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Can Sarah Palin lead US Republicans to victory?
ABC ^ | 12-21-09 | Michael Brissenden

Posted on 12/21/2009 2:10:35 PM PST by euram

The expansive asphalt parking lot in Fair Lakes Shopping Center in Fairfax Virginia was full and there wasn't a single Prius in sight. This is SUV territory and the campaign sticker on the back window of one big Ford summed up the mood: a play on the Obama campaign mantra of hope, this one said simply - "Nope".

There are not too many Obama fans in Fairfax but there are hundreds of people prepared to line up for hours in the snow for a chance to meet the one political figure they believe might still be able to rescue the nation from "socialised medicine", "Liberal intellectuals" and "elitist" newspapers like the New York Times.

Sarah Palin's book Going Rogue is the publishing sensation of the moment here.

(Excerpt) Read more at abc.net.au ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; obamacare; palin; palin2012; sarahpalin
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1 posted on 12/21/2009 2:10:35 PM PST by euram
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To: euram

Without McCain around her neck dragging her down...Sure.


2 posted on 12/21/2009 2:12:20 PM PST by screaminsunshine (!!)
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To: euram

i doubt it...


3 posted on 12/21/2009 2:13:09 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: euram

YES! Sarah’s leading the Conservative wing of the GOP and leading the defense of America against MAO-bama’s marxism.


4 posted on 12/21/2009 2:15:04 PM PST by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: latina4dubya
As much as I might like to see it, I don't think so.
I believe that she is as polarizing to them as Hitlery is to us.
5 posted on 12/21/2009 2:15:09 PM PST by jrg
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To: euram

I like her but don’t think she could win. That would mean 4 more years of hussein.


6 posted on 12/21/2009 2:15:17 PM PST by boycott
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To: euram

If not Sarah, who?


7 posted on 12/21/2009 2:16:45 PM PST by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: Americas last, best hope for survival.)
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To: euram

Go Sarah!!


8 posted on 12/21/2009 2:18:05 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Join the TEA Party Rebellion!! May God and TEA save the Republic!!)
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To: boycott

I think Hussein will not make a full term he is gonna go bonkers before this is over and spend the rest of his failed life at trembling hills


9 posted on 12/21/2009 2:18:12 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: euram

“Can Sarah Palin lead US Republicans to victory?”

She absolutely could. She is exactly what this country needs in a position of authority.

Trouble is, for her to get into the White House, she would have to overcome the more or less complete control of our voting/electoral process by the demons (Democrat/Communist/OneWorlders) that swung the election last time.

This time they own the government.

How are we going to get our candidate into the White House?


10 posted on 12/21/2009 2:18:16 PM PST by RoadTest (Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3)
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To: euram

I really like Sarah Palin. That being said, I am not so sure she could win. While it is true, Obama has lost his luster, Palin is an equally divisive figure in polls. As a result I am not sure she could win. To be honest, I really don’t know a single Republican at the moment who could win. I’ve seen some polls saying that Huckabee could win, but frankly, I’m not sure he is better than Obama, if possible, he could be worse (for other reasons of course).


11 posted on 12/21/2009 2:20:26 PM PST by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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To: euram

You Betcha...


12 posted on 12/21/2009 2:23:16 PM PST by Robbin (If Sarah isn’t welcome, I’m not welcome, it’s just that simple…)
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To: euram

..yes—but the GOP establishment says no


13 posted on 12/21/2009 2:23:28 PM PST by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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Looks like some have bit on the Liberal propaganda re Palin.

No other wannabees can draw the crowds and has the support
as Sarah Palin.


14 posted on 12/21/2009 2:23:53 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: jrg
As much as I might like to see it, I don't think so. I believe that she is as polarizing to them as Hitlery is to us.

ditto... but i would vote for her...

15 posted on 12/21/2009 2:23:53 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: screaminsunshine
In one word " ABSOLUTELY"!!!!!
16 posted on 12/21/2009 2:24:01 PM PST by pollywog ("Regime Change USA".... 2010-2012 ~~Let's Roll !!)
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To: euram

Anyone who says:

“it won’t bring you any closer to actually knowing what Sarah Palin’s specific policy positions might be in any future tilt at political office”

has missed the entire point of the book.


17 posted on 12/21/2009 2:24:13 PM PST by bigbob
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To: StAthanasiustheGreat

Are you unaware of the 4 police officers that were killed by someone that Huck pardoned about 3 weeks ago? You can’t believe that he is electable after that...


18 posted on 12/21/2009 2:25:15 PM PST by Robbin (If Sarah isn’t welcome, I’m not welcome, it’s just that simple…)
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To: Robbin

I don’t think he is electable and even if he was, he would be a disaster. But unfortunately a lot of Republicans do (or did) based on some polls.


19 posted on 12/21/2009 2:28:12 PM PST by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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To: jrg
As much as I might like to see it, I don't think so. I believe that she is as polarizing to them as Hitlery is to us.

