Updated: Palin rallies Handel faithful for ‘epic’ election

Updated throughout 12:50 p.m.: Sarah Palin and Karen Handel just ended a spirited 40-minute rally in which the former Alaska governor urged Georgia Republicans to show the “good old boy” network that there’s a better way to govern.

Palin, appearing on stage at the InterContintental Hotel Buckhead with her husband, Todd, Handel and her husband Steve, said she’s been asked why “so many of us have an opinion in this race.”

“It’s epic,” she said. “It’s historic. The eyes of the nation are on you Georgia, to see if you get rid of that good old boy network. People are watching what’s going on in Georgia.”

Handel, a former secretary of state, and Nathan Deal, a former congressman, face off Tuesday in the GOP runoff for governor. While Handel’s able to boast today’s visit by Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP nominee for vice president, about 800 Deal supporters gathered in Gainesville on Sunday for a rally featuring former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Palin, while never mentioning Deal or Huckabee by name, said she heard the criticisms of her decision to endorse Handel.

“I know there are some isolationist politicos around here who have questioned my endorsement of Karen,” Palin said. “I don’t know if they’ve questioned endorsements by outsiders of the other guy. I havent’ read a whole lot about that.”

She said she chose to endorse Handel because “I know Karen Handel is a self-made strong woman who pulled herself up by her bootstraps. She left a tough home situation and got a good education. She didn’t blame her circumstances. She worked hard to get where she is today.”

Palin said she and Handel have much in common. Both were considered underdogs who have been criticized by the political establishment.

“More power to her,” Palin said. “She’s been under-estimated her entire life. She’s been able to thwart what the experts have said about some circumstances and situations.”

Palin was joined briefly on stage by two of her children: Trigg and Willow.

The Palins and Handels came on stage shortly after noon to the 1980s metal anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by the band Twisted Sister. With nearly 3,000 people packed into the ballroom, Palin made mention of the song and of Handel’s campaign slogan, “Bring it on.”

“Georgia are you ready to bring it on?” Palin asked the crowd. “Are you ready to elect Karen Handel as your new governor? The intro music? That was Twisted Sister singing we’re not going to take it anymore. And bring it on. I can’t believe that’s your theme. Did you know what you were asking for?”

Handel said she was thrilled to have Palin here, the day before the election.

“This has been a tough race and it’s going to get tougher,” Handel said. “That’s why I’m so proud to have this great lady with us today. Governor Palin you’ve been an inspiration for me. And this room says what an inspiration you’ve been for them as well. Governor Palin was under-estimated too. She took on the powerful career politicians, too.”

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It’s not everyday that a Republican event features the (recorded) musical stylings of Atlanta hip-hop legends Outkast, but the rally today for Karen Handel featuring Sarah Palin already has the electricity of a pre-concert crowd.

The vast InterContinental Hotel Buckhead ballroom is already filling with people and the rally isn’t even supposed to begin at noon.

A few chairs line the walls, and all are already taken by mostly older Handel (or Palin, or both) supporters, while others are already standing four and five deep around a small stage up front, similar to the packing of a dance pit before a concert. A precious few are parting with $3 for a cup of coffee, a bottle of water or a soft drink.

A Handel campaign aide said they gave out about 3,000 tickets and reached their max three days ago.

Handel, a former secretary of state, and Nathan Deal, a former congressman, face off Tuesday in the GOP runoff for governor. While Handel’s able to boast today’s visit by Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP nominee for vice president, about 800 Deal supporters gathered in Gainesville on Sunday for a rally featuring former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

It’s an interesting crowd that’s showing up. There are some dressed in Sunday best, some in T-shirts and shorts, and more than a few dressed for a party.

Update 10:45 a.m.: Sharyl Dawes, 57, of Johns Creek, got here early to help with a phone bank the Handel campaign has set up. Anyone who calls an entire sheet of names gets a free T-Shirt, which Dawes is already sporting.

“I said put me to work,” Dawes said. Dawes is here more for Handel than for Palin, but said it’s a bonus to have both in one place.

“It’s more important that Karen wins,” she said.

But Joan Towles, 47, of Alpharetta, was clutching a copy of Palin’s book, “Going Rogue,” and admitted she was drawn more by Palin.

“I know more about Sarah Palin than I do Karen Handel,” Towles said. “I believe in Sarah Palin’s message.”

Knowing Palin endorsed Handel means a lot to her, however.

“Karen is very solid,” Towles said. “I can tell by the way she carries herself. She’s a graduate of the school of hard knocks. Karen Handel having Sarah Palin’s endorsement doesn’t hurt her at all. It elevates her to a national level.”

Update: 11:06 a.m.: Handel spokesman Dan McLagan said the security presence at the event is courtesy of the hotel. There are several men in dark suits with ear pieces and lapel pins, but they’re not Secret Service. McLagan said it’s hotel security and that the state patrol is also on-site — all arranged by the hotel.

Update 11:10 a.m. James Apsey of Athens drove down for the event. He figures it’s a two-fer.

“We support Karen Handel and we wanted to come see Sarah Palin in a small environment,” said Apsey, 52, who is here with his mother, Sally.

Of Handel, Apsey said he likes “that she’s conservative. I think she’s been unfairly attacked by Nathan Deal. And if Sarah Palin is supporting her, I think she’s a Tea Party conservative.”

Sally Apsey, 80, said it’s empowering to see women doing well.

“I am so proud the female population is getting a little bit of what they deserve, and not just becuse they’re female,” she said. “It’s because they’re good.”

Update 11:34 a.m.: Palin is in the building. Repeat, Palin is in the building. In about 25 minutes Palin and Handel will take the stage and we’re told that the two will walk to the stage to the 80s metal anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” by Twisted Sister. Check out the original video below.

Update 10:51 a.m.: The Georgia Democratic Party has taken note of Palin’s presence and are using it to raise money. This just in from party chairwoman Jane Kidd:

“You may not have heard, but half-term governor, Fox News personality and tea partier Sarah Palin is in Georgia today.

Republicans see the writing on the wall- Georgia is going to elect Roy Barnes for Governor this November, and Republicans are pulling out all their tricks to prevent our victory.

