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69% of GOP Voters Say Palin Helped McCain (Favorability among Republicans: ***91%***!!!)
Rasmussen Reports ^ | 11/07/08 | Staff

Posted on 11/07/2008 8:31:02 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republican voters say Alaska Governor Sarah Palin helped John McCain’s bid for the presidency, even as news reports surface that some McCain staffers think she was a liability.

Only 20% of GOP voters say Palin hurt the party’s ticket, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Six percent (6%) say she had no impact, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

Ninety-one percent (91%) of Republicans have a favorable view of Palin, including 65% who say their view is Very Favorable. Only eight percent (8%) have an unfavorable view of her, including three percent (3%) Very Unfavorable.

When asked to choose among some of the GOP’s top names for their choice for the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, 64% say Palin. The next closest contenders are two former governors and unsuccessful challengers for the presidential nomination this year -- Mike Huckabee of Arkansas with 12% support and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts with 11%.

Three other sitting governors – Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Charlie Crist of Florida and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota – all pull low single-digit support.

These findings echo a survey earlier this week which found that Republicans were happier with their vice presidential candidate than with their presidential nominee. Seventy-one percent (71%) said McCain made the right choice by picking Palin as his running mate, while only 65% said the party picked the right nominee for president.

The key for the 44-year-old Palin will be whether she can broaden her base of support. An Election Day survey found that 81% of Democrats and, more importantly, 57% of unaffiliated voters had an unfavorable view of her.

Palin, Alaska’s first woman governor, was elected to a four-year term in 2006. She was largely unknown nationally until McCain chose her to be the party’s vice presidential candidate. She quickly became a darling of the GOP’s conservative base and energized the party’s rank-and-file.

Speculation about her future has run high for weeks when it appeared Barack Obama was likely to beat McCain. Already this week there is talk of her possibly taking the seat of embattled Republican Senator Ted Stevens if he manages to hang on and win won reelection despite recent federal felony convictions. Stevens would have to step down if his appeal of the convictions is unsuccessful.

Palin could also run for another term as Governor in the state where she still enjoys very high approval ratings.

Among Republicans, 66% of men and 61% of women say Palin is their choice for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Sixty-six percent (66%) of GOP women have a Very Favorable view of her, as do 64% of men.

While Palin’s high favorables suggest she has a bright political future in the Republican Party, it is important to note that favorites four years out from a presidential election quite often do not get the nomination. Obama, for example, was just an Illinois state senator four years ago, and Hillary Clinton appeared a shoo-in for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

Similarly, vice presidential candidates historically have seldom risen to the highest office by election.

Republicans are closely divided over the two most important issues in the next presidential election: 31% say economic issues, 30% say national security. Fifteen percent (15%) list fiscal issues, followed by cultural issues (12%) and domestic issues (6%). Five percent (5%) are undecided. Palin is overwhelmingly the top choice for 2012 among voters in all these categories.

Over two-thirds of Republicans describe themselves as conservative in terms of foreign policy, fiscal and social issues.

Eighty percent (80%) of Republicans have a favorable view of Huckabee, including 46% Very Favorable. Sixteen percent (16%) regard him unfavorably.

Eighty-one percent (81%) view Romney favorably, with 45% Very Favorable. Fifteen percent (15%) have an unfavorable opinion of him.

Jindal, Pawlenty, and Crist are far less known than the other candidates. Roughly 40% of GOP voters have no opinion one way or the other of these three Republican Governors.


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KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008veep; conservativeparty; conservatives; palin; palin2012; rasmussen; rinos; sarah; sarahpalin
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

No doubt about it that Sarah helped McQueeg. Let’s see if McQueeg goes back to form in the Senate.


101 posted on 11/07/2008 9:05:58 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: TChris

We ought to boycott any candidate who uses the slime balls that are attracting Sarah. No more RINOs.


102 posted on 11/07/2008 9:06:36 AM PST by pallis
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To: Earthdweller
People need to keep sending money to Palin. It’s gonna take her four years to get enough from all over the country to buy her way in like everyone else does.

Amongst all the name-calling and recriminations going on here the past couple of days, this is the most sensible and important comment I've seen.

If you love Sarah as I love Sarah, send her a note of thanks right now, and include your address so you can be part of the organization she will soon create. Then fund it as generously as you can.

Even if you don't think Sarah has what it takes to be President, you need to do this to give her a megaphone as the #1 cheerleader and fundraiser for conservatism and Constitutional government.

-ccm

103 posted on 11/07/2008 9:08:03 AM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: All

The way the question was asked has a lot to do with it.

The 20% who said she had a negative effect may have in fact LIKED her, but are reacting strictly to the media coverage, and may be thinking that some voters would have a negative view of her.


104 posted on 11/07/2008 9:08:48 AM PST by Madeleine Ward (.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Dear Gov Palin,

Please please please do NOT fill Stevens’ Senate seat if it comes to that.

You are a popular governor and in 4 years nobody can say you would have no experience.


105 posted on 11/07/2008 9:08:50 AM PST by hattend (Palin 2012)
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To: joesbucks

It is not that few Alaskans support her. By the time, the race was over by 9 P.M EST Alaska was still voting. Many republicans just stayed home instead of venturing out in the near freezing temperature outside. The same is true for California too. We had almost a million votes less. People just stayed home once the race was over by 8 P.M EST election night


106 posted on 11/07/2008 9:09:00 AM PST by MooseChic
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To: pallis

We need a Boycott/ES&Die list for traitorous RINOs...


107 posted on 11/07/2008 9:09:22 AM PST by GOYAKLA (My Tee shirt for 2009-2012:" I voted FRED don't you wish you did")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Palin - Jindal 2012!

Time for Republicans to change history! I will cry with happiness when we elect THIS woman!

108 posted on 11/07/2008 9:10:09 AM PST by Neverforget01
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To: Rightly Biased
McCain is the reason Sarah lost

Sarah's poor performance in the Couric interview pretty much did her in. Can she overcome that and change her perception to the vast majority of American people, we'll see. At least now Sarah can be Sarah without having to carry McCain's water anymore.

109 posted on 11/07/2008 9:10:09 AM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"Palin could also run for another term as Governor in the state where she still enjoys very high approval ratings.

I think she needs to do just that. It would set in stone her undying support of Alaskan's, and the invalidity of the "troopergate" and other leftist, trumped up charges.

That will be in 2010, and if she decides to do something Nationally in 2012, it will be just a feather in her cap (not that she needs it).


110 posted on 11/07/2008 9:11:04 AM PST by FrankR (Let's sit back and watch the show - popcorn anyone?)
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To: MooseChic

It was similar for Bush V Kerry in 04.


111 posted on 11/07/2008 9:11:40 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: Thane_Banquo
Somewhere Mitt Romney is crying...


112 posted on 11/07/2008 9:12:15 AM PST by Mojave (http://www.americanbacklash.com/)
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To: sitetest

Palin - Jindal 2012! Dethrone the anti-Christ!


I second you


113 posted on 11/07/2008 9:12:27 AM PST by Ranjit
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Because she is vey popular with the party, but is not taken seriously outside of it. I think she’s too damaged to be an effective candidate in a general election.

Are there exceptions? Of course, as Reagan is often cited here. I just don’t see it. I guess we’ll find out next time around.


114 posted on 11/07/2008 9:12:36 AM PST by Unlikely Hero ("Time is a wonderful teacher; unfortunately, it kills all its pupils." --Berlioz)
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To: Unlikely Hero
Are there exceptions? Of course, as Reagan is often cited here.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat. ;)

115 posted on 11/07/2008 9:14:12 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: Unlikely Hero
Because she is vey popular with the party, but is not taken seriously outside of it.

No source, naturally.

116 posted on 11/07/2008 9:14:28 AM PST by Mojave (http://www.americanbacklash.com/)
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To: TommyDale; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; ...
This explains the bitterness among the McCain staffers. Their own candidate was to blame.

AMEN, Tommy!

117 posted on 11/07/2008 9:15:09 AM PST by nutmeg (Palin/Jindal or Jindal/Palin 2012)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Anyone with at least an eye, an ear, and a brain could have figured this out.


