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Sarah Palin's meaningless hints about running in 2012

Sarah Palin has reignited speculation about whether she'll run for president in 2012. Perhaps reignited is the wrong word, since commentators have continually fueled this conflagration of conjecture ever since she and John McCain lost in 2008. But Palin certainly is making it worse.

She visited Iowa last week. Now on Fox she's saying all the typical things about keeping her options open if she feels as though the country needs her to run -- the sorts of transparent rhetorical devices politicians use that make them seem even more arrogant than if they had just come out and said, "yeah, I'm totally thinking about running for president." Rather than, "I'm not really sure I want all that power and respect, but, hey, if I'm really that indispensable..."

Anyway, in Palin's case, it's all meaningless for now. She's saying and doing some of the things that indicate presidential ambitions. But if she's just in it to enhance her influence on a segment of the electorate and/or make lots of money, she would be doing the same things. No matter what her real intentions, she has to keep America wondering if she will actually run. The prospect, however remote, of Palin in the White House is critical to her unusual marketability. Supporters are even more motivated to listen -- and buy -- when there's a chance she will one day represent their views in high office. Detractors pay attention out of concern she'll do just that. Journalists meet demand from both groups by reporting on pretty much anything Palin-related, and pollsters take time to conduct surveys testing her viability. It all feeds her mystique -- and fills up her bank account.

If she's smart, she'll keep this up as long as she can, then announce she's not running. She couldn't win, since so much of the country thinks she's simply unqualified. But she could try to play kingmaker as a leader of the Tea Party, her endorsement swinging a portion of the GOP primary electorate behind her chosen candidate.

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 23, 2010; 3:12 PM ET
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- Stephen Stromberg

Posted by: screwjob21 | September 23, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I really can't see her subjecting herself to actual questions by the electorate...she seems much better equipped for her current role of just hiding under rocks and hurling verbal spitballs from time to time. Rhetorically, she's a salamander. Following on her wonderous performance as governor, I wonder if she'd quit half way through her first term as president if she got an offer to make more money.

Posted by: CenterLeft | September 23, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

For someone of such limited intellectual ability, she is making far more money than would be expected of her. For the country, she is awful. For her family, she is supporting them financially quite well. The promise of America !!!

Posted by: justaguy43 | September 23, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Stephen, does not a prostitute do the same thing?

Posted by: MikeV2 | September 23, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Run Sarah, Run!

Posted by: lcarter0311 | September 23, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Run Sarah, Run!

Posted by: lcarter0311 | September 23, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Justaguy43: Quite true, quite true. Now I'm depressed!

Posted by: CenterLeft | September 23, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

All of us are on a learning curve. Palin in 2012? Unlikely. 2016? Hmmmmm.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | September 23, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase Bill Maher, a candidate representing a state with no people who quit after half a term in office would really mean America is in a sorry state. If she runs, she won't be nominated. And if G-d forbid she is nominated, she won't win. So skip the effort, Sarah. Instead count your millions and go fishing.

Posted by: Jaybird248 | September 23, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

She can't and won't run, and here's why. If she runs, she will be exposed as a joke. Once that happens, she would fade away and become irrelevant. She can't afford ($$$) to let that happen, so she'll decline as late in the process as she can, including threatening to enter at the last minute as an independent, claiming dissatisfaction with the Republican nominee. In the end, she'll claim family obligations and withdraw, and then the process will begin anew for 2016. Meanwhile, the bank account grows. It's as obvious as it is simple. She will foster a career of "What might have been.

Posted by: Nugget31 | September 23, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

If I had to listen to this woman's inane prattle for another two years, I think I might commit suicide.

Posted by: blarsen1 | September 23, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Please -- one dumb president per century is enough for America. And anyway, we've already used up our quota.

Posted by: 85edwardearthlinknet | September 23, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

to all,

for the DIMocRATS here: Sarah will be the next U S Senator elected from AK after we get Joe Miller elected this year.

Sarah will NOT run for POTUS, as she knows that she wouldn't win. otoh, she can have the junior Senator's chair essentially for the asking. = get used to saying: "Madame Senator" to her, DImocRATS.

to the rest of our readers (the INTELLIGENT ones): Sarah is making way too much money to run for POTUS in 2012, even if she wanted to.
otoh, by the time that she takes her chair as the junior US Senator from AK, she will have her family "quite well-fixed, thank you very much".
in the meantime, she will keep herself in the national spotlight, as that pays the bills, too.

laughing AT anyone, who cannot figure out that she's MUCH smarter than 99% of the DIMocRAT "leadership" AND the "journalists" & "talking heads" that cover her.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 23, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse


What's with the DIMocRATs? Are you eight years old?

