Palin: I’ll run for president if no one else “steps up”

posted at 7:46 pm on September 23, 2010 by Allahpundit

Skip ahead to 6:00 for the key bit, although if you do you’ll miss her swipe at Murkowski for having been “handed her job by her father” and at the media for failing to dig into the youthful background of “Barack Hussein Obama.” This is a straightforward statement of interest in the presidency — it doesn’t have to be me, it’s about solutions for the economy, national security, etc — but it’s interesting nonetheless in the question it raises about the primaries. Just how different will each candidate’s “solutions” be from everyone else’s when the GOP establishment now lives in mortal terror of tea partiers? Everyone in the field will be competing to pander to “true conservatives” on every issue; Romney is the notable exception, but RomneyCare sealed his fate on that so now he has to roll the dice on being the centrist-ish alternative. And even so, I can’t imagine any daylight between him and the rest of the field on otherwise contentious issues like immigration or abortion. The only place you’re likely to see slight disagreement is on social issues — not the economy or national security — but even there, Huckabee’s likely to be as Palin-y as Palin is, demanding a Federal Marriage Amendment, a Human Life Amendment, etc.

All of which is to say that the next primaries are likely to be decided on anything but the issues, which is both good and bad for Palin. If charisma and populism are key to galvanizing turnout among supporters, she’s golden. If qualifications and electability become key, well…

The undecideds are pretty ambivalent when it comes to their feelings about Barack Obama- 44% of them approve of him and 44% disapprove so he’s pretty much a wash. Narrow majorities of them do like some other major Democratic figures- 55/31 favorability for Hillary Clinton, 51/28 for Michelle Obama, 52/39 for Bill Clinton. It’s too bad for the party they can’t send Hillary out on the campaign trail but with the remaining undecideds the First Lady and the former President should be a positive influence.

None of those folks inspire nearly as strong of feelings with this fall’s swing voters as Sarah Palin though. A whooping 65% of them have an unfavorable opinion of her to only 17% who see her in a positive light. And it’s not as if that’s a function of the remaining undecideds strongly disliking Republicans across the board-only 41% have a negative opinion of Glenn Beck and Newt Gingrich and that falls to 33% for Mike Huckabee and just 25% for Mitt Romney.

Exit question: What do she and, say, Huckabee disagree on? Remember, in several primaries this year (most notably California and Iowa), he’s endorsed an even truer “true conservative” candidate than she has. And some tea partiers have noticed.



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Palin/West 2012.

powerpro on September 23, 2010 at 9:02 PM

We need someone with a lot of governing experience. She quit half way through and so she cannot run against Obama on experience.

texasconserv on September 23, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Palin served exactly 15 months less than Romney as a governor. Think about it.

howIroll on September 23, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Bolton was on RedEye a couple of nights ago and said he’s really considering a Presidential run. I think 2012 would be a great time for Palin to go “all in.” I don’t see Obama’s numbers getting any better over the next couple of years and if she’s running head to head with the tired Messiah, that’d be a fun fight.

Canadian Infidel on September 23, 2010 at 8:52 PM

I watched that and I forgot about it. Just one sentence out of a whole interview. I’d support him to go at it for Sec of State, b/c the rest of the countries at the so-called UN would reek of sulphur, hehehehe! It was great that the US and Britain walked out on Dinnerjacket; I expected Australia to do the same, bummer!

I want Bolton to go to Iran and spit some serious crap over there, badmouth all that Dinnerjacket is doing to the country, and a major callout to the nuc thing. Never gonna happen, unless the hundreds of thousands of good Iranians try another effort and take down that regime.

They are working things around in a different way. Understandably so, considering all the lives lost, especially Neda’s.

ProudPalinFan on September 23, 2010 at 9:03 PM

QUIT MENTIONING ROMNEY!!!

Gee what the heck has he done to get the high polls?

ProudPalinFan on September 23, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Just so I’m straight on this: the MSM, including supposedly Republican-leaning pundits such as Brooks, Noonan, Parker, and Buckley, attacked Sarah Palin relentlessly on the basis of her supposed lack of qualifications for the second spot on the GOP ticket, declaring, in essence, that Palin was somehow less qualified than Joe ‘Big Effin Deal’ Biden to be one heartbeat away from the presidency. Never in modern history has a national candidate been so preemptively vilified or denigrated, and it’s still going on.

