Via Andrew Malcolm; Sarah Palin’s numbers are rising as fast as The One’s are dropping:
Not that it matters politically because obviously she’s a female Republican dunce and he’s a male Democrat genius.
But Sarah Palin’s poll numbers are strengthening.
And Barack Obama’s are sliding.
Guess what? They’re about to meet in the 40’s.
A very wide variet of polls are showing Palin’s numbers are moving up:
Riding the wave of immense publicity and symbiotic media interest over her new book, “Going Rogue,” and the accompanying promotional tour, Palin’s favorable ratings are now at 43%, according to ABC. That’s up from 40% in July.
One poll even gives her a 47% favorable.
And this includes the big one…:
Most recent media attention has focused on the 60% who say she’s unqualified to become president. Her unfavorable rating is 52%, down from 53%, which still doesn’t ignite a lot of optimism for Palin-lovers.
On the other hand, 35 months before the 2008 election, that Illinois state senator was such a nobody that no one even thought to ask such a question about him. Things seem to change much more quickly these days.
So we have a candidate who was swept into office on a wave of uncritical – dare I say, “know-nothing” – media adulation, versus a candidate whom the media framed from the word “go”; every move the media made with regard to Palin was intended to show her as “dumb”, a “hick”, a scatterbrain, in way over her depth, who is having to earn approval one vote at a time.
And she’s approaching those voters, one at a time and in big crowds as well…
Everybody thinks 2012 when they think of Palin, who last week pushed Oprah’s show to….
… its highest ratings in nearly three years. Remember, though, in 2012 the first hurdles a rehabbed candidate Palin would face are her own party’s primaries, where diligent conservatives conscientiously come out to play.
…and all of a sudden, leaving the Alaska governor’s office is making more and more sense.
Indeed, something jumped out as me as I was writing this:
That same ABC poll finds Palin’s GOP approval right around 76%, 45% among independents and a surprisingly substantial 21% among Democrats. Among self-described liberals she’s seen favorably by a slightly larger 22%, among moderates 38% and among conservatives 60%.
This past year has seen an epic resurgence in bottom-up conservative – not necessarily Republican – sentiment around the country. You can tell it’s working, because it’s being met with top-down media condescenscion intended to, again, frame the discussion as one of “smart people” versus “teh dum ReThugLiCons” in the media’s mind’s eye.
The phenomenon is so organic and grass-roots that it doesn’t have a leader yet; there is momentum, but nobody to ride it.
Palin’s campaign book tour might change that.