posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 11:14 AM
Originally posted by Snarf
Please, can we leave the political bickering out of this...if possible
(thats aimed at both sides)
Republicans - i am curious if you could offer your opinion on the following questions that have been running around in my mind:
1.) Who would be a likely running mate for Sarah Palin if she ran in 2012?
2.) If Palin ran in 2012, what do you believe her answer for resigning as Governor would be? In other words, how could she possibly spin this move
to make it look like a positive?
3.) Why won't the GOP nominate and support a sure fired winner like Ron Paul?
Well...I'm not a Republican, I'm more of a right-leaning non-partisan cynic at this point. Disclaimer in place, I'll give those a shot.
1) It's far, far, far too early to pick V.P. candidates for either party in the 2012 elections. President Obama will probably stick with Mr. Biden,
just because splitting a ticket looks bad. Everyone else will pick a V.P. who pulls in the most votes to the ticket by filling in a demographic,
geographic, or ideological 'gap' in the primary candidate's appeal.
2) How to make the Palin resignation into a positive? The best 'spin' I can think of for it would be to go the 'family values' route, and try to
sell her resignation as a difficult choice between doing her political duty to the people of Alaska and trying to hold her family together in the face
of a media-driven crusade to destroy her life, with family being the eventual winner. Whether the story is true or not, if she told it with enough
skill and passion, it would let her paint her resignation as an epic personal struggle (always a good thing for a political candidate) between duty
and family (which could sell well to the Family Values crowd) against a recognized evil (face it, folks, the Main Stream Media makes a wonderful bad
guy...look how we on ATS view the MSM). I"m not saying this would work, mind you, it's just the best spin I can come up with on short notice.
3) Ron Paul isn't a 'sure fired winner'. He's got a lot of internet following, and he had a very active bunch of sign-hangers. Unfortunately for
him, the very internet savvy of some of his followers cost him. Several internet polls where his name was featured got hit by 'robo-voters' that
skewed results (unless you're willing to believe that several hundred Ron Paul supporters all shared a common I.P. address). That was the main reason
he started getting dropped from 'net polls. He got dropped from mass media polls for an even simpler reason. Despite his massive popularity among
net-dwellers, he was (and is) a virtual unknown to a substantial slice of the American public. Given the bad behavior of some of his 'net nation',
his lack of 'brand recognition' among non-internet voters, his reputation as a 'loose cannon', and his age (he's a year older than John McCain,
and there were a fair number of folks who were concerned about McCain's ability to serve), he's not a viable candidate.