Frank Rich on How Sarah Palin Becomes President


    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    logic doesn’t apply to Palin. What might bring down other politicians only seems to make her stronger: the malapropisms and gaffes, the cut-and-run half-term governorship, family scandals, shameless lying and rapacious self-merchandising. In an angry time when America’s experts and elites all seem to have failed, her amateurism and liabilities are badges of honor. She has turned fallibility into a formula for success.

    Republican leaders who want to stop her, and they are legion, are utterly baffled about how to do so. Democrats, who gloat that she’s the Republicans’ problem, may be humoring themselves. When Palin told Barbara Walters last week that she believed she could beat Barack Obama in 2012, it wasn’t an idle boast. Should Michael Bloomberg decide to spend billions on a quixotic run as a third-party spoiler, all bets on Obama are off.

    President Sarah Louise Palin. Think about that for a minute. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    UPDATE: More Palinsanity here.

    • jack russell

      And I couldn’t help but think about the parallels between the movie and the world according to Palin.

    • blue bronc

      This just past general election brought forth a hammer blow to Democrats, many of which were laughing at the teabagging Republicans only one or two years ago.  Laughing for what reason? Many of those who won primaries or conventions across our United States were “amateurs” in politics (a false meme), or held such racist and anti-American viewpoints the thought of them winning any votes other than the KKK or white supremacists was hilarious.

      What happened was an election producing some of the most racists and anti-American Republicans in 100 years or so to be sworn into office.  I personally know politicians up for reelection who did not bother to walk their precincts.  I know politicians who rather than attack their opponents and promote themselves took the two years to publicly laugh at the other side.

      They did not take the opposition seriously.  That is one of most deadly of mistakes there is in politics.  The condescending attitude is picked up and turned against them. The lack of attack leaves the other side owning the bulletin board and writing what they want on it.  Not promoting yourself leaves you without anything to say.

      I read on many blogs the lack of understanding that the Kock bros took and ran with by making their candidates the “underdog”.  I still see diaries and posts about how “the voters knew the teabaggers are too extreme”.  BS, in most races the teabaggers were within a few percentage points of winning. Those candidates should never have gotten over 30% of the vote.  They should have gotten the Republican base and no indies.  

      But the failure to take the opposition seriously has put our United States in terrible jeopardy, and not just from nuclear attacks with stolen Russian nuclear weapons. The very economic survival of our country is in the hands of Republican’s who absolutely hate America. They talk of succession; they talk of armed insurrection; they talk of destroying the very programs that T. Roosevelt, FDR and Johnson created to make America great.

      There is no reason any Dem should not have learned to be lackadaisical about elections anymore.

    • Hugo Estrada

      She has invulnerability with her base! No matter what she does, she is beloved. It may be even more amazing with her because, if anecdotes are to be believed, Reagan was nice with those around him, and it was fun to hang out with Bush.

      Most reports about Palin are about how rude she is with journalists, other politicians, and even her supporters! Yet they still love her? Teflon coating power!

      Our Sarah is running, and she may win a state primary or two, but the bulk of Republicans will not vote for her. They will be vicious in Fox News against her. We will talk about how nice the campaigns against McCain in 2000 and Huckabee in 2008 were to them in comparison.

      The question is, will she run as a third-party candidate? I believe she will.

    • KathyinBlacksburg

      This is what standing up to the Palin idiocy looks like.

      First, Barbara Bush took on the ridiculous presumption that Palin is qualified for anything in 2012: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes

      (Does this mean Sonny Boy Jeb thinks he’s presidential?)

      More recently, Lisa Murkowski took Palin apart:

      And then conservative columnist, Mona Charan, who once had a speech writing role for Nancy Reagan, joined in:

      Taking any electoral threat seriously does not mean we should afford the Palin’s ironically arrogant incursion into the discussion of 2012 with respect.  There has never been a less prepared candidate, until Palin, Angle and O’Donnell came along.  They are so ignorant they are dangerous.  They could and would be manipulated by any demagogue who served their purposes.  Not that Palin and Angle aren’t demagogues in their own realm.

      The new crop of Republican corporatist women, personified by those three, are underwhelming in brains (outside of making a buck), political leadership, economics, and knowledge of what governance entails.  They are a quart low on honesty as well.  They are overwhelming in the corporatist, greed-promoting, fiscally reckless, middle-class killing tradition of GOP candidates everywhere.