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Ticket Replay: Sarah Palin and Margaret Thatcher, another 'special relationship' begins

Then British Conservative Prime minister Margaret Thatcher and US Republican president Ronald Reaganap

During the holiday season, as in years past, The Ticket is republishing some of our favorite items from the previous political year. This story was originally published on June 14, 2010:

When a Mama Grizzly meets an Iron Lady, you'd expect it to be set against a Godzilla-esque Tokyo skyline, rather than the more genteel surroundings of a London tea house or crumpet shop.  

Sarah Palin on Monday said on her Facebook page that she'd "love to" meet with former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher following a weekend report that she'd made plans to visit the U.K. and had contacted Thatcher's people about a possible meet-up.

Thatcher, who is nicknamed the Iron Lady after a 10-year premiership that saw her foster a "special relationship" with the United States and Republican President Reagan during the Cold War, is a natural ally of the Republican former Alaska governor.

The U.K. newspapers say she has accepted Palin's request for a meeting. Palin cited Thatcher's upbringing as a grocer's daughter and rise to govern the U.K. as an inspiration to her.

In a note titled "Concerning a Possible Trip to the United Kingdom," Palin posts:

"Following an article in a British publication on Sunday, I’ve received questions about a possible....

... trip to the United Kingdom. I have received an invitation for a visit to London, and part of that invitation included the offer of arranging a meeting between myself and one of my political heroines, the 'Iron Lady,' Margaret Thatcher. I would love to meet her and hope I’ll be able to arrange the trip in the future.

"As I wrote last year when I offered her birthday wishes, Baroness Thatcher’s life and career serve as a blueprint for overcoming the odds and challenging the 'status quo.' She started life as a grocer’s daughter from Grantham and rose to become Prime Minister – all by her own merit and hard work. I cherish her example and will always count her as one of my role models. Her friendship with my other political hero, Ronald Reagan, exemplified the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom."Then Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin

What the stiff upper-lipped Brits would make of Palin's folksiness remains to be seen. In a Facebook post Sunday advocating drilling along the U.S. coast, she wrote:

"Shoot, I must have lived such a doggoned sheltered life as a normal, independent American up there in the Last Frontier, schooled with only public education and a lowly state university degree, because obviously I haven’t learned enough to dismiss common sense (a prerequisite for power in Washington these days).

"Am I the only one who wonders what could possibly be the agenda of any politician who would thwart our drive toward energy independence? Continuing to lock up America’s domestic energy reserves, including the energy-rich Last Frontier of Alaska, only equips dangerous foreign regimes as they fund terrorist organizations to harm us and our allies. I’m going to keep speaking and writing about this in the simplest of terms until someone can provide a simple answer as to why liberal Democrats don’t understand that we have safe, warehoused onshore and shallow water reserves waiting for permission to be extracted."

Thatcher's powerful oratory saw her firm her grip on power during the U.K.'s conflict with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in the early 1980s, and though the former P.M. is frail at 84, she still commands great respect from the Conservative Party that last month took back power after 13 years in opposition.

Meanwhile, the UK's new leader, David Cameron, is according to the conservative Daily Mail, "trying to defuse an acrimonious confrontation with Mr. Obama over the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico" involving British company BP.

The UK also has Europe's biggest repository of oil in the North Sea, and oil rigs dot its northern shores. 

Palin has no need to convince the U.K. of the merits of offshore drilling, and the British press see this as little more than a PR opportunity to showcase Palin's quest to present herself to the electorate as the "next Reagan." 

Could another special relationship be too far from materializing?

-- Craig Howie

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Photo: Associated Press (Reagan and Thatcher, file); Associated Press.

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I think it would be wonderful for the two conserative icons to meet. Both made history one becoming the first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the other the first woman Governor of Alaska and first republican woman on a national ticket and second woman to put on a national ticket. I wish them both the best !!

I'm surprised Palin hasn't tried to raise Reagan from the dead so that she can say she has a special relationship and a special connection with the man.

My money says that until her cram course for the debates in 2008 she didn't know who Thatcher was.

IF there was a meeting between Palin and Lady Thatcher, you just know that no matter how confused Margaret Thatcher was, Sarah and her spin masters would say that Thatcher is a strong admirer of Palin, that she just loves what a great Mom and Christian Sarah is, that she watches Palin's Program about Alaska every week and was hopeful that Bristol would be the top winner on Dancing with the Stars, and that she cannot think of anyone in America who would be a better President. Sarah Palin is choosing to visit people who cannot contradict her glamorized version of their visit.

Apparently Sarah Palin believes that she can get additional Republican support if she latches onto a key Republican statesman and pretends that she has always idolized him. She misunderstands many of the positions or beliefs that Reagan had--but channels Reagan as an ally, quoting him often in her speeches. In political circles, few would champion Reagan as being one of our greatest US Presidents, but apparently Palin feels that she can find enough written about him on the internet so that she can believe that the way that he thought and her current thinking would be the same. She latches onto Lady Thatcher because she had a close relationship with Reagan. We can only wonder what Nancy Reagan thinks of Sarah Palin's fantasies about her husband. Certainly she would be turned off by Sarah Palin's dreams of being rich and being a celebrity--also by someone who had so many valid ethical complaints filed against her and who quit and became a half term Governor. Surely someone like Mike Huckabee would appeal more to the Christian voters as their candidate in 2012--or someone like Mitt Romney who has economic sense. "Look-at-me!" and "Gimmmmmmmeeeeee!" hardly seem like slogans for the most qualified candidate for the Republicans or the Tea Party.

@Tholen: you typed "who had so many valid ethical complaints filed against her and who quit and became a half term Governor." Um, they were all thrown out in court which means they were all not valid. So you're wrong. Maybe you (and others who are seemingly blind on here) should stop believing what everything the media is feeding you, and try to keep up.

