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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Former Alaska governor and current Fox News talking head Sarah Palin is the latest Republican to attack Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) for his high-profile role in the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration reform negotiations.

Palin repeatedly slammed Rubio’s immigration plan over the weekend via her Facebook and Twitter pages. “It’s beyond disingenuous for anyone to claim that a vote for this bill is a vote for security,” Palin wrote on Facebook. “Look no further than the fact that Senator Rubio and amnesty supporters nixed Senator Thune’s amendment that required the feds to finally build part of a needed security fence before moving forward on the status of illegal immigrants who’ve already broken the law to be here.”

“And if shooting down the border fence wasn’t proof enough, they blew another chance by killing Senator Paul’s ‘Trust But Verify’ amendment which required the completion of a fence in five years and required Congress to vote on whether the border is actually secure before furthering any immigration measures,” she continued. “And then they blew it yet again, nixing Senator Cornyn’s ‘Results’ amendment, which also required border enforcement standards.” Notably, Rubio broke from the rest of the Gang of Eight and voted against the motion to table the Cornyn amendment.

While Rubio could be excused for ignoring the recommendations of a woman whose primary experience with immigration policy revolves around her former view of Russia, his support for reform is attracting some far more relevant critics.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, Rubio’s favorability among Republican voters has slipped to 58 percent — down 10 percent from May, and 15 percent from February. According to pollster Scott Rasmussen, Rubio’s high-profile support for immigration reform has driven his decline.

“Most voters favor the concept of comprehensive immigration reform but do not believe that the government is likely to try and enforce the border security provisions of any new law,” Rasmussen writes. “Many have viewed Rubio’s role in selling the reform plan as convincing conservative voters that the border security provisions are acceptable.”

Although Rubio’s falling numbers could imperil his presidential hopes if the Florida senator does indeed pursue the Republican nomination in 2016, his support for reform could benefit him down the line. The same Rasmussen poll finds his favorability among self-described independent voters at 41 percent, up 4 percent from February. And according to a new Pew poll released Sunday, an overwhelming majority of Americans favor reform with a path to legalization — suggesting that Rubio’s leadership on the issue could pay off in a general election.

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  • ArchiesBoy

    Now ladies and gentlemen — who really gives a shit what Palin says about anything?

    • Lovefacts

      Unfortunately, she has great impact on the Republican primaries, which is why the red states are electing morons.

      • ArchiesBoy

        You’re absolutely right! Morons following morons.

  • Lynda Groom

    I really doubt that this woman has any idea of where Rubio stands on any issue. The woman is just plain stupid.

    • StephenMcDonald

      As Keith Olberman used to say ” That woman is an idiot “


    Sarah Palin is a bold commentator when ensconced in the friendly confines of Faux Noise or when addressing her fellow loons at CPAC. You will never see this pretender take her opinions into a neutral environment where hard questions are going to be asked,while armed with nothing but her own intellect.

    • howa4x

      maybe she should interview with Katie Couric again

    • Riobound

      Hard questions … like, “What do you read?”

    • johninPCFL

      It’s interesting that none of the teabaggers ask her about how she implemented the Alaska Energy tax. It was high enough that most energy companies abandoned exploration there, and only returned when her successor lowered it. It was also the driving force behind opening ANWR to drilling. The Alaska tax wouldn’t apply to oil pumped from Federal property, and the ANWR boundary was 400 yards from producing wells.

  • Dump The GOP In 2014

    Nobody cares what Palin has to say about anything, I’m sure I’m not the only one that can’t stand to hear that screechy voice. I’ll bet she had to take a big pay cut to come back to Fox news. I’m sure it won’t take long for her to wear out her welcome

    • plc97477

      As far as I am concerned she wore out her welcome years ago.

  • Michael Schiller

    As a former Republican I can honestly say that Sarah Palin is irrelevant. Her lack of ethics and integrity have helped make the Republican party what it is today, broken!

  • JDavidS

    If you shout into Palins’ ear you get an echo back… If she were any more dense we’d have to stand her in a pot and water her once a week.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Of course, Palin has to carry out her attack in the Twitterverse. She is incapable of expressing herself beyond 140 characters at a time. And she is too much of a coward to directly address Rubio with her differences.

