Between stale quips — someone, probably herself, has convinced Sarah Palin she’s funny — the half-term former governor of Alaska endorsed an abject failure.
Palin’s speech was a pretty typical collection of memes, alliterative insults, and sentence fragmentation, but the one thing that stuck with me was her endorsement of the theory that Ted Cruz’s demand that the CR not include funding for Obamacare was itself the reason that Obamacare had become unpopular. Also, that Cruz had acted on this demand with a “filibuster.’ To every pollster and (cough) beltway Republican, the two-week government shutdown was an obvious and predictable disaster, a real-time bailout of the Democrats that distracted from the absolute nadir of healthcare.gov’s problems and gave the president a poll boost, and to everyone familiar with Senate rules, Cruz’s marathon speech was not actually a filibuster.
That bit of revisionist history drew some of the biggest applause at CPAC.
For his part, Cruz made the absurd argument that the GOP keeps losing elections because it has not veered far enough to the right.
“In ‘06, ‘08 and ‘12, we put our head down, stood for nothing — and we got walloped,” he said.
Perhaps that’s why Mitch McConnell came out brandishing a gun — literally — during his CPAC cameo.
It’s purity or bust these days for conservatives.