Why is Palin fighting so hard in our state? Because the Democratic Party registered over 200,000 new voters in 2008 …”

What do they wanna do with their life? They, it appears, want to rock.

161 comments Add your comment

Goofy GOP

August 9th, 2010
10:53 am

Q: Why did Palin / Handel chose the “Intercontinental” hotel’s ballroom? A: So Palin can cite it as part of her “foreign policy credentials” the next time she runs for office.

lmno

August 9th, 2010
10:58 am

Well, I am glad I don’t have to drive around Buckhead this morning. The Soccer Moms in SUV’s who have no idea of where they are going will be EVERYWHERE. I predict a minimum of 15 fender benders.

chui

August 9th, 2010
10:59 am

May be the ding bat , nit wit, hypocrite Sunday Christian , evangelical, the opportunist, mata hari Palin will hit by a truck or such something. Sure enough they handed out 3000 tickets to their hard core nit wit tea bags, Handle could have defeated the idiotic Nathan Deal, but come Nov. 2nd they will have no chance against Roy Barns.

Hope Handel and Palin yahoo have enough insurance

Big Boi

August 9th, 2010
11:10 am

Please don’t play Kast at your event. You’re not fooling anyone.

Palin sucks

August 9th, 2010
11:30 am

palin, huckabee, ginrich. Really? This is the best you guys can come up with? beyond pathetic. Playing Outkast – the message is very clear: we are hip white people! This is the superficiality of the republinecks. no substance, no form, no character, no ethics, no nothing.

idesign

August 9th, 2010
11:31 am

God created Sarah Palin to show how intolerant and hateful the left is.

hotlanta

August 9th, 2010
11:32 am

Don’t hold up any signs she can’t read them. She should come on stage and say “GOTCHA” because she know yall paid a lot of money for someone who writes on their hands and took 7 years and 5 schools to get a 4 year degree.

Sary Palin

August 9th, 2010
11:33 am

The shopping is better in Buckhead, and the wasilly hillbilly wants to loot the taxpayers some more before she lights out back to her iceberg mansion and her secessionist rednecker hubby.

West Savannah

August 9th, 2010
11:34 am

Throw your hands in the air, wave em like you just don’t care. If you like lying polits and fish and grits, everybody say oh yea-yuh!

john k

August 9th, 2010
11:43 am

If she’s in Buckhead who’s watching Russia?

hotlanta

August 9th, 2010
11:47 am

It’s funny how Palin knows everything that President Obama does on a daily basis but doesn’t know anything about what her daughter does. First she didn’t know about the pregnancy and second she didn’t know about the fake engagement. Does that tell you something. Were is Todd. Oh my bad he is enjoying the ride.

T Knight

August 9th, 2010
11:48 am

Best of luck Karen. My daughter is there and will film these fabulous ladies together.Go Karen…… It’s time to kick some RINO democrat arse out of government. Nathan Deal is part of the problem….. not part of the solution. It’s time for fresh blood in Georgia

VOTE KAREN HANDEL TUESDAY AUGUST 10TH.

PearlJam

August 9th, 2010
11:51 am

Palin – 2012

PearlJam

August 9th, 2010
11:54 am

Palin/Bachmann – 2012

Palin is a demagogue

August 9th, 2010
11:58 am

Here’s the problem with Palin. Since day one she has done nothing but stir the pot with hate filled rhetoric. On the other hand, should anyone be critical of her, then whomever is being unfair and she is instantly a victim. Her two favorite roles are agitator and victim. Her biggest victim moment came the day she quit her job as governor. Palin is the perfect example of what not to be.

educated Voter

August 9th, 2010
12:00 pm

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Food For Thought

August 9th, 2010
12:02 pm

If dems were not intimidated by Sarah Palin…. you would never ever hear them say a word. My guess is they are here to wooo all those Nathan Deal democrats

conservative teacher

August 9th, 2010
12:02 pm

Interesting that you are giving a play by play before and during the Palin party. Where was your play by play yesterday for Mike Huckaby in Gainesville.
Typical AJC. More reason why we cancelled our subscription.

former democrat

August 9th, 2010
12:02 pm

just because you are democrat is no reason to go democrat now in light of what the democrat party is dishing out. one would be foolish, imo, to simply vote democrat because they are democrat or want to save their pride because they voted for obama.

its time to get serious and put this country on the right track by using every opportunity to do so. Barnes is not a bad guy but another democrat governor is only bolstering the further damage obaa is doing to this country and as adults it is our time to act on what makes this country great by doing what is right not what looks good.

conservative teacher

August 9th, 2010
12:05 pm

Palin has become a prostitute for candidates. Pay her a large amount of money and she will be there. Sad.

wow

August 9th, 2010
12:05 pm

hotlanta

August 9th, 2010
11:47 am
It’s funny how Palin knows everything that President Obama does on a daily basis but doesn’t know anything about what her daughter does.
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a little cheap shot my friend. demand more from yourself.

Sea Hags

August 9th, 2010
12:06 pm

Hate filled rhetoric? Please site examples if you are going to claim that. There has been nothing but contempt for small business, middle age white males, and conservatives from the current President. When Obama says that a white policeman acts stupidly without him knowing the facts. When Obama says the Arizona law allows racial profiling (even though it expressly says that police can’t do that). What are those? When Obama says that people are clinging to their guns and religion. When Obama lies routinely about the deficit belonging to Bush when he himself quadrupled the deficit. The hate filled rhetoric comes from Obama and the dems.

Teacher at lunch

August 9th, 2010
12:08 pm

Another reason not to vote for Handel. My vote is for Deal, as his wife is a teacher and he is endorsed by the NRA and Right to Life. Handel is not.

Political Discussion - NonIndex Page

August 9th, 2010
12:09 pm

[...] Palin flies to Atlanta, Georgia today to endorse (again) Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate, Karen Handel, at a midday hotel [...]

