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February 11, 2010

PALIN POLLS POORLY WITH PUBLIC.... It's not exactly stop-the-presses news to find evidence of Americans being unimpressed with former half-term governor Sarah Palin. This new Washington Post-ABC News poll, however, is slightly more interesting than most of the other recent surveys.

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.

How is this different from other recent polls on Palin? For one thing, the data was released the same day as a ridiculous David Broder column, in which the "dean" of the media establishment positioned himself pretty far from mainstream attitudes.

For another, Palin's public standing appears to be deteriorating as her notoriety grows. In September 2008, when the public was first being introduced to Palin, 58% of Americans had a favorable opinion of her. Now, the number has dropped to 37%. Three months ago, a 60% majority said Palin is not qualified to be president. This month, the number is up to 71%.

Even as the GOP mainstream shifts sharply to the right, a majority of Republicans believe Palin "lacks the qualifications necessary for the White House."

In July, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski insisted that "real" Americans appreciate Palin. She urged viewers, "Look at the polls out there.... Look what real Americans think."

Well, looking at the polls out there, and looking at what real Americans think, it seem Palin isn't exactly cultivating a reputation as a credible figure.

I suppose it's possible that 71% of the country is effete, condescending elitists, who don't understand "real" America, but I think it's more likely that Palin isn't wearing well on the public.

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Hey, Simple Sarah. How's that folksy, mavericky thing workin' out for ya? [no fair glancing at your hand for "inspiration" now . . . just answer the question off the top of your empty head]

Posted by: Bo on February 11, 2010 at 10:12 AM | PERMALINK

Let's hear it for mockery, ridicule, and satire... it works! More John Stewart, Colbert, and SNL, and our friends on progressive radio. Keep exposing these frauds for what they are.

Posted by: mlou on February 11, 2010 at 10:12 AM | PERMALINK

David Broder has been having logic hiccups for several years now. Just ignore him. Eventually he'll go away.

Posted by: rbe1 on February 11, 2010 at 10:13 AM | PERMALINK

"In July, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski insisted that "real" Americans appreciate Palin. She urged viewers, "Look at the polls out there.... Look what real Americans think.""

"Real Americans" and "the middle class," both terms have been re-imagined and redefined by the media. Now "real Americans" and "the middle class" are generous terms for white, conservative bigots.

Posted by: SaintZak on February 11, 2010 at 10:13 AM | PERMALINK

She had her Howard Dean Scream moment with her hand. She's over

Posted by: Dee on February 11, 2010 at 10:14 AM | PERMALINK

Methinks that Steve is missing some points!

David Broeder loves her and he is the dean of the Villagers and everyone knows that the Villagers have a firm grasp on the pulse of middle america!

Don't get so down on Mika! She needs to keep her job and income. Her job is to play toady to the reich-wing Morning Jo(k)e.

As a liberal commentator from New England, Steve can't possibly comprehend that the Villagers and not the polls are what are important to understanding middle america!

Posted by: SadOldVet on February 11, 2010 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

What are the polling numbers of the KKK (Teabaggers?)

Posted by: antiquelt on February 11, 2010 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

Poll Power!
Yahoo!
So rigid!
So erect!
So scientific!

Posted by: neill on February 11, 2010 at 10:22 AM | PERMALINK

Halloween costume: Stark raging wingnut

It's enough to make a sane man take to the streets and shout: Run Sarah Run!

Posted by: The Masked Koreyel on February 11, 2010 at 10:22 AM | PERMALINK

OK. So when will the media AND the bloggers stop wasting so much time and energy on her? Especially here, we got her number a long time ago.

Posted by: lou on February 11, 2010 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin just seems to be trying to cash in as a celebrity politician. Why is she news? Is she running for office now or just lining her pockets with speaking fees?

One of the biggest scandals of McCain's Presidential campaign was Ms. Palin and her family's shopping spree with the RNC credit card. People will remember that. Her speaking gigs, with no meat, just fluff, will keep opening that sore.

