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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

76

That's the percentage of conservative Republican voters who have a favorable opinion of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

While the headline of the poll data was that a majority of Americans saw Palin in an unfavorable light and had little regard for her leadership abilities, the fact that more than three-quarters of self-identified conservative Republicans -- i.e., the GOP base -- view her in a favorable light may be the most important number in the survey.

Why? Because conservative Republicans are the ones who have the most sway in deciding the identity of their party's presidential nominee every four years. And, no matter what the general public thinks of Palin (or perhaps in spite of what the general public thinks) the base of the party loves her.

The wide chasm between how Palin is perceived by the Republican base and the general populace presents a real potential problem for GOP strategists.

Should she run, Palin would have to be considered the frontrunner given her strength with the most loyal voting constituencies in the party and the ideological composition of voters in the early states that tend to decide the nomination.

But, with her demonstrated problems in attracting independents -- just four in ten view her favorably in the Post data -- Palin could amount to a non-starter in a general election against President Barack Obama.

Knowing that, is there a rallying effect behind a single anti-Palin candidate -- former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) would be the most obvious choice -- in order to keep her from the nomination and the party's chances at taking back the White House intact?

It's a question that Republicans will have to grapple with over the next few years. How they answer it could determine how competitive they will be in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 24, 2009; 3:08 PM ET
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After seeing palins speech I am reminded that not all pols need a TelePrompTer to make a decent speech.

Of course even with the TelePrompTer Barry only sees spending and government as the answer to anything

when he gets off the prompter, all he knows is racism.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 27, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

She's the female George W. Bush, and I guess the GOP likes her because she has a familiarity to her. Like GWB she didn't do well in school, they both have backgrounds as inept managers (his in business, hers as Mayor), governors of big states just long enough to get on the national stage (and neither showed any particular skill in the hard work of being governor, though they both liked showing up for the credit), they both make a big display of clinging to guns and God, and both are famously anti-intellectual, never look back to gain perspective and will never admit to any misstep or miscalculation.

They also share a really simplistic idea of Conservative poltics that mostly rejects progress. That looks redundant -- simplistic/conservative.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 26, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Today is Palin's last day as governor. Nobody will say what her plans are, not even to exclude a 2012 presidential run. Since the unsoundness of her judgment is now fully established by her resignation, it would be folly to presume that sense and sobriety would prevail and she would realize that 2012 isn't really viable.

A TV show? Advocacy of conservative causes, a champion of environmental destruction, campaigning for (cringing in horror) conservatives?

Or a slow and inevitable return to obscurity as the AEI / Heritage / etc. speaking engagements slow to a trickle and stop?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 26, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to disagree with you seemstome but I don't see Palin as entertaining, far from it. Palin keeps me in contact with people I would as soon forget about. It's frankly depressing to me to be reminded that there's an audience for someone as nasty and stupid as she is, that someone could watch her give her audition speech at the convention and see something they liked. Her derisive, dismissive provincialism, her empty-headed smugness, these are not entertaining to me, they are repellent.

Her "real Americans" talk brings back things about my country I would rather forget, and I wish the sort of eggbound vicious people who go in for Palin's narrow-minded bigotry would just evaporate.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 26, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a loser in the last election. The only other recent loser to make it was Nixon.
Dick Nixon had a lot more on the ball than Sarah. She is politically nonviable as a presidential candidate. Still she is entertaining and sells newspapers even if she doesn't read them.

Posted by: seemstome | July 25, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Of course, anyone with two brain cells to synapse together knows you're apparently paid to do so

==

If you think you're important enough to merit an organized villification campaign, just skip the shrink visit and go straight to the hospital. Maybe you can share a room with zouk.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 25, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

kelly14: Palin's glasses are some Japanese make, and when she had her fifteen minutes of fame during the campaign that company had their best year ever.

They are pretty cool frames, give her that.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 25, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

She needs to sign that LensCrafters contract and get out of politics, preferably with the help of the GOP leadership.

