Despite not actually appearing on any ballot yesterday, it’s still one of the big questions of the night: How did Sarah Palin do? In her own words, pretty well—she tweeted to “Commonsense Constitutional Conservatives” that they “‘refudiated’ extreme left”—but when it comes to candidates she actually endorsed, the results weren’t quite as positive as Palin’s tweet indicates, writes Shushannah Walshe on the Daily Beast.
Yes, 46 of her 77 candidates won, with 12 races still to be decided. But when it comes to the high-profile races, “where she loudly interjected herself,” her candidates (Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, John Raese, and possibly Joe Miller) lost. Palin may claim a hand in the victories of “Mama Grizzlies” like Nikki Haley, Michele Bachmann, and Kelly Ayotte, but even so, Walshe writes, “judging by Tuesday's results, this was hardly an uprising and the high-profile losses overshadowed the more numerous wins.”