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Going Rogue drawing crowds…

November 19, 2009
AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Sam Riche

People wait in line in Fort Wayne, Indiana for Sarah Palin to sign her book,
November 19, 2009 AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Sam Riche People wait in line in Fort Wayne, Indiana for Sarah Palin to sign her book, "Going Rogue"

 

Good morning, Netizens...

November 19, 2009

AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Sam Riche

People carrying their copies of the former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's book, "Going Rogue," wait in line Thursday morning at the Borders Bookstore in Noblesville, Ind., for a chance to see Palin during her book signing.

Mind you, I never suggested to anyone that we had seen the last of Sarah Palin, former Vice-Presidential candidate, after her failed run for public office went down in flames. In fact, despite losing in the Presidential runoff to Barak Obama and Joe Biden, my instincts all stated strongly we hadn't seen the last of Palin's brand of Republican conservatism. I felt that emotion even more strongly after she stepped down from the governorship of Alaska. She simply hadn't worked out her personal agenda at that point in time, and I believe she is still engaged in that process.


Although Palin is not due to arrive in Coeur d'Alene until approximately December 11 for a book signing, if her appearance at Fort Wayne, Indiana is any indicator of her popularity, her well-oiled public relations machine could catapult her into new heights, this time more or less on her own agenda. Although she has steadfastly avoided any public comments about her Presidential intentions, the fans appear to be actively pushing her in that direction.


Given her popularity, do I think Palin has a chance at the Presidency? A great deal of that depends upon how well President Obama does during the rest of his term of office, based upon my perspective. If the economy continues its downward slide, especially if we have continue involving ourselves in the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, I believe her chances of success might go dramatically upwards.


I submit politics is just a pendulum, generationally swinging back and forth from left to right. For several decades it has swung to the right, under Reagan and the Bush generations. Now with President Obama, perhaps it is, depending upon your view, either centrist or swinging to the left. Some critics suggest it has swung far to the left, which might be true; perhaps not.


In the meantime, read “Going Rogue”. It is selling well at the present. It remains to be seen whether it will win new converts to political conservatism.


Dave




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