Inside Sarah Palin’s Inner Circle

Sarah Palin is clearly going to run for president:

“I am,” Sarah Palin told me … when I asked her if she was already weighing a run for president. “I’m engaged in the internal deliberations candidly, and having that discussion with my family, because my family is the most important consideration here.”  Palin went on to say that there weren’t meaningful differences in policy among the field of G.O.P. hopefuls “but that in fact there’s more to the presidency than that” and that her decision would involve evaluating whether she could bring unique qualities to the table. “Yes, the organization would have to change,” Palin said during an hourlong phone conversation.

That obviously doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but the article released today (and which will be in this weekend’s NYT Magazine) is a remarkable feature on Palin and her team. It’s exactly what the Times has billed it as: “A who’s who and what’s what of the inner circle of the top G.O.P. shadow candidate.” Politico reports that “Draper began the piece in January, and interviewed Palin on Nov. 4.” In some ways I hope she does get nominated. Not because I want her to be President — I obviously don’t — but because I’m pretty sure there isn’t a more polarizing figure on the right. There is no one Republican candidate more likely to get our fellow Democrats out to vote on November 6, 2012.

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