Skip to comments.Sarah Palin’s Rough Sled to the Senate: An Alaska Senate run wouldn’t be easy.
Posted on 07/12/2013 7:06:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Sarah Palin underexposed?
Its hard to imagine. But in Alaska, where she is considering a Senate run, she might be. The former governor has no profile in Alaska. Shes not active, says a Republican consultant familiar with Alaska politics. Shes doing her own thing personally. Shes not giving speeches and doing Republican-women events and fundraisers and helping people. Shes just very much under the radar.
That kind of invisibility may have prompted her potential opponent, Democrat Mark Begich, to snarkily remark to Politico yesterday, I dont know if shes a resident. Shes been away from Alaska a lot.
According to political insiders in the Last Frontier, the former governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee faces numerous hurdles should she decide to jump into the race. Two prominent Republicans have already announced theyre running, and Begich is a popular incumbent.
In Alaska, Palin just doesnt enjoy the same popularity she once did. A February Public Policy Polling poll showed Palin at 59 percent disapproval and a mere 34 percent approval rate among Alaska voters. That same poll found that Begich would beat Palin by 16 points in a heads-up race. Republican internal polls this spring found similar favorable/unfavorable numbers among Republican voters in the state. Some polls, however, paint a rosier picture for Palin: Alaska GOP pollster Marc Hellenthal found that she had a 65 percent favorable rating in a recent poll of state GOP-primary voters. But even Hellenthals poll found that Palin would have a huge hurdle to overcome in the general election: Among Alaska voters overall, her unfavorable rating is 53 percent.
Right now, Begich is looking very, very good, Hellenthal says. If you and I were betting, wed be betting on Begich.
Nor is it clear Palin could generate much support on the national front. When contacted, the Club for Growth had no comment on a potential Palin senate bid, and Crossroads had nothing to say either. Of the conservative groups I called, only Senate Conservatives Fund executive director Matt Hoskins was openly enthusiastic about a Palin run, e-mailing, Sarah Palin would make a great senator. Shes not afraid to take on liberals and shes willing to buck the establishment in her own party. If she runs, we will support her. No question.
One issue driving Palin to seriously consider the race may be her now-cold relations with Joe Miller, Begichs Republican opponent in 2010, whom she endorsed. The Palin-Miller relationship is no more, says a GOP consultant familiar with Alaska. She was very helpful to him in the primary. Once he won the primary, he thought he was a senator and he kind of said thanks, but no thanks to her involvement in the general election.
Theres been a little bit of a split there, the consultant adds. Shes not interested in doing the Joe Miller thing again.
Miller isnt buying it: I suspect that is just wishful thinking on behalf of some establishment consultant, and has no basis in reality, he says, adding that he has long worked with Palin. I dont believe that she would say such a thing. What is clear to me is that anyone who would presume to speak for Sarah Palin doesnt know Sarah Palin.
Running could cost Palin. She has recently returned to Fox News as a contributor, a lucrative and prominent perch which she would almost certainly lose if she announced a Senate bid. If she was running her own race, she probably wouldnt be able to maintain her role as a kingmaker in the GOP party by making endorsements and traveling around the country, as she did in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. And if she loses, she could become less influential: Losing to Begich in a one-on-one match-up in her home state is different than losing as a running mate in a national election, and would be a second straight political loss.
She also would become a rallying point for the other side. When news that she was considering a bid leaked, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina celebrated what a Palin run could do for Democrats, saying on Twitter, Candidate @sarapalin [sic]? Could anything be better for natl Dems? and If @SarahPalinUSA runs for senate, id take the over on who she raises more money for, Dems or Repubs.
All of this means that Palin might be more interested in considering a 2016 presidential bid than trying to become one of a hundred senators. On the other hand, she may not even want to remain a Republican: She suggested just a couple of weeks ago in an interview with Fox News that she might leave the GOP and help form a new party.
