Allen suggests Mitt Romney lost not because voters were particularly attracted by Obama, but because Romney couldn't connect well enough with them emotionally or intellectually. I was afraid Romney might strike out emotionally -- he's got too much of the demeanor of a typical CEO -- and I was hoping he would have been smart enough to pick Palin as his running mate. But he picked Paul Ryan. Allen says Romney bored people with his emphasis on serious economic and political issues, and adds that voters have simply become too addicted to emotions, heart strings, and snarky sound bites provided by endless hours of uninterrupted television watching.
Doesn't speak very well of the average voter, does it? But it's the type of voters who have to be won over.
Here's what Charlotte Allen sees as Palin's strengths:
Palin can more than keep up with the Democrats in appealing to voters' emotions. Hardly anyone could be more blue collar than Palin, out on the fishing boat with her hunky blue-collar husband, Todd. Palin is "View"-ready, she's "Ellen"-ready, she's Kelly-and-Michael-ready.
A Palin "war against women"? Hah! Not only is she a woman, she's got a single-mom daughter, Bristol, to help with the swelling single-mom demographic. On social issues, Palin, unlike Romney, has been absolutely consistent. And let's remember that most Americans, whatever their view of choice, disapprove of most abortions.
Gay marriage? Palin opposes it. But she is also a strong advocate of states' rights, and I'm betting she'd be fine with letting states and their voters grapple with the issue on their own. Remember that all of America didn't swing toward approval of gay marriage on Nov. 6. Three reliably blue states and their voters did. If she were smart, Palin would recruit a member of her impressive gay fanboy base — yes, she has one — to help run her campaign. I nominate Kevin DuJan of the widely read gay conservative blog HillBuzz, a Palin stalwart since 2008.
Palin's son Track is an Iraq war veteran, so she can be proudly patriotic without being labeled another George W. Bush, looking to do aggressive nation-building. She seems aware there is only one nation in need of building right now: America.
Furthermore, looks count in politics, and Palin at age 48, has it all over her possible competition, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will be 69 by election day 2016 and who let someone talk her into adopting the flowing blond locks of a college student, making her look like Brunnhilde in a small-town Wagner production. Men love Sarah Palin, and she loves men.
She's tough as nails too. After Election 2008, she was supposed to have been through. This year eight of the 14 GOP candidates Palin endorsed for Congress won election or reelection, including tea party favorite Ted Cruz for a Senate seat in Texas.
Palin Derangement Syndrome seems to be slowly subsiding, too, even here in Alaska. Anchorage Daily News stories about Palin which used to attract 800 comments, over half of which would be vilification and smears, now attract 100 or less. Legislative Democrats still defend her ACES oil and gas tax scheme. Palin is clearly not as polarizing here in Alaska as she once was. Perhaps by 2016, memories will have softened enough to where Palin can still be electrifying without being polarizing. And after four more years of Barack Obama, voters might be willing to accept anyone who at least displays a pulse. One thing Palin can do to build her stock is to knock off the reality TV appearances -- both her and her family. Most people are burned out on reality TV.
Sarah Palin is one of the few prominent national Republicans who has shown that her vision is inclusive of the working class. Instead of playing the race game like some strategists urge the GOP to do, the GOP needs to simply reach out to the working class more explictly and bring them back into the picture. The working class deserves more than "trickle down", and our economy once offered them more. Everything revolves around job creation and restoring the balance between Wall Street and Main Street. Palin has vigorously condemned crony capitalism.
No reaction posted by Sarah Palin on her Facebook page yet. As of this post, the Alaska media hasn't picked it up, but C4P and the F2 Anonboard are discussing it. Here's some typical reaction from the LA Times; includes a couple of mature comments from those opposing the idea:
Jackpz at 11:00 PM November 18, 2012 (LA Times):
There has not been one aspect of Sarah Palin's life and career that has not been chewed over, criticized and lied about by her enemies; she has withstood the slings, barbs, bullets, and arrows that would have fallen a lesser person.Sarah Palin has been vetted like no one else; she’s probably the "cleanest politician" out there.
The media hounded her, and her family, on a daily basis, flat out making crap up . (like that she, personally, shot wolves from the air)They claimed her baby was not her own; used despicable language to attack her, and her family; sent numerous reporters to Wasilla to dig up dirt on her ; AP reporters “factchecked” her book; accused her of being an accomplice to murder, her email hacked by the son of a Democrat congressman, political operatives filing endless bogus ethic charges designed to bankrupt a working family with a special need toddler and much more.
But after poring over thousands of emails (24,000+ pages of emails) from Sarah Palin’s term as governor, even the mainstream media has been forced to concede that Palin was a conscientious, transparent, and effective public servant.
The media , Hollywood and the REP establishment have done everything they can to vilify Sarah Palin and her family but despite a massive effort to destroy her, she is still on her feet and making a difference in the political world.
compdude59 at 11:13 PM November 18, 2012 (LA Times):
I don't think she's the right candidate for the "re-branding" process the Republican party needs to go through. Remember she wasn't invited to speak at the Republican Convention in Tampa this year. Roger Ailes who runs Fox News thinks she's an idiot when he advised her against speaking on the day of the President's visit to Tuscon after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and she's been relegated to a "talking head" that's on the point of losing her perch on Fox News.
Karoly Kuruc at 9:32 PM November 18, 2012 (LA Times):
the left wing nuts are out there again!!!! what? too much medical marihuana??????????? just because she is a real woman, you commies can't handle it??? if the repukes select her, it's their choice. you can always run biden, the dumbest white man in america, against her!LOL. that would be something to see!!!
Founders1791 at 9:35 PM November 18, 2012 (LA Times):
LAZY? Sarah Palin? Pathetic Liberal delusions....
Momma Grizzly has NEVER been lazy: Politician, Campaign King Maker, Marathoner (3:59:36), Mother of Five, Public Speaker, Hunter, Fisherman, News Commentator, and on and on, she is the energizer bunny.
(2012) Campaigned: Senator Deb Fisher & Ted Cruz WIN
(2011) Restoring our Foundations National Bus Tour
(2010) Campaigned: Midterms 70% of Endorsements WIN
(2008) Ran as Vice Presidential Candidate
(2008) Gave birth to son Trig
(2006) "Elected" Governor of the State of Alaska, 3yrs
(2004) "Corruption Exposed" by Republicans & Big Oil
(2003) Chairman of Oil and Gas Commission,1yr
(2002) Ran for Lieutenant Governor
(2001) Gave birth to daughter Piper
(1996) "Elected Mayor" of Wasilla twice,6yrs
(1995) "Elected City" Councilman of Wasilla again,2yrs
(1994) Gave birth to daughter Willow
(1992) "Elected City" Council of Wasilla,2yrs
(1990) Gave birth to daughter Bristol
(1989) Gave birth to son Track
(1988) Commercial Fishing Business Owner,18yrs
(1988) Married High School Sweetheart
Sheku Sheriff at 8:42 PM November 18, 2012 (LA Times):
This is one of the lamest articles I have read in a very long time. What this writer is failing to realize is that Barack Obama did not only appeal to emotions, he had the brains and organization to withstand the Republican and super PAC big money onslaught.
Palin may have the looks and the talking points, but beyond that she has more deficits than the American economy. Put her up in 2012 with her Hispanic and Gay bashing and the Republican party may as well become a social movement rather than a political force. There is only one thing killing the Republican party and that is the Tea Party. They want to take back their country, but that country only exists in their imagination. Republicans have only one prescription; accept diversity or fade into obscurity.