Whatmatters

August 9th, 2010
12:11 pm

Karen Handel has embraced Palin for her style of politics, which is a limited depth of issues; a willingness to tread in the political mud; and an ease to spew deception and venom. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Palin made a bogus issue about Barack Obama “paling around with terrorists.” Handel has willingly chosen her choice of political pals. Her new friend does not represent the best ideals for governance or leadership. If Georgia wants to move forward, it deserves a better option for governor.
Even GOP Rep. Bob Inglis (SC) spoke the truth: What about Sarah Palin? Inglis pauses for a moment: “I think that there are people who seem to think that ignorance is strength.” And he says of her: “If I choose to remain ignorant and uninformed and encourage people to follow me while I celebrate my lack of information,” that’s not responsible.”
http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/08/bob-inglis-tea-party-casualty

educated voter

August 9th, 2010
12:12 pm

What a great statementfor palin to be here.I would lots rather vote for someone she endorses rather than the candidate that the ga.legislaters endorse.the legislators gettin envolved just shows how affraid that their politics as usual is in jeapordy. They want deal so their good ol boy backroom deals can survive.put on your big boy pants politicians and do what your elected to do. That is worry about the people’s best intrest and not your wallets.

Idua

August 9th, 2010
12:12 pm

@Teacher at Lunch. For some of us an NRA and RTL endorsement are 2 reasons not to vote for him.

Raw Deal is a reprehensible, corrupt, old neo-con politician. He is not the way to move forward.

I am voting for Handel tomorrow and Barnes in November.

Aquagirl

August 9th, 2010
12:15 pm

Hey, where are all you Deal supporters with your “inside” info about Palin canceling? You sure were busy posting that crap a couple of days ago LOL! Like Deal, you gamble on people forgetting about your lies.

james

August 9th, 2010
12:15 pm

I hope Bristol made the trip, my chances of getting laid increased….

Deal is a wimp

August 9th, 2010
12:16 pm

Deal’s wife, Sandra Dunagan, never even took his last name! Thats sounds very liberal to me.

Rick Patel

August 9th, 2010
12:17 pm

Chic, charming, charismatic Gov. Sarah Palin flies down from far Northwest to deep Southeast to help Karen Handel become Georgia’s first female Governor. Sarah cares about her country.

Teacher at lunch

August 9th, 2010
12:17 pm

Obviously you didn’t watch any of the debates or check your mailbox. Karen Handel has turned off so many with her negative lies. Even her Cobb County chair Bill Byrne switched to Deal because of it.

I love Palin!

August 9th, 2010
12:18 pm

Handel is great! She will be a great face for Georgia!!!

khc

August 9th, 2010
12:21 pm

patel, you need help….palin is a carny

Old Ga Boy

August 9th, 2010
12:23 pm

I don’t get where people are saying Handel has run a negative campaign! Looks to me that she has used more humor in this race than anything. Deal is the one who is negative with his pointless TV ads. I love the” put your big boy pants on” comment! Keep it coming Handel!!!

audioguy

August 9th, 2010
12:35 pm

I wonder if the party has gotten permission this time for the music they’re using? Seems like a lot of political rallies somehow overlook that detail…

clickdawg44

August 9th, 2010
12:41 pm

All of this will be a non issue anyways, Roy Barnes is the next Governor of this state.

Lp

August 9th, 2010
12:47 pm

Karen Handel, just like Sarah Palin, QUITS everything she gets elected to!
She is a disgrace to Women, especially Southern Women and I am appalled that any self respecting Georgian would even consider this extremeist as qualified to do anything worthy or worthwhile for WE THE PEOPLE of the ONCE Great State of Georgia!
We’ve had a higher than National Average Unemployment Rate for 34 MONTHS!
But all she’s hopped up about is Gay this and Pro-Life that!
Unless she’s planning on aborting a homosexual fetus, then her focus should be on How to Bring Jobs BACK to GA!
But since that’s not priority ONE and she’s aligned herself with the laughing stock of Politics..she brings NOTHING to the table for THIS GA voter!!
She should disappear into obscurity and let someone who actually has a workable PLAN for helping GA Get Back To Work get busy help bring Georgia back into the mainstream!
Karen Handel is a Bigot, a Quitter and a Hate Monger, and THIS Georgia Woman does NOT want her making decisions for me, my family, friends, neighbors and the Once Great State of Georgia!

Aquagirl

August 9th, 2010
12:53 pm

Random use of capitalized words–check. Ending every sentence with an exclamation point–check. Random caps lock–check. It’s official; the Trolls have a fine representative here.

Voice of reason

August 9th, 2010
12:55 pm

To the comments of Handel’s lack of a degree…I can think of 10 Atlanta business owners who are the backbone of our GA economy who don’t have college degrees either!

king

August 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

sarah do not care about this country or Ga what sarah cares about is sarash!!!!!

JJJ

August 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

if this screws up Buckhead traffic, I hope they both get breast cancer and die.

Deal needs a makeover

August 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

Raw Deal should help stimulate our economy with his ill-gotten $$$ and buy some new clothes. he looks like he should be on the container of a sausage label!

Roy Who?

August 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

We need a conservative in Georgia, to protect us from; the Mexican Drug Cartel, The Islamic Threat and Obamanation’s Socialist agenda. Wake up America! 9/11 could happen again. We have an Islamic, anit-American Radical in the White House.

Lp

August 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

Awww..Poor Aquafresh-head..if someone has a diffference of opinion, you can only go on the defensive and call them Trolls..or other names.
You have nothing of substance to dispute what was said, so you hold your breath, turn blue and hopefully fall over. On Sarah Palin and Karen Handel.
Georgia is in serious trouble and frankly, it’s people like YOU who can’t see beyond party lines and the Cult of Personality that’s been thrown at you by the Media, that PERPEPTUATE the hard times we’re living in!
FORCED to live in because of people like Handel and Palin and all the other spotlight junkies who toss out buzz words and inflammatory phrases, playing on your fears and hoping to spark just a trace of nostalgia by talking about bringing “government back to what it USED to be.”
And who’s responsible for everyone’s problems today and pointing mad fingers, instead of identifying the REAL problems and offering up VIABLE soultions.
So please, go bury your head BACK in the sand, or up Palin’s rear end, which apparently you can see Alaska from there too, and leave the real issues to people who actually care about them and aren’t blinded by celebrity and the Blame Game!