On balance, Palin, who generated plenty of attention by publicly flirting with a 2012 presidential bid, seems unlikely to mount a Senate run. Instead, look for her to continue to discuss the idea and ultimately endorse someone who isnt Joe Miller.
Katrina Trinko is an NRO reporter.
GOP-e gettin’ scared.......
Yeah, she has to leave Alaska to get away from a stalker that the authorities won’t do a damned thing about, so now, she isn’t an Alaska resident, according to a RAT!
As much as I generally like Palin, if I lived in Alaska, I would have 2nd thoughts about voting for her in any election... She chose to bail on the governor’s office after being elected. What’s to keep her from doing the same in the US Senate?
The Establishment Republicans in Alaska are about the only people for whom Sarah Palin has no “profile”. She looms large wherever she goes and earns respect and even grudging admiration among just about every demographic EXCEPT the E-Republicans.
You don’t want to make the Mama Grizzly Bear angry.
They have no idea what she is thinking.
LOL, yeah she’s under the radar all right. If she runs, watch how much Soros type money gets pumped in there to stop her.
What a joke! What would you have done then if your enemies were bankrupting you for doing your job? Every turn they would sue her and it was costing her family and the state money and back then Sarah wasn’t rich according to politican standards. You come here with this I like Sarah crap but then spew that she abandon her state but you seem to not know what was going on and can’t offer what you would have done differently
I think she’s doing a great job backing conservative candidates for the House and Senate. Nothing wrong with being a highly paid kingmaker. Ask Ted Cruz.
The author here falsely claim that Joe Miller ran against Begich. She doesn’t even who is who
Translation: The Republican money men in Alaska won't back her, even if she is popular. She got up too many noses as Governor.
Shame on you for repeating that lie. She resigned as governor because of the expense of all the frivolous lawsuits that were being brought against her. She would not have the same problem in the senate. But I have a big problem with you no knowing the facts!
The National Review only likes Eastern establishment candidates. This is just another example.
How many times have we been over this? Seriously?
As far as I'm concerned, someone as uninformed as you shoudn't be voting in the first place. Leave voting to people who actually DO THEIR HOMEWORK.
She had a 70% approval rating as Governor before the drive-by media went to town on her.
You’ve been around long enough to know that Gov Palin was driven from her governorship by Rat operatives filing endless law suits against her. She had to pay for her defense out of her own pocket and was bankrupted by legal fees. Her only escape from finical ruin was resigning. IIRC correctly she was $500,000 in debt when she resigned.
She’s under the radr - that’s why they can’t stop writing about her! LOL
I think AK would do to Palin what CA did to Nixon in 1962: they want to show her who is boss and just how “open-minded” the Alaskans are.
I’ll be on board when she starts to criticize McCain’s conduct since his re-election.....
My guess is that flying off to Arizona for five years to write books and appear on television, only to return on the eve of a primary saying “I want to be your Senator” will not go down well with the folks in Alaska.
I agree. I think when you elect someone Governor you will be disappointed if they don’t serve out their term. I know I would be upset if Gov Deal of GA just suddenly resigned. Its a problem that is going to follow Palin.
Of course if you're one of those people for whom all polls that show results you don't like are "worthless" this is pointless but people on here really have no concept of what the average person out there thinks about Palin (by average person I don't mean "your friends and family that love Sarah too."
Having a 53% unfavorability rating IN HER HOME STATE is pretty terrible. I assure you it's far worse in the country at wide, but since out in the real world nobody takes her seriously as a Presidential candidate they don't poll on it. It may all be caused by an evil media conspiracy, etc. but the reality is its out there and extraordinarily difficult to surmount.
Winters in Alaska are worse than summers in Az.
I will tell you what she could have done (assuming it was legal): set up The Sarah Palin Defense Fund and ask for donations. She would have raised a million dollars in a few days of that I have no doubt.
Sarah DID tried to set up a Defense Fund a d guess who opposed it and successfully got it tied up in court? The same law firm that represented Obama!
