Sarah Palin… Is she electable? I would say no.

It appears that Rick Perry may peak too soon. He is leading both in the polls nationally and in Iowa and South Carolina now, too.

By David Helfenbein

His team will have to manage his lead. If his upward trend continues, the Romney team may not even have to attack: the Perry spike could reach a high point and then may begin to taper off on its own.

But while conventional models have shown precedent for such to occur, time is running out for fresh, exciting alternatives to continue telling Perry‘s narrative.

For this reason alone, it seems instead that Perry may have staying power and Romney may actually have to hit him hard. It seems that the first round of attacks may be on his lack of electability in the general election.

But this comes with a large caveat. This may be all the enticing that Sarah Palin needs to enter the race… at exactly the right time.

The same question goes to Palin though. Is she electable? I would say no.

In my last piece I wrote that Perry is. I got quite a few emails saying that he is not.

Define electability. Is it not a malleable term?

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. HudsonElizabeth
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 05:55:33

    Why is the only word used for by so many reporters and pundits when talking about the GOP candidates “electable”? The election is not the end of the process, but the beginning of it. Why won’t anyone talk about their ability? Their character? Their intelligence? Their experiences? Their knowledge of this country’s history and the Constitution? Won’t someone start talking about their qualifications to BE the president instead of only whether they can be elected? Voting for someone should be based on their qualifications, not whether others will vote for them and make them “electable”. That is such a short-sighted and shallow vision of the end of the process — being elected does not matter. Being a good president is what matters, and I am tired of none of these important matters/aspects of the candidates being discussed.


  2. Sally
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 06:05:59

    Thank you, Hudson! You are so right. I am a progressive, but I research the candidates and vote for the person I find most qualified for the job they want. The GOP has one goal: make Obama fail. Period. They don;t care what damage they do to the country, how many people suffer, how many jobs are gone. They will blame everything on the President, and then run their campaign on how awful they think he is. If we don’t get people reading and thinking, anyone the GOP puts up may be ‘electable.’ But good for the country? Not so much.


    • HudsonElizabeth
      Aug 31, 2011 @ 09:23:23

      I came up with a new theory today about why the GOP pundits and consultants seem to only be concerned with the electability — maybe they are thinking that once they get one of “their own” elected they can then take over and tell the new president what to do. In other words, all they really care about is getting a Republican elected and they will then take care of the governing.

      The fallacy of that would be that they better be careful because we know they could not control Sarah and I bet it would be just as hard to have any control over Bachmann or Perry. They all seem to have their agenda to get rid of anything they don’t approve of based on their terribly limited intelligence.


  3. Kalena
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 10:56:26

    Hi Syrin, Have you read at Mudflats today? I would LOVE to hear your opinion since you’re there in the thick of it.


    • Syrin
      Sep 01, 2011 @ 09:32:56

      Thank you for the link. You might not love what I have to say…Well, I don’t know the purpose Jeanne had in reiterating Palin’s behavior in her latest post, most of it was mentioned in the book. I really have nothing to add except this.
      It’s somewhat frustrating to me that Jeanne and Frank had in their possession and access to relevant information that could have possibly helped in bringing Sarah to justice while still in a public position abusing power. Instead Jeanne speaks of a exhaustive two year journey in writing the book. Really? It must have been EXHAUSTIVE keeping this information concealed and to know that you were using information that should have been relinquished as a legal matter years ago, but, is instead used if I dare say.. for personal gain. 
      So, one more aspect I find disingenuous is that Jeanne goes on talking about Palin contemplating doing a reality show while still governor. Does she mention that particular bit of info is directly against the Alaska Executive Ethics Act? NO!
      From her recent post this sentence makes me ask- Who was interviewed? Whilst the time Frank had no idea what Bristol might be referencing, those we interviewed knew exactly…..
      Who was interviewed by Jeanne Devon and her co author? I know that all that was mention concerning me was lifted from my blog or comments made on other blogs. I had much more that could have been added if I had been contacted. As far as I know I’m still one of the only people who actually knows Sarah and Todd. I’ve never spoke to Jeanne or Frank, let alone actually interviewed for the book.


  4. climber357
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 11:38:39

    ¨Sarah Palin… Is she electable? I would say no.¨

    Electable? Is she even likable? I would say no.

    Christine O´Donnell is likable.


  5. newmexicogold
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 20:25:47

    The only people who believe she is electable have Palin Derangement Syndrome, which is roughly 10% of the electorate.

    Crazy is as crazy does.


  6. moinkslinger
    Sep 01, 2011 @ 04:52:25

    I doubt that Sarah Palin could be elected the Mayor of Wasilla now.


  7. martha
    Sep 02, 2011 @ 03:03:54

    This is a great article, very true and funny, very funny. Check out the link, it’s worth it:

    Why Sarah Palin won’t run … and wouldn’t win

    Sarah Palin’s indecisive, thin-skinned, addicted to the spotlight and very well paid for being a “political” personality. What she’s not is ready to run for president

    Palin won’t run — unless it’s to a spotlight or a pot of gold.



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