It is telling that people identify with the positions of both Palin and Obama at the same level despite Obama's massively favorable and Palin's massively unfavorable press coverage and Obama's prestige as president. And it looks like Palin's candidates are going to be the winners in the elections today in New York and Virginia and maybe even New Jersey.
Not bad for a "quitter".
Hmm. I haven't seen anybody outraged that Scozzafava quit the NY-23 race three days before the election. The New York Times was very understanding about the heavy toll on Scozzafava of conservative attacks on her in the short three and a half month campaign:
Exhausted and emotionally drained by the attacks from conservatives seeking to paint her as a liberal who was disloyal to the Republican Party, Ms. Scozzafava said she needed time to decide whether she could endorse Mr. Owens, said one person with knowledge of the meeting, who spoke requested anonymity in order to reveal details of private conversations.Leading Democrats, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, were courting Scozzafava's endorsement.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., was among those who urged Dierdre K. Scozzafava to endorse Democratic congressional candidate William L. Owens, the senator's spokesman said Saturday.
The spokesman, Maxwell Young, said the senator called a number of north country political leaders after Ms. Scozzafava suspended her campaign and had more than one conversation with the Republican candidate ahead of her announcement. He said the senator also called other Democratic leaders about the situation, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Mr. Owens said he was “honored” by the endorsement.
“Over the course of her career, Dede has always committed to serving the people of Upstate New York before serving a partisan agenda,” he said in a statement. “Now more than ever we need bipartisan solutions to help bring jobs to Upstate New York to get our economy back on track and move our country forward. Those are the kinds of priorities I will fight for in Congress because that's the kind of leadership Upstate New York needs right now.”