In early May, Todd Palin showed up at Joe Miller's first major fundraiser as a Senate candidate. A month later, Sarah Palin endorsed the challenger to incumbent Lisa Murkowski in typical fashion, on Facebook. She called Miller a "Commonsense Constitutional Conservative" and praised his true Alaskan values. Palin also insinuated that Murkowski was a corrupt abortion-loving hippie, all after wondering why anyone would imagine there was "bad blood" between them.
A square-off between the state's former first family and the popular senior Alaskan senator should have seriously altered the dynamics of the primary race. That is, if anyone in Alaska cared.
On June 4, a 15-denomination coalition of Alaska's religious faithful gathered in prayer outside Gov. Sean Parnell's downtown Anchorage office. They were there to protest the governor's veto of a bill that would provide state funding for abortions.
"Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?" recited Pastor Lisa Smith of Central Lutheran Church, opening the service with passage from the book of Jeremiah.