July 16th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Should Dems pop out champagne if Palin most popular in GOP for 2012?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There are five Republicans generally viewed as the most likely contenders for the 2012 presidential nomination.
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Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana. Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts - who actually finished his term of office and was a hugely successful businessman. Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, who actually finished his term of office.

See where this is going?

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House.

But the most popular of the Republicans seen vying for the nomination in 2012 is... you guessed it... Sarah Palin. And it's not even close.

Palin, who describes herself as a mama grizzly bear, has a whopping 76 percent favorable rating among Republicans, according to a new Gallup poll.

Compare that to Huckabee, who gets a 65 percent favorable rating, Gingrich 64 percent followed by Romney with 54 percent and Jindal with 45 percent.

Palin, who quit her job as governor of Alaska midway through her first term so she could run out and capitalize on her failed bid to be John McCain's vice president, is the darling of the GOP.

If anything could overcome the increasingly sour view of the Obama presidency, it might be this. The Democrats should be positively euphoric.

You see, the problem with Palin is that while Republicans adore her - the rest of the country just doesn't. According to Gallup, Palin has a 44 percent favorable rating among all Americans; and a 47 percent unfavorable rating. And numbers like this don't bode well for the general election.

Here’s my question to you: Should Democrats pop out the champagne if Sarah Palin is the most popular Republican contender for 2012?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bob writes:
If you still believe that the majority of American voters have even a lick of sense, then you have to believe that Sarah Palin, a gifted natural TV celebrity who quit on the people of Alaska to chase fame and money (lots of money )in the lower 48, could never be elected... As presidential material, she makes "W" look like a Rhodes Scholar. The woman knows nothing, and hasn't the decency to do anything about her ignorance. The Democrats' prayer each night is: "BRING HER ON".

Mary in Hamden, Connecticut writes:
I finally have to admit that I just don't get it. Who are these people? I would pop out the champagne if Sarah Palin were nominated, because it would definitely be a gift to the Democrats. But I'd have to have two bottles so that I'd have one cork for each ear whenever she made a speech.

Koron writes:
Pop out the champagne, not, how about pop out the thinking caps. She's going to be a force to be reckoned with. It won't be Obama this time for me so I surely hope someone else shows promise.

Ed writes:
I would imagine Democrats would be dancing in the aisles at the convention if Palin is the Republican nominee. Of course at some point during the primaries she would actually have to articulate her plan – wouldn't she?

MaryAnn writes:
No they shouldn't celebrate too soon. Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voters.

D. writes:
If the Magic 8-ball, known as the GOP, fronts that gun-totin', word-mangling, half-wit, half-term, 3rd runner up beauty-pageant contestant, a/k/a "Big Mama Grizzly" as their grand idea of presidential material and potential leader of the free world, then we KNOW that Armageddon has arrived.

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soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Ed from Port Aransas, TX

    If Sarah Palin is nominated by the GOP, the Democrats would certainly have reason to celebrate since it looks like she can't win the general election. But what if she should win? My labrador knows more about world affairs.

    July 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Not at all. The next candidate, will be a newcomer, in my opinion.

    July 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  3. Jerry Driskell

    I didn't know the liberals needed an excuse to "pop out champagne" ?

    July 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  4. RB in CA

    Forget the Democrats. Can you imagine the field day stand-up comics and satirists would have if Sarah Palin actually was the 2012 Republican presidential candidate? Talk about not knowing where to begin! Even the GOP has to admit Sarah Palin is a press secretary’s worst nightmare.

    Chino Hills, CA

    July 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  5. Tricia

    Veuve Chicquot is my favorite but Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon, Krug, Cristal, all good. Dreams can come true, but so can nightmares...what if she was elected POTUS!?!?! *shudder*

    Tricia E
    Juneau AK

    July 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    No. They should find a way to fund higher education for everyone, as well as put Fox News (and Fox News wannabes) out of business. This is a really poor reflection on what we've become – a country full of ignoramuses.

    July 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  7. Bert Oak View CA

    Sorry; a great cheerleader maybe, but number one in the GOP? So sad to even think she could be the best the GOP has to offer when these coming elections are so important. Mr Independent, Lou Dobbs is the fairest, yes even to illegals and he understands the economy far better than the other contenders from either the GOP or the Democrats.

    July 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  8. Ray

    Would be political suicide if they did. She is a bigger player than everyone thinks. Plus she has the "Babe" factor.

    July 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  9. Tom, Santa Barbara CA

    Yes. Unless she wins. In which case, my fiancee's Canadian; what's everyone else's escape plan?

    July 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  10. Norm

    Palin is a political blip created by Fox News. She appears at rallies and echoes the views of people like Sean Hannity.
    We need substance in our leaders, We need to return to the days when we used statesmen, philosophers, playrights and wise men. Today, we are focused on i-phones and blackberries while we should instead have grand visions for our nation.

    July 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  11. Russ in PA

    Yes, as it goes to show that many Americans might rather choose form (Palin) over function (Ron Paul). Ron Paul should be our next President...

    July 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  12. Lori - PA


    I hope Sarah Palin isn't the most popular Republican contender for 2012. I'd rather see Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Scott Brown, or Chris Christie as the popular GOP choice for the 2012 presidential election.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  13. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack, it should be very sobering that Palin is so popular & not let what happened in Mass. happen in 2012.
    David, Las Vegas

    July 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  14. Kevin in CA

    For the Democrats – maybe. For the rest of us, it's a disillusioning statement on how screwed up and distorted our politics have become. Thoughtful statesmanship seems to have been relegated to the history books, all of which are in the process of being revised for political purposes.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  15. Steve,NY

    I don't think Gov Palin is the most popular. Republicans voters are not that stupid. They're smarter than the stupid liberals. CNN's hope and the Democrats wishes that it would be true. But it ain't going to happen.
    The Democrats and the Obamamites should worry that Sen Clinton will run for the Democratic presidential nomination and win. That would be a devastating blow to Obama.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  16. Jeff in Houston

    That would be a mistake. Do not forget that the Republicans brought us George Bush, Dick Cheney, Rick Perry, Donald Rumsfeld, a financial disaster we are still trying to clean up, an energy policy rigged in favor of big oil, and deregulated indutires on the verge of self-distruction.

    But, we do appear to be safe from gay marriage for the moment.

    Jack the Republicans teach us one thing: Never understand the power of a mob, especially one made up of frightened, ignorant people. They will follow anyone.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  17. bob z fr ,pa.

    shoild the rep pop out the champayne if obama is the dem can.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  18. Jenny in Nashville

    The Democrats shouldn't figure on a cake walk if Palin is the Republican nominee.

    George W. Bush has shown you don't have to be smart or exhibit good judgment to be elected President.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  19. Floyd Burgess

    For God's sake NO! The voters in this country might be stupid enough to elect her President.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  20. David

    Jack, dear Sarah would get my vote for being everything this country DOESN'T need! She exemplifies the idea of misinformed & arrogant, but she would be a great plus for the Democrats to go against in 2012! It's not to say she's a bad person, but certainly not capable of the responsibilities of President. Her agendas reek of "every American should be", and that's really scary!

    July 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  21. Ceridwen Gruffudd

    Jack, the Democrats should celebrate if Sarah Palin gets the GOP nomination in 2012. Oh, to the religious right wing, she's the greatest thing since sliced bread and they would vote for her, but to anyone with half a brain and to anyone who is a moderate Republican, she's Kryptonite. You recently posted a question re whether people would vote for someone endorsed by Palin, and the responses were telling. If the GOP has any sense, they'll look at those comments before holding her out as the saviour.

    Ceridwen from Massachusetts

    July 16, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  22. Donna Wisconsin

    Absoluetly!! And when the Tea Partiers win seats in Congress you can bet that Dems will take them back in 2012, too! Folks hate the partisianship now in Congress. Wait until the shoe is on the other foot. You think Republicans will bend over backwards to include Dems? Not if they are Tea Party people! So bring Palin on!! Obama in 2012!!!

    July 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  23. Nate G,

    The Demarcates should not pop the corks on the champagne bottles if Palin wins most popular for 2010. The Tea Party which Palin has been associated with, l take government back to the people with smaller government and a government for the people. Not by major corporation or left wing liberals. The movement supported by both blue dog democrats and republicans alike. The movement will bring equality to all. So instead of listening to Roland Martin and the NAACP both left wing activist. Let’s listen to moderate American and bring the government back to the people. If Sarah Palin leads that charge so be it!! Also just because a few people hold racist signs in a crowd does not mean that that's what the tea party stands for!

    July 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  24. DanceswithSquirrels

    If the Magic 8-ball, known as the GOP, fronts that gun-totin', word-mangling, half-wit, half-term, 3rd runner up beauty-pageant contestant, a/k/a "Big Mama Grizzly" as their grand idea of Presidential Material and potential leader of the Free World, then we KNOW that Armageddon has arrived.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  25. Kent

    NO-- I think they need to keep on doing what they are doing right now. That is to keep playing the race card by getting behind the NAACP and accusing the TEA PARTY of racism. If they keep this up, they won't have to worry about Sara Palin running in 2012. They can pop the champaign regardless of who the canidate may be. The way it's gong right now, Palin should be the one that pops the bubbly stuff if King Obahma runs.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  26. Barbara

    Well, I certainly hope so. I would just love to see her debate Barack Obama. She is such a lightweight, but of course a lot of Americans are just like Sarah. She's great at pandering and posturing, however, coming up against an intellectual like Barack Obama...it would only be a matter of time.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  27. Gordon NJ

    No!. Not since the Supreme Court went out of its way to give corporations the legal right to unlimited campaign spending. Palin would be the perfect tool for the likes of Enron, BP, Goldman Sachs, and Madoff to re-empower Wall Street's masters of the universe. Through unlimited funding of negative campaigning and the recent survey that showed 26% of Americans do not know who America fought to gain its independence, there's no telling what kind of idiot could be pushed into the White House.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  28. Mike S., New Orleans

    Not really Jack. There's always the danger that enough votes will be cast for spiteful, hateful, or irrational reasons. And Sarah Palin has mastered the art of ugly and amassed millions of campaign dollars since she brought down the McCain presidency.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  29. Robert

    In life the things that scare me the most are people who are stupid & don't know it. Sarah P. is a perfect example of this.
    A little off the topic but it's really obvious to someone out side of your country that its the media that helped create the Tea Party.
    Its the media who creates political discourse.
    Where were you in the early years of GB.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  30. Tony from Southport

    Perhaps the Dems should pop the champagne if Sarah Palin gets the nod as a presidential candidate, but how about this Jack; how about the Republicans popping the champagne if the Dems leave Barack Obama as their candidate instead of replacing him with Hillary Clinton? She would win no matter who the Republicans put up against her. Obama not so much. His numbers continue to fall and if the republicans put Romney against Obama, it will be this question for the American people: Socilaism or American Free Markets?