She is as polarizing to them as Ronald Reagan was.

20 posted on 12/21/2009 2:28:54 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: SoCalPol
Looks like some have bit on the Liberal propaganda re Palin.

It is disgusting to see so many grabbing on to the Liberal " oar" to try and move the boat, when it has a full inboard motor!!Sarah is WELL ABLE to set the Country back on the right track. Look what Sarah did for Alaska...She is a strong woman and a great LEADER!!! GO SARAH!!!!!!!

21 posted on 12/21/2009 2:29:04 PM PST by pollywog ("Regime Change USA".... 2010-2012 ~~Let's Roll !!)
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To: NurdlyPeon
"If not Sarah, who?"

Who knows? It's three years away. No one had heard of Barack Obama in the late summer of 2004. Yet, he became President four years later.

Conservatives and Republicans would be much better served worrying about 2010. If we can wrest control back from the Dems next year, 2012 may become moot.

22 posted on 12/21/2009 2:32:09 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: euram

NO


23 posted on 12/21/2009 2:33:32 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: euram

She perhaps is our last best hope.

Nobody else on the horizon.


24 posted on 12/21/2009 2:33:59 PM PST by ully2 (ully)
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To: pollywog

I appreciate the fact that Sarah Palin is hammering out several articles a week on the National and international issues along with op eds in major national papers.

You know where Sarah stands and she is driving the counter to Obama’s agendas.


25 posted on 12/21/2009 2:35:01 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: WalterSkinner
"..yes—but the GOP establishment says no"

The GOP establishment - including conservative stalwart Limbaugh - picked Romney last year. How did that work out? As difficult as it is for some to admit, the establishment doesn't select the party nominee. The voters do that. Anyone who wants the nomination, has to convince more people to vote for them than vote for the other guys. It's as simple as that.

26 posted on 12/21/2009 2:36:08 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: euram

At this point, three years out, there is no other Republican considering a run that is even worthy of the nomination, IMO.


27 posted on 12/21/2009 2:36:35 PM PST by Pox
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To: pollywog

Thanks! Many needed that wet towel across the face......GO SARAH!


28 posted on 12/21/2009 2:36:42 PM PST by captnorb
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To: jrg
It is useful to recall that Reagan was opposed by the gop establishment, the 'rats, and the media. He won anyway. Clearly, the beltway republicans will oppose her--after all, she does not play fair--she's honest! And it scares the sh*t out of them no less than it does the 'rats and the media.

They look at how she fought and won over the gop establishment in Alaska, an entrenched cabal of corrupt political criminals and big oil executives. If she can beat Exxon she can beat whatever stiff the beltway rinos want to throw up against her.

After that, it just depends on whether the RNC supports her. If the Republican Party wants to win the presidencey, it can. If it would rather wallow than win, it won't. We shall see.

29 posted on 12/21/2009 2:38:26 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: OldDeckHand
That was his last ditch effort to save us from McCain.......At least mac gave us Sarah.
30 posted on 12/21/2009 2:38:56 PM PST by captnorb
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To: euram
No. She's got a huge image problem and some very unfortunate baggage (i.e., she quit as governor). She has been, and can very easily continue to be painted as "unserious" in the same way Dan Quayle was.

And continued exposure to her folksy mannerisms is, quite frankly, tooth-grindingly irritating.

Outside her true believers, Sarah Palin doesn't really have the makings of a successful presidential candidate.

31 posted on 12/21/2009 2:40:42 PM PST by r9etb
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To: euram

Yet another progressive out to trash Palin. He must be on vacation, though, as the quality of writing indicates that he hired some 9th grader to write this piece of junk.


32 posted on 12/21/2009 2:42:16 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: org.whodat

YES


33 posted on 12/21/2009 2:42:27 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: euram

Lots of negative vibes here. I strongly support Sarah already but you are welcome to be skeptical. I just say that it is early. Hillary is America’s Ex-Wife. That was part of her being divisive. She was associated with Clintonian failures. That was another big part. Sarah’s divisiveness is based on what people have written, not on what she has done. Let her talk about herself over the next couple years. Listen. Then decide. In December 2005 who did not believe that the November 2008 presidential contest would be between Hillary and Rudy?


34 posted on 12/21/2009 2:43:12 PM PST by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: WalterSkinner
..yes—but the GOP establishment says no

In the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released a few days ago, 12/20/09 , pollsters Peter Hart and Bill McInturff asked,

Snip "The poll also found that Palin's positive ratings have ticked up a bit, while her negatives have ticked downward. Fourteen percent of respondents say they have very positive feelings toward Palin; 18 percent have somewhat positive feelings; 23 percent are neutral; 14 percent are somewhat negative; and 26 percent are very negative. "

I think it may be just a little bit more than the establishment, figure are not much different than during the president election.

