Jillian Bandes

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People are still talking about Sarah Palin's Tea Party Convention speech. Critics are of course criticizing her for dividing the party, and fans are gushing over her power to unite. Here's David Broder in the Washington Post:
What stood out in the eyes of TV-watching pols of both parties was the skill with which she drew a self-portrait that fit not just the wishes of the immediate audience but the mood of a significant slice of the broader electorate.
And then there's the Huffington Post, to rebut:
Idiocracy... that's the right word for David Broder's media establishment, and for Sarah Palin's GOP, not to mention for the whole Tea Party "movement."
Commentary on the speech is taking second string, however, to the glut of analysis regarding ABC / Washington Post's new poll, showing that Palin's favorability ratings are at 55 percent. Her popularity rises to 69 percent among Repulbicans. But 71 percent of Americans think she's not qualified to be President.

I wonder if that will throw a wrench in her all-but-announced Presidential aspirations in 2012.

Jillian Bandes

Jillian Bandes is the National Political Reporter for Townhall.com