A new poll shows that the fecund Ms Palin’s most avid support comes of 60-something white men who like the way she fills out a pair of jeans.
Her's is more "fan base" (fanny-base?) than political base.
If you want Obama for a second term, just make sure that Sarah Palin is the Republican nominee. … And I am telling you, that if they make that idiotic mistake of pushing her as their lead candidate, it’s over; Obama will get a second term, no matter how bad his presidency has been.Savage (KTTH m-f, 6-9p) is a grumpy, self-serving gadfly, and the GOP ordinarily doesn’t listen to his iconoclastic blithering, but he's speaking for more conservatives than usual this time. The poll released last week showed that 71% of voters feel that Palin is unqualified to be president. Only 37% have favorable views of her and a majority of Republicans believe she’s not qualified for the presidency.
As she bombs around the country jockeying for the support or leadership of the tea-bag nation, her popularity among what’s been considered her base has seriously eroded.
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.
Right-wingers always say Democrats and liberals are terrified of Palin. In reality, Democratic strategists and pols would love to see her run. She’s divisive in her own party, she hogs the limelight, and is a gaffe-machine with a private life that’s catnip to the tabloids.
She’s always avoided getting into the details of policy, and that’s what’s driving these polls, (and helped drag down McCain in 2008). Palin's bailing on the Alaska governorship will bite her ass forever. (Compare Palin to Hillary Clinton, who readied herself for a presidential run. She won a senate seat, kept her head down, her mouth shut; she crammed policy, learned the ways of the Senate, served constituents, and earned respect on both sides of the aisle).Palin’s sound-biting tactics and fake Republican populist pap has helped her existentially with book sales, 100k speeches, and interviews by pandering friendlies such as Fox News.
She’s had several time-frames to immerse herself in the kind of deep boning up it would require to get her up to speed, but she’s always blown that off in favor of the crowd-pleasing, book-selling sound bites, and mini-feuds with celebs and pols.
Palin can’t survive a bruising presidential primary against GOP policy heavy-weights like Mitt Romney without convincingly answering real questions from real media, and facing her GOP opponents in numerous hardball debates.
Frankly, we don’t think she’ll try. Like Rush, Palin loves the spotlight of the politi-celeb, with its money and pop-populist glitz, unaccountability, and no burning the midnight oil!