THE UNDEFEATED IS A WINNER
Friday, July 1, 2011 22:48 | Written by Kevin Scholla at www.Sarahnet.net
We still don’t know whether Sarah Palin will run for president in 2012, but if she does, The Undefeated may just be her secret weapon. The film chronicles Palin’s entry into the world of politics, her time as a mayor and a governor, her run for the vice presidency, and the remarkable reactions she continues to draw from The Right, The Left, and seemingly everyone in between.
Filmmaker Steve Bannon kicks things off with a bang: Palin being introduced as John McCain’s running mate, followed by a sonic boom: a compilation of some of the worst, visceral, and down right weird attacks thrown at Palin from Hollywood blabber mouths. Along with the celebrities using profanity that would make a truck driver blush, there’s also some eye opening shots of protesters dressed in anti-Palin gear that will have to be edited out for sure once this film hits theaters nationwide if The Undefeated is going to avoid an X-rating. These opening salvos hurled at Palin set the tone for the film. It shows clearly how she’s been portrayed by the left-wing entertainment industry and by all of the mouth breathers who take time away from Mom’s basement every once in awhile to scream and yell about a woman who’s done nothing to them personally. Bannon then masterfully and creatively counters these off putting assaults with a little thing known as…the truth.
Governor Palin went almost instantly from a diligent, hardworking, successful, wildly popular governor in Alaska to a woman vilified by the national media and lefties nationwide. Alarming shots of a mannequin dressed as Palin hanging by a noose, Facebook pages wishing death on her, and hateful insults fired at her family members (kids included) really hammers home just how constant and nasty the assault on Palin has been. It leaves the viewer asking ‘why?’. Bannon’s examination of Palin’s remarkable accomplishments only intensifies the head scratching.
Members of Palin’s inner circle speak throughout the better part of the film. Each one standing in front of a background as white as an Alaskan snowfall. These are people who have played a major role in Palin’s private and/or political life. They are believable and forthright. Meghan Stapleton, Palin’s former senior advisor and spokeswoman is particularly compelling. Her candor about situations and how things really unfolded is refreshing. Stapleton’s impeccable ability to convey a story really takes the viewer right into the thick of the Palin administration. Kristan Cole is another star of the piece. A longtime friend of Palin, Cole captures the personal side of her buddy Sarah. She speaks of a woman who’s genuine and loyal. Someone who thinks of others first and doesn’t bow down to pressure. Bannon backs up this character portrait as the film moves on.
Sarah Palin did not participate in the making of The Undefeated. In fact, Bannon never even met her. Her presence in the film however is mighty to say the least. Footage of Palin is used throughout. Still shots of her as a young girl, home movies of basketball games and get togethers, sound of Palin from her Going Rogue audio book, and several campaign events and speeches, including her coming out party at the 2008 Republican National Convention. Before Palin’s splash on the national scene is looked at though, her historic feats to benefit The Last Frontier take center stage.
The Exxon Valdez oil spill is what inspired Sarah Palin to jump into politics and eventually be elected as Mayor of Wasilla. Fittingly one of the most powerful parts of The Undefeated focuses on oil and all that comes with it. When a powerful, intimidating to most, oil exec approaches Palin at an airport and basically gets in her face and tells her to back off, Palin it is recounted, simply says nothing and stares him down. The fat cat walks away knowing this woman meant business. A woman who means business is an overriding theme of this movie.
Palin is portrayed as a leader with a spine of steel. Yet, she still remains ‘Sarah’ to those who knew her when. Her reaction of “Golly” after clinching the GOP nomination for governor and sharing a brief moment with her Democrat opponent is priceless. She blows the whistle on Republicans who are crippling her state while still cooking meals and finding time to pull her daughter’s hair into a pony tail. She comes across as God fearing yet fun, intelligent yet self-effacing, well-known yet grounded. A regular person who is looking to serve. Not someone who had anything handed to her. A modern day picture of what the Founding Fathers envisioned.
The most incredible testimony into the character of Sarah Palin is her stunning decision to give up a six figure position because she felt that would be the best move for the state. Sarah and her husband Todd were not wealthy people. Still, she did what was right instead of what was easy. Bannon showcases numerous examples of stories like this that were rarely reported on when Palin was running for Veep. Instead the media focused on her clothes, her accent, and really anything else they could use as a tool to break the Barracuda. Three years later, it is clear they failed. More government is not the answer. A sentiment thrown around by many pols these days. Governor Palin lives up to the slogan. An eye opening moment comes when Bannon highlights Alaska’s massive budget problems. Palin and her staff read the entire budget line for line, cutting along the way, until the spending plan is feasible. A politician that actually reads something word for word before they throw their John Hancock on it? Yes She Did. Perhaps Nancy Pelosi and others should’ve been informed of this technique when Obamacare was on the table.
Sarah Palin did not back down from the old boys club of the GOP, or the oil big wigs, or anyone else. Her approach to leadership in Alaska serves as a microcosm of how she would go about things in Washington. In order to be the first commander in chief that wears lipstick (at least that we know of), Palin will certainly need huge support from Independents. The Undefeated captures Palin’s ‘Drill Baby Drill’ mentality, something that should bode well with Indies if she does indeed run. Palin’s understanding of energy options and her expertise on the state that holds so much potential in that department is brought to the forefront.
