2012 Poll: Republicans Reject Both Palin and Romney
A new poll of Republicans by Harris brought bad news for the White House aspirations of both Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, who both find themselves trailing none of the above. Among Republicans Romney leads Palin, 14%-13%, when voters were asked who the leader of the GOP is, but None beat both of them with 34%. Thus far neither Palin nor Romney has convinced Republicans that they can turn the Party of No into the Party of Go.
Palin’s and Romney’s issues mirrored each other as according to Harris, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney rated highest with 14 percent, but he was swamped by the 34 percent of respondents who were either “not sure” or would have picked someone other than the eight Republicans listed, and Sarah Palin finished second among Republicans with 13 percent. She was trailed by Sen. John McCain (11%), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (6%) former Vice President Dick Cheney and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (4% each), House Minority Leader John Boehner (3%) and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (<1%).
Dear God. This is dire.
We have the classic struggle here: Romney the fiscal conservative (old school Republicans) versus Palin the social conservative/evangelical (Republican base taking over GOP for last 40 years). Both of them aspire to be Reagan, but currently resemble Bob Dole and poll like Dan Quayle. As bad as things are within the party for Palin and Romney, they are even worse within voters of all affiliations. When voters of all kinds were asked John McCain was identified as the leader of the GOP by 10% of respondents with Palin and Romney tying for second at 8%.
But what makes this even more interesting is that within that struggle, we have Palin and the Tea Party and the social conservatives versus the Mitt Romney and the fiscally conservative establishment GOP. Palin has long been associated with 3rd party fringe movements: she was an AIP supporter (and rumored Bircher)– Palin is no stranger to using a 3rd party, fringe elements within a party, or using extreme issues to win elections, while Romney hopes that he is next in the line of GOP succession to the nomination as has been the historical trend in inter-party GOP politics.
The message that everyone should take from this poll is that Republican Party is not on the path to revival. It is still a listless ship being guided by waves of fringe anger that lacks the guidance and navigation that can only come from a strong captain. Romney and Palin and both well known quantities, but to most Republicans and the nation at large they are the same old faces carrying the same flaws that held them back in 2008. Republicans better batten down the hatches and prepare for an Obama led Democratic bloodbath in 2012, because right now the Grand Old Party is a ship of fools that it is stuck going in circles around the bay.
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