"One-time Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin may have sent a clear message to the political world, analysts say, by signing a deal to become a TV commentator... The former Alaska governor has signed a deal with Fox News to appear as a contributor on the network, a source with knowledge of the agreement confirms to CNN."
What about Palin 2012?
That may be on hold. Writes Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com:
"However, a multi-year deal may mean that Palin will wait to run for higher office. She could either go for the Senate or the presidency next, but either way, she’d have to start building a campaign no later than a year from now. Media outlets generally cut off analysts when they start building campaigns to avoid the necessity of giving opponents free air time for responses. A multiyear deal doesn’t preclude the possibility of entering into a campaign in 2011, but it indicates that Palin isn’t yet envisioning such a step."
Who Should The Republicans Look To Now?
So who should the Republicans look to now as a possible leader in 2012? Gary Johnson would be a great place to start. As the Republican Governor of heavily-Democratic New Mexico for eight years in the 1990s, Gary Johnson rose above partisan politics and heavily restrained the growth of government, vetoing 750 bills during his tenure (more than all the vetoes of governors in all 49 other states over the same period combined).
So it's no wonder that at the end of his tenure, Johnson left the government with 1000 fewer state employees than when he started (with no firings) and New Mexico enjoyed the longest period in its history without a tax increase. Before this remarkable tenure, Johnson was a businessman (not a lawyer!) who created jobs and sold his handyman business for a handsome profit. He proved as Governor that he has the principles and the toughness to get the job done.
Learn more about Gary Johnson at his website.
And best wishes to Sarah Palin with her new contract at Fox News. I hope she spends enough time with Judge Andrew Napolitano for his excellent views on government to make an impact on her.