Through the dauntless efforts of her supporters, led by "film maker" John Ziegler and Anchorage AM talk radio host, Eddie Burke, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has managed to hold her own nationwide over the past few months, among conservative Republicans, by making up for her loss in popularity by people with an education, through her widening support among those less schooled.
Why that is so is a no-brainer. In spite of sites like Conservatives4Palin, that have a faux intellectual approach, and TeamSarah, that has a faux feminist approach as part of its mix, the only approach that seems to attract more support for Palin is one aimed at the lowest common denominator.
Yesterday's release of a Pew poll comparing the so-called leading Republicans in the 2012 GOP presidential candidate mix, was spun by the Anchorage Daily News today as mostly good news for Palin, but it certainly is not. Here's the Pew poll's table on her popularity among people she must consider to be the center of her nationwide base:Note that even white evangelicals with post-secondary educations are becoming less enchanted with Palin. However, she more than makes up for that loss with the growing support among people who are categorized as "HS or less." I wish the poll had gone on to do "Middle School or less" and "Grade School or less."
She has no local or nationally known advocates who are widely respected among Republicans, let alone the population at large. Her two most prominent advocates, John Ziegler on the national level (you can quote me, John), and Eddie Burke, on the Alaska level, are intensely polarizing hacks. Ziegler has used the launch of his movie about Palin to become a major joke on the web, cable TV and elsewhere. The local print media virtually ignored his Alaska appearances on Palin's behalf.
Burke, who is well-known for his bullying ways and homophobic views, has Palin spokespeople on his show several times a week. Most of these appearances are now being recorded and cached by Alaskan and national bloggers, storing them up for 2010, 2011, and - if she somehow lasts that long - 2012.
It is rich fodder, and we need to extend our hearty thanks to John Klapperich, KBYR's owner, for providing it to us on a routine basis.
Thanks, John! Keep up the good work.
images - of John Ziegler & Palin - John Ziegler; of Eddie Burke in is newest shirt - AKM