Rasmussen: Romney, Huckabee crushing Palin head to head among Republican likely voters

posted at 4:46 pm on October 19, 2009 by Allahpundit

C’mon. You know I had to.

Among likely Republican primary voters, Palin now trails former Arkansas governor-turned-Fox-TV-host Mike Huckabee by 20 points – 55% to 35%.

When her opponent is ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Palin loses by 15 – 52% to 37%…

Twenty-one percent (21%) of primary voters also say Palin is the GOP candidate they would least like to see win the party’s presidential nomination. Just nine percent (9%) say the same of Romney, and eight percent (8%) feel that way about Huckabee…

Suggesting that Romney’s Mormon faith may still be a problem among some Christian conservatives, Palin leads him by 14 points – 52% to 38% – among GOP primary voters who describe themselves as Evangelical Christians. But Romney beats Palin by 26 points among other Protestants – 58% to 32% – and holds similar winning margins among Catholic voters and those of other faiths.

My suspicion, especially in light of that 21 percent figure, is that this is mainly a measure of Palin vs. Anyone But Palin and has little to do with Huck or Mitt on their own merits. Polls of Romney’s and Huckabee’s approval show that upwards of 30 percent are undecided about them versus just 10 percent for Sarahcuda. In a match-up between “I don’t know him” and “I don’t like her,” no surprise that the undecideds are going to break for the former — which is good news for Palin, since the gap’s bound to narrow as the public becomes more acquainted with the bad points of her competition. What is surprising, and what may puncture my theory, is that this is a poll of likely Republican primary voters, not the general public. It stands to reason that they’re more familiar with Romney and Huckabee than the average joe and it confounds the conventional wisdom that they’re not better disposed to Palin, who’s supposed to be the darling of the shrunken Republican base. How to read this, then? As proof that Huck and Mitt are still relatively unknown even among GOP primary voters? Or as proof that the party’s tent is actually bigger than people think?

While we’re talking Sarahcuda, Conservatives 4 Palin has a smart post about how she’s using new media to get her message out unfiltered by the media prism. Anita Dunn’s taking flak today from the right for supposedly saying that Team Barry used the Internet last year to “control” the media, but C4P is right: What she meant was that the media can’t be trusted to deliver a candidate’s message just the way he/she wants it, so the only option is to “control” them by putting the message out to the public through direct online communications. Palin’s learned that lesson better than her competitors. So far.


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I still think Romney gets way too much hate on here. Yes I’m troubled by Romneycare and the fact that he couldn’t even beat McCain for the nomination last year(thanks a lot for running interference, Huckster!). But the man is articulate, well known amongst the base, and has a solid business background. He’s got a good resume, folks. If we have to “settle” for him as our nominee in 2012, I think we’ll be ok.

Doughboy on October 19, 2009 at 5:03 PM

I agree.

All the voters out there who are having problems committing to a vote for the GOP in 2010 and 2012 need to stop and focus on Barack Obama and the Democrat majority currently in Congress and take a long, hard look at what they’re doing, how they are bludgeoning the Constitution and our futures. Look at that, then reconsider your personality-issues with GOP candidates.

When the hoarde is pounding on your door, it’s not the time to pause to consider whether or not you want to vacuum the Welcome mat.

Lourdes on October 19, 2009 at 5:14 PM

You-Eh-Vee

Nothing wrong with me, Junior. Why don’t you ask Tollbooth Boy what’s wrong with him in that he keeps tossing these needless stink bombs? That would be the more appropriate question.

Percy_Peabody on October 19, 2009 at 5:15 PM

LIZ CHENEY?

(pretty please please please pretty pretty please????)

Diane on October 19, 2009 at 5:12 PM

McCotter/Cheney (Liz) 2012

omnipotent on October 19, 2009 at 5:15 PM

I have a strong feeling that Conservative minded Americans will be choosing their own candidates in the next couple of elections. We won’t be needing any stinking polls or dour BS from the MSM. Take bets on that!

Crimefyter on October 19, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Percy_Peabody on October 19, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Dude, chill.

Midas on October 19, 2009 at 5:16 PM

When 2012 rolls around none of the three will be the candidate.

albill on October 19, 2009 at 5:16 PM

WTG MoronBoyPundit, you may soon be maing an appearance on your favorite show on MSNBC

WoosterOh on October 19, 2009 at 5:16 PM

I’m for anyone who can beat the living hell out of the Democrat Party and who isn’t reluctant to demonstrate it.

