OK, she certainly has not started campaigning for national office yet, but she has taken the first step towards a possible run in 2012.
Like others presumed to have their eye on the party nod — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Arkansas ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee — Palin has set up a PAC — SarahPAC.
The creation of such a financial entity commits her to nothing. But such a political action committee will allow Palin to position herself to compete by legally collecting donations to travel and speak on her own behalf. (Iowa is a long snow machine ride from Wasilla, Alaska.)
It also will permit her to raise and distribute campaign donations to like-minded GOP supporters seeking office. That could earn her some valuable political owsies come campaign time in the Hawkeye state with the race now less than 29 months away.
Twenty nine months away? Goodness grief… we have to go through all of this again?
As a side note, I’m one of those people who think national elections for the Executive Branch go on for far too long. The early primaries and early start to campaigning – even if only unofficially – gives candidates the ability to provide good friends with jobs and ensure a long party atmosphere which for many involved must be similar to a drug they get hooked on.
Maybe I’m hooked too, I just don’t get paid for it…