The Donald Trump campaign has continued its foray into the bizarre with the highly touted and (at least for the Trumpsters) eagerly awaited endorsement of the chief clown of the Donald’s circus, Sarah Palin. For a campaign that exists solely on pandering and belligerent statements, hers is an unsurprising entry into the center ring. At one point in time, early on in the failed 2008 McCain presidential run, Sarah Palin’s selection as Vice-Presidential running mate showed some semblance of style and attraction for conservatives who had been starved by the failed string of moderates run by the Republican Party and to whom the doddering and dyspeptic John McCain was forced to turn in order to bolster his flagging campaign by energizing the jaded conservative vote. Unfortunately, this adoration rocketed Palin into the national spotlight and after the sound defeat of McCain, gave her a national platform of media exposure which she was not prepared for with reasoned policy declarations and reasoned arguments, but which she soon saw was a perfect vehicle to enhance the Palin fortunes. Her foray into political analysis on Fox News soon revealed the lack of real conservative political depth which the base desperately wanted to hear from her, instead having to console itself with her vigorously espoused platitudes of little substance but containing all the desirable fighting words that were so attractive. Compounding this was the embarrassment and continuing bad publicity brought on by the Palin family’s repeated misadventures into disfunctionalism and into which she publicly inserted herself. These sideshows are apparently continuing right up to the very time of the vaunted Trump endorsement.
Listening to her endorsement speech it becomes immediately apparent that it is nothing more than a continuation of her old style and Trump’s obvious adoption of that style for his campaign. Like the Trump campaign itself, the Palin endorsement was heavy with powerful conservative buzzwords and catch phrases but contained very little substance. Trump has been almost completely mum about a concrete plan on how to deal with any number of conservative issues but continues to chum the conservative waters with his attack style and platitudes. He has gambled, rightly so far, that the public in general and the conservative base in particular, are so eager for an aggressive conservative-sounding candidate with a brash, fighting appeal, that he will not have to venture into the realm of real policy and constitutional restrictions on government to be elected, but can “ride the wave” into victory. It is after his potential victory that we shall quickly and most regretfully see that “the art of the deal” will once again run the table and spit in the face of the conservative movement. The Sarah Palin endorsement, like the Trump campaign itself, is a loud dinner bell appealing to the hungry conservative voters and the disaffected independents who seek change. It is a shame that, if Trump is successful in his Presidential aspiration, conservatives will have allowed themselves to be fooled by the flash and dash and empty rhetoric of a showman, and will have missed the best attempt since the Reagan presidency to elect a true, consistent conservative follower of the constitution into office.