Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, in either order, for 2016

Still there, in the forefront, all these years later.

Governor Palin endorsed 22 candidates for various offices during the midterm finals, including senators, governors, lieutenant governors, congressmen, and attorneys general. Of those so endorsed, an incredible 20 were elected – contrasted with, for example, Hillary Clinton’s record of 8 wins out 24 endorsed candidates.

Beyond the success of her endorsed candidates lies a much deeper reason for Palin being seen as “Achiever of the Year”: those Palin endorsed in their respective primaries who then went on to win the general election battles. As in the past with, among others, senators Ted Cruz, Kelly Ayotte, and Deb Fischer, and Governor Nikki Haley, who owe their elections in their primary campaigns to Palin’s endorsement at a critical juncture, so too could new senators Ben Sasse and Joni Ernst, and new Alaska governor Bill Walker (and, remarkably, his Democrat lieutenant governor Byron Mallott) be considered to owe all or a substantial part of their nominations to Palin’s endorsement.

Hillary is the kiss of death. Palin has the kind of judgement that brings attention to candidates who deserve election and then get elected. And the judgement remains political, and even international, unlike the incumbent in the White House who has had not a single success – other than electoral – since being elected in 2008. On the other hand:

After Russian president Putin invaded the Ukraine and annexed the Crimea, video surfaced of Governor Palin’s 2008 speech where she predicted exactly that occurrence should then presidential candidate Barack Obama be elected. Palin sounded a deserved note of triumphalism in March:

“Yes, I could see this one from Alaska,” Palin posted on Facebook, saying she said “told-ya-so” in the case of her “accurate prediction being derided as ‘an extremely far-fetched scenario’ by the ‘high-brow’ Foreign Policy magazine.”

“Here’s what this ‘stupid’ ‘insipid woman’ predicted back in 2008,” Palin said. “After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.”

As for Mitt, no need to remind us any longer that it was he who predicted Russia’s crucial geo-political role during the debate in 2012. And while neither has any probability to make it to the nomination, this is where things stand right now:

Mitt Romney polls two points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in Zogby’s latest poll on the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.*

It’s a different world, and a far better one, had either won then. The repairs now needed are superhuman, but there are few I would trust with the job more comprehensively than them.

* That was in Zogby two days ago. In the latest CNN poll, Mitt Romney was not offered as a choice. This is how the American media shapes the outcome for the side it wants to lose.

Bush picked up 9 percentage points since a CNN poll in November showed him with 14 percent support, which also positioned him in the No. 1 spot for 2016 when 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney was not offered as a choice. When he was presented as an option, Romney was first in the November poll, with 20 percent; newly minted Republican and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was second, with 10 percent; and Bush was third, with 9 percent.

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