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Being the governor of a low profile state in the Midwest does not offer the publicity of states such as California, New York, etc. However, what does offer good publicity is taking a multimillion dollar deficit which he inherited and turning it into a $1.3 billion surplus by the end of his first term.
Mona Charen had a great piece on Friday about the governor which lists his past success and possible bid for the White House. As with any potential candidate right now there are few if any signs that he may or may not run and also like any candidate there are certain downsides to a presidential bid. As the above article states, “he favored a temporary truce on social issues.” Overall though he is a strong conservative and one that looks more appealing as a presidential candidate as time goes on.
It’s all but certain that Sarah Palin will run for president in 2012, especially with her aides looking for office space in Iowa. That added with her new book and tour seem to indicate that a presidential run is a certainty.
It seems that many Republicans from those who are more moderate to those who claim to be a part of the tea party are hesitant to support such a run. Mona Charen wrote a piece over the weekend detailing why Palin shouldn’t run. Everyone seems so willing to give answers as to why she should not run listing all the things she has done wrong during the time between her bid as the Vice Presidential nominee until now. Most fail to mention the success candidates she endorsed had in the mid-term elections. 51 out of the 61 candidates she supported in the primaries won and so far 32 of those candidates have won in the general election. Two of the biggest races where a Palin backed GOP candidate won were the gubernatorial races in South Carolina and New Mexico which saw Nikki Haley and Susana Martinez win. She has brought about a great wave of support among women to the right and that support came to fruition with these women winning and both becoming the first female governors of their respective states. Her PAC produced a great video highlighting the support she has created among women.
One thing I have trouble comprehending is the absolute hate the left has for GOP women in general but especially Palin. Michelle Malkin has detailed what she has called “Palin derangement syndrome” since the last presidential election. Here is her post describing the left making fun of Palin for referring to the tea party of 1773. The left went crazy over how stupid she was for referring to a tea party in 1773…nevermind that was the actual year of the Boston Tea Party. I could write a novel on the absurd number of false attacks she has endured over the past few years but I need to sleep at some point and more importantly I’m not getting paid for this.
The main objection most Republicans seem to have against Palin is that she is not electable in a general election. Many think she could win the primary but she would fail in the general election. Quinnipiac University released a poll today giving evidence to support that argument. I felt the same way in 2008 about a certain presidential candidate. This person came from nowhere and was running against the establishment of his party. He seemed to be entirely too radical to ever get elected in a general election so I was really hoping he would win. Then Barack Obama went on to win the presidency in a near landslide. Besides the obvious ideological differences, Obama and Palin are about as different as two people can be and Palin winning in 2012 would be very different than Obama winning in 2008, but there are certain parallels that can’t be ignored.
Will Sarah Palin be the Republican nominee? No one knows for sure. I don’t even know if I would vote for her. However, she is certainly more qualified than this bozo and the rest of the Obama clan. All I know is that I can’t wait for 2012 because if it’s Palin, Gingrich, Pawlenty, or an unknown there will be a Republican elected President.
I’m very anxious to see what happens this November in the mid-term elections, but I’m already anxious for the 2012 elections especially the presidential election. Less than 2 years into Obama’s presidency I already feel optimistic that Republicans will take back the White House. The GOP will have to put out a great candidate because no matter how bad an incumbent is they are always hard to get out of office.
Charles Krauthammer wrote a very insightful article today which acknowledged that a win for Republicans this fall could backfire in 2012. He uses the example of Bill Clinton gaining re-election in 1996 after Republicans took control of Congress in 1994.
I have not fully decided on what candidate I want to support in 2012 yet, but I will list my top 4 choices in alphabetical order.
- Mitch Daniels
- Newt Gingrich
- Mike Huckabee
- Tim Pawlenty
And yes Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney are not in my top 4.