    July 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  31. Jim Bailey

    She won't ever be the most popular...Rush Limbaugh likes his throne.
    Ain't no one poppin' anything over that.buffoon.
    Cripple Creek CO

    July 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  32. magdalyn

    Who is going to have guts enough to tell this Lady to GO AWAY. She is not good for anyones future health, wealth or happiness!

    July 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  33. Tony from Southport

    Perhaps Jack, but I would bet that the Republicans will pop the champagne if the Dems leave Barack Obama to face Mitt Romney or another conservative candidate with business and leadership experience. The Dems could celebrate if they replace Obama with Hillary Clinton.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  34. Johnny l Hatfield

    Yes Jack, I hope the GOP believes they can win with Palin in 2012 the Dems will be in control of everything again.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  35. Faye in Cleveland, Ohio

    On the contrary, we should all be guzzling 90 proof and praying it is only a bad dream if that woman comes anywhere close to the GOP nomination.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  36. Lois, Ont., Canada

    Please CNN, no more re Palin. The 'wacko' doesn't have a snow balls chance in Hell in becoming the most popular GOP contender.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  37. Kevin in Dallas

    The Democrats couldn't even defeat a man who couldn't pronounce "nuclear." They have no business being confident about anything.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  38. sam delray beach fl

    no, i would take my money out of the country, if the majority of the voting public favor electing her. Then i would leave if she were elected.

    July 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  39. Harold Eke, Fremont, Ca, USA.

    Don't get ur question Jack!...maybe u should ask something people can respond to....

    July 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  40. Patsy, Texas

    Well, Jack, I don't think anybody should pop the chamgagne if she
    is chosen to be the Republican candidate for President. The total lack of judgement with no consideration given as to how she would handle the
    problems facing America and the World today is shallow thinking. Her
    meetings with leaders all over the world would be compromised by her
    obvious lack of knowledge on most subjects that would have to
    be discussed. While I disagree with everything the Republicans have
    done in the last 10 years, I think they owe the ones who have worked
    long and hard for what they believe in a chance, and to put
    ineptness before loyalty would be a travesty.
    This kind of thinking is not good for America, and should not be
    celebrated. They will decide, and if she is chosen, they will suffer the
    consequences just as John McCain did. But I do not want America
    to suffer because of it. Thank you.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  41. Robin

    No,I for one don't believe that the democrats should break out the champagne for Sarah Palin because on more than 1 occassion her idiocy has been captured on video

    July 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  42. Jayne

    No. If George W. Bush managed to become president, so can Palin. Thank God my husband's a Canadian.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  43. Conor in Chicago

    Not even close. It would be a disaster for Democrats if she led the way. Why? Citizens United Vs. FEC. Palin is more for sale than Obama and Bush ever were. With her in the mix you'll have vested corporate interests overloading your television with corporatist propaganda until everyone is convinced she is the next Ronald Regan.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  44. Jane (Minnesota)

    No, the Dems need to concentrate on helping the people they serve and keep the heat on the Republicans that actually hold an office. She is the gift that just keeps on giving though; I wonder how many Repubs wish she would get off their side. Sarah had better stick to Hollywood – no need to read the newspapers there.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  45. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    Good God NO, Jack!!!

    are Democrates too STUPID to realize that IF Palin was to be the Republican nominee in 2012 she, or any other right wing Republican nut case, might actually WIN? and THEN America would be screwed WORSE than it IS!!!

    have they forgotten that the American voter elected the totally incompetent George W Bush TWICE?


    July 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  46. John from Alabama

    Jack: If Sarah Palin is the top contender for the Republicans I will eat your hat, or Wolf's hat. I believe the Republicans will come to their senses, if they have any, and nominate Governor Paul Pawlenty. It does not matter who they nominate I believe President Barack Obama will be the winner in 2012.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  47. David Alexandria, VA

    No - only if she somehow becomes the nominee. If the GOP isn't reading the tea leaves (no, not that tea) about the ideology-based erosion of independent support for Obama, and finding a candidate with broader appeal, they deserve to lose. If we have four more years of Obama, American Exceptionalism will become American Averagism - Help, somebody! Somebody in the middle? Anybody?

    July 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  48. JENNA

    Should Democrats pop out the champagne if Sarah Palin is the most popular Republican contender for 2012?

    Jack, Caribou Barbie is the GIFT that keeps on giving and giving..

    We would love to see this ticket Palin/Gingrich

    Two of the biggest losers of mankind!

    Roseville CA

    July 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  49. Truly of the Yard

    Shhhhhhh!! Come on, Jack, don't give it away!

    July 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  50. Kyle Irvine, CA

    I'd hate to say it, but yes.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  51. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    To tell he truth ,Jack, I don't think anyone could do a much worse job than President Obama,except maybe Jimmy Carter,so this independant will be popping the cork no matter who runs against Barack Obama!

    July 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  52. janette tx

    We are in tough economic times Jack. A Coke will do just fine!

    July 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  53. Ed from MD

    If they have money in a betting pool they should. Other than that what difference have we seen republican or democrat?

    July 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  54. Dylan


    No, the Democrats should not pop the champagne if Palin decides to run, because the American voter has elected George W. Bush – not once, but twice!!! He was about as unworthy and non-serious as a candidate could be (that is of course, until Palin makes it official), yet he still managed to win an election or two. While reason points to Palin being a laughable candidate, that has certainly not prevented Republicans from success in the past.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  55. Johnny C (Los Angles)

    Hi Jack –

    As a life-long Republican I can honestly say to President Obama, "Point the bottle away from you, it can take your eye out". Don't get me wrong, I really like Sarah ... alot! She's amicable. bold and she has achieved alot with her ability to communicate. I merely would never vote for her because she quit her last job and felt that act was very dishonerable. My vote will go to an indepent, away from my party, and away from the Democrats ensuring an Obama two-term run.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  56. Joanne

    There is a long way to go before Nov 2012.
    I think someone like Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell, John Huntsman will come forward. Palin is a great person who can inspire candidates....we don't want her to damage her health with running for President...she's too nice to get into that hornets nest of garbage. Right now I'd prefer Chris Cristie...this comes from a family who have been generations of Demcorats -- fed up we are. We are not part of the 18% of American radicals that Obama is from, and we won't associate our name with same.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  57. Virginia - Atlanta

    No, she might win and then the country would be in BIG trouble. But then none of the proposed Republican candidates look like they would handle my country well.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  58. Rick Medina,OH


    I don't drink alcohol, but I'll find some other way to celebrate. Democrats should book speaking engagements for her. It couldn't get any easier than that.

    Medina, OH

    July 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  59. JOE CE

    If Palin is nominated, it is agift to Dems and proof the the Republicans are back to insisting on pure right wing extemist and would rather lose and nominate aan acceptable moderate. The nominating system tends to trap the GOP in the sweat shop/child labor era.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  60. LS in Rochelle, IL

    The question should be "Should the Republicans pop out the champagne if Obama is the most popular Dem for 2012?"

    July 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  61. Kevin in Paducah, Kentucky

    I think they will be popping out the champagne, however I don't think she has enough political experience for me to trust her as president, so sorry Sarah you don't get my vote.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  62. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    I am a life long Republican who fears that Palin will be the kiss of death for my party. Sen.McCain should be ashamed for creating this monster. And my fellow party members need to spit out the Kool-Aid and wake up.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  63. Joe in VA

    As one likely to vote Republican, I believe it would be a mistake if she won the nomination. She is simply too polarizing and all you media guys hate her guts and we'd never hear the end of it. Having a political novice who never finished a term in a major office can be a mistake as we can now see with the current president. However, recent events prove voters often make stupid choices and I think Palin would just add to the list. We need to get away from ideologues and to people with ideas – like Romney or Gingrich.
    Chatham, VA

    July 16, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  64. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, conservatives are delusional enough to believe that all of America will come flocking to their banner if they only nominate a far right candidate. They have let Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and other right wing bloggers convince them that America is tired of equal rights, political correctness, rivers that don't catch fire and air you can't see and can actually breathe. If they nominate Sarah Palin, you will not only hear the champagne pop, you will hear the back of the Republican party snap in two.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  65. pat in michigan

    My God Jack even the GOP isnt stupid enough to let her in again. I would even take Newt Gingrich over her and he is even more dangerous than her.By the way I am a lifelong Democrat so you see Even we have some common sense.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  66. R

    Oh Yes...She couldn't even finish her term as Governor. Whats she gonna do when the going gets rough as president? Send her baby Grizzles to do her work..Mama Grizzly is a joke..

    July 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  67. Bertina

    Only if she runs.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  68. Sam from Warren

    It depends if the Democrats continue to spend our future away on massive big government that limits the free market, erodes our personal freedoms and threatens the core of our constitutional republic. But Sarah Palin, who has the right messages, is the wrong messenger for the GOP right now. They need someone without her personal baggage, who has more tact in taking on the president's cold, divisive narcissism, and who can unite the country the way Ronald Reagan did: around the belief we are better off with smaller government. Reagan once said he wanted to make sure you could still get rich in the USA. Obama would never utter such a sentiment. But in these times, that's exactly what everyone wants to hear. The Republicans just have to find the right mouth to communicate it.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  69. FlexSF

    If Palin is the face of the collective brain power of the power hungry whores known as republicans, it's time to celebrate; however, I wouldn't waste the champaign over this imbecile. A shot of WIld Turkey would be more apt.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  70. Andre

    As a Progressive I'm popping the champagne already. Can you imagine the first debate? It's going to be a blowout. Period!

    July 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  71. Eric

    Yep, go ahead and pop that champagne, Jack, and be sure to put some extra "smarminess" on it.

    If memory serves correctly, the liberal media hurled the same insults against Reagan too. How did that work out for smarmy liberals?

    July 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  72. Nancy, Grand Ledge, MI

    I wouldn't be popping out the champagne just yet! Last I heard Obama wasn't all that popular either! If jobs don't start appearing real soon, anything could happen! Remember, these are the same voters that elected George Bush! TWICE! Intelligence apparently isn't very high on their list of priorities!

