Howard Dean Warns Democrats Sarah Palin Could Beat Obama In 2012


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Howard Dean, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who helped Democrats capture the White House in 2008, warns that Sarah Palin could defeat President Obama in 2012.

Dean says his fellow Democrats should beware of inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom that Obama would crush Palin in a general-election contest next year.

“I think she could win,” Dean told The Hill in an interview Friday. “She wouldn’t be my first choice if I were a Republican but I think she could win.”

Dean warns the sluggish economy could have more of a political impact than many Washington strategists and pundits assume.

“Any time you have a contest — particularly when unemployment is as high as it is — nobody gets a walkover,” Dean said. “Whoever the Republicans nominate, including people like Sarah Palin, whom the inside-the-Beltway crowd dismisses — my view is if you get the nomination of a major party, you can win the presidency, I don’t care what people write about you inside the Beltway,” Dean said.

Dean spoke to The Hill the same day the Labor Department revealed the national economy added only 54,000 jobs in May and the national unemployment rate had risen to 9.1 percent.



  1. OMG, we must do everything we can to stop her. Anyone got any dirt on her?

    I think even those who love Israel and are very conservative would still agree that we need to stop Palin from running no matter what. We need President Obama to continue his important policies and we cannot let Palin stop him.

  2. I’d certainly prefer Palin doesn’t run, but the last thing we need if for Obama to “continue his important policies”

  3. Proud lib- calm down, I dont think she is running, but if she is I will vote for her anytime over Obama. Yes I know she dosent have enough exp. and she is not my first choice but Obama had even less exp. and in the 2 years on the job he proved himself to be an arregant idealistic inafective extream undecided liberal.

  4. Mark, she knows there are fifty states, but she doesn’t know what Paul Revere did, or what state the revolutionary war started in. I’ll tell you, it’s not New Hampshire! I’m not “liberal and proud”, but I would be terrified with her as President.

  5. Current poll results in swing states Obama vs. Palin:

    Florida: Obama up +14
    Iowa: Obama up +16
    Nevada: Obama up +13
    North Carolina: Obama up +14
    Ohio: Obama up +7
    Virginia: Obama up +11

    Note that all these were carried by Bush in 2004.

  6. Proud Lib, are you for real, or are you joking? NO ONE could be worse than Abomination. I think Sarah Palin would be WONDERFUL in the White House. She’s one of those rare people that actually says sensible, common sense things, like “The emperor is wearing no clothes”! As far as experience goes, this jerk in the white house had absolutely zilch, so the dems and libs can’t say anything about experience now! WE need someone like Palin!

  7. If the economy stinks, and Obama can’t convince the country that it isn’t his fault, Bo (that’s the gift from the late Senator Kennedy, albeit he is a bit underage) could probably beat him in the election.

  8. 6,

    You obviously DONT know AMERICAN history! She knew EXACTLY what she was talking about re Paul Revere. It was yet another of her media teases which she is doing so well. The libs dont know what to do with her!

    You may not be ‘liberal and proud’ but you are nisht azoy klig!

  9. 9,

    I think the nation, especially the close to 20% that are un/under employed, would rather vote for Bo!

    The only ones who would vote for Obama again are his family members (ha’mayvin yovin!), socialist liberal democrat party drones, and fools. The rest of us sane people would not.

    I saw a bumper sticker the other day that sums it up well. It read, “If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you weren’t racist, you need to vote against Obama in 2012 to prove you aren’t stupid!”

  10. As a distinguished journalist mentioned, Sarah and Donald were scheduled to do a session of Dumb and Dumber but they could not agree on who should get second billing.

  11. No. 10: Your comment reminds me of a recording I heard many years ago, by the only person living at the time of Paul Revere’s midnight ride who actually survived into the 20th century. He said Paul Revere was an anti-Semite who went from town to town yelling, “The Yiddish – they coming. The Yiddish. The Yiddish.” I am sure that if Sarah Palin were presented with that recording, she would be thoroughly confused.

    And just for your information, on that same recording, the living witness of Paul Revere’s ride was told that Revere was actually saying, “The British are coming.” The witness responded. “Oy, my G-d. I’m glad we talked. Oy, my G-d. And I didn’t go to his funeral, oy, my G-d.”

  12. So all you libs who think you know history, now that even your beloved press is saying she was right what do you have to say for yourselves. Hey 6, 12, 13, and 14, hows that crow tasting now?!!

    Take a look at the Boston Herald for dessert!!