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Only Republicans like Sarah Palin

Okay, that headline is an exaggeration, but not by much.

The new Gallup poll shows a striking disconnect in public opinion about Sarah Palin: While her favorability ratings are significantly higher among Republicans than all the other 2012 GOP hopefuls, her negative ratings among Americans overall are also significantly higher than those of her GOP rivals.

This is significant, I think, because it underscores the uniqueness of her political situation and suggests she will face major challenges if she decides to step outside the current role she's carved out for herself in American life.

Palin has skillfully positioned herself as a kind of celebrity quasi-candidate. It's a role that allows her to insulate herself from direct media cross-examination and to communicate directly to her supporters, tightening her emotional grip on them even as the rest of the world continues to sour on her.

The numbers from Gallup tell the story. Palin has a whopping 76 percent favorability rating among Republicans; only 20 percent don't like her. That's significantly higher than the other GOP 2012 hopefuls.

At the same time, among all Americans, she's viewed unfavorably, 47-44. That's also significantly higher than all the other GOP 2012 hopefuls. Only nine percent of Americans don't have an opinion of Palin, while that number is in high double digits for all the others. Her situation is different than that of her rivals: They have room to expand their appeal, and she doesn't.

As Ben Smith has noted, Palin's strategy of going around the lamestream media filter has been a huge success with the Palin Nation hordes but it has failed in that she continues to grow more unpopular with everyone else. As the above numbers demonstrate, this works for her in her current role, but make it increasingly unlikely that she'll succeed if she ever sets foot outside of the bubble she's created for herself.

UPDATE, 11:30 a.m.: DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan emails that Dems will seize on these numbers to argue that she has nowhere to grow:

I'm not a Republican and I like her. She serves to further isolate the Republican party, reinforcing the perception and hardening the reality that the GOP is a narrow, ideological, extreme party with limited demographic and regional appeal. The more she turns on the right wing, the more she turns off everyone else.

UPDATE, 12:47 p.m.: Some are comparing Palin's numbers to those of President Obama, pointing out that Obama is a mirror image of Palin. But the comparison doesn't wash, according to more Gallup numbers sent my way.

Palin's overall favorability ratings with the American people are negative, 47-44. By contrast, in the same poll, Obama's are positive, 52-44. What's more, Palin's fave/unfave numbers are evenly split among independents, 44-44, meaning that Republicans are the only group that view her more favorably than not. By contrast, Obama's viewed positively by indys, 50-46.

The more important comparison is between Palin and her potential GOP rivals, and as demonstrated above, her situation is unique.

By Greg Sargent  |  July 16, 2010; 11:05 AM ET
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Comments

This is a stylistic note but shouldn't "lamestream media filter" be in quotes? That is unless that is how the Post views itself.

Posted by: dre7861 | July 16, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"As the above numbers demonstrate, this works for her in her current role, but make it increasingly unlikely that she'll succeed if she ever sets foot outside of the bubble she's created for herself."

Upon further reflection I agree that Palin has no intention of running. In fact, I am reasonably confident that Romney will be the nominee, for several reasons, not necessarily in order of importance: 1) he is being a good GOPer and paying his dues; 2) he looks good on TV; 3) he's rich; 4) he will say or do anything expedient, without regard to truth or principles. He is the near-perfect Republican candidate. I give him 75% chance of being the nominee.

Posted by: wbgonne | July 16, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I'd be curious to see the breakdown of those numbers for independents and dems. Obviously they're pretty horrid to drag her down so much among "all americans".

Posted by: schrodingerscat | July 16, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

This headline is as surprising as one reading;

"Smoking Cigarettes Found to Cause Cancer"
or

"Tea Partiers Mostly Embarrassed Republicans"

Posted by: VAreader | July 16, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Republicans like Palin while independents and democrats don't. Democrats like Obama while independents and republicans don't.

And your point is?

Posted by: AkCoyote | July 16, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Sarah, on your way out, sweep out the grizzly cage, catch the lights and BTW, tell Bristol and Levi that there's not a trailer park in the country that wouldn't just love to have them.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | July 16, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Only the extremists and fools would find Palin worthy of attention.

Palin represents the worst in American politics: a demagogue with no respect for science, intelligence, reason, ethics....

She is interested in fame, money, and power....

Not in that order necessarily....

Unfortunately, the media continues to give her the attention and money she craves.

Posted by: abbydelabbey | July 16, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

And you are just finding this out?
Everyone but Republicans thinks she is a menace to society and completely off her rocker.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | July 16, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

O/T

Bachmann Forming House 'Tea Party Caucus'

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), one of the great stars of the Tea Party movement, has announced that she is forming a new "Tea Party Caucus" in the House of Representatives, with herself as its initial chair. Bachmann's office said in a press release that the issues caucus would "promote Americans' call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution, and limited government."

Bachmann also said in the press release:

"The American people are speaking out loud and clear. They have had enough of the spending, the bureaucracy, and the government knows best mentality running rampant today throughout the halls of Congress. This caucus will espouse the timeless principles of our founding, principles that all Members of Congress have sworn to uphold," Bachmann stated. "The American people are doing their part and making their voices heard and this caucus will prove that there are some here in Washington willing to listen."

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/07/bachmann-forming-house-tea-party-caucus.php?ref=fpb

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 16, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Palin's non-candidacy will be a story throughout 2011 and into the early primaries. It may also cause the other candidates to move right to attract her devotees. And unlike in '08, the Republican debates will be the only game in town.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | July 16, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

how long before the palinistas show up telling us how much we fear palin because we talk about how unpopular she is outside of republican circles?

a palin presidency would definitely be bad for the country and the world but i think wb and others are most likely correct: leaving her comfy and profitable current gig in the peanut gallery would be a difficult move.

leaving aside the money, she'd also have to face real questioning again. i also liked the line about her not being able to keep her answers concise and focused.

also, those favorable republican numbers are probably quite soft. after a bruising campaign season and the inevitable gaffes and revelations, there's be considerable buyer's remorse.

she'll almost certainly stay on the sidelines where she's in her element and has more influence.

