Audio: Palin considering Senate run in Alaska in 2014?

posted at 8:01 pm on July 9, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via SarahNet, something newsy from today’s Hannity radio show. The key bit comes from 9:34 to 11:19, or, if you prefer, NewsBusters has a partial transcript. My sense after listening to this is that she’s giving an answer similar to the one Allen West gave when he was asked recently if he’d primary Rubio in 2016. If you’re a young former officeholder with a base of loyal supporters, you have no incentive to rule out running for something when someone asks if you might, whatever your true feelings about it are. The prospect of West or Palin or anyone else jumping back in to restart their political career by challenging an incumbent adds extra media weight to their thoughts of the day. They have every reason to keep hope alive, even if they’re reluctant to the point of (almost) ruling it out. E.g., at one point here she refers to running for Senate as something one might have to do to help the cause “even if perhaps it’s something that doesn’t look necessarily appealing.” Much depends, she says, on the line-up, whether Begich gets a young, fresh, conservative challenger rather than “the same old politicians in the state that come from political families,” which is her way of needling her old enemy Lisa Murkowski. Joe Miller has already said he’s running again, and since Palin endorsed him in 2010, I assume that means she thinks her brand of conservatism is already adequately represented in the race.

Begich isn’t a terribly weak incumbent, either, by the standards of blue senators from red states. Alaska polls are always dodgy but left-leaning PPP had him at 49/39 in February and then 41/37 in April after his “no” vote on the Toomey/Manchin background-checks bill. Even if that’s accurate (Alaskans feeling grumbly over a vote in support of gun rights?), the public will forgive and forget in time. And needless to say, none of his Republican opponents will be running to his left on guns. If he starts to float back upward towards 50 percent approval, the combo of incumbency and national Democratic money to help save a saveable seat in an otherwise unfavorable election climate will make him tough to beat by anyone.


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I’m sorry, I thought you lived in Alaska, unseen. My bad.

victor82 on July 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM

victor82, you may be thinking of upinak.

Bmore on July 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

. Mitt could have saved himself 100′s of millions and possibly won the race in 2012 if he was a celebrity. Instead he was Mr. Boring and had to pay millions for ads to get people to notice him.

unseen on July 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM

LOL, and they STILL didn’t.

ddrintn on July 11, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Haven’t read the other comments yet, but she is plain out attacking him on Facebook.

cptacek on July 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

I’m sorry, I thought you lived in Alaska, unseen. My bad.

victor82 on July 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM

no worries at times I wish I did live there. Still the most free state in the union.

victor82, you may be thinking of upinak.

Bmore on July 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

yeah she lives in AK haven’t seen here around lately.

unseen on July 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Haven’t read the other comments yet, but she is plain out attacking him on Facebook.

cptacek on July 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

yeap we would have no worries about Palin fighting the good fight.

unlike Mitt and the rest of the GOPe

unseen on July 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM

ROFL… Palin going to town on Begich. I guess he is rethinking that whole smear her personally line of attack…..wow that has to hurt.

Palin would wipe the floor with him if she ran.

It would be like sending the globetrotters up against a jr high team.

unseen on July 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

According to the mentally handicapped:
Anti-Palin = English = Language of the Left

nottakingsides on July 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

You would certainly know about the mentally handicapped.

Bmore on July 12, 2013 at 1:18 PM

nottakingsides on July 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Bmore’s kayak is one of the more impressive physical works in my experience. His photoshop product is award-winning.

You’re welcome to be full of yourself, but absent evidence, your perspicacity is suspect.

wolfsDad on July 12, 2013 at 1:39 PM

According to the mentally-handicapped:
Anti-Palin = Full of yourself

nottakingsides on July 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Just can’t/won’t admit to parroting the left. Boshe. Keep on using the vernacular of the left. Before you know it, it will be mainstream. Keep swimming.

Bmore on July 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

According to the mentally-handicapped:
Anti-Palin = Parroting the Left

nottakingsides on July 12, 2013 at 10:46 PM

According to the mentally-handicapped:
Anti-Palin = Parroting the Left

nottakingsides on July 12, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Polly want a cracker, S for brains? Liberals always project their severe intellectual deficits on others. Projection – it’s all they’ve got.

Opinionator on July 13, 2013 at 4:14 AM

According to the mentally-handicapped:
Anti-Palin = Liberal projecting

nottakingsides on July 13, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Keep swimming.

Bmore on July 14, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Just don’t forget.

Bmore on July 14, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Sarah Palin comes off very badly:
http://youtu.be/U4w_rK5Uq34

She seems like a kindergarten teacher. Can she ever win another election?

bluegill on March 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

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