Sarah Palin recently said on Sean Hannity’s show that she is considering running for U.S. Senate in 2014. Few people remember that Sarah Palin almost became a U.S. Senator in 2002, but was passed over on the short list by then Governor Frank Murkowski as he appointed his daughter Lisa to fill his unexpired U.S. Senate term he vacated to become Governor. This move by Frank Murkowski caused an uproar and resulted in a referendum that stripped the Governor of Alaska of the power to appoint U.S. Senators to fill unexpired terms. Frank Murkowski would later be defeated by Sarah Palin in the 2006 GOP gubernatorial primary.
The history lesson here is not the point however. The following is the point.
Many Republicans I know have gotten on social media to call on Sarah to “go away” and have never forgiven her for the gaffes she made in 2008 and blame her for McCain’s loss. Never mind that Joe Biden’s frequent gaffes over a longer period are more weird and that Sarah Palin was the only reason why the McCain campaign was revitalized with a huge influx of volunteers and money for the final two months of the campaign.
These Republicans I know who never forgave Sarah for her gaffes are the same Republicans who forgave and supported… Mark Sanford. Some even knocked on doors for Mark Sanford.
So there you have it folks. Republicans in Washington, DC will never forgive you if you fumble a question inarticulately on national television. However, these same Republicans will forgive you if you like to get freaky with your mistress on taxpayer dollars as long as you never vote for a tax increase.
Just ask Mark Sanford.