But Reasin, who is on the steering committee of the Cecil County Tea Party Patriots, said he thought Gen. David Petraeus, the decorated military official who commands U.S. forces in Afghanistan, should run for president.
As for Palin, Reasin said, “She’s got too many negatives, not for me, but for too many people. So I think she’s better off on the outside looking in.”
Reasin’s comments point to a growing recognition that while Palin is intensely loved by her supporters, she is strongly disliked by a larger percentage of Americans. The most recent poll to demonstrate this, a Politico/Penn Schoen Berland survey released Tuesday, showed 36 percent who view her favorably and 53 percent who view her unfavorably.
Brenda Tackett, a white-haired retiree from Bristol, Tennessee, traveled to the rally Monday with 29 others on a bus paid for by Americans for Prosperity, a Washington-based conservative group. She held a hand-painted sign that read, “Listen to the People.”
Tackett said Palin might make a good vice president.
“She’s a very smart lady, a very good speaker, but being a woman I think they’ll be after her tooth and nail,” Tackett said. “I don’t think she would hold the main ticket … I think it’s going to take someone a little more powerful than Sarah, that has more connections, that will be able to carry the country with more supporters.”
At the Glenn Beck rally on the National Mall in August, some of the most committed attendees who traveled thousands of miles and slept overnight to get spots up front said similar things.
Katherine McArthur, a 58-year old retired real estate agent and mother of two from Newport Beach, Calif., flew to Washington for the Beck rally and showed up 48 hours early, sleeping two nights on the Mall with nothing more than a camping chair.
“I guess I don’t have confidence in her, at this point in her career,” McArthur said of Palin.
Her friend, Linda Lumsden, a 58-year old skincare specialist also from Newport Beach, was more forceful in her opinion.
“I would like to see someone else emerge. I think she’s too divisive,” Lumsden said. “It’s good for her to be part of the party. I have nothing against her. But I just think a leader has to be more articulate than she is. I just don’t think that person’s emerged yet.”
Adam Washburn, a 47-year old plumber from Oceanside, Calif., also slept on the Mall overnight in a camping chair to save his spot up front at the Beck rally.
“I could support Sarah Palin, but I don’t think she is the one. VP yes, president not so much,” Washburn said in an e-mail this week. “Unfortunately I think the media beat her up too much, and I think she can be more valuable doing other things for the conservative movement.”
“I’m not sure if we have seen the one who needs to run. It has to be someone who can articulate the conservative message like a Buckley or Reagan,” Washburn said. “We have time to find someone. I do like Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio.”