Although prior polls have shown that Sarah Palin was trailing other GOP candidates, and quite a few reports indicate that the GOP do not want her to run, there is still much excitement over her "bus tour." That said, she always commands a great deal of attention.
In the commentary (embedded below), there were many opinions, but absolutely no one had any solid idea whether or not Palin was running. When asked, George Will, who was a harsh and early critic of Sarah Palin's VP candidacy, said "Two things are infinite. One is the expanding universe, and the other is media attention to Sarah Palin, who is a genius at manipulating it. But she has several political problems. The first of which is there's no undecided vote in this country anymore about Sarah Palin. Sure, second, the threshold question, not usually asked, but it’s in everyone’s mind in a presidential election. ‘Should we give this person nuclear weapons?’ And the answer [in Palin's case], answers itself.”
ABC News' Senior Political Correspondent Jonathan Karl said, "I see absolutely no evidence that Sarah Palin is preparing to run for president. Doesn't mean that she can change her mind, but look, she doesn't even have a scheduler; she has no donor network built up, she doesn't have a press secretary, even decision we can tell is being made strictly by Sarah and Todd Palin."
Ed Gillespie, American Republican political strategist and former Counselor to the President in the George W. Bush White House, said, "The media have a love-hate relationship with Sarah Palin. They hate her, but they love to cover her. She'll have a pretty big impact in terms of other candidates responding to her policy proposals, her activities, but like everyone else here I have no idea whether or not she's going to run or not."
Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile said, "Sarah Palin is a phenomenon. She doesn't need to run by the rules established by the Republicans. I think she's running; she sees a big opportunity."
Still when pressed, the panel seemed to agree that Tim Pawlenty was the person to beat among the GOP. Watch the video.
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