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Sarah Palin for U.S. Senate?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:53 am

Big Media and lefties say no, but polls (and blog writers) say yes!

Why not? How much fun would a Senate with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz be? Come on now.

75 Responses to “Sarah Palin for U.S. Senate?”

  1. Ahh, that’s our Sarah — always has tongues wagging.

    Icy (2bdbc7)

  2. Oh, good Allah. Someone please put EPWJ in a straightjacket

    JD (b63a52)

  3. Meh…

    Colonel Haiku (8cb0f3)

  4. The lefties are worried about Cruz. Today’s LA Times starts the smear in an opinion piece by Doyle McManus called “Ted Cruz, wacko like a fox.”,0,828965.column

    AZ Bob (c11d35)

  5. She increased taxes and spending in Alaaaaaaaaaaaasssssskkkkaaaa!!!!!!!!eleventy!!!11!!!!’

    (also, I hear that she shot a defenseless Jew from a helicopter in Iran)

    Icy (2bdbc7)

  6. How much fun would a Senate with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz be?

    You betcha!

    nk (875f57)

  7. The polls say yes? The story makes it clear that she’d lose badly to Begich. It makes clear that independents don’t like her.

    She has a small base of support among Republicans, a plurality with a bunch of candidates, but doubtful that she would win a head to head matchup with any of the other GOP candidates.

    steve (369bc6)

  8. i think the window has closed on this

    she’s more of a lifestyle brand than a political one

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  9. Palin seems to have found a unique position and powerful voice behind the scenes of conservative candidates running for office, so I wonder why she would consider taking a gamble to run for office when the odds are against her? It makes me wonder if she misses the limelight…

    Dana (6178d5)

  10. @#8/HappyFeet
    I’m inclined to agree with you. Mrs. Palin’s contributions now lie in better places than in politics.
    But it would still be fun to watch “progressives” foam at the idea…

    MT Geoff (a67ef4)

  11. Sarah Palin is my president.

    CrustyB (69f730)

  12. Palin seems to have found a unique position and powerful voice behind the scenes of conservative candidates running for office, so I wonder why she would consider taking a gamble to run for office when the odds are against her? It makes me wonder if she misses the limelight…

    Yeah, I wonder if this is the case where she is trying to set herself up as king-maker, so that she can pretty much hand-select the next GOP nominee. It’s no secret that she does not like the Murkowski or the Young political dynasties, so she may just be trying to block whoever is their preferred candidate.

    JVW (23867e)

  13. I think Palin would make a terrific Senator.

    Dustin (303dca)

  14. I will not break my promise to DRJ, and/but I will say this, she would win easily,

    EPWJ (1cedce)

  15. Whatever her endeavors, I wish her the best. The public tar and feathering endured by her and her family was and still is sickening.
    Her own party is as much to blame as the media.

    mg (31009b)

  16. Agree w/#15, mg.

    Colonel Haiku (8e79c6)

  17. I thought I had heard that she had moved to Arizona. Was that wrong?

    Steven Den Beste (99cfa1)

  18. If she moved to Arizona, she could challenge McCain in the primary in 2016. That would be interesting. And if she won, it would certainly be an improvement. She is not, however, a free market conservative, and I’m not so sure she understands the importance of the rule of law and private property, at least as they were practiced when our country was strong and growing.

    bobathome (c0c2b5)

  19. Of course she should run for the Senate in 2016. She should have run against Murkowski instead of putting up a front man. She also should have stood by Ted Stevens when he was so wrongly accused (as should have the Senate Republicans), but I digress.

    If she has any federal ambitions, she needs to get on the federal stage so whe can be at least as qualified as Barack Obama and Mrs Bill Clinton.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  20. I’m an independent and I would vote for Sarah Palin. Her un-elect-ability is manufactured.

    felipe (6100bc)

  21. According to a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1972, (which was way before any states had ID laws, so there are no driver’s licenses complications) no state can require you to have lived in it more than 30 days before an election in order to vote in that state. At 30 days you are citizen of that state.

