What was stunning about the endorsement of Mourdock was the chain of events described by the Politico in Indiana on the Friday before the Primary. The Indiana GOP - in cahoots with the SRCC and the RNC - listed a series of events, rallies, phone banks, etc that they were sponsoring for Lugar over that weekend. That went out at 10 AM. At 2 PM that same Friday, Palin endorsed Mourdock. By 6 PM that same night, the Indiana GOP, SRCC, RNC and such WITHDREW all of those events they had planned for Lugar. They basically admitted they cannot compete with her endorsement power.