Time to Release Her Supporters
The tea party base enamored with Palin needs to know her 2012 plans so they can stop wasting their psychic energy fantasizing about her run. Then, if she decides not to run, there’s plenty of time to transfer enthusiasm to other candidates. These party activists will be desperately needed on other presidential campaigns and as boots on the ground for the GOP, even if they are still waving the Palin flag in their hearts.
Kingmaker or Queen?
If Palin uses the Power of Now to announce that she is not running, that puts her in an even more powerful position, the better to shape the 2012 GOP presidential primaries. Other candidates would likely court her for an endorsement. She might even help unite the party behind a candidate. At a minimum, she has the capability to seriously narrow the field of contenders.
Some recent polls suggest that Palin is slipping as a formidable candidate in early caucus or primary states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. That’s all the more reason why she needs to make her decision at once, so others can attract the media attention necessary to win the nomination and defeat President Obama. Like it or not, a presidential hopeful can’t just win the hearts of his or her base.
May 2, 2011, Is D-Day
The first GOP presidential candidate debate is set for May 2, 2011 — about ten weeks away — at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Will Sarah Palin be on the stage or not? We can already count on the likes of Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, and Haley Barbour to be there.
If Palin is a no-show for that debate without making any official announcement either way, her 2012 White House flirtation will be virtually over and her sell-by date will have expired. But if Palin knows at this point that she is a go for May 2nd, she should harness the Power of Now by being the first to announce.
The ball’s in your court, Mrs. Palin. Think fast!
More from Myra Adams: “Why Palin Should Run for Oprah’s Couch instead of Obama’s Chair in 2012.”