In an interview with Fox News, Sarah Palin was asked whether she will campaign for Christine O’Donnell in Delaware this fall. Palin replied: “I’ll do whatever I can. I want to help, though, and not hurt. And, you know, sometimes it’s a double edged sword there if my name is connected to anybody.”
This answer is consistent with a point some of us have been making for a while — the voters who will make the difference in a state as blue as Delaware probably are not, on the whole, receptive to Sarah Palin or her message. In fact, polling by the Washington Post indicates that the same may well be true for the nation as a whole. 20 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to support a candidate for whom Palin campaigned, while 36 percent said a Palin visit would make them less likely to back a candidate.
Palin is astute in recognizing that her appearance in Delaware would present a real risk of hurting O’Donnell’s candidacy. But what, then, is the likelihood of electing a candidate In Delaware who is closely aligned with Palin and her agenda, and who will accurately be portrayed as such whether or not Palin comes to the state?
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