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Polling the Palin factor: Either way, former Alaska governor having impact in Alabama
Anniston Star ^ | 9-10-2011 | Editorial Board

Posted on 09/10/2011 3:51:27 PM PDT by smoothsailing

Polling the Palin factor: Either way, former Alaska governor having impact in Alabama

by The Anniston Star Editorial Board Anniston Star

Sep 10, 2011

The Capital Survey Research Center, which does polling for the Alabama Education Association, has surveyed Alabamians about President Barack Obama and the candidates seeking the Republican nomination.

First, the president.

Of the 841 registered voters who were polled, a majority said they did not like Obama and the direction he was taking the country. This comes as no surprise since a majority of those polled (488) said they would vote next year in the Republican primary.

In the GOP contest, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is favored by Alabamians over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, though nearly half of those polled didn’t know who Perry was.

The fly in the ointment seems to be former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. She was rated unfavorable or very unfavorable by 56 percent of those polled. She also polls as the weakest candidate against Obama. But 12 percent of polled Alabamians who plan to vote in the Republican primary said they would support a Palin bid for the White House.

As polls in other states and regions have shown, Palin would take votes from Perry. With Palin in the race, 22.5 percent would support the Texas governor, 20 percent would support Romney.

But if Palin is not in the race, Perry would get the votes of nearly 30 percent of Alabama Republicans — a jump of 7.5 points. Romney would gain only 4 points. About 14 percent of GOP voters were undecided, so if Romney can hold his base and attract the undecided, then Romney might pull it out. But it will be difficult.

Since a majority of those polled said they thought the country was going in the wrong direction, it was not surprising that 64 percent rated current economic conditions as poor. What is surprising is that more than 47 percent told pollsters that their personal economic condition was good or excellent, despite the pessimism about the economy. That’s possibly an indication that those polled are doing well in comparison to others they know, but they are nonetheless concerned about the future.

This early polling says several things about Alabama Republicans.

Perry is slightly on top, but he has name-recognition work to do.

Romney remains firmly in the race, but he has far to go.

Perry supporters surely hope Palin stays on the sidelines.

Any of the Republican candidates can beat Obama in Alabama, but the former Alaska governor is the weakest in the field.

Now Republicans must wait to see what Sarah Palin will do.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: 2012; alabama; cantwinmeme; enemedia; fearfulrinos; memebots; palin; palinpredictions; palinpunditry; perry; rinorick; rinoromney; romney; runsarahrun; sarahpalin; smellthefear
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1 posted on 09/10/2011 3:51:30 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Don't let the MSM pick our nominee!
2 posted on 09/10/2011 3:57:37 PM PDT by papasmurf (0bama...just doing the job Americans won't do.)
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To: papasmurf
An AEA polling organization??

OMG.

3 posted on 09/10/2011 4:01:25 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: smoothsailing

“She also polls as the weakest candidate against Obama”

Provably false. If this was actually the case,, during the primary, they would be building her up as a “maverick”,, a “reformer”, etc.
Then they would attack her AFTER she had the nomination.

Instead,,they are doing everything they can to stop her from being the nominee.


4 posted on 09/10/2011 4:02:56 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: papasmurf

Alabama is still an all boys state. That can change. It’s a southern thing...no disrespect. Lot of southern guys still think women belong in the kitchen...or ironing shirts.


5 posted on 09/10/2011 4:05:21 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Bovina Sancta!)
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To: DesertRhino

I could not agree more. Sarah will rocket up after she announces and after campaigning starts she will move faster. The least surprising thing here is that so many people don’t know Perry. After they do...like this Texan they will reject him. He is a nice guy I guess. I don’t think he is evil but he is ALL talk when it comes to being conservative. He will say great things...get elected and govern just like the rest. SARAH is the only one who will do everything to get the job done. Because she is a conservative in heart.


