Q&A Friday #96: If McCain Loses, What Next For Sarah Palin?

Question: “If McCain loses, what role do you see for Sarah Palin in the GOP over the next 4 years?” — President_Friedman

Answer: If McCain loses, I think she should head back to Alaska, get a little more experience as governor, and then throw her hat back into the ring in 2012.

Quite frankly, I think a Palin/McCain ticket would have done better than a McCain/Palin ticket this time around and although it’s far too soon to say for sure who our nominee will be in 2008, she definitely has the potential to capture the nomination and the White House in 2012 with a little more seasoning.

Given that the media will be gunning for her, will she ever reach that potential? It’s hard to say. Politics can be a fickle business. But, she strikes me as a tough customer, she’s much smarter than people give her credit for, and she has the ability to connect with people on an elemental level that most politicians lack.

Even if McCain/Palin can’t get over the hump in 2008, Palin/Jindal or Palin/Sanford or Palin/Pawlenty might be the winning ticket in 2012, when the political environment is likely to be much less favorable to the Democrats than it is today.

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