November 25th, 2008
04:01 PM ET

GOP’s chances if Palin is 2012 presidential nominee?


Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It may feel like a long ways away, but Republicans are already looking ahead to the 2012 presidential election.

According to a new Gallup Poll, Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents most would like to see Sarah Palin run for president in 2012. That's right…Sarah "I read all the newspapers," Palin. Former mayor of Wasilla, first-term governor of Alaska and hockey mom. Her interviews with Katie Couric are the stuff of legend. After she and McCain got their clocks cleaned, Governor Palin couldn't get enough of the TV cameras. They were in her kitchen, her office, virtually every corner of her life. She is now reportedly being wooed to write a book-that would be interesting-or maybe do a TV show.

Watch: Cafferty: Palin in 2012?

Republicans also like Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee as possible candidates for 2012. Palin, Romney and Huckabee- in that order– got the highest scores among 10 possible Republican candidates for president.

Other possibilities like Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Bobby Jindal and Charlie Crist didn't even get the support of half the Republicans polled.

Here’s my question to you: What are the Republicans’ chances in 2012 if Sarah Palin is their first choice for president?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Gina from Racine, Wisconsin writes:
Even the Republicans are not dumb enough to elect a President that can't even get through a complete sentence, again. This woman massacres the English Language and her "folksy" way of talking sounds borderline trailer trash. I can't see her carrying on an intelligent conversation with another world leader.

Mike from Syracuse, New York writes:
Jack, it doesn't matter. If the economy is fixed and humming along in four years, no one will beat Obama. If it's not, no one could lose to Obama, since Obama will be the new Bush.

Alexis writes:
Jack, her chances are good. She has a special need child, I have a special need child. She has a son fighting overseas, I have a son overseas. She's a hockey mom, I'm a soccer mom. True blue American, but more importantly she's a governor and qualified. Why don't you do a poll on who has a better personality Cafferty or Palin? That's more interesting than this squabble.

Carol from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania writes:
Zippity-do-dah. Wow! Is she the best the Republicans think they've got? Palin will run as the anti-MENSA candidate.

Mike writes:
As George Carlin said, “Imagine how stupid the average person is, and half the people are stupider than that.”

Anne from Chicago, Illinois writes:
Did I hear you say Palin is writing a book? How is that possible when I've yet to hear her complete a proper sentence? Shouldn't she try reading one first?

Michael writes:
My answer to your question: Excellent. But my question is: What are Cafferty's chances of being on CNN in 2012? My answer: None.

Filed under: GOP • Sarah Palin
soundoff (364 Responses)
  1. Robert From Canada

    Well Jack my first reaction is please! Let them run her again – then we can be assured no GOP is in the white house for a long time.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  2. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Palin has got to be the dumbest politician in history. Each time I expect her to learn something from her spectacular blunders, she does something even dumber, like talking about how much fun she is having while turkeys are being slaughtered right behind her. Then she tries to say that she had no idea that was going on. Hello! It was a SLAUGHTER HOUSE. What did she think went on there, turkey rehabilitation?

    November 25, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  3. Phil-Wenatchee, WA

    I don't think the Republicans are that stupid, but if they are...it'll not only be a landslide for Obama, but an AVALANCHE of victory in 2012.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  4. Jenna Wade

    What are the Republicans’ chances in 2012 if Sarah Palin is their first choice for president?

    Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving to the Democratic party..

    All she has to do is to put herself in front of a camera and open her mouth..

    I sure hope that Palin puts herself out there in 2012 and 2016

    Roseville CA

    November 25, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  5. Cori from Colorado

    If Sarah runs, they'll guarantee another Democratic win!

    November 25, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  6. C from Georgia


    The same as flying pigs... with lipstick and stilettos of course.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  7. Greg Allison

    None. If she did win it would not be any different then an Obama administration. If the GOP is smart they will quit the neo-conservatism and actually be different from the Democratic party.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  8. NANCY M.- Colorado

    Perish the thought!!! Hopefully she will have faded into the sunset by then.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  9. Dave

    Not without a serious injection of political charisma...an "every mom" may be a likable image, but I don't think anyone would see that person solving global challenges like we're witnessing today.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  10. Esther M. Akron Ohio

    slim to none

    November 25, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  11. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    If she some how manages to become the Republican nominee in 2012; she will have illustrated another example of how the GOP continues to shoot themselves in the foot and loose elections. The Republican Party just doesn't get it, change your failed policies first, and then run for political office.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  12. odessa

    honestly, i think that the gop crew will terminate palin instantly because they want to refurbished their brand name..palin is a total for the gop party..she may only bring out the certain consertative base not moderates and independents...when it comes to domestic and foreign issues, palin has the slightest clue of knowning anything and the gop crew are laughing at her..i'm tired of palin and i wish that she stay out of the political spotlight for good..

    November 25, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  13. Conor in Chicago

    Very high. I will never have faith in this coutnry ever again after 8 years of Bush. All you need is the right person with a bible in their hand and tens of millions of people in this country completely loose all of their sense and march lock-step with the American "Party of God". It's scarry.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  14. Jim, Kansas

    It's too early to tell, Jack. Give her a chance to write two or three books, kill two or three more moose, and do a bunch of interviews.
    Then go ahead and ask this same question again.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  15. Tom - Las Vegas, Nevada

    It's impossible to say right now since she has two years to change her image quietly before anyone will really care about her again. Neither party can win an election with their base alone and Palin didn't show an ability to reach out to moderates.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  16. Tim, NJ


    If they continue alienating a large swath of the polical landscape (the part in the middle) by selecting ultra-right wing social conservative ideologues like Palin, they will ensure their defeat in the next several elections. Bobby Jindal, and other middle-of-the-road fiscal conservatives, represent the best choices for bringing about success for the GOP.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  17. perry jones

    I will vote for her

    perry jones
    council bluffs iowa

    November 25, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  18. Lois, Ont., Canada

    Nil !!!!

    November 25, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  19. Karen - Nashville TN

    Hopeless. Intelligent Republicans have already seen through her facade, and those with little to work will be bored with her by then. That will leave an embarrassing bunch of fanatics and racists who will repel the moderates and young people she would hope to attract.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  20. Ted O. (Canada)

    If the Republicans pick Sarah Palin for 2012 Presidential nominee, their chances of winning the election are ZERO. As we all know Sarah and her type of populist campaigning appeal to a minority hardcore following, who would vote Republican no matter what. She does not posses anywhere near the cognitive gravitas, required for the position.
    In the brains department, she doesn't even shine a candle to the likes of Bobby Jindal, or the Florida governor. I don't think the Republicans will be hoodwinked by the RNC again in 2012.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  21. Myra Becnel

    Zero to none for the Republicans but a gift from them to the Democrates that keeps on giving!

    Myra from Hawaii

    November 25, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  22. Steven McCarthy

    As a democrat I would love to see Palin as the republican nominee. I think you would see a Goldwater type general election with the democrats gaining in the house and senate. I love the press she is getting and I hope it continues. I hope she leads the republicans. I am a Palin fan because I believe she has no chance. Go Sarah!

    November 25, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  23. Mark in OKC

    As long as she announces her candidacy in Russia, with Turkeys being butchered as a backdrop, while wearing the latest from Neaman Marcus, how can the Republicans lose?

    November 25, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  24. RJ - Ohio

    Slim to None!!!!!

    November 25, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  25. David, Tampa, Fl

    If the newly elected administration is still mired in the economic mess currently playing, she well could be a viable contender for the Republican Party nomination. I will not, under any circumstances, vote for her or any Republican office seeker for the forseeable future. I may not vote for a Democrat either. I am not fond of the present two party farce in this country and I am a proud "No Party Affiliation" person.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  26. David Gerstenfeld, Las Vegas

    Who cares?

    November 25, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  27. Sherrol in Canada

    My goodness Jack, haven't we had enough of her? Even my keyboard is wary!

    The GOP would become even more of a laughing stock if that be the case. She is absolutely not ready and may not ever be and there are so many other up and coming Rep's to choose from. The party needs to rebuild and become one of inclusion, remember?

    Palin, albeit young, does not share the same vision for the county & world as most 18 – 45 yr olds – the group that this party needs most to engage. She is way too conservative and this group of voters are looking for progressive, 'out of the box' thinking and solutions. They are a generation that is quite a different ilk.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  28. Marieth, Chicago

    Hi, Jack

    I'd say their chances are less than the chances they had in 2008. First impressions are lasting ones.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  29. dennis north carolina


    November 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  30. Caroline from Virginia

    It's funny how the Grand Old Party has suddenly become the "Grand Old Palin". I am worried sick for the republicans, and I'm a democrat!

    November 25, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  31. John

    Jack: Chances if GOP nominates Palin 2012? None!!!! Please make it easy for the Democrats to win in 2012.


    November 25, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  32. Morgan, TN

    That would be a dream come true......for the Democrats. She is about the most clueless candidate to ever run for public office. Should have looked at the books more and the mirror less.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  33. mac from traverse city Michigan

    Jack I would give better odds to a meatball floating in a pirhana pond.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:41 pm |

    Zero to none but I say go ahead the Democrats will be around another 4 years possible 16

    November 25, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  35. Sandi AZ

    It will be alot cheaper, the Democrats won't have to campaign at all!!

    November 25, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  36. Paul from Parry Sound, Ontario

    If she runs, Tina Fey will decide the election.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  37. Scott - Kansas


    You have to take into account that she'll have more experience, the infatuation of Obama will be over once every realizes that he's just another golden-tongued politician, and the fact that Palin really doesn't belong in an office higher than Governor.

    Honestly, the only people who think she's a possible candidate are the liberals and the media. Oh, sorry, I shouldn't have separated those two...

    November 25, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  38. Len of Colfax, WI

    I hope the chances are very close to nothing! She has showed that she will accept the nomination for a position for which she is totally unprepared. She has showed she will answer questions and do things when she is unprepared. I would never be able to trust her judgment if she were nominated in 2012. She would be just as likely to make some decision when she is totally unprepared to make that decision.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  39. Bodo, Ann Arbor

    The GOP must realize by now that Palin contributed NOTHING to McCain's career, and probably ruined whatever chances he might have had. She just roused the basest of the base while turning away many intelligent Republicans.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  40. Russ in Johnston, IA

    If the Republicans can get no better candidate in the next 3 years, the party itself won't have a leg to stand on. Palin in 2012 – are you kidding? She was the wild-card 'maverick' choice for McCain because of Hillary's big push and big following on the Dem side...so now she is qualified to lead the country when her as the VP selection 'wowed' so many?!?!

