The office of President of the United States (POTUS) requires someone with good judgment, and who makes smart decisions. Obviously, Donald Trump thinks he’s that man. So why would he commit the worst blunder of his campaign by choosing Sarah Palin to endorse him? Does he not watch Saturday Night Live? Did he not see how SNL made comedy fodder of Palin when she was Senator John McClain’s running mate in 2012? McClain is too much of a gentleman to publicly admit it, but Palin was more a liability than an asset for him. At the time, many questioned McClain’s judgment for choosing her. Likewise, I question what Trump was thinking? Or perhaps, he wasn’t thinking, which makes it worse. This is one time Trump’s extreme hubris could be his undoing.
Voters should be concerned about electing someone who shoots from the hip, and who reacts without thinking as Trump often does. As I’ve said before, Trump’s rhetoric is all bluster yielding little of substance. My characterization of Trump happens to also fit Sarah Palin to a tee. One wonders why Trump hasn’t asked billionaire businessman Carl Icahn, someone he frequently flaunts as one of his supporters, to endorse him? Surely, Icahn’s endorsement would have given Trump’s campaign more credibility. Palin’s endorsement was a risky move, and one that Trump may yet regret since it puts an even bigger bulls-eye on his back. Perhaps the one bright spot in all this is that we get to laugh again at SNL’s Tina Fey making a fool of Palin. Here’s what likely GOP voters think:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 30% of Likely Republican Voters believe Palin’s endorsement of Trump on Tuesday will help the billionaire developer’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Twenty-four percent (24%) say her endorsement will hurt Trump instead, while 35% say it will have no impact.—Rasmussen Reports
It’s hard to tell how long Trump deliberated before he made his decision to go with Palin. News footage of Palin endorsing Trump show a slightly bemused Trump. His body language and facial expression as Palin is speaking almost seems to suggest that he’s regretting it already—
Gee, I really f___’d up on this one. She is so fired.
On the eve of the Iowa caucus, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and the other GOP presidential candidates are jockeying to overtake Trump for first place in the polls. Whether this will happen or not is anybody’s guess. Either way Trump will find out soon enough if his Palin trump card helped or hurt him, as if anything could at this point. Trump seems enveloped in an air of invincibly, which emboldens him to say and do anything he wants.
It appears that virtually nothing Trump says or does can deter his followers, no matter how outlandish, untrue or offensive it is.—Emily Stewart
In spite of all the distractions of GOP candidate squabbling, voters need to focus on electing the leader that America needs in the White House at such a perilous time in the country’s existence. To be honest, there is no clear choice among the current Republican or Democratic candidates. If only it were possible to check ‘none of the above’ on the ballot and start the process over? Iowa, New Hampshire are you listening?