The challenge is not to contrast herself with her potential primary opponents — they've yet to really surface, let alone matter. No, Mrs. Palin's larger quest must come opposite the Great One himself, President Obama. It's a target-rich environment, for sure. Mr. Obama has given every Republican plenty to dismantle and deride.

But Mrs. Palin's "aw, shucks/you betcha" persona sounds more nagging than nationalistic, and she needs to transfer her personal popularity into credible policy initiatives. Otherwise, she'll become just a footnote in the political career of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump considering pardon for boxing legend after call from Sylvester Stallone GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report: Inside the Comey memos MORE (R-Ariz.).


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