Any comprehensive autopsy of the corpse of what was once the Republican Party would show countless causes of death. The so-called Party of Lincoln has transformed into a shambling zombie animated by racism, conspiracies, and kleptocracy. One of the first indications of where things were heading came during the 2008 election when Senator John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Palin embodies everything that’s gone wrong with the GOP. Not only was she deeply ignorant about most topics, she seemed almost proud of that ignorance. It’s as if by nominating her for the second-highest office in this country the Republican Party was telegraphing to the world that anti-intellectualism should somehow be prized in our political leaders. It’s no coincidence that the same party that put her on the ticket in 2008 eventually went on to nominate Donald Trump. They’re cut from the same vapid cloth.
With that in mind, the idea of Palin returning to politics is anything but welcome. While speaking last month at a leadership conference, Palin didn’t rule out the possibility of running for Senate in Alaska to unseat Senator Lisa Murkowski (R). Murkowski has come under fire from the more diehard right-wingers in her party for voting against confirming accused sexual predator Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Her later vote to impeach Donald Trump over his role in the January 6th insurrection only further ostracized her from MAGA supporters.
Palin said such a run would be a “sacrifice,” which is a disingenuous characterization that politicians often trot out when considering running for one of the most powerful jobs in the world.
“I do need prayer about whether I should or not. If God wants me to do it, I will,” said Palin. One can’t help but wonder what kind of cruel God would ever want a woman like Sarah Palin in the U.S. Senate.
“I would say you guys better be there for me this time, because a lot of people were not there for me last time,” Palin added, conjuring up that spirit of victimhood that has come to define the party of Trump. Given that the MAGA leader himself has already endorsed another Republican, it’s unclear what Palin’s path to the Senate would be. Hopefully, she does the world at large a favor and continues to while away her days in obscurity.
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.