Originally Posted by SDW2001
... while I agree with a lot of what she stands for, I find her SO annoying to listen to and watch.
Then don't listen, or watch.
The US would be a far better place if we'd just shut off the TV and read
for a change. If that were the case we could have a President Paul in 2012 (either one would do). Ron Paul writes brilliantly, but like Palin he is often dismissed as "unpresidential." Why? Because he has a squeaky voice? So what. So did Lincoln. *
All TV has done for society is to ensure an ugly bald guy will never get elected again. Chris Christie? Too fat. We do ourselves a disservice by valuing appearance above substance. If people only read Obama, he'd still be a community agitator - oops, organizer. No thinking person would have ever elected Obama on the basis of his writing. He has a gift for reading whatever the prompter says though, and looks oh, so Presidential while flashing his nice straight teeth! Speak four seconds while looking to the left, and another four while looking to the right. Gesture. Repeat. You too can be President. **
Unfortunately reading requires literacy, largely a product of the American public education system. We're doomed.
At least she's hot.
Of course that helps
There's nothing wrong with Palin that a few speech lessons couldn't fix. I don't know why the RNC didn't insist upon this long ago. Who knows, perhaps they did.
Originally Posted by trumptman
I'm pretty sure Reagan was unelectable until he was elected.
Correct. Actually, he was practically unknown until perhaps a year before the election. At first all the talking heads pronounced his name "Reegan".
One other variable to consider with Obama is whether he will have a challenger from the Democrats if they think he cannot win the election.
The DNC must now be seriously considering if O is worth the effort. More than any other single factor, money
wins elections. The DNC will need hundreds of millions for a reelection campaign. Many potential sources of funding are asking themselves who's worth their donations, and the time to decide is rapidly approaching.
Much of Obama's electability rests upon willingness to compromise with Republicans as Clinton did after 1994. Clinton successfully realigned his strategy, Obama has shown himself to be completely intransigent. The right often criticized Clinton for not having core beliefs - no moral compass - but his malleable nature worked to ensure his reelection.
Many factors present in 1980 are present today, but more so - a poor economy, high unemployment, and an overwhelming perception that government has grown too big. If O doesn't quickly demonstrate a willingness to bend to the degree Clinton did, the funds won't appear. He's finished before the race begins.
If someone like Hillary Clinton wanted to run and declare she is just the type of middle of the road DLC type Democrat that should have won in 2008 and almost did then it would destroy Obama. Likewise you even get to play the history card again if she were to challenge. (First woman president)
I wonder if there are any hypothetical Obama / HRC polls... but I can't imagine any circumstance in which O could defeat her. The RNC would be wise to nominate a candidate that can defeat Hillary, and not concern itself with Obama.
Then we can discuss who's more irritating to watch or listen to... Hillary or Palin
Originally Posted by Hands Sandon
Yes and Palin would I imagine paint him as a rino, which the Tea's would love.
If moderates can't win the nomination, Palin stands to.
Moderates were shown the door on November 2. The Blue Dog Donks are practically an extinct species. The public may soften their stance between now and 2012, but at the moment running as a "moderate" will ensure defeat. We don't need another McCain.
Originally Posted by Hands Sandon
Palin from her new book on Simon Cowell from American Idol- ...
I haven't read it but it's disappointing that Palin would concern herself about pop culture enough to write about it. If she wants to be taken seriously she should act appropriately.
no, that's not from personal experience**
interspersed with a downcast glance while biting lower lip, and you too can be Clinton