    July 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  73. Debby

    Well Cafferty Obama's numbers are pretty close to hers when it comes to these polls. I would think the Dems. should start to worry about that instead of popping champagne corks.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  74. Charlie in Liverpool NY

    The GOP has been taken over by the Neo Conservatives like Sarah.
    It's interesting that Neo conservatives only notice "big government" when it's something their political enemies want. When Neo conservatives want it, apparently it doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants a trillion-dollar foreign war, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants a 700-billion-dollar bank bailout, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants to spend billions fighting a needless and destructive War on Drugs, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants to spend billions building border fences, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants to "protect" the huge, unjust, and terribly inefficient Social Security and Medicare programs, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants billions in farm subsidies, that doesn't count.

    It's truly amazing how many things "don't count."

    July 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  75. Dan Franklin

    Bill, You know as well as anybody, all dems are not worried about her, thats why they bust a vein when her name comes up. That happens to me when I'm ready for champagne Dan Franklin Nashville Tennessee

    July 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  76. Carlos Marrero

    If she wins the nomination, I'll have a glass of the bubbly, even though I haven't touched a drop in ten years. However, if she wins the general election, I just may start drinking again. How can we get Glenn Beck to start drinking again?

    July 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  77. Karlon Fletcher

    Sarah Palin is all the GOP has? If so, I think Jeb Bush would have a better shot and the country is really tired of the Bush family............

    July 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  78. Dave in Georgia

    Jack, if Sarah gets the nomination, it's both funny and scary. It would be great for the Dems if she got the Republican nomination. But it would be a very scary thing for this country if someone so utterly unqualified as Sarah could be a contender for the Presidency. Such a scenario is far more telling about the American voter than anything. It shows what an uniformed, unenlightened electorate can create. In short, it proves that America is becoming a nation of idiots and that ain't good.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  79. Karlon Fletcher

    Sarah Palin is all the GOP has? If so, I think Jeb Bush would have a better shot and the country is really tired of the Bush family............

    Decatur, Alabama

    July 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  80. Joy Schau

    Of course Democrats should pop out the champagne if Palin gets herself nominated. There is no way she could ever prepare herself for the rigorous scrutiny she would face.....her lack of intellectual curiousity would make her a joke. She has charm, and she has charisma.....but that's as far as it goes. (But part of me hopes she would run. After she loses, maybe she would then FINALLY fade into the woodwork and disappear......with her millions.)

    July 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  81. Dick

    Provo, UT

    Democrats should absolutely celebrate, but mostly because that would hopefully mean four years of Tina Fey doing more Palin impressions.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  82. Mack from Michigan

    Yes they should Jack! So too should political commentators such as yourself and the writers at Saturday nite live and the various talking head comedians on late nite television! If she actually ran again she wouldn't be able to hide behind the ghost writers doing her blog and and writing her books. She would once again become the walking, talking,bumbling, fumbling,parody of a political candidate we fell in love with in 2008.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  83. Kendall from Alabama

    They should definitely be happy if she is the nominee. They can easily label her as a quitter. Obama would dominate in the debates because Palin has trouble identifying solutions even to the smallest of problems. She is too generic in her idealogy and doesn't address specifics whatsoever. Palin is only a cheerleader. She isn't someone who can lead a country.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  84. Scott, NC

    I don't think they should pop the champagne bottle Jack. I think we need to get back on message and show how we are the better party to guide this great nation forward and the Republicans with Palin at the helm will drag the ship down. They are the anchor, Democrats are the rudder and sails. We need to cut the rope.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  85. Carl F

    Yes, Jack, the Dems should definitiely celebrate! Especially if she actually gets the nomination. And so should anyone else who is mentally stable because, barring mass hypnosis or a stupidity pandemic, there is no way that Palin would win the general election. Eventually she will self destruct and take the Tea Partyers, birthers and other wing nuts along with her. Then hopefully she will go back to Wasilla to live out her years with the mama grizzlies and leave us alone.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  86. s in florida

    If you want to celebrate the fact that one of the major political parties in our country has been reduced to running on the Wasilla Hillibillies platform, then I guess you can pop the cork. To me, it's absolutely terrifying that this woman's name is even in the mix. She will definitely lose but if she even runs, we've all lost before the first campaign ad. And I don't blame her. I blame our decaying media. Bill O'Reilly couldn't even get a coherent sentence out her the other night. Forget softball, he was playing Tball with the questions and she still couldn't hit it. God help us all.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  87. Ex-Republican since McCain picked Palin

    Yes! She appeals to those who are angry or just hate Obama because she says what they want to hear. She feeds on their hate and the more they are brain washed by Fox, Beck, Hannity, Rush, Palin, the more they believe out and out mistruths. No person in their right mind with half a brain would ever think this person could be a leader of anything. I believe alot of the ones who say they would vote for her, in their heart know they never really would when it comes down to it. GREAT article Jack, it is obvious you see her for what she is.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  88. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, they should be cautious. If Sara Palin is the most popular GOP contender for 2012, that bodes well for her. Once the Republican election machine starts promoting her, many Americans currently not satisfied with the current progress of the Democrats on a variety of issues they thought were going to be addressed, just may feel she is the right person to implement the policies that haven't been put into play as promised in the last presidential campaign. The indication that she has only a 44 per cent favorable rating among the general population could over the course of time increase. One can never count her out.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  89. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, the answer is yes, they can start the celebration. Reason– I am a life long Republican, and I would not vote for Palin. I believe there are lot more sensible people out there that feel the same way. As I have said several times already, Sarah Palin is fun to watch, mainly because she drives liberals completely crazy, just like Rush Limbaugh. However, I would never vote for either one of them to run my country. Nominate her for the party and I'll probably just stay home.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  90. Eric in Manhattan

    First of all, we are ALL Americans. This shouldn't be an us versus them question. However, we live in the real world where the "thems" (Republicans), have spent a considerable amount of effort attempting to fracture our country by outrageous comments, divisive politics and obstructive actions. We should not be celebrating the fact that Sarah Palin is a laughing stock, but bemoaning that our poor country has come to this point.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  91. Peter s

    I can't wait bring her ooonnn!!!! then we can have a great discussion of drill drill delusional mama no brainer!

    July 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  92. Judy

    Jack, I would love for her to run for 2012. The problem that she has is that she will not make it past the primaries because she will have to produce more information that she does not want the world to know. How would she handle a debate when she cannot even talk to you so called "liberal media". She also will not give up all the money that she is making right now and will also have to quit her job at fake news. But we all know that she is good at quitting don't we Jack?

    So Jack, I am chilling my champagne as I write. Thanks for the laugh.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  93. s in florida

    I don't if Champagne is strong enough to erase the very thought of that possiblity. I'm thinking Wild Turkey and a lot of it.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  94. Jim in San Mateo

    A gift like that from the Republicans would be the political equivalent of the Statue of Liberty.

    Winning that election would be as easy as jumping out of a tree and landing on a bullseye 25 feet across.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  95. Dan Franklin

    I think when Sarah starts,it will be more like the pepto bismal bottle! Dan Franklin Nashville, Tenn.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  96. Bizz Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I don't know about popping out the champagne corks. But if I was a member of the democratic party I certainly would be walking around with a smile that you thought was tattooed to my face. Palin hides from the the news media except for Fox News. You would never see her on The Situation Room or Meet The Press answering questions. The republican party should be deeply concerned if Sarah Palin is their most popular candidate. She would be a dream come true to run against for the democrats. She couldn't even finish her term as governor of Alaska.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  97. Mike from Twin Lake, MI

    Our country can not afford to have her as a President. She has already shown her motives. She quit the Gov. job because she could earn so much more elsewhere.
    So, she will put her interests before our country.
    Sure the Dem's should cheer, but I hate to think that she might win.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  98. Mary

    Hamden, CT

    I finally have to admit that I just don't get it. 44%??? Who are these people? I would pop out the champagne if Sarah Palin were nominated, because it would definitely be a gift to the Democrats. But I'd have to have two bottles so that I'd have one cork for each ear whenever she made a speech.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  99. Bob

    If you still believe that the majority of American voters have even a lick of sense, then you have to believe that Sarah Palin, a gifted natural TV celebrity who quit on the people of Alaska to chase fame and money(lots of money) in the lower 48, could never be elected. Just remember the Katie Couric and Harry Smith interviews during the '08 campaign. She can play to the Tea people, but she's proven that she'd rather dress up and fly around collecting speaking fees instead of playing catch-up on her 43 years of limited education and experience. As presidential material, she makes "W" look like a Rhodes Scholar. The woman knows nothing, and hasn't the decency to do anything about her ignorance.
    The Dems prayer each night is:"BRING HER ON"

    July 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  100. Ed

    I don't think it would be an automatic win, but I think it would be a lot easier then most of the other names they have Floating around. I think a Moderate Republican would have a good chance, but someone too far right like Palin would excite both bases, and push swing voters towards Obama. Although Obama would still have to fight to win, instead of fighting to not lose.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  101. Tampa Tomas

    How can I vote in the GOP primary to ensure she's their candidate?

    July 16, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  102. Dennis north Carolina

    no would be the answer because no one can read the future.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  103. koron wilkerson

    Pop out the champagne, not, how about pop out the thinking caps. She's going to be a force to be reckoned with. It won't be Obama this time for me so I surely hope someone else shows promise.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  104. Greg M.

    Hell yes they should pop out the champagne!And whoever lives in a state where medical marijuana is legal,they should light up a big fat joint!
    Greg M. Largo,FL

    July 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  105. ben stockton, calif

    jack, this is a no brainer. i do think there is that element out there that will vote for her no matter what her credentials. lets say for arguements sake she wins the nomination. we will be the laughing stock of all our friends abroad and think we have gone looney tunes. if she does, i reccommend angle from nevada for vp. two great bookends right there, heaven help us if it becomes a reality.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  106. John O.

    The Dems will have nothing to celebrate in 2012 unless they drastically improve the economy and reduce unemployment.
    Considering the utter lack of progress and leadership they have shown in both areas, they and Obama will be soundly defeated.
    Only a miracle can save the Dems and that ain't gonna happen.
    I personally believe Palin is a dingbat but her poll ratings will rise while Obama's will continue to descend off the charts.
    Gallup should take a poll among the unemployed to see who rates higher. Hint: it ain't Obama!

