Skip to comments.Sarah Palin's Folly: Stumping For John McCain (Does Personal Loyalty Trump Conservatism?)
Posted on 03/28/2010 6:05:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
One of my very favorite bloggers on the Right - Powerline's John Hinderaker - wrote a post earlier today entitled 'Biker Girl Campaigns for McCain'. By Hinderaker's own admission, his sole motivation for writing it was to show a perfectly gratuitous photograph of Palin looking great in a black leather biker jacket on the campaign trail.
No complaints there.
However, I have a bone to pick with the rest of John's comments:
Sarah Palin was in Arizona yesterday, campaigning for John McCain in his primary contest against former Congressman J.D. Hayworth. This was an appropriate demonstration of loyalty toward the man who opened the door to fame and fortune for her. Beyond that, Palin's support McCain is right on the merits and displays her almost unerring judgment in political matters.
Like most conservatives, I sometimes disagree with John McCain, and on those occasions he can be an infuriating opponent. But he describes himself as a "proud conservative," and that's how he votes a large majority of the time. Moreover, while he is an imperfect Republican, McCain is a great man. He is a warrior, one of the staunchest characters ever to participate in politics, a modern-day Andrew Jackson. We need him. If the Republican tent ever grows too small to contain the likes of John McCain, we are in deep trouble.
Moreover, McCain was the party's Presidential nominee just two years ago. The last thing Republicans need to do is to start eating our own, like the Democrats when they drummed Vice-Presidential nominee Joe Lieberman out of their party.
Now, Sarah Palin endorsing John McCain per se is understandable. I still don't like it one bit, but I'll cut her some slack. Remember, she threw in with McCain before conservative J.D. Hayworth entered the race. And with McCain expecting only token opposition from the Democrats in the general election, he was for a time the most conservative man in Arizona's U.S. Senate race - if only technically and by default.
BUT...J.D. Hayworth is in the race now. He is a far preferable choice than McCain for conservatives on many issues, particularly immigration. Meanwhile, Palin has transitioned from merely supporting McCain (presumably out of a sense of loyalty) to actively stumping for the guy.
I thought Palin was supposed to be helping elect conservatives - not campaigning against them.
Furthermore, in this instance Palin is supporting the very man who deserves unique (though not exclusive) blame for putting Barack Obama in the White House, for the following three reasons (at least):
1. McCain-Feingold. The effect of this now officially unconstitutional campaign finance 'reform' legislation was to allow 'non-partisan' (read: radical left) outfits like MoveOn.org to thrive and to bestow massive political influence upon filthy rich liberal donors like George Soros. Think that played a role in Obama's victory?
2. Comprehensive Immigration Reform (aka Amnesty for Illegal Aliens). Read this and you'll get a sense of how McCain's convoluted stance on illegal immigration lost him the conservative vote in droves in 2008. Think that played a role in Obama's victory?
3. The Bank Bailouts of September 2008. McCain went out of his way to put himself on basically the same page as Barack Obama when it came to bailing out big banks. In an election year that favored any warm body the Democrats ended up nominating, this gave voters one less reason to not vote for Barack Obama. Think that played a role in Obama's victory?
Don't get me wrong - I'd probably still support John McCain vs. 'unopposed' or 'garden variety Democrat.' Probably. But J.D. Hayworth is a no-brainer for conservatives vis-a-vis John McCain, and one has to assume Palin would be in Hayworth's corner were it not for the fact that she was McCain's hand-picked running mate in 2008.
So I'll ask the question: Does personal loyalty trump conservative principles for Sarah Palin?
A retiring congressman that was a 1% primary vote getter, that has now fully retired from politics and had never been elected to anything outside of that seat anyway, is not, and was not, a viable candidate for President of the United States, why even pretend to be involved in politics if that is your fantasy for 2012?
I thought you were younger than 65?
Spoken like a distracted troll.
I congratulate myself yet again.
Hunter supported Huckabee in 2008.
Sorry, but you just don’t have any credibility.
ARIZONA DAILY STAR;
An overflow crowd at the Pima County Fairgrounds, along with a national audience on multiple cable news channels, saw Sarah Palin stump for her former running mate U.S. Sen. John McCain.
Palin, dressed in a black leather jacket with zippers, took the stage about 45 minutes late, introducing McCain to a crowd that had swelled to about 5,000 for the event at the fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road.
People wanting to get a good look at the duo lined up as early as 9 a.m.
“A crowd of thousands cheered wildly as the former running mates took the stage at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson. Some in the crowd chanted, “Sarah.”
She has been more than vetted...I don't think another person in history got and gets the scrutiny she does. Hard to find someone as squeaky clean as she is...and it really pisses off the left...I love that!
I would have thought that everybody has weighed in on this by now.
Sarah must be incredibly naive.
Univision: Do you then favor an amnesty for the 12 or 13 million undocumented immigrants?
Sarah Palin: No, I do not. I do not. Not total amnesty. You know, people have got to follow the rules. They've got to follow the bar, and we have got to make sure that there is equal opportunity and those who are here legally should be first in line for services being provided and those opportunities that this great country provides.
Univision: To clarify, so you support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?
Sarah Palin: I do because I understand why people would want to be in America. To seek the safety and prosperity, the opportunities, the health that is here. It is so important that yes, people follow the rules so that people can be treated equally and fairly in this country.
Yes, there is an agenda in the Palin hating, to be sure.
I just mentioned on another thread how nice it was to be among tens of thousands and NOT have to hear nasty things about Palin.
We were all united against the real enemy....Obama and his thugs!
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YES! “You betcha,” that had to be great!
And on this Palm Sunday, I am at Peace (however temporary) reading through the lovely posts on the LIVE thread from members who were there who pinged me.
Damn!! Another keyboard done for!!
You’re the one who didn’t ignore the troll.
You anti-Palin types really enjoy that bowel-level humor...it must be a Paultard thing
It is a peaceful Palm Sunday, isn't it? Hope you have a great start to your week!
I despise politics and am looking forward to the bond collapse and default ahead of us. The starving and silencing of millions of dishonest, subversive, liberal, domineering, parasitic harpies will be enjoyable.
That settles it.
I refuse to vote for her.
Is she stupid, blackmailed, or bribed, to be on the side of illegals?
“Not total amnesty”.
And just how many pols who are for amnesty say they are for amnesty?
They justify the doublespeak by saying illegals must pay a fine, (sometimes) pay back taxes, and ‘go to the back of the line’ (all the while living here and soaking up benefits) unless they (otherwise) break the law—in which case they can be sent home (as long as their country of origin welcomes them with open arms).
Seeing Palin say this weak her immigration position is identical with McCain’s suggests she intends the same ‘nuanced’ approach.
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