Sarah Palin Endorses Carly Fiorina in CA Senate Race

Many people were shocked, outraged, dismayed, and annoyed by this bit of news from Sarah Palin today:

Sarah Palin today endorsed Republican Carly Fiorina in the California Senate race.

Fiorina, a former HP executive who campaigned for Arizona Sen. John McCain and Palin during their 2008 White House bid, is among the Republicans vying for the chance to take on Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

In supporting Fiorina, Palin bypassed Chuck DeVore, a favorite of “Tea Party” activists. Former representative Tom Campbell also is seeking the Republican nomination.

Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic analyzes Palin’s decision:

She’s decided to endorse Carly Fiorina in the contested Republican Senate primary in California. Whaa? Shouldn’t she have endorsed Chuck DeVore’s bid? DeVore is a Tea Party conservative; he was one before the term existed.

Well, it’s  kind of simple. DeVore is almost certainly going to lose. And more self-identified Tea Partiers back Fiorina, despite what one might assume from looking at the race. Fiorina’s spending-cuts message resonates among these voters.

In the long-term, Palin might just have found a wealthy new friend who will be Senator from California and in a position to endorse her in a presidential primary. But there’s no shortage of reasons to think that Palin simply decided to pick the person who best represented the values held by her constituency. And that, according to these folks themselves, is Carly Fiorina.

I reject the view that Palin did this to serve her future political ambitions, because I don’t think Palin is going to run for president in 2012. The latter view I agree with, however, as Palin came out with a passionate defense of her pick on her Facebook page.

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