Peter Singleton, a California lawyer who has been assiduously courting Republicans across the state where the first contest of the 2012 election will be held, said it was “unthinkable” she would remain on the sidelines.
“She’s the right person at this time,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “If you look at Churchill’s time, in 1938 Churchill was unelectable, in 1940 he was indispensable.” He added: “I can’t see her sitting this one out. The stakes are too high. It goes back to 1940.”
“Can you see Churchill sitting it out? It’s unthinkable. Can you see George Washington in 1776 sitting it out? Unthinkable. He wanted to be back on his farm but they said we need you to be president of the republic.”
Mr Singleton predicted Mrs Palin “will have hundreds of thousands of volunteers, 10 times more than any other candidate and I think that’s why she’ll win”.
There was still time, he insisted, for her to enter the race, currently being led by Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann. “It’s not too late. Would I like her to be here campaigning? Oh sure. But am I worried that the window has closed? No.
“The race is wide open. She has a lot of support. I can tell you that because I’ve got field data. I’m part of a team that’s out there all the time.” For months, Mrs Palin has kept the Republican Party and media guessing about her intentions.
Conservative muckraker Andrew Breitbart said he believes former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will throw her hat in the ring for the Republican nomination for president. “My guess is yes,” Breitbart said when asked by CBS News Tuesday if he thought Palin would run.
“She represents something defiant and fearless and righteous and decent,” he explained, and said the two hour pro-Palin movie “represents vindication” from her detractors. Trying to figure out Sarah Palin reminds me of the ancient practice of extispicy, divination by examining entrails for meaning,” said former New Hampshire GOP chairman Fergus Cullen.
“I’ve become convinced that there is no grand strategy behind Palin’s activity,” Cullen added. “There is no rhyme. There is no reason. The only common theme to her schedule of activities, statements and appearances is her seemingly unending ability to attract media coverage.”
Mrs Palin spent Tuesday in Pella, Iowa, at the premiere “The Undefeated,” the flattering documentary aimed at feeding a more positive view of her.
Asked by a Fox News reporter before the film about whether she would run in 2012, Mrs Palin responded: “It’s a tough decision, it’s a big decision to decide whether to run for office or not. I’m still contemplating … I am still thinking about the decision and you know a lot goes into such a life-changing, relatively earth-shattering type of decision and still thinking about it.”
After the film, Mrs Palin and her husband, Todd, were mobbed by hundreds of supporters amid shouts of “your record is golden”, “when’s the sequel” and “we need you in the White House, Sarah”. [via The Telegraph, CBS and Politico]