Without appreciating the irony of her message, Sarah Palin warned Republican voters not to quit. While she assumed that the victory of Mitt Romney in the debate Wednesday night would guarantee victory in the election, she cautioned voters that Obama was “going to pull something.” Here is the full interview with that beacon of “fair and balanced” reporting.
The irony of Palin’s message was obvious to everyone but Palin. She was encouraging the electorate to continue to be strong supporters of Mitt Romney, even though she:
1. Quit her job as Governor.
2. Declined to run for President herself.
3. Voted for Newt Gingrich in the primary.
4.Has herself attacked Mitt Romney for more than one year
5. Palin wasn’t even invited to the Republican National Convention, and wasn’t a featured speaker.
6. Palin doesn’t understand that winning a debate isn’t the same thing as winning an election.
Women and Latino voters are the two voting blocks that strongly favor Obama in this election. In polling among Latino voters Obama is “holding steady” at around the 70% mark. Even after the debate, Obama was still ahead in the polls. An online poll conducted Wednesday and Thursday AFTER the debate of 536 registered voters revealed:
1. 27% saw Romney more positively,
19% saw Romney more negatively
40% said it didn’t change their opinion.
2. With regard to opinion regarding the President,
54% said it didn’t change their opinion of Obama
16% said it improved their opinion of Obama
18% said it caused them to view Obama more negatively.
Obama’s popularity remains unchanged, as 56 % of people polled said they viewed him favorably, with only 44% viewing him unfavorably. Obama’s standing has actually improved among independents by 8 percentage points.
It was the Republicans that seemed to be more energized by their own candidate. Forty-six percent of Republicans said their opinion of Romney was “very favorable” after the debate. That was up 10 percentage points. Energizing Republicans is something that was supposed to happen at the Republican convention, but it seems the highlight of the RNC was not Romney, but Eastwood.
The bottom line is that Palin makes the mistake of assuming that Romney’s performance in the debate will cause him to surge in the polls. Ronald Reagan lost his first debate to Walter Mondale in 1984. Yet Reagan performed better in the next debate and went on to win re-election, winning 49 states.
At least Palin got to show off her new wig and green nail polish.