A new Bloomberg poll shows Sarah Palin‘s 15 minutes of fame and glory is coming to an end.
Nationally, 60 percent of voters now have a an unfavorable view of Palin while moe than half — 38 percent view her “very” unfavorable. That rating is higher than the combined ratings of Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie and Donald Trump.
Only 33 percent of those polled had a favorable view of the Alaska Governor who quit before her term ended and was the vice presidential candidate in John McCain‘s losing Presidential campaign in 2008.
Palin’s problems don’t end with polls. Her comments about shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords have left Fox News boss Roger Ailes pissed and some say Palin may lose her job over the dispute.
New York magazine says Ailes warned Palin not to make a video about the shootings and also not to use the term “blood libel” if she did.
Gabriel Sherman writes:
Palin’s video came days after the shooting, during a time when people had wondered why she had made no extended public statement about the tragedy and when some were citing her “crosshairs” map as an example of extreme political imagery that was contributing to a violent national climate. Palin was reacting to the latter when she accused journalists of “manufacturing a blood libel” by, in her view, charging her as complicit in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
According to Sherman, though, Palin called Ailes before making the video. She complained that the media were blaming her for the shooting, and expressed a desire to respond to her critics. Ailes said that would be a bad idea.
“Lie low,” he said. “There’s no need to inject yourself into the story.” Sherman writes that Palin said her lawyer and other confidantes had given her the same advice. Of course, she didn’t follow that advice, and made the video. Ailes was not happy.
Fox insiders say the incident has destroyed the relationship between Ailes and Palin may lose her $1 million a year gig as an analyst at the network.
Mika Brzezinski on Monday’s “Morning Joe” show on MSNBC predicted Ailes will “dump” Palin but said he Fox News head is getting what he deserved with Palin’s gaffes.
“They knew what they were getting into with her,” she said, referring to Fox News.
Writes Jonathan Martin and John F. Harris on Politico:
Sarah Palin has played the sexism card, accusing critics of chauvinism against a strong woman.
She has played the class card, dismissing the Bush family as “blue bloods” and complaining that she is the target of snobbery by people who dislike her simply because she is “not so hoity-toity.”
Most famously, she has played the victim card — never more vividly than when she invoked the loaded phrase “blood libel” against liberals and media commentators in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting.
Palin’s flamboyant rhetoric always has thrilled supporters, but lately it is coming at a new cost: a backlash, not from liberals but from some of the country’s most influential conservative commentators and intellectuals.
Palin’s politics of grievance and group identity, according to these critics, is a betrayal of conservative principles. For decades, it was a standard line of the right that liberals cynically promoted victimhood to achieve their goals and that they practiced the politics of identity — race, sex and class—over ideas. (Related: Republicans learn cost of attacking Palin)
Among those taking aim at Palin in recent interviews with POLITICO are George F. Will, the elder statesman of conservative columnists; Peter Wehner, a top strategist in George W. Bush’s White House, and Heather Mac Donald, a leading voice with the right-leaning Manhattan Institute.
Matt Labash, a longtime writer for the Weekly Standard, said that because of Palin’s frequent appeals to victimhood and group grievance, “She’s becoming Al Sharpton, Alaska edition.”