The further Sarah Palin distances herself from mainstream Republican Washington, the more I like her. And while I tend to agree with Andrew Breitbart that she can be the proverbial king maker for the next 20 years by just holding her peace, the United States is in desperate need of someone decidedly un-Washington in its next President.
I believe she will run in 2012.
While Washington punditry use every Palin tweet and FaceBook posting to point out why she cannot be President, the former governor continues to woo those of us who are convinced that our government cannot recover without drastic surgery. The current lot of GOPers, now only five months in office—and I’m speaking of the old-guard leadership—are already showing signs of being more a part of the problem than the solution.
Sarah Palin is the only true Reagan Republican in the current field of potential candidates, unless one considers Michele Bachmann a potential. Newt Gingrich—who I have always liked—brings with him the same insider baggage we’re trying to shun; Mike Huckabee at times borders on the downright goofy, and most of the rest will never raise enough money to see primary day.
In the meantime, Palin has been busily crafting policy statements that are sounding more presidential with every speech she gives. Her métier is energy but she has also waded into the big boy game of international politics and makes uncommonly good sense when she does.
The Qualification Thing
In light of recent events in Libya and Japan and the current economic crisis, there should now be no question (actually there never was) that Palin is qualified to be President. The woman knows how to make a decision, unlike one world traveler who comes to mind.
Does anyone really believe that the US would be following France in the current Libyan mess were President Palin in the White House? There is no way she would looking at Nicholas Sarkozy’s backside today. I gotta buck says she could kick Obama’s ass in a street fight.
My dream cabinet in a Palin White House:
Secretary of State: Newt Gingrich
Secretary of Defense: Oliver North
Secretary of Treasury: Paul Ryan
Attorney General: Michele Bachmann
Secretary of Commerce: Donald Trump
Surgeon General: Keith Ablow
Energy Department: What Energy Department?
Transportation: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Education: Any home-school mother