The Sarah Palin Bombshell

by Sal on October 23, 2009

in Election 2009,Politics

Sarah Palin shook up the political world yesterday by endorsing Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman for President in New York’s 23rd Congressional District special election.  Hoffman is running as a Conservative party candidate because New York does not have primaries in special elections, and the GOP establishment appointed mega-RINO Dede Scozzafava, a RINO who supports abortion, cap-and-trade, and has a tax-and-spend voting record during her time in the NY State Legislature.  Conservative activists have been using websites, blogs, Twitter, and other Internet media to rally for Hoffman against Scozzafava, making a stand.  Right now, the Democrat is in the lead in the state, but Hoffman and Scozzafava combine to make up over 50% of the vote.  Scozzafava has tripped up in recent days, making several large blunders that have led some to speculate that she may drop out.

Enter Sarah Palin.  She posted an endorsement of Hoffman last night, putting both herself and her political action committee, SarahPAC, behind Hoffman.  She pledged to do what she could to help Hoffman win, including using SarahPAC to “donate to his campaign the maximum contribution allowed by law.”  Palin’s reasons for supporting Hoffman are telling:

Political parties must stand for something. When Republicans were in the wilderness in the late 1970s, Ronald Reagan knew that the doctrine of “blurring the lines” between parties was not an appropriate way to win elections. Unfortunately, the Republican Party today has decided to choose a candidate who more than blurs the lines, and there is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race. This is why Doug Hoffman is running on the Conservative Party’s ticket.

Palin is putting a stake in the ground and taking a stand.  No other prospective candidate for 2012 has taken a stand in this race, even when asked.  The way I see it, there is no downside here for Sarah.  Even if Hoffman doesn’t win, all Sarah has to do is show momentum and money.  If she does that, she’ll get street cred for Conservatives in future primaries and 2-way races.  If Hoffman pulls this off, she becomes more of a rock star than she already is.  Sarah is sending a message (along with the rest of us) that RINOs don’t cut it when there is a credible Conservative alternative.  The GOP needs to wake up, and Sarah is leading the charge to do so.

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richie October 23, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Hoffman running for President of the NY 23rd Congressional District? My political dontations are going to Sarah PAC.


Ray October 23, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Her strategy might work in Wassilla!


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