“They do come pretty close to saying they’d love to see Sarah Palin be the (Presidential) nominee,”

(CBS News) Sarah Palin begins a bus tour Sunday that has all the trappings of a presidential campaign.

If the un-vetted, ill-prepared, immature, vindictive, and unethical former GOP vice presidential nominee actually does enter the GOP fray, would the White House worry, or quietly celebrate? 

“They do come pretty close to saying they’d love to see Sarah Palin be the (Presidential) nominee,” CBS News political analyst John Dickerson observed to “Early Show on Saturday Morning” co-anchor Russ Mitchell. “And why would they love that? Well, because she, among voters, is unpopular. And also, particularly among independent voters, she’s quite unpopular, (with) 70 percent saying they wouldn’t vote for her. They also had serious qualms about her qualifications for office.

But, Dickerson added, “If (President Obama’s re-election campaign is) cocky about Sarah Palin being the nominee, they have to worry about her getting in the race at all because, what could happen is, while she might not get the nomination, her entrance into the race would create a lot of interest in the Republican field, and a lot of voters would be watching these debates and things and, while they may not sign up with Sarah Palin, they might see another candidate, (for example) Tim Pawlenty or Mitt Romney and think, ‘Wow, maybe they’d make a good president.’ And that’s not something they’d like to see.” 

There are also, Dickerson pointed out, GOP candidates who concern the White House.

“You can,” he noted, “tell pretty much who worries the White house by who they target. Now, targeting doesn’t necessarily mean they’re critical. In fact the White House does it by killing them with kindness. They talk about Mitt Romney’s plan for health care in Massachusetts, how that was a model for the Obama effort. Well, that’s poison inside the Republican race, where they attack Romney for his health care plan in Massachusetts. And they do the same thing with Jon Huntsman, former ambassador to China, ambassador under President Obama. They said he did a great job and that, of course, is also problematic for Huntsman within the Republican race, because the Republicans wonder what he was doing working for President Obama. So, those are two who worry the president, and (cause concern) at the White House.”

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney are expected to officially toss their hats into the GOP ring over the next few days, but Dickerson told Mitchell the announcement this week of Palin’s bus tour had little, if any impact on the timing.

“They were moving toward making an announcement,’ Dickerson said, “so the dates of their actual announcements probably were fixed. There’s no evidence that Palin changed them. But the announcement of the announcement for those candidates, at least in Mitt Romney’s case, he announced that next week in New Hampshire, he’ll make it official. That came on the heels of the Palin news. One of the reasons they string out these announcements is so that they can jump into the news cycle when they need to. Romney was able to do that right after the Palin news, so he was a part of the conversation.”

Palin, says Dickerson, has time to make her decision. “She can continue this dance where is she or isn’t she getting in the race? She’s got till the fall. So she can go out there, test the waters, continue to talk about the things that interest her, and if she decides in the end not to run, she hasn’t hurt her brand, which is only burnished by getting out there and meeting with the folks who love her so much.” 

Mitchell referred to one poll in which former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was running first, even though he/s not even in the race.

That, Dickerson remarked, “says the story line continues. Which is that a lot of Republicans are not happy with the current field. Rudy Giuliani is not particularly running. He’s not in a lot of polls. He had a rather disastrous race last time, in 2008. He started at the top of the polls and then went straight down. But what it shows is that, in an Associated Press poll recently, forty-five percent of Republicans said they weren’t happy with the current field. And so this unfocused unhappiness kind of attaches to whoever is out there, even if those people aren’t necessarily running.”

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gindy52
    May 28, 2011 @ 10:16:57

    If Romney or even Huntsman is the nominee neither one will win. A whole lot of information about the Mormon Church’s beliefs would be “out there” for every one to read and try to understand. Most Americans have no idea what they actually believe. One thing that will kill either of them as nominee is the FACT that they are answerable to their church’s president BEFORE ANYONE ELSE, including those who elected them or control their political destiny (corporations). Once those facts become common knowledge, and they will be, all bets are off as to their future as a presidential candidate. Before any primary, Sarah (or any candidate that is not Mormon) can hit either one of them with their religion and the fundies will NOT vote for them. Period.

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  2. climber357
    May 28, 2011 @ 11:52:57

    It would not surprise me if sarah is a Democratic operative.

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  3. WakeUpAmerica
    May 28, 2011 @ 12:22:42

    My favorite potential GOP clown thinking about getting into the clown car is Rick Perry. Not long ago he was talking about his state of Texas seceding (sp) from the union. Now he is thinking about running for president of the union to which he doesn’t want to belong. WTF? Fits right in with the rest of them, doesn’t he?

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  4. Kevin
    May 28, 2011 @ 19:53:42

    WakeUpAmerica,
    Your “(sp)” inspired a suggested slogan for both Perry and SP (given her AIP connections): If you can’t succeed, secede!

    I’m waiting and hoping for a moderate conservative, pro-business Republican candidate who doesn’t understand conservatism to mean tax breaks for the wealthy or big-business ownership of government, and who loves this country and its democracy too much to pursue power by misleading people or stirring up hate. Please wake me up when you see one.

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  5. Lilybart
    May 29, 2011 @ 04:15:17

    Some GOP candidate might look good next to HER, but that doesn’t mean they look good next to President Obama!

    Huntsman family…..typical GOP hypocrites about their religious rules, but good luck telling people you don’t really believe all that stuff.

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  6. genetic denim
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 11:03:48

    You made several good points there. I did a search on the subject and found a good number of folks will consent with your blog.

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