Sarah Palin’s decision to endorse Donald Trump is regrettable. A disappointment likely driven by the justifiable disdain the former governor of Alaska has toward political class Republicans.
You know, those who not only threw her under the bus, but backed it up a few times to ensure that Palin’s vast, untamed potential was rendered little more than roadkill.
But Palin sacrifices a lot of built up goodwill with the conservative base in backing the current GOP front-runner. Having been burned one time too many, they see Trump’s history as a beacon of what’s to come. As Patrick Henry said, “I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.”
There are a lot of conservatives backing Trump because, as Ben Shapiro wrote on Tuesday, he “runs as a dynamite stick in the establishment machine, an out-of-nowhere candidate ready to wreak havoc on the levers of power.”
True enough… at least based on Trump’s recent words.
But that decree looks past an indisputable truth, Trump is a deal maker. Above all else, that’s the essence of the man. Just ask him, he’ll proudly tell you.
Another indisputable truth is the power structure in the Republican Party — the purveyors of betrayal who’ve played a key role in driving so many conservatives in search of a dynamite stick — have a history of doing whatever it takes to stay in power.
Even if it means getting in bed with Trump.
If it becomes inevitable that Trump will be the GOP standard-bearer in the 2016 election, the party will look to cut a deal with the man… in fact, there’s scuttlebutt that this dance has already commenced.
Predictably, the “ultimate outsider” will reciprocate… after all, that’s who he is.
And those eager to blow up the GOP establishment will be left wondering what just happened as their anti-establishment hero pivots and cuts that deal.
But Trump is playing with house money, and if it all come crashing down, the billionaire will declare moral bankruptcy and move on to the next deal. Or reality show. But for Sarah Palin, she will have lost the one thing that has kept her afloat in the cesspool that defines politics today, the trust of so many who believed in her as a strong voice for conservative principles.
Either that, or Charles C.W. Cooke had it right when he said this pairing “is the inevitable and rational confluence of two ghastly cults of personality.”
“All told, this symmetry makes sense, for the pair have of late become mirror images,” he wrote on the day of the endorsement. “Sarah Palin started in politics and moved seamlessly into television and entrepreneurship; Donald Trump started in business and, after a quick foray onto the small screen, readied himself for the ballot box.”