Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday lambasted "establishment" Senate Republicans who voted for immigration reform, and suggested she might even leave the Republican Party.
"Great job, GOP establishment," Palin said in a Facebook post. "You’ve just abandoned the Reagan Democrats with this amnesty bill, and we needed them to 'enlarge that tent' of which you so often speak."
Among the 14 Republicans who backed the immigration bill was Arizona Sen. John McCain, who named Palin as his Republican vice presidential running mate in 2008.
"It was the loss of working class voters in swing states that cost us the 2012 election, not the Hispanic vote," Palin said. "Legal immigrants respect the rule of law and can see how self-centered a politician must be to fill this amnesty bill with favors, earmarks, and crony capitalists’ pork, and call it good. You disrespect Hispanics with your assumption that they desire ignoring the rule of law."
Palin earlier this week excoriated so-called "Gang of Eight" Republican member Marco Rubio for his "flip-flop" on amnesty for illegal immigrants. Repeating the "flip-flopping" charge Friday, Palin said she was close to finished with the GOP.
"Folks like me are barely hanging on to our enlistment papers in any political party – and it’s precisely because flip-flopping political actions like amnesty force us to ask how much more bull from both the elephants in the Republican Party and the jackasses in the Democrat Party we have to swallow before these political machines totally abandon the average commonsense hardworking American," Palin said.
She continued, "Now we turn to watch the House. If they bless this new 'bi-partisan' hyper-partisan devastating plan for amnesty, we’ll know that both private political parties have finally turned their backs on us. It will then be time to show our parties’ hierarchies what we think of being members of either one of these out-of-touch, arrogant, and dysfunctional political machines."