The most effective would be a retired military officer.

Demonstrable competence and patriotism vs. the demonstrated incompetence, corruption and treasonous behavior of the absolutely worthless Democrat Party.

NoDonkey on October 19, 2009 at 5:17 PM

I think there is room for Percy’s passion…whether one agrees or not.

Gob on October 19, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Jim Demint in 2012. Hey as long as we are wishing.

Dire Straits on October 19, 2009 at 5:17 PM

The irony is the RINO is more liberal than the Dem, who’s aligned with Bela Pelosi. The RNC, NRCC, and NRSC are stuck on stupid. They are either misreading the public in believing that we’re a center-left country or they really want to lose and continue to be a minority party and let the Dems run things. After all, they still get invited to the really cool DC cocktail parties (where they get laughed at behind their backs) and look down their snooty noses at the Great Unwashed in Middle America.

pdigaudio on October 19, 2009 at 5:05 PM

America today reminds me of pre-revolutionary France. Washington is like the French court – astoundingly insular and disdainful of the “commoners” while not understanding the depth of the rage they are fueling with their detachment and arrogance.

Django on October 19, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Because one of the aspects about Palin that was the same about Ron Paul is that she (as he) attracts inflexivle people: vote for her/him or they’ll wreck the boat.

I don’t get it. I can understand supporting ONE candidate and committing to him/her accordingly, but there is more to these elections than a one candidate.

These voices sound too much like the nuts who insisted on “Barack Obama” and out popped a demigod dictator.

I just don’t like to see the Right demanding an equivalent One-Leader-to-Rule mentality as the Left is so gulliblely ascribed to.

Lourdes on October 19, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Like I said before, I like Palin, but we really have to concede that the Left has destroyed her as a candidate and move on.

Midas on October 19, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Apparently they didn’t get the kill shot because she single handedly turned Obama’s dream of national population control health care into a fiasco.

The left has nothing on Palin. They’ve shot their wad and the ball is in her court. If she can show the public she’s not the caricature the media has painted she’s home free.

darwin on October 19, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Like it or not, any successful candidate is by definition going to be polarizing.

Like I said, she was incredibly polarizing for the wrong reasons – aka – the ridiculous branding the the Left gave her as a gun toting, blood drinking, wolf shooting, turkey slaying, uneducated “I read all newspapers” broad.

I don’t like it, but it is what it is.

Personally, I’d like to see a fresh face destroy the Obama machine and re-unite the party.

You-Eh-Vee on October 19, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Yeah, because Mitt just crushed McCain, who most conservatives loathe.

And Romneycare is doing great in Mass.

Where are Mitt’s position papers on how to get America and the US dollar back on track?

or foriegn policy?

or energy independence?

omnipotent on October 19, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Percy_Peabody on October 19, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Gee, aren’t you a sweetheart. Your rapier wit is so far above us. Why not bless the like-minded individuals of Digg with your intellectual luminescence?

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:19 PM

To the pathetic POS who call himself Allahpundit:

Why is it that anyone who doesn’t want Sarah Palin to represent the GOP is automatically slagged off like this?

Are all Palin supporters this rude?

Seriously, what’s wrong with you?

You-Eh-Vee on October 19, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Yeah, not all…but a lot of them are that rude. If you don’t support Saint Sarah like they do, you’re a RINO…an Obama Lover…you belong on Daily Kos…stuff like that. And lord help Allah for simply posting an article…written by someone other than himself…like this one that simply shows poll results…because they’ll go after him for it.

JetBoy on October 19, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Even people who think Obama is lame will vote for him if the only alternative is a fundamentalist Christian who isn’t experienced. Fairly or not, this is how Palin is perceived.

Speedwagon82 on October 19, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Only one person can save us now.

Dick Cheney needs to run.

Abby Adams on October 19, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Like I said before, I like Palin, but we really have to concede that the Left has destroyed her as a candidate and move on. I honestly like her a lot, *and* think that nominating her would do nothing but guarantee another term for the Dems.

Sad. Not fair. Perhaps – but also reality.

Midas on October 19, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Then be prepared to have any candidate with charisma and a connection to voters — i.e. a “winner” — to be similarly destroyed. Sad. Not fair. Perhaps — but reality. For generations.

ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Like I said in another thread, how do we know that she’s smart and independent enough to not be a blank canvas for the Republican establishment like Bush was? That’s what most voters are thinking right now, thus why her favorability is so low even among Republicans.

The Dean on October 19, 2009 at 5:19 PM

By all means…

Let pollsters and the main stream media pick the Conservative candidate for the GOP.

… Works every time.

Seven Percent Solution on October 19, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Nothing wrong with me, Junior. Why don’t you ask Tollbooth Boy what’s wrong with him in that he keeps tossing these needless stink bombs? That would be the more appropriate question.

No, the appropriate question would be why you’re acting like such an immature tool on HIS blog. Don’t like the Allah threads, don’t read them…junior.

You-Eh-Vee on October 19, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Well Huck and Romney can’t win, that is for certain.
I think the best bet would be a dark horse candidate. I would hold off now on Palin, and use her as a main cabinet post like energy.
Making it a cornerstone (ala going to the moon) of a campaign that we will be energy sufficient, with minimal imports in 8 years.
Then choose someone who will re-build our business and economy.
Patreaus as a military adviser.
Basically what Reagan did, he was charismatic then brought in experts.
But what we need is a charismatic conservative (fiscally conservative) leader, and Huck and Romney come across as sincere (to a select group) but not charismatic across the board.

right2bright on October 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Even people who think Obama is lame will vote for him if the only alternative is a fundamentalist Christian who isn’t experienced. Fairly or not, this is how Palin is perceived.

Speedwagon82 on October 19, 2009 at 5:19 PM

The inexperienced “fundamentalist Christian” will still garner more votes than Dem Lite II.

ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Think “Palinistas” should be as stout in defending Mitt as Mitt fans have been in defending Palin? LOL
ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:04 PM
ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Obama doesn’t have to push the fact that he’s a Mormon. Huck’s team already does that job for him.

As for Mitt fans supporting Sarah, if she is the nominee, they will support her. But judging from countless threads here (including that comment from you!) the reverse would not happen. Which is a damned shame.

Buy Danish on October 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM

I will concern myself with the 2012 presidential race in about 18 months. My priorty is the midterms.

ICBM on October 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM

I for one hope that a real candidate can come forth in 2012, not one foisted on us by the media. We should resist all mention of “the top 5″ or “forerunners” or any other group that the MSM calls out. That group will no doubt include McCain II and we will be stuck with another 4 years of this socialist pig and his stye-mates.

txrmctague on October 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM

What’s Palin’s position on immigration?

Abby Adams on October 19, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Huckabee is my least favorite of the three. He’s capable, but I think his economic principles are up for grabs. He’s shifty looking. He actually looks like Richard Nixon. I think his current popularity is just due to his cable show. Romney has dropped off the map. Palin is busy making money while the nation forgets her early media stumbles. Huckabee better enjoy this lead while it lasts.

elfman on October 19, 2009 at 5:22 PM

I’m for anyone who can beat the living hell out of the Democrat Party and who isn’t reluctant to demonstrate it.

The most effective would be a retired military officer.

Demonstrable competence and patriotism vs. the demonstrated incompetence, corruption and treasonous behavior of the absolutely worthless Democrat Party.

NoDonkey on October 19, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Yep, my sentiments, exactly, except that I’d not omit support for a candidate who was NOT “a retired military officer”. Though support/alignment with our military is necessary in these difficult times, you’re right about that, as is the fortitude and commitment to “beat(ing) the living hell out of the Democratic Party”…

Which is why I like Liz Cheney for the Presidency at this stage of things. Very intelligent, keen strategist, defense-credible and brave, family lady, I don’t know what anyone would even begin to object to about Liz Cheney for the Executive in 2012.

But I’m committed to voting GOP, whatever it takes. We have to kick the Left, demonstratively. Let Obama “not break” all he wants to in Chicago, his thuggery is by this hour old hat and tired-predictable-crud.

Lourdes on October 19, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Romney-Palin. And then Palin-Cheney in 2020. Otherwise its straight to ObamaHell. PLEASE, PLEASE PEOPLE: Ya gotta have a chance of taking the purple, and even a few blue states from President Unicorn. Dream big, but keep your feets on da ground!

ParisParamus on October 19, 2009 at 5:23 PM

When 2012 rolls around none of the three will be the candidate.

albill on October 19, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Agreed…

right2bright on October 19, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Why is it that anyone who doesn’t want Sarah Palin to represent the GOP is automatically slagged off like this?

