Sarah Palin Loves Freedom Too Much to Run for President

"Is a title and is a campaign too shackling?" Palin wonders on Fox News

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At this point, no one is expecting that Sarah Palin will announce a presidential bid and magically put together an operational campaign in time to be ready to compete in Iowa. And now it looks like Palin is gradually letting everyone know. Last night, while on the air with favorite journalist Greta Van Susteren, she acknowledged what a bunch of political observers had been saying about her all year: she may lose influence if she runs.

Somebody like me--is a title and is a campaign too shackling? Does that prohibit me from being out there, out of a box, not allowing handlers to shape me and to force my message to be what donors or what contributors or what political pundits want it to be? Does a title take away my freedom to call it like I see it and to affect positive change that we need in this country?

Let's leave aside the fact that it takes a huge amount of ego (think: Donald Trump-sized) to think that you'll have a better ability to bring about change as a media personality than a well-known candidate who might just have a shot at taking the White House. Especially since she said later in the interview she thinks she could win if she actually ran. Those above remarks sound like she's already explaining why she's not running and prelude to her hyping her political action committee, SarahPAC, some more. The presidential talk begins at around 9:15 in the video below:
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