Sarah Palin says she could win in 2012; George Soros' support of Obama wavers
Two political grenades exploding today, one in each party.
In an advance excerpt of a Barbara Walters ABC News exclusive interview on the year's most fascinating people, Sarah Palin says, yes, in fact, she does believe she could beat Barack Obama in a 2012 presidential race.
It's the farthest Palin has gone yet in indicating her possible plans for 2012. Until now, she's just talked about being willing to run if no one else emerged or if the country needed her.
Separately, Huffington Post is reporting that billionaire and Democrat mega-money man George Soros privately told big-time....
Now, this is all a week less than two years out from the presidential vote. After an approval rating up around 70% at inauguration time, Obama's has fallen into the low-to-mnid-forties range with a majority saying they doubt he deserves a second term.
Imagine if Obama's Democratic base erosion continues and a year from now he's still in trouble. With Soros and who knows who else gone, how long until the Democratic party's northeastern bosses and money folks start seeking a well-known viable alternative Democrat to run in 2012, oh, who knows maybe even a woman, an ex-senator? Another ex-senator is Indiana's Evan Bayh.
See Sarah here for yourself:
According to the Huffington report by the respected Sam Stein, at an untranscribed meeting of the Democracy Alliance, Soros told a small side group: "We have just lost this election. We need to draw a line. And if this president can't do what we need, it is time to start looking somewhere else."
A Soros spokesman later attempted to soften the remarks, saying the billionaire supports Obama as leader of the Democratic party and was not suggesting a primary challenge for the ex-senator.
Others, also unhappy over Obama's failure to deliver on such issues as don't ask, don't tell, closing Guantanamo and apparently about to cave on extending the Bush tax cuts, left the gathering a different impression.
According to a transcript of the Palin ABC interview to be broadcast Dec. 9, the Republican former governor said:
"I know that a hurdle I would have to cross, that some other potential candidates wouldn't have to cross right out of the chute, is proving my record. That's the most frustrating thing for me -- the warped and perverted description of my record and what I've accomplished over the last two decades. It's been much more perplexing to me than where the lamestream media has wanted to go about my personal life. And other candidates haven't faced these criticisms the way I have."
Polls have consistently shown American voters dubious that the 46-year-old ex-governor and VP candidate is qualified to sit in the Oval Office. At the same time, as The Ticket reported here, other polls also show is by far the favorite of Republicans with a 79% favorable standing most recently. And it's Republicans who would have the first ballot box say on Palin's qualifications.
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Photo: "Sarah Palin's Alaska"; Associated Press (Soros, file).