Palin has path to win, Republican warns
March 14th, 2011
11:37 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin has path to win, Republican warns

(CNN) – Prominent New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg says that Sarah Palin just might have a clearer path to the Republican presidential nomination next year than commonly understood – an event he warns would lead to President Obama's clear reelection.

Gregg, the former senator and governor of the Granite State, says the muddled GOP presidential field means it's more likely than ever there won't be a clear consensus candidate before the party's nominating convention in August of 2012. If that happens, says Gregg, Palin and her army of supporters might have the upper hand when it comes to settling on a presidential candidate.

"A candidate who runs second or third in a great many primaries could go into the convention with a sizable block of delegates," writes Gregg in an Op-Ed in The Hill newspaper Monday. "Who would this favor? Does Sarah Palin come to mind? Although she is not viewed by most as strong enough to win, she is viewed by many as a person worth voting for to make a statement."

While it's unlikely Palin (should she run) would win that many primary contests, placing second or third might be enough - especially this time around when delegates will be awarded a proportionate basis instead of the winner-take-all system that has previously been the rule in Republican primaries.

"Finishing second and third isn't really a big deal – until you get enough delegates to be the nominee," writes Gregg. "And picking a nominee who it seems would be easily defeated by President Obama might not be the best statement."

In 2008, Gregg was a supporter of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is all-but-certain to run again.


Filed under: Judd Gregg • Sarah Palin
soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. twmcn

    Please! Oh please, please, please
    Oh please Ms. Palin – RUN
    Oh please run – run with Ms. Bachman
    Show the whole world – how far we've sank!

    March 14, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Nancy in WA

    My fervent hope is that the Republican party will shun SP at every turn. If they can remove her from escalating with her political aspirations, I might have a shred of respect for them. However, if SP makes it as far as being the political front-runner for the Republicans, they might as well give up being a dominant party. The jockeying of numerous Republicans vying for front-runner status shows how truly weak a party they are. And adding SP to the mix, their party is in SERIOUS trouble, not only because Obama would be a sure winner, but the entire future of their party would be in jeopardy. It would become a serious joke rather than a major political entity. No matter what, GO OBAMA 2012!!!

    March 14, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. YBP

    Yes! Bring on Palin! The debates with will be classic! Brilliant Statesman vs Total Idiot.

    March 14, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. detada

    Be for real! ALL of the clowns in the republican party will provide Obama with a clear path to reelection.

    March 14, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. kakaraka

    Please run, please run sarah poulin. Things will get even more easier.

    March 14, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. 2+2=5

    Anyone thinking Palin will win anything obviously hasn't been awake in the last 10 years. oh....sorry bro no wonder if thats what you been up to all this time. Anyway, I love when her supporters pull all this and then ask, how do you even know she'll run?! check plz.....lmao. There is just no way that woman will ever realize her lack of self importance. People like her have a real tough time excepting reality, just another reason she will never be relevant.

    March 14, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. phearis

    Palin for 2012!!!!!!

    March 14, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. George W Evans

    It really doesn't matter who the next republican running....I can't see anyone unseated the 'President'!?!
    Good luck!???!

    March 14, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Mikey

    Just the debate between her and Obama alone would have me laughing right through the November elections.

    March 14, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Dave

    I certainly hope idiot Sarah gets the nomination. Saturday Night Live has been a little lame lately and she will be great for some laughs! Well, that along with the fact that Obama will absolutely crush her...

    March 14, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Retired Army in San Antonio

    On March 14, 2011 at 11:47 am .......Al-NY,NY posted

    "He's smart but I hope he's right and the nit wit gets the nomination"

    Yes.....I agree ;-) .

    A Palin nomination in 2012 would be a huge plus for all Democratic candidates up and down the ticket!!!

    March 14, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. EffortPA

    People have it all wrong. Sarah is really a uniter, not a divider. She, has managed to unite the entire left with about 80% of the independents and about 60% of the right. Nobody has ever done that before. Run Sarah, run!

    March 14, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. susan

    She doesn't appear to be running, so why all the fuss. And the GOP would surely not want her to try. that would assure the Dems a guaranteed win. the tea party split the GOP, and in the end, it was a poor move to try and form another group. It only hurt them. Then there are the white, 60+years old males looking to run. Mitt and his hair and money, Huckabee and his moral superiority, Bachmann and her idiocy, Newt and his total lack of charisma and charm-face it, the GOP has no one to run. Christie said he could win–no modesty there!! It's a wonderful world.
    Obama will be our next President. He's been a huge disappointment, but he will win.

    March 14, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. bobby

    I can see the ads against Palin now! Boy would she get lambasted!!!!!!

    March 14, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Patrick

    I think Palin gets more crap than she should because of her gender but she still is a joke. I hope she does run as an independent or with the Tea Party. That would be the most awesome thing ever. The unholy alliance between corporate RepubliCONs and the psycho social conservatives needs to be splintered before they manage to destroy the ideals of enlightenment this country was founded on.

    March 14, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Former Republican, but never again!

    Sarah WILL NOT run. She's certainly stupid, but she's smart enough to know she's too stupid to be President.

    March 14, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. common thinking

    Sarah Palin is a fantastic politician...just like she was a great governer. Stupid americans are not ready for honesty and truth...the like clowns, just like the POTUS we have now A CLOWN! he lies so much on tv with the help of the tele-prompter that he can keep things straight. close guantanamo, I produce more oil thank ever before, military tribunals ok, no action on iran, egypt or libya...he doesn't have guts...no forward thinking.
    If you want laughs....just listen to a potus press conference!!!!!!!!!
    14 trillion in debt and counting thanks to OBAMA and the dems

    March 14, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Frank

    Re-Elect President Obama!!!

    March 14, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Andi

    I hope she is the nominee. Trust me, guaranteed President Obama second term. Lovely. What a nitwit. And it's insulting to actually think that the majority of the American people are as stupid as she is. A whole new lot of young people will be voting in the next election. A lot of the older ones have passed on. Times up Republicans. It's over. The Tea Party Express has run out of gas.

    March 14, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Itsa

    Name a GOP candidate, any GOP candidate available to run...It still equals to landslide re-election of President Obama.

    They've worked on their irrelevancy for decades now and now have fine-tuned it to perfection.

    March 14, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. bobby

    if Palin is the best the GOP can muster it shows how far the right has sunk..add in the superior intellect of Ms Bachman and they are sure to make an impression!

    March 14, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. brett

    if out of 300 million (legal residents), obama is the "brightest" we got, no wonder the country is collapsing.

    March 14, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. FM

    Bring Palin on! What lovely news we Dems would like to hear! Let me say it in another way: ""Go for it"! the say of our current President! Of all the people Sarah!! I repeat Sarah! The one who abandoned her job!!!! I will start from now preparing my inauguration dress as am pretty sure who will emerge as the winner if at all she will be nominated as GOP candidate.

    March 14, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. SCOTO

    "she is viewed by many as a person worth voting for to make a statement." And what might that statement be? I am an idiot who votes for idiots?

    March 14, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Rich

    I hate to break the bad news, but if Sarah Palin decides to run for President (and take a huge cut in pay), she will easily win the GOP nomination. And she will beat Obama, simply because the economy is a mess and people will want a change, even if it means having trailerer park trash in the WH.

    Ya'll come back now, ya-hear?

    March 14, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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