35 posted on 12/21/2009 2:43:14 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: jrg
I believe that she is as polarizing to them as Hitlery is to us. “

Rubbish!
Who is more polarizing that 0bama, by far the most extreme left wing radical ever to have occupied the White House? That never stopped this communist from winning did it?

36 posted on 12/21/2009 2:43:32 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: euram
"Not unless they follow."

...to boldly go...

...where no RINO has gone before!

(...following the will of the overwhelming majority of the people. Most ordinary people sit out since they have been conditioned to believe -- by the press and by long-standing Democrat Marxist vote fraud, that their vote will not matter.)

Cheers!

37 posted on 12/21/2009 2:43:48 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Sans-Culotte

Reagan was only polarizing after he was elected and the libs needed a straw man. Palin is polarizing now.

I would love to see her as POTUS but there are too many who only see her in light of her Couric interview.


38 posted on 12/21/2009 2:44:40 PM PST by zeebee (Ask a teenager now, while they still know everything.)
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To: r9etb
And continued exposure to her folksy mannerisms is, quite frankly, tooth-grindingly irritating.

So, you prefer an Ivy League intellectual who spouts off $25 words over a woman who speaks just like the rest of us average main street Americans.

Yeah, that's bring real success in 2012.

39 posted on 12/21/2009 2:45:35 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: NurdlyPeon

I think she could win with Marco Rubio on her ticket. Two true conservatives and diversified at that.


40 posted on 12/21/2009 2:46:35 PM PST by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: varina davis
Palin/Bachmann.

Fire up the conservative ladies.

41 posted on 12/21/2009 2:50:01 PM PST by Chunga (Any IDIOT who says Obama would be better for the country than McCain is a disgrace - Mark Levin)
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To: euram

Sarah has my vote. My In-laws, parents, wife, and sisters as well. That’s 8. I’m sure we aren’t alone.


42 posted on 12/21/2009 2:50:30 PM PST by Dead Corpse (III)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"So, you prefer an Ivy League intellectual who spouts off $25 words over a woman who speaks just like the rest of us average main street Americans."

Do you want a surgeon, or a defense attorney or an accountant "who speaks like an average American"? Or, would you prefer to have someone who speaks much more eloquently and persuasively than the average American, especially considering how critical effective communication skills are in that job? I don't want an average American running the country. I want an exceptional American with exceptional skills and extraordinary abilities at the helm, especially while in stormy seas. I suspect I won't be alone in 2012.

We had a guy for eight years who couldn't get out of his own way in front of the camera. It worked out horribly for us. Let's not repeat that same mistake.

43 posted on 12/21/2009 2:50:58 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: r9etb
She has been, and can very easily continue to be painted as “unserious” in the same way Dan Quayle was. “

What a load of rubbish!
Now why don't you show me ANY poll, which had Dan Quayle running neck and neck with the sitting president at th time, like Sarah Palin is currently running neck and neck with 0bama in the polls?
While you are about it, perhaps you will show me even one example of thousands of people, lining up in town after town, in sub-zero temperatures, all night, just to see Dan Quayle and have him sign his book.
Why do you insist on pushing this loony left garbage on his site?

44 posted on 12/21/2009 2:51:01 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: euram

The log cabin wing of the GOP is tumescent over the RINO Romney.

It scares the hell out of them that a woman with bigger fuzzies than they have has shown up on the scene who talks straight and gives no quarter.

If the GOP is going to push another RINO to the front of the line, then they might as well not bother running and let the current surrender monkey have another four years.


45 posted on 12/21/2009 2:52:04 PM PST by InternetTuffGuy
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To: euram

Yes, and Obama is leading the Dems to defeat.


46 posted on 12/21/2009 2:52:44 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: SmokingJoe

Of course it’s rubbish. Consider the source.


47 posted on 12/21/2009 2:54:59 PM PST by Dead Corpse (III)
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To: jimfree
"In December 2005 who did not believe that the November 2008 presidential contest would be between Hillary and Rudy?"

Hilary, sure. Rudy, no way. I never believed that Rudy - with all his personal baggage and his anti-gun & pro-abortion record - would come remotely close to winning the nomination.

But, I agree with the premise of your question, which is why I believe the nominee won't be the three most visible candidates today - Palin, Huckabee or Romney.

48 posted on 12/21/2009 2:56:09 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: euram

NO!
Michele Bachmann on the other hand..Yes


49 posted on 12/21/2009 2:56:59 PM PST by Jazz1968 (Just the truth)
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To: OldDeckHand
Or, would you prefer to have someone who speaks much more eloquently and persuasively than the average American, “

We have a guy who has been hailed by the State Run Media as the “greatest orator ever” sitting in the White House right now, and how is he turning out for ya?
0bama is by far the biggest disaster ever to have hit this country, far worse than the 9/11 disaster. By the time this criminal 0bama is through, it's going to be near impossible to put the country back together. That's what voting for an empty suite who is "eloquent" and "persuasive" will get ya.

50 posted on 12/21/2009 2:57:22 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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