Hmmm: Palin meets with 50 national conservative leaders in Florida

If it’s a day ending in “y”, it must be time for another “Sarahcuda’s probably running for president” post. Only two possibilities here, my friends: Either she’s doing a little early informal campaigning to impress the movers and shakers or the conservative leadership is huddling to coordinate the forthcoming Great RINO Purge.

Big news for me either way!

Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is raising new speculation in conservative circles that she is already preparing for a 2012 presidential bid. In the latest and clearest example of her plans, Palin met with some 50 national conservative leaders Wednesday in Palm Beach, Florida where she discussed economic and diplomatic policy and led some to declare that she’s in the race.

“This was an indication that she’s strongly considering running,” said one insider. “She was very knowledgeable and gave intelligent answers, despite how she’s been characterized,” added the insider. “And she was extremely charming.”…

During her stop, Ruddy and his staff presented Palin with a faux Newsmax cover showing her running for the presidency. It was headlined: “Yes in 2012.”

At a later reception and dinner, she made her case on several issues to top conservative leaders, among them, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, pundit Dick Morris, activist Ralph Reed, and John Raese, the West Virginia Republican Senate candidate who holds a surprise lead over Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin.

She was there to do a webcast interview with Newsmax that’ll be rolled out next week. Her latest poll numbers via CBS are dismal — she splits 22/48 on favorability and 22/64 on whether she’d be an effective president (39/45 among Republicans) — but the Conservatives4Palin people are right that those numbers don’t track with her ratings even in a state as blue as California, where she’s at 33 percent favorable. The Wall Street Journal poll taken last week put her at 30/48 with 19 percent neutral, so there are still plenty of winnable voters. The question is, as it always has been, whether people are so polarized over her that she can never really expect to do much better than 50/50. That’s a tough number to try to win a national election with. Exit quotation: “Something tells me, we won’t get that lucky.”