Funny. I went to a football watching party yesterday and had a long political chat with a thoughtful ideological opposite. I repeated my wish that Sarah Palin runs and wins the Republican nomination for president in 2012. My thought is the country would never elect her. "Oh no you don't," he said. (Like I said, he's thoughtful — not a Palin fan.) "You want the opposition party to nominate the best candidate possible because ... what if they win?"
On that note, comes Frank Rich this morning with the very seriousness of this possibility.
But logic doesn’t apply to Palin. What might bring down other politicians only seems to make her stronger: the malapropisms and gaffes, the cut-and-run half-term governorship, family scandals, shameless lying and rapacious self-merchandising. In an angry time when America’s experts and elites all seem to have failed, her amateurism and liabilities are badges of honor. She has turned fallibility into a formula for success.
Republican leaders who want to stop her, and they are legion, are utterly baffled about how to do so. Democrats, who gloat that she’s the Republicans’ problem, may be humoring themselves. When Palin told Barbara Walters last week that she believed she could beat Barack Obama in 2012, it wasn’t an idle boast. Should Michael Bloomberg decide to spend billions on a quixotic run as a third-party spoiler, all bets on Obama are off.