GOP: Will no one rid us of this troublesome Palin?
Sarah Palin is a serious problem for the Republican Party. She is making several moves that suggest she will seek the presidency in 2012, even though it's quite unlikely she could win a general election.
He negatives her high. nearly half of Americans have an unfavorable view of her; only 22 percent view her favorably. furthermore, the vast majority don't believe she is electable. Though she recently told Barbara Walters she would defeat President Barack Obama in a head-to-head matchup, most Americans disagree. Sixty percent don't think she would win.
But Palin has an adoring base that would make her queen for life if possible. She attracts huge crowds; she raises enormous amounts of money; she has resurrected candidates from the dead and turned them into winners. All that suggests that she could win the GOP presidential primary in 2012, especially in a very crowded field.
Rational Republicans have taken a look at that dynamic and begun to fret. and, suddenly, many are speaking out — criticizing Palin publicly. That's something they were wary of doing until quite recently, since her loyal troops would extract a price.
Barbara Bush recently said that Palin should stay in Alaska: "I sat next to her once, thought she was beautiful, and I think she's very happy in Alaska. and I hope she'll stay there."
GOP consultant Ed Rollins wrote about her: "the Reagan comparisons aren't helping. you might as well compare yourself to Abraham Lincoln or Teddy Roosevelt."
And Joe Scarborough — former GOP congressman from Pensacola, now co-host of the popular MSNBC morning show, "Morning Joe" — wrote in Politico:
Republicans have a problem. the most-talked-about figure in the GOP is a reality show star who cannot be elected. and yet the same leaders who fret that Sarah Palin could devastate their party in 2012 are too scared to say in public what they all complain about in private.
Enough. It’s time for the GOP to man up.
Will Palin heed the warnings and stay out of the presidential primary? that would be the right thing to do for her party.
But Palin has a considerable ego and is bristling with resentments. She is infuriated by criticism, especially coming from people she considers among the elites who look down on her It's more likely that the drumbeat against her will fuel her ambitions and prod her into the race.