The Daily Caller's Jonathan Strong, citing an email from Gov. Palin, explains why U.S. Congressman Spencer Bachus of Alabama may already be regretting his comments to a local newspaper that "Palin cost us control of the Senate." Bachus, you see, is currently engaged in a battle for chairmanship of the House financial services committee with Rep. Ed Royce of California:
Palin’s comments are important because they could provide a major boost to Royce, who is campaigning against Bachus in part by arguing his record is more conservative.Gov. Palin's characterization of Bachus is backed up by his voting record. While Royce voted against the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Bachus voted for TARP twice. Royce also voted against the “Cash for Clunkers” program, while Bachus voted for it.
Referring to Bachus’s votes for government bailouts for Wall Street and the “Cash for Clunkers” program, which Palin called “the Bachus bigger government agenda,” Palin told The Daily Caller via e-mail, “No wonder he’s not thrilled with people like me, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and all the others who also endorsed commonsense conservative candidates.”
Palin’s involvement in the race, even while tangential, could be crucial given that many of the 80-some conservative freshman lawmakers coming to Washington are Tea Party-backed or otherwise aggressive conservatives.