I’m starting to worry about 2012…
It’s not that that the results of this PPP poll aren’t encouraging…..
PPP pitted Barack Obama against five potential Republican challengers for the 2012 presidential campaign, and the only one Obama beat was … Jan Brewer. Even that, PPP admitted, resulted from Brewer’s lack of name recognition. The headline, though, is Sarah Palin’s dead heat with the President:
With his approval numbers hitting new lows it’s no surprise that Barack Obama’s numbers in our monthly look ahead to the 2012 Presidential race are their worst ever this month. He trails Mitt Romney 46-43, Mike Huckabee 47-45, Newt Gingrich 46-45, and is even tied with Sarah Palin at 46. The only person tested he leads is Jan Brewer, who doesn’t have particularly high name recognition on the national level at this point.
It’s not that any of the Republican candidates are particularly well liked. Only Huckabee has positive favorability numbers at 37/28. Romney’s at 32/33, Gingrich at 32/42, Palin at 37/52, and Brewer at 17/20. But with a majority of Americans now disapproving of Obama it’s no surprise that a large chunk of them would replace him as President if they had that choice today.
Okay, I love Sarah Palin, but I don’t want her running for President. I don’t want her and her family to go through that hellish onslaught, again, and I don’t want to go through that again. It was painful to watch her try to fend off all of those arrows. She had to quit being the Governor of Alaska, because of the incessant harassment, for crying out loud.. How would she ever be able to govern?
Unfortunately, she’s too polarizing a figure. She’s bold, beautiful, accomplished, conservative, pro-life, pro-family – everything the left despises.
I’d like to see her as RNC Chair. I think that’s her natural home.
As for the rest of the guys on the list, Romney(care), Gingrich, Huckabee….PLEASE. How ’bout not? All three of those guys have some good qualities, especially Gingrich, but I think America in 2012 is going to be looking for some fresh faces with fresh ideas to get us out of the massive hole Obama and Co have dug for us. And who has said anything about Governor Brewer running for President? Where did that come from? Not that I don’t appreciate everything she’s doing in AZ, but again — too polarizing. And I think she’s right where she needs to be at the moment.
One fresh face who I wish would consider a run, is Congressman Paul Ryan (WI) , a man who distinguished himself during the health care debates. He’s a fiscal hawk, and a member of the President’s Fiscal Commission. He’s young, good looking (unfortunately that matters), well spoken, and sharp as a tack. I’ve never seen him falter.
Here he describes himself as “in the Chris Christie camp”, on spending:
video via The Save Jersey Blog
I like Mike Pence, too, as well as Senator DeMint, and “dark horse” candidate Herman Cain...but at the moment, Ryan’s my favorite.
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