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GOP Drops AcidPalin Endorses Trump

Joining the Trump Caravan, you betcha! (Jennifer A. Walz / Shutterstock.com)

If I were a Democrat or a comedy-show writer, I would be on the floor now flopping and hallelujah-ing like a holy roller at an Alabama tent revival:

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee who became a Tea Party sensation and a favorite of grass-roots conservatives, will endorse Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday, officials with his campaign confirmed. The endorsement provides Mr. Trump with a potentially significant boost just 13 days before the state’s caucuses.

“I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Ms. Palin said in a statement provided by his campaign.

Her support is the highest-profile backing for a Republican contender so far.

“I am greatly honored to receive Sarah’s endorsement,” Mr. Trump said in a statement trumpeting Mrs. Palin’s decision. “She is a friend, and a high-quality person whom I have great respect for. I am proud to have her support.”

“A high-quality person.” Does it get any Trumpier than that?

And the USS Republican Party just sailed over the horizon. Oh, but high-quality reality stars the Duck Dynasty clan have come out for Cruz, in an Internet spot that’s the cringeworthiest thing you will see until there’s video of Palin’s endorsement of Trump. So there’s that. (We generally don’t embed or link to political ads on this site, so go to the Dallas Morning News story to see the thing. Trust me, you’ll want to do this.)

On the Trump-Palin thing, the question is does Palin’s endorsement make it less likely that any potential Trump voter backs away from him? I mean, if you’re already the kind of person who would vote Trump, does having Palin’s nod really turn you off?

I hope Reince Priebus’s staff has removed all sharp objects from his vicinity. Aren’t you glad you don’t have to manage the Republican brand after this year?

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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