Palin seriously considering a run? Seriously?

I haven’t published a post featuring Sarah Palin for months now, and for good reason. It seemed pretty clear that she wasn’t going to run for president and was satisfied with reaping the benefits of being a minor cult figure on the right, and that seemed a good way for everybody to leave things.

However, my assumption may have been incorrect, as both Politico and the New York Times point out this morning. As Politico frames it:

The recent departures of Mitch Daniels and Mike Huckabee from the 2012 GOP field, combined with a flurry of recent moves by Palin—staff changes, the purchase of a home in Arizona, the Iowa premiere of a new feature-length film extolling the former Alaska governor—is rekindling speculation that she sees an opportunity in 2012 and may be thinking more seriously than ever about a presidential run.

John Ziegler, a conservative filmmaker and activist close to Palin, said he believes the ex-governor is closer to a run now than she’s ever been.

The $1.7 million Arizona home is significant, the theory goes, because it gives Palin a base near a major airport in the lower 48 from which to launch a national campaign. In the assessment of the New York Times:

“Taken together, the moves are at odds with conventional wisdom — if not wishful thinking — among establishment Republicans in Washington that Ms. Palin has decided not to run. That thinking has been voiced increasingly as the party’s professional political class, which Ms. Palin has railed against, has sought to declare the field of candidates closed.

Ms. Palin would undoubtedly be able to raise substantial campaign financing and attract constant media attention if she ran. But she is a divisive figure in the party, and would have to overcome what polls have consistently suggested is skepticism and even opposition to her among some fellow Republicans.

Still, supporters of Ms. Palin say that her constituency beyond the Beltway remains eager, and aides and associates have said she is receptive to their calls of “Run, Sarah, run.”

“All indications are that she will be in — her supporters have an intuition about it,” said Jeff Jorgensen, chairman of the Republican Party of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where Ms. Palin came in second in a straw poll last week. “People are looking for somebody, a Ronald Reagan reincarnate, who does not seem to be out there yet.”

gallup

This morning, Gallup also released its latest poll results gauging the thoughts of GOP primary voters. At 15 percent, Palin still ranks second, close behind frontrunner Romney at 17 percent. If she enters the race, she would clearly deny early, live-giving support and attention to candidates such as Cain and Bachmann who appeal to a similar constituency. (Those numbers for Romney are ominous, by the way. He’s the only one in the field who has run a major presidential race before, and given party dynamics, most of the votes for other candidates can probably be read as anti-Romney.)

I continue to hope Palin doesn’t run. It won’t be good for the country, and it won’t be good for the Republican Party. It would probably prove a poor choice for Palin personally as well, but the weakness of the field, the glow of the spotlight and the lure of that big brass ring may indeed prove too much to resist.

– Jay Bookman

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USMC

May 26th, 2011
8:28 am

Jay’s Love Affair with SARAH PALIN; The Saga continues :-)

DebbieDoRight

May 26th, 2011
8:29 am

Run Sarah Run!!! Obama – Four More Years!!

USMC

May 26th, 2011
8:30 am

Jay, I never would have thought of you as a MISOGYNIST; seeing how you fancy yourself as “DIVERSE”…

USMC

May 26th, 2011
8:30 am

Don’t you just hate it when the Conservative gets the first two SLOTS on your Liberal blog :-)

blue_unicorn

May 26th, 2011
8:31 am

DDR – “Run Sarah Run!!! Obama – Four More Years!!” How can you joke about that, knowing how concerned Jay is about the negative impact to the country and the Republican part?

Bill Orvis White

May 26th, 2011
8:31 am

There Liberal Jay goes again bashing someone who is far more qualified to be president than the Community-Organizer-in-Chief. Miss Sarah has more chief executive and real-world experience than Hussein Obama. She would make a much better president than this fool who was installed into the White House. Folk like Jay need to realize that they just hate anyone who holds common sense conservative viewpoints. Governor Palin leads a Christ-centered existence, fights for the innocent unborns, defends low/no taxe$ and is pro-job/pro-business. I really, really like her and I’m always insulted when these kind of posts come out. I’m sorry, but I really mean it when I say that Sarah Palin was always far more qualified to lead this nation than the socialistic Hussein Obama and his crooked staff.

Amen,
Bill

Jay

May 26th, 2011
8:33 am

Is that your new word of the day, USMC? Trying to use it as many times as possible so you remember it?

