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Palin to Speak at RGA Meeting This Week

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin mixes baby formula as her daughters Willow, 14, and Piper, 7, decorate a cake in the kitchen of their Wasilla, Alaska, home on Nov. 9, 2008. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News)

By Michael D. Shear
For anyone who thought that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might hole up in her home state after losing last, think again.

Palin announced today that she will be front and center at the Republican Governors Association annual meeting in Miami this week, delivering remarks about "Looking Toward the Future" and holding a news conference.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee has been the subject of a torrent of leaks from John McCain advisers, who blame her for the wardrobe scandal and for being unwilling to prepare for her few public interviews.

But she has increasingly shot back. An interview with Fox's Greta Van Sustern should air today, and NBC's Matt Lauer flew to Anchorage for an interview that will air Tuesday and Wednesday.

The RGA appearance will put her at the center of a raging debate within the Republican Party about where it goes from here.

Conservatives in the party are already blaming McCain and Palin for turning away from ideological principles that have sustained Republicans since Ronald Reagan's victory in 1980.

But moderates in the party point to McCain's decision to embrace base voters, and the massive loss of independents and Hispanics, as evidence that the GOP needs to return to the center to win elections.

Palin could be a lightening rod for all of that discussion. She electrified base voters, according to surveys, but also turned moderates away. How she positions herself in the next weeks and months could decide whether she becomes a national voice in the party or the leader of a conservative faction.

Here's the RGA press release and schedule:

Governor Sarah Palin will join Republican Governors at Annual Conference

The Republican Governors Association announced today that Governor Sarah Palin will join with other Republican Governors as they begin to lead the Republican Party forward at the RGA's Annual Conference in Miami, Florida this week....

An up-to-date list of open press events can be found below:

Wednesday, November 12th 1:15-1:45 p.m. Governors Luncheon featuring
Governor Tim Pawlenty.
Wednesday, November 12th 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Plenary Session I: "An in-
depth evaluation of the 2008 election cycle." Featured speakers
include Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Haley Barbour, Governor John
Hoeven, Byron York, Dr. Frank Luntz, and Dr. William Bennett.
Wednesday, November 12th 4:10 - 5:00 p.m. Press Roundtable featuring
Ambassador Rob Portman, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, Gov. Tim
Pawlenty, and Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.
Wednesday, November 12th 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Welcome Reception featuring
Governor Haley Barbour.
Thursday, November 13th 9:40 - 10:00 a.m. Press avail with Governor
Sarah Palin.
Thursday, November 13th 10:00 - 11:45 a.m. Plenary Session II:
"Looking Toward the Future." Remarks by Governor Sarah Palin. Featured
speakers include General Tommy Franks (U.S. Army-Ret.), Rep. Mike
Pence, Dr. William Kristol, Governor Tim Pawlenty, Governor Mark

Thursday, November 13th 12:30 Press Roundtable: Discussion with
Governors Charlie Crist, Rick Perry, Haley Barbour, and Mark Sanford.

Thursday, November 13th 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. State Dinner: Speeches
delivered by Governor Rick Perry and Governor Charlie Crist.

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It's amazing to see how far out of their way liberals will go to smear Sarah Palin. This is clearly out of the angst they are feeling about the probability that she will remain a strong force in the conservative movement and not only undermine liberalism, but expose it for the fraud that it is.

I thought when they went to the Frontiersman to smear her, that was a stretch. But to come here and do it? Simply amazing. It sounds like they're afraid, and rather than debate the issues, they need to destroy the one who will eventually prove their arguments wrong.

I would like to encourage Democrats for Palin to continue their game because it just proves further how relevant and powerful Palin really is. If she wasn't a threat and rising star in the GOP, you'd be back on getting in your last minute Bush bashing instead.

Posted by: ReaganTMan | November 12, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Republican will spend their time trying to come up with a plan to rehabilitate the "name bush" so they can run Jeb bush in 2012.

Tim (let the bridges fall" Pawlenty doesn't have a chance, Charlie Crist seems like a possible but could he carry Florida in a 2012 bid ?

Posted by: knjincvc | November 11, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

The house pictured was built with free labor from the contractor who built the Wasilla Sports Complex.

