Sarah Palin Has Irreparably Damaged the GOP


Without question Sarah Palin inflicted damage to the Republican Party in 2008.  Her nomination by John McCain made John, and the Republican Party look foolish, and created a lack of confidence in their judgment.  It seemed that their interest was in getting elected, instead of doing what was in the best interest of the country.  Three years have passed, and little has changed.

The Republican Debates have turned into a circus.  We have watched as the leading candidates imploded, from Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Gingrich, and now Romney.  Each has all fallen from grace, and position in the polls.  Originally there were to be 17 GOP debates.  Then there were 20.   These Republican debates have increasingly turned into verbal wrestling matches of personal negative assaults. They have been damaging not only to the candidates but also to public respect for the candidates who participated in them, and the Republican party as well.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-witcover-debates-20110221,0,1793715.story .  As each of these candidates rose, and then fell in approval ratings, there was one overriding feeling of disbelief that the Republican Party could put forth candidates who were so clearly inept.  Underlying all the debates was the assumption that Mitt Romney would prevail, and eventually get the nomination.  Yet, the candidates who are clearly not popular enough to get elected, have inflicted serious damage on Romney and the Republican Party.

According to the new Pew Research poll, Independents are fleeing Mitt Romney and embracing President Obama at a brisk clip. Obama’s support with Independents now tops 50%.  The new Pew Research poll found that Mitt Romney is in the midst of an epic slide with Independent voters. In November, Romney led Obama, 53%-42% with Independents. The margin stayed just about the same in mid-January as Romney led the president, 50%-40% with Independents, but something has happened over the past month as Independents now support Obama, 52%-44%.  President Obama has gained eleven points with Independents over the last month, while Mitt Romney has lost eight points. The problem for Mitt Romney is that trust in him has collapsed. The number of Independents who believed Romney to be honest and trustworthy has dropped from 52%-41%, while the those who don’t believe that he is honest and trustworthy has risen thirteen points, from 32%-45%.   It is the Republicans who must be credited with this decline in popularity of Romney. In their struggle to establish which candidate the Republicans would nominate, the Republican candidates, and Sarah Palin in particular, has suggested that the test for the nomination was which candidate was conservative enough.    By making this the test, Sarah Palin has alienated the Independent voters, and thus helped Obama in his quest for re-election.

Mitt Romney now trails Rick Santorum, the master of dead-baby etiquette, among Republican voters nationally by 10 points, 36 percent to 26 percent, according the latest Gallup daily tracking poll. In his native state of Michigan, which holds its primary in a week, Romney trails Santorum by an average of three points in the latest polls.   There is no debate that Santorum is “more conservative” than Romney.  Although Santorum is more conservative than Romney, and that may generate enthusiasm among “Republicans,” it doesn’t appeal to the Independent voters.  A whopping 30% of voters are self-identified as “independent”.    Thus if either party alienates independent voters, they do so at their peril.  Sarah Palin’s “non-endorsement,” and Todd’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich has not resulted in improvement in his poll numbers (15%).    As Santorum gains voters in the Republican primary, and Mitt Romney declines in popularity, it seems the chances of a Republican victory in November also decline.  Way to go Sarah.

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  1. Malia —
    Not only did Palin start the slide of the Party (by which I include the TP too), but her invidious example of how “real Amerikuns” can create dissension has been adopted by several of this year’s clown-car candidates, most notably now by Santorum whose ugly rhetoric makes him “The Sarah Palin of 2012.”

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    1. Curse nothing. She is a cancer on the whole country and we need to cut it out send her home never to be release in public again. LOL (we can pray)

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  2. As a child Sarah had problems getting along with others.

    I had to slap a pork chop around her neck just to get the family dog to play with her.

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  3. I live in Michigan and have steadfastly avoided state news because of the Republican primary race. This morning, by absentee ballot, I proudly voted for President Barack Obama. I felt so good taking my signed ballot out to the mailbox. Onward with Obama 2012!

