Endorsement of a candidate can often excite voters, especially Republicans and social conservatives as they try to find the candidate who best speaks to their values and can take over the White House next year.
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In advance of Independence Day weekend, the Palins visited the Mall of America in Minnesota to sell books. The 1,500 people who showed up beginning at roughly 5 a.m. were subject to strict rules meant to ensure the safety of the celebrity memoirists and to guarantee sales of Bristol’s book. Award-winning photojournalist Kathy Easthagen, an American Independent News Network contributor, was on the scene. She snapped shots of the event and wrote down the Palin Rules of Engagement & Commerce.
If you’re a Republican and you want to be president, there are a number of people around the country considered king makers, and one of them is in Colorado Springs.
When it comes to politics, there is no denying the pull of momentum. And while it is clear that for this eighth edition of our Power Rankings U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann owns it, there is also no denying that social and religious conservatives in the state still have choices to make.
Frank Bailey was Sarah Palin’s aide and he was her heavy. He played a role in “Troopergate,” for example, working behind the scenes to get Palin’s ex-brother-in-law, state trooper Mike Wooten, fired after Wooten divorced Palin’s sister. Now Bailey is riddled with regret. He says Palin was not the political breath of fresh air he thought she was. She’s self-concerned and ambitious and a prima donna. She wrote glowing letters to the editor about herself, has a fake tan, and can’t be bothered to stick to a schedule. Bailey doesn’t like Palin. His book, “Blind Allegiance,” appears to add flesh to the Palin persona, but there doesn’t seem to be much new here. Palin haters won’t be surprised by any of it. Palin lovers won’t care. But the U.K. Daily Mail loves it.
Republicans won an historic number of Congressional seats in the midterm election just six months ago. Tonight Fox News is hosting the first 2012 GOP presidential primary election debate and it will feature something like the weakest early lineup of candidates in modern memory. Serious Republican strategists will be watching either in denial or in panic through fingers stretched across their eyes.
Last week, a Rasmussen poll showed that Donald Trump was riding the birther conspiracy theory wave in becoming the Republican Party’s unlikely frontrunner for the 2012 presidential nomination. But a new survey seems to indicate that the 19-percent support Trump has among likely Republican primary voters is just about the full extent of the reality star’s backing among the general population.
Anti-abortion rights marketing group Heroic Media is expanding domestically and internationally, officials said Saturday during an “inaugural District of Columbia benefit dinner,” held in Bethesda, Md. – part of an effort to raise money for anti-abortion advertising in the Northeast this spring.
The Centennial Institute conservative think tank at Colorado Christian University is hosting a “Tribute to the Troops” Monday, where the featured speakers will be Sarah Palin and General William “Jerry” Boykin. Although both figures in the past have been associated with an aggressive Christian politics known as Dominionism, Boykin is one of the people at the heart of post-9/11 U.S. religious militarism. For years he has been giving talks in which he conjures a Christian America targeted by hundreds of millions of violent Islamic jihadists, rallying support for the most hawkish variety of anti-terror U.S. foreign and domestic policies. If Boykin’s past presentations are any measure, attendees at Monday’s rally are in for tough talk peppered with statistics that sound official and scary but that fail to stand up to the kind of mathematical fact checking you can do in your head as you listen to him speak.
As the journalism industry limps along and public broadcasting comes under attack, the Koch brothers– multimillionaire conservative-politics string-pullers– have taken aim at the Center for Public Integrity, a twenty-year-old nonprofit investigative organization dedicated to making institutional power more transparent. The Center this month posted an influential piece on Koch lobbying activities to which Koch has responded with a targeted campaign of online ads that seek to discredit the Center’s work. It’s just the latest phase in the digital-era media war that has dealt repeated blows to unprepared pillars of professional journalism.