It's counter-intuitive and a little amazing: Karl Rove and Rachel Maddow agree: Sarah Palin will run for president in 2012.
Rachel tweeted last week: “Why is it political common wisdom that Gov Palin is not running? What’s her new Iowa ad for, if not for a campaign?” Rachel has voiced her view that Palin's not out several other times on-air and otherwise.
And political maestro and GOP money-mover Rove claimed on Fox News Saturday that Palin “has a schedule next week that looks like that of a candidate, not a celebrity.” On Fox News Sunday, he referred to the slick, expensively produced video recently released by Palin‘s Political Action Committee, events in Iowa next week as evidence that Palin woud be soon jumping in. No telling what he mioght say on Fox News Monday...
We're still incredulous. (and GOP pollster Frank Luntz would agree with us). She's never shown an inclination - even when she was the VP candidate - to do the necessary homework to be a serious national contender. Since that fateful 2008 Katie Couric fiasco, Sarah Palin appears to be unwilling and/or incapable of doing an interview with a real reporter asking hard questions.
But then... If she doesn't run, what's left for her?
She deserted her elected office in favor of being a celeb and making money (Hubnoid Todd Palin defended that decision over the weekend arguing with an Iowa woman who accused Sarah of being a "sell-out)."
She's been cock-teasing about 2012 for a year or two; that's really helped sell books and kept the media dutifully trailing behind to catch every word let fly from her yummy lips.
With this economy, Republicans smell fresh blood in the water and have renewed hopes that Obama is weak enough that even posers like Palin (and Rick Perry, for that matter) have been given fresh hope.
The lamestream focused on her is precisely what she needs to get what she wants: either the nomination or more money and fame.
But if Palin does nothing ever again but ride elegant buses around battleground states making blithering quotables, posing for glamour shots, and signing Boomer males' thighs with a Sharpie, how long can the media amazement last?
We can't answer that, but when they're gone she's got nothin'. (Of course, if she loses another election, she's got even less).
Shit, maybe she will run... we certainly hope so.