Sarah Palin's running for president. The best political news I've heard in a while, it should be enough to put a smile back on any sullen Democrat's face.
You might have guessed, as I did, that when the former vice-presidential nominee resigned halfway through her single term as Alaska governor, she had traded elected office for the world of media celebrity. But we, apparently, were wrong. Proof of Palin's presidential intention is no further than the shock-and-awe campaign she recently undertook against veteran political reporters Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei for their Oct. 31 Politico story.
Allen and VandeHei reported unnamed Washington Republicans want to block Palin from becoming their 2012 nominee. The tea party princess responded by calling Allen and VandeHei "jokes," and telling the pair to "man up."
That Palin went to such extraordinary, and fierce, lengths to knock down that story during the final week of what was a hectic season of campaigning for her endorsed candidates in the midterm elections, well, it doesn't take an expert to see that perhaps the story hit just a bit too close to home. There should now be no doubt that Palin very much intends to be the one to try to knock Barack Obama out of the Oval Office. To which I say, "Bring it on."
The reasons for Democrats to warmly embrace a Palin candidacy are myriad, both politically and substantively. The most obvious argument of course, is the simple horse race analysis. Even as Obama has begun to trail other potential rivals in recent polling, the president continues to trounce Palin in head-to-head contests. This is the essential worry expressed in that Allen/VandeHei piece that Palin savaged. While she is wildly popular among the tea party crowd, Palin is dramatically less revered elsewhere among the electorate. Her unfavorability continues to poll higher than her favorability.