(h/t Newsmax – see article here)
Jennifer Jacobs, chief political writer at the Des Moines Register, spoke with some of the top political observers and bloggers in Iowa to find out what they thought about a presidential run for Sarah Palin. They’ve listed eight reasons why she should, and eight reasons why she should not run. I’ve listed a few, along with my take on their views.
Some of the reasons she should run:
– She believes she can win
– She can fire up the base
– Tea party power
– She’s a money magnet
– She’s already been vetted
– She has a winning message
Sounds like she’s got it in the bag! Need I go on? All of these things are true. She is confident, tough and tenacious, and she’s definitely a fighter. She’s been through the ringer with the media, and never wavered. The main stream media, liberal Democrats, and even those in her own party, have dug up every bit of dirt on Governor Palin, and have come up with nothing, zip, zero, nada. There are no skeletons in her closet. And, her message is clear. Americans are tired of the reckless spending, and they’re tired of not being listened to by the people that were elected to represent them. Enough is enough.
Some reasons why she shouldn’t run:
– High negatives
– Indecision a turn off
– She’s a half-term governor
– Allergy to reporters
– Attacks on family
It’s true that she does have high negatives. However, if she did become the Republican nominee, the party would get behind her. As to her “indecision”, she has every right to weigh her options, check out the field, and decide on what’s right for her. The media, and others, are just angry, because she’s not doing things in the traditional timetables…it’s just one more reason for them to criticize her.
People have also criticized Palin relentlessly for leaving office mid-way through her term. However, she felt it was the right thing to do, not only for herself and her family, but for the people of Alaska. It was costing her, and the taxpayers, a fortune to fight off all of the frivolous, completely baseless lawsuits thrown at her by people only looking to smear her name and destroy her career. The costs to taxpayers were estimated at just under $2 million. In addition to the financial hardship it was causing, there was also the matter of the time it was taking away from her duties, as well as those of her staff and state lawyers, to fight the charges.
As to the “allergy to reporters”, I find this quite entertaining, to be frank. It seems awfully bold of the media to demand anything of her, since they’ve never given one iota of consideration to her and her family. During Palin’s One Nation tour, the media resorted to paparazzi tactics, because Sarah wouldn’t give them her itinerary. And why should she? She’s a private citizen, running for no political office. She didn’t owe them a thing. I say good for her, for turning the tables on the entire angry, mean-spirited lot of them. Now, some may say that she needs the media, as do all presidential candidates, if she wants favorable press. Ha! Like that’s ever going to happen. Their only mission is to destroy her, in every sense of the word. Again, she owes them nothing.
Some think the attacks on Sarah and her family have taken a toll. I don’t know how much it has affected her poll numbers, but even though she hasn’t even announced her candidacy, she’s still polling higher than half of the current candidates. What happens if and when she does throw her hat in the ring remains to be seen. I, for one, look forward to that day.