Dear Madame L,
I read your opinion that some candidates who have been considering running for the Republican presidential nomination for the 2012 election aren't really serious. You wrote that FOX News president Roger Ailes had told all his employees to choose between their jobs at Fox and their 2012 political plans. You wrote that the ones who stayed on at Fox weren't going to be running.
But now Sarah Palin, who did not tell Ailes she would be quitting her Fox job, appears to be running. What is your explanation for that?
Madame L holds to her earlier opinion. Madame L notes that the news outlets which have been writing about Ms. Palin's supposed plan to declare her candidacy are basing their suppositions on very flimsy evidence.
Ms. Palin has bought a $1.7 million home in Scottsdale, Arizona. So what? A lot of rich white people live in homes like that one in Scottsdale, Arizona, and they're not running for president, any more than Ms. Palin is.
Ms. Palin's tour bus will be starting this weekend with "Rolling Thunder" in Washington, D.C. So what? If Ms. Palin really wanted to run for president, the place to start would not be D.C. She's there because that's where the political press are assembled, and she wants more than anything to get their attention.
Ms. Palin says she has "that fire in the belly." So what? Did you notice she said "fire in the belly" FOUR times in the interview you're referring to? That's to grab the attention of the political press, and she wants more than anything to get their attention.
Ms. Palin has a movie, called "Undefeated," coming out soon in Iowa. Huh? Madame L means, So what? Undefeated? In what way does Ms. Palin consider herself undefeated? She gave up her governorship of Alaska after being defeated in her vice-presidential candidacy in 2008. Undefeated? Not. Iowa? That's to grab the attention of the political press, and she wants more than anything to get their attention. That's all.
Madame L's theory about Ms. Palin's latest antics is that they're designed to keep her in the spotlight, giving her both the attention she seems to crave and the speaking fees that will keep her safely ensconced in the $1.7 million home in Scottsdale, Arizona, to which she wishes to become (and remain) accustomed.
If Ms. Palin really does run for president in 2012, Madame L will eat her opinions about it.