Let’s face it, since nobody can figure out how to create jobs for the millions of Americas who are looking for work at the beginning of this holiday season, there are only three stories dominating the news.
- The grab-ass that is taking place at the nation’s airports as the homeland defenders explore the limits of the Fourth Amendment.
- Will Sarah Palin make a run for the White House in 2012? And if she decides to go for it, can she win?
- Can Bristol defy the odds and the judges and take home the title on Dancing With the Stars?
Of the three, I expect most people are in a frenzy over Bristol. I wonder if the vote following last night’s broadcast can be considered the first primary of the 2012 election? We’ll see. Full disclosure: Try as I might, I could only stay awake for the first half of the show. And short of American Idol, I consider Dancing With the Stars the best and most effective remedy for insomnia available these days. Sigh.
OK. So what gives with Sarah?
As I’ve opined previously, I believe Sarah Palin is qualified to be president. And as best I can tell, she is the only one of the potential Republican candidates who has any balls when it comes to some of the bigger issues. Would I vote for her? Don’t know yet. But at least now I can with a clear conscience irritate everyone during Thanksgiving dinner. Woot.
Could Sarah win? Well, here’s Frank Rich in his NYT column, “Could She Reach the Top in 2012? You Betcha“:
But 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.
Bristol, hang on to those dancing shoes — no matter what happens on Dancing With the Stars.