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Posted at 5:56 PM ET, 02/15/2011

The idea of President Palin hits a granite wall

By Jonathan Capehart

One too many political tea-leaf readers say that Sarah Palin, with her rock-star personality, loyal following and outsized influence on the Republican Party, could jump into the 2012 presidential race at the last minute and run off with the GOP nomination for president. This is in defiance of consistent and plain evidence that Palin is going nowhere fast.

Now a new poll from the University of New Hampshire only adds to the brief against her running. Among likely Republican voters, the former governor of Alaska garnered just six percent support. Blowing out the field was former next-door Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) with 40 percent. Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who came in fourth during the New Hampshire primary in 2008, came in second with 10 percent.

Now, here's where the news is really bad for Palin. Romney has a net favorability rating among likely Republican primary voters at a solid 57 percent. Palin has a net negative favorability rating of -17 percent. That puts her at the bottom of the list of GOP White House hopefuls. There is one silver lining. At least she beats the publicity-hungry Donald Trump. His net favorability rests in the cellar at -43 percent.

Lots can change between now and when the New Hampshire primary actually happens early next year. And we all know that winning the Granite State doesn't mean the nomination is secured. Just ask my MSNBC colleague Pat Buchanan, who snatched the state from Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) in 1996, or Sen. John McCain, who lost it to then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush during the nomination race of 2000.

But this much is clear: At the rate she's going, Palin will get nowhere near the Oval Office, let alone the Republican nomination. She has had two years to show the American people that she is not only worthy of the office but also worthy to be considered for the nomination. Her actions during this time have showed us time and again that she is more interested in playing a leader on television than actually being one.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 15, 2011; 5:56 PM ET
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Comments

I'd like to know why Republicans have such a love for the dumbest idiots they can find.

No Jonathan, Republicans had their Idiot In Chief already -- NO MORE BOZOS!


Posted by: lindalovejones | February 15, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

It looks as though the Republicans rather like a candidate who delivered government-controlled healthcare to the state he governed.

Posted by: ronpaul2008com | February 15, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

The sooner Sarah Palin figures out that she is not going to be the GOP's candidate in 2012, the sooner we can get on to considering serious and qualified candidates.

Posted by: mekebby | February 15, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to know why Democrats have such a love for the dumbest idiots they can find.

With Obama, Democrats have their Idiot In Chief -- NO MORE BOZOS!

Posted by: GEAH | February 15, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

GEAH: Even the most rabid of GOPers can't say the President is an idiot, even if they fault all his policies. Hint for your next post: Stay within the boundaries of solar system logic and start small.

Posted by: Eugene6 | February 15, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

GEAH: Even the most rabid of GOPers can't say the President is an idiot, even if they fault all his policies. Hint for your next post: Stay within the boundaries of solar system logic and start small.

Posted by: Eugene6 | February 15, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the article. Any campaign has to be looked at from the stand point of the early states. Sarah Palin will most likely not win Iowa, especially if Huckabee runs. She has zero chance of winning New Hampshire, Michigan, or Nevada, all of which will go to Mitt Romney. She will also have a very tough time winning South Carolina. Palin will have no chance of winning Florida if she fails to capture Iowa or South Carolina. And that right there is the whole election.

Posted by: sambunderson | February 15, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't think She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is really running for president. She just gets to keep the publicity going by playing coy.

At one time, I thought Romney could be a good choice. He was a problem solver as governor. But, he has played such a game of aligning himself with the far right that I don't know if he has left himself any room to be a problem solver as President. It is more important these days for a Republican to be ideologically pure than to be effective.

Oh, well.

Posted by: amelia45 | February 15, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse


Snow White leads The Seven Dwarfs

The GOP will soon be known as the Party of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs with Sarah "Snow White" Palin leading such GOP Dwarfs as Huckabee, Gingrich, Pawlenty, Daniels, Barbour, Romney and Ron Paul. When Snow White leads, The Seven Dwarfs follow.

Posted by: mirroronthewallmirror | February 15, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I try to go by facts in these things, not the opinions of pundits, and especially not pundits who are of an opposite ideology to the person they criticize (see "Capeheart/Palin")
The fact I see here is that a left-leaning columnist sees the need to constantly attack and try to minimize the power of Palin, as in this piece here, which is part of a long running narrative, it means that Palin is somebody to fear and to attack.
If she were not powerful and full of potential, her political enemies (see Capeheart) would not write pieces like this..

