Sarah Palin has hired a chief of staff, which suggests that she is going to run for President in 2012. [Kolawole, Emi. ” Sarah Palin fuels talks with chief-of-staff hire, ” Washington Post, 2/12/11, downloaded at: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2011/02/sarah-palin-makes-chief-of-sta.html] She has no chance of winning, and her attempt will be very costly to the Republican Party. Here’s why:
1. Sarah Palin soaks up media attention like a sponge. Besides being a former Vice Presidential candidate (running with John McCain in 2008), she is also a reality television star. She has become such a celebrity in recent months that she has even taken stops to trademark her name. [Source: Knickerbocker, Brad. “Sarah Palin Inc. Can she trademark her name?,” Christian Science Monitor, 2/6/11, downloaded at: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/The-Vote/2011/0206/Sarah-Palin-Inc.-Can-she-trademark-her-name]. Unfortunately for the Republican Party, the more attention Sarah Palin gets in an election cycle, the less attention more electable candidates get – and that lack of attention could cost the Republican Presidential nominee big in the general election.
2. Opponents will use Sarah Palin to make the Republican Party look silly. Saturday Night Live was not the only program lampooning Sarah Palin in fall of 2008. As I recall, most news programs joined in the act, portraying her as dimwitted and shallow. Whether the image is true or not, it stuck, and it will stick to the Republican Party if Sarah Palin runs again in 2012.
3. Sarah Palin will shift focus away from the issues that matter to Americans. The hot issues of the moment – and the ones that favor the Republican Party – seem to be economic issues (e.g., job growth, deficit reduction, and tax rates). Palin lacks the expertise necessary to discuss those issues, and will likely focus on others instead. She will thereby inhibit candidates who are more capable of addressing the economic issues (e.g., Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, and Donald Trump).
In short, Sarah Palin could really throw a wrench in the Republican Party ‘ s efforts to win the Presidency in 2012. If she really cares about conservative principles, she should decide not to run for office. Otherwise, she will seriously damage her party and, ultimately, not get elected.
Kolawole, Emi. ” Sarah Palin fuels talks with chief-of-staff hire, ” Washington Post, 2/12/11, downloaded at: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2011/02/sarah-palin-makes-chief-of-sta.html