A list of subcontractors on the [sports complex] job, obtained by the Voice, includes many with Palin ties. One was Spenard Builders Supply, the state's leading supplier of wood, floor, roof, and other "pre-engineered components." In addition to being a sponsor of Todd Palin's snow-machine team that has earned tens of thousands for the Palin family, Spenard hired Sarah Palin to do a statewide television commercial in 2004. When the Palins began building a new family home off Lake Lucille in 2002—at the same time that Palin was running for lieutenant governor and in her final months as mayor—Spenard supplied the materials, according to Antoine Bricks, who works in its Wasilla office. Spenard actually filed a notice "of its right to assert a lien" on the deed for the Palin property after contracting for labor and materials for the site. Spenard's name has popped up in the trial of Senator Stevens—it worked on the house that is at the center of the VECO scandal as well.

Todd Palin told Fox News that he built the two-story, 3,450-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath, wood house himself, with the help of contractors he described as "buddies." As mayor, Sarah Palin blocked an effort to require the filing of building permits in the wide-open city, and there is no public record of who the "buddies" were. The house was built very near the complex, on a site whose city purchase led to years of unsuccessful litigation and, now, $1.3 million in additional costs, with a law firm that's also donated to Palin collecting costly fees from the city.

Dorwin and Joanne Smith, the principals of complex subcontractor DJ Excavation & Development, have donated $7,100 to Palin and her allied candidate Charlie Fannon (Joanne is a Palin appointee on the state Board of Nursing). Sheldon Ewing, who owns another complex subcontractor, Weld Air, has donated $1,300, and PN&D, an engineering firm on the complex, has contributed $699.

Ewing was one of the few sports-complex contractors, aside from Spenard, willing to address the question of whether he worked on the house as well, but he had little to say: "I doubt that it occurred, but if it did indirectly, how would I know anyhow?" The odd timing of Palin's house construction—it was completed two months before she left City Hall and while she and Todd Palin were campaigning statewide for the first time—raises questions, especially considering its synergy with the complex.

What an unusual situation. Giant construction contracts are being awarded to campaign contributors at the same time that "buddies" who just happen to be contractors are "helping" Todd build their two-story house. At the same time Sarah ensures there will be no public record of building permits. WTF? How is this different from the Stevens situation?

Posted by: seemstome | November 11, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Within 2 months, Palin will be a regular on the talk show circuit. Then, if she doesn't write her own epitaph, she might get her own cable show. Alternately, if Stevens gets the boot from the Senate, she could run in the special election. She would easily win, making her the thorn in the side of both parties in Washington.
Lastly, she could end up staying in Alaska where she could try to fulfill her job and serve the people who elected her.
I'm praying for the last scenario.

Posted by: seemstome | November 11, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Lightening rod? Ouch.

Posted by: PaulCioe | November 11, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

"Failin' Palin." I like that - very catchy.

I'm just curious as to why the media is still even bothering with her. She's yesterday's news, ho hum. Unless they figure she's going to again open mouth-insert foot. But Palin's gaffes and stupidity have grown old.

Hopefully when she returns the clothing, the din will die down and peace will reign once more.

If the Rethuglians bring her back in 2012 or elevate her position in the party to one of leadership, they will really be gluttons for punishment. This woman may have "electrified" the base but any person who spewed the crap she did would equally rouse that rabid bunch. They are relics of the past and are ever shrinking into ultimate oblivion.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | November 11, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Someone needs to slap some intelligence into this woman. Not content with a governorship that she clearly does not deserve, Palin sets her sights ever higher.
Pride goeth before a fall, and fail, baby, fail you will = again.

Posted by: seemstome | November 11, 2008 4:30 AM | Report abuse

Funny SNL skit about Karl Rove, Obama and Emmanuel Rahm on Huffington Post comments:

Posted by: Imodotcom | November 10, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

And therein lies the Problem with the Republican Party!

Crist, Pawlenty, and Palin-ALL three close associates of the RINO McCain!

Even Rick Perry, in a RED State, only managed a win due to a Divided Dimocrat Vote-Thanks Kinky! ;~)

The Future they are trying to view, is WARPED!

Granted, the Stage is for current Govs., but Huckleberry, Romney, and the Governator all should be involved, along with many others!

