As much as Sarah Palin’s publicity has improved from the last elections, questions are still raised about her chances of beating president Obama in the 2012 elections, if she decides to run. This is according to her interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters earlier this week. She confessed to her that she is seriously considering the top job in the country, saying, “I’m looking at the lay of the land now, and … trying to figure that out, if it’s a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family, if it’s a good thing,”
Palin’s conservative views have earned her a solid spot in the political limelight, and especially after influencing a dramatic win for the republicans in the recently concluded mid- term elections. However, her ability to unite the Republican Party, which is currently divided due to the strong incoming tea party activists, remains in question. If she decides to run for presidency, she will first have to face off with the republican establishment, which currently doesn’t align with her views. She also has to woe the media, which she once called, corrupt bustards. When she released her new memoir, ‘Going Rogue’, she accused the Associate press for erroneous opposition research to discredit her. However the excessive attacks by the AP justify her anger against the media, but from the past experiences of politicians who fought with the media, the media always won. Is Palin really wise to wage war against the media bias?
Fighting with the press is spelling disaster to your political ambitions. If Palin desires to run for presidency in two years’ time, she should buy President Regan’s approach and reach as many Americans as she could, especially with the popularity of social networks such as Facebook. She should quit the blame game and focus on how best she can move the country forward, and most importantly, work towards uniting the republican base. If she makes it through the republican presidential nomination, then she stands a good chance of beating president Obama, who currently fares highly in comparison to her, in public opinion polls.