Posted by: johnL1 | February 15, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

And when the Palin campaign (or non-campaign) REALLY hits the wall (a "when" question, not an "if" one), we'll all reap a splendid benefit: no one will pay any more attention to her than they do now to ain't-got-a-snowball's-chance-in-hell-to-be-the-GOP-nominee Rick What's-his-name, oh yeah, Santorum.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | February 15, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I am sure that to Capeheart, "being a leader" means to promote social justice and progressivism.
To "play a leader" means to attack Democratic policies and promote conservative ideas.
What an original and creative thinker this Capeheart guy is!
Wow, so insightful!
Who would have thought...

Posted by: johnL1 | February 15, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Capehart is a fount of wisdom !

Romney beats Palin in a New Hampshire poll and President Palin is history ! : )

Who knew New Hampshire was the key race ? the center of Republican politics ?

The most powerful state in the Union ? : )

Posted by: pvilso24 | February 15, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin shouldn't even be considered for a second. She's an embarrassment and didn't we have enough of that between 2000 and 2008?

Posted by: CorrineK | February 15, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a disgusting attention wh**e. The more attention she gets the more she demands. She needs to go back to her expensive trailer park and quit pretending to be something she isn't.

Posted by: CorrineK | February 15, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

There are -- and always will be -- a small base of cultishly devoted $arah Palin followers. They always faithfully comment in articles like this one (see johnL1 at 7:41 and 7:45 pm) and always accuse Palin's detractors of "fear" (kudos to "johnL1" for at least refraining from the usual "they hate her because she's beautiful" B.S.). But they never offer any reasonable argument why anyone should support Palin.

And they never will. Because there is none.

Posted by: goldengateview | February 15, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

This is somewhat off-topic because his name isn't mentioned in the article above, but the annual Newt Gingrich appearance at CPAC continues to amuse and astound:

Newt Gingrich - speaking to a crowd of avowed conservative morality police?

The man has abandoned 2 former wives and -- given his track record -- is probably philandering with Wife No. 4 as I type this. Zero credibility, Newt. Zero.

I mean, really: have you no shame?

Posted by: goldengateview | February 15, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

So if Palin finally announces she will not run will she still be able to raise funds for republicans?
Who will her TP base turn to and why?

Posted by: knjincvc | February 15, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Capehart once again under estimates Palin power and middle America. If Palin is so irrelevant than why write article after article saying how she can't win and is sinking into the political tank? Capehart does the same thing every time he is on morning Coffee with the the no labels leader. Whack Palin this what the left does because they really fear she could mount a real challenge to the OBAMANATION. Check it out every news story on Palin prompts a huge anti Palin response in the comments section. If she hasn't got a clue or chance, why waste your time and ink? Come on Capehart you are really worried. Can't wait to see you on the coffee circus. Oh one more thing Niall Ferguson set you back the other day you didn't know how to respond. Talk about Palin on a follow up you should be ashamed.

Posted by: trockiws | February 15, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

The idea of a President Obama has really hit the wall. From Iran redux in Egypt to the deficit explosion the man has proved beyond a doubt that he is an empty suit. Sarah Palin would make a better president but that's damning with faint praise. A cat would make a better president than Obama.

Posted by: jy151310 | February 15, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I grew up in "flyover country" and have dozens of extended family members there.

They are all Republicans. CONSERVATIVE Republicans -- you know, the ones who call John McCain a "RINO" and didn't vote for him specifically because of his VP nominee.

While informally polling them at last year's family reunion in Michigan, I couldn't find ONE supporter of Palin. Not one. Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch.

Dear "trockiws": YOU, my friend, greatly overestimate Palin's support in "middle America." It ain't there. Really.

Posted by: goldengateview | February 15, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Any poll that shows Rudy "9/11" Giuliani is second place for the nomination can't be too reliable. After all, Rudy spent $60 million to win zero delegates and zero states and dropped out after a humiliating third place finish in Florida in 2008.

