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Palin Prevails as Republicans' Top 2012 Choice, For Now

Palin Prevails as Republicans' Top 2012 Choice, For Now

Sarah Palin may be getting a bad rap in the press lately, but Republicans still have a positive opinion of her. While anything can change between now and the Iowa primary, Palin looks like she has a good chance to win the Republican nomination in 2012. A new poll shows that 91 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of her. In fact, 64 percent of GOP respondents said Palin was their top choice for 2012 nominee.

But fellow-Republicans want to knock Palin out of her apparent front-runner seat, and they hope to do so as soon as possible. Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal, two potential candidates are headed to Iowa this month.

Mississippi's governor Haley Barber had some harsh words for those attempting to make a power play: "One of the worst things that can happen to the Republican Party in our effort to rebuild is for a bunch of people to start running for president. . . Anybody out there running for president is undercutting what’s important. You do this against your own interest.”

Dare I ask? Who would you like to see run for the Republicans in 2012?


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outofhere outofhere 8 years
Ugh, the idea of even thinking about this is exhausting. :faint: But, since you asked, a definite no for me towards Palin. I think Romney would be a good choice, in 4 years he could add that much more experience and wisdom to the ticket. Palin will forever remind me of angry McCain and all that went wrong for the Republicans this year.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 8 years
No, no ,no !!!! That's all I can say. She's got a lot to learn.
stephley stephley 8 years
Uh-huh, CG and look what happened to her. I don't think being the front-runner four years in advance is an advantage - people are kind of ready to fall for someone new if they show up in time. "Republicans are looking for another Reagan." "...her no frills conservative common sense that reminded Republicans of Reagan." You guys might want to think long and hard about this. Reagan was an actor. You might want to aim higher next time.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I had to hear about Hilary for the past 4 years after kerry lost so......
ceej ceej 8 years
I'm sorry but the world is in turmoil, your economy is on the brink of collapse, you've had to bail out the banks. The most pressing issues surely can't be those you've given.
kranky kranky 8 years
(Oh delia - that is so cute! You are so lucky to have your furry friend close by.)
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
Can we at least pause the campaigning for like 6 monthes to a year! This is 2012, we're talking about people. A lot will change before then.
geebers geebers 8 years
Ugh- so tired of seeing this woman. GO AWAY!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
Republicans are looking for another Reagan. Bush sr. wasn't it. Bob Dole wasn't it. GW Bush wasn't it. There wasn't one in the Republican primaries either. There was something to the simple way Palin spoke and her no frills conservative common sense that reminded Republicans of Reagan. Bobby Jindal comes across that way too. It's hard to say at this point who will come forward as a leading Republican, but it won't be a moderate who has abandoned gay marriage and abortion. Conservatives (who aren't evangelicals only) are the base and the cornerstone of the party. And as the election has shown us, social conservative issues like gay marriage are still on the side of the conservatives because America is a center right country.
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
While she may not the the best choice for 2012, ShadowDamage, saying that Sarah Palin courts only evangelicals is greatly understating her appeal. Her favorability numbers are higher than her "qualified for the job" numbers. She's a good politician and communicator. If you can add more substance to that style, you have a real contender. I don't think she'd run in 2012, and she has said herself that she'd consider it 2016.
ceej ceej 8 years
Really? This woman? This barely intelligible woman who is ill educated, is not interested in educating herself further and wears that as a badge of honour. Really? Someone who believes the earth is only a few thousand years old and scientific research is a waste of money. Republicans are keen for this woman to run the whole country? This boggles my mind.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
UnDave, I really do agree there. I think this party needs a rethink. From what I can see a lot of sharp right minds are bleeding into Independent/Libertarian categories, probably in part as many Republicans no longer buy into some of the old standbys (abortion, gay rights, etc). If they don't find new proper ground to stand on using something besides evangelical voters, I don't know what they plan to do - I see the Independents and Libs getting to be a stronger force (not necessarily a bad thing, just an observation) - they must figure out what makes them distinct and relevant as so many lean towards Ron Paul, etc. Just 2 c.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
*credentials (typos...bane of my existence.)
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Leaving any other perspective aside and simply focusing on the GOP and the many intelligent and savvy people they have (even if I do not agree with them) BOGGLES my imagination that this is the choice they may be making. But then again, hey....anyone that gets 4 years to study for a test should be able to pass it by finals.... :P Sorry but I am cynical, I just think the GOP should be able to stand on creditentials-sans-faith, without courting the evangelicals, and this is what this woman does, bottom line - and it makes me queasy. The whole "real-America" thing is a disservice to THEIR party as well as any other one, because its patronizing, its crass, and its also a damn wrong. THAT is divisive, and unhelpful politics that attracts the kind of thinking that gets you the "A-rab" haters. Come on, GOP, I refuse to believe this is the best you've got, for crying out loud. There's thousands of people I could see as credible candidates even if I don't agree with them. Hell, Rudy Giuliani would be a thousand times better, but no, he's too "moderate" I suppose, and bein' a big "CITTEH" boy is entirely non-American, right Palin? (Sorry, but while I have some good memories of McCain pre flip-flop days, I have no time for Palin - whatsoever.) :P
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I really think she won't be on th '12 ticket, unless she does some major PR improvement. I think the GOP needs to assess why they lost this election, and address where we've strayed from our principles.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
Im sure Obama loves NPR and will leave it alone, so no need to worry about talk radio.
cheytown cheytown 8 years
I would love to see Condoleezza Rice run for the presidency! I still think Sarah Palin is grossly underqualified, and she already has so much backlash and negativity coming her way from Alaska it is insane, everything about her in our newspapers is negative, our elected officials are not happy with her performance, and I think it would be a horrible decision to allow her to represent the 2012 Ticket for republicans.
delia delia 8 years
Yep, she was born with just this little 2" nub. She was a "mutt," so some of the kittens in her litter had normal tails, and one had an in-between length tail. Hers was the shortest. When I adopted her, it was the size of the tip of my pinky finger! She's quite the novelty among my friends.
meringue meringue 8 years
so delia, was she born without a tail?
delia delia 8 years
Kranky - extra pets on the way! She's currently curled up next to my desk on a heating pad, little nub of a tail tucked in. So. Freakin'. Cute. Kitty for Prez, 2012! ;)
meringue meringue 8 years
good lord beavis, I hadn't heard that about Barney Frank - I dislike him very much... agreed with the talk radio and guns... seriously, if we lose talk radio, it's all over...the last frontier of non liberal media would be dead
meringue meringue 8 years
beavis, I completely agree with your thoughts on the congress...IMO the republicans are not standing up...they are wishy washy...hence, the stimulus package...and now another, sheesh!
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
Hah Snowbunny, if I sound like anyone's Grandpa, that makes me happy! I'm 34 and won't be nearly as wise as I'll be when I'm a grandpa. Like you, I'm certain I won't get anything from social security. On that note, Barney Frank suggested the other day that we roll our 401k's into social security. What I say about congress being full of clowns? If Obama leaves guns and talk radio alone, I'll give him a year after that:)
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
And I would respectfully disagree that Obama's policies have been proven failures. Many were similar to those that Clinton had, and Clinton was pretty successful, though by no means ideal. Also, some of the issues we have now (environment) for example are relatively new and untested. Tho, I do not approve of subsidies for pro-environment businesses (part of Obama's plan), I just think those that pollute should pay a tax instead, "pay for their pollution," but, I digress... And no, I'm not talking about Palin, please can't she just go away yet?
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