It's been a long time since Sarah Palin was on anyone's vice presidential short list, but the former Alaska governor and Fox News commentator isn't giving up her spot in the American political limelight: Wednesday, her political action committee released a new web video asserting her continued political relevance, and setting her up as the Republican Party's anti-establishment answer to Karl Rove.
The video, entitled "Loaded for Bear," features clips of Palin speaking at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), intercut with plaudits from political allies and pundits alike. (Not all of the pundits' complimentary remarks were exactly new: Jeff Zeleny, an ABC News correspondent, was quoted from an appearance he did on CBSNews.com in July 2010.)
The video lauds Palin's role as a champion of non-establishment Republican political candidates, and urges her followers to donate to her PAC - SarahPAC - in order to forward the cause. It particularly contrasts her advocacy with that of "the big consultants, the big moneymen, and the big bad media" she denigrates in one of the featured clips.
"The next election is 20 months away," Palin says in the video. "The last thing we need is Washington D.C. vetting our candidates."
And then a bear howls into the wind.