I had the same thought seeing this thread. Thought I had woken up in a time warp and it was 2008 again. Sarah Palin matters why?
If she starts up a presidential campaign in '12, which she might (although the GOP would be on crack to give her the nomination), then we can start the amusing intellectual barrage on her again. But until then let’s give it a break, please.
Seriously. She left out a word. Shouldn’t we just be thankful for one less syllable leaving her mouth and move on? This is starting to be like the thousands of people who’ve been talking about how much they don’t care about Paris Hilton every day for the past six years. DNFTT.
But generally, I agree; forget about her 'til 2012, if only because the only reason she’s relevant to those outside Alaska right now is for President, and I really don’t want any reason to contemplate the next Presidential election for at least another two and a half years. Maybe longer.
Reagan was smooth talking fluff, Palin doesn’t even have that going for her. She alienated half of her party base. I really don’t think there’s much future in her presidential candidacy. Mark my words, if she runs she’ll be defeated in the primaries
She’ll do better than that. At her worst performance, she’d cause a brokered caucus or whatever the Republicans call it when the primaries are too divided to pick a single candidate through normal methods.
More likely she’d leverage a lot of the deep dissatisfaction the Religious Right and the Populist Right feels with the Business Right and shove some bland time-server aside in the primaries only to lose to Obama, because the kinds of people who love Palin are a large part of the modern GOP but they are a shrinking part of modern America and the prospect of four years of President Palin would mobilize Democrats and Moderates of all stripes to defeat her.
If the GOP is lucky, Palin will be gobbled up by some third party and leave the GOP with enough right-leaning Moderates to seriously challenge Obama. If this happens, it will be the largest third party showing since the Bull Moose Party ran Theodore Roosevelt and it will make Ross Perot look like… uh, what he always made himself look like on TV.
Why? Because liberal comedians and commentators don’t want to face the fact that the Republicans are now an irrelevant minority and hold virtually no power in Washington any more.
They DO NOT WANT to make fun of the current Democratic administration, even though it’s getting harder and harder not to. Given their druthers, they’d keep making Sarah Palin jokes until January 20, 2017.
I’m worried that everyone, even if told its not going to happen, will become dissatisfied with Democrats in power once this economic crisis isn’t fixed in 12 months.
Then we can go back to Freedom Fries and yelling “socialist!” at Democrats.
She’s far enough removed from BushCo that even with similar (and even worse) plans for the country she might be considered “new ideas” and can scream “I told you so!” when we don’t have 1% unemployment in 2010.