expanded cross-post at TMV

The Real Clear Politics post starts simple enough.

Shortly after Republicans swept last November to a historic victory in which Sarah Palin was credited with playing a central role… It accelerates quickly.

Bannon intends to premiere the film in Iowa late next month before expanding the release to New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. […] Palin has been tight-lipped about which way she is leaning in regard to running for president next year, but her team of advisers is operating under the notion that they are laying the groundwork for a future campaign, until they are told otherwise. … If she does decide to run, “The Undefeated” will be the key element to her initial coming-out party. … As she mulls her decision in the coming weeks, the other Republican candidates in the field will be left to prepare for a hibernating grizzly who appears poised to rise up once again. – Palin’s Secret Weapon: New Film to Premiere in June

Palin never got the credit she deserved for the midterm rout. However, like any savvy marketing personality she knew she couldn’t leave her fate up to others. So… the former Alaska governor pulled aside her close aide, Rebecca Mansour, to discuss a hush-hush assignment… Creating a film to meld her closer to Ronald Reagan.

When Ed Gillespie came out implying, along with others, that the Republican field was set, I couldn’t help but feel that it was forced. From Politico:

“The waiting is over,” said Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman and counselor to President George W. Bush. “Things are going to accelerate pretty quickly now.”

“You’re seeing everything you’re going to get,” said a Republican who has talked privately with the leading candidates.

Let’s just say it’s last call, which could include Rudy Giuliani (a very bad decision if he chooses to jump in), Michele Bachmann (can take Iowa away from Pawlenty), and just maybe Sarah Palin, who’s got a tough slog at this point, but nothing is impossible given the GOP field.

If Palin’s ever going to run her time is now.