Although Sarah Palin told Barbara Walters that she could beat President Obama in 2012 (in a recent interview airing in December), Republican women are starting to line up against Sarah Palin as a candidate in 2012. The pushback against Palin is beginning; it's beginning with Republican women.
Former First lady, Barbara Bush, in an interview with Larry King, said of Sarah Palin: "I sat next to her once, thought she was beautiful, and I think she's very happy in Alaska," Mrs. Bush said before adding, "and I hope she stays there."
Conservative pundit, Mona Charen, recently blasted Palin for thinking about a Presidential run in 2012. Her column, titled "Why Sarah Palin Shouldn't Run", is found on conservative website Townhall.com, here Charen writes:
The Republican nominee should be someone with vast and impressive experience in government and the private sector -- and a proven record. Voters chose a novice with plenty of star power in 2008 and will be inclined to swing strongly in the other direction in 2012. Americans will be looking for sober competence, managerial skill, and maturity, not sizzle and flash.
After the 2008 campaign revealed her weaknesses on substance, Palin was advised by those who admire her natural gifts to bone up on policy and devote herself to governing Alaska successfully. Instead, she quit her job as governor after two and a half years, published a book (another is due next week), and seemed to chase money and empty celebrity.
She should be presiding over meetings on oil and gas leases in the North Slope, or devising alternatives to Obamacare. Every public spat with Dave Letterman or Politico, or the "lamestream media," or God help us, Levi Johnston, diminishes her.
Perhaps the former governor should not be blamed for the decisions of her adult daughter. Yet there in the audience we see Sarah and Todd Palin, mugging for the camera and cheering on their unwed-mother daughter as she bumps and grinds to the tune of "Mamma Told Me (Not to Come)." Her parents had advised her, the 20-year-old Bristol told an interviewer, that she had to stay "in character" if she expected to win. Being "in character" apparently meant descending to the vulgarity that "DWTS" peddles on a weekly basis. The momma grizzly was apparently unfazed by -- or, equally disturbing, unaware of -- the indignity. And this is supposed to be a conservative culture warrior?
Back home in Alaska, Palin has taken a bit of a beating over recent weeks. Alaskan Republican/Independent Senator Lisa Murkowski, who recently won a write-in campaign against Sarah Palin backed Joe Miller, has been up front about her feelings for Palin when she said Sarah Palin lacks the leadership qualities and intellectual curiosity to be President.
To win the presidency Sarah Palin would have to convince the same people she failed convincing in 2008: the Hillary Clinton white, middle class, suburban woman. Palin was unable to convince these voters in 2008; since then, the most notable thing she has done politically is resign the office of Governor of Alaska. Her unofficial chairmanship of the tea-party, work on Fox News, her Facebook antics, word creation, and TLC program, although popular, will not transform her into a serious candidate for President. If anything, they have made her more of a reality star, rather than a politician. "Drill baby drill" might be a great bumper sticker, but Palin's gimmicky soundbites do not make persuasive policy arguments to independent voters, especially against the likes of a charismatic constitutional law professor like President Obama.
I think Mona Charen concluded her column on Palin best when she said:
Palin has many strengths. I admire her fortitude and her commitment to principle. Her capacity to connect with a crowd is something most politicians can only dream of. I will always remember her 2008 convention speech as a rollicking star turn. She would be terrific as a talk-show host -- the new Oprah.
But as a presidential candidate? Someone to convince critical independent voters that Republicans can govern successfully? Absolutely not.