Race for 2012

Palin Giving Run 'Serious Consideration'

Sarah Palin's surprising decision to resign as Alaska governor--which she announced in a rambling speech without notes in front of her Wasilla home on Friday--leaves her future up in the air, with some suggesting she's killed any national ambitions, intentionally or not. But Politico's Mike Allen reported Friday night that Palin "plans to remain extremely visible and will give serious consideration to running for president in 2012." Friends explained that she intends to finish her book, promote said book in the "lower 48," give paid speeches, fundraise for the GOP, spend time with her family, and gauge public opinion for a possible national run. Palin reportedly believes the resignation was selfless. As she said in her speech: "Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional Lame Duck status in this particular climate would just be another dose of politics as usual, something I campaigned against and will always oppose."