Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has just announced she will not run for reelection in 2010, and that is big news!
It would have been difficult to win reelection for Palin, with all of the controversies swirling around her.Â Also,Â being Governor would have tied her down to events in her home state, which an ambitious person would find stifling.
It is obvious that Sarah Palin is planning to run for President in 2012, and it cannot be done when one has to travel from Alaska to the lower 48 during the primary and caucus series of elections.
So we will be burdened with Sarah Palin, who thinks she is qualified to lead this nation, a view which only a hardline group of evangelicals hold, as a Presidential candidate in 2012.Â It will certainly be interesting and fascinating political theatre, but I hope she realizes that she really needs to update her knowledge of the world around her if she does not want to look foolish and ridiculous in competition with the likes of Mitt Romney,Â Tim Pawlenty, Charlie Crist,Â Haley Barbour, Mike HuckabeeÂ (all likely potential candidates),Â and also the possibility ofÂ Bobby Jindal,Â Newt Gingrich,Â Rick PerryÂ (despite their self destructive performances lately),Â and additionally others such as Jeb Bush and Tom Ridge.
In any case, the GOP race for President may already, unofficially, have begun!