Republican Congressman: Sarah Palin Cost GOP Control Of The Senate
Alabama Republican Spencer Bauchus isn’t too thrilled with Sarah Palin right now:
Shelby County’s congressman, U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., said former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin likely cost the Republican Party control of the U.S. Senate.
Bachus made his remarks on Nov. 4 at the monthly luncheon meeting of the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce, held at the Columbiana United Methodist Church.
“The Senate would be Republican today except for states (in which Palin endorsed candidates) like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware,” Bachus said. “Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate.”
He said Tea Party candidates did well in U.S. House races, but in the U.S. Senate races, “They didn’t do well at all.”
To be fair, I’m not at all sure that this is accurate. Angle lost because she gave Harry Reid more than enough ammunition with which to destroy her. Ken Buck lost because he spent far too much time talking about social issues. Carly Fiorina lost because she was a Republican in California. And, well, Christine O’Donnell lost because she’s Christine O’Donnell.
While Palin’s endorsement likely did help O’Donnell win the primary in Delaware and Buck win the primary in Colorado, that isn’t true of either California or Nevada. These four candidates lost mostly because of their own weaknesses. Palin also endorsed Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, both of whom won. So it’s not really the Palin endorsement that is the problem, but the fact that Palin endorsed fundamentally weak candidates in those races.
So I don’t think it’s accurate to say that Sarah Palin cost the GOP the Senate. She didn’t help very much when she choose to back losers like O’Donnell, but the problems were far deeper than that.