Sarah Palin may be the most electrifying political personality in a lifetime. Barack Obama came from nowhere to win the Presidency, but no one has quite fascinated the American public as the former Governor of Alaska.
There is considerable speculation that Ms. Palin will run for President in 2012. She did not discourage anyone from that viewpoint in her recent interview on Fox News Sunday, and it appears that she will run if drafted. I would suggest that she may make a capable President in the future, but 2012 is not the right time.
If anyone needs proof that a little-experienced candidate does not make a good President, all you have to do is relive the first year of the Obama Presidency. Even as the media incessantly pressured us to believe that he was the present-day version of John F. Kennedy, a few thoughtful observers noticed that the comparison didn’t really add up. After all, Jack Kennedy had spent 14 years in Congress before being elected President – eight of those in the Senate. He campaigned across the country for other candidates and worked through the legislative process in both houses. He had long-term relationships and actual national experience. Even with that, his ticket needed the addition of a political enemy, Lyndon Johnson, to secure an electoral victory.
Mr. Obama has none of that. When he speaks of his old friends in Congress, most of those relationships are barely five years old. He had never campaigned for another candidate – only himself – and he neither had any true political allegiances nor any national legislative experience. So it’s no surprise that his accomplishments with the Congress are meager, even with substantial political majorities. His executive experience is also non-existent. Is it really any wonder that his first year was a near total disaster, and that the American people have begun to recognize his lack of ability and are starting to turn against him?
In much the same way, Ms. Palin has been compared to another recent President of her party – Ronald Reagan. She has a fabulous ability to connect with a considerable portion of the American people. While many elected officials seem both tone deaf and disdainful of their voters – especially those who have voted for the Obama Health Care scheme despite massive opposition from their own constituents – Ms. Palin speaks to people in terms they understand. Many Americans feel she is one of them and actually experiences their day-to-day challenges in a way Harvard-trained attorneys do not and cannot seem to do.