    July 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  107. EJ in Metro Houston

    Jack with the current "dumbing down of America" going on with the likes of Palin, Bachman, Beck and the like and the following they have I'm not too sure if the Dems could celebrate or not. This country DID elect George Bush to two terms so no telling what would happen if Sarah Palin would win the GOP nomination. This I DO know...so far Mrs Palin has been the darling of the GOP and few have said anything negative about her, BUT what happens if she runs? The first one she would run against would NOT be President Obama but members of her own party to get the nod and they will HAVE to come out and say why they don't think she would make a good POTUS. Same as Clinton did to Obama. Could Sarah handle that? She can't run to FoxNews or blame the evil left wing media if her own people are trying to tear her down. It might be very interesting to see if she can take it or if the others will handle her with kid gloves.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  108. Terry from Iowa

    As someone who loves this great nation, I pray that Ms. Palin becomes the republican’s nominee in 2012. I have faith in God and our education system that the majority of the electorate would never allow someone as spiteful, hateful, prideful, arrogant, dishonest and completely ignorant as Sarah has continually shown herself to be. Her nomination would surely ensure a second term for President Obama.

    We need President Obama to continue to defend our Constitution, to protect our liberties and to fight to save this great nation from those whose only objective is to subjugate those who don’t believe as they do.

    Principle is worth more than profit.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  109. Alvin Lee

    Not really, Jack. The Dems should be scared; scared of the fact that almost half of Americans buy in to what Palin is offering and she's not offering much. This should lead us to question how we as a democracy place value on our public figures that seemingly have no substantive platform and are supported based on charisma and reputation rather than on intellect and perceived ability and or experience. Good leaders can do without experience before it is learned however you can't go too far without intellect.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  110. stfu

    Bad news for Tina Fey

    July 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  111. riley oday

    YES, If Palin is on the ticket the Dems will win and party.

    charleston wv

    July 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  112. Mark, Oklahoma City

    I see no cause to celebrate the Republicans potential candidate being just as unqualified as Obama was in 2008. The only difference is Obama has now proven he is totally clueless when it comes to running the country. Palin might as well get her chance at a job which has tremendous power and prestige and requires virtually no ability to do anything well.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  113. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    I wouldn't get too excited. After all, the American public though W deserved 2 terms, and he seemed even more competent than Palin.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  114. Cameron Parker

    Please God, let it be true. I could use a little more hilarity at Palin's expense.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  115. Ed Lexington, KY

    Oh good heavens ! The Democrats might pop out the champagne if Sarah Palin is the most popular Republican contender for 2012, but let's hope not. That means Sarah could possibly win. We avoided that disaster in 2008. She would probably pick someone like Glenn Beck for Secretary of State and Rush Limbaugh to head up Eduction. Even most Democrats would want to bring back "W".

    July 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  116. Gigi Oregon

    While Republican don't talk about it and ignore you if you do... is we are still suffering from the effects of the Bush./ Cheney reign. We still have tax cuts for the rich, two wars, jobs sent over seas, corporate screwing, banking gouging and bailouts to name a few. Now we have the Democrats on the other side with health care, new guide lines for wall street, raising the Social security retirement age, new energy policy in the works to name a few things to consider. Yes, a lot to think about, while still waiting for that second shoe to drop. We'll there be surprise depression... No, I think we had better stay sober and save our money in a sock. And if she should win bury the sock.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  117. Mike

    Jack, You didn't hear? Tim Kaine has been sending secret contributions to the Palin exploratory committee. If the religious base of the Republican party can vault her to the GOP nomination we have guaranteed Barack Obama 4 more years!

    July 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  118. Mark Hennessey

    It is time for you to ask relevant questions that really matter to Americans, No average American would even think about 2012 if the media did not push the theme throughout the 24/7 media cycle. Let us talk about what affects us today, and worry about the 2012 election about a week before the Iowa beauty contest purchased with $$$.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  119. Tahari Austin

    Hate to be utterly simplistic, but, YUP!

    July 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  120. Paul Austin, Texas

    Champangne or not we can never be sure of an outcome of an election. If in some way she gets all the way to the White House I am moving to Canada.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  121. bbrooker

    And ask those 76% to come up with any reasons why she would be a good President, what policies she supports, what PLATFORM she would run on, and you'll get 68% responding, "Duh.... she's for real America" and the remaining 32%, "I just like when she says 'youbetcha!'"

    Good for Democrats that she's the most popular Republican? Yes. Good for the country as a whole and how we're viewed by other countries, absolutely, positively not.

    San Diego

    July 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  122. RichP, easton, pa

    So, what happened to Ron Paul, The Jindal's though, they look awful good to me.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  123. Johnson in St. Louis

    not too sure about the Dems popping anything Jack. Let's face it we as Americans are NOT a very bright people. We elected George Bush not once but twice and people like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck can produce New York Times bestsellers and we have people willing to travel cross country with tea bags on their heads and not really know why they are doing it. So with that in mind it is not beyond the relm of possibility that Sarah Palin could win in 2012.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  124. Steve

    That would show an arrogance by her and the party. Your majority cannot be that naive,,,,,

    July 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  125. Jerry

    Dennis Kucinich gave a speech to congress on the health care bill where he asked the question "is this the best we can do?" If Palin somehow gets nominated the republican party should ask the same question.
    Huntington Beach, CA

    July 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  126. Katy

    All you have to do as an opponent to Palin is play her interview with Couric during the 2008 election campaign in a continuous loop. Nothing demonstrates better how unqualified she is to hold any public office.

    Katy – Seattle

    July 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  127. Dee in Woodstock GA

    No champagne yet. Just because she currently has, on one poll, an unfavorable rating of 47%, that means nothing.

    The totals of your stats is only 91%. The remaining 9 % that must be "undecided" or just didn't want their views known, can make or break a political race.

    And, if the Democrats start losing some control of Congress at the mid term elections, some of those who have unfavorable ratings for Palin could change their minds.

    Who knows what is the heart of men? Maybe the Shadow knows, but the pollsters do not.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  128. Chris

    The Palin VP nod a year ago was a gift to the Democrats, but if she is the Republican nominee it is nearly a guarantee because only the right loves her, the left hates her and the middle deems her unelectable. Champagne anyone?

    July 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  129. Chanel

    The only bette thing for Democrats in 2012 would be for Palin to run in the general election on the "Tea Party Ticket". THEN it would be time to pop the champagne. And by the looks of all her so called "fundraising" I think she is seriously thinking about it.

    San Diego, California

    July 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  130. AndyZ

    The issue is not that Palin is the most popular Republican candidate. The issue is how did this come to be. How can anyone take Palin seriously? She can see Russia from her house; as a mother she has an unwed daughter with child, and when the going got a little tough she quit as govenor of Alaska. Republicans take her seriously? If this is the best the Replicans have to offer; then pray for the country. This woman is a flaming joke.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  131. Dave Duncan

    Sara Palin a contender for the Presidency? You have to be kidding. Surely there is a better candidate for the Republicans. They must be hurting worse than I thought if this is the best plan of attack that they have. I wouldn't pop the cork just yet.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  132. barbara in NC

    ha ha ha ha aha ha ha haha ha ha

    FINALLY – a Friday joke.

    Makes my 2 day vacation (formerly known as a week-end).

    July 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  133. Dee

    I don't think that she is going to run for president. I think that she is playing you guys for chumps.


    Houston, TX

    July 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  134. Mark in St. Louis

    Jack, I think the Democrats' have a good chance of winning if Gov. Palin were to win the nomination. But don't you think its a little early to speculate? The Republican convention is still two years away. That's enough time for more scandal and more intrigue to push Palin out of the top slot of possible 2012 contenders. If Obama faces off against Romney or Huckabee, or even Gingrich, it might be a closer race than any one imagines.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  135. neil

    Palin is a quiter !!!!!!!!!!! point blank.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  136. Sandy

    From Missouri....oh my God! I cannot even believe that Sarah Palin is the best the Republican party can come up with to run for the Presidency. They might as well try to get my six year old grandson to run this country...I think he has more sense than Sarah Palin. That speaks a lot about the mentality of the Republicans in this country.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  137. Christina L.

    I'll be popping champagne and dancing in the streets, Jack, if Sarah Palin is the GOP candidate for president!

    July 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  138. Jim Carroll

    Every unemployed person knows two things: republicans will not create any jobs and that republicans will cut out their unemployment benefits. The unemployed is not that stupid! Why would even an unemployed independent or republican be dumb enough to vote for a DD republican?
    Read more internetfreepress.com

    July 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  139. steve- virginia beach

    Any patriot with good problem-solving skills and who can convince us that they would prioritize the interests of our country and citizens could beat Obama or any incumbent in Congress with a competent campaign. That's why Pelosi had a coronary over Robert Gibbs finally giving a forthright answer to a question.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  140. jodipo

    Yes, we should pop the champagne if Palin takes the 2012 nomination.

    Actually, the only one I am afraid of is not even on the list! Gov. Tim Pawlenty will most certainly throw his hat in, and he is a REAL Republican, not one of these fringe wackos like Palin.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  141. LeftyMom

    YES! I'd bet many dems are hoping for this outcome.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  142. Ron Houchens

    Jack, I bought a case of cold duck in hopes of such an outcome..I wonder if her chant will be "drill baby drill" this time around...

