She’s Still Got It!

Despite a string of bad publicity, communications misfires, and poltical problems back home, Sarah Palin still proves she can put meat in the seats. From Politico:

Far from her home state and the controversy she left behind, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin traveled to Indiana on Thursday and reminded Republicans why she remains a party heavyweight and a top prospective presidential candidate in 2012.

Palin drew approximately 3,000 people to the Vanderburgh County Right to Life fundraising dinner in Evansville, an annual banquet that typically attracts some of the GOP’s top national talent. Her sold-out appearance in a local exhibition hall prompted organizers to set up a paid closed-circuit broadcast at a nearby auditorium for a large spillover crowd and led local authorities to close down nearby streets.

It’s clear that Palin continues to have a great amount of star appeal, at least amongst social conservatives. However, some signs point to waning influence for social conservatives within the party, meaning that her fiscal credentials will need to be just as strong in the coming years. The million dollar question: Can Palin turn this into real political capital ahead of 2012, or is she destined to become a darling of thc conservative rubber chicken circuit?

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