Parts of Palin’s near perfect speech at the RNC sent chills through the theater. The clapping and fist pumping shows the exuberance Palinistas felt in 2008 is only stronger today. Her introduction to the world that night showed us a strong, confident conservative who delivered a speech that was pretty much flawless. Another example of something positive Palin has done that has just been brushed aside in favor of fabricated, frivolous attacks. The film also delves into a very important aspect of that 2008 race. Palin helped McCain. She did not hurt him. Folks turned out in droves for every campaign stop Palin was a part of. Supporters chanted, cheered, held up lipstick, and smiled. The governor from the 49th state energized a bid for the White House that was bumbling and stumbling. McCain soared in the polls after adding Palin to the ticket. As she continued to meet America, the numbers got even better for the GOP. With Palin on board McCain surpassed Senator Barack Obama and looked to be in good shape as the stretch drive neared. Then, it was the economy, stupid.
The Lehman Brothers collapse and poor economic announcement after poor economic announcement spelled the end of the line for McCain’s final shot at Sixteen-Hundred. The media would like us to believe Sarah Palin brought the campaign down. She did not. She kept it respectable. After watching The Undefeated, you can’t help but wonder what would have happened if Palin weren’t muzzled by the McCain campaign. She was the one going after Obama’s character and associations while McCain basically prefaced every comment on the stump with, paraphrasing here, “I’m great and so is Obama but vote for me.” The 1962 Mets had a better strategy for winning than that.
Despite the McCain-Palin ticket coming up short, the nation got to meet a woman that Alaska already knew. While the disgusting low blows continued to pour in from the types who never had a date in high school and currently have a Keith Olbermann poster up in Mom’s basement, others rallied behind Mrs. Palin. She is loved by Constitutionalists. She is championed by many who never were politically active before. The Undefeated rightfully credits Palin as a catalyst of the Tea Party movement.
After Obama downed McCain, Sarah Palin headed back to the state she loves. She was eager to get back to work on gubernatorial chores. Instead she was faced with monkey business. Out of nowhere ethics charges galore are thrown Palin’s way. The movie shows Palin handling the falsehoods she’s accused of with grace. Even though they kept on coming. The media would highlight each charge as a top story. Then each and every time the governor is cleared they’d be silent or bury the decision behind the local Tiddlywinks scores. Palin persevered. Footage shows a leader continuing to go about her business at home and in the governor’s office.
The Undefeated stunningly gives us the inside view of just how blood thirsty the press has been. Reporters admittedly saying they were writing slam pieces on Palin. They were intentionally trying to bring her down. They even questioned whether Palin was really pregnant when she was carrying her fifth child! One of the most important revelations to come out of this work is the reason why Palin left the governor’s job when she did. The ethics charges and costs that went with them were clobbering Alaska right in the bear skin wallet. Palin recognized this. Again, instead of putting herself first she thought of who she was serving. She did not want to leave the job she loved, but she did because she thought it’d be better for her constituents. A far cry from the ‘quitter’ spin that is put on her departure by The Left. Palin was getting the Saul Alinsky treatment, so she took the high road and a bridge to somewhere.
Along with Palin’s RNC speech the audience also became animated when President Obama appeared on the screen. Raspberries and Bronx cheers rang out in this Big Apple screening room. Free speech. But, there were no vulgarities, no threats of violence, no inappropriate barbs. Simply displeasure from Americans regarding a man’s policies. Quite the contrast of how ‘people’ go after Palin. The strangeness and deep, dark, horrific nature of the vitriol toward Palin is demonstrated very well in the film.
From a cinematography standpoint, Bannon’s baby is pretty advanced as well. He mixes in humor, symbolism and some great shots of old time Alaska beautifully. Politics aside, what really stands out as to why The Undefeated is a winner is the way the film gets more and more exciting as it moves along. Two hours seems like 25 minutes. Then the grand finale. A Palin-Reagan crescendo.
Conservative pundits are featured in front of that white backdrop later in the film. Mark Levin and Tammy Bruce really present the Palin phenomenon in plain English. Bruce talks about what drew her, a former liberal, to Palin. It’s quite simple really. Palin is the real deal. Levin compares the Tea Party and Palin to the Reagan Revolution.
Not unlike Palin herself, The Undefeated calls out Democrats and Republicans alike. Andrew Breitbart slams the manhood of the GOP men who stand in silence while Palin is ripped apart unfairly and viciously by The Left, Hollywood, and the press. He chastises them for their indifference and lack of action. I couldn’t agree more. Breitbart also delivers the best line of the film, saying “She (Palin) refuses to accept the premise of her destruction.” Ain’t that the truth?
