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.
“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.