Saturday, March 8, 2008

Sarah Palin's Presidential Pathway

Sarah Palin and her husband Todd with Ina Boucher, Alaska's "Teacher of the Year."

There are many Americans (and I'm one) who think that Gov. Sarah Palin, who recently announced that she's seven months pregnant, needs to do to win the presidency in 2012 or 2016. Of course, one thing she could "do" is to get the Republican nomination for the vice-presidency, but that's beyond her capacity to control. Does she want to become President? You betcha! The following are my thoughts on the steps she should take.
Realizing that we Republicans are underdogs in 2008 and that Sarah Palin would dearly love to be President of these United States . . .

There are many things Sarah (and backers) need to do, including her establishing a Political Action Committee (PAC) designed to help Republican candidates in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Learing how to raise large sums of money will be beneficial when she wages a national campaign.
She also needs to do what is necessary to make the Keynote Speech at the Republican Convention in Minneapolis -- remembering that Obama's address in 2004 was his launching pad for his presidential campaign. The Keynote Speech is essential, and she must make it a barn-burner, perhaps with a theme like the following: "Stand Up America for all that's good and right about our country."
If possible, her son, Track, a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier, should be there in uniform. At the conclusion of the remarks, her entire family should be on the stage. Track is part of the "Sarah Narrative," because he joined the Army on 9/11/2007.
She also needs to do a book (one with lots of pics of Todd, Track, Baby Palin, little Piper, Bristol, and Willow ). It could/should be an "as told to" kind of book with a professional writer, perhaps someone a lot like super-blogger S J Reidhead or even yours truly. The book would be one of many ways she can introduce herself to the American people. It could be reissued in 2011, with new chapters.
Sarah likes to play a coy role when it comes to national office, but she must shed that tendency. The way to win the presidential nomination is to seize it with both hands. Thus, she has to decide this year if she wants the presidency enough to go after it with every fiber of her being.
She should talk to a diverse group of people who can provide good advice about what's necessary for her to wage a winning campaign. Some of those individuals should be significant Republicans including pollster Frank Luntz, Charlie Black (veteran of many campaigns and now working with Senator McCain), and Karl Rove. The latter can tell her what elements of his strategy (heavy on bringing out evangelicals) work and which need modification.
She also has to reach out to some people who are not yet household names but know a lot about contemporary political realities. One of those people should be Adam Brickley, from Colorado Springs, who launched the amazing Draft Sarah Palin Movement. Adam is a fount of good sense when it comes to practical politics. Sarah also could benefit from a discussion with Sharon Caliendo of Norman, Oklahoma, a woman who's a marvellous organizer and knows everything about Oklahoma and Texas politics.
Cindy Reidhead, mentioned above, is a person who can tell Sarah all there is to know about online politics. People with high-traffic blogs, and that includes Cindy, know the other high-traffic blogs, which are very helpful in launching viral marketing efforts.
People like Sharon, Adam, and Cindy are critical because Sarah is going to need a massive volunteer effort. Alaska is not the greatest place to raise big money.
In that regard, I hope Sarah and Carly Fiorina (Republican fundraiser and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard), who can raise lots of cash, become "new best friends." Conducting a national campaign is a lot like running a big business, and Carly knows all about that.
There are many factors in American politics, including the increased importance of Independents, that are working in Sarah's favor. She has none of the negatives associated with someone like Hillary Clinton. She has all the positives -- and more -- of someone like Ronald Reagan. She could be a big winner in a national election.
Sarah, please begin the quest today. When your son and his friend left for infantry training, you told them, "We have your backs." In the case of your run for the presidency, we have yours.

Why Obama Should Make You Fearful

(Beginning of Tomorrow's Column)

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself . . . nameless, unreasoning fear." (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. Senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002 [against the federal legislation authorizing the use of force in Iraq]." Recent statement by Senator Clinton

As you may have noticed, Barack Obama likes to criticize his rivals -- Hillary Clinton and John McCain -- for supposedly using the "fear card." In fact, Obama makes me fearful because of his unwillingness to comprehend the world in which we live -- one where a certain amount of fear is justified. As FDR suggested long ago, the kind of fear we can do without is the "nameless, unreasoning" kind -- not the type that has a name and a clear rationale. (More to come)


colecurtis said...

Hey Steve I am writing you to let you know that Brad, myself and some others are starting a new blog and if you, Beth and anyone else would like to become members of our group we would be happy and honored to have you. We are starting from scratch because those backstabbers Mad and Tony stole the group from Brad. They are saying that they started the group when I know who started the group Brad did because I was there. I poured blood,sweat and tears as well as a lot of sleepless nights into that group but we are starting one that is going to be similar to redstates in layout. We would be more than honored if you would consider becoming members of our "normal" group. Tell Beth that I made her a member of Alabamians for McCain and they went in and banned her and I went in and made her a member again and changed the password. If you would consider becoming members Brad as well as myself would be honored. I am sure that The Pink Flamingo will stay with Mad and Tony but I just cannot stay there when I know who started that group because I was there when it was birthed so to speak. so let me know I am going to ask other members if they will consider joining us. Mad,Tony,Michael,Katherine and they invited me to join them in unseating Brad, I would not commit but they still do not know that I am with Brad. They locked him out of the reader which is where everyones posts go and is released onto the web which is Brads via trademark which he will confront through Google. But anyway you ,Beth and anyone else are welcomed to join us on our new blog that we have yet to start. Please email me and let me know whether you would be interested and as I stated earlier we would be honored Steve to have you, Beth and anyone else.

Stephen R. Maloney said...

Vicki: Hi, as I said in an email, I'd love to join any group like yours that's committed to building as much support as possible to get John McCain elected. My impression of Mad, Tony, and their gang was that they wanted to create the world's smallest, chummiest group, one mainly dedicated to massaging their enormous egos. To win the election, John McCain needs support from every segment of society.

steve maloney

Syrin said...

Alaska is not proud of Sarah Palin, aka Sarah the Incompetent, Queen P, Hugo Chavez in Dra. She has proposed and pushed through the largest socialistic inspired raise in taxes, in the history of the world. She supports the idea that the State can seize the property of private industry aka oil producers in Alaska if they don’t do what she wants. She has attacked almost the entire Republican majority in the house and senate. She just resently tried to oust the Republican party chair at the annual convention. And, Sean Parnell announced that after providing absolutly nothing for 18 months in his present position, he decided to run against the incumbent, and senior Senator. Another sophomoronic event, Sarah stood by and giggled like a school girl when a radio shock jock called the Republican President of the Senate a “bitch” and “a cancer”. She threatened to support Democrats running against Republicans if they did not support her tax and spend policies. There is NOTHING conservative or Pro business about this fulfilment of incompetence, Sarah Palin!
She would be a disaster in any political position. This woman has no self control, no sense and is full of folly.