Former Governor of Alaska, and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin has taken the Facebook community by storm. The goal of Sarah Palin’s Facebook page is to get word out about her views on current political and social events. While this brings up more buzz about the possibility of Sarah Palin 2012, does her Facebook page accelerate her chances of running for President, or hurt them?
First off, it should be noted that Sarah Palin’s Facebook page is eerily reminiscent of Ron Paul’s MySpace page. The goal of Ron Paul’s MySpace page was to get the word out about his run in the last election, and to expose younger viewers to his points of view. Instead, the overexposure by some of the Ron Paul followers turned other potential voters off. The Ron Paul election push turned into a spam campaign that was led by many of his strongest supporters.
Sara Palin needs to make sure that her Facebook page does not follow down the same road as the Ron Paul MySpace page. If it does, her ideas and ideals might become novel jokes among many in the political community. Not only could this ruin any Presidential chances that she might aspire to, but any political office that she might decide to run for.
On the flip side, there is a good chance that Sarah Palin’s Facebook page might make more of an impact than Ron Paul’s MySpace page. Sarah Palin’s views are very similar to those of many other conservatives (such as the fact that she does not want to do away with the I.R.S. like Ron Paul). A growth of these views, and the attributing of them to her could raise her popularity very quickly in the next few years.
Sarah Palin’s Facebook page has a tab where you can donate to her PAC fund. It also mentions that there will be more information about her PAC coming very soon. This would lead an educated mind like mine (at least in the subject of politics) to believe that Sarah Palin’s Facebook page is around to assist in the collection of funds for a future political run. There is very little that could hurt Sarah Palin 2012 if she were to start raising funds now.
In fact, this could give her a distinct advantage over most other people that might decide to run in 2012. The fact that most candidates will raise money right before they need it ads to the though (in my mind) that Sarah Palin wants to have a leg up very early in a political race. This early money could lend extra support from corporations that would rather pout money behind early frontrunners.
When it comes down to it, I strongly believe that Sarah Palin 2012 would benefit from Sarah Palin’s Facebook page. The early exposure, the early collection of PAC funds, and the fact that she could gain extra sponsorship will all give Sarah Palin 2012 an extra boost very on. It should be pointed out, though, that the next election is a long way off. Feelings, moods, views, ideas, and ideals can all change between now and then. In fact, with how fickle the Internet is, Facebook could fall off of the map. Only time will tell.