Say this for the GOP establishment, or what's left of it. They haven't even stopped riding their tiger before they plan slitting her jugular:
"There is a determined, focused establishment effort … to find a candidate we can coalesce around who can beat Sarah Palin. We believe she could get the nomination, but Barack Obama would crush her," said one prominent and longtime Washington Republican. "
Top Republicans fear the dynamic that played out in many of this year’s intraparty Senate contests especially in comparatively small states like Nevada, Alaska, Utah and Delaware, where tea party activists helped topple establishment favorites could easily be repeated in early-state presidential caucuses and primaries ...
"If she runs, she runs right at the establishment," said a top adviser to a rival campaign. As witnessed in recent weeks, she would have powerful backup at least at the outset of a campaign among conservative media figures, especially Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.
But notice Palin's clueless response.
She and her publicist, Greta van Susteren, and her political party, Fox News, react by being "horrified" by the Politico piece, and trashing it: "I'll just ignore this crap." Why ignore it? Why be horrified? Isn't it political gold-dust for a "rogue" candidate that the establishment wants to stop you? What she should have said is exactly what Limbaugh said in response to GOP collywobbles:
“It could also be they're scared to death that [if] Palin wins, it's the end of them the Republican establishment.”
Palin's vanity is her weakspot. She wants to be the Republican Queen Esther and the Tea Party's Joan of Arc. At some point, she needs to pick which delusional fantasy she's going to run on, and stick with it.