In the midst of the brouhaha over the role of Russian hacking in Donald Trump’s election, Sarah Palin has chimed in with her two cents.
In a tweet over the weekend, the former vice presidential candidate reminded everyone of her close proximity to Russia, echoing the widely ridiculed remarks she made during an interview with Charles Gibson of ABC News during the 2008 election campaign.
Palin wrote: "Russia's getting out of hand? So says the defeated. Not to worry...remember I can keep an eye on them from here."
Russia's getting out of hand? So says the defeated. Not to worry... remember I can keep an eye on them from here. https://t.co/jQBCDV5O3W— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) December 12, 2016
Back in 2008, Palin was attempting to validate her foreign policy experience when she said “... you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska."
The remark was famously spoofed in a "Saturday Night Live" sketch, with Tina Fey impersonating the former governor of Alaska.
It’s not clear whether Palin was poking a little self-deprecating fun at herself or actually being serious. If it is the former, we've got to give credit where it's due.
Palin endorsed Trump in January in an appearance in which she gave a bizarre, disjointed, but highly memorable speech. It was classic Palin as she coined new words likes “squirmishes” and mixed metaphors about political correctness being worn “like a suicide vest.”
She’s apparently been on the shortlist for Trump’s interior secretary or secretary for Veteran’s Affairs.
But, it’s possible she will not be considered for those positions as she uncharacteristically criticized Trump’s recent Carrier deal that saved 800 jobs from going to Mexico in exchange for a $7 million tax break over 10 years.
Writing in an op-ed for the Young Conservatives, Palin had a rare moment where she makes a rational argument.
“When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent,” she wrote. “Meanwhile, the invisible hand that best orchestrates a free people’s free enterprise system gets amputated. Then, special interests creep in and manipulate markets. Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember?”
When Palin starts making sense, it’s time for all of us to start worrying. But at least she's got the Russians covered.
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