So far Sarah Palin has yet to cast her lot behind any of the Republican primary candidates and issue an endorsement, but yesterday while appearing on Fox News she did come awfully close to giving Newt Gingrich her support. It's not because she necessarily thinks he'd make the best president—it's simply because a vote for him keeps the primary contest going, and she thinks that is the most valuable thing we can have right now. Anyway, here's what she said when pressed for her endorsement:
If I had to vote in South Carolina, in order to keep this thing going, I'd vote for Newt. And I would want this to continue, more debates, more vetting of candidates, because we know the mistake made in our country four years ago was having a candidate that was not vetted to the degree that he should have been.
What?! If you live in reality, you will remember that in the 2008 election, Obama endured months of highly-contested primaries and then a seemingly interminable campaign against John McCain that left him so vetted we practically knew his every nook and cranny by the time he won. But there was this other candidate...She came in at the last second, barely had to debate, and wasn't vetted in the least before she was given the nomination, as it turned out. Is that the mistake you are referring to, Sarah?
Sarah Palin: I'd vote for Newt Gingrich in South Carolina [Washington Post]