Sarah Palin has re-entered the media spotlight this week, making waves on two fronts seemingly simultaneously. Palin began the week by reminding the American public who really took the first shot in the “War on Women.”
While Hillary Clinton made the rounds to promote her new memoir, “Hard Choices,” Palin zeroed in on one instance in the book when the Obama campaign reached out to Hillary Clinton’s campaign in an attempt to issue a dismissive statement about Palin. The request from Obama’s people came after it was publicly announced that Palin had been chosen to be John McCain’s running mate during his 2008 presidential campaign.
The Inquisitr described Clinton’s reaction to the request:
“They (the Obama campaign team) immediately issued a dismissive statement (about Palin) and reached out to me in hopes I would follow suit. But I wouldn’t. I was not going to attack Palin just for being a woman appealing for support from other women. I didn’t think that made political sense and it didn’t feel right. So I said no, telling them there’d be plenty of time for criticism. A few hours later the Obama campaign reversed itself and congratulated Governor Palin.”
Hillary’s tome filled the shelves in bookstores coast-to-coast and Sarah pounced. Politico divulged Palin’s resulting accusation:
“Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming memoir helps identify who fired the first shot in the real war on women.”
Clinton later took issue with Palin’s statement as noted by Business Insider:
“Well, that’s not exactly what I said. What I said was that in beginning the process of working with then-Senator Obama after I ended my campaign, we had as I describe in the book an awkward but necessary meeting to clear the air on a couple of issues and one of them was the sexism that unfortunately was present in that… campaign.”
Following the row with Hillary Clinton this week, Sarah Palin spoke out about Eric Cantor’s surprising primary defeat against his challenger, Tea Party candidate David Brat. Palin offered her congratulations to Brat and stated that Cantor’s defeat was the result of Cantor’s less than popular stance on immigration reform, resulting in his punishment at the hands of the American people.
Palin issued the following statement on her Facebook page;
“Congratulations to Dave Brat in Virginia on such an encouraging victory tonight! You shocked the political world and reminded D.C. that power lies with We the People and not any conventional party establishment. Dave Brat was massively outspent (more than 10 to 1) and laughed off by most, but he won the trust of voters the old fashioned way – one by one. Tonight’s victory showed the power of the local grassroots – the ones with boots on the ground who put up the campaign signs and go door to door to provide needed support for great candidates. Appreciation also goes to those with powerful microphones like Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter and others who recognized Dave’s strengths and had the guts to provide him a megaphone to reach concerned citizens.”
“Grassroots commonsense Conservatives can use this momentum to push good candidates like Chris McDaniel, T.W. Shannon, and Rob Maness to victory for America. These candidates are also being massively outspent by establishment candidates and they need our help and energy.”
“Thank you, Virginia! On to November!”
– Sarah Palin-
Even though Sarah Palin has no announced intentions of running for office anytime soon, this week proves that Palin does possess the gift of making statements at the right time. Almost six years after her defeat in 2008, Palin somehow still manages to influence the course of the greater national political debate.