G Katz

August 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

I could never take seriously the endorsement from a quitter who is disrespectful of teachers.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/08/sarah_palin_rolls_her_eyes_at.html

Reality

August 9th, 2010
1:07 pm

Flip-flopper Deal

August 9th, 2010
1:09 pm

Soooo Deal used to be a Democrat, Now he’s a Republican and says he will run as an Independant when he looses tomorrow! He was in Congree for 18 years and did not distinguish himself and has ideas that are antiquated.

M1

August 9th, 2010
1:11 pm

Interesting choice of intro music:

Oh We’re Not Gonna Take It
no, We Ain’t Gonna Take It
oh We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore

we’ve Got The Right To Choose And
there Ain’t No Way We’ll Lose It
this Is Our Life,

A song sung by a bunch of guys in makeup talking about not losing the Right to Choose.

Reality

August 9th, 2010
1:14 pm

Roy Who, that is about the stupidest remark I’ve ever seen in print. You have no factual basis to make such accusations. You are are blatantly moronic….just like Palin and Handel. And Deal too for that matter.

Gays are citizens too!

August 9th, 2010
1:15 pm

Atlanta has one of the largest Gay populations in the US. Gay tourism in GA is tremendous! We pay lots of taxes and donate and raise money generously for good causes! We deserve representation also!

female business owner

August 9th, 2010
1:15 pm

Hey What’s the matter people? Are you afraid that maybe someone is going to win who will treat people right? Karen, you go, go, go, and win, win, win. We need a change!!!! It’s time Georgia had a change. Go Karen and Sarah! You got my vote.

G Katz

August 9th, 2010
1:19 pm

female business owner

August 9th, 2010
1:19 pm

JJJ be careful for what you ask for because it could turn on you.

Aquagirl

August 9th, 2010
1:22 pm

@ LP, Sorry I left out “tone that fascinatingly combines mouth-foaming anger with excruciatingly boring.” I can see why you back Deal, who shares your nasty tone when asked if he’ll support Handel if she wins.

If you want to support a candidate who can implement his grand plan from a jail cell, like Karen Handel says, bring it on. I don’t really get people who ignore ethics, but it’s certainly your prerogative.

Jigglyanon

August 9th, 2010
1:24 pm

Hahaha anonymous wins again! Goodbye Steve Rose and you were warned. Your blog is dead, long live the people!

DawgDad

August 9th, 2010
1:24 pm

Perspective, people, PLEASE!

This is nothing more than an intra-mural beauty contest. The candidates are essentially on the same side of the coin issues-wise, just as they all were in the primary. The GA State Republican political machines will adapt to whoever wins, and we’ll focus on November. Of primary importance is sealing the deal for the R in November.

I was taken aback by the negative campaigning, which I perceive might have rushed out foremost from the Handel side. Her mailer was a disgrace, but not at all unlike virtually all political campaign mailers. Deal shot right out there, too, with his own attacks. Pox on both their houses in this regard; it didn’t work on me, and it detracts attention from the underlying message.

Johnny Nam

August 9th, 2010
1:27 pm

Hey Lp, Lordee, what rock did you crawl out from under, I believe the people from the sanitorium are looking for you.
Have to be a Democrat, such vile and hatred!!!

M1

August 9th, 2010
1:28 pm

DawgDad – you were “taken aback” by the negative campaigning? Have you followed politics at all over the last 100 years?

Karen

August 9th, 2010
1:31 pm

Another classless comment from the Georgia arm of the DNC.. Palin, that “half-term” governor, accomplished more in 2 1/2 years than most do in 8. Palin served 2 terms on the Wasilla city council, 2 terms as mayor, President Alaska Council of Mayors… was Chairwoman of the Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission & Chairwoman & National Governors Associations Natural Resources Committee. While governor, she reduced earmark requests by 80%, reduced spending in her ‘10 budget by more than $1 billion & invested $5 billion in state savings. When she returned to Alaska following the election, the left decided she must be taken out & proceeded to file numerous bogus ethics complaints & lawsuits against her that cost the state millions in time in money & thousands of hours of state time. The Governor personally was responsible for a half million dollars in legal fees…Alaska is the only state where the governor is responsible for their legal fees.
If she hadn’t resigned, the complaints would have continued with the state wasting millions of dollars and the Palin family going broke. The plan was to destroy her, render her ineffective, demand her resignation & take her down.
She resigned, is serving her country & her state better elsewhere.

Jason

August 9th, 2010
1:31 pm

I’d rather vote for Trigg.

Doug Bass

August 9th, 2010
1:32 pm

It is interesting to hear what people who have known Deal for decades say. Deal is characterized by neighbors and friends as trustworthy, faith-based, common sensical, humble, and a man of his word that loves his family. No stories of temper tantrums, mean spirited insults or self-grandizing antics. Army captain, state senator, majority leader of the state senate, US congressman for 18 years, married to Sandra Deal for 40 plus years. I guess none of that makes very good press fodder. sad.

DawgDad

August 9th, 2010
1:33 pm

M1: Disappointed, really. I’m an old guy, but yes, I was taken aback. I expect better, even marginally better, and I won’t hold back on saying so.

Cindy

August 9th, 2010
1:35 pm

Well it looks like Palin has joined the negative slug fest of name calling “good ole boys” and saying that Karen has a great education. Say what? Sarah obviously did not have time to read Karen’s resume. The feminist bent is quite offensive and shallow. At least she stayed in Atlanta for 40 minutes of fame so she could sell more books. My support goes to Nathan Deal because of his conservative record…not for the femiist rants.

Lani

August 9th, 2010
1:37 pm

Doug, you missed the point. People are tired of the “good ‘ole boys” network of career politicians. Handel is not in that group.

bear-claw

August 9th, 2010
1:40 pm

That momma grizzly makes my freedom pole salute…

karen luvhandle

August 9th, 2010
1:41 pm

“good old boy”?? Luvhandle’s never had a job outside politics?? If she wasn’t such a jerk with a chip on her shoulder (for those who have met her) she’d be as “good old boy(ish)” as there is…

Marine Vet

August 9th, 2010
1:47 pm

Doug Bass sounds like a wimp. Doug, we are hiring a Govenor of a State here, not some goof to lead the Sunday School! None of your remarks are worthy in hiring someone for a job! Your man Deal was in Washington for 18 years and was pretty lazy on our dime. Doug, save the Coom Bai Yaaaaa for your own short falls and let the rest of us who are real men and women run the world!

