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December 15, 2010

There's No Getting Around It: Even When Palin Doesn't Really Say Something It's a Front Page Media Story Because They Need the Hits

At Hot Air's headlines, a very hit-whoring blog post at The Hill.

Their claim: Palin previously said she would only run if no common-sense conservatives did. This "boxed her in," as of course some common-sense conservative will run. (Pence is as orthodox a conservative as you could like; Thune too. Daniels too, except for that black mark of the "truce on social issues," but he could always recant.)

Now she needs some wiggle room, the claim goes, because the criteria she set out means that she can't run. So she's added a new, important, game-changing criterion that means she's going back on her word and also that she's of course positioning herself for a presidential run.

That new criterion? The candidate can't just be a common-sense conservative, but must also be... (drum roll) electable.

Uh, this seems sort of obvious to me, lurking around as an unstated but always-present caveat/criterion. Obviously, I think, if the GOP seemed likely to nominate someone who couldn't win, in Palin's view, I think the "wiggle room" for Palin would exist for her to jump in, and no one would really bat an eye.

Well, of course they'd bat an eye, since the whole internet now relies it seems on Palin stories to drive traffic. But no serious-minded person would bat an eye over that.

I really don't think this is big news. "Electability" is of course a primary consideration in candidate selection. (Well, not always a primary one, but I think it should be.)

I don't really see the how this qualifies as newsworthy enough to do a Sarah Palin Then vs. Sarah Palin Now type analysis.

The only interesting question I see here is who Sarah Palin might have in mind as failing the electability test, and, given that she has electability in mind, she probably is thinking of someone failing that test. Who? No idea. Maybe Huckabee, maybe Romney, maybe Ron Paul. (Ron Paul!!11!!)

More News That Isn't News: DC elites down on Palin.

If the media is still in Palinmania after two years, where any mention drives traffic, ratings, and revenue, shouldn't she get a Saturday morning cartoon out of the deal, too, like the Beatles did?

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