    November 25, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  41. Bob D of Morristown, NJ

    I think that's a terrific idea. Obama will surely need more than four years to clean up the Bush mess.

    For the Republicans to paint themselves into an ever smaller niche, defining themselves as the party that seeks to impose it narrow religious behavioral strictures on the entire county is certain to ailienate the electorate even further, besides Palin's demonstrated ignorance and incompetence.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  42. Dave, FL


    November 25, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  43. Nick B from Watertown SD

    Well by GOP standards, she can shoot a gun, so she must be the perfect female candidate. But for the rest of America that's not good enough.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  44. Sarah

    I'd give about the same odds as Elvis reappearing for a one last concert... uhh huh.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  45. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    All her interviews since the election keep proving what a mistake this woman was for the GOP this year. She needs to keep quiet for a while so people can forget what an Air head she is. I think the chance of Palin sounding Presidential is zilch, so it is even harder to imagine her being president now or ever. She needs to grow into the job, maybe by the time she is 72, she will be ready, but not in 2012, no way, no how!!!

    November 25, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  46. Ed Reed

    About the same as those turkeys behind her in her last interview.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX
    The Real America

    November 25, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  47. Greg in Cabot AR

    Unless Obama really messes up his first term, Palin is the GOP's likely candidate. The Republicans will have to have a disposable nominee since anyone with political savvy doesn’t want the title of runner-up on their resume if they plan a long career in politics.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  48. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    Slim to none!

    November 25, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  49. Paul H from Los Angeles, CA

    They'd probably have the same chances that they did this year, if not worse. In that case, as a Democrat, I say, "Go Palin!!"

    November 25, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  50. Frank from Peterborough

    With the GOP supporters pretty much limited to the religious fanatics and those with below average intelligence Palin might get the nod as a sacrificial lamb in 2012.

    The few sensible Republicans that are left seem to think 2012 is out of the question for their party so they might just silently watch Sara being the chosen one.

    A lot like her being selected as VP so you betcha Jack!

    November 25, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  51. David in San Diego

    39% of the popular vote and fewer than 120 electoral votes. Bring it ion!!

    November 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  52. Anne from Vero Beach, FL

    About the same as 2008. She has a cult following for sure, but I think the Repubs will be smarter next time around. Palin appeals to the religious right and a few hockey moms but the majority of thinking party members saw through her. I don't believe her star will rise as predicted, unless its on the talk show circuit.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  53. john,winter haven florida

    Should be a slam dunk,you betcha.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  54. Henry

    . . Excellent, Jack, just excellent.

    Obama 2012.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  55. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Their chances would be slim to none......and slim just left town.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  56. Chris, Thousand Oaks Ca

    If they do, they will lose handily and show they haven't learned anything. They would continue to be the irrelevant party of the wing nuts, the illiterate and the past, and that's just fine with me. Palin is nothing but a demagogue and a dim bulb.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  57. Darren

    That simply shows how bad off they really are.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:05 pm |

    Do we have to keep hearing her name? When I hear it I think of nails on a chalk board. How about her pardoning a turkey? Todd must have been gov. for the day. If that is the best they have, then bring her on.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  59. Charlie in Belen, New Mexico

    Your answer is dependent upon how well the voters feel that the next four years go. If the voters feel that the Democrats under the leadership of President Obama have done a good job, then NO G.O.P. candidate will do well. If the voters are unhappy, well then ....

    November 25, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  60. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Nada. To get anywhere, or even live a long time, a the Republicans will have to guess, and guess right, over and over again, without enough data for a logical answer.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  61. richard a. winkler

    The chances would be zero. Palin is another one of their idiots, and surely the people know that by now.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  62. richard a. winkler

    The chances would be zero.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  63. Mike S.,New Orleans

    I think Sarah Palin would be an excellent choice for Republicans in 2012. She could run on the family values moral majority platform, and her issues could be abstinence, flag burning, anti-gays, and abortions. And the whole party can go down in their right wing neocon rhetorical flames.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  64. Roger from Espanola, New Mexico

    If the Republican party sinks so low as to have their hopes invested in the likes of a Sarah Palin, they won't have a chance, unless the rest sink as low as well!

    November 25, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  65. Sue/PA


    As my wonderful smart Mother use to say...."Not a snowballs chance in hell". But, hey, if that is who the GOP wants, they better remember that that "breath of fresh air" blows in one ear and out the other.

    Sue Polinick
    Emporium, PA

    November 25, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  66. John, Marlborough MA

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – Albert Einstein.

    'Nuff said.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  67. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    It all depends on how President Obama does during his first term. We tend to place the blame for everything on the President so if the economy has not turned around and our credibility on the World Stage has not been reestablished, then Sarah Palin can come in and say, "I told you so." Bottomline; a lot can change in four years.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  68. AndyZag Fairfax, VA

    It means that the grand old party is done, it's goose is cooked and we will never take them seriously again. This will be Dubya's legacy.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  69. Jay from Belmont, CA

    The fate of the Republicans in 2012 with Palin as the nominee is about the same as that upside down turkey in the turkey farm in Vasilia!
    It will not be pretty, but entertaining for sure.

    Jay from Belmont, Ca

    November 25, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  70. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Jack, I think Sarah Palin would be eaten alive in the primaries. After a few debates with Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindhal, and others, she would feel like one of those turkeys that she didn’t pardon the other day…

    November 25, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  71. Stephen in NJ

    Who can say. 2012 is a long way away.
    She may be able to maintain the shine of being a new face.
    She may manage to appeal to more of the population the base
    of the republican party with a wink and a smile. Her sure to be best
    selling book may get people to believe she's actuality smart.
    I only know one thing, she won't be getting my vote.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  72. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    Slim to none would be our guess. She is going to have to stay in the national "spotlight" in order to have any chance. Who knows who will be the front runners in 2011/12 anyway?

    November 25, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  73. Lee in TN

    Maybe if she were to catch up the national and world news by then,she might have a chance.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  74. Arlon in Scottsdale, AZ

    None, that about somes it up.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  75. SAM in FLORIDA

    Four more years fpr Obama and Biden. Oh yeah!!!

    November 25, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  76. Annie, Atlanta

    I don't know what their chances would be, though I know what they should be. It certainly would be a sad statement about us if she could be their nominee.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  77. karen-phoenix

    NO NO NO Palin–EVER!!!! I can not even stand to hear that women talk!!!! She is uneducated and her children are all high school drop outs!!!! Stay in Alaska where that is accepted but its NOT accepted in the lower 48!!! WE educated our kids and do what ever it takes to send them to college!!! God Bless Obama and his team for the next 8 years!!!!

    November 25, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  78. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    If the Obama Administration is run half as well as the Obama campaign, then the GOP's chances would be zero if Ronald Reagan were somehow resurrected tomorrow, and was able to run again.
    If Palin runs, her chances would be minus 20. In fact, I hope she does, so Obama won't have to raise much money and campaign so hard, like he did this year. He could use some sleep.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  79. Venia PA

    My prayer is that the clueless pathological liar runs again in 2012 so that she guarentees a second Obama term.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  80. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    Whos Sarah Palin ?

    November 25, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  81. Diane/Allentown PA

    Nah, I'm thinking by then she'll be competition for Oprah – a talk show for guys and gals – wink, wink.......

    November 25, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  82. joe-allentown,pa.

    I've been a Republican all my life, & believe in what the Republican platform agenda's stand for, but, seeing how a felonious Bush Administration operated over the past 8 years it's very hard to say with real honesty that I would ever vote Republican again. The damage was done, & with out any Damage Control to help the Middle Class to survive this crisis, the good ship, U.S.S. Republican will sink into oblivion, & Sarah Palin along with Capt. Jonh McCain, & his crew of Rebublican, to never be seen again. The Democrates are throwing a life preserver to the them to work together. If there is any more incoming flak, from the Republican crew, it's all over for Gov.Pailin to be nominated in 2012.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  83. Tom Tx

    Paul Begala said he would pay her filing fee if she decides to run.I think a lot of Dems would help with that.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  84. Sharon, Rockford, IL

    This is a trick question, right? Sarah Palin has been sold a bill of goods by the Republican party and her ego and ambition has enabled her to buy into it. One would think that the party has learned its lesson with the last eight years with a dumb president, but from I'm reading, apparently not. It's okay though, if they continue pushing her and what she represents we won't have to worry about the republicans controlling Washington for a long time to come. After what they've put us through, that would be a good thing for all of us. Maybe we should all push her to run in 2012.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  85. Stephen in NJ

    Who can say. 2012 is a long way away.
    She may be able to maintain the shine of being a new face.
    She may manage to appeal to more of the population then the base
    of the republican party with a wink and a smile. Her sure to be best
    selling book may get people to believe she’s actually smart.
    I only know one thing, she won’t be getting my vote.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  86. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    If the GOP is stupid enough to put Palin forth as their candidate in 2012 would be great for the Dems. Gov. Palin can read prepared text, but she is clearly not that bright. I think this country is finish with accepting candidates for President on the basis of whom you would like to share a beer. Intellect is now the driving elements for that job. For anyone who took the time to truly look and listen to Mrs. Palin has to know she does not possess the intelligence for the job of President of the United States.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  87. Ray [Maryland]

    They'll have two chances Zero, and none!

    November 25, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  88. arlene in iowa

    they are in big trouble if thats all they can come up with for 2012..yea..that means the dems. will win again..How the mighty have fallen..

    November 25, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  89. Jack in Chicago

    I'd say the odds are something like
    66,882,230 to 1

    November 25, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  90. toni boutwell, myrtle beach, sc

    Remember the turkeys being slaughtered behind her in the last photo op. Those turkeys had a better chance than the republicans would with Palin! She already cost them the last election, do you really think they're dumb enough to make the same mistake again?

    November 25, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  91. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Well,let's at least have the inauguration of Obama before we start the 2012 campaign. As for Palin,her performance last week at the turkey farm should her to rest,at last!