Realtalk

May 26th, 2011
8:33 am

Palin or Cain!! 2012. Take this country Back.
Worst President ever.

DebbieDoRight

May 26th, 2011
8:33 am

Don’t you just hate it when the Conservative gets the first two SLOTS on your Liberal blog

That’s because you pushed me out the way and cut in front of me! :)

Mick

May 26th, 2011
8:34 am

I think sarah is a bit perturbed that she no longer is the flavor of the month. I say go for it sarah, we need the entertainment and you need to be reminded that a light weight dingbat has no chance in hell during this election cycle. As for 2020 and beyond? Who knows in this crazy country, anything is possible…

Jay

May 26th, 2011
8:35 am

But while you’re here, USMC, I wonder if you can explain something to me:

Why is it somehow illegitimate to write about one of the top two potential GOP candidates? Is this something the rest of us are not supposed to notice? Is it impolite, like mentioning that crazy aunt that your family keeps locked up in the attic?

Doggone/GA

May 26th, 2011
8:36 am

There aren’t many moose in AZ. I wonder how she will feed her family. /snark

DebbieDoRight

May 26th, 2011
8:36 am

Hopefully there will be no more “gotcha interviews”.

Here’s a classic circa Tina Fey.

Jay

May 26th, 2011
8:37 am

Unicorn, I can understand your skepticism, but my concern is real. I think it’s very bad for the country to have the Republican Party cut itself off from the moderate mainstream.

El Jefe

May 26th, 2011
8:38 am

It matters not who the republicans nominate or which republicans desire to run. The democrats will vilify, demean and denounce any who run against Obama.

Any republican that gets the nomination will automatically earn the title of racists.

This is just how the democrats think.

TaxPayer

May 26th, 2011
8:39 am

Arizona! She’ll need a new wardrobe.

Peadawg

May 26th, 2011
8:40 am

Jay, does your wife know about this? Is Jay the next Edwards?

USMC

May 26th, 2011
8:41 am

“Is that your new word of the day, USMC? Trying to use it as many times as possible so you remember it?”–Jay

If the shoe fits…
(you don’t happen to have one of those bare-chested pictures…. Nevermind :-)

“That’s because you pushed me out the way and cut in front of me!”–Debbie

Sorry Debbie, I thought Jay was handing free passes to a Sarah Palin Book signing:-)

DebbieDoRight

May 26th, 2011
8:41 am

Blue: How can you joke about that, knowing how concerned Jay is about the negative impact to the country and the Republican part?

Because I’m a twisted liberal lefty who enjoys seeing McCain wince everytime Palin opens her mouth! I know Bad Debbie. Bad! Bad! Sorry. :sad: I’m trying to reform though — I promise I’ll say 250K Hail Mary’s tonight; while chugging down some tequila and singing “Happy Days Are Here Again!” at the top of my lungs!

Bad Debbie.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 26th, 2011
8:42 am

Jay, you have no idea what “moderate mainstream” is in that moonbat brain of yours.

Jay

May 26th, 2011
8:42 am

That’s because you pushed me out the way and cut in front of me!

Misogynists will do that, Debbie. :>)

USMC

May 26th, 2011
8:42 am

“I think sarah is a bit perturbed that she no longer is the flavor of the month.”–Mick

Speak for yourself, Mick :-)

DebbieDoRight

May 26th, 2011
8:43 am

USMC: Sorry Debbie, I thought Jay was handing free passes to a Sarah Palin Book signing:-)

Funny! :lol:

El Jefe

May 26th, 2011
8:44 am

Jay, the mainstream is not moderate, those are democrats. The mainstream workers are pure capitalists. The mainstream people believe in self reliance and get the government out of the way.

Peadawg

May 26th, 2011
8:44 am

“and it won’t be good for the Republican Party.”

How sweet. Jay’s acting like he actually gives a damn about the Republican Party.

That’s as sincere as when someone apologizes for having an affair…no, you’re sorry your dumbass got caught.

El Jefe

May 26th, 2011
8:44 am

Finn McCool,

And the liberal fiscal plans have worked?

Finn McCool

May 26th, 2011
8:45 am

oh yes, please, please, please run Sister Sara.

