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What Sarah Palin Needs To Win The Republican Nomination
UK Telegraph ^ | November 22nd, 2010 | Alex Spillius

Posted on 11/23/2010 1:52:05 PM PST by dselig

Last week was the week when the idea that Sarah Palin is going to run for president began to sink in properly. As I explained, she is an immensely viable candidate for the 2012 Republican nomination.

Frank Rich, in the New York Times, argues that she is a shoo-in for Republicans because time is ripe for her populist stance, and because her defects are no greater than George W Bush’s when he jumped into the 2000 primary race.

I am not so sure. The debates would prove a stiff test of her grasp of detail, and if she found the slings and arrows of running as vice-president and governing Alaska hard to cope with, how would she fare in the brutal terrain of a presidential race?

Palin is the best known quantity among the likely candidates. As First Read notes, her main task would be to broaden her appeal among a primary electorate that in the past has always opted for the candidate most likely to win the general election. With her negative numbers among Democrats and independents still high, that is quite a challenge.

Karl Rove’s comment that she lacks the gravitas for the top job continue to define the battle over Palin among Republicans. Barbara Bush, with the ultimate back-handed compliment, has now underlined how the old school views the Alaskan queen as an upstart. Palin’s unique style has already changed the game, but to win the nomination she may well need another game changer

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: ericcantor; sarahpalin
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1 posted on 11/23/2010 1:52:11 PM PST by dselig
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To: dselig
"With her negative numbers among Democrats and independents still high, that is quite a challenge"

Well she isn't going to get the Democrat vote anyway. No Republican would (except possibly Romney). She's going to have to bring her negatives among independents up though.

2 posted on 11/23/2010 1:58:32 PM PST by Artemis Webb (I support Alvin Greene as the Democrats next nominee for President of the United States!)
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To: dselig

I have said this over and over to the Palin cult - “populist stance”. We need a conservative and NOT a “populist”.


3 posted on 11/23/2010 1:58:45 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: dselig

Palin has the one great thing going for her that Romney/Rove, et al, just don’t understand and never will. She has the support of the God-fearing, Life & Liberty loving American people.


4 posted on 11/23/2010 1:59:28 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: dselig

A Brit quoting Frank Rich.

Punt.


5 posted on 11/23/2010 2:00:46 PM PST by EyeGuy (RaceMarxist Obama: The Politics of Vengeance)
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To: dselig; Virginia Ridgerunner; Clyde5445; Brices Crossroads; Lakeshark

Alex Spillius has a terminal case of PDS. His columns are all the same.


6 posted on 11/23/2010 2:01:33 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: dselig
Palin shouldn't have much of a problem in the primaries.

It's the general election that she has to worry about.

Nationally, she has high negatives.

That's the challenge.

7 posted on 11/23/2010 2:02:07 PM PST by wideawake
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To: Artemis Webb

I don’t think the debates will be a big problem at all for the Mama Grizzly. She did fine against Joe Biden!


8 posted on 11/23/2010 2:03:57 PM PST by dselig
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To: dselig
"What Sarah Palin Needs To Win The Republican Nomination "

Simply throw a freshly field-dressed bull-moose head into the ring...

After all, this slide into tyranny acquired it's first major impetus with the first progressive/closet-marxist President.

9 posted on 11/23/2010 2:08:04 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: dselig
I don’t think the debates will be a big problem at all for the Mama Grizzly. She did fine against Joe Biden!

Assume Obama drops out, Palin wins primarys now America can choose Palin or Biden. Only in America.

10 posted on 11/23/2010 2:10:57 PM PST by bkepley
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To: dselig
Who cares about debates or what some failed political hacks who had the White House for a decade and defined conservatism in a way that would make Marx and Lenin proud think?

Sarah Palin is the only one who stands for liberty straight up if she cant defeat a Marxist for president who is destroying this nation intentionally then America no longer deserves to be free.

It cracks me up when people speak to presence, gravitas and debating skills.

How are those qualities going to save America?

How about lets start with principles such as, love of country and the reverence to our constitution as founded, then work our way down the gutter to what the inside the beltway elitist think?

11 posted on 11/23/2010 2:12:01 PM PST by RINOS ARE RADICALS
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To: Artemis Webb
Palin needs the Independents and they HATE her. The Palin cult alone will not get her there. Her people skills are nonexistent. She is confrontational to an extreme. She is petty and shrill. Honestly, even acknowledging a turd like Levi ... should be beneath her. It's not.

Palin would make a counter commentator to Joyce Behar. Palin could unload on her and pull out all stops on her sharp tongue - of course with a s.e.g. smirk on her face. Palin only appeals to confused conservatives who think being a “populist” is being conservative.