Posted by: Kelly14 | July 25, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50 - chrisfox8 PAID? Really? You really believe that? One of the most independent and intelligent commentators on this forum, who regularly strays from the "party" line? The liberals want some unthinking clodhopper who spews the party line with a straight face, like CC. The last thing in the world they want is an intelligent guy like chris. You ARE paranoid.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 25, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"Hey scriv, nobody's biting this hook. Nobody believes you aren't nuts. Why don't you find somewhere else to post this nonsense?"

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 25, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

==================================

Are you kidding? YOU bite -- every time.

Of course, anyone with two brain cells to synapse together knows you're apparently paid to do so (see link, below).

Have a nice day; "the program" thanks you for your compliance.

***


http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-fusion-center-spying-pretext-harass-and-censor
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 25, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I see that after 10 pm this place turns into loony tunes central. You clowns need to get a life.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 25, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Here are some decisions that should take no time at all:

spend billions on nothing
close gitmo with no plan yet
kill the economy with enviro looniness cap and tax
blame the cops
destroy health care
take over auto industry

here are some decisions that need a really long time to make:
what type of puppy should we get
where can we find a local church brimming with hate
should the us support freedom demonstrators

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 25, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Something all you daydreaming Charlies haven't thought of.

Palin has no surprises left. She resigned her post, she's already done a major Sanford with Letterman's joke, she's shown that there is no stunt so unhinged she won't pull it to stay in the news. By 2012 she'll probably have pulled a succession of seriously deranged and impulsive moves to get attention. Her supporters will be as rabid and paranoid as ever but they will not be any more numerous than now.

Imagine a major political party running Britney Spears around the time she shaved her head.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 25, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Palin, if nominated for president, would result in the GOP's biggest loss in a presidential election since 1964. Obama would win at least 60% of the popular vote against Palin even if there was still high unemployment, the eventual health care bill is found to be seriously flawed, he keeps some troops in Iraq and continues to occasionally scapegoat doctors, teachers in public schools and white police officers. While some independents who voted for Obama might not vote for him again, hardly any will support someone as reactionary, unqualified as Palin.

Palin's nomination and Hillary Clinton, if she decides to seek the presidency again in 2016, will all but inevitably result in the Republicans being in the political wilderness until at least 2024.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | July 25, 2009 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Hey scriv, nobody's biting this hook. Nobody believes you aren't nuts. Why don't you find somewhere else to post this nonsense?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 25, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

GATES-GATE: SMELLS LIKE "GESTAPO USA" TO ME.

This DOES smell like Prof. Gates was set up.

But now that President Obama turned it around on the "torture matrix", perhaps his team will start to listen to what we've been saying in this space for a year now.

I'm betting Prof. Gates has been a longtime "target" of the fed- and police-enabled community gang-stalker brigade -- part of a nationwide, GPS-activated nationwide Gestapo created and overseen by a secretive executive branch "multi-agency coordinated action program."

Are the community stalkers the ones who burglarized his house when he was away, and jammed the door shut so it wouldn't open upon his return?

Is that how the media just happened to be outside? Did a cameraman/stalker get its GPS-activated "node" alert and rush to the scene?

When will Team Obama wake and smell the police state bequeathed to a terrorized nation by Bush-Cheney and kept in force by "leave-behinds" who are subverting democracy and the rule of law in America -- with the help of local police who KNOW ALL ABOUT IT?

That's just the beginning. When will Team Obama and the media realize that this powerful and evil cabal within has WEAPONIZED the electromagnetic spectrum, and can deliver debilitating (even fatal) microwave/laser "directed energy weapon" TORTURE, and inflict misery upon any "targeted" citizen, 24/7, wherever they are?

Don't believe it? Neither did I. Until I became a victim of this torture matrix five years ago.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is tortured):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA" (search "stream" or "stories" since the opening page link has been sabotaged).

