How Palin could shake up an uninspiring field

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said that Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, who is considering a White House bid, has caught the eye of many social conservatives and would cut into Palin’s support.

“I think things have changed dramatically in the past five months,” Perkins said. “I think there is less room for Sarah Palin with Michele Bachmann taking off like she has. She is the full package that a lot of folks are looking for.”…

Yet the outsider status has its drawbacks as well, if you are seriously considering running a presidential campaign. The same “establishment” types outsider candidates condemn are also needed to run an effective national campaign. As of now, Palin has a skeleton political staff, at best, and her unconventional use of Facebook and Fox has some consultants scratching their heads.

“I don’t think she has much of any political strategy,” said the GOP consultant. “I don’t mind her ideologically. But I think she is operationally a complete disaster.”