Sarah Palin: Last (wo)man standing?

Sarah Palin.jpgNow that the GOP hopefuls are flaming out, is Sarah the saviour? A new Pew poll shows Palin well ahead of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich among Republicans, with 73 percent favoring her as opposed to 57 and 55 percent respectively for her next most popular rivals. Among white evangelicals–a.k.a., The Base–her positives shoot up to a remarkable 85 percent.


The infidelities of the likes of Mark Sanford and John Ensign, and the problematic personalities of Newt and Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh would seem to make Palin an early favorite to challenge Obama. Is that what the GOP wants? The poll shows Palin is still a very divisive figure among the general public, and it’s hard to believe her ongoing soap opera of a life and problematic tenure in Alaska wouldn’t hurt. But who knows.

Pew GOP poll.gifMore likely, I have to think, is a Romney-led ticket. His positives have increased, and his negatives decreased, and he seems increasingly like the Golden Boy.

As Marc Ambinder notes, a June 2 CNN poll included Mike Huckabee had his national approval/disapproval at 43/35 and within the Republican Party a strong 70/17.

Palin-Huckabee, anyone?


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posted June 24, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Oh gawd spare us. How many parsons does America need in the White House?
Order the T-shirts now: “I’m with Stupid” and “I’m with the lyin’ hate-monger”. (Figure it out, folks. Has to do with the ‘nation’ of Africa and with “marrying a child or an animal”.)
Can Rethuglicans do no better than this?

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posted June 25, 2009 at 1:44 am

Here I thought the party hit rock bottom with the first Palin run. I see they’ve found a shovel and the will to keep digging. Maybe she could run on a ticket with Scott Roeder.

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malach hamovess

posted June 25, 2009 at 7:39 am

Ms Palin will go nowhere in this quest for national standing. It’s not just that she has no substantive knowledge of the issues; that’s never stopped an ascendancy to power, as the American people are exceptionally forgiving of stupidity. Her real problem is that she tends to make every issue about her – not about health care, Iraq, the environment, or tax policy. No, the issue is her daughter, her husband’s snowmobile racing, her fight with Letterman, her lack of a reading list, etc. As they say, at some point there has to be a “there” there. And with SP it’s not there.

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posted June 25, 2009 at 8:49 am

If she really were about family values, she would look at what all of this has done to her family and gracefully bow out. But Malach hit the nail on the head…I can only hope I don’t have to hear her grating voice much longer.

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posted June 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm

The last time Romney campaigned a couple of weeks ago in NJ, he drew a rousing crowd of 50 people. A couple of weeks ago Palin drew over 20,000 people in the small town of Auburn NY, deep inside 0bama territory. The next day she received a rousing welcome on Long Island (also deep inside 0bama territory) from 12,000 participants at the Autism walk. She flew to TX and a couple of days later announced that she had brokered a deal between ExxonMobil and TransCanada to get the gas pipeline going. That project will be the most expensive privately funded infrastructure project in our history. For 40 years this project has been talked about, but it took her drive and determination to get it going.
Come 2012, she’ll be the last (wo)man standing. Romeny isn’t going anywhere.

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Frank Clyburn

posted June 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Mrs. Palin is a very good candidate……at least for vice president again… I have always liked Mr. Romney, but I like Sarah’s basic values even better than his…. My concensus: I’d vote for either of them in any capacity they choose to run in…..

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posted June 25, 2009 at 4:39 pm

This is something all of the base knows well and the reason the press/Hollywood/David Letterman are desperate to attack Sarah personally.
No other candidate has endured the nastiness(See above for a small sample. these partisans don’t worry about the issues, just attack her family). She’s walked through fire and the rain continues.
Only God knows whether Sarah will run next time or in 2016.
But if the Dems can elect a charasmatic speaker and communicator who is wrong on many ideas(extending government incompetence into health care, an unending increase in taxes, a stimulus package that has not begun, etc…) the Republicans can wake up and do the same. But elect someone who is exceptionally smart, more experienced than Obama, AND right on most ideas.

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posted June 25, 2009 at 6:41 pm

The entire Republican party will be going into group counseling in baseball stadiums. mediated by Dr. Phil.. right after the 2010 congressional election defeats..

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posted June 25, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I live within 50 mi of the Auburn spot and it is not knee deep Obama area. We are a Blue state with many Red counties…the region that she was in is more red than blue and the turnout wasn’t as impressive as people want to make it. Though I will give you, there are die hards.

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posted June 26, 2009 at 10:19 am

As a Democrat, I believe Sarah Palin is the perfect choice to lead the Republican ticket in 2012. Go Sarah Go!

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posted June 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I think Sarah Palin just needs more experience and has to do more “homework”. So she might be a far better politician. But at her current state she really would have been a bad vice president.

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John Carpenter

posted June 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm

All that glitters is not gold.
Palin is slowly becoming less parochial and spreading the sphere of her influence. The triangulation of Alaska, TRP, and Exxon was a masterstoke of negotiation, the equal of anything Romney has pulled off.
More tellingly, Palin clearly has put together a stealth team that has very
patiently been altering her communication style. It has been said, that the ability to pun is indicative of the ability to use the language in a way that suggests impressive intelligence. Somebody behind the scenes gave Palin her “Why the long face, John?” line about Kerry. The setup was brilliant as was its execution. Those are the kinds of lines that can demolish an opponent in a debate.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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posted June 26, 2009 at 8:04 pm

If she is all they have by 2012, then they’re even in more trouble. As said in the above post: Be afraid, be VERY afraid.

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