Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Senator Palin?


Probably not, but stranger things have happened-- like that lady hog castrator from Iowa who's now a senator and there's Jim Inhofe, the climate change denier and Jeff Sessions, the KKK guy from Alabama. So who knows? Palin's Scottsdale home is on the market for $2.5 million and she's been mumbling about moving back to Alaska and taking on the more mainstream Murkowski, who's tenure has been anything but conventional.

Murkowski's father, Frank, was a crooked senator and a crooked governor. His first act as governor was to resign from the Senate and appoint his daughter to the job (2002). He was badly defeated in the Republican primary by Sarah Palin when he ran for a second gubernatorial term. Lisa ran for election when her father's term expired in 2004 and she beat former Governor Tony Knowles (D) 48.6- 45.5%. Six years later, with the Tea Party at full boil, she was challenged in the GOP primary by crackpot extemist Joe Miller-- backed by Palin-- who beat her 55,878 (50.91%) to 53,872 (49.09%). She then tried running as a Libertarian but was rejected by the party leadership and ran in the general as a write-in candidate, with major union support, beating Miller (the official Republican) and Scott McAdams (D). She got 101,091 votes (39.49%) to Miller's 90,839 (35.49%) and McAdams' 60,045 (23.46%), although Miller sued several times and kept her from being certified for two months. Her record in the Senate is one of the most mainstream of any Republican. This session her record is tied with Kelly Ayotte's as the 4th least right-wing of all the Republicans in the Senate, beaten only by Susan Collins (ME), Rand Paul (KY) and Mark Kirk (IL). She's been mixed on women's choice and has been supportive of LGBT equality.The Palin wing of the party hates her.

There have been rumblings that Miller might primary her again-- although he said today that he probably won't-- and another Tea Party crackpot, Karen Perry claims to be running. But Palin would change the dynamic drastically. Conventional wisdom is that Murkowski is a shoe-in for reelection. A Democratic nominee hasn't emerged yet. Palin would certainly throw a monkey wrench into everyone's calculations. Palin hasn't endorsed anyone in the presidential primary but she has plenty of praise for Cruz and Trumpf. When asked how she felt about Rubio, she had a perceptive one-word response: "robotic." And her one word response to the same question about Jeb Bush? "George."

Last month she penned a guest post for Breitbart, slamming Ryan and the Republican-controlled Congress. "They did it again. But like a battered wife, we keep going back because every four years they bring us flowers, beg our forgiveness, and swear they’ll never hit us again." She even called out the House Freedom Caucus as a bunch of phonies. "This is shameful, and it has to end. No mas! I have a feeling that if she runs for the Senate neither McConnell nor Ryan will be campaigning for her.
For the last seven years, grassroots conservatives rallied to action under the belief that change starts at the ballot box. As I’ve said many times: there is nothing wrong with this country that a good old-fashioned election can’t fix.

People put their own lives on hold to send these Republicans to Congress to take back control of the House and Senate, to get a handle on our bankrupt federal government, and put America on the right track. I think of all the cross-country redeye flights I took away from my young son in order to campaign for Republican candidates, so full of promises, over the years. Others gave up a lot more than I did to elect a “conservative” majority.

Together, we grassroots conservatives gave the GOP historic electoral victories because they promised us they would stop Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America.”

Instead, they abetted it. They are Obama’s accomplices.

With this omnibus bill, they broke every promise they made to us. Every single one. They’ve reached a level of brazen duplicity previously known only to Democrats.

Obamacare? It’s fully funded.

Planned Parenthood, which was caught red-handed haggling over the sale of dead babies? It’s funded too.

Obama’s illegal executive amnesty? Funded.

Illegal alien sanctuary cities? Funded.

Visas for un-vetted Muslim migrants (“refugees”) to resettle in America? Funded.

Obama’s green energy crony capitalism? Funded.

Tax credits for illegal aliens? Funded.

H-2B visas to replace American workers with cheap unskilled foreign workers? Yep, that’s in there too.

What about funds for the fence that we so desperately need on our southern border? Nope, sorry, they couldn’t find any money for that.

Basically, everything commonsense conservatives despise-- and Republicans promised to put an end to if elected-- was funded by this omnibus.

They weren’t worried about the promises they made to us. This omnibus was written by lobbyists for lobbyists and passed by corrupted politicians fulfilling promises to these cronies with deep pockets. They campaigned one way, then governed another way.

This is why people hate politics and politicians. This is why they tune out and stay home. Reading through chunks of this bloated spending bill that drives us further into bankruptcy I steamed, “That’s it. They can’t be trusted. I’m outta here because they do not stand on the planks of the GOP platform, not one iota.”

But you know what, my fellow conservatives-- that’s what the GOP establishment wants us to do!

They want us to leave the Party or just sit out elections.

Without us around, their handpicked puppets can be elected in gerrymandered districts without any pesky conservative primary challengers.

The Congressional GOP establishment doesn’t care about winning national elections. As far as they’re concerned, Hillary can have the White House-- just so long as they can keep their cushy jobs on Capitol Hill.

In fact, having a Democrat in the White House is probably good for business. They don’t want to have to lead on anything-- they’ve had ample opportunity to do so!--  and a Democrat president is a nice foil for them. They can enjoy the status quo, enjoy all the crony capital cash, enjoy the perks of office, and as the country continues to crash and burn, they can tell the folks back home it’s all President Hillary’s fault.

Thankfully, not everyone with an “R” after their name is happy with the corrupt status quo. And there are a lot more good guys in Congress now thanks to the Tea Party.

So, no, it’s not time to leave the GOP. We’re going to make our abusers leave.

We’re not going to let them hit us again.

It’s time to kick our abusers out of the House, change the locks, and keep a loaded shotgun next to the bed.
Makes you almost feel sorry for Murkowski.

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