An Alaska Reader Explains How Sarah Palin Can "Exact Her Revenge" On The GOP
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November 09, 2008, 04:00 AM
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From: Tom Sullivan (e-mail him)

In these parts, rumors abound that Gov. Sarah Palin will run for Senator Ted Stevens` soon to be vacated seat.[How Far Will Sarah Palin Go? by Nathan Thornburgh, Time, November 8, 2008]

Even if Stevens` prevails in his race against Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, as seems likely, Majority Leader Harry Reid has made it clear that he and his colleagues would show "zero tolerance" for a convicted felon to serve in the Senate.

Under recent rule changes, Palin can appoint herself for an interim period, then run as a candidate in a special election.

Palin would be an odds-on favorite against any opponent.

When elected, Palin could exact her revenge against the Republican Party for its very shabby treatment toward her.

She could, while remaining a Republican, vote straight down the line with the Democrats thereby taking them one step closer to the filibuster-proof majority that currently eludes them. 

This is wild speculation on my part because Palin hasn`t indicated the slightest interest in going to Washington and is unlikely to hold such an intense grudge against the GOP—although I would forgive her if she did.

Sullivan lives in Nome.

James Fulford writes: It is a truth universally acknowledged in American politics that it`s a political disaster to appoint yourself to anything. Furthermore, I suspect that Governor Palin would refuse to vote for most of the things Democrats vote for on principle. But I suspect that if she did get in the Senate somehow, she`d be more of a "maverick" than John McCain ever was.