To be fair, Neil King isn’t the first incompetent reporter to make this claim:
Ms. Palin had a mixed endorsement record in 2010, when she backed more than 60 candidates, with nearly half coming up short in a primary or general election. A few Palin picks—Sharon Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware stand out—lost general-election races the GOP thought it should have won.
This is sad, really. The Wall Street Journal is a well-respected publication, and this kind of idiocy is (or should be) beneath them. Why, then, do they employ intellectually lazy hacks like Neil King? Essentially King’s just regurgitating the same nonsense that the Washington Post’s Rachel Weiner spewed last May:
Palin may have lost credibility as a kingmaker after the last cycle. She endorsed scores of candidates, many of whom turned out to be high-profile flops — most notably Nevada’s Sharron Angle and Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell.
Fortunately (for me), the same points I made a couple months ago when responding to Weiner’s false claims apply to King’s:
Did Governor Palin back Sharron Angle in the 2010 Nevada Senate Primary and did she somehow “lose credibility” with her endorsements in the midterms “last cycle”? Let’s take a look, shall we.
First, as we noted yesterday, the continuing meme that Governor Palin endorsed Sharron Angle in the Nevada Primary is utter BS. It never happened. I challenge Weiner, or any of the other mainstream media morons who continue to promulgate this idiocy, to produce one shred of evidence to the contrary. Parenthetically, if Weiner is talking about the general election, what’s her point? Every Republican I’m aware of endorsed Sharron Angle in the general election. I’ll wager that even Mandate Mitt preferred Angle over Dingy Harry. Is Weiner suggesting Palin should have endorsed Mr. Cowboy Poetry in the general? If so, perhaps she can name one other prominent Republican who did. I won’t hold my breath on that one since…there weren’t any.
Weiner’s other contention, that Governor Palin lost credibility as a result of her endorsements in the 2010 midterms, is so sublimely stupid that I had to read it several times to make sure I was reading her words correctly. Sadly, I was. Let’s look at what happened in the real world. As Jedediah Bila noted, Governor Palin’s success rate in 2010 was a stunning 71%:
I also challenge Neil King to produce evidence that Sharron Angle was endorsed by Governor Palin in the Nevada Primary. He can’t, of course, because she didn’t. I’m wondering given the similarity of the claims, if King simply plagiarized Weiner. Both their pieces trumpet the same false narrative, after all. Whatever the case, I’d take anything either of them write with a large grain of salt.