How Sarah Palin Will Be Elected President in 2012.

Some—even in the Republican party—are saying that a serious presidential aspirant doesn’t pontificate about American Idol, as Palin does in her new book, or star in her own reality show, as Palin is doing on TLC. That’s wrong. More people care about American Idol in this country than care about the deficit, the war in Afghanistan, and health care put together. The more others put Palin down as trivial, the more she’ll turn that to her advantage as caring about the things ordinary people care about. And the people will say yes, she’s one of us. And then they’ll say, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if one of us were president.

Remember, she doesn’t have to get there in one leap. There are steps along the way. All she has to do first is appeal to more Republican caucus members in the Iowa primary. (That doesn’t seem so unthinkable.) Then, on the momentum of that, win a few more primaries. Suddenly, she’s the Republican candidate for president in 2012. And suddenly, you have a whole lot of people—even some who are reasonable, and even some who voted for Obama in 2008—saying to themselves, “You know, Obama is unquestionably a brilliant man, but we’ve now tried the brilliance thing, and we still don’t have enough jobs, and I still can’t sell my house. Maybe it’s time for less brilliance and more gut instinct.” Next, she’s raising her right hand on the Capitol steps.

Bob Cesca at the Huffington Post sees the danger, and has written about the prospect at greater length. I recommend the piece.


5 Comments on “How Sarah Palin Will Be Elected President in 2012.”

  1. Well stated, but Sarah Palin has as much chance of becoming President as her daughter has of reaching the finals of “Dancing with the Stars — oops, perhaps I should find a better analogy.

  2. Rovronr says:

    Interesting little tidbit from the Washington Post:
    Anybody who thinks that Palin doesn’t have a great shot at the Republican nomination isn’t paying attention. Of course she does.
    And she may well get it.
    The important discussion revolves around her ultimate electability. The numbers in the WaPo piece are large percentages of a relative minority of the total electorate. How many Republicans would swing, or sit out? How many independents would vote Democratic in horror at the possibility of an Alaskan Christianist hillbilly in office? How many Jews, Catholics, blacks, Asians, Eskimos, and Thanksgiving turkeys would flee in horror.
    And, of course, how many of the above…uh…hmmm…might actually find the Palin idea appealing? Especially if they feel she’s controllable, like a certain GWB we’re all familiar with.

  3. Rob Barlow says:

    “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” – H.L. Mencken

    I thought we had reached that day in 2000 but, as we see everyday with reality TV, someone’s always reaching lower. Sarah Palin just may be the first of many George W. spinoffs.

  4. Rovronr says:

    The devil they know…

  5. Ted Naron says:

    Mencken was scarily right. That is a great quote.

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