Keys to Palin's 2012 Run

Sophia Nelson offers the candidate-to-be some sage advice
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2009 5:17 PM CDT
Gov. Sarah Palin announces that she is stepping down from her position today in Wasilla, Alaska.   (AP Photo/The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman)
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(Newser) – So Sarah Palin is going to run for president, writes Sophia Nelson for the Huffington Post—her ambition, stated when she announced her resignation today, to "affect positive change from outside government,” is merely “code” for a 2012 bid. So, as a fellow Republican woman, Nelson offers Palin some advice:

  • Get advisers with diverse life experiences and who understand that the GOP has to expand its base—not “the same old hacks that have run our political party into the ground.”

  • Build coalitions that can make inroads into diverse communities: If you try to run as a “good old boy,” you’ll be passed over for someone the boys’ club feels is “owed” his shot—probably Mitt Romney.
  • Educate yourself on foreign affairs. You have the time: “Go get a degree from the Kennedy School of Government,” Nelson urges, to address your biggest weakness as a candidate. “You must do better when you speak to the American people about serious issues of national importance.”
Click the link for more of Nelson's Palin pointers.