When Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity that she would consider running for the Senate seat in Alaska it sent tremors throughout the political media world. CNN has hardly stopped discussing the revelation in the days since, and Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) is so worried that he keeps talking about Palin everywhere he goes.
In recent days he has said that Palin “hasn’t been around Alaska much” and “may be out of touch” with regular Alaskans. He has also hit her for resigning her position as Governor two years before she was due to leave office.
“One thing Alaskans pride themselves on is that no matter how tough it gets, not matter how tough the issues are, we stick with it through the end… And I think Alaskans know that she quit midway through her term. And that’s the thing that sticks in people’s minds… I think Alaskans understand that quitting midstream is not the Alaska way.”
Palin hasn’t needed to rely on personal or ad hominem attacks in her back and forth with the Senator from Alaska, mostly because she has Begich’s liberal record to focus on.
Alaska is generally a reliable red state that Begich was able to win mostly because he was facing the corrupt Alaska Republican Ted Stevens. In the years since being elected, Senator Begich has continually sided with his Democrat counterparts in vote after vote. No matter who the Republican candidate in 2014, Begich will face a tough reelection battle that will likely center mostly on Begich’s routinely liberal voting record.
That also happens to be where Sarah Palin has been focusing her fire in recent days.
“Mark, after looking at your voting record I can see why you are looking for a distraction… In the meantime, we suppose we’ll see much more playing of the ol’ Washington political game using those inside D.C. reporters each time you have to distract from yet another bad vote for Alaska in the U.S. Senate. It cheers us up and gives us good opportunity to remind Alaskans just how loyal to the Obama agenda you have been.” Palin then mentioned specific areas of his voting record. Begich voted, “FOR Obamacare, FOR massive tax increases, FOR carbon taxes which could cost Alaskans 21,000 jobs, AGAINST pro-life legislation, and there’s so much more.”
Any Republican running against Begich will have a lot of ammunition to use in the upcoming election, but we’ve yet to see who he’ll be opposing. Maybe if Palin can distract Begich long enough it will give the eventual Republican candidate more cover to run his campaign without having to attack Begich. If the Republican candidate can focus on the issues while allowing a surrogate like Palin to focus on Begich, it will be the best of both worlds for that candidate. They get to seem like they are “above the fray”, while Begich is still forced to defend himself against a deep pocketed opponent.
Either way, it’s nice to see Sarah Palin in the political arena throwing punches and making herself heard. Begich better watch out, because this is Sarah Palin’s Alaska.
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