Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sarah Palin 2012

November 6th, 2008
By Aaron Goldstein

John McCain’s greatest contribution to the conservative movement was naming Sarah Palin as his running mate.

So the country got its wish.

Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States in 76 days from now.

He has now been placed in the awkward position of having to back up his own lofty oratory. With lofty oratory come lofty expectations.

Americans expect Obama to restore to our economy to prosperity.

Americans expect Obama to reform health care.

Americans expect Obama to command our armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq responsibly and to protect us in the ongoing War on Terror.

With our economy in the worst shape it has been in nearly three decades it is unlikely Obama will be able to provide any quick fix for the economy. Under these conditions it is also unlikely Obama will be able to change our health care system in any meaningful way.

Aside from inheriting two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, it is very likely Joe Biden’s prediction will be realized. A foreign power or a terrorist organization (possibly both) will test Obama’s resilience before 2009 has passed. By Biden’s own admission it will not be readily apparent that Obama has passed such a test.

Americans have taken a leap of faith with Obama. Under Obama’s leadership will America soar to a new horizon or will America fall hard and fast to a spectacular crash?

Barack Obama is our first black President. By the end of his term I believe his hair will be whiter than John McCain’s.

John McCain is indisputably an honorable and noble man. However, he not considered a conservative icon. However, McCain’s greatest legacy to the conservative movement was naming Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Sarah Palin has reinvigorated the conservative movement. Obama’s victory does not diminish this renewed enthusiasm in the least. In Palin, conservatives have someone to rebuild the movement around. Given her unusual circumstances and the transcendent nature of her persona in her possession she has already proven that she can attract people who had no previous interest in politics much less describe themselves as conservative or Republican. Despite the disdain of the liberal media and a handful of conservative critics, Sarah Palin has captured the imagination of everyday Americans in her own right and would be a formidable foe for Obama in four years time.

Yes, I am putting it out there less than 24 hours after the Presidential election. If she runs I will support Sarah Palin’s bid for the White House in 2012. I know I am not alone.

Palin will be four years older and wiser but no less charming and dynamic. Should she run Palin will have more experience as a state Governor than Mitt Romney.

This isn’t to say that Palin’s path to the White House would be easy. Her status as John McCain’s running mate and following she has developed might make her the frontrunner but we all know what has happened to frontrunners lately.
Palin hasn’t always made nice with Republicans. Who can guarantee that she won’t face a challenge in the 2010 Alaska Republican Primary? Could Frank Murkowski challenge Palin as Palin challenged him in 2006? Even if Palin survives a strong challenge from Murkowski or any other Republican it could hurt her chances for re-election.

GOP challenge or not every Democrat in the country is going to fly to Juneau to ensure her defeat in November 2010. Democrats will do with her what Republicans tried to do with Bill Clinton when he ran for re-election as Governor of Arkansas in 1990. Republicans charged that Clinton would not serve a full term because of his Oval Office ambitions. Clinton denied he was contemplating a White House bid in 1992. Well, I think we know how that turned out. Suffice it to say, Democrats will be making this charge and Palin will have to walk a very fine line.

Assuming that Palin survives both a GOP challenge and wins re-election in Alaska it is unlikely she would win the Republican nomination for the White House by acclamation.You can be sure Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee still have aspirations for higher office. One must also consider up and comers like Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who was elected to office a year ago, and perhaps Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives. Both Jindal and Cantor were discussed as potential running mates for McCain last summer.

No one is going to hand Sarah Palin the Presidency on a platter and she hasn’t asked for any such thing. If Palin is nominated by the Republican National Convention and goes on to win the White House in four years it will be because she has earned it like she has earned everything else in her life.

Sarah Palin is an American success story. She is a self-made woman who has raised a family while serving the public good. This resonates with a large segment of the American public who see her in themselves. We say to ourselves, “If she can make it then I can make it too.” If Obama’s time is now she will resonate that much more should he be unable to make the most of his time in office.

Sarah Palin’s time will come. America’s preparation for that time begins today.

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Anonymous said...

As a male Unenrolled voter, (Independent) from Massachusetts, I hope that Governor Palin does run for re-election and then goes full tilt for President in 2012. Palin/Jindal sounds good to me.

Anonymous said...

Cool, but I prefer Romney or Jindal.

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin, Joe The Plumber and the builder guy,(I'm old, I don't remember his name) are the future of The Conservative Republican Party, I didn't say the GOP because it is not easy to tell them from the DNC.