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Palin for 2012… Surely Not?

In Graeme Morrison on February 3, 2010 at 8:09 am

Since Sarah Palin was revealed as the newest face of Fox News, political commentators in the main, have become convinced that it means an end to any Presidential run in 2012. I’m not so sure I agree with this assessment. In my own opinion, I think she’s a stick-on for the Republican nomination.

The publication of her book Going Rogue and her recruitment to the conservative news station, coinciding with her resigning as Alaskan Governor has, for me, indicated a possible challenge in two years. Add to this that she was already the Vice Presidential nominee in 2008, which usually stands the candidate in good stead to be the presumptive nominee.

Other candidates that perhaps will be in the running could include Mike Huckabee (also on Fox News), Mitt Romney and recent successor to Ted Kennedy’s seat Scott Brown could be a dark horse.

Palin certainly ticks all the boxes for Republicans. From strong Christian values to limiting the role of the federal government. Indeed, she is more appealing than her old running mate John McCain. Her profound conservatism is of course advantageous. However, her major strength is her ability as a communicator. Her media appearances have often cast her as a ridiculous figure (See her interview concerning the benefits to national security of living in Alaska) but let’s be honest it didn’t do George W Bush much harm at election time. She would most definitely galvanise the Republican base, and who’s to say that in the current US political climate she would not appeal to a greater audience?

Barack Obama enters into a vital second presidential year, following a lukewarm response to his first. If anyone could take advantage of this waning support (as much as I hate to say it), it would have to be Sarah Palin. Like her or loathe her, people listen to her. If she’s got a message, she’ll get it across.

(P.S. I’ve not read her book yet. On my to do list, although I resent the thought of giving up my money for it!)

Graeme Morrison

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