As a fellow texan, I think you bring up a good point. If serious about wanting to become pres, she should run for senate, get elected and show credible focus instead of twittering, etc. I think this would be the only approach that would allow her to actually become a credible candidate in 2012. Until then, she is simply a Fox panalist and Tea Party maverick. Don't think that the Reps will be lining up behind her now after her slash and burn tactics.

Posted by: cadam72 | September 23, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

why should she run for anything when the baggers and repugs will pay her to continue to swipe at obama from the cover of a big rock.
my suggestion for the illegitimate grandmother is to keep an eye on all the daughters, we don't want any more family values "mistakes.
practice the old two step for her inevitable stint on "dwts", final resting place for failed party hopefuls.

Posted by: ninnafaye | September 23, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Alaskan voters will never vote for Sarah Palin for senator, or president.

As the governor, she never really governed. She spent the majority of her time campaigning with McCain. She committed multiple ethics violations while holding office, including collecting thousands of dollars in travel per diem while living at her home in Wasilla versus the governors masion in Juneau. She used her position as governor to try and have her ex-brother in law (a state trooper) fired from his job.

Alaksans are vehemently independent and would not allow a ruse like Palin to fool us again. She is a laughing stock in this state. That's why she quit and moved to the lower 48. She's all over the news, day and night, and for whatever reason you guys can't seem to get enough of her down there.

For someone that's from a far away land thousands of miles from Seattle, and that's never really worked a real job, and has benefited immensely from federal largess ($2 received for every $1 paid in), it seems odd so many people feel they can "relate" to her.

Joe Miller is another ruse, hates the feds, yet was educated by them and collected federal paycheck most of his adult life, and now want's another one. Oh and also collected farm subsidies from the feds when he owned farmland in Kansas.

The Tea Party is a bought and paid for corporate run facade using ignorant people to do their dirty work, Palin and Miller and the rest of the Tea Party gang are proof of this. Do some research and connect the dots.

Posted by: burlydave | September 23, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like Stromberg's meaningless hints on Palin, of course.

Posted by: georgegarrett | September 23, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Please, please, PLEASE Republicans and Tea Party please do not put Sarah Palin on the ballot for 2012. I'll vote for anybody and I mean ANYBODY but Sarah Palin running against Obama. You put Palin on the ticket and you will ruin a landslide victory for any Republican candidate over Obama.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | September 23, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

She shouldn't win.

Voting for someone is like hiring someone.

She quit her last job as governor.

Who would hire anyone for a position that with a previous employer they quit?

Posted by: camasca | September 23, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin...meaningless...yeah that's about right.

Posted by: TwoTermObama | September 23, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Anybody surprised that the winner of the Post's pundit contest is another liberal partisan?

Posted by: bobmoses | September 23, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

as they say it in your neck of wood: you are all hat no cattle. Palin is even worse than you she is any empty vessel that makes shrill noise nonstop. You deserve each other may be she can run for president of the Republic of the Long Horns if you know what I mean.

Posted by: ere591 | September 23, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

bobmoses: and what about this discussion lables him a "liberal partisan"? I felt that it was rather intelligent speculation/conjecture. It's called "political commentary", something totally unrelated to the sophmoric, srident, content free, mean girls sniping that your idol(Sister Sarah)engages in. Lordy, I'll say it again, I'm beginning to loath some you people (and alas that's not good for our republic)!

Posted by: dirktazer | September 23, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

bobmoses: and what about this discussion lables him a "liberal partisan"? I felt that it was rather intelligent speculation/conjecture. It's called "political commentary", something totally unrelated to the sophmoric, srident, content free, mean girls sniping that your idol(Sister Sarah)engages in. Lordy, I'll say it again, I'm beginning to loath some you people (and alas that's not good for our republic)!

Posted by: dirktazer | September 23, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

She's a such a victim, this poor multi millionaire white right wing victim of the elites (how is a millionaire former VP candidate not an "elite"?).

The more she hides the more her supporters love her, she hasn't engaged in a "debate" about anything for a looong time, instead just has love ins on Fox where her garbage goes unchallenged.

Poor Sarah, dont answer questions from the LSM, they may ask u what u read and man, thats a tuff one.

Posted by: Chops2 | September 24, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

There is no way this moron will become the President. There are 3 Presidentail debates to cross before winning elections. Palin is scarred of debates and it will not be conducted by her lover Sean Hannity, the family values guy who seems to fantasize good looking women.

I even doubt if it was her who is thinking and posting on twitter. I suspect some corporate buddies are posting it for her. She is a certified moron. She knows that and that is why she hides from the real media and goes on FIX news.

Posted by: nri1998 | September 24, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse


She beat Joe Biden like a rented mule in 2008, and unless they allow Duh Won to bring his telepromter, he's toast. But I actually expect Hillary to be the Democratic nominee, not Barry. If even one state asks for a birth certificate, he'll hit the eject button.