    The same 30 days period applies to running for the United States Senate, a federal position.

    There are some famous cases of people who moved into a state not too long before in order to run for the Senate. Robert F, Kennedy in 1964, Hillary Rodham Clinton in the year 2000, both changed their residence to New York, and Alan Keyes became a resident to Illinois in order to become a pinch-candidate for Jack Ryan in 2004.

    And then, because of the provision in the United States constitution that Electors cannot vote for both president and vice president from the same state as themselves [Amendment 12: The electors shall…vote by ballot for President and Vice President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves] Dick Cheney, who had moved to Texas when he took on the job of running Halliburton, changed his residency back to Wyoming, where he still had a vacation home, in the year 2000. Otherwise Electors from Texas would not have been able to cast their votes both fro George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney.

    So even if Sarah Palin is not now registered to vote in Alaska, she could change back.

    Sammy Finkelman (da8ac2)

  22. Bristol Palin moved to Arizona for a year or so. Her parents bought a house in Arizona (reportedly as a base if Palin ran for President in 2012), but I don’t think they ever moved.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  23. You Go, Sarah!

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  24. She’ll run, and win, in ’14, and be re-elected in ’20.
    When the incumbent Republican President has finished his/her two terms in ’24, she’ll run for the White House.

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  25. Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 7/31/2013 @ 1:35 pm

    Why would you want to leave Wasilla, it’s gorgeous there (at least most of the year).
    When she a Todd need a break from the snow and ice, they can always go visit Bristol and their grandchild.

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  26. If she could win, would Love It-! If she were to run and lose, her stock would take a tremendous hit. Just the thought of her and Murkowski sharing a caucus is worth the ticket price-!

    NeoCon_1 (cee0f4)

  27. NeoCon, can you imagine how Murkowski’s office budget would be impacted by the purchase of Haagen-Dazs?

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  28. While its much too early for predictions I find Allah off in the tall weeds once again.

    Treadwell and Palin are the conservatives in that field. Why support for the Huckabee-aligned Miller would prefer one over the other escapes me.

    The GOP counts this a likely pickup. Obama support among Indies nationally is around 25% at the moment.

    No way the Dhimmis commit big money until they see how they’re doing in the ‘leaning Blue’ races.

    The big drawback for Palin is the Senate is an abomination. The decision can wait until some jerks get primaried and it appears there might be a chance for a TEA clutch.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  29. Ezcept gary, we know how strongly the legacies hold on to their seat, Treadwill, has raised funds about 170 K, but other then that I haven’t seen much action. Sullivan is solid, in fact he had clean the Augean stables that Begich left behind in Anchorage, the 20 million in debt, which is seldom remarked upon,

    narciso (3fec35)

  30. The more she can be the face of the GOP, the better.

    heyso (183dc4)

  31. Serial trolls are so precious.

    JD (c2701a)

  32. hopelessly OT, but the infallible pixies of FB have informed me that today is our host’s birthday…

    i figured i’d mention it, since i doubt he’ll bring it up.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  33. if they are precious, why are they a dime a dozen?


    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  34. Sarah Palin as face of one party.

    Anthony Weiner as face of another.

    If the GOP could be so lucky.

    Dustin (48781b)

  35. Happy 47th or 48th Rico, whatever it its.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  36. Happy birthday, Patterico.

    narciso (3fec35)

    — This is a headline story at the AP right now.
    No agenda there.
    No sir.

    Icy (2bdbc7)

  38. I haven’t been a fan of Palin’s for a while now, but lately, she’s been saying a lot of the right things (in my opinion). I’m not sure I trust her (my opinion doesn’t count because I don’t live in her state), but it would be fun to see her finally unleash on McCain.

    And it would be hilarious if McCain called her a “whacko bird”.

    Ghost (996b5a)

  39. With a gun… sent on his way with a warning.
    Cop was said to not know “who” Zimmerman was.

    Put your gun in the center console please and take your foot off the gas every once in a while. Be safe now…

    Makes me want to move

    SteveG (794291)

  40. Happy birthday, Pat.

    Ghost (996b5a)

  41. Makes me want to move

    Every day, Texas looks better and better.

