In case anyone was wondering, Palin is running. And by the way, she's always been running. Every move she's made since the last election has been to set her up for this run. That's why I find this "will she or won't she run" debate hilarious. Palin is a smarter woman than most give her credit for and I guarantee that she has a some tricks up her sleeve.
With Palin and Romney as the front runners, I think we are in for a fascinating primary season. Romney has to convince all of the Tea Party members that he is one of them, that he is conservative enough for them and also face a media that will do all that it can to put a wedge between Romney and Palin. Every innuendo that Romney makes will be analyzed by the Left as a potential jab against Palin. The Media love doing this anyway, but with both of them spending more time in public, I predict that the Left-Wing Media will do all it can to make up controversy.
Romney will have to walk a fine line, demonstrating that he is more capable than Palin but not in any way making light of her abilities. He has to make his case without targeting her case. He has to win over her supporters (who are to the Right, generally, of his supporters) in a credible way without diminishing Palin at all.
As for Sarah Palin, she needs to figure out once and for all how to connect with the voters who are uncertain about her abilities and prove that she is competent enough for the job. And, she has to do this while the media targets her at every turn. She will be criticized much more than Romney will. She will be the butt of every joke. It isn't fair, but it will happen. This is one reason Romney needs to remain respectful of her at all times, even as he attempts to win the nomination.
Palin needs to make her case that she has original ideas that will solve our problems. She needs to produce proposals on Medicare, for instance, or write articles in the WSJ. She needs to be a thought leader, not just an criticiser of Obama's policies. Can she? Well, I have always known she is more intelligent that most give her credit for. But, it remains to be seen if she can pull this off.
So, as I said, this will be interesting.