Ronald Reagan was looked at as unelectable when he first came on the scene. We’ve heard that term bandied about regarding Sarah Palin as well. Bannon does a superb job of comparing Dutch with Sarah. The Undefeated includes super clips of Reagan challenging the establishment, going after reporters and politicians who try to falsify his record, and through it all maintaining a smile and a sense of humor. The film shows The left’s disdain for conservative candidates. True conservatives. Remember how loved John McCain was before he actually sewed up the nomination. Look at the recent love affair with Jon Huntsman. It’s the middle of the road Republicans the Dems want to face. The Undefeated is evidence of this.
We don’t yet know if Sarah Louise Heath Palin will run for president in 2012, but we do know a lot more about her if she does decide to give it a go. Judging by the portrayal of Palin in The Undefeated coupled with the response from the audience, you’d have to think if she does throw her glasses into the ring she’d have a real chance of grabbing the nomination. Then she’d have to try to make President Obama ‘The Defeated’. Impossible? About as impossible as challenging a corrupt system of good ol’ boys, passing landmark ethics measures, cutting spending, and being the first ever woman on a GOP ticket, all while raising five children and facing unprecedented attacks on her character and family. Hold on tight. GAME ON.
Talk about jumping the gun! Saturday, up in NW Arizona, in the Mohave County Republican Central Committee’s quarterly meeting, LD3 Representative Nancy McLain made a rather startling announcement. Nancy hastily announced her candidacy for the State Senate seat; one that will be vacated at the end of the current term, by incumbent Ron Gould, the conservative Republican from Lake Havasu City. Ron will be term limited, but not until after the second session of the 50th Legislature next year.
To confirm the verbal announcement, Ms. McLain sent out an e-mail from her legislative account early Tuesday afternoon. She wanted her constituents to receive the news directly from her. In fact Nancy’s words were, “I just wanted all of you to know that you will be seeing this announcement in the local papers but I wanted to get it out to you first.”
Along with describing her Saturday announcement, she stated that she didn’t expect the new boundaries to be formulated by the Redistricting Commission in time for the 2012 elections, and thus would be in the same LD3 district where she now resides; and expects to campaign in the communities she now represents.
The announcement isn’t a surprise that she was planning to run. No, it’s been no secret that since Ron was elected County Party Chairman last January Ms. McLain was planning to run for Ron’s seat. Nancy, who is rated one of the 5 or 6 most ‘liberal’ Republicans in the House by the Pachyderm Coalition, has harbored resentment towards the solidly conservative Senator Gould, apparently due to his unwillingness to support Ms. McLain’s various legislative efforts over the last several years. Ironically, Ms. McLain was telling constituents as late as last October that she would not be running for the Senate. Her one-sided feud with Senator Gould apparently could be the motivation for this very early announcement.
What REALLY makes this announcement surprising is the ‘timing’. State law requires that any candidate who announces his/her intent to run for another office, resign from their existing elected position, IF it is not in the last year of their term. Other candidates have followed this state law by resigning from their elected office. Accordingly, Nancy would be required to resign from her position EVEN before the end of the current legislative session! Is that what Nancy intended? Certainly she wouldn’t want to be ‘sitting on the sidelines’ for the next year, would she? Did Nancy realize the consequences of her announcement?
Apparently not; for late Tuesday afternoon, Representative McLain sent out another e-mail, a ‘correction’ of her earlier announcement. In THAT e-mail she denies making the announcement. In fact she states, “I’m interested in exploring that possibility, but it’s too early to say for certain at this time.”
She then cryptically adds, “The earlier announcement mistakenly stated that I am a candidate. That is not the case.”
WHAT!? Did Nancy announce her candidacy; or did she say in the quarterly meeting, that she was “…interested in exploring that possibility…”? Wow, What a flip-flop! One recalls John Kerry’s infamous quote, “I voted for funding the Iraq War before I voted against it.” So in one statement she announces her candidacy and confirms it in an e-mail; then immediately says, “…it’s too early to say for certain at this time.
It’s obvious that she did not know the law, and wanted to get the announcement out there for public consumption. She then realized the folly of her ways, and tries to ‘put the horse back into the barn’. So frankly, everyone has to wonder: Can she really undo her announcement? Does Nancy retain any credibility, should she re-announce in the future?
That is the major question for the residents of LD3, primarily Mohave County. Where more than a few residents would consider even Ron Gould and Russell Pearce, too liberal for their tastes! Inquiring minds really want to know the answers to these questions!
In the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s tragic shooting at the Tucson shopping center, the one person that citizens would expect to focus on a quick response to the violence, conduct a thorough investigation, and focus on finding the culprit is none other than Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. Certainly, this occurred within his jurisdiction, therefore his office is the primary law enforcement agency to deal with this crisis.
Jared Loughner’s actions, the taking six lives including Federal Judge Roll, critically wounding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was diabolically evil; and our hearts and prayers go out for the survivors and family members of the slain. Most people on both sides of the aisle forget political alliances, and are coming together in Tucson and across Arizona in support of the families. We stand united against propagators of hate, such as the Westboro Baptist Church. In fact people from all over the state, many from the Tea Party movement are gathering together to protect the funerals from Fred Phelps’ lunatic fringe, with no political speech or sloganeering. The Arizona Legislature unanimously passed and Governor Brewer signed a bill in record time to create ‘funeral zones’ to protect the families from additional grief. These are the actions of citizens who care about their friends who have suffered from the actions of that Saturday morning.