I made this same comment a couple of days ago and had many Freepers tell me that it would help her to run for Senate so she could explain why she quit the job. I still don’t know why, but I do still love her. It’s the people who are on the fence I worry about.
P.S. You will be called a troll for even uttering your opinion on this. I know I was even though I have posted here for years and love Sarah.
So educate people, don’t berate them.
I really like Sarah, but I suspect at street level folks in Alaska are hurt and somewhat offended by this.
This is why I love FR. I did not know that she tried to set up such a fund.
It’s been 4 years since and many here and elsewhere have over and over again explain the situation in Alaska but still many conservatives easily buy into the liberal mantra and lies and berate Sarah without doing any research. It’s frustrating that any so call conservative claim they despise the media but then buys into the attacks on Sarah
Yes, I have been around very much long enough to know her stated reason for resigning. So what happens when she runs for Senate and the same folks harass her again? Will she again quit?
Broken courts allowed the legal harassment in the first place. So the answer when a politician (including a popular one) is being run through the harassment mill is to just resign and give those harassing you exactly what they want? Sounds suspiciously like negotiating with terrorists.
Wishful thinking from the GOP-E and Begich's Rat camp.
The only people who call her a quitter are the all the people on the welfare system, the hordes getting on disability, the greenies, and all the other democrats who despise Palin.
If Palin decides to run, she will make Mark look like the fool he is for all his Obama support with Alaskans. Way more conservatives than liberals up here anyway.
I remember when the Yukon washed away the old Indian Village up here when she was Gov. Palin didn't show up with a film crew for her nx election like Phony Tony Knowles did, she walked around on her own; talking to everybody. Palin threw an old coat over her good clothes, jumped on a 4 wheeler and rode out a mud bog trail to see the Indians out the new village on her own. Palin connects with the Alaskan People like no other, she isn't a crooked political, she's a friend.
A “troll” that has been here a year longer than you...
Have fun with that.
By the way, grow up. All humans are or have been evil. Definition of evil can be huge or small. But pure evil that King Obama is is one hell more evil than the few problems Romney had. A person has to have the intelligence to make determinations in this impure world. Obamacare would have been a thing of the past. As Romney has said health care is the States responsibility and not the Federal Government.
She did, but it was declared illegal and she couldn't touch the money.
Moreover, she got NO help from the National Republican Party, which wanted to see her go down in flames too, just like Pete Rouse's Rat wrecking crew, coordinated and funded through the DNC.
I do not think Palin will ever run for a state wide office again. She has much more power as a king maker then she would have as a senator. She might however run for a national office just to piss off the GOPe.
Well, yes. Palin's reasons for resigning were both understandable and legitimate.
But thoughtful voters have an emotional side as well as an analytical side. Neither side can be ignored. Like you, I understand why Palin resigned. Perhaps I would have done the same in that situation.
But I am still somehow disappointed in Palin for doing that. I know that is NOT fair to her, or a reasonable position to take, but it is what it is.
Sort of like being engaged to a great lady, a lady who calls off the wedding for good reasons. It still stings.
It is not a stretch to say that Governor Palin receives a bitter reception from some of her fellow republicans. The reasons for that vary depending on exactly who is dishing out the denunciation. Many of them however, use the same line of attack against her. One after the other, they cite her resignation as the source of their disdain.
Some of the latest examples were posted Monday on "Taegan Goddards Political Wire," in a piece called "More Republicans Come Out Against Palin." He notes that Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman (Super-RINO) have both recently voiced concern about Governor Palin. It says:
Several more prominent Republicans have questioned Sarah Palins qualifications for president because she quit in the middle of her term as Alaska governor.
Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) told the Kansas City Star, "I have reservations about anyone who quits as governor halfway through the term."
Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R) told CNN that, "I mean, she was a governor. But the fact that she left office before even completing her first term is thats just not an attitude that I think is necessarily in the best interest of you.
