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President 2012: Sarah Palin’s Perfect Storm

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According to an Alaska political pundit – a run for the Presidency is Sarah Palin’s Perfect Storm.

She doesn’t want to be president, she just wants to run. She doesn’t want the responsibility of leading the free world, she just wants to ramp her celebrity back up a notch. She doesn’t want to put herself in the firing line of the critics again, she just wants to boost her earning potential for her politico-celebrity life after the campaign.

Believe me, being president is the last thing she wants.

So that’s the perfect storm right there… if she can run a campaign that gives the boys a good thrashing in the primary (and let’s face it, she’s done that before), then go raise gobs of money and run a huge general campaign, becoming in the process literally the most famous woman walking the face of the earth, yet not actually run the realistic risk of winning the presidency… what’s not to like about that?

In essence, what this is about is how she continues to occupy the hallowed and very lucrative ground between politics and celebritydom. It’s an area she has occupied all to herself, at least until just recently when Donald Trump intruded on her, but the Donald quickly discovered how knife-edge and inherently unstable a place it is. Become a celebrity and you lose your political bonafides, get elected to political office and your celebrity (and money-earning potential) gets majorly crimped. The key is to run for office but make sure you lose every time!

So mark my words, Press peeps. It’s going to happen, and probably soon. By the end of June, I reckon, she will announce her intention to run for President of the United States. What will be left unsaid is that she will have absolutely no intention of winning.

With Huckabee and Trump out AND Michele Bachmann pledging to run will Sarah be able to stand it?

Although I have said Sarah will NOT run, and her polling numbers against President Obama are horrible, I think she may be reconsidering.

Stay tuned…….

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Flap’s Links and Comments for May 18th on 18:18

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These are my links for May 18th from 18:18 to 18:22:

  • Obama to Unveil New Aid Plan for Mideast – – President Barack Obama will announce this week a new aid plan for the Middle East and North Africa that U.S. officials say will be far bolder than previous American economic assistance to the region.

    Mr. Obama will outline the plan, which could include debt cancellation and a reprogramming of financial aid the U.S. already provides to countries like Egypt, in a speech he is scheduled to deliver Thursday at the State Department.

    Whatever aid he announces, though, is unlikely to assuage Arab governments, which had been hoping the White House would push forcibly for a resumption of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. The president's aides say his speech will focus only briefly on the issue.

    "At the end of the day, the Palestinian cause remains a dominant issue," said a senior Arab official. "A speech by the president without addressing the conflict is unlikely to generate much enthusiasm."

    Mr. Obama met Tuesday with King Abdullah II of Jordan, who has been pressing U.S. officials to take a more aggressive role in the peace process, according to Arab diplomats.

    After the meeting, Mr. Obama said the U.S. will provide Jordan with hundreds of millions of dollars through the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the government institution that finances and insures private business to promote economic growth. The result, according to the U.S., will be roughly $1 billion for economic activity in Jordan. The president also pledged 50,000 metric tons of wheat.

    "All of this will help to stabilize the cost of living and day-to-day situation of Jordanians and will provide a foundation so that these economic reforms can move forward and long-term development can take place," Mr. Obama said.

    The president's goal, officials said, is to give a financial boost to the political change sweeping the Mideast and North Africa, where dashed economic aspirations have fed unrest.


    Read it all.

    Good grief. What is Obama thinking?

    More monetary aid to Egypt while the USA is debt-ridden?

  • President Obama to Tell Arab World US Eager to Help Them Realize Economic and Political Dreams – On Thursday, President Obama will try to convince the Arab World that the U.S. wants to shift its engagement in the region from a military one to a political and economic engagement that will help the people of the region realize their dreams.

    “Having wound down the Iraq war and continuing to do so, and having taken out Osama bin Laden, we are beginning to turn the page to a more positive and hopeful future for U.S. policy in the region,” a senior administration official told reporters today, previewing the speech.

    Sources said President Obama will discuss Syria as a place where the Arab Spring has not been allowed to flourish, though he will not call for President Bashar al-Assad to step down – though he will mention the sanctions the U.S. imposed on him today.

    Officials said the president sees the speech as way to step back and assess the historic changes in the region and to take the opportunity to explain to the world how his administration will support the democratic aspirations of the people in the region while focusing on four core principles: 

    support for human rights,
    support for political reform, and
    support for economic reform.


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    What about American debt doesn't Obama understand. Our own people are not working and entitlements are bankrupting us. We owe the Chinese and other countries massive amounts of money.

    How is it in our interests to help Egypt, Tunisia and Syria.

    Come on now…..this will win Obama no new American voters.

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President 2012 Poll Watch: Romney 20% Vs. Palin 12% Vs. Gingrich 9% Vs. Giuliani 7%

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According to the latest Suffolk University Poll.

Favorable Vs. Unfavorable:

  • Barack Obama – 51% Vs. 42%
  • Mitt Romney –  39% Vs. 32%
  • Mitch Daniels – 10% Vs. 14% Never heard of = 46%
  • Tim Pawlenty – 18% Vs. 16% Never heard of = 38%
  • Newt Gingrich – 29% Vs. 50%
  • Michele Bachmann – 20% vs. 28% Never heard of = 30%
  • Ron Paul – 24% Vs. 34%
  • Sarah Palin – 31% Vs. 58%

Job Approval Vs. Disapproval:

  • President Barack Obama – 47% Vs. 45%

Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be re-elected or is it time to give someone else a chance?

  • Deserve Re-election – 43% 
  • Someone else – 48%

GOP Primary Head to Head:

  • Romney – 20%
  • Palin – 12%
  • Gingrich – 9%
  • Giuliani – 7%
  • Paul – 5%
  • Daniels – 4%
  • Cain – 4%
  • Bachmann – 4%
  • Pawlenty – 3%

General Election:

  • Obama – 46% vs. Romney – 43%
  • Obama – 47% Vs. Pawlenty – 31%
  • Obama – 50% Vs. Bachmann – 30%
  • Obama – 52% Vs. Gingrich – 38%
  • Obama – 48% Vs. Daniels – 30%

Is the economy improving or getting worse?

  • Improving – 41%
  • Getting Worse – 46%

This is again a national poll and it is not certain that Sarah Palin, Mitch Daniels or Rudy Giuliani will be candidates. And, the poll was taken before Huckabee and Trump dropped out.

But, at the present time, it looks like you would have to consider Mitt Romney as the front runner.

The nationwide survey of 1,070 United States likely voters was conducted May 10-17, 2011, using live telephone interviews. The margin of error is +/- 3.0 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence.

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Flap’s Links and Comments for May 18th on 11:55

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These are my links for May 18th from 11:55 to 14:23: