Sarah Palin hints at running for president, but I’m guessing she won’t
Sarah Palin, the former half-term governor of Alaska and running mate on John McCain’s unsuccessful presidential ticket in 2008, says she’s thinking of running for the GOP nomination next year.
But my own sense of the matter is that she won’t.
Along with several potential White House hopefuls, Palin will attend the Iowa Freedom Summit this weekend, which naturally raises questions about her own plans.
She said THIS yesterday in response to such queries: “Yeah, I mean, of course, when you have a servant’s heart, when you know that there is opportunity to do all you can to put yourself forward in the name of offering service, anybody would be interested.”
But she hedged a bit by adding this:
“It doesn’t have to be myself, but yes … happy to drive that competition, because competition will make everyone better and produce more and be more candid regarding their solutions they will offer this country. I am very interested in that competitive process and, again, not necessarily me.”
As a Palin-watcher for six years now, I’m betting that she won’t actually file as a candidate in any of next year’s primaries or caucuses. I think she just likes to hear people talk about her as presidential timber. But her poll numbers are awful, and she wouldn’t have a chance, even in a crowded field of GOP hopefuls.
I would prefer to be wrong about this. A Palin candidacy would be lots of fun. But it ain’t gonna happen.