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Sarah Palin got some push-back Wednesday, but not from one of her liberal critics in the "mainstream" media. No, it was a conservative -- and influential -- New Hampshire newspaper that tartly dismissed the former Alaska governor's recent endorsement of U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte.

In a front-page editorial, New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid wrote that Palin's endorsement should "neither surprise nor upset the other campaigns" since voters in the state are "rarely impressed by what outsiders have to say."

Better pay attention: in a state that traditionally hosts the first presidential primary -- and will again in 2012 -- the Manchester newspaper wields considerable clout, particularly among Republican voters.
Sarah Palin campaigning in New Hampshire, 2008
Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, "isn't making these endorsements because, as she claims, she had spent time in New Hampshire and thus knows that the people here are a lot like Alaskans. She spent a few hours here one day during the 2008 presidential election. That's still more time than she spent getting to know Ayotte, but it takes quite a lot longer to know New Hampshire," McQuaid said in the editorial. The publisher called Ayotte a formidable, legitimate contender in a four-person race for the GOP Senate nomination. But he advised other candidates: "Don't fret over what a 'Mama Grizzly' from Alaska does. Right now, Granite Staters have more to worry about in keeping bears away from bird feeders."

In a Facebook posting, Palin praised Ayotte as a "Mama Grizzly" and said she was the "strongest common-sense conservative who can win in the fall."

Ayotte, the former New Hampshire attorney general, is well financed and the front-runner in polls heading into the Sept. 14 Republican Senate primary. Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) is the likely Democratic nominee in a contest to succeed Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-N.H.), who chose not to seek a fourth term.

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rtb69

Sarah Palin has no credibility ... I mean how can you support someone who up and quit when things got too hot back in Alaska when she and her husband were being investigated.
She seems to have a lot to say but her ideas lack substance, she may have carisma, but having it doesn't make you a leader.

July 21 2010 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pawtastic

Not surprising that McQuade decided to "refudiate" Palin's endorsement of Ayotte.

July 21 2010 at 11:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Brutal

Palin cannot be trusted to make decisions based on careful consideration and wise analysis. However, you can count on her to make highly partisan and sexist endorsements. I actually liked her until she came to South Carolina and turned our election process into a Kum-bah-yah weekend retreat on the side of Sisterhood. She endorsed Nikki Haley for one reason and one reason only ... she was female. Haley was the least qualified by a mile of the 4 candidates for the Republican nomination. She was a long shot distant fourth until Palin waltzed up to the microphone and called her a kindred spirit (after just meeting Haley and knowing her for what ... a few minutes). That was the moment I realized who Palin was and I no longer thought well of her politics. It does not matter if Palin knows the Conservative talking points and puts on a good show. She is a sexist and accordingly she cannot be trusted to put her support behind the most qualified person for the job. That is not who America needs or wants in a leader.

July 21 2010 at 11:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ontheoldroad

Go to Drudge Report. Latest poll has ANY Republican beating Obama in 2012. And with Obama's popularity and approval ratings falling off a cliff there is no way he will win in 2012. It's over. Palin will easily win the nomination in 2012 and take nearly every state from Obama. No one likes this guy anymore. America has gotten a chance to know Sarah Palin and has come to trust her and value her opinion. She endorses a candidate and they win. On the other hand, no Democrat in their right mind wants Obama to campaign for them. It's the kiss of death.

July 21 2010 at 10:49 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
nherent

New England coservatives are not the same as conservatives as Arizona, Utah, Idaho, or Texas, or states from the bible belt. Scott Brown, Mitch Romney, and Olympia Snowe are such examples. New England is too progressive, and cosmopolitan, and acts more like Europe.

July 21 2010 at 10:33 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
bobthecat1111

Sarah Palin, look at her background,she brainwashed John McCain first of all,helped him to lose his election, what you might call a loser, then she couldnt handle the Gov of Alaska so she qive up her position in Alaska ,called another loser again, then she had family problems and couldnt handle that so she ran again, a loser again, she cant stand it that her daughter has decided to marry her child father,a person Sarah hates, but Daughter disagrees and will marry the fella, Sarah cant stand this, loser again.
Now this Gal is trying to convince these smart people on who to vote for in the upcoming Election. D

July 21 2010 at 10:23 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
dbest5600

Palin is itch powder to all those entitlement seeking tushies out there. The TEA party is the roiling movement of a silent majority that are sick of people who have somehow lost the meaning of America -the land of opportunity and freedom for those who are willing to work and earn their way based on a clearly defined Constitution and very limited government. Those of you who have never traveled or lived elsewhere truly have no appreciation for what we have here in this country.

July 21 2010 at 10:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
TUNNEL BASTARD

Yup, we need Caribou Barbie in the White House. The rose garden will be turned into a snowmachine track, and Jerry Springer will have a LIFETIME worth of material. the Democrats are all hopey changey for Barbie 12 guage. She's a floater all right!

July 21 2010 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bklkr

I've never been a fan of Sarah Palin. If she has anything to offer, she hasn't said anything yet to indicate that. I've never been a fan of NH politics, either, but I'm delighted and relieved to see so many New Hampshire commenters who are on to her. I don't know anything about Ayotte, but NH voters shouldn't hold Palin's unwanted endorsement against her.

July 21 2010 at 10:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
wright2u

Sarah Palin is irrelevant. She speaks in vapid sound bytes intended only to inflame her ignorant Tea Party fan base. I'm still wondering why on earth any university would ever pay her to make an appearance and speak to its students. She is the antithesis of education and reason. My guess is she's some college president's wet dream: Sarah arrives on the campus quad riding a moose naked like Lady Godiva. She dismounts the moose, shoots it and guts it, takes off her horn-rimmed glasses, loosens her hair...

July 21 2010 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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