a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
What does the new poll mean?
Depends on who you ask.
If you ask me -- you did ask me, didn't you? -- it means that almost as many people hate Barack Obama as hate Sarah Palin. Now, I can't tell you why they hate Sarah Palin. They can't either. Ask them, and they go, "Palin!!! Arrggghhh!! She's ... (spit) ... (slobber) ... (mumble) ... and Dan Quayle in a skirt!" Or something like that.
They've been programmed to hate her. So they do.
What else it means is that the programming isn't taking. Remember all that "Bush is evil" programming that people were spewing a while back. It's calmed down among most. Oh, sure, some still blame Bush for the economy, 9/11, and Pearl Harbor. Because stupid people have a way of living way too long and not shutting the hell up. But the "Gosh, I sure miss George Bush" sentiment is growing.
Palin is no Bush, but ...
Palin is no George W. Bush, but the "Hate Palin" programming is starting to wear off. Like in Dollhouse, where Echo didn't respond to imprints and wipes like they expected. Voters are turning Echo.
The poll also means that the left-wing media is about to go all out assailing Sarah Palin as ... well, whatever it is they've been told to say about her now.
And here's what it all means: while they're attacking Palin, they aren't quite as focused on Perry or Romney or Bachmann or Cain or whoever else is supposed to be in the crosshairs.
And that's a good thing.
Once again, we must say it. Come on. Say it with me. "Thank you, Sarah Palin."