In a sad commentary on the state of our national politics and news media, Tuesday’s big story revolved around a reality television star endorsing another reality TV star to be President of the United States. During a speech that was carried live on cable news (natch), former Republican Vice-Presidential nominee and current grifter Sarah Palin threw her support behind ex-Celebrity Apprentice star and current GOP Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.
While much has been written about the ridiculous spectacle that featured Palin in full idiotic word-salad spewing mode a day after her son was arrested for domestic violence, it was the reaction by many on the right that really made the day. Fox News pundit Greg Gutfeld claimed that Palin was abandoning her Christian faith in order to jump on board the Trump train. CNN’s S.E. Cupp wanted to know if Palin was trying to give away the White House to Hillary Clinton. Ted Cruz, who is neck-and-neck with Trump in Iowa, sent a sad break-up tweet to Palin after his former biggest supporter crossed him.
However, the best freakout of all belonged to The Blaze founder and ex-Palin fan Glenn Beck. Poor Glenn took to his Facebook page to pen a short letter describing his disappointment and heartbreak at the revelation that Palin may just be what many had described her as — a fame-hungry opportunist who will do anything to stay in the media spotlight.
Small Government, lower taxes, fewer regulations and the constitution?
Not any more.
Big government, bailouts, executive orders, not just abortion but partial birth abortion, nationalizing of banks, stimulus, pathway to citizenship.
All of these views were held by Donald Trump during this administration. Pathway to citizenship in 2013. Some as recently as last year.
What was the massive pivot point to make him change so fundamentally?
When Sarah and the tea party won a hard fought election and were under attack in 2010, DJT was giving money to Pelosi, Reid and Rahm.
I couldn’t disagree with her more but she has played the game now for years. Perhaps she knows more than those of us still on the outside.
Maybe the press was right about her but for all of the wrong reasons.
What, no frowny face emoji?
Beck responded to some commenters, mainly those who defended Palin and/or Trump. When one person tried to invoke Reagan as a man who changed his views over time, Beck pointed out that the former Prez did that over a forty year period, not in 2-3 years, and not is such a stark manner. In response to another commenter who wanted to know who’s side he was on, Beck stated that he was “always the rule of law, small government and the constitution.”
But the biggest dig at Palin was when a woman said Sarah may just be sick of being on the losing side, leading to this from Beck:
“Sad excuse to abandon principles.
Just because things don’t go my way, I don’t abandon God.
Saul Alinsky is wrong. The ends do not justify the means.”
Beck seems to be taking this all pretty hard.