|"Goddamn it Alaska! You're not done with me until I TELL you you're done with me!"|
Today, Ms. Palin and the Last Frontier are hard to find in political reporting. Ms. Palin is heard from very little beyond her role as a contributor on Fox News. The latest story about Ms. Palin centered on whether she would be invited to speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Alaska voters also seem to have moved past the Palin era. An Ivan Moore Research poll in late 2011 found that just 29 percent of registered voters in Alaska had positive feelings about Ms. Palin.
“I have a sense that today she would have a very hard time getting elected here,” said Margaret Stock, an adjunct instructor in the department of political science at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
“I don’t think she could get elected to anything,” said Donald C. Mitchell, who has written extensively about Native Alaskans and Alaska politics.
While no longer enamored with Ms. Palin, Alaska is still a conservative state and Mitt Romney should have little trouble winning its three electoral votes. But the state’s political instincts are more nuanced and idiosyncratic than the partisan image of its most famous Republican governor.
As visitors here already know I have been saying this same thing, and gleefully watching Palin slip into irrelevancy, for the last three years, but hearing it come out of the mouth of the great Nate Silver is admittedly pretty damn gratifying.
Of course Nate is also right that Alaska is still a deeply red state, though there are some indications that we might be moving somewhat more to the middle. Especially since the Republican party is now firmly in the hands of the Teabaggers.
Of course what Nate Silver was too much of a gentleman to mention is that Palin is not simply done in Alaska, she is essentially done everywhere!