Palin vs. Obama in 2012: Is she ready?
Former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin declared during a FOX News Channel interview Sunday that “it would be absurd to not consider” running for the 2012 presidential election if that “can potentially help the country”.
Ms Palin declared later at the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tennessee that “America is ready for another revolution” and that the country needed “a commander in chief, not a professor of law”.
The former Alaska governor, a charming orator, currently has the political momentum in her favor because of a combination of factors, including Democrats’ recent setback in Massachusetts senatorial race, the ongoing gloom in the economy, Iran’s steadfast defiance of the international community regarding its nuclear aspirations and another host of pressing domestic issues.
However, there is a long way to go before 2012 and the electoral wind may blow back in Democrats’ favor before citizens are asked to elect the next commander in chief.
Palin, in the meantime, needs to put more substance around her statements and avoid the customary “less tax, more security” refrain that has cost GOP leaders so much in previous elections.
Americans need to know what the ex-governor thinks about the country’s military strategy, her ways to fix the economy, her thinking around big social issues such as health insurance, Medicare or unemployment benefits. Those are the real questions that voters are keen to hear.
Palin’s advisers certainly understand that her popularity at the Tea Party gathering is not synonymous with a larger GOP approval even though certain polls might provide an opposite picture at the moment. Other contenders, known or discreet, might also be gearing up for the party’s nomination. Everyone who follows American politics can cleary see that the status of party favorite is no longer a surefire advantage.
So Sarah, you’re good, but you can be excellent. Do some homework so our democracy can gain from your insights!