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 25, 2009 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Gustatory OT: has western cuisine produced anything better than a Caeser salad?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 25, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

That's the Most Important Number?

Not much of a day in politics, I guess.

Posted by: nodebris | July 25, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

DDAWD
[Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.)]... insisted that the best thing to do is throw these drug addicts in jail since they apparently choose not to quit.

Anyone wanna bet she didn't feel that way when it was Rush Limbaugh's drug abuse in the public eye?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 24, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

"I doubt she'll run for office again. She now knows what happens when she wins and has to actually govern. Posted by: dadada "

She'll run. But when the political heat becomes her constant environment, the one big question will be, "When she wilts, what will the meltdown look like."

Imagine her standing before the cameras about late September, crying about how mean we all were to her, as she decides to resign from the campaign.

And that probably is one of the BETTER denouements.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 24, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

chrisfox8: Actually, there is a great deal here. Palin very well could be the Republican's choice in 2012, for the reasoning about the organization of the Republican Primaries I keep pointing out. WHEN the Republicans gimmick the system one more time, what will be the important thing will be the response after arah rides out into the real world ambush of a campaign as the Other Parties leader, and can't stand the bright lights and the big city. The paths of self destruction she might take, given her current record, will make for one incredible year of living publicly. She couldnt take the scrutiny she got as governor of Ultima Thule, how will she do in the Agora of Athens or the Fora of Rome?

Her minuscule numbers nationwide are meaningless, because for the next two and a half years she gets to live in Fantasyland, kept far from inquiring minds and prying minds, but the screens come down and the cameras go on 1 Jan 2102, and then it will be high comedy to watch her try to run like the big kids.

Entertaining? Fer Shur!. Original? You Betcha!.

Pretty? Like plowing Indiana by hand behind two teams of mules.

Results? A new political party becoming the only organized political party, since three quarters of a century after Will Rodgers, "I don't belong to an organized political party, I'm a Democrat" true organization still eludes us.

But it will be a wonderful nine months and a glorious Landslide, something to make even LBJ jealous. and then the American Reform Party can be the opposition, gaggles of moderates triumphant, progressives again carrying the banner, and conservatives in their element, plotting another overthrow of a center right party.

It matters.

A LOT.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 24, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

"Why does the "Fix" keep reporting that 15% of Americans have a favorable impression of her, so therefore she will likely be a major player in the 2012 election? No polls, no matter how they are spun, will make her a player. Posted by: MoreAndBetterPolls"

He keeps reporting, because, for Republicans, the poll that counts is only open to very conservative Party Faithful. The 2012 nominee will have been determined by Christmas, 2011. Less than 25% OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY will make the determination. THAT small group could well make Sarah the nominee.

No poll, of course will change the fact that in the only election that matters there isn't a Republican alive who could prevent the disaster that is coming, so why not Shrubette?

Posted by: ceflynline | July 24, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

She's not going to get any smarter, any more disciplined, any more reflective. She's a polarizing figure and she can't win.

Chrissuxcox explains her own place in the world.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 24, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

He could no more dismiss his friend Gates than he could wright or any of the other commie loons.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 24, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Really, CC, isn't it time to give the palin columns a rest? There's nothing more to say about her. She's not going to get any smarter, any more disciplined, any more reflective. She's a polarizing figure and she can't win. Some who post here say she can but refuse to explain where the votes would come from.

A Palin candidacy would get vast donations for and against but at the end of the day she would get at most 25 million votes. Assuming the GOP would be dumb enough to run her, which they probably are.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 24, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I sent two emails, both to the comc addr. Let me know when you get either... Have a great weekend!

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 24, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I'd sooner read about Gov. Sanford's and Sen. Ensign's wayward willies!

Posted by: sverigegrabb | July 24, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Chris!

Palin again???? But, I agree, she's news, and given her incessant narcissism and craving for the spotlight (so long as she can direct it as she prefers), I don't doubt she will continue to create news in future--but of what kind? The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on!