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  4. Malia – More Santorum O/T:

    I’m having fun on the Santorum ‘skeleton hunt’!!

    Appears he was the Beer Industry lap dog while in Congress to have the beer tax repealed.

    He pretty much quoted Anheuser-Busch-backed/bankrolled website, RollBackTheBeerTax.org on the floor of Congress in 1998 and 2003 – being proud to sponsor the bill to repeal the tax. (More corporate greed!)

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/santorum-under-influence-beer-lobby

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/21/rick-santorum-beer-lobby-_n_1291240.html

    What also immediately came to my mind when reading the name Anheuser-Busch — McCain’s Stepford Wife Cindy’s fortune was earned from being one of the largest US distributors of An-Busch. She inherited the majority control in 2000 when her father passed and she became chair of Hensley 7 Co. The same company that provided McCain the jets for the campaign!! Of course McCain would let others do the ‘dirty work’ in Congress & Senate. Wonder if he added to the ‘pockets’ of Santorum??? Interesting as you start peeling back the layers and see all the connect the dots!!!

    Come out, Come out Whereever you are little skeletons!! There’s another one!!!!

    “Santorum in 95: ‘I Was Basically Pro-Choice All My Life, Until I Ran For Congress’

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/21/rick-santorum-abortion_n_1291634.html?1329857544

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  5. I just love that picture of President Obama! It makes my inside laugh! Isn’t he a gem! Keep it up GOP! You are making it so easy to vote for him again!

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    1. Mrs. Gunka,
      Me too! It makes me happy every time I see it, and makes me wish they’d put it on a bumper sticker with the phrase…”In your face!”.

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  6. Thought she had set the bar so low that no one without her brand of slitherness could sneak under again but the GOP/TP has outdone themselves with the entire slate of candidates they’ve trotted out this season. She simply made crazy and bizarre a bit more fashionable for aspiring pols. She’s operating purely on revenge adrenalin these days, fighting to the last shred of grizzly claw she has. Hmmm. Didn’t she say she wanted out to spend more time with her family or something??? She even lies about her lies.

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  7. Great analysis, Malia. Karl Rove’s politics of diversion and chaos seem to have come back on steroids, with each candidate totally unaware of how to run the hustle. And how best to initiate it, but run a man who talks to ceilings and a compulsive liar. Now the party can’t close Pandora’s mouth. Northern Sun is selling T shirts with Palin’s image and SHUT THE F… UP painted over it.

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  8. In AZ Santorum had a meeting with Sheriff Joe, wonder if he gets his endorsement.

    On the other hand, the morning news reported something about Palin saying Newt could make a comeback…..ha, ya think? The Republican party is a jumbled up mess and a laughing stock. Way to go Sarah!

    Course the sane ones have stayed home. She scared the bjeebus out of the sane Republicans, they’ll wait to rescue the party after Sarah and the other clowns go away in disgrace.

    Sheriff Babeu being outted as a gay Republican has put an interesting twist on the debate atmosphere in AZ. I wonder if any of the candidates have been asked to comment?

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  9. Sarah Palin’s entrance onto the national scene accelerated the dumbing down of the GOP that had already begun under Ronald Reagan. For years, the GOP has been using wedge issues like guns, religion, and abortion successfully. In addition, they have been portraying themselves as tough in national defense and the Democrats as soft. In 2008, I understand that McCain was advised that this was a “change” election so he was advised not to pick another elderly white man as a running mate.
    Instead, he picked Palin who was supposed to be a rallying point for women voters the way the GOP thought the mere fact that President Obama is black was a drawing point for blacks. She proved herself to be shallow, ignorant, and hate-mongering, and that hasn’t changed in 2012.
    Although she and McCain lost the election, she was effective in playing on the worst fears and basest prejudices of the GOP base. Although she’s not running for president, she has provided a paradigm for fellow ignoramuses like Perry, Bachmann, Gingrich, Cain, Romney, and now
    Santorum.

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