GOP Political Operative Sig Rogich Says Palin Not Electable As President

CARSON CITY – Long-time Republican political operative Sig Rogich said today that Sarah Palin is not a viable candidate for president in 2012.

Rogich, who was involved in the campaigns of Ronald Reagan and both Bush presidents, said Palin, a Tea Party favorite and former Republican Alaska governor, is unelectable.

“I’m not overly enamored with (Palin),” he said.

“As a candidate nationwide I don’t think she is electable for a presidency, and I think that over time you will see reasons why,” Rogich said.

Rogich made his comments in an interview on the Nevada NewsMakers television program.

Rogich said he does not believe a clear front-runner for the GOP in the 2012 presidential election has emerged yet.

Asked about possible choices within the GOP to face President Obama, Rogich mentioned former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour as potential candidates.

Rogich also headed up Republicans for Reid in the Nevada Senate race. U.S. Sen. Harry Reid easily won another term on Nov. 2, and Rogich said early on he did not believe the outcome of the contest against GOP challenger Sharron Angle was ever in doubt.

A lot of Nevadans, including moderate Republicans, thought Angle was eccentric and took positions that were not good for the state despite flawed polling that showed a much closer race, he said.

“So I felt pretty good about winning this election,” Rogich said.

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Nevada political operative Sig Rogich says Sarah Palin is not electable as president:

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  • Tony’s Take

    Spoken like a true big government Socialist. Nothing matters except a win for his own special interests. I picture a very small minded man, prancing around his office in his speedo underwear singing, “Nah nah, told you so.” The only joke bigger than he is, is that he calls himself a Republican. Democrat operative is the correct term for how this RINO operates.

  • Bob Hastings

    Someone needs to tell the senial old Rogich to sit down and shut up. If we want his opinion we’ll look at the Democrats talking points.

  • Doug Boudreaux

    $arah Paylin is the best thing to happen to political comedy in my lifetime. Please, please, please run.

  • CF

    Conservative response to stories like this is always funny and scary at the same time. In this case, for instance, we learn that there are people so out of touch that they think Sig Rogich is a socialist, which is screamingly LOL. But what’s scary is that people like this can vote.

  • chris

    To Tony Takes, Did I read correctly? Rogich campaigned for Reagan, both Bushes and John Mccain. He stated in the article that both Huckabee and Barbour are potential candidates for 2012.
    He didn’t endorse Angle (smart decision, she is a nut case) and doesn’t think Palin is electable.
    A majority of the voters came to that conclusion Sept. 2008.
    How does that make Rogich a “Democrat operative”, your words?