Just when Sarah Palin’s enemies thought they would not have her to kick around anymore, she dropped the political equivalent of a nuclear bomb and endorsed Donald Trump for president. Her 20-minute speech at a rally in Ames, Iowa while the Donald stood by like a fidgety school boy was a stream of consciousness production that so violated the conventional rules of rhetoric that Cicero would have opened his veins had he heard it. But Hunter Schwarz caught the poetic cadence of chiasmus, a Hebrew form of parallelism which she likely picked up attending church. The Washington elites may have rolled their eyes but her target audience, evangelicals, understood her exactly.
Palin’s sudden reemergence onto the political scene has caused her usual enemies to leap the lengths of their chains. Saturday Night Live redeployed Tina Fey, who must be getting really tired of doing it, to make fun of Palin. Bill Maher, who once called Palin a word that you should never call a lady, snarked that she was a bad parent.
However, because she endorsed Trump and not Ted Cruz, many of Palin’s conservative supporters are none too happy with her either. Why would the Mama Grizzly throw in with a man who is an election year conservative and not with a man, whom she supported for the Senate, who is conservative to his marrow? Besides, Trump’s moral issues, from his multiple marriages to his braggadocio should have proven to be a disqualifier for the straight-laced lady from Alaska.
Aside from rumors that a falling out may have occurred between Palin and Cruz, some practical, political reasons exist that Machiavelli would have approved of to get behind Trump. The very first of these reasons is that Trump is way ahead in the polls. Palin may have concluded that even her form of political magic, that has caused so many conservatives, including Cruz as the senator so rightly acknowledged, to be elected to public office would not put her political soulmate over the top. Better to get behind a winner than to support someone who is going to lose anyway.
The fact that Trump is a political chameleon may be seen by Palin as a virtue. She has been friends with him for years, ever since the famous pizza summit in 2011 when she was mulling her own run for the presidency. She may have concluded that Trump would be a good president so long as someone is around to guide him on the right path. Palin has a pretty good idea who that someone should be, as a vice president, cabinet official, or even just as an unofficial advisor.
Of course, one particular danger lurks for Palin’s pro-Trump gambit. What if, despite everything, Ted Cruz wins? It is possible that Cruz could win in Iowa, puncturing Trump like a balloon. Also, what if Trump, having won, reverts to his pro-partial birth abortion, pro-tax increase ways? In either case, Palin’s brand will be severely damaged.
Palin is back, aggravating now nearly everyone, but proving to be a delight for everyone who writes about politics. She is an American original and, unarguably, the most powerful female politician on the planet for her ability to drive the news cycle and influence political events. #Election 2016 #GOP #Buzz