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November 4th, 2010
12:35 PM ET

Rollins: Don't underestimate Palin for 2012 run

Ed Rollins: Don't underestimate Palin for 2012 run.

Ed Rollins: Don't underestimate Palin for 2012 run.

Ed Rollins
CNN Senior Political Contributor

Editor's note: Ed Rollins, a senior political contributor for CNN, is senior presidential fellow at the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency at Hofstra University. He is a principal with the Dilenschneider Group, a global public relations firm. He was White House political director for President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

New York (CNN) - The 2010 election is over and the voters have made an overwhelming statement: "Things need to be different in Washington and across the country." They have chosen representatives at every level to make that happen. The election results are historic and far-reaching.

The last thing Americans want to start thinking about is another election two years down the road, but I guarantee you the White House is looking at the electoral map, assessing the damage that has been done to its re-election strategy and planning its re-election campaign right now.

Equally important, in the very near future many Republicans will be starting (if they haven't already) their planning process to begin seeking support in early caucus and primary states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and beyond. The Iowa caucus is February 6, 2012, and Republicans have it all to themselves this time. (I assume the president won't be challenged on the Democratic side). If these candidates want to succeed they must begin now.

The results Tuesday have convinced many of them that President Obama can be beaten. What a difference two years can make. The extraordinary candidate of 2008 who became the 44th president now looks very vulnerable.

People say to me, who do you have who can beat President Obama? First and foremost, re-elections are about the incumbent. If the country sours on a president, the voters start looking for an alternative. Someone will emerge. And I think we have some tremendous candidates with far more experience then the president had when he was elected.

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  1. DARYL HAUSER

    Just knowing Obama is a one term president gives me hope in 2012. Ms.Palin could not do a worse job than has been performed by Barack. Yes we can kind of flopped over on him.

    November 5, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    Dear Ed I respect your opinions but in the list of potential winning nominees in either 2012 or 2016 the weakest on the list is Sarah Palin.
    Why? She has no traction with Colored, Hispanic, or moderate or democratic leaning Independents. We are talking President here, not a mid term give incumbents a message.
    The rest of the world(and people)would lose respect for America and its voters. And worse still the other nations leaders would suck her in and blow her out in Bubbles. Negotiate with Muslim nations leaders? (sorry I cannot stop laughing.)
    But god bless you ED, as one independent, I say put her up as President and I walk away from every Republican up for re-election in either 2012 or 2016 and so will millions of others. I'll be honest I want Obama to have another 4 after 2012, and I think he can!!
    Republicans cannot (nor could Democrats either) fix unemployment and the US economy or reduce the deficit over and within the next 2 years tax cuts or not. Get real and come out of euphoria and back to reality Republicans you cannot wait until January to tell people what you are going to do and how. Then watch the sparks fly!!
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    November 5, 2010 at 2:23 am |