Posted by: sambam | February 15, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Dear Golden Gate View isn't that on the Left Coast hardly fly over country. I predict if Palin runs and I now believe she will, she will be the Republican nomination hands down. That's why no body else has officially declared. Palin holds the cards. I know this kills you libs but she will not be stopped. The more you crank up the heat the more she is determined. Obamanation is killing the country

Posted by: trockiws | February 15, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Poll after poll after poll consistently indicate that Republicans and conservatives do not believe Palin is qualified to run for president.
Her unfavorables are sky high.
The POLITICO had an in depth analysis of the state polls and their devastating news for Palin yesterday.
Rasmussen and FOX polls last week validated the same findings.
Despite Palin's constant grasping for media attention ,
Republicans and conservatives see through
her tiresome schtick.
The only groups that continue to promote the falsehood that Palin is beloved and popular are the Democrats ( for obvious reasons ),
the media ( for obvious reasons ), her cultish and hysterical groupies who post the same repetitive drivel on
every blog ( anyone who doesn't think Palin is qualified is a hater, jealous of her , a RINO or gay )
and Rush Limbaugh.
Everyone else has come to their senses.

Posted by: CaptainKarl | February 15, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree wholeheartedly... If Palin were to be elected, would our country turn into the Wild West? Would there be mass exodus to Canada? I created a visual commentary about her role in the recent violent attacks on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/sarah-palin-made-me-do-it.html Drop by and let me know what YOU think!

Posted by: dregstudios | February 15, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Nope. Not buying it, Capehart. If Sarah Palin was truly no threat to you leftist idealogues, I wouldn't be able to find any stories about her, anywhere on the internet. Her name would be about as prevalent as Haley Barbour's.

Sarah Palin is a ROCK STAR, unlike any politician we have seen in modern history. She will enter the race on her terms, campaign on her terms, and handily defeat the competition on her terms, and Americans will love her for it.

You stale Beltway bores just can't stand the fact that she is not playing by your rules, but even more irritating - indeed, terrifying - to you is that she is coming to upend the entire system. The politicians, the media elites, the games, the corruption - all will be exposed and destroyed in the wake of Cyclone Palin.

Your days are numbered, Capehart - start looking for another line of work because, in case you haven't noticed yet, you're already dull, and soon will be be rendered irrelevent.

Posted by: QuineGeology | February 15, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh My CaptainKarl you express such fear of Palin winning the nomination. If the polls are so correct why worry? Why Post? It seems the left like you are the obsessed ones spending countless hours moving to every news comment section probably by a 10-1 ratio.
You people need help with your Palin Derangement Syndrome. I guess your heads will explode when she wins

Posted by: trockiws | February 15, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

WaPo publishes a story a week convincing themselves that Palin has no chance in beating Obama if the Presidential Election were held today.

Why?

The mid-terms demonstrated that candidates endorsed by Palin did quite well. The writers at WaPo have traded their journalistic credibility for politics.

Posted by: 2012frank | February 15, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Dear "trocklws"

What's your point? I've lived in 4 different time zones in this country, and 2 in Europe. I clearly wrote that I was at a family reunion IN MICHIGAN.

I am FROM MICHIGAN.

I currently live IN CALIFORNIA.

What is it with you wingnuts? No reading comprehension, no ability to accept any reality other than your own. I can't help it that you probably never moved away from where you were born and raised.

This country is REALLY in trouble.

Posted by: goldengateview | February 15, 2011 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin won't run. Her handful of fans can carry on all they like about the people who dare point out her inconsistencies and her complete lack of qualifications for POTUS, but the truth is, Palin herself won't cross that line from teasing about it to actually committing to an official campaign. That way she can keep jeering at people for any assumptions they might make, and she can still say the most outrageous things without having to bear any responsibility for them. And she can continue to make a lot of money.

And if you don't like Obama, don't vote for him. But stop comparing him to Palin - that's like comparing apples to pebbles.

Posted by: ktvanw | February 15, 2011 11:08 PM | Report abuse

JohnL: "The fact I see here is that a left-leaning columnist sees the need to constantly attack and try to minimize the power of Palin..."

Then you're blind, Confederate Tea Racist. What the columnist is properly pointing out is, Palin *has no power*. Get it? She entertains masturbating right wing redneck males, but that's about it. To everyone else, she's a coward who can't answer the simplest of questions in an interview without going off on a spittle-spraying rant devoid of substance and blaming everybody but herself for having an eighth grade intellect.

Hope that clears things up.

Posted by: 2229 | February 16, 2011 12:51 AM | Report abuse

TO the Golden Gate your from Michigan wow don't that state have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country? Now you live in a state gong bankrupt? Looks like you and your political decisions have followed you.

To ktvanw
You do not know jack about Palin running or not. Hang on your head is about to explode when she announces in late summer. Left wing radicals like you and the OBAMANATION are taking the country to hell in a hand basket. You call him bright? without a teleprompter here is his dialogue
EHH, AHH EHH Let Me Be Clear EHH AHH EHH
He is in way over his head and you and Capehart drank the KOOl AIDE and now must defend him..

