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Friday, May 25, 2012

Redux: In Defense of Sarah Palin Defending Orrin Hatch

                      "But even if you should suffer for what is right,
                      you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear;
                      do not be frightened.”" - 1 Peter 3:14 NIV

It is deja vu all over again. Back in August of last year, I wrote about Sarah Palin defending Senator Orrin Hatch for his fight for balanced budget and fiscal reforms. Some conservative pundits and her supporters in the Tea Party who have lined up behind another candidate cried in protest then. They are up in arms once again when last Tuesday, Gov. Palin officially endorsed Mr. Hatch in her appearance on Greta Van Susteren's show on Fox News.

The governor has posted on SARAHPAC her support for Mr. Balanced Budget.
The NRO has written about the duo's longstanding friendship. Sean Hannity and Mark Levin also made no secret that they wanted the Utah Senator win another term. All this show of support may not be enough to convince some conservatives but I do see Sarah Palin as someone who always sees the big picture. I do see another area why Sarah Palin's backing of Hatch makes perfect sense.

Sen. Hatch is the ranking member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. If he is reelected and the GOP takes the Senate this fall, Mr. Hatch becomes the Chairman. This Committee oversees Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure, Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth, Health Care, International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness, Social Security, pensions and Family Policy and Taxation and IRS Oversight.

If some people do not understand the huge impact and relevance of these issues on America's progress and future, then they will never understand why Sarah Palin stands with Hatch. If he is not reelected, that would mean one less chance of retaking the Senate. That would mean the Democrats retain control of the Senate and Sen. Max Baucus (D - MT) stays as the Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Gov. Palin was right to defend to Orrin Hatch then. She is right to endorse him now.  She knows what she's doing - then and now.

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