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | July 16, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"The more she turns on the right wing, the more she turns off everyone else."

That's exactly right.

And how does she explain any movement to the center after stirring up the extreme right all this time? She doesn't. Not possible.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 16, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

@Greg, Re: Hari Sevugan

Why would the DNC even bother with a response? Seems pointless. When your enemy is tripping all over themselves, just get out of the way.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 16, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Great article.

Posted by: MarkHarrisLtd | July 16, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

As an independent who has voted for both Dems and Repubs, I do not like Palin. To be fair, I think Pelsoi is as extreme to the left and as dangerous as Palin is to the right, and equally reviled outside of San Francisco.

Posted by: samwoods77 | July 16, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is far to negative about everything....Her stands are just about attacking anything and everything that "the Sarah" is not the center of...being the center of attention is her goal...making money is her goal....she is doing both without the scrutiny of the press or really having to say anything at all...there is zero substance to anything she speaks to or about...She quit on Alaska as remaining would have further exposed her excessive faults....

Posted by: Slainne | July 16, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

OK. Someone please check the math. If 76% of Repubs like her, and 44% of non-Repubs like her, isn't that enough to get elected President nowadays?
josepineda.net

Posted by: JosePinedainAZ | July 16, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Please choose her as your presidential candidate you right wing morons. Please. She is so stupid it would be great. Hopefully she won't be appointed by the supreme court as that moron w was.

Posted by: davidsawh | July 16, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Palin's own daughter didn't even tell her she was engaged - the Palins learned about it from the media!
Makes sense though, since Palin probably wouldn't have had TIME to hear the news while bloviating to anti-government and militia audiences - and laughing all the way to the bank.

Posted by: angie12106 | July 16, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

@JosePinedainAZ

I checked the math:

The 44% is of ALL Americans, not "non-Repubs", so your math doesn't add up.

Or are you saying that repubs aren't Americams?

Posted by: MarshallFacts | July 16, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean you guys can stop panting breathlesssly over her every move? Really, it just gives her credence and oxygen.

Posted by: Mimikatz | July 16, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

also too, in response to the naacp resolution, in which they had the temerity to ask the tea parties to rid themselves of their racist elements, palin said the request is:

'appalling, and is a regressive and diversionary tactic to change the subject at hand.'

exactly what does she claim they were changing the subject from? how many more of the tone deaf reactionary statements would she make if she became an actual candidate again?

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | July 16, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

It probably would have been more accurate to say that only Republicans would vote for Sarah "The Bimbo" Palin.

I don't dislike Palin, she's cute, she's funny, she's a Bimbo!


Posted by: lindalovejones | July 16, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

TO: MarshallFacts
Thx. I misread the sentence. 44% of ALL Americans, not 44% of non-Repubs. That's too bad. 76 repubs, and 44 other would be enough.
BTW: I don't know what an AmericaM is, so I guess I am saying Repubs aren't that AmericaMs).
Next time you feel froggy and wanna jump, son, check your spelling first. :)
JP

Posted by: JosePinedainAZ | July 16, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Um Samwoods77--Nancy Pelosi has been elected and reelected to Congress many times. She is Speaker of the House, 3rd in line for the Presidency. Her colleagues thought enough of her to elect her to that post twice now. She is smart, articulate and very knowledgeable about most every aspect of US politics and policy.

You may disagree with her politics, but there is no way, NO WAY she should be mentioned in the same breath as the half-term Governor of Alaska who can't string together three coherent sentences on any aspect of foreign or domestic policy.

Posted by: Mimikatz | July 16, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Typically the WaPo doesn't mention the results from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling which shows Barry tied with Palin. I bet that really ticked off El Jefe. Buh bye in 2012, Barry, and don't let the door slap you and Queen Thunder-Buns in the butt on the way out.

Posted by: jpost1 | July 16, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

@wbgonne

Romney won't be the nominee in 2012. GOP primary voters will only vote for a protestant candidate, especially voters in South Carolina. Until they revamp the GOP primary order to say put Idaho or Utah first, you're not going to see Romney get the nod.

Instead I think it will be Haley Barbor. Old timer. Check. Protestant. Check. Business Croney? Check.

Posted by: HokieAnnie | July 16, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Democrats hope and pray that Palin will be the nominee. If anything could wake up indpendents and bring them to a repeat vote for the President, it will be the realization that nothing has changed since 2008 with the half-governor. She hasn't made herself a better, more informed leader, she only got four years older and a lot richer.

Posted by: greyK | July 16, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is old, bitter, conservative, rural people's Al Sharpton.

Only, she got famous by being picked as veep while he got famous for achieving things on Civil Rights a couple decades ago...but other than that, they're terribly similar in terms of their political schtick.

Posted by: theorajones1 | July 16, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi vs. Sarah Palin.

Hmm, let's see.

Nancy Pelosi is the highest ranking female in U.S. History, been in politics for decades, is very informed on a wide variety of issues, and as Speaker of the House she has passed several historic bills that are now law in the United States.

Sarah Palin is Queen Teabagger, Fux "News" gameshow host and twitterer extrordinaire who didn't really do a whole helluva lot in her incomplete term as governor of a sparsely populated state other than help build a pipeline (which would have been built anyway) for big oil.

Yeah. Good one, samwoods77. Pretty funny actually when you do a one-to-one comparison.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 16, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

@wbgonne

Romney won't be the nominee in 2012. GOP primary voters will only vote for a protestant candidate, especially voters in South Carolina. Until they revamp the GOP primary order to say put Idaho or Utah first, you're not going to see Romney get the nod.

