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GOP watch: Palin heads to Indiana


Sarah Palin, a former high school point guard, heads to the basketball-crazy Hoosier state today on the second day of her "Going Rogue" book tour. Here's Andrea Mitchell's report on NBC Nightly News last night from Grand Rapids, Mich., including Palin's reaction to John McCain's defense of his campaign.

The Washington Post says Palin's return to Michigan yesterday "had all the trappings of a political campaign -- bus, advance team, security detail, political handlers, rope lines, satellite trucks and approximately 2,000 supporters and gawkers on site. A blue coach bus with 'Going Rogue With Sarah!' written on the front over the likeness of a moose pulled up outside the Barnes and Noble here at about 5:30 p.m. The campaign anthem 'Only in America' played on a speaker outside the store. When she got off the bus, wearing her familiar uniform of black skirt, high heels and red blazer, she waved with one hand and held her son Trig, dressed in a striped green sweater, in the other. The group erupted in applause. She walked to a small platform in the middle of the crowd, said 'Thank you so much for showing up,' and handed Trig to an aide."

At the Republican Governors Association meeting in Texas, Palin was hardly a topic -- and if she came up, GOP governors went out of their way to say nice things, according to Politico's Martin."[W]hen asked about the party's buzz machine they took pains to choose their words, focusing on the energy she generates among her followers while at the same time offering clenched-jaw assessments indicating a great desire to discuss any other subject."

The Washington Post says Democrats are calling Eric Cantor (R) a hypocrite on the stimulus.
NY-23 stolen by ACORN and the unions? That's according to the "unconceded" Doug Hoffman: "Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman on Wednesday accused ACORN and union interests of stealing the upstate New York special election that he conceded on Nov. 3. Hoffman on Monday "unconceded" after recanvassing of votes across the district showed Democratic Rep. Bill Owens' margin of victory narrowing. Hoffman originally conceded after trailing Owens by 5,335 votes, but further counts showed him trailing by 3,176 votes. A recent count of absentee ballots in three counties showed Hoffman still trailing by 2,951."

Hoffman in his own words: "As evidence surfaces, we find out that reported results from election night were far from accurate. ACORN and the unions did their best to try and sway the results to Obamacare supporter Bill Owens," Hoffman wrote in an internet message to supporters. "Recent developments leave me to wonder who is scheming behind closed doors, twisting arms and stealing elections from the voters of NY-23." And THIS is who Palin and eventually the Republican Party got behind?