No Palin, No Pride for Kirk

Adrian G. Uribarri

November 17, 2009 @ 12:00 AM

She came, she left, and Oprah Winfrey aired her show.

Yet nary a word did Sarah Palin speak of Mark Kirk.

Several weeks ago, the Republican Senate candidate wrote a letter to a Republican operative suggesting that Palin offer a few words of support to his campaign during her visit to Chicago.

Palin came last week, taped an appearance on Oprah's show that aired yesterday — and didn't mention Kirk.

Perhaps she's still peeved that Kirk told the press last year he would have picked someone other than Palin as his vice-presidential running mate.

Either way, the snub has drawn plenty of attention from Democrats.

On the same day as Palin's interview aired, the Democrats went on the air with a new ad, posted yesterday on YouTube.

Kirk had already taken hits from opposing Democrats since The Washington Post got word about his letter to the Palin camp earlier this month. Alexi Giannoulias' campaign aired a related ad a couple of weeks ago.

The double-whammy from Palin and the Democrats yesterday comes after Kirk opponents Andy McKenna and Dan Proft picked up a joint endorsement from the New Trier Republican Organization. 

That makes for three major suburban endorsements for Proft in 10 days. Before New Trier, he had already picked up support from Republican precinct captains in Niles and Schaumburg.

Aside from complaints about Gitmo, what does Kirk have in the bag for us this week? We're waiting for it.

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