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.