Friday, July 16, 2010
Palin GOP's top dog
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
I was on the train yesterday and I got into a conversation with a fascinating woman who is an electrical engineer and college physics professor about politics.
She told me that she favored John McCain for president but that after he named Sarah Palin as his running mate she decide to vote for Barack Obama.
"Sarah Palin," she told me, "isn't qualified to be vice president of the United States. She's clearly not qualified to be president."
"Well," I answered, "she's running."
"Yes," my new acquaintance responded, "and I'm afraid people might vote her into office."
Little did we know that as we were having this talk, the Gallup organization was preparing to release the results of a poll which concludes that Palin has a 76 percent favorable rating among Republicans.
That's higher than Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Bobby Jindal.
Of course, a lot can happen between now and the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. But it's interesting that the woman who many - including my traveling companion - believe was the cause of McCain's defeat could be the next GOP candidate for president.