Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sarah Palin 2012... Really?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA

As an independent conservative I am amused at the possibility of Sarah Palin running for president in 2012. In fact if one just listens to the talking points (approved of course by the Republican establishment) she comes across as a strong and well spoken candidate.

Sarah is attractive, if not down right sexy. She is articulate in a folksy sort of way. She actually has more executive experience than Barrack Hussein Obama. She plays well to the evangelical Christian base of the Republican party. And she can claim the mantle of spokesperson for Tea Party movement.

She energizes the most vocal in the limited government and liberty movement.  And she is all for taking back America. So what could possibly give conservatives (real conservatives) pause?

Perhaps the answer is... regardless of her popularity and star quality (remember Obama) she lacks the experience and gravitas that one occupying the oval office should posses. I personally like Sarah Palin and admittedly would enjoy sharing conversation, dinner, and a glass of wine with her, but that does not influence my perspective that she is not, at least yet, qualified to be president of these United States. Perhaps twenty years from now, but definitely not now. Presumably with time comes experience and wisdom. Sarah, as likable as she is needs more of both.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: Mona Charen


  1. I like her and would vote for her, depending on who was running against her. However, I agree that she's not exactly what we need. The question will be, will the Republicans try to give us another unelectable Dole or dispisable McCain? THEN, she might start looking a whole lot more acceptable.

  2. Les,

    On the one hand I agree. She is not experienced.


    Is it the person who makes the Presidency or is it the people they surround themselves with?

    Palin is everything you said she is. And then some. But she isn't exactly business as usual when it comes to her brand of politics. Maybe this is not such a bad thing. Maybe we need a strong personality for a change, acting as the head of our Nation, who has a strong cabinet behind them and beside them, instead of what we have right now.

    Now, would I vote for her? Hmm. I cannot say right now. I am on the fence. I like her common-sense thinking, but she will need a great group surrounding her to make me cast my vote her way. If she cannot achieve that to my satisfaction, then no.

    However, let me throw this out there: She would make a great VP. (sans John McCain, of course.)

    Also, if she can shed her GOP fealty and be a true Conservative and not their puppet, (she stumped for McCain for pete's sakes!), that would prompt me further to consider her.

    I think this article will get some good comments. I can't wait to read them!

    Donald in Bethel, CT

  3. Palin is politician with a huge ego. She will be around for quite some time.

    She can certainly rally her base around any candidate she might chose support, hopefully that will be qualified individual without a legislative background but a while lot of executive experience.

    She may have her day. It should be at some point in the not to near future IMHO.

    Check out the comment section at LCR for this article.

  4. I could not have said it better myself, Les. Agree completely.

    I think if she decides to run it will crack the GOP in two. Many think like you and I do, but are holding their tongues. Those who love her will not stand for any criticism of her, and they anathematize all Palin critics with shout of RINO!

    If she runs, win or lose, it will be ugly for the GOP, resulting in four more years for Obama.

  5. Run her Les! America is demanding Palin run. At least the people in my America are.

  6. Ah Lord Truth, all in good and due time!

    However, not until the father of independent conservatism has schooled Sarah in the pillars of said political philosophy and it's inherent basis in classical liberalism.

    Be patient fine Sir, be patient!

  7. I'm gonna wait and see if Bristol wins
    on 'Dancing With the Stars'.....

  8. Lord Truth's comments are instructive.

    Talk about Palin's qualifications is irrelevant, and here's why:

    Polls measure politicians are measured in two ways; their positive rating and their negative rating. A politician can be high in one and low in the other, or both high or low in both.

    Bottom line is that high negatives trump high positives. If a politician polls high in the negative side, the only way they can win re/election is if the other side commits a serious unforced error.

    For example, in 1994 Virginia Republicans nominated Oliver North to run for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Chuck Robb. Robb was a very weak senator ripe for the picking. And of course 1994 was a big year for the GOP. Yet North lost. The reason is that North had such high negatives that people came out of the woodwork just to vote AGAINST him.

    Palin has negatives (polling, I mean) that are sky high. She's divisive even within the GOP.

    Look, I love Sarah Palin for a lot of things. A week before the 2008 election she came to my home town of Leesburg VA for a rally, and it was one of the thrills of my life.

    But if we nominate her as our presidential candidate in 2012 we lose the election, period.

  9. "Look, I love Sarah Palin for a lot of things. A week before the 2008 election she came to my home town of Leesburg VA for a rally, and it was one of the thrills of my life."

    Yes, Tom, I too love Sarah for a lot of things....


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