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SARAH MAGNANIMA

On p. 110 of GR, Sarah writes as follows, "In 2005 I was the first Republican to file for governor because I didn't want to play the political 'wait your turn in line' game to see if Murkowski, the incumbent, would seek reelection. I knew I wouldn't have the backing of the party machine anyway, so my reliance on a grassroots effort required an early edge before the other guys started lining up. …

"In the primary, I was running against Governor Murkowski, of course, and his friend Randy Ruedrich was still the state GOP chairman--a bad omen to some but to us a motivating challenge. To win the primary, I'd have to go through both of them. It also meant we'd have no backing from the state party. I found my underdog status and the outsider label quite liberating. If there were only a few politicians bold enough to hook up with us, that was fine too."

There, my friends, is the spirit of a FIGHTER, a Fearless Fighter--just what the country needs right now, and just what the GOP needs, if it is to be saved from the RINO politicos and from the fate of the Whigs!

Behold her spirit!

She refuses to "wait … in line."

She knows she will not have the "backing of the party machine."

She is seeking an "early edge."

She will rely on a "grassroots effort."

She is not intimidated by the political hacks who will be her opposition; no, she finds it a "motivating challenge."

She knows she will have no support from the "state party."

She finds her "underdog status and the outsider label quite liberating."

She is seeking only a few politicians "bold enough to hook up with us."

Now, of course, the situation of 2005-2006 is not the same as the situation of 2013-2016.

A run for POTUS would be a national, not a state race.

There is no formal GOP incumbent--though, note well, in a sense there IS a GOP incumbency, namely the opinion among Republican elites, IMV, that this is JEB BUSH'S TURN, or maybe Marco Rubio's turn!!

She would have to overcome, as she did not in 2005-2006, the horrible media slander that has been inflicted on her since 2008, especially that vicious and unjust little four-letter knife and dagger that they have tried to plant in her back, "QUIT" (and "quitter").

It is also true that the term "early" announcement of a run for political office is a very elastic and stretchable term. In this case it could mean tomorrow--wouldn't that cause the Leftist and RINO blogospheres to explode and even to implode!!--but it could mean sometime in 2014 or in 2015.

Still, with all of these necessary caveats, I believe that the above passage could provide us with a clue about the Governor's plans and intentions, for …

The circumstances have changed: 2013 is not 2005; America is not (merely) Alaska, but ..

THE SAME FIERY AND FEARLESS AND UNSHAKEABLE SPIRIT OF THE LION REMAINS IN HER HEART--THIS HAS NOT CHANGED AND IT WILL NEVER CHANGE!!!!

Finally, and in connection with these remarks on Going Rogue, I present the next letter, letter "M," in the "Latin Sarah" series, which I am presenting again from last spring and summer.

I have edited it slightly to bring it into accord with the situation of today.

SARAH MAGNANIMA: SARAH THE GREAT-SOULED

I think that we all knew this was a special person, a special soul, from those first unforgettable days in late August and early September of 2008. The enemies of America too paid the highest tribute to the great-souled Governor of Alaska by singling her out from the beginning for a special species of hatred and opposition and persecution.

It is even possible, although it is not established by proof, that the whole financial crisis/collapse of mid-September of '08 was engineered precisely because Sarah was doing the impossible: She had dragged Senator McCain, in spite of himself, into the lead in the polls.

The Left's long-awaited "messiah" might actually be defeated. This simply could not be allowed to happen. NOR COULD THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT ALLOW THE GOVERNOR TO ASSUME THE CAPTAINCY AND LEADERSHIP OF "THEIR" PARTY.

Let us draw then a few contrasts between Sarah Magnanima, Sarah the Great-Souled, Sarah the Great-Hearted, and the PUSILLANIMOUS people, the small-souled, the mean-souled, the petty-souled people who opposed her … and still oppose her to this very hour.

In the 2008 campaign, Sarah Magnanima thought only of the country she loves and of defeating its dire enemy, barack hussein obama.

The pusillanimous GOP operatives, like Steve Schmidt and a legion of others like him, thought only of their current and future power within the GOP.

In 2009, Sarah Magnanima thought only of the State she loved and loves so much, in resigning the Governorship of the Great Land.

Her small-souled foes did all they could to shatter her political and financial position, and then, when she resigned and RELOADED, they branded her with the foul moniker of "quitter."

In 2010, throughout that fateful year, while most professional "politicians" were in hiding, SARAH, almost alone as it seemed, went a-flying up and down and back and forth all across this beautiful land of ours, rallying, exhorting, encouraging TEA-Party patriots everywhere. TO HER, IMHO, more than to anyone else, is due the stupendous victory of November of that year that helped to blunt to some extent the doleful edge and effects of the obama "presidency."

In 2011 it was Sarah Magnanima who went to Madison, Wisconsin, and fired a "shot heard 'round the world" with her great "Game On" speech and gauntlet--a gauntlet she cast right into the teeth of a Wisconsin storm; right into the teeth of union thugs; right into the teeth of obama himself: "Mr. President, GAME ON"!!!

Other GOP politicians, small-souled and fearful, were nowhere to be seen!

In the just-passed year of 2012, she continued to rally the cause of the PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, especially through her powerful support of and endorsement of conservative patriots.

Her foes continued to think only of their own careers; their own positions; their own power.

