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Track Palin, Sarah’s Latest Political Opportunity

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Track Palin, Sarah’s Latest Political Opportunity


By Leonard Pitts Jr., Tribune Content Agency

The police report paints a confusing and chaotic picture.

Apparently, the young man and his girlfriend got into an argument over her ex-boyfriend. At some point, things became physical. When police arrived, they say they found the young man outside his parent’s home, where he lives. He was belligerent, evasive and stank of alcohol. He had a bruised eye, which he attributed to his girlfriend throwing an elbow.

According to the police report, the girlfriend was found upstairs in the house, hiding under a bed, crying. She also had an eye injury from where she said her boyfriend had punched her with a closed fist. She also said he kicked her and threatened to kill himself with an AR-15 rifle. “Do you think I won’t do it?” he cried. The young man was arrested.

And it was all Barack Obama’s fault.

That, at least, is what 26-year-old Track Palin’s mother, Sarah, suggested to the audience at a Donald Trump rally in Tulsa last week, the day after Track, a combat veteran, was taken into custody.

“My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different. They come back hardened. They come back wondering if there is that respect for what their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military have given so sacrificially to this country, and that starts at the top.

“It is,” she continued, “a shame that our military personnel even have to question, have to wonder if they’re respected anymore. It starts from the top…comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder, ‘Do you know what we go through? Do you know what we’re trying to do to secure America and to secure the freedoms that have been bequeathed us?'”

Vote Trump, she said, so that, “America’s finest will have that commander in chief who will respect them and honor them.”

Someone asked on Twitter whether this meant President Obama is also responsible for daughter Bristol’s two unwed pregnancies. Probably shouldn’t give Sarah any ideas.

To be fair: The scandal over the failure of Obama’s Department of Veterans Affairs to provide timely medical care for American service personnel is a disgrace; any flak the administration takes for it is richly deserved. That said, it takes a leap worthy of Jesse Owens to suggest this is why Track Palin got arrested.

His mother’s clumsy attempt to shift blame for what he allegedly did speaks volumes about the devolution of conservatism in the last two decades. Like them or not, agree with them or don’t, conservatives used to espouse clear and consistent values, one of which was an impatience with the so-called culture of victimization. But in recent years, who has cried “victim” more than they? To hear them tell it, they are a people perennially under siege from a “War on Christmas,” a “War on Whites,” a “War on Males,” political correctness, same-sex marriage and, of course, that old standby, liberal media bias.

Now here is one of conservatism’s biggest stars claiming her son is a victim after he allegedly beat up his girlfriend in a drunken rage. What used to be a consistent principle has shrunk into the kind of situational morality conservatives once abhorred, a “say anything-ism” in which the only consistent ideal is that you never pass up any opportunity to damage the president.

Palin’s willingness to use her own son in that cause is repellent. One reads little actual concern for him — or his girlfriend — in her remarks. And that is sad. What kind of mother looks at her son’s domestic-violence arrest and thinks, political opportunity?

Track Palin is obviously a troubled young man. One hopes he gets the help he needs.

His mom could use some, too.

(Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at lpitts@miamiherald.com.)

Photo: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks after endorsing U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for President at a rally at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

Leonard Pitts Jr.

Leonard Pitts Jr. is a nationally syndicated commentator, journalist, and novelist. Pitts' column for the Miami Herald deals with the intersection between race, politics, and culture, and has won him multiple awards including a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

The highly regarded novel, Freeman (2009), is his most recent book.

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  1. charleo1 January 24, 2016

    Perhaps a future President Trump would appoint Palin as Defense Secretary? Maybe put her in charge of that wall Mexico is going to pay for? Just my opinion here. But if he doesn’t put her strong Christian values to use in fixing what is wrong with our culture, and families, he’s really wasting her talent.

    1. oldlion January 24, 2016

      Talent? You have got to be kidding. Her only “talent” is being able to fleece the gullible and stupid among us.

      1. charleo1 January 24, 2016

        In case you haven’t noticed the gullible, and stupid, not to mention the officially brain dead, evidently represent a very substantial market share nowadays. What else explains Sarah Palin being able to beat out hundreds of potential contenders to run as John McCain’s running mate, or actually win the Governorship of AK? What else explains Trump?

        1. Joan January 24, 2016

          Lunacy? Pray Jesus it is tempoary.

        2. oldlion January 24, 2016

          32% of Republicans support Trump. That means that 86% of all voters do not support him. Virtually no minorities support him. Good luck in the general election. GOP is still the party of stupid.

