Skip to comments.The myth of Palin's frontrunner status
Posted on 12/01/2010 7:48:56 PM PST by neverdem
Much of the punditocracy is obsessed with Sarah Palin. It's understandable on several levels. First, she makes for good copy and has a knack for coining catchy phrases ("death panels") and new words ("refudiate" -- it's now in the dictionary). She is controversial and opinionated, so given the choice between, say, a story on John Thune and one on Palin, it's a no-brainer to choose the best-selling author, TV reality show star and Tea Party darling. But conservatives suspect there's also some mischief-making afoot -- the desire by liberal-leaning members of the media and the White House to make Palin the symbol of the Republican Party, which they are convinced will translate into her presidential run, her nomination and a shellacking for the GOP at the polls in 2012.
You don't have to buy into a conspiracy to see that many in the media and on the left are convinced Palin will be the nominee. In fact, they seem to be in a bit of a time warp. Howard Kurtz recently praised her media savvy, an observation widely held by conservatives -- 18 months ago. Unlike conservatives who have had time to process the Palin phenomenon, non-conservatives are just beginning to evaluate her as more than a punchline or an object of ridicule. They suspect conservatives are oblivious to her shortcomings. But that's simply wrong.
For months now the real story on the right has been the search for new presidential contenders. There is far more awareness than many in the media imagine among conservative activists, Tea Partyers included, of Palin's limited appeal to independent voters. Her backing of questionable...
And now there's Mike Pence...
(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...
Pence, DeMint, Bolton, Bachmann, Hunter. Let’s get some conservative blood into this race.
Second was his expressed willingness to give Massachusetts's gays the right to force the boy scouts to accept gay men.
All his other deal killing actions as Governor pale next to those two.
Bachman was just on Greta. She says there are over 60 members of the Tea Party Caucus.... and that is before counting any incoming freshman.
She sounded great.
So, Jennifer, why are you writing about Sarah Palin in your very first article for the Washington ComPost?
Good article. Thanks for posting.
Well, you can add Romney’s forcing all the clerks in the state either to perform gay marriages, or get fired.
And his support for taxpayer-funded abortions.
Poll: Palin leads GOP field for 2012
Romney's problems INCLUDE RomneyCARE, RomneyDEATHpanels,
RomneyMarriage, Romney's destruction of the Mass. Constitution,
and on, and on, and on.
I really hope they're right. If she runs, she'll be a disaster for the party, even if she doesn't win the nomination.
I’m sure “Jennifer Rubin” is another high-quality, objective “journalist” trained at the finest school of journalism and that her opinion and desires never find their way into her articles.
She looks great too. Unfortunately, she is my #2 babe now in the House. Kristi Noem bumped her.
Palin’s status as frontrunner in the 2012 Republican nomination process is certainly not jeopardized by anything posted in the Washington Post.
I actually liked Romney a lot for some time, but as events unfold, it is evident that he is a dud.
Would he make a better Administrator than Palin?
Is he one of us?
Shrewd analysis. Thanks.
She will likely have alot of ‘disasters’ for company in the primary.
Why Jennifer . . . I find your remarks controversial and opinionated (confrontational too).
TCIWWP (That Comment Is Worthless Without Pictures)!
Hunter, still? LOLOLOLOLOLOL.
Like Sarah Palin, I also love competition! Let's have everyone run, so that when she triumphs, everyone will know she's the best!
Bill Kristol's dream ticket:
Thankfully, Kristol is not for Sarah. No more false accusations that he's her "neo-con" (read Jewish) mentor by anti-Israel trolls here.
It was Romney and his stinking Team that foisted
Obama on the USA.
You have to admit that Ryan-Odierno doesn’t sound bad, especially the Odierno part.
[If she runs, she’ll be a disaster for the party, even if she doesn’t win the nomination. ]
As if Romney, Newt and Huck aren’t even bigger disasters? Come on, who are you kidding??
Whatever you do, don’t google-image Jennifer Rubin with safesearch off. Some disturbing images return.
I dont think she went to journo school. She is a lawyer by training and just started writing a few years ago when she left her longtime law practice.
She's damn good IMO.
I’ve never believed she is going to run. I believe that her main motivation is the palin brand and how to profit from it. Nothing wrong with that but while her choices make the cash register ding they do not make for a serious run at the toughest job in the world.
Palin’s (potential) success is likely to rise as she is continually pilloried by the press and other liberals. Republicans will circle around “our girl” and she will continue to thereby be vaulted by us to super candidate status -— which is either EXACTLY what they want ... or the OPPOSITE of what they want (cant really read them on this yet)
There never seems to be a lack of freepers who are seemingly proud of how much they don't know.
Didn’t MA have a veto proof majority in each house forcing their version of Obamacare on Romney? Didn’t he veto a number of its provisions initially?
Yeah, we need more lawyers writing for the Wash. Compost.
And we need to pay attention to what lawyers writing for the Wash. Compost tell us about a nobody politician (so they claim) that is not the frontrunner (so they claim) and has no chance of winning (so they claim) and who is stupid (so they claim) and who Republicans would be well advised to turn away from (so they claim).
Yeah. That’s original.
If all they claim is true, why do they fear her so much?
"Alright you hired. Give your Sarah Palin article to write-up, and send in the next Sarah Palin writer applicant on your way out! I need more, more!"
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So, which is it? Are they scared to death of her and trying to destroy her, or are they pushing her on us because they think she’ll lead to a “shelacking”? It can’t really be both, can it?
I like babes with brains and I know Michele has a strong mind. We’ll see if Noem has what it takes.
She sounds awfully good so far.
No, but I think so called Romneycare is a bum rap. The rats in MA had veto proof majorities in their legislature forcing it on him.
He “supports” gay marriage in the sense that it is for states to decide.
And his ‘soft on abortion’ has no basis in fact. What little he said in your linked piece is not indicative of soft.
His take on US sovereignty is unmatched with perhaps the exception of Hunter and DeMint.
I wouldn’t count him out yet.
His main problem is he’s from Massachusetts, which is a death knell to any candidate.
Bachman had to back down on her quest for a leadership position. I wonder why? Anyone?
I saw Compost and wrote it off.
Don’t have time to follow another blogger, but go ahead and support her for as long as she stays true to the base.
Still not sure why the Compost took her on.
Forgot to add that she sounds like the same “conservatives” (Rove, et al.) who wrote off Christine in DE and Palin because they are not mainstream GOP.
Yes, “conservatives” needs to be in quotes given the context.
If she runs, she’ll be a disaster for the party, even if she doesn’t win the nomination.
Still beating the useless Hunter drum I see,
So you are saying the Massachusetts legislature over rode Romney's healthcare veto?
If they did, I am a liar and an effing troll.
If they did not, well one of us is a liar and an effing troll either way.
The record shows just which one of us that is.
We don’t want her to be in the lead this early. To me this is like a horserace, Remember Secretariat always came from the back covered in mud and dirt to shock the field he won and in the race he was expected to lose because it was too long a race he ran well away from the field...