Posted by: sverigegrabb | July 24, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey mibrooks send me another email, the machine I had your addy on before had to be reinstalled. I've started construction of my retirement house in VN and I wanna send you the pictures from the architect.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 24, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Sorry mibroooks I musta misseda email. See you next time

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 24, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I doubt she'll run for office again. She now knows what happens when she wins and has to actually govern.

She'll probably (very successfully) shill for the highest bidder.

Payment either cash on the barrelhead or chits to be redeemed in the future.

Posted by: dadada | July 24, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

"And, no matter what the general public thinks of Palin (or perhaps in spite of what the general public thinks) the base of the party loves her."

The base of the party also loves Rush, VonBrunn, Derek Black, and Dog the Bounty Hunter. They hate Colin Powell and Larry Wilkerson. What's the point? That said I hope she wins the GOP nomination. Her or Piyush.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 24, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

chrisfox8 - I did. I emailed you my phone number and didn't get a call, so I figure you were otherwise busy. We have to go see my wife's mom (in a nursing home in Kirkland) in a couple of weeks, so we'll be up again. When are you coming down?!!!! We still need to go target shooting!

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 24, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

chris, maybe not, but given the lack of critical judgement by the various partisan's, I'll take that hopeful. Maybe I'm just grasping at straws.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 24, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey mibrooks I thought you were coming up here last weekend

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 24, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't think "they're alla buncha crooks" is a very thoughtful or nuanced position

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 24, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Chris, go back and read the past several posts by Bubbette1. He (?) seems to be some who dislikes and distrusts all politician's. That sounds like a pretty thoughtful person to me....

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 24, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

It would also help if he did not lie and obfuscate so much

==

Heh heh heh Damned good thing irony is massless otherwise this forum would have collapsed into a black hole with that one.

Gotta make a journal entry .. a Republican calling a Democrat a liar.

Like you guys would tell the truth without an imminent threat of grevious harm.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 24, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

OK, "Bubbette," let's see you crawl out on that limb and tell me with a straight face that Sarah Palin is presidential material.

A woman who care barely read.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 24, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Ah, no. Democrats, most Independents, and many Republicans hate her because she's a vapid, nasty idiot.

____________

Is that about Palin or the Great Mother of All Wing Nuts Pelosi? It sounds like you may have them confused.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | July 24, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a great and inspiring speaker who could (maybe still?) have done great things.
____________

He is a great and inspiring reader. When he actually has to speak on his own the um, um, um, er, ah becomes distracting. It would also help if he did not lie and obfuscate so much, but he is a Chicago politician.

Obama has not done anything great in his limited political career that has been glossed over by the liberal media who have had their heads buried up his colon. Maybe that is why he is so insistent on getting some health care.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | July 24, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Palin is just a commoner like Harry Truman. However, Democrats hate her since she is a Republican.

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Ah, no. Democrats, most Independents, and many Republicans hate her because she's a vapid, nasty idiot.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 24, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Romney is way too big of an opportunist. Like W, he will say anything to endear himself to the party faithful.

Posted by: jbentley4 | July 24, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

He could still fire Summers and Geithner and take down Wall Street and all of those greedy Northeast establishment types. Theodore Roosevelt, if you read history, started out as badly as Obama has, but woke up in time, took on his party's establishment, broke up the big monopolies, passed some wise banking and business regulations, bettered working conditions, and brought us out of a horrific depression in his time. It is not too late for Obama, but the clock is ticking.

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Agreed on all counts. Geithner and Summers seem to have no sense that there is anyone whose fate matters who isn't a financial tapeworm. They should both be canned.

The entire legal concept of corporation needs to be restored to its traditional limitations; corporations have a charter predicated on serving the public good and the imperative to maximize profit should be, simply, against the law.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 24, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Palin is just a commoner like Harry Truman. However, Democrats hate her since she is a Republican.

