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Sarah Palin: Center of the GOP universe?

Love her or hate her, GOP leaders can't stop talking about the former Alaska governor – even if they want to.

By Staff writer / January 18, 2011

Sarah Palin, shown here on Nov. 30, signing copies of her book, 'America By Heart,' in Little Rock, Ark., can't stop getting talked about. Her Monday night appearance with Sean Hannity became fodder for Tuesday's political programming.

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Yes, Sarah Palin’s poll numbers haven’t looked great lately. Only about 30 percent of Americans approved of her rhetorical response to the Arizona shooting rampage, according to a recent Washington Post/ABC News survey.

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But we’ll say this for the ex-governor of Alaska: up or down, rising or falling, she remains the center of the Republican universe, potential presidential candidate division.

Why do we say this? Because so many other political figures, when they appear on news chat shows, get asked what they think about her latest move.

Monday night, for instance, Ms. Palin appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show. She attempted to defend herself against accusations that she misused the term “blood libel” when talking about how some critics tried to link political rhetoric to the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

So of course, the burning question reporters asked other, non-Palin political guests on Tuesday: How did she do?

Newt Gingrich sounded kind of jealous. On ABC Tuesday morning he opined that Palin needs to “slow down” and “think through what she’s saying.” Then he added that “I don’t know anybody else in American politics who can put something on Twitter or put something on Facebook and automatically have it become a national story.”


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