So HOW does this sheriff respond to this crisis? The Democratic Pima Sheriff makes public statements, immediately after the shooting, attacking Rush Limbaugh, and right wing talk radio! He blames the ‘political discourse’ for inciting this despicable violence! He doesn’t stop there; appearing on Fox News to continue his claim that the shooter was ‘inspired’ by the conservative talkers, the Tea Party movement and Republicans in general. Finally he admits there is not ONE shred of evidence to support his claims. How is that for the chief law enforcement officer in Pima County and one of the few Democratic Sheriffs in the state?
However, as the facts and details surrounding Loughner become public, a starkly different picture emerges. Almost immediately we hear from those who knew him well or attended class with him, describe a very troubled, anti-social high-school dropout that couldn’t hold a job, complete his college courses and caused others to feel very uncomfortable and even fear for their safety. THEN we find out that Loughner was a registered Democrat, and listed Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto among his favorite books! Now I’ve read the Manifesto, I know it well; however I wouldn’t ever call it one of my favorite books! Further, even his friends describe him as a “pot-smoking leftist”. Is this someone you would believe to be an avid listener of Rush Limbaugh or a Tea Party radical? No, none of this makes sense, if we are to believe Sheriff Dupnik’s rantings on the very afternoon of the attack and later on Fox News.
Yet, more facts emerge that the Dupnik would rather keep hidden from public scrutiny. Loughner has had several brushes with Dupnik’s department over the years, including vandalism charges where he paid a $500 fine and complete some diversion program to wipe the conviction off his record. It’s been reported that he has also make numerous threats to various public figures. More than once have these death threats been made, including against Congresswoman Giffords. One asks, why wasn’t he questioned, or even detained? Why wasn’t Loughner adequately dealt with? Instead as Jim Kelly in his blog “The Cholla Jumps” wrote regarding Dupnik that, “…his deputies assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system”. It was also suggested that further pressing of charges would be unnecessary and probably cause more problems than it solved as Jared Loughner has a family member that works for Pima County.” The killer’s mother, Amy Loughner works in the Parks and Recreation Dept. and since 2002 the Director of a County park.
Oh! Now it becomes a little clearer. A fellow employee of the county has a troubled son, and he gets ‘special treatment’! Would anyone else been given ‘kid glove’ treatment? Clearly not. I don’t question a mother intervening on behalf of her son, but the Sheriff has the duty to recognize the threat and deal with it appropriately. Dupnik completely failed in his duty as the Sheriff. The result is six precious lives needlessly snuffed out, and tremendous suffering of Congresswoman Giffords and others whose lives are forever altered.
Then Sheriff Dupnik compounds his failures by deliberately and in a despicably cynical display of partisan deceit, attempts to divert attention from those failures by attacking conservatives both in the media and the public. He does this to cover up for those failures, knowing full well his compatriots who care nothing about the truth will pick up the cue and echo his dishonest statements; knowing full well he is lying to the public. I expect nothing less from propagandists and provocateurs like Paul Krugman and Bernie Sanders; no one expects intelligent and responsible analysis from them. However, from the Sheriff of Pima County, Dupnik, sworn to uphold the law and protect the public he serves, we expect and deserve more. He miserably failed all Pima County citizens, especially these victims, as well as his oath of office. For that he will be remembered long after memories of these events grow dim.
There was much fanfare this week as the Census Bureau unveiled the official Census figures before the end of the year, as required by law. Everyone here in Arizona was paying particularly close attention. There was certainty that Arizona would pick up one legislative seat to nine, and who knows perhaps a 10th?
Of course, as has been well detailed, there was a slowdown in settlement here in Arizona by illegal aliens after the 2004 proposition requiring employer sanctions for hiring illegal aliens and requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration. This law perhaps single handedly derailed any opportunity, in fact most certainly prevented Arizona from picking up two additional seats instead of just one.
What can’t be explained however, is the incredible drop in population from the July 2009 estimates from the US Census Bureau when contrasted with the Official Census as of April 1, 2010; the figures that were just released this week. Here are the gory details:
According to Quick Facts, Arizona’s estimated July 2009 population was 6,595,778. The population change was 28.6%, a very healthy increase. HOWEVER, the “Official” Census figures showed Arizona’s population on April 1st this year to be only 6,392,017! This is a precipitous drop of over 203,000 people in Arizona, and only a 24.6% change from 2000! Now when you compare the difference for any other state in our region, or across the country, no other state had any population drop! Oops! The exception is Michigan, which did show a loss of 83 thousand people in the same time. That’s not surprising, since the auto industry has been demolished by the Obama and the Unions. Now just NW of Arizona in Nevada, the fastest growing state in the nation; in spite of the Nation’s highest unemployment rate at 14.3% STILL gained 57 thousand people in this same time that Arizona lost. The facts don’t lie, so WHY would there be such a change? Don’t take my word for it look at the websites and compare the figures for yourself.
