Palin has path to win, Republican warns
March 14th, 2011
11:37 AM ET
3 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. greyhackles

    Can't wait to hear Alaska Barbie's come-back statement on this one...

    March 14, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Kenna

    I'm a Republican and I would not vote for Palin nor do I think she will get the nomination. Most Republicans I know feel the same way. I don't even find her entertaining. However, Obama has been such a train wreck that any other "real" candidate will put him out of a job. Sorry for those remaining 3 supporters of his. We, Democrats and Republicans, cannot afford to make the mistake we made in 08' and this time, elect someone qualified and capable.

    March 14, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. A. Goodwin

    I'm a NH resident, and you can disregard what this air-head has to say. He is an embarassment to our state! It was awkward at best when he turned down President Obama's offer to be Commerce Secretary over partisan politics. Ask him how his family is enjoying all the federal earmarks they profited from Pease.

    March 14, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Frank

    if she gets the republican node, then I'm voting democrat for the first time in my life....my in the world would we want a half-wit for president ?????

    March 14, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Eric

    I don't think that he's right about Palin, as she won't even be in the race (too lazy), but he is right that this could be a good year for a fringe candidate to make a third-place primary finish turn into a wild convention nomination.

    March 14, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. whoa!

    run Sarah, run!!!

    March 14, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. GrogInOhio

    Run Sarah, run... what a great way to assure us of a 2nd Obama term!! YES, We Can...!!

    March 14, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. A. Goodwin

    Common Thinking – A "great govenor", meaning the kind who quits their jobs? Yeah, she's top notch! LMAO.

    March 14, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. TinaFeyFan

    It would give Tina Fey steady employment.

    March 14, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Connie

    Seriously? Why do you want Obama back in there? What has he done? Anyone?

    March 14, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Former Republican

    To Mike Brooks – "Look Mr. Gregg, I *campaigned* for Obama last time, but he has been such a disaster I would vote for a turnip to get rid of him. I think Palin is a self serving hick, dumb as post, but even she would be an improvement over that fool we have now"

    This shows you are as dumb as Palin if you vote for a someone you think if dumb as a post.. Obama is probably the most intelligent president we will ever have. You belong with Palin – stupid never gets anyone anything! Get some education yourself. There is nothing wrong with this president – obviously you read all the lies and smears put out by Fox and the Right. It's dumb people who believe the garbage out there.

    March 14, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Howard

    After 20 years in Wright's anti-American, racist church ... and two years weakening our economy, and polarizing our population ... I would welcome any candidate for President over Obama !!!

    March 14, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. tony

    I wonder if all these MoveOn.org bloggers get tired of the same old slams against Sarah Palin. Remember – the more they talk about her and profess their hate for her – the more that they are afraid of her. Keep stirring them up Sarah. Just like cockroaches when you turn the lights on.

    March 14, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. GlennMc77

    I'm 'generally' left of center. After the last two years, I "Can't vote Republican and Won't vote Democrat". Aren't there more folks like that out there? How about people who "Can't vote Democrat and Won't vote Republican"! Maybe we could all form a Common-Sense-Club!

    March 14, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Marge

    A republican has a chance to WIN in 2012. Walker in Wisconsin is giving them a taste of what a republican does when he gets an office. Add to that, Kasch, Rich Scott in Florida and all the other scags especially the one in Texas and we sure as Hades won't sit this one out. Which will help get rid of all the republicans who are in office now.

    March 14, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. JB

    Run Sarah run!!! Then we get 4 more years and that is a good thing.

    March 14, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Don Stack

    Can't wait to see another palin kid knocked up and single by 2012......and watch the Wasilla Hillbilly parade her around at the RNC convention...
    On a more serious note.......Palin is a dangerous person, not because she is a fount of insight and wisdom, but because she is a master of emotional manipulation, and has read the psyche of the right wing low inforation voters perfectly. No need for facts,,,just use an emotional appeal to "return America to the way it was......." Of course, she can't tell us what that America actually was, since she hasn't specified a century or a decade that we should "return to".

    March 14, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Jeff

    Sarah Palin the "mini-guv" is a farce. She does not have the intelligence or wherewithall to lead the free world. If that's the best the Republicans can do, they deserve to be cast on the dust-bin of history. Their only message is hate, fear and mistrust anyway. They have completely lost their way. America will leave them behind.

    March 14, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Phil

    I would vote for Pain in a heart beat. Those Republicans better spell out why she can't win in terms of her political philosophy and the policies she espouses. Don't just say she can't win. If Obama can win, anyone can. Yes, we can!

    March 14, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Joshua Ludd

    Much as I would love to see Sarah Pale immitation of a qualified candidate run for president, there is always that slim chance she could win... and that frightens me very very profoundly.

    March 14, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Realistic

    President Obama will beat Palin, Newt, Mitt, Pawlenty, Burby from Miss and other handly but would have a tougher re-election against Mitch D. from Indiana.

    March 14, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. lstro

    One has to wonder as clueless a person as Shara Palin is how anyone would vote for her. You mean to tell me once the candidate debates begins people are not going to see how incompetent this woman is. I don't believe she'll ever be a serious candidate.

    March 14, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. Rick

    Don`t forget you elected Bush....twice...lol

    March 14, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. Joe

    So, in other words, run in panic from crazy Sarah and jump on the flip flop Romney bandwagon before it's too late. How obvious a shill is this?

    March 14, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. patriot

    Its funny you talk about her needing to have the questions before a speech. When our president now can't say a word of his own speech without a teleprompter. And still stumbles over every word, and when there is a malfunction with it, he can't even finish. For those of you who think obama has a sure spot in the next term, you better think again. This country is waking up and sick of the recession getting worse instead of better. Let's just wait till our gas prices get up to 5 dollars or more. We have plenty of our own oil reserves here. Why the heck aren't we tapping into them?!

    March 14, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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