Washington er fiksert på Sarah Palin om dagen. Ikke at dette er noe nytt, men nå er hun overalt: Hver søndag i seks uker framover sendes ”Sarah Palin’s Alaska” på TLC (to episoder er allerede sendt), hun lanserer sin andre bok tirsdag denne uken (America by Heart), datteren Bristol er med på ”Dancing with the Stars”, og hun nevnes med stadighet som en potensiell presidentkandidat i 2012.
Palin var også i fokus på ABCs søndagsshow ”This Week” 21. november.
Den politiske strategen Donna Brazile (D) hadde følgende å si:
Any time you say you have to check with your family, that’s always in my judgment a euphemism that, «I’m running.» Look, she has a lot of commercial activity yet to sell before she actually tosses her gloves in the ring. She has a book to promote; she has a TV show. … And she has Fox News. So she has — unlike the other candidates that have to go out there and build up their name ID, Sarah Palin has a strong name identification. But once she decides to run for the presidency, all things are off the table, all of this celebrity. She has to begin to put together policy papers. She has to put together an organization. And while it might look good to think about it, it’s very tough to run for president of the United States.
George Will, fast inventar på ”This Week” og konservativ kommentator for Washington Post hadde følgende å meddele:
I don’t think she will [run], partly because the very people that decide our elections, the independent voters, have made up their mind about her, and it’s a negative judgment they’ve made. After the 2008 campaign, she had two things she had to do. She had to go home to Alaska and study, and she had to govern Alaska well. Instead, she quit halfway through her first term and shows up in the audience of «Dancing with the Stars» and other distinctly non-presidential venues.
Verten Christiane Amanpour innvendte at Palins opptreden på “Dancing with the Stars” var å regne som “a mother’s support.” Will hadde følgende å si om den saken:
It’s stirring family values, but not it’s good training to be president.
Stiller Palin i 2012, eller nøyer hun seg med en tilværelse som politisk kommentator, TV-stjerne og forfatter? Stay tuned.