Friday, May 25, 2012

Still Crazy After All These Years

Wouldn't you just hate being a bright young reporter with a major metropolitan newspaper and then being assigned Sarah Palin's Facebook as a beat? Poor Robin Abcarian!

Robin soldiered on, and I am grateful. This story gave me the biggest belly laugh I've had in weeks.

There’s consternation in Palin Nation.

The former Alaska governor surprised many supporters this week when she endorsed Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, a political fixture who would seem to represent everything that Palinistas loathe, which can be conveyed in a simple phrase: “the entrenched Washington elite.”

Though she has taken herself out of contention for office, Palin continues to keep herself in the political game as a kind of would-be kingmaker, issuing endorsements in close races between Republicans, not always swaying a race, but almost always generating controversy over how much power she has.

Palin has been pretty successful in her picks (with a few howling exceptions), but this one could be a real test because she picked the incumbent rather than the Tea Party Approved challenger. Apparently her avid followers are not amused.

Expected by many to support Hatch’s first serious challenger, former Utah State Sen. Dan Liljenquist, Palin instead posted a long defense of Hatch on her Facebook page Wednesday.

“Orrin Hatch is part of the one percent,” wrote Palin. “No, not that one percent you’ve heard about. He’s part of the one percent of national politicians who I think should be re-elected.” Invoking President Reagan’s praise of Hatch as “Mr. Balanced Budget,” Palin cited Hatch’s record as a fiscal conservative, his opposition to “Obamacare” and his support of conservative Supreme Court justices as reasons she supports him.

But those words prompted an outcry from many of her supporters, who left scathing comments on her Facebook page.

“Sorry Sarah,” wrote AnnaMarie Stephens. “Nobody needs to be a Senator for life! We’re just so sick of the same ole, same ole.”

“You have disappointed millions of us, who once appreciated your wisdom,” wrote Steve Hatfield. “Your new-found ‘wisdom’ seems to be more of the cronyism that has kept far too many RINOs in office. No thank you and goodbye.” (RINO is the acronym for the derogatory term “Republican in name only.”

As Atrios would say, "Heh, Indeedy."

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