Friday, December 30, 2011
Just in time for the Iowa Caucuses on January 3rd, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has stated that Governor Palin is a consideration to be his pick for Vice President or Energy Secretary, should he secure the GOP nomination. I have had many conversations with Palin supporters in the past about whether the Governor would ever again agree to be the #2 on a ticket, especially after experiencing Senator McCain's poorly-run campaign. Having been mismanaged, mishandled, and mistreated by some of his back-stabbing staffers doesn't sweeten the pot, either. So I have a hard time picturing her putting herself in that position again, particularly when she was so close to saying "yes" to being at the top of the GOP ticket.
Now, Energy Secretary, that's a whole different ball of wax. Of course, she is an expert in energy and has led the charge in encouraging America to embrace energy independence, reminding us again and again that there's a link between energy and national security and energy and prosperity. Compare this to President Obama who, playing politics with such an important issue and the promise of thousands of jobs, has decided to delay making a decision on the Keystone Pipeline. Anything to pacify environmentalists and keep from angering this voting bloc. Governor Palin, never one to bend to pressure from either side of the aisle, would make the right decision for the country. Having negotiated the largest private sector infrastructure project in North American history, and having brought big oil executives and corrupt politicians to their knees in the process, Governor Palin's expertise is much needed.
Time will tell whether such offers come and whether she would accept if they did. It's possible she may say yes. She may choose to continue to point out the crony capitalism which is running rampant in Washington, as her foreign adviser, Peter Schweizer, has written about in his new book, Throw Them All Out, reviewed here. She may continue to impact elections, as she did in the 2010 mid-terms, by endorsing and campaigning for people so Republicans can maintain the House and take over the Senate and White House. Whatever she decides, she will definitely not be going away.
I'm still unable to find the candidate I feel comfortable supporting. When, for over three years, you've expected the complete package to run, the individuals in the current field simply don't measure up. Although I agree with Governor Palin when she says that all of the current candidates are "infinitely better than President Obama," settling still doesn't feel right. Nonetheless, Newt Gingrich is wise to take note that having Governor Palin in his corner, on his ticket, or in his administration is a giant step in the right direction, even though I'd much rather see her at the top of a ticket.
As reported at Real Clear Politics, here's what Gingrich had to say in response to a question about selecting Gov. Palin as his VP:
She is certainly one of the people you would look at. I am a great admirer of hers, and she was a remarkable reform governor of Alaska. So, she’s somebody that I think brings a great deal to the possibility of helping in government, and that would be one of the possibilities. There are also some very important Cabinet positions that she could fill very, very well. I can’t imagine anybody who would do a better job of driving us to an energy solution than Gov. Palin, for example. So, tell her she certainly would be on the list of one of the people we would consider.
(h/t M. Joseph Sheppard)