Sarah Palin backs a big government Republican
Facing perhaps the biggest fight of his political career, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) managed to get to endorsements last year from prominent conservative talk show hosts, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin. The hope was that the 35-year Senator could build up enough support to avoid a primary challenger from the right.
Political pressure kept Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) from running, but State Sen. Dan Liljenquist managed to push Hatch into a primary last month after the latter was unable to gain enough support at the Utah GOP convention. Hatch knows he has an advantage, which is why he’s been avoiding debates with Liljenquist — a point Glenn Beck brought up recently on his show, offering to host a forum for the two.
Based on what I’ve heard from friends in DC, they’re managing expectations, choosing instead to focus their efforts on Ted Cruz in Texas and elsewhere. This may have been brought home yesterday when Sarah Palin endorsed Hatch over Liljenquist:
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has endorsed Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who is facing a Tea Party challenge from former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist (R).
“I want him to win. I join Sean Hannity and Mark Levin and other conservatives who would like to see Mr. Balanced Budget return to Washington,” Palin said on Fox News on Tuesday night. “He wants to apply that common-sense economic principle of balanced-budget fiscal responsibility, and I want to see him reelected.”
This is the second race where Palin has backed a candidate of questionable economic principles; the other being in Nebraska where she backed Deb Fischer, who is a moderate on fiscal issues.
The only problem with what Palin says about Hatch is that he’s been on the wrong end of economic issues far too often. She may call him “Mr. Balanced Budget,” but Hatch has consistantly voted to increase spending and for budget deficits. He voted for TARP, which Palin also supported, and other corporate welfare programs.
So yeah, Hatch is just great if you want more government and more spending. Frankly, I’ve never been a fan of Palin, but this one, given what she claims she’s about, just makes me shake my head.