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Palin vs. Romney, Jay vs. Dave

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  March 1, 2010 06:21 AM

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Prepare yourselves for a Tuesday night GOP-off. While Sarah Palin visits Jay Leno during his first week back on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” David Letterman will be hosting our own former governor, Mitt Romney. Both are considered possible contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Palin chose Jay because, well, she hates Dave (remember last summer's feud, when she went after him for making "sexually perverted comments" about her daughter?). And Romney chose Letterman because, well, who knows. He has a book to sell called "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness" and, possibly, another campaign to ignite. He'll probably wind up on Jay's show sooner or later.

Also prepare yourselves for some rash conclusions on Wednesday morning. If Jay gets higher ratings than Dave, will that indicate a popular preference regarding Palin vs. Romney? No, not really. Ratings will depend as much on Jay vs. Dave, as well as on Palin's celebrity starpower. Viewers may be drawn to watch Palin, because she is dishy, but that doesn't mean they will automatically vote for her. They'd watch Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but they wouldn't vote for them, right?

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