Robert Eugen Simmons Jr. has penned an excellent piece for American Thinker regarding Sarah Palin's deliberations on whether she will run for president. He has an interesting take that echos what I've been thinking for the past few days. He makes the case that she may not actually want to be president, including the reasons why she may be hesitant to take the plunge.
Next, he makes a very convincing case as to why Palin should run, and declares that "we need her." Palin has been fairly consistent in her message regarding a potential run. I imagine she feels that the current crop of likely candidates won't be capable or willing to do what it takes to put the country back on the right track, but is more than willing to forego a run if an acceptable candidate emerges. I suspect that Jim DeMint, Mike Pence, Marco Rubio, or Rick Perry would be acceptable to her if they had a reasonable chance at capturing the nomination. DeMint and Perry have all but ruled out a run, Rubio hasn't even been sworn in to the US Senate yet, and Pence is likely running for Governor of Indiana. It's becoming more apparent as time goes on that absent a Palin candidacy, a large portion of the primary electorate will be disenchanted with the list of names on the ballot.
I believe her team will continue to proceed as if she will run for president. I cannot envision Palin standing on the sidelines while supporting Romney, Huckabee, Gingrich, Thune, or Daniels in a GOP primary. Unless one of the aforementioned acceptable conservatives surprises everyone and jumps into the race and proves that they can can compete for the nomination, she will declare her candidacy and be "in it to win it."
George Washington was a reluctant leader as well. He agreed to serve because he realized that his leadership was needed at a time when the country was in great peril. Sarah Palin will come to the same conclusion, if she hasn't already. I agree with the author, that while she's not Reagan, "she could be just as great as Reagan."
From the article:
In a recent interview, Sarah Palin said to the interviewer that she will consider running for president if there is no one willing to do the job and take on the problems facing America. I think America is going to have to hold her to that promise.
I can't think of a reason why Palin would want to be president and move to Washington. She clearly loves Alaska and has a wonderful family who also love Alaska as home. Palin clearly has a good thing going with the influence she has on national politics and election cycles. On a personal level, she has been able to amass a small fortune in being who she is. I don't begrudge her the fortune, and I don't blame her for her love of the wild beauty of Alaska.
I can't think of a single reason she would want to move to an urban environment often choked with crime and poverty. I can't think of a good reason why she should want even more scrutiny into her life and her doings with her children and submit to being organized 24 hours a day. I can't think of why she would want to brave the wall of vitriol that would come from the left as well as many Republican establishment types. Make no mistake that if she does run for president, you can expect every rude, misogynistic, and disgusting word in several languages to be thrown her way.
In fact, there is only one reason I can ask Sarah Palin to brave the sewers of a presidential run. The reason is that we need her.
The brutal reality of America is that an aristocracy has developed in Washington against the wishes of the founders of this country. The Republican Party "insiders" are just as deep in the corruption and aristocratic thinking as the liberal elites. If anyone ever needed convincing of the deep disregard in which the aristocracy holds the serfs, the "insiders'" reaction to the Tea Party movement answered that question. In such an atmosphere of aristocratic minds, who else would be able to cut them down to size and remind them that they work for the people of America? Would Romney, with his own aristocratic flair and his own version of Obamacare, be willing to curtail the reach of the aristocrats into our lives? Would politician-turned-talk show host Huckabee be willing to rein in the very people who supported him in his political life? Sarah Palin is one of few politicians who have fearlessly taken on the establishment, both Democrat and Republican, with a consistent message about the enforcement of the constitution and the returning of government to the people.
I won't be a bit surprised if Sarah Palin doesn't particularly want to be president, and I can think of a million reasons why she would not want to run. However, I cant imagine anyone else who would be able to pull us out of the mess we are in, reign in the aristocracy, encourage our allies, intimidate our enemies, and believe what she says while doing it all. President Palin wouldn't merely encourage young women by being the first female president; she would be a great president. Palin is not Reagan, but she could be just as great as Reagan.
I am sorry, Sarah Palin, but we need you to serve -- and for that, we need you to run.
Read the entire article HERE.