Instead I think it will be Haley Barbor. Old timer. Check. Protestant. Check. Business Croney? Check.
*******************************************

Outside of the southern states Barbor would get crushed. The only viable canidate that is not totally insane or bought by the darkside is Scott Brown. Everyone else has way to much baggage and the country is in no mood for anymore Republican corporate shills.

Laugh at me if you want but i bet if someone polled this he would be acceptable to Republicans, Independents and Democrats.
Obama really sucks as a president but while we are all unhappy we are certainly not stupid enough to replay the Bush years.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | July 16, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

@wbgonne

Romney won't be the nominee in 2012. GOP primary voters will only vote for a protestant candidate, especially voters in South Carolina. Until they revamp the GOP primary order to say put Idaho or Utah first, you're not going to see Romney get the nod.

Instead I think it will be Haley Barbor. Old timer. Check. Protestant. Check. Business Croney? Check.
*******************************************

Outside of the southern states Barbor would get crushed. The only viable canidate that is not totally insane or bought by the darkside is Scott Brown. Everyone else has way to much baggage and the country is in no mood for anymore Republican corporate shills.

Laugh at me if you want but i bet if someone polled this he would be acceptable to Republicans, Independents and Democrats.
Obama really sucks as a president but while we are all unhappy we are certainly not stupid enough to replay the Bush years.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | July 16, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I agree with HokieAnnie that there is no way these right wing Republicans are going to nominate Mitt Romney. And, Haley Barbour is the only one among the whole bunch who has any possibility of bringing the righties along with him at the same time appealing to the less crazed because he has such a long history and is a familiar face, and, of course, he's Southern.
Of course, there's always the possibility he will say something sensible and ruin his chances.

Posted by: cms1 | July 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is far to negative about everything....Her stands are just about attacking anything and everything that "the Sarah" is not the center of...being the center of attention is her goal...making money is her goal....she is doing both without the scrutiny of the press or really having to say anything at all...there is zero substance to anything she speaks to or about...She quit on Alaska as remaining would have further exposed her excessive faults....

Posted by: Slainne | July 16, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I love it when she makes fun of the lame stream media because she forgets that she is now part of the lamest stream of media there is. I love when she ridicules Obama for using a teleprompter while reading notes from her hand. SNL doesn't do as good of job of comedy as pure Palin does.

Posted by: mattjhenderson | July 16, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Would you like some tolerance with that cup of coffee? No? .... More intolerance? OK. The GOP needs most of the factions that exist within the electorate, not just one note Johnny.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | July 16, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

barbour is doomed outside of the south, as is huckabee. but romney's mormanism will probably keep the rightwing republican primary voters from giving him enough support. brown comes too close to being a moderate to win the nomination in the primary.

this vacuum does make it *seem* like palin has a chance but i just don't see it. she doesn't want the workload or scrutiny and the republican party apparatus is not, by and large, made up of palinistas.

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | July 16, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

@PWTC:Obama really sucks as a president

I think that's a bit harsh and untrue. Obama hasn't been stellar on some issues, particularly allowing the torturers to avoid any scrutiny and being too willing to compromise with the crazies (who didn't end up rewarding his numerous concessions with any votes), but he doesn't suck as a president. Despite HCR's many flaws, it is landmark legislation as is finreg, ledbetter act, the stimulus (again severely hamstrung by shrinking it as a concession to republicans that won him 0 republican votes), several important regulatory initiatives (like getting regulators that actually want to regulate businesses and not just fellate them and allowing the EPA to do its job). Bush, now there is a truly sucky president.

Posted by: srw3 | July 16, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Only Republicans like Palin
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And we know why. And that too is God's calling.

Posted by: kishorgala | July 16, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are in for a bitter nomination process. They know if Palin wins she will get torn to shreads by the media and the greater electorate. If they manage her demise, they will look like a bunch of old, white, male back room dealers.

Best thing is to get her on the side lines before the process gets going next year. John McCain may have dealt the party a blow that will cost them two election cycles.

Posted by: MHawke | July 16, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Those that can't think for themselves like Palin. She's a huckster who found her marks.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 16, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Unlike Huck, Barbour is just too southern. I don't see his "Boss Hogg" act playing well in Iowa or NH, and it's really difficult to keep a candidacy going without doing well in one of those. I think the Republicans eventually come around to Romney, forgetting about the flip flops and Mormonism, just the way they they came around to McCain in '08, but again with little passion, because their hearts will still be with Palin. Which is why it is going to be so much fun to watch her antics once the process starts after the midterms. No way she doesn't use FB, Twitter, and her perch at Fox to get attention that would otherwise go to the announced candidates.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | July 16, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

@JosePinedainAZ,

Yes, 76 + 44 is 120% which is not only enough, it is mathematically impossible.

You go on correcting my typos, and I'll keep educating you on basic statistics.

Posted by: MarshallFacts | July 16, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Considering that 29% of the population strongly approved of the job George W Bush did on the country (and continue to) - all polls estimating the current favorable/unfavorable ratiings of anyone need to account for these folks - they need to write then off - remve them from the sampling base due to them being hopless morons.

This is a better estimation of the feelings of the mostly "competent" voters.

After the "blockhead" adjustment Palin's numbers look real bad, real ugly.

Posted by: alfa73 | July 16, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

HokieAnnie: As others have said, I think Barbour is too Southern. In fact, I think the country has soured on the idea of letting Southerners run the country. The GOP? Maybe not so much so who knows.

Posted by: wbgonne | July 16, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"No way she doesn't use FB, Twitter, and her perch at Fox to get attention that would otherwise go to the announced candidates."
__________________________________________

And, therein lies the difficulty: the unwarrented media attention. And, it's as if Sarah is sending in the press releases herself as there is no hardball media inquiries. Just 'what's Sarah up to today'. Who is she endorsing? Who is she speaking before? Yet, others do not have the media covering these details even though we know others (i.e. previous Presidents, etc) must be speaking, endorsing, etc. It is only Sarah that is covered every day. Perhaps it's all a self-pepetuation of the tail wagging the dog; and that there really is no news other than Sarah so the media has to cover her continuously or go under. And Sarah just plays it. Is it only Sarah's oldest daughter that doesn't give a damn what she has to say? Cause that's priceless!

