PPP poll: Palin leads Alaska Republican Senate primary by 10 points

posted at 1:01 pm on July 30, 2013 by Allahpundit

Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here.

Her nomination for the taking?

Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller. Palin leads mostly based on her strength with ‘very conservative’ voters where she gets 43% to 20% for Treadwell, but she also leads him 28/25 with moderates.

The problem for Republicans with a Palin candidacy is that even though she is in good standing with the party base, voters overall don’t like her at all. She has a 39/58 favorability rating, including 33/64 with key independent voters. There’s a lot of division about how strong her ties to the state even are anymore- only 47% of voters consider her to still be an Alaskan while 46% don’t, and 37% of voters in the state think it would be more appropriate for her to run for the Senate from Arizona to 41% who say Alaska.

It all adds up to a 52/40 lead for Begich in a hypothetical match up with Palin. He leads by 21 points with independents, 56/35, and takes 20% of the Republican vote. It’s a slight improvement for Palin from February when we found her trailing Begich 54/38, but she’s very much in a hole.

Assuming half of Miller’s supporters would break for her if he dropped out, she’s above 40 percent without having run a single ad yet. The split among Alaska GOP primary voters:

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She leads in four of five GOP ideological segments — including “very liberal” Republicans, where the equally conservative Joe Miller is second. That’s partly a function of name recognition, I assume, since she and Miller are the two most recognizable Republicans in the race. Huge advantage for her in a primary. As for the general:

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The Democratic CW is that they’d love, love, love to run against Palin because their base hates her and would be sure to pony up for Begich and because independents remain leery of her. Those indie numbers are tough, but if she could shrink the 20 percent of Republicans who prefer him to her, she’d have a chance. That’s not unthinkable in a state as red as Alaska, especially since she’ll have plenty of ad money flowing in from her loyal supporters and some big-name endorsements from the national GOP. McCain owes her a favor after she campaigned for him in 2010; Ted Cruz would doubtless show up for her too, as might Rand Paul. Having her run would be good for the party’s chances to take back the Senate next year too, since lots of Democratic dough that might go to other vulnerable Dem incumbents will be sent north to try to help Begich stop Palin.

Look at it this way: What better chance will she have to reclaim political office than to take him on now? The only obvious alternative is to bide her time and then run as McCain’s replacement in Arizona once he retires. But who knows how long that’ll be, and how risky it’ll be for a staunch conservative by the time he quits given Arizona’s changing demographics. Even if her numbers in Alaska aren’t what they once were, there’s obviously still some goodwill there; her favorables among Republicans, at least, are 65/30. Her supporters are eager for her to run for something again. Why not now?


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Besides, do you really want somebody as POTUS that names her kids Bristol, Trig, Track, Willow and Piper?

Dr. Frank Enstine on July 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

I actually don’t mind these names and they would not keep me from voting for her if she ran.

Burke on July 30, 2013 at 4:17 PM

So you favor names like Willard and Jeb…LOL

idesign on July 30, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Just to be finicky, “Jeb” Bush’s real name is “John Ellis Bush.”

PersonFromPorlock on July 30, 2013 at 4:20 PM

The progressives sure would love it if she ran. Maybe if she lost Alaska people would stop considering her as a national candidate.

Either way..there will be a lot of noise from the left and fundamentalist right

phadedjaded on July 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM

There’s no way Palin wants to deal with the hard work and low status that comes with getting elected and serving as a freshman Senator. She’s riding the gravy rain and she’s not looming to get off.

urban elitist on July 30, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Palin is a star among stars.

What a star she’d be in the Senate.

Paul-Cincy on July 30, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Apparently the criticism of her here is that she’s not going to run, and the only possible reason for it is that she has bad motivations and wants to trick her fans or other unspecified people into giving her oodles and oodles of money.

Why people prefer to entertain themselves with cartoons, I have no idea. But it doesn’t resemble reality in the slightest.

alwaysfiredup on July 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

There’s no way Palin wants to deal with the hard work and low status that comes with getting elected and serving as a freshman Senator. She’s riding the gravy rain and she’s not looming (sic) to get off.

urban elitist on July 30, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Yeah, you’re right. The “hard work” of casting votes, and making soundbites. She needs to go back to a 16 hour work day, 7 days a week, raising kids, including a special needs kid, negotiating Alaska, learning enough on her own to promote, endorse, and get elected any number of candidates, giving speeches around the country, continuing to be *the* conservative opinion leader.

She’d thrive as a freshman Senator, in her sleep. If she decided to take it seriously, she’d be the star of the Senate.

Paul-Cincy on July 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM

So much concern on this thread.

kingsjester on July 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Apparently the criticism of her here is that she’s not going to run, and the only possible reason for it is that she has bad motivations and wants to trick her fans or other unspecified people into giving her oodles and oodles of money.

