Sarah Palin blows a kiss to fans during a rally in Kissimmee, Fla., on October 26. (Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)
It's absolutely crucial that the Palin Campaign in 2011/2012 not be run by the usual suspects, Party hacks whose commitment to Sarah (as we saw in the McCain effort) would be limited, while their commitment to themselves (their miserable "careers") would be limitless.
There are many things that must be done. Some hard questions (how exactly do we win?) will require answers. That will be the main emphasis in this blog: outlining practical steps that will raise money and build support for Sarah Palin in her quest to become the nation's 45th President.
Also, there must be mechanisms in place to raise money and to combat the Obama-Axelrod smear machine. As we learned in 2008, "TeamObama," including its media allies, will stop at nothing in their efforts to defame Gov. Palin and her family.
As we prepare for a tough campaign, I'd suggest everyone read Joe Trippi's "The Revolution Will Not be Televised." Trippi is an awful writer, but he was the driving force behind the Howard Dean Money Tree. Another book that I found really helpful was the biography of Lee Atwater (titled "Bad Boy").
My personal goal is to help create momentum that will make Sarah unstoppable in getting the nomination and an even-money choice for the presidency. One important way you can help to that end is to join TeamSarah, the biggest and most active of the Palin groups. Bloggers should join the ReadMyLipstick group.
I believe Sarah has every intention of seeking the presidency in 2012. To help her achieve that goal, we would need to have an army of supporters -- real activists -- in place by 2011.
We can't do the usual Republican thing of running around at the last minute begging people for money and volunteer help. We begin the process of defeating Obama now, or we might as well not attempt it at all.
The more we look like we can win, the easier it will be to raise money and get ground-game volunteers. People love the smell of victory.