Posted by: Tourist | July 16, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"Some are comparing Palin's numbers to those of President Obama, pointing out that Obama is a mirror image of Palin. But the comparison doesn't wash, according to more Gallup numbers sent my way."

Well, it doesn't wash with partisan hacks who are incapable of any intellectual consistency, let alone intellectual honesty. What a joke.

My liberal friends do this all the time. The make a case and then come up with the most obtuse arguments for why that case does not apply to them or those that share their ideology.

Posted by: bobmoses | July 16, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

John McCain may have dealt the party a blow that will cost them two election cycles.

Posted by: MHawke | July 16, 2010 1:04 PM |

Excellent analysis. But for McCain's impulsive pick of Palin, she would be toiling in obscurity through the second half of her term as Governor of Alaska.

Posted by: bearclaw1 | July 16, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Republican who find Sarah only a celebrity, not a leader. I will never vote for her, nor would I vote for a Republican presidential candidate who picks her as a running mate. I want my leaders to have a brain.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | July 16, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

She's like a train wreck:
You don't wish it on anyone.
You hope that it never happens again (although you know it will).
You can't look away when you see it because it's facinating in its destruction.
The day that the Palins, Becks, and Limbaughs of the world do not have a market, is the day America has finaly gotten a rational grip on what free speach TRULY means, and has accepted the resposibility that is inexorably attached to that right.

Posted by: KJR1 | July 16, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

OK. So can the press now, FINALLY, grant her the anonymity she deserves and stop making a mountain out of her every statement and action?

Posted by: AMviennaVA | July 16, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

The twofold lowest common denominator of national Republican Party politics may be expressed this way: a politician will be popular with the most dedicated Republican voters if he or she appears as a strong leader who stands up to liberals and the media.

Strong leaders suspected of working too often with liberals (Dole) or the media (McCain) have difficulty generating enthusiasm among the core voters within the GOP. Politicians -- especially Presidents -- who have once established their credentials as strong leaders (or at least as leaders who looked strong) can sustain enthusiasm among core GOP voters by sustaining hostility toward liberals and the media. George W. Bush did this for years; Richard Nixon did even during most of the Watergate period.

Sarah Palin, though, has never established herself as a strong leader. She is popular now with GOP voters, because she is inarguably hostile to liberals and the media -- but she has only their affection, not their respect. She will remain a celebrity, but I don't think she has a future as a candidate for national office. Indeed, I'll be somewhat surprised to see her even announce a candidacy, in 2012 or after.

Posted by: jbritt3 | July 16, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

samwoods77 @ July 16, 2010 11:53 AM: There are many differences between Palin & Pelosi. The two most important ones that come to my mind are:

1. Pelosi has a successful homelife. Palin used her daughter as a shield because she did not like rumors that were being spread. No wonder her daughter did not tell her of the latest plans.

2. Palin is a quitter. From being a college student (did you count the number of schools she had to attend to get a degree?) to the position as Governor. Obviously not someone who will work through the difficult times. Pelosi, on the other hand, has guided complex legislation through passage. Like her politics or not, Pelosi is one who gets things done. Palin is one who drops the ball for someone else to clean up the mess.

As a citizen, I want people who get things done.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | July 16, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"...My liberal friends do this all the time. The make a case and then come up with the most obtuse arguments for why that case does not apply to them or those that share their ideology.

Posted by: bobmoses | July 16, 2010 2:01 PM
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You can tell a lot about a person from the company he keeps......

Posted by: kishorgala | July 16, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Even if she were to run, Sarah would not have to answer questions about policy that she has not prepped for. Remember her absolutely awful self-righteous stance at the VP debate with Biden. "Every question is a trap the LSMedia is setting for me. Therefore I don't have to answer any questions that I don't like or understand. Now my prepared talking points:...." While her "friends" may defend her head in the sand strategy, I don't think the American people were at all impressed. Her polling numbers crashed in the days following the debate. He overall strategy continues to fail. She is just too stupid to actually comprehend policy issues and too inept on her feet.

Posted by: northlite | July 16, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I enjoyed the visual of a unicorn that poops money. I want one.

"A nonprofit group is planning a series of scientific panels to examine the potential impacts of the development of the proposed Pebble Mine site north of Lake Iliamna in the Bristol Bay watershed. And the study is being conducted by a Keystone Center, a group hired by… Pebble Limited Partmership, the company behind the mine proposal. Imagine that.

(Associated Press) Todd Bryan, a senior associate with the center, said Thursday that the process dates to 2008 but was slowed pending baseline studies by Pebble. He said it’s coincidental the discussions were announced after the Alaska Legislature authorized its own independent study.

Bryan said the center’s process is neutral, aimed at publicly analyzing information to help people make informed decisions on whether or how to proceed with a project.

A neutral coincidence from a giant mining conglomerate? Look! A unicorn that poops money!

Time Magazine is a tad late to the party on this one.

At Techpresident, Nancy Scola dives into the numbers from Palin’s political action committee, Sarah PAC. Among the expenses? $22,000 to the firm Aries Petra Consulting, including $10,000 in June for “Grassroots/Communication Consulting” and $6,000 a month in April in May for “Consulting Internet, Message.”

“Aries Petra is helmed by Rebecca Mansour, described by Politico’s Ken Vogel as ‘a Los Angeles screenwriter and political neophyte whose creation of the popular cheerleading blog Conservatives4Palin endeared her to Palin’s inner circle and led to her being hired to help manage Palin’s Internet presence, including her closely watched Facebook page.’”

