Everyone has wondered who the Sarah Palin of 2012 would be. The answer is…Sarah Palin.
Palin’s star power faded along with that of the other conservative Mitt Romney alternatives and her media presence has dwindled. But the Republican presidential primaries have ended with an undeniable void on the right — one that the former Alaska governor and 2008 veep pick is trying to once again fill.
Palin has made a string of successful recent endorsements, including an against-the-grain nod to Nebraska Republican Senate hopeful Deb Fischer in a three-way primary where most other conservatives, including tea-party leader Sen. Jim DeMint, backed another candidate. Rick Santorum, the last conservative non-Romney standing at the end of the primaries, endorsed there and in today’s Texas primary to no great effect.
She also backed Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who beat longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in the Hoosier State’s May primary.
Palin’s remaining potency will get tested tonight, as Texas voters go to the polls to choose a Senate candidate. Palin’s pick, former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz, is hoping to force a runoff with frontrunner David Dewhurst. Cruz’s camp has said publicly that her endorsement is a huge boost.
Read more at POLITICO.