Republican northern light sparks up Southern town
Sarah Palin remains the hottest Republican ticket if the crowds and enthusiasm at her book signings are anything to go by.
On Friday she brought her “Going Rogue” book tour to Plano, an affluent town just north of Dallas that is in deeply red Republican country. About 1,500 people lined up for hours in the winter cold to wait for Palin’s bus. A lucky 1,000 among them had advance tickets to get their copy of her new autobiography signed.
The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee clearly remains the northern light of the Republican Party that can spark up its Southern and conservative base. She now reigns almost unchallenged with this base after the apparent downfall of former Arkansas governor and Republican White House hopeful Mike Huckabee.
His political future was dealt a blow this week by the revelation that he had once pardoned the man who killed four police officers in Washington state on Sunday.
“I hope she makes a run for president, I wouldn’t hesitate to vote for her,” said Steve Yurasits, a 59-year-old school bus driver, expressing a sentiment shared by many in the crowd.
The whole event had a campaign kind of feel to it — the music, the bus, the crowd, the waving of Palin banners. And the book has reportedly sold 1 million copies already.
If this is indeed the unofficial start of her 2012 presidential run, then other Republicans may have to think about 2016 or beyond. Mitt Romney can only hope that his upcoming book, “No Apology,” is going to fly off the shelves like “Going Rogue” … .