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Due to the "winner take all" rules in the Republican primaries, there is an excellent chance Palin will be the 2012 presidential nominee.

The 2010 elections look like the Republicans will take the House and five to eight seats in the Senate and will freeze all of Obama's initiatives.

By 2012, our deficits will be overwhelming. Even if we tax all income above $75K at 100 percent, we will only raise $550 billion--chump change in the face of trillion-dollar deficits.

If Palin stays the course of her conservative positions, she will be viewed as the "stop the insanity, back to basics" candidate and Obama will be positioned as a failed experiment, not to be repeated.

As a registered Democrat for thirty-four years, I am learning to pucker up and say "President Palin."