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December 19, 2011

Palin Says It's Not Too Late For Folks To Jump Into Race

It's probably not, and a lot of people besides Palin have said so. While it's too late to file for the first four or five primaries, there is an eight week gap after those and Super Tuesday, so if the primary electorate is not satisfied on one guy, someone could come in late.

The early primaries are not a knockout punch as far as actual delegates pledged. They are primarily important due to the momentum they create.

And if there's no momentum, or little momentum, then they are indecisive and indeterminate. And mean no more than any other several states' delegates.

Likely? No. Possible? Sure.

But Palin says it, so of course the speculation runs to the idea that she's talking about herself.

FoxNews seemed to believe Newt Gingrich was going to run for president. They asked him to clarify his intentions, and either declare for president, or continue appearing as an analyst on the network.

He declared for president.

They also seem to have wanted Huckabee to make a decision. He did.

As far as I know FoxNews hasn't had this talk with Palin, or, if they did, she clarified her intention as wishing to continue as an analyst.

Although things could always change, I'm not sure where this idea springs from that Palin is actually interested in a run for President. It is odd that someone with a desire to be president would quit -- um, resign from office for perfectly understandable, even noble, self-sacrificing reasons, I should say-- the office which confers upon her the quality of presidential plausibility.

Nor do I understand why the people who employ her -- who have insisted on a sharp distinction between candidate and analyst -- would be so in the dark about her intentions.

But there you go. She says it's not too late (hardly a novel statement), so let the speculation commence.

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