"I have a political crush."
That's how Palin's mash note in Breitbart to Marion Maréchal-Le Pen begins.
Palin (Okay well mostly her ghostwriter.) continues to get all girl crushy on this newest face of the French party whose founder, and her grandfather, once said that the Holocaust was "a point of detail of the history of the Second World War."
The Front National is decidedly pro-law and order and anti-immigration. And Marion Maréchal-Le Pen has been called the "French Donald Trump."
Palin offers this defense:
What she’s saying should not be controversial. It’s common sense. The western values enjoyed by every French citizen regardless of their religion are necessarily rooted in those 16 Christian centuries. Our understanding of human rights and human dignity comes from the Judeo-Christian worldview that shaped modern Europe. If you transplant to your shores a foreign population that’s hostile to the very things your country stands for, you won’t have a country for very long. This is the hard truth. You can’t maintain a peaceful liberal democracy with people who want to impose Sharia law on you.
But for some reason saying this out loud is considered “hate speech” or xenophobia in Europe. They can even press criminal charges against you for it!
Somewhere right now Donald Trump is imagining the xenophobic threesome to beat all xenophobic threesomes.
Palin even makes it easy for us to see the similarities between Maréchal-Le Pen and our own Right Wing nuts:
We see the same thing happening here in America. Call it the rise of the populists. Pundits are already seeing the similarities between Marion and Marine Le Pen, Donald Trump, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)97% . All are non-establishment candidates taking on corrupt, entrenched, and detached political elites who are more interested in preserving their own power than in defending their countries.
It’s time to wake up, America. Nowhere in Europe or America is safe from this Great War against the Death Cult. San Bernardino wasn’t a one-off phenomenon. ISIS is already here. According to a House Homeland Security report, over 250 people in the U.S. have attempted to join ISIS (that we know about), and 82 have been caught in ISIS plots. Meanwhile, the FBI has nearly 1,000 open cases involving ISIS that we know of.
Nope, no Islamophobic hyperbole there.
As the Guardian points out, there are plenty of reasons for Palin to admire Maréchal-Le Pen
Maréchal-Le Pen has stood out for adopting socially conservative stances that are more extreme than her aunt, Marine. She was a key figure in France’s anti-gay marriage demonstrations of 2013.
She has opposed the French state providing free abortions, saying some women should pay for them.
Oh yeah, anti-immigration, anti-gay, anti-abortion, you can almost hear Palin's panties getting damp.
Well I think it's too early to blame this on the "Palin curse" but it seems that Maréchal-Le Pen's popularity was not enough to carry the day in France:
The party was beaten into third place, despite leading in six of 13 regions in the first round of voting a week ago.
The centre-right Republicans finished ahead of President Francois Hollande's governing Socialist Party.
Of course the party's current leader Marine Le Pen, also Maréchal-Le Pen's aunt, blamed the loss on the fact that the other parties colluded to keep Front National out of power.
Somehow I doubt that this is the last we are going to hear from Maréchal-Le Pen, unless of course the Palin curse still has enough power to reach across the Atlantic Ocean.