At a reception and dinner attended by fifty conservative movers and shakers, Sarah Palin implicitly compared herself to President Ronald Reagan. At the same time she suggested that she is mulling a Presidential run in 2012.
According to Politico:
“Speaking to a group of well-connected Republicans at a private dinner in Florida this week, Sarah Palin implicitly addressed questions about her own electability by noting that critics also said Ronald Reagan couldn’t win in 1980, three attendees told POLITICO.
“Palin, at an event organized by the conservative magazine Newsmax, told the right-wing crowd that those who don’t have the same convictions will always say a true conservative can’t win.
“Pointing out that the knock on Reagan was that he was also too far to the right, the former Alaska governor repeatedly invoked the 40th president and conservative icon, at one point citing the quotation he was most fond of: that America is a “shining city on a hill.”
“‘I think she sees herself as heir to Reagan,’ said one attendee.”
While just about every Republican politician invokes Ronald Reagan, just as Democrats like to invoke John Kennedy or Franklin Roosevelt, Sarah Palin’s implicit suggestion that she is the heir or even the second coming of Ronald Reagan would seem somewhat presumptuous, at least at first glance.
There are some parallels. Like Reagan, Palin was a state governor. Like Reagan, a large percentage of the liberal intelligentsia has labeled her, mistakenly, as somewhat dim. Like Reagan, she is beloved by many, hated by many more. Like Reagan, Palin is something of a media star.
There are differences, of course. Reagan’s prior experience had been two terms as the governor of California. Palin’s experience has been as a member of the Wasilla City Council, Mayor of Wasilla, as an oil and energy regulator, and half a term as Governor of Alaska. Reagan’s media stardom had occurred before and during his political career, as a sports announcer, a movie actor, and then as a radio commentator. Palin’s media stardom has occurred after leaving office as Governor, with an influential Internet presence, as a TV commentator, and as a host of an upcoming TV series about her state, Alaska.
On the other hand, Sarah Palin’s influence during the 2010 election far exceeds anything President Reagan achieved before or during his Presidency. Her slightest word has catapulted hitherto obscure candidates to unprecedented primary victories. Most of these candidates seem to be positioned for victory in the general election.
So, is Sarah Palin the second coming of Ronald Reagan? The only proof of that will be if she runs for President against Barack Obama, beats him, and then conducts a history changing Presidency.
The attendees of the reception and the dinner have pronounced themselves very impressed with Sarah Palin. Many actually pronounced themselves ready to support a Palin run for the Presidency. If that happens, a far left, first African American President in history could be followed and repudiated by a conservative, first female American President in history.
Source: Sarah Palin speaks to electability issue, Jonathon Martin, Politico, October 8th, 2010