Posted by: Wapiti on February 11, 2010 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK

Ya, but the CORPORATE/ REPIGLICAN White House 'press corp' loves her ... especially Chip Reid who is the Corporate Media's poster slut

Posted by: stormskies on February 11, 2010 at 10:26 AM | PERMALINK

That 37/36% that still love her are the ones who first saw her at the Convention, giving her first speech. Talkin' their talk, walkin' their walk.

And they haven't tuned in since; been too busy workin', drinkin' cheatin', burnin' crosses. . .

Posted by: DAY on February 11, 2010 at 10:31 AM | PERMALINK

She had her Howard Dean Scream moment with her hand. She's over

You are confusing reality with the Beltway. It was not Howard Dean's "scream" that drove him out of the presidential race. The Villagers had already decided they didn't like him and The Scream was their excuse to end his national career by ridiculing and ignoring him. That is the only way a political career can truely be ended, short of jail time. The Villagers DECIDED to make Howard Dean a pariah.

Sara Palin is a conservative, the conservative press still loves her, and, while some of the Villagers may disapprove of Palin, they don't dislike her they way they would a liberal.

A liberal populist leader violates the Beltway social order, and the Villagers will eventually find a way to marginalize or ignore them.

As a conservative, Palin is part of the national leadership elite as understood by the Villagers and she will continue to get air time on all the networks until the Villagers find another conservative spokesperson they prefer.


Posted by: Midland on February 11, 2010 at 10:33 AM | PERMALINK

I take some exception to StormSkies casting Chip Reid as the Corporate Media's poster slut!

I think that a fair evaluation would reveal close competition for that title among:
- David Gregory
- Chuckie Todd
- Wolfie Blitzer

The competition is continuous to keep Americans misinformed with the best news available for corporate interests!

Posted by: SadOldVet on February 11, 2010 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

Stormskies: So, you noticed Chip Reid is a bit biased in his reporting on CBS.

Yeah, probably time for an expose on his reporting MO.

Posted by: lou on February 11, 2010 at 10:35 AM | PERMALINK

Thank you, Steven Cobert, for summing things up.

Sarah Palin is a retard. /done

Posted by: Rochester on February 11, 2010 at 10:36 AM | PERMALINK

Polls? We don't need no steeeenkin' polls. We know what we want, and if we can't get it at the ballot box we real Murkins reach for the bullet box. Any good tea partier knows that. Yeah, you librul elites, you better take our Sarah seriously or you can suck on our AK47s.

Rosie Redneck

Posted by: T-Rex on February 11, 2010 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

If Palin joins the Republican field of Presidential hopefuls in 2010 or 2011 when they assemble, she may impress for a debate or two with her folksy, common approach, but before too long, the others will "eat her alive".

I don't think Republican Party office holders want a standard bearer who leads them to a debacle reminiscent of 1964 and Barry Goldwater.

Posted by: Ray Waldren on February 11, 2010 at 10:39 AM | PERMALINK

Sarah know she has no chance at getting the nomination. She is taking her shot at wealth, perhaps not Rockfeller wealth but at least Rush Limbaugh wealth. So as an enterainer, she seems to think that "As long as they spell my name right" everything is okay.

SO, if she can raise a few bucks from a few political dweebs and gawkers (AKA FOX News viewers and tea partiers) far be it from me to stop her.

Meanwhile:

The stimulus worked and prevented another Republican created Great Depression. The Republicans and the Communists have the same strategy, "One lie told long enough eventually becomes the truth."

The stimulus worked and prevented another Republican created Great Depression. The Republicans and the Communists have the same strategy, "One lie told long enough eventually becomes the truth."

The stimulus worked and prevented another Republican created Great Depression. The Republicans and the Communists have the same strategy, "One lie told long enough eventually becomes the truth."


Those high unfavorable ratings and unqualified ratings are high enough that

Posted by: Kurt on February 11, 2010 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

So what are Obama's poll numbers? Or the congressional Democrat's poll numbers?

Oh yeah we can't talk about that because in an earlier post we discovered that the American people are just stupid.

So are they stupid when Palin polls poorly? Do a little dance....

Posted by: Orwell on February 11, 2010 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

How many of us remember that the CORPORATE MEDIA'S TAKE DOWN of Howard Dean's 'scream' was in fact a co-ordinated effort by the entire Corporate Media where they purposefully edited out the screaming crowd that required Dean to in fact scream ? And then presented this doctored video as if that background screaming was not even there ? And, of course, this made Dean 'appear' to be insane ? This was a co-ordinated effort and presents yet more evidence of the Corporate control of our media, and the goons that they hire to do their bidding. Chip Reid was no doubt the 'sound engineer' for that doctored clip with others, like SadOldVet has rightly pointed out, fighting for the control of the sound editing machine itself.

Posted by: stormskies on February 11, 2010 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin embraced the nickname Sarah Six Pack. You can own the domain SarahSixPack.com -- submit offer at http://domaineer.blogspot.com/2010/02/sarah-palin-sarah-six-pack.html

Posted by: edwards on February 11, 2010 at 11:02 AM | PERMALINK

So apparently OSarah bin Palin Around With Terrorists gave senile King of the Villagers Broder a tingle up his leg....

Oops -- no. Evidently, he was just having a stroke.

Posted by: J. Paul Ghetto on February 11, 2010 at 11:21 AM | PERMALINK

There she goes with that "real American" stuff again.

Hey, Sarah, I'm a real American, arnen't I? I was born and educated here. I vote here. And I think you are unqualified to hold high office.

It really ticked me off that you would ridicule our Columbia- and Harvard-educated, Nobel Prize Winning President as some kind of a "hopey-changey" empty suit. If you think you could pull a failed economy back from the brink in 12 months then prove it with your ideas, not your petty, beauty parlor insults.

Start with your plan to balance the budget. Then talk about the Middle East -- we understand you favor going to war with Iran. Do the Joint Chiefs support your views? How will you pay for it? What will be the impact on our other relations in the region? Will we still be able to afford the ramp-up in Afghanistan or will you just nuke Iran because it's more cost efficient?

Tell us, Sarah. Inquiring minds want to know what you think, or even if you think.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on February 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

Watch out Palin may be able to secure corporate campaign funds for her presidential bid.She would be easy to exploit as president with John Birch Society managing the country.

Posted by: mljohnston on February 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM | PERMALINK

The Bullshitter in Chief's job approval numbers are going down. Have the right wing political zombies begun to see through her? Will the truth finally catch up with her? Stay tuned! The reckoning will be ugly.

Posted by: John Henry on February 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM | PERMALINK

David Broder must have thought she was winking just at him.

Posted by: jhill on February 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM | PERMALINK

Real Americans.

No such beast.

Every US citizen is a real American. The upcoming census should have a check box question:

Are you a real American?

(or do you have no problem cheating on property taxes and hiding tanning bed wiring in your personal residence while on the public dime?)

Cause if it's the latter.

You aren't a Real American, you're a fake. fony. feeble nim-wit.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on February 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM | PERMALINK

Underneath it all, Palin MUST be a blond.

Posted by: Bartender on February 11, 2010 at 12:13 PM | PERMALINK
So what are Obama's poll numbers? Or the congressional Democrat's poll numbers?

Nowhere near as bad as Sarah's. Did you have a point to make?

Oh yeah we can't talk about that because in an earlier post we discovered that the American people are just stupid.

ROFL... No, just the morons like you who think that Palin is qualified to be President.

Posted by: PaulB on February 11, 2010 at 12:24 PM | PERMALINK

Her speech might have been okay in person (or maybe not), but on TV and radio she sounded screetchy and sing-songy. Guess Broder thinks that scretchy sing-songy thing is working out for her.

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David Broder likes a lot of things. He likes growing old and getting paid. He likes bipartisanship, civil cocktail parties inside the Beltway and timidity in the legislative process. He likes it when nothing ever has to change, sure, but what he loves even more than any of this is being utterly vapid and oblivious. And so, for today, David Broder likes Sarah Palin.

The snows that obliterated Washington in the past week interfered with many scheduled meetings, but they did not prevent the delivery of one important political message: Take Sarah Palin seriously.

I hate to tell David Broder this, but I actually do not think anyone actually got this message.

Her lengthy Saturday night keynote address to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville and her debut on the Sunday morning talk show circuit with Fox News' Chris Wallace showed off a public figure at the top of her game -- a politician who knows who she is and how to sell herself, even with notes on her palm.

