The media is out trying to a fake create controversy regarding Governor Mitt Romney and his march to the White House. It’s all based on the fact that Sarah Palin, the former half-term Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential candidate, has yet to formally say the words, “I support Governor Mitt Romney for President,” verbatim.
The story began within the last few days when Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller jumped on the fact that Palin did not utter Romney’s name once in the 35-minute address at last weekend’s RightOnline Convention.
The Daily Caller left out of the story that RightOnline was sponsored by Americans for Prosperity which is a 502 (c) (3) and, as such, is forbidden to endorse a political candidate because of their tax status.
Smelling a continuation of the conservatives vs. Romney narrative from the primary, noted leftist news site POLITICO (infamous for railroading Herman Cain) couldn’t help themselves and attempted to pour gasoline on this fabricated fire. Then the site The Daily Beast linked to POLITICO’s article. Governor Palin has stated that she would vote for the Republican candidate regardless of who it was because the other name on the ballot would be Barack Obama. Her words exactly:
We have a presumptive nominee now in the GOP process after a good competitive and very spirited competition to find that presumptive nominee and, yes, if that vote were to be taken today, obviously I would vote for President — for Gov. Romney over President Barack Obama in a heartbeat.
But why is Sarah Palin’s endorsement so darn important, Save Jerseyans?
I must have missed the election where we, conservative America, voted to make former Governor Palin the President of Conservatives! In truth, Governor Palin has a cult of personality which has very little reach beyond her core group of supporters. She’s polarizing and hurts a candidate with independents. Governor Romney should welcome her quasi-endorsement as it stands! Palin found a nitch for herself after 2008 through identifying candidates in areas receptive to her brand and, to her credit, building a winning reputation.
Outside of this grouping, however, she is electoral poison with high unfavorable ratings across key demographics.
A Sarah Palin endorsement of Mitt Romney would also, more than likely, seem less than genuine to her supporters. Palin previously announced her support for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and she openly wanted the primary process to continue on in order to vet the candidates; she advocated for a process that would allow her followers to “rage against the machine.”
We’ve seen what endorsing Governor Romney has done to Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky within his own cult of personality. The Paulbots turned on one of their own before the ink dried on the press release! Palin has become as powerful as she has because of the way her supporters view her – a “rogue.” To endorse Romney would be insincere and be bad for her business.
Moreover, Mitt Romney plays well with independents because he is viewed as being more of a mainstream conservative. He has the resources and the ground game to bring it to President Obama in all 50 states. A Palin endorsement could be a kiss of death regarding independents. With all the momentum swinging toward Romney as Obama is wrapped in scandal (Fast and Furious), a poor recovery, and Wisconsin refuting his entire ideology Romney cannot risk the drain Palin would create.
Both Romney and Palin should just let the issue die and not play into the media’s hands!