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Posted at 3:19 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Iowa Republicans cool to Sarah Palin

By Jonathan Capehart

First, Sarah Palin's presidential flirtations hit a granite wall in New Hampshire -- home of the first-in-the-nation primary. Now comes a poll that shows likely Republican voters in Iowa -- home of the first-in-the-nation caucus -- are cooling to the half-term governor's charms.

According to a new Des Moines Register Iowa poll, Palin's popularity has slipped from 71 percent in November 2009 to 65 percent now. Among those who said they viewed the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee "very favorably," she dropped from 27 percent to 18 percent during that same period.

The Iowa poll is statistical proof of what Dan Balz reported two weeks ago in a report on Iowa Republican activists. Folks really like Palin. They just don't think she's ready to be president. Here's what Iowa physician Christi Taylor told Balz.

As a woman, and from one strong woman to another, I want to like her and want to support her desperately. And yet, you just can't quite do it. I think she's a great inspirational person. I think she rallies the troops. I don't think she has what it takes to actually lead our country into a better economic future . . . And that pains me, because I want a strong woman candidate, and she is a strong woman candidate. But she's not the right strong woman candidate.

The Register story quotes Republican political consultant Adam Geller saying, "The change in intensity is statistically significant." He adds, "If you're Sarah Palin, you want those lines on the chart going up as the presidential contest gets closer, not going down."


As this handy chart from shows, folks have viewed Palin more unfavorably than favorably since about November 2008. But her favorable ratings have been taking a steady and consistent slide since last October. These new polls from New Hampshire and Iowa don't bode well for the Tea Party Queen.

But if you're like me, you never thought Palin was going to run for president anyway. The last two and half years have been about being a star. And with all those speeches and book deals, she's been getting paid like one, too. As long as that is Palin's only ambition, the sky's the limit.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 28, 2011; 3:19 PM ET
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I'm undecided whether Mrs. Palin's primary motivation is fame or money, but one thing is clear: public service is anathema to her.

Posted by: theRealCalGal | February 28, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"Half-Term Governor"??? Does anyone at the WaPo ever refer to Obama as the "half term Senator"???

Keep moving folks, no bias here to see!!

Posted by: BridgePerspective | February 28, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse


Palin said: “Gays are like animals” oh wait ! It was the Ground Zero Mosque Imam
Ground Zero Mosque Imam: "Gays Are Like Animals’ Posted by GayPatriot at Jan 31

Remember, the American Left wants you to believe the GZM is good, nothing to worry about, and Islam is the “Religion of Peace”.

But Sarah Palin ? bad and badder !!

Posted by: pvilso24 | February 28, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Capehart repeats the half-term Governor claim without comment...

Why no mention Palin held elected positions in Alaska far longer than Obama ever did as US Senator ? before he ran for the Presidency.

Governor Palin faced Soros-funded Democrats who backed a nonstop campaign of frivolous lawsuits against her. She had to personally pay ... as required under Alaskan law (since repealed)… On a salary of $125K, her family incurred debts of a half-million and growing…

Palin left her job after two and half years – handing it to a competent republican who was easily re-elected as Governor. She took new jobs and entered politics in the lower 48… made millions and helped Tea Party Republicans take back the House in a historic victory over Democrats in Nov. 2010.

Capehart ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | February 28, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Hope and change. Obama can't even save Detroit. Bulldozing houses, closing half the schools, 30% underemployment and people are worried what Palin might do to the economy. Her town in Alaska was the fastest growing community in the state and she left the State of Alaska with a 5 billion surplus. McCain wasn't drawing those huge crowds in 08(60,000 at the Florida Villages)it was Sarah Palin and once she starts campaigning, katy bar the door, the other GOP candidates have no chance.

Posted by: sodakhic | February 28, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Nice try!
In regard to the "Dr"....have you not been paying attention to what the left and the media spews every day about Gov Palin and her family???? I would say that is just one area where she is "stronger" than any of the men or women running!

Posted by: MJB1956 | February 28, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin continues to be a repository for the Left's paranoia. Ever since her arrival in St. Paul, Minnesota, the self-motivated, good-looking, charismatic, conservative Governor has been subjected to all-consuming assaults coming from both genders and both parties. The carnivalistic orgy of insults and torrent of false accusations have not abated, despite the general consensus that she is "unelectable."

