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The Sarah Palin Surge (and why it's overblown)

In the wake of her keynote address at the national tea party convention in Nashville, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's presidential prospects have seemingly soared.

Time's Joe Klein, in a piece entitled "It's Her Party: The Brilliance of Sarah Palin", wrote that the 2008 vice presidential nominee "hits the same mystic chords as [former President Bill] Clinton" and declared her the favorite to win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

"Take Sarah Palin seriously," wrote the Post's own David Broder in his column today, adding that Palin's tea party speech "drew a self-portrait that fit not just the wishes of the immediate audience but the mood of a significant slice of the broader electorate."

And, numbers guru Nate Silver of 538.com got into the act with a detailed analysis -- does he do any other kind? -- of how Palin could win the Republican nomination in 2012. (He argued -- as we have -- that Palin's early strength would be in the Iowa caucuses and the South Carolina primary with New Hampshire being her obvious weak point.)

While there's little question that Palin is a prime mover in the 2012 race if she decides to run, it's a far dicier proposition to describe her as the emerging favorite in the race for three major reasons.

First, the 2012 Republican field is as wide open as any in modern memory. A new Gallup poll of 2012 aspirants revealed that more than four in ten Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have not settled on a candidate yet. (Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney "led" the way in the poll with 14 percent followed by Palin at 11 percent.)

The level of uncertainty among the Republican electorate seems to set the stage for the field to grow wider in the coming months as aspiring candidates see their chance and take it. Who might join the race? Keep an eye on Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence and South Dakota Sen. John Thune -- all of whom are clearly interested in taking the big leap for national office.

If any -- or all -- of that trio runs, it can (and will) change Palin's winning calculus. One example: a Thune candidacy would complicate a Palin Iowa win as he hails from neighboring South Dakota, a state that shares a media market with Republican-heavy western Iowa.

Second, Palin still faces major doubts among the broader electorate.

In the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, 37 percent had a favorable impression of her while 55 percent regarded her unfavorably. Perhaps more troubling for Palin's future political prospects is that just one in four (26 percent) of those polled said she is qualified to be president while a whopping 71 percent said she wasn't up to the job. (Even among self identified Republicans, just 46 percent believe Palin is qualified to be president while 52 percent say she isn't.)

A look back at recent nomination fights have shown a strong voter tendency toward pragmatism -- i.e. not nominating a candidate who can't win. In 2004, the boomlet of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's once-frontrunning candidacy was snuffed out in Iowa by the theoretically safer choice of Sen. John Kerry (Mass.). Four years later, Republicans went with the safe choice -- Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) -- over the more charismatic but less predictable Mike Huckabee. Even Barack Obama didn't become the party's nominee in 2008 until voters became convinced he was no more a risk than nominating Hillary Clinton.

Palin's problem on the issue of qualifications is compounded by the fact that she is not only universally known in the country but almost everyone has some sort of opinion about her as well. (In the latest Post poll just eight percent of people said they had no opinion about the former Alaska governor.) Unlike some of her likely competitors for the nomination, Palin has very little room in which to re-introduce herself to a public who believes they know everything they need to know about her.

Finally, as we wrote earlier this week, Palin has largely subsisted since the 2008 election on soundbites.

While that soundbite strategy has paid off in the short term, it poses a longer term danger as Palin must show more depth from a policy perspective if she wants to go beyond her current "gut" appeal among Republican voters.

A gift for soundbites is a great skill to have but in the course of a long campaign -- and that is assuredly what 2012 will be -- Palin will have to show her ability to not only be conversant on the issues of the day but also forward-looking in terms of where she wants to take the country.

Some of her potential rivals -- particularly Romney -- are already staking out substantive ground within the party. (Check out this terrific Boston Phoenix piece about Romney's move to become the economy guy in the 2012 race.) Palin needs to do the same -- and fast.

All of the above is not to say that Palin can't win the 2012 nod. She absolutely can. But, to set her up as the favorite seems, at this point, to be too much, too soon.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 11, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
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Chris ,I disagree that Palin has to show more depth than soundbites.Thats what her minions love about her,they love the soundbites, they don't need the elites actually explaining policy. They just want someone to make them feel good.Someone that will try and bring back the America of the 1950's.They don't want policy, they just want Frank Luntz to give her some good slogans and wave the American flag.Get with the program Chris.

Posted by: paprikaofm | February 14, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Fox News has embarked on the creation of a President. Palin is in President Training.

That's what the job at Fox is all about.

Expose her to the issues so she appears informed, give her practice discussing the issues (so she appears informed), give her practice being interviewed (so she loses that deer in the headlights look) and learns (if possible) to think on her feet, keep her exposed to the base on a regular basis so the love continues. All in a safe, friendly environment. Voila we have a Presidential contender.

Notice that so far she hasn't participated in a panel discussion. Panel discussions are more free flowing and an interview is easier to control. Give her the questions in advance and give her time to practice.

The MSM will begin reporting on Palin as a credible candidate who has overcome her lack of knowledge.

Oh wait - that didn't take long.

Posted by: FauxReal | February 14, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

The three pundits mentioned in this article all seem to be likely supporters of Israel/AIPAC. Palin is much more an Israel supporter while Obama at least recognizes that the Zionist leadership has illegally confiscated The land of Palestine. eg The 1947 UN Resolution #181 ceded 55% of Palestine to Jewish control(as a homeland) while Jews owned only 11% of Palestine aa of 1/1/48. By the end of 1948 they illegally occuppied 78% of Palestine by ethnically cleansing 425 villages and a dozen urban centers creating 750,000 refugees. This is historical fact and the persecution of Palestinians continues to this day to force more to give up and leave or be be expelled from from their native land.
Any threat to the Zionist position even slight is reason for AIPAC to exert its control of Congress and the US media. Palin is an silly evangelical who admits that she believes the world is less than 8000 years old and that Evolution didn`t happen. She is a good representative for the 44% of US citizens that still believe this garbage. The rest of the developed world is agast that this is the position of anyone running for an important office.

Posted by: ddmjlennox | February 12, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I remain mystified as to why any thinking person would believe that Sarah Palin has the intellect to be taken seriously. The fact that she was chosen to speak at the Tea Party gathering in Nashville speaks volumes as to the nut element that has taken over the tea baggers. Scaaaaaary.

Posted by: oldwoman | February 12, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

It remains inconceivable to me that any thinking person would believe that Sarah Palin has the intellect or education to serve as the President of the United States. She is so lightweight as to be embarrassing. Her very presence at the Tea Party gathering in Nashville speaks volumes as to the attitudes of the tea baggers. It is like a giant nut convention, with the biggest nut at the microphone. Scaaaaaary.

Posted by: oldwoman | February 12, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

It remains inconceivable to me that any thinking person would believe that Sarah Palin has the intellect or education to serve as the President of the United States. She is so lightweight as to be embarrassing. Her very presence at the Tea Party gathering in Nashville speaks volumes as to the attitudes of the tea baggers. It is like a giant nut convention, with the biggest nut at the microphone. Scaaaaaary.

Posted by: oldwoman | February 12, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

@paperdoll wrote that she is independent and she is to the left of Democratic party. Well, she must be in the 10% or less ideological makeup of America. Remember, about 40% do identify themselves as conservatives, about 40% do identify themselves as moderates, and 20% as liberals. And liberals are not necessarily extreme left. So, someone who is to the left of the Democratic party must be extreme left. By the way, I am registered independent in California, and I am conservative all the way. I do not believe, however, that abortion is murder. Though I do believe abortions should only be done in the case of risk to the life of the mother, or in the case someone is raped. In other words, I do not align myself with the so-called "pro-choice" neither do I align myself with the so-called "pro-life." However, I certainly am against tax payer money being used for abortion.

Posted by: josedfarias | February 12, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I am an independent voter, and as such I am damned tired of being lumped with the lumpen who are to the right of the Republican Party. I am registered as an independent because I am to the left of the Democratic Party (which is itself now sadly to the right of where the Republicans were in 1968).

Palin and her followers comprise the punchline of the biggest joke in this country's history.

Posted by: paperdoll | February 12, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I remember once I got kicked out of a college exam because I had written notes on my hand. I was brought up to the campus judicial council and everything. I got a zero for that test, but I didn't get kicked out of the class. Comment, Discussion?

Posted by: tropunlim | February 12, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Our elected officials need to HONOR THEIR OATH TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION!!

oathkeepers.org

Posted by: dan_kempf | February 12, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party has now hijacked the Tea Party movement and the boot-licking mainstream media complicitly goes along and the STATUS QUO stays in place!! The true liberty candidates are shunned ala Ron Paul and nothing changes...or does it?? Ah, but the great equalizer will be the ECONOMIC COLLAPSE that will bring this country and the world to its knees!! And from the ashes of this catastrophic event LIBERTY WILL RISE AND A CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT WILL EMERGE!!

Posted by: dan_kempf | February 12, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

sara palin white as rice, salt of the earth, sweet as pie, apple of the righties eye, a vegans delight she would be, because devoid of any intellectual meat is she.

Posted by: carhodesr | February 12, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Palin, almost as bright as W, almost as smooth a talker, but most importantly nicer boobs. I can't believe anyone can seriously take this woman as being competent enough to lead a Brownie troop much less the country.Gosh darn didn't we just suffer through stupidity for eight years. We have to have a policy that is better than the GOP's standard let's cut taxes for the rich and dereglate something.

Posted by: carhodesr | February 12, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Palin grabbing the Republican Party nomination in 2012 would send Independents running back to Obama.

Even the RNC knows this. Why do you think they are giving her the cold shoulder? She's a political train wreck. I don't usually read too much into polls, but jeez, her numbers are dismal.

If Republicans really believe they have a better way of governance, Palin would be that last kid picked at the pickup game.

Posted by: trident420 | February 12, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

She was caught on camera glancing at a “cheat sheet” written on her palm while answering questions at the Tea Party convention this week. It’s clear Palin wants to capitalize on the Tea Party’s growing influence within the GOP in the hopes of making a presidential bid in 2012. Palin had just concluded a speech attacking President Obama including his alleged reliance on a teleprompter. This irony has not gone unnoticed by the American people who once again see an uninformed demagogue not ready for prime time.
http://dropdeadpolitics.com/

Posted by: dropdeadpolitics | February 12, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Palin is an empty vessel, an d that is more damaging and dangerous than if she had actually ever had a good idea her darn self.

Posted by: mjtaylor22 | February 12, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

She is an Ayrab, you know...

Posted by: seakeys | February 12, 2010 5:26 AM | Report abuse

Hey Sarah Quitter:

How's that hand-y, note-y, thing, workin' out for ya...???!!!

Posted by: butch1227 | February 12, 2010 3:57 AM | Report abuse

Is Sarah a graduate of the Univ. of Idaho?

Posted by: carterassociates | February 12, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

I think what we need to do is look at Sarah Palin for what she is: an opportunist.
Let’s also look at where the country was at the time of the 2008 elections. Bush’s rating were low. The Republican Party had lost control over both Congress and the Senate which they had held since 1994. That’s 12 years.
Bush was seen as political poison. Republican candidates did not want him coming to their districts or states. They didn’t even want to be seen with him. Even when Bush met with McCain it was behind a wall in a closed tent. That should tell you something. The man didn’t come to the Republican National Convention.
It didn’t take a rocket scientists to see that there was going to be a change. The thing is no one wanted to be on the Republican Presidential ticket. It was political death. Even at county and state Democratic conventions the numbers of people attending and the volunteers being swamped by them were headline news.
The writing was on the wall.
People wanted “change” and they were going to get it.
Since any Republican politician or candidate with any wits about them were no way interested in being affiliated with the Presidential 08 election. They went shopping and came up with a politician who was relatively unknown outside their state.
That was Palin.
Ok she was a women: this countered Hilary.
She was Pro Life. That fit the Pro Life bible Pounders crowd.
She was pretty much politically clean. Save some ethics investigations.
She could use a gun. That fit the NRA crowd.
She was a former beauty pageant competitor.
She had been a TV presenter for a while.
Her 17 year old daughter was knocked up and didn’t have an abortion.
Only thing is, the women was and still is, out of her league.
In the long run she does more damage to the Republican Party and the Tea Party then a nuclear bomb could ever do.
The people of the US may not be the “sharpest tools in the shed” but they aren’t that stupid. And after 8 years of Bush 43, with their 401K’s, and home mortgages, two “wars” and a massive national debt incurred under Bush, I don’t think she will ever have any chance of being President.
Besides, she’d have never ever even been considered to work for FOX had she not be wedged in as the Republican VP candidate. She couldn’t even cut it as a local TV station announcer.
If the Republican Party is so hard up for a women presidential candidate, they need look no further then Kay Bail Hutchinson (R, TX) or someone like Elizabeth Dole.
Oh, wait. They use teleprompters and don’t write on their hands….
Funny thing, she did not make fun of Regan, Bush 41, Clinton, nor Bush 43 on their use of the teleprompters.
It’s childish, catty things like that which show the American vote and the world that Palin is really out of her league.

Posted by: ssgchester | February 12, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Thune for President?

I don't know much about political history, I modestly say, but somebody tell me when a person from a state with a few thousand people, a few thousand more telephone poles, and fifty million house flies get elected President, or win a party's nomination even.

Posted by: bezvodka | February 11, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Thune for President?

I don't know much about political history, I modestly say, but somebody tell me when a person from a state with a few thousand people, a few thousand more telephone poles, and fifty million house flies get elected President, or win a party's nomination even.

Posted by: bezvodka | February 11, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

As if the standards Palin has been judged by aren't strict enough, now everything she does is held to the level of a Presidential candidate, which she isn't, by the way.
The latest poll that has her high unfavorables is a blessing in disguise, as it will settle the hyper attacks from the media, and will give her a little more slack than otherwise.

Posted by: johnL1 | February 11, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

frankn1 said:
Unfortunately, she did quit her post as Governor. That being said the MSM NEVER reported why.

As she herself explained, she resigned to spare herself and the state of Alaska mounting legal bills defending all the frivolous lawsuits being filed against her by the army of lawyers the Obama team and the DNC sent to Alaska to file.

Those cases that were heard, were discharged outright by those in both the ethics committee and the courts.

personally, if I had to put up with the B S the democratic party kept throwing at her, I would have taken someone out, then quit.

___________________________________________

The MSM never reported why she quit because SHE has never said why.

The most expensive ethics charge was the one she filed against herself to get around the Branchwater Troopergate investigation. Total cost of all the ethics charges was $296,000, and the one she filed against herself came to more than $186,000. She also had to pay the state money for trying to fly her children at state expense to events to which they were not invited, plus she has had to pay taxes on the per dium she charged the state for living in her own house instead of in the governor's mansion. Plus, her cronies set up the Alaska Fund Trust to pay her legal bills with donations from her fans, but because it is still frozen due to the findings of the State Personnel Board's investigator, she cannot touch it. And the state of Alaska had attorneys on the payroll to defend her against the ethics charges, why did she hire her own attorney?

And by the way, the majority of the ethics charges filed against her were filed by Republicans, namely Andree MacLeod, a former friend who saw Sarah Palin for what she really is. Do you really think President Obama and the DNC would waste their time on her?

Maybe if she had just acted ethically, she would not have had so many problems. Sarah Palin is very good at playing the victim, even though most of her problems are caused by her own actions and words.

Posted by: sanantoniorose | February 11, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm seriously thinking of voting for Palin. He's got tons of media and life experience, he's been around the world doing travel documentaries, he's brilliant, and he's darn funny (especially that Lumberjack bit). Michael Palin is also the only Palin that has done anything worth writing about.

Posted by: drcalm | February 11, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

The polls are laugh your fanny off funny - they carry little weight anymore; everyone knows it depends how weighted the questions are, what areas are polled and what's the latest and greatest news gossip for the day.

So in a nutshell - lets just be good Americans and take care of our own house and clean out the White House while we're doing a Spring cleaning or should I say Fall cleaning. Thanks for listening

Posted by: annie21 | February 11, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

@itscc721,

You need to find 37thandOStreet. You and he could exchange outrage soundbites. He could definitely benefit by picking up some of your ragies.

p.s. Go to next article and look for him.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 11, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I am an independent. I do not want to vote for Obama but if the GOP can't drudge up a better candidate than Palin, I'll be voting for Nader again.

