Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Governor Palin is kicking some serious donkey tail with her endorsements. With the election victories yesterday, there has been much talk today about the weight her endorsements carry. The conversation is on-going and will, no doubt, continue through November.
Today NPR reported:
Oh, those "mama grizzlies, they rise up." So says Sarah Palin, rightfully, and it bears repeating after two high-flying lady Republicans she championed swept to victory on Tuesday. In South Carolina, Nikki Haley outdistanced three rivals in the GOP gubernatorial primary (falling just short of a majority, but she is heavily favored to win the runoff on June 22), while in California, Carly Fiorina held off four Republicans in a crowded Senate primary. Their wins are Palin's, too.
Read that full story here.
Politics Daily chimed in with this story:
Sarah Palin batted three for four (with an asterisk) in primary endorsements Tuesday, and though Cecile Bledsoe's loss in Arkansas' 3rd District dropped her 2010 record in congressional matchups to 5-4, she's perfect so far in gubernatorial races.
If Nikki Haley (the asterisk) wins the June 22 runoff in South Carolina's GOP race for governor, that would further validate Palin's endorsement power.
The title of that story, which you can read here, "Sarah Palin's Winning Ways: Endorsed Candidates Fare Well on Tuesday," is a far cry from the title of their story written just five days ago. That story, here, poses the question, "Sarah Palin's Endorsement: Curse or Blessing?" I wonder if the answer is becoming clearer to them now.
Nikki Haley spoke to "Fox and Friends" herself, and she vocalized her gratitude to Governor Palin for her endorsement.
As Sheya at C4P reported:
Earlier today Nikki Haley appeared on Fox & Friends to talk about her victory. The conversation turned to the endorsement she received from Governor Palin. Nikki talked about the telephone conversation she had with Governor Palin when the vicious attacks began. Asked whether she would like to have Governor Palin come out to campaign for her in the general, she responded "I would love to have her come back".
Here's that video clip below:
What does Governor Palin have to say about these victories? As always, she humbly refuses to credit herself, but instead only congratulates the candidates who have chosen to serve for the right reasons. She issued this statement (via Peter Hamby of CNN):
"Congratulations to the commonsense conservative candidates who proved again last night that the voice of the American people cannot be ignored in Washington any longer. These candidates have the courage to stand up for their convictions, fight for what they know is right for their states and our nation, and buck politics as usual in order to put government back on the side of the people. It will be exciting to have these excellent candidates – especially those fearless GOP "mama grizzlies" - take their message straight through to November and into office."
In addition, Tammy Bruce spoke with the Governor today. It is an engaging, well-conducted interview, retrieved from PalinTV, and I encourage you to take fifteen minutes and enjoy it below:
Governor Palin also spoke earlier to Megyn Kelly on Fox. Watch that video here.
Governor Palin's choices of candidates to endorse are definitely not without controversy, for everyone seems to have an opinion on what she should and should not do. However, even the naysayers have to acknowledge that the Governor's instincts are proving sharp, and her decision to stand on principle, even in the face of opposition, is the right one.
For example, many were up in arms when she endorsed Carly Fiorina over Chuck Devore. After the complaints began, Governor Palin updated her Facebook endorsement with this (emphasis added):
Update: I’d like to add a few things about my Carly endorsement because some reaction right out of the chute calls for more information:
Carly has been endorsed by the National Right to Life, the California Pro-Life Council, and the Susan B. Anthony List. She is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-military, and pro-strict border security and against amnesty. She is against Obamacare and will vote to repeal it and prevent the government takeover of private companies and industries. Carly is also a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Like me, she is a member of the NRA, has a 100% NRA rating, and she and her husband are gun owners. She is pro-energy development and believes as I do in an all-of-the-above approach to energy independence. She is against cap and tax. And most importantly, Carly is the only conservative in the race who can beat Barbara Boxer. That’s no RINO. That’s a winner.
- Sarah Palin
I addressed the issue myself and supported the Governor's decision as common sense. I wrote in part:
Carly Fiorina is a conservative, one who has much in common with Governor Palin--and she has what it takes to win. It should be no surprise that the governor would throw her support behind Fiorina. Taking a good look at the three candidates, who else would Governor Palin endorse? Carly Fiorina is the right--and only--common sense choice.
Governor Palin, out of humility and a servant's heart, is doing what she said she would upon resignation after the haters in Alaska were determined to use her to bankrupt the state and the Palin family. She is working hard to support people who are committed to putting government back on the side of the people. Her endorsements do carry real weight, which is what captured everyone's attention today--and will continue to do so through November's mid-term elections when we take our country back.
(H/T C4P, PalinTV)