Sarah Palin’s winning streak ends with Senate race in Missouri

The election may have been in Missouri, but the two Republican campaigns for Georgia’s new 9th District, now in a runoff, had their eyes on Tuesday’s victory by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin in the GOP race to face down Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Doug Collins, who faces a Sarah Palin-endorsed Martha Zoller on Aug. 21 for the north Georgia seat, may have reason to hope.

Former Alaska Gov. and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin/AP file

Former Alaska Gov. and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin/AP file

From the Associated Press:

Akin, who described himself as the most conservative congressman in Missouri, defeated former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner in a race in which all three tried to appeal to conservative voters or tea party activists. He carried 36 percent of the vote, compared with 30 percent for Brunner and 29 percent for Steelman.

Steelman had enjoyed heavy support from Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee. Brunner had poured more than $7.5 million of his personal wealth into his first campaign, stressing his business experience and outsider status.

But Brunner and Steelman attacked each other’s conservative credentials in TV ads, while Akin refused to go negative. Instead, Akin’s ads featured the praise of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 presidential candidate.

For Palin, Steelman’s defeat breaks a successful endorsement streak of four U.S. Senate races, not to mention the attempted Wisconsin recall of Gov. Scott Walker. An additional word from the Washington Post:

Not that Palin didn’t give the Missouri race her best effort. She cut several radio ads for Steelman, made a personal visit to the state and effusively praised Steelman for her mavericky refusal to go-along to get-along, a message designed to appeal to the tea party supporters Steelman needed….

And the election year is not yet over. Martha Zoller, Palin’s pick for the GOP nominee in Georgia’s 9th congressional district will face a run-off election Aug. 21. Palin has also backed Rep. Jeff Flake in a tough Aug. 28 race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Arizona.

And, notably, she’s supporting freshman Rep. Sandy Adams in her effort to take down veteran Florida Rep. John Mica, in a rare member-on-member Aug. 14 race required by redistricting.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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42 comments Add your comment

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August 8th, 2012
1:54 pm

Palin has given her efforts and support in the cause of many successful conservative candidates. I dare say her record is to be envied by most political consultants.

hiram

August 8th, 2012
2:10 pm

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August 8th, 2012
1:54 pm

“I dare say her record is to be envied by most political consultants.”

She’s been preaching to the choir…personally, I had rather hear fingernails on a chalkboard: http://free-loops.com/7574-nails-chalkboard.html

Danny O

August 8th, 2012
2:11 pm

“mavericky refusal”? I guess the Washington Post Deskbook on Style doesn’t apply to their blogs…

AngryVoter

August 8th, 2012
2:11 pm

Let’s be honest, and not try to slant things to fit preconceived conclusions…

Sarah Palin is entertaining. While her thoughts aren’t deep, nor would anyone call her intellectual, she can draw a crowd of people who want to see her live.

Sarah Palin endorses candidates for whatever reason; only Sarah Palin knows for sure. Some of those cadidates resonate with the public; others do not.

Nobody is voting based on Sarah Palin’s word. Her endorsement may get the mostly liberal press’ condescending coverage so the candidate’s name out and the wise people who know most of the press is full of hot air ignore what the press is saying but gets the cue that the candidate is important enough for Palin to notice. It gets the electorate to consider the candidate.

Everyday voters are more intelligent and thoughtful than the mostly liberal press gives credit. The public evaluates the candidate based on the cadidate, not based on Palin’s endorsement. Sometimes they agree with Palin and elect the the person. Other times, the general public decides something else is better.

It’s only the mostly liberal press that wants to demonize the average voter by portraying Palin as some sort of kingmaker. Real people know better. For all the fake stories about Palin being some sort of vote magnet, why hasn’t the press ever been able to show us a single person who claims to have decided on a candidate based on Palin’s endorsement?

The same goes with every other celebrity, politician and person with a sign.

Why is it the least wise among us tend to become journalists, who are either too small minded to realize this or silly enough to think that they can fool us with this lie?

AngryVoter

August 8th, 2012
2:16 pm

And Jim, I include you in that list of lazy journalists who should know better than to try and present Palin as some sort of vote magnet.

Do you really have that little respect for the voters and readers? Do you really think there is a large group of Republican voters who turn their choice over to whomever Palin blesses? I’m sorry, Jim, but it’s disgusting that you have that much disdain for voters and readers.

You have a platform which can be used to help people rationally make informed decisions. You are wasting it on this drivel and perpetuating false assumptions.

Grow up. Do better.

Danny O

August 8th, 2012
2:18 pm

Note the distinction between Missouri Senate primary and that of the 9th District: Palin’s candidate in Missouri got 29% of a three-way contest. In the Georgia 9th, also a three-way, Palin’s candidate took 41%. Plus Georgia requires 50% +1. May well be an apples and oranges situation here.

