Palin out: decides to keep driving from the backseat
If Perry finds his stride again or Cain continues to gain momentum, I think it is good Palin is sitting out this Presidential run. We cannot afford to have the conservative voice split into too many directions, if we want to avoid a Mitt Romney nomination.
Palin told talk show host Mark Levin, "--that she can have a larger influence on the country out of office than she could in office, or as a candidate." If you remember, Palin was an unexpected influence in the 2010 elections. She campaigned for Tea Party candidates, many who went on to win. "Among the highest-profile of these was South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who surged in a GOP primary after Palin backed her."
And she is right, she can be more effective not running for President at this time. My husband refers to this as driving from the backseat.
Ever since McCain gave her the nod for V.P. in 2008, the media declared open season on her and her family. It is a shame they went after her with such a vengeance, because she is a solid conservative. As I wrote in August of that year, "She is young, energetic, pro life, pro gun, pro small business, very pro oil...what's not to like?" Palin would have been the natural choice for 2012 had the media treated her even with their usual bias.
I still think she would benefit from running for U.S. Senate from Arizona, to fill Jon Kyl's seat. Certainly our nation would benefit from her consistent and articulate Conservative voice in the U.S. Senate.
But whether she does or doesn't run, Sarah Palin is a champion for the greatness of America, and I am glad she is not afraid to say it. I wish her and her family well.
*Sarah Palin 2012 decision: Not running by Reid J. Epstein of Politico. I don't often credit the writer, but Reid used to be with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel some years back. Though I have not met Reid in person, he did interview me 2 times in 2004 and 2006. It is nice to see talented people move up the ladder.