To the reader who wasn’t happy I compared Sarah Palin to Tim Tebow and that I had to bash her just to “establish my credentials,” this one’s for you Slapnuts. And no, it’s not actually aboot her “rack.” It’s aboot how she won Super-ish Tuesday.
Republicans in various states all nominated female candidates this past week to run for Governor and the Senate, which isn’t surprising for those of us who pay attention because after Sarah Palin was named as John McCain’s running mate, more and more women have been getting more vocal and more involved in both the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Mrs. Palin, to her credit, is more than happy to shine the spotlight on these candidates.
She also seems to have a golden touch because, just looking at last Tuesday, candidates she endorsed in both Nevada and South Carolina went from last place to winning the nomination, and in the case of Nikki Haley in South Carolina, with almost 50% of the vote.
While her endorsing conservative candidates isn’t all that surprising, it was her endorsement of Carly Fiorina that stood out, if not for it’s pragmatism for her showing that she can in fact think for her own and doesn’t just blindly follow the tea party.
It also helped Fiorina immencely…
After announcing her support for Fiorina, the former governor’s Facebook page was overrun by negative comments trashing Palin’s support of the more moderate candidate with strong establishment ties.
But Palin rebuffed her conservative critics by touting Fiorina’s pro-life credentials as well as her 100 percent NRA rating – thus helping build the conservative grassroots narrative the multimillionaire former businesswoman utilized to dispatch both DeVore and former Rep. Tom Campbell.
“Governor Palin’s endorsement was integral to the success of our campaign,” Fiorina spokeswoman Julie Soderlund told POLITICO. “She provides the ‘good housekeeping seal of approval’ for conservative, outsider candidates. After earning her endorsement we saw an immediate spike in support for Carly amongst conservatives, who represent the vast majority of Republican primary voters.”
Sarah Palin as king maker? Or in this case, queen?