Danny O

August 8th, 2012
2:24 pm

@ AngryVoter:

There are always some voters that go to the poll with little or no information about the race, even in a primary. If the one thing that they hear is that someone that they like has given approval to a candidate, then it is highly likely that candidate will be receiving their vote.

hiram

August 8th, 2012
2:27 pm

AngryVoter
August 8th, 2012
2:11 pm

“Everyday voters are more intelligent and thoughtful than the mostly liberal press gives credit.”

Are you describing the voters in another state? The voters that elected Sonny two times, and Deal, have proven, beyond any doubt, that they are incapable of intelligent thoughts. And, Palin is entertaining?

ClemsonNeil

August 8th, 2012
2:30 pm

Congratulations… she’s a GOP mouthpiece.

I mean seriously… what more is she than insurance that Republicans will vote Republican.

And if people are basing their votes off who Sarah Palin endorses… no wonder GA is at the bottom of the education list.

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August 8th, 2012
2:43 pm

Yes, let’s be honest.

If Palin was a democrat and supporting democratic candidates, nearly every one of you who criticize her would be singing her praises here.

“You have a platform which can be used to help people rationally make informed decisions. You are wasting it on this drivel and perpetuating false assumptions.”

Do you honestly think that you will receive help in the form of factual and fair information here? If so, you are practicing self-deception, sir.

td

August 8th, 2012
2:56 pm

Palin has a larger following then many of the other so called leaders in their communities of interest. Do you want to compare the followers of Sarah V. Jesse or Sarah V Ron Paul. She has every right to express her opinions, might I add most of the ones I have heard are good common sense solutions to problems, and the paper has the right to cover her because she puts herself out in the public eye.

td

August 8th, 2012
2:59 pm

Just went to Facebook and did a little research:

Sarah Palin: 3,460,440 friends
Jesse Jackson: 4,640 friends
Ron Paul: 1,047,324 friends
Jim Galloway: 2,347 friends

East Lake Ira

August 8th, 2012
3:00 pm

Didn’t she endorse that dumpy lady that ran for gov against Deal?

Bernie

August 8th, 2012
3:01 pm

Bring on Sarah ” WORD SALAD” Palin, we all love to watch a GOOD TRAIN WRECK! I’ m just hoping she will bring that foul mouth grand son too!

He’s a Trip! :)

It will be fun to watch him carry on the great Palin family tradition as gets older!

Any takers on at least one DUI and assault charge by age 15?

2 to 1 on him being a new DAD by age 17.

Maybe somewhere down the line a Republican Presidential Candidate running on a
Strong Family Morals platform. Yay!

Auntie Christ

August 8th, 2012
3:26 pm

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August 8th, 2012
2:43 pm
“If Palin was a democrat and supporting democratic candidates, nearly every one of you who criticize her would be singing her praises here.”

Wow, did you think long and hard on that pearl of wisdom, that demos would praise her if she was a demo, or did it just come to you in an epiphany like Paul on the road to Damascus. I can hardly wait to find out! You have inspired me and like you I now have some wisdom for the ages to impart, if Al Sharpton were a repub, or Jesse Jackson, Mitt Romney would praise them! (Say, this philosophizing isn’t so hard as I thought, thanks for the inspiration).

“Do you honestly think that you will receive help in the form of factual and fair information here? If so, you are practicing self-deception, sir.”

Well I don’t know about you but many of us come for the unfactual and unfair stuff, but stay for the self-deception. Self-deception has helped those in the tea party, repubs and libertarians everywhere to remain insulated from the realities of geopolitics

GaBlue

August 8th, 2012
3:40 pm

Palin’s relevance factor to the 2012 elections: Low.
My give-a-shizz factor re: Palin’s relevance factor: Non-existent.

Steve D.

August 8th, 2012
4:03 pm

For all you Palin detractors,here are the facts: Sarah Palin is 4 out of 5 on SENATE candidates,with more to go.No other persons endorsements,Republican, or Democrat,including Obama or Romney,has an endorsement record that successful. Never underestimate how powerful this America loving woman is.

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August 8th, 2012
4:10 pm

“or did it just come to you in an epiphany like Paul on the road to Damascus.”

Actually, I received that information in a phone call from someone. They also told me that Harry Reid was a child molestor. Of course, Reid can prove the caller wrong by merely proving he isn’t a child molestor.

“if Al Sharpton were a repub, or Jesse Jackson, Mitt Romney would praise them!”

There is absolutely no chance of either Jackson or Sharpton becoming Republicans. They would no longer be able to turn non-racial incidents into racial incidents for fun and profit, with the emphasis on the ‘profit’. Extorting profits would go by the wayside and they would suffer financially. As far as Romney praising them, you may just as well forget it: unlike democrats, Romney is a man of principle and unlikely to find much praise for racists, black though they are.