    November 25, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  92. ajks

    Zero, zip, zilch, nada.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  93. Jim/NC

    GOP has no chance if Obama performs well. If not, Palin would have a very good chance.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  94. Nuwan

    That all depends on how Obama administration handle next 4 years. If Obama does what he said he would do, then GOP will not have to wait till 2016. Meantime, Sarah Palin has lot of things to learn. She can start from making a visit to her neighbor, Russia.

    – Nuwan from Houston, TX

    November 25, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  95. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    The actual calculated probablility of Palin winning an election for the presidency in 2012 is 0.000000000000000000000000352

    November 25, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  96. Saundra from District Heights MD

    I would never rule out anything in America. Even though I think she is ignorant as well as divisive she has just a good a chance as any. For some reason ignorance is celebrated in this country!

    November 25, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  97. Craig


    The GOP need not concern itself with such silliness.
    Obama will win again anyway.

    in Oklahoma

    November 25, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  98. Anna, Missouri

    Something tells me that it won't happen. She went back to Alaska to find her popularity eroaded, and another ethics charge against her. The main source of income for Alaska is oil and prices are about 1/3 of what it was so she will now have to actually balance a budget and make real decisions. It is amazing what money can buy (her popularity) but when she takes it away, she won't even win the next election for govenor.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  99. Hasel, Florida

    Why would they even contemplate the option??!! ... Hasn't the republican party endured enough bad reputation to deal with for 8 years???... Are they looking to extend it for a lifetime??? ... This should only be an option if they are seeking their own demise.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  100. Pugas-AZ

    Assuming we will all be here in 2012, and not living in servitude to the Chinese, I hope we have better political choices from which to pick. Palin will probably be on TV or working in the oil fields, so we won't have to look forward to that choice.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  101. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    It's never been nice to call someone stupid or dumb but in her case I'll have to make an exception and apologize to her in a hundred years or so. The shoe fits her and regardless of what she may be able to stuff into that pea brain of her's she's not Presidential material and never will be.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  102. Fran, Michigan

    They might have a chance if Tina Fay stands in for Palin!!!!

    November 25, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  103. Ann from Newton, New Jersey

    Same thing that happened this election. They will lose, big time. Is she the best they can do?

    November 25, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  104. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    If the GOP was to run her again in 2012 it would tell more about the party than Sarah herself. Sarah is she what she is. There are a lot of posts that will go on about all that is negative about her. Problem is that it means that the party hasn't figured out how really out there they are. Who would be in a party that ran Sarah ? Think about it and who these folks are.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  105. Simpliticus

    The Cutesy stuff plays now for Palin but serious economic mending is in order. She will be a serious contender if the other potential GOP contenders allow this. But even before this Obama's success or lack thereof will be the important factor to even give consideration her way.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  106. Kay

    They will put her up if they want to lose...because...she is a loser. Can't wait until Alaska rejects her too...Reno, NV

    November 25, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  107. ozzi in AZ

    Whoa! You mean they're even considering it???
    I would hope they would have a better specimen to offer.
    If not, they should just disappear and stay out of the running.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  108. Jane (Minnesota)

    Not good in my opinion. I think the damage done in this election is too extensive for most Americans to forget. She'll be a hit with the 34% the people in the survey a while back who thought the GOP was not off track.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  109. Michael from Greenfield, Wi.

    No chance at all. Obama won't have to walk the fine line that he had to balance this time to break the race barrier. The next time around he will enjoy the luxury of unleashing the full power of his intellectual oratory. If anyone thinks that Sarah Palin can stand toe to toe with Obama in that arena, well, I have a bundled sub-prime loan package I would like to sell to you.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  110. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jack it doesn't matter. If the economy is fixed and humming along in 4 years, no one will beat Obama. If it's not, no one could lose to Obama, since Obama will be the new Bush.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  111. Gina in Racine, Wi

    Sarah Palin was (and continues to be) the gift that keeps on giving.

    Even the Republican's are not dumb enough to elect a President that can't even get through a complete sentence. (again).

    This woman massacres the English Language and her "folksy" way of talking sounds borderline trailer trash. I can't see her carrying on an intelliegnt conversation with another World Leader.

    As an Obamamaniac....I WANT them to run her. 2012 will just be another landslide for Obama.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  112. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    After this historic election, the actual presidency and legacy of Obama and team; the chances for the GOP with Palin is no chance at all!

    November 25, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  113. Karl from SF, CA

    What are the Republican's chances of still being a viable party at all in 2012 at the rate they are going today? If 2008 is an example of their competence in choosing their candidates, Palin will be their natural choice and they will need to put a ton of lipstick on their elephant.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:58 pm |

    The answer to that question is very obivious – She would bring disaster to the Republican Party – she is damaged goods and "dumber-than-a-bucket of rocks" – cannot understand how she continues to draw interest – maybe people need a good laugh.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  115. Sherrol in Canada

    Naught, I hope.......Her platform of 'drill baby drill', anti abortion, anti gay, anti sex education, religion bordering on the fanatical would make the USA feel as if were going through a time warp

    November 25, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  116. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    Like I said before, she's Bush in skirts. She will probably get the nod and let's face it, the country was dumbed-down enough to vote in Bush twice so she just might make it. At the least, she will give comics their livelihood for at least four years and finish the job Bush did by completely flushing this country down the toilet.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  117. Mickie

    Even the republicans don't like Sarah Palin! If that is their first choice, they are scraping the bottom of the barrel - better to pick that turkey that lost its head.

    November 25, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  118. Pat in NM

    The only reason Palin was on the ticket in the first place, and the reason the nation now even knows her name, is because McCain made a desperate attempt at capturing the female vote. I can't imagine her surviving very long against the likes of Romney, Jindal, Guliani, etc., during a primary season.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  119. Mary from Houston, tx

    Doesn't Sarah Palin seem like bush 2?
    The GOP probably love the her as their candidate, you can hunt and have a beer with her...look how great the bush/cheney administration was, have they accomplished anything of worth, and yet 30% still approve?
    Bush/cheney seem like the worst administration in our country's history, so they'll probably nominate Gov. Palin.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  120. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Totally nil. I think she needs at a minimum 8 years to catch up on what she should have learned in college. Why do the press keep pushing this woman on the American electorate? She is simply not qualified for public office other than maybe as a mayor.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  121. Linda in Florida

    I can't even imagine it! Maybe if she wants to ensure a win, she can show the video of her talking after pardoning a turkey while a worker in the background slaughters others.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  122. Meg Ulmes

    Unless Sarah gets some serious knowledge in that brain of hers, and then uses it to actually think through problems and situations, the Republicans won't be in the White House for a long time. Unfortunately, she is so sure of herself, I doubt that she would consider that she could use some self-improvement. Sarah is not a reflective person. Her actions during the campaign, and in the weeks after certainly demonstration her egotistical arrogance. Bring her on!

    Troy, Ohio

    November 25, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  123. Eileen Peabody MA

    Well Jack,

    I always had an impression the members of the Republican Party were well educated, somewhat wealthy people.

    If they choose to run Sarah Palin in 2012...I guess it will only prove I am entirely off base.

    What I do hope, and hopefully the Republicans will agree with me, is that we let her fade into obscurity. As a matter of fact....I almost didn't respond to this question because I am sick to death of Sarah Palin
    Let’s stop talking about her.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  124. Rian McMurtry

    Palin has an air pocket between her ears, so I expect the republicans would lose in a landslide.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  125. Phil in New York

    As good a chance as George writing a book ! ! Never gonna happen !

    November 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  126. Pat

    At this point I refuse to watch any interview or show in which she appears.
    I would not even consider voting for her

    November 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  127. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, if she is their first choice for presidential nominee, it means that the Republicans are intellectually bankrupt if they think that a glib, superficial candidate is the best person qualified to speak for Americans at home and on the world stage. It would be the equivalent of having a reprisal of George Bush neo-con thinking at the helm of the country. I doubt if any sane American would want to revisit that scenario.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  128. Mike - Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Unless the nation becomes brain dead Palin has no chance. She is a narrow minded limited person who appeals to one segment of the Republican party.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  129. Billy G in Las Vegas

    (I shall try again)

    I am a Democrate. I will donate to any "committee" that supports Sarah Palin as the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  130. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    I can't believe the American people as a whole are that stupid. She energized the 'base', but that base is pretty small and is losing power even as we speak.

    As I said on the Ticker - I'm an old woman, and with any luck I'll be dead before Sarah gets anywhere near the White House. I just hope it isn't 2012.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  131. Lesley, Lighthouse Point

    If she is the best they got, the GOPs chances are about as good as that turkey Sarah Palin stood in front of this last week during her interview at the turkey farm.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  132. barbara in Tacoma

    Hey Jack, she'll be lucky if she wins another term as governor. The people of Alaska found out how she was screwing them and how stupid she really is.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  133. Gigi in Alabama

    The thought of Sarah Palin ever becoming President is not a nightmare, it is a night terror. She's back in Alaska, so just let her stay there . . . forever!!!

    November 25, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  134. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    First George Bush, now Sarah Palin, they will be lucky if there is a GOP by 2012.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  135. Len in Washington

    Zero, Jack, if Governor Jindal runs. He's intelligent, resourceful, very well spoken and she's........well.......she's "Sarah Palin."

    November 25, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  136. Wendy from Shillington PA

    Nil! 'Nuff said.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  137. Sandi, Chicago

    Palin in 2012??? Yikes! Let's pray that she makes millions off her books, interviews, etc. and decides to stay put in Alaska. In my opinion, she is as dumb as George W.

    Maybe the media needs to 'drop' Sarah Palin from their commentary. Let the country get over her stupidity!

    November 25, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  138. Ron

    Jack : This is just like being on the game show Jeopardy. The correct answer is "What is 0"

    Ron in Montreal

    November 25, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  139. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Very good, and that's scary.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  140. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Palin can win in 2012 if 50.1% of Americans choose to have lobotomies by then.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  141. Doris/St. Louis, MO

    Sarah Palin should get out there on the campaign trail ASAP, wink, blink, lipstick,pit-bull, thanks,but no thanks, etc, etc.... that will ensure the GOP another 8 years!

    November 25, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  142. Winton from Alaska

    It would be close to zero. She represents the old Repbublican party which has no chance of reclaiming power. She'd probably have a better chance of winning the Mrs. America paegent.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  143. Dean in Atown PA

    Hi Jack,
    I believe if Putin lands in Alaska, on one of his fly bys, and meets with Sarah that would guaranty the Repubs of her foreign policy experience and she would be a shoe in.

