Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Why Sarah Palin Should Not Be The Republican Choice in 2012

There has been a lot of talk recently about the possibility of Palin running for president in four years.  Sure, she brings a relatively fresh face to politics, and as a Washington outsider she can easily use that tactic when running against a DC insider.  However, Palin also comes across as the new kid on the block all too often.  Sure, she arguably has more executive experience than Obama, but that's now.  In four years it will be Obama with the experiencing, and it would seem that he only becomes more persuasive the higher up the ladder he climbs.  A rather goofy sounding Palin running against an incredibly articulate Obama will never work. 

In four years from now, the voting public will not have forgotten the Bush years, they may or may not be happy with an Obama administration, but certainly any Republican candidate will want to distance their campaign from Bush as much as possible.  If Sarah Palin runs, her campaign will immediately be connected to McCain and thus also to Bush.  That's just simple campaign strategy - don't remind the voters of what they hate.  But, aside from strategy, Palin does not seem to be capable of formulating her own fresh ideas; in order to rejuvenate the GOP, a leader with the energy and strength to enthuse the masses is required.  Palin is not going to invigorate anyone, she isn't ready for the major leagues yet, and it is doubtful that four years will change that, especially since she seems to think that she is ready.

2 comments:

Clay Bowler said...

So who do you think we should choose? I personally think Palin has plenty of time to distance herself from McCain. There were many things they didn't see eye to eye on-global warming, ANWAR, etc.

I finally got to list the Bobby Jindal speak, and I was impressed. I look forward to watching both Jindal and Palin grow in the coming four years.

Stryd3r said...

I think that you're right about the distancing thing. But, that's not enough. She also has to present herself as more educated on foreign and domestic issues than she previously has. I think that one of her biggest problems is that she seems to be a bit out of touch and as of right now is not a great communicator.

That being said, you're right, things can change. However, right now I too am liking Jindal. He is extremely articulate, and seems to have a solid grasp on the issues he talks about (I haven't heard a lot from him yet, so I'm basing this on what I have seen so far).I know I'll catch a lot of flack for this one, but I also like Romeney... despite the fact that he seems to have flipped on abortion issues, I think he also puts forth a good face. The problem with him is that he may be too much of a reminder of the old GOP, whereas it would seem that what we need now is a newer, more colorful Republican party.

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