care

    18. Everything they say to oppose health care is true about insurance companies – death panels, rationing, etc are all done by insurance companies now

    19. Speaks in generalities and sound bites and leaves out the truth. For example taxes. They talk as if Obama will raise taxes on all Americans trying to influence middle class, while leaving out that Obama has said repeatedly he will only raise it on those who make $250,000 or more (roll back to Clinton years) – see #2 and #3 above.

    20 – Uses Fox news and conservative talk radio to spread their propaganda.

    21 – After banks, insurance industry, wall street, etc destroyed our economy, they want to maintain the status quo and not regulate the financial industry to satisfy the financial lobbyists and get more campaign donations to defeat the Democrats. In other words, the hell with Main Street – see #2 and 3 above.

    22 – Not sure, but perception is they don’t care much for minorities — blacks, hispanics, women

    23 – Believes in Bush trickle down theory – see #2 above. While it only trickles to greedy corporate pockets or politicians campaign funds.

    24. – Will beat Dems in campaign donations because they will get huge donations from corporate America to stop the dems from passing laws that gives corporations unfair advantage to milk the middle class by stealing their dollars and denying services to middle class Americans after paying years for those services. (Bush economy).

    25. Republican’s love using buzz words. For example as soon as Obama tries to pass laws to prevent unfair practices by corporate America, the Right screams “free market”. Yet when laws are passed by the Republicans to give corporations and wall street market advantage we never hear them scream “let the free market work”. Republicans should be the party of hypocrites.

    26. Good at spending our tax dollars and killing our young men and women in unnecessary wars

    27. Republicans seem to believe it is ok that our tax dollars pay for their health care but not middle class health care.

    28. Republicans like to reference the evils of “big government” and the Republicans will make sure they pass laws, block useful legislation for middle class and create as much red tape as possible to prove their point.

    29. Republicans are great at using trivia (lets pick on what the first lady is wearing, or where the President goes to dinner, vacation, campaigning for winter Olympics, etc) to try to distract Americans from the real issues

    30. If you have a few million dollars, you can buy a Republican. For a bargain price, you can get a conservative democrat a little cheaper. Any conservative movement is anti-middle class even though they disguise every policy/law as if it is for middle class America. If you believe a Republican rhetoric, I have a bridge to nowhere to sale you.

  18. Lisa L

    October 28th, 2009 at 19:12

    @Repulican Platform-

    Do you work for Obama? You can substitube Obama/Dems in any of the statements and they work as well. #30-You ever hear of George Soros and all of his $$s-he’s the reason why Obama is President.

    Also, you can rant about Fox but you may want to check the facts regarding Rasmussen polls. Going back to the 2000 election, Rasmussen has been right on target, not only on national elections but local as well.

    Get a clue buddy-there’s no difference between Dems and Repubs.

  19. Tully

    October 28th, 2009 at 19:30

    Anything coherent always draws out the raving nutburgers, Lisa.

    Yeah, the vitriolic demonization of Fox is a sure sign, and even more so is the histrtionic demonization of Rasmussen, which has been a consistent leader in polling accuracy. But hey, Scott Rasmussen was briefly a paid consultant to the 2004 Bush campaign, so his polls CAN’T be correct, right?

  20. wilky

    October 29th, 2009 at 06:17

    *Federal taxes are actually lower, not higher.*

    You must be refering to the CEO’s that had their pay cut more that 50%.

    Dude, if your going to tax the rich, you can’t severely cut their income and expect to be getting the same revenue.

    And I got to say, this is a typical Dem position.

  21. Doomed

    October 29th, 2009 at 18:17

    This is classic. When you point a finger at the Democrats you get a mock, half truths, steeped in deception lying distorion of anything factual in reply.

    They do not address the one simple fact. Democrats always say they are going to cure poverty….That its just the GOP standing in the way.

    Well here you go…..3 houses all controlled by the Democrats. They have veto proof majorities. They can do what they want.

    what do they do….CAP and TAX which is redistribution of wealth to poor countries.

    National health care in which they are going to give away free health care to the poor. To pay for it they are going to raise taxes and tax the middle class who work and have these health care plans that are targets of the Democrats.

    Legalize millions of more poor illegals who will vote democratic because they love all the freebies the democrats give away.

    In the end what happens to the poor?

    THEY ARE STILL POOR….they have just been given a FIX…their drug….from their DRUG DEALERS….the DEMOCRATS.

    As the guy above can rant and rave and blame EVERYTHING on those EVIL PUBLICANS but the fact remains the DEMOCRATS have a veto proof majority……and they dont fix poverty…..they make the poor EVEN MORE DEPENDENT upon the Democrats for their FIX.

    NO…you can point fingers all day at the GOP but this ones on you…the democrats…you are all liars, deceivers and distorters….whose agenda is simple…increase poverty with cap and trade, national health care and illegal immigration reform. Continue the flood of illegals into this nation so that the rolls of the democrats continue to swell and then blame all the woes of the country on the GOP.

    MY finger is pointing directly at the Democrats today…..You people are being exposed and after 4-8 years of Democratic radical progressive agenda the democratic party will cease to exist….because 60-70 percent of the Democrats themselves dont buy into this radical agenda being forced on them by the progressive movement in their own party.

  22. Ish-Kabibble

    November 5th, 2009 at 17:38

    “If Hoffman would lose…many would interpret it as a sure sign that Palin’s power, popularity and influence are dramatically overestimated.”

    That’s right. Which is a shame, because I’d like her looming within the GOP for a long time to come.

  23. CFN

    November 5th, 2009 at 21:23

    Most third party candidates are lucky to get 2% of the vote. Palin endorses an unknown one with next to no name recognition and money and he gets 45% of the vote.

    That’s power.

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