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Palin calls GOP party leaders ‘snakes,’ warns of revolt

Voters will “rise up” in opposition if Republican power brokers try to take the presidential nomination away from Donald Trump or Ted Cruz at the GOP convention this summer, Sarah Palin said Thursday in a wide-ranging interview.

The 2008 vice presidential nominee told The Associated Press that GOP voters have the right to decide the party’s nominee and will rebel if House Speaker Paul Ryan or some other “white knight” is chosen at a contested convention. Ryan said this week he will not seek or accept the nomination.

Palin said voters know better than to be fooled by party leaders.

“There are some snakes in there,” she said of party leaders. “I’ve had to deal with the political machinery my whole career.”

If party leaders try to intervene at the July convention, “we will rise up and say our vote does count, our activism does count,” she said.

“How dare they?” Palin asked, denouncing “arrogant political operatives who underestimate the wisdom of the people.”

Palin said she is not convinced by pledges from party leaders that the GOP nominee will be chosen from among those running for president.

Palin said she plans to attend the convention in Cleveland, but she conceded that she may have to “invite myself to the party.”

“I can’t see any of them inviting me,” she said of party leaders. “I think they are afraid of what I would say.”

Palin, who has endorsed Trump, said she is confident he will win the GOP nomination, but said she can support Cruz if he emerges as the nominee.

She said she backs Trump because he is “so reasonable and so full of common sense and knows that for America to be great again we have to develop our natural resources” such as oil and natural gas.

While some GOP leaders worry that Trump’s disparaging comments about women, minorities and others have him struggling in the polls with key voter blocs, Palin said Trump would be the GOP’s strongest nominee. Trump has created the “big tent” that party leaders have long been seeking, she said, citing the billionaire businessman’s appeal to independents and “blue dog Democrats” in the South and other rural areas.

Palin said she was not concerned about some of Trump’s comments about women, saying she has known him for years “and I know the respect he has for women.”

Trump “doesn’t have high-paid consultants and pollsters and spinsters trying to spin him into something he’s not,” she said. “He takes advice from strong, confident women in his life, like his wife and daughter.”

While Palin said she could support Cruz, she said it was “unfortunate that he has people around him who are not truthful. I sure want to believe it’s the people around him and not Cruz as a person who would flip-flop on so many issues,” including trade and immigration.

“He was there at the border incentivizing illegal families coming on over the border with gift baskets of soccer balls and teddy bears and now he says he was never for amnesty. Yes, you were, dude, come on,” Palin said.

The former Alaska governor was in Washington to promote a new documentary that seeks to debunk what it calls myths and hype about human-caused global warming. The movie Climate Hustle questions whether there is a genuine scientific consensus about global warming and features more than 30 scientists who reject mainstream climate science.

Palin said she wants viewers “to feel empowered to ask questions about what is being fed them by the scientific community.” The movie opens May 2.

On other topics, Palin said Ryan has failed as House speaker because the House has not approved a federal budget as promised. And while she said she does not regret staying out of the presidential race, she did not rule out a possible presidential bid in the future.

“If I can trust that the electorate is as fed up as I am with the shenanigans and the corruption and the crony capitalism … and can handle a true outsider, then you know that the time would be right” to run for president, she said.


Palin flick already headed to pay-per-view, DVD

The fawning Sarah Palin documentary “The Undefeated” increased its play dates by 40 percent over the weekend, but box office revenue fell by more than 63 percent. Now the much-touted Valentine to Palin, which was intended to bolster her presidential aspirations, is headed to pay per view.

The movie played in 14 Tea Party-dominated locations this weekend – up from 10 last weekend – but grossed only $24,000.

As a result, the heavily burnished Palin story will start airing on Sept. 1 on DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner. A month later it will be available on DVD. A “special edition” DVD with bonus new content will be sold only in Walmart stores.

From the moment it was announced, Palin’s critics scoffed at the movie for its title. How could right-wing director Stephen Bannon call Palin “undefeated” when she’d been defeated on the largest stage imaginable?

The Los Angeles Times opined that the film’s failure was predictable, because movies about people or subjects ripped from cable news generally don’t do well.

“Political movies that play to the faithful have a hard time because those in their intended audience feel they can (and do) get a strong dose of what the movie offers anytime they click the cable-remote over to their favorite news channel,” the LA Times said.

The film also failed because it was bad. The New York Post’s conservative critic Kyle Smith called it a “hopeless, sputtering jumble” and said he’d “sooner have watched a Michael Moore movie.”

The film is currently playing in the Milwaukee area at AMC Mayfair Mall.

Poll: Romney, Palin lead among Wisconsin’s GOP voters

A Public Policy Poll taken May 19 – 22 found former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin leading the pack among likely GOP primary voters.

