175 comments

    • fultonrighty says:

      Duped, co-opted, or gone pragmatic. Either way my friends and I are very disillusioned with Palin injecting herself into this primary. And on the side of the much less conservative candidate who is making up her own definitions of “pro-life.”

      • Henry Waxman says:

        What’s interesting is that long-time Palin family friend Wes Keller, the state representative from Wasilla, tried to talk her into endorsing Deal since Handel has a record of flip-flopping on the issues about which conservatives care. He was afraid this endorsement would come back to hurt Palin.

          • Provocateur says:

            Wrong, Rome. He’s only flipped. He hasn’t flopped.

            Quite muddling the field of truth with Konop-like babbling nonsense. You’re smarter than that.

            • John Konop says:

              Provocateur,

              I post facts under my real name, while you hide and post lies for cash. The irony you are working for a guy caught for unethical behavior by congress.

  1. View from Brookhaven says:

    Well, thank goodness I’ll be out of town on that date instead of in my Alpharetta office and exposed to that foolishness.

  2. fishtail says:

    This appearance by Palin should cement the election for Handel. The Palin nuts will do whatever Sarah tells them to do.

  3. Palin was so out of touch with Georgia that she thought this race was already over (see below). As I said before, she was ill advised to make this endorsement and I guess now has to salvage her reputation by campaigning for her any way.

    From Jim Galloway’s “Morning Jolt” blog:

    “Oops. Someone’s a little bit too eager to count a win: The Washington Post has an online map of all the endorsements made by Sarah Palin in the last few months, and how the candidates have fared in Republican primaries.

    The map is slightly off when it comes to Georgia, however, listing Karen Handel as having “won” her primary for governor.

    Handel won a plurality on July 20, but somebody forgot that Georgia is a majority-wins state.”

  4. Capt. Jack Sparrow says:

    Not to be outdone, the Deal campaign announced their week long lineup of supporter that will do rallys:

    Monday – Fred Thompson (the inspiration for Nathan’s campaign)
    Tuesday – either Gomer or Goober (from the no-bid garage inspection)
    Wednesday – Charlie Rangel (will assure the voters Nathan’s isn’t ethically challenged)
    Thursday – someone not named Bart Graham (no documents will be available either)
    Friday – Ward D from Nathan’s Nursing Home (will occur before 3pm dinner)
    Saturday – Mike Dukakis (Nathan’s Presidential Choice a few years back)

    • Capt.

      When will “Sonny-In-A-Skirt” denounce the one Georgia GOP Congressman that supports her? Tom Price is also being investigated by the Congressional Ethics Committee and CREW. They are both witch hunts and I think complete BS charges, but why the hypocrisy?

      • Mama_grizzly says:

        When will you stop being a sexist pig? I really don’t recall ever seeing Ms. Handel in a skirt. Luke, do you have a secret fantasy of seeing Gov. Perdue in a skirt?

        • redrock says:

          Sexist pig? For saying “Sonny-In-A-Skirt”?

          Karen Handel’s entire campaign has been about skirts/purses/lip stick since day one.

          Her latest ad starts off with, “One carries a purse”. Thats the only thing she’s got “mama grizzly”.

        • I like girls in skirts better than “pant suits.” Especially if they have nice legs. Sue me. I’m a guy.

          For you though I will change it to “Sonny-In-A-Pant Suit.”

    • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

      “Friday – Ward D from Nathan’s Nursing Home (will occur before 3pm dinner)”

      Classy.

      Are you going to call out Handel for being fat and lazy too?

      • Capt. Jack Sparrow says:

        I’m sorry to have offended anyone. I forgot. Friday is Jell-o night. Dinner will be at 4pm.

        And who the hell wrote Bring It On on Nathan’s dentures?!?

          • Capt. Jack Sparrow says:

            When I last visited Nathan Steal at the “Old Dems Rest Home,” he was wearing his usual pjs and bedroom slippers. Didn’t notice him wearing the black pantsuit you mentioned.

            Are you implying some J. Edgar Hoover stuff about him? Wow! I had no idea…

  5. TidePrideGA says:

    I would think the biggest effect this would have would be in GOTV, and I’m wondering how it will affect the IC and AG races, because those folks Palin’s appearance drives to the polls will vote in those races as well. I’m predicting only 75-100k will vote in the runoff and GOTV will be KEY.