Posted by: neil64 | February 11, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama was a junior senator from ILLINOIS. I have lived here all my life and never heard of him till he decided to run for president. He hardly ever attended any IMPORTANT MEETINGS just voted present on any BILLS or DECISIONS to be made. He had NO EXPERIENCE WHAT SO EVER in POLITICS. HE just spoke well. And of course OPRAH wanted hi to be president,as did ALL OF HOLLYWOOD now that should tell you something. YEP we now have an inexperienced PRESIDENT. One raised with the best of the best when it comes to CORRUPTION, LIES, AND SNEAKY BEHIND CLOSE DOOR DEAL MAKING. AND ALL OF YOU OBAMA LOVERS THINKS THIS IS JUST AWESOME.

Posted by: itscc721 | February 11, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

What worries me about this Woman, is her view that someone arrested in the country should not be read the Miranda rights if they are thought to be a terrorist/non-citizen. I belive that is a violation of the Constitution and how is an officer to know if the person under arrest in a terrorist/non-citizen until further investigation? I don't believe the average terrorist should be elevated to the level of War Criminals. Most of them are paid ignorant thugs by a criminal organization that is not publicly supported by any government. Treating them as War Criminals gives them a status in the world they do not deserve.

Posted by: Nellie5 | February 11, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

MZ2010 YOU SAID IT CORRECT PRESIDENT OBAMA PERFORMED. AS IN ACTING. ANYONE CAN SPEAK ELOQUENTLY WHEN YOU HVA HOLLYWOOD WRITERS WRITNG YOUR SPEECHES FOR YOU, AND A TELEPROMPTER IN FRON TO F YOU. ANY DOG CATCHER/GARBAGE COLLECTOR/AND YES EVEN YOU: NONE OF YOU LIKE PAILIN CAUSE SHE SAYS IT AS SHE SEE'S IT, AND NO DEM LIB HAS THE B@LLS TO DO THE SAME. THEY WOULD RATHER BLOW SUNSHINE UP EVERYONE"S @$$. AND D!MW!T$ LIKE YOURSELF GO GA GA OVER ALL THEIR CR@P. YOU SHOW YOUR IGNORANCE BY CALLING HER NAMES. ARE YOU STILL IN GRAMMAR SCHOOL? YOU PROBABLY BELIEVE THAT OBAMA and COMPANY WILL STILL CHANGE THE COUNTRY<> AND YOU CALL US IGNORANT. AND WHY DON;T YOU LIST ALL THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OBAMA HAS SUCCEEDED IN? HE HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF APOLOGIZING FOR HIS FAILURES, OF COURSE NOT COMING RIGHT OUT AND SAYING HE FAILED, HE HAD HIS HOLLYWOOD POT HEADS WRITE THE EXCUSES FOR HIM, AND READ THEM ALL ELOQUENTLY. A VERY DISTINGUISHED !D!OT.
HIM NOT YOU...

Posted by: itscc721 | February 11, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

As a Conservative, I have to confess that I couldn't support Palin's run for the WH, regardless of her affiliation. That she is scary to Liberals goes without saying, especially when you read the preceding comments on this article, and watch the unending, slobbering attention devoted to her every move and comment by MSMBC. We don't need another ill informed person becoming POTUS. We have that now and we're on the verge of crashing and burning as a nation. Unqualified people surround themselves with advisers whose qualifications mirror their own. BHO shows that clearly, and Palin would also. The world is so far advanced now we have to be quick on our feet, and trigger, in order to hopefully retain out superpower position. Let Palin make her bucks and let her irritate MSNBC (they've got nothing else meaningful to do anyway.) When it comes time to make selections about who will representative their party(ies) in 2012, hopefully cooler heads will prevail and well qualified candidates (men and women) will come to the fore.

Posted by: hairlessbear | February 11, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

As a Conservative, I have to confess that I couldn't support Palin's run for the WH, regardless of her affiliation. That she is scary to Liberals goes without saying, especially when you read the preceding comments on this article, and watch the unending, slobbering attention devoted to her every move and comment by MSMBC. We don't need another ill informed person becoming POTUS. We have that now and we're on the verge of crashing and burning as a nation. Unqualified people surround themselves with advisers whose qualifications mirror their own. BHO shows that clearly, and Palin would also. The world is so far advanced now we have to be quick on our feet, and trigger, in order to hopefully retain out superpower position. Let Palin make her bucks and let her irritate MSNBC (they've got nothing else meaningful to do anyway.) When it comes time to make selections about who will representative their party(ies) in 2012, hopefully cooler heads will prevail and well qualified candidates (men and women) will come to the fore.

Posted by: hairlessbear | February 11, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Just in case anyone accuses me of making up the Medina story, here's the link.

http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/196/36197/

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 11, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why people have to attack her. She hasn't done anything wrong. I don't support her for the presidency but calling her a names is just stupid. What else could you expect from a liberal? idiots.

Posted by: jdlr33 | February 11, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Buffalo0Bill:

I'm surprised you're literate enough to complete a sentence. What a freak.

Sorry, Palin was a complete disaster as a mayor, she didn't oppose the bridge to nowhere, and didn't have what it took to finish out her term as governor.
She also sounds like a total ignoramous when unscripted and not propped in front of a friendly audience. Her resignation speech in Alaska was a f&%ked-up mess!!! Putin rearing his head above Alaska? A total hot mess.

Give me a break. You all are pathetic losers who have no business holding the power to vote.

As I've said before, tea baggers like you, who cannot accept the accomplishments of President Obama are ignorant and unabashed racists. PERIOD.

Posted by: mz2010 | February 11, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Buffalo0Bill:

I'm surprised you're literate enough to complete a sentence. What a freak.

Sorry, Palin was a complete disaster as a mayor, she didn't oppose the bridge to nowhere, and didn't have what it took to finish out her term as governor.
She also sounds like a total ignoramous when unscripted and not propped in front of a friendly audience. Her resignation speech in Alaska was a f&%ked-up mess!!! Putin rearing his head above Alaska? A total hot mess.

Give me a break. You all are pathetic losers who have no business holding the power to vote.

As I've said before, tea baggers like you, who cannot accept the accomplishments of President Obama are ignorant and unabashed racists. PERIOD.

Posted by: mz2010 | February 11, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Buffalo0Bill:

I'm surprised you're literate enough to complete a sentence. What a freak.

Sorry, Palin was a complete disaster as a mayor, she didn't oppose the bridge to nowhere, and didn't have what it took to finish out her term as governor.
She also sounds like a total ignoramous when unscripted and not propped in front of a friendly audience. Her resignation speech in Alaska was a f&%ked-up mess!!! Putin rearing his head above Alaska? A total hot mess.

Give me a break. You all are pathetic losers who have no business holding the power to vote.

As I've said before, tea baggers like you, who cannot accept the accomplishments of President Obama are ignorant and unabashed racists. PERIOD.

Posted by: mz2010 | February 11, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of karma,

Glenn Beck interviewed Tea Party candidate for Texas Governor, Debra Medina. Medina confirmed to Beck that she saw good arguments to believe that the government was involved in 9/11. Whoops!...wrong conspiracy! It's soooooooooo hard to keep all the conspiracies straight!

Beck says we better cross her off the list, although he gave her credit for being truthful.

You can't make this stuff up.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 11, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Keep trashing her and watch her popularity keep rising with those of us who are not fooled by the pseudo-intellectualism of the elites.

Posted by: Buffal0Bill | February 11, 2010 8:06 PM
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Would your analysis change if you knew that her popularity has not been increasing? The criticism is not increasing her popularity.

See the polls at http://www.pollster.com/polls/us/fav-palin.php

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 11, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin - many more years of executive experience than the current President's one year of executive experience, cut the Alaska budget by 10%, returned tax dollars to the people, got work started on a new natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the "lower 48" after 30 years of delay, cleaned up the corruption in the Alaska Republican party, and she's lived her pro-life views. She has many more substantial accomplishments than our current President had when he was elected. Keep trashing her and watch her popularity keep rising with those of us who are not fooled by the pseudo-intellectualism of the elites.

Posted by: Buffal0Bill | February 11, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

You go0bs can keep saying that liberals are afraid of Palin if it helps you sleep at night but it isn't true. Not that falsehood ever slowed you guys down.

We're terrified what she would do IF she got power, and you should be too, especially if you have kids, since you'll be burying them. Leukemia, you know.

But we're not afraid of Palin the public figure, we're laughing at her, laughing at you for being deluded enough to not see what 70% do see

Posted by: Noacoler | February 11, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

This lady could write crib notes all over her hands and arms and she would still come across as some one who does not have what it takes to be a leader. She needs to go back to Alaska, if they will let her back and get a job at Walmart.

Posted by: rchapin_38 | February 11, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

It is unbeleivable that there is actaully someone in the GOP that is dumber than "W"....But there is!

Also, I do not understand why any person would vote for this fraud.
Anyone who does is even lower in intelligence than she is.

*The democrats are not afraid of her one iota.
*Actually, the demos drool at the thought of her getting the republican nod for 2012. (Of course,if presented with such a scenario, Palin would forget to vote for herself if it isn't written on her hand before going into the voting booth reminding her which candidate to select)
Hmmm.....I wonder who she voted for in 2008

***We all saw (except Fox news watchers)what Obama did to a room full of GOP Congressmen and women.
Could you just imagine how she would fare going up against Obama in a series of presidential debates---Ouch!!!!

Let her run...Please!

Posted by: etokcha | February 11, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The hype about Palin is 99% media blitz. The Republicans need to get serious about a potential candidate or keep quiet. Offering up Palin as a potential candidate is not putting the best foot forward - and as such - it has a negative effect on the party as a whole.

Posted by: cgsmoot | February 11, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Gee I wonder if her first State of the Union address will fit in the palm of her hand!

It goes to show the drop out rate from High School is working, the new voting block here cannot understand that "hand notes" was a way to cheat on your SATs, now we have a movement that worries about the "government" deficit spending, hey were were they when the 22 years of Republican Power removed all that money from the treasury in the first place, sure did not here them scream as loudly then. As will all things this country was messed up by the Republican Congress who imposed term limits on our President (now just a figure head of the country and allowed the back room group return to power) and then we made every effort to make a "political Judge," so now the highest court in the land runs upon party lines... gee we have done such a good job as Citizens voting to "change" nothing.

Posted by: JimmieOsborn | February 11, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

rvaw120--you're inarticulate and ignorant.

I think many of us Dems are just so incredibly shocked that the shrinking percentage of Americans like you think that Palin is actually fit for higher office. Did you hear her resignation speech in Alaska? Her interview with Couric? How on earth could you, or anyone else for that matter, find her self-assured and competent?

Palin and her supporters like you simply cannot stand the fact that an adult is occupying the White House.

Of course he's black so that's obviously a huge issue even though you knuckle-draggers try to argue differently.

Would you support having Palin debate her adversaries in an open forum? Free of pre-screened attendees? Let that happen and you'll see her exposed as a woefully unprepared political fraud.

Posted by: mz2010 | February 11, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

The Joe Kleins of the world must write about something. Sometimes they build up someone just to knock them down later. In the case of Sarah Palin, at least half of her popularity is a result of the over-the-top criticisms aimed at her by the spokes-gerbils of the Washington political class.

Of course there are many potential GOP candidates for 2012 who are more qualified -- but the MSM is not pummeling them on a daily basis. When they start to get recognition, when the Kleins and Olbermenn start bashing them instead of Palin, then we will shift our affections from Palin to the others.

Posted by: JBaustian | February 11, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Why are the democrats so afraid of Sarah Palin? Could it be an inferiority complex that most of the dems. share and can't stand self assurance in their adviseries.I am sure they will exhibit their inadequate
opinions and continue to hate anyone who is the anthesis of their inadequent temperment.

Posted by: rvaw120 | February 11, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Palin isn't the spokeswoman for common people, she's the spokeswoman for angry morons. Don't insult working people with affiliation with this lying bimbo.

Cosign on her Fox gig. She'll write her own attack ads

Posted by: Noacoler | February 11, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

renostarman wrote "I keep hearing from EVERY pundit on Fox how the left is terrified of the right and Sarah Palin."
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Tell you what would have me way more concerned? If the Tea Partiers were big supporters of Mitt Romney.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 11, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

"sonofliberty"

Sarah Palin: "genuine" and "articulate" hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah - the funniest thing I've heard today.

You are certainly delusional but at least you can compose a sentence - that makes you more "articulate" than her! Maybe you should run! But I guess you prefer that we have a mindless twit like smirking, snarky Sarah.

Posted by: mbstrong1 | February 11, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love those clueless Palin fans. Such simpletons.

Say what you will about President Obama and his teleprompter but do any of you goons seriously think that the Tundra Tramp could stand in front of a crowd of adversaries and hold an unscripted Q&A session AND perform as well as President Obama did in Baltimore? I doubt it.

There is no way that the majority of sane Americans will take someone seriously who refuses to branch out from Fox news, hold unscripted press conferences, town hall meetings, or interviews. She is nothing but soundbites. No ideas and no solutions.

I wouldn't trust that ignorant, mean-spirited, inarticulate, and clueless harridan to get a fast food order straight, let alone run the free world.

Thankfully, over 70% of those who inhabit the reality-based world agree.

Posted by: mz2010 | February 11, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I keep hearing from EVERY pundit on Fox how the left is terrified of the right and Sarah Palin.
We are not scared of Palin or the Right at all. What we are scared to death of, is that people who think she is qualified to be President are actually allowed to vote in this country!
I think that if you voted for Bush twice and then voted McCain/Palin you should lose your citizenship. We could then award it to a deserving immigrant who might actually pay attention!
Chuck

Posted by: renostarman | February 11, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why a candidate can't be elected with sound bites. That is how Ronald Reagan was elected. I believe his most cogent sound bite that closed the deal with the shallow majority and got him elected was "there you go again." Now "you betcha" has fewer syllables but it just might be enough for the willfully ignorant. The danger is not that we would have a lightweight for president -- we already had them with Reagan and Bush -- but rather how evil is the person who is really pulling the strings. Cheerleader Bush would not have been so bad except for the truly evil Dick Cheney pulling the string. Who will be pulling Sarah Barracuda's string?

Posted by: nuanced | February 11, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

beagun27


You are a beacon of respect and bipartisanship.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 11, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

missigoa says "Let's just hope that by 2012 our society's majority mentality hasn't lowered to a level where we elect an incompetent for our highest elected office."

We did that in 2008; I don't believe we will do it again. Obama is this King Midas in reverse - everything he touches turn to crap!
TARP: his favored few (FNMA, FRMC, GM, Chrysler have yet to repay! CASH FOR CLUNKERS: just shifted sales one month ahead ECONOMIC RECOVERY: more pork than beef OBAMACARE: a textbook case of legislative incompetence and Chicago thuggery AFGHANISTAN: too little too late CAP & TRADE: dead in the water CENSUS GRAB: defeated NO LOBBYISTS: more than ever
NO EARMARKS: more than ever CLOSE GITMO: not in our lifetime INTERROGATING TERRORISTS: mirandize them first ON AND ON AND ON!

Posted by: rtatlow | February 11, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

@bourassa1,


Re: Silver's analysis

Do you agree with this? Mrs. Palin has to take either Iowa or S. Carolina to have a chance. If Romney takes both Iowa & S. Carolina, he knocks her out. Or is that too simple?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 11, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

davidsawh,

I hope all is well with you but you should know that insulting a person does not prove anything.

Please attack what I posted with substance not insults. Have a great day.

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | February 11, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Under estimate this lady at your peril by:
1. comparing her experience with BO'.
2. comparing her clean up of the Juneau
State House corruption to BO's promised
but not delivered clean up changes in
DC?
3. comparing her audience addresses to
BO's. Which do you like palm notes or
reading off a monitor? I get a few
chuckles when Obama loses his monitor.
Which do you like, an audience planted
full of "spontaneous" questioners and
answers for favored reporters and no
recognition for "enemies list" press OR
SP's I take any and all questioners on?