RW-(the original)

May 26th, 2011
8:45 am

There’s nothing illegitimate about writing about a top tier contender like Palin, but when you can’t resist comparing her to the crazy Aunt that should be kept locked in the attic then maybe you’ve lost any claim of being an objective critic.

/drive by

George P Burdell

May 26th, 2011
8:45 am

Jay, you wrote “It would probably prove a poor choice for Palin personally as well”…
I disagree; it would be a good time for everyone to see how much (if any) real votes that Sarah Palin can get.
If she flames out in Iowa, New Hampshire, etc., then we can conclusively say that her 15 minutes of fame are over.
If she doesn’t flame out, then we will know who has the real power (votes) in the Republican party.
Regardless, we all know that she will never be elected president.
The “glow of the spotlight” will fade; it will be proven that the “big brass ring” will never be hers.

Granny Godzilla

May 26th, 2011
8:45 am

I demand to see the birth certificate!

USMC

May 26th, 2011
8:47 am

“Misogynists will do that, Debbie. :>)”— Jay
(sounds like Jay knows from experience; the article is evidence)

Actually Debbie, I was in the first two slots then Jay, realizing he had poured on the misogyny in his article, used Affirmative Action and rearranged the deck chairs in an effort to appear FAIR; I’m Ok with it :-)

andygrdzki

May 26th, 2011
8:47 am

I am an independent, more Republican than Democrat…..

A couple of years ago, I had two major pains in the tush on the same day…. One the same day, I had a colonoscopy and heard that Senator McCain choose Gov. Palin as his running mate……

She is not qualified, and for her to think she is, shows a lack of good judgment on her part.

Enough said…….

Finn McCool

May 26th, 2011
8:47 am

this is hilarious:

There’s nothing remotely conservative about believing in magic. Yet when it comes to fiscal questions, Republicans are as superstitious as gamblers around a roulette wheel. Regardless of how much they’ve lost, they’re confident their system will prevail if they double down one more time.

How you can tell they’re about to do something momentously dumb is when they’re unanimous, i.e., operating on sheer ideology. Show me a unified GOP, and I’ll show you a budgetary disaster about to happen. That’s what makes the pending showdown over raising the national debt limit so worrying.

http://www.salon.com/news/debt_ceiling/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2011/05/25/gop_debt_lie

Buck

May 26th, 2011
8:47 am

Boy some folks just don’t get it, she’s a dead horse before the race starts!!!!!!!

Irwin M. Fletcher

May 26th, 2011
8:47 am

Does she realize that if she’s elected, she can’t just quit when a better money making opportunity comes her way?

Doggone/GA

May 26th, 2011
8:48 am

“Does she realize that if she’s elected, she can’t just quit”

What makes you think she can’t?

Finn McCool

May 26th, 2011
8:49 am

How long would Sara serve as President before she would just have to resign to go on a book tour?

I give her 18 months!

andygrdzki

May 26th, 2011
8:49 am

Jay, I know this is your blog….. and you pick the topics….. however, a more important topic today is, in my opinion,
“Weekly Jobless Claims Rise by 10,000, to 424,000”.

Bosch

May 26th, 2011
8:51 am

I hope she runs — it would be fun to hear her try and screech over Obama during a debate.

Irwin M. Fletcher

May 26th, 2011
8:51 am

Doggone/GA – “What makes you think she can’t?”

True, but it would be a first in the history of the U.S. where the President walked off the job halfway through their term to appear at book signings.

Jay

May 26th, 2011
8:51 am

RW, any objective critic would know that the crazy-aunt comparison is all too valid.

“Objective” is not a synonym for blind.

TaxPayer

May 26th, 2011
8:51 am

So my prior prediction may have been reversed. It should have been Palin/McCain 2012. I think Sarah and Meghan could like you know really like become bff’s while on the road campaigning.

USMC

May 26th, 2011
8:53 am

“But while you’re here, USMC, I wonder if you can explain something to me:…”–Jay

Well Jay you are obviously a Misogynist because you are writing another negative article about Sarah Palin, a woman, so the (IL)logical, Liberal conclusion is that you hate women; isn’t that how it’s played in the Left-wing playbook?

You know how it goes. If I disagree with Obama’s politiks, I’m a R@cist… Don’t tell me you are all of the sudden at a loss for words.

That’s your modus operandi.

Kells

May 26th, 2011
8:53 am

“I demand to see the birth certificate!”

