In a recent interview with ABC News Sarah Palin was asked, “If you ran for President, could you beat Barack Obama?” Her reply was, “I believe so.”
That may very well be the case, if she decided to run and if the Republican Party nominated her as its candidate for the Presidency, neither of which is a certainty at this point. Even if both come to pass however she is not going to get the chance to find out because Obama is not going to be the Democratic Party nominee in the 2012 election. Either the Democrats will convince him to resign on his own volition because he cannot possibly win as a result of his uniformly disastrous first term and his unwillingness and inability to substantially change his policies and style or the party will choose a different candidate in the primaries that it thinks will secure the White House. Whatever happens, Obama is destined to become a one term President because the Democratic Party is not going to run a candidate who is sure to lose. The only real question is whether he will choose to go gracefully for the good of the country and the party or whether he will decide to stand again for the nomination and have the party implode around him. So no, it isn’t going to be Palin versus Obama in 2012 and Palin isn’t going to find out if she could have beaten him.
It might be Palin versus Hillary Clinton though. Could Palin beat her? Will either or both run for their parties’ nomination? The Presidency? We’ll just have to wait and see as the process unfolds. One thing is certain…if Clinton really does want to be President she’s going to have to divorce herself from Obama soon or else she’ll be tainted by his failures and personality and whatever chance she might have had will disappear.
Here’s betting she does exactly that.