Skip to comments.Sarah Palin can still win the GOP nomination
Posted on 05/19/2011 7:15:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Jimmy Carter never said malaise, Humphrey Bogart never said, play it again Sam, and Sarah Palin never said, I can see Russia from my front porch. But most people are convinced they did. As Yogi Berra quipped, I never said most of the things I said.
The caricaturing of Palin has led many political observers to cavalierly dismiss her chances of entering the 2012 GOP field and winning. My question is why?
At least one pundit sees the opportunity. Appearing on MSNBCs Andrea Mitchell show Monday, Time magazines Mark Halperin noted that Mike Huckabees decision to skip the 2012 GOP primary, leaves a big hole for Sarah Palin who can come in and take over that space that Huckabee left.
A new Gallup poll seems to confirm his analysis. As The Washington Posts Chris Cillizza writes,
the field remains decidedly muddled with no clear frontrunner. (Gallup doled out the past support for Huckabee/Trump based on the second place preferences of those voters.) Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney takes 20 percent to 18 percent for former Alaska governor Sarah Palin
Putting this in context, we now know that: 1). Mike Huckabee, a populist social conservative who won Iowa in 2008, isnt running, and 2). Gallup has Sarah Palin in second place just two points behind Mitt Romney. It is frankly stunning that this late in the game Palin still has a golden opportunity to win the nomination. (We also know, as the polling implies, the weak GOP field lacks a clear front runner to rally behind.)
And yet conventional wisdom seems to hold that Palin will not run and even if she does she cant win. The assumption is that Palin isnt serious enough. Once again, I think she is being underestimated.
These assumptions continue to inform the way news stories about Palin are framed. For example, media observers recently began noticing that Palin wasnt garnering quite as much press attention as before. This was largely portrayed as a sign that her influence may finally be waning but was that necessarily the right conclusion?
Controversy often generates attention, and while the media were busy covering Donald Trumps ridiculous antics this spring, Palin was delivering serious speeches in places like Wisconsin and visiting vitally important nations like Israel and India. This was under-reported.
Also worth noting is that Palin was recently the star guest at Tammy Haddads garden brunch (for those outside the Beltway, this is the whos who gathering of political insiders and muckety-mucks, held annually to coincide with the White House Correspondents Dinner). Palins attendance was reminiscent of another outsider, Ronald Reagan, who railed against DC elites, but attended dinner parties at Washington Post publisher Kay Grahams house. The old Palin would probably not have attended this lamestream media event the new Palin did.
Of course, its too early to know whether any of this foreshadows a presidential run, but consider this: If Palin were serious about running for president, isnt buttressing her foreign policy credentials by traveling and building bridges with at least some media elites precisely what she ought to be doing? Keep in mind, going back to Alaska, she has never run a conventional campaign she always started late and was the underdog. And the good news for Palin is that she has more room for reinvention and growth than most people might realize.
Her supporters raise a good point when they argue she is the most known, unknown figure in politics. What they mean is that, despite how ubiquitous she became, she never really had a chance to craft her own image. (During the campaign, Palin was second to Sen. John McCain and, by necessity, had to adopt his campaigns policies. And by the time the campaign ended, the media had already created the next iteration of the Palin brand.)
Dont discount the possibility that Palin may indeed be on the verge of launching her second (or is it third?) act. It is entirely plausible to believe that Palin could seize this opportunity, win Iowa and South Carolina, and then make a real run for it. Dont be surprised if she runs for president, and if she does, she can win.
There is a ground swell of support just waiting for her nod.
A Sarah Palin nomination all but guarantees us 4 more years of Obama... she cannot win against him and sadly neither can most of the rest of the ship of fools currently polling for the Repub nomination.
We need a STRONG candidate and we need them now to come out and declare...
I used to think she was damaged goods.
Things are so crazy now that people would vote for the State Puff Marshmallow Man if that was the alternative to Obama.
I believe he scares the hell out of your average American.
The question in my mind is, “Is she running?” And if so, “When will we know about it?”
The 2012 election is ours to lose. the muslim in the white hut is beatable like never before. Republicans will lose that election if Romney or his ilk is nominated. Sarah Palin is electable, let’s do it.
Herman Cain is electable too.
I FOLLOW PALIN!
SHE’S THE ONLY ONE LEADING!!
...And... She supports ISRAEL!!!
And who would that be?
Yes, and he just got elected. Let him stay where he is and run for president in 2016.
Right now the only one int he field who might have a chance to beat Obama is Pawlenty and that my friend is terribly sad...
We need to find the next Reagan and I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Palin ain’t it...
The last great republican nomination was Reagan.
Since then its been all down hill
The only one’s getting all hot and bothered by the prospects of a Sarah Palin run in 2012 are those here on FR.
Every other conservative and republican I know or meet face to face (myself included) has basically held our noses and voted for the guy with the R by his name for the past few elections.
Now were looking at running the part-time governor who quit to go run on the losing ticket in 2008
Yeah, really gets us all excited I tell ya
She cannot win and the sooner everyone here figures that out the better off our chances will be at beating Obama in 2012.
If you want another 4 years of Obama just make sure Palin gets the nomination
We need to find a STRONG candidate and get them to declare and then support them, if we don’t its 4 more of Obama don’t believe me, just keep supporting Palin and U guarantee the mood on FR in about 500 or so days will be that of doom and more doom as Obama celebrates his reelection victory.
Her folksy shorthand and shrill tone need to vanish. She also needs to move one step to the left by stressing her unpolariziong tenure in Alaska- to make herself look electable.
Reagan also had to assure people he was a rational conservative. When he did in the debates people couldn't wait to dump Carter. my two cents
A three-legged, gay, red-headed, explosively flatulent 9th grader could beat O'Bungwad.
Seriously, who helps you dress each day? There is no way you do it all by yourself.
I will take Michele Bachmann. Made my mind up. She is the only one who has it right on illegal immigration.
She is great on all the main issues confronting us. She is a fighter and unafraid to take on the left right to their face.
No doubt she will. Obama just handed the election to Sarah.
I can see 2012 from Sarah’s house!!
Are you talking to a mirror?
When and how did you discover that you could fart with your brain?.
Really? I could swear I heard him say just that, grinning in a sweater by the fire.
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