By Gary P Jackson
Sarah Palin talks to Sean Hannity.
They start out with Herman Cain, and all of the issues surrounding the “broads” coming out of the woodwork claiming to have been harassed or a had affairs with him.
After giving her point of view, she gets to what is important: The need for sudden and relentless reform.
Sean asks her about an endorsement, none is given, and she goes to some length to downplay the value of her endorsement. Hard to know what she’s thinking, but her endorsement was the gold standard in 2010. She was the major force behind the retaking of the House.
My only conclusion is she isn’t going to endorse anyone.
Sarah went on to say we need someone who has been a consistent Conservative, someone who has not strayed. That pretty much leaves Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney on the outside looking in.
It’s also interesting that she mentions those at the state and federal level [Congress] claiming to have cut spending. She points out that we haven’t actually cut spending on the federal level since 1952! We sometimes forget, that in Washington, a budget “cut” is actually just a reduction of the amount of increase originally planned. This was her way of calling out supposed budget hawks like the former Speaker of the House.
Interestingly, she mentions Rick Santorum as someone who has ideological consistently. And likes the fact he’s taken up her call to end the corporate tax in order to stimulate the economy.
Hannity keeps pressing her on Newt and Mitt, and she goes right back to talking about the rest of the field.
She mentions she likes Ron Paul’s stance on the economy, but also mentions his foreign policy, which is completely unacceptable.
Sean also asks Sarah again if she has any regrets not entering the race, she again says no, but nearly as emphatically as she has in the past. Don’t read to much into this though.
After the interview Sarah sent out a couple of tweets to clarify what she was saying:
Dang – spoke too rapidly on @hannityshow; should have clarified I’m for eliminating “fed corporate income tax.”
Glad Santorum wants to re-industrialize USA w/ eliminating the corp income tax on manufactures.
We should eliminate it for everyone & also cut corp welfare to fight crony capitalism while letting the private sector create American jobs.
Sarah also tweeted that she had talked about her tax plan, and included a link to her incredible speech in Iowa. Frankly it’s hard to watch without thinking she needs to be in this race, because the person she keeps describing as the ideal candidate most certainly is not.
See our thoughts on the Iowa event here. There’s also video of Sarah talking about her business plan, and the corporate income tax, at the Liberty and Freedom Foundation in San Jose, California …. October 2010.
One of the main points to takeaway from her interview, regarding the GOP race, is the need to do your own research and vet these candidates fully. Don’t just listen to their flowery speeches and admire their ability to debate. Debating is a fine skill to have, but means little when evaluating a candidate. And anyone can give a speech, even if they don’t mean a word of it.
Readers know where I stand on certain candidates. Though I’m not supporting anyone at this time, there are several that are totally unacceptable under any circumstance.
I was pondering why so many have flocked to a certain candidate that is the absolute poster boy for everything Sarah has fought against her entire life. A career Washington insider who, after being forced out of his position, has made a fortune influence peddling, taking in 10s of millions shilling mostly for “progressive” causes. A Big Government Statist, he’s still perceived as a “conservative”
My only thought as to why this is happening is the fact Sarah Palin, herself, brought so many people into the political process for the first time, they are simply unaware of his, or other candidates’, long and storied past.
Looking into a candidate’s past, using every source available is important. All candidates will have some sort of “mythbusters” type of website to “set the record straight” but those aren’t always completely truthful. For example, few companies pay close to $2 million for “history lessons!” So one has to weigh them against the candidate’s own words, and deeds. This goes for every candidate, not any one in particular.
I came to support Sarah Palin through very positive coverage of her earliest days as Governor of Alaska. I continued to keep up with what she was doing, and came to admire her as the sort of person we need as a leader. A position I still hold today. But I’m a political junkie, so ….
2012 will be the most important election in our lifetime, so we gotta get it right. We simply cannot choose another lifelong political hack, who is part of the problem, not the solution. There are several who fit this description.
Video courtesy SarahNet