Palin backs Emmer for governor in MN convention fight

posted at 10:12 am on April 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

One measure of those seeking national reach in politics is the kind of battles they choose to wage, and at what point they choose to get involved.  Many pols choose not to get involved in the primary stage for races outside of their home state, preferring not to get stuck in the quagmire of intra-party politics and to focus on general elections and party-building.  That makes Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer for the Republican nomination on the eve of state convention a surprise:

One day before Republican delegates meet to back a candidate for governor, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is backing Tom Emmer’s bid for governor.

Palin announced her support for Emmer on her Facebook page. She called Emmer a “hockey dad” and a patriotic commonsense conservative who wishes to serve for the right reasons.

She also wrote that Emmer is best able to “provide bold, principled leadership that will leave Minnesota fiscally stronger for the next generation.”

How significant will this be at the state convention, where balloting for the endorsement takes place this evening? Well, that depends on who one asks. Emmer believes that this will have a big impact:

“It’s a very significant endorsement,” Emmer said. “It’s not only significant for the endorsement process but I think it has a significant impact on the general election as well.”

His opponent, current House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, shrugs it off:

“I haven’t talked to one delegate today that frankly cares about it, Seifert said. “Nobody has told me they’re switching off my side because of it. Nice lady, but last I checked she doesn’t have credentials to vote at the convention.”

John LaPlante at True North, who backs Emmer for the nomination, isn’t convinced that this will help, noting that Emmer probably had all of the delegates Palin could hope to influence — and general-election voters, too:

[A] Republican candidate must appeal to more than Republican voters to win in the general election.

For a good chunk of independents and Democrats open to voting for a Republican candidate, an endorsement by Sarah Palin is the kiss of death. They’re the mirror image of Republicans who disdain a candidate who gets endorsed by the Star-Tribune.

Other Seifert delegates may have some resentment over this selection as well. There isn’t a lot of political space between Emmer and Seifert; the difference more relates to style than policy. Both men are seen as GOP and conservative loyalists, and followers of both candidates see themselves the same way. Palin risks alienating Seifert followers who may have otherwise backed her, with little to gain at this point in making this choice.

It demonstrates why national politicians usually avoid the risks of picking winners in primary races. There may be good times to do this, such as when two candidates show such significant differences that it becomes important to highlight the candidate willing to fight for conservative principles. That was true in Florida and Marco Rubio, for instance, but only because the NRSC made the mistake of getting involved in the first place and endorsing Charlie Crist without understanding the situation in the state.

It does show that Palin’s willing to take risks and get involved in the micro levels of politics. But not all risks pay off, either.

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Palin made 12 million. Awesome! I hope she makes ten times that much every year for the rest of her life.

Your envy is showing.

pugwriter on April 30, 2010 at 1:47 PM

A hilarious statement coming from pseudo-intellectual wingnuts who can’t even stand people stating unpleasant facts about Saint Sarah.

But I do agree that 8 times is a bit much…

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM


They’re not unpleasant facts.

She made money on her book.

That’s what we call GOOD news. Not unpleasant or inappropriate or even bad news.

I’m thrilled she wrote a successful book.

No…the problem is on your side. You want to stir up strife and envy because she is successful. You want people to view her success as a blight on her resume. It’s not.

And the fact that you see things that way makes it clear you don’t understand that freedom-loving people don’t resent the success of those who work for it and earn it.

powerpro on April 30, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Note to Palinbot 2: attempting to enhance your ridiculous post by dusting off the thesaurus will only give you credit with fellow circular backpatters.

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Nice. Brian1972 answers you back, and rather than discuss, you pull out the “you use big words you cannot POSSIBLY understand” meme.