“Self-deception has helped those in the tea party, repubs and libertarians everywhere to remain insulated from the realities of geopolitics”

I would have to be smokin’ what you’re smokin’ to even attempt to address this statement.

Auntie Christ

August 8th, 2012
4:24 pm

Steve D. 403 pm “Sarah Palin is 4 out of 5 on SENATE candidates,with more to go.”

Correlation does not necessarily equal causation. The question is, did her endorsement put these people over the top, or is she just good at picking winners, and then getting credit for their victory?

Tom

August 8th, 2012
4:26 pm

Sarah WHO????????

Auntie Christ

August 8th, 2012
4:28 pm

“I would have to be smokin’ what you’re smokin’ to even attempt to address this statement.”

Either that or get an education. I strongly suggest get an education, it would help in the long run, and besides there’s no chance I’m parting with any of my good smoke.

td

August 8th, 2012
4:54 pm

Auntie Christ

August 8th, 2012
4:28 pm

After reading some of your comments I am sure you have some really “good smoke”.

WOW

August 8th, 2012
5:00 pm

Jim:

I wouldn’t ever want to be considered a fan of Gov. Palin, but there was another small wrinkle in this race. Sen. McCaskill actually ran adds against Rep. Akin who won the race,touting him as the most conservative candidate in the race. I think that had more to do with the outcome that Gov. Palin.

WOW

August 8th, 2012
5:05 pm

@ Angry Voter:

Do you really think there is a large group of Republican voters who turn their choice over to whomever Palin blesses? I’m sorry, Jim, but it’s disgusting that you have that much disdain for voters and readers.

There is actually evidence that she does move votes in primarires. That’s why candidates want her endorsement. The same cannot be said for General Elections. Look at her negatives higher than anyone on the right with the exception of Cheney.

Auntie Christ

August 8th, 2012
5:07 pm

td 454 pm “After reading some of your comments I am sure you have some really “good smoke” ”

And after reading some of your comments, I recall you think I should be serving time in one of our celebrated sewers, aka chain gangs, tho you are all about ‘personal freedom.’

td

August 8th, 2012
5:14 pm

Auntie Christ

August 8th, 2012
5:07 pm

If you are partaking of illegal substances then heck yes or you maybe receive a public canning. If you are selling said illegal substances then immediate death penalty should be applied.

Auntie Christ

August 8th, 2012
5:26 pm

“If you are partaking of illegal substances then heck yes or you maybe receive a public canning. If you are selling said illegal substances then immediate death penalty should be applied.”

Spoken like a good tea bag/repub/taliban/christian. You should be free to do as you please, and I should be free to do as you please, but I cannot be free to do as I please. What a concept!

Auntie Christ

August 8th, 2012
5:35 pm

Off topic, but I’m watching the news and country singer randy travis was arrested for DUI, driving naked wrecking his car, resisting arrest, and being combative with police. Didn’t he get invited to the White House when bush was there? Remember when Obama invited the poet/rapper, Common to a White House poetry reading and the “outrage” of hannity, orally, malkin, ericcson, drudge et al that followed? I wonder if the repub’s association with a person who gets drunk, drives naked, crashes his car and then fights with cops will get any air time from the righties.

Auntie Christ

August 8th, 2012
5:39 pm

And I almost forgot this one :

“I am a huge Randy Travis fan and I am honored he will be with us on August 13 to help make this day fun and meaningful for our supporters and their families,” (Michelle) Bachmann said in a statement.

S

August 8th, 2012
5:40 pm

I find it funny that all the Fruitcakes are on the R side of the isle, but not surprised. It’s the Republican brain, and their lacking in sensible fair solutions for all people, not just themselves. I believe it is called being a selfish Psychopath.

BehindEnemyLines

August 8th, 2012
5:50 pm

@East Lake Ira — Palin did indeed back Karen Handel, a move that had to damage Palin’s credibility with at least some voters.

Angry Voter

August 8th, 2012
5:56 pm

@WOW stated “There is actually evidence that she does move votes in primarires. That’s why candidates want her endorsement.”

There is no proof of this. It’s part of the load of waste that the media makes up and people buy into. Palin has a knack for endorsing candidates who have a good chance of winning. When those candidates win, the lazy press passes along the story that Palin’s candidate wins, without any thought to how good the candidate was to begin with or how the candidate may have fared without Palin’s endorsement. The (mostly lib) media is intent on making it seem that the Reps are blindly following Palin. It must make them feel better.

Maybe when the libs stop trying to blame people for following Palin and realize their own failed leadership, negative campaigning and lack of clear vision make people vote for Reps more than anything Palin does.

Part of it must be jealousy, too. The Reps have this positive energy force who inspires. (Note: I’m not a Palin fan, but c’mon, you can’t deny this.) Who do the Dems have as a draw? Mean, crazy Harry Reid, off her rocker Pelosi and bitter hack Debby Wasserman-Schultz? Irrational Rachel Maddow or her even nuttier counterpart Ed Schultz?

