The First Draft: Talk shows help drive Palin’s popularity

November 30, 2009

If Sarah Palin were elected president of the United States, would conservative talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck wind up in her cabinet?

That’s a toughie. But Palin already tops the list of Republican Party favorites and that fact is due in part to her popularity with Limbaugh’s and Beck’s audiences, according to a Washington Post poll.
Seventeen percent of Republicans, including 23 percent of Republican women, say they would vote for Palin if their party’s 2012 state primary election or caucus were held today.

She out-guns Mike Huckabee who got 10 percent of the vote, Mitt Romney at 9 percent and John McCain with only 7.

There are plenty of reasons not to see the numbers as a sign of things to come. The primaries are more than two years off. The poll happens to coincide with a major Palin publicity tour to promote her new book, “Going Rogue: An American Life.” Oh, and 40 percent of the people surveyed are undecided about who they want as the next Republican nominee.

But the Post said Palin polls particularly well with talk show audiences that include some of the most loyal Republican voters.

Forty-five percent of regular Limbaugh radio listeners say they’d vote ‘Palin’ in their state primary or caucus. So would one-third of those who tune in regularly to Beck’s radio and television programs.
There’s this, too. While 46 percent of Republicans overall think Palin has had a good effect on the party, the numbers jump to 80 percent for Limbaugh listeners and 70 percent among Beck’s audiences.

Another toughie: which talk show host might expect to get the best job in a Palin administration?

Judging by the Post’s findings, the answer could be Beck. Eighteen percent of Republicans tune in regularly to his program vs. 12 percent for Limbaugh.

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What a truly dumb article. As far as I know NONE of the conservative talk/radio personalities left their jobs to join the Bush cabinet. Why would a Palin presidency be any different? Libs are already terrified of Palin’s popularity…no need for further fear mongering Rueters.

Posted by Jim | Report as abusive

I think Sara Palin should have been the one running for president in “08”. If and when she is elected in “12”, i think she will be one of our greatest Presidents. She is down to earth and no nonsense! You go girl !!

Posted by Harry Weimer | Report as abusive

Sarah Palin is ignorant. How can anyone take this jokeas being serious. Sarah is out for Sarah only. She divides people, cannot speak well and has no real thoughts of her own, only talking points. Please make this clown go away!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Catherine | Report as abusive

Harry, you believe that Palin will be one of our greatest presidents based on the fact that she is down to earth and no nonsense. This is the woman that said she was qualified to handle world affair because she could see Russia from some points in alaska. Are you kidding youself?

Posted by Patrick | Report as abusive

Bold, brilliant, beautiful Sarah Palin is the princess of American populism. She rules the Heartland. She is the right leader and Commander-in-Chief of U.S. armed forces.

Posted by Roger Wade | Report as abusive

Sara Palin couldn’t handle parenthood, Governorship, Vice Presidential run or marriage. Who would be clinically insane enough to put her up for president? The GOP would have to be suicidal. Although allowing Palin to run for VP ruined the GOP’s chances for success.

Posted by bayrat | Report as abusive

To all lovers of freedom Sarah Palin is a last hope before the end of the world on December 27, 2012.

Posted by Tommaso Mercoli | Report as abusive

I really and truly hope she does run and win; it will finally mark the end of American dominance in the world. Then she’ll resign after the 2014 mid-terms when all reps are voted out and she feels ‘unfairly targetted’ by the media. Ya, because an elected official shouldn’t be accountable to anyone or ever have to explain their actions to the plebes… Oh, and welcome to the millionaire club Mrs. Palin. You certainly earned it, dumping on the people that made you and complaining about how you are perceived. Perfect title too, ‘Going Rogue.’ You’d better believe it – she’s has no loyalty but to herself. Her situation explais EXACTLY how some of these ‘extremist’ leaders ascend to power in other nations and we wonder how those people could let it happen.

