But I've got a suggestion for cutting short the GOP angst:
You think I'm joking? Think again.
In 2008, Ms. Palin, running as my party's vice presidential candidate, was widely supposed to have cost
Millions of Americans didn't much care for Mr. Obama and his
Gabriel Malor, writing for the New York Daily News' blog, pinpointed another reason: By focusing his campaign mostly on serious economic and political issues such as the national debt and tax incentives, Mr. Romney failed to take into account the fact that large segments of the electorate neither know nor care much about serious economic and political issues. What they — a group sometimes euphemistically called "uninformed voters" — do know and care about are the tugs on their emotions, fears, revulsions and heart strings provided by hours and hours of uninterrupted television watching.
Ms. Palin can more than keep up with the Democrats in appealing to voters' emotions. Hardly anyone could be more blue collar than Ms. Palin, out on the fishing boat with her hunky blue-collar husband, Todd. Ms. 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, Ms. Palin, unlike Mr. Romney, has been absolutely consistent. And let's remember that most Americans, whatever their view of choice, disapprove of most abortions.
Gay marriage? Ms. 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. The voters of Maryland and two other reliably blue states did. If she were smart, Ms. 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.
Ms. Palin's son Track is an
Furthermore, looks count in politics, and Ms. Palin at age 48, has it all over her possible competition, including
She's tough as nails too. After Election 2008, she was supposed to have been through. This year, eight of the 14 GOP candidates Ms. Palin endorsed for Congress won election or reelection, including
Sure, there is going to be never-ending nastiness from the left, but she's already lived through that once.
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
Some Republicans will say Ms. Palin has too much baggage from 2008, and we need to look for a new Sarah Palin. But I don't see what's wrong with the one we've got. Ever since the 1990s, Republicans have been looking for the next
Sarah Palin is the new Ronald Reagan: charming and affable and unwilling to back down if she's right. I can't see what's wrong with that.