Wonder what you would find if you frisked the Washington D.C. elites?
Answer: They think differently than the general population.
At least on a few issues… Katrina Trinko – from The Corner – reports:
Washington elites don’t care much for Sarah Palin, according to a Politico poll released today.
Among Washington elites, defined as college grads living in the D.C. metro area in policy or political positions and making $75,000 or more a year, only 11 percent think that Palin is qualified to be president, a steep decrease from the 23 percent nationwide who think she is qualified. And while half of the general population thinks that Palin is a “negative influence” on national politics, a whopping 79 percent of D.C. elites hold that view.
Asked who was most likely to win the GOP nomination in 2012, 30 percent of Washington elites picked Romney, while 11 percent chose Palin. All the other possible nominees, including Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty, John Thune, and Mitch Daniels, were only considered likely by single-digit percentages.
The elites also don’t think that the Tea Party will endure. While only 28 percent of the general population agreed that “the Tea Party movement is a fad – it will go away soon enough,” that percentage agreeing with the statement skyrocketed to 70 percent among Washington elites.
Although Sarah Palin is not my choice as a potential candidate for 2012, I thought the difference between the Washington D.C. elites and the general population’s opinion on whether or not she is qualified to be president was interesting. A twelve point gap is pretty huge…
When asked who was most likely to win the Republican nomination in 2012, 30 percent of Washington elites picked Mitt Romney. This did not shock me at all, because Washington D.C. loves their moderate politicians. After all, in my opinion, Romney is just another well rehearsed politician that would end up swimming in the center as a moderate if he won in 2012.
As of right now, my potential candidates in 2012 are Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels, and Newt Gingrich.
On the subject of the Tea Party movement disappearing, I do not see that happening. If it does, it won’t be until after the 2012 election. Right now, too many Americans are upset about the radical agenda that President Obama and the Democrats have embraced.