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Monday, November 29, 2010

Andrew Malcolm, LA Times: More good news for Sarah Palin

Will the good news never end for Sarah Palin?

Fans are lining up in the cold 24 hours in advance to buy her new book during the 16-city promotion tour for "America by Heart." "This lady will be the next president of the United States of America," said an enthused Brian Roper in Tulsa.

She's got a hit cable TV show. Polls of Republicans show the former Alaska governor is currently a most popular candidate for the party's 2012 presidential nomination.

And now, believe it or not, even President Obama has an encouraging word for her. The Democrat tells ABC's Barbara Walters that he's not paying attention to his possible White House competitor.
"I don't think about Sarah Palin," the president said with a chuckle.

This fits the Obama pattern. In 2009, when virtually every poll showed Americans' top....
...concerns were jobs and the economy, Obama was thinking more about getting his beloved healthcare legislation passed by his party's large congressional majorities. That strategy succeeded.
Obama told Walters in passing, "If I falter and the American people are dissatisfied, then I'll have problems." As if he didn't already.

When his attention did focus on the economy this fall, Obama and his campaign co-forecaster, Joe  Biden, both said they weren't thinking of Democrats losing control of either house of Congress.

However, on Nov. 2, in the biggest swing of seats since 1938 even before Biden was born, voters replaced 63 Obama-supporting House Democrats with Republicans, awarding the GOP control of the chamber where all financial legislation originates. (Continues here)

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