My wife has been all over me... about Bristol Palin. I walk in the house and my wife is riveted to the television. She's cried over Jennifer Grey and screamed about Bristol. Apparently, Bristol Palin being in the Dancing With The Stars final has been the water cooler topic around the country this week. I've seen Bristol Palin dance on DWTS, it's reminiscent of some of the dancers in Michael Jackson's Thriller: she looks like a zombie. Undead or not, she's in the finals. And she's in the finals because of her mother's cult-like following.
Stop shaking your head. As much as you may not like Sarah Palin, she, at least for now, is a force to be reckoned with. According to a recent Gallup poll, if the Republicans were to nominate a candidate to run against Barack Obama today, Sarah Palin could win the nomination. Of four potential candidates named, Sarah had the support of 16% of those polls, tied with Mike Huckabee. Leading the race was Mitt Romney at 19%, with perennial candidate, Newt Gingrich, receiving 13%.
For those of you shaking your head, don't worry, Sarah Palin will not win the Republican nomination regardless of her current support. There is one thing Sarah as not yet truly received: Republican criticism. And when there have been whispers of criticisms, she and her team freak out.
Remember when Joe Miller demurred when asked on Fox News whether Sarah Palin was qualified to be President of the United States? Alaska's former first dude, Todd Palin, spit of a fiery email to Sarah's attorney:
Hold off on any letter for Joe. Sarah put her ass on the line for Joe and yet he can't answer a simple question " is Sarah Palin Qualified to be President". I DON'T KNOW IF SHE IS.
Joe, please explain how this endorsement stuff works, is it to be completely one sided.
Sarah spent all morning working on a Face book post for Joe, she won't use it, not now.
Put yourself in her shoe's Joe for one day.
Sure, we can debate whether someone who had to work an entire morning on one Facebook post should be President of the United States, but what will prove to be fatal to Team Palin is how easily her feelings can be hurt by fellow Republicans.
Joe Miller was not the first Republican to question Sarah Palin's fitness to be president. And he will not be the last Republican critical of her. It has already started with Republican representative Spencer Bachus from Alabama being critical of her involvement in senate races in Delaware, Nevada and Alaska as costing Republicans control of the senate.
It will only begin there. Expect Republicans supporting Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and other candidates to start questioning Sarah Palin's ability to lead the country. Ultimately, she only has herself to blame. Although there is a litany of questionable statements and made up words, her decision to resign as governor of Alaska will ultimately doom any political bid. There is no explanation for quitting. As difficult as it got for President Bush in 2007 and 2008, he didn't resign. Sarah Palin quit. She quit on her constituents because she could make more money on Fox News.
Sarah Palin has something in common with Jesse Jackson: she's unelectable. Just like Jesse Jackson in the eighties, Sarah Palin has a devoted and loyal following. That 20% will vote for her. That 20% will send her money. That 20% will be very vocal in trying to get her elected and will make her seem more popular than she truly is. Her problem, like Jesse Jackson's, is that her unfavorable ratings are so high, that it will be virtually impossible for her to win the presidency.
Sarah Palin's unfavorable rating among Americans is 52%. One cannot win the presidency with a 52% disapproval rating. Having a "reality" show on TLC isn't going to make her softer and more cuddly. Her disapproval rating will be in the same area in 14 months when the primaries kick off. Wrapping herself up in an American flag again will not make much difference.
If Sarah Palin is the Republican nominee in 2012, its because the economy rebounds and Barack Obama's approval ratings increase to the point where a Republican loss is inevitable. If that happens, like her former running mate, she'll be the sacrificial lamb. If Republicans have a chance to win in 2012, they will not allow Sarah Palin to be their candidate.