Dear Readers: I am a strong supporter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Partly, because she and I are close in age and value our families. Also, because I have been told I look like her (in fact, the Young Prince just asked why my picture was on the Hot Air front page). 🙂
I am in the middle of reading “Going Rouge”, and wanted to do a preliminary book report. I am about 70 pages into it, and my initial thought is “Todd Palin for President”. I think that is because, despite the fact it is an autobiogrpahy, Sarah focuses her tale on the other people in her life. It is this complete lack of self-centeredness that makes her a compelling politician, and unlike most others. For example, 10,000 people showed up at her first book signing in Michigan. Stories about the lines and bookstore game-playing abound.
(Photo: Governor Palin 4 President)
To contrast, you need only look to our POTUS/TOTUS combo package. Ed Morrissey of Hot Air, for example, noted the focus on “I, me, my” Obama used during his address to school students this September:
* 56 iterations of “I”
* 19 iterations of “school”
* 10 iterations of “education”
* 8 iterations of “responsibility”
* 7 iterations of “country”
* 5 iterations each of “parents”, “teachers”
* 3 iterations of “nation”
Also, “Going Rogue” is written naturally, as if a good friend is telling you a story about her life. Contrast this with the over-wrought Obama tome, “Dreams of My Father”, which seems likely to have been penned by the tenured terrorist, Bill Ayers. For example, I wept when Sarah described the miscarriage she experienced during her second pregnancy. On the other hand, a passage like this from Obama’s book makes me roll my eyes:
In 1970, for instance, the 9-year-old Obama alleges to be visiting the American embassy Indonesia. While waiting, he chances upon “a collection of Life magazines neatly displayed in clear plastic binders.”
In one magazine, he reads a story about a black man with an “uneven, ghostly hue,” who has been rendered grotesque by a chemical treatment. “There were thousands of people like him,” Obama learned, “black men and women back in America who’d undergone the same treatment in response to advertisements that promised happiness as a white person.”
Obama’s attention to detail is a ruse. Life never ran such an article. When challenged, Obama claimed it was Ebony. Ebony ran no such article either. Besides, black was beautiful in 1970.
“Going Rouge” is a great read, because it is a story of a real human being, an American patriot, in which every fart is not an epic imbued with significance. Compare Sarhah’s dedication page to that noted here for Obama’s book. Sarah writes:
Dedicated to all Patriots who share my love of the United States of America. And particularly to our women and men in uniform, past and present. God bless the fight for freedom.
Sarah Palin truly embodies the Tea Party spirit…as does the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition’s Sarah. Our Sarah writes to warn everyone the corpse-like Senate Majority leader Reid is attempting a stealth-vote on healthcare this Saturday!
**ALERT: Wanted to give you all a heads up about how the next few days will play out.
This is straight from Sen. McConnell’s office:
Sen. Reid just filed cloture on the motion to proceed to HR 3590, the Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act. Remember he is using HR 3590 as a “shell” to offer his 2,074 page health bill as a substitute amendment. The cloture vote on the motion to proceed will be Saturday evening at 8:00 pm. Remember Democrats need 60 votes to achieve cloture.
On Friday, the Senate will convene at 10:00 am and debate the merits of Sen. Reid’s 2,074 page bill until 11:00 pm on Friday evening.
On Saturday, the Senate will convene at 10:00 am continuing the debate leading up to the vote at 8:00 pm on cloture on the motion to proceed. Under the agreement, if cloture is invoked (they get 60 votes) all post-cloture time will be yielded back, the motion to proceed to the bill will be agreed to and the bill will be reported. Once the bill is reported Sen. Reid will be recognized to offer up his substitute amendment.
We are going to stop this Bill in the Senate and this is how; we need to keep the pressure on the Senators listed below especially Landrieu, Lincoln and Ben Nelson (NE). These three are very vulnerable, Nelson has stated that he will not vote for the Bill if it has the public option and he wants to see the abortion issue language.
