Palin hits the road for GOP long-shots

Louisiana long-shot Senate candidate Rob Maness can use all the help he can get. This weekend he will get some.

Sarah Palin, John McCain’s 2008 running mate and the former governor of Alaska, will make the trek to Crown Point, La., on Saturday to stump for Maness. He is a retired Air Force colonel, and his prospects are less than rosy. A Fox News poll conducted Sept. 14-Sept. 16 gave him 7 percent of the vote. But Red State editor Erick Erickson endorsed him Friday, and his campaign hopes to see a Palin bump in the polls.

Palin used to be an influential power-broker in Republican primary politics, but her clout has faded. Maness isn’t the first candidate she has traveled to rally for, and with a few exceptions, her chosen candidates have faced bruising defeat.

In April, the former vice presidential contender went to Tulsa, Okla., to headline a rally alongside Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for primary candidate T. W. Shannon.