Posted by: trockiws | February 16, 2011 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey! I thought you Obama, media bobbleheads were supposed to take the no Palin pledge this month!!

Obviously the Capehart is hopelessly hooked. Go ahead, keep wasting print space on Palin.

Us real conservatives have gotten over Sarah. She's a good cheerleader for the right-wing troops, though. She keeps them fired up against the Obamanation and keeps the liberal pantywaists' undies up in a knot.

You go girl!!

Posted by: battleground51 | February 16, 2011 6:19 AM | Report abuse

i think i would like to see Palin hit against a granite wall

Posted by: mimo1 | February 16, 2011 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Even more ridiculous than the looney left rants against Sarah Palin is the looney left's persistent belief that they can determine who is eligible for Republican nominations. Sooner or later, the Great Fly Swatter will shplat that notion.

Posted by: sailhardy | February 16, 2011 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Will it, the loud, incoherent thing, really run for the nomination? I don't know. If she were to do so, it would be amusing to watch the other candidates dance around, mostly afraid to confront her or challange her vacuous cant. We the people would learn much about her opponents. We already know what she's all about.

$arah Paylin™, the relentless pursuit of the lowest common denominator.

Posted by: FauxSnooze | February 16, 2011 8:20 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Sarah Palin has any intention of running for president. I think she knows she would be in over her head and is just keeping mum while she earns millions in speaking engagements for groups who hope she will run. It would be to her financial disadvantage to say definitively right now that she will not run. So, as much as I dislike Ms. Palin for being politically less than astute, to put it politely, she is quite financially astute.

Posted by: nsforster | February 16, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I will support Palin against all detractors. She stands out. She creates energy. She brings hope.

Give her a chance to lead this great nation that she loves so dearly.

MAY she be the GOP nominee for president in 2012. The election will provide a mandate to lead this nation forward.

Posted by: WiseUpAmerica | February 16, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

It's endlessly amusing to read the comments that say "If Sarah Palin is no threat, then why are there so many articles slamming her?" Dear delusional deadheads: the articles about Palin abound because she's FUNNY. She's a pretentious idiot with delusions of grandeur that have been fed by simpletons who finally have a potential candidate they can relate to. Her own handlers from her Vice-Presidential campaign have gone on record saying "she doesn't know ANYTHING." The Presidential candidate who picked her as running mate won't endorse her. Even her current media colleague Bill O'Reilly thinks she's a nincompoop, and before really getting to know her (during her 2008 campaign) said he thought she could be "educated" (in other words, she desperately needed an education). Get over it. Palin only appeals to the lowest common denominator. She gets press coverage for the same reason Charlie Sheen does - she's a national joke.

Posted by: Reason7 | February 16, 2011 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Face it, the entire field of GOP hopefuls is one loser after another. No one can win with just 30% of the vote. The more the GOP tacks Right, the more moderates they will lose, thus losing votes. Perhaps they should think about 2016 instead. That way they'll have time find someone who stands a chance.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 16, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, "trockiws," for using your flagrant illiteracy to prove the point that I made in my very first comment.

There's no possibility of "dialogue" with you.

P.S. I was born and raised in Michigan but moved away after college. Due to the fact that I spent a year in Germany, I never voted in an election in the state of Michigan. So please S T F U about my role in any of the "political decisions" that may have been made in that state during my time of residency there.

Posted by: JFredSmug | February 16, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart; all,

to Mr Capehart: are you REALLY so out of touch with reality that you do NOT know that Sarah Palin is NOT running for POTUS in 2012
OR
do you believe that your readers are that "just plain stupid"?

fwiw, i'm a coordinator with the TEA PARTY (& one of its first members) & there is NO interest in having her as our candidate for president in 2012/2016. period. end of story.
(the TEA PARTY groups will support her as the next US Senator from AK. = get used to saying: Madame Senator.)

may i suggest that you stop "beating that dead horse" & write about something FACTUAL?

to ALL: the TEA PARTY will select the next POTUS, as the "DIMocRAT leaders" have NO chance in 2012 (and perhaps any other future election) as they are likely FINISHED as a national party.
(the leftist/"progressive"/lunatic fringe "voting base" that the national Democrats now have is about 35% & that is a LOSER in any 2-candidate election.)

further, the TEA PARTY is growing about 6% per month & soon will eclipse BOTH "major parties" in size/activism/money by the end of this year.

