Steve Benen notes that Sarah Palin's seemingly disastrous withdrawal, isn't really seen that way among the rank and file:
Among Republican voters, even now, 71% would be likely to vote for her for President of the United States.
Inexplicably quitting, for less-than-clear reasons, has managed to endear Palin to her party more.
Somewhere, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are probably smacking their foreheads, saying, "You've got to be kidding me."
I don't know. I think this is akin to picking Super Bowl favorites in before the season. What's that great Tyson quote? Everybody's got a plan until they get hit. I would be shocked if Sarah Palin wins the Republican primary. The rigors of the campaign tend to expose amateurs.