To many Republican presidential contenders, Sarah Palin is a skunk at the party,
someone to be handled gingerly and kept at arm’s length.
To Donald Trump, she is Cabinet material, “a special person,” and a worthy presidential contender in her own right.
The odd alliance between the New York mogul and Alaska hockey mom,
many years in the making, has burst into prominence on the campaign trail over the past
week, in a flurry of adoring compliments and vows of friendship. But it’s also smart politics.
Trump carries many positions, from admiring comments about Bill Clinton to support for Obamacare-like health policies, that jeopardize his standing with grass-roots conservatives.
Palin, with her unimpeachable conservative cred, stands ready to vouch for him.
Indeed, while Palin has high negative ratings among the general public, she also has a large, devoted following among voters that many GOP strategists say have been neglected by the mainstream candidates.
Trump, Republican consultant Ed Rollins said, has benefited from an “incredible voter
disconnect” by the rest of the Republican primary field and now stands to carve off a large slice of conservative Palin followers