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Can Sarah Palin translate celebrity into real political power?
The Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2010 | Dan Balz

Posted on 02/13/2010 8:31:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin has proved that she can draw a crowd. What she has yet to demonstrate is that she can translate the appeal of a phenomenon into a political force that can attract or mobilize sizable numbers of voters.

The former Alaska governor is the Republican Party's biggest celebrity. She has given voice to a grass-roots movement grounded in anger with Washington and President Obama's policies. But her political future remains in question. Is she presidential timber? A force only within the Republican Party? A protest candidate like George Wallace (minus the racial divisiveness) or Ross Perot?

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"Right now, she is a figure like [George] McGovern or [Barry] Goldwater, two candidates who led the most intense movements in our country's political history, but who couldn't win the middle."

If Palin harbors presidential ambitions, she has a huge mountain to climb. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 71 percent of Americans do not think the politician who was Sen. John McCain's running mate in 2008 is qualified to be president.

Those numbers are so daunting that some Republicans who otherwise admire what she has accomplished doubt that she will run in 2012. Others say that unless she can transform attitudes dramatically, she cannot hope to win a general election. Still, GOP strategist Phil Musser said, "if she ran for president today, she would be the Republican nominee."

Musser's comments are notable because he is an adviser to Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), who is eyeing a 2012 candidacy of his own. Palin's political future remains "very much an open question," Musser said, "but the intensity that she brought to the ticket in 2008 hasn't faded, and one could argue that perhaps it's been enhanced."(continued)

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TOPICS: Issues; Parties; Polls
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At least some GOP operatives are waking up and smelling the 2012 coffee. As I've said before, she'll get my help (and $2 million in bundled funds) from me if she runs.
1 posted on 02/13/2010 8:31:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No. The Dems will riducle her into obscurity. And she makes it easy.


2 posted on 02/13/2010 8:33:26 PM PST by CaptRon
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To: CaptRon

It used to be the question was, “Can she turn real political power into celebrity status?” Well, that question has been answerd and so has the other one.

The answer is yes to both questions.


3 posted on 02/13/2010 8:35:34 PM PST by John Valentine
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The libs are SO scared of her...they can’t let the subject drop.


4 posted on 02/13/2010 8:36:37 PM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: capt. norm

‘Can’...?

She ‘already has’!


5 posted on 02/13/2010 8:40:19 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only blind and destructive.)
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To: CaptRon
She does need to present more detail more often. Calling her out for lack of detail is not fear.

Only in your biased and illogical mind.

And in case you haven't been paying attention, they have been ridiculing her in a manner unseen by any previous Statemen/Statewomen and all she does is get stronger.

Suffering from PDS, I see.
6 posted on 02/13/2010 8:42:20 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: LibFreeUSA
She ‘already has’!

And the GOP establishment is mighty nervous about it.

Dan Balz is a lib but he's doing the GOP's bidding with this article. Keep raising the doubts, that's the strategy. I'm no fan of Alex Castellanos, but he frames the GOP's problem:

But the others should be paying close attention, Castellanos said. "Mitt Romney, Pawlenty and every other Republican contender ought to be worried," he said. "An authentic, populist voice has emerged as the anti-Obama and that voice doesn't belong to the Republican establishment. It belongs to Sarah Palin."

7 posted on 02/13/2010 8:49:02 PM PST by Al B.
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Just give ‘er some time. The current POTUS sure didn't need much experience to get the job, eh? She actually has more experience than he had and everyone is finding out that the supposed “gravitas” he had was just being able to read speeches well. So what that she has a few words on her hand? He can't utter a complete sentence unless it's written out on the teleprompter.
8 posted on 02/13/2010 8:51:06 PM PST by boatbums (A man is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep for that which he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Can Sarah Palin translate celebrity into real political power?”

Is this a sad attempt at satire?

Sarahcuda successfully ran against Republican incumbent Governor, put corrupt Alaskan State pols in jail, backed down three Big Oil Corporations, brought biggest gas pipeline project to fruition, governed Alaska with an 80% approval rating, and then question: "Does she have political power?
It has to be satire or criminal stupidity!

9 posted on 02/13/2010 8:52:00 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: Al B.

