Rick Perry has been an announced candidate for what? A week and a half? And look how he’s doing. I hardly think that the opportunity has passed for someone with Palin’s name recognition. Not to mention someone who has been planning her run for going on two years now.
It’s like I told DH last evening. I like Sarah Palin. I’m still on the fence about her running for POTUS - will she or will she not? Should she, or should she not? But, as I shared with DH, SHE is the one and only candidate I would make an effort to go and see in person. I would not, absolutely NOT do it for any other. And I think there are literally millions of Americans who feel the same. Shoot! We’ve already had Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry here in upstate SC...couldn’t have cared less about going to see either of them. (That’s not to say that I wouldn’t vote for them in the general election, but no interest in seeing them in person.) But had it been Palin, there would have literally be tens of thousands trying to get to her rally-just to get close, get a glimpse, and to hear what she has to say...it would not be so for Bachmann or Perry. (Bachmann’s visit here drew a couple hundred; Perry spoke at the local ham-house breakfast joint on Saturday-capacity 200 at most. Shoot...I’d be happy with a Palin run even if only for the excitement it would bring. I do wish her and her family all the best. Should she run, she has our total support.
At this stage of the game, if your poll numbers are as toxic as Sarah Palin's are, a high name recognition is the Kiss of Death because that means that most people have already made up their minds about you.
Does everybody know what a "root canal" is?
Yes. (Almost 100% name recognition.)
Does anybody want one?
In the August 2011 FOX News Poll, Palin had 99% name recognition but 75% of all voters believed that she would NOT bea good President.
Sarah Palin, like a root canal or Charlie Sheen or Jimmy Carter or poison ivy, has the worst of all possible combinations: High name recognition combined with very toxic Negatives.