December 1, 2010

JUST AS BEING AN EXECUTIVE MADE HER THE MOST QUALIFIED PERSON ON EITHER TICKET IN 2008...:

What If Sarah Palin Had Stayed Governor? (Benjamin Sarlin, 11/30/10, Daily Beast)

What would the political landscape look like if Sarah Palin were still governor of Alaska? She's established herself as such a media phenomenon since departing Juneau in 2009 that it's hard to imagine her any other way, but there is evidence she might be better positioned for a presidential run had she stayed.

The main factor is the economy. Governors across the country have faced a rough political environment in recent years as they're often forced to accept painful and unpopular spending cuts to close huge budget gaps in their state. One major exception to the rule: Alaska. Thanks to its reliance on natural resources, the Last Frontier's economy has outperformed the rest of the country by leaps and bounds and is expected to rake in a $5 billion surplus through 2012 after a brief series of deficits.

Just as unemployment and budget deficits have stymied up-and-coming governors around the country, the economy has also lent a boost to the few incumbents whose states have weathered the storm.


...bailing on the people who elected her so that she could cash in personally made her unworthy of the Republican nomination.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at December 1, 2010 6:18 AM
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