Father John

August 9th, 2010
1:52 pm

The goal is to be Scripture-Based not Faith Based.

jocularity

August 9th, 2010
1:53 pm

Look at all the Christians arguing over which candidate has the most hate for gays and illegals….

antagonist

August 9th, 2010
1:54 pm

Handel has gone too far with this “bring it on” nonsense. It’s so antagonistic…she acts like not only is she running against Deal, but any regular citizen that dares oppose her flip-flopping views! Seems that you’re either with her or against her, and god help you, Joe Public, if she finds out you were against her….

give her the ball

August 9th, 2010
1:55 pm

certainly gives me comfort that the democrats are terrified of the palinEffect.
democrats tried unfairly to keep this woman tied up in court so as to render her time in office as not getting anything done.

sarah took the ball from them and beat them at their own game by stepping aside and giving them no where to run with that ball of pointless lawsuits and in so doing it opened all kinds of doors to her: she became a speaker in demand with good pay. FOX invited her for a well paying job. being the resourceful person she is she meanwhile was carving out a way to help her alaska which she loves dearly and carve out financial income for her family.

what they really hate now is that she has become their worst nightmare::::: smart, effective, and rich. and she did the old fashioned way – - SHE EARNED IT!!!

kkong

August 9th, 2010
1:55 pm

Lord, help us. Lord, please, please, please help us!

conservative teacher

August 9th, 2010
1:59 pm

Change we can believe in. Seems like all of us heard that in the presidential election. Now look at the Change in our nation. Pray that we survive. We certainly do not need this change in state government. Purdue has done enough to set back the state. Furloughs for educators will continue. Vote for someone who will bring us back. Don’t know where Palin received her info. about “good ole boy”, probably from Karen’s illustrious campaign manager. Vote for a person of integrity, Nathan Deal

tim

August 9th, 2010
2:00 pm

Karen Handel says Atlanta is nothing but Sex and Lies and she doesn’t want to be a part of that . Now remember she said this at a news conference when quitting the secretary of state job. Karen handel can’t be trusted to see for yourself go to http://countpaperballots.com/#WillTheRealKarenHandel.

Fred

August 9th, 2010
2:02 pm

Edgewood Adam: You will burn for your lies. Sarah Palin and her family are PROPHETS. They speak for the LORD and any that belittle them are destined for AN ETERNITY OF TORMENT AND DAMNATION.

AS FOR THE REST OF YOU HEATHENS – YOU WILL ALL RUE THE DAY YOU CROSSED GOD’S CHOSEN ONE – SARAH PALIN.

Peachtree daughter

August 9th, 2010
2:02 pm

I just got back from the Handel/Palin rally! Handel looks great! Great hair, makeup, outfit!!! Love the shoes!!! I met Palin and shook her hand!!! I am so inspired! Its a great day in Buckhead!!! Everyone vote for Handel!!!

jawga boy

August 9th, 2010
2:03 pm

What is all the hoopla about. SHE GOT BEAT !!! McCain could a made it were it not for her, the ditsy. Maybe she’ll have the same effect on the other soccer mom.

Aquagirl

August 9th, 2010
2:04 pm

@ DawgDad, even the politicos are saying this has been a nasty race. So it’s not just you.

James Carville

August 9th, 2010
2:06 pm

Fish stool Sarah and Mike! Neither has a clue what the hell is wrong with Georgia. Ya’ll need to get your head out of the red clay. Roy will rise again. Cause ya’lls to stupid to see through the venom you have spat upon one another. GED vs. Nixon style stealing. LOL

Edgewood Adam

August 9th, 2010
2:09 pm

Peachtree Daughter

Were you the one i met after Bristol Palin? If so, you were fantastic too.

Liberal

August 9th, 2010
2:09 pm

Stay classy, redumblicans!

Grace

August 9th, 2010
2:10 pm

So why was it ok for Sarah Palin to endorse Saxby Chambliss and not endorse Karen Handel……..

GW

August 9th, 2010
2:10 pm

Once again this article says nothing about the issues at hand in Ga. I would like to knnow what Karen Handel’s stand is on the issues. I don’t want to hear songs, I don’t want to hear what Sarah Palin says about Ga., nothing about Big Boy pants, what is she going to do about the problems in Ga.? I can’t vote for her for these reasons…..

A McGee

August 9th, 2010
2:10 pm

@ female business owner – Treats people right? Except for gays, illegals, and non-Christians though, right?

M1

August 9th, 2010
2:11 pm

Peachtree daughter ….just got back from the Handel/Palin rally! Handel looks great! Great hair, makeup, outfit!!! Love the shoes!!!

Did anything they say inspire you as well?

Paula Abdulla

August 9th, 2010
2:21 pm

Warms my cockles to see so many “real” Americans…

Dawgfan

August 9th, 2010
2:28 pm

Palin says Handel got “a good education,” proves she doesn’t know who she is endorsing.

jimbob

August 9th, 2010
2:29 pm

the only thing the Democrats have to fear is that more moronic Republicians vote than moronic demos.

Charles

August 9th, 2010
2:32 pm

I can’t help but laugh at the irony of Handel/Palin being introduced with a song by a group called Twisted Sisters.

pallottine

August 9th, 2010
2:38 pm

Sarah caught fishing again without a license. Homer, Ak, ya need those IFQ’s Sarah. This woman is an idiot.

pallottine

August 9th, 2010
2:43 pm

Sarah trots the kids out again, gotta deflect today’s bad press. Don’tcha know. What have you got against teachers’ Sarah?

Bill

August 9th, 2010
3:05 pm

I’m a conservative, and I don’t know what’s worse: 1. being endorsed by Palin, or 2. thinking it’s a good thing to be endorsed by Palin. The only people who will be swayed by a Palin endorsement are those that are going to vote republican anyway. The woman is an idiot who can’t think on her feet fast enough to dodge softball questions, like “what newspapers do you read”.

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Whoa

August 9th, 2010
3:09 pm

Enter your comments here

kevin

August 9th, 2010
3:09 pm

Moron endorsing moron–brilliant!