Somehow I don’t think Palin is of this planet.

BULLSEYE

May 26th, 2011
8:53 am

Peadawg, why can’t one try to see the best in both parties? Why do they have to be mutually exclusive?

Ernesto

May 26th, 2011
8:54 am

Sarah Palin running for president will be fantastic. This increases of Obama getting re-elected… I’m not sure if it’s a good thing.

Blitz Wolfer

May 26th, 2011
8:54 am

Obama’s going to run again? Seriously?

Unemployment – 9+%
Results from “Stimulus” – zippo
Cash for Clunkers
Obama-care – nothing but waivers from this monstrosity for the politically connected and big labor
Social Security – Bankrupt
Medicare – Bankrupt – Dems offer no solutions

blue_unicorn

May 26th, 2011
8:55 am

Testing the time warp. Submitting at 08:55:00.

Jay

May 26th, 2011
8:55 am

That’s utter baloney, USMC.

But if you wish to hide behind utter baloney to avoid actual discussion, that is certainly your prerogative.

Peadawg

May 26th, 2011
8:55 am

“Jay’s Love Affair with SARAH PALIN; The Saga continues”

Judging from the 1st 40 or so comments…I don’t think it’s JUST Jay that’s having the love affair…I’d add Finn, TaxPayer, Doggone, Bosch, and Granny to that list as well. Damn, Palin gets around…..

stands for decibels

May 26th, 2011
8:56 am

It seemed pretty clear that she wasn’t going to run for president

Boy, I never assumed that; I always figured it was at least even money—there’s just too much glory and cash involved in a presidential run for her not to have kept that possibility primed and ready to go.

As for your concern that her candidacy is bad for the country, that’s fair enough, but the cynic in me asks “compared to what?”

The only vaguely reasonable (on paper at least), somewhat reality-based candidates on that list seem to be Johnson and Huntsman; all the rest of the folks running continue to keep mainstream Republicanism so far to the right that it gives Democrats entirely too much room to revert to the sleazy, pro-ruling-class thievery that is any major political party’s wont.

Where's My Party?

May 26th, 2011
8:56 am

Please stay in Alaska Mrs. Palin. Please. We beg. Stay.

In other news, I applaud the White House for announcing today changes that will lessen regulation on business. It will be interesteing to read. It is a great start and I hope the White House continues removing excessive and burdensome regulations on business.

Footnote: Not all regulations, just a good bit of them. There is a place for regulation in business.

Peadawg

May 26th, 2011
8:56 am

“Peadawg, why can’t one try to see the best in both parties? ” – When Jay bashes the GOP in 90% of his articles, the fact he’s acting like he cares about what’s good for the party is waaaaay too funny.

SBinF

May 26th, 2011
8:57 am

She’s doing this to bolster her foreign policy experience.

“I can see Mexico from my house!”

Alabama Communist

May 26th, 2011
8:57 am

No doubt former 1/2 Governor Sara Palin will be elected President of the USA and the next day, she will impeached herself by claiming to be Alien Lizard Star in the up and coming Blockbuster movie..” Palin Wars”

Finn McCool

May 26th, 2011
8:58 am

I see USMC and RW’s panties are in a wad over Jay even typing the word “Sarah”

Red

May 26th, 2011
8:58 am

If Sarah does run, I’ll cross over and vote for her in the primary and hope beyond Hope that she gets the nomination.

The entertainment value of the debate(s) would be worth the pain of the embarrassment when she gets a whole 17% of the vote in a general election and claims a ‘moral victory’, or something that makes sense to her.

King of All

May 26th, 2011
8:59 am

Let’s just vote her in to be President so she can quit after 2 years then we will get rid of her for good :)

TaxPayer

May 26th, 2011
8:59 am

Peadawg,

I do believe it is RW that has the crush on Sarah. I just like her for her thought-provoking commentary.

Finn McCool

May 26th, 2011
8:59 am

Republicans got nobody. I hear Hannity was even trying to get Netanyahu to run the other night. Hopeless

Gordon

May 26th, 2011
9:00 am

Pawlenty and Romney are the only two viable candidates, and everyone on both sides knows it. I know all of you on the left love to get yourself worked up over Sarah Palin, but she’ll be gone early even if she does run. This is the equivalent of Kyle Wingfield writing that Al Sharpton or Dennis Kucinich might run, but the difference is no one on the right really cares.

