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Something to ponder for 2012: Sarah Palin's ahead of where Obama was 30 months before his nomination
The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 17, 2010 | Andrew Malcolm

Posted on 02/17/2010 9:30:36 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

A recent Washington Post/ABC News Poll found that 30 months out from the 2012 party presidential nominations, only 71% of Americans believe that Sarah Palin is not qualified to be president.

This compares with someone named Barack Obama. At the same point in his then unannounced campaign, 0% thought he was qualified for the Oval Office. That's because he wasn't even on the polling lists' radar then.

The Illinois senator didn't show up on the polling charts until 24 months before the 2008 elections, just two months before his official announcement in Springfield, Ill. And even then he trailed the presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, 29-22, as the choice for the Democratic presidential nomination.

To illustrate how accurate such polls were in those medieval days of this century, someone named Al Gore was the third choice among Democrats then, followed closely by -- don't laugh now -- John Edwards.

--snip--

One candidacy giveaway: new books. Palin's came out last fall. Mitt Romney's next month. And in April, Fred Thompson's. (We're not counting Karl Rove's, Dick Cheney's or Bush's.)

Palin also has other apparent qualifiers for the GOP 2012 race: she is not of Washington and doesn't currently hold an elective office, having resigned the Alaska governor's job last summer.

A surprise move that drew considerable criticism at the time, since largely overlooked, her lucrative unemployment provides ample time now for priceless regular media exposure on Fox News and to rouse her base, as she did 11 days ago at the National Tea Party Convention, the next day in Texas and last Sunday to cheering thousands at NASCAR's Daytona 500.

What base does anyone see coalescing around other potential GOP competitors?(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010polls; 2012; fredthompson; obama; palin; politics; romney; sarahpalin
Thompson/Palin or Palin/Thompson: Either one makes me smile.
1 posted on 02/17/2010 9:30:36 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I LOVE my Fred Thompson. He and Sarah would be a dream team in my book!


2 posted on 02/17/2010 9:33:31 AM PST by NoGrayZone (In this election year, we'll see many daring Davids take on entrenched Goliaths.)
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To: Politicalmom; jellybean; Josh Painter; ejonesie22; papasmurf; Bobbisox; DesScorp; thefactor; ...

Fred ping!


3 posted on 02/17/2010 9:34:02 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin: What will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

*****Sarah Palin’s ahead of where Obama was 30 months before his nomination*****

Sarah Palin is ahead of Obama 15 MONTHS AFTER HIS ELECTION!!!!


4 posted on 02/17/2010 9:34:11 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

AND WITHOUT THE BLESSING OF THE PRESS! WOW!


5 posted on 02/17/2010 9:39:34 AM PST by Paperdoll ( PLEASE FORGIVE THE CAPS. I HAVE M.D..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who are they polling?

I NEVER recall a poll asking home many people thought Obama was qualified to be president

Imagine that

Keep going Sarah!! you are getting to them so you must be doing something right

The standing O at NASCAR tells you everything you need to know


6 posted on 02/17/2010 9:41:22 AM PST by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah should stop doing those radio spots for McCain here in AZ. Bad Karma there.


7 posted on 02/17/2010 9:46:10 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone

I don’t see loyalty as a character defect, do you?


8 posted on 02/17/2010 9:51:46 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin: What will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Illinois senator didn't show up on the polling charts until 24 months before the 2008 elections, just two months before his official announcement in Springfield, Ill. And even then he trailed the presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, 29-22, as the choice for the Democratic presidential nomination”

“According to CBS News, only 29% of registered voters considered then presidential candidate Barack Obama experienced enough to be President in August of 2007, just six months before the Iowa caucuses. This CBS News poll shows that a plurality of Democrat primary voters considered Obama to lack the experience to serve as President. By a almost a 2-to-1 margin, Independents answered the question negatively.”
http://www.conservatives4palin.com/2010/02/guess-what-only-29-of-registered-voters.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/081507_obama.pdf

9 posted on 02/17/2010 9:54:53 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don’t see loyalty as a character defect, do you?