The truth is, Sarah Palin likes herself and it shows. She's an oddity for sure. Her undeniable zest for life in a culture of death makes her especially dangerous and foreign to the cultivators of cynicism and political power. Palin, as a palpable symbol of American exceptionalism, comes on to the world stage at precisely the time America's greatness is being challenged from all sides.

Along with the millions of real conservatives that have rallied around her message, Sarah Palin's mere existence portends a major shift away from covert and corrupt politics toward a restored vision of real hope.


Posted by: QuineGeology | February 28, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

@ BridgePerspective:

The reasons why Palin is referred to as *half-term* governor and President (repeat: PRESIDENT) Obama is not referred to as a *half-term* Senator are few but VERY CLEAR.

1. Palin quit to become a private citizen and make money.
2. PRESIDENT Obama moved on; that is, he went for a PROMOTION.

I cannot, for the life of me, understand how ANYone, ANYwhere, for ANY reason compare these two human beings. It's beyond apples and oranges. It is, plainly, surreal.

Obama 2012: The only adult in the room.

Posted by: hsubyma | February 28, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

The article you reference above base their conclusions on "757 votes randomly selected NH adults conducted from 1/28 to 2/07. A sub sample of the 757 voters was 357 adults who are considered likely Republican voters" So let me get this right: For starters that puts Republican likely voters at a little over 45%. So your poll is a LESS than a fair general population vote. So how does this poll help us conclude how the Hew Hampshire adults may vote in a Republican Primary?

Again, most of these polls we read are phone contacts, in which the reader has no expectation of the reliability in how the results were collected or how they were released to the general public? Anyone can put whatever numbers they wish to control the message. AND what does 1000 votes do for us? These polls are meaningless. NOW: lets look at a poll in which 200,000 votes were cast over two days online. Is this poll closer to being more reliable to its accuracy and truthfulness? I guess that is arguable.

FoxNews CPAC Bracket Poll: '114,896 votes'

Palin 32.99%, Huckabee 28.57%, Romney 20.15%, Pawlenty 18.30%.

Then a day later they went one on one: '97,651 votes' Palin 60.01%, Huckabee 39.99%.

If you just poll Republican Party memebers you are not going to get positive results for Sarah Palin, but Palin supporters have yet to registered in the Republican Party. When they do you will see the results where more than 200,000 votes show where she runs away from her GOP competition. Huckabee knows it and he will not run.

Posted by: DMac8889 | February 28, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is so 2010.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 28, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe its dawning on the GOP base that if you only interact with the world via Facebook, Twitter, and over-priced canned speaking engagements, maybe you are "not ready for prime-time" as a national candidate.
Sarah Palin has yet to do an interview outside Fox that leaves her looking anything but foolish. If you can't hold your own with Katie Couric, how are you going to negotiate with Medvedev?

Posted by: OldUncleTom | February 28, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey Uncle Tom, Sarah looked pretty damn good in Long Island a couple a weeks ago with questions being asked by a Dem, Kevin Law. Maybe you should check out the interview on Palin TV, eyeopener.

Posted by: sodakhic | February 28, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey, BridgePerspective:

Not quite sure what bridge your perspective is from (maybe the infamous 'bridge to nowhere?').

Guess we have to explain it to you: the reason Obama was a half-term senator was because he WON the presidency. He is now the president, and so he is appropriately referred to as such.

The reason Palin is referred to as a half-term gov was because she won....NOTHING. She just quit! So yes, she deserves to be called a HALF-TERM GOVERNOR because that's what she chose to be.

Now, who's biased?????

It's amazing that people will still address her as "Governor" when, by quitting, she does not deserve the same respect as those who actually fulfilled their contract with the voters.

Posted by: kwickersham | February 28, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey Capehart if you do not think Palin will run why obsess over her? I think you and Chris Matthews have the same problem. You really think she will, and will pose a real challenge to the OBAMANATION. The more the left throws at Palin the more she keeps coming at you. Try as you will you can not destroy her spirit and this is what I and other supporters like about her. She has more balls than all the men that criticize her. She is not halted between two opinions till she sees which way the outcome will be. You criticize Palin as a half time Governor(which others have defended here) but fail to remember the voting not present record of the OBAMANATION while only serving 144 days in the congress before running for president. This man child in the image of JIM JONES convinced over half the voting public that he was the one. Now we are paying for it while he and all his enablers are destroying the country. You attack Palin constantly because you know deep down she will neuter this IDIOT in Chief

Posted by: trockiws | February 28, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Man for a quitter she did a real job on the Dems on Nov 2nd. A real crunching.

