Trunkline 2012: Sunday Election News Review-12//4/11

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With Cain gone, the field is looking more and more like Gingrich/Romney.  Meanwhile, liberal pundits and even some conservatives seem to be praying that Newt’s rise will be as long lived as Bachmann’s, Perry’s and Cain’s.  Is it really Santorum’s turn?  How about Ron Paul’s?

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Palin’s “miscues”

If you watch football religiously like I do, you will notice new terms that pop up and become the buzz word of the season. Last year you couldn’t say “interception” anymore, you had to say I.N.T. This year the word is “miscue”. When the receiver blows his route it is a miscue. When the quarterback spends 15 seconds in the pocket and gets sacked, it’s a miscue. When the running back drops the ball and the other team picks it up and runs back for a touchdown, it is a miscue.

So I thought that I would apply that to the talk about Sarah Palin. For example, on with Barbara Walters, Palin made a huge miscue by announcing that she is definitely interested in running for President. Everyone knows you don’t announce that you are interested in running until after your campaign has made it official that you are in fact already running.

I was slightly more surprised to hear the always thoughtful George Will speak about some of Palin’s miscues on Washington This Week today. Will said one of her biggest miscues was quitting her term as governor and saving the state of Alaska billions in legal fees. After all, we all know from Charlie Rangel that even when ethics violations are true, it’s no reason to quit.

But what I thought was the most interesting miscue George Will noted was that Palin showed up in the audience of Dancing with the Stars to support her daughter Bristol, who has made it to the finals obviously only because TEA Partiers across the country are rigging the telephone voting. In fact, one man was so upset at watching Bristol dance that he shot his TV with a shotgun and then turned the gun on his wife.

Ok, so Dancing with the Stars is not my favorite show either. But really, George? Being in the audience supporting your daughter is “not Presidential”? That is her big miscue?

The answer is yes if you are an establishment elitist. The same is true for her show about life in Alaska. The fact is, while even Christian fundamentalists in Washington did not pick Palin in their straw poll, there are still lots of Americans who relate to her rugged individualism and die hard commitment to family. What seems like a miscue to the pundits can sometimes be what most normal Americans outside of DC are looking for. If nothing else, 2010 proved this. In fact, a majority of Palin backed TEA party candidates won.

Palin may not win the primary. But many of the people who go to the polls and vote for the other guy are the same people who watch her on their TV at night and cheer when she talks about smaller government, states rights, and conservative constitutionalist principles. And even if Palin is not the GOP candidate in 2012, the candidate who wins will be the one who most closely espouses what she represents.

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