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GOP countdown to 2012: Sarah Palin forms a PAC

The online homepage for the new political action committee for Alaska Republican Governor Sarah Palin, SarahPAC

It's the surest sign yet that Alaska's Republican Gov. Sarah Palin intends at least to be in position for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination contest.

Like others presumed to have their eye on the party nod -- former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Arkansas ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee -- Palin has set up a PAC -- SarahPAC.

The creation of such a financial entity commits her to nothing. But such a political action committee will allow Palin to position herself to compete by legally collecting donations to travel and speak on her own behalf. (Iowa is a long snow machine ride from Wasilla, Alaska.)

It also will permit her to raise and distribute campaign donations to like-minded GOP supporters seeking office. That could earn her some valuable political owsies come campaign time in the Hawkeye state with the race now less than 29 months away. (Thank goodness you have blogs such as this to help keep you ready.)

The 44-year-old mother of five and reform candidate faces a gubernatorial reelection campaign next year in Alaska. Or Palin might choose the more dangerous path of a primary challenge for the Alaska Senate seat currently held by Lisa Murkowski, daughter of the GOP ex-governor that Palin unseated in her 2005-2006 reform drive.

Palin was the surprise vice presidential pick of Sen. John McCain of Arizona in last fall's general election campaign. As a video refresher, scroll down or click on the "Read more" line to see Palin speaking. She electrified GOP audiences, especially conservatives and especially at the St. Paul national convention, but stumbled badly later in media interviews. Like GOP President Gerald Ford more than 30 years ago, Palin was mercilessly caricatured on "Saturday Night Live," though Palin's own appearance on the show brought the highest ratings in more than a decade.

Palin's new PAC website went up Tuesday and shows an image of the nation's largest and only Arctic state smack dab in the middle of the lower 48. It offers biographical information, the ability to donate and register for free e-mail newsletters. It says she's "dedicated to building America's future, supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation."

It adds: "SarahPAC believes the Republican Party is at the threshold of an historic renaissance that will build a better future for all" with healthcare, government reform and education as key goals.

Speaking of renaissance, the Republican National Committee opens its important winter meeting in Washington today with the election for a new party chairman set for Friday. (The field consists of six candidates, including two African Americans and the incumbent, Mike Duncan.)

The winner will be among the most prominent public faces for the GOP as it seeks to rebuild after two consecutive congressional thumpings, not to mention the McCain-Palin defeat by Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

The Democratic National Committee has already cleaned house, despite the historic victory, by dumping Vermont's ex-Gov. Howard Dean for current Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine. He's a hand-picked favorite of Obama, who will have the Spanish-speaking, Roman Catholic Southern lawyer ready as a possible fresh VP partner come 2012, when Joe Biden will be about two weeks shy of 70.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: SarahPAC.com   

Hat Tips to the SarahPalinBlog and the Sarah Palin for President blog.

