It’s hard to believe that the 2008 campaign was so long ago. But it’s easy to remember the unbridled excitement we all felt when that plane from Anchorage landed that night, and an unknown governor from Alaska descended into the chaos of an open Presidential campaign. Senator John McCain had been blindsided by a celebrity candidate from Illinois who had charisma and a cult following, and he needed a way to energize the base — a folksy, relatable Vice President whose TV ready family and penchant for colloquialism was just the thing to connect him with “Real America.”
If you could have told me, in 2008, that this is where that road would eventually lead, you’d have had to wipe my chin off the floor. With her endorsement of Donald Trump, Sarah Palin has done a complete 180 from her down-home conservative roots, embracing Trump’s populist, hardly conservative campaign with fervor, proving that she — despite what she’s said over and over for the last decade — is more about defeating an “Establishment” boogeyman than she is following through on the limited government, pro-life, free market world she envisioned in her first speech to a raucous Republican National Convention.