ETC, etc, etc on ad nausium

Posted by: PRRWRITER | February 11, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

sonofiberty09 please get some help. It must have been a serious head injury to get you so delusional. You idiot.

Posted by: davidsawh | February 11, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

sonofliberty09
If she so over-hyped why are the liberals on a feeding frenzy.

As I pointed out at 4:41 PM, it's because she's such a great fundraising point for the Democrats' base. Same as the hysteria the GOP has tried whipping up among its base about Barack Obama.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 11, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I would LOVE to see the Republicans nominate Palin in 2012. But they won't. Those in the party who still huddle and talk strategy instead of barking at the moon know that Palin could not win, because her appeal does not extend beyond her nut base (with the apparent exception of David Broder). Instead, she's a polarizing lightning rod, energizing a group of people who might otherwise be in a mental hospital, but who will write her name in if she's not on the ticket. That will split the Republican vote. The self-declared Republican base makes up less than 30% of the electorate, and only wildly-successful GOTV campaigns have made them a threat in the past. It's the independents that count, and they are not impressed with the Moose Whisperer.

Posted by: marknesop | February 11, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

...I wonder how that whole 'mavericky' thing is going for her ?

Posted by: myimzadinetscapecom | February 11, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's just hope that by 2012 our society's majority mentality hasn't lowered to a level where we elect an incompetent for our highest elected office.

Posted by: missigoa | February 11, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I read the analysis by Nate Silver and I noticed that, whatever it might say about Palin's primary chances, it was hardly encouraging about Palin's general election prospects. He ranks the states according to how Palin-friendly they are, using factors such as contributions to SarahPAC, number of rural and smalltown voters, number of voters with no college degree (lacking a degree is a major predictor of liking Palin) etc.

What struck me is that practically all the swing states the Republicans would want to pick up lay in the bottom half for Palin-appeal, according to his analysis. These included: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, Nevada and Florida. The only swing states that were in the top half for pro-Palin factors were Indiana and Iowa.

Posted by: bourassa1 | February 11, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why conservatives and Palin fans think liberals are afraid of her. We certainly are not. We endured Bush and now we are cleaning his mess up while you howl at the moon.

We are all, however, a little piqued about the volume of media coverage she gets. Maybe our liberal (yea!) media is trying to give her enough rope to hang herself.

I am so sorry things are not "good for ya" right now.

Posted by: mmrafferty | February 11, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I would LOVE to see the Republicans nominate Palin in 2012. But they won't. Those in the party who still huddle and talk strategy instead of barking at the moon know that Palin could not win, because her appeal does not extend beyond her nut base (with the apparent exception of David Broder). Instead, she's a polarizing lightning rod, energizing a group of people who might otherwise be in a mental hospital, but who will write her name in if she's not on the ticket. That will split the Republican vote. The self-declared Republican base makes up less than 30% of the electorate, and only wildly-successful GOTV campaigns have made them a threat in the past. It's the independents that count, and they are not impressed with the Moose Whisperer.

Posted by: marknesop | February 11, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Three articles today in the Washington Post about Sarah Pain but you say she is "over-hyped?" If she so over-hyped why are the liberals on a feeding frenzy. The left wing smear machine is running in full combat mode for a reason.

Sarah Palin is the liberal's worst nightmare. She is genuine, articulate, and she will do what is right even when it flies in the face of the establishment. She does not insult those who joyfully "cling to their guns and their religion." She is pro family and pro life. She is not an elitist and is not swayed by radical left wing ridicule.

The following quote from Sarah Palin at the GOP convention is who she is and the reason she is such a big threat to the elites.

“Well, I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment. (Cheers, applause.) And I've learned quickly these last few days that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. (Booing.)

But -- (booing continues) -- but -- (booing, chanting) -- now here's a little news flash -- (chanting and shouting) -- now here's a little news flash for those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this great country. (Cheers, applause, chanting.)

Sarah Palin believes in the can do spirit of the American people. She is a servant not a dictator. She does not see herself perched upon an ivory tower smugly condescending down to the little people who cannot think for themselves. She is not obsessed with herself. She is opposite of Obama who believes he and more big government power are the answer.

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | February 11, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

There is no Sarah Palin surge.

The whole premise of your article is false.

With every additional quasi-political
event she gets dimmer and dimmer to her
so-called supporters.

The notion, at this point in time, that she will ever be taken seriously, as a contender for any ELECTED political OFFICE is a waste of ink/pixels.

Let's all move on.

Posted by: charlesalmon | February 11, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't quite understand why some folk are interpreting criticism of Sarah Palin as fear of her. Or why they then assume that "fear" is evidence that Palin's electoral prospects are better than they seem. I think the Dave Matthews Band is terrible, but I'm not afraid of them. And although I'd be terrified by the prospect of Amy Winehouse becoming president, I don't think it's likely to happen anytime in the near future.

And anyone who thinks Palin -- or any other politician, for that matter -- is the "voice of the people" apparently does not understand that who exactly comprise "the people." There are huge chunks of the U.S. electorate that disagree with the other huge chunks on just about everything. Any candidate who claims to speak "for the people" is just trying to get your vote without bothering to ask you what you care about.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | February 11, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a one hundred percent media creation, and a last throw of the dice by an aging gambler who used to be a responsible Senator. How any responsible citizen could consider her a qualified candidate for the President of the United States has a very cynical view of American Democracy. What fools these voters be!

Posted by: insidewa | February 11, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Off topic, but important news for skyrocketing healthcare costs:

Now, Wellpoint has announced premium increases which are 38 + percent in the state of Indiana.

"Hoosiers livid over insurance increases"

http://www.indystar.com/article/20100211/BUSINESS03/2110419/Hoosiers-livid-as-WellPoint-raises-insurance-premiums-by-38
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Wellpoint is the parent corporation for Anthem Blue Cross of California.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 11, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

onceadem, demonizing Palin is a great fundraising point for the Democrats' base. The GOP uses the exact same ploy against liberals. It's part of how politics are played.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 11, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I considered leaving the country when dubya and his cronies were running things (into the ground). If my fellow Americans elect this woman president, I will leave. To this single working mom, a hovel in Kenya sounds much more appealing. I’ve always wanted to build a mud hut and make pottery.

And why are we (not just liberals) afraid of her? Because Bush’s re-election proved that the “I’m one of YOU” strategy works no matter how incredibly incompetent you’ve proven yourself to be.

Posted by: cglass1 | February 11, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, when not reading from a prepared speech, is the opposite of articulate. Remember her rambling resignation speech? She made Ike sound like Cicero by comparison!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 11, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Here's evidence that Mrs. Palin will indeed run for president. From TPMuckraker:

"Brain Trust To Nowhere: Meet The Advisers Behind The Palin Road Show"

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/02/introducing_sarah_palins_brain_trust.php
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Who would have guessed she IS being handled?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 11, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Would like to know what you liberals are afraid of. If Palin is so dumb and not able to carry the party why are you so afraid of her?
We just love all the print and tv time you give her. can save her money on advertising.

Posted by: onceadem | February 11, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Three articles today in the Washington Post but Sarah Palin is "over-hyped?" If she so over-hyped why are the liberals on a feeding frenzy. The left wing smear machine is running in full combat mode for a reason.

Sarah Palin is the liberal's worst nightmare. She is genuine, articulate, and she will do what is right even when it flies in the face of the establishment. She does not insult those who joyfully "cling to their guns and their religion." She is pro family and pro life. She is not an elitist and is not swayed by radical left wing ridicule.

The following quote from Sarah Palin at the GOP convention is who she is and the reason she is such a big threat to the elites.

"Well, I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I've learned quickly these last few days that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.

But but now here's a little news flash now here's a little news flash for those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this great country."

Sarah Palin believes in the can do spirit of the American people. She is a servant not a dictator. She does not see herself perched upon an ivory tower smugly condescending down to the little people who cannot think for themselves. She is not obsessed with herself. She is opposite of Obama who believes he and more big government power are the answer.

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | February 11, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

In the history of the world there have been more than several crazies and borderline personalities that somehow got "elected" or selected, carried by the popular sentiment of the time. The examples include Germany and Italy in the 1930's, Russia after 1912, the Philippines in the 1980's, Venuzuela now, Cuba, Iraq, Iran...

The one thing in common with all these historical events is the nationstate involved went into immediate tailspin (whether they could see it at the time or not) and it's citizens suffered devastating generational pain.

Surely the US is not going to do this to themselves with Palin, the latest evildoer to come up and through the ranks. She may aspire, but will never be invited into that club wackos...

Posted by: mmrafferty | February 11, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

stroud00

Don't forget Palin's all-purpose answer of "All of them" for questions from which newspapers she reads to who were her favorite Founding Fathers.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 11, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

You failed to mention three things about Sarah that are very much in her favor:
(1) She has a lot of common sense, which seems to be lacking in Washington
(2) She is not a lawyer and does not confuse morality with legality
(3) She is not a Washington insider

Posted by: rtatlow | February 11, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Here's why Sarah could never make it father than the base:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/02/11/roland.martin.palin/index.html?hpt=T2

Posted by: beeker25 | February 11, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I agree with those who say Palin will NOT run in 2012. I believe she is enjoying herself to much just giving speeches, going on talk shows, pushing her book and making money. Look she wants a say in what's going on in this country and she certainly loves the attention.. but no way does she want the hard work that comes with govening. So she will be out there loving that fact Democrats keep bringing her name up.. because she knows her fans will only love her more. You see she's really not a politician anymore.. she's a celebrity.

Posted by: sovine08 | February 11, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Republican ticket in 2012: Thune - Palin!
Regardless of who the nominee for the top of the ticket is (it won't be her), they will have to kiss her ring.

Posted by: CrankyGeezer | February 11, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Remember how Sarah Palin misstated the Constitutionally-mandated Senatorial duties of the VP to that schoolchild during the 2008 campaign.

How's that Constitution-y Senate-y thing working out for ya, Sarah?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 11, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

WHy Sarah Palin is against teleprompters

1. She cannot read ahead without moving her lips.

2. She can't read without following along with her finger and the teleprompter is kind of far away for that.

Posted by: kare1 | February 11, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

It is absolutely stunning that seemingly serious and intelligent pundits and commentators would even entertaining the idea that a person with such a magnitude of knowledge deficit about the world and about her own country could ever be POTUS!!!

According to McCain staffers who attempted to train her during her VP run, Mrs. Palin did not know there are two Korea and when informed had no idea how that came to be. Mrs. Palin thought South Africa was the southern region of a country called Africa rather than a country on the African Continent. Mrs. Palin had no idea what the FED does. Mrs. Palin truly believed
Alaska's proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy bona fides. "When Putin rears his head and flies into US airspace, where do you think he goes?" "it's Alaska", she proudly told Katie Couric as if Katie were the unintelligent one.

I could go on but what's the use? Those who follow her absolutely adore her and will continue to do so and those who think that wasting ink on such an idiotic idea is sheer lunacy and will continue to do so.

Mrs. Palin makes George W. Bush look like a member of Mensa.

Posted by: stroud00 | February 11, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin as Pres. or VP? She has a disfunctional family, Todd tells her what to say, and suppose she decides she doesn't like it in 1-1/2 years? Can you imagine a candidate dabate between Palin and the other candidates?

Posted by: joandee | February 11, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

carleen09
'...the fact remains Sarah Palin is the Next President of the United States."

Well, in that case, I'm sure you see no need even to hold the 2012 elections. In fact, you could just crown her Queen of the USA (a fitting sequel to 1st Runner-up to Miss Alaska, right?).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 11, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Libs attack Sarah for not being very smart. Independents agree that she has no depth and does not understand the complex issues that face us.

But look how damm pretty she is!

Posted by: SamanthaAdams | February 11, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

come on america, you can't seriously think that a socker mom bimbo with a voice like fingernails on a chalkboard could ever be president can you? well if george bush can steal an election mabe she can too with the help of the republican crooks. they would run a monkey if they thought it would create a passion.

Posted by: mrtee2 | February 11, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Many people are starting to see and feel the effects of this present Administration which is robbing the American Citizens blind. I know of 4 woman that run day cares and the government has forced them into a union, that they are taking money out of their pay checks before they receive them, this money is going largely to the democratic campaign funding. I believe We the People are going to get extremely fed up with this current administrations corrupt and deceptive ways. Sarah is loved by many for her honest approach to governorship, despite the vain __________________________________

Come on BOSKI--what happened.
This is the most ridiculous read in a long time.
You make it sound like a bunch of Black Panthers (or OBAMA himself) showed up at your "Friends" little daycares in Podunk USA, forcibly removed them from their homes in frond of thousands of little kids and drove them to the local UNION HALL, where under lights and after after being whipped with undercooked noodles they were forced into signing into a union.

idiotic and most stupid of reads.

How long did it make for you RETHUG TEA BAGGING friend to come up with this.

Posted by: kare1 | February 11, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Today's Gallup poll has our Communist and totally clueless President Barack Obama in a statistical dead-heat with a "nameless Republican".
If this pathetic dimwit, who started out with a 70% approval rating a year ago, can't beat any Republican after only one year in office, he couldn't beat Sarah Palin--or any Republican for that matter--even if ACORN and all the unions in America worked their crooked magic at the election polls. They wouldn't have enough union goons, ACORN cons, or racist white--hating Black Panthers to help re-elect this moron.

Posted by: armpeg | February 11, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see Mitt Romney, in 2012, argue against a healthcare bill that was essentially the same kind of bill he helped to pass in Massachusetts. It will also be funny to watch Mitt argue for the same free market mechanisms that got us into the mess we are in right now. He might be Mr. Economy, but his ideas to get us out of this mess have been routinely disproven throughout history.

Posted by: BigB1 | February 11, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

So,let me be clear here,look liberals and all you Obamacrat kool aid drinkers,as the
fact remains Sarah Palin is the Next President of the United States,so live with it or go back to Kenya with your Messiah Barack Hussein Obama! Got It Now?

Posted by: carleen09 | February 11, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

In response to :
"Palin was a moron before, and hanging out with Teabaggers hasn't improved her mental capacity any. I only hope she DOES get the Republican "nod" in 2012. That would be the greatest gift they could give Democrats.

Posted by: gregoryrobertson"


Tell us Gregory, just what degree do you have that qualifies you to be so judgmental?

How extensive is your resume? what is on that resume?
Do you have any qualities that have distinguished you in any way?
Did you win any awards in High School? How about an athletic award or scholarship? National Merit finalist? MBA? PhD?
Wharton School?

Just wondering.

Posted by: pjcafe | February 11, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, at best, is a stalking horse for the eventual GOP nominee. She is not going to be the GOP nominee.

It is the lefty media that has built her up as a straw man and created the illusion is the GOP frontrunner so they can tear her down later.

Posted by: screwjob11 | February 11, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

She did do a good job as governor. Except she quit mid way through... except for the quitting part, she did well. That, and all the ethics probes.

Wonder if she would finish a term as president. Or, would she quit when it got rough?

Posted by: SamanthaAdams | February
**************************

Unfortunately, she did quit her post as Governor. That being said the MSM NEVER reported why.

As she herself explained, she resigned to spare herself and the state of Alaska mounting legal bills defending all the frivolous lawsuits being filed against her by the army of lawyers the Obama team and the DNC sent to Alaska to file.

Those cases that were heard, were discharged outright by those in both the ethics committee and the courts.

personally, if I had to put up with the B S the democratic party kept throwing at her, I would have taken someone out, then quit.

One thing is for certain. The Obama administration and the DNC are terrified of this woman. After all she does not hold any political office, is not running for office yet they attack her at every turn.

Posted by: frankn1 | February 11, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Palin bumper sticker: "No Hopey, No Changey!"

Or maybe: "I'll fight until I Quit!"


Posted by: cturtle1 | February 11, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I WAS IN ALASKA
GLACIER GUIDES ARE WORRIED
FISHERMEN ARE WORRIED,
SHARA PALIN WILL STAND IN HER WADDERS IN WATER 3 FEET DEEP AND SAY THERE IS NO GLOBIAL WARMING
OUR GLACIERS ARE RUNNING FINE.
COMMON SENCE??

