How would Sarah Palin do against President Obama in 2012, Jeff Greenfield?
“I do not do this kind of thumb-sucking,” huffs CBS’s senior political correspondent. “I think it is a humongous waste of time. It’s what substitutes for talking seriously about politics.”
When it comes to hypotheticals, Greenfield is more comfortable looking in the rear-view mirror. That’s why his new book, “Then Everything Changed,” focuses on “what-if?” scenarios from historical American events.
When nudged, however, Greenfield does allow himself a Palin prediction – that the Fox News analyst won’t run in ‘12.
“It’s a hunch. Look at her life. Everybody likes to dump on her, but she’s crazy like a fox. She leveraged an unsuccessful run for vice president into a national profile. She makes tons of money. She speaks only to people who like her, basically.
“My sense is, she took a look at it [candidacy] and decided it was too hard a climb at too great a cost. It’s almost already too late.”
Some argue the point is moot, because Palin is self-destructing. Greenfield disagrees, attributing her plummeting stock to her failure to “ease the skepticism, even among many