Despite a very satisfying Mitt Romney interlude, we are forced to resume our Sarah Palin programming. Strongly determined not to disappear from the spotlight, the Governor of Alaska is spending  a lot of time away from her home state, and has recently made the news when endorsing Rick Perry in his campaign to keep his seat as Governor of Texas. That’s exactly what the world needed: an Alaska-Texas association.

lace and leather.

Rick Perry introducing Sarah Palin at the Republican Governors Association: lace and leather.

True to her transparant-rimmed glasses, Sarah Palin goes about her political business with the smoothness of a concrete wall and the subtlety of a truck driver: she resorted to Girl Power. I thought this archaic concept had died in 1999 with the last Spice Girls album, but sadly for the world of serious, rational and committed American politics, it didn’t. All my apologies to Texas for what follows.

Palin does not address Texas citizens, Texas voters, Texas residents – she chose to only address her electorate of choice, “Texas Republican women”. The rest of the population can choose not to vote for Rick Perry: it’s not Palin’s business. In a letter drafted to this particular demographic – the Texas Federation for Republican Women- Palin expresses in her usual over-familiar and not-so-politically-savvy tone that Rick Perry “walks the walk of a true conservative”, whatever this means, and “sticks to his guns”. She comments: “you know how I feel about guns.” A second amendment metaphor? That’s such a witty way to pave your way towards the presidential primaries in three years, Sarah.

More importantly, Palin is not just endorsing Rick Perry – she is also taking a stance against Kay Bailey Hutchison, another Republican running to run the Lone Star state, but touted as less conservative than his opponent. Much to Palin’s dismay, Hutchison has shown to be more lenient towards abortion rights, a subject that Palin refuses to compromise on. She explains: “Not every child is born into ideal circumstances, but every life is sacred. Rick Perry knows this – it is at the core of his being.”  At the core of Hutchison being is a restricted pro-choice opinion, based on parental notification and a ban on late-term procedures. This division among the GOP has already made the headlines during the early stages of the political campaign, when abortion and gay marriage, two core social issues, separated the party between neo-cons (whom Palin refers to as “true conservatives”) and moderate, traditional republicans.

Rick Perry became head of the Republican Governors Association last year and introduced Sarah Palin to the group. Palin has been called by Perry’s camp to reinforce Perry’s appeal to Republican women. The Alaska Governor’s “feminist” position, that she mentioned during the presidential campaign by misquoting Madeleine Allbright – “there is a place in Hell reserved to women who do not support other women” – seems to become a red herring in her actions with SarahPAC, her brand new political action committee she will use as a tremplin come 2012.  However, all the glamour, glitter and glitz Palin brought to the GOP before her very public downfall in November may not be enough to convince Texan voters. Taffy Goldsmith, a former president of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, supports Hutchison and explains that placing a woman behind Perry is not enough to gain female voters. “Women in this organization are so state-oriented and so well-grounded they will base their decisions on what they know, not what somebody else recommends”, she said.

I could bet this wasn’t written on Taffy’s Starbucks cup.

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