    Go Sarah

    November 25, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  144. Doug - Dallas

    If the Republicans are stupid enough to nominate Palin in 2012, they will get what they deserve. My guess is it will take her longer than 4 years to learn everything she needs to know to become a "serious" contender. The one thing she proved during the election process was how much of a lightweight she was.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  145. carol in Oregon

    If Obama doesn't perform well and she can out talk the media she'll win hands down. We are a fickle people.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  146. Don

    Jack, We have to be careful. Depending on how we act in the next 4 years will tell. She has the extreme right wing behind her and look what they did for George Bush. Neither have much intelligence but they appeal to the lowest form of hate, descrimination, and class warfare. They calim to be for the little guy, (joe the plumber), but do you see them with any regular folks other than a campaign? No, they are with the Wall street boys, remember Bush proadly told them they were his base.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  147. marrig San Francisco, CA

    I think that Sarah's ignorance and stupidity is so ingrained in people's minds at this point that only the extreme religious right would even consider her. And why should they when there are a few intelligent leaders available who actually have education, knowledge and talking ability?

    November 25, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  148. Alan, Buxton Maine

    I would answer but I can't stop laughing. If she won I would expect to see a stuffed moose head over her desk in the oval office. (You Beccha, By Golly).

    November 25, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  149. Geoffrey in Lowell, MA

    If the GOP continues it's dalliance with Ms. Palin it won't have any more chance than a Turkey on the set of one of her speeches. Only one in three were left standing after the alaska turkey gaffe. Anyone remember the LBJ Beagle ear incident? At least the beagles survived.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  150. Chryssa

    She's on track to do exactly what Hillary did – get the base fired up, assume she's going to make history, assume she'll be the nominee, then find herself back in her living room before she knows what hit her. If the Republicans are smart, they'll put forward a fresh face in 2012. (Here's to hoping they're not.)

    Boise, ID

    November 25, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  151. Lissa from Montreal

    Their chances are good. To lose!! Seriously, this woman needs to go away and either redefine/reinvent herself, or just stay in Alaska where the governor's baby and husband are as much a part of the political fabric as her press secretary and budget director.

    She can't change THAT drastically to be able to win a nomination – perhaps she can give a keynote speech. Heaven knows, there aren't enough winks in the GOP keynote speakers to date!

    November 25, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  152. Tripp, Mechanicsburg, PA

    A piece of meat thrown into a den of lions would have better chances. The GOP needs to look long, hard at themselves. They can continue to spin as much as they like, but America has decided to choose a direction. And that direction is the way of the Good Samaritan that comes to the aid of those in need without asking if they are gay or if they are Christian. We need to work together to solve the problems caused by partisanism, not fortify ourselves for the next battle.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  153. Wendy



    November 25, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  154. don in naples, florida

    wait a second, going from v.p nominee to presidential nominee in just four years- even after all of the mishaps of the last campaign. The GOP needs to focus, stop trying to be political, assess the needs of the time and stop trying to dupe the masses into electing someone because they are pretty, or a middle class joe, etc. The GOP would have handily won this time if they would have selected someone who their party actually embraces wholly. Mccain has always been an outsider and a long shot in his party. Mitt Romney would have satisfied all the needs of this country. A conservative, pro lifer, strong religious convictions, who is good with money. If the GOP wants to win, stop being political and be smart.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  155. JIM

    I don't think she will have a chance. There are other Republican governors more qualified. then her. Of course, 4 years uis a long time. She got campaign experience. It will also depend on her performance as governor in the next 4 years.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  156. Richard in Colorado

    If I were a Republican, I would change parties or become an Independent were she to become the nominee. The only people who are enamored by her are the Christian right and some men who imagine being close to her. She is the shallowest and most uneducated politician in the U.S. The sad part is she doesn't know it. As Clint Eastwood once said; "You have to know your limitations."
    As a voter I would ask the Republicans to please not nominate her. We have already been embarassed enough by W.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  157. Nick from Gurnee

    The GOP's chances are bad enough with her as a candidate that Howard Dean should seriously consider helping her finance her primary run.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  158. L.M.,Arizona

    If Palin the GOP nominee 2012 they won't have to worry about 2012 they will have to worry about 2024 that's how much damage she could do to the GOP if there is still a GOP.


    November 25, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  159. Brett in Oriskany,Va

    Well depends on who takes over leadership in the party. The moderates won't have her, she's frankly an embarrasment. The religious right is already organizing a bid for leadership, if they win control, she'll play a part but doubt whether she'd get the nomination. The "base" is not enough to make the republicans competitive, the need the middle conservatives.They won't take Palin

    November 25, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  160. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    Let's just say, another Democratic Landslide! I hope she does run!!

    November 25, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  161. rwhite - central Fl

    How many different ways can you say NIL?

    It would be the absolute most moronic thing any political party has done since the Dems ran John Kerry to run Palin for President, or even VP. She's done. If they get in, make HER secretary of state! But if the Reps do that, they're done, finished. I think four years from now, it's going to be the year of Independents. Get ready, here they come. Half this country is still very angry Obama pulled the wool over the country's weak minded and if he screws up and people start going hungry, he's out, the Dem congress is out and Indies are IN!

    November 25, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  162. steve in pensacola

    Hi Jack,
    Palin has so many "gates" that were never opened that I don't think the Republicans have any idea what they'd be getting into putting her up. The only thing she's got going for her is "stage presence" as far as I'm concerned. And without a script in front of her, I don't think I ever heard one concise complete coherent sentence from her. She just kind of rambles...........................

    November 25, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  163. Joe, Wurtsboro,New York.

    None. We already got a preview of what she will bring to the table, Moose Stew.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  164. Alexis in Austin, Texas

    If Sarah runs in 2012, then the GOP might as well not campaign! it will be a Clean sweep for the Democatic Party FOR SURE!

    November 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  165. linell, winter park, fl

    Oh dear God! Just when I thought it was safe to turn the TV news on again. Is there no end to the coverage of this woman? She, whose name shall not be spoken, is the reason that I changed my registration to Independent. I might change it back to Republican just so I can vote against her in the 2012 primary!

    November 25, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  166. Laura

    God help us if Sarah becomes president. She may start shooting us from helicopters.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  167. Philip, Dallas TX

    I thought the GOP's comedy of errors would have taught them a lesson about choosing a flash-in-the-pan candidate. But if they want to try polarizing us again in four years, it might as well be Palin again, although I think it's much more likely she will quietly be pushed out of the primaries for someone more qualified.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  168. karen Charlottesville, VA

    I believe that she could head up a populist, anti-intellectual party, and that would free the Republicans of the religious right that has become such an albatross to them. The Republicans could re-emerge as a limited goverment party, which would appeal to many, and let the likes of Palin lead the party of the "great unwashed."

    November 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  169. skeeve

    Considering appalling ignorance of a very large percentage of voters in this country nothing will surprise me, even this person as a president.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  170. Annie Florida

    Best laugh I have had all day Jack...this particular question! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  171. Gordon from Roanoke, Virginia

    SLIM AND NONE! All Sarah Palin is good for on the trail is hunting moose if she doesn't take time out to do a little fishing along the way. As for Sarah Palin herself, she's a small fish in a big sea. I don't even think she would be good enough to use for bait!

    November 25, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  172. Frank - Des Moines, IA

    I think her chances of being the nominee are as good as anybody's. However, I think she has a lot to learn in the next 4 years about foreign policy, economic issues and working more towards the center. The biggest factor though is where our nation is at 4 years from now. Obama has quit a task ahead of him and if he gets done what he says he is going to do then we need to be talking about 2016 instead for Palin.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  173. Dave from Ohio


    If I was a Republican, I would be insulted. Could you imagine Sarah Palin trying to fix this financial crisis? Its mind numbing; to think that she would even be considered. Let’s hope that America is smart enough not to allow that to happen. I don’t see the US leaning towards the Republican Party anytime soon.

    Bush not only set America back 20 years, but probably set the Republican Party back 50 years.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  174. erica p san antonio, tx

    Unless they have their head in the sand this can only be a cynical support. Rebublicans know a sacrificial lamb is needed against a Obama win in 2012. She will buy them enough time to retool their platform and find a candidate who can appeal to moderate and independent voters.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  175. Tom Armstrong

    As I personally felt that neither McCain nor Obama is competent for the job, I considered the "heart beat" factor. When I compared Biden to Palin, I had to choke back a laugh and unhesitantingly voted for Obama/Biden.

    Just an opinion, mind ya', but Palin in '12? Are you KIDDING??? Obama's guaranteed a re-election!

    November 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  176. ED in NK, RI

    Palin makes GW look like Einstein. I would encourage the GOP to perform their "circus tricks" in 2012, to back a Palin ticket, and finally put an end to this disfunctional party; that has engaged in the complete oblivion of this country and its principals.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  177. Gip, FL

    You dont change the General in the middle of a fight. She doesnt stand a chance of even getting the Republican nomination. Mike Huckabee, would be my guess.

    Is Palin the only thing the Republicans have. She is a joke!
    Joe the Plumber who has a book deal now could be her running mate .

    I Like Mike!

    November 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  178. Kelley-Arkansas

    Where do I sign up? I would love to campaign for her. She is the best thing that has ever happened to the democratic party.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  179. Brendan, Ann Arbor

    I fear a Palin presidency because of the blow that it would deal our Country economically. I remember another Candidate who ha questionable experience intelligence, and willingness to listen to different points of view. In eight years he has nearly destroyed the greatest nation and economy in the world. I never believed we could elect someone so awful once, let alone twice, but we did. Now America pays the price for this poor decision. Another mistake like we have made an the price might be too dear for us to even imagine.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  180. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    I'd say there's a high probability that she'll be the GOP nominee in 2012. Democrats want her to run so Obama can trounce her, Republicans want her to run because they think all of the negative comments about her are out of fear of her great potential. Personally, I think the GOP will go nowhere if it turns to the likes of Sarah Palin for leadership.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  181. pete in hamilton ontario

    why would anyone believe that ms palin would be any more qualified to be president in 2012 than she was in 2008?

    November 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  182. Joseph in Las Vegas

    Probably very high, but that's fine with me for it will guarentee the Repulbican party will move further toward oblivion

    November 25, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  183. Tom Ft Lauderdale


    It's a little early to talk about 2012. Until then I have her stuff filed away with my Dan Qualyle commerative buttons

    November 25, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  184. Saul-Independent

    Sarah Palin's incompetence and lack of substance cost republicans the election and yet they continue to shove her down our throats. My idea of a good presidential/ vice presidential candidate is one who is intelligent, well read, has good education, Well informed about world issues, selfless and brings about unity. Please tell me which one of these SarahPalin possess.
    My biggest question is how did she become the governor of Alaska?

    November 25, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  185. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    I think the answer for ANY Republican running in 2012 will depend very much on how President Obama fares in his first term. If he is able to achieve even some of his objectives, the Republicans won't stand much of a chance.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  186. don from delaware

    No way!!! We've had 8 years of idiocy why push our luck with 8 more?

    November 25, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  187. mithra5

    The chance for the GOP in 2012 is Great.
    Great that they will loose.

    November 25, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  188. Ed

    If the Republican's are banking on Putin rearing his head over alaskan airspace when the cameras are around then I think they have a shot.

    Ed, Utica

    November 25, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  189. Janice Illinois

    Chances are better for a snowball in hell, that sounds so bad but if the Gop goes this route they are doomed!!!! They need new faces , new energy, somebody decent , the need to make a big deal of finding some of these people, and introduce them to the public.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  190. margaret from Maryland

    Enough already. Let her fade away into the Alaskan winter night.
    But then again, if the Republican's are so ignorant to think that their winking wonder has a snowball's chance of winning the White House...I say let her run.
    We need a good 8 years minimum of a Dem on Pennsylvania Avenue.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  191. Kurt in Ca

    As a former republican with independent tendancies: If Palin is the candidate for the GOP in the year 2012, the question isn't about their chances in 2012. The question that needs to be asked at that point is if they will remain in existance BEYOND 2016.

    I accept that she has created alot of energy from the far right sector of the party. But she embodies all that is wrong with the party for those that are moving away from it. So all she has done is excite a portion of the party that has always been loyal to it, at the expense of driving off some. There is no mathematical gain in that equation, it's an over all loss for the party.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  192. mshyy

    It is true: we must be careful. We do not want another eight years of a complete idiot in the white house. Palin is the very essence of what it means to be completely ignorant. I mean, what kind of vice-presidential candidate can't name a SINGLE supreme court case? Only Sarah Palin, I guess.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  193. s

    Really, the GOP needs to spend the next 8 years revamping their party and do away with the whole silliness and non sense that is Palin. I say the next 8 years because Obama is going to win is second term. 8 years is a long time, so hopefully they'll get to it- as oppose to the way McCain waited to run his campaign against Obama and got is butt handed to him.

    Jan 20, 2009
    The End of an Error- The Beginning of Change

    November 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  194. Cruser in Aridzona

    Nothing fom nothing leaves nothing . . . great old rock and roll song that describes Ms. Palin.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  195. Joel Smith

    Jack, let her run! I love reality TV, and watching her run a presidential campaign could possibly be the greatest reality television show of our lifetime!
    P.S. With all this talk of books, interviews, and television shows what has she been doing for Alaska???

    November 25, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  196. Thom Richer

    Be realistic. Sarah Palin is not presidential material and never will be. If she remains in the political spotlight for that period of time, the Republicans are hurting worse than I imagined. There are 2 or 3 other woman governors that are much more politically savvy than she. McCain should have looked at one of them instead of Palin. Not to mention the male governors. Palin was a mistake in 2008 and will be in 2012, 16, 20, etc. Never is the key word here. Time to move along.

    Negaunee, MI

    November 25, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  197. Mickie

    If she writes a book, that would take a major editorial staff since she can't even speak in complete sentences let alone write in proper grammatical English. Why would I want to read a book about her anyway? The only people who like her are the extreme right wingers who are for telling everyone else how to live their life.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  198. redstatetina


    I am an independent from a very "red" state. I lean Republican, but never vote down party lines. I did vote for Barack Obama during this last election. I can tell you that every single one of my Republican friends and family members have a problem with Gov. Palin. No, we did not all vote for Obama. But we all did have huge problems with Gov. Palin. We don't want her anywhere near the ticket in 2012! The GOP needs to unite, work hard, and come together by being prepared. Since they were not prepared this time around it cost them the election. Part of the preparation was the lack of VP vetting! Because they did not vet and prepare, we got stuck with her. She has damaged this party, and every time someone thinks of her, they will think of the Katie Couric interview, or the words "kill him" at a rally. She is NOT good for this party...period!

    November 25, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  199. Michael watching from Canada


    Slim at best. Palin proved that she is very polarizing.....she frustrates the moderates and scares the independents. She proved that she can stick to a script but lacks vision and substance when asked probing questions. Her lack of foreign relations expertise is an Achilles Heel that would ruin America's image abroad. Her inability to give any comments on an Auto Industry Bailout shows that she has absolutely no knowledge of key industries affecting the middle class.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  200. Bob

    Slightly better than Ralph Nader. But not much.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  201. Beth, MA

    She will be 4 years older. Cute doesn't play so well when you're pushing 50.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  202. Aaron

    Democrats will be praying that it's Palin in 2012. Republicans should be praying that they get Jindal.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  203. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    Sarah Palin should stay Governor until her term expires, go to graduate school for a Masters Degree in Public Administration and then consider a future in politics. Until she gets more experience and education, she'll just remain the punchline for jokes at parties & late night comic shows for the forseeable future.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  204. Tiffany, Richmond, CA

    The GOP's chances are as good as Bristol's chances that Levi will still marry her now that the campaign is over. Looks like a win-win situation for all of us (ESPECIALLY Levi).

    November 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  205. Bud, Columbia, Mo..

    The same as if she were their last choice. Obama is in for the duration. Happy Thanksgiving for that.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  206. Janet, American in Canada

    Sarah Palin and the Republican Party got their message from God on November 4, 2008! Obviously, no one was listening!

    November 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  207. Jessie Col, Ga


    In 4 years if Obama is half as successful as I think he will be, than there will be no one or party to challenge him in 2012. They will just anoint him for another 8 yrs. No Palin, no Republican, no other party.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  208. Nick

    If the Republican Party thinks that Governor Palin was under scrutiny in 2008 as the Vice Presidential nominee, I hope they are aware of the magnitude of scrutiny she would be under as the party standard-bearer. Plus, the primaries for the Republican nomination will be a serious blood-letting, which I don't think Governor Palin would be able to survive as a viable candidate. She has not demonstrated the grasp of complex ideas, nor the ability to articulate her positions in any way that I think would allow her to survive even the presidential primary debates.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  209. Tulsa

    If the Republicans nominated her in 2012, that would be the best thing that could happen for the Democrats.
    The majority of Americans saw through what Palin was promoting and were disgusted by it. Those who were swayed are of unsound mind or were going to vote Republican anyway. She won't pick up any Independants.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  210. Roger

    In 1976 a lot of people said Ronald Regan could never win as president. He was too far right. We all know what happened in 1980. I think only a fool would rule Gov. Palin out at this point. No one has energized the republican base like she has since Regan. A lot of McCain's loss can be attributed to the poor turn out among Republicans.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  211. Adam in Arlington, VA

    Sarah Palin is only appealing to Far right, evangelical voters. This is a woman who cannot connect to a vast majority of voters in the United States. She doesn't even believe in evolution, which is scientifically proven, and thinks that running a smear campaign is the best way to get into high office. If she is on the ticket, Obama will be reelected and will be able to see all of his presidential goals fulfilled before leaving office.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  212. Michael, Beacon, NY

    She can run all she wants....

    You only get one chance to make a first impression...if she runs, I think she'll guarantee another victory for whoever she might run against, at whatever level...President, Senate, House of Representatives...

    November 25, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  213. craig

    Dems should contribute generously to her campaign, since it will ensure another 4 years of Obama. Repubs appear to have a shared memory problem, which not only includes conveniently forgetting about their own disastrous decisions, but also warping the truth of history.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  214. Erik from Golden, CO

    She'll need more than a $150 K makeover and wardrobe to be presentable as a viable candidate. A lot more.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  215. Angel from Texas

    Who knows...Some Americans will still vote for her....anything is possible ..

    November 25, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  216. Rula Lenska

    No way, no how, no Palin.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  217. Speider Schneider

    Given her ability to charm people with her wit and intelligence, she will be forgotten long before 2012 rolls around.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  218. Michael in Long Beach, CA

    Chances are Governor Palin will continue to alienate every thoughtful conservative and moderate in the land, leaving the Republican Party with a diminished, narrowly-focused base.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  219. Tom Reed

    Surely Sarah Palin's political prospects are no brighter than she is.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  220. Angus

    Well, after Obama screws the country up even more than it is right now I'll bet that people will be begging for Palin to run...and win!

    November 25, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  221. Anthony Smith

    NONE! She is a babbling idiot who has no clue about the pulse of America. Foreign leaders would eat her up and nothing would get done in the legislative branch. If she claims to be a hockey mom, I suggest she devote her time to her kids and soon to be grandchildren. I endured 8 years of that pathetic president called Bush. If she was ever elected, I would be moving my family to the islands or Europe.

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    November 25, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  222. Michaels

    If Obama is unpopular, than she will win easily, as being the first viable woman against an unpopular President will help with swing voters, and she will rally the GOP base like George W. Bush. If Obama is doing well in 2012, then Sarah Palin will sink to an ignominious low beneath where she was this year.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  223. Scott - Madison, WI


    November 25, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  224. Pepou

    I hope she runs. This will ensure 4 more years of democrats in the White House, and possibly another 8.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  225. james

    Zero to minus none, Jack.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  226. Bill Waterloo

    She might pull it off. If the president elect follows Bush's economic recovery plan, the working men and women of the U. S. revolt. Pelosi & the democratic leadership did not look inspiring by not backing the bipartisan senatorial agreement for the autoworkers. Obama's treasury secretary is a coauthor of the Bush plan & philosophy. There is no plan to renew our manufacturing base across the board. Without a strong manufacturing base, we won't be able to rebuild our infrastructure, build our nuclear plants or windfarms and jobs won't be created. No jobs outsourced won't come back and we will still outsource everything including what could be manufactured with our existing workforce here in the U.S.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  227. Mike Houston, TX

    That is the best thing that could happen to the Dems, it wouldn't take hardly any money to win!

    November 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  228. chris

    Pretty poor. Anyone who isn't a true red blooded Republican didn't like what they saw from her the first time, I am doubtful if it will change a second time around. Though SNL would love it.. they are dreaming of the rating already.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  229. elliana

    The obvious answer is NET ZERO! Surely, there won't be 46% of "blind Republicans" in 2012!! If so, the Republicans might just as well join the Democrats and we could have one political party! It sure would save millions of campaign dollars. Afterall, WHEN and IF we ever get ourselves out of the financial mess we are in now, and we have learned lessons in the process, the better part of wisdom just might be to elect a "Prime Minister"!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Jack!

    November 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  230. Sam Shaw, Houston, TX

    I like Paul Begala's response to this: When he was told that 70% of Republicans want Palin to run in 2012, he said, "Well, 100% of Democrats want her to run..."

    November 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  231. Mike from Westchester


    Is it theoretically possible for the chance to be less that zero? If not, I will say zero with a margin of error of ....... say ....... zero.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  232. Darrel from Denver

    GOP chances in 2012 with Palin running will be next to zero. She will galvanize the Democratic base as well as the mainstream Moderates and Independents against the GOP.

    In fact, I am not convinced she can win the GOP nomination on her own.

    She is clueless, has no record of importance, and blows with the wind chasing opportunity whereever it lies. There is nothing here other than right wing platitudes and talking points (provided they are written down). She cannot speak to any depth about any subject, giving only beauty queen generalities in the hope it will persuade the listener.

    Total incompetent that has managed to pull the wool over the Alaskan voters eyes for some time now. Shows what they know....

    November 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  233. F in SC

    In 2012 I can see Obama trying for a 2nd term, so that might be a factor.
    However, I think Sarah Palin has a bright future. Everyone I talk to say
    she's "real", and that's very refreshing.

    In another 4 years, she'll be more experienced and polished.... and a force to contend with.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  234. Patricia

    What are the Reps chances in 2012 if Palin gets the nod? A guarenteed 2nd term for President Obama, that's their chances. Are these people kidding me or what. Whatever happened to serious candidates like Goldwater and Reagan? Bobby Jindal and Charlie Crist are real, but the rest of that crowd is a joke.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  235. Adam

    If Palin wins the nomination in 2012, Obama will have a "Reagan 1984"- type landslide, because quite frankly, Palin represents the worst of the Republican Party. She won't win however many independents who wouldn't already vote Republican and her lack of knowledge and experience are startling. I wanted McCain to win and hoped like hell that if he did, he could last 4 years so that America wouldn't have to deal with Palin as President. Picking her was McCain's biggest mistake in this election and Republicans picking her for the top of the ticket in 2012 would be an even worse one.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  236. sage218

    The Republicans have absolutely no chance of winning the White House with Palin. If they push her forward, their signal to me is that they are so lacking in talent that this is the best they can do. Sounds like this year's campaign doesn't it? If you wonder whether Sarah Palin has the right stuff, go to youtube and enter Palin prank call and watch her make a complete fool of herself during the prank call that she gleefully took and never got a clue that she was not in fact talking to the French President Sarkozy. Jack, the lady's just not up to the task. Can you see her holding a press conference on the economy during these difficult times?

    November 25, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  237. Michelle, St. Louis,MO

    She has to get through the primaries first. Of course most republicans will pick her NOW because she's still popular. By 2012, I gurantee that star power will be over and you better believe the Republicans will put her through the wringer during the primaries.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  238. Erma in Eldon, Missouri

    She had nothing of substance to say during the election; she still has nothing of substance to say. What is the GOP thinking?

    November 25, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  239. Colleen Klug

    Seaside, Oregon

    I consider myself a very moderate person…Sarah does not intimidate me..she appalls me…she has no discernable character…willingly using her children and their misfortunes in her campaign…I find her repulsively fascinating, I cannot believe there are people(The much vaunted Republican 'base'), who think she has even a modicum of common sense…let alone any quantifiable intelligence…

    November 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  240. Peg, Canada

    I shudder at the thought .

    November 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  241. Dan Payne, Yankton, SD

    If my party even considers Palin as a potential candidate in 2012, then we are going backwards, not forwards. The Palin card has already been played, and forced me to vote independent. Why not just nominate Paris Hilton, or Lindsay Lohan? Might as well not waste any time and just turn this next election into the "American Idol circus" that most people in this country seem to want it go towards.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  242. David

    Her chances of guaranteeing a second Obama landslide? Excellent indeed!

    November 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  243. Emerson in Mass.

    4 years ago Barack Obama was a member of the Illinois legislature.

    The election 4 years from now depends on what happens elsewhere in the world, how Mr. Obama does his job, what other Republican candidates do, and how Ms. Palin does her job.

    Wasn't it Sherlock Holmes who said "It is a capital mistake to speculate in the absence of facts"?

    November 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  244. Jim, from Las Vegas

    If Palin were to have any chance at all, then Obama would have screwed up to the point that our country would be unrecognizable to us today.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  245. Michael, Toronto, CANADA

    2012 is still a LONG way away and a poll done now means NOTHING towards the next election. Barack Obama hasn't even taken the oath of office yet, so a lot can change between now and 2012. If Obama turns out to be failure, Sarah Palin might look pretty good in 2012, it's just way to early to tell.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  246. Apurva

    Well, I say sure, let her go ahead and be the nominee, thats good, again the Democrats will sweep the board and gain the 2nd term, that will not only be great for the US but a blessing for the rest of the world. Maybe it can be her way of service to her country!!! Haha....

    November 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  247. DC

    Not very high. I would hope not, anyway.. Especially considering that unlike this time, the Democrats will be united from the get-go. The most likely scenario would be a split in the Republican Ticket.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  248. Glenn Stewart, Longmeadow Mass.

    67% of Republicans want to see Sarah Palin run for President in 2012.

    And in a related survey, 100% of comedians want to see Sarah Palin run for President in 2012.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  249. Frank

    If Palin runs in 2012, I will worry about the mindless followers of hers that seem to flare up with anger every time she incites them. I feel that many Americans have had enough of the Politics of Hate and Palin offers nothing but more of the same. This woman's brand of politics and mindset is dangerous to the country. She should be watched very carefully.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  250. Jean from Belgium

    Please, give us a better impression of the American People?
    She has an absurdity in front of the whole world.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  251. Richie, Hillsboro, Oregon

    I guess the repubs figure they have no chance in 2012 anyway, why not run a joke?

    November 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  252. Enrique in MD

    It's very sad that this is the "caliber" the RNC is shooting for. As a democrat, I can say John McCain was a respectable man before Palin came along. But fortunately, the country has some common sense and saw right through her facade. Sarah Palin will be great for the Republican base, but not for the new voter generation of this country. Give me a break! Let her run her negative campaign and see how much deeper in the hole she can dig her herself into.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  253. mitchell ,arkansaw

    that all depends on whether or not we get the change we voted for.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  254. Robert

    The Republicans' chances with Palin as their candidate are somewhere between slim and none. Just look at her interview in front of the guy killing turkeys in a machine. The "base" may love her mediocrity, as it loved Bush. But independents, women, young people, college grads, etc. will recognize her for the lightweight extremist demogogue that she is, just as the polls indicated they did in this year's election.
    As hard as the next four years will be for Obama, he'll wipe the floor with her.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  255. tammy

    Jack the Republicans chances with Palin as their candidate are zero, nadda, zippo.

    Palin is an embarrassment!

    Palin as their candidate would definately guarantee another term for the Democrats in the White House, which hey is a great idea! Maybe Palin should run to help the Democrats out.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  256. talbot, New York

    We can only hope that when the US gets a chance to elect another idiot to the office of President, thoughts of W in comparison to the president-elect will force a mass "what was I thinking?" moment.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  257. Ed Woodbridge,Va.

    GOP chances will be better in 2012 if Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal runs for President!

    November 25, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  258. Ken in NC

    Consider this JACK. The people of Alaska voted the convicted felon out of the Senate to prevent her from appointing herself to fill his term.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  259. mayahh from ATLANTA

    Jack is she smarter than a fifth grader, no, there is your answer.... zilch.. she is on a bridge to nowhere

    November 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  260. Greg

    If, during the next four years, she were to cultivate a sincere intellectual curiosity about world affairs, gain a grasp of the inner workings of government, move her political position more to the center, then she might have a shot.

    But considering she's done none of the above in the last forty-four years is probably not a good sign.

    And perhaps some elocution lessons would benefit her as well. I cringe at the idea that our statesmen/women speak like gum chewing teenagers. You betcha indeed.

    Oak Park, IL

    November 25, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  261. Nancy from Nashville, TN

    Who are these Republicans that they polled? It truly saddens me if the country elects her to be the Republican candidate. I don't want someone just like me to be in the White House. I want a well educated individual who is a lot smarter than I am in every capacity to run this country. George Bush was someone you could have a beer with when he ran for President. Look at where that got us. If she were to run, let alone, win the election in 2012 it will truly be a sad day. We get the government we deserve when we elect the people we do into office. Surely the Republican party can find someone better than Palin. Just because she can wink and talk like Joe Sixpack doesn't make her the right person to run this country.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  262. James

    I would like to see her die in a tragic moose hunting accident instead. This woman is lowering the collective I.Q. every time she speaks. Enough is enough. Anyone who would even think about voting for her needs to be loaded into a rocket and shot into the dark heart of a distant sun.

    Please, Jack, say it aint so....

    November 25, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  263. Shirley -AK OHIO

    Bad. She only has a generalism degree. She is not prepared and she will just be another Bush. The American people will never make that mistake again which is why we chose Obama and he is a hard act to follow, you have to actually be smart.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  264. Jayee from South Carolina

    Once again, Sarah Palin is the butt of all jokes. Ha Ha

    November 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  265. kim

    WOW, if she is their future, then we Democrats have NOTHING to worry about. Shes an idiot, and a JOKE among most people with brains. I have NO fear of ever having her in the white house, maybe as the tour guide...What a joke this is that we are still talking about this woman

    November 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  266. Dave NYC

    Chances are 50-50. The electorate was ignorant enough to elect Obama/Biden, so there's no reason to believe they're not ignorant enough to elect Palin/whomever in 2012.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  267. Teeps, Pt Huron, Michigan

    Zilch. It will be an easy win for the Dem. She's clueless in Alaska. If people don't believe it, watch the turkey pardon news clip. As a democrate I'll just thank the Rep Party for an easy win.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  268. Twiddly from Golden, CO

    please, Please, PLEASE let Palin run in 2012 !!!

    The democrats couldn't ask for anything more
    [unless she can get Quayle to be her VP].

    November 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  269. Just Joe

    She can run in 2012 along with all of the other GOPers who seek the lofty office of president but do not have any clue of its gravitas. Keep this confidential but Obama does not plan to leave the White House until he is 55.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  270. claudia

    Sarah needs to just go back to being Governor of Alaska. Enough is enough! Goodbye, Sarah. It would be a big mistake for the Republicans to even consider nominating her for 2012. What a joke!
    Please, give us a break!

    And, when is Sarah going to wake up and realize that she can't compete with a lot of other, more well-qualified candidates. This is not a beauty contest.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  271. Louise

    Sarah Palin in 2012 with Joe The Plumber as her running mate. What a great ticket for the GOP! They'll show those Obama-Braniacs what the American people really want, huh?

    November 25, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  272. Steve Peach - Indiana

    She has about the same chance of winning the Presidency in 2012 as she does getting her "Moose Stew" recipe published in the Betty Crocker Cook Book.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  273. Davonne

    Oh God Please let Sarah run for 2012. That will ensure the democratic rule. And it will definitely make comedians Very VERY Happy.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  274. Woman against Palin

    Sarah Palin is from Alaska. As a woman from a Western state, I don't believe that her experience as a conservative, religiously zealous, anti-choice candidate dealing primarily with rural issues will be enough to bring people together to rally behind her, over lines of ethnicity, religion, class and other cultural divides. She flubbed her debut, and proved, as many have said, that she has never really showed much interest in the world around her, with the exception of that which directly involves the promotion of her rise to power. This said, Sarah Palin seems shallow, unaware of the values of other Americans, and not what the country will be looking for in four years. Moreover, I think that the GOP in general has problems with their appeal because of their inability to value the civil rights of anyone who is not a fundamentalist, evangelical, women-in-their place Christian. The will need to change these practices before they have any luck in the future.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  275. Jon

    About the same as the Cubs winning the world series.

    Jacksonville, FL

    November 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  276. Betty in Texas

    The chances are slim but if she should be nominated and (perish the thought) win, God help us all.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  277. Paul H from Los Angeles, CA

    Hey Jack, do you know the similarity between a pitbull and a hockey mom named Sarah Palin? When either one barks, people get scared and run away.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  278. J Kay - PCMO

    Neiman Marcus would be thrilled..............!!!

    However, she would never survive the rigors of the primaries and the debates would truly be revealing.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  279. Jim El Paso Tx.

    If Palin is their pick I'll be HAPPY to proclaim to the world that I'm a Democrat an not one of "them" 🙂

    November 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  280. roman nakonechny, corbin, KY

    Well, it will certainly give us plenty of opportunity for humor. If Sarah wants to set herself up as the "court jester" for the Republican Party, I guess that's her choice and business.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  281. Bob Wilsey, Queensbury, NY

    Hey, we elected George Bush twice didn't we? Palin is no dumber than him

    November 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  282. Linda Kay -Minnesota

    Oh, my gosh! I cannot even think of listening to her for another campaign. what can these Republicans be thinking about? They must like the taste of defeat.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  283. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    The only way for Sarah Palin to have a voice in 2012 ... is to be silent now. The more she talks now (especially after the interview at the turkey farm) ... demonstrates that her depth of knowledge, public speaking and just plain common sense ... is about as deep as a puddle.

    November 25, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  284. Jack from NH

    There's a much better than average chance that the republicans have lost their minds. Palin as the leader of the republicans will ensure democratic victories for a generation!

    November 25, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  285. NJVote08

    I don't ever want to see or hear about Sarah Palin again!!!

    November 25, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  286. T E - from OIK

    If so, we are all in trouble. I know she won't get our vote.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  287. Russ


    November 25, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  288. Jay Tee

    I'll tell you what the republicans can do to reestablish there reputation in D.C., stop worrying about 2012 and help the needs of what is going on with this country right now. They are so upset because they have lost political power up in the capital, that they are so worry about the future of their party. If the GOP is so concern about this country, help the current administration and up coming administration. I would have more respect for the republican party if they do that.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  289. Larry in Houston, Texas

    Jack –

    I hope they get that idiotic Palin to run again, to be perfectly honest.

    This way, the Dems will have it locked up, for 8 . And the nation will finally prosper.

    Larry Coury
    Houston Texas

    November 25, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  290. ddc

    as a democrat, the only person the republicans have that scares me is bobby jindal. if they could nominate him, it would be like obama running against himself as he was 4 years ago from when the next election occurs. that would be the closest thing to a fair fight that the republicans have at their disposal. it would be a longshot, but it wouldnt be a one hit knockout for obama the way any other candidate would be against him.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  291. Bob Sacomano (NY)

    Can a chance be less than zero?

    November 25, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  292. joeb

    Sarah Palin is disgusting!

    November 25, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  293. charley Iowa

    Jack If the republicans don't change their ways she may be the only candidate they will have in 2012.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  294. Chris

    The thought of her speaking to foreign leaders on my behalf and her having a big influence on my children's future livelyhood and this planet's well being scares me!

    November 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  295. Ron

    Sarah Palin and the religious right are the reasons I didn't vote for John McCain.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  296. seth in Los Angeles

    If she disappeared for a year, learned about world issues and came back smarter after people started to miss her, she might have a shot. But I don't know what's more unlikely: her staying out of the limelight for a year or her learning. I guarantee the world will be tired of her by 2012.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  297. Irma...Texas

    I agree! with NJ VOTE 08! I'm sick and tired of her.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  298. SamL

    0%... ok, maybe 1%

    But seriously, it is WAY too premature to even guess what the GOP will look like 4 years from now, there is a power, ideological, and political vaccum within the GOP ranks. It is not clear right now if the social conservative will gain more power or if the GOP will move towards the center. There are also fundermental social and ecnomic shift going on right now in a lot of the GOP power base states like NC, LA, and other southern states. It is hard to say what GOP will look like and do in 2010, let alone 2012...

    November 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  299. Jasmine in Germany

    That depends on whether Obama has been able to improve education within the next eight years.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  300. Zak

    We,the people ,have just gotten over the longest election process in my life time. Please do not make us go thru 4 long years listening to nonsense about who is going to be running in 2012. Frankly, I am sick of the whole thing and can not imagine having to put up with all this craziness.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  301. Mary - Arlington, VA

    Running Sarah Palin in 2012 is a surefire way of handing Obama another term as President, so I say, go ahead, let the Republicans go with Sarah Palin. Surely with all the up and comers in the Republican party, they can find someone more qualified to run than Sarah Palin. (Maybe by 2012, she'll realize that Africa is a continent, and not a country.) Bottom line – if they want to lose again, run Palin for President.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  302. Dave in Wyoming

    Palin for President and Huckabee for Vice President. Now that would put the "Grand" back in the GOP. The Democratic Dream Team. Hahaha!

    If the Republicans are misguided enough to run either one of these two it would guarantee defeat, because either one goes down in flames! And both on the same ticket, one can only hope.

    Believe it or not, there are a few Democrats in Wyoming!

    November 25, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  303. Diego Bernal

    That's an easy one Jack. She'll win! ... about 130 electoral votes.

    -Diego B.
    Los Alamos, California

    November 25, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  304. Mario from Pittsburgh, PA

    There seems to be a disconnect between the GOP and where the Country is right now and Palin represents it. Sure, she will fire-up the 30% or so that qualify themselves as Republicans, and she will be helpful motivating, for example, the Georgia faithfuls. But she is turning indipendents away and surely she is energizing Democrats as well. After all the years that republicans have paraded Hillary as a scare tactic to whip their followers in line, the Dems now have the counterbalancing figure in Palin. With the country trending to the left, her nomination will bring even less EVs than this year's harvest.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  305. LENNY

    Is it just me, or is the GOP so out of touch with America that they don't understand that America wants MIDDLE ground people, NOT THE RIGHT WING or the left wing...

    this is good for the Democrats - the GOP is in such a state of denial that they don't plan to retool...

    and Sara Palin is the best GOP candidate to lose America...

    November 25, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  306. Hylan Givot, Chicago, IL


    I think in 2012 we will see a whole new Sarah Palin with more experiencve and savvy under her belt and four years to have learned what she needs to stay in the race and after all that hard work and education she may have a chance, Until someone brings up her wardrobe,the turkey fiasco and some other media nightmare and all we wil hear is the door slamming on the GOP's 2012 bid.....

    November 25, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  307. Toby in Illinois

    When was the last time a failed VP nominee went on to win the presidency? Of course, she is in a class by herself, so to speak.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  308. Paul in CA

    Zero to none.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  309. mike

    imagine how stupid the average person is, and half the people are stupider than that. -george carlin

    November 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  310. Andrew in Indiana


    November 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  311. Carolyn in Ga.

    This is a trick question....right???

    November 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  312. Erica Greer

    Well seeing she is from Alaska... something about a snowballs chance in you know where comes to mind.

    Erica Greer
    Independence, Va

    November 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  313. Kevin

    The Republicans' chances are next to none with Sarah Palin. If we thought Obama won in an electoral landslide over McCain, it would be even more so if Obama ran against Palin. Should the Republicans choose to nominate Sarah Palin, all I can say is GOOD LUCK!!

    November 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  314. Ben

    You've gotta be kidding. It looks like I'll be voting Libertarian again in 2012. The GOP really doesn't learn anything, does it? Why not run a real Conservative candidate like Ron Paul? I guess we better go ahead and get ready for 8 years of an Obama Administration if this is the case. God Save the Republic.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  315. Sam

    When the dollar crashes due to our current economic policies it won't matter....Ron Paul 2012

    November 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  316. Brian from Utah

    Close to nothing because she was one of the main reasons that John McCain lost. She did not help him but hurt him.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  317. illinois

    If the gop want her again then that means we will have obama for another term good

    November 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  318. Mary Terhune

    In the "Slim to None" department you can deduct the "Slim".

