Guess whos back. Back again. Palins back. Tell CNN. Guess whos back, guess whos back, guess whos back….. Quick somebody tell Tina Fey she’s about to be relevant again. Reports are coming in from the Conservative Opinion and The Washington Times that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin could be tapped to primary legendary RINO Senator Lisa Murkowski for her seat. Out of the seven Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump Sen. Murkowski is the only one up for re-election in 2022.
Former Governor Palin made her name a known in the 2008 Presidential Election when she ran alongside Sen. John McCain to be defeated by Barack Obama.
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“Everywhere I go, people have been disgruntled with Murkowski for a long time,” said Barbara Tyndall, GOP chair for Alaska’s 3rd District, which covers the North Pole and Chena Lakes. “Everybody is saying, ‘Yes, we need a primary challenger now.’”
When the Alaskan Republican Party state committee meets next month, they will decide who they back in a primary against Ms. Murkowski, Ms. Tyndall said. Alaska has a unique “ranked choice” system which is currently being challenged in court. Ranked choice allows people to vote for multiple candidates in order of preference rather than picking just one. That being said, Murkowski doesn’t need a majority to win and Palin is not the only Republican who may run. The Alaskan Independence Party has challenged the systemin court, claiming that it violates the right of free political association.
According to the Washington Times, “Alaska Gov. Michael James Dunleavy, who has been in office since 2018, is being prodded by some in the party.”, but Palin is the early favorite among conservatives.
Republican leadership in the last frontier state say their frustration with Ms. Murkowski goes far beyond the impeachment vote. They are also angered by her pro-choice views and anti-Trump stance. Conservative in the party have called her out for her vote against confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and her support of the Affordable Care Act.
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This isn’t the first word on a primary challenge for Murkowski from Palin, and it likely won’t be the last. Newsweek reports that Palin threatened to unseat Murkowski in September over the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
“We sure hope that you have it within you to do the right thing this time,” the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee told Murkowski in a video shared to social media. “So, you should walk back. We’ll forgive you.”
“If you can’t do that, remember my house? I can see a lot of things from my house… Lisa, I can see 2022 from my house,” she added. “You’re thinking you’re going to go rogue … This isn’t the time, this isn’t the place.”
Palin surely couldn’t imagine thought that four months later President Trump would lose the Whitehouse in the most irregular election in American history, beset by serious allegations of electoral fraud. Or that on January 6th frustrated Americans goaded by Antifa would breach the Capitol building. Or that Trump would be impeached an unprecedented of second time, baselessly accused of inciting the violence the Democrats themselves provoked for the last twenty years.