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The Democrats understood how to reach that constituency. When a barrage of Obama campaign TV ads told them that the GOP wanted to take away their contraceptives or that Bain Capital killed someone's wife, they took notice. When Obama strolled the hurricane-stricken beaches of New Jersey in his bomber jacket, they were snowed. As Malor put it, Obama won on "binders, Big Bird, birth control and blame Bush."
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.
Sure, there is going to be never-ending nastiness from the left, but she's already lived through that once. Katie Couric? A has-been. Tina Fey? Her shtick was already wearing thin in 2008.
There are also the snooty East Coast Republican intellectual types, such as Peggy Noonan, who look down their noses at a woman who doesn't shop at Neiman Marcus and didn't attend an Ivy League university. But Peggy made a fool of herself calling the election for Romney on Nov. 5. Who's going to care what she and her ilk have to say next time?
Hillary Clinton would be the worst choice for the Democrats in 2016 because the moment she becomes a candidate, the Republicans know where to aim their covering fire. We have to assume that the RNC staff learned something from the Obama campaign’s successful use of negative advertising? Her support for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the questions surrounding the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack plus all the issues from the 2008 campaign and White Water, Travelgate etc. would come back roaring. Yes, even her remark about not staying home to bake cookies. That's a lot of covering fire!
Hillary Clinton would be the worst choice for the Democrats in 2016 because her candidacy would revive the talk about the Bush/Clinton dynasties. Wouldn't it seem, almost, undemocratic to elect another member of the same generation of that dynasty to the presidency?
Hillary Clinton would be the worst choice for the Democrats in 2016 because she will be 69 years old and, she hopes, a grandmother. As a surrogate for Obama in 2008, Hillary Clinton argued that 70-year-old Senator John McCain was "too old." The Republicans would, potentially even turn to John McCain, himself, to turn the tables on Hillary? It would, at the very least, provide fodder for late night comics.
1. Mark my words, Hillary will be the next President.
2. I don't like her but next to Sarah Palin she is a freaking genius.
3. Sarah Palin deserved every single bit of criticism she received.
BTW I did not for for Obama, I voted against Palin ever being in a postion to lead should McCain have died. Which is why I truly think that the Republicans "threw" the last election. The economy was going to be in a mess for quite some time and they setup Obama to take the fall for it.
Pretty slick if you ask me.