Robert Stacy McCain, blogging at The American Spectator, is among the voices wondering why Sarah Palin has not offered an endorsement of NY-23 congressional candidate Doug Hoffman:
"Hoffman's grassroots supporters say time is running out for Palin to make an endorsement, if she is to have any impact on the Nov. 3 election, now barely two weeks away. Hoffman is endorsed by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, and some of Hoffman's pro-life supporters have reportedly launched an e-mail campaign -- including prayer requests -- to secure the endorsement of Palin, whose pro-life bona fides would carry weight with the significant share of conservative Catholics in the rural upstate New York district. "
Politico had an article last week about Palin's notable absence from two important gubernatorial races, noting that she had offered her services but neither New Jersey's Chris Christie or Virginia's Bob McDonnell have taken her up on her offer of help. Politico concludes that her endorsement might do more harm than good:
“A prominent rally with Palin could easily send the independents to the Democratic candidates, and at the same time, she could motivate the Democratic Party base to turn out at a higher rate,” explained University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato.
Many pundits see the NY-23 race as a bellwether for what may come in the 2010 elections. Can Palin help or hurt those candidates? Is she "too polarizing," as some say? Will she make an endorsement in the NY-23 race? Stay tuned.