Sarah Palin Says She'd Vote For Newt Gingrich (in South Carolina primary, just to keep things going...)

Do you remember Sarah Palin, the former half-term governor of Alaska, GOP vice-presidential candidate, and semi-failed reality TV star?

She's back, baby, talking up Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and future failed reality TV star, on Fox News' Hannity:

If I had to vote in South Carolina order to keep this thing going, I would vote for Newt and I would want it to continue. More debates, more vetting of candidates.

Palin knows something about the need to vet candidates. Here's longer quotes from her on the need to "keep this thing going":

Sean, I want to see this thing continue because iron sharpens iron. Steel sharpens steel.  These guys are getting better in their debates.  They are getting more concise.  They are getting more grounded in what their beliefs are and articulating what their ideas are for getting America back on the right track and getting Americans working again.

More here.

Palin last made a splash attacking crony capitalists, a category that apparently doesn't include court historians for federal housing policy such as Gingrich. Palin's husband Todd endorsed Gingrich without the above contextualizations a while back.

I'm not a fan of Palin's politics, though I think she has received quite possibly the most virulent and ugly response of any mainstream politician in recent memory. Between being likened to a “power-mad, backwater beauty-pageant casualty” whose conservative ideology made Salon's Cintra Wilson “feel as horrified as a ghetto Jew watching the rise of National Socialism” to being somehow complicit in the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords to the abominable claims made in Joe McGinniss' risible book-length, fact-free attack on her, she's provoked more vitriol than gays at CPAC.

None of that means her thoughts about Gingrich are worth a damn, of course.

But I agree it's good to see the Republicans keep debating, even if such displays are clogging the nation's cable channels like unwanted and unwatched reruns of Murder She Wrote or Hunter. With the possible exception of family gatherings, more talk is always better than less talk.

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  • RedDragon6009||

    "But I agree it's good to see the Republicans keep debating, even if such displays are clogging the nation's cable channels like unwanted and unwatched reruns of Murder She Wrote or Hunter."

    Is is safe to admit that as a kid in the 80s, I liked Hunter?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You know he was originally going to be Sam Malone?

    Hunter couldn't hold a candle to Matt Houston. (The latter's greatness is proven by the fact it hasn't gone to syndication as far as I can tell. It's being held in a vault somewhere.)

  • RedDragon6009||

    "Hunter couldn't hold a candle to Matt Houston."

    I won't argue with you on that, but do you ever get the feeling that it was shows like Matt Houston that made it so easy for Americans to love well-to-do Texans like Bush and Rick Perry? (Come to think of it, maybe that's why I like Ron Paul.)

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Reason should have you guest blog on that theory.

  • ||

    Bullshit. Matt Houston's mustache was wholly derivative. Though I did like Princess Ardala.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Nice. That's who that was. I was trying to picture his... secretary?

  • ||

    I'm not sure, because I didn't watch it. Maybe she was his Higgins?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    And I never watched Magnum P.I. so we're at a stalemate. And on SOPA Day, when neither of us can look up the answer.

  • ||

    Something wrong with you, man. Something very wrong.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I think it was the mustache. I recall as a young child being taken from the park by someone with a mustache once. (Although, that could have been my Nana.)

  • ||

    Magnum was great TV. Not every episode, of course, but enough.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    If, by Hunter, you mean Stepfanie Kramer I think it is perfectly safe.

  • ||

    Hunter was not nearly as awesome as Sledge Hammer!

  • ||

    Oh, John hasn't commented yet? He must still in the closet wiping the jizz off his pants.

  • DJF||

    So Gillespie after the obligatory insults at Palin (Your not cool unless you insult Palin) and then repeating the far worse insults from the left against Palin in the end actually agrees with Palin.

  • SIV||

    Nick didn't question the maternity of Trig but otherwise, yes.

  • ||

    Real classy, Nick. You could have just referred to them, maybe with a link or two.

    But by reciting them needlessly, you spread them.

  • ||

    Palin was right. Palin can't be allowed to be right without attaching some manufactured vitriol to an admission of her being right. That way, any future reference to said admission will bring up the vitriol, thereby keeping her 'negatives' high.

  • ||

    C'mon, leave "Murder, She Wrote" alone. It is one of the best bad shows ever. And all 52 seasons are streaming on Netflix. Is this a great country, or what?

  • SIV||

    If I had to vote in South Carolina order to keep this thing going, I would vote for Newt and I would want it to continue. More debates, more vetting of candidates.

    But I agree it's good to see the Republicans keep debating

    So Nick agrees with Sarah Palin?

    Seems like only yesterday the Reason editor/contributors were all in for Obama.

  • ||

    I'm no Palin fan, but the attacks on her say more about her opponents than they do about her. Comparing her with Hitler is fucking stupid.

  • ||

    iron sharpens iron. Steel sharpens steel.

    Morbo: SHARPENING DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY, SARAH!

  • ||

    Maybe she's been playing Skyrim.

  • ||

    I was a vice-presidential candidate once like you, until I took an arrow in the knee.

  • ||

    ""Maybe she's been playing Skyrim."'

    I played Skyrim, then I got an arrow in the knee.

  • Xmas||

  • ||

    Pedant alert:

    A "sharpening steel" actually only aligns the edge ("honing"), and maintains sharpness. It does not actually sharpen the blade.

    http://www.bestchefsknife.org/.....sharpening

    Your welcome.

  • ||

    Razor-edged Pedantry.

  • metapedant||

    "Your welcome."

    What about it?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The only good thing about keeping Gingrich in the race is the more he speaks the more obvious it becomes what he is.

  • ||

    By doing this she helps Mitt Romney because she makes sure the anti-Romney vote remains split. Evangelical leaders tried to unify the anti-Romney vote and Sarah Palin shoots against it.
    Watch: German preacher's thoughts on 2012
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpLYq525SpM

  • ||

    The more any of them speak the more people are convinced none of them should be President.

  • David Pinto||

    I wish they would show reruns of The Manhunter.

  • ||

    That may well be the coolest thign I have ever heard. WOw.

    www.Total-Security.tk

  • ||

    She understands the obvious....He's 76 years old! We don't want to unnecessarily wear him out.

  • DEG||

    Fist of Etiquette,


    And I never watched Magnum P.I. so we're at a stalemate. And on SOPA Day, when neither of us can look up the answer.

    If you disable Javascript, you can use the English language parts of Wikipedia.

  • Brandon Magoon||

    The question the media needs to be asking Newt is when the Virginia primary rolls around, who is he going to vote for, Romney or Paul? Because he can't vote for himself.

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