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Bad Polling Data for Sarah

January 19, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Sarah Palin got more bad news this week when two polls measuring favorability/unfavorability ratings were released.  In both polls Palin’s unfavorable ratings went up significantly as compared to before the mid-term elections, while favorable ratings ticked down slightly.  Overall Palin has between a 15 and 20 point unfavorable gap.

CNN/Opinion Poll:

Unfavorable = 56%

Favorable = 36%

USA Today/Gallup Poll:

Unfavorable = 52%

Favorable = 38%

These poll results underscore how badly Palin fumbled her reaction to the criticisms following the Arizona shooting tragedy.  It seems clearer than ever that Palin is not electable.  I believe she will toss her hat into the ring for President in order to maintain a national presence, keep her speaking fees high, and ensure a seat on the gravy train she was able to obtain after McCain’s hasty choice of Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate.  Palin can still inflame and energize the base – white, rural, older Christian voters who are afraid, and in the words of the Tea Party “want our country back” from the multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-religious (and areligious) reality. 

Sadly, despite these numbers, we are likely to have to suffer more of Palin’s brand of demagoguery and her confident assertions despite her lack of intelligence and understanding of the core issues of the day, her lack of ability to appeal to citizens outside her core constituency, and her unelectability.  The Republican party would do well to come up with a strategy to neutralize her ability to make the primary so bruising as to harm their ultimate candidate.

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Tone-deaf Palin’s Political Future in Peril

January 18, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Yesterday Palin gave a live interview to Sean Hannity on Fox News which revealed both how politically tone deaf she is, and he reactions from within the GOP demonstrate that she is on the outs with most of the leaders of that party. This incident shows starkly why she does not have the political intelligence for a role in national politics.

Palin was very quickly dragged into the national discussion about how the divided and rancorous tone of political discourse might cause unstable people to acts of violence following the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and others in Arizona. She waded in full force, but instead of rising above the argument that her words (and maps with crosshairs, and frequent “reload” messages) should be held partially responsible, she made it all about Sarah Palin. That’s all she knows how to do.

So she played the victim of powerful media, someone who was being silenced. She even chose to release a poorly timed video statement on the very day that President Obama gave a widely praised speech about unity and the national character. But Sarah’s speech was all whine and victim and playing to her base. It did not reach out to the whole nation, it reached back to her base.

She also accused her critics of participating in blood libel a reference that was both incorrect in its application and deeply offensive to Jewish people.

But Sarah had some time for introspection and good advice.  She could have anticipated questions – even from the friendly Hannity/Fox News corner – and prepared for them.  But it did not appear that she did any of those things.  Predictable questions were fumbled with inadequate answers.  She came across as defensive, angry and whiny.

At a time when even Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck seemed to sense the mood of the nation and make conciliatory gestures toward healing and unity, Sarah Palin continues to attack her critics and seems to miss the greater themes brought out by the Arizona tragedy.

Following her performance on Hannity many normally supportive voices within the GOP are distancing themselves from Sarah Palin.

Business Insider even published a piece titled “It’s Time to Bid Goodbye to Sarah Palin’s Presidential Ambitions.”  We can only hope.

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Why Palin Will Never Be President

January 13, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Did you see both the pathetic 7 minute segment posted by Sarah Palin and President Obama’s speech on Wednesday, 1.12.2011?
Please watch these back to back.

I’ll give you my summary:
Palin – Insensitive to the moment; inappropriate use of “blood libel” to describe her perceived persecution by critics following the Arizona tragedy; revealing a self-centered egotism that can only comment on something in terms of herself; attempts to defend the current vitriolic tone of political discourse by reaching back to the 18th and early 19th centuries where differences were settled by pistol or sword duels. In a word, pathetic. We see why she’s a quitter and will never be President. Her handlers, who decided this was the moment she should choose to speak out, should be charged with political malpractice.

Obama – Rising above the political; combining a subtle combination of honor, challenge to be our better selves, and a call for unity; holding out compassion and hope.

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