When you observe the national media’s continuing obsession with Sarah Palin, you can only come to the conclusion that the learning-impaired, half-term governor of Alaska has made a lot of veteran journalists quite horny. How else to explain the gushing adoration expressed in so many political columns by so many pundits who really should know better. The lady from Alaska has obviously caused a lot of scribes to start sporting boners.
The latest of many star-struck swains is David Broder, the so-called “dean” of the Washington press corps who in his dotage has become like the embarrassing great uncle who sits in a corner at the family reunion drooling all over himself and soiling his Depends.
The “dean” went ga-ga this week over the dim-witted Sarah’s recent speech to a crowd of about 600 Obama haters at a teabagger event in Tennessee:
Her lengthy Saturday night keynote address to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville and her debut on the Sunday morning talk show circuit with Fox News’ Chris Wallace showed off a public figure at the top of her game — a politician who knows who she is and how to sell herself, even with notes on her palm . . .
Blessed with an enthusiastic audience of conservative activists, Palin used the Tea Party gathering and coverage on the cable networks to display the full repertoire she possesses, touching on national security, economics, fiscal and social policy, and every other area where she could draw a contrast with Barack Obama and point up what Republicans see as vulnerabilities in Washington.
Her invocation of “conservative principles and common-sense solutions” was perfectly conventional. What stood out in the eyes of TV-watching pols of both parties was the skill with which she drew a self-portrait that fit not just the wishes of the immediate audience but the mood of a significant slice of the broader electorate . . .
Palin did not wear well in the last campaign, especially in the suburbs where populism has a limited appeal. But when Wallace asked her about resigning the governorship with 17 months left in her term and whether she let her opponents drive her from office, she said, “Hell, no.”
Those who want to stop her will need more ammunition than deriding her habit of writing on her hand. The lady is good . . .
I only hope that someone checked the “dean’s” trousers for stains after he put that particular ejaculation into print.
Broder is not alone, of course. There are an astonishing number of pundits, both moderate and conservative, who continue to be star-struck by the low-IQ politico from the 49th state.
What none of them will tell you is that Palin, in reality, is a very unpopular politician when you look outside the hardcore 25 percent teabagger fringe of the American population. In the same issue of the Washington Post where Broder rhapsodized about Lady Sarah, there was an article about a Post poll that showed Palin to have very unflattering numbers.
Reporters Jon Cohen and Philip Rucker wrote:
The new poll shows that the political standing of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who was the keynote speaker last week at the first National Tea Party Convention, has deteriorated significantly . . .
Although Palin is a tea party favorite, her potential as a presidential hopeful takes a severe hit in the survey. Fifty-five percent of Americans have unfavorable views of her, while the percentage holding favorable views has dipped to 37, a new low in Post-ABC polling.
There is a growing sense that the former Alaska governor is not qualified to serve as president, with more than seven in 10 Americans now saying she is unqualified, up from 60 percent in a November survey. Even among Republicans, a majority now say Palin lacks the qualifications necessary for the White House.
Palin has lost ground among conservative Republicans, who would be crucial to her hopes if she seeks the party’s presidential nomination in 2012. Forty-five percent of conservatives now consider her as qualified for the presidency, down sharply from 66 percent who said so last fall.
Among all Republicans polled, 37 percent now hold a “strongly favorable” opinion of Palin, about half the level recorded when she burst onto the national stage in 2008 as Sen. John McCain’s running mate.
Among Democrats and independents, assessments of Palin also have eroded. Six percent of Democrats now consider her qualified for the presidency, a drop from 22 percent in November; the percentage of independents who think she is qualified fell to 29 percent from 37 percent.
Let’s repeat those numbers for the benefit of “Dean” Broder and the other pundits who are so bedazzled by the wolf-slaughtering resigned governor: only 37 percent of those polled have a favorable opinion of Palin, while fully 55 percent have an unfavorable opinion of her. Only 26 percent think she is qualified to be president; 71 percent think she is not qualified. That 71 percent includes quite a few Republicans.
This is not a popular politician and this is also a politician who, in the opinion of 71 percent of the people, is too f**king retarded to be president. Why does our media keep panting after her?