Dean warns Dems: Palin could beat Obama in 2012 

Former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean has a warning for his fellow party leaders: Sarah Palin can beat President Obama in 2012.

“I think she could win. She wouldn’t be my first choice if I were a Republican but I think she could win,” Dean told The Hill in a Friday interview that has yet to be reported by either The Washington Post or The New York Times (If their site search engines are to be trusted).

That's not as radical or looney a warning as it might sound at first because the former Vermont governor and presidential candidate is mostly just reminding Democrats of the biggest threat to President Obama's re-election prospects. As Dean added: “Any time you have a contest — particularly when unemployment is as high as it is — nobody gets a walkover."

He also reminded Democrats - and GOPers - that much of the current sturm und drang of elite political commentary regarding unconventional politicians like Palin has little relevance to events more than a year away:

“Whoever the Republicans nominate, including people like Sarah Palin, whom the inside-the-Beltway crowd dismisses — my view is if you get the nomination of a major party, you can win the presidency, I don’t care what people write about you inside the Beltway,” Dean said.

You can read the complete article in The Hill here. Don't miss his reminder about Bill Clinton and "the seven dwarfs" in 1991.


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