As CC points out in his post: So ... how's that Sarah Palin worship working out, Maria?, Palin's role in mobilizing support against Hoffman may have been the tipping point for many moderate Republicans in that state. More about the odious teabaggers meddling in these DJ! blogposts by fern hill.
Virginia governor-elect, Republican also received the poisoned-apple "benefit" of Palin's robocalls.
In a bizarre twist that is typical of the rightwing batshit crazy rhetoric screeched by teabaggers and religious fundies, there is a lot of chest-thumping and crowing with regard to Hoffman's "victory".
Glenn Beck's acolytes' capacity for self-delusion is bottomless, it seems.