Bosch

May 26th, 2011
9:01 am

“so the (IL)logical, Liberal conclusion is that you hate women;”

So all those nuts who constantly berate Tucker like she is gum on the bottom of their shoes are liberals? Who knew?

Granny Godzilla

May 26th, 2011
9:01 am

Peadawg

May 26th, 2011
8:55 am
“Jay’s Love Affair with SARAH PALIN; The Saga continues”

Judging from the 1st 40 or so comments…I don’t think it’s JUST Jay that’s having the love affair…I’d add Finn, TaxPayer, Doggone, Bosch, and Granny to that list as well. Damn, Palin gets around…..

Perfect example of the disconnect on the right…..they really do have no idea what love means….no idea whatsoever

I love Mr. G and the Zillettes and baby G…..That’s love.

The comments you mention are not love nor are they fear.

They are satire, critique and humor.

Real World

May 26th, 2011
9:02 am

Bill Orvis White “[Palin] is far more qualified to be president than the Community-Organizer-in-Chief. Miss Sarah has more chief executive and real-world experience than Hussein Obama.”

What “real world experience” ? You mean her cancelled reality show? You mean her quitting her term as governor of Alaska without accomplishing anything? You mean abandoning her beloved Alaska to live in Arizona- for political reasons? Like Obama or not, he is the President of the United States with the experience as the chief executive of this country, like it or not, and Palin is a private citizen selling herself to Fox (the only news agency to which she will speak from her studio Fox built in her home) and reaping the same benefits Snookie does for the same reasons – loving the spotlight and making as much money as she can before the light burns out. Failed Vice President Palin has either quit or lost every political job she has had or sought except for mayor of Wasilla, the meth capital of the country.

Ohhhh, I forgot. She can see Russia from her kitchen window. Sorry. You’re right.

Amen to that brother.

USMC

May 26th, 2011
9:02 am

“She is not qualified, and for her to think she is, shows a lack of good judgment on her part.”

That’s your opinion but she has every right to run, and the fact that Jay Bookman and follies spend so much time and energy demeaning Sarah Palin for simply running for President illustrates how powerful Sarah Palin is (perhaps in their minds); regardless of Jay’s Misogynous and Denigrating articles.

Irwin M. Fletcher

May 26th, 2011
9:02 am

Peadawg – “Wasn’t Obama a Senator for like 150 days or something?”

Yeah, but at least he traded up on the political corporate ladder. :)

Blitz Wolfer

May 26th, 2011
9:03 am

Finn – The dems are going to run a worthless, effete, feckless, corrupt zombie. Who’s hopeless?

Peadawg

May 26th, 2011
9:03 am

“Let’s just vote her in to be President so she can quit after 2 years then we will get rid of her for good ”

Wasn’t Obama a Senator for like 150 days or something? Seem like Sarah last longer in her position than Obama did in his….

DebbieDoRight

May 26th, 2011
9:03 am

Jay:Misogynists will do that, Debbie.

:lol:

SBinF

May 26th, 2011
9:04 am

“the fact that Jay Bookman and follies spend so much time and energy demeaning Sarah Palin for simply running for President illustrates how powerful Sarah Palin is”

No, it only illustrates that people enjoy watching a train wreck, they can’t look away. Palin is the GOP’s metaphorical train wreck.

Finn McCool

May 26th, 2011
9:04 am

The betting system the GOP’s been playing for the past 30 years is called supply-side economics. “The theory goes like this,” explains David Cay Johnston. “Lower tax rates will encourage more investment, which in turn will mean more jobs and greater prosperity — so much so that tax revenues will go up, despite lower rates.”

To anybody with a passing interest in the material world, it’s clear that this has never happened. Over the same period, the national debt has risen to more than $14 trillion — almost 90 percent of it under Republican presidents.

from the previous link

USMC

May 26th, 2011
9:05 am

“Republicans got nobody. I hear Hannity was even trying to get Netanyahu to run the other night. Hopeless”–Finn

Closet Case Faux News Listener, are you?

Yeah, all of your posts do sound like Glen Beck anyway; now that I think about it.

