Saturday, June 04, 2011

Howard Dean: Yes, Palin Can Beat Obama

He couches it by saying she probably wouldn't win the GOP nomination. But considering how beatable Obama is, it's not inconceivable whoever does win the GOP nod stands an excellent chance of being the next president. Especially if the economic calamity that is the Obama administration gets any worse over the next year.
Howard Dean, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who helped Democrats capture the White House in 2008, warns that Sarah Palin could defeat President Obama in 2012.

Dean says his fellow Democrats should beware of inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom that Obama would crush Palin in a general-election contest next year.

“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.

“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.

Dean spoke to The Hill the same day the Labor Department revealed the national economy added only 54,000 jobs in May and the national unemployment rate had risen to 9.1 percent.
If not Palin, indeed anyone else has a good shot.
Dean said Republicans made the mistake of underestimating Bill Clinton in the rest of the Democratic field in 1991 when former President George H.W. Bush seemed to have a strong advantage but the economy was still mired in recession.

“I can remember Bill Clinton, I think, was one of the seven dwarfs,” Cain said. “This goes on every four years and I think it’s best not to pay attention to that kind of talk.”


Trevor Johansen said...

Start the kernel that Obama is not a true leftist as he is not left enough for the left and open the door that if the time is right someone like Dean or Hillary can come in and either save the people from the bad Obama or the evil Palin. 

Grotjan said...

One of the few times I agree with Howard Dean.   I've come to the conclusion the primary reason why they fear a Palin presidency so much is because she would likely be the most ideologically conservative president since Coolidge.  At no point during Reagan's presidency did Republicans control both Houses of Congress.  So he had to bend and compromise more than he wanted to.  In 2012, there is a good possibility the Republicans can keep the House AND get over 50 seats in the Senate.  They aren't likely to get a filibuster proof Senate, but they'll have a very strong conservative position which will enable them to reform entitlements, de-regulate the economy, and develop our energy resources.  It could lead to a new age of prosperity, whch would drive a stake through the heart of liberalism once and for all.  Forever.

Reaganite Republican said...

<p>I'm thinking Bachmann-Bolton, how you like dem apples 

Dave Johnson said...

Could you imagine the depth of the disaster that America would face if Palin got close to the White House? Complete and utter incompetence, coupled with titanic ego.

el polacko said...

i usually don't bother pointing out typos, but you obviously meant to type 'obama' rather than 'palin' ... it happens.