Just got done listening to Rush's interview with Sarah Palin...
I haven't listened to any other interviews with her (Oprah, Baba Wawa) and I don't really plan to. I'm not usually interested in politician or booktour interviews. Anyway, I thought she did well but not great. I think those of us who love Sarah will continue to love her and those who loath her will continue to do so.
Now listening to a very emotional female caller following up on the interview. Much as I love Sarah, I have my doubts about how viable she might be in a primary campaign. That being said, I think it is an enormous mistake to underestimate the extent to which the emotional attachment of people like that caller could prove to be a powerful force for Palin.
For what little it's worth right now, let me give you a one or two sentence handicap on how I see the 2012 Republican race right now:
Huckabee - Hate him. Hate him, hate him, hate him. I think he's a fraud, I think he's a huckster and I think (or hope at least) that his act (and I use that word intentionally) will wear thin quickly. I really think his appeal is limited to the Christian conservative base.
Romney - Maybe just a little too slick? Has a little bit of the major market local news anchor feel to him. Clearly the favorite of the econo-cons and the elite portions of the Conservative movement. Much of the hardcore Christian conservative movement is always going to have a real problem with him solely from the religious angle.
Pawlenty - Going to be a favorite among a lot of the same people who support Romney. Benefits from not having to carry some of the flip-flopper baggage Romney has. Also doesn't have to carry the universal health care burden that Mitt has from the experiment in (and that is going to hang on Mitt like a millstone with a lot of Republican primary voters.
Palin - Strong with the . Good with the Tea Party crowd. Biggest weakness continues to be a sense that she isn't quite ready for prime time. That's a two-edged sword though because what strikes some folks as a lack of polish and intellectual preparation/ability comes across to many of the rest of us as genuineness.