Sarah Palin once again proved that her political instincts far surpassed those of the Republican political establishment, which long has accepted Don Young, Alaska’s lone Congressman.

Elected in 1973, Young has come to epitomize what is wrong with Washington, with questionable use of campaign funds and cronyism.

Young’s statement yesterday calling farm workers “wetbacks” has generated a lot of controversy, as it should.  I’m usually the last person to jump on the bandwagon, but Young is a relic who needed to go even before that comment, and more so now.

Palin saw the problem back in 2008, and stunned the Republican political  establishment by backing a challenge to Young:

Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell stunned everyone at the Republican state convention Friday, announcing he will challenge 18-term incumbent Don Young for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House.

“For too long, we have expected too little from our elected officials,” Parnell said. “It is time for change.” ….

With Gov. Sarah Palin at his side, Parnell later Friday filed his official paperwork at the state elections office in Anchorage.

Palin Don Young challege 2008 Alaska DN

Young held back the challenge by a few hundred votes:

Don Young beats Palin Pal

Looks like someone else may be going rogue, too:


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