“A Jeb Bush/president — Sarah Palin/vice president ticket covers all the Electoral College, evangelical, pro-life, centrist-conservative, experienced governorships, male/female bases,” reasoned American Thinker contributor Michael Sheppard, who framed the pair as “the GOP’s only hope” to win in the 2016 presidential race.
Mrs. Palin herself, however, has suggested that a U.S. Senate run in her own home state of Alaska was a real possibility, telling Fox News she had encouragement from the public and there was a “need” to replace Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat. Yes, well. There are at least a dozen Palin for President-style websites up and running. And lest we forget, there’s SarahPac, her political action committee whose motto is, “We have not yet begun to fight.”
While there is much predictable mockery in the press and social media in the aftermath of her musing about the Senate seat, some advise Mrs. Palin to go for it.
“Run, Sarah, run, and keep on running, ” says Commentary columnist Jonathan S. Tobin.
“A Senate campaign would put her to the test and even her sternest critics should not assume she would fail this time. It may be that Palin has become too polarizing a political personality to win any election, even in deep red Alaska. But she owes it to herself and to her supporters to try,” Mr. Tobin observes.
“She almost certainly will never be president, but a Senate seat is not beyond her grasp. While I’m far from sure that her contribution to the national debate would be enlightening, it would be entertaining.”
A recent study of the immigration reform legislation by the Congressional Budget Office found the plan only reduced the number of illegal immigrants by half. That does not appeal much to engaged voters, who are beginning to understand the greater implications of the very complex bill: 39 percent now approve of the idea, says a Rasmussen Poll released Wednesday.
“That’s down from 60 percent less than three weeks ago despite the U.S. Senate’s passage of the measure since then. Thirty percent are opposed, and 19 percent are undecided,” says pollster Scott Rasmussen, who conducted the survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters conducted on July 8 and 9.
SNOWDEN GETS PINK
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden at least has some pals at Code Pink, the cheeky organization whose members indeed wear pink, then disrupt U.S. Senate sessions, among many other things. Founder Medea Benjamin reports that her group, plus a coalition of other “civil rights and libertarian” organizations, will stage noisy rallies at the embassies of Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela on Thursday to “thank” the countries that offered asylum to Mr. Snowden.
“We are honoring the three Latin American countries for refusing to be strong-armed by the United States, and also for their commitment to protecting the universal right of whistleblowers like Edward Snowden to seek asylum,” Ms. Benjamin says. “We’ll be bringing them thank you cards.”
Then it’s on to the Justice Department. No thank you cards, however.
“U.S. attempts to pressure governments to block Snowden’s attempts to seek asylum are deplorable,” said Michael Bochenek, director of law and policy at Amnesty International. “It is his unassailable right, enshrined in international law, to claim asylum and this should not be impeded.”
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