David Brody makes the shrewd point that there are really only two presidential primaries in the GOP: The evangelical primary and the business primary. After Sarah Palin’s interview with Sean Hannity last night, I think we can now call Mike Huckabee the presumptive winner of the evangelical primary.
How often did Sarah Palin express in that interview some variant of the phrase, “it’s not about me?” How often did she describe herself as “respectful”? Often enough, in both cases, as to suggest that she and her handlers have finally woken up to the harm done to Palin’s public image by Palin’s previous video outing.
Unfortunately for Palin, that harm cannot be undone by softball interviews and angry protestations. Her base is melting away. It remains substantial, but less substantial with every passing month.
Suppose you are a faith & family voter: strongly socially conservative, strongly opposed to Barack Obama. By now you have thoroughly absorbed the idea that Palin is electorally radioactive. Quietly, you may also have your own reservations about Palin’s character, temperament and judgment. If you didn’t have an alternative, you might have to stick to her. But you do have an alternative: in fact it’s your own first choice from 2008. Easy call, yes?