Posted by: sandbear | September 24, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

cadam72; all,

frankly, i don't think that Sarah will ever run for POTUS - not ever.

otoh, she WILL be the next junior Senator form AK, despite what the SEMI-literate "burleydave" spews out onto PP.
(fwiw, "burleydave" is WELL-KNOWN on PP for making DUMB grammar/spelling/syntax errors that suggest that his best five years of "gubmint apruvd publick screwl edumakashun" was THIRD grade. in point of fact, he is a really typical DIMocRAT on PP: semi-educated, SELF-important, bigoted, arrogant & DEAD WRONG in his ILLOGICAL opinions.)

just my opinion.

youts, tn46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 24, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Palin will run for POTUS if there is something in it for her. She does not care about this country at all. She cares about $ and fame. And the TP accomodates her.

Posted by: ptgrunner | September 24, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I hope she runs. At this point in time this is exactly what the US needs. Her running will ensure another term for Obama who's guidance is slowly but surely putting America back on solid ground.

Posted by: wrr123 | September 25, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

wrr123; all DIMocRATS,

get it through your thick heads: BHO is a LAME DUCK for the rest of his one/ONLY term as POTUS, as your party is about to lose BOTH houses of Congress. it won't even be close! - IF he runs again (NOT at all a sure thing), he will be TROUNCED by HRC in the DIMs primary in 2012.

then Hillary will be HUMILIATED by whomever the Tea party chooses to run against her.

face it DIMocRATS, your party is FINISHED, KAPUT & DONE for a generation (and perhaps FOREVER), as "ordinary people, outside the beltway" (like our "working class" & FORMERLY union family) do NOT trust you anymore & on any subject,whatever. ===> read it & WEEP, there is NO chance for DIMs in 2010, 2012,2014,2016, etc, as you have "frittered away" the "rank & file" union vote, the leftists, much of the Jewish vote & the "peaceniks". = in other words, the Democrat coalition is SPLINTERED beyond repair.

note: at our current rate of growth (6-8% a week), the TEA PARTY will be LARGER than BOTH the DIMocRATS & the GOP COMBINED by 2012.

yours, tn46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 25, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Take a look at where Reagan was at this time in his first term, 42% approval rating, he dropped to a 35% approval rating 6 months later and I'm sure you'll remember he went on to win a second term. I don't recall the GOP speaking of him was a one-term President or considering him finished. Dubya's approval rating one month before the 2004 election was 46%. Bush 41 was at 73% at this time during his first and ONLY term. What does all this mean? It means that approval ratings at this point, two years prior to an election, are absolutely worthless in determining what might happen in 2012.

Also, if you compare Palin, who is not governing a country or even a state at this point, to a sitting President who has to make decisions daily which affect his approval rating, it is even more preposterous.

However, it says quite a bit about Palin that her approval rating has been dropping steadily for more than the past year based on a book and her divisive, hateful rhetoric. She is not liked or admired by more than 54% of the people, and more than 70% feel she's unqualified for the Presidency. She certainly hasn't done anything to become more qualified for the office, not that she was ever in danger of being so.

As for her being elected to an office in Alaska, especially the Senate, you're nuts! First of all, she'd never be elected to anything by Alaskans. They haven't forgotten that she quit. They don't admire her for that and they won't ever forgive her for it. You also know obviously nothing about her character as the Senate would require her to actually work and she's not fond of working hard. It runs in the family as you'll see after she started raking in the big bucks her husband retired, too. But you can keep dreaming along with her other cult members since that's the only time you'll see her in elected office again-in your dreams.

She will keep hinting at running because it allows the gravy train to keep flowing. If she were to announce that she was not going to run at this point in time, interest in her would diminish and by the time the election was over, so would her career as a speaker.

Palin has yet to realize or probably even care, that she will never attract anyone other than her small base with her nasty tone and demeaning rhetoric. Anyone can stand up there and trash the "other side" but it gets old, quickly, and it's happened. Recently, they had to cancel a speech because they couldn't sell enough tickets, another venue was downsized to one 20% the original size and still had seats left, and another one that expected to make a great deal of money gave away 75% of the tickets a little more than a week before the speech rather than risk an empty room. She is still selling in many areas, but she's not the draw she was on a national basis. Her 15 minutes is coming to a close and it can't happen soon enough.

Posted by: KATE1230 | September 27, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Hey Texas Native,

How's that Tea Party Convention working out for you? Did I hear something about it being cancelled AGAIN?? After a whopping 400 people at the first NATIONAL convention, that works out to 8 people per state! Wow!

Yep, that organization is just getting bigger and bigger, in your imagination, of course.

Posted by: KATE1230 | September 27, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

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