The top of what game? At the Tea Party convention, Palin more or less read the participants' protest signs back to them in her lilting "Aw, shucks" dialect, and took all of their money with her upon her departure. Then she made an appearance on a Sunday morning chat show about a year and a half after it would have mattered. This isn't what I'd call gamesmanship.

This was not the first time that Palin has impressed me. I gave her high marks for her vice presidential acceptance speech in St. Paul. But then, and always throughout that campaign, she was laboring to do more than establish her own place. She was selling a ticket headed by John McCain against formidable Democratic opposition and burdened by the legacy of the Bush administration.

Except she wasn't "always and throughout" the campaign "laboring to do more than establish her own place" and "selling a ticket headed by John McCain against formidable Democratic opposition." She actually gave up on the McCain campaign, weeks short of Election Day, and shifted her concentration to her own political fortunes. Did Broder miss all this? There was even a term attributed to her doing so: GOING ROGUE.

Blessed with an enthusiastic audience of conservative activists, Palin used the Tea Party gathering and coverage on the cable networks to display the full repertoire she possesses, touching on national security, economics, fiscal and social policy, and every other area where she could draw a contrast with Barack Obama and point up what Republicans see as vulnerabilities in Washington.

Right, we've seen the "full repertoire." It was energy, budget cuts, tax, lift American spirits, and later some stuff about how Obama can save his presidency if stamps out the nascent Iranian uprising by dropping bombs all over the country.

What stood out in the eyes of TV-watching pols of both parties was the skill with which she 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.

Know what stands out in the eyes of people who have paid attention to the aftermath of the Tea Party Convention and Sarah Palin's appearance on "Fox News Sunday"? She's the one thing from that weekend that didn't get a poll bounce. ABC News reported that "the Tea Party movement has the potential for significant political clout, but with challenges: high negatives, a fuzzy image and broader-than-ever skepticism about one of its most prominent backers, former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin."

They go on: "Palin's own ratings are weaker, apparently hurt rather than helped by her return to the spotlight. Fifty-five percent of Americans see her unfavorably, the most basic measure of a public figure's popularity, and 71 percent believe she's not qualified to serve as president, a position she said Sunday she'll consider seeking. Both negatives are at new highs."
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This was a very well-timed piece, Mr. Broder!

Freed of the responsibilities she carried as governor of Alaska, devoid of any official title but armed with regular gigs on Fox News Channel and more speaking invitations than she can fulfill, Palin is perhaps the most visible Republican in the land.


"Freed of the responsibilities?" "Devoid of any official title?" Broder makes it sound like the beneficent forces of the universe intervened to make this happen! In fact, there's another way of describing what happened: SHE QUIT HER JOB. SO SHE CAN GET PAID SOME TALL DOLLARS FOR A CHANGE. Also, a lot of those "too many to fulfill" speaking gigs are ones she just bails on. And the "most visible Republican in the land" won't be speaking at the most visible Republican speaking gig in the land -- the CPAC conference -- because they won't be paying her. She's got a bowling expo lined up, though!

More important, she has locked herself firmly in the populist embrace that every skillful outsider candidate from George Wallace to Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton has utilized when running against "the political establishment."

What's particularly amusing about this paragraph is that if you read enough David Broder, you'd know he doesn't like populism and he doesn't like "outsiders." He loves him some political establishment. In fact, the thing he probably loves best about Palin's Tea Party convention effort is the way she's trying to bring about a merger of the ragtag, outsider movement and the conventional GOP establishment.

Palin's final answer to Wallace showed how perfectly she has come to inhabit that part. When he asked her what role she wants to play in the country's future, she said:


"First and foremost, I want to be a good mom, and I want to raise happy, healthy, independent children. And I want them to be good citizens of this great country.

"And then I do want to be a voice for some common-sense solutions. I'm never going to pretend like I know more than the next person. I'm not going to pretend to be an elitist. In fact, I'm going to fight the elitist, because for too often and for too long now, I think the elitists have tried to make people like me and people in the heartland of America feel like we just don't get it, and big government's just going to have to take care of us.

