Among reporters and establishment Alaska Republicans.
A reporter for the Anchorage daily, Gregg Erickson, even did an online chat with the Washington Post, in which he revealed that Palin’s approval rating in the state was not the much-touted 80%, but 65% and sinking — and that among journalists who followed her it might be in the “teens.”
His paper found a number of leading Republican officeholders in the state who mocked Palin’s qualifications. “She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?” said Lyda Green, the president of the State Senate, a Republican from Palin’s hometown of Wasilla. “Look at what she’s done to this state. What would she do to the nation?”
As a conservative, I’ve got to say that the rejection of Palin by liberal media reporters and members of the corrupt Republican establishment in Alaska bodes well for her. Let’s remember that Sarah Palin rose to power by opposing Republican corruption in Alaska. She unseated former Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski is a primary challenge. She resigned from a commission Murkowski had previously appointed her to so that she could expose corruption among Republicans on that commission. She publicly criticized now-indicted Ted Stevens before he got indicted.
That the Republicans Palin have left in her wake, along with their friends, don’t really like her all that much is more of a compliment to her integrity than any comment on her character.
As for the reporters, I suspect that most Republicans would poll in the teens and single digits among members of the press. That’s just how it works with the liberal media. But Palin probably ticked the press off more than usual by stealing the thunder of Democrats in Alaska who were no doubt planning on making big gains in the wake of all the corruption she exposed.
Going forward, we need to remember that Sarah Palin isn’t your typical partisan politician. She has a record of standing against cronyism and corruption and not only refusing to make excuses for it when it comes from her own party, but actively exposing it and working against it.
So far the worst things the left has been able to dig up on Palin is that she apparently worked to get a bad cop fired and isn’t popular among her political colleagues for not being a team player on corruption. If that’s as bad as it gets, Palin stands head and shoulders above most politicians.