The abortion issue will be a sticking point for the Senate as we have many moderate DEMS who are Pro-Life; they will not vote the bill without some sort of language to the issue.
While you are calling the Senators to vote tell them to VOTE NO to cloture please also call the Congressmen who didn’t vote for the Bill in the House as this is expected to help push them to get their colleagues from their state in the Senate to not vote for cloture.
*** According to an analysis conducted for this office by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, between the 106th and 110th Congress, there were 41 cases in which the Senate approved the motion to proceed to a bill that the Senate eventually held a vote on final passage. Of those 41, 40 of the bills received Senate approval (S. 1805 in the 108th Congress was the lone exception). Based on these numbers, when the Senate votes to invoke cloture on a motion to proceed to a bill, that bill has a 97.6 percent chance of inevitably passing the Senate.
*This analysis excludes any bill that may have been pulled from the floor for whatever reason after the initial cloture votes or that may have passed by unanimous consent or a voice vote.
We need the Senate to Vote NO on Cloture. A vote YES for this will be a vote for the Bill. We need 41 NO votes on cloture!
We need to lean hard on the below Senators, they are our best chance of this getting this stopped in the Senate!
The necessary contact information is below:
Mark Begich-AK- phone. (202) 224-3004, , toll free. (877) 501 – 6275* fax. (202) 224-2354,
Blanche L. Lincoln -AR-Office: 202-224-4843; Fax: 202-228-1371, email(http://www.facebook.com/l/2ddfe;lincoln.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm)
Mark Pryor-AR Phone: (202) 224-2353, Fax: (202) 228-0908
Joseph Lieberman- CT-(202) 224-4041 Voice,(202) 224-9750 Fax
Thomas Carper-DE Phone: (202) 224-2441, Fax: (202) 228-2190
Bill Nelson- FL- Phone: 202-224-5274, Fax: 202-228-2183
Even Bayh-IN (202) 224-5623, (202) 228-1377 fax
Mary Landrieu- LA Voice: (202)224-5824,Fax:(202) 224-9735
Susan Collins -( R ) ME-Phone: (202) 224-2523, Fax: (202) 224-2693
Olympia Snowe-( R ) ME – Phone: (202) 224-5344,Toll Free: (800) 432-1599
Fax: (202) 224-1946
John Tester-MT Phone: (202) 224-2644, Fax: (202) 224-8594
Kent Conrad-ND-Phone: (202) 224-2043, Fax: (202) 224-7776
Ben Nelson-NE- Tel: 1-202-224-6551, Fax: 1-202-228-0012
Ron Wyden-OR Phone: (202) 224-5244, Fax: (202) 228-2717
Robert Byrd-WV- Telephone: (202)224-3954,Fax: (202) 228-0002
Mark Warner- VA- Phone: 202-224-2023, Fax: 202-224-6295
Bob Bennett- UT-Phone: (202) 224-5444 (no fax)
Byron Dorgan- ND Phone (202) 224-2551 , Fax (202) 224-1193
Max Baucus-MT (202) 224-2651 (Office),(202) 224-9412 (Fax)
MUT’s News and View:
* Mann-Bear-Pig… “Hockey Stick” Creator Implicated in Global Warming Conspiracy – the snake-oil science to which Sarah recently referred to has been unmasked via damning emails (via Gateway Pundit). Our compatriot, W.C. Varones, has more details.
* Congress? You are FIRED! 5 million and counting Pink Slips arrive at Congressional Offices (video) – update via Voting Female Speaks.
* How Public Employee Unions Harm Public Safety from the Citizen Power Campaign (and this, The Impact of Union Control Large and Small – a Collapsing Economy and Fewer Firefighters in Costa Mesa).
* Speaking of Unions, here is a must-read from Michelle Malkin – When Big Labor bullies and volunteers collide; Update: SEIU leader who threatened Boy Scout quits.
* Beers with Demo has a great send-up of today’s journalists: A little cheese cake, anyone?.