Palin Wants to Primary Republican Legislators

Sarah Palin does her usual Monday morning quarterbacking and says that Tea Party candidates should mount primary challenges to those Republicans who didn’t align with Ted Cruz and fight to the death over the budget, the debt ceiling and Obamacare.

When asked on The Kelly File on Thursday if she would support primary challengers to Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Thad Cochran (R-MS), Palin noted they were part of the “status quo” and said she would be looking very closely at their challengers.

“I’ve been saying for years that robust competitive primaries make for a better political system,” Palin said. “It makes people work harder and express more articulately what their record is and what their intentions for our country is.”

Palin said that those like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) “and a whole lot of other Americans see that we are taxed enough already.”

Palin noted that is the “acronym for the Tea Party movement, we are taxed enough already and we believe that the constitution, that’s the blueprint that leads us towards a more perfect union and will fight very strong for that.”

“So if the GOP is standing strong on the planks and the platform that represent everything that I just mentioned, if we stand united, well, then we won’t lose the House, and we could even win back the Senate,” she continued…

“Heck, yeah, they’ve got to be primaried,” Palin said. “Otherwise we’re going down.”

She’d run herself, but that’s work and she’s allergic to that. So instead she’ll just endorse every wingnut she can find who is running against a more mainstream Republican. Because that worked out so well when she endorsed Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell and several other far-right Republicans who lost seats that the Republicans would almost certainly have won with a more centrist candidate. The Democrats should send Palin a thank you gift.

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  • John Pieret

    The Democrats should send her plane tickets to campaign in person for choices.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    It’s about time that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce realised that if they are looking for a right-center, business-friendly political party, the Democratic party is the only game remaining.

  • jamessweet

    I dunno, this is not all shadenfreude and roses. Yes, it’s great when the teabaggers manage to win the primary then lose the general… but that’s only one possible outcome. There are two other outcomes that are, well, pretty bad:

    1) The teabagger wins the general. It happens. And it If it keeps happening often enough, something awful could happen, like for instance the Tea Party gaining enough sway in the House to force a government shutdown. Oh wait, shit, that already happened.

    2) The teabagger loses the primary, but puts pressure on mainstream Republicans to shift further and further to the right if they want to continue to win primaries.

    Palin, in true blind squirrel fashion, probably is correct that this is a pretty effective way to move the country to the right in the short term.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Why does any one, even Fox, care what this self-promoting, word salad shooter has to say?

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Yeah, just look at how successful she was when she tried to primary Mutt Romney.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1092933945 mikegarber

    She’s astutely (I cant believe I said that) trying to leverage the huge current “throw the bums out” sentiment. Many people will support a new face no matter what their political leanings are, or no matter what their current representatives actually did this past month.

  • Doug Little

    I agree with James. Until the teabaggers are completely purged from the political system they always pose a danger. What gets me is how they manage to win primaries in the first place, are there not enough sensible conservatives left to outweigh the extreme element of the party? I guess next time someone tries to argue that the tea party is the vocal minority of the party you can point to tea party candidates winning primaries as evidence to the contrary.

  • http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/ Quodlibet

    “It makes people work harder and express more articulately what their record is and what their intentions for our country is.”

    “what their intentions is”? She might do well to use some of her free time to brush up on the rudiments of English grammar.

    Palin said that “… a whole lot of other Americans see that we are taxed enough already.” Palin noted that is the “acronym for the Tea Party movement.”

    Huh? What does she mean by the “acronym for the Tea Party movement”? Does she even know what “acronym” means?

    if it’s “TP,” that’s what I jot on my shopping list when I need toilet paper. Yeah, maybe that’s what it is. Unlike the Tea Party, though, toilet paper is useful and necessary.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Michael Lind sez:

    Tea Party is an anti-populist elite tool. And it has progressives fooled

    This is not some spontaneous uprising. It’s the newest incarnation of a rich, elite, right-wing tradition

    It sounds like he is starting off on the wrong foot. I suspect everyone here knows the Tea Party was not spontaneous, but was astro-turfed by the Koch brothers, et al. But just because it was frothed up by the rich does not mean that it is serving their interests well.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Huh? What does she mean by the “acronym for the Tea Party movement”? Does she even know what “acronym” means?

    T.E.A. = Taxed Enough Already

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    d.c.wilson “Why does any one, even Fox, care what this self-promoting, word salad shooter has to say?”

    It’s seven minutes of propaganda between ads they don’t have to right themselves.

