If you want to run for president in 2012, write a book. All three of the top potential GOP candidates--Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney--will be going on book tours to promote theirs between now and the 2010 elections, a time where they'll be looking to beef up their influence and image, take in PAC donations, and generally get some face time out in America, where they'll have to campaign for real, sooner or later, if they want to be president of the United States.
We've heard a lot recently about Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue: An American Life," and the publicity tour she announced yesterday on her Facebook page. It'll include book signings across the nation (Palin says she "hope[s] to cover as much of the country as I can") plus, she also hopes, appearances on Bill O'Reilly, Barbara Walters, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Miller, Tammy Bruce, and others.
Huckabee, meanwhile, is promoting his Christmas book, "A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories that Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit." He's doing a 60-city signing tour, mostly through the South and Midwest, which is already underway (if you're in the DC area, he'll be at the Costco in Pentagon City today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.), plus media appearances.