Apparently the circus didn’t leave town when Donald Trump announced that that he would not seek the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination. After months of relative quiet from her camp, Sarah Palin has regained her passion to mount a campaign for the republican nomination. While she insists that she is still undecided, she told Fox News last week that “I do have the fire in my belly. I’m so adamantly supportive of the good traditional things about America and our free enterprise system and I want to make sure that America is put back on the right track and we only do that by defeating Obama in 2012.” Palin also stated that the main obstacle to running is her fear of the scrutiny that her family will be put under. This comes on the heels of potential rivals Trump, Mike Huckabee, and Haley Barbour withdrawing from the race.
Meanwhile, a former Palin aid is blasting her leadership style and questioning her credentials for the Oval Office. Frank Bailey worked for Palin from 2006 until she was announced as John McCain’s running mate in August 2008. According to Bailey, Palin’s “leadership style was absolutely chaotic. When she got tapped for vice president I was absolutely overjoyed in one sense and on the other sense absolutely terrified.” He added that Palin loves to play the victim, a fact that has been plain to see in her incessant whining about how she is treated by the “lamestream” media. Palin insists that her apparent lack of understanding of important policy issues is not reality, but the result of ambush journalism. But in the nearly three years that she has been in the public eye, what has she offered to refute this perception other than blanket denunciations of President Obama and misleading rhetoric? Remember the “death panel” fiasco?
Regarding Palin’s abdication of the Governor’s office, Bailey thinks that she felt the office was beneath her following the 2008 presidential election. “Being Alaska’s governor, what Alaskans entrusted her to do, was just second rate for her,” he opined. Predictably, the Palin camp is attacking Bailey’s credibility, pointing out that he is under investigation for ethics violations for his role in the Alaska state trooper scandal. His book, Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years, was released today.
It remains to be seen if Palin will enter the already chaotic Presidential race, but let’s hope that the collective common sense of rational Americans is enough to extinguish the fire in her belly.