On Tuesday, Real Clear Politics posted a story titled, "GOP Hopefuls Speak No Ill of Palin for Now" which stated the intention of republicans to use Governor Palins resignation against her. They write:
But perhaps the most salient line of attack that her potential GOP rivals might use against her is criticism of her decision to resign with a year and a half left in her first term as governor.
Despite their almost universal praise for Palins ability to energize the party, there have already been several instances in which Republican White House hopefuls have drawn attention to her early resignation.
Using the resignation as a means to attack Governor Palin, republican political opponents, just as many leftists and media types before them, have distorted her record by pushing a narrative they wish to pursue. As the governor stated in her book, Going Rogue:
The sin of omission glares in their reporting.
The same goes for politicians dictating their message through reporters. What they are omitting from the discourse is why Governor Palin left office in the first place. This has polluted the perception many in the general public have towards Governor Palin.
To understand why Governor Palin resigned from office is to understand the environment she found herself in after returning to Alaska following the 2008 Presidential campaign. For a more complete understanding of this environment, I suggest reading all of chapter five in Going Rogue, called The Thumpin. For now, here is an overview of that chapter that I hope will give readers a better understanding of the conditions that lead to her decision.
Governor Palin writes that when she flew home from the campaign in 2008, the "political landscape" in Alaska "had permanently changed." She states:
The fallout was immediate: the governors office was inundated with frivolous ethics complaints. Literally scores of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Public Records Act requests rolled in, generating thousands of pages that required hours of work to process. Reporters abandoned actual reporting in favor of tabloidizing my family, my record, and me.
Governor Palin writes about the fact that her administration had received a normal amount of FOIA requests prior to her selection on the 2008 GOP ticket. But after the campaign, her office was hit with a "tidal wave" of FOIA requests and "hundreds of demands" for various communication transactions, such as emails. She wrote:
Only the opposition really comprehends the work involved with FOIA requests-from the retrieval of all correspondence and emails, to copying them for lawyers and staff to review in order to remove confidential or privileged information, to assembling and packing them, and on and on. Just one of these requests for a certain batch of e-mails generated 24,000 individual sheets of paper. So instead of doing our jobs, my staff, including attorneys, spent thousands of hours and wasted more than $2 million of public monies to sort through it all one sheet at a time.
What these political operatives did was to twist the ethics reform measures that she had fought for, into a "weapon" to use against her. Governor Palin described the people who where behind these tactics as "relentless and shameless," which they were. She mentions the time when Linda Kellen Biegel (aka Celtic Diva), filed an ethics charge against her for wearing a jacket with the logo of her husbands Iron Dog sponsor on it. She adds:
I was charged with accepting "bribes" of chocolates and a kids hockey stick when I gave a speech at a charity event in Indiana. I was charged with holding a fish in a photo for a state fishing pamphlet. I was served with a complaint filed under the name of a fake British soap opera character. I was charged with conducting an interview with a national media figure in my state office. I was charged with answering reporters questions in the lobby of my state office the day I returned to work and found a herd of reporters congregated near the doorway to my office. As I tried to make my way through, I stopped to answer questions-and got slapped with an ethics accusation.
Governor Palin is a true reformer in every sense of the word. A key issue for her has always been restoring integrity back into the public sector. Her history of standing on the side of the people, against corrupt members of her own party, is a matter of record. The Alaskan people had their share of unethical politicians, and now democrat operatives were making a "mockery" of the new laws put in place to end their own culture of corruption. It was dirty politics at its worse and was truly appalling to watch.
The attacks on the governor were not easy, but had they been personal attacks against her, she would have stayed in office. The fact that her state was suffering because of the actions of political attack dogs, was unbearable to her. She wrote (emphasis mine):
Loss of reputation I can take. But I could not and cannot tolerate watching Alaska suffer. One by one, each ethics complaint against me was tossed out. But a new one quickly sprouted to take its place. I knew it wouldnt stop and the ongoing cost to our system plagued me. My loyal staff who had accomplished so much with me in our years in office were besieged. No one could paralyze my administration before, and I wouldnt have been told to sit down and shut up, but these frivolous and expensive complaints were effectively doing what no one else could. [...] At some point, you have to say "Enough." You have to pick your battle. Pick your hilltop. And hold the position of your own choosing. My state was being shaken by one partisan earthquake after another. Every time we found steady ground, "another avalanche of FOIAs, ethics complaints, and lawsuits crashed down. My team had been targeted for destruction because of who the team leader was. I began to think it was time to pass the ball.