  6. I Am Jacks Post says:

    Palin’s prepared remarks:

    “I’m here in these parts, Georgia, the beautiful with it’s flags and peaches to endorse another Mama Grizzly, this woman, Karen Handel. The Constitutional, that thing we love, document, it’s the heart of these great parts of this country, America. And Karen Handel, bless her heart, this Grizzly will defend The Constitutional. And these great Americans we call Georgians. I’m just tickled to be here, this place, so I can refudiate all these mean things that are being said about this Grizzly, the bear we call her, because she’s the candidate for real americans and Georgians, in this place. So please join me and all my Grizzlies and vote in this election here, in this place, and vote for my friend Karen Handel, American grizzly.”

    • KariDee says:

      It is quite funny to me that Karen Handel is referred to as a “Mama Grizzly,” because although I understand how she could be call a bear……she is really scary, she isn’t a mama to anything.

        • polisavvy says:

          Welcome back to Pundit’s h*ll. And, to answer your question, she probably does make those types of comments to other childless women. Very tacky poster!

          • Kellie says:

            polisavvy
            I like to drop in to see what all the men are b!tching about. 😉 My bet is karidee is just another man making insults. When you don’t have a winning argument – use the democrat playbook and insult.

            • Provocateur says:

              Interesting point, Kellie. The same could also be said for Handel since all she has done for her “playbook” it to accuse every other male of being “crooked.”

              Besides her slams on everyone male, and besides the fact you could relate to her on purse-carrying accessories, what does she offer you as a role model that you follow?

              • Kellie says:

                She did not “accuse every other male of being crooked.”
                She accused some of the lead men in the primary of being crooked; mainly Ox and Deal who have done some shady things as elected officials.
                I believe Karen is a great role model for women. She is strong in her beliefs, honest in her answers, and knowledgeable of her work. She is easy to talk to and treats everyone with respect yet she won’t let someone walk all over her. She is earning votes, she does not expect them because she is a woman nor does she want them for that reason.

                There is a difference between men and woman besides the physical. We think differently; we react differently and we solve problems differently. The purse is just an added benefit. lol

            • polisavvy says:

              I miss you. Where have you been for so long? You are probably true about the men b!tching. As you can see, some of the posts have gotten a tad out of control and a little off the mark (to say the least). A few posters are beginning to show signs of campaign fatigue.

        • KariDee says:

          @Kellie- No, I typically don’t make those types of comments, however, “most women” aren’t running for Governor. Also, just want to point out that I think that God dosen’t give some prople babies for good reason.

  7. GaConservative23 says:

    I’d go to this event. Mainly because Palin’s “Hot Librarian” look hasn’t worn off for me.

    But I’ll vote Deal the next day.

    • GaConservative23 says:

      Update 1:30 p.m.: Here’s a response of the Palin news from Deal spokesman Brian Robinson.

      “The people who know Karen Handel – the overwhelming, eye-popping, vast majority of Republican state legislators – have endorsed Nathan Deal.

      “The people who know Nathan Deal – like Speaker Newt Gingrich and Speaker David Ralston and Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams – have endorsed Nathan Deal.

      “The people who don’t know Karen Handel have endorsed Karen Handel. We have to give them the benefit of the doubt. They live far away. Maybe they just didn’t know the truth about her liberal record and her efforts to cover it up.”

      • Mama_grizzly says:

        The pompous a$$es in the good ole boy network in the Senate endorsed Deal. They clearly are closet sexist pigs. They like strong women as long as they “know their place”. I really don’t believe being endorsed by a group of people that raised taxes is a good thing… Our GOP legislators also vote to raise taxes this year and had the nerve to call them fees..

        Deal also received the endorsement of Newt who sold out the Republican revolution becasue he could not keep his pants zipped and who endorsed the wrong candidate in NY23. Why am I not surprised?

        I am a conservative and I like Handel. I like the way she is causing the good ole boys to go in panic mode….

          • Mama_grizzly says:

            Oh, did I upset you with the talk of Deal being endorsed by a group that voted to raise taxes this past session?

        • I Am Jacks Post says:

          You understand Handel is First Vice-Chair of the “good ole boy” network, right?

          • Mama_grizzly says:

            I have seen you guys refer to her as Sonny’s surrogate and I don’t believe it . I think Handel will not be controlled by anyone.

            If memory serves me, Eric Johnson had some ex Governor staffers on his payroll, but that is different, huh? After all sexists believe women can not be successful unless a man is behind the scenes pulling the strings so to ease your pathetic little minds, you have to imagine that Perdue is pulling the strings with Handel.

            I do look at all the members of the good ole boy network in the legislature endorsed Deal. The good ole boys all stick together. Most of these same good ole boys also voted to raise taxes this year. Only another good ole boy like Deal would hold them up…

            • Provocateur says:

              So nice of the left-wing gender hounds to creep into the Republican Party of Georgia and set-up shop.