Posted by: sportsfan2 | July 24, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I love how the establishment left press continues to focus like a laser beam on Palin. Meanwhile, Obama is in freefall in the polls with his two main political programs going nowhere and the economy in a jobless recovery at best. At this point, there are lots of Republicans that can beat him in 2012. Keep in mind a fresh crop will be swept into office next year thanks to Obama, and one of them might rise to the top to challenge Prez O.

Posted by: kenpasadena | July 24, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

In 2012, the GOP base will not have someone (eg Romney) shoved down their throats when they love Palin and hate Obama so much.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | July 24, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I think KOZ is right, but instead of sounding so gleeful about it, he should be sad. I am. Obama is a great and inspiring speaker who could (maybe still?) have done great things. Instead, he got sidetracked on a bunch of peripheral issues, installed the worst sort of insider swine as advisors, and has generally made a mess of things. He could still fire Summers and Geithner and take down Wall Street and all of those greedy Northeast establishment types. Theodore Roosevelt, if you read history, started out as badly as Obama has, but woke up in time, took on his party's establishment, broke up the big monopolies, passed some wise banking and business regulations, bettered working conditions, and brought us out of a horrific depression in his time. It is not too late for Obama, but the clock is ticking.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 24, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"CC states that Governor Palin has not shown an ability to attract middle-of-the road independents. This is hardly true. We forget that she was elected Governor with 48% of the vote and retains high approval 56% in a state that has a reltively high proportion of Independents (43% according to Daily Kos, Dec 2008). In her first two legislative sessions, Palin governed pragmatically from the centre attacting broad cross party support. Alaskans know this. Soon the whole country will know."

That was supposed to be part of her appeal when she was chosen as McCain's running mate, that she was a very bipartisan governor with broad appeal.

That may have been true, but she showed no signs of that during her campaign starting right off with a pretty malicious acceptance speech. I have no idea how she governed her state, but she didn't run for VP in a bipartisan manner. Ok, so perhaps her job was to be an attack dog to keep McCain's hands clean. Fair enough, but she didn't leave the attack mode once the campaign ended. Even her op-ed on energy policy was petty and childish and could have been a KoZ post.

There's a reason people don't think she's capable of acting bipartisan. It's that she hasn't behaved that way in a year.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 24, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

ddawd -- she's just a typical hypocritical R. No surprises here.

Posted by: drindl | July 24, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"but you are a good example of the perils of liberalism. shallow, ignorant, spiteful, misanthropic, hatefilled"

what this pitiful creature lacks in self-awareness could fill an ocean.

Posted by: drindl | July 24, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

"Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) disputes President Obama’s claim that 47 million Americans lack healthcare. “There are no Americans who don’t have healthcare. Everybody in this country has access to healthcare,” she says"

I was speaking once to a professor from Wake Forest University (in Foxx's district) He studies drug addiction. His department wanted Foxx to sponsor a bill on funding studies into the physiology and treatment for addiction. They gave her an hour long presentation showing her all sorts of data on how the brain is altered and how addiction is a disease. She would have none of it and insisted that the best thing to do is throw these drug addicts in jail since they apparently choose not to quit.

The department is exasperated. All this data seemed to have no impact on her stance.

Then the chairman of the department explained that Wake Forest is the largest employer in her district and without funding for their research, it will be hard for these people to keep their jobs.

She changed her mind in those ten seconds.

I'm not sure which is worse, that she ignored the data and maintained her stance on addiction or the fact that she was willing to take money to fund something she believed would have no impact.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 24, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

GeneCar -- Alaska is hardly like the rest of the car. And she ain't ever going to get a chance to 'govern' again.

Posted by: drindl | July 24, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

ROFLOL. the king of dumb speaks.

