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The DeVore campaign reacted this morning to the stunning and highly disappointing endorsement by Sarah Palin to former HP executive Carly Fiorina for US Senate.

"...there are a lot of questions about Sarah Palin's endorsement of Carly Fiorina this morning -- and enough to merit a mass e-mail to you. Let me begin with two flashbacks. The first, from the '08 campaign:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yyc32ciiGs

Second, from October of last year:

    http://preferentialoption.blogspot.com/2009/10/carly-fiorina-on-sarah-palin.html

These two anecdotes are useful reminders in assessing the actual state of relations between Carly Fiorina and Sarah Palin. It would be fascinating to see them in casual conversation now.

Here's how the Fiorina campaign spins this endorsement: from their own press release, a "sign of the groundswell of conservative support building behind her campaign." But -- it's not. It's actually a sign of two very specific things:

    1)    First, the doubling-down of the McCain '08 team, including the Senator himself, on Fiorina's candidacy.
    2)    Second, the Fiorina campaign's (accurate) assessment that Chuck DeVore poses an unexpectedly potent threat to her in this final month of the primary.

That's what the Palin endorsement is all about -- and that's why the conservative base, as Peter Hamby at CNN rightly notes, is in revolt over it.

There's no doubt that the Fiorina campaign, led by consultants almost wholly ignorant of -- and in some cases hostile to -- the modern conservative movement, actually does believe that Sarah Palin de facto "delivers" conservatives to her camp. This is a huge misreading of that movement that starkly illustrates just how divorced Carly Fiorina is from the men and women who animate it. Despite running as a self-proclaimed conservative, her approach to conservatism is that of an old-style anthropologist in a strange land: she joins the alien culture, and seeks to identify with it by appropriating its totems.

Well. That's not how it works. This grassroots movement is actually a grassroots movement. Carly Fiorina thinks she can find the sheepdog to corral the sheep. Chuck DeVore knows they're not sheep at all. They're Americans. And they'll make their own decisions."

More on the fall-out from New York Magazine here.