• Sarah Palin's Oh-Twelve Chances Falling Fast

    Bad news for hardcore Palinites and Democrats hoping for a cakewalk in 2012.

    It would appear as though, as we sneak toward the next presidential election cycle, many Republicans are sobering up and realizing that while crazy might be a lot of fun on Saturday night, you probably don't want to bring it home to meet your grandmother

    In the battle for the GOP presidential nomination, [a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll] suggests Palin may have some work to do if she throws her hat in the ring. Only 49 percent of Republicans say that they are likely to support Sen. John McCain's running mate in 2008 for the Republican nomination in 2012.

    "That's a huge 18-point drop since December of 2008, when two-thirds of GOPers said they were likely to support Palin. It also puts her well behind potential rivals Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, and a bit behind Newt Gingrich as well," adds Holland.

    Two-thirds of Republicans questioned say they would likely support Huckabee as their nominee in 2012. The former Arkansas governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate is considering another bid for the White House. So is another candidate from the last election, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Fifty-nine percent of Republicans say they would likely support Romney. That number drops to 54 percent for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, who is also contemplating a run for the White House.

    She's running behind Newt Gingrich?

    That's only slightly less embarrassing than running behind a clown dressed up like Newt Gingrich.

    Tags: Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Polls, Republicans, Sarah Palin


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