Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate in 2008 could be poised to run for the presidency in 2012. She has been on the talk circuit for the better part of 2 years. She has campaigned tirelessly for her choice of tea party candidates. Her daughter is on Dancing With the Stars and she has a new reality show coming out on Sunday, November 14th, called Sarah Palin’s Alaska. These are just some of the highlights that have contributed to the possible successful bid for the presidency. Sarah Palin, whether you like her or not, is very visible and has become someone to watch.
As former governor for the state of Alaska, Sarah Palin, took on the big oil companies and exposed ethical violations within the state government. The oil companies, who will remain nameless, were basically sitting on leases in Alaska for years. She successfully challenged the oil companies to either drill or lose their leases. They lost the leases. She further garnered support by exposing ethical violations in the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Although initially after filing her complaints she was shunned. Later, however, she was vindicated when the state chairman, Randy Ruedrich had to pay a $12,000 fine for state ethics violations.
She filed another ethics violation against Renkes in 2005. The Governor of Alaska, father to Lisa Murkowski, officially scolded Renkes and stated the matter was over. This was not so. Renkes ended up resigning in disgrace and once again Sarah Palin won more fans and praise. This episode did not serve Governor Murkowski well. Sarah Palin ran against Governor Murkowski who was seeking a second term. She won a land slide victory, hands down. She became Alaska’s darling.
She was picked for vice president in the 2008 presidential campaign running with John McCain. Though the election did not go well, it cast her into the national spotlight. In the wake of her failed campaign she became famous for her, “Got cha!!” remarks. A’ La Palin had arrived.
She became well known on the talk circuit. Her public speaking engagements drew huge crowds and always made headlines. Reporters were eager to catch her in a misquote or gaff. Even reporters who disliked her were making headlines reporting about her. It didn’t matter where she was she was making the news. Saturday Night Live couldn’t do enough skits about her. All this just added to her visibility. The most recent national TV attention came when her daughter, Bristol, became a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. Mama Grizzly Palin showed up to support her daughter. Now, this Sunday, November 14th, Sarah Palin’s Alaska will air. It is an eight episode show about Alaska and Sarah Palin. She says the show is about showcasing Alaska’s assets and how they can benefit the whole nation. It should be interesting at the very least.
Interviews lately, have Palin leaving hints that she will run for president in 2012. She recently said that of course she would do it if there was no on else. News bytes are featuring quips about Palin running for the president more and more giving rise to the growing sentiment that she will run for president. When asked if her family could make the transition from Alaska to Washington D.C. she responded that she thought they could do it even though eight years is a long time. She has also stated that if she ran for the presidency she would be in it to win.
Margaret Carlson reported that, “no other person had more influence” concerning the mid-term elections. Her favorability ratings soared after the November elections. Her no nonsense style has served her well. She is known for being accountable, transparent in her dealings as governor, and her ability to “clean house”. She is a woman who gets the job done and doesn’t duck and run from the hard decisions and issues. Still there are some nay sayers that contend she might win the Republican nomination but could never win the presidency. I guess we’ll see about that. As a mama grizzly, you can bet she won’t be going into hibernation.