The Stump

Does Sarah Palin's Presidential Ambition Lurk In Miller Tempest?

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hide captionWere Sarah Palin's plans to run for president revealed in her husband's e-mail to Joe Miller? 

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Todd Palin, Alaska's former first dude, wants everyone to just move along because there's nothing to see, folks, really. There's just no story in the leaked e-mail exchange between him and Joe Miller, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate.

On Wednesday, Palin favored the Weekly Standard with an exclusive denying that there was anything to the story that he and former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin were angry with Miller for not dodging the question, during a Fox New interview of whether he would support Palin for president.

In e-mails leaked to the Mudflats, an Alaska politics blog, Palin expressed his and his wife's irritation with Miller for not delivering an unequivocal "yes" to the question put to Miller by Fox New's Neil Cavuto.

You get the unmistakable sense from Todd Palin's e-mail that he and his wife were cut to the quick by what they viewed as Miller's ingratitude given that the former governor's endorsement is thought to have helped propel Miller to the Republican nomination.

"Joe, please explain how this endorsement stuff works. Is it to be completely one-sided," Todd Palin said in his e-mail. He went on to explain how the former governor had spent the entire morning working on a pro-Miller Facebook post but Miller could forget about that seeing the light of day.

Todd Palin indicated to the Weekly Standard that it was all a misunderstanding, an Alaskan tempest in a teapot.

That may very well be true. Todd Palin wrote in his e-mail to Miller and others that the Republican Senate nominee had said: "I DON'T KNOW IF SHE IS" when asked if Sarah Palin was qualified to be president.

But as it turned out, that wasn't really Cavuto's question or Miller's answer.

Still, when asked if he would support a Palin presidential bid, Miller was non-committal, a response which didn't seem likely to please the Palins any more than the answer they erroneously thought he had given.

Jeanne Devon of the Mudflats may have discerned the greater meaning of the Palin-Miller exchange. She took it as the first indication that Sarah Palin is seriously considering a run for the White House.

And that certainly seems a reasonable conclusion based on Todd Palin's e-mail.

Because a number of polls suggest that Sarah Palin is a very polarizing figure and is unappealing to many independent voters, there's been a tendency by many pundits to write off a 2012 Palin run.

But from Todd Palin's e-mail, you certainly don't get the sense that the Palins have written off a Sarah Palin presidential candidacy.

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