Sarah Palin’s Qualification…

October 28, 2009 / 9:39 am • By Dr. Melissa Clouthier

CNN conducts a poll about Sarah Palin and 70% view her as unqualified to be president. But the more important part of the poll comes after that:

The poll indicates that about half of the country, 51 percent, has an unfavorable view of Palin, with 42 percent seeing her in a positive light. Nearly two-thirds of those questioned say Palin’s not a typical politician, and feel she’s a good role model for women. Fifty-six percent add that Palin cares about people, and a similar amount think she’s honest and trustworthy. But the survey indicates Americans are split over whether Palin shares their values, agrees with them on the issues, or if she’s a strong leader.

“Sarah Palin has one advantage that many past Republican candidates have not shared – Americans think she cares about people like them,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “But her biggest Achilles heel is the number who think she is not qualified to be President. Those numbers are similar to what Dan Quayle got in 1993, when only 23 percent thought he was ready for the White House.”

Give Obama’s policies some more time, and the only thing that voters will care about is that there is a candidate who actually seems concerned about them. Right now, all parties are very disconnected from the electorate.

Sarah Palin can learn, grow, speak, hone her message and demonstrate qualifications over time. The other candidates have a much tougher time with demonstrating that they care for the people. It might take getting personality transplants–which is what would be required to change the public perception.

UPDATE: More on her “high risk, high reward” strategy here.

  • fuster

    Well, if people think that Palin is a good, caring person, perhaps Sara can go back to school and become a social worker.
    It’s going to take too long and require a lot more from her to become a qualified candidate for national office.

  • Sal

    I disagree fuster. Americans have short memories. If Palin’s writings on Facebook and op-eds in the Wall Street Journal are indicative of her intelligence and thoughtfulness, she’s going to be a major force and a party leader. Couple that with the view of Americans that she cares, and you’ve got the perfect storm.

    Some say her Facebook posts were written by someone else. Maybe, but then again, maybe not. Allow me to posit an alternative theory that goes against the conventional grain.

    Sarah Palin is an intelligent, thoughtful woman with good Conservative instincts. What killed her reputation was that she was snatched up before her time. Her focus had always been on local issues, with little attention paid to the national issues. She was brought into the McCain campaign before her time, thrust into the media spotlight, had her family exposed to the media, and faced a tough election campaign. Now, she’s receded into the spotlight, coming out only on rare occasions and in social media.

    What if she’s using the time to read, to understand the national and international issues that she wasn’t engrossed in during 2008? What if she’s absorbing Burke and Friedman during this time off from the public spotlight (she did refer to Friedman in her speech in Asia a month ago). If her intelligence was there (as appears to be when she speaks on what she knows, energy) and all she lacked was familiarity with the issues, she’s a winner. She has a proven ability to lead and get things done, a proven talent at retail politics, Americans know she cares, and if she is truly thoughtful and intelligent, we may have a leader who is unstoppable on a path to the White House. Time will tell.

  • Fuster — Sarah “not qualified?” I’ll bet you think that Obama was, though. Don’t you?

  • ts

    The problem for Sarah is that she’s not very smart. I’ve heard the condition is incurable….

  • Sal

    @ts: She’s not very smart based on what evidence?

  • David

    Why won’t Sarah Palin’s handler, Meg Stapleton, allow Sarah to appear on “Face the Nation” or “Meet the Press”?

    What is she afraid of?… It’s only half and hour.

  • fuster

    Sal, I agree that the greatest part of Palin’s problem last time around was that she was way too green.
    The greatest part of the problem going forward wouldn’t be any inability to learn. It would be that she won’t be likely to be acquiring experience through holding lesser office.
    Her resignation as governor of Alaska was both troubling and puzzling and unless she spends years in Congressional service or as an executive branch appointee, she’ll remain inexperienced.

  • fuster

    Robbie, I thought Obama more qualified than Palin by a good margin, but less qualified than I would prefer.

  • O Bloody Hell

    > @ts: She’s not very smart based on what evidence?

    All the evidence fuster and ts need: they’re democrats

    and, to prove the point:

    > Robbie, I thought Obama more qualified than Palin by a good margin, but less qualified than I would prefer.

    fuster shows exactly of that which we speak. At election time, Obama had never held an executive position, never sponsored an important bill, never done, well, anything which would qualify him as able to demonstrate executive leadership — something which has been glaringly shown in just about every massive failure of almost everything he’s touched larger than the “beer summit”.

    Palin, on the other hand, had been CEO of an entire state (albeit a small one, I grant) for two years. She’d shown a willingness to stand against her party when it came to corruption, and was perceived quite well in the state she was governor of.

    So Sarah Palin still has more executive experience than Obama does at this point, and far more success in an executive position than Obama, by far — a statement likely to ring true even after Obama is out of office and has twice the time in than she currently does.

    But fuster doesn’t care about facts. fuster wants to “feeeeeeel” the correct answer from the midst of whatever fuster wants to believe.

    fuster is the perfect democrat

  • fuster

    Bloody Fool, Palin’s executive experience was and is absurd as qualification for US presidency and she couldn’t even hack that office.
    Argue honestly, if you can.

  • DaveR

    Yes, let’s all bow down to the Perfect Centrist Fuster (self-proclaimed by himself on this very site).

    With fancy editing by Couric’s crew, of COURSE she looked bad. On top of being HELD back my McCain’s handlers. You’ll notice that then NEVER mention anything she did later in the campaign when she WAS let go and she was herself.

    And how about going to talk to REAL Alaskan’s (and NOT Democrat Party Hacks, bloggers and liberal newspapers) – they APPRECIATE her because she stepped down to SAVE the state MONEY from their own BAD laws.

    But I forget, we can’t let FACTS get in the way of anything The Great Centrist All-Knowing Fuster says, can we?

  • fuster

    Davie, if you buy that Palin stepped down to save the state of Alaska money, maybe the sheep should be herding you.
    $10,000,000,000 in revenue
    $00,00 2,000,000 in paperwork for those pesky ethics investigation

    How much did the transition cost Alaska?

    How much more than $2,000,000 is Palin going to rake in for herself from speeches and such?
    How much of that money would she be able to keep if she had stayed in office?

    Baaaaaah, Davie

  • cybertheolibnut

    CNN poll? That should say it all in the first place as they were all over Obama in the first place and definitely antiSarahPalin. Again, CNN poll? GIve me a break! Sarah will be much better than CNN will ever be!

  • DaveR

    Post all the fake numbers you want fussy (hint: I know for a FACT that is not what the Gov. of Alaska makes, so don’t bring up number she made AFTER she left office), I notice you didn’t even reply to the other facts I brought up. Not that you could…and you call us Sheep? Who’s following who blindly?

  • fuster

    Dave, what are talking about?
    What fake numbers?
    Please explain what you’re on about now.

  • Funny thing is, Our Lord and Savior is probably the least qualified individual arguably to ever have occupied the Oval Office. His accomplishments prior to winning the American Idol contest last year? Zero. Zilch. Zip. Nada.

    Empty suit as a state legislator. No accomplishments other than to vote for infanticide three times. Among the legislative leaders in voting “present.”

    Empty suit as a U.S. Senator. Didn’t even serve a full term. Again, among the leaders in voting “present.”

    Just talked a lot about “hope” and “change” and rode the wave of a adoring media that refused to examine His dangerous background full of anti-American extremists like Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Michael Pfleger, et al.

    How’s that hope and change thing workin’ out for ya?

    Worst. President. Ever.

  • fuster

    I don’t think that Obama is arguably occupying the Oval office.
    He’s pretty settled in.

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