COMMENTARY | With Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump out and Newt Gingrich’s campaign teetering on the edge, Fox News’ Greta Van Sustren put the question to Sarah Palin: Does she have the “fire in the belly” for a presidential run?
The answer, in brief, is yes she does, but with a caveat. According to the Daily Caller:
“‘That’s a great question,’ Palin said. ‘I think my problem is that I do have the fire in my belly. I am so adamantly supportive of the good traditional things about America and our free enterprise system and I want to make sure America is put back on the right track and we will do that by defeating Obama in 2012. I have that fire in my belly.'”
But there is a caveat. Her children are going to get an usually intrusive amount of scrutiny. For a mom, this is not a light matter.
For instance, recently, her middle daughter Willow set the Internet on fire by getting a speeding ticket, an unfortunate event, but not one that is entirely unusual for a teenage driver.
The adventures of the older daughter, Bristol, with an out of wedlock child have been fodder for tabloids since the 2008 campaign. She has received almost as much loathing as her mom from certain quarters.
Palin’s older son Track, an Iraq War veteran and commercial fisherman, recently married his high school sweetheart, according to the Associated Press. It is doubtless a happy event for the Palin family and their friends. Even the most rabid haters have not tried to make anything of it. But give them time —
Former President Bush had to put up with a mild version of what Palin has, with the media making much of his twin daughters getting caught ordering drinks with a fake ID. It seems that children of presidents and presidential candidates are suddenly fair game, especially if they are Republicans.
Palin might be forgiven for giving the presidency a pass for the sake of the children. But she is likely also thinking that her kids are already taking shots even without her holding office or running for one. As her daughter Bristol was once quoted as saying in another situation, “They’re going to criticize me anyway, so I might as well dance.”
And what a rebuke to the haters it would be if Palin were to run and win. Such a development would be a balm to American politics, proving that courage wins out over rage. It won’t stop the rage, but it will prove its futility.
Source: Palin on 2012: “‘I do have the fire in my belly’, Jeff Poor, The Daily Caller, May 19, 2011
Curse of the black Cadillac Escalade claims Willow Palin, Chris Woodyard, USA Today, May 14, 2011
Sarah Palin’s son weds high school sweetheart, AP, May 20, 2011