Although most political analysts have written off the possibility that Sarah Palin will run for president in 2012, a group of diehard Palin fans-turned-amateur political activists of Organize4Palin are convinced that the 2008 vice presidential candidate plans to throw her hat in the ring. RealClearPolitics’ Scott Conroy reports today that the grassroots volunteer network is still trying to lay the groundwork for a Palin 2012 presidential campaign, particularly in Iowa, home to the first-in-nation caucuses.
It is unclear just how many Organize4Palin volunteers are on the ground, but the group reportedly has a presence in the majority of Iowa’s 99 counties. The organisation also claims to have active chapters in more than 30 states.
In Iowa, California lawyer Peter Singleton is leading the charge of volunteers, who have spent the last few months attending GOP Central Committee meetings, contacting Republican organisers, and making inroads with Tea Party activists — steps that the SarahPAC has notably failed to take.
Singleton swears he has no contact with Palin or SarahPAC, a claim that seems increasingly implausible after last week’s Iowa premiere of the Palin biopic “The Undefeated.” Conroy points out that Singleton was in contact with Palin aide Rebecca Mansour before the premiere and seemed to be in charge of handling all of the event logistics.
Although Palin remained elusive about her presidential intentions, the premiere appears to have renewed Organize4Palin enthusiasm. Conroy reports that the volunteers have redoubled their efforts and are now considering whether to make a major push for the Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll on Aug. 13.
If Palin still hasn’t decided by then, it may be too late for her to get in the game. Even her most fervent supporters concede that a post-labour Day campaign launch would be nearly impossible to pull off.
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