Howard Dean: Palin could beat Obama in 2012

posted at 6:00 pm on June 5, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Whaddya know? Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, one of the architects of the 2008 Democratic takeover, is wary of inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom. Political insiders who suggest President Barack Obama would trounce former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the 2012 presidential election just might be mistaken, Dean said. In Dean’s opinion, Palin’s popularity outside the District could pose a problem for President Obama if she were to be the Republican nominee.

“I think she could win,” Dean told The Hill in an interview Friday. “She wouldn’t be my first choice if I were a Republican but I think she could win.”

Dean warns the sluggish economy could have more of a political impact than many Washington strategists and pundits assume.

“Any time you have a contest — particularly when unemployment is as high as it is — nobody gets a walkover,” Dean said. “Whoever the Republicans nominate, including people like Sarah Palin, whom the inside-the-Beltway crowd dismisses — my view is if you get the nomination of a major party, you can win the presidency, I don’t care what people write about you inside the Beltway,” Dean said.

Furthermore, Dean suggested the presidential primaries themselves prepare candidates to assume the presidency. Consequently, any candidate who wins the Republican nomination could become president more easily than might commonly be supposed.

Of course, the suspicious, cynical side of me wonders just why Dean is commenting on this in the first place. Is he trying to encourage Republicans to nominate someone he thinks couldn’t actually win? Or to relax Republican candidates who, right now at least, seem relatively aware of just how on-message they need to be to win in 2012?

In any case, the gist of his comments is sound: In 2012, few assumptions are safe.


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YEEEAAARRRGGGGHHHHH! PAAAALLLIIIINNNNN!

Troika37 on June 5, 2011 at 6:03 PM

The Democrats automatically get 45% of the vote. The Republicans automatically get 45% of the vote. Whoever is running just needs to get 5.1% of the remaining 10%. Put Sarah Palin in charge of her own campaign and let her take her message directly to the people, and I think she could win over that 5.1%.

ardenenoch on June 5, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Anyone with a grain of common sense knows you never underestimate an opponent who has the darw and charisma of Palin. Especially someone who has defied the media and refused to be killed off by their venom.

Bill Clinton essentially said the same thing.

darwin on June 5, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Palin was very good on Fox News Sunday this morning. She sounded, well, you know, Presidential. Really.

SlaveDog on June 5, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Next will be hearing Ralph Nader proclaim Sarah Palin a contender. Then Joy Behar. After that, it will be Harold Camping. Finally, Charles Mansion will give his thumbs up.

Meanwhile, back in this universe . . .

keep the change on June 5, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Supporters of other GOP hopefuls–especially Romney, Pawlenty, Hunstman (why bother)–need to step forward for a compelling argument for their candidate…without yawning.

BuckeyeSam on June 5, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Cartoon bubble:

Let’s see; if I can jest convince them hillbilly T-baggers that we Donks are really afeared a that Palin dolt then maybe, them be dummies like her and all, they’ll run after her like the drooling lemmings they is.”

“The old ‘reverse psychology’ ploy I learnt about during my mental health rotation back when I was an intern.”

“Yeah. that’s the ticket.”

Snickers.

“Yearrrraggghhhh!”

Bruno Strozek on June 5, 2011 at 6:11 PM

In this case, we should let the Democrats pick our candidate.

bayview on June 5, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Careful, Tina. The cool right wing bloggers are never going to accept you if you keep writing these moderate-to-supportive things about Sarah Palin.

Hell, you didn’t even slam her supporters as rabid cultists. Do you want to keep your job?

Kensington on June 5, 2011 at 6:13 PM

After this interview, Chris Wallace thinks Palin is “a serious possibility to be President.”

steebo77 on June 5, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Palin was very good on Fox News Sunday this morning. She sounded, well, you know, Presidential. Really.

SlaveDog on June 5, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Chris Wallace was even chatting her up during the Sunday Panel. Speaking of which, at first I couldn’t believe Podesta was on the panel. After Kim Strassel took him to the woodshed, I was happy to see a liberal schooled. And Liasson needs to go. She’s so NPR it’s not even funny. She must have Obama memorabilia all over her house. I’ll take A.B. Stoddard any time.

