Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Some call it Palin Power. Others call it the Palin Bounce. Mike Flynn calls in the Palin Effect. Whatever one chooses to call it, what's important is it works. Once again, the nation witnessed Governor Palin taking a non-establishment candidate and helping to catapult her/him to victory--with less notoriety, less funding, and less chances. This time the beneficiary of the Palin endorsement was Deb Fischer who won Nebraska's U.S. Senate Primary yesterday.
Mike Flynn, writing for Big Government, explains:
Just two weeks ago, the battle for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska was between state Attorney General Jim Bruning and state Treasurer Don Stenburg. Neither inspired the growing base of conservative voters. They were, to be charitable, standard conservative-ish career politicians. Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin shook up the race with a late endorsement of state Senator Debby Fischer. It made all the difference.
I follow politics very closely, yet I hadn't heard of the Fischer candidacy until Palin's endorsement. National tea party groups like FreedomWorks had put all their resources behind Stenburg, with nary a thought about Fischer. A good reminder that these groups aren't as plugged into the grassroots as they like to claim.
Sarah Palin gets it. Here's hoping the national GOP gets it too.
If one had asked me in early 2009, and even in late 2010, if the GOP gets it, I would have answered with a resounding yes. But 2012 is here, and I've had the opportunity to witness this election cycle with crystal clear clarity. It's obvious that too many are committed to the same old politics as usual. They haven't gotten the message at all. Thankfully, we have some who do get it and are willing to help usher in the sudden and relentless reform we need--even without a title.
(h/t Doug Brady)