Palin’s Decline

By David Weigel

Steve Kornacki, one of the few political writers who bothers to point out that Incredible Republican Celebrity/Icon/Martyer Sarah Palin is tumbling in 2012 trial heats, tries to explain it.

[E]ven opinion-shaping conservatives — the folks who had been making excuses for Palin — woke up, probably because they grasped for the first time how serious her ’12 prospects had become…

Conservative voters, it seems, began to get the message: It was OK to like Palin and to believe she was a victim of the left and its allies and to still conclude that she wasn’t presidential material. By the end of December, polls began registering a marked uptick in Palin’s unfavorable scores, even among Republicans.

Well, here’s a chart of all polling on Palin from February 2010 — when she returned to politics as the keynoter at the National Tea Party Convention — to today.

Palin’s favorable number, always low, starts to get truly subterranean in late 2010, which matches the Kornacki timeline — this was when a popular narrative (one that even made it on Fox News) was that bad choices cost Republicans some seats. The vote count in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race dragged on through December, so there were frequent stories about how Palin’s candidate, Joe Miller, had been beaten by a write-in candidate.

When does the unfavorable number spike? Right after January 8, 2011 — the day Jared Loughner went on his shooting spree. Palin was unfairly dragged into that story because Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, shot by Loughner, was on Palin’s “target map.” (There’s no evidence that Loughner cared about this.) But she made the story worse for her by recording a video, right when interest in the Palin/political rhetoric was starting to wane, attacking the media for the “blood libel” it had engaged in. That may have been it for Palin.

One factor Kornacki doesn’t quite get into — the rest of the media. Quite frankly there’s only so much time for politics coverage, and so much time for the “freak show” coverage that Palin used to dominate. That time is now being occupied by Donald Trump’s journey of birtheristic self-discovery and the not-a-joke Bachmann campaign. http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/weigel/archive/2011/04/11/palin-s-decline.aspx

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. AFM
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 15:48:56

    The Palin virus has spread. What can you say? These people live in meanville who bring out their inter thugness to the front pages. Well now we all have to watch the clown show end and hopefully it will be soon.

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  2. tm
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 17:08:04

    Wow

    So you just print Weigel’s whole column & don’t even link to it. (Yes u link his name to Wapo search, BFD, that isn’t to his post)

    Reply

  3. Sarah Palin has a serpent's heart
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 21:33:07

    The reason for Palin’s decline is because people are sick of her. Too much Palin. Her reality show, her being on FOX, the tweets, Facebook rants, Bristol on DWTS,. Too much exposure is not a good thing.

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    • honeybabe1941
      Apr 11, 2011 @ 22:16:16

      too much exposure is just the ticket. rub everyone’s nose in her slimey business, i’m surprised it has taken this long. personally i think it is pure poetic justice.

      Reply

  4. climber357
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 22:54:54

    ¨I hate this damn job.¨

    Wait until more conservative voters get an insider´s peek into her ¨servant´s heart.¨

    Reply

  5. LisaB
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 04:58:00

    I think even people who thought she got a raw deal are realizing she’s not interested in being a politician so much as being a celebrity. It’s clear she still knows nothing. It’s painfully repetitive to listen to her. After two years, people are going to notice she just spews negatives and name calls.

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  6. Gem
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 07:33:50

    How could she have been active for so long without learning something, like how to answer interview questions? She has known that her live-martyr responses hurt her, so not only did she not stop, she trained McAllister and other aids to do the sane thing, so her decay of the national intellect spread.

    She ran her gubernatorial campaign with so much nice– of course the transparency she promised us turned out to be that her true nature would come out for EVERYONE to see, none having to do with government. Sarah Palin is a cancer on the face of politics.

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