A recent Gallup poll shows that Sarah Palin leads Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Bobby Jindal as the most popular GOP presidential candidate for 2012. Palin not only polls well among Republicans, but she is the best known to Americans. Forty-four percent of all Americans rate her favorably.
If Palin decides to run in 2012, she will be a top contender for the Republican nomination. But will she run? Will she or won’t she? Hasn’t this question been asked and answered? Although Palin has not given a definite answer to this question, her actions make it clear that she will not run for President in 2012.
Palin’s decision to quit as governor of Alaska in 2009 was the first sign that Palin would not run for President. How would she explain quitting to voters? Some say that she quit because she realized that her chances of winning in 2012 were dismal, so she decided to take another route in order to accomplish her goal of fame and fortune. Palin not only lost her bid for VP in the 2008 race, but she was humiliated by the likes of Katie Couric and the other members of the ‘lamestream’ media who magnified her weaknesses and made her the laughing stock of the campaign. She didn’t know much, and she was insecure, so she wrote crib notes in her hand to help her along, but the press made fun of that too. Each faux pas showed how unprepared she was and is. Palin quickly realized that she was not ready to play with the big boys.
So she quit her job as governor, wrote a book, went on tour, joined forces with the tea party, and started commanding $75,000 – $100,000 per appearance. Although she didn’t get the VP job, her name was well known to virtually every American. She attracted crowds wherever she went. She didn’t need the VP title. Her new career as a celebrity and spokesperson for the Republicans was a lucrative one. She even scored a TV show on Fox News called “Real American Stories.” Life is good. To hell with Couric and the other haters! She could make more money than all of them!
But Sarah didn’t only aspire to make lots of money. She wanted to be respected as a powerbroker and influential person as well. So she set up a political action committee (PAC) which began to raise significant amounts of money. Sarah’s PAC raised $865,000 in the first six months of the year – more than all the GOP presidential hopefuls, except Romney. Through her PAC, Sarah could wield her money and power to further her agenda which is to have a Republican elected in 2012, and influence the 2010 midterm elections by endorsing GOP candidates who are trying to win key seats. It was reported that Palin donated $87,500 to Republican candidates and endorsed 50.
With her money and loyal following, Sarah could make or break candidates for public office. She will not run in 2012 and her family knows that. That’s why her daughter, Bristol and her fiancé, Levi Johnston were allowed to sell the story of their engagement to Us Weekly for $100,000 and shop a reality show. Sarah knew about it and approved it because it goes along with Sarah’s motto: make as much money as you can, while you can.
So don’t expect to see Sarah seek the GOP presidential or vice presidential nomination in the 2012 elections. But, with her money and power, if she wishes, Sarah could buy a seat in the cabinet of the president of her choice – just as Hillary Clinton did.