118 posted on 11/07/2008 9:17:37 AM PST by dbz77
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To: KavMan

Good point. In Alaska she ran a more centrist popular government. That’s why she got 90% approval rating. She has the instinct to know how to attract the moderates and independents. Let Sarah be Sarah and nobody can beat her.


119 posted on 11/07/2008 9:17:54 AM PST by MooseChic
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To: nutmeg

Our preliminary final numbers (a few thosand ballots left to count) suggest McCain got 500,000 votes LESS than Bush in 2004.


120 posted on 11/07/2008 9:18:01 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: dfwgator

If the Couric interview did her in. She would not have 91% favoribles among the GOP.


121 posted on 11/07/2008 9:18:14 AM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (Our party is at war. and those who do not support Palin will be backed into the ocean.)
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To: Jeff Head

BTT!


122 posted on 11/07/2008 9:18:14 AM PST by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925)
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To: Mojave

If you don’t believe me, talk to people outside of FR. Palin has become a caricature of herself.

However, I never thought, in a million years, that she would have been the pick for VP. Several posters on here proved prescient. Maybe they are right about her resurgence.


123 posted on 11/07/2008 9:19:25 AM PST by Unlikely Hero ("Time is a wonderful teacher; unfortunately, it kills all its pupils." --Berlioz)
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To: dbz77
Anyone with at least an eye, an ear, and a brain could have figured this out.

Meaning, then, that the flailing and tiresome anti-Sarah trolls hereabouts are all one-eyed, one-eared and brainless...?

Yeah. I'll buy that. ;)

124 posted on 11/07/2008 9:19:33 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Sarah will be the first female POTUS


125 posted on 11/07/2008 9:21:40 AM PST by DocT111
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To: DBCJR
I have been ruminating on this over the last couple of days and have concluded:

- John McCain knew, with GWB’s low popularity, gas prices up, and the economy going south (even before it tanked in July), that he wasn't going to win the election.

- John McCain knew that a strong campaign, even if it was ultimately a losing one, would help down ticket GOP candidates and avoid a total Democratic blowout at the congressional, state, county, and local level.

- John McCain knew he needed something to offset the ONE’s star quality because he certainly wasn't going to - especially with the MSM already in the tank with the Dems.

- John McCain knew he would need a high energy campaigner who could really get out the base and draw in at least a portion of the independent vote.

Huckabee was too conservative, and Romney had religion problems (it didn't matter to me but it does matter to a portion of the Republican party base). Besides, selecting them would be just another serving of white bread to a public craving something different.

BHO was the first truly serious African American presidential candidate. So he countered with the first Republican woman VP candidate in selecting Sarah Palin. In effect, McCain countered BHO's star power with Sarah's star power and it scared them. Badly.

It didn't matter that she wasn't really qualified to be VP because they were not going to win. Her job was to electrify the base and get conservative and independent voters to vote Republican for local, county, state, and congressional-level officials. And that was why they ran so hard right down to election day itself.

As a strategy, it didn't work perfectly. But the election wasn't a total blow out either. There was no Democratic tsunami.

And, has anyone forgotten how freaked out the Dems and the liberal press was and still are about her? At least THEY understand how dangerous a relatively young, attractive, articulate (well, once she got her campaign legs under her) conservative is to them politically.

Well done, John. Well done, Sarah.

126 posted on 11/07/2008 9:21:46 AM PST by Captain Rhino (The best way to calm the delusions of grandeur in the energy cartel is to stop needing their energy)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

She will never get the single mom vote and theres one hell of a lot more of them appearing daily.


127 posted on 11/07/2008 9:23:18 AM PST by winodog
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To: Unlikely Hero

91% of the Republican party does not get in Free Republic.


128 posted on 11/07/2008 9:23:28 AM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (Our party is at war. and those who do not support Palin will be backed into the ocean.)
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To: Unlikely Hero
If you don’t believe me, talk to people outside of FR.

A poll has been properly cited and referenced, in support of the contention that Governor Palin is not, in fact (as the MSM smearmongers would have it) "damaged goods."

