No sooner had Barack Obama won the presidential election than pundits started looking to 2012 and possible Republican challengers. A Gallup Poll asked people to rank the top 10 candidates they would like to run. Topping the list: Sarah Palin (67 percent), Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. Second to last: Gov. Charlie Crist (23 percent), one below former Gov. Jeb Bush (31 percent). The telephone poll was taken Nov. 5-16 and included 799 Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
This is an interesting poll because it targeted only Republicans. It shows where we are in our re-building process. At this point, it doesn't matter as much what Democrats think about Palin because they probably wouldn’t vote for any Republican candidate. But Palin’s status among the GOP is very important. That the majority of Republicans in this poll embrace Palin’s ideology gives me such hope for the party. It means that hopefully there will be a shift toward fiscal conservatism in our future. She said during her stump speeches for Chambliss that this is the time to rebuild the party. And I have always believed this is why Palin is so popular – Republicans love her conservative ideals and are so ready to get back to them again. After eight years of Clinton, and eight years of compassionate conservative Bush, it’s time to get back to the Right.