Angry Voter

August 8th, 2012
6:01 pm

@hiram stated, “Are you describing the voters in another state? The voters that elected Sonny two times, and Deal, have proven, beyond any doubt, that they are incapable of intelligent thoughts.”

Actually, given the Dems, in two of those elections, put up the failure Barnes as their candidate, and in the other put up a man whose daddy bankrolled him in politics to keep him away from the family business, it is proof the voters in this State think rationally. Perdue and Deal were horrible choices for Gov, but Barnes was, by far, an even worse choice. Barnes is someone who should never again be allowed anywhere near political power. Dean is corrupt. Barnes is much, much worse. And Taylor couldn’t lead himself out of a paper bag.

Auntie Christ

August 8th, 2012
6:14 pm

Angry Voter (and apparently furious, indignant, irate, ireful, mad,and wrathfu) lThe Reps have this positive energy force who inspires. (Note: I’m not a Palin fan, but c’mon, you can’t deny this.)

You’ve spent about 10 paragraphs of screed castigating the librul media, saying that they’re full of it for suggesting repubs follow sara palin’s lead, then make a statement that she inspires them. So. she inspires them, but just not enough to vote the way she wants them to, is that what you’re saying? Usually people follow an inspirational figure, but according to you, anyone who suggest the repubs do follow their inspirational leader, is just a pawn of the librul media. Do you get headaches when you think like this? I’m getting one trying to follow your reasoning.

Angry Voter

August 8th, 2012
6:28 pm

@Auntie Christ – Do you not understand the difference between inspiring and blindly following? Someone can inspire you, yet you may do the exact opposite of what is suggested. For many people, Palin inspires them to want to think about politics. That doesn’t mean that after listening to her they turn into lemmings or zombies, doing as she tells them.

Example: Billy Graham always inspired me, yet I’ve never been Christian. He has inspired me to learn more about my own religion. Example: IMO, Donald Trump is a blowhard, yet he does inspire me to have more conviction in my own abilities and not to let others’ opinions get in the way of my success.

Maybe it’s that people on the left do this, so it’s inconceivable to them that people in the middle or, for that matter, on the right don’t. It’s really the liberal media that builds her up and claims that she is this mythical creature. Reps seem to take her as one of many voices, not as their leader.

Angry Voter

August 8th, 2012
6:37 pm

@Auntie Christ – One more thing – do you not listen to many different opinions and then develop your own? Do you only listen to opinions you know will back up what you already think? Do you believe that people, like Palin, are either always right or always wrong?

There seems to be a lack of rational analysis in your line of thinking. Most voters are likely able to listen to different viewpoints and make independent decisions. Anyone who thinks people who listen to Palin automatically vote the way she dictates are likely really clueing us into their own lack of intellectual analysis abilities along the lines of not being able to describe the ocean if you’ve never seen the ocean. Its kind of scary to think that there are people like that living among us!

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August 8th, 2012
7:11 pm

Angry Voter on August 8th, 2012 at 6:37 pm:

Great post with very good questions and observation!

PatDowns

August 8th, 2012
10:01 pm

Hey Galloway – how did you do w/your latest endorsement in favor of the T-SPLOST?

Jason Hammaker

August 9th, 2012
3:09 am

Palins about to lose two in a row, this one in Florida. She chose to endorse a lightweight Florida Congresswoman against the lesser Conservative? I think Palin needs better advisers….just saying.

Tom

August 9th, 2012
1:22 pm

Sarah, Sarah Palin, Queen of the Trailer park trash (sung to the tune of Davy Crocket)

Angry Voter

August 9th, 2012
2:02 pm

@Tom – She does not live in a trailer. She is a college graduate. She and her husband have been financially successful. They’ve raised a family. She was elected governor of a state and was chosen to be a national ticket VP candidate. She is an in-demand speaker who pretty much works when she wants to at this point, having enough cash to last the rest of her life.

Something tells me she is superior to you in the majority, if not all of those categories. She is clearly not trailer trash. Why must you say such a thing? Does it make you feel superior? Does it make you feel cool because you think the cool kids all make fun of her, so little Tommy should, too?

Why can’t you disagree with her politics without demonizing her? Face it, like it or not, she has found her niche. She is happy. She is successful.

You make yourself look silly writing something like that, and you do nothing to further any sort of meaningful discussion. Nobody finds it funny, witty or smart. It’s childish.

We get the politicians we get because good people stay away, to avoid being demonized by losers. We get the political results we get because people like you, who are too busy making fun of the other side, keep civilized discussion and compromise from happening. Do you think anyone will change an opinion, or do you think anything worthwhile will come from your childish comment?

Grow up. If you are old enough to post here, you are too old for the playground taunts.