              Do you gals draw pentagrams in chalk on the asphalt and chant Wicca hymns at midnight too?

        • Doug Grammer says:

          Mama,

          Just because someone endorsed someone other than your candidate does not make them sexists or pigs. Your statement would be just as fair as if a Congressman Deal supporter said that the only reason that people endorsed Sec. Handel is because she is a woman.

          We both know that’s not true, but you appear the one bringing up gender. Let’s talk about experience, vision, and policies.

          BTW, our state legislature is doing a great via not razing taxes compared to other states right now. Give them some credit. (Joke, for use of the word “credit.”)

          • Henry Waxman says:

            LT,

            Do you think that Karen Handel should address the fact that one of her core supporters and fundraisers said that women who are feminists are “too ugly to get a date” and should “return to their kitchens”?

            • Mama_grizzly says:

              Henry, do you think Deal should be held accountable for the comments his supporters make? If so, let’s line ’em up..

              • one n done says:

                mamaG, how about you answer Henry’s question first without diverting the attention to what meaningless screennames say anonymously on a site…I think the evidence Henry brought up about Karen’s main supporter is more damning to your own “sexist” rant. If women want to be treated equally, than why do they always have to bring up gender to differentiate?

            • Lady Thinker says:

              Henry,

              I don’t know. I am a feminist and I don’t have that problem, probably because I am not so ugly that I can’t get a date. The men in my world like strong, independent women with whom they can have meaningful conversations both in bed and out. The guys I know hate the clingy vine type who can’t get her hair done, buy a wardrobe, or cook without his input.

              Maybe you need to try and find examples of the ones you are talking about and ask them.

        • one n done says:

          @mama grizzly,
          thank you for confirming that Handel’s term will be filled with the same crap as Obama’s term. But instead of everyone saying Handel haters are racists, they will whine that if you don’t support Handel your sexist…I actually just don’t like her because she’s a phony, but I guess thats sexist too. If Handel wins we’ll have to put up with this crap on the state and federal level…great

  8. Doug Grammer says:

    I think this helps Sec. Handel. This race is about turn out; which candidate can get their base to show up and maybe even persuade a few new voters to show up and vote for them.

    The unaccounted for in this equation? The people who supported Com. Oxendine, Sen. Johnson, Sen. Chapman, Mr. McBerry (hey those guys and gals are committed, and they might show up again.) and the difference might even be Zaza, the only Mr. Putnam voter I know.

  9. Progressive Dem says:

    Hasn’t Sarah Palin’s 15 minutes of fame worn off? Even among Republicans, well less than half of them few her favorably. She’s a headline machine, but so is Mel Gibson.

  10. I Am Jacks Post says:

    Who’s going to be on stage with Palin and Handel to help them sound out the big words?

  11. OriginalGangsta says:

    I may not be a big fan of Palin (I think she puts on a fake persona to attract a group of women desperate for a role model), but it’s good to see someone out there that can get so many Conservatives excited about politics. Good for Karen for earning her endorsement! Palin was a fresh face when she burst onto the scene in 08, and Karen is the fresh face we need in the Gov’s Office

    • Progressive Dem says:

      Yeah she was a fresh face, but she is all make-up and clothes. There’s no substance. And she quit the governor’s job when she saw a more lucrative job as a celebrity.

    • I Am Jacks Post says:

      “Good for Karen for earning her endorsement.”

      Yeah, congrats for being born a woman and for being friends with Erick Erickson.

      And please explain–after campaigns for three different offices in 6 years–how Handel is a “fresh face.” By fresh face, do you mean that picture that’s on all her mail?

      I’ll hang up and listen to your response.

        • Henry Waxman says:

          And speaking of not testing well, I hear that’s why she never completed a single course in college.

  12. bartsimpsonisdaman says:

    Mama_grizzley, thank God we’ve not seen Handel in a skirt. With those thunder thighs, who would want to look.

    I do think its funny that Palin wants to get involved. You’ve got to women who have shown to hop around a lot and quit jobs. To Palin’s credit it did take her 5 schools but she did get a batchelors degree. Karen couldn’t pass the entrance exam.

    1. Uneducated – going to start our own “where’s the diploma?” campaign.

    2. Phoney Resume – really want to know about KPMG :)?

    3. North Fulton Chamber – what REALLY happened.

    4. Rockville, Maryland – 😉

    All to hot Palin legs in the world aren’t going to clean up Karen’s spider veins. You republicans are irrational hylarious fools.