Could it be Mansour, not Palin, who puts together posts like the one suggesting environmentalists are to blame for the oil spill?

Could it be? Yes it could."

Posted by: Skowronek | July 16, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

She is popular with the media that builds her up with predictable right-wing fantasy - which is fox followers and ditto heads. She is the joke that just keeps giving to the Dems and Palin's personal bank accounts.

Posted by: parrotdox | July 16, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Palin talks but without ANY solutions to real problems. She's nothing more than an untalented rock star and rock star status can't pay your bills or feed your babies or put a roof over your babies head.

Palin has made a lot of money off the backs of uninformed people. She GIVES NOTHING to real charities only to candidates who have money...horse sense "I think not". GOD like, I think not...."

Posted by: lindarc | July 16, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Of course only Republicants like Palin.

You MSM types still don't get that the "Tea Party" terrorists are actually hard core Republicans.

You buy their soundbites and don't ask yourself who they actually are. Yet your own polls show that IS who they are.

Posted by: WillSeattle | July 16, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

You liberals are living in a fantasy land. Palin has high negatives among liberals only because the mere thought of her running in 2012 strikes fear in the hearts of liberals. A recent poll shows she is tied with Obama for 2012 and that means she is appealing to more moderates than John McCain did.

Of course, Obama's numbers are dropping like a rock among moderates. Soon my poodle will be able to beat Obama in 2012.

Palin is a rising star. She is a great public speaker and connects with people on a feeling profound level.

Palin biggest accomplishments lately have been the way she has improved results for the candidates she endorsed. There is no mistaking the fact the candidates she supported picked up steam and most of them won. Now Carly Fiorina is outpolling Barbara Boxer for Senate here in California. No one predicted that. There is no question that Palin gave Fiorina a huge shot in the arm and a real chance to win this race.

Posted by: RonInIrvine | July 16, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The Democrat-leaning Public Policy Polling came out with this poll. Read it and weep for the Democrat Party. Obama is single-handedly destroying the once strong and patriotic party of Truman and JFK.

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_National_715.pdf

Posted by: RonInIrvine | July 16, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"...Only Republicans like Sarah Palin..."

Yeah but,
nobody doesn't like Sarah Lee

(seems as appropriate as the rest of this drivel)

Posted by: sosueme1 | July 16, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a darling of the Tea Party Patriots and 40% of them are Democrats and Independents. The people who dislike/disrespect Palin are those who have never heard her speak in person and seen the way the crowds get excited. Palin is a superstar and her appeal to moderates is much greater than liberals think.

You underestimate Palin at your own peril!

Posted by: RonInIrvine | July 16, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link, RonInIrvine.

There doesn't seem to be anything definitive there but the treading is interesting. 2012 is a long, LONG way off but November 2nd (and football) is just around the corner

Posted by: sosueme1 | July 16, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry Mr. Sargent but there is a glaring typo in your headline, it should read: "Only idiots like Palin"

Posted by: JRM2 | July 16, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

"ou underestimate Palin at your own peril!

Posted by: RonInIrvine"
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Why?, is she going to get me back or something if she's elected?

Posted by: JRM2 | July 16, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

...just how "southern" is "too southern"?

Jimmy Carter wasn't - right?
Slick Willie wasn't - right?
George Dubya wasn't - right?

Or is it the experience (or lack thereof - NOT A GOVERNOR) and not the region in question?

I'm really asking...

Posted by: sosueme1 | July 16, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Palin Nation == teabaggers == Republicans == reatarded Southern evangelical white racists == George W. Bush fans.

The same people, with 99% accuracy.

Posted by: ottoparts | July 16, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the numbers here, it appears that overall about half of Americans view her favorably. This is approximately the same percentage which voted for George W. Bush, twice. Although it's been said that Americans like their leaders to be stupid, you'd think we'd have learned our lesson with him. Apparently not.

Posted by: DaveHarris | July 16, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I AM afraid of Palin. I'm afraid she would be a worse president than George W. Bush. I never thought I would say that about anybody.

Posted by: ottoparts | July 16, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

When Palin gets into situations in which she has to think on her feet rather than read from the notes on her hand, she's sunk.

Posted by: sonny2 | July 16, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is not going anywhere...literally and figuratively. She won't be president. She won't win the republican nomination and she won't be selected as a VP running mate.

But at the same time, she won't be leaving the stage. A minority of the republican party loves her and won't ever accept that Sarah is for Sarah. Her actions are all about increasing her fame, marketability and bank account. Nothing inherently wrong with that you could argue (the old "capitalism" argument), but it is a shame that so many Sarah-believers don't see her for who she is.

If you want a funny article on Sarah, check this one out:

http://www.dailygoat.com/2010/06/sarah-palin-solves-oil-spill-crisis-you-betcha/

Posted by: eye95 | July 16, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Did we really need a story to tell us that Palin is popular within the Republican party but not popular outside of it. Palin is a polarizing figure. The previous election demonstrated that and that isn't about to change any time soon. You either like her particular brand of "you betcha' proudly uninformed anti-intellectualism or you are completely comfortable with, that is, you either see through it or "believe" in her.

She is not a viable presidential candidate and she never will be, no matter how many Republican men feel that she is "winking" directly at them. She is a never going to surmount her negatives because what we have already seen is what the voters get if they elect her, and far too many just don't care for her.

A far more enlightening view of this however might be to see a detailed breakdown on the demographics of those who support Palin and those who don't. Katha Pollitt over at The Nation just did a truly scary piece on the number of women in the Republican party and that was much more interesting even if less sensational.

Posted by: Prakosh | July 16, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Palin went to five schools in six years. Why did she quit one for the other. Why did she quit the governorship? What would a psychiatrist say about this type of disorder? More importantly, what would a psychiatrist say about people who wanted her to run for Vice President or President?

Posted by: MILLER123 | July 16, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

She is the object of their funny mental lust.

