An Excuse to Ignore Palin

Although the media is consumed by her latest moves, her Republican rivals note the reasons why she might not run

Over at the Washington Examiner, Byron York has a good article laying bare the reasons why official Washington -- and many of its Republican presidential candidates -- don't believe that Sarah Palin is serious about running for president, despite her bus tour, forthcoming biopic, house in Arizona, etc. Among the reasons: she has almost no staff, no organizational infrastructure in the early primary states, and she hasn't reached out to major fundraisers. I'm not nearly as confident as York's sources are that this indicates she won't run or can't win the nomination if she does. But it's a well-reported piece that gives a sense of how Palin's potential rivals view her (even if they're big on bluster) and identifies real shortcomings. If you're sick of all the Palin coverage and looking for a reason to ignore her, this article provides it. An excerpt:

"The bottom line is Sarah Palin is not going to run for president," says a Republican adviser close to front-runner Mitt Romney. "She's making money, she's moved on, she's kind of an entertainer rather than a politician. She still has some sway with the grass roots, but she is not going to run."

"I don't think she's going to run," says a Republican close to Tim Pawlenty. "She has faded a lot in the last few months. I look at what she's doing now and say that she's found a way to get back in the story."

Maybe these representatives of rival campaigns are just spinning. But the fact is, some of the most serious people in the 2012 Republican race don't believe Palin will run. While the press looks at the former Alaska governor's publicity operation, political pros look at her campaign operation, or, more accurately, her lack of a campaign operation.
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Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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