Friday, June 11, 2010
I have never seen such desperate attempts to destroy someone as I see with those--on both the Left and the Right--determined to take down Governor Palin. They stop at nothing to demolish her. They resort to lying about her record, insulting her intelligence, demeaning her children, questioning the strength of her marriage, moving next door, and recently, measuring her bra size. It never ends.
And now they're downplaying the power of her endorsements. How can someone who has been called insignificant by so many haters command so much fear, hatred, and constant attention? The obsession with writing her off as a nobody is proof enough that she is somebody powerful indeed. The irony that they would spend time on someone they say is not worth spending time on is glaring...and reveals the mental state of those engaged in this tomfoolery.
Talking heads are still trying to prove that her endorsements did nothing to create the victories in Tuesday's elections. The old saying, "Thou dost protest too much" comes to mind, however. So does "Governor Palin, please endorse me." In other words, her endorsement wouldn't be solicited if it didn't carry weight. That logic is really nothing deep and philosophical. It simply is basic honesty, easy math, and...common sense. Imagine that.
Let's take a look at some people who actually can put two and two together.
Stacy Drake, California voter, understands the impact of Governor Palin's endorsement of Carly Fiorina in California and chimes in on the Nikki Haley support as well. She writes:
If you haven’t noticed, Governor Palin’s endorsements are getting downplayed in the media and from pundits and politico’s on both the left and “right” side of the aisle. I say “right” but I really mean the establishment. The most downplayed victory in her column is definitely the California Senate race where she picked Carly Fiorina. I think there are many reasons people who have no interest in praising Governor Palin are downplaying this particular race. For one, it was a very high-profile, widely covered campaign. For two, it’s in California, a blue state if there ever was one, and to the narrative creating establishment, that victory translates differently than it would somewhere down south. It’s all about perceptions…
The truth of the matter is that Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Carly Fiorina had a huge outcome on that race. HUGE! Some hack in the Northeast has no clue what effect Governor Palin’s endorsement had in California. But guess what? I’m sitting in California as I pound this blog post out, so I think I have better insight than ‘Pundit’s-4-Mitt’ might have.
From Chuck DeVore’s own website from a poll dated on April 22nd, 2010:Republican race for U.S. Senate in California, in which Chuck DeVore and Carly Fiorina are shown to be in a statistical tie. The poll, with a margin of error of +/-3.7%, showed Tom Campbell with 31%, Carly Fiorina with 17%, and Chuck DeVore with 14%.
I didn’t see any new poll numbers posted after that for a long time. I remember complaining about it at the time. Anyway, SurveyUSA posted this on May 24th, 2010 (keep in mind that Govern Palin endorsed Carly on May 6th)In the Republican primary for US Senator, support for former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is up sharply in the past 2 weeks, from 24% on 05/10/10 to 46% today 05/24/10. Fiorina’s support has more than doubled among women, seniors, Hispanics, the less educated, and in the Inland Empire. During these 2 weeks, Former Congressman Tom Campbell’s support dropped 12 points, from 35% on 05/10/10 to 23% today 05/24/10.
So when a writer based out of the Northeast says “But political observers doubt that Palin was all that instrumental in Fiorina’s California Senate primary victory,” never mind the all too common unnamed sources, that person doesn’t know what they are talking about. The numbers in the SurveyUSA poll do not match their theory.
In other endorsement outcome related distortions… Today, I kept hearing GOP pundits try to play down Governor Palin’s endorsement of Nikki Haley to the extent they could get away with it, and play up Mitt Romney’s support. As I previously stated, Mitt endorsed Haley back in March and his support had nowhere near the effect that Governor Palin’s did. Nikki Haley still had a low name recognition throughout the months following Romney’s nod. Speaking of which, where was Mitt when the ‘Good ole Boys‘ club started to viciously attack Nikki Haley in one of the lowest acts of political hatchery I have ever witnessed? I didn’t hear, see, nor read any statement of support from him even though it was clear that these “men” claiming to have had affairs with Nikki, where obviously political operatives. Governor Palin on the other hand, released a statement the very first morning the attacks started. Which calmed the voting public, and helped the Haley Campaign to continue their efforts to seek the nomination.
Read the rest here.
C4P's Ian Lazaran also put a hole in the Governor Palin's-endorsements-mean-nothing tactic with this:
A small minority, including Governor Palin, is downplaying the impact of her endorsements on the Super Tuesday results. Their reasoning is as follows:Our South Carolina polling found that among supporters of Nikki Haley 27% wanted Palin to be the party's nominee for President in 2012 compared to 25% for Newt Gingrich and 21% for Mitt Romney. An advantage sure but nothing earth shattering- the Palin endorsement helped Haley but it wasn't a game changer by any means.
The problem with this line of reasoning is that the pollster making this argument should know that Governor Palin is more popular among Republican primary voters than either Nikki Haley or Carly Fiorina is in South Carolina and California, respectively. Why should he know? He should check his own polling.
According to the pollster's own numbers, Nikki Haley's favorable rating among Republican primary voters in his final poll before the election was 58/23. Carly Fiorina's favorable rating among California Republican primary voters was 46/17. Governor Palin's favorable rating among Republicans nationwide is 66/19. Less than 51% of Republicans nationwide view Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee favorably.
So Governor Palin is more popular with Republicans nationwide than Nikki Haley and Carly Fiorina are with Republicans in their own states according to the pollster's own numbers. If Palin has stronger numbers with Republicans nationwide, then she more than likely has stronger numbers than either Fiorina or Haley has with Republicans in California and South Carolina, respectively. So is it really reasonable to argue that an endorsement from someone who is more popular with Republicans than the endorsees didn't help the endorsees with...Republicans?
Read the full article here.
Josh Painter at Texas4Palin also points out the obvious power of the Governor's endorsements:
Politico has published a major piece by Andy Barr on the impact of Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney on the Tuesday primaries and the implications for both if they decide to run for president in 2012. Their endorsements and support for successful GOP candidates in the critical early primary states of Iowa and South Carolina means that each will have some powerful friends in all the right places.
Both Gov. Palin and Gov. Romney were backers of big winners former GOP Gov. Terry Branstad in Iowa and state Rep. Nikki Haley in South Carolina. The endorsements are the sort of political investments which will be paid back with interest if either or both of the former governors run for president in 2012.
Quoting from the Barr article, Painter continues:
Former South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson said Romney’s early endorsement proved helpful to Haley, but it was Palin who helped push her across the finish line.
“Romney backed Nikki when she was at seven percent in the polls and gave her credibility,” Dawson said. “Palin then knocked it out the park along with a well-run and funded four-week effort to close the race.”
“Palin is still the hottest endorsement for Republicans in contested primaries,” said Frank Donatelli, the chairman of GOPAC, an organization designed to elect Republicans to state and local offices.
Read the full Texas4Palin article here.
Governor Palin's impact matters. The Left knows that impact, and it frightens them. They work overtime to downplay it so they can sleep at night. The Right knows that impact, and their establishment is threatened. They try hard to play up other potential 2012 candidates who couldn't manage to fire up a gas stove. Finally, Governor Palin, though humbly diverting attention from it, also knows it. She continually throws her support behind common sense candidates who can lead with a servant's heart.
Without a doubt, each candidate works hard to secure a victory, but let's be clear: momentum shifts in the right direction when Governor Palin steps up to bat. Haters keep throwing inside pitches trying to push her back from the plate. Instead, she keeps swinging, and we, the American people, need her to keep knocking the ball out the park. Multitudes of us are lined up right beside her; we've got her back.
(H/T Stacy Drake, Ian Lazaran, Josh Painter)