          1. Cloudherder January 24, 2016

            Your math is a bit off, oldlion. 100 – 32 = 68% ….. It still would be higher. HOWEVER, I think we have a problem. There are many democrats that absolutely hate Hillary Clinton. They still think that “the FBI is going to arrest her for Benghazi”. Yes. That is an exact quote from several a few days ago.
            Also, chances are, it will be Rubio against Hillary … Which will just make Hillary look old and tired. So you guys, I really wouldn’t feel so confident. Matter of fact, I’m feeling pretty depressed.
            And you are right. People are idiots out there. On both sides.

          2. oldlion January 24, 2016

            It was 32% of Repubs. That means that 68% of Repubs do not support him. Since there are more registered Dems that means that the vast majority of all voters do not support the Donald. You are right about Hilary. I don’t like her but I will still vote for her before anyone the GOP runs. If the Democrats lose to a fractured GOP and we wind up with Trump or that empty suit, Rubio, we are doomed. Check out the article on Politico about Marco’s religion. He’s as bad as Huckabee.

          3. FireBaron January 25, 2016

            cloud, oldlion was talking Republicans only. Given their percentage of the US population, the 86% number is fairly close.

        3. Melinda Piette January 24, 2016

          Errmmm…..actually, she put herself forward to be Krusty’s running mate and he needed something to detract from Obama being black, so he went female. Additionally, she won in a very small, very red state with a lot of dudes who liked fapping to the pretty lady. And, of course, promised plenty of oil entitlements to a client state madly in love with free handouts

    2. 11thStPopulist January 24, 2016

      Ha, ha. Too funny.

    3. Melinda Piette January 24, 2016

      Yeah, cause as we see, her family has certainly benefited from those same “Christian values”, right? Track’s an alcoholic, already divorced (and married cause the girl was pregnant), woman abusing mess, Bristol’s two unwed pregnancies, I believe Willow’s been arrested for dealing, wonder what Piper will be up to next?

      Plus even if she did embody “Christian values”, that has nothing to do with foreign policy or military knowledge or experience, we’re a country founded on the separation of church and state and Trump’s never gonna win

      1. charleo1 January 24, 2016

        Well said, I agree 100%. Or in the case of Trump winning, from your lips to God’s ear.

    4. Tim me January 24, 2016

      Hello Reality Calling……Get Off The Fox Kool-Aid

      1. charleo1 January 24, 2016

        Wow is that what this stuff is? I thought I was feeling kinda goofy there.

        1. Cloudherder January 24, 2016

          I thought you were possibly having a stroke there for a minute. LOL!

          1. FireBaron January 25, 2016

            Aw, c’mon. Read between the lines! charleo1’s post was dripping with sarcasm wrapped in satire!

      2. yabbed January 24, 2016

        Surely charleo isn’t serious.

        1. Robert Eckert January 25, 2016

          And stop calling him Shirley!

  2. Timmi January 24, 2016

    I remember. This chick GLEEFULLY sent her kid off to war. Nuff said.

    1. Melinda Piette January 24, 2016

      Actually she sent him to war (where his “traumatic experience” consisted of driving dignitaries around the safe parts of Iraq) to spare him a prison sentence after he pulled a “prank” of cutting the breaks on a school bus.

        1. Melinda Piette January 24, 2016

          Hey thanks for that! Sorry, I didn’t realize there was 44 of anything besides meth labs in Wasilla

          1. Irishgrammy January 24, 2016

            LOL, good one!

          2. LeftCoastLeftie January 24, 2016

            Come to think of it, maybe these were mobile meth labs disguised as school buses, and Crack – i mean Track – was just trying to get rid of the competition.
            On a related note, there are 44 boys or men in Wasilla who haven’t slept with daughter and professional abstinence preacher Brisket.

      1. Irishgrammy January 24, 2016

        Had no idea why he was arrested, but knew he was and given the choice to go to jail or go into the military. Wonder if his mommy and daddy ever informed Track that what he did was endanger the lives of school kids by cutting brake lines had it not been found out…..something tells me NO they didn’t. Wonder if that was Pres. Obama’s fault too……..This kid is in serious trouble, and had Palin been any kind of concerned mother she would have immediately gone home and done whatever should could for her son to get him the help he desperately needs, but noooo……….it’s off to a rally to announce her worthless support for Trump and some more attention……. what a failure of a woman in the one job that’s most important, raising responsible, happy children!

  3. 11thStPopulist January 24, 2016

    It is no wonder this Tea-Trash Queen has such a dysfunctional family. Their next reality show – how they make their money – could be called The Wasilla Hillbillies. Like Duck Dynasty, the Duggars, and that other thing about the teenage moms that used to be on MTV (that I wouldn’t let my daughter watch), this family will gain a big TV audience. It is the Train Wreck mentality to which Americans seem to be addicted. Explains Trump’s presidential run as well – all those marriages, affairs, and financial scandals along with his outrageous statements.