You'll need to provide something at least as convincing, in order for your rebuttal to be taken at all seriously.

That's not unfair; it's simply the way rational online debate works.

129 posted on 11/07/2008 9:23:33 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: Unlikely Hero; Mojave
Because she [Sarah]is vey(sic) popular with the party, but is not taken seriously outside of it.

No, it's just the opposite.

I consider the Republican party being a liberal RINO party and any conservative (registered Republican or not) out side the party.

The GOP has effectively squashed any semblance of conservativism in it's ranks and continues to destroy anyone who shows any.

130 posted on 11/07/2008 9:24:18 AM PST by Syncro (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: winodog
She will never get the single mom vote

Evidence in support of this prediction ("will never") being...?

131 posted on 11/07/2008 9:24:56 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Do Republicans ever get the bulk of the single mom vote? Nope but I bet she’ll get more then most Republicans in the past/present, plus maybe she’ll still get those 15% to 20% of the PUMA’s that voted this year for us.


132 posted on 11/07/2008 9:29:12 AM PST by KavMan
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To: Mojave

Having a 91% favorability rating within your own party is a good place to start from if you’re going to launch a bid for the Presidency in 2012. Many critics will say that is all she is. She will not expand beyond the base and thus not be a good candidate. I beg to differ. Once anybody knows you can count on a huge bloc of support you can then focus exclusively on developing outreach by developing programs and policies that attract others to your side. That is a big advantage to any politician. Again, I take the minority position. Thank God, for John McCain. Without him Sarah Palin would not have been possible.


133 posted on 11/07/2008 9:29:39 AM PST by techno
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To: Corin Stormhands

That makes a great tagline... Thanks!


134 posted on 11/07/2008 9:30:10 AM PST by Josh Painter (Don't blame me, I voted for Sarah!)
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To: KavMan
Do Republicans ever get the bulk of the single mom vote? Nope but I bet she’ll get more then most Republicans in the past/present,

Hey, you certainly don't have to convince ME -- !!! ;)

135 posted on 11/07/2008 9:31:23 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: Unlikely Hero
If you don’t believe me, talk to people outside of FR. Palin has become a caricature of herself.

I have. Based on what I've heard, you're inventing facts that you cannot and will not support.

When your bluff was called you punked out.

136 posted on 11/07/2008 9:31:48 AM PST by Mojave (http://www.americanbacklash.com/)
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To: LibLieSlayer
The other 33 1/3% of Republicans are sexist or rinos or both!

...and a big part of the 33 1/3% are really lying democrats lying about being republicans!

Uh Huh...I meant to use 'lying' twice, when talking about democrats, you can never overuse the word.

137 posted on 11/07/2008 9:32:57 AM PST by top 2 toe red (Ah, sadly... Elizabeth partook of the Kool-Aid.)
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To: techno
Thank God, for John McCain. Without him Sarah Palin would not have been possible.

It's definitely a silver lining.

138 posted on 11/07/2008 9:34:12 AM PST by Mojave (http://www.americanbacklash.com/)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
Jindal is 7 years younger than Palin. and far less charismatic.

Three other sitting governors – Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Charlie Crist of Florida and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota – all pull low single-digit support.

Point: se_ohio_young_conservative. ;)

139 posted on 11/07/2008 9:35:19 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: winodog
She will never get the single mom vote and theres one hell of a lot more of them appearing daily.

Al Franken won this voting block overwhelmingly. How on earth would Republicans ever find someone to appease these dumb women?

140 posted on 11/07/2008 9:36:51 AM PST by Neverforget01
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To: Unlikely Hero
Because she is vey popular with the party, but is not taken seriously outside of it.

This is too silly for words. She's the most wildly popular Republican in years and she has four years to earn credibility with independents. There is no such thing as "too damaged" when over 90% of your party loves you.

141 posted on 11/07/2008 9:36:52 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (the evil has landed)
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To: Reagan Man
The problem isn’t with Republicans. As this poll shows most GOPers like Sarah Palin and thought she helped McCain. The problem is with so called independents and moderate voters. Both those groups of voters went for Obama. Especially the self described moderates.

