I can still remember back in 2008 when Sarah Palin became a Republican superstar. Even after Sen. John McCain’s defeat, she was propped up by many conservatives (especially the tea party-types) as someone who was going lead the GOP into the future.
Since then, Palin has been in a continuous downward spiral, embarrassing not only herself, but much of the Republican party in the process. Today, most within the GOP avoid her at all costs and her impact (while still significant), is limited to the far… far right.
That’s what makes her the perfect Donald Trump supporter. Though it’s a bit ironic for her (or anyone who claims to respect our military) to support a candidate who blatantly and openly mocked John McCain’s war record. Trump literally said that the Arizona senator (or anyone who’s been a POW) is not a hero because he was caught – and he likes people who don’t get caught.
Could you imagine the right-wing freak out that would occur if President Obama said something like that?
While Palin had spent much of the last year in near complete obscurity following a rather disastrous speech she gave during the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit, she was brought back to national prominence when she became one of Trump’s biggest endorsements.
Well, since endorsing Trump, she’s been quick to remind everyone that she’s still every bit the babbling idiot we all remember her as. For instance, look no further than an interview she gave on Sunday with CNN’s Jake Tapper where she not only suggested she would make a great VP pick for Trump, but she said that House Majority Leader Paul Ryan’s “political career is over” after he recently said he wasn’t quite ready to endorse the candidate who just steamrolled through the GOP primary to become the party’s nominee.
“His political career is over but for a miracle because he has so disrespected the will of the people,” Palin said. “And yeah, as the leader of the GOP, the convention, certainly he is to remain neutral. And for him to already come out and say who he will not support is not a wise decision of his. If the GOP were to win now, that wouldn’t bode well for his chances in 2020, and that’s what he’s shooting for.”
She’s basically accusing Ryan of trying to sabotage Trump so it benefits his future presidential aspirations in 2020. As painful as it is for me to say, that could be somewhat accurate. While I’m not sure Ryan would outright try to undermine Trump’s campaign, I do think he’s smart enough to realize that if he becomes too big of a cheerleader for “The Donald,” doing so could severely hurt him whenever he does decide to run for president.
Then Palin took her usual dive into the deepest end of the pool, sans swimming skills.
“I think I’m pretty much as vetted as anybody in the country could be vetted (for Vice President),” Palin stated. “I think there are so many other great people out there in American that could serve in this position.”
“I think if somebody wanted to choose me, they already know who I am, what I stand for,” she continued. “They wouldn’t be in for any surprises.”
Oh, and she also endorsed Ryan’s primary opponent, Paul Nehlen. Because nothing says “let’s bring the party together” like one of the most well-known public endorsements of the candidate who’s going to be the 2016 GOP presidential nominee publicly stating that she hopes the most popular Republican, and current House Majority Leader, loses his primary election.
Please – please let this happen. I could not think of a better early Christmas present than to have a Trump/Palin presidential ticket.
While Trump is a fool on many things, he’s a brilliant salesman. Sure, he’ll gladly accept Palin’s endorsement. However, I don’t see how there’s any possibility that he would ever consider her for his VP. At this point, while still very impactful to far-right conservatives, she’s a huge political liability outside of trying to pander to the right-wing crazies. And, let’s face it, Trump’s already locked down the vote of the right-wing crazies – so he doesn’t really need her.
So, in just one interview, Palin managed to bring all the attention on her (as she usually does) by not only saying the “political career is over” for possibly the most popular Republican in the party, but she also threw her name into the VP mix and announced that she’s hoping Ryan loses his primary election.
What a mess.
Now Trump is either going to have to agree with her and attack Paul Ryan (which is going to create even more drama than there already is) or he’s going to have to contradict one of his biggest endorsements. To say nothing about her essentially saying she would love to be his VP.
In true Sarah Palin fashion, she somehow managed to not only advance the divide between Donald Trump and Paul Ryan – which is not a good thing for the party – and pushed herself into Trump’s VP discussion.
Leave it to Sarah Palin to turn a simple interview into a fairly significant train wreck for the Republican party.
Watch the interview below via CNN: