Daily Archives: July 6, 2009

Gideon Rachman

It was only when Sarah Palin popped back into the news that I realised how much I had been missing her. The general opinion in the hated mainstream media (MSM) is that her slightly bizarre resignation as governor of Alaska has polished off her chances of becoming president in 2012.

Maureen Dowd speculates that Palin has gone crazy. Even conservative commentators seem to feel she has done herself in. Anne Applebaum writes in the Washington Post that Palin is a hypocrite. Fred Barnes at the Weekly Standard says – “Forget about Sarah Palin as the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 and possibly ever.” Toby Harnden of London’s Daily Telegraph titillates his readers by saying that Palin is an empress without clothes – and says that he is abandoning the effort to keep defending her.

I’m sorry – but it’s way too soon to write off Palin’s chances of the presidency. Just take a look at the polls and you will see that she has a real shot at it. A recent Pew survey shows that amongst Republican voters she is far more popular than any alternative candidate for the party’s nomination in 2012. Some 73% of Republicans had a favourable view of her – compared to a 57% positive rating for Mitt Romney and 55% for Newt Gingrich, her two most plausible rivals.

Ah, say the Palintologists, but she will fall apart in a primary campaign. And – even if she doesn’t, she has no chance in a general election. Neither argument is persuasive.  Read more