BuckeyeSam on June 5, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Careful, Tina. The cool right wing bloggers are never going to accept you if you keep writing these moderate-to-supportive things about Sarah Palin.

Hell, you didn’t even slam her supporters as rabid cultists. Do you want to keep your job?

Kensington on June 5, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Let me guess… Axelrod, is that you???

Hey! You people have been attacking Sarah Palin as Obama’s GREATEST FEAR since last year.

Why the change in heart?

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 6:16 PM

SlaveDog on June 5, 2011 at 6:07 PM

steebo77 on June 5, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Watching for the second time today…
She is very good.
Reaganesque, even.

OmahaConservative on June 5, 2011 at 6:17 PM

You know liberals and RINO’s have lost the election when they have no platform to stand on, and plenty of hatred left for Sarah Palin.

They sure do spend a lot of time attacking someone “they say” has no chance.

Why could that be?

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Palin could beat Obama?…… -Now that’s crazy!

Opinionnation on June 5, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Meanwhile, back in this my universe . . .

keep the change on June 5, 2011 at 6:08 PM

LOL

idesign on June 5, 2011 at 6:19 PM

In you read the entire article at The Hill, Palin was just a small part of it. What Dean was saying – and rightly so – is that he is very concerned about the economy and that could do Zippy in.

bw222 on June 5, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Palin could beat Obama?…… -Now that’s crazy!

Opinionnation on June 5, 2011 at 6:19 PM

It’s a “bitter American, clinging to religion and guns” thing.

You wouldn’t understand.

Mmmm… Mmmm…. Mmmmmmmmmm
Palin Beat Obama

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 6:22 PM

It’s a “bitter American, clinging to religion and guns” thing.

You wouldn’t understand.

Mmmm… Mmmm…. Mmmmmmmmmm
Palin Beat Obama

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 6:22 PM

You are probably the funniest commenter on hotair. I just love your witty comments. kudos

TheQuestion on June 5, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Furthermore, Dean suggested the presidential primaries themselves prepare candidates to assume the presidency. Consequently, any candidate who wins the Republican nomination could become president more easily than might commonly be supposed.

This is a point I have been trying to make to anybody-but-Palin commenters for a while. Candidates need to have knowledge, credibility etc., but it’s ludicrous to paint polls over a year prior to the election, and before debates/primaries, as definitive.
If she runs, and wins a couple of significant primaries, I think the numbers will move for her.

Time will tell.

cs89 on June 5, 2011 at 6:24 PM

TheQuestion on June 5, 2011 at 6:24 PM

As long as liberals and RINO’s keep providing the fertilizer…

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Brace yourself London: #Palin is coming your way http://thetim.es/lx85ns (£)

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/

idesign on June 5, 2011 at 6:33 PM

idesign on June 5, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Andrea Mitchell (NBC Newz, Warshingtown) last seen doing the Dean Scream. Auyyyyyfhghhggggh Auyyyyyyfhghhgggh Auyyyyyfdghnggh!

/I wonder if she popped another vein in her forehead.

Auyyyyyyfhghhgggh Auyyyyyfdghnggh!

Key West Reader on June 5, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Key West Reader on June 5, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Animatrons have veins???

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Of course, the suspicious, cynical side of me wonders just why Dean is commenting on this in the first place. Is he trying to encourage Republicans to nominate someone he thinks couldn’t actually win?

Br’er Rabbit. Briar patch. All that.

Careful, Howie. You might get what you wish for.

iurockhead on June 5, 2011 at 6:39 PM

I hope, for once, he’s right. I think she would win the nomination should she choose to run. Her prospects in the general are less compelling.

anuts on June 5, 2011 at 6:39 PM

like a drum.

Frankly, given the current economic climate and the absolute mess the Obama admin is making of it, it’s going to take some really hard work on the part of the establishment wing of the Republican party to come up with a strategy to lose in 2012.

I have no doubt they are working on that strategy, but it’s going to be a lot harder than it was for McCain in 08.

AZfederalist on June 5, 2011 at 6:40 PM

I really think that the LSM and the left which includes the Obama Administration is going to have a snit fit over Herman Cain.

Palin’s not going to run.

