As time passed, she kept pushing back her own personal deadline, at first saying she would decide by the end of the summer, then by the end of September, then October or later.
“She has her own political base, she certainly generates media attention, and she can raise money,” said Ed Rollins, a strategist for Bachmann. “There’s no doubt in my mind, if she had started a year and a half ago, she could have been a serious candidate. But it would have been thrown together. I don’t think it’s possible for her to have done it now.”
Rollins added that he wouldn’t be surprised if Palin runs for president down the road — or for one of Alaska’s Senate seats. But even last week, Palin cast doubt on that possibility, expressing doubts about a campaign in an interview with Fox News’s Greta van Susteren. She said a campaign might be “too shackle-y” for “someone like me, who’s a maverick — you know, I do go rogue and I call it like I see it.”