Careful Dark-Star, you elitist slip is showing.

portlandon on April 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

The main thing is that the trolls are diverting us from the subject of the thread, which is their pupose, and obviously why Ed and Allah allow them to stay around. I like playing with them, but it is getting alittle tiring to find EVERY FOCKING THREAD overwhelmed with them.
It wouldn’t be so bad if they had anything of substance to argue, but they don’t. Same old negative points, same old insults.
This is the “New” Hot Air.

lovingmyUSA on April 30, 2010 at 1:55 PM

The main thing is that the trolls are diverting us from the subject of the thread,

lovingmyUSA on April 30, 2010 at 1:55 PM

They can’t help it … they’re obsessed with one Sarah Palin.

darwin on April 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM

darwin on April 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM

*Slaps head–now why didn’t I think of that!!!

lovingmyUSA on April 30, 2010 at 1:58 PM

It does show that Palin’s willing to take risks and get involved in the micro levels of politics. But not all risks pay off, either.

It doesn’t have to pay off. It just doesn’t have to hurt her

I don’t have a problem with Palin, or anyone else supporting a candidate because of their platform. Sometimes it can be suicidal, as the ones not getting the endosements close ranks, and destroy the disloyal

However, Palin is running as an outsider anyway. She is getting support because people do not trust the machine. Who supports her now won’t care, unless she supports a RINO.

She got a pass on McCain, because had Palin walked away from McCain’s call, she would have been viewed as a ‘user’ and that is as bad as being two faced

Palin is tagged as an outsider, and a risk taker. She is still the main Pol connected to the Tea Party and she has not backed off her support

If Palin pulls back from the Tea Party crowds, she will then be hurt big time. Palin is pretty intelligent about that situation. First, she seems to agree with the Tea Party. Second she is able to articulate the difference between Tea Party organizations, and the Tea Party sentiment. On this she is the most clever pol on the scene

I give her credit for not spending her capital too early. Aside from Tea Party and patriotism, she keeps herself generalized so the opposition cannot deconstruct her years before the real elections.

entagor on April 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM

IMHO, endorsements are fine, so long as they don’t burn any bridges, or promote independent bridges to nowhere.

Something like

‘Of these two fine candidates, I find Dufus to have more in line with my common sense constitutional principles. However, I could support either in the general election against a Democrat whose positions are out in the left field bleacher …’

drfredc on April 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM


Is Allah sick??

I was expecting to see this as Allah’s byline, not yours. He must be going into withdrawal not posting something negative about Sarah.

belad on April 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

I don’t dispute that Palin has helped the conservative movement quite a bit out of office.

However, I think she could have been just as helpful if she’d completed her term first.

MadisonConservative on April 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

You are one tiresome loser.

Obama set up an entire network of hate bloggers, and malcontents in Alaska who filed bogus ethics complaints every time she woke up in the morning!

Besides costing her a half million in legal fees (on a $125.000 a year salary) it cost the Alaska TAXPAYERS $2 million to investigate this nonsense.

It was a ridiculous situation.

Sarah did the right thing. That she was then able to take what was a totally f-ed up situation and then turn it to her advantage just shows how powerful, resourceful, and unwavering she is. It shows she’s a true leader, and VERY presidential.

She has the right stuff.

Maybe you should read this as a recap of the mess that Obama set in motion up in Alaska at the time she was chosen as Maverick’s running mate:

Sarah Palin 26 Obama’s Alaska Mafia ZERO

gary4205 on April 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM

I think it’s pretty clear that Palin is a different kind of “politican”. She just doesn’t seem that interested in playing these political games and doesn’t care about intra party political “risks”; she says what she believes and that is that. I admire her for that.

Daemonocracy on April 30, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Another risk that seems to have paid off for Palin. :)

1. Texas
2. Minnesota
3. Kentucky?
4. Pennsylvania special election?

Has 2012 Pres contender Pawlenty weighed in yet with a bold statement?

hrh40 on April 30, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Risk and reward.

chief on April 30, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Emmer won the Nomination!!!!

Sarah Palin’s endorsement helped!!!!

portlandon on April 30, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Inside job…

the_nile on April 30, 2010 at 6:45 PM

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