Posted by: theoldmansays | February 11, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I WAS IN ALASKA
GLACIER GUIDES ARE WORRIED
FISHERMEN ARE WORRIED,
SHARA PALIN WILL STAND IN HER WADDERS IN WATER 3 FEET DEEP AND SAY THERE IS NO GLOBIAL WARMING
OUR GLACIERS ARE RUNNING FINE.
COMMON SENCE??

Posted by: theoldmansays | February 11, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

By the way, a further, "give it a rest" topic:

Knock off all the race card playing. I don't know anyone who even mentions race in discussing Obama.

As a matter of fact, also speaking of Chris Matthews, I thought he was totally out of line with his remark that he "for an hour, forgot that Obama was black."
He and those like him are the ones who try to bring race into the conversations. Just not a topic with people I know.

Posted by: pjcafe | February 11, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Mitt and Twit.

Twit and Mitt.

Vote for Mitt and get a Twit.

Vote for Twit and get a Mitt.

You betcha.

Ask not what Mitt and Twit can do for you, ask what you can do for Mitt and Twit.

Posted by: mdpilot | February 11, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Palin was a moron before, and hanging out with Teabaggers hasn't improved her mental capacity any. I only hope she DOES get the Republican "nod" in 2012. That would be the greatest gift they could give Democrats.

Posted by: gregoryrobertson | February 11, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

rawreid
"...a high IQ is not a prerequisite for running for public office."

So true. Don't forget Sen. Roman Hruska (R-Neb.), either, who famously opined re Nixon's 1970 Supreme Court nomination of Judge G. Harrold Carswell:

"Even if he were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they, and a little chance? We can't have all Brandeises, Frankfurters and Cardozos."

[Note too the implied anti-Semitism of Hruska's populist comment]

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 11, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Please nominate Palin as the candidate. It would be a dream come true for the Democrats. What the righteous, angry, inbreeds forget is that Palin scares the independent voter. And that's who will decide, as they have before, the next President. This will seal the deal for Obama, THANK YOU! I'm Lovin it!

Posted by: deano1 | February 11, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Because Sarah Palin has dared to step in when we are constantly looking at the politicians currently in office in DC, those so proficient in condescension have been so very vocal.

When I see Maxine Waters, Arlen Spector, Barney, Nancy, et al staring down at the rest of us, I can only think, please give it a rest.

Sarah Palin, while not Presidential (that word used to have meaning) is a spokesperson for the common folk. You have to hand it to her,
she is miles above the above mentioned characters. Perhaps at one time some of them had some "smarts" - However, none of them speak for most Americans, they've all got their special interests, all have some brain cells that work in ways undefinable or understandable to our nation.

Whatever you think of her, she's got a lot more going for her than they do. I'd say she could win a Senate seat -- look at what Obama did. He didn't even accomplish anything as a community organizer and his best reference to date is tingly Chris Matthews.

Thank you for reading my post! Ha!

Posted by: pjcafe | February 11, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse


If all the liberal writers stopped writing whining articles about Palin and the Big three news broadcasters stopped whining about her, she would be out of the news.

Of course, then all of these hacks would have nothing to write or say, so the fear of losing their big paychecks keeps them dumping on Sarah.

Sarah Palin: a one woman job generating machine!

Posted by: wj_phillips | February 11, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I asked a Republican friend of mine why Republicans like to vote for candidates who, for lack of a better term, did not appear of high IQ? We're talking about Reagan, Bush I, Bush II, Palin.
The Dems, on the other hand, select brilliant people (whether you agree with their politics or not). We're talking about Gore, Clinton 1, Clinton II, Dukakis, Obama. His reply, "Republicans aren't about intelligence, we're about freedom!" Interesting take to say the least. In my opinion, you can have both, but I'm not sure the Repubs agree.
Posted by: amaikovich
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Maybe it's because Republicans realize it takes much more than just a high IQ to become a great President. Yes you have to be intelligent and Reagan and the Bush's were.. but just as important is LEADERSHIP, INTERGRETY, COMPETENCE, CONVICTION, COURAGE, COMPASSION and yeah COMMON SENSE. Now we can argue on each election which party produced the candidate that had MOST of the qualities that make up a great President (and yeah it wasn't always the Republican) But I hope you can see where when you limit yourself to just IQ.. you may not always get the best person for the job. BTW for 2012 I hope Romney is the Republican candidate... is his IQ high enough for you?

Posted by: sovine08 | February 11, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

As a progressive democrat-leaning independent, I LOVE Sarah Palin, crib-palms and all. She's a perfect right-wing Ralph Nader who will divide and conquer the Repukelicans. I'm thinking of sending her some money and urging her to run. The thought of "first dude" Todd Palin redecorating the West Wing in frontier chic is pretty cool too.

Posted by: tpowell2 | February 11, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

How can someone have a "gift" for soundbites. Sound bites are created by the people who cover her. She has a "gift" for garnering attention because she is easy on the eyes and is as likely to say something plucky as she is to say something incomprehensible. That a person who governed a state with plenty of money, land, and no people, who ducked out when things started to get dicey, with a history of spotty ethics, continues to merit all of this attention makes no sense. Stop covering her and we can have a real discussing about a candidate for the Republican party.

Posted by: portlandmike | February 11, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

blarsen1
Does anyone really want this bimbo sitting at a table across from Putin?

Likewise, does anyone want Palin taking phone calls from Nicolas Sarkozy, after we found out how she spoke to the fake one?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 11, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The Sarah Palin surge may not be as overblown as you say, and hope, it is.

According to the number of articles available thru www.google.com about each of the potential Republican nominees, Palin is way ahead of her Republican colleagues right now with 19,000,000 articles:

SARAH PALIN--19,000,000 (70%)
MITT ROMNEY--2,760,000 (10%)
NEWT GINGRICH--2,250,000 (8%)
MIKE HUCKABEE--2,140,000 (7.9%)
MIKE PENCE--464,000 (1.7%)
MITCH DANIELS--366,000 (1.4%)
TOTAL--26,980,000 (100%)

Against Hillary Clinton, the probable Democratic Party nominee for President in 2012, Palin is in the lead by 9 points:

SARAH PALIN--19,000,000 (54.5%)
HILLARY CLINTON--15,800,000 (45.4%)
TOTAL--34,800,000 (100%)

Posted by: VirginianforFreedom | February 11, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I still have faith that Americans are smarter than electing Sarah Palin president.

I think even most republicans know that Palin 2012 would probably lead to the apocalypse.

Posted by: GODalmighty | February 11, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I would LOVE to see the Republicans nominate Palin in 2012. But they won't. Those in the party who still huddle and talk strategy instead of barking at the moon know that Palin could not win, because her appeal does not extend beyond her nut base (with the apparent exception of David Broder). Instead, she's a polarizing lightning rod, energizing a group of people who might otherwise be in a mental hospital, but who will write her name in if she's not on the ticket. That will split the Republican vote. The self-declared Republican base makes up less than 30% of the electorate, and only wildly-successful GOTV campaigns have made them a threat in the past. It's the independents that count, and they are not impressed with the Moose Whisperer.

Posted by: marknesop | February 11, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

re: What does it say about American society -- and mainstream journalism -- when someone who represents a small, extremist fringe element...

...someone with such glaring deficiencies of knowledge, experience, and intellect...

...can be taken seriously as a potential presidential candidate? by the Scrivener

What about Barry Goldwater, George Wallace, Ross Perot, Ron Paul, Ralph Nader . . . . . As for intellect, a high IQ is not a prerequisite for running for public office.

Posted by: rawreid | February 11, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

It's my hope that by the 2012 elections that "reason" will return, although the past year show's that this is not true and may not be true for many decades.

Posted by: greenmachine1 | February 11, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

She did do a good job as governor. Except she quit mid way through... except for the quitting part, she did well. That, and all the ethics probes.

Wonder if she would finish a term as president. Or, would she quit when it got rough?

Posted by: SamanthaAdams | February 11, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

MikeLicht
Sarah Palin's Nashville speech was the most significant oration of the 21st century.

Only for all the grist it'll supply for Tina Fey's dead-on reprise of her Palin impersonation on SNL.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 11, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I would LOVE to see the Republicans nominate Palin in 2012. But they won't. Those in the party who still huddle and talk strategy instead of barking at the moon know that Palin could not win, because her appeal does not extend beyond her nut base (with the apparent exception of David Broder). Instead, she's a polarizing lightning rod, energizing a group of people who might otherwise be in a mental hospital, but who will write her name in if she's not on the ticket. That will split the Republican vote. The self-declared Republican base makes up less than 30% of the electorate, and only wildly-successful GOTV campaigns have made them a threat in the past. It's the independents that count, and they are not impressed with the Moose Whisperer.

Posted by: marknesop | February 11, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Many people are starting to see and feel the effects of this present Administration which is robbing the American Citizens blind. I know of 4 woman that run day cares and the government has forced them into a union, that they are taking money out of their pay checks before they receive them, this money is going largely to the democratic campaign funding. I believe We the People are going to get extremely fed up with this current administrations corrupt and deceptive ways. Sarah is loved by many for her honest approach to governorship, despite the vain attempts of the democrats and their deceptive tactics of corruption. In other words Bye! Bye! to the Deceptive and corruptness, of this current administration that refuses to do the serious work to better this Country, instead of robbing it Blind!

Posted by: boski66 | February 11, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I hope that Palin dos win the Republican nomination in 2012, since it would label the republican Party once and for all as total idiots, who will grasp at anyone to try and regain power. To have a know-nothing figurehead to run for President makes a joke of the position of leadership of the US. The Republicans demonstrated their poor choice in 2000, by getting George W. Bush and his Grey Eminence Cheney to run the country into the ground in 8 long years.

The US would justifiably become the laughing stock of the world with Sarah Palin at its head.

Posted by: beagun27 | February 11, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

great take Chris'
thanks...

Posted by: simonsays1 | February 11, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone really want this bimbo sitting at a table across from Putin? I don't think so.

Posted by: blarsen1 | February 11, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet the smart Republicans are worried.

The crazy ones are asking, "Are you better off now than you were three years ago?"

The smart people know the Obama campaign will take that ? line to the bank.

In 2012, we'll be asking, are you better off now than you were when Bush Cheney left office? The answer will be a resounding Yes. Then maybe we'll ask again, were you better off when Clinton left office than you were when Bush left? Another huge Yes.

There will be no Republican presidential candidate that can beat Obama in 2012... unless the above answer becomes a No. If the economic crisis resurges, however, it won't matter who becomes President.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 11, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's Nashville speech was the most significant oration of the 21st century.

See:

http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/tennessee-tea-party-sarahs-sassy-speech/

Posted by: MikeLicht | February 11, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, armpeg, no doubt about your racism, is there?

Posted by: jfoster13 | February 11, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

His reply, "Republicans aren't about intelligence, we're about freedom!"

Interesting take to say the least. In my opinion, you can have both, but I'm not sure the Repubs agree.

Posted by: amaikovich | February 11, 2010 3:24 PM
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I laughed at the punch line. You notice he didn't say "what do you mean, of course those Republicans ARE intelligent!".

Bwahahahahaha.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 11, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The most accurate poll in the last several elections has been the Rassmussen polls.

As of 2/11/10 Obama's approval/dis-approval numbers are:
46% approve, 52% dis-approve.

On 1/21/09 Rassmussen's Obama's approval/dis-approval numbers were:
65% approve, 30% dis-approve.

The obvious trend is that Obama's approval/dis-approval numbers are tanking, and--if our economy stays the same, or gets worse as it probably will--Obama's approval numbers will be the worst in the history of the USA. This though shouldn't be a surprise, consitering his total incompetence that he's shown, and his Communist agenda of trying to re-distributing all wealth in a country that wants no part of what he and his Democrap Socialist Party are trying to peddle, and force down the throats of the American people.
In another year, about the only support he'll have left will be his Communist far--left base, and his tribal members like Noacoler and broadwayjoe, who'll defend him no matter what, and will vote for him no matter how badly things get or how badly he governs. His racist tribal members voted for him by 97% in 2008, and they'll vote for him by that number in 2012 guaranteed only because of skin color, even if he govern's like Idi Amin or Joe Stalin.

Posted by: armpeg | February 11, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

wdague
Sarah Palin=Phyllis Schlafly

Didja see my post at 2:43 PM? At least Schlafly has a college degree from elitist Radcliff College, and although I disagree with her on almost everything, at least she has some facility with the English language.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 11, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

For libs and democRATS, if BO represents genius and Sarah idiocy, give me the idiot. Why her speeches are better:

http://pajamasmedia.com/zombie/2010/02/10/crib-notes-technology-cost-analysis/

Posted by: GeoSoros | February 11, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Palin will crash and burn LONG before she can announce.

Posted by: blarsen1 | February 11, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

She may live by soundbites--but her Republican competitors will see that she dies by them, too!

Posted by: Sophie2008 | February 11, 2010 3:19 PM
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At one time Joe Scarborough was considered a GOP Pres. possibility. But now, he has said too many things on his morning TV show that would be used against him by his GOP competitors to knock him out at the primaries.

Mrs. Palin also runs this risk. Too much exposure on Fox, especially since she seems resistant to handling, will build up sound bites that her competitors will use against her. Compare her wild west style to the tightly scripted Romney. Romney has a few skeletons in his closet, but not very many.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 11, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin=Phyllis Schlafly

Posted by: wdague | February 11, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I asked a Republican friend of mine why Republicans like to vote for candidates who, for lack of a better term, did not appear of high IQ? We're talking about Reagan, Bush I, Bush II, Palin.

The Dems, on the other hand, select brilliant people (whether you agree with their politics or not). We're talking about Gore, Clinton 1, Clinton II, Dukakis, Obama.

His reply, "Republicans aren't about intelligence, we're about freedom!"

Interesting take to say the least. In my opinion, you can have both, but I'm not sure the Repubs agree.

Posted by: amaikovich | February 11, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I just love hearing you on Hardball but surely you do realize Palin is the gift that keeps on giving? The GOP should be afraid, very afraid, of this loose cannon. She lacks everything remotely essential in a serious candidate; she is reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz character who sings 'if I only had a brain'....and I also strongly suspect that the skeletons in her many closets will/should prevent her from seriously throwing her 'wink' in the ring. I have the feeling that before 2010 is over there will be a delicious scandal regarding the former lameduck all American mother governor of AK.

Posted by: btafmax4 | February 11, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Palin works for Saudi Prince Alwaleed


NEW YORK (CNN) -- Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday the city would not accept a $10 million donation for disaster relief from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal after the prince suggested U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the September 11 attacks.

Comment on: Palin's populism: It just might work at 2/11/2010 2:39 PM EST
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia will back James Murdoch as Rupert Murdoch’s successor at News Corp when the elder media tycoon is ready to retire.

“If he [Rupert Murdoch] doesn’t appoint him, I’ll be the first one to nominate him to be the successor of Mr Rupert Murdoch, God forbid if something happens to him,” Prince Alwaleed said on the Charlie Rose show this week.

EDITOR’S CHOICE
Media - Jul-29BSkyB loses appeal against ITV stake sale - Jan-21Fox deal lifts Palin’s presidential hopes - Jan-11Freud attacks Fox News’ Ailes - Jan-10Mr Murdoch, 78, has shown no willingness to hand over the reins of the global media conglomerate he built from a pair of Australian newspapers. Today it spans book publishing and satellite television providers, TV networks and pay TV channels.

Guessing Mr Murdoch’s successor has been a favourite parlour game among media executives inside and outside of the empire.

Prince Alwaleed’s Kingdom Holdings owns a 7 per cent stake, or 56m shares, of News Corp and is the largest shareholder outside the Murdoch family. The prince is not on News Corp’s board of directors.

“I have full confidence in him, full trust in him, and he’s capable,” the prince said. “He’s really Rupert Murdoch in the making, and he’s almost there now.”
(FT.com)

Thanks Supreme Court.

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday the city would not accept a $10 million donation for disaster relief from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal after the prince suggested U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the September 11 attacks.