Well, obviously the answer is wrapped around the most significant legislation in 2010, SB1070, which required the state police departments and County sheriff’s offices, to verify identity and citizenship of anyone who is stopped for some other violation. Certainly this legislation pushed the Illegal Immigration battle to the forefront of the National debate. However, the Legislature did NOT EVEN PASS the law until April 19th and the governor signed it on April 23rd! So IF the Census bureau figures are based on April 1st population and they show such a huge drop in population BEFORE April first, ISN’T it the cruelest of April Fool’s jokes?
Now, WHO would EVER question the integrity of the Census Bureau? Well let me remind you of one crucial fact: The Obama administration took the control of the Census away from the Commerce Department, moving it to the White House. So I ask, WHO would EVER question the integrity of the White House!!??
Yes, there were recent news reports that we’d lose population due to SB1070, perhaps as much as 100K (Many in Arizona might say, ‘Good Riddance!’). But 200K? And BEFORE the bill even passed? Give me a Break! Why should we trust a bureaucracy and the Political Party that encourages IRS to investigate Non-Profits who oppose abortion, and prosecutes actors while ignoring the Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner? This is the administration that is ready to hire over 16,000 new IRS agents to enforce the Health Care bill, threatens to shut down the Internet and demands that Fox News and Glenn Beck to be silenced. Why WOULD we trust anything they tell us?
SO, while we were indeed in the hunt for that elusive tenth Congressional seat, perhaps even passing Washington, and having indeed passed Massachusetts and Indiana in population; this White House controlled Census now shows us losing 203K in nine short months. All BEFORE SB1070 became law. Who woulda thunk it!?
So-Called “Sound Advice” claims there was a ‘Sea Change’ in LD11 elections. Nothing could be further from the truth! This McCain hack is simply propagandizing the real story of what happened in the home District for Progressive Senator John McCain. McCain’s faux conservatism is gone now that the election is over. Instead, the Grant Woods/McCain wing of Democrats in Disguise worked a deceitful sleight of hand and stopped the election of solid Conservatives, like Randy Pullen and Rob Haney to the State GOP Convention. When “Sound Advice” (Lisa James?) wrote that Randy is viewed as untrustworthy and ineffective by the grassroots in the party, nothing could be further from the Truth! He/She is simply trying to mislead everyone. Spin is just another word for lying!
The real story of what happened was aptly explained at “Seeing Red AZ” article at the following link and pasted below: http://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2010/11/18/mccain-forcee s-attempt-to-wrest-az-gop-control/
The Republican intra-party activities playing out in legislative district meetings around the state are anything but benign. Precinct committeemen, who were elected on the August primary election ballot, are now engaging in the important elections for their own district officers and state committeemen posts. They in turn, will elect state party officers.
The normally routine elections are fast turning into a referendum on McCain‘s influence. Last evening, in McCain’s home District 11, the long knives were out as the liberal wing of the Republican Party took out conservatives in a bloodbath that included keeping state Republican Chairman Randy Pullen from serving as a state committeeman. This means he is not able to run for reelection as the state chairman.
Pullen is currently Treasurer of the Republican National Committee.
This McCain power grab is stunningly inconsistent with the citizen activism witnessed in the retaking of congressional seats being reclaimed by conservatives in CD 1 and 5, as well as the exceedingly close races waged by GOP Platform-based newcomers against entrenched liberals Grijalva and Giffords. The Arizona state legislature is solidly in conservative hands.
The McIdeologues are beholden to the open-border business interests desirous of a continued flow of exploitable, low wage illegal workers. American citizens should come first, particularly in these difficult economic times, but when you’re married to an Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship heiress and have millions left from a failed presidential bid, fiscal policies take on a different hue.
We are watching another dose of top-down politics, pushed by the McCain/Kyl establishment. It matters not that it has resulted in grand losses in the past. This is being foisted by an angry contingent who should ply their trade in alleys rather than in the inner circles of respectability.
One bright note is the state committeeman slot won by Tom Husband.
Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots, and the 912 Tea Party Project Pinal County: Deceit and Duplicity on Display
Kelly Townsend, candidate for LD22 GOP legislator, as well as owner and founder of Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots has been the focus of some troubling ethical questions due in part, to her website. Kelly, along with the 912 Tea Party Project Pinal County co-owners with Sassia Niederste-Hollenberg , Stephen (a candidate for Casa Grande School Board)and Melinda Kohut, have acted in ways that contradict the Glenn Beck’s 9 Principles and 12 Values prominently featured on the Pinal County website.
On these two websites, some of the most incredible blogging activity has occurred over the past six months since JD Hayworth announced his candidacy for Arizona’s US Senate seat in Congress. It has culminated over the past three weeks with some phenomenal attacks on numerous tea parties in our state, a blog post by a Senate candidate’s wife calling an avowed racist JD Hayworth’s “best friend’ and discovery that one of Jim Deakin’s strongest supporters, and wife of the co-owner of a Pinal County TPP website, pretending to be interested in endorsing a candidate. Lastly we’ve discovered the completely duplicitous and hypocritical actions by two Tea Party websites and their owners.