Why people prefer to entertain themselves with cartoons, I have no idea. But it doesn’t resemble reality in the slightest.

alwaysfiredup on July 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

what is that old saying? Fool me once…

JR on July 30, 2013 at 4:46 PM

If she runs and loses, then the lefties and the LSM (but I repeat myself) will all scream her career is over. She knows all of the above.

She’s too smart to run for that Senate seat.

Stu Gotts on July 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

I don’t mean to pick on you personally, but I admit I’m a bit confused. I *think* from your posts you’re a Palin fan, if not, forgive me. Throughout the 2012 election cycle, many Palinistas contended that she was the answer to the GOP’s problems, either at the top or bottom of the ticket.

Now I’m seeing this line implying that it’s no sure thing that she’d even win a Senate seat in her own deeply conservative home state. I’m sorry, but I think winning a Senate seat in Alaska as a Republican would be several magnitudes easier than winning a presidential election.

(fyi: while I don’t care for Palin, I would absolutely be cheering for her if she ran and cleared the GOP primary).

LukeinNE on July 30, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Senators who care to be re-elected and have influence actually do work long days and six or seven days a am week. The special needs kid will still be there (the other kids are mostly out if the house, but it doesn’t appear they were heavily supervised when they weren’t), negotiating Alaska was tough enough that she quit, and being a media star is fun, ego satisfying and easy lifting (as you implied yourself).

Besides, there would be a pay cut. And with the exception of Rubio’s unique foray into immigration, freshmen are not stars.

urban elitist on July 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Why shouldn’t Joe Miller run again? He already won the GOP primary and only lost in the general election because of establishment favorite Lisa Murkowski.

JR on July 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM

And with the exception of Rubio’s unique foray into immigration, freshmen are not stars.

urban elitist on July 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

CRUZ!

idesign on July 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

One thing about Palin, she is correct 99.7% of the time..:)

idesign on July 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Howard Dean: “The IPAB is essentially a health-care rationing body” http://t.co/og8htf16jR DEATH PANEL!!

Palin right again..:)

idesign on July 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM

This gave Alaskans the impression that she was abandoning her state for her own ambitions, which didn’t lead anywhere since she has never run for any elective office since.

Seeing that she didn’t run for elective office after quitting the governorship, an intelligent person might conclude that in fact she wasn’t abandoning the state for her own ambitions.

Complicated, I know.

Missy on July 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Oh, yum. Another Palin thread…
600+ or bust

OmahaConservative on July 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

It used to be 2,000 comments or bust.

The gop could have gotten rid of her years ago if they had ANYONE calling out Obama for the crap he’s pulled the last few years. But, that would be wishful thinking……sigh.

PappyD61 on July 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Palin threads just aren’t generating the hits they used to…

OmahaConservative on July 30, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Palin threads just aren’t generating the hits they used to…

OmahaConservative on July 30, 2013 at 5:18 PM

You’re just on the wrong web site..:)

idesign on July 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM

urban elitist on July 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I sense you’re starting to use your mind to look at issues dispassionately. See, change is possible, even in adults. Good for you. I’m rooting for you. It’s fun, isn’t it? To be interested in ideas, rather than just grinding an ax of preconceptions?

Paul-Cincy on July 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Palin threads just aren’t generating the hits they used to…

OmahaConservative on July 30, 2013 at 5:18 PM

You’re just on the wrong web site..:)

idesign on July 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM

I was talking for AllahPundit’s tastes, here at HA…

OmahaConservative on July 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Another PPP poll. The Democrats love the business I am sure.

I do not know if Palin can make a comeback. Last I heard she was not all that popular in Alaska. Of course this is a primary so maybe there are enough politically suicidal conservatives in that state to make it happen.

Joe Miller did not do too well with her help. I have to wonder if she can pull it off.

Terrye on July 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Joe Miller did not do too well with her help. I have to wonder if she can pull it off.

Terrye on July 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Miller didn’t use Palin’s help. As I recall, Miller listened to Huckabee and some other DC squishes.

idesign on July 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Senator Sarah Palin will be a welcome voice for Constitutional sanity in the currently out-of-control creeping-socialist government.

May she win the biggest landslide in Yukon history.

profitsbeard on July 30, 2013 at 6:51 PM

LukeinNE on July 30, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Well, I’d vote for her, if that’s what you mean, but I wouldn’t call myself a “fan.”

You missed my point. She never said she wanted to run for Senate, in Alaska or anywhere else. Stories like this are a prime example of how some use the media and certain polling firms to push an agenda. This is an attempt to undermine whoever runs against Begich, be it Palin or anyone else, and to further undermine her credibility and integrity. These articles are click bait for HA and fap material for PDSers, nothing more.

