Palin for President in 2012 win or lose?
Win or lose next Tuesday, the political path has been laid for Governor Sarah Palin for a 2012 run. The media has done it's best to destroy not only the reputation of Sarah Palin but also any thoughts of her as a viable candidate for Vice President or even President. The only people that believe the image of Palin that the media have tried to paint are Obama supporters and the media itself. Even after all their attacks from the very first minute McCain announced her as his VP pick, her popularity has continued to grow and grow. Palin's appearance on Saturday Night Live two weeks ago was it's highest rated show in 14 years. Palin's Vice Presidential Debate with Joe Biden was the second most watched debate ever with only the debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan as number one. Also, her speech at the Republican National Convention was the second most watched convention speech ever with 37.2 million viewers. Her speech as a Vice Presidential candidate nearly surpassed Barack Obama's speech at the DNC by only a million more viewers. I have five reasons why Sarah Palin will be on the political radar leading into the Republican primaries in 2012.
Governor Palin's popularity is massive regardless of what the media tries to say. She is right now to the Republican Party what Barack Obama was four years ago to the Democrat Party. She's a "rising star". It was the selection of Sarah Palin that excited and solidified the conservative base around McCain in the first place. Palin's popularity is responsible for millions of women copying Palin's hairstyle and buying the same type of glasses she wears. Governor Palin's popularity transcends beyond fashion. Polls taken have shown that Sarah Pallin has a higher likability factor then Joe Biden, also most Americans believe that the negative coverage of Palin by the media is due to an anti Palin bias by the national media. Several websites have popped up to generate grass root support for Palin to run in 2012. She is able to connect with mainstream voters, and she has the ability to come across as a normal everyday person. Many candidates on the local, state and national levels don't have that ability or presence. If Palin decides to run for President in 2012, she won't have to worry about standing out from the crowd. She will instantly benefit from her national name recognition. Raising money for a primary campaign run shouldn't be a problem at all.
2.The Obama presidency
If Barack Obama governors like I think he will if he wins. I have no doubt at all that he will be a "one and out" President just like Jimmy Carter. The massive sell offs in the stock market recently are investors predicting that Obama will win the election. The stock market is intertwined with the economy. As the stock market falls, people suffer from a decline in the "wealth effect". People tend to spend less when they are feeling poorer. That translates into companies not hitting earning projections set by analyst, and that then impacts the prices of the stocks causing them to decline further. It becomes a vicious economic cycle. Obama won't fix the economy. He's a hard left Socialist, and Socialist policies do not promote economic growth in a free market economy. Obama is going to have run on his record if he wins four years down the road. He won't have the luxury of passing the buck against Republicans when the economy is in the tubes, because Republicans really won't be able to stop Democrats as a minority party. Any candidate that runs against Obama in four years clearly will be in a much stronger position then right now. Palin will have the ability to rally a lot of ticked off people that voted for Obama thinking he was actually going to fix the economy but made matters even worse.
3. No ammunition from the media to use against Palin
The media has dug up all the so called dirt possible on Sarah Palin. They have now been reduced to attackin her on her "wardrobe". The media didn't say one word about Barack Obama's connection with Tony Rezko and the land deal that allowed Obama to build his million dollar house, but to the media they are focusing on the October surprise of "dress gate". Anyways, the media has already exhausted the story of Palin's pregnant daughter and "trooper gate" was a non starter. It will look extremely petty for the media to rehash the same old news against Palin in 2012. The political landscape four years from now will be entirely different. Palin got a taste of how the media operates, and she will be better prepared to deal with them four years out.
4. Sarah Palin would be the first female to win the nomination for President of a Political Party.
In the Republican Primary, her being a conservative female will serve as an asset. I hate to bring up race and gender, but the facts are still the facts. Republican women make up a huge portion of the Republican electorate, and they are major backers of Palin right now. I really don't see that changing after November 4th win or lose.
5. Sarah Palin is very bright and extremely ambitious
Don't mistake her easy going motherly personality for that of cream puff. Some Republicans in the McCain campaign are already saying that Palin has gone "rogue". In other words, she is doing things on the campaign more so to benefit her in a possible run in 2012 then to help McCain win right now. I guess the old saying is true "leave a lasting impression". It's hard to say if McCain will blame Palin if they come up short next Tuesday. If the McCain camp does blame Palin, it's only going to boomerang right back at them. Sarah Palin has right now going into next week something John McCain has never had. She has to backing of the conservative movement and most Republicans and she knows it.
Right now as it stands, I am torn. I really like Sarah Palin, and I would have loved to see a second debate between her and Joe Biden. She does have a "rockstar" presence about her, and she has great potential four years from now. I'm also a fan of Bobby Jindal. He has also been refereed to as the rising star of the Republican Party. Some conservatives have called him "the second coming of Ronald Regan". One thing is for certain, the mistake of running a sheep in conservative clothing won't be repeated in 2012 as with McCain if he loses. As for Governor Palin, the media better fear her, because they can't and won't be able to destroy her. Palin is going to stick around for awhile win or lose Tuesday.