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Howard Dean Wanders Off The Ranch Again! (Updated)

What could possibly explain Howard Dean crossing over into la la land and actually saying that Sarah Palin could beat President Obama in 2012. That is the craziest political statement I’ve heard all year. His reasoning is as weak as his apparent grasp on reality. The Hill has some details for us…

“I think she could win,” Dean told The Hill in an interview Friday. “She wouldn’t be my first choice if I were a Republican but I think she could win.”

Dean warns the sluggish economy could have more of a political impact than many Washington strategists and pundits assume.

First of all, Howard, would she be your second or third pick? But not your first? If you were a Republican, that is. That’s some qualifier to the crazy statement that followed. Wow!

It is true that the economy will have a lot of impact on the elections, that’s for sure. But leaping from Sarah Palin, who isn’t even running and won’t, to the fact that she could beat President Obama, even if the economy is still struggling – is just off the hook crazy. In order to win an election, you actually have to run in the primary and win. Sarah Palin doesn’t have the work ethic to do what needs to be done to get to that point. Hell, she quit half way through her first term as governor of Alaska. What makes Howard Dean think that she would actually take on the monumental task of running for president. There is absolutely no freakin way that Sarah Palin could possibly handle that. But let’s just suspend that fact for a second and look at Howard Dean’s point. It’s just astounding how large a leap Howard takes in his thinking. More from the Hill piece…(emphasis mine)

“Any time you have a contest — particularly when unemployment is as high as it is — nobody gets a walkover,” Dean said. “Whoever the Republicans nominate, including people like Sarah Palin, whom the inside-the-Beltway crowd dismisses — my view is if you get the nomination of a major party, you can win the presidency, I don’t care what people write about you inside the Beltway,” Dean said.

Well  Howard, there is a good reason why the Beltway crowd dismisses her, have you been in a cave since 2008? The woman has not done anything that would prepare her for consideration as a serious candidate. And that “if” in “if you get the nomination”…well, Howard, you can’t just roll past that “if”, sorry. That’s a 64 pt “if” in a 12 pt world. She has spent the last few years cashing in on her name recognition and it continues to this day. It’s almost laughable even talking about her as a serious candidate, in my opinion. The most obvious evidence that she won’t run is the fact that Fox News has kept her on the payroll. They cut loose New Gingrich and Rick Santorum, terminating their contracts with Fox News as of May 1, 2011, because of their conflicts of interest. Not Sarah, she has no intention and no desire to ever run for office again. That would be way too much work. Just think about how much “gotcha journalism” she would have to endure if she were to run. Blame the inside-the-beltway crowd if you want, but the woman is not running for anything in the near future. I doubt she will ever run for office again. Why would she, she has a compliant media that will cling to her every high-pitched-rising-inflection word salad she utters. She’s got a pretty sweet gig going, if you can get it.

But continuing with the suspension of reality and taking it to Howard’s batshit crazy end. IF she were to actually run and IF she were to actually get the nomination, there is no fucking way she could beat President Obama in a general election. Can you imagine them in a debate? Can you imagine Sarah Palin telling us about “The Palin Doctrine” or her strategy for peace in the Middle East? It’s just so far off the ranch that you have to wonder what could possibly make Howard Dean say such idiotic things. Is it the Obama Derangement Syndrome progressed into a full blow disease which has started eating away at his brain? I’m just asking. Maybe some of you excellent readers can shed some light on that, as you often do.

Update: I just came across this poll at The Raw Story where 2/3 of the people surveyed said they would definitely not vote for Sarah Palin. 42% of Republicans said they definitely wouldn’t vote for her. But of those people who would, she’s taking their money from them. She’s slick!

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June 7, 2011 - Posted by | 2012 Election, Politics | ,

10 Comments »

  1. The one to worry about, IF he can get past the religious nutjobs who control Iowa and South Carolina, is Mitt Romney. Today Romney is in a dead heat with President Obama in the ABC/Washington Post Poll. Obama’s approval has slipped quickly from the 55% rating he got right after taking out Osama bin Laden. When Obama was matched against other potential Republican rivals, the president enjoyed a lead. Obama was six points ahead of Newt Gingrich among registered voters, nine points head of Tim Pawlenty, 10 points ahead of Jon Huntsman, 11 points ahead of Michelle Bachmann and 15 points ahead of Palin. So Howard Dean must be smoking some good dope.

    Pew found that 2/3 of registered voters aren’t concerned about Romney’s Mormon faith.
    http://www.care2.com/causes/politics/blog/new-poll-shows-most-americans-dont-care-about/

    Comment by grantinhouston | June 7, 2011 | Reply

    • But really Grant, don’t read anything into polls at this point. You know how wildly they can swing, especially when we get close and the debates start, etc. Conventions, primaries, skeletons in closets, twitter pictures….all sorts can happen between now and then. We have the smartest, best communicator, lots of accomplishments and people like him a lot too. As long as we don’t see the economy melt down between now and then, we are in great shape. POTUS is one hell of a campaigner and I will say it again, don’t underestimate that man. I remember when everyone pronounced him done when the Rev. Wright thing broke. He gave a speech on race, put it to bed and went on to kick McCain’s ass. I’m not looking at polls for a long time, it is futile.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | June 7, 2011 | Reply

