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Old 05-24-2011, 09:34 PM   #451
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As a libertarian, I'm hoping Herman Cain shakes
the dust and the has-beens out of the Republican Party.

Herman Cain
I am with you on this. The guy is sure to stir up some interesting fun at the coming GOP debates, anyway.

One thing is for sure, though. Anyone for a leaner, smarter Federal government, reduced foreign military commitments, and less lobbying culture has no hope in either major party in Washington.
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Score one for Newt
and against Paul Ryan
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Old 05-25-2011, 01:49 AM   #453
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Eventually the GOP establishment will face a grand reckoning over proposing massive cuts to Grandma's prescription drug money while continuing to favor the higher tax brackets and big energy.

This is only the beginning.
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let's just say it now: higher taxes are coming.

perhaps even a return to the job-killing, unemployment-raising, soul-crushing tax rates of the Clinton years.
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well, damn ... going to be interesting:

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Palin's Secret Weapon: New Film to Premiere in June
By Scott Conroy

Shortly after Republicans swept last November to a historic victory in which Sarah Palin was credited with playing a central role, the former Alaska governor pulled aside her close aide, Rebecca Mansour, to discuss a hush-hush assignment: Reach out to conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon with a request. Ask him if he would make a series of videos extolling Palin's governorship and laying to rest lingering questions about her controversial decision to resign from office with a year-and-a-half left in her first term. It was this abdication, Palin knew, that had made her damaged goods in the eyes of some Republicans who once were eager to get behind her potential 2012 presidential campaign.

The response was more positive than Palin could have hoped for. He'd make a feature-length movie, Bannon told Mansour, and he insisted upon taking complete control and financing it himself -- to the tune of $1 million.

The fruits of that initial conversation are now complete. The result is a two-hour-long, sweeping epic, a rough cut of which Bannon screened privately for Sarah and Todd Palin last Wednesday in Arizona, where Alaska's most famous couple has been rumored to have purchased a new home. When it premieres in Iowa next month, the film is poised to serve as a galvanizing prelude to Palin's prospective presidential campaign -- an unconventional reintroduction to the nation that she and her political team have spent months eagerly anticipating, even as Beltway Republicans have largely concluded that she won't run.

Bannon, a former naval officer and ex-Goldman Sachs banker, sees his documentary as the first step in Palin's effort to rebuild her image in the eyes of voters who may have soured on her, yet might reconsider if old caricatures begin to fade. The film will also appeal to staunch Palin supporters who have long celebrated her biting rhetoric and conservative populism yet know little about her record in Alaska and have perhaps written her off as presidential material.

"This film is a call to action for a campaign like 1976: Reagan vs. the establishment," Bannon told RealClearPolitics. "Let's have a good old-fashioned brouhaha."

RealClearPolitics was recently given an exclusive screening of a rough cut of the now finished film, which Bannon designed, in part, to help catapult Palin from the presidential afterthought she has become in the eyes of many pundits directly to the front lines of the 2012 GOP conversation.

Palin initially learned about Bannon's work after she saw one of his previous films about the origins of the tea party movement, "Generation Zero," which premiered last year in Nashville and was later aired in prime time on the Fox News Channel. Impressed, Palin promoted "Generation Zero" via Twitter before later reaching out to Bannon about creating something to highlight her record in Alaska, where her performance in office was overshadowed by her resignation eight months after the 2008 presidential election.

Though she did not have any editorial role in the project, Palin facilitated access for Bannon and his film crew to key Alaskan defenders who were involved with the major achievements of her administration, and the filmmaker spent several weeks in the 49th state gathering archival film and conducting research and interviews for the project. He and his team took extraordinary measures to keep their endeavor secret.

When they requested from Alaska's TV news stations footage that was shot during Palin's political rise, they asked for additional tapes containing subject matters that were irrelevant to their project, in order not to raise suspicions. And rather than staying at the well-appointed Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, they instead took up temporary residence in low-key motels.

"We shot on the weekends, and we shot in locations that weren't being used during those weekends," Bannon said. "I did it with a handpicked crew of people I know and trust, and we were able to stay under the radar. The planning for the secrecy of this took many, many weeks."

Bannon originally titled his film "Take a Stand," which was the campaign slogan for Palin's 2006 gubernatorial run when she defeated incumbent Republican Frank Murkowski in the primary before cruising in the general election to become Alaska's youngest -- and first female -- chief executive. But in order to give it a more triumphant punch, the filmmaker changed the title to "The Undefeated."

