The debate continues on whether Sarah Palin is electable or not. We had some pretty heated comments here, with arguments both for Palin's electability and against. It's not just readers here at Right Truth that have strong feelings about Palin's electability, or unelectability, it is some in the Republican Party and even Charles Krauthammer and George Will. We are told there are polls to back them up. But if not Sarah Palin, then who? Surely not Mike Huckabee, or Mitt Romney, or any number of re-runs.
Is there a silver knight on the proverbial white horse out there somewhere ready to ride into the Conservative political landscape and save the day? Doubtful. One thing is for sure, Mitt Romney is being pushed on Republicans as the front-runner, and Conservatives should promptly reject that idea.
“The President’s secret weapon may be the Republican nominating electorate… There is one person, high in the polls, Sarah Palin, who cannot be elected president because she cannot compete where elections are decided. In the collar counties outside Chicago, Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia- just can’t compete there.”
Charles Krauthammer not a fan of Palin:
On Friday’s broadcast of “Inside Washington,” Krauthammer offered several reasons why Palin shouldn’t be considered the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential election. [snip]
Bogdan from Australia says:
This is all a self-defeating and self-destructing CRAP about alleged unelectability of Sarah Palin.
There is also something slimy, creepy and outright morally repugnant in suggestion that she should move to the sidelines in order to pave the way for the mysterious "silver knight on the white horse" who will suddenly emerge from the obscurity to lead the Conservatives to a sure victory.
Here here! There is no silver knight on the white horse that will suddenly appear for the Conservatives in this country. Yes, a lot can happen between January 2011 and November 2012, but as we saw in the 2008 presidential elections, our candidate was chosen for us before we had a real chance. As Paul at Powerline points out, Mitt Romney has problems:
One of them is that he is suspected by the Republican base of not being very conservative, and this suspicion coalesces around a vital issue -- health care reform. In addition, Romney ran unimpressively in 2008 against a rather weak field. [snip]
Thus, if one believes that next year's Republican primary dynamics will resemble those of 2008, then it is quite reasonable to view Romney as the frontrunner. However, 2010 has conditioned many of us to believe that the dynamics of the Party have been transformed. If so, then Romney's problems may well be different in degree than those confronting his most serious rivals, and he is probably miscast as the frontrunner.
Palin is unelectable. The independents who are the swing voters, regardless of what the religious far right thinks and frankly who gives a rats butt what they think, will not vote for her. She has no foreign policy experience at all and we have seen what that means before. [snip]
Now find someone who can win and forget Palin, forget the Huckester [Huckabee], forget Romney, we had a chance to win with him and the religious far right blew that one as well, so he's old news and many independents won't vote for him either.
Do we really know that Independents won't vote for Palin against Obama?
Always On Watch, also who I generally agree with, says:
I agree with Ticker: Palin is not electable.
But she is a great cheerleader and an excellent gadfly. Let her serve those purposes.
Meanwhile, the GOP had better start finding a viable candidate for 2012. Otherwise, BHO will get elected again, IMO.
I think that we've all realized that who we elect as president no longer seems to matter. It's WHO they surround themselves with that makes all the difference in the world.
This is what made Reagan good; he surrounded himself with people who fought for this country, knew the principles of economics, and were all proud patriots.
And what makes Obama so bad? He's surrounded by Maoists, Islamists, Socialists, Tyrants, etc.