Posts tagged "Sarah Palin"

h/t: Andy Kroll at Mother Jones

h/t: Ian Millhiser at Think Progress Justice

The results are in for the CPAC and Senate Conservatives Fund straw polls for the 2016 GOP primary. 
Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll for 2nd year in a row. 
While over at the SCF version, Ted Cruz won that straw poll.

2014 CPAC Straw Poll results:

31 KY Senator Rand Paul
11 TX Senator Ted Cruz
9 Neurosurgeon Ben Carson
8 NJ Governor Chris Christie
7 Former PA Senator Rick Santorum
7 WI Governor Scott Walker
6 FL Senator Marco Rubio
3 TX Governor Rick Perry
3 WI Congressman Paul Ryan
2 Former AR Governor Mike Huckabee
2 LA Governor Bobby Jindal
2 Former AK Governor Sarah Palin
2 Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice
1 Former IN Governor Mitch Daniels
1 OH Governor John Kasich
1 IN Governor Mike Pence
1 OH Senator Rob Portman
1 SD Senator John Thune
1 Business Executive Donald Trump
1 Former FL Congressman Allen West
* NH Senator Kelly Ayotte
* KS Governor Sam Brownback
* SC Governor Nikki Haley
* NM Governor Susana Martinez
* SC Senator Tim Scott

Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald):

Senate Conservatives Fund straw poll:

Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) - 42.46% (17,605)
Sen. Rand Paul (KY) - 17.38% (7,207)
Gov. Scott Walker (WI) - 10.42% (4,322)
Other Write-in Candidates - 6.50% (2,696)
Fmr. Gov. Mike Huckabee (AR) - 6.29% (2,608)
Gov. Rick Perry (TX) - 4.44% (1,841)
Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) - 2.47% (1,025)
Fmr. Gov. Jeb Bush (FL) - 2.27% (943)
Gov. Chris Christie (NJ) - 2.00% (828)
Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) - 1.64% (680)
Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA) - 1.26% (522)
Fmr. Sen. Rick Santorum (PA) - 0.93% (386)
Gov. John Kasich (OH) - 0.72% (299)
Gov. Mike Pence (IN) - 0.47% (195)
Gov. Nikki Haley (SC) - 0.40% (165)
Gov. Susana Martinez (NM) - 0.34% (140)

A total of 41,462 votes were cast.

People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.

Sarah Palin fawns over Putin on Fox News’ Hannity. And she’s not the only conservative media figure doing so.   (via mediamattersforamerica)

From the 03.03.2014 edition of FNC’s Hannity:

Another leader of the right-wing Quiverfull movement is now in danger of losing his post over a sex scandal. Homeschooling advocate Bill Gothard has been put on administrative leave from the organization he heads, the Institute in Basic Life Principles, in response to allegations from thirty-four different women that he engaged in sexual harassment and failed to notify Child Protective Services about abuse claims.

The allegations against Gothard are chronicled on the website Recovering Grace, which aims to expose the activist’s record of “emotional, spiritual, and sexual abuse.”

The revelations about Gothard’s alleged misconduct are another blow to the patriarchal, anti-birth control Quiverfull movement, which suffered a setback last year when Vision Forum head Doug Phillips resigned because of an extramarital affair.

Gothard’s Institute in Basic Life Principles has been championed by conservative figures including Rick Perry and Sarah Palin, who attended one of the institute’s conferences and adopted its “Character Cities” program as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. Mike Huckabee has provided an endorsement of the group for its website: “As a person who has actually been through the Basic Seminar, I am confident that these are some of the best programs available for instilling character into the lives of people.” GOP mega-donor Jim Leininger was once a member of the IBLP’s advisory board.

TLC’s Duggar family are also followers of Gothard’s teachings on homeschooling and Quiverfull families, which teaches that “the husband is the undisputed leader of the family.”

After Gothard’s close ties to Florida congressman Daniel Webster became an issue in a 2010 congressional election, Sarah Posner released an exposé on how the IBLP promotes marital submission and cult-like practices.

She quoted critics who said Gothard instilled a “culture of fear” and preached “the terrible picture of the chain of command in the family with the husband as the hammer, the wife as the chisel and the children as the gems in the rough… The ghastly picture is that he beats on her and she chips on them.” One woman who belonged to the movement said that Gothard taught that women “don’t have any rights.”

He also claimed that he had an “ability to heal ‘stress’ and cancer” and instructed men on how to guard against Satanic attacks on his family.

Gothard taught that homosexuality would lead to the End Times:

He used the graphic of a thermometer to illustrate the moral temperature of society. The lowest and healthiest temperature was the ideal characterized by a spiritually moral society guided by the Laws of God. The next level up showing a rising unhealthy temperature was the development of concupiscence where the soulical natural man with his sensual cravings had begun to dominate and suppress the spiritual. The next level up representing the highest and most dangerous threat to a vibrant society was blatant perversion or homosexuality. Gothard said “That when a society reaches the point of condoning perversion, God will destroy that society” (Israel and Rome are examples from the past).

