79 percent of Washington elites believe Palin is a “negative influence in national politics” while just 15 percent find her to be “a breath of fresh air.” Outside the nation’s capital, however, more than twice as many believe she has had a positive impact on politics, while 50 percent see her as a negative influence.Our ruling elites have chosen Mit Romney and Mike Huckabee (both of whom are RINO's) as the "annointed" GOP front runners. The main problem is neither is capable of actually winning an election outside of their home states. Mr. Romney has the huge weight of MassCare (the ObamaCare of Masschusetts that's already $60 billion dollars in the hole) which is the template for ObamaCare, hanging around his neck. Mr. Huckabee's track record of governing in Arkansas was well to the left of Bush (43)'s "compassionate conservative" doctrine of big government solutions to his state's problems. Neither possible candidate can win the GOP nomination, but they've been tapped by our "betters" as the "party's" choice for 2012.
“Palin is a populist-oriented phenomenon drawn heavily from lower middle-class voters, but she also deliberately comes off as anti-intellectual and anti-Washington, so it is no surprise she does not play in the Beltway,” said Mark Penn, CEO of the polling firm Penn Schoen Berland, which conducted the survey for POLITICO. “Elites almost everywhere are turned off by her and some of the very things she does that attracts her core support.”
Washington elites’ low opinion of Palin was also clear when those surveyed were asked who is “most likely to win” the Republican nomination in 2012.
Former Massachusetts GOP Gov. Mitt Romney is by far the Washington elites’ prediction, as 30 percent believe he is most likely to win the nomination. Palin is the next closest among Washington elites but trails Romney by 19 percentage points. Following Palin are former Arkansas GOP Gov. Mike Huckabee at 6 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Mississippi GOP Gov. Haley Barbour, both of whom were picked by 5 percent of D.C. elites.
I'm not sure Mrs. Palin can win a general election at the moment, not without a massive makeover, one the MSM will do it's utmost to contrdict, as she's been smeared since she entered the national picture more than 2 years ago. However, the course she's charted, one that opposes pretty much everything the current president is doing, polls well with the "great unwashed masses" when her name isn't mentioned. By the same token, either Romney or Huckabee would be more of the same if they were elected in 2012. There wouldn't be an appreciable change from "Democrat lite" that Mr. Bush was in his last 2 years of office.