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Randy Johnson

You couldn't have stated it more accurately. During the Presidential campaign, it became obvious to me after only a couple of appearances that I knew more about the office she was running for and I knew I wouldn't be competent to function as Vice President.

I remember laughing during the interview with Katie Couric when she couldn't name one publication she read. Hell, just say Time and move on to something else. That would have been enough. I'll wager her chief reading material was more likely The National Enquirer.

The fact that she bailed out halfway through her term as governor should tell her supporters something. That it doesn't tells me something about them. I won't be so polite as to call them willfully ignorant. Criminally stupid more like!

Mike Gold

I think I disagree with you, but my disagreement will happen in about 22 months. I haven't seen, been part of, or had friends who were part of a "we're in it to make a point" campaign where by two weeks before the election the candidate didn't have a "what if" scenario in which he/she would eek out a win. Each and every one over the past, damn, 41 years (I first worked on a hopeless campaign in 1969) saw a real possibility of winning. For example, a long-haired card-carrying college Communist in California running for sheriff against an entrenched, popular, populist and well-funded campaign. By election day, he thought he could win. I thought he'd lose even if the Martians came down and shot the sheriff while singing Bob Marley songs live on Ed Sullivan.

I certainly agree with Randy: the most damning element of her likely campaign is her bailing out on the governor's chair. There are SO many ways to read that: she quit for the money, she quit to avoid indictment, she quit because she's a megalomaniac, she quit because everybody from Wasilla is either on crack or in the Iditarod (full disclosure fun-fact: I was part of the Iditarod trail committee for about 10 years)... or possibly all of the above. Each and every one is a campaign issue.

If she has any real smarts that aren't sublimated by her enormous ego, she has rationalized that it's better to be a power broker than it is to be in power. And, of course, it is.

Shiai

I'm coming to the conclusion that the only job Palin wants is the one she tried to get last time: Vice-President.

In her mind, that would be the perfect role; her only requirements would be to (occasionally) preside over the Senate and to cast the rare tie-breaker. Any other duties would be at the discretion of the President, and she could turn down any she didn't want to do.

This would give her almost unlimited free time to politick...traveling the country (on the RNC's dime), making speeches, fundraising, putting her name on ghostwritten books which conservative think tanks will then purchase in sufficient enough numbers to ensure they make the NYT bestsellers list. And she'll enjoy all of the pomp and circumstance of the office...Air Force Two, the Secret Service, the large staff, the free mansion, the press delegation, overseas trips, government-provided full health care...without one iota of the demands or responsibilities which fall upon the person in the Oval Office.

To achieve this, she needs to avoid antagonizing whomever will prove to be the presidential nominee in '12 (notice she's said nice things lately about Mitt Romney? Expect more of that), while also consistently attracting enough conservative votes in the primaries (none of which she has to win) to convince the GOP that they need her on the ticket to keep the Tea Partiers from bolting to the Libertarians or writing in Rand Paul or something like that.

It's a long shot, sure...but hey, she's already proven she can beat bad odds before, right?

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