Karl Rove mockingly dismissed the value of Sarah and Todd Palin's endorsements on a private conference call today, noting that their backing of Newt Gingrich in Alaska "demonstrated that endorsements don’t mean snot."
Is it possible that the overrated "architect" meant to say that no endorsement is "worth snot?" Perhaps, but why use the Palins as an example? If he didn't have a history of taking cheap-shots at Governor Palin, I would give him the benefit of the doubt. But he does, so I won't.
Governor Palin NEVER gave a full GOP primary endorsement to Newt Gingrich. Her husband did, but she did not. She never helped Gingrich campaign, she never attended rallies, nor did she do any fundraising or record any robocalls. She only released the name of who she was going to vote for, AFTER she had already voted for him. Also, that was after most Alaskans had already voted, so what kind of effect could she have truly had?
Alaska also has a 'closed primary' for Republicans, who only make up roughly 26.8% of an entire population, which isn't very large to begin with. Governor Palin made the statement a few hours before the polls closed. So, what percentage of the 26.8% of Alaskans waited until the evening to vote, and how many of them watched FOX before voting? My point here is that Governor Palin didn't "endorse" Gingrich, she openly voted for him and didn't do so until it would have virtually no effect on the outcome in her home state.
What is sort of funny about all of this is that back in 2010, Governor Palin endorsed (and campaigned for) Rick Perry in Rove's home state of Texas. At that time, Rove endorsed Kay Bailey Hutchison. We all know how that turned out. Apparently, it's Karl Rove's endorsement that isn't worth snot.