I don’t get it.
From Palin’s Facebook page:
I’m proud to support Clint Didier as he willingly puts it all on the line to serve Washington state in the U.S. Senate for all the right reasons! This selfless, inspiring commonsense constitutional conservative will help put our country on the right track.
Let’s get behind #86!
– Sarah Palin
Here’s what Chris Widener, a candidate who recently dropped out of the WA-Sen race, recently said about Didier:
I’ll get it right off my chest: Clint is completely, totally, unequivocally unelectable in a general election. I hate to say it because I like Clint Didier the man so much. He is a passionate and friendly guy. Very personable one-on-one, but put a microphone in his hand and he turns into the Incredible Hulk. It is fire, brimstone, thunder, lightning and doomsday all rolled up into one.
The things he has said on camera – repeatedly said – have, I am sure, already been stored in a video vault at the Murray campaign and will be used to scare the heck out of voters we would need if he makes it to the general election.
Palin can’t possibly know any of that. I don’t even know if she’s met the man or seen him speak. At a recent political conference here in WA, I got to see Didier speak on a Senate panel, and Widener’s description of him is 100% accurate.
He leans forward when he speaks, points a finger at the audience, and in an ominous tone, gives a doom-and-gloom answer to nearly every question he’s asked. That’s not what voters want to see and hear all the time.
Here’s more of what Widener had to say:
I’m not telling you anything I haven’t told Clint personally. After one forum I told him I wanted to talk to him as we both drove home. We talked via cell phone. I told him that what I was hearing from him would make him unelectable. In fact, what I told him was, “Clint, you have to stop with the crazy talk. They are videotaping you and will destroy you with the things you are saying.”
And what kinds of things was Didier saying? Per Widener:
…I will give you a brief overview: Threatening violence against other Senators, encouraging people to disobey the law, insinuating armed revolt. Not to mention throwing phrases out that will be distorted. Things like, “God told me to get up and die on a cross so my kids won’t have to,” “we need to get rid of child labor laws,” etc etc. This isn’t a game of hopscotch, and there are no do-overs, especially in the digital age.
Again, Sarah Palin couldn’t possibly have known any of that before she threw her support behind Didier.
The irritating thing is that we didn’t need Palin to enter the fray here and endorse a candidate. Most of us on the Right want to nominate Dino Rossi to take on Patty Murray in November. He polls the best against her out of all of the GOP candidates, and is widely considered the only candidate who can beat her.
Why Palin decided to get involved is beyond me.