With so many Republican possibilities for the Presidential election in 2012, Sarah Palin remains near the top of the list. However, like the majority of the potential candidates, no firm commitment has been made on Gov. Palin’s part with regards to her political future. So we are left to wonder what the former Alaskan Governor’s plans really are for what many see as one of the most critical elections of all time.
Recently, POLITICO reported that the February 2011 Gallup poll revealed that Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin were running as close contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, with 18 percent of Republicans and R-leaning independents supporting Mike Huckabee for president, 16 percent backing Mitt Romney, and 16 percent rooting for Sarah Palin. The poll stated that Huckabee’s support had grown since September, Romney’s had slipped, and Palin’s remained flat. Judging from the poll, while Palin may not be gaining rapid favor, she is still a favorite with the public and is maintaining her momentum. If she were to decide to run this is not at all a bad place to be.
When the former governor of Alaska was chosen as the vice presidential candidate in the 2008 presidential election by Republican Party presidential candidate, John McCain, she became the first Alaskan to run on a national ticket of a major party, and the first female Republican vice presidential nominee. Her high profile in the 2008 presidential campaign has resulted in speculation that she might run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
Palin resigned as governor of Alaska in July 2009 and shortly thereafter wrote an autobiography titled, Going Rogue: An American Life, a best seller that sold over two million copies. In January 2010, Palin gained further notice when she contracted with the Fox News television channel to provide political commentary. In support of the Tea Party movement, she also endorsed and campaigned for many candidates that achieved success in the 2010 mid-term elections. She then hosted her own reality show called, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which aired between November 2010 and January 2011 on The Learning Channel (TLC), and released her second book titled, America by Heart, in November 2010. Clearly, Sarah Palin intends to maintain a high public profile.
Palin’s controversial, opinioned, straight speaking style, and knack for coming up with catchy phrases, has made her a favorite target with the media. Her high visibility with the public as a best-selling author, TV show host, and Tea Party advocate, have GOP elites guessing that she will most likely run in 2012. They also feel that there is a likelihood that she could win the Republican nomination.
Whether Sarah Palin wants to remain in the eyes of all as a potential presidential candidate to build her brand or because she is planning to run in 2012, is anyone’s guess at this point, but the fact that she continues to meet with Republican donors, activists, and strategists who fund and advise presidential campaigns may provide some clue as to her intentions.
POLITICO recently reported that Palin’s performance at a Newsmax event received positive remarks from attendees. Ralph Reed, a longtime GOP strategist, was quoted as saying, “Palin was engaging, charming, and well-informed on the issues and the campaigns going on around the country. While circumspect about her future plans, she was clear she wants to see the party and the country go in a more conservative direction.” And while Palin didn’t discuss any presidential intentions, the possibility of the former governor running in 2012 was speculated by many in attendance.
Gov. Palin, with her controversial personality – at least to the left -- and political beliefs, is still the biggest grass-roots draw in the Republican party, so while many are speculating, Sarah Palin appears to be moving full steam ahead. Is her goal to become the next President of the United States? That remains to be seen.
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