I asked Ralph Reed, who, thinking she’s probably not going to run for president in 2012, says: “Unless she runs, not much.”
Reed doesn’t doubt that Sarah Palin may consider running for president of the United States, but recommends a little space between 2008 and when she does. He adds: “My sense is that she is going to be a major force in the party—and a force for good, by the way….”
So who in 2012? Reed says:
One thing you can count on in every presidential cycle in the Republican party: There is always a surprise. That was true for Pat Robertson in 1988, Pat Buchanan in 1996, John McCain in 2000, and Huckabee and Palin in 2008. No matter how many times you chart the primaries, you can’t predict the unpredictable, and someone you least expect catches fire. Who will that be in 2012? By definition, we really don’t know.