January 20, 2011

GOTTA BE IN IT TO WIN IT:

The peril of early presidential primary polls (Jennifer Rubin, 1/20/11, Washington Post)

Huckabee has a multi-million dollar media operation that he would have to give up. We have seen no sign -- no staff hiring, no sit-downs with reporters -- to suggest that he is running. To the contrary, his closest advisor just took a job on the Hill.

Similarly, Sarah Palin's chances of running were diminishing even before the Arizona shooting. She, even more than Huckabee, would have an enormous amount to lose. Her mega-empire would have to be put in deep freeze. More to the point, her star is fading as a presidential contender. Think about it: She has 100 percent name identification, she's the darling of the Tea Party and she only gets 19 percent of the vote among people who lean Republican in this early poll?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2011 3:43 PM
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