POLITICAL observations & opinions

* MSNBC First Read: McCain’s Palin problem

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 22, 2008

  • Palin’s numbers have plummeted in our poll. 
  • For the first time, Palin has a negative favorable/unfavorable rating (38%-47%), the only principal to carry that distinction. 
  • What’s more, 55% think she’s unqualified to serve as president if the need arises, which is a troublesome number given McCain’s age. 
  • Have worries about McCain’s age risen because of Palin? Seems to be the case.
  • Palin’s qualifications to be president rank as voters’ top concern about a McCain presidency — ahead of continuing Bush’s policies. 
  • If these poll numbers weren’t bad enough for Palin, now comes a Politico report noting that the RNC spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize her at high-end stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue — a story that could further add to the perception that Palin isn’t a serious candidate. 
  • A few questions here from NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: 
    • Did the campaign announce that she was donating to clothes to charity because there’s a potential tax problem here? 
    • And is Palin permitted to accept these kinds of gifts under Alaska ethics laws?
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