The headline at “The Fix” was too captivating to ignore: “Newt Gingrich: The most disliked politician in America.” Two new polls show the former speaker of the House with super-high unfavorable ratings that make his quest for the White House quaintly Quixotic.
As Aaron Blake notes, the CNN-Opinion Research poll showed that 63 percent of those surveyed held an “unfavorable” view of Gingrich. This was 9 points worse (54 percent) than his standing in the New York Times-CBS News poll released yesterday. But Blake made an assertion that piqued my interest. “Sarah Palin, even at her most divisive,” he wrote, “never saw her unfavorable rating rise above 60 percent in the CNN poll.” That may be — but that’s not saying much.
Before Palin bowed to the obvious and finally declared she was not running for president, I constantly carped that there was no way she could possibly run because of graphs like the one you see below.
This whole “most disliked politician in America” thing, then, is relative. But such high negatives could lead Gingrich to a similar end now faced by Palin, which was neatly summed up by The Post’s Stephanie McCrummen today. Writing about the reaction of an attendee of the Conservative Political Action Conference to Palin, McCrummen wrote, “The response reflects how Palin’s star has traveled from a central place in the galaxy of conservative politics to a more nebulous, quasi-pop culture, quasi-political realm that is the dwelling place of figures such as Donald Trump.” There’s no danger of Gingrich becoming a pop-culture icon. But how far he slides in the galaxy of conservative politics will be a sight to behold.