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    Sarah Palin Comeback!

    By kyle | November 13, 2009

    Don’t laugh, says Matthew Continetti: It could happen. I don’t think voters will forgive her for walking away from Alaska. Continetti’s perfectly-timed book on Palin comes out next week. I plan to read Palin’s book and write a review as soon as I can.

    Topics: Books, Sarah Palin | 14 Comments »

    14 Responses to “Sarah Palin Comeback!”

    1. yankeefan Says:
      November 13th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

      Palin is the most dynamic and charismatic 2012 GOP contender right now, and the one who is closest to, and ignites the greatest passion in, the GOP base.

      Who else matches her now, in terms of energy and committed following? Romney? Smart guy, but a Mormon’s never getting past the Christian conservative base. Plus, he reminds people of the consultant who just came into their company and recommended laying off half the staff. Pawlenty? Paw-leeze. Rudy “I spent $50 mil and got 1 delegate” Giuliani? The GOP loves hiring him for speeches, they just don’t like voting for him.

      No doubt others will emerge, but Sarah is a force to be reckoned with.

    2. Christian Toto Says:
      November 13th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

      How does she get around the experience issue when she just quit the one job that would have given her enough to assuage the critics?

      The media template is set in stone for Palin … I don’t see any way she can run and have a realistic shot. Imagine how fierce the MSM will be if she’s at the top of the ticket?

    3. yankeefan Says:
      November 13th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

      Christian, your first question has no bearing on what her devotees think of her. They love her — her charisma, her biography, her determination, etc. She is a very compelling figure. Leave “the experience issue” to the chin-scratchers. (Hey, I am an Obama supporter but let’s call ’em like we see ’em: how much experience did he have? And a lot of good the “experience issue” did for Hillary and McCain.)

      The fiercer the MSM, the more her base rallies to her. Running against the media is a winning proposition — has been since Nixon, anyway.

      Sarah is the most compelling figure on the GOP side right now, and the one who is most instinctively close to the beating heart of the party’s base.

    4. Brandon Says:
      November 13th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

      Yankeefan makes some very valid points and running against the media especially in a climate where most think the MSM has really jumped the shark may be a winning proposition. However I have to agree with Toto, I know I personally couldn’t voet for her since she quit her last job. Something tells me this election isn’t going to be about voting for someone it’s going to be about voting against someone; sort of free market and liberty versus socialism and nanny state (I don’t mean that to be inflammatory it’s simply how most are viewing things). There is a lot on the line in 2010 and 2012.

    5. KS Says:
      November 13th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

      I’m for Mark Sanford! Palin needs to make a better case for resigning. I think that those who say they wouldn’t vote for her because she resigned probably wouldn’t vote for her anyway.

    6. Anwyn Says:
      November 13th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

      Yankeefan is an Obama supporter offering this “defense” of Palin?

      Her “devotees” will not be enough to elect her, so it doesn’t really matter if the negatives won’t have an impact on them. It matters what impact the have on the rest of the voters.

    7. JohnFNWayne Says:
      November 14th, 2009 at 11:47 am

      I’m not sold on Palin one way or the other – I think the media has done a horrible job of reporting what she’s really about, instead trying to turn her into a circus. But given the resignation (and the two horrible speeches that followed) and her lack of a track record, I’m more comfortable with a Romney (or more aptly, anybody but Huck).

      Politicians have been in worse positions and made comebacks. Maybe she can, but I doubt it would be 2012. The media would be relentless.

    8. Christian Toto Says:
      November 14th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

      How many fact checkers did the AP sic on Palin’s new book?

      And how many did they sic on President Clinton’s memoir? Al Gore’s latest book?

    9. Bugg Says:
      November 14th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

      Palin’s argument for the White House might be have been greatly strengthened had she stayed in her governorhsip for longer than 2 years. While the braindead McCain campaign clearly did her wrong, that’s not a good reason for her to get the nomination in 2012.Don’t have a problem with anyone making a buck, but this Oprah book tour stuff is not going to help her get into any higher office. Part of me wants to think she knows her popularity is fleeting and higher office is a pipe dream. So it’s time to cash in and support her family.

    10. Murabma Says:
      November 15th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

      I’m a Democrat and I fervently hope she runs (I know, be careful what you wish for). All any objective voter has to do is watch her interviews with either Katie Couric or Charlie Gibson to see that she is a complete moron who can’t even put a coherent sentence together. Gibson, a Republican in his civilian life, could barely restrain his contempt for her intellect during his interview. Her career has been the Peter Principle writ large, and resigning mid-term when the going got tough is no way to sell yourself to the 70% or so of America that is not among your base. I actually find myself on occasion agreeing with some conservatives (usually those of the libertarian wing), but personally find Palin’s narrow-minded views and her pride in not being a “pointy-headed intellectual” (ie., proud of being a dumbass who thinks that dinosaurs walked the earth with people) scary myself, but that may just be me….

    11. KS Says:
      November 15th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

      The Charlie Gibson who hadn’t heard about the ACORN tapes is a Republican in his civilian life? Really? Which Republicans has he voted for in the last, say, 25 years?

      I agree that he showed elite contempt for Palin during his interview with her. As I recall, he misquoted Palin, she said that she did not think that the “quote” was what she actually said, and he snapped, “Exact words!” So condescending.

    12. Jim Treacher Says:
      November 16th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

      How does she get around the experience issue when she just quit the one job that would have given her enough to assuage the critics?

      The same way Obama got around it: Claim that the experience itself is experience enough.

    13. Jim Treacher Says:
      November 16th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

      Murabma is too stupid to think we can’t see through its lies.

    14. spongeworthy Says:
      November 17th, 2009 at 10:44 am

      Exactly, Treach. I’m searching through his post to find something that’s actually true.

      Impressive performance, Murabma. You’re pretty much exactly what guys like me think guys like you are like.