IF you are reading this & are angry/disgusted with the MESS that BHO/Pelosi/Reid/Frank/Schumer & the other so-called "DIMocRAT leaders" have made of our country over the last two years, join your local TEA PARTY & help us return our nation to sane/sound/CONSTITUTIONAL government.

just my opinion. = i do NOT & CANNOT speak officially for our county's TEA PARTY group, absent a popular vote of our members on each issue.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | February 16, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I refuse to believe the worst of Americans which it what it takes to believe the Tea Party is growing. I believe it is a flash-in-the-pan which will fizzle as most lose interest and will retain only a limited number who have drunk the koolade and don't think for themselves and are aggressively uninformed. Can't wait; they pollute the air.

Posted by: withersb | February 16, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: QuineGeology | February 15, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse


Sarah Palin is a ROCK STAR, unlike any politician we have seen in modern history. She will enter the race on her terms, campaign on her terms, and handily defeat the competition on her terms, and Americans will love her for it.
___________________________________________

Uh-huh...er, sorry- the bad news is elvis IS dead, the fuhrer was not cloned, is NOT living in Argentina, Jim and Tammy and Oral were not unfairly persecuted nor sabotaged by demons, The ice caps REALLY are melting, and it's not just propaganda invented by mainstream media, Hawaii, The Honolulu Sar-Bulletin, the Governor of Hawaii, Queen's Hospital and the Government of Kenya didn't
conspire to change Obama's country of origin nearly fifty years ago so their could be a possibility that he MIGHT be president a half-century later, And Finally, the GOP and the tea Party don't give a rat's behind for you or any of the "little people."

I hope this has been helpful

Posted by: interactidiomas | February 16, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

To assume that every person who feels Palin is unqualified is a "Librul Democrat" begs the question. I have family living in Alaska and Sarah could not even manage Alaska when she was governor. She also had some shady deals while she was governor. It remains ot be seen by the time of the primary if she will even be left standing. Mitt on the other hand was a very successful governor, served his entire term honorably, and has the good sense to not act so ditzy with a wink and a nod attempt to cover when he missteps. In short, he is a responsible grownup!

Posted by: mJJ2 | February 16, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

texasnative46: Thanks for reminding us all why everything you said is to be taken with a grain of salt, and the Tea Party is comprised of a bunch of buffoons. Anyone who expects to be taken seriously as a "leader" or "organizer" of anything, while using moronic fourth grade level terms like "DIMocRAT" to discuss the government of this country, should just sit down and shut up. You probably think there's something clever about such juvenile jargon. You and your candidates are a joke. Halfwits like you have a very short shelf-life. Prepare for obscurity, because it's inevitable.

Posted by: Reason7 | February 16, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh no. You mean I don't get my dream team of Palin and Bachman. Oh nuts.
Well there's still Ron Paul and Rand Paul or is it Paul Rand. I never can get it straight. But I know they'll let me have as many guns as I can hoard with gigantic clips in case them Iraq's invade East Cow Dung, Wyoming.

Posted by: pedemangonz | February 16, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Keep on dreaming, Palin will crush all her GOP rivals after that Obama is doomed, he is a complete disaster. But weren't you the same people calling the Tea Party "Astro turf" and a bunch of nuts, and then you were completely crushed in the mid term elections.

Posted by: lawsonjoe2008 | February 16, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

2012 Republican Primary Analysis (Palin, Huckabee, Romney wide-open)

In Final
-Mike Huckabee could win the GOP Nomination if Palin, Romney and Gingrich run.
-Sarah Palin would win the GOP Nomination if Romney and Gingrich run
-Romney would win the GOP Nomination if both Huckabee and Palin do not run
-Gingrich isn’t looking to good

http://politicons.net/2012-republican-primary-analysis-palin-huckabee-romney-wide-open/#more-878

