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Sarah Steps Closer to 2012



What many won’t admit, even her enemies, is that without Sarah Palin in the race it won’t be nearly as exciting…. for Republicans especially. The level of interest without Palin on the primary docket will fall like a rock from an Alaskan bush plane.

Sarah Palin confirms what’s been obvious for a very long time. She’s considering seriously running in ’12. As you’ll see in her interview, via ABC and Barbara Walters, she also believes she can beat Pres. Obama. After the midterms, every Republican feels this way.

In fact, if Obama was a stock the advice would be sell.

At a private meeting on Tuesday afternoon, George Soros, a longtime supporter of progressive causes, voiced blunt criticism of the Obama administration, going so far as to suggest that Democratic donors direct their support somewhere other than the president.

It’s this feeling that Obama’s beatable that will drive everything Republicans do in Congress until the 2012 elections. Legislation isn’t their goal, nor is addressing issues. It’s all about taking full control, the White House and including the Senate. It’s the only way they can gut health care.

Palin’s interview in the Sunday Times Magazine is part of the end of the year tour by a woman who has had a remarkable 2010 by anyone’s standard.

The caricature of Palin as a vapid, winking, press-averse clotheshorse proved irresistible to late-night entertainers. Less well known was the Palin who agitated for more access to the media (other than Katie Couric), who was seen more than once passed out on her hotel bed half-buried in briefing books and index cards and whose thriftiness when it came to her wardrobe was so obvious that one senior strategist clucked of the Palins, “These people shop at Dillards!”

[...] Palin became testy when I asked her about the books I heard she had been reading. “I’ve been reading since I was a little girl,” she snapped. “And my mom is standing 15 feet away from me, and I should put her on the phone with you right now so she can tell you. That’s what happens when you grow up in a house full of teachers – you read; and I always have. Just because – and,” she continued, though in a less blistering tone, “I don’t want to come across sounding caustic or annoyed by this issue: because of one roll-of-the-eye answer to a question I gave, I’m still dealing with this,” she said, referring to her interview with Katie Couric. “There’s nothing different today than there was in the last 43 years of my life since I first started reading. I continue to read all that I can get my hands on – and reading biographies of, yes, Thatcher for instance, and of course Reagan and the John Adams letters, and I’m just thinking of a couple that are on my bedside, I go back to C.S. Lewis for inspiration, there’s such a variety, because books have always been important in my life.” She went on: “I’m reading [the conservative radio host] Mark Levin’s book; I’ll get ahold of Glenn Beck’s new book – and now because I’m opening up,” she finished warily, “I’m afraid I’m going to get reporters saying, Oh, she only reads books by Glenn Beck.”

I explained to Palin that in my view, at least, this line of inquiry wasn’t gratuitous – that questions did in fact linger about her “gravitas gap.” Didn’t she think, for example, that the Republican kingmakers who were now supposedly scheming to kneecap her were mainly just concerned about how voters viewed her? “If that were the case, then they need to be courageous enough to put their names behind their criticisms,” she said, referring to anonymous quotations attacking her. “As I replied to Politico, these fellows want to be trusted to tend to our nation’s economic woes? They want to be trusted to take on the likes of Ahmadinejad, but they won’t take on a hockey mom from Wasilla? Until they do that, I dismiss them.”

Murkowski prevailing in her Lieberman-esque move to oust Joe Miller, who collapsed in on himself through his own mistakes, means nothing to Sarah. Nor does the other endorsement failures. Palin has been on a trajectory that no one can stop.

Sarah Palin’s “death panels” squeal was the cry heard round the nation that invigorated the Tea Party and beat Obama and the Democrats who were too busy laughing at her and resting on their hubris to realize she was about to cause the biggest problem for Democrats by demonizing health care legislation in a way that couldn’t be turned around.

Because Palin often works 20-hour days, so does Mansour, because “the governor reads, checks and approves everything that’s under her name.” Mansour regularly spars with the media on her private Twitter account for perceived inaccuracies about Palin. At the same time, she acknowledged, “I love it when they underestimate her.”

In truth, few are underestimating Sarah Palin anymore. In that endearing manner of the Beltway echo chamber, the prevailing narrative of Palin in 2009 was that that she was an incompetent ditz. This year’s story line is that she is a social-media visionary who purposefully circumnavigated the power-alley gasbags and thereby constructed a new campaigning template for the ages.

As a feminist who wants to see a female president, it’s just too bad Sarah Palin’s politics are so antithetical to mine. However, I’ve never once discounted her political instincts or talent. In fact, what’s happened is pretty much following a script.

I’ve also warned continually about the incompetent political machine of Pres. Obama, his White House, the DNC and OFA, beginning back when Democrats lost the health care messaging campaign to Sarah Palin.

So there’s a reason Palin thinks she can beat Obama. She’s done it before.

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