Sarah Palin shortly will announce an independent, 3rd Party candidacy for the Presidency of the United States.
There, I said it.
Now before you decide I am nuts, the following:
The NYT – the NY Times!! – has an op-ed today that includes this sentence:
“So here is something I never thought I would write: a column about Sarah Palin’s ideas.”
The head on the column is NOT negative. In fact, it is exactly what most of America seems to be looking for: “Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide”
Here’s some more for red-meat middle-of-the-roaders (if that’s not an oxymoron too far):
“Let us begin by confessing that, if Sarah Palin surfaced to say something intelligent and wise and fresh about the present American condition, many of us would fail to hear it.”
Wow – an acknowledgement by the lead paper in elite public opinion admitting it’s been, and by extension its readers have been, ignoring this woman about whom they now write: ‘gee – she has some ideas worth writing about.’
Not only that, but, by direct implication, that Palin’s ideas are, in fact, “intelligent and wise and fresh.”
But wait, there’s more.
Palin’s ideas about which the columnist, Anand Giridharadas, writes both capture the moment as has nothing I have seen, and play to a nation both severely divided and which no longer can stand either party: (Congress has a 9% approval rating. NINE PERCENT!!!)
1. We are governed by a “permanent political class.” (And anyone watching the Sept 8 Obama Stimulus redux speech has to admit that all those folks walking down the aisle, shaking hands and patting one-another on the back, both before and after Obama’s Stimulus-4 speech do not belong to WE THE PEOPLE – nor we to them. She’s right, they ARE a permanent political class.)
2. This political class has enriched themselves and their buds while burdening generations of Americans to pay for the policies through which these people are lining their pockets as they destroy the American Dream.
3. “…that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private),” as Giridharadas summarizes.
It is very difficult to argue with any of these points, which, I think, most of us would agree are facts. And if someone can overturn the permanent political majority and the corruption it has created and the debt it has given us… it’s pretty hard not to see huge number of enormously disaffected voters, Left, Right and Center, NOT going for it.
The Right cannot get traction with the same African American vote, adn the Tea Party Conservatives hate the Establishment GOP about as much as the Democrat “Progressives”.
Both the Center-left and Center-right hate the spending the Far Left has been doing under the far-Left Obama/Pelosi/Reid triumvirate.
Palin is hammering both the Left AND the Right.
And this is not new to her. She made her bones as a Republican by taking-on the Republican good-ol’-boys in Alaska. She did it – and governed from the Center with – oil, something she knows more about that anyone other than Perry in the recent Debate – and perhaps more than he. And something near the top of everyone’s mind.
Energy is something an increasing number of Americans are tired of paying OPEC to get, when it sits right here under our continent. American also are increasingly tired of sending $400B, and tens of thousands of jobs, annually to our enemies in the Islamofascism land of Arabia, and the broader Middle East. Energy is something the Left wants to tax out of existence, and which Obama – on the campaign trail, admitted his policies would force the price of to “necessarily skyrocket.” The view of the Left on energy resonates with no one who actually must pay a significant chunk of their earnings for it, or who works in that industry, or, really, with anyone not in the far-Let or academia.
So here is Mrs. Palin selling Centrist Red Meat to an electorate which certainly seems to be looking for it.
What about the various constituencies?
Within private sector unions and workers there seems to be an increasing disinclination to see the union bosses – Fat Cats if the definition holds ANY water at all – as on their side. These workers more than likely would agree with Palin’s thoughts about a permanent political majority ignoring us to line their pockets at our expense. And nearly all Americans not on a campus or employed by public sector unions recognize that they are bankrupting our future… and very soon, our present.
The Tea Party is all about a revolt against the permanent political class. This is why Boehner and other GOP leaders campaigned against Tea Party candidates.
Reagan Democrats hate the Far-Left anti-American party the Democrats have become. The Right can’t stand Boehner cozying-up to Biden and Obama and pretending $7B of cuts is going to do anything to right the sinking American ship.
Is this a time for a serious 3rd Party that can draw from all of America rather than just splitting one party – as Perot did to the GOP in 1992, and Nader to the Dems in 2000?
I’d say there is a more-than-distinct probability that it is.
Let’s add another thought to the above – and this is mine, not Palins’ of which I am aware – and that would be Colonel West. West has irritated the Tea Party, and there has been talk of a Tea-supported primary against him.
If Palin is serious about what seems sure to be a 3rd Party bid, about rocking the permanent class, about anti-politics-as-usual – and she certainly seems to be if even the NYT is complimenting her thoughts… and since African Americans will desert the Dems in droves if Democrats – as seems to be in the cards – primary Obama…. Here’s a ticket that could do serious damage to the “permanent political class,” give the Center a place to go, and actually, REALLY, make some changes in the USA – changes we badly need: Palin/West 2012.
She’s preparing a 3rd-Party candidacy that actually, by drawing from the great Center and the disaffected of both sides… may win.
And perhaps should win.