Howard Dean commits blasphemy

Howie’s always had a reputation of occasionally going off script and uttering inconvenient and/or unpopular truths, but this one could get him burned at the stake.

Howard Dean warns Democrats Sarah Palin could beat Obama in 2012

Howard Dean, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who helped Democrats capture the White House in 2008, warns that Sarah Palin could defeat President Obama in 2012.

Dean says his fellow Democrats should beware of inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom that Obama would crush Palin in a general-election contest next year.

“I think she could win,” Dean told The Hill in an interview Friday. “She wouldn’t be my first choice if I were a Republican but I think she could win.”

Dean warns the sluggish economy could have more of a political impact than many Washington strategists and pundits assume.

I’m not gonna handicap the odds of any particular candidate winning but elections are things where sometimes shit happens. The 2012 election will be a referendum on Barack Obama, with people having to choose between “four more years” and “try something new.”

Since he took office Obama has governed as if he expected the economy to have recovered by next year and for history to repeat itself. But this isn’t the nineties and he’s not Bill Clinton.

In order to beat Obama any Republican challenger will first have to win the GOP nomination. Sarah Palin has as good a chance of winning it as any of the other contenders right now. That could change.

But once the GOPers have a nominee most or all of the party will unite behind him or her. The elements of the GOP most likely to cry PUMA and sit out the general election are the Fundies, the rank & file conservatives and the Tea Partiers.

Palin is strong with all three groups.

The groups most likely to boycott the general election if Palin is the nominee are the GOP establishment and the Fatcats, two groups that provide money and influence but who don’t actually account for a lot of votes.

I don’t know how things will turn out but one thing’s for sure – the race will be more interesting with Sarah in it. As far as I’m concerned the single best reason to root for Sarah Palin is the media hates her.

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40 Responses to Howard Dean commits blasphemy

  1. Jeffhas says:

    Convincing Party FatCats that her policies will help them more than hurt them will be easier than the Establishment convincing Teapartiers their HunstMittLently Candidate won’t just be another crony retread.

  2. 1539days says:

    One thing that helped Democrats in 2008 was the contest effect. Many people registered to vote in Clinton vs. Obama while McCain won early. That made it easier for Jackass’ marketing campaign to get registered voters to the polls.

    People are so tired of Obama. If the Republican contest is exciting, it’s going to boost GOP party registration. If a guy like Romney wins the nomination, he needs a VP like Michele Bachmann. Otherwise, it’s Marco Rubio, and he’s only slightly less boring than Romney.

  3. ralphb says:

    Arrrggggghhhhh! The obvious ocurred to Howard and he had to talk about it. Without Palin in the race, it will be like watching paint dry.

    • DeniseVB says:

      In that case, I’ll be voting for a can of paint over Obama in 2012 😀

      As a mentioned in the last thread, Dean’s thrown raw meat at the Dems and it will just ramp up the attacks on her like something, I fear, we have never seen before. She won’t run to protect her family. We know what the Dem-fueled msm is capable of, and it ain’t pretty.

  4. HELENK says:

    she drives the gop old heads and the dems crazy. I love it.
    she does again in this video.



  5. Mr. Mike says:

    Since he took office Obama has governed as if he expected the economy to have recovered by next year and for history to repeat itself. But this isn’t the nineties and he’s not Bill Clinton

    … and there’s is the problem with Obama and why he is nowhere near Bill Clinton’s level. Bill would have been on the stump talking until he lost his voice ( as happened during the 1992 race) until congress came up with meaningful legislation to restart the economy.

    Remember how he ran off to sell Chicago to the Olympic committee while hard working Americans were losing jobs and homes to Wall Street greed?

    How much of their rejecting the Windy City was based on dislike of the Snake Oil Salesman and Chief?

  6. 1539days says:

    So, has Cannonfire become the clearing house for Weinergate conspiracy theories? Either this guy sent the picture or he didn’t. If he didn’t and this is some sting operation to take down a US Congressman, then Weiner needs to contact the Capitol Police.

    Weiner’s salvation lies in his own hands.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    I thought I’d bring this to my “experts”, is Nancy Skinner drunk on the kool aid?

  8. yttik says:

    Dean is correct. Palin really could win.

    One thing I think Obots don’t understand is that they’ve bought their own myths. They really believe Obama won the most votes ever. What they seem to forget is that he didn’t even win the Dem nomination, it had to be handed to him. And when it came to the general election, he didn’t attract a record breaking number of voters, McCain simply failed to rally the Republican base. Obama didn’t win the election because so many people turned out for him, he won because so many conservatives stayed home.

    They won’t be staying home this time.

    • myiq2xu says:

      They might stay home again – if Multiple Mitt or some other RINO gets the nomination.

      Conservatives would rather burn in hell than vote for someone who doesn’t meet their standards.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I think those minds won’t stay home when they wrap their brains with 4 more years of Obama. And the GOP field isn’t that bad, all the current candidates have pretty impressive experiences, professionally and personally.

      • 1539days says:

        That implies Democrats have no standards.

        Anyway, Tea Party Express has already said they will endorse any Republican, including Romney, over Obama. There’s nothing like a really terrible Democrat president to give Republicans religion.

        Poor Republican turnout was tied to a number of factors. Republicans didn’t like McCain and they HATED what the campaign did with Sarah. Obama turned a number of Republicans, even supposed Republicans like Peggy Noonan and Kathleen Parker fell under the spell. Plus, there was this implied racism in voting against Obama that probably hurt turnout.

    • yttik says:

      I don’t know myiq, that was true two years ago, but I don’t think conservatives feel like apathy is much of an option right now.

    • “They won’t be staying home this time.”

      But maybe som Dems will.

    • “And when it came to the general election, he didn’t attract a record breaking number of voters”

      According to 2008 exit polls, Hillary would have won biggger. 12% vs his 7% iirc.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    ” It’s like chasing Princess Diana”


  10. DeniseVB says:

    For myiq 😉

  11. Dean not Surgeon General, now Edwards under the bus. These were guys who HELPED Obama.

    Maybe Obama wanted to kneecap any possible rivals?

    • Mr. Mike says:

      Those two are light weights compared to Hillary. There are no consequences for throwing them under the bus.
      Come to think of it wasn’t Kerry supposed to get the SoS job in return for his support?
      Shows how relevant he is.

      • votermom says:

        Also shows that Hillary was right to take the SoS job – I wondered at the time but it gives her a power base and a certain amount of independence from the WH.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Always wondered what happened to Wesley Clark too?

  12. Mimi says:

    Howard is just trying to warn the usual suspects that the big O is really, really hated out in hinterlandville. He will be quoted with the big scream film clip to show he is crazy and so is everything he says. It is forbidden in liberal to moderate political circles to even mention Obama’s name for fear of being called a bigot but the electorates payback is going to be a bitch. No one likes the asshole.

  13. ralphb says:

    Chronic unemployment worse than Great Depression

    Not good news for people in general or the incumbents.

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