Saturday, July 14, 2012

" Sarah Palin’s Chances to Be President Are Numerous"

Yahoo contributor William Browning muses on Palin's prospects as a presidential candidate in 2016

Sarah Palin’s Chances to Be President Are Numerous

William Browning
COMMENTARY | The Huffington Post reports Fox News chief Roger Ailes told a crowd of journalism students that Sarah Palin had "no chance" to be president. Palin responded that the same thing was said of her when she ran for city council, mayor and governor in Alaska.

Both sides of the issue need to get back down to reality.

First is that there are several chances for Palin to become president. She can run for a party's nomination, something she chose not to do in 2012. Perhaps Palin needs to remember the adage about missing 100 percent of the shots never taken. Ailes was right in saying she wouldn't have been president unless Sen. John McCain had chosen her on his ticket.

Constitutionally, Palin could have become president as vice president per succession rules laid down in the 25th Amendment. Had the McCain/Palin ticket been elected to office, she could have become president due to McCain's removal from office, incapacity of the president or the death of the chief executive. The former governor of Alaska could have become president after the 2008 election by an act of Congress or by McCain's death.

Palin is still relatively young. She could run for president in 2016 or at any time since she is a natural-born citizen of the United States over the age of 35. Ailes defended his comments in saying he hired Palin as a Fox News contributor to get ratings when she had little hope of becoming president.

Palin, in her retort, said she was elected to office several times in Alaska. Yet the values of Alaskans hardly represent the rest of the United States. The population of Alaska is less than several of the largest cities in the United States.

Not many Americans have five children, one of whom became a teenage mother. Palin also failed to mention that she resigned her post as governor of Alaska 18 months before her term was up. While she does claim to exude toughness by overcoming the odds and being elected, the Washington Postpoints out Palin quit her high-profile job because she couldn't take the pressure and scrutiny brought on by being a vice presidential candidate.

Her resignation is indicative that Palin is just as human as the rest of us.