    July 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  143. Bill Lewis

    If Palin is the GOP's presidential nominee in 2012, it is obvious that once again intellect is not a requirement. Not sure how she will get past the "quitter" label? If nothing else, it will be fun to watch her be chewed up and embarrassed by her lack of knowledge in the Presidential Debates.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  144. spicypink

    She doesn't want to work that hard. She'll never take it.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  145. Scott Simmons

    I think Barack may pop a beer or two and have a cigar in the White House based on this news ... I am not still stumped on how Sarah got elected mayor (much less governor of Alaska)

    July 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  146. Mike

    Nobody should be popping corks. Obama was not (and is not) a good candidate either. But, Palin yeah..barf!
    It's really getting bad when you think of yourself as a better candidate than anyone else who is running. I have actually held more elected offices, and longer than either of them. Just that they were in my industry, little league etc. I also have more education... wait a minute. I'll get back to you.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  147. Carlos in LA

    No, the possibility that this woman could get anywhere near a position of power is a truly frightening thought. Champagne should only be popped if and when she ever decides she's gotten tired of the limelight.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  148. Greg Who? Mechanicsburg, PA

    One of the reasons Obama's campaign was successful is that he took the higher ground. While he responded as factually as possible to rebut the mudslinging of his opponents, for the greatest part Obama focused upon the issues. And he won. Any variation from this theme would not be helpful. Certainly acting smug and superior to your opponent can not serve any purpose but to strengthen the opposition. My advice to Obama and the democrats is to focus on what has been accomplished, point out that it could have been more if the republican party had done more than take an obstructionist position on every issue, and let logic and truth speak for themselves. We voters may let emotions sway our vote, but if given the chance much of the time we will exercise better judgment.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  149. Gerry Arbios

    Absolutely....I would say "drink up" if she became the Republican nominee for the presidency. The Democrats should be joyous, but also it would be a cause to drink up in order to dull the pain of realizing that someone as unfit for the job –Palin - that she had made it so far. A sad day for America.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  150. Brian

    The single best thing that could happen to this country, the Democratic Party and the Democratic nominee would be if Palin runs as either an Independent or the Republican nominee. the last thing this country needs is a lightwieght like Palin, or a standard bearer for the Party of No like the others. Having Palin run eliminates any of them.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  151. Graham Williams

    44 % of Americans have a favorable opinion of Palin? That is the most frightening poll number I have ever heard. Does anybody out there want our political leaders to have an above average IQ?

    July 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  152. Rafael Minero

    Democrats have nothing to pop champagne bottles about as long as the unemployment rate and the national debt remain where they have been for the past year. If they can turn that around and Sarah Palin is the most favored republican, then that is an occasion worth popping the corks off a hundred champagne bottles.

    Pomona, California

    July 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  153. Edward, Nassau Bay, Texas

    It will not matter that she is the most popular Republican. She may be popular but Republicans are hardly likely to pick her as a candidate. The opportunity to unseat a sitting Democrat will mean that the Republicans will pick a more mainstream candidate. A Newt Gingrich would demolish Obama in any debate. A Mitt Romney would be a heavy probusiness candidate to run in a depressed economy. I doubt that the Republicans will squander their chance by chosing a "popular" candidate.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  154. Bruce

    They should, but the very fact that SHE can get more than 5 seconds of air time spell doom for our country.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  155. Dan

    She'll be the Howard Dean of 2012. She'll be proclaimed as the Republican frontrunner throughout the fall of 2011 but come January 2012 she'll be on the outside looking in.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  156. Ed Zumar

    I would imagine Dems would be dancing in the aisles at the convention if Palin is the Republican nominee. Of course at some point during the primaries she would actually have to articulate her plan – wouldn't she?

    July 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  157. BESSIE

    I am a non -drinking dem. but if them crazy republicans nominate MRS.P, I will drink to that! and I donot have a sour view of the President !!!!!!!!!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  158. James

    Yes they should be euphoric – and Obama should start working on the menu for his 2nd inaugural ball. If she's the GOP canidate, the following happens:

    1. The election is "called" by the pundits about 10 seconds after the eastern seaboard polls close.

    2. McGovern and Mondale have a new dinner partner for "biggest electoral landslide losers" feasts. She MIGHT carry Alaska, Utah & Wyoming – and that's it, and being optimistic. That's what, roughly 10 votes?

    3. The GOP never is a serious national party again – it becomes a regional party of hicks, bumpkins, racists and hypocrites.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  159. Scott Stodden

    I Don't Think Republicans Should Pop Champagne Because She Won't Beat President Obama In 2012 Because Most Americans Including Me Don't Connect With Her! Sarah Palin Is Further Out Of Touch With America Than President Obama Is And I Can Bet You On That Jack, She Failed As Governor Of Alaska And Bailed Out Early And Nobody Knows What She's Talking About When She's Giving Speeches! If The GOP And Republicans Are Smart They Will Get Behind Someone Like Mitt Romney Who Actually Has Experience Running Office! Sarah Palin Is Nothing More Than A Train Wreck And Republicans Are Stupid If The Support Her For President Because She Won't Win!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    July 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  160. Dave

    Palin's problems don't translate into anything helpful for Democrats so long as she's portrayed nicely by Fox News. Republican voters already lean towards the "plainspoken" which is just a code word meaning less intellectual, or even anti-intellectual. So unless the Democrats can change the values of Palin's supporters they won't gain anything from her many public gaffes.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  161. Bob _ Rawson Argentina

    She's attractive and sometimes witty but the presidential election is not a beauty nor popularity contest. Sorry but Palin would be a HUGE mistake for the Republican party that could take years to overcome.

    The Dems would LOVE to run against someone like her!! And, IF she were elected?? I don't think the US can recover from two bad administrations in a row!!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  162. Bob

    Honestly, what kind of a message would that send to other countries even knowing that she was a CANDIDATE? It would leave us looking very vulnerable. Let's face facts, she is good at acting like she cares, but she doesn't, and worse, she has no idea what reality is.

    This has gone far enough, the Jerry Springer Show, this aint.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  163. Stewart in OR

    Jack – in the elections, yes, for the USA no. The fact people are giving this woman so much attention is degrading the real work needing discussion. Sadly, if she was not good looking, she would never have gotten this notoriety. Let's have someone who has traveled the world get some attention – you know – someone who has owned a PASSPORT and used it for years......

    July 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  164. gb0423

    "The issue is not that Palin is the most popular Republican candidate. The issue is how did this come to be..." come on AndyZ, don't be naive, the answer to your question is that it is show biz....for politicians in this country it is not about who you are, what you believe in, or even how you would govern...it is all about the image they project on television....it is all show biz!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  165. David Taylor

    If I was a bug and wanted to run for President, I would wait until my opponent is Sarah Palin. And my superior brainpower would do its thing.

    Dream Republican Ticket:

    Sarah Palin
    Jim Demented

    July 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  166. James

    I forgot to add – the presidential debates between her and Obama would be the funniest must see TV in the history of the medium. Tina Fey wouldn't have to come up with material at all.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  167. Jack

    man, I hope she's the Republican nominee for Pres in 2012. It'll be a cakewalk for Obama.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  168. Achtman

    Let's not pop the champagne cork yet. And lets wait a while before going to the barn to count our chicken.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  169. Paul Berlandson

    It would be a bittersweet victory. Of course we will do far better not having a Bush clone running the country again, but still how sad, that the intellectual heft of the nation has been diminished so greatly that one such as this is considered a legitimate contender for the highest office. If she makes it that far, it seems only a matter of time before a folksy, talking points spewing tool of corporate America has the helm again...

    July 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  170. steve- virginia beach

    I'd rather see an Independent on the ballot but I think it would realistically be the Republicans who would pop out the champagne if Obama is the Democrat frontrunner for 2012. He's already produced more than enough campign ads for them.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  171. Gail, Plano TX

    You Betcha, Jack! My 10 year old grandson is more qualified to hold the Presidency than this incompetent!
    I just wish she would run. Hooray! Four more years for Barack Obama, the finest America has to offer!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  172. william

    Two years is an eternity in politics. When Palin has made all the money she wants, she will bow out of public life. I give her another year until the heat comes on her to really declare and then she will opt out of politics. What she really needs to do is spend more time with her down syndrom child, wagging him around like a back pack.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  173. RT

    Please stop positing news about this Sarah Palin. Please no more news about this lady. There are much more important issues in this world then this lady.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  174. Max- Utah

    Yes her popularity is good for Democrats.. and so is the popularity of any tea bagger.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  175. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Since there are several hundred million Americans more qualified to be President than Half-Governor Palin, one can only assume the Democratic Party will be walking around on their fingertips if she is the Republican candidate in 2012. In spite of her popularity among her base, I'm sure the Republican leadership knows she is unelectable and will kick her to the curb after the midterms. But like Wylie Coyote she will probably just dust herself off and get started on 2016.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  176. Dal

    I don't know any republican who WANTS Sarah Palin to run and I don't know any Democrat who DOES NOT want Sarah Palin to run.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  177. Chaney, La.

    Polls, Polls, Polls ......I would like to know what are the questions and who are the people.? I think the GOP are pretty stupid,but not that stupid, the woman can not ad lib an interview, she is packaged and scripted from top to bottom, but as a DEm......Ind......Lib sort, I might find it entertaining.....

    July 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  178. Gene Hubbard

    You call her the laughing stock, but the real laughting stock is the one in office. I would vote for her in a heartbeat to try and undo the things that this admistration has done. How we every got in such a sorry mess so quick is just a telltale sign of of the big three. I hope they all get defeated.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  179. thom richer

    They may not but I sure as hell will. However, even the RNC isn't so brainless as to encourage such a scenario in 2012 or ever after. Sarah Palin is merely a celebrity and will remain so for her entire future. A politician of any worthiness she will never be. I know it, you know it and the RNC knows it. It is very puzzling to me that she remains in the news and is till commanding attention from the public and the RNC. It, attention, is not, however, because she is or ever will be a serious presidential candidate. Stop wasting money, time and resources on such an obvious pretender.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    July 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  180. CJMATL

    Palin for President??? Even IF she had a brain, she'd still be STUPID!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  181. CK

    Yes, lots of champagne! Palin won't sit with members of Congress, which is a loss on her part, won't talk to the press, etc. because she's not informed about the issues. She likes giving speeches but can't get facts straight. She's hard on conservatives who are not conservative enough, she's divisive, and spews dribble. How does she expect to run a country? She is the weakest link the GOP has. Not sure what substance the GOP thinks she has, but people with common sense can see right through her. Like Romney said, Palin is not a serious person. Nor is she an intelligent one.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  182. hank-green valley, arizona

    Jack. In my way of thinking, Yes, the Dems should pop out the champagne if Palin's the most popular in the GOP. This would probably
    "give" them another election, deserved or not. The only choice we
    independents would have is, the lesser of two evils. For me, it would
    probably be another "NONE OF THE ABOVE"!! Quite frankly, I'm getting
    tired of the dubious quality?? of our presidential candidates. On second
    thought, if Palin would be elected, we'd only have to put up with her for
    half a term. She'd quit and write another book , or whatever!!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  183. Mike R

    Would love it!!! Each time she opens her mouth, she shows how little she knows!!! When less than 50% of republicans wouldn't vote for her in a Presidential race, how does she win??? Only in Palin land!!??

