Palin launches her campaign

US right-wing political identity Sarah Palin says she will bring special expertise to Washington if she succeeds in her bid for a seat in the US Congress representing her home state of Alaska.

Ms Palin (main picture, we think), a former Governor of Alaska who shot to international prominence in 2008 as the running mate of the late Senator John McCain on the Republican Party’s presidential ticket called a news conference today in her home town of Wasilla to launch her bid for the Republican Party’s endorsement as its candidate.

Ms Palin is hoping to fill Alaska’s sole seat in the House of Representatives which will be the subject of a special election following the death last month of Don Young, 88, who held it for the Republican Party since 1973.

“You betcha I wanna go to Washington and continue the good work of my good buddy Dan Young,” Ms Palin told reporters.

“By gee, ya know in these troubling times I can bring a lotta things to Washington. A lotta things, ya know.

“Frinstance, ya know with the war in Ukrania I can help out a lot ‘cos, ya know, I can still see Russia from my place.

“I can sure as heck keep an eye on what that nasty Vladimir Poutang is up to.”

Ms Palin said she was well qualified to be a member of the US Congress.

“Heck, ya know in his autobiology the late John McCain said choosing me to be his vice-presidential running mate was the biggest event in his life.”

After an aide to Ms Palin stopped the news conference to whisper in her ear, she continued: “Sorry y’all. I shoulda said John McCain said it was the biggest regret of his life. Darn audiobooks.

“Still, I wanna carry on the work I was doing when I was Governor of our great state and by golly I wanna do it in memory of our dearly beloved John Yang who served Alaskians …. Alaskanians …. Alaskenites…. That’ll do. Who served Alaskenites so well for so long.

“From 1973 to 2022 that’s …. ummm …. 30 …. no, 20-something …. no. Well, ya know that’s a heck a lot of years right there.”

Ms Palin said she had always detected strong support in the Republican Party for her to run for higher office.

“Way back in 2008 many in my own party were urging me to get out on the campaign trail and they kept saying it when they saw my performance in that election,” she said.

“Get out, they said to me back then over and over again and they’re still saying it.”