“I’m no fan of Alex Castellanos, but he frames the GOP’s problem”

When Castellanos begins the Requiescat in Pace over the good ship Romney, you know Mitt is all but finished. Castellanos is a big establishment guy who has been unremittingly hostile to Palin and if even he is acknowledging the handwriting on the wall, then Palin is rapidly assuming “inevitability” status.


10 posted on 02/13/2010 8:54:35 PM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The socialists, RINOS and other government thugs
are scared to death of this fine woman.

Sarah Palin is my first choice!

11 posted on 02/13/2010 8:56:57 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: SoConPubbie
A new FReeper I see. You are all testy and nasty and don't have much reading comprehension. This used to be a civilized forum.

What did I say that sounds illogical? Or biased? And I know they have been ridiucling her. It will get worse. And the MSM will pile on. I also do not think she is qualified for the job.

BTW, you needed some S's in the Statemen/Statewomen thing, genius.

And the quote you have in your post is not mine.

12 posted on 02/13/2010 8:57:39 PM PST by CaptRon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 71 percent of Americans do not think the politician who was Sen. John McCain's running mate in 2008 is qualified to be president."


13 posted on 02/13/2010 8:58:09 PM PST by ari-freedom (Chris Wallace: I can tell you, Ronald Reagan would never have quit.)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

“Sarah Palin is my first choice!”

She is my first choice, my second choice and my third choice. In the words of the old advertisement, “Accept no substitute!”


14 posted on 02/13/2010 8:58:46 PM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: Al B.

“Dan Balz is a lib but he’s doing the GOP’s bidding with this article.”

Thanks for the informative insight.
I totally agree that GOP Leadership would like to see Sarah disappear off into the sunset on a dog sled!


15 posted on 02/13/2010 8:58:58 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: CaptRon
No. The Dems will riducle her into obscurity. And she makes it easy.

Ah, there you go, you were right on the spelling and the incorrect reference, and the increasing intensity of the negativeness of the press, however, your opinion of how she makes it easy is quite ignorant.

A new FReeper I see. You are all testy and nasty and don't have much reading comprehension. This used to be a civilized forum.

By that I take it to mean you used to be able to get away with posting negative, biased, unproven crap without anyone calling you on it, right?
16 posted on 02/13/2010 9:06:38 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Can Sarah Palin translate celebrity into real political power?

This isn't actually a serious question. With one single Facebook posting using the phrase "Death Panels" this unemployed housewife turned the national debate over health care in her own direction. Like her or hate her, that's real political power, and only a fool would suggest otherwise.

17 posted on 02/13/2010 9:08:32 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: SoConPubbie
I have a reputation for NOT doing that.

Ignorant? I made my living gettying Repulicans elected for 5 years. She is unelectable. What is your experienced. Conecticutt? How many Repubs in office there?

18 posted on 02/13/2010 9:09:35 PM PST by CaptRon
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To: SoConPubbie

Oops sorry. California. Same question. How is that state doing. You leading the charge?


19 posted on 02/13/2010 9:10:49 PM PST by CaptRon
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To: CaptRon
A new FReeper I see.

I always like the posts where someone spouts on either directly or indirectly about how much longer they have been around in FreeRepublic and how that makes them ever so much more erudite, intelligent or knowledgeable.

You'd do better to let your positions and your postings make your point for you then your senoirity.
20 posted on 02/13/2010 9:11:37 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: ari-freedom

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/


21 posted on 02/13/2010 9:12:13 PM PST by unseen1
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To: SoConPubbie

You’d do better than to make ad hominem attacks on people you have no knowledge of.


22 posted on 02/13/2010 9:13:05 PM PST by CaptRon
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To: unseen1

Obama had 6 months to convince the people

Palin has 3 years.

enough said


23 posted on 02/13/2010 9:14:24 PM PST by unseen1
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To: CaptRon
Ignorant? I made my living gettying Repulicans elected for 5 years. She is unelectable. What is your experienced. Conecticutt? How many Repubs in office there?

Wow, color me impressed.

There are many people who do what you claim to have done, such as Steve Schmidt that are complete and worthless people and help their candidates to losing records.

Not really concerned about what you have done in the past, or even how successful you may have been.

What I am interested in, is why you think she is unelectable.