Kelly Hyatt

May 26th, 2011
9:05 am

Jay, how do you KNOW what would be good for the country? You DON’T. If people are chanting Run Sarah Run well thats Democracy in action. Maybe, just maybe they know something you obviously DON’T. I know what I don’t want. I don’t want the media and left biased reporters picking my President this time. Compare Palin to the rest of the GOP field and Obama’s failed Presidency and she’s looking better and better all the time. So here I go… Im getting ready myself to shout RUN SARAH RUN!

TaxPayer

May 26th, 2011
9:05 am

Finn at 9:04,

You just gotta believe in the magic. Now, click your heels together 2.8 percent of the time while repeating after me, “Yellowbrick roadmap…”

Bosch

May 26th, 2011
9:05 am

So did the Marines give out Word of the Day calendars?

Jay

May 26th, 2011
9:05 am

USMC, while I applaud your effort to expand your vocabulary, if you’re going to continue to fling your new word around, you should know that if you use it as an adjective, it’s “misogynistic.”

Carry on.

Doggone/GA

May 26th, 2011
9:05 am

“That’s your opinion but she has every right to run”

Of course she does. And we have every right to comment on it.

Bosch

May 26th, 2011
9:06 am

Yeah Pea because Obama became President — Palin became a reality tv star.

St Simons - we're on Island time

May 26th, 2011
9:06 am

The cons have alienated the Olds. It doesn’t matter
what they do now. Lets look ahead to the next 6 yrs.

Medicare for All, The only way to save it. Everybody knows it.
Flat tax for Soc Sec. past the 90k to infinity, again, duh.

Dragging the cons into the Future, kicking & screaming

carlosgvv

May 26th, 2011
9:07 am

America has dumbed down to the point that not only could Sarah Palin but she could actually be elected as president. Seriously.

Bosch

May 26th, 2011
9:07 am

” Im getting ready myself to shout RUN SARAH RUN!”

:lol:

Yeah, I am too!

USMC

May 26th, 2011
9:07 am

“I see USMC and RW’s panties are in a wad over Jay even typing the word “Sarah”–Finn

Get your eyes off my Tush, sicko :-)

Peadawg

May 26th, 2011
9:08 am

“Yeah Pea because Obama became President — Palin became a reality tv star.”

Ah, so Obama quits = Good. Palin quits = Bad. Got it, Boschy. ;)

Irwin M. Fletcher

May 26th, 2011
9:08 am

Mighty Righty – “We Republicans know why you Democrats are scared to death of Sarah Palin.”

I’m not a Democrat, but maybe you can explain to me why her own party doesn’t want her to run?

Bosch

May 26th, 2011
9:09 am

Pea, do you only see black and white? No, it’s not either — it is what it is — Obama had to quit to become the POTUS — Palin quit to become a reality TV Star and Author. Do you seriously want to compare the two actions? If you do, your attempts to re-invent yourself as an Independent will be in vain.

Tina Fey

May 26th, 2011
9:09 am

RE: Sarah Palin Considering Running For President in 2012 –

So many jokes…………so little time……..

Mighy Righty

May 26th, 2011
9:09 am

We Republicans know why you Democrats are scared to death of Sarah Palin. She is smart, experienced, an excellent speaker, doesn’t need teleprompters, and is good looking. These are qualities no national Democrat male or female has at this time. The leftest media have been attacking her and making up lies about her for three years and have only succeeded in making her even more attractive. So we on the right understand the fear she strikes in the left. I hope she does run. I would like to see her stand next to any national identified Democrat woman. Hillary, Michelle, Wasserman, any or all of them to say nothing of 57 state, Obama.

Troglodyke

May 26th, 2011
9:10 am

So all those nuts who constantly berate Tucker like she is gum on the bottom of their shoes are liberals? Who knew?

Man, you aren’t kidding. I don’t always agree with CT, but wow, do the right-wingnuts in ATL sure hate her.

I voted for Obama, and will again, it appears. If the “old” McCain (sans Palin) would run again, the one who was more centrist, I’d vote for him.

I’m white. I do not believe that all those who hate Obama are racist. I’d say most are white, but that doesn’t mean they are racist. I get tired of the race card being played so damn often. It’s a BS way of ignoring the real issues.

Palin does not have the expertise to be POTUS. Obama-haters say the same about the current POTUS, but he does, in fact, have better chops than SP. And if she runs against him, he will win.

Here’s what I don’t understand. Why can’t there be a non-extreme republican candidate? Why do all the republicans *have* to be so anti-gay, pro-Xtian, and anti-choice? What happened to real conservatives?

Run a real conservative, and he or she could actually win. A real conservative (you know, fiscal responsibility and individual freedoms) could beat Obama easily.

So where are they? Why do all the GOP candidates have to be in the Religious Reich’s pocket? Do you guys want to win elections, or not?

cosby smith

May 26th, 2011
9:10 am

Must be a slow day for Jay.

Gavin435

May 26th, 2011
9:10 am

The tone and content of these postings is surreal…depressing. This country can be so much better than what’s reflected here.

kayaker 71

May 26th, 2011
9:12 am

There has never been a candidate for public office that has been so demeaned as Sister Sarah. However, after watching Bozo and Bibi in their WH tif, I cannot imagine Palin doing any worse than Bozo, and probably much better. At least she knows who her friends are. When you match up Bozo against other world leaders, it is obvious that he is not a statesman, that others view him as a lightweight and most wonder how in the hell the intelligent voters of the US could put this arrogant narcissist in power. He is a world embarrassment and so seriously outclassed that it is hard to watch him anymore. He is a reactionary who governs by crisis management and reacts to difficult decisions by doing what will get him re-elected. It’s time we got this presidential wanna-be out of government housing. Whomever we put in there in his place will be a huge improvement.

spaceman109

May 26th, 2011
9:12 am

there is no possible way i could vote for a quitter. if palin were to somehow win the presidency, she would not have the cut-and-run option when things start to not go her way.

Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

May 26th, 2011
9:12 am

Either she, Romney, Bachmann, Gingrich, UGA IV, my Pontiac, or any other entity, living or dead, would be a better President than the Dear Leader. Jay, do not fear, Sarah is on her way to save the day.

gator24

May 26th, 2011
9:13 am

Why do Pundits and others keep talking about this person. She quit as Governor to make more money, the only reason she would do it is for the same reason. She still sounds like an idiot with no serious thoughts about anything. What Know Nothing voters would vote for this person. The people of Florida have had to find out the hard way what happens when you elect a dishonest person as Governor.

Bosch

May 26th, 2011
9:13 am

MIghty Righty,

“She is smart, experienced, an excellent speaker, doesn’t need teleprompters, and is good looking.”

Will you be sharing your weed with the rest of us?

Bosch

May 26th, 2011
9:14 am

“There has never been a candidate for public office that has been so demeaned as Sister Sarah”

Are you serious kayaker? Do you not read the crap written here about Obama every single day?

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

May 26th, 2011
9:15 am

“I think it’s very bad for the country to have the Republican Party cut itself off from the moderate mainstream.”

Not to mention how the Democrats a party pretty much taken over by the far-left has cut itself off from the mainstream and that’s proven to be extremely bad for the country.

Kelly Hyatt

May 26th, 2011
9:15 am

Sometimes, Spaceman, doing the right thing isn’t always the easy thing. Do some research on the subject on why Palin left her post in Alaska. If you can read it and leave your assumptions behind you might actually understand the posistion she was in.

DebbieDoRight

May 26th, 2011
9:16 am

Finn: I see USMC and RW’s panties are in a wad over Jay even typing the word “Sarah”

It’s not their panties in a wad………. :wink:

TaxPayer: I do believe it is RW that has the crush on Sarah. I just like her for her thought-provoking commentary.

Sure, riiiiggghghhhttttt………You also only read Playboy for its articles, or watch Reality TV for it’s “real life” emphasis.

USMC: spend so much time and energy demeaning Sarah Palin for simply running for President illustrates how powerful Sarah Palin is

R U kidding? We’re not demeaning her, we’re ENJOYING this!! This is better than the SuperBowl, Final Four, NBA Playoffs, and Boris Kudjoe in a wet t-shirt with a big ole smile on his face all rolled into one!!! MAN!! This doesn’t get any better than this! God Bless America!!!!

Gordon

May 26th, 2011
9:16 am

Finn @9:04 and TaxPayer @9:05,

Tax revenue as a percentage of GDP remained very consistent through 2008 for decades (http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxfacts/displayafact.cfm?Docid=205). Most people think that if that can be accomplished with lower taxes it is a good thing. Why don’t one of you look up spending as a percentage of GDP over the same time period and see what you find?