As a result, this unfounded and illogical belief in Sarah Palin’s inadequacy for high office pervades the thinking of large swaths of the center-right and right-leaning independents. So how does she counter the incessant agitprop beating a drumbeat into the national consciousness?

Facebook isn’t big enough or serious enough. What Sarah Palin needs is the modern equivalent of a Lincoln-Douglas debate, a head-on clash on prime-time live television with one or more of her more vociferous detractors (and no, sorry, Andrew Sullivan is insane and thus unqualified). Ideally, her opponent would be a member of the Obama Administration known for his or her intellect and Ivy League bona fides. Failing that, a proxy would do, but only a heavy hitter, someone highly regarded who is closely identified with the President’s policies.

Surely there’s a number of prominent liberals who would love the opportunity to take on and take out Sarah Palin in a very public forum. Think of the bragging rights and prestige they would enjoy should Palin be demonstrably beaten.

Make no mistake, what I’m talking about here is a make-or-break scenario, all or nothing. It’s a cage match. If Palin has another Katie Couric moment, she’s done for. If, however, she wins and wins big, it would go a long way towards allaying concerns about her intellect, competence, and ability to take on even bigger challenges.

troyriser_gopftw on September 23, 2010 at 9:05 PM

The funniest part is that obama may not survive his own primary in 2012. She may have to run against Evan Bayh.

runner on September 23, 2010 at 8:58 PM

I am not convinced Obama will even run in 2012. He will not change, his numbers will not improve if he doesn’t, and he may just self destruct as his policies are shown to be pure folly and lies.

Heck the man can’t fill a gymnasium now and even his own party members are hiding under the bed when he comes to town.
I think 42% approval is a lie. Its probably more like 32%.
His party is payin the price for his lies and his redistributive policies!

dhunter on September 23, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Exit question: What do she and, say, Huckabee disagree on? Remember, in several primaries this year (most notably California and Iowa), he’s endorsed an even truer “true conservative” candidate than she has. And some tea partiers have noticed.

Taxes and the role of government. Crime and punishment. how many murderers did huck release early and how many did Palin? If Palin goes up against Huck she will make it a law and order campaign. Huck is on record for amnesty lite, early release of convicts etc. He raised taxes, increased spending at the state level. etc.

huck and Palin are worlds apart on many issues. In fact about the only issues Huck and Palin agree on is the social issues but even here they disagree on the best way to achieve them.

Huck wants to use the power of government. Palin wants to use the consitution.

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Arkansas does not forgive him for the taxes raised. That state is Clinton Country. My bro lives there; Arkansas is a very faith-based state, and the only thing that you forgot to add is their Christian beliefs.

ProudPalinFan on September 23, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Exit question: What do she and, say, Huckabee disagree on?

Huckabee is a nanny-stater. He like the idea of using the federal government to force people to quit smoking, eat right, live right, etc. He also isn’t for standing up to Iran; he wants to make nice with them.

Anon Y. Mous on September 23, 2010 at 9:11 PM

This guy doesn’t like Toomey, Palin, W., what exactly are you, bifidis?

Lanceman on September 23, 2010 at 8:14 PM

A smart, independent American.

bifidis on September 23, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Sorry, I liked Palin as the VP nominee. Loved her convention speech. But after she quit her job as Governor of Alaska, I just cannot vote for her in the primary in 2012.

We need someone with a lot of governing experience. She quit half way through and so she cannot run against Obama on experience.

Palin is a good fighter for the conservative cause, but not for POTUS in 2012.

texasconserv on September 23, 2010 at 8:08 PM

QUIT.THE.QUITTER.CRAP.ALREADY. If Texas’ budget was affected by complaints with no basis plus the personal finances of the governor, would you want him to continue to be pounded by others that don’t care about YOUR taxes nor the governor, as good as he is right now?

Aside from the illegal immigrant issue.

