I know a strong politically empowered female politician ... her name is Ann Richards, former governor of Texas.
By David S. Broder
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The snows that obliterated Washington in the past week interfered with many scheduled meetings, but they did not prevent the delivery of one important political message: Take Sarah Palin seriously.
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.
These people don't threaten the Dems, they threaten the existing GOP.
I usually do think of her in Nadar like terms.
At least not her, not Sarah. If her speech demonstrates any threat, it is not about her, it's about a loud and enthusiastic group of big mouth tea party types. These people don't threaten the Dems, they threaten the existing GOP.
Second, Palin still faces major doubts among the broader electorate.
In the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, 37 percent had a favorable impression of her while 55 percent regarded her unfavorably. Perhaps more troubling for Palin's future political prospects is that just one in four (26 percent) of those polled said she is qualified to be president while a whopping 71 percent said she wasn't up to the job. (Even among self identified Republicans, just 46 percent believe Palin is qualified to be president while 52 percent say she isn't.)
Lots of links in the original. I followed one link to the original poll about whether she is qualified to be president and the numbers are also significantly lower than when the same question was asked 11/15/09. (The '09 numbers were 38% thought she was qualified, 60% thought she wasn't.)
She was not ready for the White House, but if Broder and the rest are right that she is the real deal she will adapt and grow quickly. Look back at the history...a year before she was GOV of Alaska just about no one took her seriously for that gig either.
When exactly is she going to 'adapt and grow?' I don't believe that she has the basic capabilities to do the job. You can't grow intelligence in middle age
Do you get that people think she's LESS ready now than they did right after the election
She is good enough to inspire a rabid following even now.