Palin has a “fire in her belly.” She says:
…I want to make sure that America is put back on the right track, and we only do that by defeating Obama in 2012.
Well. there are a lot of ways to accomplish that besides running. She’s a valuable player, but at this point, after Trump and Huckabee’s blatant media plays, her running would not be helpful. Running a presidential campaign is not about media presence. It requires massive amounts of organization, preparation, strategy. There are tells about when someone is seriously running and when they are playing media presence. I don’t see the “running” tells in Palin. That means that if she runs it will be media stunt and not a serious candidacy. I am not at all sure that a media stunt will help defeat Obama.
Speaking of tells, Mitch Daniels tells it all – He is not running. Wish I could say I was surprised. His will be an endorsement worth having.
Jon Huntsman (too bad he spells his name wrong) appears to be getting very serious though. He is dodging The Question. Not to mention he is earning a reputation for flip-flop, in the opinion of some, making Romney look good. (Hey, there’s the definition of “damning with faint praise.”) Some think he is playing for the McCain vote. (There is a proven loser.) He is eating with the right people.
Meanwhile, Tim Pawlenty is beginning to attract some attention. He has made it official. He knows how to have fun. He has a great story, and he is “plausible.” By being steady he could very well be the last man standing, but I tend to think the electorate is too engaged this time to settle for last man standing.
Is Michelle Bachmann coming on? Signs are increasing that she will run. The question is, “How hard?” I don’t think she can do much but spoil for Pawlenty who need Iowa to get a running start at things. However, there are rumors that her run is not to win, but yet another media stunt. I am not at liberty to disclose the rumors, but here’s hoping that if they are true she will, while playing for media, play not to spoil for the serious players.
Which brings us to Mitt Romney. Have to agree with this assessment of last week for him:
Any week filled with clear displays of his strengths and others’ flaws is a good week for Romney.
He nailed the president (“threw Israel under the bus“) more than once. Obama continued with the ‘death hug,’ which says more about Obama’s weakness than Romney’s. The mandate discussion continues amongst the wonks, now getting into semantic detail that no one cares about, al though a few seem to get it. He keeps getting declared the frontrunner.
Huckabee may be through as a candidate, but he is not through trying to make trouble for Romney. Watch this space.
And finally, what’s really bad about “The Book of Mormon” musical – and if he was fooled by Trump, why would anybody bother?