Key West Reader on June 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

I don’t know about Howie Dean, but Palin was very strong on the Sunday show today. On her game.

james23 on June 5, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Should be a fun Convention (RNC). It would be nice to hear a speech like the last one she gave….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCDxXJSucF4

repvoter on June 5, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Key West Reader on June 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Palin/Cain or Palin/West would be AWESOME!

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Palin was very good on Fox News Sunday this morning. She sounded, well, you know, Presidential. Really.

SlaveDog on June 5, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Right you are, SlaveDog. She was Presidential in that interview.

SheetAnchor on June 5, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Is Dean still married? His wife seemed oddly normal to be coupled with such a loon.

BHO Jonestown on June 5, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Recent PPP Poll numbers from “the” vital swing state of Ohio, for those who may not have seen these.

Independents in Ohio:
Palin 43%
Obama 42%
Undecided 15%

Overall in Ohio:
Obama 50%
Palin 40%

This may be the reason the Democratic and Republican establishment is worried about Governor Palin.
PPP surveyed 565 Ohio voters from May 19th to 22nd. The margin of error for the survey is +/-4.1%.

Note: PPP oversampled Democrats by 10%. Thus Palin is tied or ahead of Obama in the overall poll numbers based upon 2010 and 2008 Ohio election ratios of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

Link is below. Independent data is on page 12.

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_OH_0524513.pdf

SheetAnchor on June 5, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Palin’s not going to run.

Key West Reader on June 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Is this your opinion, wishful thinking or do you have inside info?

chief on June 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM

BHO Jonestown on June 5, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Mrs. Arrrgggghhhh is holding the key to the meds locker.

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Is he trying to encourage Republicans to nominate someone he thinks couldn’t actually win?

YEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!

Jim Treacher on June 5, 2011 at 6:52 PM

The key in 2012 is persuading Reagan Democrats. Guess who’s doing all the reaching out to working-class people in blue states?

Sekhmet on June 5, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Anthony Tweet Weiner could get my vote against Obama!!

PappyD61 on June 5, 2011 at 6:55 PM

SheetAnchor on June 5, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Holy crap, this is big. Go to 270towin or your favorite 2012 map appy. From the 2008 map, flip VA, NC, FL, and IN. Now flip OH. That would mean we only need CO OR NM OR NV, not all three, to win

Sekhmet on June 5, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Still can’t figure out why Dean would say this. There must be reason. Or masbe there isn’t.

MaiDee on June 5, 2011 at 6:59 PM

From CBS News today:

Palin: Is “The Undefeated” Running for President?
by Jan Crawford

“Sarah Palin is either running for President or she should be.

That’s the take away from the “The Undefeated,” the new movie about Palin’s life and leadership set to hit theaters next month. Billed as a documentary–though told in a fast-paced and dramatic style–the two-hour movie is an unabashed defense of the former Alaska governor that leaves the distinct impression her presidential candidacy not only is possible, but inevitable.

By tracing her political rise in Alaska, her battles with Big Oil and the Republican establishment, and her accomplishments as governor, the movie argues one overriding point: Sarah Palin is a seasoned executive who is more than qualified to be President.”

Very interesting read from CBS. Link below.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504564_162-20069135-504564.html

SheetAnchor on June 5, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Dean suggested the presidential primaries themselves prepare candidates to assume the presidency.

Yeah Dean. Obama really knows what he’s doing, doesn’t he?

GarandFan on June 5, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Is Dean still married? His wife seemed oddly normal to be coupled with such a loon.

BHO Jonestown on June 5, 2011 at 6:47 PM

She’s a doctor too. I wonder if they write each other prescriptions?

BTW a lot of folks don’t know that they have raised their two kids in the Jewish faith. Wonder how the MSM would have “reported” that had Daffy himself won the nomination?

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2011 at 7:04 PM

SheetAnchor on June 5, 2011 at 6:50 PM
Holy crap, this is big. Go to 270towin or your favorite 2012 map appy. From the 2008 map, flip VA, NC, FL, and IN. Now flip OH. That would mean we only need CO OR NM OR NV, not all three, to win.

Sekhmet on June 5, 2011 at 6:57 PM

And New Mexico, a blue state, just elected a Republican Governor, Susanna Martinez in the 2010 election.