ProudPalinFan on September 23, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Why is HA, imo, losing it’s posting edge? There is a headline at Drudge that says Palin: Lies, Damned lies.

The headline leads to Gov. Palin’s FB page, kicking barack’s azz from here to next week and using the “L” word, up front and personal, to describe one of berri’s most constant practices. On the sixth month anniversary of the implementation, she’s writing about the abomination of lies AND THE PRESIDENTIAL LIAR who is obamacare.

Sarah Palin is a force of nature who “gets it” and obama can’t figure out why his “gun to a knife fight” doesn’t work with Sarah. Hint berri: Sarah Palin has pre-emptively nuked your silly self. Game over before it begins, soetoro.
America needs a warrior with, (as krauthammer hilariously declared belonged to obama) “a first class intellect.”

In Sarah Palin we have found this rare and unbeatable combination. She’s in it to win it and will take no prisoners and have no mercy for the culture of death, i.e. the Left.

Enjoy the excerpts below from today’s Palin FB post and read the whole thing to make your day.

“Remember when the president said in his address to Congress that “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions”? That turned out to be yet another one of those “You lie!” moments. We found out that Obamacare-mandated high risk insurance pools set up in states like Pennsylvania and New Mexico will fund abortions after all.”

“Next time he comes to us with another one of his harebrained proposals for a budget-busting federal power grab, let’s make sure we remember the president’s admission that he was lying all along when he told us his health care plan was going to cut costs. He is increasing costs. He admits it now. Period.”

tigerlily on September 23, 2010 at 9:15 PM

You can get the hammer if you threaten violence to another commenter re: TRC vs Bishop. Also known as the time the Pee Wee Herman asked Chuck Norris to “step outside”.

Fun times.

Lily on September 23, 2010 at 8:40 PM

There was one particularly charming fellow who didn’t use an epithet, but I think he called the Boss emeritus a racist, and may have said it in a way that had “race traitor” implications. AP gave him the axe.

RINO in Name Only on September 23, 2010 at 9:15 PM

A smart, independent American.

bifidis on September 23, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Most smart people aren’t stupid enough to call themselves smart.

RINO in Name Only on September 23, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Exit question: What do she and, say, Huckabee disagree on? Remember, in several primaries this year (most notably California and Iowa), he’s endorsed an even truer “true conservative” candidate than she has. And some tea partiers have noticed.

In IA Huck endorsed the Evangelical for Governor over a very popular former multiple term governor. The guy he endorsed is almost exclusively about gay marriage and abortion and tried to hijack our local Tea Party first major gathering we had.
I beleieve as someone said above that these are not Sarahs’ top issues. She believes in States Rights and if the Fed can be reigned in and States Rights reasserted these issues will take care of themselves. They are not of the federal purview and are not a winning issue when promoted as such.

Those rights not specifically granted to the federal Govt are reserved to the States and the social issues are better left to the States. It enhances freedom to do so.

dhunter on September 23, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Meghyn Kelly, Press Secretary. ‘Nuff said.

ProudPalinFan on September 23, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Huckabee is a nanny-stater. He like the idea of using the federal government to force people to quit smoking

Anon Y. Mous on September 23, 2010 at 9:11 PM

You’ve just used a sentence of mine almost verbatim.

Lanceman on September 23, 2010 at 9:24 PM

A smart, independent American.

bifidis on September 23, 2010 at 9:14 PM

I can vouch for this guy, he is as smart as he is independent, and approximately as American.

Really sooper dooper stuff here.

Inanemergencydial on September 23, 2010 at 9:27 PM

tigerlily on September 23, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Her FB post was talked up quite a bit this morning in the headlines.

John the Libertarian on September 23, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Arkansas . . . is Clinton Country. My bro lives there; Arkansas is a very faith-based state, and the only thing that you forgot to add is their Christian beliefs.

ProudPalinFan on September 23, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Then how come they support a godless hedonist like Clinton?

Yephora on September 23, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Then how come they support a godless hedonist like Clinton?

Yephora on September 23, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Being from Arkansas, I can attest that we ain’t all that bright.
Anninacan is an Arkansan, if that tells you anything.

