According to the most recent Gallop poll, Sarah Palin is the frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. The results:
Sarah Palin: 76 percent favorable; 20 percent unfavorable
Mike Huckabee: 65 percent favorable; 10 percent unfavorable
Newt Gingrich: 64 percent favorable; 17 percent unfavorable
Mitt Romney: 54 percent favorable; 19 percent unfavorable
Bobby Jindal: 45 percent favorable; 9 percent unfavorable
To begin with, these polls mean little. Very, very little. But they do show that Republicans like and embrace Sarah Palin; that they take her seriously. Which is, in two words, fucking insane. Truth is, Sarah Palin is a gift to Barack Obama. If he can no longer excite the masses as he did in 2008 (and that remains a mystery), Sarah Palin can. She will rally arch conservatives, have a mixed impact on moderate Republicans and drive Dems to the voting booths as only she can. There will be a stampede to make certain this country isn’t ruined by a genuinely dumb person.
As a Democrat, the person I fear most on that list is Bobby Jindal. He’s young, he’s smart, he’s a bit more moderate than the rest and he sorta looks in charge, RE: the Gulf. He might be as full as dung as the rest, but he’s got something going … something snappy. You don’t want him to run against you. you just don’t. In fact, as a liberal, he’s my list of who I’d want to be the GOp candidate, from most blessed gift to the Dems to least:
1. Sarah Palin.
2. Newt Gingrich
3. Mitt Romney
4. Mike Huckabee
5. Bobby Jindal