Posted by: whocares666 | July 16, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse


Sargent, The Liberal MSM is so obsessed with Palin that her every word is covered 24/7.

Gallup is a liberal pollster. They've had higher Obama job approval ratings than most polls for some time now. So I don't buy their numbers and they haven't been right in most of the past election results either. Junk in, junk out.

I'm an Independent and most of my friends are Independents. We will vote straight Republican for the first time this year. In elections past we've split the vote between parties. But this year we need a clean sweep to get the country back to the middle again.

As far as Palin running for President, it sounds like the Liberal MSM such as yourself are trying to convince themselves that she's irrelevant and wouldn't be a viable candidate against other Republicans or Obama.

We'll just have to wait and see. But I wouldn't summarily count her out.

And that poll you so quickly dismiss that has Palin tied with Obama and Romney ahead, I wouldn't count that out either.

People are catching on to Obama's inadequacies and incompetence as a leader.

America is finally starting to wake up from their slumber.

Posted by: janet8 | July 16, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"...just how "southern" is "too southern"?

Jimmy Carter wasn't - right?
Slick Willie wasn't - right?
George Dubya wasn't - right?"

Dubya never portrayed himself as a Southerner, he was always trying to portray himself as a Westerner (all the ranch and cowboy imagery). The other two were Dems. Fair or unfair, coming across as a southernor is good for Dems once they win the nomination since their base is in the North and the West Coast, the South is where they need to swing. For the R's, the South is their base, so being too southern just appeals to that base and turns off too many moderates in the rust belt and the Mountain West.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | July 16, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The biggest group of voters are now INDEPENDENTs, a large number of whom are disaffiliated Democrats and Republicans, as well as young newcomers to politics.

Within this group, Sarah Palin holds a commanding lead among single women with children....Hillary is yesterday's chopped liver; Sarah is a superstar with celebrity status.

And that's all it takes to get elected, since there are over a 1,000 think tanks and public policy centers ready to provide with every kind of analysis...just like they do for every doofus politician ever elected.

President? maybe; on a ticket with Governor Jindal or Sen. to be Marco Rubio? ABSOLUTELY!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | July 16, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

NEWSFLASH!

Mitt Romney just announced that he is not now and never has been a Mormon. That was his twin brother.

Posted by: wbgonne | July 16, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Thank the Lord! I was getting really, really worried that there could be so many ignorant people in this country!

Palin's an idiot. She's a Barbie doll. Maybe she could get a job at Hooter's. Seems appropriate.

Just wish ALL the media would ignore her. She's just not worth it.

Posted by: kentuckywoman2 | July 16, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Shortly after presidential election, Ann Coulter advised Palin, that if Palin wanted to amount to anything nationally, Palin should complete her term as a good conservative Alaskan Governor and read the Federalists Papers. Palin has clearly not done the former and, best I can tell, she has not done the later.

Posted by: natburd | July 16, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

And not even all republicans like her. Real old school republicans, educated republicans think she is an embarrassment. The republicans that are missing a tooth and chawing tabaccy love her though.

Posted by: Cyclopsina | July 16, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

ONE OF THE FUNNIEST ARTICLES TO HIT THE WAVES TODAY

Posted by: tboca | July 16, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

The GOP will never let her run for national office again. They're smarter than that. They don't want to throw money at a right wing George McGovern.

Posted by: billy8 | July 16, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I betcha' Osama Bin Laden likes her. After all he DOES want to destroy the U.S.A.
Seems like the teabaggers do too.
National suicide? Why not?

Posted by: TOMHERE | July 16, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Billy 8 - To refer to her as a right wing George McGovern is totally ignorant.
Agree with him or not, McGovern had a great career in the U.S. Senate and he WAS 100 percent correct about the tragedy of our involvement in Vietnam.
Please take the time to review the life of a great American and don't forget the the right wing has ALWAYS vilified anyone they didn't agree with.
After all, it's the old Newt Gingrich tactic - don't run on the merits of your ideas. It's much easier to get right down in the septic tank and destroy your opponent through name-calling and mud-slinging.

Posted by: TOMHERE | July 16, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

This has been very interesting... Sarah is more appealing to the "Reality Show" type of person. Those who find her worthy of such a position, are really very interesting also... Hmmm... Perhaps, she should try to take care of her nice size family. Todd, should get a job or watch them... Esp, Bristol... Poor girl...

Posted by: janeyre | July 16, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

My opinion? Palin will founder IF she goes into the Primaries and has to do interviews on substantive issues she lacks the depth to answer coherently. She does OK with red meat soundbites, but seeing her try to string together three sentences is tough to see.
A scenario could come up though, of religious right and angry Yahoos rallying behind someone that just plays to them and populism panders to their anger and throws the red meat out - while totally putting off independents and moderate Dems sick of Obama.
Call it the Harry Reid scenario. He was dead man walking until a Palin clone named Sharon Angell won the Republican primary. Now he is likely to get reelected because everyone outside hardcore social conservatives can't stand the woman.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | July 16, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to the left-wing WaPo's Sargent to structure a case against Palin. And he stresses that Palin has negatives.

No kidding, Sargent, after the old media (no longer main stream) lambasted her for months and months during and after the '08 campaign.

This hack must have taken his training from the now-fired Weigel. No objectivity allowed. All writing must favor Dems and Obama and condemn conservatives -- that philosophy has pushed WaPo circulation and advertising lower and lower.

I suggest you keep your resume up to date, Sargent. You may very well need it, because WaPo may soon be for sale, like its sister publication, Newsweek.

Maybe you can get a job with the Obama administration. The folks there don't allow objectivity either.

Posted by: RonKH | July 16, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin's current objective is to win the republican nomination. To do that she doesn't portray herself as centrist, that would get her killed. She plays to the base, supports tea party candidates, and crisscrosses the nation drumming up republican support. This will endear her to the republican primary voters in 2012.

