It is wishful thinking to talk about 2012. Palin is a nonstarter and Newt is questionable too. The Republicans are going to have to change their tune.
Some of the planks of the Republican party represent views that the majority of Americans do not support and they have alienated people because of them.
First off they need to kick the religious fanaticism to the curb because it is extremely polarizing and alienates people who otherwise would be supportive of the Republicans.
When you have people like Palin who think the Flintstones is a documentary. It makes the Republicans look like backwards idiots. We did not live alongside dinosaurs the world is older than Genesis, fucking grow up and get over it.
Once they do that, they will be able to give up their wetdream of overturning Roe v Wade. Thanks to that bullshit we are now in danger of loosing our second amendment rights.
Then there is the war on drugs. The world war two vets are dying at the rate of a thousand a day. Their kids were hippies in the sixties and their grandchildren who were ravers in the nineties are voting age now.
The Republicans need to wake up to the reality of the generational change. Even the baby boomers are becoming grandparents now. The social ideas that played well in Reagan era are way outdated now.
Unless Obama really has some big screwups he probably is not going to go anywhere in 2012.