- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wednesday marks an auspicious anniversary for Sarah Palin. The nation met her exactly four years ago: The date was Aug. 29, 2008 when then-White House hopeful Sen. John McCain introduced the inimitable governor of Alaska and her family at a campaign event in Ohio, telling the crowd of 15,000, “She’s not from these parts, and she’s not from Washington, but when you get to know her, you’re going to be as impressed as I am.” In a sleek black suit and signature up do, she was indeed a force to be reckoned with.

“Principles matter more than the party line,” Mrs. Palin told her enthusiastic audience.

Americans became transfixed by Mr. McCain’s audacious pick for a running mate. The mainstream press was outraged from the start. Illinois senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama phoned Mrs. Palin from his campaign bus to wish her luck.

And four years later, she is still “not from Washington” — notably absent from the Republican National Convention, campaigning instead for select Republican candidates in Arizona. Mrs. Palin is not done yet, and has now taken convention officials to task for bandying about a new rule that would lessen the role of states in choosing delegates.

“We have to remember that this election is not just about replacing the party in power. It’s about who and what we replace it with. Grass-roots conservatives know this. Without the energy and wisdom of the grass roots, the GOP would not have had the historic 2010 electoral victories. That’s why the controversial rule change being debated at the Republican National Convention right now is so very disappointing. It’s a direct attack on grass-roots activists by the GOP establishment, and it must be rejected,” Mrs. Palin said in a plain-spoken Facebook post on Monday.

And Part 2: Though rules officials agreed to compromise, there is still another proposed rule that would allow them to retool the rules in the future.

“What we must do from this point forward is make as much noise as possible, to tell the Republican National Convention that we are armed with proverbial microscopes and spotlights, and should they try to change the rules when we’re not paying attention, we are going to be all over them,” says Shane Wright, a FreedomWorks blogger who warns grass-roots folk to pay as much attention to the Republican establishment as they do Democrats.

“Our movement is threatened from both,” Mr. Wright adds.

DEER ONE

Indeed, Rep. Paul Ryan would make a very different vice president. “Bowhunting is my passion,” Mr. Ryan tells an upcoming Deer & Deer Hunting magazine. “Studying the strategy, preparing food plots, the strategy of where a dominant buck is living or will be moving and then being in position to get a shot, that’s really exciting.”

Mr. Ryan, of Wisconsin, also talks about his childhood, being a father and balancing his hunting and life in the nation’s capital, says the publication’s editor Alan Clemons. The October issue will be on newsstands Sept. 4; it’s online here: www.deeranddeerhunting.com.

VOIGHT’S VOICE

“Obama’s not good at anything else, but he’s very good at propaganda. He’s learned from masters of propaganda. This media has been overtaken by this administration in no less a way that Hugo Chavez has taken over the media in Venezuela. It’s as strong as that.”

- (Actor Jon Voight, during an appearance before Virginia delegates at the Republican National Convention.)

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