Will she or won't she? That seems to be the burning question and while liberals want her in the race so they can open fire with everything they got on her there are just as many Republicans who fear Sarah Palin.
Here is the entire 15 minute speech that Sarah Palin gave this weekend in Madison, WI. It is worth watching since it provides something for everyone, but also because it is important to see it in it's entirety and not just view the quickie soundbites.
She was particularly effective comparing candidate Obama's words to President Obama's actions.
For quite a while now I have thought that Ms Palin is best suited in the role of giving speeches such as this and using her power to bring attention to issues more then her ability as a candidate. Her plain outspokenness is her greatest asset. Unrestrained by political insiders who work to make a politician's speech nuanced, she can strike a chord in the American people that they can rally around.
I can not come to a firm decision on the ability of Sarah to wage a successful campaign, but I definitely believe in her power to focus Americans on issues. Her greatest power maybe the ability to take all the attention and focus from the 'declared' candidates while conservatives continue to survey the horizon looking for the cavalry to come charging over the hill to save the day. I will say that I am less then excited about any of the candidates that are in the race so far.
What I like about Ms Palin is in spite of all of the withering criticism and scrutiny and vicious attacks that not only her but her family has had to endure she refuses to back down. There is something to be said for strength of character. This is the same trait exhibited by Rep West (R-FL).
Anyway watch the entire video. It is 15 minutes well spent.
BTW I still want to put out a name from the past who just might be the person to lead the cavalry charge: Dan Quayle.
Here is former VP Quayle with Megyn Kelly from April of 2010 discussing the role of the Tea Party and their impact on politics.
Quayle is the statesman and Palin is the grizzly. I would love to see the chemistry between the two.