Today Sarah Palin announced via facebook her endorsement of Terry Branstad for Governor of Iowa in the GOP Primary.

Today at 4:41pm

Iowa, your great state’s motto is “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.” That motto will be well served by voting for Terry Branstad for governor next Tuesday!

Please join me in supporting Governor Branstad’s campaign. Visit his website here, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

– Sarah Palin

Considering the two other  candidates competing for the GOP nomination to defeat Chet Culver in November, are social conservatives Bob Vander Plaats and Rod Roberts, this is somewhat of a surprise.   Caffeinated Thoughts is “Blogs 4 Palin” website, so I will refrain from any negative statement regarding this endorsement, but something tells me that we will not be following her lead on this one.


  1. If you don’t think Roberts has a prayer or you don’t like his tack on the campaign and you think BVP is unqualified, what choice is there? 🙂

  2. I’m a liberal Democrat so take that in mind but it doesn’t surprise me to see Sarah Palin endorse Terry Branstad. Much of political endorsements are used to secure future endorsements for yourself (regardless of party or ideology). Palin was smart to endorse Branstad, because he will (as you know) most likely win the GOP nomination. Regardless of whether or not he beats Culver, Branstad will be a huge ally should Palin run in 2012. Esp. considering the fact that I honestly believe Huckabee will not run in 12, Iowa GOP voters are Palin’s for the taking.

    1. Christopher, I think your assessment is pretty accurate. The question is, how much of a slight is this to the BVP and RR supporters, and will they remember it in 2012. Will the potential future endorsement of Branstad gain her enough moderate supporters to offset the potential loss of the social conservative base? I tend to agree, that Huck will not be running. So she may be betting on the chance that the social conservatives will do what they always seem to do, forgive the past “Walk” and support the current “Talk”.

  3. She’s going to get the same reaction from Iowa Social Conservatives that she got from the McClintock /DeVore crowd in California after she endorsed Fiorina. Palin judged, rather shrewdly imho, that Carly would be the best candidate for the fall against Babs Boxer.

    The Ultramontaine crowd, who had luxuriated in their marginalization since Pete Wilson got hammered back in 1996 over the Beat the Mexicans proposition, would rather take their marbles and go home that compromise with the rest of the GOP and win in the fall. Palin, fortunately, gets this in spades and is prepared to endorse candidates like Brandstead and Fiorina, figuring that the Right will come back to her rather than vote for Mittens, whom they can’t stand and consider unbelievably phony.

    They’ll forgive her. If Vander Platts was in better shape, the Right might have more of a claim on her support. He’s not. They don’t. He’s the Iowa version of Chuck DeVore. Nice guy. Can’t win. Sarah’s right to endorse Brandstead.

    1. I think she would have been better off to wait until after the primary, but see your point regarding Vander Plaats. I forgive her 🙂 (I’m not one who will fly off the handle over an endorsement), but not going to follow her lead on this.

  4. I get the emails from SarahPAC so I usually hear about this in a rather timely fashion. I was traveling today and just read the endorsement in my inbox.

    I emailed SarahPAC for an explanation since the endorsement announcement was rather thin. I have to admit I’m surprised and rather disappointed since Branstad doesn’t meet up with her standards of being a “commonsense conservative.” I can understand a general election endorsement, but didn’t think she’d endorse during the primary since she hadn’t yet.

    I’m thinking this isn’t an enthusiastic endorsement since it was brief, doesn’t give any explanation, and is rather last minute.

    Dustin is right, I won’t be following her lead on this particular endorsement.

    1. There are actually 2 candidates running who are more conservative than Branstad. There are a lot of reasons some people don’t like him. He was governor for 16 years so he has a record to point to, including raising taxes and nominating the judge who made some less than popular court decisions regarding marriage. When he was first governor I was 3 months old, and I now have a 4 year old daughter…best candidate in a anti-incumbent year?
      .-= Dustin Krutsinger´s last blog ..2nd Congressional District GOP Primary: Assessment of the Libertarian-Leaning Wing’s Opinion =-.

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