Beginning last April there was growing group Tea Party groups who started working together to form a coalition of Tea Parties for creating resources, sharing ideas and providing a stronger voice in Arizona. While there was considerable difference as to the shape and form of this coalition, there was complete unanimity in recognizing the need for such an organization. One of the key issues that developed was the recognition to determine a legal way to endorse candidates. This culminated on August 2nd, with a group of 16 statewide and national groups endorsing JD Hayworth for US Senate as the Tea Party candidate. You would have thought all hell broke loose among Jim Deakin’s supporters, both on the blogs and in Deakin’s campaign. Jim and his wife Adonia began making posts, attacking all this coalition, calling them “Fake Tea Parties”. Also Deakin sycophants began making accusations of law violations and threats to file complaints with the Federal Elections Commission.
One such supporter, Stephen Kohut, co-owner of the 912 Tea Party Project of Pinal County website, has been extremely vociferous, threatening to file complaints with the FEC. So outspoken has Stephen been speaking out, that you’d almost forget that, at least according to his own words, Kohut did not ‘make up my mind’ until after the July 16-17th, debates. Stephen claimed on various Tea Party websites and in his voluminous comments on Sonoran Alliance that he was “undecided” as to his choice for the US Senate. Kohut EVEN claimed that while his wife Melinda had decided to support Deakin, even contributing $500 to his campaign, he remained “undecided”. Yes, and I have oceanfront property in Quartzite, Arizona for bargain prices!
With Deakin’s utter failure to garner any Tea Party endorsements, Jim has taken to condemning those Tea Parties who have endorsed JD Hayworth. This is where it gets interesting. Kelly Townsend’s Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots is a 501(c)4 organization, hence cannot endorse any candidates. Also, Sassia Niederste-Hollenberg and Stephen Kohut’s 912 Project Pinal County Tea Party Patriots “claims” to be a 501(c)4 group. ‘Claims’ is the operative word; for last March when I questioned them about a video of some Massachusetts independent ‘endorsing’ Jim Deakin prominently on their front page, and I then repeated my concerns with another question, they suspended me from the website! Stephen recently called my questioning, “cyber-intimidation”. Yet, since they weren’t even a 501(c)4 group, my question was irrelevant, EXCEPT they claimed then and now to be a 501(c)4 group! Why would they make such false statements?
Here are the facts: when I recently checked the AZ Corporation Commission’s listing of corporations, there was nothing for Kohut’s group at the time. NOT until May 7th did a reservation for a group, “Pinal County Tea Party Patriots” appear, reserved by Melinda “Mindy” Kohut. The reservation expires on September 5th and to date there appears that no corporation exists. Then on June 8th, Kelly Townsend filed for a registration of trade name for “Pinal 912 Tea Party Patriots”; thereby intertwining the two Tea Party groups completely together. Yet they use their websites to take a cheap shot at the Tea Party groups that endorse candidates.
Both websites and the Tea Party groups’ leaders, Townsend, Sassia and the Kohuts have been solidly supporting Jim Deakin. So imagine my surprise last week to find out that Mindy Kohut asked two months ago to join this coalition of Tea Parties. For the last two months Stephen’s wife, Mindy a contributor to Deakin’s campaign, has been a member of the website, but failed to acknowledge her support for Deakin by joining the Jim Deakin group. So, while being a member of the Association that was seeking legitimate avenues for endorsing candidates, Melinda’s Pinal County Tea Party Patriots is strongly opposed to endorsements of candidates. She pretended to support the concept of endorsing a candidate, which WAS an option for Tea Party leaders for ANY candidate, as a result of the Association. Needless to say, her membership has been terminated. Here’s the link to their page look for their statement on endorsing candidates: http://thepinalcounty912project.ning.com.
It’s interesting that Kelly, the Kohuts and Sassia, along with Jim Deakin, want the exclusive right to define WHAT CONSTITUTES A TEA PARTY! THEN they dare to condemn anyone or group that doesn’t fit THEIR definition!!
Now with Kelly Townsend working with and closely allied to the Pinal County group, it’s not too surprising to find that her actions also clearly violate the 912 standards. For example, over the past eight months numerous groups formerly affiliated with Kelly left her organization. In most every case she refused to let them keep their name, since SHE was the registered owner. The key reason for leaving was simply that Kelly concentrated the control and authority in the hands of herself and the members of the board, Les White, Charles McCain, and Chris Rossiter. For example, after a national group, Tax Day Tea Party, endorsed JD Hayworth, Kelly immediately contacted Robert Mayer, Roger Boone and Patrick Beck of the Tucson, Flagstaff and Bullhead City “Tea Party” groups and issued a press release claiming to be the four largest Tea Parties and that they were NOT endorsing JD Hayworth for the Senate seat. This press release garnered widespread press attention, thanks to John McCain’s powerful influence.
Two interesting facts about this press release: 1. one members of Kelly’s Board at the time was NOT even informed about the press release, let alone involving her, leading up to the press release! 2. While Kelly’s and Roger’s groups could NOT endorse ANYONE due to their status, the Tucson group had made the decision NOT to endorse any candidate for any race, not just JD Hayworth for the US Senate. Lastly, Patrick Beck did not EVEN HAVE a Tea Party group! Sure, he had organized a rally for April 15th last year that attracted 400 attendees in Bullhead City. However, there were NO meetings, until he set up an ‘association’ last May, and THEN only ONE! This was a concerted effort to mute the impact of any endorsements for JD Hayworth.