Posted by: drivl


I think most emotionally mature adults don't use this teen speak. did your growth stop at 13 or are you just a nitwit? you continually act as if you never got past puberty. but you are a good example of the perils of liberalism. shallow, ignorant, spiteful, misanthropic, hatefilled and just this side of loony.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 24, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

CC states that Governor Palin has not shown an ability to attract middle-of-the road independents. This is hardly true. We forget that she was elected Governor with 48% of the vote and retains high approval 56% in a state that has a reltively high proportion of Independents (43% according to Daily Kos, Dec 2008). In her first two legislative sessions, Palin governed pragmatically from the centre attacting broad cross party support. Alaskans know this. Soon the whole country will know.

Posted by: GeneCar | July 24, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"you continually stun me with your ignorance."

ROFLOL. the king of dumb speaks.

Posted by: drindl | July 24, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

delusional drivl.

It is a law that hospitals must treat the sick, except Michelle O's hospital that is.

the debate is over insurance, not treatment.

you continually stun me with your ignorance.
Libs prefer to ruin 95% coverage to deal with the 5% (mostly illeagals) rather than keep the good parts of what we have.

Drag everyone down to make the playi ng field fair. Repubs try to elevate everyone instead. what a difference a brain makes.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 24, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

these people are so tragically delusiona--Michelle Bachman, [R LalaLand]

Earlier today, several female Republican House members held a press conference today to attack President Obama’s push for health insurance reform. “The Democrat way is not reforming healthcare, it’s destroying it,” announced Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

Perhaps the most attention-grabbing moment occurred when Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) announced that “there are no Americans who don’t have healthcare“:

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) disputes President Obama’s claim that 47 million Americans lack healthcare. “There are no Americans who don’t have healthcare. Everybody in this country has access to healthcare,” she says

Posted by: drindl | July 24, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

by the time 2012 rolls around the voters will be so tired of the failure of Lib policies,anyone will be able to displace the charlatan messiah.

Every decade of so, americans forget how destructive Lib pols can be and decide to just give them a chance. then about 6 months later they realize the gravity of their error. they force march the fool out in the next election. Let's hope he doesn't do so much damage that the Repubs can't repair it before we go banana republic.

already spent more than the cumulative history of the US. already grew government more than ever. already threatening to raise taxes more than ever. already worst unemployment in decades. what more do you need to know. Weakest foreign policy - stand by.

At least Jimmy will be removed from the slot of worst president ever.

what part of no experience, no morals, no judgment, no love for his country, no spine didn't you get?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 24, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Evidently it's her IQ, too. SO WHAT! She is a good mother and that looks like just what she will be. Her political career, except for a few rabid true believers, was never going anywhere. Her chief fame has ben as a "bogey man" for pundits like CC, here, who seem to have an unhealthy fascination with her. Can we get onto matters of actual substance?

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 24, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Michael Jackson was popular, too, would you have wanted him as Veep?

Palin's a quitter. No one likes a quitter. No one will vote for a quitter.

Stick a fork in her. She's done politically.

Posted by: EndTheSpin | July 24, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

what did I tell you about your moonbat followers CC?

But not one intelligent thought in either of their squirrel size brains.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 24, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The most important number today is not Palin's poll numbers but those of President Obama who polled below 50% for the first time today in the Zogby and Rasmussen polls. He now has less than 50% support just over six months in office.

Posted by: georgiarat | July 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse


"This is in no way an important number. 76% of 15%? In what way could this possibly be important."

He's right, you know, CC. Only the batsh*t crazy loons in the base love this woman. No one in their right minds will vote for her.

But it would sure be fun to watch.

The fact is, the rightwing MSM is the only thing that keeps the bimbo from fading into oblivion.

Posted by: drindl | July 24, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Aren't you overdue for an ECT, zouk?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 24, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

the pathological hatred of women and minorities is on full display from the loony leftist chrissuxcox.

He/she never tires of it. funny how such a loser can be so judgMENTAL about others it knows nothing about but leftist propoganda, I guess the sweet smell of success just overwhelmed the fool. the party of envy is on the march but slipping quickly in the polls. time to move.on back to CCCP where you belong.

