Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.
O.K., so Matt Drudge feels he needs to pat himself on the back.
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For my money Sarah Palin went out on the stump gave a number of speeches and raised untold amounts of money for the conservative cause.
Meanwhile Drudge and the Politico sat back and wrote about it.
Perhaps he was unaware the Sarah PAC raised money by her personal endorsement and fund-raising capabilities when he was at the time a sure loser!.
The Drudge Report
By JAMES HOHMANN
The Drudge Report and National Review both deserve a share of the credit for Republican Ben Sasse’s victory in Tuesday’s Nebraska Senate primary.
Sasse, a Yale history PhD and official in George W. Bush’s Department of Health and Human Services, was basically unknown when he got into the race last year. His first internal poll showed him trailing former state Treasurer Shane Osborn 40 percent to 3 percent.
Matt Drudge’s eponymous website was promoting Sasse months before he became a cause celebre of many tea party groups. On Nov. 15, for example, Drudge linked directly to a 3-minute, low-budget Web video of Sasse talking directly to camera about Obamacare.
A columnist for the Omaha World-Herald took notice: “The Drudge Report has given Sasse’s political videos and statements plum positions on its conservative website.”
A D.C.-based GOP operative told us that the Drudge links are what first put Sasse on his radar.
Enter National Review. The conservative magazine splashed him on the cover in early January under the headline “OBAMACARE’S NEBRASKA NEMESIS: Rising Conservative Star Ben Sasse.”
The more upstart Breitbart.com wrote about the cover as news, and Sasse’s campaign built a commercial around it in February.
At the end of March, FreedomWorks withdrew its Osborn endorsement and backed Sasse.
Ted Cruz in 2012 and Marco Rubio in 2010 also attracted national notice and got bounces off National Review cover stories that published when they were decided underdogs.
“Sasse’s win is good news for conservatives and its very good news for National Review,” National Review wrote in a post Wednesday morning about the win.
Sasse advisers John Yob and Jordan Gehrke singled out the NR cover as a key moment in a post-primary memo: “Support from Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth, Citizens United, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Sarah Palin, Tea Party Express, and other conservative groups was critical to winning; especially in terms of gaining momentum in the late winter and early Spring when he appeared on the cover of National Review.”