6 posted on 09/10/2011 4:07:53 PM PDT by carjic (I've always been taught to respect my elders.... but it's getting harder to find any!)
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To: smoothsailing

N.B.: The Anniston Star has long had the nickname of “The Anniston Red Star”, for its wildly leftist viewpoints, even when the town was host to Fort McClellan, HQ of the US Army Military Police and Chemical Corps.


7 posted on 09/10/2011 4:10:03 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: smoothsailing

Let me make this perfectly clear. Anniston, Alabama is my home town. Unstand this, and make no doubt about it . . . the guy who runs the Anniston Star is a devoted dimocrat and Obama supporter. There is NO honesty in the Anniston Star. It is another failing newspaper. It is owned by the NY Slimes now I believe. Around here, it is called the ANNISTON RED STAR! Don’t believe a word that comes out of that communist rag!


8 posted on 09/10/2011 4:16:53 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY mouth shall say: Jesus Christ IS LORD!!!!)
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To: MestaMachine

ya forgot barefoot and pregnant.....


9 posted on 09/10/2011 4:21:53 PM PDT by Kimmers (Pray more and shoot straight.........)
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To: smoothsailing

I just watched Palin;Undefeated on PPV. Alinsky rules are in play. The corrupt ones in DC at truly frightened of her. She should be the Republican nominee. THe peoples candidate.


10 posted on 09/10/2011 4:24:41 PM PDT by Rapunzel (Run SARAH run)
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To: smoothsailing
The Capital Survey Research Center, which does polling for the Alabama Education Association...

No bias there...

11 posted on 09/10/2011 4:26:44 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: RetiredArmy; smoothsailing

Smoothsailing is a shill for the rino wing on the republican party...or should I say the wing/leg and thigh.

He is here to get a rino nominated again.


12 posted on 09/10/2011 4:27:07 PM PDT by CSI007
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To: MestaMachine

You’re kidding, right? Right?


13 posted on 09/10/2011 4:29:05 PM PDT by papasmurf (0bama...just doing the job Americans won't do.)
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To: DesertRhino

she does poll that way. but she could change the polls by getting in the race, drawing huge crowds, doing well in the debates, etc.

but most polls don’t have her doing well against obama. currently, she does have high negatives with independents.


14 posted on 09/10/2011 4:33:03 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: DesertRhino
Instead,,they are doing everything they can to stop her from being the nominee.

What is it you don't understand...she isn't running!

15 posted on 09/10/2011 4:33:55 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: smoothsailing
She's having a huge impact on all the candidates and their messages.

They're all looking over their shoulder for her, including and mostly Perry.

16 posted on 09/10/2011 4:35:03 PM PDT by lewislynn ( What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in commom? Misinformation)
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To: truthfreedom

Oh how cute! You actually think polls MEASURE opinion and don’t realize that their true purpose is to create it!

Like i said, if she was unpopular, and unelectable, and the weakest candidate,,, all the polls would tell us she was the one we should put against Obama.

Instead,,,, the left, the Repub establishment types, their pollsters, and the mainstream media are *desperate* to stop her from entering the race. Wonder why??? If Obama could beat her easily, she would be pushed to the front.


17 posted on 09/10/2011 4:39:49 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: MestaMachine
Alabama is still an all boys state.

I'm workin' on my old man. He's starting to come around, but doesn't think she'll run. He gets pretty much all his news from the Mobile Press Register, so ...

18 posted on 09/10/2011 4:40:33 PM PDT by numberonepal (Palin/Cain 2012)
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To: lonestar

Of course she is,,, I know supporters of Perrito wish she wasn’t. But she most assuredly is.


19 posted on 09/10/2011 4:42:33 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: lonestar

Of course she is,,, I know supporters of Perrito wish she wasn’t. But she most assuredly is.