This wouldn’t be the first scandal for the Gothard family either, as “Gothard’s own brother, who worked for IBLP, was dismissed from his organization after it was discovered that he was having sex with students.”

The Baptist website Ethics Daily reported on abuse allegations stemming from the institute’s “cult-like” and “abusive” practices back in 2007.

One woman who recounted her experience working for Gothard on Recovering Grace said that IBLP board members were well aware of complaints from girls as young as fifteen-years-old:

What I did not know was that in the Summer and Fall of 1997, after the San Jose conference and around the time I arrived at Headquarters, the father of one of the young men on the San Jose trip had approached the IBLP Board with a spectrum of concerns about Gothard’s conduct, particularly his penchant for taking young girls on road trips and conducting himself in a questionable manner with them while on those trips. I do not know what Gothard’s verbal or written response was to the Board when presented with these concerns, but I know firsthand that his conduct with me and other young women did not alter in the months after the Board asked him to change his behavior. The other girls and I were all between 15 and 24 years of age.

I stayed and worked at Headquarters because it was too late for me to start college that year, and because I wanted to make a success of my first job. I stopped explaining away Gothard’s creepy and invasive behavior with young women, although I believed myself powerless to do anything about it. I repeatedly saw him initiate long hand-holding sessions with various young women on staff wherein he would rub and massage their hands as he gazed into their eyes. I heard him praise two of my housemates effusively for their “discipline of figure” after one of them lost weight during a serious illness and the other started exhibiting all symptoms of full-on anorexia nervosa, while other girls were “reassigned” from Headquarters for becoming too heavy. I tentatively discussed Gothard’s hyper-tactile behavior with girls who were or had been in my place. I saw girls rotate on and off of Gothard’s roster of favored companions and stopped trying to convince myself that every brush of his hand against a thigh must be a unique accident. There were always between two and six girls on this rotation, and I couldn’t figure out how to get off of it.

See Also: Homeschoolers Anonymous on Bill GothardQuiverfull Movement and Christian Patriarchy

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

h/t: Kirsten Powers at The Daily Beast


Conservative pastor Rafael Cruz warned Monday that “tyrannical dictatorship” was coming to the United States in 2017 in the form of “death panels.”

The Outdoor Channel announced the “expansion of its strategic partnership with the National Rifle Association” and a new “multi-year talent and endorsement agreement” with inflammatory NRA board member and conservative columnist Ted Nugent, pointing to the network’s effort to eclipse its competitors as the channel of choice for the gun lobby and firearms enthusiasts.

Outdoor Channel announced an expansion of its relationship with the NRA including two new NRA shows to air on Outdoor Channel and sponsorship of the NRA’s 2014 annual meeting in a January 6 press release. The new programs include NRA All Access presented by Taurus, which promises to “take a comprehensive look at the role the NRA plays in important Second Amendment issues and the outdoor lifestyle.” NRA News’ Cam & Company currently airs on rival network The Sportsman Channel, which recently announced an upcoming show to be hosted by former Alaska Governor and current Fox News contributor Sarah Palin.

In a separate press release Outdoor Channel, which has long aired Nugent’s hunting show Spirit of the Wild, said that Nugent will work on behalf of the network “through traditional, digital and social media promotional initiatives, in addition to making talent appearances on the network’s behalf at top consumer and industry trade events” and also announced a weekly podcast featuring Nugent.

Nugent will represent Outdoor Channel at the 2014 Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) in January, the largest gun industry annual gathering, and at the NRA’s new Great American Outdoor Show. At last year’s SHOT Show, Nugent created controversy by suggesting that it was time to violently overthrow the federal government because of an attempt to re-implement “tyranny” by the Obama administration.

Outdoor Channel President and CEO Jim Liberatore heaped praise on Nugent’s character in his channel’s statement, claiming that the NRA board member “symbolizes everything that is right in our industry”:

"Ted Nugent symbolizes everything that is right in our industry and represents our viewers as an outspoken patriot, a skilled outdoorsman and a devoted family man; we are proud that he can be found exclusively on Outdoor Channel," said Jim Liberatore, President and CEO of Outdoor Channel. "His programs have a powerful, zealous fan base with unmatched engagement levels. And, under this agreement, we will join forces with Ted to become advocates for all enthusiasts who love and live in the outdoors."

Although the details of the contract were not released, Liberatore’s claim of exclusivity may preclude Nugent from appearing on other channels, including The Sportsman Channel which has aired reality show Wanted Ted or Alive and an annual special where Nugent hunts feral hogs from a helicopter. Nugent is also a columnist for conservative websites and Newsmax.

