Palin Recalls ‘Crony Capitalism,’ Bachmann Runs With It

After Michele Bachmann pounced on Rick Perry last night for his executive order mandating young girls to receive the HPV vaccine, former Alaska governor and now conservative darling-celebrity Sarah Palin has also piled on the Texas governor over the same issue, calling it a possible product of “crony capitalism.”

Palin has used this term before. According to the New York Times, Palin used it before at a Tea Party rally describing it as generally “the process by which lawmakers become wealthy by using taxpayer dollars to benefit corporations and donors.” However, this is the first time Palin has leveled this term directly at Perry. As a matter of fact, this seems to be her first direct, “overt attack” on Perry.

Last night, on Fox News, Palin suddenly recalled that she knew “even at that time something was up with that issue,” referring to the fact that Perry’s former chief of staff had ties to Merck, the company that manufactures the Gardasil vaccine. “And now we’re finding out, yeah, something was up with that issue. It was an illustration or a bit of evidence of some crony capitalism.”

“Crony capitalism” seems to have suddenly become a popular term with Tea Party presidential aspirants, as Bachmann used it on NBC’s “Today” show when she said that “it’s very clear that crony capitalism could likely have been the cause” of Perry’s unfortunate executive order.

The Times cautions that while Palin may be sounding like an ally of Bachmann, she may also be considering her own presidential run by attacking Perry—if she ever decides to run. Other sources are claiming that the door to Palin’s entry into the race is closing fast.

The Times concludes:

Mrs. Bachmann is taking the “crony capitalist” line and running with it. We’re still waiting to see whether Ms. Palin lets Mrs. Bachmann continue to be the sole beneficiary, or if she’ll start using the phrase in her own campaign.

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Author: DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

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4 Comments

  1. Ok, so who won the debate?

    Palin is getting away with not actually having to debate anybody. She does not have to answer spontaneously. She can take her time to formulate an astute answer. Which has really been her problem all along; Air headed ramblings and peed-on quips.

    Put Palin under pressure and watch her malticulate her adverbs with confusion and indecision.

  2. Allen,

    While Palin may very well “malticulate” her adverbs with confusion and indecision, I believe that if she finally enters the race we’ll have plenty of opportunities to see and hear her maliciously, maladroitly and using plenty of malapropos malapropisms malign Perry’s malversation of his office and other malarkey. All Ok with me as long as she doesn’t use any malevolent maledictions.

    No malice towards Palin inmtemded :)

  3. Well you knooowwd…me lad…

    Sometimes the spirit o’the word be more important than be the letter’n…

    :-)

  4. Dudes, Palin ain’t runnin.

    She isn’t that bright, but she isn’t that stupid either. No…she’ll keep cashing those fat checks instead.

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