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President Palin? You just never know.
November 26, 2010 - Per Peterson
Saturday’s Independent contains a front-page story about Sarah Palin with a headline reading, “Sarah Palin: Serious 2012 contender or pretender?” The first thing that comes to the minds of many, especially Democrats, when they imagine Palin as our next president might be the decision to either laugh out loud or quickly leave the room to get it out. But let’s be honest, Palin might just have as good of a chance as any Republican in winning the GOP nomination if she chooses to run in two years. Furthermore, if she plays her cards right, she could just overcome any Democrat. Consider: She obviously wildly popular in this country, and as a Democrat, current President Barack Obama isn’t exactly sitting pretty. At least right now. If his popularity and approval rating continues to wither, he won’t stand a chance of gaining a second term in 2012. Come 2012, the door to the White House will be wide open, and you know eventually, a woman will win. The question is, which one? Hillary Clinton is the first who comes to mind. But how far behind is Palin? “She may run away with (the GOP nomination), and that’s something everybody has to be prepared for,” Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa Republican caucus, said in the story. Sounds kind of like Huckabee's preparing himself, too. Palin, of course, is her own worst enemy. As good as she is in front of a crowd of Republicans, she’s awful in one-on-ones. Even I felt embarrassed for her after her interview with Katie Couric in 2008. Palin, it should be known, has vowed not to speak again with Couric. It probably wasn't the first time Palin's said something to embarrass herself and it certainly wasn't the last. On Wednesday, she said on Glenn Beck's radio show that the United States has to stand with “our North Korean allies” in connection with tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Beck corrected her but the bell had been rung. She has taken international heat for that one, and rightly so. Palin is outspoken, driven and is a tremendous fundraiser. Her cons range from her knowledge of foreign policy to her polarizing nature. Will she, can she, become our next president? Better stop laughing.
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