Advice for Sarah Palin 2012

A former Bush aide gives Sarah Barracuda some strategy tips
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2010 10:43 AM CST
Advice for Sarah Palin 2012
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin addresses attendees at the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

Party wisemen may not take her seriously, but Sarah Palin’s got a genuine shot at being the 2012 Republican nominee. And ex-Bush aide Matt Latimer, writing for the Daily Beast, has some advice on how she can win:

  • Explain why she quit: Right now it looks like she fled when the going got tough so she could focus on her book deal and television career. Not good.

  • Ignore DC strategists: They’ll try to turn her into one of those “PowerPoint candidates armed with focus-grouped talking points. Just be yourself and let the voters decide if that’s good enough.”
  • Don’t ignore policy experts: Surround yourself with smarter people; it’ll make you a better leader.
  • Send Tina Fey a thank you card: Every time comedians make fun of Palin, they’re just lowering expectations, making her look better.
  • Run against the GOP establishment: “Contrary to the delusional hopes of party strategists,” voters still don’t like Republicans. They “would love to throw out both parties if they could.”

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