Sarah Palin is a firebrand. She was the darling of the political Right during the 2008 race for President of the U.S. Interestingly, she wasn’t even running for President. John McCain was. But she took the Repub blogosphere, and the mainstream press, by storm with her good looks, designer glasses, and folksy chatter.
Democrats were insulted by her, particularly women. They saw McCain’s choice of Palin as his running mate to be a calculated move intended to woo women who might be sore that Hillary Clinton lost her Dem primary battle to Barack Obama.
Yard signs went up declaring support, not just for McCain, but for “Sarah!”, as the signs read. There were two disastrous interviews that Palin never recovered from, and the McCain campaign went down in flames.
But Palin herself was not to be cowed. She quit her job as Governor of Alaska, started a reality TV show, and took to Facebook. For a woman who has never completed a term of any office higher than mayor, she has the ear of Conservative America, particularly the Tea Party faction, like no one else. Michelle Bachmann steps aside when Sarah breezes into town.
Last year, Palin mused about the idea of running for U.S. Senate, telling Sean Hannity that she will wait and see how the race sizes up, deciding whether there are any more than the usual slate of candidates.
Rumor has it that the upcoming midterm elections, as well as the 2016 general, will be The Year of the Woman. Dems see Hillary as the heir apparent. Some of them greatly regret that she did not get their vote in 2008. But the Republicans are looking around, as well, for a female champion among their number.
Sarah Palin herself is quoted as saying, “I’ll never say never” to a presidential run. It depends on what “Americans really, really want in a candidate.”
Could we see those “Sarah!” yard signs getting pulled back out and planted in the front yards of the hopeful? It could be an economical move for a budding Palin campaign.
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