All through the fire and fury and battle sounds of these last four years for the Res Publica Americana, it has been Sarah Magnanima who has been speaking, writing, traveling, fighting, fighting, always fighting for her country, without regard to her own personal comfort or safety or security!!!

There is NO ONE today more worthy to hold and occupy the highest office and station in the land.

If it be the merciful will of the Lord, she will be our President in 2016.

SARAH MAGNANIMA: AMERICA'S REAL PRESIDENT!!!

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Other Great Going Rogue Reviews:

Jedediah Bila:

"Palin’s inviting first-person narration that is sometimes whimsical, often confident, and always patriotic...Going Rogue is truly one of those reads in which you put the book down after your eyes graze the final lines and you somehow feel like the writer is someone you’ve known all your life."
John Ziegler:

"I was simply blown away by Going Rogue on almost every level. For many reasons, this is by far the best book and greatest literary achievement by a political figure in my lifetime..."
Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata:
"Her book washes away all doubts that any reader might have had about her readiness to be president. She comes across as exceptionally bright, dedicated, and passionate about public service. Her moral compass is strong, pointing true North in this case. And she has a wicked sense of humor."
Don Surber:
"Conservatives know why Palin is still standing — and standing taller today than those who tried to bring her down. What does not kill you makes you stronger. Thank you, Tina Fey."

Sarah Palin is Coming to Town

Review by Stanley Fish:

When I walked into the Strand Bookstore in Manhattan last week, I headed straight for the bright young thing who wore an “Ask Me” button, and asked her to point me to the section of the store where I might find Sarah Palin’s memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life.” She looked at me as if I had requested a copy of “Mein Kampf” signed in blood by the author....


A few days later...I had begun reading Palin’s book, and while I wouldn’t count myself a fan in the sense of being a supporter, I found it compelling and very well done....

First, the art. The book has an architectonic structure that is built around a single moment, the moment when Palin receives a call from John McCain inviting her to be the vice-presidential candidate of the Republican party. When we first hear about the call it is as much a surprise to us as it was (at least as reported) to her, because for six pages she has been recounting a wonderful family outing at the Alaska State Fair. When her phone rings, she hopes it might be a call from her son Track, a soldier soon to deploy to Iraq, but “it was Senator John McCain asking if I wanted to help him change history.”

And that’s the last we hear of it for 200 pages. In between we hear a lot about Wasilla, high school, basketball, college, marriage, children, Down syndrome, Alaska politics, the environment, a daughter’s pregnancy. The re-entry of John McCain into the narrative on page 208 introduces Palin’s account of the presidential campaign and its aftermath, especially her decision to resign the governorship before the end of her term....


Paradoxically, the effect of the neatly spaced references to the call is to de-emphasize it as a dramatic moment. It is presented not as a climax, but as an interruption of matters more central to Palin’s abiding concerns — her family, Alaska’s prosperity, energy policy. (She loves to rehearse the kind of wonkish details we associate with Hillary Clinton, whom she admires.)

Indeed, it is a feature of this narrative that events we might have expected to be foregrounded are elided or passed over. Palin introduced herself to the nation with a powerful, electrifying speech accepting McCain’s invitation to join the ticket. It gets half a sentence (“I gave my speech”)....


The only event that receives an extended discussion is her resignation. It is important to her because as an act it reflects on her integrity, and she has to be sure (as she eventually was) that she was doing it for the right reasons.

Resigning was a moral act for which she was responsible. The vice-presidential candidacy just happened to her; her account of it reads like an extended “what-I-did-on-my summer-and fall-vacation” essay.


For many politicians, family life is sandwiched in between long hours in public service. Palin wants us to know that for her it is the reverse. Political success is an accident that says nothing about you. Success as a wife, mother and citizen says everything...

I find the voice undeniably authentic...It is the voice of small-town America, with its folk wisdom, regional pride, common sense, distrust of rhetoric (itself a rhetorical trope), love of country and instinctive (not doctrinal) piety.

It says, here are some of the great things that have happened to me, but they are not what makes my life great and American. (“An American life is an extraordinary life.”) It says, don’t you agree with me that family, freedom and the beauties of nature are what sustain us?


And it also says, vote for me next time. For it is the voice of a politician, of the little girl who thought she could fly, tried it, scraped her knees, dusted herself off and “kept walking.”

In the end, perseverance, the ability to absorb defeat without falling into defeatism, is the key to Palin’s character. It’s what makes her run in both senses of the word and it is no accident that the physical act of running is throughout the book the metaphor for joy and real life. Her handlers in the McCain campaign wouldn’t let her run (a mistake, I think, even at the level of photo-op), no doubt because they feared another opportunity to go “off script,” to “go rogue.”

But run she does (and falls, but so what?), and when it is all over and she has lost the vice presidency and resigned the governorship, she goes on a long run and rehearses in her mind the eventful year she has chronicled. And as she runs, she achieves equilibrium and hope: “We’ve been through amazing days, and really, there wasn’t one thing to complain about. I feel such freedom, such hope, such thankfulness for our country, a place where nothing is hopeless.”

The message is clear. America can’t be stopped. I can’t be stopped. I’ve stumbled and fallen, but I always get up and run again. Her political opponents, especially those who dismissed Ronald Reagan before he was elected, should take note. Wherever you are, you better watch out. Sarah Palin is coming to town.

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