What's interesting is that the Washington Post, which is tracking Palin's endorsements with high profile graphics, is not similarly tracking President Obama's endorsements. Could it be because the President has such a dismal record*? Not even close to blind chance of 50/50. And there are no long shot endorsements as most of Palin's picks are.
Then there's Palin's game changing framing of issues. Jennifer Rubin:
"And it’s not simply candidates that she gets right. Her death-panel zinger not only revealed an underlying truth about ObamaCare’s plans to ration care; she also managed, with a hot button phrase, to electrify critics and infuriate defenders of the bill. Her populist appeal, and sometimes overdone criticism of elite media, was in 2008 a precursor of the Tea Party movement — conservatism that is anti-establishment, small-government-minded, and celebrates individual responsibility."What could this mean to 2012? That Palin's special understanding of the American people is the key to guiding the U.S. out of its current problems? Both Rubin and John Dickerson think it possible.
"Now, being a political soothsayer and a superb judge of talent (she plucked Nikki Haley out of obscurity by watching a single video) doesn’t ensure a successful candidacy or an effective presidency. But it’s not nothing. And having experienced an over-credentialed pseudo-intellectual president who lacks a basic understanding of the American people, the public may find something refreshing about someone who 'gets' what the country is about. Palin knows what to look for in candidates because she is in sync with the center-right zeitgeist. If she knows what the country is about and what makes it successful, the argument would go, she might possess, as [John] Dickerson explains, 'a special light to guide the country out of the muck.' (This was the secret to Ronald Reagan, by the way. It didn’t matter what the issue was — he would get it 'right' because he instinctively understood the superiority of free markets, the destiny of America, and the character of his fellow citizens. Yes, all caveats apply, and Palin is not Reagan.)"___
*There are the high profile losses in Massachusetts (Coakley), Pennsylvania (Specter), New Jersey (Corzine), Virginia (Deeds). There were a couple of wins in Colorado (Bennet) and Arkansas (Lincoln), but Lincoln is 28 points behind her Republican challenger, and Bennet is iffy at nearly 3 points behind in his race.