Rick Patel

August 9th, 2010
3:10 pm

Thanks for the update, AJC. Conservative Queen Sarah Palin flew 3,409 miles to help Karen Handel become Georgia’s first female Governor. That is dedication to the cause. Sarah is the greatest!

Whoa

August 9th, 2010
3:11 pm

oops! There goes Handels campaign. What a great and upstanding person she has backing her. She only quit her term being Gov. of Alaska and made a mockery of the GOP Presidential Campaign. Great to have her on the team.

Whoa

August 9th, 2010
3:12 pm

The greatest IDIOT!!!

Cmill

August 9th, 2010
3:15 pm

Unbelievable… blow by blow coverage of two morons in atlanta and hardly a paragraph about Nathan’s rally in Gainesville. Pathetic ajc….

Write in

August 9th, 2010
3:16 pm

Boy, the “Democrat till I die” puppets are really filling up this blog with diatribe because both Handle and Deal scare the hell out of them. Their boy Roy is in for a real challenge in November so they puke their usual garbage containing nothing of value.

RxDiesel

August 9th, 2010
3:16 pm

Lots of trolls posting comments here today, but not surprising, given the nature of the AJC’s fast-declining readership. The more astute political observers note that Palin’s is the only endorsement that matters this election season. Quite a contrast to democratic politicians running away from President Obama as fast as they can. And one other thing, lefties – the ‘foreign policy/see Russia’ jokes weren’t funny in 2008, when Palin was more experienced and qualified [even as the VP nominee] than community organizer/short term Senator Obama. President Obama’s performance since then [insulting the Brits & Germans, dhimmitude toward the Iranians, comforting Hugo Chavez] only makes it less funny today. Lets’ vote for hope and change in 2010!

M

August 9th, 2010
3:16 pm

Who is Sarah Palin? Did she quit something not long ago. How can she help? She is cute and hot looking. How can you quit being a Gov. and help another run for Gov.?

Wendy Jo

August 9th, 2010
3:25 pm

I thought Karen Handel wanted to give Roy Barnes a run for his money, but why would you want to have some one like Palin as an endorsement. SHE IS A QUITTER….so I assume Handel will be one as well. AND to all you REPUBLICANs still refusing to see the good that President Obama is AND WILL continue to do for this country….well if you vote for Handel, then we KNOW exactly what you are all about…Quiting…LET’s GO DEMOCRATS…YES until the DAY I DIE…

whoDean

August 9th, 2010
3:25 pm

Deal is a crooked, Handel will get my vote in the primary and probably the GE as well.

Zell Miller

August 9th, 2010
3:27 pm

That barricuda with the over-bite can shoot spit balls at me till the moonshine runs out

Dem for Life

August 9th, 2010
3:28 pm

ROY BARNES 2010!!!!!

Georgia Voter

August 9th, 2010
3:32 pm

ANYBODY BUT ROY BARNES !!!!

Al Gore

August 9th, 2010
3:34 pm

I’ll be campaigning for Roy Barnes, of course.

With my lisp, I’ll be a hit in Midtown.

Afterwards I can visit the House of Tokyo massage parlor on Piedmont, for a soothing, therapeutic massage after a long day of campaigning with my comrade in socialism, Roy Barnes.

Toodles !

curious

August 9th, 2010
3:38 pm

Did anyone check with Twister Sister to verify that Karen Handel has the right to use their music? Isn’t that an issue? If not, can I use anyone’s artistic work to promote my agenda?
Before I cast my ballot, I would like details about Handel’s education. Other outlets report that she attended the University of Maryland. How long was she there? What was her major? It may not be important to you, but it is to me.
And what about Sarah Palin bashing the “good ole boy” network? Does she support any male candidates?
What about John McCain? Would Handel refer to McCain as a relic of Washington?

brystelpalen

August 9th, 2010
3:38 pm

So far, Palin’s endorsements have not worked out well (she’s 1 for 10) – Handel should have asked her to stay away.

Independent

August 9th, 2010
3:40 pm

I find it so funny that many Republicans don’t even like Sarah Palin, yet she’s always somewhere trying to give another Republican a boost on their campaign. There’s no way the hillbillies in GA will vote Karen Handell into office. Roy Barnes has it made in November!!!

brystelpalen

August 9th, 2010
3:40 pm

Another sad day in Georgia politics. All of the bored soccer moms took their mini-vans to the big city + then commented on the substances of their idols (nice hair! nice shoes! ) Ugh – these 2 have set feminism back 50 years.

Liberal in a Red State

August 9th, 2010
3:45 pm

Why is Handel calling her Governor Palin????? I thought she quit two years into her first real elected position to cash in????

Cantstandanyofem

August 9th, 2010
3:47 pm

Handel or Deal – either one of them makes my stomach turn when I think about the gay bashing they’ve been doing. Gay citizens pay taxes and so many of them are capitalists – why in the heck would you not want to embrace their vote?! Especially in Atlanta, the gay capital of the East! I’m a conservative and I don’t agree with that at all – stop playing to the religious right. They’re ruining what used to be Lincoln’s party.

DW

August 9th, 2010
3:50 pm

What an idiot… I wouldnt vote for Handle just because of Palin backing her!!!!

Tena

August 9th, 2010
3:52 pm

When the president was here in Atlanta, the ajc had a picture so small of him on the home page until you could barely see him. Why such a large picture of Sarah Palin. Ajc you are showing your true colors, white, white, white.

missgrace

August 9th, 2010
3:55 pm

Palin is a fraud. If she were not hiding from the press because she afraid to answer questions that are not prescripted for her, it would be obvious to everyone. Just look at the latest video on Youtube where she is talking to a fellow Alaskan. Palin has a completely incoherent one sentence answer about why she quit the governorship. After more than one year she still can’t put together an explanation.

College Grad

August 9th, 2010
3:56 pm

Why would I want someone without a college degree making decisions to improve education in Georgia??? I’not that impress with either but really, a Govenor without a college degree! Is that how we do it in Georgia? No wonder wear almost last in education. GROW UP PEOPLE!!!

Merle Haggard

August 9th, 2010
3:56 pm

What’s wrong with being a good ole boy?

