Inside the Beltway: Fierce and loyal: Sarah Palin and Scott Walker on the campaign trail

"The continued games of the permanent political class will assure a Hillary victory."

“The continued games of the permanent political class will assure a Hillary victory unless you tell them ‘enough,’ and vote for bold, new leadership that puts your interests before party politics. Vote for your jobs and security. Vote for the first candidate since Reagan who is growing the Commonsense Conservative movement, the only one who’s created middle-class jobs, the only one not living off your tax dollars and the only one Wisconsin can count on to steer us away from the rocky shoals ahead. Vote for Donald Trump to make America great again.”

— Sarah Palin in a campaign message released Sunday on behalf of the Republican front-runner. She has been campaigning in Wisconsin in the last 48 hours with Mr. Trump.

“Jobs, freedom, security. That’s what is at stake, and that is why I am supporting Ted Cruz for president. Ted is a constitutional conservative. He will challenge the status quo just like we’ve done in Wisconsin. Ted has a real plan to grow jobs and restore opportunity. Ted Cruz, the only conservative who can beat Hillary Clinton and reignite America’s promise.”

— Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in a campaign message released Sunday on behalf of Mr. Cruz. The governor and his wife Tonette have been campaigning in the Badger State in the last 48 hours with the Texan.


The nation is potentially witnessing a $6 billion presidential election. Here’s one reason for the expense, this from a meticulous tally of broadcast money compiled by Ad Age analyst Simon Dumenco. The final number is a projection based on a combination of how much each candidate’s campaign spent on TV and radio ads alone through March 30 — and the amount interested political action committees also spent on the candidate’s behalf.

Hillary Clinton: $62,663,335. Her campaign spent $51,124,151; NARAL Pro-choice America and Priorities USA Action spent $11,539,184.

Sen. Bernard Sanders: $57,679,389. His campaign spent $57,246,310; Friends of the Earth Action, Communications Workers of America spent $433,079.

Sen. Ted Cruz: $32,495,393. His campaign spent $14,858,101; Courageous Conservatives PAC and six other organizations spent $17,637,292.

Donald Trump: $24,569,789. No money spent by campaign; American Future Fund and four other organizations spent $24,569,789.

Gov. John Kasich: $18,581,448. Campaign spent $3,075,312. New Day for America and a related committee spent $15,506,136.


There’s a survey for everything, including perceptions about careers. And at the moment, the political calling is not a very popular one among Americans. On a list of 30 possible “prestigious” career choices, politician is ranked No. 26 — only outranking stockbroker, video game developer, real estate broker and — in last place — public relations consultant.

More telling, the political career ranks dead last on the list as a future profession for children. Only 30 percent of the respondents, in fact, would encourage a child to enter politics. See more numbers in the Poll du Jour at the column’s end.


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