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Chan Lowe: Sarah Palin's so-called endorsement


klein.gifSometimes, the better part of wisdom is to just shut up.

But, as we know, Sarah Palin has acquired many things in her brief trajectory through the political heavens, and the better part of wisdom is not one of them.

Earlier this week, she endorsed Allen West, a war veteran who is running to unseat Rep. Ron Klein in Dist. 22.

I'm sure there's nothing wrong with Mr. West, and probably plenty that's right with him, but if I were he I wouldn't be trumpeting that endorsement on my campaign bumper sticker, at least around that constituency.

For starters, that district runs mostly along the Atlantic shore in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, two of the most liberal in Florida. Second, the slight Republican majority isn't primarily made up of the mad-at-the-world, fire-breathing, gun-toting, chip-on-their-shoulder Republicans to whom Ms. Palin might appeal.

No, they're more the "Get off my beach! I own it up to the mean high tide line!" Republicans. Socially moderate. What we used to call "Rockefeller," or "Country Club" Republicans.

In other words, the whole district is probably alienated by shrillness in all its forms, whatever wing it may come from.

So, congratulations on that endorsement of yours, Mr. West. If you're lucky, the voters will forget about it by November.


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Poor Allen West- It's easy to dismiss Sarah Palin as a leather clad,empty skirt--A useful tool ...Some would even call her a "Palm Reader".This gives new meaning to "Speaking off the cuff." Ever wonder why she winks & blinks so much.? (she's reading the notes on her eye-lid"s.!
But-The purpose Sarah serves isn't so funny...She play's to the fear & anger of the people.Will Broward & Palm Beach Counties buy it.? I think not..
Is Allen West in trouble.?
"You Betcha."


This might shock you but I don't care for Palin. She does not represent conservative views. If she did she wouldn't be stumping for Mccain (liberal Republican) against a true conservative. and don't fool yourselves for a minute that you guys are helping keep her name out there cause you want her to be the republican nominee.


sorry that should have read And don't fool yourselves for a minute we know that you guys are helping keep her name out there cause you wan ther to be the republican nominee as she is probably the only one you have a chance of beating.


Yeah...and how did all those candidates that Obama endorsed do???

And thanks for letting us comment on THIS Palin cartoon, it's a nice change.


At least her endorsements win. I'd be more afraid if I were a candidate being endorsed by Odumba.


The repubs in district 22 are the rockefeller repubs and thats why rep Klein was able to beat West by 10pts in a repub majority district. The only thing worse for West then palin endorsing him is going to be how he s supposed to explain why well over 50% of the money he raises comes from out of florida.


Sarah Palin is a boob. And I don't mean that in a She should just shut up an pose for playboy because that is really the only way we want to see her kind of way. I mean boob as in, idiot, nincompoop, fool, imbecile, simpleton, or as Bugs Bunny used to say, What an Ultra-Maroon!


Country Club Republican is such a ridiculous statement. Most of the old money snoots are Democrats. Republicans are those who have actually worked for their money and knows what it's like to make a payroll and pay the taxes so these idiots (or boobs) can give it away to the have-nots (or work-nots) that have gone through life too lazy to work and too lazy to educate themselves.


ROB
You mean like our ex-prez.George W.? Yeah-he really worked for his money,huh.? Give me a break, you useful idiot..Bet your a tea-party person too.!


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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