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Sarah Palin then: The ‘Miami Vice’ of politics; Palin now: A welcome endorsement

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Last week, the Sentinel asked Todd Harris if Marco Rubio would like an endorsement from former Republican veep candidate and current conservative phenom Sarah Palin.

“We’d love to have Sarah Palin’s endorsement,” said Harris, who’s worked for several GOP heavyweights, including Jeb Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger and John McCain. Palin, said Todd Harris, would energize the party base and help Rubio raise money.

OK, so far, so good.

After all, Rubio is gunning for the senate seat that Gov. Charlie Crist wants, and his chief strategy is to feed long-held concerns that Crist isn’t conservative enough. Getting Palin on his side would certainly help there.

But here’s the thing: Over the summer, Harris wasn’t nearly so enthusiastic about Palin and her political appeal.

When Palin abruptly resigned her job as governor, Harris said she was on the verge of becoming the “Miami Vice of American politics: Something a lot of people once thought was cool and then 20 years later look back, shake their heads and just kind of laugh.” Read the rest of this story here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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