In a new Gallup Poll, 7 out of 10 Republicans said they would vote for Palin in 2012. Seriously? She would probably quit mid term. Other Republican strategists have not been so kind.
Consider a USA Today/Gallup poll released last week. About 7 in 10 Republicans said they would be likely to vote for Palin if she ran for president. Other surveys place Palin in a statistical dead heat with Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, the former governors of Massachusetts and Arkansas, respectively, who sought the White House in 2008 and give every indication that they will try again in 2012.
Although any presidential poll taken this far out has to be taken with a sea’s worth of salt, that is not the reason so many Republican strategists and party insiders dismiss Palin.
“People at the grass roots see a charismatic personality who is popular with other people at the grass roots. But their horizon only goes so far as people who think like them,” said Mike Murphy. The veteran GOP ad man eviscerated Palin — a “political train wreck,” “an awful choice” for vice president, her resignation an “astonishing self-immolation” — in a column published Thursday in the New York Daily News.
“Professional operatives keep their eye on a broader horizon and understand, without independents and swing voters, she can’t win,” Murphy said. “She’s a stone-cold loser in a general election.”
Well, if you believe Levi Johnston, he says she’s only interested in the money. In 2012, hopefully she will be so rich, she’ll decide not to run for President. We can only dream…