Your references to your employment history not withstanding, you've really only posted an unsubstantiated opinion with out any relevant supporting logic or facts.
24 posted on 02/13/2010 9:14:34 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Still, GOP strategist Phil Musser said, “if she ran for president today, she would be the Republican nominee.”

Mr Musser is a smart fellow.

25 posted on 02/13/2010 9:16:26 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: SoConPubbie

My advice is not to post to that guy. He likes the attention. Calling someone who has been on this forum for three years a “new freeper” is ridiculous. I think someone around here is judged by the quality of their posts, not their longevity on the site. By that standard, your posts exceed his by a furlong or two.


26 posted on 02/13/2010 9:16:58 PM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: CaptRon
I have a reputation for NOT doing that.

Really?

Is that what that first post was?
27 posted on 02/13/2010 9:17:07 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Brices Crossroads
My advice is not to post to that guy. He likes the attention. Calling someone who has been on this forum for three years a “new freeper” is ridiculous. I think someone around here is judged by the quality of their posts, not their longevity on the site. By that standard, your posts exceed his by a furlong or two.

Thanks.
28 posted on 02/13/2010 9:18:08 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Well, I’m not a liar. Just another unsubstiated ad hominem attack from you. As I said earlier, you’re just a nasty new FReeper looking for a fight. We all get to give an opinion here. You might be right. I might be. I guess we will both see. In the meantime, lighten up. And get civilized, like we all used to be.


29 posted on 02/13/2010 9:18:22 PM PST by CaptRon
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To: ari-freedom

Statistics show that 98% of those polled lie to the pollster.


30 posted on 02/13/2010 9:19:56 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin: What will you do?)
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To: CaptRon

She makes it easy for them to ridicule her, yes. Because they ridicule true conservatives like bats out of hell.

But she makes it very difficult—so far, impossible—for their ridicule to succeed. Politically, this ability to foil the democrats is extremely powerful.


31 posted on 02/13/2010 9:20:01 PM PST by reasonisfaith (Hey you noble leftists. If what you are doing is worth anything, it should be worth saying out loud.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But the others should be paying close attention, Castellanos said. “Mitt Romney, Pawlenty and every other Republican contender ought to be worried,” he said. “An authentic, populist voice has emerged as the anti-Obama and that voice doesn’t belong to the Republican establishment. It belongs to Sarah Palin.”

Expanded political team


32 posted on 02/13/2010 9:20:06 PM PST by unseen1
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To: CaptRon
Ignorant? I made my living gettying Repulicans elected for 5 years. She is unelectable. What is your experienced. Conecticutt? How many Repubs in office there?

BTW, my use of the word ignorant was to prove a point. You may or may not be ignorant, however, you're first post was mostly a post in the same vein, it was a slander.

How does it feel?

Having someone state something negative about you without any facts or logic to support it?
33 posted on 02/13/2010 9:20:11 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She already has. What a ridiculouos dufus! The brain of the author of this inanity operates at about the same speed as the moron who became wealthy for penning a song which started with the line, "I believe our children are the future..."

NO! No you don't. Not really you don't! Really...?

I suppose even the dullest of minds has a genius for belaboring the obvious. Truly impressive.

;-/

34 posted on 02/13/2010 9:22:16 PM PST by Gargantua (DON'T TREAD ON US.)
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To: SoConPubbie

A slander?! How so? You called me ignorant and biased. That was your first post to me. Do you have a legal background? I would guess not.


35 posted on 02/13/2010 9:25:03 PM PST by CaptRon
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To: J Edgar

Well, the “not qualified” c**p has just about gotten on my last nerve. She is more qualified than any president that we have had since Bush I. She has more life experience than any man even contemplating running for president. And beside the one who is currently holding that office, she looks like a giant in experience. Enough already. I’m convinced that the only thing that would ever get the pundits to pronounce her qualified would be for her to have a sex change. The metro-sexuals who pronounce her unfit, hate women and want them to keep their “place”.


36 posted on 02/13/2010 9:25:20 PM PST by WVNan (I hate the liberal news corpse..)
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To: CaptRon
There are many people who do what you claim to have done

Absolutley provable, and to to claim I am lying IS slander. You want to get into it?

