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Palin will run 'if there's nobody else to do it'?

Sarah Palin let it be known earlier this month in West Palm Beach that she would run for president in 2012 if "the American people" want her to.
Now she's telling Entertainment Tonight that she'll hit the campaign trail for herself "if there's nobody else to do it." Interesting. I still put the likelihood of that happening at never.

The half-term governor of Alaska who has a new reality television show coming out soon tells Mary Hart that:

It's going to entail a discussion with my family [and] a real close look at the lay of the land, to consider whether there are those with that common sense, conservative, pro-Constitution passion, whether there are already candidates out there who can do the job... or whether there's nobody willing to do it, to make the tough choices and not care what the critics are going to say about you, just going forward according to what I think the priorities should be.... If there's nobody else to do it, then of course I would believe that we should do this.

This comes three days after John Heilemann floated an intriguing yet improbable President Palin scenario and a day after "the architect," Karl Rove, told the Daily Telegraph, "With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of 'that helps me see you in the Oval Office.'" That's a very good point. But here's another point, one I will continue to make until it sinks in: Palin's unfavorable ratings are so high that she's going nowhere near the White House.

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 28, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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Mr. Capehart,

the reason that Governor Palin has those "unfavorable ratings" is that the leftist media constantly lies like a rug about everyone on the right side of center. nobody could meet the "standards" required of moderates & conservatives by the leftist/extremist/"mainstream" press = nobody.
(if your "profession" cannot find any "dirt" on a person, you simply "invent" some and/or you make "accusations" based on speculation/common gossip/prejudice.)

can you point to any conservative politician, at any level, who is admired/respected/lauded by The Washington COMpost and/or any other "mainstream press outlet"?
(no? i thought not.)

your "profession's outlook" is precisely why the NY Times, Newsweek, the WP & a hundred other "mainstream jounals" are in such deep financial trouble.

the truth is that the "news" (actually leftist propaganda) spewed out onto TV, on magazine pages & newsprint is not trusted by a majority of people any more & many advertizers are unwilling to have their name/products associated with such "rags" & "trash".

when your newspaper, the national magazines & the "powers that run" TV decide that they must be fair/honest/decent/even-handed, perhaps the "mainstream press" won't be failing.
(i hear that The NY Times may declare bankruptcy within 18 months to 2 years. = small loss, imVho.)

note: in my case, i have trusted little published in the "mainstream press" since the "reporters & journalists" told so many outright/knowing/premeditated lies about our warriors, who honorably fought for America/freedom in RVN.
for those of us, who were there & knew that your "profession" lied about the war, there is no hope whatever of us ever trusting "the press" again, absent independent proof that you report stories honestly.

sincerely yours, RetiredMP46
US Army, Retired

Posted by: retiredMP46 | October 28, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Jon "Mr. Racist" Capehart constantly attacks Palin then points out her high negative ratings. He is so pathetic!!!!

Posted by: Jmacaco4 | October 28, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Dear "retiredMP46,"

Thank you for your service to our country.

You are obviously entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. I respectfully submit that you are fairly biased in favor of your own brand of conservatism. You remind me very much of my father, who spends way too much time watching FOX "NEWS" to the exclusion of nearly every other source of information.

In other words: say what you want, but "it ain't necessarily so."

Cheers, and best regards.

Posted by: JFredSmug | October 28, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

That's a very good point. But here's another point, one I will continue to make until it sinks in: Palin's unfavorable ratings are so high that she's going nowhere near the White House.


I remember after the 2008 election Charles Krauthammer remarked that if Palin wanted any serious chance at the Presidency the first thing she needed to do was to hit the library and take the Reagan route to build credibility.

The GOP establishment are already up in arms over the likes of Christine O'Donell they won't tolerate this in 2012.

Posted by: bbface21 | October 28, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

$arah Palin is quite possibly the least focused -- and least able to focus -- political personality I've observed over nearly 45 years. I don't believe she would be able to "hit the library" and this is borne out in her academic record. I'd be the last person to say that our presidents need to come from Ivy League or comparable schools around the country. But my god - we're not talking about the position of local McDonald's franchise manager here. For better or worse, like it or not, the president of the United States is the most powerful person in the world. And she's off doing reality television while SERIOUSLY considering herself to be presidential caliber.

It truly boggles the mind. I fear for my country. Seriously.

Posted by: goldengateview | October 29, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Capehart for continuing to be a voice of reason. Your article is dead-on. Mrs. Palin is by far the least qualified Republican to consider running for President (despite the obviously well-thought out and carefully considered comments by MP46). The only reason anyone should want her to run is if they want to ensure beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Presdient Obama wins a second term.


Posted by: BigAl70 | October 29, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

The only way palin will see the inside of the white house is if she takes a tour. She is legally qualified, but not intellectually qualified.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions1 | October 29, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

I would think she would just ask God and he'd tell her whether to run or not. I'm sure she will tell us soon, what God has told her to do.

PALIN/O'DONNELL 2012! They are what this country deserves.

I'll vote for them if they do a re-enactment of the Britney/Madonna kiss!

Posted by: kparc | October 29, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

MpP pulls out all of the standard FAUX words, chief among them"leftists." I'm willin to bet that he is a birther, that he beleives OB is planning a Muslim takeover of the US, and that he thinks every American should have at least a dozen AK 45's in his home.How satisfying it must be for MP to see the world as black or white.