    July 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  184. David Waren

    Sarrah Palin shouldn't run a Burger King in a town with a polulation of 20 and 85 percent eat at Taco Bell, much less running the country.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  185. Dan

    The only way Sarah Palin would run is if she could get an extra $100,000 for delivering the State of the Union speech each year. Can you imagine her debating Barack Obama? It would be like him debating a six year old.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  186. Henri D. Kahn

    Sarah Palin is like the runner who leads a long distance race to keep the runners racing at a fevered pace and then drops out a couple of laps before the finish line.
    She has that homespun down to earth manner, good looks and lots of chutzpah.
    Mitt Romney is the best choice for President.
    Henri D. Kahn
    Laredo, Texas

    July 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  187. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    They should go to the nearest psychiatric hospital! If the hospital is not opened, get the doctors to open it. If they won't due it, threaten them until they changed their minds. This is better than breaking the windows so they can go in!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  188. Scott Stodden

    I Honestly Think Democrats And The Whole World Should Pop Champagne If Sarah Palin Is The Most Popular Republican Candidate! If The People Choose Her In The Election She May Get Nominated By The GOP But There Party Won't Last Long Becasue There Is No Way In Holy Hell That She Can Beat President Obama Come November 2012! She's A Failed Governor Who Bailed Out Early, She's So Out Of Touch With America It Aint Even Funny And She Has No Clue How To Run A Country And For That Matter Nobody Understands What She's Talking About! America Doesn't Want A Racist Leading This Country And That's What She Is A Right Wing Racist Who Loves Attention!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    July 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  189. sue smilikis

    Oh m'God Jack–are you kidding?? A Sarah Palin run in 2012 would guarantee a win for the Democrats–I don't believe that there is anyone in this country with an IQ over 60 who would vote for that woman–the Hillbillies from Wasilla are history, thank God–end of story! Nashua, NH

    July 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  190. Lyn

    I will. Republicans have to be desperate to run Palin. She might be popular with the t-baggers but she is so dumb.
    A President needs to be able to speak to the press off of the top of your head and not read talking points that someone has written for you.
    She has no idea what is happening in Alaska, let alone in this world. Would you want her to be in office at a time like this.
    Things would be so messed up and scattered like her brain.
    Would you break out the Champaigne?
    God help our Country.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  191. LukesCorner.ning.com

    Im neither Rep/Dem but i know the Dems including Obama are doing nothing positive for the future of this country unless their form of socialism that leaves no room for an economic turn around is considered positive.

    Ive been worried about Palin being the prime candidate for the Republicans since i realized this was one big clown car in Washington about a year ago. There's a lot of time and with the general disliking of the job Barry is doing a sock-puppet might be good enough to get him out of office come Nov 2012

    July 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  192. David A Whitaker

    Jack please tell her to just go away, she irritate my backbone.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  193. Robert A Schiek

    Not only will they break out the champagne but they should buy the vineyard. Bob Blacksburg Va

    July 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  194. David

    Silly question of course it would be great for the dems, there are so, so many sound bites, etc. that can be leveraged in a general election, it would be a landslide. I would say that even in November when the dems really start campaigning we will see the first signs of this strategy as really Palin and the Tea Party have become the new face of the GOP.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  195. Roanna Martin

    I'm already drunk.

    OBAMA 2012

    July 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  196. Kathie

    Who cares! You can always tell when a politician is lying–his/her lips are moving. I don't trust the democrats and the republicans have no credibility. What a choice! Any politican tells you whatever you want to hear and then forget their promises as soon as they are elected.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  197. jonathan sauer

    Yes. Yes I will. It makes me giddy just to think about the possibility.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  198. David S

    Hell to the yes! Is this country crazy????

    July 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  199. Karl from SF, CA

    Definitely pop those corks, and if Michele Bachman is her running mate, just hand me a bottle and a long straw. Now, on the other hand, if there is enough lunatic fringe in this country to actually elect her, I’m getting the hell out. I’ll go to a more stable country like maybe Afghanistan. I’ll be writing in as Karl from Kabul from then on.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  200. Cathy in Arizona

    Run Sarah, Run, PLEASE!!!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  201. ronvan

    Jack: If this country is that desperate, and misled then we are in for a heck of a ride into the sunset. Turn out the lights, and goodbye to the U.S.A.

    Ron Columbus GA.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  202. MaryAnn Brown

    No they shouldn't celebrate too soon......never underestimate the stupidity of the American voters.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  203. austinstace

    Unfortunately, it seems the whole country is drunk on champagne if Sarah Palin got this far. Sober up America!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  204. PJ

    Can you imagine a debate between Obama and Palin? The brilliant and the idiot! I am an aging white female that stopped voting Republican with Bush's 2nd term. As an Independent, I will vote again for Obama. Bring on Palin ~ she doesn't have a chance.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  205. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    What is astonishing is that 76% of the Republicans can be fooled, and that Palin can even fool herself.

    If she had any check on reality and self honesty she would allow herself to fade into the Alaskan sunset and stop making her fellow Republicans look like idiots.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  206. Kenny P

    If Palin is the most popular for the GOP in 2012, Jay Leno, David Letterman and thousands of other comics will be popping champagne corks!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  207. jim

    That will be a bigger Dem sweep than LBJ's.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  208. Bruce A. McKibben

    Absolutely not! They would be well advised to use the same strategy the GOP has used. Get 3X5 index cards with the "message" on them, get in lock-step and start beating the drum, repeating facts and truth incessantly.
    Republicans and Palin have repeated lie after lie over and over and capitalized on the sad fact that if a lie is said enough times, large numbers of people start believing it. They have blamed Obama and Democrats for the soaring National debt & huge deficits that they (the Republicans) ran up while in charge. Death panels? Fiscal responsibility? Really? Lies and division are the GOP message
    The Democrats need to realize that same strategy can be used to get the facts out there.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  209. Jay in Illinois

    I hope more than anything that Palin runs for president in 2012. Anyone with intelligence knows she is not leadership material and she will fail miserably in trying to obtain the Repulican nomination. Her ego and stupidity will cause her to unrelentingly run as a 3rd party/Tea Party candidate. She will give us Democrats payback for Nader in 2000. Please run Sarah. Democrats and the civilized world needs you to run and defeat the Republican nominee.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  210. Phil in the A-T-L

    Palin would be dead in the water after the first Presidential Debate against Obama! It WOULD be hilarious, though!

    But please, neo-conmen and women, nominate her...PLEASE NOMINATE HER!!!!


    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  211. Stephanie Palmer

    By all means the Democrats should have a champagne toast. That Momma Grizzley is missing one thing. Knowledge, well that and grizzleys don't quit in the middle of something.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  212. BK

    Why is anyone still talking about her? the only people in the country who like her are the far right. I'm a registered Republican, but there's no way I'd ever vote her. Anyone that is considered a moderate won't either. If she's the one running the Republicans lose.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  213. cher

    Yes they should and they should throw themselves an early victory party as well

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  214. Bill Kosloskey

    What a hack list. No Ron Paul. Romney never mentioned the economy in the last election – only Ron Paul did. Ron Paul raised $20 million in the last quarter of 2007, as much as Obama and Clinton, and twice as much as the next closest GOP contender, John McCain, who only raised $10M. We're done as a country when this kind of charade marches on to the dumbed down American Sheeple. BAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaa.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  215. Hebe

    Oh, for joy! I certainly hope that the half-term governor is the GOP nominee....that would ensure the democrats win everything in 2012. I have never seen such an air-head in all my life. I would love to see a woman president – but not that one!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  216. Mary

    Why doesn't she raise her kids! Sweep around your own house, before sweeping around the country!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  217. Pati in FL

    Re: Palin. Not sure about the Dems popping champagne corks, but the GOP should load up on Pepto!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  218. Ken in NC

    Run Sarah Run. If she runs, I'm buying Jack.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  219. Eileen

    Pop the champaign cork.....ABSOLUTELY!!!!!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  220. Rico

    I honestly don't think she has a chance. Romney with his record of offshoring 100 thou+ jobs puts him right out. I seriously believe that, unfortunately, our next president will be named after a lizard ... Newt. Sad but true. If you think things are bad now, wait until the GOP is back in power. Then you'll see a real econimic collapse that will make the Great Depression look like just a small rut in the road.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  221. Keith nyc

    It's all well and good and funny until she actually wins. And who knows what might happen once the field is narrowed to just two choices?

    Sarah Palin has a history of using her political power to intimidate and retaliate against those she considers "against" her and has repeatedly evinced complete ignorance regarding all of our country's major national issues. She is certainly adept at feigning moral outrage over this or that trivial event or statement, but what does she know about economics? Diplomacy? Between her ignorance, her spin, and her ethics, and, yes, her popularity, Sarah Palin is probably the most dangerous politician in America. Democrats are idiots to greet news that she is the Republican favorite with glee.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  222. Paul Williams

    I don't think the Dems should celebrate too soon. You have to remember that Ms. Palin managed to accrue a mini-platoon or army if you will AFTER her resignation that contains both Dems and Republicans of course. If Sarah managed to gain such a vast group of followers, if she does appear on the ticket versus President Obama or another democrat, given the current track record of the dems in some key issues, Sarah has a chance to win.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  223. Liz

    The Democrats should not underestimate the stupidity of the average American, and assume that a majority of electoral votes would not go to
    campaign. This is not a popular vote. I have lost faith in our judgment and
    common sense. I think a gum crackin' Pres is exactly what the world needs.

    Things are so bad, in general, we need a laugh.


    July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  224. EdfromWi

    I think the polls are trending in her favor. CBS's poll taken in april show this: Twenty-four percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Sarah Palin, while 38 percent view her unfavorably, according to the poll, conducted March 29 through April 1. In April she was at 38% unfavorable, 29% favorable. Now she is at 47-44. Another poll out now has her tied with Pres. Obama at 46%

    July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  225. Dolores Surprise AZ

    That would be the gift that keeps on giving....GO PALIN GO... Let's celebrate, Democrats.....Anyone with half a brain, which is more then she has, would NOT vote for her even if they are Republica...

