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Run, Sarah, run

Why Sarah Palin has better-than-average chances of winning the GOP nomination in 2012


 

Will Sarah Palin make a run at the presidency in 2012? It’s looking likely, say analysts, even though the most recent CNN/Opinion Research poll shows 71 per cent of Americans think the Republican diva is “not qualified to be president.” Politics Daily columnist Walter Shapiro argues the Republican party’s “to-the-victor-go-the-spoils method of picking convention delegates” might work to Palin’s advantage. The party, Shapiro claims, prefers to avoid lengthy selections by picking candidates who win over party convention delegates early on. (The Democratic Party, on the other hand, uses a proportional representation system that requires delegates to wait until all the primaries are over before voting.) But though she may be popular with some party members, Shapiro warns Palin could end up do the GOP more harm than good. “The Divine Sarah,” he writes, with her “megawatt incandescence and her Facebook leadership,” might prove to the be “the 21st century version of Barry Goldwater,” whose mere nomination by Republicans in 1964 “[led] the Republican Party into the abyss.”

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  1. I hope Palin does not run in 2012 but 2016 would be great. She needs to be some proper work/jobs, not swanning about the world for a year or two, and then run for presidency.

    I would also like to know more about Shapiro's thoughts on Republican party and the abyss because Republicans have dominated America since 1968.

    • I hope the GOP will be out of the wilderness by 2016, not just entering it…

  2. Maybe the Republican Party needs to fall into the abyss before it can truly re-invent itself as a party that appeals to middle-of-the-road Americans? A fall into the abyss might finally shake loose the control that the extreme right has over the party.

    • I wonder to what extent the Republican-Fox News/Limbaugh complex is one that needs to be broken, too. It seems to me the party has grown too reliant on the free publicity they get via Fox. And it seems insane to allow sh*t disturbers like Limbaugh hold any sort of moral leadership, in that such folks ultimately profit when the right wing is loonier and relatively disenfranchised.

    • That sounds sensible. She may even be the least loony choice out there…if the likes of Beck, Coulter and Limbaugh are anything to go by.

  3. I don't now if the US will be sufficiently 'dumbed-down' by 2012. Given enough time, they will elect someone who will have difficulty reading a map, will have never left their country, yet will think they have the common sense, logic and inate intelligence to lead.

    Idiocracy will rule!

  4. When Palin took over as mayor, Wasilla had zero debt; when she left office 6 years later it had $20 million in debt ($3000 per resident)

    Palin was the first mayor of Wasilla with a full-time city administrator who did most of the actual, real work.

    Palin describes the war in Iraq as “a task that is from God…a plan that is God's plan.”

    Sarah inquired about banning books at the city's library at a city council meeting.

    Palin is for teaching creationism in public schools.

    Palin told a Wasilla resident that "dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time," and that "she had seen pictures of human footprints inside the [dinosauer] tracks.

    She attended five different colleges over six years receiving a single degree (journalism).

    She is essentially George Bush with heels and lipstick. She is a frightening phenomena because of her support among the red neck creationist faction.

    She is one dangerous dumb bunny.

  5. I agree with Gary about Palin. The only hope within either two mainstream parties in the US is Ron Paul, who would have won the last election had he not been blackballed by the media. Every policy of Ron Paul's is a policy that the vast majority of Americans woudl support, but our media no longer gives coverage to platforms and policy, just polls.

  6. Gawd but some of you people are dumb. Who the hell wants a middle of the road party that is merely a reflection of the mental disorders that are the left. CNN is so fixated with this woman you just know they are scared spitless of her and those who follow the lame stream media believe this propaganda garbage. Beck has NEVER been proven wrong and yet you left wing nutjobs run him down. Idiots, one and all. Bring up SPECIFIC EXAMPLES of where Beck is off base. You can't but you are simply too stupid to get it. I can write all day about the lame stream media, both in the U. S. and Canada who distort the news with their perverted views. You sheep just love to follow. What you elitists will never understand is this woman appeals to ordinary people while you feel superior and despise them. I'm not sure I would vote for her either but I know damn well she is FAR more qualified than ObaMao to run anything.

    • "To the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee"

  7. A Palin candidacy is the only way Obama will win a second term, so I expect her biggest campaign contributors will be Democrats.

  8. Palin candidacy is the only way Obama will win a second term, so I expect her biggest campaign contributors will be Democrats.