In today’s Washington Post, David Broder has a prominent column titled, “Palin’s populism: It just might work,” which is devoted to extolling her appeal. He praised her recent Fox News Sunday interview, saying that she struck “a pitch-perfect recital of the populist message that has worked in campaigns past.” Some other highlights:
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. [...]
But in the present mood of the country, Palin is by all odds a threat to the more uptight Republican aspirants such as Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty — and potentially, to Obama as well. [...]
Those who want to stop her will need more ammunition than deriding her habit of writing on her hand. The lady is good.
Palin may have won Broder’s heart, but he is significantly off the mark on her appeal to the rest of America. Also in today’s Washington Post, on page A3, is a report showing that Palin’s unfavorability ratings are at an all-time high. From the Washington Post/ABC News poll:
In a new Time article today, Joe Klein writes on the “brilliance of Sarah Palin,” asserting that she is “the favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination and therefore someone to be taken absolutely seriously.” If he’s right, the Republican Party is in a sad state. According to the new poll, 71 percent of Americans say that Palin is “not qualified to serve as president.” That figure includes 52 percent of Republicans. Ironically, on Sunday, the Washington Post story about Palin’s speech at the Party convention read, “With her remarks, greeted with wild enthusiasm here and carried live by all three major cable news networks, Palin moved firmly to reestablish herself as a politician capable of national office.”
Moreover, the Tea Party movement that commentators have held up as one of the most significant forces in American politics, really isn’t all that popular with the public. Not only do most Americans not identify with the right-wing activists, but 64 percent say they know “some/little/nothing” about the Tea Party movement stands for.