Bannon acquired the audio rights to Palin's 2009 bestseller, "Going Rogue," and the former vice-presidential nominee's voice guides the film through the various stages of her career in Alaska.

Although Palin is not interviewed directly, the film features on-camera interviews and commentaries from 10 Alaskans who played different roles in her political rise, as well as six Lower 48 denizens who defend her in more visceral terms, including prominent conservative firebrands Mark Levin, Andrew Breitbart and Tammy Bruce.

Divided into three acts, the film makes the case that despite the now cliched label, Palin was indeed a maverick who confronted the powerful forces lined up against her to achieve wide-ranging success in a short period of time. The second part of the film's message is just as clear, if more subjective: that Sarah Palin is the only conservative leader who can both build on the legacy of the Reagan Revolution and bring the ideals of the tea party movement to the Oval Office.

Rife with religious metaphor and unmistakable allusions to Palin as a Joan of Arc-like figure, "The Undefeated" echoes Palin's "Going Rogue" in its tidy division of the world between the heroes who are on her side and the villains who seek to thwart her at every turn.

To convey Bannon's view of the pathology behind Palin-hatred, the film begins with a fast-paced sequence of clips showing some of the prominent celebrities who have used sexist, derogatory and generally vicious language to describe her.

Rosie O'Donnell, Matt Damon, Bill Maher, David Letterman, and Howard Stern all have brief cameos before comedian Louis C.K. goes off on a particularly ugly anti-Palin riff.

"I hate her more than anybody," C.K. says at the end of his tirade, the rest of which is unfit to print here.

Bannon intends to release two versions of the film. An unrated edition will contain some obscene anti-Palin language and imagery, while the other is targeted to a general audience and will seek a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.

RealClearPolitics - Palin's Secret Weapon: New Film to Premiere in June
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You can polish a turd......

The fact remains, she quit her job to become a reality tv star and make money off of book sales and speaking engagements.

I love the whole "me versus the world" and it should be more appropriately "stupid versus smart".

She is an afterthought now, and I can't see a movie actually changing this.
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^ that's exactly what the lamestream media want you to think.
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At this point, Herman Cain intrigues me, but I fear the Republican Establishment will do all they can to ensure he doesn't win the primaries. They'll offer up another ho-hum McCain type and pour all their money into him.
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At this point, Herman Cain intrigues me, but I fear the Republican Establishment will do all they can to ensure he doesn't win the primaries. They'll offer up another ho-hum McCain type and pour all their money into him.
I think Cain has done a lot himself to ensure he won't win:

ThinkProgress � Herman Cain Led Radical Group That Accused Democrats Of Wanting To Kill ‘Black Babies’

YouTube - ‪"I Don't Snuff My Own Seed": 2006 Radio Ad Featuring Herman Cain‬‏
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The fact remains, she (Palin) quit her job

to be available to lead the 2010 Tea-Party Revolution that led to the biggest congessional gains since the 1920s.
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The fact remains, she (Palin) quit her job

to be available to lead the 2010 Tea-Party Revolution that led to the biggest congessional gains since the 1920s.


and after the NY-26 election and the downward drift of GOP approval ratings in the wake of the Ryan plan may send Congress back into Dem hands in 2012.
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the Dems won't win the house back in 2012
they will lose the Senate

that NY race again proves that the tea party matters
the tea party candidate got 9 per cent of the vote
the Dem only got 47%

I guess they will have a rematch in 2012, without a tea party candidate, she may not win again
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Wow...

Do these stereotypes work on people?
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the Dems won't win the house back in 2012
they will lose the Senate

that NY race again proves that the tea party matters
the tea party candidate got 9 per cent of the vote
the Dem only got 47%

I guess they will have a rematch in 2012, without a tea party candidate, she may not win again


we'll see. too early to tell, but NY-26 is a heavily Republican district, and the lynching of Gingrich over the Ryan plan may just have been the political gift the Dems have been waiting for. the same Tea Partiers who are worried about the debt love their Medicare, and the GOP wants to do away with it, and old people vote.
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the tea party contingent in the GOP won't back off the Ryan reform, it will have some negative effect
but in 2012 the GOP will be buoyed by a lot of anti-collective bargaining initiatives on state ballots -that is one issue that tracks 60+ per cent in their favor.
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