    Bring It On! AUGUST 10

      • Doug Grammer says:

        Bart,

        You are way over the top. Obviously, you back Gov. Barnes. He’s ugly as sin, but at least….whatever catch phrase you want use that day. That’s all fine and good, but you are coming across as sexist. You last comment called her a dog, and that’s not right. No one else on here is calling any other female candidate a dog.

        Do better…or you’ll have to stay after class.

    • Ambernappe says:

      1. ….have two women……..
      2…..bachelor’s
      3….too hot
      4….Republicans are….hilarious

    • Kellie says:

      bartsimpsonisdaman –
      Do you think insults help to make your point? Why do people think it’s ok to insult a woman’s look or weight yet say nothing about a man? Stick to the talking points you were given. You do not adlib very well.

  13. KariDee says:

    Does everyone forget that they basically had to give tickets away the last time Palin was in town. No one was interested then, so why would she be interesting now??

    • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

      Well that was because poor white trailer trash, the demographic that Palin and most Republicans pander to, couldn’t afford the tickets to attend.

    • Mama_grizzly says:

      Kari, you would not happen to be with GRTL would you? The leadership needs to resign. They are driving pro lifers like me away…..

      • KariDee says:

        For the record….no, I am not with GRTL…..but what does that have to do with Palin being boring?

        • Doug Grammer says:

          Lemming non-thinker is a rock thrower. How do you like when the sole purpose of a post is to call YOU names? Grow up, teacher, and behave like an adult.

          • Provocateur says:

            LT said on a thread a few weeks ago that she was “pro-Planned Parenthood.”

            She is neither Republican nor a conservative.

            • Lady Thinker says:

              I am still a Republican and a conservative, but having worked with ten to thirteen year olds who have been raped by their fathers, stepfathers, grand-fathers, uncles, brothers, step-fathers, and the local minister deciding to “counsel” her.

              I decided these victims shouldn’t have to bear the fruit of the crimininals who impregnated them nor should they be incubators for those who want kids but can’t have them. These children deserve the option of having an abortion and I am the person to see that right is protected.

              While I am not in favor of abortion as a means of birth control, I am in favor of abortion in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother.

              That may not fit YOUR definition but then I don’t care what you may think or feel about me. Your opinion of me should matter because ??????????????

              • Provocateur says:

                “Your opinion of me should matter because ??????????????”

                And yet you get so incensed about my opinion…

                • Lady Thinker says:

                  Provocateur,

                  I am not incensed about your opinion. You said I am no Republican or conservative and I explain why as a conservative Republican, I think the way I do about abortion.

                  My response to whether you believe I am a conservative Republican was, “Your opinion of me should matter because ??????????????”

                  In my opinion, you have some good posts until you play follow the leader with those trashing women. Then I ignore those posts because I know you are better than that and maybe when this election is over, you will become a normal person and a good poster again.

  14. GaConservative23 says:

    Wow, that escalated quickly.

    I mean that really got out of hand fast.

    It jumped up a notch.

  15. MSBassSinger says:

    This has more potential to harm Sarah Palin’s image as a conservative than to help Karen Handel with conservatives.

    I feel bad for the poor Sarah Palin staffer who duped Palin into supporting the Republican candidate with the least conservative track record.

    While neither Deal nor Handel have perfect conservative track records, from all I have learned, Deal’s overall record is better IMHO. However, either one is better than Barnes.

    • Progressive Dem says:

      I understand why you believe a “staffer” needs to lead Sarah Palin around, but she makes these kinds of decisions the same way she makes all of her decisions: with some shallow thoughts and a good hunch about which way the wind is blowing.

  16. NoTeabagging says:

    I guess we know where the rest of Handel’s campaign funds are going… Palin’s visit.

    • Capt. Jack Sparrow says:

      So since Nathan Steal isn’t on TV yet and doesn’t look like he’s going up anytime soon, how is his fundraising going?

      Or maybe he’s just doing 1/4 page ads in each nursing home’s newsletter. The elderly do vote ya know!

    • Capt. Jack Sparrow says:

      Saturday and still Nathan Steal isn’t up on TV. Guess his fundraising isn’t going so well.

      Maybe he could charge his donors an inspection fee or get his money included in the state budget.

    • analogkid says:

      Oops. That should’ve been under B Balz’s comment. And before anyone goes nuts, I’m probably voting for Deal in the runoff. No promises in the general though.

  17. zigmaster says:

    At what point do we start calling blind loyalty to the female gender and wholesale trashing of the the male gender exactly what it is – FEMINISM.

    • Mama_grizzly says:

      I call it conservative feminism. I don’t support Handel because she is a woman. I like the fact she is not afraid to take a stand even if it makes people mad. She does not dance around issues. She is strong and really frightens the good ole boy network… Men have supported other men for years, why does it bother you that women support women?

