Palin’s endorsement of Trump is self-serving
20 January 2016 2:10 pm
So the big news is that Sarah Palin has endorsed Donald Trump, a move that some claim could give him a boost in the Iowa caucuses.
Palin got stuck into the Republicans who have failed to support Trump. "How about the rest of us right wing and bitter clinging proud clingers of our guns, our God and our religions and our Constitution, tell us that we’re not red enough? Yeah, coming from our establishment. He being the only one who’s been willing, he’s got the guts, to wear the issues that need to be spoken about and debated on his sleeve where the rest of the establishment candidates, they just wanted to duck and hide."
That’s just one of the many Palinesque quotes that came out of Tuesday’s rally. And no, we’re not making it up.
But Republican insiders say it’s more a boost to Sarah Palin than it is to Donald Trump.
Matt Strawn, a former Iowa GOP chairman who has not endorsed a candidate, told The Hill he doesn’t believe Palin has enough clout in the state to make a meaningful difference in the caucus results. “Attention getting? Of course,” he said by email. “Something that creates momentum for Trump in Iowa? Don’t see it.”
Palin is a big name on the right side of politics but since electrifying the American public in 2008, she has faded from the scene. A supernova, she exploded and dissolved as a vice presidential candidate. Although her endorsements are a keenly sought after, she has faded from politics since resigning as Governor of Alaska and has been focusing on building a media and lifestyle brand.
Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Trump is about bolstering her image, not Trump’s.
“She’s off of Fox News. She’s not making speeches. She’s trying to stay relevant,” one Trump insider told Politico. “This helps her. It’s media savvy.”
And there’s no doubt that Palin is shrewd with her self serving talent. Her Facebook page has a new cover photo promoting Sarah PAC. It’s now accepting donations.