Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was Tea-Partying in at the Boston Commons yesterday and someone threw out the inevitable question about joining forces with Romney in 2012 (she was in Massachusetts after all). Palin’s reply? “Sounds pretty good.”
Of course I’d dismiss this as an offhand comment or chalk it up to maintaining politeness. But what I find interesting is that she later repeated the sentiment to the Boston Herald saying that she was “serious” about the idea. The story from Boston Herald:
Conservative superstar Sarah Palin opened the door yesterday to joining forces with Mitt Romney for a 2012 White House run – a hot ticket that has some Republicans licking their chops at the prospect of unseating President Obama.
“Sounds pretty good,” Palin declared at yesterday’s Tea Party Express rally on the Common when asked about pairing up with the former Bay State governor – giving the idea a big thumbs-up as she left the stage after her headline speech.
Last night, as Palin stopped for cannoli at Mike’s Pastry in the North End, she said she was “serious” about the idea.
“I have a lot of respect for Mitt,” she told the Herald.
Asked who would be on top of the ticket, Palin roared, “Ha! I haven’t even thought that far ahead yet.”
Indeed, Palin said she hasn’t decided whether she’ll run in 2012 – with or without Romney.
Romney, a presumptive 2012 Republican presidential contender who recently embarked on a nationwide book tour, has not ruled out an alliance with Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential candidate.
“Mitt Romney respects Sarah Palin and he appreciates the contributions she makes to the party,” said Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom. “But his immediate focus is on helping Republicans win back the Congress in 2010.”
No, I don’t think Palin is staying up at night wondering how she can team-up with Mitt, in fact I’m sure it’s far from her mind. But perhaps she’s sincere in being open to the idea. Obviously, Sarah is not my first pick for the GOP nominee, but I do have respect for her. I’m not sure whether I’d be for this “alliance”, but it is (of course) an interesting notion that will surely propagate a lot of discussion with opinions ranging all over the spectrum.