Gov. Palin won’t run for that Senate seat. She never said she would, gave a “maybe” type non-answer when asked if she would run, so any and all of these “will she or won’t she” stories are lame.

Stu Gotts on July 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM

May she win the biggest landslide in Yukon history.

profitsbeard on July 30, 2013 at 6:51 PM

I’ll second that.

dogsoldier on July 30, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Joe Miller did not do too well with her help. I have to wonder if she can pull it off.

Terrye on July 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Miller didn’t use Palin’s help. As I recall, Miller listened to Huckabee and some other DC squishes.

idesign on July 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Palin helped Miller win the primary then for some reason after his incredible primary win Miller listened to his Huckabee leaning staff and “distanced” (i.e stabbed Palin in the back) himself from Palin. Why he decided that wa sa good thing to do I have no idea but it opened up a space for Mocowski (I meant to do that) and Miller went downhill from there. And the very end of the race Miller finally saw the hand writing on the wall and reached out to Palin for help. Too little too late. He lost a close one to Mocowski. Huckabee is an idiot.

unseen on July 30, 2013 at 7:11 PM

The biggest downside I see for a Palin run is there will be no national leader in 2014 firing up conservatives to get to the polls. Palin running in 2014 in AK means that 2010 will not happen again. Which to me tells me why the Roves and GOPe have been pushing Palin to run in AK.

unseen on July 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM

LOL… She accomplished everything she wanted to do? Great may be we should ask all our elected official to resign from their office once they accomplish everything they wanted to do… You Palin supporters and many of you Palin cultists cannot get over the simple idea that she just quit because governing is too tough and she quit to make tons of money… But again cultists are called cultists for a reason and that is they have no REASON…

mnjg on July 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM

GFY stooge. I don’t care if she runs. I don’t think she will. But one thing I can tell you, you are stronger in your hate than any of the “cultists” are in their love for her.

gryphon202 on July 30, 2013 at 7:25 PM

LOL… She accomplished everything she wanted to do? Great may be we should ask all our elected official to resign from their office once they accomplish everything they wanted to do…
mnjg on July 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM

the country would be much better off.

unseen on July 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Palin helped Miller win the primary then for some reason after his incredible primary win Miller listened to his Huckabee leaning staff and “distanced” (i.e stabbed Palin in the back) himself from Palin. Why he decided that wa sa good thing to do I have no idea but it opened up a space for Mocowski (I meant to do that) and Miller went downhill from there. And the very end of the race Miller finally saw the hand writing on the wall and reached out to Palin for help. Too little too late. He lost a close one to Mocowski. Huckabee is an idiot.
unseen on July 30, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Always an excuse with you Palin worshipers.

Palin is always the victim. Someone else is always thwarting her efforts, stabbing her in the back. It’s never her fault, according to you Palin cultists.

You blame Perry for her not running for President. Why? You say he stabbed her in the back. You blame Mitt (of all people!) for her post-2008 unpopularity among Republicans because, you claim, his people badmouthed her. You blame the unnamed GOP establishment boogiemen for keep her down, even though none of you ever offer any specifics.

You never, ever say that Sarah Palin ought to accept responsibility for her own deficiencies and bad judgments.

Her weak performance on the campaign trail, apparent lack of preparedness, her efforts to foster division among conservatives during the 2012 campaign season for her ken benefit, and her ridiculous “will she or won’t she” tease act leading up to her announcement not to run for president, and of course her resignation from office (before completing a single term as governor) all factor into why people don’t exactly take this woman seriously.

Yes, the media trashed her, but they do that to every Republican.

Sarah Palin should run now and show us what she’s got. I’d like to see her run and win. But I doubt she will.

She should fish or cut bait. Run now or quit with the tease act in the future. If she can’t even win in Alaska, then she shouldn’t be taken seriously at all anywhere else.

bluegill on July 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

20% of republicans would rather vote for a Obama liberal dem then a conservative? how’s that Coons vote working out for you?

Anyone still need to understand why we lost in 2012. You can blame the low information voter all you want but when 20% of your party leans more towards the Marxist voting senator because of “style” or “appearances” there is a problem with your party.

unseen on July 30, 2013 at 7:55 PM

bluegill on July 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

facts are facts. Palin’s endorsement won Miller the primary. Miller’s actions after that win cost him the senate. your palin-hate blinds you to things like facts.

Can you use goggle or do you need finding the information?

unseen on July 30, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Unseen, what responsibility does Palin bear for the fact that 20% of Alaska Republicans would vote against her in the general?

It all adds up to a 52/40 lead for Begich in a hypothetical match up with Palin. He leads by 21 points with independents, 56/35, and takes 20% of the Republican vote. It’s a slight improvement for Palin from February when we found her trailing Begich 54/38, but she’s very much in a hole.

In your world, unseen, is Palin ever to blame for anything?