    July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  226. Bill

    She seems like a lot support her but when it comes right down to it she wont be even in the running. She is out to make money not run the country.Her having quit being governor will prevent her from being picked to run.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  227. Tom McMahon

    I'd be popping the bubbly if Sarah Palin were nominated, it sadly would be proof positive of the undereducated American, When an intellectual President could be challanged by a know nothing, quick quip backcountry boob like Ms. Palin.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  228. Jim Blevins

    Not necessarily. A democracy is based on the hope that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time. Given the popularity of the Tea Party, America seems to be suffering some sort of mass hysteria.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  229. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Oh yeah! Palin-Bachmann 2012! That's my rallying cry! Bring 'em on!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  230. Marie

    Jack I'm popping a bottle right now just thinking about it!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  231. Jack Barna

    Absolutely! She's the worst possible choice for Republicans. After Obama, we need someone credible, experienced, smart, sincere.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  232. CK

    Bring it! Would LOVE to see the presidential debates between her and Obama. Nuanced, detailed, and thoughtful answers versus bulletpoint platitudes. If Americans fall for the platitudes, then we get the president we deserve.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  233. Tim Montague

    Jack, if Sarah Palin can get that close the the white house, it's time for everyone to break out the Jack Daniel's. It's a scary thing that someone so uninformed and inexperienced can even have a shot at leading America.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  234. Evil d

    Your assessment of the poll is misleading. It indicates she is the most popular, not the most popular candidate for president. There is a big difference. Report it clearly jack

    July 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  235. Solitude

    "So how is it with you Pop! I'de vote for you, but I am not of your country Jack."

    July 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  236. Ed Fertik

    They should be scared to death. The main stream media continuously underestimates Palin. A 44% approval rating is huge prior to the start of any campaign and matches up very well with Obamas current approval rating. Additionally, Palin understands what made America great and she loves her country. Obama is a socialist who views America as having an evil past. That will not help him against Palin.

    Ed Fertik
    Philmont NY

    July 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  237. David OR

    Absolutely-she cant even manage dealing with her daughter, how's she gonna deal with the presidency- not good, and the country knows it.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  238. Jim

    No different than Obama who effectivley quit his Illinois Senate seat to run for president.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  239. Joshua A.


    As a democrat, I would love it if Palin was the GOP nominee. I happen to know several moderate Republicans that like Obama or at least respect him. However, there are few independents and zero democrats that have, or will ever have, a favorable view of Palin. You can't win without support from the majority of ALL Americans. So... GO PALIN!

    P.S. – She couldn't even fill the position of governor. Why would anyone want to make her President.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  240. Dean in Minnesota

    Please No
    She may be the darling of Republicans but she doesn't speak for me. And if the Democrats think they can rest on their laurels if she gets the nod in 2012 it will make me think twice about wasting my vote for either party.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  241. steve- virginia beach

    The fact is that Palin isn't the Republican frontrunner. In fact she's pretty consistently last or almost last in every straw poll. The fact that most folks fell for the notion that she's a frontrunner seems to explain why they also think Obama is a good President.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  242. David B

    Its scary that they take here serious. My wife says if Palin gets elected were moving to Canada!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  243. Alex Landi

    Democrats better keep that champagne on ice for awhile. It all depends on how unpopular President Obama is by the election. The way he's heading, Palin might look pretty good by comparison.
    By the way, I'm for Romney.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  244. Gbenga (pronounced Benga)

    Sarah who? Please stop glorifying this woman who cannot construct a single sentence without mumbling. Republicans will be doing themselves disservice by nominating her.Mitt Roomney is their best choice otherwise they may as well hand it over to Obama.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  245. John

    If Sarah won the GOP primary, I would call the General Election on the spot 🙂 Best possible outcome.

    Although I think Romney is the likely candidate, and that's just fine. You can't yell and shout about HCR with Romney as your candidate.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  246. Zac in NY

    Well, Jack, I think that no one should be excited about the possibility of a bad candidate for the President of the United States. You seem to be ignoring the possibility of electing a madwoman to the most powerful position in the world. Sure, it's a likely win for Obama, but there's always the subtle chance that the Tea Party has their finger on the red button.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  247. Keith

    I would think so, we're talking about someone who abandoned her job as governor of Alaska to go on a book tour. How are the Republicans going to twist that into something positive?

    July 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  248. Greg

    I honestly think the Republicans are dumb enough to throw her to the wolves again, and she dumb enough to let them! Why else would her darling Bristol all of a sudden reconsile with Da Baby Daddy!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  249. Sally

    Jack, No one should be celebrating if that woman is the best that the Republican party can offer to run against Barack Obama in 2012. It would represent a new low for our country (and I thought George W. Bush was bad enough). None of us should be happy about the prospect of someone like Sarah Palin having any sort of shot at higher office when our country is dealing with such complex and important issues. Especially when our nation is full of individuals with a much higher level of greater intellect, curiosity, compassion, drive, and leadership skills. Sarah Palin is an embarrassment to this country and we should no more cheer on her ascent in politics than we should cheer on rising unemployment.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  250. Judy

    If there are any Democrats who want to bring out the champagne, let them. You might be surprised how many of US "common" people think Sarah Palin would be the best thing that the voters every did if we were to put her in as our next President. She would be a "breath of fresh air" to the Washington scene. Don't judge her because she didn't finish her term as governor. How long was Obama senator in IL or even in the US senate? Certainly not long enough to know what was going on. He still doesn't know what is going on.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  251. Sean

    Don't take focus off the radar screen. Sarah is the distraction for Democrats.... someone from the Republican side will take over... and I hope it's Rand Paul. That's another train whack.... but I'm fearing Mitt Romney... he is known to be more moderate than those nuts... he can win the election if he wants.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  252. Bob

    Let me know when the champagne will be open, I'll be there.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  253. Shirley, OHIO

    Yes, pop the champagne, tie a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree because the Dems will be bringing home a win in 2012. If she comes back for more in 2016, I say let Hillary take her and in 2020 let Michelle Obama take her. With this being said, and I am sorry to be so blunt, but there are high schooler that are more educated than Palin.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  254. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    I would, because if she did make the nomination. she would probably burn out and quit just before the election and everyone who supported her would look like the glazed-eyed fools they really are & we Democrats would have 4 more years of calm, cool, collected sanity.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  255. Anthony Miraglia

    Dear Jack,

    If Sarah Palin is the very best the Republican Party can do, then the country is in far worse shape than I thought. I truly believe that President Obama will be re elected on his own merits as he inherited a mess never handed to any other president in the history of our country and he is dealing with it and getting things done. However, the Republican Party better get its act together if it plans to have any, any chance at all in 2012.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  256. Dave

    I have been a life long Republican and if Madam Palin is the Republican nominee for President you can just count me out for a Republican vote. I voted against McCain because he blew the only presidential decission he had to make, that of VP. So I'll be voting for someone else again I bet ya!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  257. Matt

    No, the Democrats should not pop out the champagne.

    Do not underestimate the power of stupid in this country.

    That power brought us the dumbest person to ever hold the
    office of the President in 2000.

    And it could bring about someone even dumber than he was, especially if Obama screws up, and she gets a good media consultant.

    Saint Augustine, Fl

    July 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  258. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    Geez, Jack...you just can't get away from Sarah Palin, can you? Not only should the Democrats break out the champagne if she wins the GOP nomination in 2012, but their nominee should start making plans to decorate the White House. Or redecorate it, if Obama wins again. Then your heart will be all a-flutter because you'll be googoo-eyed over Michelle for another 4 years.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  259. Jason from Hollywood

    Just because she was a train wreck of a Veep candidate, an incompetent governor and an unprepared panel guest doesn't mean she can't run this country...Whatever she needs to know as President I'm sure will be prepared for her and written on her hands.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  260. Lou

    Let's see, we can have the worst president of our generation or someone who's completely unelectable. Either way we're all in trouble.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  261. Sally

    Jack, No one should be celebrating if that woman is the best that the Republican party can offer to run against Barack Obama in 2012. It would represent a new low for our country (and I thought George W. Bush was bad enough). None of us should be happy about the prospect of someone like Sarah Palin having any sort of shot at higher office when our country is dealing with such complex and important issues. Especially when our nation is full of individuals with a much higher level of greater intellect, curiosity, compassion, drive, and leadership skills. Sarah Palin is an embarrassment to this country and we should no more cheer on her ascent in politics than we should cheer on rising unemployment.
    Erial, NJ

    July 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  262. Phil Stockdale

    Jack, I don't understand why we would elect Sara Palin to be our president, she would just quit in the middle of her first term.Az

    July 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  263. Amarissa

    Jack, believe me, when 2012 arrives, we will vote for Yoyo the Clown over our actual president. Democrats should prepare to lose, not pop champagne.

    Besides, by 2011 and 2012 Sarah will be much more popular than Obama who will be in the mid 30's approval at the rate he is going.

    We will pop champagne but for Sarah or anyone else who replaces him in 2012

    Miami, Florida

    July 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  264. Brian from Canada

    Well seeing how she had an approval rating of less then 30% among all americans only a few months ago and now she has an approval rating of 46% among all americans, I wouldn't be so quick to say that this is a God send to the Democrats. As Obama's ratings drop and everyone begins to see how bad a lot of his "very hopeful" promises were, I think Sarah Palin's ratings will go up. Being Canadian, I'm not very found of the GOP, but I think it's safe to say that they won't only scope the Democrats in November of this year, but in 2012 too.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  265. Bob Mears

    Yes they should. Voters should be weary of any woman who sounds like Don Knots.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  266. Lorenzo

    You cannot be serious! I am a registered Democrat and I have said before, and say again, don't sleep on Sarah Palin.

    The mainstream media has been trying to label her as an idiot or a dolt for some time, yet she receives press coverage that rivals that of the President. She was voted the legitimate head of state of the largest state in the union, how many of us can make that claim?

    I don't particularly care for Mrs Palin's brand of politics, but I am savvy enough to know a fox (let's keep it professional, okay) when I see one, and Sarah Palin is one worth watching, believe me the Tea Partyers and the GOP are.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  267. Paulino

    If she is the best they can do then maybe. But she has proven to be a thorn in the side of both dems & leading republicans with her extremist tea party followers giving them a worse rep since George W. Bush. There are still 2yrs till the elections come up. Who knows? The NAZI party swept through recession crippled Germany after a war. Maybe Pailin will lead her Tea part to do the same. With radicals like her & her folowers, the recession may be the least of Americans' worries.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  268. Judy

    Jack, Do we really want a mama grizzley running this country?

    July 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  269. Dave

    As a Republican who votes in every election, Sarah Palin would NOT be my choice as the Presidential candidate. She resigned as the Governor of Alaska, and you can't do that as President. As President, you can't cry, "Whaah, Whaah", when you get tired of your job.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  270. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Definitely! It's like handing the election to the Democrats on a silver platter.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  271. Matt M.

