In a weekend appearance on Fox News’ Justice with Judge Jeanine, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R-FB) told host Jeanine Pirro that the 14 Democratic legislators who fled Wisconsin to prevent a vote on Gov. Scott Walker‘s (R-WI) proposal to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights “should be fired.”
It may be an obvious point to some, but from whence does Palin derive standing to lecture the Wisconsin Democrats about “retreating?” (h/t Hot Air)
Here’s the clip, from Fox News:
It’s not at all surprising that a prominent Republican would speak out against the actions of some Democratic politicians, or in support of a fellow Republican. Notice, though, how I didn’t say “fellow Republican governor.”
That’s because Palin resigned about halfway through her only term as Alaska governor. Since then, a lot of ink has been spilled trying to assign a variety of motives to Palin’s resignation, but if you take her at her word, she resigned in principled opposition to what she considered an abusive use of Alaska’s ethics laws.
The last thing she ought to be doing, then, is criticizing the Wisconsin 14, who (only temporarily) left their state in principled opposition to what they consider Governor Walker’s overreaching “budget repair” bill. They are no more “retreating” than Palin would say she was “surrendering” when she resigned.
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