Palin for President — Here We Go!
It’s nearly official. Sarah Palin is running for the GOP presidential endorsement. At least, she’s going to if “no one else steps up.”
Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin gave her strongest indication yet that she may run for president Wednesday night, saying she would jump into the race if “nobody else were to step up” with the proposals she wants to see.
Palin’s recent trip to Iowa has increased speculation that she may run for the Republican nomination in 2012, and she has seemed more open to the possibility in recent interviews.
Asked by Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren what “would be a reason to run” during an interview Wednesday night, Palin laid out her criteria:
“A reason to run is if nobody else were to step up with the solutions that are needed to get the economy back on the right track and to be so committed to our national security that they are going to do all that they can, including fighting those on the extreme left who seem to want to dismantle some of our national security tools that we have in place,” Palin said.
“If nobody else wanted to step up, Greta, I would offer myself up in the name of service to the public,” Palin added. “But I also know that anybody — anybody — can make a huge difference in this country without a title, without an office, just being out there as an advocate for solutions that can work to get the country on the right track. And that’s where I am now.”
The National Post is a little less than enthused about the prospect:
Well, gee, sure. And it’s a good thing, too. It wouldn’t be much of a race if there was a Democrat candidate, presumably President Obama, and no Republican to challenge him. It would be pretty weird if that happened — 300 million people in the U.S. and not one of them willing to accept the job of Republican candidate? Not even Bob Dole?
So it’s good of Palin to put herself out there. And we’re pretty sure she means it.
It’s unlikely (though not impossible) that Palin would win the Republican nomination. But she could succeed, like O’Donnell, in splitting the party to such an extent she helps Mr. Obama gain a second term.
So if you’re Mitt Romney, you better do some fast stepping up. Or you’re going to find Sarah Palin already blocking the stairs.