    Ghost (996b5a)

  42. I am not privy to her counsels, but she has been become much more skeptical of all conventional wisdom, QE 2’s dangerous effects, a strong skepticism against American intervention, even a critical view at the NSA’s efforts, because she has discovered much of what has been vouched for is a lie.

    narciso (3fec35)

  43. re: #37… Don’t gloat, Gary. California is Minnesota… with better weather.

    Colonel Haiku (40723a)

  44. Put your gun in the center console please
    except in CA, you’ll have to use the trunk (no center consoles, no glove boxes, no utility boxes), and unload it first – please remember to remove that cartridge from the chamber too.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  45. 44. Actually I wasn’t.

    Guess it must be 45 for Rico:

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  46. and the ammo better be in a separate container or area than the pistol is too…

    st00pid gun laws, we haz them.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  47. Happy birthday to the boss. He deserves a night off from us, if that is what he is up to.

    JVW (23867e)

  48. 47- Actually, there is case law (published by a CA State Circuit Court of Appeal) that states that is is OK for the gun and ammo to be in the same container, only that there can be no ammo IN the gun (no loaded chamber, no loaded magazine in the gun).

    askeptic (2bb434)

  49. “Big Media and lefties say no…”

    WTH?? Aren’t they the ones who gave us Franken?
    And they worry about Palin…

    gramps, the original (13e453)

  50. Yes, the tax dodging frontman for Air America, elected with convict votes,

    narciso (3fec35)

  51. There he goes again. Wacko bird.

    And with that I think the days of pinning it on any one thing or three have got up and skedaddled.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  52. Do you think Rush Limbaugh is wrong, gary? I can’t say he’s right but I think he might be.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  53. It was certainly a factor, after Tucson, the likes of Ms. Leather helped demonize those who would speak for it, the IRS was picking off easy targets, and the Clique was in it’s element, coopting and crushing the remainder,

    narciso (3fec35)

  54. The TEA Party is a direct threat to the GOP DC Establishment, and must be destroyed (in the view of that Establishment).
    We can’t have a bunch of YayHoo’s advocating the observance of Constitutional enumerations at the controls….why, what calamity might result?
    The government might actually start to live within our means, and the economy might actually grow without the heavy thumb of government upon it.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  55. 54. Not hardly, Ma’am, right as rain.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  56. 56. And government will shortly be forced to provide services at minimum in lieu of pensions per Meredith Whitney. The costs of borrowing are going to skyrocket, first for cities, then states, then the Feds.

    Benny and successor will continue QE but they will have to taper purchases of Treasuries and MBS or the trade in these markets will cease and finance will expire.

    Perhaps they will buy stocks directly, like a controlling interest in Fannie, et al. FNMA can be had real cheap. The price has fallen from $80 to like 30 cents.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  57. I think that all of the 600 people in Alaska should vote for whom they wish. :)

    As if she will run.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  58. 59. I see Hawaii is mailing her homeless back to the State of origin. Air freight to cost $100K.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  59. Run Sarah Run!

    Even if she loses, she will give the incumbent the scare of his life, and draw fire away from other competitive elections the Republicans can win.

    I’ve noticed that even in election cycles where the Republicans do well, the media/left/establishment like to focus on one or two races which are particular bogeymen. But in hindsight I think this insane focus actually hurts the media/left/establishment because the other candidates still sweep into office.

    So run Sarah. Do it for the Republicans. Do it for the Tea Party. Do it for your country. And do it for yourself. Even if you lose, it would be the greatest response to critics who claim you are only remain in the public eye for personal gain and who call you a quitter.

