Just as the 2008 election is about to wrap up, a faction within the GOP (that is, Palin herself) is already driving Sarah Palin as the party’s heir-apparent in 2012.
It’s possible, of course, that Palin may take a solo stab at the House.
And while it’s hard to project what may happen in four years, if a President Obama (if elected) does as well as I expect (despite inheriting eight years of George W. Bush’s idiocy), Palin would face a strong incumbent, plus the same problems fracturing her party now: internal strife between Republican moderates, and hawkish neo-cons who want power back.
However, it is these same ideologuish, commie-hunting, media-hating, would-be inheritors of Reagan (e.g. the talk radio stooges of the GOP – Limbaugh, Hannity, et al.) who are responsible for the party collapsing today by refusing to expand their tent for—God forbid—other conservatives who refuse to march in lockstep with their ilk.
If this is truly the type of glassy-eyed, you’re-either-with-us-or-against-us type of Republican that Sarah Palin wants to court to in four years, so be it. But barring a colossal screw-up by Obama (should he be elected), no one else in the GOP—much less any other voter—may be interested in what she’s selling.