Reuters/Ipsos: Saran Palin 22, Mitt Romney 20.

According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin leads former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, 22-20.

Early polls hardly matter, especially those that are not state specific since the Republican primary nomination is not determined by a national popular vote, as many in the mainstream media mistakenly think it is.

Yet, such numbers from a reputable and scientific polling organization is not too shabby for a candidate often derided as a “sideshow” by the mainstream media and the professional Republican operative class that often chases and puts dollars before principles.