 
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THE REPUBLICIAN PARTY HAS LACKED COURAGE TO BE A LEADER AND BOWL DOWN TO THE IMPERAL LIBERAL DEMOCRATS WHO ONLY WORK FOR THE VERY FEW OF THIS COUNTRY AND SNOB THE MAJORITY. HELLO, HELLO, IS ANYONE LISTENING IN WASHINGTON DC? THE REPUBLICIAN HAVE BECOME A BUNCH OF BLIBBERING IDOTS AND FORGOT THEIR CORE VALUE. IT IS NOW TIME THAT THEY NEED COURAGE TO STAND UP TO WHAT IS RIGHT AND LISTEN TO THE MAJORITY OUT HERE IN THE OLD USA. WE NEED TO DRILL FOR MORE OIL & GA SO WE AS PEOPLE CAN AFFORD AND STAY WARM DURRING OUR VERY COLD WINTERS. AL GORE GLOBAL WARMING IS FARCE THAT NEEDS TO BE PUT IN IT'S PLACE. THE WORLD THIS YEAR ALONE HAS SUFFERED THE COLDEST YEAR IN A LONG TIME. AS FOR POLAR BEARS, HECK, THEY ARE NOT ANY MORE INDANGERED THAN THE HUMAN RACE. (NOTE TO THOSE WHO THINK POLAR BEARS ARE SUFFERING, POLAR BEARS DO ALSO LIVE ON SOLID LAND AND THEY CAN SWIM FOR HUNDREDS OF MILES IN THE OCEAN!) WE NED TO DRILL FOR MORE OIL & GAS FOR HUMAN RACE TO SURVIVE IN THE NORTHEN REGINS OF OUR COUNTRY. AS FOR CHEVEY VOLT CARS THAT IS TOTALLY ELECTRIC...THEY DO NOT WORK WELLIN NORTHERN STATES WHERE TEMP. HAS BEEN IN THE MINUS RANGE THIS WINTER. CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA TRIED THE ELECTRIC BUSSES. JOKE HERE WAS YOU KNEW YOU WERE ON A ELECTRIC BUS BECAUSE IT HAD A TOW TRUCK ATTACHED TO THE FRONT IN THE WINTER.. IT DIDN'T WORK!!! WHAT ABOUT THE THE LOWER MIDDLE CLASS OR THE POOR..THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE NEW CARS THAT WILL BE COMING OUT LET ALONG THE REPAIRS ON THEM. WE NEED REAL LEADERS IN THE REPUBLICAIN PARTY, NOT WIMPS LIKE WE HAVE NOW. WE NEED TO HAVE PEOPLE WHO WOULD LISTEN TO THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE AND WORK FOR THEM...SOOO GET SOME GUTS. I WILL SUPPORT SAEAH PALIN IF SHE RUNS FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012!! SHE HAS THE VALUES THAT MOST AMERICAN HAS AND I THINK AS SHE HAS DONE IN ALASKA, ROOT OUT THE EVIL DOERS IN WASHINGTON DC WHO SEEMS TO BE RUNING THE SHOW NOW!

Just what we need, this airhead, with money.

I'm sure people who want america to fail will support this nutjob.

GOP - this is your future unless you grow up and stop being the party of hate, lies, and greed.

Please please please please let the dying Republican party choose Sarah Palin in 2012 as their presidential candidate.

Why wait until 2012,Obama should dump Biden now. His
latest insult to the chief of the judicial prooved just how
unfit Biden is to be just a heartbeat away from assuming
the presidency.If Biden is kept in his present spot he will
put his foot in his mouth again for sure and this will make
Obama appear undecisive and weak for not getting rid of
a loose canon.What is it that Obama saw in that big mouth anyway?

I'd choose Pailn over Obama anytime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Palin 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah Palin is a fresh breath in today's emotional political atmosphere . We need more thinking and less feelings! Just look at the old documentaries of the NSDAP (National Socialist Deutchland Arbeit Partei) supporters in the end of the 1930's: The fervent masses in tears "sig heiling" in hope of better times. Or the similar mood in the communist angry mobs with raised fists, which I remember as a younger man in Prague, where I was born. We know how it ended! We shoud learn from history. Our country has more than 200 years of a great political system of goverment with results no other country can compare to! Please more cool thinking and less passion or we shall pay dearly. This should concern liberals as well as conservatives.

For the people who called Palin an "airhead with money" and a "nutjob"... you are just perpetuating an immature liberal behaviour where you call the opposition all kinds of names but have no idea why you are calling them such things. This is the tact of liberalism - ridicule and insult people who threaten their way of life! If she does run for president in 2012, GOOD, I hope she wins! We need someone who isn't corrupt and will actually put America back on track with REAL American values, not this socialist crap Obama has been shoving down our throats. You want examples? They are everywhere.

Liberals are just scared that a fresh new face has finally come along to revamp the GOP and finally stand for the ACTUAL American majority!

I am a factory worker from kansas you know one of the little people. I have started a savings account for donations to her PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE 2012 run for president. Sarah never doubt for a second that a lot of us regular folks have your back. I only hope that by the time obama destroys our health care system and has us all in taxes up to our eyebrows ( oh never mind that error in my recollation only under 250k )I can scrape together a dollar or two a week to put in the account. I pray for you at night and if God is with you who can stand against you?You must be doing something right or the Dems wouldn't spend so much time and money trying to "Thump" her. If the Republicans ever decide to get back to their core principals and grow a spine this is the lady they need to try to emmulate.YOU GO SARAH!!!!!!!!


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