SheetAnchor on June 5, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Holy crap, this is big. Go to 270towin or your favorite 2012 map appy. From the 2008 map, flip VA, NC, FL, and IN. Now flip OH. That would mean we only need CO OR NM OR NV, not all three, to win.

Sekhmet on June 5, 2011 at 6:57 PM

PA might be do-able, too.

steebo77 on June 5, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Remember when the MSM ignored the fact that Dean was the Governor of a state of less than 700 thousand during is Presidential campaign while they pushed the meme that Bush was GOV of a state with a weak Governorship? Yeh he just had 25 million or so people in Texas. I know -there is no liberal bias.

CW on June 5, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Voters are paying attention to pocketbook issues. ObaMao does not address these very real concerns. He has no sense of what creates a vibrant economy and growth. Palin gets the root of the problem and provides solutions that voters understand. She is smart to mingle with the American people and not depend on staged rallies of the already committed.

Palin’s interview with Wallace was quite good. Would President Pantywaist fare so well with the same questions?

onlineanalyst on June 5, 2011 at 7:13 PM

He was only saying that if things don’t improve significantly, almost any GOP candidate could beat Obama in 2012. His statement makes some sense, but his own political instincts are a bit lacking. Witness his notion that Huntsman is a greater threat.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on June 5, 2011 at 7:13 PM

I know -there is no liberal bias.

CW on June 5, 2011 at 7:12 PM

AND they don’t regularly oversample Democrats by 10-20%

/s

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 7:14 PM

I really think that the LSM and the left which includes the Obama Administration is going to have a snit fit over Herman Cain….

Key West Reader on June 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Who?

Are Time and Mark Halperin Racist? Herman Cain Omitted Twice in GOP Oddsmaking

The liberals will not admit the existence of black conservatives or Republicans.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2011 at 7:20 PM

The liberals will not admit the existence of black conservatives or Republicans.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Unless they jump ships. Remember, the Left actually filed War Crimes charges at The Hague against Colon Powell, but when he endorsed O’bama in 2008, they exonerated him.

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Palin’s interview with Wallace was quite good.
onlineanalyst on June 5, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Indeed she demonstrated a working grasp of important domestic and foreign policy issues.

SheetAnchor on June 5, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2011 at 7:26 PM

We need a new GOP who aggressively eviscerate the left EVERY TIME they resort (as they invariably do) to the name calling they’ve called every Black conservative.

Ted Rall comes to mind.

RINO’s don’t fight back, conservatives do.

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM

She must transcend politics, like Reagan did.

True_King on June 5, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Another road trip this summer.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2730295/posts

Sarah to London in July to meet…..

ny59giants on June 5, 2011 at 7:37 PM

“Careful, Tina. The cool right wing bloggers are never going to accept you if you keep writing these moderate-to-supportive things about Sarah Palin.

Hell, you didn’t even slam her supporters as rabid cultists. Do you want to keep your job?

Kensington on June 5, 2011 at 6:13 PM”

lol +eleventy

TinaGoddess <3

lansing quaker on June 5, 2011 at 7:46 PM

TinaGoddess <3

lansing quaker on June 5, 2011 at 7:46 PM

to the nth degree

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Of course, the suspicious, cynical side of me wonders just why Dean is commenting on this in the first place.

He is planting seeds for fundraising, Tina.

“Palin can win! Donate now to help us stop her!!”

portlandon on June 5, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Next will be hearing Ralph Nader proclaim Sarah Palin a contender. Then Joy Behar. After that, it will be Harold Camping. Finally, Charles Mansion will give his thumbs up.

Meanwhile, back in this universe . . . my parents basement….

keep the change on June 5, 2011 at 6:08 PM

portlandon on June 5, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Reverse psychology. Dean thinks that if the Democrats start talking up Palin’s chances then maybe the Republicans will actually nominate her and that would be good news for Obama…however, if the economy continues to tank..who knows? Ron Paul might actually have a shot at it. Just kidding.

Terrye on June 5, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Terrye on June 5, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Either way, the milquetoasts u support Pawlnety, Daniels n their ilk are getting nowhere.

promachus on June 5, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Reverse psychology. …
Terrye on June 5, 2011 at 8:11 PM

That was my first thought, too. Dean surely has zero respect for Sarah. Who does he think he’s fooling?

