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Here Comes Sarah: How a Palin candidacy could help and hurt Mitt Romney
Slate ^ | May 26, 2011 | John Dickerson, chief political correspondent

Posted on 05/26/2011 6:06:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The Mama Grizzly is coming out of hibernation. This weekend, Sarah Palin is launching her "One Nation" bus tour, visiting historical sites across the country. Palin will start on Memorial Day at the Rolling Thunder weekend motorcycle rally that starts at the Pentagon. Where it will end has yet to be announced. But given Palin's other recent move—the announcement of a feature-length film on her tenure as governor—it looks as if her ultimate destination may be the White House.

Whatever Mitt Romney had on his plate for Memorial Day, he'd better make room. If we assume—for the purposes of page views—that Palin is getting into the race, the Republican contest immediately becomes one between Palin and Romney, with other candidates circling for a way to break into the conversation. A recent Gallup poll shows Romney (17 percent) and Palin (15 percent) essentially in a tie among Republican voters. The third-place candidate, Ron Paul, has only 10 percent support.

The polls are not terribly meaningful at this point, of course. Name recognition has a lot to do with these numbers, so it's not surprising Palin and Romney are at the top. What may be more meaningful in assessing the Romney vs. Palin matchup is the polling about the characteristics of the two candidates' supporters. Romney comes out ahead. Palin has more intense followers, but she also has more intense detractors, and for the last few months her momentum has been going in the wrong direction in her party....

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Pretty obvious who the media wants. Everyone else in the race is running for vice president, IMO. BTW, a rookie pollster could make George Washington look unpopular if he wanted to.
1 posted on 05/26/2011 6:06:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The only thing Palin helps Mitthead do is find his freaking seat in the back of the room.


2 posted on 05/26/2011 6:10:00 PM PDT by ScottinSacto (If anyone will beat Obama, let's not send just anyone. Cain/West 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Even the Daily Kos pollster finds that Governor Palin has cut the lead that Obama held over her in Ohio by 38%, even though the sample includes ten percent more Democrats than Republicans. She pretty much wins the same percentage of the vote as Republican Party hack Mitt “peacetime” Romney.


3 posted on 05/26/2011 6:10:46 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Where it will end has yet to be announced.

I'll give you ONE clue:

HEY HUSSEIN! GET OUT OF SARAH'S HOUSE!

Cheers!

4 posted on 05/26/2011 6:11:05 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Pretty obvious who the media wants.

Anyone they believe has no chance against Obama. In '08 the their choice was McCain (up until the moment he won the nomination). This time it's Romney. Hopefully the GOP wises up.

5 posted on 05/26/2011 6:11:47 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The left will do anything to prevent Palin from winning the nomination. This includes head fakes, reverse psychology and lies hidden within more lies.


6 posted on 05/26/2011 6:13:35 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Relativism is the intellectual death knell of liberal ideology.)
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To: ScottinSacto

“The only thing Palin helps Mitthead do is find his freaking seat in the back of the room.”

I was going to say pretty much the same thing, but you phrased it better than I would have! Go Away Plastic Mitt!!!

Palin ‘12!!!


7 posted on 05/26/2011 6:18:23 PM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
a rookie pollster could

Don't underrate us. A rookie pollster could make a communist who hates white people, Americans, Jews, and the United States Constitution look good enough that he would win the election. What can beat us though is people power. Get the Palin supporters out there talking to their friends, politely but without backing down. Get them out there posting (even on CNN, MSNBC, Kos, and DU to explain why Palin does what sensible liberal Americans want (gloss over the fact that sensible libs are called "conservatives"). Get Palin's legions of supporters donating time and money (generously!) to her campaign. With all that on her side, there is nothing the media and pollsters (rookie or experienced) can do to stop her.

8 posted on 05/26/2011 6:28:09 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Mr. Mojo
" Hopefully the GOP wises up"?

That would be in the miracle category!

I expect the GOP hierarchy to be in the background working against anyone not on their short list.

9 posted on 05/26/2011 6:31:06 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a matter of fact, not a matter of opinion)
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To: reasonisfaith

“The left will do anything to prevent Palin from winning the nomination.....”

the Left, the RINO’s ..ALL of DC, Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco....

It is going to be a Flyover Country versus the RinoCrat’s race...and when its said and done the lines between We the People ..and those who would dare to presume to be their masters will be well-defined, clear cut and unambiguous.

See the link below for the first salvo from the Oligarchy who are trembling as they see Constitutional Government on the horizon...

http://www.saveourstates.com/2011/fred-thompson-abandons-the-constitution/


10 posted on 05/26/2011 6:35:01 PM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: reasonisfaith

Sadly, there are quite a few Republicans out there that will help the left out with that. Primarily on the left, but in some areas of the red states too, conservative women are the last acceptable target of misogynistic idiocy. And, I’m definitely not using a wide brush to paint men on the right as misogynists. They exist, but it’s a universal trait on the the left. example: Ed Schultz calling Ingram a right wing slut.


11 posted on 05/26/2011 6:37:44 PM PDT by Cherokee Conservative (If a tree falls over in the woods, and then snaps back upright as a joke, do the squirrels laugh?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rumor has it that Sarah will be in New Hampshire next Thursday, the same day Romney will be to announce his candidacy.