The poll showed Romney favored by 17 percent and Palin by 16 percent. Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, had 12 percent of Wisconsin Republicans’ support and Michelle Bachmann, an anti-gay Tea Party congresswoman from Minnesota, was favored by 11 percent. In a three-way tie at 10 percent were former Godfather’s pizza executive Herman Cain, former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas congressman Ron Paul.

The poll also asked likely Democratic voters in Wisconsin about their favorites to succeed retiring Sen. Herb Kohl. Far ahead in first place was former Sen. Russ Feingold with 70 percent, followed by U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin with 12 percent.

Thirty-six percent of likely Republican primary voters chose former Gov. Tommy Thompson to succeed Kohl. But political insiders say Thompson is unlikely to run due to his many extramarital affairs. Former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann came in second among likely Republican primary voters with 22 percent. 

Fox News mistakenly uses Tina Fey footage for Sara Palin story

Fox News aired a story June 5 about Sarah Palin being “50-50” on whether to run for president in 2012. But the picture that flashed on television screens to illustrate Palin was actually comedian Tina Fey portraying the former Alaska governor in a 2008 “Saturday Night Live” skit.

The real Palin is an employee of Fox News, which make the mistake seem especially odd.

Mediaite reported that Fox News sent a memo to staff in the wake of the screw-up, stating: “Effective immediately, there is zero tolerance for on-screen errors. Mistakes by any member of the show team that end up on air may result in immediate disciplinary action against those who played significant roles in the “mistake chain,” and those who supervise them. That may include warning letters to personnel files, suspensions, and other possible actions up to and including termination, and this will all obviously play a role in performance reviews.”

Fox News has been heavily criticized for mistakes in reporting over the past few years. But most of those mistakes have been considered intentional because they’re consistent with the network’s right-wing goals.

For instance, Fox showed footage of a rowdy union protest last winter to go with a story of peaceful demonstrations underway in Madison, Wis. But the footage contained palm trees and protesters in shirtsleeves, while Madison was shivering with temperatures well below freezing and covered with snow at the time.

Fox News executives are strongly anti-union.


Kathy Griffin’s ticket sales skyrocket after Palin blasts her on Fox

Ticket sales for Kathy Griffin’s new Broadway show skyrocketed after some unexpected free publicity from Sarah Palin, the comedian told Broadway World.kathy-griffin

In a recent Fox News interview, Palin called Griffin a “bully” and a “50-year-old has-been.” Palin made the remarks after being baited by a Fox interviewer’s question about Griffin’s upcoming role as a Palin-esque character in “Glee.”

“I would just ask for respect for my children,” Palin told Fox. “As she stated on CNN, her New Year’s resolution is to destroy my 16-year-old daughter. That takes it a little bit too far. Kathy, pick on me. Come up to Alaska and pick on me, but leave my kids alone.”

Following the publicity over Palin’s interview, “I had to add two shows,” Griffin told Broadway World. “It was so fantastic: my Twitter blew up and my e-mail, too, with messages from all my friends. … It’s just a gift to have her say that. It’s a gift from Wasilla to me.”

Griffin, a staunch ally of the LGBT community who has appeared twice at Milwaukee PrideFest, is known for skewering Palin and her family in her comedy routines. The comedian has also raised Palin’s hackles by publicly cozying up to Levi Johnston, the Playgirl-posing father of Bristol Palin’s out-of-wedlock baby and an archenemy of the Palin family.

Griffin’s “Glee” character, named Tammy Jean, is “a middle-aged recent Tea Party candidate and home schooler – a Sarah Palin type,” according to Movieline. Her Broadway show, titled “Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony,” opens March 11.

Palin rips Kathy Griffin over ‘Glee’ character

Sarah Palin unsheathed her claws when responding to a question from Fox News about Kathy Griffin’s upcoming role as a Palin-inspired character on the hit TVkathy_griffin show “Glee.”

The character, named Tammy Jean, is “a middle-aged recent Tea Party candidate and home schooler – a Sarah Palin type,” according to Movieline.

Griffin is known for skewering Palin and her family in her comedy routines, and she has publicly cozied up to Levi Johnston, the Playgirl-posing father of Bristol Palin’s out-of-wedlock baby and an archenemy of the Palin family.

“She’s a 50-year-old adult bully, really is what she is – kind of a has-been comedian,” Sarah Palin said in answering the question about Griffin’s “Glee” character. “I would just ask for respect for my children. As she stated on CNN, her New Year’s resolution is to destroy my 16-year-old daughter. That takes it a little bit too far. Kathy, pick on me. Come up to Alaska and pick on me, but leave my kids alone.”