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 11, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Whether one is an Obama fan or a Palin fan, we Americans had BETTER start holding our politicians more accountable for their actions. There are obvious mishaps, lies, ego, vanity, etc.. from Obama & Palin. The best Palin fans can do is confront her on blatant lies and twisted statements now so her integrity will not be questioned if she runs. Remember, she is a former beauty queen and extremely competitive. I'm afraid her motivation is more about winning at any cost rather than the good of all her base. It sadly enough seems to be all about her.

Posted by: lgore_sc | February 11, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I like Palin but don't love her. I think she is more effective behind the scenes than being elected to a position where she would be too restricted with being who she is.

Posted by: 45upnorth | February 11, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who is interested in Mrs. Palin's favorable/unfavorables can look at http://www.pollster.com/polls/us/fav-palin.php.

The graph shows ALL the polls over time, not just cherry picked polls.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 11, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of Gov. Palin's politics, she abused the trust and faith of the people who worked to get her elected to the Statehouse and who contributed their money to that end. She is a charmer who cant be trusted to put the peoples' needs above her own.

Posted by: ewsnyder | February 11, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

" ... not to say that Palin can't win the 2012 nod. She absolutely can."

No, Chris (and Broder, et al), she absolutely can't. Once the 2012 campaign formalizes and candidates declare, then people who were once her comrades-in-arms will become her adversaries. For 2008, she leap-frogged the usual intra-party warfare and went straight to the general, where only the "Liberal establishment" sought to bring her down. What happens when "real Americans" in the pre-primary debates and campaigns start picking at her faults? She may live by soundbites--but her Republican competitors will see that she dies by them, too!

Posted by: Sophie2008 | February 11, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is retarded.

Posted by: danw1 | February 11, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The Left is wonderfully predictable regarding Sarah Palin:

1) Bash Sarah Palin's intelligence? Check.
2) Bash the general voting public's intelligence? Check.

Democrats are just so much smarter than the rest of the population. After all, the Dems have had control of both Houses for some time and look at all the good they've done!


Posted by: BillyBob7 | February 11, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Chris, for some level headed thoughts about Sarah Palin. What the country needs - what our democracy needs- are Republicans with serious policy ideas; folks who comes across pragmatic and connective. Enough of the shrill politics on the right and half-hearted tone from the Democrats. Let's get real here.

Posted by: ron15 | February 11, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

PALIN IS A RABID DOG THAT ATTACS EERY TIME SHE OPEN HER MOUTH BUT HER FOLLOWERS CRY FOUL WHEN SHE IS ATTACKED. F.. RETARDED PEOPLE

Posted by: bluelagoon21 | February 11, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

gmonsen wrote: "By the time the actual race starts, they may have exhausted their vitriol and negative points. There certainly will not be any skeletons left in the closet January 2012 that have not been found and paraded and dealt with."

I'm sure skeletons abound in Alaska. As soon as she makes a real bid they will start coming out. She made more than a few enemies up there and its a small state where word gets around.

gmonsen wrote: "While Chris says she cannot "re-introduce" herself, in fact she has been effectively doing so month after month with the result that her approval ratings have continued to improve."

The Post says they have dropped. Maybe because she has been so vocal lately? Where do you see her ratings improving?

gmonsen wrote: "Finally, as many are pointing out, the more she is wrongly bashed for every little thing, the more her base and those who are fair-or-open-minded with regard to her will feel inclined to like her and support her."

The same can be said for Obama. As the jobless rate continues to drop, the economy improves, and people see his steady hand and certainty to see the stimulus through will make him very popular.

Posted by: Fate1 | February 11, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

when it comes to Republican they will raise the bar to under the ground as they did to Bush.All these qualification are not required.

Posted by: mavash | February 11, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Nominating an ignoramus is always a risk, but one that has worked for the republican party before. Has any president been more stupid than geo w bush? And even though it was impossible to dislike Ronald Reagan, throughout his second term he suffered from advanced Alzheimer's Disease. So having a dunce as president is something tried and true for republicans.

Posted by: JovialReaper | February 11, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see Steven Spielberg's attack ads on Palin. They're gonna be gooood!!

Posted by: blarsen1 | February 11, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Being a mom doesn't make Sarah Palin special. There are millions of great moms all over this country but people keep trying to say how "real" she is because of her family and the fact she didn't abort a child. My wife and I vote democrat and we are both pro life. A lot of dems support the pro life effort. This issue doesn't qualify Palin to be President. As for Obama using the teleprompter, everything the guy says is open to criticism so he's trying to make sure he stays on message. If that's a point of criticism, so be it. As least he can talk the issues intelligently (whether you agree with him or not), something Palin hasn't a clue about. I'd like to see one interview, not from the fawning Sean Hannity, where she doesn't sound like she's completely clueless about world affairs.

Posted by: jfoster13 | February 11, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

It is not overblown. Wait and see what happens this November and then in 2012.

You leftists at the Post are in for a great shock in November. By the way, Al Gore was very clever to steal all that money from some very foolish people. But now Al Gore looks like the true idiot that he is.

Posted by: walterndebby | February 11, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is fascinated with Palin. Journalists keep writing meaningless articles about her because we keep reading them when we see the Palin.

Posted by: ASKENNEDY | February 11, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who uses the word "brilliant" and Sarah Palin in the same sentence must either be insane or delusional.
Ron
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How about: "Sarah Palin is not brilliant"

It would be wise for you to learn a little grammar...

Posted by: rohitcuny | February 11, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The liberals don't seem to tire of finding new, derogatory names for Palin. I really don't know why. She is a mom of five kids, very accomplished, a moral person with integrity. I suppose the liberals reason that if they denigrate her enough, she will be rendered null and void. And, were are the feminists defending her? Their silence is deafening. If you are not pro-abortion you get no defense from the feminists. And to top if all off, Palin did not abort her Downs Syndrome child, although she knew about his condition before he was born. That is particularly galling to the feminists and their liberal causes.

Posted by: Tommypie | February 11, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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Hey, it is the Republicans who are saying that Palin is not qualified to be president, not us - get angry at them. The last liberal in the Republican Party was Teddy Roosevelt.

Posted by: maggots | February 11, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Republicans would rather have a more experienced Scott Brown than an airhead like Palin, a weeny like Romney, or a Huckleberry.

Posted by: Grandblvd03 | February 11, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

" suppose you would consider him eminently qualified would you?
Posted by: Beauspence | February 11, 2010 2:50 PM "
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I find you to be eminently ignorant.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 11, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"She is a mom of five kids, very accomplished, a moral person with integrity."

Which is all very nice, but doesn't qualify her to national office.

"And, were are the feminists defending her? Their silence is deafening. If you are not pro-abortion you get no defense from the feminists."

Feminists should defend her simply because she's a woman? How mindless would that be? As the polls show, the majority of Americans don't believe she's qualified to be president. If she wants to put herself in the arena as a potential candidate then she has to expect the same kind of criticism which is directed at EVERY CANDIDATE and the president. That's called equality.

"And to top if all off, Palin did not abort her Downs Syndrome child, although she knew about his condition before he was born. That is particularly galling to the feminists and their liberal causes."

Aside from the fact that you don't know the name of the condition - Down Syndrome - the idea that this is "galling to the feminists" is a completely evidence-free smear.

Posted by: ozma1 | February 11, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Today I share a birthday with Sarah. I truly understand what she's about. She's gutsy, doesn't know what she's saying 1/2 the time, she just forges thru saying whatever is on her mind at the time.
BUT PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL. I DON'T THINK SO!!!!!! She'd probably leave in a few monthers after she tired of the job

Posted by: Tonisongbird34 | February 11, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Today I share a birthday with Sarah. I truly understand what she's about. She's gutsy, doesn't know what she's saying 1/2 the time, she just forges thru saying whatever is on her mind at the time.
BUT PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL. I DON'T THINK SO!!!!!! She'd probably leave in a few monthers after she tired of the job

Posted by: Tonisongbird34 | February 11, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

all I can say is that Palin is writing Obama's 2012 attack ads for him.

proclaiming that he should invade iran to boost poll numbers?

this is a democrat campaigner's wet dream

Posted by: j762 | February 11, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

There is a very small minority of Americans who've wrapped themselves in Palin's cult of personality. There's a slightly larger minority who hate her. And then there is a very large majority of Americans who find her to be so trivial and useless as to not be worth their time to think about. She is a sideshow freak, and the good people of America know it.

Posted by: thackerj | February 11, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the convervative version of Howard Dean. Once the R's start going after her, she will fizzle out quickly.

Posted by: 123face | February 11, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I wonder -- and I can't remember if I've posited this theory here before -- whether a large part of the hype behind Sarah Palin is intended to set her up as a target so other prospective 2012 Republican presidential candidates can fly under the radar. The Hillary Clinton Effect, as it were.

Whereas Republicans in general took a drubbing in the leadup to the 2008 presidential primaries thanks in large part to the unpopularity of President Bush, Barack Obama had to endure comparatively very little right up until he started winning primaries. That's because Republicans had latched onto Clinton early on and put an enormous amount of energy into trying to destroy her. And in the end, they may have done too good a job; their much-touted view that she would be the easiest candidate to beat convinced a lot of Democrats that she wasn't worth the risk. So the Democrats ended up with Obama. He got attacked a lot by Clinton and then the Republicans during a span of a few months, but it wasn't nearly enough to convince voters he was a bad choice.

Republicans, on the other hand, weren't able to field a charismatic candidate because they turned on their charismatic candidates too quickly. Mitt Romney had charisma, but he was quickly turned against as too slick. Republicans hoped Fred Thompson, as an actor, would bring the Reagan charm to the race, but he was quickly turned against as too dull. Mike Huckabee had all kinds of charisma, but voters quickly decided he wasn't serious enough. Even Ron Paul got something of a surge toward the end, though by then it was too late to stop John McCain's momentum. McCain more or less won the nomination because he was the only Republican candidate who hadn't flamed out early on, and when you nominate the safe choice, you tend to lose. Ask John Kerry.

Palin has, as the polls show us, pretty high negatives. But she still remains the biggest name in the Republicans' list of potential 2012 candidates. I wonder if they're aren't some party strategists working to keep Palin a viable option for the next few years so Democrats and more pragmatic Republicans will focus their energies on bringing her down. As with Clinton, she has an extremely dedicated base, and they'll keep her from deteriorating into obscurity. Then, when she decides not to run for president or loses in the primary, the Republicans will have another candidate waiting in the wings who has been largely untouched -- someone Palin's base will grudgingly vote for rather than Obama, and someone the Democrats will have to scramble to fight.

Or maybe I'm just overanalyzing.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | February 11, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

She'll take the republicans to third base, then the panties will be pulled up and they'll be left the worst case of blue balls they've ever had.

Posted by: blarsen1 | February 11, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin just might have an outside chance to beat Elmer Fudd in 2012.

And even if she did we would be without a President in a very short time after she realized: 1. she would have to study and learn, 2. she was not allowed to keep the gifts foreign nations give the President, 3. she would have to understand and uphold the Constitution of the United States, 4. she would have to hold press conferences and answer questions, 5. she would have to give State of the Union Addresses that involved more points than she could fit on her palm, 6. she would have to learn that WWI came before WWII, 7. she would have to accept it was not Russia she could see from her back porch in Alaska, 8. she would quickly run out of folks to blame for her shortcomings, 9. she would become our nations worst President since George W Bush if she didn't find a reason to quit because she could hide out at Camp David only for so long before people noticed she was missing and the country was doing great when she was gone, and 10. she would quit as soon as she realized she could become rich if she hired a flack to write a book about being the first women to become President and the first sitting President to resign for no good reason except she wanted to.

Posted by: apspa1 | February 11, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Why does a national level reporter feel compelled to write about a person that he thinks will have no impact in America? Therefore, why is it on the front page of the Washington Post instead of The National Enquirer?

Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | February 11, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The liberals don't seem to tire of finding new, derogatory names for Palin. I really don't know why. She is a mom of five kids, very accomplished, a moral person with integrity. I suppose the liberals reason that if they denigrate her enough, she will be rendered null and void. And, were are the feminists defending her? Their silence is deafening. If you are not pro-abortion you get no defense from the feminists. And to top if all off, Palin did not abort her Downs Syndrome child, although she knew about his condition before he was born. That is particularly galling to the feminists and their liberal causes.

Posted by: Tommypie | February 11, 2010 2:56 PM
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Just to shake your assumptions. I am a pro-life liberal feminist. I admire Mrs. Palin for her choice about her son.

I do not support Mrs. Palin for high elected office. I don't think Mrs. Palin is even remotely qualified and I believe as of today 71% of my fellow Americans agree with me.

I don't support women just because they are women--I support qualified women.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 11, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"Everyone is making fun of Sarah Palin writing on her palm. Why aren;t we all cracking up that OUR PRESIDENT HAS TO USE TelePrompTers to read his speeches. NOW THAT'S FUNNY.

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Because every President in our history has read their speeches either from prepared text (reading from paper), or used a teleprompter.

I've seen Obama in several news conferences and also at "question day" with the Republicans answer questions in-depth, off the cuff.

Your argument is like saying: "Why do these people need to use email when they can write a letter"

The reason it is so funny that one would use their palm to keep notes is because she was paid $100k to give the speech and answer prepared and screened questions and the best she could do to prepare for it was to keep notes in her palm supposedly so she could remember her "core" values, she even crossed something out on her palm!!!!

She doesn't prepare at all, not for the debates, not for her interviews with Charlie Gibson or Katie Couric.

She attacks the President for using a teleprompter but won't conduct anything other than a prescreened "interview".

It is laughable that this ill-prepared woman wants to run for office.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 11, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Excellent and substantivfe analysis.

Posted by: drglrg97 | February 11, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I'll put my money on Sarah baby NOT RUNNING......as long as she gets publicity/fame and the money keeps rolling in to Todd's bank account......she'll just keep being the simplistic soundbite bubblehead she is. Why the devil do you think she told Alaska to take a hike? Money and fame are really all she's interested in......afterall cheerleading doesn't pay that well!

But just in cases she does run and god forbid she wins, I think I'll scout out another country to settle in!

Posted by: dwatson1 | February 11, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Golly, Cillizza, that's an insightful column.

You can hardly tell you're frightened.

Man up an throw your Bill Blass Body Wash away.

Posted by: fishcrow | February 11, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

...maybe she thought it was T&A.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 11, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Classic60 wrote:I can see Russia from my porch, Palin. What a Joke!

The better joke is..all debate and negotiations will be shown on CSPAN, BO. What a Joke!!!

Posted by: GeoSoros | February 11, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse


The only conclusion I can draw from the hopefully short popularity of this group is they are fixated on the fact they have an african american president and their racism is definitely out of the closet.
Ron
Posted by: ronaldgugliotti
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Ron - Your comment hints of desperation. The only people who seem obsessed with race are the media and libs trying to keep Obama propped up. To be fair to you and the left, though, you would have done virtually the same thing had Hillary won the election, only instead of calling others a racist, they would have called tehm sexist. See how that works?

Posted by: leapin | February 11, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

itscc721
Everyone is making fun of Sarah Palin writing on her palm. Why aren;t we all cracking up that OUR PRESIDENT HAS TO USE TelePrompTers to read his speeches. NOW THAT'S FUNNY.

Palin read her speech, whether from a teleprompter or paper makes no difference. What makes a difference is that Palin needed notes to remind her of main talking points for the Q&A afterwards. Judging be the inappropriately short skirt she wore, maybe she though it was T&A.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 11, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

gmonsen wrote: While Chris says she cannot "re-introduce" herself, in fact she has been effectively doing so month after month with the result that her approval ratings have continued to improve.
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Would you change your analysis if you knew that Mrs. Palin went negative (her negatives > positive) in Oct. 2008 (before the election) and has stayed negative ever since.

You can see a graph showing all the polls over time: http://www.pollster.com/polls/us/fav-palin.php

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 11, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The liberals don't seem to tire of finding new, derogatory names for Palin. I really don't know why. She is a mom of five kids, very accomplished, a moral person with integrity. I suppose the liberals reason that if they denigrate her enough, she will be rendered null and void. And, were are the feminists defending her? Their silence is deafening. If you are not pro-abortion you get no defense from the feminists. And to top if all off, Palin did not abort her Downs Syndrome child, although she knew about his condition before he was born. That is particularly galling to the feminists and their liberal causes.

