by Jerome Armstrong, Wed Dec 09, 2009 at 03:59:47 PM EST
Who knows how much of a basis this poll has of being the Republican base, but lets assume it tells us something about who the Republicans nominate in 2012:
Yesterday, I polled RWN's readers on the following question:
If the 2012 Republican primary were today, which of these candidates would you vote for?
The results were a surprise, not because of who came in first, but because of the huge margin and how weak the rest of the field turned out to be in comparison to the front runner:
1) Sarah Palin: 46% (284 votes)
- Dick Cheney: 8% (52 votes)
- Bobby Jindal: 8% (51 votes)
- Mitt Romney: 7% (45 votes)
- Rick Santorum: 4% (25 votes)
- Ron Paul: 3% (24 votes)
- Tim Pawlenty: 3% (24 votes)
- Newt Gingrich: 3% (23 votes)
- Haley Barbour: 2% (17 votes)
- Mike Pence: 2% (14 votes)
- Rudy Guiliani: 2% (14 votes)
- Mike Huckabee: 2% (13 votes)
- Jeb Bush: 1% (12 votes)
- John Thune: 1% (8 votes)
- Lou Dobbs: 0% (0 votes)
And Rick Santorum is running too? Oh my. Lets get there. It's a lot better than reading day in and day out about the '10 trainwreck.
btw, I found out where McCain's "Country First" slogan originated. It's from Republican James Blaine, back during the 1862 midterm, when he was bringing together a pro-Union coalition of Republican and Democratic northerners for the midterm (which proved very unsuccessful), though it's "Unity" coalition was what Lincoln used in 1864 (National Unity) for his re-elect party umbrella. I came across it reading "Reelecting Lincoln: The Battle for the 1864 Presidency" which is a fabulous book. I'm unsure whether McCain's strategy was aware of the previous use of the slogan, though it seems doubtful. I always thought it was precursor to his going to choose Lieberman for the ticket, and instead he gave us Palin.
It seems to me too, that my first instinct at seeing her in action, that she was going to be a strong opponent to progressives for a long time to come, has panned out as to be the case. And, as long as she doesn't run, she will become very popular (approvals in the mid 50's) and have a loud megaphone. If she runs though, it falls apart. She's likable and good looking, and she taken to social media like a pro, but really has no shot at being elected to national office.