Posted by: sodakhic | February 28, 2011 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, I suspect that you may be one of the people who subscribe to Barack Obama's foreign policy of speak softly, but carry a big apology.

Sarah Palin's advantage is simply that she does not believe the US has anything for which it needs to apologize. A President Sarah Palin would not visit foreign leaders wearing a "kick me" sign, nor would she bow down to them like a TRAINED FLEA. She has the steel spine that Pantywaist Obama lacks. She has steadfastly supported Israel. She loves our allies and has spoken about how she would deal with our enemies.

This has resonated with the vast majority of Americans, and will serve her well in her upcoming campaign, culminating in Barack Obama being rushed to the hospital in November, 2012, in order to have Sarah Palin's high heel REMOVED FROM HIS UPPER COLON.

Posted by: QuineGeology | February 28, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

The quotes in both the Dan Balz piece and the Des Moines Register article quote Republicans by name who are just not keen on Palin.
The Palin acolytes ( or is it Lou Sarah herself posting under many aliases ? ) refuse to accept that more and conservatives view Palin
as an empty vessel and a train wreck.
So, the messenger must always be attacked , thus the childish digs at Capehart.
The poll methodology and the poll respondents are likewise attacked.
When all else fails, they bring Barack Obama into their weak defense
of Palin and of course , the very worn and predictable charges that anyone who doesn't worship Palin like they obviously do ,
must be an East Coast elite or a RINO or a hater.
The same silliness is so often repeated verbatim that it does lend credence to Palin and her family spamming any site
that publishes the truth about the latest poll.
There's always a disquieting fury and paranoia from Palin supporters that is never seen from the supporters of other Republicans.
Palin always talks about freedom , but, apparently freedom of speech does not extend to those who have a differing opinion
about her qualifications and personal characteristics.
Palin did not quit to take a better position like elected officials do when they run for higher office.
That's a false analogy .
She quit to cash in or beat feet away from the scandal and chaos that always surrounds her.
Palin has said she may run for president, therefore the media
is not obsessed with her, but, just covering her
as they would any other potential candidate.
Only they behave in adult and professional ways and don't hide at FOX.
And I'm sure they don't have a shadow FaceBook and a shadow and misspelled Twitter account to falsely generate buzz about themselves.

Posted by: CaptainKarl | February 28, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Captain Carl is a typical Palin Hater and A-s who will be stunned and need counseling when Palin wins the nomination. Try as you will and post as you will you cannot stop this women. You do not get it. There has been so much hatred against Palin which is unparalleled in modern political history. Yet she keeps standing, she won't go away and will not shut up. She has self determination and OBAMANATION has Bull SH-t with and without the teleprompter. So get prepared to get over it. By the way do you know OBAMANATION is destroying the country. Do you care? No I think you are part of the problem

Posted by: trockiws | February 28, 2011 11:45 PM | Report abuse

"Half-Term Governor"??? Does anyone at the WaPo ever refer to Obama as the "half term Senator"???

Keep moving folks, no bias here to see!!

Posted by: BridgePerspective | February 28, 2011 3:54 PM////////////Thats what you do when you become president while being a senator. Palin stepped down to become a reality show performer...... And Alaska will never forgive her, even though she did us a favor. We see the real Sarah now. Why can't you?

Posted by: fishinfool | March 1, 2011 12:09 AM | Report abuse

The Des Moines articles compares a recent poll showing Palin's favourability rating at 65% compared to 71% in 2009. What the article omitted to mention is that they did a poll in 2010 showing her ratings at 58%. So her fav ratings have actually risen.

Posted by: genecarr100 | March 1, 2011 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Hey, QuineGeology:

That whole speak softly foreign policy tactic seems to be taking hold, doncha think???

Uh, gee Tennessee ... we can either go in with guns blazing and force democracy down their throats or, or, or --- lead by example?

What part of *minding our own business* (with a wary eye) do you NOT UNDERSTAND????

Obama 2012: The only adult in the room.

Posted by: hsubyma | March 1, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: stormpost | March 1, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Palinites are growing ever fewer in number and greater in self-delusion.