On the contrary but supporting a major league RINO is.

10 posted on 02/17/2010 10:04:36 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Thompson wanted to run, he would have made a real effort in ‘08. He didn’t. Let him be; he’d probably just be another Dole anyway.


11 posted on 02/17/2010 10:10:29 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Democracy, the vilest form of government, pits the greed of an angry mob vs. the rights of a man)
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To: Mr. K
"The standing O at NASCAR tells you everything you need to know"

Yes, it does, more than any couch potato poll possibly could. Were the election held today she would win by a record majority.

NASCAR is America.

12 posted on 02/17/2010 10:13:10 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Democracy, the vilest form of government, pits the greed of an angry mob vs. the rights of a man)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I acknowledge the attempt to spin this as something positive, but 71% is a particularly high number that believe she is unqualified (assuming polling is accurate).


13 posted on 02/17/2010 10:13:58 AM PST by MBB1984
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To: MBB1984

The ‘polling’ is a joke!


14 posted on 02/17/2010 10:14:36 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Democracy, the vilest form of government, pits the greed of an angry mob vs. the rights of a man)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nobody knew who Barry was, 30 months before his nomination. Come to think of it, we still don’t (other than a usurping marxist-muslim POS).


15 posted on 02/17/2010 10:15:38 AM PST by Dewey Revoltnow (Worst. Community. Organizer. Ever!)
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To: All

I agree strongly with Palin’s basic opinions, but I don’t yet have a sense she is electable. While one might take some comfort in the numbers in this article, I suspect she is farther behind in many respects, the main one being that Uhbamuh was not ever really required to describe why he was qualified to be President. The bar was set on the floor in terms of his qualifications. For Palin, the bar will be set between peaks in the Himalayas.

While I understand her desire to express the need for “common sense solutions”, this basic statement will not be nearly enough to carry the day in a run for POTUS.


16 posted on 02/17/2010 10:20:57 AM PST by WillVoteForFood
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The media worked overtime to stress the “historic-ness” of electing the first black president.

Expect the same media to downplay Gov. Palin’s chance at being the first female president.


17 posted on 02/17/2010 10:25:14 AM PST by RabidBartender (Rob Scaaf for Missouri State Senate http://schaafforsenate.com/)
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To: MBB1984

That’s a huge assumption, considering the source.


18 posted on 02/17/2010 10:25:24 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin: What will you do?)
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To: WillVoteForFood

Its 2010.........laying out one’s detail plan now is too soon, when it’s 2011 and beyond is best because thats when most of the public start to pay real attention to the White House race and the primaries and one should release White Papers and specifics...........*note* Palin is planning a second book, most likely a policy paper book.


19 posted on 02/17/2010 10:36:49 AM PST by Bigtigermike (Loose lips sink ships, stay away RINO's)
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To: MBB1984

You are the Eric Cantor for President guy aren’t you?


20 posted on 02/17/2010 10:57:30 AM PST by ansel12 ( (anti SoCon. Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative loser.))
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To: MBB1984

A lot of people automatically react that way (Sarah’s not qualified) because that’s how the media succeeded in portraying her over a few months before the 08 election. She’s got work to do to swing opinion back her way, but it’s just opinion in the way, not facts, so it’s doable.

If the public could once be convinced that Obama and Biden were smart enough to run the country (when the evidence clearly argues otherwise) then it won’t be much of a stretch to convince them that Palin is also capable, particularly since she’s actually already run something.

Besides, the MSM is way out on the proverbial limb with their all-out support for the crumbling global warming scam. All Palin’s got to do is point out that she was way, way ahead of them on that one, and it’s a big one. Compared to the pinheads in the MSM, she’s a pillar of common sense, and common sense is going to be the average voter’s top requirement of the next President.


21 posted on 02/17/2010 11:18:20 AM PST by Norseman (Term Limits: 8 years is enough!)
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