20 posted on 09/10/2011 4:42:36 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: carjic
I am from TX or least I have been living here for 5 years and proud to call TX my home......a friend of mine was pretty big in TX politics but got out because she did not like the nasty, I know she is luke warm on Perry and I won't tell you what she says about his wife......as for me he seems like another politician......and I am tired of politicians !!!!!

I am growing rather fond of Palin and her balls to the wall attitude. If she got to Washington and was told “That is not how it is done here in DC.” She would fire back that how it has been done isn't working anymore and we are going to do things differently now......we really need a change that I believe Palin could deliver.....

21 posted on 09/10/2011 4:42:45 PM PDT by Kimmers (Pray more and shoot straight.........)
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To: DesertRhino

“She also polls as the weakest candidate against Obama”

Provably false. If this was actually the case,, during the primary, they would be building her up as a “maverick”,, a “reformer”, etc.
Then they would attack her AFTER she had the nomination.

Instead,,they are doing everything they can to stop her from being the nominee.


Excellent post — and 100% correct!


22 posted on 09/10/2011 4:51:53 PM PDT by patriot preacher
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To: papasmurf

Nope.


23 posted on 09/10/2011 4:57:55 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Bovina Sancta!)
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To: DesertRhino

2016 if Obama wins this time. 2020 if he doesn’t.


24 posted on 09/10/2011 5:11:20 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Sheesh. Go away and stay away Newt.)
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To: DesertRhino
I know supporters of Perrito wish she wasn’t.

I don't care what Sarah does. I was a Palin supporter but I got tired of the games.

The icing on the cake for me was when she went to the Iowa fair as a non-candidate the day of the debate. Tacky! tacky! tacky!

She is a two-year governor of a state with only 700,000 people...not enough experience to be POTUS by a long shot!

She has gotten as bad as Charlie Schumer looking for a camera.

25 posted on 09/10/2011 5:18:34 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: carjic

SARAH is the only one who will do everything to get the job done. Because she is a conservative in heart.

Bingo she will do everything she says and that scares the left and the right elites. Sarah gonna shake it up and make it fun.

“Hey Boys Did You Miss Me” at the first debate she attends would be precious.


26 posted on 09/10/2011 5:20:53 PM PDT by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: DesertRhino
Provably false.

Okay then - prove it. In every poll I have seen, Palin polls lower against Obama than Romney, Perry, Bachmann and sometimes even Paul. IF you have evidence to the contrary, other than just your belief that all polls are fake if Sarah is not in the lead, please post it.

27 posted on 09/10/2011 5:28:59 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: carjic
Sarah will rocket up after she announces and after campaigning starts she will move faster.

Where do you think she is going to find these new supporters? She has the highest name recognition of anyone in the race, the highest negatives of anyone in the race, and the fewest number of voters undecided about her of anyone in the race. I'm not saying she can't begin to change some minds, but where are the people who are going to cause her to "rocket up" going to come from when she announces? You believe that when they get to know Perry, they will not like him - they already know Sarah and know they don't like her.

28 posted on 09/10/2011 5:34:19 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: smoothsailing
Someone is watching out for Sarah. She will do just fine.


29 posted on 09/10/2011 5:37:45 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: smoothsailing

Good article from Tea Party Tribune:

‘Fox News war on Sarah Palin’

http://www.teapartytribune.com/2011/09/07/fox-news-war-on-sarah-palin/


30 posted on 09/10/2011 5:41:50 PM PDT by GlockLady (Sarah Palin - The Antidote - Going Oval January 20, 2013!)
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To: CA Conservative

they already know Sarah and know they don’t like her.

They do not know Sarah they know Sarah the McCain water carrier and the women the media tried to destroy. When this is all done the MSM will be rooting Sarah on because it is a better story. However I might be drinking too much Sarah kool aid here.


31 posted on 09/10/2011 5:42:04 PM PDT by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: smoothsailing
There sure seems to be a lot of MSM ink being wasted on a potential candidate who apparently "has no possible chance of winning."

For some reason, MSM is bound and determined to convince the rest of us that she ought not run.

