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Guest blogger Ronda Kaysen: If you thought you were almost done with Sarah Palin, think again. Her current vice presidential bid is little more than a coming out party for the woman who, on Wednesday, will be crowned the new face of the Republican Party.

sarah palin in front of the white house in 2012

Yesterday, she all but announced her 2012 candidacy to ABC's Elizabeth Vargas -- the interview airs tonight on 20/20. And the Republican Party has already planned a morning-after huddle in Virginia for next Wednesday. The main topic on the agenda? Sarah Palin. The election might be five days away, but the internal bloodletting has already begun -- and anyone who denounced Palin will be purged.

"There's going to be a bloodbath. A lot of people are going to be excommunicated," Jim Nuzzo, a White House aide to the first President Bush, told The Sunday Telegraph. "David Brooks and David Frum and Peggy Noonan are dead people in the Republican Party. The litmus test will be: Where did you stand on Palin?"

Sarah Palin, the self-proclaimed Hockey Mom from Alaska, has been propelled from obscurity to a position of tremendous power. Next Tuesday is a win-win situation for her. If John McCain wins the election, she will become a lifeline for social conservatives who will see her as their go-to person in the White House. If McCain loses, the gloves come off and Palin is unveiled as the most powerful woman in the Republican Party. And so begins the road to 2012.

"Conservatives have been looking for leadership, and she has proven that she can electrify the grass roots like few people have in the last 20 years," Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, told the New York Times. "No matter what she decides to do, there will be a small mother lode of financial support behind her."

If you watch Sarah Palin on the campaign trail these days, you'd think we were already in the 2012 primaries. While McCain is making his closing argument, her supporters are yelling "2012!" at her rallies. She's giving policy speeches, ignoring talking points and deriding her running mate for pulling out of Michigan and using robo-calls. You'd think she was running against McCain, given the Straight Talk Express chatter about the "whack job" who's "going rogue."

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Kenny October 31, 2008, 7:02 AM

Sarah Palin 2012 is a bad idea. George W. Bush is bad. Sara Palin will be ever worse.

Rob Tweed October 31, 2008, 7:12 AM

…this reminds me of the emperors new clothes….who’d have thought old hans christian could have predicted the 2008 election situation

David October 31, 2008, 8:54 AM

Sarah Palin will not run on a Republican ticket. GOP won’t let her. Independent ticket… maybe. Honestly, I’m utterly amazed that folks think of her as “powerful” or even remotely qualified to run. It was McCain’s biggest mistake to elect her as his veep… Obviously. She represents astounding ignorance when it comes to leading a country. (I can see Russia? VP runs the Senate? Read newspapers???) Please understand that I have enormous respect for her and her accomplishments. She deserves it. I’m a democrat but believe in a shared party government. I believe in diversity and I’m a staunch feminist. But, truth is - If GOP elects her as their “leader”, Presidential hopeful, or a symbol of what the future holds for the republican party, it’s all but gone.

Tammy October 31, 2008, 11:46 AM

She is a tool! I hope her 15 minutes is up after this fiasco. Her and Todd just love the celebritism but need to go back to their Natural Gas Line to Nowhere scandal in Alaska! I have a feeling the Alaskans will not be so happy with her when she returns.

Cyndi October 31, 2008, 11:49 AM

I agree wholeheartedly with David, I too have respect for Sarah Palin – being governor of a state is a huge responsibility. When she is speaking her mind and not reciting speaking notes that she’s been fed, she seems like a smart individual. I do have concerns though in which the way she’s preyed on the racist and elitist attitudes of some people in the Republican Party. The outlandish statements made by her and at those rallies have incited people to say some of the most horrific things. I’m a GenX baby and by nature skeptical, Palin’s not a uniter, she’s an opportunist.

Stephanie October 31, 2008, 12:38 PM

I’ll be voting for her. At her rally in NC people were saying they wished she were at the top of the ticket instead of MCcain. Let her run her own campaign with a good running mate and I believe America will get a better sense of her. McCain has handled her horribly, but in four years most will be forgotten because everyone will want Obama out of the White house.