Posted by: Tommypie | February 11, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

The liberals don't seem to tire of finding new, derogatory names for Palin. I really don't know why. She is a mom of five kids, very accomplished, a moral person with integrity. I suppose the liberals reason that if they denigrate her enough, she will be rendered null and void. And, were are the feminists defending her? Their silence is deafening. If you are not pro-abortion you get no defense from the feminists. And to top if all off, Palin did not abort her Downs Syndrome child, although she knew about his condition before he was born. That is particularly galling to the feminists and their liberal causes.

Posted by: Tommypie | February 11, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Kristol, Buchanan, McCain, Beck and now Broder, all enthralled by the so lovely and well-spoken quitter from Alaska. LOL

Posted by: anorris583 | February 11, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Who cares- Obviously you have nothing to write about. This discussion is such nonsense. At least wait till after the mid-term elections and see where the country is headed.

Find something interesting and worthwhile to write about.

Posted by: peterdc | February 11, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

@mongolovesheriff:

Reagan = 10.8% unemployment two years into his first term
Reagan: Started with a $55b debt, turned it into 3 TRILLION when he left.

Can anybody here give me an example when any Republican President has been "Fiscally Conservative"

Posted by: JRM2 | February 11, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Sure she is as qualified as some of the past idiots who were elected president.

Posted by: jparete | February 11, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I know Iowa, I live in Iowa, and Iowa is a friend of mine -- wait, wrong speech.

I'd agree with the comment about Iowa's pragmatism. Iowans don't favor flash-in-the-pans. Palin make make a lot of noise here, but she's unlikely to come in first.

egc52556
Iowa

Posted by: egc52556 | February 11, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is making fun of Sarah Palin writing on her palm. Why aren;t we all cracking up that OUR PRESIDENT HAS TO USE TelePrompTers to read his speeches. NOW THAT'S FUNNY.

Posted by: itscc721 | February 11, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Americans won't elect a woman or a Mormon. So, it's Pawlenty running for the Right, unless Huckabee raises some serious cash.

Posted by: MikeK3 | February 11, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I also love how repubs like to dish out the crap -- you'll say the worse things about Obama -- then have the audacity to be insulted when it's dished back to you. The one thing I've learned about most repubs is that hypocrisy goes a long way.

Posted by: jfoster13 | February 11, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Palin can win the GOP nomination, but it will also be the death kneel of the grand old party, and the possiblity of a moderate third part rising from the ashes is almost a certainty if that comes to pass. Just like the way that democrats have to merge the Labor and liberal intellectual sides of their party, the GOP most keep the evangelical and country club wings of their party together. Palin only represents one side of that group and the other side (the CC folks) can't stand her (the same goes for Michael steele btw). They MOST nominate someone that both groups can swallow and Palin doesn't count, neither does Romney for that matter but for the opposite reason.

Posted by: AndyR3 | February 11, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I finally figured out the "Why Sarah Palin?" question. John McCain was tired of getting trashed by the usual ugly right wing attack dogs. He got a funny idea and nominated Sarah, knowing it would prove how dumb those right wingers were. Boy was he right. Read all these fawning endorsements of the witch. Yes, I give a lot of credit to the old maverick. He can really lay out a joke! Way to go, John McCain!

Posted by: larry9 | February 11, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

If Palin were to get the nomination (notice the subjunctive, condition contrary to fact), OMG a choice between Palin and Obama. I would have to do a write in vote for Alfred E. N----n. At least I like his slogan.

Posted by: jfgerald | February 11, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

It seems that American is now a country of sound bites. I can only hope by the time 2012 elections come around American will have awoken to the nightmare that is Palin. If we have to have a Republican President at least give us a credible one. Palin is a quitter, she cannot take criticism, she lets her husband help make decisions on how to run the state of Alaska, and she uses her kids to score political points.

Posted by: hhxxuutt | February 11, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Sure thing. SP is likely to become the next President since our nation's political IQ has dropped to a pathetic low level. Once the celebration party is over, those who vote for SP will put on uniforms to go to war against Iran, China, Russia, or even the UK...The soccer mom would like to kick everybody's ass.

Posted by: dayandnight365 | February 11, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's chances are overblown are they?

Well what about a community organiser who has never run anything, never held an executive position, voted present when a State Senator in Illinois and was in the US Senate for less than two years. A man who espouses bi-partisanship but voted against Pres. Bush's attempts to reform Fannie and Freddie (who would very recently gone bust but for Tarp. A person who had no foreign policy experience, a fact he is busy demonstrating to the entire world, and a man who wants to pander to the very people who are trying to destroy America.

I suppose you would consider him eminently qualified would you?


Posted by: Beauspence | February 11, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

@Aprogressiveindependen: I agree with you about Palin, but there is a lot of anger at our President about the economy and it is important to point out that the utter destruction of our economy was long and deep and it is going to take awhile, more than one year to dig ourselves out of this mess by using pragmatic, time-tested solutions.

There is a precedent for this, namely, the great depression and I believe that our President has consulted the experts and is proceeding appropriately even in the face of media and Republican opposition.

To not point out the causes and who was responsible for this would be negligent, especially since America has a short memory and is looking for their next sound-bite.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 11, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

First, let me consult my crib notes on the palm of my hand.

Next, we should remember the folksy guy with rolled up sleeves that people wanted to sit down with and have a long neck cold beer with.

Ignorance and folksy mannerisms have a lot of appeal to a lot of people even if it means you get the village idiot.

I think she is a serious threat because she is so venal and can see Russia from her porch.

She is a quitter and mean spirited. If you thought the draconian police states of Nixon and the Cheney neo conservatives was bad wait until her husband starts to run loose in the white house.

Never underestimate the stupidity of people in large groups.

Posted by: rsleonard9 | February 11, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

By the way, is David Broder senile?

Posted by: Werther | February 11, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey, yeah, Messiah Raygun did a real great job! Double digit unemployment, 22% interest rates, 15% inflation, 2 trillion bucks more in debt in 8 years from less than a trillion when he took office, and the Great Communicator had a hard time conquering Grenada to save that speck in the ocean from Communism!

His stupid trade policies so decimated our car and steel industries that even his REPUBLIC party freaks demanded IMPORT QUOTAS against JAPAN!

Yeah, Ronnie walked on water, while he was dealing illegal arms to IRAN! And now hopey changy Sarah says Obama should invade Iran. You people are nuts!

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | February 11, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey, yeah, Messiah Raygun did a real great job! Double digit unemployment, 22% interest rates, 15% inflation, 2 trillion bucks more in debt in 8 years from less than a trillion when he took office, and the Great Communicator had a hard time conquering Grenada to save that speck in the ocean from Communism!

His stupid trade policies so decimated our car and steel industries that even his REPUBLIC party freaks demanded IMPORT QUOTAS against JAPAN!

Yeah, Ronnie walked on water, while he was dealing illegal arms to IRAN! And now hopey changy Sarah says Obama should invade Iran. You people are nuts!

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | February 11, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey, yeah, Messiah Raygun did a real great job! Double digit unemployment, 22% interest rates, 15% inflation, 2 trillion bucks more in debt in 8 years from less than a trillion when he took office, and the Great Communicator had a hard time conquering Grenada to save that speck in the ocean from Communism!

His stupid trade policies so decimated our car and steel industries that even his REPUBLIC party freaks demanded IMPORT QUOTAS against JAPAN!

Yeah, Ronnie walked on water, while he was dealing illegal arms to IRAN! And now hopey changy Sarah says Obama should invade Iran. You people are nuts!

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | February 11, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"Of course the Media is hyping her run; It sells more papers (or drives more page views and ad clicks or whatever we're counting as business this week.)

Posted by: staticvars"

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It also gets the tea-baggers all riled up. Dems are foaming at the mouth for a Palin presidential run. It would almost guarantee a victory for the Dems. It would also provide endless hours of comedic relief.


Posted by: wiz_fan | February 11, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The last time we had a president who was ignorant of world affairs---Mexico was the only foreign country he had visited and he could not locate most countries on a world map---and who did not read, it was a super disaster for our country,

I hope people keep the Bush administration in mind when they consider another ignorant candidate, Sarah Palin, for the presidency.

Posted by: janye1 | February 11, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

JRM2 what a m@r@n you are. You would probably vote for some stripper is she were running. People now a days ( WELL THE INTELLIGENT ONE"S), are not looking at what they look like, WE ARE FED UP with all the corruption, and BULL$HYT. We are looking for someone who will get this country BACK from the M@R@NIC @$$ WIPES that are running it now. I am not saying I will vote for PALIN, but I will vote for anyone who can KEEP A PROMISE. and I don;t give a DEAD RAT$ @$$ how they look.

Posted by: itscc721 | February 11, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

It seems that American is now a country of sound bites. I can only hope by the time 2012 elections come around American will have awoken to the nightmare that is Palin. If we have to have a Republican President at least give us a credible one. Palin is a quitter, she cannot take criticism, she lets her husband help make decisions on how to run the state of Alaska, and she uses her kids to score political points.

Posted by: hhxxuutt | February 11, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

JRM2 what a m@r@n you are. You would probably vote for some stripper is she were running. People now a days ( WELL THE INTELLIGENT ONE"S), are not looking at what they look like, WE ARE FED UP with all the corruption, and BULL$HYT. We are looking for someone who will get this country BACK from the M@R@NIC @$$ WIPES that are running it now. I am not saying I will vote for PALIN, but I will vote for anyone who can KEEP A PROMISE. and I don;t give a DEAD RAT$ @$$ how they look.

Posted by: itscc721 | February 11, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Be honest Free Lunch Partiers and Obama fans: Would you be so devoted to him if he looked like Margaret Thatcher? (FYI: Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)
Just answer the question.

Posted by: leapin | February 11, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who uses the word "brilliant" and Sarah Palin in the same sentence must either be insane or delusional.

People like Palin and her associates are, for some reason, seething at the current government for the problems we are facing in our current economic crisis. The hypocracy and the delusional behavior they exhibit by not facing the fact that the majority of the problems we are facing are the result of eigth years of Republican rule (or lack there of) and not solely on the shoulders of this administration.

The only conclusion I can draw from the hopefully short popularity of this group is they are fixated on the fact they have an african american president and their racism is definitely out of the closet.

Ron

Posted by: ronaldgugliotti | February 11, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

The point is, "armpit", she can't win because despite your attempts to trash Obama, Palin is as dumb as a box of rocks. I crack up at you fools who keep trying to say democrats are afraid of Palin. Oh really? I hope the hell she does run. Every time she says something stupid, I can't wait to watch all the repubs trying to defend her and proclaiming how everybody is picking on poor Sarah and her hillbilly family. I'll give her enough credit for knowing how to get rich off the idiots who support her. Run, Sarah,run!

Posted by: jfoster13 | February 11, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I don’t know if Sarah Palin is ever going to run for high office again but find it humorous that libs fault her for making money but it's ok for lib icons Clinton and Gore to have become multi-millionaires as private citizens.

Posted by: leapin | February 11, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Be honest Tea Partiers and Palin fans: Would you be so devoted to her if she looked like Margaret Thatcher? (FYI: Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)

Just answer the question.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 11, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

When the loser Palin tells you to talk to the palm it's because that is where her notes are! I can see Russia from my porch, Palin. What a Joke!

Posted by: Classic60 | February 11, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Chris ... If Palin's influence is overblown then why are YOU writing about her ? There's only one reason for the wide coverage she's receiving from the major media outlets ... You're all scared to death of her !

Posted by: lagnafrah | February 11, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

armpeg
Sarah Palin got it all. She's a sexy woman, and looks like a Playboy centerfold.

Palin's losing her looks rapidly. Unless she gets a lot of "work," she'll soon look like a brunette Phyllis Schlafly (but without that Radcliff degree).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 11, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

What Palin surge???

The MSM is trying its best to force this woman down the country's throat.

Enough with her already. She's nothing more than a sideshow.

Posted by: twilson66 | February 11, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

The issues Chris raises could turn out to be real, but it ignores what may be her strategy and the worsening disillusionment of the voters toward more traditional Republican candidates. He also concludes for some reason that voters have an opinion on her now and that she cannot "re-introduce" herself.

Palin seems to be playing things rather well. She obviously knows that the mainstream media and Democrats will bash her at every opportunity. By getting out there now on a regular basis, she has the luxury of time for them to bash all of her perceived weaknesses now, well ahead of the race. By the time the actual race starts, they may have exhausted their vitriol and negative points. There certainly will not be any skeletons left in the closet January 2012 that have not been found and paraded and dealt with.

While Chris says she cannot "re-introduce" herself, in fact she has been effectively doing so month after month with the result that her approval ratings have continued to improve.

Finally, as many are pointing out, the more she is wrongly bashed for every little thing, the more her base and those who are fair-or-open-minded with regard to her will feel inclined to like her and support her.

Gordon

Posted by: gmonsen | February 11, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Wish a week could go by without an article about Palin, the most unqualified possible presidential candidate in this nation's history.
Nice also if a week could go by without someone in the Obama administration blaming the economy on Bush II. Palin and blaming everything on Bush II have become the two most boring news stories. Where are the grown-ups?

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | February 11, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Yep we are talking about a person with...
- little skill
- no experience
- lack crediability
- questionable associates
- questionable education
OH... we are not talking about Obama???

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | February 11, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Presidential prospects have soared? Chris, this must be some kind of oyxmoron. Or in Palin's case, simply a moron.

Posted by: sonburn | February 11, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: drindl | February 11, 2010 2:33 PM

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I think you left out Rebecca A Mansour and Joseph someone who, BTW, were part of the Conservatives4Palin who abruptly resigned for no reason and RAM is the person who wrote her FB posts not Palin.

Posted by: beeker25 | February 11, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: GeoSoros | February 11, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

So many sour grapes concerning Sarah, she is a breath of fresh air that shocks people. Especially the professional politicians. Her speaking rings a bell with Americans across the board and her open honesty is shocking to all on the political scene. My only concern would be that like most people who go to Washington they soon get corrupted by the professional politicians and backroom deals. The only way to solve that problem is term limit them to two four terms and no retirement benefits or lifelong medical plan paid for by the tax payers. Then we would get fresh blood and fresh ideas on the scene to help eliminate the political dealings that undermine the will of the people. This will never happens as long as we have Lawyers and Professional politicians in office making rules that suit them and their friends.

Posted by: jmsmaxwell | February 11, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

How could anyone in this country possibly take Sarah Palin seriously? She has no true beliefs, convictions, experience, or intelligence that she would need, to serve as the President of the United States of America.

Having her speak at their convention does not mean that the Tea Party Movement endorses her political ideas or future. It just gave them more to think about.

Posted by: bwshook1 | February 11, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Please, let's tag her the favorite! That will do unto her what it did to HRC. However, in the event that the GOP wins the presidency in 2012, let's hope the president-elect is smart enough to realize that Sarah Palin would NOT be a good Secretary of State. Or Treasury, Defense, Veterans' Affairs, Agriculture, etc.

Posted by: revruthucc | February 11, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Most Liberals are already crazy. but on occasion, they become even crazier:

New York -- Alec Baldwin, a star of NBC's "30 Rock," was examined Thursday at a hospital after his daughter called 911 saying he had threatened to take pills after they argued, a law enforcement official said. Baldwin's daughter called 911 at around 12:10 a.m. from his Central Park West apartment, according to the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly.


Most liberals are liars and incredibly gullible. but on occasion they become even more so:

They were Senate colleagues first, then running mates, a photogenic team for the high-stakes 2004 Democratic presidential race.Now, with John Edwards disgraced by reports that he got an aide to cover for him as he conducted an affair -- and fathered a child -- with campaign filmmaker Rielle Hunter as his wife, Elizabeth, was battling cancer, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts is speaking out for the first time about his former vice presidential selection.


Crazy, gullible or stupid?/\

Pick three.

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That can be said of the Right being gullible as well because they make up things that are not supported by facts judging from the thread post I've seen thus far and I even had to refute them only to have them ignore it or do what a 5 years old does on the playground- call people name. Now that's priceless.

