May 2011 Update: The formerAlaskagovernor has been mostly quiet. I leave her on the list because she can afford to wait to get in the raise and still be able to raise incredible amounts of money and contend. Time will tell if she gets in.
March 2011 Update: No news concerning Palin and 2012 this month.
I’m not entirely sure what to make of Sarah Palin yet, and I don’t think that’s a good thing. There can be no doubt that she is adored by a wide swath of the public, but that swath is heavily conservative and is lacking at least some of the moderates that she would need to win the White House. Personally, I don’t think she has the depth of knowledge on issues of national and international importance to be president. That in itself is not an insurmountable hurdle if you can surround yourself with advisors that do. Governor Palin does not seem to have done that. I also get the sense that she is incredibly insecure: every time someone says something negative about her, she has to take to Twitter or Facebook to defend herself or to attack and she does so whether the comments are reasonable or crazy. I understand the idea of defending your name, but you really don’t have to address every little thing that is said about you. As president, she would be under far more scrutiny than she is now.
Over the past month, Palin hired a new chief of staff for her political action committee; since then, she has been saying some pretty reasonable things, but then she’ll go on a tangent and say something that’s unnecessary which then draws criticism. I just keep thinking to myself that she is stringing us all along, keeping attention on herself and a possible presidential run, while raking in the dough and then at the last minute will announce she’s sitting it out. If that is the plan, who can blame her for that, she makes her money and influences the process from the outside and we are spared what I believe the serious issues that we would have if she was our chief executive.
P.S. I know I’m supposed to mention pros and cons, but right now I can’t see many pros. If you have some reasonable ones, join the Discourse! I’ll be happy to comment/expound on them in future updates.