Like her or not, Sarah Palin isn’t leaving the national stage anytime soon if she and her devoted supporters can help it. But can they?

Well, for his part, The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan sees signs that Palin may rise to the top of the GOP crop and put herself in good standing to win the 2012 Republican nomination. However, Salon’s Jonathan Bernstein isn’t so sure she’s got it in the bag.

Regardless, we can all look forward with certainty to some more fun quips, tweets and gaffes in coming months. –KA


Anyone who thinks she has it locked up is nuts, and anyone who thinks that there’s zero possibility of her winning is also nuts. But that does raise the question: What can we know now? What should we ignore? And by the way, how does the nomination process work, anyhow?

First: We can’t know what’s in any candidate’s head. Anyone who tells you that they’re certain that Palin is “really” just in it for the money, or is “really” power-crazed and only cares about getting elected, is actually just guessing. My advice: Anyone who tells you they’re sure about stuff like this is someone to usually skip.

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