I’m betting on Sarah Palin running
Transparency alert: I have some investment in Sarah Palin’s future. For one, my husband Tony Hopfinger and I have a book coming out that is partly, but not completely, about her. I have various bets with folks in the office about her potential run. If she wins, I get a few dinners, and get to make Scott Woodham read something he wouldn’t otherwise read. (I’m vacillating between Lionel Shriver and John le Carre.)
But more importantly, I like to think, I can’t imagine a better race than Palin versus Obama. Both have such opposite views of the world, borne out of such different upbringings and experiences. Both are perfect representatives of the factions that have been tearing apart the country, factions that I think have as much to do with geography as ideology. A race between the two will, perhaps for the first time, provide a full public airing of those factions’ respective grievances. And both will bring all of their respective star power to the race. You can say the latter will degrade the process, blah, blah. I say that it will attract the widest audience possible.