Mike Huckabee, Michelle Bachmann Highest Positive Intensity Rating: Rush on Palin – What’s Not to Like?

A Gallup polls shows Mike Huckabee and Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn) with the highest “positive intensity rating’ among possible Republican presidential candidates. You’ll notice that Palin comes in 4th, but with, by far, the highest name recognition. Rush Limbaugh has been talking about Palin for two days now – and asks, “why do conservatives not like conservatives?” Especially, when conservatism is what we are fighting for, for it is only conservatism that will hold this country’s head above water. See more of that below.

Mike Huckabee and Michelle Bachmann


National Review Online:

I expect Bachmann will be traveling a lot this year as she tries to ‘up’ her recognition numbers.

Palin may come in at 4th place, but look at the recognition ranking at 96%. Her 16% favorable is less than 10 points behind Huckabee, even with the constant barrage and harangue surrounding everything about her: every move she makes, every word uttered, her hairstyle, her eye glasses, her children, her husband, her rifle. If we believe the media, which laughingly believes Sarah Palin is their greatest gift, she shouldn’t even be on Gallup’s radar.

Sarah Palin

I noticed Rush has been talking about Palin and asked this question today:

Why do conservatives not like a conservative? That’s what she is to me.  She articulates conservatism as well as anybody else out there is doing it.  She has the ability to reach people like Reagan does.  What the hell’s wrong with this? I can understand having this kind of vitriol for a liberal.

I can understand this kind of vitriol for a Democrat.  But she’s a conservative.  Okay, so what, then, is really happening here?  Well, it could be this.  This is not my theorem, by the way.  It could be this.  It could be what I was saying earlier, they really are scared to death, everybody in Washington is, of the Tea Party.  And there isn’t a Tea Party leader.  There is not a single person you can destroy and take the Tea Party with it.  Maybe they’re trying to make her to be the leader of the Tea Party, or me, or their favorite person of the week, because the objective is to take out the Tea Party.  Well, you can’t take out the Tea Party ’cause there isn’t a Tea Party leader.  The Tea Party is like the NFL.  Your starting tackle goes down, it’s the next man up.  This candidate takes it in the shorts, okay, next man up.  We’re not gonna be determined here by single individuals because we’re a movement of ideas, genuine grassroots.

So it is a genuine intellectual disconnect for me to think that the real problem these conservative intellectuals have with Palin is rooted in the fact she’s defending herself and claiming, “I didn’t pull the trigger in Arizona.”  She’s supposed to sit there and smile?  I don’t know if there is a one of them who could take one week of the media anal this woman’s had and shut up, not say anything, and remain of good cheer like she has.

So, another theorem.  I don’t really have enough time here to get into detail, but remember when these guys told me that their wives were nagging ’em about pro-life, pro-choice?  Well, what if these guys happen to dig Sarah Palin?  Well, look, I have talked to people with actual experience.  She first shows up, she makes that speech at McCain’s coming-out party, VP, bunch of guys are raving about her, I had a bunch of them tell me their girlfriends and their wives gave ’em static, “Oh, you love Palin, huh?”  Don’t discount this outta hand.

We need a fiscal conservative and a Homeland Security hawk, above all else in the Oval Office. It’s time to forget everything else, for now. We follow the Constitution explicitly, we repeal ObamaCare, we revamp the tax code, we encourage the private sector, we secure the borders and clean out the hideous vermin-filled nests at Homeland Security and the State Department. We unburden the taxpayer. It’s the way to win. If necessary, everything else can wait.

UPDATE: Dan Riehl has an opinion about Palin’s “numbers” and Memorandum has started a thread on Sarah “losing ground.”

UPDATE: Smitty at The Other McCain writes from Afghanistan Of Pundits and Palin (there’s much more – please read it):

While Governor, her state was one of 2 out of 50 that created net jobs. I COULD WRITE FOR HOURS ABOUT HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS, but it would not do a damn thing for people like Krauthammer and other fraudulent, cowardly, so called conservatives. How come the other intellectual governors that Krauthammer praises could not eke out some job gains? Odd huh?WAKE UP!!!! Do you want to know why the jobs are gone? Do you want to to know why your nation is turning into a shit hole? [Smitty tells you – click the link above]

  • God save us. I’m not trying to offend, but we really need some experience in the White House, I mean real experience. With all apologies to Palin fans, she has a wonderful gift of stating the obvious, and Michelle Bachmann is also a wonderful woman, but she is not yet presidential material, at least until she learns where Concord and Lexington are at.
    Mike Huckabee is a religious bigot, Newt is a pompous blowhard, Santorum couldn’t even get elected in his own state. Mitt’s downfall? Romneycare, Obamacare on a smaller scale.

    Pawlenty, Huntsman and Daniels are the only ones listed worth anything.

    The failed class of 2008 has passed its expiration date. Time to turn the page.

  • And Gary Johnson is a great libertarian, but America is not ready for a pot smoker in the White House (at least not someone who’s honest about it)

  • Silver, I am terrified about this election. I’m already getting “tummy” problems. I will support my favorites when I decide on them, and after that I will eat dirt if I have to to elect ANYONE who ends up on top.

    I do believe Palin has experience. After all, she was the Governor of Alaska. She understands energy, she understands Israel and she understands the military. Having said that, I have no one at the top of my list (I do but they’re not running). I desperately do not want Mitt or Newt or Huckabee, but I will enthusiastically support them if I have too.

    We must win this election, and do all we can to find the right person, but we cannot engage in systematic assassinations.

    • I completely agree re. pragmatic replacement of the Obama regime. And I also would be deeply disappointed by a Newt, Huckster, or Flipper nomination- but of course would support any nominee at this point.

      Up to that point when I have to pinch my nose like that… I’ll be fighting to get a real conservative on there. I would like a Palin-Bolton or Palin-Petraeus ticket… how bout that.

      BUT… plenty of others may emerge, like Carter and Clinton did out of nowhere late in the game… I have a hunch after the current GOP vs TEA fights over the budget, we just might see the TEA Party propel a fresh face up there… or if not, a non-establishment conservative along the lines of Bachmann- who I also like very much.

  • You tell ’em, Rush-

    Palin is the best conservative candidate… in every way. The only question is how much damage has been done to her electability by the largest and most sinister character assassination conspiracy in US political history

  • The lib machine is good at smearing. I too will vote for whoever is nominated. I like Palin OK, she’s just not there yet.