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It’s the political season, and I want to cut Sarah Palin some slack. She and her family have endured disgusting, unjust verbal abuse over the years, and I like her, personally.
But some things cannot be overlooked. I would not be discussing her son’s arrest this week except that, in the highest-profile way, at a Tulsa rally, she did something grotesque and disturbing: She blamed President Obama for the fact that her 26-year-old son beat up his girlfriend this week.
Allegedly, I must say, since he hasn’t yet been convicted. But Palin did not claim that her son was innocent; she instead said that, because he served in Iraq, post-traumatic stress disorder was responsible for his behavior: “I can talk personally about this. I guess it’s kind of the elephant in the room — because my own family, going through what we’re going through today with my son, a combat vet having served in a Stryker brigade fighting for you all, America, in the war zone. But my son, like so many others, they come back a bit different. They come back hardened,” Palin said.
As Politico reported her speech:
They come back wondering if there is that respect for what their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military have given so sacrificially to this country, and that starts at the top,” she continued, touting Trump as the best choice for president. “It’s a shame that our military personnel even have to question, have to wonder if they’re respected anymore.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump on Tuesday in Iowa, leaving a lot of conservative leaders scratching their heads. The race in Iowa is neck-and-neck, and many grassroots conservatives are trying to decide between Trump and Ted Cruz.
Both Palin and Cruz are closely identified with the Tea Party movement. Palin has a long relationship with Cruz, who is much closer to her on values issues than Trump. Nevertheless, Cruz was magnanimous about the endorsement, saying that he and Palin will always be great friends.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad also weighed in yesterday with an outrageous “Anybody but Cruz” endorsement. The governor, citing the senator’s support from the oil and natural gas industry, said that he wanted to see Cruz defeated in Iowa.
Well, of course, Ted Cruz has support from oil and natural gas companies. He’s from Texas! He has a conservative energy policy. I think Branstad’s action has nothing to do with energy companies and everything to do the party establishment trying to stop a movement conservative.
The race is extremely close in Iowa, and it remains to be seen whether these developments will swing voters one way or the other.
One place where the race no longer seems close is the Democrat primary in New Hampshire. A WMUR/CNN released late yesterday finds Bernie Sanders surging to a whopping 27-point lead over Hillary Clinton. The race has swung 17 points in the past month, giving Sanders a 60 percent to 33 percent lead. Continue Reading
Yesterday in Iowa, Sarah Palin announced her endorsement of Donald Trump in a twenty-minute speech that rejected the legacy of President Barack Obama and identified Trump as the agent of change for American conservatives. Mr. Trump, for his part, looked the part of dignified, honored candidate, standing next to former Governor Palin with a large smile as she declared her support.
As a former vice-presidential candidate and tea-party favorite, many see Sarah Palin as one who brings conservative legitimacy to Trump’s candidacy. During her endorsement speech, Palin demonstrated her awareness of both the Trump talking points as well as the reasons why voters have been boosting Trump to the top of the polls, saying, “We need someone new, who has the power … his candidacy is a movement. It’s a force. It’s a strategy.”
Far from parroting the conventional wisdom about the Trump campaign, Palin sums up his appeal to voters right here – lumping Trump and conservative voters together by saying “we” instead of “Republicans” to describe elected officials in Washington. Trump strikes this distinction often, and Palin echoed it throughout her endorsement – coming from her, tea party loyalists may see the possibility that Trump is the executive they’ve been looking for.
On the other hand, Palin appears to selectively listen to her preferred candidate. She consistently bemoans the status quo, saying that “the permanent political class” is kept in power by the “campaign donor class and that’s why you see the borders kept open … It’s for crony capitalists to be able to suck off of them.” A key talking point in Donald Trump’s campaign speeches has been that he understands why people give money to campaigns – so that they can obtain favors from their chosen candidate in the event of a victory. Continue Reading
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Host Jake Tapper mentioned that presidential candidate John Kasich has not yet taken a position on a bill that would outlaw abortions done solely on the basis that the baby has been diagnosed with Down syndrome, and asked Palin, mom of a Down syndrome child, what she would tell Kasich. Her response was emotional and powerful. For a guy who touts his tolerance of gay marriage, Kasich should stop being a coward and listen to Palin on tolerance of babies, as she put it, with one extra chromosome:
Transcript via CNN:
TAPPER: Let’s talk about an issue that is literally close to your heart. Ohio lawmakers are soon going to bring up legislation that would ban women from being legally allowed to terminate a presidency based on a diagnosis Down syndrome. Governor Kasich has not yet taken a position on the bill. Do you want him to?
PALIN: Yes, I want him to. Hmm. Do I think that it should be legal for a mom to snuff out the life of her baby just because the child has one extra chromosome? And not to personalize it too much, but I — Trig is inside. I wish that he would, like he so often does, come over and tap me on my shoulder, and want to whisper something to me and share in whatever experience I’m going through.
I wish that more people could meet kids like Trig and so many others who have that extra chromosome.