Poor Alaska. They thought they got rid of Sarah Palin when she got a whiff of fame in the lower 48, teetering her way though Los Angeles grocery stores in 4 inch heels and sky high hair. But no. The quitter is back. Maybe.
And isn’t that so Palin?
Palin told Sean Hannity on his radio show that she’s considering running for Democrat Mark Begich’s Senate seat in 2014 because people have asked her to. (Most likely those people weren’t Alaskans.) After much stop and start word salad, the woman who finally got Fox to take her back said, “I’ve considered it because people have requested me consider it. I’m still waiting to see what the lineup will be and hoping there will be some new blood, new energy. Not just kind of picking from the same old politicians in the state that uh, come from political families that have sort of reigned up there.”
Palin brought out her usual complaints with a nod to energy development, which she claims as her expertise in spite of the fact that she served as the citizen member, not expert, on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. She also quit that job.
But this is the only time she really got any of her old sharp, bitter steam going, “Sen. Mark Begich has got to be replaced. He had not done what he had promised to do for the people of Alaska, and that was to represent what it is the nation needs in terms of energy development that are near and dear to Alaskan’s hearts because he’s on the wrong side of the aisle, he has to go along to get along with his Democrat leadership, and that’s a shame. That’s a waste of opportunity for our nation.”
You might think it’s odd that Palin might plan to run for Senator, when she clearly has no clue what a Senator actually does, since she’s blaming Senator Mark Begich for not developing energy by plundering Alaska. But this is the person who thought the Vice President ran the Senate as she ran for Vice President. In the Republican Party, knowledge is the enemy.
Palin is “of course, also, very cognizant that we need to work on a local level”, with a plug for her PAC. Last time she was even remotely political relevant, Palin polled terribly in Alaska. She’s still milking Alaskans for every dollar, using the film credit she rushed through to get taxpayers to fund part of the reality TV shows she can get her family members on. Hey, it’s a living for those who feel entitled to the taxpayers money.
Speaking of wasted opportunities for our nation…
Palin continued vaguing up her suggestion that she might run, “I think any American with a heart for service has to always have in the back of their mind that they would do anything they could to help the cause even if it’s something that doesn’t look appealing… I along with everybody would have to say that I would do whatever I could to help.” (Except speak clearly for those who transcribe her.)
What this really means is that Palin just wants to be relevant again and get some donations going to her PAC. She’s obviously thrilled to be back in some kind of spotlight, but she was off her rage and hate game Tuesday afternoon.
Sarah Palin can’t win anything in Alaska. A February Public Policy Polling poll showed definitively that Alaskans are done with their former Governor. They have a lower opinion of her than they do of Congress, and their approval of Congress is only 8%. Seriously. It takes work to be this hated:
Alaskans were very clear about their disapproval with their former Governor, Sarah Palin. 78% of Alaskans believe Sarah Palin should not run for President in 2016 and when asked whether they have a higher opinion of Congress or Sarah Palin, Alaskans choose Congress (50-34). This is especially telling since their approval of Congress is at a meek 8%.
“Alaskans are pretty clearly done with Sarah Palin,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “They wouldn’t support her for the Senate, they wouldn’t support her for President, and they have an ever lower opinion of her than they do of Congress.”
Palin’s real problem is that she is more of a has-been reality TV show star than a political entity of any kind. After all, you don’t see any other Senators trademarking their names. Sarah Palin is just Honey Boo Boo all grown up, only with less compassion and a dimmer star. Oh, and Honey Boo Boo has a charming family that Americans seem rather taken with.
Sarah Palin needs an infusion of cash and a whole lot of attention, so she’s playing to her national fans (familiarity breeds contempt in Palin’s case) for another cash grab by feigning coy, remote interest in doing her oh, so reluctant duty for her country.
But first, you’ll have to donate some money to SarahPAC.
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