  • Catskinner

    Rubio needs to be attacked. He’s trying to destroy the country.

  • Mary Ann Hoogeveen

    I love it when the repugs and baggers attack each other!

    • plc97477

      Me too. Best entertainment possible.

  • Dominick Vila

    I disagree with some of Rubio’s positions on issues important to me, but Marco will tear her apart if Sarah continues to attack him. Ideology aside, he is an intelligent, well educated, and articulate politician. She is no match for him, and her usual immature claims, which so impress the Tea Party rank and file, will do little to damage Marco’s reputation and the likelihood of him being re-elected by a comfortable margin.

    • LotusJoan

      Ms. Plain and her scripted “beliefs” will never share the same spotlight as an intelligent, articulate and informed person. Ms. Palin’s role for Faux News is as a provocateur and publicity gimmick. She will not appear at any venues where critical thinking is expected to make an appearance.

  • gigimn

    Why does anyone take this woman seriously, ignore her and maybe she will fade away..

  • howa4x

    Palin once again proves she is living in a parallel universe. The Corker/Huven amendment has already passed the senate, which doubles the boots on the ground and adds 700 miles of fencing. It also has drones and beefed up surveillance. Illegal crossings have fallen to a new low and Obama has deported more illegals that any other president. Palin continually proves she is hopelessly unaware

  • 1standlastword

    He might have to leave the circus through the back door

  • highpckts

    Seriously? this from a woman that couldn’t even finish her first term of Governor?

    • plc97477

      She has not finished anything in her life.

  • midway54

    I thought the Country was at last rid of Shrieking Sarah except for the cheering Teabagger party consisting of ignorant pawns of the plutocracy. Fox “News” has decided to pander to this crowd of lunatics. Just think: Greta and Hannity both can resume playing patty-cake with her posturing as serious interviews.

  • Sungoddess

    May I remind some of the rascist people if your are not a Native American your are also a immigrant and we all know it just against Mexicans because white Europeans would fit right in and nobody will ask them for their green card . So lets not be so possessive over a stolen country.

  • FT66

    Am wondering why should anyone sit down and write an article about Sarah Palin. Why are you still giving her free publicity? She is not important to us, why should you report whatever garbage she says? To be frank, I just read the heading, saw her name there, and was not interested at all to waste at least few seconds and read what she has vomited. Please spare us all from this quiter and let us discuss matters which are important and affecting us all.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    How socialism is the Tundra Tootsie? I’ll tell you how …wouldn’t you love it if your state was handed $1200 every year for decades for every man, woman and child in YOUR state? Wouldn’t it be grand to have the government hand your state a return of $1.72 for every dollar YOU pay in federal taxes?

    Sarah Palin is GOP bull male arm candy is not much else…other than a closet socialist whose state lives off the rest of the states.

    There was a great movie that reminds me of the GOP party today, “All the Fine Young Cannibals.”

  • stcroixcarp

    Why aren’t we going to build a fence on our northern border and between Alaska and Canada? Everyone knows that Canada is filled to bursting with liberals who are trying to sneak into the US to turn our great country into a communist socialist nazi state. We will all be forced into socialized medicine, speak French and have a job killing minimum wage of $10 per hour.

    • Gary Speck

      why do democrats think they are so right and smart ?

      • stcroixcarp

        I suppose it is unfair to pick on the low hanging fruit, but you have to admit that Palin, Rubio, Santorum, Romney, etc. are not deep thinkers. It isn’t that democrats are so smart or so right, it’s just that compared to what the republicans are fronting, democrats look damn good.

  • midway54

    Rubio should be proud!

  • ridemybroom

    I disagree with you Dominick…..sometimes stupidity gets you every where you want to be…Palin knows exactly what she is saying and where she is going with this…I think she can beat him hands down and I don’t even like the woman…

  • jointerjohn

    How many more times will a national level republican have to take a position which drives down his popularity among republicans while increasing his approval among independent voters before these fools get the underlying message? Popular republican positions are dead losers among everyone else. Don’t they get that?