Run, Sarah, run? Or stop, Sarah, stop?

She was one of the biggest media attractions in politics last week (outside of Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account) during a bus tour on which she wouldn’t even say whether she plans to run for president. She will be the biggest name in the race if she runs, and perhaps the most powerful kingmaker in the race if she doesn’t. She’s in a virtual four-way tie for second place (behind clear leader Herman Cain) among Georgia Republicans, according to recent polling.

It’s a simple question: Should Sarah Palin run for president next year?

Should Sarah Palin run for president in 2012?

  • No, and I sure hope she can't win. (318 Votes)
  • No, she can't win. (188 Votes)
  • Yes, she would make a good president. (95 Votes)
  • Yes -- win or lose, she would improve the debate. (44 Votes)

Total Voters: 645

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Then again, it’s not so simple. If Palin gets into the race, there will be immediate and far-reaching effects on every other candidate in a way that no other person’s entry could have. She will command loyalty and provoke disdain in ways no other candidate can. She will either cement her place on the American political stage or flame out — I don’t think there’s a middle-ground political future for her, whether she runs or not. And you can laugh at her — or the Tina Fey impression of her that too many people confuse with reality — all you want, but she would completely change the campaign debate on subjects like energy and monetary policy.

So, offer your answer in the comments thread and in the poll to the left.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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276 comments Add your comment

Dabir Dalton

June 6th, 2011
5:49 am

Having watched the peach states morally challenged christian conservative voters vote into the governors office an ethically challenged and dishonest person it doesn’t surprise me in the least that these same voters would vote a neglectful mother into the highest office of the land.

Joel Edge

June 6th, 2011
6:16 am

I don’t think she’s going to run. The media is sharpening it’s fangs and hoping.

Greta van Sustenance

June 6th, 2011
6:19 am

Palin’s objective is to make money.and have fun. She manages to keep herself in the news nearly everyday with outlandish antics and publicity stunts to promote her books and speaking engagements. She is having a joke on the media and the public.

“There is no such thing as bad publicity!”

Uncle Billy

June 6th, 2011
6:22 am

So, a person who thinks that Paul Revere rode out to warn the British not to try to take away guns is going to make a difference in a debate on monetary policy? Astonishing!

Stephenson Billings

June 6th, 2011
6:28 am

Eh, just wake me up the day before the 2012 election and I’ll vote for whoever the Republican nominee is…. I’d vote for Elmer Fudd just to get Obama out….


June 6th, 2011
6:40 am

She’s already in the record books as the most ignorant person ever to run for VP. Might as well try for the big one.

Real American

June 6th, 2011
6:44 am

Should Paris Hilton run? Should Kim Kardashian? They’re just as knowledgable as Palin, so maybe they should give it a shot too.


June 6th, 2011
6:47 am

to answer your question NO


June 6th, 2011
6:47 am

Monetary policy? Energy policy? Sarah Palin? HaHaHaHaHaHa! Let me pick myself up off the floor. Sorry, this bimbo has one money policy…when she drops off the radar figure out something ridiculous to pull the “lamestream media” back by their noses so she can negotiate another book deal or reality TV show deal, or (LOL!) “political commentary “on FOX. Seriously, don’t any of you people ever listen to her? Energy policy? Drill baby, drill. Never mind that the pitiful amount of oil in the US would take decades to come online, and when it did, it would be sold on the world market by the multinational oil companies that would expect a profit from their investments. Palin, in the one or two actual interviews that she would deign to give (because she IS intelligent enough to know how dumb she is) has cemented in any rational person’s mind that she has no grasp of what has caused this mess we are in, and has absolutely no idea of how to fix the issues. But then again, neither does any other Republican. From Romney to Cain, all I hear is cut taxes to create jobs, when it has been demonstrated repeatedly (go to the Department of Labor historical statistics) that during times of lower taxes we actually lost jobs. Look at George W. Bush’s record, and he cut taxes to the lowest this country has had in decades and we lost hundreds of thousands of jobs. But look at the job situation during Reagan’s administration as well. Trickle Down Economics, Voo Doo Economics, whatever the right-wing conservatives want to call it, it NEVER has and NEVER WILL create jobs! So, run, Sarah, run. I can’t wait to see you in a debate against President Obama. He will wipe up the floor with you, you nitwit.

I.P. Freeleigh

June 6th, 2011
6:52 am

Yes! We need a fighter for our values and freedoms and goodness to defeat evil and protect our guns and step on the toes of evil-doers and gingoistic important american thingies. Amen.


June 6th, 2011
6:54 am

Yes, Palin should run, it would provide more comic relief, her stupidity would be further validated, those who support her would be validated as being more ignorant than she is, she would make Newty look just a little better than he is.


June 6th, 2011
6:55 am

She is smart. She is articulate. She does not heed 100 teleprompters. She is not a community thug . Her preacher does not hate America . And she does not have a commie friend named Van Jones. She loves America. And best, Democrats despise her.


June 6th, 2011
6:57 am

I don’t know what’s more stupid, Palin or the ones who think that she is viable. This is utterly ridiculous

Misty Fyed

June 6th, 2011
6:58 am

I supported her in the last election even though I couldn’t stand McCain. She seemed like a true conservative. BUT. This nationwide bus tour and fickleness about running reeks of ego tripping grand-standing. She has turned herself into a branded product to be sold. I’m not sure anymore if her rhetoric is about changing the country or selling her product.


June 6th, 2011
7:00 am

We can only HOPE that she does run. It would be a CHANGE for the Republican Party. A serious candidate for serious times. ;-)


June 6th, 2011
7:05 am

She is the American Idol candidate for the post 50 crowd – a vapid, spoiled diva pretending to know about the blues.

The woman, who apparently never found a history book that she couldn’t revise, is little more than a walking malapropism who has a nice smile. (In other words, the female equivalent of George Bush.)

And she will be vastly entertaining but in the end, she is just another embarrassment in a GOP slate that promises to be full of them. (Again.)


June 6th, 2011
7:08 am

Run Sarah Run…you are the perfect storm to cause the demise of the Repugnicans…then maybe we will get real candidates in 2016.

Money Train

June 6th, 2011
7:09 am

palin will not run, but will travel the country and talk like she might run. This gives her all kind of $100,000 speaking gigs, media deals, book signings, photo ops, etc. She’s a cash flow machine–all these chumps come out and treat her like a queen—sarah’s making millions!!! Congrats!


June 6th, 2011
7:10 am

I’m one of the “stupid ignorant” folks that would vote for her should she become the GOP nominee. Like a previous blogger noted, I’d vote vote for Elmer Fudd just to get Obama out.


June 6th, 2011
7:12 am

Sure she would run. She’ll insure the destruction of the USA much faster than Obama. The only Republican candidate that could possibly beat Obama is Romney. Although disappointed in Obama in some ways he is way better than the Palin, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum crowd. So yes, Jack you go ahead and vote for Palin because she would guarantee Obama’s relection. In part because she can’t see the White House from Arizona.


June 6th, 2011
7:15 am

Well, she is a “true conservative”. And while I do think giving jobs to the mentally handicapped is a good thing, putting one in charge of the country is just a very bad idea.

Of course if Silly Sarah gets the nomination, that guarantees one thing: four more years Baby!

Paul Revere

June 6th, 2011
7:16 am

Nothing like a cute, inarticulate, self-promoting, foot-in-the-mouth, quitter to run for President. The Democrats will be dancing on the roof tops for this one. It couldn’t get better than that for them. Wingfield… you call this journalism? Seriously? You’re lucky you write for the AJC because s real newspaper wouldn’t let you clean up the floor of the pressroom (if the still have printing presses).


June 6th, 2011
7:18 am



June 6th, 2011
7:25 am

She simply lacks the leadership skills to be our president. She is more of a Paris Hilton than a president…someone who thrives off of media attention rather than accomplishment.

Johnny Angel

June 6th, 2011
7:26 am

I’d vote for Tina Fey.

Donna P.

June 6th, 2011
7:29 am

When she first appeared as McCain’s running mate in 2008, I really liked her. Now, I can’t stand her. She is totally stupid. Besides we already have a moron as President, we don’t need another one.


June 6th, 2011
7:30 am

There are already more than enough big government, neoconservative, warmongering candidates in the race. Why do we need another?

Obama 2012

June 6th, 2011
7:32 am

No, anybody but Palin! Sarah Palin puts the fear of God in us Democrats…….pause for comedic effect……..then laughs, lots of laughs, even more laughs, hysterical laughs, gut-busting laughs, falling out of their chairs laughing, laughing so hard their crying, laughing even moreso much harder that everyone in the room begins wetting their pants, laughing so much more so that they begin losing consciousness

Road Scholar

June 6th, 2011
7:34 am

Carl: “She is smart. She is articulate.”

And she doesn’t let facts get in her way!

Kyle: Will she serve all 4 years? I thought that conservatives didn’t like a quitter? Didn’t she cut and run?

Hates Republicans

June 6th, 2011
7:39 am

My 13 year old grandson can speak better than she can and he has good grammar. Palin to Queen Elizabeth – Hi Bess – gonna have me a good visit here – what’s that Bess – oh gotcha – those kinds of things are irritating Bess but you gotta call me Sarah and I’ll just keep callin you Bess while we visit. Palin is an embarrassment.


June 6th, 2011
7:40 am

Please run, Sarah…PLEASE!! It’ll show further proof that the GOP doesn’t care about this nation…..but cares only about the wealthy, uneducated..and moronic……


June 6th, 2011
7:43 am

The answer is no because the media has made sure she’s unelectable over the last several years. And they’ll do the same to any other common sense, plain spoken conservative candidate. It’s too bad…


June 6th, 2011
7:44 am

I agree with a few others, I do not see how she overcomes the “quitter” label.