32 posted on 09/10/2011 5:43:03 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Waiting for Palin)
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To: truthfreedom

why would anybody believe MSM/Rep est polls? This is aimed at anybody that believes these polls, there are no non msm/rep est polls btw.

I have been preaching to anybody that would listen for well over a decade about polling, and the fact that there is no “science” in political polling, just boggles my mind that so many take every poll as Gospel???

Cant figure out for the life of me why people believe these polls, any polls, they all have an agenda, from Fox to Ras to any of them.

The latest joke is to average phony polls.


33 posted on 09/10/2011 5:43:15 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (Sarah Palin 2012 or flippin bust)
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To: lonestar
"She has gotten as bad as Charlie Schumer looking for a camera."

Riiiight. That's why, the day after Iowanola, she went and ran in a 13.1 mile half Marathon under her maiden name (for anonymity) with no press in attendance (she never breathed a word of it to anyone). We only know about it because she was recognized by a TEA Party runner after she placed second in her age group (7.68 minutes per mile average over 13+ miles).

Yeah. You've sure got her pegged. Wow. What a media hound.

All deserved ridiculing of you aside, it's a measure of how truly spectacular she is that runny rumpstains have to fabricate deceitful bullsnot about her to have something to whine like prissy little fembots about.

Lonestooge.

;^\

34 posted on 09/10/2011 5:47:22 PM PDT by Gargantua ("I'm only voting for Palin because I can't run for President..." (_8(|) Doh!!!)
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To: Gargantua
Yep, she ran in a red top so she wouldn't stand out.

She probably really doesn't want to be noticed while running because she wants to run unbothered.

But to show up at the Iowa fair on the day of the debate and not an announced candidate? That was tacky.

Besides, you can't argue that she isn't qualified because Alaska is half the size of San Antonio in population...and 60 % of Alaska's pop. is white.

All Sarah does is talk! If she hasn't decided by now whether or not to run for POTUS, she shouldn't!

It didn't take her this long to resign the office she was elected to!

35 posted on 09/10/2011 6:03:01 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Gargantua
Yep, she ran in a red top so she wouldn't stand out.

She probably really doesn't want to be noticed while running because she wants to run unbothered.

But to show up at the Iowa fair on the day of the debate and not an announced candidate? That was tacky.

Besides, you can't argue that she isn't qualified because Alaska is half the size of San Antonio in population...and 60 % of Alaska's pop. is white.

All Sarah does is talk! If she hasn't decided by now whether or not to run for POTUS, she shouldn't!

It didn't take her this long to resign the office she was elected to!

36 posted on 09/10/2011 6:03:12 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: CSI007; RetiredArmy
Smoothsailing is a shill for the rino wing on the republican party...or should I say the wing/leg and thigh. He is here to get a rino nominated again.

And you CSI007, are a blithering idiot. If you knew anything about me you would know that I support both Sarah Palin and Rick Perry, and have promoted them as the Republican ticket against Obama/Biden.

37 posted on 09/10/2011 6:07:33 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: lonestar

Re Iowa event: Suppose she has every intention to run but just hasn’t announced it? Would it be tacky or smart for her to be there to tacitly remind voters she is still in play?

If she knows for is pretty sure she isn’t running, then your argument is better.

In any event, I want her to run, but it is obviously her decision. No need for anybody to change their mind now; the games havent been played. Why doesnt the NFL just crown a NFC champ based on exhibition games and beat writers’ opinions? same here.Lets see the primary results. When the Elites tell us it is too late for her, then why do they care if she gets in late? It’s too late right? So she’ll for sure lose right? the Elites protest too much.


38 posted on 09/10/2011 6:16:18 PM PDT by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: MestaMachine

Sorry Mister Yankee but you don’t know what you are talking about.

Don’t forget that we loved our Governor George Wallace so much we made his WIFE governor—long before you Yankees were electing ladies letting gays get married.

