AS IF Republicans don’t have enough trouble, Sarah Palin decided to go rogue again, this time channeling her immigrant phobia into suggestions that Senators Ayotte and Rubio deserve primary challenges for supporting the Senate’s immigration bill.
On top of all the hits Republicans and conservatives are taking, this has got to be icing on the cake for Democrats.
Of course, Breitbart has the “exclusive.”
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has the most influence among conservative voters in Republican primaries, told Breitbart News on Tuesday that Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) should be primaried for their support of the Senate’s immigration bill.
“Conservatives are getting ready for the 2014 and 2016 primaries. We have long memories, and there will be consequences for those who break campaign promises and vote for this amnesty bill,” Palin told Breitbart News. “Competition makes everyone work harder, be better, and be held accountable. This applies to politics, too. No one is “˜entitled’ to anything.”
She continued, “Rigorous debate in competitive primaries allows candidates the opportunity to explain their flip-flops. So think of contested primaries as a win-win for politicians and their voters.”
Sarah Palin was particularly harsh on Senator Marco Rubio, saying he “reneged on his promise.” Then Palin said, “Marco Rubio has blatantly flip-flopped on his position on immigration, on amnesty, and border security.”
This unhelpful salvo for Republicans from Sarah Palin comes as the Senate easily approved an amendment today to increase border security, which was added to the current bill that’s been approved in the Senate.
I won’t pretend to be an immigration expert, but as far as I’m concerned the current Senate bill is a complete disaster, but not because it offers “amnesty,” a ridiculous charge coming from Tea Party types like Sarah Palin. As for the border security section, even Senator John McCain said that it will make the southwest the “most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall.”
This all may be moot, because there’s no evidence Speaker John Boehner has any power to get anything through the House.
Sarah Palin has been a governor, but it’s obvious she has no clue what it takes to actually govern a country where there are many different opinions on how to come to solutions on difficult issues like immigration. If Palin and her fans have their way nothing will happen on immigration, which doesn’t seem to bother them, because they cannot empathize with the families being harmed by living in limbo or worse.