Palin’s flash emergence on the national stage has left her as well positioned as any Republican to make a serious run for the GOP nomination in 2012, yet waning support from the political center may threaten her presidential ambitions, according to a Politico analysis of public polling.
A Gallup poll of Republican voters released last Friday found Palin atop a field of ten Republicans, including 2008 primary candidates Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, in a hypothetical 2012 matchup.
Fully two thirds of Republicans, including Republican-leaning independents, want Palin to run for president in 2012, twice as many as back Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has already made one post-election visit to Iowa, and about 20 points ahead of former Speaker Newt Gingrich.
But even as Palin exploded over a few weeks from relative obscurity to a bigger star within the party than its own presidential nominee, Democrats and independents quickly soured on her, she became one of the most divisive figures in politics.
The reasons given by most of the people for disliking Sarah Palin have nothing to do with anything she ever did or talked about doing. She attends a church that some consider “fundamentalist,” which is code for fanatical. She opposes abortion, but so do at least half of the population. She has the courage of her convictions as shown by her youngest child, who had Downs Syndrome. People won’t come out and say it but her actions embarrass a lot of people who don’t want to think that a conservative will walk the walk rather than paying lip service.
A soon as she was chosen the press descended onto Alaska to dig up dirt on her. The more personal the better. Liberal rumormongers spread rumors that her last child was not her own but that of her daughter. When the news came out that her eldest daughter was pregnant out of wedlock the slurs pivoted without missing at beat to accusations of being a poor mother.
Most of the rumors were blatantly untrue and the ones that were true were not particularly heinous. More the result of living life. But they were presented in the most scurrilous fashion possible.
The intent was not to inform but to destroy and unfortunately there are enough people that will uncritically accept what they are told to make it possible.