But congratulations on your pay raise today.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 24, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

It's time to stop this "most important number" series, Chris; most of the columns are absurd, but none more than this one.

This is in no way an important number. 76% of 15%? In what way could this possibly be important.

Palin isn't leadership material. She's barely literate for God's sake.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 24, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

More shameless pandering for traffic CC? Look at the quality of the moonbat posts you keep getting.

I think chrissuxcox is about to blow a gasket, as if the trip to insanity is a long distance. not really.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 24, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Palin front runner please.. first she would be crazy to run in 2012, she's young if she really wants to be President she's better off waiting for 2016. What this poll say's is she can have a great life outside of elected office.. speeches, book tours, fund raisers.. she will be in demand in Red States and can raise money. Romney is looking more and more like the Republicans best bet in 2012.. he's a successful business man and if the economy is still bad.. people will look at someone who knows something about how the economy works..

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This "successful businessman" who acquired companies and fired everyone? Great idea.

Romney is a snoozelord. By all means, let the GOP run him. He can promise full UNemployment as America ships all moveable jobs to India to help "the bottom line."

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 24, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh Jesus this is the most non-news item yet.

Conservative Republicans like Palin? Is WaPo putting out an Extra print edition for this?

Jesus Christ on a crutch, she's a malicious idiot, of course conservative Republicans like her.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 24, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

In late 1983, the movie "the Right Stuff" came out, favorably portraying John Glenn,then Senator from OH. Glenn was a shoo-in as the D nominee for Prez in early '84 but did not make it past IA and NH. Looking back, it may be that no one really knows why. But Glenn was an American hero. Mrs. Palin is not. She did not fly a fighter in Korea and she did not orbit the Earth and there will be no movie about her that says she did. She ran next to an American hero and he got 46%+ of the votes. She did not. Why does the "Fix" keep reporting that 15% of Americans have a favorable impression of her, so therefore she will likely be a major player in the 2012 election?

No polls, no matter how they are spun, will make her a player.

Posted by: MoreAndBetterPolls | July 24, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

CC,

Please. Enough with the Palin stories. Aren't there enough other stories to talk about than the outgoing Governor of AK?

Posted by: mnteng | July 24, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Palin front runner please.. first she would be crazy to run in 2012, she's young if she really wants to be President she's better off waiting for 2016. What this poll say's is she can have a great life outside of elected office.. speeches, book tours, fund raisers.. she will be in demand in Red States and can raise money. Romney is looking more and more like the Republicans best bet in 2012.. he's a successful business man and if the economy is still bad.. people will look at someone who knows something about how the economy works..

Posted by: sovine08 | July 24, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is her own worst enemy, so even those suicidal faithful on the far right may come to reconsider their infatuation with Alaska's niebelunger, but it looks like she can be the republican's 2012 sacrifice to immoderation.

UNLESS the progressives and moderates decide soonest on a unanimous pick for their candidate, or Sarah totally self destructs, or a U. S. born Arnoldinator pops up and gets famous, the SP chorus can have her as their candidate. Its in the organizing principles of the party.

Which is just a delicious thought, because then she would have to be the out in the open target, and the possibilities for the fer shur gal to do a pitch perfect of George at his most obtuse and tongue tied would be too many and to well covered.

Please, GOP, nominate Sarah! With Haley Barbour in the role of the Eminence Gruise, Darth 'Tater, as Sarah's adult supervision.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 24, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

If "conservative Republicans are the ones who have the most sway in deciding the identity of their party's presidential nominee every four years", why did McCain win the party's nomination last year and not Huckabee?

Posted by: UStreetGuy | July 24, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see if its Palin, Huckabee, or a more moderate candidate like Pawlenty or Romney. This seems to be a case of the GOP establishment wanting one thing, and the "base" wanting another.

Posted by: billy8 | July 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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