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Don’t count out SARAH PALIN – CNN – VIDEO

August 24, 2011

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin meets with fairgoers while visiting the Cattle Barn at the Iowa State Fair.

Don’t count out Sarah Palin

By Paul Sracic, Special to CNN

August 24, 2011 10:30 a.m. EDT

Editor’s note: Paul Sracic is chairman of the department of political science at Youngstown State University in Ohio. His most recent book is “San Antonio v. Rodriguez and the Pursuit of Equal Education” (University Press of Kansas).

(CNN) — Sarah Palin’s political action committee has produced a two-minute video that is stirring up quite a buzz among political commentators. Whether the video, entitled “Iowa Passion,” actually proves that the former Alaska governor intends to enter the 2012 presidential contest or is instead just the latest installment in the ongoing “Palin plays the media like a fiddle” show is unclear.

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The video, however, does clearly demonstrate one thing: If Palin decides to run, she will be a formidable candidate, both in the primary and perhaps even the general election.

Admittedly, it is easy to argue the contrary position. After all, in terms of the Republican primary, the tea party supporters who are Palin’s natural base already have two candidates to vote for in Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. Even if Palin were able to peel off some or even a majority of the Bachmann and Perry supporters, the split in the vote would seem to virtually assure the favorite of the non-tea party Republicans, Mitt Romney, the nomination. And should Palin somehow survive the primary gantlet and emerge as the Republican nominee, current polls show her losing to President Obama by more than 15 points.

These are all obviously strong and valid points; up until a few days ago, they were enough to lead me to discount Palin as a serious candidate. But now I am not so sure. What has changed my mind? Well, as Palin might say, it was that gosh darned video.

Now, one campaign ad does not a campaign make. But it was not the clip itself that caused me to rethink a Palin candidacy. It was more that the clip looked so familiar. More precisely, it was who, or whose campaign, the images in the commercial immediately brought to mind.

via Don’t count out Sarah Palin – CNN.com.

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