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All Bets on Palin to Toss in Her Hat Next Week

A new Sarah Palin campaign video makes it all but certain she will announce her candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination Sept. 3.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/22/2011, 2:44 PM

A new Sarah Palin campaign video makes it all but certain she will announce her candidacy for the Republican party presidential nomination Saturday, September 3.

Her bowing out of the crowded Republican party field vying for the nomination would virtually doom any chance for her in the future.

She said in her visit to the annual state fair earlier this month, “See you on September 3,” which falls in the middle of the Labor Day holiday weekend and is the date of a Tea Party event in Iowa, where she is scheduled to speak.

Her new video is everything a campaign commercial should be – her bus plowing through a corn field in Iowa, homey American phrases proclaiming freedom and against big government, and loads of smiling children and kisses.

“I think we’re seeing an awakening of the American public, individual Americans who want to put the exceptionalism back into our country,” said the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate in the campaign against President Barack Obama in 2008.

She has been looking so much like a candidate that writer Conor Friedersdorf wrote in The Atlantic that if she does not enter the GOP race for nominee, the video would represent “perhaps the most extreme example of narcissism I’ve ever seen.”

Her only other honorable alternative would be to announce her backing another candidate, placing her as top running mate for vice president.

Political organizer Peter Singleton tells National Review Online, “I believe that she will run. I can’t see her sitting this election out.”

Palin obviously loves campaigning and the attention she gets. Her oratory and attractive figure are a challenge to the skills of President Obama, but her lack of knowledge on many issues, particularly on foreign policy, put her in a dim light next to the president.

Palin’s one-two punch is the sad state of the American economy and big government, favorite whipping boys of the conservative Tea Party and “Mom and apple pie Americans.”

Her passionate Christian beliefs and support for Israel attract the Bible Belt, and her candidacy would be the worst news for Republican party’s leading contenders Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann.

Bachmann’s femininity and speechmaking skills are not far from Palin;’s, but she is increasingly disliked by the media, partly for her campaign guards' rough treatment of reporters. She also has made several gaffes that reveal a confused understanding of simple facts of American history.