Posted by: beeker25 | February 11, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Sarah never could turn down an opportunity to higher fame and fortune. If she gets backing from enough of the fringe she might make an independent run, splitting the conservative vote with the republican nominee, allowing Obama a win even without a majority.

There are many ways for the GOP to implode in 2012, and Sarah, no matter what she is doing in 2012, will be part of that implosion.

Posted by: Fate1 | February 11, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Ok so Palin only has 26% of the electorate behind her Presidential run. Thats still a big chunk of highly-motivated supporters.

She certainly has a lot of work to do to get the next 25%... given the hostility of the press and the Left.

However, she seems to have President Obama, his policies, and most of the Democratic Party working very very hard to get her elected. Who knew ? : )

Posted by: pvilso24 | February 11, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Check out Sarah's advisors:

Randy Scheunemann

The chief foreign policy adviser to the McCain presidential campaign, Scheunemann is known for his early and vocal support for the Iraq War -- including as the founder of Committee for the Liberation of Iraq and a longtime ally of Ahmed Chalabi -- Scheunemann brought unwanted scrutiny to the McCain campaign on several occasions, including for his work for the government of Soviet Georgia.

He runs a Washington lobby shop called Orion Strategies, and his clients have included not only Georgia, but also the government of Taiwan and the National Rifle Association.

Kim Daniels

Paid $21,000 by Palin's PAC in the second half of 2009, Daniels is a Maryland attorney who, according to the Times, prepares a daily briefing for Palin. But she has a markedly private profile compared to someone like Scheunemann.

Daniels has been identified as an attorney with the Thomas More Law Center, a conservative legal group that aims to be "the sword and shield for people of faith."

She has testified around the country opposing efforts to make the morning-after pill available at drug stores and regulate pro-life pregnancy centers.

Daniels is now Palin's personal domestic policy czar.

Fred Malek

An extremely successful private equity investor who served as an aide to President Nixon (and famously played a central role in the Nixon Jew-counting episode in the early 1970s), Malek describes himself as a friend of Palin. The Times reports that he has been advising Palin on "political matters." He has appeared in her corner on TV multiple times.

Posted by: drindl | February 11, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Blaming the Jews for Sarah Palin? That is pretty off the wall given that she is clearly she a puppet of the Illuminati, or is it Skull and Bones? Oh duh, I meant to say the Moose Lodge!

Posted by: ozpunk | February 11, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin got it all. She's a sexy woman, and looks like a Playboy centerfold
Posted by: armpeg "
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I guess you haven't seen the cellulite pictures then.

At least you and Sarah have something in common though, you both use your palms, though for different reasons.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 11, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I betyu she is not going to run, if she wanted to hold any office she would have stayed as a Governer. Money... money and money that is all she care.

Posted by: mavash | February 11, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Why its overblown? BECAUSE CILIZZA YOU'RE A DEMOCRATIC HACK WHO'S AFRAID OF HER!

Posted by: houston123 | February 11, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

propaganda meant to dispirit.

Posted by: member8 | February 11, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"Palin fans might give her their couch crack quarters, but to Michael Steele? Sorry. We will see a lot of new Republican faces contending for the 2016 election. Then maybe R money will flow again.

Posted by: shrink"
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But she won't need them, that is what the Citizens United judgment was all about.

It won't matter, she could get all the Tea in China and America and still lose.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 11, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

A QUESTION for Joe Klein, David Broder, Chris Cillizza...

How about addressing THIS question: What does it say about American society -- and mainstream journalism -- when someone who represents a small, extremist fringe element...

...someone with such glaring deficiencies of knowledge, experience, and intellect...

...can be taken seriously as a potential presidential candidate?

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Politics amounts to no more than bread and circuses in a nation whose security apparatus disrespects human and civil rights.

U.S. GOV'T CELL TOWER MICROWAVE WEAPON SYSTEM SILENTLY TORTURES, IMPAIRS EXTRAJUDICIALLY 'TARGETED' AMERICANS, SAYS VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Regional Homeland Security- administered fusion centers use a nationwide microwave/laser cell tower- mounted microwave/laser "directed energy" weapon system to silently torture, impair, subjugate citizens deemed to be dissidents or undesirables -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight.

• Victims' own cell phones may be used to target them for silent impairment.

• How a young FBI agent's "I believe you" gave victim the faith to go public.

JOURNALIST EXPOSING SILENT GOV'T MICROWAVE CELL TOWER TORTURE HELD HOSTAGE TO A POLICE-PROTECTED 'COMMUNITY WATCH' GESTAPO

• Bucks County, PA- based MAGLOCLEN fusion center: "Mid-Atlantic States Ground Zero of a multi-agency federal-local American Gestapo"

• Will the Obama administration act to restore the rule of law -- before its too late?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 OR NowPublic.com/scrivener ("stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 11, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Correction, whistler. Those praising her are NEOCONS. Not all neocons are jews, nor are even most jewish people neocons.

To make this perjorative undercuts your argument. Additonally, it is important to note that that the only reason she 'supports' Israel is that fundies are waiting for Jesus to return and convert all the Jews into christians -- or kill them.

Posted by: drindl | February 11, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

To all the Obama--worshipping lefties now having hissy--fits every time Sarah Palin's name is mentioned.
Relax, I very much doubt that Sarah Palin will be the GOP's nominee in 2012.
Although she has by far more executive experience than Obama had; has very obviously by far more intelligence than Obama has; didn't need, or get special treatment like afirmative action going through college as Obama got--ditto his grades; didn't pal around with racist white and America--haters for her entire adult life (which seems to be a plus with you far--lefties) as Obama did; didn't pal around and associate with Communists and American terrorists (again, something you lefties think is a plus); doesn't need a Telepromter when she visits and talks to 6th grade school children, as Obama had to do so as to not get flustered by the 6th graders questions; knows that the USA has 50 states, and not 57, as Obama has claimed that he visited in his speech (he also said that he intends to visit the 58th in the future--duh); isn't a Communist through and through, as Obama obviously is, and isn't a lying windbag, saying one thing to one group of listeners, and the exact opposite to another just to appease them, and get their votes.
Sarah Palin got it all. She's a sexy woman, and looks like a Playboy centerfold; has a great family and millions of fans who adore her; is a millionaire having sold her book "Going Rogue", that's been on the NYT's Best Seller list for several months, and every far-left Obama--worshipping knuckledragging moron and left-over '60's radical America--hater (like the ones here on Fix) hate her guts, which is a plus with us real Americans who are proud of our country, and what our country has done, and stands for.
She has no need to run, what's the point?

Posted by: armpeg | February 11, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

The era of Hope and Change may have given way to the era of Who’s Next?

Gallup reports that just a little over a year into his presidency, Barack Obama has not only failed to unite the country, but has almost squandered his own electability.

In their latest poll, Gallup finds Obama in a virtual tie with a generic Republican candidate, and the internals point to a much different turnout model than 2008.

Obama won office by getting a majority of independents and some Republicans to vote for him, while getting a turnout that greatly favored Democrats in 2008. In this poll, only 31% of independents would cast a vote for Obama today, while 45% say they will vote for a Republican alternative. That fourteen-point gap also tells a story about how turnout will go for Obama in 2012. It may not be as dramatic as Massachusetts in their special election last month, but Obama is clearly not going to excite those new participants into the polls as he did in 2008. If anything, it looks like opposition will drive the independent vote, and Obama supporters perhaps unmotivated to show up at all.

Posted by: sagereader | February 11, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Of course the Media is hyping her run; It sells more papers (or drives more page views and ad clicks or whatever we're counting as business this week.)

Posted by: staticvars | February 11, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Republican sold Iraq war to us by lie and deception(we don't pay for it) wait a little bit and Sara Palin would be the smartest person in the world.they color the frog and sell it as VW bug. That how smart we are!!!!

Posted by: mavash | February 11, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Palin is far too divisive to be elected to national office. She makes W look like a statesman -- quite an accomplishment.

Posted by: drindl | February 11, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse


Are you insane?
This thing president?

And has anybody noticed that all the praisers to day, as usual, are Jews?

It is worth nothing that Palin was brought up after Lieberman was shut out by the convention, brought up and given "foreign affairs" education by the same. And that she never gives a speech or interview wihtoug praising ISrael?

Do they with to make her a puppet, play regent? Are they
THAT desparate? Has to be some explanation for Kristol, Kristol of all foul people, barnstorming for her.

We've sunk so low in so many ways.

Posted by: whistling | February 11, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Palin, Beck Limbaugh, Orielly, Demint, McConnell, Canter, etc. etc. are just more examples of what utter complete lunatics Republicans have been and are. To be exact 1% of Republicans are very very smart, it is just that with their near total control of US Media (Lies) they have brain washed the true lunatics (uneducated white trash, etc.) to create the party that can be in 1 word only described as the Republican lunatics

You can read full facts about Republicans being lunatics, in fact worst than lunatics here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | February 11, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Republican primary voters are indeed pragmatic, or at least have been since Goldwater. After ginning up the base for a big 2010 push, Palin needs to focus on moderates and get her fav/unfav higher than 37/55 or she doesn't stand a chance.

Posted by: Nissl | February 11, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

estmate, yeah, no one likes to talk about how 'rugged' Alaska is actually the biggest welfare state in the union -- everyone who lives there gets government welfare.

Posted by: drindl | February 11, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Don't you mean Palin has "largely subsided," unless you meant by "subsisted" to say she has managed to remain alive since 2008, which is clearly true...

Posted by: TomR3 | February 11, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

In answer to the trivia question, only VP candidate to lose that election to go on to win the Presidency was Franklin D. Roosevelt, VP candidate in 1920. Needless to say, Mrs. Palin is not FDR, though her socialist policy of redistributing the oil wealth of Alaska while governor... I can't even finish that one, even tounge-in-cheek. Just answering the trivia question, thank you.

Posted by: estimatedeyes | February 11, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I will give 5-1 odds she's not going to run. She said as much to Chris Wallace when she said there are more ways that she can contribute than running for office. The fact is, she is in a position to score huge money as a speaker, Fox News "commentator," author of ghostwritten articles, books etc. She has seen what a national campaign is like when you are running for Veep. She is canny enough to not subject herself to the uber scrutiny that a presidential campaign would bring.

Posted by: purdyjack | February 11, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Stupid, repulsive woman.
Stupid, repulsive journalists who bother to write about her. Leave her to the tabloids, next to the space aliens.

Posted by: opinionated4 | February 11, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Palin miscalculated. She truly believes that Barack Obama was (and is) nothing more than a celebrity lightweight who proves you can have little governing experience and no serious knowledge of the issues and still become president. Of course this line of thinking is grossly false, leading to Palin's current predicament.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1

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Don't you really wish what you wrote about Obama was true.

I would be worried about Palin too if I were you Brownie Obamanuts.

Posted by: bnw173 | February 11, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Ah, ok

Sitting VP who lost Presidency, but won it later - Nixon

Loser as a VP candidate, but later winner as Presidential candidate - FDR

Posted by: DDAWD | February 11, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

TeaPartyPatriot wrote: "I do hope the delusional socialist media keeps on saying that - right up until 20 Jan 2013 when President Sarah is sworn in for her FIRST term."

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President "Sarah". Hmmmmmm....Can we call her that? Is that what the delusional capitalist media will be calling her?

Posted by: swatkins1 | February 11, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Let Sarah Palin continue to self-destruct. She is only dangerous to Democrats if they continue to take her seriously as a threat in 2012.

I fear the DNC will waste valuable resources fighting her nomination, while a more credible, currently-unknown candidate sneaks up from behind.

Posted by: pfallsgirl | February 11, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

TeaP people, go ahead, ask Karl Rove how much money it takes to run a winning Presidential campaign. He knows.

He believes the Rs made a terrible mistake in "electing" Michael Steele to be the Party spokesflak and he is correct.

Palin fans might give her their couch crack quarters, but to Michael Steele? Sorry. We will see a lot of new Republican faces contending for the 2016 election. Then maybe R money will flow again.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 11, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

She's an idiot who appeals to the lowest common denominator. Thankfully, that crowd --while frighteningly vocal and menacing-- is not as numerous as they think.

Posted by: sarahabc | February 11, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Palin miscalculated. She truly believes that Barack Obama was (and is) nothing more than a celebrity lightweight who proves you can have little governing experience and no serious knowledge of the issues and still become president. Of course this line of thinking is grossly false, leading to Palin's current predicament.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 11, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"Why Palin's surge is overblown"

I do hope the delusional socialist media keeps on saying that - right up until 20 Jan 2013 when President Sarah is sworn in for her FIRST term.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | February 11, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

The beltway folks see their days are coming to a close with Gov. Palin.

Posted by: speedo1 | February 11, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"There is only one candidate who lost an election as a VP candidate & went on to win the Presidency. Hint: it wasn't Bush 41.

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Posted by: bsimon1 "

What do you mean? Someone who was a VP and ran for President while sitting VP? That would be Nixon.

Or do you mean someone who ran for VP and lost, but became President later on? Then I have no idea.

Speaking of trivia, when did Who Wants to be a Millionaire add a timer?

Posted by: DDAWD | February 11, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The only Palin "surge" has been into her bank account, as the rubes swallow every sound bite. She's got the substance of a shadow, the integrity of a snake, and the intelligence of a grade-school dropout(which she'll do eventually--hasn't she always?)

Posted by: bitterblogger | February 11, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is from a streak of America that takes pride in ignorance and finds it somehow more authentic than education. this streak is also very self-certain, since it has no information and therefore no basis for doubt. finally, this group is intensely racist. the "real American" stuff means that anyone not lucky enough to be born white and Christian doesn't belong in this country. essentially, this is the modern version of the Know Nothing party with a healthy dose of the Klan. i pray they aren't the majority, but i fear they are.

Posted by: datpto | February 11, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Please share your article and today's Wash Post poll about Palin with David Broder, so he can write a follow-up column for tomorrow. 71% believing she is not qualified is a number that crushes all else, no matter how much sound she bites.

Posted by: dudh | February 11, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I see Palin as very like Fred Thompson. They both tried governance and then left elected office pretty fast. Then they both discovered how easy it was to make money off those few years in office. Much easier to be prominent and stay just enough in the game people pay attention to you and that money rolls in from PACs, lobbying and appearances.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 11, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

It would be a mistake to nominate Palin unless she completely transforms herself from a knee-jerk average person "Conservative" with little in depth understanding of what that word really means to a thoughtful and intellectual Conservative with a broad knowledge of the world and the issues of modern life.

Posted by: AnotherContrarian | February 11, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Wait, I was wrong, it wasn't Nixon. I'm pretty sure it was Roosevelt -- well done, 37thandO.

Posted by: timleary_20016 | February 11, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

OK. Now write a piece on why Obama is a farce. It will be a novel of considerable length, not just a liberal hit piece.

Posted by: sonny_sky | February 11, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

37, help me out here. Which politicians other than Mrs. Palin have scrawled their speech notes on the palm of their hand?

35 + 1 = 36
35 + 2 = 0
35 + 3 = 38

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 11, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

It has been widely reported the Republicans may not be able to raise enough money to contend many of the races coming up. The Tea Baggers' stated dream from their convention was to raise $10m over the course of the coming year. CC reported earlier Republican pols gave a comical $500k from their own funds to the party at their Baltimore "retreat". Chump change.

Did you know that just recently sales of a single video game topped $1b? Politics is about lots of zeros behind the numbers and Republican voters are either so downwardly mobile that they just don't have it to give, or they are afraid to place money on their bets.

This is not all Michael Steele's fault. Republicans need to stop buying gold and ammunition, or they are going to lose a lot of close elections.

The Supreme Court has ruled: money talks.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 11, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse


Sara Palin is not saying she will be running for President.

People are making such assumptions based on what has happened with the tea party convention.

The issue may be, will Sara Palin be a factor in 2012?

Posted by: 68b2b | February 11, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1: Nixon?

monk4hall: Please reread the first sentence of this post, and consult a dictionary for the meaning of the work "seemingly."

Posted by: timleary_20016 | February 11, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Undereducated? Here's a teabag couple with two doctorates.'

then that would make you one of those 'ivy-league narcissistic elitists' wouldn't it? A Lexus is also a pretty elitist car, so who is it exactly you are throwing rocks at?

