imageFormer Governor Sarah Palin hasn’t even decided to run.  We haven’t even have had one vote cast, and we already have some writing the narrative that she is unelectable.  This isn’t anything new for Governor Palin or for presidential politics for that matter.  We have seen a journalist spin a poll, and now we have a focus group.  Oh the dreaded focus group, they are such worthwhile sources of information.

Say I convened a sample group of six people – one farmer, one lawyer, one college student, one factory worker, one auto mechanic, and one doctor.  There were three guys and three girls.  They each liked different brands of pop (or soda if you are a friend from the south).  One liked Mountain Dew, one liked Dr. Pepper, one liked Sprite, another liked Sunkist, one liked Pepsi and yet another liked Coke because “it’s the real thing” and she really would like to buy the world a Coke.

They were unanimous in their belief that Mr. Pibb tasted like carbonated prune juice.

Does that mean that a majority of people believe that Mr. Pibb tastes like carbonated prune juice?  No (I actually think it does, but I digress).  Is it newsworthy?  Hardly – it is just six people!

My hypothetical focus group is just as worthless as this focus group on the Iowa Caucus is.  You might have an interesting discussion, but do you really have worthwhile information?

Time will tell.  The only thing it tells me is that six people whom The Iowa Republican selected (I have no criteria on how they made their selection or who is considered an “activist”) say she is unelectable.  Well I do know they said they were conservative activists and then they identify Connie Schmett as one of the members of the group.  While I wouldn’t consider Connie and Kim Schmett flaming liberals I’m not sure conservative is the right word.  Republican certainly, conservative… well Kim Schmett didn’t strike me as particularly conservative when he ran for Congress in 2008.  The couple since haven’t done much to change my opinion.  Connie Schmett is an excellent fundraiser though.

The group also said that Mitt Romney is in trouble because of RomneyCare.  I happen to agree with this, but again it proves nothing.  It is the opinion of the six people in the room, some of whom may have never liked Palin (or Romney) anyway.  The Iowa Republican was asked to pull this focus group together for McClatchy Newspapers who happens to own Anchorage Daily News.  I’m sure there’s no agenda whatsoever!  Because they *certainly didn’t* demonstrate any type of agenda or bias while Governor Palin was in office.  While Kevin Hall and Craig Robinson may not have planned to contribute to a narrative, but McClatchy won’t mind running with it.

Update: Welcome TIR readers, I confess I am a Sarah Palin fanatic.

18 comments
  1. I believe once Palin rolls out her campaign, everything will change. The media will have to come up with some new line of attack. Besides, I don’t put much faith in “republican activists” these are the same kind of people who launched smear attacks against Niki Haley in SC even AFTER she won their party’s nomination. It would not come as any surprise if the same kind of “republican activists” exist in IA as well.

  2. “I believe once Palin rolls out her campaign, everything will change.”

    I’m sorry, really I am. I have to call you on this. Please name for me one interview, on any station or blog or whatever ANYWHERE, where she explained in ANY detail AT ALL about how she would handle ANY ONE of the daunting challenges our country is facing right now. Please. One stipulation: It CANNOT be ghost-written from her web page.

    1. Sarah has explained her positions in numerous speeches, on Fox News, and on Facebook (which isn,t ghost-written). Do your own research and get off that “ship of fools”!!!

      1. BTW, *Ship of Fools* refers to everyone in this entire country (just in case you aren’t very nuanced …), and if you don’t believe me now, we’ll talk about it again in ten years.

    2. If the ghostwriter can come up with solutions, then SHE should run. Sarah will never offer solutions because she doesn’t deal with reality, which is FINALLY becoming known. Texas and other states’ budgets were held up by stimulus money, and now that that’s gone, they’ll have to balance a real budget (like Indiana HAS done, and others are fighting to do). And this just in – 37% of those who are for cutting federal spending don’t want cuts that might affect them – did yammering idiots not realize budget cuts will mean people have to sacrifice something? Hopefully reality will create an appetite for candidates with solutions (like Daniels) and shut down the political sideshows. We’ll be able to see how politicians handle the mess long before the primaries.

    3. I think you should explain in detail what it is you think you need to hear from her, and then we can pass that information on to Sara Palin, for your edification. Ya know explain in detail what is missing.

    4. I think you should explain in detail what it is you think you need to hear from her, and then we can pass that information on to Sara Palin, for your edification. Ya know explain in detail what is missing.

  3. Anyone who has ever written Sarah’ Palin’s political obituary has subsequently eaten crow; free-range, organic crow, but crow nonetheless. Sarah is a magnificent golden eagle, flying far above the scampering RINOs, media hacks, wannabees, and also-rans below her.

  4. Anyone who has ever written Sarah’ Palin’s political obituary has subsequently eaten crow; free-range, organic crow, but crow nonetheless. Sarah is a magnificent golden eagle, flying far above the scampering RINOs, media hacks, wannabees, and also-rans below her.

    1. If it lets you sleep at night, keep telling yourself this… Sarah is going down in self-destructing flames.

  5. Sarah Palin has fought for the American people against Obama and the bankrupting liberal Democratic policies ever since they took power in 2008, while the other possible Republican Presidential contenders were silent, quivering with fear. She was the driving force(along with her Tea Party compatriots) in last Nov.s elections, not Huckabee, or Romney, or Gingrinch, or any of the others. The American people know this, and will not award someone else for the work she has done.

  6. Sarah Palin has fought for the American people against Obama and the bankrupting liberal Democratic policies ever since they took power in 2008, while the other possible Republican Presidential contenders were silent, quivering with fear. She was the driving force(along with her Tea Party compatriots) in last Nov.s elections, not Huckabee, or Romney, or Gingrinch, or any of the others. The American people know this, and will not award someone else for the work she has done.

  7. Sarah Palin has fought for the American people against Obama and the bankrupting liberal Democratic policies ever since they took power in 2008, while the other possible Republican Presidential contenders were silent, quivering with fear. She was the driving force(along with her Tea Party compatriots) in last Nov.s elections, not Huckabee, or Romney, or Gingrinch, or any of the others. The American people know this, and will not award someone else for the work she has done.

  8. Sarah Palin is a doer, not just a great talker. As President she will return our country to the principles and practices that took 13 battered states and made them the greatest nation ever.

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