So, yes, Carly Fiorina is a recent (and rather conveniently timed) convert to the pro-life cause—a candidate who as recently as 2008 was assuring women voters that John McCain “has never signed on to efforts to overturn Roe vs. Wade.” Yes, she’s in favor of civil unions. Yes, she once said Palin was not qualified to run a “major corporation.” And yes, the California contest will be closer than the races mentioned above—meaning that Palin’s backing could potentially carry more weight. But she chose Fiornia regardless, and, given the pattern of the past couple of months, it’s easy to see why. Despite her godhead status in Glenn Beck country, and despite the fact that she no longer holds elective office, Palin is still a politician, and the Fiornia endorsement proves, yet again, that for the former Alaska governor, making the right friends is as much a part of positioning oneself for a Republican presidential run as making friends on the right.

Stuck at 10 percent in the polls, Chuck DeVore has no chance of winning. Perhaps Palin could’ve changed that. Instead, she took the safer bet. The Tea Partiers can keep admiring Sarah all they want, but they should probably accept that she is a political creature rather than a paragon of ideological purity.