After she wins the republican nomination, she continues to portray Obama and the Democrats as far left ideologues. What she is counting on is that there will be the same animosity towards Obama as there was towards Bush in '08. The Pres election will be between two perceived ideologues. Since the political pendulum now has swung to the far left, the american voter will want to swing back the other way.

She is playing her hand the way she should play it.

Posted by: 72lemming4 | July 16, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Compare her favorability numbers with those of the president. According to PPP, Public Policy Polling:

For 2012, Obama "trails Romney 46-43, Mike Huckabee 47-45, New Gingrich 46-45, and is even tied with Sarah Palin at 46."

The only Republican he could beat is Jan Brewer, who doesn't have much name recognition on a national level.

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_National_715.pdf

Posted by: Avigdor18 | July 16, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

According to Rasmussen, July 8th, 63% of independents disapprove of Obama's job performance, 51% strongly so.

86% of Republicans disapprove, 51% strongly.

Only 53% of Democrats strongly approve of the president's performance.

IMHO, Sarah Palin has a good chance at the White House in 2012. I sure would vote for her (again). Now more than ever.

Posted by: Avigdor18 | July 16, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

"It's a role that allows her to insulate herself from direct media cross-examination and to communicate directly to her supporters"

Spot on. She likes to talk of "debate" but has not had one on any topic since the VP debate. She merely has "love in" festivals on Fox with white people who hold exactly the same opinion.

National debate indeed

Posted by: Chops2 | July 16, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin and her clan are a train wreck more suited for reality TV than anything that involves thinking.

Posted by: MNUSA | July 16, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe I've ever witnessed a more ignorant person than Sarah Palin. But, her supporters are close behind. Sarah Palin was a joke, when she was picked as John McCain's running mate, and she is now an even bigger joke as she goes around the country making a complete fool of herself. I sure hope the Republican Party picks her as its presidential candidate in 2012. If it does, President Obama will be a shoo-in for reelection, although that will be the case no matter whom the Republicans run for President. Let's see, Palin for President and Limbaugh or Beck for Vice-President, that would be a riot.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | July 16, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I support Sarah Palin, she stands for freedom, the constitutional protection of that freedom. Is this the failed policies of the past that the President keeps talking about, as a failed policy. I find this type of Democratic Party expression a threat to our civil rights and a threat to our freedom. We the people have an out rage to this type of attack and is the reason for the tea party movement. As long as this president continues to attack the history of our nation as failed, the more people will suspect his agenda to destroy our rights.

Posted by: dj_ingraham | July 16, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

They should stay quiet, it's a wedge issue that the libs will try to use to divide the party before elections, there are more important issues right now that need to be addressed.

Most of us know there's not a stones throw difference between the Republicans and the Dems, they talk differently and act the pretty much same, with minor exceptions.

But the left wing radical elements of the Democratic party have taken over and declared war on business, Democracy, and freedom are the worst possible elements of the political ruling class we are at war with, to give power to, we need to stop the bleeding, the Republicans are a little slower at destroying our freedoms then the radicals and a little more controllable.

But some big changes to need happen there too.

Posted by: jjoyce6018 | July 16, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, Greg. But this is just another in a long, countless never-ending series of articles written by liberal "journalists" at liberal outlets, who continue to try to disparage Palin, her prospects, her education, her appeal, her popularity ........ excuse me, I'm getting sleepy just writing about you all... her experience and her resume.

Isn't it obvious to you by now? You've lost. You have tried so hard to knock her down and drag her out, but she just keeps bouncing back, stronger and more popular than before your snitty little barbs and accusations. By all means - keep it up! I like nothing better than seeing Sarah Palin in the headlines of every media outlet every day. It gives her more publicity, more name recognition, and pulls more people to her side.

"Will she run for president"? You all are too stupid to see that she already is running - and has been for quite some time now. She's doing it her way, not by making a big media announcement, but by broadening her appeal, keeping herself in the news, campaigning via Facebook posts, speeches, appearances, fundraisers, book tours, candidate endorsements.... and she's doing it all by side-stepping the mainstream media. That's the biggest laugh! YOU keep her in the news, YOU promote her, YOU speculate endlessly about her, and she doesn't even know you're alive! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

By the way, polls have her tied - 46/46 with Barack Obama, and we're still nearly two and a half years out from the 2012 elections. By the time November, 2012 is here, it's going to be a cince for her to steamroll right over this disaster president, wedge her high heel up his bum, and kick him back to the Chicago rathole he crawled out of. At this point, I'd say Sarah Palin's future looks a whole lot brighter than Barack Obama's.

And it looks alot brighter than yours, Greg. But please, keep it up. Palin brings the WAPO badly-needed ratings and internet hits. You can thank Sarah you still have a job.

Posted by: QuineGeology | July 16, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, Greg. But this is just another in a long, countless never-ending series of articles written by liberal "journalists" at liberal outlets, who continue to try to disparage Palin, her prospects, her education, her appeal, her popularity ........ excuse me, I'm getting sleepy just writing about you all... her experience and her resume.

Isn't it obvious to you by now? You've lost. You have tried so hard to knock her down and drag her out, but she just keeps bouncing back, stronger and more popular than before your snitty little barbs and accusations. By all means - keep it up! I like nothing better than seeing Sarah Palin in the headlines of every media outlet every day. It gives her more publicity, more name recognition, and pulls more people to her side.

"Will she run for president"? You all are too stupid to see that she already is running - and has been for quite some time now. She's doing it her way, not by making a big media announcement, but by broadening her appeal, keeping herself in the news, campaigning via Facebook posts, speeches, appearances, fundraisers, book tours, candidate endorsements.... and she's doing it all by side-stepping the mainstream media. That's the biggest laugh! YOU keep her in the news, YOU promote her, YOU speculate endlessly about her, and she doesn't even know you're alive! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

By the way, polls have her tied - 46/46 with Barack Obama, and we're still nearly two and a half years out from the 2012 elections. By the time November, 2012 is here, it's going to be a cince for her to steamroll right over this disaster president, wedge her high heel up his bum, and kick him back to the Chicago rathole he crawled out of. At this point, I'd say Sarah Palin's future looks a whole lot brighter than Barack Obama's.