Posted by: justmike | March 1, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"There has been so much hatred against Palin which is unparalleled in modern political history. Yet she keeps standing, she won't go away and will not shut up. She has self determination and OBAMANATION has Bull SH-t with and without the teleprompter. So get prepared to get over it. By the way do you know OBAMANATION is destroying the country. Do you care? No I think you are part of the problem"
Posted by: trockiws | February 28, 2011 11:45 PM

Do you sense the irony of saying Palin is receiving hatred "unparalleled in modern political history" and then going on a hate filled diatribe against President Obama calling him an "Obamanation?"

I don't know if you feel the same, but I think the vitriol against Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama eclipses any of the "hatred" against Palin. I've heard both called way worse things.

Posted by: Patzer111 | March 1, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

that small percentage of blithering mumbling, fumbling delusion extremists predicting the victory of Palin are here in force today, and the day after she declares she won't run they will believe her complaints of a giant left-wing conspiracy preventing her.

So sad.

Posted by: interactidiomas | March 1, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

yeah Capehart ,and I'll bet they are all for the Jug-Earred misfit . As Florence Jean Castleberry said, " When Donkeys Fly "

Posted by: puck-101 | March 1, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Please Sarah Palin, run for President!!!!
The country needs you!

This ad is courtesy the
Democratic National Party and
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)

Posted by: CoronaRay | March 1, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I find it hard to believe that anyone that has researched Palins so called experience (If they bothered to research)could possibly think it measures up to a presidential qualification.I love my Country and it's time to get rid of these dangerous Posers.Lots of talk about the Constitution but most of the GOP should try reading it,if they can.

Posted by: tomandlou | March 1, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Capehart,like the other liberal writers, don,t have anything positive to write about Obamas country destroying policies, so they deflect that by attacking the person who CAN lead the country in the right direction. They want to keep everyone thinking about Palin, and not about what a disaster Obama,s big government liberal policies are!!!

Posted by: dexterdunk | March 1, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

But if your like me? Who in the world wants to be like you. Living in Obama's fantasy world is nothing to be proud of. But if your like me? Are you serious. Where were you when Obama was forcing his Obamacare down our throats. You were right there cheer-leading Obama all the way. Palin was there for the people. You weren't. Are you proud of that? Palin has always stood up for the liberties of this country. What did you stand up for. Your ideology and the far left. But if your like me? Nothing personal, but you opened the door.

Posted by: houstonian | March 1, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

At a recent Republicsn convention, Congressman Ron Paul was chosen in a straw poll. Why doesn't the corporate so called "main stream media" report on that? Could it be because all these years they have been falsly telling us how to live, in order to benefit them, not us? Let's turn off that tv and start thinking people. "We the People" can move mountains if we stand united. Let's stop fighting about left and right, race, ethnicity and so on. As long as they have us fighting, they win. This week, take the time to relate to a minority and let them know that you care about them. If we do this, one by one, "We the People" will live free.


Posted by: barrysal | March 2, 2011 12:46 AM | Report abuse


Surely even you understand the difference between being elected to the highest office in the country halfway through your term, and just quitting because you get sick of your responsibilities even though you lost the election that might have otherwise necessitated such an action.

Sorry, sir or ma'am--there's obviously no bias in this story, but yours is glaring.

Posted by: studentoflaw | March 2, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart; DIMocRAT extremists; all,

the following things are TRUE.:
1. i'm NOT a Sarah Palin supporter for POTUS.
2. Sarah is NOT & will NOT be the TEA PARTY and/or GOP candidate in 2012 or (likely) any other year.
3. the TEA PARTY will support her in the next election for an AK senate seat & she will WIN. = get used to calling her Madame Senator.
4. obama will lose the 2012 election (should he choose to run again - i am NOT convinced that he will run and/or even survive the Democrat primary, should he run again.) in a HUMILIATING landslide for whomsoever the TEA PARTY/GOP decides to run.
5. the DIMs will LOSE the US Senate & WH in 2012, by the largest margin in modern history. = the debacle of 2010 will look mild by comparison, as the vast majority of voters no longer TRUST the "DIMocRAT leadership" with our money, government and LIBERTY.
6. the Democrats are FINISHED as a major political party, as even formerly Democrat families like mine no longer are Democrats. - we are now & will remain TEA PARTY activists.

just my own personal comments/opinions, as i DO NOT & CANNOT speak officially for our county's TEA PARTY group, absent a vote of the members on each issue.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | March 5, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

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