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Incumbent Frank Murkowski congratulates
Palin on her primary victory

On p. 116 of GR, Sarah continues her discussion of the 2006 campaign for the Governorship of Alaska. She writes, "On election day, we shocked everyone. We won the primary, pulling 51 percent of the vote in a five-way race.

"We won by taking on the entrenched interests and the political machine. With no negativity and with a highly energized grassroots campaign, we moved on to the general election, where we continued to have a ball. I put in twenty-hour days, with Todd and the kids by my side."

What treasures of political and personal wisdom, what adumbrations of the possible tone and tenor of a 2016 POTUS campaign, are contained and confined within the power and potency of these few lines!!!

First, let us notice that her triumph was unexpected: "we shocked everyone." The same phenomenon could be revealed in the 2016 race for the White House. Many there are who foolishly think that the Governor's supposedly brief moment and hours in the sun have come and have gone forever.

The obama Leftist thugs and the Jeb Bush/Karl Rove RINOs are going to be "shocked" on Election Day 2016, when, the Lord willing, the word goes forth to the nation and to the world: "Sarah Palin of Alaska has this day been elected as the forty-fifth President of the United States of America."

Next, note that she won a multi-cornered primary race. Some posters here believe that it is time for the Governor to launch a third-party run (really a first-party run: Constitutional Conservatives versus the Democrat/Republican Establishment Party). What Ross Perot and Admiral James Stockdale might have accomplished in 1992 against George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton may actually come to pass this time.

For example, it is conceivable that she could defeat Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton in a three-way contest. I am sure that the Governor will weigh very carefully, in prayer and in thought, such a decision. After all, her hero, Ronald Reagan, chose the path of wresting control of the GOP from the Establishment, rather than launching a new Party. Still, triumph in a multi-candidate general election for 2016 is quite possible. Perot, IMV, demonstrated this.

If she runs, she will, once again, be running against "entrenched interests and the political machine."

Her campaign, unlike that of barack hussein obama in 2012, for example, will focus primarily, I would guess, on a POSITIVE agenda for America; it will depend on a grassroots effort, especially with neophytes to the political process, folks who have been completely turned off for years by BOTH political Parties, but who will rally to the battle standard of the Lady of the North Country.

And, yes, while she is engaged and engrossed in the utterly crucial and deadly GRIM work of rescuing Constitutional America from the foul and fetid death grip of evil entrenched interests, masquerading under the names "Democrat" and "Republican," she and her family and supporters will continue "to have a ball"!!

Indeed, when one is faced and confronted with the foul stench and blast of the slings and arrows of HELL itself, like those that have been hurled against one lone Hockey Mom from Wasilla, what can one do but follow joyfully the precept of the Apostle St. Paul: GAUDETE IN DOMINO SEMPER, ITERUM DICO, GAUDETE--Rejoice ye in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice!!!!

Laughter in the Lord can deflect and defeat the deadliest of the darts of Tolkien's Mordor!!

Further, she will labor TIRELESSLY for us and for America if she embarks on this run--like the twenty-hour days of '06.

Finally, just as in 2006, Todd and the kids, FAMILY, will be by her side.

However, in addition, I would like to suggest that millions of us have felt, ever since August/September of 2008, that Sarah is like FAMILY to us. If she runs, she is going to have AN ARMY OF VERITABLE BROTHERS AND SISTERS BY HER SIDE WHO WILL FIGHT TO THE LAST TO PUT HER IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

Guys, only the Lord and Sarah can answer the question of whether or not she should run for 2016 and, if yes, how she should do it (GOP, non-GOP).

But if she does reach for the brass, no the GOLD ring, I believe that it will be the campaign of a lifetime … and that she will win a crushing and overwhelming victory--against all the expectations and hopes and plans of the enemies of America!!


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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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