    If these people continue to take over the political system it is our fault not theirs. They are just showing us the low morals we apparently want to see in politicians, as evidenced by our attention (includes myself).

    1. 11thStPopulist January 24, 2016

      In other words, “It’s Entertainment.”

    2. FireBaron January 25, 2016

      She had to do something after being overshadowed by the Kartrashians. Of course, you did notice that the Duck Dynasty clan is showing a rift due to this election, right? The old man is supporting the Senator from Canada, while one of his inbred sons is supporting THE DONALD (actually, I think it’s really because he wanted to get close to Sarah).

  4. yabbed January 24, 2016

    Trump has gone stark raving mad. His candidacy has always been suspect, to put it mildly, but he’s gone over the top and spilled into actual lunacy with his affiliation with Palin. He’s now claiming that he is so loved by his supporters that he could shoot and kill people on 5th Avenue and he wouldn’t lose a single vote from his supporters.

    1. FireBaron January 25, 2016

      Given THE DONALD’s supporters coming from the slack-jawed, drooling, knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, beetle-browed. “we-hate-everyone-that-ain’t-White” wing of the Republican Party, he probably could.

  5. jesse January 24, 2016

    Hahahahahahahaha! It is nothing more then a STUPID fruit(Track) falling from the STUPID tree(Sarah “The Bridge To Nowhere” Palin!

  6. 1standlastword January 24, 2016

    Everybody should be able to see it! Modern conservatives are the “victims” of change. And that means they are a dying species which is why they are desperate for a way “back”…back to life.

    Call it the conservative Lazarus policy–

    You smell that???

  7. jcurtis595 January 24, 2016

    My gripe is not with Sarah Palin but with a media that is totally happy to print or cover whatever she says. We all know she is an idiot. We have a “man bites dog” media. Outrageous and stupid sells newspapers, or rather in modern times TV ratings. Journalism is over. The news department is a profit center and not a public service any longer. And they fall all over themselves to give the stupidest candidate to ever run for national office (watch Game Change) all the forums and coverage she wants to spit out venomous nonsense. And, the sad part is that so many people don’t think she is stupid and a nut case. Heaven help us all.

    Jay Curtis (author of THE CODE)

    1. FireBaron January 25, 2016

      Don’t forget, Jay, Roger Ailes gave her a microphone and regular opportunities to use it, until she decided SHE was going to be the news. Then he got smart. News coverage of Palin is like going to NASCAR. The vast majority don’t care about the race – they just want to see a bunch of wrecks!

  8. Daniel Jones January 24, 2016

    I’ve said it before. The woman’s heart is a stone.

  9. chino49p January 24, 2016

    Track may indeed have PTSD but it has nothing to do with the war or the Prez. It comes as a birth defect from todd & sarah and is actually called palin traumatic stress disorder. That whole family is a bunch of dysfunctional cretians.

    1. FireBaron January 25, 2016

      chino, you realize you are giving dysfunctional cretins a bad name by associating them with Palin and family. That small clan is in a (no)class by itself!

  10. opinioned1 January 24, 2016

    Once again the Tundra Tart offers up a treasure trove of new comedy for everyone. When we see Tina Fey back on SNL you know Sista-Sarah spilled the mother load. All I want to know is who the hell wrote Tina`s routine, pure genius and spot on for Ms. Word Salad!!

    1. FireBaron January 25, 2016

      And Tina Fey is back doing her imitation.

  11. Sterling Harris January 24, 2016


  12. FireBaron January 25, 2016

    Ah, but Leonard, please remember which political party keeps cutting the budget requests for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, all to ensure that companies like GE and Honeywell don’t have to pay corporate taxes, and companies like Exxon-Mobil keep getting Billions (with a B) in tax credits, all while posting record profits. So, naturally, there wouldn’t be enough money for the VA, especially when Congress keeps forcing weapons systems on the DoD that they neither want nor need.

  13. BlueberryT January 25, 2016

    Track Palin is not a combat veteran, and he was in constant trouble due to his violent temper well before he entered the military. Plus, his issues stem from his family situation.

  14. MrShamus January 25, 2016

    “One reads little actual concern for him — or his girlfriend.” Did the Family Values Queen drop what she was doing and fly home immediately to help care for her suicidal kid?” No. She continued shaking her money-maker at the podium for her SarahPac contributors. Sarah, it takes more than giving birth to be a mother.

  15. SecludedCompound January 26, 2016

    Yep, turns out, he never saw combat, and does not, in fact have PTSD.

    What a family of scumbags.

  16. Gary Graves January 27, 2016

    Sarah runs at the mouth, what she says, I don’t understand her ramblings.. These people think they are electable? They all resemble Satan’s qualities, liers and deceivers.


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