You make it seem as though Palin is the unluckiest person in the world; everyone whom she interacts with ends up stabbing her in the back, according to you. The poor thing.

Even the biggest former Palin defender of all, John Ziegler, had it with her:
http://johnziegler.com/editorials_details.asp?editorial=210

But I’m sure you’ll also trash him, since he no longer worships the ground Queen Sarah walks on, as you do.

bluegill on July 30, 2013 at 8:12 PM

“2014 is just around the corner,” former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said in a SarahPAC fund-raising letter sent by postal mail to small, mid-range, and high-roller donors. Her message focused on the amnesty bill, why it is fundamentally unfair to American citizens and legal immigrants, and how it will add to our federal debts and deficits.

The amnesty bill is a 24-lb. monster. It is “toothless on border security.” The Thune amendment requiring the completion of a border fence had been nixed. The Corker-Hoeven amendment which supplants it is only “empty promises…of border security…eh, well someday.” Gov. Palin said pass-through grants could have been given to border states for them to construct the fence. Also, federal lands on the border could have been privatized, giving the private owners incentive to secure them.

“Our government is awash in one scandal after another involving blatant lies and violations of our basic liberties, and the leader of the pack ventures out on one road trip after another to avoid accountability,” Gov. Palin wrote. She cited page 983 of the bill which provides visa exemptions for seafood workers in Alaska to buy the votes of Senators Murkowski and Begich.

The bill would encourage millions upon millions of illegal aliens to come to our country and drive down wages for American citizens.

“We can’t afford to pay the piper now, much less the trillions of dollars more in welfare and entitlements for the millions who are here illegally today who will be granted this bill’s benefits,” she wrote.

“Just as opposition to ObamaCare became a rallying cry for the 2010 midterm elections, opposition to this fundamentally transforming amnesty bill will galvanize the grassroots in next year’s elections. And 2014 is just around the corner.”

SarahPAC Fund-Raiser Letter – July 30, 2013

idesign on July 30, 2013 at 8:14 PM

“Just as opposition to ObamaCare became a rallying cry for the 2010 midterm elections, opposition to this fundamentally transforming amnesty bill will galvanize the grassroots in next year’s elections. And 2014 is just around the corner.”
SarahPAC Fund-Raiser Letter – July 30, 2013
idesign on July 30, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Why should anyone send that woman any money now? She seems more interested in promoting herself than anything. And does she even have the guts to run for Senate? Doubt it.

I think there are better places to send your money.

bluegill on July 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I think there are better places to send your money.

bluegill on July 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Hey fish bait, no one asked you, so F off..:)

idesign on July 30, 2013 at 8:29 PM

bluegill on July 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM

For the life of me I cannot conceive your jealous hatred. As someone inferred earlier, no politician has gone through the anal probe like Palin. Your beloved loved Mitt didn’t even get a tickle comparatively.

Considering she’s been instrumental in getting the Tea Party types elected to office she deserves your gratitude. But then again, your a big government liberal so it’s fully understandable.

CTSherman on July 30, 2013 at 8:32 PM

bluegill on July 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Teh PDS is strong in this one.

Stu Gotts on July 30, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Hey fish bait, no one asked you, so F off..:)
idesign on July 30, 2013 at 8:29 PM

I wish the Palin worshipers like idesign could act like adults. All they do is spew obscenities at anyone who doesn’t bow down before their queen.

People like idesign do Palin more harm than good. Sometimes I wonder if people like the childish idesign are really Democrat plants.

bluegill on July 30, 2013 at 8:35 PM

People like idesign do Palin more harm than good. Sometimes I wonder if people like the childish idesign are really Democrat plants.

bluegill on July 30, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Keep wondering fish bait..:)

idesign on July 30, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Quick, someone tell her Senators sit for six years, not two…before she runs and gets an unpleasant surprise once she gets to Capitol Hill!!!

:-P

DRayRaven on July 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

And how long did your lord and savior barack obama sit at his senate seat? Seem to recall he bolted early too.

loser.

long_cat on July 30, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I just want to know who gets the green light to mention Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Odie1941 on July 30, 2013 at 8:55 PM

she shouldn’t be taken seriously at all anywhere else.

blueball on July 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

….

She seems more interested in promoting herself than anything….
blueball on July 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM

…quit talking about yourself….follow me on twitter…follow me on twitter…I’d be honored if you would follow me on twitter!

KOOLAID2 on July 30, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Democrat plants.

blueballs on July 30, 2013 at 8:35 PM

KOOLAID2 on July 30, 2013 at 9:21 PM

mnjg on July 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM

urban elitist on July 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

May you be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars out of your own pockets to defend yourselves from frivolous lawsuits, a new one every month, that would just disappear if only you would quit your jobs.

talkingpoints on July 30, 2013 at 9:25 PM

You really believe this crap about her going bankrupt from lawsuits? She could have set up a huge defense fund from her supporters…

mnjg on July 30, 2013 at 2:23 PM

She tried that, remember, and then someone filed an ethics complaint because she mentioned in a speech that she set up a defense fund.

