It's been three years almost to the day since Sarah Palin first appeared on our television screens, and it's been three years minus a few months since we've all been speculating whether she'll run for president in 2012. Lately, it's become pretty clear that she probably wouldn't win the nomination if she did run, let alone the general election. Her refusal to confirm her candidacy has elicited frustration, scorn, and even viciousness from the media, but her method is hardly innovative. Threatening to run for president is a tried-and-true strategy to get people to listen to you, and Sarah Palin is employing it brilliantly.
Sure, a lot of people think Palin is a megalomaniac. She's been accused of opportunism, of having too little substance and too much folksy rhetoric. Many journalists have theorized that she's leaving her decision about the campaign to the last minute so that she can squeeze out as much money from her speaking gigs as possible. (Conversely, there are those who think she has to run for president, or else the jig—and the cash flow—is up.) I too see the disingenuous gleam in her eye, and it makes her success all the more irritating.
Ever since Sarah Palin's 24,199 printed pages of emails were released to the public, I've been trying to figure out why I don't care. Is it Palin fatigue? Did I have a hunch that nothing fascinating would come out of it?
Well, I never thought I'd say this, but I found myself agreeing with Donald Trump as I watched this Fox News clip earlier today. Trump called the Sarah Palin email expedition “a witch hunt,” and said it was “really very dangerous for this country.” Instead, he suggested, “how about going through Anthony Weiner’s emails?”
President Obama has certainly seen better days than today, when a new Daily Beast-Newsweek poll has found him to be almost neck and neck with unlikely 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump. To be more precise, an individual head-to-head ballot test for president had Obama with just a two-point lead over Trump (43-41), who has no professional political experience whatsoever, and who has only said in passing that he might like to be president.
"The Donald" is a long shot, of course, but more worrisome for Obama are the real Republican frontrunners. The poll showed Obama tied with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and he's only two points ahead of Mitt Romney (49-47). The president is, however, still destroying Sarah Palin in polling, with a nearly 10-point lead (50-41).