I can barely Tolerate Rick Perry, think Sarah is already at her limit in Executive Capabilities-She is NOT a Commander in Chief!
Crist and Pawlenty-RINOS, just like McCain!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 10, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Hail to the Masked Avengers. These guys from Quebec deserve a purple heart for Prank calling Palin. If 40% of the US were content to give this self proclaimed creationist with a three year diploma in journalism (that incidentally cannot name a magazine she has read) the coded missile launcher suitcase then what they did was patriotic.
Even though it was embarrassing to the King to realise he was naked; it was important to his kingdom to realize how gullible he was.

Posted by: Tradlog2 | November 10, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

hey republican taxpayers..

you better watch out.. ole failin palin will make up some friggin lie about all of her little brats being invited (or attending to do "official business") to this RGA and fly them all first class to miami at your expense...

sarah palin. the only person in the united states who charges her own state's taxpayers PER DIEM when she stays at her own house.


hey sarah.. what do you think you will wear when you represent america's hockey moms at the conference? your bloomingdale's gown? maybe your saks fifth avenue 2 piece black ensemble? or are you going to go all out, and wear your versace sheer sequin ball room dress....

go, sarah gump, go!

Posted by: DriveByPoster | November 10, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

headline reads, "Palin to Speak at RGA Meeting This Week"

who?!? palin??? you mean she hasn't gone away yet????

doesn't she have some friggin moose business to tend to up in the northern terrritory ozarks??? or maybe some brother she needs to screw and get knocked up again by?


NOBODY CARES what you have to say. go away!

p.s. hey moose lady.. is africa a country, or a continent? you only get 3 attempts at the correct answer. ready? set? GO!


Posted by: DriveByPoster | November 10, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

We should all let the woman disappear into obscurity and not be heard from again, just like her favorite vice president who was never vice president. Every over ambitious person rises to their level of incompetence. Some people take a while and some people can do it in a couple of weeks, taking into consideration what they have to work with from the start. Sarah Palin managed to do it in a couple of weeks. George Bush still holds the record for reaching ones incompetence, but he was a moron to start with.

Posted by: racam | November 10, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

hopefully she can explain how you can't name the participants of the NAFTA.... or that Africa, a country or a continent. Maybe the Department of Education can investigate what exactly they are teaching in Wasilla schools.... dinasuars and people kabbitzing but no geography or current affairs.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 10, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Can somebody who is a Palin supporter name one thing of value (policy-wise) this Woman has put forth?

Please don't say drill-baby-drill, even the staunchest of Repubs are admitting that was nothing more than a tactic. First we have to give the oil companies incentive to drill because they have none.

Posted by: JRM2 | November 10, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"DEMOCRATS FOR PALIN! The fundraisers for the Democratic Party should start immediately provide funding for the Palin Presidential campaign for 2012. If she becomes the next Repugnican nominee, there will be four more years of the ignorant statements from her that can be used to re-elect Obama.

Posted by: lynnlm | November 10, 2008 3:03 PM"
Hey yeah! Maybe in 2012 we can have our own "operation chaos"

Posted by: JRM2 | November 10, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, she'll say she was handled improperly by her aides and McCain not letting her be herself but every time she was allowed (or not) to speak as "herself" she showed the world just how alarmingly deficient she was on the subject of American civics and world events.

She is Governor of an oil-rich state in an oil-poor nation. The reason people love her so much in Alaska is because she gives them Government sponsored kick-backs from the oil companies, you know, socialism.

A reformer doesn't chisel the taxpayers for working from home, or flying their kids around to supposed "events" so they can watch their dad race his snowmobile. A reformer doesn't take a $25k budget for clothing (as if that weren't enough) and run up a $150k tab and buy a $2,300.00 bag for their 7 year old kid.

As it turned out she was completely manufactured, there is practically nothing true about the image that the RNC created.

Posted by: JRM2 | November 10, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

DEMOCRATS FOR PALIN! The fundraisers for the Democratic Party should start immediately provide funding for the Palin Presidential campaign for 2012. If she becomes the next Repugnican nominee, there will be four more years of the ignorant statements from her that can be used to re-elect Obama.

Posted by: lynnlm | November 10, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

When did conservatives in the party "blame" Palin for turning away from ideological principles?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 10, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

With friends like that, who needs enemies?

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not ass long as government-supported "extrajudicial targeting" vigilante squads are "community stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:


Posted by: scrivener50 | November 10, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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