“I sat next to her once. Thought she was beautiful,” Barbara Bush said. “And she’s very happy in Alaska, and I hope she’ll stay there.” – CNN
Karl Rove started it and now the Republican intelligentsia is out in the open gunning for Sarah.
Meanwhile, a federal judge has ordered Gawker to take down the “unauthorized excerpts” of Palin’s new book pending a hearing on November 30th. Important win for Palin and her publishers. Authors need to protect their property.
Nate Silver jumps in on the Palin presidency conversation, further delineating what I’ve been writing for months and months.
Ms. Palin, in fact, draws almost as much search traffic worldwide as the man she would face if she wins the Republican nomination: Barack Obama. And her name is searched for about 30 percent more often than the President’s among Google users in the United States. …
All of this poses a dilemma for the other potential Republican contenders. If and when Ms. Palin declares her candidacy for the White House, it could consume much of the media oxygen literally for months. For that matter, if Ms. Palin declines to run for office, it could also be a huge story. And, of course, until her mind is made up, there will be plenty of articles that attempt to anticipate Ms. Palin’s decision.
[...] Ms. Palin may not be the front-runner in a traditional sense (although it’s not clear that any of the other candidates are either). But she literally commands as much of the public’s attention as the President of the United States, and the strategy for the other candidates will have to revolve around her to some significant degree. In fact, since it is uncertain whether she will run or not, they will effectively have to develop two separate sets of strategies, one contingent upon the assumption that she will enter the race and the other on the bet that she won’t.
None of this matters to establishment Republicans like Mona Charen, who makes her case in “Why Sarah Palin Shouldn’t Run.” Here’s the bottom line for Charen:
Palin has many strengths. I admire her fortitude and her commitment to principle. Her capacity to connect with a crowd is something most politicians can only dream of. I will always remember her 2008 convention speech as a rollicking star turn. She would be terrific as a talk-show host — the new Oprah.
But as a presidential candidate? Someone to convince critical independent voters that Republicans can govern successfully? Absolutely not.
All of this is keeping Conservatives4Palin.com very busy. Another conservative weighs in by delivering a sound bit of advice for the elite: If Sarah Palin has a secret weapon, it’s how distasteful and classless are so many of the GOP establishment types lined-up against her.
The establishment cannot afford to sit silently by, they just can’t. There hasn’t been a bigger threat to them to come along since Patrick J. Buchanan. However, Sarah’s wattage and fan base is in another league. They’re also damned with her, but completely damned without her.
It’s going to be quite a circus to watch this play out.