Due in large part to the power of a Palin endorsement, Deb Fischer won the GOP Senate Primary in Nebraska by more than five points over her Huckabee and Santorum endorsed opponent, Jon Bruning. Mike Flynn at Breitbart.com notes:
Just two weeks ago, the battle for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska was between state Attorney General Jim Bruning and state Treasurer Don Stenburg. Neither inspired the growing base of conservative voters. They were, to be charitable, standard conservative-ish career politicians. Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin shook up the race with a late endorsement of state Senator Debby Fischer. It made all the difference.
I follow politics very closely, yet I hadn’t heard of the Fischer candidacy until Palin’s endorsement. National tea party groups like FreedomWorks had put all their resources behind Stenburg, with nary a thought about Fischer. A good reminder that these groups aren’t as plugged into the grassroots as they like to claim.
A wind of change is blowing through the nation. Fischer’s nomination tells us that voters are rejecting the tired ‘politics as usual’ messaging of most candidates. Be fearless. Have courage. Stand for something.
Sarah Palin gets it. Here’s hoping the national GOP gets it too.
In the week following Palin’s endorsement, Fischer went from down sixteen points to up five points in the polls. Fischer also had the endorsement of She-PAC and Herman Cain. Governor Palin released this message following Fischer’s victory:
As recently as a week ago, Deb Fischer was dismissed by the establishment. Why? Because she was not part of the good old boys permanent political class. The message from the people of Nebraska is simple and powerful: America is looking for real change in Washington, and commonsense conservatives like Deb Fischer represent that change. I applaud Moms like Deb Fischer who are bold enough to step up and run on a conservative platform to restore America and protect our children’s future. Congratulations to the people of Nebraska. As the Huskers’ fight song goes: “The eyes of the land, upon every hand, are looking at you. Fight on for victory!”
– Sarah Palin
Fischer’s main opponents were either career politicians or career candidates. She had served in the state legislature for just a few years. Another interesting thing to note is that Fischer is not only a conservative, she’s a reformer. Please take a look at this plank of her platform. She addresses changing lobbyist rules, increasing transparency, reforming ethics in Congress, among other important stances. It looks like she’s standing with Gov. Palin in the fight against crony capitalism. Way to go, Deb!