Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The myth of Palin's political power, is just that, a myth.
Of course the underdog Campaign was ecstatic and immediately believed they were seeing a benefit from having the Lunatic from Lake Lucille on their side.
Campaign manager John Drogin confirmed by email to Yahoo News that Palin's endorsement "has added HUGE buzz to our campaign."
"Phones are ringing, online contributions are pouring in, and supporters are more excited than ever on our social networks," Drogin wrote, adding that he's seen a "flood" of donations but has yet to tally them.
Okay so according to the campaign manager there was a "HUGE buzz" and a "flood" of donations.
Well I can't speak to the donations (Though according to Open Secrets Cruz trailed both Dewhurst and fellow Teabagger Thomas Leppert.), but the buzz is kind of understandable since Palin ALWAYS attracts media attention.
In the end Cruz ended up coming in a rather distant second to favorite David Dewhurst. However since, with the help of Thomas Leppert and a few others, Cruz managed to keep the Rick Perry endorsed Dewhurst from getting the 50% necessary to clinch the nomination, certain Palin-bots and know nothing pundits are calling this a win for Palin.
But was it really?
Here is a look at the polling data courtesy of the Texas Tribune. Notice anything?
It kind of appears that his numbers were ever so slowly going up, and continued on that slow trajectory right up until election day. In other words, it is almost as if Palin never factored in at all.
Now take a look at Dewhurt's numbers after early May. Does THAT appear to be a significant increase to you? Yeah, it does to me as well.
So, just going by the data alone, it sort of appears that Palin's endorsement might have indeed had a positive impact. On Dewhurst's numbers.
But hey, I could be wrong. However if Cruz thinks his chances are now better for the runoff due to Palin's support, he might want to make a call to a certain Arizona Senator, or Alaska Senate hopeful, and ask THEM if they think he should start shopping for curtains to decorate his office in Washington.
I'm just saying.