Most of the “Good Ole Boys” I know, myself included, are ready to vote for Sarah. And we will if she runs.


39 posted on 09/10/2011 6:24:07 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: MestaMachine

LOL, you know lots of “southern guys?”


40 posted on 09/10/2011 6:26:00 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: Alas Babylon!

GO ALABAMA!!!! I’m homesick.


41 posted on 09/10/2011 6:28:13 PM PDT by WVNan (!)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

...and Southern bells. The women can destroy you with three words.


42 posted on 09/10/2011 6:29:31 PM PDT by WVNan (!)
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To: WVNan
The women can destroy you with three words.

"Bless his heart".

43 posted on 09/10/2011 6:36:39 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Alas Babylon!
I think you are a cut above and you probably have the same quality of associates and friends.

Some of the good old boys here think Sarah is white trash, but I think they get that from their wives who are projecting. and trampy white trash themselves.

I relate to the country fellas and gals, they are the salt of the earth, and work hard and will do anything for you, but there are exceptions. They also are smart and can beat you at your own game while you think they are stupid or ignorant. They play a great game, and they treat the woman with lots of respect.

44 posted on 09/10/2011 6:41:10 PM PDT by samantha (Sarah is our TEAple. candidate for America the Beautiful...)
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To: smoothsailing

As a card-carrying member of the Sons of the Confederacy, I would remind our Northern Freepers that most Southern men have tremendous respect for the leadership skills of strong women. Maggie Thatcher, for example.

What annoys us the most is when we have a wussy politician in charge who has no core values in common with us.

If Sarah is the nominee, there is no doubt that she will carry the Electoral College votes from the Southern States. That is all that counts on Election Day 2012.


45 posted on 09/10/2011 6:42:13 PM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: smoothsailing
The first thing that would happen after Sarah announced would be the largest campaign money bomb in the history of politics. This would make the undecideds make up their minds that Sarah is the real deal and also give her their support. It would be like a chunk of ice falling off a mountain ledge and ending up as an avalanche of destructive force. The Democrats would be swept out of power in the Senate and we will take a larger majority in the House. The people of America win. And that's a fact.
46 posted on 09/10/2011 6:42:17 PM PDT by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: CA Conservative

Wrong. They know the MSM idea of who Sarah Palin is. McCain held her back last time. She will be in control this time. If she chooses to run she will campaign her heart out and go for the win with all of her heart. I for one like her chances. We will see. I do on the other hand have first hand knowledge of Perry. I voted for him every time. Only because he was the best that was running. He is a big disappointment. I won’t vote for him in the primary whether Palin runs or not. He is a fake in the first degree. 4 years of him will swing the pendulum the other way...


47 posted on 09/10/2011 6:46:54 PM PDT by carjic (I've always been taught to respect my elders.... but it's getting harder to find any!)
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To: Piers-the-Ploughman
Would it be tacky or smart for her to be there to tacitly remind voters she is still in play?

Her being there told me that she was there to get attention but not willing to be part of the debate.

She isn't running in 2012. She knows she can't win and if she runs and loses, the media will drop her like a hot potatoe. Her only chance to stay in the public eye is to keep doing what she's doing...making speeches and selling books. Make no mistake, she is marketing herself for personal gain. Running for POTUS would NOT help, but would hinder that because nobody wants a 2-time loser.

She knows all that...won't run!

48 posted on 09/10/2011 6:51:01 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: jonrick46
The first thing that would happen after Sarah announced would be the largest campaign money bomb in the history of politics.

Could well be. If.

49 posted on 09/10/2011 7:05:00 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: lonestar

Somebody didn’t get enough attention from Mommy. Unresolved issues with women, huh? Is it just political or... more than that?


50 posted on 09/10/2011 7:08:58 PM PDT by Gargantua ("I'm only voting for Palin because I can't run for President..." (_8(|) Doh!!!)
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