Political Opportunism: Sarah Palin Jumps On The Randwagon

Former governor Sarah Palin was on Fox News’s Cashin’ In over the weekend to jump on the Randwagon.

Referring to the ongoing feud between New Jersey governor Chris Christie and Kentucky senator Rand Paul, a war of words many see as a preview of the 2016 Republican primary race, Gov. Palin said, “I’m on team Rand. Rand Paul understands. He gets the whole notion of don’t-tread-on-me government, whereas Chris Christie is for big government and trying to go along to get along in so many respects.”

That’s certainly a fair critique of Gov. Christie. He has made a name for himself not just for his knack for entertaining confrontations, but for putting partisanship aside in order to best help his state as he sees fit. His approval ratings in New Jersey are extremely high for it.

Rand Paul, on the other hand, is a partisan. This is what many people like about him, in fact, including me. He stands for something because he believes in that thing, rather than because others want him to stand for it.

Christie is also referred to as a Republican in name only, and, in fact, he acknowledges his appeal to Democrats by referring to that fan base as “Christiecrats.” (Reminds me of the term “Reagan Democrats,” but I doubt very many other conservatives would acknowledge that such a term existed in Reagan’s heyday.)

“Chris Christie’s for more government,” Palin said, “and his record proves that, whereas Rand Paul [has] that healthy libertarian streak that we need more of….”

This is extraordinarily ironic. Sarah Palin endorsed John McCain for his 2010 re-election bid for the US Senate rather than the Tea Party, don’t-tread-on-me candidate J. D. Hayworth. John McCain is not only more liberal than Chris Christie, but he has been far more vocally critical of Rand Paul over the past few years than Chris Christie has. Sarah Palin’s John McCain called Sarah Palin’s Rand Paul a “whacko bird” and fiercely opposes Paul’s anti-drone stance. You can’t favor Rand Paul over Chris Christie if you favored John McCain over the Tea Party in 2010.

I liked her at one point, but I have to remain objective and say that it has become clear to me that Palin is simply an opportunist. Her reality TV show after her and McCain’s failed 2008 campaign for the White House reeked of political opportunism; then the Tea Party came along and she talked the Tea Party talk while endorsing John McCain (probably because it was he who got her famous in the first place, so she felt she owed him a political favor); and now that Rand Paul is all the conservative rage, she has said she’s on his side.

“She’s better than Obama” is something I hear a lot, but what does that have to do with it? She is better than Obama, but if being better than Obama is our only standard, then why do we hate Bill Clinton? Hey, he’s better than Obama too.

It’s fitting that the show on which Palin pumped her fists for Rand Paul is called Cashin’ In.