Sarah Palin

Palin Makes a Call for Party Unity

By LAURA MECKLER, The Wall Street Journal

Sarah Palin celebrated the victories of her chosen candidates in the GOP primaries and called for Republican leaders to set personal feelings aside and help unite the party, as she made a political trip to the presidential caucus state of Iowa.

Her comments at a state party dinner in Des Moines came as a bruising GOP primary season came to a close, with party leaders on the losing side of many nomination contests and tea-party activists victorious.

“Unsuccessful GOP campaigns and deflated GOP pundits: Remember, attitudes are contagious. So, make sure yours are worth catching,” Ms. Palin said.

She said that “unsuccessful campaigns and expert Beltway pundits” were “all bent out of shape,” but asked them to buck up. “You win some, you lose some,” she said.

Ms. Palin’s speech came as some Republicans were still smarting after a primary season in which many contests were made more competitive by her endorsements. Even as she spoke, word was circulating that one Republican she helped defeat in a primary, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska), had decided to mount a write-in bid for re-election. Ms. Murkowski’s decision may diminish the chances of Ms. Palin’s endorsed candidate in that contest, GOP nominee Joe Miller.

She singled out Bush strategist Karl Rove, who has been highly critical of Christine O’Donnell, a Palin-endorsed candidate who won the GOP nomination for Senate in Delaware. The night of the election Tuesday, Mr. Rove predicted that Ms. O’Donnell wouldn’t be able to win in November.

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