Von Hoffmann Award Nominee

“Everything I know about [Palin] suggests she will [run for president]. But Washington – Republican and Democrat – is convinced she’s over. We’ll see. I hope the establishment is right. But none of the current candidates seems viable to me,” – Andrew Sullivan, August 17, 2011.

“Yes, I know she could be squeezing the last drop of the publicity that will end abruptly the minute she says she’s not running. And I can’t know the future. All I can say is that everything I have ever learned about Palin suggests she will run. It’s her divine destiny, as she and countless others believe,” – Andrew Sullivan, August 11, 2011.

“One reason I think she may well still run is not just that it’s who she is, but the vehemence of the Republican political and media establishment’s hostility to her candidacy. That’ll goad her some more,” – Andrew Sullivan, September 8, 2011.

“She has wanted to be president for much of her adult political life. She wanted it well over a decade ago. She risked a huge amount in saying yes to John McCain, a gamble of monumental proportions, in the pursuit of that goal. She believes sincerely that she is on a mission from God, that she is the Esther of the End-Times. Why is any of this hard to understand? By her words and her actions, she wants to be the GOP nominee. And at a time when Republican extremism is the brand, who better represents the party than she?” – Andrew Sullivan, April 27, 2010.

“[H]ow can someone who said she wanted to be president as long ago as 1996 resist? … She is the biggest political power after Obama in this country. And, unless the full truth emerges with such force it cracks even the FNC/RNC sealed universe, she will run against him in 2012,”- Andrew Sullivan, April 26, 2010.

“The obvious problem is that [a third-party run] would all but guarantee the re-election of Barack Obama. Is she delusional and narcissistic enough to plow onward regardless? You betcha!” – Andrew Sullivan, hours before her announcement yesterday.

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