She was one of the biggest media attractions in politics last week (outside of Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account) during a bus tour on which she wouldn’t even say whether she plans to run for president. She will be the biggest name in the race if she runs, and perhaps the most powerful kingmaker in the race if she doesn’t. She’s in a virtual four-way tie for second place (behind clear leader Herman Cain) among Georgia Republicans, according to recent polling.
It’s a simple question: Should Sarah Palin run for president next year?
Should Sarah Palin run for president in 2012?
Total Voters: 645
Then again, it’s not so simple. If Palin gets into the race, there will be immediate and far-reaching effects on every other candidate in a way that no other person’s entry could have. She will command loyalty and provoke disdain in ways no other candidate can. She will either cement her place on the American political stage or flame out — I don’t think there’s a middle-ground political future for her, whether she runs or not. And you can laugh at her — or the Tina Fey impression of her that too many people confuse with reality — all you want, but she would completely change the campaign debate on subjects like energy and monetary policy.
So, offer your answer in the comments thread and in the poll to the left.
– By Kyle Wingfield