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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Posturing Palin pushes right-wing fanaticism in Iowa

Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin

Failed Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, hanging on to her gadfly position with the obstinate tea party, claimed in Iowa Saturday that the right wing needs “to stiffen our back” and demand accountability from Republicans.

An ironic statement for Palin, who resigned as Alaska governors before voters in that state could hold her accountable for multiple misdeeds and whose attempt to become vice president failed when voters in 2008 held her and GOP Presidential candidate John McCain accountable and said “no” to their bid for higher office.

But defeat, disgrace and scandal have never slowed Palin down and she lashed out at Republicans who tried compromise in place of confrontation in October to end the 16-day federal government shutdown and avoid a federal default on the nation’s debt.

Ignoring polls that show voters, by a wide margin, blame Republicans for the government shutdown, Pain urged Iowans to back those who supported the hardcore stands that led to the closure and to “stiffen our spines” for the 2014 elections.

Her demands for revolt, however, come at a time when more and more Republicans want nothing more to do with Palin, the tea party or right-wing extremism.

That, however, did not stop her from demanding more futile resistance in future fights while she ramped up her criticism for members of Congress who put the nation ahead of tea party and right-wing demands.

“They promised that they would do everything in their power to fight against socialized medicine, against Obamacare,” Palin said of Republicans who voted for the deal that ended the shutdown, “but when it came time to stand and defund it, they waved the white flag of surrender and the threw under the bus the good guys who did stand up and fight for us.”

Palin appeared at the annual fall banquet of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition — an ultra right-wing group that uses misinterpretation of the Bible and religion to push conservative issues.  She appeared with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Utah Sen. Ted Lee — two other poster children for the tea party “movement.”


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