College Grad

August 9th, 2010
3:58 pm

Wow, I was so mad I for to proof it!
Why would I want someone without a college degree making decisions to improve education in Georgia??? I’not that impressed with either candidate but really, a Govenor without a college degree! Is that how we do it in Georgia? No wonder we’re almost last in education. GROW UP PEOPLE!!!

Good Ole Boy

August 9th, 2010
4:01 pm

I’m a good ole boy. And I know a lot of other Georgia good ole boys and good ole girls who don’t need someone Yankee quitter trying to dictate who we can vote for. I had considered voting for Handel. Not now!

Rob B

August 9th, 2010
4:03 pm

okay, yet again. Politics in Georgia are not that nations concern they are our concern. Don’t let this moron influence who will run our state. Vote for yourself and not a party only concerned with lining their pockets.

BuckheadBill

August 9th, 2010
4:08 pm

The only thing I hear from Palin is “vote for her because she is a strong woman” I think we deserve more than that.

Maxine

August 9th, 2010
4:10 pm

Without trying to sound too pious, this video is not a very good foundation for their slogan.

jedrider

August 9th, 2010
4:19 pm

Palin said Handel “got a good education”??!! Where? In high school? It is common knowledge that Handel does not have a college degree.
Wow, she sure knows her “good friend” well doesn’t she?

Carl

August 9th, 2010
4:21 pm

I attend that rally this morning. It was awesome. No one graces a room like Sarah Palin. It was an honor to be in the same room with her. I admire and respect her so much. I don’t care what anyone else says about her, she is wonderful. It is really refreshing as well to see how so many people are just so drawn to her. She really does give hope for the future.

MAC

August 9th, 2010
4:26 pm

Palin draws a crowd and has a strong following.

Is Mike Huckleberry even relevant?

Dawgfan

August 9th, 2010
4:29 pm

I concur with a previous comment…we get a minute by minute update on this rally but not the one yesterday in Gainesville. Pretty shotty work by the AJC. Just proves they have their own agenda and don’t know what is means to report the WHOLE story without bias.

MAC

August 9th, 2010
4:29 pm

I have a masters degree and I am voting for Handel.

Bill Gates and a host of other successful people didn’t graduate from college either.

I’ll take integrity, attitude and hard work over a degree any day.

Do we really need more lawyers running the government?

GEORGIA VOTER

August 9th, 2010
4:30 pm

DUBYA & OBAMA WENT TO HARVARD.

LOOK AT THE MESS THEY’VE PUT THIS COUNTRY IN !!!!!!!!

MAC

August 9th, 2010
4:32 pm

Obama is a great example of an over-educated under-experienced fool running the government. How about some experience and common sense for a change?

dumbcephus

August 9th, 2010
4:38 pm

Gvoter,

Dubya went to Yale!

sarah's cooch

August 9th, 2010
4:39 pm

MAC,

Your a fine example of a pimple on the arse of life…

ATL

August 9th, 2010
4:41 pm

In this case Sister Sarah is supporting the more moderate candidate, so thanks from this Southern not so conservative– I’m still voting for Roy, but thanks… This state can’t afford any more ideologues or right-wing fanatics…

Enough

August 9th, 2010
4:43 pm

If Karen wins, the post mortem on how she did it is going to be pretty revealing if it is ever looked into and a lot of people who view her as a reformer are going to be mighty disappointed to know all the back room manueverings going on. It is all pretty unseemly, to say the least. I think that is why so many grassroots activists in the party have left her campaign to support Nathan.

ken

August 9th, 2010
4:44 pm

Question for the GA Voter, couldy you please explain exactly what Obama has done to this country as far as putting it in a mess. And please be factual and not just spew out rhetorical lies.

Garland

August 9th, 2010
5:09 pm

To find out the ethics issues that Sarah Palin is ignoring read the first article about ethics on the voterga.org web site.

Paula Abdulla

August 9th, 2010
5:24 pm

Look at all the “real” Americans

bajeha

August 9th, 2010
5:25 pm

That a prospective governor should possess a baccalaureate degree matters to me, particularly in a state that ranks near the nation’s bottom in education and is home to its top party school. Also, that Ms. Palin — not Governor Palin; political office titles are used by their incumbents only — appeared unaware of Ms. Handel’s formal education doesn’t speak well for either woman.

As a registered Independent I don’t vote in primaries, but I do pay rapt attention to their candidates for future reference. If I were voting tomorrow, I would not be marking my ballot for Ms. Handel. Her resume, past record and recent statements give me little reason to think she will be able to follow through on her campaign promises. Ms. Palin’s endorsement has not swayed my opinion. IMO Mr. Deal appears more qualified, experienced and better prepared to represent his party in the November election.

A sidebar: Like another commenter here, I too noticed that Ms. Palin’s Atlanta visit has gotten more AJC coverage than President Obama’s. Given their respective positions, that seems out of balance.

ymchoo

August 9th, 2010
5:42 pm

- “Ms. Palin’s Atlanta visit has gotten more AJC coverage than President Obama’s”

This is because the polarizing Obama was shunned and rejected by his own leading candidates in his own Democrat Party. The less the polarizing Obama is seen with the Democrat Party, the better the chances the the Georgia Democrat Party has.

ymchoo

August 9th, 2010
5:44 pm

People like former Governors Rod Blagojevich and Eliot Spitzer have more college degrees and academic qualifications than Karen Handel.

kkong

August 9th, 2010
5:45 pm

Okay, let’s be honest. How much did it cost to get the little sweetheart here from Alaska….this chick doesn’t do anything for nothing.

Scarlett O'Pleaso

August 9th, 2010
5:46 pm

I can see Wasilla from my woo-woo!

Georgian

August 9th, 2010
5:48 pm

I have a Master’s degree but there are many here in Atlanta with no college degree who are much more successful than I. My parents paid my way through all my school but many, like Handel did not have that luxury and advantage. We should commend people who rise in life without advantages because it took more work for them to get there. Handel has what it takes, which is more than a degree on the wall.

ymchoo

August 9th, 2010
6:27 pm

- “Okay, let’s be honest. How much did it cost to get the little sweetheart here from Alaska….this chick doesn’t do anything for nothing.”

