Friday, August 13, 2010

Thanks Again, Sarah.

A little update on the GA gubernatorial race. Back in July, Sarah Palin endorsed Karen Handel in the primary. Her endorsement, which I still believe was largely based on Handel's gender, knocked front-runner Oxendine out of the race and resulted in a runoff between Karen Handel and Nathan Deal.

The run-off was very close and Handel ended up conceding to Deal. Here's the fun part. Now it seems that the White House is going after Deal.

Q: In the Georgia Republican gubernatorial primary, the winner in that race, Representative Deal, has actually dabbled in birther conspiracies. I don’t know if he is an avowed birther, but he certainly has pushed the notion that the President wasn’t born in this country. And I’m wondering if you — upon reflection, what do you think of the fact that the Republican Party has put forth someone to run a state who doesn’t believe in the President’s birthplace?
MR. GIBBS: Well, I think if you look at what Nathan Deal is probably going to have to explain over the course of this primary, that might be some of the least of his concerns — in terms of some ethics investigations that are currently ongoing.
I think having — the last I checked, the results in that race were within a few thousand votes, which means even as you’re hoping to find a nominee, you have a very divided party, with somebody in Roy Barnes who has a track record that Georgians can be proud of.
Q: Handel conceded.
MR. GIBBS: But you still have a very splintered party. Again, I think you are hard-pressed to see, whether it is gubernatorial races in Georgia, Connecticut, Denver — I’m sorry, Colorado — and Senate races in Connecticut and Colorado, where Democrats didn’t have an extraordinarily good night and are faced with I think, quite frankly, candidates that are largely out of step with the states and areas that they wish to ultimately represent.

Thanks again, Sarah.


  1. Kristin, I know not of this Rep. Deal, is there any ethics investigations on-going involving him?

    In other words, is Gibbs correct in his charge or is this BS?

  2. I don't know if Sarah bet on the winning horse but I wouldn't sweat Deal's upcoming trial by birther fire. A lot of people question baracks legitimacy but have moved on. The end goal is to get more conservatives into office who believe in our sovereignty as a nation and who are pro-America. Let's be truly hopeful and push for our candidates in order to stave off the appearance of being splintered. That's just what this administration wants people to believe -- another lie.

  3. I don't know what Gibbs is referring to when he mentions Deal and ethics violations. I honestly have not had a chance to look.

    I just know that Palin's endorsement of Handel had the net effect of excluding a truly conservative candidate for governor and giving us someone who first went to Washington as a democrat.

  4. As for the birther thing...I'm actually with Deal on that one. Too much doesn't add up on Obama's past and he refuses to clear it up.

  5. People did not listen to me before when I said Palin is inextricably linked to the "party" viavis republicans and most notably McCain.

    She speaks conservatism like Gingrich does but show their true colors as to whom they endorse,
    McCain and Scozzafava (NY-23) respectivly.

  6. Funny you say that, Christopher--Gingrich endorsed Deal.

  7. This is a mishmash, Kristin. I'm not a Palinite. Don't get me wrong...I don't dislike her. I just don't trust her judgment on many things. Christopher has pretty well nailed my beliefs about Sarah.

    As to the ethics charges thing. Gibbs is going to throw that at any Republican, regardless of the facts. There may be not one single investigation going on, but most people won't take the time to check.

    And honestly, most everyone in politics has had at least one ethics charge levied against them. Most of them are axe grinding stuff. But, it is a shame that the best guy in the race couldn't stand against the star power of a Palin endorsement.

    Y'all have got y'all's self a real mishmash of a situation there, for sure.

  8. hey least she fights statism and jihad eh!

  9. I'm still perplexed about Palin. She supports the Tea Party Movement and RINOs at the same time. She's a giant contradiction on the move. She also lost my support along time back. I think it started when she endorsed McCain instead of staying out of Arizona Politics.

  10. Not even the great Palin can be perfect.

    But I can understand your annoyance on this, Kristin.