Ah, the selective memory of the PDS sufferers, bless their hearts.

talkingpoints on July 30, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Ah, the selective memory of the PDS sufferers, bless their hearts anal cavities.

talkingpoints on July 30, 2013 at 9:33 PM

…sorry!…I read different!

KOOLAID2 on July 30, 2013 at 9:39 PM

“Don’t underestimate Sarah Palin.”
Chris Matthews – Tue May 31, 2011

As this tread indicates, they’re still terrified of her.

Jocundus on July 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

The biggest favor that McCain could do is to leave her alone and say nothing. Unfortunately that windbag will kill her chances because he doesn’t want her in the senate with him and his red wine aficionado friends.

athenadelphi on July 30, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Even the biggest former Palin defender of all, John Ziegler, had it with her:

But I’m sure you’ll also trash him, since he no longer worships the ground Queen Sarah walks on, as you do.

bluegill on July 30, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Zeigler? ROFL….He tried to ride her coattails and when she told him to buzz off he went all stalker on her.

Zeigler? ROFL….that’s all you got?

Oh and by the way Reagan has issues with those 20% also. So many issues that they formed a 3rd party and ran Anderson because they believed the MSM about Reagan. So was it Reagan’s fault those people didn’t like him or was it their fault. Because those people were too stupid to not see the truth and instead were brainwashed like you by the MSM about him?

Palin like Reagan will not go after those 20% and instead will go after the blue collar dems. You know the ones that gave Reagan two landslides.

The elites never like a person of the people getting elected. They didn’t like Reagan and they don’t like Palin so what? we outnumber the elites.

unseen on July 30, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Palin was on Hannity tonight. and this is why I support her. Unlike say the wussies in the GOPe who are afraid of well everything. She can out in support of the effort to defund Obamacare and said if you are going to go down go down swinging. that my friends is a fighter at heart.

Rove’s answer? Run away.

Palin’s? Fight with your last breath.

unseen on July 30, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Awwwww…the Alaskan quitter clown is yet again jerking the Palincultists’ chains. Her own daughter exposed her for lying about being undecided, but the Palincult is always hopeful and gullible for another round.

After multiple failed reality shows/clownbus tours, etc… and dwindling popularity (majority being bored with even making fun of her)…..yes, it is true that Palin needs to get something stirred up, but getting a real job just ain’t one of the options, cultists.

nottakingsides on July 30, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Besides, there would be a pay cut. And with the exception of Rubio’s unique foray into immigration, freshmen are not stars.

urban elitist on July 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

.
Yeah … that worked out well for him, didn’t it?

His constituents are pissed off at him, but at least he has Americans like you to pat him on the back, and say “good work”.

listens2glenn on July 30, 2013 at 11:36 PM

nottakingsides on July 30, 2013 at 11:02 PM

what are you like 12 or something?

unseen on July 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM

A sad individual asks about age, and actually writes “what are you like” to begin a sentence.

nottakingsides on July 30, 2013 at 11:58 PM

I’m not sure what’d be sadder…if you cut and pasted your 11:02 in, or you actually typed it in yourself. Either way, somebody won buzzword bingo.

Rich Fader on July 31, 2013 at 12:11 AM

“Don’t underestimate Sarah Palin.”
Chris Matthews – Tue May 31, 2011
As this tread indicates, they’re still terrified of her.
Jocundus on July 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I hate to tell you this, but the people who most want Palin to run are Democrats. They believe she will be very easy to beat.

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 12:12 AM

We now have a “what are you like” and a “what’d” from back to back cultists. I suppose things have dissipated to the lower of the lower rung of cultists.

“As this tread indicates, they’re still terrified of her.”

No, according to cultist logic, this thread would indicate the threat of Palin is now down to 5%.

But anyway, 1/2 of the comments are typically from cultists giving lame reasons for why she is a quitter.

nottakingsides on July 31, 2013 at 1:21 AM

nottakingsides on July 31, 2013 at 1:21 AM

wow so much stupid in a single comment. did you practice that on the playground at recess or something? you still have yet to make a point. Any jackas@ can sit around and name call as you are proving in spades.

unseen on July 31, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Truth must hurt, kid.

nottakingsides on July 31, 2013 at 3:42 AM

I’ll say this for SP supporters: I have never thought much of Palin as POTUS. I do not think she is stupid, but I do not think she has the intellectual capital for president.

Having said that, if this country can not only elect Barack Obama for president, but re-elect that screaming idiot and his braying jackass of a VP for a second term, then President Sarah Palin is hardly a stretch of matters.

