1) She's Sarah Palin
The GOP may not think it has a chance against Obama. But that doesn't mean they are suicidal. Picking Palin would ensure a feast among the press, who would drudge up all the unpleasant things said about Plain in the book Game Change , and we would get to hear all about her spat with the McCain team in 2008. The GOP likes things tidy. Palin is anything but. [See editorial cartoons about Palin.]
2) Mitt Romney
Romney is a virtual money machine. And while he doesn't sit well with the party establishment, his Mormonism is problematic for the Christian fundamentalist wing of the party, he has demonstrated an ability to amass an organization and big bucks.
3) Her Family
The extended Palin family is a bit of a freak show. Does the GOP want a rerun of all those pesky stories about out-of-wedlock babies. ex-fiancés, and all from 2008? Nah. [See photos of Palin and her family.]
4) Her lucrative career
With her book and her TV gig, as well as speechifying around the country, Palin has laid down a track record that might make her vulnerable to attack from fellow Republicans, not to mention Democrats.
5) She won't decide to run
No one can know what she is really thinking, but all the latest news could just be a head fake to build more buzz for brand Palin. It worked for Donald Trump. She may be taking notes.
- Check out editorial cartoons about the GOP.
- See a slide show of who's running and who's not in the Republican primaries.
- Enjoy political cartoons about the 2012 Republican field.