A disgruntled former aid to Sarah Palin claims that he has first-hand knowledge that Palin has absolutely no intention of actually running for President in 2012. He claims that she's playing the Tea Partiers like a fine-tuned fiddle.
"The truth is," says Ben Thair, "if the GOP made an announcement today they were going to forego the formalities and just hand the nomination to Sarah, she'd run so fast she'd leave track marks."
Thair worked under Sarah Palin in the days when she governed the State of Alaska and continued as the assistant to her chief assistant well into the days when she was chosen to be John McCain's running mate. "I can tell you the precise moment I knew that Sarah Palin wasn't going to seriously run for any government office," Thair said.
"It's when they took her shopping for the first time and she and her kids had the run of the store. All that money flowing through her hands made her realize that just the mention of running for office can get you more money than actually holding that office, depending, of course, on who you are."
Thair was asked, then, why he thinks Palin is being so cagey about whether or not she will be seeking the nomination in 2012. He answered with a question of his own. "How much money do you think all those Tea Party followers would throw at Sarah whether it's a contribution to her PAC fund or buying one of her books if they thought she was just in it for the money and had absolutely no intention of running for President?"
"Personally," Thair concluded, "I'd love to see the GOP give Sarah the presidential nod as their number one candidate. We'd see whether she was willing to give up her millions in endorsements for a paltry $400,000 annual government salary. I'd lay odds she'd run alright, run like hell."