And it looks alot brighter than yours, Greg. But please, keep it up. Palin brings the WAPO badly-needed ratings and internet hits. You can thank Sarah you still have a job.

Posted by: QuineGeology | July 16, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

And you are just finding this out?
Everyone but Republicans thinks she is a menace to society and completely off her rocker.
Posted by: PennyWisetheClown
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I don't see this.

Sargent said "Palin's fave/unfave numbers are evenly split among independents, 44-44."

So that means that independents do NOT all think she is a menace to society and completely off her rocker. In fact 44% of independents seem to think well of her, just as many as think badly of her.

I don't see myself voting for her at any stage, but the kind of venom against her that Democrats seem to spout does make me think that the Democrats are not that much better than Republicans.

Viciousness is the new game in town and both sides are playing it, all the while pretending that only the other side is vicious.

Posted by: rohit57 | July 16, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

And you are just finding this out?
Everyone but Republicans thinks she is a menace to society and completely off her rocker. Posted by: PennyWisetheClown
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But did you actually READ what Sargent said?

"Palin's fave/unfave numbers are evenly split among independents, 44-44."

That means that nearly half of the independents like her, just as many as dislike her.

Democrats hate her guts, Republicans seem to like her a lot, but the independents do NOT seem to have the same hatred for her which Democrats do.

She is not a strong political candidate, but if Democrats insist on attacking her personally, viciously, and unfairly, they will only create a sympathy wave for her among independents.

Posted by: rohit57 | July 16, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q7XH8lfGMc&feature=related
Here is Palin's base and the "real Americans" she keeps talking about.

Posted by: fishman2 | July 16, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

If I only read the Washington Post, I would have thought Sarah Palin was politically dead a year and a half ago. Then again a year ago. Then again six months ago. Now I would learn that she is not quite as popular as the President....

Posted by: Delongl | July 16, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

If I only read the Washington Post, I would have thought Sarah Palin was politically dead a year and a half ago. Then politically dead again a year ago. Then again six months ago.

Now I would learn that she is not quite as popular as the President....

What great political pontificating!

Posted by: Delongl | July 16, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

To quote the irreverent but very accurate Keith Olbermann, "that woman is an idiot." The thought of her as president makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Even the GOP is not that stupid. She will continue to play the role of useful idiot for the Republican Party, helping to stir up that base, raise money and convince the tea party element that the President is going to destroy our way of life.

In the end, Romney is likely to be the nominee as one other person has indicated above. Romney also gives me the heaves, with his arrogance and willingness to do whatever it takes to get elected. He's phony as a $3.00 bill. But at least he's not the unthinkable as is Palin. Come on out Sarah; Come on out Sharron. Come out and face the press and answer some real questions about your positions on the issues. Stop hiding Sarah and Sharron. We want some answers.

Hey Sarah, I think you talked to your good buddy Glenn Beck before you made that decision to leave the governorship in Alaska. Seems that the two of you are now focused on making money and spreading the idea that somehow, someway, the two of you really know something, when the opposite is about true. You really know nothing but you have such a knack for making others think that you do; but you do know how to make a buck. I'll give ya that.

Posted by: rcairo | July 17, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Sarah's a gift that keeps on giving as now we know Republican Christian Family Values mean you allow your teenage daughter to drink alcohol and use drugs and let her boyfriend live in your house and have sex. Yes when your daughter gets her own place she and her boyfriend don't respect you enough to let you know their engaged but you learn like the rest of the World on the news. Sarah saw no problem having an affair with Todd's business partner let's home Bristol doesn't pick up the conduct like her mother. Pray for the other two Palin girls because with a Mother like Sarah they will need God's help. Todd is still recovering from his alcoholic problems.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | July 17, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

"Palin has skillfully positioned herself as a kind of celebrity quasi-candidate."

For a second I thought the sentence read, "cerebral quasi-candidate."

Too funny.

Posted by: republican_disaster | July 17, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

The thought of torturing Libs with Sarah Palin for four years is becoming too tempting to ignore.

Posted by: jjoyce6018 | July 17, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

I was very impressed with Palin when she was nominated as the VP candidate with McCain. She demonstrated a lot of “spit and vinegar” with her brash outspoken views and even overshadowed McCain, who I was not so happy with as a candidate. I even cut her a lot of slack for lack of knowledge about national and global issues. Being a Governor with a demanding schedule and more immediate state priorities would lead to less national or international focus. And I know a lot of small minded people look at her resignation as deserting her state, whereas I thought is was decent of her to remove her association with the Governorship of Alaska given the onslaught and extremely negative coverage by the “tabloid” media that we seem to support in this country, that includes most of the majors also. This move took the spotlight off of the state of Alaska. But as for her run for the President, I believe that Palin carries to much personal family “baggage”, mostly created by the merciless Liberal media, to make her a viable candidate. Lastly, since she left the Governorship she has been making political speeches here and yon and I have even attended some. But one thing she has not done is develop meaningful positions on hot topic national and international issues. In some TV interviews she has been definitely nonspecific and generalizing in responses leading me to believe that, and I hate to say this, like Obama, she may not have much knowledge of important issues and be indecisive as well, just relying on a brash oratory to draw attention. Obama has no demonstrated knowledge to support his elected position and presents an evangelical oratory of promise and hope, with no substance as we have seen for 18 months. I think Palin should be a supporter not a candidate.

Posted by: lfraz43 | July 17, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

The same thing could be said about the Washington Compost's hero the Lyin Hawaiian so big whoopie chit.

Posted by: fe59 | July 17, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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