I do not much like anything the woman has ever said, but I will give her this: she is not just one more scumbag DC beltway insider ready to do business as usual just like the last 15 scumbags we’ve elected.

And, yes, they were all scumbags.

thejackal on July 31, 2013 at 4:09 AM

Not even 300 comments?? WTH?! Some thought at least 600 well maybe 475.

Tough seeing a person’s 15 minutes fade into the sixteenth minute.

Bradky on July 31, 2013 at 5:35 AM

They didn’t like Reagan and they don’t like Palin so what? we outnumber the elites.

unseen on July 30, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Never mind those inconvenient facts that Reagan was a successful two term governor of one of the largest states in the US — population and land, not to mention represented had an economy ranked seventh in the world at that time.
Palin – half term gov of the largest state with one of smallest populations and an economy that gets more in fed grants than most states…
Yeah – she is the new Reagan…/sarc

Bradky on July 31, 2013 at 5:39 AM

Yeah – she is the new Reagan…/sarc
Bradky on July 31, 2013 at 5:39 AM

Having just read some of “Reagan: A Life in Letters”, I can say with some certainty that Sarah Palin is no Reagan. That man was a class act. He was knowledgeable, articulate, persuasive and extremely accomplished.

Palin, with her “hells no” and “he has his panties in a bunch” sayings makes me cringe at times. But what’s worse is that I’ve never heard her make a convincing argument for anything when unscripted. She is a terrible communicator unscripted, and she comes off like a rank amateur. It’s like she never tries to improve. She’s as bad today as she was during the 2008 campaign. It’s like she thinks she can get by on acting cutesy with folksiness. All of her “analysis” on Fox News is so shallow and pointless. She never adds anything to the shows! She’s as bad as Juliet Huddy. I’ve always thought Huddy and Palin were a lot alike, actually.

I so wish Palin had hunkered down, studied the issues, improved her communication skills and finished out her first term. She could have been so much more than what she is today: a pointless Juliet Huddy-like commentator on FNC who, when speaking during the televised segments, causes the host and other guests to just nod and smile politely and pretend like she is saying anything intelligent or worth listening to.

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Why should anyone send that woman any money now? She seems more interested in promoting herself than anything. And does she even have the guts to run for Senate? Doubt it.

I think there are better places to send your money.

bluegill on July 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM

like you continue to send money to Romney ? you know for his 2nd term in
whatever reality you live in.
I hope she runs and wins just so you can froth at the mouth …

conservative tarheel on July 31, 2013 at 8:08 AM

like you continue to send money to Romney ? you know for his 2nd term in
whatever reality you live in.
I hope she runs and wins just so you can froth at the mouth …
conservative tarheel on July 31, 2013 at 8:08 AM

You Palin cultists are a sad bunch. What the hell does Romney have to do with this? The truth is that Palin has become boring. You think Palin drives people crazy, but the joke is on you guys who continue to worship the woman. Move on!! In 10 years are you still going to be buying her books and thinking she’s still “gearing up for her presidential run,” or will you hopefully have moved on by then?

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Not even 300 comments?? WTH?! Some thought at least 600 well maybe 475.

Bradky on July 31, 2013 at 5:35 AM

This thread still has more comments than anything on the front page here other than the Pope/gays thread. Could be more a reflection on HA’s readership numbers. Palin is always traffic gold at sites like Breitbart.

Never mind those inconvenient facts that Reagan was a successful two term governor of one of the largest states in the US — population and land, not to mention represented had an economy ranked seventh in the world at that time.

Bradky on July 31, 2013 at 5:39 AM

Which really meant about as much to voters in the booth as Romney’s financial genius did in 2012. By the way, Bradky, should I still get used to saying “President Romney” as you advised way back when?

But what’s worse is that I’ve never heard her make a convincing argument for anything when unscripted. She is a terrible communicator unscripted…

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Who isn’t?

ddrintn on July 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Palin is NOT running for any office. Period. That decision was made when she stepped down from her governorship. Political career is over.

Sure she can travel the country and give paid speeches, but she is poison to Independents

Redford on July 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Sure she can travel the country and give paid speeches, but she is poison to Independents

Redford on July 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Yeah, those indies really pulled your guy’s ass over the line in 2012, didn’t he?

ddrintn on July 31, 2013 at 9:18 AM

But what’s worse is that I’ve never heard her make a convincing argument for anything when unscripted. She is a terrible communicator unscripted…
bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Who isn’t?
ddrintn on July 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rubio, Christie, Jeb, Bachmann, Newt, Hillary… come to think of it, no one is quite as inarticulate and embarrassing as Palin. Except for maybe Juliet Huddy. But, if we’re talking only about politicians, then I say Palin about ties with Bobby Rush and the guy who thought Guam might capsize.

