In her short time on the public stage, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has proven to be an enormously polarizing figure both in her own runs for office and other Republican campaigns.
Now, she's being pulled into a Democratic primary as well.
On Monday, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Penn) released a web advertisement tying his opponent, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Penn), to the provocative former vice presidential candidate. Titled "Going Rogue's Missing Chapter," the spot accuses Specter of campaigning "hard" for Palin during the 2008 election, appearing with her at rallies in Pennsylvania, donating to the McCain campaign and telling the national media she had the potential to be president herself.
"That kind of loyalty deserves a place in the former Alaska Republican Governor's new bestseller," reads the accompanying description of the ad.
Set during the height of Palin's book-tour buzz, the spot is a cost-effective way of reminding Pennsylvania voters just where Specter stood politically one year ago. It will also provide a test of sorts for two key 2010 election questions: how effective will Specter be at whitewashing his Republican past and what role will Palin play in the upcoming campaigns -- including, in this case, a Democratic primary?