Lastly, Kelly Townsend shows complete hypocrisy on her website in what she allows or censors in the discussion groups. Specifically, when there were very heated discussions regarding the Senate race, in the West Valley and the Greater Scottsdale groups, causing several members to complain and leave the discussion pages. Kelly rightfully set up a Senate discussion group on June 10th, and after she complained to me about ‘strong language’ (not foul, just forceful) she told me in a phone call that in the new group, “almost anything goes”. Then on June 14th, I used the term “Deakinistas” in reference to the more rabid supporters, given to insults and personal attacks. Kelly suspended me, and another person who used the term “Deakinasses” for 30 days. BY contrast, Adonia Deakin post the MOST despicable of blogs, claiming that JD Hayworth asked his “best friend” David Duke to get his friends to call on his behalf!! She also posted this on Smart Girl Politics and it was quickly deleted! Kelly simply asked Adonia to ‘revise’ the post. SO, Kelly doesn’t mind blatantly false and despicable posts in a completely disgusting display by the wife of Jim Deakin. Yet she is “offended” by the term “Deakinista”!?
You have to wonder, DO the Kohuts believe it proper to make false claims of support for the Association, or being “neutral” and criticize all Tea Parties who do not agree with them calling them “Fake”? Does Kelly Townsend believe that it’s proper to control over 3-5,000 Tea Party members in over a dozen groups, with just 3-5 board members, not giving the leaders of the various groups say in thei leadership? Further, does she possibly believe that no one can see through the flimsy claim that they don’t really moderate the blogs? One thing is for certain: the voters in LD 22 and the Casa Grande School District need to take a very close look at these candidates’ ethics. BOTH should be subject to a MUCH closer scrutiny, based on their actions over the past six months.
Correction regarding the Following Post:
“McCain and his Mini-Me, Deakin, Try to Fool Arizonans with Disingenuous Reform Rhetoric” as written by Susan Bradford, August 4, 2010
About two weeks ago, I posted the above mentioned article. In it there was a link to a website which showed numerous government contracts with various Defense Department agencies such as the Army and Navy. The links showed these contracts held by Detek, Inc. and Liberty Fire Protection, Inc., which are the names of Jim Deakin’s companies here in Arizona. Unfortunately, as I performed my own due diligence I discovered that, while the names of the company with these contracts are certainly Detek, Inc. and Liberty Fire Protection, Inc., they were NOT Jim Deakin’s companies. In fact, the corporations were defense contractors in Maryland and South Carolina. There was no ill intent in the error, just a failure to completely research the sources for this article.
I drew inferences from this article, that now appear to be incorrect. I have deleted the article and I sincerely apologize to Jim Deakin and his campaign for its posting and the erroneous statements that I made. I will work much more diligently of confirming the accuracy of future posts.
Steven Robinson, Radical American Patriot
While we often don’t get the flavor of John McCain that those ‘in the know’ back in Washington DC experience, the following essay describes the essence of the man John McCain, that some here in Arizona have experienced, and the resulting taste; that we’d desperately love to wash away this election season.
It’s from the July 19, 2010 edition of New York Magazine written by Joe Hagan. The title appropriately enough is:
“What would a Maverick Do?”
An early quote from the Hagan’s article pretty well sums up McCain’s dichotomy: “The former maverick who once fought his own party on everything from tax cuts to torture, who built a reputation as a prickly independent, now marches in lockstep with his party, from his objection to Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court appointment to his support of a draconian new immigration law in Arizona that would have repulsed him three years ago.”
Now, THAT’S the John McCain we’ve come to know this campaign season. So what is this article really about?
The key word in this lengthy article is simply: “Paranoia”; as best exemplified in the next quote: “From the first, there has been a sense of urgency in this campaign that was absent from his presidential run. McCain told friends early on that he didn’t want to ‘go out like Barry Goldwater,’ his Arizona predecessor in the Senate, who barely eked out his last reelection bid. Though no credible candidate had yet appeared to challenge him, McCain harbored a healthy paranoia.”
The result of this paranoia is now clearly seen over the last year plus, as he desperateley traveled the state practically begging, cajoling, bribing or blackmailing elected officials for their endorsements. So concerned was he that, as Hagan aptly points out, as the campaign in 2008 McCain feared the conservative backlash in his own state. He worried greatly about a highly visible conservative running to his right, challenging him on his core values. That challenge from the right truly bothered him.
What he needed was a shell of a candidate that talked a good conservative talk, yet stood zero chance of winning. Along came Jim Deakin; a candidate so utterly unfit for this office prestigous office, and bereft of any political experience. So perfect is Deakin, THAT if John McCain did NOT encourage him to run through one of his intermediaries, with promises of significant military contracts; McCain TRULY would wish that he HAD RECRUITED HIM! So incredibly Machiavellian!
