GOP turns a blind eye to allegedly corrupt Senator's antics

Faced with a sprawling criminal indictment for corruption, and fighting for his political life, Sen. Robert Menendez should be a tempting target for Republicans. But rather than demanding Menendez resign, the GOP has stayed eerily quiet.

Republicans like Gov. Chris Christie say Menendez deserves his day in court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been mum. And the Republican National Committee is focused on other targets — namely Hillary Clinton.

The hands-off approach — while not a defense of the New Jersey senator — underscores a private GOP calculation: If Menendez lingers in office with the indictment hanging over his head, the worse it looks for Democrats.

“From our perspective, the longer he stays in the seat, the better off we’ll be,” said one top Republican who asked not to be named to discuss the political calculation candidly.

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This is not just about keeping silent to allow the Democrats to hang themselves with an allegedly corrupt senator within their midst. No, it's more about protecting Menendez who although a Democrat, has always held a special place in the heart of his GOP colleagues who know he stands strong with them on issues such as supporting Netanyahu's version of an ideal middle east and his Iran tirades while denigrating Obama, and of course, on the Cuban issue, for which Menendez has a special interest based on his ethnicity and Cuban roots.

Guess who "reared her ugly head" again

The GOP did it to themselves. They knew damn well that Palin was a farce! As it was, they handled the entire 2008 GOP nominee selection ineptly, allowing a decrepit, out of touch, political warhorse to lead the charge in a progressive, modern global environment. This, while the country was still reeling from eight years of a devastating Republican administration headed by Dick Cheney as "W" sat symbolically at the helm. When the GOP first saw Palin, they fell in love with her classic "American Woman" look, however, she lacked the classic American woman intelligence. McCain's reason for choosing Palin was obvious, he's as dumb as a rock and he needed to find someone even dumber that he could keep in check and that wouldn't outshine him, yet give him that youth factor while appealing to women. Remember the whole "Mama Grizzlies" thing

Well there you have it, the GOP didn't pay attention when they were kids and their mama told them NOT to feed the stray cat or it would keep coming back time and time again. Palin is that stray cat they took in, and those unintelligible meows she emits every time she opens her pie hole from a stage are simply screams for acceptance from a party that does not yet know how to put down that unwanted political animal.  

Some of Palin's latest rant below:

Things must change for our government. Look at it. It isn’t too big to fail. It’s too big to succeed! It’s too big to succeed, so we can afford no retreads or nothing will change with the same people and same policies that got us into the status quo. Another Latin word, status quo, and it stands for, ‘Man, the middle-class everyday Americans are really gettin’ taken for a ride.’ That’s status quo, and GOP leaders, by the way, y’know the man can only ride ya when your back is bent. So strengthen it. Then the man can’t ride ya, America won’t be taken for a ride, because so much is at stake and we can’t afford politicians playing games like nothing more is at stake than, oh, maybe just the next standing of theirs in the next election.
— Former Alaska Governor and one-time Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin Speaking at the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines