From Domenico Montanaro at MSNBC’s (yuck) First Read:
As we, at First Read, have also argued, Gingrich said he thinks Sarah Palin still has a legitimate shot at the 2012 nomination.
He was asked on audio on his Web site, “If you decided to run for president in 2012, would you be open to having Sarah Palin as your running mate?”
Gingrich replied: “Well, I think it’s important to remember that Gov. Palin may well be the nominee. There are lots and lots of Republicans who like her. And she’s now going to be able to campaign full time for the next– almost three and a quarter years. And so, who knows what’s going to happen. I think it’s a long way off, but I think she has a very major role to play in the party. And I wouldn’t rule her out for either the first or second slot.”
First of all, she won’t be the nominee, because if she is, Obama will be reelected in a landslide. Secondly, while there are “lots and lots” of Repubs who like here, there are lots and lots who don’t, along with a majority of Independents who wish she would leave the national stage altogether. Thirdly, there’s this:
(CNN) — A majority of Americans think Sarah Palin is stepping down as Alaska’s governor for political reasons, according to a new national poll, with a majority of Republicans now saying that they do not believe that Palin would be an effective president.
Only 33 percent of Republicans questioned in a CBS News survey released Monday night say that Palin would have the ability to serve effectively as president. Last fall, 71 percent of registered Republicans felt that way.
Yeah, 2012’s not gonna happen. I still think she should campaign for certain candidates (National Journal suggests Pat Toomey and Marco Rubio, for example), but I don’t think she should even attempt a run in 2012.