I put up this post the other day, speculating on whether right-wing bloviator Michelle Malkin is cringing at Superintendent candidate Diane Douglas’ “duck and cover” campaign style: Is Michelle Malkin Retracting Diane Douglas Endorsement?

When I googled Malkin and Douglas for any recent Malkin statements on Douglas, I stumbled onto this: Michelle Malkin endorses Andrew Thomas for Governor. Not a huge surprise that Malkin endorsed Thomas, but check out the harsh words she had for Ducey:

Many other national figures have endorsed Doug Ducey, but his campaign manager’s nasty, race-baiting comments about anti-amnesty conservatives are troubling to say the least. His close ties to Common Core racketeers at Achieve Inc. and McCain Central are also unsettling. And for me, those are insurmountable obstacles.

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Douglas has been ballyhooing Malkin’s endorsement of her at every opportunity,  so you can imagine how the Ducey team feels about her being out there publicly promoting the Republican ticket. About the same way they look upon a root canal.

Ducey’s campaign is a Koch brothers run campaign, with Koch operative Sean Noble calling the shots. Noble generally is a team player. Here’s what he had to say about the down ballot statewide races after the primary:

Felicia Rotellini couldn’t beat Tom Horne when he was weakened by some scandal four years ago. She will have a difficult time matching Brnovich’s energy and passion.

Michele Reagan is a bright star in state politics and voters will go with her youthful enthusiasm over perennial candidate Terry Goddard.

When it’s all said and done, Arizona will remain a strong Republican state for the next four years.

Notice who’s missing? It’s hard not to. That wasn’t an oversight and it wasn’t because Noble didn’t think Douglas can win. He actually doesn’t think Brnovich or Reagan can win either, as evidenced by the absurdity of his reasoning, but he’s willing to put a face on it for them.

Yes, Noble’s running an independent expenditure campaign, so he technically doesn’t speak for the State Republican Party. But does anyone believe they’re not on exactly the same page?

And, quite clearly, there was a message in Noble’s glaring omission of Douglas from his remarks.

One way or another, I’ll bet Douglas received a more direct message from the Republican powers that be, something along these lines:

Diane, we need you to hang out with the tea-party base for the next two months and get them to turn out in November. But the anti-Common Core nonsense and your Malkin endorsement won’t sell with the rest of the electorate, and it’s the opposite of the image Doug Ducey needs to present, so it’s best if you run a quiet campaign. We’d prefer not to have to publicly distance ourselves from you, so try not to put us in a tough position. And, if you can keep things on the down low, we’ll maybe throw a little field help your way in the coordinated campaign.

Heck, they’re probably even lining up tea-party appearances for her. There’s no shortage of opportunities on that front. And every hour Diane Douglas spends with the tea-partiers is an hour nobody else will be hearing her, which is exactly what every other Republican on the statewide ticket wants.

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