On August 14th of last year, Kit O'Connell reported that Palin had endorsed Trump "[after he] recently promised to give ... Palin a Cabinet-level position in his administration."
Depending on one’s political perspective, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump are either two of the Republican Party’s most outspoken mavericks or outrageous political jokes. Now the divisive pair are teaming up to revive Palin’s career while boosting Trump’s campaign for president.
Until recently, many considered Palin’s political career to be waning in popularity, especially after Fox News ended her contract earlier this year. Jack Mirkinson, writing for Salon, argued that her popularity dropped dramatically after she canceled a proposed 2012 presidential bid. Although she attempted to launch her own Internet TV channel, the website receives “barely measureable” levels of web traffic.
While some may confused by this pairing, Husna Haq, a correspondent for Christian Science Monitor, explained on Tuesday why a Palin-Trump alliance makes political sense:
“For Trump, criticized for his past liberal leanings, the support of Palin, with her unimpeachable conservative credentials, is political gold.
For Palin, who has been out of the spotlight recently – her Fox News contract is over, her recent speech at Iowa’s Freedom Summit was widely panned, and polls indicate most Republicans do not want her to run for president – Trump is a way to regain attention and relevance.”
I can't fault either. Palin's career appears to have tanked and Trump needs to reset in Iowa.
After hearing about Palin's endorsement today, Cruz ripped into the former Alaska governor. Oh, wait, no he didn't.
I love @SarahPalinUSA Without her support, I wouldn't be in the Senate. Regardless of what she does in 2016, I will always be a big fan.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 19, 2016
As an aside, could the contrast between Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz when reacting to setbacks be any more clear?
Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.