While Hillary Clinton seems all but ready to represent the Democratic party in 2016, the front runner for the GOP seems much less certain. While many names have been thrown around, a new name is getting some attention and is turning heads.
In 2008, Republican candidate for president, John McCain knew he had to make a splash if he was going to defeat Barack Obama and become the President of the United States. Together with his staff, the decision was made to bring governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate and potential Vice President. While the initial reaction was positive among conservatives, Palin drew tremendous crowds across the country, the bubble was soon popped when Palin's knowledge was put to the test, highlighted by an uncomfortable interview with Katie Couric.
While the McCain/Palin ticket ended up on the losing end in 2008, the Palin legend grew to cult like status and has been seen as the queen of the Tea Party. After a gig on Fox News, her own reality show and multiple books and movies being released about the former governor, Palin has been stumping for Republicans across the country and taking the chance to attack President Obama as often as she can along the way.
According to a report in the Inquisitr, Sarah Palin might be planning a possible run for president in 2016. The article notes the frequent appearance dates Palin has increased over the next few months. The Inquisitr also points out Palin's upcoming speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition as well as Palin's upcoming appearance at Rev. Billy Graham birthday celebration. Palin is releasing a new book this holiday season titled "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas," which highlights the alleged "war on Christmas."
In a recent article in the Washington Times, the idea of a Jeb Bush/Sarah Palin ticket has been floating around conservative circles. Labeled as “the GOP’s only chance” by American Thinker contributor Michael Sheppard, a Bush/Palin ticket would, if nothing else, drum up support from conservatives across the country and tap into many factions within the divided Republican party.
“A Jeb Bush/president - Sarah Palin/vice-president ticket covers all the Electoral College, Evangelical, pro-life, centrist-conservative, experienced governorships, male/female bases.
Both are strongly vetted and most certainly there is nothing in Palin’s life that has not be diced and sliced, disproved and shown to be a product of leftist hate. Even in liberal circles there has been grudging acceptance that Jeb Bush ran a successful administration in Florida and that he is ‘not George W.’“
Sarah Palin appeared on Sean Hannity's radio show on October 13th and the idea of another run for office was brought up, this time as a possible Senator in 2014. Palin couldn't give a straight answer and seemed to dodge the idea.
A Sarah Palin run for president stretches farther than a mainstream push from the right-wing media. A grassroots effort from Tea party conservatives have found their way on social media, creating a presence on Facebook and multiple blogs in an attempt to bring support to a possible Palin run in 2016. Even the popular conservative blog "Red State," run by Fox News host Eric Erickson, promoted the idea of a Palin run just weeks after the defeat of Mitt Romney in 2012 and the Los Angeles Times brought up the idea only two weeks after the 2012 election.
If Sarah Palin does decide to run, those on the far right of the political spectrum will surly be excited and ready to go. Teaming her up with Jeb Bush would provide a more serious threat to Democrats, but Palin is often seen as out of touch by average Americans and her image might possibly be too tarnished to be taken seriously by those outside the Tea Party. With a Hillary Clinton run all but certain to happen, a Clinton vs Palin battle for president in 2016 could end up being the most lopsided election the nation's history.