Time Magazine: But can Palin be Elected?

By Rightwing Nut (Previously Posted on Rightosphere):

For several decades, it has been an article of faith among politicians and political analysts that no candidate can win a U.S. presidential election unless he can dominate the broad center of the spectrum, that all candidates on the edges of the left or right are doomed. Barry Goldwater’s “extremism . . . is no vice” campaign of 1964 provides the classic evidence, reinforced by George McGovern’s 1972 defeat in 49 out of 50 states. And since G.O.P. Front Runner Sarah Palin relies upon a base of support that is on the far right wing of the Republican Party, some experts have long declared that if she wins the nomination, the G.O.P. would simply be repeating the suicidal Goldwater campaign.


National opinion polls continue to show Obama leading Palin by an apparently comfortable margin of about 25%. They also show that more moderate Republicans like Romney would run better against the President. This suggests that Palin is not the strongest G.O.P. choice for the 2012 election and that she clearly faces an uphill battle.


If popular unhappiness with domestic and world problems finally comes to rest at Obama’s doorstep, voters may begin to see all sorts of previously invisible virtues in Sarah Palin.


Palin cannot hope to win, however, unless she moves beyond the hard-line conservative base that has sustained her since she first appeared on the national political scene as a spokesman for McCain himself. She has no experience in Washington politics or foreign affairs. Both Congress and the federal bureaucracy are as unfathomable to her as they were to Obama. Indeed one of Palin’s major supporters in the Senate notes that the Alaskan is uncomfortable even visiting Washington.


Worse perhaps than the verbal gaffe is Palin’s relentlessly simple-minded discussion of complex problems….

Full disclosure: I may have changed a few names here and there. It’s not actually Gov. Palin this Time Magazine article’s talking about here, but Ronald Reagan. Yes, the Gipper was really running 25 points behind Carter as late as March 1980 – a mere eight months before the election. Simple statements, no experience in DC politics or foreign affairs, supported only by the rightwing fringe – completely unelectable, that Reagan fellow, wasn’t he?

UPDATE (7.6.10) I have been told by Righwing Nut that he was not the original writer of this parody. It was Joshua Livestro from C4P (Conservatives for Palin).

Here is the original article about Reagan:


  1. Clever, fun and informative. I get the point. But an even more simple response is this:

    Any principled candidate can be elected if principled people stopped worrying about “electability” and voted according to their principles. If all the self-professed Christians in this nation actually voted according to biblical principles, a “radical right” conservative would be swept into office. The trouble, apart from the fact that many of those folks aren’t truly Christian, is simply this idea of “electability.” Forget that and vote your principles. It might be interesting what the results could be.

  2. Excellent Reagan piece/Palin Comparision!!

    Another way of comparing….Can Palin be elected without having a domestic terrorist as a friend? Can Palin be elected without one hundred some odd days as a Legislator?…..Can Palin be elected with only reading from a Teleprompter?….. Can Palin be elected with a radical incriminating piece of video held by the Los Angleles Times?…..Can Palin be elected by being happily secular? (i.e. “we no longer consider ourselves to be a christian nation”) Can Palin be elected while doing the public/private campain funding flip flop? Can Palin be elected and keep her Pastors (Wasilla Bible, Assemblies of God) in check? Can Palin be elected if she fails to produce Trig’s Birth Certificate?….Can Palin be elected if she has recieved a sweetheart real estate deal from a convicted felon from Chicago? Can Palin be elected………………….

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