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rubio, Christie, Jeb, Bachmann, Newt, Hillary…

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Really? Give me some examples of “unscripted” convincing arguments from any of those. Cruz maybe comes closest, but that’s mainly due to his Palin-style verbal grenades from time to time. Paul gets into trouble when he goes off script, followed by “clarifications”; so does Rubio.

ddrintn on July 31, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Palin is NOT running for any office. Period. That decision was made when she stepped down from her governorship. Political career is over.
Sure she can travel the country and give paid speeches, but she is poison to Independents
Redford on July 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Very true. It’s not just indies that don’t like her. I think many conservatives are also sick and tired of her embarrassing schtick. It has really gotten old. You can only make so many excuses for someone before you lose your patience.

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Really? Give me some examples of “unscripted” convincing arguments from any of those. Cruz maybe comes closest, but that’s mainly due to his Palin-style verbal grenades from time to time. Paul gets into trouble when he goes off script, followed by “clarifications”; so does Rubio.
ddrintn on July 31, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Let’s be straight with each other. You can’t honestly say that Palin is articulate and can persuasively make an argument when she’s not reading from a script. Any of those other people can. Even Biden can debate circles around her. And that’s saying something. Have you not seen Rubio’s long Buzzfeed interview? He’s sharp. A traitor, but sharp. Or Bachmann in a townhall meeting. Or Newt debating on CNN. Or Rand Paul in ANY forum where he has articulated his views? They’re all in a vastly different league than the child-like Palin. Why do we pretend otherwise?

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Ddrintn, here’s your example:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedbrews/buzzfeed-brews-with-marco-rubio-91da?s=mobile

Could Palin do that?

It sounds like you’re warming to Cruz. I want to hear you support him. Time to move on from Palin.

I say Republicans need to get behind someone like Cruz early, if he runs. No more holding out for a Palin run that will never happen.

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 9:37 AM

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Stink fish continues to get all wee weed up about Sarah Palin..:)

*PDS*

idesign on July 31, 2013 at 9:37 AM

I can’t believe you people actually take PPP seriously. PPP is a far left wing kook machine and have been wrong about everything lately.

The minute Palin announces she is running for the senate she will be tied with that HS educated man.

oldyeller on July 31, 2013 at 9:50 AM

If Palin is old hat or poison then why do even moderate Republican politicians crave her endorsement? Orin Hatch comes to mind.

PDSer’s on this board obsessively dream of the day Palin is fully shamed. That dreamed of day is something like the rapture for PDSer’s.But it just never comes. The PDSers are like Moonies constantly re predicting the end times when that day passes.

I’m not a Palinista. She has made many mistakes and she has been very wrong ,on the issues, a few times. She did damage her brand by the way she resigned, the reality shows and her bus tours(with no pres run). Her way of speaking is sometimes too wordy and her sentences run on.

On the other hand she is the most forthright talking head in the business. She comes off as genuine and when she has a prepared speech she is the best, #1 – who’s better? Of course, as I wrote in an earlier post, she is also the only proven honest politician in the world(see the emails).

And BTW – Hillary has too many career ending(if it was Palin) scandals and gaffs to her name to count. All of the Palin’s mistakes don’t equal one white water or even this. And Hillary is a shoe in for President. And BTW again, Hillary is a horrible speaker, with an annoying shriek of a voice

Thank God that Palin has such staying power because there are not a lot of strong voices from the Reagan right that can reach the lofos.Even if they say they don’t like her when taking a poll, the lofos pay attention when they see her on the TV. They know that they are not supposed to like her because that’s what Hollywood,John Stewart and David Letterman tell them but she has more cache then the polls are recording.

BoxHead1 on July 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM

The gilled one

Bmore on July 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM

The gilled one

Bmore on July 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM

LOLOL!

The gilled one doesn’t have any comments on it’s very own blog? Guess it’s not articulate or persuasive enough to garner even one follower!

Opinionator on July 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Opinionator on July 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM

; )

Bmore on July 31, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Palin is NOT running for any office. Period. That decision was made when she stepped down from her governorship. Political career is over.
Sure she can travel the country and give paid speeches, but she is poison to Independents
Redford on July 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Apparently McCain the Maverick thought differently when he tapped her to be his running mate, no? If all it takes for independents to abandon a candidate is stepping down from a governor’s chair due to extenuating circumstances, then I curse the indepenents.

And how about that Mitt Romney? He did so well with independents in ’12, didn’t he?/

gryphon202 on July 31, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Yeah – she is the new Reagan…/sarc
Bradky on July 31, 2013 at 5:39 AM

Yeah people like you said Reagan was a B star actor who couldn’t tie his shoes. Palin’s record as Gov was stellar not only did she complete every campaign promise she made to the people, she left her state 15 billion in the black, AK unemployment numbers were the second best in the nation, she cut spending by almost 10% in real dollar amounts. She like Reagan followed the COTUs and didn’t think like Mitt and Obama is was some worn out piece of paper.