David Broder, when Sarah Palin talks about "fighting elitists," she's talking about you, brah. And this would be a good time to point out that Sarah Palin does pretend to know more than the next person. There are literally huge swaths of this country that Palin believes are not "real America."

This is a pitch-perfect recital of the populist message that has worked in campaigns past. There are times when the American people are looking for something more: for an Eisenhower, who liberated Europe; an FDR or a Kennedy or a Bush, all unashamed aristocrats; or an Obama, with eloquence and brains.

But in the present mood of the country, Palin is by all odds a threat to the more uptight Republican aspirants such as Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty -- and potentially, to Obama as well.

Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty might be worried about Sarah Palin, but at the moment, they're in much better shape. They have better teams in place. They can play the role of the outsider just well enough to pass. They've got a clearer path to the nomination. As Alex Pareene points out, Palin's fortunes will ride heavily on her ability to earn "fluke victories and lucky breaks."

Hell, if you're Mitt Romney, you probably feel pretty good about things. Not only do you come to the party having finished second the last go-round, you're looking at the path of electability paved by the Romney-esque Scott Brown, and thinking, "I can do that. Hell, I invented that." And Brown won by keeping the Tea Party people at arms length, staying calm, making no campaign errors, and waiting until his acceptance speech to say something insane about his daughters. That's not a path the Sarah Palin we all know and love will follow.

Did Broder miss all this stuff?

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? No, no. She said, explicitly, that she let her opponents drive her from office! She told Wallace: "Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law I championed became their weapon of choice. Over the past nine months I've been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations -- such as holding a fish in a photograph, wearing a jacket with a logo on it, and answering reporters' questions."

Those who want to stop her will need more ammunition than deriding her habit of writing on her hand. The lady is good.

Lord. I've got to let David Broder in on a little secret here: The people who want to "stop" Sarah Palin are other Republican hopefuls. You can see this in the way that every time a top GOP official appears on a Sunday morning political show and is asked, "DO you think Sarah Palin will be your Presidential nominee?" they all immediately start hemming and hawing and saying things like, "Sarah Palin has good energy," or "Sarah Palin is an exciting figure," and then immediately pivot to promoting the presidential aspirations of people like Haley Barbour.

By contrast, Democrats...they aren't worried about Sarah Palin at all. They would dearly, deeply, love her to win the GOP nomination for President. In fact, if there's one thing that the "lady" is "good" at, it's boosting President Obama's re-election fortunes.

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I agree with David Broder's top-of-her-game comment. At the convention, the highlight was to be Sarah Palin's speech, and the highlight it was. The Alaskan Barbie was in great form and the audience loved it, handing her many ovations.

The speech itself was in no way historic or substantive. But it was a fitting keynote speech, better than one that might be given here by, say, Newt Gingrich, or at a gathering of Democrats by,say, Al Gore. Palin criticized Obama and his policies and filled her speech with platitudes and tea party beattitudes.

The conventioneers got what they paid for, and I would love to see more of that with her as Republican nominee. A very entertaining loser.

homer www.altara.blogspot.com

Posted by: altara on February 11, 2010 at 1:05 PM | PERMALINK

Altara, post a fucking link next time. Jesus.

Posted by: never reads you anyway on February 11, 2010 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

They've got Scott Brown waiting in the wings.

Posted by: ghillie on February 11, 2010 at 7:14 PM | PERMALINK

I guess Palin does not understand satire and she complains about telaprompters, but does this hand jive, what a hypocrite. I have not seen this since junior high. She is so perfect for Fake News, so much for being a private citizen. I guess Palin failed to watch President Obama answer questions at the GOP retreat in Baltimore, no Teleprompters or crib notes on the hand. But I guess those facts would only blow her poor little Beauty Queen from smallville mind, who could not finish her highest office that she ever held, quit making excuses for her! WOW and some call her a leader.please.

Posted by: Milton on February 11, 2010 at 9:33 PM | PERMALINK

David Broder is 80 years old. He's just happy for anyone that wakes up the winky. Nothing to see here, folks.

Posted by: wyoming tall grass on February 11, 2010 at 9:59 PM | PERMALINK
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