"I like Sarah Palin because all the people who dislike her I have no respect for" - .
I live in Pennsylvania, which is suppose to be one of those swing state that you need to carry, so I guess the opinion of voters here count a little bit more.
Well, I have some bad news to report. Unfortunately, the people here have bought, by and large, the image of the Governor of Alaska presented by the mainstream media.
Liberals look on her with ovious disdain, but even when I bring her name up with my more conservative or independent acquinatances, all I get usually is a laugh and 'how could you support HER?" They dislike Obama and will vote against him in 2012 'unless Palin is running, she's an idiot'.
Now it is not universal, Meg Sharkey's growing grassroots organization Conservative Allies of PA is proof of that (www.conservativeallies.com) but I have heard from too many people who I would consider 'swing' voters who decide elections that Palin is anathema to them.,
In the Keystone State the view of too many people is that Palin is jsut a not very bright, inexperienced hick with a loco family who was in way over her head running for Vice President .
They have not seen through the fog the media put up and, as anyone who has followed her career, seen her interviews and speechs minus Couric, Gibson, could tell she is a bright, intelligent and savvy woman who has the nation's best interest at heart and rejects the Washington establishment.
Which brings me to my point: Sarah must run in 2012.
Little history lesson.
In 1968, Ronald Reagan ran for president after being elected Governor of California two years earlier. He was pillioried in the media, called dumb, inexperienced, way over his head and basically was considered a joke by the main stream media. He lost the nomination to Richard Nixon as he did not run a particularly good campaign.
In 1976, he came back, older, wiser, with a much improved campaign team and ready for a national run. He proceeded to almost take the nomination away fom President Gerald Ford in the last time the nomination was decided at the convention.
He did not win but through daily exposure 'The Great Communicator" was able to show the American people an unfiltered version of himself. Reagan being president was no longer a joke, he had established himself as a viable national figure capable of taking over the highest office in the land. Yes, the NYC-DC media still made fun of him as a 'movie cowboy' but the people now knew better and in 1980 he was elected in a landslide.
Waiting until 2016 or 2020, as some have suggested, will just harden the negative view many people have of Sarah. Now is the time.