Palin and Cruz are Reaganites. facts are like garlic tot he palin haters I guess the way they avoid them.

unseen on July 31, 2013 at 12:21 PM

And how about that Mitt Romney? He did so well with independents in ’12, didn’t he?/

gryphon202 on July 31, 2013 at 11:51 AM

not only couldn’t Mitt the used car salesman win over enough independents tow in, he could get white conservatives to the polls. He was a two time loser.

unseen on July 31, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I can’t believe you people actually take PPP seriously. PPP is a far left wing kook machine and have been wrong about everything lately.

The minute Palin announces she is running for the senate she will be tied with that HS educated man.

oldyeller on July 31, 2013 at 9:50 AM

like most Palin threads the subject of the post was quickly forgotten as the little kids started throwing feces thinking they were smart.

PPP is a dem front group. But then again almost all polls are liberal front groups. the GOP primary in AK will be what decides the AK senate general election. If Palin won the primary she would win the general. If miller or Treadwell wins it will be a hard fight but I think they might walk away with it if they attack the incumbent for his Obama loving votes.

unseen on July 31, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Could Palin do that?

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 9:37 AM

What sit down have a few beers? yeah Palin can drink a beer. I guess that you don’t expect much from a politician if you think Rubio drinking a beer with a reporter is a big deal. Rubio can also get passed an amnesty bill. should we be impressed?

Palin wouldn’t even push such a bill.

unseen on July 31, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Redford on July 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Sure Mitt can travel the country and buy the nomination, but he is poison to white conservatives and lost the general because of it.

unseen on July 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Isn’t it funny that the same people bash any and all Reaganites that come on the scene and use the same attack points against each. Morning Joe today Compared Cruz to the Taliban. Anyone hoping Cruz won’t be damaged goods by 2015 isn’t paying attention. Palin was the best Reagan conservative to come on the stage since he left it. Her record was one of the best I’ve seen from a Gov. And because of that the anti-Reagan forces teamed up and tried to destroy the woman just like they are teaming up to try to destroy Cruz. Cruz I don’t think will fare half as well. The playbook that was in test mode under Palin and the TEa party has been tested and perfected. Once the knives come out Cruz will be lynched like Palin and the Tea party were.

I think Cruz will fight back like Palin with everything he has, just not sure he has the following to survive as long as Palin has. I’m hoping I’m wrong and as a sitting Senator it will be tough for those forces to remove him from the senate but that doesn’t mean he will be able to parlay his senate seat into anything more. I would be pleasantly surprised to be wrong but at this stage of our country I can just see the bluegills of the world attacking Cruz if he begins to can traction.

This isn’t about Palin nor is it about Cruz to the haters. It’s not about her voice or his hair. It has always been about attacking the idea of self rule, freedom and liberty and thus they have to personally attack those that carry that banner into national politics. just like they attacked Reagan the difference between Reagan and Palin and Cruz is the left and the gOPE now knows what will happen if a reaganite is elected so they have doubled their efforts to destroy good people like Palin and Cruz.

unseen on July 31, 2013 at 12:45 PM

It has always been about attacking the idea of self rule, freedom and liberty and thus they have to personally attack those that carry that banner into national politics.

unseen on July 31, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Precisely.

Opinionator on July 31, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Besides, do you really want somebody as POTUS that names her kids Bristol, Trig, Track, Willow and Piper?

Dr. Frank Enstine on July 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

And you voted for a guy named Barack Hussein! BWAHAHAHAHA

Bevan on July 31, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Already the media is spreading the mud against Palin and what’s so good about it is they are afraid of this women. The media will again try to choose the POTUS according to liberal agenda. With the help of the republican base they destroyed her and her family based on fictional script from the liberals in 2008. I contend she would be better in the senate but there again the republican base would reject her fearing the public bogus rant. Watch the media get behind Hillary claiming the success of all her experience and I almost vomited when I wrote this sentence.

mixplix on July 31, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Now why did you have to go and post an article about Sarah Palin? I was just getting used to bluegill making salient thought-out posts.

S. D. on July 31, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Last time around, I was initially very enthused about Joe Miller. Then he shot himself in the left foot, and the right foot, and then shot wildly trying to hit some other foot. He seems to have the best motives, but he has demonstrated that he is not competent to hold public office.

J Baustian on August 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM

mixplix on July 31, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Yup.

Happy August, everyone! There’s smoked turkey leftovers in Sarah’s Gulch for sandwiches later…

Fallon on August 1, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Palin did not resign because she was bored. The Democrats cooked up a phony scandal and she could not do the job and had huge legal bills.

And the issue was so important is just went away after Palin resigned.

So much for the Democrats wanting things to be democratic.

bartbeast on August 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

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