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Palin: You can be never too far right

By David Edwards
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 8:56 EDT
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Moderation isn’t a good thing if you believe Sarah Palin.

The former governor told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Monday that America would be a better place if politicians had a “far right bent.”

“Can you be too far to the right as a candidate?” O’Reilly asked Palin. “Some of the candidates that you backed aren’t going to win because they are perceived as being too far out there.”

“Like who?” Palin shot back.

O’Reilly offered up Republican Senate candidate from Delaware Christine O’Donnell as an example.

“If she doesn’t win, I’m still happy to have thrown my name at least in an endorsement for Christine.”

The night O’Donnell won the Republican primary, Karl Rove noted that the candidate was known for saying “nutty things.”

“What Rove would say and has said publicly, ‘Look, [Rep. Mike Castle] may not be your favorite guy but this guy probably could have beaten [Democrat Chris Coons] and that would have thrown the Senate into Republican hands which would further diminish President Obama’s power,’” observed O’Reilly.

Palin didn’t agree with that logic. “That kind of thinking of just embracing the status quo, old guys that maybe could have been a safe bet and could have just won anyway, that status quo, that is the mess that we’re in,” said Palin.

“Can you be too far right in this country?” asked O’Reilly.

“At this point in time with the state of the union? No!” exclaimed Palin.

“A far right bent would be healthy — we need a balance of power,” she continued. “Look at this extreme liberalism that has control of the House, the Senate and the White House. No, we got to balance that out.”

It was only two years ago that Palin warned against “far left” politicians taking over the country.

“We must win,” she told a crowd a day before the 2008 elections, “because Ohio, the far-left wing of the Democrat Party, not mainstream Democrat ideology, the values, the planks in the platform of the Democrat Party. It’s the far-left wing of the party is getting ready to take over the entire federal government.”

This video is from Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, broadcast Nov. 1, 2010.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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