According to a report from Real Clear Politics, Sarah Palin, the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate in 2008, has refused to renew her contract with Fox News. Once that happened, the cable news powerhouse decided to part ways with the former Alaskan Governor.
According to a ‘source close to Palin’, “It’s my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract by FOX, and she decided not to renew the arrangement. She remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism across the country and will be expanding her voice in the national discussion.” Palin has proven herself an expert at building her own brand using social networking techniques. Perhaps more than any other Republican, she has kept her identity in the forefront among the political base.
There are a number of reasons for this. First, while other GOP politicians manage to say pro-life words, Palin actually has acted in a pro-life fashion. While neocons in the party professed a need to send other people’s kids into wars, her son actually fought in Iraq. She knows how to speak in a manner that touches the hearts of many people who reside in the South; something neither of the last two Presidential candidates have managed.
Palin was hired by Fox following her resignation as the Alaskan Governor in 2009. As we recall, during the 2008 campaign, her crowds dwarfed those of John McCain, the Presidential candidate. This became such an embarrassment to the campaign that much of the last month was spent with joint appearances to maintain enthusiasm for the Arizona Senator. But the network has grown disenchanted with her. Fox and Palin have been at odds in the last year. She used Facebook, for example, she complained during the Republican convention that Fox News had cancelled all of her appearances.
It isn’t known at this point what Palin’s plans are for the future. If she decides to set up a Presidential run, she would be virtually unbeatable. I don’t see how anyone could debate against her in the GOP field without either coming off as a bully or a wimp. As well, the people who gravitate to her the most are also the people most likely to vote.