I’m all for Palin being the Republican nominee in 2012, but even for Halperin this is a stretch:
Palin is operating on a different plane, hovering higher than a mere celebrity, more buoyant than an average politician. Some of you are too young, or too forgetful, to recall the breathless fusses over Donald Trump and Warren Beatty when they toyed with presidential bids, or how much oxygen Ross Perot sucked up when he ran in 1992.
Perot did more than suck up oxygen, he captured nearly 20% of the popular vote. But he did this by pouring millions of his own dollars into a third-party general election campaign. What’s that got to do with Sarah Palin winning the Republican nomination (which is what the article is about)? I can’t see Palin spending too many of her own hard-earned ameros on a campaign. And Donald Trump and Warren Beatty? I remember their proposed candidacies well and they say more about a bored press corps than any kind of political realities.