Like her or not, Sarah Palin is drawing in crowds that are double the size of Mitt Romney, but her 2012 presidential chances might be growing dim if she remains undecided.
Palin is being discussed everywhere, in encouraging terms, by Republican activists in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire. She’s a star, they say. If she decides to run, she’ll shake up the field.
However, the day Palin appeared before a large and very enthusiastic crowd at a Tea Party Express rally on Monday, there was a different approach by another star from the GOP.
It happened two days after Palin’s much-anticipated speech to the Tea Party of America in Iowa when a New Hampshire Republican said he believes her window has already slammed shut.
“I think it’s too late for Gov. Palin to get into the race,” said Steve Duprey, a former New Hampshire Republican Party chairman and veteran of John McCain’s 2008 campaign.”
Duprey, who is not aligned with a candidate, said he does not believe Palin has time to put together an effective organization in New Hampshire, which holds the nation’s first primary in early 2012. That event is hugely symbolic throughout the presidential campaign.
Even so, supporters say that if Palin were to get in the race – she has said she will make her intentions known by the end of September or so — she could run an unconventional campaign without the usual apparatus.