Palin's meeting with Thatcher will be wonderful.

Palin came out a winner in 2010 and I am excited to see how 2011 will pan out for her.

How do you figure the ethical complaints were all thrown out? Believe what the residents of Alaska say rather than what Sarah and her pundits want you to believe. And how did Sarah come out looking so good to you in 2010--a favorable rate of 33% in the state where you live isn't very good; and having 60 per cent of the people in a national poll say they would never vote for you isn't good news. Sarah isn't running in 2012--she is just picking your pocketbook and making her millions while the grabbing is good. As long as she has sheep that will blindly believe what her hirelings write, she has power.

@ Helen,

real, factual research is your friend. Try it before you sometime.

And because the ethics law was being abused by Obama's sheep, it was reformed (read if you can):

I am grad student, female (I think I should mention this since you'll probably jump on the "just for her looks" bandwagon), and I am not white (since you'll probably jump on the "racist" bandwagon), I am not a sheep. I assure you I am informed; do you want to know what a sheep looks like? look in the mirror.

One final note, what do you expect her polling to be among the public after the media lies about her record and magnifies every single mistake she makes? oh my goodness, she's makes mistakes? what kind of a human being is she?

Anyhow, your little numbers don't affect what I think of her because I met her; she's down to earth, intelligent, well spoken, and knows the issues. 2010 was a fantastic year for her, even MSNBC couldn't help but admit as much. If she choses to run, I will vote for her. For now, I will just keep sending money to support her will be sent out soon on your behalf :)

The Alaska Daily News out of Anchorage, Alaska is the biggest paper in the state of about 600,000 people. They and a Jealous Cabal of a few Socialist Democrats from Wasilla get the most attention . They are the "loyal opposition" to former Governor Sarah Palin and they are the loudest face of Alaska .
I am not sure where Alaskans are going in their future but Obama is pleased and will ,as he has in the past, further the career of a few hacks working for him. Palin, on the other hand is said to be improving the tourism in Alaska. She may need to visit the state of Nevada as their tourism is dying on the vine. Both states have high unemployment butAlaska has a former governor working to turn that around.
What I see from a meeting with Margaret Thatcher is a union of women who work for Conservative Fiscal ideas whether they are in an elected office or not.
The memory of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II will be discussed much this year as Reagan's 100 Year is celebrated. These memories are where I go to get strength as Obama trys to drag America into a Marxist Socialist dark period.
Sarah Palin, in the daily news, will not allow us to dwell with those dark days for very long.

No doubt the press and the stiff upper lipped tea and crumpet crowd in the UK will feed off the "folksiness" persona drilled into the minds of Brits from the George Soros' (the liberal Puppet Master himself) with his Saul Alinsky tactics that have so demonized her. But like the Tea Partiers here the Conservatives in the UK will love her once they find out for themselves that she has vast knowledge and experience as well as a passion to set things right in our economy and world view.
The UK had no problem accepting Bill Clinton's Southern down home style with his meager upbringing, or the Cowboy persona of George Bush, nor the Hollywood icon albeit rancher, Ronald Reagan nor even the Peanut farmer, Jimmy Carter. The liberals will hate her and the Conservatives will love her.

The "I can see Russia from my house" Tina Fey persona will be seen for what is was: a crown of thorns mockingly placed upon her to cover the fact that any Alaskan Governor has to deal with diginitaries and officials from Russia, Japan, and other foreign countries that invade the waters, land, and seas abutting the Canadian and Russian countries. No other state in America has to deal with Canada and Russia as does an Alaskan Governor. They will see that she has played hard ball with Big Oil emissaries and dignitaries and won.

The Katie Couric interview will be seen and known for what it was....a hatchet job. Katie had a full days footage of the interview and questioned her over and over again about naming a magazine or publicaiton she reads knowing that she was instructed by the McCain handlers not to be specific and all such answers in those interviews during that campaign were written out for her and she was not to stray from those answers. She needed to say to Couric "No, I didn't read any of the major publications that ran over 5 op'eds that I wrote including the one in the NYT. By the way did you read any of my Op-Ed's? Do you think that the state of Alaska is the only Governor's office in America that doesn't subscribe to every major publication? Do you know of anyone else who has two teachers as parents that would not put a TV in the heated portion of the house just to encourage their kids to read and think that their child would not have current news and political publications given to them to read? What part of "any of them....all of them" don't you understand?

Until the press gets that the public isn't buying their Paris Hilton persona of Sarah Palin and understands that she has over 20 years of political expertise and is driven not by the fame she could have had as a TV news anchorwoman but by the wrongs she sees in the political arena that need to be righted, and that she will never sit down and shut up as long as anyone has an ear to hear and care about what she sees as needs to be done.
If she can bring the 6th wealthiest state in America into budget and rout out corruption in politics in Alaska in just two years what all can see do for the American economy? Due to her playing hard ball with Big Oil Alaska is now one of only 4 states in America that is NOT IN THE RED.
Please see Sarah Palin for who she is...America she is probably our last hope for survival not only of our country but the world.
Palin for President 2012

This year 2011 should be the year of Sarah Palin and the US Conservative Movement, conservative women and minorities.
Palin led Wasilla and Alaska as a strong pro business conservative woman. Reagan led California and the US as a strong pro life, pro God, pro business president.
I hope the encounter of the Iron Lady and the Mama Grizzly materializes in the next couple of months. It will be a huge PR for our possible first female president.

What on earth makes you think that Mrs Thatcher will be getting out of her hospital bed and frocking up to go to a teashop for Sarah Palin?

Get real. Margaret Thatcher doesn't even know who the hell she is.

Get your hand out of your pocket.


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