Every time Sarah ‘Pistol’ Palin opens her mouth, you can pretty much expect more of the same – mindless rhetoric, ignorant criticism and empty chatter – and when she’s not doing that, she’s avoiding answering a straightforward question with a straightforward answer. In true Palin political fashion, when asked if she planned to run for president in next year’s election, her answer was … not quite an answer.
“I think it is too early to declare a candidacy,” Palin told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “I think it’s too early for anyone.”
Pressed if she has at least considered forming an exploratory committee of some kind – an initial step that a string of likely presidential candidates have already taken – Palin said that too “isn’t even on the radar.”
“Because I do think even that is early,” she said. “And you know I’ve never really run for anything conventionally over the last couple of decades.”
“I’ve just jumped in and done it when I know it’s the right thing to do,” she added. “So it’s going to be an unconventional run if I so chose to do that.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Sen. Rick Santorum, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have all formed exploratory committees of some kind – either with the IRS or the Federal Elections Commission. The step allows candidates to begin raising money that can be later transferred to their presidential campaigns if they pull the trigger on a bid. A string of other potential candidates have also offered timeframes of when they will decide to run or not.
While the need to fundraise early might not be as strong for Palin, given her already-high name recognition and legion of supporters, polling shows the former GOP vice presidential nominee’s popularity within the party has sagged in recent months – a sign she might have some work to do if she is serious about winning the Republican presidential nomination.
In addition to not taking any formal steps toward a White House bid, Palin has made few trips to the early-voting states and has not recruited any additional staff that would indicate she is preparing for a national campaign.
Still, Palin jumped back in the spotlight Saturday when she spoke at a Tea Party Tax Day rally in Madison, Wisconsin. Two days later, her Political Action Committee unveiled a revamped website – leading some to speculate the former governor still hasn’t foreclosed the notion of running for president entirely.
Sarah, Sarah, Sarah … would you “so chose” to answer the question with a simple “yes” or “no”? How about you make it easy for us and say “yes” to guarantee voter turnout in record numbers again? Thank you.