    Obama vs. Palin?
    Mike Tyson vs. Peewee Herman?
    Don't wait to pop the champagne, open it now, get drunk and start the fight. There really is no contest.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  272. Bill

    I think a popular Palin is great for Dems. It's easy to fact check her many distortions and false claims. Far right conservatives turn a blind eye, but Independents and centrists see them for the demagoguery they are.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  273. Wayne

    Not exactly. It does speak volumes however about ignorance in our country and the Republican party's ability to exploit it. Have to give them credit.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  274. Bruce Cartier

    Yes..break out the champagne..It would go to show how out of touch the Republicans are as far as "leadership"..We had 8 years of a dummy as President..we don't need to do that again..How stupid are the Republicans and the people that support that screech-owl, Palin..
    God help us if she's elected..

    July 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  275. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    The Democrats need to be sober to win. Hold the champagne until Sarah makes herself into the same fool she did two years ago.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  276. Alex

    Palin represents alot of what America is, she isnt perfect (never claimed to be), she is self made and cares about America. Its a shame that in a great country like ours we cant see beyond the rhetoric politicians feed. Many Presidents had very humble beginnings and humble adult lives, and they turned into our greatest leaders because they stood up for what they believed.

    She's not evil, she's not stupid. She is an American.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  277. mark...in Houston


    Based on the "mind set " of my Republican relatives...who would gladly vote for George W again, none of this surprises me.

    The thought of Sara Palin as a President opens the door for all kinds of new doomsday movies, books, etc...but we might want to keepe the bottle corked for awhile...who knows how many "nut jobs" there are out there willing to vote for this lady.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  278. Kevin in Missouri

    Dear Jack: Not only would I pop the champaign but I would also support free tanning for John Bohner. To further elaborate on Sara Palin running for President, I think it would be a fantastic idea for her to choose Alvin Greene for her VP. They could run on the slogan "Palin and Greene the intelligent choice".
    Thanks Jack.
    Joe in Missouri

    July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  279. danielle

    Perhaps the Republicans should pop the Champagne since Obama will be the opposition. The extreme left position that Obama takes on many if not all issues is very helpful to the Republicans. Obama's continuous spending, the health bill and bailouts have cost trillions of dollars and its not over. Our economy is in shambles and there is no real strength to hold the numbers up. Real jobs exit our country every day and not enough real skilled jobs are being created to make America great any time soon. The Republican candidate for President in 2012 will have alot of ammunition to attack Obama's record an hopefully get rid of the socialism leader.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  280. Joey M.

    The answer is not a simple one. Most people with any hint of intelligence would certainly pop the champagne because Obama would easily win a second term. However, the people that Sarah Palin appeals to are not the most intelligent people to say the least. People like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh will just feed people more false information and fear until Sarah Palin is widely considered in the GOP as a scholar worthy of the seat of the highest office in the land, something she certainly is not.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  281. Mike

    Yes Dems should rejoice if Palin becomes the republican favorite in 2012. Its simply. If she does'nt have knowledge of what's going on in her own daughter's life- why would we vote for her to produce policies that effect out life. Is there anything she has knowledge of anyway?

    July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  282. ralph in Kentucky

    certainly ,jack the dems should breakout the best champayne and party like its 1999.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  283. Jeanne S

    No champagne - just bags so we can cover our heads in shame.
    Tthis is the greatest country in the world and with Sarah Palin running for President we will be the laughing stock of the world! You betcha!!!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  284. Rich

    I'm a conservative republican and I would vote Obama back into office long before I would even consider voting for that Palin nitwit. If Palin is the best the Republican party can come up with they need to seriously consider getting out of politics all together. Last election I didn't vote because there was no worth while candidate to vote for. If Palin runs for president, it doesn't matter who her opponent is that's who I'm voting for. I would vote for Newt regardless of his running mate or his opposition.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  285. Deborah Friend

    Yes , democrats could celebrate and gloat because AGAIN independents will be left without a candidate to back. AGAIN another election will take place and we will have to just sit it out because we don't have a viable candidate. I like Romney and Jeb Bush but really anybody would be better than the wimp we have now!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  286. Nikki

    If Sarah Palin is the Republican 2012 nominee, she might as well hand the election over to the Democrats on a platter. If anything, she'll empower the other side to come out in droves and vote against her.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  287. Alert Citizen

    Can someone please explain me if she belongs to tea party or republican party? Are they two separate entities or opportunistic union?

    July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  288. Rose Kole

    I don't think Palin would run if drafted. Although she'd love the constant media attention, the pay is too low, the work too hard, and she'd have to live outside Alaska. RK

    July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  289. Ann / Spencer MA

    Sarah would be a blast to run against. An empty head running against Obama. What a joke!
    One of the thoughts I would put out there is: Would she give up the Presidency in the middle of her term for more money somewhere else? Seems to be a pattern.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  290. Brian

    I don't think the Democratic Party should break out the champagne.. Yet.

    Before 2008, everybody thought that the Democrats would nominate Hillary as their candidate – but that wasn't the case at all. She wasn't even chosen to be Vice President!

    Jack, all I can say is that expect the 2012 Republican Nomination to be even more bitterly contested than the Democratic Nomination was in 2008. And boy I can't wait – ringside seats for one of the biggest fights we will ever see. Palin vs. Romney vs. Gingrich vs. Huckabee vs. Jindal?? I'm getting my popcorn out. God it feels good to be a Democrat!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  291. Vicente

    I'm sure a lot of GOP think she's great cheerleader and they want "good morning in America!" all over again. Too bad we've seen already what letting an idiot with charisma occupy the top job and depending on the grunts to keep things in good shape. First thing the idiot (Bush) does is get a swelled head and starts firing and reshuffling the qualified people away from any real power. Witness how Colin Powell got marginalized just when the country most needed leadership from men like him.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  292. Vincent Carson

    Sarah Palin for President, sounds wonderful!!! The wild Alaskan Dingbat would make George Bush's presidncy look like the best ever. A celebration, however, would be a tad early. After the November elections the real campaigning will begin, if she is still the front runner then, then the Democrats would have smooth sailing, provided that the Republicans dont wake up and nominate a REAL candidate.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  293. JimGreen, Seguin, TX www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack, After “W” was foisted off on the American people [let's get honest, Jack, “W” was never legally elected by the American people]–the Democrats should be very cautious about popping the Champaigne over any candidate put up by the Republicans – and when no one with an IQ above 3 voted for “W” twice – Palin should scare the wits out of all of us!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  294. paul westminster

    Now that it appears we are headed towards the dark ages fueled by ignorance, deceit, and bigotry. Led by a party that relies on paranoia and hatred in order to appeal to their base it is a good time for Democrats and all other decent Americans to be very careful. Remember the adage, Be careful what you wish for, you may get it.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  295. M.Samiian

    Yes Dem should be happy for political reasons,but all Americans should be sad and fearful of the ignorance of their fellow citizens.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  296. James

    Remember, "Is Africa is country or continet?" remarks from Palin during presidential campaign 2008. Obviously, her intellectual level doesn't qualify to run the country. Indeed better president is one who knows how to act and react with other nations and the impact of it on own citizen. Palin even don't know the meaning of her own speech and you are talking about running the country. Democrates may win for forever if there is a candidate like Palin from Republican side every time.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  297. Wilgues

    As a liberal idependant who swings either way when it comes to election, Sarah palin is on my list of the people to never vote for. she quit the most important job that could her any qualification for the presidency to go money grabbing in the lower 48 and melt herself with thos nut cases Tea Party idiots. if she's 76 percent the most qualify, we don't even need an election. just tell Obama to carry on. That is just a joke

    July 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  298. Tori- Russellville,Arkansas

    Why is everyone SO hard on Sarah! She has plenty of foreign policy experience; everyone knows she can "See Russia" from her house! But in all seriousness people are obsessed with this woman, and it's scary. Palin would probably do a really good job of getting people behind her, especially women, but as soon as she opens her mouth in the first presidential debate, it will all fall apart. The woman is dumber than Bush.. That's saying a lot. Dems have nothing to worry about.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  299. George

    I can only hope she or any of the others are on the ticket off that list of yours. I am one of the few that will jump the gun and say that I believe this president to be a seconfd term man. Who the hell in their rite mind would want to go back to the way it was or move over to someone such as Sarah Palin for that matter. People are coming around and finaly realizing that the wowes created by the last administration wont just go away in six monthes or a year. Sarah Palin might be on the ticket but people wont forget the Bush,cheney years and that very fact will keep her out of the white house.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  300. Robert

    No, no-one should pop a cork on anything. Frankly, if I were a Dem, I'd be a little worried that her ratings are so high to start with.

    Consider this – we don't know what the political playing field will be for november 2012 yet. Let's assume that Obama will seek a second term and hence be the Demoratic candidate. There is a lot that could change how a vote could proceed. If Obama continues his downward spiral in public opinion, or does something patently stupid, then even Palin could win an election.

    What matters at election time is not what the polls say about one candidate, it depends on (presuming we're using polls as an indicator) what the polls say about both candidates. If candidate a has a 47% approval rating and candidate b has a 12% approval – guess who is likely to win?

    All of this is speculative guesswork at best at this point.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  301. Sergey

    If Palin wins nomination from reps this will be the best case scenario for democrats. Unfortunately this will never happen.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  302. Ed Sein

    America suffers when the top pick of the opposition party is arguably the least informed person to ever run for the highest office in the land. We need all hands on deck to address the complex sociopolitical issues that face our nation. We need leaders who remind us of what we share in common as Americans rather than those who spout divisive political rhetoric for their own gain.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  303. jeff jackson, alabama

    Jack, the democrats should break out the champagne
    only if they intend to celebrate a loss.
    Most people in America do not have the same view of
    values as the media does.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  304. Kerry

    No, no, no! There are way too many people who look at factors other than intelligence and the ability to complete a coherent sentence, much less run the country. Remember that Bush got elected to a second term. (Let's not even think about how he won the first time). As they say, Jack, it ain't over until the fat lady sings. I won't break out the bubbly until the election is over.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  305. fred, montello, nevada

    Don't know where such a silly poll number came from. Are you sure its not overstated by a factor of 10 (or 100)? I know lots and lots of Republicans and I can only think of 1 who is pro-Palin.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  306. Mark from Boston


    If the few sane republicans we have left allow this, I'll even vote for Obama.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm |