Last week, best-selling author, reality television star, political analyst and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren that she had “the fire in the belly — it’s there” for another presidential campaign. This time at the top of the ticket. And if you believe she’ll actually jump in, then you’ll be believe the Rapture will now happen on Oct. 21.
The real signal that Palin isn’t running — and, thus, playing with the political press like a cat toy — was highlighted during a rhetorical victory lap by Lawrence O’Donnell on May 16, the day Donald Trump bowed out of running for president.
According to O’Donnell, the March 2 announcement by Fox News that the contributor contracts of Newt Gingrich and former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) had been suspended because of their plans to run for president should have been the tip off. Palin and former governor Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) were rumored then to be considering a campaign. Yet, their names were noticeably absent.
This so doesn’t shock me. I have been saying for more than a year now that Palin is not running for president. Leave aside her thin skin, her sarcasm, her inability to speak outside of her Fox News-Twitter-Facebook comfort zone and her obvious lack of a campaign apparatus. Palin is making too much money and having too much fun being a star to give all that up for the accountability, scrutiny and responsibility for running for the highest office in the land. And why should she? She’s awfully good at it.