So, many people think Sarah Palin doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming president… in fact some people compare her and her chances to that of Jesse Jackson’s 1988 run. I’m not so sure, because 2012 isn’t 1988.
Specifically there are two things that are different:
1. The rise of the Tea Party.
2. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
The first would provide foot soldiers—the grass-root. The second would provide money—lots of it.
If you have enough people hot and bothered and willing to knock on doors you’ve got a good start. If you’ve got more money than God… you can paint your opponent into corners left right and center. If you’ve got both… you can win.