Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Will she or won't she?
Over at TheDailyBeast Matt Latimer has an interesting take on why Sarah Palin will definitely run for president in 2012. Here's an excerpt....
One of the great ironies of the GOP's current political success is that it is in large part driven by thousands, if not millions, of people who detest it. Palin benefits from the yawning frustration with a GOP hierarchy that Tea Partiers and party conservatives believe has lost its principles, commitment to fiscal and personal responsibility, and sense of direction.
"Robbing" their favorite of the 2012 nomination, at least without seeming to have given her a fair chance, may be something the party deeply regrets, especially if her millions of alienated, and fed up, followers stay home. Besides, Palin followers argue, would the party really be that much better off with a field of helplessly bland, middle-aged white males with the excitement of a ShamWOW! infomercial.
He's right. Do we want another election season to go by trying, and failing, to get excited about Romney and all the other carbon copies of Romney? I realize there is still the aging GOP establishment to win over but huge voter enthusiasm has a tendency of doing that. The only thing I worry about is if she loses early and badly, the Palin brand may be permanently damaged, and she's got a bright future doing exactly what she's been doing for the last two years.....raising money and support for strong, tea-party candidates and advancing conservative agenda items to the front of the national political discussion. The media will try to destroy her like they've never destroyed a candidate before and that would be hard to watch.