Are all Palin supporters this rude?

Seriously, what’s wrong with you?

You-Eh-Vee on October 19, 2009 at 5:13 PM

It’s because a sub-sect of the conservative movement looks at the cult of personality that formed around Obama, and figure the only way to counter him is to form the same sort of worship around a conservative figure.

They’re wrong, and if you mention it, they’ll cut your eyes out. Obama cultists, Palin worshipers, and Scientologists. Birds of a feather.

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:23 PM

What’s Palin’s position on immigration?

Abby Adams on October 19, 2009 at 5:22 PM

What’s Romney’s? Huckabee? What the position of the GOP?

Does anyone know?

darwin on October 19, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Obama doesn’t have to push the fact that he’s a Mormon. Huck’s team already does that job for him.

Buy Danish on October 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM

And how’d that work out for ya? Hey, you asked how he could be “Palinized”. Answer: easily.

ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:24 PM

I\’m not worried about her not polling higher at this point. I\’ts better for her to pull back, get out of the limelight continue her Facebook posts on policy and the Obama admin and not peak too soon. I suspect in a year we\’ll be tired of Huck and Romney…Allah, Palin has a great post re health care…

CCRWM on October 19, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Only one person can save us now.

Dick Cheney needs to run.

Abby Adams on October 19, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Help us, Cheney-wan Kenobi – you’re our only ho… ho…

Crap, I just can’t grind that last word out anymore.

Midas on October 19, 2009 at 5:25 PM

They’re wrong, and if you mention it, they’ll cut your eyes out. Obama cultists, Palin worshipers, and Scientologists. Birds of a feather.

SNAP.

Allahpundit on October 19, 2009 at 5:25 PM

They’re wrong, and if you mention it, they’ll cut your eyes out. Obama cultists, Palin worshipers, and Scientologists. Birds of a feather.
MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Ooooh! Now you’ve done it! :)

Buy Danish on October 19, 2009 at 5:26 PM

They’re wrong, and if you mention it, they’ll cut your eyes out. Obama cultists, Palin worshipers, and Scientologists. Birds of a feather.

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Well put!

JetBoy on October 19, 2009 at 5:26 PM

What’s Palin’s position on immigration?

Abby Adams on October 19, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Lotus.

Snowed In on October 19, 2009 at 5:26 PM

I think we should just nominate someone who gives a good speech, doesn’t listen to his religious leader for 20 plus years, surrounds himself with communists and can’t make a decision on anything. Hope that person shows up before 2012. :P

Dire Straits on October 19, 2009 at 5:26 PM

They’re wrong, and if you mention it, they’ll cut your eyes out. Obama cultists, Palin worshipers, and Scientologists. Birds of a feather.

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:23 PM

That’s quite a stretch. Palin supporters have had to deal with the untrue, vicious and vile attacks coming from every direction of the left. I would say they’re more sensitized to criticism than “cultists”.

darwin on October 19, 2009 at 5:26 PM

What happened to Duncan Hunter? He was awesome across the board, and made sense every time he spoke which was obviously censored out by the MSM, and rarely got a question at the “debates” – we need someone like him in 2012.

txrmctague on October 19, 2009 at 5:26 PM

What’s Palin’s position on immigration?

Abby Adams on October 19, 2009 at 5:22 PM

She’s clarified since the 2008 election, during which time she declared herself committed to supporting/being in agreement with McCain’s positions (amnesty, wishy-washy on border security, seemed to make positions as the wind blew, remained lacking credibility overall on any secure position as to border security and enforcement).

Which means that Palin supported that. Which means she is or was pro-amnesty and “supported a path to citizenship” (which is amnesty), all that “immigration reform” stuff that essentially usually boils down to amnesty for illegal aliens (pay a fine, get citizenship, to generalize).

I still suspect that Palin supports such a perspective, unfortunately. McCain went on about how he’d “learned his lesson” about immigration, but then we all saw that he really had not, since after the Election, he’s gone back to supporting amnesty by various means.

Lourdes on October 19, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Not sure that Palin has “mastered” new media yet. She’s got a cult following and the media is obsessed with her, so when she posts a fine but unexciting health care bit on her facebook page she gets a lot more ink than an (theoretical) equally savvy Mitt Romney posting an equally unexceptional bit could expect.

The real test, however, will come when she has to get people to something other than read, and when the campaign makes other candidates as interesting as she is. Not saying that she won’t pass it, just saying that a lot of people have facebook pages.