How much does it cost to the American Taxpayers and Georgia Taxpayers to get the polarizing Obama here from DC ? this donkey doesn’t do anything for nothing. By the way, American taxpayers does not pay for Palin’s visit.

NOT-Georgian

August 9th, 2010
6:31 pm

Good grief Georgian…stop defending Handel’s lack of education and pretending it is some badge of honor because she has had a bad childhood. She had 30 years to get a Bachelors Degree…of course that is…IF she valued education. It is a minimal expectation for every teacher here in Georgia. Why should it not be for a Governor who claims to be “leader” for education. Why not show some objectivity instead of blind support for someone who did not value education as a credential.

Real Athens

August 9th, 2010
6:59 pm

What’s so funny is that the Tea Party, Republicans and Libertarians would recognize Palin for the fraud she is.

The state of Alaska “spreads the wealth” like no other state in America? Every single Alaskan gets money from the state. Talk about a welfare, socialist state, Alaska is it. They redistribute the oil producers’ income to its citizens — that is, the state takes oil profits, imposes a tax, and redistributes it among Alaskans — in 2008 alone $3200 for every man, woman and child or $22,000 for a family of seven like Palin’s.

The Alaskan “dividend fund” http://www.pfd.state.ak.us/ is nothing more than a tax on oil paid by you and me every time we fill our gas tanks, redistributed to Alaskan citizens. Additionally, they suck out of the feds $1.89 for every $1 they pay in taxes.

Sarah’s against socialism, but is for state ownership of natural resources, and against tax increases, except when they take the form of the windfall-profits tax she helped levy against oil companies in her last year of office.

Alaska (per capita) is the biggest, most corrupt, tax pig in the country — or, as some would say, the most Socialist — and Sarah Palin’s it’s biggest welfare queen.

Tom McMahan

August 9th, 2010
7:14 pm

I guess its epic in the sense that Handel, if she actually won and served out her term, would do something Caribou Barbie couldn’t hack…I suppose that might be considered “epic”

Georgian

August 9th, 2010
7:27 pm

Hey Not Georgian, I would rather be Secretary of State with no education than education with a mediocre corporate job or housewife! Deal went to Mercer and I look down on that. What is a degree from Mercer worth? Nothing compared with my education! Yet when Handel rose from an unfortunate childhood to achieve, I admire that! I kiss my lucky stars everyday that I had the advantages that I did! Handel is self made! Thats very outstanding!

People for the ethical treatment of the sighted

August 9th, 2010
7:39 pm

Saw Deal’s wife on the news tonight! They need to keep her out of camera sight! OMG !!!! Arf Arf.

jimmie

August 9th, 2010
8:02 pm

Just saw where Karen Handel’s hometown paper in Roswell endorsed Nathan saying that they simply knew her too well to stay on the sidelines (even though they have previously not endorsed candidates as a matter of policy). It is well worth the read – again, it reinforces the notion that the people that know her the best like Nathan the most. Wake up folks – everyone in the state that knows and has worked with Karen can’t be wrong in determining the she doesn’t have the right stuff to be governor. She is not the right person for this job – read the Roswell Beacon endorsement – it is very eye opening in its assessment of Karen, who they have been covering for years.

sodakhic

August 9th, 2010
8:38 pm

Wow an Alaskan hillbilly endorses a Georgian gal, 3,000 pack the ballroom, and the left loons go bonkers. Obama comes and nobody knows or cares. Palin power.

Handel is the Candidate of the day!

August 9th, 2010
9:09 pm

We know Handel has STAR power after today! GA needs that! I was there, I’ve been to these events for decades & this was different! Handel will bring a new, fresh image to GA!!! This will be great PR and help our economy and make Yankees comfortable to come here! For once, maybe GA will be a cool place to do business. I’m just say’in…

Emily Most

August 9th, 2010
9:24 pm

I saw that Deal’s wife on the news tonight and I agree! She should take some of that ill-gotten $$$ and have cosmetic surgery! I had never seen her before and then, BOOM! That face. The whole family could be characters on Sordid Lives! Watch out Peachtree Battle, the play, this has all the elements for a new chapter! Deal’s personal life is stranger than fiction! Picture the setting, a trailor park!

BIGBOYPANTS

August 9th, 2010
9:24 pm

I was at the rally today and it was great!!
I look forward to the victory party tomorrow night!!!
1. Deal is a former democrat, 2. is currently under a federal grand jury investigation, and 3. is a career politician whose backroom deals have finally caught up to him. NO DEAL!!
Like they say..”POLITICIANS ARE LIKE DIRTY DIAPERS, THEY SHOULD BE CHANGED OFTEN AND FOR THE SAME REASONS.”
I will go with the true conservative..
..VOTE KAREN!

Buckhead Boys

August 9th, 2010
9:42 pm

Nathan Deal is crooked and unethical and just like Oxendine! Conservative Christians don’t do what Deal has done! They don’t do what Oxendine has done. I am a christian conservative, and I think Deal and Oxendine make our state look corrupt! Deal is unethical, its not all about money! Values are everything! Deal, you can say you are moral, but you have not lived up to that! If you are going to talk the talk, then you need to walk the walk! Deal has failed GA in Congress as a do-nothing flip flopper and we need better in GA! He is not christian or conservative.

Sane1

August 9th, 2010
11:46 pm

If only one Handel or Deal could catch a homosexual illegal imigrant performing and abortion and stone them to death while holding a bible on live television so they could prove how conservative they are. Then we would know who is he “True Conservative”.

Mary

August 10th, 2010
3:52 am

Wow…JUST LOOK AT ALL THE VICIOUS COMMENTS HERE.
Karen Handel will get my Vote. She did not start all the negative ads. Deal did.
I have no idea what Deals problem is other than he is a disgraced congress member forced to resign.
Hmmm, wonder why ? Is that who you people want. Someone with an ongoing investigation going on ?
Karen is a gracious lady and she will be fine as Governor. Roy Barnes again ? I think not. Wakeup people to the real world. Karen is a smart lady. She will do quite well. Have a blessed and most beautiful day everyone. The sun will shine tomorrow.

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