I tend to think that the true test of Palin's power will come in November. If I were a betting man, I would say that we will see that Palin is not all that and a bag of chips in the real world.
Greg Sargent sums it up in his post that says it all: Sarah Palin is Toxic.
Commentators keep telling us how influential Sarah Palin's endorsements are, and even if the whole "mama grizzly" meme is clearly overstated, there's no quibbling with the fact that Palin has pull among GOP primary voters.
But the more interesting point to be made about Palin is how toxic she's become among the broader electorate. In fact, buried in the internals of the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is an amusing number: A majority see a Palin endorsement as a clear negative.
The poll asked people how they'd respond if a Congressional candidate had various hypothetical attributes. Asked how they'd feel if a candidate were "endorsed by Sarah Palin," the response was....
Enthusiastic about this attribute 8So a majority, 52%, reacted negatively. And an astonishing 37 percent would be "very uncomfortable" about a Palin endorsement, more than four times the eight percent who would be "enthusiastic" about it.
Comfortable with this attribute 17
Have some reservations about this attribute 15
Very uncomfortable with this attribute 37
I can pretty much tell you that getting an endorsement from Sarah Palin doesn't necessarily want to make vote for said candidate.
I know that Sargent is a liberal blogger, but facts are facts. Palin is not admired outside of Republicanland. Come November, I think Republicans will find out that the former Alaskan governor has not been a help to us at all.