Bleeds Blue on October 19, 2009 at 5:27 PM

They’re wrong, and if you mention it, they’ll cut your eyes out. Obama cultists, Palin worshipers, and Scientologists. Birds of a feather.

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Darn it, I’m behind on my eye quota again! Here, kitty, kitty…

C’mon, seriously, don’t lump us all in together.

Snowed In on October 19, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Palin the only conservative surrounded by RINOS !

Huckabee supports cap and tax, said so on his show this weekend. Another RINO sucked in by the great hoax.

Sandybourne on October 19, 2009 at 5:27 PM

The inexperienced “fundamentalist Christian” will still garner more votes than Dem Lite II.

ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM

I’m fairly confident you’d be eating those words for breakfast the day after the election, wondering how the heck the Dems won the presidency again.

And frankly, that’s a strawman argument – I don’t like *any* of the current crop of GOP likely candidates (in terms of electability – again, I *like* Palin, just think she’s ruined as a candidate). Why is it a choice between these weaklings?

Is this really the best we can do?

Midas on October 19, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Depending on what Obama does to the economy, I may want him in office until 2016. America will likely recover, but only if it’s clear which political ideology is responsible for her crash.

elfman on October 19, 2009 at 5:28 PM

McCain’s telling statement in the last election was him saying “enforcement…border security…but not for those already here”.

That means, no, he did NOT “learn his lesson” because what that reveals is that he was and likely still is a supporter of amnesty. “For those already here” to bypass enforcement (which’d involve deportation) means amnesty for illegal aliens. No way around it, use pretty phrases, be indirect, whatever, it still means “amnesty”.

Lourdes on October 19, 2009 at 5:28 PM

What happened to Duncan Hunter? He was awesome across the board, and made sense every time he spoke which was obviously censored out by the MSM, and rarely got a question at the “debates” – we need someone like him in 2012.

I’ve been wondering that for almost 2 years.

You-Eh-Vee on October 19, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Palin supporters have had to deal with the untrue, vicious and vile attacks coming from every direction of the left. I would say they’re more sensitized to criticism than “cultists”.

darwin on October 19, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Agree that they have dealt with more, but the vitriol and blind attacking of anyone who criticizes them is identical. There are times when some of the commenters here, like Percy, resemble the lunatics at Democratic Underground who vilified Hillary supporters who dared question TEH WUN.

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:29 PM

They’re wrong, and if you mention it, they’ll cut your eyes out. Obama cultists, Palin worshipers, and Scientologists. Birds of a feather.

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Well put!

JetBoy on October 19, 2009 at 5:26 PM

How oddly hypocritical. Congratulate MC for bashing Palin supporters for bashing her detractors.

darwin on October 19, 2009 at 5:29 PM

I’m laughing at this poll because no one gives a crap about Huck and Mitt. Palin is the draw and the most popular conservative. So I’m chill for 2012. She’ll get the nomination hands down.

cubachi on October 19, 2009 at 5:04 PM

I agree. She hasn’t even begun to fight yet.

Huckabee is gonna have problems fundraising, but Sarah won’t.

At some point, Huckabee will see the light if he has not already.

Sarah should go on Huck’s TV show to plug her book. And right there, you will see how much more her star shines next to Huck and you’ll realize how ridiculous it is to think he could do anything to stop her movement.

If he does not run, Sarah WILL crush Romney early and then have plenty of time to pick a Veep EARLY and sink her teeth into Obama’s record.

Sapwolf on October 19, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Allah takes the “vote for” number as a sign that the likely GOP voter base doesn’t like Palin. He ignores the favorability numbers that Rasmussen also gives, which show her as equally liked as Romney or Huckabee. That, to me, indicates not that they don’t like her but that they think she can’t win. That dovetails with the Greenberg/Carville report from Friday on their conservative focus group. They reported that the group was accepting of Huckabee or Romney, but that the ONLY Republican candidate who excited the members of the group was Palin. The report also said, though, that the group was unanimous that she could LEAD the party, but was split almost down the middle on whether she would make a good Presidential candidate, with those saying no citing experience or the ubiquitous “too much baggage.” There is also the recent Politico article where state GOP officials say the same thing — the base loves her, but they don’t think she is viable.

