The new favorite

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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

6 thoughts on “The new favorite”

  1. It’s all name recognition. Once a legitimate candidates comes front and center, Palin’s numbers will come down. Romney, perhaps.

  2. Palin’s approval numbers are high, but when it comes to who Republicans will actually vote for, I have seen polls that put her behind Romney, Gingrich, and Huckabee.

    I’m not even convinced she’s going to run. Being the outsider means she can stay above the fray, remain popular, and continue to make tons of money.

    I think she either doesn’t run…or she runs, fares OK but not great in the early primaries, then drops out quickly and blames the “liberal media” for derailing her campaign. Either way, she remains a hero without having to do a lot of hard work.

  3. I might join Palin’s campaign to help her win the GOP nomination.

    I mean…that’s a situation that guarantees Republicans won’t win the presidency.

    Watching Palin is like watching a spoof on a politician. She can’t be real.

  4. Yeah, I can’t find a soul who really supports Sarah Palin in MA, but you’ll find conservatives.
    She’ll be popular in the primaries where people WILL vote on a small-scale. But she won’t win the rest of the country. She’s the most polarizing political candidate that I can think of. And she has removed herself from being a politician completely. She just likes the attention and being a player, but not the work.

  5. Wow. This is why I’m no longer a Republican. Sure, I’m pro-life, but the inmates are running the assylum in the GOP. Anyone who preaches discrimination against gays based on warped “morals” but rails against universal healthcare based on a “small government” philosophy (don’t even get me started on Cheney and his lil’ buddy) is, frankly, a moron. Palin is a moron, and so is anyone who would vote for her. Also, Newt Gingrich has a 64% favorability rating among Republicans?!? NEWT GINGRICH?!?!? I thought I’d heard the last of this imbecile when the public showed they far preferred Clinton’s surplus his stupidity. I guess I was wrong. If either one of these fools ever sees the inside of the Oval Office, I will seriously consider moving to Canada.

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