ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Sarah Palin was surely jesting when she said last night that a Palin ticket with Rep. Michele Bachmann “sounds kinda cool.” But they were quite the team yesterday, firing up a crowd in Minneapolis and then appearing with Sean Hannity, to the delight of conservatives nation-wide.
And maybe also to the delight of Democrats. Palin, R-Ala., and Bachmann, R-Minn., have proven to be particularly polarizing figures — as able to fill Democratic campaign coffers as they are Republican ones. As Palin prepares to dominate another few news cycles, with an appearance tomorrow at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, not all Republicans are thrilled. “I think it’s a good thing for some Republicans. But not only is she a divisive figure nationally, she’s certainly a divisive figure within the party,” Roll Call’s Shira Toeplitz told us on ABC’s “Top Line” today. “And I think a lot of Republicans — particularly people in Washington — wish she’d be a little less of a lightning rod.” Watch the segment with Shira Toeplitz, with discussion of the 2010 House and Senate races, and the possibility that Gov. Charlie Crist, R-Fla., becomes an independent rather than face a GOP primary, HERE.