For someone who was not the most ardent fan of Romney, Palin delivered a fairly decent endorsement. Here's the money shot:
We know what we will get from a second Obama term. We will get the same failed policies. We will get Obamacare locked into law without any chance of undoing this dangerous legislation and any chance to seek real patient-centered health care reform. We will get a debt crisis. We will get more inflation and higher gas prices. We will get tax increases. We will get fewer jobs. We will get more small businesses collapsing under the weight of higher taxes and unfair regulation. We will get more corruption and crony capitalism favoring the Obama administration’s friends. We will get less domestic energy development and increased dependence on terrorist sponsoring foreign regimes for our energy needs. We will get a “blame America first” foreign policy that bows to our enemies and snubs our friends like Israel and leaves America and the world less safe. We will get less opportunity and security for ourselves and for our children.
In 2008, Barack Obama promised to fundamentally transform America. And for all his failures and broken promises, that’s the one thing he has delivered on. He’s transformed us from a nation of hope to one of anxiety. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Tuesday is our chance to turn things around.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have offered a credible alternative to Barack Obama’s failed policies. Governor Romney understands how the free market works. His pro-growth economic policies will benefit all Americans. He has promised to move us toward energy independence, deficit reduction, and responsible entitlement reform that honors our commitment to our seniors and keeps faith with future generations. Governor Romney deserves a chance to lead. President Obama had his chance. He’s failed, and we can’t afford to go backwards.
It is a bit lukewarm, as she describes the Romney/Ryan team as being merely "credible". But Palin does have the reputation for telling it like it is; she's not going to call a Subaru an Escalade if she really believes it's a Subaru. The real disappointment is that she waited until the bottom of the ninth inning with the game tied. Although Palin has been vigorously calling out Barack Obama all along, Romney could have used this endorsement earlier; the value of a Palin endorsement has proven itself again and again, propelling dozens of candidates to victory. By waiting this long, Sarah Palin has probably excluded herself from any consideration for a job in the incoming Romney Administration. Not that it appears she's looking for a post; she seems content with what she's doing right now. She still has three school-age kids at home, and she's prepping to write a fitness book.
CNN points out that Palin's political action committee, SARAHPac, did donate $5,000 to the Romney campaign in October, and Palin also lauded Romney's selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate in August. The Washington Post was much less charitable, saying "If this were any more lukewarm, you could take uncomfortable baths in it". Dan Riehl posted briefly about it as well.
Perhaps some of us Alaskans are spoiled. We're used to Sarah Palin smacking it out of the park when she sounds off, but this time she simply dropped a Texas Leaguer behind the shortstop. But it won't matter if we can get the empty suit out of the White House. If Obama is re-elected, I may not be able to resist the temptation to burn an American flag in Towne Square.