“Glee” has taken shots at Palin in the past. In an episode last year, cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, portrayed by out lesbian actor Jane Lynch, dressed down two students by saying, “You may be two of the stupidest teens I’ve ever encountered – and that’s saying something. I once taught a cheerleading seminar to Sarah Palin.”

Griffin’s character Tammy Jean plays one of the judges at regionals.

“She’s amazing,” Lynch told Access Hollywood reporters of Griffin’s new role. “She wears this very Sarah Palin outfit and she’s very righteous. … She’s pretty amazing in it!”

“I don’t think anyone can out-Tina, Tina Fey in the Sarah Palin department,” Lynch said. “But Kathy Griffin puts her stamp on her own Sarah Palin character, so it’s great.”

What’s behind Huckabee’s attack on Natalie Portman?

Was Mike Huckabee lobbing a subtle insult at his potential president rivals or just pandering to his far-right evangelical base when he slammed Natalie Portman on Fox News?

The former Arkansas governor and avowed evangelical attacked the Academy Award-winning actress for having a child out of wedlock and allegedly glamorizing it. Yet he’s been silent on the subject of Bristol Palin’s high-profile out-of-wedlock baby as well as the multiple extra-marital affairs and divorces of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

Huckabee’s diatribe against Portman set some political observers speculating about whether he’d use the moral superiority card against his Republican rivals who live in glass houses. Others blasted him as a transparent hypocrite.

Huckabee ranted: “People see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, ‘Hey look, you know, we’re having children, we’re not married, but we’re having these children, and they’re doing just fine.’ But there aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie. And I think it gives a distorted image that, yes, not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses. Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have healthcare. And that’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock.”

It will be interesting to see if Sarah Palin or Bristol Palin, who’s considering a political future of her own, responds to Huckabee’s attack. CBS News reported in early February that the 20-year-old Bristol Palin said she would “probably” seek political office one day, “but that would be further down the road.”

“If I saw something that needed to be changed, then I would step up to the plate and do something about it,” Palin told CBS.

Portman has yet to respond to Huckabee’s attack.

Sarah Palin forgets to sign application to trademark her name

Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol Palin both failed in attempts to trademark their names, because they forgot to sign the applications, Reuters reports.

The two Palins applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Nov. 5 to trademark their names for “motivational speaking services.”

“Registration is refused because the applied-for mark, SARAH PALIN, consists of a name identifying a particular living individual whose consent to register the mark is not of record,” the patent agency said in an office action. “Please note this refusal will be withdrawn if applicant provides written consent from the individual identified in the applied-for mark.”

Bristol Palin’s application drew the same response.

The applications will be fixed, and the trademarks are likely to be granted, the attorney now handling the trademark process for the Palins told Reuters.

Palin has become one of the most recognizable names in U.S. politics and Bristol became famous as a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Both women have staked out careers on the lecture circuit, Sarah Palin in conjunction with “providing motivational speaking services in the field of politics, culture, business and values,” her application says.

Bristol Palin, who became an abstinence-only sex education speaker following an out-of-wedlock teenage pregnancy, is seeking to trademark her name in connection with her role as a motivational speaker “in the field of life choices.”

Legal experts told Reuters that it’s unusual for politicians to formally trademark their names because they are generally not associated with commercially valuable products or services. Trademarking a name is more common for celebrities in the fields of entertainment, fashion or sports.


Giffords is a gay rights supporter

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D – Ariz., is a member of the House LGBT Equality Caucus, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Giffords survived being shot in the head Jan. 8 while holding a public meeting with her constituents in Tucson. Eighteen people were shot in the melee and six have died, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.

Giffords was elected to represent Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District in 2006 after Jim Kolbe, an openly gay Republican, retired from the seat.

After her House victory in 2006, Giffords made the following statement, according to HRC:

“I have stood up for equality in Arizona, and I am grateful that HRC and the GLBT community stood with our campaign during the primary and the general elections. We can accomplish so much for our families when we work together. Fairness is an essential American value, and when we champion fairness, we can win decisive victories in even the most competitive congressional districts.”

Giffords narrowly won re-election in November over a Tea Party-backed candidate. During the campaign, Sarah Palin posted a map on the Internet with Giffords’ district depicted in the crosshairs of a rifle scope. “Don’t retreat, reload,” Palin’s headline said.

The window of Giffords’ office was smashed last March after she voted for healthcare reform.

Although Palin targeted Giffords, she is a moderate who was once affiliated with the Republican Party and a strong supporter of gun owners’ rights. People who knew her said she succeeded by listening to all sides.

Giffords “has been a very successful politician, a very successful representative” through an engaging personality and by being centrist on many issues, Kolbe told the Associated Press.

“I think she engages people. You have to work hard to not like Gabby Giffords,” Kolbe said. “She would talk to anybody and meet with anybody.”

Giffords is married to astronaut Mark E. Kelly.