Proving Governor Palins point about the political nature of this assault on her administration, she had this to say:
The reaction to my announcement was instructive. The same people who had wanted nothing more than to throw me out of office were suddenly outraged that I was obliging.
That is because the resignation caught her political opponents off-guard
Its pretty clear that the governor had gone through a lot of garbage and thought out her resignation thoroughly. She obviously did it for the State of Alaska above all else. I remember how absolutely frustrating it was to watch her try to push through her agenda, only to see these operatives create so much obstruction.
There was also the group of state legislators using their positions to not only get some media exposure, but also curry favor with the national democrats. These members of the legislature, who had been sworn to carry out their duties for the citizens of Alaska, were instead playing to the cameras and stalling the business of the state. The governor knew that she was the target of the assault, not the other members of her administration. She, as a good leader should, stepped aside so that the peoples business could be conducted in peace.
It makes you wonder what these republican critics would do if faced with a similar situation. Would they let the peoples business be stifled due to political attacks? Would they care that their constituents resources were being wasted, all so that the establishment could be rest assured knowing that they had finished their terms? In other words, would they let the people who voted them into office pay the price for their own political advancement?
I also wonder if Governor Palins resignation would have been necessary had the Republican party lifted one finger to help her, while it was happening. I was stunned to see the attacks happen, but I was more stunned to see Governor Palin go through it alone. Not one national republican stood up for her! She was their candidate for Vice President just a few short months before. I imagine the attacks would have continued had Governor Palin had some support from national republicans. However, it would not have been as easy for those involved to conduct such a hideous campaign if the national party had shined a spotlight on it and said "enough!" But they didnt say anything Their silence was deafening.
It bears repeating that Governor Palin hasnt wasted her time since leaving the governors office. She was instrumental in leading opposition to Obamas misguided health care legislation. Her endorsements during the 2010 midterms helped changed the face of Washington for the better. She continues to be one of, if not the first conservative leader to weigh in on important issues facing our country, helping to frame each debate. What have these critics done to advance the principles the Republican party? Governor Palin turned over her agenda to her lieutenant (who was just elected by the people), then became one of the most outspoken conservative activists in the nation. Her work has been invaluable.
When politicians or members of the media criticize Governor Palin for resigning office, remember why she did so. Then ask yourselves, who are these people criticizing her for making that move? What would they have done if they were in her shoes, and why? This move on her part was what a good leader and a true public servant should do, given the circumstances. If only all of our elected leaders put the public good above their own ambition, perhaps this country would be better off.
I often wonder how news editors can look at themselves in the mirror knowing the extreme deceit they perpetrate on America by being so biased in news coverage as to be liars but avoiding the true definition of the word by a technicality. I wonder the same thing about people like the two of you, who willfully, deliberately remain IGNORANT or OBLIVIOUS of the truth behind why Palin very justifiably, reasonably and understandably resigned, can look at yourselves in the mirror. You are liars to yourselves and to others, and you know it. Just like the biased liberal editor of the newspaper knows full well the depth of his deceit.
Both of you STINK.
To this day, people are still ignorant of what the Dems and Republicans did to Sarah in Alaska
If you have, explain how anyone would have benefited from Palin bankrupting her entire family in order to impress hardheaded idiots?
The lack of support from the RNC speaks volumes about the Republican party.
Really ? I’ve been on FR since the first day I got the internet: Saturday, October 31, 1998. Needless to say, if you were here from 1997, your comments were 100% unadulterated trollbait. BTW, I’ve taken down plenty of trolls that have old sign-up dates. Just sayin’...