An opinion piece in the liberal Baltimore Sun says this about Governor Palin’s stop in Baltimore today:
Just when you thought the Republican presidential field was getting set, up pops the most mischievous force in American politics, Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor — the real deal this time, not actress Julianne Moore channeling her for the filming in Maryland of the movie “Game Change” — dropped by Ft. McHenry on Monday in a non-campaign stop in her non-campaign bus on her (wink wink) non-campaign tour of the East Coast, which ends, in what must be pure coincidence, in the first primary state, New Hampshire.
While in Baltimore, according to a Los Angeles Times reporter who was able to keep up despite the lack of a public schedule, Ms. Palin read a manuscript of the “Star Spangled Banner;” hoisted a 36-pound cannon ball; briefly upbraided President Obama for referring to the U.S. Military during a Memorial Day observance as “one of the finest fighting forces in the world,” as opposed to the finest; and in a particularly mavericky touch, paid a compliment to another non-candidate governor, Rick Perry of Texas.
All this action from the Fox News commentator, plus her recent purchase of a home in Arizona, which could be a perch in the Lower 48 from which to launch a presidential run, has delighted all ends of the political spectrum. In fact, it’s hard to tell who’s more excited, Governor Palin’s many fans or the Democrats who think she’d be easy to beat.
But Democrats shouldn’t get too excited, and Republicans can stop speed-dialing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bushor any of the other imagined saviors of the 2012 election. We’re at the phase of an election in which it’s easy to see all the reasons why someone can’t possibly win but very difficult to see the reasons why they could. Twenty years ago, the Republican president was riding high in the polls after the first Persian Gulf War, and the Democrats were assembling their own field of flawed candidates, and none more flawed than a draft-dodging, pot-smoking (though not-inhaling), womanizing governor of a small Southern state. That turned out a bit better for the Democrats than they might have expected.
The Republicans have always been the party in which the establishment rallied behind a chosen candidate, and its understandable that some might be nervous that it isn’t turning out that way this time. But it’s time to stop fretting about who’s in and who’s out and to start listening to what these candidates have to say about where they would lead this country.
It’s rare that we agree with something Ms. Palin says, but she had it absolutely right when she said at Ft. McHenry “Competition breeds success. I would hope there is gonna be vigorous debate and a lot of aggressive competition even in our primary so that our voters have a good choice.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Read the whole piece here.