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What are your thoughts on this? (Sarah Palin)?

Five myths about Sarah Palin 1. Palin cost McCain the 2008 election. She didn’t. CNN’s 2008 national exit poll, for example, asked voters whether Palin was a factor when they stepped into the voting booth. Those who said yes broke for McCain 56 percent to 43 percent. With her by his side, McCain’s fundraising and support from conservatives improved.
2. Resigning as governor was rash. When Palin returned to Alaska , she confronted three problems. The political coalition on which she had based her governorship had collapsed. Her critics were using Alaska’s tough ethics laws to launch investigations into her behavior, sapping her finances and her energy. Finally, every time she traveled to the Lower 48, Alaskans criticized her for putting her political interests above the state’s. Palin’s solution was to resign. Her agenda stood a better chance of passing if Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell succeeded her as governor. As a private citizen, meanwhile, Palin could make enough money to pay her legal bills.
3. Palin and the tea party are destroying the GOP.The reality is that Palin and the tea party are saving the GOP by dragging it back to its roots and mobilizing conservative voters. Remember, by the time Palin arrived on the national scene, the Republican Party was depleted, exhausted and held in disrepute. An unpopular war in Iraq, an economy in recession and GOP corruption had driven away independents. Meanwhile, massive government spending and a liberal immigration policy had dispirited conservatives. In the wake of Obama’s historic victory, she and countless other grass-roots activists could have abandoned the GOP and turned the tea party into a conservative third party. They didn’t. They decided instead to refashion the Republican Party from the ground up, pressuring it to live up to its limited-government ideals. Now, two years after Obama’s win, Republicans have reaped major gains in the midterm elections. Palin and the tea party haven’t hurt the GOP one bit.
4. Palin is extreme. On many of the most important issues of the day, Palin holds positions that are squarely in the center-right of American political discourse. And many of those positions, not incidentally, are held by a large segment or even a majority of the public. For instance, neither the public nor Palin believes the stimulus worked. While most Americans may not share Palin’s views regarding "death panels," many join her in opposing Obama’s health-care overhaul. Over the past two years, Pew and Gallup surveys have tracked the public as it has moved to the right — not on just one or two issues but on a whole constellation of issues. Even on the controversial topics of abortion, guns and same-sex marriage, Palin is not far away from the center. A May 2009 Gallup poll, for example, found that a majority of Americans identified as "pro-life" rather than "pro-choice." In October 2009, Gallup measured record-low support for gun control. The public is divided on same-sex marriage, with about half the country joining Palin’s opposition.
5. Palin is unelectable. Without question, a Palin 2012 campaign would be an uphill battle. Palin is unpopular — massively so among Democrats, decisively so among independents. Even many Republicans don’t believe she’s ready to be president. But opinions can change. Look at the political resuscitations of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Hillary Rodham Clinton. If Palin works hard and runs an impressive campaign, wavering Republicans and skeptical independents may give her a second look. To earn that second look, she may need to find a big idea. It’s hard to become president without one. Reagan had supply-side economics and the end of detente with the Soviets. George W. Bush had compassionate conservatism and the freedom agenda. Obama had national unity and hope and change. At the moment, however, Palin still expresses her agenda mainly in negative terms, focusing on her opposition to Obama and the Washington establishment. She hasn’t defined her common-sense conservatism" in positive language. And she hasn’t found a unifying, exhilarating theme. Then again, she just might get along without one. After all, a presidential contest is a choice. The public might not love Palin. But by 2012, Americans might absolutely despise Obama. Two more years of a bad economy and an unpopular Afghan war and anything could happen.
Alvin….It is the "seasoned hand" that has resulted in the decline of America’s influence in the world. She could not do a worse job than Obama…. His bowing, scraping and pandering to every nation, including our enemies, not only has been a national embarrassment but has made us the "joke" of the world. Maybe a little fresh faced national pride, open and honest, is what our nation needs.
Governor Palin negotiated with a hard nose greedy oil industry and won a contract that even her severest critics say was a major win for the people of Alaska. She is plain speaking and honest….a refrehing change in American politics
Bobby…..I keep hearing she is "dumb"…..but none of her history would seem to support that conclusion…She had the highest approval rating for job performance of any governor in America…..she got straight A’s in school and was a member of the Honor Society….she earned a degree….. she has core principles which even when it is to her advantage….she won’t compromise. She is plain spoken, no vacillation or political double speak. Yes, she has made some gaffs…..misspoke…..but then so has President Obama…..and do not even mention the Vice President…..his gaffs are a national embarrassment and the stuff of which legends are composed

I think nothing about it.

I’m not obsessed with Sarah Palin.

  1. Alvin W
    March 15th, 2011 at 18:56 | #1

    Well I just cannot imagine her Foreign policy in a time of delcining American Global Influence assisting us, and would like a more seasoned hand at the helm. I think she would make a great Chairperson of the Republican Party and handle fundraising she would be Hell-on-Wheels, and hard to beat. I’d just like a little more time for her to get ready to tackle Washington.