Palin is suffering from a paradox — the majority of the GOP loves her (or at least has a lot of affection for her) but is afraid she couldn’t win. So, she has to convince them that she can. Her effort to reset herself with the public begins on November 17 when she starts her book tour. She will be on every national program (well, except for CBS and, maybe, Oprah) for days after that. If she does well and starts to venture out making speeches, going on the stupid Sunday shows, etc. she can start to show people she isn’t the Tinay Fey caricature. If she flubs…

SCSoxFan on October 19, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Romney-Palin (a Palin who has done her policy gym circuit work between now and 2012) would attract a wide bad of voters: right-right way over to centrists. Huckabee: a much, much narrower band. Huckabee-Palin? Even narrower. Pawlenty–Palin? too weak x 2.

Romney-Palin (and yes, a lot of people, rightly or wrongly, will vote for Romney just to get Palin in position to run for President–that’s fine with me!): not only can it be a winning ticket, but the Lefties will so freak out, and make so many unforced errors that the Dems will be losers for another 30 years. IT WILL BE WONDERFUL.

ParisParamus on October 19, 2009 at 5:31 PM

I’m fairly confident you’d be eating those words for breakfast the day after the election, wondering how the heck the Dems won the presidency again.

Midas on October 19, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Are you kidding? If it’s Dem vs Dem Lite I don’t have to spend a second in wondering how the Dem won.

ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:31 PM

They’re wrong, and if you mention it, they’ll cut your eyes out. Obama cultists, Palin worshipers, and Scientologists. Birds of a feather.

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Well put!

JetBoy on October 19, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Look everyone,….Jetboy uses the Phone a friend option.

portlandon on October 19, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Romney has dropped off the map.

elfman on October 19, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Actually, no. Romney is and has been busy fundraising for Republicans.

Lourdes on October 19, 2009 at 5:32 PM

SCSoxFan, yes. That’s why Palin needs to be VP; it’s the only way to transcend that paradox. THE ONLY WAY SHE GETS TO BE PRESIDENT.

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TheAlamos on October 19, 2009 at 5:32 PM

And how’d that work out for ya? Hey, you asked how he could be “Palinized”. Answer: easily.
ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Palin is a Mormon?

Seriously, most people don’t care that Mitt is a Mormon, but it appears to bother you or you wouldn’t have brought it up.

Buy Danish on October 19, 2009 at 5:32 PM

I’m for anyone who can beat the living hell out of the Democrat Party and who isn’t reluctant to demonstrate it.

NoDonkey on October 19, 2009 at 5:17 PM

^^^ This.
I’ve always liked Ollie North, but my much wiser father doesn’t think he’d be able to get past the journalist/Progressive cabal.

NTWR on October 19, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Agree that they have dealt with more, but the vitriol and blind attacking of anyone who criticizes them is identical. There are times when some of the commenters here, like Percy, resemble the lunatics at Democratic Underground who vilified Hillary supporters who dared question TEH WUN.

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Ummmm, attacking generalization with a generalization. I’m a Palin supporter. Show me where I’ve been unduly “vitriolic” with a Palin skeptic.

ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:33 PM

And remember, Obama will have probably near a billion dollars.

Only Sarah will be able to compete with that kind of resources.

She will need over half a billion at least in the general election alone.

Sapwolf on October 19, 2009 at 5:34 PM

If she chooses to run, she’ll campaign without John McCain on her back and this poll won’t mean a thing. So, are we going to track her popularity for three years or what?

Ronnie on October 19, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Palin is a Mormon?

Seriously, most people don’t care that Mitt is a Mormon, but it appears to bother you or you wouldn’t have brought it up.

Buy Danish on October 19, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Doesn’t bother me at all. Just like Palin’s evangelicalism and unwed-mother daughter and hairstyle and speech patterns and educational background don’t bother me at all. All, by the way, as relevant as Mitt’s Mormonism.

ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:36 PM

There are times when some of the commenters here, like Percy, resemble the lunatics at Democratic Underground who vilified Hillary supporters who dared question TEH WUN.

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:29 PM

I don’t get the thin skin. They like her. They really like her and are defending her. For many she represents a break from the continuous line of politicians that have gotten us to this point. It’s about more than Palin … it’s about this country.

I’ve never understood the thin skin here at times. This is an anonymous blog. It deals in words. If someone bites your head off bite back. I hate to see the whining.

darwin on October 19, 2009 at 5:36 PM

And if the election was today instead of 2012 Palin should be worried, otherwise not so much.

