In the upcoming 2012 Presidential run; which of these two fine people should receive the nod for Presidential candidate and thereby give the other one second billing? There are good selling points for both Palin and Gingrich. Meanwhile, President Obama has been dealt the Dinkins card. The Dinkins card refers to the terrible spot David Dinkins landed in back in 1989 when he became the first non-white Mayor of New York City. After 12 years of Ed 'How'm I doin'?' Koch, which saw the affordable housing market disintegrate (SROs were condemned, torn down replaced by luxury hi-rises), as well as a general malaise which tore through the city along with an ever increasing homeless population. Dinkins had his hands tied. As a black man he was being monitored constantly and every last thing he did brought a response- many, perhaps most, not very good. Now, Obama is in a similar place. Many of those initially for him (or for Hillary before Obama got the nod), expect lickety-split results. A gleaming economy, with higher wages, lower unemployment, no military conflicts, people buying whatever they please, lower interest rates for mortgages and credit cards, higher interest rates on savings, etc. etc. Meanwhile the persons who were against him are stacking up lists of his failures (real and imagined). Compiling data on how much more, percentage wise it costs to feed and house a family, how much more an education costs the children, etc. etc. So President Obama has his work cut out for himself. He may succeed, he may fail. In any event the Republeaklands are looking to get a couple of smooth talkers- you betcha ya:wink:- on the ballot and Newt and Sarah are eager to get in there. The only question is who should be the lead? Newtie the Cutie or Sarah the Moose Skinner?