This coming election is too important to screw up with another O'Donnell type. As ridiculous as Obama is and LOW poll numbers, with cheating and OUR stimulus money that he uses as a SLUSH fund, he could get a second term. We literally can't afford to lose this coming election and Palin will do THAT for the GOP.

Make her a VP and use her as an attack dog and a fund raiser for the cult. Let her be the "pit bull" she is. VP are supposed to be "pit bills". Or throw her a bone and replace Steele with Palin. Even as a VP she would need someone with a brain to guide her and clean her up and get her up to speed on issues ... . There truly is NO substance there beyond the fun patriotic sound bytes.

Some people are so fanatical they'll donate their savings to her. Just don't vote for her as President in the primary. Of course she's running! She basically wants to be anointed and just being coy.

I don't know who the RIGHT person is ... I just know Palin isn't it.

12 posted on 11/23/2010 2:12:10 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: wideawake

She needs to stop using strident speech. Like Reagan,people know she’s conservative.
She needs to pass the “reasonable”test that Reagan had to.

People wanted to toss Carter but wanted to know Reagan wasn’t a fanatic. When he said “there you go again” to refute Carters lies about him Americans decided Reagan was OK to elect.

Palin needs to stop alienating Independents in the middle. If she doesn’t, she’s going to be isolated to far to the right like Buchanan in 92. She needs to think about how non-rightists view her. imho


13 posted on 11/23/2010 2:16:14 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (God humbles and (if need be) destroys false idols. Be patient, folks...)
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To: nmh

You must be a liberal. As in typical liberal fashion, you attack all that do not think the way you do as a “cult” or stupid or some other derogatory comment. You weaken your own argument and belittle yourself by accusing others …. It couldn’t possibly be that anyone could not agree with your obvious genius and winning personality, now could it…


14 posted on 11/23/2010 2:16:19 PM PST by Robbin (If Sarah isn’t welcome, I’m not welcome, it’s just that simple…)
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15 posted on 11/23/2010 2:17:12 PM PST by Artemis Webb (I support Alvin Greene as the Democrats next nominee for President of the United States!)
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To: wideawake

It’s her personality. She is a CONFRONTATIONAL kind of person. These people wear thin fast. She pretends she isn’t THIN skinned but she IS thin skinned. She has no charisma at all beyond her cult following. We will need Independents to make up the difference and WINK at her “polulist stance” which is NOT conservative.

Doesn’t ANYONE read her book? Going Rogue? Palin is NOT a friend to business. People that “love” her need to UNDERSTAND her. Her actions and half term as a governor highlight how she does NOT work well with people = especially business people.


16 posted on 11/23/2010 2:17:42 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: dselig

I’m not sure she can pull it off, but the shrieking liberal media seems to think she can, or they wouldn’t become so hysterical at the mention of her name.


17 posted on 11/23/2010 2:17:54 PM PST by Spok ( "Woe to them who call the day, night and the night, day." -Isaiah)
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To: Artemis Webb
"Well she isn't going to get the Democrat vote anyway. No Republican would (except possibly Romney). "

There was this guy, named Reagan. He did OK with the Democrats. Sadly and strangely, Reagan was also the last Republican to get a majority of the "moderate" vote, both times.

I think we sometimes lose sight of the importance of the individual candidate, and how a "greatness" (for lack of a better term), transcends political division. Again, like Reagan did.

Marco Rubio - although far too young to think about 2012 - I think could be just like that. Remember, he's about as orthodox conservative as you can get. And, in a state that went comfortably for Obama and in a three-way race, he darn near got 50% of the vote. I haven't seen his exit polls yet, but I bet he received some Democrat voters and a good percentage of independents/moderates, given the under-representation of Republicans in that state.

Does Palin transcend political divisions in this way? I'm not so sure.

18 posted on 11/23/2010 2:18:23 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: nmh

I don’t mind her populism, because it is a conservative variety. She is pushing the book Save Capitalism from Capitalists, an Idea I rather like.
She does not pass muster with independants at this point, and that is where the rub is.


19 posted on 11/23/2010 2:18:45 PM PST by Colvin (Proud Owner '66 Binder PU, '66 Binder Travelall,)
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To: nmh

She’s best at rabble rousing and has not done herself any favors with the reality TV bit.

I like her as converative principle facilitator, but not as presidential candidate. Plus, she’s got McCain’s stench hanging about her.

Let her take to the airwaves and do damage and hope a Pence/DeMint like character (if not Pence himself) emerges at some point.


20 posted on 11/23/2010 2:19:56 PM PST by Reagan Disciple (Peace through Strength)
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