Posted by: drindl | February 11, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA REVEALS HIS PLATFORM FOR 2012


- Obama is going to hide everything he can - transparency


- Obama is "soft on terror" - let's send some more terrorists back to Yemen.


- Obama is going to claim to be bipartisan - but never really work with the Republicans.


- Obama is going to be post-racial - but let Harry Reid off the hook for political reasons.


- Obama is going to be PRO-WALL STREET BONUSES.

OK - What else can Obama run on ???


- Obama is pro-doubling your electric bill with cap-and-trade.

Maybe Obama is thinking about resigning - and he is thinking about buttering up the Wall Street guys for a job.

There can be no other plausible explanation beyond the wheels are completely coming off of Obama.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 11, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

my goodness, there is just no one on the web who is so adept at self-description, who can managed who whip himself into frenzy over someone he has never met? poor zouk/drivl.

'Is there an angrier, more despicable, hateful ignoramus than chrissy foxxy in anyone's real world?

what kind of burnt soul must this person harbor to express such hate, day after day.

Posted by: drivl "

Posted by: drindl | February 11, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Most Liberals are already crazy. but on occasion, they become even crazier:

New York -- Alec Baldwin, a star of NBC's "30 Rock," was examined Thursday at a hospital after his daughter called 911 saying he had threatened to take pills after they argued, a law enforcement official said. Baldwin's daughter called 911 at around 12:10 a.m. from his Central Park West apartment, according to the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly.


Most liberals are liars and incredibly gullible. but on occasion they become even more so:

They were Senate colleagues first, then running mates, a photogenic team for the high-stakes 2004 Democratic presidential race.Now, with John Edwards disgraced by reports that he got an aide to cover for him as he conducted an affair -- and fathered a child -- with campaign filmmaker Rielle Hunter as his wife, Elizabeth, was battling cancer, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts is speaking out for the first time about his former vice presidential selection.


Crazy, gullible or stupid?/\

Pick three.

Posted by: drivl | February 11, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I must take issue with CC's "sound bite genius" line. Palin is just talking the same nasty hateful BS as any juvenile GOP troll. To people who don't share her assorted hates and prejudices she sounds no different from any other stormfront cretin with a confederate flag in his trailer.

We know these people, we went to school with them. They're the ones whose grades plummetted when the curriculum went from arithmetic to algebra. They're the ones who hate science because they can't understand it. The stupid bigots we never spoke to again after high school.

This is where they ended up.

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...lurking in the Wal-Mart parking lot keying expensive cars they can't buy or throwing rocks from highway overpasses. Welcome to PalinWorld.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 11, 2010 1:13 PM

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 11, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

What is this obsession with this stupid woman?

Posted by: gtinla | February 11, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

After Obama came out in support of the Wall Street bonuses, does ANYONE still think he has any idea what he is doing ???

The liberals have to come to the realization that Obama was a serious mistake.

AND a serious gamble with this nation.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 11, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

In my mind, the 46% of Republicans who say Palin isn't qualified is actually much lower than that because a very large proportion of independent voters lean Republican on most issues. Candidates like Palin is why they won't associate with the Republicans explicitly. But ABC reports this group has recently swung heavily against Obama--not a surprise really, because they don't fully trust big-government Democrats.

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | February 11, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Roosevelt?

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 11, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The beauty queen with below average I.Q. continues to dazzle even Mr. Broder. Whe makes George W. Bush seem like a Rhodes Scholar in terms of knowledge base. It is frightening to think of what the neo-cons would be able to do while she is under their control in the white house.

Posted by: Kalifornia | February 11, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for a thought-provoking article. Everytime I read hatefilled comments about teabaggers, ending in the accusation of intolerant-bigoted-racist, I know I am reading a post by a bigoted racist. Palin will never be elected president, but she does light up the stage and gives a squeeky voice to the extreme anger we feel because of the sheer incompetence of ivy-league narcissistic elitists who have been running our government into the ground and bankrupting this country. Time for a change. Teabaggers are Redneck pickup truck drivers? We drive a Lexus. Undereducated? Here's a teabag couple with two doctorates. Hates minorities? Better find out who we are before saying that. For God's sake, listen to what we are saying, and stop labeling us.

Posted by: drzimmern1 | February 11, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey monk4hall, maybe you should read the article again!

Posted by: horace_simon1 | February 11, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"In Iowa, Gov Pawlenty will likely be a ...
Posted by: bsimon1 | February 11, 2010 1:00 PM"
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Stop right there. Hopefully, this is a Pawlenty-free zone now that the Fix has unplugged, at least for today, from the Matrix.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 11, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Is there an angrier, more despicable, hateful ignoramus than chrissy foxxy in anyone's real world?

what kind of burnt soul must this person harbor to express such hate, day after day.

Posted by: drivl | February 11, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I find Palin's mindless Republican personality cult to be hilarious.

Palin could convert to Islam, hijack a plane and fly it into the Capital Building and her Republican worshipers would defend her.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | February 11, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Sarah "the quitter who couldn't finish dinner" Palin will never be more than a fantasy for wingnuts who spend too much time logged on to MILF websites, and for ignorant backwater wingnuts.

She was for the bailout... until she was against it.

She was against teleprompters (unlike Reagan and George Bush) before she was scrawling cheater notes on her little paw.

Speaking of hypocritical Republicans, this is hysterical, and outrageous- Rachel Maddow shows you the long list of Republicans who voted against the stimulus and criticized it... all while praising it and posing with huge checks for pictures (often signed with THEIR names) in front of jobs projects in their home states:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E3vDO5eYRw&feature=player_embedded

Republican hypocrisy at its finest.

The list includes Eddie Cantor and Kit Bond. Have a look but get a barf bag first.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | February 11, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

She may be a prime news sound bite, but she's never going to be President. If the GOP nominates her it will just make them less viable to everyone who considers themselves Republican. She can't say anything without sounding like a dimwit. She slaps at the President for using a teleprompter but goes on a televised interview and references notes written on the palm of her hand. Come on people, the media has made her, her policies have made her a favorite of people who still think there is something to the President not being born a citizen. How far politics has fallen. There used to be something noble about trying to change the way things are done, now they don't even try it seems. They just want to get re-elected.

Posted by: tojo45 | February 11, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"In the wake of her keynote address at the national tea party convention in Nashville, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's presidential prospects have seemingly soared," Cilizza inexplicably writes, in the face of dramatic numbers to the contrary.

His OWN STORY acknowledges the following:

Although Palin is a tea party favorite, her potential as a presidential hopeful takes a severe hit in the survey. Fifty-five percent of Americans have unfavorable views of her, while the percentage holding favorable views has dipped to 37, A NEW LOW in Post-ABC polling.

There is a growing sense that the former Alaska governor is not qualified to serve as president, with more than seven in 10 Americans now saying she is unqualified, up from 60 percent in a November survey. Even among Republicans, a majority now say Palin lacks the qualifications necessary for the White House.

Palin has lost ground among conservative Republicans, who would be crucial to her hopes if she seeks the party's presidential nomination in 2012. Forty-five percent of conservatives now consider her as qualified for the presidency, down sharply from 66 percent who said so last fall.

Among all Republicans polled, 37 percent now hold a "strongly favorable" opinion of Palin, about half the level recorded when she burst onto the national stage in 2008 as Sen. John McCain's running mate.

Baffling.

Posted by: monk4hall | February 11, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

No! Sarah Palin doesn't have a chance of being nominated by the GOP. They aren't THAT stupid.

Posted by: heatherczerniak | February 11, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"The only one who went on to win the Presidency was Bush the First - and then he got his son elected twice - so you can give him 3 wins."


There is only one candidate who lost an election as a VP candidate & went on to win the Presidency. Hint: it wasn't Bush 41.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | February 11, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

If and when Sarah Palin ever decided to compete for the nomination, the process of 20+ debates with her Republican competitors for the nomination would reveal what a fraud she actually is. She would never survive that process.

Posted by: wrw01011 | February 11, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I can say with confidence that we have some time to consider a good looking, well spoken, relatively unknown rabble rouser.

Haven't we learned the perils of falling for someone too quickly?

Yet the Libs, coming off their romance with Barry,and having decided he is not marrying material after all, are the least convicing when critizing Sarah.

1. why would anyone listen to them. they got us McCain.
2. they are clearly petrified.
3. All the things they say are wrong, are exactly right.

Posted by: drivl | February 11, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I must take issue with CC's "sound bite genius" line. Palin is just talking the same nasty hateful BS as any juvenile GOP troll. To people who don't share her assorted hates and prejudices she sounds no different from any other stormfront cretin with a confederate flag in his trailer.

We know these people, we went to school with them. They're the ones whose grades plummetted when the curriculum went from arithmetic to algebra. They're the ones who hate science because they can't understand it. The stupid bigots we never spoke to again after high school.

This is where they ended up.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 11, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

The same day Cilizza, the genius, writes that Palin's fortunes are soaring, his newspaper prints the following:

Although Palin is a tea party favorite, her potential as a presidential hopeful takes a severe hit in the survey. Fifty-five percent of Americans have unfavorable views of her, while the percentage holding favorable views has dipped to 37, A NEW LOW in Post-ABC polling.

There is a growing sense that the former Alaska governor is not qualified to serve as president, with more than seven in 10 Americans now saying she is unqualified, up from 60 percent in a November survey. Even among Republicans, a majority now say Palin lacks the qualifications necessary for the White House.

Palin has lost ground among conservative Republicans, who would be crucial to her hopes if she seeks the party's presidential nomination in 2012. Forty-five percent of conservatives now consider her as qualified for the presidency, down sharply from 66 percent who said so last fall.

Among all Republicans polled, 37 percent now hold a "strongly favorable" opinion of Palin, about half the level recorded when she burst onto the national stage in 2008 as Sen. John McCain's running mate.

SO now why would Cilizza write that her fortunes are "soaring?" (other than, like his pal Milhouse, he's a hack)? Because OTHER MEDIA say it.

EARTH TO CILIZZA: READ WHAT'S IN YOUR OWN NEWSPAPER.

Posted by: monk4hall | February 11, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Like others, I think Broder misses the boat. He builds his case by noting how well he thought her VP acceptance speech went. It is only belatedly that he recalls "she didn't wear well." Here's how to summarize the point: Palin does well with crowds that already agree with her. What I don't see is evidence that she can convince moderates, swing voters or crossover dems to support the GOP. While its certainly plausible such a candidate could win the GOP nomination, I don't see how they can hope to win the presidency.

Regarding his thought process, this construction of Broder's makes no sense at all: "Palin did not wear well in the last campaign, especially in the suburbs where populism has a limited appeal. But when Wallace asked her about resigning the governorship with 17 months left in her term and whether she let her opponents drive her from office, she said, "Hell, no.""

What's he saying? That her blunt denial will somehow win the hearts of suburbanites? It makes no sense.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 11, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

with all the intelligence of a pavlovian dog, the angry, envious leftist loons emerge from the woodwork.

Sarah Palin: git er boy!

Posted by: drivl | February 11, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

This is hilarious,

"Palin will have to show her ability to...be conversant on the issues of the day..."

For 2012, it will be Romney and one of the state race winners, fresh from 2010.

Meanwhile, the Rs have done their rage stoking thing way too early. Barring resurgent economic catastrophe, hating on Obama for no particular reason is going to be boring if not annoying to the American moderate by 2012. But since they don't have a record to run on and no plans for the future of the country either, ranting about Obama's various missteps is all they have.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 11, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

CC probably read this, too, from the new WaPo poll -- Sarah's unfavorables are at an all time hig. The more she appeals to a small crowd of angry,mean-spirited people, the less she appeals to everyone else.
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"And the new poll shows that the political standing of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who was the keynote speaker last week at the first National Tea Party Convention, has deteriorated significantly."

Posted by: drindl | February 11, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Let's list the Vice Presidential candidates who went on to do well later


Mondale

Dole

Qualye

Gore

Lieberman

Edwards


They all saw the crowds, and they all thought they could become President.


The only one who went on to win the Presidency was Bush the First - and then he got his son elected twice - so you can give him 3 wins.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 11, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Jake, drivl, 37, zouk, come back. Where'd you go? Come back...

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bite your tongue

Jake will just say she's going to be our next president, that she'll get every vote MCain got, and some disaffected Obama voters.

I wonder how many cases he won in court with logic like that? (*guffaw*)

Posted by: Noacoler | February 11, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

In Iowa, Gov Pawlenty will likely be a strong challenger. While he doesn't have the same folksy charm as a Huckabee (the last GOP winner of the IA caucuses, yes?), he does have a soft-spoken nature that people find appealing. Palin is a bomb-thrower who thrives on the big crowds & applause lines. It is not at all clear that she has what it takes to appeal to Iowans in the runup to the caucuses. The early money should be on Pawlenty & Thune, assuming they run.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 11, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

She also has a voice like fingernails on a blackboard.

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WHY does nobody talk about this?

HRC tended to shrillness as she approached an applause line, Palin sounds like a spoiled girl in the seventh grade playing gotcha with some girl not in her clique. Ugh, what a repellent woman

Posted by: Noacoler | February 11, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

d posted: "My heart fluttered, margaret. CC defied Broderisdom!"
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Let the word go forth from this time and place...at least for one day. :)

Just wonderin'--who unhooked CC from the Broder-World Matrix? Orpheus or Trinity?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 11, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

She's easy on the eyes but speaks Palinly or rather plainly without substance and intellectual thought.

She may be the toast of the Tea Party, but tea parties are afternoon social events where they sit around and make small talk and gossip. So she's perfect for attending tea parties but not for the Oval Office.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | February 11, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

She's easy on the eyes but speaks Palinly or rather plainly without substance and intellectual thought.

She may be the toast of the Tea Party, but tea parties are afternoon social events where they sit around and make small talk and gossip. So she's perfect for attending tea parties but not for the Oval Office.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | February 11, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like journalist Dennis Bakay is in agreement:

"Sarah Palin is riding the backs of angry conservatives and racists who want Obama out of the Oval office either because he's a Democrat or an African American. She knows fully well who she's appeasing and has less shame than an ambulance chaser.

Ultimately Sarah Palin and the Tea Baggers are no more for "democracy" than any other Republicans. What they want is to see their own kind in the captain's seat and it has nothing to do with freedom, improving the economy, or stopping terrorism. It all boils down to keeping their policies in place and bringing back the good ole days of the 2000's when taxes were cut for the wealthy."

http://philly2philly.com/politics_community/politics_community_articles/2010/2/9/43134/sarah_palin_and_the_racist_tea_party_m

Hope Gregory Charles Royal gets to read the Fix today...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 11, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

My heart fluttered, margaret. CC defied Broderisdom!

And this is spot on. Part of Palin's problem is that exactly what makes her so beloved to her followers is what makes her so repulsive to independents and dems. If you aren't part of her base -- white, straight, most uneducated -- she mocks you in a childish, b*tchy tone. Anyone that voted for Obama probably already can't stand her.

Obama worked hard to reach out, to unite people, to look for solutions to actual problems; she works equally hard to divide and anger them and offers no solutions, only cheap rhetoric and criticism.

She also has a voice like fingernails on a blackboard.

Posted by: drindl | February 11, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I think Chris is spot on. Palin is a media darling (as much as she proclaims dislike for the media) but had little substance when McCain pulled her from obscurity in 2008 and has gained none since her decision to abandon her first term as Alaska governor to cash in on her new-found celebrity.

Posted by: AlaninMissoula | February 11, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Nice to finally see some backpedal on the Palin puff.

I get a strong impression that her snark speech to the teabaggers has given a lot of her fans serious doubts, as though they got giddy drunk on the juvenile stuff "hopey changey" and awoke with a political hangover.

This after the Murtha post. Is CC getting an attack of reality? About time.

But... Mitch Daniels?!?

Posted by: Noacoler | February 11, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Jake, drivl, 37, zouk, come back. Where'd you go? Come back...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 11, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

This headline is going to break the hearts of JakeD2 and JakeD3. How can Chris be so cruel?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 11, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

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