Friday, December 17, 2010
Can Sarah Palin Win In 2012?
In a brand new Washington Post-ABC News poll, Palin trailed Barack Obama by 13 points. In fact, 59 percent of respondents said that they would not even consider voting for Sarah Palin in 2012.
Not only that, another recent poll found Palin losing to Obama by 22 percentage points.
So will Sarah Palin run for president in 2012? For now, she is playing coy. This week when she was asked if she was going to run in 2012, Palin responded by saying that she is giving it "prayerful consideration" and that a final decision will not be made for "some months".
All along it has been assumed that Sarah Palin would run in 2012, but as the poll numbers just keep getting more dismal, perhaps there is a distinct possibility that she may not hop into the race.
After all, you would think that right now her poll numbers should be at an all-time high. The Republicans were wildly successful in the 2010 mid-term elections and Barack Obama's popularity is at an all-time low.
Unfortunately for Palin, it just seems as though the more the American people get to know her the less they want her to be the next president. Her poll numbers just keep on dropping.
In fact, I personally have seen all over the Internet people declaring that they will never vote for Barack Obama again "unless he is running against Sarah Palin".
Right now Palin has a major perception problem.
So can she fix it in time?
You never know.
She does have millions of devoted followers, and she certainly does have the most "star quality" of any of the 2012 Republican contenders.
If she could somehow pull out the Republican nomination, Barack Obama's popularity may be so low by the fall of 2012 that just about any challenger could beat him.
Stranger things have happened.
But right now Sarah Palin is a horse that nobody should be betting on. If this was the middle of the campaign season you would be able to stick a fork in her already.
Fortunately for Palin, she still has time to turn things around. She should start by getting some much smarter and more competent people around her.
Winning an election takes a winning team, and right now Palin does not have that.
For now she has some people producing some slick videos for her, but it is going to take a whole lot more than this to win in 2012....
One of the most troubling signs is that sales of Palin's new book, "America By Heart", have been below expectations.
If Sarah Palin can't sell books to her hardcore followers now, then how in the world is she going to win the votes of independents and moderates in 2012?
The Palin camp needs to change course and they need to do it now.
American voters usually vote with their wallets, and the Republican candidates that provide real solutions on jobs and the economy in 2012 are the ones that are going to do the best.
Sarah Palin would be wise to study sites such as The American Dream and The Debt which reflect the kind of economic values that resound with hard working independent voters.
What Sarah Palin is doing right now is NOT working.
If she continues down the same road she will NOT be the next president.
2012 is the greatest opportunity that she will ever have, so if she wants to make a move now is the time.
But Palin must do something quickly because time is starting to run out.