Why do Republicans think Palin is the one?

From Frank Rich, NYT:

In the aftermath of her decision to drop out and cash in, Palin’s standing in the G.O.P. actually rose in the USA Today/Gallup poll. No less than 71 percent of Republicans said they would vote for her for president. That overwhelming majority isn’t just the “base” of the Republican Party that liberals and conservatives alike tend to ghettoize as a rump backwater minority. It is the party, or pretty much what remains of it in the Barack Obama era.

USA Today has a similar story too.

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There are probably several Republicans who are much better than Palin. Looking to Palin to save the GOP in 2010 is a serious mistake.

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