Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin probably has nightmares from time to time about standing next to Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) as he attempted to convince conservative voters he was their man, and not a total big government RINO, back in 2008.
If she does have a guilty conscience about being involved in McCain’s attempt to perpetuate what — judging by many of his recent statements, votes and overall Congressional record — could have turned out as a near Barack Obama-sized fraud, Palin is on her way to clearing it by re-establishing her real conservative bona fides.
Palin recently commented on New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie’s not-so-subtle endorsement of establishment GOP policy positions reeking of McCain and his Congressional allies (those of whom aren’t Democrats).
“This strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” Christie said in July.
The Governor’s remarks were quickly recognized by the Nation as a criticism of Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and others who have bucked the GOP establishment.
Appearing on CNN, Palin said that she sees only a “healthy libertarian streak” and that Paul “gets the whole notion of ‘don’t tread on me’ government.”
“I’m on team Rand. Rand Paul understands, he gets the whole notion of ‘Don’t tread on me, government,’ whereas Chris Christie is for big government and, you know, trying to go along to get along in so many respects,” Palin said.
In a separate interview, Paul said he’s happy that Palin is on his side when questioned about the former Vice Presidential candidate’s endorsement of sorts.
“I love an endorsement by Sarah Palin, what’s not to love?” he said on CNN.
The Senator also set about defining “Team Rand.”
“Team Rand, you know, whatever that means, can include a lot of people. What I’ve been telling people is that I want to grow the Republican Party and that means that some of the libertarian ideas of respecting people’s privacy, respecting the Fourth Amendment, not spying on Americans, I think that appeals to a lot of young people and will bring new people into our party if we become the party of privacy. It’s hurt the president significantly,” Paul said.
In other words, Team Rand is full of the Wackobirds, as McCain and his ilk call them, who have tired of the GOP establishment and decided to make changes before the little remaining conservatism in the Republican Party goes the way of the dodo.