Sarah Palin: I’ll Run For President If The American People Want Me To

Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin and her husband Todd (R) leave the paddock at the 142nd Belmont Stakes, the final leg of racing's Triple Crown, at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT HORSE RACING POLITICS)

Oh she’s going to run, but I’m not sure she’ll be in it to win it.

(CNN) – There’s further proof that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is considering a presidential run in 2012.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Palin discussed her political ambition at a webcast taping for conservative magazine, Newsmax, on Wednesday.

“I’ll run for President if the American people want me to,” Palin told the live audience. …

“A reason to run (for president) is if nobody else were to step up with the solutions that are needed to get the economy back on the right track,” Palin told Fox News in September.

I think Palin is smart enough to know that she’s not likely to win enough support from inside the fractured party to get the nomination, and that even if she did she’s become such a lightening rod for leftist hate and derision that she wouldn’t be likely to win election.

But I also think she’s smart enough to know that she can use the nomination process to her advantage. She runs, garners a great deal of support among the conservative base, and when the time is right she withdraws and throws her support behind one of the other candidates. She makes herself a king maker and puts the eventual nominee in her debt.

Something that could be drawn on for, say, a cabinet position?

I think that’s the most likely scenario.

Rob Port

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