Sarah Palin has placed her lipstick-red kiss of death on Carly Fiorina in her latest Facebook post:
Please consider that Carly is the conservative who has the potential to beat California’s liberal senator, Barbara Boxer, in November. I’m a huge proponent of contested primaries, so I’m glad to see the contest in California’s GOP, but I support Carly as she fights through a tough primary against a liberal member of the GOP who seems to bear almost no difference to Boxer, one of the most leftwing members of the Senate.
Palin's endorsement tells more about Palin than it does Fiorina. Fiorina nearly destroyed Hewlett-Packard during her tenure, and walked away with millions in stock and cash while thousands lost their jobs. HP has yet to recover from her evildoing there. Yet Palin endorses her not because of Fiorina's politics, but because she "has the potential to beat" Barbara Boxer. This is Sarah Palin at her most basic level: win at any cost, no matter what damage is done along the way.
It's also clear that Palin intends to use gender as the new wedge in politics. There's no question in my mind that Palin's politics are as far-right fringe as they can be, which would make Chuck Devore the logical candidate from an ideological standpoint. If Fiorina were a man, I'd bet Palin wouldn't make any endorsement here at all.
Palin's endorsement is great news for Democrats. It further marginalizes Campbell, who could possibly be a more difficult candidate for Boxer. If Fiorina wins the primary, Boxer will have a far easier time than she would with Campbell.
Go Sarah, go! Maybe she'll even come out and campaign for Carly. That ought to be interesting, given that she's not even selling out small stadiums in the heartland.
Update: It seems that Palin's constituents are a bit aggravated over her decision. Earlier today her original Facebook announcement was updated to include this extra justification:
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.
Hmmm. NRA ratings haven't been released yet, and Carly Fiorina hasn't held elective office for them to even rate her. Worse yet, Fiorina supported cap and trade legislation before she opposed it.