Sarah Palin's Second Chance

For those of you just tuning in, the reinvention of Sarah Palin has already begun.

But that realization isn't hitting yet, because everyone seems to be in shock.

Fred Barnes pronounces Palin DOA for 2012. Others thinking what might have been, because they don't realize what is right now. "She should have said no," is a look back by Ross Douthat.

But in actuality, my wish has been granted. Let the Palin wild wackiness continue. Because really, could things have gotten any worse for Sarah Palin as things were? After Letterman? After the Vanity Fair piece that incited a dog fight between Bill Kristol, Steve Schmidt and Randy Scheunemann? The answer is unequivocally and resoundingly no, they could not. Now Palin is free to roam, pose for foreign policy photo ops (to be translated into experience), tour the Republican candidate landscape in 2010, with that result likely to determine more than any postmortems before Sarah's post-gubernatorial gallivanting has begun.

Palin's tough stance on the swirling rumors is a good place to start. The Palin team makes clear that anyone defaming Sarah Palin is putting themselves in line to hear from Sarah's lawyers. The FBI helped:

"There is absolutely no truth to those rumors that we're investigating her or getting ready to indict her," Special Agent Eric Gonzalez said in a phone interview Saturday. "It's just not true." He added that there was "no wiggle room" in his comments for any kind of inquiry. - Sarah Palin not under FBI investigation, agency spokesman says.

Call off the witch hunt on this one.

Now, I'm not a fan of the governor's policies, an understatement, but good for her. Nobody should have to take wholesale character trashing from any quarters, including public figures.

Not that any of her fans paid any attention to it or that it dampened their enthusiasm for Mrs. Palin.

"Sarah Palin is America's Margaret Thatcher," reads one comment out of dozens and dozens on her Facebook page.

"I am sooooo sorry for the way you have been treated as well as your family. It only has happened because you are a threat to the powers that be!" reads another.

"Run Sarah, Run! We need you now, more than ever. Palin/Romney 2012," another fan encourageds

"Greetings from Baghdad! Go Sarah, GO!"

Plenty of dissenters too: "Quitter-in-Chief of Alaska. You actually believe you can become President of the United States? stomach hurts from laughing."

Taking a walk through her Facebook fan comments, anyone who thinks her political career is over doesn't get it. They also don't know Sarah Palin, but particularly haven't listened to her fans, the base of which likely doubled this weekend, if not because of her wacky resignation speech and politically weird decision to bail on her governorship, but because of the reaction to it by the media, old and new alike.

On the flip side there is another "1,000,000 strong against Sarah Palin" Facebook group as well.

We know many things right now. But one thing is for certain. With Palin free of her governorship she can travel the country for Republicans in 2010 likely being the hottest ticket in any town, not stopping with trips inside the U.S. She will draw gigantic Obama like crowds wherever she goes and will make huge headlines, even as she refuses national media, picking her conversations and outlets much more carefully than she did the first time around making sure that friendly journalists get the nod first.

We'll see if Palin's presence on the 2010 stump makes a difference for Republicans. If it does, she's done what's needed, because Romney, Huckabee and Newt combined won't be able to do what she can with crowds, which is why she decided to dump the governorship in the first place. It's an albatross looking at 2012.

Oh, and one more thing for all those people who think she's "finished," that she "can't possibly run now," that she's "history." (Andrea Mitchell is likely pulling her hair out about now.) It was hilarious when it was said then, but after what she posted on her Facebook page, I'd say anyone doubting conclusively that she won't be a contender going forward is deluding themselves.

In the 2008 election season, nobody was tougher on Palin than I was and for good reason. She was unprepared, ill-equipped and uninformed on all foreign policy issues, making a mockery of women who know what they're doing but don't have her other gifts, like the "it" political factor, which Palin has in abundance that draws people to a person regardless of it being earned. Sarah's now got another chance. She has to sense the millions of people behind her, because she saw it in action during the '08 election.

Men get second chances all the time and regardless of my polar opposite political views, Sarah Palin deserves equal to what any man would get as long as next time she comes equipped with the knowledge required for the job she seeks. After all, it shouldn't be too hard, George W. Bush did it.

Democrats, put down your mockery and pay attention. A prepared Palin would be formidable, don't kid yourselves.

"I am now looking ahead and how we can advance this country together with our values of less government intervention, greater energy independence, stronger national security, and much-needed fiscal restraint. I hope you will join me. Now is the time to rebuild and help our nation achieve greatness! God bless you! And I look forward to making a difference -- with you!" - Sarah Palin (via Facebook page)

Oh yeah, baby, if 2010 goes well for her, 2012 here she comes.

Taylor Marsh reports from Washington, D.C., with podcasts, "TM-DC".

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