“Rolling Thunder” this weekend, “Stealing Thunder” next week!

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20110526/NEWS0602/705269991


12 posted on 05/26/2011 6:48:22 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

13 posted on 05/26/2011 6:50:21 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Your what hurts??)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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14 posted on 05/26/2011 6:51:47 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Richard Feynman father of Quantum Physics)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The article says Sarah’s momentum has been going in the wrong direction over the last couple months. No it hasn’t. The talking class just managed to convince themselves that she wasn’t running. And as it seemed that she wasn’t running, people turned their attention to other candidates.

That does not reflect her level of support in any way. Other candidates, seen as substitutes for Palin, were starting to get her supporters. And lets not forget that a sizeable portion of poll respondents aren’t happy with any of the current slew of candidates - which may or may not change if Sarah officially becomes one.

I’m thrilled that it looks like she’s gearing up for a run after all, if for no other reason than to throw everyone’s expectations of this race so far out the window.


15 posted on 05/26/2011 7:18:14 PM PDT by COgamer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Like his buddy Obama, albatross ROMNEY is not eligible

Milt Romney – the Magic RINO:
"I'm not running as the Republican view
or a continuation of Republican values.
That's not what brings me to the race.

(Romney Video, accessed 9/19/07)



"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party
 over to the traitors in the battle just ended.
We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged
 to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support.
Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates
wouldn’t make any sense at all.""

--  President Ronald Reagan



16 posted on 05/26/2011 7:19:24 PM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will you people please stop being so damned oblique??!!

Stop beating around the bush, and tell us what you REALLY think about Mit Romney...!!

Carry on.


17 posted on 05/26/2011 7:20:35 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Your what hurts??)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Polls and Pundits aside.

If Palin runs she'll win the GOP nomination in a walk. It will be over when the SC Primary is over. She would win Iowa, show very well in NH and win SC and NV by 30%. Nationwide polling (the real stuff, not what we get to see) will show her ahead nationally by 20 pts and rising.

18 posted on 05/26/2011 7:27:43 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

If Romney is in the race, there is no way Palin comes close in New Hampshire or Nevada. Romney was over 50% in Nevada and over 30% in New Hampshire in 2008 in a losing effort...those are establishment Republican states and will not vote conservative.


19 posted on 05/26/2011 7:33:46 PM PDT by magritte ("There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself "Do trousers matter?")
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To: magritte

Good point. Romney is a CHEATER who brings in his
Mormon voters from Massachusetts to vote in NH.
It is illegal. But that is the ROMNEY WAY.


20 posted on 05/26/2011 8:00:39 PM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
Don't Romney on my leg
and tell me it's Palining!

Cheers!

21 posted on 05/26/2011 8:54:44 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All you need to know about Myth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pVqZzHm3Z4


22 posted on 05/26/2011 8:56:51 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Unlike their supporters on either side, Mrs. Palin and Mr. Romney treat one another with respect and would have interesting discussions on the campaign trail. Generally, long primary battles make stronger candidates, and Mrs. Palin may be one of the few candidates who could raise the money to sustain a long campaign. Ultimately, I don't believe that she could beat Obama in the general election, but maybe the voters will surprise me. I'll be surprised if she makes a run. Considering her family commitments at this time in her life, not being locked into a campaign now with the possibility of being in the White House later would make sense.

Most people following the Romney campaign are hoping that she'll run in order to split votes from other candidates.

23 posted on 05/26/2011 9:53:39 PM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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I think that I could beat Mr. Obama next year if I had the Republican nomination. Every gas station price sign and pump would be a free ad for me. Every time someone buys groceries, pays a utility bill, cashes their Social Security check, eats macaroni & cheese instead of meat and can’t buy their kids new clothes, they’d compare me to Mr. Obama. Every time they talk to their unemployed neighbor, brother, cousin, former co-worker, best friend and co-religionist, I win. That’s why Gov. Romney wants the nomination. He didn’t make hundreds of millions of dollars by being a dope.


24 posted on 05/26/2011 11:06:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (How do you starve an Obama supporter? Hide his food stamps under his work boots.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope you’re right, but I know many people who have a great deal of their self-worth invested in thinking that Sarah Palin is stupid. As much as they may hate the hardships, many won’t break down and vote for her because doing so would require them to confront that mistake in their judgment of her. More importantly, they’ve persuaded themselves that she would only make things worse.


25 posted on 05/26/2011 11:18:41 PM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: WFTR

Remember: We vote in private in the United States. What you tell your spouse, co-workers, friends, etc and what lever you actually pull can easily be two different things. No one will ever know.


26 posted on 05/26/2011 11:26:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (How do you starve an Obama supporter? Hide his food stamps under his work boots.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I understand that we vote in private, but the issue is self-delusion. While I’ve never been an ardent Sarah Palin supporter, I’ve tried to defend her against attacks that I thought were unfair. I’ve run into people who have incorporated that perception so far into their minds that they aren’t going to change in the voting booth or anywhere else. They have too big a personal stake in believing that she’s not smart enough to be president.


27 posted on 05/26/2011 11:38:26 PM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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