Nate Silver takes a look at Newt Ginrich's presidential chances, and — long story short — they're about as good as Sarah Palin's.
Which is to say, hilarious…
Based on a simple average of all polls since Nov. 1, Mr. Gingrich’s numbers with the general population are 32 percent favorable, 47 percent unfavorable. Those numbers are somewhat worse than when we checked in on Mr. Gingrich a year ago, when they were 35 percent favorable, 38 percent unfavorable.
They’re also not appreciably better than those of the supposedly unelectable Sarah Palin; Mr. Gingrich is perhaps one gaffe away from joining her on the other side of the 50 percent unfavorable mark. Although much can change over the course of a campaign, it’s historically unusual for candidates to begin presidential campaigns with unfavorable ratings as high as those of these two candidates.
We need to think of a way to boost Newt's favorability ratings before before someone explains to him how silly his aspirations are and he decides not to run. Because I do not want to live in a world in which Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin not fighting for the GOP nomination! This has to happen, people.
Maybe Newt can go to a morgue, find the body of a transient, crawl inside his skin and continue his campaign from the inside of his new decaying flesh suit.
I mean, that can't hurt his favorability, right? (I can't imagine how it possibly could.)
Tags: Newt Gingrich, Polls, Primaries, Republicans, Sarah Palin