Meg Whitman was the new golden girl for the Golden State. There were all the puff pieces of her E-Bay days, how charismatic she was, blah, blah, blah. Nary a word was said about any of her opponents. Name recognition alone got Meg the GOP nomination. Steve Poizner never stood a chance. Same for the Senate race and Carly Fiorina. In my humble opinion, Chuck Devore was the vastly superior candidate, but the press was all Fiorina. The press, in my opinion, "picked" the weakest GOP candidates to write glowing articles about, giving them widespread name recognition, and favorable press. After the primaries though, the press changed it's tune and ran hit pieces on those same candidates, creating a statewide Democrat tsunami in California, while the rest of the country was swimming in red.. It was John McCain all over again, except on a state level. Notice how the front runners are NOT conservative, with Mike Huckabee, though likable, being picked by some as the candidate to fare best against Obama in 2012. What this means is that the MSM knows that Huckabee would get creamed in a race with Obama. And the MSM would savage Huckabee to ensure it. The bottom line is, if the mainstream press appears to like a GOP candidate, they are trying to pick the one they feel has the greatest chance of losing to the Democrat in the General election. Don't buy their snake oil.
AP-GfK Poll: Palin most polarizing of 2012 crowd
By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Charles Babington, Associated Press – 22 mins ago
WASHINGTON – Sarah Palin is the most polarizing of the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates, while impressions of Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney lean more positive, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. As for the rest — Pawlenty, Barbour, Thune, Daniels — most Americans say, "Who?"
The election, of course, is far away, and polls this early largely reflect name recognition and a snapshot of current popularity. A year before the last presidential election, the top names in public opinion polls were Rudy Giuliani for the Republicans and Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democrats. Neither won their party's nomination.
But jockeying among the dozen-plus Republicans eyeing a chance to challenge President Barack Obama is under way. Soon, they will be slogging their way to living rooms in snowy Iowa, New Hampshire and other early primary states.
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