Outdoor Channel’s expanded role for Nugent inevitably tars the network with Nugent’s lengthy history of inflammatory rhetoric — including bouts of racism, sexism, homophobia, immigrant bashing and Islamophobia — along with his tendency to alienate large portions of the general public.

In a recent column for that defended anti-gay comments made by Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, Nugent addressed his outspoken views, stating that he is “just getting warmed up.” If his recent comments are any indicator, Nugent is sure to soon embarrass his new employer.

One such example of Nugent’s typical rhetoric was a weeks-long racist tirade set off by the acquittal of George Zimmerman on charges that he unlawfully killed unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Nugent’s commentary on the acquittal started with columns disparaging Martin as a “dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe” and an “enraged black man-child,” one of many racially charged comments he offered last year.

Nugent is also well known for drawing the scrutiny of the Secret Service after suggesting at the NRA’s 2012 annual meeting that he would be “dead or in jail” if Obama was reelected and for wondering in July 2012 “if it would have been best had the South won the Civil War.”

Few could have predicted that the story lines of the hit A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty” and the 2016 presidential contest would converge.

But that unexpected mash-up played out Thursday as conservative politicians rushed to defend Phil Robertson, the shaggy-bearded, homespun star of the breakout series, who was suspended by the cable network after his published comments about gays stirred a storm of controversy.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), a likely White House contender whose state is home to the show about a family that runs a duck-hunting gear enterprise, called Robertson and his family “great citizens.”

“The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with,” Jindal said in a statement prominently displayed on his official Web site, adding: “I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), another probable 2016 candidate, chimed in on Facebook, writing: “If you believe in free speech or religious liberty, you should be deeply dismayed over the treatment of Phil Robertson.” And 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin wrote in a Facebook post that “those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”

Their embrace of Robertson — who in an interview with GQ described “homosexual behavior” as sinful and compared it to bestiality and infidelity — underscored how gay rights remain a potent political issue for many religious voters on the right.

As the same-sex marriage movement has gained steam, many evangelicals and conservative Catholics feel as if they are being asked to give up deeply held beliefs — an effort they perceived in the quick suspension of the “Duck Dynasty” star after his comments were denounced by gay rights groups.

The furor is reminiscent of the protests and counter-rallies of support that swirled around the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A last year after its president said the company supported “the biblical definition of the family unit.”

Conservative Christians “feel like they’re under siege in a culture that is increasingly intolerant and discriminatory toward their views, and they don’t feel represented,” said Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, who noted that Robertson paraphrased from the Bible’s Book of Corinthians in his interview. “I did not get any impression at all that there was animus expressed,” Reed said

By jumping into the “Duck Dynasty” maelstrom, conservative leaders such as Jindal and Cruz sent a clear message to evangelical voters: We’re on your side.

“Make no mistake,” Reed said, “these voters are paying attention, and they are going to remember who stood up.”

The controversy played out on the very day that opposing cultural forces were on full display. New Mexico’s highest court legalized same-sex marriage, the 17th state to allow gays and lesbians to wed. And figure skater Brian Boitano announced he is gay, making him the third gay member of the U.S. delegation who will travel to Russia in February for the Winter Olympics.

The cross-currents spotlighted the schism over gay rights that persists in parts of the country.

“This shows that there clearly needs to be more engagement of the evangelical community if gay acceptance is going to become a reality,” said Gregory T. Angelo, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights advocacy group.

Still, other gay rights advocates noted the growing number of moderate Republican leaders who have embraced the cause of same-sex marriage. Earlier this year, more than 100 Republicans signed a legal brief urging the Supreme Court to declare that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry.

Fred Sainz, spokesman for the gay advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, said that “the days of making gay a wedge issue are dated.”

“I think they are outliers,” he said of Jindal, Cruz and Palin, adding that he believes they jumped into the “Duck Dynasty” controversy to appeal to “a niche base.”

But that base remains a powerful force in the Republican Party, particularly when it comes to presidential primaries in states such as Iowa and South Carolina.

Conservative activists said that the national push for gay rights could mobilize evangelical voters to the polls in new numbers in 2016, particularly if they feel there is a candidate running who reflects their beliefs.

David Lane, an influential Christian activist based in California who organizes pastor conferences, said he got an e-mail Thursday morning from a top Republican activist in Iowa who credited Jindal for speaking out quickly about Robertson’s suspension.

“What Jindal is doing is absolutely tremendous, from an evangelical and pro-life Catholic standpoint,” Lane said. “Spiritually speaking, we’re in a war.” 


 As of late afternoon Thursday, there were around 1 million mentions of the “Duck Dynasty” or Robertson on Twitter. An online petition organized by the group Faith Driven Consumer, which promotes Christian-friendly companies, had more than 50,000 signatures. And the Faith & Freedom Coalition called on its members to launch an e-mail and phone campaign to let A&E know they will boycott the network until Robertson is reinstated.

