Is Sarah Palin Running For President? It Sure Looks Like It.

Of course, it’s impossible to say for sure what Sarah Palin is going to do in 2012, but it’s hard to miss the fact that she seems to be laying the groundwork for a run at the presidency.

Consider the facts.

* She probably needed to be heavily involved in national political issues and campaigns to have a chance to win in 2012. However, she couldn’t do either of those things as governor of Alaska. So, she resigned.

* Palin managed to help rehabilitate her image with voters around the country with her book tour.

* She’s having a major impact on the national debate with her Facebook posts. She personally influenced the outcome of the health care debate with her death panel comments.

* She’s getting out to a wider audience via her spot on Fox News.

* She burnished her outsider credentials and appealed to anti-establishment conservatives by supporting Doug Hoffman in NY-23.

* She’s speaking at multiple tea parties to help cement that part of the base in her camp.

* Her PAC has been raising money that she’ll dole out to candidates during the 2010 primary season.

* She endorsed Rand Paul in the Kentucky Republican primary. Why? Well, what better way to appeal to Ron Paul’s fans without getting entangled with the man himself?

* Palin’s endorsement of John McCain came early, before JD Hayworth got in the race, and may very well have been in return for Johnny Mac’s endorsement in 2012. Like him or not, McCain has a lot of influence with moderates in the party and having him support her instead of:  Romney or Pawlenty would be very helpful.

Now, does all of this mean that Palin’s running in 2012? Not necessarily. She still needs to raise her approval numbers a little more while fighting the impression that she’s not experienced enough for the job. If the time came to make a decision and she just didn’t think she could pull off a victory, Palin could always wait another 4-8 years for her chance. That being said, more than anyone else — more than Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Tim Pawlenty — Sarah Palin is doing all the things that you’d expect from a 2012 contender at this point.

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