Over at the Boston Herald, political analysts weighed in on a potential Palin-run for the White House.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s announcement that she’s “seriously interested” in running for president in 2016 could shake up the GOP field, say strategists, who point to the former vice presidential hopeful’s strong base, fundraising ability and star power.
“You’ve got to take her seriously because she can raise a lot of money, she has a big following and she has been through a national campaign, which is important to be competitive in a presidential primary,” Republican strategist Chris Brown told the Herald. “I think she really changes the field and she has the potential to hurt a lot of candidates — especially Tea Party conservatives.”
Former Alabama GOP Chairman Marty Connors said Palin “has built a career around being underestimated.”
“I would immediately put her in as a top- or mid-tier candidate if she decides to run,” Connors said.
[S]he has a built-in constituency and so she wouldn’t have to raise the money that some of the other candidates would and I think she’d be an exciting candidate that a lot of people would rally around.”
But of course, a Democratic strategist weighed in with some of the stalest talking points:
“I think that any Democrat you’d talk to would be delighted to have Sarah Palin run for president,” [Matt] Bennett said. “It would drag the Republican field back toward the freak show that they exhibited in 2012 … They had Mitt Romney and a couple other candidates who were credible but for the most part they were either too extreme or just bizarre — and Sarah Palin falls into both of those categories … She has thoroughly erased any credibility she earned by being chosen by (U.S. Sen. John) McCain for his ticket by her behavior since.”
Of course Mr. Bennett can’t describe the behavior he’s talking about. Perhaps the "extreme" idea of balancing our budget. Maybe living within our means is considered "bizarre" to a "strategist" who’s paid to defend the true "bizarre" and "extreme" behavior of the Obama Administration. How about Hillary’s "bizarre" interview with Dianne Sawyer on Benghazi?
Further, he seems to forget that Democrats used similar talking points in 2012. They portrayed Governor Palin and other Tea Party candidates as easy material for Democrats. The GOP bought into that thinking and ran Mitt Romney. We lost. (There’s your sign, GOP!)
Commonsense Americans are tired of being called extreme for believing in liberty, the Constitution, and common sense (not to mention also being tired of a president "extreme" enough to stomp all over these things at every turn).
Also at the Boston Herald, Adriana Cohen explains why Governor Palin is perfect to take on Hillary and the importance of the GOP embracing a strong conservative woman for president.
The GOP needs women on the ticket for many reasons, not least because it steals the Democratic Party’s thunder. They want to be the “first” at breaking cultural barriers and glass ceilings. With Hillary Clinton expected to be their front-runner in 2016, they’ll use her gender as a tactic to gin up support from their base — especially female voters.
I can already see Emily’s List pushing out emails nationwide saying, “Let’s make history by electing the first female president of the United States.”
Regarding Hillary, Cohen says:
If you’re a female leader on the Democratic ticket, you’re a “hero” regardless of how many times you put your foot in your mouth, embarrass yourself or worse.
We haven’t forgotten Hillary Clinton saying that we should empathize with our enemies or that businesses and corporations don’t really create jobs. Both absurd statements that should disqualify any candidate — male or female — from any race, never mind the top slot.
But if you’re a female conservative? Watch out! Liberals will pounce and do everything they can to marginalize a conservative woman who runs for office no matter how educated, or talented, or accomplished she is. Liberals only “tolerate” others if they agree with them and follow their agenda.
The reality is Sarah Palin draws huge crowds at speaking engagements, has millions of social media followers and just as many supporters across the nation.
Hillary Clinton has been giving speeches to half-filled rooms.
Both articles are loaded with common sense. I encourage you to read them here and here.
***Update by Steve***
Check out a piece of the Boston Herald’s front page! (h/t our friend Pat on Twitter)