“I would expect,” Reed said, “they will need to hire additional folks to handle the phones.” 

h/t: Matea Gold at WaPo

h/t: Zack Ford at Think Progress LGBT

Former half-term governor of Alaska and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is worried “angry atheists” want to “abort Christ from Christmas.”

Speaking at Liberty University on Thursday, Palin addressed the “War on Christmas,” and the “angry atheists” out to ruin the holiday for everyone else. Palin invoked the words of Founders like Thomas Jefferson — who she said despite his writings on the separation of church and state — would be up in arms against people attempting to “abort Christ from Christmas.”

Palin said that Jefferson’s message has been grossly distorted by atheists attempting to use him for their own agenda, and argued that the nation’s third president would be on the side of Christians fighting to celebrate the holiday.

"Thomas Jefferson today, he would recognize those who would want to try to ignore that Jesus is the reason for the season, those who would want to try to abort Christ from Christmas. He would recognize, for the most part, these are angry atheists armed with an attorney. They are not the majority of Americans.”

She also complained that there is a double standard that somehow makes it okay for atheists to take offense at public displays of religion on government grounds, but religious people can’t get offended when they believe “their holiday” is being undermined. Palin concluded that people should follow Jefferson’s example and refuse to “sit down and shut up.”

How ironic is it that Palin chose Jefferson to use in her paranoid “War on Christmas” fantasy? In reality, Jefferson very clearly rejected the superstitions and mysticism of Christianity that Palin and other conservative Christians continue to embrace…including the notion of a virgin birth, the supposed “reason for the season.”

Delusional much, Sarah?

h/t: Diane Sweet at Crooks and Liars

I bet Joy Reid (or a promotion for Karen Finney) may be the replacement for Martin Bashir. 

Following Sarah Palin’s not too terribly gracious “acceptance” of Martin Bashir’s apology for his remarks in response to Palin’s comparison between the federal debt and slavery, CNN’s Reliable Sources devoted a segment to the topic this Sunday which included Glenn Beck’s The Blaze contributor Amy Holmes. To no one’s surprise when guest host Eric Deggans asked Holmes if she felt her boss owed anyone an apology for his remarks accusing President Obama of being a racist, Holmes demurred and said she can’t speak for her boss.

Because we all know being a right-winger means never, ever, having to say you’re sorry about anything. I can’t defend Bashir’s remarks and won’t, but I’m sorry that the larger context of what he was trying to explain about how really offensive Palin’s remarks were was lost in the frenzy that followed them. Palin of course doesn’t see anything wrong with what she said and doubled down on the statement during her interview with Chris Wallace today.

And Glenn Beck’s remarks about President Obama hating white people are just one tiny portion of the really offensive b.s. and just outright lies that come out of Glenn Beck’s mouth day after day, but don’t expect an apology from him for any of it any time soon, like before hell freezes over. Being offensive is a feature for Beck, not a bug. He thrives off it it like the rest of the trolls on the right and his buddies on hate-talk radio, that have to say more and more outlandish things day after day to keep the outrage meter pegged for the lemmings that follow them.

I’d like to know why Amy Holmes or anyone that works for Beck now after he got booted off of their network and then Fox is someone CNN’s producers think ought to be getting air time in the first place, but here we are with the audience being treated to this pearl clutching by Holmes for poor old picked on Palin.

From the 11.24.2013 edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources:

h/t: Heather at Crooks and Liars


Teabaggers not done with kamikaze runs quite yet.

Daily Kos: The Senate Conservatives Fund, a conservative political action committee founded by Heritage CEO Jim DeMint when he was in the U.S. Senate, has endorsed Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, who is running a tea party challenge against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky GOP Senate primary next May. Louisville Courier-Journal:

"We have interviewed a lot of candidates this year and Matt Bevin is one of the very best. He’s principled, passionate, and has Ted Cruz-like courage,” said Matt Hoskins, the group’s executive director, referring to Cruz, the U.S. senator from Texas, who led the fight to shut down government in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
So, if Kentucky Republicans are looking for the second coming of Ted Cruz, SCF says Matt Bevin is their man…

True to the headline, Sarah Palin is also making some pro-Bevin noise, which is probably not the world’s best news for Mitch. Right now, McConnell’s in a bona fide tossup with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who he’s currently trailing by two points. Split the conservative vote between McConnell and Bevin (who was previously destined to be a footnote) and Grimes is the obvious beneficiary. DeMint and Palin would be punishing Mitch McConnell, to be sure, but they’d also be helping Grimes. Cutting off your nose to spite your face seems to be a favorite Tea Party pastime.

(via recall-all-republicans)