An article written over at The Hill reveals just how inept D.C. politicians and the media really are. No wonder our country is in the mess it’s in.
Written by Alexander Bolton, it states:
Tea Party activists from around the country are eager to see Sarah Palin run for the Senate, but Republican senators themselves aren’t rushing to recruit her.
A recent poll shows Palin would lead the Republican field if she ran for Senate in Alaska. And while Tea Party activists are running a “Draft Sarah” campaign, Republican leaders in Washington appear decidedly less interested in the prospect.
Bolton then goes on to explain that while the people (voters) would love to have Governor Palin serve in elected office again (as proven by the poll), apparently some in D.C. don’t think it’s such a hot idea. (Interestingly, some in D.C. seem to be getting easily annoyed at Senator Ted Cruz, too.)
Some Republicans in Washington don’t think Palin, who resigned as governor with 18 months left in her term, would be the best candidate to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Begich (Alaska).
As such, he quotes Lisa Murkowski:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who has feuded with Palin in the past, said the former Alaska governor has become detached from the state.
“I think there are a lot of outside interests that would like to see Sarah Palin in some form of elected office. Most in Alaska recognize our former governor is really not involved in or engaged in the state anymore, that she’s moved to other interests,” Murkowski said. “In order for you to represent the state of Alaska, you’ve got to be in the state.”
Despite the same article reflecting a poll that shows Governor Palin leading among the others considered to be contenders for Alaska’s Senate seat in 2014 (including a current Lt. Governor), Murkowski who probably spends more time in D.C. apparently has been busy tracking Governor Palin’s personal travel schedule and involvement with her state. And although the Alaskan people who spend more time in the state apparently disagree with the Senator, she seems quite eager to tell them what to think.
Typical elitist attitudes like this that thrive more on personal ego and that perhaps stem from old wounds speak truth to Governor Palin’s words at her recent NRA speech when she said that many in Washington are “in it for themselves.”
The article continues to remind readers what Murkowski said a couple years back when Governor Palin was considering a run for the White House in 2012.
“I just do not think that she has those leadership qualities, that intellectual curiosity that allows for building good and great policies.”
Really? Well then not only does Lisa Murkowski obviously disagree with her constituents now with regard to their desire to have Governor Palin in elected office again, but the Senator must not have spent enough time in Alaska to know that the voters gave Governor Palin the highest approval rating ever after she implemented her “leadership qualities” that led to “good and great policies.” That of course came after Governor Palin unseated Murkowski’s father which sort of suggests that perhaps the Senator still may have an axe to grind.
Moving on, the article also quotes Senator John McCain:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who put Palin on the national stage when he picked her as his vice presidential running mate in 2008, said she would be “great” addition to the Senate.
“I think she’d be fantastic,” he said. “She has a great national following, and I think she would have an immediate impact.”
Of course she would. But judging by Senator McCain’s recent treatment of Ted Cruz, one has to wonder just how much he’d welcome such an “immediate impact.”
Finally, the article quotes the man responsible for this effort to “draft” Governor Palin:
“The Tea Party Leadership Fund has a broad audience of grassroots conservative activists, and they feel very strongly that she’s a champion of their values and would love to see her run, and we’re doing everything we can to see her run,” said Dan Backer, the fund’s treasurer.
Backer said the Senate Republican conference needs more members in the mold of Tea Party favorites, such as Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
Backer says Palin has yet to comment on the campaign to draft her for the 2014 Senate race.
With all due respect, if someone is leading an effort to “draft” someone they believe in, one would believe that same person would pay attention to Governor Palin’s official PAC when its Treasurer, Tim Crawford releases the following statement:
Governor Palin is grateful and honored by those Americans who support her and her beliefs. However, the draft Sarah Palin for Senate fundraising campaign initiated by the Tea Party Leadership Fund is not authorized, endorsed or supported by Governor Palin or SarahPAC.
Stacy posted that statement on May 10th. That means that almost two full weeks have passed since then. Therefore, it makes one stop and wonder just why it is we have new momentum on the topic via comments made by politicians which are delivered by a media who all seem to be completely oblivious to the fact that SarahPAC has clearly stated that this mission is not one they support or endorse.
It scares Americans when we common folks seem to remain one step ahead of those in D.C. who are in charge of making our laws and the media who is supposed to be informing us instead of it being the other way around.
If Governor Palin chooses to run for elected office, she’ll tell us when the time comes. It’s perfectly healthy for supporters to encourage her to do it. But it’s not okay to completely ignore her PAC’s official response to matters which are seemingly being used to grow something in her name that she has nothing to do with.