Lanceman on September 23, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Sarah Palin didn’t try to make schoolchildren in AK go on her diet plan like Schmuckabee did in AR.

Palin didn’t ask for surtaxes on taxes to pay for swelling government as she didn’t back larger government, unlike Schmuuckabee in AR.

Schmuckabee talks holier-than-thou and thinks everyone is entitled to live the way he wants you to, and wants to charge you for it. Sarah Palin wants you to lead a good life, keep what you earn and build a better society with your fellow Americans.

One became a talkshow host and garners thousands.

The other posts on Facebook and shifts the political landscape little by little, and often in leaps and bounds.

One has country music singers on his show.

The other gets invited to address a rally of 500,000 as a mother of son who serves in the military.

They apparently have different outlooks on the role of government, and it shows by where they are nearly two years after the last election cycle. One of them matters. The other, not so much.

ajacksonian on September 23, 2010 at 9:34 PM

If service is so important to her, someone remind me – why did Palin quit on the people of Alaska mid-term?

Extra Special Prosecutor on September 23, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Extra Special Prosecutor on September 23, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Canadian pipeline contract.

Murkowski combine being dismantled.

Multiple harassment charges via the obtuse ethics system in AK that would have distracted from her job and made her less effective as a Governor, so she stepped aside to let someone who could be effective step in.

That is not quitting, that is getting room to maneuver against your enemies.

Worked too.

ajacksonian on September 23, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Then how come they support a godless hedonist like Clinton?

Yephora on September 23, 2010 at 9:31 PM

I have to get back at ya with that one, I need to speak to him about it. That’s all I was told about Clinton. Looks like the turned their eyes away when scandals came out, or like my MIL says, it was “a marriage of convenience”, FWIW. She’s a Dem; that’s what she said. I loved Socks, tho. My mousepad is him at the press pool podium. Looks way better than Gibbs.

ProudPalinFan on September 23, 2010 at 9:43 PM

John the Libertarian on September 23, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Thanks for the info John. I think, though, that her FB post today was so strong, so courageous and such a bullseye, that it deserves it’s own headline with photo.

Come on folks. She called obama a LIAR twice, using the word, in her post. Romney, Huck, Newt, Paw Paw, etc., are afraid to even directly address obama or his policies, let alone nail him to the wall like a caribou hide!

Maybe we’re all getting a little spoiled and taking for granted the awesomeness that Sarah Palin delivers every time, without fail.

Palin 2012.

tigerlily on September 23, 2010 at 9:50 PM

The woman’s a slogan machine. The mere fact that someone is unfairly attacked by the left shouldn’t qualify him/her as the next great conservative hope.

IU_Conservative on September 23, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Yep pretty sure HA has proven today why she posts directly to us through Facebook…but hey, there are only 15,000 people who have read it now, it’s not like she has much of an audience…

das411 on September 23, 2010 at 9:53 PM

If Sarah runs, she will have a plan to take Huck out in Iowa. You Betcha.

huckleberryfriend on September 23, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Huckabee turns my stomach.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Looks way better than Gibbs.

ProudPalinFan on September 23, 2010 at 9:43 PM

And a whole lot smarter.

Lanceman on September 23, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Translation:

I’ll run if the other clowns can’t get their S#!t together and stop acting like wannabe-oligarchs.

Chrisin206 on September 23, 2010 at 10:10 PM

If Huckleberry starts losin weight he is probably runnin. he is lookin like Al Gore, puffin up good.

I can’t forgive him for hangin around siphoning votes fro Mitt last time when I thought Mitt was the best shot we had at the False Messiah. Huck played wingman for McCain and we all know what that got us.

Mits done now though. He is damaged goods because of Romneycare and is relegated to announcing support for candidates the day after they win.

dhunter on September 23, 2010 at 10:13 PM

We need someone with a lot of governing experience. She quit half way through and so she cannot run against Obama on experience.
texasconserv on September 23, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Palin served exactly 15 months less than Romney as a governor. Think about it.
howIroll on September 23, 2010 at 9:03 PM

See? That means Sarah Palin didn’t have EXPERIENCE at implementing a Socialized Medicine program.

