Why Sarah Palin Is Not Really Going to Run for President

“I have a roaring fire in the belly, and I struggle with it every day,” Palin said. This is an hysterical quote, held up for ridicule by Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Lawrence has held that Sarah Palin will not run for president because no losing vice presidential candidate in recent years has won the presidency (Was FDR the last one who succeeded? Even he had to wait twelve years), but adds some other salient observations:

1. The “re-hires” are not people who run campaigns, but assistant types who are particularly useful on speaking tours, not campaigns.

2. The moment she is confirmed to be not running, her speaking fees will drop considerably.
3. The movie is opening in Iowa because that is the place that will maximize speculation, and her and thus increase her fees and attention.
4. Fox News canceled the contracts of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum on March 2, but did did not cancel the contracts of Mike Huckabee or Sarah Palin, which Lawrence takes as plain evidence that Palin and Huckabee told Roger Ailes that they weren’t going to run.

[Cross-posted at JamieMalanowski.com]

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Jamie Malanowski

Jamie Malanowski is a writer and editor. He has been an editor at Time, Esquire and most recently Playboy, where he was Managing Editor.