On the same day a poll shows the vast majority of Americans don't think Sarah Palin is qualified to be president, two old-line pundits say she must be taken seriously.
Joe Klein: "The Obama presidency certainly hasn't ushered in an era of comity and prosperity. In the end, though, Palin is offering the opposite of hope and change: despair and stasis. The despair is histrionic and purposefully distorted; the stasis proved disastrous during the Bush Administration. But is Sarah Palin the favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination and therefore someone to be taken absolutely seriously? You betcha."
David Broder: "Those who want to stop her will need more ammunition than deriding her habit of writing on her hand. The lady is good.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds 71% of Americans do not feel that Sarah Palin is qualified to be President.
Interestingly, just 45% of Republicans think she is qualified as compared to 66% who thought she was during the presidential campaign.
Rick Klein: "The poll shows a big drop in her favorability rating since Palin's book launched in November -- the event that marked her reemergence into an active presence in public life."