(San Francisco, California)
Boy, did I strike a nerve! Earlier this week, I posted two blogs--one about the prospects of Hillary Clinton's still becoming President and one about Sarah Palin’s Presidential chances. I received many responses, many of them very passionate one way or the other. Here's a sampling:
John T. commented: "Mark, your analysis was brilliant. I think that if the economy rebounds as it does and should, then nobody worth a darn is going to run against an incumbent in a good economy. Look at history - Kerry, Dole, Dukakis, Mondale, even Clinton - NOBODY thought he stood a chance against Bush 41; talk about a shot in the dark. All of these folks, while good politicians, didn't have the stuff to win. DOLE?!?! What were they thinking? Enter Palin 2012 just like you said. I can't imagine that Biden will be looking to extend his career at that point. She will have the experience that she needed in 2008. Not that she didn't have enough, she had more and better than Obama, but it wasn't enough for the masses, obviously. Timing would be perfect.
It’s always good to see you in person. It is a true joy to see someone that is as passionate as you are about what they do.(You spoke at my Rotary club a few months back.)
Devi L. commented: "Mark - I think your comments are right on and interesting."
Cory C. commented: "What political future??? She (Palin) has had her 15 minutes of fame...and, believe me, that was 14 minutes too long, Mark"
Ida C. commented: "Like Tiger for ESPN, a comeback and a return are two different things; Yes, they, Clinton & Palin, will return because of the love affair between them and the media - As for a comeback? Match Play - Clinton 1 - Palin 0."
Diane M. commented: “I LOVE the Palin piece, btw!!!!! You are spot-on! Keep 'em coming!”
Part of me wonders why the emotions for these two women run so hot and cold. There seems to be no middle ground. Are we still that gun shy about electing a woman President? During the campaign of 2008, it became very clear to me, wherever I went in America, that people were far more receptive to electing a black President than a female candidate. Was it because the black candidate was a man? I don’t know, but I surely got that impression often.
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