Sarah Palin’s Path to Congress is Likely Much Harder Than She Expects


Published April 4, 2022

The Washington Post

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Sarah Palin’s surprising return to electoral politics could be the start of an amazing comeback. But the road back to relevance is likely harder than the Republican icon expects.

Palin’s last-minute entry last week into the special election for Alaska’s lone House seat, vacated by the recent death of incumbent Alaska Rep. Don Young, garnered loads of national attention. And why not? Love her or loathe her, Palin’s brand of showmanship has been impossible to ignore. In her prime, Palin’s mixture of conservative sloganeering (“lamestream media”) and political stunting was a PG-rated version of former president Donald Trump before he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower. No wonder, then, that Trump has enthusiastically endorsed her as she tries to rekindle the magic.

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Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.


Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.

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