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.
Last week’s Wall Street Journal/NBC poll showing Sarah Palin’s mere 25 percent “positive” rating among all respondents has pundits wondering whether she is yesterday’s news, despite her continued Fox News presence and frequent Twitter posts. Steve Kornacki of Salon says there’s no point in speculating about her intent in the 2012 GOP presidential contest and it probably doesn’t matter much anymore. It’s hard to look back at the last six months and pinpoint one precise moment when the bottom fell out for Palin. … But at some point recently, she stopped simply being a polarizing lightning rod — one with as many fanatical followers as diehard critics — and transformed into a figure who even Republican-leaning voters have a hard time taking seriously. David Weigel of Slate thinks seeming GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump and Michele Bachmann are upstaging Palin for media attention at this point. 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. But Jonathan Bernstein of The Washington Post advises against assuming she’s a goner. The truth is that Palin remains the only real first-tier presidential candidate the Republicans have – the only candidate who has been on a national ticket. Should she decide to run an active campaign, she would likely recover a good bit of the ground she has lost, just by repositioning herself as a real politician and abandoning her current incarnation as a reality TV star. It’s still not too late for her to give a series of serious policy speeches; not too late for her to put together a real campaign staff; not too late for her to crisscross Iowa and New Hampshire; and not too late, certainly, for her to raise tons of money for a campaign. Tony Lee of Human Events says Palin is still a contender, giving his “top 10 reasons” she will run for president. And Paul Waldman of The American Prospect reminds liberals that there will be another presidential election in 2016. After all, back in 1962, no one thought that creepy, sweaty Dick Nixon could ever win a public office again, either.