Published on 18 Sep 2010 Sections

President Palin coming soon for 2012?

At the annual Ronald Reagan dinner hosted by the Republican Party of Iowa, all the good folks who’ve paid $100 each for what looks like pork loin and doesn’t smell very appetising, are in no doubt that Sarah Palin is here to unofficially launch her bid for the White House in 2012.

At the annual Ronald Reagan dinner hosted by the Republican Party of Iowa, all the good folks who’ve paid $100 each for what looks like pork loin and doesn’t smell very appetising, are in no doubt that Sarah Palin is here to unofficially launch her bid for the White House in 2012.

They are already selling badges that say Sarah for 2012 with the words “coming soon” written really small.

Above a rather scary picture of an angry brown bear it says”Mama Grizzlies vote Palin”

Iowa is always the first state in America to select its presidential candidates, and so it wields a disproportionate amount of influence on the process and is hugely important to every candidate.

If Palin could win Iowa it would launch her as the front runner for the Republican nomination. And it’s not impossible. They do like right wing Christian Conservatives here. And they often pick mavericks. This is the state that chose Mike Huckabee in 2008.

But its still kind of hard to imagine President Palin sitting in the oval office – isn’t it? Apparently not here.

Every person I have spoken to tells me they would happily see Mama Grizzly inaugurated as the Commander in Chief.  They praise her energy and they love the way she is able to enthuse the Republican base.

But what about the fact that she doesn’t seem to know any facts? Seems totally ignorant of the world outside America?

It seems that’s either a myth put about by a hostile media or an irrelevancy. Anyway, she has plenty of time to learn all that foreign affairs stuff before 2012 I’m told.

Tonight’s speech may not convince the country she is ready for the West Wing. She had a lot more criticism of the media than she had policy ideas. But as she said “don’t retreat, just reload”

She didn’t announce she was running but she hinted heavily. Finishing the speech with “Iowa it starts here, it starts tonight”

You have been warned. The Mother, Moose Hunter & Maverick is on her way.