Posted by: brandon | October 29, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

I can understand how SP sees herself as presidential timber, as clearly she is completely deluded and has no clue as to what she doesn't know. But for the love of God, why are the media enabling her by pretending to entertain (they can't be serious) the possibility of a Palin presidency?!! Judging from recent polling, it appears that the general public doesn't, by a large margin, view her as a viable candidate for our highest office. Are the media using this woman for her entertainment value?

Posted by: hermania | October 29, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Palin isn't really interested in running for president, she is just interested in keeping the "Palin" brand marketable just like Newt. She doesn't appear to be someone who really wants to work that hard or shoulder that much responsibility (part of reason she is no longer governor). Keeping her brand viable for speaker payments and TV jobs is far more interest. If she can sway an election or two with her status, that's an added bonus.

Posted by: mkl1 | October 29, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

For cryin' out loud, W is on record saying she has no business getting near the White House. That's worse than Elmer Fudd saying you have no business going hunting.

Posted by: Candressuhmoose | October 29, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Good God! Blonde ET hairdo interviews Palin in wide-eyed wonder, gushing over the wonderfulness of her life?

What the heck are you folks at ET playing at? This is not a long-run national ratings game, this is about the future of this country!

I have never though of ET as being more than a cheap, glittering confection. This kind of segment shows that its laced with toxic chemicals.

Posted by: micost51 | October 29, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I hope the mean girl runs. She should have to put up or shut up. Of course, she will sit on the sidelines pondering her options to continue bringing in the big bucks until she endorses some other nutjob! Then, the quitter can criticize without ever having to govern or do anything, except take payoffs from faux news and the koch bros. Please run, lose and GO HOME!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: hockeymom1 | October 29, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

"The only way palin will see the inside of the white house is if she takes a tour. She is legally qualified, but not intellectually qualified."

Due to Palin's associations with separatists like her husband, the First Dud, the White House could most likely bar her from taking the tour as an enemy of the state.

Posted by: Observer691 | October 29, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Please,oh Please. Tea partiers and other "Real Americans" convince Sarah Palin to run!

You know she should- She must, FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY! Besides, I missed President Obama's first inauguration, but I won't miss the second one.....

Posted by: interactidiomas | October 29, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Run? Run for what? Does Wasalia need a dog catcher? Of course, I'm not sure she's qualified - you know half term in office and full time "snake oil" peddler. I believe she'll find it hard to give up making millions off the gullible for 400K a year.

Posted by: tmcn2 | October 29, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

PALIN's appeal is also her biggest drawback...she glorifies ignorance. Low information voters want to send a message that high levels of intellect and education can be as crippling as it is helpful in solving problems, and they may be correct to an extent. OBAMA himself has a problem with "analysis paralysis". But most everyone capable of rational thought will eventually come down on the side of informed rather than uninformed. Many of us are angry with our current conundrums, but we haven't abandoned reason, rational thought, and reality to vent our emotions. PALIN is PURE emotion...she has yet to make a single coherent policy statement regarding anything.

Posted by: mrtimmaulden | October 29, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

brandon; all,

"brandon": like so many other "dingbats" & most of the other leftists here, you "know not & know not that you know not".
the arrogant ignorance & utter foolishness of "the American left" & particuliarly that of "the obama worshipers"/DIMocRATS is in just one word: astounding. = most of the committed "bho worshipers" are so clueless that one wonders how they manage to rise, unaided, from bed each morning & dress themselves.

otoh, "brandon", please keep posting your "exhibition of arrogant stupidity" so that we can all have a good belly-laugh at your expense. - in these days, a good laugh is needed by most normal people, given the sad state of our nation, that is (in the main) caused by "know nothings of the left".

fwiw, as a long-serving soldier, the AK series of weapons is INFERIOR in accuracy (and in nearly every other way) to most of the modern military weapons made in the west.
imVho, the sole commendable quality of the AK series of rifles is that the AK will shoot each & every time, even when filled with mud/trash/sand/rust/etc. & badly maintained. - for that reason, i see no reason to own an AK & do not.

to all: the more i learn about self-important/self-righteous DIMocRATS, Obama (the arrogant, weakling) & "the American left", the better i like poisonous spiders, venomous reptiles & scorpions.

sincerely yours, RetiredMP46

Posted by: retiredMP46 | October 29, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

As a resident of Alaska, I can tell you that Mr. Capehart is right-on. Palin not only lacks the support of voters in the lower 48, she has lost the support of moderate Alaskans due to her extreme and embarrassing behaviors.

Posted by: aksensible | October 29, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Palin/O'Donnell 2012 a dream ticket. How soon this pair is dubbed "Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee"

Posted by: shaik1 | October 30, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Palin/O'Donnell 2012 a dream ticket. How soon this pair is dubbed "Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee"

Posted by: shaik1 | October 30, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Lol. If Palin runs... more Saturday Night Live material. lol. Palin is a Giant Joke.. and please God.. don't let her run.. as a woman she's already a Huge Embarrassment. And McDonnell is over the top.
Current tea party backed/Palin backed candidates are an embarrassment .. we need to raise the bar on candidates who run. The world must be laughing at us Americans when they look at these candidates!

Posted by: HopeForAmerica | October 30, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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