KS Rex on June 5, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Br’er Rabbit. Briar patch. All that.

10 out of 10.
Palin supporters want her to run and so does the Democratic party.

Careful, Howie. You might get what you wish for.

iurockhead on June 5, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Why be careful when Palin would be an incredibly weak opponent for the President?
I say “Let her run”.

chumpThreads on June 5, 2011 at 8:35 PM

chumpThreads on June 5, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Do you know how to spell that sound that Dean makes?

hawkdriver on June 5, 2011 at 8:39 PM

“They will tell you who they fear!”

Doesn’t seem like they fear her. Howard Dean seems pretty psyched for a Palin nomination, actually. Because he knows how that’s going to end.

Vyce on June 5, 2011 at 8:41 PM

hawkdriver on June 5, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Weren’t they telling us to run her less than a year ago???
Now they want Romney?

Ahhhh… The sweet smell of liberal fear!!

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Doesn’t seem like they fear her.

Vyce on June 5, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Liberals and RINO’s fear her greatly because they can’t control her or hurt her, and she CAN hurt them both in oh so many ways.

Look at the paparazzi chasing after her for example.

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Dean surely has zero respect for Sarah.

KS Rex on June 5, 2011 at 8:33 PM

I doubt that very much. Of all people, Dean would know about grassroots campaigning. He surely thought he had a good chance running an insurgent grassroots campaign in 2004. He ought to believe that it is possible to pull off in the right environment.

alwaysfiredup on June 5, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Because he knows how that’s going to end.

Vyce on June 5, 2011 at 8:41 PM

I don’t think either he or you have any idea how it’s going to end, frankly.

alwaysfiredup on June 5, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Come election night, Pennsylvania will be one of the first states to report. If it goes red, buh-bye Barry.

SouthernGent on June 5, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Reverse psychology. …
Terrye on June 5, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Well see, that would be so, if they hadn’t spent the majority of their time trying to rip her apart, but no – from the get go they’ve been trying shape the “dumb narrative” ect… you don’t do that when you are trying to build up of a weak candidate to beat easily. And if they’re trying it now, its a bit late to reverse course on the narrative they’ve been proceeding from.

Sharr on June 5, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Palin’s not going to run.

Key West Reader on June 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

You sure repeat yourself a lot. Must be an old guy.

bw222 on June 5, 2011 at 9:02 PM

In 2012, few assumptions are safe.

Like the assumption that Obama won’t be challenged in a primary.

Kevin71 on June 5, 2011 at 9:04 PM

I think Dean is genuinely worried about a Republican beating Obama because of jobs and the economy

He is trying to send his party a message and believes the most effective way to get their attention is by mentioning Palin because she is the one they fear and hate the most.

bw222 on June 5, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Let them all run……the more competition the better.

Heck let Perry, Christ Christie, Paul Ryan, Jeb, all of them!!!

PappyD61 on June 5, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Like the assumption that Obama won’t be challenged in a primary.

Kevin71 on June 5, 2011 at 9:04 PM

That would be sweet, a disaster for the Democrats in the making. The one they crowned genius, failed “trust us with a new guy”.

the ads would be glorious!

Sharr on June 5, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Deans words need to measured against the backdrop of how they’ve treated Sarah Palin up until this point, all previous actions indicates they fear her. This is either a true admission or a too smart by half “fake out” on Deans part.

Sharr on June 5, 2011 at 9:09 PM

You sure repeat yourself a lot. Must be an old guy.

bw222 on June 5, 2011 at 9:02 PM

As if a young guy wasn’t as gullible as your typical Obama voter still expecting Obama to pay your mortgage and gas bill?

LOL!

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Suggested title for the 2012 elections:

“The biggest loser, ULTIMATE edition!”

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 5, 2011 at 9:13 PM

I have my concerns about a Palin candidacy, but the reason I think the Obama camp is so afraid of her is that a contest between her and Barry has the very real potential of showing Barry to be the…well, the jerk, that he is.

I don’t think Obama likes women very much, and I think he could melt down in a debate or an interview and say some very nasty things to/about Palin that have nothing to do with her record and everything to do with her gender. If that happens — and I think it’s very likely — he’s done.

