Thursday, January 21, 2010

Despite Being Abused By John McCain's Campaign Staff In 2008, Sarah Palin's Going To Arizona To Campaign For John McCain's Re-Election To The Senate

If you read Sarah Palin's book Going Rogue, you know that Sarah Palin had some choice words for some of McCain's senior campaign staff from the 2008 Presidential campaign. In particular, she was critical of Steve Schmidt, who tried to muzzle her and force her out of her natural transparency mode into an unnatural garrison mode. Although temporary, this transition triggered an irreversible decline in her popularity in Alaska as many Alaskans got the mistaken notion that Sarah Palin was intentionally avoiding transparency and accountability of her own volition.

But despite the abuse she endured from McCain's campaign staff, get a load of this: According to CBS News, Sarah Palin's going to Arizona - to campaign for John McCain, of all people. She intends to appear with him in Phoenix for a campaign event on March 26th. Despite the previous difficulties between Palin and the McCain staff, the former Presidential tag team actually respect and like one another, and Palin considers McCain just as much of a "common sense" candidate as two others she'll be touting, Minnesota U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Naturally, McCain is pleased with the help. "I'm looking forward to getting back on the campaign trail with my former running mate, and I know my fellow Arizonans will welcome her, as well," McCain said in a statement. "Sarah energized our nation and remains a leading voice in the Republican Party." Not that McCain actually needs the help at this time; his only declared Republican opponent is former Minuteman leader Chris Simcox, who is undercapitalized and overmarginalized.

However, McCain may well be looking over his shoulder at a prospective opponent who could clean his clock in a primary. Former Congressman J.D. Hayworth is considering jumping into the primary race against McCain. While currently deterred by the fact that McCain has assembled a $12 million campaign war chest, Hayworth has got some serious public opinion on his side. A November 2009 Rasmussen poll indicated that in a three-way race between McCain, Hayworth, and Simcox, McCain would get 45 percent, Hayworth 43 percent, and Simcox only 4 percent. The big difference between McCain and Hayworth is immigration; McCain favors limited amnesty for illegals, while Hayworth opposes ANY amnesty. Arizona is a front-line state in the immigration war.

And what about the effect of this "endorsement" of McCain on Palin's popularity? A CBS News poll taken January 14-17 indicates that 71 percent of respondents do not want to see Palin run for President, while only 21 percent do. In addition, 41 percent view Palin unfavorably, while only 26 percent view her favorably (Read raw poll data HERE). This means that while her base remains loyal, it continues to erode around the edges. Since Palin's strength is in being "rogue" or a "maverick", the spector of the anti-RINO campaigning for the Ultimate RINO is likely to further weaken her base. Already one Arizona resident has expressed skepticism of Palin's intentions on The Spirit Of The Law blog.

Sarah Palin's loyalty to John McCain is clearly admirable, but it appears to be misdirected, and could hamper her own future electoral efforts. At best, it's an expression of political masochism.

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