Howard Dean Warns Dems Sarah Palin Could Beat Obama in 2012

Sunday, June 5, 2011

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

According to Dean, Democrats should cautious of inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom that Obama would crush Palin in the General Election next year.

Speaking to The Hill on Friday, Dean said:

“I think she could win. She wouldn’t be my first choice if I were a Republican but I think she could win. Anybody who gets the nomination could win the presidency.”

Dean warns that the sluggish economy and Obama’s failure to create jobs could have more of a political impact than many Washington strategists and pundits want to admit.

Republicans made the same mistake of underestimating Bill Clinton in the rest of the Democratic field in 1991 when former President George H.W. Bush seemed to have a strong advantage but the economy was still mired in recession.

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16 Responses to Howard Dean Warns Dems Sarah Palin Could Beat Obama in 2012

  1. Walk on Socks says:

    In the politics, the number one rule is assume nothing and assume the worse.

    The base assume Obama is invincible and no one can beat him but his handlers are well aware of the worsening jobs situation and indicators showing a double dip recession is all but certain.

    Obama’s other weakness is his refusal to admit he hasn’t done enough to create jobs.

    In Toledo last Friday, he appeared unable to accept responsibility for this and even poo pooed the jobs numbers as a “bump along the way.” If I were Obama’s handler, I would strap his ass into the chair in the Oval Office and not let him go aboard or play golf until a quantifiable jobs program was created.

  2. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    That’s the day I kill myself!

  3. Joe in Colorado says:

    Howard Dean is wise and Democrats should listen. Poppy Bush had the power of the incumbency behind him but, he failed the country on bread and butter issues and was easily defeated by a little-known Arkansas governor. Bill Clinton was counted out in 1996 and he made road kill of the old, and feeble-looking Bob Dole. Obama has lost the support of white men, independents and many other groups, including a 12% drop among African Americans. I like Socks idea of tying Obama to the chair in the Oval Office so he’s forced to do his job. I’ve always had the impression Obama has a touch of ADHD, so staying is a challenge for him.

  4. Brigadoon says:

    The GOP field isn’t as disorganized as many seem to think. Mitt Romney is clearly their front runner and I think Palin is a force to be reckoned with. The liberal, cable media is addicted to Palin and cover her on a daily basis. She practically owns MSNBC which is why I stopped watching MSNBC. They yap about her endlessly and it makes me sick to my stomach. I could easily see a Romney/Palin ticket run against Obama in 2012. Now, would they win? Only if the economy doesn’t improve. 2012 is Obama’s race to lose.

  5. Vivzz says:

    Obama’s due for a scandal. In fact, he’s overdue. Modern presidencies are always faced with a major scandal by this point. I completely expect Obama will have something hit next year in the run up to the 2012 general election. I just hope it isn’t a bimbo eruption like those who rocked the Clinton administration. Bimbo eruptions are so 1996.

  6. Robyn says:

    I could see this happening. It’s not just jobs, but the fact that there’s no middle class anymore.

  7. feminazi says:

    I think the thrill of assuaging white guilt over slavery and the terrible treatment of black Americans will wear thin when they’re unable to find work, lose their homes and watch their marriage come undone. If real unemployment is indeed 22% as many say, Obama is not only vulnerable but should prepare himself to lose reelection. I think whoever is able to convince voters they have a jobs plan will win the next election. Will it be Palin? I think not but, I think it could very well be Mitt Romney.

  8. VicoDANIEL says:

    I think what Howard Dean is saying is a second term for Obama isn’t written in stone.

    One thing I’ve noticed about Obama is this peculiar air of aloofness as if he’s superior to the rest of us. It comes out when he faces criticism and with 9.1% unemployment, much higher in Nevada, California and Michigan — all states Obama carried in 2008, Obama can’t afford to prance around like royalty talking down to the little people.

    As for Palin winning the whole thing? I don’t think so because she won’t win the GOP primary. It’s Romney’s year. Plus, he has a business background that Obama doesn’t understand. If Romney can market himself as a “jobs creator,” I think he stands a very good chance of defeating Obama.

    vicodaniel1987@yahoo.com

  9. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    Since she quit her day job as Alaska governor, Nanook of the North has pocketed an estimated $11 million from straight whoring. Why would she walk away from all that coin to sit her fat ass in the Oval Office?

    Won’t happen.

  10. Pechanga says:

    Obama’s economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, argued Sunday that the disappointing jobs report out Friday may be a fluke and isn’t a reflection of Obama’s handling of the economy.

    “One month is not a trend,” Goolsbee said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We faced a stiffer headwind and this was a tough month.”

    The problem with Goolsbee’s rationale is, Obama has been in office thirty months and the fact is, other than a few thousand, temporary US Census jobs, unemployment is exactly where it was when he became president.

    Why doesn’t this administration understand how serious unemployment is and how it is destroying the Middle Class?

  11. Abbey Peripatetic says:

    There is no doubt the economy is the number one issue on everyone’s mind.

    Read the polls. The economy and jobs rank ahead of terrorism, national defense or the debt. It always comes back to the economy and the politician who fails to understand this in 2012, will have their butt handed to them by the electorate.

    I don’t have the answer and I don’t pretend to understand the problem. Maybe what needs to happen is repatriating the multinational corporations so the jobs return to the USA? Make college free and realize not every 21st century job requires a four year degree? This is especially true in healthcare.

    By this point in Obama’s term, I really thought he would’ve taken the bull by the horns and cashed in his marbles with Wall Street and the banks but he seems to have the classic passive-aggressive personality, so he hangs back, slow to act at a time in history when Americans are begging for leadership.

    I don’t think he’ll win reelection and frankly, I don’t think he deserves to win. Just because he gave the order to kill Osama bin Laden? Please, this was a blip in history and nothing more.

  12. Debbie Banuelos says:

    But, Abbey Peripatetic (love your screen name), you must remember this is George W. Bush’s recession and Obama is just a pedestrian. His hands are tied and plume out of ideas.

    Or so I keep reading and laughing.

  13. Jolly Roger says:

    Eh-Mama Grifter is just too stupid to pull it off, try as she might.

    But Romney, or Huntsman, absolutely could.

  14. libhomo says:

    Dean is well meaning, but he is lousy at electoral politics.

    The economy is a huge problem, and Obama refuses to stand up to the Republicans, the rich, and the corporations. Jolly Roger is correct. A credible GOP candidate could very well beat him.

  15. fran says:

    Palin is no Bill Clinton.

    Sarah is already sticking her foot squarely in her mouth.

    Her current Bus tour/ trainwreck has adopted a unique tactic:

    Sarah has a exclusive contract w Fox news!

    So just Fox can spin her story & she can choose to speak w other reporters, but if the going gets tough, she can play the “exclusive contract w Fox snooze” card.

    Palin can do OK w one way presentations. When she toured as a fundraiser, she regurgitated the same speech over & over. She just had to read the script. No press allowed, no photos. She even failed to modify the pre fab speech after the Deepwater Horizon 11 deaths in the explosion! She was still touting the drill baby drill schtick after the fatal disaster.

    Once Palin has to go off script, she fails. Every time.
    Her ad lib re Paul Revere shootin guns & ringin’ bells version is a classic example.

  16. Jim says:

    A scary thought. Any nut who can promise to deliver the American people from this pitiful recession might have a shot at the Presidency. Even a loon like Palin. Best to never be complacent, especially when it comes to votes. Look at American Idol!

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