Rational Thought on June 5, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Vyce on June 5, 2011 at 8:41 PM

But we know we can count on you though if she entered and won the primary, right?

hawkdriver on June 5, 2011 at 9:19 PM

idesign on June 5, 2011 at 6:35 PM

behind a wall. any addtional info on this?

unseen on June 5, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Deans words need to measured against the backdrop of how they’ve treated Sarah Palin up until this point, all previous actions indicates they fear her. This is either a true admission or a too smart by half “fake out” on Deans part.

Sharr on June 5, 2011 at 9:09 PM

notice he mentioned Palin as in “EVen she could beat him. as if the worse candidate could beat him if the economy stays soft. this was no ringing endorsement.

unseen on June 5, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Ignore what the Dems say. Otherwise we’re going to be constantly second guessing them and ourselves. Whether they praise our candidates or pan them, they do not have our best interests at heart.

alwaysfiredup on June 5, 2011 at 9:32 PM

if Palin wins, she should hire Dean as press secretary. should be wicked fun to watch

maineconservative on June 5, 2011 at 10:22 PM

I have my concerns about a Palin candidacy, but the reason I think the Obama camp is so afraid of her is that a contest between her and Barry has the very real potential of showing Barry to be the…well, the jerk, that he is.

I don’t think Obama likes women very much, and I think he could melt down in a debate or an interview and say some very nasty things to/about Palin that have nothing to do with her record and everything to do with her gender. If that happens — and I think it’s very likely — he’s done.

Rational Thought on June 5, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Very well said. Have thought this — all of it — for some time.

inviolet on June 5, 2011 at 10:29 PM

In this case, we should let the Democrats pick our candidate.

bayview on June 5, 2011 at 6:11 PM

..if we are not careful and with some states allowing crossover primaries, we might be doing just that. On the other hand, maybe we should pray for the Dems to primary The Chicago Jesus and do it to ‘em also.

The War Planner on June 5, 2011 at 11:17 PM

“They will tell you who they fear!”

Doesn’t seem like they fear her. Howard Dean seems pretty psyched for a Palin nomination, actually. Because he knows how that’s going to end.

Vyce on June 5, 2011 at 8:41 PM

They absolutely do fear her. Do you think they’ve disparaged her for 3 years just because it’s fun for them? They’d leave it up to the second rate comedians on SNL if that were the case. They’re better at it.

This is a clarion call to the DNC base. Dean may be a complete freakazoid but he’s not a total imbecile despite proof to the contrary. He knows that the person that scares the base the most is Gov. Palin. I’d guess that the internal polls don’t look so hot for O’Bowmao and this is their attempt to signal to their base that they must turn out to vote for their boy next November. The base isn’t all that enthralled with the Golfer in Chief these days since he’s barely followed through on any of his campaign promises. And I’d bet if there were a poll taken of Democrats, the majority would admit that they regret voting for him in the 08 primary against the Shrill.

rmel80 on June 6, 2011 at 1:15 AM

BTW a lot of folks don’t know that they have raised their two kids in the Jewish faith. Wonder how the MSM would have “reported” that had Daffy himself won the nomination?

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2011 at 7:04 PM

I think they’d play it up because it would be cool.

In fact, it could be great to have a Jewish President, if he or she were conservative. Imagine: Dennis Prager for President!

(However, once we elect a Jewish President, it would be prudent to expect and prepare for a few grumbles, perhaps even some strongly worded letters, from Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, etc.)

Mary in LA on June 6, 2011 at 1:27 AM

Still can’t figure out why Dean would say this. There must be reason. Or masbe there isn’t.

MaiDee on June 5, 2011 at 6:59 PM

There usually is a reason with national Democrats…

But Dean hides it well enough by saying: “She wouldn’t be my first choice if I were a Republican…”

scotash on June 6, 2011 at 2:45 AM

Donald Duck could beat the Won.

Kissmygrits on June 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Meanwhile, back in this universe . . .

keep the change on June 5, 2011 at 6:08 PM

. . . the ostriches still have their head in the sand.

dominigan on June 6, 2011 at 12:42 PM