Tales from the Trail

On book tour, it’s Palin unplugged

November 19, 2009

Like one of those grizzly bears way up yonder in Alaska, Sarah Palin was in hibernation for months while she wrote her book. And now that the book is out, she’s become unplugged.

The conservative firebrand, who says she was all “bottled up” by the John McCain staff on the campaign trail last year, is chock full of opinions and letting lose on all manner of subjects.

USA-POLITICS/MCCAIN-PALINLet’s go over several of them.

The shootings at Fort Hood were “an act of terrorism” and authorities missed “massive warning flags” about the alleged shooter, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, she said.

“And I think it was quite unfortunate that, to me, it was a fear of being politically incorrect, to not — I’m going to use the word — profile this guy, profile in the sense of finding out what his radical beliefs were,” she told Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity.

Over at ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” Barbara Walters asked Palin what she would do about 10.2 percent unemployment if she were president.

“I’d start cutting taxes and allowing our small businesses to keep more of what they’re earning, more of what they’re producing, more of what they own and earn so that they can start reinvesting in their businesses and expand and hire more people,” Palin said.

President Barack Obama’s healthcare and energy plans are “back-assward ways of trying to fix the economy,” she said.

Turning to foreign policy, Palin disagreed with Obama’s pressure on Israel to halt the expansion of Jewish settlements.

“I disagree with the Obama administration on that. I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon,” she told Barbara Walters.

USA-POLITICS/MCCAIN-PALIN“Because that population of Israel is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead and I don’t think that the Obama administration has any right to tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand,” she said.

What about Obama’s lengthy quest for an Afghanistan strategy? Go ahead and send more troops, she said.

“It frustrates me and frightens me, and many Americans, that President Obama is dithering around with the decision in Afghanistan,” she said.

Hannity, on his radio show, asked Palin about the 2010 congressional elections, in which Republicans hope to rebound from 2006 and 2008 losses and cut into Democratic majorities in the U.S. Congress.

“There’s going to be a huge shift,” she said. “2010 is going to be an earthquake politically across our country because people are just as you are suggesting not putting a lot of hope in this Congress,” she said.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook (Palin autographs copies of her book “Going Rogue: An American Life” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Nov. 18; Palin’s book tour bus)

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Dream on, TC. Woodland Mall was expecting 2000, 1300 showed up.

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TC, from The Washington Post 3/24/09-”Morning Edition’s” average daily audience, 7.6 million, is now about 60 percent larger than the audience for “Good Morning America” on ABC and about one-third larger than the audience for the “Today” show on NBC.On Palin’s book signing attendance.From the Roanoke Times1:14 p.m.: With more than 1,000 people lined up outside the Valley View Barnes & Noble Sunday, the Panera Bread restaurant across the parking lot braced for a surge.From The Atlantic 11/23This morning, over 1,000 people were reportedly waiting for Palin an hour before her scheduled appearance at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It’s the fourth consecutive stop that has drawn over 1,000 people, according to news reports.Not one mention in the media (mainstream or not) of any crowds bigger than 1500 people at a Palin book signing. Not one article stating that 10,000 people showed up and only a 1000 wristbands were given out. If she was indeed drawing 10,000 to her events it would be front page news but it’s not because the numbers you claim aren’t happening.

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Hard to believe that the pundits cannot find the validity within her statements concerning just about everything from the economy to security. I also find her comments about the inability for the former community organizer to make a valid decision somewhere within his obvious oratory talents.

 

yes TC all this attention the democrats are giving to the book signing and the latest polls show that 63% say they think the economy is getting worse and in the getplaning camp 31% it is getting better.As the Bush factor diminishes are the trying to establish another smoke screen? Gallop poll getplaning tuesday morning!

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Eric. Okay. If you say so. I guess the newspapers are always without a liberal bias.The photos posted by people (yes, there are many photos) tell the true story of the book signing stops.At Fort Bragg, the Chicago Tribune reported that base officials estimated that 4000 people were there and more than 500 had to be turned away.The pictures tell a different story and the actual people reporting who are in attendance at these events tell a different story than the couple of newspapers you used.None of what you write changes anything. She is drawing huge crowds, unlike any other book signing crowds for any other politician.As I have said before and I will say again now that you think you are in control. You are on a sinking ship, the American people are mad and Palin’s message has caught on fire after a miserable performance by our president and congress. The news protects them, but there are cracks forming. The NY Times finally came to the conclusion (the conservatives have been screaming about this for a year) that the spending of this administration and congress is “unsustainable”….Well, duh…nice to have you on board.As for your claim about NPR. Even NPR says your program is listened to by 12,000,000 people “weekly”. Your numbers don’t add up on a daily basis. I guess Rush’s 20,000,000 daily listeners is right on after all. Can’t have it both ways Eric. Not only that, now you want to compare radio with TV…..Well, either way, conservative radio listeners by far smother any liberal radio programs…period. On a comparison basis, no one listens to liberal radio.getplaning. The photos and reports from people who attended say otherwise. It makes me smile you are so asleep at what is going on. Doesn’t matter to me that you are ignorant.

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brian lee. Those two are just a couple of knuckleheads who refuse to see what is happening in this nation. People are upset with the direction this bunch is taking this country. It is interesting how they trash FOX and take as gospel newspaper stories that say “hundreds” show up to Palin’s book signings. However, the photos (I know they have seen the photos) tell a different stories. There are even local news stories that show more than a few hundred or a thousand people in line just to get a wristband so they can have their books signed.They are being disingenuous and in their hearts they know you and I are right. It makes me smile they don’t even know they are on a sinking ship.Hang in there brian. It’s fun seeing them do everything possible to discredit and destroy rather than talk about the merits of their own liberal agenda…of which there are none…

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