At Riehl World View, blogger Dan Riel opines that if Gov. Palin gets in the 2012 presidential race, it would force some of those who are currently attacking her through surrogates and media operatives to "take to the spotlight and deal with her one on one":
Many people think the DC GOP establishment fears and constantly attacks Sarah Palin because they're afraid she could become president. But that can't really be true, can it? If they believe she's everything they think and say she is, or isn't, along with being so utterly unqualified, she doesn't have a prayer of becoming president. Right? And don't kid yourself that they think differently about her than they increasingly openly claim. I'm just not sure they even understand why they do; it's more instinctual, than anything, embedded within their instinct to survive.- JP
But, ironically, that's the key to why they really hate her and what she does without seemingly trying. And she does it even as they attack her. In the first place, they do fear she might become president, or at least win the nomination. So, what does that say as regards how they really think about you, or "we the people," as it were. Well, obviously, they think you're stupid because they can't trust you to not elect someone they perceive as so dumb, and/or unfit.
Yet, as an aside, these same people, even ones who officially campaigned against Obama, never claimed Obama was fundamentally unfit, now did they? Yet, time has proven precisely that. So, just how smart are these people?
The point is, attacking her while believing she's totally unfit to become president makes little sense and is a profound waste of their supposedly so valuable time - unless it exposes them in terms of what they think about the average Republican voter and American in general.
It's precisely because Palin so often does this, exposes them for what they actually are, that whether she ever runs for president, or not, they feel compelled to destroy her. They don't simply not want her to run for president; if they could, they would remove her entirely from the national stage because she's such a threat.
If it fears anything, the Beltway establishment, both Left and Right, fears being exposed as chiefly a game of self-professed, elitist, political power-sharing ping pong playing individuals who are absolutely convinced that they, and not the American people, are capable of steering America's course. They also believe that only they are entitled to do it, hence the attacks on almost any genuine citizen, or Tea Party-aligned candidate - along with dressing up some typical GOP hacks as Tea Party-aligned to win. Some of them are now being exposed by their votes.