The Republican presidential primary hasn’t exactly overflowed with talent. In December, it was a roll call of the undesirable Right: Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, Paul, Perry, Huntsman and Bachmann — a list so long and bizarre that Count Dracula could have slipped in on the end and no one would have noticed. Except, as the citizens of Chicago will tell you, the dead always vote Democrat.
Now, we’re down to a final three, discounting Ron Paul, who, I’m guessing, is only staying in the race to collect air miles. Although the talent pool has shrunk, it has gotten no deeper. As Mitt Romney suffers defeat after defeat at the hands of Rick Santorum, whose chances of winning this thing aren’t high, his negatives mount up, and the president looks stronger by the day. The Republican Party is divided and in danger of becoming out of touch.
It didn’t have to be this way. If Sarah Palin had entered the contest, I’d hypothesize two alternative realities. One, she’d have the nomination sewn up by now. Two, she’d be running even in the polls with the president.
I am quite confident that there are Mike Huckabee fans out there who are convinced that if he had only entered the contest: “…One, [he]‘d have the nomination sewn up by now. Two, [he]‘d be running even in the polls with the president.” The same could be said for fans of Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, and any number of other politicians who declined to enter the fray this year.
We engineers have a saying, “Everything works on paper”. Once you actually attempt to bring it into being, however, any number of flaws that you’ve either overlooked or thought sufficiently compensated for will keep it from working in real life.
So it is with the author of the above CNN piece. Sarah has no flaws according to him, or at least none that was not “…well-vetted by the press in 2008 and has nothing left to say or do that would surprise us.” Thus he dismisses with a single wave of his rhetorical hand any and all flaws that might have kept her from winning the nomination. They are sufficiently compensated for, in other words.
Well, maybe. As they say in sports, “That’s why they play the game”. What devotees of Sarah Palin are going to have to come to grips with is the bottom line. Their player never even bothered to suit up. Instead she chose to sit on the sidelines kibitzing about the game.
You can’t win if you don’t play, and Sarah Palin chose not to play. All the “what ifs” in the world are not going to change that fact. It is what it is. Deal with it.