So she is obviously not qualified to run against Obama.

logis on September 23, 2010 at 10:23 PM

What’s with the Huckabee comparison? Huckabee is a big-spending, social-issues “compassionate” conservative. Palin is a limited-government libertarian-ish candidate. They couldn’t be farther apart.

Unless Allahpundit, like other liberals, thinks that because she didn’t have an abortion, she’s some kind of pro-life crusader who celebrates the 4th of July by burning heretics.

joe_doufu on September 23, 2010 at 10:28 PM

texasconserv on September 23, 2010 at 8:08 PM

…SO SHE CANNOT RUN AGAINST OBAMA ON EXPERIENCE

Then she can run against Obama on the premise that she can return America from the brink of destruction and get the American economy out of the abyss it is in now and restore American to its previous greatness.

technopeasant on September 23, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Mitch Daniels.

By 2012 the electorate will be really tied of charisma. They’ll want someone steady and unassuming, who has a track record of executive competence and good management. And if they don’t, they should.

YehuditTX on September 23, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Mitch Daniels.

By 2012 the electorate will be really tied of charisma. They’ll want someone steady and unassuming, who has a track record of executive competence and good management. And if they don’t, they should.

YehuditTX on September 23, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Mitch “Truce” Daniels? LOL, Good luck with that.

Not only do I find this character about as unappealing as Huckabee (whom I hate); he is about as far removed from the ideal candidate of the Tea Party crowd as you can possible get. Ivy League establishment, former federal government bureaucrat, and pumped on a regular basis by DC Insider RINO pundits.

Sorry, but I’d vote for near anyone else in the GOP before I’d vote for Daniels.

Norwegian on September 23, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Exit question: What do she and, say, Huckabee disagree on?

Thinking about this some more, this is like asking for the differences between Reagan and Carter. Wouldn’t it be more efficient to ask what they have in common rather than how they differ?

Anon Y. Mous on September 23, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Exit question: What do she and, say, Huckabee disagree on?

Just off the top of my head, I’d say clemency for killers, just for a start…

This time, when Huck runs, he’s got the blood of the victims of his clemencies on his hands.

Willie Hortons work well with the center, it’ll destroy a candidate in GOP primaries.

SuperCool on September 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Exit question: What do she and, say, Huckabee disagree on?

Thinking about this some more, this is like asking for the differences between Reagan and Carter. Wouldn’t it be more efficient to ask what they have in common rather than how they differ?

Anon Y. Mous on September 23, 2010 at 11:49 PM

It’s like Fred Thompson said: “Huckabee is against abortion, and that’s great. But what ELSE is he conservative about?”

That’s the only similarity I see. But I still don’t think that’s the relevant question.

What I want to know is, if AP can’t see any difference between Palin and Huckabee, does he distinguish between ANY Republicans? Or do we all look alike to him?

logis on September 24, 2010 at 12:24 AM

What I want to know is, if AP can’t see any difference between Palin and Huckabee, does he distinguish between ANY Republicans? Or do we all look alike to him?

logis on September 24, 2010 at 12:24 AM

It might be Christian social conservatives he lumps in all together.

I do not like Huckabee. He strikes me as too smarmy. And what I know about his policies when he was in office are enough to sour me on him.

Sarah, I think, is still waiting for that “still, small voice” to clue her on to her next step after the November 2010 elections. Yeah, it looks like she’s setting things up for a run–but should she get the message from “on high” that she’s better off on the sidelines, that’s where she’ll stay. And lest anyone thinks this, Sarah is not one of those types that say “God told me” to do this or that (like some Koran-burning preacher out there). She’s more the type to go by whether opportunities present themselves. If she sees that the field is bereft of those running with policies that she thinks should be concentrated on, if her family is fine with her going through the stress of a run, and if she feels she does have enough support, she’ll run, and she’ll see it as the Lord’s leading. Otherwise, she won’t run.

theotherone on September 24, 2010 at 12:48 AM

troyriser_gopftw on September 23, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Or. . . she could just run for president and debate the vaunted paragon of intellect, Mittens Romney, in the primaries, along with the rest of them and either win the nomination or not. And if she does win it, then she gets to debate Barry not once, but twice and possibly three times, in the general election debates. Surely that would be enough to allay fears that she is some half-witted chillbilly, no? If it’s not, then I guess she just won’t win. But what she absolutely does not need to do is organize some sort of forum in which she can “prove herself” to the pillow-biting moderates in the party. The train is leaving the station come spring 2012. Palin might be driving it or she might not. But it will be up to the moderates to get on board or get out of the way. We’ve tried it their way and it doesn’t work. This time, the base will be calling the shots, and there’s an excellent possibility the base will pick Palin.

NoLeftTurn on September 24, 2010 at 12:54 AM

What I want to know is, if AP can’t see any difference between Palin and Huckabee, does he distinguish between ANY Republicans? Or do we all look alike to him?

logis on September 24, 2010 at 12:24 AM

I’ve wondered about that before. This incessant need to lump Palin and Huck together is really frustrating. They are not close in philosophy. Both are Christians, pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, ect. but they differ greatly in their approaches to these issues, and government in general.

Huckabee has straight out picked a fight with the libertarian wing of the conservative movement a few times since 2008. Palin can bring the lib-cons and social cons together, along with the less GOP connected Tea Party people. Huck is not a Tea Party guy. Despite what some polls have shown, I think Huck is the one who has the narrow appeal within the GOP base. Palin has expanded her reach beyond the so-con right into the libertarians and Tea Party people. She has built a base of support far wider than Huck has ever had, even at his peak in 2008.
Hers keeps growing stronger, and I think enthusiasm for Huck has seriously faded, especially in the last year.
Same for Romney, and I’m not sure T-Paw will ever catch fire.

I am going to have a lot of fun saying I told ya so next year when Sarah Palin shocks the world.

Bring it on.

Brian1972 on September 24, 2010 at 1:00 AM

Then how come they support a godless hedonist like Clinton?

Yephora on September 23, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Well I wasn’t here then but as I understand it, Clinton governed a lot further to the right in those days b/c it was necessary here. Most Dems here are pretty conservative. This is probably the last Southern state in which the GOP has made any kind of inroads, and even at that, it hasn’t been much. The Dems still run things here, and the GOP has been pretty anemic. But that is changing now, esp. as those in the Dem leadership start carrying water for the true leftists in the party.

Also, for all of this state’s reputation for being very Church-oriented — and it is — it’s also probably the most libertarian place I’ve ever lived. Of course that isn’t saying much coming from someone who always lived on one of the coasts or in a big city before now. But still, I find that people are very much not interested in what other people do in their private lives here. They probably think you’re going to hell for your wicked ways but they’re not likely to try to change you for it. I kinda like that. ;)

And you can’t discount the charm factor with Clinton. I can relay an anecdote to that effect. A friend of mine met Clinton when he was running for governor a second time. He came to a football game at their high school to gladhand some of the people there. My friend was and is pretty cynical and with little patience for B.S. Yet when Clinton introduced himself to her and a friend she was like, “Gah….” He totally charmed her. I don’t know if she voted for him then or ever, but I do know she is fond of him. He does have a way of connecting with people on a personal level and that’s a pretty powerful thing in politics. He’s an exceptional retail politician even if he is a dirtbag. ;)

NoLeftTurn on September 24, 2010 at 1:05 AM

I am also curious as to why AP did not think that Facebook beatdown today did not merit even a mention or link in this post, much less the full post it deserved. That crap PPP poll sure as hell made the cut though, didn’t it?

I think Ed was the one who posted on the Rasmussen survey that completely contradicts PPP. I suppose we will have to wait until the morning for Ed to post his take on the solid health care policy statement and refudiation of Obama.

I have been inclined to give AP the benefit of the doubt on the anti-Palin questions others have, but it sure looks like Sarah success is not something he is too anxious to discuss. Something negative, or tabloidish from the likes of TMZ and he’s all over it in a New York minute (pun intended).

Brian1972 on September 24, 2010 at 1:09 AM

He does have a way of connecting with people on a personal level and that’s a pretty powerful thing in politics. He’s an exceptional retail politician even if he is a dirtbag. ;)

NoLeftTurn on September 24, 2010 at 1:05 AM

You are right about that.

Minus the dirtbag part, it reminds me of someone else.

Brian1972 on September 24, 2010 at 1:12 AM

What I want to know is, if AP can’t see any difference between Palin and Huckabee, does he distinguish between ANY Republicans? Or do we all look alike to him?
logis on September 24, 2010 at 12:24 AM

It might be Christian social conservatives he lumps in all together.
theotherone on September 24, 2010 at 12:48 AM

So all he sees is one huge homogeneous blur of Bible-thumpers?

Dude, that explains SO much.

logis on September 24, 2010 at 1:17 AM

Exit question: What do she and, say, Huckabee disagree on?

Just shows the prejudice of the questioner… all AP was looking at was that they both profess Christianity, so voila, they’ve got to be the same. (Archie Bunker would be proud, AP.) It’s the ol’ outside observer looking in and not seeing any difference (as Archie once said so convincedly, “They’re all alike.”)

Well, no AP, on so many counts.

dtestard on September 24, 2010 at 4:45 AM

I wish Huckabee would get real and accept that he cannot win even if he runs. He’ll get a narrow number of votes from a narrow population sub-set and that will be that. And..as I recall(please correct me if I’m wrong)he was a big spender as governor. He’s just a wrong, wrong choice for President…but that’s not how he sees himself I guess.

jeanie on September 24, 2010 at 9:23 AM

I support repeal of Obamacare. That’s why I support Mitt Romneycare. No one understands socialized medicine like he does.

Typical HA Rombot

james23 on September 24, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Poor old MA is struggling with RomneyCare. Gonna break the bank if something isn’t done. I liked Romney in the last election. Since watching MA and it’s problems, I’ve changed my mind.

jeanie on September 24, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Huck quit the pulpit. Sarah didn’t exactly leave the state in the lurch. Her guy became the gov and she, being a lightning rod for frivolous ethics complaints that she had to financially foot the bill to fight, found it was better to resign and change up her game plan. You will not get the whole truth from the msm. Read her book and then read one from Zero.

Kissmygrits on September 24, 2010 at 9:44 AM

By 2012 the electorate will be really tied of charisma. They’ll want someone steady and unassuming, who has a track record of executive competence and good management. And if they don’t, they should.

YehuditTX on September 23, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Nope … by 2012 people will really tired of people with no balls who are afraid to tell Americans the truth, or do what has to be done. The presidency is a leadership position.

darwin on September 24, 2010 at 10:00 AM

One big difference between Huckabee and Palin is Huckabee thinks the earth is 6000 years old and his grandpa rode around on a dinosaur. Sarah Palin is not a young-earth creationist. Read her book.

Allahs vulva on September 24, 2010 at 11:19 AM

I like the way the polls read

it reads that SP is distanced from the others who I can’t stand

all the others will talk big but if elected will slow to a grind and avoid what we want

not for one minute will SP be diverted from what the people want

her whole persona has been moving against the current misguided convention

she has vast experience in being the antethesis to the “man”.

Sonosam on September 24, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Well, thankfully I’m sure there will be others who will step up to run so I guess she won’t have to worry about that.

keepinitreal on September 24, 2010 at 11:30 AM

I told my girlfriend that I wouldn’t vote for McCain if I had a gun pointed at my head. I didn’t. I voted for Palin, and I’d do it again.
She voted for Obama, and has since apologized. (It was the only way I’d stop laughing.)
Sarah is still being vilified to this day. From the instant she was announced, the MSM were on her like a pack of hyenas.
If Zero is smart, he won’t even try in 2012.

docjohn52 on September 24, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Those numbers for Hillary scare me a little bit because it must include some Republicans to be that high. Are people that oblivious to what the Clintons did in the past? The rampant corruption that follows those two pricks wherever they go?