    November 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  319. Nancy Bass

    Sarah Palin has as much of a chance of winning in 2012 as the Turkeys that were slaughtered right behind her during her "turkey pardon" fiasco

    November 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  320. Dan

    None!!! The American people were intelligent enoigh to not elect her vice president they are far too intelligent to elect someone as unintelligent as her for president. And if obama does half of what he says he will do no GOP candidate will be able to touch him. Dan from New Jersey

    November 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  321. Rachel, IN

    We've got four long years for Sarah to continue putting her foot in her mouth. I'd say her chances are zero or less.

    If she were smart she'd drop this charade and focus on her baby, but we all know she's NOT smart.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  322. Sylvia Ouellette

    See Sarah run. Run Sarah Run. See Dems win again. Good Sarah.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  323. Holly Gilbert

    The chances of Sarah Palin being the GOP pick in 2012 are about the same as if they chose to let George W. Bush run for a third term – completely absurd and destined for failure.

    Lexington, KY

    November 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  324. Bob

    If the Republicans chose Sarah as their next candidate for President it will result in the demise of the Republican Party "I betcha".

    Do you happen to have the address of the Palin for President Campaign Committee. I would like to make a contribution.

    Louisville, Ky

    November 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  325. George

    Palin's chances of winning? Is there such a thing as negative chances?

    November 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  326. Eric

    Now I'm only 15 – but assuming Obama runs again in 2012, the probability of Palin beating him is – I think it's safe to say – zero.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  327. Paul H from Los Angeles, CA

    As you already said, Jack, Sarah Palin got her clock cleaned by Barack Obama. Assuming that Obama will run for reelection, Palin's chances are kind of slim, don't you think? That's like putting a lightweight in a heavyweight boxing match. I think the red corner would lose in this case.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  328. Justin

    If Palin gets a bid in 2012 the GOP will probably disappear altogether. I would prefer another go with W. than to have Palin even think about being the president.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  329. larry

    If Sarah Palin is the best that the Republicans can come up with then this country is headed for one party political system!

    November 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  330. Bob...Bradenton FL

    With Gov Palin's alligator ego.... and hummingbird campaign capabilities,.... the Repub's chances during the next go-around are about the same as an iceberg in Arizona.

    Bradenton, FL

    November 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  331. Alvin CC

    Great! As Bush would say, "Bring it on!" I would certainly make Barack's run easier in 2012.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  332. Will -Charlotte, NC

    No chance. After we got a real good look at Palin, the majority of active voters decided that it was best not to elect someone who is just like us or beer worthy. Regular people with average to little intelligence are better suited to live average lives, not run the white house. George Bush put that baby to bed for good.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  333. John Prewitt

    The Republican's chances are zero if she runs for President. The Republican'd obviously have not learned they need to expand the party. Not only does she not accomplish that she is not by any means Presidential. I am sure the Democrats would love this pick. Obama could sit back and drink tea during most of his re-election campaign and win in a land slide.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  334. Mark K3 IL.

    One substantive debate and will be all over for her!

    November 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  335. Loretta

    Just imagine, Sarah Palin for president and Joe the Plumber for vice-president, definitely a win-win situation if there still is a Republican party by 2012.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  336. Charlie Gore - Bremerton, Wa

    The day I immigrate to Canada will be the day Palin becomes president.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  337. TKR from Chicago

    If republicans select Palin it would just reflect how out of touch they are with the American people. If Obama delivers even half of what he has promised, and continues to "talk" to the americans as he assures he will be doing – Palin or any republican will not stand any chance of winning in 2012.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  338. Bala

    Governor Palin should show more substance. Good luck to her...she has 4 years to do that. Voters are not that dumb to get carried away by attire or appearance alone.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  339. Chris in Marietta


    The odds are pretty good that if Palin is the GOP nominee in 2012 that the Republicans will beat their own worse record of defeat – Barry Goldwater in 1964.

    That said, I don't expect that she'll even be much remembered by then...the GOP is old, tired, too white, too intolerant, prejudiced, small-minded, and they favor the rich exclusively...but they're not THAT stupid.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  340. tyson


    What a sad day it is for the GOP when it has come to the point where their lead sled dog is a pretty face with little to nothing behind it (i.e. Sarah Palin). They might as well drive that sled right across the short distance to Russia where she must be very popular. After all, she can see them from her front porch. In other words, their chances are about as good as Cheney's, should he decide to run in 2012.

    Lake Oswego, OR

    November 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  341. Max Weyrick

    Sarah Palin,
    A PERFECT candidate for the republican base. Creationism in science class, shooting wolves from helicopters.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  342. Mohammad

    They do have a better chance next election, certainly alot of time to make it happen. I sure hope this doesn't happen.... Bad for this country, that would be even worst than the idiot we currently have in the white house who needs to start packing and hand over the key.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  343. Kris

    This is the same women who thought that Africa was a country and didn't know what the Vice President's job was. The last eight years show what leadership skills the Republicans are looking for. She would be a perfect fit.

    Kris from Buffalo N.Y.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  344. Maggie

    Palin's chances in 2012 are MUSH....if she's their lead dog we Democrats can only say....thank you...for another 4 years.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  345. Newt

    Palin could indeed be the Republican Presidential candidate in 2012. After all, as the saying goes, "In the valley of the blind, the one eyed person is king (or in her case Queen)".

    November 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  346. Jennifer in Michigan

    If that happens i'll go ride a moose through the white house.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  347. Frank from Long Beach Island, NJ

    Oh, please nominate her in 2012 all you Republicans. Pretty please with sugar on top!!! The only down side of this idea is that we'll have to wait 4 years for more of Tina Fey!

    November 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  348. Billy D Providence, RI

    Jack that just can't be right? How could any sane person even a Republican think she would be a good choice? I don't think that her winking and charm are gonna cut it next time...she had better get 4 or even better 8 years of school and more experience before she tries to run again. This is not a beauty pageant where she can just whip out her flute to impress the judges, she is going to need more than just Alaskans, Eskimos and the lunatic fringe voting for her. If Obama does what he said he would do as President, we should be happy and in good shape in 2016. If Obama succeeds it will be incredibly unlikely that anyone will want to see her again!

    November 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  349. Tomika, Charlotte NC

    She is not ready. More power to the GOP's if they want to pick her. It'll be another catastrophy for the Republican's and I love seeing them play the blame game.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  350. Amado Yoro - Hawaii

    Not yet. None yet. I believe President Obama can be re-elected in 2012
    In in 2016, America is not ready to a woman president yet until after the 2020, Democrat or Republican

    November 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  351. Karen of Parker Colorado

    For an alleged journalism student, she can't put together a coherant sentence also she has no clue what's going on in the lower 48 let alone the rest of the world also her husband was involved in a movement for Alaska to secede from the union so she has unsavory ties you know also she is a hypocrite but you know also other politicians also are hypocrites you betcha. Also she spread the wealth with oil and gas revenues so that is that.

    This woman cannot effectively communicate without a script and she has nothing of value to communicate and does not have the knowledge or experience to be this country's leader and commander in chief. She may be a Manchurian candidate.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  352. Chad Fox, San Diego

    There are still a lot ignorant and mislead people out there, as we have clearly seen with the astonishingly large amount of support for Palin in this last election. I wouldn't be surprised at all if she was the republican nominee in 2012. It's kind of sad, really!

    November 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  353. Ron in Canada

    Sarah Palin is the most intriguing politician I have ever followed. Two weeks ago I just wanted her to fade away so I could get on with my life.

    Now I can't get enough of her. I keep thinking she can't get any worse, and then she does. She is such an entertaining disaster.

    2012? I can't imagine it could ever possibly happen but, if it does, sure, bring her on. At least then, my stomach would not be in knots for weeks before the election.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  354. Ed'sKate

    Hopefully, this will not come to pass. We are just finishing a mess. We don't need a female G.W.Bush in charge. God help us.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  355. Andrea Kaye

    I hope she does run. This means that Obama would have 8 years to get us out of two wars, an economic disaster, an enviromental problem, and the image we have created with war crimes.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  356. Todd from Canada

    Greater than you would think, Jack. For three reasons.

    First, Palin at the top of the ticket will turn out the religious right in a way that John McCain never could.
    Second, Palin has ambition. Somehow I don’t think she will not be the political flyweight she is now in 4 years.
    Third, no Bush. That political ball and chain was the size of the Titanic.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  357. Conor in Chicago

    Personally I am hoping that after her trying to apparently start the Second Amercian Civil War by piting "Real America" against some other fictional "unreal" America that people will see her as nothing but a divisive demigog not worth any of our attention. Of course I hail from "not-real" America so I am biased.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  358. Pam

    I'd never be able to trust in what she said, if she were to run. She consistently repeated known lies during the campaign; things she knew were untrue and/or hurtful. Also, can you imagine her cc'ing Todd on every little thing, as she does in her current job as Governor? That couldn't be allowed. The whole idea is mind boggling...

    November 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  359. Barbara Middletown,NY

    This woman needs to go away. The American people cannot afford to have another person of limit intelligence as our president. However, she does have entertainment value, but who wants a president that everyone laughs at?

    November 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  360. Remy

    It is a confirmation of second term for Obama if Palin become the nominee of GOP!

    November 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  361. Brenda in MO

    In my opinion, if President-elect Barack Obama does a bang-up job in his first term, there will be no reason to hold an election in 2012. This poor guy has signed on to a behemoth mess left by the Bush administration, and it will take all of two terms just so we, The People, can again realize some semblance of what we once had.

    Besides, who in their right mind would vote for Palin in 2012 once Obama gets his stride?

    November 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  362. Cindy

    Foolish choice. But, it's a free country, they can pick who they like.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  363. DaveC

    I'm flashing back on Walter Mondale in 1984. A failed VP candidate who moved to the top of the ticket in the next cycle and was crushed by Reagan's reelection bid. Sarah Palin looks like the next Walter Mondale to me. Who else will be crazy enough to seriously think they can beat Obama in 2012?

    November 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  364. Adulac

    Stranger things have happened...like W in 2004. I would expect Obama to be reelected in 2012 but still want the GOP's candidate to be a worthy, intelligent opponent (obviously not Sarah Palin). Let's show the world that the US is not a country inhabited by George W or Palin idiots but rather a country of intelligent people with differing view points.

    November 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm |