"Unfortunately, some "conservatives" believe Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP's one authentic star, is a "20% traitor. Of course, Sarah is the one Human Events declared "The Conservative of the Year." Sadly, some conservatives value ideological purity more than the little detail of winning elections."
"Liberals give money and time, conservatives advice."
On Sarah's "disinvitation" from the June Republican fundraiser: she apparently hadn't accepted the invitation. I'd speculate that there's a lot more going on in the life and mind of Gov. Palin than we might imagine.
The big question is: does she want to compete for the presidency in 2012? Some of her staunchest supporters, including my blog partner Cindy Reidhead and Ann Coulter, have observed that Sarah would be wise to wait for 2016, at which point she'd have completed two terms as Governor -- and had two years to campaign for President. She might look at a 2012 run as "fool's errand."
Also, she has to decide whether she could both run for Governor of Alaska, where she will be asked to make a four-year commitment (Alaska being what it is), and then campaign for President. Of course, to do so, she'd have to break her commitment to stay in Alaska.
Third, she has some heavy family responsibilities in Alaska. She has two babies, Tripp and Trig, in the house, and she has other children who need her attention. She has a son who's much in harm's way in Iraq. Oh, and she's also the Governor of a state that has many important issues.
Fourth, she may wonder at times where the Republican Party and all those conservatives were when she was under ceaseless attack during (and after) the campaign. They didn't come close to providing the resources she needed and deserved. She may even think they need her more than she needs them -- on which she'd be right.
Fifth, as a political centrist, Sarah may wonder if she will ever be "pure" enough to get sufficient money and grassroots support from those conservatives -- small in number, loud in voice -- that she supposedly needs to be elected President. "Liberals give money and time, conservatives advice."
On Sarah's turning down the CPAC invitation, I disagreed with Katie O., whom I revere, about that forum. Katie likes the people there, but I wonder if they're not akin to the aforementioned conservatives who rarely (if ever) encounter a candidate enough to the right to merit money, ground support, and votes.
As Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said, Sarah has "great political instincts," and I wonder if those instincts aren't telling her to run for re-election as Governor and serve out her second term, which would end in 2014. In 2016, Sarah would turn 52, a young age in presidential politics.