There’s much more to learn about the ‘not so wonderful’ side of McCain, that is covered so well in the article, that my analysis could not do it full justice.
Want to know more? About the John McCain known so well in the ‘other’ Washington? Read the rest of the article!
By Captain Dreadlocke and RAP
Numerous persons ‘involved’ with the ‘other’ Arizona senate campaigns have posted on blogs throughout Arizona, that J.D. Hayworth was named by C.R.E.W- Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Government as one of the most corrupt candidates in 2010. Well, Who is “CREW ” and WHAT are they all about? Are they what they sound like, an organization committed to ethical government and responsible conduct, or is there more to know regarding this group?
Well one of the best sources for such information is David Horowitz, a former ‘Red Diaper Baby’ (A child of Marxists) and his website, “Discover the Networks” – A guide to the Political Left.
According to David, CREW was established in 2001 by far left Democrat activists who see themselves as a counterbalance to the conservative leaning Judicial Watch. They describe themselves as, “…as a ‘nonpartisan’ public interest group that litigates and brings ethics charges against ‘government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests’ and ‘betray the public trust’.” Hmmm, so they’re looking to protect the public, eh? Not so fast, there’s much more to know.
In reality, according to Discover the Networks, “CREW’s ultimate purpose is to use ‘the rule of law to bring about constructive social change’ in a manner the organization likens to the 1960s civil rights movement. The ‘social change’ sought by CREW is the transformation of America into a nation that more fully embraces leftist values and policies.” In pursuit of this goal, “…CREW strives to discredit conservatives and Republicans it deems vulnerable to attack, with the objective of decreasing their numbers in political offices nationwide.” SO, THIS IS THE GROUP John McCain and Jim Deakin uses to discredit JD Hayworth!? That says MUCH MORE about those two senate candidates than anything about JD!
CREW has received financial backing from groups such as George Soros’s Open Society Institute, The Tides Foundation, The David Geffen Foundation and The Barbara Streisand Foundation as well as several other institutions that are noted for supporting far left causes.
Many C.R.E.W officials have ties to the political left. Melanie Sloan, the groups Executive Director worked for Charles Schumer, John Conyers and Joseph Biden. Other officials also have ties to the political left such as Media Matters and ACORN. Naomi Seligman, a former Deputy Director who had formerly worked for Media Matters was quoted in Wikipedia as saying “We are Progressives. We work within a large progressive infrastructure.”
How apropos that McCain would be very comfortable with quoting this group!
In March 2002, it was reported in “The Hill” a weekly newspaper, that “House Democratic Leaders are honing in on an election strategy to taint the entire Republican caucus by demonizing Majority Leader Tom DeLay Rep. TX.” Shortly thereafter CREW sent out letters to all Democrat House members in an effort to get someone to file an ethics charge against DeLay. Texas Congressman Chris Bell, who had just been defeated in a Texas Democratic Primary, volunteered. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated and found Bells accusations against DeLay unfounded. Melanie Sloan told the Wall Street Journal, “Since I started [with CREW] the main thing I wanted to do was go after Tom DeLay.”
The group prides which themselves in initiating litigation, also took on the legal case of Valerie Plame and her husband Joe Wilson against Vice President Cheney, Carl Rove and Lewis “Scooter” Libby.
The group also led other campaigns to discredit President George W. Bush among them was to tie the administration and many other Republicans to Jack Abramoff. Ironically they never mentioned Abramoff’s connections to many Democrats. To quote Mark Margolis and Mark Noonan of Townhall.com on 1/1/2007, “Several Democrats have participated in trips paid for and/ accompanied by Abramoff, including Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS.), Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Michael McNulty. (D-NY) and Gregory Meeks(D-NY). They also reported that Harry Reid also received some $68,000 in donations from the Abramoff firm, partners and clients.
CREW also wanted Sarah Palin and the Republican Party to be investigated because of the party’s purchase of the clothing she wore during the presidential campaign. The group consistently targets Republicans primarily the most conservative ones. Since it began compiling and publishing a list of the worse and most corrupt elected officials in 2005 until the present; Out of 116 officials named by them 82 were Republicans and only 34 were Democrats. On their most recent list of the worse Governors listed were 9 Republicans and 2 Democrats.
Even in an article written shortly after the death of Jack Murtha, D-PA, titled “A Profile in Arrogance” in which CREW’s Melanie Sloan is quoted criticizing Murtha as the “King of Pork”; CREW is described as a group “… which reserves most of its criticisms for Republicans.”
Prominent left wing radicals and groups funded by the likes of George Soros have targeted the most Conservative members of Congress, the ones they know they cannot buy. However it appears like a few progressive Republicans elected officials may be neutralized when they receive funding from Soros etc. for the foundations and “Institutes” they chair.
Were does that leave J.D. Hayworth?
Having been listed this year on CREW’s report J.D. joins some of the best and most conservative Republican elected officials in the nation, such as Bobby Jindal, Marsha Blackburn, Haley Barbour and Roy Blunt.
From a conservative Point of View, that is a list JD Hayworth can be proud of having a very prominent place!