    Obama is and was an Idealist and I do not think he fully grasped or understood the true scope of the difficulties facing this Nation. He was not ready to tackle the problems either and I dont want to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire so to speak.

    Even as a Republican (Not Far-Right though) I could just not support her for a run for the Presidency. I think the Republican party can and better get it together and get a truly electable candidate with some experience and knowledge about how to get things done and line out an agenda for how to do it.
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  2. M M
    March 15th, 2011 at 19:34 | #2

    I agree with Palin on alot of things but i really dont want to see her run. I cringe when i see her on an interview and she messes up and doesnt know what shes talking about. We cant have that in a president.
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  3. joseph b
    March 15th, 2011 at 19:49 | #3

    The Republican party one time had a young, brash, celeb type who danced to a different drummer about a hundred years ago. They didn’t think he was a good candidate for president and made him Vice President in hopes this would be put him in a position that would shut him up and neutralize his rising power. His name, Theodore Roosevelt. Maybe it’s time we look at someone who isn’t the cousin, brother, uncle or son of some political dynasty, graduate of Harvard, Yale or other elite school Washington has become stale, let’s get a new loaf of bread.
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  4. Bobby L
    March 15th, 2011 at 20:10 | #4

    I personally think that the media from day one has given her a free pass to do or say whatever she wants to and not be called to the carpet on any of it there is a blatant double standard with Palin no one seem to want to challenge any of the down right stupidity continues to come out of her mouth and after 2 years of hearing the same old nonsense from her there are still people out there that thinks she’s presidential material I’m not against a woman president just not her.
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  5. Mooselini
    March 15th, 2011 at 20:25 | #5

    I agree with every point you made. I would have added to your list of Sarah Palin’s weaknesses her constant problem with projectile flatulence, but perhaps that would be gilding the lily.
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  6. myopinion
    March 15th, 2011 at 21:08 | #6

    Great Post.. could not have said it better myself.
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  7. Free Thinker
    March 15th, 2011 at 21:33 | #7

    The bloodsucking media are the ones who painted Sarah Palin as a wacko extremist, SHE’S NOT! You are 100% right that Sarah revived or should I say resurrected the Republican party and gave true American Patriots the opportunity to stand up and come to the forefront.
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  8. Marj † pray4revival †
    March 15th, 2011 at 21:52 | #8

    I’m all for Sarah Palin!!! I read her book, the first one. She is so very special, so much energy and intelligence, integrity, and a wonderful Christian. There are many who hate her because they heard lies about her and they hate Christians, and they are hard-hearted. She is a great person, and has always been very independent and done so very much good. She doesn’t have a lazy bone in her body and she’s very financially honest and careful. If anyone could bring this nation back from the grave where it’s headed, she could.
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  9. Uncle Remus 54
    March 15th, 2011 at 22:10 | #9

    All the facts stated about her are correct so I don’t agree with any myths against her. In watching the TLC channels experiences on Alaska with her family she is very articulate and well spoken and clear headed in all that she believes in. And she is upfront about it. She has written books about her thoughts and her life. She has been in many rallies and is proud to be both an American and a Christian.

    She respects America in the way that it was originally founded and this is where we need to go back to.

    I have the greatest respect for her and as one can see there is not a lazy one in their family where all are motivated to achieve and succeed on their own and yes with family help. This has always been the American way to achieve the American dream.

    As for me I was not born in America but chose instead to become naturalized in this country in 1983. My father had so much respect for this country that he named after a president of the United States of America after he experienced the horrors of World War 2. I love this country. It is gratifying for me to see an American naturally born here who loves it as well.

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  10. Sky Walker
    March 15th, 2011 at 22:59 | #10

    Sarah Palin, is a good person. If she runs for President in 2012, she’ll get my vote.
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  11. marvinsussman@sbcglobal.net
    March 15th, 2011 at 23:48 | #11

    Point 1. The question is: out of the 56% who thought Palin was a factor and also voted for McCain, how many would have voted for him anyway? And out of the other 43%, how many would have voted for McCain if Palin weren’t on the ticket? Two percentage points on each would have given us President McCain, who would have been saddled with the Bush meltdown. That would have destroyed the Republican Party forever. Count your blessings.
    Point 3. Her recommendations cost the Reps at least 2 senate seats.
    Point 4. She is near the middle. The problem is that half of the voters have below-average IQ.
    Point 5. She is unelectable because she is constitutionally incapable of extemporaneously emitting two consecutive grammatically correct or logically coherent sentences – and certainly not both in the same breath.
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  12. darrin b
    March 16th, 2011 at 00:22 | #12

    I think nothing about it.

    I’m not obsessed with Sarah Palin.
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