Love her or hate her, one has to admire Sarah Palin’s self confidence and self promotion—just when you think she’s out of the nation’s political consciousness and off of the 2012 Republican primary radar, she jumps back into the spotlight. Featured on the front page of Newsweek the former governor of Alaska still hedges on whether she’ll enter the Republican primary but she does believe that she can win: “I'm not so egotistical as to believe that it has to be me, or it can only be me, to turn things around.... But I do believe that I can win.” Critics of Palin will probably write this off as a delusional claim, but at a time of high unemployment, bitter partisan rancor in Washington over the debt ceiling and budget deficit and unprecedented power for fiscal conservatives (mostly the Tea Party) can a Sarah Palin candidacy be written off? Supporters who back Palin tend to have a deep emotional connection with her and her outside-the-beltway appeal could look very attractive after a savage year of politics, and an unpopular incumbent president. So Palin haters will roll their eyes at her latest declaration, but don’t dismiss it so quickly—could Sarah Palin win?
Jonathan Capehart, editorial writer for The Washington Post