Worry about the base first and the moderates and independents later.

The conventional wisdom on Reagan for years before he won was that he was a conservative extremist with limited appeal who would kill the party with moderates and independents. Yet once those groups got a long look at him they saw the truth and he went on to win them in droves.

The conventional wisdom on Obama at one time was that he was too extreme to the left to win in the general. Both men began with enthusiastic base support which they cultivated into movements with wider appeal. That's the path to victory.

The base is the engine of the candidate. The bigger the base the more powerful the engine. Going after a nominee because of appeal to moderates and independents is a proven failure. It's hard to imagine a Republican nominee with more inherent appeal to moderates and independents than McCain. But that appeal never translated into the necessary grassroots enthusiasm.

Moderates don't motivate. Candidates like Palin or Jindal who are passionate and consistent advocates of the core values of the party do motivate.

142 posted on 11/07/2008 9:37:19 AM PST by AHerald ("Be faithful to God ... do not bother about the ridicule of the foolish." - St. Pio of Pietrelcina)
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To: pissant

A VERY GOOD RESPONSE FROM LARRY SINCLAIR TO THE O’ReillyRidickulous one.

Thursday November 6, 2208 on the “O’Reilly Factor” Fox New’s blow hard Bill O’Reilly justifies to one of his viewers, his reporting Wednesday on the rumors about Gov. Sarah Palin.

In O’Reilly’s explanation he tells his viewers that “it is not my job to suppress the news, and that to not report the rumors being lodged against Gov. Palin (which O’Reilly said is news) would be the suppressing of the news. I and Fox do not suppress the news, we report it and you decide.” O’Reilly went on to state, “we at Fox do not cherry pick stories, as that is what MSNBC/NBC does.”

So Bill, “rumors” from unnamed sources attacking Gov. Palin is news and should be reported, or you would be suppressing the news, but yet allegations made openly and publicly against Barack Obama by a named source, who you have address and phone number on, was not news and the American Public did not have a right to be informed? Sorry Bill, but your double standard and cowardice is showing more and more everyday.

Bill O’Reilly, this is from a loud mouth faggot to a loud mouth egotistical blowhard, your own words from Wednesday November 6, 2008 showed you to be no different than Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, you use rumors from unnamed sources in order to try and lure Gov. Palin onto the Factor.

Challenge Bill, the election is over, so why are you still scared to report the news, don’t you think the American People have the right to know what their President Elect has been involved in? Its not like you will be accused of being racist and trying to influence the election.


143 posted on 11/07/2008 9:37:34 AM PST by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

bump!


144 posted on 11/07/2008 9:38:47 AM PST by Blogger
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

To be fair Sarah’s popualarity may wane as time moves along. But if she keeps any semblance of a national profile in the next 2 years, it will not drop very much. She will still have to earn the nomination if she wants it, but I don’t think she would want it any other way.


145 posted on 11/07/2008 9:39:06 AM PST by techno
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


146 posted on 11/07/2008 9:39:47 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
She's the most wildly popular Republican in years and she has four years to earn credibility with independents. There is no such thing as "too damaged" when over 90% of your party loves you.


147 posted on 11/07/2008 9:40:59 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (G-d watch over and protect Sarah Palin and her family.)
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To: TomasUSMC

Larry Sinclair should take Bill O’s place on Fox.


148 posted on 11/07/2008 9:41:38 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Love at first sight, second sight, third sight...


149 posted on 11/07/2008 9:42:44 AM PST by techno
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
I just got a "THANK YOU for your support" email from McCain campaign. I clicked the unsubscribe link and chose the I no longer support Sen McCain. Then I typed them a nice little message as to why I voted for him (because of Sarah, not him since she is a true conservative) and then told them I felt it was disgusting how he hasn't come out and defended her against the garbage of his staffers. Made me feel better--a little
150 posted on 11/07/2008 9:42:47 AM PST by arbee4bush (Our Airman Daughter KB4W--Hero, Patriot and the Love of her mom & dads life! RIP Tony Snow)
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