stopthinkact asks: Do you believe Sarah Palin runs for President?
» We say: Well, if she doesn’t, she’s been jerking us around for the last year and a half. And if she doesn’t, it’ll be because of internal GOP pressure. We give it a 70/30 chance. She has stronger name recognition than anyone else the GOP has, for good and bad. But, honestly, we think Michael Bloomberg, if he decided to run, would be a better racehorse for the GOP to get behind. (It’s our Office Hours! Ask us a question!)
So, CNN just released this poll on the 2012 race. Because it’s never too early to talk about this sort of thing, right? Anyway, the big winner in this whole thing is Barack Obama. He’s doing better in this poll than he has at any point in the last nine months, suggesting that he’s still feeling the love from most Democrats, even if he does get labeled a weak, wimpy something-or-other. The loser? Sarah Palin. This poll just sucks for her. But it looks really good for Mike Huckabee and a couple other GOP candidates. The details:
» Did the tax deal hurt Obama? In the short-term, it did, with 72 percent of self-described progressives approving of Obama after the deal, down from 79 percent before the deal. However, in the long-term, 85 percent of progressives would vote for Obama again, suggesting that the tax compromise thang is something he can bounce back from.
I’m sure that him having worked so well for me will be a great asset in any Republican primary.Barack Obama • Talking about former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, the current U.S. ambassador to China, who has brought up plans of running for president in 2012. Did Obama just extinguish a guy’s 2012’s chances with a single quip? It sure sounds like it. Haha. source (via • follow)
I think there’s a natural timeframe, and I think probably by about early summer a decision should be made.Rep. Michele Bachmann • On the possibility that she’ll run for president. The key Tea Party figure has made overtures for months. Also worth noting: Bachmann has made a stink recently about $105 billion of extra funding for Obamacare which she says snuck into the bill. However, MinnPost’s Derek Wallbank points out that none of this stuff was hidden, and that her team had three months to look at the final bill. Her claim? They didn’t really focus on the Senate bill in the House – until the last second, that is. source (via • follow)
I think the Republicans are very concerned that I [may] run as an independent. I could also possibly win as an independent, otherwise I wouldn’t do it. I’m not doing it for any other reason. I like winning.Donald Trump • Suggesting he would pull a Ross Perot and run for president independently if he doesn’t win the GOP nomination. With a little Charlie Sheen at the end. Oh God. Will ol’ Sideshow Don quit it? source (via • follow)