Thursday, June 24, 2010
The Power of Sarah Palin
As you can see in the ad, a group called Friends for Barbara Boxer paid for the ad, expecting somehow that the image of Sarah Palin will alienate enough Californians to vote for Senator Boxer in November over her Republican opponent.
It makes me wonder if supporters of Barbara Boxer really understand the power of Sarah Palin's endorsements, if they really know what an endorsement can do in an election.
One doesn't have to look any further than South Carolina, and see how Sarah's endorsements of Nikki Haley and Tim Scott, the Republican nominees, respectively, for Governor and Congress, was a deciding factor in their winning the nominations. One can also look at New Mexico, and see how Susanna Martinez, a longshot early on for Governor, suddenly rocketed to the top once she was endorsed by Governor Palin, and is now the Republican nominee.
Putting the power of the endorsements aside, there's also the matter of how popular Sarah is in California. I live far enough away from California that I don't have the foggiest idea what Californians think of her, but if support for her is strong there, an ad like this from Friends of Barbara Boxer could easily backfire for Senator Boxer.
So, I say this to supporters of Barbara Boxer: Keep it up! I'm sure Carly Fiorina appreciates all the hard work you're doing for her campaign!