If Obama believed the 2007 polls Hillary would be president now.

petertheslow on October 19, 2009 at 5:36 PM

So, are we going to track her popularity for three years or what?

Ronnie on October 19, 2009 at 5:34 PM

The fact that you have to ask should tell you the answer.

Snowed In on October 19, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Congratulate MC for bashing Palin supporters for bashing her detractors.

darwin on October 19, 2009 at 5:29 PM

…and that right there is the essence of the cult mentality. We all agree that she had real detractors on MSNBC insulting her at every opportunity. However, a batch of you see no difference between them and those of us who point out polls you don’t like, even though you rally and cheer when a poll you do like is featured. We question her resignation, and suddenly we’re the blood brother of Keith Olbermann. We even suggest that she might not reduce Obama to ribbons in 2012, and you somehow find yourself addressing Lenin reborn.

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Go Huck. I have not idea why you people can not see that Mike Huckabee is the only game in town for the GOP.

Decider on October 19, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Because he is NOT a conservative or libertarian.

God, what is with you people? Look at the facts.

Sapwolf on October 19, 2009 at 5:37 PM

NO BRAINER!!!!!!

Palin’s Negatives have MAXED OUT

Who in america COULD hate palin — that doesnt ALREADY hate Palin?

She took a lickin’, and is at 40% vs obama nationally.

Huck and Mitt, in contrast, have no ‘negative’ vibe attached yet — but WILL. Huck, the nanny stater? Calling conservatives “Shiite republicans?” Mitt, the member of a church that forbid blacks until what, 1980?

It’s not fair, but ANY republican will be demonized and their negatives will RISE.

BUT

BUT

BUT

Palin’s negatives are maxed out. She can only WIN OVER MORE PEOPLE.

How much she can is a matter of debate, but in my eyes, because her ‘negatives’ are ‘known’, she’s the only one who can beat the one.

battleoflepanto1571 on October 19, 2009 at 5:37 PM

I’m a Palin supporter. Show me where I’ve been unduly “vitriolic” with a Palin skeptic.

ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:33 PM

I’ll let you know. There’s a difference between the supporters and the worshipers. I’m a supporter. Percy? Not alone in his idolatry.

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:38 PM

SCSoxFan, yes. That’s why Palin needs to be VP; it’s the only way to transcend that paradox. THE ONLY WAY SHE GETS TO BE PRESIDENT.

ParisParamus on October 19, 2009 at 5:32 PM

She’s not going to be anyone’s VP nominee again, certainly not Romney’s. Then when Romney gets his moderate ass handed to him it’ll be another 3 years of “that idiotic chillbilly cost us the election AGAIN!!!!!” Yeah, right.

ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Percy_Peabody on October 19, 2009 at 5:11 PM

That kind of personal attack is offensive. It reflects poorly on you and your position.

dogsoldier on October 19, 2009 at 5:38 PM

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:36 PM

“a batch of [us]” != all of us Palin supporters.

Snowed In on October 19, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Are you kidding? If it’s Dem vs Dem Lite I don’t have to spend a second in wondering how the Dem won.

ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Reading comprehension fail; try again.

If Palin is the top of the ticket, she loses – and you’ll be eating your “gimme an inexperienced fundamentalist over dem lite” words.

And again, I think that’s a false choice. I hope so anyway.

I like Palin, and certainly don’t prefer ‘dem lite’, I just think Palin’s a losing candidate.

Midas on October 19, 2009 at 5:38 PM

As for Mitt fans supporting Sarah, if she is the nominee, they will support her. But judging from countless threads here (including that comment from you!) the reverse would not happen. Which is a damned shame.

Buy Danish on October 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM

That’s not true. If Mitt were the nominee, I would vote for him. I would stay home for Huckabee, however.

You know, I am tired of all Palin supporters being painted with the same brush. Are some cultists? Of course — same can be said for the other two guys in this poll. But when someone says there’s no difference between Palinites and Obamabots and Scientologists, they are engaging in the same kind of extremist rhetoric they accuse others of.

NoLeftTurn on October 19, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Look everyone,….Jetboy uses the Phone a friend option.

portlandon on October 19, 2009 at 5:31 PM

What?

How oddly hypocritical. Congratulate MC for bashing Palin supporters for bashing her detractors.

darwin on October 19, 2009 at 5:29 PM

You just don’t see how you’re only proving the point.

