Skip to comments.Analyst: Romney Will Choose ‘Extreme Opposite Of Palin’ As Running Mate
Posted on 06/01/2012 7:06:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Regardless of the political affiliation or level of engagement of a persons community, most people would be hard pressed to find someone unfamiliar with the name Sarah Palin.
A dynamic and polarizing figure who was often the subject of scrutiny and target of political satire, Palin is the former Alaska governor and vice presidential contender that Americans either love or hate.
The ambivalence shes inspired in the nation after numerous gaffes and missteps along the way in 2008 has not lessened much over the past four years since her time in the spotlight.
She has also become a figurehead on the prow of the USS Tea Party, a conservative movement responsible for causing its own political divides throughout the nation and keeping her name in a place of prominence.
The fallout from what some have called a disastrous performance during the 2008 election continues to this very day.
Perhaps the most notable and timely example is the repeated appearance of her name in speculations regarding the choice of running mate for official GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney usually mentioned as a moral, the personification of a lesson to be learned.
The continued factoring of Palin into such conversations leads many to wonder how do her words and actions affect politics in 2012, four years after her candidacy?
Her influence is not to be negated outright after all, as Politico pointed out earlier this week, Palin has made several successful endorsements recently, such as Senate hopeful Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Her support has been perceived to be something of a game-changer for candidates on the receiving end of it, and in a positive way.
She also lent support to Rick Santorum, before ultimately dropping out of the race.
Joanne Bamberger, manager of Pundit Mom and an author of the book Mothers of Intention, feels that her influence does exist, but will likely stay isolated to a small sect of the American populace.
I think her positive is her negative she is still going to appeal to the really committed Tea Party supporters, she said to CBSDC. But if youre talking about the presidential race, Senate races, local races, whatever they are, the Tea Party is an uber-conservative, small minority of people voting.
She additionally noted that a Palin endorsement smacks somewhat of Karl Rove-ian politics, in the strategy of appealing to niche voters and galvanizing a passionate but ultimately small sect of Americans toward a candidate, rather than appealing to a larger, broader base of constituents.
Barbara Kellerman, a James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Leadership of the Kennedy School at Harvard University, agreed when she spoke with CBSDC.
She remains attractive, sure in every sense of the world appealing to many people ideologically and personally, she said. But those people are increasingly very much in the minority, very much among the right wing of the Republican Party.
Added Kellerman, Are there people in the United States who pay attention to her? Sure. Is her political clout even within a remote distance to what it was a couple of years ago? The answer is no.
As for Palins influence on the selections of a running mate for Romney, both Kellerman and Bamberger see Romney steering clear of a wild card such as Palin.
I think the level of consciousness regarding the mistake the McCain campaign made (will cause) the Romney campaign to make extreme efforts to distance itself from it, Kellerman said. They will seek someone politically skilled, serious, somber, adult, mature someone no one will question as a solid pick for the vice presidential slot, who in the event of a calamity would be fit to be president.
She added, There has really been an evolution from 2008, a gradual recognition and nationwide acknowledgement of the reckless pick by the McCain campaign. Few defend it anymore some may have in 2008 and 2009, even 2010, but not in the last year or two.
Bamberger envisions a male running mate for Romney, but for different reasons.
Lots of people are saying that Romney has to pick a woman as a running mate because of the perceived war on women, but if I were a betting woman, I would say that he would steer clear of any women and pick someone he is most comfortable with, she said. [Not] because of Palin hell choose the extreme opposite of Palin because thats who Romney is. Hell pick someone very much like him, in the mold of George H.W. Bush picking Dan Quayle. Another white guy
with a similar background who is not going to overshadow Romney.
Opposite? Jesse Jackson?
Writer is trying to influence Romney to pick a loser
Then Romney is extremely foolish. Let’s face it not many republicans are to the left of Romney himself and he is held in great disdain by the base. He should tread carefully. I am already considering not casting a vote for president. I doubt that I’m the only one.
He’s gonna pick Obama?
Which CBS slug wrote this crap? Is it not obvious this piece was written to sow more division among conservative voters? No one ever slaps these asshats when they are 180 degrees wrong. But they are treated as if they are so insightful when they manipulate the voting public like this piece of crap.
... an ugly old dude with no balls
Though we had that the last time.
I’m not going to try to predict what Romney’s going to do but I do know this: this article was written by a dedicated Palin-hater.
Sarah is the only choice.........I will not be surprised if he does indeed chose her....
Anyone but Congoleum Rice.
Jon Huntsman, Bilderberger.
uh oh, Rubio? they’ll be here soon
The extreme opposite would be 0bama.
Wow, what a steaming pile of BS. Palin gave McLame a surge of interest. He would have lost by a much larger margin if he had picked the type of VP these fools are trying to say Romney will pick now. Again, "journalism" designed to divide the Right.
Makes sense. At a Romney event i went to in Feb, his people were talking about choosing a VP who is more centerist than he, as if he was a real conservative.
I’d personally like Sarah Palin to stay the “H” out of it this time around. Remain an outsider, and above it all. She shouldn’t have her name soiled by association with Romney. The guy is dirt.
Romney will pick someone he can control. A yessiree Bob sort for VP IMO.
My two cents............
If Romney want the women vote, he'll pick Palin.
If Romney wants to win, he'll pick Palin.
The key is, will she accept?