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If Palin runs for president: Her strengths won't be a lot of help
The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 12, 2010 | Steve Chapman

Posted on 09/11/2010 1:25:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

It turns out Sarah Palin left the governorship of Alaska for a better position. She's become king — King Midas, to be exact. Everything she touches turns to gold.

Her memoir, "Going Rogue," was the best-selling hardcover nonfiction volume of 2009. She's got a TV gig with Fox News that reportedly pays $1 million a year. She commands $100,000 for a speaking appearance.

But it's not all about the money. Palin has also become the fairy godmother of the Republican Party. In the Aug. 31 primaries, all five candidates she tapped with her wand came away victorious — including Joe Miller, who upset incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Those she passed over turned into pumpkins.

"Sarah Palin has special medicine," wrote John Dickerson of the liberal online magazine Slate after the primaries. "The Palin brand now grows ever stronger because other Republicans will want to access that magic."

All that looks like the perfect prelude to something even bigger. After steadfastly refusing invitations for political gatherings in Iowa, site of the first presidential contest in 2012, she's going to Des Moines on Sept. 17 for the Republican Party's annual Reagan Day dinner. To run for president, one local GOP official was quoted saying, "She needs to be here — and she's doing that with a big, high-profile event."

If she enters the race, Palin will have the inside track. A recent Gallup poll found that among Republican voters, she's more popular than Abraham Lincoln, with a 76 percent favorable rating — higher than any other potential GOP presidential candidate listed by Gallup. The nomination is starting to look like it's hers for the asking.

But appearances are deceiving.(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2012; alaska; iowa; iquitarod; joemiller; kingmidas; lisamurkowski; midas; obama; palin; palin2012; polls; romney; romneybigdig; romneycare; romneydirtytricks; romneymarriage; sarahpalin
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I lived in Central Iowa over half of my life and he doesn't know what he's talking about. BTW, weren't then former Governor Reagan's poll numbers about the same in 1978?
1 posted on 09/11/2010 1:25:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So you think Palin will do well in IA or bad?


2 posted on 09/11/2010 1:28:48 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s weird how these commie lib freaks talk about Americans like we’re a bunch of aliens from outer space when they are not busy kissing the arses of muslims and/or illegal aliens. Very weird. The ‘RATS really need to work on being a little more sensitive and tolerant toward Americans.


3 posted on 09/11/2010 1:29:34 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Algore is a politician and a con artist. He is NOT a scientist.)
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To: driftdiver

She will win Iowa, with help from the once and future Governor Terry Branstad, win South Carolina with the help of Governor Nikki Haley, do okay in New hampshire (Mitt Romney country), and proceed to the convention...


4 posted on 09/11/2010 1:31:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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” If she were serious about a White House bid, she would have spent the past two years making herself plausible as president. All Palin has done is make herself a major media phenomenon, as well as a wealthy woman.”

Hummmm. She’s now rich, she has name recognition, she often sets the agenda as a private citizen, she picks candidates, but she is a loser right out of the box.

Do these writers even have brain cells, or are their brains filled with oatmeal? I mean, if you don’t like Palin, just say so instead of concocting some fairy tale.


5 posted on 09/11/2010 1:31:34 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I grew up there but have rarely been back since joining the Air Force. With the activist judges there isn’t much to make me want to visit. Although I did hear about the recall efforts.

Seems like she should do well there but there are a lot of life long democrats there who don’t understand the democratic party has left them.


6 posted on 09/11/2010 1:35:09 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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Palin has also become the fairy godmother of the Republican Party. In the Aug. 31 primaries, all five candidates she tapped with her wand came away victorious — including

the slime-ball Juan McShame

7 posted on 09/11/2010 1:35:16 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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"The Palin brand now grows ever stronger because other Republicans will want to access that magic.

It ain't magic, StevieBoy. And RINO's are unable to 'access' it. And you just showed how clueless you are, a**hole!
8 posted on 09/11/2010 1:35:28 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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They really have to stretch and twist to find some way to put her down. The presidential race is a popularity contest as much as anything else. Hussein's election proved that.

Sarah draws crowds everywhere. Imagine a Sarah/Chris Christie ticket OR Palin/Col West. I like that one, something for everybody.

9 posted on 09/11/2010 1:35:54 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

Hey, AZ voters have another chance to vote him out.


10 posted on 09/11/2010 1:36:43 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: DaxtonBrown; 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t think Palin would make that great of a President. Although she is far better than any of the other candidates.


11 posted on 09/11/2010 1:36:48 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012; onyx

It took you nearly 10 minutes to get here? Are the regular Palinoia Posse People off for the weekend?


12 posted on 09/11/2010 1:36:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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Here’s another journ0list or journ0list wannabe, taking shots Sarah.

They just can’t let the November elections conclude...LOL.


13 posted on 09/11/2010 1:37:09 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

You didn’t vote in AZ, so take it up with them.


14 posted on 09/11/2010 1:39:04 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe he has SP duty solo this weekend.


15 posted on 09/11/2010 1:39:21 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: onyx

Governor Christie rocks!


16 posted on 09/11/2010 1:39:44 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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It took you nearly 10 minutes to get here? Are the regular Palinoia Posse People off for the weekend?

Anyone who trusts her is a fool !

She will sell out to the highest bidder.

She does not have any principles.


17 posted on 09/11/2010 1:39:44 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Like all liberals, Tribune writer Steve Chapman is scared to DEATH of Sarah Palin as he realizes that, unlike Juan McCain and other dependable RINO sell-outs, Palin will NOT betray the United States, will NOT kow-tow to leftists and leftist causes, will speak her mind and—most important—has the support of actual Americans throughout the country.


18 posted on 09/11/2010 1:40:07 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

Allllllrighty then....


19 posted on 09/11/2010 1:41:02 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually, it’s a pretty good article up to that BUT . . . .

Good place to cut it off. I don’t think I’ll bother to read the rest of it.


20 posted on 09/11/2010 1:41:21 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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