GOP Post-Election Day Goal: Stopping Sarah Palin; Viewed As A “Disaster In Waiting”
Let’s be clear that this is not a Democratic goal, but a Republican one, to stop Sarah Palin from getting anywhere near a presidential nomination, reports Politico.
Interviews with advisers to the main 2012 presidential contenders and with other veteran Republican operatives make clear they see themselves on a common, if uncoordinated, mission of halting the momentum and credibility Palin gained with conservative activists by plunging so aggressively into this year’s midterm campaigns.
There is rising expectation among GOP elites that Palin will probably run for president in 2012 and could win the Republican nomination, a prospect many of them regard as a disaster in waiting.
Many of these establishment figures argue in not-for-attribution comments that Palin’s nomination would ensure President Barack Obama’s reelection, as the deficiencies that marked her 2008 debut as a vice presidential nominee — an intensely polarizing political style and often halting and superficial answers when pressed on policy — have shown little sign of abating in the past two years.
Palin is viewed by Republicans as being about “cult of personality” and not about serious policy and vision for the party. Her decision to quit her job as governor and then opt to go on reality shows hasn’t helped. And a recent poll shows that even a plurality of Republicans don’t believe she’s qualified to be president.Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2010 Liberaland