At a fundraiser meet and greet in East Tucson. Jesse Kelly is asked if Sarah Palin should run for president given her endorsement of John McCain. What follows is Jesse Kelly explaining his “disappointment” in Sarah.
If you watched the clips carefully you hear Mr. Kelly express his disappointment in Governor Palin for choosing to get behind candidates that will, in his words, “sell our principle’s down the river.” He then goes on to smear Governor Palin by suggesting that her motives for choosing these candidates are driven by selfish political gain.
By the way, with Carly Fiorina leading Far Left Senator Barbara Boxer, does anyone REALLY think that little known and underfunded Chuck DeVore would be in a better position than Carly?
It’s as mild a knock on Palin as you can get, though: He really likes her but he can’t stomach the Fiorina endorsement, even though for the moment Carly’s nomination looks like it’ll pay huge dividends for the GOP. (Anyone seriously believe the more right-wing, less well funded Chuck DeVore would fare as well in a California general election?) What you’re seeing here, I think, is the downside to Palin’s most remarkable talent — convincing her most devoted supporters that she’s not actually a politician but rather some sort of avatar of conservatism and guileless authenticity for whom self-interest and strategy never enter the equation. She bet on Fiorina because she
thought Fiorina could win, because it helps her brand of supporting conservative women, and, perhaps, because backing a perceived moderate might help to soften her own media-driven image as some sort of right-of-Buchanan Bircher/theocrat hybrid. Kelly thinks she should have backed DeVore because, well, he was the “true conservative” in the race and that’s all that matters, even though it wasn’t all that matters to Palin.