The Season of Sarah

If you are a C-Span junkie like me, then tonight was a great night.  Palin backed TEA Party Candidate Christine O’Donnell gave a speech at the Family Research Counsel’s Values Voter Summit, fresh off a surprise upset win in Delaware.  Next up, cameras cut to Iowa for Sarah Palin’s keynote speech at the annual Ronald Reagan dinner.  The Values Voter Summit straw poll results will be released this weekend and Palin may receive higher marks than we would have expected even a week ago.

There is no question the momentum is on her side.  While the mainstream still does not like Palin, primary victories in Alaska, Kentucky, Nevada, New York, and Delaware have earned her the respect even mainstream conservatives had previously refused to give.  Of course, she has made some odd enemies along the way, including possibly Karl Rove and Charles Krauthhammer who are not yet believers.  November will be the ultimate testing ground.

Sarah Palin goes to Iowa

So with this recent success, and a much more polished presentation, is Palin ready to take another shot at the big time?  She indicated to Fox News that she is.  Most candidates don’t let the cat out of the bag two years ahead of time, but Palin said in a recent Fox News interview that, “If the American people were to be ready for someone who is willing to shake it up, and willing to get back to time-tested truths, and help lead our country towards a more prosperous and safe future and if they happen to think I was the one, if it were best for my family and for our country, of course I would give it a shot.”

These may seem like a lot of caveats, but for a potential candidacy statement two years before the election it is significant.  November will be the huge test to see if conservative primary victories can translate into conservative general election victories.  After that, we will have to see if Palin can keep Americans engaged without causing fatigue.  One thing is for sure, as she racks up the conservative victories and the left continues to flounder, Palin is looking less like a right wing radical and more like a mainstream possibility.

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