The coverage of Miss Sarah has been fascinating to me. Yes, she’s interesting and colorful – I get that the pool of Republican politicians out there is so tedious that she glimmers in comparison. But all that glitters…

Watch the clip above taken just recently in Columbus Ohio on one of Palin’s book tour stops. The video team do a great job of exposing the people in line to meet Sarah as the bewildered, mouthbreathing base of the GOP that they are. It’s a group of people with acute fear-of-a-black-president syndrome desperate for a leader who “gets” them.

What no one is talking about — Palin’s crowds are exclusively white. Yet Columbus is 26% black and 4% Latino. Palin might be setting s segment of the Republican base on fire. But she’s not popular among all white people according to this very recent WaPo poll: 51% of whites overall view her unfavorably although the dislike is softer in the suburbs. Democrats and Independents mostly despise her and 52% of white women say they wouldn’t vote for her (sexist Newsweek cover notwithstanding apparently).

AND interesting/typical, there’s no polling of the African-American or Latino demographics in this Washington Post poll. Yes, I know Sarah’s world is like an idealized 1950s view of an homogenous America where minorities are hidden in ghettoes and tucked away in non-threatening low wage jobs. Or deported.

But given her very soft support among whites, the only way she’s got a chance in 2012 is if she manages to court significant support among Hispanics.  She’s not totally clueless on immigration. From a Univision Interview with Sarah Palin, by Jorge Ramos on Oct 26, 2008:

Q: Should undocumented immigrants all should be deported?
A: There is no way that in the US we would roundup every illegal immigrant–there are about 12 million of the illegal immigrants–not only economically is that just an impossibility but that’s not a humane way anyway to deal with the issue.
Q: Do you then favor an amnesty for the 12 million undocumented immigrants?
A: No, I do not. Not total amnesty. You know, people have got to follow the rules. We have got to make sure that there is equal opportunity and those who are here legally should be first in line for services being provided and those opportunities that this great country provides.
Q: So you support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?
A: I do because I understand why people would want to be in America. To seek the safety and prosperity, the opportunities, the health that is here. It is so important that yes, people follow the rules so that people can be treated equally and fairly in this country.

Palin’s already taking some hits from her hard-core, ultra-conservative base. I think this is her Achilles heel — to win in 2012, she needs a moderate-to-progressive stance on immigration to attract the Latino vote while still sounding tough enough for her racist base. Probably a no-win sitch IMHO.

I’d like to see more journalists ask her and her supporters about her true views on idiot ideas that her base favors like the border fence. Let’s get her on record re: her post-McCain campaign positions on immigration since this is likely a major wedge issue with her and her “book” readers.

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