    Doug Little “I guess next time someone tries to argue that the tea party is the vocal minority of the party you can point to tea party candidates winning primaries as evidence to the contrary.”

    Primary turnout, particularly in off-year elections, is abysmal. It’s easy for a minority to take over the primaries when they’re the only people who show up.

    Why do you think only clowns get out of clown cars? Because they’re the only ones who got in to them. Clowns go in, clowns come out. There’s no miscommunication.

    Reginald Selkirk “T.E.A. = Taxed Enough Already”

    For one thing, they aren’t the “T.E.A. Party movement”. For another, I just stole the patty out of your hamburger. Ignore that last part.

  • coragyps

    “Clowns go in, clowns come out.”

    And Bill O’Reilly can’t explain it !

  • dugglebogey

    Thank you for clearing up that acronym thing, I was confused. Unfortunately for Palin it’s not out of the realm of possibility that she doesn’t know the meaning of the word acronym, as evidenced by her poor grammar and sentence structure.

    Tea Party primary threats are probably a good thing overall, because the right-wing nutjobs that end up running in the general have a harder time winning against a sane opponent. Unfortunately a few of them sneak though because too many people would rather vote for an insane rebulican than a sane democrat.

  • eric

    @3 – I think there is a possibility that you’ve overlooked which is reasonably likely, and somewhat positive (not very positive,but a step in the right direction).

    Its: the current GOP congresscritter gets primaried by a tea party candidate, but one which is more poltically savvy and mercenary than their predecessor. They understand that pure obstructionism resulted in their predecessor losing reelection (…to them!). So they talk the tea party talk, but behind closed doors they walk the standard DC politics walk.

    So, I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up with more nominally ‘tea party’ Republicans in Congress in 2014, but with the label not correlating to crazy obstructionism as directly as it does now.

  • Doug Little

    Why do you think only clowns get out of clown cars? Because they’re the only ones who got in to them. Clowns go in, clowns come out. There’s no miscommunication.

    LOL!

    But seriously I guess I don’t understand the primary system them. I would have thought that you should be running the candidate that you think has the best chance of success, if only the crazies come out to vote in the primaries then you are getting a severely skewed sample. Is the winner of a primary set in stone as the candidate or is it only a suggestion but the party never over rules the selection?

    It’s like American Idol for politics.

  • Dave Maier

    Doug @7: ” are there not enough sensible conservatives left to outweigh the extreme element of the party?”

    No, as Reginald @2 points out, sensible conservatives are Democrats.

  • http://rationaldreaming.com tacitus

    I had to laugh when I saw that the fringe of the Tea Party fringe (Alex Jones and Infowars) has finally noticed that Ted Cruz’s wife is a Goldman Sachs VP, and even served on the Council of Foreign Relations for a while:

    http://www.infowars.com/ted-cruzs-wife-is-a-goldman-sachs-vp/

    Nobody is pure enough these days, it seems.

  • jnorris

    Half-Governor Palin wants the Tea Party to primary lots of Republicans. When they do, they will invite her to help with their campaigns. Ms Palin will use the invites to justify sending out fundraising letters to her PAC mailing list. The Tea Party primary candidates will not see a dime of the PAC money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    I was actually impressed by her use of the word “acronym” but a third-grader could have written a clearer sentence.

  • Nihilismus

    . . . we are taxed enough already and we believe that the constitution, that’s the blueprint that leads us towards a more perfect union and will fight very strong for that.”

    The Boston Tea Party was about taxation without representation, not about taxes in general being too high. Now that we have representation, it makes little sense for conservatives to take the name.

    And the “more perfect union” part of the Constitution was in reference to it being more effective than the Articles of Confederation, which only put state governments on the honor system of paying into the general fund. The Constitution was specifically designed to give the federal government power to enforce collection of taxes — and from the people directly.

  • exdrone

    I see that Sarah Palin is leveraging her results from the Value Voters straw poll. Taking it out for a spin, as they say. … er wait … Was she even mentioned?

  • http://www.facebook.com/connorbd BrianX

    Nihilismus:

    Not quite. Taxation without representation was one of the major issues of the revolution (and the wingnuts have apparently convinced themselves that taxes that haven’t been unanimously approved are without representation somehow), but the Tea Party was more about corporate protectionism. British East India Co. had a governmental monopoly on tea imports, and local merchants (or, depending on your perspective, tea smugglers) didn’t care for that.

  • birgerjohansson

    Now, if this Cruz fellow wins the primary in 2016…