In the first installment of a two-part series, Tony Lee opines that those who contend that Gov. Palin is not running for the White house have not been paying close attention to what she has been saying and writing. Lee puts forward ten reasons why he believes she will get into the race. Here are the two of them:
3. Birtherism a distraction (wink)- JP
Palin, speaking in Long Island, said that claims that Obama was born in Kenya or is a secret Muslim are "distractions" and "annoying," and that Republicans should focus on the economy.
She had indicated before, though, that those who wanted to question Obama's birthplace had every right to do so.
Last weekend on Fox News, Palin seemed to be walking that line again when she said that she believed Obama was born in Hawaii before saying, perhaps a bit sarcastically, that she's not going to get in the way of Donald Trump's quest to find the true origin of Obama's birth. "More power to him," Palin said.
By saying she thought Obama was born in Hawaii, Palin prevented anyone from calling her a birther. By not denigrating those who may find it odd that Obama has not released his long-form birth certificate, she did not alienate a group of voters who can potentially vote for her in the primary and general election.
4. The anti-Obama
From her maiden Facebook post opposing ObamaCare to her energy speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in 2009 to her stands on foreign policy issues (most recently on Libya and Egypt), Palin has emerged as the most prominent opposer-in-chief, establishing herself as Obama's main foil.
With the GOP primary electorate staunchly against Obama, this allows Palin to cater to Republican primary voters while getting a head start on potentially becoming Obama's main opponent in the general election.