Well, one thing a candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin may get is a boost in fundraising. Politico is running a story on the Tea Party’s money troubles that is indicative of any candidates that step outside the system.

“There’s a bigger issue here,” said Erick Erickson, the founder of the influential conservative Red State blog, which is popular in tea party and new conservative circles. “And that is that there are a lot of people out there that, by and large, don’t really think that the tea party movement is going to be around much longer, and so why invest in a movement that is not going to be there much longer?”

As for Palin’s reason for endorsing the unknown Murphy in Maryland, perhaps Sarah saw in him a bit of her own up hill political battle when she ran her “clean-government platform” campaign against incumbent Republican Governor Frank Murkowski and beat him. Looks similar to me. But Maryland isn’t Alaska.

“What this campaign has always needed is a megaphone,” Murphy said, “and Sarah’s endorsement gave that to us.” […] Privately, Ehrlich aides have said that getting shunned by Palin could help him in the general election. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 2 to 1 in Maryland, and some of the Democrats whom Ehrlich needs to draw to his side are hardly fans of Sen. John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential race. – Palin endorsement lifts little-known candidate in Md.

In Republican Tea Party news beyond Palin, there’s a weird little story via Fox News that “Activists Say Tea Party Imposters Infiltrating Elections”. It rambles on and on about alleged “peculiar Tea Party happenings goes on and on.” The opening paragraph sniffs out “a Democratic operative appears closely tied to a slate of candidates,” a singular person in Florida who looks suspicious. The objective is as obvious as it is uproariously ridiculous. Democrats have their hands full looking towards November. Putting up fake candidates under the Tea Party isn’t one of them and certainly isn’t an organized effort.

Democrats aren’t worried about the Tea Party. That would be Republicans.