Sarah Palin for President
posted at 12:10 pm on May 25, 2011 by Michael van der Galien
No, no, don’t take that as an endorsement. It’s merely a summary of what Andrew Sullivan argues in his latest post on Sarah Palin:
Palin has been airbrushed out of the GOP race by the entire scene – from Politico to National Review. And yet, for some unfathomable reason, she has secretly put together an hour long
“Triumph Of The Will” “Evita” “Undefeated” documentary that will attempt to do what Josh Green tried: to reframe her as a visionary reformer. (“Undefeated” is another odd lie, of course. She lost the last general election overwhelmingly and would almost certainly have lost re-election in Alaska if she hadn’t quit. But we’re in postmodern Republican land here, so logic is not of the utmost concern.) More to the point, it’s going to air in Iowa next month.
Why would someone who has decided not to run do that?
You’ve got to love that Godwin from Andrew; “Triumph of the Will”. Ha-ha. Yeah. Great one, Andrew. That’s really creative; equating Republicans with Nazis. Nobody’s ever done that before. Nope.
In any case, Andrew goes on to quote Scott Conroy at Real Clear Politics. He reports:
[“The Undefeated”] is a two-hour-long, sweeping epic, a rough cut of which [filmmaker Stephen K.] Bannon screened privately for Sarah and Todd Palin last Wednesday in Arizona, where Alaska’s most famous couple has been rumored to have purchased a new home. When it premieres in Iowa next month, the film is poised to serve as a galvanizing prelude to Palin’s prospective presidential campaign — an unconventional reintroduction to the nation that she and her political team have spent months eagerly anticipating, even as Beltway Republicans have largely concluded that she won’t run. Bannon, a former naval officer and ex-Goldman Sachs banker, sees his documentary as the first step in Palin’s effort to rebuild her image in the eyes of voters who may have soured on her, yet might reconsider if old caricatures begin to fade.
Although Andrew’s reasoning makes sense, the chances of a Palin candidacy are rather small. Most experts believe she won’t run and they’re probably right. After all, why should she? She’s doing (very) well financially, she’s a household name and probably has a blast being responsible for herself, rather than for an entire state or even the entire country. Oh, and she can count on the admiration of millions of Americans who love her for her ‘common sense conservatism’ and down to earth mentality (or perhaps I should say public mask).
Having said that, if she decides to run, she’ll undoubtedly have a profound impact. Although recent polls suggests she’s have a hard time winning over a majority of Republican voters, she hasn’t lost the race beforehand. Palin is a strong woman, she is a born and natural leader; that kind of character appeals to voters.
This post first appeared at Right Across The Atlantic: the Internet home for European and American conservatives, classically liberals and (sane) libertarians.