Srethng October 31, 2008, 2:33 PM

I can see it now; Sarah Palin, Pres and Joe the Plumber, VP.

John October 31, 2008, 4:17 PM

Come November 5, Sarah will be stinky-poo on the bottom of the shoe.

She’ll slink back to socialist Alaska, and never be heard of again.

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CarlosHawes November 5, 2008, 8:24 PM

David, David, David, you poor misled creature. Sarah Palin never said she could see Russia. That was Tina Fey on Saturday night live. No wonder the poor woman had such a tough time of it. Hollywood and the media did such a thorough hatchet job on her that the average voter couldn’t tell the person from the caricature. In 2012, she will not be restrained by McCain’s handlers. I would not want to be a member of the media by the time Sarah gets done with her payback campaign!

David November 6, 2008, 11:38 AM

Carlos, Carlos, Carlos, Misled - No. Sarcastic - yes. I do appreciate the education but please know that I’m quite aware that Tina Fey is credited with the actual words “I can see Russia.” However, my reference is painfully accurate - Sarah Palin absolutely referred to Alaska’s geographical proximity to Russia as reasoning and/or a qualification to her prospective role in dealing with Foreign Policy. Honestly Carlos - the woman is a dolt. Her knowledge of the US Government is so lacking that people who don’t like her feel the pain when watching her interviews. Are you serious when you say “payback campaign”? Is that what American government is supposed to be about? Vendettas, keeping score, payback?? Make no mistake of this one fact… no person, no organization and no other influence did a more efficient hatchet job on Sarah Palin than Sarah Palin. Please please please, for the sake of the GOP and a shared party government and in the name of all that is good and green in the world, please let go of the idea that Sarah Palin will be the President or VP. Save yourself Carlos…

Jeff  November 6, 2008, 4:31 PM

She should run as a conservative. Millions of us conservatives feel betrayed by moderate republicans and she would definately be the standard bearer for such a bold movement. McCain would have lost by 20-30 points had she not been on the ticket.

gary lund November 11, 2008, 5:37 AM

Sarah has done an outstanding job in Alaska, She sold the state jet, signed an ethics law, negotiated new oil taxes, negotiated a new 40 billion dollar pipline, had a baby, gave an excellant talk on energy, ran for VP. She beat down obama and biden for lack of knowledge go sarah in 2012

Maggie November 13, 2008, 5:23 PM

I am already enthused over the possibility of Sarah Palin running for president in 2012. She can rid Washington of all the lawyer types who get sweetheart deals for themselves at the expense of the taxpayer.

steven November 19, 2008, 2:28 PM

Sarah Palin is very much ready to be the next commander and chief of the united states and when she runs i will be voting for her but u cant judge her yet lets look at what she does in the next 3 years bet u obama screws up and she does something amazing so lets get out there and campaign for sarah when she runs and lets get republican back in the white house and shes way better than bush so please dont say because shes a republican she will be a bush because she not adn when she becomes the next president of this great country everyone will know just how smart she is.

danny December 7, 2008, 8:21 AM

As a lifelong democrat, i plan to support Sarah Palin in 2012. This woman has been underestimated all her life, and look where she’s at right now! How many women can say they have been a Republican VP candidate? just her!

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Linda February 9, 2010, 9:12 AM

A few posters here have gone beyond the kool aid on Palin…and must now be hitting the really hard stuff. Let’s be clear. She is:

1) Ignorant of the world.
2) Fundamentally racist…though veiled.
3) Devoid of any real idea what true American values are…only that she “connects” to a swath of America that is anything but “American” in its value system.
4) Very fond of smug insults that pander to the base instincts of her fan base.
5) A complete travesty of so-called Christian values…but she’s got the fundamentalists in a holy hip-hopping frenzy.
6) Hilariously unaware of situations when her ignorance and goofy jingoism make her an oh-so-easy target for satire.
7) Great entertainment.
8) A wacky spouting role model for tea party hostesses nationwide.
9) A wonderful replacement for Tonya Harding in our popular culture.
10) A dream GOP candidate for the democrats.

Molly  March 11, 2010, 4:30 AM, how do you do it?

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