If Hillary does decide to run and whacks Obama in the primaries.. we could be in for 4 more years of socialist hell. It is looking mighty likely at the junction.

tflst5 on September 24, 2010 at 12:58 PM

The undecideds are pretty ambivalent when it comes to their feelings about Barack Obama- 44% of them approve of him and 44% disapprove so he’s pretty much a wash. Narrow majorities of them do like some other major Democratic figures- 55/31 favorability for Hillary Clinton, 51/28 for Michelle Obama, 52/39 for Bill Clinton. It’s too bad for the party they can’t send Hillary out on the campaign trail but with the remaining undecideds the First Lady and the former President should be a positive influence.
None of those folks inspire nearly as strong of feelings with this fall’s swing voters as Sarah Palin though. A whooping 65% of them have an unfavorable opinion of her to only 17% who see her in a positive light. And it’s not as if that’s a function of the remaining undecideds strongly disliking Republicans across the board-only 41% have a negative opinion of Glenn Beck and Newt Gingrich and that falls to 33% for Mike Huckabee and just 25% for Mitt Romney.

Who are these undecided voters? Undecided about WHAT? For which party or which candidate they will vote for Governor, for the House, for the Senate? In what state or House district do they live? What kind of people like Hillary Clinton, are ambivalent about Obama, and hate Sarah Palin? Maybe these people are DEMOCRATS who wish Hillary were President, who voted for her in the 2008 primaries, so she wouldn’t take the party down like Obama did?

Sarah Palin may or may not be electable in 2012, but WHAT DOES THAT MATTER before the 2010 midterms? She is doing her best to get conservative candidates elected to the House and Senate, while not running for anything herself. She may be a better kingmaker than a “queen”. Let’s see how well the candidates she endorsed do in general elections.

As for 2012, a lot depends on what Obama does, especially if Republicans take the House but not the Senate. If Obama “pivots” to the center as Bill Clinton did in 1995, Obama might be unbeatable, and Sarah Palin might be seen as “too extreme”, although Republicans would probably take back the Senate in 2012, and Obama would have a tough time getting a SCOTUS appointee confirmed. If Obama digs in his heels as a “knee-jerk liberal” and vetoes everything coming out of the House (which seems more likely IMHO), voters would see Obama as the stumbling block to positive change, and could be beaten by any of several Republicans, including Palin.

Another thing to watch–Republicans are poised to take over several Governorships in 2010, including populous states like PA, OH, MI, IL, and WI, they may hang on to CA and FL, and they already have TX, VA, and NJ. Most successful Presidents are former Governors (not Senators, as were Obama and McCain), and the next GOP Presidential nominee may emerge from their ranks (Jindal, Christie, Daniels, Jeb Bush, or maybe one of the new Governors).

Palin, Huckabee, and Romney are also former Governors, but do we want to rerun the 2008 election, or run 2012 with a new face with new ideas and more RECENT experience at governing? A big-state Governor running for President could carry his state’s electoral votes, and inspire confidence among urban voters in neighboring states, where Republicans usually run poorly.

Let’s face it–in September 2006, who would have thought that freshman Senator Barack Obama would have even been a CANDIDATE for President, much less President? Right now, the next Republican President may not even know him/herself whether he/she is running in 2012…

Steve Z on September 24, 2010 at 1:55 PM

President? No thanks. Maybe ambassador to Russia…

elfman on September 24, 2010 at 2:55 PM

If Hillary does decide to run and whacks Obama in the primaries.. we could be in for 4 more years of socialist hell. It is looking mighty likely at the junction.

tflst5 on September 24, 2010 at 12:58 PM

My guess is that it won’t even be necessary for a primary.

My prediction for what will happen: Sometime post-tsunami, Biden will announce that he is resigning the VP due to personal/medical/family reasons. Obama will nominate Hillary to the VP position, and after much wailing and gnashing of teeth, she will be confirmed as VP.

Prior to the primary season, Obama will announce that he does not intend to run for re-election, and instead will support his VP, Hillary, for the Dem candidacy. She will tout both her Sec of State and VP experience as key factors which make her an ideal choice.

Not to be outdone, the Pubs will rally behind Palin, if only to neutralize the “historic first” aspect of a female president. Palin versus Hillary will guarantee that the next president will be female, taking that issue off the table.

And carnage will ensue during the 2012 general election campaign.

VekTor on September 24, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Palin/Palladino 2012!

Slogan “Nightsticks and baseball bats!”

dforston on September 24, 2010 at 4:56 PM

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