By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
It's been a rough week for rogue Republican Sarah Palin. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that more than half the nation, or 55 percent of Americans, view her unfavorably and almost three fourths or 71 percent of Americans see her as unqualified to be president. All this inside of a week when she was caught writing notes to herself on her palm for a speech to her tea party followers, thereby becoming fodder for late-night comedians.
And her almost son-in law Levi Johnston not only posed in the buff for a magazine cover but also is fighting a very public court battle over child-support payments for Palin's grandson, to be made to the baby's mother, Bristol Palin.
But perhaps the worst news of the week comes in the ABC News/Washington Post poll, which also finds that 52 percent of Republicans think she's not qualified to be president and only 37 percent of all Americans hold favorable views of her.
So I ask you, dear readers, is this the end of Sarah Palin's presidential quest or is there another rogue remake coming? This seems like an awful lot to overcome to win the support of conservative Christian voters, her base. They may go to lengths not to blame her for Levi Johnston's attention-getting and money-making activities. In truth, we all know she has no control over him. But he certainly has no rival for making a mess out of a life of a sort-of relative of a would-be presidential candidate.
The so-called true believers (in God and in Sarah Palin) will find excuses to overlook her note-making, but mainstreamers and independents will be very hard to win over at this point.