This week, the MSM is also speculating on Palin's future and they too think she will run. Some say she won't even run for re-election as governor in 2010 in order to free up time and money for the 2012 bid, taking a nod from Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty. Certainly, Mark Sanford's recent choices will make an impact on this decision as well since he was previously considered a frontrunner.
Palin Likely Prepping for 2012 Presidential Run
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 2:29 PM
By: David A. Patten
Beltway tongues are starting to wag that Sarah Palin is likely to opt out of a 2010 bid for re-election as Alaska's governor, in order to free herself for a presumed run on the national GOP ticket in 2012.
“There is nothing that she has done that leads me to believe she will seek reelection,” a prominent former GOP state legislator, Andrew Halcro, told Politico's Andy Barr. “If you’re Palin, once you’ve flown first class, you don’t go back to coach. She’s been to the show and certainly seemed to like it there,” he adds.
Politico also quotes a DC-based Democratic strategist who concludes, "We don't think she's running."
If Palin does bow out, it would free up her time to organize a broader campaign for national office. In so doing, she would appear to be following the course set by conservative GOP Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a frequently touted presidential hopeful.
According to the Alaska Public Offices Commission, no candidate, including Palin, has yet to file the paperwork to toss their hat in the political ring for the Alaska governorship.
Politico quotes a former Palin staff member who estimates there's a 50-50 chance Palin will shoot for another term as governor.
"If Sarah Palin has proven anything in her career, it's that she is full of surprises," the source says.
Palin has consistently deflected media inquiries into her future political plans.
Political pundits expect Palin will wait as long as possible – probably until next spring -- to announce her intentions.