Governor Sarah Palin was on Hannity last night where she was asked a leading question about political correctness and Herman Cain.
Her answer on Cain – character counts. If the accusations, of “screwing around on his wife, giving money to some broad unbeknownst to his wife” are false, then “the false accuser is really despicable.” If they are true then “boys will be boys” but they should not be running the country.
Then Hannity asks her opinion on Newt vs Mitt.
She blows the question off and says they need to focus on sudden and relentless reform and clean up Congress and getting the country back on the right track.
Hannity asks if she is leaning towards endorsing anyone:
She tries to blow this off also, basically calling herself a pundit whose endorsement has minimal impact. When pressed she enumerates her ideal candidate – “he who articulates best he being the antithesis of Barack Obama.” Someone who can promise what he has a record of doing – don’t let anyone get away with saying they cut budgets when they just reined in expansion (seemed like it was directed at congress critters).
Hannity tries to get her back to Mitt vs Newt and she says it is not yet down to the two of them.
She brings up Rick Santorum and said he has ideological consistency in having a hardline against Iran, in being pro-life, and in saying we must slash federal income tax. Then she say “I say we do away with it altogether.”*
Persistent Hannity asks her to bring up the top 3 strengths and weaknesses of Mitt & Newt and she says they all have strengths and all are better than Obama, including Ron Paul with his domestic agenda although she doesn’t like his foreign policy, and Rick Perry with 2nd Amendment defense which shows he isn a constitutional conservative. All of them are better than Obama (but apparently, Bachmann and Huntsman are not to be enumerated. Ha ha ha).
Hannity finally gives up on Newt vs Mitt and asks her if she regrets not being in. She says “noo” slowly, as if it’s not something she’s totally convinced of, then says she has fire in the belly to reform the country however she can and at the end of the day it will be about backing a constitutional conservative and making them hold to their promises.
My conclusion: Sarah is not happy to have a Newt vs Mitt race and wants some Newties to go to either Santorum, Paul, or Perry. Either she really prefers even Ron Paul to Newt or she is looking for a long, contested, and divided primary.
Divide et impera!
Grainy video here, better (but unembeddable) video at C4P.
*She clarifies that later in this tweet, that she means Federal corporate income tax.