JetBoy on October 19, 2009 at 5:39 PM

They’re wrong, and if you mention it, they’ll cut your eyes out. Obama cultists, Palin worshipers, and Scientologists. Birds of a feather.

SNAP.

Allahpundit on October 19, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Look! Tiny Weener Theater!

rinohumper on October 19, 2009 at 5:39 PM

ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:38 PM

LOL @ “chillbilly”. Been a Palin fan since before the nom, and I’ve never heard that one.

Snowed In on October 19, 2009 at 5:40 PM

if Romney tries to run, all the others will have to do is bring up his states failed social healthcare and how he didn’t have the wisdom to fight against it in the first place and he will be toast.

RobertInLexington on October 19, 2009 at 5:40 PM

It’s three minutes into the first quarter and Palin hasn’t even gotten her offense on the field.
Palin wins against these two losers going away.

Jeff from WI on October 19, 2009 at 5:41 PM

rinohumper on October 19, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Look! A totally unnecessary comment!

Snowed In on October 19, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Let’s debate what the weather will be like next Thursday.

Just as logical.

omnipotent on October 19, 2009 at 5:41 PM

She is running. She will win.

BetseyRoss on October 19, 2009 at 5:41 PM

…and that right there is the essence of the cult mentality. We all agree that she had real detractors on MSNBC insulting her at every opportunity. However, a batch of you see no difference between them and those of us who point out polls you don’t like, even though you rally and cheer when a poll you do like is featured. We question her resignation, and suddenly we’re the blood brother of Keith Olbermann. We even suggest that she might not reduce Obama to ribbons in 2012, and you somehow find yourself addressing Lenin reborn.

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Don’t always expect your criticisms to be taken as you would like. As I explained above, the thin skin here is kinda scary at times. We’re in a fight for the survival of this country and words … especially passionate words … shouldn’t put people on the defensive but cause one to go on the offensive. If someone believes in something then fight for it.

darwin on October 19, 2009 at 5:42 PM

SNAP.

Allahpundit on October 19, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Latter Day Saint ads here on Hot Air are contributing to Allah’s paycheck. Oh the irony.

rinohumper on October 19, 2009 at 5:42 PM

NoLeftTurn on October 19, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Honestly? Get that “I would stay home for…” crap right out of your system.

That’s why Obama’s president – too many GOP stayed home.

Midas on October 19, 2009 at 5:42 PM

I want Palin to win but I”l support any non-baby killer they put us against Chairmen Comrade Obama

Jeff from WI on October 19, 2009 at 5:42 PM

She is running. She will win.

BetseyRoss on October 19, 2009 at 5:41 PM

You can continue with: Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

JetBoy on October 19, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Reading comprehension fail; try again.

Midas on October 19, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Well, make yourself clearer. An “inexperienced fundamentalist” CONSERVATIVE ( really you have the usual misunderstanding of the difference between “fundamentalist” and “evangelical”) still will do better against a Dem than Dem Lite will. Get it?

ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:43 PM

You just don’t see how you’re only proving the point.

JetBoy on October 19, 2009 at 5:39 PM

What I’m beginning to see here is that the anti-Palin’s have mustered into a group … or actually more like a cult.

Look in the mirror.

darwin on October 19, 2009 at 5:43 PM

She is running. She will win.

BetseyRoss on October 19, 2009 at 5:41 PM

QOTD.

She’ll beat these guys every which way from sunday.

Plus, everyone forgets the PRIMARY SCHEDULE is set up to favor western states.

After the ‘early 4′ (iowa, nh, sc, nevada), there are like 10 primary states in february, and 8 of those are out west.

palin will get the ‘momentum while huck is taxing soda pop in arkansas

battleoflepanto1571 on October 19, 2009 at 5:44 PM

I’m with 7%.

Whomever the liberal MSM ravages the most, deserves our notice the most. Whomever the NYT endorses, we should run from them like they are radioactive.

Hog Wild on October 19, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Look everyone,….Jetboy uses the Phone a friend option.
portlandon on October 19, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Look everyone,…Portlandon thought she knew the answer but got the answer wrong.

Doesn’t bother me at all. Just like Palin’s evangelicalism and unwed-mother daughter and hairstyle and speech patterns and educational background don’t bother me at all. All, by the way, as relevant as Mitt’s Mormonism.
ddrintn on October 19, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Apples. Oranges.

Buy Danish on October 19, 2009 at 5:45 PM

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