37 posted on 02/13/2010 9:27:30 PM PST by CaptRon
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To: WVNan

they will overplay their hand soon and the public will see them for the sexists they are.

Out of their own mouths will the condemn themselves. Charles Kuarthammer has already done so with his “leave the room” comment. Others are suggesting that she bea “cheerleader” for the GOP. the sexists remarks are still building but the GOP elites need to be very careful or they will lose the woman vote like they have lost the black vote for the next 60 years.


38 posted on 02/13/2010 9:28:48 PM PST by unseen1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Her ability to “draw a crowd” was clear over a year ago. What has happened since that time is more significant, even though the media and Palin-haters will do anything to diminish it’s importance.

She has become the most likely focal point for the unprecedented wave of anti-government populism that is sweeping the nation. Whether you agree with her on every point is immaterial - many people did not agree with every thing Barack Obama said either, but they identified with him as the focal point of their frustration with Bush, and desire for change. The pendulum will have swung far to the right by 2012, as global forces will keep the economy as the central issue. Obama is proving that he is totally ineffective in addressing this overarching problem, and Sarah Palin’s common-sense conservativism will be just what voters will be hungry for.


39 posted on 02/13/2010 9:29:24 PM PST by bigbob
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To: CaptRon

Even better. Diversity of jurisdiction. A federal case. BTW. I’m also a paralegal. What to call me a liar on that?


40 posted on 02/13/2010 9:30:48 PM PST by CaptRon
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To: WVNan

“She is more qualified than any president that we have had since Bush I.”

That is the standardless attack line they try to use. How do you refute it? Who, after all, is qualified? The answer is “a 35 year old natural born citizen of the United States”. That makes you qualified. 270 electoral votes make a qualified person President. And how they perform in the job determines, in retrospect whether they were “fit” for the job. I think, after she serves, Palin will go down in history as eminently fit for the job, and I agree with you that her life experiences, both inside and outside of government have fitted her uniquely and extraordinarily well for the job. That is why she has my wholehearted support.


41 posted on 02/13/2010 9:32:07 PM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: bigbob
agreed. the 46% that voted for McCain is in the bag. That means that only 5% of voters need to change their minds but those 5% need to be in the key states. I firmly believe any GOP candidate will win the general in 2012. the difference will be do we want a 52%-48% win or do we want a landslide win.

Palin is the only person able to bring the landslide win. And to really change Dc you need a landslide win. Mitt, TPAw etc will at most get a win with no mandate.

42 posted on 02/13/2010 9:34:15 PM PST by unseen1
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To: CaptRon
No. The Dems will riducle her into obscurity. And she makes it easy.

OH PLEASE.

Sarah Palin attracts crowds and media attention where ever she goes.

The candidate who will beat Obama will have to raise millions and ONLY SARAH CAN DO THAT!!!

43 posted on 02/13/2010 9:34:23 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: CaptRon

Ron, stop baiting. It’s unseemly.


44 posted on 02/13/2010 9:36:18 PM PST by WVNan (I hate the liberal news corpse..)
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To: WVNan
I appreciate your point, but I don't think gender is the stumbling block here. It's her honesty, and forthright appeal to Main Street that elites in Washington are unable to tolerate.
Don't forget that Hillary is the same gender as Sarah, and she was cheered, and never booed.
45 posted on 02/13/2010 9:36:21 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: onyx

Dollars don’t = votes. Don’t get me wrong. I love her to death, but I don’t see the American public putting her in charge of the country. Plus this guy is a jerk.


46 posted on 02/13/2010 9:36:40 PM PST by CaptRon
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To: WVNan

Not baiting. He started it.


47 posted on 02/13/2010 9:37:40 PM PST by CaptRon
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To: CaptRon
I'm with you. She will not be able to overcome the ridicule or anti Sarah controversy. She will be fodder for the left big time.
48 posted on 02/13/2010 9:37:58 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: J Edgar

Yes, but did they elect her? Nope, got behind the articulate, clean negro.


49 posted on 02/13/2010 9:38:29 PM PST by WVNan (I hate the liberal news corpse..)
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To: Bronzy

Thanks for your support.


50 posted on 02/13/2010 9:38:33 PM PST by CaptRon
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