Add Mississippi to former Alaska half-term governor and Tea Party celeb Sarah Palin’s dance card, USA Today says.
In a story Thursday, the national newspaper reported that after campaigning in the failed U.S. Senate effort of Tea Party Republican Steve Lonegan, the 2008 GOP veep candidate vowed to push on to campaign for Tea Party U.S. Senate hopefuls in Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina.
She’s not after the scalps of Democrats.
The darling of the Tea Party wants to do a 2014 takedown of the likes of venerable Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, two-term Senate member Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and John McCain sidekick Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. All have drawn hard-right challengers from within their own party.
What Palin’s GOP senatorial targets have in common is a vote this week to avoid a full-scale default on the national debt. That’s the sort of moderation the former politician and sometimes Fox News personality is on a crusade to rid the country of.
Before leaving New Jersey upon the demise of Lonegan’s candidacy, Palin proclaimed: “We’re going to shake things up in 2014. Rest well tonight, for soon we must focus on important House and Senate races. Let’s start with Kentucky — which happens to be awfully close to South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi — from sea to shining sea we will not give up. We’ve only just begun to fight.”
In Mississippi, she’ll be sprinkling her political fairy dust on state Sen. Chris McDaniel — who is allied with Tea Party conservatives.’
McDaniel should hope the fairy stuff she’s bringing works better for him than it did for Lonegan.