Posted by: viator1 | February 17, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"Palin posts a 40% vote. Like I stated earlier, this is Palin’s floor. And it is actually a very good place for her to start, especially given the 80-20 rule. Given that the majority of those polled would necessarily be just partial news observers, a 40% score is good given that for two years the media has: scrutinized every tweet and facebook posting looking to stir up controversy; accused Palin of inspiring a lunatic hitman in Arizona; attacked her for shooting a moose for fun; attacked her for scandalously rigging Dancing with the Stars for her daughter; accused her of being a ditzy reality star; forced her from the Alaska governorship by harassing her and filing expensive, frivolous lawsuits – and then criticizing her for leaving office; accused her of inserting herself in stories after first wondering why she was remaining silent; ridiculed her for writing 3 words on her hand while their guy can’t speak to 5th graders without every word being spelled out; posts story after story of how Palin is “controversial” and “unelectable” and “crazy.” Need I go on? So, despite all that (and all that is the basis for most opinion of Palin), she fares just 1 point worse than Romney, and 3 points less than Huckabee?"

http://pollinsider.com/2011/02/16/palin-huckabee-in-better-shape-than-analysts-predict-or-admit-romney-in-worse-shape-miss-me-yet/

Posted by: viator1 | February 17, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Reason7,

it seems to the undersigned that you've set yourself up as "the arbiter of all that is good, intelligent, true & just" & seem to think that i'm "juvenile" for using "Tea Party shorthand" like "DIMocRAT" to describe the antisemetic/arrogant/bigoted/ignorant/lunatic leftists of the formerly great Democrat Party.
(i used to be a sustaining member of the DNC, until the SELF-important, hate-FILLED, IDIOTS like Princess Pelosi/Harry Reid/Chuckie Schumer & the other leftist FOOLS purged the party of the moderate/conservative members.)

the truth is that today that there are essentially NO "moderate to conservative voters" left in the Democrat Party & what is left are:
1. bigots,
2. fringe extremists,
3. SELF-impressed, ELITIST, nitwits,
4. dedicated antisemites,
5. race-baiters,
6. outright socialists,
7. America-HATERS,
8. professional poverty pimps,
9. crooked union "leaders"
and
10. "the dumb & dumber".

in 2011 (and if he was alive today), President Kennedy (fyi, i was "a youth volunteer" in JFK's campaign in TX, as a young teenager.) not only couldn't/wouldn't be the DIMs candidate for POTUS in 2012, but wouldn't even be welcomed as a DIMocRAT party member, as JFK was "far too conservative" to suit the current "DIMocRAT leadership".

therefore, your post above is read/understood/considered/discounted to its true value. = ZERO, ZILCH, NADA & NOTHING.
(PITY, that you cannot understand that simple FACT.)

in 2012/2014/2016/etc. the "base" of the Democrat Party is about 35% of registered voters & that is a LOSING fraction in every future two-party national election, as the moderates/conservatives/independents want NOTHING to do with the "DIMocRAT leadership", nor do they want to associate themselves with any candidate who reflects that lunatic, leftist, agenda. - face it "Reason7", the DIMs are FINISHED as a major political party, as the MAJORITY of American citizens no longer trust the DIMocRATS with their money/government/LIBERTY.

just my opinion. = i do NOT & CANNOT speak officially for our county's TEA PARTY group, absent a popular vote on each issue.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | February 18, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the 2011 version of Jim and Tammi Bakker. She has more ambition than ability and is only spending the time to bilk her followers for another book, DVD, ticket to a speech and contribution to her PAC. One of these days even her most stupid followers will see the light.

Posted by: MOinkslinger | February 18, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Palin isn't running for Pres and never intended to. She couldn't even handle being governor. She knows her limitations and doesn't want want the job. However, her handlers saw a golden coin after the last election. The strategy has been to fuel speculation for the next 3.5 years that she's running for Pres, milk your fanatical following, and make millions writing books, speaking at engagements, starring in reality TV. Please note that FAUX News also owns the publishing company of her book. That's why she has a job on FAUX. All networks own their own publishing houses and these incestuous companiAas soon as she announces she's not running, her golden well will dry up immediately. No more books, speaking engagements, no FAUX NEWS guesting. Instead, her handlers have her fueling speculation indefinitely that she is running in order to financially continue to milk this cow (us). Don't give her credit for this brilliant strategy. It's her handlers at News Corp that are brilliant. (If by sheer mistake she gets to be Pres, although not likely, Murdoch will be the marionette master behind the curtain.) As her book sales and engagements dry out over the next months, watch her continued posturing for more media attention to keep that cow milking more money. Her twitts and pronouncements are all about keeping her relevant with us for her to continue to make money. It's all about manipulation of you and me. And our comments continue to keep her relevant. Nothing is ever as it appears to be....because the marionette masters are PR experts to make something look different than it really is. Just exercise judgment and analysis what you see and read in the news.

Posted by: lucky5 | February 19, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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