Ok, nightmare scenario - it’s 2012, and Palin is elected, under the campaign slogan “You betcha!”. We know she has presidential aspirations and has popular support in some quarters, so don’t fight the hypothetical - Bush got re-elected, after all despite it being a nightmare scenario for some in 2004 (or, as the Daily Mirror here in the U.K. put it “How Can 59 Million People Be So Dumb”).
You may think this is a simple ‘who do you hate more’ thread, but no - I want to know specifics. My personal view from across the big pond they call the Atlantic Ocean - whereas Bush was popularly perceived as a total dumbass (see these: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/George_W._Bush#2000), who took us into an illegal war and believes God works through him, I think there was a little more there. I think he played into a 'good ‘ol boy’ image for the press and the whole ‘I’d go for a drink with him’ crowd. I was surprised when I watched some videos from his governor days which were surprisingly eloquent (see stuff like this, among others), even if I disagree with his politics.
Palin has made many similar stupid statements to Bush (see: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin#Sourced), but the difference is that I think what you see is what you get.
So, here’s the big question - America got through 2 Bush administrations. How much worse (or better) could Palin possibly be? Would you emigrate to Canada post haste, or trust in the same system of checks and balances that kept every president since Washington in check? Educate an ignorant foreigner.