    • Huntsman is the one who worries me, but he’ll probably get run out of town by the hard right of the party.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | June 7, 2011 | Reply

  2. Comparing unemployment, and other polls at this same time in the first terms of Reagan and George W. Bush, the state of our nation now isn’t much worse so Peter Beinert is optimistic that Barack Obama will win re-election.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-06-06/obama-will-be-reelected-in-2012-despite-stagnant-economy-high-unemployment/

    Comment by grantinhouston | June 7, 2011 | Reply

  3. Putting aside the well-known differences that Howard has with the President, I believe Dean is making a salient point to keep Democratic voters from becoming disengaged or overconfident. To suggest Palin would get the nomination is as much a slam on the GOP as anyone can make, but it is within the realm of possibility given the dysfunction within the GOP. If that were to happen, and the moderates and Democrats become too complacent, it is within that same realm that Palin could capture enough electoral votes to unseat the President. Keep in mind that a Palin nominee would have a VP candidate. Keep in mind that a Palin campaign would have historic significance by virtue of her gender. I believe a solid strategy could be built around Sarah Palin, although it’s unlikely she’s disciplined enough to follow through on any given strategy. Ultimately, she would follow her “go rogue” instincts. The strategy would be solid Fox coverage, limited news coverage (of substance) and limited debate (restricted to Fox and maybe CNN). With regard to polls, stick to Rasmussen numbers and focus on the female demographic. Women are a majority of voters, by the way. Of course, I am taking some liberties in not pointing out the obstacles. But with a media that is salivating for a horse race, anything is possible. It all comes down to voter participation, which I really believe was the primary point of Howard’s remarks.

    Comment by BlueTrooth | June 7, 2011 | Reply

    • I think you are giving Dean way too much credit for thinking this one through. It is futile to even contemplate her getting to the point of picking a VP or any of that. It isn’t going to happen, I have not one shred of doubt. And it she won’t run, and can’t win…she has huge negatives and her little bus tour isn’t helping…so going any further than that with this fantasy is craziness. In my opinion.

      You raise a lot of good points about complacency, for sure. But I don’t think that is what Howard was going for, I think he wanted to be in the spotlight for a second and said some crazy shit so the lights would turn towards him. He’s done it many times before. Scratching head!

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | June 7, 2011 | Reply

      • You got me. My purpose in writing the comment was precisely to give Howard Dean credit, or at least plausible excuse. I actually believe he has an ax on the grindstone and to your point, has been overlooked by most everyone in the media since his limelight hour during the HCR debate. Is he writing a book? He should try that instead.

        Comment by BlueTrooth | June 7, 2011 | Reply

  4. I’m actually taking a break from politics right now..giving it a rest for awhile because of all the crazy crap flying around and it’s only June 2011. But, this just begs to be commented on..it was in my inbox. :-)

    I like Dean..I supported him in the 2004 Primary but then got on board with Kerry for the country and ended up even liking Kerry. I was happy and proud of Dean when he was elected DNC Chairman..Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s job now. However, I totally agree with you, EL, about how crazy this is to give palin a seed of credibility. I know bush lowered the bar and the corporatemediawhores love to pump up stupid but Dean is being obtuse here.

    Comment by Cha | June 7, 2011 | Reply

    • If I didn’t have a political blog, I might take a break myself. :) I don’t blame you at all, enjoy a little bit of summer. I like Dean too and thought he did a great job as chair of the DNC. He just sometimes wanders off into his own world. I wonder if it’s groupthink with the people he surrounds himself with. I don’t know, to be honest.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | June 7, 2011 | Reply

  5. Robert Reich probably said the most obvious thing on twitter, the Repugs are going to spend the reminder of the year and all of next year leading up to the election to crash the economy on the side of the mountain. I believe Obama is going to win re-election, the Dems retake the house and many of these state houses that’s in the hands of the Republicans will either go Democratic or the Republican super majority will be cut in half. Due to these dip shit Republican governors Snyder is in the 30s, Walker once January hits is going to get recall, the douche in Ohio is in the 30s and Rick Scott is dropping into the 20s that’s four states that Republican ticket will be harmed in. Plus this probably the first direct assault on the middle class from the Repugs that regular people get.

    But there are two factors I worry about 1. Part time Klansman Pat” Buchanan pretty much told the truth about the election match up between Mittens and President Obama while they don’t like Mittens Romney being a Mormon at least he’s ins’t black and that could play well for Mittens in the south and I have no doubt Mitt will be desperate enough to play to that . And there is a segment of white America I fear won’t mind slitting their own, their kids and their grandkids throats if they can get the N-word out of office. 2, The firebaggers I see that douchebag deluxe Glenn Greenwald on twitter still talking his shit( not following Jane Hamsher so I don’t know what the hell she’s talking about)But after two years of Republicans going after Medicaid, social security and trying to defund everything sane people care about I hope those firebaggers realize their own personal “feelings”isn’t worth a President Romney or whomever the Repugs are running.

    Comment by Johnny C | June 7, 2011 | Reply


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