Posted by Not_American | Report as abusive

Palin would result in the polar opposite effect of Obama vis-a-vis international respect and understanding for the US. This woman reaching any further positions of power would be a global political tragedy. Wake up USA… Surely it is already a disaster that articles such as the above even exist and that Palin is discussed seriously!!!

Posted by A H | Report as abusive

Sarah Palin should run for office in 2012. Then the GOP will suffer another crushing and embarrassing defeat when some college student talks circles around her at a town hall meeting. Please, I beg the GOP to waste more time and effort into her. Even Republicans don’t want her office because she’s such an embarrassment to out political system. If you all remember, she was basically supposed to be the equivalent of Hillary Clinton for the Republican party. Thats why McCain nominated her in the first place. We all saw how that worked out. Ya sure you betcha.

Posted by Steve Shalanski | Report as abusive

here we go again liberals telling us conservatives what we must do to stay in with a chance of completing against Obama 2012.It sounds to me that we have a classic example of insecurity at the mention of Palin,that can be the only explanation.The whole debate is kept alive the obvious hatred and fixation out there from leftist loones.Now AH,not American,bayrat and also Catherine if i was trying to give you advice that in my opinion to have a chance of getting reelected Obama would have to cancel the government health care bill,and stop the entitle programs that are going to bankrupt our country would you accept that?no? so therefore realize conservative give your postings the same amount of attention.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Watch out! Add the Palinphobe epidemic to the list of what’s going around. It’s a discriminating disease that seems to only attack whatever is left of liberals’ brains.

Posted by Bryan | Report as abusive

Sarah Palin’s popularity shows how well our school system has taught history. A total failure! If people understood the harsh lessons that were learned in the past in places like Europe and Japan she wouldn’t have made it past her first speach before being called out as a waco radical and that would’ve been the end of her.

Posted by Martin McAllister | Report as abusive

After four years of a spineless socialist the repubs will dominate. But don’t take your eyes off them either. You libs are the craziest thing I have ever seen. Don’t like America, then move to europe. We won”t miss you at all.

Posted by alaskabear | Report as abusive

Patrick,You have a closed mind if you believe all the bad hype about Palin. I suggest you read more about her and the good she has done in Alaska. She is smarter than the Dems. want you to believe. She probably is more qualified to be president then Obamalama!

Posted by Harry | Report as abusive

Quite right, Harry, Palin is a far more socialist leader than Mr. Harvard Educated Obama. As Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin practiced real (as opposed to rhetorical) socialism. In fact, if you objectively look at her record, Sarah Palin was the most redistributionist governor in the nation’s history. Palin presided over a huge redistribution of wealth when she signed an energy “rebate” of $1,200 for every man, woman and child in Alaska. Alaska also boasts a Permanent Fund Dividend Program, another socialist scheme that gives each Alaskan an additional $2,000 per year. While Palin would surely object to the label of “socialist,” she enthusiastically supports the Alaskan people’s collective ownership of the state’s natural resources– a form of, well, you know…socialism…

Posted by Scott | Report as abusive

So, for those keeping score:For millions the first moment Palin was introduced as McCain’s running mate the woman was considered as charismatic in her own way. The speech at the republican convention was considered a grand slam home run as far away as Perth.She lost, those who were pulling for her knew she wasn’t called “Baracuda” because she would roll over.Now she’s back with a vengeance. Those of us in her corner aren’t very surprised. Like the Governor, many of us take a perverse pleasure in being considered morons.Some of us even feel an odd sense of pity for posters like Steve Shalanski, Catherine, and others of her ilk.While Obama is posing for photo ops with reality-show wannabees, Washington is burning and when they are sifting through the ashes they will be wondering where it all went wrong.”A man’s enemies are those of his own household.”I don’t think I’ve ever seen a president who had to address not only an avalanche of domestic and international threats to our national security but one who had to do so by having his legs sawed off by the ignorance and unchecked anger of those who put him in office.

Posted by John Carpenter | Report as abusive

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Posted by Dr. Ellen Brandt | Report as abusive

John Carpenter. Well said.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive