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

    Yes, her nomination would provide a resounding re-election trail for Obama. Sadly, the GOP can't come up with anyone better because not one of them has any platform to run on.

    March 14, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. eanmd

    TO: Mike Brooks –

    What Crack Pipe are you smokin. Our President wil be re-elected. Get your head out of your rear !!

    March 14, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Conservative

    Can we have a mud pit fight between Sarah.P and Michelle.B in their underwears if they both make it to the republican delegation? This should cause the ratings to jump enough for Palin to earn some more $$$ to take her to the forbes list.!!

    March 14, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. dane

    Sarah has my vote....she is sexy!

    March 14, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Canadian Jim

    Say what you want about her policis, her lack of intelligence, her inept stint as a governor of Alaska and the way she took McCain out of the running in 2008, she sure is a honey of a MILF and that will garner her enough votes in to get the nomination. If the American people voted on the basis of brains and ability, W would never have made it once, let alone twice. Obama is probably the most intelligent man to hold the office, but that's not what got him elected. It was a populist ground swell based on Hollywoodesque dreams.

    March 14, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. knowitall

    having palin as leader of the free world, commander in chief, the most powerful individual in the world would be a DISASTER of biblical proportions. who would have guessed that the devil would show itself in the form of a woman

    March 14, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Cliff Vegas

    To echo another post "Works for me!" Run Sarah Run! Obama for 2012

    March 14, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. joe

    There is no chance Palin could last 30 seconds in a debate with any of the perspective GOP candidates. Her combination of beauty, ignorance, and egotism get her fame and fortune with the Fox News crowd, but no thinking person takes her seriously. She is a bad joke that just never ends.

    March 14, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. umm

    Mike Brooks, I don't believe for a second that you campaigned for Obama. I do believe that a few former Obama supporters are feeling a little put out now b/c he didn't do exactly what you wanted, however, they would NEVER vote for Palin. Get real. I think you're lying.

    and this: brett

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

    Nice grammar. I don't think you're really in a position to judge intelligence..."we got"? Really?

    March 14, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. JasonP

    Palin for the Republican nomination!! 🙂

    March 14, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |

    LOL I love it....I pray to god that Sarah will be so much fun watching her in the debates trashing the other gop candidates and seeing her get trashed i will simply love it. oh and when she runs against obmama and gets trashed ha ha ha i am a dem and i am going to vote in the republican primary and vote for sarah palin the hill billy bimbo twat

    March 14, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Neal kennedy

    Can President obama, sign an excutive order and get that fruitcake palin sent to the moon?

    March 14, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. JJ

    There is only one reason that any of us even know who Palin is, and that's because McCain thought that Hillary supporters would vote for anything in a skirt. Really dumb move, but it set this lunatic in the spotlight.

    If Palin showed any sign of real intelligence or had a rational solution for anything, and wasn't about endless sarcastic insults to her critics, she might have a chance. But there's no way she could survive the presidency, even if she were to get to the WH. I suspect she will keep building up funds in her PAC account until the last minute though.

    March 14, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Karim

    I am proud to have Obama as our president for the past 2+ years, I hope and pray he gets re-elected in 2012.

    March 14, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY


    Sarah Palin can beat President Obama, as can any Republican nominee can. The Election in 2012 is the Republican Primaries. Whoever wins the Republican Primaries is our next President. President Obama has zero chance of being re-elected.

    thanks for the best belly laugh I've had in weeks. You are out of your mind if you believe this

    March 14, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Thomas

    What the heck. Run Sarah! Whaddaya have to lose? You're at least higher on the likability poll than virtually any other Republican currently considering. I mean, look at the list. You're the only one among 'em I would consider inviting to a party. You'd NEVER EVER get my vote, but that's not the point.

    March 14, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Smart Human

    It's fun watching the dumb rethuglicans chase each other around like rats in a fish tank...haha

    March 14, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Pathfinder

    "[Sarah Palin] is not going to be president and will not be the Republican nominee unless the Party wants to lose at least 44 states" [as Goldwater did in 1964] – George Will. (coverage of her activities belongs only in People magazine)

    March 14, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. willard bullock

    I know that obama are not strong his presdient cuse he is still weak that is true
    Im belived that presdient obama are not respect to sarah so why obama like say word his mouth about her lipstick so we are shamed that obama was fault trouble saying word her on lipstick so people like learned word lipstick fom obama
    Imfeeling strong belived to God that untied state must respect to sarah or someone for presdient
    Obama need stay out of untied state cause he was fasle his birth cercfict

    March 14, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Jus Sayin of B'more

    Sarah, although its hard to prove, is not as dumb as we all may think. She has learned some strategy since hf er last defeat in '08. I doubt she is seriously thinking about running but what she is seriously thinking about is the Ca$h she will be able to rangle up. There are enough die hearts out there to make her richer than she could ever imagine gaining as the POTUS. She learned that lesson jumping the Alaskan ship when she did.. . .

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

    She won't run, Obama's not that lucky

    March 14, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. johnRJ08


    First of all, Palin knows that if she ran she would have to agree to meet with journalists who didn't work for FOX News and take questions that were 'unscreened'. She will NEVER agree to that.

    Second, she knows that any serious candidate would have to agree to a televised debate. She would NEVER agree to debate anyone, especially Barack Obama, because in her heart she knows that she would end up looking like a complete fool. That's why she's avoided the press for the last two years.

    Third, she doesn't want to work hard. She's making millions without ANY preparation or work. She travels by private jet and is put up in 5-star hotels. Her life is incredibly cushy and she has virtually zero responsibilities. The last thing Palin wants to do is take on a job that would require working 24/7.

    Fourth, Palin actually has much more "power" as a so-called kingmaker. She can go around endorsing people and looking like she's above the politics. Because nobody takes her as a serious candidate for anything, she can get away with a lot more. She can be more outrageous and, most important of all, less detailed.

    I think Gregg knows all this. He's just trying to get the field narrowed for the sake of the party.

    March 14, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    I guess the idiot factor in the GOP is higher than previously imagined then? I can't see Palin surviving the onslaught in the GOP primary debates vs the old, angry white men in the party unless they're saying the pity factor for her will carry the day which is truly scary because now we're saying people will vote for the underdog getting hammered in a fact-based debate simply because she's getting her uninformed head handed to her?

    More importatnly, if she gets the nomination I can't give her a tinker's chance in Buckingham Palace in a debate against a skilled debater/orator such as Obama. Of course, if she gets that far, are we going to have to weather the "oh, that poor White woman is being beaten up by that Black man" mindset? And believe me, that would get put into play – BIG TIME!!!

    March 14, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Tony

    I guess we should all be more serious when considering a potential US President, but she and Bachmann just make it so much more fun.

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

    And would republicans really be that stupid? You bet.

    March 14, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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