    Brad (3dfbb7)

  60. #50: there may be case law, but all that means is that, after i’ve been arrested and thrown in jail, dragged through the “legal” system, had my property searched & seized, as well as being publicly vilified as being a dangerous nut case with an “arsenal” or some such by the LAPD and local fascist political hacks, and spending money i don’t have on lawyers, i *might* get off, eventually.

    i’ll just keep everything separate instead. i don’t want to be George Zimmerman.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  61. you gotta keep em separated

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  62. moar stOOpid Cali gun nonsense:

    AG Harris, America’s best looking AG, if you believe our SCOAMF, recently stuck it to federal law enforcement officers who live here in Failifornia…

    they can’t buy any handguns that aren’t on the stupid “safe gun” list, anymore than we regular peons can.

    of course, local cops still can, which seems silly: after all, if the weapon is allegedly “unsafe” the last person you want to have it is a cop, since they will be carrying it around all the time, where they might injure a citizen with it.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  63. when we go to the range, feets, you can bet on that… we can even stop for tacos afterward! 😎

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  64. tacos!

    I have to not eat anything for the next 4 weeks

    my boss is having a baby is why and he’s panicking about the sympathy weight so we have to have a “contest”

    not just us the whole office

    he’ll probably win cause he’s a maniacally competitive person, but I might as well try

    I guess

    like so much in life this all feels very arbitrary to me

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  65. candy cigarettes are just not for Halloween

    pdbuttons (caf6d6)

  66. screw trying… have some bacon instead.

    Big Buy at Fart & Smile is < $3/lb and good too boot, with a high lean to fat ratio as well.

    it makes tasty BLTs or ABTs (stuffed jalapenos)

    tell your boss to wrap that rascal, and he won't have that problem. 😉

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  67. Rushbo says Cruz and Palin are the two conservatives he most respects for their fearlessness.

    He has company.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  68. Comment by redc1c4 (abd49e) — 7/31/2013 @ 10:15 pm
    Comment by happyfeet (8ce051) — 7/31/2013 @ 10:16 pm

    As I’m sure our host can confirm, a “published” circuit court opinion has the weight of law, and supersedes what the legislature, in its infinite wisdom, wrote.

    Or, you can call the Law Offices of Chuck Michel (562-216-4444), who is a specialist in firearms law, and is on retainer with the NRA and CRPA, for confirmation – though I’m prejudiced since Chuck is the one who told me of this decision some time ago.

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  69. I don’t know. Emotionally I like the idea, but I’m not so sure she’s temperamentally suited to be a legislator. She was a good mayor and governor, and I think would have been a good president (though I think she missed her chance, 2016 is too late for her), but a senator requires different skills. I guess I’m not sure about her in the senate for much the same reason I don’t like Cruz or Paul for the presidency (beside Cruz’s Canadian birth). Then again, an inexperienced senator isn’t nearly the kind of disaster an inexperienced president is, so why not let her try something different?

    Milhouse (3d0df0)

  70. PS: I don’t think her time on the city council is really legislative experience that would prepare her for the senate. As I understand it, it was more like being a board member, i.e. essentially an executive rather than a legislative role.

    Milhouse (3d0df0)

  71. but I’m not so sure she’s temperamentally suited to be a legislator

    BArney Frank, Al Frankin, Paul Tsongas, Frank Church, oh the list is sooo long not worth typing…

    EPWJ (1ea63e)

  72. oh course Ted, the democrat committee members at the Thomas hearings…..

    Oh those Contra hearings geez louisse

    EPWJ (1ea63e)

  73. Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 8/1/2013 @ 3:04 pm

    not arguing the point, or the weight the published opinion carries. IANAL, but i w*rk for them, and grok the meaning and import.

    i also know that the average cop neither knows nor cares, and will enforce *the law* as they understand it. yes, it will all get sorted out, eventually, but only after my rights and freedom are raped by the system, and, me being a middle aged white guy, likely my body as well, since it will take a bit for me to get out of the LA County Jail system once they shove me into it.

    all in all, ruling or no, it’s just easier for me to go the extra step, and avoid any potential hassle with some power mad fascist with a badge. i’d rather spend my money on new toys or fodder for the ones on hand than have to pay Chuck for his services.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

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