Palin on the campaign trail...

So AP has the story. Sarah Palin is gearing up to hit the campaign trail for Marco Rubio John McCain. Yep. That’s right.

PHOENIX — Sarah Palin and Sen. John McCain plan to campaign together again.

The Arizona Republican announced Wednesday that the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate will join him in Phoenix on March 26 to help campaign for his re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Palin is scheduled to attend a private fundraising event that evening. The next day, she and McCain will appear together at a public event, likely a rally, according to McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the campaign trail with my former running mate, and I know my fellow Arizonans will welcome her, as well,” McCain said in a statement. “Sarah energized our nation and remains a leading voice in the Republican Party.”

I kinda wonder what that’s going to do to Gov. Palin’s bonafides as an “independent conservative”. We’ve been reading for months about how McCain staffers and campaign workers led her down the garden path, etc, etc, etc. And for what it’s worth, I come down on Palin’s side in that discussion.

Anybody here willing to stand up for McCain’s “conservative credentials”? Generally speaking, he’s exactly what Palin and the Tea Party folk have been saying is wrong with Washington DC. Oh, and when is Palin coming to Arizona to help McCain raise money? Gee, that would be at the start of the primary season.

Let me travel this ground one more time. McCain has about $5MM in the bank. So far the only Democrat interested in being the US Senator from Arizona in some obscure city council dude from Tucson that’s not even particularly well known in Tucson. McCain will need to spend at least fifty dollars on his general election campaign to win with probably 65% of the vote. So he’s having a fund raiser for what? Oh yeah, to make sure he’s got enough money to bury any opposition in the primary. So far that would be Chris Simcox who is pretty close to radioactive and some other guy that isn’t even well known in his neighborhood. And neither one of them has enough money to take you to lunch. On the Burger King dollar menu. Which leaves us with – maybe – JD Hayworth. Hayworth, on a stand-alone basis, is about as popular as a dose of clap. Which does make him slightly more popular than McCain. JD’s also about $100K in the hole from his last go round. If he announces, he will peak on the same day.

So, thanks Governor Palin for investing your time in the freaking status quo in Arizona, a guy who stood by while his staff stuck things in your back. And your front. And anywhere else they could find. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you should campaign for JD, frankly I don’t care. But I do think your time would be better spent in Florida working for Marco Rubio. Or would you be helping Governor Crist?