Former governor of Alaska, former vice-presidential candidate, former reality TV star and former Fox News contributor Sarah Palin has struggled to remain relevant in the past year, but she is still a rock star in Tea Party circles.
Ultra-conservative constituents would love to see Palin, who truly represents their “conservative values” run for office in Alaska against Republican Mark Begich.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has not been a fan of Palin since Palin called her an “out of touch liberal” and endorsed her competitor Joe Miller in the Senate run. But Murkowski won anyway, without Palin’s blessing.
However, Murkowski’s biggest opposition to Palin, aside from her lack of leadership qualities, is that she doesn’t care about Alaska and has been more focused on self-promotion by writing a Christmas book, hanging out with the CPAC crew and using her Twitter page as a platform to make pretentious declarations against Obama and the government.
“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 was quoted saying in The Hill. “In order for you to represent the state of Alaska, you’ve got to be in the state.”
Sources said during the 2008 presidential campaign that Palin wanted to escape the Alaska scene. According to the book Sarah from Alaska, written by former John McCain campaign staffers, Palin said, “I just don’t want to go back to Alaska.”
Nonetheless, Tea Party Palin fanatics have started a “Draft Sarah” campaign and have gathered more than 60,000 petition signatures requesting that she run in 2014. One poll suggested she might do well in the Republican field if she ran for the Senate in Alaska. But a separate Harper poll suggested Palin would fall short of beating Begich.
“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,” Dan Backer, the fund’s treasurer told The Hill. Backer admits that Palin hasn’t commented on the campaign to draft her for a Senate run.
Furthermore, Sen. Jerry Moran (Kan.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), has not heard anything from Palin that might indicate her interest in the Senate.
“I’ve had no conversations with Gov. Palin. I’ve had no indication of an interest that I know of communicated to the NRSC,” he told The Hill, but admitted that she could quickly raise millions of dollars if she decided to run.
Critics of Palin’s say that she would be a disaster for the country in any political office, since they already have enough conspiracy theorists in the Senate like Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and a bevy of other ultra-right radicals in key positions. Collectively they all have the same purpose of besmirching President Obama and blocking any success he might have in moving the country forward.
Palin most recently took flak for her childish tweet and snarky Facebook remark making fun of Obama and others, who attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Here is Palin’s tweet:
That #WHCD was pathetic. The rest of America is out there working our asses off while these DC assclowns throw themselves a #nerdprom
Yep, Murkowski could be right. Palin seems a little devoid of leadership qualities. Her Tea Party supporters just might be in for a disappointment, since serving in the Senate requires dedication, focus and hard work.
In addition, Palin wouldn’t be able to easily pick up her conspiratorial chess pieces and leave if she got tired of the playing game.