      This is the year of the “mama grizzilies”! good ole boys run for cover!!!

      • Doug Grammer says:

        Mama,

        You are only talking about gender. “Good ol boy network” is just an anti-men phrase. Why don’t you talk about her plan for whatever, or her successes of whatever? I have no problems voting for a woman. I’ve done it before, and I will do it again. However, when you make posts based solely on gender, be prepared to get called out it.

        • zigmaster says:

          Karen’s entire strategy from day one has been based on identity politics. No different than what the race-baiters on the left do. The whole “good ole boys” is totally meant to demean her opponents solely for being male. It is dividing our party and goes against everything conservatism stands for.

          • Mama_grizzly says:

            Dividing our party? Did not hear you criticize GRTL for their very divisive comments about Handel. Is it only divisive when the comments are directed at a candidate you support?

            Doug, I like the fact Karen will go into state government and clean out the bloated waste there, including employees. I like the fact she has courage. She showed that when she refused to appear on stage with McBerry.. Karen and Deal have virtually the same platform. It boils down to management style. I prefer Karen’s.

            As for why Palin endorsed McCain, that is pretty simple. Palin ws thrust in the spot light because McCain picked her as his VP. She probably felt she “owed” him.

            • zigmaster says:

              Mama_Fem,

              Are you saying that because GRTL (a private organization) acts divisively, that gives Karen the right to act like a liberal feminist and play identity politics with the conservative electorate?

  18. chefdavid says:

    Front Page Post with the word Palin in it = over 100 comments. Call what you want but it appears to me that no other name gets the commenting going than that of Palin. You can either love her or hate her but we love to talk about her here on PP. Do you think here speech for Handel is going to bring out the fact that Deal voted for the Bridge to nowhere? I understand that just about everybody else in the house voted for this bill to, but it is what is is and average joe america will be shocked over this and not take the time to look things up.
    You can also call it how you want. The 2010 Pok Report is out.
    http://www.cagw.org/reports/pig-book/2010/
    If you look at the numbers over the years you can either say that Nathan wasn’t an effective leader of helping his district bring home the bacon, or that he was a true conservative and stuck to the principles of no earmarks.

    • NonPartisanGA says:

      Actually now it’s about any post with Karen Handel prevailing equalling 100+ posts. Its the voters not the pundits who will determine the next Governor. Its rather amusing when the will of the people is not consistent with the so called experts. Only those Handel haters know in their heart why they feel compelled to speak out against her. Some are Deal supporters, and some are supporters of other candidates who lost in the primary. Whatever the reason, anyone who professes to be a true conservative who says would rather support Roy Barnes is extremely conflicted and clearly exhibits the same “its my ball” behaviour and lack of big picture perspective that got Obama elected. Do so at the peril of our future.

      • analogkid says:

        “…anyone who professes to be a true conservative who says would rather support Roy Barnes is extremely conflicted …”

        It depends how you define “conservative.” A while back, Jace posted rankings from the Cato Institute that showed Barnes was fiscally conservative compared to most of his peers at the time, Democrat or Republican. While he is certainly not as socially conservative as Deal or Handel, that’s actually a plus in my opinion.

        • NonPartisanGA says:

          The money he plans to spend pandering to teachers and retrofitting state buildings for energy efficiency to create jobs shows he’s no longer a fiscal conservative.

          • analogkid says:

            I’ll take those in reverse order:

            Retrofitting state buildings for energy efficiency will actually save the state money over time. I will admit that it would be (somewhat) less necessary if the Republicans in the legislature and the PSC didn’t give Georgia Power annual rate increases and guarantee them early profits.

            On the teacher issue, I understand your position, but I prefer (again) to take the long view. Smaller class sizes and more days in school (i.e., no furloughs for teachers) will, if nothing else, ensure that Georgia’s children don’t fall further behind than they already are. Good schools and a well educated workforce will also help to attract businesses to move here. If one views education as an investment, then one should also be willing to wait a bit for the return.

  19. bowersville says:

    Ther are two candidates for Govenor campaigning against the Republican brand. One I would expect, the other not so much. One has a track record of being able to influence the legislature to a degree to actually legislate from the excutive branch. The other not so much. One comes across as being able to communicate in a dignified manner, the other fiesty, combative and full of trash talk.

    One is Roy Barnes, the other is….

    You decide.

  20. newsgirl says:

    I am disgusted with this endorsement. Obviously Sarah’s people didn’t check out the candidates well enough or they would have stayed out of the race completely or endorsed someone who had more in common with the Palin campaign.

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