Outside DC, Palin's Still a Star
VP candidate popular, but she may have goofed with resignation
By Jason Farago, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2009 5:56 AM CDT
Sarah Palin, then governor of Alaska, claps along with the crowd before she addresses a campaign rally in Erie, Pa., last year.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Newser) – Call her a quitter or a laughingstock, but Sarah Palin is still one of the most popular figures in the Republican Party—as admired by local leaders as she is doubted in Washington. A Politico survey of grassroots GOP members nationwide found particular support for her among Westerners, many of whom cited her values of freedom and self-sufficiency. "She's not going to lie, she's not going to sugarcoat it—she's just going to let it rip," said one Arizona Republican.

Palin also commands support among evangelical Christians and rural and small-town Republicans. "You might classify them as the constitutional wing of the party," said a Nevada official. Nevertheless, her resignation as Alaska governor cast serious doubt on her fitness to run for president, even among her strongest supporters inside the party. "People still like her," said an Iowa state senator. "But I'm not sure that they think she has the skills necessary to pull us out of the political funk."

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Sep 30, 2009 12:40 PM CDT
i think Palin is the only person that can rival Bush in the stupidity factor. at least Bush was elected president twice and had initial high ratings, compared to palin who hasn't been voted in as Vice President and has the lowest ratings at the start...
Sep 30, 2009 2:21 AM CDT
Farmgirl, Sarah Palin can't even control the small aspects of her own household, can't control her own daughter, couldn't finish her term and yet she has the leadership the country needs?
Sep 29, 2009 12:59 PM CDT
i wouldn't vote for any of them let alone her.