If she is president and the Senate refuses to pass her budget, is she gonna quit and write a book?

That is her history, quit when it gets tough.


June 6th, 2011
7:44 am

Why not, she represents the party to a tee She should be as succesful as the reality show she has, had.


June 6th, 2011
7:45 am

I used to like her and consider her a viable candidate, but not any more. She’s damaged goods.

However, she would be much better than the Socialist “destroyer of freedom” that we have in there now.

Nerd Furgeson

June 6th, 2011
7:45 am

Sure she should run. That is, IF you want to see the current idiot re-elected.

Johnny Angel

June 6th, 2011
7:46 am

My 2 Cents Worth

June 6th, 2011
7:47 am

Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors notes that when states cut spending to balance their budgets, as required annually, a ripple effect multiplies the damage: Companies that do business with states and localities suffer. These companies, in turn, scale back their own hiring.

“There’s a whole slew of private companies that have to cut back when they don’t get the (government) contracts they had been getting,” Naroff said. “You can’t balance a budget and say everything’s going to be beautiful.”

Moody’s Analytics estimates that each job in state and local government supports an additional 1.3 jobs elsewhere in the economy.

The cutbacks stretch across the country

Senior Citizen Kane

June 6th, 2011
7:49 am

She’ll always be the best-looking candidate in the field, but that’s about the only reason I’d want her to run.


June 6th, 2011
7:51 am

By all means, run, Sarah, run. Shoot, the country needs comic relief.

George Bush

June 6th, 2011
7:53 am

Carl, you are right. She does not need 100 teleprompters. She can continue writing on her hand.

Buzz G

June 6th, 2011
7:54 am

You think the left went crazy with George W. Bush in the White House? That is nothing to how the press would respond with a Palin in the White House. I’d love to see her there. She is twice as smart as Obama, three times better looking and 4 times as charismatic. Jay Bookman would develop a nervous tic and would have to double the tin foil lining in his shorts.


June 6th, 2011
7:55 am

And just who is taking care of her children?


June 6th, 2011
7:55 am

I love this whole thing about democrats being afraid of Palin. WE WANT HER TO RUN. Nothing could do more to ensure Obama’s reelection.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

June 6th, 2011
7:58 am

Man, what is it about the Presidency that keeps attracting worse and worse clowns to the Oval ; we had Bush, the Village Idiot who never met a spending bill he didn’t like and couldn’t speak two words in front of a camera (talk about a President needing a teleprompter…); we have Obama, who may be a nice guy personally with lots of law school smarts, but can’t spell the word ECONOMY to save his political life, even if it appears right in front of him on his teleprompter and now these idiots are pushing Sarah Palin for President, the same woman who can’t even tell us what her name is in interviews and thinks that Paul Revere was trying to warn the British? Huh?

Just a thought, but shouldn’t a Presidential candidate maybe, just maybe, have some type of working knowledge about American history before being elected leader of the free world? Haven’t we learned anything from eight years of the Bush grand disaster and aren’t we learning anything from the Obama castastrophie in the making? Sarah Palin shouldn’t be allowed anywhere within 10,000 miles of the Oval Office not even as a joke for Democrats out to make the ideologically-impaired Obama look like a genius by comparison next to a mentally handicapped Sarah Palin who seems to be too stupid be able to figure out that American is laughing AT her and NOT with her!


June 6th, 2011
7:59 am

Look, there will always be folks who hate Dems, and will vote to oppose them at every turn. But seriously, would you be willing to put her in office to represent the USA. Please vote for another GOP candidate, who at least has some merit. The world is laughing at us and our interest in this whimsical lady. Paris Hilton and Kim K both look a lot better, and would get my vote over her for any office…

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

June 6th, 2011
8:00 am

A Sara Palin candidacy is there best way to insure 4 more years of Obama.

I would like to see Newt in there but I am afraid the his personal life has eliminated him from consideration in far too many peoples opinion(he could be no worse that Bill Clinton). Too bad. He is the smartest and most qualified, even if not the most morally sound candidate.

I guess I would then settle for Herman Cain. After all, he is an advocate of the “Fair Tax.”


June 6th, 2011
8:03 am

“a person who thinks that Paul Revere rode out to warn the British not to try to take away guns”

She wasn’t talking about Paul Revere’s RIDE! The fact is, she was right.

Finn McCool

June 6th, 2011
8:04 am

She’ll put in two years before resigning to go on the more lucrative book tour.


June 6th, 2011
8:08 am

I would like to see her run. I am just waiting for her to debate the rest of the field and see what facts can be misstated and untruths can be turned into actual events. Say what you want about Paris Hilton and Kim K, they do make their own money. They are not out here fooling the people like ole Sara is.