With the Midterm elections over, some are already preparing for the presidential election. As these groups prepare, a new voice has risen. From the depths of the Republican Party, a strong voice has united under one banner, the banner of solidarity against a common enemy. That voice rings loud and true, and it says clearly, “Sarah Palin must be stopped.”
That’s right, even the GOP wants to neuter the pit bull or grizzly bear, whichever. A Politico article elaborates, “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.”
The reasoning behind this decision is surprisingly logical. They believe if Palin runs, President Barack Obama will be re-elected. To counter-act the Palinmobile, the anti-Palin group hopes to find a candidate it actually likes, one it doesn’t think is crazy and too unqualified to lead a bake sale, much less a country.
I want to make it clear right now, I am not against Palin running, because I’ll vote Libertarian anyway. I am against the idea of Palin winning—and not because she’s a woman. I agree with the Republicans in that I don’t think she’s qualified to be president. Granted that’s never stopped anyone before.
Another problem the GOP has with her is her apparent disdain for the “establishment” as the article calls it, and in return the establishment disdains her. To be fair, other presidents have run on that idea. John F. Kennedy ran on youth and change the same as Obama did, and Abraham Lincoln ran on the ticket of a relatively new political party.
So by running on change and being anti-establishment she’s not really doing anything new. Neither is she the first person eager to run and been rebuffed by her party. Theodore Roosevelt was highly disliked by his fellow Republicans, so they made him run as vice president figuring it would keep him down. That worked out well.
Now some might be thinking the GOP is out of line by wanting to prevent Palin from being president. Sure, she’s unqualified, but like I said that never stopped anyone from running before. If she wants to run, maybe the Republicans should let her. If nothing else it would be a moral victory for the Republicans for standing up for the American Dream.
Though they might lose an election, or worse, gain a terrible president, they could say proudly they were willing to let a humble wolf slaughterer with no experience and a disturbing love of vicious dogs and bears a chance to be President of this mighty nation of the people, for the people and by the people.
Or they can do everything in their power to stop her and prove to the people how out of touch they are with America. Either way doesn’t look good for the American people; but shouldn’t we get to decide that? Is not the point of our republic that we get to elect our leaders based on their qualifications and ability to serve us? Maybe the GOP should think about public relations more than worrying about an eccentric Alaskan.