Sarah Palin, who is in town this week to flog her latest book, no longer has the ability to overshadow the Republican presidential field. But while everybody’s favorite former Alaska governor may have flamed out as a national political candidate, she succeeded in catalyzing a movement that may well become known "Trumpism."
“A lot of the forces we see coalescing around Donald Trump were the people we saw at Sarah Palin rallies in 2008,” said David Axelrod, a CNN political commentator and architect of Barack Obama’s political rise.
Seven years ago, said Axelrod, Palin inspired a voting bloc that seems to be flocking to Trump.
“He has a similar appeal to her because he is an anti-establishment voice and very much speaks for alienated, non-college educated, white voters who have been left out of this economy and feel their voices aren’t heard in Washington,” Axelrod said. “Having observed the 2008 election and what’s happened since, you’d have to say a lot of things began with her.”
This is of course what we have been saying here all along. And also why I have continued to cover Palin through all of her highs and lows, when many others thought she was yesterday's news.
While it's true that Palin no longer has the political power she once did, she is still the source of a lot of the craziness we see permeating the politics of today.
It was after all Palin who helped to galvanize support against Obamacare with her "death panels" bullshit.
It was also Palin who helped publicize and promote the fledgling Tea Party which has now metastasized into a cancer that is eating away at the body of the Republican party.
She also used her waning influence to endorse certain candidates like Ted Cruz, who is now one of the most dedicated saboteurs in Washington.
And yes the Donald Trump supporters are indeed the disenfranchised, knuckle draggers that we saw at her 2008 rallies.
That is almost impossible to deny if you listen to the language coming from his supporters, like the racist and neo-Nazi crap overheard during his rally right before the debate.
If you close your eyes you will find yourself almost immediately transported back seven years to when these inbred racist POS first crawled out of the woodwork.
And now they have a new standard bearer. Is it any wonder that Palin is rushing to his defense and sniffing around his coattails?
I think not.