Marc Ambinder has this analysis on why Palin might be the Republican frontrunner going into the next presidential election cycle, and how she might be laying the groundwork for that role with the base now.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility and the logic behind the argument makes sense. But one thing worth remembering is that Sarah Palin’s approval numbers nationwide and in Alaska have taken a beating since she became the party’s VP nominee. The findings of the Troopergate investigation didn’t do wonders for her reputation either. Democrats will probably try to find a serious challenger, maybe Tony Knowles again or someone else, to run against her in 2010 when she’s up for reelection as governor of Alaska. If she loses in 2010, any presidential ambitions she might have will go the way of former senator George Allen.