When Sarah Palin steps foot in Iowa later today, she’s going to place her toes directly into Iowa’s presidential waters. While she is here to take part in the premier of a new documentary that showcases her rise in American politics, the rest of the world is looking for any sign that she may enter the 2012 Republican presidential race.
Many people are split on whether or not she will seek the Republican nomination in 2012. For most of the past two years, I’ve come down on the side that she’s not running. That opinion was formed in large part because her previous Iowa itinerary has never lent itself to intermingling with Iowans.
Rubbing elbows with potential presidential candidates is something Iowans are used to. We like to get to know the candidates on a personal level, but thus far, there has been no opportunity for regular Iowans to spend time getting to know her. All of her appearances have either been large speaking events like the Iowa GOP’s Reagan Dinner, or book tour events, where only a limited number of people can participate.
That may change tonight when Palin is expected to mingle with a thousand or so folks from Pella at a cookout after the movie premier. I once said that I would take Palin seriously as a presidential candidate when she took Iowa seriously. With her recent knack of showing up in early caucus and primary states on the heels of the high-profile announcements of Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, I think it’s time to take her seriously. More