Sarah Palin has been quiet recently. Surprisingly quiet.
Ms. Palin, a one-time Alaska governor, is reportedly just days away from deciding whether to run for president.
In the meantime, her Twitter feed and Facebook page have gone silent for the last 10 days. Her Web site has not been updated recently. And Ms. Palin has not appeared on Fox News for a week, since before the last Republican presidential debate.
In a letter to donors late last week, Tim Crawford, the chief of her
political action committee, wrote that Ms. Palin was “on the verge of
making her decision of whether or not to run for office.”
Mr. Crawford noted that “someone must save our nation from this road
to European socialism,” and asked for money as a way of demonstrating
support if she throws her hat in the ring. He gave no clue to her
decision, though he added that time is “running out.”
In fact, the political clock is ticking away. Ms. Palin now faces
serious deadlines in October that, if missed, could keep her name off
the presidential primary ballot.
The first of those comes on Oct. 15. By that date, Ms. Palin’s
election team must deliver a letter of candidacy to the secretary of
state in Utah if she wants her name to appear on that state’s ballot.
Utah is by no means a critical primary state, especially in a race
that features two Mormon candidates, not to mention the former governor
of the state. Ms. Palin could decide that she does not need her name to
But Florida comes next. By Oct. 31, that state’s Republican Party
must deliver to state officials the list of candidates who are running
for president there. It is a ballot she has to be on if she wants the
Republican nomination. (Continues here)