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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina Shun Sarah Palin Event

Posted By on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 9:30 AM

click to enlarge Are Meg and Carly running away from Sarah?
  • Are Meg and Carly running away from Sarah?
It seems the two Republican women running for office in California don't want to self-apply the label "Mama Grizzly" anytime soon.

The New York Times reports that both Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina will be passing on the "final path to victory" rally in Orange County next Saturday at which Sarah Palin will be whipping up last-minute conservative support alongside Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee. The two candidates' aides told the Times that they had conflicting campaign events. Basically, this the adult equivalent of not wanting to be seen at Palin's lunch table.

While Palin's endorsement is golden in redder and more Tea Partyish

states, here in blue California, the former Alaska governor would

simply make the independent voters that Whitman and Fiorina are trying

to swing their way swing elswhere.

(Here in San Francisco, the

only Palin appearance that garners support is a gallery opening at which

she is the subject of satirical art. Check out "nailin palin (doggy style)," a painting showing at the Market Street Gallery, depicting the queen of Drill Baby Drill getting, err, drilled by a dog. Oh my.)

The Times makes a good point, that, "given the political makeup

of the state," it would be more of a shock if the two Republican

candidates deigned to show up instead of bowing out: "Indeed, the bigger

question may be why Mr. Steele and Ms. Palin decided to hold a rally

like that in this state at this time, putting their already struggling

candidates at the top of the ticket in a potential awkward spot."

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