Sarah Palin recently raised eyebrows by hinting on the Fox Business Network on Tuesday that she might be open to running for public office sometime in the future. Hitherto she has been content to be a gray eminence, using her considerable influence as the most powerful female politician on the planet to support other candidates. So why would she all of the sudden publicly flirt with the idea of getting into the arena in her own right?
Hot Air concludes, quite correctly that she will not likely run for president in 2016. Ted Cruz, Palin’s ideological soul mate, is almost certain to run in that year, and Palin will be solidly in his corner. Besides, Palin’s moment had been in 2012, when she could very well have been the conservative not-Romney candidate. For reasons best known only to her, Palin allowed that cup to pass from her lips.
One reason Palin let out the hint is that it gets people talking about her and her political future. She even hinted that part of her purpose was to tweak the legions of Palin haters who infest the Internet with invective about her. The mere possibility that Palin might become a governor (again) or a senator is enough to make heads explode, but also the politically savvy to include that prospect in their calculations.
Of course, running for governor of Alaska might be problematic after she was obliged to resign that post under fire from bogus ethics charges. The United States Senate might be just a little too small to contain her. If she is not running for president in a year or so, what does that leave her?
Imagine a scenario in which Ted Cruz surprises the pundits and beats out all of the sensible moderates and the experienced governors to win the Republican nomination. He has a better chance, running as the return of Reagan and as the anti-Obama, than most people recognize. In any event, imagine nominee Cruz holding a press conference a week before the convention and announcing his running mate. A familiar figure bounds jauntily up to the platform by Cruz’s side, waving to the delirious crowd while the media opens its collective mouths in shock and awe.
Leaving aside the lack of ideological balance, there are a number of advantages to a Cruz/Palin ticket. Such a ticket would rev up the base more than anything imaginable. The ticket would also make Blue State America’s heads explode. The media and the liberal Democrats (though I repeat myself) will go into such rage that Cruz and Palin will be seen as the sensible ones by comparison. Also, a woman on the ticket is not a bad idea if the Democrats run Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren. Annoy the haters indeed.